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

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1998 | LTTE Casualties
    Three LTTE fighters - 2nd Lt. Bastyamtharan and LTTE fighters Pipisanan and Ratnapalan - died in a clash with the occupying forces at Manankulam (Vanni.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1997 | Decapitated bodies of Tamil fishermen floats ashore
    A Tamil fisherman whose head was cut off by Sri Lankan naval forces has been washed ashore at Mullaitivu. The man also had bullet wounds. Friends say he had gone out to sea with two other Tamil fishermen, who have subsequently not been seen. The Sri Lankan navy is known to fire at random on Tamil fishing boats.
  • 2000 | Mannar rice farmers shot
    Five farmers guarding their rice paddy fields in Kunjukulam Vayal in the Mannar District were shot dead last night. Their bodies were brought to the Mannar hospital this evening.
  • 1997 | Decapitated Body Of A Fisherman Floats Ashore
    A Tamil fisherman whose head was cut off by Sri Lankan naval forces has been washed ashore at Mullaitivu. The man also had bullet wounds. Friends say he had gone out to sea with two other Tamil fishermen, who have subsequently not been seen. The Sri Lankan navy is known to fire at random on Tamil fishing boats. Aanother Tamil fisherman with his head cut off by navy personnel has washed onto Ampalavan Pokkanai (Mullaitivu district) on the following day.
  • 1998 | Sinhalese Army Opens Fire On Tamil Civilian Boat And Kills Two
    Occupying Sinhalese armed forces Saturday opened fire on a civilian boat off Jaffna's coast, killing a 12-year old Tamil boy and an elderly man of 52. The remaining seven passengers, including a 4-year old girl and two 9-year olds were injured in the army strike. Those killed were Sivapatham Thevakulaseelan (12) and Yogan Sivakolunthu (52).
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 1014 | அணியன்றோ நாணுடைமை சான்றோர்க் கஃதின்றேற்
    பிணியன்றோ பீடு நடை.
    And is not shame an ornament to men of dignity?
    Without it step of stately pride is piteous thing to see.
    - 102 102
  • Jan 24 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Jan 24, 2016 15:10:54 GMT |  + Army Commander In A Soup?
    Army Commander Major General Chrishantha de Silva (A. W. J. C. De Silva) who was appointed as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Army effective from February 22, 2015, is likely to face legal action for his alleged failure to cooperate with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over the investigations into the disappearance of senior journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. The CID, it is learnt, has sought the Attorney General’s (AG) opinion to take action against De Silva and is waiting for AG’s recommendations for further action. When the CID on an earlier occasion in August last year wanted to arrest two Lieutenant Colonels in connection to the disappearance of Eknaligoda, De Silva and the then Defence Secretary had reportedly opposed the CID’s move strongly more ...
  • 2) Jan 24, 2016 15:09:41 GMT |  + TNA, Wigneswaran Rift Deepens
    The rift between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran deepened last week after Wigneswaran refused to resign as chairman of the newly formed Tamil People’s Council (TPC). TNA Northern Provincial Council members had urged Wigneswaran to step down as chairman of the TPC as there is a conflict of interest between the TPC and the TNA. Some TNA Provincial Council reminded Wigneswaran that he came to power as a result of the TNA and so he must follow the line of the TNA. more ...
  • 3) Jan 24, 2016 15:09:03 GMT |  + Constitutional Reforms – What will the people decide?
    The constitutional reforms proposed by the new government have not been made public as yet, but already the likes of Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Dinesh Gunawardena from the opposition have started beating the communal drum. They appeal to the masses, to nip it in the bud and prevent the imminent division of the country, and the destruction of the people of ‘sinha ley’ – (Lion Blood) race and their religion a particular brand of Buddhism, they call ‘Sinhala Buddhism’ although the Buddha’s teachings are universal, for according to him there s only one race – the Human Race. more ...
  • 4) Jan 24, 2016 15:08:09 GMT |  + A Clear Indictment On Sri Lanka Police
    The National Police Commission (NPC) has so far received 752 complaints against the police from October 21, 2015 to date. According to the secretary of the NPC, N. Ariyadasa Cooray, as and when they receive these complaints the NPC calls for a report from the police. “Currently these reports are being processed, and we are geared to conduct the investigation into these cases. First of all, we have to call for reports from the police, and they may have started preparing these reports already, and I believe that 60 to 70 per cent of the reports are being gathered. We have 9 provincial offices and the complaints received are from the entire island,” he added. more ...
  • 5) Jan 24, 2016 15:06:44 GMT |  + This Is The Best Time For A New Constitution – Hector Appuhamy
    The need for a new constitution has drawn criticism and praise by many quarters. According to UNP Puttlam District MP Hector Appuhamy, sometimes the government does not reveal its real intention in certain matters and the media also reports on the negative aspect rather than the real intentions. “This is a shortcoming on the part of the government, and they should be more open,” he said. In an interview with The Sunday Leader Appuhamy said the media always focuses on highlighting the popular things rather than focussing on the good. “Hence even the people think that these popular persons are the ones who are right. Therefore most often the truth is concealed or forgotten,” he said. more ...
  • 6) Jan 24, 2016 15:05:02 GMT |  + Bhikku Vinaya a la Sri Lanka, under threat from new Code-of-Conduct Bill: PHU
    A proposed law which makes it a punishable offence for members of the Buddhist clergy to act in breach of their code of conduct, has run into trouble, even though the Ministry of Buddha Sasana insists the law was drafted with the blessings of the chief prelates of the country’s three main Theravada Chapters (Nikayas). Since the Theravadi Bhikku Kathikawath (Registration) Bill was presented to Parliament earlier this month, its Constitutionality is being challenged in the Supreme Court, while concerns have been raised from various quarters about the proposed legislation. more ...
  • 7) Jan 24, 2016 15:03:47 GMT |  + Sri Lankan attorneys’ letters not credible: British HC
    An officer of the British High Commission in Colombo has written to the Home Office in Britain, claiming that a vast majority of endorsement documents provided by Sri Lankan attorneys in support of local asylum seekers were “not credible.” This conclusion has been drawn after the migration division of the British High Commission in Colombo checked 80 asylum cases referred to it by the Asylum Casework Directorate and Appeals and Litigation in Britain. Thirty of the cases included attorney endorsement documents, either in the form of letters or credentials (qualifications or membership documents).
  • 8) Jan 24, 2016 14:31:06 GMT |  + Government Accused Of Rolling Back On Commitment In Geneva
    The International Truth and Justice Project is deeply concerned that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appears to be rolling back on his commitment in Geneva to include international involvement in a future judicial mechanism. In an interview with the BBC last week, the President reportedly stated, “I will never agree to international involvement in this matter”. This flies in the face of the recommendation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that Sri Lankan establish “an ad hoc hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators”.
  • 9) Jan 24, 2016 14:22:51 GMT |  + Banning books, killing authors is a kind of fascism: Tamil writer
    Noted Tamil writer C.S. Lakshmi popularly known as Ambai has condemned the banning books and killing authors describing it as a new kind of fascism. Delivering keynote address at the three-day national conference on `Right to Write: The culture and literary controverseries and controversial literature’ organized by Department of English on Kakatiya University campus here on Friday, she said literary censorship leads to cultural anarchy. “The attempt by those who want to bar, threaten and burn books is to define culture in specific ways and fix its meaning and make it appear static,” she opined. more ...
  • 10) Jan 24, 2016 14:16:49 GMT |  + Tamils celebrating in Stouffville this month
    Whitchurch-Stouffville council has declared January as Tamil Heritage Month. “It is significant for us. It is important for us, recognition for the Tamil community, for the language to be recognized,” said Sivan Ilangko, founder of the annual Tamil heritage month celebrations, as well as the founding director of the Stouffville Multicultural Association. He has no data, but Ilangko has a “gut feeling” there are more than 2,000 Tamils living in Whitchurch-Stouffville. more ...
  • 11) Jan 24, 2016 14:15:50 GMT |  + Sri Lankan President gets on board India's biggest warship INS Vikramaditya
    Adding to the significance of INS Vikramaditya's friendly visit to Colombo, Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena got on board Indian Navy's biggest warship and aircraft carrier.President Sirisena was welcomed onboard by Rear Admiral Ranveet Singh, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet and Captain Krishna Swaminathan, Commanding Officer of the ship. YK Sinha, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Vice Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne of the Sri Lanka Navy were among those present on the special occasion. more ...
  • 12) Jan 24, 2016 14:12:59 GMT |  + 3 Medical Students Commit Suicide In Tamil Nadu, Blame Top College Official
    Three women medical students allegedly committed suicide in Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district on Saturday by jumping into a well near their college, blaming the institution's chairperson and management, the police has said. The young women were undergraduate students of SVS Medical College of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences in Villupuram, about 200 km from Chennai. They have been identified as second year students V Priyanka, T Monisha and E Saranya. They allegedly tied themselves together with a dupatta (scarf) and jumped into a farm well near the college. more ...
  • 13) Jan 24, 2015 15:19:45 GMT |  + Lanka reaches consensus to implement 13A: Wickremesinghe
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday said political parties have agreed to implement the thirteenth amendment as a solution to end the country's over three-decade-old ethnic conflict involving the Tamil minority. "All parties have agreed to solve the ethnic problem within the framework of the thirteenth amendment. We are continuing our talks," Wickremesinghe said while addressing a gathering at Deniyaya in the south. He further said that all provincial councils will have equal powers now that the Tamil National Alliance has said that they are for a solution within an undivided Sri Lanka.
  • 14) Jan 24, 2015 15:19:06 GMT |  + China stung by Sri Lanka’s election
    Sri Lanka’s presidential election earlier this month dealt China a major blow as opposition leader Maithripala Sirisena, who had made curtailing excessive Chinese influence the main focus of his campaign, won a surprise victory over the Beijing-friendly incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Global Times, China’s leading international politics and security newspaper, published a somber editorial on Jan. 20 bemoaning the Sri Lankan result. The editorial draws a parallel to China’s overly eager investment in Myanmar in the past, only to see those projects rejected, curtailed or canceled by a newly elected anti-China leader. more ...
  • 15) Jan 24, 2015 15:17:39 GMT |  + Sri Lanka seizes car fleet 'not returned by Rajapaksa'
    Sri Lankan police say they have seized more than 50 state-owned vehicles not returned after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was toppled in elections. The 53 vehicles, said to include bullet-proof limousines, are thought to be among 128 missing vehicles. Mr Rajapaksa's decade in power came to an abrupt end in polls on 8 January. On Thursday, the new government pledged to trace billions of dollars allegedly siphoned off by Mr Rajapaksa and his powerful family. more ...
  • 16) Jan 24, 2015 15:08:03 GMT |  + Welcome to Winnipeg: Where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst
    “Oh Goddd how long are aboriginal people going to use what happened as a crutch to suck more money out of Canadians?” Winnipeg teacher Brad Badiuk wrote on Facebook last month. “They have contributed NOTHING to the development of Canada. Just standing with their hand out. Get to work, tear the treaties and shut the FK up already. Why am I on the hook for their cultural support?” Another day in Winnipeg, another hateful screed against the city’s growing indigenous population. more ...
  • 17) Jan 24, 2015 15:06:18 GMT |  + Sri Lanka scraps military training for teachers, students
    Sri Lanka’s new government said Saturday it is scrapping compulsory military training for school teachers and undergraduates. The three-week army training, mandatory under ousted leader Mahinda Rajapakse’s administration, had resulted in at least three deaths in recent years and was deeply unpopular among student and teacher unions. The new government that came to power following the January 8 presidential election, won by Maithripala Sirisena, has vowed to reduce the role of the military in Sri Lankan society. more ...
