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End of the road for MP monks?

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Vishvanath
Parliament stands dissolved and the next general election has been scheduled for 25 April. The process of accepting nominations will commence soon. Political heavyweights and lesser ones are girding up their loins for the contest, which is do or die for them. The SLPP is upbeat. It has set for itself an ambitious target—obtaining a two-thirds majority, which, however, is well-nigh impossible to achieve under the Proportional Representation (PR) system.  Since 1989, when parliamentary polls were held under the PR system for the first time, ...Continued

A freak called Lara

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Spectator
Cricket’s finest ambassadors, West Indies, are in town and tickets for the five match limited overs series are selling like hot cakes. Sri Lanka and West Indies have engaged in some of the fiercest rivalries the game has seen over the years. Sri Lanka’s first ever international game, in fact, was against the mighty Clive Lloyd’s side in the inaugural World Cup in 1975. Anura Tennekoon’s side was blown away for just 86 runs as the opposition’s fast bowling was fierce. Hundreds of supporters traveled ...Continued

Racial Abuse Hurts Cancer Philanthropy

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Dr. Prasanna Cooray
MSH Mohamed is an iconic figure in cancer philanthropy in Sri Lanka. He, together with his Fight Cancer Team, toiled with great determination and dedication to fulfill the sole ambition of his late son, Humaid, who succumbed to cancer three years ago. His last wish was to equip the Apeksha Cancer Hospital Maharagama with a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scanner. Mohamed’s story As any other cancer story, Mohamed’s one too is filled with grief and despair. But his sheer dedication turned it into one of ...Continued

Body politic with a weak skeletal structure

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Vishvanath
A political party system is the skeletal structure of the body politic and its health is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of democracy. It helps hold a polity in place, enables democratic governance and countervails fissiparous tendencies resulting from group dynamics and other such factors therein. Concerns have been expressed in some quarters about the weakening of the political parties in this country. The deterioration of political parties is fraught with the danger of predisposing a country to anarchy. Smaller political parties in this country ...Continued

The Phone-Gate And Media Feeding Frenzy

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Vishvanath
This country is never short of issues that grab headlines. It was thought, in the run-up to the defeat of the LTTE on 19 May, 2009, that the media would be scraping the bottom of the barrel, in a bid to fill space and airtime, after the conclusion of the war, which had ensured a steady supply of news for nearly three decades. But issues have since cropped up at an amazing rate, so much so that the media find it difficult to keep pace ...Continued

India Erupts

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Vishvanath
It looks as though the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act had done to India what Hanuman did to Lanka, in Ramayana. It has set India on fire, so to speak. Mass protests have engulfed many parts of that country and already left 20 dead. Hundreds, if not thousands, have been arrested. The Modi government is determined to go ahead with the implementation of the new law come what may. Amidst protests, the Indian Cabinet has recently approved financial allocations for a nationwide census and a ...Continued

How alleged bid to kill Prez was revealed

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Hemantha Perera and Vishvanath
A plot to harm President Gotabaya Rajapaksa or someone close to him has recently been bared, and a suspect arrested. The CID is conducting a high level investigation into the alleged plot and some more arrests are likely, according to the police. The police did not take foreign intelligence warnings of the Easter Sunday attacks seriously until disaster struck, snuffing out more than 250 lives, in churches and hotels. IGP Pujith Jayasundera and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando are currently languishing in remand prison for ...Continued

A brief history of Prorogation

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By Hawk’s Eye
History is full of instances of military victories being followed by the ascent of top generals or the gownsmen involved in war efforts to power. Some such military leaders took the easy path by staging military coups while some did so democratically. And there are also many instances of such generals leading their nations to prosperity, some even building empires. They surely did one thing – they changed the course of history. Incumbent president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is one of those who were instrumental in winning ...Continued

Politics is not Murali’s cup of tea

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Spectator
Very few can hold a candle to Muttiah Muralitharan when it comes to his knowledge of world politics, of which he is a keen student. He seems to prefer Democrats in the US not because of the charismatic John F. Kennedy, the only Catholic to be US President. He seems to prefer Labour in the UK not because Jeremy Corbyn, who adores his bowling feats. He seems to prefer Congress in India not because of P. Chidambaram, who is well known to his wife’s family. ...Continued

When money talks

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Hawk’s Eye
Those who contested the recently concluded presidential election have reportedly spent billions of rupees, according to polls monitors.  It is not possible to find out how much they actually spent because there is no legal requirement for them to reveal their sources of funding or election related expenses. The amounts spent at the presidential election are sure to pale into insignificance when the next parliamentary election takes place. Campaign managers and consultants of politicians are now getting ready for the next general election to be ...Continued

Running with Gota and hunting with Sajith

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Vishvanath
“What matters in a race is not the start but the finish. The same is true of politics. A political leader is usually remembered for what he or she was at the time of retirement. What does the future hold for President Maithripala Sirisena? “Sirisena, a gifted vocalist, while he was President Rajapaksa’s Heath Minister, said that he was yearning to leave politics and sing virindu in his retirement, singing being his favourite pastime. Has the time come for him to look for a good rabana ? Has the ...Continued

Is the game worth the candle?

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Vishvanath
The presidential race is hotting up with the major candidates going ahead full throttle. Two contestants, Gotabaya Rajapaka (SLPP) and Sajith Premadasa (NDF), are in the lead.  There are more than 30 also-rans in the contest. This is an election that the SLPP and the UNP are all out to win, given the very high stakes they have in it. The party that secures the presidency is most likely to win the general election to follow anytime soon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the media ...Continued

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