Monthly Archives: November 2014

India  says, Karuna’s statement as “voices from the wilderness”

India says, Karuna’s statement as “voices from the wilderness”

India on Thursday refused to take cognizance of a Sri Lankan minister’s allegation that Indian Peace Keeping Force raped Tamil women during the civil war, stating that there was no official complaint from the Sri Lankan government. “Sri Lankan government has not raised this with …

Tribunal reserves order on Centre’s ban on LTTE

Tribunal reserves order on Centre’s ban on LTTE

A special tribunal constituted by the Delhi High Court today reserved its verdict on whether the Centre’s ban on terror group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) needs to be upheld. The tribunal, headed by Justice G P Mittal, reserved its order after conclusion of …

UN investigation

UN investigation

Replying to questions on the UN investigation on Sri Lanka on 03 November 2014 press briefing Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General said “I don’t know of the existence of these forms or whether there is a police action against it.” Question:  The question of Sri Lanka, …

2014 ICC awards: Sangakkara, Johnson in race for potential double

2014 ICC awards: Sangakkara, Johnson in race for potential double

Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson and Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara could both match Ricky Ponting’s feat in being named ICC Cricketer of the Year twice after being included in the shortlist for the 2013-14 award. Johnson, who won the award in 2009, and Sangakkara, the …

1964 Pact a ‘Boon’ to Indian Origin Tamils in Lanka

1964 Pact a ‘Boon’ to Indian Origin Tamils in Lanka

Fifty years after the signing of the controversial India-Sri Lanka Agreement on the citizenship of nearly one million Indian Origin Tamils (IOT) in Sri Lanka, the community is seeing it as a blessing in disguise and not a tragedy. The pact, signed by Prime Ministers …

Human rights applications from Sri Lankan nationals are carefully considered on their individual merits

Human rights applications from Sri Lankan nationals are carefully considered on their individual merits

UK does not believe that returning unsuccessful asylum applicants to Sri Lanka impacts on the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights ability to investigate human rights abuses in that country. This was stated in reply to 03 questions that were asked in …

SC to accept submissions on 3rd term

SC to accept submissions on 3rd term

The Supreme Court (SC) has told members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) that they can make submissions to the court Registrar before Friday mid-afternoon on President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeking the opinion of the court on contesting for a third term in office. …

Prof G L Peiris says “shocked” at deadline extension

Prof G L Peiris says “shocked” at deadline extension

External Affairs Minister Professor G. L. Peiris has told the Heads of Mission and Representatives of the main proponents of the Investigation on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the High Commissioner of Australia, whom he met on …

How disaster preparation broke down in Sri Lanka

How disaster preparation broke down in Sri Lanka

Nearly one week after a central Sri Lankan village was hit by a deadly landslide on 29 October, officials are reviewing how dozens of injuries, at least six deaths and hundreds of displacements could have been avoided with better disaster preparedness. On 4 November, the …

Indian Peace Keeping Force raped Tamil women during LTTE war

Indian Peace Keeping Force raped Tamil women during LTTE war

A Sri Lankan minister on Tuesday accused the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) of raping Tamil women during the LTTE war. The 48-year-old Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna, who was a former LTTE leader and now a deputy minister in the Mahinda Rajpaksa government, told parliament …