Monthly Archives: March 2015

Indian Ocean currents, Modi turns tides

Indian Ocean currents, Modi turns tides

The local media in all three countries gushed in admiration over Modi’s personality. He played to the galleries in all three countries, which have sizeable population of Indian origin. They rushed to click selfies with Mr Modi, laughed at every joke in his speeches….and there …

We need the services of a guarantor

We need the services of a guarantor

Honourable Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, Honourable Palihakkara, Governor of the Northern Province , Your Excellency Mr.Y.K.Singha, the High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka, Honourable Minister Mr.Karu Jayasuriya, Honourable Minister Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, Honourable Minister Mr.Lakshman Kiriella, Shri Ajit Doval, National Security …

Human Rights to remain UK priority in 2015

Human Rights to remain UK priority in 2015

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2014 Human Rights and Democracy Report was released on 12 March 2015. Sri Lanka still remains a country of concern according to the UK  where it believes improvements are needed on human rights. The Human Rights and Democracy Report provides a UK perspective …

Peace, unity, reconciliation key to development: Modi

Peace, unity, reconciliation key to development: Modi

Peace, unity and reconciliation are crucial for the development of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the historic Jaffna Public Library here on Saturday. The first Indian Prime Minister to visit the war-torn Northern Province of the island nation, Mr. Modi said India …

Old wounds reopen on Modi’s Jaffna trip

Old wounds reopen on Modi’s Jaffna trip

A symbolic visit to Sri Lanka’s north today forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confront a deep political divide that has resurfaced between Jaffna and Colombo two months after rare unity dethroned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and spawned hopes of a post-civil war settlement. Modi …

Narendra Modi meets Mahinda Rajapaksa

Narendra Modi meets Mahinda Rajapaksa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa here on Saturday at the Indian High Commissioner’s residence. The meeting that lasted half-an-hour took place just before a reception for Modi at which he met the Indian community here. It is believed that …

Prosecutor requests that HSBC face criminal tax evasion trial

Prosecutor requests that HSBC face criminal tax evasion trial

French prosecutors have heaped further woe on HSBC, having formally requested that its Swiss private bank be sent to trial on charges that it helped wealthy clients to duck tax. Last month investigating magistrates wrapped up an inquiry into an alleged fraud involving thousands of …

Trust and friendship of Sri Lanka means a great deal to us

Trust and friendship of Sri Lanka means a great deal to us

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the trust, confidence and friendship of Sri Lanka means a great deal to India, adding that he was grateful for the friendship shown to him during his visit to the island nation. “In South Asia, we all tend to …

Early release of OISL possible

Early release of OISL possible

Reiterating that the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL) would be strengthened and released before 30 September the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, said that he would use his judgement to …

Modi wants TNA to change strategy in line with new government

Modi wants TNA to change strategy in line with new government

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to change its strategy in view of the change in government in Sri Lanka and its new outlook vis-a-vis the Tamil question. Briefing Express on the TNA’ s meeting with Modi on Friday, …