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June 22, 2018 - Memory of the Day

Sri Lanka imposes state of emergency over communal violence

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1967 | Ceylon's pro-Israel policy.
    In the 6-day war in the middle east, the Arab newspaper "Baghdad News" strongly criticises what it perceives as Ceylon's pro-Israel policy. "(Ceylon) is glaringly ranging sides with Israel against us, by her government, by some of her deputies and of her press. Ceylon's collaboration with Israel cannot be passed in silence very much longer..."
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 2000 | Amnesty slams Lanka’s human rights record
    Colombo: When Sri Lankan police asked the family members of detainee Ganesh Chandrakanthan to sign a statement saying that he had been a member of the Tamil Tigers rebels, they refused.
  • 2000 | 5000 Jaffna refugees sheltered in Pooneryn
    More than five thousand civilians displaced from the Thenmaradchi division of the Jaffna peninsula due to bombing and shelling have been housed in a transit camp in Pooneryn, international aid agency sources said Thursday. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross are providing limited emergency relief to the displaced civilians they said.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 395 | உடையார்முன் இல்லார்போல் ஏக்கற்றுங் கற்றார்
    கடையரே கல்லா தவர்.
    With soul submiss they stand, as paupers front a rich man's face;
    Yet learned men are first; th'unlearned stand in lowest place.
    - 40 40
  • Jun 22 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Jun 22, 2016 16:02:31 GMT |  + Cabinet suspends work, payments of Defence HQ
    The Cabinet on Tuesday suspended the construction of the Rs. 40 billion Defence Head Quarters Complex (DHC) at Akuregoda and the payments to the private contractor, as the selection of consultancy firm and payments that had been made were done without providing true information to the Cabinet, Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said today. The Cabinet Memo presented by President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Defence to this effect had revealed that a huge financial mismanagement, running into billions of rupees, had taken place during the initial stages of the project and all Cabinet Papers pertaining to the project had been prepared on the whims and fancies of the former Defence Secretary, he said. more ...
  • 2) Jun 22, 2016 16:01:04 GMT |  + More Worries Regarding Sri Lanka’s Lack of Progress
    A group of international human rights organizations has recently penned an open letter to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. The letter expresses a range of concerns regarding Sri Lanka’s compliance with a U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution that the government co-sponsored last October.The HRC’s 32nd second session remains ongoing and the high commissioner will deliver an important oral update pertaining to Sri Lanka’s compliance with the previously mentioned resolution on June 29. Some diplomatic language is expected, but let’s hope the high commissioner is also open and honest about the coalition government’s lack of progress. It has become increasingly difficult to defend the new administration’s prevarication. more ...
  • 3) Jun 22, 2016 15:57:10 GMT |  + Tamils in Sri Lanka need a federal solution: Wigneswaran
    The grievances of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka can only be addressed through a federal system of governance and the merger of north and eastern provinces, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has said. Mr. Wigneswaran said he had conveyed this to the Colombo-based ambassadors, including those from the European Union, during his recent engagements with them. The Tamil issue should not be seen by the government from the view point of the nationalist extremists in the south, Mr. Wigneswaran said in Jaffna on Tuesday. more ...
  • 4) Jun 22, 2016 15:55:42 GMT |  + President Sirisena’s second visit to Beijing to boost China-Sri Lanka ties
    Taking a leaf from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa’s book, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appears to have finally joined the pro-China bandwagon. He recently granted several large-scale development projects to China in his hometown, Polonnaruwa, some 228 kilometers from Colombo...While this may be good news for both countries, observers in Sri Lanka view President Maithripala Sirisena’s pro-China tilt as an act of desperation after his administration had failed to bring in substantial foreign investments. The government’s U-turn on Colombo Port City Project by giving it green light in March this year has angered greens who view it as a sellout to China. more ...
  • 5) Jun 22, 2016 15:53:13 GMT |  + Indonesia working with Sri Lanka to repatriate migrants
    Indonesian authorities revealed Wednesday that they are coordinating with the Sri Lankan embassy to repatriate more than 40 ethnic Tamil who have been stranded on Sumatra island for over a week. The chief of the immigration office in northern Aceh province told Anadolu Agency, “through the Directorate General of the Immigration Office in Jakarta, we communicated with the Sri Lankan embassy so we can decide on further action." more ...
  • 6) Jun 22, 2016 10:04:11 GMT |  + Indonesia vows not to tow stranded Sri Lankans out to sea
    The Indonesian government said on Tuesday (June 21) a boatload of stranded Sri Lankan migrants would not be towed back out to sea, after local officials had sparked anger by pledging to send them on their way in a rickety craft. Authorities will allow those with genuine refugee claims to stay in Indonesia pending permanent resettlement to another country, and send the others back home, an immigration department spokesman said. Local authorities in the western province of Aceh had previously insisted that the 43 migrants would be sent back to sea to continue their journey to Australia after repairs to their vessel. more ...
  • 7) Jun 22, 2015 12:24:36 GMT |  + Bill C-24 is wrong: There is only one kind of Canadian citizen
    Canada Day is a time when many of us reflect happily on what it means to be Canadian. This year, the federal government has given us little reason to celebrate after passing legislation that dramatically redefines and substantially weakens what that means. In one respect, Bill C-24 is commendable. It strengthens Canadian citizenship by making it more difficult to acquire. The new law lengthens the residency requirement and asks for a statement of intent from would-be Canadians, to make sure they actually plan to live in this country. These are good moves that will undoubtedly reduce the number of “Canadians of convenience” – people holding Canadian passports for travel or consular assistance, but having little connection to Canada. more ...
  • 8) Jun 22, 2015 12:23:03 GMT |  + Book Review: Sri Lanka - The New Country
    This is a book of courage. Padma Rao Sundarji, a versatile New Delhi-based journalist who covered the Sri Lanka conflict over the years, finds it disgusting that Western countries conveniently overlook the deaths of thousands they cause in countries like Iraq and Syria but keep berating Sri Lanka for what happened during its war against the LTTE. The way her own German editors edited the stories she filed on Sri Lanka to suit their mindset spurred her to write this gripping book, which is reportage at its best. Padma makes it clear that she is not defending the charges of human rights abuses hurled at the Sri Lankan military, chiefly in the final stages of the long-drawn war that ended in May 2009 with the rout of the Tamil Tigers. more ...
  • 9) Jun 22, 2015 12:20:17 GMT |  + Sri Lanka revealed as first foreign buyer of JF-17
    Sri Lanka will become the first foreign country to acquire the JF-17 Thunder, otherwise known as the FC-1 Xiaolong or "Fierce Dragon," the multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China, reports the Pakistan-based 92NewsHD. According to the report, the order will be for around 18-24 aircraft, confirming claims made at the 51st Paris Air Show last week that the first contract for the sale of the JF-17 had been signed with "an Asian country." more ...
  • 10) Jun 22, 2015 1:50:37 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's remarkable recovery from the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004
    I started writing this in the back garden of The Lighthouse in Galle. In the garden of the Geoffrey Bawa designed Jetwing Hotel, there is a long, rectangular swimming pool and a line of leaning coconut trees pegging the beach. Just a few metres away from my lounger, the beach recedes into the Indian Ocean. Waves crash into the sand, a dishwater brown lapping-in. I try to imagine if I was here just over 10 years ago. On a sun-lounger, a cocktail order en route, in the peace and tranquillity of this south-west region of Sri Lanka. Before the Boxing Day tsunami hit. more ...
  • 11) Jun 22, 2014 21:56:00 GMT |  + MMBS seat denied to Tamil girl because she is a refugee
    A Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka has failed to get selected for MBBS despite her high score. The application of T Nandhini (18) was rejected during medical counseling despite she scoring 197.5 in the class 12 board examination. "As per the state government norms, there is no quota for Sri Lankan Tamils in medical admissions," said a senior official involved in the counselling. Nadhini passed her Class 12 exam at Navarasam Matriculation Higher Secondary school in Erode district and scored 1170 marks (Tamil -187, English -192, Physics -198, Chemistry -198, Mathematics -198 and Biology -197). Her cut-off mark is 197.5 for medical counseling.
  • 12) Jun 22, 2014 21:54:06 GMT |  + Scott Morrison to seek to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visas for refugees
    The Federal Government will seek to restore Temporary Protection Visas for refugees after the High Court rejected its current policy of restricting the number of permanent visas available. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison capped the number of permanent visas at 2,773 per year after the Senate blocked the Government's attempts to re-introduce TPVs. Mr Morrison says the Government will again seek to re-introduce the Howard-era TPVs because it is what the public wants. more ...
  • 13) Jun 22, 2014 21:48:11 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Police Ban Rallies Inciting Hatred
    Sri Lankan police announced Sunday that they will not allow rallies or marches inciting religious and communal hatred in the future, a week after Buddhist mobs attacked minority Muslims in deadly violence that was condemned by the international community. Last Sunday, a mob led by the group Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, which rails against the country's Muslim minority, hurled gasoline bombs and looted Muslim homes and businesses in Kaluatara district, south of the capital, Colombo. The attacks killed three people and injured more than 50.
  • 14) Jun 22, 2014 14:17:31 GMT |  + A dangerously fraught chapter in post-war Sri Lanka
    The atrocity that is Aluthgama 2014 happened at the instigation of outsiders brought into the area. That much is clear. As said by stricken Sinhala and Muslim residents, ‘this had no involvement with our communities, we live next to each other; but when outsiders came and attacked, everyone was attacking each other.’ Put baldly, a simple altercation between two local groups, a Buddhist monk with his driver and a few Muslim youths, spiraled out of control due to carefully strategised tensions which had been simmering long before.
  • 15) Jun 22, 2014 14:15:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka police hit back after media flak over deadly riots
    Sri Lankan police announced on Sunday they were tightening security in the capital after local media, in a rare show of unity, condemned them for failing to control Buddhist extremists behind deadly anti-Muslim riots. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said security would be stepped up in Colombo on Monday following reports that a Muslim group was planning a demonstration to denounce an alleged arson attack at a Muslim-owned shop over the weekend. "We have reports of a hartal (work stoppage) on Monday," Rohana told AFP. more ...
