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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1997 | A family of four disappeared
    Kandasamy family who returned to their home in Mirisuvil, Jaffna from Vanni has disappeared.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1990 | 14 Tamil civilians were killed!
    In a small village in the area of Muthur, 14 people were shot and killed. 3 women among them were raped by the Sri Lankan soldiers and then killed by the military.
  • 1990 | An American Jesuit Rev. E.J.Hebert was killed
    An American Jesuit Rev. E.J.Hebert was killed by Muslim homeguards for helping Tamil refugees at a place called Sithandy.
  • 1990 | 3 people were killed and 7 injured
    At least 3 people were killed and 7 injured by aerial bombardment in heavily populated Nallur area.
  • 1998 | Parents of Disappeared Demand Investigation
    The body 'Parents of Disappeared Persons' has collected 10,000 signatures backing its petition to the Sri Lanka Government (SLG) demanding that the alleged mass graves at Chemmani be excavated, said sources in Jaffna.
  • 1997 | 2 Killed, 3 Critical After Sinhala Army Shelling
    Two Tamil civilians were yesterday killed and 3 more critically injured after being hit by artillery fired by the Sinhalese military based at Uyilankulam and Kaththankulam (Mannar). The shelling took place at noon.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 1208 | எனைத்து நினைப்பினும் காயார் அனைத்தன்றோ
    காதலர் செய்யும் சிறப்பு.
    My frequent thought no wrath excites. It is not so?
    This honour doth my love on me bestow.
    - 121 121
  • Aug 17 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Aug 17, 2017 14:00:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka faulty in approach to protecting religious freedom, says US report
    Blemishes in Sri Lanka’s approach towards religious freedom have been pointed out in a US State Department report that lists various government decisions to provide Buddhism a “foremost place” among religions. “Non-Buddhist religious groups reported an increase in discriminatory restrictions imposed by local government officials on religious minorities. This included a requirement that evangelical Christian churches register places of worship although no law or regulation specifically requires such registration.” “The government continued to permit the construction of Buddhist statues in non-Buddhist areas despite strong objections from members of the Hindu, Muslim, and Christian communities. And it had not yet prosecuted Buddhist monks involved in attacks against Muslims and Christians in 2014,” the report pointed out. more ...
  • 2) Aug 17, 2016 11:29:29 GMT |  + USAF medical team to examine ex-LTTE combatants allegedly injected with poisonous substances
    The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has said that US Air Force’s medical team, currently in the province on a goodwill visit, will examine former Tamil Tigers combatants who had fallen sick allegedly because they were injected with poisonous substances by the Sri Lankan armed forces when they were undergoing detention or rehabilitation after surrender. NPC Fisheries Minister B.Deniswaran said on Tuesday that is it wrong to allege that ex-combatants had died or are sick because of deliberate poisoning, even before doing a survey. The TNA’s spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express that no comment can be made before ascertaining the facts. “We are trying to ascertain the facts,” he said. more ...
  • 3) Aug 17, 2016 11:24:01 GMT |  + A.R. Rahman honoured with Tamil Ratna Award
    Oscar-winning music maestro A.R. Rahman has been honoured by the America Tamil Sangam with its Tamil Ratna Award. Presenting the award after Rahman's concert at the United Nations General Assembly chamber on Monday, Sangam president Prakash Swamy said the double Oscar and double Grammy winner is "an embodiment of peace, humility and charity". Swamy said that having Rahman's concert to honour M.S. Subbulakshi, the doyen of Carnatic music, at the General Assembly - "the venue of peace" - was an historic occasion for global Tamils. more ...
  • 4) Aug 17, 2016 11:20:15 GMT |  + Impunity Reigns In Sri Lanka's August 14, 2006 Bombing Of Schoolgirls
    To best respect the memory of the victims of the Senchcholai massacre ten years ago, as well as the thousands more Tamils killed and violated throughout the war, perpetrators must be brought to justice. Opportunities for justice exist through the provision of international expertise and advice as technical assistance, the use of universal jurisdiction and, albeit unlikely, a referral to the ICC. The Tamil victims of Sri Lanka’s many intentional onslaughts shouldn’t be forced to suffer another decade of impunity; instead, the available paths to justice must be followed to end impunity’s reign. more ...
  • 5) Aug 17, 2016 11:17:53 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Again Turns to China to Develop Hambantota, but Critics Say its Being "Given Away" to Settle Debts
    Sri Lanka's government has turned to a Chinese company to develop the bunkering port of Magampura in Hambantota. Malik Samarawickrema, Minister for Sri Lanka's Strategic Development and International Trade has said that the government has once again turned to China to help develop the port of Magampura in Hambantota, in an effort to minimise losses it has incurred through the struggling project, Sri Lankan media reports."The previous government has carried out these projects in a way that is totally unfavourable to the country. But we are trying to get help from these Chinese companies to bring these institutions back into a profit making state," said Samarawickrema. more ...
  • 6) Aug 17, 2016 11:15:10 GMT |  + Universal lessons: Canberra experts fight alcohol, domestic abuse in Sri Lanka
    Dr Kamalini Lokuge​'s heart broke when she heard how a Sri Lankan preschool child told his teacher that "his dad always drinks and his mum runs around the house at night saying she's going to kill herself". His teacher was telling the senior research fellow at ANU, who recently set up a preschool education program in Sri Lanka targeting family violence and alcohol abuse, how the once cheerful, fast-learning boy became a destructive, inattentive student when his father returned to the family home. more ...
  • 7) Aug 17, 2016 11:11:12 GMT |  + Building better homes and lives for Sri Lanka’s tea estate workers
    Living in a small, cramped space and sharing public facilities like water, electricity and the toilet with 12 to 15 other families is the norm for Ganeshan. “We have been living this way since I was born,” explains the 28-year-old tea estate worker from Bogawantalawa, in the hills of central Sri Lanka. Life will soon change for Ganeshan and his family, who will receive a brand new home under a housing project run by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society. The project is supported by the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and funded by the Government of India. more ...
  • 8) Aug 17, 2015 20:36:33 GMT |  + Rajapaksa's comeback 'would be bad for Sri Lanka'
    The electoral picture has become complicated due to the fact that the other contender for the prime minister's post, Ranil Wickremesinghe, was part of the earlier United National Party governments that orchestrated massacres of first Tamils and then Sinhalese. He is also associated with unpopular neoliberal policies, and it is likely that, due to the lack of a better alternative, people would vote for Rajapaksa. However, many within Rajapaksa's own party are opposed to his becoming prime minister, so it is unlikely that he will win the polls. As the January presidential elections showed, he is not the choice of the whole country but only of a section of the Sinhalese electorate, so a win for him would be bad for the country as a whole. more ...
  • 9) Aug 17, 2015 15:57:29 GMT |  + UPFA, SLFP general secretaries stuck in a quagmire
    Concerns were raised by political parties and the legal fraternity today over a possible delay in gazetting of national list members by Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya because of the dispute over the post of UPFA General Secretary.The UPFA expects to file a petition in the Supreme Court today or tomorrow challenging the sacking of Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa from the posts of UPFA and the SLFP general secretaries and replacing them with Prof. Wishva Warnapala and Duminda Dissanayaka, a member of the UPFA legal team told Daily Mirror on condition of anonymity. more ...
  • 10) Aug 17, 2015 13:56:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka goes to the polls: Why it matters
    Just eight months after casting their ballots in a historic presidential election, Sri Lankans head back to the polls to pick a new parliament, from which a Prime Minister will be selected. Once again, the imposing figure of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa looms over the small island country's future. We take a closer look at a country trying to put its bloody and turbulent past behind it. Mahinda Rajapaksa likes to project himself as a "warrior king," and the former president is refusing to leave Sri Lankan politics without a fight. Rajapaksa was first elected president in 2005. He led a bloody, years-long military campaign against Tamil separatists, building upon his image as a no-nonsense wartime leader. more ...
  • 11) Aug 17, 2015 13:54:08 GMT |  + Election voices: Sri Lankans' hopes for their nation
    Voting has closed in Sri Lanka's general election, a poll widely regarded as a referendum on the political future of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The main contest is between Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and outgoing prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP), which formed a minority government after Rajapaksa was defeated in January's presidential election. Both are vying for the post as prime minister. more ...
