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Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield

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Gary Anandasangaree

Human Rights Violations

  • 1991 | Kilali lagoon attack: 15 people Killed
    Sri Lankan helicopters strafed boats carrying civilians, on the night of Sunday 20 October 1991, using flares to light the area. Fifteen Tamil people were killed. Two survived the attack. The civilians were fleeing Sri Lankan army assaults in the islands off the Jaffna peninsula, and heading got Ariyalai, Passayur and Colombathurai on the Jaffna peninsula.
  • 1990 | Five people were killed
    Army rounded the village, Kirankulam and arrested about 100 innocent civilians. 4 villagers were shot dead on the sopt. 4 persons were taken to Chetipalayam army camp. Others were released. In another incident in Thalavai village, At 7am army rampaged the village. Several Tamil people were assaulted. One woman Kalikutty Indra was raped. A fisherman was brutally murdered.
  • 1996 | At least 3 tamil civilians killed
    SLAF aircraft attack Chundikulam village, killing 3 civilians and injuring several others. Vehicles moving the wounded are pursued and strafed.
  • 1997 | Army Shoots Dead Young Tamil Man
    In the military occupied island of Velanai (off occupied Jaffna), the Sinhalese army has shot and killed a young Tamil man who was the gate-keeper at the Sir Vythialingam Duraisamy Maha Vidyalayam (school). The young man was shot and killed on the 20th of Sept, and his name was Nagarajah Anandarajah (aged 22). The armed forces who shot him had occupied the school to oversee a school function.
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1996 | Nadaraja Kanesalingam [ 27 M from Chundikulam, Trincomalee ]
    Killed during combined air/sea attack launched by Sri Lankan forces on fishing settlements on the eastern coast.
  • 1996 | Sabaratnam Sathiskaran [ 33 M from Chundikulam, Trincomalee ]
    Killed during combined air/sea attack launched by Sri Lankan forces on fishing settlements on the eastern coast.
  • 1996 | S.Marampillai [ 46 M from Chundikulam, Trincomalee ]
    Killed during combined air/sea attack launched by Sri Lankan forces on fishing settlements on the eastern coast.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 1148 | நெய்யால் எரிநுதுப்பேம் என்றற்றால் கௌவையால்
    காமம் நுதுப்பேம் எனல்.
    With butter-oil extinguish fire! 'Twill prove
    Harder by scandal to extinguish love.
    - 115 115
  • Oct 20 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Oct 20, 2015 10:07:05 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Opposition slams UNHRC resolution
    A section of Opposition lawmakers on Monday came down heavily on a resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this month on accountability in Sri Lanka. “The resolution violates our sovereignty and Constitution,” Dinesh Gunawardene, leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna and considered an ally of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told The Hindu. By deciding to co-sponsor the resolution, the government has “failed in defending interests of the country”. They organised a protest rally Colombo against the resolution.
  • 2) Oct 20, 2015 10:03:13 GMT |  + Gary Anandasangaree wins Scarborough-Rouge Park for Liberals in landslide victory
    Gary Anandasangaree has won the new riding of Scarborough-Rouge Park for the Liberal party, beating the Conservatives after the party dropped candidate Jerry Bance late in the campaign. Anandasangaree surged ahead of the the other candidates with an overwhelming majority of the vote. Conservative Leslyn Lewis came in a distant second, followed by NDP candidate Rev. Kantharatnam Shanthikumar. more ...
  • 3) Oct 20, 2015 9:59:32 GMT |  + Justin Trudeau's turn to face the weight of expectations
    Suddenly, in Justin Trudeau we have a prime minister-designate who's banging on about hope and trust and inclusiveness and believing in yourself and being better and listening to everyone and diversity and all sorts of other happy thoughts. He even threw in tolerance for hijabs. more ...
  • 4) Oct 20, 2014 14:44:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka calls early presidential elections
    Sri Lanka will hold presidential elections in January, nearly two years ahead of schedule, the government's information minister says. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to seek a third term at the elections. Mr Rajapaksa won a landslide victory in 2010, and is currently serving a six-year term. In September 2010, Sri Lankan MPs voted to approve constitutional amendments allowing Mr Rajapaksa to seek an unlimited number of presidential terms. more ...
  • 5) Oct 20, 2014 13:52:32 GMT |  + Lankan Defence Secy Meets Jaitley
    Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today called on Defence Minister Arun Jaitley during which a number of issues came under discussion.Gotabaya, who is the Secretary of Lankan Ministry of Defence and Urban Development met Jaitley in the afternoon at his North Block Office.Though officials remained tight lipped about what transpired during the meeting, the visit takes place less than 10 days after Mathur visited the island nation. Mathur had met his Sri Lankan counterpart Gotabaya, who is also President Rajapaksa's younger brother, and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral military ties and reviewed new avenues for cooperation. more ...
  • 6) Oct 20, 2013 13:54:31 GMT |  + Amid CHOGM rush, Lanka blows hot for coal
    It was a ‘home’ and ‘home’ encounter between partners of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) with President Mahinda Rajapaksa being forced to play the role of the ‘neutral umpire’. It all began after he swore in UPFA councillors for the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) at a ceremony on Thursday evening at ‘Temple Trees’. Seated on the same side of the table for the tea party, next to each other with President Rajapaksa were Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiuddin, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem. Bathiuddin’s brother Rizkhan has been elected on the UPFA ticket for Mannar District. more ...
  • 7) Oct 20, 2013 13:53:03 GMT |  + Dear Friend, What Do You Intend Doing?
    Speech made at Veerasingham Hall, Jaffna on October 11, 2013 at the ceramony to mark the taking of oaths by Members of the Northern Provincial Council. Chairman, fellow members of the Northern Provincial Council, persons of learning and of standing seated on the dais, my dear brothers and sisters. Some of us gathered here, were earlier candidates. Today we are meeting as members of the Council. A majority of the candidates changed into members. Yet a few are left out. more ...
  • 8) Oct 20, 2013 13:49:48 GMT |  + Face To Face With Killers
    Journalists are a different species entirely. Well, I would say that but consider the inherent risks. Actuaries would be foolish if they did not load the risks when being asked to insure the life of a journalist practising that rather peculiar art in Sri Lanka. That is to say, because – for whatever reason – journalists have been at the receiving end of a number of attacks on their person, they have been threatened, cajoled, beaten up, threatened, insulted by having their parents and grandparents also remembered, kidnapped or held against their will, shot at and yes, even sadly, murdered. Their loyalties have been held up high and questioned by all and sundry, even at the highest echelons of power.
  • 9) Oct 20, 2013 13:47:28 GMT |  + Women In Post War Reconstruction And Recovery
    The aftermath of Sri Lanka’s decades of civil conflict have left not only massive damage of physical property, both public and private, requiring extensive reconstruction but also many households and even whole communities affected by the conflict through loss of loved ones, loss of property including homes, personal injuries, displacement, disruption of children’s education, loss of means of livelihood, loss of the family breadwinner and conflict related trauma. more ...
  • 10) Oct 20, 2013 13:45:58 GMT |  + Protest campaign against monk’s alleged sexual abuse of orphan
    Probation officers, along with child rights activists, vow to conduct a protest campaign against the inaction of police and child protection authority officials to arrest a Buddhist monk for allegedly causing sexual harm to a boy under his supervision at an orphanage in Vavuniya. After a Judicial Medical Officer’s (JMO) report revealed that a 10-year-old boy had suffered sexual abuse, including injuring his private parts with a sharp object, the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) last week transfered all 22 children from the Seth Sevana orphanage supervised and managed by Ven. Etambagaskada Kalyanatissa Thera. more ...
  • 11) Oct 20, 2012 21:41:51 GMT |  + Indo-Lanka ties near breaking point; Moves to repeal 13th Amendment
    A deal brokered by India for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to engage in a dual track dialogue with the government, revealed exclusively in the Sunday Times of October 7, has run into serious problems. One such track was to be the resumption of the bilateral talks between the Government and the TNA. The other was TNA’s participation in the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC). In a dramatic turn of events, the TNA will not make any statement declaring its willingness. Nor will the government of India stand guarantor for what would have been the outcome of its own new attempt at rapprochement. Initiatives have broken down within weeks after they began.
  • 12) Oct 20, 2012 21:41:38 GMT |  + TNA Slams Govt On Broken Promises
    The government has been accused of not honouring its commitments made to India and even the international community of fully implementing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and build upon it to bring a meaningful devolution of power. TNA Leader R. Sampanthan following a recent visit to New Delhi said the government is not committed to bringing about a meaningful devolution of power.
