Monthly Archives: December 2013

Sri Lanka’s twin challenges

Sri Lanka’s twin challenges

    Many in Sri Lanka had hoped that the arrival of world leaders for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo recently would have signalled the triumphant re-emergence of Sri Lanka on the world stage, having cast off doubts about war crimes committed …

Return the treasures Britain looted, Chinese tell Cameron

Return the treasures Britain looted, Chinese tell Cameron

    British Prime Minister David Cameron faced demands Wednesday for the return of priceless artefacts looted from Beijing in the 19th century, on the last day of his visit to China. Cameron travelled to the southwestern city of Chengdu on the third day of …

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and Father of modern South Africa dies

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and Father of modern South Africa dies

   Nelson Mandela, the prisoner-turned-president who reconciled South Africa after the end of apartheid, died on Thursday ,December 5 aged 95 after battling a chronic lung infection for months. Nelson Mandela was Freedom fighter, statesman, peacemaker and South Africa’s symbol of the struggle against racial oppression. He served but one …

Global Terror Threat: LTTE fundraising in Australia

Global Terror Threat: LTTE fundraising in Australia

  Why have 32 countries banned the LTTE and continue to do so even after its demise in 2009? Obviously its intelligence feels there is sufficient threat to maintain the ban overseas. A ban becomes meaningful only if these countries enforce local laws to ensure …

Government acts swiftly to deny people smugglers’ promise of permanent visas

Government acts swiftly to deny people smugglers’ promise of permanent visas

    The government has acted swiftly to ensure that none of the 33 000 people who arrived in Australia illegally by boat under Labor’s watch and were yet to be processed will be granted a permanent visa, despite the Greens and Labor disallowing temporary protection visas, …

Snap naval ties with Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi

Snap naval ties with Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi

      DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday urged the Centre to annul the agreement with Sri Lanka for naval cooperation to control piracy and terrorists in the Indian Ocean. Reacting to the report in The Hindu, ‘Despite strains, India, Sri Lanka deepen naval …

Sri Lankan Government not been informed about a visit to Jaffna by Indian PM

Sri Lankan Government not been informed about a visit to Jaffna by Indian PM

    The Sri Lankan Government says it has not been informed about a potential visit to Jaffna by Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Indian finance minister P. Chidambaram had last week said that Singh will undertake the visit following an invitation extended by …

DMK to flag Lanka’s alleged war crimes, Katchatheevu island issues in Parliament

DMK to flag Lanka’s alleged war crimes, Katchatheevu island issues in Parliament

      DMK would demand a resolution for an independent inquiry into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka and raise the issue of retrieving Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka in the Winter session of Parliament. Briefing reporters after an all-party meeting convened ahead of …

US wants Sri Lanka address issues through its own processes

US wants Sri Lanka address issues through its own processes

      Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal, addressing the press on  U.S. foreign policy priorities in South and Central Asia at the Foreign Press Center on 3 Dec said “We want to support the rights of ethnic minorities …

ACF International accuses Sri Lanka on death of 17 aid workers

ACF International accuses Sri Lanka on death of 17 aid workers

      A French aid group accused Sri Lankan security forces on Tuesday of the death of 17 of its employees in 2006 during the country’s civil war. The group, Action Against Hunger, said it had information implicating the army, navy and police personnel. …