Monthly Archives: September 2014

Ex-CJ cries foul over NDB action

Ex-CJ cries foul over NDB action

Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake’s Counsel complained to the Colombo Chief Magistrate that the NDB had not allowed her computer experts to inspect the log-in data of the accounts said to belong to Ms. Bandaranayakes and had demanded US$472, 200 from them. Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty …

Sri Lanka raises defence spending

Sri Lanka raises defence spending

Sri Lanka raised defence spending to record levels for a second straight year despite pressure to scale down its military after ending decades of ethnic war, official figures showed Friday. The government allocated 285 billion rupees ($2.22 billion) for the defence ministry in calendar 2015, …

Sri Lanka should show flexibility to resolve Tamils issue: BJP

Sri Lanka should show flexibility to resolve Tamils issue: BJP

BJP today said the Sri Lankan government has to show flexibility for resolving the problems of ethnic Tamils in the country and it can be achieved only through devolution of power. BJP leaders, who attended an international conference of Asian political parties in Colombo, during …

Ponnambalam wants an opportunity for Tamils to submit their direct evidence to the OHCHR inquiry.

Ponnambalam wants an opportunity for Tamils to submit their direct evidence to the OHCHR inquiry.

Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, speaking on behalf of Collectif des Femmes Africaines du Hainaut at the oral update of the OHCHR inquiry into Sri Lanka, said incidents referred to by the oral update are part of a larger pattern aimed at creating the conditions of permanent subjugation of …

India calls for implementation of the LLRC, UK expresses strong support for the OISL.

India calls for implementation of the LLRC, UK expresses strong support for the OISL.

The European Union and several other countries urged Sri Lanka to cooperate with the OHCHR Investigation into Sri Lanka, after the oral update by the UN human rights chief. Meanwhile the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansier, told the UN Human Rights …

DMK protests against Sri Lanka’s participation in UNGA

DMK protests against Sri Lanka’s participation in UNGA

DMK president M. Karunanidhi said on Thursday that the spirit of the ‘Black Day’ observed by the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) to condemn Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the U.N. general council would always stay with the people. “Even if it fails …

Sri Lanka will not help legitimize a flawed process by cooperating with the OHCHR investigation

Sri Lanka will not help legitimize a flawed process by cooperating with the OHCHR investigation

Responding to the ‘Oral Update’ on Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva today (25 September 2014), Sri Lanka’s Permanent  Representative  to  the  United  Nations  in  Geneva,  Ambassador  Ravinatha Aryasinha   said “the Government of Sri …

Depoliticise UN system

Depoliticise UN system

Mr. President, Secretary General of the United Nations, Your Majesties Excellencies, Ladies & Gentlemen, I congratulate Your Excellency Sam Kutesa on being elected as the President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. We wish you success and assure you of our …

Sri Lanka doesn’t appreciate our assistance

Sri Lanka doesn’t appreciate our assistance

The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka YK Sinha said at an event in Colombo, Sri Lanka “under-appreciated” the assistance it received from its neighbour, reported NewsFirst. Sinha highlighted the lack of reporting in Sri Lankan papers on India’s involvement in the launch of the …

TNA proposes Tamil party coalition

TNA proposes Tamil party coalition

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has proposed forming a coalition consisting of Tamil political parties. At the meeting chaired by TNA leader R. Sampanthan, it was proposed that a broad Tamil coalition be formed in order to work together to address Tamil issues.The decision to …