Monthly Archives: January 2015

Shifting sands of Lankan politics

Shifting sands of Lankan politics

The first foreign envoy to call on the new Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, within hours of his Jan. 9 victory over Mahinda Rajpaksa, was India’s High Commissioner in Colombo Yashwant Sinha. In contrast, China’s Ambassador Wu Jinaghao had to wait until Jan. 15 for …

Former President Slams Media, Sees Sinister Motive Behind Blitz

Former President Slams Media, Sees Sinister Motive Behind Blitz

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has slammed the on-going media blitz against him and has charged that the vilification campaign is meant to mislead the public. In a letter to the Buddhist Maha Sangha and Lankans at large, Rajapaksa said that the accusation that …

New c.bank chief sees strong growth, chances of lower rates

New c.bank chief sees strong growth, chances of lower rates

A day after taking over as governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Arjuna Mahendran said interest rates can be reduced below current record lows once inflationary expectations flatten out, and called for an overhaul of the tax system to help businesses. Mahendran was …

The Commission for Justice & Peace of Jaffna write to the President on three major concerns

The Commission for Justice & Peace of Jaffna write to the President on three major concerns

The Commission for Justice & Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna has written to the President Maithipala Sirisena on  three of their major Concerns i.e. the release of political prisoners, accountability for those who died or disappeared during the war and for the resettlement …

UN Human Rights Chief Urged to Visit Sri Lanka

UN Human Rights Chief Urged to Visit Sri Lanka

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, to visit the island of Sri Lanka to get information for the Office of the High Commissioner’s Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) report to be …

Modi is Very Interested in Lanka, Says Ranil

Modi is Very Interested in Lanka, Says Ranil

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said here on Monday, that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ‘very interested’ in Sri Lanka and the region, and that this augurs well for Sri Lanka which is in the threshold of a new era. Wickremesinghe was speaking …

India to take bilateral ties with Sri Lanka to new level: Envoy

India to take bilateral ties with Sri Lanka to new level: Envoy

India will work closely with the new Sri Lankan government led by Maithripala Sirisena – whose victory was a tribute to Lankan people’s yearning for change – to take bilateral ties to a new level, the Indian High Commissioner Y K Sinha said today. Addressing …

UNHCR, European Union to Help SL Tamils Return Home

UNHCR, European Union to Help SL Tamils Return Home

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees  (UNHCR) and the European Union (EU) have undertaken to help the Sri Lankan government repatriate Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu and resettle them in the Island Nation, the Lankan Ministry of Resettlement has said. Assurance of aid …

Central bank keeps policy rates steady at record low

Central bank keeps policy rates steady at record low

Sri Lanka’s central bank kept key policy rates steady at record lows for an 12th straight month on Tuesday, as expected, and said inflation was expected to ease further. The central bank also kept a 5 percent lower repo penalty rate paid to banks that …

PM will be Chief Guest at R-day Reception

PM will be Chief Guest at R-day Reception

Breaking tradition, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be the Chief Guest at the Indian Republic Day reception at India House here Monday evening. Normally, Heads of State or Government do not attend National Day functions at foreign missions, but the Indian High Commission …