Monthly Archives: December 2016

19 leaders names cleared

19 leaders names cleared

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday rescinded a colonial-era British order naming 19 nationals as “traitors” for leading a rebellion nearly 200 years ago, his office said, as he strives to shore up his fading popularity. Sirisena hailed the ethnic Sinhalese men whole led …

Chinese firm to develop Southern Port

Chinese firm to develop Southern Port

Sri Lanka will take part in a joint venture with China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited to develop a port in its south, where China has also been offered an investment zone. The cabinet approved a plan under which Sri Lanka will lease 80 percent …

U.N. wants ongoing torture, war crimes probed

U.N. wants ongoing torture, war crimes probed

The United Nations Committee against Torture called on Sri Lanka on 7 December to investigate “routine torture” of detainees by security forces and rebuked its government for failing to prosecute war crimes committed during the country’s 26-year civil war. In delivering its conclusions from hearings …

Sri Lanka postpones Katchatheevu consecration

Sri Lanka postpones Katchatheevu consecration

The Sri Lankan Government has postponed the consecration of the Katchatheevu church, slated for Wednesday, as mark of respect to the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. “We have postponed the consecration as mark of respect to the late CM. The new date will be announced later”, …

The elites of today have stripped themselves of that yester-year decency

The elites of today have stripped themselves of that yester-year decency

By Vishwamithra1984:  “The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.” ~Tom Clancy Soon after Independence, Ceylon’s society, as it was structured then, was exclusively …

Controversy over 65,000 Steel Houses

Controversy over 65,000 Steel Houses

The main opposition Tamil National Alliance pitched into Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan in Parliament yesterday, demanding his resignation over the controversial Government proposal to build 65,000 prefabricated steel houses for war affected families of the North and East. TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian and party Spokesman …

New U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka

New U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka

In an important symbol of enduring friendship with Sri Lanka, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Principal Deputy Director William Moser, alongside local officials, broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka.The multi-building complex will …

The regime change in Washington DC gives Sri Lanka considerable wiggle room.

The regime change in Washington DC gives Sri Lanka considerable wiggle room.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj.                                                                         Dayan Jayatilleka needs no introduction. He is …

Aged sewer system worsens wastage disposal

Aged sewer system worsens wastage disposal

The Colombo sewer system is in serious need of a renovation;. pipe failures, leaks, and blockages are becoming increasingly common as the system ages and Colombo’s population continues growing. It is not unusual that the sewers get clogged to the point that water has nowhere …

He has covered his base

He has covered his base

By Namini Wijedasa.                                                               Just three days after last year’s presidential election, someone predicted the …