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In Gotabaya’s Lanka: Many fear the rise of majoritarian sentiment in Sri Lanka

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Gary Anandasangaree

Human Rights Violations

  • 1997 | Amnesty warns that "disappearances" in Sri Lanka highest since 1990
    "The level of "disappearances" in Sri Lanka has hit a new high, Amnesty International warned as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights examined the country's human rights record.
  • 1997 | HIGHEST NUMBER OF “DISAPPEARANCES” REPORTED SINCE 1990
    The level of “disappearances” in Sri Lanka has hit a new high, Amnesty International warned as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights examined the country's human rights record.
  • 2000 | UN Body Slams Govt' On Missing Persons Issue
    COLOMBO, Apr 11 (IPS) - A UN Human Rights group has slammed the Sri Lankan government for slow and ineffective action against perpetrators of past disappearances and urged the creation of an independent body to probe persons missing in recent years.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 601 | குடியென்னுங் குன்றா விளக்கம் மடியென்னும்
    மாசூர மாய்ந்து கெடும்.
    Of household dignity the lustre beaming bright,
    Flickers and dies when sluggish foulness dims its light.
    - 61 61
  • Apr 11 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Apr 11, 2018 13:08:37 GMT |  + Mother seeks justice for slain Sri Lankan journalist
    Selvarani Sahadevan is still seeking justice for her son nearly 11 years after he was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Sri Lanka. The retired principal of Jaffna Hindu Primary School made a formal complaint to the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission in 2007 to bring the perpetrators to court but has still had no positive response. Sahadevan Niluckshan, a 22-year-old media student at Jaffna University's media research and training center, was murdered on Aug. 1, 2007, by gunmen on a motorcycle in front of his house in Kokuvil West in Jaffna. The city had a heavy military presence and a curfew because of the civil war (1983-2009) at that time. His mother said Niluckshan had always opposed his family's plan to leave Sri Lanka to escape the war, killings and abductions. more ...
  • 2) Apr 11, 2018 13:05:44 GMT |  + One woman's story of being trafficked from Sri Lanka
    An undercover investigation by BBC Wales Investigates has shown the extent and scale of labour exploitation and modern day slavery in the UK. With a 300% rise in recorded slavery victims since 2012, officials acknowledge there is a growing problem. We have seen evidence of traffickers forcing vulnerable people to work for little or no money. more ...
  • 3) Apr 11, 2018 13:04:00 GMT |  + Identity And The ‘Other’: The Case Of Sri Lanka
    Reading is an ever-receding horizon with one book leading to another and that to still others, ad infinitum. So it is that Toni Morrison’s ‘The Origin of Others’ (Harvard University, 2017) led me to ‘A Good Man is Hard To Find’ by Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) and in that anthology to ‘The Artificial Nigger’. This short story is apposite to Morrison’s comment that no one is born a racist, and that we need the ‘Other’ in order to define and have a sense of our own group-identity. more ...
  • 4) Apr 11, 2018 13:02:07 GMT |  + Sri Lankan shares end higher; foreigners sell
    Sri Lankan shares ended slightly firmer on Wednesday led by blue-chip stocks in thin trade, while foreign selling boosted turnover with most local investors on leave ahead of the Sinhala-Tamil New Year this week, brokers said. Foreign selling accounted for 80 percent of the day’s turnover of 553 million rupees ($3.55 million), less than half of this year’s daily average of 1.17 billion rupees. Foreign investors exited mainly by selling Softlogic Finance Plc, brokers said. Shares in Softlogic Finance, which accounted for 60 percent of the day’s turnover, however, ended 0.6 percent lower. more ...
  • 5) Apr 11, 2018 12:59:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka opens door for return of divisive former president
    A familiar face is back on walls across Sri Lanka. The country’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been grinning from thousands of posters and billboards recently, palms pressed together in gratitude. Voters delivered a shock repudiation of Rajapaksa’s government three years ago, as the UN investigated war crimes against Tamil civilians, dissidents disappeared in unmarked white vans and warnings were issued that Sri Lankan democracy was at risk. In February, however, they gave the Buddhist nationalist leader’s new party a surprise victory in local government elections. more ...
  • 6) Apr 11, 2017 11:27:57 GMT |  + China, Lanka vow to deepen co-operation
    China and Sri Lanka have pledged to deepen pragmatic co-operation in all fields to further develop the strategic partnership between the two countries. The pledge was made when Chinese top political adviser Yu Zhengsheng held talks with Sri Lankan leaders recently. Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), visited the island country from Thursday to Sunday at the invitation of Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. more ...
  • 7) Apr 11, 2014 14:58:58 GMT |  + Britain lists Sri Lanka as 'country of concern' in annual human rights report
    Britain has listed Sri Lanka as a " country of concern" in its latest annual human rights report, released days after it co-sponsored a US-backed resolution against the country at the UNHRC. The British foreign office's 2013 annual report has noted that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka was of serious concern. Britain was one of the co-sponsors of the US-backed resolution passed last month at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka's human rights accountability and reconcili .. more ...
  • 8) Apr 11, 2014 12:58:34 GMT |  + Sri Lanka troops kill three men in search for Tamil Tigers
    Sri Lanka's military on Friday shot dead three men during an operation against suspected Tamil separatist rebels, in the first major confrontation since the end of the island's war nearly five years ago, a spokesman said. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said troops were carrying out a cordon and search operation in a jungle area of the former war zone when three men armed with grenades and guns tried to escape. more ...
  • 9) Apr 11, 2014 12:57:30 GMT |  + Controversial MP trip to Sri Lanka cancelled at 11th hour
    An all-expenses-paid trip by five UK MPs and their partners, including business-class travel to and from Sri Lanka, is cancelled amid cross-party recriminations - hours before departure. The timing of the trip was controversial – coming just two weeks after the United Nations launched an investigation into alleged war crimes and continued human rights abuse in Sri Lanka. This week, Sri Lanka said it would refuse to cooperate with the UN inquiry. The trip, and all its costs, would have been borne by the Sri Lanka-based charity "Foundation of Goodness," founded by legendary spin-bowler Muttiah Muralitharan. He is an ethnic Tamil, who has been criticised for his support for the government. more ...
  • 10) Apr 11, 2014 12:55:21 GMT |  + Jim Flaherty's values were forged by blue-collar roots, a big Irish family and heartbreaking adversity
    Right from birth, the odds were stacked against Jim Flaherty’s success. The sixth of eight children in a family of Liberal supporters. A hockey player measuring in at 5-foot-3. A kid from a blue-collar suburb navigating the leafy, gentlemanly climes of Princeton University. A twice-defeated candidate for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. Hands on the country’s purse strings just as all the money was vanishing. more ...
  • 11) Apr 11, 2014 12:53:18 GMT |  + We have no links with Rajapaksa: 'Kaththi' director
    The Vijay-Samantha starrer, Kaththi, which is directed by AR Murugadoss, was mired in controversy recently as it was alleged that one of the movie’s producers, Subashkaran, of Lyca Productions had close links with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Several Tamil organisations raised objections and demanded an explanation from the makers of the movie, namely Ayngaran International and Lyca. Now, Karunamoorthy of Ayngaran International met the press and denied those allegations. more ...
  • 12) Apr 11, 2014 12:52:23 GMT |  + Lanka nabs 60 for ‘reviving terror acts’
    Sri Lankan police have arrested 60 people accused of trying to revive a separatist group behind a civil war that left tens of thousands dead, a spokesman said on Thursday. The suspects, including 10 women, were detained in a crackdown over the past month and were being questioned about attempts to reorganize the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), police spokesman Ajith Rohana said. “We are questioning them with a view to ensure that there is no resumption of war in this country and to prevent communal violence breaking out,” Rohana told reporters in Colombo.
  • 13) Apr 11, 2013 13:22:39 GMT |  + Ottawa exploiting immigrants to undermine Canadian workforce: Siddiqui
    Jason Kenney is a clever politician juggling contradictory goals. He floods the country with 250,000 immigrants a year, even though most cannot find jobs commensurate with the education and skills they were selected for. Tens of thousands of Canadian-educated graduates cannot find jobs either. His is an exploitative model that suits only the corporate sector — driving wages and worker demands down, profits up.Kenney courts selected ethnic communities, turning up for their festivals and dinners, and gaining just enough votes to win targeted ridings for the Tories. more ...
  • 14) Apr 11, 2013 12:33:30 GMT |  + Sampanthan tells govt. to halt violence against Tamils in North
    The Tamil National Alliance yesterday called upon the Government to take immediate action to stop violence against the Tamil people in the North.TNA leader R. Sampanthan, making a special statement in Parliament, said the attacks on Tamil people were taking place with the active support, sanction and collusion of the government.Sri Lanka must expeditiously commence a meaningful and genuine process of reconciliation based on the ascertainment of the truth, ensuring justice and providing adequate reparations for the victims of violations committed by all parties. more ...
  • 15) Apr 11, 2013 2:07:16 GMT |  + UAE urged not to deport Sri Lanka journalist Lohini
    Rights groups are appealing to authorities in the UAE not to deport Sri Lanka journalist Rathimohan Lohini. The former presenter for a rebel-run Tamil TV channel, who is in Dubai, is facing expulsion despite having UN refugee status. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Ms Lohini, an ethnic Tamil, "would be at grave risk of torture" if sent back. more ...
  • 16) Apr 11, 2013 2:05:59 GMT |  + Doctors urged to not force-feed detainees
    Melbourne asylum seekers engaged in a hunger strike could have just days to live, Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton said on Tuesday. The 28 refugees - given negative security assessments by ASIO - have vowed to refuse food and water until their demands for freedom are met. They began their hunger strike on Monday morning. more ...
  • 17) Apr 11, 2013 2:05:17 GMT |  + Buddhist monks vent their ire on screening Tamil films in Sri Lanka
    Ravana Balaya, a Buddhist nationalist group including Buddhist monks yesterday staged a demonstration outside the office of the cinema regulator, Public Performance Board (PPB) and cinema theatres demanding to halt screening of Tamil movies from Tamil Nadu in Sri Lanka. Ven Saddhatissa of Ravana Balaya said that they wanted to see the end of Tamil Nadu movies in Sri Lanka. He further asked to halt screening of films by Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan and Sarath Kumar in particular.
