Monthly Archives: December 2014

US denies funding opposition

US denies funding opposition

The US Embassy in Sri Lanka denied on Saturday it was “pumping money” into the country to topple President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the allegations were levelled by a minister. Resettlement Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon accused US envoy Michele Sison of seeking to fund opposition forces in …

Washington’s intrigues against Sri Lankan president

Washington’s intrigues against Sri Lankan president

By Pani Wijesiriwardena. (Socialist Equality Party Presidential Candidate).                                                                           …

Presidential election 2015 is getting heated now

Presidential election 2015 is getting heated now

By Muheed Jeeran.                                                                  Presidential election 2015 is getting heated now and an unexpected arrival …

Maithripala Sirisena could say anything on whatever he wants

Maithripala Sirisena could say anything on whatever he wants

The Tamil National Alliance yesterday said it had no comment to make on common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirsena’s statement, that he would protect President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the UN investigation into the alleged war crimes and human rights violations. TNA spokesman Suresh Premachandran said it …

Sri Lanka’s Next Step

Sri Lanka’s Next Step

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called a snap election two weeks ago, giving voters until January to decide whether to grant him an unprecedented third term. Despite his achievements, Sri Lankans may decide they need a different kind of leadership. When Mr. Rajapaksa came to …

Rattled by Chinese submarines, India joins other nations in rebuilding fleet

Rattled by Chinese submarines, India joins other nations in rebuilding fleet

India is speeding up a navy modernization program and leaning on its neighbors to curb Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean, as nations in the region become increasingly jittery over Beijing’s growing undersea prowess. Just months after a stand-off along the disputed border dividing …

Sivajilingam goes berserk

Sivajilingam goes berserk

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member M.K. Sivajilingham threw a tantrum at the council session today after the chairman of the council refused to conduct a vote on a resolution presented by him. According to the Jaffna media, the NPC member had thrown …

Navy monitoring development by China in ports

Navy monitoring development by China in ports

The Indian Navy is “very closely” monitoring the infrastructure development by China in various ports around India, Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan today said even as he played down the presence of Chinese ships and submarines in the Indian Ocean. The Navy chief also …

Sri Lanka is the new route for gold smuggling

Sri Lanka is the new route for gold smuggling

Following increased surveillance on traditional routes, smugglers have found a new way to bring in gold — Sri Lanka. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials said quite a few gold consignments seized in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu were brought from Sri Lanka. …

Appeals to put off visit

Appeals to put off visit

A number of prominent Roman Catholic priests and laypeople in Sri Lanka are appealing to Pope Francis to put off a scheduled visit, saying the government is using the occasion as propaganda to imply the pope’s support for President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking an …