Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sri Lanka’s China Dilemma

Sri Lanka’s China Dilemma

One year ago, Chinese Third World diplomacy was widely seen as being in crisis.  Throughout Africa, Latin America and Asia, a growing number of emerging countries were expressing reluctance to be involved in relations with the Middle Kingdom based on its exploitation of their mineral …

Army in the North

Army in the North

By Muttukrishna Sarvananthan. This is in response to the views expressed by “International Terrorism Expert” Prof. Rohan Gunaratna to Zahrah Imtiaz in the article titled “Don’t Withdraw Army from North: Prof. Rohan Gunaratna” published in the Ceylon Today of Sunday 15 February 2015. Security I …

Tamils are seeking political asylum because they still feel that cannot live freely

Tamils are seeking political asylum because they still feel that cannot live freely

The Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, said that 30,000 – 35,000 bodies were found in Viswamadu alone during the final stages of the armed conflict. “Two weeks ago I learned there were about 30,000 to 35,000 dead bodies during the final armed conflict near Viswamadu …

I don’t think he’ll contest

I don’t think he’ll contest

Paintings at Temple Trees, this country’s White House, are still leaning against walls waiting to be hung, and the gated grounds are no longer teeming with guards and stewards who served the home’s previous occupant like supplicants at a royal court. But more than a …

A local mechanism to hold an internal investigation into the alleged war crimes is important.

A local mechanism to hold an internal investigation into the alleged war crimes is important.

The Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, defending the NPC’s genocide resolution as democratic and timely, emphasized on the need for the war victims to prepare themselves to gather more evidence in order to strengthen the OHCRC’s OISL report to be released in September …

Tamil People are highly disappointed and dismayed

Tamil People are highly disappointed and dismayed

Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Sivajilingam forwarded a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on 23 February 2015. Mr Sivajilingam said that Sri Lanka must allow the UN Investigative Team to enter Sri Lanka and visit any areas without …

Kachchativu St. Anthony’s Church feast on Feb 29

Kachchativu St. Anthony’s Church feast on Feb 29

The Annual Feast of St. Anthony’s Church Kachchativu is scheduled to be held on February 29. The feast is conducted every year with the  participation of a large number of Indian and Sri Lankan devotees.The Feast recommenced in 2012 after a lapses of 26 years. The Sri …

Tony Abbott’s close relationship was “a mystery” to Sri ­Lankans

Tony Abbott’s close relationship was “a mystery” to Sri ­Lankans

Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, claims the Australian Government’s silence on alleged human rights abuses was the price it paid to secure co-operation from the former Rajapaksa government on stopping asylum-seeker boats. In an exclusive interview with The Australian, the veteran polit­ician also …

Honeymooner survives dramatic Worlds End cliff fall

Honeymooner survives dramatic Worlds End cliff fall

Sri Lankan troops rescued a Dutch honeymooner who became the first person to survive a fall from the World’s End, a 1 200-metre cliff which is one of the country’s main tourist attractions, the military said on Saturday. The 35-year-old man had taken a few …

Protest in Jaffna against postponement of UN report

Protest in Jaffna against postponement of UN report

A demonstration was held under the patronage of Women Organisation for finding out missing persons in front of Veerasingam Hall Jaffna on 21 February, urging the Government to immediately release political prisoners and demanding the UN Human Rights Council to present its war crime investigation …