Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pakistan influence on Taliban commanders helped Afghan breakthrough

Pakistan influence on Taliban commanders helped Afghan breakthrough

      Neighbouring Pakistan’s role in the war has been ambiguous – it is a U.S. ally but has a long history of supporting the Taliban as its proxy in Afghanistan, part of its wider jockeying with regional rival India. Western officials believe Pakistan may …

We hope that India will take measure-M A Sumanthiran

We hope that India will take measure-M A Sumanthiran

     India should take “measures” to ensure that the Sri Lankan government does not succeed in robbing provincial councils of certain powers under the 13th amendment, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said. “We hope that India will take measures to arrest the trend and …

Attorney General indicts Gnanasara Thera

Attorney General indicts Gnanasara Thera

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, yesterday rejected 11 indictments filed by the Attorney General, for carrying out an attack on Calvary Church in Araliya Place, Thalahena. The Thera denied his involvement when the …

Shivshankar Menon to Sri Lanka

Shivshankar Menon to Sri Lanka

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–         India is to send National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon to Sri Lanka next month for talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other government officials. The meeting will take place amidst the backdrop of moves by the government …

Officials complicit in trafficking

Officials complicit in trafficking

  Secretary of State John Kerry  released the 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on Wednesday, June 19  at the U.S. Department of State. As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern …

Proposed Media Code Threatens Free Speech

Proposed Media Code Threatens Free Speech

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–        A new media code proposed by the Sri Lankan government contains over broad and vague language that could have a severe and chilling effect on free speech, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 17, 2013, the Ministry …

Summit of Tamils and Indian Parliament forum calls for Indo-Lanka accord implementation

Summit of Tamils and Indian Parliament forum calls for Indo-Lanka accord implementation

       A conference organized by Parliamentarian Forum on Human Rights for Global Development, held at Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi, 110001, on 14th and 15th June 2013. In a news release it states ”participants express grave concern about the post war situation …

Manmohan Singh dismayed over Sri Lanka’s plan to dilute 13th Amendment

Manmohan Singh dismayed over Sri Lanka’s plan to dilute 13th Amendment

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       A six-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) from Sri Lanka met PM Manmohan Singh on Tuesday amid reports that political parties in the island nation were moving to seek an annulment of the 13th Amendment. They …

Sri Lanka calls for international action to stem glorification of terrorism

Sri Lanka calls for international action to stem glorification of terrorism

        Ambassador Aryasinha said the challenge terrorism poses and the necessity for international cooperation to eradicate it was fully understood by Sri Lanka well before the events of 9/11 and the UN Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1267, and that notwithstanding the …

Independence of the Judiciary in a Democracy

Independence of the Judiciary in a Democracy

         [This is the keynote address by India’s former Chief Justice P. N. Bhagwathie  titled “Democracy and the Rule of Law” presented at the seminar Provisions in the Draft Constitution and Independence of the Judiciary organized by the Vigil Lanka Movment and …