Katchchateevu Island hosted celebrations over the weekend with more than 2,000 pilgrims from Tamil Nadu. The auxiliary bishop of Colombo led the Mass along with Vicar General Rev Anton Ranjith Pillainayagam.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe tried to stop labour action by labelling transport services as essential. Some analysts believe work stoppage failed because many employees went to work for fear of losing their job. Trade unions now threaten a broader strike, affecting all sectors.
The proposal was put forward by the Fisheries Minister as a solution to illegal activities. Trawling by fishermen in Tamil Nadu has a strong environmental impact on fish stocks. Sri Lankan fishermen feel that the government is buckling under Indian pressure.
According to the opposition, the government of President Ranil Wickremesinghe is attempting to postpone the vote to prevent the difference between the executive and popular preferences from emerging. Yesterday, agents used tear gas and water cannons, at least 30 people ended up in hospital.
The government has not yet allocated funds to print ballots for the 9 March vote, arguing the country cannot afford it. While a ruling by the Supreme Court is expected tomorrow, tensions rise in the country. The opposition accuses Wickremesinghe of trying to prevent the collapse of Rajapaksa's party, which backs him in parliament.
On 19-21 November, economists and entrepreneurs under 35 from around the world will meet online. More than 40 countries will be connected, with live streaming from Assisi. Some 2,000 people have registered with at least 12 link-ups to 115 countries, four hours a day plus a 24-hour marathon on the second day, and contributions from more than 20 countries.