Monthly Archives: September 2013

SL rejects Pillay’s assertion

SL rejects Pillay’s assertion

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–    While strongly repudiating UN Human Rights Chief Navinethem Pillay’s assertion that if certain concerns are not comprehensively addressed, she believes ‘the international community will have a duty to establish its own inquiry mechanisms’, Sri Lanka said that she has no …

Lanka excellent to become commercial arbitration hub

Lanka excellent to become commercial arbitration hub

     Sri Lanka has all the elements to become a regional commercial arbitration hub in the region. The Sri Lanka National Arbitration Centre (SLNAC) is an excellent neutral location as it has the ability to resolve commercial disputes expeditiously and cost effectively under the …

Navi Pillay wants Government to use time between now and March 2014 to engage in a credible national process with tangible results

Navi Pillay wants Government to use time between now and March 2014 to engage in a credible national process with tangible results

– සිංහල –         In a statement on Sri Lanka, which was delivered  by the Deputy High Commissioner Flavia Pansieri, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in her Oral update said that she has not detected any new or comprehensive effort to …

Salman Khurshid to visit Sri Lanka in October

Salman Khurshid to visit Sri Lanka in October

    Within two weeks of Tamil National Alliance romping home in the historic Northern Provincial elections in Sri Lanka , External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will be visiting the island nation early next month. This will be Khurshid’s first visit to Colombo as the …

Sri Lanka has eradicated separatist terrorism, spanning three decades, and is in the process of addressing the issues of development and reconciliation

Sri Lanka has eradicated separatist terrorism, spanning three decades, and is in the process of addressing the issues of development and reconciliation

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       President Mahinda Rajapaksa, highlighted the significant progress the country had made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, despite having contended with internal terrorism, the 2004 tsunami and the global food, energy and financial crises. Citing recent projections,The President urged …

Elections in Sri Lanka: Northern comfort

Elections in Sri Lanka: Northern comfort

     Firecrackers at dawn and a few weary smiles. As Jaffna’s palm trees swayed in the wind, northern Tamils in Sri Lanka were celebrating cautiously on September 22nd. Their favoured party all but swept the board in provincial elections the day before. The Tamil …

Canadian, Indian foreign ministers discuss Sri Lanka CHOGM

Canadian, Indian foreign ministers discuss Sri Lanka CHOGM

    Foreign Ministers of Canada and India say no decision has been made about their countries’ participation Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The final decision will be made by the two Prime Ministers stated the ministers …

US State Department: Support the new civilian leadership of the provinces.

US State Department: Support the new civilian leadership of the provinces.

  The US State Department has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to take advantage of the opportunity to expand efforts toward greater reconciliation by working with the newly elected Northern Provincial Council Statement by Spokesperson Jen Psaki on Sri Lanka Elections. The United …

Election observers call for overarching powers to Elections Commissioner

Election observers call for overarching powers to Elections Commissioner

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       SAARC observers who were in the country to monitor the provincial council elections, especially the Northern Provincial Council election held last Saturday, has called for overarching powers to be vested with the Elections Commissioner. “The substantial turnout of …

Tamils Want To Live In A United, Undivided Country – Sampanthan

Tamils Want To Live In A United, Undivided Country – Sampanthan

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–  Tamil people have given a clear verdict in an ‘unprecedented election victory in the political history’ of the island, Sampanthan said that “within the framework of a united, undivided country, the Tamil people want to live in security, safeguarding their self-respect …