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Hello there Mr. Grand Impostor. I have been following your ascendancy to high office in recent times with great interest. Well, first it was interest, then it became a curiosity, then a bit of a concern and now it has become a full blown bloody consternation. Before I start venting my spleen on your sorry ass, let me...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

There was drama aplenty in Parliament this week, but the government’s efforts to enact the 19th Amendment to the Constitution are yet to become a reality. It has been thwarted by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which is determined to push through electoral reforms at the same time.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Then Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena arrived in New Town Hall, Colombo flanked by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranathunga, MPs Rajiva Wijesinha, Arjuna Ranathunga, MDKS Gunawardene and Duminda Dissanayake on December pledged that he is ready to take the challenge of being the common candidate of the Opposition at the Presidential Election against then President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

The new regime which planned a 100 day program had penned down 100 tasks in its agenda. It also had a 100 Day Diary for certain identified events. The 100 Day Diary or the 100 Day Calendar has around 25 events; 9 events for the months of January, seven for February, six for March and two for April.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the nation via all television stations on April 23 (Thursday), and reviewed the 100-day program which has come to an end. Following are excerpts of the speech.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Despite the newly installed government marking the end of 100 days on April 23, there have been serious lapses in transparency along the way while questions have only confounded on the economic front, fueling uncertainty, business community analysts said last week.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

The 100 day Program by the Maithri-Ranil regime, had two parts and those were the 100 days calendar and the 100 tasks for the period. Here, The Nation conducted a market research to look into how the new government’s price reduction on essential items works out.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Today marks 100 days since that election and the culmination of President Sirisena’s 100 day plan. In the days to come there will doubtless be much analysis of the extent to which the hundred day plan has succeeded and failed.  We are not going to comment on these issues; those in Sri Lanka would be much better able to do so.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Mounting pressure from both environmentalists and residents has prompted the Central Environmental Authority to overturn its approval to build a Hydro power plant at the scenic Sylvan Athwelthota waterfalls. Speaking to The Nation, Chairman of the CEA, Professor Dharmasiri said that in light of protests by residents and concerns that have been raised by environmentalists, the CEA has decided to...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Sri Lankan and Australia mix quite a lot. Education. Immigration. Cricket. That second cousin, twice removed, who Skypes every Wednesday. A sizeable set of industries with large commercial interests in the other country.And then there’s Cinergix: a Sri Lankan company registered in Australia (or an Australian company working mostly out of Sri Lanka – whichever you prefer). Cinergix’s software, a diagramming...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Cameron’s gratitude - British Prime Minister Cameron in his New Year message to Sri Lanka thanked the Sinhalese and Tamil Britons for providing white Britons with cheap labor and padding their profit margins for decades and said that his government will continue the exploitation of the Sinhalese and the Tamils at a reduced pace if elected for a second term.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

I am losing faith in Ranil. Really.  He is yet to learn that although justice will not be done it must seem to be done.  He’s got a lot more to learn actually.  I think he slipped badly with this Central Bank bond business.  I thought he was playing smart when he organized a home and home affair by appointing...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

This was a dream from left-field, literally.  It is something I had never dreamed of, really.  I was the new leader of the JVP.  I felt proud.  This was after all the party founded by Comrade Wijeweera. My first task was to convene the Central Committee and outline my plans for the party.  But suddenly I remembered something.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Gods above presidency - Only gods are above the executive presidency. That is why Ranil suddenly went on pilgrimage to Sri Krishna Kovil in Kerala, some people say. Denim, Saree, Gown, UNP and SLFP - The most fierce fight is not between MaithrI and Mahinda or between any other two persons, but between the denim and the saree.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Thousands and thousands visiting ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is no longer news.  He is arguably the most loved post-Independence leader this country has known; this despite all his many flaws, it must be added.  What is ‘news’ and continues to make news is the fact that in an opposition-less context opposition to the current regime has to materialize outside...

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00

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