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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. …

Port City, to be South Asia’s hub

Port City, to be South Asia’s hub

The US 1.4 billion State of the Art Colombo Port City (CPC), built by the China Harbor Construction Company (CHCC) in association with the Singapore-based designers Surbana Jurong group and the business advisory group Atkins Acuity, is expected to be South Asia’s commercial and entertainment …

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 …

Is this what we really want?

Is this what we really want?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Though Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has convincingly defeated the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) brought against him in parliament by the Joint Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the challenges he faces are far from over. But Wickremesinghe is an old hand at …

Central Bank cuts rates amid slow growth, political uncertainty

Central Bank cuts rates amid slow growth, political uncertainty

Sri Lanka’s central bank unexpectedly cut its key lending rates by 25 basis points on Wednesday, as policy makers sought to revitalise an economy battling weak growth and political uncertainty. The move comes as investors worry about political instability in the country after the ruling …

Enough reasons to worry about social media

Enough reasons to worry about social media

Cambridge Analytica has dominated headlines following revelations of how it exploited Facebook data of millions of users to potentially help swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favour of Donald Trump. However, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed to the company’s Sri Lanka connection when he …

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 …

‘overzealous approach’ in Tamil refugee case

‘overzealous approach’ in Tamil refugee case

A federal judge has chided an immigration officer for imposing a virtually “impossible standard” in assessing the risk and danger faced by a failed Tamil refugee if he was to be deported to Sri Lanka. In concluding Suresh Nagarasa would be safe to return to …

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 …

A way to revive SAARC

A way to revive SAARC

Foreign policy experts have said China should be granted full membership of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to give new life to the almost defunct regional body owing to the rivalry between India and Pakistan, Myrepublica news reported on Sunday. Addressing a …