Monthly Archives: December 2016

ISIS recruit was in Sri Lanka on missionary work

ISIS recruit was in Sri Lanka on missionary work

An ISIS recruit arrested in India had visited Sri Lanka allegedly on missionary work, the Times of India reported. Abid Khan, a 23-year-old Abid Khan resident of Bengaluru, lived in a church in Banjar town in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh for the last six months …

Ferry service for Sri Lankan pilgrims yet to be organised

Ferry service for Sri Lankan pilgrims yet to be organised

The Sri Lankan and Indian governments are yet to work out the logistics for ferrying 32 Sri Lankan Tamil pilgrims intending to participate in the Thiruvathirai festival at the Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu which is to be held between January 2 and 12. Officials …

It takes Mettle to build the World’s Tallest Christmas Tree

It takes Mettle to build the World’s Tallest Christmas Tree

For weeks, some 1,000 workers—most of them Buddhists—have raced to erect what they hope will be the world’s tallest artificial Christmas tree. Like this island, which is no stranger to ethnic and religious strife, the mission has traversed a minefield of conflict. Launched with great fanfare …

Sri Lanka drifting

Sri Lanka drifting

Sri Lanka is in a period of dangerous policy drift with mediocre governance which is inherently unstable with the danger of falling back to a ‘big man illiberal’ politics is getting nearer, a top economist and policy analyst has said. It is two years since …

Restore India’s sovereignty on Katchatheevu

Restore India’s sovereignty on Katchatheevu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to send a “firm message” to Sri Lanka over continued apprehension of the state’s fishermen and said a permanent solution would be in restoring India’s sovereignty over Katchatheevu islet. Citing reports of …

Together Towards Tomorrow

Together Towards Tomorrow

“TOGETHER TOWARDS TOMORROW: Sri Lanka Tamil speaking diaspora Conference”, took place  at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on 17  and 18 December 2016. The conference brought together organisations, community groups and individuals involved in promoting human rights, social, economic, cultural initiatives …

People are concerned of the nature of the political solution being evolved

People are concerned of the nature of the political solution being evolved

Q. How do you analyse the current political situation of the North? Our people are worried today because both the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), as the two main parties, talk about a political solution within a unitary State. …

Sri Lanka’s commitment to fiscal consolidation faces downside implementation

Sri Lanka’s commitment to fiscal consolidation faces downside implementation

Moody’s Investors Service says that Sri Lanka’s (B1 negative) program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has helped stabilize the balance of payments and established an ambitious roadmap to fiscal consolidation and structural reform. However, sustained implementation of reforms will be challenging. The 2017 budget …

Siva Senai requests ferry service to attend pooja

Siva Senai requests ferry service to attend pooja

A Hindu religious group, ‘Eelam Siva Senai’, has forwarded a request through Northern Governor Reginald Cooray seeking permission for a ferry service from Kankesanturai (KKS) to Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu to attend a Hindu pooja in Chidambaram. The organization requested both governments to facilitate a …

$1.34B World Bank loan

$1.34B World Bank loan

Sri Lanka has secured $1.34 billion in loans from the World Bank to boost the cash-strapped island’s economy over the next three years, the finance ministry said Saturday. The loans would be at concessionary rates and repayments spread out over 15 years, the ministry said …