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  • ‘Chinese ship caught spying on India’ (later docked in Colombo)

    New Delhi: In a worrying development, a Chinese spy ship disguised as a fishing trawler was tracked in the Indian Ocean recently, a report claimed on Wednesday. The ship was detected near the coast of Little Anadaman. It is believed that the ship had spent more than 20 days in the sensitive location before Indian radars […]

  • India, China hold Sri Lanka’s tourism future-report

    India and China would become the two most important tourism markets for Sri Lanka, as arrivals from the two countries, which have a rich emerging middle class, will remain strong, a report by a local investment bank said.As the report by Capital Alliance pointed out, tourists from India could grow as much as 6 times […]

  • US welcomes ER move but warns Lanka again

    The United States while welcoming Thursday’s announcement of the lifting of emergency regulations in Sri Lanka, said yesterday if the government failed to meet international humanitarian obligations, then the international community would have to step in. “We continue to urge the Sri Lankan government to comply with international humanitarian laws and obligations, and we continue […]

  • Govt, Opposition must get together to minimize external influences – Ranil

    Sandasen MARASINGHE and Irangika RANGE External influences can be minimized if the Opposition and the government get-together, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Addressing Parliament, the Opposition Leader thanked President Mahinda Rajapaksa for moving the motion to lift the state of Emergency. He said that the Opposition does not stand against that motion but supports […]

  • Chinese pay bribes to win Hambantota contracts: Wikileaks cable .

    A US embassy cable just leaked by whistleblower Wikileaks has revealed that the US believed Chinese were bribing Sri Lanka officials to win contracts, especially those related to mega development projects in Hambantota.“It is likely that corruption and political patronage are significant factors playing into the focus on Hambantota.  Often when Chinese companies win contracts, […]

  • Parliamentary team from India may visit Lanka

     A team of parliament members from India may soon visit Sri Lanka to see the condition of Tamil-speaking people there, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna informed the Rajya Sabha Thursday. ‘During a recent meeting with Tamil Nadu chief minister in Chennai, the Sri Lankan high commissioner to New Delhi has conveyed the Sri Lankan president’s […]

  • Subramanian Swamy willing to visit Lanka to ensure solution

    India’s Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has said that he was willing to visit Sri Lanka to ensure a solution for the Tamils if MDMK general secretary Vaiko and Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam leader Seeman admitted that their efforts had failed.“I would have met the Sri Lankan President and demanded a few changes to the Constitution,” […]

  • ‘Nothing short of equitable rights to Tamils will do’

    Leader of the Tamil National Alliance and veteran MP R. Sampanthan expresses his concerns on devolution, emergency laws and the Indian role, maintaining that no ultimatum was issued to the government on the ongoing talks or a decision to terminate talks taken. ‘All we ask is that before the next round of talks, there be […]

  • Sri Lanka Ducks International Probe

    Amantha Perera Although the Sri Lankan government has evaded calls for an international probe into alleged excesses while militarily defeating Tamil separatism in 2009, it may yet be called to account at the September session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).The United States has asked Sri Lanka to place its own internal investigation under […]

  • BJP mobilising funds for displaced Sri Lankan Tamils

    < a href=”″ title=”Large Text Size” >T+</a> · <a href=”″ title=”Small Text Size”>T-</a> The Bharatiya Janata Party is mobilising funds from the public in Chennai for providing relief to the displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka, according to L. Ganesan, member of the national executive committee of the party. Talking to newspersons here on Friday, Mr. […]

  • Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa responds to criticism over his conduct. Read more >

    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa responds to criticism over his conduct.

    Gota responds to ‘a brother out of control’ assertion Shamindra FerdinandoDefence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday expressed concern over The Hindu unfailingly targeting him on the basis of a recent interview he did with Indian TV channel, Headlines Today, in Colombo.Addressing a symposium on post-war challenges at the BMICH, to coincide with the launch of, […]

  • Engage more with Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s remarks that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s call for economic sanctions against Sri Lanka were politically motivated, has once again brought the question of sanctions back into public consciousness — unfortunately. Tamil Nadu’s politicians, — the likes of Vaiko, who, though shrewd, are not famous for their economic reasoning […]

  • UN expects ‘something further’ on SL Read more >

    UN expects ‘something further’ on SL

    Expert Panel with UNSG Says panel report could still go to UNHRCSunil JayasiriClaiming that the Expert Panel report on Sri Lanka known as the Darusman report has not been formally submitted to the Human Rights Council yet, the UN said it expected to see that concerned Member States would “take it up and push for […]

