Monthly Archives: January 2015

Election remains peaceful

Election remains peaceful

Sri Lankans voted peacefully in an election to choose their president on Thursday. Despite the high enthusiasm reflected in the massive turnout, violent incidents were markedly low. Officials point out that the calm is remarkable, because the campaign was too nasty. The turnout is estimated …

Schools in Western Province to be closed for Pope’s visit

Schools in Western Province to be closed for Pope’s visit

In view of Pope Francis One’s upcoming five-day visit to Sri Lanka, the island nation’s Western Province has announced the closure of several schools from 11 to 15 January . All government, semi-government and private schools are closed from 07 to 09 January for the …

It’s Rajapaksa vs. Anti-incumbency

It’s Rajapaksa vs. Anti-incumbency

Nearly 15 million voters in Sri Lanka will go to polls on Thursday, delivering their verdict on whether President Mahinda Rajapaksa will obtain his dream third term, or make way for his chief rival Maithripala Sirisena. The contest for the island’s eighth presidential election began …

No faith election will bring about political change

No faith election will bring about political change

The Jaffna University Students’ Union releasing a statement on 06 January 2015 said, the Presidential election on January 08, will in no way help to bring about a permanent political solution to the Tamils. “We do not have a drop of faith that this election will …

Winner must address Tamil issue: BJP

Winner must address Tamil issue: BJP

The winner of the Sri Lankan presidential election Thursday must first address the Tamil issue, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Jolly said Wednesday. “Whoever wins in Sri Lanka should first address the Tamil issue,” he said, wishing “all the best” to both President Mahinda …

Kerry urges violence-free Presidential poll

Kerry urges violence-free Presidential poll

   United States Secretary of State John Kerry has called Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ensure that the presidential election scheduled for today is free from violence. The United States Wednesday said it supports a free and fair electoral process in Sri Lanka that …

Sri Lanka’s political outlook shaky, whoever wins knife-edge election

Sri Lanka’s political outlook shaky, whoever wins knife-edge election

In a measure of how far Thursday’s presidential election in Sri Lanka has become a knife-edge contest, diplomats here have been checking the rules in case of a dead heat: according to a 1981 act, the rival candidates would draw lots to settle on a …

Delhi officially mum but watches closely

Delhi officially mum but watches closely

As Sri Lanka votes in what promises to be a surprisingly close presidential contest on Friday, India is watching closely. Officially, it has no preferences and can do business whoever is elected to power. But sources indicate that a structural change in the Sri Lankan …

As Vote Nears, Astrologer for Sri Lanka’s President Faces Ultimate Test of His Skills

As Vote Nears, Astrologer for Sri Lanka’s President Faces Ultimate Test of His Skills

Few people will be watching this week’s presidential election in Sri Lanka with more pointed interest than a balding, prosperous-looking man wearing a gold amulet under his shirt, who claims the title of “royal astrologer.” For decades, the astrologer, Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena, has stood beside the …

Why Sri Lanka’s Election Matters for China

Why Sri Lanka’s Election Matters for China

Of all the world leaders watching the outcome of Sri Lanka’s presidential elections tomorrow, Chinese President Xi Jinping has the most at stake. China has poured money into the island nation off India’s southern coastline over the past decade to become its largest investor, top …