Monthly Archives: November 2014

Disappearance probe to investigate human rights abuses

Disappearance probe to investigate human rights abuses

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances would entertain public complaints over war crimes and human rights abuses in the country, according to a top official. “The Commission has decided to entertain public complaints on any war crimes and human rights abuses in the …

Sri Lanka hosts inaugural South and Southeast Asian Nations Defense Chiefs’ Dialogue

Sri Lanka hosts inaugural South and Southeast Asian Nations Defense Chiefs’ Dialogue

China and Russia are among the participants in a defense confab initiated by Sri Lanka to promote regional peace and stability through mutually beneficial dialogue and cooperation. Sri Lanka will initiate and host the inaugural South and Southeast Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defense Chiefs’ Dialogue- 2014 …

Fishermen withdraw appeal against death sentence

Fishermen withdraw appeal against death sentence

The five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka have withdrawn the appeal against their sentence, The Hindu has learnt. Counsel appearing for the fishermen was not available for comment on Tuesday, but it is reliably learnt that the appeal has been withdrawn in …

India among Sri Lanka presidential poll monitors

India among Sri Lanka presidential poll monitors

Election observers from 35 countries, including India, will monitor Sri Lanka’s presidential election expected to be held in January next year. “We have arranged 35 foreign observers to monitor the upcoming presidential election,” said an official of the local election monitoring organisation Peoples Action for …

Galle Face hotel icon Kuttan is dead

Galle Face hotel icon Kuttan is dead

The iconic doorman at the Galle Face hotel, Kottarappu Chathu Kuttan, who made history for being one of the oldest hotel employees in the world, passed away peacefully in the early hours of today 18th November 2014. The hotel observed a minute’s silence in his …

The signatures are genuine but the witness account is false

The signatures are genuine but the witness account is false

The signatures are genuine but the witness account is false – how does the OHCHR/UNHRC and OISL define this? Is it a forgery or false evidence or how else would OHCHR define such mischief? It certainly is not a bonafide witness account. The OISL or …

Why are India-Sri Lanka relations in such trouble

Why are India-Sri Lanka relations in such trouble

Why are India-Sri Lanka relations in such trouble? The recent case of five Indian fishermen who were initially sentenced to death and then released (pending an appeal) for alleged smuggling of contraband is a case in point. The episode is scarcely the root of all …

Government raises objections with UN

Government raises objections with UN

The Minister of External Affairs, Professor G L Peiris met the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, Subinay Nandy today  and conveyed to him, the Government’s extreme discontent regarding the unprofessional manner in which the investigation on Sri Lanka is being conducted by the Office …

Modi govt has betrayed Tamils

Modi govt has betrayed Tamils

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko on Monday came down heavily on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre for its proximity to the Mahinda Rajapaksa dispensation in Sri Lanka. The MDMK was a pre-poll partner of the NDA. Talking to reporters …

Eastern CM to face no-faith motion

Eastern CM to face no-faith motion

Opposition political parties in the Eastern Provincial Council have threatened to move in a no-confidence motion against incumbent Chief Minister, Mohamed Najeeb Abdul Majeed, on November 24, claiming he is not competent to be Chief Minister.One of the opposing parties, the All Ceylon Muslim Congress …