Monthly Archives: May 2016

Panel gives approval for pre-fabricated steel houses

Panel gives approval for pre-fabricated steel houses

The option of building 65,000 pre-fabricated steel houses for conflict-affected people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces has been termed by a panel of experts as a “fair solution”. The panel, drawn from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, studied two …

Consultations lacking on Missing Persons’ Office

Consultations lacking on Missing Persons’ Office

The Sri Lankan government ratified the Convention against Enforced Disappearance but in the same week created an Office of Missing Persons without promised consultations with families of the “disappeared,” Human Rights Watch said today. The government should honor its pledge to hold meaningful consultations with …

Is Wigneswaran Planning To Break Away ?

Is Wigneswaran Planning To Break Away ?

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, appears to be planning to break away from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and form his own radical Tamil party with the support of an influential section of the Tamil Diaspora. And the leadership …

Beyoncé sweatshop controversy shines spotlight on harsh conditions of working women

Beyoncé sweatshop controversy shines spotlight on harsh conditions of working women

By: Chauncey K. Robinson.                                                            Music icon Beyoncé made the news at the end of April with …

Roots of Governor-Chief Minister conflict

Roots of Governor-Chief Minister conflict

The on-going conflict between Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando and Chief Minister Naseer Ahamed, which has led to the Sri  Lankan armed forces declaring an indefinite boycott of the Chief Minister, is rooted in the way Centre-Province relations have developed in Lanka and the nature …

Army reacts to Chief Ministers outburst ?

Army reacts to Chief Ministers outburst ?

The Eastern Province Chief Minister Z.A. Nazeer Ahamed speaking disparagingly at a Senior Navy officer, Capt Ranjith Premaratne Commanding Officer of the Sampur Navy Camp and demanding him to “just get out from here” if he does not understand the ‘protocol’ is seen in a …

Floods and landslides: Whose Responsibilities?

Floods and landslides: Whose Responsibilities?

By Raveendra Kariyawasam.                                      According to government reports, recent flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka have caused widespread disruptions across the country. At least 200,000 people have been …

Korea to join Sri Lanka’s $63b smart city project

Korea to join Sri Lanka’s $63b smart city project

The Korean government is set to participate in Sri Lanka’s $63.2 billion smart city development project, Seoul’s Ministry of Land announced Tuesday. The project is part of Sri Lanka’s plan to develop nine new towns in Colombo and its adjacent areas by 2030. The Land …

Tamils want Jaya to help secure federal constitution, not Eelam

Tamils want Jaya to help secure federal constitution, not Eelam

Sri Lankan Tamils are taking AIADMK chief J.Jayalalithaa’s electoral promise to help them secure a “separate Tamil Eelam” with a pinch of salt. They see the lofty declaration about Eelam in her manifesto as a grand political ploy to silence her Tamil nationalist rivals. However, …

Wigneswaran kicks up a row

Wigneswaran kicks up a row

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Tuesday kicked up a row by criticising Governor Reginald Cooray for holding a meeting on Jaffna city development scheme without consulting him. Mr. Wigneswaran, while addressing a meeting organised by a non-governmental organisation, said the Provincial Council had …