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Something To Savour For West Indies As Pakistan Crumble

World Cup 2015 – West Indies vs Pakistan in Christchurch By Bill Ricquier The Pool B match at Christchurch between the World Cup’s two most unpredictable teams was, well, unpredictable. Both sides were coming from defeats of a very different nature but from which they were both severely smarting, Pakistan because their conquerors were India, [...]

Government Scores

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited the United States and Britain as part of the push to have the March report postponed. He also wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ZeidRa’ad Al Hussein acknowledging some incidents did take place during the war and expressed interest to obtain technical assistance for the domestic investigation [...]

Don’t Rush Constitutional Amendments

The main issue at the last presidential election was to do away with the pernicious powers vested in the executive presidency and to make amendments to the Constitution to restore much of the executive powers vested in the presidency back to parliament. President Maithripala Sirisena, who campaigned strongly against the powers of the executive presidency [...]

Pre-condition For Good Governance

Internal democracy in political parties and civil society By Lionel Guruge Senior Researcher, Centre for Policy Alternatives Establishing good governance in the country appears to dominate political discourse at the present. Ideals of good governance do not perceive government in a vacuum; they anticipate the convergence of a number of factors.The first of these that catches [...]

Maithripala Let Us Down, Say Paddy Farmers

By Camelia Nathaniel The paddy farmers are frustrated and disgruntled with the present government as well as they feel that they have been let down by president Sirisena as well. Speaking to The Sunday Leader the National Organizer of the All Ceylon Farmers’ Federation (ACFF) said that when Maithripala Sirisena was appointed as the president [...]

Missing T’s In Maithri’s Modi Meet

By N Sathiya Moorthy President Maithripala Sirisena’s maiden overseas visit after assuming office to the northern Indian neighbourwill be noted more for what was left unsaid in public than said. Official pronouncements and announcements on the visit did not refer to the two T-words’ the Tamil issue and the Thirteenth Amendment. The Indian grace in [...]

Sri Lanka Opens Up Highways Sector To India

Ending Chinese monopoly By Camelia Nathaniel Sri Lanka has opened up its highways construction sector to India, ending a near monopoly of Chinese companies. On February 11, the cabinet approved a proposal by Highways Minister Kabir Hashim to explore the possibility of entering into agreements with Indian agencies to execute road construction projects and signing MoUs [...]

All Norms Bypassed When Importing Fuel

By Nirmala Kannangara Following Ceylon Petroleum Corporation’s (CPC) firm decision not to accept the consignment of 30,000 MT of substandard diesel and sending the stock back to the supplier- Unipec Singapore (Pvt) Limited, a clear signal has been sent across to all other fuel suppliers that unlike during the previous regime, substandard fuel will not [...]

Tamil Nadu Shoots Down Repatriation

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India By Camelia Nathaniel The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday said that any discussion on the voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka is premature and repatriation should be deferred in view of the “prevailing atmosphere of fear and intimidation, the presence of the Army in Tamil [...]

Contraband Ivory Still At Customs

By Nirmala Kannangara The shipment of contraband blood ivory that was seized by Sri Lanka Customs in May 2012 while being transshipped to Dubai from Tanzania are still lying at Customs warehouse, Customs officials said. This shipment of 359 elephant tusks, which is believed to have been removed from poached African elephants in Kenya, were [...]

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