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Constitutional committee report out this month

Constitutional committee report out this month

A key report to formulate Sri Lanka’s new Constitution will be released this month, which could deliberate among other things on a political solution to the Tamil minority issue through devolution of power. The main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) senior MA Sumanthiran while …

China’s GPS system BeiDou to expand

China’s GPS system BeiDou to expand

China’s home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), a GPS-like global positioning system, will expand its footprints to Sri Lanka, Thailand and later to the entire Southeast Asia, in a bid to go global, the system’s operator has said. Du Li, general manager of Wuhan Optics …

Howlers due to faulty usage of the English Language

Howlers due to faulty usage of the English Language

By R.S. Karunaratne.                                                              I still follow a piece of advice given to his students by T. …

Sri Lanka is rich

Sri Lanka is rich

Sri Lankan finance minister Ravi Karunanayake recently declared he would push capital market reform ahead in 2017 with eye-catching privatizations of state enterprises and securitization of billions of dollars of his government’s debt. These were big promises, but could such ideas deliver the desired results? …

Colombo to be South Asia’s commercial hub

Colombo to be South Asia’s commercial hub

Sri Lankan capital Colombo is the most suitable to be South Asia’s commercial hub, says Liang Thow Ming, Chief Marketing Officer of the US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City project being executed by the China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC). Liang told this correspondent that Colombo …

Sinhalese and the Tamils have a common identity.

Sinhalese and the Tamils have a common identity.

Emeritus Professor of History S. Pathmanathan, in an interview with Dailymirror, discusses the origins of settlements in Sri Lanka and argues for the Tamil Homeland concept from a historian’s point of view. Prof. Pathmanathan, who is also the Chancellor of Jaffna University, said both the …

Peace and Reconciliation

Peace and Reconciliation

Opening comments by TISSA JAYATILAKA at a panel discussion held during the 26th Rotary District Conference, Rotary District 3320- Sri Lanka and The Maldives, on 18 March, 2017 held at the BMICH, Colombo. The following served as panelists: Mr. R.Sampanthan, The Leader of the Opposition, …

GTF calls to ensure the UNHRC Resolution is fully implemented

GTF calls to ensure the UNHRC Resolution is fully implemented

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) cautiously welcomes the unanimous adoption of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (34/L.1) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). This resolution, in effect, reaffirms the full implementation of the Resolution 30/1 of 2015. The …

There is no clarity on the actual number of casualties

There is no clarity on the actual number of casualties

Denying the corruption and war-crime allegations against him, Sri Lanka’s former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday hinted at a possible entry into active politics in future. “I have not decided yet,” he told foreign correspondents here, without ruling out the option. A few of …

Reduce China’s stake in port deal

Reduce China’s stake in port deal

Sri Lanka’s government wants a Chinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic port project by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed at blunting public and political opposition to the deal.After signing an agreement in December, state-run China …