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Democracy makes radicalism and extremism bloom

Democracy makes radicalism and extremism bloom

Just as in Sinhalese-majority South Sri Lanka, where the political scenario is changing as compared to what it was at the time of the landmark Presidential election in January 2015, in the Tamil-majority Northern Province also, significant political changes are taking place. And just as …

IMF urges Government to implement structural reforms

IMF urges Government to implement structural reforms

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Jaewoo Lee visited Colombo during September 18-29, 2017 to hold discussions on the third review of the Sri Lankan authorities’ economic program that is being supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) . …

Federal system is the best system for a multi-ethnic state

Federal system is the best system for a multi-ethnic state

Dr. Nirmala Chandrahasan.                                                The landmark judgment of the three-bench Supreme Court in Chandrasoma v Senathiraja and Thurairajasingham has given a ruling that …

People think Sri Lankan Tamils mean only those of the North and East

People think Sri Lankan Tamils mean only those of the North and East

Both Sri Lanka’s ethnic Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority think of themselves as original, indigenous inhabitants of the island—an important prop to their political claims and counterclaims. But there is one group of Tamils who are relatively recent arrivals, and whose status has suffered …

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 …