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February 28, 2017 - Memory of the Day

Are Tamil leaders losing patience?

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1970 | Work on the multimillion rupee Mahaweli Ganga
    Work on the multimillion rupee Mahaweli Ganga diversion project is formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Senanayake at the Polgolla diversion site.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1988 | SL Navy shoots at Tamil refugees - A woman killed
    The Sinhalese navy Wednesday opened fire on a group of Tamil refugees waiting at Mannar shore to flee to India. One woman was killed while another was severely injured. Meanwhile, the following day the Sri Lankan Navy arrested a group of 54 Tamil woman refugees waiting at Mannar Beach to flee to Tamil Nadu. The Navy rounded up the women and took them away. The refugees were fleeing to India to escape Sinhalese army atrocities in captured Tamil territories.
  • 1998 | Akarayan hospital unable to copewith anaemia patients
    The Akkarayan hospital (in Vanni) has several patients with complaints of anaemia and the hospital has no facilities to treat the patients or even the necessary supply of blood said the hospital authorities. The Sinhalese government for the past 7 years has blockaded food and medicine to Tamil territories which its armed forces have been unable to capture.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 776 | விழுப்புண் படாதநாள் எல்லாம் வழுக்கினுள்
    வைக்குந்தன் நாளை எடுத்து.
    The heroes, counting up their days, set down as vain
    Each day when they no glorious wound sustain.
    - 78 78
  • Feb 28 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Feb 28, 2016 12:41:00 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Victims Demand And Deserve Credible Justice
    The regime has changed, but the system remains the same; how can we expect justice from them?,” asked a Tamil nun who survived the brutal conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers in Vavuniya district in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. Her sentiments echo a growing sense of skepticism shared by many in the country’s north and east in the willingness and ability of the Sri Lankan State to deliver justice and accountability for victims of the conflict and their families. Interviews with local lawyers, activists, victims and victims’ families during my recent visit to the north and east reinforced the importance of ensuring a credible transitional justice process that will provide a genuine remedy to victims and survivors, and in so doing restore public confidence in the State. more ...
  • 2) Feb 28, 2016 12:40:01 GMT |  + Rajapaksa paints himself into a corner; plans for new party put on hold
    The worst power disruption in the country in recent decades will cost the Government an estimated Rs. 600 million or Rs. 200 million an hour, according to reports reaching Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Thursday’s countrywide blackout also caused severe damage to the Norochcholai Lakvijaya power plant preventing it from supplementing power demand during peak hours to meet the shortfall from the national grid. As a result, since Friday, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has been compelled to resort to unannounced power cuts in outer areas and it has appealed to consumers in metropolitan Colombo to cut down on the use of electrical appliances. more ...
  • 3) Feb 28, 2016 12:38:18 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's embrace of China investment heightens regional geopolitical risk
    Sri Lanka has reversed its earlier decision and decided to allow Chinese investment in a port development project near its capital, Colombo.The Sri Lankan government's decision in mid-January to greenlight a stalled Chinese investment project came as a welcome surprise to China. A Chinese company plans to spend a total of about $1.5 billion to reclaim land off the coast of Colombo and build commercial, residential and sports facilities. This vast body of water has so far been under the watch of the U.S. Navy, which is suspicious of Beijing's motives. Thus, the Chinese government has been courting friendly nations along the planned ocean route to build port facilities as part of its efforts to secure a maritime route outside the U.S. sphere of influence. more ...
  • 4) Feb 28, 2016 12:36:14 GMT |  + It’s Back, The Demand For A ‘Muslim Province’
    Whenever demands for further devolution of political power for the nation’s Tamils are flagged, similar demands for a separate ‘Muslim Province’ have erupted, though not with the same success-rate. It’s back again in the news, but it’s a demand that needs to be tempered in the reality of post-war Sri Lanka, tempered in a way it does not start off something that the community’s political leadership may lose control over. They need only to look at the Tamil brethren, to learn their hard lessons from. more ...
  • 5) Feb 28, 2016 12:35:35 GMT |  + Jaffna Railway Station: On a fast track to success
    The Jaffna Railway Station has turned to be one of the main out hubs for transportation between the north and the south. Over 1,200 passengers pass through the station daily with four trains from Kankesanthurai (KKS) to the south and back to KKS. The intercity train has turned out to be the most popular train between the two destinations with most seats being booked on a regular basis. The station is one of the best maintained stations in the country after the Bank of Ceylon sponsored the reconstruction of the station. more ...
  • 6) Feb 28, 2016 12:34:59 GMT |  + Reconciliation and justice for SL still distant – Biswal
    Sri Lanka’s journey is still unfolding, with many steep hills yet to be climbed and many turns in the road. Much of the very hard work of reconciliation and justice still lies ahead, says Nisha Biswal, US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. "But as Secretary Kerry said during his historic visit – and reiterated in their meeting today – this is a journey that Sri Lanka does not have to make alone. The United States will be there as a friend and partner", she said in her speech at the US. Institute for Peace in Washington DC. more ...
  • 7) Feb 28, 2016 12:31:24 GMT |  + Estate Workers Move Into Other Areas Of Employment
    A recent study conducted by the World Bank states that the Tamil minority who work on estates in Sri Lanka are moving out of the plantation sector towards more urbanised areas in search of employment. The World Bank research suggests that the younger generation of estate Tamils seems to have little interest in employment in the plantation sector. Although, they undergo problems when finding jobs in urbanised areas, those wanting to move out has recorded an increase between 2003 and 2012 and within the age group of 15 -24 years. In the meantime, the average annual rate of change or growth was about -4% for the age group of 15-19 years and around -1% for the age group of 20-24 years. more ...
  • 8) Feb 28, 2016 12:30:00 GMT |  + Lingering sore in a fast-healing Jaffna
    “Today in Jaffna, there are incidents of gang fights, child abuse, public harassment cases and violent activities being reported. If any issues erupt, don’t turn to violent protests. We don’t like to see university students languishing in cells. “You are our future leaders Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheleyan said at an event to mark the aluminum jubilee of the Department of Law, University of Jaffna last Sunday at the Kailasapathy Auditorium. more ...
  • 9) Feb 28, 2016 12:29:27 GMT |  + JOC Got Tip Minutes Before Lasantha Was Killed
    The Joint Operations Command (JOC) received a tip-off an hour before the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed, sources said. According to the sources, the tip-off had been received by a military official who was in charge of the Western Province.A former top official of the JOC had informed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) about this. Sources said that the top official had told the CID that the military official at the JOC had received information of an attempt to assassinate Wickrematunge using a sharp object.
  • 10) Feb 28, 2016 12:27:06 GMT |  + The practical road to reconstruction and reconciliation
    There had been and there continues to be persistent allegations of serious human rights violations during the last phase of the war by various concerned people. The UNHRC resolution co- sponsored by the Sri Lankan government calling to investigate whether there is any truth behind the allegations is an initiative and a response to such claims. In the perspective of not only the international community but also of the citizens of this country too there is a compulsion for the Sri Lankan government to conduct inquiries to ascertain the veracity of the said charges. Is there evidence to sustain the charge of violation of human rights in the conduct of the war both by the armed forces and the LTTE? more ...
  • 11) Feb 28, 2016 12:24:14 GMT |  + Rajiv Ruled Out Asking Lanka to go Federal, Says Varatharajaperumal
    As India’s Prime Minister between 1984 and 1989, Rajiv Gandhi neither asked Sri Lanka to adopt a federal constitution nor did he get involved in the drafting and implementation of the 13 th. Constitutional Amendment (13A), says A.Varatharajaperumal, former Chief Minister of the now defunct North-Eastern Province.“When we met Rajiv in 1986, the Indian PM categorically said that India would not ask Lanka to adopt a federal constitution. But Rajiv was quick to add that the Lankan Tamils were free to put to their government any constitutional proposal they liked,” Perumal told Express here on Sunday. more ...
  • 12) Feb 28, 2015 15:07:25 GMT |  + Tamil “Extremists” target Sampanthan and Sumanthiran of the TNA as “Traitors”
    Tamil National Alliance(TNA) leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan MP and TNA National list Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran won many hearts and minds by participating in the official Independence day ceremony held in Battaramulla on February 4th. The diplomatic community in Colombo hailed it as a commendable symbolic gesture towards ethnic reconciliation in a land torn asunder by decades of communal strife and bloodshed. The small step taken by Sampanthan and Sumanthiran was praised as a giant leap for national unity by all progressive sections of Sri Lankan society desiring justice, equality,harmony and amity. more ...
  • 13) Feb 28, 2015 14:51:05 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Press Ahead on Rights Reforms
    Sri Lanka’s new government should advance a reform agenda to address past and ongoing human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena. The government has already undertaken important new initiatives, such as reviewing cases of detainees under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, lifting restrictions on media reporting, ending Internet censorship, and removing nongovernmental organizations from Defense Ministry oversight.
  • 14) Feb 28, 2015 14:48:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka concerned by China loans, rules out submarine visits
    Sri Lanka is concerned with the roughly $5 billion in Chinese loans it has and will send its finance minister to Beijing to discuss the issue, the foreign minister said on Saturday, as he also ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country. New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that China has invested in, including a $1.5 billion "port city" project in the capital Colombo. more ...
  • 15) Feb 28, 2015 14:46:39 GMT |  + Missing persons hearing starts in Sri Lanka amid protests
    Sri Lanka on Saturday began a three-day hearing on missing persons cases amid protests by Tamil groups who are demanding a credible investigation into such issues. The presidential commission investigating cases of missing persons in Sri Lanka has started its hearing in the country's eastern Trincomalee province. "The relatives of those who have forcibly disappeared are tired of going before various mechanisms set up by the government of Sri Lanka from time to time," Tamil Civil Society Forum (CSF) said in a letter to the commission. more ...
  • 16) Feb 28, 2015 14:42:59 GMT |  + Jaffna may be on PM Modi’s Sri Lanka visit itinerary
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi may visit the Tamil-dominated Jaffna region during his trip to Sri Lanka next month. The PM is scheduled to reach Colombo from Mauritius on March 12. There is, however, no word on whether he would visit Maldives which is currently in turmoil over the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed, sources in South Block said. A Modi visit to the former stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is likely to have immense political significance for Tamil Nadu where elections are due next year. The BJP is trying to enlarge its presence in the southern state.
  • 17) Feb 28, 2015 14:36:05 GMT |  + Reprieve for Sri Lanka as UN rights council defers report on violations till Sept 15
    Sri Lankan President Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisawa got the good news that his country has been given a six-month reprieve by the UN Human Rights Council during his visit to India this month. The UN Human Rights long-awaited report on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the LTTE conflict during the former Rajapaksa government would be published in September instead of March 2015 to give the new government time. This will be relief also for India, which had been voting against the previous Sri Lanka government, and supporting the US in its resolutions in the Human Rights Council, but now wants better relations with Sri Lanka under a new regime.
