Monthly Archives: January 2016

TN Fishermen to Begin Indefinite Fast from Tomorrow

TN Fishermen to Begin Indefinite Fast from Tomorrow

Fishermen in Tamil Nadu would go on an indefinite fast from tomorrow, demanding the release of fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy and lodged in prisons of the island nation. N J Bose, the Fishermen’s Association President and its Secretary S Emerit, said a decision …

Government should fulfill its commitments

Government should fulfill its commitments

The Sri Lankan government should fulfill its commitments to the United Nations Human Rights Council by ensuring that foreign judges and prosecutors play a significant role in the mandated accountability mechanism for wartime abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 21, 2016, President Maithripala …

Iran, Sri Lanka Set to Boost Transactions

Iran, Sri Lanka Set to Boost Transactions

In the wake of last weekend’s lifting of economic sanctions on Iran, an official delegation from Iran is due in Colombo on February 23 to discuss the resumption of normal trade ties. Among the issues that the two sides would be looking at are recommencing petroleum …

I am called a controversial Bishop because there are ‘controversial’ issues taking place

I am called a controversial Bishop because there are ‘controversial’ issues taking place

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj.                                                                    A news report from the Vatican Information Service(VIS)  datelined January …

International involvement is essential to have trust in the justice process

International involvement is essential to have trust in the justice process

The International Truth and Justice Project in a statement released on 22 January 2016, said the organisation “is deeply concerned that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appears to be rolling back on his commitment in Geneva to include international involvement in a future judicial mechanism” …

President wants ‘internal’ war crimes court

President wants ‘internal’ war crimes court

The president of Sri Lanka has said foreign judges and prosecutors should not be involved in an investigation into allegations of war crimes. In a BBC interview, President Maithripala Sirisena said the country did not need to “import” specialists. Both the army and the Tamil …

Economic crisis is one of mis-management and governance

Economic crisis is one of mis-management and governance

Though Sri Lanka’s looming economic problems are explained as a fiscal, debt or an external crisis, the real problem is a crisis in governance and mis-management, an economist has said. “That is the problem of governance,” Nishan de Mel, head of Verete Research, a consultancy, …

We cannot act according to the views of extremists in the North or in the South

We cannot act according to the views of extremists in the North or in the South

It was a Sunday afternoon, and the 64-year-old Maithripala Sirisena was in no mood to relax. He had a series of meetings earlier. After his appointment with Frontline in a hall of his official residence sporting the portraits of Marx, Lenin and Mahatma Gandhi, the …

EU reiterates need to fully implement resolution

EU reiterates need to fully implement resolution

The EU trade delegation currently visiting Sri Lanka in a Joint Press Release following the first meeting of the working group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission, held on 21 January 2016 reiterated the need for country …

Sri Lankan economy: ‘An upward trend’

Sri Lankan economy: ‘An upward trend’

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is currently attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The leader spoke to DW about the country’s reconciliation process and economic outlook. DW: Prime Minister, people say that the reconciliation process is crucial for your country’s economic success. …