Monthly Archives: April 2013

US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012

US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012

    Releasing the “The Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2012” US Secretary of State John Kerry said; This report reaffirms in my judgment America’s commitment to advancing basic freedoms and dignity of all people, and our support for the brave men and …

Mob Attacks Estate Housing Scheme in Ratnapura District

Mob Attacks Estate Housing Scheme in Ratnapura District

   A mob consisting of around 30 villagers launched an attack on “Thondamanpura” a Tamil housing colony of Plantation workers at Alupola estate, 28 km away from Ratnapura on April 17th. “Thondamanpura was so named after former Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader Saumiyamoorthy Thondaman, the grandfather of …

Poor performance affect Sri Lanka cricketers

Poor performance affect Sri Lanka cricketers

   The poor performance of some players at the IPL tour, have given rise to speculation as to their continuation in the tournament. The captain of Sunrise Hyderabad Team Kumar Sangakkara scored 15,16,23,28 and 2 respectively in the 5 innings, and kept away from the …

Boston Marathon bombing suspect in custody

Boston Marathon bombing suspect in custody

    The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday night, bringing to an end a massive manhunt that virtually shut down the Massachusetts capital amid warnings the man was possibly armed with explosives. Law enforcement officials told CNN that authorities …

Visitors to Sri Lanka, the police are watching you

Visitors to Sri Lanka, the police are watching you

     As tourism arrivals increase, Sri Lanka is upping security — perhaps to an uncomfortable degree. A new nationwide security plan will force all hotels in the country to submit information about their foreign guests to the police. Each week, hotels must hand over …

Sri Lanka will grow by 6.5 percent in 2013

Sri Lanka will grow by 6.5 percent in 2013

     The United Nation Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in its latest report has forecast Sri Lanka’s economy to grow by 6.5 percent this year, marginally up from 6.2 percent in 2012 but lower than the Central Bank estimate …

Aust ‘obligated’ to help asylum seekers

Aust ‘obligated’ to help asylum seekers

     Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor insists the Sri Lankan asylum seekers who managed to reach Geraldton on a boat, and were later returned home, were not genuine refugees. Of the 66 asylum seekers who reached the West Australian port last week, 38 were returned …

Golden Key Credit Card Company to resume operations

Golden Key Credit Card Company to resume operations

    The Golden Key Credit Card Company will restart operations from the 1st of next month with a new Board of Directors. A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Mr. Priyantha Fernando has been appointed as the Chairman of the Company.  The other members …

Former LTTE eastern Lanka hideout now tourist attraction

Former LTTE eastern Lanka hideout now tourist attraction

   Thoppigala, which used to be an LTTE hideout in Sri Lanka’s east and served as a training base for them during their nearly three decades of separatist campaign, has now been converted into a tourist attraction. Thoppigala or Baron’s Cap in the eastern Batticaloa …

Sri Lankan Tamils look up to India as their mother country

Sri Lankan Tamils look up to India as their mother country

   Jyoti Sinha, a former research and analysis wing official, played an important role in increasing India’s influence in neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka during the NDA regime (1999-2004). He is also considered the architect of Indian influence in Sri …