Monthly Archives: May 2016

US working with Sri Lanka to implement UNHRC resolution

US working with Sri Lanka to implement UNHRC resolution

The United States is working with Sri Lanka to implement the steps agreed to in the resolution the two countries jointly sponsored at the UN Human Rights Council last year, a top US diplomat said today. “Our diplomatic relations are at an all-time high, and …

Inviting both President Sirisena and Sampanthan “Politically Significant”

Inviting both President Sirisena and Sampanthan “Politically Significant”

The fact that India has invited the Sri Lankan President, Miathripala Sirisena, and the Leader of Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, R.Sampanthan, to the Simhasth Kumbh Mela being held at Ujjain, is considered politically  significant here. Although Sirisena and Sampanthan are not on …

India’s help sought to tackle drugs problem in Jaffna

India’s help sought to tackle drugs problem in Jaffna

In a recent meeting with a former Indian diplomat, leaders of fishermen from Jaffna raised the issue of the easy availability of drugs in the region, and sought India’s help to tackle the problem. Attributing the availability of illicit substances to the growing instances of …

ISIS global recruiters set sights on India

ISIS global recruiters set sights on India

Disclosures of recently-arrested ISIS recruits have revealed that the jihadi group’s global headhunters including women from Argentina, Sri Lanka and Philippines are on the prowl for Indian youth who show any leanings to radical views on social media. Counter-terror agencies are closely monitoring nearly 25 …

Malaysian police arrest 10 Sri Lankans with forged passports

Malaysian police arrest 10 Sri Lankans with forged passports

The Malaysian police have arrested 10 Sri Lankans with forged passports, the Viet Times reported today. The Sri Lankans are among 19 people arrested by the Malaysian authorities during a raid.According to the Malaysian police the Sri Lankans were to travel to Geneva from Malaysia …

Modi meets fishermen

Modi meets fishermen

Minutes before addressing an election meeting in Vedaranyam on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who secured the release of five Tamil Nadu fishermen facing death sentence in Sri Lanka, made it a point to meet them. “It gave me immense pleasure to meet the five …

Sri Lankan rupee steady

Sri Lankan rupee steady

The Sri Lankan rupee was steady in dull trade on Tuesday, dealers said, adding that expected fund inflows in the near future would likely help ease the downward pressure on the local currency. A loan deal with the International Monetary Fund and a likely $1.5-billion …

Panama Papers – Sri Lankan companies on list

Panama Papers – Sri Lankan companies on list

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Monday released a searchable database of more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation. The data comes from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the top players in the offshore world, …

Australia returns asylum seekers

Australia returns asylum seekers

Australia has intercepted three asylum-seeker boats so far this year, including one carrying women and children from Sri Lanka, the country’s immigration minister revealed on Monday (May 9). Under Canberra’s hardline measures, asylum-seekers trying to reach Australia by boat are either sent back to where …

Sampanthan calls on Tamil diaspora to participate in development of the North and East

Sampanthan calls on Tamil diaspora to participate in development of the North and East

Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan called on the Tamil diaspora to take part in the development of the North and East. The Opposition Leader made this request while participating in a ceremony to open a community centre in …