Monthly Archives: May 2015

Sri Lanka may let China resume work on Port City project

Sri Lanka may let China resume work on Port City project

Sri Lanka will appoint a panel of public officials to consider whether work should resume on China’s biggest Sri Lankan real estate project, which was suspended nearly three months ago, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. Work on the $1.4 billion Port City project was …

Govt. refutes findings

Govt. refutes findings

The Sri Lankan government has made “significant changes” in its approach towards the Northern Province where Tamils live predominantly, according to Ruwan Wijewardene, State Minister of Defence. When apprised of the main findings of a study of the Oakland Institute on issues concerning Tamils, the …

The Long Shadow of War: The Struggle for Justice in Postwar Sri Lanka

The Long Shadow of War: The Struggle for Justice in Postwar Sri Lanka

A new independent report on the state of human rights in Sri Lanka – the first since the end of the country’s 26-year civil war in 2009 – finds that a silent war continues in which thousands of Tamils, mostly Hindus and Christians, are still …

Lankan Remarks on Our Proposal on Fishermen Not Helpful: India

Lankan Remarks on Our Proposal on Fishermen Not Helpful: India

A day after Sri Lanka rejected India’s proposal to allow Indian fishermen to catch fish in Sri Lankan waters, government today said such remarks were “not helpful” given that it was working together with Colombo to find a mutually acceptable solution. “We also have concerns …

Sri Lanka needs a stronger female work force

Sri Lanka needs a stronger female work force

Sri Lanka needs to look at ways to address, the lower female participation in the labour force and the underemployment of the educated women, to get maximum contribution to the national economy, a senior economist said. “Sri Lanka needs to create more suitable employment opportunities …

Modi hopes to erode China’s influence in Bangladesh

Modi hopes to erode China’s influence in Bangladesh

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take border-settlement and water-sharing deals to Bangladesh next month as part of his drive to erode Chinese influence in South Asia, although Dhaka is likely to remain dependent on Beijing for military equipment. India, which has had an uneasy …

Sri Lanka rejects Indian proposal to solve fishing dispute

Sri Lanka rejects Indian proposal to solve fishing dispute

The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday said it has refused to agree to a proposal from India to allow Indian fishermen to catch fish in Sri Lankan waters. Fisheries minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that India had requested Sri Lanka to allow Indians to catch fish for …

We have to clear our name

We have to clear our name

Sri Lanka’s wartime army chief says his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence. “The allegations are there,” Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said in an interview with the Guardian. “We have to clear our name.” In May 2009 …

Petition President for release of Jaffna students

Petition President for release of Jaffna students

The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, Members of Parliament, students and teachers jointly presented a petition to President Maithripala Sirisena, calling for the immediate release of students who were arrested in Jaffna. The petition was handed over when he visited the Jaffna Vembadi Girls School and contains the …

China’s Military Strategy

China’s Military Strategy

China outlined its defense strategy to boost its naval capability farther from its shores, saying it faced a grave and complex array of security threats including in the disputed South China Sea. In a policy document issued by the State Council on 26 May 2015, …