Last update: 2016-12-06 11:41:10
- O/L exam begins today
The GCE O/L examination begins today and it will go on till 17th December. This time approximalty 700,000 candidates belongs to the ole and new syllabuses will sit the exam. This time the highest number of candidates sitting for the exam than the previous years.
- Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa passes away
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, one of the country's most powerful and popular politicians, has died at Chennai's Apollo Hospital, where she was admitted since September 22. The 68-year-old leader died at 11:30 pm on Monday, a day after she had a massive cardiac arrest, the hospital said in a statement. Jayalalithaa's body was... [full post]
- Exports rise, deficit narrows in September as vehicle imports fall
Exports rise, deficit narrows in September as vehicle imports fall Sri Lanka’s export earnings rose for the second consecutive month in September 2016 to US $ 898 million, recording an increase of 5.7 percent from a year ago, according to latest Central Bank data. Earnings from exports had been falling for 17 months in a... [full post]
- Jayalalithaa’s condition ‘very critical’
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa remains critical after a cardiac arrest, an Apollo hospital spokesperson has said hours after her party the AIADMK said she had a heart surgery, a procedure denied by the hospital. A party leader Panruti Ramachandran said doctors are "observing the Chief Minister and she is improving," and the state's... [full post]
- Tissa granted bail
Former Minister Tissa Attanayake was granted bail by High court judge Mrs. Sarojini Kusala Weerawardena. Attanayake had been remanded until December 05, after he appeared before the Court on 04 November.
- WB to provide US$ 70 million to uplift plantations sector
The World Bank will provide Sri Lanka US$ 70 million to modernize the estates and factories of Regional Plantations Companies (RPCs), the Ministry of Plantation Industries said in a statement. The funds will mainly be utilized for replanting, improving roads and tea factories, and water management to deal with climate change impact. The World Bank... [full post]
- SLMC gets ultimatum
The Elections Commission has issued a deadline on Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to settle its internal dispute with regard to the post of Party Secretary who would deal with matters concerning elections with the Commission. Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya in a letter to SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem and Secretary A.C.A.M. Mansoor... [full post]
- BOLT CROWNED 2016 WORLD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016, held at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday (2). Bolt, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, added to his legacy by earning the trophy for a record sixth... [full post]
- Italian Prime Minister resigns in populist revolt
Italian voters have dealt a serious defeat to the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In a referendum Sunday, they rejected Renzi’s proposed constitutional reforms, which would have changed the balance of power between the executive and Parliament. The “no” vote is expected to win by a margin of nearly 20 percentage points,... [full post]
- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in surprise resignation
John Key has announced that he will resign as prime minister of New Zealand, after eight years in the job. Called it “the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” an emotional Mr Key said “I don’t know what I’ll do next”. Deputy PM Bill English is likely to take over until the National Party holds... [full post]
- TNA should be banned – Gammanpila
At a press conference held in Colombo today (05th Dec.2016), Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should be banned as a political party, “The TNA should be banned as it extended support to the defeated LTTE” He also pointed out similar happened after the end of the... [full post]
- CID concluded Daya Master’s inquiry
The case against former LTTE Spokesman Daya Master was concluded by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya on the instructions of the Attorney General today. The CID informed court that the Attorney General had already filed a case against Daya Master in Vavuniya High Court over detaining civilians in the LTTE custody as hostages during the... [full post]
- We only fullfill the needs of our people by handing over lands in north – Secretary Defence
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi participated at the “Nila Mehewara” Mobile Service Programme at the Richard Pathirana Vidyala in Galle on Saturday (3rd Dec.2016). The “Nila Mehewara” Mobile Service Programme was inaugurated under a visionary concept of President Maithripala Sirisena and is organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Speaking at... [full post]
- New joint operation center to establish to combat drug trafficking
The Sri Lankan government has planned to establish a Joint Operation Center to prevent the drug trafficking in Sri Lanka, said the Minister of Law, Order, and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake. Responding to a question for oral answers by UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana today in Parliament, the Minister said steps have been taken to strengthen... [full post]
- Fidel Castro’s ashes buried, Cubans bid a final goodbye
Cuban people bid a final goodbye to their revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Sunday (04th Dec,2016), bringing an end to the nine days of national mourning. In the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, tens of thousands of people lined the route from the Plaza of the Revolution to the historic Santa Ifigenia cemetery... [full post]
- Bail refused for Karuna
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today refused to grant bail to former Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman who is in remand custody till December 7 for misusing a state vehicle. The Magistrate made this decision when the bail application filed by Counsel Kanchana Rathwatte, on behalf of the suspect through a motion, was taken... [full post]
- Tissa granted bail
Former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was today released on a cash bail of Rs. 25,000 and four sureties of Rs. 500,000 each. Attanayake was in remand custody on charges of publishing a letter with forged signatures of the then common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and the then opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe... [full post]
- Freedom of religion ensured in Sri Lanka – President
Freedom of religion had been ensured in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena at a religious ceremony held at Raddolugama Methodist Church yesterday (04th Dec.2016). He said that Sri Lanka had been able to ensure the right that supports the freedom of individuals to follow any religion as spiritual concept was what assisted people to... [full post]
- NZ Prime Minister resigns
John Key, the New Zealand Prime Minister and leader of the National party, has resigned in a decision that has taken the country by surprise. Key held a media conference in Wellington at 12.45pm local time, after informing the cabinet of his decision. His resignation will be effective from 12 December, when National MPs will... [full post]
- Election commission sets up a deadline for SLMC
The Elections Commission has issued a deadline on Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to settle its internal dispute with regard to the post of Party Secretary who would deal with matters concerning elections with the Commission. Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya in a letter to SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem and... [full post]
- Yahapalanaya in Sri Lanka: Remains of the Day
Groundviews is celebrating its tenth anniversary at a time when there is little else to celebrate in Sri Lanka. Particularly sad is the ways in which President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister...
- Transitional justice without justice? A way out
AFP PHOTO/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHILAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images via ICMP As Sri Lanka approaches two years of Yahapalanaya, those concerned with issues of accountability and redress for mass atrocity crimes face a new and diverse...
- Is it time Sri Lanka sheds its religious identity?
Sri Lanka is on the cusp of history, in several months it will be presenting to the people its third constitution in the space of four decades. Abolition of the Executive Presidency,...