  • 18) Jan 24, 2015 14:48:08 GMT |  + Time for Sri Lanka and India to reset ties
    Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera -- an old hand in the country's diplomatic outreach -- sent out all the right signals that would have pleased all his interlocutors in New Delhi when he came visiting India on January 18, 2015. "My meetings were warm and friendly and all interactions left us feeling optimistic about the future of Indo-Sri Lanka relations," the minister told a select group of media persons. Samaraweera met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval among others. more ...
  • 19) Jan 24, 2015 14:40:47 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Taps Former HSBC Wealth Manager to Head Central Bank
    The Sri Lankan government appointed an ally of the new prime minister who previously worked as a wealth manager with HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) and Emirates NBD to run its central bank. Arjuna Mahendran was today appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the president’s media office said Friday, Jan. 23 in an e-mailed statement. Mahendran succeeds Ajith Nivard Cabraal, who resigned a day after Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 10-year rule ended in Jan. 8 presidential elections.
  • 20) Jan 24, 2015 10:39:23 GMT |  + Winds of Change: Potential Areas of Foreign Policy Reform in Sri Lanka
    Post-conflict Sri Lanka and its Ministry of External Affairs, during the past five years, was notoriously foreign to a policy and depended on haphazard and reactive arrangements, to say the least. The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora has gained considerable strength through local politics in the United Kingdom and Canada and consequently have significant clout in international politics as well. Over the past few years, Sri Lanka’s de facto policy has been to blame all international pressures on the Tamil diaspora and paint them as LTTE sympathisers. While a segment of the diaspora continue to actively support the LTTE, its affiliated ventures, and a separate Tamil state, a considerable proportion seek a peaceful, political settlement to ethnic tensions in the island, sans the LTTE. more ...
  • 21) Jan 24, 2015 10:30:15 GMT |  + The new Government’s real agenda - Dr. Dayan Jayatillake
    Does Samaraweera think that any of it will get past the masses at a referendum or does his Government now possess “the political will” to push on without a referendum? Is this triadic “national reconciliation’, consisting of the “demilitarisation of the Northern Province”, a “domestic inquiry with the assistance of UN Agencies” into the last months of the war, and a political outcome which takes as building blocks the Thimpu proposals and Chandrika’s ‘packages’, what our soldiers fought and died for? Is this what the war was for? Is this to be the political edifice erected over the great victory of 2009? more ...
  • 22) Jan 24, 2015 10:23:06 GMT |  + Will there be “Maithree” and “Yahapalanaya” for Navy occupied Mullikulam?
    Last week, I went to Mullikulam, a beautiful and resourceful village in the Mannar district, which has been illegally occupied by the Navy for more than 7 years. It was my first visit for more than a year. The people didn’t seem to have any fresh hopes of reuniting as one community, regaining their lost lands, houses, fishing and agricultural activities and being close to the school and historical church they are devoted to. Access to the Catholic Church in Mullikulam is still restricted and appears to be getting worse. more ...
  • 23) Jan 24, 2015 10:19:39 GMT |  + Sri Lanka not allow foreign companies mine Gems
    Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to relevant officials not to let any foreign national or a foreign company to mine gems in the country. The President said the government is not ready to endow the local gem industry to foreign companies and instructed the officials to refuse requests for gem mining. Assuming duties as the Mahaweli Development and Environment Minister at the ministry yesterday, the President stressed that laws on environmental conservation should be further solidified.
  • 24) Jan 24, 2015 10:14:05 GMT |  + Consolidating post-election gains in Sri Lanka - General Ashok Mehta
    As regards Mr. Wickremasinghe’s announcement, most Tamils in the north are saying that they have heard it before and will believe it only when implemented. India should provide enough time and space for the two sides to work on the devolution of powers. On accountability, New Delhi should cooperate with Colombo to investigate the allegations of war excesses through an independent and transparent mechanism, preferably with the help of the U.N. more ...
  • 25) Jan 24, 2015 10:08:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to Reassess Port Deal With China
    Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senarathne told reported Sri Lanka was “reassessing the deal.” Explaining further, Senarathne said, “We need to see the feasibility study. We need to see the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and reassess the tax concessions given to it and land ownership issues.” Under the original terms of the deal, the Chinese firm (China Communications Construction Co.) would be given 20 hectares of reclaimed land and would receive another 88 hectares under a 99-year lease. Senarathne did say the government would be open to renegotiating the deal after Sirisena’s administration makes its own assessment. more ...
  • 26) Jan 24, 2015 10:04:15 GMT |  + President ‘looted $5bn from Sri Lanka’
    Sri Lanka’s former president has been accused of looting the nation of more than $5 billion, with the new government preventing a former central bank chief from leaving the country. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who suffered a shock election defeat this month, is accused of spiriting the vast sum out of Sri Lanka over more ...
  • 27) Jan 24, 2014 23:35:26 GMT |  + Hindu leaders meet with police after temple armed robbery attempt
    Leaders from about a dozen Hindu temples met in Scarborough recently not to discuss spirituality, but safety and security. Last Sunday night, a man and a woman burst into the Sri Varasiththi Vinayagar Hindu Temple at Kennedy Road and McNicoll Avenue and attempted to rob worshippers at gunpoint. “It’s terrible what happened in temple because it’s a worship place. We go there to pray,” said Jeya Rajah of the temple. “Those people who do this, they don’t believe in God.”
  • 28) Jan 24, 2014 13:39:10 GMT |  + NZ leader assures independent foreign policy and international investigation
    Leader of the Opposition in the New Zealand Parliament, Mr David Cunliffe, on Saturday, assured that his party would follow an independent foreign policy and would support international investigations into the war crimes and crimes committed against Tamils. He was addressing a grand gathering of Eezham Tamils celebrating Pongkal festival at the Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall in Auckland. The NZ Labour Party leader has promising chances of becoming the next Prime Minister, political observers in New Zealand said. more ...
  • 29) Jan 24, 2014 13:32:44 GMT |  + Katchatheevu agreement should be reviewed, Union minister Vasan says
    Union shipping minister G K Vasan on Friday said the Katchatheevu agreement with Sri Lanka should be reviewed to ensure the fishing rights of Indian fishermen. The minister expressed his opinion while speaking to newspersons in Chennai, a day after the Centre informed the Madras high court that Katchatheevu belongs to Sri Lanka and that Indian fishermen have no right to fish near the islet. On Thursday, the Centre told the high court that according to the bilateral agreement between the two nations signed in 1974, and 1976, Sri Lanka has the ownership of Katchatheevu.
  • 30) Jan 24, 2014 13:25:44 GMT |  + South African Tamil Leader Calls For Those Responsible For Genocide Of Tamils In Sri Lanka To Be Brought To Justice
    "We highly condemn to what happened to our Tamil people in Sri Lanka," he said. "We will not accept how they are being treated and we will raise our concerns. The law must take its course against those people who were responsible for the genocide against the Tamil people. In any society where there has been wrong doing, the law processes must be put into place." "We will then formulate a co-ordinated approach under the banner of the SATF. We will then take this as an agenda issue to the Government and then we will say we want to be involved in a workable solution in Sri Lanka. "We will formulate something at our conference on March 1 and 2 in Johannesburg.
  • 31) Jan 24, 2013 23:49:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's legal fraternity takes a stand for judicial independence
    The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has been agitating for the reinstatement of sacked chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, saying due process had not been followed. The lawyers' organisation, which has 12-thousand members, also questioned the credentials of new chief justice Mohan Peiris. Mr Peiris is a former attorney-general, whom the lawyers claim consistently blocked efforts to prosecute officials for rights abuses.
  • 32) Jan 24, 2013 23:45:39 GMT |  + After execution, Sri Lanka to phase out maids going to Saudi
    Sri Lanka will gradually stop allowing women going to Saudi Arabia to be housemaids after a Sri Lankan was executed in the country over the death of an infant in her care, the Colombo government said on Thursday. The Indian Ocean island nation recalled its envoy to Saudi Arabia in response to the beheading on January 9 of Rizana Nafeek, who was sentenced to death in 2007 accused of killing her employer's daughter while she was bottle-feeding.
  • 33) Jan 24, 2013 16:52:59 GMT |  + Change in Sri Lanka not a sprint, it’s a marathon: High commissioner
    Foreign Minister John Baird has called in Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to Canada to discuss Canada’s “deep concern” with the country, according to his spokesperson. The country is facing growing pressure from all major parties in Canadian Parliament to improve its human rights record. But Sri Lankan High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara argues that after an almost 30-year civil war, significant social change in the country is not a sprint—it’s a marathon. The parties are urging Sri Lanka to boost reconciliation between groups involved in the war. If the situation doesn’t improve, the parties have suggested Canada minimize (or fully stop) its participation in a high-level fall Commonwealth meeting. more ...
  • 34) Jan 24, 2013 15:07:04 GMT |  + Sri Lanka army probe justifies war on the rebels
    "A sovereign state has the right to take all legitimate measures to maintain or reestablish law, the national unity and territorial integrity of the state. Against this backdrop His Excellency the President had an imperative legal duty arising out of International Law and Domestic Law to call out armed forces to liberate the people of the north and east from the clutches of the LTTE and to eradicate terrorism from the soil of Sri Lanka. For 30 years the entire Sri Lankan nation consisting of 20 million people had been subjugated by LTTE terrorism. Therefore employment of armed forces to eradicate LTTE terrorism is legally justifiable.," more ...
  • 35) Jan 24, 2013 15:04:27 GMT |  + Antony pooh-poohs Peiris comment on TN politicians
    Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Wednesday pooh-poohed visiting Sri Lanka Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris’ comment that Tamil Nadu politicians were cynical in raising objections over training of Lankan security personnel in India by stating that “sentiments of the people of the State [TN] have to be respected.” Mr. Peiris had earlier commented that objections by Tamil Nadu politicians over training of Lankan security personnel in India did not matter as no training had been changed.
  • 36) Jan 24, 2013 15:03:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka protests US ban on military officer
    The US has refused training for a Sri Lankan general in a move that undermined military cooperation and prompted Colombo to turn to China and other nations for help, a top defence official said on Thursday.“I want to tell them that they are wrong... every time they (US diplomats and officials) meet me, they say they want to strengthen the cooperation with our military,” Rajapakse said. “If the US stops military training (completely), then Sri Lankan officers will only go to China, India and Pakistan.” more ...
  • 37) Jan 24, 2013 13:43:00 GMT |  + New version of national anthem proposed
    A parliamentary committee has proposed a new version of the national anthem to be sung in both Sinhala and Tamil at the 65th Independence Day celebrations in Trincomalee on Feb 4. National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday told The Island that the committee, which met under his leadership, decided to make the proposal to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. more ...
  • 38) Jan 24, 2013 7:56:07 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Navy vs. the people of Mullikulam
    “The Cardinal never even visited our church or spoke to our children. He came directly to the Navy Head Quarters for the meeting and left soon after. On my way to the meeting, it was pouring with rain. As I was exhausted when passing my old home, I asked a Navy officer there if I could take shelter from the rain there as it was where I used to live. He refused and told me that I’d better continue on my way,” said a village elder in desolation. more ...
  • 39) Jan 24, 2013 7:55:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Rizana Nafeek: Mother forgives Saudi beheading
    The mother of a Sri Lankan domestic worker beheaded in Saudi Arabia has forgiven those who she says wanted her daughter executed. Rafeena Nafeek said her daughter, Rizana, was innocent and was wrongfully convicted of killing a baby in 2005. The Saudi government said that she could not be pardoned because the baby's parents wanted the punishment. Documents show she was only 17 at the time of the killing and that her execution was a breach of child rights. more ...
  • 40) Jan 24, 2013 1:38:21 GMT |  + 'Alien life' found in meteorite that crash-landed in Sri Lanka in Dec
    A top British scientist has claimed that he has found proof of extraterrestrial life after he discovered tiny fossils of algae, similar to the kind found in seaweed, in a meteorite fragment that crash landed in central Sri Lanka in December. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe believes it proves we are not alone in the universe, the Mirror reported. The finding provides strong evidence that human life started outside Earth, he stated.
