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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1997 | 27 Sri Lankan Troopers Killed
    The advanced military capability of the LTTE was evidenced yet again when its forces intercepted and today killed 27 Sri Lankan troopers attached to the Pulmoddai camp. The soldiers were patrolling towards 14th Mile Post. 6 LTTE fighters died. The attack - which lasted 25 minutes - came just days after 15 Sri Lankan troops and 4 armed homeguards were killed. A week before that, 325 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed at Thandikulam. The LTTE is trying to evict Sinhala armed forces who are militarily occupying Tamil-inhabited lands.
  • 1998 | Ltte Defeats Army Advance To Moonrumurippu
    LTTE forces attacked a Sri Lankan army advance to Moonrumurippu (southwest of Mankulam) inflicting heavy casualties and forcing the military to retreat to its original positions. Many Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and some arms and ammunitions were captured. LTTE recovered 3 bodies of Sri Lankan soldiers abandoned by the fleeing army. Four LTTE fighters - Kanan, Elampirai, Kaviyan and woman fighter Thangamathy - died in the confrontation. The ill fated army advance began at 9.45 AM and was backed by tanks, mortar and artillery fire. Kfir fighter planes and Mi 24 helicopter gunships were giving support. But when the military suffered heavy casualties, they hurriedly withdrew at 1.30 PM.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 668 | கலங்காது கண்ட வினைக்கண் துளங்காது
    தூக்கங் கடிந்து செயல்.
    What clearly eye discerns as right, with steadfast will,
    And mind unslumbering, that should man fulfil.
    - 67 67
  • Jun 18 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Jun 18, 2018 16:11:56 GMT |  + Doug Ford orders public sector hiring freeze in Ontario, excludes essential front-line staff
    Ontario’s incoming premier has put the public service under a hiring freeze as part of a series of measures meant to limit spending as he re-examines the province’s books. A spokesman for Doug Ford says the Progressive Conservative leader has also directed government ministries to cancel “subscription-based services” and to restrict out-of-province travel. Simon Jefferies says the Tories will review government spending line by line to ensure taxpayers’ money is going to the services people rely on. During the election campaign, Ford promised to launch an audit of government spending and to save billions each year by finding unspecified efficiencies, without cutting any jobs. more ...
  • 2) Jun 18, 2018 16:09:19 GMT |  + ‘I Can’t Go Without My Son,’ a Mother Pleaded as She Was Deported to Guatemala
    “I am completely devastated,” Ms. Ortiz, 25, said in one of a series of video interviews last week from her family home in Guatemala. Her eyes swollen from weeping and her voice subdued, she said she had no idea when or how she would see her son again. As the federal government continues to separate families as part of a stepped-up enforcement program against those who cross the border illegally, the authorities say that parents are not supposed to be deported without their children. But immigration lawyers say that has happened in several cases. And the separations can be traumatic for parents who now have no clear path to recovering their children. more ...
  • 3) Jun 18, 2018 15:58:28 GMT |  + Curious minds drawn to opening of Sidewalk Toronto workshop
    What could the street do for you? Produce electric or thermal energy using pressure and movement? Control traffic automatically? Provide space for gardens to grow the food we need? These ideas from visitors to the open house of Sidewalk Toronto over the weekend might sound futuristic, but some of them are not out of the realm of possibility for the innovative minds at the project’s new office and workshop space, dubbed 307, on Toronto’s eastern waterfront where the planned Quayside community is envisioned. more ...
  • 4) Jun 18, 2018 15:57:11 GMT |  + Families separated, children detained: What we know so far about Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy
    On April 6, the Trump administration announced new measures, taking effect in May, to criminally prosecute more people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally through its southwestern border. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions described it as a “zero tolerance policy,” blaming an increase in migrant crossings and Congress’s failure to pass legislation supporting Mr. Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The policy had dramatic consequences for families crossing with children: More adults were jailed, pending trial, so their children are removed from them. From April 19 to May 31, 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults, according to Homeland Security statistics obtained by Associated Press. The figures are for people who tried to enter the U.S. between official border crossings. more ...
  • 5) Jun 18, 2018 15:54:23 GMT |  + Ontario makes history with record number of female MPPs
    Women make up about one-third of the PC caucus (25 of 76 MPPs), and the Liberals have four female MPPs among their seven. Peckford said 30 per cent is considered an important benchmark, and with Ontario near 40 per cent she considers that “more of a tipping point.” “The difference that it makes — I think people have underestimated how important representation is,” said the NDP’s Laura Mae Lindo, elected in Kitchener Centre. “If I didn’t see the number of women that were actually running, I wouldn’t have run,” said Lindo, who credits NDP MPP Catherine Fife (Waterloo) for tapping her on the shoulder and being persistent in urging her to seek office. more ...
  • 6) Jun 18, 2018 15:04:33 GMT |  + Does Article 9 of the Constitution stipulate protection of abusive monks?
    But does it take extreme action of such kind indulged in by this offending monk on that day, to finally rein him in? Is the law selective in the manner in which it is wielded against some and not against others unless and until severe provocation occurs? Does Article 9 of the Constitution which gives Buddhism the foremost place in Sri Lanka mandate that the Republic should shield abusive monks from the due and proper functioning of the law that is so promptly brought into action against others? These are questions that are opportune as the monk-offender in issue faces charges in other courts that are perpetually postponed, of racist and inflammatory behavior. The Constitution recognizes no such special privilege where the law is violated. more ...
  • 7) Jun 18, 2018 14:57:33 GMT |  + Garrison against Gota
    The press has been full of reports that outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap has cautioned and advised former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the nomination of his brother and US citizen Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as candidate for president in 2020, faces a variety of legal and other obstacles, based on the sum total of which, the United States would not consider the same favourably. The fact that this information was first put out and confirmed by the former president’s office, indicated that the Rajapaksa media team initially at least believed that, being seen unfavourably by the West, is an electoral gain. more ...
  • 8) Jun 18, 2018 14:54:24 GMT |  + Fire on abandoned ship off Jaffna coast
    A fire has broken out at an abandoned ship in the seas off the Myladi port in Jaffna. According to the Navy, officers have been deployed to douse the fire. The Navy noted that they were able to manage the fire that erupted last night but noted that the fire erupted once again this morning. It is believed that the fire erupted in the engine room of the vessel known as the “Kingdom.” The vessel which belonged to a private company had been used to transport cargo. The vessel had been abandoned in January after it ran into a sandbank. more ...
  • 9) Jun 18, 2018 14:47:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka has never had traitors as committed and enthusiastic as current govt - MR
    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the amendments proposed to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act of 2002 are clearly aimed at assisting foreign courts in the trial of Sri Lankans for offences allegedly committed in Sri Lanka. “This is the latest betrayal by the yahapalana government,” he said, adding that the manner in which the government has been implementing the demands of their foreign patrons should also be taken note of by the public. He claimed that the proposed amendment will widen the applicability of the Act to every country that is a party to any international Convention that involves criminal matters. more ...
  • 10) Jun 18, 2018 14:45:04 GMT |  + Sri Lankan rupee holds steady near record low
    The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady on Monday, near the record low hit in the previous session, as dollar demand from importers offset the U.S. currency sales by exporters, dealers said. The spot rupee ended at 159.75/90 per dollar, lower than Thursday’s close of 159.70/90. The rupee hit an all-time low of 160.00 per dollar on Thursday. The markets were closed for a holiday on Friday. more ...
  • 11) Jun 18, 2016 10:47:21 GMT |  + India-rebuilt Lanka stadium where 23 human skeletons were discovered
    The India-renovated Duraiappah sports stadium in the embattled Sri Lankan city of Jaffna had once laid bare the hidden brutalities of the Tamil civil war when at least 23 human skeletons, including those of some disappeared children buried secretly in the playground, were discovered in 1999. The skeletons, including those of children, were unearthed when the stadium was being refurbished, according to a 2002 report on Sri Lanka child soldiers by Daya Somasundaram, a renowned psychiatrist in northern Sri Lanka. The bodies were believed to be of those arrested by Sri Lanka security forces and later allegedly killed in what activists say were extra-judicial murders. more ...
  • 12) Jun 18, 2014 20:40:17 GMT |  + PMK demands probe into ‘war crimes’ of Rajapaksa regime
    The Pattali Makkal Katchi has appealed to the Centre to take steps for initiating a probe sponsored by the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) into the “war crimes and human rights violations of the Mahindra Rajapaksa government against the Sri Lankan Tamils in the last phase of the civil war.” The Government of India should impress upon the UNHRC the need to hold such a probe in Chennai to facilitate fearless participation by Sri Lankan Tamil refugees and members of the Tamil Diaspora, the PMK said in an extraordinary resolution, seeking to put its ally, BJP, in a spot on the island-Tamils issue. more ...
  • 13) Jun 18, 2014 17:31:06 GMT |  + Celebrities Join the Fight to Stop Rape as a Weapon of War
    Raj, a 25-year-old Tamil student, is watching a play, “Unlocked,” about three young male victims of rape. One of the actors is playing a character based on him. Even though he is in London, thousands of miles away from the barren prison cell in Sri Lanka where he was raped several years ago, Raj is still thrown headlong into searing memories. One of the actors reads the words Raj—whose real name has been changed—has spoken: more ...
  • 14) Jun 18, 2014 15:33:33 GMT |  + Sri Lanka parliament rejects UN war probe
    Sri Lanka's parliament Wednesday rejected a UN-mandated investigation into alleged war crimes while crushing separatist Tamil rebels five years ago. Ruling party lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to resist a probe by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in line with a US-initiated censure move in March. The parliament said "the probe should not be carried out on the ground that such a course of action is detrimental to the process of reconciliation and peace."
  • 15) Jun 18, 2014 13:21:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka riots: One killed as Buddhists target Muslims
    Renewed violence has flared in southern Sri Lanka as the number killed in violence blamed on hard-line Buddhists rose to four. A guard at a Muslim-owned farm near Aluthgama town was killed and dozens of Muslim-run businesses and some homes were attacked despite a curfew. Three Muslims died after an anti-Muslim rally on Sunday by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), an extremist Buddhist group.
  • 16) Jun 18, 2014 13:15:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka police arrest 49 over religious riots
    Sri Lanka's police arrested 49 people overnight over deadly anti-Muslim riots in a tourist region where Buddhist hardliners have set shops and homes ablaze, a senior officer said Wednesday. Both Buddhists and Muslims were arrested during a police crackdown in the southern resort towns, where two nights of violence have left four people dead, the officer said. "We have already arrested 49 and remanded 25 of them and further arrests will take place today," Sri Lanka police spokesman Ajith Rohana told AFP. more ...
  • 17) Jun 18, 2014 13:11:46 GMT |  + U.S. condemns Sri Lanka violence, says minorities must be protected
    The United States on Tuesday condemned religious violence in Sri Lanka and called on the government to fulfil its obligations to protect religious minorities. At least three Muslims were killed and 75 people seriously injured in violence that erupted on Sunday between Buddhists and Muslims in southern Sri Lankan coastal towns, officials and residents said. more ...
  • 18) Jun 18, 2014 6:33:30 GMT |  + Tamil asylum seeker who set himself on fire, Leo Seemanpillai, remembered at funeral in Geelong
    Leo Seemanpillai had been living in Geelong on a bridging visa for about a year when he set himself on fire last month. He died in hospital after suffering burns to 90 per cent of his body. Mr Seemanpillai's friend Robert was with him when he arrived in Australia by boat. "He created very meaningful friendships in this country," Robert said. "We pray through his peace of soul." Mr Seemanpillai's family were denied a visa to attend his funeral because the Government said there were doubts they "genuinely" intended to stay temporarily. The service was streamed live to the refugee camp in India where they live, and many people took photos and videos to share with friends and relatives who were not there. It was given in both English and Tamil. more ...
