The Sunday Leader

Modi’s ASEAN outreach: Will it succeed?

By Vidyadharan MP India this year had 10 top leaders from the ASEAN watching the Republic Day from the podium with prime minister Narendra Modi. This was for the first time in her history that so many persons were invited as the chief guests at this prestigious event on January 26. This idea too seemed [...]

China will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives

China on Friday said it will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with President Yameen’s Special Envoy, the Maldivian Minister of Economic Development Mohamed Saeed in China. Minister Saeed briefed China on the current situation in the Maldives and said that [...]

Overplaying Israel

By Vidyadharan MP Last week in India, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s got presumably one of his warmest welcomes ever received in a foreign country. Ignoring protocols, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi drove to the airport to receive him. Then they had warmly interactions many a times, indepth talks and they attended many programmes together. [...]

AU demands apology from Trump for “shitholes”comment

The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent “shitholes”. The group’s mission in Washington DC expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage” and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans. The US leader made the alleged remark in a Thursday meeting on immigration. But [...]

A nation still on the ‘denial mode’

Now that the nation moves farther away from the effects of Elections-2015, and even more from war and victory, made-up faces are losing their sheen and skin, and ground reality is beginning to hit back with unmitigated cruelty. It is not just about the Sri Lankan State and the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim polity, but [...]

A port town’s story of myopic vision and fading development

By Meera Srinivasan “One job per family” is what Sri Lankan authorities promised families like that of Y.B. Henry while taking over their land in 2009 for a deep-water container port. Now ‘resettled’ on government-allocated land located 15 km away from the port, the nearly 475 families are faced with a basic question about livelihood. “My [...]

Sri Lanka’s Post-War Poverty Trap

By Meera Srinivasan The recently-released findings of Sri Lanka’s Household Income and Expenditure Survey has revealed that eight years after the civil war ended, people in the war-hit north and east are gripped by poverty. Kilinochchi, the former rebel stronghold, has the highest level of poverty headcount at 18.2%, over four times the national average. The [...]

A Constitutional Draft Of The Mahasangha?

A common rule well observed in Sri Lanka’s political grammar is: Horrendous mistakes and lies made or uttered by opponents in the past is open licence for those in power to repeat them. That constant refrain we hear from politicians now in or out of power: ‘What did you say and do in your time?’ [...]

Constitution-Making And Catalonia Referendum

by N. Sathiya Moorthy It is sad that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should allow himself to be caught in an embarrassing situation over the avoidable Karaka Sangha Sabha row, by trying to score a debating-point for a day and getting caught at it. His expose’ that the Mahanayake Thero of the Malwatte Chapter was not [...]

Tribute To Ranil Wickremesinghe By Sri Lankan Planters

Another milestone has been achieved in the political history of Sri Lanka as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is completing his 40 years of diligent work in the parliament. This day is most ebullient and paramount to all of us as a nation, so I would like to furnish my gratitude and appreciation for the dedicated [...]

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