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Important Incidents

  • 1995 | 3 Civilians killed
    Civilians killed in Vali West by Artillery Shelling
  • 1995 | 14 Civilians killed
    4 Civilians killed in Valikamam when the Civilians continue to pour into Thenmaratchi to escape Aerial Bombing
  • 1995 | 15 Civilians killed
    15 Civilians killed in Inuvil by Densly populated areas targetted during Aerial Bombing
  • 1995 | 20 Civilians killed, 23 seiously wounded
    20 Civilians killed, 23 seiously wounded in Valikamam by Aerial Bombing by Supersonic Jets.
  • 1997 | Tigers sink Sri Lankan gunboat
    Naval units of the Liberation Tigers sank a Dvora gun boat of the Sri Lankan Navy in the sea off Pulmoddai this morning. Navy sources claimed that two sailors were killed,eight wounded and that seven are missing.
  • 1997 | Canada Tamils stage candle light vigil
    About five thousand Canadian Tamils attended a candle light vigil on Saturday, demanding the release of Tamil community activist Mr. Manickavasagam Suresh and condemning the Sri Lankan government's war in the Tamil homelands.
  • 2000 | MI 24 HELICOPTER GUNSHIP DESTROYED BY MISSILE
    The combat formations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over-ran several front defence lines of the heavily fortified Nagarkovil military base in the eastern coast of the Jaffna Peninsula today inflicting heavy casualties on the Sri Lanka government troops. A Russian made MI 24 helicopter gunship was destroyed and another MI 24 helicopter was badly damaged in the heavy fighting.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1990 | A Tamil man was shot dead by Sri Lankan forces
    At 6.30 p.m the army entered intothe village in Amparai and shot dead a villager, Sichchaipillai Natkunaraja of age 30.
  • 1997 | Tamil woman washed ashore with breasts cut off
    A female body with extensive cuts has washed onto the shores of Jaffna's Kudarappu (Nakarkovil, Vadamaradchy East). Both of the Tamil woman's breasts were found to have been completely cut off with knives. The attack is believed to have been carried out by Sinhalese military personnel occupying the peninsula. The woman's body could not be identified and was cremated by local Tamils at their own expense.
  • 1995 | 54 Tamil civilians killed by Aerial Bombing and artillery
    At least 54 Tamil civilians were killed and several others wounded by Aerial Bombing and artillery shells fired by the occupied Sri Lankan forces in the Jaffna district. 20 of these people killed in Valikamam and another 15 in Inuvil!
  • 1999 | Young man shot
    A young man arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers at Kannakipuram in Valaichenai, 32 km. north of Batticaloa, was shot dead last night, said sources. His body was handed over by the Police to the Kalkudah hospital this morning.
  • 1999 | Soldiers on rampage
    Sri Lanka Army soldiers went on rampage in Vankalai in the Mannar district, burning five houses, two boathouses and five boat engines last night said sources there. Several civilians were also assaulted by the troops the sources added.
  • 1997 | Troops Ambush 5 Tamil Civilians
    Five Tamil civilians who went to recover belongings from their former homes in Sonthakarankulam Koyilkulam (Killinochi district) were fired on by Sinhalese troops lying concealed in bushes. 60 year old Nakamuthu was hurt in the gunfire and is missing. The other four managed to escape leaving behind their bicycles. On Tuesday, another two Tamil civilians who went to Uruthirapuram on a bullock cart to recover belongings have gone missing. Selvam and Kunchurasa are feared abducted by the occupying army. Over 90 Tamil civilians revisiting their homes have been killed in this area by Sinhalese forces, in the most brutal manner.
  • 2000 | Senior Jaffna journalist shot dead
    Senior Jaffna journalist, Mylvaganam Nimalrajan, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Sri Lanka Army's high security zone in Jaffna town Thursday night around 10 p.m.. His father Sangarapillai Mylvaganam, 65, his mother, Lilly Mylvaganam, 62, and his nephew, Jegathas Prasanna, 11, were seriously wounded by a grenade lobbed by the gunmen.
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1997 | Selvam [ M from Uruthirapuram, Kilinochchi ]
    He is one of two men went on a bullock cart to recover belongings and were abducted by the Sri Lankan army.
  • 1997 | Kunchurasa [ M from Uruthirapuram, Kilinochchi ]
    He is one of two men went on a bullock cart to recover belongings and were abducted by the Sri Lankan army.
  • 1997 | Manoharan Sayanthan [ M from Chunnakam, Jaffna ]
    Tamil youth returning from work was caught in random fire carried out by Sri Lankan troops and died.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 1033 | உழுதுண்டு வாழ்வாரே வாழ்வார்மற் றெல்லாம்
    தொழுதுண்டு பின்செல் பவர்.
    Who ploughing eat their food, they truly live:
    The rest to others bend subservient, eating what they give.
    - 104 104
  • Oct 19 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Oct 19, 2017 13:36:27 GMT |  + Loud explosions, bright lights reported in southern seas off coast
    Loud explosions and ‘bright lights’ have been reported in the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. Residents in certain parts of the south claimed that they heard a loud explosion around 9 p.m. today (October 18). Meanwhile, residents along the Matara coast say they witnessed an object, which was emitting a bright light, fall into the seas off the coast. What could this be? What is this bright light? What could have caused the loud explosion? more ...
  • 2) Oct 19, 2017 13:33:32 GMT |  + Dispute over prisoners: TNA boycotts President’s functions in the north
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday boycotted a state festival presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena in Jaffna in protest over the failure to resolve an going issue over Tamil prisoners in custody. The boycott came after Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan wrote to President Sirisena on Thursday seeking the release of prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. “We are often given various promises during his visits to Jaffna, but they are not implemented,” he said. However, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has said that despite protests in the north, persons who have committed crimes will not be released.
  • 3) Oct 19, 2015 15:16:47 GMT |  + Jana rejects Sumanthiran’s claim on demo in Paris
    Eastern Provincial Councillor Govindan Karunakaran (Jana) of TELO today rejected the claim of TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran that those who protested in France and disrupted a TNA meeting were people who had been victims of TELO. A meeting attended by TNA MPs Selvam Adaikalanathan, A. K. Kodiswaran, Northern Provincial Councillor M.K. Sivajilingam and Councillor Karunakaran held at a restaurant in La Chapelle, Paris on October 9 was disrupted by a group of protestors. more ...
  • 4) Oct 19, 2015 15:14:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Is Sirisena Ready to Release Tamil Political Prisoners?
    Sri Lanka recently witnessed a hunger strike by more than 200 Tamil political prisoners across the country (who were demanding that they be released). The strike lasted for about a week and has now ended. Evidently the prisoners have been promised by President Maithripala Sirisena (in writing) that he will deal with this issue by November 7. However, what happens next remains unclear. Would Sirisena really allow these prisoners to be released? Sri Lanka’s coalition government could be doing more to heal the wounds of war.To make matters worse, we have Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice recently saying that Sri Lanka doesn’t have any political prisoners. more ...
  • 5) Oct 19, 2015 15:05:27 GMT |  + War Has Had Severe Psychological Effects on Kids in Lanka's North: Psychiatrist
    The thirty year war in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province has had a severe psychological effect on the children there, says Dr. Daya Somasundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Jaffna. Describing the effects of such a traumatic background on the mental make up of kids, Somasundaran says: “The hopes, trust, and feelings of security that children need to develop normally, would have been destroyed, causing permanent scarring at an impressionable age.”A study of medical students from the districts of the Wanni revealed that 63 percent had witnessed the unnatural death of a friend or a family member; 67 percent had escaped from the jaws of death; 43 percent had witnessed killings of strangers; and 80 percent had been in the midst of armed combat. more ...
  • 6) Oct 19, 2015 14:42:42 GMT |  + Parties push to get out the vote on election day as Elections Canada website overwhelmed
    The longest and most expensive election campaign in modern Canadian history is being decided as ballots are being cast - and Elections Canada's website is being overwhelmed. Elections Canada appealed for patience as its site went down, saying that “we’re experiencing high volumes of traffic on our website.” For exhausted party workers, however, all that remains is to get out the vote in what appears to be an epic battle fought over gut-level values as much as election platforms. more ...
  • 7) Oct 19, 2015 10:30:26 GMT |  + Sri Lanka hopeful that EU will lift ban after November inspection
    Ahead of a visit by a European Union delegation, Sri Lanka's government has got tough with local fishermen; enhancing penalties and imposing million-rupee fines for violating conditions set by the EU, reports Sunday Times. These measures have raised hopes that the ban on Sri Lanka’s fish exports – imposed by the EU earlier in January this year – could be lifted soon. It has been alleged some fishermen had switched off their vessel monitoring system (VMS) while in international waters; EU conditions stipulate that fishing vessels in international waters must operate a VMS. more ...
  • 8) Oct 19, 2015 10:27:26 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Attempts to Repair Relations With China Amid an Escalating Financial Crisis
    Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake speaks to reporters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 15, 2015 Rising foreign debt due to Chinese investment has nearly crippled the island nation's economy Sri Lanka appealed to China this week to partially relax the immense foreign debt owed by the South Asian island nation that has contributed to one of its worst-ever financial crises. “I urge China to put the acrimony of the past behind us and come and help us by adjusting the terms of the loans to make them more viable,” Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post on Sunday. more ...
  • 9) Oct 19, 2014 12:17:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka pays high price for north-south friendship
    Railway trade unions alleged that the construction work carried out by two Indian companies, IRCON has been tainted with financial misappropriation, waste corruption and commission taking of influential persons with links to the government’s top rank. That is why the department has to seek an additional sum of money to meet the expenses, they charged. The Northern Railway line project was completed in three stages.If the Railway Department had undertaken the project with local manpower and expertise the cost could have been reduced to Rs. 80-100 million per km from its previous estimate of Rs.40 million, a trade union official said.
  • 10) Oct 19, 2014 12:12:48 GMT |  + Colombage or Justice Tilakawardane tipped as SL’s new HC in London?
    Speculation is rife that former Navy Commander, Admiral (Retd) Jayanath Colombage is tipped to be appointed Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to London. The government has opted to nominate a senior naval officer to counter LTTE propaganda in the UK, which is expected to heighten, particularly after an EU court lifted sanctions against the LTTE, knowledgeable sources indicated.As nothing concrete has been done to counter LTTE activities and their propaganda in the UK over the past three years, the Sri Lankan government is keen on picking an energetic military officer to give an impetus to the campaign to counter the pro-LTTE lobby, the sources asserted.
  • 11) Oct 19, 2014 4:37:38 GMT |  + Land Bill is a concern, needs flexibility – US Trade Rep
    Sri Lanka’s proposed new Land Bill shouldn’t be ‘one size fits only’ and should accommodate unique situations, according to a top US trade delegate. “We have a few concerns on the new Land Bill. It is a ‘one size fits all’ Bill at present. It should have (provisions) to fit individual situations that merit flexibility,” Michael J. Delaney Assistant US Trade Representative for Central and South Asia told the Business Times on the sidelines of Sri Lanka – USA Business Forum on Thursday.
  • 12) Oct 19, 2014 4:27:33 GMT |  + We can bring most Tamil votes to the UNP - Mano
    We are not the TNA, SLMC or even the CWC. My party is not an ethnic party, in principle. Most of our members are Tamils. So we speak more on the Tamil issues. similarly the UNP and SLFP, speak more on the Sinhala issues. Trust me, I don’t believe in a separate Tamil only journey or a Muslim only journey or a Sinhala only journey. I am a firm believer in a singular Sri Lankan journey. But the so called national parties are not national in reality. They are also ethnic and religious parties. The two big parties, the UNP and SLFP need to become more Sri Lankan first so that we can move in. more ...
