Pakistani envoy inspects his country’s housing project for the war displaced in north Sri Lanka

Pakistani envoy inspects his country’s housing project for the war displaced in north Sri Lanka

Colombo, November 7 (NIA): The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain on Monday visited Northern Province of Sri Lanka to review the progress on Pakistani funded Housing Project consisting of 230 houses for war affected families in Puthukudiyiruppu, Narikaddu and Moddaikadai villages of the Wanni region. The houses are being constructed with a...

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister says government not investigating murder or disappearance of Tamil journalists

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister says government not investigating murder or disappearance of Tamil journalists

Colombo, November 7 (The New Indian Express): The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Sunday charged that the Sri Lankan government is not investigating the killing or disappearance of Tamil journalists when it is investigating cases involving Sinhalese journalists. Speaking at a function to give a “Lifetime Achievement” award to veteran Tamil journalist and...

Sri Lanka’s draft constitution unlikely to merge Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces

Sri Lanka’s draft constitution unlikely to merge Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces

Colombo, November 6 (The New Indian Express): To address the ethnic question, Sri Lanka’s draft constitution is likely to suggest implementation of the existing 13 th. Constitutional Amendment (13A) with an additional provision for a Second Chamber in parliament but without a merger of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern province, says Mano Ganesan, Minister of National Co-Existence and Official Languages....

No paradise for the dragon: Rift between Sri Lanka and China appears to be widening

No paradise for the dragon: Rift between Sri Lanka and China appears to be widening

P.K.Balachandran/The New Indian Express Colombo, November 5: Sri Lanka’s political folklore, no two countries can be friendlier than China and Sri Lanka. Indeed, for six decades from 1952 to 2014, Sino-Lankan relations could not have been warmer. But in the last two years, the two countries have drifted apart, with hot words being exchanged between Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang and...

Clerics, Muslim intellectuals, government panel members to take joint decision on Sri Lankan Muslim law amendment

Clerics, Muslim intellectuals, government panel members to take joint decision on Sri Lankan Muslim law amendment

Colombo, November 4 (The New Indian Express): Representatives of the Sri Lanka Jamaithul Ulema, Muslim intellectuals and members of the government-appointed committee on Muslim personal law reform, are to meet for two days beginning Friday, to discuss reform of the controversial Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951. The initiator of the move, Asad Sally, who heads of the Desiya...

Interest on Chinese loans to Sri Lanka are at an average of over 5 percent, says Sri Lankan Finance Minister

Colombo, November 4 (NIA): China has given loans to Sri Lanka at various rates of interest, ranging from 2 percent to 8 percent, which, on an average, works out to be in excess of 5 percent, Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said Thursday evening. He was reacting to Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang’s contention at a press conference here, that...

Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister files complaint against fake fb, twitter accounts

Ravi K rejects Chinese envoy’s statement

Colombo, Nov 3 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake, on Thursday rejected the statement made by China's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, stating that loans given by China to Sri Lanka was at a 2 percent interest rate. Karunanayaka told journalists that if China had given loans at 2 percent, then Sri Lanka would only pay 2 percent. "If...

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