House passes second no confidence motion on MR

Views - 790 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:01

A second vote on the no confidence motion against MP Mahinda Rajapaksa passed yesterday with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya being forced to conduct the session from behind a human shield as Rajapaksa loyalists unleashed havoc in the House. Regardless of P

Sirisena agrees to fresh vote today

Views - 6016 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

By Chathuri Dissanayake The standoff between President Maithripala Sirisena and United National Party (UNP) led Parliamentarians showed signs of easing yesterday with the Executive agreeing to accept the decision of the Legislature if the vote for n

Parliament proves its prowess

Views - 2944 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

Amidst scenes of pandemonium, a no confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government was rushed through Parliament last morning, with several political parties jointly supporti

SC saves democracy

Views - 2014 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Emotions ran high as the three-judge bench ofthe Supreme Court yesterday delivered a landmark decision, issuing a stay order on the gazette dissolving Parliament issued by President Maithripala Sirisena until7December. The decision, delivered at aro

Longer wait for SC decision

Views - 4281 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 01:04

Civil society members, activists, and politicians alike sought the intervention of the Supreme Court as their last refuge yesterday, filing 11 fundamental rights petitions claiming President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament wa

Karu’s clarion call

Views - 1696 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:04

The head of Sri Lanka’s eighth Parliament, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday issued a clarion call for public servants to defend the Constitution and act to safeguard democracy while deploring criticisms of his conduct as misleading and charging t

Desperate dissolution

Views - 9994 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

In an act that smacked of political desperation after it became evident his party may not be able to show majority in the House, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday dissolved Parliament with elections likely to be held on 5 January. The Gazette

Unconstitutional acts must stop: Uyangoda

Views - 1991 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Sounding a dire warning, veteran political scientist Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda yesterday severely criticised what he termed as an open and ongoing violation of the Constitution, which could plunge the country into anarchy, unless there was moral interv

Economy in peril: Kabir

Views - 1239 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:51

The economic impact of the dragging Constitutional crisis could potentially hamper Sri Lanka’s debt refinancing efforts in 2019, and delay critical development projects, warned United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Kabir Hashim and UNP MP E

UNP claims first battle victory with crossover

Views - 2602 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:39

In a fresh turn in the maze that is the country’s current political crisis, the United National Party (UNP) yesterday made fresh claims over Manusha Nanayakkara’s support, as the ministers of the Cabinet which existed before 26 October 2018 hurri

Sirisena stands strong

Views - 2726 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:20

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stood by his Prime Minister, insisting that he had the 113 MPs needed to hold Parliament and defended the move as a last ditch effort coming after he had offered the position to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and UNP

Mangala exposes economy’s great peril post MS-MR deal

Views - 4176 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:08

Mangala Samara-weera issuing a statement as the Minister of Finance and Mass Media yesterday exposed the peril suffered by the economy in just a week after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed his former nemesis Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Min

Date juggling as pressure mounts on Speaker to reconvene P’ment

Views - 985 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:06

With President Sirisena remaining non-committal on reconvening Parliament before 16 November despite assurances given, the constitutional crisis, now in its eighth day, remains in deadlock in spite of repeated requests to immediately call the House t

Sweeping tax concessions

Views - 3573 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

The Government yesterday announced sweeping tax concessions and slashed prices on fuel, saying it was confident of meeting the budget deficit target of 4.9% for 2018 by sharply reducing expenditure by limiting the number of ministries. The Financ

MR backs populist policies

Views - 1969 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:32

In a predictable policy U-turn, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed as Finance Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, backed promoting populist and protectionist economic policies that would give subsidies to farmers,

Thousands gather to protect democracy

Views - 3631 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

Thousands of protestors yesterday thronged the Liberty Roundabout in an unexpectedly massive show of support for mounting calls on the Speaker of Parliament to reconvene the House and end the constitutional deadlock, even as Ranil Wickremesinghe, who

RW hits back

Views - 1506 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:42

By Chathuri Dissanayake The United National Front Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday refuted all allegations levelled against him by President Maithripala Sirisena in his address to the nation, likening them to childish tales. Calling the move to

President justifies Ranil’s exit, MR’s entry

Views - 1216 Monday, 29 October 2018 01:34

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday justified his actions as being in the best interests of the country, arguing that the removal of Ranil Wickremesinghe was done constitutionally and calling for all parliamentarians to support him.     Addre

RW-MR face-off on premiership

Views - 2120 Saturday, 27 October 2018 01:44

By Chathuri Dissanayake A defiant Ranil Wickremesinghe held steadfast to his position as Prime Minister yesterday, following President Maithripala Sirisena’s arbitrary move to swear in Mahinda Rajapaksa as Premier, throwing the country into a cons

Collective agreement on tea deadlocked

Views - 1691 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:02

A bearish plantation industry yesterday said they were heading towards a perfect storm, with a dip in production, low prices at auctions and negotiations over a new collective agreement with workers hitting a stalemate, and expressed concerns that th

Budget deficit 5.3% says CB Chief

Views - 683 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

By Uditha Jayasinghe Persisting with structural reforms remains crucial, believes Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, who this week dismissed monetary and fiscal slippage with macroeconomic fundamentals remaining sound despite a budget

SL tops Lonely Planet 2019 list

Views - 1156 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:00

Popular travel guide Lonely Planet yesterday officially named Sri Lanka the number one country to travel to in 2019

Govt. to call bids to develop M2 block in Mannar Basin

Views - 1010 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

In an attempt to spur investment, the Government will call for international tenders within the next two weeks for a 2,924 square kilometre offshore M2 Block in the Mannar Basin to develop the gas discoveries and potentially produce electricity by 20

IMF expects strong Budget 2019

Views - 1262 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:36

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects a strong 2019 Budget given Sri Lanka’s medium-term challenges amidst aspirations to accelerate socio-economic growth.

Govt. to revive Paranthan site as industrial zone

Views - 546 Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:10

The land once occupied by the Paranthan Chemicals Company (PCC) has been earmarked for a large industry development site, which will also include Sri Lanka’s first heavy chemical industry zone, th

Govt. steadfast on policies: Mangala

Views - 965 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

Despite being buffeted by currency depreciation and higher fuel prices, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday fiercely backed the Government’s liberalisation policies and insisted that all efforts were being made to keep the economy as eve

Economic challenges an opportunity for change: PM

Views - 1132 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:49

Says SL not unique in currency depreciation but can use present situation to transform into export-oriented economy Steadfast dedication to improving economic competitiveness, liberalisation Retail sector development essential to foster growt

Budget 2018 mired on implementation

Views - 1323 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Budget 2018 has failed to deliver on transparency and implementation with only 8% of 38 major proposals worth Rs. 149 billion on target, with 33% categorised as either broken, neglected or undisclosed, think tank Verité Research said yesterday.

Govt. should guard against policy backsliding: IPS

Views - 1013 Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:26

Sri Lanka’s Government should fight against policy backsliding and remain focused on export and investment driven growth strategies as the already beleaguered economy heads towards deepening political and economic challenges next year, hampered by

Nimal returns to stock market

Views - 5035 Monday, 15 October 2018 01:11

High net worth investor Nimal Perera is back in the Colombo stock market having invested over Rs. 2 billion in recent months, accumulating mostly blue chips that are trading at a bargain.

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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.

The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.

The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R

Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme

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