Dharisha Bastians

Corruption: The inconvenient truth

/ Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:10

   Slow progress on investigations against the former regime and ongoing allegations of Government corruption threaten the stabil...


A crisis of the ‘deep state’

/ Thursday, 5 May 2016 00:10

   After the success of his dissident May Day rally that drew huge crowds to Kirulapone at the beginning of the week, former Preside...


Out of the shadows

/ Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:05

He’s back.  After a year in the shadows, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the controversial monk who leads the radical Buddhist group Bodu B...


The slow death of ‘politics as usual’?

/ Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:04

  In the end it took only five days for the unthinkable to happen.  For the first time in recent memory, a mi...


The long road from Geneva

/ Thursday, 1 October 2015 00:05

   For two weeks, Sri Lanka has been a hot topic at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, after a report ...


Human rights, foreign policy and the battle for Sri Lanka’s soul

/ Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:05

   Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera     Sri Lanka's controversial human rights record c...


The fallen king?

/ Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:10

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa   After a double whammy of electoral defeats this year, will spoiler-in-chief be t...


Battle lines drawn in Hambantota

/ Saturday, 15 August 2015 00:00

With Rajapaksa shining less brightly in the family’s home base, Sajith Premadasa making inroads for the UNP in the district and Sirisena loya...


The new political order

/ Thursday, 6 August 2015 00:00

The post-8 January public seek more than just cosmetic changes in the body politic. They seek systemic, institutional change. They seek to reclaim ...


Rajapaksa 2.0

/ Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:10

    Unaccustomed to running election campaigns without State power, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa finds himself in a...


The Darley Road rebellion

/ Friday, 17 July 2015 00:26

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the head of the table at the SLFP’s Darley Road headquarters, flanked by the two General Secre...


Revolution, betrayed?

/ Friday, 10 July 2015 00:01

 Did President Maithripala Sirisena just betray the 8 January ballot box revolution and put the lives of his ‘revolutionaries’...


Chasing Mahinda’s ghost

/ Thursday, 25 June 2015 00:50

As President Maithripala Sirisena grows more assertive in the presidency and focuses predominantly on consolidating power within the SLFP, will he ...


The emerging crisis of cohabitation

/ Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:10

As the Sirisena-UNP cohabitation crosses the six-month mark, the minority Government formed on 9 January faces a struggle for survival against an i...


Paving the way for Rajapaksa renaissance

/ Thursday, 11 June 2015 00:00

Every distraction, legislative or otherwise, that delays a Parliamentary poll invariably plays into Mahinda Rajapaksa’s hands. A polling ...


Freedom Party Blues II

/ Thursday, 14 May 2015 01:45

Divided and confused, the SLFP is morphing into President Sirisena’s greatest vexation, with its shifting allegiances towards his predecessor...


The 'traitor' and the 'patriot'!

/ Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:57

With an election looming in two months and an old opponent waiting in the shadows, Ranil Wickremesinghe must fight communal fires in both the North an...


Sharma hails 100-day plan as ‘innovative’ citizens’ charter

/ Thursday, 12 February 2015 01:30

As Head of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma and his office have borne the biggest brunt of the organisation’s association with Sri Lanka’s pr...


Freedom: Take III

/ Thursday, 5 February 2015 00:00

  Heads of armed forces salute President Maithripala Sirisena as he arrives to preside over the 67th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independen...


The tale of two CJs

/ Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:35

In my country, where the rule of law is the underlying threshold upon which basic liberties exist, I still am the duly-appointed legitimate Chief Just...


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“Govt. will compensate every person affected by floods and landslides”

25 May 2016

“We have money; we will pay each and every person affected by floods and landslides,” assured Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, in an interview with the Daily FT. Yapa pointed out that people need not worry ab...


Is a degree worth the cost?

25 May 2016

If a family can afford to pay, higher education is worth the cost. However, when tax revenues are spent or  students borrow to attend college, we as a society need to question whether a degree is worth the cost   ...


Coming out of the economic crisis: Time is running out for Sri Lanka

24 May 2016

For Sri Lanka to attain its goal, it is of utmost importance to consolidate the budget which has gone out of control due to falling revenue and soaring expenditure   Crisis manifesting as a foreign exchange shortage Sr...


Authentic leaders: Are they here?

24 May 2016

Perhaps the natural disaster we are currently facing could be a wakeup call for managers and administrators at all levels alike to think and act like authentic leaders     Overview We still bear the bru...


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