  • 16) Jun 22, 2014 14:09:41 GMT |  + Foreign forces destabilising country, says President
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa charged last night that “international forces are engaged in concerted efforts to destabilise the country” and urged all Sri Lankans to be like children of one mother. “I respectfully request all brotherly citizens of this country to understand this grave situation and work towards building friendship and co-existence among communities,” he said in a recorded address to the nation. The address came hours after he held a meeting in Badulla yesterday with Muslim ministers and parliamentarians of the UPFA. (See P 14 for related story). The President said it was clear that there were efforts once again to endanger the peace and reconciliation that was gradually established in the country after the defeat of the separatist and communal sentiments heightened by the LTTE.
  • 17) Jun 22, 2014 14:05:16 GMT |  + A dangerous road in Sri Lanka
    Anti-Muslim violence in what were once idyllic tourist spots on the southern Sri Lankan coast has once again underscored the majoritarianism that has dominated the politics of the country since the end of the war against the LTTE in 2009. Four people were killed and scores injured, and houses and businesses looted and burnt over two days. The violence, clearly instigated by a recently formed extremist Buddhist organisation called the Bodu Bala Sena, affected the seaside towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala. It was serious enough for the government to declare a curfew and call out the Army and a special police force to maintain the peace, perhaps for the first time in that part of the country since the violent JVP insurrection of the 1980s.
  • 18) Jun 22, 2014 0:31:16 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Tamil family held
    A Sri Lankan Tamil couple with their two children landed clandestinely at Arichal Munai off Danushkodi early on Saturday and were arrested by the Marine police on charges of illegal entry. The Mandapam Marine police of the Coastal Security Group (CSG) arrested them when they arrived around 1.30 a.m. from Talaimannar by a boat.As they could not be granted refugee status, the Marine police arrested the Selvaraj Antony Cruz (35), Selvi Nirmali (32) and their sons Rozario (7) and Riyanson (3) under section 3 (a) read with 6(a) of Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950, and section 14 of the Foreigners Act, Additional Superintendent of police C. Kanagasabapathi, CSG, said.
  • 19) Jun 22, 2013 17:30:00 GMT |  + Taj Hotels to expand presence in Sri Lanka
    Taj Hotels is looking at expanding its presence in Sri Lanka. The group now has three hotels in the country. “We are looking at a lot of properties to complete the circuit, and looking at like-minded investors,” says Manoj Mathew V. M., General Manager, Vivanta by Taj, Bentota. Mathew said the next stop for Taj would likely be Trincomalee in the East. The port city has “great beaches”, and a hotel may come up there within a year, he said. The group is eyeing six new hotels, including one in Nuwara Eliya, famous for its tea gardens, and in Kandy, a city of historical and religious significance. The hotels will be set up and managed in partnership with investors. more ...
  • 20) Jun 22, 2013 15:41:45 GMT |  + Harsh satire on Sri Lanka politics proves hit
    A humorous but hard hitting satire on the country's political scene is proving highly popular in Sri Lanka. Those attending the play say "The Hon Chaminda Pusswedilla" provides a chance to let off steam about frustrations over local politicians and political developments. The play is also seen as carving a niche as a hard-hitting forum for political commentary in the Asian country. more ...
  • 21) Jun 22, 2013 15:40:57 GMT |  + Sri Lanka appoints panel on 13th Amendment
    Even as debates on the 13th Amendment continue to dominate Sri Lanka’s political sphere, a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that will propose suitable constitutional changes to it was appointed on Friday. Parliament Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa appointed Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva as chairman of the committee, which has 19 members. In addition to Mr. De Silva, the government named G.L. Peiris, Maithripala Sirisena, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Dinesh Gunawardena, Susil Premajayantha, Douglas Devananda, A.L.M. Athaullah, D.E.W. Gunasekara, Rishad Bathiudeen, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Wimal Weerawansa, Basil Rajapaksa, Lakshman Seneviratne, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Muthu Sivalingam, Janaka Bandara and Sudarshani Fernandopulle as its representatives on the Committee.
  • 22) Jun 22, 2013 11:21:18 GMT |  + Ensure justice for Sri Lankan Tamils: Yechury
    Maintaining that the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution was the consequence of the historic Rajiv-Jayawardene Accord, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury on Friday said that India should play a role in the implementation of the provisions of the accord while strengthening the best of relations between our two sovereign countries.“It was a relief to hear your comments expressing dismay, at the suggestion that the Lankan government planned to dilute key provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution ahead of elections,” Yechury said.
  • 23) Jun 22, 2013 10:55:26 GMT |  + No need for PSC to scrap 13-A - JVP
    The JVP yesterday claimed that the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to change the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was not necessary and therefore it would therefore boycott it. JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that they would however be ready to discuss it openly if the government announces its stance on the 13th Amendment. more ...
  • 24) Jun 22, 2013 3:48:24 GMT |  + It’s not the Tamils stalling settlement in Sri Lanka
    Is Sri Lanka’s moderate Tamil leadership to blame for the absence of a political settlement to the island’s festering ethnic conflict? There is definitely enough blame to go around in Sri Lanka, but Dayan Jayatilleka takes the case too far in his article in The Hindu, “From devolution to the deep blue sea” (Op-Ed, June 18, 2013). He argues that the Tamil Nationalist Alliance (TNA) has overplayed its hand, fails to understand the weakness of its position and asks for deals that are no longer on the table. They should instead, he asserts, embrace and vigorously defend the Indian-imposed 1987 settlement — contained in the 13th amendment to the 1978 constitution —which most Sinhala hawks would willingly either do away with or prune down to the point of irrelevance.
  • 25) Jun 22, 2013 3:48:12 GMT |  + Thousands gather to celebrate Tamil heritage
    Mississauga dancers will be well represented at the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA) convention, slated for July 5-7 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. It’s the first time the annual gathering of thousands of North American Tamils will take place outside of the U.S. Toronto is home to more than 100,000 Tamils, one of the largest Tamil diasporas outside of South Asia. Hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress, the event will celebrate Tamil language, culture and heritage. more ...
  • 26) Jun 22, 2013 3:37:15 GMT |  + Have not violated 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord: Rajapaksa
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday dismissed reports about his government flouting agreements reached in the 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord which created devolved administrative units, saying there had been no violations. Click here! "We have not violated anything on the Indo-Lanka accord," Rajapaksa said while responding to questions during a media interaction. He added that New Delhi had not raised any concerns with Sri Lanka on the thirteenth amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution. more ...
  • 27) Jun 22, 2013 3:36:10 GMT |  + Film on Tamils’ challenges makes debut
    From the streets of Markham to the big screen, cast and crew of A Gun and a Ring are walking the red carpet during the 16 annual Shanghai International Film Festival, which continues to tomorrow. Their first full-length feature film, produced by Markham’s Eyecatch Multimedia Ltd., brings to light the harsh realities experienced by different generations of Sri Lankan residents in Toronto. The film, partially filmed in Markham, also explores the emotion turmoil of Tamil Canadians stuck between a cruel past marred by violence and new future in a new land. more ...
  • 28) Jun 22, 2012 11:26:49 GMT |  + Asylum seeker disaster: Live blog
    Search and rescue efforts for about 90 asylum seekers lost at sea are running into a second night, after a boat carrying more than 200 people capsized north-west of Christmas Island on Thursday afternoon. The first rescued asylum seekers arrived on Christmas Island earlier today, while naval and merchant vessels continue to scour the ocean for survivors. Three bodies have been recovered from the site of the disaster but authorities believe they still have time to find survivors. more ...
  • 29) Jun 22, 2012 11:23:16 GMT |  + In Sri Lanka, Putting the Focus on Tropical Modernism
    Walking into a house created by C. Anjalendran is a pleasure for the senses. The open design allows the tropical breezes of this South Asian island to sweep through the interior. You can hear the chirping of birds or drumming of monsoon rains, although wide overhangs protect the terrace furniture. The building’s structure frames the vistas beyond. A house designed by Mr. Anjalendran makes “me feel extraordinarily tranquil. Not a monastic tranquility — it makes you happy,” said Miles Young, global chief executive of the international advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. more ...
  • 30) Jun 22, 2012 11:21:59 GMT |  + New War Crime Videos Surface from Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide
    More evidence of war crimes in Sri Lanka; it is a disturbing matter and the images contained in this article are tragic and gruesome, so proceed at your own discretion. While these images shake us to the core, it is also true that a strong voice can accomplish tremendous healing for an embattled population when inspiring people and leading them to direct action. Tremendous devotion and passion are required when delivering people out of Genocide and back to their rightful place. This story is about death and Genocide, and also about a new voice raising hope for those living within the Tamil Diaspora. more ...
  • 31) Jun 22, 2012 11:20:38 GMT |  + Greece v Germany, the bailout game
    When Germany was pitted against Greece in Friday's quarter-final of Euro 2012, the subtext was obvious. And as German journalist Paul Ronzheimer discovers, based in Athens for Bild newspaper, few people are talking about the football. For almost three years, Greece has been going through one of the worst crises it has ever experienced. Since the 1-0 victory against Russia and the entry into the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, euphoria is in evidence again for the first time. more ...
  • 32) Jun 22, 2012 11:16:16 GMT |  + Lanka to rehabilitate top LTTE woman leader
    A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered authorities to provide rehabilitation training to Subramaniam Shivathai, the political wing leader of the LTTE women's force. Magistrate Rashmi Singappuli had asked the CID to seek Subramaniam Shivathai alias Thamilini consent to undergo rehabilitation on Thursday. The CID on Friday told the court that Thamilini, in her late 30s, was willing to undergo rehabilitation. Thamilini was arrested and kept in remand custody since the end of the military campaign against the LTTE in May 2009. more ...
  • 33) Jun 22, 2012 11:04:43 GMT |  + Seven LTTE suspects injured in prison clash in Sri Lanka
    Seven LTTE suspects housed in Vavuniya town's jail in northern Sri Lanka have been hospitalised following a clash among them, prison officials said on Thursday. "This was a clash between LTTE suspects triggered by an argument due to personal reasons", PW Kodippily, the superintendent of prisons told reporters. "Two of them have already been discharged from hospital. We have sent a senior prison official from Anuradhapura to investigate and report", Kodippily added.
