Monthly Archives: May 2015

SL Tamils Welcome Return of Jayalalithaa

SL Tamils Welcome Return of Jayalalithaa

Sri Lankan Tamils welcome the acquittal of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Supremo J. Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case, and are looking forward to her taking charge as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister again. “Lankan Tamils need a strong leader to be at …

Microsoft: ‘There will be no Windows 11’

Microsoft: ‘There will be no Windows 11’

Microsoft says that Windows 10 will be its final release of the iconic operating system that’s installed on over 90% of computers. “Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10,” …

What the Pentagon Thinks of China’s Military

What the Pentagon Thinks of China’s Military

On Friday, May 8, the United States Department of Defense released its annual report to Congress on China’s military and security developments. The full report is available in PDF form here. The report offers helpful insight into the U.S. government’s threat perception of China’s military and …

Jayalalithaa acquitted

Jayalalithaa acquitted

In a major victory for AIADMK, a special bench of the Karnataka High Court on Monday set aside the trial court order convicting former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case. Justice C.R Kumaraswamy, who read out the judgment at 11 a.m, …

Raul Castro highly impressed by Pope Francis

Raul Castro highly impressed by Pope Francis

Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente — and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church’s fold. “Bienvenido (welcome)!” Francis …

UN Group on missing to visit Sri Lanka

UN Group on missing to visit Sri Lanka

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has confirmed the dates of its visit to Sri Lanka this year. The Working Group, which is currently meeting to review almost 400 cases of enforced disappearance from 30 countries, said it will visit Sri …

19A for the South – ‘Zero’ for…

19A for the South – ‘Zero’ for…

Sri Lankan Members of Parliament successfully adopted the 19th amendment on 28 April 2015. In a Parliament of 225 members, 212 voted in favour of the same. There is no doubt that this was a historical achievement. Usually the government and the opposition cast their …

Smaller parties unhappy with electoral reform plan

Smaller parties unhappy with electoral reform plan

Sri Lanka’s smaller political parties representing minority communities have expressed opposition to the proposed 20th amendment to the constitution which incorporates reforms to the electoral system. “We are opposed to the move of bringing electoral reforms as an urgent bill. We are for reforming the …

Security breach not linked to unit dissolution

Security breach not linked to unit dissolution

The Sri Lankan Army on Saturday denied that the dissolution of the President’s Security Guard (PSG), which had been existence since 2008, was in response to a recent incident of breach of security of President Maithripala Sirisena. Asked whether the move to disband the Guard …

Press Freedom in South Asia

Press Freedom in South Asia

This 13th annual review of journalism in the region, The Freedom Frontier: Press Freedom in South Asia 2014-15, was released by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on behalf of the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN). The digital realm is the newest frontier of conflict for press freedom but …