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Fallout of the local government elections continues

Fallout of the local government elections continues

The fallout of the local government elections continues as a political crisis. The anti-Muslim violence, the no-confidence motion and its defeat are the latest manifestations of a government that is …

Improving access to justice

Improving access to justice

In areas heavily affected by the former conflict that afflicted Sri Lanka for 25 years, such as Jaffna District, essentials documents such as passports, ID cards, and marriage, birth and death certificates, were often lost or destroyed. Yet, “as the most vulnerable people from rural …

Lessons from a neighbour

Lessons from a neighbour

Last Wednesday, parliamentarians debated a no-confidence motion moved by Opposition MPs. The debate began at 9.30 am and by the time the vote was counted, it was 9.30 pm. All the government’s shortcomings were discussed threadbare. Ruling party legislators gave as good as they got. …

China had built infrastructure in Sri Lanka worth US$ 15 billion

China had built infrastructure in Sri Lanka worth US$ 15 billion

By the end of 2017, Chinese companies had completed more than US$15 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka in the field of transportation, water supply, electricity, ports and …

Recalling the mandate

Recalling the mandate

Last week, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion against him, saving the country’s first national unity government from a devastating fall. Now, with President Maithripala Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe agreeing to stay united and reshuffle the cabinet, the government can, at …

Surviving the no-trust vote

Surviving the no-trust vote

The resounding defeat of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Sri Lanka’s parliament provides an opportunity for its bickering leaders to reassess their priorities. However, it may …

Political Hara Kiri

Political Hara Kiri

The No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsingheis to be taken up for debate and voting in Parliament on April 4. It is clear that whether the NCM is defeated or not, it will be a clear case of political hara kiri for …

Facebook came along and made things worse

Facebook came along and made things worse

With Sri Lanka under a state of emergency after a spasm of anti-Muslim bloodshed, lawyer Jeevanee Kariyawasam went on Facebook to complain. The company hadn’t blocked users inciting violence, she …

Muslims of Sri Lanka Or Muslims in Sri Lanka?

Muslims of Sri Lanka Or Muslims in Sri Lanka?

Former advisor on Muslim issues to the Howard government in Australia, Dr Ameer Ali is a graduate of the University of Ceylon who went on to read for a Master of Philosophy from the London School of Economics and obtained his PhD from the University …

Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka

Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka

Little disturbs the serenity of Guan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, as her statue sits in contemplation at the centre of Mattala Rajapaksa international airport. The last flight from the …