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Sri Lanka’s Stalled Reforms

Sri Lanka’s Stalled Reforms

Ruki Fernando is a human rights activist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This interview has been edited lightly. Three years on, what’s your broad take on the coalition government’s performance? Where does the reform agenda currently stand? Some reforms have happened since 2015 to varying degrees, …

Asylum seekers at breaking point

Asylum seekers at breaking point

A few weeks ago, Vigneswaran Nagamuththu was reunited with his wife and two sons for the first time since he fled Sri Lanka in 2009. It was a happy ending of sorts; after nine years when he feared he might never see them again, they …

Taking back a word

Taking back a word

Months into the first stint of my Colombo assignment, I noticed something. My copy sounded distinctly better whenever I quoted Sri Lankan Tamil leader R. Sampanthan. Curious, I started paying …

Japanese and Indian help to develop Trincomalee harbour?

Japanese and Indian help to develop Trincomalee harbour?

The United States and Japan have both cast their eyes on the Eastern Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee to counterbalance the presence of the Chinese in Hambantota in the South and Colombo in the West and its growing clout around the Bay of Bengal. The …

Try to move forward

Try to move forward

By Prof. Charles Sarvan:                                       The Colombo Telegraph (14 October 2017) reported that in Mullaitivu there’s one Sinhalese soldier for every two Tamil civilians. It added that this …

Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall

Northern Province Chief Minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran is a retired Supreme Court judge. Much was expected of CV Wigneswaran when he was first elected chief minister of the Northern Province …

US, Japan Wooing Sri Lanka to Contain China’s Rise in Into-Pacific

US, Japan Wooing Sri Lanka to Contain China’s Rise in Into-Pacific

Japan has handed over two naval patrol boats worth over $11 million to Sri Lanka in a bid to boost the country’s defense. A week earlier the US State Department gave $39 million to Colombo to strengthen the country’s navy capabilities. The announcement of Tokyo’s …

Slow motion disintegration?

Slow motion disintegration?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: The government will complete three years in office today (17), marking a milestone of sorts when the two traditionally rival political parties, the United National Party (UNP) and …

Escaping the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity

Escaping the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity

In the World Bank’s Sri Lanka Development Update Report 2018 on creating more and better jobs for an upper middle-income Sri Lanka. The theme chapter usefully analyses the state of Sri Lanka’s labour market and identifies various challenges to attaining this development goal such as …

Sampanthan, has found a way to coexist

Sampanthan, has found a way to coexist

All this hullabaloo in Parliament by the joint opposition demanding the appointment of Dinesh Gunawardene as Opposition Leader leaves a window open for the island’s citizens to think deeply about the national question. Sampanthan, has found a way to coexist with the Yahapalana regime The …