Monthly Archives: August 2015

Sri Lanka paid US $6.5 million to Lobby Firm in 2014

Sri Lanka paid US $6.5 million to Lobby Firm in 2014

The photographs, posted to social media sites like Facebook and Google Plus, are his calling card. Bumping fists with President Barack Obama in front of a Christmas tree at a White House reception. Imaad Zuberi, age 45, is a private equity fund manager, venture capitalist, and …

President Sirisena takes over SLFP, Rajapaksa sidelined

President Sirisena takes over SLFP, Rajapaksa sidelined

Seven months after he was made de jure Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent of the opposition United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena  became its de facto head on Friday. The group headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was reduced to …

Tamils Firm on Demand for International Inquiry

Tamils Firm on Demand for International Inquiry

A senior leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said that the Tamils will keep pressing for an international probe into charges of war crimes against the Lankan government even though the US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Nisha Biswal, has made …

Seychelles signals its ready to join India-led maritime security alliance

Seychelles signals its ready to join India-led maritime security alliance

Days after India reset its relations with 14 Pacific Island countries, Seychelles, a key power in the Indian Ocean, declared it might join a India-led trilateral security framework that also includes Sri Lanka and Maldives. On a visit to India, President James Alix Michel, president …

Chandrika Back in Centrestage

Chandrika Back in Centrestage

Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who has been in the political wilderness since 2005 when the Supreme Court refused to extend her second and last term to November 2006, is now back again at the centre of the Lankan political stage. It was Kumaratunga …

UN Human Rights Chief likely to visit Sri Lanka

UN Human Rights Chief likely to visit Sri Lanka

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is expected to visit Sri Lanka ahead of the September session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, political sources said here on Thursday. Al Hussein is expected to hold discussions with …

Coming year looks set to bring further consolidation to Sri Lanka’s financial sector

Coming year looks set to bring further consolidation to Sri Lanka’s financial sector

The coming year looks set to bring further consolidation to Sri Lanka’s financial sector, with market forces expected to drive the trend, in lieu of the government-led policy of the previous administration. Last year saw the industry regulator, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), …

Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture

Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture

It is a great pleasure and honour to be giving this Lakshman Kadirgamar lecture at the Institute which bears his name. Before I say anything else I should say one thing at the conclusion of two weeks’ vacation here: I love Sri Lanka. This is …

Sri Lanka a lesson for US Strategy

Sri Lanka a lesson for US Strategy

For much of the period since its independence, Sri Lanka attracted scant regard throughout the West. At the culmination of its civil war, some attention did begin to be paid to human rights issues. In the last few years, however, Sri Lanka has begun to …

Disappointed but not surprised

Disappointed but not surprised

Hailing the progress made after the January 8 presidential poll, the US Assistant Secretary of State has also said that the US would sponsor a resolution at next month’s UN human rights session backing Colombo’s efforts for reconciliation. Speaking on the US stance  the spokesman …