1) Mar 29, 2016 13:53:10 GMT | + Abbott's Sri Lanka comments 'excuse war crimes', Tamil refugee advocates say
2) Mar 29, 2016 13:30:26 GMT | + Japan Lends $400 Million To Sri Lanka For Airport Expansion
The former prime minister Tony Abbott has excused war crimes in comments that the Sri Lankan government’s actions in its civil war were “probably unavoidable”, Tamil refugee advocates have said. In an article in Quadrant magazine Abbott defended his national security record as prime minister: “I’m sure that the Sri Lankan president was pleased that Australia didn’t join the human rights lobby against the tough but probably unavoidable actions taken to end one of the world’s most vicious civil wars”. more ...
3) Mar 29, 2015 17:38:31 GMT | + Dissolution likely after Vesak, General Elections in late June
Japan has loaned $400 million to Sri Lanka to build a new terminal at the island's main international airport which suffers congestion from growing tourism, it was announced today. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said the second terminal would more than double capacity to 15 million passengers annually. The terminal, to be opened in 2020, would use solar energy and recycled water from a sewage plant for the flushing of toilets, JICA said in a statement. more ...
4) Mar 29, 2015 17:12:36 GMT | + Sri Lanka pledges 'political solution' in war-torn north
The Lodge, once known as Queen’s Cottage, in the cooler climes of Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as ‘Little England’ was once home for British Governors and the ruling elite. Since independence in 1948, it became the holiday resort of the Governor General, later Prime Ministers and now Presidents. the tea country highlands for the campaign to re-elect Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election on January 8. The man who lived there and ran the show was Udayanga Weeratunga, then Ambassador to Russia who was concurrently accredited to Ukraine. more ...
5) Mar 29, 2015 17:11:32 GMT | + Sri Lanka backs China's initiative to include India in regional cooperation
Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pledged a "political solution" for the island's war-torn north, where ethnic minority Tamils have long demanded greater autonomy. During a two-day visit to the Tamil heartland of Jaffna, Wickremesinghe also repeated his government's promise of national reconciliation six years after the island's ethnic war ended, his office said in a statement on Sunday. "If you want a stable and secure country, we must have a political solution (with Tamils) and move forward," Wickremesinghe said in an address in the Jaffna peninsula on Saturday and released by his office in the statement. more ...
6) Mar 29, 2015 16:03:35 GMT | + Drug dependents crying out for rehab centres and counsellors
Sri Lanka has backed China's surprise initiative to make India an important component of a regional cooperation to address New Delhi's concerns over Chinese involvement in large-scale projects in the country, a senior Sri Lankan minister has said. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena during their recent meeting with the proposal. "Xi said why don't we get India to work with us, which was seized upon by President Sirisena, who said that would be the best possible outcome. Both presidents agreed that India should be part of the equation," Karunanayake told Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post. more ...
7) Mar 29, 2015 16:02:21 GMT | + New look at electoral reforms: 250 seats
Many of the nearly 300,000 drug dependents, mostly young and male, yearn to get their lives back, but there is a shortage of full-time counsellors and rehabilitation centres within the community and in prisons. The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, the competent authority, estimates there are between 45,000 and 50,000 heroin users, and 250,000 cannabis addicts in the country. The board acknowledges there is a shortage of counsellors. Prisons officials also say the lack of full-time counsellors and facilities remain constraints to rehabilitation work. more ...
New electoral reforms where the number of seats in Parliament will be increased to 250 from the existing 225 will be explained to party leaders tomorrow by Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya. The new package will see the election to 140 seats through the First-Past-the-Post system, 80 through a District proportional representation system and 30 seats from the National List. An Elections Department source said the lines on which the new reforms would be carried out were to be placed for study at tomorrow’s meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The source said the carving out of the 140 new electorates would get under way only after finality was reached. After they are studied, party leaders would meet again on April 6 to take a decision.
8) Mar 29, 2015 16:01:05 GMT | + China shows it certainly knows what is good for Sri Lanka
9) Mar 29, 2014 15:20:34 GMT | + Review: In Our Translated World
The maiden trip also became an occasion for China to lecture on what is good for Sri Lanka. Mr. Sirisena’s visit came at time a more important figure was also in town to shake Xi’s hand – Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Widodo has offered to be an honest intermediary in resolving China’s controversial claims of sovereignty over territory in the South China Sea, contested vigorously by Brunei, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Japan. Widodo also wants Chinese investment in infrastructure and manufacturing.Later, in southern Hainan, at the Boao Forum For Asia, which Mr. Sirisena is attending, Xi made an irresistible pitch saying that China would import goods worth US$10 trillion in the next five years and invest US$500 billion-plus overseas. more ...
10) Mar 29, 2014 15:01:55 GMT | + 'India did not vote against Sri Lanka for Tamils' good'
This collection brings together nearly eighty poems by Tamils from Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Singapore and the Tamil Diaspora dispersed in Europe, the Americas and Australia. As the editor, Chelva Kanganayagam, says in his deceptively erudite and witty introduction, this is not a historical record but a contemporary testament to the poetic impulses of the Tamils in their effort to articulate their identity in an increasingly interconnected and yet isolated world. more ...
India Friday justified its abstention from voting on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC, saying the decision was driven by welfare of Tamils in that country. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said India's position on the UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka has always been consistent with its view that the process of national reconciliation must be expedited in a manner that meets aspirations of the Tamil community for a "life of equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka".
11) Mar 29, 2014 14:47:17 GMT | + An 18-day walk through Europe is the latest in the struggle for Eelam
12) Mar 29, 2014 14:46:11 GMT | + New govt will move resolution in UN against Lanka: Jayalalithaa
Yogendran is 60, hails from Ottawa, Canada. Thirukumaran is 48 and lives in London. As the 25th UNHRC began in Geneva early March, both these Tamils wanted to contribute their mite to raising awareness on the struggle for justice at the UN against Sri Lanka, which killed thousands of Tamil civilians in a genocidal war that ended in 2009. They embarked on a long walk towards Geneva from 10 Downing Street, London, after presenting a petition at British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office. - See more at: http://www.theweekendleader.com/Causes/1849/a-long-walk.html#sthash.tcox3PCU.dpuf more ...
Chief minister J Jayalalithaa said steps would be taken to make India move a resolution at the UN seeking action against Sri Lanka for killing innocent Tamils during the war. At a meeting in Madurai on Friday, she said she would ensure that those responsible for the genocide are punished. The assurance comes on a day the Centre faced flak from parties and activists for abstaining from voting on a USbacked resolution on Lankan war crimes. "When your government is formed at the Centre, India would move a resolution in the UN to get those behind the killing in Sri Lanka during the war punished ," Jayalalithaa said. She also said Tamil Nadu fishermen could carry on fishing without any trouble and the rights of Tamils would be established.
13) Mar 29, 2014 3:27:44 GMT | + Lack of sensitivity ruins a film about Sri Lanka
14) Mar 29, 2014 3:26:32 GMT | + After Lanka vote, Karunanidhi shuts door on Congress
It is not cinematograp her-director Santosh Sivan’s first celluloid take on the Srilankan civil war. Terrorist, his directorial venture from years back, had a young pregnant suicide bomber caught in a dilemma between her mission and her feelings. It was a poignant and sensitively crafted film. As an ode to the film, the director has taken a few shots from it in this film, though the connection is rushed through. There is a total lack of clarity of purpose, focus and sensitivity, as the director takes a look at the ethnic war through the eyes of a group of orphans at a shelter home in Srilanka. more ...
India's decision to abstain from voting on the US-sponsored resolution demanding an international probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka evoked a strong reaction from DMK chief M Karunanidhi, who hinted at its post-poll political implications for Congress, and chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who asserted that a new government at the Centre could alone pave the way for an Indian resolution before UNHRC on the issue. In a statement lambasting what he termed was the central government's "inhuman decision", Karunanidhi recalled his speech at a poll meeting in Chennai on Wednesday that he would pardon the "ingratitude" of Congress to form a secular government at the Centre after the polls.
