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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…
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
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
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…
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…
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Why were the Paris terror attacks given more column inches than the Boko Haram attack on Baga in north-east Nigeria? We round up some of the key pillars of the reader debate. Why did the world focus on the Paris terror attacks, which left 17 dead, but pay little attention to a Boko Haram assault that may have left 2,000…
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Hundreds of bodies, too many to count, remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International suggested Friday is the “deadliest massacre” in the history of Boko Haram. Mike Omeri, the government spokesman on the insurgency, said fighting continued Friday for Baga, a town on the border with Chad where insurgents seized a key...
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Dear Sir, Please forgive me for not addressing you as His Excellency! I feel that you would appreciate my stance since you would realize that addressing a head of state as H.E. is a hallmark of Executive Presidency! I think you would stand by this principle which you set by not addressing the people from the ‘paththiruppuwa’ as some...
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
For the first time after 1978 Constitution came into being, all Sri Lankan citizens were united in 2015 presidential election to elect the executive president. People without a difference in caste, creed or ethnic difference placed absolute trust and confidence in you. However, since elected to the office what people witness today is not appealing, and naturally it creates doubt…
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
A month is indeed a very long time in politics.The last month has seen a paradigm shift in the political landscape in Sri Lanka with both friends and foes – not easily distinguishable at the best of times due to the amount of cross party migration, uniting in the common hope of a new dawn for mother Lanka.
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
On January 9th, 2015, the day the presidential election results were announced in Sri Lanka I went out for a walk around 7 p.m. It was not a declared public holiday; nevertheless the streets were completely deserted to the level of it being virtually void of any single person on the road. I was strolling about 2km practically alone.
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Having argued for years that (a) Sri Lanka under Mahinda Rajapaksa is no dictatorship but a unipolar democracy because of the meltdown of the centre-right UNP under its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, and (b) that the Opposition should put forward a liberal nationalist instead, my perspective has been at least partly vindicated. Why then was Mr. Sirisena my second choice rather...
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00
He was one of the few seniors in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to openly back Mahinda Rajapaksa when the latter first ran for President in 2005.  Although by dint of seniority, popularity within the party, dynamism and energy, and proven organizational skill he ought to have been in the running for the post of Prime Minister whenever it was…
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

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