Wickremesinghe to abolish Executive Presidency and solve Tamil question within a unitary constitution

Wickremesinghe to abolish Executive Presidency and solve Tamil question within a unitary constitution

The re-appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that he has initiated discussions with a number of political parties for abolishing the Executive Presidency and with  the Tamil National Alliance and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna for bringing about a political solution in which all citizens can live in harmony in a unitary state.

Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as PM again

Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as PM again

Colombo, Dec 16 (newsin.asia) – Leader of Sri Lanka’s United National Party, Ranil Wickremesinghe who was sacked as Prime Minister on Oct 26 by President Maithripala Sirisena, was sworn in as the Prime Minister once again on Sunday, ending a nearly two month long political turmoil.  

A Sri Lankan Tamil has made India’s most expensive movie

A Sri Lankan Tamil has made India’s most expensive movie

Meet Allirjah Subaskaran, 46, who produced India’ costliest 3D movie 2.0 starring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar. Subaskaran fled Sri Lanka with his family at the height of the ethnic conflict there three decades ago, and moved first to France, and then later settled in the U.K. He said that he loved watching Tamil films while growing up, and that’s why he started Lyca Productions, a production and distribution company based in Chennai, in 2014.

How Britain stole $45 trillion from India and lied about it

How Britain stole $45 trillion from India and lied about it

Drawing on nearly two centuries of detailed data on tax and trade, Indian economic historian Dr.Utsa Patnaik calculated that Britain drained a total of nearly $45 trillion from India during the period 1765 to 1938. It’s a staggering sum. For perspective, $45 trillion is 17 times more than the total annual gross domestic product of the United Kingdom today.

Rajapaksa vows to come back with voter support to subdue anti-Lankan forces

Rajapaksa vows to come back with voter support to subdue anti-Lankan forces

Mahinda Rajapaksa who resigned from the Premiership of Sri Lanka on Saturday to make way for the re-appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister has vowed to come back with voters’ support to “bring forces opposed to the country to their knees.” Wickremesinghe would be sworn-in as Prime Minister on Sunday along with a 30-member cabinet. In his five-page parting statement on Saturday, Rajapaksa warned that the UNF government and Sri Lanka will be held hostage to the divisive, separatist and anti- national agenda of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Prime Minister, Ranil to be sworn in

Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Prime Minister, Ranil to be sworn in

Colombo, Dec 15 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s challenged Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his premiership on Saturday, paving way for a new government to be established under President Maithripala Sirisena. Rajapaksa signed his resignation letter, surrounded by his party members at his official residence in capital Colombo, television footage showed. Shehan Semasinghe, a lawmaker, […]

Modi’s trips around the world and advertising cost Indian taxpayers US$ 920 million

Modi’s trips around the world and advertising cost Indian taxpayers US$ 920 million

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hectic travel schedule and his government’s advertising blitz over the past four-and-a-half years have cost Indian taxpayers about 65.9 billion rupees (US$ 920 million). The globe-trotting prime minister’s 84 trips around the world cost roughly $280 million, while the government spent US$ 640 million on promoting Modi’s flagship projects and achievements, according to new government data, writes Iain Marlow in Bloombergquint

Economic and regional issues upstaged Hindutva plank in Indian State elections

Economic and regional issues upstaged Hindutva plank in Indian State elections

Realizing that it had failed to keep its promise to usher in “Achchey Din” (Good Days); that there had jobless growth; and that certain major decisions like demonetization had backfired; BJP governments, both in the Center and the States, had revived the Hindutva movement to capture the imagination of the voters. But the results of the recently concluded State Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram showed that economic and regional issues had upstaged “Hindutva” – the ideology of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is based on Hindu-majoritarian dominance over religious minorities, particularly the Muslims. 

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