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Kalani Kumarasinghe is a Colombo based journalist covering gender, child rights, ethnic relations and socio-political issues in Sri Lanka. Since 2013 Kalani has worked in broadcast and print media and currently serves as the Features Editor of Daily Mirror.

Have the governing MPs really understood the Online Safety Bill?

25 Jan 2024 - 17     - 2526

An amended Online Safety Bill was passed in Parliament on Wednesday, despite calls from the opposition to delay the debating of the Bill and international organisations urging extensive revisions to be made. The final reading of the Bill however was approved without a vote.


Tourism is on the rise again, but what does Colombo offer our overseas visitors?

12 Dec 2023 - 25     - 3592

Sri Lanka appears on course to meet its 1.5 million tourist target for 2023, and have set their sights on increasing that number by 1 million next year. But for all the history, culture and natural beauty the country has to offer, how much does Colombo contribute to the tourism industry?


This Week in Our Comments Section: Can a legend save Sri Lanka cricket?

28 Nov 2023 - 12     - 3054

In the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s dreadful Cricket World Cup campaign, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Shammi Silva called on a former cricketing legend to take over the team. Here are some of your comments on the story.


This Week in Our Comments Section: Who runs Sri Lanka Cricket?

27 Nov 2023 - 6     - 1295

President Ranil Wickremesinghe last week clarified suggestions that BCCI Secretary Jay Shah was running Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Here are some comments from our readers.


How low will our MPs go?

24 Nov 2023 - 18     - 1600

How low will our MPs go?


This week in our comment’s section: Ranjith Bandara at Cope

21 Nov 2023 - 0     - 862

COPE Chair Prof. Ranjith Bandara dominated the headlines this week. Here’s a look at what our readers had to say.


Should our taxes pay for nepotism?

21 Nov 2023 - 2     - 389

Having chosen not to disclose a previous connection to SLC, opening suggestions of conflict on interest, MP Bandara then appeared to prompt SLC officials to not answer certain questions being asked by fellow COPE members, a video of which went viral on social media.


What’s the most important topic in the country right now?

10 Nov 2023 - 3     - 326

So what’s the most important topic in the country right now?


A win for Diana, relief for SJB?

02 Nov 2023 - 2     - 1730

On Tuesday, a petition filed in the Court of Appeal against the State Minister, which was seeking an order to declare her not qualified to be a Member of Parliament, was dismissed.


Why does China need to conduct research in Sri Lankan waters?

28 Oct 2023 - 0     - 868

Why has a Chinese ship, docking in Sri Lanka, raised concerns in India and the United States?


Parliament debates Israel-Palestine conflict

24 Oct 2023 - 5     - 714

As the conflict between Israel and Palestine rages on, Sri Lanka’s Parliament expressed differing views during an adjournment debate on Friday.


Should Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have lifted Danushka Gunathilaka’s ban?

18 Oct 2023 - 16     - 1703

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Tuesday that a three-member independent inquiry committee, headed by a Retired High Court Judge, had unanimously recommended an ’’immediate lifting’’ of the cricket ban imposed on Gunathilaka by SLC last year following allegations of sexual assault against the cricketer.


Why is a State Minister paying MP Namal Rajapaksa’s electricity bills?

10 Oct 2023 - 17     - 1606

And more importantly, will the Minister be paying other people’s bills too?


In the news: The Online Safety Bill

06 Oct 2023 - 0     - 309

Sri Lanka could finally achieve its dream of becoming like Singapore Just not in the way you’d imagine


Hambantota Refinery

The shady bidders...

31 Mar 2023 - 5     - 4355

The Daily Mirror conducted a research on the six companies who had submitted Expressions of Interest over the proposed new refinery in Hambantota, other than Sinopec, and found shocking revelations with one company also being listed as ‘inactive’. Following are the results from the research.


The power of partnership

08 Dec 2022 - 1     - 1496

With decades of development coming undone in the face of an unrelenting economic crisis, private sector leaders are once again called to support humanitarian efforts,


Cutting a long saree short: Is saree taxing teachers?

01 Dec 2022 - 2     - 4513

In a much-anticipated move, the Cabinet yesterday approved to revoke the 2019 and 2022 circulars on the official attire of staff grade officers in the State sector,


‘Don’t tax my period’

08 Jun 2022 - 0     - 1772

In a partial triumph for activists demanding menstrual equity -the easy availability and accessibility of menstrual hygiene products- last week......


What’s next for the Sri Lankan Economy?

18 May 2022 - 0     - 3967

Monday’s briefing by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was a rude awakening for many across the country. Although several parliamentarians, economists and industry stakeholders....


‘I’m scared to see her face’

10 Sep 2020 - 23     - 11819

On August 13, a woman happened to meet a child who was in desperate need of help. The child’s only plea was “Aney Aunty, mawa beraganna” (Please save me Aunty). The child was promptly escorted to the Wattegama Police Station, in Kandy where they were made to sit for hours simply because of a snag in the country’s police system.