Monthly Archives: January 2016

Bishop of Mannar resigns

Bishop of Mannar resigns

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation presented by Msgr. Joseph Rayappu, from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Mannar, in Sri Lanka, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law and has appointed Msgr. Joseph Kingsley Swampillai retired …

55 Indian fishermen released

55 Indian fishermen released

A total of 55 fishermen from various districts of the State, imprisoned in Sri Lankan jails were released on Thursday, while the remaining are expected to be released over the next couple of days. Of the 104 fishermen, for whose release efforts are being taken, …

Addressing problems from the past will create the right conditions for greater prosperity in the future

Addressing problems from the past will create the right conditions for greater prosperity in the future

Foreign Office Minister for Asia  Hugo Swire, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka addressed the Council for Business with Britain alongside Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development, Eran Wickramaratne on 14 January 2016. In his address to the Council  Mr …

Uber launches new budget version in Sri Lanka

Uber launches new budget version in Sri Lanka

Uber, a global ride sharing company in over 340 cities in 60 countries, launched its more economical version, UberGO in Colombo, Thursday. UberGO operates with smaller hatchback vehicles like Suzuki Altos and Tata Nanos and is the second product option after uberX and is more economical, …

Hugo Swire, on third official visit to Sri Lanka.

Hugo Swire, on third official visit to Sri Lanka.

The visit is the latest in a series of high level engagements between the governments of the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka over the last year. Relations between the two countries have been reinvigorated since the election of President Sirisena in January 2015. Mr Swire …

There is no more a demand for a separate Tamil state

There is no more a demand for a separate Tamil state

Addressing parliament on 12 January on the proposal to convert the House to a Constitutional Assembly  Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan said that there is no more a demand for a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka. The TNA leader said that …

Sri Lankan team faces inspection for ‘scandalous behaviour’ on NZ tour

Sri Lankan team faces inspection for ‘scandalous behaviour’ on NZ tour

Sri Lanka’s demoralised cricket team faces an investigation into alleged “scandalous behaviour” during its dismal tour of New Zealand, including drinking parties and squabbling, the sports minister said Tuesday. Dayasiri Jayasekera said he had been handed photos of national players attending all-night parties just before …

Colombo’s key role in the region

Colombo’s key role in the region

Would Sri Lanka being the latest political playground for India and Pakistan and its whipping boy if efforts of reconciliation fail? Without any doubt the Indian Ocean Island of 22 million people is playing a key role in the region and assuming facilitation or a …

Challenges of Tamil politics in Sri Lanka

Challenges of Tamil politics in Sri Lanka

The difference between the political universe in the Sinhalese south, and the Tamil north cum Muslim-Tamil north-east, is that the former is a sharp and acid standoff, the latter is confusion. Seven years have passed since the LTTE was wiped out but it has not …

TMP Watchdog of Lanka Tamil Politics

TMP Watchdog of Lanka Tamil Politics

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran, has clarified that the Tamil Makkal Peravai (TMP), which he has floated, is not a rival to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), but is a non-partisan, civil society watchdog meant to see that …