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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 ]

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 is now looking as if Sri Lanka's biggest partner in the Hambantota endeavor, China, is pulling back from what seems to have become an all out fiasco. While a deal was supposed to be formally signed on January 7th that would have seen China take over an 80% share of the struggling Hambantota port for 99 years in exchange for $1.1 billion of much needed debt relief,…

Forbes - Feb 21 15:29 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • 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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • Threat to Sumanthiran: A game plan to retain army: CV

    Threat to Sumanthiran: A game plan to retain army: CV

    The Police saying there is a threat to Sumanthiran's life is a ploy to station the army permanently, the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran said. He said so when queried about the death threat on TNA Parliamentarian, Sumanthiran, and the arrest of former combatants. H said that the Police had taken steps regarding it. But they had not informed…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 07 14:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Victorian MP Jude Perera spent taxpayers’ money on ill-fated Sri Lankan AFL mission

    Victorian MP Jude Perera spent taxpayers’ money on ill-fated Sri Lankan AFL mission

    A VICTORIAN politician has spent taxpayers’ money on an ill-fated mission to set up an overseas AFL tournament. Sri Lankan-born Labor MP Jude Perera travelled to Sri Lanka last year to try and set up an exhibition match marking “70 years of friendship” between the island nation and Australia. Mr Perera, a government backbencher who represents Cranbourne,…

    Herald Sun - Feb 07 14:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, Australia, WarCrimes ]

  • The Sri Lankan war crimes swept under the carpet

     The Sri Lankan war crimes swept under the carpet

    According to successive Sri Lankan governments the only war crimes committed during the country's long civil war, from July 1983 to May 2009, were those perpetrated by the Tamils; aggressive denial has defined their response. The alienation of the minority Tamil population from the majority Sinhalese began in colonial times, when Britain sought to accentuate…

    The Age - Feb 07 11:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • On SAITM and the “medical mafia”

    On SAITM and the “medical mafia”

    There has been sustained protest and trade union action by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), the Medical Faculty Students’ Union, and Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) against the judgment of the Court of Appeal allowing the registration of students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) with the Sri Lanka Medical…

    Groundviews - Feb 07 11:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Chinese media slams India's 'meddling' in Sri Lanka

    Chinese media slams India\'s \'meddling\' in Sri Lanka

    Two articles in the party-run Global Times, a tabloid known for its nationalistic views, stressed that China would go ahead with its increasing economic investments in Sri Lanka, which have drawn attention in India. China's media on Tuesday hit out at what it described as India's 'meddling' into Chinese projects in Sri Lanka, stating that Beijing would press on with…

    India T - Feb 07 11:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Economy, China ]

    Related:
      - China’s state-run newspaper says India working against Beijing’s interests in Sri Lanka - Hindustan Times
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