- On Groundviews, 10 Years Old
Photography by Seshanka Samarajiwa / The Picture Press, courtesy 30 Years Ago Groundviews offers a look from the bottom up, at the boot pressing you into earth, a shallow grave carved out by a...
- Empathetic Media: Covering death with sensitivity
Featured image courtesy Amantha Perera/IPS [Editor’s note: This is an edited transcript of a speech delivered at a conference organized by the East-West Centre to a cohort of journalists from India and...
- Ten Years: On populism and counterfeit democracy
Photo courtesy Official Website of the President of Sri Lanka Ten years surviving a tempestuous period of contemporary Sri Lankan political, economic and social change, as an English language electronic platform introducing...
- Editorial: Groundviews at 10
I often say I have two children. My son, born in December 2006. And Groundviews, launched in November of the same year. The first post on the site went up on the...
- Yester-Years: The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and The Cuban Revolution
Featured image courtesy the BBC In the 1950s, Cuban revolutionaries launched their July 26 Movement (Movement) to get rid of foreign domination and economic injustice. In 1952, Fulgencio Batista launched a coup...
- Sri Lankan personal laws between justice and freedom – A value based perspective
Featured image courtesy Colombo Telegraph No century in recorded history has experienced so many social transformations and such radical ones as the twentieth century (Peter, 2016). Over this period, without any exception...
- The Ampitiye Sumana Saga and the Political Economy of Temples
Among the Buddhist monks to rise to fame (or infamy) in Sri Lanka in recent times, the 47-year-old Venerable Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thero from the Batticaloa District is surely the star of the...
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- Three community development projects to commence as Gammadda phase II forges ahead
Today, December 6, will mark yet another landmark in the Gammadda journey, with the launch of phase 2 of the 100 Day Initiative. Three teams from News 1st have set off to three locations in remote parts of the country to launch three community development projects which would positively impact the lives of thousands of... [full post]
- Chief Minister J Jayalalitha dies at 68
One of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, has died at the age of 68. The Apollo Hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai said Jayalalithaa died at 11:30 p.m. local time after undergoing surgery Monday following a heart attack on Sunday night. Known by her followers as “Amma,” which means “Mother”... [full post]
- “Kicking the Divisional Secretary seat and taking the administration to the dogs”
Sri Lanka is fresh off a strike which hampered the daily transportation and day-to-day activities of the people. December 5- Today, officials at the Dehiaththakandiya Divisional Secretariat staged a strike accusing Minister Daya Gamage of threatening the Divisional Secretary. THE INCIDENT Shiromani Kumari (The Divisional Secretary) had made preliminary preparations to construct a building belonging... [full post]
- London Stock Exchange Group opens new technology facility in Colombo
The London Stock Exchange Group opened its new technology facility in Colombo today, Monday, December 5. The new London Stock Exchange facility was declared open by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Chairman of LSEG Donald Bryan. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, speaking at the event, noted that the London Stock Exchange has decided to come to... [full post]
- G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination set to commence tomorrow
The G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination is set to commence tomorrow (Dec. 6). Around 700,000 students will be sitting for the examination this year (2016), which is incidentally the highest number of applicants ever recorded to have sat for the examination. The Department of Examinations says that while 5,669 examination centres have been set up, the... [full post]
- MPs to receive more allowances from January 2017
The proposal to increase MPs’ allowances from January 1, 2017, has been included in the order paper in Parliament. Incidentally, it took less than a month for the cabinet of ministers to approve this proposal and enter it into the order paper. As per the proposal included in the order paper by the Minister of... [full post]
- President Sirisena makes a request from Sri Lankan doctors living overseas
Speaking in Parliament on Monday, December 5, during the debate on the expenditure heads for the Ministry of Health, President Maithripala Sirisena made a request from Sri Lankan doctors living overseas. The President said, a person cannot become a doctor in just a year or two, a person cannot be a nurse in a month... [full post]
- We have to learn a lesson from Castro: D.E.W. Gunasekera
The following views were expressed by the leader of the Communist Party in Sri Lanka, at the Fidel Castro memorial held on Sunday evening. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka D. E. W. Gunasekera said: There were black people, white people, yellow people and even brown people in Cuba along with natives... [full post]
- Comments made on strike action over fines for traffic offences
Here are some comments made on the strike action which took place in the recent days, against the proposed increase in fines for traffic offences. Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said, around 50 to 60 deaths are reported daily, and as a result the government of good governance stood up to it and increased... [full post]
- Colombo High Court grants bail to Fmr. UNP General Secretary
The Colombo High Court granted bail to former General Secretary of the United National Party Tissa Attanayake, who was in remand custody. Tissa Attanayake was released on a cash bail of Rs.25,000 , and four sureties worth Rs.500, each. Court also prohibited him from travelling overseas. The case will be taken up for examination on... [full post]
- United States breaks ground on the new U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dec 06, Washington, DC: 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 on Monday on the new U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the State Department said in a release.
- No truth to the rumors that security in North and East are in danger - Defense Secretary
Dec 05, Colombo: Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi has asserted that there is no truth to the rumors spread by the extremists that security in North and East are in danger.
- President opens renovated Thriposha factory in Kandana
Dec 05, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena declared open the modernized Thriposha factory situated in Kandana, Monday (05). The government has allocated 500 million rupees from Budget 2016 for the renovation works of the Thriposha factory in Kandana
- London Stock Exchange Group opens new technology facility in Sri Lanka
Dec 05, Colombo: London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) today announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art technology facility in Sri Lanka.
- Researchers find link between El Niño and Sri Lankan dengue epidemics
Dec 05, Colombo: Researchers have discovered a strong association between El Niño-Southern Oscillation conditions in the Pacific to observed weather and dengue epidemics in Sri Lanka, reports Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) of European Commission.
- Nepalese PM extended an invitation to visit Sri Lanka
Dec 05, Kathmandu: Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Nepal W Swarnalatha Perera has invited the Himalayan nation's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to visit Sri Lanka to mark the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries in 2017.
- Gulf Air rolls out timetable for weekly Colombo flights
Dec 05, Manama: Gulf Air has announced flight timetable for its five weekly flights to/from Bandaranaike International Airport which will be launched from 19 January 2017.
- Sri Lankan President to visit Russia in March to strengthen bilateral ties
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena would visit Russia next year and would hold discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 23, Russia's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava has said.
