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Important Incidents

  • 1998 | Ltte Units Shoot Down Sri Lankan Helicopter Gunship
    LTTE anti-aircraft units on Friday shot down a Sri Lankan Mi24 helicopter gunship over Puthumurippu, a hamlet one kilometre off the military airport at Vavuniya. Sri Lankan military helicopters and planes are known to attack Tamil settlements which has caused the deaths of hundreds of Tamil civilians including women and children. The helicopter gunship was downed at 8.30 AM. All four airforce personnel on board were killed. The ill-fated helicopter gunship often described as a 'flying battle tank' was reduced to cinders when it burst into flames after hitting the ground. Another Mi24 flying by its side escaped.
  • 1998 | Three Sri Lankan Para-Military Police Killed In Mannar
    LTTE forces attacked a para-military police patrol unit in Uyilankulam, Mannar on June 27. Three Sinhala policemen were killed. LTTE fighter Kalki died in this attack.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Mass protest march in Mallavi
    Thousands of Tamils marched in Mallavi yesterday condemning persistent Sinhala military attack on civilians and civilian habitations. Placards asking the Sinhala President to stop targeting civilians were carried by the marchers while some directly accused International Institutions of aiding the genocide on Tamils by providing generous loans to the Sri Lankan government. Two petitions, one addressed to the ICRC's residential representative and to the UN Secretary-General were handed over at the end of the protest march.
  • 1998 | Sri Lankan War Planes Bomb Tamil Village Killing 3 Civilians
    Sri Lankan Kfir war planes on Saturday bombed the Tamil village of Konavil (Vanni) killing 3 Tamil civilians including a 7-year old child and injuring 6 others. Immediately after the planes left, Sinhalese soldiers from the Elephant pass army camp fired long range artillery into the village. Details of those killed are: M Rajeepan, 7, M Jeyalachumi, 30 (both from the same family), and Thirunavukarasu Parasakthy
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 1292 | உறாஅ தவர்க்கண்ட கண்ணும் அவரைச்
    செறாஅரெனச் சேறியென் நெஞ்சு.
    'Tis plain, my heart, that he 's estranged from thee;
    Why go to him as though he were not enemy?
    - 130 130
  • Jun 27 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Jun 27, 2016 12:20:21 GMT |  + Recapturing the democratic space
    Last week, a very senior foreign official, who had previously served as his country’s topmost diplomat in Lanka, during the height of the war, told in Jaffna that the present moment in Lanka constitutes the best opportunity to find a political solution. Every diplomat who visits Lanka suggests the same. Even the main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance, characterised it as such and expressed hope during the election campaign last year that by the end of this year a political solution would have been signed! more ...
  • 2) Jun 27, 2015 15:10:47 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s memory wars thwart reconciliation
    Six years after the end of the civil war that claimed at least 70,000 lives between 1983 and 2009, Sri Lanka appears to have made little progress on reconciliation between its ethnic Tamils and Sinhalese majority. In the war-ravaged northern provinces, large swathes of land are designated high-security zones and remain under military occupation. As a result, many displaced families are still waiting to return to homes located in these areas even though the security threat seems negligible. more ...
  • 3) Jun 27, 2015 15:10:00 GMT |  + Sri Lanka leader dissolves parliament, seeking fresh mandate for reforms
    Sri Lanka's president dissolved parliament on Friday, a government spokesman said, in an effort to consolidate power and push through political reforms. Two government officials told Reuters elections will be held to elect a new parliament on Aug. 17. President Maithripala Sirisena, who was elected in a Jan. 8 poll, needs parliamentary support to push through reforms he has promised, including limits on the powers of the executive presidency. more ...
  • 4) Jun 27, 2015 15:09:14 GMT |  + Ghosts Of War Give Way to Development in Sri Lanka
    It is an oasis from the scorching heat outside. The three-storey, centrally air-conditioned Cargills Square, a major mall in Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna town, is the latest hangout spot in the former warzone, where everyone from teenagers to families to off-duty military officers converge. Once a garrison town with army checkpoints at every street corner, nervous soldiers armed to the teeth would patrol the streets around the clock tower. Claymore mine explosions were not unusual occurrences, and streets were deserted by dusk. That was during Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, which dragged on for nearly 30 years until the army declared victory over the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009. more ...
  • 5) Jun 27, 2015 15:07:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka civil servants warned of jail if election laws violated
    Sri Lanka`s election chief Saturday warned civil servants they will face fines and three years in prison for failing to ensure a free and fair parliamentary election announced for August. The head of the independent elections commission, Mahinda Deshapriya, said he has been given wide powers under a recent statute to deal with civil servants who violated elections laws and favoured candidates. "I have powers now to jail public servants for a period of three years and also fine them up to 100,000 rupees ($770)," Deshapriya told reporters a day after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked parliament and cleared the way for an election 10 months ahead of schedule.
  • 6) Jun 27, 2014 23:59:17 GMT |  + Meet the Violent Buddhists Starting Riots in Sri Lanka
    On June 15 a violent mob ripped through three neighboring towns in southwestern Sri Lanka. The horde explicitly targeted Muslims, slinging Molotov cocktails, burning bikes, and looting homes and businesses. Riots, violence, and personal threats aren’t unheard of in Sri Lanka, but this riot caught the world’s attention. It was one of the largest and most deadly in recent years, wounding over 50 and killing four Muslims. It follows a spate of anti-Muslim sentiment welling up somewhat unexpectedly in Sri Lanka and, perhaps most shockingly for Westerns who view them as the eternally chubby, cuddly, and peaceful, it was stirred up by and composed of Buddhists, acting on allegedly Buddhist sentiments. more ...
  • 7) Jun 27, 2014 23:33:39 GMT |  + Tamil asylum seeker boat reportedly off Christmas Island
    Passengers claiming to be refugees say they are in a leaking boat 300 kilometres off Christmas Island after spending two weeks at sea during a non-stop journey from India. After being contacted by a refugee advocate, Fairfax Media spoke to two of the 153 people allegedly on board the boat, who told of their plight via satellite phone. A female passenger, who identified as Tamil, said the boat was carrying 37 children and 32 women. ‘We need some help,’’ she said. ‘‘We are refugees.’’ more ...
  • 8) Jun 27, 2014 18:55:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Agony
    Mr. Rajapaksa’s statements on Monday directing the police to act against any individual or group fomenting ethnic or religious hatred are welcome. But the president did not repudiate the Bodu Bala Sena by name. He should move immediately to allow the independent investigation called for by the United Nations; accept the technical assistance offered by the council to address human rights concerns; and put in place the recommendations of Sri Lanka’s own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission for dealing with the aftermath of the civil war. Only these tangible steps will allow Sri Lanka to move forward toward reconciliation and justice for all Sri Lankans.
  • 9) Jun 27, 2014 13:23:18 GMT |  + This newspaper repels mosquitoes and helps fight disease
    Once you’re done reading them, newspapers are still pretty handy to keep around. They make decent makeshift umbrellas and fans, and they’re great for starting fires. Now there’s even a newspaper that can repel mosquitoes. The Mawbima News is one of Sri Lanka’s most widely-read newspapers, and the publisher wanted to do something to show support for World Health Day. Dengue fever is still a big problem in Sri Lanka, where more than 16,000 cases were reported in 2013. more ...
  • 10) Jun 27, 2014 13:08:19 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Hardline Buddhists Say Facebook Accounts Blocked After Violence
    Buddhist activists accused of involvement in violence against Sri Lanka's minority Muslims said on Friday that accounts of their group's members on social media site Facebook had been blocked."My account is blocked," BBS spokesman Dilantha Vithanage told Reuters by telephone. "I can't access my account. I last visited my account on June 25 and the accounts of others have also been blocked." Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, a Buddhist monk and the BBS secretary general, who addressed the rally, also said his account had been blocked.
  • 11) Jun 27, 2014 13:06:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka cancels on-arrival visa facility for Pakistanis
    The Sri Lankan government has cancelled the on-arrival visa facility for Pakistanis, DawnNews reported. The decision was officially communicated to Pakistan’s Foreign ministry on Friday. It was taken in view of the rising number of political asylum cases in Sri Lanka. Pakistani citizens intending to travel to SrI Lanka have been advised by the government to apply for a visa before taking a flight.Earlier, Pakistani nationals were granted on-arrival visas in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka will soon communicate guidelines to Pakistan's High Commission which will state detailed travel requirements. more ...
  • 12) Jun 27, 2014 13:04:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka, Human Rights And Ethical Tourism
    One of the most disturbing parts of the Government’s tourism agenda is the militarised tourism that is underway in the north. This is where significant human rights violations took place during the final stages of the war. A resort is even planned for Mullaitivu,former stronghold of the Tamil Tigers and stretch of beach where thousands of civilians were besieged and bombarded during the end days of the war. more ...
  • 13) Jun 27, 2014 12:56:57 GMT |  + Asma to assist UN inquiry into Lanka war crimes
    Diplomatic sources say Asma Jahangir was among those shortlisted to replace Pillay as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a job that eventually went to Jordan’s Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein. Sri Lanka opposes the inquiry, which will run until April 2015, arguing that it is doing enough to investigate war crimes allegedly committed in the final stages of the 26-year conflict. In March, its ambassador called the inquiry “counter-productive” and “inimical to the interests of the people of Sri Lanka”. The experts are former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari, former Governor-General and High Court judge of New Zealand Silvia Cartwright and former President of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission Asma Jahangir.
