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Recent media reports revealing that a $13.7 million USAID programme for ‘democracy and accountability’ is to be implemented by a private US company alleged to have links to the CIA, raise several questions regarding the nature of the government’s relationship with the US. 

 

Is Sri Lanka ready to cash in on the trends created by the populist political tsunamis sweeping around the world? Tectonic shifts in voting patterns began to dominate democracies with the arrival of Le Penn in France (she sacked her father, the founder of the party for being too fanatical) is on the threshold of winning the next Presidential election.

 
Calling on parties and people to rise beyond petty party politics or the desire for personal gain, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday launched a vital mission for sustainable, eco-friendly and all inclusive development.
 

As the New Year 2017 dawned yesterday, the Rainbow Coalition - which was swept to office with high hopes and expectations on January 8, 2015 - was facing political thunderstorms.   

 
One of the main livelihoods in Sri Lanka, is currently in a crisis stage. Beginning with the drought period, now facing problems due to authority decisions to import essential crops which could be grown domestically. The course of action will put the Sri Lankan farmers under numerous hardships.  
 

Sri Lankans have been warned to conserve water and electricity as the country braces for perhaps the worst drought since the early 1970s, with crop output down and possible shortages of drinking water, officials said. Disaster Management Minister Anura Yapa said the government was gearing up to deal with drought relief including food and water but early conservation efforts could help mitigate the coming crisis. Sri Lanka may need to bring down bowsers (road water tankers) to distribute water if the crisis got worse. 

 

The most current local newspapers carried articles covering a Sri Lankan economy analysis by Professor Razeen Sally. I too was there to listen to him speaking his piece and want to add my mite congratulating him for the well-analysed sense he spoke and to state my appreciation to the organisers for presenting such an event.  

 

During the most recent cabinet meeting, Sri Lanka decided to create a week for “national integration and reconciliation.” This will happen from January 8 to January 14 on an annual basis. How should this development be interpreted? Does this matter?

 

Fiasco might be a strong word, but it is fitting at least considering the Navy handling of the Journalist. For a while, because of this ‘fiasco,’ the bigger issue or the bigger Fiasco got blurred. The leasing of the Hambantota Port for 99 years at this stage of Sri Lanka’s economic development for just US$ 1.12 billion to a Chinese company (China Merchants Ports Holding Company) will have great repercussions for the country for a long period.

 

Despite the progress made over a few minor matters, since the silent revolution on January 8, 2015, which established the coalition government, no good governance has been established thus far and Sri Lanka is dangerously getting closer to relapsing into a “Rajapaksa dictatorship”, a renowned economist warned this week. According to Institute of Policy Studies Chairman Prof. Razeen Sally, Sri Lanka is currently just drifting without making much progress in any of the crucial fronts, which will soon make the whole landscape unstable, risking the country relapsing into “a Rajapaksa-like scenario” that existed in the past. 

 


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