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

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Gary Anandasangaree

Human Rights Violations

  • 2000 | 2000 arrested in Colombo search
    More than 2000 Tamils were arrested in a massive cordon and search operation in Kolonnawa, a suburb of Colombo, and in Gampaha district, today. The combined operation by the Sri Lanka Army and Police began in the early hours of the morning after enforcing a ten-hour curfew.
  • 1997 | Navy Kills Elderly Fisherman
    The Sri Lankan navy - notorious for its attacks on ordinary Tamil fishing vessels - has fired on and killed an elderly Tamil fisherman. The man, like many others living in coastal areas of Trincomallee, had no other means of earning a living other than fishing but the Sri Lankan navy heavily curbs the rights of Tamil fisherman.
  • 2001 | Jaffna journalist tortured in solitary confinement
    A senior Jaffna journalist held incommunicado by the Sri Lankan Police since 2 January was assaulted with pipes and tortured, Human Rights Commission officials who were permitted to see him this weekend said Monday. The journalist, Mr. Nadarajah Thiruchelvam, had been held handcuffed for 12 days in solitary confinement by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Police, they said. The police have neither filed any charges against Mr. Thiruchelvam nor have produced him in a court.
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1997 | Sinnathamby- Gnanasegram [ 15 M from Vantharumooai Batticaloa ]
    Two Tamil youth have been taken to Vantharumooai army camp by SLA. later it's believed that they have been killed!
  • 1997 | Sinnathambi Singarajah [ 22 M from Vantharumooai Batticaloa ]
    Two Tamil youth have been taken to Vantharumooai army camp by SLA. later it's believed that they have been killed!
  • 1997 | Thayaparan [ M from Ampalavan - pokkanai, Trincomalle ]
    The fisherman was killed deliberately by Sri Lankan naval fire.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 474 | அமைந்தாங் கொழுகான் அளவறியான் தன்னை
    வியந்தான் விரைந்து கெடும்.
    Who not agrees with those around, no moderation knows,
    In self-applause indulging, swift to ruin goes.
    - 48 48
  • Jan 22 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Jan 22, 2018 11:13:00 GMT |  + Coping with the Primacy of Power Politics - Jehan Perera
    The forthcoming election will give an indication of the level of support for the ruling parties on the one hand and for the opposition on the other hand. It will be important for the parties in the government coalition to obtain majority popular support in order to have the confidence to forge ahead with the plans they have already laid out for national level problem solving. A situation where the local government election yields an outcome in which the UNP and SLFP have to cooperate in order to secure the majority in each of the local government authorities would take the policy of bipartisanship down to the community level, which will be the best formula for building grassroots support for national problem solving on controversial issues.
  • 2) Jan 22, 2017 14:57:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka hit by worst drought in decades
    Sri Lanka is suffering its worst drought in four decades, according to officials, with more than a million people experiencing acute water shortages. The lack of rain last year has lowered water levels in rivers in parts of the country. With less water available to drain the sea salt, supplies have been contaminated, especially in the town of Kalutara, south of the capital, Colombo. In the village of Kaluganga, more than 200,000 people are affected, as they lack access to clean drinking water. more ...
  • 3) Jan 22, 2017 14:56:15 GMT |  + A movement to reclaim Tamil pride
    In fighting the ban on the traditional sport, the people found a channel to express their latent anger against several issues affecting them. As the protesters had a sniff of victory on Saturday night, with the State passing an ordinance to allow the recommencement of jallikattu, the movement to reclaim the sport as the symbol of Tamil pride never looked bigger. But it still surprised everyone by the rather easy way in which people from different walks of life came together for a cause that on the surface seemed so distant from their lives. more ...
  • 4) Jan 22, 2015 17:47:16 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to probe hidden foreign assets after Rajapaksa defeat
    Sri Lanka's new government is to investigate "black money" transferred overseas by powerful figures in the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. The move came a day after the government of President Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated Rajapaksa in an election on Jan. 8, said it would investigate all financial deals sealed by Rajapaksa and his brothers during his term. "Black money invested in various foreign countries is going to be investigated," said cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senarathne, referring to illegal capital flight. more ...
  • 5) Jan 22, 2015 15:29:46 GMT |  + Sri Lanka anti-graft body bars ex-c.bank head, Rajapaksa ally from leaving country
    Sri Lanka has barred former central bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and an ally of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from leaving the country due to corruption complaints, officials said on Thursday. Both Cabraal, central bank chief for more than eight years, and Sajin De Vas Gunawardena, a parliamentarian close to Rajapaksa, rejected allegations of misuse of public funds under the previous Rajapaksa government. Cabraal and Gunawardena said they had yet to be told of the travel ban. more ...
  • 6) Jan 22, 2015 15:28:43 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Surprising Election Victor
    With poll results that stunned incumbent power, Maithripala Sirisena defeated two-term president Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka's national elections. Will the island nation now get a more liberal version of democracy? In what came as a surprise to many, challenger Maithripala Sirisena recently defeated two-term president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Until late November last year, Sirisena was health minister and general secretary of Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the main political party in the United People’s Freedom Alliance. Sirisena was sworn into office on January 9, 2015. more ...
  • 7) Jan 22, 2015 15:18:39 GMT |  + Sri Lanka pledges to recover Rajapaksa govt's stolen wealth
    Sri Lanka's new government pledged Thursday (Jan 22) to trace billions of dollars in stolen wealth stashed abroad by members of the previous regime and said experts from the IMF and World Bank had agreed to help. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his powerful family are accused of siphoning large sums of money from the public coffers during his decade in power, which ended when he was voted out this month. The new cabinet agreed at its first meeting Wednesday to track down the cash, and said forensic experts from India's central bank, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund would assist. more ...
  • 8) Jan 22, 2015 15:18:36 GMT |  + Scarborough MP Chan takes leave to treat rare form of cancer
    Arnold Chan, the latest person elected an MP in Scarborough, says he has a rare form of cancer and has taken a leave from his parliamentary duties to treat it. Bothered by a lump in his neck and some lost sensation in his face since last fall, Chan, a lawyer elected in a Scarborough-Agincourt byelection last June, was diagnosed this month with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a cancer that formed at the back of his nasal cavity. more ...
  • 9) Jan 22, 2015 15:03:59 GMT |  + Evidence of India’s involvement in regime change in Sri Lanka
    Fresh evidence has emerged pointing to a concerted international effort behind the defeat of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in the country’s presidential election on January 8. Reuters reported on Sunday that the Colombo station chief for India’s external spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was recalled to New Delhi before the election, following complaints by the Sri Lankan government that he was helping the opposition parties. India rejected any suggestion that it meddled in the Sri Lankan election. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin insisted that the diplomat was recalled as part of a “normal transfer” after a three-year tour of duty in Colombo.
  • 10) Jan 22, 2015 15:01:21 GMT |  + Coup allegations are baseless: Gota
    Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa rejected allegations of an attempt being made by the Rajapaksa regime to subvert democracy through an ‘election night coup’ and said they would not have called in the Attorney General if such a plan was being actually hatched at Temple Trees. “Yes, the Attorney General was called to Temple Trees but that was to discuss the matter of maintaining law and order such as whether it was necessary to impose a curfew, etc. because the Opposition had publicly stated that it will surround Temple Trees. That was a situation that needed to be addressed,” he said in an interview with Daily Mirror. more ...
  • 11) Jan 22, 2015 14:53:49 GMT |  + Implementing the thirteenth amendment: the first step of a long journey
    In his first trip abroad to India, the new Foreign Minister has stated that the new government is committed to implementing the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Similarly, in his first address to Parliament after the formation of the government, the Prime Minister stressed the need to develop a solution to the ‘national problem’, adding that any such solution ‘would not be detrimental to the unitary status of the country.’ more ...
  • 12) Jan 22, 2015 14:03:14 GMT |  + Lanka to seek RBI help to trace money stashed abroad
    The new Sri Lankan government today said it plans to seek assistance from the Reserve Bank of India, the World Bank and the IMF to trace billions of dollars in ill-gotten wealth allegedly stashed abroad by persons close to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.The new government is aware that people who held high positions had hidden "billions of dollars" in foreign accounts, cabinet spokesman and Minister of Health, Rajith Senaratne said today."We will go after the foreign assets of Sri Lankans. Billions of dollars have been stolen and taken out of the country. We are taking steps to bring them back," Senaratne told the media.
  • 13) Jan 22, 2015 13:47:29 GMT |  + Sri Lanka rejects Rajapaksa’s revenge allegations
    The newly-elected Sri Lankan government Thursday refuted allegations of political revenge made by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathillake said the allegations were baseless and that the present government was committed to charging all those involved in corruption, Xinhua reported. “The former president can say what he wants but this government has appointed a high—level committee to investigate bribery charges against those involved in it. We will not tolerate such misdeeds...,” the minister said. more ...
  • 14) Jan 22, 2015 13:38:38 GMT |  + India won, China nil as Sri Lanka turfs out Rajapaksa
    The new robust diplomacy, which Modi calls "Act East", has delighted Washington, which has been nudging India for years to dovetail with the US strategic pivot towards the region.When President Barack Obama makes a landmark visit to India on Sunday, he will be the chief guest at Delhi's showpiece Republic Day military parade, and rarely for a presidential trip, is not scheduled to visit any other country before returning to Washington. "What is appealing to me and my colleagues is the fact that Prime Minister Modi has undertaken to build from what has been a 'Look East' policy to an 'Act East' policy," said US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, Daniel Russel, in Washington last month. more ...
  • 15) Jan 22, 2015 13:35:28 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Tourism headquarters sealed by authorities over corruption allegations
    Sri Lanka Tourism may have been involved in a major corruption scheme. Following the defeat of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), several institutions and office rooms of prominent officials in the previous government have been sealed in order to carry out investigations on allegations of fraud and corruption, Ceylon Today reported. Also, Sri Lanka Tourism, which alleged to have misused funds, especially during the Uva Provincial Council election and the recently-held presidential election, has been placed under guard. more ...
  • 16) Jan 22, 2015 11:08:19 GMT |  + Winning the hearts and minds of Tamils
    It was DEW Gunasekera who publicly stated that the Tamil people are also OUR people; more than 80% of Buddhists of our country worship Hindu deities, the best example was that of our former President Mahinda Rajapaksa going to Thirupathy to get the blessings of the presiding deity of the temple. There were many who have come from places such as Kerala and brought their cuisine with them, settled in the South and became Sinhalese. We had a 30- year war with a Tamil terrorist group and not with the Tamil people of our country. Our relationship with the Tamil people is one of a kind. - See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/61703/winning-the-hearts-and-minds-of-tamils#sthash.hL6GN2H8.dpuf
  • 17) Jan 22, 2014 18:52:15 GMT |  + PPT judgement upholds Eelam Tamil identity and nomenclature
    The full report of the judgement of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka (Bremen Session), released on Wednesday, came out with a discussion on the choice of nomenclature to identify the victims of genocide and has decided on the use of the term “Eelam Tamils as a national group.” This recognition, coming for the first time, from a credible global body of humanity such as the Peoples’ Tribunal, nullifies the so-called legitimacy in the insistence of the use of the term ‘Sri Lankan Tamil’ thrust on the victims by various States and their international organisations. more ...
  • 18) Jan 22, 2014 18:50:40 GMT |  + Arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lanka; Jayalalithaa seeks Centre's intervention
    Describing as "unfortunate" the latest arrest of 25 Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today sought "decisive" action by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to secure their release and facilitate smooth conduct of fishermen-level talk between the two countries next week."It is most disconcerting and shocking to learn that the Lankan Navy has returned to its marauding acts of assault and apprehension of innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu at this critical juncture."
  • 19) Jan 22, 2014 15:38:43 GMT |  + Khuram Shaikh death: Politician arrest over Sri Lanka killing
    A Sri Lankan politician charged with murdering a British aid worker has been arrested by police two weeks after jumping bail. Sampath Vidanapathirana, a town council leader, was remanded in custody after appearing at the High Court in Colombo. He is one of six men accused of the murder of Khuram Shaikh and gang-rape of a woman. All plead not guilty. The Red Cross worker was shot and stabbed to death at a hotel in southern Sri Lanka on Christmas Day 2011. more ...
  • 20) Jan 22, 2014 15:23:38 GMT |  + US wants division of Lanka through rights resolution: Minister
    Sri Lanka on Wednesday accused the US of trying to divide the country, as wished by the rebel Tamil Tigers, through its resolutions against it at the UN rights body. The US embassy in Colombo has proposed to the government fulfilling of conditions which will lead to their holding back of the upcoming resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), said Wimal Weerawansa, the Housing Minister. "The US embassy has informed the government that they are willing to hold back the resolution if Sri Lanka took action to withdraw troops completely from the north, confer full police and land powers to the northern provincial council, stop settlement of Sinhalese in the north and removal of high security zones," said Weerawansa, also the leader of the nationalist National Freedom Front.
  • 21) Jan 22, 2014 13:32:27 GMT |  + Kathleen Wynne met with Tamil man formerly linked to designated terrorist organization
    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne traded pleasantries this month with a onetime spokesman for a federally listed terrorist organization while on a visit to a Toronto temple, the premier’s office confirmed on Tuesday. Mrs. Wynne stood alongside Nehru Gunaratnam, a former spokesman for the World Tamil Movement, on Jan. 14, and a photo of the event was posted on a photography company’s Facebook page. more ...