  • 18) Apr 11, 2013 1:48:19 GMT |  + Coalition to bring in the drones against asylum boats
    Unmanned aerial drones will form part of a Coalition government's artillery against asylum seeker boats, defence spokesman Senator David Johnston has said. But Senator Johnston appeared to contradict Coalition policy by saying that 90 per cent of asylum seekers intercepted at sea would be taken to Christmas Island. more ...
  • 19) Apr 11, 2013 1:45:13 GMT |  + To the right in Sri Lanka
    Air stopped moving, heat began to set in for the day, the slightest movement warped his energy, and the sun just began to throw itself all over midday Colombo, Sri Lanka. Beads of sweat rolled down his chest as he sat in a café and took hot tea to calm his body. Next door soot from city buses spread across the street, seeping into the café. The drivers jerked the buses back and forth to find the correct gear, finally, driving away with a full load of people, bags, and sacks stacked on top. more ...
  • 20) Apr 11, 2013 1:44:21 GMT |  + Non refugees will be flown back: govt
    Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare says Sri Lankans who come to Australia by boat and are not genuine refugees will be flown back home. Mr Clare was speaking on Thursday after Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Australia Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe said most of those leaving his country to come to Australia were doing so for economic reasons.
  • 21) Apr 11, 2013 1:43:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka blames India for protracted war
    Sri Lanka today blamed India for the Tamil separatist war which dragged for 30 years on the island. The information department quoted Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as telling the local media that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in Sri Lanka. India's former permanent representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, called for an investigation into specific allegations of war crimes during the last 100 days of military operations in Sri Lanka.
  • 22) Apr 11, 2012 16:13:42 GMT |  + In the aftermath of Geneva
    It is up to the Government to work out ways and means of convincing the Indian Government that it is really in earnest about the full implementation of 13A, on which it has been making proclamations for almost three years. I have no suggestions to make about those ways and means. I will therefore conclude this article by pointing out that the failure to find a political solution to the ethnic problem can have disastrous consequences: the possible breakup of India and the possible breakup of Sri Lanka.
  • 23) Apr 11, 2012 12:39:22 GMT |  + An eyewitness in Geneva
    What is not known to the Sri Lankan public is that India had not only expressed its support to Sri Lanka at a very early stage, but that it had actually been actively soliciting others to also do so. Due to the internal situation, however, the Sri Lankan delegation had been specifically asked not to make this information public. Nevertheless, only minutes after the request was made, Samarasinghe walked out of the room with Blackberry in hand and called his friends in the Sri Lankan media boasting “India is fully backing us”.
  • 24) Apr 11, 2012 12:34:11 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training
    A terrible history of murdering journalists who dissent from the government's grace isn't evil enough for Sri Lanka's continual conflict against the Tamil population in Jaffna. Now the man presiding over the country's northern Tamil area, a war crime suspect, is going to transform the high technology section of the Jaffna Library into a toilet for Sinhalese visitors from the south. It's pretty sad when a nation's entire military mission is based around ethnic cleansing. It is even sadder when you learn that the agents of death and state terrorism in Sri Lankan are Buddhists.
  • 25) Apr 11, 2012 12:31:21 GMT |  + Jaya Withdraws Party MP From SL Bound Delegation
    Expressing displeasure over the itinerary of the all-party MPs delegation scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next week, AIADMK leader Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced pulling out her party's lone representative A William Rabi Bernard from the team. From the looks of it, this visit seemed more like a "formality," and prepared by Sri Lankan government to favour itself, she said adding the absence of journalists and independent monitors in the delegation "further strengthens my apprehensions." "A lack of enough opportunities to interact with the affected persons is disappointing. I wish to inform that AIADMK is withdrawing from the delegation and its member Bernard will not participate (in its functions)," she said.
  • 26) Apr 11, 2012 12:29:04 GMT |  + The whole incident is unclear: JVP
    Propaganda secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath commenting on the recent abduction of two Frontline Socialist Party activistssaid that there are contradicting stories regarding the issue. “There are contradicting views given by all relevant parties related to the incident. Even the media has different stories about the incident. We have to wait for clear evidence on the issue before making any comments regarding it” he said.
  • 27) Apr 11, 2012 12:26:46 GMT |  + Australian claims Sri Lankan agents sexually tortured him
    THE Australian man abducted in Sri Lanka over the weekend has contradicted the claims of the Colombo government, claiming it abducted him, and were it not for Canberra's intervention he would have faced certain death. "The Sri Lankan authorities never arrested that person," the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Canberra, Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, told Fairfax media on Tuesday. Disputing that contention, Mr Gunaratnam said: "I can confirm I was abducted by the Sri Lankan government forces, blindfolded and tortured. This includes, I am embarrassed to say, sexual torture."
  • 28) Apr 11, 2012 10:25:47 GMT |  + Tsunami warning in South and East
    Tsunami warning issued for Sri Lanka’s coastal areas and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) advices people in coastal areas to evacuate to safe areas, the Government Information Department said. more ...
  • 29) Apr 11, 2012 10:19:49 GMT |  + Large Aceh quake triggers Indian Ocean tsunami warning
    An earthquake with an magnitude of 8.7 has struck under the sea off Indonesia's northern Aceh province. The quake triggered a tsunami warning across the Indian Ocean region. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had been generated, but advised authorities to "take appropriate action". The region is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed 170,000 people in Aceh.
  • 30) Apr 11, 2011 21:39:35 GMT |  + Ban gains U.S. backing for second term
    Ban Ki-moon appears to have secured a commitment from the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama and other key Security Council members to serve a second five-year term as U.N. Secretary General, according to senior U.N. diplomats. The development -- first reported by Reuters news service -- indicates that the Obama administration has overcome some of its initial misgivings about Ban's leadership qualities and recognizes him as a reliable ally on some of its most important goals, including the international effort to drive Muammar Qaddafi from power. "Ban's already received preliminary shows of support from Obama and the leaders of Britain and France," a diplomat told Reuters. "Russia and China won't oppose him. I think it's safe to say that he'll keep his job."
  • 31) Apr 11, 2011 10:00:16 GMT |  + 'DMK's 2G scam has tarnished India's image'
    Panruti Ramachandran, 74, started his political career in 1956 as a member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam under the leadership of party founder Annadurai. He started his political career as the secretary of the DMK association at the Annamalai University, where he was pursuing an engineering degree. In 1966, he resigned from his job with the state electricity board to take up politics full time. In 1967, he was elected from Panruti constituency and from 1971, he served as the minister for state for transport in Karunanidhi's cabinet. more ...
  • 32) Apr 11, 2011 9:56:50 GMT |  + In TN, Rajapaksa's friend seeks a second chance
    The Congress election office in south Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram appeared very busy, full of party workers. They were waiting to start their evening campaign for K Hasan Ali, the sitting MLA. Ramanathapuram district includes the famous Rameswaram island from where Sri Lanka is only 18 kilometres away. This district also includes Mandapam, where Sri Lankan Tamil refugees are first registered before being sent to the camps throughout the state. Mandapam also has the biggest camp for Tamil refugees. more ...
  • 33) Apr 11, 2011 9:54:04 GMT |  + Nepotism rampant in Rajapaksa government
    The annual US state department report has come down heavily on the Sri Lankan government for being dominated by the Rajapaksa brothers and for a problematic human rights record. The report added that both the last Presidential and Parliamentary elections were fraught with violations. "The government is dominated by the President’s (Mahinda Rajapaksa) family; two of the President’s brothers hold key executive branch posts as defence secretary and the minister of economic development, while a third brother is the speaker of Parliament," the report said.
  • 34) Apr 11, 2011 9:53:48 GMT |  + Asylum seekers housed in tents
    The Immigration Department has been unable to confirm how long asylum seekers at a far north Queensland detention centre will be housed in tents. There are 570 detainees from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka at the Scherger RAAF base near Weipa on western Cape York. A temporary detention centre was set up in October to house 300 detainees to relieve pressure on the Christmas Island facility. more ...
  • 35) Apr 11, 2011 9:49:39 GMT |  + Ahead of polls, pro-LTTE journal attacks Karuna
    Just ahead of elections in Tamil Nadu, a pro-Tamil Tiger journal has accused Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his daughter-cum-MP Kanimozhi of betraying the rebels as they went down fighting two years ago. Ezhamurasu, which is widely circulated among the Tamil Diaspora in the West, has said that a senior Tamil Tiger leader was in touch with Kanimozhi but neither she nor her father did anything to save the guerrillas. The journal has reproduced three brief letters that P. Natesan, who headed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) political wing, wrote to Kanimozhi between Oct 14, 2008 and March 30, 2009 - and two from her to the LTTE. Natesan also reportedly addressed one letter to Karunanidhi but it elicited no response. more ...
  • 36) Apr 11, 2011 9:11:48 GMT |  + Robert Blake’s ‘reconciliation’ is farming in Tamil land for SL military
    While the US Asst Secretary of State Robert O Blake testified before the US Foreign Affairs Committee on the “reduction of the reach of High Security Zones” (HSZ) in the island to support his vision of progress that is taking place towards the US State Department-conceived paradigm of ‘reconciliation,’ evidences that come from Jaffna show that the occupying genocidal SL military is engaged in full-fledged farming and horticulture in the largest HSZ in Jaffna Peninsula, reportedly by using slave labour of the captured LTTE cadres. more ...
  • 37) Apr 11, 2011 9:09:50 GMT |  + Seine-net beaches in Mullaiththeevu distributed to Sinhala fishermen
    Traditional seine-net beaches (Karaivalai-paadu) of Eezham Tamils in the coastal tracts of Mullaiththeevu district are grabbed and distributed among Sinhala fishermen from the south by a team of SL fisheries officials from the south. The excuse is that the local Tamil fishermen in the LTTE controlled areas did not register their seine-net stretches with the SL fisheries ministry. 12 stretches in A’lampil, 8 stretches in Thoo’ndaavil and 5 stretches in Chemmalai are thus grabbed and given to the Sinhalese. The Mullaiththeevu Government Agent as well as the district fisheries director had no knowledge of what the Sinhala officials from the south were doing.
