Government to decide on Vishwaroopam following censor board ruling

The decision was taken amidst fears the movie may incite religious tensions in Sri Lanka.The Tamil Nadu government had also imposed a temporary ban on the movie which was directed by popular Tamil actor Kamal Hassan. He confirmed that the local censor board had cleared the movie to be screened in Sri Lanka after censoring some controversial scenes. The government had earlier decided to temporarily ban the screening of the Tamil movie in Sri Lanka. The government will make a final decision on the suspension on the screening of the film ‘Vishwaroopam’ in Sri Lanka after the local censor board cleared the movie after removing some scenes.Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the Colombo Gazette that the government still has some concern about the movie and will take a final decision on the movie this week. The Tamil Nadu government banned the release of the multi-starrer movie, citing ‘law and order’ reasons, following the demand of various Muslim organisations in the state.The Hindi version of the film titled Vishwaroop was premiered in Los Angeles for the international audience. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Jamila Najmuddin read more

China says relationship with Sri Lanka is now healthy

The relationship between China and Sri Lanka has returned to healthy and stable development after the change of Sri Lankan government, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.Wang told the media that his visit is aimed at expeditiously implementing the consensus reached by top leaders and fully reviewing cooperation between the two countries, the Xinhua news agency reported. China and Sri Lanka could take the opportunity to give full play to the complementarity in their economies and improve infrastructure and port industrial development with mega projects such as Port City and Hambantota Port, with a view to enhancing the independent development capacity of Sri Lanka. Both countries will hold celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 65th anniversary of the historic Rubber-Rica Pact next year, he said.Since Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road initiative, the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt has been booming. The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road should develop at an equal pace, Wang said. Both sides have agreed to inherit traditional friendship, consolidate political trust and deepen pragmatic cooperation, he said. China hoped Sri Lanka could be an important cooperation partner for jointly building the Maritime Silk Road with its unique geographic advantage.Through the maritime Silk Road, China will support Sri Lanka in becoming a shipping, logistics and even financial hub in the Indian Ocean. (Colombo Gazette) read more