Political Column

What was Fonseka's plan if he won?

A special dais in front of the flight of steps to the Presidential Secretariat or the former parliament building, once walked by royalty and local leaders who won independence for then Ceylon, will be the cynosure of Sri Lankans on Friday, November 19.
5th Column

It’s plain sailing now with jubilation in the air!

My dear Mahinda maama,

I thought I must write to you as you prepare to bat for your second innings. I am told there are great celebrations that are being planned but I am not so sure whether those planning them were certain about your ability to bat for a second time, just a year ago!

The Economic Analysis
Ethnic Reconciliation and Economic Development
The relationship between economic policies and ethnic conflict is not a clear one. At last week’s well attended conference in Colombo, Reflections 2010: Managing Diversity, Reconciliation and Development organised by FLICT (Facilitating Local Initiatives for Conflict Transformation) differing views emerged.
JHU game for Casino Bill
It’s not every day that Members of Parliament (MPs) get led up the steps of the Legislatures by policemen holding torches to light the way, but that is what happened last Thursday (11), when areas around the complex went under water, with the Diyawanna Oya overflowing its banks due to the heavy rains that hit Colombo district.
Focus on Rights
Should we repeal the Anti-torture Act?
When a teenager is accused of stealing a bunch of plantains to cram into his mouth, should we be surprised when he claims that he is tortured thereafter by the police who ask him to confess to the crime, to the extent that he temporarily loses the use ofhis left arm?
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
High drama in the deluge

When Parliament sessions ended on Wednesday evening, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe travelled to Meegoda in Homagama for a ceremony in a temple. On his way home, he found that his car could not go past a flooded road at Rajagiriya.

From the Sidelines
Obama in India – what was said, what wasn’t, and why
US president Barack Obama’s 3-day Indian tour was a milestone in US – India relations for many reasons, with both sides more or less getting what they wanted out of the encounter. It was no coincidence that India was the first and longest stop in Obama’s tour, that also took him to Indonesia and South Korea (for the G-20 summit) and will end with Japan.


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