Monthly Archives: December 2013

Man from Singapore deported from US in arms case

Man from Singapore deported from US in arms case

   A man from Singapore who spent years in a U.S. prison after trying to funnel arms to a Sri Lankan terrorist group has been deported.Prosecutors in Dallas on Thursday announced the deportation of 51-year-old Balraj Naidu, Naidu in 2010 was convicted in Baltimore of …

Sri Lanka’s tourism promotion ties up with China’s “Travel Channel,”

Sri Lanka’s tourism promotion ties up with China’s “Travel Channel,”

    Sri Lanka’s tourism promotion arm has tied up with China’s “Travel Channel,” to promote the island aggressively in China starting from next month, a statement from Sri Lanka Tourism said here on Wednesday. “The Travel Channel,” which has an audience of 650 million …

Swire: It is too soon to define what any international investigation might consist of.

Swire: It is too soon to define what any international investigation might consist of.

     House of Commons – Questions on Sri Lanka, 17 Dec 2013:  Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he expects the Sri Lankan government to make on an independent investigation into war crimes and human rights …

Inside an al-Shabaab training camp: Channel 4

Inside an al-Shabaab training camp: Channel 4

  Among the most feared of al-Qaeda’s affiliates, al-Shabaab was behind the Westgate shopping mall attack in Kenya. Jamal Osman attended one of its training camps in the Somali bush. They chant: “We are al-Shabaab! We are al-Qaeda! We are terrorists!” In a secret location, …

Ananthi  Sasitharan in talks with Norwegian Officials in Oslo

Ananthi Sasitharan in talks with Norwegian Officials in Oslo

    Ananthi Sasitharan, a member of the Northern Provincial Council,  met with Norwegian parliamentary officials, last week. Meeting with a representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lasse Bkorn Johannessen and other officials, Sasitharan, outlined human rights violation committed by the Sri Lankan government. The …

Towards Reconciliation and Rebuilding Our Nation

Towards Reconciliation and Rebuilding Our Nation

    His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo and also President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL), presided together with the other Bishops at the Press Conference held on 11th December 2013 at the Bishops’ Conference Secretariat, at Borella, …

Airtel to sell Sri Lanka operations to Etisalat

Airtel to sell Sri Lanka operations to Etisalat

    Bharti Airtel is close to selling its operations in Sri Lanka to UAE-based telecom company Etisalat. The two companies have been negotiating for over five months now and have agreed on the broad contours of the deal. Manoj Kohli, Managing Director and Chief …

HC directs to implead Govt officials as respondents

HC directs to implead Govt officials as respondents

   The Madras High Court today directed to implead the Defence Secretary, Secretary of External Affairs and Deputy Director General of Indian Coast Guard as respondents on a petition seeking to cancel the proposed sale of two war ships to Sri Lanka. Justice V Sudhakar …

Civil society organisations writes to Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

Civil society organisations writes to Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

    The following letter was addressed to the Chairman, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka   signed by Sudarshana Gunawardana of Rights Now Collective for Democracy on behalf of 16 civil society organisations. Chairman, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, 165, Kynsey Road, Colombo-08 13 December …

800 Tamil families affected due to Indian coal-fired power plant

800 Tamil families affected due to Indian coal-fired power plant

    A white, rectangular board with Sinhala and Tamil letters appears once every few metres along the iron fence around a huge expanse of land in the sea-facing town. ‘Ilangai Minsara Sabaikkuriya Kaaniyaagum. Utpravesithal thadai’ [This land belongs to the Ceylon Electricity Board. Entry …