Monthly Archives: April 2016

Huge potential in cooperation

Huge potential in cooperation

Both Sri Lanka and China are deepening reforms, in the process of which we see huge potential for cooperation, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Beijing on Saturday. In an exclusive interview with Xinhua before concluding his four-day official visit to China, Wickremesinghe said Sri …

Mixed feeling among refugees

Mixed feeling among refugees

Nirmala Devi, a mother of two growing children, is happy that she is back in Vavuniya, her husband’s place, after having lived in Tamil Nadu as a refugee for 23 years. She returned to Sri Lanka in 2013 along with her husband and the children. …

Indian concerns addressed

Indian concerns addressed

Ruling out chances of India-China clash to gain control of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said his government has addressed New Delhi’s security concerns over the newly- modified USD 1.5 billion Colombo Port City project. “There is no question of …

Optimistic about solution

Optimistic about solution

As the Sri Lankan Parliament prepares to meet as Constitutional Assembly to draft a new Constitution, Member of Parliament from Vanni district S. Sivamohan of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that he was cautiously optimistic that the Tamil question would be resolved through the new …

Murali made me feel like a schoolboy: Gilchrist

Murali made me feel like a schoolboy: Gilchrist

One of the most intimidating batsmen in his heydays, former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist says he himself feared only Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan and Indian tweaker Harbhajan Singh during his international career. The former stumper-batsman, who served as Australia’s stand-in captain on quite …

China, Sri Lanka eye new infra road map to anchor ties

China, Sri Lanka eye new infra road map to anchor ties

Looking beyond the current difficulties in reviving a stalled multi-billion dollar project, Sri Lanka and China are now defining a new blueprint, based on rapid infrastructure development, to rail their growing ties for the future. “Our visit today is an important visit because it will …

NPC proposes Northern and Eastern Provinces be merged

NPC proposes Northern and Eastern Provinces be merged

The Northern Provincial council has proposed that the Northern and Eastern provinces be merged and Muslim-areas therein be declared autonomous regions through the new constitution for the country. The suggestion is included in a set of proposals submitted by NPC chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran to …

German parliamentarians visit North-East

German parliamentarians visit North-East

A delegation from the German South Asia Parliamentary Group toured the North-East on 8 April, meeting with the Chief Minister of Northern Province C V Wigneswaran. During their visit to the North-East the delegation also met Tamil National Alliance leader R Sampanthan, the Bishop of …

Hambantota project should be speeded up

Hambantota project should be speeded up

China has called for fast-tracking negotiations with Sri Lanka over the USD 750 million second phase of the Hambantota port which in the past caused unease in India over concerns that the project is part Beijing’s ‘string of pearls’strategy to contain it. Chinese Premier Li …

Neither pro-India nor pro-China

Neither pro-India nor pro-China

A year ago, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had just then returned to power after a gap of over 10 years, chose Guruvayur, a temple town in India’s southern State of Kerala, to make a pertinent observation on his country’s ties with two …