  • 19) Jun 18, 2014 4:44:49 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: Aluthgama and the consequences of impunity
    The Federation of University Teachers' Associations (FUTA) vehemently condemns the violent incidents and complete breakdown of law and order that transpired in Aluthgama on the 14th and 15th of this month. While condemning all forms of religious and ethnic intolerance, discrimination and violence, FUTA sees the Aluthgama incident as an individual expression of a larger systemic problem. We are perplexed as to how, in a country where the police swiftly seek judicial orders to prevent university students from holding protest marches, the same police is unable to anticipate the consequences of an extremist quasi-religious organization holding a large public rally in an area already simmering with religious tension. more ...
  • 20) Jun 18, 2014 3:21:42 GMT |  + Who is behind Sri Lanka's religious violence?
    The Sri Lankan government has imposed an indefinite curfew in a popular tourist area after a group of Buddhists killed three muslims and injured dozens of others. President Mahinda Rajapakse's government is accused of doing little to prevent this latest violence. It is said to have encouraged the rise of the Bodu Bana Sena, the group at the heart of the latest crisis. Rajapakse has denied any link to the group. The latest unrest came weeks after Muslim legislators asked President Rajapakse to protect their minority community from what they described as Buddhist extremist elements, blamed for a recent spate of attacks. So, will further violence be averted? Or could Sri Lanka slip into another civil war? more ...
  • 21) Jun 18, 2013 22:29:31 GMT |  + PM conveys dismay over Sri Lanka move on 13th Amendment
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday told a delegation of Sri Lanka Tamil MPs that he was “dismayed” by reports suggesting that Colombo planned to dilute certain key provisions of the 13th Amendment on devolution of powers to provinces ahead of polls to the Northern Provincial Council. The prime minister noted that the proposed changes “raised doubts about the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government to India and the international community, including the United Nations, on a political settlement in Sri Lanka that would go beyond the 13th Amendment,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in answer to a query.
  • 22) Jun 18, 2013 22:29:16 GMT |  + Harper's policy on vulnerable refugees is wildly inconsistent -- and cruel
    If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, the Harper government must be broad-minded indeed. As the NDP's Don Davies pointed out in an op-ed the other day, Harper advocates free trade while raising tariffs. On the Syrian conflict, the Prime Minister describes the prospect of intervention as a "grotesque dilemma" one day, then, a few days later, laces into the Syrian regime's close friend, Russia's Putin, using the kind of gratuitously aggressive and dismissive language other G-7 leaders generally eschew.
  • 23) Jun 18, 2013 22:27:53 GMT |  + Film examines silence around family member’s mental illness
    For years, the secret of Pandi’s death was kept from her. Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam last saw her uncle, Pandian Kumaraswamy in 1996 and was 12 when her father Ponnu, Pandi’s brother, told her he had died. Ponnu wouldn’t say what happened, only that Pandi was “sick.” “The silence around his death lasted for years,” Ponnambalam says in her feature documentary, Pandi, which had its world premiere at the Scarborough Film Festival this month. more ...
  • 24) Jun 18, 2013 22:27:08 GMT |  + Sri Lankan media laps up visit of BJP-led team
    A section of the media in Sri Lanka, particularly the English press, has lapped up the recent visit of the Indian delegation led by Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad. On Saturday, Daily News reported Mr. Prasad as having told Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa that he witnessed the “mega development that is taking place in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka” and that the [Indian] government and the people of India were aware of the “the high level of development being carried out without racial prejudice.”
  • 25) Jun 18, 2013 22:26:29 GMT |  + Pro-Eelam workers arrested in Ooty
    Some 600 activists belonging to pro-Tamil Eelam outfits were on Tuesday arrested for allegedly attempting to march to the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, 15 km from here, where two Sri Lankan defence personnel are undergoing training. Protesting against the training, the activists demanded resignation of Defence Minister A.K. Antony for giving “false” assurance that no Sri Lankan military personnel would be given training on Tamil Nadu soil. The activists shouted slogans against the central government, which, they alleged, was taking an anti-Tamil stand.
  • 26) Jun 18, 2013 10:31:53 GMT |  + RAW founder B Raman passes away in Chennai battling cancer
    One of India's foremost security experts and one of the founders of India's external intelligence wing -- the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Bahukutumbi Raman passed away in Chennai on Sunday evening after a prolonged fight with cancer. He was 77. Described as an asset by the Indian intelligence community, Raman was a former additional secretary with the Cabinet Secretariat. He was also the director of the Institute for Topical Studies, Chennai. Author of several books, Raman was a critic of India's foreign policy. more ...
  • 27) Jun 18, 2013 9:55:06 GMT |  + Asylum seekers are being denied legal advice, refugee service claims
    One of Australia's foremost refugee legal advice centres claims it has been obstructed by staff at Christmas Island detention facility when trying to offer legal advice to asylum seekers. The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) says it has been fielding "hundreds of calls on a daily basis" from Sri Lankan asylum seekers on Christmas Island who have arrived by boat and are in fear of being returned without accessing legal advice. more ...
  • 28) Jun 18, 2013 9:52:55 GMT |  + Fireworks at Cabinet meeting on 13 A
    The Government took a step backward on Thursday from stripping two major provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Instead, it chose to go ahead with only one change after a stormy weekly ministerial meeting. Some ministers hurled strong insults and accusations against one another. As it reached a crescendo, on three different occasions, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had to warn his ministers not to leak anything to the media. Even the names of some newspapers were mentioned in the melee. more ...
  • 29) Jun 18, 2013 9:51:11 GMT |  + Sri Lanka; a haven for criminals
    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s claim during a recent address at the Kotelawala Defence ‘University’ that Sri Lanka is presently enjoying the ‘full benefits of peace’ sits strikingly at odds with the headline of the country’s newspapers on any given day. And to be clear, I am not talking in this instance of high profile ‘terrorism’ cases or even the military’s excruciatingly intrusive role in the North and East under the guise of so-called ‘civic-military’ activities. On the contrary, this reference is to the South and in relation to what may be termed as ‘ordinary’ law enforcement.
  • 30) Jun 18, 2013 9:49:01 GMT |  + 'Enhanced screening' is jeopardising Sri Lankan asylum claims
    At the end of last week the Australian Government flew another group of Sri Lankan boat arrivals back to Colombo, claiming that they failed to engage Australia's international legal obligations. Australia has now sent back 1,035 Sri Lankans against their will since August 2012, including over 200 Tamils. Australia's practice of returning Sri Lankans is reckless. Not only does the country turn a blind eye to the harm that the they may face on return, it does so on the basis of a diminished understanding of individuals' claims for asylum and without adequate monitoring back in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 31) Jun 18, 2013 9:43:43 GMT |  + The alarming decline of housing affordability
    The question of whether Canada’s housing market is a bubble or not hinges on how affordable it is to buy a home. Gulp. Rising home prices and mortgage rates suggest trouble ahead, but that’s only half the problem. Bubble or not, houses are being priced out of reach for first-time buyers and households with income levels at or even a little above average. It may be time to redefine what we mean when we say houses are affordable. more ...
  • 32) Jun 18, 2013 9:42:15 GMT |  + Toronto police raids: List of names and 224 charges released in Project Traveller gang sweep
    After police raids that saw more than two dozen arrests, police have released a near-complete list of those charged in a year-long gang sweep linked to Mayor Rob Ford and an alleged crack cocaine scandal. A total of 224 charges have been laid against 44 people from Toronto, Windsor, Edmonton and Detroit after Toronto Police launched Project Traveller — targeting what they say was a sophisticated guns and drug ring operated by the gang Dixon City Bloods. more ...
  • 33) Jun 18, 2013 9:39:44 GMT |  + India Media Buries Paid News Report
    A major new report on the phenomenon of paid news in India’s media is, well, hardly making big news. The report, submitted to Parliament last month by the Standing Committee on Information Technology, is pretty racy stuff. It details how newspapers, television channels and radio stations allegedly take money for positive news coverage. It relies on previous reports by regulatory bodies and fresh testimony from a wide range of media representatives, regulators and government officials. more ...
  • 34) Jun 18, 2013 9:35:14 GMT |  + Tamil Tiger fronts operate in Germany: Sri Lanka
    The Tamil Tiger rebel front organisations are still operating in Germany under the guise of community organisations, the Sri Lankan external affairs ministry claimed on Monday. External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris, during a discussion he had in Berlin with the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle, said that according to information available to Sri Lankan authorities, there are a substantial number of schools operating in Germany by these groups for propaganda and fund raising purposes, reported Xinhua.
  • 35) Jun 18, 2012 19:03:56 GMT |  + Court told Tamil refugee being detained 'illegally'
    A SRI Lankan Tamil refugee who has spent almost three years in immigration detention was being held illegally because there was no ''reasonable prospect'' of another country agreeing to resettle him, the High Court was told yesterday. Lawyers for the refugee, known only as M47, said the Australian government had accepted that there was a ''real chance'' that he would be tortured, killed or abducted if returned to Sri Lanka. Richard Niall SC, for M47, argued that this case was different because the Sri Lankan was owed protection under Australia's treaty obligations and because Australia's detention regime had changed since 2004.
  • 36) Jun 18, 2012 13:41:39 GMT |  + Post-war Sri Lanka’s Thought Police: The Rehabilitation of Ex-Combatants and the Denigration of Tamil Identity
    The defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May of 2009 brought a new dimension to the ethnic conflict that has engulfed Sri Lanka since its independence in 1948. During the final phase of the war, thousands of LTTE combatants surrendered to the military and were held in high security holding places. They were investigated by various units of the security establishment of Sri Lanka. Subsequently, the Military Intelligence Unit, Criminal Investigation Unit and the Terrorist Investigation Unit moved them to various Protective Accommodation Rehabilitation Centres (PARCs) situated in Jaffna, Polonnaruwa and Vavuniya to be “rehabilitated.” Apparently, all ex-combatants are required to answer a number of questions, either orally or in writing, before being released. more ...
  • 37) Jun 18, 2012 13:10:40 GMT |  + Tamil Tragedy
    “There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall – think of it always. All through history, the way of truth and love has always won.” I will continue to extend the hand of friendship to the Tamil Canadian community, and remain your voice in the Parliament of Canada for the pursuit of universal human rights by every peaceful means, in Sri Lanka and everywhere. more ...
  • 38) Jun 18, 2012 12:50:49 GMT |  + West's complicity with Sri Lankan war crimes
    Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, Cuba’s Permanent Representative to United Nations Office at Geneva, argued at the 19th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), last March 22, that the United States acted contradictorily when it presented a resolution slightly criticizing Sri Lanka for not having addressed human rights abuse issues during the end of the civil war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “Why do they doubt Sri Lanka after having sold so many weapons?” Rodríguez inquired. While Cuba backed Sri Lanka 100%, disregarding the plight of over two million Tamils, its ambassador considered the US resolution as “interference” into the affairs of the sovereign state. more ...
  • 39) Jun 18, 2012 12:48:25 GMT |  + ‘Reconciliation in unitary Sri Lanka a cover for genocide, assimilation’
    After threatening the Eezham Tamils with annihilation with the genocidal massacre at Mu’l’livaaykkaal, unitary Sri Lanka’s idea of reconciliation and the best solution it can offer is assimilation “where the Eelam Tamils will lose all sense of identity and become ‘authentic Sri Lankans’ i.e. mimics of the Sinhalese,” writes RM Karthick, in an article published on JDSLanka .
