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A chill down its spine

A chill down its spine

By suddenly deposing Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointing an already ousted former Lankan President as the new PM, President Maithripala Srisena has engineered a political coup that instead of the expected turnaround of fortunes, has shocked the supportive US and Western powers …

Operate within the constitution

Operate within the constitution

The United States called Friday on all sides in Sri Lanka to operate within the constitution and refrain from violence as the president’s sacking of the prime minister triggered a crisis. Washington also urged the island to move forward on post-war reconciliation after President Maithripala …

Tremors

Tremors

Caught between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the one hand and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the other, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has reached a point of no return. The coalition of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United Nation Party, which pitchforked …

Sri Lanka, a worry for India

Sri Lanka, a worry for India

The return of Mahinda Rajapaksa to power in Sri Lanka has been the subject of speculation for some time. The question was when and how. In 2015, India lent its influence to broker a coalition between Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe to remove Rajapaksa from …

A constitutional crisis?

A constitutional crisis?

Sri Lanka has been plunged into a constitutional crisis after the president ousted the prime minister, a move that took the nation by surprise and was denounced as illegal by some government ministers. Sri Lankans were glued to their television sets on Friday evening after …

New party is old wine in a new bottle

New party is old wine in a new bottle

The Tamizh Makkal Kootani (TMK) or Tamil Peoples’ Alliance (TPA) which C.V.Wigneswaran, the former Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, is to form, appears to be old wine in a new bottle. The aims and objectives of the TMK and the tactics it …

We should pursue our activities through the International Community

We should pursue our activities through the International Community

Addressing the last sitting of the Northern Provincial Council on 23 October 2018 Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran blamed the Government and the TNA leadership, for the failure of the Northern Provincial Council to deliver on its promises to the Tamil People. The CM is  to give …

TNA leadership did not ask what his vision was

TNA leadership did not ask what his vision was

Sri Lanka’s Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Tuesday slammed the Colombo government and his own Tamil leadership, holding them responsible for the perceived failure of the Northern Provincial Council to deliver on its promises to the war-affected Tamils. Speaking at the last sitting of …

Don’t blame the messenger

Don’t blame the messenger

For a responsible media organisation, telling the truth is imperative even if it means reporting tactless utterances On October 17, a front-page report, “Sri Lankan President Sirisena alleges that RAW is plotting his assassination”, in this newspaper became the subject of wild speculation on social …

Amend Counter Terrorism Act

Amend Counter Terrorism Act

Sri Lanka’s draft counterterrorism law significantly improves upon the current, abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) but needs further safeguards against rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a commentary released today. Parliament should amend the bill to fully comply with international human rights standards …