Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sri Lanka turns to social media in drafting new constitution

Sri Lanka turns to social media in drafting new constitution

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday announced officials will use social media to seek public opinion on a proposed new constitution aimed at preventing a return to ethnic war. Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka will use social media to help draft a new statute to devolve …

Should Plantation workers be working at poverty level wages ?

Should Plantation workers be working at poverty level wages ?

By Vijaya Kumar.                                                                Special correspondents and bigwigs in the planation industry keep hammering at …

Sri Lanka seeks India’s help for repatriation

Sri Lanka seeks India’s help for repatriation

With one more batch of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees returning from Tamil Nadu, India to their motherland in a few days, the Sri Lankan government is keen on getting assistance of the Indian government to enable quicker voluntary repatriation of the remaining refugees. “We would …

The TPC is a creation of various people who have been marginalised by the people at elections

The TPC is a creation of various people who have been marginalised by the people at elections

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman and Jaffna District Parliamentarian, M. A. Sumanthiran is of the view, given the fact that Tamils have repeatedly given overwhelming mandates to the party to work for a just solution to their problems, it would be appropriate that a lasting …

Mechanism would be a Sri Lankan process with an international element

Mechanism would be a Sri Lankan process with an international element

Sri Lanka’s domestic mechanism would be a Sri Lankan process with an international element, visiting British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire said today. Speaking of Sri Lanka’s commitment made in Geneva in September, Swire stated the government was amidst …

Northern Provincial Council is being undermined

Northern Provincial Council is being undermined

Drawing attention to the constraints faced by the northern provincial council, Justice Wigneswaran, said “I am sorry to say that politically our Northern Provincial Council is being undermined by the central government at all levels. Projects are decided by the Center and foisted on us …

Govt Ready to Devolve Power

Govt Ready to Devolve Power

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said his government was ready to devolve power to minority Tamils under a new Constitution and vowed to bring to justice all perpetrators of war crimes committed towards the end of the country’s civil war. Wickremesinghe, in his …

Circuitous Road to Reform

Circuitous Road to Reform

Sri Lanka has seen significant political drama over the past 12 months. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the previous president who ruled for a decade was unexpectedly defeated during last January’s presidential election. Voters reiterated their desire for change during August parliamentary polls, though Rajapaksa still won a …

UN supervised referendum for Eelam Tamils sought

UN supervised referendum for Eelam Tamils sought

A group of diaspora organisations are to seek a UN supervised referendum for Eelam Tamils to express their political aspirations. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, the International Council of Eelam Tamils and the International Tamil Youth Organisation have in a joint statement noted that Tamils the …

Peace process would have benefitted from greater international effort

Peace process would have benefitted from greater international effort

A broader international commitment would have ensured the success of an effort to end an over two-decade-long war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil separatists, Erik Solheim, a former peace negotiator, said at the Atlantic Council on January 14. In the absence of such …