  • 12) Aug 17, 2015 13:52:14 GMT |  + Sri Lankan people want good governance, transparency: Ranil
    After a month-long exhaustive election campaign, United National Party leader and Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe did not look tired when The Hindu met him at his official residence, Temple Trees, on Saturday morning. He was quite cheerful and relaxed. Answering questions on a range of topics, Mr Wickremesinghe is hopeful of his party getting a majority this time even though only on two occasions (1989 and 2010), a party or a pre-poll alliance of parties could get a majority. In conversation with T. Ramakrishnan. Q: You have been contesting parliamentary elections since 1977. How significant is the present election and do you see any trend emerging now? more ...
  • 13) Aug 17, 2015 13:51:16 GMT |  + Comeback Hopes Dim for Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s Ex-President
    At his final campaign rally on Friday, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did his best to project supreme confidence that he would be swept back into power when Sri Lankans elect a new Parliament on Monday. “Let’s unite and win for the sake of our motherland,” he told thousands of supporters, his voice deepening into a thunderous growl. But all around him, Mr. Rajapaksa’s old power base was being assailed by opponents determined to bury his political hopes once and for all. more ...
  • 14) Aug 17, 2015 13:34:20 GMT |  + Sri Lankans go to polls in 'referendum' on Rajapaksa comeback
    Sri Lankans went to the polls on Monday to elect a new parliament in what amounts to a referendum on ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa's comeback bid, with the reformist alliance that swept him from power seeking a stronger mandate. The nationalist strongman has set his sights on becoming premier of a government led by his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). But the former ally who beat him at the polls in January, President Maithripala Sirisena, now leads the party and he rules that out. more ...
  • 15) Aug 17, 2015 13:32:04 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Election Tests Pace of Postwar Reconciliation
    Sri Lankan polling officials began counting ballots Monday night in a crucial parliamentary election that could decide whether the country brings back its former leader, who critics warn could slow and even reverse recent progress toward postwar reconciliation and reform. The ex-president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was voted out of office in January elections, has tried to stage a comeback, but has faced determined resistance from a coalition of politicians who accuse him of abusing power and building an authoritarian regime controlled by his family, something Mr. Rajapaksa denies. more ...
  • 16) Aug 17, 2015 11:34:14 GMT |  + Voting shows upward trend: Poll Monitors
    The voting in the Western, Southern, Eastern and Northern Provinces have seen and increase when compared with past elections, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said today. “It is a good sign to see the people enthusiastically casting their votes to elect the members of the new Parliament. The situation at election centres has so far been trouble free,” CaFFE Executive Director Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon said.He said CaFFE has deployed about 9,000 election monitors at voting centres across the country in addition to 430 mobile units. more ...
  • 17) Aug 17, 2015 11:28:16 GMT |  + In Sri Lankan elections, focus is on former strongman
    Sri Lankans voted in parliamentary elections Monday that will decide the political future of a former strongman leader seeking a comeback eight months after being unseated in a shocking election loss."A lot of allegations were leveled at Mahinda Rajapaksa and his team, but so far no one has been sentenced and punished. For me it means they were politically motivated allegations," said Lalantha Rasika, a 41-year-old businessman. more ...
  • 18) Aug 17, 2014 14:23:10 GMT |  + Rapes surge in Sri Lanka amid weak laws
    Recent allegations that a naval officer in the northern city of Jaffna raped an 11-year-old girl have cast a spotlight on the growing problem of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. According to police statistics, incidents of rape have increased by nearly 20 percent in the last two years, with 4,393 cases registered during 2012-2014 as compared to 3,624 in 2010-2012. In the Jaffna case, police confirmed they had apprehended and brought before the courts a suspect attached to the navy, but refused to comment further. more ...
  • 19) Aug 17, 2014 14:19:35 GMT |  + Private buses run riot on the road
    Private buses pay little heed to road rules, leading to many accidents, charge state officials, while private bus operators blame state-run transport bodies for the lack of discipline in the service. Twenty two year-old Sadini’s dream of a happy wedded life was cut short last week when just three months into her marriage, a speeding private bus claimed the life of her 23 year-old husband. Shihan Gunetillake, was travelling from his hometown Bentota to his wife’s family home in Panadura when a speeding bus hit his bike in Wadduwa around 5.30 a.m. more ...
  • 20) Aug 17, 2014 14:17:15 GMT |  + Heaven’s scorching eye ignores prayers for rain
    Thousands of villagers pray for rain as the ancient giant tanks and irrigation systems continue to dry up in 14 districts mostly in the North, East and North-Central provinces, with experts forecasting a continued need for trucked-in drinking water. The famous 12th-century Parakrama Samudraya now has only one-fifteenth of the water it was built to hold. Although the Yala crop season has reached its end and the Maha season is to begin in October, water for domestic use as well as water for wildlife will be in short supply, with heavy rains not expected until late September. more ...
  • 21) Aug 17, 2014 14:16:04 GMT |  + Estate workers told: Eat rice flour items, not roti
    A Government Minister wants to change the food habits of the plantation worker whose daily staple diet is roti made from wheat flour. Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena says they should be given rice flour at a subsidised rate for this purpose. He has proposed that a kilogram of rice flour be sold to workers in the estate sector at Rs. 60, which he says, is nearly half the price of wheat flour. That is during the first year. In the second year, he wants the price of rice flour raised to Rs. 90 a kilogram. Thereafter, he expects the price to be maintained at that level even if there is an increase in rice flour costs.
  • 22) Aug 17, 2014 14:12:10 GMT |  + Court orders Sri Lanka to stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers
    A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered authorities to stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers, following a complaint they were being forcibly sent home without having their claims properly assessed. The United Nations refugee agency says 88 Pakistanis have been deported since Aug. 1. The agency, UNHCR, says it has been denied access to another 75 people who are awaiting deportation. "The president of the Appeal Court granted interim relief for two weeks to suspend the deportation of all asylum seekers," said Lakshan Dias, the lawyer of a 38-year-old Pakistani woman whose husband, brother and father are currently in detention. The woman brought the original complaint.
  • 23) Aug 17, 2014 14:11:39 GMT |  + Lankan navy hands over Indian fishermen to Coast Guard
    Sri Lankan navy on Saturday handed over 94 Tamil Nadu fishermen taken into custody by them to the Indian Coast Guard at the International Maritime Boundary Line, police said. The fishermen, belonging to Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam and Pudukottai districts, were taken into custody by the navy last month on charges of violating IMBL, Inspector Kennady said. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had on August 13 ordered their release as a goodwill gesture ahead of India’s Independence Day. The fishermen would be brought by the Coast Guard personnel by evening, Kennedy said. more ...
  • 24) Aug 17, 2014 11:15:52 GMT |  + These 3 Recent Lobbying Contracts Give a Glimpse at the State of Global Affairs
    The Liberty International Group will be representing the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for the next year, with a huge $63,300 a month contact.The point of the contract is to convince the U.S. government that the Sri Lankan economy is strong and stable and worth investing in. Sri Lanka is notably absent from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is currently in the negotiation stage, and if passed will be the largest free trade agreement between the U.S. and Asian countries. This lobbying contract therefore, will work to remind lawmakers of Sri Lanka's position as a potential trade partner, separate from the TPP. more ...
  • 25) Aug 17, 2013 3:55:33 GMT |  + The True Face Of Sri Lanka's War
    Tamil asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat are in many cases the lucky ones - many who suffer cannot leave, as these photographs from Shelley Morris show. Warning: graphic images Despite the armed conflict finishing in 2009, the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka remains grim, and human rights abuses continue. The government of Sri Lanka has done little to promote reconciliation and rehabilitation and bring about justice for victims. more ...
  • 26) Aug 17, 2012 21:09:34 GMT |  + Bank of Canada slammed over 'racist' move to scrap Asian image from $100 bills
    The Bank of Canada purged the image of an Asian-looking woman from its new $100 banknotes after focus groups raised questions about her ethnicity. The original image intended for the reverse of the plastic polymer banknotes, which began circulating last November, showed an Asian-looking woman scientist peering into a microscope. more ...
  • 27) Aug 17, 2012 15:24:17 GMT |  + Beached ship one of Sri Lanka's 'most extraordinary sights'
    Charles Haviland has been travelling in some of the places devastated in the final stages of the war in northern Sri Lanka three years ago. On a visit to the still-deserted village of Mullivaikkal, he came face to face with a huge ocean-going vessel captured by the defeated Tamil Tigers and later seized by the Sri Lankan military as they overran the last stretch of previously rebel-held coast in May 2009. more ...
  • 28) Aug 17, 2012 15:22:13 GMT |  + The slaughter cages of Tamil Nadu
    EMU FARMS in Erode and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu are in an appalling state. Once termed the most lucrative opportunity in the poultry-meat business, emus are being starved and slaughtered indiscriminately after the state police started booking cases against the farm-promoters for cheating 2,000 investors of an estimated Rs 300 crore. These farms were set up by importing seed-birds from Australia at a cost of nearly Rs 30,000 a pair. more ...
