Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sri Lanka’s growth will recover with fiscal reforms

Sri Lanka’s growth will recover with fiscal reforms

The Asian Development Bank’s  annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook 2016 (ADO), released on 30 March says. Sri Lanka’s economic growth is projected to recover  in 2016 as private sector investment will pick up once fiscal reforms are committed to. Growth will rise further in …

Ex -LTTE Cadre arrested at Vannerikulam

Ex -LTTE Cadre arrested at Vannerikulam

The police yesterday afternoon arrested an LTTE cadre following the recovery of a suicide jacket, four claymore mines, three parcels containing about 12 kilos of TNT explosives, two battery packs as well as some 9mm ammunition from the suspect’s house in the Chavakachcheri police area. …

Recovery of Arms cache may impair de-militarization

Recovery of Arms cache may impair de-militarization

The accidental discovery of an arms cache, including three parcels of TNT and a suicide jacket, in a house at Chavakachcheri in Jaffna District on Wednesday, may hinder the demilitarization of the Northern Province which is one of the major post-war demands of Sri Lankan …

Sri Lanka deserves special attention as it continues to consolidate democratic gains

Sri Lanka deserves special attention as it continues to consolidate democratic gains

Speaking on ‘US Policy in South and Central Asia’ at the Center for a New American Security on 28 March, 2016, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Ms Nisha Biswal said, Sri Lanka deserves special attention as it continues to consolidate democratic gains in the …

Lankan Tamils in Tiruchi camp begin indefinite fast

Lankan Tamils in Tiruchi camp begin indefinite fast

A group of 13 Sri Lankan Tamils housed in the Special Camp here went on an indefinite fast on Monday demanding their release. Another inmate R. Mahendran is on fast from March 26 on the camp situated a few metres from the Central Prison in …

TNA wants more funds for Sampur displaced

TNA wants more funds for Sampur displaced

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to meet the Indian High Commissioner to seek more funds to house the war-displaced at Sampur in Eastern Sri Lanka because the LKR 550,000 that is now given to each beneficiary family to build a house under the Indian …

Reconciliation process picks up pace

Reconciliation process picks up pace

With President Maithripala Sirisena set to declare open a ‘reconciliation village’ in Vavuniya in the Northern Province, it seems the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka is picking up pace. Last weekend, the government organised a trip of a group of journalists, mostly Sinhalese, working in …

President defends ETCA

President defends ETCA

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today defended his government’s decision to enter into an economic and technology cooperation agreement with India, saying protests against it are “politically motivated.” “Why would my government take any action to deprive our people of jobs through the agreement,” Sirisena …

A would-be Wi-Fi Paradise

A would-be Wi-Fi Paradise

Sri Lanka has enjoyed an era of strong economic growth since its bloody, 26-year civil war ended in 2009. To keep it going, the government is trying to make the island nation a technology hub. It’s investing in new undersea Internet cables, putting money behind …

Abbott defends cosying up to Sri Lanka

Abbott defends cosying up to Sri Lanka

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has been told to stick his head down or he risks trashing his own legacy. Former Howard government minister Peter Reith has urged Mr Abbott to do some soul searching on his recent behaviour. “He’s doing himself a disservice and he’s …