Monthly Archives: March 2015

What Jaffna Makes of PM Narendra Modi’s Advice

What Jaffna Makes of PM Narendra Modi’s Advice

20-odd kilometres north of Jaffna, the coastal village of Ilaivalai, quiet against the gentle waves of the Palk Straits with tiny, traditional fishing boats and their empty nets drying on a beach still patrolled by the Sri Lankan army, is a leitmotif for the story …

TN Fishermen May get 83-day Access

TN Fishermen May get 83-day Access

The third round of talks between representatives of fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka ended in Chennai on Tuesday, a day ahead of schedule, with the two sides meeting each other half way. The talks that went on for more than eight hours made …

High-level Meet in Lanka on Fishing Next Month

High-level Meet in Lanka on Fishing Next Month

During the third round of talks between representatives of fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka ended in Chennai on Tuesday, Tamil Nadu fishermen had put forth a seven-point charter of requests to their Lankan counterparts Giving details of the seven-point proposals, N Devadas, president …

Expecting breakthrough in talks

Expecting breakthrough in talks

Fishermen leaders of Rameswaram are confident of reaching an agreement in the dispute over fishing in the Palk Bay in the third round of talks scheduled to be held in Chennai on Tuesday with their Sri Lankan counterparts. “It was unfortunate that the second round …

Sri Lanka heads to China after winding back ties

Sri Lanka heads to China after winding back ties

Sri Lanka’s new president heads to Beijing this week for talks with China’s leadership, seeking to smooth ruffled feathers after scuttling Chinese-funded projects and seeking stronger ties with regional rival India. Maithripala Sirisena swept to power in January, ending a decade of rule by Mahinda …

The rise of ‘cosmopolitan’ politics

The rise of ‘cosmopolitan’ politics

The rise of UKIP heralds the emergence of a new divide in British politics, with cosmopolitan voters on one side and non-cosmopolitan ones on the other, argues Jeremy Cliffe. We hear a lot about UKIP these days. The party stole the show at the local …

Every measure will be taken to resolve issues faced by people

Every measure will be taken to resolve issues faced by people

“Every measure will be taken to resolve issues faced by people irrespective of their race or religion under my rule,” President Maithripala Sirisena said. The President said that as a new Government many steps have already been taken to resolve problems faced by people, adding …

We are at the threshold of hope

We are at the threshold of hope

Addressing at the  ceremony in Jaffna, to distribute title deeds of lands released from the High Security Zone for resettlement of people in the North held in Valalai on 23 March 2015 Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, urged the Government to address the  issue of Land …

M.I.A. slams Oprah Winfrey for calling her ‘terrorist’

M.I.A. slams Oprah Winfrey for calling her ‘terrorist’

Sri Lankan-origin singer MIA has slammed chat show queen Oprah Winfrey for calling her a “terrorist”. The pair first met back in 2009 and the musician said that her efforts to talk to Winfrey about the plight of people in her home country were entirely …

Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, who led the city-state for more than three decades, has died aged 91. Lee Kuan Yew died in hospital after suffering from severe pneumonia. Lee’s son and current prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, announced the news in the early hours of …