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Sri Lanka unlikely to get new U.S. waiver for Iran crude-minister

Sri Lanka unlikely to get new U.S. waiver for Iran crude-minister

        The United States is unlikely to grant another waiver to Sri Lanka to allow it to import Iranian crude, Sri Lanka’s Oil Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told Reuters on Monday. “They (U.S. officials) met me twice and told in plain language that …

Sri Lankan rupee falls to near 7-mth low; depreciation pressure persists

Sri Lankan rupee falls to near 7-mth low; depreciation pressure persists

      Sri Lanka’s rupee hit a near seven-month low on Monday, before a state-controlled bank intervened to stabilise the currency, dealers said, amid continuous depreciation pressure due to dollar demand from importers and foreign investors who are exiting in the wake of rising …

Migrated Tamils and Tamil politicians responsible for Diluting of power: Daya Master

Migrated Tamils and Tamil politicians responsible for Diluting of power: Daya Master

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–        Tamils are against the diluting of powers in the 13th Amendment to the constitution, former LTTE media coordinator and now an SLFP candidate for the Northern Provincial Council elections, Daya Master, said. Daya Master told the BBC Tamil …

3,000 Sterling pound bond for Lankans, Asians and Africans to enter UK

3,000 Sterling pound bond for Lankans, Asians and Africans to enter UK

       BRITAIN is planning to force visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries whose nationals are deemed to pose a “high risk” of immigration abuse to provide a cash bond before they can enter the country, a report said Sunday. The Sunday …

Chinese currency will eclipse dollar in 10 to 15 years: U.S.-based Indian economist

Chinese currency will eclipse dollar in 10 to 15 years: U.S.-based Indian economist

      A renowned US-based Indian economist has predicted that Chinese currency renminbi  will eclipse dollar in international trading systems within 10 to 15 years. Dr. Arvind Subramanian, who has been named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s top 100 global …

‘The Elders’ slam Sri Lanka for lacking ‘reconciliation’

‘The Elders’ slam Sri Lanka for lacking ‘reconciliation’

     ‘The Elders’, a council of retired global leaders led by Desmond Tutu has slammed Sri Lanka, based on its report, for lacking post-war reconciliation. They also expressed their disappointment over its slow pace of improvement in allowing “proper media reporting”. “The ongoing persecution …

Pro-Eelam activists storm military campus

Pro-Eelam activists storm military campus

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       Around 250 workers of a pro-Eelam Tamil outfit on Sunday protested against the reported training of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel at an Army campus near here, leading to a Police lathi charge and arrest of 120 of them. Police had …

India does not want Lanka to become ‘another Pakistan’:Minister

India does not want Lanka to become ‘another Pakistan’:Minister

        Defending the UPA government’s stand on allowing training of Sri Lankan defence personnel in the country, Union Minister E M Sudarshan Nathchiyappan on Sunday said India co-operated with the neighbouring country as it did not want Lanka to become “another Pakistan”. …

South African Deputy Foreign Minister to visit SriLanka

South African Deputy Foreign Minister to visit SriLanka

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       South African Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on Sunday. The deputy Minister will meet  Tamil National Alliance representatives at 9.00 am on Monday. During the  discussions the delegates are to discuss on …

The uphill road

The uphill road

      The election scheduled for this September in the north of the country  are for the first time to elect a provincial council. The government is now moving to neuter the council, depriving the region of much of the autonomy it had been …