Month: July 2014

Aus govt’s plan for 157 asylum seekers potentially illegal: lawyers

Refugee lawyers say the federal government’s plans for Indian officials to interview 157 asylum seekers when they arrive on the Australian mainland is unprecedented and potentially illegal under refugee law….



Sudesh Peiris wins Silver at Commonwealth Games

Sri Lanka’s Sudesh Peiris has won the Silver Medal for Men’s Weight Lifting in the 62kg category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, giving Sri Lanka its first medal at the games this year….



7 Dead in Air Force Helicopter Crash Near Lucknow

New Delhi:  Seven people, including a Wong Commander and a Squadron Leader, have died in an Indian Air Force helicopter crash near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh….



Allow UN investigators into India – Jayalalithaa

UN officials probing human rights violations in Sri Lanka must be given visas to visit India, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said. Jayalalithaa urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that visas were granted to the UN officials….



July 1983 Riots : Sinhalese still waiting 31 years to be thanked for saving Tamils

For thirty one years there has been little or no mention and complete silence in acknowledging the fact that scores of Sinhalese braved death to protect and give safe haven to their Tamil neighbors. This all important piece of information has been purposely left out of every commemoration event held as Black July. The silence…



Algeria airliner missing on Sahara route from Burkina Faso

Algeria’s national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers across the Sahara. Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, the airline said….



Public appeal to the Judiciary: Animal Sacrifice and Buddhist values

The Sinhale Nation during the pre-colonial rule was animal friendly. People lost their rank and status and were treated as outcastes if they harmed an animal. Over 180 Sinhala Buddhist kings ruled following the tenets of Buddhism. Foreign invasion and colonial occupation dethroned a value system based on Buddhist principles that prevailed for over 2500…



Sri Lanka builds up forex reserves with stable currency -finance secretary

Sri Lanka is building up its foreign exchange reserves while keeping its rupee currency stable as the island nation seeing more dollar inflows, Finance Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said on Wednesday. The central bank has absorbed more than $750 million so far this year due to a rise in inflows from exports, tourism and remittances and…



TransAsia Airways plane crashes in typhoon-hit Taiwan, killing 47

A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said….



India accepts Australia’s request to probe 157 boat refugees

India gave Australia a bit of a breather by agreeing to investigate whether some of the 157 boat refugees confined to their boat on Christmas Island are Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from a camp in Puducherry….



BJP in Sri Lanka: India distances itself from Tamil Nadu-TNA-LTTE and Eelam

The topic was ‘India under Modi: Relevance for the Region and the World’, organized by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies and held at the BMICH moderated by former foreign secretary HMGS Palihakkara. Introducing the panelists was Mr. Sunimal Fernando, Advisor to H.E. the President of Sri Lanka and Chairman/Board of Studies of the BCIS….



Tanzanian Foreign Minister Calls on President Rajapaksa

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Tanzania Mr. Bernard K. Membe called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (July 21) evening….



Parents of Missing Tamil Children demand answers from TNA’s Ananthi Sasitharan

Ananthi Sasitharan TNA member of the Northern Provincial Council was in for a surprise when she arrived at the Mullaitivu Magistrates courts on 21st July 2014 for the continuation of the case filed by her. She never expected hundreds of Tamils to brave the scorching heat to arrive demanding to know what she and her…



Morrison to iscuss Lankan refugees with Sushma

Australia will be raising the issue of the 153 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers with India on Tuesday, when Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison will be meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and home minister Rajnath Singh….



38 Indian fishermen arrested

Thirty eight Indian fishermen found poaching in Sri Lankan waters had been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the seas off Talaimannar and Delft Islands in two separate incidents last night, the Navy said….



About 100 kg of heroin in 3 machines

Customs High Risk Unit at Gray Line 1, cargo terminal at Orugodawatta yesterday detected three plastic moulding machines containing about 100 kilos of heroin with a street value of Rs. 700 million….