Monthly Archives: July 2015

Wigneswaran would remain neutral during the election

Wigneswaran would remain neutral during the election

The Chief Minister of the northern province, C V Wigneswaran releasing a statement on 29 July 2015 said he would remain neutral and non-partisan during the next month’s general election, despite being elected to his seat by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). “In his message …

Shares hit 5-1/2 month high

Shares hit 5-1/2 month high

Sri Lankan shares rose to a five-and-a-half month high on Thursday as investors bought risky assets on expectations of strong corporate earnings, while hopes for political stability after parliamentary elections next month also aided sentiment. The main stock index was up 0.14 percent after rising …

Al-Qaeda abducts US backed rebels in Syria

Al-Qaeda abducts US backed rebels in Syria

The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the rebel group and opposition activists said Thursday. A statement issued in the name of the group, “Division 30,” accused the Nusra …

Tamil Civil Society Forum against UN plans for a domestic accountability mechanism

Tamil Civil Society Forum against UN plans for a domestic accountability mechanism

The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) has condemned the plans for a domestic accountability mechanism in Sri Lanka, as detailed in a UN memo obtained by Channel 4. In a statement, released on 29 July 2015  by Kumaravadivel Guruparan  and Elil Rajanthe  the TCSF  said they …

Sri Lanka wants ‘domestic inquiry without outside pressure’ says minister

Sri Lanka wants ‘domestic inquiry without outside pressure’ says minister

Sri Lanka should be allowed to hold a domestic investigation into alleged human rights violations during the final stages of the country’s war against the LTTE without international pressure, State Minister of Finance and UPFA Kalutara District candidate Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday. Addressing a press …

No one should underestimate the power of hatred to undermine a democracy

No one should underestimate the power of hatred to undermine a democracy

The Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, composed no sutta to religious hatred or racial animus. And yet, Buddhist chauvinism now threatens the democratic process in both Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Some of the same Buddhist monks who braved Myanmar’s military junta in the “Saffron Revolution” of 2007 …

Ranawaka calls on Tamils to integrate with Sinhalese

Ranawaka calls on Tamils to integrate with Sinhalese

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) leader Patali Champika Ranawaka on Wednesday called upon Sri Lankan Tamils to integrate themselves with the majority Sinhalese community. In an interview with The Hindu, Mr. Ranawaka said the 30-year-old Ealam War has deteriorated the socio-economic development of the Tamil community …

IS tries to expand influence to Caucasus, Central Asia and Russia’s south

IS tries to expand influence to Caucasus, Central Asia and Russia’s south

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization wants to expand its influence to the Caucasus, Central Asia and Russia’s southern regions, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Anti-Terrorism Center (ATC) head General Colonel Andrey Novikov said on Wednesday. “Territorial claims of IS in CIS include Azerbaijan, Armenia, …

TGTE has no faith in polls

TGTE has no faith in polls

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by former LTTE member V. Rudrakumaran has said that it has no faith in the Parliamentary elections scheduled to be held next month. A statement by the TGTE said that the presence of Tamil members in the …

The ‘Unfinished War’ in Sri Lanka

The ‘Unfinished War’ in Sri Lanka

The International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka (ITJP)  released a new report on 23 July 2015. The report, “A Still Unfinished War: Sri Lanka’s Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence 2009 – 2015,” is a follow up on an earlier report, “An Unfinished War: Torture …