Monthly Archives: February 2016

The role of women on Sri Lankan tea plantations

The role of women on Sri Lankan tea plantations

Sri Lanka is facing a turning point in its history after years of conflict. While demilitarization and the release of prisoners across the island continues, one group remains largely absent from the current political agenda: women. In particular, women farmers who have continued to produce one of …

Tamil refugees to return

Tamil refugees to return

In the next batch of voluntary repatriation, 12 Sri Lankan refugees, living in various camps across the State, would be leaving for Colombo from Tiruchi on Friday. Their repatriation is being assisted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and financially supported by …

Marked improvements on Human Rights

Marked improvements on Human Rights

Amnesty International Report on the state of human rights around the world in the year 2015 -2016 was released on 24 February 2016. In its report on Sri Lanka Amnesty said there have been some marked improvements on human rights in Sri Lanka during the year, …

Indian delegation to visit Colombo

Indian delegation to visit Colombo

A delegation of officials from India will visit Colombo on March 4 to hold talks with Sri Lankan officials regarding the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament on Tuesday. During the discussion, the two countries would exchange their …

Controversy over Economic Pact with India premature

Controversy over Economic Pact with India premature

Officials in Sri Lanka have described as “premature” the  controversy currently raging in the island over the Lankan government’s intention to sign  an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India. “ As yet, there is no document to comment on.  What was exchanged between …

The world is in hot water and we seem to be in a better place

The world is in hot water and we seem to be in a better place

Bringing a balanced view to the mixed fortunes of the Colombo Stock Exchange, an expert recently stressed the current situation is not as grim as commonly perceived, recalling the country has weathered worse situations in the recent past. Brandix CFO Hasitha Premaratne in a recent …

A Sri Lankan Lesson in Free Speech

A Sri Lankan Lesson in Free Speech

By Kenan Malik:                                                                      I gave a talk last month at the Galle …

Storm over proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement

Storm over proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement

The Opposition and sections of professional organisations in Sri Lanka have kicked up a storm over the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement between India and the island nation. Calling the pact a fresh variant of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which was aborted …

Katchatheevu is part of Sri Lanka

Katchatheevu is part of Sri Lanka

Asserting its sovereignty over Katchatheevu, a Sri Lankan Minister today said it was not possible for the island nation to return the islet to India. “Katchatheevu is part of Sri Lanka according to an agreement and hence it was not possible to give it back …

US probes alleged dumping of tyres by India, Sri Lanka

US probes alleged dumping of tyres by India, Sri Lanka

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched anti-dumping investigations into certain category of tyres imported from India and Sri Lanka that, it says, could have a damaging effect on local industry. ”The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is …