Monthly Archives: June 2016

Thoughts on Sri Lanka’s progress in this Transitional Phase

Thoughts on Sri Lanka’s progress in this Transitional Phase

By M.A. Sumanthiran.                                                            The process has started and is moving fairly swiftly but it has certain …

Victims of torture in turn torture family members

Victims of torture in turn torture family members

In post-war Jaffna, those who had suffered torture at the hands of the Sri Lankan armed forces show a tendency to torture family members to give went to hidden anger and other frustrations, a senior counselor at a well known post-conflict rehabilitation organization in the …

TNA wants Government to get their act together

TNA wants Government to get their act together

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided to exert pressure on the government, urging it to get it’s act together and stop dilly dallying on whether or not to permit foreign judges in a war crimes probe. “President Maithripala Sirisena is of the view that …

Politicians never retire

Politicians never retire

By Jeff Kingston.                                                                        Civil war engulfed Sri Lanka from 1983 …

Why TNA is increasingly critical

Why TNA is increasingly critical

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), till recently seen as friendly towards Colombo, is now turning increasingly critical of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government. After R. Sampanthan and Mavai S. Senathirajah, another prominent TNA leader, M.A. Sumanthiran, has raised criticism against the government. Mr. Sumanthiran, who was in …

HC urges journalist’s family to go for mediation

HC urges journalist’s family to go for mediation

In an attempt to find an amicable solution to the row over the release of Tamil film Porkalathil Oru Poo , scripted based on the life of the late Sri Lankan Tamil journalist Isaipriya, the Madras High Court has urged the family of the deceased …

Neighbours must gain from India’s growth

Neighbours must gain from India’s growth

India strongly believes that its economic growth must bring benefits to its neighbours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday as he inaugurated via video-conference a stadium in Jaffna renovated by India. While thanking India for its assistance, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said Lanka …

TNA demands for foreign judges

TNA demands for foreign judges

The US has been told that the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) expected foreign judges in the proposed hybrid court to inquire into alleged atrocities committed during the war. The TNA position has been stressed by its spokesperson and Jaffna District MP M. A. Sumanthiran …

Indonesia using ‘crude intimidation tactics’

Indonesia using ‘crude intimidation tactics’

The Indonesian authorities in Aceh are endangering the lives of more than 40 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers by firing warning shots and threatening to push them back out to sea, Amnesty International said today. Today’s latest attempt to force the boat off the coast of …

Sri Lanka to modernize fishing industry

Sri Lanka to modernize fishing industry

Sri Lanka said on Friday that the local fisheries industry is to be modernized with lifting of a ban by the European Union (EU) on fisheries products from Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a statement Norwegian assistance has been sought to modernize …