  • 41) Jan 24, 2013 1:36:09 GMT |  + World judges condemn Sri Lanka on chief justice sacking
    Leading judges and jurists from around the world, many from developing countries, on Wednesday condemned the Sri Lankan government's sacking of the country's chief justice, arguing it violated international law. The 44-strong group, all members of the Geneva Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL), called for the immediate reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake. At the same time, the head of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), which works to promote the rule of law, said the move had set Sri Lanka on the path toward authoritarian rule.
  • 42) Jan 24, 2013 1:35:15 GMT |  + Tamil org honours Chief, Service
    Four years ago, Toronto Police exercised skill, judgment and discretion under very trying circumstances when a large group of Tamil protestors – women and children included – shut down the busy Gardiner Expressway for nearly five hours. This was one of several protests that year by members of the Tamil community, demanding the Canadian government do more to help end the civil war in their native Sri Lanka. Policing those demonstrations required a very delicate balancing of competing rights while protecting public safety. more ...
  • 43) Jan 24, 2012 18:03:04 GMT |  + Why Krishna's visit to Lanka can't be termed 'successful'
    S M Krishna's [ Images ] praise for the Sri Lankan government-appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission will diminish our credibility as an honest broker in the eyes of the Sri Lankan Tamils who are becoming increasingly bitter towards India, feels Satish Chandra. As is customary, official circles in India have hailed External Affairs S M Krishna's four-day visit to Sri Lanka from January 16th to 19th 2012 as 'successful.' Whether or not it was indeed 'successful' demands an examination of what transpired during the visit and the extent to which India's interests were promoted.
  • 44) Jan 24, 2012 18:02:15 GMT |  + Going beyond the 13th Amendment: Newspaper coverage of the Sri Lankan’s President’s assurance to India
    Our affiliate Vikalpa did a short media monitoring exercise anchored to the front page reportage of the Indian Foreign Minister’s official visit to Sri Lanka and the press conference in which the President’s commitment to going beyond the 13th Amendment was reiterated by him. The following is a translation of the report that first appeared on Vikalpa. In addition to the translation below, which deals with the Sinhala and Tamil media, it is interesting to note the differences in reporting the Indian FM’s statement regarding the 13th Amendment between the state-run Daily News and the privately owned Daily Mirror. more ...
  • 45) Jan 24, 2012 16:47:33 GMT |  + ‘PSC – a crucial instrument’ - Lalith Weeratunga, secretary to the president
    Mr. Weeratunga said the 13th Amendment was “pushed down our throats This was just drafted in such a great hurry, in India, not in Sri Lanka.” He continued, “It was pushed down our throats and we accepted it.” The TNA wants police powers in the provinces to be in the hands of the chief minister. They want the head of the provincial police to be appointed by the chief minister. “This will be a huge issue,” Mr. Weeratunga explained. “We have to be very, very serious about it. “Therefore, where police and land are concerned, there will be a debate,” Mr. Weeratunga admitted. more ...
  • 46) Jan 24, 2012 16:23:52 GMT |  + Exchange rate standoff as IMF visits Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meet this week amid a standoff over the central bank’s defence of the rupee currency, which has cost $2.6 billion in foreign exchange reserves since July — the same amount the global lender has pledged to loan. Bucking all its Asian peers, Sri Lanka has propped up the rupee since the second half of 2011 to prevent depreciation, which prompted the IMF in September to withhold the latest $400 million loan tranche.
  • 47) Jan 24, 2012 14:17:54 GMT |  + Govt. not showing interest in implementation of 13th Amendment: UNP
    The main opposition UNP today said there is no point in discussing devolving land and police powers to the provinces as the government had not shown an interest in the full implementation of the 13th Amendment. UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake who expressed these sentiments at a news conference said it would be more appropriate to go for a new system of devolution in such a situation. He said the government should however come up with a clear stand and present a solution to Parliament.
  • 48) Jan 24, 2012 14:15:58 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to set up third consulate office in China
    China has given Sri Lanka the permission to establish a third consulate office in Guangzhou, the External Affairs Ministry said here in a statement on Tuesday. The Consulate General in Guangzhou will facilitate the expansion of bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and China in areas of economy, trade and tourism while further strengthening people to people contacts between the two countries.
  • 49) Jan 24, 2012 14:05:53 GMT |  + Sri Lanka union blames Chinese firm for power plant failure
    A 300-megawatt Chinese-built power plant in Sri Lanka failed for a fourth time since its commissioning in March, in what a trade union on Tuesday said was either sabotage or continuing negligence by the operator. The failure at the Norocholai coal power plant will force a two-week shutdown that will cost the state-run electricity board at least 168 million rupees ($1.47 million) to meet the lost supply. "All these breakdowns are happening either due to the negligence or intentionally by the Chinese just to extend their maintenance contract," CEB's Technological Engineers Union Joint Secretary U.R.K Senaratne told Reuters.
  • 50) Jan 24, 2012 11:33:11 GMT |  + Sri Lanka jail riot 'injures 28' in Colombo
    At least 28 people have been injured in clashes between guards and rioting inmates at a prison in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, police say. Reports say guards opened fire to restore order and most of the injured are prisoners with bullet wounds. Police say inmates were angered by moves to curtail drug smuggling in the Welikada (or Magazine) jail. more ...
  • 51) Jan 24, 2012 11:29:12 GMT |  + India seeks to build up ties with Sri Lanka after reluctance during Tamil insurgency
    With the dream of Tamil nationalism all but crushed, the Indian government finds increased freedom to compete against China's growing influence in Sri Lanka. For years, India was torn between its desire to engage with Sri Lanka and the need to appease strong Tamil sentiment among its own citizens in the state of Tamil Nadu. Last week's visit by the External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to Sri Lanka was an attempt to tread this fine line - combining talks with President Mahinda Rajapakse on increased economic cooperation with a trip to the war-ravaged areas in the north, where he assured the Tamil population of India's continued support. more ...
  • 52) Jan 24, 2012 11:27:56 GMT |  + I fear my homeland: Ocean Lady claimant tells IRB
    More than two years after the smuggling ship MV Ocean Lady arrived off the West Coast carrying 76 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, the first public hearing to determine whether to accept them as refugees took place on Monday. “My life is in danger in my country,” an ethnic Tamil man told the Immigration and Refugee Board, which ordered that his name could not be published to protect his safety. “I fear the army, police and the pro-government Tamil militias in Sri Lanka.” more ...
  • 53) Jan 24, 2012 11:24:20 GMT |  + Three decades hiding in the Guam jungle
    It's exactly 40 years since a Japanese soldier was found in the jungles of Guam, having survived there for nearly three decades after the end of World War II. He was given a hero's welcome on his return to Japan - but never quite felt at home in modern society. For most of the 28 years that Shoichi Yokoi, a World War II Lance Corporal in the Japanese Army, was hiding in the jungles of Guam, he firmly believed his former comrades would one day return for him. And even when he was eventually discovered by local hunters on the Pacific island, on 24 January 1972, the 57-year-old former soldier still clung to the notion that his life was in danger. more ...
  • 54) Jan 24, 2012 11:22:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka pressed on Tamil devolution plan
    A pledge by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that sweeping powers will be granted to Tamil communities in the North and East provinces has raised hopes that Colombo is finally getting serious in addressing the country's long-running ethnic divisions. Rajapaksa told visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna of his plan on January 17, with the declaration coming just four months before third anniversary of the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE had fought for an independent Tamil homeland since 1983, with thousands dying in the conflict.
  • 55) Jan 24, 2012 11:12:00 GMT |  + JHU insists govt. has no mandate to go beyond 13-A
    The government had no mandate to talk of a political solution beyond the 13th amendment to the Constitution, Jathika Hela Urumaya insisted yesterday. JHU media spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe told The Island that the people had voted for the Mahinda Chinthanaya manifesto which did not promise a solution beyond the 13th amendement to the Constitution. Warnasinghe said the JHU as a member party of the ruling alliance was totally in the dark about as to the posed Senate, its content and composition.
  • 56) Jan 24, 2012 10:58:03 GMT |  + New unit to monitor tourists
    The Immigration and Emigration Department will set up a special unit to monitor the activities of some tourists to Sri Lanka because several of them come here for purposes other than tourism, a senior official said yesterday.Immigration and Emigration Chief Chulananda Perera said the decision to ask the 161 Muslim visitors, who had arrived in Sri Lanka and had over stayed their visas, to leave the country before January 31 would not be changed.
  • 57) Jan 24, 2012 0:26:41 GMT |  + Canada: Intelligence staff relocated in wake of spy scandal
    The Canadian military has relocated some staff at its East Coast intelligence centre following the arrest of a junior naval officer accused of spying for Russia. A senior official in Defence Minister Peter MacKay's office told The Canadian Press the shuffle was ordered as a precaution, but would not say how many people had been moved. more ...
  • 58) Jan 24, 2011 20:09:40 GMT |  + 'Inmates killed' in Sri Lanka prison shooting
    Inmates of a jail in north-central Sri Lanka have accused the prison authorities of shooting dead protesting prisoners. An inmate at Anuradhapura prison who wished to remain anonymous told the BBC Sinhala service that he saw at least four dead bodies. Hospital authorities say one person was killed and 24 people who were injured were admitted to hospital. more ...
  • 59) Jan 24, 2011 20:08:27 GMT |  + With Ban Called Weak on Sri Lanka, UN Claims Unfair to Judge, Unanswered Questions
    With Human Rights Watch today critiquing Ban Ki-moon for “undue faith” in his so called “quiet diplomacy” with Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa, the UN's canned response is that Ban “appointed an Advisory Panel” which will report “soon” and that it's somehow “not proper to judge the value” of the Panel. But Ban's Panel has been blocked from going to Sri Lanka, despite Ban's December 17 and January 14 statements to the contrary and even praise of Rajapaksa's “flexibility.”
  • 60) Jan 24, 2011 20:08:00 GMT |  + World Report: Governments Soft-Talking Abusers
    Too many governments are accepting the rationalizations and subterfuges of repressive governments, replacing pressure to respect human rights with softer approaches such as private "dialogue" and "cooperation," Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2011. Instead of standing up firmly against abusive leaders, many governments, including European Union member states, adopt policies that do not generate pressure for change. more ...
  • 61) Jan 24, 2011 20:06:38 GMT |  + UN help sought to find Prageeth
    The wife of a missing journalist in Sri Lanka has handed over a petition to the United Nations seeking help to find her husband. Prageeth Ekneligoda is missing since he left the office on 26 January 2009 of LankaeNews website, for which he worked as a columnist. Sandhya Ekneligoda, wife of disappeared cartoonist and columnist Prageeth, said she would not stop her mission until she meets her husband. more ...
  • 62) Jan 24, 2011 20:05:29 GMT |  + Food security and livelihoods hit in flood-affected east
    Food security and livelihoods have been severely hit in Sri Lanka, specialists say, after heavy rains caused widespread flooding and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes, left 43 people dead, and damaged or destroyed close to 30,000 homes. According to the UN, agricultural production is the main source of livelihood in the affected area and this season's rice harvest has been badly damaged, leading to increased food insecurity. more ...
  • 63) Jan 24, 2011 2:53:29 GMT |  + Video: Parliamentary debate on deterioration of human security in the North of Sri Lanka
    A parliamentary debate on deterioration of human security in the Jaffna Peninsula, North of Sri Lanka, was held on 20 January. Early media coverage of the debate suggested the government was playing down concerns over the deterioration of human security, and heated exchanges between government and opposition MPs. The number of reports on murders and abductions in the Northern Province just over the past month suggest a disturbing breakdown in the rule of law. Networking for Rights (NfR) in a statement expressed “serious concern” about the deterioration of the law and order. more ...