- Malaysian delegation visits a tea plantation In Sri Lanka
Dec 05, Nuwara Eliya: A Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) delegation on a fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka visited a tea plantation today in this town nestled in the Central Highlands.
- Sri Lanka to set up a joint operation center to combat drug trafficking
Dec 05, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has planned to establish a Joint Operation Center to prevent the drug trafficking in Sri Lanka, said the Minister of Law, Order, and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake.
- Court rejects bail to former LTTE leader-turned deputy minister Karuna Amman
Dec 05, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today rejected granting bail to the former LTTE leader turned deputy minister of the former Sri Lankan government Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman who was arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) of the Police last week.
- Former minister Tissa Attanayake granted bail
Dec 05, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court on Monday granted bail to the former General Secretary of the United National Party Tissa Attanayake, who was charged with three counts over preparation of a forged document.
- Sri Lanka tile importers commend Finance Minister’s initiative to maintain duty, cess reduction
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Tiles and Sanitary Ware Importers Association (TSIA) have welcomed the support of Budget 2017 for maintaining the duty and cess reduction for the import of tiles and sanitary ware.
- Religious freedom has been ensured and strengthened in Sri Lanka - President
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has assured that religious freedom in the island nation has been established at its utmost and strengthened.
- Voices unheard in Parliament; Budget fails to see largest minority!
The UN established an essential Convention (2007 March) on the Rights of People with dis-Abilities (CRPD) as a set of legally binding instruments and enforceable obligations on all countries. It came into force on 3 May 2008. Sri Lanka ratified the CRPD last February.
- Japanese Naval Ship arrives at the Port of Colombo
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship arrived at the Port of Colombo Sunday.
- Sri Lanka ranked 103rd in Global Enabling Trade Index
Dec 04, Colombo: Global Enabling Trade Report 2016, published by the World Economic Forum and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation has ranked Sri Lanka 103rd out of 136 counties.
- World Bank to provide US$ 70 million to uplift Sri Lanka's plantations sector
Dec 04, Colombo: The World Bank will provide Sri Lanka US$ 70 million to modernize the estates and factories of Regional Plantations Companies (RPCs), the Ministry of Plantation Industries said in a statement.
- Health Minister launches an inquiry into a prison doctor
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has launched an inquiry into a doctor at the Prison hospital, for maintaining relationships with imprisoned elite individuals, the state TV reported.
- Sri Lanka state bus service receives record income during private bus strike
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's state owned public bus service has received a record income during the private bus operators' strike, the government claimed.
- Government mulls establishing an authority to regulate three-wheel transport
Dec 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has focused its attention on establishing an authority to regulate the three-wheeler transport in the country in the wake of the protests and road blocks staged by the three-wheeler drivers last week.
- PM explains phone call to IGP from Minister
Dec 03, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament has explained the much publicized phone call made to the Inspector General of Police by a government minister regarding the arrest of a 'Nilame' by the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) of police.
- Sri Lanka calls on Possessor States to expedite destroying their chemical weapons stockpiles
Dec 03, Colombo: In the wake of Non-State Actors acquiring the capability to manufacture and use chemical weapons, Sri Lanka has called on possessor states to expedite destroying their chemical weapons stockpiles.
- Korea Exim Bank to strengthen the connectivity of traffic network in Kandy
Dec 03, Colombo: The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Exim bank) has agreed to support the development of a master plan to strengthen the connectivity of the traffic network in Kandy city through a Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) as a sustainable measure to address the issue of traffic congestion in the hill capital.
- Sri Lankan government vows to take strict legal action against those who damage public property
Dec 03, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has instructed the Police to strictly enforce the law against persons who blocked roads and obstructed the free flow of traffic during yesterday's bus strike.
- Sri Lanka's private bus operators call off strike
Dec 03, Colombo: The Private bus trade unions have called off their strike this morning after they had discussions with the President.
- Sri Lankan President promises to prepare a National Education Policy for the disabled children
Dec 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said a National Education Policy will be prepared for the disabled children.
- Vista Rooms simplifies corporate travel bookings and cuts travel costs by up to 20%
Dec 03, Colombo: Corporates in Sri Lanka can now sit back and relax when it comes to business travel while Vista Rooms minimizes hassle and streamlines the entire company's travel itineraries via its one stop shop for corporate travel.
- President appoints a special committee to look into bus operators' issues
Dec 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today has decided to appoint a special committee to look into the issues faced by private bus operators in the transport sector and take necessary measures, Presidential Media Unit said.
- Sri Lankan, Maldivian Foreign Ministers discuss strengthening bilateral relations
Dec 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera held discussions with his Maldivian counterpart Dr. Mohamed Asim, on Friday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- From The Macro To The Micro In The Wanni Region
By Jehan Perera – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It is meant to have as... [full post]
- Decentralisation Of Power To Provinces Is A Democratic Right
By Siri Gamage – More powers to determine public affairs by the elected representatives in Provinces and Local Government areas should be viewed as a democratic right to be gained by the people living in these areas rather than diluting the powers that the Central Government in Colombo wields at present. The Central Government and... [full post]
- New Constitution: National & Public Security, Public Order And Police & Law Enforcement Sub-Committee Report – Full Texts In Three Languages
The Report of the sub-committee on Law and Order, Public Security, Emergency has been submitted to the Constitutional Assembly for its consideration with the other five sub-committees reports. According to the Prime Minister’s office sources, six sub-committees were appointed by the Constitutional Assembly to make recommendations on the areas of Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Finance, Law... [full post]
- ශ්රී ලංකාව: වාර්ගික සංහිඳියාව ද්විත්ව අබග්ගයට මුහුණපෑම
ආර්. හරිහරන් – ජනාධිපති මෛත්රීපාල සිරිසේන-අගමැති රනිල් වික්රමසිංහ සන්ධාන ආණ්ඩුව බලයට පත්කර ගැනීමට වෙහෙස වූ බොහෝ දෙනා, යහපාලනය ස්ථාපිත කිරීමෙහි ලා එම ආණ්ඩුවේ අසමත් භාවය ගැන අපේක්ෂා භංගත්වයට පත්ව සිටිතැයි කීම, පුනරුච්චාරණයෙන්ම තෙරම්පරාදු වී ඇති කතාවකි. එහෙත් එම සත්යය අමතක කිරීම යනු, වාර්ගික සහජීවනය සහ ආණ්ඩුකරණයේ ප්රති-ව්යුහගත කිරීම නම් වූ ද්විත්ව කාර්ය භාරයන්හි බරපතලකම නොතකා... [full post]
- ලාංකේය සමාජවාදී ව්යාපාරයේ වත්මන් පෙරගමන්කරුවා කව්ද?