  • 14) Jun 27, 2013 1:52:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka - Sun, Sea, Torture and Impunity
    A heavily worked phrase used by the tourist industry is to describe a particular destination as a "country of contrast". Sri Lanka is surely such a country - at one level a popular tourist destination, which according to the advertising blurb offers travellers "such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences". In contrast it also detains its citizens without trial, restricts freedom of expression, arrests members of the judiciary, stands accused of committing war crimes and routinely tortures.
  • 15) Jun 27, 2013 1:50:46 GMT |  + Despite offer to move them out of TN, Lanka calls back its officers
    Two Lankan armed forces officers undergoing training at a defence institute in Tamil Nadu on Monday evening returned to Colombo after their government refused an offer from New Delhi to shift them to another state. The two officers, Wing Commander M S Bandara Dassanayek and Major C S Harischandra Hettiarachchige, have been undergoing training at the Defence Service Staff College in Wellington since May 27. This had sparked protests in the state after Tamil Nadu political parties came to know about it. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had written to the Prime Minister objecting to their presence.
  • 16) Jun 27, 2012 23:02:36 GMT |  + NOWWOW, the new kid on the block
    New Opportunities for Wounded, Widowed and Orphans of War – that’s the groundbreaking new charity out there! Anyone who had been glancing through the many pages of web-based news media for the latest developments on the home front couldn’t have missed out on the poignant story presented in reporting and pictures of a group of poor kids of Kilinochchi proudly posing with their new bikes presented to them by the Member of Parliament Mr. Sivagnanam Shritharan, thanks to the initiative of a North American Charity called New Opportunities for Wounded, Widowed and Orphans of War (NOWWOW). more ...
  • 17) Jun 27, 2012 22:40:35 GMT |  + Trial of Sun Sea human smuggling suspects to skip preliminary hearing
    The six suspects charged with organizing the MV Sun Sea human smuggling scheme will go directly to trial without a preliminary hearing, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada announced on Wednesday. The Crown filed direct indictments against the two Canadians and four Sri Lankans accused of being behind the voyage that brought 492 refugee claimants to the British Columbia coast in August 2010. Four of the six are in Canadian custody, most recently former Toronto convenience store owner Nadarajah Mahendran, who was arrested at Pearson airport on Monday after he disembarked from a flight from Germany. more ...
  • 18) Jun 27, 2012 22:31:41 GMT |  + Sri Lanka opts for mid term provincial polls
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for an early elections in three of the nine provincial councils to test popularity of his government in the wake of international pressure on him. The Sri Lankan Elections Secretariat today confirmed that it has received the dissolution documents of North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern provincial councils ratified by the respective governors. Governor of North Central Province Karunarathna Divulgane said he had signed the order of dissolution while same was stated by Governor of Eastern province Mohan Wijewickrema.
  • 19) Jun 27, 2012 13:08:11 GMT |  + RCMP arrest suspect wanted for allegedly organizing MV Sun Sea smuggling operation
    A Canadian wanted by police for allegedly organizing the MV Sun Sea human smuggling operation has been arrested at Toronto’s Pearson airport after arriving on a flight from Germany. The RCMP had been looking for Nadarajah Mahendran since June 6, when he and two others were charged in connection with smuggling 492 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Canada from Southeast Asia in 2010. more ...
  • 20) Jun 27, 2012 13:05:48 GMT |  + Asylum-seeker boat sinks en route to Australia
    Rescuers plucked 130 people from the ocean Wednesday after an asylum-seeker boat sank en route to Australia, barely a week after another vessel went down in the same area, killing up to 90. The rickety ship capsized 107 nautical miles north of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said, adding that one person was confirmed dead so far. more ...
  • 21) Jun 27, 2012 12:54:32 GMT |  + Declaring war on corrupt politicians
    I’m no fan of Sarath Fonseka, but he’s got one thing right. Something has to be done about the corrupt political culture in Sri Lanka. At his first press conference after being released from prison, the former Army Commander identified tackling corruption and nepotism as his top priority. These are issues the middle class loves, so he may expect and indeed get a lot of support from across the ideological spectrum. People are fed up with politicians.Military men may be known for their enthusiasm for discipline, but they also tend to be impervious to outside opinion. This is fine so long as they are on the right track, but disastrous when they get hold of the wrong end of the stick. I wouldn’t trust Sarath Fonseka with a stick. more ...
  • 22) Jun 27, 2012 12:50:08 GMT |  + Queen and Martin McGuinness shake hands
    The Queen and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness have shaken hands for the first time. The meeting between the monarch and Northern Ireland's deputy first minister took place at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast on Wednesday. Sinn Fein said Mr McGuinness told the Queen that their meeting was a "powerful signal that peace-building requires leadership". The image will help Sinn Fein reach out to voters, previously reluctant to support a party linked to the IRA. more ...
  • 23) Jun 27, 2012 12:42:31 GMT |  + Population plunge in Sri Lanka’s Tamil base
    Sri Lanka's first national census in 30 years has shown a dramatic 20 percent drop in the population of the Jaffna peninsula, the long-time base of Tamil rebels during the island's ethnic conflict. According to a preliminary census report released Wednesday, the population in Jaffna, which the rebels once ran as a de facto separate state in the northeast, had fallen from 734,000 in 1981 to 583,000. "Our estimate is that out of the one million Tamils who fled the fighting and are living abroad, at least 80 percent were from Jaffna," said Suresh Premachandran. "If not for the war, the population in Jaffna would have been over 1.4 million," he added.
  • 24) Jun 27, 2012 12:40:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka rupee hits record low on importer dollar demand
    The Sri Lankan rupee hit a fresh record low of 134.00 to the dollar on Wednesday on importer demand for the U.S. currency, sparked by worries the local unit will weaken further after banks started quoting spot prices again for the local unit. The rupee has lost nearly 18 percent of its value since November, when the government allowed a 3 percent devaluation. The central bank on May 31 said it still believed the battered rupee would stabilise at levels stronger than 125 to the dollar.
  • 25) Jun 27, 2012 12:38:41 GMT |  + The role of journalists on preventing torture
    Grief and sorrow is spreading far and wide. Our hearts and minds are continually screaming, and they cannot find a sustainable way to find stability – to achieve peace and harmony. The unavoidable reality is forcing us to witness the destruction of a society. And it is forcing us to question the so called electoral and democratic system that we had preserved through a long and acrimonious struggle. Our major collective achievements in terms of freedom have been hijacked and betraying by select families of the political elite, whose single-minded goal is little more than amassing personal benefits, while tactically dividing the country into pieces.
  • 26) Jun 27, 2012 12:37:15 GMT |  + Sri Lanka (Ban/Nambiar excepted) Contemptuous Of The UNHRC Threatens Tamils With More Mullivaykkal
    The Rajapakses’ impunity now extends to obstructing with threats the implementation of the key ‘reconciliation’ components in the LLRC report that the UNHRC adopted in March 2012. The Tamils are being warned against supporting any devolution package be it the Delhi sponsored 13 Amendment plus or any other. Given the Rajapakses’ track record in deception the desperate plea of the Tamils to the International Community (IC) and UN agencies is to act/intervene swiftly and firmly to avoid far more severe turmoils than the Mullivaykkal massacres should SL embark on Chanpika’s massacre threat.
  • 27) Jun 27, 2012 10:00:16 GMT |  + Provincial Councils to be dissolved
    The North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provinces are to be dissolved; midnight today, highly placed government officials said. Governors of the three provinces have placed their signatures on the gazette notification effecting the dissolution the source said
  • 28) Jun 27, 2011 13:47:52 GMT |  + Charge sheet on ‘Rajapakse family’ - Basil
    Claiming that some local and international NGO are continuously trying to make conspiracies against Sri Lanka, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said that the US State Department in an earlier occasion had even prepared a charge sheet highlighting the ‘Rajapakse family’. “Some NGOs also has joined with them. Now those malicious forces are making a lot of conspiracies one by one. Once the US State Department has prepared a ‘charge sheet’ highlighting the ‘Rajapakse family’. Afterwards the Darusman Report came,” he said. He also said that Then Prime Minister Ranil Wicremesinghe had betrayed the country and gave eight districts in the North and East to the LTTE by a famous agreement called ‘Ranil-Prabha Agreement’.
  • 29) Jun 27, 2011 13:01:01 GMT |  +  ICC issues arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi
    The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. The court had accused him of crimes against humanity and of ordering attacks on civilians after an uprising against him began in mid-February. The Hague-based court also issued warrants for two of Col Gaddafi's top aides - his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi. The statement, read out by presiding judge Sanji Monageng, said there were "reasonable grounds to believe" that the three men were "criminally responsible" for the murder and persecution of civilians. more ...
  • 30) Jun 27, 2011 2:56:28 GMT |  + The noose is tightening
    The year 2011 has been an eventful ‘legal’ year for Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Even as he belligerently launched diplomatic counter-moves to neutralize the damning indictment by the UN Secretary General’s Expert Panel of Sri Lankan security forces that has been accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, a new legal action has surfaced, raising the question: How long can Rajapakse escape culpability for the killings of thousands of unarmed, non-combatant, innocent Tamils? more ...
  • 31) Jun 27, 2011 2:50:51 GMT |  + Grassroot Tamil Nadu gathers to remember genocide, rise for Tamil Eelam
    Keeping aside party identities, religions and castes, more than 30,000 people of grass root Tamil Nadu gathered in Marina Beach of Chennai on Sunday to remember the genocide committed on Eezham Tamils and to call for independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam, sending a strong message to New Delhi and to the international community. The congregation organised by Mr. Thirumurukan Gandhi of May 17 Movement, received massive support and participation of leaders cutting across party lines, similar grass root movements, civil society organisations, artists, social workers and the common public that has come with families bringing even their children. more ...