  • 64) Jan 24, 2011 2:47:05 GMT |  + UN Asst SG for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ms Bragg’s Bragging of Sri-Lanka is not the Reality
    Ms Catherene Bragg, Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in her press release of Jan 20,2011 bragged “It is good that the Government has invested significantly in infrastructure, but this should be combined with investing inthe people as well”. Ms.Bragg should have specifically mentioned what type of infrastructure the Sinhala ethnocentric government had completed for the benefit of the Tamil minority.It was a fact that the Sri-Lankan government during the last stages of the war in May 2009 drove out the entire residents/citizens of LTTE controlled Vanni, which was composed of 60-150 villages and herded them into a narrow stretch of land declared ‘Safe Zone’ by the government where about 40000 of them were subsequently murdered by the army in the most atrocious manner-Genocide.
  • 65) Jan 24, 2011 2:42:32 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: life after the floods
    After what seems like an eternity, the rains have stopped. But as families leave their makeshift camps, what awaits them at home? Save the Children reports for Channel 4 News from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka: Save the Children's Andrew Lazarus reports on life after the floods (Image: Getty) Children and their families have started to leave the camps that they have called home since floods forced them to flee earlier this month. While people are looking forward to getting back, they know it's going to be an uphill struggle to rebuild their lives. The rains have washed away everything; houses, crops and livestock.
  • 66) Jan 24, 2011 2:39:33 GMT |  + Questions galore over MR’s sudden visit to US
    Top-secret plans got under way hurriedly on Tuesday night. The travel itinerary was finalised and the security personnel handpicked. Within hours, before dawn Wednesday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and an entourage of 18 others flew in a SriLankan Airlines flight to Dubai. To most, including those in the top echelons of the government and the Colombo-based diplomatic community, perhaps with one or two exceptions, they were caught by complete surprise. Hours later, telephone lines buzzed with the question - where was President Rajapaksa headed? In a country where rumour takes over when reality is obscure, there were many theories.
  • 67) Jan 24, 2011 2:38:53 GMT |  + Independent Tamil Eelam - The Final Destination
    In a landslide vote in a referendum held this month, Southern Sudan including its Diaspora has opted to secede from the North. Special arrangements were made for centres to be opened in the Diaspora countries including Canada for Southern Sudanese to cast their vote. Although the official results are not out celebrations have begun. Understandably the Southern Sudanese people all over the world are excited at the prospect of the birth of their new, free and independent nation. As South Sudan prepares to usher in a new era of peace and of nation building and hopefully stability, it’s not surprising that Tamils have been following the out come of the referendum with keen interest. It’s a time for hope and reflection.
  • 68) Jan 24, 2011 2:37:53 GMT |  + Batticaloa – The Aftermath
    Batticaloa is a subdued landscape. The floods have oppressed its people, but they are already beginning to rise again. The long years of the war seem to have given them a level of resilience that is admirable. At first, driving in, one sees uncharacteristically lush, green plains on either side of the road. Swathes of land that would usually have been dusty and brown from lack of water are now blossoming. more ...
  • 69) Jan 24, 2011 2:35:29 GMT |  + Presidential Commissions impart little confidence. Is Ban’s inquiry panel coming?
    After a flurry some weeks ago there is no more talk of Ban Ki Moon’s inquiry panel into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka coming here. The stand-off is for the obvious reason that the government says the panel will be allowed in only to “make representations to the LLRC” set up by Rajapaksa, while the UN says ‘go to hell we will meet whoever we like’ or sounds to that effect. The expectation that a panel of inquiry set up by the United Nations Secretary General will obediently make humble presentations to a team appointed by a Lilliputian is surely a delusion out of Gulliver’s Travels. This stand-off seems irreconcilable and it is most unlikely that the panel will come to Sri Lanka unless Rajapaksa climbs down.
  • 70) Jan 24, 2011 2:32:14 GMT |  + Peiris’ latest blunder on Queen’s visit annoys Commonwealth Secretariat
    External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris committed yet another diplomatic faux pas last week when he declared that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II would visit Hambantota for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2013. Dr. Peiris told a meeting of the Tangalla electorate Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) branch that 53 heads of government would attend this meeting. Immediately after the statement, the Commonwealth Secretariat in London reacted angrily to Dr. Peiris’ remarks. P.M. Amza, Sri Lanka’s Acting High Commissioner in Britain, was called for a meeting with the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Political Director Amitav Banerji. He expressed “serious concern” over Dr.Peiris’ remarks. Mr.Banerji told the Sri Lankan Acting High Commissioner the remarks were “highly unwarranted” when no such matter has been entertained by Buckingham Palace. He has expressed complete surprise at the remarks.
  • 71) Jan 24, 2010 21:43:41 GMT |  + The 2010 Sri Lankan Presidential Election and Beyond
    In the scores of talks, interviews, and meetings, that I have been involved in over the past four decades, on the problems facing the Sri Lankan Tamils (and the Plantation Tamils) in Sri Lanka, I have rarely been asked absurd questions. This has changed. I have been bombarded with one question, “Whom should the Tamils vote for in the up-coming Election – the current President Mahinda Rajapaksa or the former Army Commander, Sarath Fonseka?” That I have been asked to chose between two mass murderers guilty of Genocide of the Tamil people, crimes against Humanity and the Violation of International Law and Sri Lanka’s own Constitution and Laws, is a manifestation of the widespread confusion and despondency among the expatriate Tamil community, which I,as a Sinhalese, find difficult to comprehend.
  • 72) Jan 24, 2010 20:04:22 GMT |  +  Sri Lanka refugees living in limbo
    As Sri Lanka prepares for its first presidential election since the end of the civil war, around 100,000 ethnic Tamils are still being held in refugee camps in the north of the country. The incumbent president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is expected to face a strong challenge from the retired army general, Sarath Fonseka. One of the big election issues has been the treatment of the minority Tamils, after thousands died in the final stages of the war. Wayne Hay was granted a rare opportunity to travel to the former battleground, to see how the Tamils are coping in peace time. more ...
  • 73) Jan 24, 2010 20:01:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka ex-president delivers poll blow to Rajapaksa
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has suffered a blow ahead of Tuesday's election, with ex-President Chandrika Kumaratunga vowing to back his rival. Mrs Kumaratunga, a senior member of Mr Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Freedom Party, said she supported Gen Sarath Fonseka. She said she was deeply concerned about violence, intimidation and corruption in the fiercely-contested poll. In an increasingly bitter campaign, the opposition accused the ruling party of planning a coup to hang on to power. The ruling party said the accusations were "baseless" and an attempt to cover for an inevitable defeat. more ...
  • 74) Jan 24, 2010 19:59:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka opposition warns of election coup
    Tension increased on Sunday ahead of Sri Lanka's first peace-time presidential election after the opposition accused the ruling regime of preparing a state-backed coup. The allegations raised the prospect of street protests and a potentially violent struggle for power in the country's first election since Tamil Tiger rebels and their 37-year fight for independence were snubbed out last year. The ruling party led by President Mahinda Rajapakse denied the charges by opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka and said it expected to win fairly in Tuesday's contest against the former army chief. more ...
  • 75) Jan 24, 2010 12:45:37 GMT |  + Tense peace reigns as Sri Lanka heads to polls
    War-scarred Sri Lanka holds a peace-time presidential election this week after a bitter and highly personal campaign between the architects of the crushing of an almost four-decade-long insurgency. President Mahinda Rajapakse will face his former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday in an intriguing contest between two men who were victorious allies on the battlefield last year but are now sworn enemies at the ballot box. There are no reliable opinion polls in the country and political observers say the election is too close to call. Both camps believe they can claim a majority in the voting by the 14.08-million-strong electorate.
  • 76) Jan 24, 2010 12:45:25 GMT |  +  Sri Lanka candidates trade barbs
    With Sri Lankans set to elect a new president on Tuesday, the country's political temperature is rising. It is for the first time in decades that the country is holding a vote free from the spectre of a long civil war, which ended last year with the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a separatist group fighting for an independent state for minority Tamils. But the election campaign has been vicious and often violent, with several activitists drawn from rival political camps being killed. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent president, has accused Sareth Fonseka, the opposition candidate and the former army general, of being a traitor.
  • 77) Jan 24, 2010 12:44:02 GMT |  + “Tamils’ votes indispensable to send Mahinda home” - Sampanthan
    “The votes of Tamils are of great value in this presidential election,” Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, R. Sampanthan said Saturday in a big election campaign meeting held Saturday around 3:00 p.m in Nalloor Chaddanaathar Koayil area, in which nearly four thousand people from various parts of the peninsula participated, sources in Jaffna said. “After considering various pressing issues including the resettlement of Vanni people in their places we decided to offer our support to Sarath Fonseka,” he said. “He agreed to consider our demands favourably while Mahinda was not prepared to give in on any of them and therefore we decided to support Sarath Fonseka in this presidential election,” Sampanthan further said. more ...
  • 78) Jan 24, 2010 5:28:17 GMT |  + The Surprising Power Of Tamils
    The general feeling is that they won’t vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa. They weren’t inclined to vote for him before and they’re less likely to after the ruthless war, his Tamilian avatars aside. However, it is not clear that they will vote for Sarath Fonseka, the blade of that ruthless war. A man I met in Point Pedro put it best: “They’re both the same, but I’m voting for change.” He was voting for Fonseka. It doesn’t make sense, but it does. Hence, in the numbers I’ve seen, a majority of Sri Lankan Tamils are breaking towards Sarath Fonseka.
  • 79) Jan 24, 2010 5:05:38 GMT |  + Sri Lanka candidate Fonseka issues poll violence alert
    The main opposition candidate in Sri Lanka's presidential election has accused the ruling party of planning violence to win Tuesday's vote, BBC reported. Gen Sarath Fonseka said the violence would deter voters and a low turnout would help the party of President Mahinda Rajapaksa rig the election. Election clashes have so far left four dead and hundreds wounded. The government denies it has been behind the unrest and says it is stepping up security for the poll.
  • 80) Jan 24, 2010 4:55:58 GMT |  + Lankan Presidential Election, HR violations and Genocide in Eelam
    With the run-up to the presidential election on January 26, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) based in Milan that conducted a Tribunal in Dublin on 14 and 15 of January to find out whether Sri-Lanka committed war-crimes in the last war with the LTTE. The tribunal after careful deliberations released their preliminary findings on Saturday 16 that said, Sri Lanka Government was "guilty of War-Crimes" and "guilty of Crimes against Humanity." Another thorn in the hot seat of government is the continuing cultural genocide of the Vanni Tamils who were driven out of their homes in their Traditional Homeland (TH) into the safe zone in Mullivaikal in the North-East where 30000 of them were illegally killed.
  • 81) Jan 24, 2009 23:49:47 GMT |  + Family overjoyed at soldier’s return
    An injured soldier, Lance-Corporal Saman Pushpakumara, 24 years, who was captured by the LTTE on January 4 at the Muhamalai battlefront, Killinochchi district, and admitted to the Dharmapuram government hospital for treatment on January 9, was released by the LTTE on Friday and brought to Colombo. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) assisted in the soldier’s transfer to Colombo. The soldier’s mother, W. M. Ariyawathi, told The Sunday Times that she and her husband went daily to the temple to offer Bodhi Pooja and pray for their son’s safe return. “We are so happy to know that he is safe and back,” she said.
  • 82) Jan 24, 2009 23:40:29 GMT |  + SEP opposes Sri Lankan government’s ban on LTTE
    The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) warns that the Sri Lankan government's ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the preparation for a crackdown on political opponents and more broadly the working class, young people and the oppressed. Under the guise of fighting "terrorism," the new decree gives sweeping powers to the state. It provides for the proscription of "other organisations that are connected with or which are representing or acting on behalf of the LTTE... which have therefore become prejudicial to the interests of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community".
