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  • Sri Lanka to incur huge amounts in honoring PM Wicremasinghe Read more >

    Sri Lanka to incur huge amounts in honoring PM Wicremasinghe

    Image: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offers prayers at Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Tirupati ( Hindustan Times) Issuing a statement ‘Transparency International Sri Lanka’ has called for  the cancellation of countrywide celebrations planned to celebrate Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 40 years in public service and  to organise alternative celebrations without public resources, human or monetary. […]

  • Sri Lanka becomes more corrupt Read more >

    Sri Lanka becomes more corrupt

    Sri Lanka ranked at 95 in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016, dropping down the rank by 12 slots when compared to 2015. The report released by Transparency International, the global movement against corruption, ranks countries according to the perceived level of public sector corruption. Sri Lanka was ranked at 95 out of 176 counties […]

  • Understanding the current regime  – Sunil Bastian Read more >

    Understanding the current regime – Sunil Bastian

    Image:Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena at a religious ceremony, courtesy of Economy Next. Very soon it will be two years since the election of President Sirisena. His victory was consolidated in the general election held in August 2015. There was a lot of euphoria when this regime change took place. I was […]

  • Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe vow reconciliation in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe vow reconciliation in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday vowed to achieve reconciliation in the country, even as former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa warned the government against any steps endangering the unitary character of the state. Maithripala Sirisena, Sirisena, Sri Lanka President, Sri Lanka contracts, Sri Lanka corruption, Sri Lanka corrupt contracts, Sri Lanka […]

  • Another January 08th is Needed to Force the Govt to Stick Together & Deliver the Reform Agenda Read more >

    Another January 08th is Needed to Force the Govt to Stick Together & Deliver the Reform Agenda

    Image: One of the biggest demonstration calling for democratic reforms was headed by late Rev Maduluwawe Sobhitha threo after the new govt was elected. Interview with J. C. Weliamuna. President Maithripala Sirisena’s comment during a speech at ‘Sathviru Heritage’ function at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) organized to transfer ownership of houses and properties […]

  • Sri Lanka President signals end to honeymoon Read more >

    Sri Lanka President signals end to honeymoon

    Sri Lanka’s President Wednesday signalled that his honeymoon with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s administration was wearing thin and he would not hesitate to take “stern action.” In his most hard-hitting remarks since coming to power, Sirisena lambasted the three main anti-graft organisations, including the independent bribery commission, for what he called politically motivated prosecutions. In […]

  • Ranil Blasts Daily FT for Sabotaging Economy! Read more >

    Ranil Blasts Daily FT for Sabotaging Economy!

    (Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gestures during his address at the meeting in Kandy on Saturday ) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a speech in Kandy on Saturday, launched a scathing attack on media organisations he claimed were trying to destabilise the country, saying they needed to be “taught a lesson”. Speaking at a United National […]

  • Sri Lanka: Business Confidence Plummets To A 28-month Low Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Business Confidence Plummets To A 28-month Low

    “The barometer of biz confidence plummets, as recent tax hikes and policy uncertainty have members of the corporate community scratching their heads over what the future holds,” says leading business magazine LMD, in its July edition. It adds that the June LMD-Nielsen Business Confidence Index (BCI) suffered another sharp fall, continuing its southbound trajectory – […]

  • Sri Lanka: Protect Freedom Of The Wild Ass – Gamini Weerakoon

    The TV anchorman, who revealed his temptation at hurling a ‘gadol baage’ – half brick – on Sri Lankan operatic soprano Kishani Jayasinghe, has been hit by a ton of bricks. Kishani Jayasinghe, recipient of high international acclaim as a soprano, gave a spell-binding rendition of the old Lankan favourite Danno Budunge in operatic style […]

  • Media Freedom in Sri Lanka: The ‘Lackey’ Tag and a Prime Minister’s Anger – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena Read more >

    Media Freedom in Sri Lanka: The ‘Lackey’ Tag and a Prime Minister’s Anger – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

    These are curious times indeed. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his supporters who treated the Sri Lankan media and the legal system as their family hunting ground are struggling to emerge as newfound libertarians. We witness with enormous skepticism their ‘strutting and fretting’ on the political stage to protect the propriety of appointment to the […]

  • Sri Lanka PM Takes on GMOA, Daily Mirror, Derana TV Read more >

    Sri Lanka PM Takes on GMOA, Daily Mirror, Derana TV

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today rejected allegations made by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) that his office had pressurized the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to carry out investigations against its members and some media organizations. Making a statement, Mr. Wickremesinghe said the allegation was far from being the truth. He said he had inquired […]

