Monthly Archives: July 2013

Malaysian NGO to be questioned

Malaysian NGO to be questioned

    A Malaysian NGO is to be questioned next week over its screening of the film “No Fire Zone, the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” in Malaysia. KOMAS Director Tan Jo Hann said in a statement that he had received a fax notice from the …

Sri Lanka beat South Africa in first one-dayer

Sri Lanka beat South Africa in first one-dayer

       Kumar Sangakkara celebrated his 350th one day international appearance with a career-best 169  as Sri Lanka crushed South Africa by 180 runs at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The veteran left-hander’s 16th one-day century steered Sri Lanka to a commanding 320-5 after …

Obama nominates Indian-American Nisha Biswal as assistant secretary of state for South Asia

Obama nominates Indian-American Nisha Biswal as assistant secretary of state for South Asia

    In a striking development, President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Nisha Desai Biswal an accomplished Indian-American administrator, to head the South Asia bureau in the US state department. When confirmed by the Senate, Desai will become the first person of Indian or even …

Detainees riot in Nauru, Lankans involved

Detainees riot in Nauru, Lankans involved

     Calm has been restored to the Nauru detention centre after the building was burned to the ground in a night of rioting and unrest. On Saturday morning, locals reported that only a few buildings were still standing and most of the facility had …

We don’t need CEPA any longer: Basil Rajapaksa

We don’t need CEPA any longer: Basil Rajapaksa

     Sri Lanka will not need the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India any longer, as both countries had moved on, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. According to him, the Sri Lankan business community felt it did not need CEPA as they …

EU asks Sri Lanka to show more progress on accountability

EU asks Sri Lanka to show more progress on accountability

       European parliamentarians Friday asked Sri Lanka to deliver on promises to investigate allegations of war crimes and ensure ethnic reconciliation more than four years after crushing Tamil separatists. The head of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with South Asia, Member of …

No EU monitors for North

No EU monitors for North

     The European Union (EU) will not be sending monitors for the provincial council elections in the North, a visiting EU delegation said today. Jean Lambert, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South Asia, said that the EU …

Rudd’s new bid to stop boats

Rudd’s new bid to stop boats

      Kevin Rudd has for the first time flagged a review of Australia’s obligations under the United Nations refugee convention as part of a new policy aimed at stemming the flow of asylum seeker boats. The Prime Minister signalled the review as part …

Seeman seek ban on ‘Madras Cafe’

Seeman seek ban on ‘Madras Cafe’

   “Naam Thamizhar” (We Tamils), a Tamil activist party, has sought a ban on “Madras Cafe”  starring John Abraham for showing the members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as terrorists.“We have requested the government of Tamil Nadu to intervene and stop the film from …

Sri Lanka Country update: British government expresses concern

Sri Lanka Country update: British government expresses concern

      An update on Sri Lanka by the Foreign and Commonwealth office in its human rights report has stated that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka between April and June saw both positive and negative developments. The update says:  The human rights …