  • 38) Apr 11, 2010 21:01:12 GMT |  + Sri Lankan tells of asylum death voyage
    TWELVE of Pararasasingam Paheertharan's fellow travellers drowned, including brothers aged 13 and 14 employed as crew, after people-smugglers herded him and 38 other Sri Lankan Tamils on to an ill-equipped fishing boat for an ambitious journey across the Indian Ocean. In the first interview about last November's tragedy, soon to be examined by the West Australian coroner, Paheer said the people-smugglers promised passengers they would be transferred to a bigger vessel after two or three days sailing from Negombo, on Sri Lanka's west coast. "After 10 days travelling we realised we were deceived by them," he wrote in an email after The Australian visited him in detention on Christmas Island last week. more ...
  • 39) Apr 11, 2010 20:58:12 GMT |  + One year on, life slowly returns to the Tamil Tigers' shattered stronghold
    For 20 years or more it was a combat zone, a frontline and a strategic asset. Now light traffic travels down the narrow A9 highway. From the checkpoint at Omanthai, where Sri Lankan soldiers and fighters from the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) once exchanged their dead, to Elephant Pass – scene of fierce battles in the 1990s – all is quiet. The Tamil Tigers are no more. This territory, once their de facto state, is now very much part of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Soldiers patrol the narrow strip cleared of mines and jungle beside the road. more ...
  • 40) Apr 11, 2010 20:47:33 GMT |  + A worldwide boycott of Sri Lanka
    David Miliband, the foreign secretary, said in his speech at the Global Tamil Forum conference in February: "It [political reconciliation] will require you to speak up for a vision of a decent Sri Lanka that respects all its people and it will require you to speak up for a spirit that recognises that if people can not find a way to live together they will drift apart." However, Sri Lanka's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, at one of his election campaign rallies in the north of Sri Lanka – which is part of the Tamil homeland – raised his voice in anger last week and shouted in Sinhala: "We are Sinhalese and I am Sinhalese –you listen Tamils!", as the crowd hooted at him to express their frustration and despair about his policies.
  • 41) Apr 11, 2010 20:46:52 GMT |  + The boats will keep coming, say traumatised Tamils
    TO the roomful of Sri Lankan refugees, little has changed for those left behind since they made their perilous voyage in a wooden boat to Christmas Island last year. Now living in Brisbane, the young Tamil men -- granted asylum in the past few months -- are adamant that the flow of boatloads of asylum-seekers will never subside because of any decision of the Australian government. For them, as well as their brothers, sisters, cousins and friends, Kevin Rudd's suspension of asylum claims made by Sri Lankans and Afghans is meaningless.
  • 42) Apr 11, 2010 20:44:59 GMT |  + TNA has 13 MPs with six new faces
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has six new faces out of the total number of 13 MPs elected to the next Parliament on its ticket at this election. The seven members who were in the last Parliament and elected this time are Mavai Senathirajah, R. Sampanthan, Suresh Premachandran, Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Vino Noharathalingam, Sivasakthi Ananthan and P. Ariyanenthran. However, A. Vinayagamurthy and P. Selvarajah who won this time had been in Parliament earlier, but were not elected in 2004.The four other elected members are Proprietor of Uthayan, Sudar Oli newspapers, E. Saravanabhavan, S. Sritharan, M. Yogarajan and T. Piyasena.
  • 43) Apr 11, 2010 20:38:50 GMT |  + Sri Lanka president pushes for harmony
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared he will use his victory in parliamentary elections last week for “reconciliation” and “reconstruction” as the island enters a new era in its post-war politics. With two districts yet to be counted, voters rewarded the ruling coalition of Mr Rajapaksa – who ended the nation’s 25-year civil war with ethnic Tamil rebels last May – with 117 seats in the 225-member parliament, bringing him within range of the 150-seat majority required to change the constitution.
  • 44) Apr 11, 2010 12:29:04 GMT |  + A New Face In Parliament?
    TNA manifesto focuses on two things for the future. One is what you call the political solution to the national question. Equally important and perhaps more urgent than even settling the political question is the day to day issues confronting the people of the north and east.TNAs manifesto doesn’t call for a separate state. But it asserts the right to self- determination which must translate into a federal state of government. The pacts and the Indo Lanka Accord that the government entered into recognised the need for a federal solution. This includes the 2000 August proposals of the government presided over by Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. more ...
  • 45) Apr 11, 2010 12:09:35 GMT |  + The Proposed Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam
    The proposed project to establish the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam is by far the best, most hopeful and exciting thing that has happened to Tamils in a long while. It gives us hope at a time when our kith and kin are being illegally held in detention camps under appalling conditions and subjected to starvation and medical neglect. It gives us hope at a time when Buddhist structures are being built everywhere in an orgy of triumphalism. In other words the Sinhalese government of Sri Lanka is not only acting illegally and without limits but is doing so with impunity.
  • 46) Apr 11, 2010 11:51:41 GMT |  + Rajapakse wins again, but battle for unity remains
    It seems Sri Lanka's president, Mahinda Rajapakse, just can't stop winning.But while the president may have tightened his already formidable grip on power, analysts say he still faces serious challenges in genuinely uniting the Indian Ocean island, especially when it comes to its large Tamil minority. In terms of seats, that mandate was delivered, but on the back of a record low turnout of just 55 percent that raised questions over his claims to have the country behind him. "The president has a serious challenge before him to restore that confidence and address outstanding political issues," Ivan said.
  • 47) Apr 11, 2010 11:44:58 GMT |  + 28 TN fishermen wounded in 'attack' by Sri Lankan Navy
    Twenty eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu were injured when they were attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan Naval personnel while fishing near Katchatheevu late Saturday night. Three persons suffered serious injuries as they were beaten up badly, official sources and local fishermen's association functionary Anthony Raj said on Sunday.They said the incident occurred around midnight when the men were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India. Their fishing nets were damaged and diesel cans thrown into the sea, they said. The three seriously injured fishermen had been admitted to the Government Hospital in Rameshwaram.
  • 48) Apr 11, 2010 11:39:34 GMT |  + Rudd says will review ban on Lankan, Afghan asylum seekers
    “It is a matter of suspension being enforced as of now, which means it will be reviewed in the case of one group over a three-month point and a second group, at a six-month point,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Rudd, as saying. “The reason for that is based on information concerned with the changing security circumstances in the country of origins. Our obligations are to deal with genuine asylum seekers, and those who are not genuine asylum seekers, we send them back to their countries of origin,” he added.
  • 49) Apr 11, 2010 11:37:51 GMT |  + Deal between TNA and MR not ruled out
    A deal between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the government was not ruled out yesterday but Tamil politicians said they have not received any invitation from the president for talks although they were open to a dialogue."We have not received any invitation so far. Should any proposal be made with a sense of responsibility to try and bring an end to the problems the people are facing, we will not be found wanting on our side," Mr. R. Sampanthan, the leder of the TNA said from Trincomalee last night.
  • 50) Apr 11, 2010 6:26:06 GMT |  + A new party in Tamil Nadu, inspired by Tigers
    On May 18, the first anniversary of the death of LTTE leaders including Velupillai Prabhakaran, Tamil Nadu will have a new political party — this time to be launched by a film director. The latest entrant from the Tamil cinema is an ardent LTTE supporter Sebastian Seeman, who on Saturday unveiled the Naam Tamilar (We the Tamils) party’s flag, which closely resembled the rebels’ Tiger insignia — barring the twin rifles in the background. Naam Tamilar, now functioning as a social outfit, aims to toe the hardline abandoned by other Dravidian parties over the years on issues ranging from the situation in Sri Lanka to Mullaiperiyar and seek a better deal for Tamils and Tamil Nadu.
  • 51) Apr 11, 2010 6:25:57 GMT |  + Elections and media in Iraq and Lanka
    The March 2010 elections in Iraq were factious, frenzied and fought fiercely. Now the national assembly is on a knife edge; 91 for Iyad Alawi’s coalition, 89 for Nouri el-Maliki’s, and 145 distributed among a quarrelsome gaggle. The radical cleric al-Sadr’s group collected 65 and a Kurdish coalition 50. Now there will be weeks of horse-trading to get a working coalition. A very different outcome from the one sided presidential election of January 26 and presumably a similar parliamentary outcome, by the time you read this. The bigger contrast is the feisty vibrancy of the Iraqi media compared to Lanka’s pliant version.
  • 52) Apr 11, 2010 6:21:31 GMT |  + The Dawn Of A New Era
    With the results of the 2010 General Election now all but final, the outcome is clear. The country has entered a new or is that a blue era. The UPFA has emerged as arguably the most powerful political force in the country’s history. And the party now looks certain to command a two thirds majority of the seats in parliament. The scale of the UPFA’s victory historically at least is matched only by J.R. Jayewardene’s victory in the 1977 General Election. However that election was held under the first past the post system... For the island’s people have for the most part given up on democracy. Voter turnout in the election barely registered 50%, the lowest figure in history. more ...
  • 53) Apr 11, 2009 19:34:57 GMT |  + SLA buildup poses severe threat to civilian security within 'safety zone'
    The security of the main route running along the lagoon, linking the various villages of the safety zone within the stretch between Maaththa'lan to Valaignarmadam, has been compromised by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) buildup since Friday. At some points, the SLA has put up military posts 200 meters closer to the road. The SLA was seen heavily engaged in positioning its troops, eyewitnesses said Saturday. 16 of the 38 civilian victims killed on Friday had succumbed to injuries caused by gunfire in Valaignarmadam and Pokka'nai areas as SLA snipers shot at civilians inside the safety zone. more ...
  • 54) Apr 11, 2009 19:33:43 GMT |  + Truce call as 100,000 rally in London Tamil protest
    Some 100,000 demonstrators marched through central London Saturday to demand a truce in Sri Lanka, as similar protests were held in Scandinavia and Paris against Colombo's offensive on Tamil rebels. Waving flags and placards and chanting for a truce, they streamed through the city's main Trafalgar Square en route for Hyde Park, led by a large banner reading "Britain act now! Immediate and permanent ceasefire in Sri Lanka." more ...
