Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot become Prime Minister Photo courtesy WSJ The question whether ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is eligible to be appointed to the Prime Minister’s post if he has the support of a majority of members in Parliament following the August 17 poll is the subject of current debate. President Sirisena has made public his intention not to appoint Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and has ...

WordPressers Making a Splash We read hundreds of blogs and websites every day, from up-and-coming voices and established pros alike. We love visiting those sites on WordPress.com, but it’s just as rewarding to see other platforms embrace the work of writers, journalists, and artists who regularly publish here, introducing it to new audiences. Here’s a selection of WordPress.com bloggers who recently made a splash. A mathematician at work Terry Tao ...

Economic Indicators: 2000 to 2015 Data presented without comment. You can click on chart for source interactive data. GDP Change (Billion USD)2000 16.3 2005 24.4 8.12014 74.9 50.5Change in GDP 2000-2005=49%Change in GDP 2005-2014=200%Note:Comparison of GDP per Capita for IndiaComparison of Debt to GDP for the US.The US GDP also includes intangibles such as films, music, iTunes to GDP, increasing GDP by 3%.Also see US ...

ICTA’s Bullshit Is there anyone from Google out there? Anyone? Good. If there is, know that you – and the company you work for – are now part of Sri Lanka’s many political campaigns. Let me explain. I’m looking at a copy of the DailyFT. On the front page is a photo of Muhunthan Canagey shaking hands with Mike Cassidy, VP at ...

Ruminations after Colombo Pride: Why Queer Interest Litigation is Public Interest Litigation Photo courtesy SALGBT Network Part I Exactly a month ago from today, the US Supreme Court’s holding, in Obergefell v. Hodges, seemed to give cause for celebration to many individuals, most of whom expressed solidarity through their profile picture on Facebook. Newsfeeds were abuzz with reports of how “gay marriage” had been legalised in America. However, the actual holding, ...

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CMEV operations and output CMEV has been involved in monitoring election related violence and malpractices in all national, provincial and majority of local government elections since 1997. Monitoring of election related violence and malpractices of General Election 2015 is also started with an improved data collection and information dissemination mechanism advanced with modern communication techniques. Download the graphics below as PDFs in Sinhala, Tamil ...

In the August 2015 General Election campaign, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) is taking a number of initiatives to raise voter awareness and strengthen the fundamental right to the franchise. Responding to a request from the Elections Commissioner Mr.Mahinda Deshapriya, CMEV isspearheading three hundred public awareness events on the method of voting under the prevailing electoral system.In ...

Peace and Reconciliation: A Way Forward Photo via Daily Maverick Presented by Dr. Devanesan Nesiah, to the Association for Social Development at the OPA, 25 July 2015 I have enjoyed and appreciated the documents you have sent me and am happy to speak to you on Peace and Reconciliation – Way Forward. Up till the time of Independence in February 1984 our country was widely ...

Mahinda and This Facebook Thing It’s been a busy week in Sri Lanka: we’ve pelted the Pakistani cricket team with stones, ranted about how shitty that act was, and watched Mahinda Rajapaksa do a Facebook Q&A. Perhaps the old bear has gotten smarter after his recent licking, and perhaps the Old Guard is finally catching on to what the Younger Generation can really do to ...

Targeting Lanka: Playing Ball with Tamil Extremism 2008-14 This essay was presented at the 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars held in Adelaide from 5-9th July 2015 and was therefore designed as a 15-minute presentation. Hyperlinks, maps, citations and bibliographical references have been inserted in this version, while pictorial illustrations are a supplementary appendix. Footnotes have been kept to a minimum. The emergence and sharpening of Tamil ...

How The Country Feels, Pre-Election I just read an interesting report from the Social Scientists Association. They polled 1,500 people across Sri Lanka on a variety of issues, from how they felt about the economy to the ethnic issue to the current government. It’s a short, well-presented report. What I’ll do is compare what the main parties are running on (IMHO) and how that compares ...

The Freak Show Returns Image courtesy The New Yorker The UPFA’s election campaign is based on Four Ignoble Lies: Sri Lanka and all true-born Lankans are suffering; the reason for this suffering is the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa on January 8th; national salvation depends on bringing Mahinda Rajapaksa back to power; the way to do it is to make Mahinda Rajapaksa the prime ...

The outcome document of the 3rd Financing for Development Summit was adopted on 16th July without intergovernmental tax body or new financial commitments. The developed countries rejected the proposals made at last hours of negotiations for the improvements to the UN tax committee, and a global tax body. Developing Country Proposals Rejected On Wednesday key improvements to the language ...

Four Food Blogs to Follow Now From sweet to savory, these four fantastic food blogs will satisfy your appetite. If you enjoy eating (and who doesn’t?!), check them out and follow them in your Reader so you won’t miss a dish. The Dinner Party Collective The Dinner Party Collective is a collaborative blog dedicated to “reinvigorating the delicious lost art of dinner parties.” The DPC features ...

Sri Lanka needs to follow good practice which is being pursued by an increasing number of countries around the world. All hand- outs, subsidies and other welfare measures included in the manifestos should be costed and specific measures should be identified for financing the incremental costs involved. This will enable the voters to assess the financial viability of the promises ...

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