Monthly Archives: May 2016

Government to study Supreme Court’s suggestions

Government to study Supreme Court’s suggestions

With the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka holding as unconstitutional several clauses of the Right to Information Bill, the government is to study the Apex Court’s determination before proceeding further. The Court, after hearing four petitions questioning the constitutionality of the Bill,  concluded that four clauses of …

Torture continues, but incidents have come down: UN Rapporteur

Torture continues, but incidents have come down: UN Rapporteur

U.N. Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Mendez, who was in Sri Lanka along with another Rapporteur on independence of judges and lawyers Monica Pinto for nine days, from April 29 to May 7 to assess recent developments and identify challenges related to the use …

Black Flag Protest Against Rahul Gandhi’s Tamil Nadu Visit

Black Flag Protest Against Rahul Gandhi’s Tamil Nadu Visit

The members of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhakam (TPDK) were arrested in Coimbatore today when they staged a black flag demonstration against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue, hours before his visit to the city for addressing an election rally. A total of …

Security crackdown by the TID

Security crackdown by the TID

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj:                                                                              A widespread security crackdown has …

Modi speaks of ‘wiping tears’ in Jaffna

Modi speaks of ‘wiping tears’ in Jaffna

Coming all the way from the national capital to Tamil Nadu, where the BJP is making a serious bid to dislodge the AIADMK government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to take a soft line on chief minister Jayalalithaa. This was quite in contrast to the …

HSBC shuffles frontier market, picks Sri Lanka

HSBC shuffles frontier market, picks Sri Lanka

HSBC is turning positive on Sri Lanka as a frontier market pick, but it’s lowering exposure to Vietnam after the recent rally. HSBC’s upgrade of Sri Lanka’s upgrade to “positive” from “negative” may surprise some. The country only reached an agreement with the International Monetary …

Repression Continues

Repression Continues

By Taylor Dibbert:                                                      Unfortunately, Tamils residing in war-torn Sri Lanka’s north and east are facing a period of heightened …

US eases military trade restrictions

US eases military trade restrictions

The United States government has eased long-standing military trade restrictions imposed on Sri Lanka, the US Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has announced. The DDTC confirmed on 4 May that licensing restrictions on defence exports to Sri Lanka had been lifted …

Tamil parties form new coalition

Tamil parties form new coalition

Ten Tamil parties and groups in Sri Lanka have come together to form a coalition — Democratic Tamil National Front. Among the parties are the Tamil United Liberation Front of V. Anandasangaree; Eelam People’s Democratic Party of Douglas Devananda and Democratic People’s Congress of Praba …

Army off VVIP Security in Demilitarization Drive

Army off VVIP Security in Demilitarization Drive

As part of its policy to relieve the army from civilian and internal policing duties, the Maithripala Sirisena government in Sri Lanka has taken the army off VVIP security duties and has given the task entirely to the police, especially the police commandos designated as …