Monthly Archives: January 2015

Good relations with India a priority

Good relations with India a priority

Sri Lanka’s new government will start its relationship with India on a “clean slate,” Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told The Hindu ahead of his departure to New Delhi on Saturday. Coinciding with his trip, the Sri Lankan government released 15 Indian fishermen in its custody, …

Every religion has dignity

Every religion has dignity

“Every religion has dignity; every religion that respects life”, remarked Pope Francis at a press conference during a visit to Asia. This included a visit to a Buddhist temple while he was in Sri Lanka. Some politicians have tried to bolster their own power in …

Rajapaksa government tried to pit China and India

Rajapaksa government tried to pit China and India

Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa-led government tried to pit China and India against each other. “President Rajapaksa’s regime tried to play China against India and India against China but it came a cropper,” Wickramasinghe told NDTV. Responding …

Sampanthan suspends Ananthy Sasitharan

Sampanthan suspends Ananthy Sasitharan

District General Secretary of Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) K. Thurairasasingam has sent a registered letter to Northern provincial councillor Ms Ananthy Sasitharan,  suspending her from the ITAK for having acted against the decision of the ITAK to support Maithiripala Sirisena at the Presidential Election, informed TNA …

MIA is not the spokesperson that Sri Lanka needs right now

MIA is not the spokesperson that Sri Lanka needs right now

I’ve just re-watched MIA’s interview on Channel 4 News about the recent Sri Lankan elections. I love her music, and being a British Sri Lankan myself, I think it’s great that she’s been so successful. But I’m cringing. Why? MIA (real name Mathangi Arulpragasam) has …

Biswal calls for forging stronger bonds with Sri Lanka

Biswal calls for forging stronger bonds with Sri Lanka

United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Biswal has called for forging stronger bonds with Sri Lanka while participating in the Thaipongal celebration held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC on January 14. The end of a …

Ban on foreigners visiting north zone lifted

Ban on foreigners visiting north zone lifted

Sri Lanka has lifted a ban on foreign travelers visiting the former war zone in the north of the country, its defence ministry said on Friday, as the new government promotes reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils after a 26-year war. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government …

Government has ordered CID to conduct inquiry

Government has ordered CID to conduct inquiry

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat in the Presidential elections was followed by the news that he had attempted a coup as the results poured in, predicting his defeat. Now, even more explosive revelations have emerged about the attempted coup. In an exclusive interview to NDTV , former …

Mystery kidney killer spreads fear in Sri Lanka

Mystery kidney killer spreads fear in Sri Lanka

It’s mid morning and hundreds of people are squeezed under a banyan tree’s shady canopy to have blood drawn by just three nurses, working assembly-line fast. Others wait outside this dusty rural health center to get their vitals taken and give urine samples. Most of …

Sri Lanka’s new PM assures continued cooperation with China

Sri Lanka’s new PM assures continued cooperation with China

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has promised continued cooperation with China during his meeting with the Chinese ambassador, a press release from the Chinese Embassy said here on Thursday. Sri Lanka attaches great importance to developing relations with China, and is willing to further …