30th July 2014

Trade is more important than killing of Tamils to BJP

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Seshadri Chari, National Convener of BJP’s Foreign Policy Cell, today denied a report quoting him as saying that India has told Sri Lanka that the Tamils issue should be resolved for making progress on bilateral trade and commerce. Referring to a PTI report from Singapore last week in this regard, he said he never spoke these words in a seminar there. Chari said in Colombo, which he had visited from July 20 to 22, he had expressed his opinion that the Tamils issue was an internal matter of Sri Lanka and should not be internationalised. “I am a votary of greater trade and commerce with Sri Lanka,” he said in a statement here. A Sri Lanka politician said that the Indian leaders were more keen on trade and commerce with Sri Lanka and not […]

She if after the UN post or at least a diplomatic post………..

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“I’m here as I’m a Sri Lankan and I’m proud to be a Sri Lankan. I do not believe that separatism or partition is the answer for problems of the society. I’m convinced that the unity of all Sri Lankan people can free the country and the people from exploitation and preserve our sovereignty and independence. People joined together will be able to combat all exploitation,” said Ms Tamara Kunanayakam, former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office and Sri Lanka’s former envoy to Cuba. Addressing the rally held by the Socialist Youth Union (SYU) at Viharamahadevi Open air theatre on the 27th Ms. Kunanayakam said, “We should struggle against all types of separatism. We should amass all patriotic forces. We should […]

Pillay stands by her report on Lanka

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The outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she stands by her report on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council last year and rejected the notion that it was “propaganda”. In an interview with Al-Jazeera television this week, Pillay said that some of the information mentioned in her report and the UN Experts Panel report was similar to what was reported by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). “It’s true the country is reconstructing and wants to move forward but you have to address what victims ask. So I would reject the notion that this is propaganda and made up. These are facts mentioned to us and again and again we placed it before them,” she said. Pillay […]

Navy to be placed on alert for Indians

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The navy will be placed on alert to arrest Indian fishermen if they attempt to force their way into Sri Lankan waters, the military said today. Indian fishermen have threatened to cross into Sri Lankan waters on August 2 in protest over the navy arresting Indian fishermen. Militarily spokesman and Director of the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that Indian fishermen had made similar threats even on earlier occasions but never went ahead with it. However he said even if the Indians go ahead with their plans then the Sri Lanka navy will be on standby to apprehend them. The Indians have said they will attempt to land on the disputed Kachaitivu island. Wanigasooriya said that Indian […]

Norway not so keen on SL: TNA

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Norway, which facilitated the peace process between the then Government and the LTTE is now giving less emphasis to the peace building process in Sri Lanka, a TNA politician said yesterday.During his European visit, TNA Northern Provincial Councillor Dharmalingam Sitharthan is reported to have met Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry Officials in Oslo and Swiss Government officials.  Mr. Sitharathan told Daily Mirror that he had talks with Peace and Reconciliation Assistant Director General Tone E.B. Allers and Senior Advisor Toril Langlete of the Department of Regional Affairs and Development.“I understand that Norway is less interested in Sri Lanka’s issue. Instead, they have shifted their focus more on the situation in Ukraine which is in their neighbourhood. However, they said they continued to observe the developments in […]

Military Intimidation Over US Funded Digital Security Training For Jaffna Journos

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The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend and threats and intimidation by security forces against journalists covering the July 25 Jaffna court proceedings related to an 11-year-old victim of sexual abuse, allegedly at the hands of  Sri Lankan Navy personnel from the Karainagar Naval Base, the US Embassy Colombo said today. Issuing a statement the US Embassy said; “The eventual cancellation of journalism training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was accompanied by a series of threats and intimidation of training participants and other journalists around the country, including threats against at least one journalist who made a statement criticizing the government over the cancellation. This […]

Gotabaya And I Were Right

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By Rajiva Wijesinha – A Presidency Under Threat – Promoting Alienation I was privileged, a couple of weeks back, to attend the release of the Northern Education Sector Review Report at a ceremony held at Vembadi Girls School. I had last been at Vembadi in 2008, when the then Commander of the Special Forces in Jaffna, General Chandrasiri, arranged what was termed a Future Minds Exhibition. It was at the height of the war, but the General had already begun to plan for the future, and sensibly so for he stressed the need for the development of human resources. I was struck by the irony now, with the controversy over his continuation as Governor. I will look at that issue elsewhere, but here I will dwell on the […]

450 Tamil Families Lose Their Homes In Trinco As Rajapaksas’ Woo China

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Over 450 families in Trincomalee are to lose their homes as a result of the Rajapaksa regime’s continuous wooing of the Chinese to remain in their good books. The Australian media establishment ‘Green Left Weekly’ in an article on Monday has revealed that President Rajapaksa during his recent visit to China had signed an agreement to hand over 1200 acres of land in Trincomalee to the Chinese on a long term lease for ‘defense-related development’. The land that has been promised to be given over to the Chinese is said to be occupied by temples, mosques, schools and houses and the majority among the 450 families who are affected are said to be Tamil speaking Muslims. Several similar land transfers have been made to China recently by […]

British Council join hands to teach migrant workers English

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The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment in partnership with the British Council has launched a training program for outbound migrant workers to improve their proficiency in the English language, with a focus largely on speaking practice. The British Council which would formulate and carry our the study program with the involvement of its expert instructors, would also offer an internationally accredited qualification for those who complete the program successfully, SLBFE sources said. The program would be conducted at 15 SLBFE training centres islandwide and those following the course would also be directed to sit for the APTIS test conducted by the British Council. “The program offers a new approach to language learning, using information technology to provide a high-quality interactive learning environment for migrant […]