Monthly Archives: November 2015

Proposal to release 217 Tamils in detention

Proposal to release 217 Tamils in detention

The Sri Lankan government is considering a proposal to release the 217 Tamils currently in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), after putting them through a program of rehabilitation, the Minister of National Dialogue, Mano Ganeshan, told Express here on Wednesday. Ganeshan recalled …

Deal on running floating armoury revoked?

Deal on running floating armoury revoked?

Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena on Wednesday revoked all deals by a private security firm related to running “floating armouries”, a government spokesman said, the latest move in a scandal which has brought down a government minister. Police this year seized more than 3,000 weapons …

El Nino Creates Topsy Turvy Weather in Sri Lanka

El Nino Creates Topsy Turvy Weather in Sri Lanka

Residents in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and outlying areas have been waking up to misty mornings of late. A decade ago, regular mist in this area just above the equator would have been a noteworthy event. These days, it is a regular occurrence in …

Tea crisis triggers emergency meeting

Tea crisis triggers emergency meeting

A crisis over prices has triggered an emergency meeting of the tea industry stakeholders last week when a wide range of issues and their causes as well as possible solutions were discussed. The Ex-Co of the Tea Exporters Association (TEA) convened the meeting with the …

Call to remove Northern Province CM is not party opinion

Call to remove Northern Province CM is not party opinion

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says that the call made by a member of the party to remove Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran from the party is not the entire opinion of the party. Calls by Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran to remove C.V. Wigneswaran from …

Suu Kyi to defy military

Suu Kyi to defy military

Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi made it clear today that she was ready to defy the powerful military’s attempts to clip her wings, as fresh results from Sunday’s historic election showed her party heading for a resounding win. As vote tallies trickled in, …

Tamil political parties call for Hartal in North and East

Tamil political parties call for Hartal in North and East

The Tamil National Alliance and the Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) have called for hartals in Jaffna, Killinochchi and Vavuniya on Friday November 13 to demand for the release of Tamil political prisoners. The TNPF leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam called for the shutting down of all …

Political opening won’t last forever

Political opening won’t last forever

Sri Lanka’s new government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, has now made a range of assurances via an extensive reform agenda and is now faced with the trickier task of implementation. Elections in January (when Sirisena defeated the increasingly authoritarian Mahinda Rajapaksa in his quest …

Maha Orange’s first export consignment on its way to Lanka

Maha Orange’s first export consignment on its way to Lanka

Maha Orange, a farmers’ cooperative federal society from Nagpur, created history by exporting the first ever consignment of 26 tons of oranges to Sri Lanka from Karanja Ghadge, about 75 km Nagpur. This is the first time that orange farmers from Vidarbha have actually sent …

Will Lanka regain its serendipity?

Will Lanka regain its serendipity?

Some years before his death in 2008, I sat in the modest Colombo home of Mr Harry Goonatillake, a retired chief of the Sri Lankan Air Force, listening to his reminiscences about flying Mr Lee Kuan Yew around the island when the Singapore leader visited …