Monthly Archives: September 2016

What ails the peacekeeping contingent to Mali?

What ails the peacekeeping contingent to Mali?

The Sri Lanka’s UN peacekeeping contingent to Mali has been slashed because of an administrative delay in passing funds to obtain ammunition, inside sources said. Initially a battalion of 800 soldiers and officers were to be sent to the West African country as peacekeeping forces …

People are entitled to Democratic Expression

People are entitled to Democratic Expression

Thousands of Tamils on Saturday participated in a rally in Jaffna, led by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, drawing attention to “Sinhala colonisation” and “rampant militarisation” of Sri Lanka’s North and East. The rally, titled Eluka Tamil [Rise, Tamil!], was organised by the Tamil …

Jockeying for power in Tamil nationalistic politics

Jockeying for power in Tamil nationalistic politics

The “Ezhuga Tamizh” rally and general strike which were organized in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province on Saturday, represent a jockeying for power and position in Tamil nationalist politics rather than a genuine attempt to find a realistic and sustainable solution to the Tamil question, …

Nandikadal and the struggle for the Military history of the Ealam war

Nandikadal and the struggle for the Military history of the Ealam war

Sri Lanka’s separatist war was one of the longest insurgencies of modern times. It was also one of the most destructive insurgencies in the region, causing the deaths of tens of thousands of combatants and countless civilians and destroying property worth billions of rupees. A …

ADB to assist in transport

ADB to assist in transport

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help Sri Lanka prepare studies and designs for new road, railway, and port projects so the country’s transport system is well-placed to support economic growth in the medium term. “In Sri Lanka, the role of the transport sector has …

High costs slowing push toward solar energy

High costs slowing push toward solar energy

An ambitious plan by the Sri Lankan government to outfit 100,000 homes with solar panels, to turn them into power producers for the national grid, may be too expensive for many families to afford, experts warn. Sri Lanka’s government this month launched a “battle for …

“Ezhuga Tamizh” for greater devolution

“Ezhuga Tamizh” for greater devolution

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Saturday gave a clarion call for a people’s movement to raise issues pertaining to the Tamil people and thereby strengthen the hands of their elected representatives. Speaking at the “Ezhuga Tamizh” (Tamils Arise) …

USTPAC disturbed by Justice Minister’s statement

USTPAC disturbed by Justice Minister’s statement

In an interview with BBC Sandeshaya, Sri Lankan Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe categorically rejected all allegations of war crimes committed by Sri Lanka’s armed forces and stated the government would take legal action against anyone who alleges the armed forces committed war crimes.  Furthermore, he …

Fault-lines in the Transitional Justice Process

Fault-lines in the Transitional Justice Process

Aaranya Rajasingam.                                                             Sri Lanka is ranked 43rd (out of 178 countries) in the 2016 annual …

Schools banned from imposing dress codes on parents

Schools banned from imposing dress codes on parents

Schools in Sri Lanka have been banned from imposing dress codes on parents visiting the premises. It comes after a poster outside one elite private school, which dictated what women should wear when picking up their children, sparked an outcry. The notice said that saris …