Monthly Archives: September 2014

Open for talks on 13th Amendment

Open for talks on 13th Amendment

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is open for a dialogue with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, which devolves more powers to provinces in the island nation. In an exclusive interview to The Hindu, …

India and China in wary dance as Xi visits South Asia

India and China in wary dance as Xi visits South Asia

China’s president will kick off his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing’s latest investment in Sri Lanka, a $1.4-billion port city development to include a marina and a Formula One track – all just 250 kilometres (150 miles) from India’s coast. Xi …

NIA nabs Sri Lankan spying for Pakistan

NIA nabs Sri Lankan spying for Pakistan

A Sri Lankan national was on Wednesday arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the charge of spying on behalf of Pakistan. Arun Selvarajan was arrested by NIA for his alleged involvement in espionage activities at the instigation of Pakistan, official sources said tonight. Selvarajan …

Tamil party threatens agitation

Tamil party threatens agitation

The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), the main constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has said it would commence a non-violent struggle in January next year if the Sri Lankan government “does not change its course before the end of this year.” The announcement …

Witness/ victim protection  Bill tabled in Parliament

Witness/ victim protection Bill tabled in Parliament

The Government yesterday tabled a Bill in Parliament to ensure the protection of witnesses and victims of crimes. The Bill titled, ‘Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses’ was presented by Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem. The objectives of the Bill are to set …

New secretary for NPC

New secretary for NPC

A. Sivapadham, of the SriLanka Administration Services was appointed as the secretary of Northern Provincial Council at the  monthly meeting of the Northern Provincial Council held  in Kaithadi yesterday. Former secretary K.Krishnamoorthi resigned end of his contract period, while Sivapadham assumed duty as new secretary of …

Britain “will continue to give full support” to the UN investigation

Britain “will continue to give full support” to the UN investigation

Speaking in the House of Commons on 9 Sep 2014 UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) minister Hugo Swire has stated Britain “will continue to give full support” to the upcoming United Nations investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka. Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary …

ITAK passes15 resolutions at convention

ITAK passes15 resolutions at convention

At the 15th National ITAK Convention held in Vavuniya on 5, 6, 7 September 2014, 15 resolutions were passed. Resolution 1 The 15th National Convention of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi which met in Vauniya on 5, 6, 7 September 2014 resolves to thank most sincerely all …

Next Move on Lanka Policy

Next Move on Lanka Policy

By V Suryanarayan.                                                                The recent visit of a six-member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation …

Jayalalithaa seeks Centre’s intervention for release of TN Fishermen

Jayalalithaa seeks Centre’s intervention for release of TN Fishermen

Taking up the latest instance of arrest of six fishermen by the Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today sought the Centre’s intervention for their release, and called for retrieval of Katchatheevu. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jayalalithaa said retrieval of …