Monthly Archives: October 2016

Step up reconciliation efforts

Step up reconciliation efforts

In my capacity as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, I conducted an official visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, from 10 to 20 October 2016, at the invitation of the Government. The objective of my visit was to hold …

Vaiko acquitted

Vaiko acquitted

MDMK general secretary Vaiko, who has been accused of indulging in sedition and unlawful activities in support of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an outfit banned in India, was acquitted of the charges by a lower court here on Thursday. “No charges against …

MV Sun Sea trial begins in Canada

MV Sun Sea trial begins in Canada

More than six years after a rickety vessel with nearly 500 Sri Lankan Tamils aboard arrived off the coast of B.C., four men charged with human-smuggling saw their trial open Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. Lesly Emmanuel, Kunarobinson Christhurajah, Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam …

India offers solar plant in Trincomalee

India offers solar plant in Trincomalee

A month after Sri Lanka decided to scrap a coal power project involving the NTPC, in Trincomalee, India has offered to build a solar power plant in the port town. Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the matter in his recent meeting with President Maithripala …

Everybody blames the Norocholai plant

Everybody blames the Norocholai plant

Sri Lanka has imposed daily power cuts nationwide following breakdown at a China-built power plant in Norocholai, a coastal town 140 km north of Colombo. The coal power plant, which came up at an investment of $1.4 billion, is Sri Lanka’s largest and has a …

Electricity consumers will be compensated for damages from 13 January 2017.

Electricity consumers will be compensated for damages from 13 January 2017.

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka announced four newly gazetted regulations in the areas of customer satisfaction in service, quality as well as electrical safety and energy conservation. These regulations, recommended to the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy and gazetted in July 2016, …

TNA dissatisfied with draft law to replace PTA

TNA dissatisfied with draft law to replace PTA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is highly dissatisfied with the Sri Lankan government’s new draft law to replace the existing draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), is confident about getting it  modified when it comes before the oversight committees of parliament. TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran …

Diaspora won’t come until a new constitution is implemented

Diaspora won’t come until a new constitution is implemented

The Diaspora isn’t coming back to the country until such time a new constitution is implemented, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said in Colombo recently. Speaking at an event organised by Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) he said that they (Diaspora) are waiting for the …

Draft constitution within 2 months

Draft constitution within 2 months

TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran hopes the draft of the new constitution could be in place within the coming two months. The party has fulfilled around 90 per cent of its obligations towards the constitutional process, he has told a central committee meeting of the ITAK …

Policy dissonance leads to formation of coordinating committee

Policy dissonance leads to formation of coordinating committee

The recent public outburst of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena over being kept in the dark about certain key decisions of the administration led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickemesinghe, has led to the decision to  set up a committee to coordinate policies in matters of …