Monthly Archives: June 2015

Sri Lanka and the Emerging Order in South Asia

Sri Lanka and the Emerging Order in South Asia

A think tank discussion focusing on Sri Lanka’s strides in reviving its relationship with the US and India will take place in Washington on Wednesday 24 June. Acting Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council, Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy will moderate the discussion on Sri Lanka and the …

Plight of refugees moves UNHCR ambassador

Plight of refugees moves UNHCR ambassador

“We left the Sri Lankan coast in a fishing boat and luckily made it to India. The boat that went before us capsized and there were no survivors,” 25-year-old Krishandhini recalls that fateful day when she was forced to leave her war-stricken homeland. She is …

Hearing on disappearance of LTTE leaders

Hearing on disappearance of LTTE leaders

Relatives of LTTE leaders, including Nadesan and Pulitheven, will explain the circumstances that led to their surrender and their subsequent disappearance at a meeting to be held in Geneva on June 24. The meeting has been jointly organised by Pasumai Thayagam, founded by PMK leader …

There are no such classes in Canadian Citizenship: Chris Alexander

There are no such classes in Canadian Citizenship: Chris Alexander

The Canadian Tamil Conservatives Association [www.constam.ca] has been informed that a Sri Lanka based media has posted news that “Over 140 000 Sri Lankan citizens in Canada could face the risk of losing their Canadian citizenship or return to Sri Lanka after a new immigration …

Political uncertainly, poll delay, could hit investor sentiment

Political uncertainly, poll delay, could hit investor sentiment

Sri Lanka’s political risks declined with the end of a civil war in 2009, but parliamentary conflicts and uncertainty over elections could have a negative fallout while the effect on investors from new taxes was also not clear, Moody’s, a rating agency said. “Sri Lanka’s …

I was not given any money: TNA MP, E.Saravanabawan

I was not given any money: TNA MP, E.Saravanabawan

Kilinochchi district TNA MP, Saravanabawan addressing a media conference held in the Head Office of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), in Jaffna, on 19 June 2015 said that he was not given any by the Government and  he is not aware of any other TNA …

Government seeking ideas on reconciliation

Government seeking ideas on reconciliation

The Sri Lankan government is seeking views, ideas and assistance of diaspora groups and individuals on reconciliation, according to Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Addressing a seminar in Tokyo, Mr Samaraweera, who concluded his four-day trip to Japan on Saturday, said the government had initiated dialogue …

Fund Network for LTTE Functioned Through 2014: US Country Report on Terrorism 2014

Fund Network for LTTE Functioned Through 2014: US Country Report on Terrorism 2014

The Sri Lankan government maintained a “strong military presence” in post-conflict areas and continued to voice concern about the possible re-emergence of pro-LTTE sympathisers, according to the U.S. State Department’s ‘Country Reports on Terrorism for 2014.’ In the section dealing with Sri Lanka, covered under …

Pak Army push crippled al Qaeda, says US report

Pak Army push crippled al Qaeda, says US report

A US State Department report on global terrorism has acknowledged that the ongoing military offensive in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency has severely dented al Qaeda’s presence in South Asia. “Al Qaeda’s presence in the [South Asia] region continued to face pressure from international, Afghan …

Mavai takes on Wigneswaran

Mavai takes on Wigneswaran

Mavai Senathirajah, MP and  Leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), had stated that it is a blatant lie that the Chief Minister expressed in his opinions that TNA members have obtained money from South Sri Lanka politicians and that there is no truth …