Monthly Archives: February 2014

TN to free killers of Rajiv Gandhi: Congress calls it perverse, BJP says it’s matter of concern

TN to free killers of Rajiv Gandhi: Congress calls it perverse, BJP says it’s matter of concern

    Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s decision for early release of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers invited sharp reaction from Congress, which termed it as “irresponsible, perverse and populist”. Slamming AIADMK government’s decision, AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, “Any perverse decision is also liable for …

Ministerial delegation to South Africa

Ministerial delegation to South Africa

   Cyril Ramphosa, Vice President of the African National Congress (ANC) has been appointed as South Africa’s Special Envoy to help Sri Lanka in the reconciliation process. by SA President Jacob Zuma in his 6th State of the Nation address last week. A delegation led by …

Govt has not fulfilled any of its promises’. Vigneswaran

Govt has not fulfilled any of its promises’. Vigneswaran

    Chief Minister C. V. Vigneswaran says that the government has not fulfilled any of its promises to the Northern Provincial Council and that even calls to scale down troops in the war-torn province have gone unheard. “We were promised many things but in …

India increases developmental aid to SL

India increases developmental aid to SL

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has had its budget increased by 20% from Rs117.39bn (£ 537.5mn) last year to Rs141.3bn (£646.9mn) in 2014-15, by Finance Minister P Chidambaram. According to the figures in the Economic Times of India, Sri Lanka is the third highest …

EU Delegation to visit EU funded projects in Eastern and Central Sri Lanka

EU Delegation to visit EU funded projects in Eastern and Central Sri Lanka

    A press release from the EU on 17 Feb states that the Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, David Daly, accompanied by senior representatives from the European Union Headquarters including Jorge de la Caballeria, head of Unit for …

Indian SC commutes Rajiv killers’ death sentence

Indian SC commutes Rajiv killers’ death sentence

 The Supreme Court today commuted the death sentence of Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan the three men convicted of killing former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi to   life imprisonment, rejecting the government’s view that an 11-year delay in deciding their mercy petition was not agony for them. The convicts, …

DMK wants Central Govt to move a resolution in UNHRC

DMK wants Central Govt to move a resolution in UNHRC

 The 10th State conference of the DMK on Sunday urged the Centre to move a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council seeking a referendum among Sri Lankan Tamils to facilitate a political solution preferred by them. A resolution adopted at the meeting said …

BJP won’t offer military support to Lanka: Vaiko

BJP won’t offer military support to Lanka: Vaiko

    Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has assured that no military support would be given to Sri Lanka in the event of his party coming to power, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko said here on Sunday. Addressing reporters, …

The heat is on Colombo in the run up to Geneva

The heat is on Colombo in the run up to Geneva

By Archana Arul.               The setting in the run up to the Geneva meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council is getting increasingly clear, not just with Washington letting Colombo know that a third successive resolution against the island …

National mechanisms have consistently failed to establish the truth and achieve justice: Navi Pillay

National mechanisms have consistently failed to establish the truth and achieve justice: Navi Pillay

  A damning 20-page report from United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay became the subject of close scrutiny by the UPFA Government this week.  Pillay’s office urged the Government, as is the practice, to respond to the contents of this 74-point report — …