  • Sri Lankan minister criticises SM Krishna Read more >

    Sri Lankan minister criticises SM Krishna

    Weerawansa A Sri Lankan minister on Tuesday criticised the External Affairs Minister SM Krishna’s suggestion for investigation into alleged human rights abuses in the island during the final battle with the LTTE.“The Indian foreign minister has said that human rights abuses in Sri Lanka need investigation. I would like to tell him that investigation must […]

  • Lanka does not have claim on Katchatheevu: BJP Read more >

    Lanka does not have claim on Katchatheevu: BJP

    Questioning the legitimacy of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord on Katchatheevu with the island nation “dishonouring” the agreement, BJP state president Pon Radhakrishnan on Monday pitched for scrapping the accord.“Sri Lanka is unwilling to accept the agreement. It has ruthlessly been killing the Tamil Nadu fishermen…. and there is no point in India honouring the accord. […]

  • Cardinal warns of ‘isolation’ Read more >

    Cardinal warns of ‘isolation’

    The leader of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka has warned that the country risks being isolated in the face of international criticism. In his sermon to hundreds of thousands of Catholics on their annual pilgrimage to Madhu church, Mannar, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith called upon the authorities to come up with a “learned response” to […]

  • Political Solution to ethnic discontent is essential precondition for sustainable economic development of the north and east Read more >

    Political Solution to ethnic discontent is essential precondition for sustainable economic development of the north and east

     Nimal SanderatneThe Sri Lankan economy has functioned with only part of its potential capacity for the good part of its last three decades. Although some economic activities prevailed despite the war, most of the region was a battle zone rather than a thriving economy. This applied to all three sectors of the northern and eastern […]

  • UK, Netherlands join fight against Koppe’s EU Court filing Read more >

    UK, Netherlands join fight against Koppe’s EU Court filing

    United Kingdom applied to the General Court of the European Union (CVRIA) for leave to intervene in the case (T 208/11) against the ban on the Liberation Tigers filed by Victor Koppe, attorney from Amsterdam-based Bohler Advocaten representing the LTTE, legal sources in Amsterdam said. The case is against the Council of the European Union’s […]

  • GOSL rejects Interactive dialogue on LLRC report at UNHRC Read more >

    GOSL rejects Interactive dialogue on LLRC report at UNHRC

    The latest diplomatic blunder with the United States comes at a time when relations between Washington and Colombo have hit a new low. Beginning last Monday, the External Affairs Ministry has become proactive to canvass members of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Briefing notes have been sent out to the country’s diplomatic missions […]

  • China to step up role in Sri Lanka projects Read more >

    China to step up role in Sri Lanka projects

    China will extend increasing support to infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka and will also back the country’s efforts to promote reconciliation without any external interference, Premier Wen Jiabao told visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in talks here on Thursday.Mr. Wen said China was also ready to “promote communication” between the two countries with regard […]

  • Sri Lanka in denial over war crimes

    Priyamvatha/Rajesh Sundaram  The UN says over 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed during the last stages of the 30-year civil war in Sri Lanka. NGOs put the figure at over a lakh and fifty thousand. The UN also says that the Sri Lankan military committed war crimes. But the Lankan government is in denial with defence […]

  • Factbox: China-Sri Lanka economic ties

    Shihar Aneez (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday started a four-day state visit to China, with support against a Western war crimes push and deeper economic ties on his agenda.Here are some facts about Chinese’s financial cooperation and investment in the Indian Ocean island nation:OVERALL: China was Sri Lanka’s largest lender in 2009 […]

  • War crimes, US ultimatum and SL political opinions

      “We support a full and credible and independent investigation of alleged violations of international human rights and law and international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka. We want to see the Sri Lankans do this themselves in a way that meets international standards. So what I would say to Sri Lankan critics is take your […]

  • Lankan Tamil issue to be raised in India’s Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Tamil Nadu State Assembly on same day

     D.B.S. JeyarajSri Lanka Tamil issue likely to be raised in India’s Upper&Lower houses of Parliament&Tamil Nadu legislative assembly today August 11th 2011.Tamil Nadu politicians in well-coordinated moves plan to raise the Sri LankanTamil issue in the central&state legislatures simultaneously. D.Raja of Communist Party of India (CPI) has given notice to raise this issue in the […]

  • “Hospitals in Sri Lanka have been shelled – ICRC

    Millions affected by violence against health-care personnel and facilities10-08-2011 News Release 11/191 Geneva (ICRC) – Assaults on health-care personnel, facilities and vehicles in conflicts and violent upheavals leave millions around the world without care just when they need it most. This is the key finding of a new report presented by the International Committee of […]

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