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2018 should be the year Sri Lanka finally prioritises on economy and evolves a political cohesiveness that supports economic development. However, there is an acid test: the future of the UNP-SLFP unity government. The memorandum of understanding between the two parties lapsed on December 31; the SLFP says a decision will be taken after the local government elections.


Yet another year has dawned and all Sri Lankans, no doubt, will enter 2018 with much expectations for an improved performance, all round, by the rulers and a better quality in their lives. There are also the imponderables in the months ahead of the new year.


The end of one year in the Gregorian calendar, and the beginning of a new year is always the time to reflect – and look ahead. This is a time too for New Year resolutions, usually thought of to right some wrongs, only to be inevitably broken sooner than later.


This year was a very challenging one for the entire world, with political, climatic and societal upheavals in many countries. The most transformative event of 2017 was the swearing-in of real estate tycoon Donald Trump as the President of the United States, which would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.


The SLFP faction of the Unity Government are on overdrive these days attempting to distance themselves from the UNP.


President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed separate commissions to probe the massive losses at SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka, which was more or less absorbed into SriLankan after this government came to power. This is a step in the right direction that will help unravel what went wrong with these institutions.


The much anticipated Local Government and Provincial Council Elections are to be held shortly. With less than two months for the polls, we have seen controversy and excitement. We have seen blatant election law violations, those accused being nominated to run for the election.


Do you remember December 26, 2004? That was the day, exactly 14 years ago, when the massive Indian Ocean Tsunami hit Sri Lanka and 13 other countries in the Indian Ocean and African region.


There has long been speculation that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will throw his hat into ring at the next Presidential race. Most felt that the Viyathmaga and Eliya movements formed under his leadership were just stepping stones for his larger ambition to be President. But it does not seem so. At least, if one were to take the comments made by Basil Rajapaksa, seriously.


Most Sri Lankans and indeed many others, cannot begin the day without a hot “cuppa” which sets the tone for the hours ahead. And when you want a steaming cup of hot tea, there is only one option: Ceylon Tea.


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