  • 22) Jan 22, 2014 13:29:11 GMT |  + Australia's reputation on human rights damaged by asylum policies, NGO says
    Australia’s harsh treatment of asylum seekers, patients with mental illnesses and silence on rights abuses in other countries has damaged its standing as a protector of human rights, according to the 2014 Human Rights Watch world report. The report chronicles the state of human rights around the world and singles out Australia’s Labor and Coalition governments for sending asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Australia’s willingness to turn a blind eye towards human rights abuses occurring in countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia and PNG are also flagged as areas of concern. more ...
  • 23) Jan 22, 2014 13:27:05 GMT |  + Indira Gandhi asked Thatcher to stop helping Lanka militarily
    Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had asked her British counterpart Margaret Thatcher to stop helping Sri Lanka with military advice to crush the separatist Tamil Eelam movement in the 1980s, according to newly declassified documents. In a document relating to Sri Lanka, released by the National Archives here under the 30-year declassification rule, a reference was apparently made to India's suspicion in 1984 that Britain's elite Special Air Service (SAS) was training the Sri Lankan military.
  • 24) Jan 22, 2014 13:25:34 GMT |  + “Commute death sentence of Rajiv case accused too’’
    Following the Supreme Court’s order commuting the death sentences of 15 death row inmates, including four associates of forest brigand Veerappan, some political parties in Tamil Nadu demanded commutation of death sentence awarded to Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. “The order has offered a ray of hope to the three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, since their mercy petitions were also dismissed after a long wait of 11 years,” said PMK leader S. Ramadoss, who has been campaigning against their death penalty.
  • 25) Jan 22, 2014 11:34:10 GMT |  + Why international pressure has become necessary for Sri Lanka
    If the government is not prepared to win the support of the majority community to take the country in the direction of a just political solution, the conflict is bound to continue and to get aggravated.The ethnic conflict is the problem that gave rise to three decades of war. The answer to the conflict has to be a just sharing of power between ethnic majority and minorities. It is in the context of failure to evolve an internal answer that the answer to the government’s failure has come to be seen as international pressure.
  • 26) Jan 22, 2014 11:31:34 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Disappearance Probe to Hear More Cases from North
    A three-member panel appointed to probe disappearances during Sri Lanka's three-decade-long civil war will hear more cases in Tamil-dominated northern areas. The panel had received some 13,000 complaints of disappearances when it began their Kilinochchi hearings. Commission's H W Gunadasa said that the panel would now sit in Mullaithivu, the former LTTE military headquarters. "Having investigated the complaints we have handed over to the Attorney General's Department some 162 cases for further action," Gunadasa said.
  • 27) Jan 22, 2014 11:29:07 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to sack officer over 'false' GDP data rowRead more: Sri Lanka to sack officer over 'false' GDP data row
    Sri Lanka’s main statistics office Wednesday said a senior official who denounced alleged government pressure to inflate economic growth data would be sacked after he was found guilty of leaking confidential information. Accounts Director H.S. Wanasinghe faced two separate disciplinary hearings after he complained to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and an opposition lawmaker that the government was manipulating data.
  • 28) Jan 22, 2013 23:26:53 GMT |  + Reconciliation has failed because of top-down attempts: Sri Lankan foreign minister
    Reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka after the end of the 30-year armed conflict with the Tamil Tiger rebels have failed mainly because they were top-down attempts and no effort was made to galvanise popular support behind the proposals, a senior minister said here Tuesday. Moreover, there was a lack of political consensus over the implementation of various proposals that were made in the past, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said. He was delivering a lecture at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) on "The Rise of Asia and Sri Lanka's Role". He referred to the instance of one of the bills he presented in the Sri Lankan parliament, which was burnt by the opposition.
  • 29) Jan 22, 2013 23:26:12 GMT |  + Addressing Sri Lanka’s Twin National Questions - Alan Keenan (ICG)
    As someone who has lived in Sri Lanka off and on for extended periods and has studied Sri Lanka for more than a decade now – first as an academic researcher and for the past six years an analyst with the International Crisis Group – I have grown to care a lot about all the island’s peoples and dream some day of there being a lasting and just peace and a fair and democratic system for all its residents. Unfortunately, as you all know, we are a long way away from that goal. Indeed, it’s a particularly difficult time in Sri Lanka – especially for Tamils – but also for Sri Lankan democracy as a whole. more ...
  • 30) Jan 22, 2013 23:22:48 GMT |  + India, Lanka sign accord on anti-terror
    India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday signed two separate agreements on combating international terrorism and avoidance of double taxation, eyeing elevation of "robust" bilateral ties to building of a special economic partnership. The two key accords were signed after the 8th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting held in New Delhi discussed enhanced cooperation in a range of areas including civil nuclear energy. At the meeting, the Indian side was led by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid while the Lankans were led by his counterpart G L Peiris.
  • 31) Jan 22, 2013 23:21:33 GMT |  + Sri Lanka extends police detention of suspects amid protests
    Sri Lanka approved legislation on Tuesday allowing police to hold suspects for up to 48 hours without a warrant amid street protests accusing the government of acting to suppress dissent. Rights groups assert that Sri Lanka, which has a long history of police impunity, of continuing to violate human rights despite the end of a three-decade-long war with Tamil Tiger separatists in May 2009. Police in the South Asian nation previously could detain suspects without charge for 24 hours. more ...
  • 32) Jan 22, 2013 14:14:31 GMT |  + Sri Lanka learns harsh lesson in parliamentary supremacy vs liberty: fuss-budget
    Sri Lanka's constitutions were not written by the masses. The masses all over the world have loved liberty, when they experience it. Liberty is the most precious commodity in the universe....Horrific nationalism and state intervention seems to be hard wired into our psyche. Neither are compatible with freedom. One step forward is followed by two steps backward. The fate of Sri Lanka's (or Ceylon's) civil service commission, the constitutional councils, section 29 are examples.
  • 33) Jan 22, 2013 14:10:24 GMT |  + You Must Continue This Historic Struggle For Extrinsic Independence, Not Just For The Judiciary But For Democracy
    The concentration of power in one arm disturbs the delicate balance of power among the three arms of Government. When there was already an imbalance of power, further concentration was a recipe for disaster. To understand the extrinsic evolvements in our Country we must understand what took place in the field of Constitution making in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 34) Jan 22, 2013 13:46:25 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Troubled Normalcy – Analysis
    Though there is no impending threat to Sri Lanka’s security, the real challenge since the comprehensive defeat of the LTTE has been to secure a substantive resolution of the political confrontation between the majority Sinhala and the minority Tamil community. Unless such a reconciliation is engineered, Sri Lankan politics will remain fraught with the extreme ethnic tensions that, four decades ago, gave rise to protracted terrorism in the country. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka’s political leadership – across the ethnic divide – has failed to demonstrate the political sagacity necessary for the settlement of long-standing disputes over the structural inequities of the prevailing order in the country.
  • 35) Jan 22, 2013 13:43:12 GMT |  + Gotabhaya faults US over unfair treatment of Maj. Gen.
    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that the US government was persecuting Sri Lanka on the basis of false information and wrong assumptions.A case in point was their recent decision to deprive Maj. Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe of a US military programme on the basis of his being the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 53 Division during eelam war IV, an irate Rajapaksa said.The Defence Secretary said that he couldn’t understand the basis for the US decision to deny a senior officer, of a friendly country, an opportunity to enhance his knowledge. more ...
  • 36) Jan 22, 2013 13:39:50 GMT |  + Sri Lanka doctor running rehab centre caught selling drugs to kids
    A doctor who was allegedly selling large quantities of a tablet named ‘Sudol’ was nabbed by Sri Lanka’s Negombo SP Division’s District Anti-Corruption Unit.He is 40 and a father of one and the investigations revealed that he has told the village people that he was giving treatment to drug addicts but has been selling drugs at a very high price to drug addicts for a long time.Arrangements have been made to produce his Medical Certificate and documents related to his qualifications to the Sri Lanka Medical Council for examination and the suspect would be produced before courts.
  • 37) Jan 22, 2013 13:37:52 GMT |  + Matale mass grave traced to 1987-89
    Human skeletal remains excavated from a mass grave near the Matale Hospital have been preliminary dated to 1987-89 period, when over 60,000 insurgents perished in extra judicial killings by the then government sponsored death squads during the second JVP uprising.Excavations were conducted under the supervision of three judicial medical officers. Samples of the skeletal remains have also been submitted for radio carbon dating procedures abroad. more ...
  • 38) Jan 22, 2013 13:33:22 GMT |  + Most non-Buddhists use Buddhist temple land - MR
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that most non-Buddhists were conducting their religious activities in places, which belonged to Buddhist temples or sacred lands.The president’s office in a statement quoting the president also said, “When we go to some temples we can see a diminishing number of benefactors. I think this is mainly because people think of their economy.” more ...
  • 39) Jan 22, 2013 13:25:47 GMT |  + Detention Bill passed
    Parliament today enacted a new law that provides for detention for 48 hours of a person arrested without a warrant prior to producing him or her before a magistrate. Earlier, such a person could only be detained for 24 hours. Environment Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said during the debate on the Bill titled ‘Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill’, that such detention would be warranted only in case of 15 offences outlined in the Penal Code.
  • 40) Jan 22, 2013 13:23:01 GMT |  + 12 Fishermen Injured in Lankan Navy Attack
    Twelve fishermen were today injured when they were attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel for fishing in Lankan territorial waters, officials said. According to fishermen, the Lankan navy surrounded their boats, cut the fishing nets of more than ten vessels, and pushed four fishermen into the sea, and asked them to swim to their boat. Later the fishermen were asked to kneel down and were beaten up with lathis by the naval men, they alleged.
  • 41) Jan 22, 2013 13:19:32 GMT |  + India-SL Joint Commission concludes in New Delhi
    The Eighth meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission concluded in New Delhi today co-chaired by Salman Khurshid, Minister of External Affairs of India and Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs where several important issues were discussed and two agreements signed.It was agreed that the next session of the Joint Commission would be held in Sri Lanka in the first half of 2014 on a date to be mutually agreed upon between the two sides.
  • 42) Jan 22, 2013 2:23:23 GMT |  + MV Sun Sea passenger loses refugee status after court denies his claim that Sri Lanka could falsely link him to Tamil rebels
    The Federal Court of Canada has overturned the refugee status granted a passenger aboard a smuggling ship linked to Tamil rebels, just as the refugee board extended protection on the same grounds to a Tamil passenger of a second smuggling ship, highlighting the difficulty in handling the two highly publicized mass arrivals. The overturned decision involves one of 492 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants who arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea in 2010; the newly granted asylum decision involves one of the 76 aboard the MV Ocean Lady in 2009. more ...
  • 43) Jan 22, 2013 0:01:47 GMT |  + The story of the weeping widows
    It was a practical examination session for a training of gender trainers in the Jaffna district. The trainees had to conduct a day’s training on gender issues in a village called Thoppukkadu located in Karainagar. The participants were widows who were beneficiaries of a livelihood assistance project implemented by the UNDP. Watched by the keen eyes of the examiners, the trainees began their training session. As usual, the first formalities of a typical participatory mode-training program were observed. The question “What are your expectations (of this workshop)?” travelled around the room. ant decisively got up. more ...
  • 44) Jan 22, 2013 0:01:03 GMT |  + Mixed welcome for Stouffville newcomers
    Country Close to the City is more than a town slogan for Sivan Ilangko. It is the reason the native of Sri Lanka calls Stouffville home. “We wanted a bigger house. We wanted the kids to have wider exposure to other cultures,” say Mr. Ilangko of the 2009 move to his Ina Lane home. “I like the country-feel close to Toronto, too.” It was his work with an international accounting firm that first drew the 46 year-old from Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 45) Jan 22, 2012 13:18:43 GMT |  + Sri Lanka/Islamophobia: Sri Lanka orders 161 foreign Muslim clerics out
    Sri Lanka has ordered a group of 161 foreign Muslim clerics to leave the country, for flouting visa regulations by preaching to pockets of Muslims around the country, an official said Sunday. “We have ordered them to leave the country by January 31. They have violated immigration laws. A tourist visa is to have a holiday or visit friends and family and not to preach Islam,” Perera told AFP. He said the group, which belongs to the Tabligh Jamat group, arrived in Sri Lanka last month in small batches. more ...
  • 46) Jan 22, 2012 13:16:49 GMT |  + Fonseka Is Between Scylla And Charybdis
    What about the killings of North East Tamil journalists? Almost all journalists who were assassinated were from Army controlled areas. Now the whole bloody war crimes issue is limiting the issue to crimes committed by both sides during the final stage of the war. What about the horrendous crimes committed by all sides during the war? more ...
  • 47) Jan 22, 2012 13:13:02 GMT |  + Govt.'s double speak on 13 plus
    As Rajapaksa mingled with his invitees, an Indian journalist asked him whether he was going to give any assurances to Krishna. "He will neither ask for such assurances nor will I give any," he said jokingly with his inimitable guffaw. Barely six hours later, the joke turned out to be just the opposite of what he said. Krishna did ask and Rajapaksa did give him an assurance. To put it in Krishna's own words, "The Government of Sri Lanka has on many occasions conveyed to us its commitment to move towards a political settlement based on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, and building on it, so as to achieve a meaningful devolution of powers. "
  • 48) Jan 22, 2012 13:07:34 GMT |  + Krishna Extracts Promises And TNA Woos The South
    It was a week that had the Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna making headlines in Sri Lanka. He broke tradition, in many ways. His insistence on meeting with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the Tamilian political party in parliamentary opposition, before he met with the Government, had Minister Prof. Peiris and the big wigs at the Colombo Foreign Ministry wondering what they could pull off, in proving they are not incompetent in handling their responsibilities.