  • 29) Aug 17, 2012 12:34:18 GMT |  + Image of Asian-looking woman banned from new $100 bills after complaints
    The Bank of Canada purged the image of an Asian-looking woman from its new $100 banknotes after focus groups raised questions about her ethnicity. The original image intended for the reverse of the plastic polymer banknotes, which began circulating last November, showed an Asian-looking woman scientist peering into a microscope. more ...
  • 30) Aug 17, 2012 10:24:05 GMT |  + Woman’s severed head, foot found in Mississauga Park
    Dozens of Peel Regional Police officers scoured a Mississauga park for body parts Thursday after the discovery of a woman’s severed right foot and head. Officers used old hockey sticks with the blades cut off to sift through tall grass and bushes after the gruesome discovery at Hewick Meadows Park, near Mississauga Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W. Ontario Provincial Police helicopters were dispatched, in addition to the marine unit. Cadaver dogs were on hand to search the river and surrounding parkland. more ...
  • 31) Aug 17, 2012 10:19:06 GMT |  + A country fractures: from the mines, a killing field in South Africa
    The wild volley of gunfire erupted for less than three minutes. When it was over, at least seven bodies – and perhaps as many as 18 – lay in pools of blood on a dusty South African hilltop.It took just a brief burst of gunfire to expose all of the worst ills of post-apartheid South Africa: a volatile cocktail of poverty, labour militancy, police brutality, industrial decline and an increasingly angry and radicalized population. more ...
  • 32) Aug 17, 2012 10:16:28 GMT |  + Julian Assange: Ecuador grants Wikileaks founder asylum
    Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK. It said his human rights might be violated if he is sent to Sweden to be questioned over sex assault claims. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK would not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the country and the move was also criticised by Stockholm. Ecuador said it would seek to negotiate arrangements for Mr Assange to leave. more ...
  • 33) Aug 17, 2012 10:12:18 GMT |  + Former US Attorney General Joins Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam as a Senator
    Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran the Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), today announced the names of nine Senators to TGTE's Senate. The Senate was created as the Upper House of TGTE's Parliament. Among those appointed as Senators is a former United States Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, who played a major role in drafting and guiding the passage of two important US Laws: The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and The Civil Rights Act of 1968. Another appointment to the Senate is a Sinhalese, Dr. Brain Seneviratne, who is currently living in Australia.
  • 34) Aug 17, 2012 10:11:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka President criticises Left party leader for attending DMK meet
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday cautioned that separatist elements in the country have not given up yet, in a veiled reference to the Tamil Eelam supporters' conference held in Chennai recently. "Though we have ended terrorism, there is lot more remaining to be done. Forty years ago they passed a resolution seeking separation of the country. The conference held recently also boosts Eelam demand," Mr Rajapaksa told a gathering at Kuruvita, a south western town. Eelam is the separate Tamil state which the LTTE fought to set up in a bitter military battle over three decades.
  • 35) Aug 17, 2011 16:47:05 GMT |  + Post-war Sri Lanka Buys 14 Choppers From Russia
    Sri Lanka, two years after winning a three-decade war against separatists, has bought 14 Russian military Mi-171 helicopters in the latest deal between the two allies, Russia’s state-run arms exporter said Aug. 17. Russia and China, both with U.N. Security Council vetoes, take a general stand that states have a right to police internal conflicts without outside interference. They have been Sri Lanka’s bulwarks against Western pressure to probe allegations of war crimes from the final months of the conflict.
  • 36) Aug 17, 2011 12:37:19 GMT |  + Asia watches warily as China launches its first aircraft carrier
    Amid regional tensions, China's first aircraft carrier embarked on its inaugural sea trial Aug. 10. What is perhaps disquieting, however, is the fact the launching of China's first aircraft carrier comes at a time when Beijing is starting to take a more forceful approach on territorial disputes. It is China's new and tougher stand on the high seas and Beijing's resolve to acquire capability to control the South China Sea, not the aircraft carrier itself, which makes the rest of Asia fretful.
  • 37) Aug 17, 2011 12:34:32 GMT |  + Congress and Colombo busy in shielding each other
    A Congress parliamentarian from Tamil Nadu in Rajya Sabha, Dr. E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan has convened a meeting of ruling and opposition party parliamentarians of India in New Delhi on Thursday, aiming to diffuse the growing political momentum that challenges the crimes committed, and being committed, by New Delhi and Colombo on Eezham Tamils. Meanwhile, genocidal Colombo’s High Commissioner in New Delhi, Prasad Kariyawasam is engaged in preaching ‘ethics’ to journalists and in canvassing to get their support by sending propaganda material prepared by the SL ministry of defence.
  • 38) Aug 17, 2011 12:09:55 GMT |  + Colombo camouflages confiscation of Tamil lands
    All people of the north and east who cannot confirm ownership of their land through supporting documents are to be given a two-month period to furnish details of such land through a special application to the respective Divisional Secretaries, reports SL state-owned Daily News and SL ‘Defence’ website. “A special procedure is to be followed in cases where state land has been claimed by the people,” the report says, meaning that ‘state’ lands distributed to Tamils during British rule and after independence will be now ‘reconsidered’ if documents or parties are not available.
  • 39) Aug 17, 2011 12:07:18 GMT |  + Only India could have intervened says Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that during the war only India and no other nation could have militarily intervened. He said that the present government recognized the important role played by India in the war and a special task team... Had India not intervened to stop, the Vadamarachi Operation the war could have been over 30 years ago. more ...
  • 40) Aug 17, 2010 17:21:29 GMT |  + Sri Lanka leader's brother testifies before war panel
    The man who oversaw Sri Lanka's defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels has said he believes more than 6,000 of them were killed in the final stages of fighting. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that international critics of the government tended to confuse rebel deaths with civilian ones. The secretary was testifying before a commission examining the years leading up to the end of the war in May 2009. Mr Rajapaksa is the brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. more ...
  • 41) Aug 17, 2010 17:17:28 GMT |  + Canada paints 'terrorism' to escape responsibility
    Canadian government which tilted the balance by branding the defensive national struggle of Eezham Tamils as 'international terrorism' and was thus one of the abetters of Colombo in the war, is in its attempt to escape responsibility now breeches all bounds by painting a picture of 'terrorism' even for the arrival of refugees, Tamil circles said. "Canada government foments reaction over Tamil refugee boat," fans anti-immigrant prejudice, and boosts "Sri Lanka's authoritarian, communalist government - a government that is implicated in horrific war crimes," wrote Keith Jones in The World Socialist Website, Tuesday.
  • 42) Aug 17, 2010 17:17:13 GMT |  +  Latin Americans in Canada support Tamil Refugees
    We, the undersigned, in the Latin American community in Canada declare our support for our Tamil sisters and brothers ,and the estimated 400-500 Tamil asylum seekers aboard the MV Sun Sea, which include more than 100 women and children. Canadian media and public officials are perpetuating politically motivated stereotyping by classifying these refugees as terrorists. These unfounded statements are based on already discredited sources close to the genocidal Sri Lankan government. We believe this to be a racist and xenophobic discourse that signals the predisposition and historical tendency of our government to deny the human and legal rights of these people.
  • 43) Aug 17, 2010 11:32:41 GMT |  + Migrants claim mass murders forced them to flee Sri Lanka
    Tamil migrants who arrived in British Columbia aboard a human-smuggling ship last week say they were fleeing mass murders, disappearances and extortion in their native Sri Lanka. The Canadian Tamil Congress, an advocacy group for Canadian Tamils, released two letters to The Vancouver Sun and other media Monday allegedly penned by some of the 490 men, women and children detained in an immigration lockup facility in Maple Ridge. "We would like to ask the Canadian people and the Canadian Government to have faith in us to believe that we are innocent civilians who have been affected by the conflict. We are not terrorists," one of the letters states.
  • 44) Aug 17, 2010 11:27:01 GMT |  + Why we can’t turn away the Tamil ships
    The arrival of the Sun Sea in British Columbia, just months after the Ocean Lady, has brought calls for legislative changes to allow the federal government to intercept and turn away future ships. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews wisely rejected this proposal, which would be contrary to our obligations under international law and the Charter of Rights. Asylum seekers on boats is not a new phenomenon. In 1939, the St. Louis, filled with hundreds of refugees fleeing the Nazis, was turned away from Canada.
