Lahiru Pathmalal is full of interesting contradictions.
Sri Lankan journalist Tharindu Jayawardhana completed his formal education in the same year that the 26-year-long civil war in his country ended. Five years later, Tharindu reports for the most widely-circulated Sinhala paper in Sri Lanka, Lankadeepa. Tharindu’s rapid rise in the underdeveloped profession of journalism in Sri Lanka is a testament to his skill and commitment. It also provides an unique view into the potential of media to keep the newly-elected democratic government accountable and heal the deep wounds between the Sinhala and Tamil populations in this island nation of 22 million.
Exactly twenty years ago, in 1996, we won the World Cup.
When columnist and human rights activist Sunanda Deshapriya criticized the Sri Lankan government’s war against Tamil rebels, he didn’t know he wouldn’t be able to return to his country for six years.
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Member of Parliament Nihal Galappaththi says that the current regime is as corrupt as and no better than the previous regime.In an interview with The Sunday Leader he says that the present Maithri-Ranil administration is the one that became most unpopular in the shortest period of time, and they too have sold the country to powerful nations, disregarding the plight of the people who voted for them.
DFCC Bank PLC, Sri Lanka’s pioneering development bank, is renowned for being a national icon that has played a pivotal role in the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in the country. The bank has a track record of having developed SMEs to become some of the largest and successful businesses of today, and its contribution extends well beyond financing.
Although the current government criticised the previous regime, there have also been questions over some of the appointments made to several key institutions during the good governance regime.
Recently, Hollywood star Harrison Ford says he would like to return to Sri Lanka where he shot one of the Indiana Jones movies.