Monthly Archives: July 2016

Pact with IMF faces flak

Pact with IMF faces flak

A recently-formed coalition of trade unions, student unions, progressive intellectuals, social organisations and activists has criticised the Sri Lanka government for its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The coalition, Alliance for Economic Democracy, has said the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility, providing an assistance of $1.5 billion over three years, …

Modern day threats are complex

Modern day threats are complex

“We need to be knowledgeable to face any future challenges considering transnational effects of terrorism. We are living in fast changing environments which are highly complex. Unlike those days, an arrest of a suspect too would end up as a violation of fundamental rights and …

SLC is letting down Sri Lankan cricket

SLC is letting down Sri Lankan cricket

At Pallekele, following an embarrassing 48 hours for Sri Lanka’s cricket administrators, Dimuth Karunaratne misses and angled ball, Kusal Mendis misses a straight one, Kaushal Silva edges to slip, and the cricketers themselves are perhaps beginning to feel embarrassed. By lunch, the team is 84 …

77 Tamil Nadu fishermen released

77 Tamil Nadu fishermen released

In a goodwill gesture the Sri Lankan government on Monday has ordered the release of all 77 Tamil Nadu fishermen who had been languishing in recent months in various jails in northern Sri Lanka for allegedly trespassing into their territorial waters, reports reaching here on …

Muralidaran blasts former bosses

Muralidaran blasts former bosses

Sri Lanka’s record-breaking spinner Muttiah Muralidaran has launched a blistering attack on his former bosses after they complained about his behaviour in his new role as a mentor to Australia. His outburst was sparked by a complaint by the Sri Lankan board that he had …

SCCC to buy LafargeHolcim

SCCC to buy LafargeHolcim

Siam City Cement Pcl (SCCC) , Thailand’s second-largest cement maker, said on Monday it has signed a deal to buy a Sri Lankan cement company from Holderfin B.V., a unit of Lafarge Holcim, for 13.1 billion baht ($374 million). SCCC said in a statement that …

Clash at the Jaffna University unfortunate

Clash at the Jaffna University unfortunate

Following a question raised by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Dissanayake in Parliament regarding the clash at the  University of Jaffna on 16 July, TNA Leader R. Sampanthan wanted the Government to inquire whether there had been political motives behind the clash at the Jaffna University and certain incidents in …

Call for analysis of deeper issues behind University clash

Call for analysis of deeper issues behind University clash

The continuing public discourse on the recent clash of students at the University of Jaffna has brought to the fore the need for critical analysis of causes behind the clash and the determination of ‘reasonable ratios” of ethnic mix in admission of students to universities. M.K. Shivajilingam, considered a …

Canada will continue to encourage Government to fulfil commitment to UNHRC

Canada will continue to encourage Government to fulfil commitment to UNHRC

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the anniversary of Black July: “On this 33rd anniversary, we join Canadians of Tamil descent and members of the Tamil community around the world in commemoration of the events of Black July in 1983. …

Sri Lanka tea meets SFDA specifications

Sri Lanka tea meets SFDA specifications

Sri Lankan tea fulfils the specifications of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), a visiting island official, who was leading a delegation to the capital, said here on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference, Hasitha De Alwis, director of international promotions at the Sri Lanka …