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April 20, 2019 - Memory of the Day

Sri Lanka, an Island Nation That Is Best Savored Slowly

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1996 | Tamil family of six killed
    Sri Lankan military carried out inhuman bombing attack on the fleeing refugees who were crossing Kilali Lagoon. Dead and injured included five members of the same family who were killed instantly leaving an injured little girl, orphaned, who succumbed to her injuries two days later.
  • 1996 | 10 people died and 30 were injured.
    MI24 war-planes were used to attack those fleeing. Bombing and shelling towards Thenmaratchi from Valigamam intensified. The whole of Thenmaratchi area was shuddering with the impact of the bombing. The interior and coastal parts came under continuosly heavy bombing and shelling from which people could not escape.10 people died and 30 were injured.
  • 1998 | More than 50 Sri Lankan Soldiers and 11 LTTE fighters killed
    More than 50 Sri Lankan Soldiers and 11 LTTE fighters killed when the 'Jeyasikurui', Sinhala armed forces tried to advance towards Mankulam. In addition to the deaths, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, more than 250 SL Troops have been wounded. LTTE has captured an amount of arms and ammunition in these clashes with Nine dead bodies of SL Troops. Two battle tanks were destroyed in addition to an MI 21 helicopter which was struck by small arms fire, reports from the battlefront said.
  • 1997 | 11 Soldiers Killed In Jaffna
    Eleven Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in the Jaffna peninsula when LTTE forces intercepted an army patrol travelling between Nakarkoil and Maruthankerni on Thursday. Immediately after the event, the army arrested 3 innocent Tamil people from nearby homes and took them away. Two of those taken are women and there is a strong likelihood they are facing torture and rape in custody. Such human rights crimes against women by Sri Lanka's armed forces are widespread in army-controlled Tamil areas, to where the Sri Lankan government has banned independent journalists.
  • 2000 | MASSAR, SORANPATTU REGIONS OVER-RUN
    The LTTE combat formations scored a major military victory in the current offensive campaign in the Jaffna peninsula when they over-ran several camps and military bases of the Sri Lankan troops in the Massar and Soranpattu area between Palai and Yakachi today and took control of a vast tract of territory. Several kilometres of the A9 highway between Pallai and Yakachchi have been cut off and the Yakachchi military base is surrounded by the LTTE forces.
  • 1999 | YAKACHCHI MILITAY COMPLEX COLLAPSING
    Yakachchi military base, the last bastian protecting the Elephant Pass Camp, is on the verge of collapse as the combat formations of the Liberation Tigers mounted a massive, multi-pronged assault and over-ran several mini-camps and defence positions on the periphery of this giant complex today.
  • 2000 | STRATEGIC TOWN OF PALLAI FALLS TO LTTE
    The combat formations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) overran the massive military base at Pallai, about 15 kilometres north of Elephant Pass, and took control of the town and its surrounding villages today.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1996 | Sri Lanka Kfir jets kill Tamil civilians in Jaffna peninsula
    On 20 April 1996, Sri Lankan Kfir jets bombed Muhammalai in the Jaffna peninsula. Ramasamy Aruljayanthy lost her father, her older sister and her niece in the attack. This is a translation of her account of the attack.
  • 1997 | Amnesty Urgent Action Appeal on continuing "disappearances"
    "Kandiah Sivakumar, aged 20 Kanagasabai Ravichandran, aged 20
    Kandiah Sivakumar and Kanagasabai Ravichandran, two firewood sellers from Rukam village, have been reported 'disappeared' after they were taken into custody by the army near the Black Bridge, Chenkalady, Batticaloa district on 20 April 1997.
  • 1996 | 10 people killed and 45 injured.
    Sri Lankan government embarks on a military solution, Military offensive code named 'Riviresa Two' launched In an attempt to deny a political solution to the Tamil people and driven by their ambitions to capture Tamil Lands and to subjugate the Tamils, the Sri Lankan Government yesterday launched a new military offensive to capture the Tamil homelands of Thenmaratchi and Vadamaratchi. The Government also gagged the International and Local press by refusing them permission to visit the Tamil areas where the Government has declared a war.
  • 1998 | Two fishermen killed
    Two fishermen were killed and two were wounded in the early hours this morning around 4 a.m. when the Sri Lankan Army at the Valaichenai Fisheries harbor camp fired on them. The four fishermen had set out fishing in their boats in the Valaichenai Lagoon.
  • 1997 | SL Police shoot tamil shoppers: killing 3
    Sri Lankan paramilitary police opened fire on Tamil shoppers at Valaichchenai market (Batticaloa) killing three and severely wounding seven.
  • 1998 | Tamil shot dead in Batticaloa
    On Friday, Sri Lankan soldiers fired on a passenger boat in the Batticaloa lagoon (3 PM) killing one Tamil youth on the spot. The name of the deceased is Kathiramalai Koneswaran (24) from Palukamam. Three others who were also on board the boat are in hospital in a serious condition.
  • 2000 | CARITAS ASSISTS WAR REFUGEES IN SRI LANKA
    Thousands of Civilians Stranded in Villages in Midst of Crossfire ROME, (ZENIT.org).- The Sri Lankan army has blockaded thousands of civilians in their villages in the Jaffna war zone, according to Jesuit Refugees Service (JRS). Over the past three weeks there has been fierce combat in the Jaffna peninsula, where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are attempting to reconquer territory disputed by both sides. Estimates say there are some 5,000 people trapped in the war zone.
  • 2000 | ICRC medical supplies blocked
    Sri Lankan troops this week prevented the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from taking its MoD authorised medical supplies for its mobile and primary health clinics in the Vanni, the ICRC spokesman Harsha Gunawardena told TamilNet Thursday. He expressed concern for the civilians in the Vanni who relied on the ICRC facilities.
  • 1997 | Police Shoot Tamil Shoppers
    Sri Lankan paramilitary police opened fire on Tamil shoppers at Valaichchenai market (Batticaloa) killing three and severely wounding seven. The indiscriminate firing spread panic among ordinary people causing them to flee for their lives. Those injured lay without assistance for half an hour while the heavily armed police roamed the area. This random attack on Tamil civilians (including two Muslims) was in revenge for an earlier LTTE raid on a group of paramilitary police in which 2 police died.
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1997 | Kasali [ 25 M from Valaichchenai market - Batticaloa ]
    SL paramilitary police opened fire on Tamil Shoppers and killed at Batticaloa
  • 1997 | Adam Lebbe [ 35 M from Valaichchenai market - Batticaloa ]
    SL paramilitary police opened fire on Tamil Shoppers and killed at Batticaloa
  • 1997 | Sithiravel [ 48 M from Valaichchenai market - Batticaloa ]
    SL paramilitary police opened fire on Tamil Shoppers and killed at Batticaloa
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 407 | நுண்மாண் நுழைபுல மில்லான் எழினலம்
    மண்மாண் புனைபாவை யற்று.
    Who lack the power of subtle, large, and penetrating sense,
    Like puppet, decked with ornaments of clay, their beauty's vain pretence.
    - 41 41
  • Apr 20 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Apr 20, 2017 15:46:52 GMT |  + Court dismisses bid to transfer Sri Lankan envoy's assault case
    The prosecution's application to transfer a case involving Sri Lanka's High Commissioner from the Sepang Sessions Court to Kuala Lumpur was dismissed by the High Court here Thursday. The application was reportedly made because High Commissioner Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, one of the prosecution witnesses, feared for his safety if he had to testify in Sepang. Three men have been charged with rioting and causing injury to Ibrahim. Justice Nordin Hassan rejected the application on the grounds that there was no valid reason to grant the request. "Even if the court allows the application, the crowd can still come here," he said. more ...
  • 2) Apr 20, 2017 15:41:31 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Tamil Catholics demand their village back from navy ‎
    In Tamil-majority northern Sri Lanka, a Catholic bishop led a delegation on Thursday to the local representative of Sri Lanka’s president, to hand over a petition by villagers to regain their homes confiscated by the navy some 9 years ago. Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swamipillai of Mannar accompanied by 40 priest and 300 parishioners from St. Sebastian Church in Mannar marched April 19 to Mullikulam where he handed over the villagers’ petition to the Government Agent of Mannar. Mullikulam village and fishing area of 500 hectares, originally home to about 500 families, was entirely confiscated in 2007 to transform it into the headquarters of the Sri Lankan navy’s North-Western Command. more ...
  • 3) Apr 20, 2017 12:50:52 GMT |  + Self-preservation behind actions of accused Tamil migrant smugglers: lawyer
    Four men accused of smuggling dozens of Tamil migrants into Canada were simply part of the effort to get themselves and the rest of the asylum seekers across the Pacific Ocean, their lawyers told a court on Wednesday. Mark Jette said in closing arguments at the B.C. Supreme Court trial that the men, like the rest of the migrants, were seeking a better life and their work aboard the MV Ocean Lady wasn’t facilitating organized crime. Francis Anthonimuthu Appulonappa, Hamalraj Handasamy, Jeyachandran Kanagarajah, Vignarajah Thevarajah are accused under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of smuggling 76 migrants on board a cargo vessel from Thailand to the coast of British Columbia in October 2009. more ...
  • 4) Apr 20, 2017 12:43:30 GMT |  + Foreign buyers tax, expanded rent control coming to Ontario
    Ontario's Liberal government will slap a 15 per cent tax on home purchases by non-resident foreigners and will expand the province's existing rent control system to cover all tenants, CBC News has learned. The moves come after the price of the average home in the Greater Toronto Area jumped 33 per cent in a year, triggering warnings of a real estate bubble, as well as after reporting by CBC Toronto revealed landlords slapping massive rent increases on tenants. more ...
  • 5) Apr 20, 2014 12:19:11 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Tamil refugees: caught in the straits of sorrow
    No one takes a pause in Chennai. The sentences spoken are long, the exchanges, hurried, and there is drama everywhere. By the time we reached another house in a lane, where we had hurriedly gathered after a failed attempt to interview refugees at a camp, we had had enough. But the evening had more in store. Veda, another refuge, protests our attempts to prove that she is real. No pictures, she says in Tamil to our translator, who is doing double duty reassuring both of us that the interaction would land her in no bigger trouble than what she found herself in when she came by boat to Rameshwaram from Kilinochchi in 2009, the year the 25-year-old civil war in Sri Lanka came to a brutal end. more ...
  • 6) Apr 20, 2014 12:18:48 GMT |  + South Africa mediation offers way out for Govt
    Whilst Sri Lankans were observing the National New Year last week, the Government of South African President Jacob Zuma set in motion a broad initiative towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka. It came when Pretoria’s special envoy Cyril Ramaphosa, widely regarded as a future President, took the first step of holding talks with a delegation from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). He will arrive in Sri Lanka to continue the dialogue with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other UPFA leaders late next month or in early June. more ...
  • 7) Apr 20, 2014 12:17:58 GMT |  + Bridging the narratives in Sri Lanka
    Instead of victory memorials, Sri Lanka needs a monument to commemorate all casualties of the war. In the hot plains of the Vanni, a larger-than-life stone soldier emerges out of a block of concrete, an AK-47 in one hand and the Sri Lankan flag in the other. Hardly visible from the ground, a dove sits on the machine gun. This is a “victory memorial” created by the Army after the end of the hostilities between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Army in May 2009. more ...
  • 8) Apr 20, 2014 12:07:09 GMT |  + From Conspiracy To Counter Conspiracy Theories
    The theory of an international conspiracy is gaining ground within the government. The state media is giving considerable attention to the Canadian decision to stop funding the Commonwealth during the tenure of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as its Chairman. Canada was also one of two countries that officially boycotted the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November 2013 because it was being held in Sri Lanka. The Canadian position is that “As host of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and current Chair in Office, Sri Lanka has a duty to take meaningful action on human rights, political reconciliation and accountability. However, Sri Lanka has failed to realize progress on any of these issues.” more ...
