The Sunday Leader

India To Push For ECTA, But At Sri Lanka’s Pace

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh, President Maithripala Sirisena

by Easwaran Rutnam Bilateral trade and investment links between Sri Lanka and India are robust India has committed over US$ 2.6 billion in development assistance to Sri Lanka, with over US$ 435 million as outright grants India is to push for the signing of the controversial Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ECTA) with Sri Lanka, [...]

CTF And Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s ‘Lack Of Confidence’

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

by Ayesha Zuhair Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s decision inexplicable The Minister’s statement discounts the 7,306 submissions made The report itself notes the duality in attitudes of the people Sri Lanka’s Cabinet Minister in charge of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has declared that he has “no confidence” in the government appointed Consultation Task Force (CTF) on Reconciliation Mechanisms appointed [...]

Finding The Truth The CTF Way


Amnesty International dismayed by the government’s casual disregard of the CTF. The CTF published a detailed more than 700 page report The CTF report is a landmark undertaking  As long as the Sri Lankan government ignores the findings of a taskforce, which examines crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses during the [...]

Ruling On Raviraj Killing Stirs Tamil Politicians


The jury deemed the available evidence is insufficient to convict the accused The unanimous decision was reached by the jury after a one month long trial The Court ruling on the murder of former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj drew strong reactions from Tamil politicians last week. Tamil politicians both in the government [...]

Another Pro-Sri Lanka Resolution Likely In March


Govt. has taken slow but meaningful steps to put in place an effective accountability mechanism The issue of torture continued to put Sri Lanka in the spotlight this year Security operatives continue to target Tamils The government is expected to gather support for another pro-Sri Lanka resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in March. [...]

Navalar Myths Aborting Reconciliation

Chandrika Kumaratunga

Chandrika Kumaratunga by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole These are terrible times for ethnic and religious reconciliation Religious reconciliation seems distant in Jaffna Despite contrary records, the Navalar myths will continue These are terrible times for ethnic and religious reconciliation. The Siva Senai was launched 09.10.2016 with TNA footprints. Its leader Maravanpulavu Sachithananthan is on the [...]

Decision To Include Mendis In Delegation To UN Backfires


The CID under Mendis was accused of torture in a UN investigations report CID under Mendis TID were named as responsible for torture and sexual violence A journalist brought to court in 2008 alleged torture at the hands of TID by Easwaran Rutnam The decision taken by the government to include intelligence chief Sisira Mendis [...]

Karuna’s Waterloo?


Karuna was accused over the deaths and abductions of many UN probe noted Karuna brought significant intelligence Abuses documented in HRW’s 2007 report by Easwaran Rutnam  Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman started off as a top leader of the LTTE. He then made headlines when he split from the LTTE and led the Tamil Makkal [...]

Will The Good Times Come To Sri Lankans?

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya

Do parliamentarians live up to the people’s expectations?   They do that for want of political power – including all the benefits they could get for themselves Shouldn’t they be all keen to perform their duties and responsibilities in a dignified and decorous manner with dedication? As in the Army, Navy, or Air Force, in [...]

Social Movement, Continued

President Maithripala Sirisena

by Victor Ivan A particular segment of the country was decisively committed to defeat the Rajapaksa regime and replace it with the present regime of Good Governance. This segment was motivated not by party politics or personal gain, but by genuine concern for the common good of the country, and threw their full weight into [...]

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