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Developing the ‘World’s Emptiest Airport’

Developing the ‘World’s Emptiest Airport’

In the talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to be held in New Delhi on November 23, the main issues will be speeding up implementation of joint development projects and India’s offer to invest in  the Mattala …

Negative feelings understandable

Negative feelings understandable

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran responded to a question raised by a journalist on his view on the controversial actions of the Northern Province Education Minister who refused to raise the national flag at an event earlier this month. The Northern Province …

US lawmakers raise concerns

US lawmakers raise concerns

US lawmakers have expressed concern over China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ or OBOR initiative and sought recommendations for improving development finance efforts. “While infrastructure investment is desperately needed across the region, there’s more to the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative than what meets the eye,” said …

The Constitution conundrum

The Constitution conundrum

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his team’s attempts to change the Constitution have been facing a series of obstacles. President Maithripala Sirisena and his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are not enthusiastically backing the reforms initiative and almost all Buddhist monks are opposed …

A reluctant politician?

A reluctant politician?

Four years ago, when Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran took the plunge into Sri Lankan politics, he was, in his own words, a “reluctant politician”. Today, everyone else – his own party and the alliance it is part of – has turned reluctant about him and his …

Issue has nothing to do with Government

Issue has nothing to do with Government

Tamil Nadu politicians are welcome to visit Sri Lanka and see the plight of hill country Tamils before hastily commenting on matters pertaining to them, Sri Lankan Minister Palany Thigambaram said. “While they [State politicians] have always spoken up for ‘Eelam Tamils’ in the north …

Call for time bound implementation of UNHRC commitments

Call for time bound implementation of UNHRC commitments

Making interventions during the interactive dialogue of Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review, UN member states Macedonia, Austria, USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Finland and Denmark called on the Sri Lanka to “produce an unambiguous timeline” detailing “adequate resources” for the full implementation of the resolution commitments. …

Will TNA be affected by EPRLF’s split?

Will TNA be affected by EPRLF’s split?

After a long-running wrangling between its main constituent party and the other relatively smaller parties, the main Tamil coalition – the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) – seems to have finally split clearly. Suresh Premachandran, the leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), one …

New steps to fight torture

New steps to fight torture

Government envoys from Sri Lanka told the U.N.’s top human rights body Wednesday that their country is taking new steps to battle torture, a move that an advocacy group attributed to an Associated Press report documenting allegations from men who said they were brutalized, raped …

EPRLF quitting TNA was expected

EPRLF quitting TNA was expected

Sunday’s announcement by the leader of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), Suresh Premachandran, that the EPRLF is quitting the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), did not come as a surprise to watchers of Sri Lankan Tamil politics. The split has been on the cards …