Monthly Archives: August 2016

No need to praise Army for its post-war good deeds

No need to praise Army for its post-war good deeds

C.V.Wigneswaran ,the controversial Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, said on Sunday that the Tamils need not praise the Sri Lankan armed forces for their post-war development work in the North because these are only “reparations” for what they did during the 30 …

No Internet Please, We’re Sri Lankan!

No Internet Please, We’re Sri Lankan!

“You’re an Internet addict!”                                                  That is what a retired professor of mass communications told me publicly at a university media conference …

Wigneswaran sidelined

Wigneswaran sidelined

The United Nations, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lankan government have combined to sideline Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran in the itinerary drawn up for the visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Sri Lanka from August 31 to …

Prabhakaran’s siblings unlikely to petition office of missing persons

Prabhakaran’s siblings unlikely to petition office of missing persons

M.K. Shivajilingam, Tamil politician and a relation of the slain Tamil Tiger chieftain Velupillai Prabhakaran, has said that he will assist Prabhakaran’s siblings, now living in India, Canada and Denmark, if they petition to the Sri Lankan Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to trace him. …

Teen arrested over hacking of website

Teen arrested over hacking of website

Sri Lanka police have arrested a 17-year-old school boy on suspicion of hacking into the president’s official website, demanding that his university entrance examination dates not be changed, officials said. The website of President Maithripala Sirisena, www.president.gov.lk, was first hacked on Thursday and then again …

Rising chicken prices

Rising chicken prices

Annual per capita consumption of chicken in Sri Lanka, which was barely 2.5 kg a decade ago, has now reached 8.2 kg and is likely to reach 10 kg in the near future. While consumption has risen more than three-fold, prices have remained virtually unchanged …

Dejected Dilshan slams former skippers

Dejected Dilshan slams former skippers

Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, who retired from ODI cricket on Sunday, suggested he did not have enough support from his team-mates during his 10-month stint as captain and was “hurt” by the manner in which he was removed from the post. Addressing the post-match press …

Still Counting the Wounds

Still Counting the Wounds

In his half-built three-room house at Uruthirapuram, 10 km to the west of Kilinochchi, in northern Sri Lanka, one of the headquarters of the Tamil Tigers, Vijitharan Maryathevathas, 29, is busy telling stories of the country’s civil war. A graduate in fine arts from Jaffna …

Ban will not meet Chief Minister Wigneswaran separately

Ban will not meet Chief Minister Wigneswaran separately

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will do his bit to reconcile conflicting interests in Sri Lanka during his three-day visit to the island beginning on August 31. From his program it appears that he will press for unity and cooperation between the majority Sinhalese …

Sitharaman cancels visit

Sitharaman cancels visit

Indian Minister of State for Commerce, Nirmala Sitharaman, who was to come here on August 25 for a short visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Minister of International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, cancelled her visit on account of pressing engagements in New Delhi, reliable …