ජයන්ත ලාල් රත්නසේකර – වසර හතළිස් හතක් තරම් වූ දිගු කාලයක් සමාජවාදී කියුබාවට නායකත්වය දුන් ෆිදෙල් කස්ත්රෝ නමැති ශ්රේෂ්ඨ විප්ලවවාදියා පසුගිය නොවැම්බර් 23 දින මෙලොවින් සමුගත්තේය. 1926 අගෝස්තු 23 දින උපත ලැබූ කස්ත්රෝ මිය යන විට 90වැනි වියේ පසුවූයේය. 1959දී එවකට කියුබානු ජනාධිපතිවරයාව සිටි බැටිස්ටාගේ පාලනය සන්නද්ධ අරගයකින් පෙරළා දැමූ ෆිදෙල් කස්ත්රෝ කියුබාව තුළ සමාජවාදී... [full post]
- MMDA: Personal Laws At The Expense Of Fundamental Rights?
By Sabra Zahid – Given the division within the Muslim community with regard to reforming the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951 (MMDA), I thought I’d put down something as well to add to the discussion and also specifically after having listened to a few ladies share their experiences in the jury of a... [full post]
- Adaptation – Part II
By Ranil Senanayake – Preparing for the future by looking back. Understanding the issues and options before us. The central mountains of Sri Lanka drain radially to the sea, through 103 distinct watersheds. A watershed of a river is that area of land whose rainfall feeds the river and begins in the mountains. As commented... [full post]
- Thriving In A Digital Age
By W.A Wijewardena – Digital currencies pose the biggest threat to banks – Part III This is the final part of a revised and improved version of a paper published in the Association for Professional Bankers 2016 Annual Convention Publication titled ‘Thriving in a Digital World’. Part I of this paper examined how paper currencies... [full post]
- Decision To Award Controversial Tender: “Fair” Play Or “Foul” Play?
By Gamini Jayaweera – Recent reports in the national newspapers state that the Ministry of Sports has recommended to award a Design and Construct contract to re-lay the 400m and 200m training tracks at the Sugathadasa Stadium Sports Complex to a tender submitted by a Joint Venture between Access International (Pvt) Ltd. and Conica-Veritas for... [full post]
- රටේ සියළු කලබල අස්සේ සිදු කෙරෙන ව්යවස්ථා සංශෝධන වැඩපිළිවෙල
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ – මෙවර අයවැය කෙරෙහි කාගෙත් අවධානය යොමුවී තිබෙන අතරතුර ව්යවස්ථා සම්පාදක මණ්ඩලයේ අනුකමිටු හයක යෝජනා සහිත වාර්ථා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභාගත කරනු ලැබුවේය. එයත් සමගම ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇමතිවරුන් මේ ව්යවස්ථා සංශෝධන යෝජනාවල රටේ ඒකීයභාවය හෝ බුදු දහමට ඇති විශේෂ තත්වය අහෝසි කිරීමට හෝ උතුරු නැගෙනහිර පළාත් ඒකාබද්ධ කිරීමට යෝජනා ඇතුළත් නැතිබව කියමින් ඒවාට මහනායක හිමිවරුන්ගේ සහයෝගය... [full post]
- US breaks ground on the new US Embassy in Colombo
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 yesterday on the new U.S. Embassy in Colombo, US Department of State said.
- New spot fine sheet to be issued soon: IPPBA
Inter Provincial Private Bus Association (IPPBA) President Sarath Vijitha Kumara said today that the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Secretary Nihal Somaweera had informed of a decision to issue new spot fine sheets for drivers.
- Three killed in Balapitiya shooting
At least three members of the same family including a four-year-old child were shot dead following a shooting incident in Balapitiya this evening, police said.
- Apollo denies reports of Jayalalithaa’s death, says she is on life support
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest, Tamil TV channels reported on Monday evening. Violence broke out at Apollo hospital as soon as the news started trickling out,
- Bestow national hero title on 19 Kandyan leaders: Wijeyadasa to MS
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has recommended to President Maithripala Sirisena to cancel Gazette No: 851 issued by the then English Governor Robert Brownrigg in January 10, 1818 naming Keppetipola Disawe and 18 other Sinhala leaders as traitors.
- 'Gazette issued giving super-powers to a National Policy Board'
Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today charged that a gazette notification had been issued by the Cabinet to establish a specialised government body with powers exceeding the executive powers of the President and some more special provisions to facilitate the formulation of a National Policy on all subjects including Accelerated Economic Development.
- Jayalalithaa critical
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, continues to be very critical and is on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and life support systems , said Apollo Hospitals in a statement today.
- Daya Master's inquiry concluded
The case against former LTTE Spokesman Daya Master was concluded by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya on the instructions of the Attorney General today.
- Traffic accidents reduced
The road accidents for the last two weeks have reduced by ten percent according to the Police Traffic Division.
- Gammanpila urges Govt. to ban TNA
The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today urged the government to ban the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in order to ensure democracy in Sri Lanka.
- SL to buy Chinese Xian Y20 military-cum-civil transport planes
Sri Lanka is to buy China-made Xian Y20 military-cum civil transport planes, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told South China Morning Post.
- WP Councilor Jagath Kumara granted bail after surrendering to court
Western Provincial Councilor Jagath Kumara was granted bail after he surrendered to Court earlier today.
- Nishantha - Aruna settle
The case filed against former Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Nishantha Ranatunga for posing death threats to Colombo Cricket Association Secretary Aruna Wijaya de Silva during an election at the SLC on December 18, 2015, was concluded today after both parties came to a settlement.
- 86 factory workers hospitalized
At least 86 employees of a garment factory in the Avissawella Industrial Zone were hospitalized this morning with symptoms of vomiting and fainting.
- Karuna refused bail
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today refused to grant bail to former Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman who is in remand custody till December 7 for misusing a state vehicle.
- Tissa Attanayake released on bail
Former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was today released on a cash bail of Rs. 25,000 and four sureties of Rs. 500,000 each.
