Monthly Archives: May 2014

President Rajapaksa did not succumb to int’l pressure in 2009: Minister

President Rajapaksa did not succumb to int’l pressure in 2009: Minister

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to succumb to pressures exerted by some countries to end the military campaign against the LTTE in 2009, a top Sri Lankan minister has said. Government spokesman and Minister of Information Keheliya Rambukwella said some countries had put pressure …

Jaffna varsity teachers assert right to mourn

Jaffna varsity teachers assert right to mourn

 The Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Association has condemned the closure of the university between May 16 and 20, pointing to intimidation and repression of free discussion on campus. It said that some university professors and student leaders received death threats warning them against holding any …

SL cricket tour begins with protest

SL cricket tour begins with protest

    Sri Lanka’s cricket team began their tour of England Saturday with a match against Middlesex that was accompanied by a protest at the Uxbridge ground by Tamil expatriates and others. A  group of several dozen protesters holding banners, placards, and Tamil Eelam flags chanted slogans …

US Embassy announces grants program to support youth in Sri Lanka

US Embassy announces grants program to support youth in Sri Lanka

     The United States Embassy in Colombo has announced a grant program to fund projects for Sri Lankan youth. The main objective of the Youth Empowerment Grants Program is to support innovative, small-scale, cutting-edge projects developed and implemented by and/or for young people between …

UN to look at reports of North ban

UN to look at reports of North ban

   UN spokesman for the Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric answering a journalist at yesterdays (12 May) daily press briefing said the United Nations  will look into reports that the Government has banned public events being held in the North to commemorate those killed during the final stages …

Sri Lanka Tamils seeking refuge in Tamil Nadu

Sri Lanka Tamils seeking refuge in Tamil Nadu

  Col R. Hariharan Ten Sri Lankan Tamils, including two women and five children, from Sri Lanka who landed Aricha Munai off the Dhanushkodi coast (Tamil Nadu) on May 5 2014, have been arrested by police for entering the country without passports. After preliminary questioning, …

CSK Games Moved Out of Chennai

CSK Games Moved Out of Chennai

    Chennai Super Kings fans will be disappointed a lot as the team management has decided to cancel two of their two matches to be played at Chepauk on May 18 and May 22, following instructions from the Supreme Court. Both matches have been …

Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka in January 2015?

Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka in January 2015?

   President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on the Most Reverend Cardinal Dr. Malcolm Ranjith at the Bishop’s House on Saturday (May 10), the President’s office said in a statement. The Cardinal  returned to the country following a visit to the Vatican earlier this month leading a delegation …

Religious services for war victims allowed, but no ‘public events’

Religious services for war victims allowed, but no ‘public events’

     Sri Lanka’s military spokesman said that religious services to commemorate loved ones who were killed in the conflict between government troops and the LTTE terrorist organization will be allowed, however the conducting of any “public event” is prohibited. Sri Lanka has banned public …

India’s top official in Jaffna to discuss North development

India’s top official in Jaffna to discuss North development

    Indian External Affairs Ministry official in charge of Sri Lankan affairs, Suchitra Durai Swaminathan, visited Jaffna on Friday and met the North Chief Minister Mr C V Wigneswaran  Northern Province Governor Major General (Retd) GA Chandrasiri and had discussions on the ongoing Indian housing project …