Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s remark on ‘Office of the Missing Persons’ draws flak

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s remark on ‘Office of the Missing Persons’ draws flak

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a regional non-governmental organization that monitors human rights in Asia, has slammed former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statement on the establishment of Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) by the current government to investigate the enforced disappearances during …

Challenges still remain

Challenges still remain

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office said the past 6 months have seen an improved environment for civil society and human rights defenders and the passing of the Right To Information Bill in June was a positive step towards more transparent and accountable government in …

Indian tea industry should take leaf out of book of Merrill Fernando

Indian tea industry should take leaf out of book of Merrill Fernando

It is a pity that India does not have a tea-vangelist like Merrill J Fernando, the legendary Sri Lankan who established the now-iconic Ceylon brand Dilmah. In New Delhi to open the first ‘T-lounge’ that his brand already operates successfully in other parts of the …

Sri Lanka to release 73 Indian fishermen

Sri Lanka to release 73 Indian fishermen

At least 73 Indian fishermen held by Sri Lanka for allegedly fishing in their waters will be released, fisheries ministry officials said here today. The ministry has made the necessary recommendations for the release of the fishermen following interventions by the Indian High Commission here, …

Plan to close down Jaffna’s IDP camps

Plan to close down Jaffna’s IDP camps

In an ambitious move, the Sri Lanka government is contemplating closing down all 31 camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Jaffna district of the Northern Province and completing resettlement of 971 IDP families by August 15. An official document, a copy of which is available with The Hindu, refers …

World Bank to assist in developing Jaffna

World Bank to assist in developing Jaffna

The Government of Sri Lanka and the World Bank today signed a $55 million loan to Sri Lanka to improve urban services, preserve cultural and environment assets, and improve livability in Jaffna, adding the city to an existing project to develop Galle and Kandy. The …

Indian Ocean countries should prepare for ‘unexpected rise in India’s power’

Indian Ocean countries should prepare for ‘unexpected rise in India’s power’

The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, has appealed to Indian Ocean rim countries and world powers to prepare for rapid changes in the political, economic and strategic environment in the Indian Ocean region such as an “unexpected growth in India’s power.”  “A framework for …

Appoint Commission to probe Jaffna incident

Appoint Commission to probe Jaffna incident

C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, and S.Thavarajah, Leader of Opposition in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), have together asked the  Lankan government to set up a “full-fledged” Commission of Inquiry to conduct an in-depth probe into last Saturday’s clash between …

Swiss prosecutors file charges against alleged Tiger fundraisers

Swiss prosecutors file charges against alleged Tiger fundraisers

Switzerland’s Attorney General has filed charges against 13 people accused of raising millions of dollars to buy weapons for the Tamil Tigers fighters during the civil war in Sri Lanka. The indictment alleges that the people collected around 15 million Swiss francs ($15.2 million) during …

EU to provide grants for reconciliation and good governance

EU to provide grants for reconciliation and good governance

The 20th meeting of the European Union (EU) – Sri Lanka Joint Commission took place in Brussels on 19 July 2016. The meeting was co-chaired by Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, and Mr Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director …