Monthly Archives: February 2016

Growing rift between Wigneswaran and Colombo

Growing rift between Wigneswaran and Colombo

The ideological and political rift between the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in Colombo appears to be widening, with Wigneswaran’s efforts to maintain cordiality being half-hearted and perfunctory. The Tamil Peoples’ Council (TPC), which Wigneswaran had created in December 2015, had …

Sri Lankan Tamil issues likely to resurface

Sri Lankan Tamil issues likely to resurface

Two crucial issues that played a major role in the defeat of the DMK in the 2011 election may be resurrected as poll propaganda by opposing parties after it entered into an alliance with the Congress on Saturday. Just minutes after Ghulam Nabi Azad confirmed …

The amazing elephant orphanage of Sri Lanka

The amazing elephant orphanage of Sri Lanka

It’s bad enough at children’s bath time, telling the little darlings to desist from displacing the water all over the walls and floor. Imagine trying to bring order to 20 baby elephants as they gambol towards a river for their daily session of splash ’n’ …

UN willing to accommodate Government’s concerns

UN willing to accommodate Government’s concerns

The UN appears to be more than willing to accommodate the concerns of the Sri Lankan government in regard to fulfilling the  commitments that the latter had made to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September-October last year. The recent statements of UN High …

Ban Bottom Trawling

Ban Bottom Trawling

A bill seeking a total ban on the destructive fishing method known as “bottom trawling” was moved by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, in the Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that the bill will be to sent  to Lanka’s …

‘Committed’ to reconciliation

‘Committed’ to reconciliation

Aimed at designing a reconciliation mechanism in the post-civil war Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Friday appealed to the victims on both sides of the divide to participate in a consultation process. A task force, comprising 11 citizens, has been constituted with Manouri …

SEC Special Audit for Blue Diamonds

SEC Special Audit for Blue Diamonds

Sri Lanka’s securities regulator has assigned Ernst & Young to carry out a Special Purpose Audit to check several allegations made against Blue Diamonds Jewellery Worldwide. Releasing a statement Securities and Exchange Commission said they received several complaints alleging that the Director Board has misled …

Sri Lanka expresses interest in IMF Funding

Sri Lanka expresses interest in IMF Funding

At the press briefing on 11 February 2016, Gerry Rice, Director at the IMF Communications Department said  that a  technical mission to review recent developments and options for reducing the size of Sri Lanka’s 2016 budget deficit concluded 5th February and that a future negotiating mission that could take …

Taxing times

Taxing times

SRI LANKA ought to be sitting pretty. Its growth has averaged 6% a year over the past decade. Seven years after a protracted civil war ended, its economy is still reaping a peace dividend. It is also a beneficiary of the collapse in commodity prices, …

Srilanka tipped to be first Export Customer for LCA-Tejas?

Srilanka tipped to be first Export Customer for LCA-Tejas?

According to Sources close to ” India today ” a 24-hour English language television network, Srilanka plans to procure India’s indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Tejas after India recently forced Srilanka to pull out of a similar deal to procure JF-17 fighter jet developed by …