Monthly Archives: December 2017

India expects Sri Lanka to keep its security concerns in mind

India expects Sri Lanka to keep its security concerns in mind

India expects Sri Lanka to be mindful of its “security concerns and sensitivities”, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday while reacting to the Sri Lankan government handing over the Hambantota port to China on a 99-year lease last week. Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also …

Russia restricts tea supplies

Russia restricts tea supplies

Russia will place temporary restrictions on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from Dec. 18, the Russian agricultural safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said on Thursday. The watchdog said it had taken the decision to impose restrictions after it found an insect, known …

Ram Setu is man-made

Ram Setu is man-made

The claim made in a new show of a US science channel that the ‘Ram Setu’ is man-made and not natural has reaffirmed the stand of the BJP on the issue, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today. He also hit out at the previous …

India is buying world’s emptiest airport in battle for territorial dominance

India is buying world’s emptiest airport in battle for territorial dominance

India plans to buy the world’s emptiest airport in an effort to limit China’s influence in the Indian Ocean. Designed to accommodate one million passengers per year, Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport — a vanity project by Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that opened in …

Problems Resolved

Problems Resolved

The three constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) amicably resolved their differences, concluded their seat sharing arrangements for the local government elections in the North and Eastern provinces and agreed to work together as one team. All the three TNA constituent parties agreed …

Dissenting lawmakers form new coalition

Dissenting lawmakers form new coalition

A group of dissenting Sri Lankan Tamil lawmakers has formed a new coalition to challenge the TNA which has come under severe criticism for going soft on the government’s delay in delivering justice to the minority community, a parliamentarian said today. Tamil parliamentarian Sivashakthi Anandan …

TNA split

TNA split

The Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) dropped a bombshell on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) last week when the party’s hierarchy decided to quit the alliance. The move comes in at a time when the Local Government elections are expected to be held early next …

TNA reaches consensus with TELO

TNA reaches consensus with TELO

The Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) Leader and Jaffna District Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah is confident that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will continue to remain strong and that the ITAK has reached a compromise with the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) over the allocation …

Timely progress in structural reforms will support fiscal consolidation.

Timely progress in structural reforms will support fiscal consolidation.

  On December 6, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the third review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under the program supported by a three-year extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement. Completion of the review enables the …

We are comfortable living with the majority community

We are comfortable living with the majority community

Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) General Secretary Arumugam Thondaman, in an interview with Daily Mirror, spoke about the current political environment and his plans to contest the elections. Following are excerpts of the interview done with Thondaman. How do you view the current political environment as …

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