Monthly Archives: September 2017

Tamils seek federalism, not division

Tamils seek federalism, not division

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has said the Tamil minority community’s demand for a federal solution to meet their political aspirations was not aimed at dividing the country. “You [the South] think we [Tamils] are all terrorists. We do not want to …

US Senate committee approves conditions on funds

US Senate committee approves conditions on funds

The US Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved the 2018 State & Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, which includes new and harsher conditions on funds to be given to Sri Lanka. The committee approved $51.35 billion in total for diplomatic and humanitarian programs that “strengthen U.S. national security and …

Turning COIN on Its Head and Learning to Adapt

Turning COIN on Its Head and Learning to Adapt

By Carlton G. Haelig:                                                              Background: Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is a relatively small island nation …

Indian PM reaffirms high importance India attaches to relations

Indian PM reaffirms high importance India attaches to relations

Continuing the discussion on crucial India-Sri Lanka bilateral projects, a delegation-level meeting was held here on Saturday between the newly appointed Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The visiting Minister, who took charge on August 15, also met Prime Minister Narendra …

Implement a credible mechanism to investigate and prosecute alleged war crimes

Implement a credible mechanism to investigate and prosecute alleged war crimes

US Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Alice Wells Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs U.S. Department of State making submission to the Congress Subcommittee on Asia-Pacific’s hearing on US influence in South Asia, The FY 2018 Budget on 7 September 2017 said, Sri Lanka needs to implement a credible …

Disaster Resilience, Environment Protection Are Critical to Sri Lanka’s Economy

Disaster Resilience, Environment Protection Are Critical to Sri Lanka’s Economy

In response to public interest, the World Bank in Sri Lanka chose to host a dialogue, offering an opportunity for anyone to meet the World Bank team and directly ask questions related to environment protection, disaster risk management and the economy. In fact, the engagement …

US concerned over unsustainable debt burdens

US concerned over unsustainable debt burdens

The US has expressed concern over the “unsustainable debt-burden” on Sri Lanka due to non- concessional loans from China. China is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is struggling to repay Chinese money, and recently signed an agreement to …

A crucial breakthrough

A crucial breakthrough

The Government made a crucial breakthrough yesterday by winning provisional support from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) for the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The TNA pledged conditional support during a meeting which party seniors held with Prime …

China is a South Asian country and part of Indian Ocean region

China is a South Asian country and part of Indian Ocean region

A Chinese expert on  international relation,s Ruan Zongze, Executive Vice President of the China Institute of International Relations, has said that China is a South Asian country and is part of the Indian Ocean region. Speaking at the Second Indian Ocean Conference held here on …

Banking system outlook negative

Banking system outlook negative

Moody’s Investors Service says that the outlook for Sri Lanka’s banking system is negative, with both asset quality and profitability under pressure. “The economy will only see a modest growth rebound as the government’s fiscal constraints continue to limit public investment and private spending, despite …