Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 5

Monday, October 9th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS China is, at the moment, leading in the Big Power war. It is keeping India, Japan and US at bay. India tried to have a confrontation with China over the Doklam plateau in Bhutan in August 2017. After ten weeks, the Indian army pulled back from Doklam border, but the Chinese army remained. […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 5

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS President Maithripala Sirisena   is firmly ensconced in his seat as President. It is will not be easy to tip him out, whatever his opponents think. But the media is not always admiring towards President Sirisena. Colombo Telegraph   under the headline Entire Sirisena Family At The UN”   said, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that President […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 5

Friday, October 6th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED ESSAY. Yahapalana has an ambitious economic plan for Sri Lanka. Here is the plan taken from Vision 2025, published in 2017.  Our vision is to make Sri Lanka a rich country by 2025. We will do so by transforming Sri Lanka into the hub of the Indian Ocean, with a knowledge-based, highly […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 4

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Any military activities which would hamper US control of the Indian Ocean had to be firmly squashed.  Local maritime services, which were navigating the Indian Ocean, using sea marshals, combating pirates, protecting ships and so on, had to be removed. One high profile casualty was Rakna Lanka and Avant Garde. The foreign handlers […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 3

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana government said that it wants to convert the Sri Lanka armed forces into a professional body quipped with modern technology and knowledge of warfare. In December 2016 it was reported that Yahapalana was going to buy multi combat aircraft. The ‘entire cabinet’ had approved the purchase of multi combat aircraft which could […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 2

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana government has suddenly discovered the Indian Ocean, which has been there for centuries all round us. Several international conferences on the Indian Ocean have taken place in Colombo. These conferences, we are told, are to discuss   global trade in the region and the need for regional cooperation, but it is clear […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 1

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS ‘An irresistible rising China is on course to collide with an immovable America,’ said Harvard scholar Graham Allison. When a rising power, in this case China, causes fear in an established power, in this case USA, the result is usually war, he said. He called this the ‘Thucydides Trap’ after some Greek war […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 4

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana election is still in the minds of the Sri Lanka public. Analysts see a clear connection between the 2010 election which featured Sarath Fonseka and the 2015 election which ousted Rajapaksa. They say that there has been US interference in these two Sri Lankan elections. The US intervention, in 2010 was […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 3

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS There is deep dissatisfaction with the Yahapalana government. People are asking what kind of change have we got, observed Sinharaja Tammita Delgoda in January 2017.  He reports the reaction of one dissatisfied voter. Sisira had been driving a bus for the last 15 years. Although he was from the deep south, he had […]

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INNOVATIONS IN YAHAPALANA ADMINISTRATION

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The Yahapalana ‘regime change’  was intended to bring the island under western control and get the administration to run the way the west wanted. The existing government institutions were not suitable for this task, therefore new agencies were needed. The first of these was the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM), chaired by […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDIA Part 5

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS India sees itself as a future world power. But unfortunately, the world does not see India in the same way. The world considers India to be a badly run, badly divided country. India appears to be a country that is unable to fulfill the just demand of its citizens, said one critic. Kuldip […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 4

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

 KAMALIKA PIERIS China values its relationship with Sri Lanka and takes China-Sri Lanka activities very seriously. Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies had a seminar on ‘Contemporary China- Sri Lanka relations: current trends, future projections’ in May 2017. For this half day seminar, China sent the President of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 4

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 28.8.17 USA emerged as a super power after World War II, with the Marshal Plan which created NATO in 1949 and the Korea war of 1950. American power is based on alliances not colonies. US has some 60 treaty allies. It tops the list in number of embassies, consulates and missions as […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 4

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana was planning to push China firmly out of Sri Lanka and hand Sri Lanka over to India and America. Yahapalana thought    that it would be easy to shake off China because Yahapalana was under the secret protection of USA. But Sri Lanka owed China money and USA could not cough up the […]

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THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND CONTEMPORARY SRI LANKA (4)

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The western powers saw that modern China was a potentially powerful state which could shake the world. Therefore China was kept out of world politics by the west for several decades. That is now history. In June 2017, Judith Shapiro, speaking of China announced ‘the superpower has arrived’.  China is set to become […]

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STRIKES, DEMONSTRATIONS AND YAHAPALANA

Friday, July 28th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The first thing that happened once the so-called CIA inspired ‘regime change’ took place and Yahapalana government came into power was protests, demonstrations and strikes. The media observed that that in September 2015 alone, 24 street protests were held in Colombo. And dozens of others have been held elsewhere. There were 49 demonstrations […]

