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To Share Info by Govt

May 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm

By Indika Sri Aravinda

The Government says it will share with foreign Governments any evidence of links with terrorism found between groups and individuals listed recently. Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Neomal Perera says investigations into the 16 groups and approximately 420 individuals operating overseas are still continuing.

He says if investigations reveal that some of those listed are not connected to terrorism then they will be delisted.

Re-building Mutual Confidence, Not Re-planting Mutual Mistrust

May 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

By N Sathiya Moorthy

By declaring that a South Africa-type Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), if at all, would be the ‘last component’ in (any) dialogue, TNA’s R Sampanthan may have put the peace ball back in the Government’s court even before the political process was set in motion. In doing so, he may have given the Government a rope to climb up the peace path – or get tied up again in knots as the UNHRC-driven Geneva processes have done already.

It Is An Extremely Serious Situation – David Daly

May 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

By Camelia Nathaniel

With the UNHRC passing the resolution against Sri Lanka calling for a credible investigation into alleged human rights abuses, there has been talk that economic sanctions would be imposed on Sri Lanka.

Announcement On Probe This month

May 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

By Easwaran Rutnam

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is expected to make an announcement later this month on the formation of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Sri Lanka, an OHCHR spokesman said.

The spokesperson said that work related to the composition of the commission is underway.

Sri Lanka Is Safe Says Government

May 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

By Easwaran Rutnam

The Government insists that Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries in the world following the end of the war with the defeat of the LTTE.

Senior Minister of International Monetary Cooperation and Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Sarath Amunugama, speaking at an event to mark SriLankan airlines joining the ‘Oneworld’ alliance last week, said that the country is now experiencing real peace.

Pakistan High Commission Denies Allegations

May 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm

By Camelia Nathaniel

Pakistani diplomats in Colombo have denied India’s accusation that Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a suspect arrested in India recently, was an agent of the Pakistan Intelligence Service (ISI) with links to the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.

Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Muhammad Daud Ehtisham, Press Attaché of the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, said these reports are purely speculative.

GTF Hiding Behind HR Issues To Promote Terrorism

May 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm

By Camelia Nathaniel

Rathika with Fr Emmanuel and Fr Emmanuel with Prabhakaran

Canada’s Rathika, MP Or Terrorist?

May 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm

By Camelia Nathaniel

A young Canadian politician is under investigation for her links to separatist politicians, criminals and terrorists in India and Sri Lanka. Arriving as a tourist, Rathika Sitsabaiesan met with separatist politicians, criminals and terrorists in Tamil Nadu and northern Sri Lanka. Rathika met with LTTE patrons in Tamil Nadu who supported Velupillai Prabhakaran’s three decade long campaign of terror.

Enduring Results Of The Indian Democracy Project-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

May 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena –

Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena

Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena

In a conversation with two visiting Indian scholars this week in Colombo, the focus shifted to the seemingly easy manner in which the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate in the ongoing elections, Narendra Modi appears to have captured the ‘technocratic’ space in the Indian political consciousness.

Editorial- Island.lk

May 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Asking for parippu

May 3, 2014, 6:21 pm

Despite the cliché being worn threadbare, the validity of the  saying that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing remains  true for Sri Lanka. This explains the red faces at Sri Lanka Tourism and the  somewhat clumsy though well intentioned attempt at damage control following the  recent peremptory deportation of British Tourist Naomi Coleman because she had a  Buddha tattoo on her upper arm. Coleman, professionally a mental health nurse,  would surely have thought that many of her patients are saner than the clutch of  Lankan officialdom responsible for this act of crass stupidity. Unfortunately a  magistrate too had taken the easy way out by ordering the deportation although  he had said that it was not possible to interpret tourist’s intentions in having  such a tattoo on her person. The deportation had been justified by the court as  a measure to avoid any conflict in society.

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