Monthly Archives: February 2016

Swaraj, Wickremesinghe hold talks on investment, SEZ

Swaraj, Wickremesinghe hold talks on investment, SEZ

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who sought Indian investment and offered partnership in setting up a Special Economic Zone besides briefing her on latest political developments in the country. Swaraj, who arrived Colombo on Friday …

Sri Lanka takes ‘giant step’ toward unity

Sri Lanka takes ‘giant step’ toward unity

Sri Lanka’s war-battered minority Tamils welcomed the national anthem being sung in their language at Independence Day celebrations on Thursday for the first time in 67 years as a “giant step” towards reconciliation. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said the gesture, which saw schoolchildren sing …

Tamil Nadu parties express concern

Tamil Nadu parties express concern

DMK and MDMK on Friday expressed concern over Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena’s reported statement that his country’s new constitution will not have the concept of ‘Federation,’ saying it will affect the ethnic Tamils. Seeking India’s intervention in the matter, DMK President M. Karunanidhi said …

The world is watching Sri Lanka

The world is watching Sri Lanka

The world is watching Sri Lanka. Your solutions, if successful, can become the blueprint for future generations, in distant nations, who are trying to find their way back to peace, justice, and harmony. said the US Under Secretary for Management Organisation of American States Patrick F …

UN High Commissioner to Meet Victims and Civil Society

UN High Commissioner to Meet Victims and Civil Society

Accepting an invitation extended by the Government in February 2015, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will undertake a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner will arrive in Sri Lanka on the morning of Saturday 6 February …

Megapolis plan aims for flexible working hours

Megapolis plan aims for flexible working hours

Sri Lanka’s recently unveiled Megapolis plan of development envisages flexible working hours as one aspect of transport demand management to address Colombo traffic congestion. “Flexible working hours can be introduced in public and private institutions to spread peak load of traffic flow,” the Megapolis masterplan …

Fisherman issue, minority Tamil rights in Swaraj’s agenda

Fisherman issue, minority Tamil rights in Swaraj’s agenda

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday left for Colombo on a two-day visit during which she is expected to discuss the fishermen’s issue and rights of minority Tamils with the top Sri Lankan leadership. Swaraj and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera will co-chair …

Government will stick to decision

Government will stick to decision

The Sri Lankan government will stick to its decision to have the national anthem rendered in Tamil too at the official event marking the 68th Independence Day here on Thursday, amid objections from certain sections. In 2010, the rendering of the national anthem in Tamil …

Leaders frightened or getting cold-feet before extremism

Leaders frightened or getting cold-feet before extremism

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel.                                                       As we commemorate our Independence Day in 2016, I like to make a humble …

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sri Lanka from February 6 – 9

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sri Lanka from February 6 – 9

This week’s visit by top United Nations official for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to Sri Lanka has nothing to do with the review of the implementation of the Geneva resolution, according to the Sri Lankan government. Mr. Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be …