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Tough proposition to expect Rajapaksa and Joint Opposition to change their attitude towards constitutional reforms

Tough proposition to expect Rajapaksa and Joint Opposition to change their attitude towards constitutional reforms

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham:               Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan, participating in the final debate of the second reading of the Budget in Parliament last week, made an impassioned plea to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa …

Developing the ‘World’s Emptiest Airport’

Developing the ‘World’s Emptiest Airport’

In the talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to be held in New Delhi on November 23, the main issues will be speeding up implementation of joint development projects and India’s offer to invest in  the Mattala …

The Constitution conundrum

The Constitution conundrum

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his team’s attempts to change the Constitution have been facing a series of obstacles. President Maithripala Sirisena and his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are not enthusiastically backing the reforms initiative and almost all Buddhist monks are opposed …

A reluctant politician?

A reluctant politician?

Four years ago, when Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran took the plunge into Sri Lankan politics, he was, in his own words, a “reluctant politician”. Today, everyone else – his own party and the alliance it is part of – has turned reluctant about him and his …

Will TNA be affected by EPRLF’s split?

Will TNA be affected by EPRLF’s split?

After a long-running wrangling between its main constituent party and the other relatively smaller parties, the main Tamil coalition – the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) – seems to have finally split clearly. Suresh Premachandran, the leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), one …

The forgotten people

The forgotten people

In recent months, the focus of the media has been on the Rohingya refugees in India. But the plight of Sri Lankan refugees, who have been here for nearly 35 years, appears to have gone out of the public consciousness. The pathetic condition of shelters, …

A Port town’s story

A Port town’s story

“One job per family” is what Sri Lankan authorities promised families like that of Y.B. Henry while taking over their land in 2009 for a deep-water container port. Now ‘resettled’ on government-allocated land located 15 km away from the port, the nearly 475 families are …

Operation Pawan was a correct strategic call

Operation Pawan was a correct strategic call

Manish Tewari:                                                                           On November 5, 2017, I had the …

Winds of change in Indian Ocean security

Winds of change in Indian Ocean security

By Col R.Hariharan:  It looks like Sri Lanka’s balancing act in the China-India power play in the Indian Ocean is going to get more and more difficult the coming months and years. China’s assertion of economic and military power is poised to grow stronger in the …

Sri Lanka still not serious?

Sri Lanka still not serious?

As Sri Lanka prepares for the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on November 15th 2017, a critical look at how Sri Lanka has fared in its commitment …