Monthly Archives: January 2015

Indian intelligence alerts Obama might be targeted by anti-national elements belonging to Sri Lanka or Maldives

Indian intelligence alerts Obama might be targeted by anti-national elements belonging to Sri Lanka or Maldives

Indian intelligence agencies have issued alerts to Delhi police and other security agencies saying US President Barack Obama might be targeted by anti-national elements belonging to Sri Lanka or Maldives during his Delhi visit as the chief guest for the Republic Day parade. A close …

Sri Lanka’s new government and the possibility of justice

Sri Lanka’s new government and the possibility of justice

Sri Lanka’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, has promised to break from the Rajapaksa regime’s rule with a 100 day plan of widely welcomed reforms that will ensure good governance, rule of law and judicial independence. However the new government is yet to address the country’s …

Prof. Peiris say,  subjected to  this  harassment  without  any  semblance  of  justification

Prof. Peiris say, subjected to this harassment without any semblance of justification

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris had been questioned by the  Criminal Investigations Department officers this afternoon over an  alleged  attempt  in  the  early  hours  of  Friday  January 9 to  thwart  the  electoral  process and  to  prevent,   by  unlawful  means,  the  transfer  of  power  …

Consolidating post-election gains

Consolidating post-election gains

Ashok K. Mehta.                                                                      The challenge confronting the rainbow coalition is managing …

Wind of Change in Sri Lanka

Wind of Change in Sri Lanka

The report from London that the electoral changes in Sri Lanka saw the well-entrenched Mahinda Rajapaksa replaced as president by his former colleague Maithripala Sirisena has triggered speculation that this was the handiwork of the Indian foreign intelligence agency RAW. In a strategically placed island …

Sri Lanka Taps Former HSBC Wealth Manager to Head Central Bank

Sri Lanka Taps Former HSBC Wealth Manager to Head Central Bank

The Sri Lankan government appointed an ally of the new prime minister who previously worked as a wealth manager with HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) and Emirates NBD to run its central bank. Arjuna Mahendran was today appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, on the recommendation of …

Huge Challenge Ahead

Huge Challenge Ahead

Two weeks after an electoral upset that ousted Sri Lanka’s long-reigning strongman, the country’s new leaders are racing to investigate allegations of corruption under the previous regime and are rushing to enact legal and constitutional changes they say are aimed at reestablishing rule of law. …

Panel to be Appointed: Government

Panel to be Appointed: Government

Sri Lanka’s new government will appoint an independent commission to probe the last stages of the country’s civil war that ended in 2009, a minister said Friday. Cabinet spokesperson and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told Xinhua that the commission will consist of professionals who would …

Sri Lanka softens its stance on China port city deal

Sri Lanka softens its stance on China port city deal

Sri Lanka’s new government said on Thursday it might renegotiate a $1.5 billion “port city” deal with China Communications Construction Co Ltd, softening its pre-election threat to scrap the project. New Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, before last month’s presidential vote, said he would cancel the …

Sri Lanka’s once-powerful ex-president faces backlash

Sri Lanka’s once-powerful ex-president faces backlash

Their friends have deserted them. Their houses have been raided. Their power near-absolute on this island nation just a month ago has melted away, replaced with talk that some family members could face charges of corruption or murder. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family …