Monthly Archives: September 2014

New Silk Road expected to be crucial for Sri Lanka’s development

New Silk Road expected to be crucial for Sri Lanka’s development

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, saying the economic corridor bears significance to the island nation’s development. The Sri Lankan President said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua at the President Palace that …

Pakistan hiring Sri Lankan Muslims as spies spooks intelligence agencies

Pakistan hiring Sri Lankan Muslims as spies spooks intelligence agencies

The arrest of a third Sri Lankan spying on India on behalf of Pakistan in less than 10 months has got intelligence agencies to train their focus back on growing radicalization among Tamil-speaking Muslims in eastern Sri Lanka where Pakistan has been fishing for a …

UK NGO calls for pressure on Sri Lanka to cooperate with UNHRC

UK NGO calls for pressure on Sri Lanka to cooperate with UNHRC

Liberation, a NGO based in the UK, called for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to exert pressure on Sri Lanka to cooperate with the UN inquiry into mass atrocities, ensure that there was adequate witness protection and cease the genocidal processes dismantling the …

Intimidation keeping Tamil population away from NPC events,

Intimidation keeping Tamil population away from NPC events,

Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C. M. Wigneswaran stated the Sri Lankan Army and those who work with them, are stopping people from taking part in Northern Provincial Council events. Intimidation from the military was keeping the Tamil population away from NPC events, said Wigneswaran …

Maldives not be able to agree to Sri Lanka’s request

Maldives not be able to agree to Sri Lanka’s request

Foreign Minister Dhunya Maumoon said on Friday that a sub commission was to be established to maintain bilateral relations between Maldives and Sri Lanka. Speaking to press upon conclusion of official trip to Sri Lanka, Minister Dhunya said that Lanka provided aid for the development …

University of Sydney embroiled in invite and de-invite of NGO

University of Sydney embroiled in invite and de-invite of NGO

The decision of the  to de-invite two Sri Lanka human rights defenders under the pressure of Sri Lanka Defence Ministry form the International conference on Enhancing Human Rights and Security in the Asia Pacific is a serious issue says number of organisations. The University itself …

Asylum seeker expulsion plans to be challenged in Supreme Court

Asylum seeker expulsion plans to be challenged in Supreme Court

Rights activists have gone to Sri Lanka’s highest court in a bid to stop the government deporting asylum seekers. Sri Lankan rights activists have gone to the country’s highest court in a bid to stop the government deporting Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani asylum seekers. Lawyer …

Goa Church crosses fingers over first Goan origin saint

Goa Church crosses fingers over first Goan origin saint

The Goa Church has its fingers crossed over reports in the international media which suggest that Blessed Joseph Vaz, a 17th century Catholic priest of Goan origin, could be canonised as Sri Lanka’s first saint and Goa’s first too. A news report from Colombo suggests …

Northern Province tells SL Govt to Co-operate with UN

Northern Province tells SL Govt to Co-operate with UN

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) which is dominated by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has passed a resolution calling upon the Government of Sri Lanka to cooperate with the inquiry into war crimes and human rights violation charges now being conducted by the UN’s Office …

UK MPs call for Sri Lanka to cooperate with OISL

UK MPs call for Sri Lanka to cooperate with OISL

The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils condemned Sri Lanka’s repeated refusal to cooperate with the OHCHR Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL) and demanded that it adhere to the UN Human Rights Council resolution passed mandating the inquiry or face sanctions. Releasing a statement …