Monthly Archives: September 2016

Important that government expedites legislative process of implementing VAT

Important that government expedites legislative process of implementing VAT

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Jaewoo Lee visited Colombo during September 13-23, 2016 to hold discussions on the first review of the Sri Lankan authorities’ economic program that is being supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The …

Wigneswaran urges Tamil people to join mass protest

Wigneswaran urges Tamil people to join mass protest

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has urged Tamil people to participate in a demonstration scheduled in Jaffna tomorrow, to oppose the systematic settlement of Sinhalese people in the Tamil dominated region and the erection of Buddhist statues in an area devoid of Buddhist devotees. …

Move to resolve Indian fishermen issue

Move to resolve Indian fishermen issue

The National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) has welcomed the statement of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the need for an early solution for resolving the Palk Bay conflict involving India and Sri Lanka. In a statement, M. Ilango, former MLA and Chairperson of NFF, said …

Hamas, Tamil Tigers May be Removed From EU Terror Blacklist

Hamas, Tamil Tigers May be Removed From EU Terror Blacklist

The European Union’s top court took a step on Thursday toward confirming the removal of Hamas and the Tamil Tigers from an EU terrorism blacklist, despite protestations from Israel and the Sri Lankan government. An advocate general at the European Court of Justice, whose advice is …

Travails of a war-torn people

Travails of a war-torn people

On September 21, 2013, tens of thousands of Tamils living in Sri Lanka’s heavily-militarised North decisively voted in the long-delayed provincial elections. They had waited for two and a half decades to make their voices heard and elect their own government. Despite the promise of …

The fractured North

The fractured North

By Dharisha Bastians.                                                              As a quiet crisis within the TNA deepens, the need for a …

96 former LTTE cadres examined

96 former LTTE cadres examined

Doctors at the government hospitals in the five districts of the Northern Province have, in the past three weeks, examined 96 former cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) following allegations by Tamil politicians that Tiger combatants who had surrendered to the Sri …

There should be a political solution for the ethnic conflict

There should be a political solution for the ethnic conflict

Major General Kamal Gunaratne who commanded the 53rd Division of Sri Lanka Army to defeat and kill Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Leader of the LTTE, has written his memoir, ‘Road to Nandikadal’. Hats off to Gunaratne and his fellow commanders and troops for achieving this target …

Country would have to pay a very heavy price

Country would have to pay a very heavy price

Former General Officer Commanding (GoC) of 53 Division Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne has urged the government to stop rapid deterioration of the country’s premier intelligence service, the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI). Gajaba Regiment veteran Maj. Gen. Gunaratne said the country would have to pay …

India’s tryst with Sri Lanka

India’s tryst with Sri Lanka

When Maithripala Sirisena won the presidential elections in Sri Lanka in early 2015, followed by Ranil Wickremesinghe taking over as Prime Minister, New Delhi was delighted. The previous regime led by Mahinda Rajapakse had hurt India’s two core interests in the island — by refusing …