Monthly Archives: April 2014

Congress did more than any other party for Tamils in SL – Sonia Gandhi

Congress did more than any other party for Tamils in SL – Sonia Gandhi

   Dismissing as “false propaganda” that Congress was not concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday today raised the emotional issue of her husband Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, saying the former prime minister sacrificed his life “fighting” for them. Addressing her maiden election …

US Foreign Policy in South Asia: A Vision for Prosperity and Security – Nisha Biswal

US Foreign Policy in South Asia: A Vision for Prosperity and Security – Nisha Biswal

    Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal Addressing  the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government on  the topic US Foreign Policy in South Asia: A Vision for Prosperity and Security on 16 April 2014 said; ” I am struck by the enormous …

Jaffna shakes off scars of war

Jaffna shakes off scars of war

   Politically, Sri Lanka is under fire from the international community over its human rights record. But one of the government’s responses is that it’s fostering economic development in the north of the island, formerly a war zone. The BBC’s Charles Haviland has been to …

Attempts to silence us will create the need for more international action -Ananthy tells Govt

Attempts to silence us will create the need for more international action -Ananthy tells Govt

  Attempts to silence those who speak out against the injustices faced by the Tamil people will create the need for more international action, Ananthy Sasitharan, the TNA Northern Provincial Councillor told the government. She was responding to calls from the ruling coalition partner, the …

Canada’s suspension of voluntary Commonwealth funds not a surprise:  Ministry of External

Canada’s suspension of voluntary Commonwealth funds not a surprise: Ministry of External

    The Sri Lanka External Affairs Ministry spokesman Issuing a statement on Monday (15) with regard to  Canada’s suspension of voluntary Commonwealth funds said that this action taken by Canada is at variance with the underlying spirit of the Commonwealth as a voluntary Organization …

Sri Lanka- the next holiday hot spot

Sri Lanka- the next holiday hot spot

   It’s a small island off the south coast of India and it’s being touted as the new Bali. So what is it about Sri Lanka that has travellers sitting up and taking notice? We spoke to Australian photographer, Lincoln Jubb, who recently returned from …

US Army Corps connects Puttalam households to the town’s water supply

US Army Corps connects Puttalam households to the town’s water supply

   Imagine walking three miles every day for potable water to complete daily chores. For many Sri Lankan residents this is their reality until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District finishes connecting hundreds of Puttalam households to the town’s water supply. Clean …

Sharma expresses disappointment

Sharma expresses disappointment

   The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma issuing a statement expressed disappointment with Canada’s decision to suspend funding to the Commonwealth Secretariat. It said: The Government of Canada has informed Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma of its decision to suspend contributions to the Commonwealth Fund for Technical …

Banned TGTE to hold meeting in UK

Banned TGTE to hold meeting in UK

  The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), one of the groups listed by the Government recently as a terrorist outfit, is to hold a conference in Britain on May 18, the TGTE said in a statement. Led by V. Rudrakumaran, the TGTE says it …

UN Inquiry Just the Start of a Long Road to Justice

UN Inquiry Just the Start of a Long Road to Justice

    Sri Lankan human rights activists campaigned hard for an independent international commission of inquiry into war crimes during the end of the conflict in 2009. Last month members of the UN Human Rights Council did finally vote to set up an inquiry. To …