  • 83) Jan 24, 2009 23:40:13 GMT |  + Israel frothing over Dayan statement
    Despite the damage control measures that have been taken, the government fears Israel would withdraw crucial military assistance to Sri Lanka after Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Dayan Jayatilleka made a scathing attack on Israel over the attacks on Gaza strip. Israel last week sent an envoy to Sri Lanka to lodge its strongest protest against a statement made by Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Dayan Jayatilleka which was seen as a direct attack on the Israeli state.
  • 84) Jan 24, 2009 15:44:01 GMT |  + Sri Lanka rebels explode walls of reservoir
    Tamil Tiger rebels used explosives to blast through the walls of a reservoir on Saturday in an attempt to stall advancing Sri Lankan government troops, the military said. On Saturday, Tamil guerrillas used explosives to destroy the walls of Kalmadukulam reservoir ``in a desperate attempt'' to stall a military advance on rebel-held Visuamdu, located in Mullaittivu district, the military said. Two villages were flooded as a result. Details of damage caused by flooding were not immediately available and it was not possible to independently verify the military's claims, as journalists have been banned from the war zone.
  • 85) Jan 24, 2009 13:10:42 GMT |  + US lawyer wants Lankan leaders tried for genocide
    Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa could go down in history as the first United States citizen to be tried for genocide, if Bruce Fein, a former US deputy associate attorney general has his way. Fein, who is also a counsel for the Tamils Against Genocide group, told a gathering in the city on Friday that he would move the US justice and state departments next week invoking Section 1091 of the Federal Criminal Code of Genocide statute against Gotabhaya, who is a US citizen and Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lankan chief of armed forces, a US green card holder.
  • 86) Jan 24, 2009 12:10:28 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's geologists against privatizing the Pulmoddai Mineral Reserve
    Urging not to hand over the Pulmoddai mineral sand reserve to an Austrian company, the geologists in Sri Lanka are planning to submit a petition to the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at a special press briefing held in Colombo today the Geologists’ Front to Protect Ilmenite Reserve (GFPIR) said the cabinet of ministers has already granted the permission to hand over the reserve to an Austrian company. Geologist Dr. Rohan Fernando said the Austrian company is planning to export mineral sands as a raw material during the first three years and then start using it for productions in Sri Lanka.
  • 87) Jan 24, 2009 4:34:30 GMT |  + U.S. 'appalled' by Sri Lanka attacks on journalists
    The United States said it was "appalled" by violence against journalists in Sri Lanka, after an editor was stabbed on Friday, the third attack on the country's media this month. "The United States is appalled by continuing physical attacks and threats against media personnel in Sri Lanka," State Department acting spokesman Robert Wood said in a statement. "These serious reports are disturbing indicators of the deteriorating atmosphere for media independence in Sri Lanka." "We call on the government of Sri Lanka to protect all of its citizens by enforcing law and order, preventing intimidation of the media, and by conducting swift, full and credible investigations into attacks on journalists and other civilians," the State Department said.
  • 88) Jan 24, 2008 18:24:28 GMT |  + India welcome APRC proposals
    “The Government of Sri Lanka has been good enough to share with us the interim steps recommended by the All Party Representatives Conference in Sri Lanka for implementation of devolution provisions and official language provisions of the Sri Lankan Constitution. It has consistently been our view that a settlement of the issues in Sri Lanka is to be done by the Sri Lankan people themselves in a manner acceptable to all communities within the framework of a united Sri Lanka. To the extent that the APRC proposals contribute to such a settlement, they are a welcome first step.” said the Official Spokesperson for ministry of external affiars, India.
  • 89) Jan 24, 2008 16:47:26 GMT |  + Tigers seize SLA weapons in Ma'nalaa'ru
    Liberation Tigers Ma'nalaa'ru Operations Command said it repulsed a ground movement by the Sri Lanka Army in Ceylon Theatre area of Ma'nalaa'ru Thursday evening and seized three T-56 assault rifles, a 40 mm gun and more than hundred 7.62 mm rounds after more than 2-hours stiff resistance. Heavy fighting erupted when SLA forces attempted to breach LTTE Forward Defence Line in Ceylon Theatre area at 3:00 p.m.The SLA, sustaining casualties, pulled back leaving behind military hardware, the Tigers said. There were no LTTE casualties in the confrontations in Ma'nalaa'ru.
  • 90) Jan 24, 2008 16:45:44 GMT |  + More than a dozen bodies found dumped in northern Sri Lanka, witness says
    More than a dozen unidentified bodies were found Thursday dumped in the bush in northern Sri Lanka, a witness and the military said. A local resident told The Associated Press by telephone at least 17 bodies were seen by a villager who went into the jungle searching for his cattle. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing fears of retribution. Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said a forensics team left for Kabithigollewa village, 275 kilometers (170 miles) north of the capital Colombo, to investigate.
  • 91) Jan 24, 2008 15:24:05 GMT |  + Lankan maid commits suicide at Dubai airport
    A Sri Lankan woman, Kala Sangarapillai, 30, committed suicide at the Dubai International Airport recently by hanging herself. Her young children, who are in shock, are now waiting anxiously for the remains of their mother to reach them. The family of the woman is devastated. Thangeswari Sivalingam, aunt of Kala, told Khaleej Times over the phone from Batticolao district in Sri Lanka, “We cannot believe this has happened. Her four children were eagerly waiting to see their mother, who was supposed to spend a few days with them before she went back to work. We see no reason for her to have resorted to such an extreme step.”
  • 92) Jan 24, 2008 15:17:23 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: Peace, aid groups deplore being portrayed as rebel agents
    Peace and aid advocacy groups in Sri Lanka, including those linked to churches, have deplored the portrayal of United Nations agencies and international relief groups as agents of Tamil rebels. "This is a clear attempt to undermine any international scrutiny of the ongoing war in the north and is a gross human rights violation," said Rohan Edrisinha, an Anglican and director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, in an interview with Ecumenical News International. Sri Lankan forces have been accused by some human rights groups of indiscriminate shelling and bombing of the rebel areas, leading to high civilian casualties in their bid to capture the last of the LTTE bastions.
  • 93) Jan 24, 2008 14:53:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka invites Cochin airport builders for new airport
    Sri Lanka wants builders of Cochin International Airport to construct an airport in that country. Talks on the proposal will begin in Colombo Jan 28. The Cochin airport is India's first airport built under public-private partnership. Kerala government and several NRIs hold stakes in the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), which built the airport and still operates it. "The invitation for this came from Rajapaksa and we have taken this opportunity with a lot of excitement," Bharath told IANS. The talks will be spread over six days from Jan 28, he said.
  • 94) Jan 24, 2008 14:51:08 GMT |  + Ban parties openly supporting LTTE: Congress
    Expressing concern over reported rise in LTTE activities in Tamil Nadu,the Congress on Thursday asked the State Government to ban political parties and organisations which were openly supporting the proscribed outfit. Participating in a discussion on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address to the assembly, C Gnanasekaran (Cong) cited reports that 102 LTTE cadre had infiltrated into the state during the last two years and cases had been filed against 40 of them under the National Security Act.
  • 95) Jan 24, 2008 14:49:05 GMT |  + Ex-S.Lanka Tiger awaits UK ID fraud sentence
    Renegade ex-Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebel Karuna Amman has pleaded guilty to identity document fraud in Britain, court officials said on Thursday, as rights groups push for him to be charged with war crimes. Officials at Isleworth Crown Court told Reuters he had pleaded guilty at a lower, magistrates court before Christmas to charges under the Identity Cards Act. He could face up to two years in prison, a fine or both. "He will be sentenced tomorrow," an official said. Rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch hope to persuade Britain's Crown Prosecution Service to charge him with torture or other war crimes charges, and hope witnesses will be more likely to testify if they know he is already in prison.
  • 96) Jan 24, 2008 3:59:06 GMT |  + Canada - Closure Advisory: Aero Canadian Tours & Travel Inc. Ceases Operations
    The retail registration for Aero Canadian Tour & Travel Inc located at 80 Nashdene Road, Suite B22 in Scarborough, Ontario (formally located at 3300 McNicoll Ave. Suite 218 in Scarborough, Ontario) is revoked under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 as of January 10, 2008. This company sold mainly air only to various destinations. Any consumers who have purchased travel services from Aero Canadian Tour & Travel Inc. and who have not received the travel services purchased or may be at risk of not receiving travel services purchased are asked to contact TICO for assistance.
  • 97) Jan 24, 2007 19:38:34 GMT |  + Karuna faction a destabilising factor: donors' report
    The Sri Lanka Bilateral Donor Group (BDG) has said the military action of the Karuna faction in the east has become a major destabilising factor even as the Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleged that with "complicity or wilful blindness" of the Government, the group has forcibly conscripted hundreds of children. Piqued at the "selective briefing" of its report by the Government, the BDG on Wednesday went public with its internal document on the situation. Neither the Government nor the LTTE came out clean. The report is a summary of the findings of missions undertaken by diplomatic heads of the BDG. The BDG said the media referred to comments made by the defence spokesperson that was not intended for public distribution.
  • 98) Jan 24, 2007 13:05:02 GMT |  + Rights report slams Sri Lanka over child soldiers
    A leading human rights group has slammed Sri Lanka for conscripting hundreds of child soldiers to fight against Tamil rebels, saying the police had turned a blind eye to the practice for years. New-York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the government of "hypocrisy", saying in a 100-page report that Colombo was guilty of the same practice for which it had denounced the Tamil Tigers. "After years of condemning child recruitment by the Tamil Tigers, the (the Sri Lankan) government is now complicit in the same crimes," said HRW child rights advocate Jo Becker in a statement.
  • 99) Jan 24, 2007 13:00:57 GMT |  + Sri Lankan troops intensify patrolling to hunt fleeing Tamil Tigers, military says
    Sri Lankan soldiers intensified patrols in the volatile east on Wednesday to hunt down fleeing Tamil separatists, the military said, days after the army captured rebel bases and left dozens of guerrillas dead. Hundreds of insurgents have deserted their camps and fled into jungles since Friday after troops routed rebel strongholds Vaharai and Kathiraveli in the eastern Batticaloa district - the scene of heavy fighting for months with over 500 combatants killed since October, according to the military.
  • 100) Jan 24, 2007 12:57:52 GMT |  + A brutal killing of a pastor by the security forces in Jaffna
    Rev. Nallathamby Gnanaseelan, 38-year-old pastor of Tamil Mission Church in Jaffna, was brutally gunned down, allegedly by Sri Lankan security forces at the road block at Library junction, Wembedy School Road, Jaffna at around 10:30am on 13 January 2007. On that fateful Saturday morning, he had gone on his motorbike to Jaffna hospital with his wife Serena and his eldest daughter who was sick. He had left the mother and daughter at the hospital at about 10:00am asking them to return home by bus after the medical treatment was over.
  • 101) Jan 24, 2007 11:28:15 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Told to Probe Child Conscription
    Sri Lanka must investigate allegations that its military helps a militia fighting separatist Tamil Tiger rebels conscript child soldiers, or allow an independent international investigation, a human rights group said Wednesday. New York-based Human Rights Watch said the government's alleged complicity in the child abductions show its "hypocrisy" in condemning the use of child soldiers by the Tamil Tigers. "The government must stop making excuses and launch a serious and impartial investigation of government complicity," Brad Adams, the rights group's Asia director, said in a statement. "If the government won't investigate, then it must allow an independent, international inquiry."
