Monthly Archives: April 2015

Opposition Puts Spoke in Constitutional Reform

Opposition Puts Spoke in Constitutional Reform

The opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), whose support is essential for passing the 19 th. Constitutional Amendment (19A) with the required two-thirds majority, has said again that it will not support 19A unless a second constitutional amendment on electoral reforms is simultaneously introduced. This …

$1.5 bln sovereign bond issue dropped

$1.5 bln sovereign bond issue dropped

Sri Lanka has dropped plans for an up to $1.5 billion sovereign bond issue scheduled for April, its finance minister said on Friday, days after parliament rejected his bid to raise government borrowing limits ahead of national elections. Ravi Karunanayake flagged the issue in February …

State lottery money used for election campaign

State lottery money used for election campaign

Sri Lanka’s former rulers, the Rajapakse regime has used 375 million rupees from the state lottery board to fund the presidential election campaign, National Lottery Board said. “We have started an audit at the National lottery board,” Shyamala Perera, newly appointed Chairperson of National Lottery …

Tamil Party Wants to be Leader of Opposition

Tamil Party Wants to be Leader of Opposition

The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) has written to the Speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament to suggest that it should be recognized as the Leader of the Opposition in parliament in view of the fact that other parties have become part of the “national” …

China, Sri Lanka Hold Military Drill ‘Silk Road Cooperation 2015’

China, Sri Lanka Hold Military Drill ‘Silk Road Cooperation 2015’

China and Sri Lanka have held a joint drill at a comprehensive military training base in southern China to enhance their capabilities, specially in combating terror. The Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (APF) and the Sri Lankan Army held the drill code-named ‘Silk Road Cooperation …

Sri Lanka’s Leader to Dissolve Parliament and Launch War Crimes Probe

Sri Lanka’s Leader to Dissolve Parliament and Launch War Crimes Probe

Sri Lanka’s new leader plans to dissolve the country’s Parliament in May, setting the island nation on course for general elections in late June or early July — around the same time that he plans to announce details of a probe into allegations of human …

SC determination on 19A to Constitution

SC determination on 19A to Constitution

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he was withdrawing sections of a bill on transferring presidential powers to the premier as part of election pledges to turn Sri Lanka into a parliamentary democracy. Mr. Wickremesinghe said he was proceeding with the rest of the bill including on …

Historic encounter with Castro awaits Obama in Panama

Historic encounter with Castro awaits Obama in Panama

Turning the page on a half-century of hostility, President Barack Obama signaled Thursday he will soon remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, boosting hopes for improved ties as he prepared for a historic encounter with Cuban President Raul Castro. Hours …

Sri Lanka targets US tourists through “Monkey Kingdom”

Sri Lanka targets US tourists through “Monkey Kingdom”

Sri Lanka tourism promotion office says that the country is set to receive a massive boost from in its seventh key market USA with the recently launched Disney documentary movie ‘Monkey Kingdom’. We need to do everything we can”, said Tourism Minister, Navin Dissanayake. “To make sure …

Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace

Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace

By: Ranil Wickremesinghe.                                                                                  Winning a …