Monthly Archives: May 2014

President Rajapaksa congratulates Modi, invites him on State visit

President Rajapaksa congratulates Modi, invites him on State visit

 Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday congratulated Narendra Modi on his party’s massive victory in the Indian general election and invited him on a State visit. Rajapaksa telephoned Modi to congratulate him on his resounding victory and extended an invitation to the BJP prime ministerial …

Victory Day parade wouldn’t help post-war national reconciliation: Canadian High Commissioner

Victory Day parade wouldn’t help post-war national reconciliation: Canadian High Commissioner

    Canadian High Commissioner Shelley Whiting  said that her country wouldn’t be represented at the Victory Day parade in Matara on Sunday (May 18) as the annual military parade would not help post-war national reconciliation declining the government invitation. Canada has encouraged the Government of Sri …

Ban on LTTE extended for five years

Ban on LTTE extended for five years

    The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday issued a fresh notification extending ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in India for five years. “The Government of India, under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, has proscribed the Liberation …

Malaysia helps foil terror attack in India, Lankan terrorist arrested

Malaysia helps foil terror attack in India, Lankan terrorist arrested

   The Bukit Aman Special Branch counter-terrorism division has helped thwart a planned attack on foreign consulates in India with the arrest of four suspected terrorists. One of them, a Sri Lankan man, was detained at a house in Kepong at about 11.15am on Wednesday. The …

Indian Elections and Sri Lanka

Indian Elections and Sri Lanka

 By Susantha Goonatilake                                                     The Indian elections are now on. And they might have repercussions on Sri Lanka. India is …

Jayalalitha suspends party man for suggesting alliance with Modi

Jayalalitha suspends party man for suggesting alliance with Modi

   Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday expelled party leader K Malaisamy for hinting at a possible AIADMK support to the Bharatiya Janata Party after the Lok Sabha results are announced on Friday. In a terse expulsion order, Jayalalithaa said Malaisamy was being …

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, in Sri Lanka from 19 to 26 May

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, in Sri Lanka from 19 to 26 May

   The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Sri Lanka from 19 to 26 May 2014 to assess the human rights situation of Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work, and the related recruitment practices. This is the …

Head in my hands, Five years after the war

Head in my hands, Five years after the war

By Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy.                                             Five years after the war I often think of how it could have been. A President who, the day …

Diplomatic challenge for Glasgow 2014?

Diplomatic challenge for Glasgow 2014?

     A potentially harmful diplomatic challenge for Glasgow 2014 is likely to be avoided due to the fact Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not planning to attend the Commonwealth Games this summer, insidethegames has learned. This comes after two letters were sent to British …

Indian Govt. stand on Katchatheevu clear

Indian Govt. stand on Katchatheevu clear

   Director-General of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Vice-Admiral Anurag G. Thapliyal has refused to be drawn into the controversy over India’s stand on Katchatheevu and whether India should take back the islet for security reasons. “I will not comment upon it,” the Vice Admiral …