The modern UNP was the more urban, business-friendly party and the SLFP was the more rural, socialist-friendly party. Now, insomuch as we have parties at all, the UNP has turned. In this interim government, Ranil Wickremsinghe is leading the most business-unfriendly incarnation of the UNP I’ve ever seen. Not only are their policies mixed at best, he and Finance Minister ...

Bikes, Helmets and Public Safety Concerns The official government news portal of Sri Lanka recently reported that a ban on full-face helmets will be re-imposed starting April 02. The report argues that the “face of the motorcyclist should remain open for easy identification.” The ban, which was initially set to be imposed on March 21, is expected to counter the presumed increase in the number ...

This is the Colombo Port City? Yesterday, I was invited to go on a (guided) tour of the much-discussed Colombo Port City. I, along with a small crowd of twitterati, were taken to look at what’s already built, ask questions, take photos and cross-examine the management of CHEC Port City Colombo Private Limited, the people doing the actual construction. When I told my friends that I’d be ...

Election monitoring in austere contexts using ICTs The following note was penned to the co-ordinator of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), who asked me to go into some detail around the information security, gathering, archival and dissemination strategies I conceptualised and deployed around the historic Presidential Eleection in Sri Lanka, held on 8th January 2015. CMEV’s information operations are a template for the monitoring of ...

Walking on the shadows of Hattottuwagama Deepani Silva, who is committed to promoting street dramas, talks about the interesting times, experiences and lessons learnt while working with a legendary father figure in the field of acting (Pics by Ravindra Dharmathilake)Award winning actress Deepani Silva celebrates four decades in her acting career in March 2015.The late Gamini Hattottuwagama, through street dramas in Sri Lanka, offered citizens an ...

An International Government for Sri Lanka! Now! “It’s all a bloody circus mates and the clowns are in control!”[1] Amateurs make revolutions and professionals make Coup d’état! Yes? Well then what about the revolutions that did not fail, who made them? We are all amateurs in some field and citizens make up for what professional politicians are unable to do. ...

An International Government for Sri Lanka! Now! “It’s all a bloody circus mates and the clowns are in control!”[1] Amateurs make revolutions and professionals make Coup d’état! Yes? Well then what about the revolutions that did not fail, who made them? We are all amateurs in some field and citizens make up for what professional politicians are unable to do. ...

The Bond Issue Controversy: An Analysis Image courtesy Ada Derana By Sam Samarasinghe and Dushyantha Mendis The issue of government bonds on February 27 has raised a huge controversy, involving questions as to the competence of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), and also allegations of insider dealing. The government has been slow to respond to the ...

People have asked me if I regret voting for this government given all their cock-ups, missteps and backwards assignations. Well, no. That annoying noise you hear is democracy. Under Mahinda things were dreadful quiet, mafia quiet. This is better. That said, man, these guys are messing up. The difference is that our complaints actually make a difference, which is great. ...

Photo courtesy EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA via Sky News As the new administration has begun to unpack promises made during a hasty election campaign, it is clear that they are constrained by their own political capacity, the limitations of a minority government and more generally by what is politically feasible at present. Within the government, ministerial appointments have had to exceed the ...

Genocide! What? Genocide! Yes, Genocide, here in Sri Lanka among us, under our feet, above our heads and over our shoulders! From the first, since independence, Genocide! The Northern Provide Provincial Council has tabled and passed a resolution stating that since independence the Sri Lanka state committed Genocide against the Sri Lanka Tamils. That’s it. It is done. No going ...

This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll ...

Asian Infrastructure Development Bank: U.K. Germany, France and Italy Join Bank The Asian Infrastructure Development Bank was created by China as an alternative to the World Bank. While Sri Lanka has been busy distancing themselves from China, Europe including U.K. Germany, France and Italy join the Bank.This is a must read, with Sri Lanka mentioned. The interviewer is Sharmini Peries of Real News NetworkExcerpts from Michael Hudson: Europe Tilts East Towards ...

In House Of Cards, Frank Underwood schemes his way into unelected power but finds it hard to actually govern. Then he runs headlong into an election he may lose. Ranil Wickremesinghe is in a similar position. The Caretaker Governor Ranil has been appointed Prime Minister but he hasn’t won an election for 14 years. He was actually something of a ...

It’s good that work has started on mapping out who will benefit by renting out excess capacity on assets controlled by consumers and small businesses. We have been kicking around these ideas within LIRNEasia for a while. Hopefully will get started on a project to understand how these things play out in the “real world,” as stated below. “I wasn’t ...

Sovereignty and Colombo Port City Image courtesy Yamu Throughout the world, the owning or holding of and that belongs to another sovereign nation, termed “territories held” have recently been largely returned. The Panama Canal was returned to Panama in January 2000, Hong Kong was returned to China by the United Kingdom in 1997, and Portugal returned Macau Island to China in 1999. The notable global ...

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