  • 102) Jan 24, 2007 1:27:28 GMT |  + Canada participates in overseeing Sri Lankan process to investigate human rights violations
    The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today announced the nomination of Professor Bruce Matthews to join the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), which will monitor the Sri Lankan Commission of Inquiry into recent human rights violations in that country.Professor Matthews is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion, Asian Culture and History at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. He has extensive experience studying the links between religion, culture and conflict in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 103) 12:59 GMT, Jan. 24, 2006 |  + Real peace not yet on the agenda in Sri Lanka
    Prospects for real peace in Sri Lanka remain distant if not bleak, analysts say, despite Tamil rebels and the government being pushed back to the negotiating table in the coming months. US and Norwegian envoys are making a concerted bid this week to stem the bloodshed and kickstart talks that the separatist rebels walked out of in 2003. After months of argument over a venue, officials say the government is now ready to compromise and they hope negotiations will resume with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Europe in February. But once the ice is broken and the two sides again face the real issues of a struggle that has cost 60,000 lives over three decades, analysts see little hope of an early breakthrough. more ...
  • 104) 12:59 GMT, Jan. 24, 2006 |  + Peace envoy meets Sri Lanka president
    Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim met Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday for talks aimed at averting civil war, but officials said the government would probably not give in to rebel demands talks be held in Oslo. Suspected Tamil Tiger attacks on troops have strained the 2002 truce brokered by Solheim and raised the specter two decades of war will restart. The rebels say they will meet the government, but only in Norway -- but officials say they will have to be more flexible or talks will not happen at all. "The government is very likely not to go to Oslo for talks but ... would consider any alternative venue for talks other than Oslo," a senior official source said on condition of anonymity after President Mahinda Rajapakse met Solheim. more ...
  • 105) 12:57 GMT, Jan. 24, 2006 |  + Protests as peace envoy meets Sri Lanka president
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse met a Norwegian peace broker on Tuesday as diplomats tried to avert a return to civil war, but in the north protesters burnt his effigy and accused the army of killing civilians. Envoy Erik Solheim flew in to the island on Monday hours after an ambush on an army patrol by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed three soldiers, and is due to head to the rebel-controlled area on Wednesday to meet their reclusive leader. "These talks will decide the future of the peace process," the rebels quoted their chief negotiator Anton Balasingham -- flown in from his London home to Kilinochchi in rebel-held northern Sri Lanka for the meeting -- as saying. more ...
  • 106) 11:19 GMT, Jan. 24, 2006 |  + Killings amid Sri Lanka peace bid

    Mr.S.S.Rajan, Trincomalee correspondent for "Sudar Oli," a Tamil daily published from Colombo was shot dead Tuesday morning around 6:00 by unidentified men close to his residence while waiting for transport to his workplace.

    Two Tamil civilians, one of them a local journalist, have been killed in eastern Sri Lanka amid fresh attempts to restart peace talks, officials say. The two men were shot dead in separate attacks by unidentified gunmen in the port town of Trincomalee. The fresh violence came as a senior Norwegian envoy met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. The envoy, Erik Solheim, is also due to head north to meet Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. No details are available of the discussions between Mr Solheim and the president, although the Associated Press reports that Mr Rajapakse has asked the Norwegian to set up fresh talks with the rebels. Mr Solheim told reporters on Monday that Sri Lanka was at a crossroads, but it was not too late to avert war. more ...
  • 107) 04:05 GMT, Jan. 24, 2006 |  + Conservatives headed for minority
    Stephen Harper's Conservatives were headed for a minority government in Monday night's federal election, after picking up votes in Quebec and making inroads in Ontario, but didn't appear likely to scale the heights expected earlier in the campaign. The Conservatives were leading or elected in 121 seats, to the Liberals' 102. The Bloc Québécois were leading or elected in 50 and the NDP in 30. The Conservatives' gains came on the back of a swell in support in central Canada for the party, but the Liberals still managed to cling to seats in some key regions.
    - Harper wins Tory minority government - CBC News
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  • 108) 17:10 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + EU to Send Boats to Tsunami-Hit Areas
    European Union (news - web sites) nations said Monday they will send boats and fishing experts to tsunami-devastated areas to help relaunch a fishing industry hurt by the Dec. 26 Asian disaster. The tsunami, triggered by an underwater quake off Indonesia's western Sumatra Island, killed or displaced thousands of fisherman and destroyed fleets across the region. The EU has said the fishing industry ranked second only to tourism in terms of damage from the disaster. "The needs are enormous," said EU Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg. more ...
  • 109) 17:08 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + Under the guise of relief work govt is getting ready for occupation
    TNA charged that, the Emergency Regulation passed recently, and the recent purchase of arms from Iran by the Sri Lankan government confirms their view that the government is getting ready for the military reoccupation of northeast. TNA also asserted to the Norwegians that the relief aid given to the people of northeast by foreign countries must be given directly to northeast. To achieve this they suggested the setting up of an apex body to transfer the aid directly to northeast. TNA said to the Norwegians that TNA cannot accept the situation where relief aid is given directly to Sri Lankan government only. more ...
  • 110) 17:06 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + Norwegian envoys leave Sri Lanka after latest peace bid
    Peacebroker Norway ended a four-day mission to Sri Lanka after apparently wringing concessions from government and rebels on the need to cooperate in distributing foreign tsunami aid. The last of the four-person team, deputy foreign minister Vidar Helgesen, left Colombo Monday afternoon after unscheduled talks with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political chief S.P. Thamilsevan, an official said. Rebel sources said the talks in the northeastern town of Kilinochchi had focused on finetuning a Norwegian proposal to set up a common body to ensure relief is distributed evenly throughout tsunami-hit areas. more ...
  • 111) 17:02 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + Austrian foreign minister meets Sri Lankan leaders about tsunami relief
    Austria's foreign minister arrived Monday in tsunami-hit Sri Lanka to hold talks on relief and to visit devastated areas, officials said. Ursula Plassnik was scheduled to meet Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar later Monday to discuss aid for the victims of the Dec. 26 disaster. On Tuesday, Plassnik is set to travel to the hard-hit southern coastal city of Galle, where she will inspect Austrian relief work at a water purification plant. Plassnik is among the dozens of foreign dignitaries who have visited the island since the deadly waves killed at least 31,000 Sri Lankans. more ...
  • 112) 17:01 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + Top Norwegian peace envoy holds unexpected talks with LTTE on tsunami aid
    A top Norwegian peace envoy held unscheduled talks with a Tamil Tiger rebel leader on Monday, leading to speculation that Sri Lanka may give the guerrillas greater control over tsunami aid destined for the Tamil majority in the north and east, officials said. Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s deputy foreign minister, flew by military helicopter to the rebel-held northern town of Kilinochchi for an unexpected meeting with S.P. Thamilselvan, the rebels’ top political leader, government and rebel officials said on condition of anonymity. The meeting took place a day after Helgesen held similar talks with government officials aimed at setting up a joint body to ensure equal distribution of aid in guerrilla-held areas. more ...
  • 113) 03:56 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + Boca doctor's ideals bring him to refugee camp in Sri Lanka
    It is a far cry from his Boca clinic, which Schuster, once an aspiring artist, has decorated with kitschy art of his own creation. No art hangs under the U.N. tarp, and the most sophisticated equipment he employs is his thermometer. But standing on the dirt floor under the flapping windblown plastic, Schuster smiles. "Don't get me wrong, I like my patients in Boca," he says, "but I always feel a bit alienated there. This is where my heart is." So how did a nice Jewish general practitioner from Boca get a bug for practicing medicine in some of the worst conditions on the planet? It all started with a cow. Schuster, on a Caribbean vacation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1979, was mistaken for a doctor. An old woman's cow was dying as it tried to give birth, and locals begged Schuster to help her. more ...
  • 114) 03:48 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + VanniTech Provides Technical Assistance to Relief Efforts
    Vanni Institute of Technology (VanniTech) joins hands with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in providing relief aid towards the Tsunami affected by way of technical assistance. VanniTech provided a software solution to manage the medical supplies of Centre for Health Care (CHC), a local NGO that coordinates medical relief efforts for the Tsunami affected in the North and East of Sri Lanka. The software solution, which was provided free of charge and delivered within a short span of one week, was a medical inventory tracking system that aided CHC in managing the medications and other things they received. more ...
  • 115) 03:26 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + A Tamil Canadian Won Rhodes Scholars for University of Toronto
    Ashwini Vasanthakumar is also mulling the possibility of more school after Oxford, although she added that she still wasn't certain. Born in Sri Lanka, Vasanthakumar lived in Zambia and Papua New Guinea before her family came to Canada when she was 14 years old. Vasanthakumar graduated at the top of her class at Harvard University last spring, and is now working on a master's degree in political theory at U of T. Her academic interests focus on the study of citizenship and refugees. Vasanthakumar developed an active interest in her studies on refugee and citizenship issues during her time as an undergrad. Two influences stand out for her: a summer research internship with a human rights group in New Delhi, and another summer in Sri Lanka examining the state of human rights and the peace process. In Toronto, she says that she has continued to study Sri Lanka and Canada's role in the civil war-torn nation's ongoing peace process. Vasanthakumar said that she plans to continue studying political theory at Oxford and will focus on questions of citizenship, asylum, and international justice. more ...
  • 116) 18:30 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + Sri Lankan reconstruction irks Muslims
    A Sri Lankan government plan to build entire new towns for homeless tsunami victims has infuriated Muslims unwilling to live in mixed neighborhoods. The uproar began last week when President Chandrika Bandaranaike laid the first brick for a brand new town to be called Siribopura, two miles in virgin jungle from what used to be the southern coastal town of Hambamtota. The blueprints call for housing 6,000 people left homeless in the Dec. 26 tsunami, The Independent reported. Siribopura will be multi-ethnic, mixing Muslim, Tamil and Singhalese communities in three-story blocks of apartments, and will also contain a "multi-ethnic religious center," the first of its kind to be built in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 117) 18:29 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + Such a long journey to reunite brothers
    It took six days for Toronto's Pirundhapan Navaratnarajah to locate his younger brother, Shakaran, in Sri Lanka through a friend, who travelled 45 kilometres along pothole-filled country roads to a small northeast coastal town demolished by the Dec. 26 tsunami. By the time Shakaran was sheltered at the friend's home and borrowed a neighbour's phone to call Navaratnarajah, the two brothers could hardly talk. "Mom is dead," Shakaran said in Tamil, confirming Navaratnarajah's worst nightmare. For days, Navaratnarajah, 20, had been comforted by his uncles and aunt, who told him that his mother, Kaileswary Sabapathy, 51, was not among the more than 200,000 in southern Asia who lost their lives. more ...
  • 118) 01:09 GMT, Jan. 24, 2005 |  + Drive for 200 tsunami volunteers
    Volunteers are urgently needed to help tsunami communities More than 200 volunteers are needed to help communities devastated by the Asian tsunami to rebuild and recover, UK development charity VSO says. There is a "pressing need" for people: from mental health workers helping traumatised Sri Lankans, to teachers in the Maldives, it says. Education, health, social development, business and management professionals are sought for long-term positions. Volunteers will share skills with local people, usually on two-year postings. "We must recognise that it will be a slow process of offering support, respect and encouragement to those who will be administering care, because they will be dealing with their own personal trauma as well as that of their patients." more ...
  • 119) 13:16 GMT, Jan. 24, 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. more ...
  • 120) 13:15 GMT, Jan. 24, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka sends emissary to India amid political feud
    Sri Lanka's beleaguered government has sent an emissary to India to discuss the island's worsening political crisis and the troubled peace process, official sources here said. Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda is due to hold talks with India's External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha and National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra Saturday, officials said Saturday. They said the visit follows President Chandrika Kumaratunga's meeting earlier this month with Indian premier Atal Behari Vajyapee during a South Asian summit in Islamabad. Sri Lanka's president and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who are from rival parties, are embroiled in a bitter power struggle that has led to the suspension of the island's fragile peace bid with Tiger rebels. more ...