  • 49) Jan 22, 2012 12:56:17 GMT |  + Armed men on nocturnal terror visits to deter students’ struggle
    “The Government is bankrupt of ideas and solutions, and has therefore, opted for the military approach. This should never be the case. The authorities must have a re-think, before moving in on this particular direction,” JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said. He warned that, if the Government has its way with this so-called private universities to be opened in the country, it would mean the death knell of free education, starting from the primary to the halls of higher education. more ...
  • 50) Jan 22, 2012 12:33:50 GMT |  + Scholarships: India told to come through Treasury
    Sri Lanka has told India that all foreign scholarships given to public servants should be channelled through the External Resources Department of the Treasury and not be given directly to recipients, a top official said yesterday. The Treasury’s External Resources Director General Mapa Pathirana told the Sunday Times that the position was conveyed to India after a discussion with officials of the External Affairs Ministry.
  • 51) Jan 22, 2012 12:26:15 GMT |  + Fisheries row: India not ready for joint patrolling
    India has disagreed to Sri Lanka’s proposal for joint patrolling of the International Maritime Boundary (IMB) that separates the two countries as a stringent measure to avoid poaching by fishermen in each other’s territorial waters. This was one of the proposals made during the recent talks of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Fisheries. India refused to conform to its adherence to the IMB Line in the joint statement issued by the JWG at the conclusion of talks in Colombo last week.
  • 52) Jan 22, 2011 22:10:10 GMT |  + Mahinda’s Bad Omens And Mixed Signals
    When the President landed in Houston the Tamil Diaspora got agitated. Amnesty International made the first public announcement against his tour and Prof. Francis A. Boyle, a Professor of International Law at Illinois University had also protested to the Obama government for permitting Mahinda Rajapaksa to enter America.
  • 53) Jan 22, 2011 22:03:48 GMT |  + Without Witness and Victim Protection Legislation, No Hope for Restoration of Justice in Sri Lanka
    In many developing Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, the failure to pass and enforce victim and witness protection laws remains one of the major obstacles to the rule of law. Law enforcement does not protect victims or witnesses much less investigate threats against them as a matter of law. Neither the judicial system nor Executive agencies are responsive to requests for protection, leaving individuals denied protection without means of redress. Moreover, police themselves routinely engage in victim and witness intimidation to ensure their own impunity or in return for bribes.
  • 54) Jan 22, 2011 21:59:36 GMT |  + War of words does little to solve reports from Jaffna
    The issue of the deteriorating security situation in Jaffna was first raised in Parliament in early January by none other than the Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda. At the time it seemed like he wanted to seize the initiative from the members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) by beating them at raising the issue that was important for people of his electorate as well as for many TNA MPs. But his interest in the matter seems to have died down in less than two weeks as he was a notable absentee when a day long debate on the Jaffna situation was taken up in Parliament on Thursday.
  • 55) Jan 22, 2011 18:39:23 GMT |  + Amnesty International makes accusations against Sri Lankan forces
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reportedly on a personal visit to the U.S., prompting calls from an international human rights group that he be investigated for his alleged role in torture and war crimes. Mr. Rajapaksa is commander in chief of Sri Lanka's armed forces, which along with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), face allegations of war crimes during the decades-long conflict on the South Asian island. more ...
  • 56) Jan 22, 2011 18:37:03 GMT |  + Rights group urges boycott of Sri Lankan book fest
    Several well-known writers, thinkers and filmmakers are backing a boycott led by Reporters Without Borders of Sri Lanka's main literary festival. Arundhati Roy, Ken Loach, Tariq Ali and Noam Chomsky have added their names to a campaign by the organization protesting the country's restrictions on free speech .Author Lawrence Hill is one of several Canadians taking part in the festival.
  • 57) Jan 22, 2011 18:27:42 GMT |  + An epic journey
    Early December, 180 km east of Colombo, I found my own piece of personal nirvana. For three days, I was free from the cycle of heat, humidity and the incessant Colombo rain. Added to my physical revival was an intense dose of spiritual reawakening: even for an unyielding believer like me, walking around half a dozen temples in three days, barefooted and hands clasped in veneration, was nothing short of a minor rebirth. Unlike other tourists, I didn’t go to the picturesque hill district of Nuwara Eliya (NE) to enjoy its crisp and cold winter, trim tea gardens, its bungalows with white picket fences, cheerful gardens or the placid lake offering boat rides.
  • 58) Jan 22, 2011 17:45:13 GMT |  + UN Belatedly Re-Confirms Ban Panel Blocked by Sri Lanka, Is Not Asked About Ban's Claims: No More Questions
    The UN, after moving to refuse to answer any Press questions about Sri Lanka, has decided to publicly re-confirm that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Accountability Panel is no longer slated to travel to Sri Lanka. As Inner City Press repored on January 18, this is contrary to Ban's December 17 praise of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's "flexibility" in allowing the visit, and to Ban's January 14 answer to Inner City Press. But the UN does not want to explain, or even be asked about, these accumulating discrepancies. more ...
  • 59) Jan 22, 2011 17:41:04 GMT |  + Tamil war widows must have justice
    The government must recognize all the war widows as a group in need of special attention, because civil society can not escape responsibility towards them. Otherwise, "their stories remain buried in the sands of history, blown away by the winds of time." These are the demands of Fr. Oswald B. Firth, president of the Association for Peace and Development (papd), in a meeting with the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (Llrc) held on 20 January in Colombo. The PAPD is a nongovernmental organization founded during the war in 2001 to promote inter-ethnic harmony and a spirit of understanding among all major communities in the east, directly affected by war. more ...
  • 60) Jan 22, 2011 9:18:24 GMT |  + Economic independence in North questionable: Bragg
    The United Nations yesterday said most of those resettled in the North currently had limited access to basic services such as shelter, water and sanitation and healthcare. Addressing a media conference in Colombo UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg said those communities remained extremely vulnerable and had critical humanitarian needs that should be addressed immediately. “When I asked one individual how long the relocation grants he had been given would last he said for his family of 5 about 3 months. When I asked him what he would do when the funds ran out he shrugged indicating that no economic activities were available to him,” she said.
  • 61) Jan 22, 2011 9:15:26 GMT |  + Stir over TN lawyer arrest in Sri Lanka
    Advocates on Monday condemned the arrest of a woman lawyer by the Sri Lankan government and demanded her immediate release. The Madras high court advocates association by its president R.C. Paul Kanagaraj, Tamil Nadu Advocates Association by its president S. Prabakaran and Women Lawyers Association by its president D. Prasanna passed separate resolutions, appealing to the state and union governments to immediately take steps to release the advocate Kayalvizhi alias Angaiyarkanni, who was arrested at Omanthai check post along with her clerk Thirumalai.
  • 62) Jan 22, 2011 9:00:14 GMT |  + Hope Lanka Will Punish Those Behind War Crimes: US
    "We have made strong public statements and are supporting what Sri Lanka is doing. It's a process that is still ongoing," State Department spokesman P J Crowley said at his daily news conference yesterday. "We clearly believe that those who have violated international humanitarian law must be held accountable, and we believe that accountability for alleged crimes is an essential component of national reconciliation in Sri Lanka," he said in response to a question. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently on a private visit to the United States. more ...
  • 63) Jan 22, 2011 8:53:27 GMT |  + Pakistan Army chief visits Sri Lanka
    Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is on an official visit to Sri Lanka to "strengthen bonds of friendship" between the armies of the two countries, it was reported here. Kayani, the chief of Army staff (COAS), visited the Defence Services Command and Staff College in Colombo on Friday, the Geo News reported. According to a statement by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Kayani addressed the students there and also formally inaugurated the Quetta Association formed by Sri Lankan students of the Command and Staff College, Quetta.
  • 64) Jan 22, 2011 8:51:37 GMT |  + ''India committed to facilitating development in Jaffna''
    India has expressed its commitment to facilitate development in Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka''s north, which was once the stronghold of the LTTE. "As the people of Jaffna seek to resurrect their lives after years of armed conflict, the Government and the people of India remain committed to facilitating development in the region," Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K Kantha said yesterday. High commissioner was speaking at the inauguration of second annual Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF) where more than 45 Indian companies are participating.
  • 65) Jan 22, 2011 4:45:14 GMT |  + Ban's Sri Lanka war crimes panel stuck in New York
    Sri Lanka has cut off direct talks with a U.N. panel set up in June to promote accountability for war crimes during the final stages of the country's bloody 2009 offensive against Tamil separatists, U.N. officials told Turtle Bay. The panel had been planning a trip to Colombo to question senior officials responsible for addressing massive rights violations during the conflict, but that visit is now unlikely. Sri Lanka's deputy U.N. ambassador, Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva, who commanded troops during the war, wrote to the office of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this month to say that going forward his government would only hold talks with Ban's advisors, not with the panel investigating war crimes.
  • 66) Jan 22, 2011 4:43:56 GMT |  + Aspiring city-builders join DiverseCity program
    Why Not Theatre artistic director Ravi Jain turned 31 this week, conscious of wanting to play a deeper role in shaping the city. “I’m more serious about the types of conversations I’m getting into,” he says. “I was living in France, and before that New York... Piragal Thiru serves as an integration planner for York Region and outside the office advocates for human rights in Sri Lanka.
  • 67) Jan 22, 2011 4:42:41 GMT |  + Organizations that allegedly raised money for Tamil Tigers ordered to forfeit belongings
    A pair of Canadian non-profit organizations the RCMP says raised millions of dollars for Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers rebels have been ordered to forfeit all their belongings to the federal government. The Federal Court ruled the property of the World Tamil Movement of Ontario and the World Tamil Movement of Quebec was owned or controlled by a terrorist organization and therefore had to be forfeited. more ...
  • 68) Jan 22, 2010 20:03:29 GMT |  + Can Sri Lanka hold a genuine election?
    Sri Lanka’s presidential election, set for Jan. 26, will test the popular sovereignty enshrined in the Constitution and the possibility of a genuine election, as required by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. According to Article 3 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, “In the Republic of Sri Lanka, sovereignty is in the people and is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise.” So voting for the formation of a government must be genuine.
  • 69) Jan 22, 2010 19:55:30 GMT |  + NCCT welcomes referendum in Germany, Switzerland and Netherland, urges full participation
    Election coordinating committee for the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) welcomes the referendum scheduled to take place in Germany, Switzerland and Netherland this Saturday and Sunday, and urge the Eelam Tamils to vote yes to independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam. NCCT also urges the full participation of Eelam Tamils in Germany, Switzerland and Netherland in the scheduled referendum.
  • 70) Jan 22, 2010 19:50:20 GMT |  + Ballots for Bullies: The Crimes Against Humanity Elections of 2010
    Coming less than a year after the end of the country's long and brutal civil war, the January 26 presidential elections in Sri Lanka have made international headlines in recent weeks, as the incumbent president (who oversaw the war from on high) faces unexpected competition from a former army general (who oversaw the war from on the ground). But given the involvement of both men in the long, bloody war, many observers caution that this political jockeying is unlikely to translate into real change for Tamils or accountability for the abuses committed against them. Many Tamils are skeptical themselves; still, Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party is backing the former general.
  • 71) Jan 22, 2010 19:35:41 GMT |  + Mahanayake thera warns president
    The Chief incumbent of the Malwatte Chapter in Sri Lanka has warned President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the non compliance of Supreme Court orders might lead to the deterioration of law and order in Sri Lanka. The Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala thera of the Malwatte chapter in a letter has drawn president's special attention to state media which continued to act disregarding Supreme Court orders. The Mahanayake thera is commenting on the non compliance of the recent Supreme Court order regarding the media coverage during the run up to the presidential elections.
  • 72) Jan 22, 2010 19:30:34 GMT |  + Uncovering Sri Lanka's war crimes
    Despite promises to the UN, the Sri Lankan government has yet to investigate the serious crimes of Sri Lanka's civil war...Despite verbal acrobatics reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, Sri Lankan officials have been unable to dismiss a shocking mobile phone video from last January purportedly showing Sri Lankan soldiers summarily executing naked and bound captives. The government has consistently claimed the video is fake, without providing any evidence that the gruesome scene was staged or the footage tampered with. Now, the top United Nations envoy Philip Alston, told the BBC, "You cannot fake the precise sort of reaction which the human body makes when shot at close range by such a weapon."
  • 73) Jan 22, 2010 19:26:34 GMT |  + Rajapaksha Is KillingThe True Identity Of Sri Lanka
    President Mahendra Percy Rajapaksha is progressively killing the humane character and the identity of Sri Lanka. The country has been relegated to an inferior state in the world map only to be praised by him and his minions that Sri Lanka is becoming a super power country after defeating the LTTE. If Mahinda win or not in a free and fair or rigged Presidential election, the situation will continue and the thieves he cultivated will continue to openly run the country whilst stampeding on people’s rights.
