Monthly Archives: August 2015

Revenue on excise, vehicle tax  jumps over 20pc

Revenue on excise, vehicle tax jumps over 20pc

Sri Lanka’s government revenues jumped by more than a fifth in the first seven months of this year, data showed on Thursday, as the new government sought to improve tax collection and cracked down on corruption. The data were released ahead of a parliamentary election …

The disappeared: Sri Lanka’s missing persons

The disappeared: Sri Lanka’s missing persons

The summer monsoon air was hot and clammy as it swept through a small room inside an old building on the northern tip of Sri Lanka, filling it with the smell of the Indian Ocean. Separating it from a sun-lit garden, a wooden door was …

Sri Lanka Elections: After a High Stakes Bet, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Future Hangs by Thread

Sri Lanka Elections: After a High Stakes Bet, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Future Hangs by Thread

All eyes will be on Sri Lanka as the country’s parliamentary election results unfold on Monday as former president Mahinda Rajapaksa makes a desperate attempt to storm back into political reckoning in the island nation. Former strongman Rajapaksa has wagered big, choosing to contest in …

Canadian Government expects to see tangible results

Canadian Government expects to see tangible results

On Tuesday August 11, the Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson along with Minister of State Sport Hon Bal Gosal and Conservative Members of Parliament Parm Gill and Brad Butt attended a Tamil community round table discussion.  The event was held at Brampton, Ontario. The public …

Will Rajapaksa make a political comeback ?

Will Rajapaksa make a political comeback ?

Claiming to be a “reluctant returnee” to mainstream politics after his defeat in the January polls, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa confidently maintains not only is he a strong opponent but also the man who will defeat the incumbent government. The January 8 presidential …

Elect a party that can harness the parties in the South to deliver our rights through diplomacy

Elect a party that can harness the parties in the South to deliver our rights through diplomacy

Tamil social activists led by legal luminary Kandiah Neelakandan have appealed to the Tamils in the north and east to exercise their sacred franchise without faltering and elect a party that has laid its footprint as a force to jealously guarding the rights of the …

Wigneswaran urges Tamils to vote for ‘sovereignty and self-determination’

Wigneswaran urges Tamils to vote for ‘sovereignty and self-determination’

The Chief Minister of the Northern Province called on Tamil voters across the North-East to vote for the party that assures sovereignty and self-determination of the Tamil people, in next week’s general election. C V Wigneswaran released a statement in Tamil stating voters should back …

BTC wants EU to ensure the will of the people

BTC wants EU to ensure the will of the people

The British Tamil Conservatives (BTC) in a press release urged the European Union election observers to be vigilant with regard to possible manipulation of preferential vote counting in polling stations in the upcoming General Election in Sri Lanka. To ensure the will of the people …

Won’t Make You PM

Won’t Make You PM

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena dashed Mahinda Rajapakse’s hopes on Thursday of a political comeback in next week’s general election by vowing to veto any attempt by his predecessor to become prime minister. In a letter to his former mentor, Sirisena said he would invoke …

Respect labor rights to regain GSP+; wage hike alone not enough: GZEU

Respect labor rights to regain GSP+; wage hike alone not enough: GZEU

Sri Lanka’s Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union has called apparel exporters to protect labour rights to regain the tax concessions under GSP Plus. The union has recalled a meeting held recently with the Prime Minister where apparel exporters agreed to raise wages …