  • 18) Feb 28, 2015 14:34:07 GMT |  + No foreigner in war crimes probe: Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka Friday said it won`t invite foreign experts in its probe into allegations of war crimes and maintained that the inquiry will take place within the country`s legal system. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera told Xinhua that preliminary discussions into the conduct of the domestic inquiry had already begun and the government would finalize a structure soon. "The domestic inquiry will be 100 percent local. We will only use the assistance of local judges, local laws and the local court system. However, we will ensure that the domestic inquiry will meet international standards," Perera said.
  • 19) Feb 28, 2015 0:29:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says China to be consulted on any project re-think
    Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewing until it consults China, Sri Lanka's foreign minister said on Friday, pledging that his new government would welcome Chinese investors. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that China has invested in, including a $1.5 billion "port city" project in Colombo. more ...
  • 20) Feb 28, 2015 0:28:48 GMT |  + 86 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy
    As many as 86 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their 10 fishing boats seized by the Sri Lanka Navy for allegedly poaching in the country's waters, naval officials said on Friday. They were arrested on Thursday night off the eastern coast of Mullaithivu, Naval spokesman Commander Indika Silva said. The Indian fishermen will be handed over to the police at the port city of Trincomalee. more ...
  • 21) Feb 28, 2015 0:27:43 GMT |  + CTC Strongly Condemns the Burning of Effigies and Pictures of TNA Leaders
    The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) strongly condemns the burning of effigies and images of TNA leaders, Mr. Sampanthan and Mr. Sumanthiran. We believe these acts are aimed at weakening the democratically elected leadership of Tamil people in Sri Lanka and thereby silencing the democratic wishes of Tamil people. In the last presidential elections, the Tamil people voted in large numbers to bring about change, as per the advice of these very TNA leaders. In the past few weeks, they have started working with the new Sri Lankan government and international community to address the many issues faced by Tamils, some of which have been in existence since the independence of Sri Lanka 67 years ago.
  • 22) Feb 28, 2014 19:23:44 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Feels the Heat
    Sri Lanka is heading into a major crisis under extreme heat, as the rains stay away. Fears are growing of power cuts and interruption to the water supply because reservoir levels are running scarily low. By the third week of February, the Ceylon Electricity Board said it was relying on expensive thermal generators for 76 percent of the country’s power supply. Around August 2012, extended dry weather almost dried up hydro-reservoirs. The country spent over two billion dollars to import furnace oil. The drought impacted over a million persons, according to the Sri Lanka Red Cross. more ...
  • 23) Feb 28, 2014 18:21:49 GMT |  + Channel 4 refutes Sri Lankan "propaganda offensive"
    Channel 4 has today taken the unprecedented step of publishing a detailed refutation of “an international propaganda offensive” launched by supporters of the Sri Lankan government against its reporting of events at the end of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war. Channel 4’s News and Current Affairs journalists have led the way in exposing the country’s war crimes, culminating in the broadcast of the feature length documentary No Fire Zone - a forensic investigation into the final weeks of the bloody civil war in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 24) Feb 28, 2014 18:20:52 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's president denounces U.S. plan for rights resolution
    Sri Lanka's president denounced Washington's plan to move a U.N. human rights resolution against the island nation on Friday, comparing the U.S. move over alleged war crimes to a professional boxer taking on a schoolboy. "There should not have been a resolution at all," Mahinda Rajapaksa said in his first news conference with the foreign media in Colombo for more than three years. "If they have evidence they should have given (it) to us." more ...
  • 25) Feb 28, 2014 14:06:57 GMT |  + We will do it in Sri Lanka - US Secretary of State John Kerry
    ” “Our concern about this ongoing situation has led the United States to support another UN Human Rights Council resolution at the March session. We will do so because we know countries that deny human rights and human dignity challenge our interests as well as human interests. But we also know countries that advance those values, those countries that embrace these rights are countries that actually create opportunities,” more ...
  • 26) Feb 28, 2014 13:59:01 GMT |  + Sri Lanka transforms its killing fields into a tourist attraction
    Five years ago on this narrow strip of land along the Bay of Bengal, Sri Lanka’s military waged some of the most controversial but decisive assaults on its Tamil adversaries. An increasingly solid body of evidence points to numerous war crimes committed by government troops at this site — including mass rape and summary executions of surrendered fighters, in addition to intentional shelling of civilians.If you visit the site today, you wouldn't get the impression that there was ever a war crime scene. Instead, Sri Lanka's government has transformed it into a tourist attraction. more ...
  • 27) Feb 28, 2014 13:51:55 GMT |  + Sri Lanka 'uncomfortable' with rights resolution
    Sri Lanka's president on Friday acknowledged his discomfort at the prospect of being censured by the UN's top rights body, as he accused Washington of treating Colombo like Muhammad Ali's "punching bag". "The whole resolution, we are uncomfortable with," Rajapakse said at his Temple Trees residence. "There should not be a resolution at all." "We feel acutely uncomfortable by the pressure brought on us by a powerful country." "I advocated investigations into disappearances in 1989 and 90 (during an uprising by Sinhalese Marxist rebels). Even today, I believe in it (human rights)," Rajapakse said. more ...
  • 28) Feb 28, 2014 13:47:37 GMT |  + Sri Lanka strikes deal with Australia’s Energy Puzzle Group on 150 MW solar PV project
    Sri Lanka has taken giant strides towards a solar future with the announcement this week that the country’s Board of Investment (BOI) has concluded talks with an Australian energy company to develop a 150 MW solar plant on the island. Energy Puzzle Group has committed an investment of US$190 million to construct the plant in the country’s Mirijjawela Export Processing Zone in the district of Hambantota, located on the southern tip of the teardrop island. more ...
  • 29) Feb 28, 2014 13:38:51 GMT |  + Hugo Swire welcomes report from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and supports her call for an international investigation into Sri Lanka.
    The British Government attaches great importance to lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. This is a message that the Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and I gave when we visited Sri Lanka last year. We welcome the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka, and share her concerns about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and the lack of progress on accountability. more ...
  • 30) Feb 28, 2014 13:26:11 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013
    The major human rights problems were: attacks on, and harassment of, civil society activists, journalists, and persons viewed as sympathizers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist organization by individuals allegedly tied to the government, creating an environment of fear and self-censorship; involuntary disappearances and a lack of accountability for thousands who disappeared in previous years; and widespread impunity for a broad range of human rights abuses, particularly torture by police and attacks on media institutions and the judiciary.
  • 31) Feb 28, 2014 4:10:06 GMT |  + SC stays release of Rajiv killers, notice to Jaya
    In a major setback to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court on Thursday restrained her government's decision to release four more convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The Apex court also issued a notice to the Tamil Nadu government in this regard. The bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam passed the order while responding to the Centre's plea challenging the Tamil Nadu government's announcement to release the assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. more ...
  • 32) Feb 28, 2013 20:22:37 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: Admiring vices as virtues
    Sri Lanka is now before the United Nations Human Rights Council at a time when the Council is to discuss in what ways Sri Lanka can improve the human rights situation of its people. The overall mind set with which the government is approaching the Council can be summed up with the phrase, "Catch us if you can". This is said quite dramatically and the government's representatives want to convince the UN Council that it will never succeed in any endeavor to help Sri Lanka improve the treatment of its own people.
  • 33) Feb 28, 2013 20:18:05 GMT |  + Veteran humanitarian Eezham Tamil activist passes away in UK
    Dr. Namasivayam Sathiyamoorthy (N.S. Moorthy), a veteran Eezham Tamil activist who was instrumental in the organization of the humanitarian agencies TRO and Ve'n Pu'raa (White Pigeon), passed away at the age of 61 at London, UK. Dr. Sathiyamoorthy was involved in the national liberation struggle of the Eezham Tamils in the homeland from its early stages and was also a popularly recognized activist in democratic politics among the Tamil diaspora in the UK. more ...
  • 34) Feb 28, 2013 15:10:10 GMT |  + India silent over US-backed resolution against Lanka at UN rights body
    India is not ready to reveal its hand on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). And, the radio silence is all for a good reason. Despite the loud support by DMK and AIADMK members in the Rajya Sabha for the resolution on Wednesday, there is discomfort within the Indian government regarding the document's fine print. Sources said recommendations in the resolution are "intrusive", which would be unacceptable for India.
  • 35) Feb 28, 2013 3:41:04 GMT |  + Boycott Sri Lanka, Robertson urges
    The prominent barrister Geoffrey Robertson wants Australia and other commonwealth countries to boycott a leaders' meeting in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo to protest against the impeachment of the nation's chief justice. The Australian lawyer also wants the Queen to steer clear of November's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting after Shirani Bandaranayake was declared guilty of misconduct seven weeks ago. more ...
  • 36) Feb 28, 2012 16:59:22 GMT |  + Vaiko asks PM not to support Sri Lanka at UNHRC
    MDMK chief Vaiko on Tuesday termed as shocking a Sri Lankan official's claim about New Delhi's backing of Colombo in the ongoing UNHRC session and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to support it. "It is shocking that Mahinda Samarasinghe, the chief Lankan negotiator, has stated that India will support Sri Lanka in the crucial voting at the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva," Vaiko said in a letter to Singh. "If it is true, that will be the ever unpardonable betrayal by the Indian Government against the Tamils of Sri Lanka.
  • 37) Feb 28, 2012 16:45:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's quest for lasting peace
    Council should support efforts to achieve meaningful reconciliation, human rights and democratic freedom for all Sri Lankans. We fear that if nothing changes, the crimes that remain unaddressed will continue to haunt Sri Lanka's people and could ignite violence once again. Finally we want to emphasise that Sri Lanka's recent history is an issue that concerns all of us.
  • 38) Feb 28, 2012 14:03:25 GMT |  + UK 'to deport 100 Tamils' as Sri Lanka fights UN resolution
    A plane chartered by the British government is to deport about 100 Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, according to a human rights charity. Human Rights Watch claims the aircraft will fly the Tamils back to the country where they could face interrogation and torture. more ...
  • 39) Feb 28, 2012 14:02:24 GMT |  + The Council underlines the need for the Human Rights Council to maintain its focus freedom of expression
    The EU reaffirms its strong support to the Human Rights Council and states its intention to present a resolution on the situation of human rights in Burma/Myanmar... Furthermore, the EU will support efforts aimed at keeping the issue of accountability in Sri Lanka on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), as announced by the Ministers. The EU will encourage the Government of Sri Lanka to fully implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission as a first step.
  • 40) Feb 28, 2012 14:01:22 GMT |  + At Geneva HRC, Code Words on Syria Range from Ruthless to Regime Change, Saleh and Sri Lanka Not Shown
    The debate on Syria at the Human Rights Council in Geneva Tuesday morning proceeded mostly as expected. China and Cuba both used the term "regime change," at least in translation. More clearly inconsistent was Thailand, which called for "strong action" on Syria. The day before, on Sri Lanka where more civilians were killed, Thailand urged a "homegrown" Sri Lankan solution.