  • 74) Jan 22, 2010 19:23:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka must halt pre-election attacks on political activists
    Amnesty International has called on Sri Lankan political leaders to investigate attacks on activists during one of the most violent presidential elections in the last 20 years. “These attacks highlight the prevalence of political violence in Sri Lanka even after the military defeat of the Tamil Tigers,” said Madhu Malhotra, Amnesty International’s deputy Asia-Pacific director. “Attacks by paramilitary groups or thugs attached to politicians jeopardize prospects for a free and fair election.” Transfer of weapons from military sources (particularly army deserters) has led to an increase in armed crime including grenade attacks on political opponents.
  • 75) Jan 22, 2010 12:55:43 GMT |  + A new beginning for Canadian Tamils
    When people use the term "immigrant success story," they probably have someone like my friend Roger in mind. Roger came to this country from Sri Lanka as a teenager. He had $100 in his pocket, most of which he spent on a pair of sneakers shortly after getting off the plane. Eventually, he found a job at a major Canadian financial company, in the mail room. That was a quarter-century -- and a half-dozen promotions -- ago. Roger is now a senior vice-president of that same multi-billion-dollar company. In airplanes, he's one of those well-dressed business class people you see thumbing their BlackBerrys, as you shuffle your way to coach. To his clients, his whole life probably seems like a glossy business magazine advertisement come to life.
  • 76) Jan 22, 2010 12:54:46 GMT |  + The gloves are off in Sri Lanka's election
    With Sri Lankans going to the polls on January 26 to elect their next president, there is considerable apprehension that polling will be neither free nor fair. The run-up to polling day has been violent, with five people killed in poll-related violence and scores injured. The election monitoring group, People's Action for Free and Fair Elections, has recorded 382 confirmed instances of violation of election laws between November 17, when candidates filed nominations, and January 20. Supporters of the ruling party and the opposition are "aggressively moving towards a violent election", a spokesperson of the
  • 77) Jan 22, 2010 12:11:46 GMT |  + Close eye on vulnerable booths
    International Election Observers who are currently in the country said today at a press briefing held in Colombo that that they would make an effort to pay attention to vulnerable polling stations and counting centers during the upcoming Presidential Elections. They said that they would be making an effort to visit as many polling stations as possible, adding that the situation in the North would be the same, as they may not be able to visit each and every polling station in the province.
  • 78) Jan 22, 2010 12:09:38 GMT |  + Poll violence will reverse Lanka's good image, warns US
    "The international image of Sri Lanka is just beginning to change from a land were it is all danger and conflict to one where it is a great country where may be we can do business," she said. "This election violence threatens that improvement. It is a step backward for Sri Lanka. And once the election is over I would urge everybody to focus on the hard work of good governance," the US Ambassador said in an interview. She said the Sri Lankan Election commissioner's mandates or orders need to be enforced and the "people need to have the right atmosphere to be able to exercise their franchise (in the presidential polls)."
  • 79) Jan 22, 2010 12:07:28 GMT |  + Blast targets Sri Lanka opposition activist in Colombo
    The home of an opposition activist has been attacked with a petrol bomb in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, days ahead of a presidential election, police say. The bomb destroyed the car and damaged the home of Tiran Alles, an ally of Sarath Fonseka, the main election rival to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Alles, a businessman, escaped unhurt with his family. Earlier this week the United Nations expressed concern over escalating violence ahead of the 26 January poll. The vote pits Sri Lanka's ex-army chief - who led the army to victory over Tamil Tiger rebels in May - against President Rajapaksa who provided political backing for the offensive.
  • 80) Jan 22, 2010 12:05:07 GMT |  + Tamils of Switzerland, Germany, Holland vote on independence this weekend
    Eezham Tamil diaspora in Switzerland goes for referendum on independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam this Saturday and Sunday. A similar ballot will take place in Germany and Holland on Sunday. The democratic exercise on the eve of the presidential elections in Sri Lanka gains significance as it demonstrates the mainstream diaspora is unaffected by the highly publicised political prospects of the elections of ‘united Sri Lanka,’ Tamil observers in Europe said. The enthusiasm seen in the younger generation of the diaspora is particularly a challenge to politics of deviation harping on strengthening Colombo-centric system to find solutions to the crisis, they further said.
  • 81) Jan 22, 2010 12:03:55 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Presidential Elections and Global Politics
    The present day politics in Sri Lanka needs to be placed and analysed within the global context in order to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the underlying power dynamics that engineers its machinery. Democracy or the voice of the majority had been incontestably promoted by the western capitalists as the best suited system of governance since the turn of the last century. Alternative systems of governance such as Totalitarian, Plutocracy, Revolutionary, Oligarchical military dictatorships, or even tribal consensus systems as found in precolonial Africa have all been frowned upon not only due to its limiting exercise of power given to the people.
  • 82) Jan 22, 2009 17:28:08 GMT |  + Lanka should hold talks with Tamil leaders, barring LTTE: Jaya
    AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa Thursday called on the Sri Lankan Government to initiate talks with representatives of Lankan Tamils, barring the LTTE, to find a political solution to end the ethnic conflict and asked the Centre to extend necessary help in this regard. "The ongoing ethnic war should be brought to an end and the Sri Lankan Government should initiate a dialogue with representatives of Tamils there, barring the LTTE, to find a permanent political solution, so that Tamils can live on equal terms with the majority Sinhalese community," she said in a statement.
  • 83) Jan 22, 2009 17:13:32 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: ICRC facilitates handover of wounded soldier to authorities
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today facilitated the handover to the government authorities of a wounded Sri Lanka Army soldier who had been receiving treatment in the Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital, in the LTTE-held area. The ICRC visited the soldier in the hospital on several occasions to check on his physical well-being and provide him with toiletries, clothing and bed linen. In its role as a neutral intermediary between both parties to the conflict, the ICRC was able to arrange for the soldier to leave the LTTE-held area to receive specialist medical treatment in the government-controlled areas.
  • 84) Jan 22, 2009 17:11:59 GMT |  + British FO sabotaging Tamil national question condemned
    A statement released by the British Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs on Wednesday, totally ignoring the national basis of the decades old Tamil struggle and treating the humanitarian crisis of civilians as an outcome of terrorism is strongly condemned by Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian S. Gajendran, who added: The preaching of the modern "corporate religion of greed" to Tamils seems to be "submit yourself to thy genocidal killers."
  • 85) Jan 22, 2009 17:09:29 GMT |  + LTTE recovers 13 SLA dead bodies in Kallaa'ru front
    Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) officials Thursday said their defensive formations put up stiff resistance against the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) that attempted to advance through Kallaa'ru in Northwestern front, killing 40 SLA soldiers and causing injuries to 70. The Tigers have claimed that the SLA attempt to advance was thwarted after heavy fighting. The Tigers have seized weapons in the clearing mission that followed. The LTTE officials did not issue details on their casualties.
  • 86) Jan 22, 2009 12:09:40 GMT |  + Rally Urging India to Stop Supporting Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
    Hundreds of Americans from across the country will descend on D.C. to recall the image and memory of Gandhi. Rally participants will dress like Gandhi and simulate his infamous fasting by sitting in front of an empty plate, empathizing with the Tamils in Sri Lanka who are prevented by the State from getting food and medicine freely. The rally will encourage the Indian government to keep Gandhi's legacy alive, by stopping all military aid and ending its support to the genocidal regime in Sri Lanka.
  • 87) Jan 22, 2009 12:03:51 GMT |  + Germany calls for humanitarian assistance in Sri Lanka
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called Thursday for humanitarian assistance to be delivered to civilians cut off by government and rebel clashes in the north-eastern region of Sri Lanka. Steinmeier expressed concern for more than 300,000 refugees on a coastal 30-kilometre strip of land, in the area held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel group. "They have been completely cut off from international aid for more than 10 days," the German foreign minister said. "The most important thing now is to negotiate a ceasefire, to enable aid deliveries and medical care for the civilians in the disputed areas," he added. more ...
  • 88) Jan 22, 2009 11:46:02 GMT |  + MDMK to stage fast outside Parliament
    MDMK will stage a fast outisde the Parliament on February 12 on the Lankan issue, party leader Vaiko today said. In a statement here, Vaiko alleged that India was supplying arms to Colombo. He also charged the state government with doing little to pressurise the Centre to end the conflict in the island. The fast will also aim at garnering support for the Tamils' casue, Vaiko said adding he would lead the fast.
  • 89) Jan 22, 2009 11:09:05 GMT |  + Tamils fast in support of relatives
    Members of Toronto's 200,000-strong Tamil community are holding a week-long fast to draw attention to the suffering of relatives caught in Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war, as the army intensifies efforts to eliminate the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Greater Toronto's Tamil community, the largest in the world outside Asia, wants Canada to press Sri Lanka to bring about a ceasefire and urge the two sides toward peace. Neethan Shan, a York Region school board trustee of Tamil background, said about 150 people at a time will fast for 24-hour stints through Sunday at the Metropolitan Centre event, with hundreds more taking part for shorter periods.
  • 90) Jan 22, 2009 11:00:16 GMT |  + Hospital bombed, hundreds of wounded helpless
    The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the surgical site of the Mullaiththeevu hospital, functioning as a makeshift hospital at Va'l'lipunam school, are destroyed in Sri Lanka Army (SLA) artillery and Mulit-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) rocket fire at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The medical facility which was serving scores of wounded civilians, has been rendered completely out of function for the time being, displaying one of the worst inhuman scene at the 'Peace Village,' which has witnessed the most cruel civilian casualties of Sri Lanka's so-called 'War on Terrorism'. more ...
  • 91) Jan 22, 2009 0:30:34 GMT |  + 'Safe zone' in Sri Lanka conflict
    The Sri Lankan military says it has designated a safe zone for civilians as it pushes ahead with its offensive against Tamil Tigers in the north-east. Military spokesman Brig Udaya Nanayakkara said advancing troops would not fire into a 32 sq km buffer zone. "We have already air dropped leaflets to let local people know, and are also passing on the message via the International Red Cross," he said. Aid agencies say there are about 250,000 civilians in rebel-held areas. more ...
  • 92) Jan 22, 2009 0:26:26 GMT |  + Rescuers end search for 12 missing migrants
    The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search Wednesday for at least 12 missing migrants — including two Sri Lankans — in choppy waters off the British Virgin Islands after their flimsy boat collided with a reef and broke apart. Rescuers said roughly 25 people, most of them Haitians, had been aboard the overloaded boat that was illegally traveling the 100-mile (160-kilometer) passage from the Dutch territory of St. Maarten to the British Virgin Islands. They were apparently island-hopping in hopes of eventually reaching U.S. shores when the boat hit a reef Monday night, pitching passengers into the ocean.
  • 93) Jan 22, 2008 22:12:55 GMT |  + Interview With Sri Lanka Peace Negotiator
    We remain committed to the promises and the pledges that were given to both Colombo as well as the LTTE, to help them with peace process whenever they wish. But clearly our services are not required at the moment -- we have not received any request for them right now. But I agree with Mr. Rajapaksa that war cannot solve conflicts and that there is a crucial need for negotiations to end this conflict. More important is the fact that a chance has been lost by and for the Sri Lankan people. This is a very negative development for Sri Lanka and civilians are the ones who will suffer. more ...
  • 94) Jan 22, 2008 21:49:32 GMT |  + Diamond jubilee -- or a cold stone?
    As the Eelam war 4 rages into the bloodiest of all battles, the generals, the hawks and the boru part Bonaparte are expressing confidence that the war could be finished within months. A pro government newspaper even gave figures worked out by Army, and according to them there are only about 3,000 LTTE cadres left. If an average of 13 are killed every day, the war should be over within months and, according to that table, the number being eliminated now is an average of 17 or more.
  • 95) Jan 22, 2008 21:23:01 GMT |  + Underwater defence system in place to check Sea Tigers
    The Sri Lankan Navy has put in place an “underwater defence system” between Kachchatheevu and Neduntheevu (Delft Island) as part of efforts to curtail the movement of Sea Tigers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. A communication about laying of sea mines was sent to the Indian Navy. Talking to The Hindu on Tuesday, Commodore Phillip Van Haltren, Naval Officer In-Charge, Tamil Nadu, said he had received the communication from the Sri Lankan Navy on the installation of the seawater defence system.
  • 96) Jan 22, 2008 16:25:08 GMT |  + Call for end to Tamil deportations
    Following the renewed violence in Sri Lanka, the Swiss Refugee Council has called on the government to suspend deportations of failed asylum seekers to that country. In a statement, the organisation pointed out that most Sri Lankan asylum seekers in Switzerland were Tamils from the war-torn north and west of the country.The Council also urged Swiss authorities to expedite asylum applications received at the Swiss embassy in Colombo. Last weekend, an association of Tamils in Switzerland called for the suspension of aid to Sri Lanka. Tamil Forum Switzerland claimed that the money would be used to finance war on the island.
  • 97) Jan 22, 2008 15:40:35 GMT |  + Indian Naval Chief says, Sethu Samundram is not good for big ships
    Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Suresh Mehta has said that the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP), which will dredge a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, would not be useful for the navigation of the big ships. "It is a viable project. But, on completion, it will be useful only for small ships but not to those big ships navigating on international routes," Mehta told reporters here on Monday night.
