Don’t Arrest SL Tamils: Rights Activists

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The arrest of 10 Sri Lankan Tamils, who fled the island nation following persecution, has evoked angry reactions from rights activists and Tamil outfits here. The 10 Lankan Tamils, including five children, who arrived in Dhanushkodi, were arrested under the Foreigners Act and sent to Puzhal Prison in Chennai on May 5. The refugees came in two batches. Many Tamils have sought asylum in India during the decades-old war between the LTTE  and the Lankan defence forces. After the war ended, about 20,000 Lankan Tamils returned to their homeland hoping for a peaceful life, after getting exit permission from the government of India. However, there was no end to the sufferings of Tamils on Lankan soil. Even five years after the end of civil war […]

TWO Pakistani HC staff in Colombo sent a three Sri Lankan Muslim’s to India on a terror launch attacks in India.

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

It is believed that the Sri Lankan government is working closely with the Pakistan government to terrorise the Tamil Nadu government as a ‘thanks for helping it to kill the Tamils in thousands in May 2009’ and supporting it in UN resolution. The Sonia’s government which has no support what’s so ever in Tamil Nadu is mum about the terror threat from Pakistan. The Pakistan government has NOT said a word about the arrest and it’s government department sending terrorists to India. The names of two ‘officials’ working in the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka Colombo have been included in an FIR (First Information Report) filed in Chennai on Thursday against Mohammed Zahir Hussain, a Sri Lankan from Kandy suspected to be an agent […]

Israel as a model for the Sri Lankan State

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – I write from a particular standpoint (derivative and illustrative of a distinct worldview), best delineated by a critical observer rather than by myself. Izeth Hussein, literary critic and former Ambassador wrote in ‘After Geneva, What?’: “Between 1995 and 2000, and even more during the years of the peace process, the widespread assumption was that the LTTE could never be defeated militarily. There were very few dissentient voices against that conventional wisdom outside the armed forces and those identifiable as Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists. One dissentient voice was that of Dayan Jayatilleka, who consistently maintained that there was no reason at all why the LTTE could not be defeated militarily.” (‘After Geneva, What?’ Izeth Hussein, Colombo Telegraph, 29 March 2014) In the extreme situation that […]

”Indo-Lanka arms deal” Govt. refuses to answer question as it will make Congress loose votes!

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith The government yesterday refused to answer a question raised by the Opposition regarding arms India purchased from Sri Lanka, claiming that the issue would have an impact on the on-going Indian parliamentary elections. UNP Ratnapura District MP Thalatha Atukorale asked the Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana to brief the House regarding arms purchases following a statement made by the Indian Minister of Defence in the Lok Sabha. MP Atukorala wanted to know when that transaction had taken place, the types of weapons purchased by India, the income earned by Sri Lanka and whether the deal had been carried out in a transparent manner.Chief Government Whip Water Supply Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, responding on behalf of the Prime Minister, asked for two […]

3 Naval vessels arrive in Rameswaram

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Three Naval patrol vessels arrived at the Navy jetty here today in the backdrop of information that Pakistan‘s ISI could infiltrate India from Sri Lanka through the sea. Officials who confirmed the arrival of the three vessels, however, refused to give any further information. The ships could be meant for strengthening presence of navy in the region and prevent infiltration of ISI agents by sea from Sri lanka, sources said. Only two days ago, a senior official of Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Group (CSG) said a new security system had been put in place off this coastal town to prevent infiltration by sea.“CSG has been deployed in the area after police received information that ISI agents could infiltrate India from Sri lanka via Palk Straits. A new security system has been put in place to totally prevent […]

ISI agent tailed US consulate officials, say investigators

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: Sakir Hussain, the suspected ISI agent arrested in the city on April 29 had been tailing US consulate officials and looking for unoccupied buildings in the vicinity, probably for an attack, investigators said. Police have included the names of two Pakistan diplomats in Colombo — Siddiqui, counsellor (visa) at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, and his associate Boss, alias Shah — in the FIR. They allegedly engaged Hussain to gather information on vital installations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Police said the 37-year-old Sri Lankan confessed to have been noting down the registration numbers of some US consulate officials and tracking their movements. “He said he had taken pictures of the consulate and e-mailed them to the Pakistan high commission officials in Colombo for which […]

Interview: Sugata Bose

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Diplomat speaks with the Harvard historian and first-time politician about the Indian elections. Professor Sugata Bose is a Harvard University historian, the author of His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire (2011) and A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (2006), and a first-time politician. He is making a debut on a Trinamool Congress ticket from the eastern state of West Bengal in the ongoing general elections of India.The Diplomat speaks with him at his Kolkata residence about his books, his great-uncle Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s “mysterious” death, the communists, and the possibility of a third front in India. As a historian, you’ve said that this is a critical moment in India’s history. You’ve also described the ongoing elections as […]

Sri Lankan Muslim sent to judicial custody in Chennai train blasts case

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai, May 8 (ANI): A court in Chennai sent Sri Lankan national Zakir Hussain, a suspected Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)agent , who was arrested in connection with twin train blasts at the Chennai Central railway station, for five day judicial custody on Thursday. Hussain is suspected to have connection with the twin bomb blasts on the Bangalore-Guwahati train in Chennai that killed a woman techie on May 01. The Q branch of southern Tamil Nadu police had sought nine days custody as they were probing the link between Hussain and the twin blasts, but the court only pronounced three days custody which ended on Thursday. The accused was brought in 13th Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Chennai that sent him to judicial custody till May 13. “Today, Q branch police produced the accused […]

