Monthly Archives: May 2015

No Breakthrough in Sirisena-Rajapaksa Talks

No Breakthrough in Sirisena-Rajapaksa Talks

The eagerly awaited talks between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa  to sort out problems between them ended in a stalemate here on Wednesday. “Today’s meeting was only a preliminary one.They will have to meet several times to sort things out.There …

MPs want India to reclaim Katchatheevu

MPs want India to reclaim Katchatheevu

CPI want the Centre to renegotiate with the government of Sri Lanka to reclaim the island of Katchatheevu. Buoyed by the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill to ratify the land border agreement with Bangladesh, these MPs said the government must reconsider the exchange of …

The Afghan connection

The Afghan connection

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan has just concluded a long-awaited visit to India. It was successful, hit all the right notes, had a good deal of substance, reaffirmed the traditional friendship, and yet left the foreign affairs pundits wondering how best to assess its significance. …

Documentary on Pro-Tamil Journalist screened in India

Documentary on Pro-Tamil Journalist screened in India

Taraki, a documentary on the travails of a pro-Tamil Sri Lankan journalist who was abducted and later found dead in the vicinity of the Sri Lankan parliament a decade ago, was screened at the Chennai Press Club on Sunday to mark World Press Freedom Day. …

Probe into missing persons

Probe into missing persons

A few days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Sri Lankan government to pursue vigorously complaints on missing persons and take the cooperation of the United Nations and the International Red Cross, the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons has announced its move …

IMF concludes program monitoring discussion

IMF concludes program monitoring discussion

On April 29, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the third Post-Program Monitoring (PPM) discussion with Sri Lanka.1 Recent macroeconomic performance has generally been strong but risks appear to be on the rise. Real GDP growth registered 7.4 percent in …

IMF raises concern over fiscal deficit

IMF raises concern over fiscal deficit

The International Monetary Fund raised concern on Wednesday over Sri Lanka’s fiscal deficit in 2015 and the medium term after the new government increased wages and spending. The Fund said the 2015 deficit target of 4.4 percent of gross domestic production (GDP) “will likely be …

India pushes ahead on Iran port

India pushes ahead on Iran port

India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in south east Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off US pressure not to rush into any deals …

Sri Lanka struck by American-Indian political tsunami

Sri Lanka struck by American-Indian political tsunami

Shenali D Waduge                                                                     In the late 1970s when President J R …

Sri Lanka must have a new Constitution

Sri Lanka must have a new Constitution

Jayampathy Wickramaratne, the leader of a three-member team that prepared the 19th Constitutional Amendment in Sri Lanka, called for a new Constitution which will include a fresh Bill of Rights and address the issues of devolution of powers to provincial councils and power sharing at …