  • 13) Oct 20, 2012 21:40:42 GMT |  + Pistol whipping justice in Sri Lanka
    There is little doubt that the casual dismantling of Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions, as much as a pack of cards is routinely shuffled by seasoned card players, calls for deeply reflective thinking rather than shotgun reactions. Indulging in outbursts of fury against the administration and predicting regime change, as if the structure of authoritarian rule that has been so carefully built post war can be destroyed in the twinkling of an eye as it were, may be personally satisfying but this is only to fool ourselves. If change does indeed take place, this needs to be happen through a solid and soberly rationalised understanding of how Sri Lanka’s crisis of democracy has come about and to a large extent, accepting that the blame is also ours.
  • 14) Oct 20, 2012 21:38:11 GMT |  + The Mad March Of The Ravening Megalomaniacs
    We know him as Kumaran Pathmanathan alias ‘KP’. The Interpol knows him as Shanmugam Kumaran Tharmalingam. He is on the Interpol’s wanted list for a variety of crimes starting with terrorism. Unsurprisingly; for decades he was a senior Tiger leader, a trusted confidant of Vellupillai Pirapaharan and the LTTE’s chief arms-procurer. In a lawful land, when it came to charging ‘KP’, the problem would have been not where to start, but where to stop. But in Rajapaksa Sri Lanka, the AG’s Department under Presidential control cannot charge ‘KP’ with even the most miniscule crime because “there was no evidence or complaints” against him (Daily Mirror – 17.10.2012). more ...
  • 15) Oct 20, 2012 21:34:24 GMT |  + Rajapaksa Govt Looking At Abolishing 13th Amendment
    The Mahinda Rajapaksa government is edging towards a head on collision with neighboring India over the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The government’s steadfastness in getting the controversial Divi Neguma Bill implemented amidst accusations that the piece of legislation usurped powers vested with the provincial councils would mess up Indo-Sri Lanka relations that are being mended following the March resolution.
  • 16) Oct 20, 2012 21:33:52 GMT |  + Palmyrah trees, toddy and Jaffna’s cottage industry
    For centuries, Palmyrah and Palmyrah products have played an integral part in the lives of those in the North. Therefore, the North is also known as the Palmyrah jungle (Panai marak kaadu). Beyond Vavuniya, acres of Palmyrah trees adorn either side of the A9 road that leads to Jaffna. The unique factor about the tree is that almost all parts of it can be used for human needs. The Palmyrah palm of Jaffna is found in the Northern parts of Sri Lanka and in South India. The growth of the tree is generally very slow and takes more than 15 years to bear. more ...
  • 17) Oct 20, 2012 21:28:07 GMT |  + HRW Blames Russia, China Over Sri Lanka
    New York based Human Rights Watch blamed Russia and China over the failure by the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Sri Lanka during the war to the International Criminal Court (ICC). “While war raged in Sri Lanka, Russia and China’s strong support of the government in Colombo thwarted almost all efforts to even discuss the known horrors committed during the war by both sides,” International Justice Director at HRW Richard Dicker told The Sunday Leader.
  • 18) Oct 20, 2012 21:20:57 GMT |  + A night to forget: The survivor of a fatal crash and a city try to recover
    Zach Judd awoke, and the memory was clear. He and his brother had been on horseback. It was the sort of sun-soaked ranch day he had dreamed of as a child, when he had wanted to be a cowboy, but his horse bucked him. “I flew off,” the teenager recalled, eyes darting upward, reliving it. “And while I was in the air, it kicked me and hit my face.” more ...
  • 19) Oct 20, 2012 16:42:26 GMT |  + Eezham Tamils in Canada launch petition campaign demanding referendum
    On October 12 the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) organized the launch of a petition campaign directed towards the United Nations to conduct a referendum amongst Eezham Tamils originating from the North-East of the island to determine their political aspirations. Launched at the Scarborough Civic Centre in Toronto, the event saw participation from community members, elected officials and human rights activists. Most notable was the endorsement for the campaign by the Member for Provincial Parliament, Glen Murray endorsing the campaign through a letter addressed to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. more ...
  • 20) Oct 20, 2012 9:59:54 GMT |  + SL initiates dialogue with Tamil disapora
    The government is making headway in its dialogue with the Tamil Diaspora, Cabinet spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella claimed yesterday. “We must take a positive view on the KP factor and use him for a constructive dialogue with the Tamil Diaspora and other detractors. We must compare the merits and demerits of using him as a tool to put an end to the proxy war against Sri Lanka by LTTE remnants. I am sure it will do a load of good to the country, the Tamils in particular and himself. Do not forget that former LTTE and JVP leaders. He told the weekly cabinet news briefing that the North Eastern Rehabilitation and Development Organisation (NERDO) Chief Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP was acting as the intermediary in this dialogue.
  • 21) Oct 20, 2012 9:55:38 GMT |  + Vignarajah fires fresh salvo to SEC
    Investor K.C. Viganarajah has sent a fresh letter via email to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging that the capital market regulator’s statement in response to his original communication had half truths and untruths. In addition he also described SEC’s media release as “purported”. Here is the full text of Vignarajah’s email in the “public interest, and interests of investing public” to the SEC, copy of which was sent to the media late Thursday night.
  • 22) Oct 20, 2011 16:48:04 GMT |  + TNA discusses concerned about the east
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), during its meeting with the ruling party today, stressed the ongoing process of registration of lands in the north and the east, the decision to attach the Sinhala populated Welioya area to the Mullaitivu District and the move to send a Sinhalese Government Agent to Mannar should be stopped immediately. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that the government’s delegation agreed to bring these demands by the TNA to the notice to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “If the President is willing, he can stop these moves within a matter of a few hours,” Mr. Premachandran said.
  • 23) Oct 20, 2011 16:37:47 GMT |  + Sri Lanka warns on $500 mln hotel deal with China firm
    Sri Lanka's economic development minister on Thursday warned a $500 million deal to build a hotel, shopping and entertainment complex would be abolished if the Chinese state firm involved did not meet the government's terms. The deal, one of the largest single investments announced since the end of a long civil war in 2009, has been delayed by an internal government row over whether to sell or lease on a long-term basis the prime land involved.
  • 24) Oct 20, 2011 14:34:36 GMT |  + ICJ submission to the Committee against Torture on the Examination of the combined Third and Fourth Periodic Reports of Sri Lanka
    In this submission the ICJ provides alternative replies to some of the questions raised in the List of Issues to be considered during the examination of the combined Third and Fourth Periodic Reports of Sri Lanka, taking place on 8-9 November 2011. The ICJ urges the Committee to call on the Sri Lankan authorities to make amendments to the Convention against Torture Act so that it is compatible with the Convention’s provisions, to implement legal safeguards for individuals detained under the Emergency Regulations and the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
  • 25) Oct 20, 2011 12:45:57 GMT |  + Tamil Tigers' Dutch day of judgement
    The trial of five Dutch-Sri Lankan Tamils, accused of raising funds for the separatist group LTTE (Tamil Tigers), is expected to end in The Hague on 21 October. If the men are found guilty as charged of overseeing an international criminal and terrorist organisation involved in arson, bombings and murder, they will face up to 20 years in prison.Also watching keenly for tomorrow's verdict are sectors of the ruling Sinhalese majority in Sri Lanka. Most eagerly anticipate a conviction and with it an inference that the Tamil Tigers are the sole criminal party in the country's bloody conflict, not the state military.
  • 26) Oct 20, 2011 12:43:54 GMT |  + Tamil groups urge New Zealand not to host SL President
    Tamil Action Front (TAF), an umbrella organisation of Eezham Tamil associations in New Zealand have urged the NZ government on Tuesday not to host Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa who plans a stopover in Auckland to watch Rugby Final Match and to be accorded with a dinner on Sunday on his way to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet in Perth, Australia. Accusing the NZ government for being tagged behind Australia in accepting war-crimes-accused as ambassadors, TAF in a letter to the NZ Foreign Minister urged the NZ government to support prosecution against the accused in the Australian court, independent international investigation of SL war crimes, suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth and to work for the appointment of a Commissioner for Human Rights in the Commonwealth.