  • 55) Apr 11, 2009 19:24:47 GMT |  + Delegation of pro-LTTE Lankan party to visit India, meet FS
    As the war in Sri Lanka nears an end, a delegation of a pro-LTTE Tamil political party of the island nation will visit India next week to discuss the situation in first such contact in the recent years. A five-member delegation of TNA, headed by its parliamentary party leader R. Sambandan, will meet Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon here during its two-day visit from April 16, external affairs ministry sources told PTI in New Delhi. The focus of the discussions will be the current situation in northern Sri Lanka and contributions that India can make for reconstruction and development of the area after the war is over.
  • 56) Apr 11, 2009 14:23:30 GMT |  + Sri Lankan media ban 'a disgrace': rights group
    An international rights group Saturday urged Sri Lanka to allow journalists access to the war zone in the northeast where a "humanitarian crisis is unfolding" without a media presence. "It is a disgrace that this war is being waged without independent journalists present," Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said. "With a major humanitarian crisis and war crimes clearly taking place, the government must heed the international community?s calls for a ceasefire and for better access for humanitarian workers and journalists." more ...
  • 57) Apr 11, 2009 14:07:24 GMT |  + Lift Tamil Tiger ban, protesters in Ottawa urge
    More than 1,000 Canadian Tamils lined Ottawa's Wellington Street yesterday, proudly waving the bright red flags of a banned terrorist organization in front of Parliament Hill to protest against the escalating violence in Sri Lanka. The demonstrators, who arrived largely from Toronto and Montreal, are part of worldwide Tamil protests against what they describe as a deadly military offensive by the Sri Lankan military. Shouting "Tamil Tigers, freedom fighters," the protesters called on Canada to reverse its 2006 decision to list the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a terrorist entity under the Anti-Terrorism Act. They are also calling for an immediate ceasefire. more ...
  • 58) Apr 11, 2009 6:52:11 GMT |  + Thousands expected for Tamil march
    One of two protesters staging a hunger strike will suspend his fast as thousands of people take to the streets to march in protest against the Sri Lankan government's offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels and alleged human rights abuses. The march - led by student groups - will start at Embankment in central London and will end in Green Park. A group of around 500 Tamil supporters has been occupying London's Parliament Square for five days.
  • 59) Apr 11, 2009 4:54:19 GMT |  + Sri Lankan troops enter no fire zone: Radio
    Sri Lankan troops nearing the end of their campaign against Tamil Tigers have entered the no-fire zone in the north, state radio reported Saturday. Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in its main English news bulletin said the army's 58 division led by Brigadier Shavendra Silva had entered Puttumatalan no-fire zone Friday evening. However, the military is yet to officially confirm the troops' entry to the government declared no-fire zone for the safety of over 100,000 civilians from the minority Tamil community.
  • 60) Apr 11, 2009 4:53:44 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Crushing victory
    It started in the year Apple produced its first personal computer, a Soviet fighter shot down a Korean airliner, Neil Kinnock was elected Labour leader and 38 IRA prisoners escaped from the Maze. The Soviet Union is long gone; one of the escape leaders is now a junior minister in the Northern Ireland government; but the conflict in Sri Lanka grinds on to the bitter end. Nothing like the Good Friday agreement here. It is ending in a murderous round of shelling. About 100,000 people are trapped on a coastal strip, an area of eight square miles.
  • 61) Apr 11, 2009 4:51:32 GMT |  + Thousands of Tamil protesters remain at Parliament Hill
    Tamil protesters remained on and around Parliament Hill on Good Friday as their demonstration stretched into a fourth consecutive day. Several thousand people were in downtown Ottawa, congregating around the Wellington/Metcalfe area. There are some lane reductions but no road closures, according to police. And there are no signs of the crowd thinning, with more busloads expected from Montreal and Toronto over the weekend. more ...
  • 62) Apr 11, 2009 4:49:24 GMT |  + 69 percent kids malnourished: Vanni health officials
    Four years ago, there were only 2 percent of children below 5 years of age, malnourished in Vanni. But, today, 69 percent of them are malnourished, said health officials of Mullaiththeevu working in the so-called safety zone. Mothers are unable to breastfeed due to malnutrition. Presently, only one-month-old babies are given with milk powder due to lack of supplies. No milk powder is available in the market. Older babies have to satisfy themselves with black tea. There are unattended babies whose mothers have been killed. Recently, a baby was brought to the hospital by relatives, because it was given rice to eat and the baby couldn't handle it, the health officials reported further.
  • 63) Apr 11, 2009 4:46:57 GMT |  + New York protest extends to US, Mexico, India missions of UN
    Three days of hunger-strike and protest against Sri Lanka's egragious rights violations and horrific killings against the more than 200,000 Tamil civilians caught up in the war held in New York from Tuesday concluded Thursday, organizers of the event said. Several hundred protesters from different states took positions in front of the Indian mission from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., protested in front of the Mexican mission from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and assembled to protest in front of the U.S. mission between 3:00 pm and 5:00 p.m. The protesters appealed to the UN missions to take steps to facilitate a ceasefire. more ...
  • 64) Apr 11, 2009 4:43:53 GMT |  + ‘Lanka to use weapons of mass destruction’
    The Concerned South Asian Citizens, a forum formed to support ethnic Lankan Tamils, on Friday demanded the United Nations and the international community to intervene and ensure immediate cessation of war in Sri Lanka. The forum also alleged that the Sri Lankan Army was now poised to use weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to wipe out ethnic Tamils from the northern part of the country before April 14. In an appeal to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the forum said it was appalled by the reports of deaths of Sri Lankan Tamils trapped in a small area in the Vanni region in northern Sri Lanka.
  • 65) Apr 11, 2009 2:02:47 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Call for journalists to be let into area where “a major humanitarian crisis” is unfolding with no media presence
    Reporters Without Borders reminds the Sri Lankan government of its international undertakings as the media continue to be prevented from moving about freely in the north of the country, especially in the area where tens of thousands of Tamils are surrounded by the army. "With a major humanitarian crisis and war crimes clearly taking place, the government must heed the international community's calls for a ceasefire and for better access for humanitarian workers and journalists," Reporters Without Borders said. "It is a disgrace that this war is being waged without independent journalists present. And by preventing thousands of innocent civilians from moving freely, the Tamil Tiger rebels bear a large share of the responsibility for these crimes."
  • 66) Apr 11, 2008 17:01:37 GMT |  + Differentiating viewpoint from propaganda: quality media suffers
    The Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, who addressed the seminar on 'Freedom of Expression – Missing in Action?,' on Monday in Oslo said: "We must learn to distinguish between expressions that seek only to degrade, humiliate and dehumanise, and those that seek to provide information and viewpoints – even though these may be painful, troubling or controversial." Meanwhile, Oslo Dokumentarkino, the distributor of the documentary film "My Daughter the Terrorist," in a press statement issued on Friday, charged that the Government of Sri Lanka was trying to stop screening of the Norwegian documentary film, as Norwegian FM was announcing new strategy to defend freedom of expression.
  • 67) Apr 11, 2008 11:24:29 GMT |  + US shamed by Mandela terror link
    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has asked for "embarrassing" travel restrictions on Nelson Mandela and South African leaders to be lifted. A bill has been introduced in the US Congress to remove from databases any reference to South Africa's governing party and its leaders as terrorists. The African National Congress (ANC) was designated as a terrorist organisation by South Africa's old apartheid regime. At present a waiver is needed for any ANC leaders to enter the country.
  • 68) Apr 11, 2008 11:14:10 GMT |  + Vaiko asks EU to press Sri Lanka on Tamil ethnic issue
    MDMK chief Vaiko has asked the European Union not to turn a blind eye to the "sufferings of Tamils" in Sri Lanka and to pressure Colombo to end its offensive against the LTTE so that an "ancient race" could be prevented from being "totally wiped out". "The situation today is very bad. A whole ancient race is about to be wiped out. I would appeal to the European Union to put pressure on the Sinhalese government {to end its military offensive on the LTTE}," he said.
  • 69) Apr 11, 2008 11:13:25 GMT |  + 'My Daughter the Terrorist' producer receives death threat - Norwegian paper
    Morten Dae, the producer of the award winning Norwegian documentary film, "My Daughter the Terrorist," on two Tamil Black Tiger female cadres in Vanni, has received death threats after the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) failed in blocking the organisers of the Full Frame Documentary Festival, in Durham in the United States, from screening it there, reported Dagsavisen, a Norwegian daily, on Thursday.
  • 70) Apr 11, 2008 11:11:36 GMT |  + Anger grows over rising prices in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka’s official annualised inflation rate skyrocketed to 28 percent in March, up from 24 percent in February. Prices for essential food items are soaring—the inflation rate for food and beverages reached a staggering 37 percent—while transport prices and housing rents followed with 24 percent and 11 percent respectively. Over the past three months, the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) has jumped by 487 points, from 5,955 in December to 6,442 in March, and the impact is sharply eroding the living standards of workers, the rural poor and students.
  • 71) Apr 11, 2008 11:10:08 GMT |  + Sri Lanka military says 58 die in week's fighting
    Fighting in the far north of Sri Lanka in the past week killed 58 people, mostly Tamil Tiger rebels, the military said on Friday. The fighting in the northern districts of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Polonnaruwa and Mannar came after a suspected rebel suicide bomber killed the country's highways minister and 13 others attending a marathon race near the capital on Sunday. The air force also raided northern strongholds of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the week, targeting a black Tiger, or suicide-cadre training base, on Monday and a Sea Tiger base on Thursday.
  • 72) Apr 11, 2008 11:06:31 GMT |  + As humanitarian crisis unfolds, Diaspora needs to help – paper
    Warning that, faced with determined resistance to its offensives into the Vanni, the Sri Lankan government, like previous ones, will intensify punitive attacks and measures against the Tamil population there, the Tamil Guardian newspaper this week called on the Diaspora to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis. “The embargo on food and medicine will be tightened further and civilian centers will be targeted more heavily. The Diaspora has long been the mainstay of relief efforts for the people of the Northeastern warzones. It needs to step forward yet again,” the paper said in its editorial.
