Monthly Archives: February 2017

Jaishankar urges TNA to unite

Jaishankar urges TNA to unite

Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar has urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to unite to fight for the Tamils’ rights, including their rights under the proposed constitution, and cooperate with India in the economic development of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces. Meeting the TNA …

Panel questions Central Bank Chief

Panel questions Central Bank Chief

A Sri Lankan commission investigating irregularities in government bond sales questioned the new head of the country’s central bank on Tuesday, as the government’s anti-corruption policy came under scrutiny. The commission questioned Indrajith Coomaraswamy on the alleged irregularities in the issuance of treasury bonds. It …

Sumanthiran lobbying in Geneva

Sumanthiran lobbying in Geneva

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran, who is currently in Geneva, urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) officials not to allow Sri Lanka to make any change in the original resolution co-sponsored with…… the UNHRC by the country in 2015. Sumanthiran met the UNHRC …

India has been telling Tamil leaders to cooperate

India has been telling Tamil leaders to cooperate

The Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar expressed his happiness about the Indian Origin Tamils (IOTs) being in the Sri Lankan national mainstream, fully participating in governance and securing benefits for themselves, Mano Ganeshan, leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA),  told Express after meeting the top Indian official …

India will not press for merger of North and East

India will not press for merger of North and East

India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday. He …

India, Sri Lanka finalizing plans to restart ferry service

India, Sri Lanka finalizing plans to restart ferry service

India and Sri Lanka are ready to make way for better ties by resuming a ferry service from Kochi to Colombo. “The ferry service is mooted between Kochi in Kerala to Colombo. We are finalising the modalities and working out if it would be purely …

To ‘neutralise’ the former President

To ‘neutralise’ the former President

Even as Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa angles for a political comeback, New Delhi appears to be weighing up possible political shifts in the island, including a split in the Rajapaksa camp. On February 10, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, known to be …

India to offer help to Lanka

India to offer help to Lanka

As Chinese investments in Sri Lanka run into domestic resistance, India is set to make fresh offers to support the island nation in various sectors. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will fly to Colombo on Saturday to commence a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. “He will …

Balance of payments under pressure

Balance of payments under pressure

Sri Lanka could face balance-of-payments pressure due to foreign outflows from government securities, a government document showed, even as the island nation is in the process of raising up to $2.5 billion from foreign borrowing. The central bank is aiming to tap the international market …

TNA split on giving Sri Lanka more time

TNA split on giving Sri Lanka more time

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is split on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) giving the Government more time to address the accountability issue. TNA member and former Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi, a coalition partner of the TNA, is …