Grassroots Development

Japan, Sri Lanka’s single biggest donor on a cumulative basis since 1977, has had opened up a grassroots development window in the island from the 1980s, over and above its traditional infrastructure development window. A village in Buttala was the beneficiary of such a micro grant scheme through this grassroots development window, at a function [...]

Indian Intelligence Concerned Over Threats By LTTE Remnants

Indian intelligence services have expressed concern over the continued threat posed by remnants of the LTTE within its borders as an extension of the ban against the terrorist group is currently under review. Highly placed sources confirmed that information with regard to continued revival measures of the terror group within India, especially in its South [...]

Passes Rs. 100 Bn

Sri Lanka’s tea exports in July grew by Rs. 0.8 billion year on year (YoY) to Rs. 14.9 billion, Forbes & Walker in a report said. However tea production during this period declined by 2.7 million kilos to 26.5 million kg. YoY. Total tea exports in the first seven months of the year in value [...]

World In Review 2012

By Dinouk Colombage Cameron Hints At EU Referendum Prime minister says Britons will get a say on any new EU settlement, and announces opt-out of pending EU justice policies David Cameron has confirmed that the British people will be given a say, possibly in a referendum, on any new EU settlement after the next general [...]

90% Self Sufficient

Ninety per cent of Nestle Sri Lanka’s milk requirements are purchased locally which supports 18,000 farmers; its Managing Director Alois Hofbauer told a CIMA organized seminar on Monday (September 24). Additionally for its coconut milk based products, it procured 50 million local coconuts at a cost of Rs. 1.5 billion, benefiting some 5,000 c’nut farmers.He [...]

Menik Farm And Beyond…

By Nirmala Kannangara from Pudukuduirippu and Nanthikadal in Mullaithivu Pictures by Thusith Kumara The government last week announced moves to resettle the last batch of IDPs who were in the Kadiragamar and Ananda Kumaraswamy relief villages at Menik Farm for the past three years. However, many of the remaining IDPs hailing from Kepapilaw Grama Niladhari [...]

An Unknown Trauma

Lankan Maids In Middle East By Dinouk Colombage Seated at the dining table with his grandmother, Sankith Rajaweera (aged 12) has only her to help him with his homework. His mother works in Kuwait as a maid while his father left him several years ago and currently has another family in their hometown in Anuradhapurra. [...]

Military Base In Menik Farm?

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The TNA says the military is to set up a base in the Menik Farm land that formerly housed IDPs from the North. TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said the authorities had demolished all the temporary shelters in Menik Farm and had cleared the land while the military has requested to use [...]

No Confidence In Finding A Solution

India needs to convince SL govt. and political parties TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran says an agreement on a political solution could not be reached in a multi-lateral forum like the proposed parliamentary select committee (PSC) when an agreement cannot be reached at bi-lateral level. Referring to the invitation by the Indian government to the TNA [...]

PC Poll Ghosts Continue To Haunt Govt, SLMC

SLMC High Command members call for a meeting Indian govt. invites TNA to discuss reconciliation The government and its ally the SLMC continue to face the repercussions of the provincial council elections held earlier this month. Weeks after the conclusion of the elections, the government and the SLMC are still trying to patch up the [...]

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