  • 45) Aug 17, 2010 11:26:51 GMT |  + UNHCR encouraged by Canada's handling of Tamil boat people case
    UNHCR continues to follow the developing situation of 490 Sri Lankan nationals of Tamil origin, former passengers of the cargo ship MV Sun Sea which docked at Vancouver Island in British Columbia last Friday. According to our staff in British Columbia, all 490 passengers have claimed asylum. Based on what we have seen thus far, we commend the exemplary work of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) in coordinating the arrival and reception of the MV Sun Sea passengers.
  • 46) Aug 17, 2010 11:25:04 GMT |  + FLEEING 'HELL' IN SRI LANKA: MIGRANTS
    A married couple in their seventies. Two pregnant women. A journalist who witnessed the calamitous end of Sri Lanka's civil war. Four days after the migrant smuggling ship MV Sun Sea landed off the B.C. coast, the first details of the 492 migrants on board began to emerge yesterday. Those who have met them at the provincial prisons where they are being held said some have war wounds. All are believe to be ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka.
  • 47) Aug 17, 2010 11:09:01 GMT |  + Migrant ship is a distraction from the bigger issue
    The arrival of the MV Sun Sea carrying what are reported to be nearly 500 Tamils seeking asylum in Canada created a dramatic backdrop for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to talk tough. The prospect of hoards of illegal immigrants, the spectre of human smuggling and the threat of terrorists arriving by sea has indeed set alarm bells ringing. What Toews has primarily achieved, however, is to misdirect attention from what is the real refugee problem in Canada. That is not the number of people arriving at our borders seeking asylum, but what we do with them when they get here.
  • 48) Aug 17, 2010 11:01:00 GMT |  + Sri Lanka wildlife vets go on strike
    Sri Lanka's wildlife veterinary surgeons have gone on strike in protest at what they say is the government's failure to manage a serious conflict between wild elephants and humans. The wild elephant population has shrunk to about 4,000 as humans take over land used by the animals as corridors. About 50 people also died last year, as elephants turned violent. The vets' union said a major problem was that cattle were encroaching on elephants' food and water supplies. more ...
  • 49) Aug 17, 2010 9:07:54 GMT |  + 'It's not the Wild West here'
    The 490 Tamil migrants who arrived by boat on British Columbia's shores last week are a mere drop in the ocean compared with the waves of people who seek refugee status in Canada in any given year. "People don't know that Canada is receiving around 40,000 of these claims all the time, every year, for 30 years. The only reason it suddenly comes to their attention that we have a system like this is when a boat shows up," said Richard Kurland, a B.C.-based immigration lawyer. "People have to realize that it's completely under control. It's not the Wild West here," he added. "Canada certainly can manage the flow."
  • 50) Aug 17, 2010 2:40:01 GMT |  + Ottawa balks at public detention hearings for Tamils
    A lawyer for the Canadian government is arguing to keep the proceedings private saying there is a potential for danger if the public is allowed to hear the claims of the migrants. They arrived in British Columbia late last week and are claiming refugee status. “There is a serious possibility that life, liberty and the person is in danger if these are made public,” said Ron Yamauchi, the lawyer representing the Canada Border Services Agency.
  • 51) Aug 17, 2010 2:33:18 GMT |  + Sri Lanka seeks deal to share intelligence on migrants
    Sri Lankan High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara said that there have been “unofficial discussions” with Canadian authorities in recent weeks on the subject, but that more could be done between the two countries. “There is no deal at the moment,” Ms. Wagiswara said. “I think exchange of information and intelligence is the key.” All parties agree that Canada cannot turn away ships, but the opposition is ready to jump on any hint that the Conservative government is mistreating legitimate refugee claimants.
  • 52) Aug 17, 2010 2:22:53 GMT |  + 'Have faith in us,' Tamil migrants write
    Tamil migrants who arrived in B.C. last week are asking Canadians to have faith that they are not terrorists, according to two letters said to have been written by passengers on the MV Sun Sea. The letters, released by the Canadian Tamil Congress on Monday, tell of hardships left behind in Sri Lanka and express gratitude for the reception received in Canada. "When we made our plea from the Pacific Ocean ‘we are civilians, please save us,' you did not hesitate to come and take us ashore and provide us with food, water, and fruits. This has assured us with the safety of our lives," the first, unsigned letter reads. more ...
  • 53) Aug 17, 2010 2:21:30 GMT |  + India: Powerful Nation, Pathetic People, Failed Democracy
    A nation of 1.2 billion population – a reason good enough to call ourselves the biggest democracy in the world. However I often feel this democracy is literally only on papers and not practically achieved and never will be achieved in the coming days too. One could wonder how much this statement is true, but anyone could understand after reading the rest of this article. I am neither a political analyst nor a politician myself, but just a common man who keenly observes the happenings on this large nation on a day-to-day basis.
  • 54) Aug 17, 2010 2:13:20 GMT |  + Tamil boatload a drop in the immigration sea, lawyer says
    The 490 Tamil migrants who arrived by boat on British Columbia's shores last week are a mere drop in the ocean amid the waves of people who seek refugee status in Canada in any given year. And immigration advocates say that means the government can easily handle the latest influx. "People don't know that Canada is receiving around 40,000 of these claims all the time, every year, for 30 years.
  • 55) Aug 17, 2008 14:00:48 GMT |  + Fragile Fictions
    So much for ‘sovereignty’ and ‘territorial integrity’ The sudden outbreak of hostilities between Georgia and Russia took much of the world by surprise - except, of course, the Moscow government, which demonstrably was ready and waiting, and Georgia's staunchest ally, the United States. In what is seen by many as a terrible miscalculation, Georgia launched a military onslaught to end, once and for all, the South Ossetians' independence struggle, but instead triggered a hammer blow from the Russian military. Quite apart from the implications for global power distributions, the events of the past week have important lessons for independence struggles everywhere, not least that of the Tamils.
  • 56) Aug 17, 2008 13:59:37 GMT |  + S Lankan army 'takes rebel base'
    Sri Lanka's military says it has captured a training complex of the Tamil Tiger rebel group, complete with 100 underground bunkers. The government says its forces are now 15km (nine miles) from Kilinochchi, the rebels' administrative hub. There is concern over tens of thousands of people displaced by the fighting who are converging on the town. In recent weeks, Sri Lankan troops have broken through the Tamil Tigers' defences in the north of the island.
  • 57) Aug 17, 2008 13:57:28 GMT |  + The myth about the Tamils of Sri Lanka
    The first casualty of war, they say, is truth. Sri Lanka has been at war for almost three decades. Hitler famously noted that if you’re going to tell lies, then tell a lie so colossal that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” The greatest lie about Sri Lanka’s conflict, the central claim that cloaks international community’s amoral support for the Sinhala effort to militarily crush the Tamils, is that the Tamils are happy to be part of Sri Lanka, save for a few ‘grievances’ about language rights, access to jobs and such.
  • 58) Aug 17, 2008 13:50:28 GMT |  + ‘My Daughter: the terrorist’- An in-depth insight into the mind of a Black Tiger
    The long awaited showing of ‘My Daughter: The Terrorist’ took place on Monday 11th August to a fully sold out mixed audience at the ‘The Frontline Club’, a media club promoting independent journalism. Following the controversy courted by the film, not least for the Sri Lankan Government’s attempts to block showings globally at numerous film festivals in addition to the reported death threats against the producers, the crowd was in an expectant mood. The film itself was directed by Norwegian Beate Arnestad during the period of the ceasefire between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government.
  • 59) Aug 17, 2007 20:23:11 GMT |  + Complaints of army involvement in abductions
    The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said in its latest weekly assessment report it had received complaints of army involvement in abductions in the north but despite it being made public on its website they remain mere complaints which are yet to be verified. According to the SLMM report the ceasefire monitors had received three complaints on abductions during the week August 6 to 12 that in two of the cases the complainants alleged the army was the perpetrator.
  • 60) Aug 17, 2007 19:08:35 GMT |  + Soldiers' families 'not paid enough'
    Disabled soldiers in Sri Lanka have accused the authorities of ignoring their plight and that of the families of killed service personnel. Families of senior Sri Lanka Army officers were also paid the same amount though politicians were paid much higher compensation. Those who were killed before completing a 12-year service in police or armed forces are stripped of pension rights...
  • 61) Aug 17, 2007 18:52:22 GMT |  + Taking the long route home
    Most of the displaced people have been unable to return because the areas remain unsafe as de-mining activity has yet to be completed, or because their homes are in a large area of Muttur and Sampur Divisions that the government officially designated on 30 May as a no-go High Security Zone (HSZ). The new HSZ is 90sqkm with at least part of it slated to be a special economic zone. Outsiders are barred from the HSZ unless they have written permission from government authorities. Some civic organisations are concerned about the numbers of people who will not be able to return to their former homes in the HSZ.
