British Tamil missing in Colombo

A 37 year old British Tamil man has been reported missing in Colombo, reports Uthayan. The man, Arumugam Yogeswaran, is originally from Karainagar, but is now a British citizen. He is believed to have recently visited his wife and relatives in Jaffna, before travelling to Colombo in order return to London. He has not been seen since the 10th February. His wife reported him missing to Jaffna police, and informed the British embassy in Colombo.

Sri Lankan Navy to 'assist' at Kachchativu festival

The Sri Lankan Navy has confirmed that they will be providing pilgrims with 'assistance' for the upcoming St Anthony's Church annual feast in Kachchativu. Apart from providing 'security', the Navy will be providing jetties for boats, deploying medical teams, building roads and painting the Church, all 'under the instruction of Northern Naval Area Commander Rear Admiral Shirantha Udawatte ', reported ColomboPage . Amongst the many thousands of pilgraims expected to attend is High Commissioner of India, Ashok K. Kantha.

Protests cut short UNP MP trip to India

Protests in India against UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya have forced him to return to Sri Lanka, cutting his trip in India short. Protestors from various organisations, including DMK, BJP, MDMK, PMK, VCK, Naam ThamizharIyakkam gathered outside the hotel where Jayasuriya was staying and chanted slogans demanding that he leave India immediately. The MP, who was staying in Thirukkadaiyur in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, was forced to return to Sri Lanka earlier today.

India 'making progress' on Tamils, claims President

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee claimed that India was 'making progress in our engagement with Sri Lanka' on the issue of equality for Tamils, when addressing the Indian Parliament on Thursday. Speaking to Parliament, Mukherjee said , "We are making progress in our engagement with Sri Lanka, including in our efforts to resettle and rehabilitate the internally displaced persons there and to ensure a life of peace, dignity and equality for the Tamil people". Mukherjee did not comment on the upcoming resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, but added that India had played a...

Tamil Nadu blocks sports event due to Sri Lankan participation

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalitha has said that the state will not host the Asian Athletics Championships, due to be held in July, because of the participation of Sri Lankan athletes. "Sri Lanka's participation would hurt people's sentiments in Tamil Nadu," she said, adding that Delhi had ignored her request to ban Sri Lanka from the Championships. India hasn’t hosted the championships since 1989, when the capital New Delhi played host.

Government to announce North election date

The government is to announce that elections in the North will be held on 7th September, reports Uthayan . The move is seen as a pre-emptive attempt to diffuse the criticism Sri Lanka is expected to receive at the upcoming UNHRC session, as well as controversy surrounding the Commonwealth summit due to be held in November in Colombo.

Tamil Nadu breaks its silence

Speaking at a function in Chennai, The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalilitha broke her silence over the killing of 12 year old Balachandran, calling it an “inhuman act of extreme cruelty,” urging for those accountable to face international trial. The evidence of the killing of Balachandran and systematic killing of other Tamils “ reveals the mindset of the present government in Sri Lanka ” she said . Labelling the killing as a “ war crime of the gravest nature and an unforgivable act ,” Jayalalithaa urged the Indian government and other nations to hold discussions with the other nations to...

Rewarding 'war heroes'...

The Chairperson of the Defence Ministry, Ioma Rajapaksa, handed over the keys of a newly constructed house to its owner, a ’war hero’, at a function today. New housing for ‘war heroes’ , a part of the Seva Vanitha initiative, have been constructed under the direction of Secretary of Defence and Urban Development, Gotabaya Rajapasa. The ministry of Defence and Urban Development published on their site that the initiative looks to “uplift the living standards of war heroes and their families,” including educational scholarships, interest free loans and life skill assistance programmes. The...

Sri Lanka's Authoritarian Turn - ICG

In its latest report, the International Crisis Group (ICG), reiterated the call for international action, arguing that the Sri Lanka government has "crossed a threshold into new and dangerous terrain". Alan Keenan, ICG's Sri Lanka project director said: “The Rajapaksa government’s politically motivated impeachment of the chief justice last month reveals both its intolerance of dissent and power sharing and the weakness of the political opposition” “By incapacitating the last institutional check on executive power, the government has crossed a threshold into new and dangerous terrain. It is...

General Fonseka says army knew nothing

Commenting on the evidence of the execution of Vellupillai Prabhakaran's son Balachandran , the former commander of the army has said that the army had "no information" as to the whereabouts of Prabhakaran's family. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Fonseka said : "After the final battle which went on from 2009 May 17 night, 18 and 19th till about 10 o clock, we only recovered Prabakharans body together with about 400 other terrorist dead bodies, and his elder son’s body, his elder son Charles Anthony. These two bodies were personally identified by the present member, I think, of the cabinet...