Monthly Archives: January 2017

Be firm, clear, unequivocal with Sri Lanka

Be firm, clear, unequivocal with Sri Lanka

Noting that the latest incident of fishermen from Tamil Nadu being apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy has come at a time when the fishing community here was hopeful of a permanent solution following the ministerial meeting at Colombo on Monday, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam shot …

Task Force on Reconciliation recommends Hybrid Courts

Task Force on Reconciliation recommends Hybrid Courts

The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM) officially handed over the Final Report and executive summary on the island-wide public consultations it carried out on 5 January 2017. A media briefing on this regard was held at the auditorium of the Government Information Department on …

Fisheries talks fruitful

Fisheries talks fruitful

After weeks of pain and agony, accentuated by the acute cash crunch that the Centre’s demonetisation process brought within its wake since November 8, the outcome of the India-Sri Lanka Ministerial level talks held in Colombo on Monday has brought some cheer to Tamil Nadu …

Constitution making process hits a serious snag

Constitution making process hits a serious snag

The much-hyped Sri Lankan constitution making process has hit a serious snag. President Maithripala Sirisena has told the Buddhist high priests in Kandy that he would once again consult the masses on the nature of the constitution, setting aside the report of the Public Representations …

Defending rupee not ‘sensible’

Defending rupee not ‘sensible’

Sri Lanka’s central bank governor Indrajith Coomaraswamy on Tuesday said defending the rupee with foreign exchange reserves ‘doesn’t seem sensible’ as it has always been followed by a sharp depreciation in the currency. Coomaraswamy’s comments come days after the central bank, which earlier had defended …

Significant progress in resolving fishing issue

Significant progress in resolving fishing issue

India and Sri Lanka registered “significant” progress in resolving the vexed fishing issue at the Fisheries Ministers-level talks here on Monday, the Sri Lankan Minister for Fisheries, Mahinda Amaraweera, told newspersons after the talks. An Agreement was reached on a wide range of issues when …

France gives workers ‘right to disconnect’ from office email

France gives workers ‘right to disconnect’ from office email

If the world does not envy the French enough already for their generous vacations, universal health care and fine food and wine, the arrival of 2017 brings this: a newly created “right to disconnect.” Though ridiculed in some quarters as a ban on work-related email …

Sri Lanka denies media reports

Sri Lanka denies media reports

In the run-up to the first ministerial meeting on fishermen scheduled in Colombo on Monday, Sri Lanka has denied media reports that it proposed nationalisation of fishing boats belonging to Tamil Nadu fishermen. This clarification was provided by representatives of the neighbouring country on Saturday …

Foreign Policy, Diaspora and Lobbying

Foreign Policy, Diaspora and Lobbying

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera:                                                 “No foreign policy – no matter how ingenious – has any chance of success if it is born in …

Resignation touches off speculation

Resignation touches off speculation

The resignation of the popular Sri Lankan politician and State Minister for Local government, Priyankara Jayaratne, from the Council of Ministers on Friday, complaining of harassment by Ministers of the coalition partner United National Party (UNP), has touched off rumors of ten other ministers from …