  • 40) Jun 18, 2012 12:41:25 GMT |  + Inspired by Father’s Day again
    Since 2010 Father’s Day, I have decided to cherish the memory of my father differently. I am committed to spending more time thinking about how he lived, and less time thinking about how he died. I cherish the time we had together and stop asking myself resentfully, “what if?” We both deserve that. I look forward to many more bike rides with my son along the seawall in Vancouver by the Pacific Ocean for occasional fall, and grinding of the gears, while listening to our own breathing — in, out, in, out, in, out. A sign of living. A daily salve for my red and angry wounds.
  • 41) Jun 18, 2012 11:43:50 GMT |  + The meaning of victory
    'After 30 years we now see the dawn that will take us to a golden age of the future,' declared Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as he presided over the third Victory Day celebration on May 20. Over 12,000 personnel participated in the parade of military and police equipment used to defeat the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009 after a three-decade long war. A golden future will need more than triumphalist statements of victory. The cost of the war to Sri Lankan society was huge. More than 100,000 civilians died in the long conflict and nearly 40,000 in the final months.
  • 42) Jun 18, 2012 11:42:58 GMT |  + Is there a Way Forward for Reconciliation in a United Sri Lanka?
    Looking at our immediate neighbor India and other countries like Canada, Belgium and Switzerland with multilingual, multiethnic and multireligious groups show that there are ways forward to find a constitutional structure to achieve equality and peace by recognizing the differences. All these countries have resolved the differences between communities internally, led by leaders who considered that the integrity of the country is paramount; the majority respected the minority wishes and granted equal rights to all citizens and settled the differences amicably.
  • 43) Jun 18, 2012 11:42:30 GMT |  + Sarath Fonseka: Where will he go from here?
    “Eyaa guliya gilala” or he has swallowed the pill said Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa when Colombo's Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil asked, "what is happening to Fonseka." The occasion was last Wednesday's ceremony where the Ministry of Local Government donated four jet machines worth more than Rs 150 million for cleaning drains. It has been provided with assistance from the Asian Development Bank. The event was held at the Fire Brigade Training Institute at Wellawatte. The informal chat between the Defence Secretary and the Mayor was revealing.
  • 44) Jun 18, 2012 11:41:11 GMT |  + Concern Over Military’s Land Requests in Jaffna
    Despite military claims that they will not acquire private lands in Jaffna, concerns have been raised following recent requests for land made by the military to local government bodies. Requests have been made to various Divisional Secretariats and Pradeshiya Sabhas by the Department of Land Administration as well as the military themselves, to identify land that can be acquired by the military. According to TNA MP and Attorney-at-law, M. A. Sumanthiran, these government bodies have been sent notices which have made references to land that is both state owned, as well as private. more ...
  • 45) Jun 18, 2012 11:40:08 GMT |  + Attack on meeting state terror: JVP
    The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) charged yesterday that Friday’s attack on a party meeting in the Hambantota village of Hediwatte was a direct attempt by the Government to scare the party from engaging in political activity in the district. Ten men on motorcycles, some carrying automatic rifles, attacked the JVP meeting, killing two and injuring four, all active members of the party JVP frontliner Vijitha Herath said that after opening fire into the air, the gunmen fired into a group who were being addressed by Western Provincial Council member Nalinda Jayatissa.
  • 46) Jun 18, 2012 11:38:28 GMT |  + COVER UP
    A massive cover up is underway to conceal and shield Chairman SriLankan Airlines Nishantha Wickramasinghe from being prosecuted for having in his possession an undeclared Rs. 4 million worth of currency both local and foreign. Repeated attempts by The Sunday Leader to verify from Nishantha Wickramasinghe how he had Rs. 4 million worth of currency in his residence at De Saram Road, Mt. Lavinia failed as Wickramasinghe refused to come to the phone. more ...
  • 47) Jun 18, 2011 1:31:30 GMT |  + Fears for Tamils sent back to Sri Lanka from UK
    More than two dozen Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrived back in Colombo yesterday after British authorities deported them despite warnings about possible threats to their safety. The group of 26 people, consisting largely of ethnic Tamils, were flown to Sri Lanka and met for questioning by the authorities. A police spokesman told reporters the individuals were being questioned by officers from the criminal investigations department.
  • 48) Jun 18, 2011 1:29:56 GMT |  + We must not turn away from graphic documentary
    Graphic footage of the murder of Tamil civilians in a powerful documentary should move the world to seek justice. The images are truly shocking. Summary executions of bound and gagged young men, the aftermath of rape and murder of young women, and the bloodied corpses of children. They are civilians, and among the 40,000 victims killed in Sri Lanka two years ago shortly after the government locked its doors to the outside world and set about dealing with its Tamil problem. more ...
  • 49) Jun 18, 2011 1:21:52 GMT |  + US Federal Court summons SL leader
    A United States Federal Court has issued summons on President Mahinda Rajapaksa in connection with three civil cases filed under the Hague Convention claiming monetary damages under US Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA) over alleged extra-judicial killings, the Justice Ministry sources said. Sources said the government was not overly ruffled by this decision, and would not respond to it. The civil cases against the Sri Lankan President were filed in Washington DC and the petitioners were seeking US$30 million as damages on six counts of violating the TVPA.
  • 50) Jun 18, 2011 1:20:28 GMT |  + Channel 4 "Sri Lanka Killing Fields”: Is the UK government being hypocritical?
    Several dozen Sri Lankans deported by the UK have arrived back in Colombo on an overnight charter flight. A BBC reporter outside the airport and sources inside confirmed that their plane had touched down. International human rights groups have criticised Britain for deporting them, saying the mainly Tamil asylum seekers may not be safe on their return. This raises questions about the genuineness of the British government concerns about Sri Lanka. While earlier on this week. more ...
  • 51) Jun 18, 2011 1:12:35 GMT |  + UK goes ahead with deporting 42 Sri Lankan asylum seekers
    Lawyers fail in attempts to stop deportations, as MPs, human rights groups and lawyers condemn the removal of failed asylum seekers to Sri Lanka. Tamil demo outside Parliament (R) The deportation of failed asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka, most of them Tamils, the day after Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs that "the Sri Lankan government does need to be investigated" has outraged human rights groups, lawyers and parliamentarians. more ...
  • 52) Jun 18, 2011 1:06:42 GMT |  + As UN Denies Sri Lankan Copter Offer, Killing Fields Moved Out of UN
    The UN on Friday denied it has received any offers for helicopters from Sri Lanka. After air force spokesman air force spokesman Andy Wijesuriya was quoted that “we have offered our aircraft” -- Ukraine-manufactured Mi-24 helicopter gunships as well as Chinese-made Y-12 fixed-wing transporters -- Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky how the Panel of Experts' report on war crimes would impact the UN's review of the offer.
  • 53) Jun 18, 2011 1:01:28 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Tamil MPs 'beaten up by troops'
    Sri Lanka's main minority Tamil political group on Friday accused army troops of assaulting its lawmakers and breaking up a party meeting on the northern peninsula of Jaffna. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said troops stormed their venue on Thursday evening and attacked members of parliament and party supporters who were discussing local elections next month. Soldiers used poles to beat up people at the meeting, the TNA said in a statement, adding that others in civilian clothing assaulted the police bodyguards of the opposition lawmakers. more ...
  • 54) Jun 18, 2011 0:36:43 GMT |  + TGTE Salutes Channel 4 for Its Documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields; Urges International Action
    Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today applauded Chanel 4 for its documentary* Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields. “We salute and express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for Cannel 4 for bringing the truth about the mass killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women by the Sri Lankan Security forces,” said the Prime Minister of TGTE Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran. "What we have seen is the tip of the iceberg and if journalists have free access to Sri Lanka, they will unearth mountains of evidence confirming genocide of Tamils.These Tamils were killed simply because they belong to the Tamil nation and this documentary reinforces the fact that only way Tamils' very physical security can be ensured in the Island of Sri Lanka is to establish an independent Tamil state."
  • 55) Jun 18, 2010 21:55:05 GMT |  + Eezham Tamils in Canada to form country council
    Followed by Norway, Switzerland, Italy and France, Eezham Tamils in Canada are going to elect representatives on Sunday for their Country Council named National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT). The NCCT will be a grass-root organisation composed of democratically elected Canadian Tamils focused on strengthening the Tamil community within the Canada. The bicameral national assembly of 27 Council Members consists of 22 elected members on 3-year-term and 5 elected members by Tamil organisations on 1-year-term. In addition, 6 regional councils in areas where a high population of Tamils live, will constitute the grass-root bodies of the NCCT. more ...
  • 56) Jun 18, 2010 21:54:05 GMT |  + Jaya warns of Chinese spies in Sri Lanka
    AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa on Friday asked the Centre to “talk tough” to Sri Lanka as a “grave danger” stalked India’s “hitherto safe southern flanks” due to the infiltration of Chinese spies in the 25,000-plus convict-labourers from China now engaged in contract works relating to highways and railways in Sri Lanka. India had sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore towards reconstruction of the war-ravaged Tamil areas of Lanka and most of these works had gone to the Chinese which meant that the Indian tax-payers’ money is “ending up in China’s kitty”, she said in a statement.
  • 57) Jun 18, 2010 21:52:40 GMT |  + ‘Biggest betrayal and greatest tamasha’
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who presided over 'Victory Day' celebrations in Colombo on Friday, marking one-year of the victory by the Sri Lankan forces in their war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, described the attempts to bring disrepute to the armed forces by saying that they shot at ‘terrorist leaders who came carrying white flags,’ as biggest betrayal. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Sri Lankan armed forces, came with the greatest tamasha of his carrier so far by saying that his troops went to battle carrying a gun in one hand and the Declaration of Human Rights in the other.
  • 58) Jun 18, 2010 21:22:10 GMT |  + ADB to Help Sri Lanka Repair Roads Damaged During Civil Conflict
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing Sri Lanka with financial assistance to rehabilitate roads in the conflict-affected northern region, which will help spur inclusive growth and new economic opportunities in one of the poorest regions in the country. “The project is targeted to meet one of the most urgent needs of the conflict-affected population in the north – connectivity and mobility. It will facilitate access to essential social services, help resume livelihood activities, and revitalize transport of goods and peoples between the country's northern and southern regions,” said Dong-Kyu Lee, Transport Specialist in ADB’s South Asia Department.
  • 59) Jun 18, 2010 14:27:27 GMT |  + U.N. Wants Economic Recovery for Former Conflict Zone
    With thousands of war affected civilians still without livelihood and an economy still reeling from the aftermath of a decades-long conflict in Sri Lanka’s northern region, plans should be in place to revive local economies and jobs, says a top United Nations official. "There needs to be a strategic plan to bring in industries, infrastructure development, investments and jobs into these areas devastated by war," Kandeh Yumkella, director general of the U.N. Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), told IPS during his visit to the South Asian country last week. more ...
  • 60) Jun 18, 2010 9:41:34 GMT |  + Jaya concerned over presence of Chinese labour in Lanka
    AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa today said the reported employment of Chinese labour to revamp infrastructure in war-ravaged areas of Sri Lanka can be detrimental to India's security and asked the Centre to "act before it is too late". She raised apprehensions that it could immediately affect Tamil Nadu as "Sri Lanka is hardly 20 km away from the southern coast of Tamil Nadu." "The Indian Government should act before it is too late. It has to talk to Sri Lanka and talk tough," she said.
  • 61) Jun 18, 2010 9:28:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka marks Tiger defeat as war crimes pressure mounts
    Sri Lanka staged a delayed military parade Friday to mark the first anniversary of the end of its 37-year civil war, with pressure mounting for a probe into alleged crimes during the conflict. President Mahinda Rajapakse took the salute at the "Victory Parade" attended by thousands of troops drawn from units that led the final assault against Tamil Tigers whose leadership was killed on May 18 last year. "Our troops carried a gun in one hand and a copy of the human rights charter in the other," Rajapakse said. "Our guns were not fired at a single civilian."
