Himal Kotelawala

Himal Kotelawala

Himal is a staff writer at Roar

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Economy

Treasury Bond Scam ‒ An Update On The Saga

It’s been nearly two years since the controversial transaction of treasury bonds, popularly referred to as the bond scam (thankfully, the media has yet…

Economy

2017: Where Is The Economy Headed?

Key points: Though relatively stable for the most part, economic activity likely to be constrained in 2017 Characterised by changes in the policy and…

Features

Ceylon: A Look Back At The Long Road To Freedom

If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic at the Dickman’s Road/Havelock Road intersection in Thimbirigasyaya (and let’s face it; who hasn’t?), you’ve seen the…

Features

Cogs Of Democracy: Sri Lanka’s Power Structure

This is part of an ongoing series of articles by Roar breaking down the functions and constituencies of the various institutions of the Democratic…

In The News

Sirisena: To Run Again Or Not?

In his inaugural address to the nation just over two years ago, President Maithripala Sirisena made a solemn promise. Speaking in front of the…

In The News

Sri Lanka Officially Refuses To Go Gay

Gay rights is in the news again, what with the Cabinet notoriously rejecting a move to decriminalise homosexuality in the country. Social networking sites…

In The News

Local Government Elections: What’s The Holdup?

Local government elections have been overdue for about two years now, and there is still no sign of them being held anytime soon. The…

In The News

Mahinda Rajapaksa Twitter Q&A: A Breakdown

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa began the year by expressing his desire to topple the democratically elected yet increasingly unpopular Yahapalana Government in 2017. He…

In The News

2017 ‒ Mahinda’s Year?

New Year resolutions are the biggest cliche there is. As a new year dawns, we mortals ‒ most of us, anyway ‒ resolve to…

Features

Forgotten Histories Of Lankan Leaders

The relatively short yet colourful history of the more mainstream of Sri Lanka’s political parties and their respective leaders and the contributions each has…

Roar Insider

The Best Of Roar 2016

Another year just flew past, and, as a rapidly growing online media organisation, we at Roar have been taking it upon ourselves to report,…

Editorial

2016 ‒ The Yahapalana Report Card

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s not hard to imagine that a lot of people will be muttering “good riddance” under their breath,…

Features

What’s Left Of The Left?

To say that the Sri Lankan leftist movement is on its last legs would be… generous, at best. Having all but abandoned all pretence…

Environment & Wildlife

The Kelani River Is Badly Polluted ‒ But There May Be Hope

Fact: The Kelani River is the most polluted river in the country. To say that the Kelani River is the lifeline of some of…

Editorial

On New Media, Censorship, And Facebook Racism

“On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” So went the now iconic New Yorker cartoon in 1993. The artwork, a little ahead of…