Monthly Archives: September 2014

Pope to canonise Joseph Vaz as Sri Lanka’s first saint

Pope to canonise Joseph Vaz as Sri Lanka’s first saint

Pope Francis has approved Blessed Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) as Sri Lanka’s first saint. Pope Francis is expected to canonize the Rev. Giuseppe Baz, a 17th-century missionary, during his January visit to Sri Lanka. Joseph Vaz was born in Goa, India, in 1651, but chose to work in …

Subramanian Swamy summoned in defamation case filed by Jayalalithaa

Subramanian Swamy summoned in defamation case filed by Jayalalithaa

A Chennai court on Wednesday ordered issue of summons to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to appear before it on October 30 in connection with a defamation suit filed against him by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. Principal Sessions Judge Audinathan ordered issuance of summons after …

Sri Lanka, China clinches defence cooperation and maritime security deal

Sri Lanka, China clinches defence cooperation and maritime security deal

Sri Lanka and China on Tuesday clinched defence and maritime security cooperation deal with Colombo pledging to support silk trade route, a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. These were contained in a strategic cooperative partnership agreement released after the bilateral talks between Sri Lankan …

France happy over continuation of RSF case

France happy over continuation of RSF case

The French Embassy said yesterday it was pleased to know that the case on the killing of 17 aid workers was being pursued and would like to encourage the Attorney General’s Department in this endeavor. These aid workers attached to the French organisation called ‘Action Contre …

British Deputy High Commissioner visits Eastern Province

British Deputy High Commissioner visits Eastern Province

British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies visited the Eastern Province from 9-12 September, travelling to Pottuvil, Arugam Bay, Oluvil, Kalmunai, Kattankudy, Batticaloa and Trincomalee. She met a range of individuals and communities, including government and military representatives, civil society, political parties and …

China Maritime Silk Road Proves Boon for Sri Lanka as Xi Lands

China Maritime Silk Road Proves Boon for Sri Lanka as Xi Lands

A view from Sri Lanka’s capital of land curving into a sea once famed for its pearls now shows giant yellow digger trucks piling boulders. It’s another show of China’s increasing global influence. Once fought over by European powers, Sri Lanka is now benefiting from …

Experts Divided Over Sri Lanka’s Growing Dependence on China

Experts Divided Over Sri Lanka’s Growing Dependence on China

In the run up to the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Sri Lanka, which begins on Tuesday, opinion makers in the island nation are debating as to whether Colombo’s burgeoning dependence on loans from Beijing will be good for the country. China and …

Assured and re-assured’ on 13A says India

Assured and re-assured’ on 13A says India

Official Spokesperson Indian External Affairs Ministry Shri Syed Akbaruddin briefing media on 15 September 2014 answering a question by journalists on the the statement made recently by the Sri Lankan President  that the Thirteenth Amendment is not possible. and on India’s stand said: Official Spokesperson: …

Tamil Diaspora demonstrate in Geneva

Tamil Diaspora demonstrate in Geneva

Tamils from across Europe demonstrated in Geneva on 15 September 2014, demanding justice against genocide and a referendum on independence, organised by the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC). The demonstrators carried banners and placards decrying the military occupation of the North-East and stating “Our Homeland Tamil Eelam” and …

President to address the UN General Assembly

President to address the UN General Assembly

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for the United States on September 22 on an official visit, Presidential Secretariat sources said. He will arrive in New York to attend the 69th UN General Assembly which starts on September 24. The President will address the UN General …