15) Mar 29, 2013 16:23:08 GMT | + Fear and Exile in Lanka
16) Mar 29, 2013 16:16:47 GMT | + Sri Lanka crowd attacks Muslim warehouse in Colombo
A 10-foot-high golden-hued Sri Lankan soldier in full combat gear emerges from the centre of a mirror-calm artificial lake in Mullaitivu district, north-eastern Sri Lanka. The fierce Soviet-style soldier waves a Sri Lankan flag in his left hand, a Chinese-made Type 56-2 assault rifle in his right, mouth open in orgiastic exultation. The war memorial, unveiled by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in December 2009, stands less than 2 km north of the shores of Nanthikadal lagoon where Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran was gunned down by the Sri Lankan military on May 19, 2009. more ...
17) Mar 29, 2013 16:14:42 GMT | + Centre talks tough, Khurshid rejects TN resolution against Sri Lanka
Several people have been injured in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, when Buddhist monks led hundreds in an assault on a Muslim-owned clothing warehouse. Buddhist monks were filmed throwing stones at the storage centre of popular garment chain Fashion Bug in a suburb of the capital on Thursday night. Police told AFP news agency that forces had been deployed to guard the area. more ...
18) Mar 29, 2013 16:09:43 GMT | + Martyrdom does not help Sri Lanka’s Tamils
Days after the DMK pulled out of the Centre and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa barred Sri Lankan cricketers from playing in Chennai, the Centre has taken a tough stand on politics over Sri Lankan Tamils. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has rejected the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution against Colombo. The resolution sought a separate Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils and said Sri Lanka should not be treated as a friendly country by India. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on this week's Devil's Advocate, Khurshid said while the government was sensitive to Tamil concerns, it won't accept such demands. more ...
I read with much sorrow that Vikram, 30, set himself on fire and died in a hospital. He was the second such victim of the new campaign in Tamil Nadu for Eelam. The first was Mani, 41, from Cuddalore who set himself ablaze on March 4. Mani and Vikram will be remembered only when the numbers have to be counted if there is another self-immolation. But wait, where do they want this Eelam established and for whom? The separate State cannot be for Tamil Nadu. It cannot be for anybody there, nor for those students who are fasting and agitating.
19) Mar 29, 2013 16:08:35 GMT | + Tamil leader on hunger strike in Malaysia
20) Mar 29, 2013 16:05:08 GMT | + Tiger tourism thrives in Sri Lanka
The shrillness with which political parties in Tamil Nadu have espoused the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils, with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa setting a dangerous precedent by seeking UN intervention for a referendum to partition the island nation, contrasts sharply with their deafening silence on the plight of the Tamil minority in Malaysia. Though Malaysian Tamil leader P Waythamoorthy has been on hunger strike since March 10, 2013, to protest against the indifference of the ruling Barisan Nasional and opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition towards the plight of the Indian poor, there has not been a word of support from any regional or national political party in India. more ...
21) Mar 29, 2013 16:03:10 GMT | + Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and the UN
The small dirt trail just wide enough for a motor car twists into the jungles of Sri Lanka's Mullaitivu district. It leads to a 60 acre complex ringed by five rows of barbed wire, minefields, cages that held guard dogs and 25 small bunkers each with four bodyguards. At the centre of the formidable 'Puli Kottai' or Tiger Fortress, sits a small nondescript single-storeyed structure. This faÃ§ade masks the entrance to a four-storey building buried over 40 feet under the ground complete with three foot thick concrete walls and blast-proof steel doors. more ...
A resolution of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly has asked the Government of India to take up the Sri Lankan Tamil issue at the UN Security Council and propose a referendum for a Tamil Eelam. Nothing can be farther from possibility for India to accomplish. Other than noting the strength of emotions in Tamil Nadu and dealing with the political forces there, India can do little at the UN. India made the best of a bad bargain in Geneva, but it will be disastrous to go to New York with the same issue. Domestic politics does impact on foreign policy, but it cannot be dictated by domestic political compulsions.
22) Mar 29, 2013 16:02:02 GMT | + Sri Lanka in the middle of a civilisational conflict
23) Mar 29, 2013 15:59:32 GMT | + Parties in a fight for Eelam spotlight
It could be surmised as just a coincidence that the news about Buddhists and Muslims clashes in Burma were in the global newspapers and on the same day Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a resolution about India playing a role through UN for a referendum on Tamil Elam in Sri Lanka. The conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims are getting accentuated in Thailand and southern Thailand insurgency is linked to Islamic groups supposedly facilitated by Malaysian Government or some sections of it. more ...
Who gets to be called the saviour of world Tamils? It is this fight that has caught the fancy of political parties in Tamil Nadu. Until the year 2009, Eelam, coined to mean a separate Tamil land in Sri Lanka, was a word that the AIADMK had shunned from its vocabulary. Today, most parties in the state find it politically fashionable to flaunt their 'Eelam' sympathies. If the DMK used the watered down anti-Lanka resolution in the UNHRC to pull out of the UPA and score brownie points with the Tamil diaspora, the ruling AIADMK went a step further, demanding a referendum among Lankan Tamils on Eelam.
24) Mar 29, 2013 15:58:13 GMT | + Shift CHOGM out of Sri Lanka, says shipping minister
Union Shipping Minister and senior Congress leader G.K. Vasan Friday said that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the Leaders' Retreat in November should be shifted out of Sri Lanka. Vasan said here that the Sri Lankan government should decide on having the meeting outside the country. If Sri Lanka did not shift CHOGM to another country, the nations that voted in favour of the US resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should take steps to have the CHOGM outside the island nation. Two major political parties in Tamil Nadu - AIADMK and DMK - have demanded that India should boycott the CHOGM if it is held in Sri Lanka Nov 15-17.
25) Mar 29, 2013 15:55:36 GMT | + DMK firm on no support to UPA: Karunanidhi
Dismissing reports that DMK was going soft on Congress-led UPA despite pulling out of it, party chief M Karunanidhi today ruled out even outside support to the ruling coalition on the ground that it failed to accept his party's demands on Sri Lankan Tamils issue. Recalling DMK's announcement on withdrawal of support to UPA on March 19 over the Tamils issue, Karunanidhi said on that day itself he had made it clear that there would be no outside support and his party would not be responsible if "communal forces" came to power. He dismissed as "mischievous" reports about DMK extending outside support to the UPA government and that it would not allow its fall.
26) Mar 29, 2013 15:54:05 GMT | + Musicians in India Protest Against Sri Lankan War Crimes
Musicians and singers in India's southern Chennai city staged a day long fast on Thursday. They're protesting against war crimes committed against Tamils by the Sri Lankan government during the civil war, which came to an end in 2009. [Pv Ramana, Singer]: "Today, we are observing a one day token fast for the Tamil Eelams in support of whatever is going on in small little place of Sri Lanka and we are condemning this barbaric act of these people who are there. And, we as fellow Tamils bow down our heads in shame for this lousy act which the people of Sri Lanka are bestowing on our fellow Tamilians."
27) Mar 29, 2013 15:48:31 GMT | + Students stage protest in Coimbatore
28) Mar 29, 2012 11:26:46 GMT | + India Backs Sri Lanka Reminder
The students’ protest against the Sri Lankan Government and demanding international probe into the alleged war crimes continued in the city on Thursday. According to the Coimbatore City Police, 54 students of various colleges in the city attempted to barge into the All India Radio office on Trichy Road. The protesting students, who were led by those from the Coimbatore Law College, also demanded economic blockade against the island nation. more ...
29) Mar 29, 2012 11:23:08 GMT | + In conversation with Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu: The resolution in Geneva and its discontents
Call it the expediency of coalition politics or a new pragmatism in foreign policy, but India defied its own history by voting in favor of a U.S.-sponsored resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for Sri Lanka to investigate human rights violations during its civil war. The decision by India to pressure Sri Lanka’s government over its war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was the first time India has voted in favor of a country specific resolution at the United Nations. more ...
