Monthly Archives: February 2017

Reject proposals to reinstate GSP+ to Sri Lanka

Reject proposals to reinstate GSP+ to Sri Lanka

In a letter to the European Parliament  on 3 February 2017, a group of NGOs and individuals expressed concerned by the EU Commission’s recent proposal on 11 January 2017, to restore GSP+ status to Sri Lanka, following its suspension in August 2010 in response to the deteriorating human rights situation. It called on …

Exploiting military soft power

Exploiting military soft power

For decades India had looked inwards, concerned only with defending itself from aggression, unwilling to venture beyond South Asia. It did participate in military operations in Maldives and Sri Lanka, but these were within the region. The last government, headed by an economist Prime Minister, …

Rates steady, but possible tightening soon

Rates steady, but possible tightening soon

Sri Lanka’s central bank kept its key rates steady on Tuesday for a sixth straight month, but flagged possible “corrective measures” in the months ahead in a sign further tightening might be on the cards to temper inflation pressures and safeguard a fragile rupee. The …

Wigneswaran skirts issue of LTTE atrocities against Muslims in call to join Eluga Tamil rally

Wigneswaran skirts issue of LTTE atrocities against Muslims in call to join Eluga Tamil rally

The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, brazenly skirted the issue of the LTTE’s atrocities against the Tamil-speaking Muslims of the Northern and Eastern Provinces in 1990, in his appeal to the Muslims to join the “Eluga Tamil” rally which …

UNHRC concerned at the slow progress relating to accountability

UNHRC concerned at the slow progress relating to accountability

Commenting on recent reports appearing in Sri Lankan media on his meeting with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in Davos on 18 January, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Thursday that the meeting had been “amicable and constructive.” “We …

Troops refused to take Jaffna

Troops refused to take Jaffna

Sri Lanka was forced into making a deal with India as its own armed forces had twice refused to “take Jaffna”, then President J.R. Jayewardene has been quoted as saying in a declassified document, nearly 30 years after the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was …

Sections trying to scuttle reconciliation

Sections trying to scuttle reconciliation

Lashing out at his critics, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday described sections trying to scuttle his government’s reconciliation efforts as being “anti-national”. He was addressing the country at a ceremony held at Galle Face, Colombo’s iconic beach-front, to mark Sri Lanka’s 69th Independence …

Wigneswaran, boycotts Independence function attends protest

Wigneswaran, boycotts Independence function attends protest

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, boycotted the 69 th. Sri Lankan Independence Day function here on Saturday, and instead attended protest meetings held at Keppapilavu and Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district. The Governor of the Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, hoisted …

RTI Act comes into force

RTI Act comes into force

The Right to Information (RTI) Act came into force in Sri Lanka, a piece of legislation aimed at restoring transparency and good governance in a country that has been plagued by corruption and misrule. The government had last week gazetted the categories of public authorities …

We always speak the truth

We always speak the truth

Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran today said that the Tamil people’s issues could not be solved by chasing him away. Replying to a statement made by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara recently, he made this remark  at a function held in Vavuniya to declare …