Looking beyond the current political gridlock

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The landslide victory of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to assessing the future trajectory of the domestic political landscape. The heavy focus on the political gridlock in the South has inevitably diverted our attention from the prevailing political trend in [...]

A Mill-Stone Called 19-A?

By N Sathiya Moorthy President Maithiripala Sirisena should be ruing the day he failed to read the fine-print of 19-A before clearing it. Today, when he reportedly wants to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, we are told that the Constitution does not provide for the same. And hopefully it does not do so in future, too, [...]

Jaffna Festival – a taste of culture and cuisine at Cinnamon Grand

Come experience the vibrant diversity of Yalpanam in the ultimate feast, with music and dance performances at the 10 -day ‘Jaffna Festival’ which kicked off on February 15 and continues till the 25th of February, at Cinnamon Grand’s village in the city. Featuring over 70 dishes, and a range of unique traditional entertainment acts passed [...]

Where does a diplomat draw the line?

By Easwaran Rutnam The actions of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Defence Attaché at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London last week came in for both praise and criticism. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was accused of undiplomatic conduct when provoked by pro-LTTE diaspora at the time the Sri Lanka national anthem was being sung outside the [...]

To bell the cat, or toll the bell?

By N Sathiya Moorthy   Now that the much-maligned local government polls are behind the nations Sri Lankans can sit back, take a deeper breath than already and wait for the next round of political drama to unfold with faltering regularity and greater melodrama than during the three-plus years of the incumbent government. That way, [...]

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 [...]

Second phase of elephant conservation project to begin

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts in collaboration with its award-winning eco-tourism arm Cinnamon Nature Trails, is now set to commence the second phase of its ground-breaking elephant conservation project. Initiated in 2014, the Cinnamon Elephant Project strives to understand the behavioural and dispersion patterns of Sri Lanka’s elephant populations, thereby contributing towards the long-term conservation of [...]

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 [...]

Door opens for women to run for office. But will they be allowed in?

KOTTE, Sri Lanka — Madhu Hettiarachchi has no time right now for the brain surgery her doctors have recommended. She’s busy trying to take advantage of an unprecedented chance to get women elected in Sri Lanka. After more than a generation of struggle by women’s rights activists, Sri Lanka’s patriarchal political scheme has, reluctantly, opened [...]

Other lessons from the London affair: Anti-terror laws and British hypocrisy

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The recent incident involving the throat-slit gesture made by Defense Attaché Brigadier Priyankara Fernando in response to the Eelamist protesters in London has, rightly so, stirred much controversy. Developments following the incident also sparked ample debate, prompting the public to take sides under the prevailing circumstances. Instead, this incident compels me to [...]

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