Sinhalese People

Corrections & clarifications

An article on B2 published on Saturday August 13, 'Colombo Deal For Port Operator', said the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, attended a signing ceremony in Shenzhen last week related to port operator China Merchants Holdings (International) investing in a conta

Wednesday, 17 August, 2011, 12:00am

Gag order puts all to shame

It's up to you to choose to speak out, or to remain silent. And in the case of Hong Kong cycling coach Shen Jinkang, he has opted to listen to his masters, the Hong Kong Cycling Association, which has told him not to talk to the media. Why has he been muzzled? Because some members of the HKCA executive committee felt the mainlander was too liberal and open with his views.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Gallagher helps broker peace deal

Former Hong Kong No8 turned international peacemaker Jarrad Gallagher returned from Sri Lanka this week a relieved man.

The island nation may be at peace after three decades of fighting between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government, but those warring habits continue in the rugby community.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Tell us about your culture

I am a Sri Lankan Buddhist. According to legend, my Indo-Aryan ancestors arrived in Sri Lanka from India about 3,000 years ago.

2 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

US-based Sri Lankans a threat to HK

Sri Lanka are set to field two US-based players in the forthcoming Davis Cup Asia/Oceania zone group two relegation tie against Hong Kong in Colombo - much to the dismay of non-playing captain Derek Ling Hay-ming.

14 May 2010 - 12:00am

Clay court and hot weather pose challenge to HK Davis Cup team

Hong Kong will face a tough battle staying in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group Two, non-playing captain Derek Ling Hay-ming said after learning they will have to travel to play Sri Lanka on clay in July for their relegation play-off.

9 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Stability, not turmoil, is what Sri Lanka needs

Sri Lankans had hoped that the presidential election last month would set their troubled nation on a path towards stability. After a quarter of a century of civil war, they had a right to such a wish; with the conflict over, choosing a leader to steer the nation in a peaceful direction made good sense. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's overwhelming re-election should have set the tone.

19 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Who was held responsible for the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi?

a. the Sri Lankan army

b. Sinhalese extremists

c. Velupillai Prabhakaran

d. Mahinda Rajapaksa

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

The new bulwark of regional security?

When India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in Singapore recently that 'India is not just a motor for regional growth, it can equally be the bulwark of regional security', I wondered how many people realised many opportunities for both roles were missed repeatedly in the past.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Diplomacy the only way forward for Sri Lanka

Cathay Pacific's decision to suspend flights to Sri Lanka following an attack by Tamil rebels on the air force base adjacent to the country's only international airport is a sensible one. There can be no other option while the government cannot ensure the safety of passengers and the guerillas continue to put the lives of innocent people at risk.

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Diplomacy, Buddhist style

It is said that many Chinese emperors found the wisdom to rule through the benevolent fung shui influence of the mountains to the north and west of Beijing. They are the Western and Fragrant Hills, and they're dotted with Buddhist temples.

19 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Villains of the peace

It is becoming known as the last tango in Colombo - the dance of nuance masking the ugly fact that Sri Lanka is once again at war.

The two main actors, the Sri Lankan government and its ethnic separatist enemy, the Tamil Tigers, wheel about the diplomatic stage, both publicly insisting they are abiding by the ceasefire deal and an on-going effort to forge a permanent peace.

1 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Colombo poised for civil war as truce in tatters

The Sri Lankan president says he wants peace but the capital, Colombo, is this week preparing for war.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The good Americans

Amonster tsunami cannot only move small mountains - and wipe away whole villages - it can also shake up governments, revealing their weaknesses as well as strengths.

6 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

For this futurist architect, only the smartest home will do

Hong Kong cyber-architect James Law Fat-lai will be flying to Sri Lanka in two weeks to meet his hero and fellow futurist Arthur C. Clarke.

Both men have been invited by the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the UN to consult on the country's urban planning, education and technology policies.

30 Oct 2004 - 12:00am