Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sri Lanka is being ripped apart by the inability of its leaders to bring about ethnic harmony

Sri Lanka is being ripped apart by the inability of its leaders to bring about ethnic harmony

     by  Bishop Marius Peiris – Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Colombo I wish to elaborate some of the crucial issues confronting Sri Lanka today. To undertake such a task there is a need to scrutinize the signs of the times in Sri Lanka, especially …

Foreign and Commonwealth Office has included Sri Lanka as a ‘Country of Concern’ in its 2012 Human Rights Report.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office has included Sri Lanka as a ‘Country of Concern’ in its 2012 Human Rights Report.

    The UK Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to Lee Scott of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT).In response to the letter from APPGT Cameron said; “ I appreciate the reasons why you and the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils disagree with …

Malala Yousafzai rallies youth to stand up for universal education

Malala Yousafzai rallies youth to stand up for universal education

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism. This call to action was delivered just as the UN Educational, Scientific …

US unmanned drone jet makes first carrier landing

US unmanned drone jet makes first carrier landing

      The US Navy X-47B drone touched down on the deck of the USS George H W Bush as it sailed off the coast of Virginia.The bat-wing aircraft can deliver guided bombs from a range of 3,200km (1990 miles). It is the first …

CCC chairman red flags growing debt

CCC chairman red flags growing debt

     The country has fallen short of achieving its economic goals and progress has not been smooth despite the significant economic gains over the last few years, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chairman Suresh Shah told the inaugural session of the 14th Sri Lanka Economic …

Police most corrupt institution in Sri Lanka, global corruption survey reports

Police most corrupt institution in Sri Lanka, global corruption survey reports

    More than one person in two thinks corruption has worsened in the last two years, according to the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption from Transparency International, but survey participants also firmly believe they can make a difference and have the will …

Commonwealth Spokesperson Clarifies Media Accreditation for CHOGM 2013

Commonwealth Spokesperson Clarifies Media Accreditation for CHOGM 2013

      The Commonwealth Secretariat in London says it is working with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 task force in Sri Lanka on concerns raised over media accreditation for the November summit. Official Spokesperson and Director of Communications and Public Affairs at …

Nominations Provincial Elections from July 25 to August 01.

Nominations Provincial Elections from July 25 to August 01.

       The Department of Elections said nominations for the elections to the Northern, Central and North Western (Wayamba) Provincial councils will be accepted between July 25 and August 1. The Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya announced that the Gazette notification on the dates has …

Callum Macrae interested in visiting Sri Lanka

Callum Macrae interested in visiting Sri Lanka

        Callum Macrae the film director of  No Fire Zone: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields speaks to a journalist in Sri Lanka over the threats by a diplomat who says Callum should not visit Sri Lanka for CHOGM.Macrae says he has all the right …

Commonwealth must ensure media access for CHOGM

Commonwealth must ensure media access for CHOGM

       In a letter to the Commonwealth  Secretary General  Kamlesh Sharma  the Executive Director CPJ has protested about the press accreditation procedure to be followed for the forthcoming CHOGM.  He has said that at past meetings, the Commonwealth’s Communications and Public Affairs Division has been responsible for issuing permission …