  • 9) Apr 20, 2014 12:04:53 GMT |  + BBC’s Haviland has to go, says Govt.
    A request by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to grant a one-year extension of visa for its Colombo correspondent Charles Haviland has been turned down by the Sri Lankan Government. Instead he has been given clearance to stay three more months with no further extensions of his visa. Mr. Haviland was informed by Immigration officials that the request to extend the visa for one year has been turned down. No reason was given. Mr. Haviland has been BBC’s correspondent in Sri Lanka since March 2009.
  • 10) Apr 20, 2014 11:56:42 GMT |  + Road terror: 94 killed in nine days
    At least 94 people were killed and 150 seriously hurt in road traffic accidents during the past nine days and police attributed most of the tragedies to reckless and drunken driving. In addition, another 243 people suffered minor injuries and were discharged from hospitals after treatment, a senior police officer said yesterday. He said 1,631 motorists were also booked for drunken driving during this same period and the bulk of them were motorcyclists numbering 900 followed by three-wheeler operators numbering 563. In the latest road tragedy, five people, including three women, were drowned after their van plunged into the Datagamuwa Lake in Kataragama early yesterday, police said.
  • 11) Apr 20, 2014 11:52:14 GMT |  + Attack on touring parliamentarians in Hambantota - UNP vows to raise issue at local and international forums
    The main Opposition, the United National Party (UNP), will take all the possible efforts against the wrongdoers in Hambantota as well as the Freedom Alliance government locally and internationally as they have openly violated the privileges of the people’s representatives. UNP Chairman and Kegalle District MP Kabir Hashim said that the Thursday’s attack on five of its members again provided clean evidence on how the present government reins the country even violating the basic rights such as free movement in the country. - See more at: http://www.nation.lk/edition/news-online/item/28326-attack-on-touring-parliamentarians-in-hambantota-unp-vows-to-raise-issue-at-local-and-international-forums.html#sthash.WoBlDASQ.dpuf more ...
  • 12) Apr 20, 2014 11:45:39 GMT |  + Modi Warns Sri Lanka
    India’s BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has issued a veiled threat to Sri Lanka during speeches made over the past few days at election rallies in Tamil Nadu, indicating he will be tough with Sri Lanka if he wins the ongoing Indian elections. Modi has said that with Tamils living all over the world, including in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji, it should be a priority of the Indian government to take care of their well being and he promised to do so if a BJP-led Government assumes power after the elections. more ...
  • 13) Apr 20, 2013 15:34:42 GMT |  + Liberals Condemn Violence in Sri Lanka, Call on Conservatives to Take Action at CMAG
    Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Bob Rae made the following statement today on recent events in Sri Lanka: “The reports of recent attacks at the Uthayan newspaper and on-going violence in Sri Lanka are deeply concerning. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has not matched his rhetoric on Sri Lanka with concrete, strong actions. He must work to persuade members of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to take collective action against the Rajapaksa regime’s continued violation of Commonwealth values and principles.
  • 14) Apr 20, 2013 15:34:33 GMT |  + The Lankan monks that believe in violence
    IT IS a regular humid, traffic-jampacked weekday evening in Colombo on 12 April. At one of the busiest intersections in the city, a group of people gather. They light some candles and, slowly but surely, gentle voices begin to fill the air. They are reciting, if you listen closely, a combination of excerpts from the Subhasitajaya Sutta (where the Buddha teaches the importance of “well-spoken” words) and a line from the Sri Lankan national anthem that, roughly translated, means “We are all children of the same mother”. However, this quiet little vigil doesn’t last long. more ...
  • 15) Apr 20, 2013 15:13:21 GMT |  + With third novel, Shyam Selvadurai struggled to write about Canada
    One of the main reasons there was a 13-year gap between Shyam Selvadurai’s second and third novels was the knotty problem of Scarborough. The author’s first two novels, Funny Boy and Cinnamon Gardens, captured the lush culture and landscape of his native Sri Lanka with an easy fluency. But language withered when fate and art demanded that Selvadurai turn his attention to the bleak working-class Canadian suburb where his family landed after fleeing Sri Lanka’s anti-Tamil violence in 1984. more ...
  • 16) Apr 20, 2013 14:32:24 GMT |  + Asylum seekers denied legal rights: advocates
    Some of the Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported on Thursday did not speak with lawyers before they were expelled, Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor has confirmed. The government on Thursday sent 39 Sri Lankans home on a charter flight, including 38 of the 66 asylum seekers who arrived in Geraldton after 44 days at sea last week. The group was sent back after being subject to ''enhanced screening'' processes, in which people are ''screened out'' of the refugee determination process, before they have entered into the formal processing period.
  • 17) Apr 20, 2012 20:00:14 GMT |  + Sushma asserts India is for united Sri Lanka
    Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an unscheduled breakfast meeting on Friday. This comes soon after the one-on-one meeting she had with the Sri Lankan Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickramasinghe. Ms. Swaraj has had meetings with all Sri Lankan Tamil leaders, and has informally met many Ministers and politicians in the past four days. more ...
  • 18) Apr 20, 2012 19:55:25 GMT |  + SL colonial governor, EPDP, intrigue against Indian delegation
    While displaying a big show with welcoming posters particularly aimed at pleasing Sushma Swaraj, and with a dominated presence in receiving the Indian delegation, the SL colonial governor in the north, Maj. Gen. Chandrasri and SL minister Douglas Devananda, on the other hand played intrigues against the delegation, which were thwarted by the Deputy High Commission of India in Jaffna, news sources in Jaffna said. The delegation cancelled visiting Nalloor Kandasamy temple after being tipped on Devananda orchestrating a fishermen agitation in front of the temple during its planned visit. The SL governor ordered the secretariat officials not to attend a meeting convened by the delegation. On Thursday, the Sinhala colonial governor accused India for the delay in the construction of houses promised to the war victims. more ...
  • 19) Apr 20, 2012 19:54:02 GMT |  + 'Eggless' chick laid by hen in Sri Lanka
    A Sri Lanka hen has given birth to a chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first. Instead of passing out of the hen's body and being incubated outside, the egg was incubated in the hen for 21 days and then hatched inside the hen. The chick is fully formed and healthy, although the mother has died. more ...
  • 20) Apr 20, 2012 12:16:27 GMT |  + NDU delegates meet Sri Lankan authorities
    An 18-member delegation from the National Defense University (NDU), during their visit to Sri Lanka, have interacted with a number of prominent personalities from the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and civil institutions. The delegates met with Chief of Defense Staff, Acting Governor Central Bank, Commanders of Sri Lankan Air Force and Navy and Foreign Secretary. The delegates would also be visiting Jaffna, Trincomalee and Central Province of Sri Lanka. The delegation, currently visiting Sri Lanka, comprises of senior officers from Pakistan’s Armed Forces and civil services as well as officers from Malaysia, Germany, Turkey and Nigeria who are undergoing National Security and War Course at the NDU.
  • 21) Apr 20, 2012 12:13:34 GMT |  + Sri Lankan mosque forced to abandon prayers by protesters
    A mosque in Sri Lanka has been forced to abandon Friday prayers amid community tensions in the central town of Dambulla. About 2,000 Buddhists, including monks, marched to the mosque and held a demonstration demanding its demolition. A mosque official told the BBC he and several dozen companions were trapped inside and feared the crowd would destroy the building. more ...
  • 22) Apr 20, 2012 12:10:09 GMT |  + Sri Lanka prematurely commended for avoiding trade sanctions
    The International Monetary Fund has prematurely commended Sri Lanka for not imposing trade sanctions on itself, in a bid to end a balance of payment crisis brought by loose monetary policy, newly released documents show. "Just as important, the package has avoided falling back on disruptive administrative and trade related measures that might have side-tracked the government’s broader economic reform efforts."
  • 23) Apr 20, 2012 12:08:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka awards $252 mln dam deal to Sinohydro
    Sri Lanka has awarded a $252.3 million project to Chinese dam builder Sinohydro to construct a reservoir, the island nation's government said on Friday. "The cabinet granted approval to award the contract for the construction ... to Sinohydro to a sum of $252.3 million and to enter into a commercial agreement accordingly," the official cabinet decisions released by the government showed. China was Sri Lanka's largest lender in 2009 and 2010, giving $1.2 billion and $821 million respectively.
  • 24) Apr 20, 2012 10:03:44 GMT |  + Karunanidhi can have Eelam in India: Gota
    “A much bigger population of Tamils live in Tamil Nadu in India than the Tamil population in Sri Lanka. If Karunanidhi wants a Tamil Eelam he can have it in Tamil Nadu. He should not come to make Eelams in Sri Lanka. This is a sovereign country. We consider those who talk about Eelam as terrorists,” the Defence Secretary told the Daily Mirror.
  • 25) Apr 20, 2011 22:37:15 GMT |  + Tamil Canadians and Chinese Canadians hold a joint Meeting for GTA Candidates
    The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) will be hosting an all-candidate election meeting jointly with Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) at the Global Kingdom Ministries Hall at 1250 Markham Rd. Scarborough (Markham and Ellesmere, in front of Tuxedo Court apartments) on Wednesday April 27th 2011. Candidates from across the GTA from all major parties were invited. Despite the campaign crunch time, 12 candidates all major political parties have confirmed their attendance within a short time and more are expected confirm or make an appearance during the event. more ...
  • 26) Apr 20, 2011 22:25:32 GMT |  + Buildings set alight at Villawood Detention centre
    Around 100 detainees have set fire and destroyed at least nine buildings at Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre. The trouble started in the Fowler complex of the centre in Sydney’s south-west around 10pm last night. Flames from the fire rose to more than 10 metres high. Most of the flames from the fire now appear to be extinguished but there is still a lot of smoke. more ...
  • 27) Apr 20, 2011 20:05:48 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: evidence of ongoing repression and abuse
    Channel 4 News obtains exclusive footage from the "closed off"corner of northern Sri Lanka, showing evidence of camps, repression and abuse, ahead of the publication of the UN's report on war crimes. Two years on from the end of the devastating 26-year civil war that ripped Sri Lanka apart, Channel 4 News has obtained rare footage from inside the country's northern corner, formerly the Tamil stronghold. more ...
  • 28) Apr 20, 2011 20:02:31 GMT |  + Extracts from the Ban Ki Moon panel report (Part 4)Understating the number of Tamil civilians
    At the outset of the final phase, on 13 January 2009, the Government website reported that, according to independent verifications, the number of civilians in the Vanni was between 150,000 and 250,000. The United Nations estimate at the time was 250,000 (although its subsequent estimates were higher). Later in January 2009, the Ministry of Defence said that the number of civilians present in the Vanni was between 75,000 and 100,000, "on a high estimate", However, the Government had more than sufficient information at its disposal during the final stages of the armed conflict to accurately estimate the actual number of civilians in the Vanni. Each month the GAs continued to collate data on IDPs in order to make requests for dry rations from WFP. more ...
  • 29) Apr 20, 2011 20:00:26 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, UN's Take of Non-Release Shifts, 3 Weeks After Panel Finished
    The UN's story about their delay in releasing the Panel of Experts' report on Sri Lanka got even more convoluted on April 20. Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq to explain the delay between the Panel's sign off date on the report as obtained and published by Inner City Press (but not The Island), March 31, and the April 12 turn off to Ban, and April 13 to Sri Lanka.
  • 30) Apr 20, 2011 16:31:32 GMT |  + S. Lanka opposition demands probe over UN report
    Sri Lanka's main opposition party on Wednesday urged the government to respond to United Nations allegations of war crimes by launching an immediate official investigation. The United National Party (UNP) demanded action over leaked parts of a UN report into alleged atrocities committed by Sri Lankan soldiers as the civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels came to an end in 2009. The report, commissioned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, is to be officially released this week. more ...
