Monthly Archives: June 2015

Truth and Accountability Are Genuine Basis of Justice

Truth and Accountability Are Genuine Basis of Justice

By Ramu Manivannan:                                                                  There are five basic conditions towards realization of transitional justice. …

Refugees in Tamil Nadu keen on trying luck in Sri Lanka

Refugees in Tamil Nadu keen on trying luck in Sri Lanka

As World Refugee Day falls tomorrow, several young Sri Lankan Tamils born and raised in camps in Tamil Nadu are eager to go back to the land of their ancestors to try and connect with their roots and get a sense of belong. Though refugees …

TPA and political representation of Tamils living outside the North-East

TPA and political representation of Tamils living outside the North-East

An event of great significance occurred within the sphere of minority community politics in Sri Lanka on  June 3rd 2015. Three political parties representing sections of the Tamil people living outside the Tamil dominated Northern Province and Tamil majority Eastern Province announced at a media …

Daesh overtaking Al-Qaeda in S. Asia social media war

Daesh overtaking Al-Qaeda in S. Asia social media war

Militant propaganda websites and social media accounts in South Asia are promoting Islamic State at the expense of Al-Qaeda, analysts said on Friday, highlighting the rivalry between the two global militant groups. Disaffected Taliban factions have started to look toward Daesh, impressed by its rapid …

South africa tells how transparency works

South africa tells how transparency works

Following talks in London very recently between the government, a few Tamil Diaspora organizations, and a South African delegation sanctioned by its government, on Tamil centered issues, Ceylon Today asked High Commissioner for South Africa in Colombo, Geoff Doidge, whether the new Maithri Government is …

I have no responsibility to reply to news items: Wigneswaran

I have no responsibility to reply to news items: Wigneswaran

Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran replied to a query of the President of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) and MP, Mavai Senathirajah, regarding the complaint made by CM to the President, that certain Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs were called to the south individually …

US to fund projects on ‘Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law in Sri Lanka

US to fund projects on ‘Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law in Sri Lanka

The United States called for proposals from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for projects on Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law in Sri Lanka. It called for a Request for Proposals (RFP) from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that will support the Bureau’s policy priorities of …

Tamil diaspora members want to return

Tamil diaspora members want to return

A “very big majority” of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora has been against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The community is eager to return to the country “as early as possible,” Rajitha Senaratne, Cabinet spokesperson and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)’s senior …

Sri Lanka sets its own foreign policy agenda

Sri Lanka sets its own foreign policy agenda

Sri Lanka will pursue an “omnidirectional foreign policy” that serves its own interests, not those of either of its huge neighbors, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told The Nikkei Asian Review on his recent visit to Japan. Six months have passed since Maithripala Sirisena won a dramatic …

Pope calls for ‘action now’ to save planet

Pope calls for ‘action now’ to save planet

Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”, plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change. In the first papal document …