  • 98) Jan 22, 2008 15:28:37 GMT |  + APRC proposals will be delayed - Rajitha
    The proposals of the All Party Representative Committee for the resolution of the national conflict will not be unveiled tomorrow (Jan. 23rd) owing to certain unforeseen technical glitches, Minister Rajitha Senaratne told ‘Lanka Dissent’ a short while ago. The president has summoned all political parties represented in the APRC for a special meeting at 4.30 pm today (Jan. 22nd) to discuss these obstacles. According to him, the APRC proposals will now be announced by the President on February 04th at the state ceremony to mark independence.
  • 99) Jan 22, 2008 15:17:21 GMT |  + Sri Lanka signals shift in war on Tamil Tigers
    Sri Lanka's President signalled a shift in the war against the Tamil Tigers, saying he did not want to push his troops into rebel-held territory to defeat the guerrillas. "The recent operations in the north are not aimed at advancing... I don't believe in a military solution," President Mahinda Rajapakse told reporters. The remarks were in sharp contrast to statements from the island's military and even the president's brother -- defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse -- who have stated their intention to seize the rebels' mini-state in the north and eliminate the guerrilla leadership.
  • 100) Jan 22, 2008 12:20:49 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Inflation Hits Record 26.2%
    Inflation soared to an all-time record of 26.2% in Sri Lanka in November, central bank officials said Tuesday. The Sri Lanka Consumer Price Index, the broadest measures of prices across the country, rose to 281.8 points in November, up from 223.3 a year earlier or a 26.2% year-on-year increase, they said. High defense spending to support government determination to defeat separatist Tamil Tiger rebels is also seen as fueling inflation. Sri Lanka raised the 2008 defense budget by 20% to a record $1.48 billion.
  • 101) Jan 22, 2008 12:19:02 GMT |  + Tamil Nadu assembly session likely to be stormy
    Tamil Nadu Assembly's session beginning here tomorow is expected to be stormy with the main opposition AIADMK ready to step up its attack on the DMK government on several issues, including its allegation that LTTE is being allowed to regroup in the state. The session, beginning with the customary address by Governor S S Barnala, may be a short one lasting only for five or six days, official sources said.
  • 102) Jan 22, 2008 11:59:33 GMT |  + Sri Lanka pours forces into south after rebel attacks
    Sri Lanka Tuesday poured thousands more security forces into the Sinhalese-dominated south on Tuesday after a string of Tamil rebel attacks left 37 civilians and three police dead, officials said. "We are sending several senior officers together with reinforcements to bolster security in the area," a police official said, adding that several thousand additional security personnel had been deployed. The authorities were also recruiting more men to guard vulnerable areas while police stations in other areas have been asked to release constables to beef up security in the south, the official said.
  • 103) Jan 22, 2008 11:56:01 GMT |  + Tamil rebels to be left out of Sri Lanka's latest peace move
    Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared Tuesday that he will leave Tamil separatist rebels out of his government's latest effort to resolve the country's ethnic conflict, while continuing the fight against 'terrorism.' Rajapaksa, speaking to local newspaper editors and foreign correspondents based in Colombo, said his latest political proposals on devolution of powers are expected to focus on moderate Tamils and not on the rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who have resumed fighting with government forces.
  • 104) Jan 22, 2008 3:52:35 GMT |  + Remand prisoner is found hanged
    A prisoner awaiting trial has been found dead in his cell, the Prison Service has said. Siumpalan Sathiyan, 29, a Sri Lankan national, was discovered hanging in his cell at Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London early on Sunday. Mr Sathiyan had been remanded on a charge of making a false instrument. A Prison Service spokesman said an investigation would be carried out. A Prison Service spokesman said: "Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr Sathiyan.
  • 105) Jan 22, 2008 3:27:40 GMT |  + SLA blocks Jaffna - Pt.Pedro Road to transport supplies, casualties
    Sri Lanka Army in Jaffna blocked Jaffna - Point Pedro Road for more than 3 hours Monday morning to transport dead and wounded soldiers in two vehicles from Naakarkoayil frontline where an artillery duel and direct clash was reported in the early hours of Monday. Meanwhile, truck loads of military hardware were transported from Palaali military base to SLA positions in Naakarkoayil through this supply route.
  • 106) Jan 22, 2007 22:25:07 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's displaced face uncertainty
    At last, a human tragedy was averted in eastern Sri Lanka as the much feared final battle for Vakarai in Batticaloa district did not happen. Over 9,000 civilians, most of them war-displaced, were living amid relentless artillery and mortar duels in the rebel-held town, about 240km (150 miles) east of the capital, Colombo. The Vakarai region was already facing severe food and medicine shortage before the army started squeezing supplies to try to capture it from Tamil Tiger rebels. But Tamil Tiger rebels withdrew into the jungles north of Vakarai in Batticaloa district, avoiding a bloody face-to-face battle with the army. If it had happened, no doubt there would have been severe civilian casualties.
  • 107) Jan 22, 2007 15:51:18 GMT |  + Air force jets, helicopters bomb Tamil rebel bases in northeast
    Sri Lanka's air force bombed a Tamil rebel camp in northeastern Sri Lanka on Monday, killing a "large number" of insurgents, a military official said. The air strike targeted a camp just north of eastern Batticaloa district, where the military and Tamil Tiger rebels have been locked in a fierce fight for territory. "We took the decision to bomb the target ... an identified Tiger terrorist gathering point," military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said. "Air force sources confirmed that a large number of Tiger terrorists were killed." But a spokesman for the rebels, Rasiah Ilanthirayan, said no Tiger camps were affected by the raid.
  • 108) Jan 22, 2007 15:50:41 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Military Says Rebels Forced Out of Key Regions
    Sri Lanka's military says it is driving out Tamil Tiger rebels from key areas in the island's east, following intense fighting. VOA's Suzanne Presto reports from New Delhi that the military says it is working to restore such areas, so tens of thousands of civilians can return to the region. Sri Lankan military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe says Tamil Tiger rebels who were forced from the eastern Vakarai region are near Batticaloa, following intense battles between the troops and militants. The military said about 42,000 civilians, held against their will by rebels in Vakarai before the fighting, are now much safer.
  • 109) Jan 22, 2007 13:05:41 GMT |  + Fresh violence claims 9 lives in Sri Lanka
    Tamil Tiger rebels have shot dead two soldiers and two policemen in Sri Lanka's embattled northeast as security forces dug in at a town seized from the guerrillas, the defence ministry said. The two soldiers were shot on Sunday night in the eastern district of Batticaloa, where troops captured the main rebel bastion of Vakarai town on Friday, the ministry said, adding a Tiger rebel was also killed Monday. The ministry said the two policemen were shot late Sunday in the northern district of Vavuniya. In the same region, four civilians were shot dead by unidentified gunmen, local police said.
  • 110) Jan 22, 2007 12:11:49 GMT |  + Large number of civilians displace by SLA’s artillery fire in Vavunathivu
    Following last night's SLA move from Vavunathivu camp which was repulsed by the LTTE, SLA is continuing with indiscriminate artillery fire. Civilians has begun to displace. Last night, Sri Lankan military’s another attempt to move towards LTTE area from their Vavunatheivu military camp was successfully repulsed by the LTTE at 11.00 pm, 21 January 2007. In this clashes two bodies of the Sri Lankan military were recovered by the LTTE. One RPG LMG, one PK LMG, one Radio set, 10 Grenades, and several ammunitions were also captured.
  • 111) Jan 22, 2007 12:08:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to rebels: Talk peace or face more war
    Sri Lanka's government vowed on Monday to stamp out Tamil Tigers from swathes of jungle in the island's east after capturing a key stronghold, but said the rebels could avoid more fighting if they agree to peace talks. The government's ultimatum came hours after the military and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) clashed at sea off the island's northern tip and as troops scoured for routed Tigers trying to withdraw to camps in the jungles of Toppigala in the east. "If tomorrow the LTTE says 'we are ready to stop hostilities and get back to the negotiating table', we will stop immediately," defense spokesman and government minister Kehelia Rambukwella added.
  • 112) Jan 22, 2007 12:02:02 GMT |  + Army chief vows to clear East of LTTE
    Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said that after Vakarai, the troops would clear the Thoppigala and Kokkadicholai areas of the LTTE. He said that the LTTE cadres who retreated and escaped from Vakarai had sought refuge in the Thoppigala camp but would soon be chased out of the Eastern Province. He said that Thoppigala and Kokkadicholai were the last two strongholds of the LTTE in the East and of them Thoppigala is the base camp. He said that additional troops had been deployed in the areas recaptured from the LTTE, and within weeks an army base camp would be set up at Vakarai. Apart from the Army base camp, a police station and local government institutions too would be set up to resume civil administrative activities very soon.
  • 113) Jan 22, 2007 3:08:20 GMT |  + Tigers still defiant after defeat at sea, loss of strategic stronghold
    A flotilla of Tamil Tiger attack boats, including suicide craft, attacked a cargo ship off Sri Lanka's northern tip on Saturday. The captured coastal stretch was an important maritime supply line for the Tigers and is a major strategic loss to them. However, the Tigers remain defiant. "The location of our fighters may have changed, but we still have our fighting capacity," Tiger military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiraiyan said from the rebels' northern base of Kilinochchi. The Tigers are fighting for an independent state for minority Tamils.
  • 114) Jan 22, 2007 3:01:36 GMT |  + If GL, Milinda, Rajitha join Govt. we quit: JVP
    The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday said it would definitely withdraw its support to the Government, if federalists such as G.L. Peiris, Milinda Moragoda and Rajitha Senaratne joined the Government. The decision could be taken at the Central Committee (CC) meeting this week. “The ideology of those who hope to cross over and their working arrangements with the Government, are key factors on which the CC will decide. We disapprove federalists such as Prof G.L. Peiris, Milinda Moragoda and Rajitha Senaratne joining the Government. They have acted against the interests of the country. However, this does not indicate that we welcome others who are expecting to crossover,” JVP Politburo member Anura Kumara Dissanayaka said.
  • 115) 21:08 GMT, Jan. 22, 2006 |  + The mood in Colombo
    COLOMBO is too tense and one could taste the volatile atmosphere. Practically, everyone believes that hostilities between the Sinhala forces and the LTTE will restart before long. One top newspaper owner even asked me what would be India’s reaction “if they were to push the LTTE further north?” This was in sharp contrast to what I experienced last time when I visited Sri Lanka some four years ago. Then there was an air of optimism. People were generally confident that “something” would emerge from the talks between the government and the LTTE. They favoured peace and wanted the ceasefire to continue indefinitely. I ran into important people at that time arguing how peace with the LTTE was the key to Sri Lanka’s development. more ...
  • 116) 12:27 GMT, Jan. 22, 2006 |  + S.Lanka's navy, fishermen nervously eye each other
    Off Sri Lanka's east coast, navy fast attack boat crews nervously eye local fishermen through heavy machinegun sights, worried they may soon be fighting Tamil Tiger rebels for control of crucial sea-lanes. The navy says a Black Tiger suicide attack sank one of its patrol vessels earlier in the month, and many fear that if Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim -- due to arrive Monday -- cannot revive peace talks, war might not be far away. "Now, the navy won't let us go far out to sea," said Tamil fisherman K. Uhandaraja, who like many on the east coast had only recently resumed fishing after the 2004 tsunami devastated the industry. "We can only fish in a small area. If we cannot fish, there is no future for us," said Uhandaraja, 47. more ...
  • 117) 12:22 GMT, Jan. 22, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka offers compromise as Norway moves to save peace bid
    Sri Lanka offered a compromise to end a deadlock in peace moves with Tamil rebels when a Norwegian envoy visits this week, following violence that has claimed 140 lives in two months. The government said it was ready to make concessions on a venue for talks when Norway's International Development Minister Erik Solheim launches a mission Monday to salvage a 2002 ceasefire, in the face of almost daily killings of rebel supporters and government troops. Proposed talks on shoring up the ceasefire between the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been held up over a bitter dispute on a possible venue, with the rebels calling for Oslo and the government backing an Asian capital. more ...
  • 118) 03:18 GMT, Jan. 22, 2006 |  + Back to war
    Unlike Indonesia Sri Lanka has failed to usher in peace. Every opportunity for rapprochement has been squandered after the Tsunami. The news from Sri Lanka is not good. The new government and its nemesis the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are home alone and trashing the house again. The 2002 ceasefire agreement is in tatters and Sri Lanka is at the brink of civil war. The head of LTTE's political wing S.P Thamilselvan told Reuters the LTTE will defy international opinion if necessary. The rebels, says Thamilselvan "have come of age". His statements are ominous. more ...
  • 119) 00:58 GMT, Jan. 22, 2006 |  + The tsunami legacy - One year on... where is the relief?
    Part of the funds raised for tsunami victims in Sri Lanka have reached the country but never got any further than the pockets of the politicians and their cronies. The Sri Lankan executive director of 'Transparency International', J.C Weliamuna, announced publicly that: "Tsunami funds have been used for party political purposes and new houses given to people with political affiliations who were not affected by the Tsunami." The ruling United People's Front Alliance (UPFA) government and its some time ally, the Sinhala chauvinist JVP (People's Liberation Front) have been releasing relief only in those areas where they have political support. The JVP wants to exclude the minority Tamils from tsunami relief. The new president Mahinda Rajapaksa made a pact with the JVP that they will not deliver tsunami relief to those victims who live in the areas controlled by the LTTE. more ...
