Monthly Archives: August 2014

Navi Pillay ‘not disturbed’ by criticism

Navi Pillay ‘not disturbed’ by criticism

UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, has said that she remains unfazed by derogatory remarks and accusations made against her by Sri Lankan officials. Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour just days before the end of her term, Ms Pillay said that she was not disturbed by criticism …

Jaffna Gets India-funded Indl Estate

Jaffna Gets India-funded Indl Estate

An industrial estate at Achchuveli in Jaffna district, set up at a cost of LKR 220 million (US$ 1.7 million) by India, was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Sri Lankan Economic Development  Minister, Basil Rajapaksa, in the presence of the Indian High Commissioner Y K …

Kachatheevu Island cannot be retrieved from Lanka: AG tells SC

Kachatheevu Island cannot be retrieved from Lanka: AG tells SC

A week before hearing on petitions by Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and her arch rival M Karunanidhi seeking retrieval of Kachatheevu Island from Sri Lanka, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the task was impossible. “The island was …

Our government cannot even appoint a chief secretary

Our government cannot even appoint a chief secretary

Senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has sought the immediate intervention of the Indian government to end the Sri Lankan government’s strategy to make the implementation of the 13th amendment irrelevant by altering the demographic composition in the north and eastern …

Find a political and diplomatic solution to fishermen’s arrests

Find a political and diplomatic solution to fishermen’s arrests

Only a political and diplomatic solution can end the frequent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha and Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman made this observation while …

Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) to stage demonstration

Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) to stage demonstration

The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) will stage a demonstration here on September 3 to press the UN General Assembly not to allow Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa or any other representative of that country to attend the meeting of the Assembly scheduled for September …

TNA seeks India’s help in return of refugees

TNA seeks India’s help in return of refugees

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought India’s help in the return of Sri Lankan refugees from India. “There are over one lakh refugees in Tamil Nadu living in 115 camps. We have requested the Indian government to pressure the Sri Lankan government to release …

Pope’s apostolic visit to Sri Lanka officially announced

Pope’s apostolic visit to Sri Lanka officially announced

Cardinal Dr. Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo officially  announced the programme of the Pope’s apostolic visit to Sri Lanka, scheduled for January 2015. The Pontiff will arrive at the Katunayake International Airport at 9.00 am on 13th January 2015 and leave to the Bishop’s House and will …

Oral update on Sri Lanka inquiry in 27 UNHRC session agenda

Oral update on Sri Lanka inquiry in 27 UNHRC session agenda

The 27th session of the Human Rights Council is to be held from 08 -26 September 2014 at the United Nations Office at Geneva. The Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and …

Solution must come from within Sri Lanka

Solution must come from within Sri Lanka

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on devolution of political rights to Tamils is welcome, a solution has to come ultimately from within Sri Lanka, Tamil politician and Cabinet Minister Douglas Devananda said here on Monday. He was referring to Mr. Modi’s statement at a …