Monthly Archives: August 2015

Keeping good ties with all regional powers in the interest of Sri Lanka

Keeping good ties with all regional powers in the interest of Sri Lanka

During Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections last week, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat, ending his hopes of returning to power as prime minister. With President Maithripala Sirisena’s power further strengthening, some media believe this marks a new era for the country. After Sirisena took power …

It’s No Revolution

It’s No Revolution

When Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election results were announced on August 18, there were few celebrations on the streets of Colombo. Many Sri Lankan citizens had voted for the incumbents simply for want of something better. On August 17, when they cast their votes to elect …

Verdict for Progressive Change

Verdict for Progressive Change

By Seshadri Chari                                                                    Trust the electorates in Sri Lanka to vote on …

Close down camps for Lankan Tamils

Close down camps for Lankan Tamils

Nearly 800 workers of the Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi were arrested after they staged a protest here on Monday demanding the closure of special camps functioning across the State accommodating Sri Lankan Tamils. Holding party flags, the functionaries headed by its founder T. Velmurugan assembled along …

Biswal can help or make things worse

Biswal can help or make things worse

The importance of Assistant Secretary of the USA for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal’s visit to Sri Lanka cannot be over-emphasised. Firstly, this is her second post-election visit to Sri Lanka, having come here immediately after President Maithripala Sirisena took office. Secondly, she …

Nisha Biswal and Tom Malinowski in Sri Lanka

Nisha Biswal and Tom Malinowski in Sri Lanka

The US state Department said that US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Nisha Biswal and  Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski is due in Sri Lanka on 25 August 2015 on a two day visit. They are …

Anandasangaree calls on TNA to join Government

Anandasangaree calls on TNA to join Government

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the National Government. TULF Secretary General V. Anandasangaree, in a letter to TNA leader R. Sampanthan, said that the minorities have innumerable problems all of which cannot be sorted out …

National Govt in SL stamps down Tamil bargaining power

National Govt in SL stamps down Tamil bargaining power

Despite coming third with a total of 16 seats in the Sri Lankan elections, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has lost the bargain ing power, which seemed to be coming its way, to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLFP-UPFA combine. The ‘national government’ of Ranil Wick …

Ranil hopeful of political solution to Tamil question

Ranil hopeful of political solution to Tamil question

A day after he assumed office, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to N. Ram, former Editor-in-Chief of “The Hindu”, on a wide range of issues. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is confident and hopeful that the political situation in Sri Lanka following the August …

Export policy sans taxes

Export policy sans taxes

‘Ex Govt’s ‘transaction cost’ hindered Volkswagen project’ Volkswagen Company in Germany was negotiating with Sri Lanka to set up an assembly plant for the past two years but it did not materialize. Former Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, MP said that this was because …