Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

MAHA SANGHA AND YAHAPALANA

Monday, September 16th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana’s attacks on the Maha Sangha are part of its attack on Buddhism, Buddhists and Buddhist worship. This anti-Buddhist strategy has clearly been planned well ahead and given to Yahapalana to implement. Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka observed in 2016 we can see that strategies are being discussed among various NGOs and the present rulers […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 10 (section 2)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS SMART DRIVING LICENCES Committee on Public Accounts (COPA)  found that the government had suffered a loss of around Rs. 4 billion owing to a decision made by the Department of Registration of Motor Vehicles to extend a contract given to a private company to issue smart driver licences. The private company had a […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 9A (SECTION 2)

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The MCC grant represents the largest grant Sri Lanka has ever received from a single source, said Advocata. The grant is a huge one, USD 480 million. The failure to utilize the MCC grant would be an economic loss to the country. It is about improving the country’s transport system and land registration […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 11

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Indian Intelligence Agency sent an alert on April 8, 2019, warning of a terror attack. Sunday Times of 21 July 2019 published the text of this alert.  The text said:  Sri Lanka based Zahran Hashmi (sic) of National Towheed Jamaat and his associates are planning to carry out a suicide terror attack in […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 12

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Those who planned the Easter bomb explosions used two methods of attack, suicide, and truck. The suicide attacks are well known, but not the truck attack. The truck attack was planned for Kochchikade. The van was parked in the vicinity of the St. Anthony’s Gate 04 harbour entrance. The owner of the van was […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 15

Friday, August 30th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 9.9.19 BUDGET 2019 The Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance in its report on the fiscal, financial and economic assumptions of the Budget for 2019 has issued a damning indictment of the Ministry of Finance stating that the MoF had deliberately misled Parliament. The Committee has asked the Central Bank to formally assess […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 10 (SECTION 1)

Friday, August 30th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay presents some administrative decisions taken by Yahapalana   government. LOCAL GOVERNMENT Yahapalana government made sweeping changes to local government elections in October 2017.  A whole new system of elections was introduced as committee stage amendments to a Bill that had been gazetted to correct some technical defects in the local government elections […]

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YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA Part 3

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The Maha Sangha continued to show opposition to Yahapalana in 2019. The result was a ding- dong battle between the Sangha and Yahapalana.  The Maha Sangha have opposed Yahapalana on a range of issues. The Sangha have spoken out against the   new constitution that   Yahapalana was planning to foist on the country. Ven. […]

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YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA Part 4

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Revised     14.9.19 Yahapalana’s attacks on the Maha Sangha are part of its attack on Buddhism, Buddhists and Buddhist worship. This anti-Buddhist strategy has clearly been planned well ahead and given to Yahapalana to implement. Yahapalana decided to avoid a frontal attack on Buddhist philosophy. They  know what happened at the Panadura Vadaya. Yahapalana […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 10

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS China is continuing to maintain good diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka. In January 2019 Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan called on President Sirisena and handed over a New Year greetings card from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Ambassador Cheng also called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. China continues to maintain […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 11

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS China is not merely standing by as the USA increases its position in Sri Lanka. China is engaging in Track 1 diplomacy as well. President Maitripala Sirisena will leave tomorrow for China on a three-day visit, in a move that has surprised both political and diplomatic circles over its urgency, reported the Sunday […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 9B

Monday, August 19th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS COLOMBO-TRINCOMALEE ECONOMIC CORRIDOR  The plan for a Colombo Trincomalee Economic Corridor, which is considered part of the MCC Compact, was developed initially by the Asian Development Bank. In 2018, the media reported that the Asian Development Bank had initiated a comprehensive development plan for the Colombo-Trincomalee Economic Corridor (CTEC) to address some of […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 8

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS China is today the leading economic power in the world. More than half of the leading companies in the world are now Chinese. These include the technology giants known as BATS, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. Alibaba is bigger than Amazon and eBay combined, observed analysts.  Alipay, the Alibaba payment system, is more sophisticated […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 9

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS China is seen as a rising military power with global ambitions. As China continues its economic and military ascendance, it seeks Indo-Pacific regional hegemony in the near-term and, ultimately global preeminence in the long-term said, analysts. China with a navy second only to that of the US is an emerging superpower they said. […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 14

Friday, August 16th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS DAIRY INDUSTRY. Ministry of Rural Economic Development had imported high- yielding pregnant milch cows from Wellard Rural Exports Pvt. Ltd., Australia. They had arrived in November 2017. These cows were imported as part of an initiative by the Ministry of Rural Economic Development. The Ministry had ignored the warnings given by the Department […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 12