  • 34) Jun 22, 2012 9:55:48 GMT |  + Fishermen stay at home to protest arrests by Lanka
    Fishermen of Akkaraipettail village in Nagapattinam district did not venture into the sea for the third day in succession in protest against the arrest of their counterparts by the Sri Lankan coast guard. Though the state government has ensured the release of the nine Tamil fishermen, about 12,000 fisherfolk went ahead with the strike.The fishermen remained at home from Tuesday morning as soon as they came to know about the incident that took place on Monday midnight when the nine fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan coast guard in the mid-sea, a few nautical miles away from Kodiyakarai in the district for allegedly crossing the international maritime boundary line.
  • 35) Jun 22, 2011 17:10:54 GMT |  + Getting away with murder in Colombo
    WHEN governments kill the people they are mandated to protect and help prosper, what is the world's tipping point for outrage? How horrific must despotism be to compel the ''international community'' to pursue and prosecute national leaders whose regimes commit war crimes? In the Bosnian war of the 1990s, it was incontestable; Srebrenica, the largest mass murder in Europe since the Holocaust, a massacre directly witnessed by the very international peacekeepers deployed to stop it. Two Serb leaders, Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, are on trial in The Hague, the evidence against them overwhelming. more ...
  • 36) Jun 22, 2011 17:09:35 GMT |  + Never ending search for the missin
    They came in their hundreds in search of their loved ones. Almost all returned empty handed. Nearly two thousand Tamils have visited the police in the northern Sri Lankan town of Vavunia to find details of those missing during the war and since the military declaring it's victory over Tamil Tigers more than two years ago. Ten days ago Sri Lankan police announced they will release information about those held by the police to relatives. Police spokesperson SP Prishantha Jayakody told BBC Sandeshaya that the information will not be made available to "any body other than the close relatives".
  • 37) Jun 22, 2011 14:53:10 GMT |  + ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ – shocking the UN into action
    As we prepared for the screening today of the Channel 4 film, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” at Amnesty International’s United Nations office in New York, our main worry was the size of the turnout. We had already seen the cancellation of a separate screening for the media at UN headquarters because it would have clashed with the UN General Assembly vote – decided only a few days ago – giving Ban Ki-moon a second term as Secretary-General. more ...
  • 38) Jun 22, 2011 12:30:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka regime rejects press freedom bill
    Sri Lanka's ruling party used its parliamentary majority Tuesday to defeat an opposition-initiated bill to grant greater media freedom, a parliamentary official said. President Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance, which enjoys a two-thirds majority in the 225-member assembly, shot down the Freedom of Information Bill presented by an opposition lawmaker, an official said. "The combined opposition voted for the bill, but the government overwhelmingly voted against it," the official said citing Tuesday's proceedings in the legislature. more ...
  • 39) Jun 22, 2011 12:29:37 GMT |  + India-Sri Lanka tug-of-war
    IT was almost a year ago when the Sri Lankan government was forced to fall back on plans to endorse the Indo-Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) after local businessmen took to the streets in protest against the scheme. It came after President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s own assurance that he would not enter into any pact that would harm the island’s economic interests that the demonstrators backed off and temporarily ended the campaign then. Now muscles are being flexed again as India is putting pressure on Sri Lanka to enter into this agreement, followed by its quick implementation. More than anyone else, Rajapaksa is faced with a major dilemma: bow down to India or stand firm with influential local entrepreneurs most of whom are the government’s political backers, financially and otherwise.
  • 40) Jun 22, 2011 12:28:52 GMT |  + One retired Chief Justice turns to monkhood while another returns to advise a kleptocracy
    If you hear that a former Chief Justice has became a Buddhist monk, your first thought may perhaps turn to the former Chief Justive of Sri Lanka Sarath Nanda Silva. Chief Justice Silva while a sitting judge thought nothing of preaching Buddhism on national television. Not only that he openly claimed Sri Lanka to be a Sinhala Buddhist country. Chief Justice Sarath N Silva was also a friend of President Mahinda Rajapakse. Many years ago, Silva’s young son was even among Mahinda Rajapakse’s wedding entourage as a page boy. more ...
  • 41) Jun 22, 2011 12:25:41 GMT |  + After 1 Candidate Race, Ban Takes Last Question of UN Radio, “Propaganda”
    After Ban Ki-moon won a one candidate election as UN Secretary General for the next five years, he came to take questions from the press. There are unanswered questions swirling about the inaction in Sudan of UN peacekeepers under Ban's command, and about Ban's own inaction on war crimes in Sri Lanka. But with time limited, Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky whispered in the ear of the UN TV sound man, pointing out where to give the last question.
  • 42) Jun 22, 2011 12:23:57 GMT |  + Video might change reader’s mind
    Last Tuesday, Channel 4 TV (Britain) aired a documentary entitled “The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.” This morning I ran a Google search on that title and found approximately 908,000 hits. I strongly suggest caution in viewing this material. As a physician in a cancer clinic, I have been well acquainted with death, but the visual evidence of murders, torture, and rape of captive Tamil men, women, and children shown in this documentary made me feel physically sick. Evidently members of the British Houses of Parliament and the United Nations reacted in a similar manner.
  • 43) Jun 22, 2011 12:22:50 GMT |  + TGTE Parliament Debates Ratification of International Criminal Court
    The Parliament of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) started debating a Bill calling for the ratification of International Criminal Court (ICC), said the Speaker of TGTE, Mr. Pon Balarajan. The Bill - Ratification of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court - was tabled by two TGTE Members of Parliament Shan Sunder and Jey Jeyalingam, he continued. By ratifying this treaty, TGTE is taking an important step of becoming a responsible member of the international community and is emphasizing the importance of ICC, said the Speaker.
  • 44) Jun 22, 2010 17:20:22 GMT |  + Ban appoints expert panel to advise on human rights issues during Sri Lankan conflict
    The three-member panel will advise Mr. Ban on implementing the commitment on human rights accountability made in the Joint Statement issued by the Secretary-General and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the UN chief visited the island country in May 2009. more ...
  • 45) Jun 22, 2010 9:53:05 GMT |  + Former Australian PM Criticises Immigration Policy
    Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has joined in the refugee debate by using National Refugee Week to call for a more compassionate Australia. “I believe playing politics with the lives of vulnerable people, seeking votes out of their misfortune, is about the worst thing any politician can do in any country in any part of the world.” he said. Rudd’s government has recently tightened the refugee criteria for applicants and have announced that no new applications from Afghanistan or Sri Lanka would be considered, a move that was slammed by Amnesty International who accused the government of placing political self-interest before the human rights of refugees.
  • 46) Jun 22, 2010 9:32:58 GMT |  + EU threatens to cut Sri Lanka's trade benefits in August
    The European Union threatened Tuesday to withdraw by August trade concessions granted to Sri Lanka unless the island makes a written undertaking to improve its human rights record. The EU's executive arm, the European Commission, has insisted on "significant improvements on the effective implementation of the human rights conventions" for the island to continue enjoying the trade benefits. The GSP+ scheme gives 16 poor nations preferential access to the vast European market in return for following strict commitments on a variety of social and rights issues.
  • 47) Jun 22, 2010 3:16:21 GMT |  + A Bruise on the First Amendment
    Forty-three years ago, when the nation lived in fear of Communist sympathizers and saboteurs, the Supreme Court said that even the need for national defense could not reduce the First Amendment rights of those associating with American Communists. On Monday, in the first case since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to test free speech against the demands of national security in the age of terrorism, the ideals of an earlier time were eroded and free speech lost.
  • 48) Jun 22, 2010 3:12:46 GMT |  + Hard Talk
    Many readers may have seen if not read about Defence Secretary Gothabhaya Rajapaksa’s interview with Stephen Sackur of the BBC HardTalk programme in which he calls Sarath Fonseka a liar and threatens to hang him for his position on a war crimes investigation. Local opinion, not surprisingly, given the current political context, has been divided on the propriety of Mr Rajapaksa’s outburst and the damage it could do to the image of the regime and of the country internationally. There are the shocked and perturbed, albeit mostly in private, on the one hand and on the other, the hallelujah chorus of the apparatchiks. more ...
  • 49) Jun 22, 2010 3:11:15 GMT |  + Sri Lanka changed the rules in counter-insurgency operations
    The Sri Lankan model of fighting insurgency is finding favour with disparate nations for its apparent effectiveness in totally eliminating the internal security threat, says Nitin Gokhale The Sri Lankan military is the new flavour of the season for security establishments across many nations. From despots like General Than Shwe of Myanmar to top Pakistani generals and Israeli political leaders, everyone seems to be making a beeline to Sri Lanka in the past six to eight months, trying to find out what led to Sri Lanka's military success against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
  • 50) Jun 22, 2010 3:01:29 GMT |  + 29,035 Canadian Tamils vote in election, results announced
    On Father's Day, tens of thousands of Canadian Tamils cast their vote to elect national, provincial and regional representatives to the National Council for Canadian Tamils. The election has been described by many voters and officials as "historic." On Sunday, from Montreal to Edmonton, tens of thousands of Canadian Tamils casted their vote at 37 different polling stations to elect officials that best represent them in the National Council for Canadian Tamils (NCCT). more ...
  • 51) Jun 22, 2010 2:58:48 GMT |  + Failure of international system results in slave camps for POWs
    The plight of the captured LTTE cadres and alleged supporters numbering more than 10,000 in the slave camps of Colombo is a direct result of the deliberate failure of the international system in not recognising them as Prisoners of War. The war broke out by Colombo breaching an internationally enacted peace. The war against the LTTE was internationally abetted. Personnel of some countries, especially India, were known for directly operating in the ground, proving the international dimensions of the war. The call for the surrender of the LTTE was made internationally. The Norwegian peace facilitator publicly made the call.
  • 52) Jun 22, 2010 2:57:31 GMT |  + The Myth of 'Never Again'
    Many countries in Europe and North America now require all high-school pupils to learn about the Holocaust. Why? Because of its historical importance, of course, but also because, in our increasingly diverse and globalized world, educators and policy-makers believe Holocaust education is a vital mechanism for teaching students to value democracy and human rights, and encouraging them to oppose racism and promote tolerance in their own societies. That was certainly my assumption in 2005 when, as U.N. secretary general, I urged the General Assembly to pass a resolution on Holocaust Remembrance, which included a call for “measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide.”