  • 62) Aug 17, 2007 18:47:16 GMT |  + Christians: no justice, no peace in Sri Lanka
    Churches will fail in their mission if violence goes unabated in strife-torn Sri Lanka, a Roman Catholic bishop in the country has warned. "We have to free the world of violence. If we do not succeed in doing this, we have failed," Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar, in the north-west of Sri Lanka, told a visiting delegation from the World Council of Churches. Following the strong protests of Bishop Joseph, the United Nations criticised Sri Lankan forces in January for bombing the huts of displaced Tamil refugees in Padahu Thurai, in the rebel-held Wanni region of the country.
  • 63) Aug 17, 2007 18:44:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka names suspects in killings of Red Cross workers
    Suspects in the deaths of two Red Cross workers have been identified, Sri Lanka's government said Friday, announcing a reward for information on the alleged ringleader's whereabouts. A man named Sivakanthan Vivekananthan and his gang are "evidently responsible" for the abduction and killing of the two local Red Cross workers, the Human Rights Ministry said in a statement.
  • 64) Aug 17, 2007 13:20:22 GMT |  + Saudi should do more to stop maid abuse -watchdog
    The U.S.-based watchdog Human Rights Watch said on Friday that Saudi Arabia was not doing enough to stop the abuse of foreign domestic maids. The case of two Indonesian maids beaten to death this month by Saudi employers who thought they were practising witchcraft has highlighted the dangers faced by Asian workers in Saudi Arabia, the group said in a statement. "During visits to Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka in November and December, Human Rights Watch interviewed Sri Lankan domestic workers sentenced to prison and whipping in Saudi Arabia after their employers had raped and impregnated them," the report said.
  • 65) Aug 17, 2007 10:50:30 GMT |  + Lanka pressing Tamils to drop court cases
    The government of Sri Lanka is pressuring minority Tamils to withdraw court cases against the authorities for forcibly evicting them from the capital, a rights group said yesterday. The group, the Civil Monitoring Committee, said they suspected pro-government elements had planted a bomb in a low-budget hostel occupied by members of the Tamil community as part of the pressure tactics. "We have reasonable suspicion that the bombs were planted yesterday to put pressure on the residents there to withdraw their cases against the police," committee spokesman Mani Ganeshan said.
  • 66) Aug 17, 2007 10:48:19 GMT |  + U.N. chief backs relief official against Sri Lanka
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said comments by a Sri Lankan official calling his humanitarian coordinator a "terrorist" were "unacceptable and unwarranted," a U.N. spokeswoman said. Several government officials angrily rejected Holmes' statement and demanded a retraction. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, the government's chief whip in Parliament and a cabinet minister, on Wednesday called Holmes a "terrorist" and said he had taken a bribe from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebel group. U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas told reporters, "We believe them (the comments) to be unwarranted and unacceptable and the secretary-general fully supports the work of his emergency relief coordinator, John Holmes."
  • 67) Aug 17, 2006 20:20:42 GMT |  + Fighting escalates in northern Sri Lanka
    Tamil Tiger rebels launched fresh attacks on key targets in northern Sri Lanka, where a week of fierce fighting has killed more than 800 rebels and security forces, the military said Thursday. The clashes in northern Jaffna Peninsula came as Sri Lanka's president vowed the government would not bow to insurgent demands and withdraw from the north, which is claimed by the rebels as the heartland of ethnic Tamil culture.The United States and theEuropean Union separately called for an end to hostilities.
  • 68) Aug 17, 2006 19:09:50 GMT |  + Tamils activists protest killing of children by Sri Lankan forces
    Activists of regional Dalit Panthers of India party held a day-long hunger strike here on Thursday to protest the alleged killing of 61 Tamil children in air strikes by Sri Lankan air force in Mullaithivu district.The activists, which also included some film actors, were led by Thol Thirumavalavan while paying homage to the innocent children killed in the bombing.The Lankan military had, however, dismissed the claim, saying jets had bombed a rebel training camp and killed 50-60 LTTE fighters.
  • 69) Aug 17, 2006 15:34:15 GMT |  + U.S. urges immediate end to Sri Lankan fighting
    The United States is "deeply concerned" by the recent fighting in Sri Lanka, and has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities, a U.S. official said Thursday.Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Steven Mann said that he had delivered this message to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse during a hastily scheduled meeting Thursday."The current situation is a threatening one and we believe that the continuation of the fighting will only make the prospects for peace worse and will benefit neither side.
  • 70) Aug 17, 2006 14:19:31 GMT |  + Buddhist monks brawl at Sri Lanka peace protest
    Protesters calling for an end to recent violence in Sri Lanka found themselves brawling with hardline Buddhist monks on Thursday, after a rally dubbed a "peace protest" turned unexpectedly violent.Organisers said there were around 1,000 people in a park in the capital, Colombo, listening to a range of speakers when hardline saffron-robed monks opposed to concessions to Tamil Tiger rebels mounted the stage and erected banners.Some more moderate Buddhist monks, protesting for peace, were already on the stage when punches were thrown. Soon, monks' robes and fists were flying, although no one was badly hurt, witnesses said. more ...
  • 71) Aug 17, 2006 12:08:18 GMT |  + Assembly condemns killings in Lanka - All parties speak against brutalities to Tamils
    The Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly today passed a resolution condemning the recent killings of 61 girl students by the Sri Lankan army in an orphanage at Mullaitivu. A two minute silence was also observed by the members in the House to pay homage to the departed souls. All the party leaders condemned the gruesome killing and the Dalit Panthers of India (DPI) MLAs staged a walkout condemning the Union government for remaining silent over the issue.
  • 72) Aug 17, 2006 12:06:31 GMT |  + Sri Lankan government justifies the massacre of school students
    The Sri Lankan government has responded to mounting evidence that the air force slaughtered scores of school children in an attack in the Mullaitivu district on Monday with more lies and a justification for further war crimes.After warplanes strafed the former orphanage early on Monday morning, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) announced that 61 students, mainly girls, had been killed in the attack and 129 injured. The students from schools in the surrounding area had been sleeping overnight in the buildings at Vallipunam in LTTE-held territory while participating in a two-day first aid course.
  • 73) Aug 17, 2006 12:04:32 GMT |  + Ceasefire monitors flee heavy shelling in Sri Lanka
    Ceasefire monitors in eastern Sri Lanka were forced to flee after they were nearly hit by heavy shelling in clashes between Tamil Tiger rebels and security forces, an official said. The six-member team left its base in the eastern port town of Trincomalee which has been the scene of fierce clashes during a flare up of fighting between rebels and troops."We had to move our base from Trincomalee. The area where we were staying came under heavy fire, our accommodation was almost hit," said Thorfinnur Omarsson, spokesman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). more ...
  • 74) Aug 17, 2006 11:58:50 GMT |  + Fighting escalates in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna Peninsula, hundreds killed
    Tamil Tiger rebels launched fresh attacks overnight on key military targets in northern Sri Lanka, where a week of fierce fighting killed more than 800 rebels and security forces, the military said Thursday, as the country spiraled closer to all-out war.The stepped-up attacks Wednesday in northern Jaffna Peninsula came as Sri Lanka's president vowed the government would not bow to insurgent demands and withdraw from the north, claimed by Tamil Tiger rebels as the heartland of ethnic Tamil culture.
  • 75) Aug 17, 2006 11:57:59 GMT |  + Sri Lanka hits out at South Africa, praises India
    Sri Lanka Cricket today criticised South Africa over pulling out from a triseries and thanked India for deciding to continue with its tour despite a fatal bomb blast here early this week.South Africa quit the one-day tournament following a powerful explosion that claimed seven lives and left several others injured less than three kms away from its hotel on Monday.Sri Lanka Cricket chief Duleep Mendis was dismayed by the fact that the visitors based their decision on an anonymous e-mail from an unknown entity and ignored assurances by the government.
  • 76) Aug 17, 2006 11:56:17 GMT |  + Pro-war monks scuffle with anti-war demonstrators in Sri Lankan capital
    A scuffle broke out Thursday between saffron-robed monks and anti-war demonstrators at peace rally in Sri Lankan capital.About six or seven monks from a right-wing Buddhist faction had stormed the stage during a peace rally attended by about 1,000 people in the capital, Colombo, shouting pro-war slogans, an AP reporter at the scene said.A member of Sri Lanka's parliament was addressing the crowd when the monks climbed on stage.The monks unfurled banners reading "Take your protest to Kilinochchi," referring to the de facto rebel capital in northern Sri Lanka where hundreds have been killed in the last week.
