Monthly Archives: January 2014

Four steps to secure lasting peace in Sri Lanka

Four steps to secure lasting peace in Sri Lanka

  “While building the nation, we have set aside all differences and divisions.  As a result there is today a new political and development culture before the country,” Sri Lanka’s media reported President Mahinda Rajapaksa as saying in his New Year’s message. “Further consolidating this, …

PPT to release detailed judgement on Sri Lanka on 22 January

PPT to release detailed judgement on Sri Lanka on 22 January

      The Rome-based Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT), which has already ruled Sri Lanka guilty of crimes against the  Tamils and found UK and USA to be guilty of complicity, is  to release a detailed judgement in Geneva of its probe into the allegations of genocide of …

Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference wouldn’t endorse allegations

Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference wouldn’t endorse allegations

      Bishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday said that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka wouldn’t endorse the allegations made by Bishop of Mannar Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph and Jaffna Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Saundranayagam that Sri …

Sri Lanka President to test popularity with local polls

Sri Lanka President to test popularity with local polls

   Sri Lanka on Sunday called snap local elections seen as a gauge of President Mahinda Rajapakse’s popularity ahead of national polls expected to be held later this year, officials said. The southern and western provincial councils, the highest level of local government, have been …

United States encourages the government of Sri Lanka to seek the truth through independent and credible investigations, and where relevant, have prosecutions.

United States encourages the government of Sri Lanka to seek the truth through independent and credible investigations, and where relevant, have prosecutions.

      The United States Embassy issuing a statement on Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp’s visit to Sri Lanka from January 6-11 said “Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp visited Sri Lanka from January 6-11 to meet with government and political leaders, civil society, and to tour …

Attacks on two Christian Churches in the South

Attacks on two Christian Churches in the South

     The Assembly of God (AOG) Hikkaduwa, and the Calvary Free Church, were attacked by a large mob led by monks this morning, demanding their closure, the church said in a statement. The two churches were severely damaged and equipment destroyed. The prayer centres, which …

Hardline monks rally Sri Lanka as Buddhist front

Hardline monks rally Sri Lanka as Buddhist front

    Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, a 37-year-old Buddhist monk who founded the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) group, or Buddhist Power Force in 2012, speaks during an interview at BBS office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With a bloody civil war over and a cautious peace at …

How to get rid of or decrease the presence of the Army from the North is our biggest problem

How to get rid of or decrease the presence of the Army from the North is our biggest problem

     Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has already had to face many challenges within the short period since he was appointed to his new post. Meeting the expectations of the Tamils who gave him a mandate at the last Northern Provincial Council elections …

Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu release fishermen

Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu release fishermen

     In the run-up to the January 20 meeting here between fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, 275 Tamil fishermen lodged in various prisons in Sri Lanka would be released starting January 13, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced on Saturday. Tamil Nadu …

Conspiracy to oust Wigneswaran as Northern Chief Minister

Conspiracy to oust Wigneswaran as Northern Chief Minister

     By D.B.S.Jeyaraj. Even as newly elected Northern Province chief minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran is embroiled in an imbroglio with the Northern Governor GA Chandrasiri over the question of exercising authority in the province,sections of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) are reportedly engaged in surreptitious moves …