  • 62) Jun 18, 2010 2:23:21 GMT |  + Celebrating war victory and banning commemoration of dead civilians: this is “home grown & indigenous” reconciliation and freedom in Sri Lanka?
    Today, 18th June 2010, has been declared a public holiday by the government. Many Sri Lankans, especially Sinhalese from the South are expected to respond enthusiastically to the government’s elaborate plans to celebrating the war victory over the LTTE. For several days, citizens in Colombo had to put up with closed roads in preparation. How much of our – citizens – tax payer’s money will be spent for this celebration is something I don’t know and dare not think... What seems to be forgotten, and what I do know for sure is that tens or hundreds of thousands of Tamils, particularly in the North, will not be celebrating this victory.
  • 63) Jun 18, 2010 2:17:46 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: Much ado about few things
    No wonder Tamils on both sides of the Palk Strait feel they have been let down very badly by India. The window dressing offered by arranging a meeting between the visiting President and the members of parliament from Tamil Nadu might satisfy the ruling coalition party leaders but not the people. The rhetoric and political manoeuvring on this count to be wearing thin as people are waiting to see visible action on all fronts from Indian side.
  • 64) Jun 18, 2009 16:53:53 GMT |  + Tigers under the bed
    Huge numbers of people are being held indefinitely behind barbed wire. Far from enjoying their liberation from the LTTE, they are prisoners, again. The government could hardly have devised a policy more likely to engender fear and suspicion. This is no accident. It is part of a larger policy to control all aspects of the postwar situation and root out enemies, real and imagined. In a country that is desperate for IMF assistance to avoid literally going broke, the army has announced a 50 per cent increase in its size, from 200,000 to 300,000. The government is also systematically harassing and threatening aid workers, the media and Sri Lankans who question the detention policy. It has refused visas to some humanitarian workers and kicked out others.
  • 65) Jun 18, 2009 16:12:52 GMT |  + LTTE leader now admits Prabakaran is dead
    An LTTE leader, who had earlier disputed the fact of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran's death, has now admitted that the Tiger supremo is no more. Head of "International Secretariat" of the intelligence wing of the LTTE, Arivazhakan, who had earlier disputed claims that Prabakaran was dead, has now confirmed in a media statement that the Tiger chief was killed, the online edition of the Daily Mirror newspaper said on Thursday. Arivazhakan had last month dismissed the report of Prabakaran's death as "engineered rumours spread by the government of Sri Lanka and its military establishment" and had asked the global Tamil community not to trust the report.
  • 66) Jun 18, 2009 16:05:43 GMT |  + Israeli humanitarian aid dispatched to Sri Lanka
    shipment of medical equipment and drugs, contributed by the MFA and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, will be delivered tomorrow (Friday, June 19 2009) to the Sri Lankan health authorities. The humanitarian shipment, which was collected and organized by MASHAV, the Israel Center for International Cooperation, will be presented by MFA deputy Director General for Asia and the Pacific, Ruth Kahanoff, who is currently visiting Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
  • 67) Jun 18, 2009 16:03:49 GMT |  + Reporters Without Borders publishes a first Guide for exiled journalists
    Reporters Without Borders today marked World Refugee Day by publishing a guide for journalists driven into exile, to provide them with information about the procedures and potential obstacles in seeking asylum. Again this year, a large number of journalists, from Sri Lanka, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia and Somalia have been fleeing their country at an average rate of six a month. Some have had to leave for ever after putting their lives in danger to provide independent news.
  • 68) Jun 18, 2009 11:53:46 GMT |  + Tamil group issues warning about people-finding service
    Canadian Tamil organizations are warning Toronto Tamils not to send money to a Sri Lankan company offering to find missing family and friends in the wake of the country's bloody 25-year civil war. In a recent email sent to Tamil Canadian organizations, L. Jude Perera, who calls himself a consultant for Internally Displaced People Services, says for an initial fee of $25 (U.S.) his company based in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, will attempt to make contact with Tamils forced from their homes into military camps. "We take this email seriously and are asking members of the community not to make any contact with this person," said David Poopalapillai, a spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress. "This company is totally inhumane. These people are trying to make money out of people's misery."
  • 69) Jun 18, 2009 11:16:02 GMT |  + Sri Lankan opposition seeks access to northern displaced camps
    Sri Lankan opposition parliamentarians have sought the island's Supreme Court intervention, claiming that the government had denied access to them to visit the internally displaced camps in the north. At least three MPs filed action in the Supreme Court on Thursday, court officials said. Chief Justice Asoka de Silva instructed the Attorney General to report to the court on July 27, the next hearing date of the case. The MPs claim their fundamental rights have been violated by the government decision.
  • 70) Jun 18, 2009 11:12:47 GMT |  + Sri Lanka May Become ‘Hong Kong of India’ After War
    Sri Lanka’s economy can bounce back from its weakest growth in six years and become the “Hong Kong of India” as the end of almost three decades of civil war boosts business opportunities, HSBC Private Bank said. Sri Lanka could benefit from its proximity to India, just as Hong Kong profits from being a trade hub to China. Sri Lanka lies 31 kilometers (19 miles) south east of India, the world’s second-fastest-growing major economy.
  • 71) Jun 18, 2009 10:51:44 GMT |  + Subramanian Swamy for ‘autonomous Tamil state’ in Sri Lanka
    The U.S., China and Israel that helped Sri Lanka have the moral responsibility to prevail upon President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ensure constitutional guarantee of equality to Tamils, said Subramanian Swamy, Janata Party leader, on Wednesday. Talking to reporters here, Dr. Swamy said India also could not shirk its responsibility as it had extended help to Sri Lanka. “Now that the LTTE is no longer in the picture we can go ahead and help the Tamils. There is a need to create an autonomous Tamil state.”
  • 72) Jun 18, 2009 10:35:40 GMT |  + Further signs of Sri Lanka’s shift into China’s orbit
    The Sri Lankan government confronts a deepening economic crisis despite the end of fighting. Burdened with huge debts arising from its military spending and hit by the global economic recession, Colombo has sought a $US1.9 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) but it has been held up by US and European opposition. As a result, Sri Lanka is relying on loans and grants from China, Japan, India, Libya, Iran and the Gulf States. China and Russia are no more interested in democratic rights in Sri Lanka than the US and the EU. Beijing regards the island as an important potential base to defend shipping routes for its vital supplies of energy and raw materials from the Middle East and Africa. more ...
  • 73) Jun 18, 2009 1:32:38 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: International Investigation Needed
    The Sri Lankan government's announcement that it was ending its special inquiry into conflict-related abuses underscores the need for an international commission to investigate violations of international law by government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Human Rights Watch said today. "Sri Lanka's presidential commission of inquiry started with a bang and ended with a whimper," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The need for an international inquiry into abuses by both sides is greater than ever." The mandate of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, which was established in 2006 and assigned to investigate 16 incidents of killings, enforced disappearances, assassinations and other serious abuses, expired on June 14, 2009 and reportedly was not renewed.
  • 74) Jun 18, 2009 1:31:40 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Journalists Face Severe Persecution
    At least 11 Sri Lankan journalists were driven into exile in the past 12 months amid an intensive government crackdown on critical reporters and editors, said a new survey from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released Wednesday. "Sri Lanka is losing its best journalists to unchecked violence and the resulting conditions of fear and intimidation that are driving writers and editors from their homes," said Joel Simon, CPJ executive director. "This is a sad reality in countries throughout the world where governments allow attacks on the press to go unpunished." Worldwide, 39 journalists fled their home countries in the past 12 months - a decline from a record 82 in the prior year - after being attacked, harassed, or threatened with violence or imprisonment.
  • 75) Jun 18, 2009 1:30:49 GMT |  + UN's Ban Protested for Inaction on Sri Lanka Ethnic Cleansing
    With over 300,000 Tamils locked up in UN-funded internment camps in northern Sri Lanka, a routine appearance by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was protested Wednesday evening in New York. Less than a month ago, Ban with the Press had stood in the largest of the camps, Manik Farm in Vavuniya, as interned Tamil children sung his name. At that time, Ban had smiled. With Ban slated to received a "global humanitarian award" along with Bill Clinton, in a police pen outside Manhattan's St. Regis Hotel a crowd gathered. They chanted, "Ban Ki-moon, Ban Ki-moon, don't cover up genocide!" "Close the camps, free the people!"
  • 76) Jun 18, 2009 1:29:23 GMT |  + The price of Sri Lanka’s victory
    Sinhalese Sri Lankans are so relieved their war is over that most appear blinded by patriotism, drunk on victory and deaf to the clamour from outside their island for investigations into possible war crimes. The country’s pliant media speak with one voice, exhorting their loyal compatriots to celebrate this great triumph over terror. But the only terror I saw there was in the eyes of vanquished Tamils. Those I met were terrified in case they were caught talking to us, constantly looking over their shoulders. A Tamil journalist pulled out of a meeting claiming he’d be killed were he caught.
  • 77) Jun 18, 2009 1:28:11 GMT |  + Sri Lanka casts wider donor net
    Now that its decades-long war with Tamil separatists has ended, Sri Lanka is preparing for a major phase of development. But in doing so, the country appears to be turning away from its traditional western donors in favour of regional allies whose assistance comes without the same unpalatable demands. According to government officials, money from these Asian and Middle Eastern countries, including Libya, Iran and Myanmar, does not have strings attached. That, however, remains to be seen. No aid, not even from your own backyard, comes without concessions, even if not explicit. When the Iranians offered credit support to Sri Lanka
  • 78) Jun 18, 2009 1:26:42 GMT |  + Protests that do Britain proud
    The Tamils who have occupied part of Parliament Square in central London for more than nine weeks announced yesterday that they were ending their demonstration – one of the longest-running illegal protests ever held in London. They wanted Britain to put pressure on the Sri Lankan government, first to call a ceasefire in the civil war and then, when the war was officially over, to call Sri Lanka to account for war crimes. Organisers say they will now try to pursue the same objective by other means, starting with a march through London next weekend.
  • 79) Jun 18, 2008 17:54:17 GMT |  + large Anti-Chrisitian Rally Planned
    Buddhist extremists have invited residents of Middeniya, a town in Hambanthota district, southern Sri Lanka, to attend a huge anti-Christian rally this Sunday (June 22), where they have promised to “expose the great [Christian] conspiracy.” Over the past week extremists have erected anti-Christian banners and posters and held four meetings inviting people to the rally. At previous rallies, extremists ordered shopkeepers not to sell food to Christians and encouraged taxi drivers not to accept them as passengers. As a result of such discrimination, the AOG pastor, his wife and three children are virtual prisoners in their own home, sources said.
  • 80) Jun 18, 2008 14:41:35 GMT |  + A front for fear?
    While we stay tuned, a Canadian community organization that has served the needs of Tamil immigrants to Canada for many years will cease to exist. It's one thing to ban a foreign entity as terrorists. But it's entirely another matter to ban an organization started and run by Canadians, and registered as a non-profit organization under Canadian laws, without due process or even as much as a day in court to defend the allegations. But in this climate of colour-coded fear, due process and basic rights are the furthest thing from the minds of people.
  • 81) Jun 18, 2008 14:08:55 GMT |  + Twenty-fifth aniversary of bloody pogroms nears
    Twenty five years have passed since the ‘Black July’ of 1983 when thousands of Tamils were killed by Sinhala thugs, largely organised by the political elite of that time. The then president, J R Jayawardene, made no attempt to protect the Tamils. He famously said: “I am not worried about the opinion of the Tamil people. Now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion. The more you put pressure on the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here. Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy”. (Quoted in Daily Telegraph, UK 11th July 1983) more ...
