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Trial of Tamil Tiger financiers begins

Trial of Tamil Tiger financiers begins

The trial of 13 financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) has started at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court. The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka. Some are …

Nothing excites, or agonises, Sri Lankans like cricket

Nothing excites, or agonises, Sri Lankans like cricket

Cricket runs through the veins of Sri Lankans, philosophised Randika, our young Man Friday during our tour of the island, as he pointed to a park between the hills of Nuwara Eliya and the sun-kissed beaches of Hikkaduwa, where a match was on full steam. …

Thirteen accused of funding the LTTE to stand trial in Swiss court

Thirteen accused of funding the LTTE to stand trial in Swiss court

Thirteen financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) will stand trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday. The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka. Some …

Militarization of the Indian Ocean

Militarization of the Indian Ocean

By P.K.Balachandran :                                           One of the fallouts of the rise of China as an economic and military power in recent times has been the militarization …

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

Is the JVP ready to embrace change?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath’s recent comments (in an English Daily) on his party’s stance on the national question makes interesting reading; especially in the context of the current constitution making process. Herath, asked to explain the JVP’s current position, …

Tatas exit Sri Lanka tea business

Tatas exit Sri Lanka tea business

After establishing a strong foothold in the tea industry of Sri Lanka over the past 25 years, the Tatas are exiting the business as part of the group’s ongoing strategy to review its global businesses and alliances under its new chairman N Chandrasekaran. Tata Global …

Katchatheevu festival on Feb. 23, 24

Katchatheevu festival on Feb. 23, 24

The annual two-day ‘Katchatheevu festival’ at the St Antony’s Church at the uninhabited Katchatheevu islet in the Palk Bay will be held on February 23 and 24, according to reports received here. The Jaffna Diocese, which organised the festival, has announced the dates for the …

The forthcoming Local Government Polls will decide the future of the country

The forthcoming Local Government Polls will decide the future of the country

Acting Bishop of Mannar Kingsley Swampillai said he wants a constitutional change, a change that would be in favour of all the minorities in this country. He noted that the forthcoming Local Government Polls will decide the future of the country in terms of amending …

India is using double standards toward China

India is using double standards toward China

India has launched fierce attacks against Chinese commercial activities in Sri Lanka in recent weeks, and moved to secure more projects in Sri Lanka with Japan, in what appears to be desperate moves to maintain its declining influence in Sri Lanka. Chinese experts pointed out …

Sri Lanka the latest victim of debt-trap diplomacy

Sri Lanka the latest victim of debt-trap diplomacy

This month, Sri Lanka, unable to pay the onerous debt to China it has accumulated, formally handed over its strategically located Hambantota port to the Asian giant. It was a major acquisition for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – which President Xi Jinping calls …