Monthly Archives: July 2015

Homecoming is bittersweet

Homecoming is bittersweet

When Balasundaram Rasamalar finally got back her home in Sri Lanka’s battle-scarred north after years of military occupation, there was an unexpected problem. The toilet was still in the militarised zone where civilians are not allowed.Sri Lanka’s army this year began returning land it has …

Sri Lanka brings back media regulator

Sri Lanka brings back media regulator

Sri Lanka’s revival of a media regulatory group that empowers the government to imprison or fine journalists is raising concerns from press freedom groups. President Maithripala Sirisena made new appointments last week to the council he had dissolved following his shock election victory in January …

Seize this opportunity for true reform

Seize this opportunity for true reform

Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran writing to The Hill, a Washington DC-based newspaper which focuses on politics and international relations on 08 July  2015, said: Come September, the United Nations Human Rights Council will assemble in Geneva for its 30th session. This session marks an important date …

Plantation workers on go-slow campagn

Plantation workers on go-slow campagn

Tamil Progressive Alliance today commenced protest today 08 July at  the Talawakele Municipal Council grounds  demanding to grant Rs.1000 as a basic wages to estate workers. National Workers Union leader and the minister of Estate Infrastructure Development Palani Digambaran, Upcountry Peoples Front political wing leader …

Employee demand for flexible working

Employee demand for flexible working

With the growth of the Sri Lankan economy, companies across all industries are hiring a greater number of millennials as they continue to expand their operations. millennials are generally known to be more tech-savvy and open to change in the office environment. In an increasingly …

Sri Lanka tea faces challenges

Sri Lanka tea faces challenges

A study “The Tea Sector Statistical Analysis 2014” conducted by the Business Information Division of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says competition from other beverages, climatic changes and worker wages are seen as key issues the global tea industry is facing, including Sri Lanka one …

TNA rejects alliance bid by ex-LTTE members

TNA rejects alliance bid by ex-LTTE members

A bid by a newly formed group of former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to join the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has failed. Representatives of the group, called Crusaders for Democracy, met leaders of the TNA including R. Sampanthan in Vavuniya …

Obama: Fight Against Islamic State ‘Will Not Be Quick’

Obama: Fight Against Islamic State ‘Will Not Be Quick’

U.S. President Barack Obama says the fight against Islamic State radicals will be long, hard-fought and require more than American military might to win. “This will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign,” the president said Monday during a rare visit to the Pentagon, …

TNA finalizes contestants

TNA finalizes contestants

Tamil National Alliance finalised its list of candidates to contest the current election. The decision was taken at a meeting of the TNA presided over by its Leader R.Sampanthan on 06 July 2015 in Vavuniya. He said the TNA should target obtaining 20 seats in the …

World Bank and the IMF, believed that the LTTE needed to be defeated

World Bank and the IMF, believed that the LTTE needed to be defeated

Recently released emails from Hillary Clinton’s time during her first year as US Secretary of State contain several messages on Sri Lanka which were sent during the last months of the armed conflict. An email sent on May 4, 2009 seemed to suggest that the …