  • 31) Apr 20, 2011 16:30:33 GMT |  + Seeman effect on Congress Party
    The Election Commission of India implemented a special plan for Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. It allowed one month period between the date of polling and the date of counting of votes. It created a lull in the activities of the Government. The political circles are almost silent. This post poll silence in Tamil nadu is useful in analyzing the prospects of each political party in a more composed manner. In this respect the Congress party which is already in doldrums due to internecine squabbles has to take stock of the situation right now. The Congress party which lost power in Tamil Nadu in 1967 has been playing a second fiddle to one of the Dravidian Parties in all the elections. It has almost lost its attraction as a movement.
  • 32) Apr 20, 2011 3:31:41 GMT |  + India must take position on Lanka's war crimes: rights group
    Following allegations of war crimes against the Sri Lankan government, a top human rights expert has said that India needs to make public its position on the issue. "India will have to take a public position," Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, told PTI. Ganguly added that if India wanted to emerge as a leader on the global stage then the country's leadership would have to show its intention of "protecting the rights of people over government." An independent panel of experts, which submitted its report to the UN, has found "credible allegations" of crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Tamil Tigers.
  • 33) Apr 20, 2011 3:12:06 GMT |  + Leaked UN Report Alleges War Crimes by Sri Lanka
    Excerpts of a leaked U.N. report find "credible allegations" of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Sri Lankan government in the final showdown against the separatist rebel group Tamil Tigers, or LTTE. The report was produced by an independent panel of experts studying accountability issues arising from alleged human rights violations committed by both sides during the last phases of the conflict, which ended a protracted civil war in the South Asian country in May 2009. more ...
  • 34) Apr 20, 2011 3:10:08 GMT |  + Extracts from the Ban Ki Moon panel report - Shelling hospitals
    Fighting in the area intensified as part of the expressed efforts by the 55th and 58 Divisions to capture PTK by 4 February, the day commemorating Sri Lanka’s independence. PTK hospital was the only permanent hospital left in the Vanni, and its neutrality was recognized by the Government and the LTTE. The medical staff, including five doctors, was stretched beyond its capacity, and medical supplies were very limited. The shelling in the first NFZ had marked a turning point in the conflict, and civilian casualties were rising.
  • 35) Apr 20, 2011 3:07:40 GMT |  + UN Report Was Ready March 31 But Was Delayed for Sri Lanka, Kohona Says Don't Release, Silva Lobbies
    The scanned portion of the UN Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka war crimes leaked, presumptively by the government, to The Island newspaper has been obtained by Inner City Press and is being put online here. It shows that the Panel's three members signed off on the report on March 31, 2011. Why was it only on April 12 that it was handed to Ban Ki-moon, who on April 13 gave it to Sri Lankan Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN General Shavendra Silva?
  • 36) Apr 20, 2011 2:59:31 GMT |  + Conservative ad: The Liberals and human smuggling
    On October 21 2010, the government tabled Bill C-49, the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act. This followed the arrival, in August, of a ship called the Sun Sea off the B.C. coast with 492 Tamil passengers aboard. All of them were detained by Canadian authorities who were concerned that they might be linked to the outlawed Tamil Tigers.
  • 37) Apr 20, 2011 2:47:37 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, UN Gave 196 Pages to Silva, Asked 24 Then 36 Hours, Got Played
    On Sri Lanka, with the UN Secretariat in seeming paralysis holding back the war crimes Panel of Experts' report five full days after portions were leaked, presumptively by the government, to The Island newspaper, sources have described the process to Inner City Press. The report, they say, is 196 pages long. On April 11, Inner City Press learned that it would be handed to Ban Ki-moon on April 12. After it was, it was also provided -- on hard copy only -- to Sri Lanka's Deputy Permanent Representative, General Shavendra Silva, who is himself implicated in war crimes in the final stages of the conflict.
  • 38) Apr 20, 2011 2:43:49 GMT |  + May 18 – National Mourning Day of Tamil Eelam
    The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) has declared May 18th as “National Mourning Day of Tamil Eelam” to remember the days when the genocide unleashed by the government of Sri Lanka on Eelam Tamils culminated in the massacres in Mullivaaikkal. The week of 12-18 May preceding the day of mourning has also been chosen as Memorial Week to commemorate every year the immense suffering endured by the Tamil Nation and to grieve the losses and reawaken our dreams of freedom.
  • 39) Apr 20, 2011 2:39:17 GMT |  + Killing of Indian fishermen ''unfortunate, says Rao
    Terming as "unfortunate" the killing of its four fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, India today said violence should not be used against them and any one found transgressing should be reported to New Delhi."We have been in touch with the Sri Lankan government over last few months. We even had the meeting of Joint Working Group (JWG) on fisheries...Under no circumstances violence should be a method of dealing with these fishermen," Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said today.She was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a book release function by former Indian ambassador to Sri Lanka Lakhan Mehrotra.
  • 40) Apr 20, 2011 2:36:23 GMT |  + Tamil migrant may have taken part in shooting of soldiers, hearing told
    The Immigration and Refugee Board is probing whether a Tamil migrant who arrived in Canada last summer on the MV Sun Sea may have had a role in the shooting of dozens of detained Sri Lankan army soldiers at the end of a battle. Though the migrant testified that he didn't take part in the shooting, a key question arose about whether he may have directed subordinates to do so. more ...
  • 41) Apr 20, 2011 2:34:58 GMT |  + Sinhala opposition to accountability for Tamil suffering
    The report by the UN expert panel on the final months of Sri Lanka’s war sets out a harrowing account of government forces’ conduct. Hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians were subject to targeted mass bombardment, starvation and denial of medical assistance, resulting in tens of thousands of casualties and widespread suffering. Extracts of the UN report leaked to the Sri Lankan press have, quite rightly, caused shock and prompted press coverage and commentary across the world along with renewed calls for an independent, international investigation.
  • 42) Apr 20, 2011 2:30:24 GMT |  + Still no coalition — but Ignatieff lays out scenario for forming a government
    Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff stressed he won’t be part of a coalition but laid out a possible scenario for leading a new government. “If Mr. Harper wins most seats, wants a government but does not secure the confidence of the House, then he goes to the governor general,” Ignatieff told Peter Mansbridge in an interview on CBC TV. more ...
  • 43) Apr 20, 2010 9:23:44 GMT |  + Over a Hundred Sri Lankan Immigrants Evacuated to Riau
    At least 139 Sri Lankan immigrants have been evacuated from Indah Kiat Harbor, Merak, Cilegon, Banten to Tanjung Pinang, Riau. They were transported by bus to Soekarno-Hatta airport to be flown to Riau. “They are being moved after negotiations. They didn’t want to be moved before,” said S.B. Sudjatmiko, the Director of Diplomatic Security of the Department of Foreign Affairs, when contacted yesterday. They, said Sudjatmiko, will be verified by a team from UNHCR before being deported. However, there are three immigrants left behind because they’re sick.
  • 44) Apr 20, 2010 9:21:05 GMT |  + Hospitals first, hotels can wait, say Jaffna residents
    A mega cash injection is needed to upgrade the quality of services at the overcrowded Jaffna Teaching Hospital and other state medical institutions in the northern peninsula, say residents and parliamentarians. The residents are urging Colombo-based policy-makers to focus on developing hospitals in Jaffna to support post-war reconstruction efforts and tourism promotion. "It is good that new hotels are being planned in Jaffna, but where will visitors and tourists go, if there is no satisfactory hospital system here?" asked 70-year-old pensioner Thanikasalam Ramachandran. Citing an example, he said the children’s wards No 11 and 12 at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital needed a major improvement similar to that of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Borella, Colombo.
  • 45) Apr 20, 2010 9:16:22 GMT |  + Ceylon feared Indian, Chinese domination: paper
    Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was known previously, had expressed fears of domination by India and China way back in 1947, before it got independence from Britain. In a paper published by the Nehru Memorial Museum Library in New Delhi, L C Jain says that Ceylon had raised the issue at the Asian Relations Conference held in New Delhi in March-April 1947, four months before India’s independence and a year ahead of Ceylon’s independence. “A Ceylon delegate referred to the fear of small countries like Ceylon, Burma, Malaya, Indonesia etc., that they might be faced with aggression, not necessarily political, but economic and demographic, by their big brothers like China and India,” Jain writes.
  • 46) Apr 20, 2010 2:39:00 GMT |  + India’s Lack of Compassion to Sick and Infirm Mrs Veluppillai Parwathy
    The greatest son of ancient India, Gautama Buddha a Hindu ardently preached of Compassion. In essence it meaning is "do to others what you would like to be done to you" and its negative version is “do not do to others what you would not like to be done to you". Late Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of free India adhered to this principle and espoused the policy of ‘non alignment’. All successors, except the present government of Sonia-Singh, followed the holy principle or the Golden Rule. This government led by an Italian Roman catholic turned Indian Hindu displayed gross neglect of duty of care to the sick and infirm elderly when Indian immigration officials at Chennai air port deported 81-year-old Mrs. Vallipuram Parvathi on 16 Friday April 2010... more ...
  • 47) Apr 20, 2010 0:48:13 GMT |  + Australian Tamil referendum attracts media, provokes Colombo's Envoy
    More than 10,000 registered to cast their votes in the referendum across Australia last weekend, on the creation of independent Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka, reported SBS Australia, citing organisers. However, the success of mass participation provoked Colombo's Envoy to retaliate that "the Tamils who are in Sri Lanka at the moment are perfectly happy to go on with the present system. It is only the Diaspora who are trying to force this thing on the people in Sri Lanka”. But, it won the support of John Dowd, the president of the International Commission of Jurists in Australia, SBS said, citing him saying that the referendum highlighted the aspirations as well as the plight of Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 48) Apr 20, 2010 0:45:03 GMT |  +  Sri Lanka's jailed general likely to attend parliament
    The jailed general who helped win Sri Lanka's quarter-century war appears likely to attend parliament's opening this week, officials said, after he won a seat while in military custody facing court-martial. Retired General Sarath Fonseka this month won a seat in the capital Colombo under the opposition Democratic National Alliance (DNA), less than three months after he lost the presidential race to incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa by a landslide. Fonseka ran as an opposition figurehead and his appearance at Thursday's parliament opening would provide a rare bright spot for opposition parties reeling from Rajapaksa's dominating victory at the April 8 legislative poll.
  • 49) Apr 20, 2010 0:42:12 GMT |  + JNU convention condemns Sri Lanka war crimes
    "[C]onditions in Sri Lanka cannot improve unless the Tamils are given a respectful place in society as equal citizens. Unfortunately, that is not happening,” said Rajinder Sachar former Chief Justice on Delhi High Court in a conference on Sri Lanka's war crimes held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Thursday, a summary report of the convention issued by the organizers said. The convention concluded with passing a resolution condemning "the genocidal war crimes perpetrated by the Sri Lankan government on the Tamils," and demanding that the war criminals in the Sri Lankan government be brought to justice, Tamils who have been forcefully detained in camps be released and settled in their native homes, an immediate end to colonization, and suspension of military aid by India. more ...
  • 50) Apr 20, 2009 22:47:04 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, France Requests UN Briefing, Nambiar's Slow Return, Ban's Tilt
    With the Sri Lankan government speaking of expanded military action on Tuesday in the "No Fire" Zone, the UN Security Council behind closed doors on Monday discussed getting a briefing from Ban Ki-moon's envoy Vijay Nambiar. On camera, United States Deputy Permanent Representative Alejandro Wolff told Inner City Press that the U.S. "supports the call" by the United Kingdom for a briefing on Sri Lanka. Video here, from Minute 9:17. Sources tell Inner City Press that in the closed-door meeting, it was France which made the request for the briefing. Outside the chamber, Inner City Press asked UK Permanent Representative John Sawers if his country's envoy to Sri Lanka Des Browne, rejected by the government there, is already in New York. Yes, Ambassador Sawers said.