  • 13) Oct 19, 2014 4:06:04 GMT |  + Mr. Baird, how are Saudi Arabia’s beheadings different from Islamic State’s?
    Does Canada really see an ally in a country that has carried out twice as many beheadings over one month than the militia it now claims it wants to destroy? According to Amnesty International, 59 people have been decapitated in Saudi Arabia since January this year, and eight in the past month alone. That’s twice the number of Western hostages who have been featured in IS’s execution videos (though there have also been non-Western hostages beheaded by IS). Saudi Arabia’s track record actually makes IS look scant in comparison. more ...
  • 14) Oct 19, 2013 15:52:02 GMT |  + A Sri Lankan Journalist Eagerly Toes the Line
    HE calls himself the Rush Limbaugh of Sri Lanka, “except I’m not as obnoxious.” His critics say he should be hanged from a lamppost. Rajpal Abeynayake, 50, is the editor in chief of The Daily News, the country’s largest English-language daily newspaper, which is wholly owned by the government. He is also the host of a morning radio program, and the two platforms make him the most influential English-language journalist in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 15) Oct 19, 2013 15:49:57 GMT |  + Political tug-of-war over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Sri Lanka trip
    A tug of war is on between India's diplomatic establishment and Tamil Nadu politicians over whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should attend next month's summit of Commonwealth countries in Colombo, with the foreign ministry strongly pitching for his travel. Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi and other political parties from the state including the state unit of the Congress want Singh to boycott the November 15-17 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to express solidarity with Sri Lanka's Tamil population. Their demand, if accepted, could mark a rare instance of Indian diplomacy being dictated by regional politics, creating a precedent of sorts and possible collateral damage to relations with a strategically important neighbour. more ...
  • 16) Oct 19, 2013 15:49:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka still a state of fear for many
    The abductors arrived in a white van shortly before midnight, stopping outside a modest home in a palm-fringed town on Sri Lanka's northwestern coast. Inside the house he shared with his uncle, Anton Saniston Manuel slept. The men burst in and the 24-year-old was led away at gunpoint. That was five years ago and nothing has been heard of the fisherman since that night. "Sometimes I think to myself, 'perhaps if they had killed my son, that may be better than me sitting here and wondering where he is'," said his mother, Uthayachandra Manuel. more ...
  • 17) Oct 19, 2013 15:46:50 GMT |  + Queen's Baton Relay: Welcome to... Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka is the first island nation that the Queen's Baton Relay will visit on its journey around the Commonwealth. The country is known for its natural beauty and a brutal 25-year civil war which ended in 2009. Sri Lanka won two medals at the last Commonwealth Games in India, with Chinthana Geetal Vidanage (69kg) and Anton Sudesh Peiris Kurukulasooriyage (62kg) winning silver and bronze medals respectively and taking home some precious metal from the weightlifting competitions. more ...
  • 18) Oct 19, 2013 15:44:57 GMT |  + MIA's revolution
    She's being sued for flipping the finger at the 2012 Super Bowl. She's threatened to leak her own album, and has a bone to pick with the music industry, the Sri Lankan government, Google and the US family courts. What's eating art-punk-rap superstar MIA? MIA is having none of it. "I am not a conspiracy theorist," she says. "Yes, you are," I say. The great pop contrarian also known as Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam huffs. "What I said about the internet is what's happening now. more ...
  • 19) Oct 19, 2013 9:56:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's media struggles to cope with death threats and harassment
    Newspapers are attacked, printing presses burned. As Sri Lanka prepares to controversially host the Commonwealth summit The Telegraph visits the country to discover the state of its media....The Sri Lankan regime is often accused of using commercial means to subdue the media. Government advertising is directed towards favoured newspapers, while wealthy allies of President Mahinda Rajapaksa have bought up independent titles. more ...
  • 20) Oct 19, 2013 9:54:04 GMT |  + Documenting stories of forced disappearances in Lanka
    “You would get arrested, get raped or disappear yourself. Don’t do it.” This advice the independent film-maker and poet Leena Manimekalai got from well-wishers was hardly encouraging, when she told them about shooting a documentary in Sri Lanka on the enforced disappearances in the island nation over the past three decades.“A lot of talk is going on about rehabilitation of the Tamils and justice to the displaced. But I want to show the world that the country is still militarised to such a level that average voices are often muffled. The presence of the military continues to instil fear among residents.” more ...
  • 21) Oct 19, 2012 18:55:38 GMT |  + TNA seeks bearings while Gotabhaya proves futility of Indo-US cosmetic solutions
    Genocidal Sri Lanka’s presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on last Thursday called for the abolition of the New Delhi-architected 13th Amendment to the constitution without further delays, reported The Island, last Friday. Gotabhaya compared the Amendment to the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) in facilitating separatism. Rejecting SL military pullout from the Tamil territories and upholding ‘majoritarian’ rule of the island, he also implied what course would be taken by the LLRC implementation legitimised by the USA at Geneva. Meanwhile, writing to The Island on Thursday, TNA’s nominated parliamentarian Mr Sumanthiran, asked what hope is there in TNA participating the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) of Rajapaksa regime to discuss solutions.
  • 22) Oct 19, 2012 18:53:00 GMT |  + 14 fishermen fired at, attacked by Sri Lankan navy
    Fourteen fishermen were fired at and attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan personnel off Kodiakarai coast in the district, officials said. They said a Lankan naval craft approached the two Indian boats in mid sea on October 17, opened fire, damaging a side of one boat, snatched their fish catch, nets and GPS equipment and threw them into the sea and then beat them up. After the incident, the fishermen sailed back to shore and reached here today, the officials said.
  • 23) Oct 19, 2012 18:51:47 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, UN Pays Petrie Part-Time, No Check on Others' Payments?
    Back in September 2011, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that the UN's acts and omissions during the killing of thousands of civilians in Sri Lanka in 2009 would be investigated by UN official Thoraya Obaid who would issue a report in four months time. Nine months later, no report had been issued. Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said for the first time that Obaid had not been able to do the report, but that another on-again off-again UN official, Charles Petrie, was now on the case and would issue a report shortly.
  • 24) Oct 19, 2012 13:56:38 GMT |  + Sri Lanka the Mid-Term report
    Symbolically the bloom has faded away from the national flower (“Nil Manel”), which grows in the mud in shallow waters. Beside sits Sri Lanka, stranded in such sludge in troubled waters. Rajapakse pulled a patriotic genie out of an iron helmet during the war but it’s fast becoming a fading gnome - unless an intense heart massage can revive the spirit of patriotism, which is the last trump in his pack of card tricks. more ...
  • 25) Oct 19, 2012 13:44:08 GMT |  + The TNA and the PSC
    The Tamil people were left out of the process of constitution making in 1972 and 1978 because they were numerically a minority. It is this exclusion in the nation-building process that led to alienation and a violent conflict. But, if there is to be reconciliation and a new beginning, this mistake of the past must not be repeated. The TNA cannot be coaxed into the PSC with the ulterior motive of making a ‘majority decision’ there! The problem of majoritarianism cannot be solved by means of a majoritarian approach. If the government is not willing to keep the several promises it made to the TNA in the last two years, what hope is there that it will act honourably in the PSC? more ...
  • 26) Oct 19, 2012 13:40:11 GMT |  + Govt. needs to shift economic policy, says citizen group
    A network of citizen groups has sent in its proposals for the 2013 budget to the President, asking the government to give more weight to developing a macroeconomic and political strategy which would uplift the rural economy, marginalised communities and urban poor, instead of pursuing a course favouring infrastructure development, urbanisation, tourism and financialisation. Organised in to the Active Citizenship for Development Network (ACDN) their recommendations cover four sectors of particular concern to their larger communities; agriculture, fisheries, estates, and state education.
  • 27) Oct 19, 2012 13:39:13 GMT |  + A tale of two Tamils: High value assets in SL, criminals in India
    This week saw the curious case of two influential Sri Lankan Tamils, wanted in India on sensational criminal cases but close to the island’s government, making news again. One of them is “KP” or Kumaran Pathmanathan who once allegedly controlled LTTE’s transnational finance and arms procurement network, and the other is an anti-LTTE Tamil leader and minister Douglas Devananda who had survived many attempts on his life. more ...
  • 28) Oct 19, 2012 13:38:40 GMT |  + Investigate seized Sri Lanka boat: Abbott
    The seizure of a fishing boat that may have been preparing to set sail from Sri Lanka to Australia should be fully investigated, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says. Sri Lankan police said yesterday that three crewmen and the skipper of a trawler had staged a hijacking off the island nation on Sunday night to try to cover up the theft of the boat and use it for people smuggling.
  • 29) Oct 19, 2012 13:38:15 GMT |  + Unprecedented military budget in Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lankan government’s Appropriation Bill for budget expenditure for the year 2013 has allocated 290 billion rupees ($US2.2 billion) to the combined defence and urban development ministry. This is a 26 percent increase from 2012 and represents the country’s highest-ever military expenditure, even greater than during the protracted communal war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that ended in May 2009.
  • 30) Oct 19, 2012 13:36:07 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says all former child soldiers freed
    The Sri Lankan government Friday said that all former Tamil Tiger child soldiers who underwent rehabilitation after being arrested have been freed. "Not a single child combatant remains in rehabilitative care or legal custody today," the external affairs ministry quoted Samarasinghe as saying. He said the government adhered to a policy of not subjecting ex-combatant children to legal proceedings based on the rationale that they were victims and not perpetrators.
  • 31) Oct 19, 2012 13:33:27 GMT |  + Sri Lankan minister must appear in person for murder trial: Chennai court
    A Chennai sessions court on Thursday refused to revoke a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda and turned down his offer to face the murder trial he faces in India through video-conferencing."The petitioner has not complied with the order of the high court. Further, the respondent (police) clearly and categorically questioned the identification of the person accused. The NBW is pending for long time," the judge said in his order. "Under these circumstances, after applying my judicial mind, it is concluded that the presence of the petitioner is essential, in order to ascertain his identity."
  • 32) Oct 19, 2011 18:54:32 GMT |  + Anti-Smuggling Law Punishes Victims, Critics Charge
    A former immigration officer and a refugee lawyer both agree on one issue regarding a controversial Canadian bill: The government's plan to expedite anti-human smuggling legislation is unlikely to deter the flood of undocumented migrants to the country and instead bolsters Ottawa's stature as tough on protecting national borders. "The philosophy behind this legislation is if you make it horrible enough to come and claim refugee status in our country, then maybe people won't come," Lorne Waldman, a Canadian immigration and refugee lawyer based in Toronto, told IPS. more ...
  • 33) Oct 19, 2011 18:39:16 GMT |  + In Sri Lanka, anti-government website blocked
    The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that access to anti-government news website Lanka eNews has been blocked inside Sri Lanka, according to the site's exiled editor and users inside the country. All three language versions of the site, English, Sinhala, and Tamil, have not been available since Tuesday. A Sri Lankan journalist told CPJ by email today that the shutdown could have stemmed from Lanka eNews' October 15 coverage of a shootout involving parliamentarians close to Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa, brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
  • 34) Oct 19, 2011 12:48:30 GMT |  + U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is spending a week in Sri Lanka
    “Congressman Shuler left for the bipartisan congressional fact-finding trip to Sri Lanka on Sunday, and he will be back this Friday,” Shuler spokeswoman Whitney Mitchell said. “He is joined by two other members of Congress, Congressman Jack Kingston, (R-Ga.) and Congressman Ben Chandler, (D-Ky). The trip is being paid for by the Sri Lankan government but has been coordinated through the U.S. State Department Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Program.” It is an official government trip that the Sri Lankan government organized through the U.S. State Department. more ...
