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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 …

Looking at Constitutional Reform

Looking at Constitutional Reform

The Diplomat’s Taylor Dibbert speaks with Sri Lankan civil society leader Jehan Perera about constitutional reform. Perera is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, a nongovernmental organization based in Colombo. The Diplomat: How have negotiations pertaining to a new constitution been going? Jehan …

A trusted lieutenant who turned into a ‘mole’

A trusted lieutenant who turned into a ‘mole’

It is now known that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) executed Mahattaya, the organisation’s deputy leader, in the mid-1990s on the charge of being an agent of Indian intelligence. A compilation of documents from the LTTE’s political wing published now says the dreaded …

Changes are cosmetic

Changes are cosmetic

By Apratim Mukarji: A foreign correspondent revisiting Jaffna town after a gap of twenty years or so faces every prospect of being surprised.His memories had remained clouded by the many sites and sounds of the prolonged civil war. A9 highway and almost all roads in …

A more autonomous Sri Lanka is in India’s interest

A more autonomous Sri Lanka is in India’s interest

As Sri Lanka’s Sinhalas oppose plans to bring in a new Constitution, Dinushika Dissanayake from a Colombo-based outfit says granting Tamils more autonomy is in India’s interest Dhairya Maheshwari speaks to Executive Director of Law & Society Trust, Colombo, Dinushika Dissanayake, to make sense of …

What made Prabakaran change his mind

What made Prabakaran change his mind

J.N. Dixit in his book, Assignment Colombo, had recalled the lengthy exchange he had with Prabakaran on all the details of the agreement in the presence of MGR and Panruti S. Ramachandran. “But Prabakaran remained indecisive and demanded that he be sent back to Jaffna. …

Adam’s Bridge will not be damaged

Adam’s Bridge will not be damaged

A report said on Thursday that the Union government has taken a decision not to go ahead with the original alignment of Sethusamudram Shipping Canal project in order to protect Ram Sethu or Adam’s Bridge. At a meeting with a few Cabinet colleagues on Wednesday, …

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 …