Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sushma conveys Tamil aspirations

Sushma conveys Tamil aspirations

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, “quietly” conveyed to the Sri Lanka government that New Delhi would expect it to ensure that the new constitution of the island nation met the aspirations of the country’s minority Tamils. Swaraj did not make any public comment about political …

Tamil leaders call for UN help to locate missing civilians

Tamil leaders call for UN help to locate missing civilians

Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province on Sunday asked the UN’s top human rights official for assistance in tracing thousands of civilians who disappeared during the brutal conflict between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that lasted more than 25 years. …

Looking for a deal, not truth and justice

Looking for a deal, not truth and justice

By Frances Harrison.                                                                Sri Lanka’s fledging transitional justice process is in trouble already. It’s …

India, Lanka review bilateral issues

India, Lanka review bilateral issues

India and Sri Lanka reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral issues, including defence and economic co-operation and the contentious fishermen’s issue, besides signing two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concluded a two-day visit to this island nation on Saturday. Swaraj, …

Tamil Diaspora for Dialogue With New Delhi

Tamil Diaspora for Dialogue With New Delhi

India has so far, kept powerful Diaspora groups at an arms length, preferring to deal with the main Tamil political party Tamil National Alliance for engagement with the community. In an interview with The New Indian Express, spokesperson of the London-based Global Tamil Forum, Suren …

UN Chief to examine progress of probe

UN Chief to examine progress of probe

The United Nations’ human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has begun his first visit to Sri Lanka to gauge the island’s progress in investigating atrocities committed by both sides during its prolonged civil war. “Here to listen to all communities and hold very constructive …

India assures support for reconciliation

India assures support for reconciliation

India has expressed support for Sri Lanka on its reconciliation and development policies. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was here on a two-day visit, conveyed this to President Maithripala Sirisena when she discussed a number of matters with him nearly for an hour on …

Plantation unions suppress struggle for wage rise

Plantation unions suppress struggle for wage rise

The Sri Lankan plantation trade unions are making every attempt to block any struggle by workers for a decent wage rise, even as the major plantation companies reiterate that no increase is possible. The unions are spreading the illusion that the government will intervene to …

Swaraj meets Tamil leaders

Swaraj meets Tamil leaders

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday met leaders of Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party TNA led by its chief R Sampanthan, who briefed her about the efforts made by the government in moving forward the reconciliation process with the minority community. “Engaging across the …

Sarath Fonseka to ‘fight’ the Rajapaksa clan

Sarath Fonseka to ‘fight’ the Rajapaksa clan

Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka said that his Democratic Party reached a collective agreement with the United National Front (UNF) mainly to form a strong political alliance to ‘fight’ the Rajapaksa clan coming into power again. He said the new alliance with the UNF will be …