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Are Tamil leaders losing patience?
Are Tamil leaders losing patience?
Are Tamil leaders losing patience?

TNA leader says he’s ‘extremely unhappy’ with the way Tamils are treated by govt. After two years of engaging the Sri Lankan government on reconciliation and constitutional reform, the country’s Tamil polity seems to be losing patience, if Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan’s address in Parliament is any indication. On Wednesday, the veteran Tamil…

The Hindu - Feb 23 08:13 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

‘He was not a traitor’

With the sea of information we have received through media and books about the LTTE and the 30-year-long war, the man called 'Mahaththaya' captured the attention of all as he was given a Sinhala name unlike the rest of the Tamil Tiger fighters. While top Eastern Commander like Karuna Amman had a narrow escape from death at the hands of Prabhakaran, Mahaththaya was the…

Ceylon Today - Feb 23 08:10 GMT - more ... [ Tags: LTTE, History ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • China's 'New Silk Road' Is Derailed In Sri Lanka By Political Chaos And Violent Protests

    China\'s \'New Silk Road\' Is Derailed In Sri Lanka By Political Chaos And Violent Protests

    It was supposed to be a great new catalyst of transportation, manufacturing, and trade that would be used to stimulate growth in Sri Lanka’s remote Hambantota district. The dream was for Sri Lanka, China, and other nations to join together in the building of a new international city that would rise up from the southern jungles that could complement booming Colombo,…

    Forbes - Feb 23 08:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy, China ]

  • Police in Sri Lanka arrest intelligence officers over journalist killing

    Police in Sri Lanka arrest intelligence officers over journalist killing

    Police in Sri Lanka have arrested five military intelligence officers on suspicion of assassinating a prominent anti-establishment newspaper editor and orchestrating attacks on other journalists and dissidents under the former regime, a legal source has said. The 2009 killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge, a fierce critic of the then president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, provoked…

    The Guardian - Feb 23 08:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Media, WarCrimes ]

  • On crossing the language barrier in Jaffna

    A month after moving to Colombo to report for 'The Hindu', the author writes about her first trip to the Tamil-majority north. The first thing that struck me about Rajachandran was the way he spoke: pausing between words and raising his voice when he emphasised a point.He watched my face to make sure I followed what he was saying. There was no difficulty…

    The Hindu - Feb 23 08:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Arts&Culture ]

  • Sri Lanka drought: India to donate eight water bowsers, 100 tonnes of rice

    Foreign Secretary of India S Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka from February 18 to 20 for bilateral discussions with their leaders, as part of the continued high-level engagement between the two countries. During his visit, Jaishankar called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Foreign Secretary reviewed the entire…

    Zee News - Feb 23 07:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India ]

  • U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

    U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

    A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP). The HDP delegation is pleased to continue the important partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the U.S. House of Representatives and the Parliament of Sri Lanka on…

    US Embassy - Feb 21 15:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar

    India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar

    India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday.He was reacting to a demand made by the leader of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary…

    NIE - Feb 21 15:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

  • Kumaratunga: Sri Lanka war widows face sexual exploitation

    Kumaratunga: Sri Lanka war widows face sexual exploitation

    Tamil women who survived Sri Lanka’s civil war now face widespread sexual exploitation by officials in their own community as well as from the army, the head of an ethnic reconciliation body said Wednesday. Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, the chairman of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, said women who were widowed during the 37-year…

    AFP - Feb 16 15:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Google internet balloon plan snagged in Sri Lanka: minister

    Google internet balloon plan snagged in Sri Lanka: minister

    Google's venture to beam the internet to remote areas of the world via balloon has hit a legal snag in Sri Lanka that could see the project abandoned on the island, a minister said Thursday. "Project Loon" uses roaming balloons to beam internet coverage and planned to connect Sri Lanka's 21 million people to the web, even those in remote connectivity black spots.