  • 35) Oct 19, 2011 12:42:08 GMT |  + Though a Bihari, Ram Vilas Paswan feels for Tamils in Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lankan Tamils have found a new hope in a rustic north Indian voice in their fight for justice against the Sri Lankan government that recently waged a war killing thousands of Tamilians in the garb of ‘war against terror’. “Whenever Sri Lanka was discussed only the violent side of LTTE was shown. Except in Tamil Nadu, no one knew what was happening. During the Bangladesh War, Palestine struggle or Osama’s murder, media has played a proactive role while this was missing when it came to Sri Lanka”, veteran politician from Bihar’s veteran socialist leader Ram Vilas Paswan said. more ...
  • 36) Oct 19, 2011 12:35:38 GMT |  + Rajapakse says will defy Court Order, Shavendra hires NY law firm
    While Sri Lanka's media spokesperson told a website that Sri Lanka's President, Mahinda Rajapakse "will not answer and is not answerable" to charges in the complaint filed by three Tamil plaintiffs in the District Court of District Columbia, Shavendra Silva, an ex-army commander and currently Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) has hired a New York-based multi-national law firm as his defense counsel for charges of torture and extra-judicial killings filed in the District Court of Southern District of New York (SDNY). Both are civil cases.
  • 37) Oct 19, 2011 12:33:26 GMT |  + Call for Sri Lankan war atrocities investigation
    RECONCILIATION in post-civil war Sri Lanka is impossible if the country's Government fails to adequately investigate allegations of war crimes committed by its army (SLA) in 2009. Brisbane archdiocese's Catholic Social Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) executive officer Peter Arndt made the claim in a talk, A Call for Justice in Sri Lanka, presented in Sydney last week. Mr Arndt raised this and other issues at an international human rights conference held by the Australian Tamil Congress and the Global Tamil Forum on Thursday (October 20).
  • 38) Oct 19, 2011 12:27:29 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: It is not enough to 'cry for the country'
    The Asian Human Rights Commission, however, has expressed repeatedly and consistently since the late 1990s that Sri Lanka is suffering an exceptional collapse of the rule of law.Obviously it is not enough to 'cry for the country'. It is time to come to a reckoning about what has, in fact, happened. The sooner the people realise that the very foundations of their beliefs have been lost the better it will be for all. Then more sane and sober reflections will emerge and it is these reflections that will give rise to mature approaches to fight for a law-based society.
  • 39) Oct 19, 2011 12:25:14 GMT |  + No judgment on LLRC report before release – US
    The United States will not have any kind of judgment on the report ofSri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) until its release a spokesman for the US State Depatment said. Responding to a query at a recent briefing on the U.S. State Department’s opinion of the LLRC report, the State Department Spokesperson Mark Toner said the U.S. would wait until the report is released to view whether it as sufficient. “We likely wouldn’t have any kind of judgment until it’s released,” the Spokesman said.
  • 40) Oct 19, 2011 12:23:19 GMT |  + Current affairs shows face PR attacks, says Channel 4 news boss
    Sri Lanka's Killing Fields prompted a demonstration outside Channel 4's headquarters when it was broadcast in June Current affairs programmes such as the BBC's Panorama and Channel 4's Dispatches face increasingly sophisticated and orchestrated campaigns against their investigations by PR companies and lobbying groups, a Lords committee has been warned. Dorothy Byrne, Channel 4 head of news and current affairs, told the Lords communications committee that programmes such as the broadcaster's investigation into alleged war crimes during the final weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war faced "worldwide PR exercises". more ...
  • 41) Oct 19, 2011 2:27:15 GMT |  + Secrecy and denial are also war crimes
    MORE than two years since the end of Sri Lanka's civil war, new evidence alleges that both sides of this brutal conflict committed serious crimes against civilians. There are implications for Australia's rule of law, and three possible perpetrators with an immediate connection to our shores. Sri Lanka's 25-year war culminated in 2009. Hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians were swept up in a final siege as Sri Lankan troops closed in on the Tamil Tigers. The guerillas held women, children and elderly people as human shields. Government assaults killed many thousands.
  • 42) Oct 19, 2011 2:25:43 GMT |  + Death in life
    At a time when the country is waiting to see if Rajiv Gandhi’s killers do get to have their death sentence commuted to life imprisonment, the decision on the fate of another death row prisoner could have a bearing on the whole issue of capital punishment. The Supreme Court hearing of Devender Pal Singh Bhullar’s last bid petition — slated to take place at the end of the month — is important because his plea for commuting his death sentence to a life sentence rests on the argument that the inordinate delay in deciding his mercy petition was a violation of his fundamental right. more ...
  • 43) Oct 19, 2011 2:21:42 GMT |  + Fox/Werritty Sri Lankan jollies come under fresh scrutiny
    Disgraced former defence secretary Liam Fox and his sidekick Adam Werritty’s gallivanting round Sri Lanka came under fresh scrutiny last night. Yesterday’s Newsnight investigated Fox’s Sri Lankan trips and links to the SL leadership, talking to Sri Lankan exiles about Fox’s closeness to President Rajapaksa, who has many human rights questions hanging over his head, relating to the civil war in the island nation. more ...
  • 44) Oct 19, 2011 2:16:57 GMT |  + Allegations of Sri Lankan war crimes in the spotlight
    Australian Federal Police have received documentation from the International Commission of Jurist that alleges war crimes were perpetrated by current Sri Lankan High Commisioner to Australia and two other prominent figures from the country. more ...
  • 45) Oct 19, 2010 11:36:41 GMT |  + “I believe our diversity is our strength!” - George Smitherman
    The 2010 Toronto Municipal Council election will be held on October 25, 2010 to elect a new Mayor and 44 councillors. Tamil Mirror extended invitation to interview the two front runners, Mr. Rob Ford and Mr. George Smitherman. Mr. Smitherman agreed to be interviewed despite his tight schedule. Mr. Charles Devasagayam interviewed him for the Tamil Mirror readers and following are the excerpts... I have always stood with the Tamil community in its hours of need in the hours of darkness. My heart bleeds when the Tamil hearts bleed and I want the Tamil community to come and vote for me one hundred percent and when I am elected you can be sure I will always be there with the Tamil people. I have a deep respect and deep,deep relationship. more ...
  • 46) Oct 19, 2010 11:32:19 GMT |  + Slideshow: Sri Lankans find a home in London
    The Sri Lankan government's 26-year war with Tamil Tiger rebels, which killed thousands, ended in May 2009. The bloody strife also forced hundreds of thousands of civilians, specially those from the Tamil community, to seek asylum abroad. According to Home Office figures 1,893 Sri Lankan Tamils landed in the UK in 1985 seeking asylum. In 1986 another 1,275 came to the UK and over the years more refugees seeking safety have continued to arrive. more ...
  • 47) Oct 19, 2010 11:19:04 GMT |  + The general's in jail and Lanka is at peace
    An sms found its way to me during my recent stay in Kolkata: "It’s good that Ram got some part of the land because Sita now has a travel agency, Laxman might retire after the Australia series, Ravan is a commercial flop and there is peace in Lanka.’’ In fact, almost everyone I met – I had returned home for the first time since the civil war got over in May, 2009 -- asked me, ``What is the situation after the war?" "Are the LTTE actually destroyed?’’ and "That general, who won the war, what’s happening to him?’’ My sms-sized answers: "yes, there is peace but the issues that triggered the war remain. Yes, the LTTE is militarily defeated though the diaspora remains indignant in defeat. And that general is in jail."
  • 48) Oct 19, 2010 11:16:14 GMT |  + Ten years of impunity for Jaffna-based journalist’s murderers
    On the 10th anniversary of Tamil journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan’s murder in the northern city of Jaffna, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its hope that the Sri Lankan government will finally relaunch the police investigation into his death. The Jaffna correspondent of the BBC’s Tamil and Sinhalese-language services and the Sri Lankan newspapers Virakesari and Ravaya, he was gunned down in his home on 19 October 2000. His killers also injured three other members of his family, including his parents. more ...
  • 49) Oct 19, 2010 11:12:09 GMT |  + Sri Lanka raises defence spending by six percent
    Sri Lanka announced Tuesday it would raise defence spending by six percent in 2011 -- broadly in line with annual hikes announced during the government's war with Tamil rebels. The government allocated 215 billion rupees (1.92 billion dollars) for defence in calendar 2011, according to official figures tabled in parliament Tuesday -- about a fifth of the national budget.
  • 50) Oct 19, 2010 11:08:45 GMT |  + Stop excuses on disunity among Tamils: Karuna to Sri Lanka president
    Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi on Monday asked Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse to stop giving 'excuses' that there is no unity among Sri Lankan Tamils for a political settlement and said he should take immediate steps to ensure peaceful living conditions for them. He said Rajapakse, who enjoys two thirds majority in the Sri Lankan parliament, can easily pass an amendment to the country's constitution to provide for "honourable living of Sri Lankan Tamils".
  • 51) Oct 19, 2010 0:58:48 GMT |  + Hague must insist on independent investigation into war crimes when he meets his Sri Lankan counterpart, says Amnesty
    Amnesty International today urged the Foreign Secretary William Hague to demand an independent international investigation into alleged war crime abuses in Sri Lanka when he meets his Sri Lankan counterpart, Professor GL Peiris, tomorrow. In the months since last year’s conflict between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, commonly known as the Tamil Tigers, numerous allegations of war crimes have surfaced – and so far none has been properly investigated. Eyewitness accounts of the last months of war paint a grim picture of deprivation of food, water and medical care; fear, injury and loss of life experienced by civilians trapped in the fighting.
  • 52) Oct 19, 2010 0:57:30 GMT |  + Tories pledge 'sweeping' reforms to crack down on human-smuggling
    The federal government plans to introduce a "sweeping package of measures to crack down" on human-smuggling, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Monday, one day after it was reported a ship carrying human cargo is planning to make its way to Canada. "It's pretty evident to us that criminal syndicates organizing smuggling do intend to test Canada again, and to bring more boats to Canada," Kenney said following question period. Concern and speculation have been swirling around the Conservative government's efforts to curb human-smuggling since August, when the MV Sun Sea, a ship carrying 492 Tamil migrants, arrived on Canadian shores.
  • 53) Oct 19, 2009 21:15:09 GMT |  + ADB Director General South Asia in Sri Lanka
    The Director General of the South Asia Regional Department of the Asian development Bank (ADB), Mr Kunio Senga, visited Sri Lanka from 13 -15 October for consultations on ADB support to Sri Lanka, especially for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the North and East. During his visit Mr Senga met with Mr. Basil Rajapaksa Senior Advisor to the President, Dr. P.B.Jayasundara Secretary to the Treasury as well as representatives of a number of key development partners.
  • 54) Oct 19, 2009 21:13:13 GMT |  + Phoney Indian concern about Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka
    A delegation of parliamentarians from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu arrived in Sri Lanka on October 10 to visit the country’s detention camps, where more than 250,000 Tamil civilians have been incarcerated since the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in May. The trip was a cynical public relations exercise on both sides. For the Sri Lankan government, it was an opportunity to enlist the support of Indian politicians to cover up its gross abuse of democratic rights.
  • 55) Oct 19, 2009 21:11:16 GMT |  + 'Thousands more' Tamils to come
    PEOPLE-smuggling networks are moving to bring out thousands more Tamils from war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka, according to the leader of 254 Tamil asylum seekers who have refused to leave their boat moored at an Indonesian port for eight days. ''Alex'' said the networks, operating in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Britain and Switzerland, were targeting camps in northern Sri Lanka, where fighting trapped 250,000 Tamils earlier this year. ''Every one of those Tamils believe they have no future and want to leave the country at the earliest opportunity,'' he said by telephone from the boat where the asylum seekers are demanding assurances from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees about their future. more ...
