Monthly Archives: January 2017

The island of missed opportunities

The island of missed opportunities

Despite the painstaking work done by the multi-party constitution drafting committees, and the public consultations on which their reports were based, the proposed constitution for Sri Lanka may not see the light of day anytime soon. Analysts attribute this to entrenched fears among the main …

Time for a political solution

Time for a political solution

Two years after the national unity government took power on the promise of reform and change, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe combine needs to recover the earlier momentum Two years after Sri Lankans made an emphatic point by voting for change, which President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister …

TNA positive

TNA positive

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it was ‘fairly positive’ in the overall context about the reports submitted by the six subcommittees with proposals for making the new Constitution. The TNA, which is the main Opposition of Parliament, had its Parliamentary group meeting yesterday. …

Trump’s rejection of the intelligence community is a danger to the nation.

Trump’s rejection of the intelligence community is a danger to the nation.

When I wrote in August 2016, in this newspaper, that Donald J. Trump’s character traits posed a national security threat, I didn’t imagine that the first manifestation of that dynamic could play out with the very organization where I spent the first 33 years of my …

Putin led a complex Cyberattack scheme

Putin led a complex Cyberattack scheme

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia directed a vast cyberattack aimed at denying Hillary Clinton the presidency and installing Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office, the nation’s top intelligence agencies said in an extraordinary report they delivered on Friday to Mr. Trump. The officials …

India opposes bid to shape ETCA to suit political exigencies

India opposes bid to shape ETCA to suit political exigencies

Negotiations between India and Sri Lanka on an  Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) hit the hard road at an officials-level meeting held here on January 4 and 5. Informed sources told Express that the Sri Lankan side was pressing the Indians to make certain concessions explicitly …

Protests over port deal

Protests over port deal

At least 21 people were injured yesterday in violent clashes between Sri Lankan government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake. Police used tear …

The year of the American Commando

The year of the American Commando

They could be found on the outskirts of Sirte, Libya, supporting local militia fighters, and in Mukalla, Yemen, backing troops from the United Arab Emirates. At Saakow, a remote outpost in southern Somalia, they assisted local commandos in killing several members of the terror group …

There must be a federal system

There must be a federal system

The leaders and parliamentarians of the Ilankai Tamil Arusu Katchchi (ITAK), the Eelam People Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), the People Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) met at the Opposition Leader’s residence on 6 January. The constituent parties of …

Police bracing for protest

Police bracing for protest

Sri Lanka police are bracing for a big protest by thousands of Buddhist monks and opposition supporters against a government decision to lease a major seaport to a Chinese-controlled venture. The government is holding an inauguration ceremony Saturday for the 99-year lease of Hambantota port …