  • 27) Oct 20, 2011 12:42:12 GMT |  + Air Canada and SriLankan Airlines Codeshare Agreement will allow easy connections between Canada and Sri Lanka
    Air Canada and SriLankan Airlines announced today a code share agreement that will make flying between Canada and Sri Lanka more convenient. "Air Canada is pleased to code share with SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, as this will enhance access from Canada to Sri Lanka," said Yves Dufresne, Vice-President Alliances, International Operations and Regulatory Affairs at Air Canada.The code share agreement gives us the ability to offer customers connections between Air Canada and SriLankan on a single ticket itinerary, checked-through baggage and other benefits that will create a seamless travel experience."
  • 28) Oct 20, 2011 12:27:14 GMT |  + Libyan forces 'capture Gaddafi'
    Commanders for Libya's transitional authorities say they have captured ousted leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. The reports came after transitional forces claimed control of Sirte, Col Gaddafi's birthplace, following weeks of fierce fighting. Some unconfirmed reports say Col Gaddafi has been wounded, others that he has been killed. The colonel was toppled in August after 42 years in power. The International Criminal Court is seeking his arrest. "He's captured. He's wounded in both legs," National Transitional Council (NTC) official Abdel Majid told Reuters news agency. "He's been taken away by ambulance." more ...
  • 29) Oct 20, 2011 12:16:02 GMT |  + The International Conference in Australia - Accountability in Sri Lanka: Common Justice in the Commonwealth
    Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, Starting on October 28th, a major International conference on Sri Lanka held on October 20th, in Sydney Australia. As Sri Lanka becomes the hot topic on this common wealth summit, this conference attracts more interest. Meanwhile the Australian police have confirmed they're examining a war crimes dossier alleging Sri Lankan authorities shelled civilians during the civil war. The International Commission of Jurists provided the brief to police, which includes testimony from Sri Lankans who say they were attacked by government forces.
  • 30) Oct 20, 2011 10:24:57 GMT |  + Perpetrators of brutal attack on student leader of Jaffna University have not been arrested
    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Subramaniam Thavapalasingham, President of the Jaffna University Students Union (JUSU) was severely assaulted by members of an unknown group in Jaffna on 16 October 2011.Thavapalasingham is a widely known civil rights activist who has spoken out against the oppression faced by residents of the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka which are under heavy military control. None of Sri Lanka’s law enforcement agencies have begun a transparent investigation into the incident.This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.
  • 31) Oct 20, 2010 17:26:38 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, Stealth Solicitation of Submissions by UN Ban Panel UNexplained
    The lack of seriousness of the panel of experts on war crimes in Sri Lanka appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is exemplified by their “soft launch” of a call for the submission of evidence. Days ago, Inner City Press was forwarded a copy of what seemed to be a UN Panel notice that evidence could be e-mailed until December 15. But the notice came from the comments section of a Sri Lankan website. An Internet search on the morning of October 20 found the notice on only one other website.
  • 32) Oct 20, 2010 15:44:59 GMT |  + Foreign Secretary calls for Sri Lanka to work towards a comprehensive and lasting political settlement
    In a meeting today with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Professor GL Peiris, Foreign Secretary William Hague said the political settlement needs to address the needs of all Sri Lanka's communities. Foreign Secretary William Hague meeting Prof. G.L. Peiris, Sri Lanka Minister of External Affairs in London, 20 October 2010. The Foreign Secretary discussed the work of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commisson with Professor Peiris and hoped that it would engage with the UN Panel of Experts. The Foreign Secretary stressed the need for Sri Lanka to have a credible and independent process to address allegations of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law during the conflict. more ...
  • 33) Oct 20, 2010 15:35:36 GMT |  + Asylum seekers tell of their journey of death
    A GROUP OF 85 Sri Lankan asylum seekers has told of a horror 45-day journey at sea trying to reach Australia and during which their boat broke down, they ran out of food, water and fuel and three people died. The group, all Tamils, believes they had almost reached Christmas Island – their destination – when the boat’s GPS system broke down, the engine failed and they ran out of fuel. They then drifted aimlessly for what they say was a dreadful 30 days with no food and water only the rain water they caught from the boat when it rained and fish they managed to catch. more ...
  • 34) Oct 20, 2010 15:33:23 GMT |  + PM welcomes new Canadians with tough talk for human smugglers
    1. ‘Becoming Canadian by the book.’ Human smugglers are treating Canada like a “door-mat,” Conservative strategists say – an issue the Prime Minister and his government plans to address Thursday. Stephen Harper signaled he is poised to crackdown on human smuggling during a citizenship ceremony Tuesday in which he welcomed 72 new Canadians. He told the new group his government will be bringing in legislation to “ensure that people who abide by our laws and patiently proceed through our system, like everyone here today, are not made to wait even longer.”
  • 35) Oct 20, 2010 15:31:38 GMT |  + Asia no hotbed of press freedom
    Although it works harder at it and spends more money on it than anyone, China is not the world's worst offender when it comes to media oppression. That dubious honour goes to Eritrea, according to a report issued Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders. China was seven places better, at No. 171. The report says Asia's four Communist states, China, North Korea, Vietnam and Laos, are, however, all "among the 15 lowest ranked countries" on its Press Freedom Index.
  • 36) Oct 20, 2010 11:18:49 GMT |  + To develop N/E, why is govt. reluctant to work with TNA? asks Suresh
    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District Parliamentarian and party media spokesperson Suresh Premachandran on Monday said that they were unable to state categorically why the government was reluctant to work with the TNA to develop the North and the East. It sometimes could be the thinking of the government after getting two thirds majority in Parliament. "The government makes public announcements saying that the President wishes to hold discussions with the TNA so that both parties could work cordially in close cooperation" he said.
  • 37) Oct 20, 2010 2:53:22 GMT |  + Murdered Sri Lankan journalist's family denied justice
    The family of a BBC journalist murdered in Sri Lanka 10 years ago have expressed anger over the failure of police to find those responsible for his murder. Mylvaganam Nimalarajan was killed by unidentified gunmen in his home in the northern town of Jaffna on 19 October 2000. Activists accused a pro-government Tamil military group of being behind the murder but it has denied being responsible. Nimalarajan's father, G Mylvaganam, told the BBC Sinhala service from his home in Canada that criminal impunity was still the order of the day in Jaffna. more ...
  • 38) Oct 20, 2010 2:51:50 GMT |  + Tories to present refugee bill
    The federal government will present new legislation on Thursday aiming to curb the number of refugee claimants arriving on Canada's shores, CBC News has learned. The Conservative government first raised the possibility of new laws in August following the arrival in British Columbia of 492 Tamil migrants on the Sun Sea. In a speech Tuesday afternoon at a citizenship ceremony in Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government will introduce "strong new laws" to counter the "deeply disturbing trends" of mass arrivals through human smuggling "designed to jump the queue and work around the system."
  • 39) Oct 20, 2010 2:44:14 GMT |  + S Lanka rejects 'atrocity' photos
    Sri Lanka's foreign minister has cast doubt on newly released photos that are said to show a massacre of Tamils during the country's civil war. On an official UK visit, GL Peiris said images published by the Global Tamil Forum were a bid by rebel sympathisers to tarnish Sri Lanka's image. Some of the pictures apparently show the bloodstained bodies of bound and blindfolded young people. Sri Lanka's long civil war ended in May 2009 with the Tamil Tigers' defeat. more ...
  • 40) Oct 20, 2010 2:42:01 GMT |  + Man convicted of trying to buy U.S. weapons for Tamil Tigers
    A Singapore man was convicted by a Maryland jury Monday of attempting to purchase American arms for use by the Tamil Tigers, a U.S. designated terrorist group in Sri Lanka. Balraj Naidu, 48, was found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist group, and he now faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. According to a press release by the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland, Naidu and his co-conspirators wanted to obtain grenade launchers, sniper rifles, machine guns and other state-of-the-art U.S. weapons.
  • 41) Oct 20, 2009 23:57:39 GMT |  + Close the camps in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka's postwar human exodus is washing up on faraway shores: Hundreds of Tamils have reached Indonesia and Australia, and others apparently are being drawn here. While authorities are still investigating, the Canadian Tamil Congress says 76 men from the merchant ship Ocean Lady off the British Columbia coast are Tamil refugees. "Sri Lanka has become hell for Tamils and they have to get out," says Congress spokesperson David Poopalapillai. Others who fled to Indonesia have made the startling claim that they are facing "genocide." While that strains belief, the Sri Lankan military continues to hold some 260,000 Tamils in detention camps, in poor conditions, five months after shattering the Tamil Tiger insurgency in mid-May.
  • 42) Oct 20, 2009 23:46:39 GMT |  + Sri Lanka protest: Shut down the prison camps!
