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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

  • 1993 | Sangathanai village bombed
    Twenty Tamil civilians were killed when their air raid shelter collapsed in the explosions, burying them. 4 others (all aged over 50) were killed when the Nandavil Kovil was bombed. Seventeen children at a play school adjoining the temple were injured.
  • 1997 | Relatives of Jaffna's 'disappeared' protest
    Over a thousand Tamil parents and relatives of Tamil civilians who have 'disappeared' in Sri Lankan army custody staged a protest on Sunday in the premises of Jaffna's St. James Church, and vowed to continue their struggle for justice. Several hundred Tamils have disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lankan army, which captured the Jaffna peninsula in early 1996.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1993 | Sangathanai village bombed: 24 killed
    The Sri Lankan Air force attacked Sangathanai village on 28 September 1993. Twenty Tamil civilians were killed when their air raid shelter collapsed in the explosions, burying them. 4 others (all aged over 50) were killed when the Nandavil Kovil was bombed. Seventeen children at a play school adjoining the temple were injured. The SLAF was bombing the area ahead of Sri Lankan army operation advancing west, 14 kms away.
  • 1997 | Relatives of Jaffna's 'disappeared' protest
    Parents and relatives of Tamil civilians who have 'disappeared' in Sri Lankan army custody staged a protest on Sunday in the premises of Jaffna's St. James Church, and vowed to continue their struggle for justice. Several hundred Tamils have disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lankan army, which captured the Jaffna peninsula in early 1996.
  • 1997 | SL Police massacre of Tamil civilians in East
    Sinhalese police of Amparai's Central Camp station together with some muslim homeguards stormed the 4th Colony Tamil village randomly killing Tamil civilians and torching over 45 homes.
  • 1997 | Sinhalese Police Massacre Of Tamil Civilians In East
    Sinhalese police of Amparai's Central Camp station together with some muslim homeguards stormed the 4th Colony Tamil village randomly killing Tamil civilians and torching over 45 homes. So far, 7 dead bodies of Tamils have been discovered - only 5 of which could be identified - and there are likely to be more discoveries as time passes. 20 other Tamil civilians were critically injured in the police rampage, which also caused the 4th Colony's entire population to take flight to safer areas. Bodies of dead people were set on fire by the Sinhalese police. The actual numbers of dead and severely wounded has not yet been ascertained.
  • 1997 | Insult Added To Injury For Tamil Torture Victim
    A Tamil man who underwent severe torture at the hands of Sinhalese police was ordered by a Sinhalese magistrate to be kept in jail under the government's draconian prevention of terrorism act. 23-year old A. Sureshkumar who travelled to Colombo in order to go abroad for a job was arrested by Bambalapitiya police on 11 September. He was taken into custody where he was severely beaten with iron rods by three Sinhalese police officials -- Sergeant Tharmapala and constables Jegath and Veerakon. Mr. Sureshkumar then had his testicles crushed before the three officials hung him upside down in a remand room and beat the soles of his feet to tatters. The injured man was taken to court on a stretcher four days after this, where the Sinhalese magistrate ordered him to be kept in jail under the prevention of terrorism act. It was only after the supreme court heard Mr. Sureshkumar's fundamental rights appeal that he was released. No order has been made against the police or magistrate concerned
  • 1997 | Sinhala Army Actions Lead To Death Of Tamil Infant
    Infant Arul Gananaratnam Anastan (3) died last week because Sinhalese troops of Nakarkoil coastal division (Vadamaradchy) refused to let him be taken to the Manthikai hospital. The child was in need of urgent medical attention for viral fever.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 680 | உறைசிறியார் உண்ணடுங்கல் அஞ்சிக் குறைபெறிற்
    கொள்வர் பெரியார்ப் பணிந்து
    The men of lesser realm, fearing the people's inward dread,
    Accepting granted terms, to mightier ruler bow the head.
    - 68 68
  • Sep 28 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Sep 28, 2017 13:56:05 GMT |  + Gangsters’ death sentences changed to life jail in rape-murder case
    Six men who gang-raped a 17-year-old schoolgirl and also filmed the incident have had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment because their country, Sri Lanka, has an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment. One of the convicted men was reportedly aided by police to escape to Switzerland, though public outcry eventually forced President Maithripala Sirisena to intervene. One of the convicted rapists, Mahalingam Shashikumar, was based in Switzerland and he was sentenced to death Wednesday with six others. more ...
  • 2) Sep 28, 2015 13:17:45 GMT |  + Lanka oil hub talks gather momentum
    India plans to set up its first overseas petroleum hub, along with a refinery and power plant, in Sri Lanka. During Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Shriyan Wickremesinghe's visit to New Delhi earlier this month, both sides discussed the setting up of Trincomalee oil tank facility in a joint venture along with an oil refinery by Indian companies and a thermal power plant. India is keen on developing Trincomalee as a regional petroleum hub as it is located on a shipping route between oil exporting Gulf nations and energy-starved Asian consumers. It will also provide a ready source of crude to New Delhi at a much competitive price with lower freight charges. more ...
  • 3) Sep 28, 2015 13:14:55 GMT |  + Preparing younger generations for future disasters in Sri Lanka
    In coordination with the District Disaster Management Centre of Mullaitivu and several other organizations, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Mullaitivu Branch, organized a Schools Disaster Simulation Programme at the GTM School of East Mulliwaikkal to educate students and parents about natural disasters including tsunamis. Under its Post Conflict Recovery Programme, the Sri Lanka Red Cross is building houses for the returnees. Mock drills such as the one organized in the school is another part of the national society’s disaster risk reduction efforts to ensure that communities and the younger generation are prepared for future disasters. more ...
  • 4) Sep 28, 2015 13:11:12 GMT |  + The UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka is Tabled
    In spite of Colombo’s backing of the resolution, it’s likely to receive significant criticism within Sri Lanka. Some commentators, especially ethnic Sinhalese, have already voiced (predictable) complaints that what it calls for constitutes excessive international intervention and violates the country’s sovereignty. Many Tamils (both in Sri Lanka and abroad) may argue that the resolution does not go far enough, and that even more international involvement is needed. That said, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the country’s principal Tamil political grouping, was quick to endorse the resolution. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has also welcomed it. Additionally, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a major Tamil diaspora organization based in London, has “cautiously” welcomed the resolution. more ...
  • 5) Sep 28, 2015 10:29:37 GMT |  + ‘We want to know the truth’
    There was much more to the resolution to be moved on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC shortly than a probe into war crimes allegations, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the media yesterday at Temple Trees. It was also about restoring democracy and bringing about national reconciliation, he stressed."We want to know the truth," Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said, noting that the proposed Truth Commission was aimed at assisting the country in that endeavour. The Compassionate Council which was part of that mechanism would consist of representatives of religious dignitaries and it had been appreciated by the international community, he said. more ...
  • 6) Sep 28, 2015 10:27:51 GMT |  + Several areas of concern in resolution- MR
    Stating that the sponsors of the draft resolution on Sri Lanka had failed to heed the request of the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Geneva not to place primary emphasis on the alleged war crimes issue and to change their approach, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that there were several areas of concern in the resolution.Mr. Rajapaksa in a statement said, the first operational paragraph encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the recently released OHCHR report on Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 7) Sep 28, 2015 10:23:30 GMT |  + Celebrating the achievements of the Oppressed - Dr. Vickramabahu Karunarathne
    At the end of the report on Lanka in the section named Conclusions and Recommendations UNHR Commissioner states “OHCHR investigation contained in this report was born out of the past failure of the Government of Sri Lanka to address accountability for the most serious human rights violations and crimes. Ending the impunity enjoyed by the security forces and associated paramilitary groups, as well as holding to account surviving members of the LTTE, will require political will and concerted efforts to ensure the non-recurrence of these violations and crimes. Clearly he is speaking about the past of Lanka when country was submerged within a fascistic matrix where rule of law was violated. more ...
  • 8) Sep 28, 2015 10:21:37 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to stick to local judicial process to probe allegations
    The Sri Lankan government said on Sunday that it would stick to a local judicial process to investigate alleged human rights abuses related to the war. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told local media heads that the government had discussed this with the United States which had moved a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The resolution has proposed that the Sri Lankan judicial mechanism obtains assistance from the Special Counsel's office of the Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators.
