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Indians and Lankans bond over Katchaitheevu church fest

Indians and Lankans bond over Katchaitheevu church fest

     The shores of Katchatheevu islet on the Palk Straits, otherwise closed for Indian fishermen, were opened for the two-day St Antony Church festival that commenced on Saturday. Though the festival this year comes in the backdrop of mounting tension over the alleged execution …

Questions on Indian human rights record in IHK

Questions on Indian human rights record in IHK

     Writing in the State-owned Daily News, columnist Lucien Rajakarunanayake pointed out that the British media, which had gone ballistic on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, was silent …

India to vote against Sri Lanka in UNHRC

India to vote against Sri Lanka in UNHRC

      India will vote in support of a US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka proposed to be moved before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva next month, Union minister in the Prime Minister’s Office ( PMO) V Narayansamy said on Sunday. Talking to …

HRW: ‘We will teach you a lesson’

HRW: ‘We will teach you a lesson’

        ‘We will teach you a lesson’: Sexual violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces” is a 140page report published on 22 February 2013 giving 75 …

Karunanidhi finds fault with Pranab’s speech over Lanka reference

Karunanidhi finds fault with Pranab’s speech over Lanka reference

Three days after a scathing attack against the  UPA government for its silence on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka,DMK chief M Karunanidhi launched another tirade against the Centre on Saturday, this time over President Pranab Mukherjee’s references to the rehabilitation process  in the island nation in …

Manmohan assures Tamil Nadu MPs on Sri Lanka

 Delegation wants India to vote against Rajapaksa regime at UNHRC meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has emphasised that there will be no compromise on Colombo’s promise to implement the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution which provides more powers to Tamil areas in Sri …

Boatpeople bogeyman running amok over Australia’s electoral landscape

Boatpeople bogeyman running amok over Australia’s electoral landscape

          An’ so they left their native land In spite of their devotion, An’ so they came, or  they stole, Were sent across the ocean.  An’ came out to Australia.        With the boat people bogeyman running amok over Australia’s electoral landscape …

The International Crisis Group calls on the world to act to restore the rule of law in Sri Lanka

The International Crisis Group calls on the world to act to restore the rule of law in Sri Lanka

      According to a report released this week by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG), the Government “has crossed a threshold into new and dangerous terrain, threatening prospects …

HRW to release report on Sri Lanka

HRW to release report on Sri Lanka

       Human Rights Watch (HRW), a global human rights organisation, is to release a highly controversial report on Sri Lanka which alleges rape and torture of detainees at the hands of the army and police on Monday. The HRW, which has prepared a 140-page report, “‘We Will …

Separate shelves offering halal and non-halal food

Separate shelves offering halal and non-halal food

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–         Islamic clerics tried to calm religious tensions at press conference on Thursday (21) by requesting shops to sell halal meat only to Muslims, after protests by hardline Bodu Bala Sena group. Food manufacturers have labelled all their …