Monthly Archives: October 2015

Enforced Disappearance: A Tamil Perspective

Enforced Disappearance: A Tamil Perspective

Speech delivered by Father Elil Rajendran at the BMICH, on October 27, 2015 Members of the families of those forcibly disappeared, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to thank the organising committee for the invitation to deliver this speech on Enforced Disappearance from …

We need a political strategy to empower state enterprises,

We need a political strategy to empower state enterprises,

Sri Lanka needs to have a political strategy to support the implementation of reforms and restructurings of state owned enterprises to reduce the burden on the treasury or the tax payer, deputy minister of state owned enterprises (SOEs) said. “We have a situation in which the …

Sri Lankan Approve Numerous One-Off Levies

Sri Lankan Approve Numerous One-Off Levies

On October 20, 2015, Sri Lanka’s Government passed several amendments to implement tax proposals announced in the 2015 Interim Budget. Under the change, a new 25 percent Super Gains Tax (SGT) will be imposed on companies and individuals whose book profits for the assessment year …

To Counter Hindi’s Soft Power, Pakistan Sets up Urdu Learning Center

To Counter Hindi’s Soft Power, Pakistan Sets up Urdu Learning Center

The Pakistan High Commission has started an Urdu Language Training Center in the Sri Lankan capital. The avowed purpose of the venture is to help Lankans who go to Pakistan either for higher studies or to do business, communicate with locals. But it is undeniable …

4,000 houses for Tamils in plantation sector

4,000 houses for Tamils in plantation sector

The proposed construction of 4,000 houses for Tamils engaged in the plantation sector in Sri Lanka may finally see light at the end of the tunnel. Cleared by the Indian government nearly four years ago, this proposal, coming under the government’s $270-million housing programme, has …

Tamil Civil Society Forum calls for the Government to be “honest and truthful”

Tamil Civil Society Forum calls for the Government to be “honest and truthful”

The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) took part in a civil society consultation meeting attended by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera today (29 October 2015) on the process to be adopted in consulting victims regarding mechanisms for Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka . In the discussion …

Tamil Nadu’s political island

Tamil Nadu’s political island

Political voices demanding retrieval of the troubled Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka are bound to grow in the run up to the next Assembly polls. While Chief Minister and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa, who had moved the Supreme Court to annul the 1974 and 1976 …

Form Panel to Discuss Issues of Fishermen

Form Panel to Discuss Issues of Fishermen

The National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, to form a high-level committee comprising fishermen representatives, officials of the External Affairs Ministry, Navy and Coast Guard ahead of the fourth round of talks with …

Top LeT operative, Abu Qasim killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Top LeT operative, Abu Qasim killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Abdur Rehman alias Abu Qasim, a Pakistani militant who for his deadly pursuits in Jammu and Kashmir over the years rose to a top position in Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, one of the largest and most active terror organizations in South Asia, and carried a reward of Rs …

The experience of Sri Lanka, embodies so much of what is at stake in this enterprise

The experience of Sri Lanka, embodies so much of what is at stake in this enterprise

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Mexico City, October 28, 2015.  It’s been more than five years since we began talking about the ideas of getting governments to work with civil society to create more open, accountable institutions …