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A month of crisis

Views - 173 Monday, 26 November 2018 01:20

Today marks one month since President Maithripala Sirisena appointed MP Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, removing MP Ranil Wickremesinghe and plunging the country into a constitutional crisis that is set to drag on this week. Despite numerous set


Parliament focus

Views - 111 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:01

Parliament, which has now become the centre of attention, was the scene of an unusual event yesterday when the group of Parliamentarians who support MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, and were seated in the Government section of the House, staged a walkout in pro


A steady journey

Views - 178 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

Nine years ago the Daily FT rolled off the press with the intention of giving readers articles that were largely focused on financial aspects of Sri Lanka. The aim was to give information and insights into a society that was emerging from a prolonged


A time to remember

Views - 69 Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:00

Four years ago, Maithripala Sirisena stepped down as the Health Minister of the government of then President Mahinda Rajapaksa and General Secretary of the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP), to contest for the presidential election as the Common Candid


Economy over politics

Views - 139 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

For decades in post-Independent Sri Lanka politics has always held sway over the economy. Crucial policy decisions that needed to be made to develop Sri Lanka’s economy, link it to global value chains and foster growth based on exports and investme


Calm amidst a storm

Views - 133 Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:00

Parliament on Monday was a calmer affair than what was observed last week, partially because the session was completed within minutes with Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri presiding in the House. But the scenes of surface peace are unlikely to last a


Respect the House

Views - 107 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:10

Parliament is to be convened today with the country waiting tensely for a resolution to a constitutional crisis that is now over three weeks old. The disappointing and unforgivable behaviour of parliamentarians, especially belonging to the MP Mahinda


Conduct unbecoming

Views - 99 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

The fracas that was played out in Parliament for the third straight day has seen the third week of the Constitutional crisis close on possibly the darkest moment for Sri Lanka’s democracy. Sri Lanka is currently without a prime minister, cabinet or


Preserving Parliament

Views - 272 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

The preservation of a system of governance or an institution is dependent on respect. The moment respect is dispensed with, then its authority is also undermined. Parliament is the institution that stands for the sovereignty of the people and its lea


Importance of bipartisanship

Views - 72 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

Bipartisanship, or the practice of cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other’s policies, is not something that Sri Lankans see frequently. Yet when the chips were down, the Janatha Vimuk


Hail independent institutions

Views - 125 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Independent institutions that protect the rights of the people are the hallmark of democracy. It is heartening to know that Sri Lanka still has institutions that the people can depend on to protect democracy and uphold the Constitution. For over two


Hollow explanations?

Views - 103 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:28

President Maithripala Sirisena’s third address to the nation in just two weeks attempted to explain his decision to dissolve Parliament. During the relatively short address, he pointed out that one key reason for dissolution was the high price tags


Respecting rules

Views - 82 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

The dissolution of Parliament last Friday has pushed Sri Lanka into an even deeper political crisis and endangered the rule of law more than ever before. The will of the people is central to a democracy but so is upholding the law, which is laid out


Maturity and morality

Views - 107 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

Veteran political scientist Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda delivering the memorial oration to mark the third death anniversary of Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero on Thursday called for the reformation of a broad front against the Constitutional deadlock, insisting


Elections are not the solution

Views - 134 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Elections are an integral part of a democratic system but they are not the answer to everything. Speculation is rife that parliament could be dissolved by President Maithripala Sirisena as part of an effort to seek a referendum from the people about


Elections and trade

Views - 46 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Mid-term elections in the US have played out much as polls suggested they would with the Democrats getting a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since 2011. But this change is unlikely to change US President Donald Trump’s o


Keeping count

Views - 52 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:47

As the tenth day dawned on Sri Lanka’s Constitutional crisis many speculations continue on the current status of parliament. By President Maithripala Sirsena’s count he has 113 MPs but Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe continues to insist that


Speaking out

Views - 53 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

In the face of a dragging constitutional crisis, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has spoken out against the proroguing of Parliament and said that he would recognise the administration that existed before 26 October unless Parliament is reconvened and the Co


Growth disparities

Views - 59 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

The share contributed to national GDP by Sri Lanka’s provinces provide interesting reading. The latest data released by the Central Bank shows a continuation of the trend of the Western Province declining its percentage with only 37.2% in 2017. Cen


Rising above politics

Views - 61 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s oldest democracies. Despite undergoing a near three-decade conflict, lacklustre growth and challenges in governance, Sri Lanka has always had peaceful transitions of power. The will of the people was respected, perhaps no


Finding the middle ground

Views - 59 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s economic policies have always swung between open market and closed market systems. Historically, Sri Lanka has been a trading nation, but later decades saw socialist economic policies move to the forefront and these tendrils are still d


Democracy wanted

Views - 83 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:33

Democracy is often thought of as an abstract idea, but the incidents over the last few days have shown that it is also a living breathing concept that is embraced as the very foundation of Sri Lanka. Democracy is enacted through the Constitution, but


Hear the people

Views - 367 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

Protests in Sri Lanka are usually overwhelmingly aligned with the interests of political parties. People are normally bussed in by political parties, given cash and alcohol to prop up an agenda that is favourable to one set of politicians. Genuine, o


Allow for democratic process

Views - 68 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:55

Democracy is denoted by a balance of power. In Sri Lanka, there are three main branches of power; the Executive, Parliament, and Judiciary. These branches of Government are expected to balance each other so that power is not concentrated in one insti


Uphold the law

Views - 71 Monday, 29 October 2018 01:21

Sri Lanka is in the middle of a political storm which, if prolonged, could impact an already pressurised economy and threaten to deepen uncertainty. On Friday, Sri Lankans were stunned when President Maithripala Sirisena removed Ranil Wickremesinghe


Skills, not exams

Views - 80 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

The Education Ministry this week issued a circular ending the mandatory requirement for sitting for the Grade 5 scholarship exam and giving the option for students to opt out if they wish to do so. This change has thrown light again on education refo


To-do list for BoI

Views - 131 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

The President’s former Chief of Staff Hemasiri Fernando has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI) after a snap dissolution last week. Given Sri Lanka’s large debt, limited reserves and dire need to improve exports an


Prisoner rights

Views - 39 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Inmates of the Angunakolapelessa prison were the latest to protest about the conditions that they face while incarcerated, joining women at the Welikada prison. However, the response in both instances has been the same – punishing the protestors, r


Being worthy of fans

Views - 33 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:00

Cricket is often referred to as Sri Lanka’s national obsession. Over the last two decades cricket has come to dominate the attention of Sri Lanka’s entire population and in the process absorb much of its sports resources for itself. But of late i


Value of competition

Views - 142 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

The importance of competitiveness is talked about extensively but seeing it played out can sometimes be amazing. For the last few months Sri Lanka has been hammered by an appreciating dollar and rising oil prices that have forced the Government to cu


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