Monthly Archives: November 2015

Pakistan, India agree to play cricket series in Sri Lanka

Pakistan, India agree to play cricket series in Sri Lanka

The Pakistan and Indian governments on Thursday gave the go-ahead to their respective cricket boards to play a short limited-overs series in Sri Lanka. Five limited overs matches, including a three-match one-day series and two Twenty20 matches, are expected to start in Sri Lanka from …

TNA urges calm

TNA urges calm

“We are very shocked and saddened by the suicide of of the 18 year old student, Rajeswaran Senthuran,” the leader of the TNA, R Sampanthan and the TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah said in a statement on Thursday. Expressing shock and sadness at the news of …

Jaffna Student Commits Suicide

Jaffna Student Commits Suicide

An 18 year old Jaffna student, Rajeswaran Senthooran, allegedly committed suicide demanding an independent Tamil Eelam and the rehabilitation and release of all Tamil political prisoners. Significantly,Thursday November 26, happened to be the 61 st birth anniversay of the Late  Velupillai Prabhakaran, founder leader of …

Britain remains committed to working closely with the Sri Lankan Government

Britain remains committed to working closely with the Sri Lankan Government

Responding to a question on the hunger strike staged by the Tamil detainees by Parliamentarian Joan Ryan, in the House of Commons Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Hugo Swire said on 24 November 2015 that matters of concern are raised with the Sri Lankan government, including the …

Our objectives are the same and nothing has changed

Our objectives are the same and nothing has changed

In an interview with Darisha Bastians of the Daily FT on 26 November Ambassador Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the USA to the United Nations  said the US remains concerned and alert about the human rights climate in Sri Lanka. Q: During your visit to the north, …

What comes after Samantha Power’s Sri Lanka visit?

What comes after Samantha Power’s Sri Lanka visit?

In recent days, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. has really stirred things up in Sri Lanka. She seems to have met virtually all of the key political players and the optics of her visit to the Northern Province were especially good. From the …

Glimmers of hope among Sri Lanka’s poor human rights record

Glimmers of hope among Sri Lanka’s poor human rights record

Sri Lanka’s human rights record is again under scrutiny. In September last year, the UN released a detailed report into the alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Government during 2009. The civil war, and its resulting broad violation of human rights, has overshadowed …

No Foreign Naval Bases on SL Soil: PM

No Foreign Naval Bases on SL Soil: PM

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that Lanka will not allow other countries to set up naval bases in its territory. “We would like to reiterate that there would be no naval bases allocated to other countries within Sri Lanka,” Wickremesinghe declared in …

Rehab of Tamils with LTTE link hits roadblock

Rehab of Tamils with LTTE link hits roadblock

The Sri Lankan government’s plan to send for rehabilitation and eventual release 217 Tamils detained for alleged links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), has run into legal difficulties. On November 17, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, M A Sumanthiran, had said …

Toronto temple is a ‘cash cow’ for terrorists

Toronto temple is a ‘cash cow’ for terrorists

The beautifully intricate paintings of Hindu gods inside the Canada Kandasamy Temple are a sacred backdrop for worshippers who come to pray, as well as for the politicians who pass through to have their pictures taken. A garlanded Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was photographed at …