Tamil journalist issued multiple summons by CID over broadcast of press conference

A Tamil journalist was summoned to Colombo by Sri Lankan intelligence last week and is facing ongoing investigation over the broadcast of a politician’s press conference. Jaffna-based broadcast and print journalist T. Pratheepan was summoned to appear in Colombo by the Criminal Investigation Department last week to testify in relation to the broadcast of a press conference by Northern Province Councillor, M. K. Sivajilingam, in a ‘racial conflict-inciting manner’. The press conference in question took place at the Jaffna Press Club in May, in which Mr Sivajilingam spoke in Sinhalese about...

Buddhist ceremony at Elephant Pass to honour Sri Lankan soldier

A Sri Lankan soldier who died in the 1991 Battle of Elephant Pass was honoured with an all-night Buddhist ceremony by the military in Jaffna this week.

Sri Lankan navy and air force carry out exercises at Trinco beach

The Sri Lankan navy and air force carried out a series of military exercises at Thiriyai beach in Trincomalee this week, mobilising troops, boats, helicopters and a fighter aircraft.

Sri Lankan military holds medical clinic at Tamil school

The Sri Lankan army organised a medical clinic at a Tamil school in Poonakari on Wednesday, with several senior military officers overseeing proceedings.

Moody's urges tax efficiency to outweigh Sri Lanka's heavy debt burden

Moody's Investors Service urged the Sri Lankan government to improve its tax efficiency in order to increase the tax revenue/ GDP ratio, highlighting the country's ongong credit challenges of high general government debt, very low debt affordability and large borrowing requirements. In a statement published on Friday, Moody's said: Despite ongoing fiscal consolidation, Sri Lanka's credit profile will remain constrained by its large debt burden and very low debt affordability, combined with contingent liability risks from state-owned enterprises. Moody's expects general government debt to...

Kuwait to provide financial assistance to Sri Lanka

Kuwait is to provide financial assistance to Sri Lanka for a number of projects, Colombo Page . The projects include a mushroom cultivation project, the government's Information Department was reported as saying. The World Health Organization is to grant US$ 34,589 to promote mushroom cultivation and to provide school bags and stationeries to children in the North, the paper added.

TNA says govt lacks political will to fulfill promises

The TNA's spokesperson, M A Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror this week the party was "disappointed that many of the things that should have been done and completed are being dragged on." "The Government does not seem to have political will to meet the promises it made in their entirety," he said. Highlighting the stalling of the Office of Missing Persons Bill, the Convention for Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances and the constitutional reform promise, Mr Sumanthiran said the government's commitment was brought into question. Commenting on the senior Buddhist clergy's...

US considers sanctions on Chinese companies over North Korea

The US is considering adopting sanctions against Chinese firms for the nation’s failure to take a harder stance on North Korea, reports ABC news. The timing and scope of the sanctions would depend on how China responds to calls for tougher steps against North Korea. US officials are set to meet Chinese officials for a high-level economic dialogue in Washington on Wednesday according to US officials. The sanctions being considered would seek to apply economic pressure on businesses and companies in countries with ties to North Korea by denying them access to the US market and financial system.

Families of political prisoners prepared to hunger strike

The families of political prisoners held without charge or trial are preparing to hunger strike if their imprisoned relatives are not released.

Rapporteur report on Sri Lanka must serve as ‘catalyst’ – Amnesty International

The damning findings of a UN Special Rapporteur report on Sri Lanka, which criticised the lack of progress on accountability and routine torture on the island, “must serve as a catalyst for wholesale changes” said Amnesty International. Responding to the preliminary findings of Ben Emmerson, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism on Friday, David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s Senior Advisor on South Asia, said Sri Lanka must make changes. “From forgotten prisoners languishing behind bars for years without trial, to whole communities targeted for...