Monthly Archives: December 2017

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath’s recent comments (in an English Daily) on his party’s stance on the national question makes interesting reading; especially in the context of the current constitution making process. Herath, asked to explain the JVP’s current position, …

Visit of enormous significance

Visit of enormous significance

The visit of the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Sri Lanka on 5 January is going to be short – just a day. But it is of enormous significance for both Japan and Sri Lanka. That Japan decided to send a Foreign Minister after …

Tatas exit Sri Lanka tea business

Tatas exit Sri Lanka tea business

After establishing a strong foothold in the tea industry of Sri Lanka over the past 25 years, the Tatas are exiting the business as part of the group’s ongoing strategy to review its global businesses and alliances under its new chairman N Chandrasekaran. Tata Global …

Katchatheevu festival on Feb. 23, 24

Katchatheevu festival on Feb. 23, 24

The annual two-day ‘Katchatheevu festival’ at the St Antony’s Church at the uninhabited Katchatheevu islet in the Palk Bay will be held on February 23 and 24, according to reports received here. The Jaffna Diocese, which organised the festival, has announced the dates for the …

The forthcoming Local Government Polls will decide the future of the country

The forthcoming Local Government Polls will decide the future of the country

Acting Bishop of Mannar Kingsley Swampillai said he wants a constitutional change, a change that would be in favour of all the minorities in this country. He noted that the forthcoming Local Government Polls will decide the future of the country in terms of amending …

Pursuit of a long-lasting political solution to the Tamil question continues

Pursuit of a long-lasting political solution to the Tamil question continues

On the eve of his R.K. Nagar byelection victory, T.T.V. Dhinakaran had a chance meeting with Sri Lankan Tamil leader M.A. Sumanthiran, when he enquired about the current situation of Sri Lankan Tamils in the island’s war-battered north and east. The Tamil politicians from either …

India is using double standards toward China

India is using double standards toward China

India has launched fierce attacks against Chinese commercial activities in Sri Lanka in recent weeks, and moved to secure more projects in Sri Lanka with Japan, in what appears to be desperate moves to maintain its declining influence in Sri Lanka. Chinese experts pointed out …

A Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

A Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

The true meaning of Christmas is giving and sharing the love and reaching out to those who have touched our lives. It is a time to count our blessings and be grateful for them. May the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours; And may …

Sri Lanka the latest victim of debt-trap diplomacy

Sri Lanka the latest victim of debt-trap diplomacy

This month, Sri Lanka, unable to pay the onerous debt to China it has accumulated, formally handed over its strategically located Hambantota port to the Asian giant. It was a major acquisition for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – which President Xi Jinping calls …

India-Sri Lanka ties improved in 2017 despite port lease

India-Sri Lanka ties improved in 2017 despite port lease

India and Sri Lanka managed to keep their relationship warm in 2017 with high-level exchanges and signing of pacts despite New Delhi’s concerns over China’s forays in the island nation, including its acquisition of the strategic port of Hambantota. Though issues over a proposed economic …