Monthly Archives: February 2014

India monitoring China build-up in neighbourhood: Salman Khurshid

India monitoring China build-up in neighbourhood: Salman Khurshid

   External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said India is keeping an eye on China’s involvement in infrastructure projects in the immediate neighbourhood. In a statement in the Lok Sabha yesterday, Khurshid said: “Government is aware that China is involved in the construction of or …

Sri Lanka war report ‘shows rights abuses’

Sri Lanka war report ‘shows rights abuses’

   A report on Sri Lanka’s civil war shows new evidence that the government may have covered up proof of human rights violations. A team of international lawyers on Tuesday said security forces systematically destroyed mass burial sites of civilians, and called on the UN …

Amnesty and Commonwealth meet on Sri Lanka

Amnesty and Commonwealth meet on Sri Lanka

   As the clamour for international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka gets louder, Amnesty International’s secretary general Salil Shetty met the secretary general of the Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma, in London on February 3. The meeting was focused on human rights situation in Sri …

Drift of the island: From inside Sri Lanka

Drift of the island: From inside Sri Lanka

     One of the very first things passengers getting off planes at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport see is a huge portrait of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The view remains pretty much the same as one travels across the island. You cannot miss the …

Powerful nations failed to fully understand the challenge faced by Lanka

Powerful nations failed to fully understand the challenge faced by Lanka

   Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday slammed a US decision to table a resolution criticising Colombo’s post-war reconciliation at the UN Human Rights Council, saying such actions undermine his country’s hard won peace. “We view the attempt to raise war crimes charges against …

My Experience as head of intelligence with the IPKF

My Experience as head of intelligence with the IPKF

    By Col. R. Hariharan.       PR: First, we would like to thank you for joining us. I understand you spent nearly three decades in the Indian Armed Forces and salute you for that and would like to ask how you started and …

Jayalalitha demands India move separate resolution against SL

Jayalalitha demands India move separate resolution against SL

    Demanding that India move a separate resolution against Sri Lanka in a UN body next month, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday said Congress-led UPA however would not do that and claimed “scenes will change” after Lok Sabha elections where her …

Holding Sri Lanka to Account

Holding Sri Lanka to Account

   Washington is once again trying to put pressure on the government of Sri Lanka to commission a credible independent investigation of crimes and human rights abuses committed during the end of that country’s bloody civil war in 2009. It was a good move to …

US official refused visa

US official refused visa

  The Government, had declined issuing a visa to the US Ambassador at Large for Women’s Issues, Catherine Russel, who had to cancel a 2 day visit scheduled to Sri Lanka for February 10. Russell was scheduled to travel to Jaffna during her two day visit …

Post Tiger economy

Post Tiger economy

     IN FEBRUARY 2009, during the final throes of Sri Lanka’s 25-year-long civil war, Tamil Tiger rebels packed two light aircraft with explosives and flew them towards Colombo. The pilots planned to execute kamikaze attacks on the capital. Mercifully, they were shot down. But …