  • 53) Jun 22, 2010 2:54:15 GMT |  + UN Sri Lanka Panel To Include Steven Ratner and Yasmin Sooka of S. Africa, Reconciliation or Accountability?
    On Sri Lanka war crimes, sources tell Inner City Press that the three names including not only former Indonesian attorney general Darusman but also American lawyer Steven Ratner, and South Africa's Yasmin Sooka, who served on that country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, who was proposed by Ban advisor Nicholas Haysom, also of South Africa. According to these well placed sources, and contrary to unsourced reports in the Colombo press, there will be no Austrian on the panel.
  • 54) Jun 22, 2010 2:51:35 GMT |  + Violent Tamil gang leader deported to Sri Lanka
    The leader of a violent Toronto street gang has been deported to Sri Lanka, six years after he was first ordered out of Canada for his crimes. Canada Border Services Agency officers escorted Jothiravi Sittampalam back to his homeland on June 10 but federal officials only confirmed the removal today. The convicted drug dealer was the boss of AK Kannan, an ethnic Tamil gang whose estimated 300 members waged a wild turf war against the rival VVT gang.
  • 55) Jun 22, 2009 23:53:01 GMT |  + Lessons to be learnt about China
    The ‘Himalayan’ blunder committed by Nehru and Krishna Menon in their China policy has been re-enacted by their descendants in the Indian Establishment nearly half a century later. A couple of years ago, writing on the crisis in the island of Sri Lanka, a TamilNet article quoted a saying in Tamil about the dog that allowed the squirrel to climb the tree (A’nil ea’ravidda naay). Now it seems that it isn’t just one but many in that situation, after allowing the ethnic question in the island to be hijacked by China. India has to realise at least now that a united Sri Lanka, that too an enforced one...
  • 56) Jun 22, 2009 23:52:10 GMT |  + HSBC Gushed About Sri Lanka Though IMF Loan for Ethnic Cleansing Delayed, Citi on Blood Bonds
    As human rights groups call for investigations of the killing of tens of thousands of civilians by the Sri Lankan government as well as Tamil Tigers, and for the government to release the hundreds of thousands of Tamils including UN staff whom it has in detention, some banks and investors see only the chance to profit while there's blood in the streets. Citigroup and Deutsche Bank are reportedly upbeat on "bloodbath bonds." Now, Roman Scott of the Singapore-based Calamander Group brags that the geopolitical risk is "not as bad as the West thinks" -- in essence, monetizing the votes and posturing at the UN Human Rights Counci in Geneva and Security Council in New York.
  • 57) Jun 22, 2009 23:50:52 GMT |  + President to be in power 'for ever'
    Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the executive president of Sri Lanka for life after next general elections, a senior leader of the ruling party said. Chief Minister of north central province Berty Premalal Dissanayake said that nobody will be able to change President Rakapaksa becoming the lifetime president in Sri Lanka. He made the remarks addressing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee in Seruvila electorate on Sunday. "It is very clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the lifetime president of this country once we amend the constitution following a victory in the general elections," he said. more ...
  • 58) Jun 22, 2009 23:49:55 GMT |  + Sri Lankan president dissolves human rights investigations
    On June 16, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse dissolved the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that he appointed two years ago to investigate human rights violations. This move is another demonstration by the government of its contempt for legal and democratic rights and opposition to any probe of the abuses committed by its security forces and their associated paramilitaries. The eight-member CoI, headed by a former Supreme Court judge Nissanka Udalagama, was appointed in November 2006 to head off international criticism over a series of killings that accompanied the government’s resumption of military offensives against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • 59) Jun 22, 2009 23:49:00 GMT |  + IDPs 'suffering from eye diseases'
    The health ministry in Sri Lanka says that over 4000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Vavuniya camps are suffering from eye diseases. Deputy Director of Public Health Dr. Palitha Maheepala told BBC Sandeshaya that there seems to be an increase in eye diseases among the Internally displaced in camps. "We have found that IDPs are suffering from bad eye sight, cataract and eye sore. The ministry is taking special measures to treat and advise the IDPs," he said. more ...
  • 60) Jun 22, 2009 23:47:37 GMT |  + Snubbed by Lanka anchored off Chennai
    MV Captain Ali- a ship on a mercy mission to Vanni in Sri Lanka has been anchored of the coast of Chennai. The ship carrying 884 ton of food, medicine and other relief materials for internally displaced Sri Lankan Tamils was turned away by Lankan Navy. Relief laden - MV Captain Ali was sent to Vanni by an NGO called 'ACT Now' a strong representative of the Tamil diaspora. However, the Lankan government has accused the NGO of aiding LTTE and hence has snubbed the relief ship. The in charge of the ship, Kristjan Guomontsson spoke exclusively to TIMES NOW and said that he has no clue as to why the aid was turned down. more ...
  • 61) Jun 22, 2009 12:14:22 GMT |  + 100,000 Tamils march in London over Sri Lanka’s concentration camps
    Over one hundred thousand expatriate Tamils in Britain marched Saturday through central London to express their outrage at international inaction over Sri Lanka’s massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils and the suffering of hundreds of thousands more enduring starvation, disease, disappearance, rape and torture in Colombo’s internment camps. Dressed in black, carrying placards and several hundred Tamil Eelam flags, the protesters marched from Hyde Park to rally at Embankment. The event was organised by the British Tamil Forum. more ...
  • 62) Jun 22, 2009 10:48:45 GMT |  + Now, Sri Lanka goes after jihadis
    The Sri Lankan government was moving against armed jihadis, a new menace in the Eastern part of the island country, which just ended a long drawn out war against the LTTE, claimed a front-page report in the weekly Lakbimanews on Sunday. Official Indian sources told The New Indian Express that presence of jihadis had begun to cause concern to both Sri Lanka and India. India was glad that the Sri Lankan authorities had, at long last, begun a crackdown on the Tablighi Jamaat members, who were getting funds and ideological inputs from abroad especially Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the sources added.
  • 63) Jun 22, 2009 10:47:25 GMT |  + No Tamils in Lanka consulted on transnational government
    No Tamils resident in Sri Lanka was consulted when the overseas wings of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) decided to form a Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (PTGTE) nor were they included in the committee to go into the nitty gritty of the formation of such a government. “We were not consulted. We learnt about this kind of government only through the media,” said Mavai Senathirajah, MP and general secretary of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
  • 64) Jun 22, 2008 17:18:19 GMT |  + 18 SLA killed in Vavuniyaa, SLA bodies recovered - LTTE
    Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) on Sunday said they put up stiff resistance to a three-pronged attempt by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to break into their territory in Paalamoaddai, Vavuniyaa. 18 SLA soldiers were killed and three dead bodies of the SLA, two of them severely damaged, were located by the Tigers. More than 31 SLA soldiers were wounded in the confrontations, according to the LTTE. Three T-56 assault rifles with kit-bags, holsters and ammunition have been seized by the LTTE.
  • 65) Jun 22, 2008 12:56:31 GMT |  + India Urges Sri Lanka To Pursue Peace With Tamil Rebels
    India has signaled to Sri Lanka that it wants to see an end to the island's military campaign to help solve the decades-old Tamil separatist conflict, diplomats and officials said Sunday. In closed-door talks over the weekend with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and top officials, India's National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan said New Delhi wanted to see renewed political efforts to bring peace. "The Indian delegation made it clear that they did not believe a military solution was possible," a diplomatic source close to the delegation said. "The delegation was keen that there should be a political solution."
  • 66) Jun 22, 2008 12:54:40 GMT |  + Indian visit leads to speculation in Colombo media
    A two-day visit by an Indian delegation led by National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan and their deliberations here led to wild speculation in the Sri Lankan media Sunday. The decision by both countries to remain tightlipped on the visit has made newspapers wonder aloud the reason behind the Indian mission. The speculation about the reasons in the media range from security arrangements for the upcoming SAARC summit to perceived efforts by India to bail out the Tamil Tigers.
  • 67) Jun 22, 2008 12:51:52 GMT |  + Former Journalist abducted in Colombo
    A former reporter of Colombo Tamil daily Thinakkural, Thiruchelvam Thirukumaran, currently an officer attached to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Environment, was abducted from his house at Dehiwala by a group of men who arrived in a white colour van around 8:45 p.m. Saturday, according to a complaint lodged by his parents with the Dehiwala Police Sunday. The abductors were clad in police uniform.
  • 68) Jun 22, 2008 12:49:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's military says 2 policemen killed in roadside bomb blast
    Two Sri Lankan policemen were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the island's east on Sunday, a day after 13 combatants died in clashes across the volatile north, the military said. It was the latest violence in Sri Lanka's intensifying civil war that has seen fierce battles between troops and Tamil rebels, plus stepped-up bombings blamed on the insurgents. The roadside bomb exploded Sunday morning in Kaludawalai village in the eastern Batticaloa district, according to a military statement.
  • 69) Jun 22, 2008 12:46:00 GMT |  + Indian calls for political solution fast
    The Indian government on Friday urged the Mahinda Rajapakse government to speedily submit a viable devolution package within a united Sri Lanka to resolve the ethnic crisis and reiterated New Delhi ’s position that there was no military solution to the conflict. The message of the Indian government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was conveyed to the Sri Lankan administration by a top level three member delegation that flew into Colombo Friday morning even as fighting in the north intensified.
  • 70) Jun 22, 2008 7:13:16 GMT |  + Sri Lanka in drive to arrest thousands of army deserters
    Sri Lanka's military has launched a campaign to track down and arrest up to 12,000 army deserters who failed to take advantage of a government amnesty, a spokesman said on Sunday."About 5,000 responded to the general amnesty we had from May 2 to the 30th," Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. "We are now trying to get at 11,000 to 12,000 deserters who did not respond to the amnesty." He said most of the desertions had taken place several years ago, and asserted that there had been no exodus in recent years despite heavy fighting with separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas.
  • 71) Jun 22, 2008 2:56:19 GMT |  + Govt. kills 5000 Tigers but the war goes on
    It would be almost delightful to hear the excuses of the people who believed the government when it claimed mid-last year that the LTTE strength was a mere 5,000, also believed in December 2007 (after 2,800 Tigers had been killed) that their actual strength was 3,000, and then later believed again in February that the true number was 5,000 cadres remaining and that the war would be over by August. What do they have to say now?...The independent study, performed by the University of Washington and Harvard Medical School, indicates that at least 215,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka's war up until 2002.