Monday, August 12th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised  14.9.19 Section 1. SERVICES. SHIPPING New regulations are to be introduced soon to open up Sri Lanka’s shipping sector to transform the country to a Singapore-style shipping hub, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera announced in March 2019. This sector is at present controlled by five local companies.   They control the agencies of shipping […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 13

Monday, August 12th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS SECTION 3 AGRICULTURE FERTILIZER (1) Auditor General’s Department has found that billions of rupees were erroneously credited to the bank accounts of persons who were not farmers under Sri Lanka’s cash transfer scheme for fertiliser and paid out towards untilled paddy lands instead of cultivated ones,  reported Namini Wijedasa in  May 2019. The […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 11 A

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS  ELECTRICITY   (   MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA PERIOD) President Mahinda Rajapaksa, when he assumed office on November 2005, immediately commenced the implementation of the 300MW Kerawalapitiya Combined Cycle Power Plant in early January 2006. This added 200MW to the system by 2008. That helped to avoid the massive power shortage and power cuts envisaged in 2008. […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 11 B

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS GAS TERMINALS (1) The electricity generation is moving in the direction the saboteurs wanted it to, towards oil, announced a critic in March 2019. Yahapalana government favors gas terminals. The share of electricity produced from oil reached a 20-year low of 18%, in 2015, and now it has risen back to 34% by […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 10

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The final essay in this series examines the   academic and political reactions to the three agreements discussed, namely, ACSA, SOFA and MCC. All three agreements are with the United States of America and all three Agreements focus on the territorial and military control of the island. Of the three agreements, ACSA is already […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 9A (SECTION 1”)

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 14.8.19 MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION (MCC) TheMillennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a United States foreign aid agency established by the U.S. Congress in 2004. The Millennium Challenge Compact is a US grant for development work in foreign countries. On August 13, 2018, the MCC delivered to the U.S. Congress a Congressional Notification of […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 7

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS ACQUISITION AND CROSS SERVICING AGREEMENT (ACSA) The United States made an abortive bid, in 2002, to finalize an Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA), formerly known as ‘NATO Mutual Support Act’, with Sri Lanka. The attempt was made after the Ceasefire Agreement was signed on Feb. 21. 2002. Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements are […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 8a

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT (SOFA) FULL TEXT   OF DRAFT AGREEMENT. Here is the full text of the draft Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) dated 28TH August 2018, which the Government of Sri Lanka is negotiating with the United States. (Sunday Times 30.6.19)     (1)   The Embassy of the United States of America presents […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 8b

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT (SOFA) continued. US and Sri Lanka had  an agreement  in 1995, by exchange of diplomatic notes, regarding the status of US military personnel and civilian employees of the Department of Defence  who may be present in Sri Lanka for exercises or official duties. The SOFA currently under negotiation seeks […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 10

Friday, July 5th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Easter Sunday attacks are considered, worldwide, as one of the most sophisticated attacks in recent years. The bombs were all highly impactful and were detonated at precise locations with impeccable timing, ensuring maximum impact and maximum casualties. These attacks in Sri Lanka are said to be the biggest single terrorist attack targeting […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 9

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay deals with two aspects of the bomb blast which do not get much attention. The bomb blasts sent many people to hospitals with grave injuries. This brought pressure on the hospitals concerned.  Sunday Times did an interview on this. The major hospitals worked with clinical precision, at very short notice, in […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 8

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Easter Sunday bombings mark a significant coming together of the Catholic Church and the Maha sangha. The Catholic Church and the Maha sangha appeared   together on one platform, after the Easter Sunday bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith held two joint press conferences with the Maha sangha regarding the bomb blasts.  After the Easter […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 7

Monday, July 1st, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 3.7.19 There is evidence that Saudi Arabia is connected to the bomb blasts. one of the masterminds who orchestrated the Easter Sunday bomb blasts , Milshan  was arrested in Saudi Arabia.  Later came the information that four key members of National Thowheeed Jamaath (NTJ), hailing from Batticaloa and Ampara had fled to […]

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THE 19TH AMENDMENT (Part 2)

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Kamalika Pieris In the 19th Amendment, the main blow to the powers of the President came with the Constitutional Council.  The Constitutional Council was first established in 2001 in the 17th Amendment. The idea was imitated by the civil society, led by the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA). The 17 Amendment was certified on 3rd […]

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THE 19TH AMENDMENT (Part 1)

Friday, June 28th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The 19th amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka was passed on 28 April 2015 just four months after Yahapalana government came into being. It was passed near unanimously. Only one person voted against, Rear Admiral MP Sarath Weerasekera.  Information on how the 19th Amendment was drafted has now come into the public […]

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