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Sri Lanka: A Rs 10M CHOGM dinner

Rs 1,177,434,333 was spent, by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, on publicity and media coverage, in relation to the Commonwealth Heads of...

In 12 Months 2 Only Out of 50 CHOGM Projects Attract Investors; That is Chinese!

Though one year has passed since the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Sri Lanka, the country's investment promotion agency has failed to...

Sri Lanka’s human rights situation is deteriorating and its time is running out.

CHOGM – The morning after  by M.A. SumanthiranIn the heady days leading up to Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 a government minister...

Sri Lanka: AFP journalists prevented in covering former war zone by the military

Sri Lanka military to probe blocking of foreign media - AFPSri Lanka's military promised on Friday to investigate why AFP journalists were prevented from...

David Cameron challenged to justify arms sale to Sri Lanka

Sir John StanleyChairman of arms control committee said it was 'not credible' to claim weapons exported were all used to combat piracyDavid Cameron must...

Sri Lanka: After the circus; A summit is not the public-relations success the president hoped for

“HAS the circus left town? Can I please return to Colombo now?” asked a Twitter user on the morning after leaders of the...

Sri Lanka – post-CHOGM: President now has to walk the talk

Ranga Jayasuriya   On Sunday evening, sharp at seven, just three hours after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) wound up in Colombo, the...

Govt’s CHOGM bill at Rs 15.8 B

VVIP vehicles line up awaiting the foreign dignitaries at the Nelum Pokuna theatre. Pic by Hasitha Kulasekera (ST)The government has spent a whopping Rs...

Outwardly, the Sri Lankan Government is all bluster and bravado; but behind closed doors, the panic is setting in

Hail, the emperor! by Dharisha BastiansThere’s a new emperor  in town The posters and hoardings to celebrate President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ascension to the Chair...

Sri Lanka: Govt ordered hotels to charge more than 3 times of standard rate from CHOGM delegates

Hotels: Great rates but where’s the traffic? Five-star hotels in Colombo charged over US$500 per night net for delegates attending this week’s Commonwealth Summit...

CHOGM 2013: The war crimes can-of-worms was opened at an international conference is of significance

Failed! Sri Lanka: Beware the Ides of March by Dr Kumar David“Do not dictate to me, I’m not ready to take orders from others....

“I very much hope that Rajapksha seizes that opportunity” – Cameron

Cameron urges President to work with Wigneswaran British Prime Minister, David Cameron said, he made it clear to President Mahinda Rajapaksa that...

The Commonwealth Summit: the aftermath

Photo: Earanga Jayawardena/APThe Sri Lanka Campaign The Commonwealth Summit has now ended. It was broadly...

UNP opposes any international investigation; says CHOGM agreement suspicious

The United National Party (UNP) today raised suspicion on the agreement signed by Sri Lanka together with other Commonwealth leaders at the end of...

After the shambles of Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth needs a relaunch

First, the good news: David Cameron kept his promise to “shine a light” on Sri Lanka’s human rights record when he visited the country...

CHOGM 2013: A lie well told

Deborah Philip    I imagine that beneath the cordial smiles and exchange of pleasantries there is much weeping and gnashing of teeth taking place at...

Chogm: Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa hits out at critics

"If there are any violations, we will take actions against anybody"Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hit out...

CHOGM 2013 / Sri Lanka: Sinhala only to welcome delegates?

CHOGM 2013  speakers stand: Tamil writing says Ayubowan, the singhalese word for Welcome, instead of the Tamil word for welcome Vanakkam ;In Tamil there...

Unreformed, the Commonwealth deserves to die. Improved, it could be rather useful – The Economist

THE biggest achievement of the Commonwealth, its admirers say, is the fact of its unlikely existence. That so many former British colonies and dominions...

CHOGM 2013: Cameron’s visit boosts morale of displaced Tamils

Meera Srinivasan British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Sabapathipillai Welfare Centre at Chunnakam, about 10 km from Jaffna town, on Friday. He walked into...

CHOGM 2013: Sri Lanka: Cameron in ‘robust’ talks over human rights

The BBC's Nick Robinson was with theprime minister as his convoy was mobbedDavid Cameron has clashed with the president of Sri Lanka...

British PM upstages Commonwealth summit with Jaffna trip

AFPColombo (AFP) - Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron made an historic visit Friday to Sri Lanka's former war-zone, stealing the spotlight from a Commonwealth...

CHOGM 2013 /Sri Lanka: Opposition boycott as mobs close to Secretary of the Defence Rajapaksha play havoc

In a letter to the Commonwealth Secretary Kamalesh Sharma, UNP General Secretary MP Tissa Attanayake informs that the UNP has been compelled to change...

CHOGM 2013 /Sri Lanka: UK reps behaving as if we were still a colony – Gotabhaya

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that the UK government was acting as if Sri Lanka were still a British colony. The actions of...

Julie Bishop denies going soft on Sri Lanka’s human rights record

The AustralianJULIE Bishop has denied the Australian government was going soft on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka in return for Colombo's cooperation...

As CHOGM Opens, IFJ Seeks Accountability for Free Speech Violations – IFJ

Media Release: Sri Lanka  /   15 November 2013                                                                           The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls on the heads of...

CHOGM 2013: Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Summit comes under fire

In 40 years that Queen will miss the summit(UPI) Sri Lanka's government is on the defensive ahead of the 53-nation Commonwealth Summit...

Friction over Sri Lankan rights record shows at Commonwealth as president defends gov’t effort

Rajapaksha at CHOGM ( AP photo)Associated PressSri Lanka’s president lashed out at criticisms of his nation’s human rights record, saying Thursday that the government...

CHOGM 2013: Sri Lanka’s Climate of Fear

Militarisation is visible By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times /November 13, 2013In August, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay,...

CHOGM 2013 / Sri Lanka: Police obtains court order to ban protests in Colombo on 14 & 15

The Colombo magistrate courts has issued and order restricting protests and processions in Colombo city on November 14 and 15.Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana...
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