Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sri Lanka is About to Get Balloon-Based Internet

Sri Lanka is About to Get Balloon-Based Internet

The island nation of Sri Lanka has just signed a major contract to become the first country on earth to enjoy complete, nationwide 3G internet coverage, and they’re doing it all with balloons. Yes, balloons. Specifically, 13 of them, floating high above the Indian Ocean, …

Rajapaksa ‘ready for struggle’ in comeback bid

Rajapaksa ‘ready for struggle’ in comeback bid

Sri Lanka’s former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa vowed on Tuesday to reclaim power in a general election, eight months after he was ousted as president, saying he was “ready for struggle” against an international war crimes investigation. Defeated by erstwhile ally Maithripala Sirisena in January, Rajapaksa …

Most annual reports sound like they are written by public relations experts

Most annual reports sound like they are written by public relations experts

Companies in Sri Lanka have many shortcomings in integrated reporting, according to Strategy and Integrated Thinking Consultant Graham Terry, who was part of the judging panel for Integrated Reporting Awards 2015 held recently. “The main disappointment for us was the length of the reports. Immense …

Leaked UN document casts doubts

Leaked UN document casts doubts

A leaked UN document raises concerns over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes. Channel 4 News has been supplied with the leaked document which critics claim could pre-empt and undermine September’s Human Rights Council discussion on a UN’s …

UK-based WorldRemit launches mobile money transfer in Sri Lanka

UK-based WorldRemit launches mobile money transfer in Sri Lanka

London-based money transfer business WorldRemit has launched instant mobile money transfers to Sri Lanka for the first time. The eZ Cash service is currently available to Dialog, Etisalat and Hutch subscribers, totaling 14 million people, according to a compnay media release. WorldRemit will enable customers …

TNA will not accept an internal inquiry

TNA will not accept an internal inquiry

Speaking at the Jaffna Press Club (JPC), Mr Suresh Premachandran said the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will not accept an internal inquiry following the publishing of the UN report examining atrocities in Sri Lanka,  at a press briefing on Monday 27 July. “They Government said …

Sri Lanka not fully compliant with standards

Sri Lanka not fully compliant with standards

The 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report released on Monday 27 July 2015 by the United States Secretary of State John Kerry has placed Sri Lanka among Tier 2 Watch List countries for a third consecutive year. Tier 2 countries are the countries whose governments do …

TNA Manifesto Becomes Poll Issue

TNA Manifesto Becomes Poll Issue

The manifesto of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections has become a major issue among the Sinhalese majority in the island nation. The TNA’s demand for “self-determination within a united but federal Sri Lanka” is being interpreted as …

New Constitution needed: TNA

New Constitution needed: TNA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka, has demanded that the country frame a new Constitution to address a host of issues it’s grappling with, including the Tamil question. Taking time off from his election campaign, R. Sampanthan, …

Chinese Firm to Do Study for Lanka Navy Dockyard

Chinese Firm to Do Study for Lanka Navy Dockyard

The China Harbour Construction Company (CHCC) has got a Sri Lankan government contract to do a feasibility study on building a naval dockyard at Hambantota in the south of the island, according to the respectable Lankan website www.economynext.com. The Lankan cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne had …