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Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is presently experiencing what the United National Party (UNP) went through for nearly 20 years when it was in the opposition. A section of SLFP members, especially some representatives of the grassroots level, are on a feverish mission to bring ‘Mahinda’ back to lead the General Election Campaign of the SLFP as its Prime Ministerial…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
Spokesperson for the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA), staunch supporter of the Maithripala regime and shrill advocate of good governance Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri posed a question to certain individuals on Facebook.  He wants to know what they think are the political meanings of a political force Wimal Wererawansa, Dayan Jayatilleka and Vasudeva Nanayakkara are putting together with Mahinda Rajapaksa…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
“Is this President Sirisena’s government? If this government belongs to President Sirisena, how on earth do the SLFP supporters get hammered in villages? How do SLFP supporters lose their jobs? What we ask President Sirisena is to have his own government by having Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister.  The SLFP cannot form a government at the next election without...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
The rally held in Nugegoda on February 18 was history making. It was a well-attended gathering with a massive crowd probably close to 50,000 filling up all the space available in the built up town center.    People from distant places like Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Badulla and Amparai had come as revealed by the attendance books placed in various places in the…
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
No confidence motion, which was presented against Public Order Minister John Amaratunga with the signatures of 114 MPs in the House, certainly came as a shock to the UNP-led Maithrpala Sirisena government. It was a clear indication that the United People’s Freedom Alliance, which is the main opposition coalition at the moment, still wields the majority power in Parliament.
Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
Sri Lanka’s minorities especially, TNA and SLMC, have voted for a change in a bid to solve their problems. Has the new government done enough to solve these issues? At present the focus is on how far the government has progressed in the 100 day program. We see and hear news relating to many corruption charges, highlighted by the media.
Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
Before the recently held presidential election, none of the political parties in Sri Lanka had a more sophisticated propaganda mechanism than the United National Party. The UNP propaganda mechanism was more sophisticated than propaganda machinations of other parties as the UNP was in full control of its message. The ‘message’, more often than not, was created at the top and...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
President Maithripala Sirisena’s days are numbered.  That’s by his own admission, publicly announced in the speech he made immediately after being sworn in as the country’s president. He announced that he will not be sworn in a second time.  As such he numbered his own days, one can argue.  Given that he campaigned for a limitation of the very same...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
The interim budget statement, presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake on Thursday, was election, oriented in more ways than one. At the same time, it is different from the election, oriented budget presented by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in October, last year, just days before he announced the presidential election.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
The Opposition showed its might on the third day of new parliament on Friday. They not only flexed muscles, but also had their own way proving that a government without a clear majority in parliament is nothing but a very fragile one. Nobody knows how many members are there in the government nor opposition because the entire 225-member House has...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
“Where is yahapalanaya (good governance) in the new overnment?” Now this seems to be the million dollar question, at this juncture. Two and a half weeks after its election, the new government, led by President Mathripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has already shown some ominous signs where the idea of good governance is concerned.
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
I am getting a little tired of all the hype of Mahinda Rajapaksa being the worst and most autocratic President of this country. Everyone else has conveniently forgotten J.R Jayewardene the architect of the 1978 Executive Presidency. The all powerful Executive President who could overrule Parliament was created to ensure that the elite UNP could always remain in power.
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
One and a half months ago, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the fifth Executive President of Sri Lanka, seemed invincible. He was surrounded by a family clique who wielded immense power in the country’s political sphere. He was the war-winning President as well as the leader of the Commonwealth nations who met in Colombo one and a half years back. It looked...
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Sri Lankans now have new President and another opportunity to focus their hearts and minds on the ethnicity based national question. The issue in hand is the feeling amongst some Tamils that they are not regarded as equal citizens of the country and they have not had merit based opportunities, particularly in education and jobs.
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Although former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was praised for ensuring a smooth transfer of power to the new president, details that have surfaced after its exit mar the picture. Former common opposition circles, on Friday, claimed that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the former Secretary of Defence attempted to retain power through military...
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00
The polls for the election of the President of Sri Lanka have just closed at the time of writing, and results are likely to be in during the next 18 hours. It seemed like a good idea now to declare publicly how I voted.I do so because we tend to fudge our previous opinions as soon as we find out…
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

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