    AFP - Feb 16 15:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy ]

  • Trump vows to only tweak Canadian NAFTA provisions after Trudeau meeting

    Trump vows to only tweak Canadian NAFTA provisions after Trudeau meeting

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won personal assurances from President Donald Trump during an Oval Office meeting on Monday that the United States only wants to tweak the North American free-trade provisions that govern commerce with Canada. Mr. Trudeau steered clear of controversial subjects – refusing to criticize Mr. Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees and…

    Globe and Mail - Feb 14 13:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Canada ]

  • China Tells India To Stay Off Its Indian Ocean 'Colony,' Sri Lanka

    China Tells India To Stay Off Its Indian Ocean \'Colony,\' Sri Lanka

    After claiming South China Sea to be its own sea, telling America to stay off its islands, China is reaching for the Indian Ocean, telling India to stay off its own colony, Sri Lanka. That’s something investors in Southeast Asian markets should keep a wary eye on, as it opens yet another front between the two Asian giants, raising the geopolitical risk of…

    Forbes - Feb 12 21:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India, China ]

  • Karuna forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’

    Karuna forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’

    Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna Amman’, yesterday launched a new political party called the “Tamil United Freedom Party” in Batticaloa. Speaking at the the inauguration of the new party at Focus Hall, Batticaloa, Karuna Amman who was the former Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said the party would be…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 12 21:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Politics, KarunaGroup ]

    Related:
      - Karuna leaves SLFP, forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’ - Sunday Times
  • A baffling week in Tamil Nadu

    A baffling week in Tamil Nadu

    I spent the last fortnight in Coimbatore at a family event. Many of the issues the Tamil makkal (citizens) are worried about are difficult to fathom because they don't affect the rest of India. It didn't matter that a wedding was taking place the next morning. The only television set in the house attracted more attention than the groom and bride to be. …

    Rediff - Feb 10 15:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Accountability Fairy Tale

    Sri Lanka’s Accountability Fairy Tale

    The interview with Kumaratunga is worth reading in its entirely, although one part in particular has really caught people’s attention. Journalist Upal Wickramasinghe asked Kumaratunga where the country stands in terms of establishing national reconciliation. “It is successfully carried out,” Kumaratunga notes. “In the face of opposition and a handful of…

    Huffington Post - Feb 10 13:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC rejects Tamil Nadu’s review plea

    Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC rejects Tamil Nadu’s review plea

    The Supreme Court has dismissed the pleas of the Tamil Nadu government and one convict seeking review of its judgement in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in which was ruled that the Centre has “primacy” over states’ right to grant remission. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar dismissed the pleas on the ground of delay in…

    Indian Express - Feb 08 19:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu ]

  • UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka

    UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka

    The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to be meeting in Geneva from 13 February to 3 March to review women’s rights in eight countries including Sri Lanka, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) announced. The committee will review the following countries: Ukraine (14 February); Ireland (15…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 08 15:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - UN Women Executive Board to convene First Regular Session 2017 - UN Women
  • Sri Lanka has potential to become next Asian Tiger: US

    Sri Lanka has potential to become next Asian Tiger: US

    Sri Lanka has the potential to become the next Asian Tiger, a top US official said, lauding the government's renewed commitment towards reconciliation and unprecedented level of cooperation between the two countries. "The United States will continue to stand with you as your friend and your partner. While our level of cooperation today is unprecedented, there is…

    PTI - Feb 08 14:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Economy ]

  • Sri Lanka to Ask UN for More Time to Probe War Crimes

    Sri Lanka says it needs more time to fulfill promises given to the U.N. human rights body to investigate war crime allegations from the nation's long civil war, which ended nearly eight years ago. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told foreign correspondents late Tuesday that the government will seek more time at the next U.N. human rights session, starting Feb.…

    AP - Feb 08 14:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Age-old hospitality: top heritage hotels in Sri Lanka

    Age-old hospitality: top heritage hotels in Sri Lanka

    Our concept of serendipity, the art of making joyous discoveries, apparently stems from the ancient Persian name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. Which makes perfect sense, really, because it's hard to think of another island where joyous discoveries are so abundant. For its size, Sri Lanka packs a lot of surprises. They're waiting to be discovered in the country's…

    AFR - Feb 08 14:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

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