Monthly Archives: May 2013

UN intervenes in land issue in North

UN intervenes in land issue in North

      Head of the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Agnes Asekenye-Oonyu, visited  Jaffna accompanied by the deputy head of the mission, Mark Prasopa-Plaizier where she discussed the land  issue with Security Forces Commander, Jaffna, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe. …

Not happy how the northern land issue is being handled’ says Minister Devananda

Not happy how the northern land issue is being handled’ says Minister Devananda

      Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader Douglas Devananda who currently serves as the Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister of the Cabinet speaks to Daily Mirror on a wide range of issues from the planned Northern Provincial Council election to the …

Police probe NGO Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Police probe NGO Friedrich Naumann Foundation

       The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is investigating the activities of a leading German funded NGO operating in Sri Lanka. A statement by the police media unit said that the Fredric Newman Foundation is being investigated to see if it had gone …

Northern PC elections in September

Northern PC elections in September

   The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections would be held in September confirmed Cabinet spokesperson and Minister for Petroleum Industries Anura Priyadharshana Yapa addressing the weekly Cabinet news briefing at the Information Department. “I can assure you that the government has not taken a decision …

China to lend Sri Lanka $580m for development projects

China to lend Sri Lanka $580m for development projects

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english– China Development Bank Corporation will lend $580 million to Sri Lanka to help implement key infrastructure projects, a government document released on Wednesday showed. The loan will bring CDB’s total lending to Sri Lanka to more than $1.4 billion. China’s increasing …

Vijitha Herath to SC against AG appeal

Vijitha Herath to SC against AG appeal

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       JVP MP Vijitha Herath  complained to the Supreme Court yesterday that the Attorney General, who was not a party in the Court of Appeal Writ Application by the former Chief Justice, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, had filed an appeal in …

Trade unions say strike a success; Govt says otherwise

Trade unions say strike a success; Govt says otherwise

     A large number of opposition trade unions staged a token strike demanding that the government to revoke the controversial electricity tariff increase. The Coordinating Committee for Trade Union Alliance stated that over 900 trade unions and 15 political parties joined in the much-hyped …

Yasin Malik’s support for Sri Lanka Tamils a sham

Yasin Malik’s support for Sri Lanka Tamils a sham

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       Jammu & Kashmir separatist leader Yasin Malik’s expression of support to the extremist Sri Lankan Tamil cause should come as no surprise to anyone who has been watching his recent anti-India campaign. Speaking at the Naam Tamilar Katchi …

TNA urges the government to implement LLRC recommendations

TNA urges the government to implement LLRC recommendations

   TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, moving an adjournment motion in Parliament, said that the government’s actions had resulted in deterioration of the human rights situation in the North and East. TNA consistently requested the government to take action to “genuinely implement” the UN Human Rights …

Jayalalithaa renews demand for Katchatheevu

Jayalalithaa renews demand for Katchatheevu

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       Voicing concern over attacks on Indian fishermen, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked the Centre to take urgent steps for retrieval of Katchatheevu islet, ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974, besides redrawing the International Maritime Boundary Line. The 1974 …