  • 9) Sep 28, 2015 10:20:33 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s War Crimes Controversy
    The report does not implicate the country’s new leaders. It is Mr. Rajapaksa, his brother the former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and the former army chief Sarath Fonseka who have the most to fear.But after years of obstruction under Mr. Rajapaksa, this watered-down proposal is the most tangible expression yet of the Sri Lankan government’s willingness to cooperate with the international community in reckoning with the war. And if Sri Lanka’s new leaders reject the hybrid special court, they may be in a stronger position to sell the Ohchr report’s other recommendations to the Sinhalese population. This would be some measure of progress — perhaps more on strengthening Sri Lanka’s human rights regime in the future than on accountability for past crimes, but it would be progress nonetheless. more ...
  • 10) Sep 28, 2014 13:25:17 GMT |  + Five schools of thought about where the world may be headed next
    It has been 26 years since Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stood before the United Nations General Assembly and used Woodrow Wilson’s phrase “new world order” to describe the “profound social change” that was about to take place in the relations between the world’s nations and their people. The world, he said, was about to experience a major change driven by “new nations and states, new public movements and ideologies.” Over the next quarter-century, Mr. Gorbachev’s new world order became, simply, the world order: a world built on a broad agreement among most major countries that democracy and liberal economy were desirable goals; ... more ...
  • 11) Sep 28, 2014 11:27:37 GMT |  + SLAF returns land, but wings of owners clipped
    The Air force last Thursday returned more than 240 acres of paddy lands to 37 families In Keppapilavu, a village in Mullaitivu District. There were conditions attached. Before the lands were given back, the owners were met by senior Air Force officers individually and asked to sign a document agreeing to the conditions. One of the conditions was that if there would be any civil war in future, those lands would be willingly given back to the Air Force.The conditions further said if the lands were not given back willingly, legal procedures would be instituted to take the land back to the Air Force. Another condition was that the owners cannot put up permanent fences or plant big trees such as coconut in those lands. more ...
  • 12) Sep 28, 2014 11:24:05 GMT |  + Rajapaksa meets Modi in NY, says13 A not discussed
    This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Mr. Modi was sworn-in as India’ Prime Minister in May this year. “The meeting was cordial and good. We talked about various issues,” Mr. Rajapaksa told PTI after emerging from the 30 minute-long meeting. Asked about India pushing for expeditious implementation of the 13th Amendment, the President said, “The issue was not discussed in the meeting”. more ...
  • 13) Sep 28, 2014 11:22:24 GMT |  + ANC Formally Approves Moves In Lanka
    The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally approved efforts of the South African Government to mediate in Sri Lanka, South African media reports said.ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg that the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) agreed to support government initiatives and the special envoys appointed to facilitate peace processes in Lesotho, South Sudan and Sri Lanka.
  • 14) Sep 28, 2014 11:18:06 GMT |  + Buddhist composes symphony to mark Pope's Sri Lanka visit
    In an effort for religious reconciliation, the Sri Lankan government has commissioned a symphony from a Buddhist composer to commemorate Pope Francis' voyage to the nation which will take place in January.“The visit of the Holy Father is a landmark occasion for Sri Lanka,” Cardinal Ranjith said. “We warmly welcome Pope Francis to our country, which is rich in religious and cultural values.” “We must use this occasion to demonstrate to the world our values.” The symphony was commissioned by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, the nation's public radio network. The idea for the symphony was that of the SLBC's chairman, Hudson Samarasinghe. more ...
  • 15) Sep 28, 2014 2:33:49 GMT |  + Amma Mia: Political vacuum grips Tamil Nadu
    Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Saturday disqualified from contesting elections for six years following her conviction in a corruption case by a special Bangalore court. Finding her guilty of amassing wealth estimated over Rs 66 crore, disproportionate to her known sources of income, during her first tenure as chief minister in 1991, special judge John Michael Cunha also slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore on her – the highest fine to be imposed by a court in a corruption case in India. more ...
  • 16) Sep 28, 2014 2:32:52 GMT |  + Sri Lanka nationalists to host controversial Myanmar monk
    Sri Lanka's main Buddhist nationalist group on Saturday (Sep 27) announced it will host a radical cleric from Myanmar who is accused of fanning religious tensions, at a convention which is already attracting opposition from minority Muslims. Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or Buddhist Force, which has been accused of instigating hate attacks on the island, said the Mandalay-based monk Wirathu would be an honoured guest at its convention in Colombo on Sunday. The BBS said Muslim and Catholic groups were trying to block Wirathu's visit. "Racists, extremists and fundamentalists are trying to undermine our international convention," the group said in a statement. more ...
  • 17) Sep 28, 2014 2:30:03 GMT |  + Modi meets Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during which key issues, including bilateral and regional, was discussed. This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Modi was sworn-in on May 26 this year. "The meeting was cordial and good. We talked about various issues," Rajapaksa told PTI after emerging from the over 30 minute-long meeting. Asked about India pushing for expeditious implementation of the 13th Amendment, the President said, "The issue was not discussed in the meeting". more ...
  • 18) Sep 28, 2014 2:27:17 GMT |  + India suspicious as Chinese submarine docks in Sri Lanka
    The docking of a Chinese submarine in Colombo on a long-range deployment patrol earlier this month is yet another indicator of the ever-increasing forays of the People's Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The PLA-N is fast transforming from a "green-water" force used to operating close to its own shores into a potent "blue-water" force, one with "long legs". Though the Indian Navy has been tracking the increased activity of Chinese warships in the IOR, including submarines quietly on the prowl in the Bay of Bengal, this is a rare instance of a PLA-N submarine openly berthing in the region that India considers its "own strategic backyard". more ...
  • 19) Sep 28, 2014 2:26:12 GMT |  + Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory wants to increase engagement with North and East of Sri Lanka
    Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory said he is open to discussion with elected officials in the North and East of Sri Lanka in order to capitalize on the strengths of the community. At a press conference on Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 with the Tamil media, John Tory said he has had conversations with Northern Provincial Council Chairman Mr. CVK Sivagnanam and expressed his interest to explore ways on how to create opportunities that benefit both Sri Lanka’s North and East as well as Toronto, a city with a large Tamil Diaspora. “There is a large Tamil population in Toronto who are very entrepreneurial and successful and we should capitalize on this strength to benefit all communities of Toronto,” said Mr. Tory. more ...
  • 20) Sep 28, 2014 2:24:48 GMT |  + UN Human Rights Council: General Debate on Sri Lanka and South Sudan
    Human Rights Watch welcomes the High Commissioner's update on Sri Lanka. We regret that senior officials in the Sri Lankan government have rejected the 2014 Human Rights Council resolution asking the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to independently investigate allegations of serious violations of human rights and the laws of war by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war, in light of Sri Lanka's failure to do so. The resolution also reiterated calls for domestic investigations and accountability mechanisms to be put in place. As noted in the High Commissioner’s report, the Sri Lankan government has said that it will deny visas to OHCHR investigators. more ...
  • 21) Sep 28, 2014 2:23:55 GMT |  + Sri Lanka should show flexibility to resolve Tamils issue: BJP
    BJP today said the Sri Lankan government has to show flexibility for resolving the problems of ethnic Tamils in the country and it can be achieved only through devolution of power. BJP leaders, who attended an international conference of Asian political parties in Colombo, during their meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed on the need for immediately starting dialogue with Tamil National Alliance and other representatives of the Tamil community. more ...
  • 22) Sep 28, 2014 2:23:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka wins backing of 22 nations against U.N. rights probe
    Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations in its battle against the U.N.’s war crimes probe into the country’s human rights record during its brutal civil war. A government statement said the countries in a joint statement had termed the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution passed last March as an intrusive mandate and unwarranted in the context of Sri Lanka’s own local investigation. The like-minded group was chaired by Egypt included Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, North Korea, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. more ...
  • 23) Sep 28, 2013 21:41:12 GMT |  + Interview with Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, joins Lateline live from New York to discuss her recent week-long fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka. EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Our guest tonight is Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She was born and raised in South Africa where she rose to become the first non-white female judge of the high court. She's also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court and president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. more ...
