Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sri Lanka to offer defense training to foreign officers

Sri Lanka to offer defense training to foreign officers

      Sri Lanka is considering to offer defense training opportunities to mid-level officers from foreign countries at its Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) at Sapugaskanda. The Defence Services Command and Staff College, inaugurated in 2007, provides training facilities to Middle Level …

TNA to meet US State Department officials

TNA to meet US State Department officials

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      Sri Lanka’s major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) sources say that the party has planned to meet the officials of the United States Department of State. A delegation of TNA led by party leader R. Sampanthan and M.A. …

Bar Association of Sri Lanka decides to defend impeached Chief Justice

Bar Association of Sri Lanka decides to defend impeached Chief Justice

   The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has decided to defend the impeached Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayke who is accused of not declaring assets. The BASL has decided at a special meeting that the Association’s Executive Committee would appear before the Colombo Magistrate’s …

HRW calls for transparent probe

HRW calls for transparent probe

     The Sri Lankan government should stop issuing misleading information and promptly create an independent and transparent inquiry into the deaths of protesters at Weliweriya on August 1, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. At least three people were killed and several injured after …

US concerned over violence in Weliveriya

US concerned over violence in Weliveriya

     The State Department in its statement issued in response to a media query at Thursday’s press briefing has said that it has communicated its concerns to the Sri Lankan government over the incident. QUESTION: On Sri Lanka, do you have – have you …

TNA uses Kadirgamar land case to address Northern Land Acquisition

TNA uses Kadirgamar land case to address Northern Land Acquisition

      The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today urged the government to abandon the acquisition of land in the north and east in the adjournment Motion moved by R. Sampanthan TNA Leader. R. Sampanthan told parliament that the government was taking over land, including …

MP Rajadurai quits CWC

MP Rajadurai quits CWC

      Nuwara Eliya district Member of Parliament P. Rajadurai says he has resigned from the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC). His resignations follows a rift with the CWC leadership headed by Minister Arumugam Thondaman. He is expected to join the ruling UPFA. The CWC …

Boycott Commonwealth summit: TESO

Boycott Commonwealth summit: TESO

      Bringing the Sri Lankan Tamils issue again to the forefront, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi on Thursday led State-wide demonstrations organised by the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO).  The demonstrators demanded that India boycott the Commonwealth summit to be held in …

Huge flaw in the Saampoor Thermal Power Plant Agreement: Champika Ranawaka

Huge flaw in the Saampoor Thermal Power Plant Agreement: Champika Ranawaka

       Former Power and Energy Minister and Technology and Research Minister Paatali Champika Ranawaka says that there is a huge flaw in the Saampoor Thermal Power Plant Agreement. The Minister said so while participating at an experts’ forum in Colombo yesterday entitled ‘poisonous …

India issues demarche to Lanka on jailed fishermen

India issues demarche to Lanka on jailed fishermen

      Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam was summoned to the South Block on Wednesday and a formal démarche made against the large number of Indian fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan custody for periods up to two months. Mounting pressure from Tamil Nadu …