Monthly Archives: December 2014

President to return gold recovered from Eelam Banks

President to return gold recovered from Eelam Banks

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hand over a part of recovered gold jewellery belonging to over 2,100 Northerners at Temple Trees today afternoon. These valuables had been recovered by the Army from the ‘Eelam banks’ set up by the LTTE in the North in 2009. Military Spokesperson, …

EU Council to appeal annulment of restrictions against LTTE

EU Council to appeal annulment of restrictions against LTTE

The Council of the European Union (EU) will appeal the judgement of the General Court to annul the proscribing of the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This was stated in a statement released on 02 December 2014, by the Council of the European …

Sri Lankan stocks rise

Sri Lankan stocks rise

Sri Lankan stocks traded firmer on Wednesday as investors picked up select blue-chips amid low volumes even as investors turned cautious over buying into risky assets on political uncertainty ahead of the Jan. 8 presidential poll. At 0559 GMT, the main stock index was up …

Doval Satisfied With Bilateral Ties

Doval Satisfied With Bilateral Ties

Sri Lanka says that the visiting Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval had expressed “much satisfaction” about the “quality and range” of the bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka during his meeting with Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa here on Tuesday. The Lankan Presidential …

Tamil federalism plan rejected

Tamil federalism plan rejected

In an agreement with a major Buddhist political party, an opposition presidential candidate in Sri Lanka said Tuesday that he opposes a proposal from ethnic Tamil leaders for a federal model granting greater autonomy to provinces to solve the country’s decades-long ethnic conflict. Maithripala Sirisena …

British visitors cautioned

British visitors cautioned

In an updated travel advice on Sri Lanka issued on 01 December 2014, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has advised British citizens visiting Sri Lanka   to be vigilant as a result of the upcoming Presidential elections . It has announced that Presidential elections have been announced for …

Catholic Church says don’t  mix Pope and Politics

Catholic Church says don’t mix Pope and Politics

The Catholic Church Monday asked Sri Lankan authorities immediately to remove presidential election posters bearing the image of Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit the island next month. The church also denied claims by an opposition lawmaker that the pontiff had cancelled his January …

Indian Ocean has to remain a zone of peace: Ajit Doval

Indian Ocean has to remain a zone of peace: Ajit Doval

If the Indian Ocean has to contribute to the prosperity of different nations, it is necessary that it remains a zone of peace, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval said on Monday. He was delivering the keynote address at the ‘Galle Dialogue’, held in Sri …

Russian Economy Close to Crisis

Russian Economy Close to Crisis

Vladimir Putin is not short of problems, many of his own creation. There is the carnage in eastern Ukraine, where he is continuing to stir things up. There are his fraught relations with the West, with even Germany turning against him now. There is an …

MOU signed by Common Opposition

MOU signed by Common Opposition

 As Sri Lankans we face several grave challenges. The country, which was once seen as a  model of democracy, has degenerated in recent years into a place where its citizens cannot  live with dignity and in safety. Among the manifestations of this situation are: • …