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For the country to move forward adopt a new Constitution

For the country to move forward adopt a new Constitution

The Visiting Belgium-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group met with the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance on 19 July at the office of the Leader of the opposition in parliament.MrSampanthan highlighted that the people are not happy as they do not receive …

Ian Paisley Jr suspended from Parliament

Ian Paisley Jr suspended from Parliament

Ian Paisley Jr has been suspended from the House of Commons for seven weeks after breaking Westminster rules over luxury trips worth up to £100,000. The “severe” punishment has been imposed on the senior Democratic Unionist Party MP after he took his family on all-expenses-paid …

Shifting of Southern Naval Area from Galle to Hambantota is being monitored

Shifting of Southern Naval Area from Galle to Hambantota is being monitored

The proposed shifting of Sri Lanka’s Southern Naval Area from Galle to the strategic port of Hambantota, run by the Chinese, is being monitored by India, but the government is not perturbed by Colombo’s June 30 announcement. Enhanced Sri Lankan naval presence in Hambantota, “if …

Selective application to order execution of a person could be problematical

Selective application to order execution of a person could be problematical

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to order execution of drug dealers who continue to do their business even while being on the death row, will give rise to a legal question besides being ineffective in controlling the drug menace, an expert said. V.T.Thamilmaran, Senior …

Amnesty asks not to implement death penalty

Amnesty asks not to implement death penalty

Sri Lanka must pull back from any plans to implement the death penalty and preserve its longstanding positive record on shunning this cruel and irreversible punishment, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.. The Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Srisena, is reportedly pressing ahead with plans to execute …

Preparing for a poll that is out of sight

Preparing for a poll that is out of sight

There are few signs of Sri Lanka’s provincial elections being held any time soon, but the Tamil polity is already gearing up for the race. The island’s Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils are due for elections since October 2017, and the Central, North …

Understanding poverty in post-war Sri Lanka

Understanding poverty in post-war Sri Lanka

The numbers at first glance The numbers for Sri Lanka’s post-war economy seem on the whole, clear. Poverty, measured monetarily, looks to be reducing. According to World Bank figures, Sri Lanka is a lower middle-income country and in 2017 its per capita income of $4,065. …

Sri Lanka faces a number of challenges

Sri Lanka faces a number of challenges

Sri Lanka’s economic outlook remains stable with 4.3% growth expected in the medium term, the World Bank said yesterday, but warned that this would only be possible if the Government remains committed to its reform agenda and warned upcoming elections remain the single biggest risk …

China is doing to Sri Lanka what Great Britain did to China

China is doing to Sri Lanka what Great Britain did to China

China is turning Sri Lanka into a modern day “semi-colony,” the same way Great Britain and Portugal turned south China into their own semi-colonies back in the mid of 19th century. Sri Lanka didn’t lose a war to China. It never ceded any of its territory officially …

India and TNA oppose Chinese housing project in North

India and TNA oppose Chinese housing project in North

India and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have told the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that his government’s decision to award to a Chinese company a contract to build 40,000 houses for war-displaced people in the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces is flawed, impractical …