Monthly Archives: December 2015

Another High-Level US Visit to Sri Lanka This Week

Another High-Level US Visit to Sri Lanka This Week

Another high-level U.S. visit to Sri Lanka occurs this week. Since the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January, there seems to be no limit to the number of times that senior State Department officials visit the island nation. Counselor Thomas Shannon will be in …

India funds 200-bed Hospital in North

India funds 200-bed Hospital in North

India has constructed a 200-bed hospital ward complex at a cost of USD 13 lakh in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated former war zone of North. The project in the northern district of Vavuniya has been implemented under full grant assistance of the Government of India amounting to …

US and India displeased with Wigneswaran?

US and India displeased with Wigneswaran?

Super Power United States as well as Regional Power India are none too happy with the political conduct of C.V.Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province. US and Indian envoys have directly conveyed to him their concern that his unhelpful and radical …

Wigneswaran assures India of TNA unity

Wigneswaran assures India of TNA unity

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has assured India that the differences in the  Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will be ironed out and that unity will be maintained to enable the Tamils to secure their rights in Sri Lanka. This assurance …

Capitulation of Colombo to the British

Capitulation of Colombo to the British

Once the British were successful in seizing the Dutch settlements in Sri Lanka, other than Colombo, they made preparations against Colombo. As soon as the British occupied Fort Oostenberg in Trincomalee on 31 August 1795 and later Batticaloa, Point Pedro, Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Kalpitiya, …

Malaysian govt urged to release activist

Malaysian govt urged to release activist

Film makers, lawyers, writers and artists worldwide have called on the Malaysian government to drop the case against Lena Hendry, a human rights activist who was detained after screening the film, ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’. The letter goes on to state; …

Skeletal remains from mass grave to be sent abroad

Skeletal remains from mass grave to be sent abroad

Skeletal remains found at an alleged mass grave in the Tamil-dominated former warzone in Sri Lanka will be sent overseas for DNA tests, a lawyer said on Saturday. V S Niranjan, a lawyer at the Magistrate’s Court in Mannar, said that Magistrate M Alexrajah issued …

Sri Lanka is welcoming China – and its money – once more

Sri Lanka is welcoming China – and its money – once more

When he was in power, the megalomania of Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was so artless it was almost endearing. His clan come from the southern coastal village of Hambantota, a fishing village buffeted by fierce Indian Ocean waves and as far from the …

Another US envoy to visit SL

Another US envoy to visit SL

US State Department Counselor Ambassador Thomas Shannon is to visit Sri Lanka from 14 to 16 December, the US Embassy in Colombo said. Shannon would be accompanied by Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia Manpreet Singh Anand in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, Ambassador Shannon will …

Protest urging new probe into fate of 2 missing activists

Protest urging new probe into fate of 2 missing activists

About 100 colleagues and family members protested outside Colombo’s main railway station on Thursday to urge the Sri Lankan government to conduct a new investigation into the fate of two activists who disappeared four years ago. The activists — Lalith Kumar Weeraraju and Kugan Muruganandan …