Carry on in Colombo: Tamils have high expectations from the Prime Minister
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Monday 26 April 2010
The simmering tension surrounding the Indian Premier League's off-field affairs boiled over last night when Lalit Modi, the chairman and driving force behind the league's birth and frantic development, was suspended after being accused of an array of financial wrong doings, including money laundering and bribery.
Thursday 25 February 2010
In any update of Dante's Inferno, there would be a circle of hell for those global fat-cats who clean up by creating credit hell for the rest of us – having first deluded the hoi polloi that those needless little luxuries were well within their means. Here, uber-wheeler-dealers would be trapped forever in the joyless, high-anxiety task of manning the phones in an Indian call centre owned by a US company determined to claw back the debts of Americans whom they had a vested interest in reducing to beggary in the first place.
Friday 29 January 2010
An acrimonious election campaign and a disputed result provides an ominous start for what was meant to be a new era for Sri Lanka, after more than a quarter century of civil war. A country of rich potential had – indeed it still has – the opportunity to make a new beginning, following the conclusive defeat of the Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009. But the vote has underlined the deep and persisting divisions between the minority Tamils and the Sinhalese majority.
Wednesday 27 January 2010
Tuesday 26 January 2010
On the eve of Sri Lanka's hard-fought presidential election, the two main candidates have let fly a further volley of accusations and counter-allegations, with each side claiming the other is planning illegal, unconstitutional moves to seize power.
Monday 25 January 2010
Thursday 07 January 2010
Thursday 07 January 2010
As far as we Tamils are concerned, this is not the right time for any sort of election, regardless of who the candidates are.
Wednesday 02 December 2009
Saturday 21 November 2009
Sri Lanka will release 136,000 ethnic-minority Tamil war refugees on 1 December, allowing the civilians to leave squalid and overcrowded government camps after a half-year detainment, a top official said today.
Monday 19 October 2009
Wednesday 30 September 2009
For the first time in more than three decades, Tamils from the northern Sri Lankan city of Jaffna are being recruited to join the police force in a move that may go some way towards aiding political reconciliation.
Thursday 18 June 2009
The Tamils who have occupied part of Parliament Square in central London for more than nine weeks announced yesterday that they were ending their demonstration – one of the longest-running illegal protests ever held in London.
Sunday 24 May 2009
Saturday 23 May 2009
Prisons are a thoroughly necessary evil. Everybody understands that. Above all, they are the places where we put people who are a danger to the rest of us. And though there remains a public perception that prisons are "soft", institutions where incarceration even for a number of years is some kind of picnic, nothing could be further from the truth.
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