Monthly Archives: April 2016

NPC adopts resolution backing federal solution

NPC adopts resolution backing federal solution

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party TNA- controlled northern provincial council today adopted a resolution seeking a federal solution to the long-pending issue of political independence for the counry’s minority Tamil community. The resolution adopted by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) aims to have the federal solution …

Sri Lanka’s interest in T.N. politics wanes

Sri Lanka’s interest in T.N. politics wanes

Territorially, Tamil Nadu is the closest Indian State to Sri Lanka. If not geography, at least history — especially contemporary history — should have impelled the people and political class of the island nation to keenly follow the upcoming elections on the other side of …

Sri Lanka has witnessed an improvement in the overall Human Rights situation.

Sri Lanka has witnessed an improvement in the overall Human Rights situation.

The 2015 Human Rights and Democracy Report released by U.K.’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 21 April 2016 said that the Government of Sri Lanka took positive steps to improve freedom of expression (including the media) and freedom of movement, reduce inter-community tensions, and restore the independence of …

Sri Lankans unhappy over Government’s commitment towards eradicating corruption

Sri Lankans unhappy over Government’s commitment towards eradicating corruption

According to the latest ‘Democracy in Post War Sri Lanka’ survey conducted by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lankans have a low level of confidence in the Government’s commitment towards eradicating corruption in the country. While 40.8% …

Sri Lanka’s ageing population poses socio-economic challenges

Sri Lanka’s ageing population poses socio-economic challenges

By Zahran Sikkanther Lebbe.                                                              Sri Lanka’s rapidly ageing population poses serious challenges on several fronts. …

Shares rise for the second straight session

Shares rise for the second straight session

Sri Lankan shares rose for the second straight session on Wednesday as investors bought diversified shares such as market heavyweight John Keells Holdings Plc, brokers said. However, trading was dull as investors turned cautious ahead of an imminent loan deal with the International Monetary Fund …

Shares up; eyes on IMF loan deal

Shares up; eyes on IMF loan deal

Sri Lankan shares ended slightly firmer on Tuesday as investors turned cautious ahead of an imminent loan deal with the International Monetary Fund and uncertainty over a tax policy. The benchmark stock index ended up 0.09 percent, or 5.54 points, at 6,387.85, hovering near its …

Tamil land still occupied by security forces

Tamil land still occupied by security forces

Releasing a statement released on 18 April 2016, the British Tamils Forum (BTF) said: Nearly seven years after the end of the war, the Sri Lankan military is still occupying more than 96% of the land belonging to the Tamil people who were driven off their …

Legal action against Indo-Lankan Power Project

Legal action against Indo-Lankan Power Project

The environmental NGO “Green Trincomalee” is mulling legal action against the proposed Indo-Sri Lankan project to build a 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Sampur in the Tamil-speaking East Lankan district of  Trincomalee.  “The environmental impact study done by the Central Environment Authority was conducted …

TNA calls for review of tender for building 65,000 houses

TNA calls for review of tender for building 65,000 houses

The TNA has called on the government to undertake a review of the latter’s ambitious project of building 65,000 houses for the civilians in the war-hit Northern and Eastern provinces. “If the Government is committed to reconciliation, then its actions must reflect that,” says Opposition …