Monthly Archives: July 2013

Train services around the country crippled

Train services around the country crippled

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      Train services around the country have been crippled as a result of trade union action launched by railway employees today. The Railway department said that several trains were not operating today following the announcement of a 48 hour trade …

Suspected Indian Mujahideen man arrested; will be questioned for Bodhgaya blasts

Suspected Indian Mujahideen man arrested; will be questioned for Bodhgaya blasts

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–        A suspected Indian Mujahideen member, who was arrested yesterday from the Nadia district in West Bengal, will be questioned over whether he had any role to play in the multiple blasts that rocked the Mahabodhi temple in Bihars …

India to sign trilateral maritime deal

India to sign trilateral maritime deal

      India will sign a trilateral maritime cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka and the Maldives next week, in a move to counter China’s bid to spread its strategic footprint in the Indian Ocean region. National Security Advisor (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon will visit …

No Lankan casualties in Mahabodhi

No Lankan casualties in Mahabodhi

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     There are no reports of Sri Lankans being injured from the multiple blasts at the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar’s Bodhgaya district in India today. Hundreds of Sri Lankan pilgrims often visit the Temple including politicians. One person has been feared …

Australia warns tourists to Sri Lanka

Australia warns tourists to Sri Lanka

      Australia warns ‘high degree of caution’ for tourists to Sri Lanka as follows We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka at this time because of the unpredictable security environment. On 25 August 2011, the Sri Lanka …

Rajitha Senaratne, warns of scrapping the 13th Amendment to the Constitution

Rajitha Senaratne, warns of scrapping the 13th Amendment to the Constitution

      Minster of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Rajitha Senaratne, warned if the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was scrapped, the government would be ‘finished.’ He also said, “There cannot be any question of scrapping the 13th Amendment, because the government will have to …

TNA to examine if it should contest polls in northern Lanka

TNA to examine if it should contest polls in northern Lanka

     The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), appointed a committee to examine if it should contest the  northern provincial council election in September. TNA sources said a 15-member committee representing the five parties which form the TNA would examine the political situation with regard to …

Kurshid to Sri Lanka for talks

Kurshid to Sri Lanka for talks

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid will visit Sri Lanka soon to discuss the political situation in the country following the visit of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa to New Delhi. Minister Rajapaksa concluded his two day visit to …

Implement 13th amendment, India tells Sri Lanka

Implement 13th amendment, India tells Sri Lanka

      India on Friday told Sri Lanka categorically not to dilute a key constitutional provision that promises autonomy to the Tamil minority.External affairs minister Salman Khurshid conveyed the message to Sri Lankan minister Basil Rajapaksa that Colombo should go beyond the 13th amendment …

Sri Lankan asylum seeker claims, wrong

Sri Lankan asylum seeker claims, wrong

      Afghan asylum-seekers outnumbered Sri Lankans by two to one in 2009, casting doubt on Labor’s claim that its failure to toughen immigration policy after Sri Lanka’s civil war was pivotal in the revival of the smuggling trade. As Foreign Minister Bob Carr signalled …