  • 51) Apr 20, 2009 22:46:27 GMT |  + “DMK will be happy if Eelam comes about”
    Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi on Monday said the DMK had made it very clear long ago that it would be the happiest organisation if the dream of a Tamil Eelam materialised in Sri Lanka. In a statement, Mr.Karunanidhi said that he had made this clear in the Assembly, too. Responding to a query from the PMK founder, Mr.Karunanidhi asked if Dr.Ramadoss would clarify to people what the stand of the leader of his alliance was on the MDMK’s demand for removal of the ban on the LTTE.
  • 52) Apr 20, 2009 22:42:12 GMT |  + 25,000 more Tamil protesters to disrupt Ottawa traffic: police
    A flood of protesters expected to join the Tamil demonstrations on Parliament Hill Tuesday will likely disrupt traffic in Ottawa's downtown, police warned Monday afternoon. Protesters have said they expect an additional 25,000 Tamil supporters to join Tuesday's demonstration as they step up efforts to draw the Canadian government's attention to their cause. Tamil supporters have asked the federal government to call for an end to the 25-year war in Sri Lanka that continues to claim the lives of Tamil civilians.
  • 53) Apr 20, 2009 22:41:14 GMT |  + Sri Lanka demands Tiger surrender
    Sri Lanka gave Tamil Tiger fighters and their leader 24 hours to surrender after tens of thousands of trapped civilians managed to flee on Monday from the last area under rebel control. The deadline for Tigers supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and his guerrillas would run out at midday (0630 GMT) Tuesday, said defence ministry spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella. "We warn Prabhakaran and his cadres to surrender within the next 24 hours," he told reporters, without specifying what action would be taken if the ultimatum was ignored by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • 54) Apr 20, 2009 22:38:34 GMT |  + Scores arrested in Paris Tamil protest on Sri Lanka
    Around 180 people were arrested and four injured in Paris on Monday during an unauthorised protest by Tamils that turned violent, a police spokesman said. Expatriate Tamils have been demonstrating around the world against the Sri Lankan government's conduct of the war against Tamil Tiger rebels. London has been a focus as many Tamils blame Britain, the former colonial power, for denying them a homeland.
  • 55) Apr 20, 2009 22:36:04 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Protect Civilians in ‘Final’ Attack
    An expected major attack following the Sri Lankan government's "final warning" to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam underscores the need for heightened measures to minimize civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch said today. The continuing laws of war violations by both the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE indicate the need for a United Nations commission of inquiry to investigate war crimes by both sides, Human Rights Watch said. Sources in the 20-square-kilometer "no-fire zone" reported to Human Rights Watch that the Sri Lankan army is still using heavy artillery in attacks on the densely populated area and that the LTTE continues to block civilians from fleeing. There were unconfirmed reports of hundreds of civilian casualties today alone.
  • 56) Apr 20, 2009 22:33:22 GMT |  + ANC calls for ceasefire, supports independent Tamil homeland
    The ruling party of the government of South Africa (ANC) have reiterated calls for a permanent ceasefire in Sri Lanka and acknowledged the need for an independent Tamil homeland. ANC MP and chairmen of the Solidarity Group of Peace and Equality Sisa Njikelana in an interview with Tamilnet, Saturday, has stressed the need for bilateral talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE, an organisation that articulates the aspirations of the people. “This Government believes that by defeating the LTTE, the Tamils will just automatically fall for any offer given. I look at that with a nice cynical smile”, he said.
  • 57) Apr 20, 2009 13:49:50 GMT |  + Casualties cross 1000 in SLA's attempt to capture civilians
    Hundreds of dead bodies and wounded civilians were still lying in Maaththa'lan and Pokka'nai, and more than 600 seriously wounded have been brought to a makeshift hospital functioning at a school in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal in LTTE held area throughout Monday, TamilNet correspondent reports from Vanni. The correspondent personally witnessed nearly 300 dead bodies while fleeing from the area. Cluster shells and smoke or white-dust-emitting shells that made people to faint were widely deployed on civilians by the Sri Lanka Army in its effort to capture them. However, a large majority of the civilians fled towards LTTE held areas while around 8,000 were trapped and captured by the SLA. more ...
  • 58) Apr 20, 2009 13:48:43 GMT |  + Tamils urge Sri Lanka ceasefire at London demo
    Thousands of Tamils on Monday blocked some of London's busiest roads, demonstrating outside the Houses of Parliament for an immediate ceasefire in the war between Tamil rebels and Sri Lanka's government. The protestors, who have held a two-week vigil, staged a sit-down protest, chanted and waved flags and banners in the roads opposite Parliament after their numbers swelled from hundreds to thousands overnight Sunday. more ...
  • 59) Apr 20, 2009 11:26:50 GMT |  + Chaos and carnage as SLA enters 'safety zone'
    Several hundreds of civilians are feared killed and injured and total chaos prevails among civilians as Sri Lanka Army (SLA) advanced into the so-called 'safety zone' in Pokka'nai Monday morning 11:00 a.m., according to latest reports from Vanni. Heavy fighting was reported along the bunds of the lagoon and patients in the Puthumaaththa'lan makeshift hospital were forced to run away as Rocket Propelled Grenades launched by the SLA hit the hospital. A few medical staff remaining in the hospital are hiding in bunkers. People were seen running in panic as dead and injured were seen lying scattered everywhere, eyewitnesses told TamilNet.
  • 60) Apr 20, 2009 11:25:03 GMT |  + UN barking up the wrong tree. Nambiar on wrong lead
    BBC News, Colombo reported on Saturday 18 April that Sri Lanka had rejected a fresh appeal by the UN to give civilians more time to leave a safe zone Puthumathalan in the northeast. Vijay Nambiar, chief of staff of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was sent to Sri Lanka on Thursday to discuss the fate of the civilians and efforts to free them from the safe zone that had turned into a war zone. This was no surprise to the Tamil Diaspora, some journalists and the NGOs who followed the history of the conflict. They quite well knew that the chauvinist regime of Mahinda Rajapakse (MR) would not listen to saner counsel as he was bent on the subjugation of the Tamil race at any cost even the costliest;...
  • 61) Apr 20, 2009 11:03:30 GMT |  + LTTE welcomes US initiative, asks Sri Lanka to listen to IC
    The LTTE on Monday, in a significant statement, recognized and welcomed a refreshing attitude in US, different from the other countries. It pleaded the Sri Lanka government to listen to international opinion, to stop the war and enter into negotiations. But at the same time it warned Colombo of dire consequences if the war is continued. "The LTTE and the fight for our freedom will also continue. The methods may vary but Sri Lanka will never be able to live in peace as it imagines a military victory will bring. However, for the record, the LTTE would like to emphasize again that it is always ready to explore peaceful means to resolve the conflict”, the LTTE statement issued from the political headquarters in Vanni, read.
  • 62) Apr 20, 2009 11:02:38 GMT |  + Tamil Tigers given 24 hours to surrender by Sri Lankan government
    The Sri Lankan government today issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the Tamil Tiger rebels holed up in their last redoubt to surrender, as thousands of civilians escaped from the war zone after troops breached an earthen fortification blocking their exit. President Mahinda Rajapaksa told reporters there were about 35,000 people waiting to leave the Tamil-controlled no-fire zone, a 17 sq km (6.5 sq ml) area of coconut groves on the north-eastern coast. Government forces have boxed the remaining guerrillas, and thousands of civilians, into the designated zone after capturing other Tamil Tiger strongholds.
  • 63) Apr 20, 2009 10:51:24 GMT |  + 'Thousands flee' Sri Lanka combat
    About 5,000 Sri Lankans have escaped from a Tamil Tiger-held area in the north of the country, the army says. The military said the people fled after the army broke through a fortification which had been blocking its advance into the Tigers' last stronghold. The UN estimates that up to 100,000 civilians remain in the area, which has seen heavy fighting for months. The Red Cross (ICRC) says government doctors working in the area are "worn out" and do not have enough supplies. Each side accuses the other of killing civilians in the long running civil conflict.
  • 64) Apr 20, 2009 10:46:08 GMT |  + Tamil demonstrators block streets
    Tamils staging an ongoing demonstration in central London have broken through police lines and are blocking roads around Parliament. Hundreds of people gathered in Parliament Square as MPs returned from the Easter recess. Two weeks ago demonstrators began rallying over the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers separatist group. Protesters want the UK to end the war in Sri Lanka, which is a former colony. more ...
  • 65) Apr 20, 2009 3:00:32 GMT |  + Costs of policing Tamil protests raises concerns
    As the Tamil-Canadian vigil on Parliament Hill enters its third week, with a fresh wave of demonstrators expected on Tuesday, area politicians are calling on the federal government to cover the extra costs of patrolling the protest. “As a clear and pragmatic point, the federal government should be paying for these services that are provided from the City of Ottawa,” Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar said Sunday. The price tag for the Ottawa police’s involvement has not yet been tallied, but councillor Eli El-Chantiry, chairman of the Ottawa Police Services Board, said he has asked for a breakdown of expenses to be presented later this month.
  • 66) Apr 20, 2009 1:29:01 GMT |  + Civilians held in Sri Lanka camps face disease threat
    Thousands of civilians fleeing fighting in Sri Lanka have been interned by the government in cramped, makeshift camps with overflowing drains, water shortages and the threat of disease looming large in the sweltering, unsanitary conditions. The government allowed a small group of international journalists into Menik Farm camp, which is regarded by aid agencies as by far the best-equipped of the camps. But even here, people complain bitterly about their treatment and the lack of freedom of movement. more ...
  • 67) Apr 20, 2009 1:27:02 GMT |  + Red Cross 'worn out' in Sri Lanka
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says government doctors working in the remaining area of fighting in Sri Lanka are "worn out". The ICRC says they do not have enough supplies to treat the hundreds, or thousands, of injured people there. The agency says it would like to help people escaping the zone by land, but it had not yet been given access. Up to 100,000 Tamil civilians are trapped in the tiny area where Tamil Tiger rebels still confront the army. Their life on this coastal strip, less than 20 sq km in size, is a nightmare. more ...
  • 68) Apr 20, 2009 1:26:04 GMT |  + The United Nation's inability to stop a war
    Students of history are aware of the Hundred Years War (1337to 1453) between England and France, which may be the longest war ever fought. The reason why that war lasted that long may be attributed to the non-existence at the time of any World body to intervene and bring in a settlement between the warring factions. The World War I lasted only from 1914 to 1918 and World War II, which began in the year 1939, was over in 1945. Compared to those wars in which major powers were involved the war in Sri Lanka has lasted over six decades during which period there has been scant attention by the various World Bodies both universal and regional to intervene and bring a closure to this catastrophe...
  • 69) Apr 20, 2009 1:24:55 GMT |  + SLA launches ground push targeting 'safety zone'
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) launched a fresh ground offensive in the early hours of Monday around 2:00 a.m. by opening fire along the stretch from Maaththa'lan to Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal, according to TamilNet correspondent in Vanni. Heavy shelling, rocket fire and gunfire was reported in Maaththa'lan, Pokka'nai, Valaignarmadam and Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal as SLA continued to fire from its positions. There are civilian casualties. Details are yet to emerge. At least 30 civilians were killed in sporadic shelling on Sunday in Iraddai-vaaykkaal and Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal area, according to earlier reports.
  • 70) Apr 20, 2009 1:23:23 GMT |  + Diaspora youth hunger strike ignites mass struggle for Eezham
    The fast to death protest by Parameswaran Subramaniyan to draw attention of the International Community to the ongoing catastrophe in Sri Lanka, has reached the 13th day on Sunday. Thousands of Tamils of all ages and all walks of life have been pouring into the Parliament Square throughout the campaign, expressing their support to hunger strikers and their demands put forward to the British Government. The hunger strike launched by Parameswaran and Sivatharsan Sivakumaravel has become a key point of confluence drawing not only the first and second generation of Tamils in UK, but also attracting active participation of third generation of Tamils in the Eezham cause. more ...
