Monthly Archives: March 2016

Political Prisoners and Sincerity Crisis

Political Prisoners and Sincerity Crisis

By Taylor Dibbert:                                                                       In Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena had …

Housing programme for North, East caught in row

Housing programme for North, East caught in row

The Sri Lanka government’s ambitious project of building 65,000 houses in the civil war-hit Northern and Eastern provinces in five years is embroiled in controversy, much before it can gather momentum. A few days ago, when the country’s Parliament in Colombo witnessed a debate on the project, the Northern Provincial …

Defiant Mathews falls short and England derive confidence

Defiant Mathews falls short and England derive confidence

Angelo Mathews blazed with determination, his counter-attacking prowess keeping England on their toes till the last over. He, however, ran short of partners as Sri Lanka fell 10 runs short in a heart-stopping Super 10 Group 1 match of World Twenty20 at the Feroz Shah …

TNA expresses opposition to housing project

TNA expresses opposition to housing project

Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has expressed opposition to a housing project in the Tamil-majority north which has been dubbed the “reconciliation village”. On Thursday during the northern provincial council sessions TNA councillor T Sarveswaran said the housing scheme was a forcible settlement of …

No Islamist jihadi groups in Sri Lanka

No Islamist jihadi groups in Sri Lanka

There are no Islamist jihadist groups in Sri Lanka, said a study commissioned by the Colombo-based International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES). The study had gone into an accusation, made both from within and outside the Muslim community in recent years, that a “jihadist” movement …

Determination vs Desperation

Determination vs Desperation

Having defended a modest total of 142 against the inexperienced Afghanistan, England returns to the Ferozeshah Kotla here looking to nail a struggling Sri Lanka in their World T20 clash on Saturday. Second in the group after two wins from three outings, England begins as …

UK MPs slam cancellation of meeting

UK MPs slam cancellation of meeting

A group of British Parliamentarians have slammed the UK High Commission in Colombo over the cancellation of a scheduled meeting with the High Commission recently. The MPs who were part of an all-party group which was on a visit to the Maldives, had said it …

Shares firm up on foreign buying

Shares firm up on foreign buying

Sri Lankan shares rose in thin trade to hit a more than three-week closing high on Thursday as foreign investors net bought stocks for the first time in nine sessions, but growth woes and rising bond yields capped gains ahead of a long weekend. Foreign …

Shares retreat amid foreign fund outflows

Shares retreat amid foreign fund outflows

Sri Lankan shares ended weaker on Wednesday, slipping from a near three-week high hit in the previous session, as foreign investors exited risk assets amid concerns over the country’s economic growth and rising bond yields. Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to grow 5.3 percent in …

Leave the battles of the past behind

Leave the battles of the past behind

Barack Obama said his historic trip to Havana would “bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas” and called on the young people of Cuba to “build something new”. Speaking in a televised address, Mr Obama told the 84-year-old Cuban leader Raúl …