Himal Kotelawala

Himal Kotelawala

Himal is a staff writer at Roar

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How Sri Lankan Militants Tried To Topple The Maldives Government In ’88

There is a Maldivian legend about a Sri Lankan prince named KoiMalé who was marooned in a Maldivian lagoon with his wife, the daughter of…

Features

Life Under Sirimavo

‘During her first ten months in office as the world’s first woman Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, 45, has a record of more trouble…

Features

Assassinations That Shocked Sri Lanka

The answer to the question “how many prominent Sri Lankans have been assassinated?” should always be “too many,” but there have been a handful…

Editorial

Is Sri Lanka Facing An Economic Crisis?

In September last year, we discussed the possible means of escape from the looming debt trap or balance of payment crisis that Sri Lanka…

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…