Monthly Archives: January 2014

Keeping India at bay

Keeping India at bay

     By Ahilan Kadirgamar. Fish move over the Indian Ocean knowing no borders, while marine resources including corals on the continental shelf are important for the seasonal migration and reproduction of fish. Similarly, for centuries past, fishers and traders travelled freely over the ocean, …

Sri Lanka-TN fishermen reach deal

Sri Lanka-TN fishermen reach deal

    An agreement has been reached between fishermen of India and Sri Lanka, but is subject to the approval of both the governments. Briefing reporters about the meeting, U. Arulanandam, a fishermen representative from Ramanathapuram and Sri Lankan representative T. Sadasivam, said there was …

TNA to gather support for the UN resolution

TNA to gather support for the UN resolution

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will gather support for the UN resolution on Sri Lanka to be submitted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March. TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that the resolution sponsored by the United States is …

Sri Lankan fishermen raise concerns

Sri Lankan fishermen raise concerns

   A day before the scheduled talks between fishermen of India and Sri Lanka, sections of northern fishermen said they received no information about who was going to India, what would be discussed. A fishermen’s delegation, with members from the National Fisheries Federation, left for …

Jayalalithaa Sets 5-point Agenda for Fisherfolk Meet

Jayalalithaa Sets 5-point Agenda for Fisherfolk Meet

    The much-awaited fishermen-level talks between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka will be held on January 27 here and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has set a five-point agenda for the talks. The talks will be held at the office of the Director of Fisheries …

Motions before NPC on war probe?

Motions before NPC on war probe?

   Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members are to submit motions before Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on Monday backing calls for an international war crimes investigation in Sri Lanka. A motion is also to be submitted before the NPC calling for a war memorial to be constructed, …

Governance In Northern Province Of Sri Lanka

Governance In Northern Province Of Sri Lanka

   By Gautam Sen.   CV Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Northern Province of Sri Lanka has lamented in a recent public speech on January 10, organized by a Colombo-based think tank that Colombo is not appreciative of the essence of issues of governance in his …

Sri Lankan Government had invited India to facilitate the peace process: Kurshid

Sri Lankan Government had invited India to facilitate the peace process: Kurshid

   By Pratnashree Basu.  Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s recent reminder that the Sri Lankan Government of the day alone had invited India to facilitate the peace process in the eighties should clarify a few points for Sri Lankans who harbour other views in …

NDP’s Sitsabaiesan ‘right to be concerned’ in Sri Lanka, says Mulcair

NDP’s Sitsabaiesan ‘right to be concerned’ in Sri Lanka, says Mulcair

  NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is defending MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s trip to Sri Lanka over the holidays in a recent letter to the high commissioner, stating that Sitsabaiesan had “no intention to embarrass” the country’s government. The letter was sent in response to accusations by the Sri Lankan high commissioner that Sitsabaiesan was trying …

Ontario Premier meets with former WTM spokesman

Ontario Premier meets with former WTM spokesman

     Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne traded pleasantries this month with a onetime spokesman for a federally listed terrorist organization while on a visit to a Toronto temple, the premier’s office confirmed on Tuesday. Mrs. Wynne stood alongside Nehru Gunaratnam, a former spokesman for the World …