Monthly Archives: January 2014

U.S. will continue to spy on foreign govts: Obama

U.S. will continue to spy on foreign govts: Obama

    The United States will continue to spy on foreign governments, President Barack Obama has said even as he assured Chancellor Angela Merkel that he would not allow the surveillance mechanism to harm their bilateral relations. Seen as the first step to win back …

Sri Lanka’s large current account deficit, high foreign debt, and openness to capital flows suggest that it remains especially vulnerable to tightening of international financial conditions: World Bank

Sri Lanka’s large current account deficit, high foreign debt, and openness to capital flows suggest that it remains especially vulnerable to tightening of international financial conditions: World Bank

       South Asia’s GDP growth rose to an estimated 4.6 percent in 2013 from 4.2 percent in 2012 on a market price-calendar year basis. Growth was, however, well below its pre-crisis pace, reflecting a combination of domestic imbalances, weakening investment rates, and a …

Vaiko appeals to Manmohan Singh to save Tamils stranded in Australia

Vaiko appeals to Manmohan Singh to save Tamils stranded in Australia

  Founder of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam,Vaiko’s has sent a letter to Manmohan Singh to save the 46 stranded Tamils in Australia. Vaiko is a prominent politician in Tamil Nadu, in south India. He is the  a political party that espouses the cause of …

Taxes: What has been increased and decreased in the 2014 budget

Taxes: What has been increased and decreased in the 2014 budget

  What’s going up? The government aims to increase its tax base by 30% to over 60 billion rupees in 2014, that means some more money needs to depart your pockets to the government coffers in the new year.  Let’s look at them one-by-one: Finance …

We will use our seat on the UN Human Rights Council to call for an international investigation

We will use our seat on the UN Human Rights Council to call for an international investigation

  Hugo Swire says that the Government has made it clear that if a credible domestic process has not begun properly by March we will use our seat on the UN Human Rights Council to call for an international investigation. This answer was given in …

The Irrelevancy of the 13A in finding  a solution to the national question

The Irrelevancy of the 13A in finding a solution to the national question

  By Kumaravadivel Guruparan.                                                                                      …

U.S. Government Support for Bar Association of Sri Lanka

U.S. Government Support for Bar Association of Sri Lanka

  The United States Embassy in Colombo, through its development arm, the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced its new program to support the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.  With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. USAID will sponsor a Bar Association program entitled …

Ban ‘extremist Buddhist’ organisations – Wickramabahu

Ban ‘extremist Buddhist’ organisations – Wickramabahu

  Leader of the Nawa Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne said that the Mahinda Rajapaksa government should ban the extremist Buddhist organistions which had taken the law into their own hands, to attack Muslim and Christian places of worship. He told The Island …

Forensic experts say graves said to contain several layers of bodies

Forensic experts say graves said to contain several layers of bodies

   The discovery of a mass grave containing more than 30 skulls in northern Sri Lanka has fuelled speculation that there may be many more like it containing the remains of thousands who went missing during the island nation’s nearly three-decade war. The police have …

Presidential commission probing disappearances to commence sittings on Jan 18

Presidential commission probing disappearances to commence sittings on Jan 18

   The Presidential Commission to probe alleged abduction and disappearances of persons resident in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990-2009 will commence its first public sittings on the 18th of this month. The inaugural sitting of the Commission is scheduled to be held …