This is my nation
Soon after the hullabaloo over the Commonwealth Summit, President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the budget almost unnoticed. It was widely expected to be an ‘election budget’ with concessions to ease the burden of cost of living but that was not the case. Election or not, the budget did little to appease the concerns of those trying hard to balance their household
As the dust is settles on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), even Sri Lanka’s critics would concede that the summit was a success despite its distractions. The Eelam lobby - including British Prime Minister David Cameron - had their say but Sri Lanka had its way.
Most parties who took sides over staging CHOGM in Colombo can claim victory: the
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is over and overall, the summit was a success, although it also helped publicize the country’s ongoing tussle over human rights to the rest of the world.The usual suspects, who made threatening noises before the meeting, kept to the script. Canada attempted to organize a mass boycott of the proceedings but failed miserably
It is all systems go for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that Sri Lanka is staging but playing the hospitable host and receiving the chairmanship of the Commonwealth is coming at a heavy price, with the country’s reputation coming under intense scrutiny.
For some countries such as Canada, Britain and India - the Commonwealth has taken a back seat
The tragically comic trajectory of the opposition United National Party (UNP) this week hurtled further downwards, with the formation of a ‘Leadership Council’ creating further divisions within the party instead of unifying its ranks and file under a stable leader.
The aim of the Leadership Council, proposed by the dissidents in the party, who have been unable to oust Opposition
The shameless shenanigans of the United States came to light last week when the ‘spy scandal’ implicated the country’s intelligence agency for tapping the phones of millions of people. However, it is the same country which lectures Sri Lanka regularly on human rights. Nearly forty years ago, the then President of the United States, Richard Nixon,
Plans by the government to invite Australian business magnate James Packer to set up a 400 million dollar, 450 room casino and hotel complex in Colombo ran into controversy this week, compelling the government to put the relevant gazette regulations on hold.Packer, Australia’s third richest man, proposes to create a casino operating on the styles of his famous ‘Crown’ casino in
In the tragi-comedy that is now the United National Party (UNP), party faithfuls are busy trying to hammer out the details of a ‘Leadership Council’. It appears to be more an attempt to allow Ranil Wickremesinghe to retain power, rather than an effort to introduce reforms that would save the UNP. The UNP is in a downward spiral. Under the
The post-election shenanigans of the United National Party (UNP) would have been comic if it wasn’t tragic. The UNP is now hemorrhaging quite literally - its supporters clashed violently in Matara last week and much blood was spilt. Thankfully, no lives were lost. That was when a ‘protest march’ organized by UNP dissidents demanding the
Elections to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) are over, but the two protagonists in the fray, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government will be taking stock and trying to plot their moves in the next phase of this drama.The result was a foregone conclusion, but the TNA received an overwhelming mandate, polling a massive 78 percent of the vote.