18th July 2017

Arrest of Britisher over Buddha tattoo: A case of supreme delays

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Arguments  concluded on June 10, 2015 Highlights chronic delays prevalent in courts islandwide Daily News to file RTI’s to find causes for delays in courts Highlighting the issue of chronic delays and archaic procedure within the Justice system, the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Naomi Coleman, the Britisher who was arrested for adorning a Tattoo of The Buddha, was postponed close to a dozen times, after Judgment was reserved on June 10, 2015. The case was re-fixed on July 4, 2017, for argument on October 26, 2017. The case which drew international media attention was argued and concluded on June 10, 2015. Written submissions were filed a month later. However, the presiding Judge who reserved Judgment in the case retired as a Judge of the […]

Mahinda sold Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka now owes $58.3 billion to foreign lenders.

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On May 29, the BBC asked, “Is Sri Lanka up for sale?” According to the BBC, “Sri Lanka is allowing Chinese firms to take over key assets, as it struggles to repay loans it was given by China”. In 2007, the EXIM Bank of China began funding Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port. The port was completed at a cost of $1.3 billion. The Chinese financed and built the 900MW Norochcholai Power Plant at a cost of $1.35 billion. In 2010, Beijing lent Sri Lanka $200 million to build an airport. In 2012, China lent an additional $810 million. In 2011, the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium was built at a cost of Rs700 million. In 2013, the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (near Hambantota) was built at […]