Political Column

UNP embroiled in leadership crisis

It was the first baptism of fire for the new Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, last Wednesday. A Cabinet Minister concurred on an issue raised by two senior Opposition politicians. It was all over retired General Sarath Fonseka.
5th Column

Do as we do, ply them with portfolios!

My dear David Cameron,

Most Sri Lankans may not have even heard of you, David, but I thought I must write to you, first to congratulate you on your party emerging as the major winner in the British general elections and then also to offer you some much needed advice.

The Economic Analysis
The future of the Sri Lankan economy: with or without IMF?
Two economic issues have dominated discussions on the economy recently. One has been whether the government should present a budget rather than a vote on account and the other is whether the government should abrogate the IMF stand-by arrangement. The decisions on these do not appear to have been made.
Privilege issue tests parliament's supremacy
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa may have been elected unanimously by the House as the custodian of the rights and privileges of all the MPs for the next six years but last week his ability to exercise his duties in an impartial manner was put to the test.
Focus on Rights
The diminished credibility of justice institutions
Legitimate fears have been raised this week as to whether the post election policies of this government will lead to the further undermining of Rule of Law institutions in the months ahead.
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
Lanka's Police Academy: A comedy of errors
The words Police Academy became famous after the cinema comedy series. When Sri Lanka opened its own Police Academy at Katana just days ago, some of the scenes that occurred were fit enough for that series.


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