Monthly Archives: October 2016

No imminent danger

No imminent danger

President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent outburst against his government’s investigation arms shocked many within political circles here, sparking speculation over a perceived rift between him and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. However, days after the two leaders met in Colombo top political sources said the ruling SLFP-UNP …

Police probe suicide note

Police probe suicide note

Sri Lankan police say they are investigating the death of a retired soldier found hanged on Friday with a note claiming responsibility for the 2009 murder of a prominent anti-establishment newspaper editor. The body of the former military intelligence officer was found at his home …

Remark comparing Ravana to terrorist draws ire

Remark comparing Ravana to terrorist draws ire

On October 11, PM Modi during his address on Vijayadashmi in Lucknow had said that ‘the first person to fight terror was neither a soldier nor a politician, but the bird Jatayu who fought against Ravana to protect a helpless Sita’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s …

Judge reduces terror trio’s jail sentence over haunting ‘injustice’ in Sri Lanka case

Judge reduces terror trio’s jail sentence over haunting ‘injustice’ in Sri Lanka case

A United States judge has reduced the sentence handed down to three Tamils for allegedly conspiring to buy weapons for the LTTE due to the “injustice” of the case, reported the New York Daily News. The accused Sathajhan Sarachandran, Sahilal Sabaratnam, Thiruthanikan Thanigasalam, appealed the …

PM flashes a politician’s watch

PM flashes a politician’s watch

Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is not known at home—reportedly—for his communication skills. The joke is that his jokes are often misunderstood and used against him. But at the inaugural session of the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum last week, …

‘Siva Senai’ formed in Sri Lanka

‘Siva Senai’ formed in Sri Lanka

A group of Sri Lankan Tamils have formed “Siva Senai” (Siva’s Army) to enable Hindus to face “threats” from other religious groups in the island nation, says the Senai’s Lead Organizer, Maravanpulavu Sachchithananthan, a former UN official turned Tamil nationalist and publisher. Speaking to Express …

IDP’s to protest demanding houses

IDP’s to protest demanding houses

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North will stage a massive protest demonstration demanding houses if the government does not implement housing projects meant for IDPs with immediate effect, sources told Ceylon Today. Sources also said over 20,000 persons will engage in protests demanding …

Special rapporteur on minority issues in Sri Lanka

Special rapporteur on minority issues in Sri Lanka

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues Rita Izsák-Ndiaye began a visit to Sri Lanka on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said. Izsák-Ndiaye will be in Sri Lanka till Oct. 20 to assess the current situation of national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in …

New dawn for India-Sri Lanka relations

New dawn for India-Sri Lanka relations

Historically, relations between India and Sri Lanka have been fraught with controversies and even high tension at times. There has always been an atavistic fear in Sri Lanka of being dominated by India, the Big Brother just 30 nautical miles away from the island’s northern …

Asia-Pacific shares edge up on Clinton win

Asia-Pacific shares edge up on Clinton win

Investors and traders in Asia indicated on Monday they are mostly increasing their bets on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton winning the U.S. presidential race after the second of three debates with Republican party nominee Donald Trump. Some, though remain cautious, saying there was still a …