  • 82) Jun 18, 2008 13:58:55 GMT |  + Defence Ministry sets out Guidelines for Media (Self)-Censorship
    The Free Media Movement (FMM) finds these prescriptions of the Ministry of Defence wholly unacceptable from the perspective of both democratic values and internationally accepted standards with regard to reporting on military-related issues. These guidelines may have been laughable in any other context, but amusement unfortunately is not a response available in the climate of fear, intimidation, and capricious violence that characterise the working conditions of media personnel in Sri Lanka today. The guidelines are grounded in a worldview that rejects the democratic way of life and fundamental human rights, that is fearful of both open government and free discussion, and is intolerant of dissent.
  • 83) Jun 18, 2008 13:51:12 GMT |  + Norway says oil fund reluctant to blacklist states
    Norway's $400 billion sovereign wealth fund is unlikely to rule out investing in countries that abuse human rights unless such sanctions are adopted as foreign policy, the Norwegian finance minister said on Wednesday. So far the Norwegian government and its wealth fund have banned investments in Myanmar, which is subject to extensive international sanctions. Human rights activists have criticised the fund for buying bonds of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Sri Lanka, known for violating human rights, and say the same rules should apply to investing in countries as to investing in stocks.
  • 84) Jun 18, 2008 12:12:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's military says 25 rebels and 6 soldiers killed in fighting
    Scattered fighting across Sri Lanka's restive north killed 25 Tamil Tiger rebels and six soldiers, the military said Wednesday. The latest clashes broke out Tuesday along the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya fronts, where government troops have been trying for the past months to break into the well-guarded rebel territory, the military said in a statement. No other details were available.
  • 85) Jun 18, 2008 10:35:47 GMT |  + Lanka refuses to release 5 Tamil Nadu fishermen
    The Sri Lankan government which released 18 fishermen along with three country boats recently, continues to detain five other fishermen alleging that they had explosives in their boats. According to fisheries department sourcesn here, the Sri Lankan navy detained four country boats with 23 fishermen on May 26 on a charge of trespassing into Sri Lankan waters. They were lodged in a prison on the orders of a local court. Meanwhile, a team of 20 fishermen is due to leave for Sri Lanka to bring back four boats, detained by the Sri Lankan navy there.
  • 86) Jun 18, 2008 10:32:32 GMT |  + Tigers attack Sri Lanka army post
    Tamil Tiger rebels opened fire on an army post in northwestern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding another, military officials said. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked soldiers in Mannar district under the cover of darkness and troops retaliated, officials said. The latest deaths raise the number of rebels killed by security forces since January to 4,290, according to the defence ministry, which says 388 security personnel and police have died in combat over the same period. The official figures cannot be independently verified since journalists are barred from visiting front-line areas.
  • 87) Jun 18, 2008 10:22:46 GMT |  + Italy holds 'Tamil Tiger' members
    More than 30 suspected members of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebel group have been arrested in Italy in a series of raids across the country, police say. They say all of them are Sri Lankan citizens suspected of extorting funds for the Tigers, who are banned as a terrorist group by the European Union. Police said that more than 200 officers were involved in the operation.
  • 88) Jun 18, 2008 4:03:02 GMT |  + Government price hikes and war cause devastating inflation in Sri Lanka
    Over the past few weeks, the Sri Lankan government has announced unprecedented price increases for fuel and transport, further stoking what is already the highest inflation rate in Asia—nearly 30 percent—and provoking deep social unrest. Life for ordinary working people and the poor is becoming extremely difficult, because of a combination of soaring global oil and food prices and the government’s ever-increasing spending on its reactionary war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). On May 24, the state-owned Petroleum Corporation raised prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene for the second time this year, this time by 23, 37 and 14 percent respectively.
  • 89) Jun 18, 2008 2:15:39 GMT |  + In defence of Douglas Devananda
    The danger in sharing power with Mr Anandasangaree and his allies is threefold. In the first place, he raised his voice in criticism of the Tigers only after the LTTE prevented the re-opening of the Jaffna Public library. By contrast, Mr Devananda has been clashing with the Tigers since he and Kittu were the military chiefs of the EPRLF and LTTE respectively, in Jaffna in the mid-1980s. Secondly, Mr Anandasangaree is neither tough enough nor street-smart enough to defend both himself and a democratic opening, while Devananda is a survivor; almost a survivalist. Thirdly, Mr Anandasangaree adheres to the Indian model as an article of faith. He is therefore highly likely to imitate the erstwhile Chief Minister Vardharajaperumal a
  • 90) Jun 18, 2008 2:05:08 GMT |  + Political Commentary: Take a stand, Canada
    Canada, is a country held high in the International sphere for its record on Humanitarian Law , Justice and Freedom, protecting the Rights and Freedoms of all Canadians., through The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms also known as The Charter of Rights and Freedoms , which is a bill of rights entrenched in the Constitution of Canada by way of the Constitution Act, 1982. The Charter guarantees political and civil rights of people in Canada from the policies and actions of all levels of government. It is designed to unify Canadians around a set of principles that embody those rights.
  • 91) Jun 18, 2008 0:42:56 GMT |  + Of ‘Pol’, polls and greasy pole politics
    Though it seems that our country is being dragged or driven in an opposite direction, may the blessings of this holy day help us to turn around and get back to the path that brings lasting peace instead of horrors like the motorcycle mayhem where a suicide bomber killed 12 police personnel and injured 24 others including school children at Vavuniya on Monday. As the economy appears to be heading for a crash and the cost of living soared with the price of ‘pol’ climbing even above the coconut tree, the solution offered to the people appears to be polls or greasy poles. On midnight last Monday, the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils were dissolved with election scheduled for some time next month.
  • 92) Jun 18, 2008 0:38:58 GMT |  + The devolution plaything
    As expected, hard on the heels of the Eastern Provincial Council Election will be elections to councils in the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. The game plan appears to be one of exhausting the opposition with elections and demoralising them further with defeats, until such time as a presidential and general election can be called. The earliest date for the former is mid November 2009 and the latest date for the latter is April 2010. We are to be subjected to a prolonged series of elections which the regime hopes will result in its consolidation of power. This begs the question of the procedure and process by which we are led into the electoral fray.
  • 93) Jun 18, 2007 20:54:49 GMT |  + CBK coming back soon, security beefed up
    Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s security contingent has been increased from seven to 69 with immediate effect, her personal assistant P. Dissanayaka told the Daily Mirror yesterday. Her security was downsized to seven from 198 following a Supreme Court order on May 3. A three-judge-bench headed by Chief Justice Sarath N Silva in May ruled that former President Kumaratunga was entitled neither to occupy the premises at Independent Avenue nor to have an official staff of 63 and 198 security officers and 36 vehicles. The order was given following a Fundamental Rights petition filed by three lawyers.
  • 94) Jun 18, 2007 18:19:17 GMT |  + Mahinda on a 'political witchhunt'
    The Supreme court in Sri Lanka has accused Mahinda Rajapaksa government of harrasing political opponents. Chief Justice Sarath N Silva said political reasons are seem to be behind the arrest of Rajapaksa's former close associate, Tiran Alles. Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Monday granted leave to proceed to a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by Alles. The owner of Standard Newspapers Group told journalists in Colombo that Rajapaksa is harassing him due to his close friendship with two former ministers.Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sroipathi Sooriyaarachchi were sacked by President Rajapaksa earlier this year. President Rajapaksa was "like a brother" to him before the two ministers were sacked, Tiran Alles said.
  • 95) Jun 18, 2007 14:40:51 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Democracy in Practice: 1997 - 2007
    In 1997, we had already embarked on President Kumaratunga’s ‘war for peace’ policy which ended in ignominy for the warmongers, in untold suffering for ordinary people and in the economy being brought to its knees and the unprecedented registration of negative growth in 2001. The ceasefire that resulted brought an absence of war and a semblance of normality after years, but since 2005 the agreement has been subject to systematic and deliberate erosion and is now a dead letter. In the South, this has been done by an elected government, whose popularity at least in the early stages, rose with every one of its blows against the ceasefire and its ratcheting up of the military ante. That the Rajapakse government was doing what many governments before had tried and failed...,
  • 96) Jun 18, 2007 13:58:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka president compromise seen vital to peace bid
    A cross-party initiative to forge consensus for devolution aimed at ending civil war will collapse unless Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his party compromise, a top official said on Monday. Rajapaksa and his ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) want to devolve power to the island's minority Tamils at a district rather than higher level, which the government's Tamil Tiger rebel foes have dismissed out of hand. Tissa Vitharana, minister of science and technology and chairman of the All Party Representative Committee, says he and the presidential committee aim to combine the cross party proposals and draw up a devolution blueprint in around six weeks.
  • 97) Jun 18, 2007 13:57:31 GMT |  + Conflict zones lag behind in housing reconstruction
    Siribopura rises up from nowhere. Amidst the parched shrub in Hambantota District, southern Sri Lanka, all of a sudden neat rows of houses appear as if laid down with precision by a giant conveyor belt. Five kilometers from the coast, Siribopura ("beautiful town" in Sinhalese) is something of a success story in the massive post-tsunami reconstruction effort in Sri Lanka. It is an entirely new township covering 240 hectares, with its own preschool, town hall and other amenities, symbolizing the country's resilience. Located in what was formerly a crossing ground for elephants, it was built by a number of donors and private organizations. Most of the over 1,600 housing units are already occupied.
  • 98) Jun 18, 2007 13:56:20 GMT |  + Shell shocked jumbos add to Lankan Tamils' woes
    With their jungle habitats subjected to incessant aerial, artillery and mortar shelling in the past few months, elephants in the Eastern Sri Lankan districts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee had to flee, much like the Tamils from the villages in the vicinity. "This time, we have had Internally Displaced Elephants (IDEs) in addition to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). It's time we had an IDE rehabilitation scheme also," remarked a foreign aid worker in a lighter vein. But it has not been a laughing matter for the Tamil villager.
  • 99) Jun 18, 2007 11:27:08 GMT |  + Lanka bans Tamil resettlement in parts of Trincomalee
    The Sri Lankan government has banned the resettlement of Tamil refugees in Sampoor and Muttur East in the Eastern district of Trincomalee following the designation of these areas as High Security Zones (HSZ) through a Presidential gazette notification dated May 30. Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told Hindustan Times on Monday, that the civilian refugees from this area would not be allowed to go back to their homes and lands "both for their own security and the security of the vital establishments to come up there."
  • 100) Jun 18, 2007 10:25:43 GMT |  + International panel studies 'decline' of media rights in Sri Lanka
    A group of 11 international media rights groups launched an investigation Monday into a "disturbing decline in media freedom" in Sri Lanka amid a raging separatist conflict. The panel includes media watchdogs such as the International Federation of Journalists, the International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders and Sri Lanka's Free Media Movement, or FMM. The mission will visit volatile northern Jaffna peninsula and Ampara region in the east to "obtain first-hand information on the prevailing ground conditions and the impact of the escalation of hostilities on media and journalists," the FMM said.
  • 101) Jun 18, 2007 10:24:04 GMT |  + The status of the underage recruitment cases in the UNICEF database as of April 2007
    Throughout this year CPA has been obtaining at a fast pace the release of underage children born in or after 1990 who are found to be with the LTTE. CPA has also initiated extensive training programs to LTTE members in the field about the urgency to end underage recruitment and have given instructions to not recruit anyone born in or after 1990. This condition on the age of recruitment progressively increases the minimum age of recruitment from 17 in January 2007 to 18 by end of 2007.
  • 102) Jun 18, 2007 10:22:56 GMT |  + SL Defense Ministry accuses NY Times reporter of falsehood
    Sri Lanka's Military commander for Jaffna region, Major Gen. G.A. Chandrasiri Sunday accused Somini Sengupta, a senior reporter for New York Times for "shameful falsification of facts...depraving the true spirit of professional journalism," for quoting him as saying that "certain members of the Security forces are involved in Human Rights violations in Jaffna." The Major General said in a report published in Sri Lanka Defense Ministry website that he had never acknowledged involvement of armed forces in any of the crimes mentioned in the article or recognized any "Tamil Paramilitary group" as "pro-government."