  • 24) Sep 28, 2013 21:39:48 GMT |  + Mahinda Rajapaksa: 'This is all propaganda'
    The report paints a grim picture of the country: The military is dominating Sri Lanka's life in many areas; critics of the government are abused, silenced or killed; and minorities such as Buddhists, Christians and Muslims are attacked, the report stated. All under the watch of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was elected in 2005 and re-elected by his people three years ago - a man who is pushing the country, the UN says, in an authoritarian direction. These accusations have been vehemently dismissed by the government and its supporters in a war of words suggesting the report is coloured by the personal background of its responsible official, Navi Pillay, the chief UN officer for human rights whose own ancestors trace back to Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 25) Sep 28, 2013 21:38:43 GMT |  + Canadian officials met would-be refugees on B.C. coast with no mercy-approach: internal memo
    Canadian border officials were preparing for a no-mercy approach that would include indiscriminate detention and a tooth-and-nail fight at the Immigration and Refugee Board well before the MV Sun Sea arrived in British Columbia three years ago with 492 Sri Lankan migrants on board. A strongly-worded memo obtained by the Canadian Council for Refugees through access to information legislation shows the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) was going to take a “more aggressive” approach ahead of the ship’s arrival in August 2010 than the one taken 10 months earlier when the Ocean Lady arrived with 76 Sri Lankan migrants on board. more ...
  • 26) Sep 28, 2013 5:09:02 GMT |  + Editorial: Harper should help Tamils by going to Sri Lanka
    The stunning results of the provincial election in northern Sri Lanka last week are cause for cautious optimism. With the Tamil National Alliance sweeping up 30 of 36 contested seats, Tamils have finally secured a much-needed voice within the political system. And while more profound reform is required, this small, democratic step should be celebrated and should lead Stephen Harper to reconsider his threat to boycott November’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 27) Sep 28, 2013 5:06:57 GMT |  + Baird Attends Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting
    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird attends a Commonwealth foreign affairs ministers meeting on the margins of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting provided an opportunity for ministers to discuss a troubling lack of progress in Sri Lanka and the volatile situation in the Maldives. On Sri Lanka, Canada has repeatedly called for Commonwealth engagement in response to that country’s violations of the organization’s core values and principles. “Again today, I spoke out loudly and clearly on the issue of human rights in Sri Lanka, including on our concerns on the lack of accountability for the serious allegations of war crimes, the lack of reconciliation with the Tamil community and with the events that have taken place since the end of the civil war.
  • 28) Sep 28, 2012 17:51:57 GMT |  + Policy by numbers ignores complex motivations
    Numbers tell a story, but not, perhaps, the story. More than 3670 Sri Lankans have taken to the open ocean this year - most in the past few months - to journey to Australia and claim asylum. Last year, a paltry 211 made the same trip. Why? What has caused an exodus five times larger than the number of Sri Lankans who fled to Australia in 2009, in the aftermath of a decades-long civil war? more ...
  • 29) Sep 28, 2012 17:49:29 GMT |  + India: In search of a dream
    WHEN India won independence 65 years ago, its leaders had a vision for the country’s future. In part, their dream was admirable and rare for Asia: liberal democracy. Thanks to them, Indians mostly enjoy the freedom to protest, speak up, vote, travel and pray however and wherever they want to; and those liberties have ensured that elected civilians, not generals, spies, religious leaders or self-selecting partymen, are in charge. If only their counterparts in China, Russia, Pakistan and beyond could say the same. more ...
  • 30) Sep 28, 2012 15:03:24 GMT |  + Plain speaking to Colombo
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to New Delhi last week has helped clear some of the air on India-Sri Lanka relations. Since India’s vote for a resolution pulling up Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in March this year, Colombo has nursed a sense of betrayal. Competitive politics in Tamil Nadu, which has seen leaders of the Dravidian parties aggressively stake out positions against the Sri Lankan government, has only added to the island nation’s insecurities vis-à-vis India. A stopover by President Rajapaksa in New Delhi en route to Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh — he had been invited to participate in the foundation ceremonies of an international Buddhist university — provided the right opportunity for the two countries to reassert the essentials of their relationship.
  • 31) Sep 28, 2012 14:58:17 GMT |  + Sri Lanka suicide rate one of the world’s highest
    New official data shows that Sri Lanka still has one of highest suicide rates in the world, with almost 4,000 people killing themselves per year, or about 11 per day. Dr. Neil Fernando, who heads the country’s National Institute of Mental Health Promotion, released the figures in a Suicide Prevention Day seminar on September 10. The majority of victims, he reported, were aged 15 to 44. President Mahinda Rajapakse claims that the island nation is “the emerging wonder of Asia.” But poverty, joblessness, high debt burdens and other social problems—the main factors behind the high suicide rate—are rampant throughout the country. more ...
  • 32) Sep 28, 2012 14:57:10 GMT |  + Return ticket from 'heaven' ends dream of better life for Sri Lankan voyagers
    AUSTRALIA - the tiny slice he saw of it, the Cocos Islands and the immigration detention centre at Christmas Island - was heaven, Anthony Sujith says. ''They were very nice to us, the food was very good, warm showers, and good houses to live in. We could play sport and take English lessons, it was like a heaven,'' he tells The Saturday Age, sitting outside his concrete bungalow in Thoduwawa, a Catholic fishing village on Sri Lanka's west coast. Nauru sounded like hell. ''I was told that Nauru was a cramped place, with no good house to live, and infested with wild animals, like snakes. And they said I would have no job to do there, I could not work to support my family back in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 33) Sep 28, 2012 14:41:47 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's displacement chapter nears end with closure of Menik Farm
    Menik Farm, once the world's largest camp for internally displaced people (IDP), closed this week, bringing Sri Lanka's population displacement crisis closer to final resolution three years after the civil war ended. "The closure of the camp is a significant step towards ending displacement in Sri Lanka, but there are still people displaced in different situations who need to find a solution," said Michael Zwack, UNHCR's representative in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 34) Sep 28, 2012 14:39:54 GMT |  + Tropical Modernism in Sri Lanka
    For years, Channa and Ajit Gunewardene lived with her mother in a 1950s bungalow in the posh Cinnamon Gardens neighborhood of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. It was spacious and comfortingly familiar. But it had a serious flaw: Most of the rooms were interconnected, a design quirk that was becoming increasingly problematic as the couple's then-teenage sons grew older. "Our bedroom was like Clapham Junction," said Mrs. Gunewardene, comparing the constant traffic of children, relatives, servants and dogs with the busy London railway station. more ...
  • 35) Sep 28, 2012 14:38:33 GMT |  + Canadian economy surprises but outlook tepid
    National Bank Financial’s Matthieu Arseneau has spotted the weak spot in Canada’s July gross domestic product report. GDP increased 0.2 per cent from June, better than the Bay Street consensus for a 0.1 per cent gain. Utilities led the way, posting a 2 per cent rise as households cranked their air conditioners. The surprise in the report was the 0.6 per cent increase in manufacturing, which nearly offset a 0.7 per cent decline in the June. more ...
  • 36) Sep 28, 2012 12:28:12 GMT |  + Tamils stranded in jungle after notorious Lanka camp shuts: report
    Some Sri Lankan Tamils who left a vast displacement camp after it was closed last week, said they were ‘left in the jungle’ with no means of rebuilding their homes or their lives. The Menik camp for displaced people in Sri Lanka was once one of the largest in the world, and the final 1,160 residents of camp left on Monday. But 110 families from one village, Keppapilavu, said that they have been prevented from going home and were relocated to a patch of cleared jungle.
  • 37) Sep 28, 2012 12:26:13 GMT |  + TESO meeting on Oct 3: DMK
    DMK today announced that a meeting of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation would be held here on October three. DMK Chief M Karunanidhi would chair the meeting to be held at the party headquarters, a party release said. DMK last month had organised the first meeting of the TESO which was revived after it was floated by Karunanidhi in mid-1980s to draw support for a separate Tamil nation in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 38) Sep 28, 2011 22:19:29 GMT |  + Legal bids fail to halt Sri Lanka deportee flight
    A plane chartered by the British Government to return failed asylum seekers to Sri Lanka has landed in Colombo following the failure of last-minute legal efforts to prevent it leaving. Frantic efforts by lawyers in London succeeded in delaying the plane's scheduled departure but it eventually left late on Wednesday night. more ...
