Monthly Archives: August 2014

India sees,13A as way forward for Sri Lanka

India sees,13A as way forward for Sri Lanka

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the visiting TNA delegation on Friday that New Delhi continues to look at the 13th amendment as the framework for a political solution.  This was the first engagement of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) with the new leadership in New …

Sri Lanka’s Intransigence

Sri Lanka’s Intransigence

Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, said Tuesday that his government would not cooperate with the United Nations investigation begun last month into suspected human rights abuses, including possible war crimes, committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war. Mr. Rajapaksa’s intransigence puts Sri Lanka in the company …

BJP gets ready for Tamil Nadu assembly polls

BJP gets ready for Tamil Nadu assembly polls

Propelled by the “Modi wave”, the party used the support base of six regional players it had aligned with as a launch pad to perform creditably in the Lok Sabha election. BJP’s pre-poll alliance with the DMDK, PMK, MDMK, KMDK, IJK and NJP raked in …

TNA MPs meet Swaraj, seeks Indian help to resolve SL Tamil issue

TNA MPs meet Swaraj, seeks Indian help to resolve SL Tamil issue

A delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which rules Jaffna Province of Sri Lanka, called on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday and said India can play a major role in resolving the ethnic Tamil problem in the island nation. “India’s involvement in the …

UN rights chief rebukes Security Council for failure to act

UN rights chief rebukes Security Council for failure to act

Outgoing U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay rebuked the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of intolerable human suffering and grave breaches of global peace and security. “I firmly believe that greater responsiveness by this council would …

30 held for staging protest at airport

30 held for staging protest at airport

Around 30 members of Periyar Dravida Kazhagam were arrested by the police for assembling at the airport to stage a protest against the visit of a Sri Lankan delegation which cancelled its programme at the last minute. The cadres raised slogans denouncing Sri Lankan President …

Sri Lanka’s National Security

Sri Lanka’s National Security

In a paper published in the latest issue of the US Defence Department’s journal “Prism”, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has reiterated his belief that Islamic terrorism poses a threat to the island nation. Since the LTTE’s defeat, some of the Muslim groups in …

Diaspora and foreign states are threats to country

Diaspora and foreign states are threats to country

“While we have defeated the LTTE in Sri Lanka, the organization, its ideology and its operations are very much alive in a number of western countries. Immediately, this remains a challenge to speeding up the pace of reconciliation in Sri Lanka, and eventually, a potent …

Fishermen to lay siege to Pamban road bridge

Fishermen to lay siege to Pamban road bridge

The striking fishermen of Rameswaram, who are desperate to get their boats freed from Sri Lanka, have decided to lay siege to the Pamban road bridge on August 23. Leaders of 11 fishermen associations met here on Tuesday and took the decision because there was …

TNA to meet Modi on Saturday

TNA to meet Modi on Saturday

Senior members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), an amalgam of Tamil political parties currently in power in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 23. A five-member delegation led by TNA leader and senior politician …