Monthly Archives: December 2016

Sri Lanka has become a prime destination

Sri Lanka has become a prime destination

Each year, more than 5.5 million Germans travel to countries outside Europe and the Mediterranean. Until recently, Sri Lanka scarcely appeared on the tourist map. Now, it’s one of the destinations reaping the benefits. The immigration officer declines the proffered print-out of an electronic visa …

Russia’s Hacks

Russia’s Hacks

Russia’s unprecedented intervention in the United States election came amid more than United States-Russia tension and Donald J. Trump’s praise of Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president. It also coincided with a growing belief, in Moscow, that Russia faced an imminent threat in Hillary Clinton’s …

Pope’s reforms divide opinion

Pope’s reforms divide opinion

The papacy is no longer a lifetime job. Pope Francis could decide to resign at some point, following the example of his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict, frail but still living in retirement inside the walls of the Vatican at the age of 89. Under a …

We’re all patriots, we’re all nationalists.

We’re all patriots, we’re all nationalists.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, 67, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for a fourth term and leader of the United National Party (UNP), is the spearhead of a complex game-changing project where the stakes are extremely high. The project is to see through Parliament, and then through a …

Ranil, Sampanthan reach out to Mahinda

Ranil, Sampanthan reach out to Mahinda

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and leader of Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan have sought former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s support for the ongoing constitutional reform efforts in Sri Lanka. In the first instance of reaching out to the former President, ousted in the …

Competition for Water Increases in Southern Sri Lanka

Competition for Water Increases in Southern Sri Lanka

Tucked inside a large forest near the drying Andaraweva iirrigation reservoir, a well-tended plantation of young banana trees is growing strongly despite dry weather. The plantation, of at least 10 acres, is unauthorized but has been growing for two years, say wildlife rangers policing the …

Pokémon shows up in South Asia

Pokémon shows up in South Asia

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and a number of other South Asian countries can now join the walking, Pokéball-slinging phenomenon that is Pokémon Go, after Niantic officially launched the mobile app in a number of countries in the region. Available on both iOS and Android, the …

Making of India’s Foreign Policy

Making of India’s Foreign Policy

Sri Lanka’s internal war which ended in May 2009, had cost the country around US$ 200 billion according to India’s former National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary, Shivshankar Menon. In his book Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy, Menon says that this estimate …

Tamil Nadu, leaders supported Government’s policy of opposing efforts by US and Norway to rescue Prabhakaran

Tamil Nadu, leaders supported Government’s policy of opposing efforts by US and Norway to rescue Prabhakaran

Leaders of Tamil Nadu, across the political divide, privately but effectively supported the Indian government’s policy of opposing efforts by the US and Norway to rescue Velupillai Prabhakaran so that his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) lived to fight another day, says Shivshankar Menon, …

Land belonging to Tamils not returned?

Land belonging to Tamils not returned?

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has said that out of the 67,000 acres of private lands of the Tamils seized by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the war, only 3,500 acres have been returned so far. Since the war ended …