Monthly Archives: June 2014

Police powers not for provinces

Police powers not for provinces

The Government says police powers will not be devolved to the provinces even if the 13th Amendment is fully implemented. Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that Cabinet will take the final decision on the implementation of the 13th Amendment. However he says the Government has …

Sri Lanka: War remembrance, reconciliation and non-violent resistance

Sri Lanka: War remembrance, reconciliation and non-violent resistance

By Nirmanusan Balasundaram.                                               May 2014 marked the 5th year of the brutal end of the armed conflict in the island of Sri …

Modi’s Play on Sri Lanka — Factors of influence

Modi’s Play on Sri Lanka — Factors of influence

By Kumaravadivel Guruparan.                                               Like any other observer of international relations and politics who wishes to be taken seriously, I must at the …

Sri Lanka tries to dispel shadow of war clouding its economy

Sri Lanka tries to dispel shadow of war clouding its economy

Ajith Nivard Cabraal, the governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, has good reason to be pleased. The Bank has achieved much in recent years. Inflation is coming down and is below 5%. Interest rates are lower too. Foreign exchange reserves have never been …

Diverting of Iranamadu waters put on hold

Diverting of Iranamadu waters put on hold

    The project to divert the waters of Iranamadu tank in Kilinochchi to fulfill drinking water requirements in Jaffna has been put on hold following strong objections by farmers. Provincial agriculture minister S. Iyinkaraneshan has told BBC Sandeshaya that the postponement is pending a …

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi

     Seeking a “decisive shift” in the Centre’s stance vis-a-vis Sri Lanka on the arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure the release of 33 fishermen, arrested by the island nation’s navy, and ensure a …

UN drafts Sri Lanka probe team

UN drafts Sri Lanka probe team

The UN team probing major human rights abuses by both sides during the last seven years of the Sri Lankan war will comprise at least 13 members, supervised by two experts, including at least one high profile personality in the international arena, the Daily FT …

Modi,not to be taken lightly

Modi,not to be taken lightly

    The new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in his very first meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has called for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment and going beyond in order to address the political aspirations of Tamils in Sri Lanka. …

We are ready to grant 13th amendment…. Sri Lanka informs India ?

We are ready to grant 13th amendment…. Sri Lanka informs India ?

   Replying to the request made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka government has informed that Sri Lanka is ready to activate the 13th amendment other than the police powers. The government has stated that if the police powers are given to the …

Jayalalithaa to meet Narendra Modi, AIADMK may rejoin NDA

Jayalalithaa to meet Narendra Modi, AIADMK may rejoin NDA

    AIADMK is likely to rejoin the National Democratic Alliance that it quit in 1999. Party supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday when contours of the tie-up will be …