  • 39) Sep 28, 2011 22:13:58 GMT |  + Tamils continue struggle for self-determination after Sri Lanka's killing fields
    The war in Sri Lanka spanned over three decades and reached its bloody conclusion in May 2009. Both the UN Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka and a U.K. film entitled Sri Lanka's Killing Fields agreed that the Sri Lankan Armed Forces committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. Thousands of men, women and children were killed throughout northern Sri Lanka during the last phase of the war. Two years later, despite government claims to the contrary, the humanitarian situation has not improved for the Tamil people living in the war-affected Vanni region. According to a 2011 European Commission report, access to humanitarian relief and medical care is hindered and the occupation of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in the northeast does not allow life to return to normalcy.
  • 40) Sep 28, 2011 22:12:17 GMT |  + MP Mervyn Silva 'chief' patron of drug kingpins
    Leaked US embassy cables, state that MP Mervyn Silva was believed to be giving patronage to drug traffickers in 2009, along side his son, Malika Silva. "According to a former Sri Lankan security services official, drug kingpins in Sri Lanka have political patrons in the government, chief among them Dr. Mervyn Silva, a Member of Parliament and the Minister of Labor." "His son, Malika Silva, is suspected of trafficking the drug “ecstasy” in Colombo nightclubs."
  • 41) Sep 28, 2011 22:10:48 GMT |  + In the shadows of the gallows
    Say no to death penalty activists and mother of A G Perarivalan, who is sentenced to death in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case, asked for justice, not mercy at a conference in the city To hang or not to hang... that is the question. The answer though poses no such choices for a panel of activists from the notodeath penalty movement. They say a flat 'do not hang' to the question. The movement's supporters, who are pushing to abolish capital punishment in the country, were in Mumbai on Monday evening to call for "justice" as they claimed, for the three accused who have got the death penalty in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
  • 42) Sep 28, 2011 22:07:58 GMT |  + Lanka to streamline ‘on arrival’ visas
    Sri Lanka plans to streamline the issuance of ‘on arrival’ visas for visitors, though Singaporean and Maldivian nationals would continue to enjoy the benefit. Only the Singaporean and Maldivian nationals would be allowed 'on arrival' visas without prior approval under Sri Lanka’s new visa regime, officials said on Wednesday. "This is not a new visa system. It is just a system of taking prior approval," Chulananda Perera, a top immigration department official said. Perera said that intended travellers to Sri Lanka will be able to go online and seek prior approval for their visas before arriving in the country.
  • 43) Sep 28, 2011 18:17:30 GMT |  + Protest over Governor's order to demolish 'Old Park' in Jaffna
    An order by the Governor for the northern province Major General (retd) G.A.Chandrasiri to demolish an ancient building with archeological value in Jaffna has sparked off a dispute. Municipal workers started demolishing the building when representations were made to the Government Agent for Jaffna Emelda Sukumar who in turn informed the Archeology department officials and got the work stopped. This building known as Old Park was built during the period of 1796 when Jaffna was taken over by the British.
  • 44) Sep 28, 2011 18:13:42 GMT |  + Norway broadcaster shows Sri Lanka Civil War revelations
    Last night’s compelling, and controversial documentary on NRK2 revealed the reality of Sri Lanka’s bloody war with society. It was originally broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4 Dispatches series back in June 2011. The programme was heavily criticised by Sri Lankan authorities, who initially attempted to halt the Norwegian channel from showing the extremist group Tamil Tigers’ cruel intentions. Whilst it is unknown if there were any complaints about last night’s broadcast, British television complaints commissioner Ofcom announced 37 people criticised the programme’s distressing content.
  • 45) Sep 28, 2011 18:07:27 GMT |  + High Court decision a chance for refugee rethink
    THE federal government's plans for asylum-seekers are in disarray. After coming into office and disbanding the Pacific Solution, a deal was struck with Malaysia that clearly undermines the human rights of people fleeing war-torn nations and our obligations under the refugee convention. According to human rights organisations, refugees in Malaysia would endure canings, tiny cells and diseases spread by vermin. The High Court thankfully has struck down this policy, citing the lack of binding arrangements to protect refugees.
  • 46) Sep 28, 2011 18:05:43 GMT |  + Eastern Sri Lanka reeling from weather extremes
    Eastern Sri Lanka is experiencing wild swings in rain patterns, a change experts link to climate change. Because the eastern and central regions of Sri Lanka are considered the island’s granary, the changes could have a huge impact on rice production. Government authorities and specialists have discussed the possible impact of climate change on national agriculture, Centre For Poverty Alternatives (CEPA), an independent Sri Lankan research organistion's Balasuriya said. However, the lack of an implementing agency to coordinate activities among different ministries is hampering quick action, he said.
  • 47) Sep 28, 2011 17:54:59 GMT |  + UK not monitoring safety of Tamils deported to Sri Lanka
    The government has conceded that it is doing nothing to establish what is happening to scores of Tamils who are being forcibly removed from the UK despite concerns for their safety in Sri Lanka. Freedom from Torture, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are all expressing concern about the safety of Tamils forced to return, saying there is evidence that they are continuing to suffer severe mistreatment or being "disappeared". more ...
  • 48) Sep 28, 2011 17:52:48 GMT |  + Sri Lanka tea production falls after bad weather
    Tea production figures for Sri Lanka this year are turning out to be disappointing, experts say, largely because of poor weather. Tea is one of the industries crucial to the country as it continues its post-war economic recovery, along with textiles, tourism and remittances. Just weeks ago, there were high hopes that Sri Lanka's tea harvest for 2011 would surpass that of last year. But figures show that crop produce in August fell 8% compared to last year.
  • 49) Sep 28, 2011 13:43:56 GMT |  + Donors 'ignoring' resettled IDPs
    The Sri Lankan Red Cross society has spoken out about the difficulties of ordinary people living in the country’s former war zone. It says hundreds of thousands of civilians, mostly returning displaced people, still lack the basics of life and that international donors are not doing enough to help them. The organisation said it feared the international community was getting sidetracked by human rights concerns, but a major donor has denied that this is the case. The president of the Sri Lankan Red Cross said he was “alarmed” by the continued suffering of people in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.
  • 50) Sep 28, 2011 13:12:54 GMT |  + Lankan embassy in Oslo angry
    The Sri Lankan Ambassador in Oslo, Norway Rodney M. Perera, has protested the decision by a leading Norwegian television station to air the British Channel 4 documentary titled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” yesterday. The Ambassador warned that the safety and security of not only the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Oslo and its staff, but that of all persons of Sri Lankan origin residing in Norway, could be compromised by these types of telecasts. However at the same time he also urged NRK to consider telecasting the video titled “Lies Agreed Upon,” a documentary released by the Ministry of Defence which looks to counter the Channel 4 video.
  • 51) Sep 28, 2011 9:59:09 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: Body of Special Forces' soldier exhumed following complaint of death by torture
    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Ms. PAD Ariyawathi Saman Kumari (54) of No: 133, Thummodara Colony, Naththandiya in the Puttalam District has made a complaint about her son, a soldier who was attached to the Special Forces of the Sri Lanka Army being tortured and killed on 9 September 2010 while he was serving in Mulativu District. The mother of the deceased soldier states that her son, Nuwarapakshage Madushanka, complained about sexual harassment by a major. She believes that as he opposed the harassment he was later tortured and killed by the military officer.
  • 52) Sep 28, 2011 9:56:11 GMT |  + US again urges SL to ‘credibly address’ allegations
    The United States has made another call urging Sri Lanka to take steps to ‘credibly address’ some of the allegations levelled against it during the final stages of the war.“…the Government of Sri Lanka needs to take steps to credibly address some of these allegations. We urge it to do so,” the State Department’s deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said, addressing the daily media briefing in Washington on Monday. He was responding to a question raised by a reporter, who wanted the latest update from the US, after the panel report on Sri Lanka was submitted to the UN Human Rights session by the UN chief last week.
