Month: June 2013

Seychelles welcomes President Rajapaksa on historic visit

– by Janaka Alahapperuma – Pix by: Sudath Silva The President of the Republic of Seychelles, James Alix Michel warmly welcomed the arrival of his Sri Lankan counterpart President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the airport in the capital city of Seychelles.  At the invitation of President Michel, President Rajapaksa will be undertaking the historic state visit…

TNA decides not to participate

The Tamil National Alliance on Saturday decided not to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to resolve the national problem, a party official said….

Foreign spy agency tapping Gota’s phone

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has complained to his mobile phone service provider that his phone is being tapped by an organised team with the intention of gathering national security secrets, according to a newspaper report….

President Rajapaksa attends the Global Smart Partnership Dialogue Forum 2013 in Tanzania.

– by Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is currently in Tanzania for a five-day official tour graced the opening ceremony of the Global Smart Partnership Dialogue- 2013 which is taking place in parallel to the 50th anniversary of the African Union….

Sangakkara named in ICC Team of the Tournament – 2013

– by Janaka Alahapperuma – The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy- 2013 that included seven players from the England and India sides that featured in the final at Edgbaston on last Sunday. Indian Captain and wicket keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni named as the captain of the team….

British tourist’s killing: Case transferred to Colombo due to threats

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s court that the case of the murder of British tourist Kuram Shaikh had been transferred to Colombo due to the suspects allegedly threatening witnesses….

Lorry, Podi Menike collision leaves two dead

Two people died when a lorry collided with the Podi Menike express train at an unprotected railway crossing in Wijayarajadahana Ambanawathuyaya yesterday, the Police said….

Tanzania reaffirms support to CHOGM 2013

President of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete while reaffirming his country’s fullest support to Sri Lanka to host 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) pledged that he would persuade other Commonwealth members of Africa to participate….

Pakistan Army Chief meets Secretary Defence

Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani NI (M) HI paid a courtesy call to the Secretary, Ministry of Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, this afternoon (28th June) at the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development premises….

President arrives in Tanzania

President Mahinda Rajapaksa commencing his five-day state visit to Tanzania and Seychelles arrived in Tanzania from the Julius Nyerere International Airport this morning (June 27)….

Teacher ‘kneeler’ granted bail

North Western Provincial Council member, Ananda Sarath Kumara who was remanded for ordering a female teacher to kneel before him was granted bail by Anamaduwa Magistrate’s court today…

President Rajapaksa Begins Five-Day State Visit to Tanzania and Seychelles

President Mahinda Rajapaksa left this morning on a five-day state visit to Tanzania and Seychelles. Not only will this be President Rajapaksa’s first visit to both countries, but it will also be the first visit of any Sri Lankan president. It is a part of President Rajapaksa’s vision of further strengthening South-South cooperation….

Buddhist Diplomacy in PM Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s Foreign Policy won World Respect for Sri Lanka

– by Shenali D Waduge – No post – independent Government won as much global plaudits for Sri Lanka’s foreign policy as during the time when Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike was Prime Minister. The country witnessed a string of foreign policy successes one after the other mainly during her first two terms of office i.e. 1960 –…

Rudd returns as Australia PM after toppling Gillard

(Reuters) – Kevin Rudd returned as Australian prime minister on Wednesday, executing a stunning party room coup on Julia Gillard almost three years to the day after being ousted by his former deputy and less than three months out from a general election. The reinstatement of Rudd was a last-ditch effort to shore up support…

Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka – Response to FT’s Gideon Rachman

  – by Shenali D Waduge – The Financial Times has posted an article by Gideon Rachman who claims that foreign leaders should feel sick about accepting hospitality from a government whose human rights records are grim.  Rachman goes on to say that the “sins” of the Sri Lankan Government are not merely being ignored…

Vaiko vows to continue stir against training for Sri Lankan officers

Political parties and Tamil outfits will stage protests if the Centre continues to impart training to officials of the Sri Lankan defence forces at Defence Services Staff College at Wellington in the Nilgiris, said Vaiko, general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) on Tuesday….