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UPFA’s Waterloo in Uva and the unseen danger

The result from the Uva Provincial Council election last weekend was the buzz in the country over the past few days, and will continue to be so for some time. The ruling UPFA (United People’s Freedom Alliance) was expected to lose some votes from the emphatic 2009 victory achieved in the backdrop of the defeat [...]

Anagarika Dharmapala – 150th Birth Anniversary

On cue with the Chairman of the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust writing to the newspapers saying that the vision, mission and ideals of the national icon, Anagarika Dharmapala must not be confined just to his birthday on September 17, President Mahinda Rajapaksa this week announced that the next 12 months would be ‘Dharmapala Year’. It is [...]

How indebted is Sri Lanka to China?

China’s President Xi Jinping arrives next week and unlike the hurried arrangements for the Japanese Prime Minister over the long weekend just past, the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government will spare no pains to make President Xi feel ‘at home’. China’s role in modern Sri Lanka is not without controversy. The secrecy, the swiftness and the economy [...]

Sam Wijesinha (1921-2014)

The passing away of Samson Senapala Samarakoon Wijesinha last Sunday at the age of 93, for many Sri Lankans signalled also the end of an epoch. He was Crown Counsel when the Attorney General’s Department was ‘autonomous’ and Secretary General of Parliament when it was ‘supreme’. His was an era when public servants were not [...]

TNA must engage Lankan leaders, not Indian

Last week’s ‘pilgrimage to India’ by the delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leaders had an element of subservience shrouded in subterfuge. Details of the visit were hard to extract though our Political Editor managed to ferret out most. The TNA issued no statement, and the Indian Prime Minister’s Office issued a standard ‘nothing in [...]

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