Political Column

All set for the big battle for Colombo

If one were to go by the names of places, it is truly global. Candidates for Saturday's elections to the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) have traversed through not only "Korea," but also "Bosnia," "Serbia," and "Croatia" during their polls campaigns.
5th Column

A man for all seasons

"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera asked, "what is all this fuss about Uncle Mervyn?"
"Why, what about him?" Bindu's father Percy asked.
"Why, thaaththa," Bindu recalled, "he has become a hero once again."
"That is news," Percy said, "because he is usually the villain."

The Economic Analysis
Economic growth and external financial stability
My recent columns focused on the external finances of the country and possible repercussions these may have on the economy. Much of the Central Bank stance was based on the fact that the economy is in a sound position and that the turbulence in the external finances were a temporary and transient phenomenon.
Not issued on this week
Focus on Rights
Swimming against strong currents
Yesterday, the raucous sounds of a political meeting by one of the country's main opposition parties rendered the evening truly hideous for those in the nearby environs. What was being said was scarcely discernible. More revealingly, little interest was evidenced either in attempting to understand the message by those unfortunate enough to be residing within earshot.
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
Rajapaksa's birthday PR

President MahindaRajapaksa is known for his excellent public relations skills, unmatched by any other politician in Sri Lanka. This is why some call him Asia's most people-friendly leader.

From the Sidelines
CMC election and the ugly face of 'city beautification'
Colombo's slum dwellers are probably bewildered by the sudden overdose of attention that has been administered to them by politicians of every stripe in the past few weeks.


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