Monthly Archives: May 2015

Atmosphere in Lanka is “Breathtakingly Fresh”, Says Global Tamil Forum

Atmosphere in Lanka is “Breathtakingly Fresh”, Says Global Tamil Forum

The UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has described the political culture ushered in by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as “breathtakingly fresh” and has praised all Lankan political parties and their parliamentarians for  passing  the 19 th. Amendment to the …

India v. China in Sri Lanka—Lessons for rising powers

India v. China in Sri Lanka—Lessons for rising powers

John Kerry’s visit to Sri Lanka, the first by a secretary of state in 11 years, recognizes the country’s geopolitical importance. It also highlights the outcome of the recent tussle over the island state by two emerging global powers, a contest in which India has …

Bill to ban bottom trawling tabled

Bill to ban bottom trawling tabled

Ban on mechanised bottom trawling in Sri Lankan waters, as proposed in a private member’s bill tabled in Sri Lankan Parliament, has been proposed, keeping in mind not just the problem posed by a section of fishermen of Tamil Nadu but also in view of …

Secretary of State should keep human rights on the agenda during visit

Secretary of State should keep human rights on the agenda during visit

The new government in Sri Lanka under President Sirisena has taken impressive steps to restore freedom of the press and strengthen the rule of law. While these moves are promising, there is still a long road to travel before Sri Lanka becomes a ‘beacon’ for …

Sri Lankan High Commission in London accepts copy of Sinhala No Fire Zone

Sri Lankan High Commission in London accepts copy of Sinhala No Fire Zone

The Sri Lankan High Commission in London accepted a personalised copy of the Sinhala language version of the No Fire Zone documentary on behalf of Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena this week. Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has been urged by Callum Macrae, the Director …