Monthly Archives: April 2013

Indian-aided power plant in to begin work in July

Indian-aided power plant in to begin work in July

      The much-delayed India-aided power project at Sampur in Trincomalee district in Eastern Sri Lanka is to commence in July this year. The Minister for Power, Pavithra Wanniarachchi said on Monday (22) that preliminary construction work would begin in July and the plant …

Karuna wants Centre to exert pressure to shift CHOGM

Karuna wants Centre to exert pressure to shift CHOGM

    DMK today appealed to the Centre to exert pressure for shifting the venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from Sri Lanka  to be held in November. M Karunanidhi,  said a recent Commonwealth Legal Conference at Capetown where Chief Justices of …

Britain concerned about human rights,including freedom of opinion and expression

Britain concerned about human rights,including freedom of opinion and expression

    The British Government is aware of the BBC’s decision to suspend broadcasts on the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). According to the BBC statement made on 26 March, this decision followed ‘continued interruption and interference of BBC Tamil programming on SLBC’. We are …

Sri Ranga on threats made on the MTV/MBC

Sri Ranga on threats made on the MTV/MBC

   General Secretary of the Citizens’ Front Parliamentarian J. Sri Ranga expressed the following views on the threats that have been made on the MTV/MBC Media Networks and its journalists. ”This is not something new. The Sirasa media had problems for a long period of …

Mannar Bishop denies ‘separation’ seeks ‘viable political solution’

Mannar Bishop denies ‘separation’ seeks ‘viable political solution’

     Bishop of Mannar, Most Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph said he never stood for the separation of the country nor rejected any viable political solution to the national question. The Bishop made this statement in response to the lead story published in The Nation …

President Urged to Contain Buddhist Attacks on Muslims

President Urged to Contain Buddhist Attacks on Muslims

    In a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, Mr. N.M. Ameen, President Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has urged the President to contain attacks on Muslims by Buddhist extremists. The letter says: “The Muslim community has recently been targeted by extreme …

Devotees complain thugs exhort money in Munneswaram Kovil sacred area

Devotees complain thugs exhort money in Munneswaram Kovil sacred area

   During the 1988 Gam Udawa in Anamaduwa, then President, R. Premadasa,  declared the Munneswaram kovil sacred area and developed it by adding temples for Hindu Gods and goddesses Shiva, Ganesh, and Kali, patronized by the devotees from all over the country. The temple trustees …

The rule of law in Sri Lanka

The rule of law in Sri Lanka

   The impeachment of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake was the single most contentious political issue in Sri Lanka in late 2012 and early 2013. Can a decision of a court of law be considered binding if the executive opposes and disregards it? What is …

India trains Sri Lankan Navy personnel

India trains Sri Lankan Navy personnel

   While fishermen of India and Sri Lanka are often being held by each other’s navy for illegal fishing activity, crew members of three Indian naval ships — INS Sujatha and INS Tarangini, and ICGS Varuna of the Indian Coast Guard — have been interacting …

Victim speaks of her ordeal at resort

Victim speaks of her ordeal at resort

    A woman raped at a hotel in Sri Lanka has spoken for the first time of the attack in which she was badly beaten and her British boyfriend was killed. Victoria Tkacheva, 24, a Russian languages graduate, fears that the men responsible for …