Monthly Archives: August 2015

Give greater autonomy to Sri Lanka’s Provinces

Give greater autonomy to Sri Lanka’s Provinces

The new government in Sri Lanka should take up, as its immediate priority, the full implementation of the 13 Constitutional Amendment and recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, Vickramabahu Karunarathne, general secretary of the Nava Sama Samaj Party, has said. Apart from these measures, he favoured …

We have issues to resolve, more than our personal or political rivalries

We have issues to resolve, more than our personal or political rivalries

The Sri Lankan political situation has taken an interesting turn with the fairly narrow victory of the United National Party in the general election, its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe being sworn in as Prime Minister for the fourth time, and the signing of a Memorandum of …

Poll Results Augur Well for Relations with the U.S.

Poll Results Augur Well for Relations with the U.S.

Monday’s parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka will bring to power a coalition government headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), which is expected to continue democratic reforms and efforts toward ethnic reconciliation that were started six months ago. This is welcome news for the …

Sri Lanka seeks to emulate Singapore

Sri Lanka seeks to emulate Singapore

Sri Lanka is moving past its history of ethnic strife and seeking to emulate Singapore as one of the region’s premier trading and financial hubs, Dr. Harsha de Silva said. “Our focus is going to be on creating the most competitive economy in this part …

Resettlement in Sampur begins

Resettlement in Sampur begins

Ponkala and Viayalatha, women in thirties, are a happy lot. In 2006, they had to leave their village Sampoor (about 275 km from Colombo) at the height of an armed conflict between a militant group and the government. About a month ago, they returned to their native …

Challenges before Wickremesinghe

Challenges before Wickremesinghe

The Sri Lankan parliamentary poll results have shown that the voters have rejected divisive politics and authoritarianism by electing Ranil Wickremesinghe. The message is the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapakse rather than the victory of the UNP-led coalition. Rajapakse’s bid for a return despite …

‎Citizens of Sri Lanka have onceagain voted for positive change

‎Citizens of Sri Lanka have onceagain voted for positive change

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF)congratulates Mr. R. Sampanthan and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on their resounding election victory in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka.The Tamil people have given the TNA, and its leader Mr. R. Sampanthan, a strong mandate to negotiate …

This victory also belongs to the youth

This victory also belongs to the youth

By M.A. Sumanthiran                                                                   The Tamil National Alliance has achieved a resounding victory …

Seize this opportunity to advance long-term peace

Seize this opportunity to advance long-term peace

The Secretary-General called the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe, on 21 August 2015. The Secretary-General congratulated the Prime Minister on his election and commended his message of good governance and national unity. He noted that the peaceful nature of the polls …

It is up to the Tamil public, civil society and the Tamil diaspora to keep tabs to ensure the TNA remains true to the mandate given by the voters

It is up to the Tamil public, civil society and the Tamil diaspora to keep tabs to ensure the TNA remains true to the mandate given by the voters

JS Tissainayagam.                                                                    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) performed exceptionally well in Sri …