Monthly Archives: November 2013

Secretary Defence calls on Pope Francis

Secretary Defence calls on Pope Francis

   Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa met Pope Francis at the Vatican and also conveyed to him an invitation from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit Sri Lanka in the near future. His Holiness Pope Francis received Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa at an audience in the …

Partying Lanka sighs for missing Manmohan Singh at CHOGM

Partying Lanka sighs for missing Manmohan Singh at CHOGM

    Hoardings across Colombo scream ‘CHOGM 2013, Makes Us Feel Proud As A Nation’. In interviews, government ministers and top officials say hosting the Commonwealth summit “signals Lanka arrives on world stage”. A banner headline in the state-controlled Daily News quotes a combative President Mahinda …

Commonwealth heads asked to keep up pressure on Sri Lanka

Commonwealth heads asked to keep up pressure on Sri Lanka

    Some local and international rights groups have urged Commonwealth leaders not to relax pressure on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on the need to investigate war crimes after they completed a summit in Colombo yesterday.  The call came after Rajapakse spent much of the …

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says Commonwealth Business Forum a success

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says Commonwealth Business Forum a success

    The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has acclaimed the successful completion of the of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the Commonwealth Business Forum. In addition the Chamber also congratulated President Mahinda Rajapakse for assuming responsibility as the Chairperson-in-Office of the Commonwealth …

International investigation central to Tamil political demands – TNPF

International investigation central to Tamil political demands – TNPF

    Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) welcomed the boycott of CHOGM by the leaders of Canada, India and Mauritius. Explaining TNPF’s engagement with Mauritian officials, Ponnambalam said: “We made very clear to the …

Chris Nonis: Channel 4 documentaries are “like Star Wars movies”

Chris Nonis: Channel 4 documentaries are “like Star Wars movies”

   Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK yesterday poured scorn on Channel 4′s controversial documentaries about the final stages of the war. “Their documentaries are like the Star Wars movies. They are highly emotive, but they are not examples of responsible journalism,” he said. …

Channel 4: An open letter to Sri Lankan journalists

Channel 4: An open letter to Sri Lankan journalists

    I definitely detected a delicious sense of “schadenfreude” from among you brave – but mischievous –  Sri Lankan journalists, over the relentless harassment of me and myChannel 4 News colleagues by state intelligence, police and immigration officers. I’m not referring to the ranting rottweiler …

After CHOGM: Winners and losers

After CHOGM: Winners and losers

    CHOGM is now over, and as the dust begins to settle, we take a look at who were the summit’s winners and losers. Winners David Cameron In spite of the pressures back home the British Prime Minister went through with the trip and was …

From Sri Lanka, questions about wars

From Sri Lanka, questions about wars

     The real question in the debate over India’s Sri Lanka policy isn’t whether it is pragmatic or ethical. It goes, instead, to the heart of the ethics of the wars our country fights, and will fight in years to come Florence-on-the-Elbe, they used …

David Cameron ‘breached protocol’ in Sri Lanka

David Cameron ‘breached protocol’ in Sri Lanka

     Sri Lanka’s government has accused David Cameron of breaching protocol on his visit to the country, during which he raised concerns over alleged human rights abuses against Tamils. A senior source told the BBC that the prime minister had “brushed aside” an official …