Monthly Archives: April 2013

Army Commander Hands Over Court of Inquiry Report to Secretary Defence

Army Commander Hands Over Court of Inquiry Report to Secretary Defence

   The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed by His Excellency the President had made some observations pertaining to the Army and allegations made by Channel 4.Thereafter in terms of Regulation 4 of the Courts of Inquiry Regulations 1952, the Commander of the Army …

Hardeep Puri was Directly Involved in Indian Operation Against the JR Jayewardena Govt up to July 1987

Hardeep Puri was Directly Involved in Indian Operation Against the JR Jayewardena Govt up to July 1987

   Had the then Indian government acted with responsibility, Sri Lanka would not have experienced a 30-year war, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said yesterday. People of all communities would have been still suffering horrors of war, if not for the eradication of terrorism in May 2009, following …

Sri Lankan asylum seekers boat reach West Australia

Sri Lankan asylum seekers boat reach West Australia

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–    Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has accused the Australian government of “surrendering” on border protection after a boat carrying 66 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers reached the Australian mainland yesterday. The latest arrival, which will be the subject of a Customs and …

India gave LTTE Rs 50 lakh as compensation for Indo-Lanka pact,while Jayalalithaa orders crackdown

India gave LTTE Rs 50 lakh as compensation for Indo-Lanka pact,while Jayalalithaa orders crackdown

   The latest Wikileaks revelations throw light on how the LTTE influenced political parties in Tamil Nadu in the 1980’s and 1990’s, starting from the IPKF days till the crackdown on the dreaded outfit after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. Two dispatches sent by the US mission …

What it feels like to be a Tamil refugee

What it feels like to be a Tamil refugee

    “I do not want my child to be born and raised as a refugee,” says Padma, resting her palm on her five-month pregnant stomach. She arrived in India as a little girl in 1990. The only transition since then is that she had …

Government of Sri Lanka willing to conduct inquiries into allegations

Government of Sri Lanka willing to conduct inquiries into allegations

    The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement issued yesterday said that ‘The Government of Sri Lanka is willing to conduct inquiries into any allegations, if duly presented to authorities in Sri Lanka, through the judiciary and military tribunals, in line with practice …

US Policy Towards and Continuing Engagement with Sri Lanka

US Policy Towards and Continuing Engagement with Sri Lanka

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       US Ambassador Michele J. Sison, speaking to Foreign Correspondents in Colombo on 8 April, said that as the US examines the next step, they will renew its consideration of all mechanisms available, both in the Human Rights Council …

A role for Sri Lanka in US Pivot to Asia

A role for Sri Lanka in US Pivot to Asia

    A post by Jaliya Wickramasuriya, our Ambassador in the USA, titled “A Role for Sri Lanka in US Pivot to Asia”, it may be ideal to understand how others compete to be in the US pivot to Asia to do business, only in …

SRI LANKA: Inter-religious integration—Inclusion not intrusion

SRI LANKA: Inter-religious integration—Inclusion not intrusion

     Bishop Duleep de Chickera:  Over the past months Sri Lankans have been educated on two Arabic words: halal and haram (that which is permissible and not permissible). Unfortunately the circumstances of learning have been an unprecedented antagonism towards the Muslim community much deeper …

Why India is right on Sri Lanka

Why India is right on Sri Lanka

    Contemporary developments in India’s foreign policy are often based on perceptions and not facts, views divorced from reality and political advocacy based on make-believe. India’s approach to the Sri Lankan issue and the vote in the Human Rights Council (HRC) is a case …