30) Mar 29, 2012 10:47:27 GMT | + India-Sri Lanka joint sea patrolling sought
Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, the institutional anchor of Groundviews. He is today one of three human rights defenders senior government ministers consider traitors and would like to, as in ancient times, kill, and, inter alia, break the limbs of. Though Sri Lanka’s foreign minister distanced himself from these remarks, the President and his brother, the all-powerful Secretary of Defence, have not expressed a single word of condemnation, or distanced themselves from the minister’s comments, who has openly and repeatedly said he derives his legitimacy from the Rajapaksa’s. more ...
A Sri Lankan minister has called for joint patrolling by the Indian and Sri Lankan Navies to prevent clashes between their fishermen. Douglas Devananda, the ministry for traditional industries and small enterprises development, claimed Thursday that Indians encroaching in Sri Lankan waters off Kachchaitivu Island resulted in clashes and affected the daily livelihood of the island nation's fishermen. "Sometimes the Indians damage the fishing nets of Sri Lankan fishermen.
31) Mar 29, 2011 20:15:46 GMT | + Motion on Sri Lanka calling for Independent Investigation into War Crimes was not adopted in Canadian Parliament
NDP MP Peter Julian from British Columbia put forward a motion to ask the Sri Lankan Government and the United Nations to work together with the international community to establish an international investigative body. The body will be responsible for investigating the war crimes that were committed in Sri Lanka during and after the war. A similarly worded motion unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate recently. International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty international have also called for similar action in Sri Lanka.
32) Mar 29, 2011 17:30:45 GMT | + North was deprived for 30 years - Sangakkara
33) Mar 29, 2011 13:13:25 GMT | + Efforts to stem Japan plant leak
People of the north have been deprived for thirty years of everything that is taken for granted in Colombo, Captain of Sri Lankan cricket team Kumar Sangakkara told the media. One of England’s all-time cricketing greats, Sir Ian Botham, described post-war northern Sri Lanka as a scene of devastation after paying his first visit to the region. more ...
34) Mar 29, 2011 13:12:15 GMT | + On the smugglers’ trail: The unlucky ones
Workers at Japan's quake-hit nuclear plant are trying to prevent radioactive water from seeping into the sea. Highly radioactive liquid has been found inside and outside several reactor buildings. Small amounts of plutonium have also been detected in soil at the plant - the latest indication that one of the reactors suffered a partial meltdown. more ...
35) Mar 29, 2011 13:10:57 GMT | + India, Sri Lanka meet over fishermen issues
The blue steel door slides open and a guard leads a line of detainee children out of Bangkok’s immigration prison, past visitors waiting with bags of rose apples, and across a tight alley to a classroom. Many of the children are Sri Lankans. They travelled to Thailand with parents who paid smugglers for a spot on a migrant ship to Canada. But they never made it to sea. Instead, they were arrested and locked up inside the immigration detention centre. more ...
India and Sri Lanka have stressed on the need for all fishermen to be treated in a humane manner and that their issues should be prioritized. The 3rd Meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on Fisheries was held in New Delhi on March 28-29. The Sri Lanka delegation was led by Ranjith Uyangoda, Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Indian delegation by T.S. Tirumurti, Joint Secretary (BSM), Ministry of External Affairs of India. The leader of the Sri Lankan delegation called on Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Tuesday.
36) Mar 29, 2011 0:10:50 GMT | + Liberals to pledge post-secondary assistance for lower-income Canadians
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff will announce a grant program Tuesday that would provide financial support for post-secondary students, with an emphasis on giving more money to lower-income students. The investment in educaton and learning, should the Liberals form a government, is the first major policy promise from Mr. Ignatieff during the campaign. It's also a bald effort to contrast the Liberals' priorities for families with those of the Conservatives, who made a tax-break pledge for families with children under 18 – though the Conservative break wouldn't take effect for years to come.
37) Mar 29, 2010 22:46:53 GMT | + US-Lanka spat over military cooperation
The United States and Sri Lanka are at loggerheads over military cooperation in the context of the US charge that the Sri Lankan army had committed war crimes in the final phase of its military operations against the LTTE in 2009. While the US army refused to accept high level Sri Lankan officers for some advanced training in US bases, the Sri Lankan army said that it would not allow US air mobile units to participate in a joint training exercise involving the Special Forces of the two countries, The Island daily reported on monday.
38) Mar 29, 2010 11:34:11 GMT | + Upcoming Parliamentary Elections and the Future of Sri Lanka
Mahinda Rajapaksa, soon after his re-election as the Executive President of Sri Lanka, dissolved the existing parliament and announced the date for elections as 8 April 2010. When nominations closed on 27 February, 7696 candidates from 24 political parties and hundreds of independent groups were in the fray. Interestingly, the number of independent groups far exceeds the registered political parties. They will fight for 196 out of the total 225 seats to be elected directly, by over 14 million voters. The remaining 29 seats will be allotted nationally based on voting percentage by each party/alliance. General Sarath Fonseka, who unsuccessfully contested last presidential elections, has also filed nominations for a seat from the Colombo parliamentary district.
39) Mar 29, 2010 11:33:04 GMT | + Diaspora Tamils to support parties supporting Tamil nationhood
In a letter addressed to the Global Tamils, President of Global Tamils Forum, Rev. Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, detailed the humanitarian and political conditions of the Tamils and said the newly formed forum will support and work with Tamil political leaders and parties who on the basis of inherent right of self-determination, adhere to the fundamental aspirations of the Tamils and courageously stand up for the nationhood, homeland and autonomy of the Tamil people.
40) Mar 29, 2010 11:31:44 GMT | + TN rejects Nalini's plea
41) Mar 29, 2010 11:29:28 GMT | + Young man beaten to death in Vavuniyaa
The Tamilnadu government today rejected a plea of Nalini Sriharan, life convict in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, for premature release. The decision was informed to the Madras High Court today after the government on 11 March told the court that it would take a decision on Nalini's premature release in two weeks. The government said it has sought additional details from the Prison Advisory Board (PAB) set up to consider Nalini's plea. . Amid high drama and huge expectations, the government furnished the advisory board's recommendations in the High Court on 11 March. Nalini, convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, is serving life sentence and is in jail for about 19 years now. more ...
42) Mar 29, 2010 9:43:12 GMT | + Letters demanding assets sent
Persons connected to Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) assaulted Thangarasa Krishnagoapal Saturday night at a liquor bar in Vavuniyaa who died of excessive bleeding Sunday due to injuries in Vavuniyaa government hospital where he was admitted by persons who were at the liquor shop at the time of the incident, sources in Vavuniyaa said. The victim was attacked by EPDP member Jeyaraj and EPDP student organization members, according to the statement given to police by the Krishnagopal at the hospital before he died. more ...
The Media Ministry has dispatched letters to newspaper organisations and its editors informing them of the decision to obtain details of the assets of journalists before the end of next month, Media Ministry Secretary, W. Ganegala told Daily Mirror online.“I have already dispatched the letters to all the editors. All journalists must abide by this request,” Ganegala said without elaborating further. The Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law was passed in August 1975. It was amended subsequently by the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities (Amendment) Act No. 74 of 1988.
43) Mar 29, 2010 0:00:19 GMT | + Appoint Prof. Boyle to UN advisory panel, Tamil Groups urge Ban Ki Moon
Key expatriate Tamil organizations, the US-based Tamil Political Action Committee (USTPAC), and UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), in a press release issued Sunday following the announcement by UN Secretary General to appoint an advisory panel on Sri Lanka's war-crime issues, said "[w]e appeal to the Secretary General, that in the interests of fairness to the victims that the Secretary General consults the Tamils also in appointing the advisory panel," adding, "the USTPAC and the Global Tamil Forum strongly recommends Professor Francis A. Boyle to the advisory panel."
