Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pressure Mounting on CJ to Quit Post

Pressure Mounting on CJ to Quit Post

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera are mounting pressure on the controversial Supreme Court Chief Justice, Mohan Peiris, to resign and make way for the re-instatement of his impeached and sacked predecessor, Shirani Bandaranayake. According to …

Police raid Rajapaksa’s country house in Tangalle

Police raid Rajapaksa’s country house in Tangalle

Embattled former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s country home in the southern province has been raided by police who were looking for a luxury sports car but the search drew a blank. “They raided our house in Tangalle yesterday looking for a Lamborghini car,” said …

Reconciliation on Right Path, Says PM

Reconciliation on Right Path, Says PM

India gave its stamp of approval on the new Sri Lankan government’s “initial steps” towards political reconciliation, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the  invite to visit the island nation in March, which would be the first stand-alone bilateral visit by an Indian PM …

Narendra Modi may visit Sri Lanka in March

Narendra Modi may visit Sri Lanka in March

With a new government taking office in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may travel to Colombo in March. If he does go, it will be the first state visit by an Indian PM since Rajiv Gandhi’s trip in 1987. Speaking to journalists after his …

China port caught in Lanka cross-currents

China port caught in Lanka cross-currents

Hard hat firmly perched on his head, Chinese contractor Wu Chaoxiang shrugged when asked if the rumble of trucks carrying rocks towards yellow cranes and red metallic towers on reclaimed land along the beach just outside Colombo would stop with the change in regime here. …

Fresh Start as Lanka Talks Positive

Fresh Start as Lanka Talks Positive

The course-correction has begun with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Sunday holding talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The talks yielded progress on the issues of fishermen and return of refugees, even as New Delhi was briefed on reconciliation efforts to be …

Transfer of RAW Colombo chief was a routine decision

Transfer of RAW Colombo chief was a routine decision

The Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday denied that the removal of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Colombo station chief was connected to the defeat of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the recent elections in the island nation, adding that it was a routine …

Working behind the scene for change

Working behind the scene for change

A combination of political factors may have led to the defeat of the former Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in the January 8 polls, but a small group of activist-lawyers may have sowed the seeds of regime change at least two years ago. It all …

Sri Lanka has survived its Indira Gandhi phase

Sri Lanka has survived its Indira Gandhi phase

In yet another miracle of history, Sri Lanka has survived its Indira Gandhi phase. The Rajapaksa family twisted the Constitution to achieve what Indira did with the Emergency. A family dictatorship took over, ruthlessly supervised by President Mahinda’s brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Parliament was turned into …

Namal rejects family’s dynastic rule led to defeat

Namal rejects family’s dynastic rule led to defeat

Namal Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mhinda Rajapaksa, rejects charges that his family’s dynastic rule led to their rout and says the close knit ties between his father and his uncle, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was responsible for Sri Lanka’s military victory over the …