IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Siri Lanka

21st - 27th February
  • Government yet to fulfil promises to Tamils, Sampanthan tells US delegate. The Good Governance Government had not fulfilled the promises it had given to the Tamil community when it was elected to office in 2015, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan told US Congressman James Sensenbrenner at the Opposition Leader’s office in Parliament on February 22.
    (Daily Mirror, February 26, 2018)
  • President invited to attend Solar Summit in New Delhi in March. High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Ambassador of France, Jean-Marin Schuh jointly invited President Maithripala Sirisena to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 11 March 2018.
  • The ISA aims to mobilize more than US $ 1 trillion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy. ISA is committed to contribute significantly towards the global efforts for achieving Sustainable Development Goals and objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
    (Sunday Times, February 23, 2018)
14th - 20th February
  • Sri Lanka government is in crisis after comeback of ex-leader. Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse waves to supporters at the party office following a press conference after winning the local government election in the capital Colombo on February 12, 2018.
    (CNN, February 18, 2018)
  • Sri Lanka is being battered by a drought as well in addition to the political crisis it is in at the moment according to the data put out by the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) and the weather forecasts of Department of Meteorology.
    (Daily Mirror, February 19, 2018)
  • Sri Lanka hit by worst drought in decades. Dry spell affected more than a million people, with authorities warning of more water shortage, was reported by Al Jazeera, January 22, 2018.
  • President continues to keep PM without removing him: Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa. It was none other than President Maithripala Sirisena who keeps Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his post without ousting him, said MR.
    (Daily Mirror, February 19, 2018)
  • President Maithripala Sirisena has the sole power to remove Prime Minister as the Constitution outlined the provision as to how a President could remove a Prime Minister, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said.
    (Daily Mirror, February 19, 2018)
5th - 13th February
  • China will work with Sri Lanka for better development of strategic cooperative partnership –Xi. In the message to congratulate Sri Lanka on the 70th anniversary of its independence from the British colonial rule in 1948, Xi recalled the traditional friendship and mutual assistance between China and Sri Lanka.
    (Xinhua, February 05, 2018)
  • It was agreed at the meeting with the President and the United National Front
    (UNF) to appoint a special committee to decide on ‘Good Governance’ on February 14, Govt.
    (Daily Mirror, February 13, 2018)
  • The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe separately on Tuesday, ahead of his departure for New Delhi to meet the new Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
    (Daily Mirror, February 13, 2018)
  • Sri Lanka has never shied away from taking its fair share of responsibility in the UN system, which has helped Sri Lanka build an image as a moderate and progressive partner, able to bridge differences and build consensus, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the UN Ravinatha Aryasinha said.
  • Ambassador Aryasinha also said Sri Lanka continues to give leadership on a wide range of issues such as disarmament, migration, human rights, health, intellectual property, science and technology and international trade policy in Geneva.
    (Daily Mirror, February 13, 2018)
  • President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should admit their mistake and apologize to the people, Purawesi Balaya Co-Convener K.W. Janaranjana said yesterday.
    (Daily Mirror, February 13, 2018)
  • Civil groups which backed President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential election 2015 had decided to urge strongly President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to continue with the joint government.
    (Daily Mirror, February 14, 2018)
30th Jan - 4th February
  • Sri Lanka celebrated 70th anniversary of Independence Day on Feb 04 and vowed to achieve economic freedom.
    (Xinhua Feb 04, 2018)
  • Sri Lanka will take its time to negotiate a free trade agreement with China, as it is concerned about the economic impact of a rushed deal on their small country, the Sri Lankan ambassador said on Feb 04.
    (Times Online, 5 February 2018)
  • Two Indian nationals held with heroin and illegal narcotic products in the Sri Lankan territorial waters, east of the Mannar Lighthouse.
    (Times Online, 5 February 2018)