Monthly Archives: November 2015

Controversy over Air Chief’s ‘comments’ on China

Controversy over Air Chief’s ‘comments’ on China

Controversy has erupted over comments attributed to India’s senior most military commander linking Chinese investments in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan to Beijing’s desire to contain ‘India’ and communalism still being one of the main threats to India’s internal security. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, …

Minister resigns amid ‘floating armoury’ probe

Minister resigns amid ‘floating armoury’ probe

Sri Lanka’s law and order minister quit on Monday to avert a possible split in the ruling coalition government after he defended a security firm amid a probe into allegations of a “floating armory”. Tilak Marapana, an ex-attorney general handpicked by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, …

A Tribute to an Erudite Monk

A Tribute to an Erudite Monk

The demise of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera at a hospital in Singapore yesterday brings to an end a life spent not only propagating the Dhamma but also fearlessly battling political giants without fear or favour across four decades. The seventy three-year-old monk, despite his vociferous …

Climate change could force 100M into poverty by 2030

Climate change could force 100M into poverty by 2030

There could be more than 100 million additional people living in extreme poverty by 2030 if the international community does not undertake rapid, inclusive and climate-smart development, a World Bank Group report warned Sunday. The report, “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on …

Reforms will ensure equitable growth

Reforms will ensure equitable growth

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who recently unveiled in Parliament a blueprint for what he called third-generation economic reforms, has assured his country that the proposed reforms will promote the “benefits of development among all” and “pave the way for sustainable development”. Mr. Wickremesinghe, …

Indians flying off to Bali, Sri Lanka this Diwali season

Indians flying off to Bali, Sri Lanka this Diwali season

Foreign destinations, especially those closer home, are a hit this Diwali season in metros as well as in two and three-tier cities. “We have seen a 25% rise in outbound travel. Families prefer overseas holidays for short duration. The climate is also conducive for travel,” …

Opposition to Tamil Nadu Muslim Preacher Jainul Abideen’s visit

Opposition to Tamil Nadu Muslim Preacher Jainul Abideen’s visit

The Sri Lankan government is likely to deny entry to Moulvi P Jainul Abideen, better known as PJ, the founder and star speaker of the fundamentalist Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ). A powerful section of Lankan Muslims who fear that PJ’s presence in the island …

Sri Lanka to Amend Law on Foreign Fishing Boats

Sri Lanka to Amend Law on Foreign Fishing Boats

The Sri Lankan cabinet on Wednesday resolved to amend the existing law to regulate fishing in Lankan waters by foreign vessels in view of the considerable increase in poaching. A note presented to the cabinet by Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera  said that while legal actions …

PTA detainees

PTA detainees

The fast by prisoners last month has given rise to fresh debate about justice for them. It is a sad reflection on Sri Lankan people and the new Government that the prisoners had to resort to such drastic action in order to even gain momentum …

Tea Board will commence buying premium quality tea

Tea Board will commence buying premium quality tea

In this context the government has to intervene in stabilizing the tea price as well as providing subsidies. In 2008 the then Government has controlled the reducing of tea price by purchasing tea from auction as well. In a bid to stabilise sagging tea prices, the …