Monthly Archives: March 2015

British Intelligence not responsible for the fall of Mahinda  Rajapaksa

British Intelligence not responsible for the fall of Mahinda Rajapaksa

The British High Commissioner John Rankin said, “The Reasons for the Change of Government in Sri Lanka and for the fall of Mahinda Rajapaksa neither British Intelligence Department, nor American Intelligence Department are Responsible. The Actual responsibility for the change of government as well as …

Sri Lankan Tamils held for illegal migrating people to Australia

Sri Lankan Tamils held for illegal migrating people to Australia

The Tamil Nadu ‘Q’ branch police on Wednesday arrested three Sri Lankan Tamils for illegally migrating the refugees from the special camps to Australia. Police identified them as Dhushyanthan, 29, Lingeswaran, 30 and Vijayaraj, 28, from a house in Pozhichalur near Pallavaram. Based on a …

Freeze on Big Chinese Projects to be lifted

Freeze on Big Chinese Projects to be lifted

Sri Lanka and China appear to have cleared the decks for the continuation of China’s mega infrastructure projects in the island nation. Some of these projects have been mired in controversy leading to a suspension of two of them. The visiting Sri Lankan President, Maithripala …

Atul Keshap as US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Atul Keshap as US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives

US President Barack Obama has nominated Atul Keshap, a former Indian-American official at its Embassy in New Delhi, as the next US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. Mr Obama yesterday announced the nomination of Atul Keshap, a career foreign service official, as the next …

The U.S. Rebalance in South Asia: Foreign Aid and Development Priorities

The U.S. Rebalance in South Asia: Foreign Aid and Development Priorities

Nisha D. Biswal Assistant Secretary Of State For South And Central Asian Affairs in her testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on March 24, 2015 on  “The U.S. Rebalance In South Asia: Foreign Aid And Development Priorites” said The United States …

US plans to help Sri Lanka on governance, accountability

US plans to help Sri Lanka on governance, accountability

The US government said on Tuesday that it was exploring the possibility of increasing its assistance to the Sri Lankan government to help it tackle issues like governance, accountability, commerce and “much more”. Addressing the house foreign affairs committee subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, …

Suspended Sri Lankan Port Project Complicates Trip to China

Suspended Sri Lankan Port Project Complicates Trip to China

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is headed to China this week, both to pay a state visit to Beijing and to attend the annual Boao Forum in Hainan. It will be Sirisena’s first chance to interact directly with China’s top leaders since he came into …

Can China, Sri Lanka mend ties with Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Beijing?

Can China, Sri Lanka mend ties with Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Beijing?

Politics may stop at the water’s edge, but that’s where geopolitics begins. Last year saw high drama over the South China Sea. This year, it’s the Indian Ocean that is emerging as the new theatre of power struggle, and Beijing will look to arrest the …

Boao Forum an event of global significance

Boao Forum an event of global significance

The 2015 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) scheduled for this week will be an event of global significance, a Russian expert told Xinhua in an exclusive interview. Georgy Petrov, vice-president of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the forum not only plays …

ICRC received 16,100 complaints

ICRC received 16,100 complaints

The ICRC has received 16,100 complaints regarding missing persons including 5,200 from families of service personnel and policemen since the outbreak of Eelam war II in June 1990. In a statement issued following ICRC Director of Operations Dominik Stilllhart five-day visit to Colombo, the ICRC …