Monthly Archives: August 2015

Farming recovery in Sri Lanka’s ex-war zone

Farming recovery in Sri Lanka’s ex-war zone

Since Sri Lanka’s three-decade civil war ended in 2009, Nagarathnam Ganeshan has faced a major new uncertainty: how much water he will have to grow his crops. A paddy farmer from the village of Visuvamadu in Mullaitivu district, deep inside the former war zone in …

Atul Keshap Sworn in As US Envoy to Sri Lanka

Atul Keshap Sworn in As US Envoy to Sri Lanka

Indian-American Atul Keshap has been sworn in as the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, becoming the second Indian-origin diplomat to be posted to the region after Richard Rahul Verma. Keshap, 44, a former official at the US Embassy in India, was administered the …

Tainted Peace

Tainted Peace

The torture of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka by the police and military remains a major problem six years after the end of the civil war with victims beaten, burned and sexually abused, a UK-based charity providing medical care to survivors said. In a report …

Sri Lanka’s Minority Outreach Holds Risks Before Vote

Sri Lanka’s Minority Outreach Holds Risks Before Vote

Sri Lanka–Sri Lanka’s government has been reaching out to the country’s influential Tamil diaspora with the aim of building minority support and boosting its international standing. But the contentious strategy holds risks for the government’s survival ahead of parliamentary elections next week. The ruling coalition …

“Neutral” Wigneswaran’s Statement Shows Tilt Towards TNPF

“Neutral” Wigneswaran’s Statement Shows Tilt Towards TNPF

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran’s statement on Wednesday telling Sri Lankan Tamils who they should vote for in the August 17 parliamentary elections, seems to be an endorsement of the radical Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF) rather than his own party, the moderate Tamil National …

Sri Lanka Between Elections

Sri Lanka Between Elections

The International Crisis Group releasing a report “Sri Lanka Between Elections” on 12 August 2015 said  “Sri Lanka will need “international scrutiny” and “pressure” to rebuild the damage caused by “40 years of insurgency, civil war and ethnically biased centralisation.” The report listed 04 areas that would …

ISIS map of areas it wants to take over

ISIS map of areas it wants to take over

The Islamic State plans to take over large parts of the world, including almost the entire Indian subcontinent, by the next five years, according to a chilling map that features in a new book on the dreaded terror group. According to the map, the Islamic …

Sri Lanka’s election to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the Indian Ocean region,

Sri Lanka’s election to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the Indian Ocean region,

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election this month promises to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the wider Indian Ocean region, a global centre of trade and energy flows that accounts for half of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its …

Sampanthan refused to answer calls

Sampanthan refused to answer calls

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, R Sampanthan left his phone seemingly engaged during the final stages of the armed conflict in May 18th 2009, as the LTTE political heads, P Nadesan and S Pulithevan reached out to the TNA representatives for help, said the …

We don’t like change

We don’t like change

Our desire is to have Agro based development. We wish to engage in small medium level industries. We don’t want to plan for large scale industries and to alter the Agro based back ground, said Justice C.V. Wigneswaran to the World Bank Representatives who met …