Monthly Archives: July 2016

India, Sri Lanka agree to start talks for ETCA

India, Sri Lanka agree to start talks for ETCA

India and Sri Lanka on Monday agreed to start negotiations on fast-track basis for the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) and conclude the talks before end of the year. The issue among others was came up for discussion during the meeting between the …

Bank Chief vows to stay independent

Bank Chief vows to stay independent

Sri Lanka’s new central bank chief pledged on Monday to maintain the monetary authority’s independence in decision making and to avoid policies that lead to boom and bust cycles. Indrajith Coomaraswamy, a former central banker, became the 14th governor of the central bank when he …

Sri Lanka backtracking on commitment

Sri Lanka backtracking on commitment

The leader of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam speaking at the UNHRC said that “Despite whatever assurances are given to this council with regards to foreign participation, it should be clearly understood that Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister is being contradicted by none …

Resolution must be implemented both in letter and spirit

Resolution must be implemented both in letter and spirit

Issuing  a statement on 3 July 2016, the Tamil National Alliance said that there is no agreement between “the TNA, Government of Sri Lanka and the United States have come to an agreement with regard to the implementation of the UN resolution.30/1, especially with regard …

Sri Lanka must stay the course

Sri Lanka must stay the course

The frequent human rights updates in Geneva provide an occasion for the world to discuss Sri Lanka’s post-war situation, especially the progress made in investigating the excesses during the last phase of the civil war that ended in 2009. Until last year, the country considered …

How will Bangladesh respond to ISIS Attack?

How will Bangladesh respond to ISIS Attack?

On Friday evening, when gunmen burst into the Holey Artisan Bakery, in Dhaka, the restaurant was quiet. Few of its regular Muslim customers were dining out, having just broken their Ramadan fasts at home, so the tables were occupied largely by expatriates: a group of …

Is Sri Lanka on the path to reconciliation?

Is Sri Lanka on the path to reconciliation?

It’s been seven years since the civil war in Sri Lanka ended. The 30-year conflict fell largely along ethnic lines. President Maithripala Sirisena has said reconciliation is one of his top priorities, but thousands of ethnic Tamils from the country’s north still have not been able …

First IAS officer emerges from Sri Lankan Tamil repatriates

First IAS officer emerges from Sri Lankan Tamil repatriates

For the first time in the history of more than half a million Tamil repatriates from Sri Lanka who continue to struggle hard to survive in the plantation regions of the state because of the plummeting prices of tea, coffee, rubber and pepper, a youngster …

TNA welcomes oral update

TNA welcomes oral update

The TNA has, welcoming the oral update of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council at its 32nd Session on the implementation of the UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka, said that an “acceptable resolution to the national question through adequate …

Central Bank Chief replaced

Central Bank Chief replaced

Indrajit Coomaraswamy, veteran economist, is the new Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). President Maithripala Sirisena announced Prof. Coomaraswamy’s appointment through his official twitter account. Mr. Coomaraswamy succeeds Arjuna Mahendran, whose tenure was marked by controversies over issuance of bonds, came to …