Buddhism: Modi’s soft power and money spinner

Buddhism: Modi’s soft power and money spinner

Colombo, May 11: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a determined mission to use Buddhism, which had its birth in India and spread to other parts of South and East Asia from there, as a “soft power” to influence Buddhist countries in South and East Asia and to earn money by promoting “Buddhist tourism”, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express....

Love for Modi appears to be wearing thin in Sri Lanka

Love for Modi appears to be wearing thin in Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 9: The Sri Lankan government will roll out the red carpet for the visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrives here in the evening of May 11 to be the chief guest at the Vesak celebrations and to inaugurate an India-built hospital in Dikoya the next day, writes, P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. But the popular enthusiasm...

World renowned chef, George Calombaris to visit Sri Lanka

World renowned chef, George Calombaris to visit Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 10 (NIA) - Judge of ‘MasterChef Australia’, George Calombaris will arrive in Sri Lanka next month to take part in events organised by Cinnamon Life - Colombo’s premier lifestyle mixed development project. In a statement released by the Cinnamon group it said that Calombaris will be in Sri Lanka from 8 to 11 June 2017, giving a lucky few...

Sri Lanka releases 550 prisoners in view of Vesak

Sri Lanka releases 550 prisoners in view of Vesak

Colombo, May 10 (NIA) - 550 prisoners were released from Sri Lankan prisons across the island on Wednesday on a Presidential pardon to commemorate the UN Vesak Day celebrations, the Department of Prisons said. Those released were prisoners facing minor offences. President Maithripala Sirisena had issued the pardon following a proposal made by the Prison Reforms Minister D.M. Swaminathan to the Justice Ministry...

World’s first laser Vesak Pandal to be unveiled in Sri Lanka

World’s first laser Vesak Pandal to be unveiled in Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 10 (NIA) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will unveil the world’s first Vesak pandal erected with laser technology on May 10 at the Galle Face Green, the Government Information Department said here Wednesday. The pandal will be exhibited from May 10th to May 14th in parallel to the Kolomthota Vesak Zone on a concept of Port and Shipping...

Buddhist extremist monk calls for ban on burkhas in Sri Lanka

Buddhist extremist monk calls for ban on burkhas in Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 9 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist monk, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, on Monday called for a complete ban on Muslim women wearing the burkha in public and said he would go to court over the matter. “There has to be one law in the country. You cannot have a different law...

Sri Lanka wants FTA with Singapore finalized before July

Sri Lanka wants FTA with Singapore finalized before July

Colombo, May 9 - Sri Lanka wants the scheduled free trade agreement with Singapore to be finalized before July this year, the BOI said quoting International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama. The Board of Investment said another FTA with China is expected by the end of this year. “Minister spoke of the Government’s interest to develop FTZs and of formulating a...

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