Monthly Archives: March 2015

Wigneswaran disappointed with release of land

Wigneswaran disappointed with release of land

Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice CV Wigneswaran, who visited Vasavilan, expressed disappointment and dismay over the actual situation of freed areas of the village. “197.6 acres were promised by Army to be released in the Oddakapulam area in Vasavilan. Only about 90 acres maximum …

President, PM, CBK in Jaffna tomorrow

President, PM, CBK in Jaffna tomorrow

President Mathripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga are scheduled to fly to Jaffna tomorrow morning on an important symbolic visit to the North, to distribute title deeds of lands in the former High Security Zones being returned to families …

US delegation happy with Lanka

US delegation happy with Lanka

A US delegation, which visited Sri Lanka to assess the climate for religious freedom, other human rights, and tolerance, have noted progress on the issues in Sri Lanka since the country’s 2015 election. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said that it …

Talks on Fishermen

Talks on Fishermen

A 19-member Sri Lankan team, comprising 10 fishermen’s leaders and nine officials, will be participating in talks between the fishermen’s associations of Sri Lanka and India to be held in Chennai on March 24 and 25, officials said on Saturday. This will the third time …

Fonseka to become first Sri Lankan Field Marshal

Fonseka to become first Sri Lankan Field Marshal

President Maithripala Sirisena will decorate him in a ceremony on Sunday, in appreciation of General Fonseka’s contribution to defeating terrorism in Sri Lanka. An army general and war hero who was imprisoned under the former Sri Lankan regime will be promoted as Sri Lanka’s first …

US Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

US Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The United States has finalized a review of its strategy for Central Asia, a region facing economic and political uncertainty tied to Russia’s flagging economy amid the Ukraine conflict and the murky succession plans of aging regional autocrats. Experts say that while Russia’s military interference …

London borough wants justice

London borough wants justice

Redbridge Council, a borough in the North-East of London, passed a motion calling on the British government and the UN to ensure justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the Tamil people. The motion, which was unopposed, also calls for a “permanent …

Inconsistent policy drives investors away, early elections will help

Inconsistent policy drives investors away, early elections will help

Sri Lanka’s policy inconsistency is unhealthy for foreign investments while the new mini budget does not send the right signals to the FDI community, an investment advisor said. “In my role as a banking partner at KPMG, we get lot of investors who come and …

After The Modi Visit

After The Modi Visit

The recent visit of Prime Minister Modi seems to be generally seen as a triumphant deployment of Indian soft power, as a highly sophisticated exercise in Indian diplomacy. But I am left with an uneasy feeling about some of what actually transpired during the visit. …

Commission finds civilian casualties were ‘collateral damage’

Commission finds civilian casualties were ‘collateral damage’

Foreign experts, appointed to the Disappearances Commission said in a report that the Tamil deaths, caused by incessant government shelling of the so-called No Fire Zones (NFZ), were collateral damage and blame should rest with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The commission, includes UN prosecutor in …