  • 53) Sep 28, 2011 1:13:41 GMT |  + Minister Baird Meets Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs in New York City
    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets with G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, at the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 22, 2011.Minister Baird urged Sri Lanka to advance a process of reconciliation and expressed concerns over lack of accountability and a growing trend toward authoritarianism in that country. He also reiterated Prime Minister Stephen Harper's concerns about Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2013. Minister Baird supports calls for an independent investigation into credible allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights committed by both sides of the conflict in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 54) Sep 28, 2010 11:20:36 GMT |  + Winning the Peace
    After 30 years of war, Sri Lanka's Tamil community is finally connected again with the outside world. But life under occupation has its own tensions -- and renewed conflict is always a possibility. On a late-summer day, a dozen tractors stopped in front of a Hindu temple just north of Jaffna, the once-future capital of an independent Tamil state. more ...
  • 55) Sep 28, 2010 11:03:15 GMT |  + What will Obama have for Sri Lanka?
    Sri Lanka is under siege after the introduction of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution which dissolved term limits of the President who, by an earlier constitution, is above the law and can now dispense with the independence commissions for free & fair elections, corruption control, police and government services which was introduced by the 17th Amendment. The current President has abused the mannerly political culture in Sri Lanka far more than any previous leader has done. He has done away with all the norms of basic principles for good governance while taking the country into his custody. Now the country is dancing to the music played by the Rajapakse regime; like a puppy following its tail.
  • 56) Sep 28, 2010 11:02:06 GMT |  + The many faces of Mahinda
    The eighteenth amendment to the 1978 Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on September 8, 2010, has created the 21st century version of Louis XXIV, who ruled France during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, who was reported to have said, "L 'etat, c'est moi", ( I am the State ). Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent President of Sri Lanka, who is yet to begin his second term as the President in November 2010, has by virtue of the amendment made it possible for him to stand for election for several more terms in the Presidential position.
  • 57) Sep 28, 2010 10:55:28 GMT |  + What happened to the Oceanic Viking refugees?
    When the last of the Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers stepped off the Australian customs boat the Oceanic Viking on November 17, 2009, most Australians assumed that the issue was resolved. The 78 Tamil asylum seekers were “intercepted” in mid-October and taken onboard the Oceanic Viking. They were then taken to Indonesia. The asylum seekers refused to get off the boat, fearing they would be deported back to Sri Lanka. The asylum seekers maintained their protest, refusing to disembark, until mid-November when the Australian government made an agreement. more ...
  • 58) Sep 28, 2010 10:46:36 GMT |  + Tamil migrant children start school in B.C.
    Some of the Tamil children who arrived on a boat from Sri Lanka last month have started attending school and early childhood development programs at a Burnaby, B.C., youth detention centre. The 41 children who started class on Friday were among the 493 migrants who arrived by ship on Vancouver Island on Aug. 13. While they are not officially being detained, the children are in the care of about 25 mothers who are being held at the correctional facility while immigration officials try to verify their identities. more ...
  • 59) Sep 28, 2010 10:45:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Raises $1 Billion in Second Global Bond Sale Since Civil-War End
    Sri Lanka sold $1 billion of dollar-denominated bonds due in 10 years, the nation’s second overseas debt sale since the end of a 26-year civil war in May 2009. The securities were sold to yield 6.25 percent, according to Bloomberg data. Bank of America Corp., HSBC Holdings Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc managed the sale, assisted by Bank of Ceylon, said a person familiar with the offering who declined to be identified because he’s not allowed to speak publicly.
  • 60) Sep 28, 2010 10:38:45 GMT |  + Tragic end to US rescue bid off Somali coast
    At least 13 people drowned and another eight are missing after a US naval ship tried to come to the aid of a broken-down skiff in the Gulf of Aden. Navy officials in Washington said that the USS Winston Churchill had tried but failed to repair the skiff's engines. It then began towing the vessel to the Somali coast. But the rescue effort turned to tragedy when passengers rushed to one side of the vessel to get food and aid, causing it to capsize. All 85 passengers were thrown into the water, though most were rescued. The US Navy says they were made up of 75 Ethiopians and 10 Somalis, and the boat had been travelling from Somalia. more ...
  • 61) Sep 28, 2010 10:38:27 GMT |  + Toronto, Tamil refugees and the Ford phenomenon
    I’m not an admirer of Rob Ford. But I’ll try not to pontificate to his supporters, who are tired of columnists hectoring them for their heresy. I’d rather give Torontonians credit for their intelligence. Dangerous? I don’t think Ford’s supporters believe him for a moment when he promises to cut the fat in city budgets while expanding subways. Buffoon? Torontonians can see through Ford’s antics. They’re just tired of all the other pretenders to the throne who are better behaved but equally untrustworthy.
  • 62) Sep 28, 2009 22:22:32 GMT |  + Ban again urges Sri Lanka to resettle hundreds of thousands displaced by war
    A feeding centre for the internally displaced in Sri Lanka 28 September 2009 – Failure to rapidly resettle nearly 300,000 Sri Lankans displaced by the Government’s final onslaught against Tamil separatists and further suffering under harsh conditions in the camps could result in growing bitterness, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the island’s Prime Minister today. The incident between IDPs and the army in Menik Farm two days ago resulting in gunshot injuries of two children was a sign of growing frustrations in the camps.
  • 63) Sep 28, 2009 22:19:51 GMT |  + As Sri Lankan IDPs Shot, UN's Pascoe Says Camps To Be "Thinned Out," Council Should Meet
    Inner City Press asked the head of the UN's Department of Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe about the shooting incidents, whether the Sri Lankan Army's web site had misquoted him, and why the UN had not convened a meeting about Sri Lankan during the last week's General Debate. Pascoe said there had been some thought "early on" of convening such a meeting about Sri Lanka, but it didn't happen. He added that "it is important for the Security Council to discuss... in their rooms or in the basement." more ...
  • 64) Sep 28, 2009 16:55:57 GMT |  + The Tamil Nadu fishermen issue - Delhi and Colombo melodramatic charade
    Time will unravel Narayanan’s (covert!) role in the TN fishermen trauma. His covert plan delivered the tragic massacres of the Tamil resistance (LTTE); grooming instead a militaristic Sri Lanka (SL) to serve as the regional policeman to curb destabilizing forces in the Indian sub-continent. Reputed analysts Bhadrakumar (along with Nateri Adigal/Anil Athale) viewed the Narayanan plan as inviting the China threat to India’s soft underbelly, throwing away of the LTTE leverage cheaply and inviting a more invidious threat to TN from a militarized Sinhalese regime using bases/armed camps dotting every inch in the north facing the entire TN coastline. Narayanan’s is thus the grand Colombo-Delhi anti-Tamil plan to subjugate the Tamils for all times.
  • 65) Sep 28, 2009 16:49:06 GMT |  + Eelam Tamils after end of Eelam War 4
    We Tamils have to do a two pronged drive towards achieving Tamil Eelam. We have to support the Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam under the indomitable Visvanathan Rudrakumar, to keep the flame burning till a suitable time dawns. At the same time the Tamil Diaspora should have a powerful unified organization to lobby for and represent Tamil people in Sri Lanka as is being done by the Global Tamil Forum. The Tamils in SL have been effectively silenced and made voiceless by draconic laws and army occupation. It is only the Tamil Diaspora that can agitate for Tami rights and separation. We Tamils should avoid divisions and bickering and present a united front.
  • 66) Sep 28, 2009 13:17:37 GMT |  + Nike and MAS team on apparel training centre in Sri Lanka
    MAS Holdings, an innovation focused company is the region’s largest suppliers of intimate apparel and sports/active wear. Operating in five countries with over 44,000 people, it is a vertically integrated design-to-delivery solution provider working in partnership with global brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Speedo, Marks & Spencer, and NIKE, Inc., the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Following on the success of the Nike Innovation and Training Centre for footwear in Vietnam, Nike has chosen to partner with MAS Active, MAS Holdings’ Sports & Active Wear Division to set up its global Apparel Innovation and Training Centre in Thulhiriya, Sri-Lanka.
