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Rajapaksa Presidential Campaign: Court calls for Auditor General’s Report Over Sil Redi Distribution

The Supreme Court yesterday called for the Auditor General's report pertaining to distribution of "Sil Redi" (fabrics used by devotees to observe sill) during...

How the UNP Came to Adopt Maithripala Sirisena

January 8 is remembered for change. First there was the brutal killing in broad daylight of Journalist and Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga who stood out...

One Year Ago: How Rajapaksa was Toppled – Krishantha Cooray

( Ranil W. held the key in common candidate selection) Victory never falls from the sky. In politics victories are produced when the conditions for...

Why Mahinda Worried about Prageeth, Lasantha Murder Investigations

Today this column records the true story of Mahinda Rajapaksa's recent photograph released to the Facebook by his son Namal in which Mahinda was...

Strengthening UNP-SLFP Unity is of Paramount National Importance – Jehan Perera

The passage of the second reading of the budget by a 2/3 majority in Parliament is an indication that the National Unity Government led...

Staggering External Debt: Lanka’s Economy May Dip Similar to Greece – Economists

Tax experts and economic analysts cautioned that the country’s economy may take a dip similar to Greece which needed bail outs to avoid defaults...

Government Regains Forward Momentum – Jehan Perera

It was the post-presidential election period this year that saw dramatic changes in the polity. The fear of government backed death squads and mob...

Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Hit By Rajapaksa Legacy

The Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) is the latest state owned institution that is reported to have fallen into the category of cash strapped...

At UN, President of Sri Lanka Details Country’s ‘ New Vision’ Built on Sustainability and Reconciliation

(President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak) 30 September 2015 – After years...

Sri Lanka’s Chinese Election – Brahma Chellaney

NEW DELHI – Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election this month promises to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the...

President’s Dilemma About Dissolving Parliament – Jehan Perera

The demand for the dissolution of parliament is getting increasingly compelling. Civil society leaders, such as the Ven Maduluwave Sobitha, who led the movement...

“How Can UPFA Nominate MR as Prime Ministerial Candidate?,” Asks Maithri

( Rajapaksa campaigning with film stars) President Maithripala Sirisena, breaking his silence for the first time, has told SLFP seniors that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa...

Sri Lanka’s Wounds of War

The new Sri Lankan government must make reconciliation a top priority in order to move the country past a brutal, decades-long civil war. By Shashank...

US Official to Study State of Media in Lanka

A US State Department official is to visit Sri Lanka this week to study the state of the media following the January 8 elections. Deputy...

Civil Society Demands Urgent Dissolution of House

Leading civil society organizations and actors have called for an urgent parliamentary election to overcome the current political deadlock. * In a joint statement 17...

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon telephones President Maithripala Sirisena

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appreciated the new Government’s forward march under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, which builds peace and reconciliation in...

Sirisena-Ranil And The Art Of The Possible – Kumar David

"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall" "Excellent joke!" Whether this is a Ranil-Sirisena (R&S) government or an S&R one, is significant. It certainly...

Sri Lanka: Domestic Mechanism in June; New Parliament by September – President

The domestic mechanism to investigate allegations over the war will be in place by June, President Maithripala Sirisena said. He also said that  a new...

A new Sri Lanka? – Alan Keenan

Sri Lanka appeared to turn a new leaf with the election in January 2015 of President Maithripala Sirisena. This put an end to rule...

Much Needs to Be Done to Ensure That The Overall Environment For the Media in Sri Lanka

Joint Statement/ International Media Assessment Mission to Sri Lanka. 14 May 2015. The International Media Assessment Mission to Sri Lanka visited Sri Lanka from 8 to...

Sri Lanka: Something has Begun – Namini Wijedasa

(The Maithripala Sirisena government in Sri Lanka wins appreciation in its initial months, but it’s not all smooth-sailing just yet.) Sri Lanka’s new leader Maithripala...

The 100-Day Question: Will President Sirisena Dissolve Parliament and Call the Rajapaksa Bluff?

by Rajan Philips. If there is ever a time for political leadership to act in disregard of consensus, it is now. There was a time...

Sri Lankan President Seeks Support to Curb Executive Powers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena appealed Thursday for support for legislation to check the enormous powers of the presidency,...

Measuring Change in Sri Lanka – Yardstick After 100 Days

At the conclusion of the 100 day programme of Sri Lanka's new Government we thought it would be timely to issue an update to...

Mahinda and Gota Summoned by Bribery Commission

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been asked to report to the Bribery Commission (BC) this week to record...

Illegal Consignment Re-Exported

By Nirmala Kannangara. Questions have been raised as to who gave orders to Sri Lanka Customs to allegedly re-export an illegal consignment of Red sandalwood...

Presidential Election Abuses by Rajapaksas

It is amidst an impending parliamentary election that more details of abuses and irregularities at the January presidential election are now emerging. A shocking...

Journalist Faces Charges After Publishing Report Critical of Sri Lankan Police

New York, April 9, 2015-A freelance journalist for a Tamil-language daily in Sri Lanka has been charged in connection with a story he wrote...

Jayampathy on 19th A, Electoral Reforms and 100-day Program

Q;What are your remarks about the 19th Amendment? A: The 19th Amendment that was gazetted has now been presented to Parliament. In the meantime...

general Daya Ratnayake : Gota’s Main Man..!

Daya Ratnayake was Gota's main man. Gota's wish was Daya's command. Daya really was just what Gota needed. There wasn't a thing Daya wouldn't...
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