  • 120) 14:19 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + Tamil Tigers disappointed at PM snub
    Tamil Tiger rebels have expressed disappointment at Prime Minister Paul Martin's failure to tour tsunami-hit areas under their control, stressing many relatives of Canada's Tamil population had been expecting a visit. The Tigers said it was unfortunate "parochial political considerations of the Colombo government" had kept Martin out. During his visit to Sri Lanka on Monday and Tuesday, the Prime Minister travelled to several sites affected by the tsunami, including parts of the east that border territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, but he avoided areas under Tiger control and did not meet any of the organization's leaders. "By virtue of his position as Prime Minister of Canada, he is also prime minister of about 300,000 Tamil people who have been given refuge in that country," S.P. Tamilselvan, who heads the Tigers' political wing, said this week. "When they were persecuted, they had to run for shelter and Canada has been magnanimous in providing them that shelter ... with dignity and equal status. more ...
  • 121) 11:58 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + US marines likely to stay long
    The government has invited US troops here for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work and they will remain till the end of next year, a highly placed government official said Friday. He said 1,657 US troops and other foreign military personnel totalling 2,517 were now on rebuilding operations. The US troops are deployed in Galle, the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Jaffna among other places. About 39 of them are medical officers and 676 are crew members of the United States ship Duluth anchored off the Koggala Sea.The official said 317 US troops were at the BIA, 221 in Colombo, 404 in Galle and 39 in Jaffna. The US ship Duluth is carrying three CH-46E Sea Knight Helicopters; Marine personnel, and engineering and earth moving equipment. The ship is also carrying a landing craft capable of carrying 180 tons of equipment, which will be used in supporting the aid mission. more ...
  • 122) 11:55 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + Norway Seeks Sri Lanka Tsunami Relief Accord
    Norway’s foreign minister Jan Petersen was in the capital of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels today to resolve disputes between the government and the insurgents over the distribution of tsunami aid.A Tamil relief organisation has charged that the government was holding up container-loads of medical supplies bound for the northern and eastern areas under rebel control. The government said it was following routine procedures in the distribution of aid. At issue was whether the rebels could receive aid directly from overseas donors, underscoring their demand for independence from the Colombo government, or whether the government should centralise the aid disbursement which it says is necessary for fairness.
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  • 123) 11:47 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + 'We need help to grieve'
    More than 30,000 people died in Sri Lanka in the tsunami and over 5,000 people are still missing. Many bodies are dumped in mass graves and some will never be found. Survivors need to start rebuilding their lives, but one Sri Lankan doctor warns this can not be done until they can start the grieving process, a process hampered in many cases by the lack of a body. Dr Jayantha Thambar, a GP, said the broken bones and wounds suffered by his patients were starting to heal, but the psychological trauma would take much longer. He said many doctors ran short of tetanus jabs and antibiotics but said that the clinic where he was working, in the disaster area, was coping although there were concerns that medical aid might not be getting to all the areas where it is needed. more ...
  • 124) 03:57 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + How December 26th, 2004, changed my life



    ‘Vanished Without Trace?’

    We went to visit the schools that housed the hundreds of people left homeless and displaced. There were no toilet facilities and supplies were limited. A few medical students cared for the injured, which formed long lines to get medical attention. Hundreds of children roamed around, some crying uncontrollably, others oblivious to the devastation and distress. In the background was the constant wailing of grief-stricken survivors. We had to choke back our own tears when we spoke with the survivors and heard their stories. We spoke with survivors and heard incredible stories of how they saw this giant black cloud of water over 40-feet high coming towards them. They told us how they had no time to think or gather any belongings. They just ran for their lives. They did not know where they were running to. They only knew what they were running from. more ...
  • 125) 02:52 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + The dangers of exporting democracy
    Although President Bush's uncompromising second inaugural address does not so much as mention the words Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror, he and his supporters continue to engage in a planned reordering of the world. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are but one part of a supposedly universal effort to create world order by "spreading democracy". This idea is not merely quixotic - it is dangerous. The rhetoric implies that democracy is applicable in a standardised (western) form, that it can succeed everywhere, that it can remedy today's transnational dilemmas, and that it can bring peace, rather than sow disorder. The effort to spread democracy is also dangerous in a more indirect way: it conveys to those who do not enjoy this form of government the illusion that it actually governs those who do. But does it? more ...
  • 126) 02:50 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + Roads, rails, rebel area in Sri Lanka tsunami plan
    Sri Lanka plans to use more than half of its US$3.5 billion ($5.02 billion) tsunami recovery budget to build new towns, roads and railway and give rebel-held areas a piece of the pie, documents showed on Friday. A copy of the draft recovery plan obtained by Reuters makes no mention of the Tamil Tiger rebels, who accuse the government of denying them aid. But it outlines projects in at least one district that is almost entirely in rebel hands. Officials said funds would go into rebel territory, something that could stir controversy among the Sinhalese majority, while the prospect of gleaming new towns and transport links eating into a donor funded recovery budget was already under fire. "If the plan goes through as it is, it would be taking immoral advantage of the suffering of people. The world gave this money because they saw people suffering, and the money should go to the victims," said Jehan Perera, director of the National Peace Council. more ...
  • 127) 02:36 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + Armitage to go to Brussels for Sri Lanka donors meeting
    US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is to travel to Brussels next week for talks with fellow donors on the current status of the peace process in Sri Lanka, the State Department said. He would meet with officials from Norway, Japan and the European Union (news - web sites) -- the other co-chairs of the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka. The meeting comes amid a warning from donors to the Sri Lankan government that it risked returning to war if it did not overcome opposition from coalition allies and resume peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels. more ...
  • 128) 19:59 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka detains two helicopters brought with tsunami supplies
    Sri Lanka's air force on Saturday detained two unassembled helicopters that arrived with tsunami aid supplies, saying they presented a potential threat to national security. A Bell helicopter and an as yet unidentified aircraft arrived at the international airport on Saturday sealed in wooden crates and the air force has impounded them, said Capt. Ajantha de Silva, air force spokesman. "They arrived here with the tsunami relief," de Silva said. The government is concerned that the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam may have arranged for military equipment to be imported with relief supplies, said Air Marshal Donald Perera. more ...
  • 129) 19:55 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lankan rebels see "new perspectives" after tsunami
    Tamil Tiger rebels held their first talks with Norwegian peace envoys since the tsunami on Saturday saying the disaster opened up new possibilities for a solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict. But chief rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham said the government must do more to get aid to Tamil-held areas. "This is a sudden intervention of nature, for which we have to give total attention, leaving the political aspect aside," Balasingham said after talks between reclusive Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and Norwegian peace envoys. "We want to see this human tragedy ... open up new perspectives ... so that we can work out a mutual solution to solve the ethnic problem," he said after the talks in the rebel's administrative centre of Kilinochchi in the north. more ...
  • 130) 18:30 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lankans complain of Texas Christians
    Members of a fundamentalist Christian group from Texas are raising hackles in tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka with allegedly pushy evangelistic appeals. Antioch Community Church, an evangelical church based in Waco, has been proselytizing in the predominately Buddhist island nation, to the consternation of local Christian leaders, the New York Times reported Saturday. Besides offering gifts, the U.S. missionaries also stage children's plays about Jesus and hold prayer services for the healing of the injured, ill or handicapped. The Rev. Sarangika Fernando, a local Methodist minister, witnessed one of the prayer sessions and accused the U.S. group of acting unethically with traumatized people. more ...
  • 131) 18:26 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + Envoys Work to Resolve Tsunami Aid Spat
    Norwegian diplomats were trying Saturday to get the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels to form a body to ensure tsunami aid is fairly distributed, aiming to resolve guerrillas' accusations the government is blocking supplies to their areas. The aid dispute has undermined hopes that dealing with the disaster, which killed some 31,000 people in Sri Lanka, would bring the two sides closer together and back to the negotiating table for a lasting peace agreement. Norwegian envoys _ who helped mediate a cease-fire three years ago in the nation's two-decade civil war _ met with Tamil rebels a day after talks with government officials to try to resolve the dispute. more ...
  • 132) 16:23 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + World - Reuters Sri Lanka Rebels Say Tsunami Pushed Politics Aside
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they had put politics aside to clear up after the Asian tsunami, but added that swifter, fairer government aid distribution could boost peace prospects. In contrast to their threat in November to resume a war for autonomy that killed 64,000 people, the rebels urged Sri Lanka's government to do more to build trust and open "new perspectives" for peace talks stalled for nearly two years. "This is a sudden intervention of nature, for which we have to give total attention, leaving the political aspect aside," chief rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham said after top level talks between reclusive Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and Norwegian peace envoys. "But that doesn't mean the tsunami waves have wiped out the political struggle," he added. "We want to see this human tragedy ... open up new perspectives ... so that we can work out a mutual solution to solve the ethnic problem." more ...
  • 133) 02:35 GMT, Jan. 22, 2005 |  + Tamilselvan meets TNA parliamentarians
    Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians met the head of the political wing, Mr. S P Tamilselvan on January 21st 2005. The team led by Mr.Tamilselvan and the TNA parliamentarians mainly discussed the humanitarian relief work and future plans for the people affected by the tsunami. They also discussed the position taken by the LTTE leadership and the matters that need to be brought to the attention of the international community in relation to this. more ...
  • 134) 22:30 GMT, Jan. 22, 2004 |  + The SLFP-JVP alliance, political realities and minority question
    The ideological positions and the political agenda of the alliance, as articulated in the MoU that appeared in the press, are not ones particularly relevant to Sri Lanka's current realities and challenges. Most of these positions appear to have been derived from the United Front thinking of the 1970s and the election manifesto of the PA in 1994. Written in the somewhat archaic political language of Sinhala nationalism, the MoU betrays a particularly poor understanding of the complexities of Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict, the challenges it offers to parties of governance and of the constructive dynamics that the present stage of the conflict and the peace process contains. It does not have a strong social democratic content, although it quite rightly emphasizes the re-distribution dimensions of economic and social policy. more ...
  • 135) 14:50 GMT, Jan. 22, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan president's leftist alliance under attack
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's alliance with radical leftists came under fire from her own ruling coalition members after Tamil Tiger rebels warned of a return to war. A member of Kumaratunga's wider People's Alliance (PA), a grouping of several smaller political parties, said the deal with the radical JVP, or People's Liberation Front, could not survive as it offered no solution to the decades-old ethnic conflict wracking the island. "This agreement contains rhetoric and platitudes but does not address the main burning issue of this country," said Batty Weerakoon, the leader of the LSSP, or Equal Society Party. more ...
  • 136) 12:58 GMT, Jan. 22, 2004 |  + Special envoy Yasushi Akashi in Kilinochchi
    The international community is seriously concerned about the plight of the people in the NorthEast in the context of their inability to move forward in resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation", said Mr. Yasushi Akashi, the Japanese special envoy in a meeting with Mr. S.P. Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Wing held at the Peace Secretariat in Kilinochchi today the 22nd January 2004. Speaking to media after the meeting Mr. Akashi said that Japan will continue to extend its support to the peace process and urgent humanitarian needs. When asked to comment on the recent political alliance between the PA and JVP, Mr. Akashi said that the international community is also worried about the outcome this alliance, in that, whether it would add to the complexity of the political confusion. more ...
  • 137) 12:22 GMT, Jan. 22, 2004 |  + War Over but No Peace for Sri Lanka's Displaced
    Political turmoil in the federal government is obstructing the resettlement of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the town of Chavakachcheri in war-torn northern Sri Lanka. In the bitter fighting between government troops and Tamil Tigers in 2000, the town of 72,540 people was completely destroyed and even houses and buildings in the suburbs were leveled. Chavakachcheri remained a ghost town till a ceasefire was signed between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in February 2002. Following the ceasefire, the IDPs of Chavakachcheri started returning gradually. While a majority of them had fled to other parts of the Jaffna district, some found shelter in the impoverished Wanni region in the Northern province which is under LTTE control. more ...
  • 138) 02:44 GMT, Jan. 22, 2004 |  + Norway's peacebroking role in Sri Lanka questioned
    Norway may be asked to stop playing a role in peace negotiations in Sri Lanka, if Sri Lanka's newest political party wins power at the next elections. Under a deal overseen by Norway, the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are negotiating towards a peace pact. However, the United People's Freedom Alliance, formed by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, has hinted it may ask Norway to withdraw from involvement. more ...
  • 139) 02:38 GMT, Jan. 22, 2004 |  + UNP sees intrigue and secrecy in SLFP-JVP pact
    The UNP said yesterday the launch of the JVP-SLFP pact left more questions unanswered than answered. Three documents (one each in Sinhala, Tamil and English) were released but was any of these the real MOU? Or was it that none of them was and that a fourth secret document was signed some days before? The MOU talks about all the supposed wickedness of the UNP Government. It describes the supposed failures of the Peace process, yet week after week for the past two years the President has chaired the Cabinet meetings where joint decisions were taken about the Peace Process, the legislative programme and the economic programme. more ...