44) Mar 29, 2009 23:55:24 GMT | + Sri-Lanka Commits Genocide and India Treats Injured in the Act- Providing A Façade for Democracy
The War Without Witnesses estimate based on first-hand information obtained from government-run hospital authorities, police and judiciary sources in Vanni, the North East Secretariat of Human Rights, aid workers and credible media outlets confirms more than 3546 innocent Tamils have been killed and more than 8370 injured by SLA since January 1 2009. Further, GSL used disproportionate force to overpower the LTTE in their cornered enclave. Artillery and mortar shells hit the safety zone killing numerous civilians during the night. Artillery-fitted cluster munitions exploded between Valaignarmadam and Ampalavanpokka'nai causing heavy casualties.
45) Mar 29, 2009 16:48:47 GMT | + Difficult raising 30% of cost of doubling refinery capacity
46) Mar 29, 2009 7:58:08 GMT | + Sri Lanka: New report documents civilian massacres
In the face of rapidly deteriorating economic difficulties worsened by the global economic meltdown, Sri Lanka is finding it difficult to raise funds required for ambitious project to boost the capacity of the Sapugaskanda oil refinery. Well informed sources said yesterday that this transpired at a recent meeting attended by senior Treasury representatives and members of the Iranian embassy. The sources said that Sri Lanka’s attempts to raise USD 350 million hadn’t been successful and last week’s meeting was called to discuss the entire range of Iranian funded projects in Sri Lanka. more ...
The article below is an abridged statement released by War Without Witness on a new report prepared by WWW on innocent Tamil civilians killed by the Sri Lankan Army’s military offensive between January 1 and March 23. The objective of this report is to document the perilous situation of civilians due to the Sri Lankan government’s indiscriminate bombardment on the civilian settlements and so-called safety zones in the northern part of Sri Lanka.
47) Mar 29, 2009 7:53:33 GMT | + 'Global order' experiments with body and mind of Vanni civilians
To what extent human beings can survive under extreme conditions was a Nazi research on the ‘dispensable Jews’ of the concentration camps, to find out the levels of extremity the human body and mind can withstand. "Whether a humanitarian catastrophe faced by them is deliberately ignored by the international community and whether the instruments of humanitarian intervention have given up Vanni people for good," ask Dr. J. Sivamanoharan and S. Edmond Reginold, professionals of mental health working in Vanni.
48) Mar 29, 2009 5:54:32 GMT | + MK did not lose govts for Eelam: Ramadoss
PMK founder S Ramadoss has refuted Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s claims that he “lost” his governments on two occasions for the sake of Eelam Tamils. Reacting to Karunanidhi’s claims Ramadoss said: “State politics, change of governments at the Centre and changes in political coalitions were the reasons for the dismissal of DMK’s state governments, and not the Eelam issue as claimed by Karunanidhi.” Karunanidhi’s government was dismissed with the blessings of Rajiv Gandhi, because Karunanidhi was considered close to V P Singh.
49) Mar 29, 2009 5:52:02 GMT | + China, US blocking India’s way to Security Council
The display of naval prowess off the Somali coast by Beijing, a full throttle attempt at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to stop India in acquiring nuclear status or dangerously increasing its presence in the neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan. China is consistently giving a tough chase to policymakers in New Delhi and is trying to out shadow India on every front and every sphere at the regional and global stage. Although the world perceives this tug of war as a race between two emerging Asian giants to acquire domination, an insight into this rat race clearly reflects asymmetry.
50) Mar 29, 2008 22:34:41 GMT | + Tamil language provisions, provincial councils and 16th Amendment
S. J. V. Chelvanayagam was born in Malaysia on March 31st, 1898. He received his secondary education at the Union College, Tellippalai, Jaffna and later studied at St. Thomas College, Colombo. At the age of nineteen, he was awarded a degree in Science. Soon after his graduation, he became a teacher at St. Thomas College. Later he moved to Wesley College, and pursued his studies at the Law College. He became an advocate in 1923.
51) Mar 29, 2008 21:45:27 GMT | + Pillayan demands CM post – LSSP and CP break away for polls
The TMVP is demanding a guarantee it will be offered the post of chief minister of the Eastern Province if it is to contest in alliance with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) -- but the ruling party is not saying yes or no to the demand while longstanding government allies LSSP and the CP have decided to break away for the polls. A senior minister said a deal had been struck with the TMVP but refused to divulge if there had been an agreement to give the Chief Minister’s post to a member of the armed group.
52) Mar 29, 2008 21:43:12 GMT | + Alarming journalistic prejudice prevails
It is an extremely difficult period for journalists or scribes working in Sri Lanka, especially because of the ongoing military campaign against the LTTE. Journalists who collect information on various characters in the theatre of war, most of the time are being harassed or questioned as if they are part of a terrorist outfit. There had been numerous occasions where journalists have been subjected to harassment by the law enforcing agencies of the government without verifying matters or looking at the nature of the job the respective journalists are involved in.
53) Mar 29, 2008 21:42:14 GMT | + Viral flu hits troops in northern war zone
A new crisis has erupted in the northern war zone with a virtual epidemic of dengue and chikungunya viral fever among troops due to the heavy rains and resultant floods, officials said. Military spokesperson Udaya Nanayakkara said urgent measures had been taken to check the epidemic, while other officials disclosed that about 500 troops affected by the viral flu were being treated at hospitals in the Anuradhapura district.
54) Mar 29, 2008 13:17:42 GMT | + Jaffna student plays reflect society's undercurrent of fear
Traditional folk dramas and modern plays were showcased in a drama festival organized by the Outdoor Stage Group of Jaffna University Thursday at Kailasapathy Hall. The silent play named ‘Moodi’ (The Lid) in which actors had their faces covered by cloths, expressing the current denial of freedom of expression and movement in Jaffna peninsula, students spokesperson said. The play also had scenes that portrayed the fear of arrests, killings, and abductions that haunt the residents of the peninsula, the spokesperson added.
55) Mar 29, 2007 18:53:27 GMT | + Flying Tigers
PIONEERS of one lethal form of warfare—suicide-bombing—the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have a new claim to fame: a rudimentary air force. On March 26th they used it to attack the main air-force base of the Sri Lankan government, with which they have been fighting for a quarter of a century to win an independent homeland for the Tamil minority. Tiger air power adds a dangerous new element to a war that is intensifying, despite a five-year old ceasefire that is still notionally in force. As the Tigers tell it, two of their aircraft bombed the base, which is next to Colombo's international airport. The crew, who were photographed beaming beside their reclusive, brutal leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, returned unscathed.
56) Mar 29, 2007 15:53:12 GMT | + Four fishermen killed as Lankan Navy opens fire
Four Indian fishermen were killed and two injured when Sri Lankan navy allegedly opened fire at them today. The six Indians were allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan waters when the naval personnel opened fire at them killing two of them on the spot, while two others drowned in the sea, officials said. The two injured were brought to Kanyakumari for treatment. The Lanka navy opened fire without giving any warning, officials claimed.
57) Mar 29, 2007 11:39:45 GMT | + Sri Lanka cracks down on unauthorzed aircraft after rebel airstrike
Sri Lankan officials launched a crackdown on unregistered aircraft Thursday, days after the Tamil Tiger rebels' first airstrike in their two-decade conflict with the government, officials said. "We have got information that there is a light aircraft at a house and we have sent an officer to investigate," said air force spokesman Group Capt. Ajantha Silva. Police said they were also investigating the report from the town of Wadduwa, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the capital, Colombo.
58) Mar 29, 2007 11:32:14 GMT | + Displacement of people a big challenge for Lankan govt
The number of displaced persons within Sri Lanka is increasing, and the international community does not have access to that population, said the representative of the United Nations secretary general on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Walter Kälin. “There have been reports of internally displaced people in Sri Lanka being forced to return to their homes, although I cannot confirm these reports,” Kälin, a Swiss law professor, told in an interview.
