Monthly Archives: April 2013

Protest against acquisition of land in Jaffna

Protest against acquisition of land in Jaffna

    A protest was staged in front of  the Tellipallai Divisional Secretariat  yesterday against the acquisition of land in Valikamam North. This was against the notification made under  Section 2 of  the Land Acquisition Act last week in Valikamam North in the Jaffna Peninsula …

Committee to probe into alleged financial fraud at Football Federation

Committee to probe into alleged financial fraud at Football Federation

     The Sports ministry has appointed a special committee headed by Chairman of the Sugathadasa National Sports Complex Authority Brigadier Priyantha Samarathunga to probe into alleged financial frauds at the Sri Lanka Football Federation A press release issued by the Sports Ministry said that …

Mine clearing in North almost complete

Mine clearing in North almost complete

     Ninety-five percent of the Confirmed Hazardous area has been cleared of mines, according to the National Mine Action Center which was established in the Economic Development Ministry after the war.  The remaining confirmed hazard area (CHA) is only 96 square kilometers as at …

Commonwealth Secretariat invites HRCSL

Commonwealth Secretariat invites HRCSL

   The Commonwealth Secretariat has invited the  Human Rights Commissioner for a discussion on reconciliation, justice and accountability in Sri Lanka,Human Rights Commission sources said. The Human Rights Commissioner Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa has been invited for this meeting by the Commonwealth Secretariat which is scheduled …

Government is intensifying a crackdown on critics

Government is intensifying a crackdown on critics

    The Sri Lankan government is intensifying its crackdown on critics through threats, harassment, imprisonment and violent attacks, Amnesty International said in a report ” Sri Lanka’s Assault on Dissent” released today. Journalists, the judiciary, human rights activists and opposition politicians are among those targeted in …

Tamil Nadu to scrap Sethusamudram project

Tamil Nadu to scrap Sethusamudram project

     The Tamil Nadu government informed the Indian Supreme Court on Monday(29) that the Sethusamudram project should be scrapped “as the project is of questionable economic value and not in the public interest.” Tamil Nadu, in its affidavit, pointed out that the Pachauri Committee …

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth

    There must have been a huge sigh of relief among government circles in Colombo at the conclusion of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting in London on April 26. Although Canada did raise the unwelcome subject of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, …

The Norwegian government denies it supported Bodu Bala Sena

The Norwegian government denies it supported Bodu Bala Sena

    Issuing a statement The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo states that The Norwegian government strongly denies any financial, moral or ideological support to Bodu Bala Sena. Under no circumstances will Norway support organizations that seem to work against religious kinship and peaceful coexistence, …

Incredible stories dished out in bid to justify unwarranted and unprecedented spike in electricity rates

Incredible stories dished out in bid to justify unwarranted and unprecedented spike in electricity rates

    The government is now trying to pass the buck after pushing up power tariffs to an unbearable level to cover up corruption, waste and irregularities, Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. “Incredible stories are being dished out in a bid to …

China to enhance military ties with SL

China to enhance military ties with SL

     The Chinese government said its military was willing to make joint efforts with the Sri Lankan military to strengthen high-level contacts, deepen pragmatic cooperation and innovate exchange forms, so as to push forward the relations between the two militaries to a new high, …