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India to offer help to Lanka

India to offer help to Lanka

As Chinese investments in Sri Lanka run into domestic resistance, India is set to make fresh offers to support the island nation in various sectors. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will fly to Colombo on Saturday to commence a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. “He will …

Balance of payments under pressure

Balance of payments under pressure

Sri Lanka could face balance-of-payments pressure due to foreign outflows from government securities, a government document showed, even as the island nation is in the process of raising up to $2.5 billion from foreign borrowing. The central bank is aiming to tap the international market …

TNA split on giving Sri Lanka more time

TNA split on giving Sri Lanka more time

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is split on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) giving the Government more time to address the accountability issue. TNA member and former Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi, a coalition partner of the TNA, is …

Britain to sponsor a new resolution

Britain to sponsor a new resolution

Britain is to sponsor a new resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its upcoming session in Geneva. The decision was communicated to the Council at the organisational meeting for the 34th session of the UNHRC held in Geneva yesterday. …

Tamil Lawyers Forum wants UNHRC to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

Tamil Lawyers Forum wants UNHRC to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

The Tamil Lawyers Forum of Sri Lanka  has called on the UNHRC to  refer Sri Lanka  forthwith to the UN General Assembly to be referred to the UN Security Council with a mandate to be submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for the …

EU Ambassador to visit the North

EU Ambassador to visit the North

Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the Delegation of the European Union (EU), H.E. Tung-Laï Margue, will visit the Northern Province from 15-17 February 2017. Ambassador Margue, together with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley, will meet the Northern Province Chief …

End of the road?

End of the road?

So Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran and the gang just held the second instalment of Ezhuga Tamil (Arise Tamils) festival in Batticaloa. Then again why shouldn’t they? The first one was, in my estimate, a success. They managed to bring a few thousand people …

Communal campaign to divert social tensions?

Communal campaign to divert social tensions?

The Tamil People’s Council (TPC), a Tamil nationalist organisation, has called an Ezhuga Thamizh (Rise up Tamils) protest on February 10 in Batticaloa in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. The TPC held a similar demonstration in Jaffna last September. The purpose of the protest is to …

ITPJ says Sri Lanka violating resolution

ITPJ says Sri Lanka violating resolution

Sri Lanka has been accused of violating its commitment to the UN resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITPJ) said that at least one alleged perpetrator of torture named in a UN …

Would not approve the runway extension

Would not approve the runway extension

Northern Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran has vowed that he will not sign any document approving the extension of the Palaly Airport based some eighteen kilometers north of Jaffna town. Vigneswaran gave this assurance at last Thursday’s Provincial Council meeting in Jaffna where he mentioned that …