Monthly Archives: January 2017

Take measures to salvage boats

Take measures to salvage boats

The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Secretary, Union Ministry of External Affairs to take appropriate steps within two months to salvage the 120 fishing boats of Tamil fishermen from the Sri Lankan government. Advocate Thirumurugan from Morepannai fishing village, Ramathapuram …

implement Task Force recommendations to deliver justice for victims of human rights abuse

implement Task Force recommendations to deliver justice for victims of human rights abuse

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an international non-governmental human rights organization has called on the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations made by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms. The Sri Lankan government must deliver on the clear demand for justice from …

Plea for Jallikattu type world-wide struggle to promote Tamil cause

Plea for Jallikattu type world-wide struggle to promote Tamil cause

Sri Lanka’s largest selling Tamil daily Virakesari has, in an editorial on Monday, called for a Jallikattu type non-partisan, peaceful, world-wide mass struggle in support of the Sri Lankan Tamil cause. Expressing amazement at the way Tamils in Tamil Nadu and abroad  spontaneously rose in …

Repeal PTA , Review anti-terror law

Repeal PTA , Review anti-terror law

A UN Special Rapporteur, in a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), has recommended that Sri Lanka immediately repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), review the draft legislation to replace the PTA and immediately withdraw the proposed amendment to the Code …

IMF commends Sri Lanka

IMF commends Sri Lanka

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended the new strategy of Sri Lankan Government to create financial discipline and lead the country in a correct path to economic development. Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde said she highly values the Sri Lankan …

Tamil nationalism attempts to emerge on the fringes of jallikattu

Tamil nationalism attempts to emerge on the fringes of jallikattu

“Modhalla Maadu, Apparum Thani Tamil Nadu.” “First the bull and then a separate Tamil Nadu.” On Sunday, a Tamil news channel beamed visuals of a child holding a placard carrying this slogan at the Marina beach in Chennai, where thousands continue to protest since Tuesday …

Sri Lanka braces for trouble ahead

Sri Lanka braces for trouble ahead

FORECAST This year will bring more political infighting in Sri Lanka as former President Mahinda Rajapaksa tries to stir discontent ahead of local elections and constitutional reform. The disarray will continue to cause headaches for China, which invested in strategic and lucrative development projects in …

India says not interested in Trincomalee

India says not interested in Trincomalee

Indian official sources on Friday denied Sri Lankan Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s contention that Sri Lanka and India are in talks for developing the Trincomalee harbor in the Eastern coast of the island nation. Fonseka had made the claim on the sidelines …

Reconciliation, peace achievable only if justice is meted out

Reconciliation, peace achievable only if justice is meted out

Reconciliation and sustainable peace can be achieved only if justice is meted out to the long standing injustice suffered by the people, Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran said. The Northern Province Chief Minister was speaking during a discussion with Political, Trade and Communications Counsellor of …

Jallikattu protests in North

Jallikattu protests in North

Though there is no Jallikattu tradition in Sri Lankan Tamil villages, the Tamils of the island nation have enthusiastically joined the Jallikattu restoration movement now going on in Tamil Nadu by organizing demonstrations in support of it. On Wednesday, a demonstration was held by Junior …