Monthly Archives: October 2014

Most Tamil refugees want to remain in India’

Most Tamil refugees want to remain in India’

A survey by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, among the one-lakh-odd Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India has found that 67 per cent of them want to remain in India. Only 23 per cent of the 520 families surveyed wanted to return …

Google releases free satellite images of Nagarkovil to monitor resettlement

Google releases free satellite images of Nagarkovil to monitor resettlement

Google has made satellite images of Nagarkovil available for free in order to monitor progress on resettlement, as part of an initiative to release data free for humanitarian and climate change projects. Google, which bought the satellite image company Skybox Imaging earlier this year, is …

UN Counter-Terrorism Committee in Sri Lanka

UN Counter-Terrorism Committee in Sri Lanka

Jean-Paul Laborde the Executive Directorate of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee  is scheduled to arrive in the country today for a 3 day official visit. The delegation is to meet several government officials. Members of the delegation include counter-terrorism experts from CTED focusing on legislation, law enforcement …

One arrested by for distributing blank UN inquiry forms

One arrested by for distributing blank UN inquiry forms

Acting on information received from the public, the police have arrested a person tasked by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to collect signatures on blank ‘UN war crimes complaints forms’ in the Vanni region. A senior security official said that the suspect had undergone compulsory …

UK Studying EU Judgement

UK Studying EU Judgement

The British Government says it is studying the recent EU Court ruling on the LTTE sanctions while the rebels continue to remain banned in Britain. A spokesperson at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka said that it is important to understand that the LTTE …

Strident Tamil Nadu Limits India’s Options in Sri Lanka

Strident Tamil Nadu Limits India’s Options in Sri Lanka

Two US foreign policy scholars, Mark J Gabrielson and Joan Johnson-Freese, have said that Tamil Nadu’s strident opposition to closer relations with Sri Lanka will limit India’s options in countering China’s threat from the southern flank. In a note published in the journal of the …

Wigneswaran to address PUCL meet in Chennai

Wigneswaran to address PUCL meet in Chennai

Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran will deliver a lecture on civil liberties in South Asia at an event organised by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) in Chennai in November. Speaking on the event in memory of eminent civil rights …

Documentary on disappearances at Al Jazeera Film Festival

Documentary on disappearances at Al Jazeera Film Festival

Indian filmmaker Leena Manimekalai will screen her documentary feature White Van Stories that highlights forced disappearances in Sri Lanka, at the 10th Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival today. The documentary features first-person accounts of people whose relatives have gone missing for political reasons in …

Indian Tamil party leader accuses BJP government of acting against Tamils

Indian Tamil party leader accuses BJP government of acting against Tamils

Slamming BJP government’s policy vis-a-vis Sri Lanka, party’s Tamil Nadu ally MDMK today said that it was acting against the minority Tamils and warned that this may have its repercussions in the future. Party founder Vaiko took objection to senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s demand …

India conveys concern at China presence in Sri Lanka

India conveys concern at China presence in Sri Lanka

India has expressed serious concern to Sri Lanka over China’s increasing military presence on the island, it is reliably learnt. Official sources in New Delhi told The Hindu that Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s India visit last week was for a meeting in this …