Monthly Archives: May 2018

Foreign Policy Tilts ?

Foreign Policy Tilts ?

Due to geo-political compulsions, Sri Lanka has to keep its relations with the West and India on an even keel. But there are indications that it is tilting towards Russia, China and Iran as it inches towards Presidential and Parliamentary elections in 2020. The socialist-nationalist …

India’s Lankan dilemma

India’s Lankan dilemma

India has always accorded priority to Sri Lanka in its foreign policy discourse owing to a combination of geo-strategic, political and socio-cultural factors. However, relations have often been determined by factors internal to these countries; India has been compelled to scale down its ‘active involvement’ …

Nine years after

Nine years after

Nine years is perhaps too short a time for deep wounds to heal, but it is enough time to begin to introspect. However, going by the polarised views around the anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, there are few signs of that. …

Observe this day as Tamil genocide day, says CV Wigneswaran

Observe this day as Tamil genocide day, says CV Wigneswaran

Thousands of people in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated northern province on Friday participated in a commemorative ceremony to observe the ninth anniversary of the brutal end to the 37-year long Eelam war, which had claimed the lives of more than one lakh people. The main ceremony …

Remembering the dead in Mullivaikkal

Remembering the dead in Mullivaikkal

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has called upon Tamils to set aside their differences and participate in the ‘Remembrance Day’ event, remembering those who were killed in Sri Lanka’s civil war, to be held in Mullivaikkal on Friday. Located on the eastern tip of …

China using ‘debtbook diplomacy’

China using ‘debtbook diplomacy’

The Chinese government is leveraging billions of dollars in debts to gain political leverage with developing countries across Asia and the Pacific, a new report presented to the US State Department claims. The independent report, written by a pair of Harvard University scholars, identified 16 …

Election bid

Election bid

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has unofficially launched his bid to run for the presidency at the 2019 elections with a ceremony at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. Political sources said Rajapaksa had invited his three politically active brothers as guests of what he called …

Mobile phone coverage

Mobile phone coverage

Minister for Information Technology M. Manikandan has said he would take up with the Defence Ministry the question of Sri Lanka’s mobile phone service being available at Dhanushkodi and Arichamunai in Rameswaram island, and check if this posed any security threat. Asked about the availability …

Passed shelf life?

Passed shelf life?

Sri Lanka’ Good Governance regime headed by President Maithripala Sirisena came in 2015 with a promise to end partisan politics and the abolish the Executive Presidency. But its record in the past three years shows that it is going the way previous regimes went, sacrificing …

Primary cause of problems is non-resolution of ethnic issue

Primary cause of problems is non-resolution of ethnic issue

The division of the country would be neither beneficial to the nation nor the Tamil speaking people, said Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, appealing to the Tamils not to lend their support to any political movement that advocated secession. “This was the position taken by the …

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