Monthly Archives: October 2014

Ananthy Sasitharan urges more time from OISL

Ananthy Sasitharan urges more time from OISL

Northern Provincial Council (NPC) councillor, Ms Ananthy Sasitharan, wrote to the OHRC Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) on 23 October 2014, asking that more time be given for the people on the ground to send their submissions to the OISL. Ms Ananthy has requested to extend …

Kamalesh Sharma in Sri Lanka

Kamalesh Sharma in Sri Lanka

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014 to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013. …

30 expat Tamils to contest Canadian local polls

30 expat Tamils to contest Canadian local polls

More than 30 expatriate Tamils of Lankan origin are contesting the Local Government polls in the Ontario Province, Canada next Monday (27). According to informed sources, this is the largest number of Tamils of Lankan origin to contest the Local Government polls in Canada. Several …

Tamil  Civil  Society Forum defends majority councillors position

Tamil Civil Society Forum defends majority councillors position

Tamil Civil Society Forum Opinion on the Appropriateness of the Northern    Provincial Council Passing a Resolution on Genocide                                       The Tamil Civil Society Forum issues  this statement to state …

China does not want to step into India’s sphere of influence

China does not want to step into India’s sphere of influence

China does not want to overstep into India’s sphere of influence by bringing Sri Lanka and Maldives into the maritime New Silk Road, according to an official of the Communist Party of China (CPC). “We don’t want to get into India’s sphere,” said Luan Jianzhang, …

Sri Lankans alleged of spying for Pakistan charged in Indian court

Sri Lankans alleged of spying for Pakistan charged in Indian court

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing the alleged espionage attempts by Pakistan’s notorious spy agency ISI, filed a preliminary chargesheet against three Sri Lankan nationals in a city court on Thursday. Filing the charge-sheet against Zahir Hussain, Siva Balan and Mohammed Saleem, the NIA submitted …

Closer security ties with Lanka will be seen as major diplomatic blunder

Closer security ties with Lanka will be seen as major diplomatic blunder

The National Committee Head of the Naam Tamilar Party ( NTP ), Ayyanathan, on Wednesday said that the NDA Government must not commit a major diplomatic blunder by cementing ‘so-called’ security ties in the south with Sri Lanka and China. “So far, India has been …

‘Politically Vulnerable’ ahead of early Sri Lanka polls

‘Politically Vulnerable’ ahead of early Sri Lanka polls

Nearly two years ahead of schedule, Sri Lanka will go to the polls in January, with Mahinda Rajapaksa set to run for a third term; a move likely triggered by the President’s fading popularity, says analyst Alan Keenan. “There will be presidential elections in January,” …

TNA says genocide acts did take place

TNA says genocide acts did take place

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a special statement today, has noted that acts specified in article 2 of the Genocide Convention of 1948 have undeniably been perpetrated on the Tamil people by functionaries of the Sri Lankan state over several decades. The press release went …

Snap polls cast doubt on Pope’s visit

Snap polls cast doubt on Pope’s visit

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka on Tuesday asked the government to clarify its plans for a snap presidential election, amid fears the polls will scupper a planned visit by the Pope. Sri Lanka has not yet announced an election date, but the information minister …