Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sri Lanka delays implementing pledges

Sri Lanka delays implementing pledges

Human Rights Watch released its 2018 World Report on 18 January 2018. In its report on Sri Lanka HRW said the Sri Lankan Government has stalled on its key pledges to provide justice for conflict-related violations and to strengthen human rights protection. It said UN member …

Local investors are buying blue-chip shares

Local investors are buying blue-chip shares

Sri Lankan shares snapped a seven-session streak of declines on Friday, recovering from a near three-week closing low hit in the previous session, as investors picked up battered blue-chip and banking shares. However, foreign investors, who have been net buyers of 2.7 billion rupees worth …

An Interview with C.V. Wigneswaran

An Interview with C.V. Wigneswaran

C.V. Wigneswaran is the chief minister of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Maithripala Sirisena became president three years ago. What are the principal challenges for people …

Weedicide Ban Hits Tea Workers

Weedicide Ban Hits Tea Workers

Sri Lankan tea workers are being affected by a government ban on a popular weedicide as large plantations become overgrown with weeds. The country banned the import of Glyphosate in 2015 under the Import and Export (control) Act over concerns that it could cause chronic …

Struggling to keep promises of reform

Struggling to keep promises of reform

At the time, it was seen as an astonishing victory. In retrospect, it was also something of a Pyrrhic one. Few expected Maithripala Sirisena to defeat the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential election of 2015. After all, Mr Rajapaksa, although increasingly authoritarian, had presided …

The TNA hierarchy had failed

The TNA hierarchy had failed

Northern Minister of Women Affairs, Ananthy Sasitharan said the International Community had taken a different stance over humanitarian issues in Sri Lanka, thus letting down the war-affected people. “We were under the impression that United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad …

One Belt One Road’ project hits political, financial hurdles

One Belt One Road’ project hits political, financial hurdles

China’s plan for a modern Silk Road of railways, ports and other facilities linking Asia with Europe hit a $14 billion pothole in Pakistan. Pakistan’s relations with Beijing are so close that officials call China their “Iron Brother.” Despite that, plans for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam …

India can’t allow its neighbours to drift away

India can’t allow its neighbours to drift away

India cannot allow its neighbours to drift away from it to counter an assertive China, Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said today, affirming that time has come for the country to shift focus from western to the northern frontier. Rawat said countries like Nepal, Bhutan, …

Economy expected to return to a high and inclusive growth trajectory

Economy expected to return to a high and inclusive growth trajectory

The IMF  released the ‘staff’ report pertaining to the third review of the Extended Arrangement Under the Extended Fund Facility with Sri Lanka on 12 January 2018. The IMF report said performance under the program has remained broadly on track since the second review despite a …

Japan courts Sri Lanka

Japan courts Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s strategic location, astride the main shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean, has kept in the gaze of the world powers more and more. The latest example of such attention turned out to be the visit of Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Sri …

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