Monthly Archives: July 2013

Commonwealth forum backs Lanka

Commonwealth forum backs Lanka

       After the Commonwealth Secretariat had backed holding the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum said Sri Lanka needs to be supported in it’s post war journey. In a letter published in the London Financial …

Menon To Meet President Rajapaksa, UNP, TNA and SLMC

Menon To Meet President Rajapaksa, UNP, TNA and SLMC

     India’s National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon is scheduled to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa 9th July for discussions on recent developments concerning the Thirteenth Amendment brought about by the India-Sri Lanka accord.Menon is expected in Colombo on July 7th. Menon who has served …

Madras High Court upholds Centre’s ban on LTTE

Madras High Court upholds Centre’s ban on LTTE

     The Madras High Court today (1) upheld the ban imposed by the Centre on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2010. A Division Bench dismissed the writ petitions filed by MDMK founder-leader Vaiko and Prisoners Rights Forum, who challenged the Unlawful …

select committee will meet on July 19

select committee will meet on July 19

     The Sri Lankan parliamentary select committee (PSC) on devolution will meet on July 19 despite boycott by opposition members, who say the meeting has been convened to strip provincial council of powers. “The PSC with 19 government MPs would meet as scheduled. The opposition …

Basil Rajapaksa as special envoy to India on 13A

Basil Rajapaksa as special envoy to India on 13A

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–    Sri Lanka will send President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s younger brother Basil Rajapaksa to Delhi to hold talks with Indian leadership over its controversial plan to tinker with the India-moved thirteenth amendment (13A), government sources today said. Basil Rajapaksa, the minister of …

Winning over at least a faction of the Diaspora for Reconciliation could be most difficult but very rewarding

Winning over at least a faction of the Diaspora for Reconciliation could be most difficult but very rewarding

By Devanesan Nesiah Virtually all of us who are of this Island take pride in our history, our ancient civilization and traditions, our four great religions and our languages. Yet, almost continuously since independence our religious and linguistic communities have been drifting away from each …

Sri Lanka in drive to boost tourism in Pasikudah Bay

Sri Lanka in drive to boost tourism in Pasikudah Bay

     After a decades-long civil war the Sri Lankan government is aiming to develop its tourism industry as its economy expands. Because of its pristine beaches and an extraordinarily calm sea, the government has designated Passekudah Bay as a special tourism development zone. The …