  • 67) Sep 28, 2009 13:10:32 GMT |  + Vijayakant to observe fast for cause of Tamils
    Actor turned politician Vijayakant, president of DMDK, and his cadres will Tuesday observe a day-long hunger strike in Delhi demanding protection to Indian fishermen from attacks by the Sri Lankan navy and full freedom to Sri Lankan Tamils on the island. Vijayakant and his supporters will fast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. DMDK cadres are travelling to Delhi from different parts of Tamil Nadu to participate in the fast. Speaking to reporters here Monday, Vijayakant condemned the central and the Tamil Nadu governments for being "silent spectators to the killings of Sri Lankan Tamils" by the island nation's army under the guise of war.
  • 68) Sep 28, 2009 13:08:41 GMT |  + Give Indian citizenship to Tamil refugees: Ravi Shankar
    Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has backed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s call to give Indian citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India. Ravi Shankar said that his Art of Living Foundation had taken up the matter since August this year. “We are conducting a signature campaign in support of this issue. We have over a lakh of signatories. We were about to bring this to the chief minister’s attention when we learnt he is already taking up this matter with the central government,” Ravi Shankar said. “We hope that citizenship will be granted soon to the Tamil refugees,” he said, adding that the foundation was now terminating its signature drive.
  • 69) Sep 28, 2009 13:07:00 GMT |  + Sri Lanka recruits Tamil police in former war zone
    Sri Lanka is recruiting Tamil police officers from the northern city of Jaffna for the first time since it became the epicentre of a three-decade ethnic separatist insurgency defeated in May, police said on Monday. More than 6,500 people, including 400 women, applied for 500 police constable jobs in Jaffna, the Defence Ministry said. "The youth are very enthusiastic to join the police," police spokesman Nimal Mediwake said. "We couldn't recruit any officers since 1978 and after the death of the LTTE, we see an interest."
  • 70) Sep 28, 2009 11:45:21 GMT |  + Tamils shot by army after attempting to ‘escape’ from internment camp
    Sri Lankan troops opened fire on dozens of Tamil civilians as they allegedly tried to escape from internment camps where they and 280,000 others have been held since the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May. Police said that three of the civilians suffered gunshot wounds, but a pro-Tiger website put the number at six, and said that they had been out collecting firewood rather than attempting to escape. The army said that the civilians had pelted soldiers with stones as they tried to break free from the Manik Farm camp in the northern district of Vavuniya on Saturday.
  • 71) Sep 28, 2009 11:26:40 GMT |  + US Group opposes GSP+ extension
    In a submission to the Chairperson of Human Rights Subcommission of the European Union (EU), Ms. Heidi Hautala, US-based pressure group Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) said that the EU should terminate GSP+ privileges to Sri Lanka especially after the "failure of the UN system to uphold international human rights and humanitarian laws," and the "abdication of moral and diplomatic leadership by the UN Secretary General." The Subcommission is scheduled to meet on 1st October, and the decision on the status of the GSP+ to Sri Lanka is to be made on 15th October, according to sources in UK.
  • 72) Sep 28, 2009 11:23:18 GMT |  + 'Lankan Navy threatened to kill us'
    In what is a shocking story from Tamil Nadu, twenty-two fishermen from the Nagercoil area of Tamil Nadu allege Sri Lankan Navy assaulted and humiliated them. The fishermen who were fishing in the Kanniyaakumari seas were reported to have been brutally assaulted and cast naked in high seas by Sri Lanka Navy soldiers. The incident occurred on Friday night. The soldiers beat the fishermen with ice blocks and threatened to open fire on them after they confiscated their clothes, fishing nets and outboard motors.
  • 73) Sep 28, 2008 15:59:11 GMT |  + Wanni Tamils feel abandoned and marginalised: TNA
    It is rather premature for anybody to predict the ultimate outcome of the ongoing military campaign. But, one thing is certain, territories may change hands, as was the case in the last 15 years, but there cannot be any decisive victory for either party in this war, given the lessons of the past. Given the geography of the Wanni region, the LTTE can fight from there for years to come. The objective of defeating the LTTE decisively or, destroying it altogether, can only be a daydream. Between 1987 and 1990, the LTTE was able to resist the Indian army, the fourth largest in the world, from the thick jungles of the Wanni. History can repeat itself.
  • 74) Sep 28, 2008 15:32:32 GMT |  + CPA Statement On The Recent Comments By General Sarath Fonseka In Canada's National Post
    It should be noted that while constitutional practice in Sri Lanka leaves much to be desired from the perspective of both democratic values and postulates of constitutional government, one cardinal principle of democratic government that has at least hitherto been adhered to is that of civilian control over the military. Thus policy-making and the political direction of any governmental programme involving the military are matters for elected officials of the executive, who are, moreover, responsible and accountable to Parliament and the people for both such policy and the conduct of the military within the framework of government policy, the law, and the Constitution.
  • 75) Sep 28, 2008 13:13:03 GMT |  + Suicide bomb kills civilian, wounds 8 in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka’s military says a suicide bomber has blown himself up near a vehicle carrying policemen in a northern town, killing himself and a civilian and wounding eight others. Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara says separatist Tamil Tiger rebels were responsible for the attack Sunday in the town of Vavuniya. He says four police in the vehicle, three nearby soldiers and a civilian bystander were wounded. Rebel officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
  • 76) Sep 28, 2008 13:11:58 GMT |  + Another Indian fisherman killed allegedly by Sri Lankan navy
    The fishing community declared a general strike here following the alleged killing of a fisherman by Sri Lankan navy Sunday, the police said. Eyewitnesses Doraiswamy, Rajendran and Lingam told the police that a flotilla of Indian boats was subjected to indiscriminate strafing by the island’s navy near Aachchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka in the mid-1970s. Local fishing community leaders, incensed over the alleged mindless killing on the Palk Strait - the narrow expanse of water separating India and Sri Lanka - have called for immediate intervention by the government of India to stop it and threatened to begin an indefinite strike, official sources revealed.
  • 77) Sep 28, 2008 13:07:11 GMT |  + Tigers claim raid on joint paramilitary, military mini-camp in Batticaloa
    Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) officials in the East claimed Sunday that six Sri Lankan military and paramilitary personnel were killed in a raid carried out by a commando unit of the Tigers on a joint military and paramilitary camp at Thikiliveddai, north of Batticaloa at 2:15 a.m. Sunday. The mini-camp was brought under LTTE control within 15 minutes after they launched the raid, the Tigers said claiming that they seized a Light Machine Gun, five assault rifles and ammunitions. Meanwhile, medical sources at Chengkaladi hospital said one of the wounded TMVP personnel rushed to hospital succumbed to his injuries and that eight wounded were received at the hospital after the raid.
  • 78) Sep 28, 2008 2:04:04 GMT |  + Protests in Tamil Nadu gain momentum, Jayalalithaa extends support
    In a significant move amid the building momentum in Tamil Nadu where Tamil leaders are voicing their support to the Eezham Tamils as the Sri Lankan forces intensified their attacks on Vanni, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, J. Jayalalithaa, Saturday extended her support to a fasting campaign being organised by the Communist Party of India (CPI). In a letter to D. Pandyan, the general secretary of the CPI in Tamil Nadu, Ms. Jayalalithaa said her party extended wholehearted support to the success of the campaign, which highlights the problems and urges to safeguard the lives, properties and the rights of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 79) Sep 28, 2007 19:34:39 GMT |  + Doctors of Jaffna, Batticaloa hospitals ready to strike
    Medical officers of Jaffna and Batticaloa Hospitals are planning trade union action due to a severe shortage of interns, without whom specialists cannot carry out their duties, GMOA sources told The Island yesterday. GMOA branch unions in these two major hospitals have informed GMOA General Secretary Dr. Anurudhdha Padeniya of their decision and are awaiting further instructions. Dr. S. Ahilan, attached to the Batticaloa GMOA branch, said there were 9 specialists in Batticaloa Hospital and each needed 3 to 5 interns to serve between 500 to 800 patients who call over daily at the OPD. "When asked for at least 27 interns only 5 were provided, hence our difficulty," Dr.Ahilan said.
  • 80) Sep 28, 2007 19:05:16 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Television Suspends Journalists for Distributing Leaflet
    State-controlled Sri Lankan television station Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) has sent four of its journalists on compulsory leave after they submitted a letter stating that their professional rights had been disrespected and damaged. The SLRC has claimed that the journalists distributed the leaflets during working hours, however according to sources from the FMM the leaflets were distributed outside of the institution and before working hours began. The IFJ supports the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association’s (SLWJA) attempts to reach an amicable solution through negotiations with the Sri Lankan government.
