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Parliament accused of perpetuating majority rule

Parliament accused of perpetuating majority rule

As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of the oldest parliamentary democracies in Asia, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes of society. They have some representation in Parliament but say they are sidelined by Buddhist Sinhalese, who …

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for local fuel sales

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for local fuel sales

Sri Lanka has blocked a proposal by Chinese firms bidding to build the island’s biggest oil refinery to sell fuel locally, fearing a threat to domestic firms that dominate the small but growing market. The veto is the latest in a tussle over Chinese investments …

Why Sri Lanka needs to boost its ailing private sector

Why Sri Lanka needs to boost its ailing private sector

Sri Lanka experienced strong growth at the end of its 26-year conflict. This was to be expected as post-war reconstruction tends to bring new hope and energy to a country. And Sri Lanka has done well—5 percent growth is nothing to scoff at. However, Sri …

Opposition to protest airport deal

Opposition to protest airport deal

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party, mostly comprising loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, said today it will stage a protest against the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian company. The Joint Opposition, a political alliance formed by a right-wing faction of the Sri …

Political stalemate as extremism comes to the fore?

Political stalemate as extremism comes to the fore?

Extremist ethno-politics is raising its head once again in Sri Lanka, both in the Tamil-dominated Northern Province and in the Sinhalese-dominated South, pushing the island nation towards a political stalemate once again.With the conflict getting surcharged with emotion, irrational action could follow with far reaching …

TGTE writes on Kurdish referendum

TGTE writes on Kurdish referendum

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) congratulates the people of Kurdistan on their recent success in conducting a referendum in their homeland and among the Kurdish diaspora. The Kurdistan people were subjected to genocide under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Notably, during Saddam’s genocidal …

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 …