Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sri Lanka sets ambitious goal to be top internet provider

Sri Lanka sets ambitious goal to be top internet provider

Sri Lanka has set an ambitious goal to provide fast internet speeds to the entire country and be the top internet service providing country in the region. Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando Tuesday said Sri Lanka is looking at increasing the number …

Sri Lanka hikes VAT, taxes capital gains before IMF loan talks

Sri Lanka hikes VAT, taxes capital gains before IMF loan talks

Sri Lanka will raise its value added tax and reintroduce capital gains tax to break out of a debt trap, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday, ahead of talks on a $1.5-billion loan it is seeking from the International Monetary Fund. Sri Lanka’s finances …

Sampanthan slams Sri Lankan Government over continuing detentions

Sampanthan slams Sri Lankan Government over continuing detentions

Sri Lanka’s leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan on Tuesday slammed the government over continuing detention of people booked under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) even after it committed itself at the UN Human Rights Council last year to review and repeal the law. Speaking …

Malinga steps down

Malinga steps down

Injury-ravaged pacer Lasith Malinga has stepped down as Sri Lanka’s captain for the upcoming World Twenty20 in India following another breakdown during a disappointing Asia Cup campaign in Bangladesh. Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to their maiden World Twenty20 title in the previous edition, is …

Tribunal revokes ban on Sri Lankan docu-drama

Tribunal revokes ban on Sri Lankan docu-drama

Sri Lankan film Muttrupulliya, a docu-drama that portrays the life of the Tamil ethnic population in post-war Sri Lanka, has won its appeal with the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in Chennai refused to certify it. Directed …

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

Sri Lanka was once an outfit that lorded over the others in the shortest of formats. In the five editions of the World T20 held so far, it has one semifinal appearance, two runner-up finishes and one title. In fact, it has the most wins …

I am not a robber

I am not a robber

Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga, is much more than a former president and prime minister. She is the architect of the political arrangement which showed strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa the door. She may not be a minister or hold a party position, but remains the glue which holds together this government of …

Ex Minister faces trial

Ex Minister faces trial

Former Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda on Saturday told the sessions court here in a video-conference trial that he was in way connected with the killing of a man at Choolaimedu in south Chennai and sought discharge from the murder charge registered against him by …

India inspired RTI Act shortly

India inspired RTI Act shortly

The journalists in Sri Lanka are eagerly looking forward for another milestone in the history of the Island nation with the draft of Right to Information Act (RTI) set to be tabled in their parliament on March 9. Addressing mediapersons here on Saturday, Kurulu Kariyakarawana, a …

Indian envoy takes on Sri Lankan Opposition over economy pact

Indian envoy takes on Sri Lankan Opposition over economy pact

India’s High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha has taken on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Joint Opposition, an informal coalition of pro-Rajapaksa parties and groups, over the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) between India and Sri Lanka. Referring to reported observations of the former President and members …