59) Mar 29, 2007 11:28:12 GMT | + Sri Lanka says sinks 3 rebel boats, 15-18 dead
Sri Lanka's navy said on Thursday it sank three Tamil Tiger boats off the island's northeast coast, killing at least 15 fighters, but the rebels denied they lost any vessels and said just one fighter died. The attack late on Wednesday off the coast of the rebel-held northeastern district of Mullaithivu was the latest in a rash of land and sea battles in a two-decade civil war that has killed around 68,000 people.
60) Mar 29, 2007 11:20:19 GMT | + MDMK, Cong MLAs lock horns over Tigers
The State Assembly today witnessed anxious moments when the MDMK and Congress MLAs almost came to blows over the LTTE issue. Taking part in the discussion on the general budget, MDMK MLA Veera Ilavarasan made a reference to the ethnic issue in Lanka. He said, 'we should lend a helping hand to those who are brutally killed in the neighbouring Island nation but should also ensure that it doesn't disturb the peace and tranquility in Tamilnadu'.
61) 16:16 GMT, Mar. 29, 2006 | + Sri Lankan woman released after years in border jail
62) 15:55 GMT, Mar. 29, 2006 | + U.N. to begin talks on Annan's successor
A Sri Lankan woman fleeing persecution in her native country has been released after spending more than four years in federal detention on allegations that she entered the country illegally. Saluja Thangaraja, 26, was freed from the Otay Mesa detention center late Monday after the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the release of a Sri Lankan man who also spent more than four years in the same facility.The court ordered the release of Ahilan Nadarajah on March 17, saying the government was violating federal law by holding him even though he wasn't criminally charged and couldn't be deported in the foreseeable future.Nadarajah and Thangaraja both fled Sri Lanka and stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border in October 2001 and were charged with being in the U.S. without a valid visa. Both were granted political asylum but the government refused to release them. more ...
63) 15:43 GMT, Mar. 29, 2006 | + Norway's new envoy to make first visit to Sri Lanka
By tradition, the job of secretary-general rotates by region — and Asian and African nations, who represent the majority of U.N. members, believe it is Asia's turn to lead the United Nations. The Asian group has been courting support from Latin America but has run into opposition from the United States and some European countries who say the best qualified candidate should be selected, regardless of his country.So far, the announced candidates are all Asian. They include South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai, who is backed by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and former U.N. disarmament chief Jayantha Dhanapala of Sri Lanka, who recently represented his country's government in peace talks with the Tamil Tigers. more ...
64) 12:19 GMT, Mar. 29, 2006 | + SLA and paramilitaries unleash fear in Batticaloa
Norway today announced that its new peace envoy to Sri Lanka will make his first visit to the country on April 3. Jon Hanssen-Bauer will undertake a four-day visit during which he will meet with President Mahinda Rajapakse and Tamil Tiger leaders, the Norwegian embassy here said in a statement. It said that Norway's International Development Minister Erik Solheim who appointed Hanssen-Bauer to be the hands-on envoy coordinating the peace process with both sides will also visit Sri Lanka briefly on April 6. The high level visit takes place amid fears for the island's fragile peace process and the sinking of a navy gun boat together with eight sailors. more ...
65) 12:18 GMT, Mar. 29, 2006 | + Ex-radical stands for Colombo mayor on ticket of Sri Lankan ruling coalition
More than 200 Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and paramilitary soldiers rounded up and threatened civilians from five villages in Batticaloa on Tuesday, 28 March at 5:00 am. About 250 residents from Kannan Kiramam, Vinayagapuram, Kannakipuram, Pethalai, Puthukudiyiruppu were rounded up by heavily armed SLA and paramilitary soldiers and brought to Pechiyamman temple where members of Karuna group, ENDLF and EPDP addressed the civilians. The paramilitary members threatened civilians by demanding that they support their efforts and operations. The paramilitary groups are reported to have connections with the Sri Lanka Army camp in Valachenai Harbour. more ...
66) 12:17 GMT, Mar. 29, 2006 | + Sri Lanka mediator to meet rebel negotiator
In upcoming local municipal elections in Sri Lanka, it is worth noting the candidacy of long-time, middle class radical Vasudeva Nanayakkara, leader of the Democratic Left Front (DLF), who is standing for the position of mayor of Colombo on the ticket of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA). The UPFA—a coalition led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)—holds power nationally. In the island’s presidential elections last November, two other outfits previously associated with the DLF—the Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) and the United Socialist Party (USP)—ran nominally independent candidates. Nanayakkara, however, used his tawdry credentials as a “socialist” to unequivocally back the SLFP candidate, Mahinda Rajapakse. more ...
67) 03:03 GMT, Mar. 29, 2006 | + Tamils warily return to mined areas in Sri Lanka as teams clear out explosives
The top mediator in Sri Lanka's peace process, Erik Solheim of Norway, will meet with the rebels' leading negotiator in London to discuss peace progress on the war-torn island, the Norwegian government said. Solheim and Tamil rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham will prepare the groundwork for a meeting between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Geneva on April 19-21. The two sides held a first meeting in the Swiss city in February aimed at shoring up a fragile ceasefire in place since 2002 and preventing a return to civil war amid flaring violence. The ceasefire negotiations are separate from the Sri Lanka peace talks that have been suspended since April 2003.
- Ground work for Sri Lanka's peace talks underway
- Xinhua more ...
68) 20:55 GMT, Mar. 29, 2006 | + No threat to second round of talks - LTTE
The shiny round object half buried in her garden aroused Nixon Kousi's curiosity - and could have cost her life. Kousi, a 23-year-old mother of two, is one of thousands of ethnic Tamils who have returned to their native villages in Sri Lanka's northeast over the past four years, hoping to start a normal life after spending years in refugee camps while fighting raged between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels. Now the fighting is largely over - halted by a shaky 2002 cease-fire - but hundreds of thousands of land mines remain from the 19-year civil war, as Kousi discovered in front of her mud-wall home in this small town once the scene of fierce fighting. more ...
69) 02:16 GMT, Mar. 29, 2006 | + UN agency calls for fishing boats in tsunami-affected countries to be safer
‘Lawful child labour?’ - This minor was among the workers assigned to load ballot boxes at Colombo Divisional Secretariat
Photo Courtesy: The Island - March 30, 2006
There is no threat of any disruption to the next round of talks, to be held in Geneva between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE slated for third week of April, but discussions would be mainly on the implementation of the decisions taken during the first round. The meeting held yesterday, between Norwegian Peace Envoy Erik Solheim and LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham in London, was to discuss this issue, LTTE spokesman Daya ‘Master’ told The Island yesterday. He said the security situation, especially in the East, had been deteriorating since the first round of talks and this situation should be arrested first before talking peace. This would have been the main topic of yesterday’s talks, he said adding that yesterday’s pow vow would be magnified at the next round, which begins on April 19.
- LTTE will participate at Geneva Talks if safe passage guaranteed through Colombo more ...
70) 13:06 GMT, Mar. 29, 2005 | + Norway’s Special Envoy meets with Tamilselvan in Vienna
The Sri Lanka Navy has re-imposed a fishing ban off the northern and the eastern sea...A statement issued by the Navy on Monday said it has imposed a ban with immediate effect "around the Jaffna peninsula up to a distance of 12 nautical miles from land up to International Maritime Boundary between India and Sri Lanka".
Thousands of fishing boats built to replace those destroyed by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 must meet minimum safety standards, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, as it again urged authorities to ensure such standards were adhered to and warned that inferior boatbuilding was undermining the tsunami recovery effort.The UN agency also called on all organizations financing boat construction to pay closer attention to the safety and quality of craft being built and to take steps to upgrade or replace sub-standard boats already in place.Though firm figures are not available, reports from FAO staff in the field indicate that many replacement fishing vessels constructed since the disaster are seriously sub-standard, with the problem encompassing both wooden boats as well as those with fibre-glass hulls. more ...
