Monthly Archives: April 2015

US Defends Defence Deal With Pakistan

US Defends Defence Deal With Pakistan

The US has defended a proposed arms deal worth nearly a billion dollar with Pakistan to back its counter-terrorism operations, saying the sale of advanced attack helicopters and missiles to the country is vital to America’s security goals in South Asia. The USD 952 million …

Mapping China’s New Silk Road Initiative

Mapping China’s New Silk Road Initiative

When China’s president Xi Jinping laid out his plans to establish a “New Silk Road” across Central Asia in 2013, he was doing more than invoking China’s distant past. Instead, he was sketching out a new direction for Chinese trade and investment, one that aims …

International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) says meeting shrouded in secrecy

International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) says meeting shrouded in secrecy

The International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET), a network of 14 Tamil diaspora groups worldwide released a statement on 07 April 2015 condemning, the talks held in Singapore between Tamil and Sri Lankan groups on promoting reconciliation and strengthening democracy in Sri Lanka. The ICET stated that …

New Govt has not led to anticipated changes

New Govt has not led to anticipated changes

The Chief Minister of the Northern province, C V Wigneswaran, told  visiting Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie on Monday that the change in government in Sri Lanka had failed to produce the changes that the Tamils’ had expected. Speaking to journalists Mr Wigneswaran said “The …

President’s visit  strengthens economic ties

President’s visit strengthens economic ties

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the signing of six memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the two countries. “The six agreements signed will intensify cooperation in the fields of disaster management, sports, shipping, cooperation in atomic energy for socio-economic development, …

Tamil Civil Society Forum writes to UN Special Rapporteur

Tamil Civil Society Forum writes to UN Special Rapporteur

In a letter addressed to UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence on 01 April 2015, The Tamil Society Forum says The Prime Minister  during a recent visit to Jaffna has mentioned that discussions are underway with the …

Prabhakran is my Leader, but Modi is my Political Model

Prabhakran is my Leader, but Modi is my Political Model

Successive Sri Lankan governments have dubbed Sivagnanam Sritharan, the outspoken Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP from Jaffna district, an LTTE agent. The fact that he is the brother-in-law of the dreaded LTTE military commander “Colonel” Theepan, only reinforced this view. Sritharan was also a bitter …

Talks in Singapore on promoting reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Talks in Singapore on promoting reconciliation in Sri Lanka

A meeting  organised by the Government of Switzerland and the In Transformation Initiative (ITI) was held from 03 – 05 April in Singapore. The meeting between Tamil and Sri Lankan groups was on promoting Reconciliation and strengthening Democracy in Sri Lanka. The South Africa based organisation, ITI, …

Tamils Annoyed by bid to Disregard Northern Provincial Council

Tamils Annoyed by bid to Disregard Northern Provincial Council

Recent moves by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by-passing the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and the Northern Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, have annoyed the Tamils, who constitute the majority in the province. During his recent visit to the province, the Prime Minister neither met the …

Centre to Uplift War-Hit Tamil Families

Centre to Uplift War-Hit Tamil Families

The Sri Lankan Government will set up a national welfare centre in the country’s war-ravaged north to uplift Tamil families headed by women or the victims of the nearly three decades-long civil war in the country. The national centre will be located in Kilinochchi, the …