  • 41) Feb 28, 2012 14:01:02 GMT |  + Sri Lankan protests – from street to Tweet
    While pro-government supporters crowded the Sri Lankan capital’s main thoroughfare, pro-Tamil and democracy groups organised a tweet shower aimed at undermining the Sri Lankan government’s appearance Monday at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. Colombo's primary goal at the world’s highest human rights forum is to thwart a resolution championed by the US asking Sri Lanka to do more to bring about meaningful reconciliation in the bitterly divided north and east of the country. more ...
  • 42) Feb 28, 2012 13:59:14 GMT |  + With media gagged or threatened, no progress for freedom of information
    Reporters Without Borders calls on all members of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, which began its 19th session yesterday, to pass a resolution condemning the Sri Lankan government’s violations of freedom of information and to demand an end to threats and violence against news media and human rights defenders in Sri Lanka.
  • 43) Feb 28, 2012 13:58:40 GMT |  + Congressman Kingston’s Irresponsible Letter on Sri Lanka
    U.S. Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) recently submitted a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama. Cosigned by eleven other members of Congress, it effusively praises the Sri Lankan government for all of its accomplishments since end of the country’s twenty-six-year civil war. The short note is heavy on rhetoric and light on reality. It talks about the enormous potential for a strengthening of US-Sri Lankan relations, going on to use words like “post-conflict,” while congratulating Rajapaksa’s semi-authoritarian regime for doing such a good job of resettling IDPs, among other misperceptions.
  • 44) Feb 28, 2012 13:57:55 GMT |  + Tamil returnee claims torture in Sri Lanka
    A Tamil failed asylum seeker forcibly returned from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka on 21 February 2012 has claimed that he was tortured on arrival. He was later interviewed by British officials. A medical examination arranged by the British High Commission in Colombo showed fresh abrasions on the man’s legs, where he claims that he was kicked by Sri Lankan officials who were questioning him. The man had several other scars and marks that he said were unrelated to the incident, adding some credibility to the case.
  • 45) Feb 28, 2012 13:56:37 GMT |  + Tamils May Face Torture After UK Deportation
    The UK is due to deport up to 100 Tamils this week, despite warnings from human rights groups that they face torture from the Sri Lankan security services. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both voiced their concerns over the mass-deportation of Tamils, which will be the UK's third since June. Sky News has spoken with one man who was deported from the UK last year, and claims he was tortured but managed to escape and get back to Britain. He revealed the lacerations on his back and burn marks on his chest - indicating that the UK's belief he would not be mistreated was wrong. more ...
  • 46) Feb 28, 2012 11:21:39 GMT |  + India to back Sri Lanka at UNHRC (Audio updated)
    India will back Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, Minister in charge of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said today. Samarasinghe said that apart from India even Thailand and Malaysia will also back Sri Lanka at the ongoing session. The US is expected to put forward a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC calling for the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). more ...
  • 47) Feb 28, 2011 20:40:51 GMT |  + Accountability for Violations of IHL in Counterinsurgency: The Case of Sri Lanka
    This Live Seminar examined mechanisms and strategies to promote accountability for IHL violations committed during counterinsurgencies, focusing on the case of Sri Lanka. Against the backdrop of domestic and international efforts to address IHL violations committed during the counterinsurgency in Sri Lanka, this Live Seminar addressed the following questions: * What aspects, if any, of counterinsurgency doctrine have the potential to affect adherence to IHL principles? * What accountability mechanisms—judicial or otherwise—exist regarding IHL violations committed during non-international armed conflicts? more ...
  • 48) Feb 28, 2011 15:07:53 GMT |  + Amnesty calls for new UN probe in Lanka
    Amnesty International (AI), a global human rights watchdog, has urged the United Nations (UN) to investigate new reports of human rights abuses including abductions and killings in northern Sri Lanka. In a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council, AI said Lanka’s human rights haven’t improve d in the last one year even as it continues to stall international investigations into alleged war crimes. ``Impunity persists for past violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law, and new and serious violations of human rights continue to be reported. more ...
  • 49) Feb 28, 2011 15:06:50 GMT |  + Scientists warn of water woes
    Demand for water in agriculture and energy production could spike in the coming decades while catastrophic floods and droughts strike more often, a water conference in Canada is to hear this week. "At unpredictable times, too much water will arrive in some places and too little in others," said Zafar Adeel, chair of UN Water which coordinates water-related efforts of 28 United Nations organizations and agencies. more ...
  • 50) Feb 28, 2011 14:47:59 GMT |  + Third round of talks between TNA-Lanka govt postponed
    The crucial third round of talks between the Tamil National Alliance, the main Tamil party in Sri Lanka, to find a political settlement to the grievances of the minority ethnic community has been indefinitely postponed. Sources in the Tamil National Alliance said today the talks with the government has been indefinitely postponed due to the on going local election campaign leading to the March 17 polls.
  • 51) Feb 28, 2011 14:46:54 GMT |  + Vaiko, workers taken into custody for trying to stage protest in Chennai
    Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko and Communist Party of India's Tamil Nadu secretary D Pandian, besides 400 party workers, were taken into custody today for trying to stage a protest in Chennai against the alleged disrespect caused to the mortal remains of slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Prabakaran's mother, Parvathy Pillai, in Sri Lanka.
  • 52) Feb 28, 2011 14:44:21 GMT |  + With an eye on China, India steps up defence spending
    India increased annual defence spending by about 11.6 percent on Monday, aiming to overhaul the military to counter the rapidly growing capabilities of giant neighbour China. The hefty increase suggests the government plans to move ahead with some of a slew of planned defence acquisitions, analysts said, including a $10.5 billion fighter jet contract, one of the world's largest on offer. India, among a host of countries wary of China's economic and military heft, is also eyeing surveillance helicopters, transport aircraft and submarines to beef up defences in the air as well as in the Indian Ocean.
  • 53) Feb 28, 2011 14:43:05 GMT |  + Lankans in Libya await evacuation
    A Sri Lankan awaiting evacuation from the Libyan capital says he was frustrated about the delay. "We are waiting for the Sri Lankan authorities to take speedy action," the engineer speaking from the Libyan capital, Tripoli told BBC Sinhala service. He said that the company he is working with has 207 Sri Lankans. Another Sri Lankan speaking to BBC Sandeshaya from the eastern town of Benghazi said that the area is now under anti-Gaddafi forces. "Young boys are roaming the streets with guns in their hands," he said. more ...
  • 54) Feb 28, 2010 7:28:49 GMT |  + Lanka-Eritrea ties break-down
    The Sri Lankan government’s attempt to establish diplomatic ties with the state of Eritrea have diminished due to certain media reports published in recent times, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told Daily Mirror online. “With most countries it is easy but with the western countries it is very difficult because there is a very big pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora and we don’t get much cooperation from western countries; especially the European countries. So without their cooperation it is very difficult to catch these people,” more ...
  • 55) Feb 28, 2010 7:26:19 GMT |  + Jaffna-TN fishermen meet cancelled
    A meeting of the fishermen of Jaffna and Tamil Nadu, which was to be held in Kachchateevu on the sidelines of the on-going St Anthony’s festival, has been cancelled. S Thavaratnam, president of the Jaffna District Fishermens’ Societies Federation told Express over phone from Gurunagar in Jaffna on Saturday, that a good opportunity to thrash out mutual problems, especially those caused by extensive and intensive trawling by the Tamil Nadu fishermen, had been lost. “However, we are in touch with Arulanandam, the leader of the Tamil Nadu fishermen, and hope to meet him at the earliest,” he said.
  • 56) Feb 28, 2010 1:45:47 GMT |  + Of elephants, swans and donkeys
    All the opposition, that is political parties, trade unions, religious bodies and civil society could join together if they had the sense to perceive a drift from authoritarianism to palpable dictatorship. Unity, which could deny the UPFA a parliamentary majority, is the best thing at this juncture. Indeed, I find it odd that many people who intend to vote UPFA agree with this sentiment, even as they sleepwalk towards the betel leaf. There is a psychological disconnect between what people know to be true and the way in which they vote. This is an excellent topic for a PhD thesis: ‘Sri Lanka’s schizophrenic political psychology’. I will only explore a small but problematic corner of this larger dichotomy.
  • 57) Feb 28, 2009 23:51:55 GMT |  + Lanka marches into multiple crisis
    There was more to last week's apparent shift in India's policy towards Sri Lanka, articulated by its acting Prime Minister Pranab Mukherjee. As revealed in the front page of The Sunday Times, the previous Saturday, he called upon the Sri Lanka Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to hold talks and come to a peaceful settlement. The appeal came in statements he made to the media in West Bengal. However, in a statement to the Lok Sabha (Parliament) just three days earlier, he ruled out any Indian intervention to stop military operations against Tiger guerrillas and accused them of doing much damage to the Tamil community.
  • 58) Feb 28, 2009 23:41:06 GMT |  + State finances on life-support
    This is the week in which Fitch Ratings, the international financial outlook index brought down Sri Lanka’s rating from a ‘stable outlook’ to a ‘negative outlook’ underscoring the financial morass the state may be getting into, even as the war is near an end and the LTTE is on life-support. Harsha de Silva, economist, had earlier in the week told TIME magazine that ‘’it just doesn’t work’’ to fight a war at such an expense because the government is in clear financial trouble due to the double impact of the global meltdown and the war-budget.
  • 59) Feb 28, 2009 23:31:37 GMT |  + TMVP will disarm before end of the month
    The government has decided to disarm the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) before the end of this month. Accordingly, security forces officers have formulated a programme for disarmament and have directed senior security forces officers in the East to initiate the programme after March 10. Thus, the disarmament process will take place from the 10 to the 31st of March. The security forces have already informed the leader of the TMVP’s Karuna faction, Parliamentarian Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan and leader of the TMVP’s Pillayan faction, Eastern province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan that all weapons belonging to the TMVP must be handed over before March 31, a higly placed security source said.
  • 60) Feb 28, 2009 18:48:26 GMT |  + India urges 'pause' in Sri Lankan fighting
    India has called for a "pause" in the fighting between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil rebels to allow the evacuation of thousands of civilians trapped in the nation's northern war zone. In a statement issued Saturday, India's external affairs minister, Pranab Mukherjee, warned that the humanitarian crisis was "building up with every passing day" in Sri Lanka. Mukherjee referred to the recent rebel offer of a cease-fire as an "opportunity" for the Sri Lankan government to stave off the crisis.
  • 61) Feb 28, 2009 18:47:10 GMT |  + Ghost of Bush wishes 'fight to the end'
    The lessons of history are that actually there is nothing called ethnicities winning and losing. It is always forces of oppression and liberation losing and winning. ‘Fight to the end’ is vantage of the vultures hovering above for the spoils of both losers as well as winners. If ‘fight to the end’ is thrust upon peoples then they can’t help it. They have to fight it until the interests of those who orchestrate it are affected to the contrary or civilized world prevail upon those international belligerents. "Let us hope in the civilized world," writes Opinion Columnist Chivanadi.
