Monthly Archives: July 2015

Second Battle to Decide Rajapaksa’s Fate

Second Battle to Decide Rajapaksa’s Fate

The Sri Lankan parliamentary elections slated for August 17 are essentially about one issue — whether former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should or should not be at the helm of the island nation’s affairs. Contrary to expectations, his defeat in the January 8 presidential polls did …

Former LTTE member held in Tiruchi

Former LTTE member held in Tiruchi

The City Police arrested a former member of the banned Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) here at the international airport on Sunday before he could board the flight to Malaysia. Along with the ex-LTTE member A. Kumaraguru (39), the police also arrested G. …

TNA to offer seat to Muslims: Sampanthan in Trinco

TNA to offer seat to Muslims: Sampanthan in Trinco

Addressing an election rally of the TNA in Sivan Kovilady in Trincomalee on Firday, July 24, Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan has stated that the Tamil National Alliance will offer a seat to the Muslims if it wins three seats in Trincomalee electorate. Sampanthan …

TNA reiterates self determination, North-East remerger

TNA reiterates self determination, North-East remerger

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), released its election manifesto, on Saturday 25 July and reiterated its adherence to the right to self determination for Tamils and the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces under a federal structure under the United Nations International Covenants on Civil political rights and Economic, …

We Must Unite’ Against Brutal Terrorists

We Must Unite’ Against Brutal Terrorists

David Cameron sets off today on a four-day trade tour of Malaysia and Indonesia – but the threat from terrorist groups is likely to be at the top of the agenda. The Prime Minister will push for closer cooperation in counter-terrorism between the UK and …

Jihadi John flees Islamic State

Jihadi John flees Islamic State

The Islamic State executioner known as Jihadi John has allegedly fled the militant group’s territory and gone on the run in Syria. Sources told British newspaper The Mirror that Mohammed Emwazi was terrified by the publicity he received after he was identified as the murderer …

Tamil people and all citizens of Sri Lanka need to consolidate the recent progressive changes in the country

Tamil people and all citizens of Sri Lanka need to consolidate the recent progressive changes in the country

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) releasing a statement on 25 July 2015 said  a strong and tested representation of Tamil interests spanning across the entire Northern and Eastern provinces, together with victory for the progressive forces in the South that advocate democracy and good governance, …

Muslims Organisations Condemn Islamic State

Muslims Organisations Condemn Islamic State

Joint declaration by the Muslim Organizations of Sri Lanka on the issue of IS (ISIS) and Extremism: We, the representatives of the main Muslim Organizations in Sri Lanka, present at the anti-extremism conference organized by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), held on the 22nd July …

‘Sri Lanka will not remove military camps or reduce troops’ says Army Chief

‘Sri Lanka will not remove military camps or reduce troops’ says Army Chief

Sri Lanka military chief confirmed that it will not remove any military camps or reduce troops. “None of the military camps will be removed from where they are situated. We have fortified those camps,” said Army Commander Chrisantha de Silva. Following an official visit to …

Sri Lankan Army says it has only ‘limited’ role in north

Sri Lankan Army says it has only ‘limited’ role in north

The Sri Lankan Army has maintained that its involvement in the Northern Province is limited “only to demining, construction works and infrastructure development in connection with the resettlement of people.” Responding to a questionnaire sent by The Hindu last month on the status of the …