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Sat, 24 Aug 2019
We have recently seen religious dignitaries, both Buddhist and Christian, vociferously voicing their views on politics. As a mere observer, I think the time they have devoted to this would have been far better spent in the guiding of their flock.
I wonder how many people remember ‘Always Breakdown.’ It was probably the first political satire TV series in Sri Lanka, long before ‘Kathura,’ ‘Ethuma,’ and ‘And Company.’ The political figures....
The April 21 Easter Sunday Islamic State suicide bombing catastrophe turning into a blessing through the consolidation of an all-religions solidarity alliance, there was special significance for Sri Lanka in Thursday’s....
Reconciliation is not only for victims of war. It is a concept which should reach out to every citizen of Sri Lanka equally. Consultations that were carried out countrywide showed that while equity and fairness are....
This caption for the article may have strong disagreements, but I believe this presidential poll is just that. Run up to the presidential polls seems to rope in “nonentities”, though most who clamour for a “strong” Sinhala Buddhist president.
Out of the main four possible contenders for the presidency two have already confirmed their entry into the fray. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which can be identified as the real Sri Lanka Freedom Party....
The appointment of Shavendra Silva as the new Army Commander has brought the focus of the world’s super powers on an island which is still to recover from the mental wounds caused by a civil war which concluded in 2009.
Is democracy a cause worth dying for? This question assumes greater relevance amid fears that democracy is dying, as populists with little democratic credentials are elected to office even in iconic democracies.
The United National Party (UNP) used to be a disciplined party. When party members, stalwarts or others, went off course from the strict code of discipline which it imposed upon itself, they were punished, without exception. That was the code of cond
When the koha calls we know it is avurudu. When certain names are mentioned over and over again, we know elections are around the corner. Yes, Thajudeen, Lasantha and Ekneligoda.Throw in Keith Noyahr and Upali Tennekoon if you like. And of course whi
In the wake of Britain’s colonization of Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon came to be popular the world over as the producer of the world-famous Ceylon Tea. But from time immemorial, Sri Lanka was at various times described as Taprobane, Thambapane an
Well ahead of the presidential elections, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) announced its candidate for the Presidency. By announcing the name of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the party created a momentum. But, there is still time for electioneering. Ther
Minister Sajith Premadasa is experiencing days where everyone is loving him. Interestingly President Maithripala Sirisena and opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa have had encouraging words for him. Recently Rajapaksa had asked Sajith whether he shoul
The Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on two catholic churches and an evangelical church and two other five-star hotels have paralysed all possible imagination and thinking as to why these innocent people were made victims for some hidden
Is bond scam the only one of its kind our country encounters today? Let’s take a pre-election walk; do you hear the promises made, the ones they never intend to keep? Oh yes, they even condescend to shake your hand, but that’s not all, they also
With Gotabhaya Rajapaksa being declared the SLPP candidate for the Presidential Election and Anura Kumara Dissanayake, from an alliance led by the JVP also nominated, the Presidential race has started to warm up. With the tug of war taking place with
Every person who had attained the age of 18 is qualified to be an elector (voter) if he/she is a citizen of Sri Lanka. The exceptions are the situations where a citizen “is under any law in force in Sri Lanka found or declared to be of unsound mind
Multiple realities can co-exist. They often do. Two weeks after the scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution the ensuing debate is presenting the world many layers of the reality existing in the Jammu-Kashmir region.
Whether the former strongman Defence Secretary and youngest of the Rajapaksa brothers, Gotabhaya could be the next president of Sri Lanka is now being narrowed down to a technicality of the procedure governing the renunciation of the American citizen
Like what Sri Lanka did with the 12,000 surrendered LTTE cadres after winning Eelam War IV in 2009, China is re-educating and rehabilitating suspected and confirmed Islamic radicals from the troubled Muslim-majority Xinjiang province.
The period from 1947 to 1956 in Sri Lanka’s history is, more often than not, presented as an Eden before its fall. Part of the reason for this was the way in which independence was, and was not, secured. If there was no equivalent here for the mass
Kalutara district MP Kumara Welgama in an interview with ‘The Hindu’ said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should not field a sibling as the next Presidential candidate. He said family bandysm is not appropriate for the country and MR...
Rituals of ragging can be gruesome, sometimes deadly. Since 1975, there has been 16 ragging-related deaths and according to UGC, over 2000 students drop out every year in order to stay away from ragging.
Britain is on the verge of leaving the European Union. Or is it? On June 23, 2016 at the United Kingdom’s European Union membership referendum, also known as the ‘EU...
As we approach another cycle of elections, it is democracy that is at stake. And by democracy I do not only mean electoral democracy with the periodic moments of voting, even though that is also important.
Sri Lanka is again at crossroads with the presidential election due before December 9. The political drive since the newly-formed Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which swept the local government polls in February 2018
We have read much about what potential election candidates and Pohottuwa party’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa have had to say these days. Now its the turn for these presidential hopefuls to read the minds of voters and check out their needs.
Given that Sri
The upcoming presidential election is likely to be decided on one key issue – security. The candidate who the voters will perceive to be the most suitable to ensure their security and that of the country will win the election and become the preside
On the eve of the 1988 presidential election, it was rumoured that J.R. Jayewardene – who had by then assumed office twice as President – was planning to re-contest despite the Constitution introduced by him in 1978 provided for an individual to
Sunday in Colombo was Gotabaya’s day. Monday in Badulla was Sajith’s. Tuesday, it was reported, Ranil had his day with Sajith hurrying to meet his leader. Wednesday it was Poya for all to prove they are pious Sinhala Buddhists. All these days peo
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