Monthly Archives: November 2013

Defence Secretary calls for united fight against terror

Defence Secretary calls for united fight against terror

   The annual international maritime security conference of the Sri Lanka Navy, ‘Galle Dialogue 2013’ began today (25th November) at the Light House hotel in the historic southern port city of Galle. The international conclave is being organized for the fourth time by the Sri …

TNA against heroes’ day ban

TNA against heroes’ day ban

    The Tamil National Alliance says it will strongly oppose moves to prevent families in the north from commemorating heroes’ day on Wednesday. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran told the Colombo Gazette that the while the TNA has no plans to hold any large scale …

Agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear talks

Agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear talks

   After intensive negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have reached a first-step agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced early Sunday morning. Ashton, who represents the P5+1 group — the five UN Security Council permanent members Britain, China, France, …

U.S.-Afghan security deal approved

U.S.-Afghan security deal approved

    In an historic decision, Afghanistan’s assembly of tribal and community elders, the Loya Jirga, overall approved a multi-page Bilateral Security Agreement with the United States.  But it is still unclear when the deal will be signed. Afghan President Hamid Karzai accepted the decision …

CSE reports 61 market manipulation cases

CSE reports 61 market manipulation cases

    Since January 2013, the SEC investigators had noticed 10 instances of abnormal transactions suspected to be inside dealings.    Deputy Finance Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama told Parliament yesterday that 67 cases of insider dealings and 61 market      manipulation cases like ‘Pump …

Tamil poet Jeyapalan arrested for violating visa condition

Tamil poet Jeyapalan arrested for violating visa condition

   Norwegian Tamil poet and actor V I S Jeyapalan has been arrested in Sri Lanka for violating visa regulations. Jaffna-born Jeyapalan,79, was arrested on Friday at Mankulam in the country’s north, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said. Rohana said Oslo-based Jeyapalan, who was in the …

Sri Lanka military to probe blocking of foreign media

Sri Lanka military to probe blocking of foreign media

    Sri Lanka’s military promised on Friday to investigate why AFP journalists were prevented from working in the country’s former war zone this week by soldiers who said they were under orders to restrict the media. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) video journalist and a …

A Child Of War Speaks Her Mind To The Commonwealth

A Child Of War Speaks Her Mind To The Commonwealth

   Text of presentation delivered by Salma Yusuf at 9th Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013 at the Magam Ruhunupura International Convention Centre, Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Your Excellencies, Respected dignitaries, distinguished panelists, eminent delegates, observers, ladies and gentlemen, It is indeed an honour to be addressing emerging …

Tough times ahead for Sri Lanka in Geneva

Tough times ahead for Sri Lanka in Geneva

     With the UK declaring its intention to move the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against Sri Lanka at its next session in March, 2014, in the wake of the US being re-elected to the UN body, Sri Lanka was now facing an …

China’s Contretemps on Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Issues

China’s Contretemps on Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Issues

    By Col. R. Hariharan At the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Colombo on November 17, Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa is probably a happy man having seen through the prestigious event despite global media focus on Sri Lanka’s alleged …