Monthly Archives: January 2015

India turfs out Rajapaksa

India turfs out Rajapaksa

When Sri Lanka unexpectedly turfed out President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election this month, it was the biggest setback in decades for China’s expansion into South Asia – and a remarkable diplomatic victory for India. India has pushed back against China elsewhere in the region …

China’s projects to continue

China’s projects to continue

Sri Lanka’s newly elected government will not stop any ongoing development projects with international partners including China, officials said Wednesday. Highways and Investment Promotion Minister Kabir Hashim and his deputy Eran Wickremaratne made the promise during a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Wu …

Sri Lanka’s Surprising Election Victor

Sri Lanka’s Surprising Election Victor

With poll results that stunned incumbent power, Maithripala Sirisena defeated two-term president Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s national elections. Will the island nation now get a more liberal version of democracy? In what came as a surprise to many, challenger Maithripala Sirisena recently defeated two-term …

A General victory

A General victory

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday  issued a special order to immediately drop all charges levelled against former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, and restore his rank as a General, his medals and decorations; as well as his pension and civic rights. Rendering justice to …

Peoples Power’ Faces Big Challenges

Peoples Power’ Faces Big Challenges

Dr Kalinga Seneviratne.                                                                                     …

No to Federal System

No to Federal System

In a move which may disappoint the minority Tamils, Sri Lanka’s new government has categorically ruled out adoption of a federal constitution for the country. In his maiden speech in Parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe disregarded the Tamil National Alliance’s long-standing demand for …

TNA want new President to meet their demand for a durable solution

TNA want new President to meet their demand for a durable solution

Sri Lanka’s senior-most Tamil leader has demanded that the country’s new President Maithripala Sirisena “seriously address” the community’s concerns and negotiate a resolution after riding Tamil support in his victory over the nation’s former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa this month. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a …

From Bullets to Ballots: The Face of Sri Lanka’s Former War Zone

From Bullets to Ballots: The Face of Sri Lanka’s Former War Zone

In four months’ time, Sri Lanka will mark the sixth anniversary of the end of its bloody civil conflict. Ever since government armed forces declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on May 19, 2009, the country has savored peace after a …

India’s new Lanka agenda

India’s new Lanka agenda

Nitin A. Gokhale.                                                                                     …

Suspension of Rule of Law during War Wrong, Says Ranil

Suspension of Rule of Law during War Wrong, Says Ranil

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that it was wrong on the part of the Rajapaksa government to have suspended the Rule of Law during and after the 2006-09 Eelam War IV. “From 1983, for 20 years, while we fought terrorism, we ensured …