Monthly Archives: August 2017

Port deal opens new era for China-Sri Lanka ties

Port deal opens new era for China-Sri Lanka ties

On July 29, Chinese port operator China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) signed a 99-year lease agreement in Colombo to develop Hambantota Port in southern Sri Lanka in the presence of Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe and …

Tamil Nadu pushes for ferry service

Tamil Nadu pushes for ferry service

Six years after ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo was suspended, the Tamil Nadu government is making fresh efforts to re-establish sea links with Sri Lanka to repatriate Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in camps in the state. The state government recently wrote to the …

Young farmers look for new job options

Young farmers look for new job options

Scorched by a 10-month drought that has killed crops and reduced residents to buying trucked-in water, Adigama’s young people are voting with their feet. At least 150 youth have left this agricultural village 170 km northwest of Sri Lanka’s capital since the drought began, looking …

Bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency – the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency – in the absence of credible senior claimants. The constituency was well served by Mahinda Rajapaksa until …

Gvernment yet to prosecute those involved in attacks

Gvernment yet to prosecute those involved in attacks

The US Department of State’s, International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 was released on 15 August 2017. The report states that the U.S. Ambassador, through meetings with the President, Prime Minister and other senior Government Officials, urged that the national reconciliation process be inclusive of …

We Want Your Empty Airport

We Want Your Empty Airport

An Indian company has emerged with a bold plan for taking over Sri Lanka’s struggling Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA). The proposal, which would see India pumping $205 million into the airport for a 70% share for 40 years, was approved by Sri Lanka’s Civil …

Does China harbour strategic ambitions for Sri Lankan port?

Does China harbour strategic ambitions for Sri Lankan port?

Sri Lanka says it’s a way for it to help claw its way out of debt. China says it’s a strictly commercial deal for one of its state firms. But analysts say the Hambantota port on the southern tip of Sri Lanka is part of …

Multifarious dilemmas

Multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given its multifarious dilemmas and the …

Army in the North is using our arable lands

Army in the North is using our arable lands

Addressing the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) at Chief Minister’s Ministry Conference Hall, Kaithadi on 14 August, Chief Minister C V Vigneswaran said:”Let us not forget that still an Army of 150000 is stationed in the North using our arable lands, official buildings, using our natural resources …

Present Government has not lived up to its commitments

Present Government has not lived up to its commitments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed that more than eight years after the end of war, Sri Lanka has yet to demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to addressing the accountability issues occurred during the brutal armed conflict. Despite twice co-sponsoring UNHRC resolutions calling …