Northern Province Chief Minister calls for calm as North Sri Lanka observes total hartal over killing of students by police

Northern Province Chief Minister calls for calm as North Sri Lanka observes total hartal over killing of students by police

Colombo, October 25 (The New Indian Express): The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has appealed to the people of the province, especially the youth, to be calm as they mourn the killing of two university students by the police. In a statement released from London, the Chief Minister said that while conveying his condolences to the...

India-Sri Lanka differences over Trincomalee oil tanks persist despite Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit

India-Sri Lanka differences over Trincomalee oil tanks persist despite Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit

Colombo, October 25 (The New Indian Express): Differences between India and Sri Lanka over the Trincomalee oil storage tanks persist, despite the three day visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary, S.Jaishankar, which ended on tuesday. Reliable sources said on Tuesday that the basic “technical and legal issues” which have been preventing the full use of the giant oil tanks remain...

World’s oldest working full rigged ship arrives in Sri Lanka

World’s oldest working full rigged ship arrives in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Oct 24 (NIA) - The world’s oldest working full-rigged ship, SS Sørlandet from Norway, has arrived in the Sri Lankan capital while on a two-year circumnavigation of the world, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo, said on Monday. The ship has on-board 70 high school students from A+ Academy. During their stay in Colombo they will greet Sri Lankan maritime...

Sri Lanka, India, Maldives to begin tri-lateral sea exercise

Sri Lanka, India, Maldives to begin tri-lateral sea exercise

Colombo, Oct 24 (NIA) - Sri Lanka, India and Maldives will begin a 4 day coastguard exercise in the Maldives on Tuesday with the aim of strengthening corporation and enhancing the interoperability of forces, the navy media unit said here. Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS ‘Sagara’ left for Maldives on Monday from the Port of Colombo in order...

Sri Lankan Tamils keep caste oppression under wraps for the sake of a political need to exhibit Tamil unity

Sri Lankan Tamils keep caste oppression under wraps for the sake of a political need to exhibit Tamil unity

Colombo, October 22 (The New Indian Express): Despite the existence of a unified “Tamil” identity, Sri Lankan Tamil society is rent by caste inequalities and is dived into “Oppressing and Oppressed Castes.” But issues thrown up caste inequalities do not find expression in the public domain for a variety of reasons, campaigners for social justice and researchers say. Basically, there...

Jaffna in the grip of tension as President Sirisena orders probe into killing two Jaffna Varsity students

Jaffna in the grip of tension as President Sirisena orders probe into killing two Jaffna Varsity students

Colombo, October 22 (NIA): With the Tamil-majority North Sri Lanka in the grip of tension over the killing of two Jaffna University students by police at a checkpoint on October 20, the Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, has ordered an impartial investigation, and the five policemen involved have been arrested and remanded. But the radical Tamil Peoples‘ Council, led by...

Sri Lankan court allows screening of film on a judge’s sexual misconduct

Sri Lankan court allows screening of film on a judge’s sexual misconduct

  Colombo, October 21 (NIA): The Colombo District Court on Friday lifted a temporary injunction against the release of noted Sri Lankan film maker Prasanna Vithanage’s film Usaviya Nisandai (Silence in the Courts). The controversial “docu-film” based on the sexual misconduct of a real-life District Judge, Lenin Ratnayake, will be released at major theaters in Colombo and elsewhere on Saturday, Vithanage told...

EU hinges restoration of trade concession to Sri Lanka to satisfactory progress in human rights situation

EU hinges restoration of trade concession to Sri Lanka to satisfactory progress in human rights situation

Colombo, October 21 (NIA): The European Union (EU) has said that it will restore the General System of Preferences Plus (GSP Plus) trade concession to Sri Lanka if it sees satisfactory progress in the field of human rights and ethnic reconciliation. That essentially means that the Sri Lankan government must implement the October 1, 2015 resolution of the UN human...

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