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Coping with the Primacy of Power Politics - Jehan Perera

The forthcoming election will give an indication of the level of support for the ruling parties on the one hand and for the opposition on the other hand. It will be important for the parties in the government coalition to obtain majority popular support in order to have the confidence to forge ahead with the plans they have already laid out for national level problem…

PiSL - Jan 22 11:13 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

Sri Lanka president takes charge of economy as coalition rift widens
Sri Lanka president takes charge of economy as coalition rift widens

Sri Lanka's president announced Saturday that he would take control of the island's economy from the prime minister, as relations worsen between the ruling party and its main coalition partner. Maithripala Sirisena said he would directly manage the economy through a special economic council headed by him, taking over the responsibility from Prime Minister Ranil…

AFP - Jan 21 23:53 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, Economy ]

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  • Gone like a shot: Why did Sri Lanka reinstate alcohol ban for women?

    Gone like a shot: Why did Sri Lanka reinstate alcohol ban for women?

    Even in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, women will finally get the right to drive cars this year. Compare that to Sri Lanka, where women recently won the right to buy a drink at a bar – or rather had won it, until it was revoked just days later. “When the world is going one way, Sri Lanka is running a race to the bottom,” Thyagi Ruwanpathirana, a…

    SCMP - Jan 21 23:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics ]

  • An Interview with Sri Lanka’s C.V. Wigneswaran

    An Interview with Sri Lanka’s C.V. Wigneswaran

    It is made out that Sinhalese occupied these areas originally and the armed forces are bent on claiming the northern lands for the Sinhalese. The Sinhalese never ever occupied the north and east in large numbers. The Buddhist remains were left by Tamil Buddhists...The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) has not been withdrawn even though promised to the United Nations…

    Huffington Post - Jan 18 11:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, UN ]

  • Sri Lanka reimposes ban on women buying alcohol – days after it was lifted

    Sri Lanka reimposes ban on women buying alcohol – days after it was lifted

    Sri Lanka’s president has reimposed a four-decade-long ban on women buying alcohol, just days after his finance minister had lifted the restriction. Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday said he had ordered the country’s finance minister, Mangala Samaraweera, to revoke his decision of last week to overturn the 1979 law prohibiting the sale of any type of alcohol to…

    AFP - Jan 15 16:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s central bank suspends four officers over alleged bond irregularities

    Sri Lanka’s central bank said it has suspended four officers and taken disciplinary action against several others following alleged irregularities in a 2015 government bond auction. In a statement Thursday night, the monetary authority also said it has initiated several legislative changes aimed at preventing irregularities arising in connection with future bond…

    Reuters - Jan 12 20:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • SLFP Victim of a power struggle between two men

    SLFP Victim of a power struggle between two men

    Never in the history have we witnessed a strange relationship like the one between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena and the SLFP faction led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It is unclear whether they are friends or foes. At times they challenge each other, while attempting to unite at another.The existence of two factions…

    Daily Mirror - Dec 29 14:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Demand for justice for murdered blogger continues

    Demand for justice for murdered blogger continues

    The start of August saw silent vigils in Male – the capital of the Maldives – to mark the 100th day since the death of liberal blogger Yameen Rasheed, who was assassinated in his apartment building on April 23, 2017. No less than 37 stab wounds had been recorded on his body at the time of death. “I don’t want to believe that the murder of my brother Yameen…

    Groundviews - Dec 05 16:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Media ]

  • Sri Lanka’s flag row: national symbol or not?

    Sri Lanka’s flag row: national symbol or not?

    A small school event held in the northern town of Vavuniya made national headlines in Sri Lanka this week, after a provincial Education Minister refused to hoist the national flag at the ceremony. Reports of the incident soon made their way into southern Sinhala and English media, provoking disapproval and shrill objection from strident nationalists among the majority…

    The Hindu - Nov 25 16:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • Sumanthiran responds to Rajapakshe accusation that Constitutional Assembly is illegal

    Sumanthiran responds to Rajapakshe accusation that Constitutional Assembly is illegal

    “Former Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has taken up the position that the Constitutional Assembly process is illegal – I’d like to point out that he is one of the original proposers of the resolution that was placed before the Parliament on January 9, 2016, which proposed the setting up of this Constitutional Assembly,” the TNA parliamentarian said. “He…

    CDN - Nov 14 18:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka counts high cost of war and peace

    Sri Lanka counts high cost of war and peace

    In August this year, Jagath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil, left the country abruptly after encountering an unexpected legal challenge: a suit accusing him of war crimes. Mr Jayasuriya was one of the army commanders who in 2009 led a crushing victory against Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka’s north — ending one of Asia’s longest-running…

