Monthly Archives: April 2018

Is this what we really want?

Is this what we really want?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Though Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has convincingly defeated the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) brought against him in parliament by the Joint Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the challenges he faces are far from over. But Wickremesinghe is an old hand at …

Surviving the no-trust vote

Surviving the no-trust vote

The resounding defeat of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Sri Lanka’s parliament provides an opportunity for its bickering leaders to reassess their priorities. However, it may not end the prevailing political uncertainty as the three-way competition among President Maithripala Sirisena, Mr. …

Central Bank cuts rates amid slow growth, political uncertainty

Central Bank cuts rates amid slow growth, political uncertainty

Sri Lanka’s central bank unexpectedly cut its key lending rates by 25 basis points on Wednesday, as policy makers sought to revitalise an economy battling weak growth and political uncertainty. The move comes as investors worry about political instability in the country after the ruling …

Enough reasons to worry about social media

Enough reasons to worry about social media

Cambridge Analytica has dominated headlines following revelations of how it exploited Facebook data of millions of users to potentially help swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favour of Donald Trump. However, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed to the company’s Sri Lanka connection when he …

EU relists LTTE as terror outfit

EU relists LTTE as terror outfit

The Council of the European Union has relisted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation. The decision came into effect on March 21, 2018, continuing the “specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities with a view to combating terrorism”. …

Political Hara Kiri

Political Hara Kiri

The No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsingheis to be taken up for debate and voting in Parliament on April 4. It is clear that whether the NCM is defeated or not, it will be a clear case of political hara kiri for …

‘overzealous approach’ in Tamil refugee case

‘overzealous approach’ in Tamil refugee case

A federal judge has chided an immigration officer for imposing a virtually “impossible standard” in assessing the risk and danger faced by a failed Tamil refugee if he was to be deported to Sri Lanka. In concluding Suresh Nagarasa would be safe to return to …