    DISGUST AT the inhuman treatment of hundreds of thousands of Tamils held under armed guard in open prison camps in Sri Lanka brought tens of thousands on to the streets of London on 17 October. The anger was not only directed against president Rajapakse's regime in Sri Lanka. The United Nations was also targeted: 'Ban-ki Moon - blood on your hands,' referred to the UN chief's visit to the prison camps where he did not attempt to talk to any of the Tamils being held against their will, and to the fact that UN money is used to run the camps.
  • 43) Oct 20, 2009 20:50:43 GMT |  + Grant Tamil refugees Fair, due Process: New Democrats
    “New Democrats have called on this government to rally the world to pressure the Sri Lankan government. Failure to do so has only increased their desperation and attempts to flee,” he said. “Now there are 76 Tamils awaiting their fate in B.C. The least this government can do is grant these 76 men a fair hearing.” He asked Canada to pressure the Sri Lankan government to respect the human rights of Tamils and for the Minister of Immigration ensure due process is respected in the case of the 76 Tamil men currently in custody in B.C.
  • 44) Oct 20, 2009 11:51:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka agrees to study critical EU report
    Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreed to study a European Union report criticising its human rights record, as Brussels threatened to withdraw the island's preferential trading status. The European Commission submitted Monday the findings of a year-long probe which concluded that the Sri Lankan government was in breach of commitments on human rights and good governance. Sri Lanka had refused to allow the EU inquiry mission access to the island and insisted that its preferential trade access to the 27-member European bloc should be extended unconditionally.
  • 45) Oct 20, 2009 11:50:59 GMT |  + Former Tamil castaways build new lives here
    Twenty-three years ago, Anandakumar Sothinathan was floating off the coast of Newfoundland with 154 other Tamil refugees in two overcrowded lifeboats.“It is a desperate situation. People want to escape from the country and have a better life,” he said. “Canada is a good country and especially there's a good chance for immigrants. It's good for Canada and it's good for the people who come here, too.” After arriving with only the clothes on his back, Mr. Sothinathan worked in low-wage jobs and attended college. He is now a financial planner, owns two houses and is married with four children.
  • 46) Oct 20, 2009 4:29:21 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to get GSP Plus verdict by early January: official
    The European Union will decide whether or not to renew the GSP Plus trade deal with Sri Lanka giving duty free access to EU markets by early January 2010, a senior official said. Bernard Savage, EU head of delegation to Sri Lanka, said the EU investigation report was submitted to the government and the EU Brussels office Monday. The final decision will be made two months from November 06, according to EU procedure, he told LBO. That means the EU has to decide by January 6, 2010.
  • 47) Oct 20, 2009 2:02:40 GMT |  + Stop Sri Lanka, not its refugees
    There are a number of positive measures the Government can take to assist these people in their fight for basic human rights. One is to make a strident attempt to seek answers from the Sri Lankan Government on why so many Tamils are fleeing the country, especially if the the war is over and peace has returned. It does appear that the Sri Lankan Government has fresh blood on its hands, and doesn't want the world to know about it. Last month, the Sri Lankan Government expelled UNICEF spokesperson James Elder (pictured), who was outspoken on the plight of civilians displaced during Sri Lanka's civil war. After receiving death threats, he left the country earlier than his 21 September deadline.
  • 48) Oct 20, 2009 1:54:35 GMT |  + EU may end Sri Lanka trade deal over human rights
    The EU has little alternative but to withdraw trade benefits from Sri Lanka after publishing a report today alleging grave human rights abuses during the war against the Tamil Tigers, the top EU trade official has told The Times. “Unlawful killings are a major problem in Sri Lanka, perpetrated by soldiers, police, paramilitary groups or others, not only during the course of active hostilities,” the report by three independent experts said. more ...
  • 49) Oct 20, 2009 1:51:35 GMT |  + At UN, Delayed Read-out of Ban's Meeting with Sri Lankan Minister, NGO Deadline for Internment, Cammaert Postponed?
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met last week with Sri Lanka's Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe. Inner City Press learned of the meeting on October 16, and on October 19 asked Ban's spokesperson Michele Montas to confirm and summarize the meeting, and why it had seemingly not been on Ban's public schedule. Ms. Montas replied that her Office had been holding a "read out" of the meeting for "whoever wanted to find out about it." Among UN correspondents, Inner City Press would be defined as interested in this issue, as "wanting to find out about it," and yet was never told of the meeting. Nor were wire service reporters who, like Inner City Press accompanied Ban on his trip to Sri Lanka in May.
  • 50) Oct 20, 2008 23:44:43 GMT |  + “Eelam with India’s support the only solution”
    Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S. Ramadoss on Monday made it clear that formation of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka with the support of India was the only solution to the over five decade old conflict, which had claimed the lives of lakhs of Tamils. “This will definitely happen in the near future and Tamil Eelam will come into existence,” he said. He hoped that the UPA government would take efforts to bring about a ceasefire between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan defence forces ...
  • 51) Oct 20, 2008 23:40:54 GMT |  + Protect Tamil Civilians - India
    As the Sri Lankan army stands poised to overrun the last Tamil rebel strongholds, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for steps to protect an estimated 220,000 civilians trapped by the fighting in the northern part of the island. On Saturday, according to an official spokesman in New Delhi, Singh called up Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and ‘’expressed his deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the north of Sri Lanka, especially on the plight of the civilians caught in the hostilities’’. more ...
  • 52) Oct 20, 2008 23:35:53 GMT |  + Tamil Nadu film industry vows support to Eezham Tamils
    Bringing the entire Tamil film industry in Tamil Nadu state of India to a standstill, more than two thousand artists converged at the southern tip of Rameswaram (Raameasvaram), which is situated in the close proximity to the island of Sri Lanka, expressing their support for Eezham Tamils struggle. Actors are also expected to hold a fast on November 01 to express their solidarity with the civilians who suffer due to the military offensive by the Sri Lankan forces. more ...
  • 53) Oct 20, 2008 18:54:17 GMT |  + UPA torn between DMK and Sri Lanka on LTTE issue
    Politics over Tamils in Sri lanka is heating up with every politician in Tamil Nadu attacking Colombo over the alleged atrocities over innocent Tamil civilians in its offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The United Progressive Alliance Government is now being forced to choose between a coalition partner and a neighbour. All the 14 Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Members of Parliament including seven Union Ministers submitted their symbolic resignation to DMK chief M Karunanidhi in Chennai on October 17. In New Delhi, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shanler Menon had a tough message for Colombo.
  • 54) Oct 20, 2008 16:10:29 GMT |  + S Lanka admits heavy troop loss
    At least 33 troops were killed fighting Tamil Tiger rebels in northern over the weekend, the government says. The Tamil Tigers also suffered heavy losses, the defence ministry said. There has been no word from the rebels. The military claims to have breached a key rebel defensive line near the rebels' administrative headquarters in the northern town of Kilinochchi. The army's losses are among the highest it has admitted suffering in fighting to capture the rebel-held town. The army is pursuing an offensive to defeat the rebels and end their fight for independence for minority Tamils. more ...
  • 55) Oct 20, 2008 8:53:42 GMT |  + Tigers blunt Sri Lanka's drive to capture powerbase
    Dogged resistance by Tamil Tiger guerrillas appears to have held up a Sri Lankan military offensive in the north aimed at smashing the rebels' de facto state, analysts and military sources say. A bullish government earlier this month said it was poised to capture the Tigers' Kilinochchi powerbase, 330 kilometres (206 miles) north of Colombo. That drive, however, could take longer than anticipated with the separatist Tigers digging in, an army stretching to defend territory already seized, and poor weather hampering operations, the sources say.
  • 56) Oct 20, 2008 8:49:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says no to EU rights probe for trade deal
    Sri Lanka said on Monday it will not allow a European Union investigation into rights abuses it has insisted on before renewing a trade preference that has helped boost the Indian Ocean nation's garment industry. The Sri Lankan government also said it would provide a $150 million subsidy to offset any shock the loss of the concession may cause in an industry that in 2007 was its top foreign exchange source. The European bloc has repeatedly warned it may not renew the GSP Plus trade scheme after it expires in December because of continuing human rights abuses stemming from Sri Lanka's civil war with the separatist Tamil Tigers.
