Monthly Archives: October 2016

TCSF calls for a accountability and justice

TCSF calls for a accountability and justice

The Tamil Civil Society Forum condemned the shooting of two Tamil students of the Jaffna University last Thursday. “The killings that took place now, have the power to deepen further the oppressive situation,” TCSF said in a statement calling for a accountability and justice. “A …

Shares edge up in dull trade ahead of budget

Shares edge up in dull trade ahead of budget

Sri Lankan shares ended slightly firmer on Thursday, hovering near a 12-week closing low hit earlier in the week, in thin trade as investors awaited cues from the government budget and five-year plan as well as corporate earnings. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issued an economic …

Rs 4bn for Golden Key depositors

Rs 4bn for Golden Key depositors

Sri Lanka’s cabinet has approved a proposal to release an advance of 4.05 billion rupees to the Central Bank in order to pay the eligible depositors of Golden Key Credit Card Company. According to the repayment plan for the security deposit holders of Golden Key …

Sprawling tea estates and sanctuaries

Sprawling tea estates and sanctuaries

By Deepa Krishnan.                                                                 Sri Lanka is a land of pure beauty, bliss and …

India, China intelligence cooperation led to arrest of Pakistani smuggler

India, China intelligence cooperation led to arrest of Pakistani smuggler

Intelligence sharing and cooperation between India, China and Sri Lanka led to the arrest of a Pakistani currency smuggler, Faiz Muhammad, in China’s Guangzhou province recently. At the time of his arrest, Muhammad was found with fake Indian currency notes worth Rs. 2.5 million printed …

Students send back governor’s letter written in Sinhalese

Students send back governor’s letter written in Sinhalese

The President of the Jaffna University Arts Faculty Students’ Union ,K.Rajeevan, on Wednesday returned a letter sent to him by the Northern Province Governor, Reginold Cooray, because it was written in Sinhalese, the language of the majority in community in Sri Lanka. It was a …

Counter-terror law triggers old fears

Counter-terror law triggers old fears

Even as Sri Lanka drafts a new law to counter terrorism, human rights activists and lawyers here fear it might be worse than the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) they want repealed and replaced. One of the key demands around regime change in Sri Lanka …

US funds strengthening civil society

US funds strengthening civil society

The United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Tuesday announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for an opportunity for a project on Strengthening civil society in Sri Lanka. DRL seeks proposals for programs that strengthen …

North shuts down

North shuts down

Sri Lanka’s restive North came to a grinding halt on Tuesday in protest of the killing of two Jaffna university students in a police shooting on Thursday night. Schools and business centres were completely closed in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Vavuniya districts. State and …

More Sri Lankan refugees to return

More Sri Lankan refugees to return

More Sri Lankan refugees who fled during a 30 year war, are set to return to the country from southern India, a government official said on Wednesday. According to government statistics, since 2011, a total of 5,165 refugees, consisting of 1,882 families, have returned to …