  • 56) Oct 19, 2009 21:00:47 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Stocks Fall Most in 4 Months on Rajaratnam Arrest
    Sri Lanka’s benchmark stock index dropped, set for its biggest decline in four months, after Raj Rajaratnam, one of the south Asian island’s largest investors, was detained in the U.S. on insider trading charges. The Colombo All-Share Index slumped 1.6 percent to 3,082.91 at the close, the second-biggest retreat among benchmark indexes worldwide after Pakistan. John Keells Holdings Plc, the country’s No. 1 listed company that counts Rajaratnam as its second-biggest shareholder, fell the most since March.
  • 57) Oct 19, 2009 20:56:19 GMT |  + Abuses may hit EU-Sri Lanka ties
    Sri Lanka could lose special trading rights with the bloc because of a failure to improve its human rights record, the European Union has warned. A year-long inquiry by the EU has revelaed "significant shortcomings" in Sri Lanka's human rights efforts. The European Commission now says it will ask the 27 EU member states if it should suspend trade privileges.
  • 58) Oct 19, 2009 20:54:22 GMT |  + It's deja vu as 'those people' still cry for help
    As the debate over boat arrivals and people smugglers intensifies I find myself suffering from acute deja vu. These echoes of history do not just reach back to the Tampa. They recall 1939. After sailing from Hamburg, the Saint Louis sat in the dock in Havana while the US refused refuge to more than 900 Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. They were sent back and half of those asylum seekers died in concentration camps. Out of this and other similar situations the Geneva Convention of 1951 was born.
  • 59) Oct 19, 2009 20:51:53 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Government Breaks Promises That Displaced Can Go Home
    "Enough is enough," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "It is well past time to release civilians detained in the camps. Sri Lanka's international friends should tell the government that they will not accept any more broken promises." The Sri Lankan government has used its promises of rapid return (usually called "resettlement" by the government) to stave off international criticism over its treatment of ethnic Tamil civilians displaced by war. The displaced Tamils have been held in detention camps, which the government euphemistically calls "welfare centers," where they are deprived of their liberty and freedom of movement, in violation of international law.
  • 60) Oct 19, 2009 15:36:08 GMT |  + Billionaire cleared of funding LTTE
    Raj Rajaratnam, a Sri Lankan-born hedge fund billionaire accused of funding the Tamil Tiger rebels has been given a clean cit by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The investigations did not find any evidence of wrongdoing by Rajaratnam, who said he had given the money to a charity, the AFP news agency quoted D K Wijesuriya, the central bank's investigations unit chief, as saying on Monday. The US authorities had last week charged Rajaratnam with fraud after saying they had uncovered the biggest ever case of insider-trading by a hedge fund.
  • 61) Oct 19, 2009 15:33:55 GMT |  + Libya reviews cooperation with Italy, Sri Lanka
    Libyan officials Sunday in Tripoli met with their counterparts from Italy and Sri Lanka in a bid to promote bilateral cooperation, especially in the areas of economy, trade and investment. The Secretary of the Libyan General People's Committee for Industry, Economy and Trade, met with Italian Vice- Minister of Promotion and Economic Development, Adolfo Orso, who is currently in Libya at the head of a delegation of his department. Committee for Services (basic infrastructure), Maatoug Mohamed Maatoug, met with Sri Lankan Minister of Agricultural Development, Maithripala Sirisena, and his deleg ation.
  • 62) Oct 19, 2009 4:09:30 GMT |  + Tamil Canadians to offer seized migrants legal help
    The Canadian Tamil Congress said Sunday its lawyers will represent dozens of illegal migrants arrested on a mystery ship seized off Canada’s West Coast. The migrants were transported Sunday to a jail in Vancouver "where the Canadian Border Services Agency will continue to examine their admissibility to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act," agency official Rob Johnston said Sunday in a statement. A spokesperson with the Canadian Tamil Congress said the organization, which represents 500,000 Tamils living in Canada, has had no confirmation but suspects the migrants are Tamils fleeing strife in Sri Lanka. "We have not been able to get in touch with anyone," Sue Nathan told AFP Sunday.
  • 63) Oct 19, 2009 1:45:15 GMT |  + Unnecessary suffering
    Kevin Rudd has prevented 255 Sri Lankan asylum seekers coming to Australia from Indonesia. The asylum seekers were already at sea when Kevin Rudd put in an urgent call to the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, requesting that the Indonesian Navy intercept the vessel and escort it back to Indonesia. The people on the vessel are from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankans are ethnic Tamils, suffering at the hands of the majority Sinhalese following the defeat of Tamil resistance in a civil war which has waxed and waned tragically for the past 26 years.
  • 64) Oct 19, 2009 1:41:07 GMT |  + Karuna wants Pillayan removed from Chief Minister post
    The rift between Government Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan (Karuna Amman) and Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan continues with Minister Muralitharan now saying the Chief Minister must be removed from his post and be replaced by a more suitable person. Speaking to Daily Mirror ‘Hot Seat’ the Minister for National Integration said that in his opinion people like the incumbent Batticaloa Mayor Sivageetha Prabakaran are more suitable to the post than Mr. Chandrakanthan who was once his ally in the LTTE and later the TMVP.
  • 65) Oct 19, 2009 1:38:58 GMT |  + Sri Lanka arrests editor over military rift story
    A Sri Lankan editor was arrested for reporting on an alleged rift between a senior military commander and the government after the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels, police and his newspaper said Sunday. Chandana Sirimalwatte was held for questioning after police raided the offices of his "Lanka" newspaper, a spokesman for the paper said. The newspaper, which is closely linked to the opposition JVP, or People's Liberation Front, said Sirimalwatte had been questioned about a story in Friday's edition.
  • 66) Oct 19, 2009 1:31:32 GMT |  + Australian customs intercepts 79 boat-people ner Christmas Island
    Australian customs officials have confirmed that they have intercepted 79 people on a boat between Christmas Island and Indonesia. The boat was picked up by the HMAS Armidale after it responded to a distress signal. Most of those on board are men, but the nationality of the passengers, the ship's origin and its intended destination remain unknown. Meanwhile, Malaysian authorities are tracking a second boat also believed to be heading to Australia.
  • 67) Oct 19, 2009 1:30:17 GMT |  + Would-be migrants from seized ship sent to Vancouver
    "The individuals have been transported to . . . a corrections facility in Vancouver, where the CBSA will continue to examine their admissibility to Canada," Rob Johnston of the Canada Border Services Agency said in a brief statement Sunday."We are acting quickly to meet the immediate personal and health needs of these individuals, and we are processing them in an efficient manner and in accordance with Canadian law."
  • 68) Oct 19, 2009 1:27:48 GMT |  + India offers Sri Lanka funding to speed Tamils' return home
    India has offered Sri Lanka $100m (£61m) in aid to help refugees caught up in the endgame of the civil war to return home and rebuild their devastated communities. In a move that may also allow India to maintain a measure of influence over its island neighbour, the Home Affairs Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram said his government was ready to provide the aid package if Sri Lanka submitted a "plan of action" on the rehabilitation of Tamil civilians.
  • 69) Oct 19, 2009 1:23:50 GMT |  + Lanka under pressure on resettlement issue
    The issue of clearing anti-personnel mines planted by the LTTE, the Sri Lankan army (SLA) and even the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) is fast becoming a diplomatic minefield for President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa is under intense international pressure to hasten the process of resettlement of the displaced Tamils; the UN and US are pressurising it to send the refugees back home and the UK has called for a cut in international aid till resettlement picked up pace. The demining process includes initial assessments of the land where mines may have been planted, technical surveys of minefields, clearing of mines and the destruction of unexploded ordinance.
  • 70) Oct 19, 2008 17:31:15 GMT |  + Pranab Mukherjee likely to visit Sri Lanka
    As Tamil parties continue to build pressure on the government over the Sri Lankan issue, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to travel to the island nation to assess the situation and discuss the matter with the country's leadership. Official sources here on Sunday said the visit is being considered in view of the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka. Mukherjee is expected to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama. However, no date has been fixed for the visit so far and it is being worked out, they said.
  • 71) Oct 19, 2008 17:29:08 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Tamil leaders seek India's intervention
    Sri Lankan Tamil leaders on Sunday, said their doors for negotiations for solving the ethnic conflict are still open and that they are ready for any "acceptable political solution" within the framework of a united country. The leaders, currently camping in India, welcomed Prime Minister's statement asking Sri Lanka to settle the ethnic issue through dialogue. "It is a political conflict and a solution to it should be political. Not a military one. The solution should be politically negotiated.
  • 72) Oct 19, 2008 17:27:06 GMT |  + Sri Lanka claims smashing 'final' Tiger defences
    Troops and Tamil Tiger rebels were locked in intense fighting in northern Sri Lanka Sunday after government forces smashed through the "last major defences" of the guerrillas, the military said. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched "poisonous gas attacks" to blunt the military offensive aimed at capturing the rebels' political capital of Kilinochchi, the defence ministry said in a statement. Soldiers stepped up their offensive on Saturday and captured a two-kilometre (1.25-mile) stretch of the defence line set up by the Tigers near Kilinochchi, the ministry said.
  • 73) Oct 19, 2008 17:24:31 GMT |  + Improving the Tamils
    Unreported by the international and local media, Sri Lanka's conflict has intensified in the past few weeks. Amid renewed pitched battles between the Sinhala military and the Tamil Tigers on different frontlines around the Vanni, the plight of hundreds of thousands of displaced Tamils in the area - as well as hundreds of thousands more in government-controlled areas - are being deliberately ignored by the (West-led) international community. The occasional expressions of 'concern' and the demands that international aid be allowed in are token moves.
  • 74) Oct 19, 2008 17:23:49 GMT |  + Indian federal model insufficient to Sri Lanka, says senior leader of CPI
    Unlike India, which has a multitude of ethnicities, the Sri Lankan question is confined only to two identities, Sinhalese and Tamils. Legacies of struggle and military situation have made a contextual difference in Sri Lanka. Therefore the Indian federal model is insufficient to Sri Lanka. It should be higher than that, perhaps a confederation having constitutional guarantees, preventing one unit militarily interfering with the other, said C. Mahendran, senior leader of the Tamil Nadu unit of the Communist Party of India, in a recent interview to TamilNet.
  • 75) Oct 19, 2008 5:16:24 GMT |  + Fishermen protest outside Lanka Dy High Commission
    Hundreds of fishermen from Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts were detained by the police after they tried to lay siege on the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission here on Saturday. They were protesting against the continuous firing on Tamil fishermen by the Lanka Navy and to express their solidarity with the Lankan Tamils. There was tension in the air as the fishermen tried to force their way into the deputy high commission office. They were blocked by the police. The protesters raised slogans against the Sri Lanka Navy for firing on innocent Tamil fishermen and against President Mahinda Rajapakse for allegedly killing unarmed Tamilians in the Wanni in the island nation.
  • 76) Oct 19, 2008 4:58:50 GMT |  + Sri Lanka pledges to protect civilians in fighting
    Sri Lanka's military is trying to minimize civilian casualties in its campaign against Tamil Tiger rebels, the president said, amid protests by ethnic Tamils in neighboring India who say their people are being targeted. President Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed the situation on the war-torn island with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the telephone, the foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday. "Security forces are under strict instructions to avoid causing any civilian casualties during this operation," Rajapaksa told Singh.
