Monthly Archives: November 2013

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Meets Salman Khurshid During Low-key Visit to Delhi

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Meets Salman Khurshid During Low-key Visit to Delhi

   In an extremely low-profile visit, Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in Delhi for a short visit this week, which was largely kept under wraps by the two governments. Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on Minister of External Affairs …

Swamy urges Jayalalithaa to nab LTTE operative

Swamy urges Jayalalithaa to nab LTTE operative

     BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to take immediate action on the Home Ministry’s communication to her seeking the State government’s assistance on the whereabouts of an LTTE operative, a Catholic Christian priest. FBI charge In a …

U.S. extends Iran oil sanctions waivers

U.S. extends Iran oil sanctions waivers

 The U.S. State Department extended six-month Iran sanctions waivers on Friday to China, India, South Korea and other countries in exchange for their reducing purchases of Iranian crude oil earlier this year. The waivers had been expected. Under a law governing sanctions imposed on Iran’s …

How Sri Lanka Can Avoid the Middle-Income Trap

How Sri Lanka Can Avoid the Middle-Income Trap

    Sri Lanka has the opportunity to become a significant economic force in South Asia. Since the 25-year civil war ended in 2009, the island nation has taken steps to begin competing on a regional and global level. Economic ties with China, rising foreign …

‘Tamil Diaspora’ Tag Can Cut Many Ways

‘Tamil Diaspora’ Tag Can Cut Many Ways

      By N Sathiya Moorthy The ‘Tamil Nadu factor’ in the Centre’s Sri Lanka policy, aided and possibly abetted by the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora inputs and resources, may have flagged a discourse on ‘multiple identities’ in contemporary Indian context. Given the increasing …

BBC World News Global Interview With Dr Chris Nonis

BBC World News Global Interview With Dr Chris Nonis

   Sri Lanka’s post-conflict measures at reconciliation, rehabilitation, reintegration,  and reconstruction were highlighted by High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis during  an interview on BBC World News. Dr Nonis said 297,000 people rescued from the  clutches of the LTTE have been rehabilitated, in perhaps the largest hostage  rescue …

‘Nothing To Hide’ as  counting war dead begins

‘Nothing To Hide’ as counting war dead begins

    Sri Lanka said it has “nothing to hide” as it began compiling a death toll from its war against Tamil separatists after allegations of mass killings of civilians. While rights activists have expressed scepticism at the project, organisers say it will reveal the …

‘The Last Phase’, screened at EU Parliament

‘The Last Phase’, screened at EU Parliament

   ‘The Last Phase’, a documentary film depicting the life story of a former female LTTE cadre during the final stages of the humanitarian operation in Sri Lanka was screened on Thursday at the European Union (EU) Parliament in Brussels for the first time. The …

Australia extends ban on Tamil Tigers

Australia extends ban on Tamil Tigers

    The Australian government on Tuesday extended its ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) for a further period of three years.   The announcement was made by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who said that the threat of terrorism in Australia is …

British envoy in India justifies David Cameron’s participation at CHOGM

British envoy in India justifies David Cameron’s participation at CHOGM

    Bharat Joshi, the new British deputy high commissioner to India, on Wednesday stressed that he believed that his country was right in attending the recently concluded Common Wealth Heads of Government Meet ( CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. Addressing the media for the first …