After Elections, What Next With An Impotent Opposition?

For an election night, April 8th night was unusually quiet. There was hardly a cracker bursting to disturb the sleep. This election was expected to give the Rajapaksa regime a clear majority. Yet if one was expecting something spectacular in this election to the 14th parliament, it is there in glaring form. It is there [...]

A Mudslide For The UNP

A Landslide For The Government By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema With election results all but final it is now evident that the opposition UNP has been annihilated at the polls. Even by the ailing party’s low standards the UNP’s margin of defeat was extreme. At the time of going to press, the UNP had polled just [...]

Schoolboy Champion To International Champion…

The next training camp to sift for junior talent is scheduled for early May this year. The Aravinda de Silva Academy sponsored by Coca Cola Inc. have conducted these camps around the country in affording opportunity to talented junior cricketers to come up into the senior sides through proper training and physical fitness programmes. Sri [...]

“Whatever We Lost We Will Regain” – The North Revives After Conflict

by Chuls Bits & Pics (chulie.wordpress.com) They came carrying babies in arms, toddlers in bicycle baskets, the disabled in wheel chairs, the old and the young, to gather under a tree to plan and build back their village and the community. The meeting at Jeyapuram South in the North of Sri Lanka is held under [...]

Lancashire Looking For Sanga Replacement

Lancashire are in talks with former Pakistan captain Younus Khan over becoming their overseas player, it was reported Friday. The county side are targeting Younus as a replacement for Kumar Sangakkara, whose Sri Lanka commitments appear to have scuppered a move to Manchester. Younus, 32, has played county cricket for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Last month, [...]

14th Sri Lankan Parliamentary Election

Winners of polling divisions. UPFA in blue, UNF in green and TNA in yellow. The 2010 Sri Lankan parliamentary election was held on April 8, 2010, to elect 225 members to Sri Lanka’s 7th Parliament. 14,088,500 Sri Lankans were eligible to vote in the election at 11,102 polling stations. It was the first general election [...]

Elections Once Again

by Lankan Blogger (lankanblogger.wordpress.com) Once again, it’s your turn to select a new batch of rogues and cheats to run our country. Or should I say, ruin our country. But frankly, we have had universal franchise since the Donoughmore Commission (or was it Soulbury) about 70 years ago. Every election since then, somebody has complained [...]

Sanath Gets To Have The Cake And Eat The Cake

Master blaster Sanath Jayasuriya, who contested from Matara District in Thursday’s general election, romped home with the highest number of individual preferential votes among contestants from the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Jayasuriya, a son of the soil, got 74,352 votes as against 70,439 polled by Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Culture, and 67, [...]

No Vote For Weerawansa

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The recent spate of elections – the presidential and general elections – has revealed that former Marxist ‘revolutionary’ and self proclaimed patriot, Wimal Weerawansa does not have a vote either in his constituency, the Colombo District or in any other part of the island. National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Weerawansa was [...]

FIFA Urges Fans To Buy Tickets

Football’s world governing body has launched a new drive to encourage local fans to buy the 500,000 unsold tickets for this summer’s World Cup. With two months until the start of the tournament, tickets are still available for every match except the final. Organisers have admitted the initial reliance on internet sales was not the [...]

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