  • PM’s Security Division Humiliates Journalists Read more >

    PM’s Security Division Humiliates Journalists

    The Prime Ministerial Security Division officials yesterday humiliated journalists who were covering the inauguration of the Sectoral Oversight Committees workshop, where British Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart happened to say that Sri Lankan journalists were very powerful and would not toe the line of the rulers of the country. The three-day workshop for MPs commenced at […]

  • Sri Lanka PM Condemns Derana TV for Calling a Woman a ‘Bitch’; Station Suspends the Presenter Read more >

    Sri Lanka PM Condemns Derana TV for Calling a Woman a ‘Bitch’; Station Suspends the Presenter

    (Kishani Jayasinghe, singer who sung the song) Describing the way she sang ‘Danno Budunge’. Condemning a television station for using the term ‘belli’ (meaning bitch) to describe the way a woman sang ‘Danno budunge’ at the Independence Day ceremony, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he will be summoning the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and the […]

  • Media Bashing Begins: The Honeymoon with New Govt. Ends Read more >

    Media Bashing Begins: The Honeymoon with New Govt. Ends

    Any journalist worth his salt knows only too well, the media is the darling of politicians only when they are out of power. When in power, unless one is absolutely willing to toe their line, journalists soon becomefoes from being friends. Hence, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe‘s outburst against journalists and several media organisations is not […]

  • Sri Lanka: WARNING 2016 Read more >

    Sri Lanka: WARNING 2016

    Al  Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers and State Ministers will be strictly warned by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe not to violate collective cabinet responsibility and responsibility to the Government of Unity in 2016 which action would face serious consequences, authoritative sources told Nation. They said the three categories of ministers are to […]

  • Sri Lanka: The Next Frontier in Constitutional Voyage Read more >

    Sri Lanka: The Next Frontier in Constitutional Voyage

    ( J.R. Jayawardena, Colvin R.De Silva and Ranil Wickremesinghe) by Rajan Philips. Time will tell if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Lecture, on December 11, 2015, will become a historical companion to JR Jayewardene’s December 1966 address to the Ceylon Association for the Advancement of Science (CAAS, now SLAAS), and Dr. Colvin R […]

  • PM: Media Commission Crucial for Media Standards Read more >

    PM: Media Commission Crucial for Media Standards

    Establishing an effective media commission and an Independent Broadcasting Commission is crucial to uphold media principles particularly in the private media sector, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. He emphasised the need for the state-owned media to practice unbiased reporting. “Today, the State media and large media houses pose a threat to media freedom,” the Premier […]

  • Budget for Business: A Red Flag for the People – Ahilan Kadirgamar

    The 2016 Budget has been welcomed by the business and economic establishment. The big question is whether economic policies good for business are necessarily good for the economy and the people? To what extent are the economic policies in the 2016 Budget and the Prime Minister’s Economic Policy Statement different from the crisis-prone economic policies […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Unexpected Political Opening Won’t Last Forever

    After two big elections and the passage of another UN Human Rights Council resolution, is Sri Lanka’s new government really sincere about deeper reform? By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s new government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, has now made a range of assurances via an extensive reform agenda and is now faced with the trickier […]

  • Anura Kumara Names 10 Large Cases of Fraud and Corruption Read more >

    Anura Kumara Names 10 Large Cases of Fraud and Corruption

    24 serious charges of plunder of public assets committed during Mahinda Rajapaksa regime and a special revelation regarding frauds and corruption of the present government were presented by the JVP Leader Anura Dissanayaka in Parliament on the 4th. Also, frauds and corruption committed during the UNP regime that existed until 1994, frauds and corruption of […]

  • Sri Lanka’s New Regime Faces Major Split Over Arms Scandal

     ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s coalition faced the first major threat of a split Thursday as two key ministers threatened to either quit or bring down cabinet colleagues defending the Avant Garde arms scandal. Clashes erupted at Thursday’s cabinet meeting which followed a parliamentary debate during which two government ministers made stunning declarations that […]

  • Sri Lanka: Anti Corruption Drive Derailed ? Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Anti Corruption Drive Derailed ?

    (Rajapaksa will go scot-free as no charges has been bought against him so far) Local and international press has started to question whether the anti-Corruption drive of the present government is being derailed. Inspector General of Police and Attorney General has come under continued criticism form the web media which has been strongest backers of […]

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