Monthly Archives: March 2015

Sri Lanka: Why foreign investment should come

Sri Lanka: Why foreign investment should come

Foreign investment is a hot topic at the moment. The idea mostly, in the current climate, invokes criticism and anger, such as the recent Guardian opinion piece that lamented the selling off of British and London infrastructure to foreign investors. To compound this, there has …

Concern in Parliament Over Lankan PM’s Remarks on Indian Fishermen

Concern in Parliament Over Lankan PM’s Remarks on Indian Fishermen

Members in Parliament today voiced concern over remarks of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe that his country’s navy has the right to shoot any “intruder”, prompting the government to express willingness for a debate on the issue. Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker and AIADMK leader …

Women’s rights activists call UN to protect them in their work

Women’s rights activists call UN to protect them in their work

Nimalka Fernando was called a sex worker and a traitor for campaigning for peace in war-torn Sri Lanka. A photo of her head was pasted on to a naked women’s body and published. People were encouraged to stone or kill her. Sara García was threatened …

Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim, has an extremely important role to play

Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim, has an extremely important role to play

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mangala Samaraweera addressing Parliament on 18 March 2015 said Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Statute regarding international jurisdiction with regard to war crimes, ensuring justice with regard to such matters will be the business of …

Promised Reforms Help Reset Sri Lanka-India Ties—for Now

Promised Reforms Help Reset Sri Lanka-India Ties—for Now

Last week was an auspicious time for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to culminate his three-country tour around the Indian Ocean with the first visit by an Indian leader to Sri Lanka in three decades. Given the island nation’s shifting political landscape following the surprising …

Navy Has the Right to Shoot

Navy Has the Right to Shoot

Sri Lanka and India are working to resolve the fishermen’s issue, but the country’s navy has the right to shoot anyone who intrudes into their territorial waters, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has told NDTV. The reiteration of the controversial comment comes on the …

Barbs From within after Ranil’s right to shoot intruders remark

Barbs From within after Ranil’s right to shoot intruders remark

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe again tried to step on India’s toes by saying his country’s navy has the right to shoot anyone who intrudes into its territorial waters. The statement came just two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country, …

US, Cuba Resume Talks on Diplomatic Ties

US, Cuba Resume Talks on Diplomatic Ties

U.S. and Cuban diplomats talked behind closed doors Monday in the latest negotiations aimed at restoring diplomatic relations. The top U.S. diplomat for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, met with Cuba’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs, Josefina Vidal, in Havana Monday for the first day of …

Tamil Minority Grows Impatient

Tamil Minority Grows Impatient

There may be no place more beautiful on the breathtaking tropical island of Sri Lanka than the white sand beaches along the Palk Strait, which is why building a luxury resort here made sense. Still, there are drawbacks to staying at Thalsevana Holiday Resort. Arrive …

Calls for international war crimes probe ‘insulting’, says former Sri Lanka president

Calls for international war crimes probe ‘insulting’, says former Sri Lanka president

Sri Lanka is united against an international investigation into alleged war crimes during its 26-year-long civil war, according to its former president, Chandrika Kumaratunga. Kumaratunga, who served as president of Sri Lanka from 1994-2005, said that both the Sri Lankan people and its politicians found …