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Our support was on principle

Our support was on principle

Member of the European Parliament and the Friends of the European Parliament in the European Parliament Hon. Geoffrey Van Orden met with the Leader of the National National Alliance Mr. Sampanthan on 02 January 2019 in Colombo. Apprising the Honorable Member of recent political developments …

UK supports Sri Lanka’s commitments to UNHRC

UK supports Sri Lanka’s commitments to UNHRC

The UK Foreign Office responding to the petition “Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court, if it continues to fail to implement its commitment made to the UNHRC Res. [A/HRC/RES/30/1] by March 2019”. signed by over 10,000 British citizens said that the UK is committed …

Indian Tea likely to benefit from  wage hike

Indian Tea likely to benefit from wage hike

Indian Tea is likely to gain benefit from wage hike in Sri Lankan plantations and pesticide problems in Vietnam. India is the second largest producer of Tea in the world and contributes 26% to the global production. The expected wage hike in Sri Lankan plantations …

India Relived?

India Relived?

Relieved at the reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lankan PM, India on Sunday welcomed resolution of the political situation and called it a reflection of the maturity of democratic forces in the island nation. Despite nursing serious reservations over the manner in which Sri …

UK concerned about the current political situation in Sri Lanka

UK concerned about the current political situation in Sri Lanka

UK Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark Field told the UK Parliament that it is vital that all sides refrain from violence and make efforts to resolve the situation peacefully and as soon as possible. He said that he met with …

Crisis spurs cancellations at peak tourist period

Crisis spurs cancellations at peak tourist period

Sri Lanka’s travel industry is starting to suffer the fallout of a political crisis in the middle of its peak tourist season, as uncertainty prompts cancellations by both business and leisure visitors. Tourism makes up about 5 percent of the Indian Ocean island’s $87-billion economy, …

Rajapaksa placed road blocks on his path

Rajapaksa placed road blocks on his path

When a United States Department of State official reacted to the dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe by Sri Lanka’s president Maitripala Sirisena installing the former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place on October 26, the issue raised was could Sri Lanka accommodate two prime …

Sri Lankans Are Resisting

Sri Lankans Are Resisting

During former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 10-year rule in Sri Lanka, democracy was cosmetic, a veneer intended to make authoritarianism more palatable. Rajapaksa dismantled constitutional provisions that were meant to check his power. He allowed the military to commit rampant human rights violations with impunity. Freedom …

Electoral compulsions made Tamil parties oppose Rajapaksa

Electoral compulsions made Tamil parties oppose Rajapaksa

It is with an eye on the forthcoming provincial and national elections, that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) are opposing Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid to remain Prime Minister tooth and nail. The TNA and the TPA are acutely aware that …

TNA urges to take a decision

TNA urges to take a decision

The mounting pressure of an impending Supreme Court verdict on his dissolution of Parliament, and the lack of majority support for his hand-picked Prime Minister might prompt President Maithripala Sirisena to end Sri Lanka’s political crisis this weekend, The Hindu learns. President Sirisena held two …