Monthly Archives: July 2016

Swaraj holds meeting to solve fishermen issue

Swaraj holds meeting to solve fishermen issue

In an effort to find a permanent solution to the vexed fishermen issue with Sri Lanka, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held a high-level meeting with various stakeholders and deliberated on its different aspects. The meeting was attended by representatives of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, …

Master forger helped LTTE cadres escape

Master forger helped LTTE cadres escape

For a few thousand dollars “The Doctor” opened doors to the world, supplying pristine fake passports to gangsters and rebels, refugees and migrant workers — all from an unassuming, scruffy house in the Bangkok suburbs. But this Iranian master forger now languishes in a Thai …

First global Tamil dialogue, with focus on Malaysia and Sri Lanka

First global Tamil dialogue, with focus on Malaysia and Sri Lanka

Sangam 4, the literary and cultural festival to be conducted here, will feature the first global Tamil dialogue, with focus on Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj, founder, said that the Sangam 4, in its third …

IS supporter’s Sri Lankan contacts probed

IS supporter’s Sri Lankan contacts probed

Though state police had ruled out the possibility of arrested ‘ISIS sympathiser of West Bengal origin, who ran a grocery shop in Tirupur, having any wicked design for Tamil Nadu, his links with certain Sri Lankan operatives, including one identified as Khulla Bhai, has forced …

Central Bank raises policy rates

Central Bank raises policy rates

Sri Lankan shares ended steady in thin trade on Friday, though cautious investors fear the gains would be short-lived, as the central bank’s surprise move to raise key policy rates will hurt market sentiment. After market hours on Thursday, the raised its key interest rates by …

Economy can grow 5%

Economy can grow 5%

Sri Lanka’s economy can still grow 5 per cent or slightly faster this year even after increases in its monetary policy rates, the central bank (CB) governor said on Friday. Early this year, the central bank projected 5.8 per cent growth for 2016 early this …

Surge in U.S. Development Assistance in Sri Lanka

Surge in U.S. Development Assistance in Sri Lanka

Signaling a surge in U.S. development assistance for Sri Lanka, the newly-arrived Dr. Andrew Sisson official assumed duties yesterday as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to Sri Lanka and Maldives.  U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap administered the oath of office in the …

Canada backs meaningful international role

Canada backs meaningful international role

Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion said on Thursday that Canada encourages Sri Lanka to take advantage of the current momentum to move forward on reforms, including those to strengthen good governance and economic stability. “It is clear that delays in the implementation of these critical …

India stands for united, stable Sri Lanka

India stands for united, stable Sri Lanka

India stands for a united, stable and prosperous Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, emphasising that India’s development cooperation with the country will be as per the aspirations of its people and leadership. In a video message on the launch of India-assisted emergency …

International community has failed Tamil people

International community has failed Tamil people

Anuradha Mittal, the Executive Director of the Oakland Institute and the author of the report “The Long Shadow of War: The Struggle for Justice in Post-war Sri Lanka” said that the International Community has failed the Tamil population during the civil war and failed to …