  • 62) Feb 28, 2009 13:08:50 GMT |  + MDMK chief Vaiko, partymen held during protests
    MDMK chief Vaiko and some of his partymen were on Saturday arrested when they attempted to show black flags to external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee. Vaiko and his party members were protesting against Centre's "inaction" on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. The protesters were arrested while trying to show black flags to Mukherjee who was here to lay the foundation stone for a power project, police said.
  • 63) Feb 28, 2009 12:55:20 GMT |  + Grab LTTE ceasefire offer to rescue civilians, India tells Sri Lanka
    Amid mounting concern over the plight of 70,000 civilians trapped in the conflict zone, India Friday made a renewed appeal to Sri Lanka to seize the Tamil Tigers rebels’ ceasefire offer and spur safe passage for Tamil civilians where they can get humanitarian aid. “While this (ceasefire offer by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - LTTE) may fall short of a declaration of willingness to lay down arms, it is our view that the government of Sri Lanka should seize the opportunity presented by the offer to bring about a pause in the hostilities,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
  • 64) Feb 28, 2009 12:07:41 GMT |  + Statement from Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Official Opposition, on the situation in Sri Lanka
    Countless lives are being lost on a daily basis and more than 250,000 civilians are trapped on the frontline. An immediate ceasefire is needed now more than ever. I also call on the international community to come together to work towards political reconciliation in Sri Lanka and to provide humanitarian assistance where it is needed. We have a responsibility to protect innocent civilians whose lives are at risk as a result of this military conflict. In this regard, I urge United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to send a special envoy to Sri Lanka to find ways to ensure no further loss of life and to begin immediate discussions on the political future of the country involving all sectors of Sri Lankan society. more ...
  • 65) Feb 28, 2009 2:54:48 GMT |  + The desperate plight of Sri Lanka's Tamils
    WHEN elephants fight, the mousedeer dies in the middle (Gajah sama gajah berjuang, pelanduk mati di tengah-tengah). This old Malay saying clearly underlines the universal fact that when two enemies meet on the battlefield, civilians suffer the most. We saw this recently in the Gaza Strip when hundreds of innocents were killed and thousands more were injured when their homes and offices were blown to bits by Israeli bombs ostensibly targeted at Hamas posts in the occupied territory.
  • 66) Feb 28, 2009 2:26:35 GMT |  + Newborn babies bereft of milk, humanitarian situation worsens in Vanni
    Due to acute malnutrition and continued blockade of food thousands of mothers of newborn babies have gone barren to feed babies in besieged Mullaiththeevu. The substitute of powdered milk is also not available, seriously affecting thousands of babies reports TamilNet correspondent from Vanni. Pregnant women are at highest risk of serious complications from infectious diseases under the prevailing condition.
  • 67) Feb 28, 2009 0:15:47 GMT |  + UN Security Council fight for Sri Lanka
    The UN Security Council took up the fighting in Sri Lanka for the first time on Friday as a senior UN official reported that dozens of people, at least, were being killed every day. Council members, meeting in closed session, appealed to the Sri Lankan government to exercise maximum restraint and to the Tamil Tiger rebels, or LTTE, to lay down their arms and abandon the use of violence to pursue their political aims, the council president said.
  • 68) Feb 28, 2009 0:13:34 GMT |  +  India Can Help End Civilian Killings
    As Sri Lanka’s armed forces battle the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their last stronghold, the island country’s influential neighbour, India, is weighing diplomatic options to goad President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government to save civilians trapped in the war zone. The number of civilians is estimated to be as high as 200,000 to 250,000. Many have been displaced by the war five or even 12 times over. Currently, according to the best estimates, 25 to 35 people are being killed every day. India’s ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is under pressure from its constituents from the southern state of Tamil Nadu to go beyond verbal exhortations to Colombo to stop civilian killings...
  • 69) Feb 28, 2009 0:12:38 GMT |  + 'Great danger' for civilians in Sri Lanka conflict: UN
    Tens of thousands of Sri Lankan civilians face "great danger" after being caught in fighting between Tamil rebels and the advancing military, a senior UN diplomat warned on Friday. "Estimates vary of the number of civilians trapped, from 70,000 according to the government, through around 200,000 according to UN estimates, up to 300,000 or more according to Tamil groups," said UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told Security Council members. The civilians were stuck in a no-man's land spanning around 14 square kilometers (five square miles), as expectations grew that government forces would move in on Tamil positions in short order.
  • 70) Feb 28, 2008 12:42:01 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: NGO Scam Spolights Cozy Funding Deals
    An internal feud at Sri Lanka's best known non-governmental organisation (NGO), over alleged mismanagement and financial irregularities, has snowballed into wider issues of lack of transparency, corruption and cozy relationships between funding agencies and recipients. NGOs over the years have often been accused by the government and sections of the media of interference in politics, the peace process and social issues, but the ongoing clash at the much-respected International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) is threatening to tear apart the influential NGO community here.
  • 71) Feb 28, 2008 12:41:11 GMT |  + Pro-LTTE party asks Sri Lankan govt to restart peace process
    Asking Sri Lankan government to restart the peace process, a pro-LTTE party has said it could "persuade" the rebels to resume talks if Colombo implements the power devolution proposals and opens the highway linking the capital and the embattled north as a "goodwill gesture". "We will prevail upon the LTTE to reciprocate by agreeing to negotiations if government agrees to implement the interim committee report on devolution as a first step besides opening of the A 9 road," Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian N.Srikantha told PTI.
  • 72) Feb 28, 2008 3:56:14 GMT |  + Prolific Tamil writer Sujatha passes away
    Sujatha, one of the most prolific writers of contemporary Tamil literature, passed away in a private hospital here late Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 72. S. Rangarajan, who wrote under the pen name, Sujatha, was known for his versatility in writing. He had a way with words, whether it meant writing short stories, science fiction, plays, pieces on history or screenplay for films. He played a significant role in taking information on trends in science and technology to the common man through his simple articles.
  • 73) Feb 28, 2007 22:42:07 GMT |  + TNA urges India not to provide warship to Sri Lanka
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has urged the Government of India to desist from providing lethal military assistance to Sri Lanka. Referring to recent media reports that the Indian Government is to either grant or lease a large warship to the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN), the Parliamentary group of the TNA in a press release issued Wednesday observed that these reports have come against the backdrop of repeated assurances given by the Indian leadership, including the Indian Premier Dr. Manmohan Singh, that the India, as a matter of policy, will not provide any lethal weapons to Sri Lanka.
  • 74) Feb 28, 2007 21:36:13 GMT |  + U.S., Canada Diverge on Terror War Tactics
    In stark contrast to last week's U.S. court decision upholding the Military Commissions Act, Canada's court has unanimously struck down a law that would allow the Canadian government to use secret evidence to detain foreign-born terror suspects indefinitely without charges or open court hearings. "The overarching principle of fundamental justice that applies here is this: before the state can detain people for significant periods of time, it must accord them a fair judicial process," wrote Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin in last Friday's landmark ruling.
  • 75) Feb 28, 2007 20:36:31 GMT |  + Rs. 4 b in development funding from Norway in 2006
    In 2006, Norway’s total development co-operation to Sri Lanka amounted to almost Rs. 4 billion. Of the long-term assistance provided, around 64% went to the South and the country as a whole, and 36% to the North and East. Norwegian ambassador Hans Brattskar, during a visit to Hambantota district 26 – 28 February, stated that Hambantota would continue to receive a substantial amount of Norwegian development co-operation promoting private sector development. Norway has for the past 20 years, through NORAD, funded the Hambantota Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP).
  • 76) Feb 28, 2007 17:28:11 GMT |  + Sri Lanka disputes status of 83 boatpeople
    The men have told Australian officials they are Tamils fleeing for their lives, but Sri Lankan Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told The Australian they were economic migrants. Mr de Silva said he was also seeking a meeting with Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews but had been unable to secure a time. A spokeswoman for Mr Andrews said yesterday the minister was "not inclined" to discuss the matter with Sri Lankan politicians, while Mr Downer's office denied a meeting had been arranged.
  • 77) Feb 28, 2007 12:37:06 GMT |  + Sri Lankan navy raid 'kills 15'
    Sri Lanka's navy says it has destroyed two Tamil Tiger boats off the north-eastern coast, killing 15 rebels. The navy said the clashes happened near Trincomalee on Tuesday night. Rebels say they are investigating the reports. In a separate incident to the south, the navy attacked a large ship believed to be carrying arms to the rebels. Violence has risen in Sri Lanka in recent months as the country has slid back towards war, despite a 2002 ceasefire officially still in place. On Tuesday, the US and Italian ambassadors were hurt in a mortar attack that rebels say was a mistake.
  • 78) Feb 28, 2007 12:35:59 GMT |  + Government Comments “Disturbing”, and Journalist Still Missing in Sri Lanka
    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed its growing concern over the worsening situation in Sri Lanka, which has seen another journalist disappear, and the government make particularly disturbing statements on the state of the media. According to an IFJ affiliate, the Free Media Movement (FMM), Subramaniam Ramachandran, correspondent for the dailies Yarl Thinakkural and Valampuri has been missing from northern peninsula Jaffna since February 15, when he didn’t return home from work.
  • 79) Feb 28, 2007 0:41:09 GMT |  + Govt.’s reality check as the war rains down from the east
    The attack which took place at about 8.40 am last morning rocked the diplomatic community even as the Rajapakse brothers repeatedly claimed the east had been cleared while the Indian military intelligence reportedly called the LTTE retreat from the east mere ‘strategic exfiltrations.’ All this while speculation was rife there was a serious rift emerging between the Karuna faction and government forces. Meanwhile the LTTE immediately issued a statement condemning the government for endangering the lives of foreign diplomats by bringing them into the artillery launch pads inside the military zone without following diplomatic procedures to ensure their safety.
  • 80) 14:51 GMT, Feb. 28, 2006 |  + The Ceasefire Handicap
    In its talks with the Liberation Tigers last week, the government delegation that departed for Switzerland promising to return with a drastically modified Cease Fire Agreement (CFA), was apparently overcome by the crisp Helvetian weather and cheesy Swiss food. The hellfire and brimstone hoped for by sections of the media were conspicuously lacking. Team Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva made sure he was photographed beaming cordially at a scowling Anton Balasingham, whose hand he was shaking.Where then, do the Geneva talks leave Mahinda Rajapakse? Not only has he now fully endorsed the UNP’s CFA of 2002 (which he claimed led the way to separation), but failed to extract a single concession from the Tigers. At the end of round one of this season’s ceasefire handicap, then, we have Prabha: 1, Mahinda: 0, and Ranil: did not finish.