  • 77) Aug 17, 2006 11:54:29 GMT |  + IFJ Calls For An End To Brutal Targeting Of Media In Sri Lanka
    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has demanded an end to the continued and brutal targeting of Tamil media workers and the intimidation and censorship of Sri Lankan media.Sathasivam Baskaram, a distributor for the Tamil newspaper Uthayan was reportedly shot dead on August 15 in Jaffna while returning from marking deliveries. According to an IFJ affiliate, the Free Media Movement (FMM), Baskaram was delivering the paper outside of the curfew hours that have been operating in the area since August 11.
  • 78) 17:46 GMT, Aug. 17, 2005 |  + Farewell to Lakshman Kadirgamar
    Of course media blockheads – both Sinhalese and a segment of Tamils - have a vested interest in wailing about Kadirgamar’s demise since he provided good copy with bombastic pronouncements on all topics under the Sun [global terrorism, child soldiers, human rights, democracy, military procurements, disappearances of Tamil commoners due to army brutality, etc. etc.] which more or less presented a jaundiced view on the LTTE and their leader Pirabhakaran. As an Eelam Tamil, here is my no nonsense profile, in alphabetical format, on the vainglorious career of Kadirgamar since 1994. I chose this convenient format to provide a counter note to the bloated elegies of partisan hacks. To substantiate the validity of my profile, I also provide published excerpts from three anti-LTTE individuals [namely Anura Bandaranaike, Rajan Hoole and Lasantha Wickrematunga] on Kadirgamar’s legacy. These observations by two Sinhalese and one Tamil, corroborate my profile. more ...
  • 79) 11:40 GMT, Aug. 17, 2005 |  + Norwegian peace brokers meet top Tamil rebel in London to save Sri Lanka's peace process
    Norwegian peace brokers will told crucial talks with a top Tamil Tiger negotiator in London on Wednesday amid concerns the assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister could push the island back into war. Norway's Foreign Affairs Minister Jan Peterson and his deputy Vidar Helgesen are scheduled to meet with chief rebel peace negotiator Anton Balasingham at his London home. "Yes, the meeting is scheduled to take place," said Tom Knappskog, a spokesman from the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo. He declined to give details.
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  • 80) 11:34 GMT, Aug. 17, 2005 |  + Sri Lankan court ruling over aid deal: a sign of sharp political tensions
    The assassination of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar last Friday has heightened the danger of a return to civil war on the island. His death, however, is just one element of a highly-charged political situation that was already sliding toward renewed conflict. Last month the Supreme Court issued an interim ruling that effectively froze the implementation of a key agreement between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the joint administration of tsunami aid in the North and East of the country. The deal, which has been vehemently denounced by Sinhala chauvinist parties, including the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), was viewed by many in establishment circles as the means for restarting stalled peace talks. more ...
  • 81) 11:33 GMT, Aug. 17, 2005 |  + Sombre mood in Lanka augurs well for peace
    Contrary to the expectation that there would be an all round demand to call off the peace process and break the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) with the LTTE after the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar on Friday, a sombre mood pervades Sri Lanka. Almost all major parties to the conflict, including President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the LTTE, have called for peace and the continuation of the ceasefire. This augurs well for the establishment of peace in Sri Lanka, which has been in tatters for the past twenty years because of the ethnic conflict, terrorist acts and military operations. Clearly, Sri Lanka is able to take a balanced view of tragedies as provocative and monumental as Kadirgamar's assassination, and look to the future rather than go back to the sordid past. more ...
  • 82) 10:53 GMT, Aug. 17, 2005 |  + Re: 'Why does Ottawa turn a blind eye to Tamil terrorists?' - A Letter to the 'National Post'
    An article entitled as above in your issue of August 15, 2005 was brought to my notice. The above title is very misleading and racist as it gives the idea that Tamils are terrorists. Your newspaper is insulting the Tamils. You should publish a correction immediately as this is bad journalism in multicultural Canada. You have made another wrong statement by implying that 60,000 people were killed by Tamils. According to the Sri Lankan government's own figures, at least 95% of the 70,000 killed in Sri Lanka are Tamils massacred by Sinhalese mobs and armed forces. If Canada had to take in 300,000 Tamils after the massacre of Tamils by the Sinhalese in 1983, why do you not ask Canada to take action against those responsible for these crimes? Are you condoning state and mob terrorism against the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka? more ...
  • 83) 10:43 GMT, Aug. 17, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka Tamil rebels say will not initiate war



    "An eye-for-an-eye and a tooth-for-a-tooth is not the concern at the moment when we are strongly committed to the ceasefire agreement,"

    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, accused of assassinating the foreign minister last week, have said for the first time that they will not resume a two-decade war for self-rule. But the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said they would defend the island's minority Tamils from attack. "We want to maintain the ceasefire momentum, the peace ... and ensure that we walk back into the peace process again," S.P. Thamilselvan, head of the Tigers' political wing, told Reuters in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi late on Tuesday. "War is not an option," he added speaking in the Tamil language through a translator. "But if war is thrust upon the Tamil people, we will have no option but to face it. "So it's in the hands of the government."
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  • 84) 10:35 GMT, Aug. 17, 2005 |  + Two policemen shot, Jaffna tense
    Two Sri Lankan policemen were shot and injured at Kaladdy in Kokkuvil, a suburb of Jaffna, Wednesday around 11:30 a.m, Police said. One of the two wounded policemen, in critical condition, was airlifted to Colombo Hospital. The Sri Lanka army in Jaffna deployed additional troops in Jaffna town, the areas surrounding the University of Jaffna and Jaffna Teaching Hospital following the incident, sources said. The other policeman is admitted to Palaly Military Hospital, Police said. An official attached to the Financial Division of the LTTE, Mr. Kaidramalai Gopi, was arrested at his house in Kallady while he was visiting his parents. Mr. Kadiramalai, father of Mr. Gopi, told TamilNet that the shots were fired by Sri Lankan Army soldiers who were outside the house while policemen were taking his son away through the front door. more ...
  • 85) 22:01 GMT, Aug. 17, 2004 |  + WAPS's activities expose Sri Lankan government'sDuplicity vis-à-vis the peace process

    The so called "Frontal Organisations" among the Singhalese expatriates to continue the campaign of portraying the LTTE's armed struggle for liberation of the Tamil community as a mere act of terrorism.

    When WAPS announced about the conference they are holding in Oslo on the 20th of August 2004 on “The Roadmap for Peace in Sri Lanka”, at a first glance it looked as if WAPS is going to help the government in finding a “just peace” in Sri Lanka. However, when one goes through the list of speakers, the subject on which these speakers are going to speak at the conference and the promotional materials the conference organisers have put out, it becomes very clear that it is another exercise to appeal to the IC to join them in their so called “fight against LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka” and to discredit Norway’s role as a genuine facilitator. Therefore, after a lapse of 2 years, it looks like the same old machinery has been oiled and put back to do the same old function for the president Chandrika’s government. Therefore it is imperative for those who attend this conference to listen to what is being told at the conference with a pinch of salt. more ...
  • 86) 21:34 GMT, Aug. 17, 2004 |  + Tamil MP Speaks Against Sri Lankan Killings
    "The Sri Lankan state and military are using armed groups to divide and rule Tamil society in Batticaloa. They did it in the past. My people will never fall prey to the machinations of divisive forces because they have made immense sacrifices for the Tamil cause", said Mr. Senathirajah Jeyanandamoorthy, Tamil National Alliance MP for Batticaloa, speaking at a press conference by TNA regarding the current situation in the east. "I spoke against the killings in Batticaloa, against the involvement of the military intelligence in backing the killers. Last night Police raided the house in which I was staying in Colombo. This is intimidation", the MP said. more ...
  • 87) 10:42 GMT, Aug. 17, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan Rebels Say Tamils Losing Faith in Accord
    Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said Tamils are ``losing faith'' in the peace process because of political bickering and power struggles among the country's political parties. ``Tamil people are losing faith in the value of the peace process due to the political contradictions and power struggles in the south,'' said S. P. Thamilchelvan, head of the Liberation Tigers' political division, according to the TamilNet Web site. He was speaking after meeting European Union representatives yesterday in Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka. Tamils want peace talks to resume without delay, Thamilchelvan said. more ...
