Monthly Archives: July 2017

Brakes on constitution making process?

Brakes on constitution making process?

The Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe regime in Sri Lanka is suffering from a stress induced migraine since its election in 2015, triggered by strikes from trade unions against foreign assisted development projects, strikes by doctors against a controversial private medical college, and the shadow of former …

Economic relationship, not a one-way street

Economic relationship, not a one-way street

The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, is taking pains to assuage Sri Lankan fears that India is planning to dominate the Sri Lankan economy through its projects and especially through the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA), writes P.K.Balachandran in …

The need of a new Constitution

The need of a new Constitution

It was a few weeks ago Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan addressing participants at an event at the Sarvodaya centre in Colombo emphasized the need of a new Constitution and pointed out that all citizens should support the new Constitution …

Infighting blocks TNA registration

Infighting blocks TNA registration

The registration of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), as a political party, has been halted due to internal strife, sources said. They said the reason for this is a feud currently taking place among several political parties who are in the TNA coalition. A spokesman …

Tamil Nadu voices concern

Tamil Nadu voices concern

Expressing Shock at the Sri Lankan Parliament passing a new Bill to prevent Tamil Nadu fishermen from fishing in their traditional waters in Palk Bay, the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday said the new legislation was a severe setback to the diplomatic efforts …

Shares hit one-week high on foreign buying

Shares hit one-week high on foreign buying

Sri Lankan stocks on Friday ended at their highest in a week, underpinned by manufacturing and diversified shares while offshore investors continued to be net buyers. Local investors, however, cautiously acquired shares amid concerns over a proposed tax bill. Foreign investors net bought 179.9 million …

A warning shot

A warning shot

The Sri Lankan government is in a bind over two important commitments it had solemnly made two years ago, one to the electorate of Sri Lanka, and the other to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Maithipala Sirisena and Ranil Wickemesinghe became Sri …

Greater autonomy

Greater autonomy

Sri Lanka vowed Wednesday to grant greater autonomy to its Tamil minority in a new constitution after an influential Buddhist monk said the clergy opposed the plan. President Maithripala Sirisena has said the new constitution will grant extensive autonomy to Tamils concentrated in the island’s …

Opposition to constitutional changes

Opposition to constitutional changes

The combined forces of Sri Lanka’s powerful Buddhist hierarchy including all the Mahanayaka and Anunayaka Theras of the three Chapters assembled in Kandy yesterday to deliberate on vital national issues currently besetting the nation. The Mahanayaka Thera of Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven. Warakagoda GnanaratanaThera, Mahanayaka …

Dengue kills 225

Dengue kills 225

Sri Lanka is suffering its worst-ever dengue outbreak, with the mosquito-borne virus killing 225 people and infecting more than 76,000 this year. Alarmed by the magnitude of the crisis, the government deployed 400 soldiers and police officers on Tuesday to clear away rotting garbage, stagnant …