Monthly Archives: May 2014

R Sampanthan writes to Modi

R Sampanthan writes to Modi

 I write to you as the leader of the Tamil National Alliance, the political formation in Sri Lanka democratically elected at different levels of government, to substantially represent the Tamil people particularly of the North East in Sri Lanka.We extend to you on behalf of …

Proscriptions do not constrain your freedoms, Australian govt tells diaspora groups

Proscriptions do not constrain your freedoms, Australian govt tells diaspora groups

 Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason said in a letter addressed to the proscribed, Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) that Sri Lanka’s listings of Tamil diaspora groups as terrorists “do not constrain the freedom of these groups and individuals to express their …

Tamil Nadu students protest

Tamil Nadu students protest

    After political parties in Tamil Nadu, it’s the students who have joined the chorus of protests against the invitation to Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa for attending PM-elect Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. Protests in Tamil Nadu have intensified ahead of the Sri Lankan …

President Rajapaksa expected to have bilateral talks in India

President Rajapaksa expected to have bilateral talks in India

     Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said that Mr Modi is expected to have short meetings with all the visiting heads of delegations scheduled to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday.This was in response to a question raised at the daily press briefing …

‘We are mindful of rights of Tamils’

‘We are mindful of rights of Tamils’

   Facing criticism from allies, the BJP on Thursday backed the party’s decision to invite Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister scheduled for May 26. Addressing reporters here, BJP State president Pon. Radhakrishnan said the decision could …

Vaiko meets Narendra Modi

Vaiko meets Narendra Modi

  MDMK chief Vaiko, an NDA ally, today opposed the invitation extended to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony and asked the Prime Minister-designate as well as BJP President Rajnath Singh to reconsider the decision. The Tamil leader met Modi here in …

British nurse sues Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo ordeal

British nurse sues Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo ordeal

   A British tourist thrown out of Sri Lanka for sporting a Buddha tattoo is suing local authorities for $78,000 over her ordeal, which allegedly included sexual harassment, her lawyer said Thursday. Naomi Coleman filed the action in the Supreme Court in Colombo on Wednesday …

Army has established a committee to inquire into allegations by Channel-4.

Army has established a committee to inquire into allegations by Channel-4.

   A committee has been appointed to inquire into allegations against Sri Lankan army by the video telecast over “Channel 4” of Britain as per the recommendation made by LLRC. Addressing a media conference held in Colombo yesterday Army Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that …

Jaya, Vaiko, DMK oppose invitation

Jaya, Vaiko, DMK oppose invitation

   PM-designate Narendra Modi’s invite to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to attend his swearing-in on May 26 has been hailed. But regional parties in Tamil Nadu have again stepped up their anti-Lanka rhetoric, ignoring the larger picture of strategic relationship with the country. On …

Northern Provincial Council holds Mullivaikal memorial event

Northern Provincial Council holds Mullivaikal memorial event

    The Northern Provincial Council held a Mullivaikal memorial event this morning, during the NPC’s 9th meeting in Kaithadi, lighting candles in remembrance of those killed in May 2009. Wearing black shawls around their necks l NPC members including Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, Ananthy …