  • 77) Oct 19, 2007 15:36:09 GMT |  + Sinhala colonisation in the east is cloaked as ‘development’
    The current landscape in the East is one of humanitarian crisis and endemic human rights abuses. However, the current international focus on human rights issues, whilst performing the essential task of exposing the authoritarianism and violence of the current regime, is insufficient to capture the cold calculations and reasoning in the intentions of the Sri Lankan State which has once again returned to the logic of Sinhala colonisation. What we must also scrutinise and track is the logic inherent in the state’s current development strategy and how this demonstrates continuities with but also departures from the historical record of colonisation.
  • 78) Oct 19, 2007 15:27:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka inflation hurting clothing sector
    "As a result of high costs of some essential goods due to depreciation , there is an increase in the cost of living ... You will have to increase salaries to compensate," said Mahesh Amalean, Chairman of MAS Holdings Private Ltd, Sri Lanka's biggest apparel exporter which produces garments for Nike Inc , Victoria's Secret and Marks & Spencer. And while the island has benefited from European Union General System Preferences duty concessions, they are due to expire in 2008 in a looming body blow to the industry. The government is scrambling to convince the EU to extend them.
  • 79) Oct 19, 2007 11:55:07 GMT |  + International contradictions: lessons for the Tamils
    When the new British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, made this declaration to the assembled ranks of the ruling Labour party last month, it sounded almost like a return to the ‘ethical foreign policy’ that his predecessor, Tony Blair called for in his first term. But listening to Mr. Brown, the country’s Tamil citizens would have though of the daily human rights abuses being committed against their brethren in Sri Lanka. Some would have wondered if this meant Britain would act to end the state terror and despotism that has become the hallmark of the corrupt, clientilist Rajapakse regime.
  • 80) Oct 19, 2007 11:53:21 GMT |  + For once, LTTE & army call for truce
    Following a truce between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and security forces, the International Red Cross has agreed to resume duties from Friday at the vital Omanthai crossing, thus bringing relief to thousands of Tamils in the tiger rebels-dominated Vanni region of Northern Sri Lanka [Images]. After a meeting with the LTTE and the army on Thursday, the International Committee of the Red Cross received security guarantees to resume its duties at Omanthai, ICRC spokesman Davide Vignatti said in a statement. LTTE-controlled areas in the Vanni were in danger of being completely shut off from the rest of the country, indefinitely, after the ICRC announced it had withdrawn from the Omanthai entry and exit point that links it with the rest of the country.
  • 81) Oct 19, 2007 10:56:00 GMT |  + Sri Lanka hunts new oil reserves in the south
    Sri Lanka is seeking international expertise to conduct seismic surveys off the southern tip of the island in a hunt for new oil deposits, a senior minister said Friday. "Initial seismic surveys shows that there are prospects for oil deposits in the southern seas and we are calling for international tenders to conduct a two dimensional seismic survey," Petroleum Minister A. H. M. Fowzie told AFP. Seismic surveys conducted by Norway's TGS Nopec have shown that there was potential for oil and gas in the Cauvery basin off Mannar. Officials estimate the basin to carry oil reserves in excess of one billion barrels.
  • 82) Oct 19, 2006 20:58:25 GMT |  + The Hidden Sea Tigers
    It is learnt that the LTTE attack at Galle came a few days before the arrival of a fresh consignment of arms and ammunition from Pakistan at Galle.The LTTE attack had two other objectives—firstly, to demonstrate that the capability of the Sea Tigers for covert actions remains strong despite government claims of severely damaging the LTTE's naval capability in the North and the East; and, secondly, to create nervousness among foreign tourists about the advisability of their coming to Sri Lanka for spending their forthcoming Christmas vacation. Galle is a favourite tourist resort.
  • 83) Oct 19, 2006 17:22:54 GMT |  + Breakthrough as Sri Lanka rebels agree to peace talks
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to attend peace talks with the government this month in a breakthrough announcement after a week of bloody attacks left over 250 dead. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told Norwegian peace broker Jon Hanssen-Bauer they will shortly name a team of negotiators to attend the October 28-29 talks in Switzerland."We will attend the talks," Thamilselvan told reporters in the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi, 330 kilometers (206 miles) north of the capital, after talks with Hanssen-Bauer who arrived Tuesday amid uncertainty over the talks.
  • 84) Oct 19, 2006 14:16:38 GMT |  + Norwegian special envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer meets with Tamilselvan
    Norwegian special envoy Jon Hanssen Bauer and LTTE Political Head, S P Tamilselvan held a meeting today in Kilinochchi.Tamilselvan again reiterated to the Norwegian special envoy the extremely grave situation in which Tamil people, especially those in the Jaffna peninsula have been placed by the government of Sri Lanka. Killing, disappearance, closure of the A9 road leading to lack of very basic food items including milk powder for babies is the reality in Jaffna. On top of it, GoSL is carrying out air raids on civilian areas with impunity, Tamilselvan told the special envoy.
  • 85) Oct 19, 2006 13:21:58 GMT |  + War again in Sri Lanka
    NO ONE talks peace while waging war better than Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil rebels. The two sides are due to meet in Geneva on October 28th and 29th, in the latest bid to end their 28-year conflict. They are meanwhile engaged in some of their fiercest fighting in years. More than 1,000 people have been killed since April. Some 220,000 have been displaced, mostly Tamils and Muslims in the north and east of the country, where the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are fighting for an independent homeland. This week, among other horrors, the Tigers conducted suicide bombings on navy targets, including one on a naval convoy near Habarana that killed nearly 100 sailors, and two on a base beside the southern tourist resort of Galle.
  • 86) Oct 19, 2006 12:07:33 GMT |  + Military conflict escalates in Sri Lanka after two major LTTE attacks
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) carried out two major attacks against the Sri Lankan military in the past three days, raising the danger of a further escalation in the open civil war that has erupted since late July. Government spokesman Rambukwella denounced the LTTE for killing “unarmed” sailors on Monday. An attack on naval personnel, armed or not, constitutes far more of a legitimate military target than the indiscriminate use of aerial and artillery bombardments on LTTE-held areas. Rambukwella defended the air force bombing of a school in August that killed scores of female students by falsely declaring the dead were “child soldiers”. He was not troubled at the time that these “child soldiers” were unarmed.
  • 87) Oct 19, 2006 11:11:46 GMT |  + Sri Lanka tourist city on alert
    Soldiers are on high alert in the Sri Lankan tourist city of Galle, a day after an attack by Tamil Tiger rebels against the a local naval base. Security has been tightened and policemen have been sent from the capital, Colombo. At least two people died in Wednesday's attack. Life in the Galle is returning to normal and tourists are moving around. The government says the rebels targeted the military installation and not the tourists during Wednesday's attack. The island's leisure industry has already suffered from the months of violence.
  • 88) Oct 19, 2006 11:06:49 GMT |  + Marines to land at Hambantota As part of US, Lanka Naval exercise
    An unprecedented joint US-Sri Lanka military exercise is likely to be conducted in Southern Sri Lanka shortly. The joint exercise will involve the Okinawa-based Marine Expeditionary Force and Sri Lanka Navy. About 1000 US personnel are expected to participate, an authoritative official said. Two specialized transport craft-Landing Platform Dock would be involved in the exercise, he said. The exercise would involve amphibious landings on the Hambantota beach. The SLN’s Special Boat Squadron (SBS) is expected to join the exercise, the first major training activity involving US forces. Since 1995 US forces, including Special Forces, took part in a series of relatively small training exercises here under, what a senior US official termed as, Extended Relations Programme.
  • 89) Oct 19, 2006 10:34:40 GMT |  + Mine blast kills two Sri Lankan soldiers in north
    A mine blast killed two government soldiers in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday, the military said, a day after a rebel suicide ambush at a naval base killed a sailor and left two missing. The two troops were part of a foot patrol near the northern town of Vavuniya - 210 kilometres north of the capital, Colombo, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said. Soldiers and Tamil Tiger insurgents exchanged artillery fire overnight in Nagarkovil of northern Jaffna peninsula, leaving one soldier wounded, a Defense Ministry official said on condition of anonymity, in line with policy.
  • 90) Oct 19, 2006 10:33:42 GMT |  + Six years of impunity in murder of BBC journalist
    Police and some judges deliberately sabotaged and then blocked judicial steps against members of the pro-government EPDP party implicated in the murder in 2000 of Tamil journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan at his home in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, said Reporters Without Borders. The result has been that six years after the death of the BBC World Service journalist, his killers have still not been tried or punished, said the worldwide press freedom organisation, calling on the government to reopen the investigation into his death.
  • 91) Oct 19, 2006 8:19:21 GMT |  + Security stepped up after bombing of Sri Lanka port
    Police and troops have stepped up security in Sri Lanka's port city of Galle, a day after a Tamil Tiger suicide attack killed at least two people, a police official said. Troop reinforcements poured into the area and military patrols were stepped up, even as a night curfew was eased early Thursday, local police chief Keerthi de Silva said.He said 11 people had been detained for questioning by police for breaking the curfew and for possible involvement with the bombing in Galle, a popular tourist destination located 110 kilometres (70 miles) south of Colombo. more ...
  • 92) Oct 19, 2006 8:15:21 GMT |  + Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tigers exchange artillery fire in volatile north
    Government troops and Tamil Tigers exchanged artillery fire overnight on the volatile Jaffna Peninsula leaving one soldier wounded, the military said Thursday, following a rebel suicide ambush on a naval base that killed one sailor.The surge in violence came as U.S. envoy Richard Boucher arrived in Sri Lanka Thursday for talks with government and rebel leaders. Boucher - the U.S. assistant secretary of state for central and South Asian affairs - is on a two day visit to push the two sides to return to peace talks in Switzerland starting Oct. 28.
  • 93) Oct 19, 2006 2:25:52 GMT |  + Bombing of 'Riviera' deals further blow to Sri Lanka tourism
    A suicide attack by Tamil Tiger rebels in the historic city of Galle has dealt a further blow to Sri Lanka's tourist industry, already hard hit by spiralling ethnic violence, officials said. Tiger rebels disguised as fishermen staged the attack Wednesday against the southern port on the island's "Riviera", a major tourist destination that was hoping to drew some 600,000 visitors annually, many of them foreigners."Achieving targets for this winter season will be a problem," tourism ministry secretary Prathap Ramanujam predicted after the attack that killed two people and wounded 25 others.
  • 94) Oct 19, 2006 0:21:36 GMT |  + UN relief officials say they need better access in war-torn areas in Sri Lanka
    While supporting the Sri Lankan government’s relief efforts for some 204,000 people currently displaced in the north and east, who have fled their homes as a result of the escalating violence, the United Nations’ top emergency relief official said today there are serious concerns about lack of access to some areas, especially in the Tamil north.“I have been shocked by the lack of access for relief agencies to civilian communities in many conflict areas,” Jan Egeland, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said in a statement.
  • 95) 10:57 GMT, Oct. 19, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka extends emergency amid assassination probe
    Sri Lanka extended on Tuesday a state of emergency imposed in the wake of the August assassination of its foreign minister, a murder the government blames on Tamil Tiger rebels but has yet to prove. The state of emergency gives government and police special powers to detain suspects and deploy troops en-masse if need be. The second extension of the measures comes as ties between the state and the Tigers are at their lowest ebb since a 2002 ceasefire halted two decades of civil war. "We want to extend these emergency regulations because we have still not finished the inquiry into the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar," Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said as parliament voted to extend the state of emergency for another month. more ...
