Monthly Archives: July 2018

India has much to gain from Sri Lanka

India has much to gain from Sri Lanka

India and Sri Lanka have enjoyed time-tested and friendly ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations 70 years ago. India’s historical and extensive relations with  Sri Lanka   attained  new heights  with the state visit of Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi to  Colombo on May  11 …

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation. “When I look at Sri Lanka, I see not only …

China has invested heavily because of the country’s location

China has invested heavily because of the country’s location

Dr. Satoru Nagao, a Japanese expert on maritime security who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, says that Sri Lanka should acquire the Lockheed P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to meet a possible threat from Chinese submarines. Dr. Nagao told …

For the country to move forward adopt a new Constitution

For the country to move forward adopt a new Constitution

The Visiting Belgium-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group met with the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance on 19 July at the office of the Leader of the opposition in parliament.MrSampanthan highlighted that the people are not happy as they do not receive …

Ian Paisley Jr suspended from Parliament

Ian Paisley Jr suspended from Parliament

Ian Paisley Jr has been suspended from the House of Commons for seven weeks after breaking Westminster rules over luxury trips worth up to £100,000. The “severe” punishment has been imposed on the senior Democratic Unionist Party MP after he took his family on all-expenses-paid …

UK concerned about slow delivery of human rights commitments – FCO report

UK concerned about slow delivery of human rights commitments – FCO report

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report covering  the period from January to December 2017 was released on 16 July 2018. The report reviews the global human rights picture with particular emphasis on the FCO’s 30 Human Rights …

The Indo-Pacific Strategy

The Indo-Pacific Strategy

*Salient points of Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s speech at the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute Salient Convocation on Friday 13 July 2018 at the BMICH. “Four Centuries of Western domination in the Indian Ocean has come to an end. Asian nations are re-emerging as …

Shifting of Southern Naval Area from Galle to Hambantota is being monitored

Shifting of Southern Naval Area from Galle to Hambantota is being monitored

The proposed shifting of Sri Lanka’s Southern Naval Area from Galle to the strategic port of Hambantota, run by the Chinese, is being monitored by India, but the government is not perturbed by Colombo’s June 30 announcement. Enhanced Sri Lankan naval presence in Hambantota, “if …

Selective application to order execution of a person could be problematical

Selective application to order execution of a person could be problematical

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to order execution of drug dealers who continue to do their business even while being on the death row, will give rise to a legal question besides being ineffective in controlling the drug menace, an expert said. V.T.Thamilmaran, Senior …

NPC Chief Minister opts out of President’s Task Force

NPC Chief Minister opts out of President’s Task Force

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has opted out of the Presidential Task Force on economic development of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces, saying that the Tamils need a political solution for their long-standing problems before they embark on …