Monthly Archives: May 2018

Observe this day as Tamil genocide day, says CV Wigneswaran

Observe this day as Tamil genocide day, says CV Wigneswaran

Thousands of people in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated northern province on Friday participated in a commemorative ceremony to observe the ninth anniversary of the brutal end to the 37-year long Eelam war, which had claimed the lives of more than one lakh people. The main ceremony …

Remembering the dead in Mullivaikkal

Remembering the dead in Mullivaikkal

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has called upon Tamils to set aside their differences and participate in the ‘Remembrance Day’ event, remembering those who were killed in Sri Lanka’s civil war, to be held in Mullivaikkal on Friday. Located on the eastern tip of …

China using ‘debtbook diplomacy’

China using ‘debtbook diplomacy’

The Chinese government is leveraging billions of dollars in debts to gain political leverage with developing countries across Asia and the Pacific, a new report presented to the US State Department claims. The independent report, written by a pair of Harvard University scholars, identified 16 …

Election bid

Election bid

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has unofficially launched his bid to run for the presidency at the 2019 elections with a ceremony at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. Political sources said Rajapaksa had invited his three politically active brothers as guests of what he called …

Mobile phone coverage

Mobile phone coverage

Minister for Information Technology M. Manikandan has said he would take up with the Defence Ministry the question of Sri Lanka’s mobile phone service being available at Dhanushkodi and Arichamunai in Rameswaram island, and check if this posed any security threat. Asked about the availability …

Passed shelf life?

Passed shelf life?

Sri Lanka’ Good Governance regime headed by President Maithripala Sirisena came in 2015 with a promise to end partisan politics and the abolish the Executive Presidency. But its record in the past three years shows that it is going the way previous regimes went, sacrificing …

Primary cause of problems is non-resolution of ethnic issue

Primary cause of problems is non-resolution of ethnic issue

The division of the country would be neither beneficial to the nation nor the Tamil speaking people, said Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, appealing to the Tamils not to lend their support to any political movement that advocated secession. “This was the position taken by the …

Sri Lanka’s enforced disappearances

Sri Lanka’s enforced disappearances

Sri Lanka has used abductions as a way to instill fear since the days of civil war. In the last three decades, 60,000 people have gone missing. Many families continue to protest every day under makeshift tents in towns across the country’s north. They hold …

Allegations based on hearsay

Allegations based on hearsay

The Sri Lanka army has set up a ‘Directorate of Overseas Operations’ dedicated to preparing material to defend itself against war crimes charges made in the international arena. This was stated by the Army Commander, Lt.Gen.Mahesh Senanayake, at a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents’ Association …

Indo-Lanka Peace Accord: Stirring up old resentments and hope

Indo-Lanka Peace Accord: Stirring up old resentments and hope

The much-maligned Indo-Lanka Peace Accord of 1987 is back in public focus, courtesy T. Ramakrishnan’s book Or Inapprachinaiyum Or Oppandhamum (An Ethnic Conflict and An Accord), introduced at an event at the Colombo Tamil Sangam recently. Ramakrishnan, a senior Indian journalist and an associate editor …