    - Rohitha ducks the hard questions
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  • 81) 12:58 GMT, Feb. 28, 2006 |  + UN tsunami envoy hails talks between Sri Lanka warring parties
    Breakthrough talks last week between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lanka government could help speed the delivery of aid to tsunami survivors on the island, a senior United Nations envoy said. "I think that any time the parties to a conflict are talking to one another it enhances the prospects of the kind of reconciliation that permits the delivery of assistance," UN deputy special envoy for tsunami recovery, Eric Schwartz, said in an interview late Monday. "There is no question that peace and reconciliation will provide a much better environment for significant progress in recovery," said Schwartz, who is deputy to the UN's chief envoy for tsunami recovery, former US president Bill Clinton. more ...
  • 82) 12:57 GMT, Feb. 28, 2006 |  + Renegade rebel worries pull S.Lanka stocks down
    Sri Lankan stocks closed weaker on Tuesday, with investors jumpy and waiting to see if the government fulfils a Tamil Tiger rebel demand to rein in other armed groups, seen as central to the island's peace process. The Colombo All-share index fell a provisional 0.68 percent to close at 2,212.68 points. Turnover was at 184 million rupees ($1.8 million). The government agreed at talks in Geneva last week to ensure no armed groups operate in military-held areas. The Tigers say they have been attacked by government-backed paramilitaries and say disarming them is key to continuing the process. more ...
  • 83) 12:04 GMT, Feb. 28, 2006 |  + Despite legislation child labour exists



    children in Sri Lanka are subjected to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse!

    The President’s declaration of 2006 as the year devoted to the Child makes us often wonder, how close we are in realizing the rights of the child as stated in the Convention proclaimed by the UN General Assembly resolution of 20th November 1959. Sri Lanka was one of the signatories. In many instances these children are subjected to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Children also are taken on as prostitutes and the trafficking in male children is high with estimates ranging from 2,000 to 30,000 thousand. Despite legislation however child labour still exists. The school dropout rates in areas such as the Uva province, the marginalized areas in the North central province and in the plantation sector is high, mainly due to the level of poverty that exists and this provides a large number of available child labour.
    - Tamil Children in Bindunuwewa
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  • 84) 10:56 GMT, Feb. 28, 2006 |  + No more Sri Lanka talks if pledges not met
    A senior leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels has said further negotiations with the government will be pointless if Colombo does not act on pledges made at peace talks in Geneva last week.The government has committed "to ensure that no armed group or person other than government security forces will carry arms or conduct armed operations", which the Tigers interpret as a vow to disarm a breakaway faction they say are attacking them."If they don't implement what they agreed, there's no reason to talk again and again," S.S. Elilan, the Tamil Tiger political head in the northeastern Trincomalee district, told Reuters outside his headquarters on Monday night."Otherwise, it's no use. Time is running out." more ...
  • 85) 04:05 GMT, Feb. 28, 2006 |  + Disaster averted at Celigny Peace talks
    The question arises what this Mahinda Chintanaya ?. If one would impartially analyze the policies enunciated in the policy document, it would be clear that the document plays to the Sinhalese majority community promising largesse from nowhere. The economic thinking behind the Mahinda Chintanaya, is devoid of objectives and set targets within a time frame, but setting out unattainable and unrealistic economic targets just to curry favor with the Sinhalese voters .There is nary a word about the Tamils or their plight, but to play for the International clientele, a passing reference had been made to the effect say that the President would seek an ‘Honourable Peace’.One thing that is clear is that the Sinhalese chauvinist elements in the political parties mentioned earlier and the Sri Lankan armed forces have been irked most importantly by the following provisions of the ceasefire agreement. more ...
  • 86) 04:02 GMT, Feb. 28, 2006 |  + Democracy and Terrorism - or Terrorism of Democracy?
    The Hamas organisation which won in the Jan. 25th general election assumed power last Saturday (18.02.06) in the Palestine parliament. Hamas, declared as a terrorist organisation by America, Israel and the European countries, has been elected to power through democratic means by the Palestinians, causing great shock in the West. The international media too has reported this indeed is a shocking matter.The countries of the world concerned and the international media had not been hitherto aware of the real situation in Palestine until now. This is revealed by the 'shock' that they had experienced or had to stomach. Today it has been proved that the ground reality is that, those organisations stamped as 'terrorists' by these countries, are recognised by the people as their representatives in the countries of these organisations. We wish to discuss certain important matters on the basis of this ground reality. more ...
  • 87) 00:58 GMT, Feb. 28, 2006 |  + Next round of Geneva talks may be critical
    The first round of talks between the Mahinda Rajapaksa government and the LTTE, held in Geneva on February 22 and 23, was admittedly tough. But the next round, to be held from April 19 to 21, could be tougher. Firstly, some of the most ticklish issues in the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement (CFA), such as those relating to "normalisation of life" in the war-affected North Eastern Province (NEP), will be coming for discussion. The attitude that the two sides show during the April talks may have an impact on the entire talks process or the peace process. Secondly, there is the implementation of the CFA as per the agreement reached at Geneva. more ...
  • 88) 18:03 GMT, Feb. 28, 2005 |  + Post-tsunami work in Sri Lanka & Indonesia will take 3-4 years: Clinton
    Rebuilding in tsunami-hit areas especially in Sri Lanka and Indonesia would take 3 to 4 years, says former US President Bill Clinton. He was speaking to reporters on Monday in Singapore after touring devastated areas in Aceh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and India earlier. Mr Clinton, who will take on the role as UN Special Representative tasked with overseeing long-term relief efforts in these areas, ensured transparency and accountabiity in the reconstruction process. "I think the long-term rebuilding is challenging - it would cost a lot of money and we got to be prepared for at least 3-4 years, countries who helped must be prepared to do more, I would do my part to ensure accountability - the people are good brave people and we want to continue helping them," said Mr Clinton. more ...
  • 89) 18:02 GMT, Feb. 28, 2005 |  + 29 bodies found at Sri Lanka train tragedy site
    Sri Lankan police today found remains of 29 people killed by the tsunamis near the location where a train was swept away by the giant waves over two months ago. Police deployed 100 constables who were joined by local volunteers to dig through mud and discover the remains of 29 people at Telwatte in southern Sri Lanka where the 'Ocean Queen' train carrying 1,500 people was washed out on December 26. "We have found the remains of 29 people," a local police official in Telwatte, 92 kilometres south of here, said. "We will need the help of the judicial medical officer to indentify the remains." The exact toll from train has not been established, but about 900 of the bodies found immediately after the tragedy were buried in a mass grave. more ...
  • 90) 18:01 GMT, Feb. 28, 2005 |  + Sri Lankan president wins back parliamentary majority
    Sri Lanka's ruling alliance won back its parliamentary majority Monday after persuading a minority Tamil party that withdrew its support last week to rejoin. The Ceylon Workers' Congress, which has eight seats in the 225-member legislature, announced last Friday that it was withdrawing its lawmakers from the governing coalition led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, citing unspecified disagreements. The move left the ruling alliance with 111 seats _ two short of a majority _ and put the country in a state of political uncertainty amid efforts to recover from the Asian tsunami, which killed more than 31,000 people in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 91) 15:44 GMT, Feb. 28, 2005 |  + Senior LTTE political official shot
    A senior political official and two of her colleagues were shot and seriously wounded around 6 p.m.Monday near Akkaraipattu by gunmen suspected to be from a paramilitary working with the Sri Lankan armed forces, LTTE sources in Batticaloa said. Ms. Kuveni, head of LTTE's political division (women) for Batticaloa-Amparai was traveling in a auto rickshaw with two of her colleagues in Thambattai, about six kilometres south of Akkaraipattu when gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on them, LTTE sources said. "This could not have happened without the knowledge of the Sri Lankan armed forces in that area", charged an LTTE commander in Batticaloa. The three were rushed to Kalmunai hospital. "The Special Task Force (STF) checks every vehicle that goes on the Akkaraipattu-Thirukkovil road. Also this road is on a narrow strip of land between the sea and the lagoon and the STF has a camp on either end of it. Hence, the gunmen could not have hit their target and escaped safely without the active collusion of the STF", the LTTE commander said. more ...
  • 92) 12:22 GMT, Feb. 28, 2005 |  + A plea for better hearts and minds and not for not-so-honest lips and tongues
    On 23 February Sri Lanka celebrated the third birthday of a truce that is yet to prove its efficacy and genuineness. The MOU has not opened the doors to a stable and lasting peace to ensure to each of the historic communities of this country its rightful place. It is not difficult to diagnose the causes for this delay, if not lapse. In spite of the fact that third party mediation or facilitation has been accepted, the Sri Lankan state is yet to acknowledge the bona fides of the other protagonist to the truce agreement – the LTTE. more ...
  • 93) 12:14 GMT, Feb. 28, 2005 |  + Sri Lankan government, Tamil Tiger rebels near deal on tsunami aid, Norway says
    Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels are close to agreeing on a joint deal to ensure that foreign aid reaches guerrilla-held areas ravaged by the Dec. 26 tsunami, Norway's top peace envoy said Monday. If an agreement is reached, it will be the first major collaboration between the two sides since peace talks collapsed in April 2003. A 2002 cease-fire brokered by Norway has held despite sporadic killings and other violations. "We are hopeful that they will be able to conclude the creation of the joint mechanism (for distribution of aid) in the next few days or weeks," Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim told The Associated Press. more ...
  • 94) 12:13 GMT, Feb. 28, 2005 |  + Britain's Prince Charles moved by Sri Lanka survivors
    Britain's Prince Charles toured Sri Lanka's tsunami-hit eastern district of Batticaloa where, according to officials, he had been "moved" on seeing the devastation and speaking with fishermen who survived the thundering waves. Charles, on his way to Australia, inspected a fishing village which had been devastated by the tsunamis as well as another area which had been relatively spared due to the presence of mangroves, officials involved in the visit said. "He was very moved after seeing the devastation," an official said on Monday. "He took a keen interest in the mangroves which had saved some of the coastlines."
    - Prince Charles Upset Over Tsunami Damage - AP
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  • 95) 03:22 GMT, Feb. 28, 2005 |  + Prince Charles tours Sri Lanka's tsunami-hit east
    Britain's Prince Charles flew to Sri Lanka's restive east on Monday to meet survivors of Asia's tsunami, but will steer well clear of Tamil Tiger rebels who control pockets of jungle there despite an invitation to visit. Making a lightning tour of the former British colony two months after the island's worst natural disaster, Charles headed to the eastern district of Batticaloa to meet local Hindu Tamil and Muslim families as well as relief workers. But like former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush before him, Charles will avoid the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), whose bloody war for autonomy killed more than 64,000 people until a 2002 ceasefire.
    - Charles visits Sri Lanka as tour starts to improve his public profile - The Guardian
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  • 96) 22:47 GMT, Feb. 28, 2004 |  + Federalism, Prosperity and The Global Economy
    The fate of Sri Lanka’s economy is inseparable from the Tamil question. Indeed, only an amicable political settlement between Sinhalese and Tamils can provide the basis for economic progress and the common welfare of ordinary citizens on both sides. The biggest challenge facing Sinhala politicians, however, is negotiating the LTTE’s ISGA proposals with a clear perspective on eventually creating political institutions that enable self-government and power-sharing in a way that promotes peace and economic progress. This sort of clarity is essential in order to dispel any lingering doubts among the Sinhalese that the LTTE’s insistence on an interim Tamil administration is merely a cover for separation. more ...
