Monthly Archives: May 2015

Al-Qaeda names Narendra Modi among foes in new video

Al-Qaeda names Narendra Modi among foes in new video

A video purportedly from al-Qaeda’s South Asia arm named India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a foe for the first time.  “The battle we are waging is the same — be it against drones, Charlie Hebdo’s writings, the policies of IMF and World Bank, oppression …

Iran nuclear deal must avoid destabilizing region

Iran nuclear deal must avoid destabilizing region

France and Saudi Arabia believe that any future deal between Iran and six major powers must ensure not to destabilize the region further and threaten Iran’s neighbours, the two countries said ahead of a summit in Riyadh on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia invited French President Francois …

Indian Origin Tamils aiming to double representation

Indian Origin Tamils aiming to double representation

The Indian Origin Tamils (IOT), who are 4.16 per cent of the Sri Lankan population of 20.3 million, are aiming to double their representation in a reformed Lankan parliament. As on date, there are seven IOT MPs in the House of 225 members. The community …

Kerry hails Sri Lanka’s Government for tackling tough issues

Kerry hails Sri Lanka’s Government for tackling tough issues

John Kerry has hailed Sri Lanka for making “enormous progress” since the departure of strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, as he lavished praise on the new reformist government. Ahead of talks with president Maithripala Sirisena, Mr Kerry said he saw “extraordinary opportunities” opening up for bilateral ties …

Kerry urges Tamil, Sinhalese leaders not to exacerbate ethnic problem

Kerry urges Tamil, Sinhalese leaders not to exacerbate ethnic problem

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who left Sri Lanka on Sunday after a day’s visit, urged Tamil and Sinhalese leaders not to exacerbate the ethnic problem in the island nation by taking extreme and inflexible positions but to work towards a mutually acceptable settlement. …

Start of a US-Sri Lanka ‘Reset’?

Start of a US-Sri Lanka ‘Reset’?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Sri Lanka. He was accompanied by Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs. Kerry and company were welcomed with open arms by the Sirisena administration and this high-level visit is the latest …

The Silk Roads and India

The Silk Roads and India

For a great power, China is quasi-landlocked; its maritime connections are only with the Pacific Ocean and related seas, along its Eastern seaboard. China’s huge land frontier abuts on 14 countries in Central, South, Southeast and East Asia. Geo-politics is at the core of China’s …

Cabinet to discuss 20th Amendment to the Constitution

Cabinet to discuss 20th Amendment to the Constitution

The Cabinet will take up the 20th Amendment to the Constitution with proposals for a new electoral system when it meets on 13 May 2015. The amendment, was taken up in the Cabinet on 29 April. Moves are underway to change the PR system into a hybrid …

Strengthening the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership for Human Rights and Lasting Peace

Strengthening the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership for Human Rights and Lasting Peace

The US Secretary of State John Kerry, addressed a gathering at the Taj Samudra hote during his visit to Sri Lanka, urged the new regime to work with the United Nations to find the truth, “no matter how painful that truth may be,” and stressed …

Kerry to Sri Lanka to cheer reforms

Kerry to Sri Lanka to cheer reforms

John Kerry is making the first visit to Sri Lanka by a U.S. secretary of state in a decade, seizing a rare opportunity to champion democratic reform and to tighten ties at a strategic crossroads in the vast Indian Ocean. The top American diplomat was …