  • 71) Apr 20, 2009 0:57:34 GMT |  + Prabhakaran's my friend, he's no terrorist: Karuna
    "Prabhakaran is a good friend of mine and I'm not a terrorist. I don't see Prabhakaran as a terrorist, unfortunately terrorism has crept into his group and it is not his fault," Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi told a private TV channel in Chennai on Sunday. Assisted by his daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi said, "Prabhakaran's goals of creating a separate Tamil Eelam (state) are legitimate and genuine, but his methods may not be correct as terrorism has crept into the group without his knowledge.
  • 72) Apr 20, 2008 3:10:30 GMT |  + Why Priyanka’s Vellore visit is not personal
    Has Priyanka, her brother or mother ever publicly commiserated with the bereaved members of the families of 1,255 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the IPKF operations in Sri Lanka and thus helped them “come to peace with violence and loss” that they too experienced as the result of a foolish and counter-productive decision taken by Rajiv Gandhi? Have they done the same with the bereaved kith and kin of those who lost their lives in the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage? Or, is it their belief that they alone have suffered “violence and loss” in this country? Or that their family is entitled to special privileges, both in life and in death?
  • 73) Apr 20, 2008 2:57:48 GMT |  + Israel holds back arms supplies over Iranian connection
    Israel has informed Sri Lanka it is unlikely to sell arms to the country because of concerns over its connections to Iran and the fear of Israeli technology falling into enemy hands. The Israeli concerns were communicated to Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake during a recent visit where a special request was made for arms supplies to fight the LTTE threat. "The Defence Minister Barak told the Sri Lankan Prime Minister because of Sri Lanka's connections with Iran, Israel is unlikely to sell arms to Sri Lanka because of fear that secret technology will fall into Iran's hands," a top Israeli source said.
  • 74) Apr 20, 2008 2:54:42 GMT |  + Lankan diplomats in Canada under fire
    The Sri Lankan Mission in Ottawa and the Consul General in Toronto, have come under fire for failing to communicate effectively with the Canadian government to promote the interests of Sri Lanka and the role of all Sri Lankan communities. The criticism follows a statement by Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, specifically wishing only the Tamil community for the Sri Lankan New Year.
  • 75) Apr 20, 2008 2:38:11 GMT |  + Impose sanctions on Sri Lanka, report urges
    Canada should impose sanctions on Sri Lanka in response to the country's deteriorating human rights record, says a report that was to be released at a Conservative party fundraiser last night.The report, written by a group of Ontario lawyers and Canadians of Sri Lankan origin, says the rule of law is collapsing in the war-torn South Asian nation, where there have been rising government-backed killings and abductions. It urges Ottawa to consider economic and diplomatic sanctions on Sri Lanka, and suggests tying foreign aid contributions to improvements in human rights conditions.
  • 76) Apr 20, 2007 17:15:24 GMT |  + EU to tell groups why they're on its terror black list
    The European Union will send letters to groups and individuals on its terror register to explain why they are listed, EU diplomats said Friday. One diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the EU's reasoning will be posted in its official journal for the groups and individuals for whom it has no address. Those listed have 30 days "to present their arguments" against the decision. The terror register lists more than 50 organisations and individuals, including the armed Basque separatist group ETA, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers and the Islamist group Hamas.It is supposed to be revised every six months but this has not happened because of uncertainty caused by the court ruling.
  • 77) Apr 20, 2007 16:56:22 GMT |  + Developing world politicians 'impede science reportage'
    Government interference is impeding reportage on public-funded research in developing and emerging countries, say journalists. According to Sri Lankan science journalist Nalaka Gunawardene, the big projects often drain public research funds, and any journalist who questions their viability is branded an enemy of national development. "These projects are beyond both public and parliamentary veto as they involve sensitive state information. Whoever questions how they are done, let alone criticises them, is met with state force," he said. more ...
  • 78) Apr 20, 2007 16:51:44 GMT |  + Livestock killed in large numbers in Batticaloa
    Batticaloa district is one of the most agriculturally rich areas in the island. More than 100,000 livestock is reared in this district at any given time. Almost 98% of this livestock is reared in what was until March this year the LTTE part of the Batticaloa district. The forced eviction of almost 150,000 people from this part of Batticaloa by Sri Lankan army by deliberately shelling into their homes resulted in people leaving their livestock and moving into GoSL part as refugees. These people who owned the 100,000 live stock and thousands of acres of farming land are now living in IDP camps where there is inadequate food, water and shelter.
  • 79) Apr 20, 2007 14:48:29 GMT |  + TRO Humanitarian Relief for Mannar IDPs
    Civilians have been displaced by heavy artillery shelling, aerial bombardments and attempted Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troop movements on the boarder areas of Madhu and Adampan in the Mannar district. The IDPs initially took refugee in the areas surrounding the Madhu Church. This area still fell within the range of the SLA artillery shells and the patrols of the SLA Deep Penetration Units (DPUs) which have both increased causing numerous deaths and injuries to civilians. As a result, the internally displaced persons (IDPs) requested TROs assistance to move to safer places such as Ilupakadavai and Vellankulam.
  • 80) Apr 20, 2007 12:33:14 GMT |  + Pope urges Sri Lanka president to respect human rights, restart dialogue with rebels
    The Vatican urged Sri Lanka to respect human rights and restart negotiations with Tamil rebels during a meeting Friday between Pope Benedict XVI and the island nation's president, Mahinda Rajapakse, the Vatican said. Rajapakse met with Benedict and the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, as part of a four-day visit to Italy. "In light of the current situation in Sri Lanka, the need to respect human rights and restart the path of dialogue and negotiations was stressed, as the only path to put an end to the violence that has bloodied the island," a Vatican statement said. more ...
  • 81) Apr 20, 2007 12:31:14 GMT |  + Unidentified gunmen kill Tamil journalist in northern Lanka
    Unidentified gunmen shot dead a Tamil journalist in northern Sri Lanka in the latest in a string of attacks against media personnel, a rights group said on Friday. Subash Chandraboas, 32, editor of the Tamil monthly Nilam, was gunned down late Monday at his residence in Vavuniya, 260 kilometres north of here, the Free Media Movement (FMM) said. Chandraboas also freelanced for other publications. The FMM, which consists of journalists and rights activists, said it was "appalled by this killing."
  • 82) Apr 20, 2007 10:16:47 GMT |  + Sri Lankan spy plane crashes
    A Sri Lankan air force spy plane crashed during a mission against the LTTE in the northeast of the island today. The Israeli-built Drone was lost at Pulmoddai while it was carrying out a reconnaisance over the region, an air force spokesman said. He said, the ground-based controllers lost contact with the spy plane and later helicopters were deployed to recover the aircraft.
  • 83) Apr 20, 2007 10:12:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka, Tamil Rebels Say Little Chance for Peace Talks Soon
    Sri Lanka's government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, engaged in the worst fighting since a 2002 cease-fire, said there is little chance of holding peace talks soon. ``The government is already on the move for a military solution,'' Irasiah Ilanthirayan, a spokesman for the LTTE, said in a telephone interview yesterday from its headquarters at Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka. ``As long as Colombo is adamant with that attitude, there is no chance in the near future for a negotiated solution.'' International donors, led by the U.S., Japan, the European Union and Norway, have appealed to both sides to come to peace talks to prevent a resumption of war.
  • 84) Apr 20, 2007 10:09:46 GMT |  + Armed gang’s uninterrupted 5-hour robbery spree shocks Vavuniya
    An unidentified armed gang went on an uninterrupted five-hour robbery spree in at Bandarikulam in Vavuniya on Wednesday night. The gang had robbed cash, jewellery and other valuables from several houses to the tune of Rs. 20 million. The targeted houses belonged to doctors, high ranking government officials and wealthy businessmen. A thorough survey has been done before the robbery and the victims have been predetermined, Police believe. Meanwhile, in another development, at a meeting convened by the Vavuniya District Secretariat on Wednesday, it was revealed that 24 people have been killed in Vavuniya during the last fortnight.
  • 85) 12:01 GMT, Apr. 20, 2006 |  + Norwegian Peace Envoy for Sri Lanka meets LTTE Political Head
    Norwegian Peace Envoy, Mr Jan Hanssen-Bauer, Norwegian Ambassador, Mr Hans Bratskar, and other official from the Norwegian embassy met with Mr S P Tamilselvan, LTTE Political Head, on 20 April 2006 in Kilinochchi. LTTE readiness for the next Geneva talks, the travel of LTTE eastern commanders to Kilinochchi, and the alarming level of violence against Tamil civilians in Northeast were at the top of the agenda at this meeting. Mr Tamilselvan, while fully expressing LTTE’s readiness to continue with the peace talks, explained to the Peace Envoy that GoSL has disturbed the smooth operation of the peace process by putting new conditions for travel of LTTE leaders. Mr Tamilselvan said that this is the reason for the current situation of confusion about the next round of talks.
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  • 86) 10:40 GMT, Apr. 20, 2006 |  + Sri Lankan Tigers say talks off indefinitely
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels pulled out of peace talks indefinitely on Thursday, saying the island was heading for war and dashing hopes that a Norwegian peace mission could stem rising violence. About 80 people have been killed in the past two weeks in a series of suspected Tiger attacks, ethnic riots and unsolved murders which the two sides blame on each other. Talks due to take place in Switzerland next week had been seen as the best chance to reduce tension, but the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said on Thursday they would not attend until "normality" returned. "We are not in a position to attend the Geneva talks on the currently decided dates under the present environment," head of the LTTE political wing S.P. Thamilselvan told reporters. "It is the government that is creating a war-like situation and pushing us towards war." more ...
  • 87) 08:57 GMT, Apr. 20, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka's Shadow War
    Another beautiful but troubled island nation, Sri Lanka, devastated by the tsunami but already hugely damaged by the stop-go civil war between the government and the rebel Tamil Tigers, a brutal conflict that's left more than 60,000 dead. In recent years, a fragile cease-fire put a clamp on what had been open hostility. But now, in what was already a complex conflict, a new, third force has emerged. Dubbed the 'paramilitaries', they're accused of attacking the Tamil Tigers as a proxy force for the government. The government denies this, countering that the so-called paramilitaries are a fiction concocted by Tiger propagandists. So what's the real story? Here's Dateline's Aaron Lewis. And a warning that some sequences in Aaron's report could upset some out there. more ...
  • 88) 20:16 GMT, Apr. 20, 2005 |  + Canadian Opposition Supports Sri Lankan Peace Process
    A member of the Canada’s official opposition, the Conservative Party said in the press briefing in Toronto that his party strongly supports the Sri Lankan peace process and believes that Canada can play a more dramatic role in it. “The Conservative party strongly supports the peace process and believe that our party, that our country, can have a more dramatic role in how it unfolds,” said Conservative Party parliamentarian Pierre Poilievre. “I think right now we need to support the Norwegians. They are obviously leading the way on this file and we need to be there with them to support in way shape or form that we can,” he further said.
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  • 89) 19:31 GMT, Apr. 20, 2005 |  + Car bomb explodes in Sri Lanka capital, 3 hurt
    A car bomb exploded outside a hotel in dontown Colombo late on Wednesday evening, injuring three people inlcuding a police inspector, police said. It was unclear who was responsible for the attack. "A bomb exploded in front of the ... hotel in a jeep," a police emergency spokesman told Reuters. A Reuters witness saw the remains of the jeep lying in the road, ringed by police and a bomb disposal unit. It was the first carbomb to hit the Sri Lankan capital since a 2002 ceasefire halted two decades of war between Tamil Tiger rebels and the government. more ...
