Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sri Lanka reneges

Sri Lanka reneges

The ethnic problem in Sri Lanka defies solution as Colombo has gone back on the resolution it co-sponsored with the USA at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The resolution required Sri Lanka to take a number of measures, including …

Ties moved ahead after Maithripala Sirisena took over

Ties moved ahead after Maithripala Sirisena took over

India-Sri Lanka relations have moved ahead from “being focussed on the past” after President Maithripala Sirisena took over from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2015, the Indian envoy said today. Indian High Commissioner YK Sinha said bilateral ties have become robust and entered a …

Sri Lanka’s Democratic Transition

Sri Lanka’s Democratic Transition

Testimony before The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on 9 June, 2016 on Sri Lanka’s Democratic Transition: A New Era for the U.S.–Sri Lanka Relationship My name is Lisa Curtis. I am Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views …

No Dual Citizenship

No Dual Citizenship

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in India cannot be given dual citizenship as demanded by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, because India does not recognize dual citizenship, Indian officials told Express here on Wednesday. They were responding to the demand for the grant of …

Sampur project uncertainty continues

Sampur project uncertainty continues

The uncertainty over the Sampur thermal power project continues as the NTPC, India’s partner in the coal-fired 500-megawatt (MW) project, is awaiting advice from the Central government on the issue of change of fuel for the proposed plant. The issue has been raised by Sri …

China too wants to play a political role in Lanka

China too wants to play a political role in Lanka

China, which had a policy of turning a blind eye to Sri Lanka’s domestic issues, whether it was the ethnic issue or that of governance, has now shed its reserve and has started commenting on them. The change has come about following the exit of …

Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its history

Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its history

Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Monica Pinto during an oral update at the 32nd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 15 June stressed the need to address the independence of prosecutors and investigators in the accountability process. Speaking on …

Tamil patience running out

Tamil patience running out

The Tamil National Alliance spokesperson MA Sumanthiran said the day to day lives of Tamils in the North-East are yet to change, stressing that the “people’s patience is running out” amidst militarisation and state sponsored changes in demography. Mr Sumanthiran was speaking alongside Sri Lanka’s …

Sri Lankan Airlines to be sold off?

Sri Lankan Airlines to be sold off?

Sri Lanka has committed to reforming government finances and the public sector, which includes selling off SriLankan Airlines. In a letter of intent to the International Monetary Fund this week, the government promises a “resolution strategy” or sale of SriLankan Airlines by September 2016. As …

IMF Executive Board Concludes Fourth Post-Program Monitoring on Sri Lanka

IMF Executive Board Concludes Fourth Post-Program Monitoring on Sri Lanka

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on 14 June that Sri Lanka’s economic outlook is facing risks from the government’s inaction on key policies and a significant deterioration in the external environment.  Foreign exchange reserves have fallen by more than a third from their peak in late …