Monthly Archives: December 2015

Tamil People’s Council formed in Jaffna

Tamil People’s Council formed in Jaffna

The Tamil People’s Council, a forum of political and non-political actors, has been formed in Jaffna with Northern Province’s Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran as the head. Two reasons have been adduced for the establishment of the Council. A scheme will be formulated to address the …

Strengthening Democratic Institutions

Strengthening Democratic Institutions

The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe delivering the Sujata Jayawardena memorial oration 2015 “Strengthening Democratic Institutions” said a cleaner and cheaper electoral system is the urgent need of the country. A Realistic compromise is a mixture of proportional representation and first post the post constituencies.  “Let me …

TGTE decides to continue push for Eelam

TGTE decides to continue push for Eelam

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), led by former LTTE peace negotiator V. Rudrakumaran, has decided to push ahead with the  struggle for Tamil Eelam. TGTE members were called upon to give their opinion to the self styled ‘TGTE Parliament’ on the different aspects of the …

Sri Lanka to seek China’s assistance for expressway

Sri Lanka to seek China’s assistance for expressway

Sri Lanka has sought China’s assistance to construct part of its Central Expressway from Kadawatha in suburban Colombo to Kossinna in Central Province, a cabinet official said. Cabinet spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senratana said that following a proposal made by Minister of Higher Education and Highways …

Shares up led by blue-chips; turnover subdued

Shares up led by blue-chips; turnover subdued

Sri Lankan shares ended firmer for a fourth straight session on Friday at a more-than-two-week high led by blue chips, despite some selling by foreign investors. The turnover was subdued as many investors and stockbrokers were on holidays ahead of Christmas next week. The main …

The Government needs put the “right people, in the right place, with the right system

The Government needs put the “right people, in the right place, with the right system

International Econo-mist Prof.Razeen Sally delivered a scathing evaluation of the Budget and insisted it did not tally with the Economic Policy Statement laid out by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and that the Government needed to start putting the “right people, in the right place, with …

Pune girl with Sri Lanka links who wanted to join ISIS arrested

Pune girl with Sri Lanka links who wanted to join ISIS arrested

The Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on Thursday arrested a 16-year-old girl from Pune, who was planning to join terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Sources say that the teenager was planning to leave the country to join the ISIS. The arrest came after …

All Chinese Infrastructure Projects to Proceed

All Chinese Infrastructure Projects to Proceed

Sri Lanka’s government said Thursday that it would go ahead with billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese projects, almost a year after declaring it would cancel them because of corruption and overpricing. The government of President Maithripala Sirisena, elected in January, had suspended many of …

Tamil detainees call off hunger strike

Tamil detainees call off hunger strike

The two Tamil prisoners, 36-year-old Jeleepan Sivarasa and 32-year-old Komahan Murugiah, waging a huger-strike at the New Magazine prison, called off their protest on Wednesday  after Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians, D. Sitharthan and S. Viyalendran, met the Tamil prisoners. Komahan Murugiah, a former member of …

Sri Lanka Proposes Strong Right to Information Act

Sri Lanka Proposes Strong Right to Information Act

The Sri Lankan Cabinet has approved a draft Right to Information (RTI) Act which, if passed into law, would be among the strongest in the world. Although Sri Lanka is a relative latecomer in this area – being the only country in South Asia apart …