  • 32) Jun 27, 2010 12:06:48 GMT |  + Kohona's role corners Lanka
    Did UN officials in New York trap Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative in a ploy to embarrass Sri Lanka by asking him to serve as head of a three-member Special Committee on Israel's alleged human rights abuses in occupied territories? This has become the talking point in the corridors of the External Affairs Ministry after reports that Dr. Palitha Kohona did not consult Colombo before taking over the appointment.
  • 33) Jun 27, 2010 10:08:31 GMT |  + 'Tamils should have autonomous state within united Lanka'
    The CPI-M has said the Sri Lankan Tamils should have an autonomous state within a united Sri Lanka. "Within united Sri lanka, Tamils should have a separate state...like the federal set up in India. Tamils should be given autonomy within the framework of united Sri Lanka and not on the basis of a unitary nation. The term united is different from unitary," senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury has said on Saturday.
  • 34) Jun 27, 2010 3:43:23 GMT |  + Lanka defies UN, EU, US
    On the international front woes for the Government continued for a second week. Despite the frenzied diplomatic efforts in the past year or so, the Government was not successful in its efforts to stall two major issues that have dogged it. One was the move by the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG), Ban Ki-moon, to appoint a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues in Sri Lanka. The other is to persuade the European Union to continue the GSP Plus preferential tariffs for Sri Lanka's exports. These two have remained the most critical issues in Sri Lanka's foreign policy in the recent months.
  • 35) Jun 27, 2010 3:42:15 GMT |  + Protests turn violent: storefronts smashed, police cars set ablaze
    Thousands of protesters took over the streets of downtown Toronto on Saturday as isolated groups of demonstrators burned police cars, smashed windows and confronted riot police. Black-clad protesters with bandanas covering their faces, mingling with many others in regular clothing, moved around the city centre, bringing it to a virtual standstill. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair told a news conference Saturday evening that his officers fought back with tear gas and have arrested at least 103 people. more ...
  • 36) Jun 27, 2010 3:41:51 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Wartime Abuses
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, both famous and infamous for his government’s May 2009 military victory over the 25-year Tamil Tiger insurgency, was in India earlier this month. And he promised to resettle the war-displaced Tamils and find a political solution to the ethnic issue – assurances his government gave to the United States two weeks earlier. But will he deliver on his pledge? In Tamil Nadu, a south Indian state separated by a narrow strait from Sri Lanka, and home to around 65 million Tamils, people and parties protested Rajapaksa’s visit.
  • 37) Jun 27, 2010 3:24:50 GMT |  + One year on, Sri Lanka still resists rights probe
    Sri Lanka is facing growing international pressure after last week refusing entry to members of a UN investigative panel tasked with probing human rights abuses in the country. The UN secretary general Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday appointed a three-member panel headed by the former Indonesian attorney general Marzuki Darusman to look into accusations of war crimes during the last few months of Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war which ended in May last year. more ...
  • 38) Jun 27, 2010 3:21:36 GMT |  + Captured Tiger KP Working With Government
    LTTE’s international wing head, Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP has coordinated a meeting between members of the Tamil Diaspora and senior officials in the country’s defence establishment. Military Spokesperson Major General Prasad Samarasinghe told The Sunday Leader that KP, who is currently in government custody, had recently coordinated a meeting between the government and members of the Tamil Diaspora. “Members of the Tamil Diaspora met with the Defence Secretary to discuss the post war situation in the country,” he said. more ...
  • 39) Jun 27, 2010 3:16:17 GMT |  + “Give autonomy to Tamils within united Sri Lanka”
    Sri Lankan Tamils must be given autonomy within the framework of a “united” nation and not on the basis of a “unitary” nation as was being promised by the government of the island nation, said Sitaram Yechury, Parliamentary Party leader of the Community Party of India (Marxist), here on Saturday. Addressing a seminar organised by the party on finding a solution to problems faced by Sri Lankan Tamils, he said there was a huge difference between the terms “united” and “unitary” as the former referred to a federal Constitutional system akin to the one practised in India whereas the latter was not so. more ...
  • 40) Jun 27, 2010 3:15:53 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Savaged
    The Generalised System of Preference (GSP) is a trade agreement in which the European Union gives 176 countries and territories, preferential access to the EU market. By reducing the tariff on goods entering the market, the EU’s main priority is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development and good governance. There is no expectation or requirement that this form of access is reciprocated. Under GSP+, Sri Lanka receives, among 15 other countries, additional benefits, which can be withdrawn if the EU finds that the country does not respect the criteria for eligibility.
  • 41) Jun 27, 2010 3:10:52 GMT |  + Surrender would have saved thousands of lives: Solheim
    Norway which has welcomed the appointment of a United Nations panel said yesterday it had failed to persuade both the Government and the Tiger guerrillas to stop the fighting last year after the two sides had rejected its overtures. Former peace facilitator and International Development Minister Erik Solheim told the Sunday Times in an interview, “We called upon the LTTE to come to an organized stop (or surrender). If it had happened, thousands of lives would have been saved. The war would have ended under the supervision of the UN, the United States, India or someone else. However, the LTTE rejected that call.” more ...
  • 42) Jun 27, 2009 22:17:59 GMT |  + Grave threat to DEMOCRACY
    In 1973 when the draconian Press Council Bill was passed in Parliament an independent English language newspaper headlined it—“ Mephistopheles claims the soul”—referring to the evil spirit to whom Faust sold his soul in the 19th century German legend. Last week this law was reactivated setting off alarm bells as to whether Sri Lanka was going back to the era of the infamous D. E.M.O’ CRACY. obituary, and the cremation of the father of Truth and Liberty.
  • 43) Jun 27, 2009 22:16:28 GMT |  + A new style LTTE begins to take shape
    Subsequent to the LTTE’s promise in May, following its military debacle, to “silence its guns” and switch to political methods, a significant second step has recently been taken. If it holds firm to these promises and expectations, then, we may be entering a new era, a third phase, in post-independence Tamil nationalism. I am referring to an announcement on 16 June by Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, who I have not heard of before, the “Coordinator of the Committee for the formation of a Provisional Transnational Government (PTG) of Tamil Eelam.” The announcement has received the imprimatur of Selvarasa Pathmanathan, better known as KP, the LTTE’s “Head of International Relations” and probably its current de facto leader.
  • 44) Jun 27, 2009 22:15:28 GMT |  + IMF loan delayed: Lanka slams US as bully
    Sri Lanka slammed the United States this week for obstructing a standby facility of US $ 1.9 billion (Rs. 200 billion) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) calling it a “bully” as a spokesperson for the Fund confirmed that discussions with Sri Lankan authorities were “still ongoing”. “As with any Fund-supported programme, finalisation of the programme will require the support of the Executive Board, reflecting the views of the Fund’s membership,” IMF spokesperson Suk-yee Daisy Wong told The Sunday Times, responding to questions sent by e-mail to the IMF headquarters in Washington DC.
  • 45) Jun 27, 2009 22:08:06 GMT |  + Structured amnesty for Tigers
    Guidelines for a structured amnesty to LTTE suspects and their sympathisers are being drawn up by the government’s legal departments. The reprieve would apply to only lower level Tamil Tigers because the leadership and middle rung cadres have died in the war; and if any senior Tiger was to be arrested, he would be tried in the country’s criminal courts, an official said. The government official close to the process told the Sunday Times, the “mood in Sri Lanka is that of reconciliation. There is no point in trying people with little evidence of wrong doing.” LTTE suspects, who had allegedly committed heinous crimes, would, however, be prosecuted in accordance with the law, the official said.
  • 46) Jun 27, 2009 22:06:58 GMT |  + Astrologer nuts, police stark raving mad
    Policing in this country is so first-rate, I tell you, that they even know what the astrologers are saying in various corners. True, the police may be quite foggy about a slew of other crimes perpetrated by real criminals but one must admit that it takes immeasurable talent to keep track of what the astrologers are saying (whilst also trying to catch real criminals). Firstly, we have so many astrologers around that Sri Lanka is practically swarming with them. This is not necessarily a bad thing because there are 225 MPs in parliament and nearly all of them need an astrologer to advise them on everything — from what time to brush their teeth to what colour underwear to sport during a crucial election. more ...
  • 47) Jun 27, 2009 9:16:35 GMT |  + SLRC woman volunteer killed in Point Pedro
    Point Pedro police in Vadamaraadchi recovered Friday the body of a 33-year-old woman volunteer of Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRC) who had been killed Thursday in her house in Point Pedro. The woman had been living alone and neighbours who noticed her absence had notified the police. The police broke into the house and found her body. The victim was identified as Theiventhiram Abirami, 33, a resident of Kantha Udaiyaar lane in Point Pedro. Abirami had been living alone in the house after her parents died.
  • 48) Jun 27, 2009 9:11:44 GMT |  + Greenland's peaceful passage to independence
    "If it bleeds, it leads," goes the old motto of the news business. If this rule explains coverage of local crime stories and traffic accidents, it's even more applicable to global conflicts with their origins in old colonial conquests. Those sad legacies have included bloodbaths in Vietnam, Cambodia, East Timor, Sri Lanka, India-Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran-Iraq, Iraq-Kuwait, Israel-Palestine, Chechnya, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, and all too many more. A saner way to escape history's nightmare could be glimpsed in Greenland's peaceable accession to independence from Denmark, an event celebrated Sunday on the world's largest island in a ceremony attended by the Danish queen.
  • 49) Jun 27, 2009 3:44:29 GMT |  + Tamil aid ship condition ‘critical’ despite Indian assurance
    Despite the Indian government’s statement that the Sri Lankan government had relented on its refusal to allow the aid ship sent by Tamil expatriates to dock in Colombo harbour and that the supplies for Tamil refugees would be offloaded by the Indian Red Cross, there has been no action at all, the organisers of the mercy mission said Friday. In an urgent press release, they said the MV ‘Captain Ali’ has been at sea for 51 days and the condition of its crew and passengers is now critical. The situation on the ship is now critical. The crew and passengers have been onboard for 51 days without respite and in very harsh, stressful conditions.
