Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sampanthan outraged about Aluthgama incident

Sampanthan outraged about Aluthgama incident

The law enforcement officials were quite and they have not taken any actions as well, TNA leader R. Sampanthan said in the parliament on 17  June 2014 delivering a  speech in the parliament about the situation in Beruwala and Aluthgama. ” Before concluding my speech …

Aluthgama violence raised at UNHRC

Aluthgama violence raised at UNHRC

 Sri Lanka informed the Human Rights Council on 20 June 2014, that prompt action had been taken by the government to bring back normalcy to Aluthgama and Beruwala, the areas affected by recent incidents of the communal violence. Sri Lanka’s reply was in response to references …

UK calls for Sri Lanka to cooperate with international investigation

UK calls for Sri Lanka to cooperate with international investigation

  The UK has reiterated its call for Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international investigation mandated by the UNHRC in Geneva this year. John Rankin, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, made this comment at an event hosted to mark the birthday of …

TNA and TNPF protest in Jaffna against attacks on Muslims

TNA and TNPF protest in Jaffna against attacks on Muslims

   A protest against the recent attacks on Muslims in Aluthgama, took place in Jaffna on 20 june 2014, including a cross-party groups from the TNA and TNPF, as well as local Muslim organisations. Protesters called for the Government to bring those responsible for the …

U.S denies any agreement allowing Sri Lanka to import Iran crude

U.S denies any agreement allowing Sri Lanka to import Iran crude

 The United States denied on Friday that it had any agreement with Sri Lanka to allow Colombo to import Iranian crude oil through third parties, avoiding Western sanctions aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program. “We categorically deny there was any agreement,” a spokesman at the …

War crimes witnesses at risk, Premachandran tells visiting US official

War crimes witnesses at risk, Premachandran tells visiting US official

The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Atul Keshap, on a trip to Sri Lanka to discuss long term political solutions and reconciliation, met with the Tamil National Alliance on 20 June 2014, spokesperson Suresh Premachandran said. The UN Assistant Secretary General …

Anti-India Hysteria in Sri Lanka

Anti-India Hysteria in Sri Lanka

By V Suryanarayan.                                                                 Colombo is witnessing anti-India demonstrations in an unprecedented scale. Chauvinist …

Fear, shock among Sri Lankan Muslims in aftermath of violence

Fear, shock among Sri Lankan Muslims in aftermath of violence

  In the areas surrounding the southwest Sri Lankan town of Aluthgama, an idyllic coastal settlement popular with tourists, Muslims and Buddhists have lived side by side peacefully for generations. But a wave of deadly communal violence that followed a rally Sunday by hardline Buddhist …

Government rejects Reuters news item on crude oil imports

Government rejects Reuters news item on crude oil imports

The government issued a press  release stating that  the attention of the Ministry of External Affairs has been drawn to a Reuters news item attributing to the Government Spokesperson and Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella, a statement that Sri Lanka imports Iran …

Jaya fires another letter to PM, seeks release of 46 fishermen

Jaya fires another letter to PM, seeks release of 46 fishermen

   Slamming Sri Lanka for arresting 46 fishermen from her stateon Wednesday as a “belligerent act” Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure their immediate release along with 11 detained boats. “It deeply pains me to have to write to you yet …