Monthly Archives: August 2015

Former Bodyguard of LTTE Chief Enters Election Fray

Former Bodyguard of LTTE Chief Enters Election Fray

Sivanathan Navindra alias Venthan, a former bodyguard of the slain Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, is among nine ex-Tiger militants contesting the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections from the Jaffna-Kilinochchi electoral district as members of a new outfit, Crusaders for Democracy (CFD). Venthan and …

Sri Lankan Tamils push for autonomy and justice

Sri Lankan Tamils push for autonomy and justice

The road blocks and military checkpoints are gone, and the restrictions on foreign tourists and journalists visiting the area have been lifted. But the mostly Tamil residents of Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna peninsula say much more still needs to be done to heal the wounds …

United Nations Working Group of Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances   Postpons visit

United Nations Working Group of Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances Postpons visit

A 10-day visit by the United Nations Working Group of Enforced or Involu-ntary Disappe-arances (WGEID) scheduled to begin on Monday (Aug.3) has been cancelled due to August 17 parliamentary polls.  Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Kolonne yesterday told The Island that new dates would be decided …

Choose worthy candidates for Parliament – Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Choose worthy candidates for Parliament – Catholic Bishops’ Conference

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka has urged all citizens to do their utmost in choosing worthy candidates for parliament in the forthcoming general elections. The  statement said: Our country is at the threshold of another General Election. The citizens are therefore, once again, …

UN yet to decide on accountability process

UN yet to decide on accountability process

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General answering a question on Sri Lanka at the Press Briefing on 31 July 2015 said the UN is yet to decide whether there will be a domestic or international accountability mechanism to deal with the findings of the Office of …

Wigneswaran wants British MPs not to support a domestic mechanism

Wigneswaran wants British MPs not to support a domestic mechanism

The All Party Parliamentary Group of British Parliamentarians for Tamils (APPGT) in a Press Release said the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, Justice CV Wigneswaran had urged the MPs to ask the UK government not to support a domestic mechanism to investigate the …

Sri Lanka: Back to the Future?

Sri Lanka: Back to the Future?

After months of intense speculation, it has become official: Sri Lanka’s recently ousted president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, will contest in the country’s parliamentary elections which will be held on August 17. He will be contesting from Kurunegala district as a part of the United People’s Freedom …

Shooting Leaves 1 Dead and 12 Hurt

Shooting Leaves 1 Dead and 12 Hurt

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election campaign took a deadly turn on Friday when unidentified gunmen opened fire into a crowd at a campaign meeting, killing one woman and injuring 12 other people. The country’s finance minister, Ravi Karunanayake, was at the meeting in Kotahena, a suburb …

U.S. Decides to Retaliate Against China’s Hacking

U.S. Decides to Retaliate Against China’s Hacking

The Obama administration has determined that it must retaliate against China for the theft of the personal information of more than 20 million Americans from the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, but it is still struggling to decide what it can do without …