Monthly Archives: January 2017

Economic Priorities in Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy

Economic Priorities in Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy

Sri Lanka is a small island economy with a population of 20.9 million and an economy of GDP US$ 82 billion (which is less than Apple’s 2015 gross profit of US$ 89 billion). Sustained growth of enterprise requires economies of scale, which in a country …

Did the CIA know Rajiv Gandhi was to be ASSASSINATED?

Did the CIA know Rajiv Gandhi was to be ASSASSINATED?

Five years before Rajiv Gandhi was killed in 1991, the US Central Intelligence Agency prepared a very detailed report on what would happen if he was either assassinated, or forced to make an abrupt departure from the Indian political scene. A 23-page report, titled India …

Indian companies keen to invest

Indian companies keen to invest

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) will explore the “virgin market” in Jaffna, located in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, for possible business collaborations and to help commercially rebuild the former war-zone, a representative of the trade body said. Representatives of …

Plot to assassinate legislator?

Plot to assassinate legislator?

Sri Lankan authorities have uncovered a plot to assassinate Tamil legislator M.A. Sumanthiran, The Hindu has learnt. Earlier this month, the Prime Minister’s office sent a message to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian from Jaffna district about a “serious security threat” to his life …

Hunger strikers demand answers

Hunger strikers demand answers

Seated on a platform outside a regional post office in Sri Lanka’s former war zone, about 150 miles north of the capital, Colombo, a mother whose son has been missing for seven years sobbed as she spoke. “All we are asking for is for them …

De-proscribe all Tamil Diaspora organisations

De-proscribe all Tamil Diaspora organisations

The chief minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has appealed to the government to de-proscribe all the Tamil Diaspora organisations and stringently scrutinize only select individuals. Wigneswaran was speaking at a function in Jaffna on Thursday to inaugurate a consular section of the …

Port Loans Contributed to Debt Trap

Port Loans Contributed to Debt Trap

On Thursday, the government of Sri Lanka admitted that it was stuck in a “gigantic debt trap” from the previous administration’s construction loans, some of which were used to build deep sea terminals at the quiet port of Hambantota. Sri Lanka recently entered into a controversial deal to …

Gandhi interfered in Sri Lanka for Local political gains

Gandhi interfered in Sri Lanka for Local political gains

‘Insider Knowledge’ can be roughly defined as real-time intelligence that shapes the events and gives us a peep into situation room to highlight why decisions were made by then government. But, blunders will be too many and difficult to count if the ‘insider knowledge’ is …

Wigneswaran’s appeal to save lives of hunger strikers

Wigneswaran’s appeal to save lives of hunger strikers

The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, appealed to President on Wednesday to address the demands by the relatives of those who are Missing and those Political Prisoners in incarceration regarding forced disappearances and political prisoners. In his letter to the President, the Chief Minister …

Tamil Nadu fishermen have the right to catch fish in Katchaitheevu

Tamil Nadu fishermen have the right to catch fish in Katchaitheevu

Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) today said it would hoist the National Flag at Katchaitheevu, ceded to Sri Lanka by India, on the Republic Day tomorrow, if the Centre or Tamil Nadu government failed to do so. In a memorandum submitted to the district collector here, …