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Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review: War Crimes must take Centre Stage


Paper No. 5207                                        11-Sept-2012

Guest Column by Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

The issue that must take centre stage at Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) scheduled for 1st November 2012 should be the question of Sri Lanka’s accountability for War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity, bearing in mind the period under review is from 2008 to 2012, covering the critical period before, during and after the war in Sri Lanka.

Chinese Defence Minister’s visit to Sri Lanka: An Indian Perspective  


Paper No. 5206                                             11-Sept-2012

By Col. R. Hariharan 

China’s Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie’s visited Sri Lanka for  five days from August 29, 2012. The first-ever visit by a Chinese Defence Minister to Sri Lanka with an entourage of 23 members indicates the ever  increasing Chinese interest in the island nation. 

“Chinese Tips” 


Paper no. 5205                                                                             11-Sept-2012

By Bhaskar Roy 

The visit of Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guauglie to India in the first week of September demands a fine dissection.  It was, after all, the visit of Chinese defence minister to India in eight years, the last being in 2004.  Pranab Mukherjee was the last Indian defense minister to visit China in 2006. 

Denial of Pakistani Visa to Praveen Swami

Paper No. 5204                                                             10 Sept 2012

By B. Raman 

There are no saints in matters relating to visas. And there are no heroes either.

2. We should avoid an immature and juvenile song and dance over the refusal of a visa by the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi to Shri Praveen Swami, who heads the Delhi office of “The Hindu”, to enable him to accompany Shri S. M. Krishna, our Foreign Minister, during his just concluded visit to Pakistan.

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