  • 103) 11:54 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + Pesalai victims traumatized
    Bishop Rayappu Joseph, one of the first persons to enter the church, Our Lady of Victory, after the attack targeting civilians, who had taken refuge in the church, told media that the attack was carried out by Sri Lanka Navy troopers. "There was no fight at the land; no LTTE cadre was there," when SLN troopers went amok in Pesalai, the Bishop of Mannar Diocese told BBC Tamil Service Saturday. Fear has gripped civilians of Pesalai, who have no other place to seek safety, says Parish Priest Vincent Patric Cruz. More than two thousand civilians, most of them women and children, were forced to remain inside the Church, for hours, among the flesh and blood of the victims. more ...
  • 104) 11:52 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + Alert after Sri Lanka fighting, fresh mine kills three police
    A security alert was in place across Sri Lanka after Tamil Tiger rebels vowed to retaliate for air attacks following a day of fierce battles on land and sea that left more than 50 people dead. A police water bowser was blown up in a Claymore mine attack in the north-central district of Anuradhapura on Sunday, killing three constables, the military said. A military spokesman said they believed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) carried out the bombing. Also Sunday the Tigers and a breakaway faction of rebels clashed in the island's east Sunday leaving at least six guerrillas dead, military officials said, citing intercepts of rebel radio communications. more ...
  • 105) 11:51 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka ambush kills 3 policemen in north
    Sri Lanka's police said suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed and killed three policemen in the island's north on Sunday, while the rebels said they were also attacked. If government estimates are correct that 25-30 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels were killed in a naval clash on Saturday, more than 100 people have died since Thursday, the worst violence since a 2002 ceasefire halted two decades of war. Police Deputy Inspector General Gamini Silva told Reuters that a police water tanker was attacked with a claymore fragmentation mine near the northern town of Vavuniya, just south of rebel territory. He blamed the Tigers. more ...
  • 106) 11:40 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + Lanka navy fires at Indian fishermen
    A Tamil fisherman from Rameswaram suffered bullet injuries when the Lankan navy allegedly opened fire off the Danushkodi coast early Sunday morning. The fisherman identified to be Namburajan has been admitted at the Government Medical College Hospital in Madurai and is said to be critical. The police, who have registered a case, also informed that about 800 Tamil fishermen were fishing in mid-sea when the Sri Lankan navy fired at them. more ...
  • 107) 04:46 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + More on Pesalai church attack…
    On 17 June morning, Sri Lankan Navy (SLN), following its serious defeat at the sea clash in Pesalai seas, showed its traditional conduct and took revenge on the civilians in Pesalai. People had taken refuge in the Church of Lady of Victory. This is the same church to which the people of Pesalai went for refuge when the tsunami struck and also when the SLN went on rampage on 23 December. On 17 June, two thousand (2000) people had taken refuge in the church as the sea clash raged in their sea between SLN and the Sea Tigers. more ...
  • 108) 04:45 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka on brink of war
    Violence escalated in Sri Lanka yesterday when government forces stormed a Catholic church where 200 people had sought refuge, opening fire and hurling grenades at civilians cowering inside. Witnesses say at least five died and scores were injured. The military denied responsibility for the attack, blaming Tamil Tiger rebels who hours earlier had attacked a navy base in the same northwestern fishing village, Pesalai, triggering a naval and helicopter battle. The past few days have seen by far the worst bloodshed since the often-violated ceasefire was signed in 2002 by the government and the Tigers, who control much of Sri Lanka's north and east. more ...
  • 109) 03:14 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + MR readies for general election as UNP calls the bluff on APC
    Leaving aside questions over the LTTE's commitment to the peace process, this contradictory strategy of the government went to the heart of President Rajapakse's own credibility in the eyes of the international community whom he was dependent on and they slowly but surely turned the pressure on. The misdirected media strategy of the state was also not lost on the international community, particularly with the government rushing to release gory pictures of Sinhalese killed by suspected LTTE cadres whilst completely blacking out pictures of Tamil civilians similarly killed. The government, for example, was quick to rush by helicopter local and foreign media personnel after the Welikanda and Kebethigollawa massacres of Sinhalese but totally blacked out photographs of the Tamil civilian massacres in Kayts, Vankalai and Trincomalee. This very omission led to the perception among the discerning international players that the killings of Tamil civilians had if not the blessings, at least the tacit approval of the government even be it after the event and the SLMM reports of complicity by government forces with the paramilitary groups gained added currency given this conduct of the state. more ...
  • 110) 23:22 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + AP Blog: Villagers decry Sri Lanka forces
    The soldiers finally let us into Pesalai this morning, and now that I am here, it's clear why they wanted to keep us out. Everyone is telling the same story — Sri Lankan forces, say the witnesses, came through the town the day before, shooting indiscriminately. When they reached the Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, where hundreds of frightened villagers were sheltering, they lobbed a grenade inside and killed a woman. Down on the beach, the soldiers shot dead four fisherman. The only people we could find who are disputing the witness accounts are government officials. They're blaming the Tamil Tiger rebels, which the government has frequently done in the past, and criticizing the media for suggesting government forces were responsible. more ...
  • 111) 20:03 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + Critics: Tamils Targeted in Sri Lanka

    In pictures: Sri Lanka violence - BBC
    Nearly everyone in this seaside hamlet - the old women bent from a lifetime of toil, the fishermen weathered from days at sea, the children in tattered hand-me-downs - fled to the church Sunday as soon as they heard a police patrol was coming. "I thought they were going to come to shoot us all," said L.R. Peiris, a 58-year-old woman crying hysterically at the thought of government forces returning a day after five villagers were killed by Sri Lankan troops. Like nearly everyone else in Pesalai, all the dead were Tamils, a minority on this South Asian island nation dominated by Sinhalese. more ...
  • 112) 19:54 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka violence continues, 3 dead, 2 missing
    Suspected Tamil Tiger rebel attacks killed three policemen and left two soldiers missing on Sunday, the army said, and rebels said they were attacked by government forces as a recent upsurge of violence continued. If government estimates are correct that 25-30 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels were killed in a naval clash on Saturday, more than 100 people have died since Thursday, the worst violence since a 2002 cease-fire halted two decades of war. Police Deputy Inspector General Gamini Silva told Reuters a police water tanker was hit when a claymore fragmentation mine exploded near the northern town of Vavuniya, just south of rebel territory. He blamed the Tigers. more ...
  • 113) 15:45 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + Stand with the Victims of Vankalai and Pesalai !
    The President of the International Association of Tamil Academics reported that he is mailing out over 3000 letters to all Catholic bishops across the world urging them “to stand on the side of the victims of Vankalai and Pesalai. IATA states that in an organized pogrom perpetrated by the Buddhist government of Sri Lanka where innocent Tamil children and helpless women and unarmed men are being selectively slaughtered, when churches are torched and priests are arbitrarily arrested and shot to death, there is no place for neutrality. In such instances of murder and mayhem, neutrality goes only to support the aggressor; one must take sides and stand with the victims. This is perfectly in line with what your Master and Lord Jesus Christ has shown by word and action.” We reproduce below extracts of IATA’s letter. more ...
  • 114) 01:29 GMT, Jun. 18, 2006 |  + Sri Lankan forces 'hit church'
    Sri Lankan forces have been accused of targeting a church in the north-western district of Mannar. The government denies this, but eyewitnesses described how the military attacked the church. An international aid worker has confirmed it. One woman was killed and more than 40 people injured in the incident. It comes after early-morning clashes in Mannar between the Sri Lankan navy and Tamil Tiger rebels, in which more than 30 people were said to have died. Some 200 people had been sheltering at the church when a grenade was thrown in, causing death and injury. more ...
  • 115) 20:20 GMT, Jun. 18, 2005 |  + Should Oxfam pay tsunami aid duty?
    Is it right that Oxfam had to pay Sri Lanka $1m in import duty for vehicles used for tsunami reconstruction? The Daily Telegraph newspaper said Sri Lankan customs refused to give tax exemptions to non-governmental organisations helping in the aftermath of the disaster. The British charity told the newspaper that it abided by the laws of the countries it works in, "including tax laws". Was Sri Lanka right to charge tax duty on the vehicles? Is red tape slowing down reconstruction? more ...
  • 116) 12:40 GMT, Jun. 18, 2005 |  + US Trains Sri Lanka Police As Crackdown On Christians Spread
    American law enforcement instructors ended two weeks of training Sri Lanka Police at "Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Human Dignity and Ethics, and Community-based Policing," amid concern over a crackdown on Christians, BosNewsLife learned Saturday June 18. The training at the Police Higher Training Institute in the capital Colombo, reported in local media, came as the UK-based human rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), expressed concern over a reported fresh crackdown against the Christian minority in the predominantly Buddhist nation, often with the knowledge of police and local authorities. Buddhist militants and others have gone on a rampage throughout the island, CSW and other human rights groups suggested. Police is allegedly unable, or unwilling, to intervene in time, and there have been questions over their treatment of those of other religions deemed dangerous to the government. more ...
  • 117) 12:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 2005 |  + Toronto: Jam packed entertainment event to mark World Refugee Day
    The UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) is organizing a free public event in Toronto to mark World Refugee Day in collaboration with key Canadian non-governmental organizations. These include: Amnesty International, Canadian Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), World Vision, COSTI, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Toronto Refugee Affairs Council (TRAC), and the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR). This will be a festive occasion to celebrate refugees and their positive contributions to Canada. The event will feature performances by this year's Juno Award winners and celebrity musicians, artists and writers, many of whom have found safe refuge in Canada. more ...
  • 118) 10:15 GMT, Jun. 18, 2005 |  + Man, woman of Lankan origin held at airport
    A man and woman of Sri Lankan origin were detained on Thursday by the Emigration personnel at the Cochin International Airport on charges of impersonation and abetting. They were identified as Chandralingam Nataraja, 49, and Mankaiyatkarasi, 38. According to Emigration personnel, Nataraja, holding a Refugee Travel Document (RTD) issued by the French Government, was trying to leave the country for Paris via Doha, on a Qatar Airways flight accompanied by a woman pretending as his wife, Sivagurunath Thirusothi. The Emigration personnel found that the photo on the RTD of the woman was not fully matching with her. The date of birth entered on the RTD was also different from her original date of birth. On interrogation, she revealed that her name was Mankaiyatkarasi. She reached India on a launch from Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 119) 01:04 GMT, Jun. 18, 2004 |  + Helping landmine victims to walk again
    More than 60 people descended on Dulwich Park on Sunday, June 6, to raise money for a charity that helps people disabled by landmines in Sri Lanka. Walk Again raised £2,200 for artificial limbs, rehabilitation, vocational training and counselling for victims. Event organiser Evelyn Rodrigues said: "I was inspired to do this project because it was a chance to support a great organisation working at grassroots level and really making a difference to people's lives. With the money we've raised we will enable 17 people to be fitted with an artificial limb." more ...
  • 120) 00:57 GMT, Jun. 18, 2004 |  + WUSC celebrates community service in Sri Lanka
    World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is celebrating 15 years of community service in Sri Lanka as an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO), and operates on a non-profit basis. WUSC has worked in the North, East and South of Sri Lanka, from 1989. WUSC works on the premise that "Knowledge for an Equitable World" is a way towards peace and stability in a society by making men and women complete with right and positive attitudes. Its mission is to foster sustainable development and guarantee the rights of human beings in a global context through education and training, states the WUSC in a press release. more ...