  • 97) 13:35 GMT, Feb. 28, 2004 |  + Vanni franchise issue awaits resolution
    91,864 Tamil voters residing in Vavuniya, Mannar and Mullaitivu adminstrative divisions comprising the Vanni electoral district live in areas controlled by Liberation Tigers (LTTE) and face the prospect of being denied their franchise if the Election Commisioner fails to provide a suitable arrangement to locate the polling booths in accessible areas, political sources said. Vanni electoral district has a voter list of 226,604 names assigned to 209 polling booths. 86 of these polling booths are designated to residents living in LTTE controlled areas. The authorities have to confront the logistical nightmare of accomodating movement of large number of people through SLA checkpoints in Uyilankulam and Omanthai if all booths are relocated to SLA controlled areas. more ...
  • 98) 13:20 GMT, Feb. 28, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan prime minister passively accepts his dismissal
    Wickremesinghe did not answer the obvious question: even if the UNF wins a majority at the April 2 poll, what is to prevent Kumaratunga dismissing the government again? She has established a formal alliance with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which has mounted a chauvinist campaign against the so-called peace process and is opposed to any deal with the LTTE. If the UNF is returned and attempts to restart stalled talks with the LTTE, it will face the same accusations of “betrayal” and calls for its removal. Wickremesinghe fears that any campaign against Kumaratunga could unleash social forces that would rapidly slip out of the control of both of the major parties. more ...
  • 99) 13:09 GMT, Feb. 28, 2004 |  + Tigers seek truce monitors' role to facilitate poll
    ''The question of people from areas held by us voting in the elections involves arrangements by the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lankan armed forces. This is a ceasefire related matter. Therefore we feel that the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has a role in working out modalities to help people in our areas vote at the general elections'' said Mr. S. P Thamilchelvan, head of the LTTE's political division speaking to journalists Saturday after meeting with the head of Sri Lanka truce monitoring mission in Kilinochchi. more ...
  • 100) 13:10 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka's peace negotiations gain momentum
    Norway's Foreign Minister Jan Petersen is preparing to visit Sri Lanka for talks ahead of another round of peace negotiations between Colombo and Tamil Tiger rebels. He will be accompanied by his deputy, Vidar Helgesen, who has been the key facilitator during five rounds of talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Mr G. L. Peiris, who is Colombo's chief peace negotiator, says the Norwegians are expected on March the 12th for talks with the government and they will travel to the rebel-held north of the island for talks with the LTTE leadership. more ...
  • 101) 13:08 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + World Bank given formal control over donations for rehabilitation of Sri Lanka's northeast
    Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels signed an agreement Friday formally giving the World Bank control over aid aimed at rehabilitating the island's war-torn northeast. The agreement was signed in the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi, 275 kilometers (170 miles) north of the capital, Colombo, a joint government and rebel committee handling the rehabilitation said. The government and Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam rebels decided to appoint the World Bank as custodian of the funds during peace talks held in Thailand last month. more ...
  • 102) 13:02 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka rebels renege on pledge to truce monitors
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels reneged on Friday on a pledge made to neutral truce monitors to release a soldier and police officer from their custody. "The suspiciously slow pace of reconstruction and rehabilitation in the north and east is primarily responsible for the prevailing disillusionment amongst the Tamil people," the London-based Tamil Guardian said in its most recent editorial. "The central issue... ought to be how to restore Tamil public confidence in the ceasefire agreement and thereby bolster support for the peace process," the editorial said. more ...
  • 103) 13:00 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + A year on, India's anti-terrorist laws backfiring
    One year after India passed a tough anti-terrorism act, government officials and critics are scratching their heads over a law that has put in jail an unlikely assortment of people - from politicians allied to the ruling party to people aged from 12 to 83 years old. There is thus the spectacle of India's Defense Minister George Fernandes flying down to southern Tamil Nadu state several times to visit in jail Vaiko, leader of a local party that is a member of the BJP-led nationally ruling alliance - but unable obtain his release. "This is a clear case of misuse," the outspoken Fernandes has been forced to admit to news persons. "The NDA [ruling coalition] has made it clear that this is not the purpose of POTA." more ...
  • 104) 12:57 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Chandrika gets closer to ousting Ranil government
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party today announced that it was about to clinch a deal with the Marxists to oust the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) said it had four rounds of negotiations with the JVP, or the People's Liberation Front, and was close to signing a Memorandum of Understanding, possibly early next month. PA spokesman played down the differences between Kumaratunga's PA and the JVP and said they could work together in dealing with the island's drawn out Tamil separatist conflict. more ...
  • 105) 02:58 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + UN slams Sri Lanka's chief justice, judiciary
    Sri Lanka's chief justice and the judicial system came under a scathing attack from a top United Nations official here Thursday over the bizarre jailing of a man who challenged the island's top judge. Dato Param Cumaraswamy, the UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, said he was "shocked" and "stunned" by Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Sarath Silva hearing a case against himself. The Sri Lankan supreme court decided on February 6 to jail for one year a trade unionist, Michael Fernando, who had challenged Silva for sitting on a bench to hear a case in which the chief justice was himself involved. more ...
  • 106) 02:42 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka's peace negotiations gain momentum
    Norway's Foreign Minister Jan Petersen is preparing to visit Sri Lanka for talks ahead of another round of peace negotiations between Colombo and Tamil Tiger rebels. He will be accompanied by his deputy, Vidar Helgesen, who has been the key facilitator during five rounds of talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Mr G. L. Peiris, who is Colombo's chief peace negotiator, says the Norwegians are expected on March the 12th for talks with the government and they will travel to the rebel-held north of the island for talks with the LTTE leadership. more ...
  • 107) 21:13 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Police assault striking tea plantation workers in Sri Lanka
    Police from the town of Hatton in the central plantation area of Sri Lanka last week raided the Ottery tea estate in an effort to intimidate striking workers. About 20 police in plain clothes stormed into the workers’ residences, known as “line rooms,” on the evening of February 20 and assaulted Subramaniyam, a security guard on the estate. When other workers heard his wife’s screams and gathered outside, the police fired into the air and fled in their vehicle, attacking two other workers as they left. more ...
  • 108) 02:33 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Indian Woman Accused of Traveling With Fake Passport
    In a clear incident of racial profiling, Berna Cruz, a Canadian Indian woman was subjected to a harrowing experience, when not one but five officers of the INS accused her of traveling with a fake passport at Chicago’s O’ Hare airport on January 27. To add insult to injury Cruz was denied consular access, a phone call and threatened with jail. A cornered Cruz, desperate and in tears pleaded with the officers that her passport was genuine and that she had two children who were waiting for her in Canada. more ...
  • 109) 20:14 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan PM confident rebels will stick to truce
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Friday he believed Tamil Tiger rebels would stick to a year-old truce on the war-torn island because of international pressure on them. The Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) signed a Norwegian-brokered ceasefire just over a year ago to try to end 19 years of civil war that has claimed 64,000 lives. The truce has held despite violations by both sides and has led to direct peace talks. more ...
  • 110) 17:56 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka president set for deal with Marxists to oust government
    Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga was set to join with Marxists in a bid to oust her right-wing cohabitation government that is engaged in peace talks with Tamil rebels, her party said Friday. Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) said it will within a week finalise a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the JVP, or People's Liberation Front, on forming a new alliance. PA spokesman Sarath Amunugama declined to give details of how they will bridge the sharp differences between Kumaratunga's party and the JVP over the Norwegian-backed peace bid with Tamil Tiger guerrillas. more ...
  • 111) 17:49 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Peace dividend delay eroding Tamils' faith in talks – Col. Karuna
    “There has been no development work in the northeast so far despite one year of peace. Our people find this disappointing; and it has eroded their confidence in the peace process,” said Col. Karuna, senior commander of the Liberation Tigers, speaking to presspersons Friday at the conclusion of the second round of discussions on ceasefire violations, human rights and Muslim affairs between the Government of Sri Lanka and LTTE in Vavunathivu, five kilometres northwest of Batticaloa town. "We pointed this out at today’s meeting. The representatives of the government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) said the matter would be considered at the next round of talks in Japan. Their response was satisfactory and encouraging," added Karuna. more ...
  • 112) 15:43 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Politicians hate the press - Beales
    The Commonwealth Press Union Editors Forum has been told that no politician, no matter how well intentioned loves the press. The United Kingdom's consultant on UK's editors code committee, Ian Beales, said the solution was for the media to set up press councils and self-regulatory mechanisms. "It is no longer possible to exist in an environment without some regulation. State regulation is not an option as government and politicians would want to keep the press in shackles away from the public. The option is a self regulatory mechanism run independent of the state," Beales said. more ...
  • 113) 14:12 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Timely succour for war-affected women
    Inmates of the Paramanandan Elders Home in Jaffna were provided mosquito nets and bed sheets. Students from National Institute of Social Development (NISD), Colombo cleaned the home in a shramadana campaign. Arrangements were made to provide a model pre-school with equipment for the Jaffna district. An awareness workshop was conducted on counselling making use of the professionals in the Jaffna district. Early childhood development program was conducted by the Children's Secretariat in collaboration with experts in this field from Jaffna. more ...
  • 114) 14:01 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Meeting Of The Sub-Committee On Immediate Humanitarian And Rehabilitation Needs In The North and East
    The fourth meeting of the SIHRN took place in Kilinochchi on February 27 and 28 2003 at the premises of the SIHRN Secretariat. Mr. Bernard Goonetilleke headed the Government’s delegation while Mr. Tamilselvan lead the LTTE delegation. Ambassador Jon Westborg facilitated the meeting on behalf of the Norwegian Government. Ambassador Seiichro Otsuka of Japan participated on behalf of Mr. Yasushi Akashi, principal advisor to the Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee decided to initiate a programme for the resettlement of displaced persons in the Mannar District. The programme will respond to the needs and interest of all communities in the Mannar District. The Secretariat has been requested to initiate a Needs Assessment for the resettlement of internally displaced persons from the district. more ...
  • 115) 13:42 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + In Kautilya’s neighbourhood
    A nation that does not respect itself and is negligent of its own interests forfeits others’ respect and becomes the target of its neighbours’ depredations. This is India’s story of the last decade and a half. Since Indira Gandhi’s demise, every government in New Delhi has entered office with the proclamation, “We must improve relations with our neighbours” — as if India were in the dock and its neighbours have no responsibility in the matter. Rajiv Gandhi, despite some initial pandering to Nepal and Bangladesh and despite the error of the Sri Lanka venture... more ...
