Monthly Archives: March 2015

Cameron tells in 6 months time the spotlight will be back on  Sri Lanka

Cameron tells in 6 months time the spotlight will be back on Sri Lanka

Reiterating the UK’s commitment to hold those responsible for atrocities accountable, the British prime minister, David Cameron  prior to the meeting on 09 March said that “in six months time the spotlight will be back on”. British Prime Minister David Cameron writing the Daily Mirror on his …

Don’t look at Sri Lanka through Tamil prism

Don’t look at Sri Lanka through Tamil prism

India should see Sri Lanka as a whole and stop focussing just on the island’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said in an interview to The Hindu on Monday. The Power and Energy Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pragmatic …

Heroes, Traitors and Tamil Politics: Lessons (Un) Learnt

Heroes, Traitors and Tamil Politics: Lessons (Un) Learnt

By Ambika Satkunanathan: Following the deferral of the presentation of the report of the UN Human Rights Council mandated investigation on Sri Lanka (IOSL) conducted by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) passed a resolution on …

Beyond Genocide

Beyond Genocide

By Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy: When I heard that the Northern Provincial Council had passed a resolution on Genocide, I put my “head in my hands” again- something I did often during the previous regime. I asked myself, have we gone back to the beginning after …

Both our nations share a love for cricket

Both our nations share a love for cricket

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was looking forward to enhancing India’s ties with the friendly Indian Ocean countries of Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka during his five-day visit beginning March 10. In a series of tweets from his Twitter handle @narendramodi, linked …

There is nothing shocking about Mr. Wickremesinghe’s statement

There is nothing shocking about Mr. Wickremesinghe’s statement

The statement by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that “it was legitimate to shoot Indian fishermen if they trespassed into Sri Lankan waters”, coming as it does when the Indian Foreign Minister is on an official tour of that country and on the eve …

China’s Silk Road fund is an alternative route to riches

China’s Silk Road fund is an alternative route to riches

The new Silk Road fund may not be as historic as the ancient trade route, but its grand ambition is nevertheless reflected in its name. Seeded with US$40 billion, the Beijing-backed fund aims to boost economic and trade ties with countries in Central and South …

Sushma meets leaders of minority Tamil and Muslim parties

Sushma meets leaders of minority Tamil and Muslim parties

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main party representing Sri Lanka’s northern Tamils, has urged India to amicably address the Palk Bay conflict facing fishermen of both countries. Following a meeting with visiting Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, TNA Leader R. Sampanthan said: “We mentioned the …

Controversy over remarks that Indian fishermen may be shot

Controversy over remarks that Indian fishermen may be shot

India on Saturday  took up with Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe the “humanitarian” issue of fishermen’s rights as controversy raged over his remarks that Indian fishermen may be shot if they intruded into Sri Lankan waters. On a two-day trip ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s …

Militants from the Islamic State in Afghanistan pose a threat

Militants from the Islamic State in Afghanistan pose a threat

Russia’s deputy defense minister has warned that militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan pose a threat to Tajikistan. Anatoly Antonov told reporters in Moscow on March 5 that the IS group already had a presence in Afghanistan. He said that the IS militant group posed a …