  • 72) Jun 22, 2007 19:20:32 GMT |  + Reflections on the killing of colleagues in Colombo
    The incidents of recent weeks, including the killing of two Red Cross volunteers, highlight in no uncertain terms the problems faced by those working for non-govermental organisations (NGOs) in Sri Lanka, particularly national staff. I am disgusted because there may be an element of truth in some of the rumours doing the rounds in Colombo. It's been said that the dead aid workers were targeted not because they were Red Cross volunteers but because they were Tamil. If this is the case, it raises some serious issues. more ...
  • 73) Jun 22, 2007 18:47:31 GMT |  + Lankan extortion kingpin is an ex-Squadron Leader
    Former Sri Lankan Air Force Squadron Leader Nishantha Gajanayake has been arrested in connection with a multi-million rupee abduction for extortion racket. A former ADC to an Air Chief, Gajanayake is suspected to be the kingpin of a gang which has been abducting Tamil and Muslim businessmen for ransoms running into millions of rupees, according to media reports. About 70 Tamils, many of them businessmen, were abducted over the past year. Recently, about 50 Muslim businessmen were abducted for ransoms allegedly totalling LKR 600 million, media reports said.
  • 74) Jun 22, 2007 16:51:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka failing to probe journalist murders: Press group
    Sri Lanka shows no political will to probe a spate of murders of journalists, international press groups said on Friday, demanding an end to impunity for the perpetrators and intimidation of the media. Rights groups say 11 journalists and media workers have been killed since late 2005 as the island slid back into a two-decade civil war -- with some of the deaths blamed on state security forces. But there have been no convictions. And that makes Sri Lanka -- and particularly the army-held northern Jaffna peninsula -- among the most dangerous places in the world to cover, an international press freedom mission that includes Reporters Without Borders and the International Federation of Journalists said.
  • 75) Jun 22, 2007 16:46:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka May tourist arrivals fall 40 pct yr/yr
    Sri Lankan tourist arrivals fell 40 percent in May from a year earlier, the island's tourist board said on Friday, citing renewed civil war between the state and Tamil Tiger rebels. Arrivals are now down 23.4 percent during the first five months of the year compared to the same period in 2006, and many hotels have very low occupancy rates and are sharply discounting rooms in a bid to lure clients.
  • 76) Jun 22, 2007 16:45:13 GMT |  + UK arrests two with 'Tiger links'
    Media reports in Sri Lanka say that two men arrested in London under Britain's anti-terror laws have suspected connections to the rebel Tamil Tigers. But police in the UK would only say that two unnamed men have been detained on suspicion of providing support to a banned organisation they did not name. The arrests were made late on Thursday, from two different locations in London. They are being held under British anti-terror laws which mean they can be held for 14 days without charge.
  • 77) Jun 22, 2007 12:17:21 GMT |  + Sri Lanka slammed over press rights
    International media rights activists on Friday described Sri Lanka as one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists due to a worsening climate of violence and censorship. Killings and attacks against journalists remained unsolved leading to fears that media freedom is being deliberately and violently suppressed through threats, abductions and attacks, a team of media freedom campaigners said.
  • 78) Jun 22, 2007 12:16:49 GMT |  + Civilians caught up in Sri Lanka conflict
    Civilians are bearing the brunt of violence as fighting rages in Sri Lanka between the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Earlier this month nearly 400 members of the minority Tamil community were loaded onto buses by police and evicted from the capital Colombo in a move that caused outrage among human rights groups and the international community. The government said they were expelled as part of continuing efforts to stop the LTTE rebels infiltrating the city.
  • 79) Jun 22, 2007 12:15:09 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says finds 15 decomposed rebel corpses
    Sri Lankan soldiers have found 15 decomposing bodies of Tamil Tiger rebel fighters in jungles in the east of the island captured from the rebels, the military said on Friday. The discovery on Thursday in a swathe of land-locked jungle called Thoppigala, where Tiger rebels are hemmed into ever-decreasing pockets by advancing troops, comes after weeks of fierce fighting in the area. The military said earlier this week it killed around 30 Tigers in a clash in the area, but it was unclear whether the rebel bodies found on Thursday were from that battle.
  • 80) Jun 22, 2007 12:13:14 GMT |  + Re: World Refugee Day
    As we honor the 14 million refugees on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2007, TRO would also like to highlight the plight of the world’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). According to UNHCR figures there are currently 24.5 million IDPs worldwide, who have been displaced by conflict. The conflict in Sri Lanka has resulted in over one million Tamil refugees leaving the island to Canada, Western Europe and other parts of the world. Currently, approximately 100,000 Tamils live in camps in the South of India.
  • 81) Jun 22, 2007 10:25:48 GMT |  + "White van" men visit Tamil Editor's residence
    A group of unknown men in a White van at 11:30 a.m Wednesday entered the Hamdan Lane, Wellawatte apartment building of N. Vidyadaran, editor of Colombo-based Tamil daily Sudar Oli, and had harassed the security guard at the reception after being told that Mr Vidyadaran was not in his apartment. The men had inspected the editor's car, threatened the guard, and left the building, Vidyadaran told TamilNet. more ...
  • 82) 16:51 GMT, Jun. 22, 2006 |  + UNICEF calls for halt to child recruitment by Karuna Group
    Following reports from the field in the past week of abductions and forced recruitment of children in the areas of Santhiveli, Kiran, Mankerni, Valaichchenai and Iruthayapuram in Manmunai North, the UNICEF, in a press release issued Thursday, condemned the abductions, and called for an immediate halt to the recruitment of children by Karuna Group. UNICEF in Sri Lanka is calling for immediate action to halt the abduction and forced recruitment of children by the Karuna group. Over the past week, the agency has verified reports of thirty cases in Batticaloa district. Reports of abduction and forced recruitment of boys under the age of 18 from the area have increased since March of this year. UNICEF is also appealing to the Government of Sri Lanka to investigate all abductions and ensure that children in affected areas are given the full protection of the law. more ...
  • 83) 16:41 GMT, Jun. 22, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka rejects Tigers' demand
    The Sri Lankan government has rejected a Tamil Tiger demand that ceasefire monitors from European Union (EU) countries be replaced within a month. It has described the Tiger's proposal as "impractical". Last month, the EU listed the rebels as a terrorist organisation, prompting the rebels' call for monitors from EU countries to be removed. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has members from five countries, three of which are in the EU. In a separate development, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, has met the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh in Delhi. more ...
  • 84) 15:41 GMT, Jun. 22, 2006 |  + End killings of innocent Tamils, India tells Lanka
    India Thursday politely but firmly made it clear to Sri Lanka that its security forces must stop killing innocent Tamils in the name of combating the Tamil Tigers. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samraweera was conveyed the message by India’s political leadership which while being firmly committed to the island’s unity is bothered by increasing reports of attacks on innocent Tamils. An informed source told IANS: ‘The minister was told that civilian casualties should be avoided… and we hope that Sri Lankan security forces will not respond to provocations and be restrained.’ more ...
  • 85) 13:35 GMT, Jun. 22, 2006 |  + Who is to blame to wreck peace talks, Sri Lanka or TTs?
    The head monk of a Buddhist temple has contradicted a Sri Lankan government report that the Tamil Tigers attacked his temple as per BBC. As per other sources close to head of a Buddhist Temple, the statement of Sri Lanka that Tamil Tigers attacked the temple was unauthentic; probably their motive was to abet the public against them. By issuing misguiding statement, Sri Lanka cannot win the hearts of the Tamil Tigers and so the peace talks might not mature and it goes against the collective interests of Sri Lankan govt., the people and the Tamil Tigers. more ...
  • 86) 11:47 GMT, Jun. 22, 2006 |  + Under the guise of peace, Sri Lankan government accelerates drive to civil war
    Amid the descent into all-out civil war, the Sri Lankan government, via its peace secretariat (SCOPP), issued a thoroughly cynical statement on June 18, which has been trumpetted in the international press as a “call for peace talks”. It could be more aptly described as a declaration of war on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The statement denounces the LTTE’s “intransigence” for the breakdown of peace talks, condemns its reliance on “violence and terrorism to achieve its political goals” and, without providing any evidence, blames the LTTE for the killing of 64 Sinhalese villagers in a mine blast near the town of Kebitigollewa on June 15. more ...
  • 87) 11:45 GMT, Jun. 22, 2006 |  + Govt rejects LTTE demand to replace EU truce monitors
    The Sri Lankan government on Thursday rejected a Tamil Tiger rebel demand that ceasefire monitors from European Union countries be excluded from the truce team. "The government rejects such demands outrightly," the government's top spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella, said. The rebels on Wednesday said anyone from Finland, Sweden or Denmark be excluded from Sri Lanka's Nordic peace monitoring mission because those countries belong to the European Union, which lists the Tigers as a terrorist group.
    - Government non-committal on amending Sri Lankan truce - AFP
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  • 88) 10:33 GMT, Jun. 22, 2006 |  + Lankan Tamil dailies laud Karunanidhi
    Sri Lankan Tamils have welcomed the change in the stance of Tamil Nadu and New Delhi towards the ethnic conflict in the island.The most popular Tamil daily Virakesari said in an edit that it was heartening that the people of Tamil Nadu were voicing their concern about the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, as they did earlier (in the 1980s). It said that the Sri Lankan Tamils were initially disappointed that Karunanidhi, who had boasted that he was "living for the world Tamils" had made no comment on the worsening situation in Sri Lanka after he assumed office.The disappointment was all the more when they found that other political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the BJP, were wanting Karunanidhi and New Delhi to take some action to help out the suffering Tamils of Sri Lanka. Virakesari recalled that Vijayakanth, the popular actor and leader of a new Dravidian political party, had criticised the Sri Lankan government for using the Air Force to bomb its own people. more ...
