Sri Lanka Brief


  • Economistic Thesis invalidated at northern elections

    By Jehan Perera Defeats suffered by the ruling alliance at the local authority elections in the North would have come as a disappointment to the government, which registered its accustomed victories elsewhere in the country. For the past month a formidable array of government ministers, said to be as many as 40, are reported to have […]

  • Hard times in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north Read more >

    Hard times in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north

    By Charles Haviland/BBC News, KilinochchiThe dirt road leading south-west from Kilinochchi town is pale red, the colour of the soil of the Vanni, the northerly extreme of the Sri Lankan mainland. It is a land that lost all its people. They retreated with the Tamil Tigers as the civil war swept through Kilinochchi more than […]

  • Tamils sceptical of future in Sri Lanka’s north

    By Shihar AneezJAFFNA: Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils say President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s post-war development and infrastructure projects in the former war zone in the island’s north have yet to address their real concerns and have not excluded their participation.Sri Lanka’s northern cities held local polls for the first time in many years on Saturday amid opposition […]

  • Sri Lanka a divided nation, under authoritarian rule- Chandrika

    Former Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Sunday that she still ‘agonizes’ over not using full presidential powers or authoritarian rule to implement the then draft constitution that would have ended dictatorial presidential rule.“I still agonize over this, over and over again as to whether I should have used full presidential powers or authoritarian […]

  • Tamils voted for dignified political settlement-TNA

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which won nearly all the local councils in the Northern and Eastern Provinces at the yesterday’s LG election, said that the Tamil people had voted for a dignified political settlement at this election despite intimidations and threats by the ruling UPFA.TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said “we campaigned for a dignified political […]

  • Sri Lankan stability critical to New Delhi’s Indian Ocean ambitions

    A controversial advisory panel report, published by the United Nations in late March 2011, called for a full investigation into the perceived breaches in the Laws of Armed Conflict during the endgame of Sri Lanka’s civil war. This has placed India in a difficult position where it must balance its relations with Sri Lanka while […]

  • Ex-rebel proxies sweep Sri Lanka local elections

    By KRISHAN FRANCIS – Associated Press  A former proxy to Sri Lanka’s defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels swept local council elections held in areas ravaged by the country’s 25-year civil war, officials said Sunday, amid reports of intimidation and vote-buying.The Tamil National Alliance won 20 local councils out of the 25 it contested in the […]

  • President reiterates police, land powers not subjects for PCs

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reiterated his long-held view that police powers and land “were not subjects for the Provincial Council.He has told ‘The Hindu’ in an interview that he had seen “what has happened in India, in the recent Mumbai bomb attacks.“How slow it [the police and security response] was, you know, with all the […]

  • Sri Lankan ruling party resorts to violence in northern elections

    By Subash Somachandran / 21 July 2011Sri Lanka’s ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is engaging in violence against opposition candidates and flouting election laws in the local government election campaign in war-torn northern Sri Lanka. President Mahinda Rajapakse is mounting a desperate attempt to capture the local government bodies to counter criticisms of his […]

  • Polls in North will impact entire country

    By Saman IndrajithSaturday’s elections in the North will have an impact on the whole country, UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday.Making a special statement, the Opposition Leader said that the future of the will to find solution to the national problem, displayed by the TNA and the Government to a large extent, […]

  • BJP vows to take up Eezham Tamils plight in Indian Parliament

    Bharatiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari who met a top delegation of the British Tamils Forum (BTF) last weekend in London, has said that the BJP was very serious on taking up the ‘Sri Lanka issue’ in the Indian Lok-Sabha. BTF leaders V Ravi Kumar and S. Pathmanathan, who led the BTF delegation to the […]

  • We don’t need advice from other countries — MR

    By  Sandun A. Jayasekera in ChavakachcheriPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that the government had no intention of taking advice from Europe or any other power to resolve the country’s problems.Addressing an election rally in Kilinochchci in support of the UPFA candidates contesting the local government elections in Jaffna, he said, “We do not intend to […]

  • TNA: Sri Lanka performance lacking on solving key Tamil issues

    While Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has endeavored to work in the spirit of co-operation with the Sri Lanka Government, the Government has yet to address the Rehabilitation and Resettlement of all displaced Tamil families, continued to unlawfully repossess the land from Tamil people, and has failed to craft a political solution within the framework of […]

  • Sri Lanka Killing Fields – India taks a position

    ”There are two underlying messages to Sri Lanka in the statement. One is India’s stance that in addressing Tamil grievances, the Sri Lanka government “must move towards a new system of institutional reforms, where the Tamil people will have a feeling that they are equal citizens of Sri Lanka, and they can lead and live […]

  • Full text of Adjournment moved urgently in parliament by TNA leader R. Sampanthan Read more >

    Full text of Adjournment moved urgently in parliament by TNA leader R. Sampanthan

     R.SAMPANTHAN, 5TH July 2011, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, TRINCOMALEEParliamentary Group Leader – Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi-I.T.A.K, Tamil National Alliance-T.N.A Hon SpeakerAdjournment Motion, ParliamentI hereby give notice that I shall after question time on the adjournment of Parliament on Thursday the 7th July 2011 move the following motion as a matter of urgent public importance.Whereas Sri Lanka […]

  • Political solution – Sampanthan proposes SL minister dismisses

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan, moving an adjournment motion in Sri Lanka’s parliament Thursday and speaking on it said that his objective was “to develop a just settlement within an undivided Sri Lanka,” adding that this approach has been widely endorsed by the international community, notably India. The co-chairs have clearly stated and […]

  • India should play pro-active role on Lankan Tamils issue: CP

    Seeking India’s pro-active role in addressing the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, CPI today said it will organise a nationwide solidarity day tomorrow to highlight the sufferings of the ethnic minority in the island.Even two years after the war ended in Sri Lanka, the Tamils were “suffering” in camps with “no rehabilitation”, CPI National Secretary D […]

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    Sri Lanka should address India’s concerns

    The island nation should abide by its promise to meet the legitimate aspirations of its Tamil population. The Sri Lankan President, Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, seems to be having second thoughts on his past assurances.July 7, 2011/ by G.PARTHASARATHYWhen the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J Jayalalithaa, paid her first visit to New Delhi after assuming […]

  • India sensitive to TN concerns: Rao

    06 July 2011 06:40The Indian government cannot remain insensitive to the sentiments expressed by the Tamil Nadu government, the Tamil Nadu people and politicians about issues affecting the Tamil-speaking people in Sri Lanka,Indian foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told journalists. “That is something you have to understand. It will always be there and I think you […]

  • Why is President Mahinda Rajapakse shy of a solution?

    What President Rajapakse and his brothers – the real government – need at this time are friends – both local and foreign. Credible policies and a track record to show good intent will do well I.S. Senguttuvan(July 02, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Sri Lankan watchers and students of how Rajapakse is running the government […]

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