Monthly Archives: January 2014

Pope Francis to visit Philippines and Sri Lanka next year

Pope Francis to visit Philippines and Sri Lanka next year

  Pope Francis may go to South Korea in August, 20 years after Pope John Paul II last visited the Korean peninsula. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Wednesday that Francis has been invited to attend a meeting of young Asian Catholics in …

CEB says power cuts in the offing

CEB says power cuts in the offing

    The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said there would be no planned power cuts but intermittent power outages if the generated capacity does not match with the system capacity. A CEB spokesman said that the there was a breakdown at Randenigala today and this …

Ships on patrol duty had not come across any incidents of Indian fishermen being fired upon

Ships on patrol duty had not come across any incidents of Indian fishermen being fired upon

    The Centre has asserted in the Madras High Court Bench here that Sri Lankan Navy did not kill even a single Indian fishermen in Indian waters since 2011 and denied having any proposal to sell warships to it. “Only Offshore Patrol Vehicles (OPVs) would be sold,” the …

Penang deputy chief minister will fight for Sri Lankan Tamils

Penang deputy chief minister will fight for Sri Lankan Tamils

     Penang deputy chief minister P Ramasamy will take his fight for Sri Lankan Tamils to Britain at the end of this month with a paper he will present at a conference organised by the British Tamils Forum (BTF). He told FMT he would …

HRW says Sri Lanka made little progress on human rights in 2013

HRW says Sri Lanka made little progress on human rights in 2013

 Sri Lanka    The Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa made little progress in 2013 in addressing accountability for serious human rights abuses committed during the country’s nearly three-decades-long civil war, which ended in 2009. In March, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) …

UAE Assures Support to Sri Lanka

UAE Assures Support to Sri Lanka

   President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks this afternoon with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the ruler of Dubai. During the discussion, Sheikh Mohammed assured President Rajapaksa of UAE’s support …

Human Rights Watch releases World Report 2014.

Human Rights Watch releases World Report 2014.

    World Report 2014 is Human Rights Watch’s 24th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events through November 2013. Reflecting on the “Rights Struggles of …

US calls for end to impunity over church attacks

US calls for end to impunity over church attacks

    The United States has called for an end to impunity over attacks on the Christian evangelical churches in Sri Lanka. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison has met the National Christian Evangelical Alliance today and discussed the recent attacks on two …

Arrest the Northern Bishops

Arrest the Northern Bishops

   A movement called the Dharmapala Generation has accused the Catholic Bishops in the Northern Province of trying to create a rift between the Catholics and Buddhists in the country. The movement has said at a news conference that the claim is made due to …

Direct flight services between Jaffna – India

Direct flight services between Jaffna – India

  Steps are been taken to commence direct flight services between Jaffna – India, Indian Consul General V.Mahalingam said speaking at the Inauguration of 5th Jaffna International Trade Fair  on 17 January 2014. Speaking further he said that in 2011-12, India’s imports from Sri Lanka went up …