Monthly Archives: December 2014

Sri Lankan church: candidates pledge no violence

Sri Lankan church: candidates pledge no violence

The two main candidates in Sri Lanka’s presidential election have promised a violence-free vote, with Pope Francis scheduled to visit the country just days later, a church leader said. Francis is to begin a three-day visit on Jan. 13, five days after the poll. Some …

TN parties clash in Rajya Sabha over arrest of fishermen by Lanka

TN parties clash in Rajya Sabha over arrest of fishermen by Lanka

DMK and AIADMK members were locked in a war of words in the Rajya Sabha over the arrest of Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on Friday. Statement sought MPs from both parties got into a heated argument when the AIADMK objected to a …

Sri Lankan govt denies using state resources to skew poll

Sri Lankan govt denies using state resources to skew poll

Sri Lanka’s government has denied allegations made by a group of independent monitors that it is using state resources to give an unfair advantage to President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is running for an unprecedented third term in next month’s election. The seven observer groups, some …

India need not be insecure about Chinese presence in Sri Lanka

India need not be insecure about Chinese presence in Sri Lanka

India should have an open mind about Chinese projects in Sri Lanka unless the island was seen conferring special favours on China, which is yet not the case, former diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala said. Mr. Dhanapala, widely acclaimed as a top diplomat who played a key …

Four Killed as Air Force Plane Crashes

Four Killed as Air Force Plane Crashes

At least four people were killed and one person was injured after a Sri Lanka Air Force plane crashed at Athurugiriya, in the outskirts of  Colombo. The Air Force Antanov 32 aircraft lost contact with the ground and went missing from radar shortly after taking off from …

Land grab and Militarisation destroying Tamil life – Chief Minister

Land grab and Militarisation destroying Tamil life – Chief Minister

Addressing the youth conference “Journey for the freedom of Youth in Northern Province”on 10 December at Weerasingham hall Jaffna,  conducted by the ‘Association of Friendship and Love’ (AFRIEL), to commemorate International Human Rights day, the Northern Provincial Council chief minister C.V. Wigneswaran said, the Tamil people in …

Sri Lanka is actually the highest rated country in south Asia in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index

Sri Lanka is actually the highest rated country in south Asia in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index

A Question was raised in the British House of Lords on 11 Dec by Lord Sheikh  on what plans they have to encourage more bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. He said ” Aside from our historical ties and the strong Sri Lankan economy and …

Gammanpila defects again

Gammanpila defects again

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has regained momentum in his bid for a third term with another leading politician abandoning the opposition to join his campaign. Udaya Gammanpila, a top official from the Buddhist nationalist National Heritage Party, defected from the opposition Thursday. He is …

Protest unfair

Protest unfair

BJP leader L. Ganesan said that the refusal to meet and talk to the Sri Lankan President and at the same time, demanding a resolution of the Tamils’ issue was similar to asking a doctor to cure sick persons without seeing them. Referring to media …

Police arrest protesters in Tirupati

Police arrest protesters in Tirupati

Mild tension gripped following the arrival of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Tirumala on Tuesday even as Tamil groups led by MDMK in Tamil Nadu tried to sneak into downhill Tirupati to raise their voice against the dignitary’s visit. The police arrested several protesters …