Monthly Archives: April 2014

South Africa may mediate in Lanka’s reconciliation with Tamils

South Africa may mediate in Lanka’s reconciliation with Tamils

   South Africa may mediate in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts with the Tamil minority community, making it the third country after India and Norway to negotiate in the process. South African President Jacob Zuma’s special envoy on SriLanka Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to arrive here …

British Jihadists in Syria are playing into Assad’s hands

British Jihadists in Syria are playing into Assad’s hands

    The results of new research reported by the Guardian this week on young westerners who have travelled to Syria to fight in the civil war provide some fascinating insights into their motivations, their interactions with pro-jihadi communities online, and the groups they join …

Pakistan’s National Defense University Delegation visiting Sri Lanka

Pakistan’s National Defense University Delegation visiting Sri Lanka

    An 18 member delegation from the National Defense University (NDU) Pakistan is currently visiting Sri Lanka. The Delegation comprises of senior officers from Pakistan’s Armed Forces and Civil Services as well as Officers from Malaysia, Germany, Turkey and Nigeria who are undergoing National …

TNA in South Africa

TNA in South Africa

   An effort by South Africa to facilitate negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) received renewed public interest this month following the visit there by the TNA leadership to meet with Special Envoy, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was appointed earlier …

Tamils in Canada evolve common position on Tamil activism

Tamils in Canada evolve common position on Tamil activism

   80 Tamil community organizations from across Canada have come together in an initiative to create a consensus outlining their collective position and guiding principles on Tamil struggle-centric engagement.The General Assembly organizers said that the consensus document, prepared through a five-months process was presented to all …

Biswal doesn’t deal with Pakistan at US State Department

Biswal doesn’t deal with Pakistan at US State Department

   Nisha Desai Biswal, the Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. State Department has nothing to do – officially – with Pakistan, and even in the group of south/central Asian countries that an assistant secretary is tasked to deal …

TRAC responds to BBS

TRAC responds to BBS

   The Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) USA responded to allegations by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) belittling its classification as a terrorist group yesterday. TRAC Editorial Director, Veryan Khan told Ceylon Today the organization had assessed the BBS statements and the extreme levels …

Harvard Twin Sisters Honoured as Two of Glamour’s Top Ten College Women

Harvard Twin Sisters Honoured as Two of Glamour’s Top Ten College Women

   Every year, Glamour Magazine honors a group of women ranging from future astronauts to fencers on its list of Top Ten College Women. This year, Harvard’s very own Inesha N. Premaratne ’15 and Ishani D. Premaratne ’15 (that’s right, both of them) were recipients …

Indian Supreme Court dismisses plea to probe Indian Army’s role in Sri Lankan civil war

Indian Supreme Court dismisses plea to probe Indian Army’s role in Sri Lankan civil war

India’s Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the alleged role of the Indian Army during the last phase of civil war between government forces and the now-defunct Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka five years back. …

LTTE network continues to sustain an international propaganda campaign against Sri Lanka

LTTE network continues to sustain an international propaganda campaign against Sri Lanka

   Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says although there is no more terrorism in Sri Lanka, the terrorists’ global network continues to function largely unhindered. Speaking today at the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference currently underway in Malaysia, Rajapaksa said that the LTTE network continues to …