  • 140) 21:10 GMT, Jan. 22, 2003 |  + Trilingual education system suggested for Tamil Nadu
    Tamil Nadu should adopt a trilingual education system, with Tamil being primary, English secondary and any other language as tertiary, Pollachi N. Mahalingam, chairman of Sakthi Group of companies urged, here on Wednesday. He was delivering the third convocation address at Tamil University, presided over by the Chancellor of the University and Governor of Tamil Nadu P S Ramamohan Rao and Pro Chancellor and Minister for Education Semmalai was present. more ...
  • 141) 20:26 GMT, Jan. 22, 2003 |  + SLN eastern commander ordered to appear in court
    Notice has been served on the Eastern Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy based in Trincomalee to appear in the Muttur Magistrate's Court on January 27 in connection with the death of a Muslim fisherman, Yakub Jawad of Nadutheivu in Muttur, when his fishing boat was rammed by an SLN speedboat on 31st December last year, legal sources said. more ...
  • 142) 15:27 GMT, Jan. 22, 2003 |  + Police, youth must break walls of suspicion
    Amalraj Joseph, a 19-year-old student at York University, told the crowd he's seen first hand the kind of impact gang violence can have on a community. Joseph, who moved to a rough neighbourhood in Scarborough from Sri Lanka at age 10, heard his first gunshot when he was seven. "There was a war there. I don't know what's happening here," he said. "I've probably lost more than eight friends here," he said. "There's gangs everywhere. "I've seen gangs since I was 13. I've seen gunshots," said Joseph, who credits a mentor he met through the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre for the positive path his life has taken. more ...
  • 143) 14:49 GMT, Jan. 22, 2003 |  + Chargesheet filed against Nedumaran
    Tamil National Movement leader P Nedumaran and three other party members, arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), have been chargesheeted by police in the case relating to their alleged support to banned LTTE. Police have charged Nedumaran, Subaveerapandiyan, Thyappan and Pavanan, arrested on August 1 last, under Section 21 (2) (extending support to a terrorist organisation) and 21 (3) (addressing meetings to encourage support to a terrorist organisation) of the POTA. more ...
  • 144) 11:03 GMT, Jan. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka's peace talks to be moved from Thailand to Europe due to ill rebel negotiator
    The next round of peace talks between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels will be moved from Thailand to Europe because the insurgents' top negotiator — based in London — is ill and needs constant medical attention, officials and diplomats said Wednesday. The talks also are expected to be shortened to two days to reduce the strain on Anton Balasingham, 64, who suffers from diabetes and underwent a kidney transplant in 2000, said a senior government official speaking on condition of anonymity. more ...
  • 145) 11:01 GMT, Jan. 22, 2003 |  + Lankan Air Force spy plane crashes
    An unmanned spy plane of the Sri Lankan Air Force crashed today during a test flight over the island's northern Jaffna peninsula, officials said. They said the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which took off from Palaly airport, was on its way back when it lost contact with the control room and crashed at Alaveddi village into an onion plantation. more ...
  • 146) 11:00 GMT, Jan. 22, 2003 |  + Families await resettlement in Vavuniya district
    1795 families displaced from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) controlled areas and Liberation Tigers (LTTE) controlled areas in Vavuniya district have requested assistance to resettle in their villages and details of these families have been collected by the Vavuniya civil authorities, sources in Vavuniya said. more ...
  • 147) 05:53 GMT, Jan. 22, 2003 |  + Bindunuwewa massacre case : 23 accused discharged
    Twenty three accused in the Bidunuwewa massacre case were yesterday discharged when the prosecution closed its case before the Trial at Bar at Hulftsdorp. However, the remaining 18 accused will be facing trial. The 28th accused was ordered to be handed over to the Military Police as he is an Army deserter. The Trial at Bar comprised High Court Judges Sarath Ambepitiya (President), Eric Basnayaka and Upali Abeyratne. more ...
  • 148) 05:47 GMT, Jan. 22, 2003 |  + LTTE returns five Batticaloa youths to their parents
    Five youths under 16 years who approached the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political offices in Batticaloa expressing their wish to join the movement were returned to their parents Tuesday in the presence of members of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), sources in Batticaloa said. Two 14-year old youths were from Vinayagapuram in Valaichenai had gone to the Aandaankulakottam office were returned by head of political section of the area, Mr. Thothiran. Ulf Bjornfors and Rasiah Balendran of SLMM witnessed the handing over. more ...
  • 149) 11:17 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + TULF wants essential goods ban lifted completely
    The TULF, main component of the Tamil National Alliance has urged the government to lift the ban on LTTE before the commencement of peace talks and not to hold local government elections in the North - East. The Central Committee of the TULF which met last Sunday adopted three separate resolutions in this regard. The meeting was presided over by its President M. Sivasithamparam MP. more ...
  • 150) 11:04 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka PM says economy near bankruptcy
    Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, said the country's small economy is near bankruptcy and quick policy action is needed, reports Reuters. "The country is near bankruptcy. There has been no significant foreign direct investment, FDI, and production is in a perilous state," he said in a policy speech from the new government. He said his government would outline its course of action to resuscitate the economy, expected to have contracted by 0.5% last year, in a delayed budget in March. more ...
  • 151) 11:01 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka says looking at lifting ban on rebels
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday the country was facing its last chance to end years of ethnic fighting and was looking at lifting a ban on Tamil Tiger rebels, a key demand of the guerrillas. "One aspect we should seriously consider is whether we should lose international cooperation at this juncture due to the ban imposed locally... We are not prepared to let go of this last chance for peace," he said. Wickremesinghe's statement in a speech to parliament was the latest step in a burgeoning peace process that has gathered pace in the last month with both sides observing ceasefires. The lifting of the ban on the LTTE was the last major demand of the Tigers after the government had matched a rebel ceasefire -- the first truce to be observed by both in seven years -- and eased an economic embargo on rebel-held areas. more ...
  • 152) 10:54 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Court rejects torture-induced confessions
    The East High Court Monday held that the confession made by a Tamil youth of Trincomalee charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act had been made under duress due to torture by the security forces who had arrested and detained him. "Hence I acquit the accused from one case following the Voire Dire inquiry and discharge him from the other twelve cases as the prosecution has withdrawn indictments against him," said Mr. S. N. Ramachandran, Judge of the East HC. more ...
  • 153) 04:32 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka: Cease-fire extended for one month
    On Sri Lanka, the Government has extended the cease-fire by one month, up to February 23rd, after the LTTE guerillas had announced that they would extend the truce. This has been announced by the Norwegian Department of Foreign Affairs, after the Sri Lankan Government had requested Norway to do so. The Sri Lankan Government says it has extended the cease-fire in order to give the Norwegian peace mediators more time to negotiate a permanent cease-fire between the two sides. more ...
  • 154) 04:26 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Oslo peace bid gets new boost from Sri Lanka ceasefire
    Norway's peace bid in Sri Lanka received another boost as the Colombo government agreed to reciprocate a Tamil rebel ceasefire for another month. The Norwegian government said Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed it of Colombo's decision to extend its truce by a further month until February 24. President Chandrika Kumaratunga said it should be she who decided on a ceasefire and not the government, run by her rival party. But Defence Minister Tilak Marapone brushed aside these remarks. "The president has to be guided by the prime minister who enjoys a majority in parliament," the defence minister said, adding that the government was agreeing to the ceasefire to help the peace process. more ...
  • 155) 00:51 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Vaiko for LTTE talks in India
    MDMK general secretary Vaiko today said there was nothing wrong in allowing Sri Lanka and LTTE conduct peace talks somewhere in south India, if not in Tamil Nadu. The ethnic issue in that nation was “a burning and long-pending one” and those opposing the talks on Indian soil should at least consider the humanitarian part of thousands of Tamils, Vaiko told a press conference here. more ...
  • 156) 23:44 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka may lift ban on LTTE
    Sri Lanka appears to be seriously considering lifting its ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which has demanded this as a pre-condition for participating in peace talks. The Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, told Parliament today that ``amendments'' to the 1998 ban should be considered if the LTTE could guarantee its ``honesty'' in the ongoing peace process. LTTE said last week that it was ``meaningless'' for it to take part in peace talks as an ``illegitimate'' organisation. The Government strategy to pre-empt opposition on the issue seems to be to emphasise that the international community, whose assistance Sri Lanka badly needs at this juncture for economic recovery, wants a speedy political solution to the problem. And this might be possible only by lifting the ban. Today, the state-run Daily News ran a front-page report on a statement by one of the two most senior monks in the country, declaring that the Government should consider ``relaxing'' the ban if the LTTE agreed to ``negotiations without pre- conditions''. more ...
  • 157) 22:34 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + LTTE would not set preconditions for peace - Tamilchelvam
    The LTTE would not set any preconditions for peace talks and would not make demands; that would be in anyway thought of as unfair towards the Sinhala community, Political Wing Leader, S. Thamilchelvam addressing the media at the press conference organised at the LTTE headquarters in Kilinochchi on the occasion of handing over the 10 prisoners of war, on Monday. "We are interested only in reciprocations, not in pre-conditions." more ...
  • 158) 20:30 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Signing for peace
    "We hope that these moves by both sides are a recognition of the fact that there is no military solution to this conflict and that only a democratic political solution based on power sharing and the guarantee of fundamental rights and freedoms will eventually lead to a peaceful resolution." - Women’s Coalition for Peace
    "We are not interested in getting electricity or telephones. We have learned to live without them for a long time and can do so again. What we want is to have our rights acknowledged and respected." - A Tamil Woman in Jaffna
    Tamil people carry various pieces of paper on which their lives are made dependent:(1) National ID (2) Jaffna Pass (3) Brigade Pass (4) Job ID (5) Household Registration slip. In addition, a photograph of all the inmates of each home has to be hung at the front of the house thus effectively destroying the hitherto common practice of relatives staying over to help out during funerals and weddings. more ...
  • 159) 17:22 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Southern friendship mission to north
    Several non-governmental organisations have planned a three-day friendship visit to the Wanni to express southern solidarity to the northerners. At least 1500 people are to take part in this mission, which will leave Colombo Vihara Maha Devi Park on February 5. They will carry messages from the South and live with Wanni people at least for a day before returning with their messages to the South. The International Lions Club and several other organisations have planned this visit, which is expected to attract several foreign visitors. more ...
  • 160) 00:48 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Hopes for Lanka
    The dove of peace has tried to nest in Sri Lanka before, only to be driven away by renewed violence. However, there is a quiet optimism that this time, the bird is really wanted and will stay. Twenty years of ethnic violence which has cost in excess of 60,000 lives may be on the verge of ending. What makes the latest peace initiative different is that Sri Lanka has a government that was elected on a peace ticket. From its very first day in office, it began to put the policies of peace into effect. The response from the Tamil rebels in the north and east of the island was immediate. They declared a unilateral cease-fire which the new government of Ranil Wickramasinghe’s United National Party matched. That cease-fire has just been renewed by the Tamils until Feb. 24 and once again the Sri Lankan government has followed suit. The object is to prepare the way for a peace conference. more ...
  • 161) 16:35 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Talking with the Tiger
    IT is the Palk Strait the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is interested in this year. The narrowest passage of seawater between Dhanushkodi, in Tamil Nadu, and Talaimannar, off the Jaffna peninsula, is easily covered by boat or helicopter. The distance is only 32 kilometres. Dr Ramdoss, who attracted attention when his party raised pro-LTTE rallies after a suicide squad killed Rajiv Gandhi, adds it is time India corrected its Sri Lankan policy. Dr Gopalaswamy, alias Vaiko, agrees. "India should permit the Tigers to hold talks in Chennai. That is the best diplomatic gesture the Vajpayee government can provide to Sri Lanka and the LTTE," says Vaiko, who is considered close to the prime minister more ...
  • 162) 15:54 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Norway works on permanent ceasefire draft
    A delegation of the Norwegian government Tuesday met the Liberation Tigers’ chief negotiator and political advisor, Mr. Anton Balasingham, for another round of discussions regarding the formulation of a structured, mutually acceptable ceasefire between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan armed forces, sources close to the LTTE told TamilNet. more ...
  • 163) 15:28 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + CSIS watchdog warns of threat to liberties
    The federal watchdog over the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has quietly warned the government the "rights and liberties of Canadians" could be trampled in the war on terrorism. In a top-secret document prepared for Solicitor General Lawrence MacAulay, CSIS Inspector General Maurice Archdeacon says the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. and the ongoing campaign against terrorism are placing "considerable pressure" on the spy service. more ...
  • 164) 14:58 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka mulls lifting rebel ban
    The Sri Lankan Government says it is considering lifting a ban on the Tamil Tiger rebels in an effort to end the 18-year-old conflict. Sections of the Buddhist clergy had in the past opposed any compromise with the rebels. The ban has had little practical effect on the Tigers who continued fighting. But in Sri Lanka it is considered to be an emotional issue because of its association with the attack on the Buddhist shrine. But a trustee of the Kandy temple, Udugana Buddharakkita, on Monday asked the government to lift the ban. more ...
  • 165) 14:44 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka police free rebels who threatened suicide
    Two members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were arrested by troops with a gun and a radio communication set and handed over to police in the eastern town of Batticaloa on Saturday, the ministry said. "These suspects threatened... they would commit suicide by swallowing cyanide capsules (carried by them) if any legal action was carried out," the ministry said. Two senior policemen who strayed into a rebel-held area were freed by the guerrillas yesterday after they were detained for about two hours. more ...
