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Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath’s recent comments (in an English Daily) on his party’s stance on the national question makes interesting reading; especially in the context of the current constitution making process. Herath, asked to explain the JVP’s current position, …

Tatas exit Sri Lanka tea business

Tatas exit Sri Lanka tea business

After establishing a strong foothold in the tea industry of Sri Lanka over the past 25 years, the Tatas are exiting the business as part of the group’s ongoing strategy to review its global businesses and alliances under its new chairman N Chandrasekaran. Tata Global …

Katchatheevu festival on Feb. 23, 24

Katchatheevu festival on Feb. 23, 24

The annual two-day ‘Katchatheevu festival’ at the St Antony’s Church at the uninhabited Katchatheevu islet in the Palk Bay will be held on February 23 and 24, according to reports received here. The Jaffna Diocese, which organised the festival, has announced the dates for the …

The forthcoming Local Government Polls will decide the future of the country

The forthcoming Local Government Polls will decide the future of the country

Acting Bishop of Mannar Kingsley Swampillai said he wants a constitutional change, a change that would be in favour of all the minorities in this country. He noted that the forthcoming Local Government Polls will decide the future of the country in terms of amending …

India is using double standards toward China

India is using double standards toward China

India has launched fierce attacks against Chinese commercial activities in Sri Lanka in recent weeks, and moved to secure more projects in Sri Lanka with Japan, in what appears to be desperate moves to maintain its declining influence in Sri Lanka. Chinese experts pointed out …

Sri Lanka the latest victim of debt-trap diplomacy

Sri Lanka the latest victim of debt-trap diplomacy

This month, Sri Lanka, unable to pay the onerous debt to China it has accumulated, formally handed over its strategically located Hambantota port to the Asian giant. It was a major acquisition for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – which President Xi Jinping calls …

India-Sri Lanka ties improved in 2017 despite port lease

India-Sri Lanka ties improved in 2017 despite port lease

India and Sri Lanka managed to keep their relationship warm in 2017 with high-level exchanges and signing of pacts despite New Delhi’s concerns over China’s forays in the island nation, including its acquisition of the strategic port of Hambantota. Though issues over a proposed economic …

From owning a home to feeling at home

From owning a home to feeling at home

S. Indira Gandhi owns a brand-new house now. She is one of the first few from Sri Lanka’s hill country Tamil community – that has a two century-history in the island – who can call this home, and the piece of land beneath it, her …

Glyphosate ban must be lifted

Glyphosate ban must be lifted

Dr Parakrama Waidyanatha: Now that Europe has reaffirmed the safety of Glyphosate and re-approved it for five more years, Sri Lanka should immediately lift its ill-conceived ban gazetted of October 2015, if it is to save its agriculture. Sadly, it is only the tea industry …

Malaysia to send mission to Jaffna

Malaysia to send mission to Jaffna

Malaysia will send a mission to Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka to determine the assistance that can be provided to the war-torn province, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister, who received a courtesy call from C.V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of Sri …