Monthly Archives: November 2016

Behind Sri Lanka’s best-known store

Behind Sri Lanka’s best-known store

The founder of shopper’s paradise Odel began her business in the boot of a car, selling factory surpluses to raise money for street dogs. About 10 minutes into the interview, Otara Gunawardene says: “There’s one under your table.” I look and find Rusty, a fawn …

Government aims to boost tax revenue by 27 per cent t

Government aims to boost tax revenue by 27 per cent t

Budget proposals presented in Sri Lanka included revisions to corporate and withholding taxes to boost revenue and cut the 2017 fiscal deficit to 4.6 per cent of GDP from this year’s 5.4 per cent. The government aims to boost its 2017 tax revenue by 27 …

We need a win-win situation for fishermen

We need a win-win situation for fishermen

Full transcript of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s interview to The Hindu You were in New Delhi recently for the high-level talks on fisheries. The Sri Lankan side has termed the outcome positive and successful. Has India agreed to ban bottom trawling? The discussion …

Police investigate Keith Vaz over drug offences

Police investigate Keith Vaz over drug offences

Former chair of home affairs select committee to be investigated after allegations that he paid for male escorts and offered to pay for cocaine. Police are investigating suspected drug offences after allegations were made against the former chair of the influential home affairs select committee, …

Married off before they attain 18

Married off before they attain 18

A high percentage of Sri Lankan Muslim families get their girls married off before they attain 18 – the statutory age of marriage in Sri Lanka, according a new study entitled: Unequal Citizens: Muslim Women’s Struggle for Justice and Equality written by Hyshyama Hamin and …

Muslim community urged to work closely with the UN office

Muslim community urged to work closely with the UN office

The United Nations (UN) says it is aware of the plight of the Sri Lankan Muslim community and it urged the Muslim community to work closely with the UN office in Sri Lanka to address any concerns. “I encourage you and the Muslim community at large …

I am quite satisfied with my performance

I am quite satisfied with my performance

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on his achievements, challenges, and the importance of a judicial mechanism that has the confidence of Tamils. Emphasising his commitment to resolving Sri Lanka’s Tamil question, President Maithripala Sirisena has said he has an obligation to address the concerns of …

Calls for accountability on sexual violence

Calls for accountability on sexual violence

The British Government noted the need for Sri Lanka to ensure accountability for allegations of sexual violence. British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Baroness Joyce Anelay, speaking at the British High Commission in Colombo at the conclusion of her visit to Sri Lanka, …

Peace Fails to Bring Prosperity

Peace Fails to Bring Prosperity

By Amantha Perera.                                                                   It is a Tuesday afternoon and only a handful …

Changes should have the sanction of the people

Changes should have the sanction of the people

The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Sunday charged that the Sri Lankan government is not investigating the killing or disappearance of Tamil journalists when it is investigating cases involving Sinhalese journalists. Speaking at a function to give a …