  • 96) 10:51 GMT, Oct. 19, 2005 |  + P-TOMS or Mahinda-TOMS, joint mechanism with LTTE essential
    Even after the SLFP manifesto was launched at a BMICH ceremony, SLFP Prime Ministerial candidate Anura Bandaranaike was yet to catch a glimpse of the document and he insisted on the need to have a joint mechanism with the LTTE on tsunami reconstruction ' 'be it Mahinda -TOMS or P- TOMS'. Minister Bandaranaike said equal distribution of the tsunami aid was a must whatever name it was given. 'Be it Mahinda-TOMS or P-TOMS, there should be a mechanism in place.' In contrast, the newly-launched Mahinda Rajapakse manifesto said the P-TOMS agreement would not be implemented and instead there would be a `Jaya Lanka` programme to rebuild the tsunami-devastated areas in the North-East. more ...
  • 97) 10:38 GMT, Oct. 19, 2005 |  + Lankan fisherfolks stage demonstration
    The Sri Lankan fisherfolks including some women staged a demonstration in front of the Sri Lankan Naval base condemning the usage of banned nets by the Indian fishermen, said N J Bose, general secretary of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry Fishermen Federation, here on Tuesday. Talking to this website’s newspaper Bose said that marine resources were badly hit by the usage of banned nets. The stringent action proposed by the government has failed to deter the fishermen from using the banned net, he added. Condemning this practise of the Indian fishermen, their Lankan counterparts including some women staged a demonstration before the Sri Lankan Naval base in Sri Lanka recently, he said. more ...
  • 98) 14:52 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan opposition party protests soaring living costs, demands salary hikes
    Hundreds of opposition party supporters marched through the capital Tuesday demanding pay hikes and lower food and fuel costs from the Sri Lankan government. The United National Front party supporters carried frying pans and banners through Colombo and called on the government to increase the salaries of state worker by 70 percent to match rising commodity costs. "The government has failed to deliver on its election promises to increase salaries, so it should resign," opposition lawmaker Ravi Karunanayake said. The average monthly salary of a government employee is about US$100 (euro 80). more ...
  • 99) 14:50 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + The ISGA: an Exile’s View
    Every right-thinking Sri Lankan, domiciled or exiled, and regardless of whether Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Moslem or Atheist, laments seeing the Peace Process faltering on the brink of wreckage led by Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunge. Her non-commitment to the Peace Process is a political sop to nations like the USA. The ISGA recaptures the consensual mindset and raison d’etre of the UNF, the previous Sinhala government, for a Sinhala /Tamil Peace Treaty. The UNF’s recognition and acceptance of the ISGA is the first step officially documenting the preliminary peace negotiation and sharpens the focus for setting up the conferential agenda. The spotlight on the ISGA has morphed into a looking glass. The ISGA is Sri Lanka’s defining moment. more ...
  • 100) 12:15 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + "SL Peace process is very much closer to our hearts" Robert Evans MEP
    The LTTE delegation led by Mr. S.P.Tamilselvan Head of the Political Wing met with Mr. Robert Evans MEP, Labor Member of the European Parliament for London and other MEP's today 18thy October 2004 at the European Parliament complex. The MEP's showed keen interest in the current status of the peace process and were anxious to know of the actual reason for the delay to recommence negotiations. Mr. Tamilselvan presented a detailed overview of the current political situation and expressed his concern and fear over the fragile nature of a no-war and no-peace situation wherein the Tamil people still continue to remain with their urgent humanitarian needs unfulfilled and the basic peace dividend, 'normalcy' not returned as yet in spite of two and a half years of cease fire. more ...
  • 101) 12:10 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + Top Tiger travels abroad for medical treatment
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels sent one of their top military commanders overseas for urgent medical treatment, official sources here said. The head of naval operations for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), S. Sivaneshan, better known as Soosai, flew to Singapore accompanied by a doctor, the sources said on Tuesday. The LTTE last week denied media reports that Soosai had fallen out of favour with the Tiger leadership. The Tigers said he was carrying a bullet lodged in his back after a battle in the late eighties. Soosai's Sea Tiger unit had inflicted heavy damages on the Sri Lankan navy and is reputed to be one of the most formidable fighting units of the feared Tiger guerrilla movement. more ...
  • 102) 12:01 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + Monks split over monks’ and laity’s roles
    Athuraliye Rathana thero, Rajawatte Vappa thero and Kotapola Amarakitti thero addressing the press conference in Colombo The constitution of the all monk parliamentary party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) need to be modified as the current constitution was created hurriedly just before the last general elections, party’s new secretary said. Kotapola Amarakitti thero, who has been temporarily appointed as the secretary replacing Champika Ranawaka, expressed confidence that the current crisis of the party would be resolved soon."The Central Committee (CC) of the JHU decided to create a new constitution and appointed a constitutional committee" Amarakitti thero said addressing a media conference in Colombo. more ...
  • 103) 11:21 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + TNA takes proposals to the East
    Tamil parliamentarian M K Sivajilingam said that the LTTE is left with no other option than declaring the Interim Self Government Authority (ISGA) unilaterally if the Sri Lankan government keeps on postponing the recommencement of peace negotiations. The TNA parliamentarian said that the government is yet to respond to the ISGA proposals put forward by the LTTE nearly a year ago. R Sampanthan, leading the TNA speakers said that the Sinhalese as well as the Muslims will be given their rightful place within the ISGA. Tamil Tiger political wing leader S P Tamilselvan denied reports by state owned media on Sunday that an alternate set of proposals to the ISGA was sent to the LTTE. Sivajilingam was addressing a political awareness campaign organised by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the ISGA in Trincomalee on Monday. Meetings organised in Kinniya, Thampalagamam and Kanthalai were attended by Muslims as well... more ...
  • 104) 09:51 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan main Muslim party to provide gov't with conditional support
    Leader of Sri Lanka's main Muslim party Rauff Hakeem has said that his party will not join the coalition government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga but will provide conditional support, The Island newspaper said on Tuesday. Hakeem, leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said that there was no prospect of his joining the government but was willing to extend conditional support provided his party's preconditions were fulfilled. He said that one of the preconditions the government would haveto meet is the role of Muslims in the future peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. He said that if the principle hurdles are cleared the SLMC would consider granting conditional support to the government. more ...
  • 105) 09:46 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + Lanka may not submit counter-proposal prior to peace talks
    The Norwegian peace brokers have reportedly told the LTTE that they do not think there is any plan on the part of the Sri Lankan government to submit a proposal of its own for an Interim administration in the North Eastern Province (NEP) ahead of the peace talks. But the government could place its suggestions and proposals on the table after the talks had begun, they said. The Norwegian envoys, Erik Solheim and Hans Brattskar, reportedly told Balasingham that the Sri Lankan cabinet spokesman, Mangala Samaraweera, was not quite accurate when he told the press that the government was going to submit its own proposal to the LTTE. The government cannot possibly go for the talks totally unconditionally, because that may be politically and electorally suicidal. But the Doubting Thomas' and detractors in South Sri Lanka can be placated to a great extent if the LTTE were to publicly reiterate its commitment to the Oslo framework. more ...
  • 106) 23:48 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan Tamil party's former MP killed in east
    A former parliament member (MP) ofa Tamil political party was killed by unidentified gunmen in Sri Lanka's eastern Batticoloa town on Tuesday amid continuous political killings by Tamil Tiger rebels, the pro-rebel Tamilnet claimed. Kingsley Rasanayagam, former MP of the Tamil National Alliance,a proxy of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, wasshot dead in his car in Batticaloa town. He resigned from his seat in Parliament soon after he was elected at the April 2 parliamentary elections. Rasanayagam was said to be a close associate of renegade rebel eastern commander better known as Karuna.
    - Former Tamil lawmaker fatally shot in eastern Sri Lanka - AP
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  • 107) 01:02 GMT, Oct. 19, 2004 |  + India's most wanted criminal shot by police
    India's most wanted criminal Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, who was accused of more than 100 murders, has been shot dead after decades on the run, police said. The bandit, who shot to notoriety when he held Indian film star Rajkumar hostage for more than 100 days in 2000, was killed in a forest in southeastern Tamil Nadu state, said Special Task Force chief K. Vijay Kumar. He said police, acting on a tip-off, surrounded Veerappan and three associates near Dharmapuri in the west of the state late on Monday.
    - India's most wanted bandit killed in shootout - Reuters
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  • 108) 20:05 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + Jaffna visit by Canadian Foreign minister
    The 200,000 Tamil Canadians received the announcement of the Canadian Foreign Minster Hon. Bill Graham’s visit to SriLanka with much anticipation. According to the official announcement made by the ministry, the minister was supposed to visit the High Security Zone (HSZ) - the Tamil region that is entrapped by the numerous camps of Sri Lankan Government forces. The Tamil Canadians were encouraged by this announcement as they felt that the minister’s visit to the HSZ would make the Minister understand the severity of this issue and how it affects the lives of hundred of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians. However, according to the confirmed reports that we have now received, the Minister did not visit the HSZ. more ...
  • 109) 18:31 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + Lanka navalmen abduct Indian fishermen
    Sri Lankan navalmen continued their offensive against Indian fishermen for the third time in a week when they allegedly abducted 32 fishermen who were fishing near Kachchathivu today. According to police, the fishermen and their eight boats were abducted by Sri Lankan navalmen at gun-point to Mannar. Recently, a fisherman had suffered bullet injury in the head when the Sri Lankan navalmen allegedly fired at some fishermen. Earlier, on Oct. 16 twenty fishermen were abducted by the Sri Lankan navalmen, who also damaged several boats and robbed prawn fish to the tune of several lakhs. more ...
  • 110) 13:01 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + ACHC declines meeting Maheswaran
    The All Ceylon Hindu Congress (ACHC) declined to participate at a meeting summoned by Hindu Religious Affairs Minister, T.Maheswaran on October 16. The meeting had been summoned by the Minister to discuss the celebrations at Galle Face Green in view of Deepavali. In a letter addressed to the Minister the ACHC has pointed out that during the last two decades Tamil people and in particular Hindus have suffered in numerous ways and therefore the Congress has been appealing to all Hindus to engage in prayers and to render social service to their brothers and sisters who are in need of many urgent requisites. more ...
  • 111) 12:54 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + LTTE proposals before end Oct.
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Friday (17) confirmed that it would submit its proposals for an interim administration by the end of this month. LTTE's media spokesman Daya Master told The Sunday Leader that the organisation does not intend delaying handing over its proposals to the Norwegians any further. Daya Master said the drafting of the proposals has been completed and the organisation is in the process of handing it over to the Norwegians. "Once we hand over our proposals to the Norwegians, it would be submitted to the UNF government thereafter," Daya Master said. more ...
  • 112) 12:44 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + Scandinavian truce monitors scuttle navy bid
    Sri Lanka's navy has accused Scandinavian truce monitors of jeopardising its attempt to capture a suspected Tamil rebel arms shipment, a press report here said Sunday. Naval gunboats had set out to check a suspected Tamil Tiger vessel some 250 miles (400 kilometres) east of Sri Lanka's north-eastern Mullaitivu coast on Thursday, but the operation was "leaked" to the rebels, the Sunday Times said. It said the navy had taken aboard one of the craft a member of the Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) who in turn had been in communication with the SLMM headquarters and given details of the mission. more ...
  • 113) 12:35 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + TN fisherman injured in Lankan shooting
    A fisherman suffered grievous injuries when Sri Lankan navalmen allegedly opened fire on a group of Indian fishermen near Kachatheevu today, police said. The man suffered bullet injuries in the head and was rushed to Government Rajaji Hospital at Madurai, police said. more ...
  • 114) 12:29 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka PM visits India seeking more defence, economic ties
    Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe begins an official visit to India Sunday for talks on the island's peace bid and to boost defence and economic cooperation, foreign ministry officials said. Wickremesinghe, due to leave later Sunday, is to hold talks with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement to upgrade the free trade pact between the two South Asian neighbours, officials said. Sri Lanka was expected to request more training opportunities for its military personnel in prestigious Indian defence colleges, while New Delhi has offered to sell more military-related hardware to the island. "The prime minister will also hold talks with Defence Minister George Fernandes as well as Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani and opposition leader Sonia Gandhi," an Indian diplomat here said. more ...
