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TNA split

TNA split

The Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) dropped a bombshell on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) last week when the party’s hierarchy decided to quit the alliance. The move comes in at a time when the Local Government elections are expected to be held early next …

Timely progress in structural reforms will support fiscal consolidation.

Timely progress in structural reforms will support fiscal consolidation.

  On December 6, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the third review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under the program supported by a three-year extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement. Completion of the review enables the …

We are comfortable living with the majority community

We are comfortable living with the majority community

Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) General Secretary Arumugam Thondaman, in an interview with Daily Mirror, spoke about the current political environment and his plans to contest the elections. Following are excerpts of the interview done with Thondaman. How do you view the current political environment as …

Tamil parties divided

Tamil parties divided

Realignment of the various Tamil groupings in the North and East, yet to take shape. As of now, it is still not clear, whether the local government elections in the North and East would be a four cornered or a five cornered fight.R. Sampanthan – …

CEB irks Sri Lanka cricket legend

CEB irks Sri Lanka cricket legend

Sri Lanka cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara publicly grouching about the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) not answering his calls has sparked a social media storm with both helpful tips and barbs thrown at him. Five days after complaining that the CEB was not taking his calls, …

Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs

Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need More American Bear Hugs

By Taylor Dibbert:  The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a …

Minister justifies refusal to raise flag

Minister justifies refusal to raise flag

Kandiah Sarveswaran, Education Minister of Northern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka, who triggered a controversy last week over his refusal to unfurl the national flag of the island-nation, has justified his act. At the same time, he asserted that he did not “disrespect” the flag. …

Bring about change and be the change

Bring about change and be the change

The Indian High Commissioner in Si Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, told young participants in the Second Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship here that they should not only bring about change for the better, but also be the change themselves. He said that there are many …

Can the two parties continue to work together?

Can the two parties continue to work together?

Two years and three months after the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) formed the National Unity Government, doubts are being raised as to whether the two parties can continue to co-habitat for the duration of the present Parliament. The …

Sri Lankans favor China due to religion, politics

Sri Lankans favor China due to religion, politics

Mendis, an associate-in-research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, discussed relations between China and Sri Lanka with special attention to recent criticisms by India. The Indian government has chided Sri Lanka in the past few years for being too closely aligned …