Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Dopey (Part 3) Namal in fact had no inhibitions about discussing with friends the lucrative business deals he was involved in. But it is possible that he did not think there was anything wrong with all these. Over the years a culture of close involvement of politicians with the business sector had developed, and the favours received from them were seen simply as ...

Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Dopey (Part 1) It is entirely understandable that the President should indulge his son Namal. Given the manner in which politics in Sri Lanka has been conducted, it is also understandable that he should see him as his eventual successor. The tradition goes back to the first Prime Minster of Sri Lanka, D S Senanayake, who wanted his son Dudley to succeed him, ...

A Reform Agenda 6 – Business development Business opportunities need to be developed throughout the country. Though infrastructural development has been good in many parts of the country, the people need to be empowered to make use of new facilities and opportunities. As I was told a couple of years back, in the Wanni, by a representative of a Women’s Rural Development Society, they were grateful for ...

Daily Mirror – Maithripala Sirisena is a very capable person Professor Rajiva Wijesinha, son of late Sam Wijesinha, Former Parliamentary Secretary General is a member of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka. In June 2007 President Mahinda Rajapakse appointed him Secretary-General of the Sri Lankan Government Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process, and in June 2008 he became the Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights. In ...

A Presidency Under Threat 28 – Presidential Insecurities Nearly two months back the Liberal Party wrote to the President urging that he not hold elections in haste, and indicating that he should proceed first with the various reforms he had pledged. We got an acknowledgment, but not a response, though I suspect a call from a close relation urging that I support the President was a consequence of ...

SLFP will rally around Sirisena in case of his victory An Interview with Rajiva Wijesinha “About three years ago, at a private meeting at the Central Bank Maithreepala Sirisena was the first person to say that there are questions about the way the roads are being built. He said there was a lot of waste going on. I think that was very brave of him.” University don turned parliamentarian ...

A Reform Agenda: 4 – School Education I was delighted to find that the small group with which I am working with are not the only people putting forward suggestions for reform. Recently I was sent a document prepared by the Pathfinder Foundation which puts forward a policy agenda for political parties. The Pathfinder Foundation is I think-tank run by Milinda Moragoda, who is also an adviser ...

A Reform Agenda: 3 – Administrative Reform During my visits in the last couple of years to all the Divisional Secretariats in the North and East, I realized that little had been done to implement the proposal in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s manifestos regarding more consultation of the people. Regular meetings did not take part at village level, and the supposed Divisional Development Committees met sporadically. Their conclusions were not ...

Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Sneezy (Part 1) If G L Peiris moved only gradually into seeing his principal role as advancing the agenda of the Secretary of Defence, his intellectual counterpart in the inner echelons of government, Mohan Pieris, had from the start been associated with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He began his rise to the position of Chief Justice by being Advisor to the Ministry of Defence. His ...

කවුද කොටින්ට ආධාර කරන්නේ ? මගේ අවධානය යොමුව තිබෙනවා ඔබ පුවත්පතෙහි අද දින “අල් ජශීරා වැඩසටහන:  විජේසිංහයන් වැනි මීතුරන් සමග ජනපතිට සතුරන් අවැසි නොවීය” මැයෙන් පලවූ ප්‍රවෘත්ති විශේෂාංගය කරෙහි. රචකයා නිසැකවම ව්‍යාකූල සහගත තත්වයට පත්ව තිබෙනවා. මා එළඹෙන ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී ජනපතිට සහයෝගය නොදීම පිලිබදව, ඔහු  ස්ථිරව ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නේ  “විජේසිංහ ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම අදහස් කරන්නේ අපේ විදේශ ප්‍රතිපත්තිය සුරේන්ද්‍රන් වැනි දෙමළ කොටි හිතවාදීන්ට වඩාත් අනුකුල විය යුතුය” යනුවෙනි. ...

කවුද කොටින්ට ආධාර කරන්නේ ? මගේ අවධානය යොමුව තිබෙනවා ඔබ පුවත්පතෙහි අද දින “අල් ජශීරා වැඩසටහන:  විජේසිංහයන් වැනි මීතුරන් සමග ජනපතිට සතුරන් අවැසි නොවීය” මැයෙන් පලවූ ප්‍රවෘත්ති විශේෂාංගය කරෙහි. රචකයා නිසැකවම ව්‍යාකූල සහගත තත්වයට පත්ව තිබෙනවා. මා එළඹෙන ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී ජනපතිට සහයෝගය නොදීම පිලිබදව, ඔහු  ස්ථිරව ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නේ  “විජේසිංහ ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම අදහස් කරන්නේ අපේ විදේශ ප්‍රතිපත්තිය සුරේන්ද්‍රන් වැනි දෙමළ කොටි හිතවාදීන්ට වඩාත් අනුකුල විය යුතුය” යනුවෙනි. ...

A Reform Agenda: 2 – Tightening up Foreign Policy and Foreign Relations President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself is of the view that our Ministry of External Affairs is a mess. His offer to Mangala Samaraweera to make him Foreign Minister indicates his realization that his greatest blunder is the hash the troika that runs the Ministry has made of our international relations. And he confirmed this to Vasantha Senanayake, when Basil accused him of criticizing the Foreign Minister ...

A Reform Agenda: 2 – Tightening up Foreign Policy and Foreign Relations President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself is of the view that our Ministry of External Affairs is a mess. His offer to Mangala Samaraweera to make him Foreign Minister indicates his realization that his greatest blunder is the hash the troika that runs the Ministry has made of our international relations. And he confirmed this to Vasantha Senanayake, when Basil accused him of criticizing the Foreign Minister ...

ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ න්‍යායපත්‍රය 1-	විධායක බලතල අඩු (ඌනනය) කිරීම විධායක ජනාධිපති සතු බලය අසීමාන්තික බව බොහොසෙයින්ම පිළිගත් කරුණක්. එහෙයින් පොදු අපේක්ෂකයා සඳහා වර්තමානයේ සහයෝගය දෙන්නන් ප්‍රතිඥා දෙනවා මෙම බලය ඌනනය කිරීමට. කෙසේනමුත් මෙම බලය ඌනනය කිරීමේ ක්‍රියාවලියේදී, ඔවුන් මූලික දේශපාලන ප්‍රතිපත්ති පිලිබඳ අවධානය යොමුකළ යුතුයි, එනම් විශේෂයෙන්ම බල වියෝජනය නම් භාෂිතය කෙරෙහි. මෙය සම්බන්ධ වෙනවා රජයේ අනෙකුත් ආයතනවල බලයන් ගොඩනැගීම පිළිබඳව. එතුලින් විධායකය පාලනයකට යටත්කළ හැකියි. එවැනි ආයතන නම්, ...

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