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Sri Lanka: 13A, CHOGM, China and India – Update No. 233

Note No. 687                                                 Dated 28-Jun-2013

By Col. R. Hariharan

(This is an extract of answers to questions raised by webmedia in E-mail interview given to Confluence, a London Based Magazine.)

Q1. India has blown hot and cold over the Sri Lankan national question over the past several decades.  Now there is 13A and the elections for a Northern Provincial government looming. Do you see the Manmohan government acting positive and decisively in this context?

Sri Lanka’s Regime of Crisis

Paper No. 5518                                           Dated 28-Jun-2013

Guest Column by Dr. Kumar David  

The political scene in Colombo has changed rapidly in the last two months. Actually it is not sudden, as I will explain at the end, but there has been a remarkable shift in the political domain. A regime which since the end of the civil war in May 2009 was strong, stable and popular has mutated fairly quickly into a regime of crisis.

Sri Lanka: 13A and its nine lives – Update No. 232

Note No. 685                                              Dated 26-Jun-2013

by Col. R. Hariharan

Indian Ministry of External Affairs took the unusual step of issuing a strong press statement cautioning Sri Lanka not to dilute the 13th Amendment (13A) at the end of a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation’s meetings with Indian leadership including the Prime Minister on June 19, 2013.

Sri Lanka: Quandary About NPC Polls & 13A Tampering

Paper No. 5510                                     Dated 17-Jun-2013

Guest Coloumn:  By Dr. Kumar David

The government successfully deflected attempts to move the Commonwealth Heads Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for November out of Colombo, and secured promises of participation from UK’s Cameron and India’s Singh. This was a diplomatic success in the aftermath of the setback at the UN Human Rights meeting in Geneva in March.

Sri Lanka: Electricity price increases and a failed strike

Paper no. 5501                                         Dated 30-May-2013

Guest Column by Dr Kumar David  

Electricity tariffs were raised on April 20 and there was such an outcry that GoSL was forced to climb down.

Sri Lanka: Elections, Electricity Prices, and odds and ends

Paper No. 5490                                       Dated 12-May-2013

Guest Column: Dr Kumar David

I will deal with the long overdue provincial council elections in the Northern Province, a political storm that has broken out as a consequence of an electricity price hike imposed with effect from 20 April, and two minor issues.

Sri Lanka: Comments on India and resolution in UNHRC – Update No. 230

Note No. 678                                        Dated 9-Mar-2013

By Col. R. Hariharan

[This summary contains comments made by Col Hariharan to different print and TV media from 5 to 7 March 2013 on specific issues raised by them on India’s response to the U.S. draft resolution on Sri Lanka’s accountability now under consideration at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.]

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