  • 89) 23:44 GMT, Jun. 22, 2006 |  + SLMM spoke person damaging the neutrality and the credibility
    I am now writing to you with great sadness to let you know my strong disappointment regarding your phone interview with CBC "Current" program on June 20th, 2006. In the program, you stated that there is no evidence available that the GoSL supports the breakaway Karuna faction. This is a contradicting statement to the Geneva report that was released (I am including the link here). This type of contradicting statement from a SLMM spoke person is actually very damaging to the neutrality of the SLMM and the credibility of the SLMM. It was also noted with great sadness, your statement in the same interview that air strikes by the GoSL in the LTTE controlled areas were only targeting the Tiger bases. This is also in contradication to evidence from the ground emerging from the Tamil State which clearly indicate that the worst damages are to the Tamil civilians in that area.
    - SLMM: Armed gangs threat to peace
    - ‘Armed elements’ operating in East says Monitoring Mission
    - SLMM tells military to be truthful
    - SLMM rejects Mangala’s claim on armed groups
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  • 90) 10:15 GMT, Jun. 22, 2006 |  + Tamil Homeland and Self-Determination Are “Non-Negotiable” Anymore
    Nor has ethnic cleansing and war against the Tamils abated in Sri Lanka. Not with the improved civilisation of the Sinhalese people and their leaders. Not with the numerous involvements by the international community for cheering the talk of peace talks. Not with the highest level of devotion to Buddhism and humanity by the Sinhalese people. Not with burgeoning peace talks and some antiwar sentiments lasted during the last four years. During the 58 years since the Independence of Ceylon, for so many “premeditated” and planned strategies and executions have been carried out by the Sri Lankan government to marginalise the Tamils in Sri Lanka and deny them the rights to self-determination and homeland. On any single day during these 58 years, the Sinhala nation consistently took actions against the Tamil humanity. more ...
  • 91) 12:35 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + US spy plane crashes in SW Asia
    A US Air Force U-2 spy plane has crashed in south-west Asia, the US military has said. The crash occurred at 2330 GMT on Tuesday, according to a short written statement from US Central Command. A military spokesman told Associated Press that the location of the crash would not be released because of "host nation sensitivity". The U-2 is a high-altitude surveillance aircraft first developed in the Cold War and manned by a single pilot. "The specific location is not releasable due to host nation sensitivities," US Air Force Capt David W Small, a Central Command spokesman, told the agency. AP says south-west Asia is a phrase often used by the US military to refer to the Middle East, more ...
  • 92) 10:48 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + “Facilitators did not bring any decisive message” – Tamilselvan



    TamilSelvan: "Joint Mechanism.... a big disappointment!, Implementation is the most important aspect..."
    Courtesy: VoT, TamilNatham

    “Norwegian facilitators did not bring any decisive message from the Sri Lankan government today on the Joint Mechanism” said Mr.S.P.Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE Political Division during a press briefing today 22 June 2005 at the Peace Secretariat after a meeting with the Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Mr.Vidar Helgessen and H.E. The Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Hans Bratskar.“President’s professed commitment to the signing of the Joint Mechanism is the only message that we got and we continue to get this message for quite some time now and proclamations alone are not sufficient to alleviate the hardships of a people who have already reached the fringe of frustration when tsunami struck them, waiting for three years to get back normalcy in their life after twenty years of war” quipped Mr.Tamilselvan. more ...
  • 93) 10:04 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka former gov't ally blames NGOs for breaking up gov't
    The former main partner in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition on Wednesday blamed the agents of non- governmental organizations (NGOs) dependent on foreign funds for breaking up the government. Wimal Weerawansa, the parliamentary group leader of the JVP or the People's Liberation Front, while addressing parliament on the first session since walking out of the government here Wednesday, said that their leaving of the government headed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga was caused by a conspiracy hatched by a small group within the government who are agents of NGOs. The JVP quit the government last week and their 39 legislators are to work in the opposition benches in the 225-member parliament as an independent group. more ...
  • 94) 10:02 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + Tamil rebels in tsunami aid talks
    A Norwegian peace envoy has begun talks with Tamil Tiger rebel leaders about a controversial tsunami-aid sharing deal with the Sri Lankan government. Norway's deputy foreign minister, Vidar Helgesen, is meeting the head of the rebels' political wing, SP Thamilselvan, in Kilinochchi. An ally of Sri Lanka's governing coalition pulled out in protest against the tsunami-aid deal. The plan is meant to ensure an equal distribution of aid across Sri Lanka. Mr Helgesen discussed the plan with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday, before travelling north to the rebel-held area. Her office said Mr Helgesen was told of the concerns of the Muslim minority at being left out of the tsunami-aid sharing plan. more ...
  • 95) 08:35 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + Norway peace envoy to meet Tamil Tiger leaders in rebel territory
    A European peace envoy headed to a rebel-held town in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, the Norwegian Embassy said, where he is expected to discuss a contentious tsunami aid-sharing plan with Tamil Tiger leaders. On Tuesday, Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen met with President Chandrika Kumaratunga to consider the proposal under which the government and separatist rebels would jointly oversee the distribution of billions of dollars (euros) in aid donated since the Dec. 26 disaster. The tsunami killed more than 31,000 Sri Lankans and displaced a further 1 million. The rebels have complained that post-tsunami assistance has not reached many areas under their control in the north and east.
    - Norway envoy in talks with Tigers as Muslims raise demand - AFP
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  • 96) 08:33 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lankan town looks to Norway as tensions rise
    Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen is due in this rebel political headquarters for a fresh bid to jumpstart Sri Lanka's stalled peace process as tensions rise between Tiger rebels and the government. Helgesen is expected to discuss a "joint mechanism" that will help the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to share billions of dollars in aid for tsunami survivors. The LTTE's political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan said the rebels expected Norway and the international community to underwrite the proposed deal, which if successfully implemented could lead to the resumption of direct peace talks. more ...
  • 97) 08:31 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + Indian Ocean nations working toward tsunami warning system but dangerous gaps exist
    A warning from Hawaii flashes across the computer screens _ an earthquake, magnitude 8.0, has been detected off Indonesia. As an alarm screams through the center just north of Bangkok, analysts quickly punch in numbers, consult matrixes and within 15 minutes unleash a torrent of pre-prepared SMS, telephone, fax and media messages. One of them automatically activates sirens on three towers along Phuket's Patong Beach, 700 kilometers (435 miles) to the south, and a special 19-man Royal Thai Navy team springs into action among the crowds of sunbathers and swimmers on the resort island. more ...
  • 98) 08:29 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + LTTE political office in Valaichchenai-Batticaloa attacked
    Unidentified persons wearing baklavas attacked Valaichchenai political office of LTTE on Tuesday afternoon. No one was in the building at the time of the attack. Three attackers came on two motorbikes and threw grenades at the office and also fired shots towards the office with guns. The workers at the office have all gone out at the time and thus escaped injury. The office doors, windows and sign board were badly damaged. The surrounding fence was also set alight. This is the second time this office has come under attack. A similar attacked on the office took place a few weeks ago. more ...
  • 99) 18:29 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka Parliament meets, Marxists to be neutral so long deal with Tamils is not signed
    Sri Lanka's Parliament convened Wednesday for the first time since a major coalition partner withdrew its support of the government in protest of a plan to share tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels. The People's Liberation Front said it will function as an opposition and will not topple the government as long as it does not sign the plan to share the disaster aid with the insurgents, who have been waging a separatist war for two decades. "The 39 members of the JVP will hereafter act as an independent group of the opposition," Wimal Weerawansa, a top leader of the People's Liberation Front, told the lawmakers.Weerawansa said the government has yet to make public the details of the proposed deal, and the JVP was worried its "conspiratory nature" would "have a destructive effect on the future of our motherland." more ...
  • 100) 01:55 GMT, Jun. 22, 2005 |  + Amnesty International Report on Sri Lanka
    The ceasefire between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) remained in place, despite a number of violations and a failure to resume peace talks. The human rights situation in the north-east deteriorated following a violent split within the LTTE in April and a dramatic increase in politically motivated killings. Although a large number of child soldiers were released during the internal fighting. There were numerous reports of torture by police, as well as some reports of death in police custody. Some torture victims seeking redress in the courts were reportedly put under pressure to withdraw their cases. It was reported that around 40 prisoners remained in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) at the end of the year. more ...
  • 101) 12:32 GMT, Jun. 22, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan Government Says Renegade Rebel Won't Harm Cease-Fire

    A senior associate of the renegade LTTE commander Mr. Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan (Karuna) said Monday that she and other associates of Karuna stayed in a house provided and protected by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in a suburb of Colombo.

    Sri Lanka's government said the leader of a breakaway Tamil rebel group won't threaten the cease- fire agreement that halted the island's two-decade civil war. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which has fought for an independent homeland in the south Asian island, yesterday accused the government of hiding Colonel Karuna, the leader of a break- away faction in the east, the TamilNet website reported. ``We have no information of where Karuna is and I'm not aware that the army is keeping him,'' said Defense Secretary Cyril Herath in a telephone interview, ``I don't think that Karuna is a threat to the cease-fire but the LTTE may see this differently depending on how they look at it.'' more ...
  • 102) 12:23 GMT, Jun. 22, 2004 |  + Canada Votes 2004: Latest poll shows Liberals back in the lead
    As the federal election race rounds the bend into the final home-stretch, a new poll suggests the election tide may be turning back in favour of the Liberals. An Ipsos-Reid survey of 1,000 people conducted for CTV and The Globe and Mail finds that the Liberals have surged ahead of the Conservatives in popular support, grabbing 34 per cent of decided voters. The Conservatives have slipped four points to 28 per cent. The NDP is steady at 16 per cent support, and the Green Party has 6 per cent. The biggest change is in Ontario where the Liberals are up eight points to 42 per cent, versus 30 per cent for the Conservatives, who are down eight points. The NDP is at 20 per cent and the Green Party at six per cent.
  • Leaders converge on Ontario more ...
  • 103) 11:44 GMT, Jun. 22, 2004 |  + Long limbo for S.Lanka peace, but war seen remote
    After fifteen months without talks, a snap poll, a change in government and factional fighting, the dominant impression of Sri Lanka's peace process is that it is going nowhere, slowly. But while the long absence of peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels has eroded trust, the prospect of a return to fighting that ravaged the island before a February 2002 truce remains remote, analysts said on Tuesday. "There has been a rapid erosion of confidence. But that doesn't conversely translate into war preparations," defence analyst Iqbal Athas told Reuters. more ...
