Monthly Archives: March 2017

Marine resources is at the heart of the India-Sri Lanka fishing problem

Marine resources is at the heart of the India-Sri Lanka fishing problem

There is no certainty about the circumstances that led to the killing of a Tamil Nadu fisherman somewhere between the Indian and Sri Lankan coast on Monday night. There is no telling who pulled the trigger — whether it was the Sri Lankan Navy or …

US State Dept releases reports on ongoing Human Rights violations in the World

US State Dept releases reports on ongoing Human Rights violations in the World

The US Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 was released on 7 March 2017. They are prepared by human rights officers at U.S. missions around the world who review information available from a wide variety of civil society, government, and other …

US Pacific Fleet on goodwill mission to Hambantota

US Pacific Fleet on goodwill mission to Hambantota

The US Pacific Fleet symbolically moved into the strategically located Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka on Monday, beating China in the race to establish great power presence in the port and the region. The US embassy here announced on Monday, that the Pacific Fleet’s …

Protests in Rameswaram after Indian fisherman is shot

Protests in Rameswaram after Indian fisherman is shot

A 22-year-old Indian fisherman was shot dead today allegedly by the Sri Lankan navy while he was fishing in a mechanised boat at a short distance off Katchatheevu islet, fisheries department officials said. The incident occurred this evening when Bridgo, from Thangachimadam in central Rameswaram …

Elusive reconciliation

Elusive reconciliation

United Nations report released last week on the progress of reconciliation efforts by the Sri Lankan government should be a wake-up call for President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Raising serious concerns about the delay in addressing allegations of war crimes and in …

Resolution will not force Sri Lanka to accept adjudication by foreigners?

Resolution will not force Sri Lanka to accept adjudication by foreigners?

Sri Lanka believes that the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on it, to be passed at the end of this month, will not force it to accept adjudication by foreigners in war crimes cases. It is true that in its latest report to the UNHRC, …

PIA to return Airbus

PIA to return Airbus

The management of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is returning premier service aircraft to Sri Lanka. The Airbus-330 was acquired on lease for premier service of PIA. The PIA has paid over $19 million to Sri Lankan authorities in terms of wet lease for this …

Ex-LTTE cadres form political party

Ex-LTTE cadres form political party

A group of former LTTE members in Sri Lanka has announced formation of a new party, saying people are getting frustrated by mainstream political parties as they have “failed” to address issues faced by the minority Tamils. ‘Rehabilitated United Liberation Tigers Front’ was formed in …

Banks Charge You for Checking Balance and Mini Statement at the ATM

Banks Charge You for Checking Balance and Mini Statement at the ATM

Apart from the levies on withdrawals beyond the free limit, banks charge you for checking the balance and accessing mini-statements at the ATM as well. Apart from the levies on withdrawals beyond the free limit, banks charge their customers for non-financial transactions like checking the …

TNA backs call for special court

TNA backs call for special court

Issuing a statement the TNA welcomed the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of the 2015 Human Rights Council resolution. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) welcomes the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of …