Monthly Archives: October 2017

Release those held under the PTA

Release those held under the PTA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will move an adjournment motion seeking the immediate release of those held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Opposition and TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, who is expected to move the motion, said Sri Lanka had accepted both domestically and …

China’s embrace stirs unease

China’s embrace stirs unease

Some 600 years ago, the great Chinese explorer Zheng He and his vast armada frequented Sri Lanka, including landing once to kidnap an uncooperative king. It was all part of the admiral’s decades-long exploration of South and South-east Asia, even to the east coast of …

Tamil leaders boycott President’s visit to Jaffna

Tamil leaders boycott President’s visit to Jaffna

Leaders of the opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA), including the leader of the official parliamentary Opposition, R.Sampanthan, boycotted Sri Lankan President Mithripala Sirisena’s visit to the Tamil-speaking Northern town of Jaffna on Saturday. They were protesting against the continued detention of 168 Tamil “political prisoners” …

Review retirement age

Review retirement age

UN Fund For Population Activities (UNFPA) now renamed UN Population Fund, said the elderly or those who are above 60 years of age who may even be referred to as the aged, will outnumber the country’s working population in another 20 years’ time.(See also Ceylon …

Indian military decisions

Indian military decisions

Around 2 pm on October 13, 1987, exactly 30 years from today, 97 para commandos of the Indian Army returned to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) base in Palali in northern Sri Lanka. There were 103 of them when they had left 37 hours …

Economy poised to Leapfrog

Economy poised to Leapfrog

Sri Lanka under the unity government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is poised to leapfrog the economy after long years of conflict and political instability, according to the nation’s Finance Minister. The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangla …

North shuts down

North shuts down

Sri Lanka’s former war torn north came to a complete standstill on Friday as the public launched a protest, urging the release of political prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Law. Shops, schools and offices were closed across the district as people gathered outside …

Visiting your country was a special grace for me

Visiting your country was a special grace for me

Pope Francis met on Friday with members of an organizing committee for the journey that he made to Sri Lanka back in January 2015. Welcoming the group, the pope said his own visit to Sri Lanka was a moment of “special grace” at  a time …

India eyes airport

India eyes airport

India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said …

Sri Lanka’s growth to be lowest among key South Asian nations

Sri Lanka’s growth to be lowest among key South Asian nations

Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to grow 4.6 percent this year, but the growth is said to be low compared to other key South Asian countries, a latest World Bank forecast, quoted by a local media report said here Wednesday. The estimated 4.6 percent growth …