Monthly Archives: July 2017

Devolution a must

Devolution a must

The historic Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord that mooted a permanent solution to the decades-long-ethnic conflict in the island nation was signed on July 29, thirty years ago. Veteran Tamil leader and Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament R. Sampanthan recalls how the then …

Conference on Tamil culture

Conference on Tamil culture

The International Movement of Tamil Culture (Sri Lanka chapter) in association with the University of Jaffna will be holding a two-day special conference on ‘Challenges and Initiatives of Tamil Language and Culture’ at the University premises on August 5 and 6. Addressing a press conference …

Conflict-Affected Women

Conflict-Affected Women

The International Crisis Group in a report released on 28 July says the promises by the Sri Lanka Government to the UNHRC in 2015 have failed to materialise and the urgent economic and psycho-social needs of all conflict-affected groups remain unmet. The report notes that …

What is behind China’s purchase of a port in Sri Lanka?

What is behind China’s purchase of a port in Sri Lanka?

The long-delayed $1.1bn sale of a 70 percent stake in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port, which straddles the world’s busiest east-west shipping route, has been signed off in Colombo. It will help Sri Lanka get on top of mounting debts and adds another important link in …

Controversial Hambantota Port deal to be signed

Controversial Hambantota Port deal to be signed

The Sino-Sri Lankan deal over a controversial deep water port in Hambantota in south Sri Lanka, which has been hanging fire since January 2015, will at last be signed here on Saturday. The agreement was to have been placed before parliament on Friday for its …

Belt and Road Initiative would strengthen trading position

Belt and Road Initiative would strengthen trading position

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake has spoken highly of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, expressing the hope that the government would like to see more Chinese investments. Talking to Xinhua in an interview on Thursday, the newly appointed foreign minister said China and …

Ramadoss, Vaiko demand lifting LTTE ban

Ramadoss, Vaiko demand lifting LTTE ban

Hailing the European Union Court of Justice verdict lifting the ban on LTTE, leaders including PMK founder S. Ramadoss and MDMK general secretary Vaiko, besides other Tiger supporters demanded that the ban be lifted in India too. The leaders and pro-Tiger outfits argued that the …

LTTE removed from EU blacklist

LTTE removed from EU blacklist

The European Union’s top court on Wednesday annulled a court ruling to remove the Hamas militant group from the EU terror blacklist. The court, however, removed Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from the 28-member bloc’s terror list, BBC reported. The Court of …

Thirty years of soul-searching

Thirty years of soul-searching

Thirty years have passed, not so quietly, since President J.R. Jayewardene of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India signed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in July 1987. The accord’s story has become part of history in India as well as Sri Lanka. However, …

Address the Missing Persons issue

Address the Missing Persons issue

In a letter to the President, the leader of the TNA Mr. R. Sampanthan had said that the the issue of missing persons is a serious issue and that demonstrations have been carried out by families of missing persons, both in the north and east for …