Monthly Archives: March 2015

Shares fall for 6th session on margin calls, political woes

Shares fall for 6th session on margin calls, political woes

Sri Lankan shares fell for a sixth straight session on Monday and closed at their lowest in more than eight months as mostly retail investors sold their stocks to settle margin trading, while political worries also weighed on sentiment. The main stock index ended down …

LTTE could regroup, warns Sri Lankan minister

LTTE could regroup, warns Sri Lankan minister

Sri Lanka’s new government today warned that there is a real danger that the LTTE could regroup and wage another war for an independent Tamil homeland, six years after they were militarily defeated. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said LTTE’s front organisations operate businesses overseas …

China accelerates westward opening for Silk Road Economic Belt

China accelerates westward opening for Silk Road Economic Belt

The Alataw Pass, a remotely-located port in the Gobi desert of Xinjiang, is becoming an increasingly important trade gateway connecting China’s inland cities to Central Asia and Europe. Dozens of international trains are running to and from the port everyday with a total freight volume …

UN Special Rapporteur on truth and justice in Sri Lanka

UN Special Rapporteur on truth and justice in Sri Lanka

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff arrived in Sri Lanka on 29 March 2015, for a six-day visit on an invitation by the Government and is to meet with Government officials and leaders of civil society organisations. …

Peaceing Together A Fisher Formula

Peaceing Together A Fisher Formula

Although leaders of Indian fishermen and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs have given a positive spin to the third round of talks between the Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen held in Chennai recently, Lankan fishermen told Express that they had only agreed to consider …

Plan to end the bitter fishing rights issue

Plan to end the bitter fishing rights issue

The third round of talks between Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen held in Chennai may have given hope to end the bitter fishing rights issue between the fishing community of two sides but experts question how far both Indian and Sri Lankan governments agree when …

A political solution in North

A political solution in North

Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pleadged a “political solution” for the island’s war-torn north, where ethnic minority Tamils have long demanded greater autonomy. During a two-day visit to the Tamil heartland of Jaffna, Wickremesinghe also repeated his government’s promise of national reconciliation …

Lanka for India’s Inclusion in Regional Cooperation With China

Lanka for India’s Inclusion in Regional Cooperation With China

Sri Lanka has backed China’s surprise initiative to make India an important component of a regional cooperation to address New Delhi’s concerns over Chinese involvement in large-scale projects in the country, a senior Sri Lankan minister has said. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said Chinese President …

Ex-Tigers under surveillance

Ex-Tigers under surveillance

Cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who have been “rehabilitated” and sent back into society after the war in North Sri Lanka, seem to be free from systematic surveillance, so long as they are not involved in any anti-government activism. S Yogeswari …

Sampanthan urges ITAK to support registering TNA

Sampanthan urges ITAK to support registering TNA

The leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), urged constituent members of the coalition to support the process of registering the TNA as a political party, reports BBC Tamil. The move is currently being resisted by the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), whilst being supported by …