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Gotabaya Rajapaksa Presidency

some positives, negatives and challenges


For all intent and purposes, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s (GR) recently concluded state visit to India, his first as Head of State is considered a success. A one on one meeting scheduled for 15 minutes had lasted one hour. During this time, both leaders have supposedly found common ground and established a personal rapport, so essential in relations between countries, especially between countries with a history of thorny periods.

The newly elected Sri Lankan President, in his inaugural speech stated, "we want to be neutral and stay out of conflicts amongst the world powers."


Justice P. Ramanathan Death Anniversary


The late Deshamanya Justice P Ramanathan was an exceptional human being who was a man of many accomplishments. He was the recipient of many accolades in various spheres of life.

Murals as masks


If a key political actor or set of allied actors wanted to secure more power, all the while appearing not to be interested in it, how could one go about it? Lessons of 2018 suggest that unconstitutional means don’t secure public support, or at th...

A Brief Encounter


I was born in Kandy during WW2 to middle class parents and enjoyed a privileged childhood. This was enhanced by being an only child. I was a little emperor to my parents, well for some of the time. There was a maid to look after me during those early y...

Scott Dirckze (1929 – 2019) : An Appreciation


Humanitarian. Corporate Leader. Entrepreneur. Agriculturist. Raconteur. Citroen Aficionado. Historian. Classical musicophile. Art Collector. Consummate Host. Explorer. Gentleman. Friend. These are a few of the words that are synonymous with the name Sc...

Ananda Wijesekera PC

My friend and colleague for long years, Ananda Wijesekera of Bentota, son Mr. and Mrs. N. Wijesekera, passed away a few days ago in the USA. He migrated there with his family and his death leaves a void in my life sparking memories of our early years i...

The Significance of Sanghamitta Day


Sanghamitta was born in 281 BC and was the second child of Emperor Ashoka of India and his first wife Devi. She was born in Ujjeini (present day Ujaain in Madhya Pradesh) and was the younger sister of Arahant Mahinda. She married at the age of 14 to Ag...

Why, then, Was Exon Mobil Taken to Court Over ‘Climate Change’?


The case of People of the State of New York v. Exxon Mobil Corp., concluded last week. It is part of a wave of litigation directed at the titans of the fossil fuel industry making its way through courts across the country.

December – month of significance to Sri Lankan Buddhist women


In Sri Lanka we designate the month of December as that of women because women gained equal status, as it were, in the newly introduced Buddhist religion. As we well know Sa?ghamitt? Theri arrived in Lanka facilitating the ordination of women of t...

Authoritarianism will remodel state structures


The UNP is catatonic, its leaders Ranil, Sajith, Mangala, Rajitha, Malik and others are comatose, the JVP is licking its wounds and the TNA is contemplating its options. Yes it’s a shipwreck on our side. I use the adjective "our" to ide...

Unusual sighting of juvenile elephant seal in in southern Sri Lanka


On November 20, an unusual visitor was spotted off Dalawella beach in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka. Based on available video footage forwarded by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Dr. Asha de Vos, Founder and Executive Director ...

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