Monthly Archives: July 2015

Rajapaksa raises LTTE bogey but promises equal rights to Tamils

Rajapaksa raises LTTE bogey but promises equal rights to Tamils

To whip up support for himself among Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-Buddhist majority in the run up to the August 17 parliamentary elections, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has alleged that there has been a revival of militant separatism in the Tamil-majority Northern Province since he lost the …

Feasibility study for Rs 23,000-cr, India-Sri Lanka road project

Feasibility study for Rs 23,000-cr, India-Sri Lanka road project

The Union government is planning to conduct a feasibility study for the Rs 23,000 crore road connectivity between India and Sri Lanka, which the centre is proposing. Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari today said that the Government is considering to …

Present election a mile stone to find political solution :-Sampanthan

Present election a mile stone to find political solution :-Sampanthan

Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan addressing a meeting to open a district party office in Trincomalee said that the present election is very crucial to us. It is going to be a milestone to find a political solution to the Tamil problem. He appealed to the …

India asked Lanka to stop Colombo Port City Project, says Gotabaya

India asked Lanka to stop Colombo Port City Project, says Gotabaya

India wanted the Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka to stop the Chinese-funded US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City Project on the plea that it was inimical to India’s security, former Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said. Gotabaya told a seminar organized by some professionals …

Tamils should be firm that their vote is for those not compromising the self-realisation of Tamils

Tamils should be firm that their vote is for those not compromising the self-realisation of Tamils

Releasing a statement on 17 July 2015, the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) has called upon Tamil politicians contesting at the Parliamentary elections to come out with an open and fundamental policy-oriented programme, keeping in mind the number of deceptions in the past. The forum also called …

Shares at six-week high on hopes of political stability

Shares at six-week high on hopes of political stability

Sri Lankan shares hit a six-week high on Friday, heading for a seventh straight session of gains, on hopes of political stability after the Aug. 17 parliamentary elections. At 0536 GMT, the main stock index was up 0.35 percent at 7,149.10, its highest level since …

Narendra Modi to visit Saudi Arabia and UAE

Narendra Modi to visit Saudi Arabia and UAE

Done with Central Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s next diplomatic push is going to be in the Middle East. Attempting a delicate balancing act, Modi will visit Saudi Arabia and UAE before he visits Israel early next year. Modi is also likely to visit Iran …

Iran Offer Will Help India bypass Pakistan to access Central Asia

Iran Offer Will Help India bypass Pakistan to access Central Asia

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has asked India to invest in infrastructure projects worth $8 billion, including an expanded role in developing a strategic port that will open up access to Central Asia, Iran’s envoy to New Delhi said on Friday. The port of Chabahar in …

Sri Lanka ex-leader vows new approach as he runs again

Sri Lanka ex-leader vows new approach as he runs again

Sri Lanka’s former president said he has learned from his election defeat and promised a new approach to relations between ethnic communities, as he runs for prime minister in next month’s elections. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was defeated in January presidential polls, launched his political comeback campaign …

Guidelines issued to protect human rights defenders

Guidelines issued to protect human rights defenders

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has issued guideline for state authorities to ensure the protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) including ensuring their freedom of association. The Human Rights Commission noted that Human Rights defenders act as the voice of vulnerable person or group or community …