Monthly Archives: November 2017

India asked to clarify stand on Ram Setu

India asked to clarify stand on Ram Setu

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to clarify if it wants to remove the Ram Setu – the chain of limestone shoals connecting Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka – or protect it. The court gave the government six weeks’ time to file an …

Tamil People’s Council will not be a political party

Tamil People’s Council will not be a political party

Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said that the Tamil People’s Council which was formed for the benefit of the Tamil people will never be transformed into a political party while it would intervene as a forum for all political activities. The Chief Minister made …

A Port town’s story

A Port town’s story

“One job per family” is what Sri Lankan authorities promised families like that of Y.B. Henry while taking over their land in 2009 for a deep-water container port. Now ‘resettled’ on government-allocated land located 15 km away from the port, the nearly 475 families are …

Operation Pawan was a correct strategic call

Operation Pawan was a correct strategic call

Manish Tewari:                                                                           On November 5, 2017, I had the …

Winds of change in Indian Ocean security

Winds of change in Indian Ocean security

By Col R.Hariharan:  It looks like Sri Lanka’s balancing act in the China-India power play in the Indian Ocean is going to get more and more difficult the coming months and years. China’s assertion of economic and military power is poised to grow stronger in the …

Salient Provisions in the Budget for 2018

Salient Provisions in the Budget for 2018

1) Legislative Reforms: The budget has identified the key legislative impediments to the ease of doing business and the efficient utilization of Sri Lanka’s assets. Access to land has been a major hindrance to growth of investment, as is the access to labour, and affordable …

Stocks drop

Stocks drop

Sri Lankan shares fell on Friday, weighed down by declines in telecom and banking stocks after the island nation targeted both cash-rich sectors in its 2018 budget to boost revenue. Sri Lanka imposed new taxes on motor vehicles, telecoms, banks and liquor in a bid …

UN unable to confirm until it investigates

UN unable to confirm until it investigates

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five …

Sri Lanka still not serious?

Sri Lanka still not serious?

As Sri Lanka prepares for the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on November 15th 2017, a critical look at how Sri Lanka has fared in its commitment to the international community in the past is essential to understand whether Sri Lanka, a …

Reconciliation Mechanism composed of, Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Non-Recurrence

Reconciliation Mechanism composed of, Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Non-Recurrence

Motoo Noguchi, a Prosecutor at the Supreme Prosecutors Office of Japan, has said what is most important was whether an individual serving as judge can be supported from all communities equally and whether the people were willing to leave the fate of the cases to …