Monthly Archives: March 2015

Maritime security key dimension of bilateral ties: Swaraj

Maritime security key dimension of bilateral ties: Swaraj

Describing maritime security as a key dimension of its bilateral ties with Indian Ocean rim countries, India today said it values its trilateral maritime security cooperation with Sri Lanka and Maldives and was trying to expand it to include others. Describing maritime security as a …

New Delhi doesn’t want countries to participate in maritime Silk Road

New Delhi doesn’t want countries to participate in maritime Silk Road

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his five-day visit to three Indian Ocean island nations of Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka Sunday. Modi’s visit came after Sri Lanka’s new government announced the decision to suspend China’s port project of $1.4 billion that broke ground …

Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court- TGTE

Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court- TGTE

A million signature campaign in fifteen languages was launched to urge the United Nations to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed against Tamils by the Sri Lankan State. Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark …

Sri Lanka as Indian Ocean pivot

Sri Lanka as Indian Ocean pivot

Prime Minister Modi should be congratulated for his bold decision to visit Sri Lanka for a bilateral visit, after Rajiv Gandhi in 1987. Perhaps, Modi has no internal political pressures or coalition objections that had prevented earlier bilateral visits to Sri Lanka. Having made a …

SEC backs investors’ association to protect minority rights

SEC backs investors’ association to protect minority rights

Sri Lanka’s capital markets regulator is helping to form an investors association with the aim of better protecting the rights of shareholders, particularly minority interests, its chairman said. “We get a lot of complaints (from minority shareholders) but there’s very little we can do,” declared …

Rajapaksa officials hid more than $2bn in Dubai

Rajapaksa officials hid more than $2bn in Dubai

Sri Lankan investigators have located more than $2bn that was secretly transferred to accounts in Dubai by figures close to the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government said on Thursday. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the funds represented about a fifth of the …

Tortured’ UK asylum seeker gets deportation reprieve

Tortured’ UK asylum seeker gets deportation reprieve

A Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker who claims to have suffered extensive torture before escaping to the UK has won a last minute reprieve just hours before he was due forcibly deported to Sri Lanka. Kannan Kalimuththu, a 36 year old former policemen with the …

Sri Lanka plans to lift ban on Tamil groups abroad

Sri Lanka plans to lift ban on Tamil groups abroad

Sri Lanka’s new government has announced plans to remove 16 groups and hundreds of Tamils from a list of “foreign terrorists” as part of reconciliation with its largest ethnic minority. The country’s foreign minister, Mangala Samaraweera, said the previous administration of hardline president, Mahinda Rajapakse, …

EU delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka to discuss GSP plus

EU delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka to discuss GSP plus

A high-level delegation from the EU will arrive in Sri Lanka next week to hold discussions with the Sri Lankan government on the GSP plus trade concessions which has been withdrawn from Sri Lanka during the previous regime, the Sri Lankan government said on Wednesday. …

India stands with Sri Lanka

India stands with Sri Lanka

Addressing the Lok Sabha on 18 March 2015, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said “India stands with Sri Lanka in its efforts to build a future that accommodates the aspirations of all sections of society, including the Sri Lankan Tamil community, for a life …