Monthly Archives: November 2016

Witness testifies about connections to terrorist group

Witness testifies about connections to terrorist group

A Crown witness at the trial of four men charged with smuggling hundreds of Tamil migrants into Canada testified Monday that he initially denied he had helped the Tamil Tigers terrorist group out of fear it would jeopardize his refugee claim. Sasikumar Kanthappillai was one …

New constitution is needed by both the Tamils and the Sinhalese.

New constitution is needed by both the Tamils and the Sinhalese.

Speaking at the Raviraj Memorial in Chavachcheri yesterday, TNA Spokesperson and MP, M.A. Sumanthiran, said that while the constitutional sub-committee reports don’t have everything the Tamils asked for, if asked whether the Tamils got what they need from them, the only answer can be yes. …

UN committee wants compensation paid to victim

UN committee wants compensation paid to victim

A Toronto man who was imprisoned and tortured while visiting Sri Lanka must be compensated for the abuses he suffered, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled. The decision calls for Sri Lanka to prosecute those responsible and “provide adequate compensation” to Roy Samathanam, …

No to Mittal housing project

No to Mittal housing project

Sri Lanka’s Tamil leaders have rejected a proposed ArcelorMittal housing project for the war-affected in the North and East, deeming its cost and design unsuitable for the region. In a recent letter to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, leaders of the Tamil …

IMF sees stability in macroeconomic, financial conditions

IMF sees stability in macroeconomic, financial conditions

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Saturday said Sri Lanka’s macroeconomic and financial conditions have begun to stabilize and the island nation’s performance under its $1.5 billion loan programme is satisfactory. The global lender, after completing the first review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance, also …

TNA ready to work with the government

TNA ready to work with the government

The government needs to formulate a comprehensive programme of work for the North and East. The government needs to work with the elected representatives of the people, Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan said in Parliament yesterday. He was joining the Second Reading debate on Appropriation Bill 2017. …

Confront intelligence structures and their involvement in Aava gang

Confront intelligence structures and their involvement in Aava gang

In a situation brief released today titled “Student killings, Aava gang and the Securitisation of Jaffna”, the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) raised alarm at the Sri Lankan government’s “failure to meaningfully confront systemic policing and military intelligence issues that have once again been …

32 ‘elite’ Muslims have joined IS

32 ‘elite’ Muslims have joined IS

Thirty-two Sri Lankan Muslims from “well-educated and elite” families have joined the Islamic State in Syria, the Justice Minister said on Friday. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse’s statement to Parliament came as President Maithripala Sirisena has been criticised for failing to curb religious hate speech amid the emergence …

BUDGET 2017

BUDGET 2017

By Dr Arujuna Sivananthan.                                                   Sri Lanka’s 2017 budget seems to be receiving several accolades, not from those outside Sri Lanka …

Rules changed to encourage stock market listing

Rules changed to encourage stock market listing

Sri Lanka’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced new measures on Thursday to encourage companies to list their shares on the Colombo Stock Exchange after earlier changes failed to raise market liquidity. Foreign investors have long complained about lack of volumes on the island nation’s …