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No need to praise Army for its post-war good deeds

No need to praise Army for its post-war good deeds

C.V.Wigneswaran ,the controversial Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, said on Sunday that the Tamils need not praise the Sri Lankan armed forces for their post-war development work in the North because these are only “reparations” for what they did during the 30 …

No Internet Please, We’re Sri Lankan!

No Internet Please, We’re Sri Lankan!

“You’re an Internet addict!”                                                  That is what a retired professor of mass communications told me publicly at a university media conference …

Teen arrested over hacking of website

Teen arrested over hacking of website

Sri Lanka police have arrested a 17-year-old school boy on suspicion of hacking into the president’s official website, demanding that his university entrance examination dates not be changed, officials said. The website of President Maithripala Sirisena, www.president.gov.lk, was first hacked on Thursday and then again …

Rising chicken prices

Rising chicken prices

Annual per capita consumption of chicken in Sri Lanka, which was barely 2.5 kg a decade ago, has now reached 8.2 kg and is likely to reach 10 kg in the near future. While consumption has risen more than three-fold, prices have remained virtually unchanged …

Dejected Dilshan slams former skippers

Dejected Dilshan slams former skippers

Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, who retired from ODI cricket on Sunday, suggested he did not have enough support from his team-mates during his 10-month stint as captain and was “hurt” by the manner in which he was removed from the post. Addressing the post-match press …

Still Counting the Wounds

Still Counting the Wounds

In his half-built three-room house at Uruthirapuram, 10 km to the west of Kilinochchi, in northern Sri Lanka, one of the headquarters of the Tamil Tigers, Vijitharan Maryathevathas, 29, is busy telling stories of the country’s civil war. A graduate in fine arts from Jaffna …

Sitharaman cancels visit

Sitharaman cancels visit

Indian Minister of State for Commerce, Nirmala Sitharaman, who was to come here on August 25 for a short visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Minister of International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, cancelled her visit on account of pressing engagements in New Delhi, reliable …

Taranjit Sandhu India’s next envoy

Taranjit Sandhu India’s next envoy

Taranjit Singh Sandhu will be the next Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka succeeding Y.K.Sinha who has completed his term. An old Sri Lanka hand, Sandhu was Political Counselor in the Indian High Commission in Colombo between 2000 and 2004, which covered the 2002-2004 Norway-brokered …

UN Chief to meet displaced

UN Chief to meet displaced

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will meet war displaced people during a visit to Sri Lanka next week, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. Ban Ki-moon will visit Sri Lanka from August 31 to September 2 at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government. …

Sri Lanka to simplify taxes

Sri Lanka to simplify taxes

Sri Lanka’s new government is drafting norms aimed at simplifying taxes, widening the tax base and increasing compliance, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which disbursed the first tranche of a $1.5 billion, three-year loan in June, has repeatedly asked the …