  • 121) 13:02 GMT, Jan. 24, 2004 |  + Sinhala leadership lacks capacity to understand national crisis - Uyangoda
    "[The SLFP-JVP alliance] raises some disturbing questions about the incapacity of the old as well as the emerging political leadership in the Sinhala society to even simply understand what the Sri Lanka's present crisis is all about," said Prof.Jeyadeva Uyangoda in an article assessing the impact of the new alliance on the current political dynamics in Colombo in the Friday's edition of Daily mirror.Prof. Uyangoda, Head of the Department of Political Science, Colombo University, noting that the new alliance has "so far failed to inspire much enthusiasm," ominously commented that "the new alliance between the President's party and the JVP adds nothing new to make the Southern political society capable of constructively handling the prevailing political stalemate. more ...
  • 122) 14:08 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka peace talks move to Berlin
    Sri Lanka's fifth round of peace talks will shift to Germany from Thailand and be shortened to two days because of the poor health of the Tamil Tigers' London-based chief negotiator, Norwegian mediators said on Friday. The long-distance travel to Thailand was a strain on the health of rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham, who is a diabetic, has heart trouble and has undergone a kidney transplant, officials said. "The talks will be held at the Norwegian embassy in Berlin," Karsten Klepsvik, a spokesman for the Norwegian foreign ministry said. He said the talks would be held February 7 to 8. more ...
  • 123) 11:56 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + UNICEF focuses on war-hit children in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka plays host next week to the head of the U.N. Children's Fund as Tamil Tiger rebels are dogged by allegations of child recruitment. UNICEF executive director Carol Bellamy travels to the headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to meet rebel leaders in addition to meeting top government officials during her three-day visit which begins on Thursday. "The impact of the armed conflict on children and the protection of children will be the primary areas of focus of her visit," UNICEF said in a statement on Friday. more ...
  • 124) 11:55 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka government adds seven ministers despite president's protests
    The Sri Lankan government swore seven ministers into newly created positions Friday despite opposition from the country's president, officials said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga attended the brief ceremony where six new ministers of non-cabinet rank and one deputy minister swore oaths. Kumaratunga, an opposition member who was elected separately from Prime Minister Ranil Wicremesinghe's government, had clashed with the prime minister several times over the second expansion of his government in less than a year, presidential spokesman Janadasa Peiris said. more ...
  • 125) 11:52 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Norway names new head for Sri Lanka truce monitoring
    Norway will replace the head of the Scandinavian team monitoring a truce between government troops and Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka, it was announced Friday. Army major general Trond Furuhovde who headed the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) will hand over his position to another retired army general, Tryggve Tellefsen, the Norwegian embassy said. "Mr Tellefsen will arrive in Sri Lanka in late February or early March 2003, and there will be a brief period of transition before Mr Furuhovde's departure," the embassy said in a statement.
    - Norway replaces Sri lanka truce monitoring chief - PTI
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  • 126) 11:48 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka launches bid for top UN post
    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando has kicked off his country's campaign in the Middle East to win the top seat at the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, when Asian countries will nominate their representative for the position of Secretary General. Tyronne is on a goodwill visit to the UAE and will meet a number of senior UAE government ministers and officials including Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE's Deputy Foreign Minister, Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, before leaving for Egypt and Saudi Arabia. more ...
  • 127) 07:32 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Paradigm Shifts in the thinking of Eelam Women
    The women of Eelam, we have no doubt, will pioneer a way, in creating a place for women, that is not elevated, but an even playing field. Things are changing; and there are more things that should adhere to changing realities. Eelam women who have brought about so much change will continue to battle against internal oppression and bring about a paradigmatic shift in men who may want to continue in their archaic attitudes. The responsibility lies not only with resident Eelamites alone. The Diaspora Tamils must think hard on their frozen attitudes as well. We too must avoid looking at things from a comfortable elevation. Now it is time for us ALL to fight our internal attitude inorder for internal oppression to cease. Eelam is not just a holiday resort. It is our homeland. more ...
  • 128) 06:41 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Human Rights Commission investigates cases of people missing in northern Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission on Friday started interviewing families of people who went missing after government troops took over major parts of the Jaffna Peninsula from Tamil Tiger rebels in 1995. Jaffna was under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam for five years from 1990. London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International has estimated that 540 people disappeared after the Sri Lanka military regained control of the area. A three-member team will investigate the cases of 232 missing people, commission official Mohamed Iqbal said. Friday's inquiries are being conducted in Jaffna, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the capital Colombo. The investigators will move to Chavakachcheri, also in the north, on Sunday before returning to Colombo, Iqbal said.
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  • 129) 06:19 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Sub-Committee on Immediate Humanitarian and Rehabilitation briefs donors
    Head of the government delegation to the Sub-Committee on Immediate Humanitarian and Rehabilitation Needs of the North and East (SIHRN) Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke and member of the LTTE delegation Dr Jay Maheswaran met with Colombo based bilateral and multilateral donors this morning (23 January). The donor community was briefed on the scope and mandate of the Sub-Committee in addressing immediate humanitarian needs of the North and East. The role of the SIHRN Secretariat in Kilinochchi and modalities relating to donor funding options through the North-East Reconstruction Fund (NERF) were also discussed. Over twenty diplomats and officials were present representing some of the key donors to Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 130) 21:55 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + India: Nedumaran escapes in van mishap
    P Nedumaran, leader of the banned Tamil National Movement, today had a providential escape when a van bringing him from Cuddalore central prison to a POTA court at suburban Poonamalee fell into a ditch at Thozhuthur, near Cuddalore, police said. Three escort policemen were injured in the mishap, but Nedumaran was not injured. Counsel for Nedumaran informed the POTA court about the mishap. Nedumaran was brought to the court by another vehicle. more ...
  • 131) 14:24 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Canada must seek active global role
    How can we protect Canada's interests, in a world dominated by the United States, haunted by terror, plagued by conflict, poverty and disease? This may well be the key foreign-policy challenge facing Paul Martin or whoever else succeeds Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. We simply cannot afford to take our sovereignty for granted. So it's good to hear Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham promise to give Canadians a chance to speak to the choices Ottawa ought to make as it spends $16 billion or more a year on diplomacy, defence and aid. Limited though it will be, the review comes at the right time. more ...
  • 132) 14:15 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka to set up temporary camps for displaced Muslims
    Temporary camps will be set up in the north of Sri Lanka to shelter internally displaced Muslims as a first step toward resettling them in their original villages, according to the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry. A statement issued by the ministry and available on Friday said that it has been decided to set up several temporary residential camps for accommodating displaced Muslims until their resettlement in their villages and to undertake the rehabilitation of devastated Muslim schools in the north immediately. more ...
  • 133) 14:09 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka peace talks shift to Berlin
    Germany has offered to host peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels as an ailing negotiator was unable to travel to the regular venue in Thailand, a diplomat said Friday. Berlin will be the venue for a scaled down round of talks between Colombo and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from February 7-8 instead of the earlier planned four-day session in Thailand, the diplomat said. Peace broker Norway sought an alternate venue to the riverside resort of Nakhon Pathom in Thailand as medical grounds prevented the LTTE's London-based chief negotiator Anton Balasingham from undertaking strenuous travel. more ...
  • 134) 06:00 GMT, Jan. 24, 2003 |  + Peace Zones in place of High Security Zones
    The supervision and implementation may be carried out by the SLMM so that its mission may be extended to peace-keeping in arms-free zones. The security forces and the LTTE can be given a time frame to remove their arms from these zones. So that the Peace Zones can be gradually expanded and resettlement begun. Peace Zones will also be a testing ground of the commitment of the two parties to the peace process. The idea of Peace Zones resolves two problems. First, the security forces now do not need to raise a demand for decommissioning of the LTTE so that the more sensitive issue of decommissioning can be taken at a later phase of negotiations. more ...
  • 135) 18:53 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + Kaidirgamar's conduct in peace initiative suspect -Sampanthan
    "When your own conduct in the matter of negotiations with the LTTE with the aid of Norwegian involvement is subject to grave suspicion, I would consider it quite imprudent that you cast aspersions on the other party (the LTTE) and think that you can get away with it", the Tamil National Alliance's parliamentary group leader Mr. R. Sampanthan told former Foreign Minister Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, while addressing the Parliament Thursday during the special debate on the Prime Minister's policy statement Thursday. The TNA leader said President Chandrika Kumaratunga "missed the wood for the trees" when she resorted to the military option against the Tamils. more ...
  • 136) 13:58 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + Top Generals rushed to Kandy - Soldiers confined to barracks
    One of the police motorcycles allegedly attacked by enraged Army men.
    Courtesy of photo: Shane Seneviratne - Daily Mirror
    The Army Commander yesterday evening rushed a contingent of military policemen and at least three Generals to Kandy by air, after clashes between Army and police personnel there left scores of people injured, including two soldiers and two civilians with bullet wounds. The contingent of military policemen was sent with Provost Marshal, Major General Ivan Dassanayake. Also despatched were Head of the Signal Corps Maj. Gen. Chula Seneviratne and Divisional Commander, Colombo Major General K. B. Egodawela. It is learnt police had clashed with men of the Signal Corps. According to Army sources clashes were sparked off over the alleged assault of an Army driver by the police near the Hatton National Bank. The Army driver had waited in the vehicle while his superior a lieutenant colonel had gone to the bank. more ...
  • 137) 13:33 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + Police raid exposes a secret Sri Lankan army assassination squad
    No one in the political establishment—either the government or opposition—has questioned the legitimacy of the military maintaining a secret assassination squad. Athas reveals, with pride, that one of the squad’s “most prized accomplishments” was the murder of LTTE military intelligence leader Thambirasa Kuhasanathan. Sri Lankan politicians regularly brand the LTTE as "terrorists" yet the army retains the services of a group of professional assassins. more ...
  • 138) 13:29 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka government plans state media reforms
    Sri Lanka's new government said on Thursday it will introduce reforms to state media to reduce bias and boost reporting freedom. ''A committee will be set up to ensure there is no bias in state media towards the ruling party,'' minister of mass communication Imthiyas Bakeer Makar told a news conference. State media in Sri Lanka, in print and broadcast, take a strong pro-government line, especially during elections, including last month's general election. Makar also said that defamation by journalists would cease to be a criminal act but would continue to be a civil offence. He said a freedom of information act would also be introduced to protect sources of information for journalists. more ...
  • 139) 13:27 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan army, police clash in street fight
    Embarrassed police and army officials on Thursday launched investigations into a clash between members of the two forces in the streets of a central Sri Lankan town. Officials and local media said up to six soldiers and three policemen were injured in the fighting that started after a dispute on Wednesday over where an army vehicle was parked. more ...
  • 140) 10:41 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + LTTE plea sent to India
    The Norwegian peace delegation, which visited Britain on Tuesday, informed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that the two requests made by them on peace process in Sri Lanka have been forwarded to the Government of India for consideration. It is learnt that the details of the requests had been conveyed through the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, Gopalakrishna Gandhi, and formally communicated by letter from Oslo to New Delhi. more ...
  • 141) 10:37 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + Heading for a shut down
    Karu Jayasuriya has declared he will resign as Power Minister if Sri Lanka’s electricity crisis is not resolved by June 30. Given the dismal power situation in the country, the minister may have to go. The new minister for Power and Energy in Sri Lanka, the calm and collected Karu Jayasuriya, also Deputy Leader of the United National Party, has set yet another deadline — which none doubt he will keep. This time he has promised to resign from his post if he fails to resolve the present power crisis by June 30, this year. more ...
