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EU confident SL will honour commitments

EU confident SL will honour commitments

The European Union (EU) expressed confidence in the ability of the Sri Lankan Government in continuing to honour commitments arising from GSP+ requirements despite the apparent slow progress in some areas of concern. European Commissioner Christos Stylianides expressed these views upon meeting Foreign Affairs Minister …

Those connected to enforced disappearances should be identified

Those connected to enforced disappearances should be identified

Vanni District Parliamentarian and Leader of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) – constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Selvam Adaikkalanathan said those connected to enforced disappearances should be identified, inquired and punished through the mechanisms of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). “We are …

Vaiko alleges heckling

Vaiko alleges heckling

A group of Sri Lankans, most of them allegedly former defence personnel, heckled MDMK general secretary Vaiko soon after he completed his address during a debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, he alleged.After concluding his address for the second time, a group …

Implications of new Inland Revenue Act

Implications of new Inland Revenue Act

By Nisha Arunatilake and Priyanka Jayawardena:        Earlier this month, the Parliament passed a new Inland Revenue Act, effective from 1 April 2018. How will the new tax regime affect the tax revenue and what will be the tax burden on Sri Lankan …

Talks with two Chinese firms for $4 billion refinery

Talks with two Chinese firms for $4 billion refinery

Sri Lanka is in talks with two Chinese companies about investing up to US$3 billion (S$4 billion) to build a new refinery at its Chinese-controlled port, a top government official has said. Sri Lanka wants to build a new refinery in its southern Hambantota port, …

Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears

It is only with a great degree of caution and circumspection that the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka can be welcomed. The panel, chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has done creditably by producing a forward-looking proposal …

Proposals reveal concern about threat of secession

Proposals reveal concern about threat of secession

The Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly which was submitted on Thursday, suggested stringent constitutional provisions to stem separatism. This, despite the fact that Sri Lanka had crushed a long standing armed separatist movement with overwhelming military might eight years ago. …

Lanka in a time warp concerning ethnic reconciliation

Lanka in a time warp concerning ethnic reconciliation

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, in his address to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, asked the international community to support Sri Lanka’s “slow but steady progress’ towards post-war ethnic reconciliation as well as economic progress and decried ‘haste’ in the matter. …

US commends national reconciliation and rebuilding efforts

US commends national reconciliation and rebuilding efforts

A high-ranking U.S. diplomat has lauded Sri Lanka’s efforts for national reconciliation and development and the current government’s friendly foreign policy during a meeting with the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. The U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador Thomas Shannon met Thursday with …

Unit of devolution: District or Province?

Unit of devolution: District or Province?

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka                                                           It is old news that those who regard themselves as Sinhala nationalists always …