  • 50) Jun 27, 2009 0:12:39 GMT |  + 'LTTE to continue fight through political means'
    The LTTE's new chief Selvaraja Padmanathan says the group is giving up violence and adopting a non-violent agenda to secure the political rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka. In an exclusive email interview to Headlines Today, Padmanathan said one of the priorities of the Tamil Tigers would be to push for revoking the international ban on it. The final moments were full of horrific and brutal attacks by the Sri Lankan armed forces. Thousands of our people were killed and injured. There were no medical personnel or facilities to take care of the injured. People were dying due to lack of medical attention. Col Soosai confirmed to me that our leader was engaging the Sri Lankan armed forces and sacrificed his life for our cause of the Eelam Tamil nation.
  • 51) Jun 27, 2009 0:09:50 GMT |  + UN Runs Scared of Sri Lanka, Says National Staff Not Immune -- But Genocide Suspects Are
    As the Sri Lankan government locked up an astrologer who dared make predictions that President Rahinda Rajapaksa didn't like, the UN in New York stayed silent. Inner City Press asked, for the third time, what is being done about the two UN staff members who were grabbed up by the government using unmarked vehicles. Associate Spokesperson Farhan Haq said he was aware of the question, but that they still have no answer. Inner City Press asked, isn't it the UN's position that its staff members have immunity? Haq acknowledged that it normally the position. But why not in Sri Lanka?
  • 52) Jun 27, 2009 0:08:36 GMT |  + Sri Lanka accuses IMF of playing politics
    Sri Lanka on Friday accused the International Monetary Fund of politicizing financial aid following the fund's delay in considering a 1.9 billion dollar bailout for the war-ravaged economy. "Never ever has the IMF taken political factors into account. Now, it seems for the first time they are doing that -- indirectly," Sri Lanka?s trade minister G.L. Peiris told AFP in Washington ahead of talks with fund officials. Sri Lanka tapped the IMF for aid in March in a bid to stave off its first balance of payment deficit in four years after the island's foreign currency reserves fell to around six weeks' worth of imports.
  • 53) Jun 27, 2009 0:07:29 GMT |  + With press council, Sri Lanka revives a repressive tool
    There should be no doubt that the government is continuing its offensive against the media following its military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). On Wednesday, Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena confirmed what had been rumored for more than a week: The defunct Press Council, which was put to rest in 2002, will be revived. A "press council" might sound innocuous enough, but it is the sort of tool we've seen in many countries where the government is intent on silencing critics.
  • 54) Jun 27, 2008 18:05:59 GMT |  + Sri Lankan military says it has killed 51 rebels
    Sri Lankan forces captured a Tamil Tiger supply center and bombed a rebel training base amid a surge in the island's civil war that killed 49 insurgents and two soldiers, the military said Friday. "This shows that the soldiers are moving forward, gaining ground," military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said. The army offensives are taking place in areas with a lot of rebel fighters, leading to the high death tolls, he said.
  • 55) Jun 27, 2008 14:41:43 GMT |  + MR has no mandate for federal solution: JVP
    The JVP yesterday stressed President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not get a mandate from the people to implement a federal solution but to safeguard the unitary status of the country. JVP Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe also slammed India for what he described as ‘its invasive dictatorial foreign policy’ and urged the government to reveal the contents and outcome of talks it held with the high level Indian delegation which visited the country last week. The JVP said neither the Indian government nor the Sri Lankan government had so far issued even a statement on the outcome of the talks.
  • 56) Jun 27, 2008 2:44:45 GMT |  + Monks tear-gassed in Colombo
    Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a group of Buddhist monks attempting to march towards the President’s House in Sri Lanka’s capital demanding that better hostel facilities be provided for student monks, police said yesterday. Some 800 monks clad in saffron-coloured robes advanced towards the President’s House when they were confronted by police. The monks sat down on a main highway and chanted anti-government slogans.
  • 57) Jun 27, 2008 2:40:22 GMT |  + IFT Denounces Criminalization of the Tamil Diaspora and Calls for Engagement.
    The International Federation of Tamils (IFT) is disappointed that the anti-terrorist legislation has been misused to suppress the voice of the Canadian Tamil Diaspora by listing the World Tamil Movement (WTM) as a ‘ terrorist’ organization. This comes in the wake of the arrests of Tamils in Europe, the USA and Australia on similar charges. Instead of criminalizing the Diaspora’ s support for the LTTE, IFT calls for actions to address the root cause of a conflict which has driven hundreds of thousands of Tamils out of Sri Lanka and forced tens of thousands resort to an armed struggle.
  • 58) Jun 27, 2008 2:33:05 GMT |  + Heavy Fighting Kills 71 In Sri Lanka
    At least 69 Tamil Tiger rebels and two security personnel were killed in heavy fighting in the country's restive northern region, the military said on Thursday. Clashes since Tuesday left 69 Tiger rebels and two government troops killed in separate clashes across the districts of Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Jaffna, the defense ministry claimed.
  • 59) Jun 27, 2007 16:03:14 GMT |  + Political chessboard as clear as mud
    Internationally, the situationwas worse and at breaking point. Last Friday Sri Lanka came under heavy fire at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The Co-chairs of the Tokyo donor conference for Sri Lanka are meeting in Oslo amidst widespread reports that international strictures or sanctions against Sri Lanka may come in the next few weeks because of the intensifying war, abductions, ransom demands, killings and other human rights violations. Last week’s clash between the Attorney General and the International Group of Eminent Persons assisting the Commission of Inquiry is seen by many as the flash point for international action against Sri Lanka...
  • 60) Jun 27, 2007 15:54:16 GMT |  + Sri Lanka – ICRC News Bulletin
    The recent murders of two staff members of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society have shocked the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the wider humanitarian community in Sri Lanka. The ICRC's vice-president, Jacques Forster, and the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Markku Niskala, met the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse, in Geneva on 14 June to ascertain what steps were being taken by the Sri Lankan authorities to bring the guilty parties to justice.
  • 61) Jun 27, 2007 13:29:28 GMT |  + Sri Lanka dismisses massacre evidence tampering claim
    Sri Lanka's government on Wednesday dismissed a claim that evidence in a probe into the massacre of 17 aid workers blamed on security forces was tampered with, and called for a fresh ballistics examination. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) -- an international body of lawyers who have been observing the inquiry -- said this week it suspected a bullet recovered from the corpses of one of the slain aid staff had been substituted.
  • 62) Jun 27, 2007 13:27:38 GMT |  + Japan voices concern about human rights in Sri Lanka
    Japan, the single largest donor to Sri Lanka, expressed concern about the human rights situation in the island nation during a visit by Colombo's foreign minister, the government said. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso raised "the Japanese public's heightening concerns over the human rights situation in Sri Lanka" during a meeting with his counterpart Rohitha Bogollagama, Aso's ministry said in a statement. He also cautioned that Sri Lanka's economy could suffer if the situation deteriorates even further, with tourism and foreign investment the targets, the statement said.
  • 63) Jun 27, 2007 13:24:57 GMT |  + Decline in Rule of Law Seen in New Data Released by Freedom House
    A global decline in the rule of law, particularly in Africa and Asia, was a major political development in 2006, data released today by Freedom. According to the subcategory findings from Freedom in the World 2007, the most notable change in freedom in 2006 was global deterioration in judicial independence, due process rights, protection from torture, and freedom from war and insurgencies. These declines occurred in geographically and culturally diverse countries such as Chad, South Africa, Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as Afghanistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
  • 64) Jun 27, 2007 10:47:21 GMT |  + Sri Lanka rebels kill 4 in raids on army, police
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers attacked soldiers and rural police in two separate pre-dawn raids on Wednesday, killing four people, the military said, though the rebels said the death toll was higher. The clashes were the latest in a spree of near-daily land and sea battles, ambushes and killings amid a new chapter in a war that has killed nearly 70,000 people since 1983. Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at a police post in the northern district of Vavuniya and fired at a sentry post in the northwestern district of Mannar, a day after air force fighter jets pounded rebel targets in the far north.
  • 65) Jun 27, 2007 10:45:44 GMT |  + Sri Lankan police detain 300 after bomb discovery
    About 300 people were detained in Sri Lanka's capital Wednesday in connection with a powerful bomb found near an oil storage depot that was defused by the military, police said. Heavily-armed forces raided the area in the capital where a 20-kilogram (44-pound) bomb linked to Tamil rebels was found on Tuesday inside the fuel tank of a vehicle owned by an official from a rebel-held northern district, police said. "Out of the 300 people who were detained for questioning, we have already released about 200 and others are being questioned," a police officer involved in the operation said.
  • 66) Jun 27, 2007 10:42:39 GMT |  + Sri Lanka donors meet in Oslo, expectations low
    Sri Lanka's top foreign aid donors met on Tuesday to discuss ways of halting the bloodshed in the island nation and revive the stalled peace process between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels. Officials conceded that expectations were low for the Oslo talks, which included representatives from Norway, the European Union, the United States and Japan. "We have to play down expectations due to the difficult situation in Sri Lanka," said a Western diplomat close to the discussions. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.
  • 67) Jun 27, 2007 2:59:57 GMT |  + Sri Lanka warn of "tragic error" in Western aid cut
    Sri Lanka told Western donor nations Tuesday that it would be a "tragic error" to cut aid to the island nation due to alleged human rights abuses linked to a longstanding ethnic conflict. Britain, Germany and the Netherlands have already slashed various forms of aid to Colombo due to human rights abuses and other reasons linked to the conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels and several other nations could follow suit. The United States also has refused to include Sri Lanka in its so-called Millennium Challenge Account, under which it could receive millions of dollars in aid for building critical infrastructure.
