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The TNA hierarchy had failed

The TNA hierarchy had failed

Northern Minister of Women Affairs, Ananthy Sasitharan said the International Community had taken a different stance over humanitarian issues in Sri Lanka, thus letting down the war-affected people. “We were under the impression that United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad …

One Belt One Road’ project hits political, financial hurdles

One Belt One Road’ project hits political, financial hurdles

China’s plan for a modern Silk Road of railways, ports and other facilities linking Asia with Europe hit a $14 billion pothole in Pakistan. Pakistan’s relations with Beijing are so close that officials call China their “Iron Brother.” Despite that, plans for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam …

India can’t allow its neighbours to drift away

India can’t allow its neighbours to drift away

India cannot allow its neighbours to drift away from it to counter an assertive China, Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said today, affirming that time has come for the country to shift focus from western to the northern frontier. Rawat said countries like Nepal, Bhutan, …

Japan courts Sri Lanka

Japan courts Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s strategic location, astride the main shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean, has kept in the gaze of the world powers more and more. The latest example of such attention turned out to be the visit of Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Sri …

Supreme Court opinion sought to continue as President till 2021

Supreme Court opinion sought to continue as President till 2021

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has sought the Supreme Court’s opinion on whether he could hold office until 2021, apparently contradicting a Constitutional Amendment — stipulating a five-year term — that was passed after he assumed charge in 2015. The issue will be argued in …

Trial of Tamil Tiger financiers begins

Trial of Tamil Tiger financiers begins

The trial of 13 financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) has started at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court. The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka. Some are …

Nothing excites, or agonises, Sri Lankans like cricket

Nothing excites, or agonises, Sri Lankans like cricket

Cricket runs through the veins of Sri Lankans, philosophised Randika, our young Man Friday during our tour of the island, as he pointed to a park between the hills of Nuwara Eliya and the sun-kissed beaches of Hikkaduwa, where a match was on full steam. …

Thirteen accused of funding the LTTE to stand trial in Swiss court

Thirteen accused of funding the LTTE to stand trial in Swiss court

Thirteen financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) will stand trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday. The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka. Some …

Militarization of the Indian Ocean

Militarization of the Indian Ocean

By P.K.Balachandran :                                           One of the fallouts of the rise of China as an economic and military power in recent times has been the militarization …

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath’s recent comments (in an English Daily) on his party’s stance on the national question makes interesting reading; especially in the context of the current constitution making process. Herath, asked to explain the JVP’s current position, …