71) 12:41 GMT, Mar. 29, 2005 | + Huge Quake But No Tsunami
In a meeting with the Norwegian Special Envoy Mr. Erik Solheim today 28 March in Vienna, Austria, Mr. S. P. Tamilselvan Head of the LTTE Political Wing expressed serious concern over the latest violations of the CFA inflicting harm to unarmed LTTE political cadres back home in the GoSL-military controlled areas and reiterated that the facilitators take serious note of the deteriorating situation which tends to have adverse effects on the CFA, Peace Process and most importantly, post-tsunami management. Mr. Erik Solheim, detailing the various steps taken by Norway to make the Joint Mechanism between the GoSL and the LTTE for post-Tsunami management a reality, requested LTTE too to be pro-active, its gesture of maximum flexibility, commitment and goodwill notwithstanding. more ...
72) 21:21 GMT, Mar. 29, 2004 | + After the April'04 Elections
A massive earthquake off the coast of Indonesia sent residents in several countries fleeing Monday in panic that it would cause another tsunami disaster. But those fears eased within hours, as officials throughout the region said they had received no reports of waves striking their coasts. However dozens of people could be buried under the remains of hundreds of collapsed buildings on the island of Nias, close to the quake's epicenter. "Hundreds of buildings have been damaged or have collapsed. People who were standing fell over. We're not sure about casualties, but there may be dozens of people buried in the rubble," said Agus Mendrofa, deputy district head on Nias island which was nearest to the epicenter of the quake. more ...
73) 10:43 GMT, Mar. 29, 2004 | + Sri Lanka could be heading for trouble
Whilst we await the post-election scenario, it is important to be fully aware of how Sinhala politicians are exploiting the rhetoric of "peace" laced with empty slogans of "devolution", "decentralisation", "united", "unitary" and so on. On many occasions, particularly in our Press Release of 18 March 2002, The Action Group of Tamils (TAGOT) emphasised that both Sinhala political parties, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), have paid lip service to the hazy notion of "peace". But neither party has worked among the Sinhala people to prepare them to accept the real structure - a confederal or, at the very least, a federal system of government - as the indispensable basis for a political settlement. more ...
74) 10:42 GMT, Mar. 29, 2004 | + Election chief takes over state media in Sri Lanka amid bias charge
Sri Lanka is seeking stability as it faces its third elections in four years, but opinion polls and analysts say the country may just be heading for more trouble. At the root is the feud between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who are at loggerheads over Oslo-backed attempts to end war with Tamil Tiger ethnic rebels. The two once played together as children and share privileged backgrounds -- Kumaratunga is a daughter of two prime ministers and Wickremesinghe is a nephew of the country's first executive president. more ...
75) 10:41 GMT, Mar. 29, 2004 | + Monks set to steal protest vote in Sri Lanka poll
Sri Lanka's independent election chief took over state-owned radio and television stations amid allegations that their programs were highly biased towards the president's party. Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said he appointed a "competent authority" to run stations until the conclusion of the election which begins with voting Friday and ends with the declaration of results a few days later. It is the first time since independence from Britain in 1948 that Sri Lanka's state-controlled media has been brought under independent authority during an election. more ...
76) 21:32 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + SLMM to fix 'lines of control'
Sri Lanka's Buddhist clergy looks set to win a key protest vote at Friday's election, tapping nationalist sentiment in the face of concessions to Tamil rebels and bolstered by a country fed up with mainstream politicians. Campaigning for the first time as a single political force, 280 monks are running for parliament on a platform to protect the majority Sinhalese -- who are predominantly Buddhist -- and to rid the country of corruption. "Our purpose is to serve everyone, not only the Sinhala nation, all those ethnic groups who are living in the country, to make them happy," said candidate Omalpe Sobitha, surrounded by saffron-robed monks at one of Colombo's biggest temples. more ...
77) 21:28 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + Britain lauds Lanka peace process
Recent confrontations between the Sri Lanka Armed Forces and the LTTE both on land and sea that looked in danger of jeopardising the peace process, has compelled the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to take on a more effective role to ensure the ceasefire is not violated by either party in the future. This will include the establishing of precise lines of control between the LTTE and government forces. Effective from April, the SLMM will step up its vigilance both on land and sea and also introduce new ceasefire monitoring measures to prevent further clashes between the Armed Forces and the LTTE. more ...
78) 21:24 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + Bullock cart 'buses' Mullaitivu school children
Demonstrating Britain's support for the Sri Lankan peace process, the Foreign and Commonwealth Minister Mike O'Brien, today met the Lankan Government's Chief Negotiator and Minister for Constitutional Affairs G L Peiris, here today. "I very much welcome the opportunity to discuss with Peiris the most recent developments in the process," O'Brien said on the progress made during last week's talks in Japan. "Remarkable progress has been made since direct talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam began last September," he said. more ...
79) 17:36 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + Camp relocation, litmus test for govt’s sincerity
Students in Meelivanam village located 5km from the Karipattamurippu Government mixed school in Mullaitivu district will use an improvised bullock drawn carriage as transportation to and from their school, sources in Mullaitivu said. Thunukkai region Commissioner of Education, M. Theivendran, and Rev. Father Roy Berdin lit the ceremonial lamp during the opening ceremony of the event inaugurating the new service. V. Illankumaran, Head of the Education Committee, Illankumaran hoisted the Tamil Eelam national flag. more ...
80) 14:32 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + Tamil Eelam national conference on women’s development held
Sri Lanka army’s move to shift its present brigade headquarters from its present location at the Gnanam and Subash hotels and private buildings near the teaching hospital, to the Jaffna Municipal Council (JMC) site, is a needlessly provocative act coming as it does at a time when both sides to the conflict, the government and the LTTE, have declared peace talks are progressing satisfactorily. The announcement sometime ago of the army preparing to move out of Subash was welcomed by the Tamil public as a gesture of goodwill, which displayed that the government’s commitment to establishing normalcy in the northeast was not confined to the negotiating table, but was demonstrated in real life as well. However, the present move is testimony that the government disregards public opinion in Jaffna, while it pays lip service to winning the hearts and minds of the Tamils to build a united Sri Lanka. more ...
81) 14:32 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + SLA warns public from entering Council lands
A national conference on Tamil Eelam Women’s development, organized with the support of the organization for the upliftment of women in Batticaloa-Ampara, started at 9:00 am on Thursday at the Kallady Vipulanantha School for music and dance in Batticaloa. more ...
82) 12:49 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + ‘Normalcy in NE only when displaced are resettled’ - Sampanthan
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has put up a notice board Thursday warning the civilians not to enter the Jaffna municipal lands which have been earmarked for establishing new army camps. "This is a government-military property. Any unauthorized intruders will be dealt with minimum force," said the notice board erected near the MC lands, sources in Jaffna said. more ...
83) 12:42 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + “Foreign Policy Discussion – Tamil Canadians’ Perspective” Survey Launched
Normalcy will return to the North East province only after
thousands of displaced people now languishing in refugee camps and welfare centers are resettled in their own lands, said Mr.R. Sampanthan, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)parliamentary group leader, at a function to open the office of the Socio Economic Development Committee (SEDC) in Thiriyai, a traditional Tamil village forty-two kilometers north of Trincomalee, sources said. The Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in Trincomalee opened an office of the SEDC to take forward the resettlement program of the displaced families in Thiriyai, which had been abandoned for more than twenty years due to the war. more ...
84) 21:57 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + Who is this Balagalle?
In January 2003, Canadian Government announced its intention to engage the Canadian public in a discussion to identify priorities and choices with respect to foreign policy. In this regard, Foreign Affairs Department has invited the public participation through an electronic forum, by letter or by joining public discussions. Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) feels that further to responding to this request from the government of Canada on individual basis, it is necessary for Canadian Tamils to articulate their opinion as a community so that law makers and policy makers could hear us loud and clear. more ...
85) 01:38 GMT, Mar. 29, 2003 | + EU fourth co-chair of Sri Lanka Donor Conf.
