Monthly Archives: October 2015

Opposition slams UNHRC resolution

Opposition slams UNHRC resolution

A section of Opposition lawmakers on Monday came down heavily on a resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this month on accountability in Sri Lanka. “The resolution violates our sovereignty and Constitution,” Dinesh Gunawardene, leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna and …

Release of Tamil Political Prisoners?

Release of Tamil Political Prisoners?

Sri Lanka recently witnessed a hunger strike by more than 200 Tamil political prisoners across the country (who were demanding that they be released). The strike lasted for about a week and has now ended. Evidently the prisoners have been promised by President Maithripala Sirisena …

Attempts to repair relations with China amid an escalating Financial Crisis

Attempts to repair relations with China amid an escalating Financial Crisis

Sri Lanka appealed to China this week to partially relax the immense foreign debt owed by the South Asian island nation that has contributed to one of its worst-ever financial crises. “I urge China to put the acrimony of the past behind us and come …

Transparency needed in dealings with the GTF

Transparency needed in dealings with the GTF

Time is up for mature debates on the exclusive dealings involving the new government of President Maithiripala Sirisena/ Prime Minister Ranil Wicknamasinghe and Tamil National Alliance (TNA ) with the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF). Though wider debates and expressions of discontents are taking …

India, Sri Lanka fisherfolk to meet Jaya

India, Sri Lanka fisherfolk to meet Jaya

An Indo-Sri Lankan team of fishermen is all set to seek a meeting with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa, to resolve the long standing and irksome issue of fishing in the Palk Strait. S P Anthonymuthu, Advisor to the Indo-Lanka Fishermen’s Welfare Forum, …

Ex-LTTE Women’s Political Head Thamilini dies

Ex-LTTE Women’s Political Head Thamilini dies

Sivakamy Sivasubramaniyam alias Thamilni, who was the former head of LTTE’s Women Political Wing, passed away on 18 October 2015 at the Maharagama cancer hospital after battling cancer for some months. Thamilni, 43 years old was  born to an Up-Country Tamil family settled in Paranthan in Vanni. …

Stakeholders and the Ministry have to work in partnership

Stakeholders and the Ministry have to work in partnership

“Some of these global issues may be beyond our immediate control. It is however important, that all stakeholders collectively examine this situation and take the appropriate policy decisions, to ensure, that the Colombo auction regains its dominant position.” “The Sri Lanka Tea Factory Owners Association …

Compassionate Council will decide on granting amnesty

Compassionate Council will decide on granting amnesty

Sri Lanka will allow future submarine visits by China provided they are not too frequent, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, touching on a hot-button issue with India that may have contributed to a government change in Colombo early this year. “We have put out the criterion for …

War Has Had Severe Psychological Effects on Kids in Lanka’s North

War Has Had Severe Psychological Effects on Kids in Lanka’s North

The thirty year war in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province has  had a severe psychological effect on the children there, says Dr. Daya Somasundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Jaffna. In his Anandarajan Memorial Oration delivered at Jaffna recently, Somasundaram quotes a 2009 study …

Hunger Strike Ends

Hunger Strike Ends

Over 200 Tamil political prisoners, who were on hunger strike in Sri Lanka to protest against being incarcerated for years without trial, today ended their fast following an assurance from President Maithripala Sirisena that their grievances would be addressed. “They ended their protest following an …