Lankan minorities oppose increasing President’s powers, want abolition of Executive Presidency

Lankan minorities oppose increasing President’s powers, want abolition of Executive Presidency

Sri Lankan political parties representing  minority communities like the North-Eastern Tamils, Indian Origin Tamils and Muslims, appear to have lost faith in the  Presidential system, with a directly elected President wielding enormous executive powers.
They also vehemently oppose President Maithripala Sirisena’s proposal to tweak the 19 th.Constitutional Amendment to enhance his powers in the guise of removing some procedural anomalies in the legislation.   

In times of a faltering economy, Sri Lankans are torn between hatred and support for Rajapaksa

In times of a faltering economy, Sri Lankans are torn between hatred and support for Rajapaksa

As political uncertainty continues in Sri Lanka after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 plunging the country into a constitutional crisis, Sri Lankans hold divergent views and positions on the manner in which their leaders have behaved. The takes of ordinary Sri Lankans—Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims—vary from scathing remarks to total support for some of the principal political actors, including Sirisena and Rajapaksa who was ‘appointed’ as PM in place of Wickremesinghe, writes a commentator in South Asian Monitor.

Chinese archaeologists discover 11 th. century links between Jaffna and China

Chinese archaeologists discover 11 th. century links between Jaffna and China

Quite a number of Chinese ceramics were found, providing significant evidence of trade links between Sri Lanka and China.
The excavated artefacts in Kayts, Jaffna, are mainly Chinese ceramics, accompanied by a few local and Southeast or South Asian pottery. The Chinese ware can be dated to the second half of the 11th century and early 12th century, during the rule of the Northern Song dynasty in China, Chinese archaeologist Chen Jie told Kelum Bandara of Daily Mirror..

Worries over impact of political crisis on Lankan economy

Worries over impact of political crisis on Lankan economy

Even as the people of Sri Lanka are waiting with bated breath for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the dissolution of parliament and the functioning of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, European nations, which have close economic relations with the island, are reportedly very concerned about the status of the country’s economy, and what might happen to it if the political and constitutional impasse spills over into 2019, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT

Peppermint Cafe

Peppermint Cafe

Colombo, Dec 7 (@serial.eaters #Instagram) So, we were really excited to check out Peppermint Cafe, not just because of the pretty pictures of the place & food, that we’ve been seeing on their Instagram feed, but also because friends who’d been there already seemed to either love it, or hate it, with no in-between. We […]

Lankans expect Supreme Court to help break political deadlock

Lankans expect Supreme Court to help break political deadlock

With all political efforts to clear the month-long political and constitutional logjam having failed, Sri Lankans are waiting with bated breath to hear the Supreme Court’s rulings on the divisive issues involved. The destiny of the 21 million citizens of Sri Lankan is now in the hands of seven judges of the apex court. Their ruling, expected any time after December 6, will determine whether Sri Lanka will have a stable government or it will slide into anarchy.  

For first time in history, Sri Lanka has no Prime Minister or Council of Ministers

For first time in history, Sri Lanka has no Prime Minister or Council of Ministers

Given the deep seated conflict between President Maithripala Sirisena and ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the stalemate over who should be Prime Minister is not likely to end anytime soon. After the Court of Appeal on Monday stayed the functioning of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and his colleagues as ministers, Rajapaksa and his ministers had stopped attending  office. 

Sri Lanka’s ousted PM says snap General Election possible only after consent from all parties

Sri Lanka’s ousted PM says snap General Election possible only after consent from all parties

Colombo, Dec 4 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Tuesday said that his political alliance would agree to hold a Parliamentary Election only after a legitimate government is established and all political parties in Parliament agree. Speaking to reporters from capital Colombo, Wickremesinghe said that he and his alliance, the United […]

Roots of farmer suicides and agricultural distress in India

Roots of farmer suicides and agricultural distress in India

Indian agriculture is in dire straits. The terms of trade with the other sectors of the economy have been worsening over the years. State investment in agriculture has also been declining compared to investment in industry and other sectors. Formal credit has been yielding place to the more expensive private sector credit. All this has led to a widespread and unsustainable indebtedness and an alarming increase in farmer suicide, writes P.k.Balachandran in Daily Mirror