  • 142) 02:30 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + PA sends confusing signal on peace plan
    Sri Lanka's main opposition People's Alliance (PA) sent out contradictory signals about the government's new peace initiative to open talks with the Tamil guerrillas and find a political settlement to the Tamil minority ethnic conflict. Former foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, opening a two-day debate on the government's policy statement, declared that the PA was supportive of the UNP government's peace initiative and had the full backing of President Chandrika Kumaratunga to make that statement. more ...
  • 143) 20:16 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + International Community Should Do More than merely Issuing Statements Supporting the Peace Process.

    Tamils view around the globe - 2001



    However, the huge victory for Tamil National Alliance [TNA] in the last general election with mandate of recognizing the LTTE as the representatives of Tamils has become political significant. One of their [TNA] demands is to de-proscribe the LTTE before the talks. The new government also won the election with the mandate to have talks with the Tamil Tigers. Therefore, the LTTE must not be viewed any further as a terrorist organization, but as a lawfully equal political partner representing Tamils for peace talks. This is the consensus of the Sinhala majority people as well. Therefore, it may be the time for the International community to take meaningful steps and re-double its effort to bring peace to this Island nation. The Tamil people have democratically supported the de-proscription, and as said by Anton Balasingham, the Tiger's chief negotiator, "the de-proscription of the LTTE will be a recognition of the legitimacy of the Tamil people's struggle. more ...
  • 144) 02:27 GMT, Jan. 24, 2002 |  + Permanent peace - need of the hour
    Both sides seem to have realised that life for the public at large has to be made easier. The international community fervently hopes that a solution will be hammered out for permanent peace in the region and both sides will do all that is necessary to achieve this. Will the people in this island ravaged by war, get back to leading normal lives? The onus is on the two parties on either side of the negotiating table to make this happen! more ...
  • 145) 11:31 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Buddhist monk Ratmalane Siddartha Thera is charged with the rape of four sisters !
    Additional Magistrate, Galle, Aravinda Perera concluded the non-summary inquiry into the Kataragama - Wadihitikanda rape case in which a Buddhist monk Ratmalane Siddartha Thera, incumbent of the Wedihitikanda Temple is charged with the rape of four sisters. The case is committed to the Galle High Court. In this case the Attorney General charged Ratmalane Siddartha Thera with committing rape on four sisters of the same family of Embilipitiya on January 14, 1997. During three years the non-summary inquiry was held before the Galle Additional Magistrate. more ...
  • 146) 11:31 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Buddhist monk Ratmalane Siddartha Thera is charged with the rape of four sisters !
    Additional Magistrate, Galle, Aravinda Perera concluded the non-summary inquiry into the Kataragama - Wadihitikanda rape case in which a Buddhist monk Ratmalane Siddartha Thera, incumbent of the Wedihitikanda Temple is charged with the rape of four sisters. The case is committed to the Galle High Court. In this case the Attorney General charged Ratmalane Siddartha Thera with committing rape on four sisters of the same family of Embilipitiya on January 14, 1997. During three years the non-summary inquiry was held before the Galle Additional Magistrate. more ...
  • 147) 11:12 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Sihala Urumaya to sue British Government
    The Sihala Urumaya says it is studying the possibility of suing the British government to claim compensation for Kandyans who lost their lands after the imperial rulers enacted the wasteland ordinance in 1823,sources said. Sihala Urumaya leader and Parliamentarian Tilak Karunartne said that the party had asked its London branch to hire a panel of lawyers to study the implications. more ...
  • 148) 10:55 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Kaluatara political prisoners say conditions dire
    Tamil political prisoners in the Kalutara maximum-security prison face persistent health and sanitary hazards while having to survive corruption and official apathy, human rights officials said this week. Six hundred and twenty nine Tamil political prisoners, mostly from the northern and eastern parts of the island, are incarcerated in the Kalutara prison, south of Colombo. Three were killed and seven injured in an attack on them by a mob of Sinhala convicts on 12 December 1997. The prisoners told National Human Rights officials who visited them this week that their cases were being prolonged inordinately. more ...
  • 149) 10:53 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Sri Lankan Government:
    Talks With Rebels Must Precede Cease-Fire
    Sri Lanka's government urged the Tamil Tiger rebels Wednesday to return to negotiations, but rejected the guerrillas' call for a cease-fire, saying talks must come first. The rebels earlier said their unilateral one-month cease-fire, which had been scheduled to expire Wednesday, would be extended by another month. The announcement came as government troops made considerable gains in the northernmost tip of this island nation off the southeastern coast of India. The rebels must "come to the negotiating table along with a durable, concrete political solution," the government said in a statement. more ...
  • 150) 10:51 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Landmine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers
    A landmine explosion killed at least 11 Sri Lankan soldiers in the country's northern Jaffna peninsula, military officials said on Wednesday. They said the troops had been on a clearing operation on Tuesday in areas captured recently from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who are fighting for a separate Tamil state in the country's north and east. "It was a mine trap using a small anti-personnel mine to trigger a much more powerful landmine," said a military officer who did not want to be identified. more ...
  • 151) 02:54 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + India: Kumbh Mela
    Kumbh Mela (religious congregation and fair) is the largest gathering of humanity on the earth and an unique event that blends religious and social features of Indian society. It is the largest and the greatest Indian river side pilgrimage and religious congregation celebrated with unique religious fervor and has no parallel in the world in terms of sheer participation and zeal. In January and February, 2001, Kumbh Mela is going to be celebrated at Allahabad , situated at 25.28 N latitude and 81.52 E longitude in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. At Allahabad over 30 million people from different parts of the world will participate in Kumbh Mela more ...
  • 152) 01:32 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Tigers extend ceasefire as fighting grips Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers extended their unilateral truce by one month as fighting raged Tuesday in the northern peninsula of Jaffna. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they decided to prolong the Christmas ceasefire to pave the way for Norway's bid to broker peace in the island where over 60,000 people have been killed since 1972. more ...
  • 153) 23:39 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Tamils unite in support of campaign for self-rule and the LTTE
    The expressions of support for the Liberation Tigers and the cause of Tamil self determination and the strength of feeling demonstrated by thousands of people who took to the streets despite menacing threats from the Sri Lankan security forces has taken most observers by surprise. When the Liberation Tigers began a peace drive last November by inviting the Norwegian facilitators for a meeting in the Vanni, they triggered a process of mobilisation amongst the Tamil populace both in the island and abroad. more ...
  • 154) 23:37 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Drugs shortage bites amid malnutrition
    All the dispensaries and health centres in the more remote parts of the Vanni have been shut down owing to the shortage of drugs and funds which continue to be blocked by the Sri Lankan government from being taken into the region, medical officials in Vavuniya told reporters this week. Disease was being exacerbated by malnutrition as food supplies were being blocked, they said, quoting severely ill patients who survived the arduous journey are being brought into Sri Lanka Army-controlled Vavuniya. more ...
  • 155) 19:02 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + CID Probe on Divaina journalist
    The Lanka Academic was informed by military sources that an article written by prominent defence analyst Keerthi Warnakulasuriya has prompted the defence authorities to initiate an inquiry on LTTE spies who reportedly flew to Jaffna recently under military escort. Keerthi Warnakulasuriya who is the defence analyst of the "Irida Divaina" weekly revealed last week that three LTTE spies travelled with the journalists who went to Jaffna when the government media authorities took them on a conducted tour to the peninsular. more ...
  • 156) 17:39 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Peace in Sri Lanka [Part Two]
    The crusade against the Tamils and other minorities commenced in the early years of independence and has continued until the present time. It would suffice to list the major actions (& inactions!) of the various governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority and supported at various times by Tamils who were on the fringes of the Tamil main stream:....Not negotiating with the LTTE seriously and in good faith, but craftily creating conditions for the LTTE to withdraw from negotiations in a manner that would provide the government a propaganda advantage. more ...
  • 157) 15:24 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + World: CATHOLIC FOCOLARE LEADER RECEIVES INDIAN HINDU PRIZE
    Chiara Lubich, founder of the Catholic Focolare Movement, visited India from December 29 to January 14, including Bombay, Coimbatore, and Calcutta, to promote dialogue between religions, which was highly significant given the recent repeated episodes of anti-Christian violence by fundamentalist Hindus in India. Lubich was awarded the Defender of Peace Prize for 2001. more ...
  • 158) 15:21 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + Nationalist Buddhist monks pose obstacle to Sri Lanka peace
    Opposition to the latest international efforts to end Sri Lanka's 18 years of crippling civil war is coming from what would seem like an unlikely source -- the island nation's Buddhist monks. "Normally Buddhism is a very peaceful religion, but here some monks have a very different interpretation," said Indika Perera, a program officer with the nongovernmental National Peace Council of Sri Lanka. "Aside from the Buddhist leaders, other religious leaders are almost all in favor of the peace process." more ...
  • 159) 14:08 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + PEACE IN SRI LANKA [Part One]
    The meeting on the theme of ‘Peace in Sri Lanka’ will be held at the backdrop of changing political events in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is ravaged by an unending war, which has created untold suffering to all the people of the country. A country that was far ahead of Singapore until 1960’s has been relegated to the bottom of the league of countries struggling for survival. The socio-economic foundation of Sri Lanka is coming under severe pressure due to compounding factors of war, which has dragged on for far too long. I know very well that over one million Tamils who have left the shores of the island reflect considerable pain and attachment to their motherland and have not lost confidence that this conflict will come to an end very soon...Mr Barry S Gardiner MP more ...
  • 160) 00:28 GMT, Jan. 24, 2001 |  + For Peace in Sri Lanka:
    What do the Tamils expect from the British?
    Address by Prof.Dr.S.J.Emmanuel to British Parliamentarians and British Ceylon Tamils at a Campaign Meeting at Parliament, held at Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminister on the 22nd.Jan2001 We are assembled here, seriously concerned about the suffering our sisters and brothers have gone through during this half century following Independence, and still more concerned about the escalating war against us and the increased suffering our brethren have to face in the future merely to survive as Tamils in Sri Lanka. As expatriate Tamils we are very much perturbed and saddened by the arrogance and intransigence of the Sri Lankan government in ridiculing and rejecting the unilateral cease-fire declaration of the LTTE and escalation of military offensives. more ...
  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 2000 |  + US Tamils Pay Tribute to Mamanithar Amarar Kumar Ponnambalam
    No details available. more ...
  • 162) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 2000 |  + "Demands of the Tamil/Indian Community in Malaysia for a Brighter Future" - An Analysis
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  • 163) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 2000 |  + ‘Norway moderating Lanka-LTTE talks’
    No details available. more ...
  • 164) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 2000 |  + Mannar rice farmers shot
    No details available. more ...
  • 165) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 2000 |  + School girl succumbs to injuries
    No details available. more ...
  • 166) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 2000 |  + Govt.-LTTE to talk on constitutional bill
    No details available. more ...
  • 167) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 2000 |  + International criticism over press suppression in Sri Lanka
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  • 168) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka braces for more violence amid decisive vote
    No details available. more ...
  • 169) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + Para - military's assigned larger role
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  • 170) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan flights resume to Jaffna
    No details available. more ...
  • 171) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + Seven Killed In Fresh Fighting In Sri Lanka
    No details available. more ...
  • 172) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + An Open Letter to the Tamil Expatriates - Victor Rajakulendran
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  • 173) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + Violence may keep people home in Sri Lanka poll
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  • 174) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + An Open Letter to UNDP (Sri Lanka)- Prof. A. J. V. Chandrakanthan
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  • 175) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + Jaffna PLOTE leader shot Dead
    No details available. more ...
  • 176) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + Plea to lift ban on LTTE
    No details available. more ...
  • 177) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + Explosion in cargo section caused Lionair crash say CIS aviation experts
    No details available. more ...
  • 178) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + Missing money and political mysteries
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  • 179) 11:11 GMT, Jan. 24, 1999 |  + security measures go into place
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