  • 57) Oct 20, 2008 8:46:35 GMT |  + 'Allow us to speak': French Tamil diaspora demonstrates
    Allow us to speak. We are not terrorists. What is happening in Sri Lanka is genocide: These were the voices of the thousands of Eezham Tamil demonstrators who braved defying a government ban and gathered in Paris on Sunday. Reflecting on his experience, Mr Somasundaram Sarveswaran, a participant said what is abominable that goes against all norms of civilization is silencing the civilian voice. "The Tamil national cause and the struggle against genocide of a people are not terrorist issues. There is a tendency today to look at everything related to Tamil as terrorism.
  • 58) Oct 20, 2008 2:06:45 GMT |  + Sri Lankan defense delegation to visit Pakistan
    A Sri Lankan defense delegation will visit Pakistan next week, according to official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP). Led by Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse, the Sri Lankan delegation will hold meetings with Defense Secretary Kamran Rasooland other senior military and defense officials of Pakistan. The delegation will arrive in Pakistan on Oct. 21 and the official visit will last for five days, reported APP. more ...
  • 59) Oct 20, 2006 21:09:15 GMT |  + LTTE team off to Geneva next week, govt assures security
    The government has assured the security of the LTTE team which will participate at the Geneva talks next weekend after the rebels had agreed in principle to attend the talks provided their security was guaranteed. Asked if the LTTE delegation will be flown directly out of Kilinochchi to the Bandaranaike Airport or if they will first have to make their way to Vavuniya and then take the helicopter to Colombo, Minister Rambukwella said that arrangement will be dealt with by the government peace secretariat. Meanwhile on Thursday Mr. Thamilselvan said this would be the last chance for peace and the Government would not get the opportunity to drag the process once again in the guise of peace talks.
  • 60) Oct 20, 2006 21:02:31 GMT |  + Merger issue - hindrance to solution
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs call upon the government to take steps to restore the normal life in the Jaffna peninsular. They said that prices of essential food items have gone up to unbearable levels and if shipping comes to a halt with the coming rainy season, there could be a severe food shortage in the peninsular. TNA MP, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said that they urge the government to take necessary action to merge the northern and eastern provinces according to the constitution. He said the decision by the Supreme Court to de-merge the provinces would bring about adverse effects to the peace process.
  • 61) Oct 20, 2006 19:27:05 GMT |  + US opposes de-merger of SL North and East
    The United States on Friday expressed opposition to the de-merger of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka because it would adversely affect the on-going peace process in the country.US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, Richard Boucher, said here that the merger of the North and the East was "fundamental" to the Sri Lankan peace process.He said that the "timing" of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court's judgement striking down the merger was "unfortunate."
  • 62) Oct 20, 2006 19:27:28 GMT |  + US postpones military exercises with Sri Lanka amid violence
    The United States indefinitely postponed planned military exercises with Sri Lanka, a top US official said, amid a week of suicide bombings and other attacks that have killed 250. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs, Richard Boucher, said Washington was cooperating with Sri Lanka's military, but that a joint exercise had been put off."We have been talking about an exercise, especially on humanitarian aspects, but for the moment our plans have been deferred," Boucher told reporters here at the end of a two-day visit. more ...
  • 63) Oct 20, 2006 17:48:31 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers bomb their way to peace talks
    Violence continued in Sri Lanka when a sea battle erupted off the island's northern coast, following a week of suicide bombings and other attacks that killed 250 people amid diplomatic pressure to resurrect a truce.The navy said at least 20 Tigers died during a clash with a rebel flotilla in the most recent deadly sea battle fought during an upsurge in violence that threatens peace talks planned for later this month.The fighting erupted a day after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told peace broker Norway that they would attend October 28-29 negotiations in Switzerland, but only because the international community wanted them to.
  • 64) Oct 20, 2006 15:24:56 GMT |  + Clashes erupt in the seas off Point Pedro
    Sea Tigers clashed with Sri Lanka Navy in the seas off Vadamaradchi North Friday around 6:30 p.m., two hours after SLN gunboats had fired towards boats in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled area in Vadamaradhci East. Fishermen in Point Pedro said the SLN personnel were withdrawn to land in Point Pedro following heavy clashes in the seas. However, Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopters and Sri Lanka Navy vessels resumed to attack the Sea Tiger flotilla that was returning to Mullaithivu. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Army in Varany in Thenmaradchi, began firing artillery shells towards LTTE controlled area.
  • 65) Oct 20, 2006 13:46:21 GMT |  + WSWS interviews: Sri Lankan soldiers oppose return to war
    As the civil war in Sri Lanka escalates, the military is carrying out a massive recruiting campaign in the press and electronic media. The government is making an explicit communal appeal, declaring that it is the duty of heroes to defend the “Sinhala motherland” against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).Recruiting targets have not been met. Within the army, reports have filtered out of disgruntlement and war weariness. Since President Mahinda Rajapakse won office last November, hundreds of soldiers and military personnel have been killed in a conflict that has widened into open warfare.
  • 66) Oct 20, 2006 13:45:11 GMT |  + Bodies of 7 rebels recovered after bombing; Australia warns citizens to avoid Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka's navy has recovered the bodies of seven Tamil Tiger rebels involved in a suicide bombing that killed up to 16 people in the touristy south, the military said Friday, as Australia warned its citizens to avoid the country.Tamil Tigers posing as fishermen blew up two boats in a suicide attack on a naval base Wednesday in the historic resort town of Galle, killing at least one sailor. Two others reported missing were found with injuries later.
  • 67) Oct 20, 2006 11:14:34 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Air Force Bombs Orphanage
    TRO would like to express its concern of the degrading security situation in the NorthEast. The latest incident is the bombing by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) on Tuesday 17 October 2006 of Arivucholai, an orphanage housing 216 children in Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district.The bombs missed the main building of the orphanage exploding in the playground and damaging the bathing area. Two children, a boy and a girl, were injured in this attack and are being treated at a hospital in Kilinochchi. The SLMM has visited the orphanage and the injured children.This is the third such attack on an orphanage in the NorthEast by the SLAF
  • 68) Oct 20, 2006 11:55:12 GMT |  + An open letter to Congressman Frank Pallone
    In any attack against armed forces or armed conflicts, all military actions by both troops and rebels are always brutal. Violence and brutality always goes hand in hand and adding brutality to your statement does not mean anything; however, the statement, Navy personal were unarmed is quite deceptive and misleading to the American public. Although the media, including AFP news agencies, published the photos (please refer to attached photos) of numerous arms, body amours and military hard hats collected of the so-called unarmed Navy personnel killed on that day you have decided to portray to the American people that the Navy was unarmed and on a vacation to a resort island, thus eluding the main issue in this entire conflict which is the value of life. more ...
  • 69) Oct 20, 2006 1:41:40 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: MSF Withdraws From Jaffna Peninsula
    An increase in violence and fighting in 2006 has led Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to return to Sri Lanka to provide medical assistance to the war affected population. Since August of this year, approximately 200,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. Despite requests from the Sri Lanka's ministry of health for MSF to provide assistance to several hospitals in the north of the country, MSF has so far only been allowed to begin activities in Point Pedro Hospital on the Jaffna Peninsula. However, MSF teams have now had to suspend their medical activities and withdraw from the only hospital where it had been permitted to work.
  • 70) 16:37 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka beefs up security ahead of election
    Sri Lanka beefed up security for the island's two main presidential candidates on Thursday, mindful of a Tamil Tiger suicide bombing that nearly killed outgoing President Chandrika Kumaratunga ahead of her re-election in 1999. Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war was halted by a 2002 truce, but relations between the government and the rebels are at their lowest ebb since then amid continued violence in the island's east, which is piling pressure on the ceasefire. Kumaratunga lost an eye in the 1999 bombing, which political analysts say stirred a sympathy vote that helped her defeat main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is set to go head to head with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse in a Nov. 17 vote. more ...
  • 71) 11:39 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + Open door to extremism
    With the Sri Lankan Presidential elections less than a month away, the two main candidates have both released their manifestos. While on the peace front both appear (nominally at least) to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, a key position they have in common is the promise to achieve a consensus on the resolution of the ethnic question. In his much-anticipated Presidential election manifesto, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said that in forging a solution to the ‘crisis in the north and east’ he hoped to follow “consensus of the majority” - which, moreover, he proposes to seek out by talking to “all democratic parties, … parties which are not represented in Parliament, … the Buddhist clergy, other religious dignitaries and sectors [and] members of the civil society.” more ...