  • 116) 13:35 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Top level talks in Batticaloa
    Defence Secretary Austin Fernando will lead a four member government delegation to discuss important issues such as violations and human rights with Batticaloa district LTTE leader Karuna in Batticaloa. Government sources said the talks would cover violations of the ceasefire, human rights and Muslim issues. Outgoing SLMM chief Trond Furuhovde will chair the meeting along with the new SLMM chief Trygvve Tellefsen.
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  • 117) 13:18 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Canada not terrorist haven: Congressman
    Canada is not a haven for terrorists and the Canadian border poses no special threat to the United States, a prominent Congressman and intelligence expert said yesterday. "Canada is much beloved, a very fine neighbour and a great friend to the United States," Florida Republican Porter Goss said yesterday. "We have a very good, professional, working relationship. We get good co-operation from Canadian authorities. Canada makes sure nothing slips through their net." Goss heads the House Select Committee on Intelligence, a powerful committee that oversees every aspect of U.S. intelligence. more ...
  • 118) 13:14 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + Shocking truth about child abuse
    The consultative meeting on "Violation of child rights in the implementation of the law relating to statutory rape" organized by Lawyers for Human Rights and Development which was held at Hotel Renuka on Wednesday, revealed some shocking truths about child abuse in our country. Several reasons were cited for this alarming increase in child sexual abuse cases. The open economy since 1980, tourism, poverty, exposure of children to media, migration of mothers abroad for employment, shortcomings of the law and the loss of parental love and protection are the main factors which has caused this crisis. more ...
  • 119) 00:56 GMT, Feb. 28, 2003 |  + POTA Defence Fund
    You are aware of the fact that the government of Thamil Nadu led by Ms.Jayalalithaa has arrested Thamil nationalists for extending moral support to the Thamil people's struggle and the LTTE, their sole representive. These activists have been arrested under the notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) that was enacted by the Indian parliament last year to deal with cross-border terrorism in Kashmir. more ...
  • 120) 15:03 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Writ application filed against Government - LTTE MoU
    The Secretary of the Sinhala Jathika Sangamaya and the National Joint Committee of Sri Lanka, Dr. Piyasena Dissanayake, yesterday filed a Writ application in the Court of Appeal, seeking to invoke the jurisdiction of the Court to quash the purported agreement entered into on February 23, 2002, between Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, (made the first respondent in the petition) and Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). more ...
  • 121) 14:31 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + I ‘dreamed’ a dream
    Yes great Thamil Eelam stood in splendor- A nation which would show the world How She would truth and toil in honor hold. An Eelam where justice and joy prevails, No crime, no fear, but only love, With all Her gifts from God above. To Prabhakaran we will all raise Our grateful thanks and songs of praise.
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  • 122) 13:53 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan President, Foreign Minister Leave For Commonwealth Meeting

    Thamizh Elutchi - IBC Tamil Radio
    Gurunathan reports from Trincomalee, Capital of Thamizh Eelam
    courtesy: Tamil Natham
    Sri Lankan President ChandrikaKumaratunga and Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando left here Thursday for Australia to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane from March 2 to March 5, officials said. Fifty four leaders of government will discuss the issue of terrorism, its consequences and elimination in the context of the September 11 terrorist attack on America last year. The commonwealth has adopted a collective stand against terrorism and formulated regulations to check terrorism funding within its member countries. more ...
  • 123) 12:57 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + SLA recruits, restructures for greater efficiency
    The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) is at the cross roads today, warily eyeing the prospect of a long peace and the schemes of the modern technocrats of the new government who might be inclined, as the negotiations progress, to prune its lavish budget and compact it to its 'natural size'. But the United National Front has sought to allay the SLA's apprehensions by promising to help it achieve greater efficiency. more ...
  • 124) 11:27 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Immigration official practices apartheid at BIA airport
    Leaving Sri Lanka after a twomonth vacation was sad enough but not as sad and unhappy as the way we were treated by Sri Lankan Immigration officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport on 6th February 2002. After having been checked in to the London bound Sri Lankan Airline's flight we proceeded to the Immigration counter. As it was mid morning there were several travelers both Sri Lankan nationals and tourists. At the immigration counter (one counter was closed) we were forced to wait, while glum looking officials went about their bureaucratic tasks. more ...
  • 125) 11:17 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + UNF cabinet reshuffled after five postponements
    The five times postponed swearing in ceremony of eight new Cabinet ministers took place Thursday noon at the Presidential Secretariat. Mr.S.B.Dissanayake, one time ally and now an archrival of President Chandrika Kumaratunge took oaths as Minister of 'Samurdhi' (Poverty Alleviation) in addition to his Agricultural Ministry. more ...
  • 126) 11:16 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + PMK wants PM to intervene in Lanka
    Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) today asked Prime Minister A B Vajpayee to "exert pressure" on Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and advise her to accept the ceasefire agreement, already signed by LTTE chief V Prabhakaran with Norwegian assistance. "The Prime Minister should impress upon her that an excellent opportunity to restore peace and happiness to the people of Sri lanka should not elude by the obstinacy of Chandrika," PMK founder-president S Ramadoss, said in a letter to Vajpayee. more ...
  • 127) 05:33 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Indian fishermen arrested by SL Navy
    Sri Lankan Navy arrested ten Indian fishermen and handed over to the Sri Lankan Police for further investigation reported Sri Lankan media. Referring to Sri Lanka's Government information department, The Island also reported that the arrested fishermen were later handed over to Kayts police for further investigations. more ...
  • 128) 22:46 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Swedish civilian observers to Sri Lanka
    The Government decided today to commission the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to recruit a maximum of six civilian observers to send to Sri Lanka. They are to take part in a mission consisting of about 16 observers from several Nordic countries, who are to monitor compliance with the newly made ceasefire agreement. Along with representatives of the conflicting parties, they will have the additional task of facilitating mediation in conflicts at local level. The initiative for the observer mission comes from the parties involved in the conflict. The observer mission is a joint Nordic undertaking led by Norway. Since 1998 the Norwegian government has served the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) as a go-between in negotiations aimed at bringing about a cessation of hostilities. The ceasefire agreement is an important first step towards achieving a negotiated solution to the conflict and a permanent peace in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 129) 21:20 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Catholic Bishops hail agreement
    Catholic Bishops hail agreement The Catholic Bishops Conference yesterday hailed the Ceasefire Agreement signed by the Government and the LTTE as a very propitious and progressive step towards a final settlement of the ethnic crisis in the country. "It is time for all persons of goodwill irrespective of race, creed or caste to join in the common effort to save the nation not only from terrorism but also from the leniency of extremism,The military effort has only proved disastrous both in terms of human life and money and caused widespread misery especially among the poorest of both communities. The destruction of the moral order and the economy have been its most disastrous side effects. Today we are left with an impoverished nation economically, morally and socially." the Catholic Bishops said in a media release. more ...
  • 130) 21:13 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + India, U.S. ticked off Kumaratunga over truce remarks
    India and the U.S. were among several countries that ticked off Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga for saying she could scuttle a landmark truce with Tamil Tiger rebels, a senior minister said Thursday. Agriculture Minister S. B. Dissanayake said Kumaratunga had retracted her comments after Norway, Britain and Japan, besides India and the U.S., had exerted pressure on her earlier this week. Kumaratunga was reported in newspapers Tuesday as saying she could countermand the prevailing truce between government troops and Tamil separatist rebels with one letter to the security forces. more ...
  • 131) 21:12 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Sweden to send peace monitors to Sri Lanka
    Sweden is to send up to six civilian observers to Sri Lanka as part of a Nordic mission to monitor a Norwegian-brokered truce on the island, Sweden's foreign ministry said on Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that Sweden's overseas development agency Sida would recruit the observers to take part in the mission of about 16 people. more ...
  • 132) 19:49 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Over 350 Sinhala families apply for re-settlement in N-E
    The Sinhala Weera Vidhana said yesterday that they had received over 350 applications from Sinhalese who wished to be resettled in the North-East if their security was ensured. Spokesman for the organisation, Keerthi Ratnayake said that all those who had sent their applications have wished to return to their homes and restart businesses. Applications are still flowing into the Weera Vidhana office, Ratnayake said. more ...
  • 133) 18:02 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Letter to Toronto Star: The Star buried Sri Lanka milestone
    If The Star's objective is to serve its readers, the paper failed big time last week. Sri Lanka reached a major milestone last week with the signing of a permanent ceasefire between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Canada's conservative national dailies, The Globe and National Post, had their correspondents on site to witness and report detailed stories of this major event. However, I was thoroughly disappointed by the absence of a Star reporter and the minuscule two-inch column you published courtesy of wire services. You may already know this: There are at least 150,000 Sri Lankan Canadians living in the GTA. Of those, the majority read nothing but The Star to get their news. Not only that, the majority of your home delivery people are Sri Lankan Canadians. more ...
  • 134) 16:56 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Darkness looms over SL as power crisis deepens
    The United National Front government Thursday announced that the present two and a half hour power cut would be extended to five hours from Friday as the water level of the reservoirs has decreased drastically. The Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe would issue a statement Friday regarding the island's power crisis, government officials said. more ...
  • 135) 15:34 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + Ceasefire in Sri Lanka
    There is a pause in one of the bloodiest civil wars of the last twenty years. A ceasefire in Sri Lanka means that what had seemed an endless and intractable conflict, fought with child soldiers, suicide bombs, and aerial bombardment, has stopped. At least for the moment. For many in the West, who follow the conflicts in Northern Ireland or the Mideast, the war between the separatist Tamil Tigers and the Sinhalese majority in Sri Lanka almost doesn't register. It's too confusing, too far away. Guests: Frances Harrison, BBC correspondent in Colombo, Sri Lanka; David B.S. Jeyaraj, freelance journalist in Toronto, Canada; and Chandra de Silva, Professor of History at Old Dominion University. more ...
  • 136) 00:07 GMT, Feb. 28, 2002 |  + VIP treatment for detainees alleged
    The two sons of former deputy defence minister Gen. Anuruddha Ratwatte, and an MP from the opposition People's Alliance, in custody for conspiracy to commit murder and for providing weapons illegally, have been allowed to be transferred to hospital. This has raised an outcry that VIPs were getting preferential treatment. Lohan and Chanuka Ratwatte joined their detained father Gen. Ratwatte at the National Hospital when they both complained of high blood pressure. Their father, the national organiser of the Freedom Party (SLFP), which is the main constituent partner in the People's Alliance coalition, also cited health grounds to facilitate his hospitalisation soon after his arrest 10 days ago. The father and his two sons are wanted in connection with police inquiries into the murder of 10 supporters of the Muslim Congress in the hill-capital of Kandy. more ...
