Monthly Archives: April 2015

President Justifies Return of Land

President Justifies Return of Land

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday staunchly defended his government’s policy of returning to the Tamils in North and East Lanka, lands taken over by the Lankan military during the war. “Is it wrong to return these lands to the original owners in a …

Indian-origin Estate Workers Get Land

Indian-origin Estate Workers Get Land

The Sri Lankan government, headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, has taken what is described as a “historic decision” to give each of the 200,000 families of Indian Origin Tamil workers in the island’s plantations, seven “perches” or 1,900 sq ft of land with ownership documents.“It …

Basil Rajapakse arrested

Basil Rajapakse arrested

Sri Lankan authorities arrested the youngest brother of former president Mahinda Rajapakse for “misappropriating” public funds, his lawyer said on Wednesday, hours after the ex-leader accused his successor of a witch-hunt. Former economic development minister Basil Rajapakse was taken into custody after being questioned for …

Sri Lanka ex-leader slams new regime over graft probe

Sri Lanka ex-leader slams new regime over graft probe

Former Sri Lankan strongman Mahinda Rajapakse Wednesday accused the new government of pursuing a witch-hunt against his family as he and his brother prepared to be interrogated by anti-corruption investigators. The 69-year-old, who lost a presidential election in January, accused his successor Maithripala Sirisena of …

Opposition demands anti-graft chief’s sacking

Opposition demands anti-graft chief’s sacking

Sri Lanka’s main opposition demanded on Tuesday the country’s anti-graft chief be sacked for summoning former president Mahinda Rajapakse to answer bribery allegations amid renewed uproar in parliament. Opposition lawmaker Bandula Gunawardane told parliament the director general of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery …

Rajapaksa as PM in Sirisena Govt will Boost SL

Rajapaksa as PM in Sirisena Govt will Boost SL

Sri Lanka’s once powerful Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, wants President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join hands to give the island nation a “functioning government” and lift it from the abyss of political confusion and economic stagnation. “Maithripala Sirisena has been elected …

Bandung Summit Marked by High-profile Absences

Bandung Summit Marked by High-profile Absences

On Tuesday the president of Indonesia addressed the business summit at the Asia Africa Conference underway in Jakarta, but after last minute changes to the schedule he was the only head of state who spoke. Generally, Asian and African leaders who had been scheduled to …

Xi’s visit leads to China, Pakistan partnership

Xi’s visit leads to China, Pakistan partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday concluded his state visit to Pakistan after the two neighbours lifted their ties to an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and signed over 50 cooperation deals. The trip to the South Asian country, the first leg of Xi’s first overseas …

Ashraf Ghani’s India visit: Transnational road deal with Kabul likely

Ashraf Ghani’s India visit: Transnational road deal with Kabul likely

Notwithstanding India’s push to use Iran as a corridor to connect Central Asia, Russia and beyond in the backdrop of nuclear detente between Tehran and world powers, Delhi and Kabul could sign a pact next week that will not only allow access to Afghanistan but …

TN fishermen to meet Sushma on April 27

TN fishermen to meet Sushma on April 27

Over 100 fishermen from Tamil Nadu will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj next Monday to give a petition demanding uninterrupted fishing rights in the Sri Lankan waters. According to Rameswaram-based fisher leader S. Emarit, who represents owners of mechanised boats, leaders of fishermen’s associations …