  • 72) 11:05 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + Trinco tsunami- displaced claim inequality in aid
    Almost 10 months after the tsunami hundreds of families languishing in temporary or semi-permanent shelters in Iranakerni, Muttur and Sampur are asking why is it that permanent shelters are almost complete in the South while in the east it has hardly commenced. Is it a logistical problem? Is it communal discrimination? Or is it because some of them are in rebel territory? These were the questions the tsunami-displaced families in Trincomalee posed to some of the media who visited them recently. As for the delay in reconstructing homes in rebel territory, well the non-implementation of the P-TOMS agreement will probably be the excuse the government would give. But unfortunately NGOs that have come forward to help these 'neglected' people who are also facing difficulties owing to restrictions imposed on transporting some items to rebel territory. "Its a slow process because the army does not allow free movement of material required to reconstruct the damaged homes in rebel areas," one NGO officer told the Daily Mirror. But reconstructing damaged homes in rebel territory is not the only difficulty faced by those who want to help. Resurrecting damaged lives is also being hampered. more ...
  • 73) 02:47 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + SLA confirm spy plane crash

    !!! A CFA VIOLATION BY SLG !!!
    "It is not in the spirit of the ceasefire agreement to be conducting such espionage flights" - The spokesman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Helen Olafsdottir

    Sri Lankan military confirmed reports of an air force unmanned spy plane crashing inside Tamil rebel territory on Wednesday. "LTTE had informed us and the report was confirmed by the government saying they have a missing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)" said the spokesman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Helen Olafsdottir."The Tamil Tigers had earlier accused the military of using UAV's for surveillance missions and helicopter incursion by the Air Force. But the government had denied these accusations", says the SLMM. In an interview with the BBC Sandeshaya, Helen Olafsdottir said spying on Tamil Tigers during the ceasefire agreement is not acceptable, "It is not in the spirit of the ceasefire agreement to be conducting such espionage flights". more ...
  • 74) 02:37 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + Joy, anguish as ‘Baby 81’ celebrates first birthday
    Nearly 10 months after he was found among tsunami debris to become a beacon of hope and Sri Lanka’s best-known survivor, ‘Baby 81’ celebrated his first birthday yesterday with a trip to a Hindu temple. As a priest smeared a traditional blessing in dried cow dung and ash on baby Abilass’ forehead, his parents — who had to go to court and undergo DNA tests to win custody after all their documents were washed away by the tsunami — thanked one and all. But catapulted into the limelight by a media-frenzy over the photogenic baby that saw the family whisked to the United States in the wake of the disaster to appear on “Good Morning America”, their joy is bittersweet. more ...
  • 75) 02:34 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + Presidential Election: Keeping The Family Enterprise Afloat
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga has discovered “federalism” about 2 months before she permanently vacates the post of Executive President in November 2005. The process of discovery began on 8 September 2005, hours after presidential candidate Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse signed the pre-election pact with a Sinhala-Buddhist extremist party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). Kumaratunga wrote to Rajapakse on the same day demanding he explains why the pact rejected the Post-Tsunami Operations Management Structure (P-TOMS). The pact refers to the “unitary State”, which, she claimed, contradicted their Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) policy on devolution. Rajapakse ignored Kumaratunga’s sabre rattling and concluded a similar agreement on 13 September with the Sinhala-Buddhist fundamentalist party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU). This jolted the process of discovery forward. more ...
  • 76) 02:21 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + A few facts not considered by the European Union



    A Political Analysis by NTT (in Real Audio)

    The European Union decision concerning Sri Lanka on 27 September 2005 is in total contradiction to the "conditions laid out by the European Union on Turkey to join the EU". The EU is supporting a government, which has a worse human rights record than Turkey. The EU has failed to consider seriously many ground realities which the Tamil people are undergoing in Sri Lanka. In the recent past, many Tamil members of Civil society have been killed by the Sri Lankan government. Most of these killings left ample evidence to trace the assassins, but until today have not had proper investigations nor have any culprits been brought to book and punished. The culprits of these killings still remain in service unpunished and impunity reigns in Sri Lanka. The EU failed to comprehend the reality of the killings in Sri Lanka. It is well known to everyone, including the UN Special rapporteur on extra-judicial and arbitrary killings and international human rights organisations that killings in Sri Lanka where the government has been suspected of involvement, were neither properly investigated nor were the culprits brought to justice more ...
  • 77) 18:42 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + Canadian Groups Call On UN Human Rights Committee To Hold Canada Accountable for Human Rights Violations
    19 representatives of Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are in Geneva, Switzerland for the review by the United Nations Human Rights Committee of Canada's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Yesterday, on the International Day for the elimination of Poverty, the NGOs made submissions that provided Committee members with the benefit of their experience and that of their constituents on the realities of what has been happening on the ground in Canada. The NGOs represent a wide range of interest areas and are in Geneva to highlight the desperate situation faced by members of numerous disadvantaged groups in Canada. more ...
  • 78) 18:33 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + Rights Group Says Sri Lanka Police Stand By Amid Growing Violence

    "Complaints from civilians are increasing that the authorities do not take steps to arrest these crimes, It seems now that the people don't find refuge even in the legal system."

    Security authorities in Sri Lanka's embattled northern peninsula are not taking steps to stop the rising number of killings in recent weeks, a human rights official said Thursday. "Complaints from civilians are increasing that the authorities do not take steps to arrest these crimes," said Rohana Priyadharshana, a regional official for Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission. "It seems now that the people don't find refuge even in the legal system." There have been 12 killings in Jaffna peninsula from Sept. 13 to Oct.14 and many incidents of theft and threats, Priyadharshana said. Jaffna is 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the capital, Colombo. more ...
  • 79) 00:18 GMT, Oct. 20, 2005 |  + Roadmap to War
    With the unveiling of Mahinda Rajapakse’s election manifesto this week, November’s Presidential election has become, as the hardline monks of the JHU predicted it would, a referendum on Sri Lanka’s peace process. Addressing leaders of his Sinhala nationalist allies and fellow Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members, Rajapakse rhetorically wrapped himself in the Lion flag Tuesday. “I love my country,” he declared, as he put forward what is effectively a roadmap to renewed war with the Liberation Tigers. He rejected Tamil self-determination outright, along with the notion of a Tamil homeland. Having discarded what constitute core elements of the ethnic question insofar as the Tamils are concerned, he also swore by Sri Lanka’s “sovereignty, security and the unitary character of the state.” more ...
  • 80) 19:42 GMT, Oct. 20, 2004 |  + Opposition to peace gaining momentum in South, Peterson told
    Head of LTTE Political Wing, S.P.Thamilchelvan told Norwegian Foreign Minister, Mr. Jan Peterson, that Tamil people are losing hope in the peace process and that LTTE views with increasing concern that anti-peace elements are gaining momentum in the South, sources from Oslo said. LTTE team headed by Thamilchelvan met with Jan Petersen at 10 a.m at the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and later had discussions with the Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Vidar Helgesen and Special Envoy Mr. Eric Solheim, sources from Oslo said. more ...
  • 81) 18:41 GMT, Oct. 20, 2004 |  + "People's yearning and international community's commitment for peace dictates GoSL and LTTE should recommence negotiations soon"
    In a meeting with the LTTE delegation led by Mr. Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Wing, the Norwegian Foreign Minister called upon the parties to the CFA to respect the yearning of all the people and the democratic mandate for peace and initiate recommencement of talks soon. "Conflict situation in many other locations demand priority and we are afraid that the Sri Lankan peace process may be pushed to the backyard, hence both the parties should act with circumspection and retain the already given support without being diverted elsewhere", continued the Minister. more ...
  • 82) 18:39 GMT, Oct. 20, 2004 |  + JHU factions arrive at compromise
    The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will adhere to its principals, a founding leader of the party said. In a press conference held Wednesday at Mahaveli Centre in Colombo, JHU General Secretary Uduwe Dhammaloka thero said that the decision he was about to announce had been postponed for two weeks. However, Dhammaloka thero who read a prepared statement requested the journalists not to ask questions. Journalists who agreed to Ven. Dhammaloka’s request were surprised to find party’s parliamentary group leader Athuraliye Rathana thero also attending the press briefing called by the group led by Uduwe Dhammaloka thero. more ...
  • 83) 11:59 GMT, Oct. 20, 2004 |  + Study claims that India's RAW involved in terror activity in Pak
    A new study carried out by the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISS) has claimed that India's Research Analysis Wing (RAW) was involved in carrying out terrorist activities in Pakistan. In its latest publication titled RAW-Covert Instrument of Indian Ambitions, the ISS gives a detailed analysis of how India in its pursuit of foreign policy has used the covert help of its intelligence network against Pakistan.According to The News, the author, Fahmida Ashraf, has resisted from personal or vague comments and the report relies heavily on references contained in the publication. The study looks into RAW's activities inside Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sikkim, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Burma. more ...
