Monthly Archives: November 2013

Tamil Nadu factor did influence CHOGM decision: Khurshid

Tamil Nadu factor did influence CHOGM decision: Khurshid

    External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday admitted that emotive protests in Tamil Nadu did influence Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to skip the CHOGM summit in Sri Lanka. But he underlined that it would be wrong to “look at any one single dimension …

PM Manmohan Singh’s absence not a setback for Colombo summit

PM Manmohan Singh’s absence not a setback for Colombo summit

    Sri Lanka today said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision not to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) summit in Colombo was not a setback and it understood the domestic political compulsions behind the move. “It will not affect the success …

Sri Lanka to set up National Inquiry on Torture, says Kamalesh Sharma

Sri Lanka to set up National Inquiry on Torture, says Kamalesh Sharma

    The Commonwealth Secretariat will assist Sri Lanka in setting up a National Inquiry on Torture, its Secretary-General Mr. Kamalesh Sharma said in an interview to The Hindu at the Secretariat headquarters at Marlborough House on the eve of his departure to Colombo to …

Nawaz Sharif to attend CHOGM summit in Colombo

Nawaz Sharif to attend CHOGM summit in Colombo

   Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka next week. Following the CHOGM summit in Colombo during November15-17, Sharif will visit Thailand to participate in the “Connect Asia Pacific Summit” being held in Bangkok on November …

‘Commonwealth role goes much beyond Lankan rights violations’

‘Commonwealth role goes much beyond Lankan rights violations’

 The role and relevance of the Commonwealth goes much beyond the issue of human rights in Sri Lanka, said Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma. Mr. Sharma was speaking to The Hindu in London before his departure to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting …

Government should take forthright position on Sri Lanka human rights issue: CPI

Government should take forthright position on Sri Lanka human rights issue: CPI

  CPI, which has been opposing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Colombo to attend the CHOGM meet, today asked the government to take a forthright position on alleged human rights violation in Sri Lanka by condemning it and raising it at the international fora. “It …

Action sought on missing persons in Sri Lanka

Action sought on missing persons in Sri Lanka

  As Sri Lanka readies to host the Commonwealth Summit in less than a week, a citizens group from its Northern Province on Wednesday have sought a probe into as many as 2,300 cases of disappearances in the area. Nearly forty persons — all relatives …

Britain wants Indian PM to attend CHOGM: British envoy

Britain wants Indian PM to attend CHOGM: British envoy

    Even as the Centre remains undecided over whether to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, British High Commissioner to India James Bevan has said that his country wants India to participate in the meeting as it is an …

Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Good Offices in Sri Lanka

Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Good Offices in Sri Lanka

   Part of the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s role is to work closely with member states, particularly during times when the Commonwealth’s shared political values and commitments are under stress. Through his ‘Good Offices’ – as work of this kind is known – we offer Commonwealth advice …

Editor of the Daily News says “it was journalism on the far side of the moon.”

Editor of the Daily News says “it was journalism on the far side of the moon.”

     The figures they pluck from the air! Channel 4’s John Snow in the run up to CHOGM interviewed the affable Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, and in his ignoble hurry to trip him up, tripped himself up, with a figure of 12000 disappeared in Sri …