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Push for New Military Agreement Runs Into Fierce Opposition in Sri Lanka

By Ana Pararajasingham. In view of its strategic location in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is of interest to both Washington and Beijing as they seek to...

Sri Lanka’s unfolding power struggle – Jayadeva Uyangoda

One fascinating dimension of the current political developments in Sri Lanka is the maturing power struggle between three groups of the Sinhalese political class....

On misplaced ecstasy and the loss of the ‘Yahapalanaya’ moment – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

Image: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves after appearing before a presidential commission of inquiry into issuance of treasury bonds in Colombo, Sri Lanka,...

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'...

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...

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...

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...

Sri Lanka PM Wickemesinghe likens Daily FT to Toilet Paper Over Critical Reporting

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday was critical of Daily FT News paper of the Wijeya Newspapers Limited, over two opinion articles in Wednesday's issue...

PM Wickremesinghe Blames Media for Jeopardizing the Yahapalana Coalition

Blaming media for jeopardizing the Yahapalana coalition  PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that  “the media is the greatest enemy of harmony between the two...

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...

ACF Requests President to Appoint a Presidential Commission on Treasury Bond Scam

( Arjun Mahendran: UNP plan is to save the real culprit and file a bogus case!) Anti-Corruption Front (ACF) calls for an independent presidential commission...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Ranil Wickremesinghe Factor in 2016 and beyond – Krishantha Cooray

e to hope that the country would be somewhere close to where the Finance Minister promises to take it come the 1st of January...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sri Lanka:The Time for Seemingly Sincere Pledges is Now Over – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

George Orwell once reminded us that ‘in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’ That powerful injunction came immediately...

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...

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...

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...
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