    Financial Times - Nov 07 14:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, History ]

  • ‘Sri Lanka is too small to have a Federal state’

    ‘Sri Lanka is too small to have a Federal state’

    Former Principal of Sri Lanka Law College Dr. Jayatissa de Costa, in an interview with , argued that Federalism, under any garb, wasn’t acceptable for a small country like Sri Lanka. Dr. de Costa, a President’s Counsel, says the entire constitution making process was unconstitutional. Following are excerpts of the interview done with Dr. Costa. Q:…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 07 14:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • Ethnic-based federal units disadvantageous for minorities: MR

    Ethnic-based federal units disadvantageous for minorities: MR

    “Even though there is a significant concentration of Muslims in the East, the vast majority of the Muslims are permanently resident outside the East. The creation of ethnic or religion based federal units with powers akin to sovereign states, will place the minorities living in those federal units at a disadvantage.I request the government to give up this quest for…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 02 19:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

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  • Will not sign new Constitution if harmful to nation -Speaker

    Will not sign new Constitution if harmful to nation -Speaker

    At the moment, I think there is unnecessary, unfounded fear on the Constitution. On March 9, the Constitutional Assembly met for the first time, and unanimously agreed that we should go ahead with these reforms. Various proposals will come forward. Some people ask for federalism, some other people for something else. These are ideas. It is up to Parliament to decide…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 31 15:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Jaffna Uni closed indefinitely from today

    Jaffna Uni closed indefinitely from today

    The Jaffna University announced the indefinite closure of three faculties with effect from today (31) because students boycotted lectures demanding the release of Tamil ‘political’ prisoners, the Vice Chancellor Prof. R. Vigneswaran said. While issuing a statement today, the VC said the university administration had decided to close the Arts, Science and…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 31 15:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, Protests ]

  • Wignesvaran hits out at Ruwan for labeling fasting prisoners as Tigers

    Wignesvaran hits out at Ruwan for labeling fasting prisoners as Tigers

    Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran has written a letter to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Chairperson of the Office of national Unity and Reconciliation, seeking her “earnest consideration” to the plight of the fasting prisoners at the Anuradhapura Prison. The chief minister said that already before any inquiry…

    Adaderana - Oct 31 15:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Colombo, WarCrimes ]

  • Six suspects sentenced for attempting to assault Douglas;nine acquitted including Emil Kanthan

    Six suspects sentenced for attempting to assault Douglas;nine acquitted including Emil Kanthan

    The Colombo High Court today sentenced six suspects to ten and half years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) over incident of attempting to assault leader of Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) Douglas Devananda at Kalutara prisons in 1998. EPDP leader Devananda was attacked by PTA detainees when he visited the prison after a fasting was underway by Tamil inmates. The…

    Sunday Times - Oct 30 14:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Colombo, History ]

  • The Dark Side of Norochcholai

    The Dark Side of Norochcholai

    The term “sustainable development” has been increasingly used among the global community since the 1992 Rio Summit. To achieve this, environmental conservation, supported at a policy level, is crucial. Yet energy production is increasing to keep up with continued industrialisation, globally. Traditionally, these energy needs were fulfilled by burning hydrocarbon…

    Groundviews - Oct 16 14:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics ]

  • Sri Lankan police clash with protesters, arrest 26

    Sri Lankan police clash with protesters, arrest 26

    Police in Sri Lanka clashed Friday (Oct 6) with hundreds of supporters of the former president who were protesting plans to privatise an airport named after him, firing tear gas and water cannon and arresting 26. The US$210 million airport in Mahinda Rajapakse's home town of Hambantota in the south of the island is one of several state-owned white elephants that…

    AFP - Oct 06 15:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • President consolidates position as SLFP leader ahead of local polls

    President consolidates position as SLFP leader ahead of local polls

    With local government polls now ahead, President Maithripala Sirisena has embarked on an ambitious project to consolidate his position as leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Last Thursday evening, he took the unusual step of conducting one-on-one meetings with SLFP ministers, parliamentarians and chief ministers. The venue for the special event was the…

    Sunday Times - Oct 02 13:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics ]

  • Ranil presents interim report on new Constitution

    Ranil presents interim report on new Constitution

    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday presented an interim report on the drafting of a new Constitution, underscoring that all parties had agreed to an “indivisible state”. Addressing the Constitutional Assembly, Mr. Wickremesinghe said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had taken the unprecedented position that they would agree with the…

    The Hindu - Sep 21 19:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

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