Monthly Archives: June 2015

Asian Stock Markets Slump

Asian Stock Markets Slump

Asian stock markets slumped Monday, mainly due to concerns about the Greek debt crisis. Chinese shares on the Shanghai exchange plunged more than 7 percent, despite efforts by China’s central bank Saturday to calm investor fears. The Hang Seng also finished the day down, along …

TNA Agrees on election

TNA Agrees on election

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided on a formula to distribute nominations and the number of seats among the parties of their alliance in certain districts including Trincomalee, Jaffna and Ampara. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that they will …

Fissure deepens within SLFP

Fissure deepens within SLFP

Fissure deepens in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party which is visible clearly, as the 10th Parliament of Sri Lanka was dissolved and arrangements for the General Elections begin with a limping start. At present, the Secretary General of the SLFP and the Secretary of the …

US will work with President Sirisena

US will work with President Sirisena

The US Embassy said that they will continue to work with President Maithripala Sirisena as he has promised to address some long standing issues related to human rights. Referring to the US State Department’s recent report on human rights practices, US Embassy spokesman, Joshua Shen …

Tie-up With UNP Sirisena’s Achilles’ Heel?

Tie-up With UNP Sirisena’s Achilles’ Heel?

If Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is to marginalise the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and gain full control over it, so that the party wins the August 17 parliamentary elections under his leadership, he has to distance himself from …

ITAK in Fix as Ex-LTTE Leader Seeks Poll Ticket

ITAK in Fix as Ex-LTTE Leader Seeks Poll Ticket

An application by a former top LTTE leader, Athmalingam Ravindra alias Rupan, for an Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) ticket to contest the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, may have put the ITAK in a fix. Since the end of Eelam War IV in …

War widows pin hopes on President

War widows pin hopes on President

Shunned, destitute and pushed into prostitution in some cases, Sri Lanka’s Tamil widows have returned to northern Jaffna since the end of the separatist war only to discover they are not welcome even in their homeland. Now, six years after the war ended, the women …

Civil servants warned of jail if election laws violated

Civil servants warned of jail if election laws violated

Sri Lanka’s election chief on Saturday warned civil servants they will face fines and three years in prison for failing to ensure a free and fair parliamentary election announced for August. The head of the independent elections commission, Mahinda Deshapriya, said he has been given …

Sri Lanka’s memory wars thwart reconciliation

Sri Lanka’s memory wars thwart reconciliation

By Jeff Kingston: Six years after the end of the civil war that claimed at least 70,000 lives between 1983 and 2009, Sri Lanka appears to have made little progress on reconciliation between its ethnic Tamils and Sinhalese majority. In the war-ravaged northern provinces, large …

Chinese submarine in Karachi, India alarmed

Chinese submarine in Karachi, India alarmed

Chinese submarines have now reportedly begun to make forays to even Karachi after making similar visits to Colombo over the last one year, sparking further concerns in the Indian security establishment. This is yet another indicator of the fast transformation of the People’s Liberation Army-Navy …