Monthly Archives: November 2014

All Eyes on Doval-Sirisena Meet

All Eyes on Doval-Sirisena Meet

Although the Indian National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval, will be in Sri Lanka on December 1 and 2 primarily to give the keynote address at a meet on maritime security, public attention will be on the talks he is expected to have with the …

Sri Lankan stocks fall to 12-wk low

Sri Lankan stocks fall to 12-wk low

Sri Lankan stocks fell to a 12-week closing low on Thursday as investors pulled back over worries the defection of some ruling party members would result in a hung parliament after the Jan. 8 presidential polls. The main stock index closed down 0.89 percent or …

Australia hands over intercepted asylum seekers

Australia hands over intercepted asylum seekers

Sri Lanka’s police arrested 37 nationals on Friday after they were turned back by Australian authorities on the high seas while attempting to seek asylum, an officer has said. Superintendent Ajith Rohana said Australia’s coastguard intercepted the trawler carrying the Sri Lankans near the Indonesian coast, …

NSA to meet President, common Opposition leaders in Sri Lanka

NSA to meet President, common Opposition leaders in Sri Lanka

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, who will be in Sri Lanka on Monday, will meet top leaders of the newly-formed common Opposition platform, in addition to meeting President Mahinda Rajapaksa, The Hindu learns from political sources in Colombo. Mr. Doval is on Monday scheduled …

Canada’s public safety minister shocked and appalled wants Rathika Sitsabaiesan to apologize “to veterans”

Canada’s public safety minister shocked and appalled wants Rathika Sitsabaiesan to apologize “to veterans”

Canada’s public safety minister said Thursday he was “shocked and appalled” after a New Democratic Party MP rose in the House of Commons to commemorate Tamil Heroes Day, which honours fallen Tamil Tigers rebels. Steven Blaney urged Rathika Sitsabaiesan, a Sri Lankan-born rookie MP, to …

Swamy predicts 40% Tamil vote for President

Swamy predicts 40% Tamil vote for President

Dr. Subramanian Swamy Head of the Strategic Action Committee of the Bharathiya Janatha Party in a twitter message said 40 percent of Sri Lankan Tamils will vote for President Mahinda Rajapaksa this time. Tamils voted 0 per cent last time and added that once President …

Indian view on Sri Lanka’s mid-term presidential poll

Indian view on Sri Lanka’s mid-term presidential poll

 During a political discussion that was hosted on Rajya Sabha TV – an Indian cable TV network run by the Indian government, experts on political and international relations have pointed out that that reasons that drove President Rajapaksa to hold the Presidential polls two years …

Australia batsman Phillip Hughes dies after being struck by ball

Australia batsman Phillip Hughes dies after being struck by ball

Phillip Hughes, aged 25 the Australia Test batsman struck on the head by a ball two days ago, has died. He died two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney. Hughes, was hit by a delivery …

Zeid Al Hussein urges Government to engage productively with his office

Zeid Al Hussein urges Government to engage productively with his office

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has urged the Sri Lankan Governmenmt to engage productively with his office on the investigation on Sri Lanka. In response to a letter sent to his office by the External Affairs Ministry, Zeid’s …

UK wants trade concessions to the EU market removed

UK wants trade concessions to the EU market removed

The 2013 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 06th Report on Human Rights and Democracy (2013 Report), printed 11 November 2014 highlight some areas of particular concern in countries of concern. It says Promoting human rights should be a foreign policy priority, but for this to be meaningful, we …