Monthly Archives: December 2018

Sri Lanka rode the roller coaster in 2018

Sri Lanka rode the roller coaster in 2018

Sri Lanka saw cataclysmic political events in 2018. Democracy, which was introduced way back in 1931 and was thought to be well and truly entrenched in Sri Lanka, was put in danger in October-November when President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe …

A Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

As you celebrate Christmas, may you experience true love. Jesus is the reason for the season and the epitome of true love. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.  May your Christmas be enjoyable and may the essence of Christmas remains always with You.

UK supports Sri Lanka’s commitments to UNHRC

UK supports Sri Lanka’s commitments to UNHRC

The UK Foreign Office responding to the petition “Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court, if it continues to fail to implement its commitment made to the UNHRC Res. [A/HRC/RES/30/1] by March 2019”. signed by over 10,000 British citizens said that the UK is committed …

TNA tells Speaker not to recognise MP Mahinda Rajapaksa as Leader of the Opposition.

TNA tells Speaker not to recognise MP Mahinda Rajapaksa as Leader of the Opposition.

The Tamil National Alliance has written to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya not to recognize MP Mahinda Rajapaksa as Leader of the Opposition. The TNA has outlined several reasons for taking up this position and has requested that a Parliamentary Select Committee be appointed to go into …

Indian Tea likely to benefit from  wage hike

Indian Tea likely to benefit from wage hike

Indian Tea is likely to gain benefit from wage hike in Sri Lankan plantations and pesticide problems in Vietnam. India is the second largest producer of Tea in the world and contributes 26% to the global production. The expected wage hike in Sri Lankan plantations …

India Relived?

India Relived?

Relieved at the reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lankan PM, India on Sunday welcomed resolution of the political situation and called it a reflection of the maturity of democratic forces in the island nation. Despite nursing serious reservations over the manner in which Sri …

President doubts he can work with PM

President doubts he can work with PM

Sri Lanka’s president accused newly reappointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of corrupt leadership in a scathing speech Sunday in which he voiced doubts about their ability to work together and signaled the 2-month political crisis is far from resolved. President Maithripala Sirisena administered the oath …

The Court’s Slap

The Court’s Slap

Not for the first time in recent weeks, Sri Lankans held a collective breath on the afternoon of December 13th, as citizens gathered outside the Supreme Court in Colombo, the capital. When seven judges eventually faced the packed crowd in Room 502, their decision was …

Dissolution of Parliament Unconstitutional

Dissolution of Parliament Unconstitutional

 Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, December 13, that President Maithripala Sirisena’s order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections was unconstitutional, a much-anticipated verdict that further embroils the Indian Ocean nation in political crisis. A seven-judge bench said the president lacks the power …

The Deep Roots of Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis

The Deep Roots of Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis

In the first week of December, Sri Lanka’s political crisis deepened after the country’s Court of Appeal issued an interim injunction order restraining former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from functioning as the prime minister. The interim injunction order, issued on December 4, also restrained 49 others …

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