Monthly Archives: April 2014

Diaspora Outfit Hails Jaya as New Tamil Icon

Diaspora Outfit Hails Jaya as New Tamil Icon

     With her transformation as a champion of the Sri Lankan Tamils’ quest for self-determination, Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa has earned admiration in a new constituency abroad — the highly vocal Tamil Diaspora. She is being hailed as the new icon …

Jaffna Uni Student’s Union condemns search of residence

Jaffna Uni Student’s Union condemns search of residence

     The University of Jaffna’s Student Union in a statement on Friday condemned an extensive military search of the male students’ residence, which the Union describes as a breach of security that has created a tense atmosphere around the campus. The Union also criticised the administration …

Economic sanctions on Sri Lanka not in UK’s interest

Economic sanctions on Sri Lanka not in UK’s interest

     Economic sanctions on Sri Lanka are not in the interests of his country, and movers of a UN resolution are expecting progress which would make such questions redundant, UK’s envoy to Colombo said. “Sanctions are not currently an issue,” High Commissioner (ambassador) John …

UN Releases report on Conflict – related sexual violence

UN Releases report on Conflict – related sexual violence

    Report of the Secretary-General on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence was released by Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. This year’s report also includes a list of groups credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for patterns of …

Insulting the Holy Quran could lead to worldwide response detrimental to the country

Insulting the Holy Quran could lead to worldwide response detrimental to the country

        Press Release-on contempt of Quran by BBS The National Shoora Council (NSC) urges the government and its principal law enforcement agency, the police, to ensure prompt prosecution of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) led mob which forcibly disrupted under threat of death the …

Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China

Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China

     When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia’s Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing – its lack of offshore bases and friendly ports to call on. China‘s …

Prof G L Peiris briefs Diplomatic community on action taken by the Government against groups and individuals involved in terrorist funding

Prof G L Peiris briefs Diplomatic community on action taken by the Government against groups and individuals involved in terrorist funding

   The Minister of External Affairs  Prof. G.L. Peiris briefed the Colombo based diplomatic community today regarding action taken by the Government against groups and individuals involved in terrorist funding and other activity connected with plans to revive terrorism. Major General K.H.G. Hendawitharana, represented the …

Under which law did the Magistrate make the order to deport the lady tourist with the Tattoo of Lord Buddha?

Under which law did the Magistrate make the order to deport the lady tourist with the Tattoo of Lord Buddha?

     According to reports a 37 year old British nurse who arrived in Sri Lanka this Monday (21st April 2014) was taken by a taxi driver to a nearby police station where, according to her, she was harassed by policemen who demanded money from …

Solheim to release book on Sri Lankan peace process

Solheim to release book on Sri Lankan peace process

     Former Norwegian special envoy to Sri Lanka and former Minister Erik Solheim is to release a book on the Norwegian role as mediators in the Sri Lankan peace process. He has said that the book will be released next year. Solheim, a former …

Obama amends federal law to bar Terrorists or others deemed to be threats to the US entry to the country to serve as Ambassadors to the UN

Obama amends federal law to bar Terrorists or others deemed to be threats to the US entry to the country to serve as Ambassadors to the UN

  President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday that amends federal law to bar terrorists or others deemed to be threats to the United States entry to the country to serve as Ambassadors to the United Nations. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, was …