  • 84) 11:39 GMT, Oct. 20, 2004 |  + An endless war with no corners
    Is this what President Kumaratunge has in store for the Sinhalese and for us Tamils? It would certainly appear so, unless someone from somewhere intervenes. The time may have come for the international community to do more than threaten to withhold aid. This situation calls for stiffer thrusts of the international sword to swirl her off her stool of complacency and compel her to act. Perhaps an arms embargo combined with sharp targeted sanctions would prick the bubble of her complacency. Perhaps even restrictions on the right of her roaming officials to enter certain countries would daunt their enthusiasm for living off the meager fat of the land. This combined with a more focused attention toward the starving, the homeless, the displaced and their ravaged environment, instead of paying attention to the claims of a corrupt, unconcerned government, could help further diffuse the dangers that face the nation now. Something has to be done now, before there is an unstoppable deterioration in relations between all parties to the conflict. more ...
  • 85) 04:49 GMT, Oct. 20, 2004 |  + India, Sri Lanka finalize defense draft on military training, arms supplies, intel-sharing
    A high-level Indian defense team in Sri Lanka Tuesday completed a draft agreement with the government that would let India provide training and arms to Sri Lanka's military, officials said. The deal would include military training, intelligence exchanges and maritime surveillance to prevent illegal activities, said Sri Lanka's defense secretary, Ciril Herath, after the meeting. "Both official delegations agreed on the draft of the agreement," Herath said. "It will now be submitted to both governments for approval." Herath declined to say when the pact would be signed, but other senior defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, suggested it could be done in the next few weeks. more ...
  • 86) 04:47 GMT, Oct. 20, 2004 |  + Family of journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan demands justice, four years after his murder
    Reporters Without Borders urged President Chandrika Kumaratunga to revive an investigation into the murder of Tamil journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan as his family marked the fourth anniversary of his death with a demand for justice. The BBC World Service journalist was killed at his home in Jaffna in the north of the country on 19 October 2000. After spectacular progress in 2002, both the investigation and the legal procedures have stalled, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. More seriously still, suspects have been released on bail and another has reportedly managed to flee the country. Finally, four other suspects, all EPDP members, were freed on bail by a court in Vavuniya in the north of the country. They also succeeded in getting the right to report regularly to the police in Vavuniya rather than in Jaffna. more ...
  • 87) 15:54 GMT, Oct. 20, 2003 |  + Bush chides Malaysian leader for comments on Jews
    U.S. President George W. Bush today condemned Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's statement that Jews rule the world, pulling him aside at an international economic meeting to tell him the remarks were "wrong and divisive," Bush's spokesperson said. Mahathir, Asia's senior statesman in Asia whose pugnacious, articulate speeches against globalization and U.S. policy in the Middle East have a strong following, triggered an uproar last week at a summit of Islamic countries by stating that "Jews rule the world by proxy." "They get others to fight and die for them," he said. more ...
  • 88) 13:30 GMT, Oct. 20, 2003 |  + Hold talks with Lanka on fishermen: Vasan
    AICC secretary G K Vasan has appealed to both the State and the Central governments to immediately hold talks with the Sri Lankan government to find a permanent solution to the problem faced by fishermen from the State who get attacked by Lankan navy while fishing in high seas. In a statement from New Delhi, yesterday Vasan said that instances of Lankan armymen opening fire on Tamil fishermen had been on the increase of late. On Friday, fishermen from Rameshwaram who ventured into sea had been shot at. Many had been hospitalised and were reported to be in critical condition. more ...
  • 89) 12:26 GMT, Oct. 20, 2003 |  + Discharging army deserters begins today
    The government has finalised a scheme to discharge army deserters on a staggered basis. Deserters from the Gampaha district will be given the first opportunity to quit the service honourably this week, military spokesman Colonel Sumedha Perera said. Army headquarters has urged deserters to report to the Gampaha Divisional Secretariat anytime from October 20 (today) to October 25 between 9 am to 4 pm. Lists containing identities and details of deserters have been displayed at the Gampaha kachcheri and AGA offices. more ...
  • 90) 11:52 GMT, Oct. 20, 2003 |  + SLA constructs new camp in Manalkaadu
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) is constructing a new camp in the ManalKaadu area, 3km south of Point Pedro in Jaffna Peninsula, said the Voice of Tigers (VoT), a radio broadcast service run by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to local media reports Sunday. Tension prevails in Manalkaadu and surrounding villages. Residents are barred from collecting firewood and generally move about in the area surrounding the location where the camp is allegedly being built, according to reports.
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  • 91) 11:43 GMT, Oct. 20, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan throws a grenade at his wife
    A soldier threw a grenade at his wife on a busy street in southern Sri Lanka on Monday, killing a 10-year-old girl and wounding 34 other passers-by, police said. The wife was in critical condition along with the other wounded in the town of Galle, 65 miles south of Colombo, hospital officials said.The suspect was set upon by other passers-by and was also hurt, according to witnesses. He was arrested and was being questioned, said M.N. Junaid, secretary to the interior ministry in charge of police. It was not immediately clear what the couple argued about or if they were related to the girl who was killed. more ...
  • 92) 11:37 GMT, Oct. 20, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers say ready for peace talks
    Karuna, the senior Tiger commander for the districts of Batticaloa and Ampara in the island's volatile east, said the proposal would be finalised by LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and given to Norwegian mediators to hand to the government. "We are ready to attend the peace talks anytime, We regard Muslim people living in the northeast as a segment of Tamil people," said Colonel V. Karuna,of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Norway brokered a ceasefire that has mostly held since February 2002, the longest break in fighting in a war that has killed 64,000 people since 1983. more ...
  • 93) 13:33 GMT, Oct. 20, 2002 |  + Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation - Act now to help rehabilitate the Tamils in Eelam
    Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) has been providing



    Information Technology Center in Mullaitivu Maha Vidyalayam by Sustain-UK

    relief and rehabilitation for the Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka since 1985. TRO is a non-governmental organisation. In Sri Lanka, TRO is registered under the Voluntary Social Services Act as a Non-Governmental Organisation with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Social Services (Registration Number: L50706). Contact organisations for TRO contacts operate in over 16 countries internationally and is registered with the relevant government authority in each country. more ...
  • 94) 09:56 GMT, Oct. 20, 2002 |  + An Open Letter To The Sri Lankan High Commissioner In India
    I am attaching herewith a form issued by your office in Chennai to a Tamil couple who wished to register the birth of a new baby. As you can see the form is in English and Sinhala only. As the highest ranking Sri Lankan official in India, you must be aware of the fact that Tamil is an official language in Sri Lanka. It is true that Sri Lankan law on this is rather ambiguous. A grudging concession to Tamil no doubt, but the fact remains the Tamil IS an official language of Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 95) 09:26 GMT, Oct. 20, 2002 |  + Norway peace broker arrives in Sri Lanka
    Norway's peace envoy arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to meet government officials and the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, ahead of more peace talks to end a 19-year ethnic conflict. Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen is expected to travel to the south of Sri Lanka to check on the economic situation and Norwegian aid projects before meeting Velupillai Prabhakaran, the reclusive leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). more ...
  • 96) 23:49 GMT, Oct. 20, 2001 |  + Tamil parties sign MOU
    Leaders of the Tamil parties' alliance Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to contest the forthcoming general election under one symbol. Mr.R.Sampanthan on behalf of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Mr.N.Kumarakuruparan on behalf of All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC), Mr.N.Sri Kantha on behalf of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and Mr.Suresh Premachandran of behalf of Eelam Peoples' Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Suresh wing) have signed the MOU. more ...
  • 97) 16:08 GMT, Oct. 20, 2001 |  + As I see it ...
    The Sri Lankan government commits the greatest acts of terrorism in Sri Lanka and has broken international law and the Geneva Convention many times with its brutal use of force and horrific violence against innocent Tamils and their property, to intimidate and coerce the civilian populations, and many segments thereof, in furtherance of social, economic and especially political objectives. By definition the Sri Lankan government is guilty of terrorism. It is important to note that Sri Lanka recently purchased an infantry of weapon system with chemical warheads, The Shmel Rocket flamethrower, which is an internationally banned weapon due to its toxic effects on civilians and combatants alike. Unfortunately, terrorism breeds terrorism. more ...