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HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Sri Lanka has a literate, educated, strong minded public. That is because of its ‘free health  and education’. These two sectors therefore need to be weakened and the country’s spirit broken, if the West is to bring the island under control. In 2014  it was observed,’ If we have this same stability for […]

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YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Yahapalana won the election in 2015, due partly to the enthusiastic support of   the Maha sangha, notably Ven.  Maduluwawe Sobitha.   Unlike in the 1956 election, where the sangha were making demands and actively pursuing those demands, in 2015, they were blindly supporting an externally introduced plan. The Maha Sangha were originally an important […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE PORTS OF SRI LANKA

Monday, July 17th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka   has a very valuable asset in its harbours and ports, due to its strategic geographic location. Only Colombo however, has been fully developed as a commercial port. The port of Colombo is a sheltered port with breakwaters. It undertakes oil handling, bunkering, cargo handling and container handling. Colombo port in 2016 […]

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MANAGING THE ECONOMY, RAJAPAKSA VERSUS YAHAPALANA

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS We have inherited a heavy national debt, said Yahapalana. The country had a debt of SLR 9000 billion (USD 60 billion) when Yahapalana took over, said President Sirisena. Yahapalana had inherited a Rs. 482,940 million foreign debt burden which has to be settled before 2016 said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.    We are saddled […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 2

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS REVISED 28.8.17 Because it was an externally managed  ‘regime change’,  the ‘changers’ decided that it was best to install Maithripala Sirisena as President quickly,  before the island woke up to what had happened. The election results were announced on January 8, 2015 and the very next day, January 9th, in a hurriedly prepared […]

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‘REGIME CHANGE’ BEFORE ‘YAHAPALANA’

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 13.7.17 ‘Regime change’ made its first appearance in Sri Lanka in September 1959 when S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was assassinated by a Buddhist priest, Somarama, on the verandah of his home. The assassination was planned. That was obvious. But it was not difficult to execute. Bandaranaike had no security protection whatsoever.  Anyone could kill […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 4

Monday, July 10th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Yahapalana government does not seem interested in developing the stock market. The stock market is  in decline. The Securities  and  Exchange Commission (CSE) All Share Price Index (ASPI) which significantly outperformed major global indices such as the MSCI World, Dow Jones, FTSE100 and DAX during 2010-2013, dismissed however, as mostly pump and dump […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 3

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana has put in place many measures to impoverish the public. This is a planned move to break the spirit of the nation. Welfare benefits have been removed.   Yahapalana has stopped the fertilizer subsidy, free school uniforms, elders and disabled benefits, observed Chandraprema.   Construction projects started by the earlier government have been stopped […]

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YAHAPALANA    AND THE ECONOMY Part 2

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana came to power because it promised the voters that they would reduce the cost of living. After Yahapalana came to power, the cost of living went up and up. The public complained about the skyrocketing cost of living.   Food prices have gone into the stratosphere with more and more people going to […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 1

Friday, July 7th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana said that when it took power in 2015, Sri Lanka was facing an extremely precarious economic situation. We have inherited a heavy national debt, said Yahapalana. The   figures vary. Here is a selection. The country had a debt of SLR 9000 billion [60 billion USD] when Yahapalana took over, said President Sirisena. […]

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PERAHERA ELEPHANTS AND YAHAPALANA

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The elephants in the Esala Perahera got star billing in an entertaining piece published by two animal rights NGOs in August 2016.  The essay is full of howlers and is probably the silliest piece ever written on the subject. Are you planning to go and see the Kandy Esala perahera, the NGOs wrote, […]

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FACTORIES, TRISHAWS AND YAHAPALANA Part 2.

Monday, June 5th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Several of Yahapalana’s manufacturing joint ventures, which were going to push the economy forward, died at birth.  The first casualty was the much hyped Volkswagen factory. Volkswagen’s Sri Lanka agent, Senok Automobiles, headed by Noel Selvanayagam, announced in Sept 2015, that they had entered into an agreement for a multimillion dollar investment by […]

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FACTORIES, TRISHAWS AND YAHAPALANA Part 1.

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Yahapalana‘s main, if not sole, economic policy is to go for exports. Central Bank Governor Coomaraswamy pointed out that unless we increase exports, we will not get out of our debt problem, and we will not achieve sustained growth. Developing a national strategy for exports is a key component of the development agenda […]

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CUSTOMS, INLAND REVENUE, CENTRAL BANK AND YAHAPALANA  

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana is revising several Acts of Parliament which are of critical importance to the economy. It is clear that these Acts were marked out for revision at the start itself, as a part of the Yahapalana regime change. The purpose is to weaken these departments. The Ministry of Finance is drafting a new […]

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