Tamil Nadu Elections

March 31, 2016 6:38 AMComments Off on Tamil Nadu Elections
Tamil Nadu Elections

Three contestants vying for the Chief Minister’s post……                     By Siva Sivapragasam The coming Tamil Nadu elections next month will see a three cornered fight between incumbent Chief Minister Jayalalitha, DMK leader and former Chief Minister Karunanithi plus cinematic idol Vijayakanth – all three vying  for the Chief Minister’s post. […]

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Battle for U.S.Presidency 2016 – Donald Trump Vs. Hillary Clinton?

March 9, 2016 2:37 AMComments Off on Battle for U.S.Presidency 2016 – Donald Trump Vs. Hillary Clinton?
Battle for U.S.Presidency 2016 – Donald Trump Vs. Hillary Clinton?

By Siva Sivapragasam The battle for U.S. Presidency is being narrowed down to a possible race between Billionaire Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The race to occupy the White House will take place this September when incumbent President Barack Obama’s two-time term ends. President Obama is […]

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Monsignor Justin Gnanapragasam appointed new Bishop of Jaffna

October 14, 2015 11:01 AMComments Off on Monsignor Justin Gnanapragasam appointed new Bishop of Jaffna
Monsignor Justin Gnanapragasam appointed new Bishop of Jaffna

Vicar General of Jaffna (2002 – 2007) Rector of St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna; (2007 to date)                             By Raymond Rajabalan Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam as the new Bishop to the Diocese of Jaffna.  He was the Vicar General of the diocese before his new appointment […]

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UN Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted without a vote

October 1, 2015 10:30 AMComments Off on UN Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted without a vote
UN Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted without a vote

                    By Siva Sivapragasam The new UN resolution on Sri Lanka that was submitted to the UNHRC last Thursday, (Sept 24th), has been adopted without a vote as part of the proceedings of 40th meeting of the UNHR Council’s ongoing 30th session. Sri Lanka also co-sponsored the resolution since consensus […]

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New U.S. sponsored  Resolution of a joint-mechanism presented on Sri Lanka

September 26, 2015 1:16 PMComments Off on New U.S. sponsored  Resolution of a joint-mechanism presented on Sri Lanka
New U.S. sponsored  Resolution of a joint-mechanism presented on Sri Lanka

Participation of commonwealth and foreign judges in Sri Lankan judicial mechanism   TNA welcomes new resolution   “The Sri Lankan Government has agreed upon the ideas sponsored by America” – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe   “Resolution marks an important step toward a credible transitional justice process” – US Secretary of […]

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UNHRC Report – Sri Lanka to set up domestic mechanism with foreign experts in technical and advisory capacities

September 17, 2015 11:07 AMComments Off on UNHRC Report – Sri Lanka to set up domestic mechanism with foreign experts in technical and advisory capacities
UNHRC Report – Sri Lanka to set up domestic mechanism with foreign experts in technical and advisory capacities

  Mechanism will be ready by January and inquiry expected to be completed in 18 months International opinion backs UNHRC recommendations                                                            By Siva Sivapragasam Quickly acting on the UNHRC Report on the findings of alleged war crimes and human rights violations during the Vanni war, the Sri Lankan […]

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UNHRC Report blames both sides for War Crimes and violation of Human Rights

September 16, 2015 4:09 PMComments Off on UNHRC Report blames both sides for War Crimes and violation of Human Rights
UNHRC Report blames both sides for War Crimes and violation of Human Rights

A special hybrid court with domestic and international participation suggested. “A purely domestic mechanism cannot be trusted”. Sri Lanka responds : “Report’s recommendations would receive due attention of the relevant authorities, including the new mechanisms that are envisaged to be set up”.                                            By Siva Sivapragasam  The UN Human […]

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UNHRC Chief Prince Zeid bin Ra says findings of the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka “are of the most serious nature.”

September 15, 2015 9:23 AMComments Off on UNHRC Chief Prince Zeid bin Ra says findings of the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka “are of the most serious nature.”
UNHRC Chief Prince Zeid bin Ra says findings of the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka “are of the most serious nature.”

                     By Siva Sivapragasam Serious violation of human rights during the Vanni war in Sri Lanka has prompted UNHRC Chief Prince Zeid bin Ra to issue a strong statement that the findings of the UNHRC Report “are of the most serious nature”. He has insisted that an accountability process that […]

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in California

September 14, 2015 6:42 PMComments Off on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in California
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in California

India has the largest number of facebook users numbering 125 million                                          By Siva Sivapragasam World social media giant Facebook will get an international exposure when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Facebook headquarters in California on September 27 where he will hold a town hall interaction with […]

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Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge explains how Mahinda Rajapakse was toppled

September 8, 2015 7:48 AMComments Off on Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge explains how Mahinda Rajapakse was toppled
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge explains how Mahinda Rajapakse was toppled

“The mobile application Viber was helpful to topple the Rajapakse government. Mahinda Rajapakse ran a police state. The country would have experienced massive killings if Rajapakse was returned to power.”- Kumaratunge.                                      By Siva Sivapragasam In an interesting revelation to the Indian Media, onetime Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga […]

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