  • 166) 14:41 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Lanka to repeal criminal defamation laws
    Sri Lanka's new government on Tuesday promised to repeal criminal defamation laws which have been used against newspaper editors critical of the administration. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his first major policy statement in parliament said that several other laws will also be removed and the right to information will be secured through new legislation. more ...
  • 167) 14:36 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Emergent Threat - Kumaratunga will torpedo Oslo's project again

    Arrests under PTA must end
    The government must alleviate the fears of the Tamil population in order for peace to really stand a chance argues Bavani Suntharam.

    Tamil Guardian

    As we argued before last month's Parliamentary elections, the UNF's ascent to power poses a challenge to Kumaratunga's political future. This year is crucial to her and to Mr. Wickremesinghe's government. That Sri Lanka's political system isn't big enough for both is clear to all. If the UNF does not impeach Kumaratunga this year, the President will undoubtedly dissolve Parliament after December as the constitution enables her to. If there are to be fresh elections after that, Kumaratunga will beforehand seek to deny Wickremesinghe the stable economy in the pursuit of which is driving the UNF's efforts at ethnic reconciliation. In other words, she will endeavour to comprehensively sabotage, even scuttle, the Norwegian peace initiative. more ...
  • 168) 14:19 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + TULF demands disarming of Jaffna politicians
    TULF Vice President and MP V. Anandasangaree has called for the disarming of all armed politicians in Jaffna. "This is of paramount importance for the success of the peace process," Mr. Anandasangaree has said. Armed groups are extorting money and intimidating political rivals. They are spreading terror and sabotaging the peace process, the TULF Vice President claims. more ...
  • 169) 14:05 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + "Our nation has learnt an important lesson" - Tamil Daily Uthayan
    The present government will suffer the consequences if it chooses to ignore these truims. If the Tamil political parties forget these facts they will be taught the requisite lessons by the Tamil people themselves. What the Tamil people long for is the right to self-determination and their dignity. And that self-respect will be maintained when the Liberation Tigers set about securing this self-rule. On the battlefield and during political discussions, the Tamil people will not want to lose their dignity. They do not want the Liberation Tigers to enter negotiations while still under a ban. The Tamils want to be seen as a people who cannot be sidelined. more ...
  • 170) 13:34 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + LTTE for strengthening UNF peace initiative –Thamilchelvan
    "We respect the reasonable feelings of the Sinhala people. We only want our people to live in their land with honour and freedom and to enjoy all their rights sans military restrictions and intimidation. We want our people to have the freedoms and rights which the Sinhala people are able to enjoy now. I request you to clearly and openly convey this message from our national leader to the people in the south and I urge you to continue the work towards bringing about just and permanent peace to the country", said Mr. S. P.Thamilchelvan, the leader of the LTTE’s political wing, addressing the ten prisoners of war who were released in Kilinochchi Monday evening. more ...
  • 171) 00:42 GMT, Jan. 22, 2002 |  + Teacher appointments cancelled in North-East
    "The cancellation of three thousand Tamil medium teacher appointments has caused severe setback to northeast education," said Mr.R.Sampanthan, Trincomalee District Parliamentarian Monday in a letter of protest to the United National Front (UNF) government. His letter followed the withdrawal of the approval granted by the government for the recruitment of three thousand Tamil medium teachers to fill school vacancies in the Tamil dominated North East province. more ...
  • 172) 12:08 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka battles against Tamil Tigers, calls on UK to ban group
    Sri Lanka braced for more attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels as a unilateral one-month truce was set to end while the government continued to urge Britain to ban the group, officials said. The ceasefire declared by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was set to expire on Thursday and the rebels had said an extension would depend on the government's willingness to reciprocate. more ...
  • 173) 05:13 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lankan funeral parlour gets lift from Internet
    When an undertaker in this central region wanted to make trendy coffins and improve his embalming techniques, he turned to a local radio station he once saved from an untimely demise. The undertaker, Victor Wijewickrema, 56, threw a lifeline to Kothmale Community Radio (KCR) by buying 27,000 rupees (490 dollars at the time) of airtime when the station was being threatened with closure in 1996. more ...
  • 174) 03:43 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Tamil upsurge in Jaffna varsity
    "The University is the last remaining platform for national dissent." - Leon Eisenberg
    When the Jaffna University students decided to name their proposed demonstration "Pongu Thamil" the nomenclature itself had an alluring appeal. The purpose of the demonstration also struck a responsive chord in the hearts and minds of Tamils. The twin planks of the demonstration were a reaffirmation of the Thimphu principles of 1985 namely the recognition of the right of self -determination, accommodation of a Tamil homeland and acceptance of the Tamil nationality. The second was to demand that the Sri Lankan government declare a joint cease-fire with the LTTE and commence negotiations for a peaceful settlement. Few Tamils would disagree with these demands . more ...
  • 175) 03:28 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Will southern unrest help Tamils?
    The most vocal and effective expression of Tamil opposition to the
    SL Government's chief stooge in the north !
    PA and its chief stooge in the north -- the EPDP -- to date, was made during the Ponguthamil Elurchchi celebrations last week at the Jaffna university. The events that transpired showed that despite the violence, intimidation and naked fraud that propelled the EPDP to 'victory' at the last parliamentary election, there was still spirit in the Jaffna civilian to defy the EPDP, the armed forces and the government, and make a bold and unequivocal statement in support of self-determination, traditional homelands and the fulfillment of Tamil aspirations. more ...
  • 176) 02:57 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Press Release: Confederation of Tamil Associations - UK
    In the backdrop of international interest to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Sri Lanka, a meeting has been organised at the Members of Parliament (MP’s) office building at Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster on 22 (Monday) January 2000 commencing at 8.00pm. Mr Barry Gardiner MP will chair the meeting and many MP’s and a MEP together with eminent speakers will address the meeting. more ...
  • 177) 02:50 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + "LTTE's cease-fire offer, opportunistic" - A response to Minister Kadirgamar
    Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar is a man with an unholy mission. His mission is to act as the gravedigger doing all the dirty work for his paymasters. Many are unaware of the fact that Kadirgamar came to politics through fortuitous circumstances. He was cooling his heels in Geneva practicing law before he was picked up by Chandrika Kumaratunga. We suppose she did this more for his name than his brains. more ...
  • 178) 02:34 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka warns Britain of strained ties
    The Sri Lankan government warned on Sunday of strained bilateral relations if Britain does not include the Tamil Tiger rebels on a list of banned terrorist organisations, a state newspaper reported. The British Home office is deliberating what organisations to ban under new anti-terrorism legislation that will come into force in February, according to the British High Commission in Colombo. more ...
  • 179) 01:54 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka warns Britain of strained ties
    The Sri Lankan government warned on Sunday of strained bilateral relations if Britain does not include the Tamil Tiger rebels on a list of banned terrorist organisations, a state newspaper reported. The British Home office is deliberating what organisations to ban under new anti-terrorism legislation that will come into force in February, according to the British High Commission in Colombo. more ...
  • 180) 20:44 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + People of Indian Origin (PIO) cards for Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka
    The Government of India has accepted in principle that the Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka will also be eligible for the People of Indian Origin (PIO) cards introduced by the Centre, according to Mr. M.S. Kandasamy, president, Indian Origin Community Council, headquartered here. Since it was becoming very difficult for the Indian authorities to distinguish between the Indian origin Sri Lankans and the ethnic Tamils from the north and east of Sri Lanka, the Indian Origin Community Council was established in Chennai to facilitate this process. more ...
  • 181) 19:57 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + WORLD: Russia is using Interpol for domestic political purposes
    The international community should not allow Interpol to be politicized. Interpol should not cater to
    Sri Lanka's Genocide of Tamils - an International Crime
    criminal governments that are trying to crush domestic political opposition.
    But if one of the purposes of Interpol is to catch war criminals, it would be more appropriate for this organization to post on its website the names of such people, as Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia and Vladimir Putin of Russia, as well as the names of many of their henchmen, who are guilty of nothing less than genocide. Presumably, Interpol does not consider Milosevic and Putin war criminals because they are official heads of states. But so are Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro. Would Interpol help Saddam Hussein catch Kurdish rebels? Unlikely. Would Interpol help Fidel Castro catch political dissidents (who are considered dangerous criminals by the Cuban government)? Probably not. If so, then how does Interpol choose which governments to help and which governments not to help in their struggle against domestic political enemies? more ...
  • 182) 17:12 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Tamil journalist assaulted by police
    It's reported from Sri Lanka say that a Tamil journalist arrested by the police has been assaulted in custody. A human rights activist who interviewed the detained journalist, Nadarajah Thiruchelvam, says the journalist was handcuffed to a chair and beaten with a pipe. Mr Thiruchelvam is a newspaper reporter based in Jaffna who was arrested after he arrived in Colombo to attend a wedding. His family say the police told them he was arrested because someone had filed a petition alleging a connection to Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate homeland in the north of the island. His family deny his involvement with the Tigers. more ...
  • 183) 17:00 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + SLAF jets bomb Trinco villages
    Sri Lanka Air Force jets bombed four villages about 8 km. south of Trincomalee around 5.30 p.m. Monday. Local residents said two Kfir jets attacked the villages of Chenaiyoor, Kaddaiparichchan, Samboor and Soodaikuda. Initial reports indicated extensive damage. But details of casualties and destruction of property are not available sources in Mutur, the town closest to the targets of Monday's air raid, said. more ...
  • 184) 14:27 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka lashes rebels as ceasefire nears end
    Sri Lanka lashed out in a scathing verbal attack on Monday at Tamil Tiger guerrillas fighting for independence, two days before a unilateral rebel ceasefire was set to end. A government statement accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of calling the ceasefire only to give itself time to recover from recent military losses and to ''deceive'' the international community. ''The LTTE organisation is now compelled to unleash these tactics and ploys in order to cover up the failure of their tactical operations...and also because of the infighting among them,'' it said. more ...
  • 185) 13:51 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Jaffna journalist tortured in solitary confinement
    A senior Jaffna journalist held incommunicado by the Sri Lankan Police since 2 January was assaulted with pipes and tortured, Human Rights Commission officials who were permitted to see him this weekend said Monday. The journalist, Mr. Nadarajah Thiruchelvam, had been held handcuffed for 12 days in solitary confinement by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Police, they said. The police have neither filed any charges against Mr. Thiruchelvam nor have produced him in a court. more ...
  • 186) 12:22 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + Nedumaran asks Centre to intervene in Tamil Eelam issue
    Tamizhar Desiya Iyakkam president P Nedumaran has sought the intervention of Indian government in the Tamil Eelam issue. Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, he said the refusal of the Sri Lankan Government to accept the one-month ceasefire announced by the LTTE showed that it was not really interested in peace. Pointing out that the envoy of Norway was striving to bring about an amicable solution to the ethnic issue, Nedumaran said the Indian government, on its part, should make the Lankan government to accept the ceasefire. He criticised the reported action of the CBI director in writing a letter for a probe into the collection of funds for LTTE in 17 countries. In this connection, he said funds were raised in India earlier for the liberation of Palestine and Bangladesh. more ...
  • 187) 01:36 GMT, Jan. 22, 2001 |  + We are not the mouthpiece of the LTTE - Jaffna University Students' Union
    The secretary of the Jaffna University Students' Union, S. Thivian, commenting on the much publicised rally which was staged by the Jaffna undergraduates last week, said that the students of the Jaffna University were not the mouthpiece of the LTTE and they wanted a meaningful negotiation to take place between the Government and the LTTE. more ...
  • 188) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Security forces swoop on Wellawatte
    No details available. more ...
  • 189) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Exploring Thai links and the basic Buddhist concepts, with Sulak Sivaraksa of Thailand
    No details available. more ...
  • 190) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + India to host meet on 'Security Scenario in Asia'
    No details available. more ...
  • 191) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka rounds up 3,000 Tamils in 10-hour curfew for Tiger hunt
    No details available. more ...
  • 192) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Hope for talks to end rebel conflict
    No details available. more ...
  • 193) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan security operation continues
    No details available. more ...
  • 194) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Week of surprises gives peace a chance
    No details available. more ...
  • 195) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Curfew in Sri Lanka district for rebel hunt
    No details available. more ...
  • 196) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Three Home-Guards arrested
    No details available. more ...
  • 197) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Four Sri Lankan soldiers arrested over Seeduwa rampage
    No details available. more ...
  • 198) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 2000 |  + Ranil offers a challenge to Chandrika
    No details available. more ...
  • 199) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + Gunmen fire on five journalists
    No details available. more ...
  • 200) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + Restrictions seen blocking NORAD projects
    No details available. more ...
  • 201) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + The little man looking for his own little Eelam
    No details available. more ...
  • 202) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + Final part of Colombo’s strategy
    No details available. more ...
  • 203) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + Journalists fired on amid election violence
    No details available. more ...
  • 204) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + SOUTH AFRICA LEADS EFFORT TO CURB SMALL ARMS
    No details available. more ...
  • 205) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + Australia asked to help cut off Tamil Tiger funds
    No details available. more ...
  • 206) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + Fear is the key in crucial Sri Lanka polls
    No details available. more ...
  • 207) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + Violence escalates ahead of key S.Lanka poll
    No details available. more ...
  • 208) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 22, 1999 |  + Tamil leader ends exile in India to test waters back home
    No details available. more ...
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