That this government continues to be straddled with black sheep of Lionel Balagalle’s kind — in a position as that of Army Commander — is a sorry indictment not only on the UNF but on this nation, who remain gagged by such men. Individuals who can make no claims to integrity or fair play, dragging with them in the mud those who do not have the courage to order Balagalle out of his hot seat as Army Commander. Needless to say, it is not even remotely feasible that Balagalle would, like any self respecting officer and gentleman, resign forthwith in the face of the Supreme Court’s stunning rebuke where references were made to secrecy and bad faith. more ...
86) 23:35 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + Two tales of a city named Jaffna
The European Union yesterday agreed to become a fourth co-chair of the Tokyo Donors Conference in June. This news brings in fifteen more nations within the European Union determined to support aid for Sri Lanka at a critical time in the Peace Process, a Government communing he said. The decision was taken by Dr. Javier Solana, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Chris Patten, Commissioner for External Affairs and conveyed to the Sri Lanka Government overnight. The European Union has been heavily involved in a number of projects in Sri Lanka for many years and has taken a keen interest in the peace process. more ...
87) 20:55 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + Should Balachandran be baned from Entering Eelam?
In the corridors of the mass media the men and women come and go not talking like T.S. Eliot's women about Michael Angelo, but about Anton Balasingham who in an earlier incarnation as A.B. Stanislaus had been such a quiet young man when he was at the 'Virakesari' and the British High Commission. Veteran observers, seasoned cynics and men about town, however, can be pardoned for feeling a sense of deja vu. Haven't we seen all this before stretching from Thimpu to Jaffna via Madras and New Delhi? What is the assurance that this time round the truce will hold and things will not come apart as it has happened so many times in the past? more ...
88) 20:40 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + Britain raises battle age
Journalists play a crucial role in the society by being impartial , and report the facts in a truthful manner. By being honest and truthful, they render a yeomen service to the society. Through out the journalistic history, we know many such journalists who have not only rendered invaluable service to mankind, but have also sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. We salute to such noble journalists. However, in the past two or three decades, the journalistic world has produced another kind of men and women, who instead of writing the truth, use their pen and their power to unleash utter lies and falsehood. They do not write what is their heart and minds; but write what others tell them to do so. They are prepared to bury the truth and honesty for a few Paisas and rupees. They merely act as an agent for others. They neither do any research nor go out in the filed to find the facts before filing their reports. Instead, they pen their articles from air conditioned rooms, influenced by ulterior motives and money. more ...
89) 20:12 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + Housing hope for lives ruined by counter-insurgency
Britain will abandon its policy of sending soldiers under the age of 18 to battle, but will still recruit people from the age of 16. The policy change is a result of Britain deciding to ratify a United Nations protocol aimed at preventing the use of children in warfare, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. Britain has been criticised by human rights campaigners for deploying 17-year-old soldiers during the Gulf war and the Kosovo conflict. A report last year by the International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers singled out Britain as one of the worst offenders among 178 countries, most of them in the Third World. more ...
90) 19:39 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + First meeting could be held in months to settle conflict
The Minister for Housing and Estate Infrastructure, Mr. Arumugan Thondaman, laid the foundation for the construction of a hundred houses for the residents of Santhosapuram, four kilometres southeast of Mutur Friday. Santhosapuram is a settlement named after Lt.Col. Santhosam, a senior commander of the Liberation Tigers from Trincomalee who was killed in a battle with the Indian army in 1988. Houses in a section of the settlement were damaged in Sri Lanka army shelling in November last year. more ...
91) 16:31 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + Sri Lanka asks for international help to rebuild war-hit north
Thailand agreed yesterday to host peace talks between Sri Lanka and Tamil separatists in an attempt to end their decade-long conflict. The date and place are undecided, pending further talks between Thailand and Norway, which is acting as broker between the South Asian government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. But after meeting Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgeson, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said he expected the meeting would be held ``within months.'' more ...
92) 13:25 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + Direct talks in Sri Lankan conflict
Sri Lanka is seeking dlrs 300 million in aid from other countries to help rebuild and rehabilitate its war-ravaged northern Jaffna Peninsula. Foreign Affairs Minister Tyronne Fernando conveyed the request to 30 foreign diplomats, from countries including Britain, China, India and Pakistan, who visited the troubled region on Thursday, Bangladesh Ambassador Ashraff Doula Ambas said Friday. Rebels have been fighting since 1983 for an ethnic Tamil homeland, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discriminating against the minority Tamils in education and jobs. The Jaffna Peninsula is Sri Lanka's Tamil heartland. The peninsula needs funds to rebuild, to resettle people displaced from their homes and to clear mines, Fernando said. more ...
93) 05:23 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + Tigers to taste power in May
Thailand will be the venue for historic face-to-face talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said on Friday. "Both parties to the conflict have agreed to holding the talks in Thailand," said a statement read out by Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai and the visiting Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vida Helgesen. The peace talks, which follow a ceasefire signed by the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Government in February, are expected to begin in the first week of May. more ...
94) 23:47 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + MidEast: Israeli onslaught corners Arafat
An unelected Tamil Tiger-controlled interim go-vernment is likely to be established in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil northeastern province by May as part of the ongoing peace process. Joseph Pararajasingham, the Tamil National Alliance MP from Batticaloa, told parliament that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had assured him that there would be an interim administration in the northeast in two months’ time. That this will be fully controlled by the LTTE is clear because most of the political parties in the north-east have joined the LTTE bandwagon and those outside it have been neutralised by the memorandum of understanding (MoU) the Tigers signed with the Sri Lankan government in February. more ...
95) 23:38 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + Today is the 104th birth anniversary of SJV Chelvanayagam
Israeli forces are battling Palestinians at close quarters inside Yasser Arafat's West Bank compound after smashing their way in with tanks and raking it with heavy fire. As night fell, Palestinian officials said shells had been fired directly at Mr Arafat's offices in the Ramallah complex. He is reported to be confined to one floor of the building. The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, blamed the latest crisis on Palestinian "terrorism," and urged Mr Arafat to rein in the militants. more ...
96) 05:18 GMT, Mar. 29, 2002 | + Thailand venue for Sri Lanka peace talks
The issues that the post independent Sri Lankan Tamil was likely to be confronted with was identified by SJV. It is the outcome of his political acumen and foresight. The leadership in this country are yet to formulate a solution either by themselves or as prescribed by him. It is a tragedy of our times. The switch or ditching of the formula of "communal representation" to that of "territorial representation" by the Donoughmore Constitution precipitated the differences, of linguistic, cultural inherited characteristics. Fortuitous advantages that were bestowed, by history, colonialism etc was to be discounted by the majority. more ...
97) 15:04 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + India unhappy over Norwegian peace settlement
Thailand will host the first face-to-face peace talks in seven years between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, a top Norwegian envoy said on Friday. Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vida Helgesen told reporters after a meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai that the timing of the talks had yet to be decided. "The government of Thailand has, on the request of the government of Norway, accepted to provide the venue for negotiations between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam," Helgesen told reporters. more ...
98) 14:15 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + Proscription list passes "all or none" debates
Informed sources say that India is reportedly unhappy over a peace settlement being negotiated or faciliated in Sri Lanka by Norway and the United Kingdom. India, source say, would like very much to play a more important role in resolving the war in Sri Lanka, but are unable to enter the present peace arena facilitated by Norway. The Norwegians continue to insist that India is kept well informed of the protracted process initiated by Norway. more ...
99) 14:05 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + Are we prepared for peace?
Britain's Home office Wednesday formally introduced the list of organisations proscribed under Britain's new Terrorism Act after the list was approved by the House of Lords. Some of the members, as in the House of Commons earlier this month, protested that they were not allowed to oppose the inclusion of individual organisation but could only support or oppose the entire list. Others said the list, which was debated for only an hour or two in each house had not been sufficiently discussed in depth. more ...
