Monthly Archives: August 2014

India summons Lankan envoy

India summons Lankan envoy

India has reportedly summoned Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India and lodged a formal protest against a derogatory article about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The offending article appeared in the defence ministry’s website last week, and was promptly …

U.S. Embassy Concerned by Meeting Disruption, Calls for Government to Enforce Rule of Law

U.S. Embassy Concerned by Meeting Disruption, Calls for Government to Enforce Rule of Law

The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka expressed concern over the Sri Lankan police’s apparent support of a mob led by Buddhist monks that disrupted a private meeting for families of the disappeared from the North on Monday. In a press release the US said; …

Mob disrupts meeting for families of disappeared

Mob disrupts meeting for families of disappeared

A meeting for families of the disappeared from the North was cancelled after a mob led by Buddhist monks disrupted the meeting held at the Centre for Society and Religion in Colombo where Tamil families were meeting with international diplomats.The meeting ‘Listening and Sharing’ was organised by …

Rajya Sabha disrupted over article

Rajya Sabha disrupted over article

Parliament was in turmoil today over a “derogatory” article against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website, with AIADMK members in both Houses disrupting the proceedings seeking a statement from the government. Rajya Sabha witnessed two adjournments during Question Hour, …

Local and foreign HR Committees no beauty contests: Jayantha Dhanapala

Local and foreign HR Committees no beauty contests: Jayantha Dhanapala

Sri Lanka would not have faced a crisis situation if the LLRC recommendations on the ethnic issue were implemented at the right time. Then, the issue of an international inquiry on war crimes and human rights violations would not have arisen. The delay only paved …

Student attacked at the Sabaragamuwa University

Student attacked at the Sabaragamuwa University

A Tamil student has been attacked at the Sabaragamuwa University and posters appeared across the campus warning all Tamil and Muslim students to leave the town immediately. Santhirakumar Sutharshan from Muhamalai was attacked with wooden logs by persons wearing masks, early on Sunday morning and admitted …

AIADMK lawyers seek legal action against Lanka site

AIADMK lawyers seek legal action against Lanka site

A group of AIADMK lawyers and law officers led by the party’s Rajya Sabha member A Navaneethakrishnan met DGP K Ramanujam to demand action against those responsible for the publication of a demeaning article and caricature showing Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister …

Pakistani official in Colombo moved out amid pressure from India

Pakistani official in Colombo moved out amid pressure from India

Amid mounting pressure from India, Pakistan is understood to have quietly withdrawn its official from its High Commission in Colombo following an allegation against him that he was involved in conspiracy to target the US and Israel consulates in south India at ISI’s behest. Counselor (Visa) …

Colombo justifies deportation of Pakistanis

Colombo justifies deportation of Pakistanis

Responding to concerns over the reported deportation of Pakistani asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry here on Saturday said the asylum seekers were being encouraged to return “in the vital security interests of Sri Lanka and the region.” According to an official statement from …

Abbott government faces barrage of criticism over ‘secret’ Nauru transfer

Abbott government faces barrage of criticism over ‘secret’ Nauru transfer

The federal government faces mounting criticism for its handling of a group of Tamil asylum seekers, now in detention at Nauru. It is the latest stop for the 157 people, including some 50 children, who are the subject of a high court case and have …