Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Mullaitivu destroyed

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Mullaitivu destroyed

Colombo, December 27 (NIA): A recently erected statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Mullaitivu in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province has been destroyed apparently by politically-inspired miscreants. The ostensible reason for the destruction is the breach of an administrative requirement to get the sanction of the concerned local body. But the real reason appears to be a difference of opinion between two...

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister passes away

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister passes away

Colombo, Dec 27 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Former Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremenayake passed away at the age of 83 in a private hospital in Colombo, on Tuesday. Wickremenayake had been receiving treatment in hospital for the past several days. He was the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 2000 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2010. He was also a senior...

Young boy and bad proofreading blamed for Sri Lankan hymn book including Tupac’s obscene “Hail Mary”

Young boy and bad proofreading blamed for Sri Lankan hymn book including Tupac’s obscene “Hail Mary”

Colombo, December 27 (NIA): A “young boy” in-charge of downloading hymns from the internet and careless proofreading by others, had led to a Sri Lankan Catholic hymn book including in its list, American rapper Tupac Shakur’s obscene and vitriolic “Hail Mary” instead of the traditional Catholic prayer of the same name. More than a thousand copies of the hymn book...

Sri Lanka faces staggering unemployment levels among females

Sri Lanka faces staggering unemployment levels among females

Colombo, Dec 27 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's overall unemployment rate reported for females is 7.3 percent when compared to 3.1 percent for males, official data showed here on Tuesday. The survey results further revealed that unemployment among females is higher than that of males, in all age groups, the Census and Statistics Bureau said. Sri Lanka's unemployment level among both...

No sleeveless blouses please, we are Sri Lankans

No sleeveless blouses please, we are Sri Lankans

Colombo, December 26 (The New Indian Express): Female staff of the Sri Lankan parliament are barred from entering the Public Officers’ Box if they are wearing a sleeveless blouse, according to a report in The Sunday Times of December 25. “A trilingual notice freshly placed on the door to the Public Officer’s Box in Parliament stipulated the dress code for...

Unlimited number of Sri Lankan flights can now operate from six Indian airports

‘Indian experimental flight’ delays flights at Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport

Colombo, Dec 26 (NIA) - Several flights scheduled to depart and arrive at Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport have been delayed due to the temporary closure of certain parts of Indian airspace, an airport official said here on Monday. Sri Lanka's State owned Sri Lankan Airlines confirmed that five of its flights had been delayed including those departing to Singapore,...

Trial by jury not suitable for politically sensitive cases, says leading Tamil lawyer

Trial by jury not suitable for politically sensitive cases, says leading Tamil lawyer

Colombo, December 25 (The New Indian Express): Trial by jury is not suitable for politically sensitive cases in which the defendants are Security Forces personnel and the victims seeking justice are from a minority community, says the leading Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer and Member of Parliament, M.A.Sumanthiran. “Given the consistent pattern of the juries acquitting the accused in cases where...

Widow of assassinated Sri Lankan Tamil MP to appeal in two weeks

Widow of assassinated Sri Lankan Tamil MP to appeal in two weeks

Colombo, December 25 (The New Indian Express): The widow of the assassinated Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Nadarajah Raviraj, will be moving the Court of Appeal against the Colombo High Court’s order acquitting five persons including Sri Lankan intelligence personnel, who were accused of planning and executing the murder of the Jaffna district MP here on November 10,2006. Counsel for...

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