Monthly Archives: June 2016

The ignored plight of Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu

The ignored plight of Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu

It was the time of war and unrest. The only driving force for the Sri Lankan Tamils who decided to move out was the hope for a better future for their kids. It was easier to run away from their birth land than to see …

Police nabs kidney trader

Police nabs kidney trader

After chasing the alleged kingpin of the Delhi kidney racket across six cities in four states, Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested T Rajkumar Rao from Kolkata. Rao was spearheading the syndicate for almost a decade. The accused had been evading arrest since the last four …

British Officials discuss political settlement

British Officials discuss political settlement

The head of the British diplomatic service, Simon McDonald and the secretary at the UK Department for International Development visited Sri Lanka on Wednesday held discussions with the Tamil National Alliance leader R Sampanthan regarding political settlement and the challenges facing Tamils in the North-East the …

A New Era for the U.S. – Sri Lanka Relationship

A New Era for the U.S. – Sri Lanka Relationship

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives will be briefed on Thursday 9 June 2016 on the topic “Sri Lanka’s Democratic Transition: A New Era for the US-Sri Lanka Relationship”. It will be an open hearing of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, to be held …

China tells Lanka to be cautious

China tells Lanka to be cautious

China wants its projects in Sri Lanka to be Joint Ventures either with local Lankan companies and state organizations or with foreign companies, including Indian companies, says the Chinese Ambassador in Lanka, Yi Xianliang. He told the Regional Center for Strategic Studies here on Monday …

Explosions rock military armoury

Explosions rock military armoury

A soldier has been killed and thousands of people were evacuated after a fire and a series of explosions rocked one of Sri Lanka’s largest ammunition dumps where the army stores heavy weapons. Local television stations showed rocket propelled grenade shells and shrapnel that had …

Eastern CM and post conflict Sri Lanka

Eastern CM and post conflict Sri Lanka

By Dinesh D. Dodamgoda.                                                         The incident that took place in Sampur a few days ago between the …

For Tamils, the pledges of post-war truth and reconciliation ring false

For Tamils, the pledges of post-war truth and reconciliation ring false

For seven years, the ethnic Tamil housewife has waited for news of a son who vanished near the frenzied end of Sri Lanka’s quarter-century-long civil war. After so much time, she has little faith that the Sinhalese-majority government will help solve such mysteries and heal …

Focus on LTTE took away attention from emerging threats

Focus on LTTE took away attention from emerging threats

Sri Lankan security services’ focus on a possible resurgence of the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has affected the government’s attention to emerging threats such as reports of Sri Lankan nationals joining the Islamic State (IS), the U.S. State Department has said in …

IMF approves 36-month EFF facility

IMF approves 36-month EFF facility

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a 36-month extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with Sri Lanka for an amount equivalent to SDR 1.1 billion (about US$1.5 billion, or 185 percent of quota) to support the country’s economic …