Monthly Archives: May 2015

Overture to Tamils

Overture to Tamils

The Sri Lankan government, in yet another demonstration of its approach to provide healing touch to Tamils, on Thursday announced that May 19, regarded as Victory Day for the last five years to mark the LTTE’s defeat, would no longer be observed so. Instead, it …

No operational linkage between ISIL in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan

No operational linkage between ISIL in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan

Amid growing concerns over Islamic State in Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) growing influence in the region after pamphlets were found near the site of an attack on a bus in Karachi, the US State Department said on Thursday that connections between the Islamic State (IS) …

Help at last for Sri Lanka war widows

Help at last for Sri Lanka war widows

Almost six years after Sri Lanka’s bloody civil conflict came to an end, an under-reported legacy of the fighting is finally being acknowledged: the extraordinarily high number of war widows struggling to make ends meet. Sri Lanka’s new government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, estimated …

Commemorating LTTE dead only privately – Karu

Commemorating LTTE dead only privately – Karu

The commemoration of those who died during the war can be done privately, but since the LTTE is a banned terrorist organization, this cannot be done publicly, Public Administration, Local Government and Democratic Governance Minister Karu Jayasuriya said. Responding to a question by a journalist …

India’s foreign policy must continue to move past the parochial

India’s foreign policy must continue to move past the parochial

Over the past year, India’s foreign policy has reflected pragmatic realpolitik while maintaining deliberative continuity. Our strategy remains rhetorically threefold: improving India’s relationships in South Asia, attracting significant foreign direct investment (FDI) in infrastructure, and positioning India as agreat power. India needs to flesh out …

TN Fishermen Representatives meet SL Leaders

TN Fishermen Representatives meet SL Leaders

A group of five fishermen from Tamil Nadu met Sri Lankan government officials and functionaries of Sri Lankan Fishermen’s Associations in a bid to sort out various problems faced by them, including their rights in the traditional fishing areas in the Palk Strait. Sesuraja, President …

We have to form a new government

We have to form a new government

In the wee hours of April 3, 2004, Maithripala Sirisena, the then General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, received a telephone call from former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. A sleepless election night had come to an end and the results indicated the United …

Doctors urged to stop ‘over-treating

Doctors urged to stop ‘over-treating

Doctors’ leaders have launched a major campaign to stop medics “over-treating” their patients in ways that do not help and could even harm them. Writing in the British Medical Journal, they suggest some patients are given pills or have tests they do not need by …

Indian Navy monitoring Chinese and other Navies

Indian Navy monitoring Chinese and other Navies

Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan today said the maritime force regularly monitors activities of Chinese and other navies, and sought to play down deployment of submarines in Indian Ocean by the Communist nation. The Navy, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, …

BJP leaders discuss Tamils issue with Sri Lankan ministers

BJP leaders discuss Tamils issue with Sri Lankan ministers

A BJP team from Tamil Nadu on a Track II diplomatic mission has urged the Sri Lankan government to expedite democratic reforms under the 13th Amendment to ensure devolution of powers to Tamil provinces and grant of equal rights to Tamils, the Times of India …