Monthly Archives: September 2014

Legal action sought against Provincial Councilors

Legal action sought against Provincial Councilors

Polwatta Gallage Ravindra Niroshan of Nugegoda filed a writ application before the Court of Appeal on 29 September 2014, seeking a writ of mandamus ordering the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General to take necessary legal action against 28 members of the Northern Provincial …

Looking over my shoulder

Looking over my shoulder

A couple of weeks ago, I went on an official trip to the East.  Starting in Arugam Bay, we drove North all the way to Trincomalee, through Pottuvil, Oluvil, Kalmunai and Batticaloa.  I met with government and political interlocutors, humanitarian workers and civil society organisations, …

I am still busy trying to give more focus to India’s neighbourhood

I am still busy trying to give more focus to India’s neighbourhood

A few hours before he left for Washington, where he will have a dinner meeting with US President Barack Obama, PM Modi said the US should not pull out of Afghanistan in haste to prevent repetition of the mistake committed in Iraq. Addressing the Council …

Narendra Modi, Obama release US-India vision statement “Forward Together We Go”

Narendra Modi, Obama release US-India vision statement “Forward Together We Go”

“Chalein Saath Saath, forward together we go”, is how the India-US joint vision statement, released after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Barack Obama, begins. “As leaders of two great democratic nations with diverse traditions and faiths, we share a vision for a partnership …

Civil society wants Prevention of Terrorism Act repealed

Civil society wants Prevention of Terrorism Act repealed

Civil society members and politicians came together at a campaign in Colombo, seeking the release of Balendran Jeyakumari, who was arrested by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) in March this year. They demanded that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) — under which Ms. …

India suspicious as Chinese submarine docks in Sri Lanka

India suspicious as Chinese submarine docks in Sri Lanka

The docking of a Chinese submarine in Colombo on a long-range deployment patrol earlier this month is yet another indicator of the ever-increasing forays of the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The PLA-N is fast transforming from a “green-water” force …

OIC chief to visit Sri Lanka

OIC chief to visit Sri Lanka

The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will visit Sri Lanka on an invitation from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, according to a senior official from the Sri Lankan Embassy. Iyad Madani, OIC secretary-general, is due to visit the country shortly. “This is the …

Establish an investigating team to probe disappearances

Establish an investigating team to probe disappearances

The Presidential Commission on Disappearances and War Crimes (DWC) has asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa to establish an Investigating Team to help it pursue cases of alleged involuntary disappearance in the country. Talking to a group of news persons at a sitting of the commission in …

UN experts will review Lanka next week

UN experts will review Lanka next week

The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), will review Sri Lanka next week, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement today. The UN Human Rights Committee is …

Jayalalithaa loyalist O Panneerselvam is the new Chief Minister

Jayalalithaa loyalist O Panneerselvam is the new Chief Minister

O Panneerselvam, the ‘number 2’ in AIADMK, was on Sunday appointed as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the second term, a day after J Jayalalithaa was found guilty in an 18-year-old disproportionate assets case. Jayalalithaa was sent to 4-year-jail term alongwith the …