P.K.Balachandran

Sri Lankan cabinet forms committee to go into deal with China on Hambantota port

The Sri Lankan cabinet has formed a committee to go into the government’s latest proposal on the distribution of shares in the Sino-Sri Lankan joint venture.

11 hours ago

Sri Lanka proposes to cut Chinese stake in Hambantota port from 80 to 60 per cent

The proposal comes in the wake of the Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga campaigning against the existing agreement on the port.

18 Mar 2017

International pressure made Somali pirates release ship, crew: Sri Lanka deputy foreign minister

Somali pirates released the oil tanker Aris 13 and its eight-man Sri Lankan crew without ransom and without injuring them in any way, the minister said.

17 Mar 2017

Tamil Nadu fishermen bank on Modi to find a permanent solution to their problem

According to Arulanandam, 187 Indian fishermen have been killed and 82 are missing since 1985 when the Sri Lankan navy began the practice of opening fire on intruding Indian fishermen.

15 Mar 2017

Sri Lankan bill to ban bottom trawling to be passed this month

Sumanthiran’s bill had been in cold storage since April 2015, as government was otherwise preoccupied with weightier matters, sources said.

13 Mar 2017

Sri Lankan government to have veto on military use of Hambantota port

There is already a Sri Lankan naval base there, which, according to the agreement, will become a property of the joint venture company.

12 Mar 2017

Kachchativu pilgrimage coordinator in TN had asked for postponement of St.Anthony’s festival

Sri Lanka is yet to set up a court of inquiry or say how the matter will be investigated.

11 Mar 2017

US navy establishes presence in Hambantota beating China to it

Pacific Partnership is the largest multinational humanitarian exercise, the embassy says.

06 Mar 2017

UNHRC resolution will not force Sri Lanka to accept adjudication by foreigners in war crimes cases

In its latest report to UNHRC, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights  had demanded a hybrid court comprising Sri Lankan and foreign judges to try war crimes cases.

04 Mar 2017

Tamil Nadu’s apolitical Jallikattu stir inspires Sri Lankan Tamil agitators

Sri Lankan Tamils have been agitating for the last twenty days on the issue of forced disappearances and non-return of lands by the military.

22 Feb 2017

India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar

The Foreign Secretary says it would not be wise to hold every other matter hostage to the merger issue.

20 Feb 2017

Foreign Secretary Jaishankar appreciates Indian-origin Tamils for being in the Sri Lankan mainstream

Jaishankar told Mano Ganeshan that India will henceforth give special consideration to the Indian Origin Tamils.

20 Feb 2017

Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar urges Tamil National Alliance to unite to fight for Tamils’ rights  

The Tamil leaders also complained that the Tamils of the North are going jobless because companies from South Sri Lanka bring labor from the South.

20 Feb 2017

EPRLF tells Jaishankar political solution is a sine qua non for economic development

Premachandran was reacting to Jaishankar’s saying that India is keen on investing in the economic development of the North and East to create assets and jobs.

20 Feb 2017

Tamil factionalism a key factor in Kepapilavu, Vavuniya agitations in Sri Lanka

Factionalism within the multi-party alliance has been at the root of the on-going agitations in the Mullaitivu district and the stir on the disappearances in Vavuniya

19 Feb 2017