100) 13:51 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + 29 Distinctions in all ten subjects
When the Leader of the Opposition inquired of me which Parliamentary committees I would like to participate in, my first choice was the Committee dealing with the Ministry of the Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs. This caused him some surprise, since my usual areas of interest are economics and finance. Why was I interested in the work of the Ministry dealing with religious affairs? Tens of thousands of our country’s youth died violent deaths. They died fighting for what they firmly believed would secure a better life for themselves, and for future generations. more ...
101) 04:54 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + Chirac calls for negotiated end to Sri Lanka war
The results of the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination held last December reveal that in the Jaffna peninsula 29 students have obtained Distinctions in all the ten subjects. Eight students of Vembadi Girls college, five students of St. John's College, four students of Jaffna Hindu College and two students each from Jaffna College, Chavakachcheri Hindu College, Vadamaradchy Hindu Girls College respectively have obtained Distinctions in ten subjects. The other leading schools in the outskirts of Jaffna town such as Union College Tellipallai, Uduvil Girls College, Ramanathan College, Methodist Girls College, Point Pedro, Valvai Girls College and Wigneswara College Karaveddy have one student with ten distinction passes. more ...
102) 04:15 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + `World can lose patience with Sri Lanka'
. " France is calling for a negotiated solution to the conflict, while respecting the unity of Sri Lanka and the legitimate aspirations of minorities, "
government spokeswoman Catherine Colonna told reporters. The call comes amid signs the rebels and government are inching closer to the negotiating table, with a mediator from Norway shuttling between government officials in Colombo and a Tamil rebel negotiator in London to try to find ways to end the conflict that has killed an estimated 64,000 people. more ...
103) 03:56 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + Visiting Sri Lankan president in talks with Chirac
First, this government doesn't have a clear economic policy and vision. It comes out with various documents which look half okay on paper but it does not have the commitment and the capability to see them through. There is a total - almost pathological - aversion to long-term planning and strategisation. We really need to sit down and think in radical terms as to what this economy is going to be predicated on. At the present moment, and this is not just a caricature, the backbone of the Sri Lankan economy are the poor women on tea plantations, in sweat shops, women going to West Asia to labour. Here is a country, given its quality of life, its indices, its literacy , etc, should have been...a Bangalore. We need to reintroduce English in the system, not in the way that deepens social cleavages, but provides access to education. We have an education system which is supposed to be free but the two things which everybody wants - access to English and access to IT - you have to pay for. Otherwise from kindergarten to Ph.D. its free. It is a sacred cow, our education system. more ...
104) 03:53 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + 'Lankan conflict at end of cycle'
Visiting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga used a meeting with her French counterpart Jacques Chirac to explain her government's position on the continuing war with rebel Tamils, French officials said Wednesday. "France calls for a negotiated solution to the conflict, which respects the integrity and unity of Sri Lanka but also the legitimate aspirations of minorities," said Chirac's spokeswoman, Catherine Colonna. Chirac told Kumaratunga that she had France's full support in her search for dialogue with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or Tamil tigers, Colonna said. more ...
105) 20:15 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + Devolution of power yet to be decided -Erik Solheim
Mr Jehan Perera, Director, Research and Media, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka Rasheeda Bhagat The major problem of Sri Lanka today is that there are " two undefeated armies "
in the region. But every conflict has its life-cycle, says Mr Jehan Perera, Director, Research and Media, of the Colombo-based National Peace Council of Sri Lanka. In an interview to Business Line, he said the ethnic conflict in the island nation, which has raged for 18 long years, is coming to " the end of its cycle "
. Excerpts from the interview more ...
106) 20:03 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + Language of the war-torn areas
The Norwegian peace negotiator, in an interview with the BBC said that both the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE need to build confidence between each other and find a solid foundation to base peace talks on. Mr. Erik Solheim further added that it was not up to Norway to comment on how both parties are conducting themselves whilst waiting for talks. He said that the sooner the peace talks begin the less Sri Lanka would have to suffer from human destruction.
He was reluctant to shed light on the "memorandum of understanding"
between the two parties or give an indication for future date for talks. The special envoy , though, is optimistic but cautious because the situation in Sri Lanka he said is very complicated and fragile. more ...
107) 19:43 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + Schoolgirl abduction causes alarm in Vadamaradchi
Students of the North and East, upto the completion of the Advanced Level Education, the existence of the English language in their war life is unrealizable except at the vocabulary level such as 'shell', 'bomb', 'bomber', AK 47', 'artillery', 'sentry point', 'army', 'police', 'navy', 'round up', 'pass', 'IC',
etc. These words have become almost 'Tamil' words. They may not know the meaning of the word 'text book',
but they know the meaning of the word, 'multi-barrel rocket launcher'.
Emergence of English as the medium of instruction in Sri Lanka, as I now see it, in the North and East, is severely in conflict with the Tamil students' living system socially, culturally and politically, over the past ten years. To the rural students of the N-E, an English teacher more ...
Kandasamy Sasindraani, an 18-year-old school girl, was blindfolded and abducted off the road in Vadamaradchi on Monday 26 March by Sri Lanka army personnel while she was on her way to a tuition centre, according to a complaint lodged by her mother at the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jaffna town Thursday. The woman told the ICRC that her daughter was blindfolded and forced into an army vehicle uniformed men. more ...
108) 19:42 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + VVT protestors get concession
109) 00:10 GMT, Mar. 29, 2001 | + Beyond the stereotype
Hundreds of men and women gathered in front of the Sri Lanka army camp in Valvettithurai in Jaffna Thursday morning, demanding that they be allowed reasonable time for fishing in the seas off the coast of this coastal town. “Allow us to fish or kill us all”,
the protestors told the army. They said their families, which depend on the sea for their livelihood can no longer survive if the SLA didn’t extend the time for fishing. The crowds dispersed after the SLA assured them that they can fish in the sea from midnight to six a.m. everyday. The relaxation of the restriction, however, is limited only to Valvettithurai, military sources said. In all the parts of Jaffna, fishing in the sea is restricted to two hours- from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. more ...
110) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + Overrun base an elite brigade - VoT
111) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + LTTE claims capturing key military base
112) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + S.Lanka rebels say make strategic gains
113) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + PRESS RELEASE : LTTE International HQ - London,UK
114) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + Tigers take Sri Lanka military base as peace talks open
115) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + Heavy casualties in Thalaiyadi battle
116) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + Inquests fail to charge jailers responsible for the killing of two Tamil detainees
117) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + Sri Lanka cancels cops' leave for capital
118) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + Peace talks in Sri Lanka
119) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + Tigers overrun another coastal garrison
120) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + TamilNadu: Madurai fisherman dies in Colombo police detention centre
121) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + A Sane Voice in the Wilderness - ANALYSIS
122) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + Sri Lanka draws battle lines with crime Mafia
123) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 2000 | + LTTE's flourishing shipping network
124) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1999 | + VELUPILLAI PIRABAKARAN - Leader of Tamil Eelam
125) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1999 | + Ethnic trophy !
126) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1999 | + Largest conference in Madurai backs Tamil Eelam
127) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1999 | + New email computer virus discovered
128) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1999 | + Kosovo leaders executed - NATO
129) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1999 | + UAV missing over Vanni?
130) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1999 | + Mass grave found in Jaffna
131) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1999 | + Doing Injury to History
132) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1998 | + Delegation to meet LTTE
133) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 29, 1998 | + Sri Lanka rebels attack police post
It is a thorny issue most immigrant groups have had to deal with over the years, be they Jewish, Irish or Jamaican or what have you: the small criminal element in their midst that casts a pall of suspicion over the entire community. Twenty years ago, if a young man with an Italian last name was shot on the street, it would be labelled a mafia hit. These days, the group that is struggling hardest with a small violent element is the growing Tamil population. Scarborough Agincourt MPP Gerry Phillips, whose riding includes a large Tamil community, expressed it best in a speech last session to the Legislature. Phillips talked about an awards banquet for Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre (CANTYD) he'd attended. more ...