Monthly Archives: November 2013

A lost opportunity for leadership

A lost opportunity for leadership

   The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka has proved to be a lost opportunity for Australia to show some decent principled leadership on human rights abuses in the host country. It could be argued that Australia should have followed the lead of …

David Cameron challenged to justify arms sale to Sri Lanka

David Cameron challenged to justify arms sale to Sri Lanka

   David Cameron must explain why the government has allowed machine guns and assault rifles to be exported to Sri Lanka despite his recent highlighting of the country’s human rights abuses, the head of the Commons weapons watchdog has said. Sir John Stanley, chairman of …

After the circus

After the circus

   “Has the circus left town? Can I please return to Colombo now?” asked a Twitter user on the morning after leaders of the Commonwealth left the Sri Lankan capital after their summit ended on November 17th. With the circus gone, the police chief gave …

Sri Lanka – post-CHOGM

Sri Lanka – post-CHOGM

   On Sunday evening, sharp at seven, just three hours after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) wound up in Colombo, the media handlers of the Commonwealth shut down the CHOGM media centre at the BMICH. They were obviously in a hurry to call …

Resolution against Murali

Resolution against Murali

    A resolution condemning the statement made by former National Cricket Player Muttiah Muralitharan was unanimously passed at the monthly meeting of the Chavakachcheri Urban Council today. The resolution which was proposed by Councillor P. Sritharan and seconded by Councillor Kishore, was adopted with …

India questions David Cameron’s stand on Lanka war crimes

India questions David Cameron’s stand on Lanka war crimes

   India on Thursday questioned British Prime Minister David Cameron’s style of addressing war crime allegations in Sri Lanka and averred that such style is counterproductive. Cameron, who left Colombo after attending CHOGM, had set a fourmonth deadline for Sri Lanka to order an independent …

Sri Lankan president calls for national unity

Sri Lankan president calls for national unity

  Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday called for national unity to defeat any attempt to destabilize the country. Speaking in parliament after presenting the national budget for 2014, Rajapaksa said that despite army’s defeating the Tamil Tiger rebels four years ago, groups that …

Undercover soldiers ‘killed unarmed civilians in Belfast’

Undercover soldiers ‘killed unarmed civilians in Belfast’

  Soldiers from an undercover unit used by the British army in Northern Ireland killed unarmed civilians, former members have told BBC One’s Panorama. Speaking publicly for the first time, the ex-members of the Military Reaction Force (MRF), which was disbanded in 1973, said they …

CV Wingneswaran to meet Indian and Britain Prime Ministers

CV Wingneswaran to meet Indian and Britain Prime Ministers

   Tamil National Alliance is schedule to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and British Prime Minister David Cameron, TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachchandran said.  During the recent visit to Jaffna, British Prime Minister met Northern Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran and invited for discussions  in London on …

Sri Lanka must punish human rights violators: P Chidambaram

Sri Lanka must punish human rights violators: P Chidambaram

    Joining international demands for a proper inquiry into the alleged human rights violations during the war against the LTTE, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday. said Sri Lankan government must investigate and punish those responsible for them. “I think the Sri Lankan government owes …