Monthly Archives: June 2015

59 Army Camps Closed

59 Army Camps Closed

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday alleged that 59 Lankan army camps in the Tamil majority Northern Province were shut down by his successor government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. In a letter addressed to participants in a …

Indo-Pak Ties Critical to Peace And Stability

Indo-Pak Ties Critical to Peace And Stability

The relationship between India and Pakistan is critical to advancing peace and stability in South Asia, the US has said and asked the two countries to take steps to reduce tensions. “The relationship between India and Pakistan is critical to advancing peace and stability in …

Foreign minister confirms meeting GTF

Foreign minister confirms meeting GTF

Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament that he along with Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran he met Global Tamil Forum representatives in London and discussed the reviewing of the list of organisations and individuals proscribed in a gazette notification. This was in response …

Champika Ranawaka objects compensation to LTTE cadres

Champika Ranawaka objects compensation to LTTE cadres

Minister of Power and Energy and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Champika Ranawaka said on June 11 that the cabinet paper submitted to grant Government compensation for injured Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists had to be withdrawn after he protested against it, …

Indian Origin Tamils Welcome Decision on Poll Reforms

Indian Origin Tamils Welcome Decision on Poll Reforms

Indian Origin Tamils (IOT), who account for 1.5 million in the total Sri Lankan population of 20 million, have welcomed the Lankan cabinet’s latest decision on electoral reforms. “It is a victory for the combined efforts of the parties of the IOT and the Muslims, …

Tamil Diaspora To Renounce Violence And Separatism

Tamil Diaspora To Renounce Violence And Separatism

The once anti-Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora is likely to issue a statement renouncing violence and separatism, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, told parliament here on Friday. “As a result of our discussions (in London last weekend), and our efforts, it is most likely …

Sri Lanka’s Wounds of War

Sri Lanka’s Wounds of War

“Now we are thinking in a different way,” Kopalapillai Amirthalingam, a senior lecturer at the University of Colombo, declares. “The government is trying to correct things.” The cautioned optimism Amirthalingam exudes is shared by many corners of Sri Lankan society. The January presidential elections, resulting …

Is China-Pakistan Economic Corridor really a game changer?

Is China-Pakistan Economic Corridor really a game changer?

April 2015 was a historic month for Sino-Pakistan relations when Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif signed an agreement worth $46 billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is the considered to be the largest investment by China in a …

No Confidence Motion

No Confidence Motion

Whereas the Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Prime Minister performing the functions of the Office of Prime Minister without enquiring the consent of the majority in Parliament in contravention of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, And whereas depriving a large number of …

Pakistan Senate accuses India of funding the LTTE

Pakistan Senate accuses India of funding the LTTE

The Pakistan Senate has accused India of funding the LTTE during the war in Sri Lanka and that it is now attempting to bully Pakistan. The Senate had yesterday adopted a unanimous resolution strongly condemning the recent provocative and hostile statements of Indian Leadership and threats …