Monthly Archives: December 2014

Commonwealth to observe election

Commonwealth to observe election

Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, former President of Guyana, will lead the Observer Group, which follows a formal invitation from Sri Lanka’s Commissioner of Elections, Mahinda Deshapriya. Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma reiterated the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory. He …

Floods, mudslides create havoc

Floods, mudslides create havoc

At least 30 people died and six are missing due to floods and landslides caused by the incessant rains that lashed the country for the past few days. The Disaster Management Center (DMC), reports that the severe weather continued to submerge most parts of the …

Muslim Congress quits Government

Muslim Congress quits Government

In a blow to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election bid, Sri Lanka’s largest Muslim party quit the government on Sunday to support common presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem said that the party’s decision to support the opposition candidate …

Aboard Sri Lanka’s tsunami train, an anguished hope of reunion

Aboard Sri Lanka’s tsunami train, an anguished hope of reunion

Ten years after a towering wave hurled the Sri Lankan train Samudra Devi off its tracks and killed more than 1,000 people, passenger Shanthi Gallage still carries a faint hope of finding her missing husband and daughter. Samudra Devi, or “Ocean Queen”, made a special …

TNA members to hold special meeting to discuss forthcoming Presidential Polls

TNA members to hold special meeting to discuss forthcoming Presidential Polls

The Tamil National Alliance is expected to announce its support to the Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, at his first meeting, scheduled to be held in Jaffna on Tuesday, 30 December. According to sources, Sirisena will address his first Jaffna meeting at Muththirai Chanthi in …

OIC team’s visit to Colombo delayed

OIC team’s visit to Colombo delayed

The scheduled visit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) team to Colombo to prepare for its secretary-general’s visit has been postponed on account of the Presidential elections. Secretary General of the OIC, Iyad Ameen Madani was to visit Sri Lanka early next year on an …

Pope Francis’ Sri Lanka Mission Unleashes Controversy

Pope Francis’ Sri Lanka Mission Unleashes Controversy

Pope Francis is due to make a three-day visit to Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka with the highlight of the visit being the canonization of Joseph Vaz, an Indian born 17th century Catholic missionary who spent most of his life in Sri Lanka to help Catholics persecuted …

Sri Lanka gears up for tight election race

Sri Lanka gears up for tight election race

   Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economy goes to the polls next month and Sri Lanka’s vote looks set to set to be a close race for the first time in nearly a decade. In November, President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced the country would go to the …

The challenge to Mr. Rajapaksa is being watched closely by officials in New Delhi, Washington and Beijing

The challenge to Mr. Rajapaksa is being watched closely by officials in New Delhi, Washington and Beijing

In the days after Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan president, was betrayed by a group of his longtime aides, comparisons were made to Judas Iscariot and the serpent in the Garden of Eden, but nothing expressed the depth of the president’s hurt and bewilderment like …

The Tsunami and the evolution of disaster response

The Tsunami and the evolution of disaster response

On the morning of 26 December 2004, Mohideen Ajeemal, a fish distributor from Sainathimaruthu, a village on Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, hurriedly climbed a coconut tree to escape rapidly rising seawater. As he did so he saw his young daughter and son struggling to save …