Monthly Archives: October 2017

Healthy versus hip: A Sri Lankan tea boss takes on coffee

Healthy versus hip: A Sri Lankan tea boss takes on coffee

The tea industry has watched in envy as coffee’s cachet has skyrocketed across Asia, and now it wants a piece of the action. But it faces a difficult challenge: How to convince people that something they’ve been quaffing like water all their lives can be …

Seeman acquitted in sedition case

Seeman acquitted in sedition case

The Additional District Sessions Court has acquitted Naam Tamilar Katchi leader S. Seeman and film director I. Ameer Sulthan in a sedition case slapped against them for allegedly speaking against India’s sovereignty and in support of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam while addressing …

Under pressure from multiple sections

Under pressure from multiple sections

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among them are the Sinhala-Buddhist nationalists; the minority …

State of transitional justice not entirely positive.

State of transitional justice not entirely positive.

The Government of Sri Lanka has not made sufficient progress in fulfilling its commitments on transitional justice and related reform processes,  UN human rights Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff,  said concluding an official visit to the country. During his 14-day mission, the Special Rapporteur met the President …

Hopes of new constitution sinks to new low

Hopes of new constitution sinks to new low

The much-anticipated new Sri Lankan constitution, aimed at bringing about post war reconciliation and equality to all minority communities, especially the Tamils, is likely to come to a complete halt as representatives of Lanka’s Buddhist hierarchy this week reiterated their categoric objection to a new …

TNA urges release of prisoners

TNA urges release of prisoners

A meeting was held today between the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Mr. Pablo DE GREIFF and the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance Hon. Sampanthan in Colombo. Mr. Sampanthan highlighted the …

A debt trap like the one experienced by Sri Lanka

A debt trap like the one experienced by Sri Lanka

The Duterte administration’s new source of financing for its ambitious infrastructure projects, China, could lead the Philippines into a “debt trap” as it did other countries that had borrowed heavily from the Asian giant, according to Vice President Leni Robredo. Robredo cited the project to …

Rehabilitation Plantations Ltd aims to become model employer

Rehabilitation Plantations Ltd aims to become model employer

Rehabilitation Plantations Ltd (RPL) is determined to become a model employer by ensuring all-round development of the repatriate population from Sri Lanka who work and reside in the estates owned by the company. The company, based in Punalur, Kollam, has decided to prepare a comprehensive scheme …

Justice should be done

Justice should be done

D B S Jeyaraj:                                                                           President Maithripala Sirisena held successive …

Ensure fiscal consolidation

Ensure fiscal consolidation

The IMF  urged Sri Lanka to continue fiscal consolidation and tighten monetary policy and said it had agreed to delay the next review of its 3-year loan until the government submits the 2018 budget. The 2018 budget should continue fiscal consolidation, supported by the new …