Monthly Archives: November 2016

Draft constitution unlikely to merge North and Eastern Provinces

Draft constitution unlikely to merge North and Eastern Provinces

To address the ethnic question, Sri Lanka’s draft constitution is likely to suggest the implementation of the existing 13th Constitutional Amendment (13A) with an additional provision for a Second Chamber in parliament but without a merger of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern province, said Mano …

GTF seeks talks on proposal

GTF seeks talks on proposal

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) on behalf of the Sri Lankan Tamils resident overseas has called for the creation of an ‘Autonomous Tamil Region’ (ATR) in a re-merged Northern and Eastern Province to address their grievances. The two provinces comprise eight administrative districts. The GTF …

Foreign Minister to record displeasure

Foreign Minister to record displeasure

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will meet China’s Ambassador to place on record Colombo’s “displeasure” at the latter’s recent remarks. A Foreign Ministry source told The Hindu on Sunday: “We are trying to schedule a meeting.” At a press conference last week, Chinese Ambassador …

Pact to end fishermen crisis

Pact to end fishermen crisis

India and Sri Lanka have agreed to set up a Joint Working Group on Fisheries (JWG) and a hotline between their Coast Guards to address the long-standing issue of fishermen from Tamil Nadu being arrested, the External Affairs Ministry said here on Saturday. The decision, …

Baroness Anelay will discuss human rights challenges.

Baroness Anelay will discuss human rights challenges.

Baroness Anelay will visit Sri Lanka and Burma for discussions in her capacity as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Minister for Human Rights. Baroness Anelay will demonstrate the UK’s commitment to human rights in a wide-ranging visit to …

No paradise for the dragon

No paradise for the dragon

In Sri Lanka’s political folklore, no two countries can be friendlier than China and Sri Lanka. Indeed, for six decades from 1952 to 2014, Sino-Lankan relations could not have been warmer. But in the last two years, the two countries have drifted apart, with hot …

Call to amend law sparks debate

Call to amend law sparks debate

A call to amend Muslim Personal Law in Sri Lanka has sparked a debate within the community, with some seeking change “from within” and others pushing for a broader constitutional reform. The debate intensified with Law Minister Saga Ratnayaka’s recent remarks that amending the Muslim …

EU wants Govt to seize the moment for national reconciliation

EU wants Govt to seize the moment for national reconciliation

National reconciliation, the empowerment of women and Sri Lanka’s application for the General System of Preferences (GSP+) were the main focus of discussions of the four-member delegation of the European Parliament (EP), led by Jean LAMBERT (Green), Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the Countries …

Ravi Karunanayake rejects statement by China’s Ambassador

Ravi Karunanayake rejects statement by China’s Ambassador

Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake, on Thursday rejected the statement made by China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, stating that loans given by China to Sri Lanka was at a 2 percent interest rate. Karunanayaka told journalists that if China had given loans at 2 …

Talks end in stalemate

Talks end in stalemate

A fresh round of talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fisher leaders over a long pending issue ended in a stalemate here on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan fisher leaders rejected a demand from their Indian counterparts for a three year phasing out period from Sri …