  • 73) Apr 11, 2008 11:00:41 GMT |  + India: Necessity, not option
    Peace talks in Sri Lanka are temporarily on hold. The Ceasfire Agreement of 2002 has crashed and burned and the Norwegians and the SLMM have bid a quick but reluctant goodbye. To all intents and purposes, the country has been left to descend into its own spiral of ruin as the parties engage themselves in all out war. The exclamations and interjections of the nationalists have won and peaceniks, media professionals and the members of the international community now live like fiddlers on a rather shaky roof.
  • 74) Apr 11, 2008 2:50:38 GMT |  + Attacks Ease Against SLRC Workers But Tisseinayagam Remains in Custody
    IFJ continues to hold grave concerns for the safety and well-being of J.S Tisseinayagam, the editor of www.outreachsl.com, who has been detained since being taken into custody by officers of the Terrorist Information Department (TID) on March 7. Tisseinayagam was initially detained under emergency regulations for 30 days. On April 1, the Colombo Magistrates Court granted a TID request to extend the detention order to May 5, after the Supreme Court ruled against an application for bail on March 31.
  • 75) Apr 11, 2008 2:39:45 GMT |  + Shipping mafia minting money
    Although the Jaffna GA confirms that there is a sufficient supply of food items in the Peninsula with a buffer stock to last 3 months, ordinary citizens complain that they are unable to afford the items due to sky rocketing costs. This was after the shipping monopoly was challenged by MV-Nimalawa, a ship operated by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCISL), which brought down the freight cost per Metric Ton from US$ 135 to US$ 75. However, with the de-chartering of the ship earlier this month fears are ripe that the private shipping cartel owned by a former Minister would again start minting money by creating an artificially high price level in Jaffna.
  • 76) Apr 11, 2008 2:28:46 GMT |  + Two Unhealthy Political Developments
    A second aspect is such moves set a bad precedence in future negotiations for peace with the LTTE. From this count, this political move to take TMVP within the UPFA fold without disarming it could weaken state's case in future negotiations as and when they take place with LTTE (no harm in hoping I suppose). It also sends the message that as long as such extremist groups maintain their identity and remain politically useful they can get away with anything and exist outside the pale of law.
  • 77) Apr 11, 2007 20:04:43 GMT |  + SLA patrol unit ambushed in Vadamaradchy
    Unidentified armed persons opened fire on the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) patrol unit at Sakkottai, Polykandy in Vadamaradchy north Wednesday afternoon, sources in Vadamaradchy said. Following the attack, the dead and injured were air lifted to Palay SLA Base hospital twice in a military helicopter, eye witnesses said. SLA troopers cordoned off and searched Sakkottai, Polykandy villages, located along the coastal area of Vadamaradchy north, where the attack took place.
  • 78) Apr 11, 2007 10:51:54 GMT |  + 'Many dead' in Sri Lanka clashes
    The Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels have clashed in the north of the island with many fighters killed, both sides say. A senior defence ministry official said mortar and artillery fire had killed at least 20 rebels around the Omanthai checkpoint in Vavuniya district. A rebel spokesman denied the claim. He said the guerrillas ambushed army soldiers and killed 10 of them. Some 4,000 people have been killed in escalating violence since late 2005.
  • 79) Apr 11, 2007 10:39:53 GMT |  + Tamils make plea to Ottawa
    Standing in front of poster-sized photos of whole families hanged and others shot while they slept, a young Montreal mother described her own relatives' tragedy in her native Sri Lanka. "My father, mother and brother were all shot one night at dinner," said Santhiraleda Ganeshalingam, 32, who heard the news in a phone call from her sister in Sri Lanka last May. The killings were part of continuing civil war between Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese population and the minority Tamils, Ganeshalingam said during a recent news conference held by the association Quebec Tamil Women to launch a month-long awareness campaign across Canada.
  • 80) Apr 11, 2007 1:25:52 GMT |  + The Meaning of Terrorism
    How did the term “Terrorism” originate and how has it been tormented to change its original meaning and significance? The term was first used by the British to describe the Jewish movement to create the independent state of Israel. Irony of ironies, because the result of that terrorism is now the most recognized country not only in the middle east, but in the world, by the very western powers that condemned this struggle and termed it terrorism. President Truman refused to recognize Israel when it was created. The Russians were the first major power to recognize the product of that terrorism. Now, those who described the leaders of this independence movement as terrorists are the greatest supporters of their right to exist and will do anything to perpetuate its existence.
  • 81) 13:47 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + Anti-conversion bill to become law soon
    Despite pledges by the new government to uphold religious freedom in Sri Lanka, the Bill on Prohibition of Forcible Conversion, better known as the anti-conversion bill, continues its journey through parliament.Catholics and other religious minorities are concerned by that and have called on President Mahinda Rajapakse, who was elected last November, to respect the promises he made to the nation.Breaking the law would result in a prison term of up to five years or a fine that could reach US$ 1,500. The sentence can be extended to seven years and US$ 5,000 if converts belong to the so-called “Schedule 1” category, i.e. people most at risk: women, children, prison inmates, the mentally or physically challenged, refugees, military or police. more ...
  • 82) 11:37 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + Bus blast kills 12 Sri Lankan sailors
    Suspected Tamil rebels blew up a bus full of sailors in northeastern Sri Lanka, killing 12 and further dimming hopes for a new round of peace talks next week, officials said. The attack Tuesday was seen by officials involved in the Norwegian-backed peace bid as a blow to diplomatic efforts to get the parties to the negotiating table in Switzerland to discuss ways to save an increasingly faltering ceasefire. The bus was travelling from the port city of Trincomalee to Kantale, the next main town in the region, when it was caught in the blast, a police official in the area told AFP. "Victims have been sent to three hospitals," the official said, adding that the bus had hit an oncoming van just after the blast and four passengers, including three Britons, were also hurt.
    - Bus carrying Sri Lankan soldiers on New Year holiday attacked, 12 killed, eight wounded - AP
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  • 83) 11:30 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + Separatist Tamil Tigers outlawed
    Canada has outlawed a violent Sri Lankan separatist group in a move a critic says is mere "window dressing" that will divide the expatriate Tamil community. The Conservative government yesterday officially announced that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Tamil Tigers, or LTTE, have been formally listed as a terrorist group. The terrorist listing makes it illegal for anyone in Canada to support or participate in Tamil Tigers activities, including fundraising. The government says the listing is long overdue and will not negatively affect Canadian Tamils, nor affect talks on the Sri Lankan peace process that are about to resume in Geneva. more ...
  • 84) 11:05 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + “Not a single article appeared in the Canadian media about the swindling of the Tsunami money.”
    Ninety percent of the Sri Lankan Tamils living in Canada entered the country as Refugees in fear of the atrocities of the state machinery. A good number crossed over to Tamil Nadu and still live in a pathetic environment as slaves. No media or Organization talks about these refugees because for them they are not human beings. If the media wants scintillating stories they should visit and interview refugees at such Refugee camps in Sri Lanka and South India, interview and write about their experiences. That will reflect the human rights violations. Those who were lucky to have escaped the atrocities of the state machinery and moved to Canada, worked hard to start their own businesses and support their family here and their relations back at home. I know that you contributed $500.00 to the fundraising for hospitals in Scarborough through an annual walk a Thon. There are many Tamil businessmen doing this. Raising fund for a good cause is nothing wrong, but no one should force people to give money. more ...
  • 85) 10:59 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + Canadian Tamils Disappointed by LTTE Listing
    The Canadian Tamil community is deeply shocked and saddened of the decision by our Canadian government to list the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a Terrorist organization under Bill C-36. The Canadian Tamil Congress, the representative organization of Canadian Tamils, considers this decision to be harmful as both the LTTE and the government of Sri Lanka are currently engaged in an internationally brokered peace process as equal partners. This decision, at such a sensitive time, will tip the delicate balance which has brought both parties to the negotiating table and hinder the prospects for long term peace and stability in the region. As part of the Conservative Party platform in the most recent elections, the current government stated its support of the peace process in Sri Lanka, by way of a written statement. The government stated that it’s committed to increasing Canada’s role in the peace process. Canadian Tamils are quite disappointed at such a sharp contrast in policy within weeks of taking office. more ...
  • 86) 10:39 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + SLMM insists allegations against Haukland baseless
    The Daily Mirror learns that the SLMM was also angered that at that meeting Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had told the former SLMM head Hagrup Haukland the LTTE could be easily defeated if the army joined forces with the Karuna faction while denying claims the armed group was operating in government-controlled areas.When contacted by the Daily Mirror SLMM spokesperson Helen Olafstdottir refused to comment over the Defence Secretary’s statement on the Karuna issue but deniedclaims that the former SLMM head had termed the LTTE as freedom fighters. Several political parties and organisations have hit out at the SLMM after a media report two weeks ago quoting the Defence Secretary as saying that Mr. Haukland, called the LTTE freedom fighters. more ...
  • 87) 19:13 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + Norway Support to the Palestinians
    Hamas is now heading a new Palestinian Government after winning a democratic election. Norway respects the results of the election. However, we have also stated that the new Government must abide by certain basic principles that have been agreed on by the international community: it must recognise the state of Israel, renounce violence and respect the agreements that have already been entered into. Of course we also expect Israel to respect these agreements, comply with UN resolutions and renounce violence. We wish to signal that Norway is prepared to continue to work with the Palestinian Government, on the condition that it clearly supports the basic principles agreed on by the international community. more ...
  • 88) 19:01 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + President blatantly violates constitution by appointing members to 17th Amendment commissions
    In blatant violation of Sri Lanka's constitution, President Mahinda Rajapakse took it upon himself to appoint members to the National Police Commission and the Public Service Commission. These appointments bypassed the constitutional process, which requires the appointments to be approved by the Constitutional Council. Before granting approval, the council is to examine the merits of the proposed persons, as well as take into account any public objections, thereby preventing arbitrary or political appointments. By making appointments to these commissions himself, the president is moving towards absolute power without safeguards. The Asian Human Rights Commission calls upon President Rajapakse to withdraw these appointments forthwith, and urges the appointed members to desist from accepting these appointments. more ...