  • 90) 11:29 GMT, Apr. 20, 2005 |  + Possible to start peace talks after the joint structure – Col. Bhanu
    Col. Bhanu speaking after the meeting with Norway’s special envoy Eric Solheim, said that he emphasised to Solheim the importance of and urgency for setting up the joint structure for tsunami relief work. He also added that once this is set up LTTE could take forward the peace talk with confidence. The meeting between Eric Solheim and LTTE took place in Kokkadichcholai in Batticaloa. Batticaloa-Amparai political section head, Ilanthiraiyan, Lt Ram, and Lt Ramanan also were present at the meeting. At the meeting LTTE representatives explained to Solheim about the camp in Welikantha, in the military controlled area, which is supposedly that of the Karuna faction. They explained that the intelligence section of the Sri Lankan military has connection with this group.
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  • 91) 11:26 GMT, Apr. 20, 2005 |  + S African Tamils strongly support LTTE: Tamilselvan
    The LTTE's political wing leader, SP Tamilselvan, has said that the Tamils of South Africa support the Tamil struggle in Sri Lanka led by Velupillai Prabhakaran. "I got emotionally charged on seeing the overwhelming love they had for our leader (Prabhakaran) and our movement (the Tamil struggle in Sri Lanka)," Tamilselvan told the Colombo-based Tamil daily Sudar Oli, in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, at the conclusion of a marathon overseas tour. Describing his experiences at a Tamil cultural function he attended in South Africa, the LTTE's political commissar said: "They were all senior people in the audience. They shouted slogans like Long Live Prabhakaran and Let Tamil Eelam Blossom. They asked me to convey their greetings to our leader. All this made me highly emotional because people there showed such strong belief in our leader and our movement." more ...
  • 92) 11:25 GMT, Apr. 20, 2005 |  + Key member of Sri Lanka's ruling coalition threatens to quit over aid to rebel areas
    A key partner in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition has threatened to quit the government if it forms a joint agency with Tamil Tiger rebels to oversee the distribution of foreign tsunami aid to guerrilla areas, a newspaper said Wednesday. The partner, the Marxist People's Liberation Front, or JVP, holds 39 seats in the 225-member Parliament and without its support the government may collapse. The JVP, which opposed a 2002 cease-fire with the rebels, is against granting any concessions to the insurgents. The proposed joint agency would administer foreign aid to rebel areas hard-hit by the killer waves. Residents there have long complained of a lack of assistance, but international donors are reluctant to give aid funds directly to the guerrillas, who are listed as terrorists by the United States and four other nations.
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  • 93) 11:22 GMT, Apr. 20, 2005 |  + Tsunami Aid Program Is Needed for Sri Lankan Peace, Rebels Say
    A tsunami relief program operated by the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is needed to restore faith in the peace process, rebel leaders told Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim. The envoy met local commanders yesterday in the rebel-held Batticaloa-Amparai district, according to the TamilNet web site. Solheim will meet Sri Lankan government officials this week to try to broker an accord on a joint reconstruction program. ``We can talk about having faith in this process only when the joint Mechanism for Tsunami Reconstruction is implemented,'' Colonel Bhannu, a local rebel commander, said yesterday, according to the Web site. ``We've explained to the Norwegians the urgent need for a joint mechanism.'' more ...
  • 94) 11:20 GMT, Apr. 20, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka's nominee for diplomatic post turned down: source
    Canada has rejected the Sri Lankan government's nominee for that country's high commissioner post in Ottawa, citing allegations of human-rights abuses, a diplomatic source said yesterday. The Sri Lankan government nominated former defence minister Chandrananda de Silva. But Ottawa said it has "reservations" about Mr. de Silva, and last week declined his nomination, said a source who did not want to be identified. Canada based its decision on the Immigration Act, which can be used to deny entry of any person facing allegations of human-rights violations "whether proved or not," the source said. A Foreign Affairs official refused to confirm Mr. de Silva's rejection, citing international protocols to keep such matters secret. more ...
  • 95) 04:00 GMT, Apr. 20, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka government-Tiger joint tsunami mechanism may be further delayed
    Despite efforts by the visiting Norwegian peace envoy the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers are unlikely to reach accord soon on a joint tsunami relief mechanism, political sources said Tuesday. Erik Solheim, the Norwegian special peace envoy, is currently in the island holding talks with the government on the possibility of reaching agreement on a mechanism to ensure co-ordination of tsunami relief supplies to the north and east regions. He is due to leave here on Thursday and Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is on a private tour overseas is not due before his departure, the officials added. Solheim held talks with the Head of the government's peace secretariat Jayantha Dhanapala on Monday. It was revealed that no decisions could be taken until Kumaratunga's return to the country. more ...
  • 96) 03:57 GMT, Apr. 20, 2005 |  + Tamil Tigers impress Canadian parliamentary delegation
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), known as the Tamil Tigers, has impressed a visiting Canadian parliamentary delegation with their vision and plan for economic development in their region.Speaking at a press debriefing held on Friday April 15th in Scarborough (Toronto), NDP Member of Parliament Joe Comartin said, "All of us were quite impressed. Senator Day had in fact, verbalised that to them [Tamil Tigers]." "We saw a number of business proposals for economic development from a number of business groups, but I have to say to you that the one that we got from the LTTE was very sophisticated," Comartin said. "They do have a plan and one that seems to make a lot of sense from some of the economic development work that I have done. So I think overall, we were pretty impressed," Comartin added.
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  • 97) 20:09 GMT, Apr. 20, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka's Tiger supremo seeks peace talks amid war threats
    Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, 49, met the MPs of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a proxy of his guerrillas, and two other pro-rebel legislators in the Tiger-held town of Kilinochchi, 330 kilometres (206 miles) north of Colombo. "The national leader thanked the Tamils for voting the TNA in and told the TNA MPs that they should ask the government to resume negotiations based on the Interim Self Governing Authority proposal," a rebel source said. "The LTTE leader has shown the government the strength of the LTTE and the liberation struggle and that they cannot entertain any thought of finding a military solution," Thamilselvan was quoted as saying by the pro-rebel Tamilnet website. more ...
  • 98) 18:44 GMT, Apr. 20, 2004 |  + Sinhala Buddhists Take Off Their Lotus Gloves
    Two aspects of the 2004 parliamentary elections are important. First, within twoyears the Sinhala voters increased the parliamentary seats of the extreme Sinhala Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) from 16 (2002) to 39 (2004). The JVP is implacably opposed to Tamils' internal self-determination. The Sinhala Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had mouthed the empty rhetoric of "devolution" but toned it down after teaming up with the JVP to form the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition. And the anti-Tamil Sinhala-chauvinist UPFA won two-thirds of the Sinhala electorates, secured 105 parliamentary seats (out of 225) and received about 45 per cent of total votes. Second, in a historic departure primarily urban and relatively more educated Sinhala constituencies elected 9 Buddhist monks to parliament. They, together with 271 other monks had contested the elections under the ultra Sinhala Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) or National Heritage Party that is committed to the creation of Dharmarajya (Ideal Buddhist State). more ...
  • 99) 16:50 GMT, Apr. 20, 2004 |  + TNA legislators meet with Tamil National Leader Prabaharan
    Mr. Prabaharan, at the outset, thanked the Tamil people for having conveyed to the whole world the cardinal message that the Liberation Tigers are their authentic representatives. He further said that over 17 000 martyrs have, through their sacrifice and commitment, provided us this opportunity and the political space for us to win back our lost rights. Petty differences, he said, have all been sunk in the larger freedom perspective and the Tamil nation standing together with one voice, gives me immense pleasure. Continuing further, he said, it is only the lack of unity within us that provided our oppressors the opportunity to divide us. The recent fiasco in Batticaloa-Amparai is a typical example, he said, of disunity and its repercussions. Reiterating the fact, he said, that the resolution too was quick enough because of the resolute faith the people of Batticaloa-Amparai and the cadres there had in the leadership and their unstinted co-operation. more ...
  • 100) 13:37 GMT, Apr. 20, 2004 |  + I went to jail to uphold principles, says Vaiko
    MDMK general secretary Vaiko today launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for making charges against him continuously during her campaign and said 'she was uttering nothing but falsehood.' Speaking to reporters at the MDMK headquarters, Thayagam, here, Vaiko, taking exception to the Chief Minister's poser on what he had done for Tamilnadu, said he was imprisoned several times on people's issues. 'The Chief Minister has been stating that I was taken to prison for supporting the LTTE. Of the 24 instances of imprisonment, I went to jail twice for speaking in support of Eelam Tamil which was part of Dravidian movement'. 'The Chief Minister does not know the history of Tamilnadu. She does not know about the Dravidian movement. She does not respect others. She speaks dialogues which are written by someone and given to her,' he remarked. more ...
  • 101) 11:42 GMT, Apr. 20, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka Rebels Warn Govt Not To Use Arms Again
    Tamil Tiger rebels are warning Sri Lanka's new hard-line government against resorting to a "military solution" to end the country's two-decade civil war, saying a resumption in peace talks is the only way forward. Top rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran has made it clear that the government "cannot entertain any thought of finding a military solution to the Tamil national question," the TamilNet Web site quoted guerrilla political chief S.P. Thamilselvan as saying. "The leader has shown that it is only by talking to the Tamil people or the Tamil nation that the (government) can come to an agreement," Thamilselvan was quoted as saying by the Web site in a posting late Monday. more ...
  • 102) 11:40 GMT, Apr. 20, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka monks rebuke government over rebel split
    A political party formed by Buddhist monks criticised Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday, saying it should have exploited a split in the Tamil Tigers by supporting a breakaway rebel faction. The Tigers regained control of the region held by an eastern commander known as Karuna earlier this month, but the government was at pains to steer clear of the in-fighting for fear of disrupting the island's two-year truce. Surrounded by fellow saffron-robed parliamentarians and speaking to reporters seated barefoot and cross-legged in keeping with Buddhist practice, Omalpe said the government's failure to intervene was a "missed opportunity". Despite the criticism, the monks have said they would support the newly elected United People's Freedom Alliance -- which is seven seats short a majority -- on an issue-by-issue basis, but have declined to join the ruling coalition. more ...
  • 103) 11:04 GMT, Apr. 20, 2004 |  + TNA MPs, Pirapaharan discuss peace talks, ISGA
    “The Tamil people voted for you on the basis of the principles of Tamil nationalism. You should understand their feelings and work to realise their aspirations. Love for one’s country comes from one’s love for home, family, village and region. In this sense I encouraged love for one’s region, as it is necessary to strengthen a liberation struggle. But it is dangerous when love for one’s region turns into regionalist chauvinism”, said Mr. Velupillai Pirapaharan, speaking to 22 MPs elect of the Tamil National Alliance in at the LTTE’s political divisi in Kilinochchi Tuesday. Mr. Pirapaharan and the TNA MPs discussed ways of taking forward the stalled peace talks and negotiating the LTTE’s proposal for Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) with the new government in Colombo. more ...
  • 104) 11:01 GMT, Apr. 20, 2004 |  + Peace, reforms may hinge on new Sri Lanka parliament
    Sri Lanka's new government is scrambling to patch together a majority before the opening of parliament on Thursday to give it a clear mandate to restart peace talks with Tamil rebels. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who have been battling for an independent state since 1983, say they will resume negotiations with anyone who has that full mandate. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's United People's Freedom Alliance coalition is seven seats short of an absolute majority, after winning 106 seats out of 225 in elections this month. A tie-up with a small hardline party would clinch her magic number, but also fuel political instability by placing her in debt to more extreme groups and raising doubts about peace talks. more ...