  • 81) Sep 28, 2007 15:14:03 GMT |  + UN seeks aid for Sri Lankan refugees
    The UN food agency today launched an urgent appeal for more money to feed thousands of people displaced by fighting between Sri Lankan troops and Tamil rebels. The World Food Programme (WFP) said it was short of eight million dollars to provide relief to thousands displaced by the conflict. "I am concerned about our resourcing situations as we will be running out of food in November," said Jean-Yves Lequime, acting country director of the World Food Programme in Colombo.
  • 82) Sep 28, 2007 14:59:51 GMT |  + Sri Lankan church worker killed in attack while delivering aid
    Fr Nicholas Pillai Pakiaranjith, a 40-year-old priest, has been killed in a claymore attack in Kilinochi, north east Sri Lanka, while delivering essential aid to people made homeless by the conflict. Fr Packiaranjith was killed in a claymore blast in the Mallavi area on 26 September when he was carrying humanitarian supplies to a camp and orphanage at Vidathalvu for people affected by the war. Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley Anne Knight said,“Humanitarian aid workers and the religious personnel are the ones who accompany, serve and plead the cause of the innocent victims of war and violence in this country..."
  • 83) Sep 28, 2007 14:52:46 GMT |  + ONGC turns down Sri Lanka oil block offer
    India's state-run Oil and Natural Gas Crop has turned down an offer from Sri Lanka to operate a block in the Mannar basin due to the size of a bonus request and poor prospects, its chairman said on Friday. Sri Lanka earlier this year offered Block 1 on a nomination basis to the Indian firm. "We did not find the prospectivity. Moreover, they were asking for a fantastic signature bonus for that. So we are not interested," R. S. Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of an industry seminar.
  • 84) Sep 28, 2007 11:07:03 GMT |  + Sea Tigers, Sri Lanka Navy clash in Eastern waters
    Three Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Dvora gunboats were destroyed by the Sea Tigers Thursday night when more than 17 Dvora boats engaged in a heavy sea fight with Sea Tiger flotillas in the seas off Pulmoaddai. 3 Sea Tigers were killed in the fighting that broke out at 10 p.m. Thursday and lasted till 3:30 a.m. Friday till the Sri Lanka Navy boats were pushed back to the east port harbor, towing the damaged boats, Sea Tiger officials told media.
  • 85) Sep 28, 2007 10:58:33 GMT |  + President Bush’s address to the 62nd session of UN General Assembly: Serious omissions
    Can President Bush name any regime in the world that uses its air force bombers to bomb its own citizens? Even the military junta of Myanmar, against whom President Bush has announced new sanctions, has not done this. None of the countries President Bush classified in his address as “brutal regimes,” namely Belarus, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Zimbabwe, has even thought of doing this. The International Community, which is rightly raising their concerns today against shots being fired on unarmed protestors in Myanmar, has not done anything to stop the aerial bombing of innocent civilians in the North East of Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 86) Sep 28, 2007 1:07:10 GMT |  + Health: Niru brand coriander powder may contain salmonella bacteria
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Niru Enterprises Inc. are warning the public not to consume Niru brand Coriander Powder because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
  • 87) Sep 28, 2006 18:27:54 GMT |  + Some say terror label prolongs Sri Lanka war
    The streets of Jaffna were lined with government soldiers. Posted every 50 metres, leaning up against pockmarked walls, or standing in the thin shadow of a tree in the blazing sun. They rode slowly by on bicycles, in the back of tractor trailers, and cruised past in truck convoys.Within months of this early summer scene, the uneasy calm would erupt into open battle with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the Tamil Tigers, or LTTE). There were checkpoints all the way from Jaffna town southeast to the peninsula’s narrow Elephant Pass. Since 1998, the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has had control of the Jaffna Peninsula, which curves toward India from the northern tip of this teardrop-shaped island. more ...
  • 88) Sep 28, 2006 16:53:16 GMT |  + Police Attemt New Version To September 17th Massacre
    A new scene is now being staged by the police with regard to the September 17 slaughter of 10 Muslims civilians in Pottuvil, with attempts to project as if clashes between poachers of jungle trees and Muslim villagers was the cause of the murders. The Pottuvil police had summoned media personnel from Colombo to Pottuvil to witness and record the transportation of several cart-loads of logs to the Pottuvil Magistrate Court in connection with a case they had filed in the Court against illicit felling of jungle trees, with an attempt to give them an impression that there was animosity brewing for a long time between the villagers and the poachers.
  • 89) Sep 28, 2006 16:47:09 GMT |  + Sampur capture breaks truce: SLMM
    In a determination which is likely to raise the hackles in South Sri Lanka, the Nordic truce monitors have described the capture of Sampur from the Tamil Tigers as a "gross violation" of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement (CFA).The Head of the Scandinavian-staffed Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Maj Gen Lars Johan Solvberg, said on Tuesday, that by starting a "major military offensive" against the LTTE on August 27 and moving into LTTE-controlled areas in Sampur, the Sri Lankan government had committed a "gross violation" of the truce agreement.
  • 90) Sep 28, 2006 16:14:57 GMT |  + UN Security Council to Hold "Straw Poll" for New Secretary-General
    Today in New York, the UN Security Council will hold a "straw poll" of the seven candidates to be the next UN Secretary-General. UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization, has been closely following the selection process. "The process this year has been the most open and transparent ever," said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer. "It's a welcome change from the old, closed-door approach. Unlike in the past, the candidates are known, they have been openly campaigning, and the results of the two previous straw polls were made public almost immediately."
  • 91) Sep 28, 2006 11:42:51 GMT |  + 257 civilians die in bombing and shelling directed at civilians since April 2006
    In 48 shelling and aerial bombing attacks directed at civilians since April 257 civilians were killed. There were 29 aerial bombings on civilian settlements and 21 shelling directed at civilians settlements.The attached PDF file documents the incidents and casualties due to the Sri Lankan military shelling and aerial bombing that were directed at civilians. The list do not include those that were directed at combatants or the civilians caught in cross fire.
  • 92) Sep 28, 2006 13:30:07 GMT |  + Norway steps up Sri Lanka peace bid, civilian toll hits 200
    Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway stepped up moves to arrange a face-to-face meet between the warring parties after Colombo accepted a rebel pledge to resume talks, diplomats said. The renewed peace effort came as truce monitors reported that intensified fighting between government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has caused the deaths of at least 200 civilians in the past two months.Two Norwegian envoys were due here next week to arrange the first direct talks between the parties in seven months, diplomats close to the peace process said.
  • 93) Sep 28, 2006 11:38:29 GMT |  + 'US hopeful of peaceful solution to Lankan crisis'
    The United States is hopeful of continued progress in finding a peaceful solution to the ethnic crisis in the strife-torn Sri Lanka through negotiations, US Ambassador to India David C Mulford said today.The US envoy, who called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence here, told reporters that progress in peace talks would bring about a system that would ensure stability and peace in the island.It would also stem the exodus of refugees from the country, he added.
  • 94) Sep 28, 2006 11:35:48 GMT |  + Aiyar offers India's Panchayati Raj model to Sri Lanka
    : Citing devolution of power as a possible solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict, India today asked the island nation to examine its Panchayati Raj system as a possible model.Addressing the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) and Panel of Experts who are tasked with evolving a solution to end ethnic conflict in the island nation, Panchayati Raj Minister Mani hankar Aiyar provided insights "about the methodology, principles, and practical issues regarding this system (Panchayati Raj) of devolution (of power)." Aiyar also offered to provide further assistance and cooperation in this regard, a government statement said.
  • 95) Sep 28, 2006 10:10:19 GMT |  + Truce Monitors: 200 Killed in Sri Lanka
    At least 200 civilians have been killed in two months of fighting between Sri Lankan soldiers and separatist Tamil rebels, and both sides are to blame, European cease-fire monitors said Thursday.Since large-scale hostilities broke out in late July, "over 200 civilians have been killed and several thousands are internally displaced, creating a serious humanitarian crisis," the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission said in a report sent to the government and Tamil Tiger leaders. "The gravity of the violations have led to a dangerous escalation in hostilities," the monitors said.