- Constitutional reforms amidst chaos in country: MR
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today issuing a statement said the government has introduced constitutional reforms without reforming the electoral system and abolishing the executive presidency as promised during the Presidential election.
- Police to probe ex DIG’s boot boy
An investigation is to be initiated over the incident, where a retired senior Police officer had been captured by the Daily Mirror on Friday while he was stuffing a young domestic aide into the boot of a vehicle in the Matale town, Matale SSP I.B.T. Sugathapala said.
- New Zealand PM John Key resigns
John Key, the New Zealand Prime Minister and leader of the National party, has resigned in a decision that has taken the country by surprise.
- Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigns after heavy poll defeat
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution.
- Uncertainty over US trade leadership, global institutions, after Trump: Frank Lavin
The world in entering an uncertain era where the of the United States, its trade leaderhisp and the relevance of key global institutions are being questioned after Donald Trump won Presidential polls, a long-time Republican operative has said.
- Asia stocks bounce as risk appetite returns after Italy vote
Asian stocks posted their biggest rise in two weeks on Tuesday and the euro steadied as investors judged the selloff after Italy's referendum was overdone, with robust U.S. economic data also helping sentiment.
- Drop in traffic casualties after Sri Lanka announces higher fines
Sri Lanka's main state-run hospital Monday reported a dramatic decline in the number of motor traffic casualties since the government announced sharply raising fines on errant motorists.
- Sri Lanka shares end at 2-wk high; banks lead
Sri Lankan shares rose for a second straight session on Friday to close at a two-week high as investors sought bargains in large-cap shares after the benchmark index hit a near-eight-month low earlier in the week.
- London ready to provide 'complementary liquidity for Sri Lanka firms: LSE boss
London Stock Exchange was ready to support Sri Lanka's privatization efforts and provide 'complementary liquidity' in London, Chairman Donald Brydon said in Colombo.
- Bank of China says still conducting "reasonable" forex sales in Shanghai
Bank of China, one of the country's "Big Four" state-owned banks, said on Monday it is still conducting foreign exchange sales for clients in Shanghai with "reasonable" demand, adding that a report that it was limiting forex sales was not factual.
- Sri Lanka to make heroes out of British-era rebels
Sri Lanka announced plans Monday to rescind a list of 19 nationals described as "traitors" for leading an insurrection against colonial rule nearly 200 years ago.
- Euro, shares skid as Italy votes 'no' on reform, PM Renzi to resign
The euro fell to a 20-month low on Monday and investors fled riskier assets after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he would resign following a stinging defeat on constitutional reform that could destabilise the country's shaky banking system.
- Popular New Zealand PM resigns with budget surplus
Popular New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his shock resignation Monday, saying he was never a career politician and it was the right time to go after eight years in the job.
- Sri Lanka stocks up in thin trading, bond market dull
Sri Lanka's stocks opened higher Monday in thin trading but bond markets but bond markets were dull after foreign selling pushed up medium term yields, brokers and traders said.
- Plans to provide one doctor to every 5000 patients
Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne says that one doctor for every 5000 persons will be appointed, with the ambition of building an efficient health service. The Minister said so while participating in the debate on... Read More
- Eoin Morgan Returns To Captain Englands ODI Team Vs India
Eoin Morgan returns to captain England in both the One Day International and Twenty20 series with India after opting out of the Bangladesh part of the tour over security fears. The 30-year-old Ireland-born batsman -- who has overseen a revival in Englands... Read More
- SL shares ends high
Sri Lankan shares rose yesterday with the Colombo stock index ending at 6 368.12. Foreign investors bought a shares worth Rs. 13.5 million. Meanwhile, the turnover was reported at Rs. 699.4 million rupees. Read More
- Triple murder in Ambalangoda; same family members killed
Three members in the same family were shot to death in Idamthota area in Ambalangoda last night. The deceased were the 35-year-old father, 27-year-old mother and their child aged four years. Police said they were killed while staying at a business area.... Read More
- O Panneerselvam sworn in as new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Following the demise of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, O Panneerselvam was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at a simple function held at Raj Bhavan in the wee hours of Tuesday. Along with him 31 Cabinet Ministers were also sworn... Read More
- Venturing into sea under the influence to be banned
The ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development says that new rules and regulations preventing engagement in commercial fishing activities, whilst under the influence of alcohol will be introduced in the future. Issuing a communiqué... Read More
- Words of Wisdom by Cricket legend Aravinda de Silva
Sri Lankan batting legend Aravinda de Silva attended a cricket coaches’ conference conducted by the SLC at the Sports Ministry auditorium yesterday. At the conference he stated that ‘Talent should not be measured by the runs, but a cricketer’s... Read More
- G.C.E Ordinary Level examination commences
The G.C.E Ordinary Level examination will commence today. It will be held at 5,669 examination centers island-wide, under 538 coordination centers. Examinations will conclude on the 17th December. According to the Commissioner General of Examinations... Read More
- India politician J Jayalalitha dies at 68, new leader appointed
It has been confirmed that one of Indias most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, has died at 68. Chennais Apollo Hospital has said that the chief minister of the Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 11:30... Read More
- New charge sheets for traffic rule violations in future
Transport Ministry Secretary Nihal Somaweera said that a new charge sheet will be introduced for traffic rule violations in the future. He said this matter was discussed during the meeting held with regard to the fine of 25 thousand rupees on 7 traffic... Read More
- Recommendations made to remove Kappetipola Disawe from traitors list
Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa has submitted recommendations to President Maithripala Sirisena to revoke the Gazette which has declared Keppetipola Disava, a betrayer. The then governor of Ceylon Robert Browning issued a Gazette on January 10th,... Read More
- President request specialist doctors not to migrate
President Maithripala Sirisena requested specialist doctors and nurses not to migrate in order to preserve the standards of the local health service. He was speaking during the committee stage budget debate on Sports, Health and Nutrition ministries... Read More
- Media divided over Jayalalitha Jayaram’s health condition
South India media claim she has passed way, while some reports deny this rumour One of Indias most popular and powerful politicians, Jayalalitha Jayaram, remains in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack. However, some media reports that... Read More
- Notorious wild jumbo captured in Ampara
