Monthly Archives: May 2014

Having a tattoo not an offence

Having a tattoo not an offence

     According to Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, anyone can have any number of Buddha, Jesus, Rama, Seetha or Vishnu tattoos on their body, because the Penal Code Section 291B does not refer to tattoos and was misinterpreted in the recent case involving …

Another Sri Lankan arrested in Indian terror probe

Another Sri Lankan arrested in Indian terror probe

   Two persons who allegedly supplied fake Indian currency notes (FICN) to terror suspect Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan national, were arrested here on Thursday night. Police sources said a special team probing the source of FICN seized from Hussain when he was arrested three …

Pope Francis “much work needs to be done to promote reconciliation, to respect human rights”

Pope Francis “much work needs to be done to promote reconciliation, to respect human rights”

     Pope Francis met today (3 May) with the bishops of Sri Lanka as part of their visit ad Limina Apostolorum. In his address, the Pope encouraged the bishops in their efforts of reconciliation and healing of the nation, after more than 25 years …

World Press Freedom Day: Freedom of the press is the basis of all freedoms

World Press Freedom Day: Freedom of the press is the basis of all freedoms

      On the World Press Freedom day 2014, the Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka, reassure its unwavering commitment to press freedom and democracy. Freedom of the press is the basis of all freedoms. It is the freedom of expression that provides a …

Full text of 5 resolutions adopted by Northern Provincial Council

Full text of 5 resolutions adopted by Northern Provincial Council

   The Northern Provincial Council adopted five resolutions, at its 8th meeting. The five resolutions were proposed by the Council Member Hon M.K. Sivajilingam and adopted by the Northern Provincial Council  on April 28, 2014. RESOLUTION 1 Tamil people seek justice under international norms for the …

US says it is disappointed with the Sri Lankan Government over its failure to take adequate and meaningful steps to support accountability and reconciliation

US says it is disappointed with the Sri Lankan Government over its failure to take adequate and meaningful steps to support accountability and reconciliation

   US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal speaking at the House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on “Assessing U.S. Foreign Assistance Priorities in South Asia” on 30 April,  2014, said that  ” In Sri Lanka, while we saw the end …

No Intelligence Officers sent to foreign countries

No Intelligence Officers sent to foreign countries

   Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence rejected a media report in a Sinhala daily that the country has sent intelligence officers abroad as part of an operation against the LTTE. The Ministry of Defence issuing a statement  however rejected this report, stating that no such …

TNA calls for end to state oppression at May Day Rallies

TNA calls for end to state oppression at May Day Rallies

     The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) called for an end to the Sri Lankan state’s oppression, and for the Tamil people’s right to self-determination, in a series of events across the North-East yesterday marking May Day. In rallies in Chavakachcheri, Kilinochchi, and Batticaloa, Tamils …

Terror suspect took photos of consulates

Terror suspect took photos of consulates

   Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan Tamil arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police here on Tuesday, had allegedly conducted a reconnaissance mission as part of a conspiracy to attack foreign missions in southern India. Hussain had taken photographs of the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, …

Sri Lanka’s diaspora ban has ‘no legal effect in Canada’ says Foreign Affairs Minister

Sri Lanka’s diaspora ban has ‘no legal effect in Canada’ says Foreign Affairs Minister

   Expressing concern about the Sri Lankan government’s proscription of 16 Tamil diaspora groups and 424 individuals for alleged terrorist links, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister reiterated that “Sri Lanka’s action has no legal effect in Canada”. “It does not constrain the freedom of listed groups …