Monthly Archives: December 2016

Bid for Xmas tree record despite Church snub

Bid for Xmas tree record despite Church snub

Cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga announced Monday he was reviving his bid to build a record-breaking 100-metre tall Christmas tree in Sri Lanka’s capital despite opposition from the Catholic church. Ranatunga, who is also a government minister, said the project was back on track after Prime …

Stop attacks on fishermen, Panneerselvam tells Modi

Stop attacks on fishermen, Panneerselvam tells Modi

Expressing concern over the recent attacks on fishermen from Jegathapattinam in Pudukottai district by the Sri Lankan Navy, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to intervene personally in the issue and use diplomatic channels to curb such …

CM says Tamils oppose only illegal erection of Buddha statues

CM says Tamils oppose only illegal erection of Buddha statues

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has issued a statement refuting the Sri Lankan Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe’s allegation that he and the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) have demanded a ban on Buddha’s statues being erected in the overwhelmingly Hindu (and …

We did not follow the Sri Lanka process in many respects.

We did not follow the Sri Lanka process in many respects.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who will be handed this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve a peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas, says that although the Sri Lankan model was extensively studied they did not think it was the correct procedure …

An act of piracy?

An act of piracy?

Sri Lankan naval troops fired warning shots to break up a protest by striking dock workers who have held up a Japanese vessel for four days at the island’s southern international port. Troops entered Hambantota port from the sea Saturday and fired warning shots to …

The 2016 fiscal targets are within reach

The 2016 fiscal targets are within reach

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Sri Lanka’s performance under its Extended Fund Facility (EFF) “broadly satisfactory” and praised the Government for exceeding targets in revenue collection but warned increasing external vulnerabilities could affect growth targets and warrant fresh tightening of rates in 2017. “Sri …

What Happened at Sri Lanka’s Maritime Security Conference This Year?

What Happened at Sri Lanka’s Maritime Security Conference This Year?

The Galle Dialogue is an annual international maritime conference jointly hosted by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense and Navy. Last month, the seventh iteration of the Galle Dialogue focused on the theme of ‘Fostering Strategic Maritime Partnerships.’ With speakers ranging from top-echelon naval officers …

My people need me

My people need me

Mahinda Rajapaksa sits at a desk in his party office beneath a photo of himself. He’s not especially tall but solid in the chest and arms; like an old rugby prop, his head seems to rest on his shoulders without much need for a neck. …

A beachfront indulgence

A beachfront indulgence

By Henry Wismayer:                                                          Beside the temple on Swami Rock, amid the heady swirl of colorful deities and …

Scot flies 5000 miles for case to be adjourned

Scot flies 5000 miles for case to be adjourned

A Scot travelled 5000 miles to a Sri Lankan court to face claims he attacked a playboy – only for the case to be adjourned. James Casserly, 45, was hailed a hero after defending girlfriend Belinda McKenzie from a government minister’s son. James, of Shotts, …