Wildlife officials have captured a wild elephants that was wreaking havoc in Uhana Weeragoda area in Ampara. The jumbo was captured after a three-day mission. Named the Netta Kota and Kan Kabaraya will be released in Horowpathana forest reserve. Pics... Read More
- Inspection groups to check Ordinary level examination centers
G.C.E Ordinary Level examination 2016 is scheduled to commence tomorrow. It will be held at 5,669 island-wide examination centers under 538 coordination centers until 17th December. According to the Commissioner General of Examinations W.M.N.J.... Read More
- 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship: Armaan and Dilantha win Pro Am title
Sri Lankan Dilantha Malagamuwa and his team-mate Armaan Ebrahim won the Pro Am Class of the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship. They also emerged the third in Pro category. Read More
- Protest at the Parliament Roundabout
Unemployed Ayurveda graduates are conducting a silent protest at the Parliament roundabout. They are demanding authorities to provide employment for all graduates. A court order was issued for the group to conduct their protest without hindering the... Read More
- Ananda Aluthgamage displays a teak branch in Parliament
Heated arguments were exchanged between house members today in connection with last Saturdays tear gas attack that took place near the parliament entrance on former local government members of the Joint Opposition. Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardana... Read More
- Police disrupt authorities who attempted to raid illegal gem mining in Kelani River
Chairman of Gem and Jewelry Authority Asanka Welagedara charges that police disrupted a team under his authority when they attempted to raid an illegal gem mining racket in Kelani River at Hathduwa Pugoda. He said that while his authorities transporting... Read More
- Police to investigate into the mysterious boy in the boot
Police has commenced an investigation into the incident where a former senior DIG of police was seen putting a young child, about ten-years-old, into the boot of a vehicle. A local media outlet captured the occasion and published it raising concern over... Read More
- TNA needs to be cancelled- Gammanpila
The Tamil National Alliance must be cancelled, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya says. Its general secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila said this at a press conference held in Colombo today. He added that the Joint Opposition will use a balloon to get into the... Read More
- Cuban leader Fidel Castros ashes interred in Santiago
Fidel Castros ashes were interred on Sunday at a cemetery in the southeastern city of Santiago - the cradle of the Cuban revolution - with the military firing a 21-gun salute for their fallen leader. Initially the act at the cemetery was due to be carried... Read More
- Jayalalithaa latest health update: Security beefed up in Chennai, Traffic police block roads leading to Apollo hospital
After prolonged illness for over three months now, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa, suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening in Chennai’s Apollo Hospitals. Jayalalithaa is being treated by a team of specialists at Apollo Hospitals... Read More
- Court rejects bail for Karuna
The bail application by former deputy minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman was rejected today. Karuna Amman was arrested by the FCID on November 29th in connection with the misuse of government vehicles during the previous regime.... Read More
- Apple reveals ambitious autonomous vehicle project
Apple has revealed it is investing heavily in autonomous vehicles in a letter asking the government to make it easier to develop self-driving cars. The company is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation,... Read More
- Asia stocks bounce as risk appetite returns after Italy vote
HONG KONG, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Asian stocks posted their biggest rise in two weeks on Tuesday and the euro steadied as investors judged the selloff after Italy’s referendum was overdone, with robust U.S. economic data also helping sentiment. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan bounced 0.8 percent, its biggest daily rise... [full post]
- Improving ease of doing business and facilitating capital flow – Anarkali Moonesinghe | Infrastructure Summit 2016 S5K2
- Sri Lanka *market update* ASPI close up 0.7-pct, T/over crosses Rs.1bn
December 05, 2016 The market closed today posting a turnover of LKR 1,023,118,342(USD 6.9mn) with the indexes moving up. ASPI closed at 6368.12 up 42.55 points (+0.67%) while the more liquid SP SL20 index closed at 3555.85 up 34.09 points (+0.97%). Crossings accounted for 21% of the turnover with three crossings in DFCC.N (LKR 168mn;... [full post]
- Harmful recommendations include in constitutional reform reports: MR
- PTL Watch: Bond yields flat, local investors on sidelines
- Virtusapolaris Colombo hosts second session of Sri Lanka robotics meetup
VirtusaPolaris Colombo hosted the second session of the Sri Lanka Robotics Meetup recently, where Dr. Lilantha Samaranayake, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya and Dr. Ruwan Gopura, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa delivered presentations on cutting edge robotics technologies. Dr. Lilantha presented on the topic “Affordable... [full post]
- Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Italy to resign
Dec 05, 2016 (LBO) – New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his resignation today backing his finance minister to take control saying it was the “right time” to leave politics. Key said he had no immediate future plans, but told media he would stay in Parliament long enough to avoid a by-election for his... [full post]
- Opinion: Jaffna, high literacy, low employment and lowest income. How come?
By Jekhan Aruliah Despite the Jaffna district having the second highest Literacy Rate in Sri Lanka, it does badly on employment and dismally on incomes. What’s up? I have heard it said here in Sri Lanka and abroad that unemployment is high in Jaffna because so many people don’t need to work. It is asserted... [full post]
- Sri Lanka tile importers commend support from budget
Dec 05, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Tiles and Sanitary Ware Importers Association (TSIA) have welcomed the support of Budget 2017 for maintaining the reduction on import tariffs on tiles and sanitary ware. “Tiles and sanitary ware today, has become a commodity that has defined itself as a basic need. These entities are no longer... [full post]
- Sri Lanka tourism daily rate performance ahead of peers: STR
Dec 05, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s 15.6 percent increase in the average room or daily rate (ADR) for tourism during the first ten months of the year puts its performance ahead of other countries in Southeast Asia in terms of rate growth, including, India, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, STR said in a... [full post]
- Not a single cent of budgetary funds cut off for Provincial Council- Finance Minister
The funds allocated for Provincial Councils by the Budget 2017 have not been curtailed in any form, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake reiterates.
He points out that there is no any... [full post]
- Gulf Air to fly to Colombo
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will add Sri Lankan capital city, Colombo, to its network of destinations with the upcoming launch of 5 weekly flights to/from Bandaranaike International Airport from 19th January, 2017.
This... [full post]
- President opens renovated Thriposha factory in Kandana
Renovated Kandana Thriposha factory was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (5th Dec.).
