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Panel questions Central Bank Chief

Panel questions Central Bank Chief

A Sri Lankan commission investigating irregularities in government bond sales questioned the new head of the country’s central bank on Tuesday, as the government’s anti-corruption policy came under scrutiny. The commission questioned Indrajith Coomaraswamy on the alleged irregularities in the issuance of treasury bonds. It …

Sumanthiran lobbying in Geneva

Sumanthiran lobbying in Geneva

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran, who is currently in Geneva, urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) officials not to allow Sri Lanka to make any change in the original resolution co-sponsored with…… the UNHRC by the country in 2015. Sumanthiran met the UNHRC …

India has been telling Tamil leaders to cooperate

India has been telling Tamil leaders to cooperate

The Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar expressed his happiness about the Indian Origin Tamils (IOTs) being in the Sri Lankan national mainstream, fully participating in governance and securing benefits for themselves, Mano Ganeshan, leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA),  told Express after meeting the top Indian official …

India, Sri Lanka finalizing plans to restart ferry service

India, Sri Lanka finalizing plans to restart ferry service

India and Sri Lanka are ready to make way for better ties by resuming a ferry service from Kochi to Colombo. “The ferry service is mooted between Kochi in Kerala to Colombo. We are finalising the modalities and working out if it would be purely …

India to offer help to Lanka

India to offer help to Lanka

As Chinese investments in Sri Lanka run into domestic resistance, India is set to make fresh offers to support the island nation in various sectors. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will fly to Colombo on Saturday to commence a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. “He will …

Balance of payments under pressure

Balance of payments under pressure

Sri Lanka could face balance-of-payments pressure due to foreign outflows from government securities, a government document showed, even as the island nation is in the process of raising up to $2.5 billion from foreign borrowing. The central bank is aiming to tap the international market …

TNA split on giving Sri Lanka more time

TNA split on giving Sri Lanka more time

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is split on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) giving the Government more time to address the accountability issue. TNA member and former Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi, a coalition partner of the TNA, is …

Britain to sponsor a new resolution

Britain to sponsor a new resolution

Britain is to sponsor a new resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its upcoming session in Geneva. The decision was communicated to the Council at the organisational meeting for the 34th session of the UNHRC held in Geneva yesterday. …

Tamil Lawyers Forum wants UNHRC to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

Tamil Lawyers Forum wants UNHRC to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

The Tamil Lawyers Forum of Sri Lanka  has called on the UNHRC to  refer Sri Lanka  forthwith to the UN General Assembly to be referred to the UN Security Council with a mandate to be submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for the …

EU Ambassador to visit the North

EU Ambassador to visit the North

Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the Delegation of the European Union (EU), H.E. Tung-Laï Margue, will visit the Northern Province from 15-17 February 2017. Ambassador Margue, together with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley, will meet the Northern Province Chief …