  • 88) 15:58 GMT, Aug. 17, 2003 |  + Will a separate administrative unit for Muslims in the East help them in any way?
    The demand for a predominantly Muslim unit in the North-East came up for the first time only in 1994, after President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumarathunga's (CBK) Peoples' Alliance (PA) party had to depend on the support of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) party to form the government. SLMC put forwarded that demand to the then PA government when that government started to negotiate with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). However, when that peace talks broke down and that government decided to find a military solution to the ethnic problem of Sri Lanka (SL), this demand became irrelevant and the SLMC did not raise it again. Now, as a partner in the United National Front (UNF) government, with similar bargaining power as they had in 1994, the demand for a predominantly Muslim unit in the NorthEast has been put forwarded again by the SLMC. more ...
  • 89) 15:50 GMT, Aug. 17, 2003 |  + Canada: Shop a beacon of light in a city of darkness
    Never had a dollar store smelled so sweet or glowed so softly. At 83 Yonge St., an hour after the lights went out on Thursday night, Metro Paradise flickered to the dim radiance of sugary candles and the odd, jagged sweep of a flashlight's beam. The crowd, both alarmed and enchanted by vague implications of the fallen power grid, streamed into the long, narrow shop, which, on a normal day, is easy to miss. But this was not a normal day. "It's better," whispered Suresh Ganesau, smiling in the shadows behind the till. The Sri Lankan immigrant held a candle up to his stubbly, cheerful face and talked about Sri Lanka, where he grew up. more ...
  • 90) 15:46 GMT, Aug. 17, 2003 |  + LTTE says talks with Sri Lankan Govt could restart soon
    Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels say that peace talks could resume soon after they meet with legal advisers in Paris later this week to draft their response to a government power-sharing offer, a Thai diplomat said on Sunday. Thailand's ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jelm Tivayanond, who met LTTE leader SP Thamilselvan in Kilinochchi, 275 km from Colombo on Saturday, said, "(Thamilselvan) expressed hope that talks will begin soon after the Paris meeting," Jelm said. Peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels were stalled in April when the rebels withdrew, accusing the government of being slow to resettle thousands of ethnic Tamils displaced in a 19-year civil war. more ...
  • 91) 15:39 GMT, Aug. 17, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka Muslim town tense amid clashes between minorities
    Security was stepped up in Sri Lanka's northeastern town of Muttur following new inter-communal clashes between minority Tamils and Muslims, officials said. A nighttime curfew on the Muslim town was lifted but security was tightened amid fears of renewed clashes following the slaying last week of two Muslim men by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels, police said Sunday. Four policemen were wounded Saturday as they tried to separate mobs in the latest fighting, which was sparked by the detention of two Muslim fishermen by suspected Tiger rebels. more ...
  • 92) 13:31 GMT, Aug. 17, 2003 |  + SLA, Police conduct search operations in Vadamaradchy
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers and Sri Lanka Police officers searched general public and passengers in passing vehicles in Mulli, in Vadamaradchy district throughout Saturday, security sources in Jaffna said. Vehicles along the Point-Pedro Kodikamam road in Vadamaradchy also were stopped and searched, according to the same sources. Meanwhile, more than 9000 devotees who attended the Madhu shrine festival were subjected to thorough search on their way to the festival at the Muhamalai checkpoint by the SLA. more ...
  • 93) 13:24 GMT, Aug. 17, 2003 |  + MARVELLING: Racism and slavery III
    Last week it was mentioned, en passant, that President Bush on his new version of an African safari had stopped at Goree Island and denounced the slave trade as one of the most heinous crimes against humanity, a pronouncement I doubt he would repeat in Texas or anywhere else like Birmingham or Boston. It was also mentioned that slavery had existed in several forms, but, apart from the Aryan conquest of the Dravidian population of India and elsewhere in North Africa or the Sahel, it had not been a “permanent” institution. more ...
  • 94) 02:04 GMT, Aug. 17, 2003 |  + LTTE’s proposals will not be based on abstract principles
    The LTTE’s counter-proposals to be presented to the government after they are discussed with legal experts are expected to be a set of concrete measures that will spell out the mechanism whereby an interim administration could be run in the northeast and not couched on a set of principles, informed sources told the Northeastern Herald.They said these proposals are not expected to be put forward as a set of principles but to act as a guideline to set up a mechanism that could be a pointer to the final solution to the ethnic conflict through the sharing of political power. more ...
  • 95) 13:07 GMT, Aug. 17, 2002 |  + 'Peace vital for economic development' -Ranil
    "The economic development of the country critically depends on the outcome of the peace talks. We have strengthened the ongoing peace process by laying a firm foundation for the proposed peace talks," said Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe, Friday morning, when addressing a gathering which followed the ceremonial inauguration of the first common user multi purpose berth in the port of Trincomalee. more ...
  • 96) 14:27 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + SL crisis deepens as majority legislators stake claim
    The majority of the members of the Sri Lankan Parliamentarian met in the legislature Friday and unanimously resolved to go ahead with the no confidence motion against President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government and defy any attempt by her to suspend Parliament again. Hundred and thirteen MPs of the 225 member Parliament, including those from the Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) which was negotiating a deal with the People's Alliance to form a "probation" government, turned up at the Parliament complex near Colombo to pass six resolutions. more ...
  • 97) 13:45 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka cuts charges to woo airlines, shipping
    Sri Lanka Friday introduced cheaper fuel and free ground handling services for international airlines and shipping companies in a bid to coax them back to the war-troubled country. The move is intended to offset hefty war-risk premiums slapped on companies operating in Sri Lanka after last month's rebel attack on the island's only airport. more ...
  • 98) 13:41 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka opposition assembles in parliament in defiance of president
    Sri Lanka's opposition Friday demonstrated its parliamentary majority with a key meeting and stepped up a campaign to topple beleaguered President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government. The combined opposition, which has 115 members in the 225-member assembly, defied Kumaratunga's order shutting down parliament until September 7 and vowed to wrest back the powers of the legislature. more ...
  • 99) 13:19 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka drought action urged
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an appeal for emergency funds to help 300,000 people in southern Sri Lanka affected by prolonged drought. The Red Cross is asking for $700,000 to support the worst affected farmers, whose families no longer have enough to eat. more ...
  • 100) 13:17 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka ports in crisis
    A Sri Lankan delegation plans to meet with London insurers and attempt to persuade them that Colombo port is not a high risk. Lloyds of London, the leading shipping insurer, have labelled the entire island a war risk zone following last month's rebel attack on the airport. Already, the cost of docking in Colombo is so high that some shipping operators plan to bypass the port. more ...
  • 101) 11:19 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Sri Lankan rebels tells Jaffna to prepare for 'liberation,' raising fears of attack
    Tamil Tiger rebels warned residents of Jaffna to prepare for ''liberation,'' prompting fears Thursday that the war-battered city was headed for another showdown between the rebels and 40,000 government troops. The northern city of Jaffna, now under government control, has been at the center of the 18-year Tamil separatist war. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam want to make Jaffna the capital of their envisaged homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamils. In a statement to Jaffna's only newspaper, the rebels' political wing warned the peninsula's 500,000, predominantly Tamil residents, not to cooperate with the army. The statement in the Udhayan newspaper also urged Jaffna residents to ''cooperate with the freedom fighters to hasten the day of liberation.'' ''You are living at a time when the Jaffna Peninsula is undergoing a serious crisis. Traitors are actively putting out the great revolutionary fire created by thousands of great heroes who are shedding their blood for the cause of Eelam (nation),'' it said. more ...
  • 102) 11:16 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Professor Chelvadurai Manogaran Passed Away
    Chelvadurai Manogaran, retired Professor of Geography and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside, (USA) passed away this morning at the age of 67. He was on a tour of the northeast United States at the time of his death. Prof. Manogaran was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and migrated to his native country Sri Lanka in 1949. He earned his first degree at the University of Ceylon and was appointed lecturer in the Department of Geography at the Jaffna College (Undergraduate Division). He then proceeded to the United States in 1966 and received his MA at the Clark University in Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. in Climatology from Southern Illinois University. He held the position of Professor of Geography and International Studies at University of Wisconsin since 1970, until his retirement last year. more ...
  • 103) 11:04 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Tigers blame Sri Lanka for failure of peace moves, call for fresh bid
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger separatists have accused the government of scuttling Norway's attempts to broker peace and called for a fresh bid to end decades of bloodshed, a radio report said Friday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels told the BBC that they wanted to end the conflict which has killed more than 60,000 people. "We have not stopped the attempts for peace talks," the report quoted the LTTE's political wing leader Thamil Chelvam saying. Asked about the July 24 attack against the country's only international airport and the adjoining military airbase, Chelvam refused to accept responsibility but said the rebels welcomed the operation. more ...
