Monthly Archives: April 2016

65,000 houses and the economics of reconstruction

65,000 houses and the economics of reconstruction

In the post-war North and East housing is a dire need. The provision of permanent housing, as well as livelihood creation, is pivotal for the resettlement of communities. As such, a Cabinet decision to build 65,000 houses for war-affected communities seemed to be a move …

Silk Road leaves India stranded

Silk Road leaves India stranded

The Chinese foreign ministry has announced that the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will pay an official visit to China starting April 6. The expectations in Colombo are that the four-day visit will advance the Sino-Lankan relations “to a new level”. President Xi Jinping …

Sampanthan calls for strict action

Sampanthan calls for strict action

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said that, investigations should be carried out on the discovery of a suicide bomber’s kit and a stock of explosives at Chavakachcheri in Jaffna and strict legal action should be taken against those groups connected to them.In an inquiry made by …

U.S. and Sri Lanka Partner for Growth

U.S. and Sri Lanka Partner for Growth

Representatives from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. development agency, visited Sri Lanka in March to begin a partnership to address key challenges to economic growth and poverty reduction. The delegation met with President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, and other top cabinet ministers, …

How Britain Funded Possible War Crimes in Sri Lanka

How Britain Funded Possible War Crimes in Sri Lanka

By Phil Miller:                                           In 2009, as the Sri Lankan civil war reached its bloody conclusion, David Miliband touched down in Colombo to appeal for …

We have no connection to the Padmanaba EPRLF

We have no connection to the Padmanaba EPRLF

The Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), led by Mr Suresh Premachandran, has denounced on Friday a narration given by the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) that one of the oldest parties of early Tamil militant legacy was dropping the terms ‘Eelam’ and ‘Liberation’ in its …

Wigneswaran slams ‘hegemonic’ attitude

Wigneswaran slams ‘hegemonic’ attitude

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Saturday blamed the Sri Lankan government for adopting a “dominating, domineering and hegemonic” attitude towards the Northern Province. In an hour-long interview with The Hindu at his residence in Colombo, Mr. Wigneswaran said the Central government did not …

No common ground

No common ground

By Mirudhula Thambiah:                              With arrangements being made to adopt constitutional reforms to repeal the Sri Lanka Constitution, representatives of each community in this country have been suggesting various proposals for inclusion …

Tamil party to drop ‘Eelam’ from name

Tamil party to drop ‘Eelam’ from name

With Tamil separatism crushed, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest Tamil militant groups-turned-party has decided to shed from its name the words “Eelam” and “Liberation”. One of the two factions of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) is set to announce the decision on Saturday …

Housing scheme for hill country Tamils

Housing scheme for hill country Tamils

The much-awaited housing project for hill-country Tamils in Sri Lanka will take off later this month. P. Thigambaram, Minister for Hill-Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, on Friday exchanged letters with India’s High Commissioner Y.K.Sinha on the construction of 4,000 houses in Central and …