Monthly Archives: June 2015

BIMSTEC Shows the Way to Regional Cooperation

BIMSTEC Shows the Way to Regional Cooperation

It is well recognized that the integration of the economies of South and South East Asia will greatly benefit countries in the region and the  world at large. But if the experience of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is any indication, cooperation …

Rajapaksa’s plans for polls

Rajapaksa’s plans for polls

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is keen on getting the views of leaders and members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the party’s allies before taking any decision about his participation in the Parliamentary polls, Dilan Perera, SLFP spokesperson, said on Friday. “He is …

Removing the Ban on Tamil Diaspora Organizations

Removing the Ban on Tamil Diaspora Organizations

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj.                                                                     Sri Lanka’s ebullient Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera is currently …

Ghosts Of War Give Way to Development

Ghosts Of War Give Way to Development

It is an oasis from the scorching heat outside. The three-storey, centrally air-conditioned Cargills Square, a major mall in Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna town, is the latest hangout spot in the former warzone, where everyone from teenagers to families to off-duty military officers converge. Once …

President dissolves Parliament

President dissolves Parliament

President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved Sri Lanka’s parliament, paving the way for Parliamentary elections. “The president signed a gazette notification dissolving parliament. The government announced that the election will be held on 17 August. Nominations will be called from 6-15 July and the new parliament is …

Government covering up link between abductions

Government covering up link between abductions

The Tamil National Alliance accused the Government of attempting to cover up increasing evidence linking abductions with former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan Navy. Speaking to journalists in Jaffna on 26 June, TNA spokesperson MP, Suresh Premachandran said that an international inquiry …

If people are not re-settled in North and East Struggles will explode-Suresh Premachandran

If people are not re-settled in North and East Struggles will explode-Suresh Premachandran

TNA MP and Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran responding to Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe’s statement that the Army will have to take decision about the re-settlement of the people said  the  Chief Minister of the NPC, Justice C.V.Wigneswaran and I have continued to insist that the Army …

Government is ready to engage continuously in discussions with TNA

Government is ready to engage continuously in discussions with TNA

Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan said that at the talks the party held with President Maithripala Sirisena on 24 June he had  agreed to discuss continuously with the Tamil National Alliance on finding a permanent political solution to the long-lasting ethnic problem and other problems. Former …

US releases 2014 Human Rights Report on Sri Lanka

US releases 2014 Human Rights Report on Sri Lanka

US Secretary of State John Kerry submitted the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the US Congress on 25 June , 2015. A  70 page report on the Human Rights Sri Lanka has been released  by …

South Asia Fastest Growing Region in World

South Asia Fastest Growing Region in World

Far from being a non-performing region, South Asia is today the fastest growing region in the world, says a new report released on Thursday. The South Asia Development and Cooperation Report 2015, brought out by the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), also …