The government has allocated Rs. 500 million from Budget 2016 for the renovation works of this Thriposha factory, which is now a full... [full post]
- No truth behind the false allegation by extremists - Defense Secretary
Defense Secretary Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi emphasized that there is no truth behind the false allegation by extremists who are spreading rumors that security in North and East are in danger. “Anyone can visit these areas and clarify on... [full post]
- Joint Operation Center against drug trafficking
Government has planned to establish a Joint Operation Center to prevent the drug trafficking in Sri Lanka, said the Minister of Law, Order, and Southern Development Sagala Rathnayake. He added that steps were taken to update the prevention of drug trafficking through sea,... [full post]
- Garbage management compactors distributed to LG institutions
Ministry of Provincial Council and Local Government recently distributed 42 garbage management vehicles to local government institutions under the ‘Puraneguma’ project.
‘Puraneguma’ is a project implemented to assist low-income local government authorities with the funds provided... [full post]
- Sixtieth Udagama in Hambantota district
Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa recently laid the foundation stone for the 60th Udagama in Hambantota District.
The new project implemented in Kaaliyapura, Sethrajagama will benefit 15 families in the area where each family receives a land... [full post]
- Jaffna Army troops donate blood
Sri Lanka Army troops in Jaffna took part in a blood donation campaign recently.
Responding to a request by the Blood Bank of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, troops attached to Security Force Headquarters-Jaffna (SFHQ-J) donated much needed blood during the... [full post]
- Twelve ‘Unseen Sri Lanka’ stamps issued
Sri Lanka Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts has issued 12 new postal stamps depicting 12 unseen places of natural beauty in Sri Lanka and 03 souvenir sheets on 2nd December.
These new stamps have been handed... [full post]
- Presidential committee to look into Bus Owners Grievances
‘Government will treat all parties fairly’ assures President
President appoints a committee to look into the grievances of private bus owners as well as issues relating to the transport sector.
The committee was appointed after President had a discussion with... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa passes away
Tamil Nadu CM Ms Jayalalithaa passed away at 11:30 p.m. on Monday. The nation of Eezham Tamils would ever remember her with thanks for rising up to the occasion at a crucial time, in declaring to the world the genocide committed on Eezham Tamils, in demanding international justice and in calling for self-determination. She did... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Families associated with LTTE in past face constant threats from Colombo’s Intel squads
Intelligence operatives of the occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka have not yielded from brutally suppressing Eezham Tamils who were earlier associated with the Tamil freedom movement and its civil infrastructure. The SL military, police and their intelligence outfits continue to harass those who are not willing to become their stooges in the occupied... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Extremist monks march towards Batticaloa, Tamil and Sinhala youth mobilise for confrontation
SMS message were being sent across Batticaloa calling Tamil and Muslim youth to confront the violent Sinhala-Buddhist Power Force (Bodu Bala Sena), which is marching towards Batticaloa with a vow to erect 10 Buddha statutes in the Tamil-speaking Batticaloa district. The BBS monks have managed to reach Punaanai, outmanoeuvring SL policemen at Regi-thana, a locality... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Tamil village confronting demographic genocide remembers victims of 1984 massacre in Vanni
The Tamil village of Othiyamalai, situated in Odduchuddaan Division of Mullaiththeevu district, is unable to confront the demographic-genocide taking place at the moment as SL President Maithiripala Sirisena is targeting to Sinhalicise the village and settle Sinhala colonisers linking the village with already Sinhalicised Ma’nal-aa’ru (Weli-Oya). More than 110 Tmail families were living in the... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: SL military dismantles houses, destroys traces before releasing lands
The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka is dismantling houses and bulldozing constructions within selected pockets of former High Security Zone lands in Valikaamam North before readying the places to be released for resettlement, uprooted Tamils from Maaviddapuram area in Jaffna told TamilNet on Thursday. The SL military is also preparing to construct another beach... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Sinhala colonists harass Tamil GS officer threatened by extremist monk
No action has been taken to ensure the security of the Village Officer S. Jeevithan who has been subjected to a systematic hate-campaign by Sumarathana thero the extremist Sinhala-Buddhist monk of Batticaloa Mangalaramaya vihara, informed Divisional Secretariat sources at Paddippazhai told TamilNet on Wednesday. Almost three weeks have elapsed. Except a symbolic temporary court order... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Solid resistance gives hopes towards resolving fishermen’s problems: Noor Alam
Tamil-speaking fishermen in the Northern province have been expressing their sharp opposition against the destructive methods of bottom-trawling and large-scale intrusion by Indian fishermen in the seas off Northern province. Recently, the local fishermen in Musali division of Mannaar district have also been firm in resisting high-level attempts from Colombo that was aiming to create... [full post]
- Impunity shown on genocidal Sri Lanka emboldens Myanmar
Persecution against the Rohingya ethnicity in Myanmar reaches the stage of genocide, report several international agencies. There is a strong connection between denial of genocide, abandonment of international investigation and leniency shown on any kind of investigation at all on the international community abetted crimes in genocidal Sri Lanka and what is now happening in... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Self-mobilised people pay homage to Eezham Tamil Heroes
The families and relatives of Tamil Eelam war heroes spontaneously mobilised themselves in collectively remembering their loved ones on the Heroes Day on Sunday in Vanni. The self-mobilisation, without any political force behind them, was highly emotional at Muzhangkaavil and Kanakapuram Maaveerar Thuyilum Illams (Heroes Cemeteries) in Ki'linochchi district, at Vanni-vi'laangku'lam in Mullaiththeevu, and at... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: PPT, Peoples’ verdict and Eezham Tamil Heroes
If there was any meaningful international investigation conducted on the genocide of Eezham Tamils, identifying the ultimate culprits, that was the proceedings in two sittings undertaken by the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) in 2010 and 2013. The PPT has identified the USA, the UK and India as ultimately responsible. The justice has not come in... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Fidel Castro passes away at 90
The Cuban revolutionary leader, who became a legacy in human history by proving that the world order of the USA could be defied to its very face at its own doorstep, passed away on Friday at the age of 90. The legacy has to be saluted and remembered as inspiration by Eezham Tamils in the... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: University of Jaffna commemorates Tamil Eelam Heroes
Delivering a sharp message against the threats coming from armed Sinhala policemen of genocidal Sri Lanka, who stormed the hostel premises in the early hours of Wednesday and warned the students not to mark Tamil Eelam Heroes Day, the entire University on Friday confluenced at Kailaasapathy Hall commemorating Tamil Eelam Heroes Day. Academics and students,... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Mannaar Magistrate issues interim order against Sinhala colony in Musali
