21st May 2014

Modi to invite Mahinda for ceremony

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Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi is to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa alongwith other SAARC leaders to the May 26 oath taking ceremony. The BJP this time is going all out to capitalise on the brand NaMo. A total of 3000 invites are likely to be send for the swearing-in, India.com reported. The swearing-in ceremony is slated to hold on 26th May. There are speculations doing the rounds that the Head of States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and also some of the North Eastern Affairs (NEA) countries may be invited and it got confirmed with PMO stating that the Pakistan Prime Minister has been invted. The formal invites haven’t been sent out yet. But with SAARC countries entering the fray, makes the situation […]

Tension sparks as India arrests 14 Sri Lankan fishermen

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COLOMBO, May 21 (Xinhua) — As 14 Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by India tension is sparking again between neighbors, with a government minister on Wednesday saying international mechanisms could be used to resolve the dragging poaching issue. Sri Lanka could use “international mechanisms” to deal with fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, Sri Lanka’s Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Rajitha Senaratne told reporters hours ahead of reports on 14 fishermen being arrested by the Indian coast guard. “We need to change how we are managing this issue and possibly reduce the time spent in discussions,” he said. The 14 Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard off the coast of southern India. The fishermen have been handed over to the Tamil […]

National interest to remain predominant in India’s ties with SL

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INDIA, NEW DELHI : In this handout photograph released by the Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan), Indian President Pranab Mukjerjee (R) presents a letter to Indian prime minister-elect Narendra Modi at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on May 20, 2014. India’s prime minister-elect Narendra Modi choked back tears and promised to try to live up to expectations as he made his first visit to parliament since his sweeping election victory. AFP The position that India’s national interest will remain predominant in her ties with Sri Lanka, regardless of which political party coalition or personality comes to power at that country’s centre, should be a self-evident truth to those knowledgeable about inter-state relations and behaviour. But it would need to be reiterated here, on account of […]

Subramanian Swamy wants India-Lanka cooperation to counter Pakistan terrorism

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New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is a close friend of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha and an strong anti Tamil Hindu leader in India, who believes that the Tamils are untouchables. On Wednesday he called for close cooperation between India and Sri Lanka to counter Pakistan terrorist activities in the Indian sub-continent. “India must enter into constructive dialogue with Sri Lanka and on counter-terror strategy in the sub-continent particularly in view of the fact that many Pakistani trained Islamic fundamentalists from Sri Lanka are sneaking into India to carry out terrorist attack in Tamil Nadu,” he said in a statement. Interestingly his frind President Rajapaksha is a close associate of Pakistan and is under obligation to Pakistan for helping him to kill the Tamils in […]

Lanka wants stronger ties with Iran

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Sri Lanka is keen on further strengthening ties with Iran, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. President Rajapaksa and Iranian President Rouhani held bilateral talks this evening on the sidelines of the 4th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), taking place in Shanghai, China. President Rajapaksa said that the two countries have been working very closely together and supporting each other and that Sri Lanka is keen on further strengthening ties, especially in the area of trade. The President said Sri Lanka would like to explore “all avenues of enhancing bilateral trade of goods and services.” President Rouhani said Iran too is interested in enhancing the bilateral relations. Recalling the meeting between the two leaders in New York […]

Killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in Lanka given rise to HR campaigns

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Sri Lanka is being penalised by “interested parties” for eradicating terrorism in the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. He was apparently referring to the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution against his country.Killing of more than 50,000 Tamil Civilians by Sri Lankan forces in May 2009  in Sri Lanka, has now given rise to a human rights campaign being carried out by diospara organisations. This campaign has introduced continuing obstacles to current racist government led by Rajapaksa family who are taking cover from China and Russia.The US-sponsored resolution was adopted with 24 countries voting in favour. Japan along with India was one of the 12 countries which abstained in the UNHRC vote in Geneva in March.“The need of the hour, however, is goodwill and solidarity to deal with the universal challenge to peace, stability and […]