Monthly Archives: March 2016

We don’t want to be called ‘Indian Tamils’

We don’t want to be called ‘Indian Tamils’

Hill-country Tamils in Sri Lanka do not want to be called “Indian Tamils” anymore. This nomenclature of theirs has been “a source of political and administrative discrimination and social antipathy”, besides carrying a “historical baggage.” Making use of the ongoing process of constitutional reforms, the …

Australian Govt. seal on ‘gifts’ given to refugees

Australian Govt. seal on ‘gifts’ given to refugees

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living outside camps in Tamil Nadu were reportedly given gifts and offered assistance in getting medical insurance and Aadhaar card by an NGO before it launched a controversial survey seeking their personal details and future plans. The Hindu has accessed photographs …

Fear of Being Disarmed Made Prabhakaran Dodge Political Settlement

Fear of Being Disarmed Made Prabhakaran Dodge Political Settlement

Tiger Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran’s deep seated fear of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) being disarmed as a result of a peace process, prevented him from going for a political settlement with the Sri Lankan government, says Sivasubramanium Sivakamy, alias Thamilini, who headed the …

A fantastic scenario

A fantastic scenario

The batting meltdown in Nagpur shouldn’t be seen in isolation, for it followed a sequence. Moeen Ali in England in the summer of 2014, Nathan Lyon in Australia a few months later, Rangana Herath in Sri Lanka last year and now Mitchell Santner at Jamtha—the …

India-Sri Lanka ETCA to benefit all

India-Sri Lanka ETCA to benefit all

India has received the draft framework on the proposed Economic and Technology Corporation Agreement with Sri Lanka and is still studying it, the Indian envoy said here today, underlining that the deal will benefit both the countries. “Last week we have received the draft of …

Shares fall from two week high on tax, economic woes

Shares fall from two week high on tax, economic woes

Sri Lankan shares fell on Friday after two sessions of gains as uncertainty over a capital gains tax, higher budget deficit and economic growth weighed on investors’ sentiment. The benchmark share index was down 0.17 percent, or 10.38 points, at 6,057.79, edging down from its …

Survey, a bid to repatriate refugees

Survey, a bid to repatriate refugees

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S. Ramadoss has alleged that an attempt was being made to repatriate Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu by creating an opinion that they were willing to return home. Referring to a survey being conducted among refugees by …

CEB practices “risky”

CEB practices “risky”

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has told the CEB by letter dated 15 March 2016 that “It is the responsibility of the CEB to maintain an uninterrupted power supply throughout the country, which has been violated three times in the last six months by …

Refugees baffled over NGO questionnaire

Refugees baffled over NGO questionnaire

In a discreet move, Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu have been served a questionnaire that seeks to know their antecedents, passport details and future plans. An NGO is believed to be involved in the survey though refugees apprehend that some other external …

Colombo bourse to demutualise in 2017

Colombo bourse to demutualise in 2017

Sri Lanka is on target to demutualise its national stock exchange by early next year to help improve transparency and corporate governance and facilitate a listing, the bourse’s head said on Wednesday. In an exclusive interview with FinanceAsia, Vajira Kulatilaka, chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange, outlined his …