Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sri Lanka designated to Chair 2015 Meeting on the CCW

Sri Lanka designated to Chair 2015 Meeting on the CCW

Sri Lanka has been designated by acclamation to Chair the 2015 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, succeeds Ambassador Remigiusz A. Henczel, the Permanent …

NPC wants Banks to return money and jewellery of displaced

NPC wants Banks to return money and jewellery of displaced

Northern Provincial Council chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeking his intervention to help the people displaced before 1996 to get their jewellery, valuables and money held by banks. He says that these jewellery items were pawned by the people who were …

Norway funded LTTE

Norway funded LTTE

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today demanded that the Norwegian government must probe the funding of the LTTE during the island’s three-decade civil war, alleging that Norway financed the ethnic Tamil militant group. “They gave money to the LTTE. The Norwegian government must investigate. We …

Don’t Sideline Delhi to Back Beijing: TNA

Don’t Sideline Delhi to Back Beijing: TNA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sternly warned Sri Lanka against sidelining India to favour China. Speaking in Parliament on Friday, the TNA’s group leader R Sampanthan said that sidelining India will adversely affect the reconciliation process and peace in the island and the region. …

UN accused of withholding real-time evidence

UN accused of withholding real-time evidence

Posing a question at the panel about the viability of holding a “legally substantiated investigation into events took place in 2009 with Sri Lanka refusing to give visas for UN investigators and trying to intimidate potential witnesses”, Inner City Press journalist Matthew Russell Lee said …

Tamil refugees to be settled in Brazil

Tamil refugees to be settled in Brazil

The last seven of the Sri Lankan refugees who were given a haven in the UAE for more than two years will leave for a new life in Brazil on Monday. The four men, two women and a child said they were overjoyed that the UN …

From despair to devastation in landslide-hit Uva

From despair to devastation in landslide-hit Uva

“This is where the land slipped,” said Kiruba, a school teacher, pointing to a huge area of reddish soil that a bulldozer was trying to iron out. “All this soil must have slid from there,” he deduced, gazing at an empty patch that stands out …

Schedule released for Pope Francis visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines (Jan 2015)

Schedule released for Pope Francis visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines (Jan 2015)

The Schedule for the 2015 Apostolic Voyage of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka and the Philippines was released on Friday. Pope Francis will leave Rome on January 12, and return on January 19. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, …

NPC collects information on ownership of land

NPC collects information on ownership of land

The Northern Provincial Council has initiated a survey to collect information on the ownership of land in the Northern Province, whereby the ‘illegal acquisition of land’ could be evaluated. The NPC had also directed other local councils to collect information on private lands, government lands …

An appeal to India’s conscience

An appeal to India’s conscience

The appeal made in Chennai this week by the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, for Indian help to procure justice for Tamils in his country is perhaps the most impassioned, well-articulated and timely call by any leader of the community from …