  • 68) 13:00 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + Obhrai Urges Sri Lanka Back to the Table



    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Asia-Pacific & Africa)

    “Canada has been monitoring events in Sri Lanka closely and is concerned with the recent escalation of violence in the country and its troubling impact on the peace process. It is important that the Government of Sri Lanka now show leadership and foster a climate of trust where the peace process can move forward. We are concerned that para-military groups are being used to disturb the peace process and call on both the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to ensure that these para-military groups are dismantled and that they both return to the peace talks as quickly as possible. We commend Norway for their efforts. Canada commits unwaveringly to helping advance the peace process.” more ...
  • 69) 10:08 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + 114 more Tamil refugees arrive
    A batch of 114 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees reached Rameswaram island from Sri Lanka last night, police said. Following tense situation in the island nation, 10,000 Sri Lankan Tamils were waiting to come to Tamil Nadu, the refugees, who arrived in ten boats, said. The refugees were sent to the Mandapam camp after police verification. Meanwhile, a batch of 73 refugees was shifted from the Mandapam camp near Rameswaram to the Kottapattu camp here last night. The refugees arrived at Mandapam recently from Trincomalee and other places in northern Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 70) 08:14 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka truce monitors hold crisis talks amid rising war fears
    Sri Lankan peace broker Norway went into crisis talks to try to salvage the island's faltering ceasefire, as the assassination of a top army general underscored the threat of renewed war. Norway will hold discussions in Oslo with the four other members of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) amid uncertainty over the role of foreign truce observers on the South Asian island. The meeting was called abruptly after the Tamil Tigers last week demanded that monitors from European Union nations Finland, Sweden and Denmark quit the mission, saying they could no longer be neutral following an EU decision to outlaw the rebels. more ...
  • 71) 08:13 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka's forgotten war displaced long to start over
    Odd-job man Krishnaswamy Rajah has spent most of his adult life in a decrepit camp for thousands of ethnic Tamils displaced by Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war, and can see no way out. The 31-year-old moved here near the northern town of Vavuniya from the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi nine years ago. The basic living space in a long corrugated-roof hut housing 20 families is the only home his 5-year-old daughter has ever known. "Life is extremely hard here compared to my former life, mainly because there are very few job opportunities here," said Rajah, standing in a grubby sarong in the dingy interior of his bare home. His only window is covered with dust-caked matted palm-fronds. more ...
  • 72) 08:12 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + UNICEF condemns abduction and recruitment of Sri Lankan children by the Karuna group
    UNICEF in Sri Lanka is calling for immediate action to halt the abduction and forced recruitment of children by the Karuna group. Over the past week, the agency has verified reports of thirty cases in Batticaloa district. Reports of abduction and forced recruitment of boys under the age of 18 from the area have increased since March of this year. While calling on all armed groups in Sri Lanka to stop using child soldiers and to send all such victims of the conflict home, UNICEF is also appealing to the Government of Sri Lanka to investigate all abductions and ensure that children in affected areas are given the full protection of the law. more ...
  • 73) 08:12 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + Renegades kill four Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers - police
    Four Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in an attack by a rival faction in Sri Lanka early on Tuesday and a soldier was shot dead overnight, police said, as spiralling violence stoked fears of renewed civil war. The attack in an area controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the restive east came a day after a suspected Tiger suicide bomber assassinated the army deputy chief of staff. A wave of attacks on the island has now killed around 700 people so far this year.
    - Fresh violence hit Sri Lanka, 4 Tamil rebels dead, capital under security cover - AP
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  • 74) 08:02 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + After deadly attack, Annan calls on all sides in Sri Lanka to resume peace talks
    Condemning today’s suicide bomb attack in Sri Lanka that killed one of the army’s top officers and three other people near the capital, Colombo, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on all sides to return to the negotiating table, saying that “no cause can justify such acts of violence.” “The Secretary-General appeals to the parties to redouble their efforts to resume peace talks under the facilitation of the Norwegian Government,” his spokesman said in a statement, referring to negotiations between the Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). more ...
  • 75) 17:22 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + Tamil Tigers seek Indian role in Sri Lanka strife
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels urged India on Tuesday to put aside years of distrust and once again try to bring peace to the island. India accuses the Tigers of assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, which came after a failed attempt by Indian peacekeepers to help end civil war in Sri Lanka. "The only role which she (India) can play is diplomatically and politically persuading the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to seek a negotiated settlement rather than involving in a military confrontation," Chief rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham told NDTV channel in an interview.
    - Senior Tamil Tiger leader regrets 1991 Gandhi slaying - AFP
    - Tiger Apologizes for Rajiv Gandhi's Death - AP
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  • 76) 17:20 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka: Protect Witnesses in Trincomalee Killings
    The Sri Lankan government must ensure the safety of witnesses in the case of five Tamil youths summarily executed in January allegedly by state security forces, Human Rights Watch said today. Tomorrow, a magistrate in the eastern town of Trincomalee will review eyewitness testimony against a dozen security force personnel implicated in the case. An unofficial report by the special investigator for Sri Lanka�s National Human Rights Commission alleges that the security forces were responsible for the killings. more ...
  • 77) 00:02 GMT, Jun. 27, 2006 |  + India gifts military radars to Sri Lanka
    After about six years, India has resumed its defence ties with Sri Lanka with the commissioning of two military radars to secure the island-nation against low-level aerial attacks. The last time India provided military capabilities to Sri Lanka was in 2000, when it gifted a fast attack craft, to help maintain sea dominance in general and check LTTE activities in particular. The decision to gift the radars was taken on the eve of Sri Lankan President Mahendra Rajapakse's maiden visit to India in December last but was not disclosed by the defence establishment. In response to a query, however, Defence Ministry sources confirmed the transfer of the radars. India too is inducting Indra radars under the Air Defence Ground Environment System plan to improve low-level detection capability especially in peninsular India. India had generally refrained from extending military assistance to Sri Lanka after stopping supplies in the mid-1980s. But sources were unable to say if the current transfer by the Indian Air Force would mark the beginning of the supply of more "non-lethal and defensive military" equipment to that country. more ...
  • 78) 19:36 GMT, Jun. 27, 2005 |  + LTTE urged the SLMM to the safety and security of LTTE cadres
    Mr. Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE Political Wing wrote a letter to the Head of SLMM regarding yesterday’s land mine attack on LTTE convey. Following is the extract of the letter. “Drawing your attention to the land mine attack incident on 26 June 2005 at Bowatta, Welikanda, we wish to lodge our strong protest against the manner in which SLA acted against the understanding reached prior to arranging the journey. It is appropriate to recall the statement of the Military spokesperson Daya Ratnayake at the time Batticaloa-Amparai Political Head Lt.Col. Koshalyan was killed to the effect that had prior arrangement with SLA been made for the journey, the death of Kowshalyan and others could have been avoided. In the context of this statement, we urge that the SLMM interact with SLA on this angle and provide us a tangible. more ...
  • 79) 18:09 GMT, Jun. 27, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka government faces more defections after tsunami aid deal with rebels
    Sri Lanka's shaky government faced fresh worries Monday when nationalist and Islamic lawmakers threatened to quit the coalition because of a tsunami aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, and Muslim neighborhoods went on strike over the accord. A key Marxist party has already pulled out of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling coalition, reducing it to a precarious minority government, because of her refusal to withdraw from months of negotiations with the rebels that culminated in Friday's agreement. Marxists, nationalists and the country's influential Buddhist clergy have led weeks of bitter protests against the plan, arguing it legitimizes the rebels in the eyes of international donors, boosting their separatist agenda and undermining the country's sovereignty. more ...
  • 80) 18:07 GMT, Jun. 27, 2005 |  + Aid pact may help Sri Lanka peace, pitfalls remain
    Sri Lanka's landmark pact to share $3 billion in tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels may help breathe life into the island's stalled peace process, but age-old political bickering could squander a golden opportunity. "We hope the experience the two sides will gain by working together will help to build confidence and lead to progress in the broader peace process," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement issued in Colombo on Monday. But even if the implementation goes smoothly and the Tigers and the government gradually build up long-absent mutual trust, the two sides will also have to reach a compromise on the Tigers' demand for an Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) -- which is a major sticking point. "The LTTE's position has been that any recommencement of talks will have to be solely on the basis of the ISGA," said Kethesh Loganathan of public policy institute the Center for Policy Alternatives. "The LTTE have not changed that position." more ...
  • 81) 17:56 GMT, Jun. 27, 2005 |  + International Thirukkural Conference 2005
    Thiruvalluvar was a unique genius who wrote the book called Muppaal, later known as Thirukkural which has been hailed by many as the greatest gift to mankind. In many respects, Thiruvalluvar is more comprehensive and covers the whole spectrum of human experiences than the well-known philosophers like Buddha, Confucius, Aristotle, Plato, Machiavelli and others. In spite of the remarkable nature of his contribution, Thiruvalluvar is relatively unknown outside his native land. The objective of this conference is to create an awareness and understanding of Thiruvalluvar and Thirukkural among the younger generation Indians and people of other cultures in North America. This is also the first time a conference of this nature is being held in North America. It is expected that many Tamil Scholars and Thirukkural researchers will participate in this conference from many countries in the world. more ...
