Archive for October, 2012

A Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship sank off the coast of Sri Lanka, leaving four crew members missing, the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (Vietnam MRCC) announced Tuesday. The Saigon Queen, owned by the Saigon Shipping Joint Stock Company (SSC), was carrying timber from Myanmar to India with 22 crew   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vkramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna, of the High Court will soon decide on the order of the Indian Army, which had rejected the 34-year-old’s request to cast away his uniform so that he can marry a foreign national, an Indian media reports. As   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The World Bank has withdrawn its assistance for capacity development of the parliamentary oversight committees – the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the basis that the government has not agreed to bring about necessary changes in the legal structure, informed sources said yesterday.   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

A Tamil man set to be deported from Australia today has attempted to take his  own life. Up to 50 protesters have gathered outside the Maribyrnong detention centre in  Melbourne’s west in a bid to block Immigration authorities from sending the  42-year-old back to Sri Lanka. The man was given   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

Sri Lanka’s total outstanding government debt stood at Rs.6161 billion at the end of July 2012 against Rs.4975.2 billion reported during the same period of the previous year, the latest data from the Central Bank showed. The data further showed that a month ago (end of June), the total outstanding   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The Dragon’s shadow is lengthening over Sri Lanka with every passing day. China has committed since 2005 contracts and investments worth US$ 6.4 billion, as per treasury records. So far, $ 3.6 billion has been disbursed. Projects worth $ 2.8 billion are waiting to be signed. In another three years,   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The Sri Lankan government’s Appropriation Bill for budget expenditure for the year 2013 has allocated 290 billion rupees ($US2.2 billion) to the combined defence and urban development ministry. This is a 26 percent increase from 2012 and represents the country’s highest-ever military expenditure, even greater than during the protracted communal   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association (IBAHRI) says that the reported attempt by the Sri Lanka government to impeach Chief Justice is perceived as a politically motivated move to curtail the independence of the judiciary. IBAHRI co-chair Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, has told BBC Sandeshaya that IBAHRI   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The full scale of the devastation caused by the “once in a lifetime” storm that smashed into the United States eastern seaboard began to emerge on Tuesday, after its hurricane-force winds and devastating floods left 8.2 million people without power, claimed at least 48 lives and left New York at   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

NATO officials have said that a man dressed in Afghan police uniform has killed two British troops of the alliance in the southern Helmand province. NATO has confirmed that the attacker was wearing a police uniform, but did not provide further details on the shooting. “The loss of these soldiers   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]