  • 105) 02:12 GMT, Apr. 20, 2004 |  + Tamil NGOs aid rehabilitation of homeland - LTTE

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    Three organizations registered as legal Non-Governmental Organizations in Sri Lanka and in the North-East are contributing in a major way to the rehabilitation, reconstruction and humanitarian work in the Tamil homeland, the Liberation Tigers said in a statement Monday. The oldest of the NGOs is the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), formed in 1985, which concentrates its activities on rehabilitation, resettlement and reconstruction. The TRO has a Socio-Economic Development Bank (SEDB) with six branches for savings and micro-credit for self-employment, small business and agricultural ventures. more ...
  • 106) 13:06 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + SLN permit required to transport timber to Jaffna
    The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Saturday imposed restriction on transporting palmyra logs to Jaffna town from Karainagar. The SLN authorities camped at Karainagar naval base told the public that they should obtain pass from the local SLN unit to remove palmyra logs to Jaffna town, sources said. Until now residents of the peninsula transported palmyra logs for construction with permits issued by divisional secretariat with the recommendation of the respective Grama Niladhari (village level officers). With the new SLN permit procedures people building houses and other structures are forced to go to the SLN camp at Karainagar and wait for several days to obtain permit, residents affected by the restrictions said. more ...
  • 107) 13:06 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + SLN permit required to transport timber to Jaffna
    The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Saturday imposed restriction on transporting palmyra logs to Jaffna town from Karainagar. The SLN authorities camped at Karainagar naval base told the public that they should obtain pass from the local SLN unit to remove palmyra logs to Jaffna town, sources said. Until now residents of the peninsula transported palmyra logs for construction with permits issued by divisional secretariat with the recommendation of the respective Grama Niladhari (village level officers). With the new SLN permit procedures people building houses and other structures are forced to go to the SLN camp at Karainagar and wait for several days to obtain permit, residents affected by the restrictions said. more ...
  • 108) 13:03 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + “Futile to engage PA in peace process”
    How can it be irresponsible when it is the truth? This is like asking the LTTE or the Tamils to go and speak to the Sihala Urumaya. There is no point in Tamils speaking to the Sihala Urumaya because we will never come to an agreement. We find the PA and the JVP to be in the same boat. We have seven years of experience in dealing with the PA. So we can say with all honesty that to talk to them would be to engage in a futile exercise. So let the UNF do the talking, and if the PA genuinely wants to help, let them support the UNF. It is the Sinhalese people who have to decide whether they want to bring them to power. The Sinhalese people can’t have the cake and eat it. We Tamils have said that we can negotiate with the UNF, and that we can’t do anything with the PA. more ...
  • 109) 12:55 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Church farm helps dispossessed, poor
    The Methodist Church’s Jeevothayam Farm in Pariyaarikkandal, 28 kilometres southeast of Mannar town, has been a refuge for the dispossessed and the meek for more than quarter of a century. Tamils driven out of their homes in the island’s tea producing hills by Sinhala Buddhist nationalists in 1977, 81 and 83 found succour here before they went forth to settle and multiply in the inhospitable jungles of the Vanni. The Sri Lanka army massacred 178 civilians along the Mannar road in Uyilankulam in December 1984 in retaliation to an ambush by the Liberation Tigers in the area. more ...
  • 110) 12:21 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Refugee crisis in Sri Lanka Muslim town after rioting
    Relief workers were battling to feed some 35,000 people left homeless in a Muslim-dominated town where inter-communal clashes threatened to scuttle Sri Lanka's fragile peace bid, officials said. Police and army units patrolled the streets of Muttur, 270 kilometres (143 miles) northeast of the capital Colombo, to separate Muslim and Tamil mobs after rioting on Thursday and Friday left at least three people dead.
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  • 111) 12:18 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan president to pursue peace to end "ethnic conflict"
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga began a two-day official visit to Bangladesh Saturday, saying she was committed to the success of the ongoing peace process with the Tamil Tigers rebels. "The present government has continued the (peace) process, initiated by me, with a view to finding a negotiated settlement to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict," she said at a banquet hosted by Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed. She added: "I shall of course continue my personal commitment to the success of the peace process and attempt to guide the government in its present undertaking." more ...
  • 112) 12:17 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + LTTE condemns Kattaiparichchan attack on Tamils
    The Trincomalee district political secretariat of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Saturday issued a statement condemning the grenade attack and firing by a Muslim group and Sri Lanka Army (SLA) that killed two Tamil civilians on Friday close to Kattaiparichchan army camp. The camp separates army controlled area and LTTE controlled area in the Muttur east. more ...
  • 113) 12:16 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Northeast celebrates Annai Poopathy anniversary
    Fifteenth year anniversary of Annai Poopathy memorial day was celebrated across the Northeast. Special events are being organized in Navalady, Batticaloa, on district basis in Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Mannar, Vanni and Jaffna, sources said. In Nallur, Jaffna the commemoration events started with a symbolic fast. more ...
  • 114) 21:58 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Medical practitioner felicitated by Pirapaharan
    V. Pirapaharan, Leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), applauded the services of Dr. Gengadharan on the golden anniversary (50 years) of his medical services to the Tamil community and presented him with a service award, sources in Vanni said. "Dr. Gengadharan epitomizes highest levels of selfless service a human being can do to his community. Practice of medicine is a sacred profession. Several past practitioners have left indelible mark on our history by their dedicated service to our people. Dr. Gengadhara is one of those who has tirelessly worked to help his people," said the Tamil national leader. more ...
  • 115) 21:55 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Peacemaker for Sri Lanka
    Japan plans to play a leading role in rebuilding strife-torn Sri Lanka. Peace talks are under way to end more than 20 years of ethnic conflict between the Sinhalese (Buddhist) majority and the Tamil (Hindu) minority. An international conference on Sri Lankan reconstruction and development is scheduled for June in Tokyo. Japan's international diplomacy aims at the "consolidation of peace," as Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi declared in a speech last May in Sydney. more ...
  • 116) 15:38 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Mosques step in to keep peace in Batti-Amparai
    Mosque trustee board officials Sunday foiled attempts to spread unrest in several Muslim towns in the Batticaloa and Amparai districts. Anonymous Islamic groups issued inflammatory leaflets Saturday in the two districts urging Muslims to protest against recent incidents in Mutur. “It caused concern that attempts were afoot to instigate violence in these parts too”, a Mosque official said. However, Muslim towns remained peaceful Sunday as Mosques in Kalmunai, Kalmunaikudi and Saainthamaruthu and several Mosque trustee board officials in the region called for calm and urged people not to be “misled by false propaganda and the actions of disruptive elements”. more ...
  • 117) 14:01 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + No change in Lankan peace talks venue
    The seventh round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE will be held as scheduled in Thailand despite fears about severe acute respiratory syndrome, a top newspaper said today. Colombo's Sunday Times quoted Sri Lanka's Peace Secretariat chief Bernard Goonatilake as saying with the SARS virus affecting more than 25 countries, there would be little purpose in changing the venue for the peace talks, to be held from April 29 to May 2. Earlier reports had said the venue might be shifted from Thailand to Oslo, the Norwegian capital, to avoid Thailand, which has hospitalised seven people showing SARS symptoms. more ...
  • 118) 13:59 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Foreign monitors tout LTTE's case for curbing Lankan navy's rights
    Proposals made by the all-Scandinavian Sri Lanka (ceasefire) monitoring mission (SLMM) for preventing clashes in the sea between the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) and the naval arm of the LTTE, called "Sea Tigers", seem to be based almost entirely on the partisan proposals made earlier by the Sea Tigers' chief, Col Soosai. The SLMM's proposals, scooped on Sunday by the Colombo-based The Sunday Times, are expected to come under heavy flak from Sinhala-majority south Sri Lanka, because they seem to be injurious to the legitimate operational rights of the Sri Lankan navy and the sovereignty of the Sri Lankan state. more ...
  • 119) 13:56 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Lanka denies targeting Tamil Tiger chief
    Sri Lankan authorities have denied its security forces were targeting LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran for an assassination despite the ongoing peace efforts. A government spokesman said there was no truth in the allegation, first made by LTTE's London-based chief negotiator Anton Balasingham during a round of peace talks at Hakone, Japan last month and to a Tamil audience in Geneva this month. Balasingham had said the army's Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol(LRRP) unit was trying to target Prabhakaran. more ...
  • 120) 13:55 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Over 35,000 refugees after Sri Lanka inter-communal clashes
    More than 35,000 people have been made homeless in a town in north-eastern Sri Lanka following clashes between Muslims and Tamils, officials said today. Rehabilitation ministry officials said that 7,314 families consisting of over 35,000 individuals will be provided with dry rations in the town of Muttur after violence on Thursday and Friday killed three people. The majority of the victims who were driven out of their homes were Muslims -- 6,282 families. Tamils too suffered with 1,010 driven to public buildings to take refuge from mobs. There were also 52 Sinhalese familes who fled their homes fearing the violence, officials said. more ...
  • 121) 01:56 GMT, Apr. 20, 2003 |  + Exclusion from Washington meeting - a bitter pill for the Tigers
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) swallowed a bitter pill last week when debarred from attending the US sponsored seminar at the Loy Auditorium in Washington. The Tigers who went into a huff over the flagrant rebuff by the US have now turned their guns on Colombo and to a lesser extent Oslo. While continuing its participation in the peace process the LTTE has stated that it would review its decision of attending the Tokyo donor conference. Pro-Tiger media have emphasised that a boycott of Tokyo is on the cards. This could mean that the Tigers will participate at the seventh round of talks beginning on April 29 but keep away from the aid conference on June 9 and 10. more ...
  • 122) 13:03 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + Mahanayake opposes de-proscription
    The Mahanayake of the Amarapura Chapter, Ven. Aggamaha Panditha Madihe Pannaseeha Thera stated that the LTTE's homeland concept is a historical myth and that he cannot approve the de-proscription of the LTTE which would lead to a terrible dispute both nationally and internationally. "I have clearly pointed out on many occasions that this homeland concept is a historical myth.It is the unique responsibility of everybody in the ruling party to act in a manner to preserve the unitary nature, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of our motherland. This fact should be given the utmost priority for the sake of the nation and Buddha Sasana", the Mahanayake said. more ...
  • 123) 12:55 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + Earthquake wakes Ontario
    Dozens of residents placed calls with local media outlets Saturday reporting they were woken by tremors in Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara and Haliburton at about 7 a.m. EDT. No injuries or damages have been reported. In Ottawa, the quake was felt in downtown Ottawa for about 45 seconds, rattling windows and wall hangings but otherwise causing no immediately apparent damage. Power lines do not appear to have been affected.
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  • 124) 12:44 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + LTTE supporters rally to regain sympathy in TN
    Despite Jayalalithaa's threats to book supporters of the LTTE under POTA, pro-LTTE rallies continue unabated across the state. "For the last 10 to 15 years, basic rights have been denied to the Tamils. When they fought for their justice, they received bullets as answers," MDMK leader Vaiko said. The government is dithering about what is the best strategy to tackle this new-found support for the LTTE. Any action against supporters of the LTTE under POTA would give unnecessary political mileage with opponents of the act determined to prove that it's being used for political vengeance rather than tackling terrorism. more ...
  • 125) 12:41 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + Norway calls progress in Sri Lanka, Tamil rebel peace process "amazing."
    A top Norwegian peace negotiator said Saturday Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels are making "amazing" progress in preparations for peace talks to end Sri Lanka's long-running civil war. "The progress is amazing. It is definitely on the right track," Norway's deputy foreign minister, Vidar Helgesen, said of the Oslo-brokered peace initiative that aims to end this tropical island's 18-year-old conflict. Helgesen said Oslo was very satisfied with the positive attitude of both sides in preparing for peace talks scheduled for mid-June in Thailand. more ...
