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Murali Harmony Cup

The Third Murali Harmony Cup, a reconciliation cricket tournament that promotes unity, goodwill, teamwork, the spirit of fair play and service to disadvantaged rural communities in post-war Sri Lanka will be held from 29 October – 5 November in Northern Sri Lanka. Championed by legends of Sri Lankan cricket Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela [...]

Railway Unions Cry Foul

By Nirmala Kannangara Railway employees question why the northern railway line contract was given to India when Railway Department workers could have carried out the job for a lesser rate. The contract for the 56 km long northern railway stretch from Palai to Jaffna was given to Indian Rites and Indian Railways Construction Company (IRCON)  [...]

Regulation Not For Locals With Foreign Passports

By Camelia Nathaniel The Ministry of Defence (MOD) revealed that all foreign passport holders are required to register with the MOD prior to travelling to the North. However, this regulation will not be strictly implemented for those born in Sri Lanka who hold foreign passports. According to MOD sources, Sri Lankan expatriates who visit Sri [...]

Sharma and WigneswaranTo Hold Talks

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will hold talks with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran during a visit to Jaffna. Sharma arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday and will be in the country tillWednesday. He is here to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President MahindaRajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the [...]

UK Studying EU Judgement

The British Government says it is studying the recent EU Court ruling on the LTTE sanctions while the rebels continue to remain banned in Britain. A spokesperson at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka said that it is important to understand that the LTTE remain a proscribed organisation in the UK under the Terrorism [...]

Pope’s Visit On Track So Far

By Nirmala Kannangara Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Sri Lanka in January next year is still on track as the Government has not made any official announcement of a Presidential Election, Catholic Church Spokesman Rev. Cyril Gamini said. Although there was confusion earlier over the Pontiff’s visit because of an impending Presidential Election in January, [...]

UNP Wants 19A Passed

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) yesterday informed Parliament that it backs the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution and wants it passed in Parliament without a debate if other political parties also support it. Opposition UNP leader RanilWickremesinghe said that there are reports on some websites indicating there is a move by the [...]

Budget Brings Series Of Giveaways

By Camelia Nathaniel The national budget for 2015, which President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented on Friday, is aimed at winning over the long neglected masses ahead of a snap Presidential election expected to be held in early January. With the not-too-easy task of getting more than 50 per cent of the votes polled to come back to [...]

Hikes In Income Needed For All Categories Of Employees

These comments are being written before President and Finance Minister presents his tenth consecutive budget to parliament and it will be read on Sunday when all controversial issues will be ‘all over the bar the shouting’. Nonetheless our comments will reflect on the expectations of the people before the presentation of the budget. It will enable them to [...]

Beyond What BBS And Islamophobes Would Want Us To Believe

By Izeth Hussain  I will conclude this series of articles by focusing on two questions: firstly, what is the explanation for the anti-Muslim campaign, and secondly, what should be done about it? But before getting to that I want to make some preliminary clarifications. I have concentrated on the actual bilateral issues that have been bedeviling [...]

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