Monthly Archives: November 2014

Diplomatic minefield ahead

Diplomatic minefield ahead

The death sentence awarded by the Colombo high court to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu on drug trafficking charges promises to complicate the India-Sri Lanka relationship further. India reacted sharply to the verdict, categorically pronouncing the fishermen as “not guilty” while declaring that it …

TNA refutes claims made by the Island newspaper

TNA refutes claims made by the Island newspaper

Issuing a statement on the allegations of blank signed forms being found on  S Krishnarasa the TNA said, ‘the TNA does not support the collection of evidence for the OHCHR investigation.” We publish below the statement in full; The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wishes to refute several …

India perturbed over Beijing’s ‘warming relations’ with Sri Lanka

India perturbed over Beijing’s ‘warming relations’ with Sri Lanka

Days after Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to India, a Chinese sub, Changzheng 2, has again docked at the Colombo port, sparking “enormous concerns” within the government about the intentions of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As reported by Sunday TOI, Sri Lanka allowed …

Solheim discusses potential need for sanctions and international election observers in Sri Lanka

Solheim discusses potential need for sanctions and international election observers in Sri Lanka

Erik Solheim, a former peace negotiation envoy to Sri Lanka, discussed the potential need for the EU to ensure that the upcoming presidential elections in Sri Lanka were free and fair, as well as potential sanctions on Sri Lanka should it continue to refuse to …

Papal visit on despite snap polls, says Sri Lanka

Papal visit on despite snap polls, says Sri Lanka

Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka as planned in January, officials said yesterday despite signs of concern from the Vatican that the government intends to exploit the trip for political gain as it readies for snap elections. “Pope Francis has graciously accepted the president’s invitation, …

Fisherfolk Set to Intensify Protests

Fisherfolk Set to Intensify Protests

Family members of the five fishermen sentenced to death in Sri Lanka and leaders of fishermen association from Thankatchimadam left for Chennai on Sunday to meet Chief Minister O Panneer Selvam. The five fishermen Augustus, Emerson, Longlet, Wilson and Prasath, were arrested by Lankan Navy …

Chinese sub docks in Lanka despite Indian concerns

Chinese sub docks in Lanka despite Indian concerns

Sri Lanka has allowed a Chinese submarine and a warship to dock at its port in the capital Colombo, officials said on Sunday, despite concerns raised by India about China’s warming relations with the Indian Ocean island nation. Submarine Changzheng-2 and warship Chang Xing Dao …

Landslide exposes living conditions of  Estate workers

Landslide exposes living conditions of Estate workers

The unprecedented landslide which struck Meeriyabedda tea estate in South Sri Lanka earlier this week, has exposed the historical neglect of the housing needs of tea plantation workers, all of whom are Tamils of Indian origin. According to the latest reports, 120 houses were reduced …

TGTE distressed that Tamil diaspora groups will not be allowed to offer assistance

TGTE distressed that Tamil diaspora groups will not be allowed to offer assistance

TGTE was distressed that several Tamil diaspora groups will not be allowed to offer assistance. This was as a result of Sri Lankan Government’s decision to ban several Tamil diaspora entities in March this year. Following is the full text of the message: The news …

On A Fearful Road

On A Fearful Road

One of the observations that with climate change comes an increase in peak weather events, became a horrible reality to us last week.  Our mountains, bearing soil on a rocky base, was once stabilized by the unbroken blanket of forests that covered it have become …