Monthly Archives: January 2016

Need to strengthen federal spirit within a unitary system

Need to strengthen federal spirit within a unitary system

A day ahead of Sri Lanka formally launching the process of drafting a new Constitution, former High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, on Friday called for strengthening the “federal spirit within a unitary system.” Participating in an event to mark the completion …

Telangana kidney racket: Police probe role of Sri Lankan doctors

Telangana kidney racket: Police probe role of Sri Lankan doctors

After arresting four persons in the international kidney racket, Nalgonda Police has started a hunt for the kingpins of the racket. The website www.ineedkidney.com, through which the main accused K. Suresh had sold his kidney nearly a year ago, is not functional now. But the …

Global markets facing crisis

Global markets facing crisis

Global markets are facing a crisis and investors need to be very cautious, billionaire George Soros told an economic forum in Sri Lanka. China is struggling to find a new growth model and its currency devaluation is transferring problems to the rest of the world, …

Steering Sri Lanka towards Sustainable and Inclusive Development

Steering Sri Lanka towards Sustainable and Inclusive Development

Opening the prelude to fresh policy making strategies to enhance Sri Lanka’s exports and investment billionaire George Soros yesterday pulled no punches in outlining the tough path the country will have to manage in an increasingly uncertain global environment but was confident of the “bright …

EPRLF to remain in TNA, TPC

EPRLF to remain in TNA, TPC

The Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) will remain a constituent of both the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil People’s Council (TPC). A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the EPRLF’s central committee which was presided by Suresh Premachandran, …

New ITJP report of torture and rape

New ITJP report of torture and rape

“Sadly Sri Lanka’s notorious ‘white vans’ are still operating; it’s very much business as usual,” the Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) Yasmin Sooka said adding that “this demonstrates there can be no accountability without urgent security sector reform that leads …

Pakistan and Lanka agree to inclusion of Services and Investments

Pakistan and Lanka agree to inclusion of Services and Investments

Sri Lanka has agreed to the inclusion of “services” in its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Pakistan, while opposing the inclusion of this sector in the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz …

In the throes of political reform

In the throes of political reform

Writing about constitutional change in Sri Lanka is like watching a video that does not have a pause button. If the viewing is interrupted for some reason, it has to be watched from the beginning again. Each time there is a pause in the ceaseless …

Sampanthan meets Tony Blair

Sampanthan meets Tony Blair

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had met Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and opposition leader R Sampanthan on 3 January and discussed the UN resolution on Sri Lanka. The TNA media office said that the discussion also included resettlement issues, accountability, a political solution, the return …

Regulator to prosecute wrongdoers in Treasury scam

Regulator to prosecute wrongdoers in Treasury scam

Sri Lanka’s central bank would prosecute those involved in a Treasury securities fraud that may run into billions of rupees, while police investigations are also underway, officials said. The central bank said Monday it would take-over the management of Entrust Securities Plc, a regulated primary …