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Rotting From Within

Rotting From Within

In recent times, the political scandal you may not have heard about deals with the corridors of power in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ravi Karunanayake, the island nation’s foreign minister, recently stepped down due to serious (and credible) corruption concerns. This is a big deal and …

Multifarious dilemmas

Multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign …

Army in the North is using our arable lands

Army in the North is using our arable lands

Addressing the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) at Chief Minister’s Ministry Conference Hall, Kaithadi on 14 August, Chief Minister C V Vigneswaran said:”Let us not forget that still an Army of 150000 is stationed in the North using our arable lands, official buildings, using our natural resources …

A Century in the Tea Estates of Sri Lanka

A Century in the Tea Estates of Sri Lanka

August 2017 marks 150 years of tea production in Sri Lanka. To mark this anniversary, there have been several celebratory activities and events planned throughout the year, including a Global …

The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

In Sri Lanka’s North Central province, a land of crumbling Buddhist temples and gently swaying palms, farmers have cultivated rice for millennia. Until the 1960s, they relied on oxen, not …

Thirty years of soul-searching

Thirty years of soul-searching

Thirty years have passed, not so quietly, since President J.R. Jayewardene of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India signed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in July 1987. The …

Brakes on constitution making process?

Brakes on constitution making process?

The Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe regime in Sri Lanka is suffering from a stress induced migraine since its election in 2015, triggered by strikes from trade unions against foreign assisted development projects, strikes by doctors against a controversial private medical college, and the shadow of former …

A warning shot

A warning shot

The Sri Lankan government is in a bind over two important commitments it had solemnly made two years ago, one to the electorate of Sri Lanka, and the other to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Maithipala Sirisena and Ranil Wickemesinghe became Sri …

Sasitharan has made history

Sasitharan has made history

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj:                                                                  45 year old Ananthy Sasitharan made history when she was sworn …

The Northern Woman

The Northern Woman

By Gajalakshmi Paramasivam:                                              Ananthy Sasitharan was sworn in as the NPC Minister of Women’s Affairs, Rehabilitation, Social Services, Cooperatives, Food Supply and Distribution, …