  • 121) 00:51 GMT, Jun. 18, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka planning 100% land tax
    Sri Lanka will re-impose a 100% tax on foreigners buying land, claiming that locals are being priced out of the domestic market. According to the BBC's correspondent in Colombo, Frances Harrison, the tax has been a hot topic both during and after recent elections. Resentment and house prices have risen as expatriates from India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Europe buy holiday homes. The government claims the sales do little to boost Sri Lanka's economy. "There has been concern about non-Sri Lankans buying properties in the historic Galle Fort which is a Unesco world heritage site, as well as along the southern coastline," says our correspondent. more ...
  • 122) 22:37 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + Norway tries to save Lanka peace process
    Norway's top envoy here Wednesday launched a fresh bid to salvage Sri Lanka's faltering peace process by meeting with Tamil Tiger rebels to persuade them to end a boycott of negotiations, officials said. Ambassador Hans Brattskar held talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the northern Wanni region and discussed ways to end the deadlock in peace talks with the Colombo government, official sources said. The Norwegian embassy here confirmed that Brattskar held talks with the LTTE's political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan in Wanni on a "range of subjects." The embassy declined to give details of the discussions, but spokesman Tomas Stangeland said the meeting was "positive and constructive." more ...
  • 123) 20:54 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + SLMM monitors search location where suspected LTTE vessel was sunk
    The sea monitors from the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission dispatched to search the location where the suspected LTTE vessel was sunk by the Navy in the sea off Mullaitivu was due to arrive at the Trincomalee harbour late last night after completing their mission. SLMM spokeswoman Agnes Bragadottir told the Daily News yesterday that sea monitors have reached the location and were returning after searching the area pointed by the Navy and the LTTE. "There won't be any report by the Naval monitors until they reach Trincomalee and Jaffna respectively", Bragadottir added. There is a difference of 156 nautical miles between the location pointed out by the Navy and the LTTE. more ...
  • 124) 17:53 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + “Global Action, Not Just Global Talk” - Canada's Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific)
    At the donor’s conference that wrapped up today in Tokyo, the international community, including Canada, pledged $4.5 billion in aid largely pre-conditioned on full compliance with a ceasefire agreement, effective protection of human rights and a verifiable "de-escalation, de-militarisation and normalisation process". Canada has a unique, and very important role to play with this nation . We’ve been a friend of partner of Sri Lanka’s for over fifty years. In that time we’ve contributed over $800 million in development assistance, and during the war itself, when there was very little outside aid was reaching the North and East, Canada was delivering about one-fifth of the humanitarian relief. But most importantly, we’re home to over 200,000 Canadians of Sri Lankan origin, giving us the largest Tamil diaspora in the world! more ...
  • 125) 17:29 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Meets with Mr. Tamilselvan
    Mr. Hans Brattskar, the Norwegian envoy to Sri Lanka visited Killinochchi earlier today to meet Mr. S.P. Tamilselvan, head of the political wing of the LTTE. In a meeting which lasted around ninety minutes, the current impasse in the peace talks and avenues for resolving the deadlock were discussed. After the meeting, Mr. Brattskar and his delegation visited the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation central bureau and had discussions with the TRO officials. They also inspected two TRO projects underway in the Mullaitivu district. more ...
  • 126) 16:56 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + 'If you draw a line, we will pave a road'
    The corruption and lethargies of the Sri Lankan bureaucracy are well known to Sri Lankans. Even the people in the south admire the efficiency of the LTTE's administrative mechanisms. The LTTE boasts of a "corruption-free administration which understands the needs at the ground level". There is a famous saying in Tamil to depict the intelligence and efficiency of an individual, Neenga kodu portal nanga road ae poduvum. Roughly translated, it means "If you draw a line, we will pave a road". Prabakaran, by proposing the interim administration as milestone in the road to achieving lasting peace, has once again shown that he is a man of action, unlike the Sri Lankan prime minister. Wickramasinghe drew the line on a road map, but Prabakaran has actually drawn the road map to peace. more ...
  • 127) 16:17 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + THE EPP SUMMIT OPENS IN CHALKIDIKI
    The proceedings of the summit meeting of the European People's Party, EPP, open in Chalkidiki this evening with speeches delivered by the President of the Greek right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy, the EPP President and the EPP Parliamentary Group President. The EPP Presiding Board meeting will be held tomorrow followed by a presentation of an International Democratic Union book on Sri Lanka funded by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. more ...
  • 128) 12:29 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + Election bill amendments need 2/3 majority - Supreme Court
    The Sri Lanka's parliament Speaker Mr.Joseph Michael Perera Wednesday informed the house that the Supreme Court has determined that two third majority is required to pass the Local Authorities (Special Provisions) Bill in parliament, parliamentary sources said. The Supreme Court, which held its inquiry two weeks ago into the petitions challenging the legal validity of the draft bill, sent its determination Tuesday evening to the Speaker, sources said more ...
  • 129) 12:25 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + Opening Move
    In the wake of the international donor conference in Tokyo last week, the immediate problems of a stalled peace process have once again returned to the fore. Much has changed in the past few weeks. The 'partnership in peace' which was meant to see the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers jointly addressing the urgent humanitarian concerns of the Tamil people has been exposed as a sham. more ...
  • 130) 23:24 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + Little Tiger' a winner
    Tiger Woods may not be having a great season but Canada's Little Tiger, Gajan Sivabalasingham, is off to a great start on the golf links. The 9-year-old golfing wonder from Markham became the first Canadian to win a title at the Exxon-BFI Future Tour Championship in Greenville, Miss., when he captured the boys' 8- and 9-year-old division with a sizzling four-under-par 68 during the two-day, 18-hole event. Gajan, whose score equalled two tournament records, won the title by three strokes. Gajan's score of 33 for the first nine holes of the tournament equalled a mark set the previous year by American Curtis Thompson and his 68 equalled a tournament record set by another American, Matt Ceravalo. more ...
  • 131) 22:51 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + Vaiko remand extended
    The senior defence counsel, G.Devadoss, continuing his arguments on discharge petitions filed by eight MDMK party leaders (except Mr.Vaiko), arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, today contended before the POTA court at Poonamalle, near Chennai, that Section 21 was ultra vires the Constitution. Mr. Devadoss said the main ingredients of Section 21 were that there should be a meeting, the meeting should be knowingly arranged to support an organisation or further activities of an organisation and the organisation should be a terrorist in nature. more ...
  • 132) 12:22 GMT, Jun. 18, 2003 |  + Baiting the Tiger
    The Sri Lanka Navy's sinking of another ship of the Liberation Tigers' merchant fleet on Saturday has understandably raised fresh anxieties about a resumption of the bitter and bloody conflict that has wracked the island for two decades. This is the second time in the past three months that the SLN has deliberately set out, despite the standing cease-fire agreement, to intercept and destroy an LTTE ship. more ...
  • 133) 13:30 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka scraps criminal defamation act
    Sri Lanka on Tuesday scrapped a nearly 120-year-old draconian criminal defamation act that was used to stifle media criticism of senior politicians. Protests against the law, that had a jail term of up to two years for those found guilty, gained momentum in recent years after two senior editors were given suspended sentences for criticising President Chandrika Kumaratunga. more ...
  • 134) 12:33 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + Peace meeting in Sri Lanka
    Official sources said the head of the government's peace secretariat, Bernard Gunatilleke, was travelling with Norwegian officials; Norway helped broker a ceasefire in Sri Lanka in February after two decades of civil war. Mr Gunatilleke first met the leader of the Tamil Tiger's political wing, S P Thamilselvan, last month, and described their discussions as frank and friendly. more ...
  • 135) 12:25 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + Can Norway ensure implementation of the ceasefire?
    Sri Lanka has hijacked the Norwegian peace initiative for an effort to railroad the LTTE into entering talks without any agreed agenda and irrespective of the objective conditions in the north and east. The rational for this is clear: international assistance is predicated on advances in the peace process and direct talks are the only acceptable evidence of this. The Norwegian facilitators therefore now have their work cut out. Restoring trust is always harder than creating it in the first place. But the optimism expressed last week by Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen is welcome, even though it is shared by few in the island. Last week Sri Lanka Army Major General Sarath Fonseka pointed out darkly : "after all, this is only a ceasefire agreement. [The Tamils] must understand that this is not the end of the war." Indeed. more ...
  • 136) 10:43 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + Mullaitivu miracle for ethnic unity
    For the first time since 1983 and in what is seen as a significant step towards ethnic unity, a holy mass was celebrated in Sinhala at an LTTE controlled area in the Mullaitivu district to mark the feast of St. Anthony who is also revered as a saint of national unity. Eye witnesses who described this event as a miracle said it began when more than 300 Sinhala fisher folk from the islet of Kokilai - once the scene of a massacre by the LTTE - turned up unexpectedly and without any passes at St. Anthony's Church in Alampil while the largely Tamil community was celebrating the feast. more ...
  • 137) 10:40 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + Norway denies reports of diplomat's planned visit to Sri Lanka
    The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo has denied news reports in local and foreign media last week claiming that Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen would be due in Sri Lanka this week for a final round of talks, before the peace talks in Thailand between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE. The Embassy sources said they don't know the source of this story. The Embassy sources made it clear that Helgesen will not be coming to Sri Lanka as the newspapers reported. more ...
  • 138) 10:26 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Tigers, government due for fresh talks
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels were set for face-to-face talks ahead of formal peace negotiations in Thailand, official sources said. The head of the government's "peace secretariat" coordinating the Norwegian-backed peace bid, Bernard Gunatilleke, left for the rebel-held Wanni region Tuesday for talks with the rebels, the sources said. more ...
  • 139) 01:32 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + LTTE sea movement issue will be settled soon — SLMM
    Discussions are underway between the Navy and the LTTE regarding the thorny issue of sea movement of the LTTE and a solution will be reached soon, spokesman of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Teitui Torkelsson said yesterday. The LTTE had requested permission for sea movement from the North to the Eastern coast to transport unarmed cadres. He said that one condition would be for members of the monitoring mission to accompany the LTTE boats. more ...
  • 140) 01:16 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + Infrastructure in Vanni to be developed
    Several non-governmental organisations have provided Rs. 182.5 million to develop the infrastructure facilities in the Vanni.A special discussion on the implementation of these projects was held at the Vavuniya District Secretariat Office with the participation of the representatives of local and foreign non-governmental organisations. Educational and sanitation facilities, agriculture, irrigation and highways in the Vanni district will be improved under this project. Action will also be taken to provide facilities for resettlement of the displaced families. A group of LTTE members led by leader of its political wing in Vavuniya, M. Maylavan also attended the discussion. more ...
  • 141) 19:49 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + "End discrimination against Tamils in education" -CTTU
    The Ministry of Education under the United National Front (UNF) government continues the discrimination of Tamil people in the sphere of education, the Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) has told an advisor to the Prime Minister (PM). more ...
  • 142) 17:21 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + UNHCR urges agreement for Sri Lankan refugees in India
    The U.N. agency overseeing refugee welfare is urging a tripartite agreement with India and Sri Lanka to regulate the return of minority Tamils displaced by the island's protracted ethnic war. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is keen to ensure that some 66,000 Sri Lankan Tamils living in welfare camps in India return voluntarily to their homes in the once war-torn north and east. more ...
  • 143) 01:07 GMT, Jun. 18, 2002 |  + Tigers start political work in Jaffna islands
    The Liberation Tigers began political work in the islands of Jaffna Monday amid objections and hindrances by the Sri Lanka Navy. They were delayed at Allaipitti, the main entry point to the islands when the Sri Lanka Navy objected to the LTTE's women fighters wearing belts and refused to let them pass. The public welcomed the Tigers near the entry point when the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission resolved the issue. They also alleged that SLN troops and Police had been deployed in strength in Kayts to scare and dissuade the public from gathering in numbers to meet the Tigers. more ...
