Sri Lanka’s annual budget fails to address issue of reconciliation, says Tamil National Alliance

Sri Lanka’s annual budget fails to address issue of reconciliation, says Tamil National Alliance

Colombo, November 12 (The New Indian Express): The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which accounts for 16 of the 18 Tamil Members of Parliament from the Tamil-speaking North and East of Sri Lanka, says that Sri Lanka’s annual budget, which was presented to parliament on November 10, has failed to address the pressing issue of ethnic reconciliation. TNA MP and spokesman...

China blames “outside forces” and domestic political considerations for suspension of projects in Sri Lanka

China blames “outside forces” and domestic political considerations for suspension of projects in Sri Lanka

Colombo, November 11 (The New Indian Express): China’s Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, says that outside forces and domestic political considerations may have brought about the temporary suspension of China-funded and executed projects in Sri Lanka when the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government came into being in 2015. Speaking to Bandula Jayasekara in Maharaja TV’s morning program Pethikada on Friday, Ambassador Yi...

Colombo woos Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces with big budgetary allocations

Colombo woos Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces with big budgetary allocations

Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Colombo, November 10 (NIA): Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has made an effort to woo the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces through big allocations to them in the annual budget which he presented in parliament on Thursday. Given the fact that the GDP per capita is the lowest in the Northern, Eastern and...

Sri Lanka’s President appoints new head to anti graft commission

Sri Lanka’s President appoints new head to anti graft commission

Pic Courtesy - PMD news Colombo, Nov 10 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, on Thursday appointed Sarath Jayamanne as the new head of the country's anti graft commission. Jayamanne, who is a President's Counsel was appointed after former Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption quit, following accusations by President Maithripala Sirisena that...

High percentage of Sri Lankan Muslim families marry off girls before statutory age of marriage

High percentage of Sri Lankan Muslim families marry off girls before statutory age of marriage

  Sri Lankan Muslim girl of Puttalam.Photo: Chulie de Silva Colombo, November 10 (The New Indian Express): A high percentage of Sri Lankan Muslim families get their girls married off before they attain 18 - the statutory age of marriage in Sri Lanka, according a new study entitled: Unequal Citizens: Muslim Women’s Struggle for Justice and Equality written by Hyshyama...

Colombo is the world’s 4 th. fastest growing tourist destination in Mastercard’s most popular Asian destination list

Sri Lanka to grow 6.3 percent in 2017, helped by Chinese investments

Colombo, Nov 10 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's economic growth is likely to increase from 5.5 percent in 2016 to 6.3 percent in 2017, helped by a growth in tourism, information technology, logistics and Chinese investments, the Central Bank said on Thursday. Releasing its half yearly publication, ‘Recent Economic Developments: Highlights of 2016 and Prospects for 2017’, the Central Bank said...

Sri Lanka duty bound to amend Muslim Personal Law as per international covenants it has signed

Sri Lanka duty bound to amend Muslim Personal Law as per international covenants it has signed

Colombo, November 8 (The New Indian Express): The Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRAG) has said that Sri Lanka is duty bound to carry out reforms in the archaic Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) 1951, to accord with the international human rights covenants it has signed. In 2010 the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee...

Sri Lanka briefs UK on human rights, democracy, reconciliation

Sri Lanka briefs UK on human rights, democracy, reconciliation

Colombo, Nov 8 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, on Tuesday, briefed a visiting British Minister on the steps taken by the unity government to strengthen democracy, human rights and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. A statement by the Foreign Ministry said that Samaraweera held discussions with Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, Minister of State for the Commonwealth...

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