Monthly Archives: August 2016

Taranjit Sandhu India’s next envoy

Taranjit Sandhu India’s next envoy

Taranjit Singh Sandhu will be the next Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka succeeding Y.K.Sinha who has completed his term. An old Sri Lanka hand, Sandhu was Political Counselor in the Indian High Commission in Colombo between 2000 and 2004, which covered the 2002-2004 Norway-brokered …

UN Chief to meet displaced

UN Chief to meet displaced

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will meet war displaced people during a visit to Sri Lanka next week, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. Ban Ki-moon will visit Sri Lanka from August 31 to September 2 at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government. …

Tamils continue to face racial discrimination says UN Committee

Tamils continue to face racial discrimination says UN Committee

Tamils continue to face discrimination in Sri Lanka, a UN committee stated recently, and questioned the island-country if Indian Tamils were allowed to get back to their homeland – while reviewing a report on the anti-discrimination efforts undertaken by the country. No cases of sexual …

Sri Lanka to simplify taxes

Sri Lanka to simplify taxes

Sri Lanka’s new government is drafting norms aimed at simplifying taxes, widening the tax base and increasing compliance, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which disbursed the first tranche of a $1.5 billion, three-year loan in June, has repeatedly asked the …

Why Australia’s batsmen struggled in Sri Lanka

Why Australia’s batsmen struggled in Sri Lanka

A setback of any kind demands a retrospective study. It is a matter of concern for followers of Australian cricket that they have now lost their No. 1 position in Tests. As a matter of fact, it must have been a rude shock to Australian …

Two rivals on a smooth journey

Two rivals on a smooth journey

The first year in office for any government should normally not be problematic. This holds good more or less in the case of Sri Lanka’s national unity government, which has completed one year in office despite huge challenges in the areas of economy, constitutional reforms, …

Australia to probe corporate bribery claims

Australia to probe corporate bribery claims

The Federal Opposition will relaunch a senate inquiry into corporate corruption after a new scandal involving two Australian companies and the presidents of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka. Sam Dastyari, Labor Senator, said Australia’s anti-corporate crime regime needed an overhaul and that he …

Smith rests, Warner skippers Aussies

Smith rests, Warner skippers Aussies

Australia’s Steve Smith has been rested to focus on next month’s tour of South Africa leaving David Warner to lead the side for the remainder of the Sri Lanka series. Smith captained Australia to an 82-run loss in the second one-day international Wednesday which tied the …

India to provide Rs 300 million aid

India to provide Rs 300 million aid

India will provide an assistance of Rs 300 million to Sri Lanka for livelihood development, including the fisheries sector, in the southern Hambantota district, an official said today. Sri Lanka government spokesman Gayantha Karunathilake said that the Indian government has agreed to provide the grant …

Theresa May was too ready to dismiss Sri Lankan asylum case evidence

Theresa May was too ready to dismiss Sri Lankan asylum case evidence

One of Scotland’s most senior judges has said Theresa May “acted unreasonably” when she dismissed a former Sri Lankan militant’s asylum bid after he claimed his life would be at risk if he returned home. Former Lord Advocate Lord Boyd of Duncansby said that during …