Monthly Archives: August 2013

President invites the Pope

President invites the Pope

       President Mahinda Rajapaksa has written to His Holiness Pope Francis extending an invitation to him to visit Sri Lanka. “On behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, I consider it a great privilege and an honour to extend to …

Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden

Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden

     The US has labelled Russia’s decision to grant asylum to fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden as “extremely disappointing”. The White House is reconsidering a meeting scheduled for next month between President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Mr Obama had been scheduled to …

HRW: Sri Lanka government has made no real progress

HRW: Sri Lanka government has made no real progress

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     The  Sri Lanka government has made no real progress in holding accountable those responsible for the execution style slaying of 17 aid workers seven years ago despite renewed international calls for action. Human Rights Watch legal and policy director …

UK says no to CHOGM boycott

UK says no to CHOGM boycott

       Britain has rejected a demand from the British Tamils Forum (BTF) to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. The BTF said that at a recent meeting with Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt he had said that the …

New Commander of the Army Assumes Office

New Commander of the Army Assumes Office

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake assumed office today 01 August1, as the 20th Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. After his education at Maliyadeva College Kurunegala he joined the Sri Lanka Army on 6th February 1980. Commissioned as a 2nd …

US concerned over Deraniyagala Incidents

US concerned over Deraniyagala Incidents

      The United States has said it was concerned about the allegations horrendous atrocities including killings and rapes in the vicinity of a Deraniyagala Tea Estate managed by a US company and urged that a thorough investigation be carried out and the miscreants …