IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Siri Lanka

29th March - 05th April
  • Sri Lanka desperately need political stability, said Central Bank Governor
  • Sri Lanka’s need of the hour is to overcome the current political instability quickly as prolonged instability will bring disaster to the country’s economic consolidation, Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said.
    (Sunday Times, April 04, 2018)
  • The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentary group unanimously decided to request Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to resign from the Premiership before the no-confidence motion, which is to be taken up on April 4, 2018.
    (Daily Mirror, April 02, 2018)
  • The United National Front (UNF) Parliamentary Group leaders passed a resolution stating that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should not resign from his post, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
    (Daily Mirror, April 04, 2018)
21st March - 28th March
  • Sri Lanka has called for stronger maritime and air links with Bangladesh to boost booming bilateral trade as well as trade between both countries has shown a steady surge in recent times, a statement from Ministry of Industry and Commerce said.
    (Daily FT, March 27, 2018)
  • Presidential directive issued to control illegal sand mining trade.
    (Times Online, March 27, 2018)
14th March - 20th March
  • Sri Lanka accused Facebook over hate speech after deadly riots. The Sri Lankan government has accused Facebook of failing to control rampant hate speech that it says contributed to anti-Muslim riots last week that left three people dead and the country under a state of emergency.
    (The Guardian, March 14, 2018)
  • Take advantage of our strategic location, Minister tells Japanese investor forum. Japanese businesses must take advantage of Sri Lanka’s strategic location, preferential market access into key economies, and be early movers in the country’s new growth drive, remarked Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama at an investor forum in Tokyo.
    (Daily Mirror, March, 16, 2018)
  • No Confidence Motion against PM: Confident of majority support: S.B Minister of Social Empowerment S.B.Dissanayake said that they were extremely confident of passing the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and that he believed that many United National Party(UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members would support it.
    (Daily Mirror, March 19, 2018)
7th March - 13th March
  • Kandy incidents created new international challenges: PM
    The recent incidents in Kandy have created new challenges to the government locally and in the international level, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. "We thought the major challenge which the country had to face was the drought which crippled the agriculture sector but incidents in Kandy have posted challenges in the international levels as well" the Prime Minister said while highlighting that country's image has been tarnished.
    (Daily Mirror, March 11, 2018)
  • President Maithripala Sirisena requested for assistance from Eric Solheim, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, to introduce alternate technologies for Sri Lanka to eliminate the negative impact of excessive soil and sand mining in the construction industry.
    (Daily Mirror, March 12, 2018)
28th February - 06th March
  • Sri Lanka imposed curfew in Kandy after anti-Muslim riots. The government imposed curfew on March 4 in a central hill station town popular with tourists after days of communal unrest that saw a man killed and Muslim businesses set alight.
    (The Express Tribune, March 05, 2018)
  • Government unequivocally condemns racial violence. The Government while condemning the recent incidents of violence and misinformation campaign targeting the Muslim community and others.
    (Daily News, March 6, 2018)
  • Social media is restricted for Army Personnel in Sri Lanka. By Barring military personnel from sharing any content on national security, military or political affairs Objective is to maintain SL Army’s good image.
    (Daily News, March 6, 2018)
  • Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the party would support a no-faith motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the basis that he had not carried out his duties properly and with allegations of fraud and corruption and on allegations of protecting thieves.
    (Daily Mirror, February 28, 2018)