Monthly Archives: August 2017

Too many cooks

Too many cooks

Recent losses have prompted anger, and there remain “too many cooks” in the Sri Lanka set-up: these were the grouses of interim coach Nic Pothas following the nine-wicket drubbing at the hands of India, in the first ODI in Dambulla. Pothas’ comments come less than …

Caste Based Apartheid Segregates Crematoriums

Caste Based Apartheid Segregates Crematoriums

Caste system is still practiced in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Contrary to popular view propagated by the ruling caste that caste is a thing of the past, it is a living cancer within the Tamil community. The upper caste community is the ruling …

Rotting From Within

Rotting From Within

In recent times, the political scandal you may not have heard about deals with the corridors of power in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ravi Karunanayake, the island nation’s foreign minister, recently stepped down due to serious (and credible) corruption concerns. This is a big deal and …

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 …