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Some believe that there was something wrong with the ‘auspicious time’ at which the late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike formed the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in 1952. Although the party has managed to come to power on seven occasions over the past 62 years, it also lost seven general secretaries in the same process. The seventh general secretary to leave the...
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
From the Floor - Switching political alliances and talks of possible crossovers reigned above almost all the other affairs of Parliament last week. It had been long predicted that once the President proclaims the next presidential polls, the crossover time would commence and the so-called Common Candidate would uncover his face. Many in the parliamentary circuit knew Maithripala Sirisena to...
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
The Supreme Court has now given its opinion on the ‘vexed question’ on President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s third term presidency. The apex court’s opinion, which was devised on Monday, was sent to the Temple Trees and was subsequently read in Parliament by Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva amidst interruptions by the Opposition. However, the highlight of the...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
India seemed really disturbed this time for it got TNA to criticise Lanka’s rapidly growing relations with China in Parliament on Friday (14). TNA parliamentary group Leader R Sampanthan made use of the time given to his party - 30 minutes and obtained five additional minutes from the UNP, during the committee stage debate on budget 2015 under the expenditure…
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
While other political parties of the opposition were having discussions with the Movement for a Just society on forming a common alliance before the next presidential election, the G-20 group of the main opposition party met on Friday evening to discuss its standpoint on fielding a UNP-backed common candidate.
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
While debate on budget 2015 is proceeding as per the schedule, the much talked about topic in the lobbies of Parliament is whether Matara District MP Mangala Samaraweera is returning to the SLFP or not. While the die-hard UNPers and wishful thinkers argue the possibilities and impossibilities, pros and cons of MP Samaraweera joining the forces with government in the…
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
While the political parties of the opposition are still playing hide-and-seek with the so-called common candidate, a serious doubt is looming large over the political sphere of Sri Lanka as to whether the presidential election will be postponed or not!What gave rise to this doubt was the confirmation by the Catholic Church of Sri Lanka...
Full Article Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00
I mean the lunatic fringe in Sri Lanka who are forever (well, since Mahinda Rajapakse became President forever that is) in the lookout for a “common” candidate to oppose Mahinda Rajapaksa. Almost ten years of Mahinda Rajapaksa must feel like an eternity to these Commoners. Tea Baggers, more formerly known as members of the Tea Party are the American gun...
Full Article Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00
Just two months before a crucial presidential election, a sense of opposition is growing within the rampart of the UPFA government with the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a constituent party of the ruling coalition, declaring war on Executive Presidency and certain aspects of the present system of governance.JHU Parliamentary group leader Athuraliye Rathana Thera, who was a staunch backer of
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
While it is widely speculated that a presidential election is likely to be held before January 15, political parties of the opposition are busy formulating their political strategies to turn the tables on the government, using presidential polls as a platform.  Upbeat with the outcome of the Uva Provincial Council election, the United National Party is now in the process…
Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00
Leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF), Mano Ganesan says that the results of the recently held Uva Provincial Council polls came as a shock to the Government. In an interview to The Nation, Ganesan added that his party was in the process of holding discussions with the United National Party (UNP) and opposition parties with regard to forging an
Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
The Parliament met twice last week-Thursday and Friday- and there was nothing so important than deciding the dates for the budget 2015, for it had been considered as one of the indications of things to come in next couple of months. With the months ahead regarded as a prelude of a presidential election, everyone was keen on the dates assigned…
Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
Two different assaults have shaken Sri Lanka in the past few days. One was the assault on a street prostitute in Ratnapura called ‘Batti’. The second was the assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Chris Nonis. The alleged perpetrators of the assaults are a police officer, and a Member of Parliament.
Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00
President Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, held in New York, USA. President Rajapaksa spoke on the theme ‘Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda’. He also spoke of addressing multiple challenges and creating an equitable world. The following are excerpts of the speech.
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Barack Obama, President of the United States of America addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations last week.  He made a long and impassioned speech, touching on key global issues, but as expected justifying everything that the USA has done and does and making a case for ‘more of the same whether you like it or not’.    The man…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
On the face of it, the referendum held last week on the future of Scotland and therefore the future of the British union, has some relevance for Sri Lanka.  After all it was about separation.  This is why it excited the Eelamist commentariat.  The fact that the Scottish people chose, by majority, to remain in the union need not dampen…
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00
A day before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese journalists based in New Delhi. He expressed confidence in building ties between India and China, referring to the age old connection between the two lands, even coining a new term to describe his ambitions for the Sino-Indian ties. “If I have to describe…
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00
Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces the twin challenges of external pressure for an international probe into allegations of war crimes and internal pressure over the dialogue process with the Tamil National Alliance. In his first interview since meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, he spoke to Suhasini Haidar of ‘The Hindu’ about the UNHRC resolution and the possibility
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Election fever is hotting up with the Uva Provincial Council polls just days away. Party leaders who met on September 7 to draw up the agenda for the first week of sittings for this month decided that two days of sittings should be dropped to facilitate the absence of members whose services were needed very much in the two districts…
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
The Uva Provincial Election is just a few weeks away. The election has attracted some attention despite not being a national election since it has been injected with national importance due to the omnipresent discussion on the next presidential election. The government and various opposition parties are considering the election as a litmus test for the upcoming presidential election
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

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