Mannaar Magistrate A G Alex Raja on Thursday issued interim order against the infrastructure work at Kaayaa-kuzhi, where Colombo's Director General of Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources was silently engaged in creating a permanent coastal Sinhala colony for 83 Sinhalese from South. Tamil and Muslim fishermen jointly protested against the move on 09 November.... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Colombo's military, police threaten grassroots not to mark Tamil Eelam Heroes’ Day
The occupying Special Task Force (STF) commandos, trained once by the British and who are complicit in the crime of genocide, crime against humanity and war-crimes have been threatening the public in Batticaloa, particularly in villages situated between Aaraip-pattai (Aaraiyam-pathi) and Ka'luvaagnchik-kudi, that there was a ban of gathering in force between November 20 and... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Muslim, Tamil politicians not bold enough to confront Buddhist cultural intrusions in East
A Sinhala minister of genocidal Sri Lanka, Daya Gamage, who hails from Ampaa’rai district, has gone on record threatening his own regime stating that he would resign his ministerial portfolio in protest if the statue of Buddha, erected by intruding monks at the village hilltop of Maayak-kalli-malai in I’rakkaamam division of Ampaa’rai district, was to... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Colombo should revert Gazette notifications, return lands seized in Mannaar: DDC Meeting
Monthly District Development Committee meeting, co-chaired by Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, SL Minister of Industry and Commerce Mr Rishad Bathiudeen, who is elected from Vanni electorate, four Tamil and Muslim Vanni District parliamentarians and four NPC Councillors, on Monday unanimously resolved to demand the Colombo regime to revert the Gazetted appropriations... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Secular Tamil nationalist aspirations weakened by global and regional religious paradigms
Failure of secular forces and Marxists in India and Dravidian movements in Tamil Nadu in delivering justice to the genocide-affected nation of Eezham Tamils, who have based their national question on secular foundations coming through millennia of Tamil language heritage, results in further meddling through globally and regionally simulated religious conflicts. The forces that work... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Jaffna city targeted by occupying Sinhala military and police
The occupying SL military and Police of genocidal Sri Lanka are systematically advancing their plan of permanent occupation of strategic frontier and interior lands where they have been ‘temporarily’ stationed during and after the genocidal war. Using the provisions in the so-called Constitution of the SL unitary State that has no democratic mandate of the... [full post]
- Monk-talk reveals realities set by imperialisms riding on genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’
The Sinhala-Buddhist monk, Ampitiye Sumanarathna Thero, who is now boldly and publicly genocidal in speech against Eezham Tamils and Tamil-speaking Muslims, was earlier appeasing the LTTE and was even participating in the LTTE programmes when it was in control of the East, sources in Batticaloa revealed. The monk is only a representative of the age-old... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: SL military base hinders resettlement at Ka'napathipuram, Ampaa'rai
24 Divison of the occupying Army of genocidal Sri Lanka, stationed in the public and private lands at the Tamil settlement of Ka'napathi-puram have no plans of releasing the lands it has seized. Notorious commandos of Special Task Force (STF), a full-fledged military force administratively organised under the SL Police, had chased out the Tamil... [full post]
- Conflict Of Interest In The Monetary Board Exposed
A Member of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is working hand in glove with a primary dealer Why Chrishantha Perera is being retained as a member of the prestigious Monetary Board of the Central Bank deem questionable by Mahesh Senanayake Following the alleged bond scam controversy, it has now been... [full post]
- Karuna’s Waterloo?
Karuna was accused over the deaths and abductions of many UN probe noted Karuna brought significant intelligence Abuses documented in HRW’s 2007 report by Easwaran Rutnam Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman started off as a top leader of the LTTE. He then made headlines when he split from the LTTE and led the Tamil Makkal... [full post]
- Constitution: What Are Rajapaksa’s Proposals?
A constitution, good or bad, can be wrecked by its own makers. Most constitutions in countries around the world have been made with good intentions and their provisions are held as being democratic and for the good of the people but in many countries distorted and perverted to the gain of those responsible for their... [full post]
- Sri Lanka’s Che Guevara Revolution
by Gamini Weerakoon Even before the insurrection, many sported bushy unkempt Castro beards and Che Guevara goatees The press and some policemen called it the Che Guevara revolution The hangover of Fidel and Che can still be seen in the fast thinning, greying beards of academics and politicos News of the death of Fidel Castro... [full post]
- PM Cracks Whip On CB, Ravi Raises Concerns
by Mahesh Senanayake Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had last week questioned the Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy over his failure to control the depreciation of the Rupee against the US dollar which had reached Rs 150. At the monthly meeting of the Economic Affairs Committee held at... [full post]
- Castro’s Iron Fist And Human Face
Castro ruled Cuba with an iron fist tolerating no opposition or dissent thoughout his entire rule Valladares was arrested by Castro’s Political Police for his open criticism of the Castro regime Many of those paying poojas and hosannas to Fidel Castro after his demise have pointed out that in judging this iconic character, whose political... [full post]
- Being Evicted From House And Home
Election-related violence Not so long after the Sirima Bandaranaike government resumed ruling Sri Lanka, and with her brother, Barnes, appointed to the position of Public Trustee, whose subordinate I was under the terms of my late father’s Last Will and Testament, it was believed that the inevitable would befall me and my family – economic... [full post]
- New Constitution: Who’s To Bell The Rajapaksas?
by N. Sathiya Moorthy In a recent meeting with all 16 TNA parliamentarians, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have promised to ask Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss upcoming constitutional reforms with predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa. It seems to flow from the perception that the Joint Opposition (JO) identifying with the Rajapaksas are opposed to... [full post]
- G. L. Accused Of Busting Rs. 870 Million
by Sujith Mangala A controversial purchase of a property in Brazil by the former government has been revealed with the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Professor G. L. Peiris being accused of direct involvement. The purchase was made in order to establish the Sri Lankan Embassy in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro spending a colossal sum... [full post]
- Prisons Department Shrouded In Controversy
by Easwaran Rutnam The Department of Prisons has been shrouded in controversy amidst allegations of bribery and corruption and unauthorized transfers. Well informed sources told The Sunday Leader that the controversy arose following the recruitment of 350 jail guards. Applications had been sought for the recruitment of the jail guards but allegations were raised of... [full post]
- Gulf Air to fly to Colombo