Monthly Archives: November 2015

Are we progressing towards Good Governance?

Are we progressing towards Good Governance?

By Devanesan Nesiah.                                                                 I wish I could answer this question with an unqualified …

Jaffna Press says “We have endured many obstacles and challenges”

Jaffna Press says “We have endured many obstacles and challenges”

The Jaffna Press Club (JPC)  handed over  a letter to US Ambassador Samantha Power calling on her to push the Sri Lankan government to investigate the murder of Tamil journalists. The letter said that though the press club “expected those who committed these crimes would …

Sampanthan wants UNHRC resolution implemented in full

Sampanthan wants UNHRC resolution implemented in full

Meeting with the US ambassador, Samantha Power, who is currently visiting the North-East, the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R Sampanthan urged the US to continue their assistance and ensure the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution was fully implemented. “We have spoken …

Samantha Power evades questions?

Samantha Power evades questions?

Placing high hopes on Colombo regime that it will act positively to accountability demands of the US, and that there would be a vibrant civil society, lasting democracy and increased prosperity in the island, the visiting US Ambassador to United Nations, Ms Samantha Power, in …

Policy to slow sales of small cars

Policy to slow sales of small cars

Fitch Ratings expects growth in sales of automobiles, mostly small cars, in Sri Lanka to slow in 2016 due to higher taxes and a weaker currency, which will increase prices of vehicles in the local currency. Tighter regulation on vehicle loans will also impact affordability …

Reconciliation will bridge Tamil-Sinhalese gap

Reconciliation will bridge Tamil-Sinhalese gap

Bridging the gulf that divides Tamil and Sinhalese population in Sri Lanka is essential for the wellbeing of the country, former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, has said. Ms. Kumaratunga, who was on a private visit to Alappuzha, told The Hindu on Monday …

Accountability is the way to Reconciliation

Accountability is the way to Reconciliation

The US will pressure the Sri Lankan government and take all measures to ensure that the needs of the Tamil people are met, US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said in her meeting with Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran. The Chief Minister ocalled …

Parliament to become Constitutional Assembly to draft New Constitution

Parliament to become Constitutional Assembly to draft New Constitution

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will soon present a resolution in parliament to turn it into a “Constitutional Assembly”  to draft a new constitution for the island nation, The Sunday Times reported. The process is to be on a fast track given the fact that the …

The initial proscription process was conducted in haste

The initial proscription process was conducted in haste

Issuing a statement the Ministry of External Affairs says; “The initial proscription process was conducted in haste and was not subject to a rigorous process of assessment and verification. Many of the listed organisations had never condoned violence or terrorism.” We publish below the statement …

ITJP calls for international forensics team to investigate

ITJP calls for international forensics team to investigate

The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) has called for “a credible international forensics team” to be allowed in to Sri Lanka, to document evidence remaining in secret torture centres in the island. Responding to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances …