Monthly Archives: December 2013

Economy – Fantasy vs. Reality

Economy – Fantasy vs. Reality

 By Chandrasena Maliyadde, Former Secretary, Ministry of Plan Implementation. Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA) has concluded its Annual Sessions on Saturday the 26th October. The theme selected for this year’s session was “The Way Forward for Sustained Growth”. Theme was important and timely; presentations during …

Census and Statistics Department’s official alleges growth rate massaged

Census and Statistics Department’s official alleges growth rate massaged

    The Census and Statistics Department’s National Accounts Division Director H.S. Wanasinghe in a revelation made during an investigation, the report of which is now filed as a document in court and referred to in Parliament last week said the Department’s Director General had …

Family of murdered British aid worker in Sri Lanka still awaiting justice

Family of murdered British aid worker in Sri Lanka still awaiting justice

   David Cameron has raised the murder of Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh at the seaside resort Tangalle with the Sri Lankan president. Mohammad Zaman Shaikh woke up on Christmas Day 2011 feeling sick and uneasy. He had slept badly but couldn’t say precisely why. …

Sri Lanka’s war had witnesses

Sri Lanka’s war had witnesses

  Shenali D Waduge. Firstly Sri Lanka’s war did have witnesses. The witnesses were however NOT – Gordon Weiss, Francis Harrison, Channel 4, the Darusman Panel, Charles Petrie and a whole list of others who have promoted themselves as ‘witnesses’ when they are not because they …

Sri Lanka urges expatriates to return

Sri Lanka urges expatriates to return

    The Sri Lankan government on Monday urged expatriates from all communities to return to the country as it is poised for rapid and equitable growth. Sri Lanka’s Secretary of Defense and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that during the war in Sri Lanka …

Hartal in Tamil Nadu

Hartal in Tamil Nadu

    Shops in Nagapattinam and Nagore remained closed on Monday in response to dawn-to-dusk hartal call given by the Chamber of Commerce and Traders Association in solidarity with protesting fishermen demanding release of 210 of their counterparts arrested by Sri Lankan Navy over the …

Devanagala – An agenda to provoke Muslims

Devanagala – An agenda to provoke Muslims

     By Latheef Farook. Devanagala is a beautiful peaceful village in the central hills about six kilometers from Mawanella on the way to Hemmathagama. The village has been known for the rock called Devanagala Rock. There is a Buddhist temple and an inscription on …

New unmarked grave found

New unmarked grave found

    An unmarked mass grave has been found in Sri Lanka’s former war zone, the first discovery of an unmarked gravesite since troops defeated Tamil rebels more than four years ago, police said on Sunday. Construction workers in the coastal district of Mannar stumbled on …

Security forces  to carry out a number of special events for Christmas and the New Year

Security forces to carry out a number of special events for Christmas and the New Year

     A 116 feet tall Christmas tree, the largest in the country has been put up in Kilinochchi. The tree is 50 feet in diameter and has been decorated with more than 59, 000 bulbs. For the past four years Kilinochchi people are able …

Modi’s International Profile

Modi’s International Profile

     By: Teresita C. Schaffer and Howard Schaffer. In the tremendous buzz that has attended Narendra Modi’s emergence as the BJP’s candidate for prime minister in India’s 2014 elections, foreign policy has been almost entirely absent. Modi’s rare foreign policy statements suggest that his …