Monthly Archives: August 2014

Jayewardene wanted to hang Prabhakaran

Jayewardene wanted to hang Prabhakaran

Sri Lankan president J.R. Jayewardene asked Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986 to hand over Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran to him so that he could hang him in Jaffna. Jayewardene made the request to Gandhi during the SAARC summit in Bangalore, reveals former …

Fishermen firm on ‘Sail to Katchatheevu’

Fishermen firm on ‘Sail to Katchatheevu’

The Rameswaram fishermen have resolved to go ahead with their ‘sail to Katchatheevu’ agitation on Saturday, pressing for the release of all arrested fishermen with boats. They have been on strike since July 24, protesting against the continued arrest of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy …

Militarisation of state apparatus

Militarisation of state apparatus

Early in July, Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry sent out a rather short letter to non-governmental organisations asking them to stop, with immediate effect, engaging in “unauthorised activities”. The July 7 letter, which renewed concerns over freedom of speech, was issued by the National Secretariat for …

The Sooka Report: How NGOs serve government

The Sooka Report: How NGOs serve government

The SOOKA Report and NGO Manoeuvres:                                                                  The Political Context:  Ever since the end of the …

Indian Government satisfied with apology

Indian Government satisfied with apology

The Indian Government says it is satisfied with an apology tendered by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) of Sri Lanka. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said that when the article appeared on the website India immediately activated diplomatic channels.The Defence Ministry later removed …

Legal avenues to prosecute a US citizen for war crimes

Legal avenues to prosecute a US citizen for war crimes

By Ryan Goodman. This is the second post arising out of a presentation I made at a congressional briefing earlier this month on issues of accountability in Sri Lanka. The analysis below is also drawn from my opening remarks, and the further refinement of my ideas …

IMF – Sri Lanka among one of the fastest developing economies in Asia

IMF – Sri Lanka among one of the fastest developing economies in Asia

Sri Lanka’s economic growth has been one of the fastest among Asia’s developing economies in recent years, International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday. The IMF Executive Board releasing its report after the conclusion of Article IV consultations with Sri Lanka said the country’s recent economic …

Controversial article removed after it kicked up a storm in India

Controversial article removed after it kicked up a storm in India

An article on the frequent detentions of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy was removed from the Sri Lankan defence website on Friday, hours after its headline and an illustration that accompanied it kicked up a storm in India. The headline and the …

Sri Lanka was a mistake: Natwar claims Rajiv Gandhi failed to consult Cabinet before sending troops

Sri Lanka was a mistake: Natwar claims Rajiv Gandhi failed to consult Cabinet before sending troops

Former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh has said that ex-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi took the decision to send troops to Sri Lanka without consulting his Cabinet or top officials. In the second part of his interview with Karan Thapar of Headlines Today, Natwar Singh said Rajiv …

Jaffna: North and South Journalists protest media suppression

Jaffna: North and South Journalists protest media suppression

Nearly 200 journalists and civil activists joined together in a protest campaign against the attacks, intimidations and harassments faced by journalists in the Northern Province today. The protest was organised by the Jaffna Press Club was held in front of the main bus stand, Jaffna. …