Monthly Archives: April 2016

US officials briefed on reconciliation process

US officials briefed on reconciliation process

Special Coordinator for the US Department of State Office of Global Criminal Justice Todd Buchwald and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand (DAS) concluded a visit to Sri Lanka, during which they met with Government and political leaders …

MP urges transparency

MP urges transparency

Member of Parliament of the Tamil National Alliance, M. A. Sumanthiran has requested for information pertaining to the awarding of the contract to Arcelor Mittal owned by Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, to construct 65,000 houses in the North and East. In a letter addressed …

Land release as ‘major source of discontent’

Land release as ‘major source of discontent’

The British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka spoke on the importance of returning land to its rightful owners at the launch of a British funded documentary and report on the Sri Lankan military’s occupation of land in the North-East. British High Commissioner James Dauris said …

China, Sri Lanka pledge to further advance strategic cooperation

China, Sri Lanka pledge to further advance strategic cooperation

China and Sri Lanka pledged to further push forward their strategic cooperative partnership and inked a series of documents in such fields as economic cooperation, finance, medicare and transportation on Thursday. During the talks with visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Beijing, Chinese …

Act decisively on fishermen issue

Act decisively on fishermen issue

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding concrete action for the immediate release of four fishermen apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy and 84 fishing boats in the custody of the neighbouring country. In a letter to Modi, the …

Rahman postpones Colombo concert after anti-Sri Lanka posters

Rahman postpones Colombo concert after anti-Sri Lanka posters

Last month, music sensation ‘Isai Puyal’ AR Rahman announced that he will be performing live in Colombo on April 23. But following protests from anti-Sri Lanka groups and posters being stuck outside his Chennai residence, his show has been postponed indefinitely. The composer recently performed 3 …

Suspense over Malinga’s availability

Suspense over Malinga’s availability

The suspense over Lasith Malinga’s availability for the Indian Premier League’s ninth edition continued as the pace spearhead remained the only player to have not joined the Mumbai Indians preparatory camp ahead of its tournament opener on Saturday. While all 26 members of the Mumbai …

Japan to support Electricity Sector Master Plan Study

Japan to support Electricity Sector Master Plan Study

A signing ceremony was held 1st April on the Record of Discussion for Technical Cooperation Project titled The Project on Electricity Sector Master Plan Study at the JICA Sri Lanka Office. The Record of Discussion was signed by the Secretary of Ministry of Power and …

Expectations high from China visit

Expectations high from China visit

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives in Beijing on Wednesday on an upbeat note after his government cleared the stalled $1.4 billion Colombo Port City, which had become an irritant in the ties between the two countries after a change of guard in Sri Lanka. The …

Sri Lanka starts moves to grant Tamils more autonomy

Sri Lanka starts moves to grant Tamils more autonomy

Sri Lanka’s parliament Tuesday launched a process to draw up a new constitution aimed at preventing a return to ethnic war by granting minority Tamils greater autonomy. Parliamentary speaker Karu Jayasuriya opened a constitutional assembly, seeking public views on reforming the charter, seven years after …