  • 104) 16:14 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Controversial weapon meant for genocide alleges MP
    "The Sri Lankan government is going to deploy chemical weapons against the Tamils in the island's north and east. The aim is to annihilate them totally. The use of this dangerous chemical weapon against the Tamil people should be strongly condemned," said Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, Tamil United Liberation Front MP for Batticaloa, addressing legislators who gathered Friday in the Sri Lankan Parliament and decided to press ahead with the no confidence motion against President Kumaratunga's government. more ...
  • 105) 16:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka denies warhead charge
    The Sri Lankan Government has categorically denied reports that it recently acquired weapons with chemical warheads as part of its fight against the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels. Defence Ministry spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said that the rebels were spreading "totally untrue" reports about a purchase of Russian chemical weapons. But the Sri Lankan army said that it had only bought infantry rocket flame-throwers which are not banned and do not have chemical warheads. The army had, however, earlier confirmed buying Russian missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads. In its latest statement, it made no comment on the newspaper allegations of corruption. more ...
  • 106) 15:56 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Canada:
    Counterfeit money Features to stop forgers
    M any stores in Southern Ontario are no longer accepting $100 bills and some are even refusing $50 bills. The stores say there are too many counterfeit bills in circulation to risk taking the larger denominations. The Bank of Canada says that stores can't be compelled to accept Canadian currency under the law. While the Bank of Canada Act gives it the sole right to print money, the Bank of Canada has no authority over how their notes are used to settle debts, says Joe Basile of the bank's currency education team. The forgeries can be very accurate, the Bank of Canada admits. Store owners say that the forgeries pass the ultra-violet (UV) light test used to find counterfeit bills. more ...
  • 107) 15:45 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + As Sri Lanka War Brings Ruin, Villages Live Off It
    The villagers offer their own twist on explanations of what is prolonging the war. With no universal draft, they say, it is the offspring of the poor, not of the elite, who are volunteering to serve. "The children from the villages are fodder," said Lance Cpl. Gamini Premaranthna, who joined the army 11 years ago when he was 19. "None of the bigwigs' children go. All the politicians shouting that we must have a military solution don't have sons in the war. It's only the village boys. The war would end sooner if the rich were dying too." more ...
  • 108) 15:35 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + City of wearily expert refugees
    One aid worker described Jaffna's displaced people as the most professional refugees he had ever seen. Every family keeps a bag packed with the bare essentials - ready to go once again when the bombers screech overhead. They have learnt from experience that it is best to be prepared. "I don't think we'll ever have peace of mind," said Selvarani, an elderly woman in tears, recounting her wanderings during this seemingly interminable conflict between the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels. One psychologist estimates that 40% of the people of Jaffna now need counselling. "It is really a very grim outlook if this war continues," said Daya Somasonderam, professor of psychiatry at Jaffna University, who has edited a handbook for counsellors in Sri Lanka's first mental health outreach programme. more ...
  • 109) 11:02 GMT, Aug. 17, 2001 |  + Opposition storms Sri Lankan Parliament
    Opposition Members in Sri Lanka today stormed Parliament, held a meeting in the Chamber room and passed a resolution demanding immediate summoning of the prorogued House. On July 10, President Chandrika Kumaratunga prorogued Parliament till September seven calling for a referendum on a new constitution. Subsequently, under pressure from opposition and other religious leaders the referendum till October 18. The opposition however, pressed for the summoning of Parliament and cancellation of the referendum. more ...
  • 110) 14:58 GMT, Aug. 17, 2000 |  + Time for constitutional reform?
    A solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka seems no closer. For 17 years, groups linked to the Tamil minority in the north have waged a violent campaign to push for self-rule. But Government plans for constitutional change have been postponed because of fears that they made too many concessions to the Tamils and would not bring an end to the violence. more ...
  • 111) 13:00 GMT, Aug. 17, 2000 |  + Awards of Excellence 2000
    Exceptional Tamil secondary school students and professionals to be recognized at the Awards of Excellence on November 4th, 2000 at the Royal Ontario Museum.Here is a taste of the Royal Ontario Museum more ...
  • 112) 12:43 GMT, Aug. 17, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka President tightens grip on ruling party
    Sri Lanka's ruling party Thursday elected as its general secretary a man who is staunchly loyal to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, officials said. Sports Minister S. B. Dissanayake won with 16 votes over his main rival, River Irrigation Minister Maithripala Sirisena, the candidate of the old-guard of the party who polled 12 in a secret ballot, officials. more ...
  • 113) 11:55 GMT, Aug. 17, 2000 |  + Farming abandoned due to STF action
    Mr. Pon Selvarasa, Tamil United Liberation Front MP for Batticaloa said Thursday that farmers in Vaalaikkaalai, about 25 kilometers southwest of Batticaloa, have been compelled to abandon cultivation due to the activities of the Special Task Force (STF) commandos in the area. more ...
  • 114) 02:46 GMT, Aug. 17, 2000 |  + India:TADA charges against Tamil extremist dropped
    A designated court on Wednesday discharged Venkatesan, a member of a Tamil extremist outfit whose release has been sought by forest brigand Veerappan, from charges under the TADA. more ...
  • 115) 02:45 GMT, Aug. 17, 2000 |  + ROME: WORLD'S TEMPORARY YOUTH CAPITAL
    On August 15, as he greeted young pilgrims at his summer residence on Castel Gandalfo, Pope John Paul II referred to Rome as "the capital of the world of youth."Among the young people who gathered at Castel Gandalfo are 15 people, representing the young people from all over the world, who will be the Pope's personal guests during World Youth Day. The residence at Castel Gandalfo will be a temporary home to 3 pilgrims from Italy, 3 from Congo, 3 from Sri Lanka, 3 from Tahiti, and 3 from Canada. more ...
  • 116) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Suspension follows resistant argument
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  • 117) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Recruitment drive in Batticaloa
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  • 118) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Execution stay for Gandhi killers
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  • 119) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + SC extends stay on execution in Rajiv murder
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  • 120) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + India: BJP buys peace in Bihar and Karnataka
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  • 121) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + India: It will be PM's finger on India's nuclear trigger
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  • 122) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + India unveils nuclear deterrence strategy
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  • 123) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan Opposition accuses Govt. of E-mail tapping: report
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  • 124) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + SLN Dvora sunk - radio
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  • 125) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Top security for Aussie cricket stars
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  • 126) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Canada: Courts order immigration applications re-examined
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  • 127) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Police fire shots over Hindu rites in Indonesia: report
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  • 128) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + S. Lanka plans tighter security during series
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  • 129) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Tigers claim another suicide bombing, Sri Lanka bloodshed mounts
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  • 130) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Suspension follows resistant argument
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  • 131) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Recruitment drive in Batticaloa
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  • 132) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Execution stay for Gandhi killers
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  • 133) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + SC extends stay on execution in Rajiv murder
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  • 134) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + India: BJP buys peace in Bihar and Karnataka
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  • 135) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + India: It will be PM's finger on India's nuclear trigger
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  • 136) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + India unveils nuclear deterrence strategy
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  • 137) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan Opposition accuses Govt. of E-mail tapping: report
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  • 138) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + SLN Dvora sunk - radio
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  • 139) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Top security for Aussie cricket stars
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  • 140) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Canada: Courts order immigration applications re-examined
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  • 141) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Police fire shots over Hindu rites in Indonesia: report
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  • 142) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + S. Lanka plans tighter security during series
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  • 143) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1999 |  + Tigers claim another suicide bombing, Sri Lanka bloodshed mounts
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  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + Parents of Disappeared Demand Investigation
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  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + Counterclaims over 'Princess Kash' bombing
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  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + President told of 'mysterious killings'
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  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + Indian crew likely to be freed on Tuesday
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  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + Arrested youth missing
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  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + LTTE rescues ship's crew
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  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + Lankans may not interrogate Indian crew
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  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + Clarify charge of ship-LTTE nexus, Lanka told
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  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + Lanka bombs LTTE-hijacked ship; 17 Indians untraceable
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  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + LTTE to release Indian crew of hijacked ship
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  • 154) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + 'Indian ship captain connived with LTTE'
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  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + Movie halted after military refuse help
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  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 17, 1998 |  + Tiger captors save Indian crewmen from airforce bombing
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