Monthly Archives: December 2013

Did The Commonwealth Summit Backfire On Sri Lanka?

Did The Commonwealth Summit Backfire On Sri Lanka?

   By  Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan Although Commonwealth is an insignificant and inconsequential organization, the Sri Lankan government organized the 2013 Summit in Colombo with great expectations which involved political, economic as well as personal designs. The government expected the Summit to: (1) facilitate greater …

Turning to the International community appears to be the only alternative open to us

Turning to the International community appears to be the only alternative open to us

   Statement by C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister while presenting the Annual Financial Statement and Appropriation Statute to the Council for year 2014. Hon’ Chairman, Hon’ Ministers, Hon’ Members of the Provincial Council belonging to the ruling party as well as the opposition! Before presenting the draft …

Is the TNA is emerging with a new policy?

Is the TNA is emerging with a new policy?

    The days of appeasement are all gone. There will be no more raising of the Sinhalese flags. Hopefully, no more keeping away from UNHRC meetings on the behest of India. All these changes bring pleasure to the Eelam and international Tamils. ‘Right or …

Constructing a  strategy for durable solutions for IDPs in Sri Lanka is now essential

Constructing a strategy for durable solutions for IDPs in Sri Lanka is now essential

  “After having made impressive strides in rebuilding infrastructure destroyed during the conflict, post conflict reconstruction in Sri Lanka should also focus on addressing durable solutions for all IDPs and those who have returned to their areas of origin on a comprehensive basis,” the United Nations …

Pope Francis named Time’s Person of the Year

Pope Francis named Time’s Person of the Year

   Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church’s new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time. The pope beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden for …

Report: Political instability on the rise

Report: Political instability on the rise

    Growing levels of conflict, terrorism, and the toppling of regimes in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as political violence in East Africa, are driving a rise in political instability worldwide, according to research by UK risk analysis firm, Maplecroft released …

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff arriving in the country today

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff arriving in the country today

    Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, NI (M) will be arriving in Sri Lanka Thursday (December 12, 2013) on a bilateral visit along with a three members’ delegation, Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said in a release. Pakistan’s Naval Chief’s …

PIL plea for termination of defence pacts with Sri Lanka

PIL plea for termination of defence pacts with Sri Lanka

    The Madras High Court Bench here reserved its judgment on a public interest litigation petition filed by an advocate seeking a direction to the Union government to terminate all bilateral defence agreements between India and Sri Lanka. The petitioner, V. Ramesh, submitted that …

Church warns of ‘foreign intervention’ in Sri Lanka

Church warns of ‘foreign intervention’ in Sri Lanka

  The Catholic church Wednesday warned Sri Lanka’s government of foreign intervention unless it worked towards reconciliation and addressed allegations of war crimes during the war against Tamil separatists. Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said he was urging President Mahinda Rajapakse and the main …

Stunned in four states, Congress fears 2014

Stunned in four states, Congress fears 2014

   Congress leaders across India are virtually in mourning after the humiliating defeat in four states, with many admitting the rout has rattled the party ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Congress leaders at various levels in state after state blamed a variety of …