  • 115) 12:24 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + Canada tries to stop medical brain drain
    Doctors Siva Sriharan and Srinivas Chakravarthi may never get rich staying in this small auto-producing city little more than a stone's throw from downtown Detroit, but they can eat all the hamburgers, ribs and potato skins they want for the rest of their lives at Casey's Bar and Grill. For the next year, they can also get their hair cut free at the Touch of Class beauty salon, and lease a Pontiac Grand Am without charge from a dealer in nearby Essex. Patients have pledged free house repairs and landscaping for their properties, and nurses have teased them with offers of free massages. more ...
  • 116) 21:41 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + Expatriate Tamil contribution to the development of the Northeast
    If Tamil politicians and political parties that have fought one another for decades can realize the utility of remaining divided, and above all, if we can have the determination to put behind us petty politics and partisan interests and rally behind the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in realizing that it is only they who can deliver us the liberation that the Tamil Nation so very dearly craves, I see no reason why well-intending individuals and organizations such a s yourselves, that have as their core the welfare of the Tamil Nation, cannot unite. Well, today, we have come a long way. We have proved to the whole world that the Tamil Nation's quest for liberation cannot be simply wished away. If we are to succeed, your help is needed, as much as ours. So "come then let us go forward together, with our united strengths." more ...
  • 117) 21:31 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka army officers remanded for attacking UN woman
    Two Sri Lankan army officers were remanded in custody Sunday for assaulting a foreign woman working for the United Nations, police said. The army major and captain were ordered to be kept in remand jail till Thursday pending further police investigations into a brawl at a night club in the picturesque central hill resort of Kandy on Saturday night, police said. They said four other army who had been summoned by the two officers to reinforce them had been handed over to the military police for a separate disciplinary inquiry. more ...
  • 118) 03:45 GMT, Oct. 19, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka: Area codes change
    The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) yesterday reiterated that an additional 1 has to be added to the existing area codes of Colombo, Kandy and Galle. However, callers dialing within these areas do not have to dial the area code. Those dialing from outstations and overseas will have to use the new codes to access subscribers in Colombo, Kandy and Galle. Overseas callers should dial 94-11-XXXXXXX. Notwithstanding the wide media publicity generation by SLT over the change of the codes, there was a degree of confusion as some subscribers still unfamiliar with the new adjustments found it difficult to get connected yesterday. more ...
  • 119) 15:20 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Tigers escorted SLA troops
    In a reciprocal gesture to earlier actions by the Sri Lanka Army, cadres of the Liberation Tigers in Batticaloa last Sunday escorted SLA soldiers through areas in which angry Tamil demonstrators had set up road blocks protesting the earlier killings of several civilians by Special Task Force (STF) commandos. TamilNet sources in Batticaloa said that up to one hundred and twenty SLA soldiers in the Batticaloa district seeking to leave the area either on leave or urgent official matters were prevented from doing so by road blocks set up by protestors. more ...
  • 120) 15:16 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Arts, literature conference opens in Jaffna



    Speakers from Thamizh Nadu:
    MLA ThiruMaamalavan, Poet. Inqulab, Director Pukazhenthi

    “The Tamil language is now in the process of renewing itself for the 21st century. What we need today is Tamil for the Internet age. We need rational Tamil, not emotive Tamil,” said Mr. Nilanthan, a well known writer and poet from the Vanni in a special speech on the opening of the four day conference organized by the Arts and Culture Division of the Liberation Tigers in Jaffna Saturday. Hundreds of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim writers, poets, artists and journalists from all parts of the island and from south India are taking part in the event. more ...
  • 121) 13:23 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Junior ally adds new twist to government's snap poll plans
    A junior partner in Sri Lanka's ruling United National Front (UNF) Saturday introduced a new twist to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's plans to call for snap polls by saying it would decide whom to support after elections are announced. Estate Infrastructure Minister Arumugam Thondaman, who is also the leader of the powerful Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) representing the one million-strong Tamil plantation workers of Indian origin, said the situation in the island was not conducive to elections. more ...
  • 122) 13:20 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Many errors in Dr Gunaratna's book, says political scientist
    The book "Inside Al-Qaeda, Global Network of Terror," authored by Dr Rohan Gunaratna, is heavily based on extracts of newspaper reports, features articles, government and other documents on Al-Qaeda. The rest are the author's views. Malaysian political scientist and human rights activist Dr Farish A. Noor said the first part of the book has a lot of research on Al-Qaeda. Farish also charged that Gunaratna failed to understand the various movements and organizations he cited in his book. more ...
  • 123) 13:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Norway peace brokers in Sri Lanka ahead of talks
    Norwegian peace brokers are expected in Sri Lanka to finalise arrangements for the next round of talks between Colombo and Tamil Tiger rebels, diplomats here said. The Norwegian team led by deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen is scheduled to arrive on Sunday and to hold talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday and Tamil Tiger rebel leaders on Tuesday, diplomats said. more ...
  • 124) 05:01 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Norwegians to focus on Joint Task Force
    The Norwegian delegation due in Sri Lanka today will hold discussions with the Government and the LTTE on the formation of the Joint Task Force and the arrangements for the second round of formal talks in Thailand, Norwegian diplomatic sources said. The talks with both sides will focus on the preparations for the second round of talks, its agenda and the formation of the Joint Task Force agreed to by the Government and the LTTE in the first round of formal talks in Sattahip. more ...
  • 125) 04:39 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Granite exporters unfazed by competition from Lanka
    ROUGH block granite importers have begun sourcing material from newer destinations such as Sri Lanka in a bid to drive down prices further. Over the last two years, prices of rough blocks in the global market have already fallen by over 40 per cent and continue to remain depressed as a result of excess supply. The lull in the fighting between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan forces has provided an impetus for granite exploration and quarrying in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 126) 04:33 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Malaysia to sue Gunaratna over al Qaeda report
    Malaysia has lodged a protest over a United Nations report which links the Malaysian government to al-Qaeda. Malaysia's deputy prime minister called the report untruthful and offensive, and said it was in complete contrast to his government's tough stand against Islamic extremism. There have been persistent suggestions that al-Qaeda channelled money through Malaysia prior to the September 11 attacks on America. The Deputy Prime Minister, Abdullah Badawi, called the references to his government "wild and irresponsible" and asked for them to be removed. He said the government is considering legal action against Mr. Gunaratna. more ...
  • 127) 21:02 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Indecision that has put government in quandary
    The Supreme Court has arrived at a decision over the proposed 18th and 19th Amendments to the constitution. A seven member bench comprising Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva and Supreme Court Judges S. W. Wadugodapitiya, Hector Yapa, Shirani Bandaranaike, Ameer Ismail, D. W. Edirisuriya and Ashoka Silva considered 29 petitions before delivering a final determination. The unanimous decision was formally conveyed to President Kumaratunga on the evening of October 15. It was also conveyed simultaneously to the Speaker as is the procedure. more ...
  • 128) 20:49 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Politico behind abduction drama?
    The police probing last week's abduction drama that sparked off protests in the east are inquiring into the alleged involvement of a parliamentarian from the area. Simmering tensions in Akkaraipattu and the surrounding areas abated yesterday after indications that the 'abduction' had not been the work of the LTTE but may have been staged by certain interested groups. Police investigators are likely to interview the parliamentarian allegedly involved to clarify matters. more ...
  • 129) 20:35 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Akashi to join Sri Lanka peace talks
    Japan has decided to appoint former longtime United Nations diplomat Yasushi Akashi as its representative to peace talks in Sri Lanka, government officials said Saturday. The officials said the government will formally decide on the appointment of Akashi, a former U.N. undersecretary general, at a Cabinet meeting next Friday. Akashi, 71, has held various U.N. posts, including undersecretary general for public information, disarmament affairs and humanitarian affairs; U.N. representative in Cambodia; and special envoy to the former Yugoslavia. more ...
  • 130) 16:10 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Singled out
    Blacks arrested by Toronto police are treated more harshly than whites, a Toronto Star analysis of crime data shows. Black people, charged with simple drug possession, are taken to police stations more often than whites facing the same charge. Once at the station, accused blacks are held overnight, for a bail hearing, at twice the rate of whites.
  • Fantino: 'We do not do racial profiling'
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  • 131) 04:30 GMT, Oct. 19, 2002 |  + Journalists' duty to safeguard people's rights: envoy
    It is the journalists' duty to safeguard people's rights and activate the peace process, said Danish Ambassador Michael Stonburg. "We hope that in collaboration with the Jaffna University we could produce journalists who would be defenders of democratic rights", he said at the inauguration of the UNESCO Media Resource and Training Centre in the Northern province. It was inaugurated in collaboration with the University of Jaffna and with funding from the Royal Danish government. The ceremony was held at the University of Jaffna. The Ambassador said they were in Jaffna to promote peace and democracy. more ...
  • 132) 14:54 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Anthrax alerts disrupt governments and business worldwide
    Anthrax alerts continued to disrupt governments, diplomacy and business around the globe on Friday but there were no new confirmed cases of attacks using the deadly bacteria beyond the boundaries of the United States.Meanwhile the British High Commission in Pakistan received a suspicious letter that officials initially feared contained anthrax but eventually proved harmless. And the US and Australian diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka began investigating suspicious letters fearing they may contain the bacteria, officials said. more ...
  • 133) 13:54 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Possibility of duplicate ballot papers being printed
    Although some very special paper is used to print ballot papers this year, which are far superior and different to the ones used last year, the possibility of duplicate ballot papers printed in the same format cannot be over looked. During the 2000 presidential polls, though not in a very sophisticated manner, 1 million duplicate ballot papers were printed and a few hundred thousand of it was actually used, that was revealed later. Though all the used Ballot papers are in the custody of the Election Commissioner, a demand made by the Organization for Democracy to conduct a thorough investigation in to the matter was conveniently ignored by the Election Commissioner. more ...
  • 134) 13:49 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + We shall not cheat and will not be cheated
    The Tamil-speaking people have again been afforded an opportunity to utilize their intelligence and choose a dignified life with the freedom and rights. The voice of the Tamil Speaking People could possibly decide on the govt. No govt can be formed in the country without the support of the minorities. If the Tamil-speaking people will realize it, the country and its people will prosper or rather survive. Undoubtedly the single most crisis as such is the ethnic problem. Those who obtained independence to the country with the help of the later disregarded minorities and the outcome is the war that is going on for the past 18 years. A problem which should have been settled peacefully had been aggravated to this level by suppressing the minorities and making matters worse by those who assumed power one after the other. more ...
  • 135) 13:46 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Tamil parties in one front, Welcomed by Tamil speaking community
    The Tamil Community will undoubtedly welcome the moves of the Tamil parties to get together and contest the elections in the five electoral dists of the northeast. The Tamil intelligentsia and the media kept on insisting that the solidarity of the Tamils must be shown to the world, and the opportunity must not be missed. Now the TULF, ACTC, TELO and EPRLF have proved it. Every one has to be proud of it. The effects taken by the Colombo based northeast Tamil VIPs must also be appreciated. The consensus is primarily because all of them have felt that the northeast parliamentary representation must not be split. It has shown their responsibility on the matter. The vote bank for the TULF in Jaffna, Batticaloa is quite large. more ...
