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News: A critical appraisal of Sri Lanka's Vision 2025
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
"Our vision is to make Sri Lanka a rich country by 2025. We will do so by transforming Sri Lanka into the hub of the Indian Ocean, with a knowledge-based, highly competitive, social-market economy." This is the vision set out in the most coherent economic policy document put out by the coalition government. Compared to the two prior attempts, this is the best thought out. The budget speeches that followed the prior policy statements appeared disconnected at best, and designed to sabotage
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News: Black and White thinking in a gray world
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Gone are the days when on seeking an opinion on anything – be it an idea, food, movie, clothing – one would have a wide variety of answers. The range would include – good, very good, somewhat good, not bad, tolerable, bit bad and bad. There was an assortment of middle ground opinions or nuances between the good and the bad.
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News: US lawmakers oppose 92 per cent cut in aid to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Citing the geographical and strategic location of Sri Lanka, a Senate committee has opposed Trump Administration's proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in American aid to the island nation. "Given the geostrategic importance of the country, the Committee does not support the President's budget request for Sri Lanka, which proposed a 92 per cent reduction in assistance
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News: 12 TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Twelve fishermen from this coastal town were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy tonight for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). They were arrested while allegedly fishing off the Katchathivu islet and later taken to Talaimannar, S Emerit, Fisheries Association president told reporters.
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News: JVP says MR efforts to clear Weeratunga unacceptable
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
The JVP says attempts by Former President Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa in attempts to portray the Former Presidential Secretary and former Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Lalith Weerathunga as innocent cannot be accepted. Addressing a media breifing held today JVP MP Vijitha Herath said as the individual claims he is an attorney, he must read the 19th Constitutional Amendment adding that it details
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Photos: People should strive to protect officials who oppose corruption
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
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Photos: Military in North should not be removed: Gammanpila
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
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Take Actions: Urgent: They’re beheading children
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: Darker and more dangerous: High Commissioner updates the Human Rights Council on human rights issues in 40 countries Human Rights Council 36th session Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Posted Date: 11/09/2017 (Monday)
As I enter the final year of my current mandate – a year which I will discharge with vigour and determination – I wish to begin with a few short reflections drawn from the past three years. First, however, I want to recall all those who were murdered in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania on 11 September 2001. Like many who were living in New York, I will
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News: Harrison wants ex-President Rajapaksa to go down on his knees and apologise to masses
Posted Date: 11/09/2017 (Monday)
Rural Economic Affairs Minister and Anuradhapura District UNP MP, P. Harrison, yesterday said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the Joint Opposition members, should kneel before the masses and apologise to the nation for misusing state funds, for the UPFA political campaign, for the 2015 Presidential election
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News: Mattala deal with India: No military operations
Posted Date: 10/09/2017 (Sunday)
The proposed agreement with India on the privatisation of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport will include a clause that the airport will not be used for any military purposes, a senior official said. Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Nihal Somaweera told the Sunday Times that besides prohibiting the use of the airport for military purposes, the air traffic control tower would also be controlled by Sri Lanka.
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News: MAHINDA MEETS RANIL
Posted Date: 10/09/2017 (Sunday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with former President and incumbent MP Mahinda Rajapaksa for a unscheduled discussion this week to discuss Local Government elections, the postponement of which continues. The political discussion took place on the evening of September 7 at the Parliamentary complex premises with Joint Opposition (JO) MPs Dinesh Gunawardena (Leader of the JO’s
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Events: J/Chavakacheri Hindu College OSTA-UK Annual Cultural Evening
Posted Date: 10/09/2017 (Sunday)
Zorostrian Centre, 442-452 Alexandre Avenie, Rayners Lane Harrow HA2 9TZ
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Events: சதுர்த்தி திருமஞ்சன தீர்த்த விழா
Posted Date: 10/09/2017 (Sunday)
Calacton on Sea, West Road, Cakton CO15 1SE
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Events: Cathurthi Vinayagar Nimanjanam
Posted Date: 10/09/2017 (Sunday)
Cacton on Sea, West Road, Cacton, Essex CO15 1SE
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News: Forfeited Wellawatte Residence Case Plight of the Citizenry under Emergency Laws
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The recent Supreme Court order handing over a Wellawatte property -- forfeited during the Rajapaksa regime on the instruction of the Police and taken over by the Terrorist Investigation Division -- to its rightful owners, is a typical indicator of the manner in which emergency regulations impinged the legal rights of the citizenry and the excesses that could be carried out with seeming impunity.
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News: Sri Lanka informed it will not receive ADB, WB aid after 2019
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has been informed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) that it will not receive any concessions or aid after 2019, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe told Parliament today. Wickramasinghe said this while making a special statement to the House on the Central Highway Project.
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News: Senate Appropriators Reject Trump Administration’s ‘Apparent Doctrine of Retreat’ Unusually blunt committee report rebukes State Department, OMB
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
Senate appropriators are rejecting the Trump administration’s foreign policy, blasting what they call an “apparent doctrine of retreat.” Appropriations Committee reports are not usually must-reads, but the report to accompany the next fiscal year’s State-Foreign Operations spending package might be the exception. The bill and report go beyond just dismissing the budget request.
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News: US Concerned Over Debt Burdens On Sri Lanka From Chinese Loans
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The US has expressed concern over the "unsustainable debt-burden" on Sri Lanka due to non-concessional loans from China. China is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is struggling to repay Chinese money, and recently signed an agreement to give a state-run Chinese firm a stake in the strategic Hambantota port as a way of paying down some of that
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News: Disaster Resilience, Environment Protection Are Critical to Sri Lanka’s Economy
Posted Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
In response to public interest, the World Bank in Sri Lanka chose to host a dialogue, offering an opportunity for anyone to meet the World Bank team and directly ask questions related to environment protection, disaster risk management and the economy. In fact, the engagement began with a Twitter chat earlier in the week that saw participation from across the region, before moving on to a public discussion. In attendance at the latter
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