Pakistan Militant Training Camps on Sri Lankan Soil

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

On 5 May Central security agencies claimed that Pakistan’s ISI had plans to carry out terror attacks on two foreign consulates. L. Ganesan, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member (CHENNAI ) – L. Ganesan, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member warned his party on 5 May 2014 in Tiruchi that Pakistan had chosen Sri Lanka as a base for organising arms training camps for terror outfits and was trying to send militants into India through coastal routes. He said that Sri Lanka was aware of these illegal activities taking place on its soil, but had not acted upon them. The recent arrest of a Sri Lankan national and suspected ISI operative Zakir Hussain in Chennai strengthened this perception, he said. However, India’s Inspector-General […]

At Election Season’s End, Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees Forgotten Again

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

PUZHAL, India — As Tamil civilians were increasingly caught in the crossfire between the Indian Peace Keeping Force and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the 1980s, Sasitharan and his parents followed the exodus from the Tamil-majority northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka. As a 9-year-old in 1990, Mr. Sasitharan, who uses only one name, was taken by his parents across the Palk Strait by boat, the mode of transport favored by thousands of refugees before them. Mr. Sasitharan, who grew up in the sunny and windswept harbor city of Trincomalee, has few memories of his early years in Sri Lanka. In India, his family settled near Bengaluru, where Mr. Sasitharan studied at a school for Sri Lankan refugees. Unlike most of the […]

India to grill Pakistan/Lankan terror suspect

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Intelligence officials from Andhra Pradesh are to interrogate Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan arrested by the Tamil Nadu police days before recent terror attack in Chennai, The Hindu newspaper quoted Deputy police chief B. Prasada Rao as saying. They would elicit information if Hussain and his handlers had planned any attacks here, he said at a press conference replying to a question if the terror operatives behind Chennai attack had targeted Andhra Pradesh. Referring to Tamil Nadu DGP statement that the target of bomb planters could not have been Chennai, Rao said investigation was on to ascertain facts. “Investigation is inconclusive on this angle. We’re not yet sure if the terror suspects planted the bombs in the train at Bangalore, Chennai or somewhere in between […]

Karunanidhi slams Centre’s decision to resend Sri Lankan Tamil family

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday condemned Centre’s decision to resend a Sri Lankan Tamil family which came from London to India for medical purposes.In a statement, Karunanidhi said, “Sri Lanka has requested all the nations to ban 424 Tamils belonging to various organizations. Other countries have refused to accept the Lankan request. But media reports suggest that India has accepted the request and has taken action on it.”A man, who is among the 424 people banned by the Sri Lankan government, came to India along with his mother from London for treatment. However, without even considering the humanitarian aspect, the Centre had returned the person and this was condemnable, said Karunanidhi.The demand by the Sri Lankan government, which is accused of human rights […]

Tamil Nadu cops say Pkistan ISI planning strike on Visakhapatnam Navy base through Sri Lanka.

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai: In a startling revelation, the Tamil Nadu police on Monday told a city court that suspected Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence agent Sakir Hussian with Sri Lankan passport was working on a plan to sabotage the Indian Navy bases at Kochi and Visakhapatnam.    The police was seeking custody of Hussain for further investigation, at a metropolitan magistrate court in Egmore, Chennai.   The state police’s Q Branch, which monitors external terror elements in the state, told the court that the Colombo-based Pakistani handlers of Sakir Hussian had wanted him to collect details of the two Indian Navy bases.   The naval base in Vizag is the headquarters of the Eastern Command while Kochi has the training facility of the Indian Navy. “We are alert because of […]

Report: Pakistan’s ISI Targeted U.S. and Israeli Consulates in India

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Pakistan’s intelligence agency (ISI) has a controversial history of assisting terrorists, including the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Now, the Times of India is reporting that Pakistan’s ISI has plans to conduct terror attacks on two foreign consulates in India, including the U.S. consulate in Chennai and the Israeli consulate in Bengaluru. Official sources say that a Sri Lankan national confessed Sunday that Pakistani high commission in Colombo reportedly hired him as part of ISI’s alleged plans to conduct reconnaissance on the two foreign consulates in India. Sakir Hussain, a suspected ISI operative, reportedly told officials that he was supposed to set up travel papers and safe houses for two men that the agency was sending from Maldives to Chennai. An unnamed Southeast Asian country tipped an Indian central security agency about […]

Indian airports put on high alert after Pakistan terror plot

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The central intelligence agencies fear that Pakistan backed ISI  terrorists are trying to sneak into major cities in the South India. All major airports in South India have been put on high alert following an alert by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). In an alert, the BCAS has warned that the terror groups may attack an airport in the South India. International airports in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mangalore, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram have been put on high alert. The local police have been asked to increase the random checking of all vehicles and the passengers near the airports and the roads leading to these airports. The BCAS has warned all southern airports of potential car-bomb attacks. According to intelligence sources, the arrest and interrogation […]

Sri Lanka, India And The Federalisation Of Ukraine

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Charitha Ratwatte – A comparison with Sri Lanka and India Russia moved in its troops, without any national, formation or regimental markings on their uniforms, mounted on Russian vehicles and bearing state-of-the-art Russian weapons and communication equipment, into the Southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and rapidly annexed the region into the Russian Federation. The United Nations General Assembly condemned the move, and at the UN Security Council, Russia vetoed a Resolution condemning the move. China abstained from voting in the Security Council. While the troops were in place in Crimea, a referendum was conducted in which the majority of Crimeans voted to join the Russian Federation. Slights to the status of the Russian language by the Ukrainian Government and fears of discrimination against people of Russian […]

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