  • 89) 18:18 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + Is it safe to go to Sri Lanka?
    So why were these Britons in the north-east?I don't know at this stage. Thye could have been independent thrill-seekers, or as is more likely, Britons resident in Sri Lanka. Since the tsunami of December, 2004, there has been a large influx of voluntary workers in Sri Lanka.The FCO changed its travel advice on February 13, 2006, to stop travel to the regions. Which is another huge pity for the country. The resort of Trincomalee, in the north-east, had benefited from huge investment in 2002 to bring back up to former glories, and British holiday firms started sending package tourists again in 2004. Two years later, all bets are off again. more ...
  • 90) 10:28 GMT, Apr. 11, 2006 |  + Sailors killed in Sri Lanka blast

    At least 12 Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) troopers were killed in a Claymore attack that targetted an SLN convoy in Thampalakamam near 9th Mile Post on Trincomalee - Habarana Road Tuesday around 1:15 p.m., according to military sources in Colombo.

    At least 12 sailors have been killed and another eight wounded after their bus hit a mine in north-eastern Sri Lanka, police say. The bus was carrying soldiers from Trincomalee. Officials said at least two foreigners were also hurt in the blast which they blame on Tamil rebels. The blast comes a day after five soldiers and two civilians died in a mine attack in Jaffna peninsula. The rebels denied any involvement in Monday's attack. The latest violence comes as a top truce monitor, Ulf Henricsson, is meeting rebel leaders - including SP Thamilselvan, the leader of the Tigers' political wing - to discuss Monday's mine attack. "Two attacks within days - it is very worrying," a spokesperson for the monitors, Helen Olafsdottir, said. more ...
  • 91) 12:39 GMT, Apr. 11, 2005 |  + It Took a Village
    Returning to normality is a preoccupation at the Carmel Fatima College refugee camp in Kalmunai, which has been sheltering more than 300 families. Government officials have decided the refugees must move out so that classes can resume. One of the last to leave the camp is the family of K. Jaganathan. He sees his wife Lakshmi and 9-year-old daughter Anusya into a rented auto-rickshaw, along with the few tins, mattresses and boxes they've accumulated in the past two months; the biggest item they possess is his daughter's bicycle, and Jaganathan, 34, struggles to cram it on board. He and his family are not moving to a home of their own, but to a colony of wooden sheds built by Médecins Sans Frontières. more ...
  • 92) 12:32 GMT, Apr. 11, 2004 |  + Tamil Tigers declare truce in Sri Lanka
    The main Tamil rebel group claimed control Sunday of an area where a renegade faction was based and declared a two-day truce to allow civilians to celebrate the Buddhist and Hindu New Year. Rebels from the main Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam, based in Sri Lanka's north, launched an offensive on Friday to regain control over some 6,000 breakaway Tamil rebels in the east led by Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, also known as Karuna. Military officials have said the unconfirmed death toll from the heavy fighting was 33, including civilians. At least 13 others were reportedly wounded. more ...
  • 93) 12:29 GMT, Apr. 11, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka Tigers launch fresh offensive to remove renegades
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels launched a new front in their offensive to remove a renegade commander in a further blow to the island's faltering peace process, officials said. The main Tamil Tiger force mounted the offensive from the northeastern port district of Trincomalee, moving south to take control over the town of Vakarai Saturday, military sources and aid officials said. They said there was little resistance as the breakaway faction led by V. Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, had withdrawn to a point where security forces had unwittingly been placed right between the two warring factions.
    - S.Lanka Tigers vow to crush breakaway faction - Reuters
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  • 94) 12:27 GMT, Apr. 11, 2004 |  + Tamil Tigers take key town from renegades ahead of major push
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are reading a fresh offensive against renegades after capturing a key town in fighting that has jeopardised the new government's call to revive peace talks, officials and rebels said. Military sources said the main Tamil Tiger force took complete control over the town of Vakarai Saturday, but even before that the breakaway faction had withdrawn from the area.
    - Sri Lanka Tamil Rebels Claim Control Of Rival Area - AP
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  • 95) 12:23 GMT, Apr. 11, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka Tigers vow to eliminate breakaway faction
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers vowed on Sunday to reclaim territory held by a breakaway rebel commander, after launching an offensive that shattered the calm brought by the island's two-year ceasefire. There has been no serious fighting since Friday when at least 10 -- and possibly many more -- died in clashes between the rival rebel factions, and some 3,000 civilians fled their homes. But the northern-based Tigers said they would see through the operation to expel Karuna, the eastern commander whose split was a blow to the movement's previously iron internal discipline and complicates peace efforts to end 20 years of civil war. more ...
  • 96) 12:21 GMT, Apr. 11, 2004 |  + LTTE forces move into Amparai, Batticaloa south
    The Liberation Tigers took control of the areas held by the Karuna Group in the Amparai District on Saturday night. Troops led by the LTTE's Amparai district military commander, 'Janarthan', moved into the main base areas in Kanjikudichcha Aaru region, about 96 kilometres south of Batticaloa, from Saturday evening, sources said. Meanwhile, advance commando teams of the LTTE moved into the southwestern sector of the Batticaloa district and began consolidating strategic positions there since Saturday morning. more ...
  • 97) 04:02 GMT, Apr. 11, 2004 |  + JVP boycotts swearing in
    The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday boycotted the swearing in ceremony of the new cabinet of ministers while Peoples Alliance MP, Arjuna Ranatunga also refused to accept his portfolio saying he will resign from his Kotte seat and revert to being only a Member of Parliament. The swearing in ceremony of the new cabinet hit stormy waters when a promised ministry to the JVP was at the eleventh hour held back and Ranatunga despite a pledge from the President was denied the sports ministry portfolio. According to party sources Thilanga Sumathipala, former President of Sri Lanka Cricket and Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom yet in remand, has assured the President that if Ranatunga is not given the sports ministry she would get the support of the Jathika Hela Urumaya who have nine seats in Parliament. Kumaratunga's shaky government with a mere 105 seats is dependent on a coalition to help support sweeping constitutional changes she plans to implement in parliament. more ...
  • 98) 03:51 GMT, Apr. 11, 2004 |  + Easter Message: Easter is the Feast of Liberation
    Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar.It is the feast in which Christians rejoice over the Liberation which Jesus won for humanity.Jesus Christ, Christians believe, is the Son of God who became man,and through his suffering, death and conquest of death (Resurrection)freed mankind from the slavery of sin. It is a total liberation from all forms of slavery, within and without man. Hence Easter is the feast of liberation, from all forms of slavery caused by sin. Jesus won this Liberation for us,by going through all forms of suffering and an ignominious death on the cross.His suffering false accusations, ridicule and mockery from the High Priests and Roman Powers, His suffering betrayals and denials by his own chosen ones (Judas and Peter), His suffering torture, hunger and thirst imposed by his rulers,His carrying of the cross onto which he was nailedAll these apparently ended with his death on the cross.But his Rising from the tomb on the third day Explained everything of the past. more ...
  • 99) 03:47 GMT, Apr. 11, 2004 |  + Marxist ally boycotts swearing in of new Sri Lanka Cabinet
    Sri Lanka's President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has inducted a cabinet for the new minority government, but her main ally boycotted the ceremony. Officials in Colombo say President Kumaratunga had delayed the swearing-in ceremony to give more time to work out a compromise with the Marxist People's Liberation Front, over a key appointment, but failed. They say, however, that four cabinet positions have been reserved for the JVP which is expected to accept them later. The AFP newsagency says although Mrs Kumaratunga's Freedom Alliance narrowly won last week's elections, it will be a shaky minority government in parliament. more ...
  • 100) 11:40 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka talks on army relocation fail
    Talks between the Sri Lanka military and a Tamil coalition party to find an alternative place to relocate sections of the military in the northern Jaffna peninsula has ended without agreement. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) talks with the defence ministry officials held in the Jaffna district secretariat failed and the two sides have decided to take up the matter with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. more ...
  • 101) 11:39 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka plans massive jobs boost
    Sri Lanka is planning to create 2 million new jobs for young people as part of its programme to make the current ceasefire stick. If successful, the government's plan would represent a massive boost in a country of less than 20 million people whose economy has been ravaged by two decades of internal conflict. more ...
  • 102) 11:39 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Annan, Akashi discuss Sri Lanka peace process
    Yasushi Akashi, Japan's envoy in charge of Sri Lankan issues, met U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York on Thursday and they discussed Sri Lankan peace talks that were held in Japan, U.N. sources said. According to the sources, Annan welcomed Japan's active participation in tackling the issue. more ...
  • 103) 11:37 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + India, Sri Lanka discuss Tamil Tiger peace talks
    Visiting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga discussed with Indian leaders the ongoing peace process between her government and Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said.The peace process was the main subject of talks between the visiting president and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee (news - web sites) and President Abdul Kalam, said external affairs ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna. more ...
  • 104) 11:37 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Iraq unlikely to slow aid for Sri Lanka peace bid
    International attention on Iraq will not mean aid to Sri Lanka, trying to end two decades of civil war, will suffer, officials and diplomats said. A meeting in Washington on Monday hosted by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage showed the high-level support behind the peace process despite the Iraq war and recent sea clashes in Sri Lanka, they said. Several big aid packages to Sri Lanka have already been set, with the World Bank announcing $800 million worth of credit last week and the International Monetary Fund due to announce $560 million in loans next week. more ...
  • 105) 01:35 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Don't forget us if Iraq happens...
    More than a quarter of a million civilians returned home in the last year following two decades of war in Sri Lanka. In Afghanistan more than two million people went back in 2002 and UNHCR expects to help a further 1.5 million this year. A massive repatriation will start shortly in Angola – yet another country where war persisted for decades and where a peaceful outcome at times seemed highly unlikely. That is the good news. However, as this magazine went to press conflict in the Middle East began with the threat of the creation of hundreds of thousands of new refugees. more ...
