Monthly Archives: August 2017

Rights group files war crimes charges against Sri Lankan ambassador

Rights group files war crimes charges against Sri Lankan ambassador

A former Sri Lankan general accused of war crimes by human rights groups has left Brazil, where until recently he was his country’s ambassador to six nations in South America, an embassy official said Tuesday. Jagath Jayasuriya left Brazil on Sunday to return to Sri …

Silver linings in Political cloud

Silver linings in Political cloud

In contrast to the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, the current dispensation in Sri Lanka headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, is not blessed with political stability and a single chain of command. Given the resultant confusion, the by-word for the regime …

Sri Lanka Must Deliver On Its Commitments

Sri Lanka Must Deliver On Its Commitments

Submitting a written statement on 21 August for the thirty-sixth session of the UN Human Rights Council, scheduled from 11 September – 29 September 2017, Amnesty International said: “Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 sets out concrete steps to ensuring truth, justice, reparation and non-recurrence for …

ITAK to re-orient Party Policies

ITAK to re-orient Party Policies

There is an intention in the top echelons of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) to re-orient the party’s policies to suit emerging local, regional and international trends. The aim is to face the next Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections in September 2018 with an …

Speeding to E-NIC surveillance, Setting up an Accessible Information Data Base

Speeding to E-NIC surveillance, Setting up an Accessible Information Data Base

Sri Lanka has presented regulations in parliament to create a database of data about citizens which can be accessed by the defence secretary and other officials without a court order, which critics warn is taking the country speedily towards a surveillance state. On Wednesday regulations …

Privacy is a fundamental right: Indian SC

Privacy is a fundamental right: Indian SC

In a unanimous verdict, a nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday declared that privacy is intrinsic to life and liberty and an inherent part of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. The court held that privacy is a natural right that …

OBOR can ruin small countries

OBOR can ruin small countries

Four years ago, Sri Lanka built Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota, 250 km south from Colombo, with Chinese assistance of $190 million, more than 90 per cent of the total cost. Today, MRIA is running into losses and Sri Lanka is unable to …

Wigneswaran led NPC did little to administer the Province

Wigneswaran led NPC did little to administer the Province

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC), which came into being in September 2013, after a landmark election, had raised much hopes among the people in the Tamil-majority province and well as in India and the international community. It was thought to be the panacea for the …

Government on Financial Policy See Saw

Government on Financial Policy See Saw

In the backdrop of announcing a much dreaded re-making of the country’s tax system through a new Inland Revenue Bill, the Lankan Government has paradoxically announced a surprise “pre-budget relief package” including a host of concessions such as low-interest loans to small and medium enterprises …

Government in sixes and sevens

Government in sixes and sevens

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings – the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) – signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give “Good Governance” in place of the …