Monthly Archives: October 2014

New Trains, New Hopes, Old Anguish

New Trains, New Hopes, Old Anguish

The kids of Kodikaman, a dusty village straddling the newly laid railway line in Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna District, enjoy a special treat these days. For hours on end, they wait expectantly at the edge of the rails for a track construction engine to pass …

Government returns gold found in LTTE Banks during conflict

Government returns gold found in LTTE Banks during conflict

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to visit  the North on 12, 13 and 14 October 2014, to inaugurate the resumption of the Yal Devi train service to Jaffna and participate in several people’s welfare programs. The President’s visit is basically to fulfill some  LLRC recommendations such …

Can Queen of Jaffna train’s reunite Sri Lanka?

Can Queen of Jaffna train’s reunite Sri Lanka?

A ONCE-popular train linking the ethnic Tamil region to the rest of Sri Lanka comes back into service next week, 24 years after a bloody civil war cut the link to the region. The return of the Queen of Jaffna marks a step toward restoring …

India Has Lot to Learn from Sri Lanka

India Has Lot to Learn from Sri Lanka

Indian Defence Secretary R K Mathur has told Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, that India has a lot to learn from Lanka in military matters. “There is a whole lot of things we would like to learn from Sri Lanka,” Mathur told Rajapaksa when he …

International conference on Media’s Role for Democratisation Process in Post-War Sri Lanka

International conference on Media’s Role for Democratisation Process in Post-War Sri Lanka

The International Association of Tamil Journalists (IATAJ) is holding its annual  conference in London, under the theme “Media’s Role for Democratisation Process in the Post-War Sri Lanka in the Age of the ‘ War on Terrorism”  on October 11  2014 in London. The conference, aims to …

Cricket legend Ian Botham takes his grandchildren to the island country with an enormous soul

Cricket legend Ian Botham takes his grandchildren to the island country with an enormous soul

My initial impression of Sri Lanka? Hot. I first visited in 1982 – when England played their first test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Then we went and played in Kandy, in the central province, and it has become one of my favourite places in …

Northern Council to boycott meetings

Northern Council to boycott meetings

Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran, responding to an invitation to attend a Special District Development meeting to be chaired by President Rajapaksa in Jaffna on October 13, accuses the Sri Lankan government of overlooking the Northern Provincial Council. Signalling a boycott …

US supports construction of new hospital in Kilinochchi

US supports construction of new hospital in Kilinochchi

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Andrew C. Mann is planning to join Dr. P. Sathiyalingan, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Northern Provincial Council, for a personal tour of the Akkaryankulam Divisional Hospital tomorrow, October 11.  The tour will be guided by hospital Director Dr. Chandrika …

NPC introduces resolution urging Security Forces to vacate private property & land

NPC introduces resolution urging Security Forces to vacate private property & land

The Northern Provincial Council yesterday introduced a resolution, at a special session, urging the Security Forces to vacate from the private buildings and private lands in all five districts of the Northern Province before 31 December this year. The Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council, …

Sri Lanka Should Be Judged In Proportion To The Challenges Faced

Sri Lanka Should Be Judged In Proportion To The Challenges Faced

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation to the Human Rights Committee Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha asked the Human Rights Committee to “judge Sri Lanka in proportion to the challenges Sri Lanka has continued to face as …