Monthly Archives: October 2015

Advantage US, as China fades in Sri Lanka’s war crimes debate

Advantage US, as China fades in Sri Lanka’s war crimes debate

Far from the South China Sea’s unfolding turbulence, the calmer waters of the Indian Ocean are witnessing a more subtle geopolitical power play, in which China is losing its leverage over Sri Lanka to the United States. The shift comes amid a raging domestic debate …

Government open to allowing  bail

Government open to allowing bail

The Ranil Wickremesinghe government is open to the idea of allowing Tamils held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to get bail, the  Minister for National Dialogue on ethnic issues Mano Ganeshan told Express here on Wednesday. Ganeshan said that those under trial and …

Jayalalithaa seeks Modi’s help to secure release of fishermen

Jayalalithaa seeks Modi’s help to secure release of fishermen

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to secure the release of 34 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on Monday night. “I request you to immediately direct the concerned officials in …

Sri Lanka Selling Global Bonds Amid Widening Budget Deficit

Sri Lanka Selling Global Bonds Amid Widening Budget Deficit

Sri Lanka is selling global bonds for the second time this year as the government faces a wider budget deficit and a weaker currency. The issuance is ranked B+ by Standard & Poor’s, its fourth-highest junk grade, and its size is yet to be decided, …

Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 34 Indians, Indian CG Detains 29 Lankans

Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 34 Indians, Indian CG Detains 29 Lankans

In what looks like a tit for tat response to the Indian navy’s taking into custody 29 Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian waters off Lakshadweep, the  Lankan navy on Tuesday arrested 34 Tamil Nadu fishermen off Jaffna and Mannar. Indian officials told Express that among …

AIADMK MPs seek solution to fishermen’s problems

AIADMK MPs seek solution to fishermen’s problems

AIADMK MPs led by deputy speaker M. Thambidurai on Monday met Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj seeking a permanent solution to the problems faced by Tamil Nadu fishermen along the Katchatheevu Island located between India and Sri Lanka. The 49-member delegation comprising MPs from …

Some Tamil prisoners to get bail

Some Tamil prisoners to get bail

The Sri Lankan government on Monday decided to move court for bail in respect of a section of Tamil prisoners. A decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting attended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Ministers Tilak Marapana (Law and Order …

Karuna to Join Pro-India TULF

Karuna to Join Pro-India TULF

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna,  who was the LTTE’s Commander for Batticaloa and Amparai districts till he defected to the Sri  Lankan government side in 2004, has expressed a willingness to join the moderate and pro-India Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) led by the veteran …

Not everyone has got the message that things have changed

Not everyone has got the message that things have changed

“Our ancestors lived here,” said the elderly woman. She and a dozen other Muslim inhabitants of the village of Kasankurni spoke to a Sri Lankan activist and me last week from outside makeshift homes where they have struggled to survive for four years. “The army …

The world is increasingly focused on the Indian Ocean region

The world is increasingly focused on the Indian Ocean region

Addressing the 15th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting in Indonesia on October 23, 2015 Atul Keshap U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives said, ‘The world is increasingly focused on the Indian Ocean region. This vast maritime area has become an undeniable pivot-point for the world economy …