  • 126) 11:14 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + LTTE says no to another IPKF
    Tens of thousands of people gathered in Batticaloa to mark the 14th death anniversary of a Tamil woman who fasted to death against the deployment of the IPKF. The LTTE have built a statue and a park to commemorate their 'martyr' Poopathi, who despite not being a cadre died for the rebel cause. Raya, LTTE's women's wing leader, hoisted the rebel flag at the ceremony. Other top rebel area commanders were also present at the ceremony. The event, which went off peacefully despite some tension between the rebels and government forces. Several groups of people also observed a fast during the day. more ...
  • 127) 10:57 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + Ramadoss writes to PM on Sri Lankan issue
    The PMK founder, S. Ramadoss, has written to the Prime Minister, A. B. Vajpayee, urging him to ``impress upon'' the Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, the need for extending full cooperation to the current peace process. ``The efforts through the Norwegian team offer the most conducive atmosphere to the peace accord, to end the 18-year-old ethnic struggle in Sri Lanka and restore democratic rights for the Tamil minority there,'' he said in the letter. more ...
  • 128) 10:53 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + Nainativu residents protest military restrictions
    Residents of Nainativu, an islet in the Jaffna peninsula, are struggling without a bus service as the Sri Lanka Navy has banned any vehicle movement along the main road where the Naga Vihare Buddhist temple is situated. A bus delivered to Nainativu has been parked unused for over a month due to this ban, residents said.
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  • 129) 10:46 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + US de-mining team leaves for Jaffna
    A US state department team of de-miners has arrived in Sri Lanka to begin a four-month clearing operation. The 26-member team left for the northern peninsula of Jaffna, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the capital Colombo, to clear landmines and unexploded ordnance in the war-ravaged region. US ambassador to Sri Lanka Ashley E. Wills said Friday he hoped the team would be able to make large areas of land for safe civilian use and help the residents of Jaffna return to normal life. "This humanitarian de-mining team is a tangible expression of the United States' strong support for the current peace effort underway in Sri Lanka," Wills said. more ...
  • 130) 14:08 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka's peace moves hailed
    Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister, Vidar Helgessen said it was fairly striking to see how the rebel leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was comfortable in his new role as a political leader. Mr Helgessen also spoke of the courage of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, in taking bold steps to try and resolve a conflict that has dragged on for 19 years. more ...
  • 131) 13:07 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + Muslims and Tamils NE should sink differences
    "Muslims and Tamils living in North and East cannot live isolated. They are interdependent and if anyone tries to separate one from the other, it is foolish and rather ridiculous. Muslims and Tamils should sink all their petty differences and strengthen the relationship and bond to go ahead with their activities said the President of North East Muslim Assembly (NEMA) and the Peace Foundation of Akkaraipattu Dr. S.M.A. Jabbar at the opening of the LTTE's Political office at Akkaraipattu. LTTE's Ampara/Batticaloa Political Wing Co Leaders Visu and Thurai and their Intelligent Bureau's Officer-in-Charge Ramanan opened the office. more ...
  • 132) 04:00 GMT, Apr. 20, 2002 |  + Minister Jayalath reaching out to refugees in India
    Rehabilitation Minister Jayalath Jayawardana has sought permission from the Indian government to visit the refugees in Tamil Nadu as a first step towards preparing the ground for their return in the wake of the ceasefire. Dr. Jayawardana said yesterday he had written to the Indian High Commissioner saying he wanted to visit the refugees so that proper modalities could be prepared and their return expedited. more ...
  • 133) 16:19 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + S.J.V.Chelvanayagam - 24th,Death Anniversary
    The Tamil minority was in no mood to accommodate, designs that were to seriously disadvantage them of their entitlement to an equivalent quality of life. I t was this ambience that quite justifiably and quite rightly prompted SJV to propose a federal structure of government as a suitable formula. The federal structure was nothing new. It was the format in which multiethnic, multilingual, multirelegious nations were governed. It is relevant to point out that Honourable SWRD Bandaranaiyake himself at one point of time advocated the federal form of government. Mr.S.W.R.D. Bandaranayake addressing a meeting presided by Dr. Isacc Thambyah at The Jaffna College in July 1926 on the subject of "Federation is the only solution to our political problems " said "A centralised form of Government assumed a homogenous whole. He knew no part of the world where a Government was carried on under such conflicting circumstances as would be experienced in Ceylon. more ...
  • 134) 12:50 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + Sri Lankan Soldiers Held for Assaulting Policeman
    A group of Sri Lankan soldiers have been taken into custody for beating up a policeman after an argument at a checkpoint in the country's war zone, military officials said on Friday. Military police arrested a major and detained 12 soldiers for questioning over an assault on Inspector W.P.J. Senadheera, officer in charge of the northeastern Pulmoddai police station, said military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne. ``On Monday, the soldiers at the checkpoint had apparently not let the policeman pass. Then one thing led to another,'' he said. Senadheera was beaten up on Tuesday by a group of soldiers in the presence of his wife, while police say there was a second assault inside the local army camp. Senior police officers in the area have signed a petition demanding an investigation. Sri Lanka security forces have in the past been accused of abuses in their 18-year battle against separatist Tamil guerrillas, but clashes between members of the different fighting arms are extremely rare. more ...
  • 135) 12:48 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + Tea and Sympathy
    Sri Lanka's war-battered economy is in deep trouble, with no immediate prospect of getting back on an even keel. The country's total national debt reached 1.2 trillion rupees ($13.9 billion) at the end of 2000, an amount which is expected to come close to the value of GDP for the same year. Currently, the country is spending almost 50% of its revenue just to service its debts. Political uncertainty, the crippling effects of 18 years of war, and precious little confidence in the economy still conspire to paint a gloomy picture in which tea appears to be the only bright spot. more ...
  • 136) 11:43 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + Tamil Nadu Election 2001:
    CM asks PM to choose DMK or MDMK
    It has happened much sooner than expected. The rift between the DMK and the MDMK during the run-up to the May 10 Assembly elections has forced Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to choose between the two parties right now, Therefore, he said the time has come for Prime Minister to decide whether the DMK or the MDMK should be a constituent of the NDA. There is no room for both, and the BJP leadership would have to choose only one, he stressed. The MDMK is contesting 213 seats, refraining from a fight only in the 21 constituencies where the BJP is putting up candidates. The BJP has been caught in the crossfire between the DMK and the MDMK. more ...
  • 137) 11:33 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + Cultural icon for Sri Lanka's Tamils slowly returns
    A statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning, sits forlornly before the gutted shell of the old Jaffna Library near the centre of the troubled city. Libraries symbolise learning, but a gang of Sinhalese police and thugs who torched the building two decades ago were striking at the heart of Tamil culture in Sri Lanka. The arson attack on the Jaffna Library consumed nearly 100,000 Tamil-language books and manuscripts, including many irreplaceable treasures. The gutting of the landmark in June 1981 opened an ethnic wound, around which rallied Tamils who wanted to join rebels fighting for a separate homeland in the north and east of Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 138) 11:03 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka mounts air, sea attacks against Tiger convoy
    Ceasefire ends on April 24th: War or PEACE ?
    Sri Lankan navy gunboats and jet aircraft sank a Tamil rebel convoy Friday and plucked six guerrillas from the Indian Ocean in the second major sea battle in four days, the defence ministry said. "There were six LTTE cadres bobbing in the water and we rescued them," Karunaratne said. "They are at the navy hospital in Trincomalee."Navy officials said that they had information of a rebel boat that escaped the attack landed along a fishing village and was unloading its cargo with the deployment of civilians."We detected another Tiger boat that landed at Pudhumathalan fishing village, but the pilots did not engage the target because they believed the Tigers had forced civilians to unload it," spokesman Karunaratne said. more ...
  • 139) 10:48 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + Journalist Hit By Grenade
    "Her editor said she is being flown to Columbo to a hospital. Nothing is serious but her left eye, and the eye is badly damaged. I just am beside myself. This is almost as bad as Chechnya," she said, referring to when her daughter became lost in the Russian republic for three days in December 1999. Tamil Tiger rebels have been fighting since 1983 for a homeland in Sri Lanka. According to an Associated Press report, Marie Colvin was caught Monday in a skirmish near the town of Vavuniya. Rosemarie Colvin said Marie's editor, Sean Ryan, reported that Marie had gotten an interview with a rebel leader who had not talked to the press in eight years and was returning with a new proposal. Government troops apparently did not know a foreign journalist was among the rebels. more ...
  • 140) 10:43 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + Tigers suffer sea 'defeat'
    The Sri Lankan military says its forces and Tamil Tiger rebels have fought a second sea battle in less than a week. A spokesman for the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said four Tiger vessels had been sunk in the encounter off the coast of Chalai in the north-east, very near to the site of an earlier clash which the navy lost on Monday. more ...
  • 141) 17:47 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + Tamil Nadu Election 2001:
    EC not to accept Jayalalitha’s nominations
    THE ELECTION Commission on Friday told the Madras High Court that it stood by the 1997 instructions which bar convicted candidates from contesting elections. Commission counsel K. Rajagopal told a two-member division bench of the court, headed by Chief Justice L.K. Jain, that the Commission has issued orders to all the returning officers in the coming elections that the Commission’s Aug 20, 1997 instructions stand and should be followed. more ...
  • 142) 16:33 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + Free Media Movement From Sinha Ratnatunga
    The FMM in a strongly worded statement charged that the Sri Lankan government was "rubbing salt on the wounds " by trying to say that Colvin was " carrying out a secret mission on behalf of the rebels ". The FMM pointed out that "if the government has allowed journalists to report the conflict freely limiting restrictions on security considerations only and not for political advantage an internationally recognised journalist like Colvin would not have suffered this unfortunate experience." "The FMM is even more concerned by the government's reaction to this serious incident which almost cost a life of a journalist. Instead of re-considering the restrictions the government has seen it fit to accuse Colvin..." The strict controls imposed by the government has forced journalists to do so by visiting these areas without government approval", the FMM said. more ...
  • 143) 10:38 GMT, Apr. 20, 2001 |  + US urged to pressure Sri Lanka over talks
    The United States should pressure the Sri Lankan government to cease its war and seek negotiations with the Liberation Tigers, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) urged a visiting senior US official Thursday. "It is impossible to seek peace while the government insists on continuing the war," Mr.Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, Secretary General of the TULF told Mr. Adolfo Franco, Counsel for the International Relations Committee of the US Congress, who is in Colombo meeting political leaders with regards to the Norwegian peace efforts. more ...
  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 2000 |  + Fierce battles rage in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna
    No details available. more ...
  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Rebels Launch Offensive
    No details available. more ...
  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 2000 |  + Arthur C. Clarke has satellite named after him
    No details available. more ...
  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1999 |  + Investigate Chemmani Mass Graves - The Signature Campaign
    No details available. more ...
  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1999 |  + Options before the Indian President
    No details available. more ...
  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1999 |  + Investigate eastern graves - TULF MP
    No details available. more ...
  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1999 |  + Red Cross security clearance reinstated
    No details available. more ...
  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1999 |  + ADB - Fiscal consolidation critical for Sri Lanka
    No details available. more ...
  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1998 |  + SLA looses tanks, withdraws - LTTE
    No details available. more ...
  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1998 |  + Wanni: where numbers do nt count
    No details available. more ...
  • 154) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1998 |  + Commonwealth chief says the time has come for peace talks in Sri Lanka
    No details available. more ...
  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1998 |  + Heavy fighting as S.Lanka troops resume push
    No details available. more ...
  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1998 |  + Asia Pacific Solidarity Conference calls for the withdrawal of SL Forces from Tamil Eelam
    No details available. more ...
  • 157) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1998 |  + US designation "not welcome" - Tamil parties
    No details available. more ...
  • 158) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 20, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka troops resume push on key rebel town
    No details available. more ...
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