Monthly Archives: January 2015

Sri Lanka appoints new Chief Justice

Sri Lanka appoints new Chief Justice

Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka’s new president, has appointed a Tamil judge as the country’s chief justice, the first member of the minority community to hold the post in more than two decades. Kanagasabapathy Sripavan, 62, was sworn in on Friday, ending a crisis in the Supreme …

Sri Lanka ‘on right track’ to achieving sustainable democracy

Sri Lanka ‘on right track’ to achieving sustainable democracy

Sri Lanka’s new leader Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated former president Mahinda Rajapksa in the January 8 poll, says he wants to reverse the “revenge politics” of the former regime as he recently reinstated the country’s former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, who was impeached two years …

India, Lanka Resume Dialogue on Repatriation of Refugees

India, Lanka Resume Dialogue on Repatriation of Refugees

Despite the protests of the Tamil Nadu Government on repatriation of refugees, India and Sri Lanka held an official-level meeting on the issue on Friday. There was no representation from the State government and regional parties claimed that it was not the right time for …

There is still hope for Sri Lanka’s minorities

There is still hope for Sri Lanka’s minorities

Sri Lanka’s minority communities, especially the Tamils, must cast aside their reservations and give the newly-elected government of President Maithripala Sirisena a chance to heal old wounds. Sirisena is reaching out by reversing the clock on the people’s suffering in the civil war that ravaged …

Sri Lanka’s new government has already taken important measures to improve free expression and other rights

Sri Lanka’s new government has already taken important measures to improve free expression and other rights

Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2015 released on 29 January 2015 said the new government elected in January 2015, should order investigations into arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and killings since the final military operations in 2009. World Report 2015 is Human Rights Watch’s 25th …

Tamils have no trust in local inquiry says TNA spokesperson

Tamils have no trust in local inquiry says TNA spokesperson

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman, Suresh Premachandran said the Tamil people have no trust in a local inquiry process by the Sri Lankan government into atrocities committed against the Tamils at the end of the armed conflict, rejecting the  government’s pledge to launch another domestic commission …

Wigneswaran tells military must be removed from North

Wigneswaran tells military must be removed from North

The removal of the Sri Lankan military from the Tamil areas is the most important issue at present, the chief minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran told the UK’s Minister for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire during a visit to Jaffna …

People still face many challenges

People still face many challenges

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire, said that the people of Jaffna still “face many challenges”, following meetings with Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran and journalists from the Jaffna Press Club on 29 January 2015. Commenting on his visit Mr Swire stated …

Government to return private land

Government to return private land

The Sri Lankan government pledged Thursday to free hundreds of minority Tamil detainees and return much of the Tamil land in the north and east that the military seized and continues to hold years after the end of the country’s bitter civil war. The promises …

Budget Highlights

Budget Highlights

The  Minister of Finance and Planning Ravi Karunanayake, presenting the interim budget  2015 presented in Parliament  offered relief to all as the  government believes in uplifting and developing the lives of every citizen of this country  and not a selected few.The interim budget has proposed the following …