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Post-poll manoeuvres

Post-poll manoeuvres

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham/Daily Express: The outcome of last week’s local government elections, one that had elicited unprecedented interest both locally and internationally, sent shock waves through the Sri Lankan polity. And the initial phase of the domino effect it has had on the political front …

Operating below potential

Operating below potential

Sri Lanka’s central bank kept its benchmark interest rates unchanged to help bolster an economy that’s been hit by bad weather across the South Asian island. Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy held the standing lending facility rate at 8.75 percent and the standing deposit facility rate at …

People want a change?

People want a change?

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Monday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held after a party backed by him won local council polls in the strongest rebuff yet to the unity government. The national election is not due …

Colombo: Beyond concrete and asphalt

Colombo: Beyond concrete and asphalt

In 2014, the island was listed as one of the least urbanized countries in the World Urbanization Prospects (WUP),  with less than 20 percent of the population in urban areas. By 2050, WUP projected that number would rise to only 30 percent. Does this mean …

Economic nationalism backfires

Economic nationalism backfires

Classical liberal economists have long argued that free trade leads to peace, and economic nationalism and protectionism (which usually also involves minority oppression and ethno religion fascism) lead to soured international relations and war. Russian tactics to block the import of Sri Lanka tea over …

Local polls crucial for Govt

Local polls crucial for Govt

Some 15.8 million Sri Lankans will vote in the country’s third tier elections on February 10, 2018 to chose 8,293 members to 341 local bodies, namely 24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 276 pradeshiya sabhas or divisional councils. A mixed electoral system will be …

Confronting Sri Lanka’s past

Confronting Sri Lanka’s past

At first, the tall, brooding silhouette at her doorstep was unrecognisable. After more than three decades, Sellaiah Manoranjan, an ex-Tamil fighter, returned to a house in Jaffna where he and his family once sought refuge from the Sri Lankan military. It reminded his Sinhalese host …

Rising concern about Chinese investment

Rising concern about Chinese investment

Sri Lanka wants a longer-time period to negotiate a free trade agreement with China as it is concerned about the economic impact of a rushed deal on their small country, the Sri Lankan ambassador said on Sunday. There has been rising concern in the South …

China is trying to strangle India by befriending its neighbours

China is trying to strangle India by befriending its neighbours

Differences between India and China are likely to deepen and the Doklam standoff was not a one off incident, former National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said today and cautioned that the differences may lead to “unexpected consequences”. Narayanan, while speaking at the international symposium …

Action regard to constitution after the election?

Action regard to constitution after the election?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Last week, leader of the opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R. Sampanthan, had two diplomatic meetings in Colombo with leaders of two Asian countries, who were on state visits to Sri Lanka, and a third with the Colombo based political section head …