Monthly Archives: August 2017

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 …

Leaders must come together and resolve the national question

Leaders must come together and resolve the national question

Leader of Tamil National Alliance and the Opposition R. Sampanthan urged the United States to hold the government of Sri Lanka accountable for the commitments it made to the international community, particularly with regard to the full implementation of the Co-sponsored UNHRC resolution. The TNA …

Monetary policy should be tightened

Monetary policy should be tightened

The IMF Completed the Second Review of the Extended Arrangement Under the EFF with Sri Lanka and Approved a US$ 167.2 Million Disbursement. In completing the review, the Executive Board granted a waiver of nonobservance of the continuous performance criterion on accumulation of external arrears …

A Century in the Tea Estates of Sri Lanka

A Century in the Tea Estates of Sri Lanka

August 2017 marks 150 years of tea production in Sri Lanka. To mark this anniversary, there have been several celebratory activities and events planned throughout the year, including a Global Tea Party, International Tea Convention and a charity auction. While there has been much reported …

Bank of China to open branch in Port City

Bank of China to open branch in Port City

Bank of China, one of the biggest state owned commercial banks in China will open its first branch in Colombo this year in the presently constructed 1.4 billion dollar Port City, China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang said. The Bank would bring in an …

48 Indian Fishermen Arrested

48 Indian Fishermen Arrested

India has alleged that Sri Lankan Navy has apprehended 48 Indian fishermen and their boats after forcing them to surrender by firing in the air. The fishermen were allegedly rounded off from the Palk Strait area — the body of water running between India’s southeast …

No Trust Motion: to break ruling parties

No Trust Motion: to break ruling parties

Senior members of the rainbow coalition government in Sri Lanka see the No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake submitted by the Joint Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as a clever ploy to break the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP-Sirisena) …

Joint Universities in future

Joint Universities in future

The Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, has predicted the establishment of a joint Sino-Lanka University to train professionals to work in Chinese establishments and industries expected to come up in Sri Lanka. Addressing a group of 18 Sri Lankan students who have been …