Monthly Archives: April 2015

Sri Lanka: Widows of War

Sri Lanka: Widows of War

Al Jazeera’s 101 East programme examined the plight of thousands of widows struggling to survive, mainly in the North-East of Sri Lanka. Speaking to several Tamil and one Sinhalese war widow, the programme highlighted the lack of support received by the Tamil women. When questioned …

Sri Lanka to pass RTI legislation

Sri Lanka to pass RTI legislation

Sri Lanka may soon have its own RTI (Right to Information) law. Called the “Right to Know Information” legislation, the proposed law is part of the new regime’s 100 Days Programme. On Thursday, the present coalition government, comprising members of the two principal parties, Sri Lanka …

Meeting between President and ex President cancelled

Meeting between President and ex President cancelled

A meeting that was reportedly scheduled between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been cancelled. United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Kumara Welgama told a news conference that the meeting has been cancelled due to Rajapaksa’s busy schedule. According to …

Wigneswaran’s Letter Violated Protocol

Wigneswaran’s Letter Violated Protocol

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran may have broken protocol when he officially wrote to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to consider releasing four Sri Lankan Tamils sentenced to life imprisonment in the 1994 Premananda rape and murder case, Lankan officials told …

China’s revival of ‘South–South’ economic relations

China’s revival of ‘South–South’ economic relations

China’s revival of ‘South–South’ economic relations raises the opportunity of re-balancing global power. This could have profound implications for economic progress, including poverty reduction and structural change, in the developing world. China holds the economic heft of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and …

Xi’s visit: Pakistan and the US

Xi’s visit: Pakistan and the US

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan a few days back was received with much fanfare and excitement. Not only the government but also the opposition parties, civil society and the public showed their enthusiasm for the visit of their “iron brother” and “all-weather friend”. …

International involvement needed to solve Tamil issues

International involvement needed to solve Tamil issues

Speaking to the press on Tuesday 21 April Northern Provincial Councillor (NPC) MK Sivajilingam. said that it is only through the international community can the political problems of Tamils in the North-East be solved. The Councillor said that he intended to table a resolution at the …

Measuring change in Sri Lanka

Measuring change in Sri Lanka

Shortly after the election of President Maithripala Sirisena and the appointment of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe we published our ‘yardstick for change’ – a series of tests which would allow people to determine what is changing in Sri Lanka, and what is staying the same. …

No complaint against Sri Lankan Navy

No complaint against Sri Lankan Navy

The Indian government did not get any complaint against Sri Lankan navy hurling petrol bombs at Indian fishermen, the Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh informed the Rajya Sabha. The written reply by the Minister of State was a direct contradiction of …

Frittered and frazzled

Frittered and frazzled

The date should have been one to celebrate: April 23rd was the hundredth day since Maithripala Sirisena formed a government after winning a fraught presidential election, in January, as the head of a broad coalition of parties. The surprising victory was rightly feted as a …