Monthly Archives: May 2013

US Religious Freedom Report for 2012 released

US Religious Freedom Report for 2012 released

        The US State Department says intolerance of, and discrimination against, Muslims by some Buddhists saw an increase in Sri Lanka last year in The International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 released by the US State Department on Monday. It said, U.S. …

Court permits petition of Valikamam people

Court permits petition of Valikamam people

The Court of Appeal yesterday decided to hear the case filed against the acquisition of civilian land by the government in Jaffna. The President of the Court of Appeal, yesterday (20) granted permission to 1,474 petitioners to amend their petitions challenging the acquiring of 6,831 acres of land in …

LTTE man fleeing Sri Lanka, caught en route to Nairobi

LTTE man fleeing Sri Lanka, caught en route to Nairobi

      Crime branch officers on Sunday arrested a 35-year-old Sri Lankan, who was an operative of banned outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), when he was attempting to catch a flight to Nairobi.Interestingly, the accused, an electronics engineer, initially told cops that he …

Extortion scam by immigration officers

Extortion scam by immigration officers

      After a short and pleasant flight on Srilankan Air Lines, the national airline for Sri Lanka, from the Maldives, I arrived at Colombo International Airport. Immigration forms were given to passengers on this flight. I had the form filled out and after disembarking approached …

Rohana Wijeweera ‘s daughter arrested

Rohana Wijeweera ‘s daughter arrested

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) founder Rohana Wijeweera s daughter Easha was arrested  after she was alleged to have assaulted her mothers and brother, Police said. Police Headquarters said the incident took place on Saturday night at their home located inside the …

6,170 war widows registered as sole breadwinners

6,170 war widows registered as sole breadwinners

     Around 6,170 war widows have been registered as sole breadwinners of their families from among those seeking livelihood assistance in the Kilinochchi District. Government Agent (GA) of Kilinochchi, Rupavathy Ketheeswaran, making a startling revelation, outlined the problems faced by the war widows and …

Canadian moves on Lanka being monitored

Canadian moves on Lanka being monitored

    Sri Lanka is keeping a close tab on possible moves being taken against the country by Canada, the External Affairs ministry said. External Affairs ministry secretary Karunatillaka Amunugama said that the Ministry was aware of discussions held recently between Canada and the Bahamas on …

Russia to donate eight helicopters to SL

Russia to donate eight helicopters to SL

     Russia announced that it has taken steps to provide eight large helicopters to Sri Lanka as a total donation; the Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Office said quoting visiting Head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independence States-Russia Konstantin Kosachev when the …

Norway shocked by court ruling: tells Lanka,respect Vienna Convention

Norway shocked by court ruling: tells Lanka,respect Vienna Convention

     The Norwegian Foreign Ministry says it is unable to understand the court ruling last week that allowed an NGO to proceed with a case against the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo. Colombo Additional District Judge Amali Ranaweera last week ruled that the Foundation for Co-existence headed …

Kashmiri separatist leader backs Eelam

Kashmiri separatist leader backs Eelam

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      In a rare collaboration, two groups espousing the cause of separatism came together at a marriage hall in Cuddalore in northern Tamil Nadu on Saturday. Striking a chord with pro-Tamil activists, Kashmir separatist leader YasinMalik spoke about the ‘Eelam …