  • 104) 11:33 GMT, Jun. 22, 2004 |  + Tamil Tigers step up pressure on government over renegade rebel
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have accused the government of undermining the already faltering peace process by allegedly harbouring a guerrilla commander who led an unprecedented split. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) brought before reporters a woman fighter who had defected with breakaway leader V. Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, but grew disillusioned and rejoined the Tigers. The pro-rebel Tamilnet website said the woman fighter, identified as Nilavini, claimed government military intelligence helped protect her and Karuna after the internal Tiger rebellion was crushed in April. more ...
  • 105) 00:04 GMT, Jun. 22, 2004 |  + Muslims accuse Lanka of creating fear psychosis
    Sri Lanka's main Muslim party on Tuesday accused the government of creating a "fear psychosis" by stepping up security and raising the prospect of war with Tamil Tiger rebels. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said the government was openly discussing measures to increase security at key state institutions and create an impression that war with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was imminent. "We take national security very seriously, but it is not something you discuss in the media the way this government is doing," SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem said. "They are trying to create a fear psychosis." "If war breaks out one person will have to bear responsibility and that is the President," Hakeem said accusing President Chandrika Kumaratunga of dissolving the previous government and calling early elections. more ...
  • 106) 14:22 GMT, Jun. 22, 2003 |  + CSIS irked by block on Tamil Tigers ban
    Canada's spy agency is frustrated that Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham has blocked adding the Tamil Tigers to the country's list of banned terrorist groups, it was reported yesterday. "CSIS wanted it listed, but Graham asked for a hold on it -- not forever -- but because the peace talks are so active at this point that putting them on a list would be sending them the wrong message in the opinion of Foreign Affairs," a source said. However, a senior official at Foreign Affairs said Graham is concerned that declaring the Tamil Tigers a terrorist organization would prevent its leaders from attending Sri Lankan peace talks held in other parts of the world. "Even the Sri Lankan government is asking countries not to list and we have that on the record." more ...
  • 107) 14:15 GMT, Jun. 22, 2003 |  + Norway in fresh bid to revive Sri Lanka peace bid
    Peace broker Norway is set for a fresh attempt to revive Sri Lanka's faltering peace process after a string of setbacks threatened to return the island to war, officials and diplomats said Sunday. Norwegian diplomats were due to hold talks with the London-based top Tamil Tiger negotiator, Anton Balasingham, on moves to end the deadlock in the peace process, diplomatic sources said. "There was some concern at one point that the Tigers were not interested in Norwegian facilitation, but the recent statements have indicated that they still envisage a role for Oslo," a diplomatic source here said. more ...
  • 108) 04:35 GMT, Jun. 22, 2003 |  + Navy's attempt with CBK to sink the peace process
    The multi billion dollar question facing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his government in the wake of last weekend's attack on a LTTE vessel is, whether sections of the security forces are playing politics at the cost of gagging the peace process and a 4.5 billion dollar aid package. This is not the first time that Sri Lankan security forces have surreptitiously attempted to 'rock the boat' as far as the peace process is concerned, themselves committing serious ceasefire violations - all in the name of patriotism and a suspected security threat from the LTTE. more ...
  • 109) 04:17 GMT, Jun. 22, 2003 |  + India tells TULF to check LTTE
    India has urged the TULF to stop supporting the LTTE's hardline position and to use its influence to end the LTTE's killings of rival party members. Indian High Commissioner Nirupam Sen during a 90-minute discussion with TULF leaders also called them to settle their internal disputes. Mr. Sen is reported to have told the delegation that from the beginning the LTTE had been involved in killing its rivals and this should be brought to a halt. He called on the TULF to use its influence to bring the LTTE back to the negotiating table. more ...
  • 110) 03:53 GMT, Jun. 22, 2003 |  + Under his spell
    'Euphony' and 'unguent' isn't all there is to the 13-year-old who won this year's Spelling Bee of Canada. Duluxan Sritharan's all-round grades are as mind-blowing as his cheery work habits. Does his Sri Lankan-Canadian family push him too hard? As ALANNA MITCHELL reports, it may be the other way around...If you Google his name, you get a taste of some of the other prizes he has captured: a high-school science fair for the Edmonton region, when he was just in Grade 7; a perfect score on the Canadian National Mathematical League test; 150 out of 150 on the esteemed Gauss math contest. more ...
  • 111) 21:25 GMT, Jun. 22, 2002 |  + Federalism Recommended — US envoy Ashley Wills
    We think it is for Sri Lankans to decide how they are going to end
    "We are always in a state of preparedness"
    the war and how they are going to organise this country politically after peace has been arrived at. We put the Tigers on our list of foreign terrorist organisations(FTO) following our own analysis of the organisation. Similarly, we will make the decision to take the Tigers off the list based on our own assessment. We have been pretty open about what it would take from the Tigers to qualify for being de-listed by the United States. Renouncing terrorism, renouncing the use of violence. These would be statements by the Tigers that would be favourably noted by our government. But then, this would have to be followed up by a period when we would match the LTTE’s deeds with its words. At that future point we will make the decision one way or the other. more ...
  • 112) 20:37 GMT, Jun. 22, 2002 |  + Northern fishermen harassed by Indian poachers
    Poaching and other illegal activities by Indian fishermen in the Northern territorial fishing waters are now posing a major threat to the livelihood of the local fishermen of those areas. President of the Union of Northern Fishermen's Co-operative Societies, S.Thavaratnam, told the "Sunday Observer" that their prospects of making large catches in their familier fishing grounds, after the lifting of the 10 year long security restrictions last week, were totally shattered and they encountered large scale poaching by Indian fishermen of the seas extending from Thondamanaru to Point Pedro and the off-shore islands, he lamented.
  • Tamil Nadu fishermen must go beyond coast more ...
  • 113) 19:27 GMT, Jun. 22, 2002 |  + India-Sri Lanka sea link may resume by August
    India has indicated that it is open to the idea of resumption of passenger ship services between its southern ports and Sri Lanka. Last Monday, Union Minister for Shipping Ved Prakash Goyal met a Sri Lankan delegation in Tuticorin after which he announced that a passenger service between the neighbours across the sea was in the offing. more ...
  • 114) 19:17 GMT, Jun. 22, 2002 |  + Island attack said test for Colombo's bona fides
    Mr. Pulithevan, a senior official of the political division of the Liberation Tigers, told a conference attended by the Sri Lankan security forces commander for Jaffna, Major General Sarath Fonseka, Vice Admiral Mohan Wijewickrema of the Sri Lanka Navy, Mr. Kirthie Gajanayake, Deputy Inspector General of the Sri Lanka Police and the head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Major General (Retd) Trond Furuhovde in Jaffna Saturday that a full inquiry should be held on the attack on Mr. Semmanan, the head of the LTTE's political division for the islands off Jaffna, and that the culprits be brought to book if Colombo is serious about stabilizing the island's peace process. more ...
  • 115) 16:13 GMT, Jun. 22, 2002 |  + Tricky balancing act on high-wire to peace
    The red lights for caution are being flashed from several quarters sparking concern that the peace train is running out of steam. It is true that over the last few weeks progress in the run up to the actual dialogue for reconciliation has slowed down appreciably. But looking on the bright side, one will not fail to observe that the truce coupling is still holding and there is nothing to indicate that the heavily freighted engine of rapprochement is about to jump the rails.Some analysts claimed during the ice-breaking stage, while getting the negotiations on track, that the process was moving too fast. Others clearly euphoric about an expeditious end to the senseless conflict contended that it had become too slow. more ...
  • 116) 12:39 GMT, Jun. 22, 2002 |  + Jaffna's Mayor raps ministers
    Although half of the UNF Cabinet has visited Jaffna following the signing of the ceasefire agreement the visits have not helped much to alleviate the suffering of Jaffna's people, Mayor Sellan Kandiyan complained to the Daily Mirror yesterday. Mr. Kandiyan said he had made it a point to brief every visiting Minister on the development work that each of them could do. Unfortunately and much to his disappointment the answers given by the majority of them had been that the government did not have funds for even basic projects, the Mayor said. more ...
  • 117) 12:10 GMT, Jun. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka to Appoint Committees for Strengthening Army
    Sri Lankan Defense Minister Thilak Marapana has said that three committees will be appointed within the next week to make recommendations to strengthen the three services of the armed forces, the official Daily News said on Saturday. Addressing an air force passing out parade at Diyatalawa, Marapana said that the objective of the committees will be to find out weaknesses and irregularities in the army, navy and air force and compile an intensive report in this regard to make suitable recommendations. more ...
  • 118) 16:00 GMT, Jun. 22, 2001 |  + Back to base
    If the government feels that it can sustain this war economy indefinitely and limp along, it should not forget that the war is a very tangible thing for those living in the northeast. Something they experience everyday and hate. Time is of essence to them. Similarly, the time factor is vital for the LTTE too. One cannot expect it to continue lying low, regardless of the fact that every minute of precious time that ebbs away takes it further and further away from its goal. more ...
  • 119) 15:54 GMT, Jun. 22, 2001 |  + Erik Solheim: Blaming the victim
    Erik Solheim is the latest in a long line of eminent personalities to fall foul off the Kumaratunga - Kadirgamar regime. A general hallmark of these victims is that they are people who have been sinned against more than having sinned. After the sidelining of Erik Solheim from the Oslo facilitated peace process became public knowledge, the government has in customary styled, inspired a negative media spin off against the Norwegian special envoy for peace. The thrust of this campaign is that Solheim had committed blunders including being on an ego trip and was allegedly guilty of publicising a confidential exercise. It is also being projected that the alleged offences warranting punitive action against him were relatively recent. more ...
  • 120) 15:21 GMT, Jun. 22, 2001 |  + Tamils want nothing but peace - Bishop tells British High Commissioner
    "When I came to Jaffna last there was a peaceful atmosphere but the war that erupted subsequently had changed the peaceful climate. I am grieved to witness the damages in Chavakachcheri. I am appraised of the sufferings of the people and the holocaust that overtook them" said Ms. Linda Duffield, High Commissioner of Britain in Sri Lanka. She was speaking at a meeting held at the Jaffna Bishop's house presided by Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundaranayagam, Bishop of Jaffna. Bishop Saundranayagama in an appeal to the High Commissioner said that the peace efforts taken by the Norwegian Government should be continued and Britain should render possible help to see that negotiation for peace talks between the LTTE and the Government is materialised. more ...
