Monthly Archives: April 2015

Central Bank releases Annual Report

Central Bank releases Annual Report

The sixty fifth Annual Report of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka was handed over to Ravi Karunanayake, the Minister of Finance by Arjuna Mahendran, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on 29 April 2015. According to the report, …

Kerry Hopes to Reset US Relations With Sri Lanka

Kerry Hopes to Reset US Relations With Sri Lanka

A senior U.S. State Department official said Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry was traveling to Sri Lanka to show that the U.S. “applauds the vision” of that country’s new government. Kerry will visit Colombo on Saturday as part of a weeklong trip that includes …

TN fishermen asked not to trespass into Lankan waters

TN fishermen asked not to trespass into Lankan waters

Reiterating the Centre’s stand that Tamil Nadu fishermen should not cross the international maritime boundary line (IMBL), external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday advised a fishermen delegation that met her in New Delhi not to trespass into Sri Lankan waters and invite trouble. She …

Gang that sent Lanka refugees to Australia arrested

Gang that sent Lanka refugees to Australia arrested

Four members of a gang, which allegedly sent some Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from the state to various countries including Australia via Nepal using fake passports to avoid detection, have been arrested. The gang, all of them Sri Lankan Tamils, had used fake Indian passports …

Why the UK General Election matters for the United States

Why the UK General Election matters for the United States

Do Americans care about the upcoming British General Election? Does it matter in Boston, Chicago or Los Angeles whether Ed Miliband or David Cameron is in Downing Street, or if Labour forms a coalition government with the SNP, or the Tories get a majority? Judging …

Election defeat was a conspiracy

Election defeat was a conspiracy

Al Jazeera’s Minelle Fernandez interviewed former President  Rajapaksa in southern Sri Lanka for his first television interview since losing the presidency. Below is an edited transcript: Al Jazeera: The new government, after coming to power, said they have credible reports. Rajapaksa: That’s what they always say, …

Constitutional reforms passed

Constitutional reforms passed

Parliament on 28 April 2015 passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution a series of key constitutional reforms which include reducing the powers of the President.The opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) voted with the government on the proposals. 215 member from the 225 member …

SEC asks Kalpitiya Beach Resort to postpone EGM

SEC asks Kalpitiya Beach Resort to postpone EGM

The Security & Exchange Commission (SEC) wanted  Kalpitiya Beach Resort to postpone the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) scheduled for 08 May 2015 in response to a SEC order by one month. The SEC  directed Kalpitiya Beach Resort on 20 March 2015 to call an EGM to apprise …

US report on American engagement and leadership abroad released

US report on American engagement and leadership abroad released

The US State Department released the 2015 the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) Report on 28 April 2015. The QDDR defines a vision for American engagement and leadership abroad. The QDDR will be the blueprint for the next generation of American Diplomacy and will …

Secretary of State Kerry to visit Sri Lanka

Secretary of State Kerry to visit Sri Lanka

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 02 May  2015 for his first trip to the country and the first visit by a Secretary of State since 2004. He will meet government leaders, civil society members, and other representatives from …