Monthly Archives: September 2014

President to visit Vatican next week

President to visit Vatican next week

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit the Vatican next week to officially invite Pope Francis to visit Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa is scheduled to return to the island Sunday after participating at the 69th UN General Assembly held in New York last …

Myanmar monk backs hard-line Buddhist group

Myanmar monk backs hard-line Buddhist group

Controversial Buddhist monk from Myanmar Ashin Wirathu, accused of leading an anti-Muslim movement in Burma, on Sunday pledged his support to a hard-line Sinhala-Buddhist group in Sri Lanka which faces similar allegations. Speaking at the convention of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), roughly Buddhist Power …

Power Devolution Best solution to SL Tamil Issue: India

Power Devolution Best solution to SL Tamil Issue: India

India has told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, that Sri Lanka will be able to address the vexed war-time accountability issue if it devolves power to the Tamil-speaking provinces building upon the 13th Amendment of the Lankan constitution, and moves fast to …

Rev Wirathu attends conference of nationalist monks

Rev Wirathu attends conference of nationalist monks

U Wirathu, a leading Burmese monk notorious for his anti-Muslim rhetoric, arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday night to take part in a conference organised by a politically powerful monk-led Sinhalese nationalist organisation, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). On Sunday, Wirathu will deliver the conference’s keynote address …

Modi meets President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Modi meets President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during which key issues, including bilateral and regional, was discussed. This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Modi was sworn in on May 26 this year. “The meeting …

US Embassy joins opening of H.W. Jayewardene memorial auditorium

US Embassy joins opening of H.W. Jayewardene memorial auditorium

United States Ambassador Michele Sison today joined the family of the late Dr. H.W. Jayewardene and members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) to inaugurate a newly-renovated auditorium named in honor of Dr. Jayewardene, the first president of BASL. Attorney General Palitha Fernando …

Mission Way to Economic Terror?

Mission Way to Economic Terror?

Economic terrorism is allegedly Pakistan’s newest weapon in its low-intensity war against India. As part of its nefarious design, Islamabad’s Embassies in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and Bangladesh are involved in striking at the country’s financial nerve by pumping in fake Indian currency notes …

Jayalalithaa guilty in assets case, gets 4 year jail term

Jayalalithaa guilty in assets case, gets 4 year jail term

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was on Saturday held guilty in a disproportionate assets case. A special court in Bangalore dealt a big blow to the AIADMK leader, who has become the first chief minister to be convicted in a wealth case and faces …

Muslim Council writes to President over visit of Myanmar’s Ven. Ashin Wirathu

Muslim Council writes to President over visit of Myanmar’s Ven. Ashin Wirathu

The Sri Lanka Muslim Council has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa opposing the visit of Myanmar’s  Ven. Ashin Wirathu to Sri Lanka to attend Bodu Bala Sena’s Great Sangha Council meeting scheduled for 28 September. September 25th 2014 His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President, Socialist Republic …

LTTE ban: Tribunal records Centre’s evidence

LTTE ban: Tribunal records Centre’s evidence

A tribunal that was set up to judicially scrutinise the ban on the LTTE today recorded the evidence presented by the Union government in support of a notification it issued proscribing the outfit. In its sitting here, the tribunal headed by Justice G P Mittal …