  • 82) 10:38 GMT, Jun. 27, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka Security Forces not consulted on JM
    Members of the Security Forces expressed anger and displeasure that the government did not consult them before signing the joint mechanism with the LTTE. Senior officers say that there was no professional input from the forces and they are surprised by what the government has done. One officer said `The international community and the LTTE have taken it by force. They attacked our people, killed them violated the CFA and now they have got what they wanted.` Another officer said even the CFA had many gaps and the security forces were never consulted on it even then. He said `The politicians have put us into an embarrassing situation. Even the Trinco harbour area could be now controlled by the LTTE in Killinochchi. The LTTE could use most places along the 2 km coastal area as landing places and the LTTE would make demands saying that they have a legal right after the document was signed.` He also wanted to know what the government would do then. more ...
  • 83) 10:32 GMT, Jun. 27, 2005 |  + Tsunami aid deal plunges Sri Lanka into deeper political turmoil
    After much vacillation, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga authorised the signing last Friday of a deal with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to establish a joint body to dispense foreign reconstruction aid in the tsunami-devastated North and East. While the decision has been welcomed by foreign donors and business in Colombo, it is certain to plunge the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) into deeper crisis. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) split from the UPFA on June 16, leaving the government with a minority of just 79 seats in the 225-seat parliament. Along with the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and other Sinhala chauvinist groups, the JVP is certain to intensify its communal campaign against the joint aid body, which it has condemned as a betrayal of the nation. more ...
  • 84) 10:30 GMT, Jun. 27, 2005 |  + Kumaratunga "fooled" India on aid deal with Tigers: JVP
    Lashing out at Sri Lankan government for entering the aid sharing pact with Tamil Tigers, main Marxist party today accused President Chandrika Kumaratunga of "fooling" India by keeping the details of the controversial deal secret for five months. The Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, which quit the Kumaratunga-led coalition government recently, said the President negotiated the aid sharing deal with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in secret for five months and had not even disclosed details to India. "She has fooled the Buddhist clergy, her own minister and she has even fooled India which had serious concerns about the Tigers getting access to the sea," JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe claimed here. more ...
  • 85) 10:21 GMT, Jun. 27, 2005 |  + Remembering, rebuilding after the waves
    Marking the day six months ago that an earthquake and tsunamis killed 178,000 people and left another 50,000 missing, volunteers in the Sri Lankan hamlet of Vakarai collected anything left from the rubble for an exhibition meant to help survivors mourn. In Sri Lanka, where a deal with Tamil Tigers to distribute tsunami aid in rebel-held areas was signed only last week, the scale of the disaster continues to haunt survivors, many of whom have yet to rebuild their homes and lives. There were no memorials yesterday in a sprawling relocation village in eastern Sri Lanka, with survivors saying they want to leave the bitter memories behind and look to the future. Some were busy laying foundations for new homes being built by a private relief group, while others mixed concrete or worked in vegetable gardens or small shops. more ...
  • 86) 12:31 GMT, Jun. 27, 2004 |  + Enter, The Gestapo

    Political Analysis by Dr. Victor RajaKulendran from Australia Courtesy: TamilNatham

    Lake House however, believes that Karuna’s escape to Colombo was a plot hatched by Wickremesinghe. Well, if it is a plot, Chandrika Kumaratunga, as commander in chief of the army and defence minister is doubly responsible, for it was the army that gave Karuna refuge once Mowlana brought him to Colombo. And the President has never said she was unaware of this fact, or indeed, that she disapproved of it. In fact, given that the alliance government has been providing air force helicopters willy-nilly to the LTTE, Mowlana is only as much a criminal as the commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force is, or for that matter, his boss, Chandrika Kumaratunga. more ...
  • 87) 12:27 GMT, Jun. 27, 2004 |  + Sabotage suspected in Sri Lanka press fire
    Sabotage is suspected in the overnight fire that swept through the state printing presses in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, a senior police official said today. A police superintendent said they questioned 25 employees in connection with the fire at the Government Printing department presses at Colombo's Borella area. Government Printer Neville Nanayakkara said it was too early for him to estimate the losses. "The fire broke out about half an hour after the presses were shut down," Nanayakkara said. "We want to find out how a fire of this magnitude could start when there was no work in progress." The government printer is responsible for printing state publications and notices. more ...
  • 88) 11:34 GMT, Jun. 27, 2004 |  + Norway in fresh bid to save Sri Lanka truce amid war fears
    Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway will make a fresh attempt this week to salvage its faltering efforts amid fears that the country could return to war, diplomats and officials said. Norway's special peace envoy, Erik Solheim, was due here Monday to launch a renewed attempt to jumpstart the negotiations process that has been on hold since April last year, diplomats said. They said Solheim's work was complicated by Tiger charges that the army provided sanctuary to a renegade Tiger commander to wage a covert war against them despite the ongoing truce that has been in place since February 2002. more ...
  • 89) 19:39 GMT, Jun. 27, 2003 |  + Torture and the sham of post-conflict reconciliation
    The ceasefire in operation during the past 16 months has led to southerners deluding themselves that the country has entered a period of ‘post-conflict,’ leading to the more foolhardy among them to actually advocate ‘post-conflict reconciliation.’ The emptiness of such rhetoric will only be seen if those who entertain such naïve ideas visit the northeast and speak to people there. To the south, the US $ 4.5 billion, wheedled out of the international community on the promise of good behaviour is basically to build an infrastructure that would spur post-conflict development. This is understandable because Colombo is unaware of the human tragedy of the northeast war. The human victims of the south are the widows and children of military personnel and the soldiers themselves. They outnumber by far the civilian casualties. more ...
  • 90) 15:40 GMT, Jun. 27, 2003 |  + Pongu Thamil Uprising in Jaffna
    The Tamil populace of the Jaffna peninsula rose today to express overwhelming Tamil opinion and emotion to the rest of the world in the form of Pongu Thamil uprising. Jaffna University precinct in particular and the whole town in general exhibited an outpouring of pride and resolute determination of the Tamil people which culminated in the declaration,"we want our land". More than 200,000 people from all parts of the Jaffna peninsula gathered at the grounds of the Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna University earlier today (27/06/2003) to mark the Pongu Thamil event. more ...
  • 91) 13:23 GMT, Jun. 27, 2003 |  + Record crowds throng Jaffna Pongu Thamil rally
    More than seventy five thousand people crammed the Jaffna Medical College grounds and its environs for the Pongu Thamil rally Wednesday. Pongu Thamil calls for the immediate return of thousands of homes and lands occupied by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the northern peninsula. The Pongu Thamil flame was lit by the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University Prof. S. Mohanadas. Buddhist nuns, monks and two officials from the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s office were among the special guests.
  • Tamils rally in Jaffna against Sri Lanka military
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  • 92) 12:19 GMT, Jun. 27, 2003 |  + Sinhalese ready to sell Sri Lanka to world powers: LTTE
    LTTE's Chief Negotiator and Political Advisor, Anton Balasingham, has charged that the Sinhala ruling class is ready to sell Sri Lanka's political and economic sovereignty to world and regional powers, in a cynical bid to deny the Tamil minority, its legitimate rights. In an interview to the pro-LTTE Tamil daily Sudar Oli on Friday, Balasingham said:" The Sinhala ruling class, which does not want to give the Tamils even a modicum of political rights, is ready to sell the entire country, its political and economic sovereignty, to the international community. But we (the LTTE) are not ready for any such thing." more ...
  • 93) 10:47 GMT, Jun. 27, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka president's party says fresh fighting in two weeks
    Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party has warned that Tamil Tiger rebels were ready to launch a major attack within two weeks and said security forces were ill-prepared to fight back. Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) said it wanted the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to heed their warning and take precautionary measures. "We warn the government that the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ) is preparing for an attack in the eastern province in the next two weeks," PA spokesman Sarath Amunugama told reporters here on Friday. more ...
  • 94) 10:46 GMT, Jun. 27, 2003 |  + Tamils protest , Jaffna at standstill
    Thousands of Tamils, made homeless by Sri Lanka's protracted civil war, assembled in this Tamil town Friday to demand that government forces vacate their homes and land. Most shops and offices were closed in the northern city, as university student groups, backed by Tamil Tiger rebels, asked people to take part in the protest. The Jaffna University Students' Union said it expects more than 200,000 people to participate in the protest, called "Pongu Tamil,'' or Tamil resurgence festival. more ...
  • 95) 01:55 GMT, Jun. 27, 2003 |  + FEATURE-Hindu goddess waits for Jaffna library to open
    The Hindu goddess of learning is standing guard, a retired school principal is all fired up and the computers are in place. War-weary Jaffna is ready for the reopening of a famous library, more than two decades after a mob of Sinhala police and thugs set it on fire. "I am so very happy about that," said A. Sabaratnam, the retired headmaster. The library, a centre of learning and culture, is hugely symbolic for the country's minority Tamil community. The fire destroyed nearly 100,000 Tamil-language books, including rare palm leaf writings. more ...
  • 96) 17:57 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + Thousands march against Jaffna paramilitary
    More than eight thousand people took part in a protest march and public rally in Kayts in Jaffna Thursday against the activities of a paramilitary group working with the Sri Lanka Navy in the islands off the northern peninsula. The protestors shouted slogans denouncing the paramilitary group, a close ally of Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and condemning the attack on LTTE political activists in Kayts on 20 June. The organisers of the march and rally said that cadres of the paramilitary had threatened the public in Kayts Wednesday night to prevent them from participating in the protest. more ...
  • 97) 17:08 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + Violence rocks eastern Sri Lanka
    Clashes between Muslims and Tamils have spread across eastern Sri Lanka, reportedly leaving one person dead and at least 50 injured in a number of separate attacks. The clashes which first began in Muthur town in Trincomalee district have now spread to the Valaichchenai area in Batticaloa district. Some of the media have suggested extremist Islamist groups with international links are involved, but Muslim politicians deny such groups even exist in Sri Lanka. But there are also fears being expressed about whether those who oppose the peace process in Sri Lanka might be helping to incite the trouble - though there is no proof that the frustrations being expressed are not local ones. more ...