  • 136) 13:06 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Norway's Change of Government No Bar to Sri Lankan Peace Process
    The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo has said that the change of government in Norway would not affect its role in the peace process in Sri Lanka. Minister Counselor of the Embassy Oddvar Laegreid was quoted by Friday's Island newspaper as saying that new Prime Minister Kjell Bondevick was very familiar with the situation in Sri Lanka. In fact it was during his last term in office that the Sri Lankan peace initiative was launched, he added. The newly formed Norwegian coalition is scheduled to take office on Friday following the defeat of former ruling Labor party in the September 10 election. more ...
  • 137) 13:01 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Ontario police arrest 40 in gangland raids
    Close to 400 officers in Toronto, Ottawa and Guelph, with search warrants in hand, descended on the suspects' homes just after 4 a.m. Handguns were found in the homes of some of the accused. The majority of the suspects have been charged under a section of the Immigration Act that prohibits involvement in a criminal organization. It marks the first time that a street gang has been classified as "organized crime" under immigration laws, a new tactic for police attempting to dismantle Toronto gangs. more ...
  • 138) 12:56 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Anthrax alarm at US, Australian embassies in Sri Lanka
    The United States and Australian diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka have begun investigating suspicious letters fearing they may contain anthrax, official sources here said Friday. The Australian High Commission launched an investigation after it received a suspicious package Friday while similar suspicions were raised when the US embassy received two letters Thursday, the sources said. more ...
  • 139) 11:37 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Jaffna journalist's murder investigation said abandoned
    In an open letter Friday to Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga, drafted by the Free Media Movement, the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance and the international press freedom watchdog Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), more than 200 journalists, media workers, media organisations, trade unions, international and local NGOs, academics, protested at the lack of progress in the inquiry of the brutal murder of Jaffna journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan on 19 October last year. In a separate letter to the President, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York said Friday it "is deeply disturbed that one year after the murder of Jaffna-based journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, investigative efforts appear to have been utterly abandoned". more ...
  • 140) 20:28 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Ire from Lankan Muslims
    Emotions are running high among Sri Lankan Muslims who claim that the air strikes on Afghanistan led by the United States are cruel and unjustifiable. Apart from hundreds of Muslims demonstrating in Colombo last Friday, thousands of Muslims living in Sri Lanka’s eastern provinces in Batticaloa and Ampara burnt effigies of President George Bush and British Premier Tony Blair. An estimated seven thousand Muslims in the predominantly Muslim town at Kattankudy in the Batticaloa district last week marched through the town carrying placards with the photograph of Osama Bin Laden. more ...
  • 141) 17:37 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka journalist killing appeal
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has been pressed to pursue an investigation into the killing of a journalist who contributed to the BBC and several local media organisations. The journalist, Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, was killed in a bomb attack at his home in the northern Jaffna peninsula a year ago, but the authorities have as yet made no arrests. More than 200 local and foreign correspondents have signed a petition to the president, demanding police action. The open letter - organised by the French media rights group Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) and two local organisations, the Free Media Movement and the Tamil Media Alliance - noted that no one had been arrested in connection with the murder committed exactly a year ago in Jaffna. more ...
  • 142) 17:21 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Relieved Reactions from the Toronto’s Tamil community
    “There's relief to the reports that police have apprehended a number of individuals who are believed to be involved with violence in the Toronto area,” acknowledges Gary Anandasangaree of the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre. “Many parents have clearly said that they feel safer sending their youth to schools. Likewise, many youth feel the same way...What a handful of people have done is really tried to undermined the work of the community and the strength of the community, and I think…we have to start looking at the positive things.” more ...
  • 143) 14:58 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + No Anthrax danger
    Health and Social Services Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said yesterday that although the danger from "Anthrax" was minimal in Sri Lanka, his Ministry was making all arrangements to prepare for an outbreak if it did occur. A 12 member Task Force has already been appointed on his instructions, headed by microbiologist Dr. S.T. Athukorala. Amongst the other members, are representatives from the three Armed Forces, Police and Health Ministry. The Minister said the Task Force report would be followed by a public awareness campaign. more ...
  • 144) 02:04 GMT, Oct. 19, 2001 |  + Claymore blast in LTTE held region
    A civilian was injured in a claymore mine blast in Kadukkamunai, a village in the western hinterland of the Batticaloa district which is under the control of the Liberation Tigers around 11.45 a.m. Thursday. The claymore was hidden in a culvert on the interior road and was aimed at a vehicle of the LTTE which had passed the point seconds before the blast, according to residents of Kadukkamunai who came to the eastern town Thursday evening. more ...
  • 145) 17:56 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Nagarkovil FDLs destroyed -LTTE
    The Liberation Tigers said Thursday that they had overrun Sri Lanka Army forward defence lines protecting the key base at Nakarkovil in the heavy fighting which broke out this morning. They also said they shot down a Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter gunship and damaged another. "The combat formations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over-ran several front defence lines of the heavily fortified Nagarkovil military base in the eastern coast of the Jaffna Peninsula today inflicting heavy casualties on the Sri Lanka government troops. A Russian made MI 24 helicopter gunship was destroyed and another MI 24 helicopter was badly damaged in the heavy fighting... " more ...
  • 146) 13:41 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + NO OXYGEN FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES UNIT
    Lanka Oxygen company has stopped supplied of oxygen with immediate effect to the Medical Supplies unit of the health ministry, due to non-payment of Bills for some time. As a result hospitals in Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Nawagamuwa and Piliyandala hospitals, who get their oxygen through this unit, are not getting this life giving gas. more ...
  • 147) 13:31 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Lanka's climbing war budget gets diminishing returns
    Talking realistically about the war in Sri Lanka often reminds one of the tale of the Emperor’s new clothes, particularly since Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka began declaring that victory is at hand. Once the horse deals are over the biggest task before the new government would be the prosecution of the war. There are few options for the PA to work around it and take the country on a path of economic advancement and prosperity. more ...
  • 148) 12:22 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Suicide attack rocks Colombo
    A suicide bomber has set off a powerful explosion in the centre of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, minutes before the country's new cabinet was sworn in. Police and hospital officials said the bomber died on the spot and 23 other people were injured, including three policemen and three American tourists. more ...
  • 149) 11:51 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka New Govt Cabinet Provides No Big Surprises
    Sri Lanka's People's Alliance led coalition government's new ministerial cabinet, appointed Thursday, provided no major surprises, with the key defense and finance portfolios retained by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. "There's nothing exciting from the point of view of the markets and businesses," said Dushyanth Wijayasingha, chief strategist at Indosuez W.I. Carr Securities in Colombo. more ...
  • 150) 11:47 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + SLMC, EPDP get plum portfolios
    The Sri Lankan President Thursday cemented her party's coalition government by offering plum portfolios to her minority allies. The leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party, Mr. Douglas Devananda, was sworn in as the Minister for Northern Rehabilitation and Northeastern Tamil Affairs Thursday and co-leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim was given the plum portfolio of Internal, External Trade, Shipping and Muslim Affairs. Northeastern Tamil affairs is a new portfolio in the cabinet. more ...
  • 151) 10:52 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka president keeps defence, finance jobs in new cabinet
    Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Thursday inducted a 43-member cabinet finalising a shaky coalition government in which she retains the key defence and finance portfolios. Kumaratunga retained Lakshman Kadirgamar as foreign minister but also accommodated members of two minority Tamil and Muslim parties which are providing her with crucial support to remain in power.
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  • 152) 10:50 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka cabinet ceremony marred by suicide bombing
    A suicide bomber blew himself to pieces outside Sri Lanka's town hall here Thursday wounding 23 others as President Chandrika Kumaratunga swore in her new cabinet, police said. The bomber, believed to be a member of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), detonated explosives strapped to his body as two plain clothed constables were about to search him, police said. The Colombo National Hospital said 23 people, including three foreign women, wounded in the blast were admitted for treatment. Four vehicles, including a police jeep, were damaged. more ...
  • 153) 23:23 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Gunmen kill Sri Lanka journalist in Jaffna
    Gunmen shot dead a journalist working for several foreign and local media organisations in Sri Lanka's northern peninsula of Jaffna, family members and colleagues said Thursday. "There is tension in Jaffna after the killing," a local journalist in Jaffna said by telephone. "The newspaper people are now living in fear." more ...
  • 154) 23:22 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka cabinet sees changes within hours
    Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Thursday installed an unprecedented 44-member cabinet in which she retains the key defence and finance portfolios, but made two changes within hours. Kumaratunga retained Lakshman Kadirgamar, a member of the minority Tamil community, as foreign minister and accommodated members of two minority Tamil and Muslim parties which are propping up her coalition government. more ...
  • 155) 23:21 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Tigers down helicopter gun ship amid fighting
    Tamil Tiger guerrillas shot down a helicopter gunship in northern Sri Lanka Thursday as heavy ground battles raged in the embattled region, the defence ministry here said. The Mi-24 gun ship was hit as it tried to support ground troops resisting an offensive by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Nagarkovil in the Jaffna peninsula, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. more ...
  • 156) 23:18 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Tamil rebels may step up offensive
    The new Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, has asked his ministers to stay alert after a suicide bomb attack rocked the capital, Colombo. Mr Wickremanayake blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for the attack and said they were likely to step up their campaign following their failure to inflict heavy casualties in the blast. more ...
  • 157) 23:17 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + BBC reporter killed in Sri Lanka
    A Sri Lankan journalist who reported for the BBC has been killed in a grenade and gun attack on his home in the north of the country. Reports say Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan died when gunmen fired shots through the window of his study and lobbed a grenade into the living room of his house in Jaffna. more ...
  • 158) 17:58 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + SLAF helicopter shot down
    Fighting broke out in Nakar Kovil on the south-eastern coast of Jaffna Thursday evening. Sri Lanka Army sources in the northern town said a MI-24 helicopter gunship was shot down around 5.30 p.m. The TamilNet correspondent for Vadamaradchi said that smoke was billowing from the camp area. Fighting continues to rage. more ...
  • 159) 10:49 GMT, Oct. 19, 2000 |  + Black Tiger suicide bomber mars Sri Lanka cabinet ceremony
    A suicide bomber blew himself to pieces outside Sri Lanka's Town Hall Thursday wounding 23 people, including three foreigners, as President Chandrika Kumaratunga swore in her new cabinet, officials said. The bomber, believed to be a Black Tiger of the separatist Tamil Tiger movement, detonated explosives strapped to his body as two plain clothed constables were about to search him at gun point, police said. The Colombo National Hospital said 23 people, including three western women, later identified as two Americans and one Briton, were wounded in the blast and had been admitted for treatment. more ...
  • 160) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + Bomb explodes in Pettah
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  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + Tamil Nadu: Ties with DMK will continue: Vaiko
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  • 162) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + The Pope in India 1999
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  • 163) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + World: Mass exodus of refugees across East Timor border
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  • 164) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + WE ARE READY FOR TALKS, SAYS THE LTTE
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  • 165) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka opposition demands peace talks with Tigers
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  • 166) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + WAS A TAMIL YOUNGSTER EXTRADITED FROM INDIA?
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  • 167) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + Sonia Ghandi gives up one seat to take husband's
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  • 168) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + Fourth year remeberance!!
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  • 169) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka comparable to East Timor: Indian politician
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  • 170) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1999 |  + Soldiers on rampage
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  • 171) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1998 |  + From Kilinochchi, Jaffna beckons! - Editorial
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  • 172) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1998 |  + Sinhala insights from the Sri Lankan Press
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  • 173) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1998 |  + LTTE slips past Lanka censors
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  • 174) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1998 |  + Deepavali plea: Stop using the Tamils as pawns
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  • 175) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 19, 1998 |  + Lanka Oppn plans to get Mandela to mediate
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