Monthly Archives: May 2017

Of forgotten people

Of forgotten people

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public rally on May 12 with Sri Lanka’s hill-country Tamils, on the second day of his two-day visit to the country, was a success, if you went by conventional markers such as the crowd he drew or the cheers that arose …

A vote of confidence

A vote of confidence

Issuing a press release on providing GSP plus trade concessions to Sri Lanka the European Union says that ” It is also a vote of confidence from the European Union that the Sri Lankan Government will maintain the progress it has made in implementing the …

Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere

Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere

The International Crisis Group in a report titled ‘Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere’ released on 16 May 2017, in  Brussels, says that this year is another decisive one in Sri Lanka’s political history. If current dynamics continue, the country will likely lose a real opportunity …

EU tells, more needs to be done on Human Rights

EU tells, more needs to be done on Human Rights

The European Union announced today it is restoring a preferential tax concession for goods imported from heavily-indebted Sri Lanka that it withdrew seven years ago over alleged human rights abuses. Tung-Lai Margue, ambassador to the delegation of EU to Sri Lanka told reporters that the …

To Counter – balance Chinese Influence

To Counter – balance Chinese Influence

Last week has been eventful. And I was conflicted on whether to write about the Sri Lankan visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, more specifically his attitude and signalling during his visit to Dickoya, home to a large concentration of Indian origin Tamils or …

Joint communique of leaders roundtable of Belt and Road forum

Joint communique of leaders roundtable of Belt and Road forum

1. We, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, President Mauricio Macri of the Republic of Argentina, President Alexander Lukashenko of the Republic of Belarus, President Michelle Bachelet Jeria of the Republic of Chile, President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic, President Joko …

House Ownership for Plantation Workers

House Ownership for Plantation Workers

Introduction                                                                             Providing decent house for the plantation …

Hackers lure mid-ranking officers with promise of overseas posts

Hackers lure mid-ranking officers with promise of overseas posts

A massive cyber attack on the computers of Indian Army officers has been thwarted. Suspected Pakistani and Chinese hackers attempted to inject data stealing malware on military systems by luring army officers by offering a foreign posting to Sri Lanka. ‘The pinpointed attacks were launched …

Wooing Sri Lanka

Wooing Sri Lanka

There was more sound than light to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka. Though the trip was meant to be more ceremonial, with heavy religious overtones as it was tied to the International Vesak Day celebrations, there was a diplomatic victory of sorts …

Mum on visit

Mum on visit

The opposition cannons fell silent yet again as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sri Lanka on May 12 — his second trip to the island nation in two years, to reinforce the traditional connect between the two nations. His two-day visit to Sri Lanka (to …