  • 98) 16:51 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + ADB to help electrify Sri Lanka's war-torn Jaffna
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Thursday that it would provide Sri Lanka with a 230 million rupee ($2.4 million) loan to help provide electricity to households in its war-torn northern Jaffna peninsula. The ADB said in a statement it would use surplus funds from another project to rebuild low-voltage transmission and distribution systems. The programme will complement a recently awarded private contract to provide 20 megawatts of emergency power for Jaffna, the site of some of the worst fighting since Sri Lanka's ethnic war broke out nearly 20 years ago. more ...
  • 99) 14:35 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + No agenda for Sri Lanka talks
    The Sri Lankan Constitutional Affairs Minister, G.L. Peiris, has said that the governnent and representatives of the Tamil Tigers are still trying to work out an agenda for peace talks aimed at ending the civil war. The two sides signed a ceasefire four months ago, but have failed to set a date for the opening of negotiations. The Tamil Tigers have criticised a move by the government to include wider ethnic issues in the talks. They say they want to focus on setting up an interim council to administer Tamil areas in the north and east. more ...
  • 100) 12:29 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + Tamils and Muslims clash in eastern Sri Lanka
    Several shops were burned on Thursday as Tamil and Muslim groups clashed on Sri Lanka's east coast for a third day, police said. The groups clashed as minority Muslims protested an attack on a mosque in the town of Valaichchenai while Tamils were angered by an attack on a Tamil Tiger guerrilla political office. "There are a few incidents in Valaichchenai. The rest of the east coast is calm," a police officer from the Batticaloa district said. more ...
  • 101) 11:55 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + Don't turn Canada into Germany
    WHAT'S WRONG with enticing new immigrants away from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal to less populated areas of Canada? Nothing, if done right. Plenty, if done badly. Immigration Minister Denis Coderre is proposing to do it badly. Of the more than 200,000 newcomers to Canada every year, half come to the Greater Toronto Area, 15 per cent go to Vancouver and 11 per cent to Montreal. About a quarter of those who head outside Toronto end up coming here later. more ...
  • 102) 10:47 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka gets out of economic troubles amid truce
    Sri Lanka is coming out of an unprecedented economic contraction as government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels observe a Norwegian-brokered truce, a senior minister announced here. Constitutional Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris said Thursday the economy grew by three percent in the first half of the year compared with an historic 1.4 contraction of the economy last year. The Gross Domestic Product result for the first six months compares with a growth of only 0.9 percent in the corresponding period last year, putting Sri Lanka into recession for the first time since independence from Britain in 1948. more ...
  • 103) 10:32 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + Support in Batticalo and Amparai for Trincomalee hartal
    The hartal in the Trincomalee district organised Tuesday by Tamil civil society organisations drew impromptu support from Tamils in Batticaloa and Amparai districts, press reports said. The hartals were in protest against the attacks on the political activists of the Liberation Tigers at Velanai in Jaffna district and the Muttur LTTE political office in Trincomalee district. more ...
  • 104) 20:56 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + SLMM - LTTE talks in Vanni
    Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Chief Gen. Trond Furuhovde will fly to Kilinochchi today to continue talks with the LTTE political hierarchy, SLMM sources told the Daily News. The SLMM chief will meet Thamilchelvam to continue last week's talks, which were overshadowed by the Kayts incident, SLMM spokesman Tuitor Torkelsson said. He will also focus on the Kayts and Muttur incidents and request the LTTE leadership to use its influence to calm things down. more ...
  • 105) 20:50 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan soldier stabs woman lecturer to death, takes his life in Sweden
    A soldier from Sri Lanka was obsessed by the 49-year-old Swedish university lecturer. But his love was unrequited. And therefore he stabbed her in front of the shocked colleagues. Thereafter, he took his life. "He had come recently to Sweden. I assume to meet her. He was in love with her but she did not want to meet him", said the friend. The victim was also a Sri Lankan. A senior lecturer at the institution also got injured in the melee. He tried to intervene but was himself attacked and was stabbed. His condition is not serious. more ...
  • 106) 20:10 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + Violence in eastern Sri Lanka leaves one dead, 20 injured
    Police imposed a curfew in an eastern Sri Lankan town Thursday following Tamils-Muslim clashes, including a grenade attack that killed one person and left 20 wounded, police said. Attackers hurled hand grenades at a group of Tamils walking in the town of Valaichchenai, about 220 kilometers (135 miles) east of the capital, Colombo, a police officer said on condition of anonymity. A 19-year-old man was killed and 20 people were wounded. In the same area, five Muslim-owned shops were burned and a Muslim was hospitalized following clashes with an alleged Tamil group, said S. Thatchenamoorthy, district medical officer at the Valaichchenai hospital. more ...
  • 107) 18:17 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + A first-hand report of life in LTTE-held areas of Sri Lanka
    In Sri Lanka, the Colombo media is engaged in a campaign to present the ceasefire agreement between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as having led to greater freedom and improved conditions for Tamils in the country’s war zones. That is not the case in government-controlled areas where civilians are still subject to army harassment and living standards remain unchanged. Nor, as our correspondents’ first-hand report makes clear, has the situation changed greatly in the LTTE-held areas, which have been previously subject to military attack and a debilitating economic blockade. more ...
  • 108) 10:31 GMT, Jun. 27, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka still struggling with peace talks agenda
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas are still struggling to set an agenda for peace talks to end one of Asia's longest-running conflicts, a cabinet minister said on Thursday. The two sides have signed a landmark ceasefire that has kept the guns silent for more than four months, but have failed to meet several expected start dates for their first peace talks in seven years. "The difficulties are inherent in the process. The issues one is grappling with are so complex, so riddled with emotion," Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris told a weekly news conference. more ...
  • 109) 21:39 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + Reigning uncertainty
    As the political crisis in Sri Lanka enters its second week, the fate of the People’s Alliance (PA) government, reduced to a minority with the exit of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), continues to hang in the balance. A no-confidence motion that the opposition United National Party (UNP) has moved is as yet short of the required number of votes to oust the government on the floor of the House. Whether it will muster the requisite support by the time it is put to vote seems to be in the hands of the Janata Vimukti Peramuna (JVP). The JVP’s transition from an organisation of Marxist guerrillas to Sinhala ultra-national extremists to their present avatar as kingmakers is remarkable. While it has not indicated which way it will jump, the fact that it holds the key to the current crisis is boost enough to the party’s clout and image. Events unfolded at a rapid pace last week when a key PA ally, the SLMC, withdrew support to the government following the sacking of Rauff Hakeem, Minister of Trade and Shipping and General Secretary of the SLMC. With 11 MPs pulling out, the government was reduced to a minority. more ...
  • 110) 17:32 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + Five assaulted by Jaffna SLA warded
    Five civilians who were arrested and severely assaulted by Sri Lanka Army soldiers on Sunday have been admitted at the Manthikai hospital in Jaffna. Hospital sources said they were suffering from serious head injuries. Four were arrested by troops during a search operation in Mandaan and one in Inparutti both in the Vadamaradchi division on Sunday. The four youth from Mandaan said they were taken to a local army camp and were severely assaulted. They said the SLA officer in charge of the camp was drunk at that time. more ...
  • 111) 17:11 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + The Mistake in Humanizing a Murderer - A Press Release
    Dr. Downer is probably aware of the true plight of the Tamils who have made Australia their new home, which makes his decision all the more hard to believe. The Minister must have been informed of Janaka Perera direct involvement in several human rights violations in both the Northeast and South of Sri Lanka during his tenure in the Sri Lankan Army. In 1996, when the Sri Lankan Army captured the Jaffna Peninsula, Perera was appointed as Commander of a region, from where nearly a thousand Tamil civilians disappeared at an alarming rate, with Amnesty International putting the figure at 600. In 1998, following the confession of an Army Corporal, the notorious Chemmani mass graves were discovered in this region. These are just some of his many "decorated war merits". Some Army soldiers, who were later held responsible, alleged that they were merely following orders, which has strengthened many people’s belief that Perera should be held directly responsible for such human rights violations. more ...
  • 112) 15:44 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + The democratic case for separation
    The notion of an autonomous Tamil state on the island of Sri Lanka is commonly ruled "unattainable" or "undesirable" in the writings and speeches of many Western commentators. These views are seemingly founded upon a Western liberal tradition that uncompromisingly sees secession as a fundamental threat to democracy - for reasons that are somewhat obscure. In the Sri Lankan context, this view was articulated not long ago by the academic, broadcaster and author, Michael Ignatieff. Speaking in Colombo, he concluded that "partition is not a solution" to the island's troubles. Yet, Ignatieff, recently appointed Director of the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, and almost all respected analysts of the conflict in Sri Lanka accept that Tamils in Sri Lanka have been unfairly treated and that Tamils have legitimate grievances. more ...
  • 113) 15:41 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + Tamil Women are not safe in Sri Lanka
    An innocent Tamil woman had been gang raped at a checkpoint in the City of Colombo in the early hours of yesterday allegedly by three Reserve Police Constables. This is a serious crime that tarnishes the good name of the police force and the country. Further such incidents sour the already strained relations between the communities. The government must take up this at the highest level and ensure that just punishment is meted to the guilty. We hope the Inspector General of Police would take prompt measures to guarantee that no such incidents would be repeated in the future. This is not the first time such incidents had taken place....The sexual harassment taken place at an Army check post in Colombo, is full proof of the most indecent behaviour of the security sector. In a letter to the President P. Santhisegaran MP has stressed that he is not expecting the usual reply "Stern action would be taken". Numerous incidents can be quoted where such answers were given, but never kept. These incidents only prove that under your administration the security forces and the police are not under control. more ...