  • 144) 21:24 GMT, Jun. 18, 2001 |  + Protests as Janaka Perera’s appointment proceeds
    Hundreds of Tamils protested outside Australia’s Parliament Monday over the government’s acceptance of a Sri Lanka Army General accused of human rights violations as Colombo’s High Commissioner to Canberra. Amnesty International also voiced its opposition, but Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lakshman Kadirgamar, had given his “personal assurance” that Major General Retd.) Janaka Perera is a “suitable and worthy appointment.” Over 500 Tamils from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra gathered opposite the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra Monday morning before marching to the Australian Federal Parliament to register their outrage. Major General Perera, who recently retired from the Army after a bitter rivalry with the present Army chief, was in control of several Tamil areas when wide spread atrocities attributed to his troops took place. more ...
  • 145) 17:08 GMT, Jun. 18, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka diplomat sparks protests
    More than 300 Tamils have demonstrated outside the Australian parliament in protest against the appointment of a retired army officer as Sri Lanka's new diplomatic envoy. Tamil community groups in Australia say the high commissioner-designate, Major-General Janaka Perera, is a war criminal. They allege he was responsible for hundreds of deaths and the torture of Tamils in the Jaffna peninsula during his period of command there in the mid-1990s. more ...
  • 146) 17:03 GMT, Jun. 18, 2001 |  + Divers locate 'phantom shipwreck'
    A search team has found what is thought to be the wreck of a ship which sank off the Italian coast five years ago with hundreds of illegal immigrants on board. The wreck is said to be surrounded by skeletons. An Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, undertook the search for what has been dubbed "the phantom shipwreck" in the face of long-standing official scepticism about the existence of the vessel. more ...
  • 147) 15:25 GMT, Jun. 18, 2001 |  + Australian government under pressure over Sri Lanka appointment
    The Australian Government is under pressure to justify its decision to approve the appointment of Sri Lanka's new High Commissioner to Australia. Human rights groups say former Major General Janaka Perera has commanded over areas where attrocities occurred. The Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations, Amnesy International and the Federal Oppposition Labor Party say the allegations should be investigated. The Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexaner Downer, says he's considered the allegations and Janaka Perera is a suitable and worthy appointment. It certainly doesn't go well with the stated policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs that Australia takes a responsible view or position regarding human rights violations in Sri Lanka and it has been raising these issues with the Sri Lankan government. more ...
  • 148) 12:41 GMT, Jun. 18, 2001 |  + Controversy surrounds Sri Lankan diplomat
    Australia says it will not block the controversial appointment of a senior Sri Lankan general as his country's diplomatic representative to Canberra. Human rights organisations and some Tamil groups have accused the general, Janaka Perera, of involvement in human rights abuses, including the torture and killings of Tamil civilians, when he commanded troops fighting in Sri Lanka's civil war against Tamil separatists. The Australian Government says it has been reassured that that the General has not been directly linked to any atrocities. The Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downing, says he has found no basis on which to challenge the appointment. more ...
  • 149) 11:06 GMT, Jun. 18, 2001 |  + A tragedy of errors
    Whatever the government's assessment concerning Erik Solheim, its request of upgrading the facilitation efforts does seem overtly reasonable although the consequence would be the overriding of Solheim. At the same time the LTTE's objection to the government of Sri Lanka and Norway taking a bilateral decision on this vital issue without consulting or obtaining consent of the tigers is also valid. The contending views of both sides could complicate the situation further. Much would depend on the talks Oslo intends on having with the LTTE in the future. If matters are ironed out in these talks the peace process could stride forward powerfully. If not the process may be jeopardised on account of the Solheim factor. The change that is envisaged of inducting further impetus may become counterproductive and lead to the collapsing of the whole peace process. Because of the facilitator fracas the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis is the result of a mounting tragedy of errors. more ...
  • 150) 10:28 GMT, Jun. 18, 2001 |  + Australia refuses to bow to demands it bar Sri Lanka's new envoy
    The Australian government refused Monday to bar Sri Lanka's newly appointed high commissioner despite allegations that he is a war criminal responsible for torture and mass murder. A statement by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer dismissing the allegations followed a noisy demonstration by 400 members of Australia's Tamil community outside parliament house here Monday. They demanded that the government reconsider its decision to accept the nomination of former army Major-General Janaka Perera, who played a key role in Sri Lanka's bitter war against the Tamil Tiger separatists. more ...
  • 151) 10:24 GMT, Jun. 18, 2001 |  + Batticaloa gets 'Writing on the wall'
    Sri Lanka army soldiers nonchalantly pass by the large writings on the wall in Vathaarumoolai, 19 kilometres north of Batticaloa. The attitude surprises visitors and locals alike because these are larger than life graffiti of the Liberation Tigers which began appearing since early last month in many parts of the Batticaloa district's coastal region which is controlled by the Sri Lankan security forces. Some have been sprayed very close to army camps on Batticaloa coastal highway. The slogan 'We will go anywhere. We will win anything- Jeyanthan Military Division' spray-painted on several buildings, bus shelters and walls in Eravur, Chenkalady and Vanthaarumoolai along the SLA patrolled main road from Batticaloa to Valaichenai are the largest of the graffiti. more ...
  • 152) 13:17 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Lanka parties split on reform plan
    Sri Lanka’s ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) and opposition United National Party (UNP) are divided on the issue of presenting in Parliament the political package on devolution of powers to the north-eastern part of the country. The UNP is insisting that the proposals be presented to the LTTE first but the government wants to take the reform package directly to Parliament. more ...
  • 153) 13:13 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Rebel on magazine power list angers Sri Lanka
    The inclusion of the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebel group by Asiaweek magazine on its list of the 50 most powerful people in the region has raised howls of protests in Sri Lanka. The list includes Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who was ranked one place behind Prabhakaran as the 49th most powerful person in the region. more ...
  • 154) 13:07 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan Army chief to visit Pakistan
    Sri Lankan Army chief Lt Gen Srilal Weerasurya will visit Islamabad on June 20 to brief Pakistan's military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf on the prevailing military situation in northern Jaffna peninsula, media reports said here today. The visit of Weerasurya is also viewed here as a measure of Pakistan's support to the Sri Lankan Government during the current round of military crisis following intensification of LTTE attacks in Jaffna, the Sunday Times newspaper said. more ...
  • 155) 13:00 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Officer Killed in Sri Lanka Blast
    A bomb exploded in a relatively peaceful region in eastern Sri Lanka on Sunday killing a local police chief and wounding two others, a police official said. The bomb was apparently planted on a roadside in the Ampara district and was set off by remote control as the police chief walked by, a police official in the region said on condition of anonymity. more ...
  • 156) 12:57 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Israel testing out Cruise missiles: report
    Israel has test-fired Cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, fuelling fears of an escalation in the West Asian arms race, the Sunday Times reported, citing Israeli defence sources. The tests took place in May off Sri Lanka, the sources said, and hit targets at sea at a range of about 1,500 km the paper said. more ...
  • 157) 12:48 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan officer who killed refugees refused refugee status
    A SRI LANKAN naval officer who killed unarmed civilians in a refugee camp has unsuccessfully sought refugee status in Australia because he fears official punishment if he returns to his homeland. The former officer, identified only as VZL, has admitted his involvement in the killing of 40 Tamil refugees including a pregnant woman,in a Red Cross refugee camp in northern Sri Lanka in 1993. more ...
  • 158) 05:15 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + 47 Lankan refugees back home, after a three-day ordeal
    The Tamil Nadu Government informed the Central Government of their plight. In tern, it alerted the Sri Lankan Government. A Lankan naval ship was stationed two kilometres off the sand dune on Friday around 3.30 p.m. The navy personnel then made enquiries with the stranded refugees and rescued all of them. more ...
  • 159) 05:07 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Vaiko flays Chandrika's devolution package
    Stating in clear-cut terms that the MDMK will not impose its views on the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis on the Vajpayee Government, party general secretary Vaiko on Saturday said: ``We are not responsible if the island nation's government is unable to protect its integrity''. more ...
  • 160) 20:01 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Rescued refugees remanded
    The 24 refugees who were rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) from an islet of the Adam's Bridge in the high seas between the southern coast of Tamil Nadu and Mannar on June 14 were remanded until Monday by Mannar's acting magistrate. more ...
  • 161) 19:57 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Court releases arrested Trinco students
    Two students of Chelvanayagapuram Tamil Maha Vidyalayam in Uppuveli in Trincomalee district, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and held in detention, were produced before the Trincomalee acting magistrate, Mr. M.K. Selvarajah yesterday. more ...
  • 162) 19:54 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Lanka to lift censorship before elections
    The Sri Lankan government will lift the news censorship on the local press by August as campaigning for the parliamentary elections later in the year gets underway, media minister Mangala Samaraweera has said. more ...
  • 163) 19:45 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka rules out Tamil Tigers in interim council
    Sri Lanka on Sunday ruled out the participation of Tamil Tiger rebels in a proposed interim council to administer the war-torn north and east of the country where the guerrillas are fighting for a separate homeland. more ...
  • 164) 19:39 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Tigers kept off devolution councils
    The Sri Lankan Government has announced that the rebel Tamil Tigers will be barred from taking part in any interim council in the north-east province, which is being proposed as part of a devolution plan. There would be no role for the separatist movement unless they joined the democratic process, President Kumaratunga has made clear. more ...
  • 165) 19:34 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Eelam is for both Muslims and Tamils, says LTTE
    In a significant development, the LTTE has said the "Tamil Eelam belongs to the Muslims and Tamil people" and has sought cooperation of the community to strengthen the Tamil-Muslim relationship. Political analysts consider the LTTE move as very "significant" as it comes at a time when the government and the opposition are parleying on how and when a referendum should be held in the Tamil-populated north and the Muslim-dominated east on the merger of the two. more ...
  • 166) 13:29 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan Police accused of sexual brutality
    Sri Lankan police officers in Sinnakadai area in Mannar have attempted to rape women in the nearby areas after forcibly opening the doors at night, residents in Mannar said. Sex-related abusive incidents have worsened since last Wednesday, they added. more ...
  • 167) 13:26 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + STF officer killed in claymore attack
    The officer in charge of the elite Special Task Force (STF) commando camp in Thirukkovil, 77 kilometers south of Batticaloa, was killed Sunday morning around 11.30 a.m. when a claymore mine fixed to a bicycle exploded. more ...
  • 168) 04:57 GMT, Jun. 18, 2000 |  + TAMIL REFUGEES SHUT OUT MID-SEA
    In a dramatic policy reversal, India today slammed doors on a batch of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka and allowed them to be shipped back home in a vessel sent by the island nation. This is the first time that refugees from Lanka have been turned back mid-sea, signalling a hardening of stance by the Tamil Nadu government and the Centre. more ...
  • 169) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka seeks identification of mass grave victims
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  • 172) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Cops pull out all stops in hunt for
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  • 174) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + 200 hold vigil for teen has been missing since Saturday!!
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  • 175) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Relatives identify Chemmani skeletons
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  • 176) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka makes early breakthrough in mass graves probe
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  • 177) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Guatemala & Sri Lanka
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  • 178) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Human Rights Watch -Sri Lanka 1999
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  • 179) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + 'Mass grave' bodies identified
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  • 180) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + The path to inter-communal unity
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  • 181) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka seeks identification of mass grave victims
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  • 182) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + 'Mass grave' yields two skeletons
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  • 183) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Two skeletons found in alleged S.Lanka mass grave
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  • 184) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Many Injured in Bomb Explosion in Sri Lanka !!
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  • 185) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 18, 1999 |  + Journalists taken to Rana Gosa areas
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