  • 98) 13:26 GMT, Oct. 20, 2001 |  + Toronto's Tamil community breathing easier
    The first news of the arrest was broadcast over a local Tamil radio station. Within hours it spread through shops, businesses, across phone lines and into the Scarborough temple where Ramuppillai Selvarajah waited to welcome 150 guests. He couldn't believe what he heard - in less than 24 hours, police had arrested 51 alleged Tamil gang leaders and members on criminal offences and immigration violations. Arrest warrants were issued for another nine suspects. more ...
  • 99) 12:51 GMT, Oct. 20, 2001 |  + Appeal For Release of Thivyan
    Arrest and Torture of Jaffna University Student Leader During the first half of this year, hopes were high for a Norwegian facilitated talks between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the government of Sri Lanka. During this period, throughout the Tamil (North-East) regions of Sri Lanka, mass demonstrations took place in support of Tamil rights to self determination and the peace process. University students, understandably, were at the forefront of these demonstrations. There were ample evidence that the public were also fully behind these mass demonstrations [BBC-1]. Thivyan who was a student leader of the Jaffna University student union was one of the lead figure in these demonstrations. more ...
  • 100) 01:49 GMT, Oct. 20, 2001 |  + Kadirgamar to lead campaign in Colombo
    Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar is tipped to lead the People’s Alliance election campaign in the Colombo district, a spokesman for the PA said yesterday. Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga is expected to contest Colombo district and is likely to be the organizer in Kaduwela. Western provincial councillor Hector Bethmage resigned yesterday to contest the Colombo district. more ...
  • 101) 20:15 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + Government says no to Journalists
    A request made by journalists including Warren Karunatilake of Free Media Movement and Sunil Jayasekara of Ravaya to attend murdered journalist Nimalarajan's funeral, has been turned down by the Sri Lankan government. Journalist, Jayasiri jayasekera of Ravaya told BBC's Sandeshaya, that this shows there is no freedom in the country even to attend a funeral and government's unwillingness to bridge the gap between the people in the north and south. more ...
  • 102) 20:03 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + Fighting continues for key Nagar Kovil sectors
    Sri Lanka Army sources in Jaffna said that troops in Nagar Kovil are still trying to push back Liberation Tiger units that had broken through this coastal detachment's forward defence localities between the village market and the Koriyadi point on the southern side of the beach here. The main supply route to Nagar Kovil that branches off from the coastal road from Pt.Pedro to Aaliyavalai has been interdicted by the Tigers. more ...
  • 103) 12:41 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + Press group condemns murder of Tamil journalist in Jaffna
    An international press lobby group condemned Friday the killing of a Tamil journalist in Sri Lanka's embattled Jaffna peninsula, saying his reporting could have led to his murder. The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to investigate the murder of Mailwaganam Nimalarajan, who worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) among others. more ...
  • 104) 12:02 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka journalists condemn killing
    Journalists in Sri Lanka have condemned the killing of a BBC reporter in a grenade and gun attack on his home in the north of the country. Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan died when gunmen fired shots through the window of his study and lobbed a grenade into the living room of his house in Jaffna. more ...
  • 105) 11:50 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka battles for ground lost in rebel strike
    Troops and rebels fought near a key town in Sri Lanka"s northern Jaffna peninsula on Friday as the army tried to win back ground lost in a surprise attack by Tamil guerrillas. Military officials said troops had stemmed an advance by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which on Thursday forced the army to pull back some of its defences around the town of Nagar Kovil by about half a kilometre. more ...
  • 106) 11:41 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + TULF wants govt. to stop war
    "If the government and the Opposition could agree on electing a speaker from the opposition, why can't they at least now get together to find a permanent solution to the country's ethnic question; Our five members of Parliament will play the same role as in the past to support finding a peaceful solution to the ethnic problem"; In this direction our main concern would be to bring the war to a halt without delay," - Mr. Anandasangari, senior Vice President of the TULF. more ...
  • 107) 11:14 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan journalist killed
    Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan, a senior journalist working for the British Broadcasting Corp. and local radio stations, was killed Thursday night when shots were fired into his house and a grenade was thrown into his house in the northern Jaffna peninsula - UPI
    He told colleagues subsequently that he had earned the ire of the armed pro-government group, the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), which was widely implicated in violence against other parties contesting the polls and in rigging and intimidation - TamilNet more ...
  • 108) 03:24 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + Lanka's climbing war budget gets diminishing returns
    Talking realistically about the war in Sri Lanka often reminds one of the tale of the Emperor’s new clothes, particularly since Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka began declaring that victory is at hand. Once the horse deals are over the biggest task before the new government would be the prosecution of the war. more ...
  • 109) 23:58 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + Journalist assassinated in his home
    Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the murder yesterday of veteran journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, a Jaffna-based journalist who reported for various news organizations including the BBC's Tamil and Sinhala-language services, the Tamil-language daily Virakesari, and the Sinhala-language weekly Ravaya. Local journalists suspect that Nimalarajan's reporting on vote-rigging and intimidation in Jaffna during the recent parliamentary elections may have led to his murder. more ...
  • 110) 20:49 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + Electronic activism an outstanding success
    The survey showed that beating is by far the most common method of torture and ill-treatment by state agents today, reported in over 150 countries. People are beaten with fists, sticks, gun-butts, makeshift whips, iron pipes, baseball bats, electric flex. Victims suffer bruises, internal bleeding, broken bones, lost teeth, ruptured organs and some die. Rape and sexual abuse of prisoners is also widespread. Other common methods of torture and ill-treatment include electric shocks (reported in more than 40 countries), suspension of the body (more than 40 countries), beating on the soles of the feet (more than 30 countries), suffocation (more than 30 countries), mock execution or death threat (more than 50 countries) and prolonged solitary confinement (more than 50 countries). more ...
  • 111) 20:19 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + RE: Dr. Rev.Fr Thomas Savundaranayagam interview to Toronto Star - A Letter
    I don't know whether Your Lordship has been accurately quoted, but it looks like that is the case. The correspondent cannot be wrong twice. If so, it is party time for the Sri Lankan government's propaganda machinery. Your Lordship has added grit to the propaganda mill. All these days the Sri Lankan government, notably President Chandrika and Foreign Minister Laksman Kadirgamar who day after day told the whole world that the LTTE are a bunch of "terrorists"! But I can understand their stance, especially that of Kadirgamar who is dutifully playing the role of Vibishnan among the Tamils! But Your Lordship too has wittingly or unwittingly joined the despicable Kadirgamar. This is the last thing the Tamils expected from Your Lordship! more ...
  • 112) 03:16 GMT, Oct. 20, 2000 |  + LTTE forces over-run defence lines in nagarkovil: mi 24 helicopter gunship destroyed by missile
    The combat formations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over-ran several front defence lines of the heavily fortified Nagarkovil military base in the eastern coast of the Jaffna Peninsula today inflicting heavy casualties on the Sri Lanka government troops. A Russian made MI 24 helicopter gunship was destroyed and another MI 24 helicopter was badly damaged in the heavy fighting. more ...
  • 113) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1999 |  + Tamil outlaws in Canada shown alternative trail
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  • 114) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1999 |  + LTTE REFUSE TO ACCEPT DEAD BODIES IN CIVVIES
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  • 115) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1999 |  + India’s General Election and its impact on Sri Lanka — An Overview
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  • 116) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1999 |  + President: Mandate for another term
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  • 117) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1999 |  + Presidential poll in Sri Lanka
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  • 118) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka early polls gets mixed minority response
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  • 119) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka to hold early presidential polls
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  • 120) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1999 |  + UNP for 'broad consensus' to solve ethnic crisis
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  • 121) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + Scenes of Tamil Eelam
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  • 122) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + Sri Lankan business leaders bid for peace
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  • 123) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka, military expenditure 1988-97
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  • 124) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + Navy sailors rape teenager
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  • 125) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + S.Lanka to spend $3.6 mln on airport security
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  • 126) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + S.Lanka opposition cold on all-party peace talks
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  • 127) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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  • 128) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + Call-up for retired police
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  • 129) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + All party consensus on ethnic and all other major issues
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  • 130) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + Indian woman's 'murder' sparks debate on death penalty
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  • 131) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 20, 1998 |  + SRI LANKA CONCERNED OVER SOUTH AFRICAN SUPPORT FOR TIGER REBELS
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