  • 121) 13:52 GMT, Jun. 22, 2001 |  + Statement - Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance
    Last year the state media and the defence correspondent of the Sunday Divaina launched a similar campaign against Mr. P. Seevagan, the former secretary of the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance, Mr. Roy Denish, the defence correspondent of the Sunday Leader, Mr. D Sivaram and Mr. Saman Wagaaratchchi, the editor of the Irida Peramuna, accusing them of being agents of the LTTE. The journalists also received threats to their life. Again, Mr. Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, the Jaffna correspondent to the BBC and the Sinhala political weekly, Ravaya was also accused of being an LTTE agent by sections of the state. He was later assassinated at him home in October last year. There has been a marked apathy on the part of the state to expedite the investigations and to bring his murderers to book. more ...
  • 122) 12:48 GMT, Jun. 22, 2001 |  + Canada: Faking it
    Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Like counterfeit money. Finding a fake $20 bill in your wallet is as bad as finding a hole. You take the fake to the police, as an honest citizen should, and what do you get? Their heartfelt thanks, maybe a pat on the back. But don’t bother waiting for a replacement $20, because it isn’t going to happen. Your best defence against fakes is to spot them at the source–cashiers, restaurants, wherever money changes hands. Refuse to accept bills you think may be counterfeit. Sleuthing is easier than you might think. All you need is your index finger and a keen eye more ...
  • 123) 10:58 GMT, Jun. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka government faces confidence vote
    The Sri Lankan Government is facing a confidence vote after a number of defections eroded the majority of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling alliance in parliament. The confidence motion, signed by 98 of the 116 MPs from the opposition United National Party, (UNP) follows the defection of a number of MPs from the governing People's Alliance. There is, however, no immediate danger of the government's collapse as MPs must first decide when to debate the motion, and then vote on it. more ...
  • 124) 10:50 GMT, Jun. 22, 2001 |  + Opposition submits no confidence motion against the govt.
    A motion of no confidence against the ruling People's Alliance government, signed by 97 MPs was handed over to the speaker of the house Friday morning. The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said it is confident of defeating the government. Senior leaders of the UNP and MPs of the Tamil United Liberation Front and the All Ceylon Tamil Congress addressed a press conference in Colombo Friday afternoon at the opposition leaders office. They said that they are negotiating with the radical Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna to get its support for the motion. more ...
  • 125) 15:04 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + Govt decides to refer draft Constitution to LTTE
    Chances of the commencement of a new peace process involving Sri Lankan government and LTTE have brightened with President Chandrika Kumaratunga deciding to refer the draft of the new Constitution to the Tamil Tigers before submitting it to the Parliament for ratification,reports PTI. more ...
  • 126) 14:18 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + AN ISLAND IN CONTEXT - J.N. DIXIT
    Sri Lanka is in crisis again. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in a major military offensive, has expelled the Sri Lankan army from the Elephant Pass and Iyakachchi, the main points in land approaches from the rest of Sri Lanka to Jaffna peninsula. Before analysing the implications of this crisis, it would be pertinent to see the background in which Sri Lanka’s territorial unity stands threatened again, perhaps more seriously than ever before. more ...
  • 127) 13:19 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + S.Lanka to allow rebels onto council after all
    The Sri Lankan government has agreed with the main opposition not to exclude Tamil Tiger rebels from a proposed interim council to administer the war-torn north and east of the country, political sources said Wednesday. more ...
  • 128) 13:18 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + Draft peace plan ready to go to Tigers
    Sri Lanka is set to discuss a crucial peace plan with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in an attempt to end decades of violence that claimed 60,000 lives, a senior minister said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Government and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) agreed to present a peace draft to Tamil Tiger rebels said Agriculture Minister D. M. Jayaratne. more ...
  • 129) 13:17 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka talks enter critical stage ahead of polls
    Sri Lanka's main political parties had cleared a major hurdle on measures to end the country's ethnic bloodshed but an election deadline was causing anxiety, official sources said Thursday. President Chandrika Kumaratunga agreed in bipartisan talks with her main opposition United National Party (UNP) Wednesday on the crucial and contentious issue of land under a proposed constitution, the sources said. more ...
  • 130) 12:46 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + Relief provisions to Jaffna reduced
    The Jaffna Government Agent (GA) was informed on Tuesday that relief provisions for civilians will be reduced to account for those who have fled the peninsula as a result of the war. Sources said about 5000 people who fled the war are currently housed in makeshift accommodation in the Pooneryn area. more ...
  • 131) 06:02 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + Lanka rape case goes to top German court
    The case of a Tamil woman from Sri Lanka, who had applied for asylum in Germany because she claimed that she had been raped by that country's security forces, is engaging the top legal minds of the country.According to the woman's account, she was arrested in 1997 by the Sri Lankan security forces because she had given lodging to Tamil rebels in her guest house. While in prison, she had been beaten and raped several times, the woman who was in tears told the administration court of Oldenburg. She needed to be hospitalized for a week after her release on bail. more ...
  • 132) 05:54 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + G.K. Moopanar seeks equal rights for Sri Lankan Tamils
    TMC founder President G.K. Moopanar said on Wednesday that a formula should be evolved so that Tamils are given full and equal rights to end ethnic strife in the Sri Lankan Island. ``It is alright if the Tamils are not treated as secondary citizens under this new formula.'' Asked about his reaction to the stance taken by the Centre on the Lankan issue, he said India should not intervene unless asked by the Lankan government and LTTE. more ...
  • 133) 21:20 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + Loan to Sri Lanka
    Our Government's loan of $100 millions to Sri Lanka at this time is wrong. There is a civil war going on and we cannot say that the government there is fair to the Tamil speaking Sri Lankans. Our loan will be utilised for whatever the Sri Lankan Government wants and it wants arms and ammunition most. That means India will be assisting the war effort of the Sri Lankan Government against a section of its people. more ...
  • 134) 21:07 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + PMK will continue to remain in NDA
    Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder Dr Ramdoss, on Thursday, conveyed his ``blessings and best wishes'' to Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy who has been advocating the formation of a third front in Tamil Nadu. Speaking to reporters, the PMK founder categorically said his party would remain in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and expected more parties to join the front. ``There is no change in my stand,'' he asserted. more ...
  • 135) 20:57 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + 5000 Jaffna refugees sheltered in Pooneryn
    More than five thousand civilians displaced from the Thenmaradchi division of the Jaffna peninsula due to bombing and shelling have been housed in a transit camp in Pooneryn, international aid agency sources said Thursday. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross are providing limited emergency relief to the displaced civilians they said. more ...
  • 136) 20:52 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + TN: PMK seeks aid for Sri Lankan refugees
    Pattali Makkal Kathchi (PMK) leader S Ramadoss today urged the Centre to extend all humanitarian assistance to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. Political leaders should understand that 99 per cent of the people of the State supported the cause of Tamil Eelam (separate State for Tamils), he claimed. more ...
  • 137) 20:38 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + Chandrika to refer draft statute to Tigers
    CHANCES OF the commencement of a new peace process involving the Sri Lankan Government and LTTE have brightened with President Chandrika Kumaratunga deciding to refer the draft of the new Constitution to the Tamil Tigers before submitting it to the Parliament for ratification. more ...
  • 138) 20:34 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Political Parties Protest Price Increases
    Several hundred people backed by three political parties took to the streets Thursday to protest against recent price hikes in food and utilities and a currency devaluation that make imports cost more. "Everything from a grain of salt to a loaf of bread has shot up in price," said Vasanthi Yapa, a housewife and mother of two teen-age children who participated in a demonstration organized by the People's Liberation Front, a Marxist party. more ...
  • 139) 20:32 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + The Czech model "divorce" - It will work and is justified
    Tamil Naadu Chief Minister Thiru.Muthuvel Karunaanihdi's recent suggestion for a Cezch type "divorce" between the majority Sinahelse and the minority Tamils in the "backyard" Island of Sir Lanka, has asserted, inter alia and in negation of ethinc Tamils' claim in Sri Lanka for a sovereign and separate State of their own, that "unlike Sri Lanka where the Sinhalese and the Tamils have lived together for centuries, Czechoslovakia has a history of only 74 years and that the Czechs lived in Czech territory and the Slovaks in Slovak territory. This is not accurate. more ...
  • 140) 19:32 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + The Czech model "divorce" - It will work and is justified
    Tamil Naadu Chief Minister Thiru.Muthuvel Karunaanihdi's recent suggestion for a Cezch type "divorce" between the majority Sinahelse and the minority Tamils in the "backyard" Island of Sir Lanka, has asserted, inter alia and in negation of ethinc Tamils' claim in Sri Lanka for a sovereign and separate State of their own, that "unlike Sri Lanka where the Sinhalese and the Tamils have lived together for centuries, Czechoslovakia has a history of only 74 years and that the Czechs lived in Czech territory and the Slovaks in Slovak territory. This is not accurate. more ...
  • 141) 17:45 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + Govt To Seek Tamil Rebels' Answer To Autonomy Plan-Report
    The Sri Lankan government is expected to seek the Tamil rebels' response to a proposed new constitution that would offer wide autonomy to all the eight provinces in a bid to end the 17-year-old ethnic conflict, a local newspaper report said Thursday. more ...
  • 142) 05:26 GMT, Jun. 22, 2000 |  + India's Battle Over Sri Lanka Comes Home
    INDIA'S POLICY in Sri Lanka is threatening to split the national coalition government. The chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu insists he has a right to speak on foreign affairs reflecting the concerns of south India while the prime minister, from the north, says only the federal government can decide on foreign policy. more ...
  • 143) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 22, 1999 |  + Missing children a parent's worst fear
    No details available. more ...
  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 22, 1999 |  + India: Tamil the sole medium of instruction
    No details available. more ...
  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 22, 1999 |  + LTTE’s Balasingham, as a British passport holder, free to enter UK - British spokesperson
    No details available. more ...
  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 22, 1999 |  + Eelam could be like Hong Kong
    No details available. more ...
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