Monthly Archives: December 2014

Bollywood’s Salman Khan in fresh controversy

Bollywood’s Salman Khan in fresh controversy

Controversies and Salman Khan are inseparable. The Bollywood star who is in Sri Lanka at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has kicked up yet another storm – both in India and Sri Lanka. Even as Salman Khan insists his visit is not political, Opposition …

Sri Lanka raises deposit rate for over-60s to 12 pct before election

Sri Lanka raises deposit rate for over-60s to 12 pct before election

Sri Lanka’s central bank on Tuesday raised fixed deposit rates for some savers aged over 60 to 12 percent, as promised in the 2015 budget and ahead of a Jan. 8 snap presidential poll. All deposit holders above 60 years and holding fixed deposits of …

Mr Rajapaksa may still, just, be the favourite

Mr Rajapaksa may still, just, be the favourite

When he called a presidential election for January 8th, two years before he had to, Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa must have been confident of victory. Provincial elections had shown that his once unassailable popularity was waning. But the opposition was fractured, the economy was doing well …

Common candidate seeks Mannar Bishop’s support to win presidential race

Common candidate seeks Mannar Bishop’s support to win presidential race

Common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena who is on an election campaign to the  north  met Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph on 30 December and sought his support at the January 08 presidential poll. Mr. Sirisena was accompanied by former ministers Rishard Bathiudeen, Rajitha Senaratne and several …

MDMK protest against broadcasting President’s Interview

MDMK protest against broadcasting President’s Interview

MDMK cadres on Monday staged an agitation in front of the office of a private TV news channel in Chennai, which is scheduled to broadcast an interview of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Earlier, party founder Vaiko garlanded the statue of the founder of the …

TNA decides to back common opposition Presidential candidate

TNA decides to back common opposition Presidential candidate

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided to back common opposition candidate  Maithripala Sirisena at the next presidential election. TNA leader R. Sampanthan made the announcement at a press conference held at the Janaki Hotel, Colombo this morning in the presence of other TNA members. Statement by …

UN chief calls for ‘peaceful and credible’ election

UN chief calls for ‘peaceful and credible’ election

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed his “strong expectation” that the Government of Sri Lanka will ensure “the peaceful and credible conduct” of its upcoming Presidential election, scheduled for the beginning of the New Year. In a phone call last week with G.L. Peiris, …

Salman Khan Campaigns for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Upsets Tamil Parties

Salman Khan Campaigns for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Upsets Tamil Parties

Actor Salman Khan has earned the ire of political parties in Tamil Nadu for agreeing to campaign for Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa in elections to be held in that country next month. Salman Khan accompanied his Sri Lankan co-star Jacqueline Fernandez to Colombo to …

Sri Lanka: An election that India needs to watch

Sri Lanka: An election that India needs to watch

Any nation-wide election in the neighbourhood is a treat and/or threat for India not to miss watching even otherwise. Advanced presidential polls in Sri Lanka, the second in a row, slated for 8 January 2015, demands India’s attention even more, given the nature of bilateral …

Postwar Sri Lanka’s Awkward Peace

Postwar Sri Lanka’s Awkward Peace

Two men were riding the train known as the Queen of Jaffna as it rattled through the haunted battlegrounds of Sri Lanka’s civil war. One of them, Nisal Kavinda, a 20-year-old man from the Sinhalese ethnic group, was jubilant. He had wanted to ride this …