19th July 2016

Is USA planning to loosen its grip on Sri Lanka?

19th July 2016 // 0 Comments

Last week, fans of the Nuga Sevana programme in Rupavahini witnessed US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, preparing a polos embula –local spicy with guidance and tips from none other than Sri Lanka’s celebrity Master Chef Dr. Pubilis Silva of Mount Lavinia Hotel.   Biswal, who arrived in Sri Lanka after visiting Bangladesh, went to the Holey Bakery in Dhaka, and paid respects to the victims of heinous terrorist attack that took place, a few weeks back. Interestingly Biswal’s arrival fell a few days after Chinese Foreign Minister’s low-key yet important visit to the country. Biswal has been a frequent visitor to Sri Lanka since President Maithripala Sirisena was […]

Proposed Constitution: Division On Executive Presidency And 13A

19th July 2016 // 0 Comments

by Easwaran Rutnam Mano Ganeshan Discussions on the proposed amended or new Constitution has resulted in a division with some pushing to maintain the Executive Presidency with reduced powers. President Maithripala Sirisena, in his election manifesto ahead of the Presidential elections last year, had promised to abolish the Executive Presidency. However most political parties engaged in talks to draft a new Constitution or amend the existing Constitution have expressed the opinion that the Executive Presidency must remain. Members of the steering committee discussing the draft Constitution, which includes members of parliament, told The Sunday Leader that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is leading the push to keep the Executive Presidency. Sources also said that the United National Party is also silent on the matter […]