Monthly Archives: October 2013

Security alert across Tamil Nadu

Security alert across Tamil Nadu

     A security alert has been sounded across Tamil Nadu following an attack on two Post Offices in Chennai early on Tuesday. Armed security personnel were deployed to guard vital installations, particularly Sri Lankan establishments and Central Government offices, police sources said. In Chennai, …

Commonwealth Observer Mission releases report on Northern Provincial Election

Commonwealth Observer Mission releases report on Northern Provincial Election

     Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has issued the report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Election, held on 21 September 2013. The Secretary-General described the election as an historic election for Sri Lanka, and one which he said the …

Madras high court rules: Can’t ask Centre to stay off Commonwealth meet.

Madras high court rules: Can’t ask Centre to stay off Commonwealth meet.

    Sympathy and sentiment cannot be a ground to pass judicial orders, and the court was not inclined to interfere with the foreign policy of India. Saying that, the Madras high court on Tuesday, dismissed a PIL against India’s participation at the upcoming Commonwealth …

The Diaspora Regroups

The Diaspora Regroups

      Seated at a desk piled high with court documents and yellowed newspapers, Visvanathan Rudrakumaran remembers leaving Sri Lanka and coming to New York for the first time, three decades ago. “My friends and everyone else, they went to the UK,” Rudrakumaran told …

Prison cells are infested with rats,beds, mats and pillows are often lacking

Prison cells are infested with rats,beds, mats and pillows are often lacking

    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo says in some Sri Lankan prisons, cells are infested with rats; beds, mats and pillows are often lacking; and no fans are provided even when temperatures climb to dangerous levels. Manjoo has …

‘Waterloo Suresh’ gets two years prison for helping terrorists

‘Waterloo Suresh’ gets two years prison for helping terrorists

   As a boy, Suresh Sriskandarajah escaped the civil war in northern Sri Lanka and fled to Canada, where he achieved notable academic success, earning scholarships and three university degrees. But Sri Lanka eventually dragged him back: In 2006, after a joint probe by the …

India can’t let down elected people in Northern Province: Khurshid

India can’t let down elected people in Northern Province: Khurshid

      India on Monday kept up the suspense on whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the CHOGM in Sri Lanka next month and at the same time said “we must stand by the elected people in that country’s Northern Province”. External Affairs …

British High Commission denies reports of Prince Charles laying foundation stone

British High Commission denies reports of Prince Charles laying foundation stone

     The British High Commission in Colombo has denied reports that Prince Charles will inaugurate the new University of Central Lancashire campus during his upcoming visit to Colombo and the The British High Commission issued the following statement to clarify an inaccurate media report. The British …

Channel Four, CNN and ABC to air white van stories

Channel Four, CNN and ABC to air white van stories

    Leena Manimekalai, a critically-acclaimed independent Indian film-maker, is set to feature exclusive material from her documentary feature White Van Stories that highlights enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka, on Channel Four in UK during the month of November 2013. The special 12-minute cut will …

Ananthi seeks justice

Ananthi seeks justice

   Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council member Anandi Sasitharan says she hopes the court will give her justice in the case over her missing husband. Sasitharan had filed a case saying there is evidence her husband, former Trincomalee District LTTE political head S. …