  • 114) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + Chandrika plays peace card to fend off crisis
    Having lost its majority in Parliament when several Muslim MPs quit its ranks, the Sri Lankan government was this week scrambling to meet the challenge posed by a no-confidence motion tabled last Friday by the main opposition United National Party (UNP). Having failed to entice back a Muslim ally whose leader it had sacked earlier last week, the government Sunday once again seized on the stalled Norwegian peace initiative in an attempt to take the gathering wind out of the UNP's sails. No date has been set for the discussion of the UNP motion in Parliament. "We have asked for the earliest possible date and are expecting a date in the first week of July," the UNP's Deputy Leader Karu Jayasooriya said. Shares rose on Sri Lanka's tiny bourse on news of the formal submission of the UNP motion, which simply stated the opposition had "no confidence in the government since it is demonstrably clear that it cannot solve the pressing problems of the country and its people." more ...
  • 115) 10:58 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka political crisis takes steam out of Norway peace bid
    Norway's attempts to broker peace between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil separatists are unlikely to move forward anytime soon due to political instability on the island, diplomats said Wednesday. Asian diplomats and political sources said the peace process may be put on the back burner as President Chandrika Kumaratunga battles for survival after her coalition lost its parliamentary majority last week. "We may not see much progress on the peace front until the pressing political problems are sorted out," an Asian diplomat said. "Unfortunately, the peace process is also being dragged into the political arena." The government faces a no-trust vote next month after a key Muslim ally walked out of Kumaratunga's eight-month-old coalition. more ...
  • 116) 10:56 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka president appoints deputy
    The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has for the first time appointed a deputy to exercise all her powers during her absence. Before leaving for an undisclosed foreign location - believed to be Britain - she named the prime minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, to stand in for her. No explanation has been given for this change of policy. more ...
  • 117) 21:52 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + Sri Lankan President Leaves Country
    Why SL Politicians avoid JULY...
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has left the country unexpectedly, forcing an unprecedented appointment of the hard-line prime minister as acting head of state Wednesday. "All I can say is the president has left the island and the prime minister has assumed the duties of the president," Ariya Rubasinghe, a government spokesman, said. Rubasinghe declined to say where Kumaratunga has gone and why the unprecedented step of naming an acting president was taken. more ...
  • 118) 10:53 GMT, Jun. 27, 2001 |  + STF torture victim's condition said serious
    A woman appealed to the Mannar Citizen's Committee and the ICRC in Mannar Tuesday that the condition of her husband, Ponnappapillai Sivanesan, 31, who is detained at the Special Task Force (STF) camp at Ilanthamoddai is serious because he was severely assaulted and tortured during his arrest and in custody. The woman, Rajani Sivanesan, pleaded with the Citizens' Committee and the ICRC to do the needful to provide her husband urgent medical attention to save his life. more ...
  • 119) 12:06 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Norway peace envoy in Sri Lanka for talks
    Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday for talks aimed at ending the country's ethnic war as a deadline for discussion between the government and main opposition over a peace package loomed. more ...
  • 120) 05:30 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan unions call off plantation pay campaign
    The plantation trade unions in Sri Lanka have called off a campaign of two-hour stoppages and go-slows by 450,000 tea and rubber plantation workers who were demanding a wage increase. The unions reached a compromise with the Employers Federation of Ceylon on June 20 in a situation where the campaign was threatening to develop into an all-out struggle of workers. more ...
  • 121) 05:27 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Norwegian aid office bombed in Sri Lanka amid peace moves
    A Norwegian-funded aid agency was bombed in the Sri Lankan capital Tuesday as Oslo's special envoy to broker peace in the island arrived for a fresh round of talks, police and diplomats here said. The office of the Save the Children agency was attacked with a grenade in the early hours of Tuesday, police said adding that only a vehicle's windshield had been damaged. more ...
  • 122) 03:39 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + No gag order on PMK, says CM
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today denied that his Government had gagged the PMK on the Sri Lanka Tamils issue. Talking to reporters here, he said the Government believed in moderation while views were expressed on an organisation (LTTE) which was banned by the Indian Government. Karunanidhi said he would attend the Marumalarchi DMK conference at Erode in Tamil Nadu on July 1 Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said there would be no review of the free power scheme for farmers. more ...
  • 123) 03:34 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Tamil rebels carry out suicide attack
    The rebels, called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, said they attacked the ship because it was carrying arms and ammunition to the Sri Lankan army. But the guerrillas said in a statement that at least 16 people were killed in the assault, including six rebel fighters and at least 10 people aboard the ship. Neither side's reports could not be independently confirmed. more ...
  • 124) 02:55 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + 500 Tamils have taken refuge in the last two months -- Karunanidhi
    Nearly 500 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees had landed in Tamil Nadu in the last two months since the escalation of conflict between the army and the LTTE in the island-republic, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said today. more ...
  • 125) 02:26 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Detained student admitted to hospital
    A GCE A/L student from Muttur has been detained at the Trincomalee Police Headquarters since last month. While being interrogated by the Police during this period he has been admitted twice to Trincomalee base hospital for medical treatment for injuries inflicted on him, relatives said. more ...
  • 126) 02:23 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + 27 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees sneak into south India
    Twenty-seven Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have crossed the Palk Strait dividing India and its southerly neighbour and landed in the small port town of Dhanushkodi in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, police said Monday. A police spokesman told AFP that the refugees painted their boat black in order to slip past Indian naval authorities who would have forced them to return to Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 127) 19:40 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Norwegian envoy to meet Chandrika
    The Norwegian special envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, on his arrival here, met the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Mr. G.L. Peiris, and the leader of the Opposition, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, this morning. He is also scheduled to meet the President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, during his three-day visit. more ...
  • 128) 18:59 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Blast greets peace envoy’s visit
    SINHALA ULTRAS burst a grenade at the office of a Norwegian NGO here today just before Oslo’s Special Envoy Eik Solheim began secret talks with Sri Lankan leaders over the resumption of negotiations with the LTTE to end the war and the ethnic conflict in the island. Nobody, except perhaps the Sinhala ultras who blasted a grenade, knew of Mr Solheim’s presence till today though he had arrived on Sunday. “Mr Solheim is here to update his information on the problem,” said Norwegian Ambassador Jon Westborg. more ...
  • 129) 13:15 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + A Genome Milestone
    It was the biggest scientific grudge match since the space race. The Genome Wars had everything: two groups with charismatic leaders squared off in a scientific dead heat, pushing the limits of technology and rhetoric as they battled to become the first to read every last one of the 3 billion DNA “letters” in the human body. more ...
  • 130) 12:56 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka's elite are in the dark about gravity of war
    The BBC and CNN TV cable feeds on the island are blacked out during reports on the fighting. Private newspapers are scrutinized by the information ministry more closely than the public press, in this highly literate society. Several editors and journalists say in recent weeks they have started a dangerous practice of self-censorship, rather than write stories that will get cut. The ugly and petty infighting among wealthy ruling families in the capital has led to media controls that go far past reasonable measures, they say. Such a state slows a resolution of the war - which requires new levels of cooperation between the two main political parties, which have long exploited each other's troubles, even at the expense of the larger crisis in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 131) 12:34 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Attack on Sri Lankan aid office
    The Save the Children Fund in Sri Lanka says that a hand grenade was thrown into its office compound in Colombo early on Tuesday. The attack has been linked by commentators to the resentment felt by some in Sri Lanka to Oslo's ongoing mediation efforts. more ...
  • 132) 12:22 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka tourist arrivals fall slightly
    Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in the first four months of 2000 slipped marginally but analysts said the rupee depreciation will see the island earn more foreign exchange from the industry. "Although arrivals are expected to slip, hotel firms have all got a fillip from the rupee's depreciation," said an analyst at W.I. Carr/Asia Securities. more ...
  • 133) 12:14 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Bomb blast greets Norwegian envoy as peace bid inches forward
    The office of Norway's Save the Children charity was bombed by unidentified attackers, who lobbed a grenade that caused no casualties but damaged a parked car late Tuesday, hours after Solheim arrived in Colombo for consultations, police said. His arrival coincided with the narrowing of differences between President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government and her main opposition, the United National Party (UNP), on a bipartisan approach to politically end the bloodshed. more ...
  • 134) 02:22 GMT, Jun. 27, 2000 |  + Tamil asylum-seekers show signs of systematic medieval-style torture
    British doctors are treating large numbers of Tamil asylum-seekers who show signs of having been subjected to medieval-style torture yet find their stories disbelieved by British immigration officers. Shocking evidence has been gathered that people have been suspended upside down by ropes, while being beaten around the testicles and made to inhale noxious fumes. Others, held in camps by the Sri Lankan army, have been the victims of repeated male rape and having lighted cigarettes extinguished on their genitalia. more ...
  • 135) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 27, 1999 |  + "No way to judge terrorist designation was fair" - U.S Judge
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  • 136) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 27, 1999 |  + Ferocious battles rage in Sri lanka, toll claims exceed total of 170
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  • 137) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 27, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka doctors under attack as strike drags on
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  • 138) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 27, 1999 |  + U.S. court keeps Iranian group on 'terrorist' list - for now
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  • 139) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 27, 1999 |  + Fresh Sri Lanka fighting kills 69
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  • 140) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 27, 1999 |  + Fighting intensifies in Sri Lanka
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  • 141) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 27, 1999 |  + SLA advance thwarted says radio
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