Monthly Archives: August 2014

India Beefs up Defence Ministry Representation in Sri Lanka

India Beefs up Defence Ministry Representation in Sri Lanka

Apparently in view of the strategic importance of Sri Lanka in the context of the increasing influence of China on it, and the existence of strong ties with Pakistan, India has beefed up the Defence Ministry’s representation at the Indian High Commission here. Col Gurinder …

India to Restore Rail Link to Jaffna by Mid-Oct

India to Restore Rail Link to Jaffna by Mid-Oct

India will be fully restoring the Colombo-Jaffna rail link by mid-October this year, said S D Moorthy, the Indian Consul General in Jaffna, in his Independence Day address at the North Sri Lankan Tamil town. “Yal Devi”, the iconic train, which used to ply between …

Extremists oppose Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka

Extremists oppose Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka

The relationship between Sri Lanka’s Catholics and Buddhists is on the rocks. Sri Lanka. Francis will be visiting the island in January 2015, his second Asian destination after Korea. Once the news of Francis’ trip got round, movements of radical and ultranationalist Buddhist monks verbally …

IN- SL Navy talks in Delhi

IN- SL Navy talks in Delhi

The 04th Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks between the Indian Navy and the Sri Lanka Navy were held from 06th to 08th August 2014 at New Delhi in India. The 05-member SLN delegation was headed by Director General Operations, Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro. The 16-member IN delegation …

Ram Sethu’ will not be broken for Sethusamudram project: Government

Ram Sethu’ will not be broken for Sethusamudram project: Government

Government will not “break” ‘Ram Sethu’ for the proposed Sethusamudram shipping canal project and will make efforts to see that the navigation system is put in place without damaging it, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari informed Lok Sabha today. Gadkari said during Question Hour that the …

MEA says Pillay seeking to influence OHCHR investigation

MEA says Pillay seeking to influence OHCHR investigation

The Ministry of External Affairs regrets the comments made to the media by the outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navanethem Pillay, relating to the investigation on Sri Lanka that has been undertaken by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human …

Mock Funeral for Swamy Ahead of SL Military Meet

Mock Funeral for Swamy Ahead of SL Military Meet

Activists of Periyar Sindanaiyalargal Iyyakkam attempted to stage a mock funeral procession, protesting against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s proposed participation in a military conference in Sri Lanka next week. Nearly 50 activists of the outfit assembled near the Singaravelar statue with a “paadai” and an …

Judge tells Australian govt to prepare for case against harsh asylum policy

Judge tells Australian govt to prepare for case against harsh asylum policy

Lawyers for 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers have resumed their push for a High Court trial against the Federal Government and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. The asylum seekers were intercepted by an Australian Customs ship after leaving Pondicherry in India in June. They were separated and …

India renews its support for Sri Lanka

India renews its support for Sri Lanka

The High Commission of India has renewed its support for Sri Lanka, stating it has committed an estimated US$1.3 billion towards supporting the country’s development post-armed conflict. The High Commissioner of India, Y. K. Sinha Release of Brochure titled “India & Sri Lanka: A Partnership …

Sri Lanka violates international refugee law

Sri Lanka violates international refugee law

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday accused Sri Lanka of breaking international law in its growing campaign to kick out Pakistani asylum seekers without a fair hearing. “Fundamentally, this is a breach of the principle of no forced returns. That’s a clear violation of international …