  • 106) 01:30 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan Rebels Discuss Release of Child Soldiers
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels met on Thursday to finalize a UNICEF plan to rehabilitate child soldiers recruited by the rebels during a 19-year civil war. The Tigers have pledged several times in the past to stop recruiting child soldiers and their release of the children is seen as a litmus test of their sincerity in the current peace process. UNICEF resident representative Ted Chaiban said the government and rebels would meet for two days of workshops in the rebel-held north, beginning on Thursday, to work out a comprehensive plan on war-affected children, to be implemented from May. more ...
  • 107) 01:28 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Vajpayee speaks to Jaya on Sri Lankan issues
    Prime Minister A B Vajpayee had a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday and sought her views on the issues of mutual concern between Sri Lanka and India with specific reference to Tamil Nadu. Vajpayee had made the call before meeting visiting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga at New Delhi, an official press release said. The release added that Jayalalithaa had briefed him on the need to arrange early repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu and their proper resettlement in Lanka. more ...
  • 108) 23:42 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + U.S. Pleased With Progress Towards Peace in Sri Lanka
    The United States repeated its strong support for the peace process between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the occasion of Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage's April 10 meeting in Washington with Sri Lanka's Minister for Economic Reform, Science, and Technology Milinda Moragoda. In a press statement released after their meeting, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States was pleased that progress towards peace continues to be made. more ...
  • 109) 23:40 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + 'LTTE has set up de-facto State'
    The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has established a "de facto separate State" in the north of her country and in parts of the east since entering into peace talks with the Ranil Wickremesinghe Government. In an exclusive interview to The Hindu on Thursday, Ms. Kumaratunga said: "The LTTE has increased its cadres from 6,000 to 16,000 during the one year of peace. They are training them apace, they have got caught bringing in large quantities of arms." more ...
  • 110) 13:39 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Monk, Mahaweli officials among child abusers
    The special police unit of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has arrested three persons involved in two separate child abuse cases. Two suspects are from Mahaweli quarters, Welikanda Senapura. The other suspect is a 74 year old monk from Padiyatalawa, a NCPA spokesman said. He said that one person arrested from the Mahaweli quarters is an official attached to the Mahaweli Authority and the other person arrested from the same place is a husband of a female officer attached to the same institution. Both suspects are in their early forties and married. The two suspects have brought girls aged 12 and 13 from two poor farming families in Senapura to their quarters and sexually abused them. more ...
  • 111) 13:34 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + UN cash to boost civil service in Sri Lanka's war zone
    The United Nations development agency (UNDP) gave 700,000 dollars to help strengthen the administration in the island's embattled northern and eastern regions. The UNDP-funded "capacity building project" is aimed at providing training in project preparation, management and implementation as well as other logistical support, officials said Friday. "This is an outright grant by the UNDP and one third of it will go towards (the) reconciliation process," said Bradman Weerakoon, the top civil servant in Prime Minister's office. more ...
  • 112) 13:30 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + SLN patrols increase, UAV sighted in Mullaitivu
    Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has increased its patrol activitities in the Mullaitivu seas recently, and five fishermen who were threatened and had their boats inspected by the SLN this week while fishing in Mullaitivu seas have made complains to the local authorities, sources in Mullaitivu said. Spokesperson for the Fisheries Union in Mullaitivu said that fishermen are increasingly scared to go deeper seas away from the shore. This has resulted in shortage in seafood and increase of prices for fish. more ...
  • 113) 11:42 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Opposition, Tigers against referendum
    Plans by the ruling United National Front (UNF) to hold a referendum on the peace process is running into snags with the opposition challenging the proposal on the grounds that the government does not have the constitutional powers to hold it. Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse said that they were challenging the government's plans, saying only the president or the Supreme Court hold the powers to call a referendum. more ...
  • 114) 01:25 GMT, Apr. 11, 2003 |  + Kumaratrunga shares her views on peace talks with Indian leadership
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga today held talks with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other Indian leaders, during which she apprised them of her 'perspective' of the ongoing peace process undertaken by her government with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. During her meeting with Mr Vajpayee, Mrs Kumaratunga is understood to have expressed her 'concern' on some of the recent activities of the LTTE in the mid sea, off the Jaffna peninsula, particulary the attack of a Chinese vessel which had raised suspicion against the Tigers. more ...
  • 115) 13:39 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Straight from the Tiger's mouth
    Despite these concerns though, Prabhakaran, occasionally breaking into smiles while facing local and foreign journalists, has in recent weeks made every effort to show the world that he is ready for peace. Even before Wednesday's news conference at Kilinochichi, a northern town that is a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stronghold, he has been appearing at meetings with Norwegian negotiators dressed in smart safari suits instead of his trademark military fatigues. more ...
  • 116) 12:23 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka businesses upbeat after peace overtures by rebels, governm
    Sri Lanka's top business people said Thursday that recent peace moves by the government and Tamil Tiger rebels have given them greater zeal to help rebuild the island's war-ravaged areas. Peace overtures by both sides are "very progressive steps," said Deva Rodrigo, deputy chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Sri Lanka was formerly known as Ceylon. more ...
  • 117) 07:09 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan Tamils say Prabhakaran has full support
    Tamil Tiger rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran's word is the law in northern Sri Lanka and that is the way many of the people like it. On Thursday, a day after Prabhakaran said he wanted peace with the government but was not ready yet to give up his goal of a separate Tamil state, residents in the war-ravaged town of Kilinochchi said they backed him fully. "The people are happy the war has stopped," said N. Prabhakaran, a 24-year-old clerk who was forced to leave the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) army after he was wounded by an artillery shell. more ...
  • 118) 06:49 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka hails Tamil peace overture
    The Sri Lankan peace process has advanced into uncharted territory, with the island nation's prime minister welcoming peace overtures made by the leader of the rebel Tamil Tigers. Hopes of an historic end to the 18-year separatist war are high folowing the government's positive response Thursday to the Tamil rebel leader's press conference the evening before -- the chief's first public appearance in 15 years. more ...
  • 119) 06:44 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan prime minister sees strong chance of peace
    Sri Lanka's prime minister has welcomed the peace call from the leader of the Tamil Tigers. Ranil Wickremesinghe says there is now a strong chance of finding a political solution to Sri Lanka's 18-year-old separatist war. Earlier, Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran said his group was "willing to work within the territorial integrity of the country". more ...
  • 120) 06:42 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Peace possible says Sri Lanka PM
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ramil Wickremesinghe has said there is a strong chance of finding a political solution to 18 years of civil war after the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels declared he was committed to peace. In his first address to the media for 12 years, rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran said on Wednesday that the Tigers' campaign of suicide bombings was a thing of the past. more ...
  • 121) 03:26 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + New Delhi's unofficial line on Prabhakran: let them talk
    Despite the Congress protests, highly placed sources here confirmed that when Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe came to town in the third week of December and explained to Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders that he had been given a ``mandate'' by the people of Sri Lanka to go ahead with peace talks with the LTTE, none of them even raised the question of Prabhakaran's extradition. Meanwhile, as government officials remained tightlipped on New Delhi's future course of action, the fact remains that the government has been kept fully informed by peace broker Norway, on its mediatory moves with both Colombo and the LTTE over the last couple of years. more ...
  • 122) 02:59 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Tight security for Prabakaran kept scribes guessing till the last
    The precision planning and secrecy for which the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabakaran, is well-known was in full evidence at his first press conference in 12 years today. The security screening by the LTTE cadre would have put to shame some of the best intelligence agencies in the world. The press conference was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. but for several hours earlier the journalists and their equipment were being subjected to a thorough check. Every journalist was photographed and each set of equipment taken apart to be screened. Cameras were weighed, and no chances were taken. more ...
  • 123) 21:09 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + An appeal to UN: “Economic Social and Cultural Rights”
    The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the government of Sri Lanka, which came into effect on 22 February, states in Article 2, paragraph 2.2 that the military should withdraw from “places of worship; temples, mosques, churches and other holy sites”. Paragraph 2.3 states that the armed forces must withdraw from the schools they have been occupying. We are sad to say that the withdrawal of the army from these and other places is a slow process at the moment. We hope the present government which is strongly for peace, and which, despite opposition to it, has brought fifty-four years of human rights violations hopefully to a permanent end, will speed up the process so that the dignity of the people, and their social and cultural rights can be respected and normalcy restored. more ...
  • 124) 20:07 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Brief Encounter
    Of course, press conferences are the correct venues to raise thorny or controversial issues. But wider perspective seemed lost on some reporters - including a couple whose professional reputations seemed at odds with the depth - or lack thereof - of their questioning. In particular, it was clear that some sections of the international media have failed to notice the tumultuous events that have rocked the Tamil political landscape this year - and the impact this is going to have on Sri Lanka and hence the region. Hence, the LTTE’s ongoing manoeuvres, intended primarily to capitalise on these developments, simply appear to them as cynical rebranding. We note with contempt that the same quarters that have in the past bitterly criticised the LTTE of being intransigent and militarist are now leading the chorus condemning the movement’s efforts to engage the political winds. more ...
  • 125) 19:53 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + India will not lift Tiger ban
    India has ruled out lifting its ban on the Sri Lankan rebel group, the Tamil Tigers. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, speaking after returning to Delhi from a trip to south-east Asia, said he had "no intention" of lifting it. But he said India might allow the Tigers' chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham, to come to India for medical treatment on humanitarian grounds. more ...
  • 126) 17:27 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + India rejects mediation in Sri Lanka peace talks
    Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has ruled out an Indian role in peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the island nation's Tamil Tiger rebels, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on Thursday. The news agency said Vajpayee also rejected a plea by the chief of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, to lift a ban on the group. Prabhakaran made the plea on Wednesday during his first news conference in more than a decade. "We are not going to be part of any negotiations or interfere in any talks between the Sri Lanka government and the LTTE," PTI quoted Vajpayee as saying. more ...
  • 127) 17:24 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + What next for Tamil Tiger leader?
