Monthly Archives: July 2014

Michele Sison in New York, Sri Lanka issues get solid grounding in UN

Michele Sison in New York, Sri Lanka issues get solid grounding in UN

With the posting of US ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison as Deputy Representative of the US to the UN and Deputy Representative of the US in UN Security Council, a very clear image as to where Sri Lanka fits into the global jig-saw-puzzle has …

USA – Spies on nations and people and demands media/HR freedom from other nations!

USA – Spies on nations and people and demands media/HR freedom from other nations!

Shenali D Waduge                                                                        We are a little confused. Are all …

Sri Lanka, first country to express support for Maritime Silk Route

Sri Lanka, first country to express support for Maritime Silk Route

China and Sri Lanka’s cooperation has grown significantly, the Chinese ambassador has said, noting that greater trade relations and mutual understanding would further enhance bilateral ties. Chinese investment is in Sri Lanka’s need to diversify investment in different sectors, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu …

Ministry of Defence rejects US concerns

Ministry of Defence rejects US concerns

The Ministry of Defence alleges that perceptions of the Colombo based US Embassy officials about reconciliation in Sri Lanka seem to be fashioned primarily on the interests of pro-LTTE diaspora and likeminded elements within the country. The US mission, it says, largely ignores ground realities …

False imprisonment claims in High Court over 157 Tamils held on boat for a month

False imprisonment claims in High Court over 157 Tamils held on boat for a month

A High Court challenge to the Abbott government’s powers over asylum seekers it takes into custody on the high seas has been widened to include a claim for damages for false imprisonment. Lawyers for more than 150 asylum seekers who are now being held at …

Karuna, Vaiko say India should not participate in defence conference

Karuna, Vaiko say India should not participate in defence conference

DMK chief M Karunanidhi and MDMK leader Vaiko on Tuesday said India should not participate in a defence conference to be held in Sri Lanka between August 18 and 20. In a statement, Karunanidhi alleged that the NDA government had been following the policies of …

I will actively advance  U.S. goals and objectives at the UN

I will actively advance U.S. goals and objectives at the UN

Michele J. Sison, says she will look at advancing America’s interests at the UN in a  statement before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 29 July 2014. Statement of Ambassador Michele J. Sison, Nominee for Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations, with …

Vatican confirms visit of Pope

Vatican confirms visit of Pope

The Holy See Press Office issued a communique Tuesday confirming the dates of the Apostolic Trip of the Holy Father in Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Accepting the invitation from the civil authorities and the Episcopate, His Holiness Francis will make an Apostolic Trip to Sri …

Sri Lanka report was not prepared according to a separate agenda

Sri Lanka report was not prepared according to a separate agenda

UNHRC High Commissioner Navaneethan pillai says that she refutes the charges levelled to the effect that the reports submitted with regard to the state of Human Rights in Sri Lanka had been prepared according to an agenda. The UNHR Commissioner said so while participating at …

Houses of BJP leaders bugged

Houses of BJP leaders bugged

After reports that bugging devices were found at the residence of union minister Nitin Gadkari, sources have told NDTV that the houses of other BJP leaders may also have been bugged. Though the party has officially denied it, sources say External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj …