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On January 8, 2015 Sri Lankan voters voted for a President to lead the nation. The election that was to vote a President ended up with a Prime Minister being sworn in followed by close to 50 MPs majority belonging to the UNP while the rest composed of MPs that crossed over from the previous government and those that were part of...

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

Recent regime change in Colombo, Sri Lanka did not take place in vacuum. There was international support and networks to depose the former regime led by Mr. Rajapaksa who provided political leadership to defeat the Tamil Tigers and local political actors contributed to the scheme planned by powerful actors.

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Rajitha Senaratne in an exclusive interview with The Nation mentioned that the government will do what it takes to maintain good governance and will always stand by what they promised.

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

Along with the arrest of notorious drug kingpin Gampola Vidanalage Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda on January 12, the hawala remittance system also commonly called the undiyal system has once again caught the attention of authorities. An informal money transfer system (IMTS), it was through this that supporters of the terrorist group LTTE were able to pump funds...

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) enjoys a Parliamentary majority.  The party has all but elected the new President as its leader, the very same individual who ran against the candidate fielded by the SLFP.  The United National Party (UNP) has the second largest number of MPs (second by a large margin, note).

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

In the corridors of power in Sri Lanka, it is honeymoon time. In the first flush of victory, President Maithripala Sirisena is the man everyone wants to please. Mahinda Rajapaksa, seemingly invincible a few months ago, appears to be history as opponents and supporters rally around the new President.It is, of course, too early to...

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

If there is any overall lesson from the Rajapaksa collapse, that is ‘not to abuse power or position.’ Although this lesson is loud and clear for anyone in politics, it is difficult to believe that they would readily follow it, unless strict rules are in place. That is unfortunately the present nature of politics and power. What is reassuring is...

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

Most of the problems, we Sri Lankans have now have not been caused by us. What we are burdened with today we have inherited and were caused a very long time ago. The efforts made in the past to address them had always been too hasty as the true causes were never properly understood.

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

The Institute of Indigenous Medicine ((IMM) together with the University of Colombo and the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka hosted ICAUST 2014 and Ayu Expo. The event was held in December under the theme “Ayurveda the Medicine of Today”.
The keynote addresses were delivered by Prof. R.R Dwivedi of the Gujarat Ayurvedic University,

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

“Sri Lanka has a rich cultural heritage” is an oft heard cliché among certain segments of society. It is a catchall used to describe something that is understood but vaguely if it is understood at all. Else it is used as a defense of a country found wanting in things other than culture or heritage. Sometimes it is a heading...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

CMEV continued to monitor the post election situation and note several incidents reported in the period 9-12 January. At present CMEV has recorded 11 major incidents and 6 incidents in the post poll period. There is one casualty from post poll violence and several instances of assault, threat and intimidation. CMEV notes that most of the victims in the incidents reported are from...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat at the presidential election was not a surprise as the contest was always too close to call since the advent of President Maithripala Sirisena as the opposing candidate. Yet, it has left many asking the question ‘what went wrong?’  A simplistic explanation has been offered: Rajapaksa lost the election due to the vote against...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Wickramabahu Karunaratne of the Nava Sama Samaaja Party (NSSP) has claimed that ‘the working class fulfilled a massive task’ in securing the victory of Maithripala Sirisena. What is implied here is that class consciousness was what compelled this particular populations segment to vote for Sirisena. ‘Bahu’ as usual inscribes a lot of ‘motive’ on the actions of all kinds of...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Pontiff defends freedom of speech en route to the Philippines but says ‘you cannot insult the faith of others’ Pope Francis has said there are limits to freedom of expression and that following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris “one cannot make fun of faith”. On a plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, the largest Catholic majority country in...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

As media coverage focused on the Paris terror attacks last week, more than 2,000 Nigerians were reported to have been killed by Islamist militants. What makes one massacre more newsworthy than another? France spent the weekend coming to terms with last week’s terror attacks in Paris that left 17 dead. The country mourned, and global leaders joined an estimated 3.7 million...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

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