    In his approach and presentation to the press, Mr Prabhakaran looked more like a political leader than a military man. He seems to have wanted to be seen as a man who can handle the world's media and a wider public arena in the role of the only leader representing the Tamil speaking minority in the country. He appears to have accomplished that without compromising his position politically. more ...
  • 128) 15:25 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + MDMK demands revocation of ban on LTTE
    MDMK, a staunch supporter of LTTE and a constituent of the NDA, on Thursday stressed that the Centre should revoke the ban on the guerrilla organisation. Reacting to LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran's demand, MDMK chief Vaiko, told reporters this evening that LTTE was not a "terrorist organisation" but was pushed by the Sri Lankan government for an armed conflict. more ...
  • 129) 15:24 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + No plan to lift ban on LTTE: PM
    Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Thursday rejected LTTE Chief V Prabhakaran's request for lifting the ban on his organisation. "There is no such intention (to lift ban on LTTE)," Vajpayee told reporters on his return from a five-day trip to Singapore and Combodia. To a question whether the government would allow LTTE negotiator Anton Balasingham to come to India for treatment, Vajpayee said that this could be considered on humanitarian ground. more ...
  • 130) 15:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Face-to-face with Prabhakaran
    It was quarter to five in the evening. There were no fans. The air was still. It was as if Nature had paused to listen. There was tension in the air and the old man addressing us only made matters worse. "Our cadres are armed," he said. "The security of our national leader is important. Do not do anything to cause tension, which will lead to panic. Take your positions now and do not move. Please cooperate." more ...
  • 131) 14:14 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + The flawed calculus of torture
    This is no defence of the tactics of the terrorists, but it is an example of how lawlessness breeds lawlessness. Government A oppresses group B, group B being militarily inferior responds with terrorist tactics (they have no other means of fighting); A cannot fight B with conventional armies and resorts to torture and other oppressive measures, justifying it by pointing to B's "illegitimate" use of terrorism (forgetting their own illegitimate oppression) and so forth. Oppression creates terrorism. Every injustice increases the legitimacy and fervour of the opposition. Without injustice, acts of terror are random and very rare. Being unsystematic, they cannot be entirely prevented, but being rare, they are not a major threat, either. more ...
  • 132) 14:13 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka, Norway welcome Pirapaharan’s comments
    Welcoming remarks made by Mr. Vellupillai Pirapaharan, the leader of the Liberation Tigers, that he was satisfied with the progress of the Norwegian peace process, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said his government would favourably consider the LTTE’s demand for deproscription. The Norwegian government also Thursday welcomed Mr. Pirapaharan’s comments. more ...
  • 133) 01:47 GMT, Apr. 11, 2002 |  + MoU on Understanding (not Mis-understanding) to live in PEACE — and to end hostilities
    On (27/2) a soldier who had been in the front line and now blinded mentioned on a TV comment that what is required forthwith is an end to the warfare; also in The Island paper (27/2) the Assn. of Disabled persons of 8000 members expresses relief and satisfaction on the efforts for Peace and an end to hostilities — interalia, it says " sofar, no Govt. has gone this far realistically to eradicate the conflict and to come to the table to talk Peace but there are some political parties who will try to destroy the initiative taken by the Govt". The mass media has given 90% news-prominence to the view points of these persons. Whatever the case may be, we need to MAKE PEACE today and KEEP PEACE tomorrow. All in NESW are Sri Lankans and are entitled to live safely - the good Sri Lankans and also the terrorist bent bad Sri Lankans who can be corrected by a good brain wash through the Humanitarian Leaders. more ...
  • 134) 15:37 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka frees Tamil prisoners and calls truce
    Sri Lanka said on Wednesday it would free 10 Tamil rebels for the first time in a move seen pushing forward a Norwegian-brokered peace process to end nearly two decades of ethnic war. The surprise move was announced just before the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year this weekend. In addition to giving the names of the freed rebels, a government statement said the military would observe a limited truce to mark the holiday. "The Ministry of Defence has issued instructions...to halt all offensive operations...from midnight of April 12 to 6 a.m. on April 17," the statement said, making the truce longer than the four-day ceasefire predicted by a senior government official on Tuesday. "It has also been decided to release 10 LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) cadres presently under arrest," it said. more ...
  • 135) 13:20 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + British parliamentarians express support for the Tamil cause
    Addressing his first gathering since returning from his fact finding mission to Sri Lanka. Mr Robert Evans MEP said “The war between the establishment and the people who resist repression is being accepted as part of normal life. All the people I spoke to from the taxi driver to the cabinet minister believe that the war is inevitable." He was addressing a gathering of Tamil voters from various London electorates including Brent North, Hendon, Harrow East & Harrow West on Saturday 17 March at Holy Innocent Church Hall, Bacon Lane, London NW9. Displaying the photographs taken by himself and four European colleagues whilst visiting various parts of Sri Lanka, he confirmed that there is ample evidence of wanton destruction of properties and livelihood. more ...
  • 136) 13:14 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + Welcome to the Real World
    Returning to Scotland from Asia I was aware of both the economic power and the vulnerability of highly developed Western society. It was interesting to see how during the petrol strike of last year the whole country was endangered by the loss of one service for a short period of time. Perhaps the 21st century will be plagued by viruses and bugs of various sorts that thrive on our very development - reminders that our well being is to be found in God not in goods which people take for granted? I have just returned from a situation that is as far removed from the normal stability and predictability of Scotland as it is possible to be. A group of students and lecturers from our College went to Jaffna for a period of 10 days. more ...
  • 137) 13:04 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka frees 10 Tigers to mark New Year
    Sri Lanka has released 10 suspected Tamil Tiger rebels to mark the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the government said in a statement Wednesday. The government also said security forces had been ordered to halt offensive operations against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from midnight Thursday. The defence ministry listed the names of 10 people it said were LTTE cadres under "arrest" and said they were being released. Among the 10 names were two members of the majority Sinhalese community. more ...
  • 138) 10:38 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka's justice minister raps police chief over rape case
    Sri Lanka's justice minister criticized the national police chief Wednesday for failing to arrest policemen and navy personnel accused of gang-raping two Tamil women they had detained. The women were detained by navy and police in northern Mannar on March 19. After their release, the women filed police complaints, saying they could identify the rapists. The navy has denied involvement and the police department transferred the suspected policemen out of Mannar to other areas. Battie Weerakoon, justice minister and chairman of a committee appointed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to inquire into unlawful arrests and harassment, told police chief Lucky Kodituwakku that the transfers were inadequate. more ...
  • 139) 10:23 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka government pins down support for budget vote
    Sri Lanka's ruling party has secured the support of all its allies to resist an opposition attempt to engineer defections ahead of a crucial vote in parliament Wednesday, political sources said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga who met leaders of the minority Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), has secured their firm backing for the government, the sources said. Press reports here said Wednesday the government has offered two junior ministry positions to smaller allies to keep them within a shaky coalition and defeat opposition moves to bring the government down. more ...
  • 140) 10:16 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka to observe New Year ceasefire
    The Sri Lankan armed forces will cease offensive operations for three days commencing at midnight April 13, to the traditional Tamil and Sinhala New Year, government sources said. The move was not a reciprocation of the Liberation Tigers unilateral ceasefire, now in its fourth month, the sources said. The government's ceasefire was over the New Year season was not in any way linked to the ongoing Norwegian efforts to bring about negotiations between Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers, the sources said. more ...
  • 141) 00:58 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + Simple Step
    Conflict resolution is a difficult exercise. This is particularly so when it is undertaken in the course of ending a protracted and bitter ethnic war. And as the Norwegian delegation involved in attempts to bring about talks between the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lankan government believes, there must be compromise by both sides for movement towards a mutually acceptable solution to be possible. Hence the most important pre-requisite of resolving any conflict is a genuine and demonstrable desire on both sides to compromise, to hear out, understand and appreciate the opposing party's position. Arguably, unless this sense of 'live and let live' is manifestly present, no conflict can end except with the securing of victory by one side or the other. more ...
  • 142) 20:26 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka declares new year truce
    According to the statement all 10 are Tamil Tiger members but only six have Tamil names, the rest being Muslim and Sinhalese. Human rights activists and Tamil journalists said none of the names were immediately recognisable as high ranking rebel figures. But the issue is complicated by the fact that Tamil Tiger fighters are given new names when they join the organisation. Whether the detainees are really members or just people suspected of having links with the rebels, their release is a carefully timed goodwill gesture. more ...
  • 143) 00:56 GMT, Apr. 11, 2001 |  + Ban cited as barrier before
    Whilst there was surprise amongst some quarters over the Liberation Tigers' position articulated Saturday that the government should lift the ban on the LTTE and reciprocate positively to its unilateral cease-fire as "essential pre-requisites" for the commencement of political negotiations, this has been a stance consistently adopted by the LTTE. In February this year, in an interview with the Tamil Guardian, Anton Balasingh-am, the LTTE's chief negotiator stated that Sri Lanka's efforts to persuade Britain to proscribe the organisation would be detrimental to the peace process, as Colombo's own ban would need to be lifted for talks.
    Also: “International bans will compel LTTE to withdraw from peace process” more ...
  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 2000 |  + Row between Sri Lankan astrologers
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  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 2000 |  + Terrorist acts opposes ending ethnic conflict
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  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 2000 |  + Tight security in Colombo for New Year exodus
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  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 2000 |  + Fighting rages in Sri Lanka
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  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka troops in tough fight for key road
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  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 2000 |  + More deaths after Sri Lanka fighting
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  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka bomb attack
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  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + Bomb explodes in a bus in Buddhist temple town in Sri Lanka
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  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka's war horror unearthed
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  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + PA losing minority support — SLMC
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  • 154) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + Madhu not safe, Bishop tells pilgrims
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  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + PA can't have it and eat it
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  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + Sri Lankans want action on war missing
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  • 157) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + ANALYSIS-India Tamil parties key to govt's fate
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  • 158) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + The politics behind the war
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  • 159) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + Rejuvenated JVP moves to displace Left
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  • 160) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1999 |  + Tea estate workers strike
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  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 11, 1998 |  + Stern warnings over LTTE contact
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    Riding 'The Death Train' to America's border