Monthly Archives: December 2014

New UK envoy to Lanka

New UK envoy to Lanka

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said, Mr James Dauris has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and British High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives in succession to Mr John Rankin. Mr Dauris will take up …

Sri Lanka has always been able to handle peaceful transitions

Sri Lanka has always been able to handle peaceful transitions

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has offered reassurances that his government will peacefully hand over power in the event of a possible defeat in tightly fought upcoming elections in January, as he seeks an unprecedented third term in office. In response to questions from the …

Russian rouble crisis affects tea exporters

Russian rouble crisis affects tea exporters

Central Bank Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal last Wednesday intervened to try to solve the crisis which has engulfed the country’s tea exporters who are reeling under the Russian rouble crisis. Russia is a destination to which 22% of Sri Lanka’s tea exports are shipped. Governor Cabraal …

Veteran film-maker Bharathiraja scouting for locations

Veteran film-maker Bharathiraja scouting for locations

Veteran film-maker Bharathiraja is currently in Sri Lanka scouting for locations in the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces for his yet to be named venture. The trend-setting Director was tightlipped about his project, but said that he is thinking of casting Indo-Lankan actor Pooja Umashankar …

Opposition platform questions China’s role

Opposition platform questions China’s role

Amidst concern in India over the growing Chinese presence in Sri Lanka, the joint opposition platform here has begun questioning China’s role in the island nation ahead of the January 8 presidential election. Earlier this week, leader of the United National Party (UNP) and former …

India to export two warships to Lanka

India to export two warships to Lanka

India will now export two warships to Sri Lanka after delivering a warship to Mauritius for the first time, Minister of State for Defence Production Rao Inderjit Singh said on Saturday. “From Sri Lanka, we have received an order to build two off-shore patrol vehicles …

Strip, Parade Chandrika, Says Lankan Education Minister

Strip, Parade Chandrika, Says Lankan Education Minister

The Friday Forum, a grouping of Sri Lankan intelligentsia, has asked for the immediate resignation of the Minister of Higher Education, S B Dissanayake, for saying on TV that former President Chandrika Kumaratunga should “be put down on the ground, trampled and stripped naked, and …

Pakistan hangs mastermind in Sri Lanka cricket team attack

Pakistan hangs mastermind in Sri Lanka cricket team attack

Pakistan on Friday hanged two militants as it began executing those on death row in the wake of the moratorium on the death penalty being lifted following the Peshawar school massacre. The first to be executed were Aqeel Ahmad aka Dr Usman, and Arshad Mehmood. …

Goans granted financial assistance for canonisation ceremony of Blessed Joseph Vaz

Goans granted financial assistance for canonisation ceremony of Blessed Joseph Vaz

Five hundred Goans will be granted financial assistance of Rs.12,000 each for a trip to Sri Lanka for the canonisation ceremony of Blessed Joseph Vaz early next year, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Friday. Parsekar was speaking during a ceremony held on the state’s 54th …

Closer Ties with India

Closer Ties with India

Sri Lanka’s main opposition on Friday pledged to have closer ties with India that would be neither “anti-Indian nor dependent” if they win the January presidential polls against incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa. Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena in a policy document promised to establish equal ties with …