Monthly Archives: May 2017

Toronto Tamils want to restore homeland

Toronto Tamils want to restore homeland

Tamil-Canadian business owners from Toronto who visited their Sri Lankan homeland have returned urging fellow community members to invest in the island and support its government. Their appeal — unthinkable during the three decades of Sri Lanka’s civil war — came after March meetings with …

South Asia Satellite will help India boost ties with neighbours

South Asia Satellite will help India boost ties with neighbours

The launch on May 5, of GSAT-09, a communication satellite developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), will bring India closer to its neighbours Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. The satellite, which weighs 2,230 kg and took almost three years to build, would …

On road to debt trap

On road to debt trap

China’s grandiose global connectivity initiative — One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt& Road Initiative (linking China with Europe via SE Asia & C Asia through land & sea links) — which is set to receive a formal endorsement at the May 14-15 international meet …

Trials of resettlement

Trials of resettlement

After 20 years in India, wearing a “refugee” tag that led her from one camp to another, it was only in December 2016 that Edward Selyn, 55, returned home. Until a few days ago, she was among a group of people seated under a tent …

Sri Lanka faces trade, human rights link

Sri Lanka faces trade, human rights link

The pain of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which ended in May 2009, continues to haunt residents in the eastern coastal town of Batticaloa and its surrounding villages. Punyamurthi Jeyatheepa, a 32-year-old social worker, is still searching for her husband, Pathmashri, who left their home on …

Need for religious leaders to play a dynamic role to end conflicts

Need for religious leaders to play a dynamic role to end conflicts

The Saudi Arabian delegation to the International Seminar on ‘Islamic Reality and Timely Challenges’ praised Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s views on religious harmony and peace. They said that the people in the Islamic world, where the President’s speech at the seminar was relayed, expressed …

No deals during visit of Indian PM

No deals during visit of Indian PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would only attend the UN ‘Vesak Day’ celebrations and no bilateral agreements will be signed during his visit to Sri Lanka next week, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said. “No agreements will be signed during Prime Minister Modi’s visit. …

Building holistic India-Sri Lanka ties

Building holistic India-Sri Lanka ties

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi last week, on his third visit to the capital since January 2015, is in keeping with the refreshed Indo-Lanka ties that followed the regime change in Colombo. Flagging off partnerships …

Tamil party to involve former LTTE cadres in party work

Tamil party to involve former LTTE cadres in party work

A dominant party of Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance will involve rehabilitated LTTE cadres in party work as part of a bid to integrate them into the society. The leaders of Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) yesterday held a meeting and discussed the ex-LTTE cadres’ …