Monthly Archives: August 2015

“Crony capitalism” must give way to reforms

“Crony capitalism” must give way to reforms

Change in the mind-set of the Sri Lanka’s private sector from crony capitalism, is vital for Sri Lanka’s economic development, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday. Following the other Asian models, the Western Province should be made into a ‘megapolis’ of eight million people, …

UK Bar launches inquiry into Sir Desmond

UK Bar launches inquiry into Sir Desmond

The Bar Standards Board of the United Kingdom has decided to initiate a formal investigation into the professional conduct of Sir Desmond de Silva, Queen’s Counsel, over his role in Sri Lanka, based on a complaint by the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.The …

Tamil Issue Comes to the Fore in Lankan Elections

Tamil Issue Comes to the Fore in Lankan Elections

In the January 8 Sri Lankan Presidential election, the main issue was the corruption and authoritarianism associated with the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) regime. But in the run up to the August 17 parliamentary elections, the opposition UPFA has brought to the fore the …

Sri Lanka to act on UN war crimes report

Sri Lanka to act on UN war crimes report

Sri Lanka on Tuesday pledged to act on a UN war crimes report to be published next month, marking a de facto acceptance of an investigation rejected by the previous regime. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Colombo would address the issues likely to be raised …

TNA rejects joining national gov’t

TNA rejects joining national gov’t

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), said on Monday that it would not join a united government in the future, if the government in power fails to address the grievances of the Tamils in the island nation. The party, which holds …

Road & rail link between India’s Rameswaram and Sri Lanka’s Thalaimannar could be a reality

Road & rail link between India’s Rameswaram and Sri Lanka’s Thalaimannar could be a reality

A road and rail link between India’s Rameswaram and Sri Lanka’s Thalaimannar could be a reality soon as the government of India has asked Asian Development Bank to carry out pre-feasibility study for financing the project across Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka. A …

Give us autonomy and 90 per cent of problems will be solved

Give us autonomy and 90 per cent of problems will be solved

The road blocks and military checkpoints are gone, and the restrictions on foreign tourists and journalists visiting the area have been lifted. But the mostly Tamil residents of Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna peninsula say much more still needs to be done to heal the wounds …

North CM May part Ways with TNA

North CM May part Ways with TNA

C V Wigneswaran, who became Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province in 2013 thanks to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), appears to be drifting away from the party which propped him up. Sources in the TNA told Express that the rift, which is being …

Rajapaksa regime was non-aligned

Rajapaksa regime was non-aligned

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has rejected the contention that the previous Rajapaksa regime had ignored India. In an interview recently with The Hindu at his Kuruengala residence, the SLFP general secretary, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, who was Petroleum Minister during the Rajapaksa regime, asked: …

International investigation is essential

International investigation is essential

Taking part in a question panel organised by the Jaffna Manager’s Forum in Uruvil on 01 August 2015, titled ‘2015 General Election Question Time’, representatives of the five parties The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Crusaders …