Monthly Archives: June 2015

China’s lone aircraft carrier conducts drills at sea

China’s lone aircraft carrier conducts drills at sea

China’s sole aircraft carrier conducted exercises on Friday, the navy said without specifying its location, amid escalating disputes over maritime territory with some of China’s Asian neighbours. The Liaoning conducted drills and tests in the “relevant sea” along with carrier-based fighter jets after setting sail …

CBSL establishes Legal and Compliance Department

CBSL establishes Legal and Compliance Department

A statement by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said that its Monetary Board has established a Legal and Compliance Department in order to meet the growing responsibilities the Bank has to undertake under the new legislative enactments relating to the financial sector. Establishment of the …

Let us travel together on a common journey of peace

Let us travel together on a common journey of peace

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Ministry of Public Order & Christian Religious Affairs jointly handed over Dual Citizenship Certificates to recipients at the Foreign Ministry on 11 June 2015. The provision of dual citizenship was restored in March 2015 and 150 certificates were …

Abdul Kalam chief guest at power and energy meeting

Abdul Kalam chief guest at power and energy meeting

Sri Lanka has invited former Indian President A P J  Abdul Kalam as chief guest at a power and energy conference to be held in Colombo on June 26 and 27. Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka had visited New Delhi recently to invite India’s …

Developments and the Way Forward in Sri Lanka

Developments and the Way Forward in Sri Lanka

By Senator Patrick Leahy.                                            I want to speak briefly about recent developments in Sri Lanka where the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena has …

Is it an offence if Australians pay people smugglers to turn back?

Is it an offence if Australians pay people smugglers to turn back?

An Indonesian police chief has alleged that an Australian customs official paid people smugglers thousands of dollars to turn their boat back to Indonesia. The boat in question was carrying 65 asylum seekers hoping to reach New Zealand. Australian officials boarded the boat in late …

CPA levels charges against Presidential Commission on missing persons

CPA levels charges against Presidential Commission on missing persons

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA)  addressed a letter on 08 June 2015 to the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (COI), indicating shortcomings in the conduct of the Sri Lankan government’s Presidential Commission. Its letter said: Raising Concerns with the Work …

Election manifesto would reveal political aspirations of the Tamil people

Election manifesto would reveal political aspirations of the Tamil people

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance and Trincomalee District TNA Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has said the election manifesto of the TNA in the forthcoming parliamentary election would reveal the true political aspirations of the Tamil people, what they are fighting for and what they expect. …

US State Department official is to visit Sri Lanka to Study State of Media

US State Department official is to visit Sri Lanka to Study State of Media

US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Eileen O’Connor  is to visit Sri Lanka this week to study the state of the media following the January 8 elections. She will have talks in  with Government officials and the media …

Smartphone-wielding civilians to combat war crimes

Smartphone-wielding civilians to combat war crimes

A new mobile phone app enabling civilians in conflict-torn countries to capture and share verifiable footage of war crimes will help authorities to prosecute the perpetrators, a leading legal body said as it launched the app on Monday. Mobile phone footage of human rights abuses, …