  • 137) 15:37 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka snubs truce offer, steps up attacks
    The Sri Lankan government last week rejected the Liberation Tigers' extension of their unilateral ceasefire and stepped up its military operations in the Jaffna peninsula. The LTTE on Thursday said it would extend by one month its truce which initially began on December 24 and was extended in January for another month. Tamil civilians reaching Vavuniya this weekend said the Sri Lankan armed forces had stepped up aerial bombardment and artillery barrages on the areas of the Jaffna peninsula not under Sri Lankan control. Amid repeated sorties by the Mig-27s and Kfir bombers of the air force, the Army was pounding settlements in the Palai and Elephant Pass areas, they said. The Sri Lankan Navy was strafing and shelling the coastal areas of Vadamaratdchi East. The attacks had been ongoing for several days, the civilians told journalists over the weekend. more ...
  • 138) 15:34 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + 100 million people homeless, says UN
    An estimated 100 million people world-wide are homeless and their housing situation in general is growing worse says a Unite Nations report to be submitted to the organisation’s Human Rights Commission, which meets in Geneva next month, reported BBC Online. The UN blames above all the rapid urbanisation of some developing countries, particularly in Africa and south-east Asia, for the continuing plight of the homeless. It is believed that in these countries alone a further 600 million people live in overcrowded and poor quality housing with inadequate water and sanitation. The UN estimated that between 30 and 70 million children are living on the streets. The report says the situation of women is of special concern. Women make up 70% of those living in absolute poverty, and the UN says in many countries discriminatory property and inheritance laws make women more likely to become homeless. more ...
  • 139) 14:38 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Paradise lost for Lanka's tourism industry
    BARGAIN hotel prices and sunny beaches in Sri Lanka may promise to transport holidaymakers to nirvana, but the tourist trade is struggling to attract visitors to an island in the grip of an intractable separatist war. Arrival figures for 2000 just released by the Ceylon Tourist Board (CTB) show an eight percent drop in the number of holidaymakers, down to 400,400 from 436,400 in 1999. The shrinking volume of visitors has seen tour operators unsheathing their claws and engaging in furious undercutting that threatens to send smaller outfits under. Prices have sunk to an average $30-40 per night at deluxe beachfront resorts, with smaller facilities on the popular southern coast offering even lower rates. more ...
  • 140) 14:34 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Prof. G. L. Peiris and Dr. Sarath Amungama possible negotiators
    President Chandrika Kumaratunge has chosen two ministers, Prof. G. L. Peiris and Dr. Sarath Amunugama to be part of a government delegation that will hold the first round of talks with the LTTE. Reliable sources said that negotiations between the Government and the LTTE are definitely on the cards and that while the LTTE have not yet divulged the names of possible negotiators the president has already identified five, including Peiris and Amunugama to play a role. more ...
  • 141) 14:23 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Muslim party to urge Taliban against destroying statues
    SRI Lanka's main Muslim party is to launch an international campaign to urge Afghanistan's Taliban regime not to destroy the centuries-old statues of the Buddha in that country. Trade Minister Rauf Hakeem, who is also the co-leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), said his party would join the government in appealing to the Taliban to desist from carrying out the order issued by the group's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar. "This decree is wrong and has been taken without the proper understanding of Islamic tolerance," said Hakeem. He appealed to all governments to join in pressuring the Afghan authorities from carrying out the order. more ...
  • 142) 12:50 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Gang led by two army deserters robs 15 vehicles
    A gang that had hijacked fifteen vehicles worth over Rs. 10 million had been arrested yesterday by a special investigation team of the Peliyagoda police. An army deserter who led this gang and another army deserter who assisted him are evading arrest. The modus operandi of the gang had been to visit vehicle sales joints and inspect the vehicles on the pretext of buying them and surreptitiously imprint the starter keys of the vehicles on a piece of soap and later make a new starter key. Using such keys the vehicles had been hijacked. more ...
  • 143) 12:31 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Students condemn Batticaloa Brigadier's comments
    Undergraduates of the Eastern University demonstrated Tuesday condemning the statement of the Sri Lanka army's Batticaloa brigade commander that their 'Pongu Thamil' program had been organised by the Liberation Tigers. Col. V.L.R Anthonis, the SLA commander for Batticaloa, charged Monday at a meeting for local journalists and school principals that the Liberation Tigers had organised the 'Pongu Thamil' rally by students and teachers of the Eastern University on 20 February. more ...
  • 144) 12:27 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + People protests must become a daily event
    There is not a single country, at the present time, where the idea of the people's power does not daily find more and more supporters among all those who cherish democracy and freedom, among all those who advocate peace among nations. The significance, the correctness and timeliness of the people's power in achieving the successful political, economic and cultural outcomes are mounting around the world. The enemies of the minority people, the enemies of self-determination and peace, the fascist war-incendiaries, and the reactionary forces throughout the world are showing sign of negative attitude to the people's power. The people's power has aroused a mighty echo among the local and the international communities and become a key factor in influencing the international community in terms of their diplomacy and relationship to the suppressors of the people's power. more ...
  • 145) 22:42 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Lanka sees encouraging signs from rebels
    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar claims there are “encouraging signs” from Tamil rebels that they are willing to enter into talks with the government to find a settlement of the ethnic crisis in the island nation. “While it is difficulT to fix a time-frame for solving such complex issues,it is nevertheless heartening to see encouraging signs that the rebels are willing to enter into talks with a view to achieiving a negotiated political settlement,” Mr Kadirgamar was quoted as saying in Khaleej Times. more ...
  • 146) 20:42 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + LTTE will remain in peace talks
    The LTTE today said it would remain in the Norwegian facilitated peace initiative despite the British Government's recommendation to the House of Commons that it should be banned, but said it would impose severe restraints on the search for a solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka. In a statement seen on the internet, the LTTE representative in London, Mr. Anton Balasingham, said ``irrespective of the British ban, the Tamil Tigers would continue with the peace process and co-operate with the Norwegian facilitatory efforts''. more ...
  • 147) 18:34 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + More 'terror' groups face ban
    A list of 21 organisations to be banned in the UK under the new Terrorism Act has been published by Home Secretary Jack Straw. The law makes it illegal to incite terrorism abroad and was introduced following complaints that several foreign groups have been using London as a base. Civil liberties campaigners have accused Mr Straw of potentially criminalising environmental campaigners as well as exiles fighting to topple dictatorial regimes in their homeland.The new names will be added to a list of proscribed organisations, which currently includes Irish groups such as the IRA and the Ulster Volunteer Force. more ...
  • 148) 18:13 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Draft order of organizations to be proscribed under the new terrorism act 2000 - News Release
    A total of 21 international organisations, recommended for proscription under the new Terrorism Act 2000, are listed in a draft Order laid before Parliament today by the Home Secretary Jack Straw. The draft Order will be subject to debates in and approval by both Houses of Parliament. Specific offences relating to membership, support for and funding of a proscribed organisation are included in the Act. more ...
  • 149) 18:04 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers banned in Britain amid Oslo peace bid
    Britain Wednesday banned Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels as a "terrorist organisation" along with 20 other foreign organisations recommended for proscription, the British High Commission (embassy) here said. British Home Secretary Jack Straw asked for the outlawing of Sri Lanka's separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who maintain a key office in London, the statement said. Sri Lanka's moderate Tamil party, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) said it was "unfortunate" that the law came into effect and included the LTTE in a banned list, but hoped it will not affect peace prospects. "The LTTE should not regard this as a loss of face because if they pursue the peace effort, the British government might consider revoking it (the ban)," TULF leader R. Sampanthan said more ...
  • 150) 17:33 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers face British ban
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers rebels were Wednesday included in a list of "international terrorist organisations" recommended for proscription in Britain, the British High Commission (embassy) here said. British Home Secretary Jack Straw asked for the banning of Sri Lanka's separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who maintain a key office in London, diplomats here said. "The list will now have to be approved by the two houses of parliament," a diplomat here said adding that the banning was to be under the new anti-terrorism laws that went into effect from February 19. "This decision reflects the British government's firm stance against international terrorism," the statement said. "It should have no bearing on the peace process in Sri Lanka if both sides are genuinely committed to the search for a negotiated settlement." more ...
  • 151) 17:24 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + UK ban imposes restraints on peace process - LTTE
    Britain’s decision to include the Liberation Tigers on the list of proscribed terrorist organizations “will impose severe restraints” on the Norwegian initiative, the LTTE said Wednesday. The ban will “adversely affect Tamil interests and severely undermine the current peace initiatives [and] will encourage the repressive Sri Lankan regime to be more uncompromising, intransigent and to adopt a military path of State violence, terrorism and war” the LTTE’s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham was quoted as saying in a statement. However, the LTTE said that “irrespective of the British ban the Tamil Tigers would continue with the peace process and co-operate with the Norwegian facilitatory efforts.” more ...
  • 152) 04:50 GMT, Feb. 28, 2001 |  + Bribe demands worsen villagers' woes
    Jaffna Municipal Council Mayor Mr.N.Raviraj alleged Tuesday that Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers are demanding bribes from civilians who are seeking permission from the SLA to go back to their war ravaged towns in Thenmaradchchi in Jaffna peninsula to collect personnel belongings. Villagers who fled towns of Chavakachcheri, Kaithady, Nunavil, Madduvil, Sangathaanai, Meesalai and Manthuvil which are currently under the command of SLA 52-2 brigade, have to obtain permission from the Brigade Head Quarters in Kodikamam to visit their abandoned homes. more ...
  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Tigers release four captives
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  • 154) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Malaysia a transit point for smuggling of human cargo
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  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Govt. urged to hasten peace talks with LTTE
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  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Government accused of giving arms and funds to Perumal
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  • 157) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + India hopes Norway will help solve Sri Lanka’s ethnic problem
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  • 158) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Project THAMIL
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  • 159) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Lanka peace talks to be delayed -- Report
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  • 160) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka rebels release four government captives
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  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Peace march in Batticaloa
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  • 162) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Tigers release 4 POWs
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  • 163) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Lankan peace talks may be delayed: Paper
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  • 164) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 2000 |  + Lanka-LTTE peace talks in Oslo put off
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  • 165) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + Tiger economy in waiting
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  • 166) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + Lanka protests US Congress directive on human rights
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  • 167) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + News Snippets
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  • 168) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + Chemmani judge receives army protection
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  • 169) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + Dual commitment for a stable peace - An Interview
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  • 170) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + Operation to grill civilians in the east
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  • 171) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + People power rises for peace
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  • 172) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + Around the world in 20 days
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  • 173) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka’s mass graves publicity stunt backfires
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  • 174) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + Marathan unscheduled Canadian radio program raises $73,000 for TRO
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  • 175) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + Human Rights Developments in Sri Lanka
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  • 176) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1999 |  + SINHALA EELAM PAVE WAY TO THE TAMIL EELAM
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  • 177) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1998 |  + Sri Lankans hand arrested Chinese journalist to embassy
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  • 178) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1998 |  + Sri Lankan navy shoots refugees by mistake
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  • 179) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1998 |  + Sri Lankans hand arrested Chinese journalist to embassy
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  • 180) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 28, 1998 |  + Sri Lankan navy shoots refugees by mistake
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