Monthly Archives: July 2015

EU funds for polls monitoring, voter education

EU funds for polls monitoring, voter education

The Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) have signed a project with a financial envelope of Euro 1.2 million. The 18-month initiative aims at supporting the upcoming Parliamentary elections through various activities such as …

Blessings for Anti-Rajapaksa Front

Blessings for Anti-Rajapaksa Front

To prevent former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa from coming back to power through the August 17 parliamentary elections, anti-Rajapaksa forces have formed a common front with the tacit consent and blessings of Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. The United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) …

Devolution of power to provinces as part of reconciliation process

Devolution of power to provinces as part of reconciliation process

On Saturday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe promised power devolution to the island’s provinces as part of the reconciliation process with the minority Tamils ahead of the August 17 parliamentary election. His government would look to devolve power in an undivided island, Wickremesinghe said. …

Modi’s trip to Central Asia, Russia have boosted India’s multi-directional strategy

Modi’s trip to Central Asia, Russia have boosted India’s multi-directional strategy

If prime minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy were to be measured on a compass, the pointer towards the northern direction had until recently been looking empty. But this deficit has now been filled. After ‘Act East’, ‘Link West’ and proactive Indian Ocean diplomacy to the …

After BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit In Ufa

After BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit In Ufa

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted regional leaders at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on July 10, a second day of meetings meant to show the West that Moscow has friends and influence elsewhere at a time when ties with the United States …

Tamil Progressive Alliance Ties Up With UNP

Tamil Progressive Alliance Ties Up With UNP

The Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), a new grouping of political parties of the Indian Origin Tamils (IOTs), is fighting the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections in alliance with the United National Party (UNP), TPA leader, Mano Ganeshan, said in a press release on Friday. …

President helpless, say civil society activists

President helpless, say civil society activists

Given the enormous pressure he is under to give party nominations to discredited former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his corrupt cohorts to fight the August 17 general elections, President Maithripala Sirisena is feeling helpless, say civil society activists who met him on Wednesday. …

D-Day for Greece

D-Day for Greece

The Greek Prime Minister warned his country has reached the ‘demarked line’ as he begged his government to accept a humiliating climbdown on austerity in a final bid to secure a third bailout. Alexis Tsipras was locked in angry debates with his MPs last night …

ISIS Comes to Russia

ISIS Comes to Russia

Defectors from Defectors from a homegrown jihadist insurgency in the Caucasus are now on Team Caliphate. Here’s what that means. At the same time as bombs rain down on the Islamic State, and it grapples with tactical setbacks in Syria and solidifying their hold in Iraq, …

Sasitharan to contest election independently?

Sasitharan to contest election independently?

Sources in the North state that Northern Provincial Councillor Ananthi Sasitharan is reported to have filed her nomination papers for the Jaffna electoral district on Thursday and is to contest the general election as an independent candidate following the refusal by the Tamil National Alliance to …