  • 96) Sep 28, 2006 0:39:35 GMT |  + Seeing through the fog of war
    The media tells us that we are winning this war – that our defensive offences are getting the better of an enervated Tiger menace. To stop now would be folly, some say. To others, this is the masochistic release of pent up frustration over 4 years of a ceasefire that allowed no vent for the inclusion and transformation of radical elements of polity and society. Largely ignored in the repartee of accusation and counter-accusation between the Government and the LTTE is the importance of accurate, impartial information and the public’s right to know.
  • 97) 12:51 GMT, Sep. 28, 2005 |  + 'Helping Hambantota' probe halted
    Supreme Court in Sri Lanka has issued an injunction order against the investigations carried out by the police on alleged misappropriation of tsunami funds. A bench headed by Chief Justice Sarath Silva ordered Criminal Investigation Department to temporarily halt the investigation after considering a petition by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse. The Police have been earlier granted permission by the courts to inquire into 'Helping Hambantota' bank accounts set up to help tsunami victims. The "Helping Hambantota" fund was set up to help the constituency from which Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa hails. Acting magistrate Jayanatha Dias Nanayakkara earlier this month allowed the police to investigate three bank accounts of the fund. The Criminal Investigation Department sought permission from the courts to investigate the accounts alleging that there was a breach of trust concerning nearly 83 million Sri Lankan rupees (approx 820,000 US dollars). more ...
  • 98) 11:05 GMT, Sep. 28, 2005 |  + Ranil’s manifesto addresses pressing economic issues
    In his manifesto released here on Tuesday, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the candidate of the United National Party (UNP) for the Sri Lankan Presidency, has laid stress on the economic problems facing the common man and down played the controversial issues relating to the peace process. "The real problem of the people is not war or peace, but economic. The over-riding concern of the people is the issue of the stomach" he contended at a press conference. The manifesto has avoided using the terms "federalism" "peace process" or "talks with the "LTTE", obviously because these are very emotive issues among the Sinhalas, who constitute 70% of the 13 million voters who will decide his fate on November 17. more ...
  • 99) 11:04 GMT, Sep. 28, 2005 |  + Sri Lankan military threatens antiwar filmmakers
    Over past two weeks, senior officers in the Sri Lankan armed forces have issued a series of barely disguised threats against filmmakers who through their works have been critical of the military and the country’s protracted civil war. As well as being a flagrant breach of democratic rights and a direct intervention by the “neutral” armed forces into political life, these actions are a clear warning that the military top brass is preparing for war. According to last weekend’s Sunday Times, the armed forces official spokesman Brigadier Daya Ratnayake, accompanied by Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera, recently held an informal meeting with several prominent directors of antiwar films at an unnamed advertising agency. more ...
  • 100) 22:57 GMT, Sep. 28, 2004 |  + US provides training, equipment for S.Lankan police
    The United States will soon provide new equipment and training for Sri Lankan police under a program aimed at improving the performance of the local policemen islandwide, the US embassy here said Tuesday. US Ambassador Jeffrey J. Lunstead and Sri Lankan Inspector General of Police Indra De Silva signed a memorandum of agreement on Tuesday at the US embassy outlining details of the program. The program, valued at 250,000 US dollars, will run for two years and is administered by the US Department of Justice under the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, a US embassy statement said. more ...
  • 101) 22:55 GMT, Sep. 28, 2004 |  + "We are equally concerned about the killings" - Tamilselvan tells Norwegian Ambassador
    Mr. Hans Brattskar, H. E. the Ambassador for Norway met with Mr. S. P. Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Wing before the latter's departure to Geneva today 28th September 2004. The Ambassador, among other matters focused attention on the deteriorating law and order situation in the context of alleged political killings and expressed serious concern in the interest of the peace process. Responding to the Ambassador's concern Mr. Tamilselvan said that the Leadership of the LTTE is equally concerned with the killings that are taking place in the military controlled areas. In another meeting with Major General Trond Furuhovde, Head of the SLMM wherein the same issue was discussed at length, Mr. Tamilselvan agreed to a proposition of the SLMM that both the GoSL and the LTTE should develop a program of exchanging information so that the parties can work cohesively to trace the culprits and bring the situation under control. more ...
  • 102) 22:53 GMT, Sep. 28, 2004 |  + Norwegian envoy meets LTTE leaders
    LTTE leaders met Norwegian ambassador Hans Brattskar and head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Maj Gen Trond Furuhovde on Tuesday. The LTTE leaders head to Europe on Wednesday to put pressure on the Lankan government to resume talks to establish peace in the country that has left 64,000 people dead in the last two decades. The LTTE and the government forces accuse each other of violating the 2002 ceasefire in the east and in the capital after several incidents of violence left scores of rebel and security personnel dead. The talks were centred on continuing factional fighting in east and spate of political killings in Colombo and elsewhere in the country, a western diplomat, on condition of anonymity, said. more ...
  • 103) 22:26 GMT, Sep. 28, 2004 |  + Thousands of Tamil Joined Queen's Park Peace Rally

    ‘This is a point often confused by journalists writing about Sri Lanka’

    Saturday, Sept. 25, marked an important day, not only in Toronto Tamil-Canadians' history, but also in the history of Toronto. Thousands of peace lovers gathered in front of Queen's park and asked for their Canadian government to intervene in the stalled peace talks in Sri Lanka and help in the negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the decades-long ethnic conflict. There was no coverage in the Star. Many of the attendees are regular readers and were deeply disappointed by the omission of this important news. more ...
  • 104) 11:09 GMT, Sep. 28, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka hikes prices sharply amid gloomy economic prospect
    Sri Lanka raised bus fares, electricity and food prices on the back of a steep rise in diesel costs as the Central Bank reported a worse than expected balance of payments deficit. The transport ministry said it had agreed to allow private operators to increase fares by up to 16 percent from Friday to offset the 19 percent weekend increase in diesel used by vehicles. Essential foods, cigarettes and alcohol prices were also raised and electricity tariffs will increase by five percent next month, officials said. The Central Bank said Sri Lanka's balance of payments deteriorated to a record 223 million-dollar deficit in the six months to June compared with a surplus of 502 million dollars last year. more ...
  • 105) 11:04 GMT, Sep. 28, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels to tour Europe, rally aid
    A clutch of top Tamil Tiger rebels heads to Europe on Wednesday in a bid to pile pressure on Sri Lanka's government to resume talks to reach a permanent peace after two decades of civil war, and seek aid. Tiger political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan said the delegation would meet United Nations officials and truce brokers from the Norwegian government during the three-week tour, as well as political leaders in Ireland and Belgium. "We will impress on the foreign governments to pressurize the Sri Lankan government to come back for talks immediately, There is no chance of giving any more, We have clearly emphasized that we are always ready for the resumption of talks. That is the truth. The president does not seem to understand this." Thamilselvan told Reuters on Tuesday, before flying out of the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi, bound for Colombo. more ...
  • 106) 10:56 GMT, Sep. 28, 2004 |  + SSP vows to investigate police assault on Jaffna HRC officer
    The Senior Superintendent of Police in Jaffna said he had started an investigation on an incident where the Jaffna Police had severely assaulted human rights officials. Ruwan Chandrasekera, the officer in charge of the Human Rights Commission in Jaffna told Sandeshaya, he along with a volunteer from the UN was assaulted by police officers during a visit to the Jaffna police station while investigating a case of police brutality."They started pushing me and my colleagues. Then they started hitting me on the head. Once I came out of the barracks, I saw the detainee Ratnasingham Chandramohan was bundled off to a vehicle and a police officer sitting on him while he was driven away screaming." more ...
  • 107) 10:47 GMT, Sep. 28, 2004 |  + Tiger rebel leaders to travel to Europe amid war fears in Lanka
    Tamil Tiger rebel leaders were set to travel to Europe on Wednesday for talks on Sri Lanka's stalled peace process, as fears that the island nation could slide back into war fester, a senior guerrilla official said. The Tigers' political chief, SP Thamilselvan, will lead a 14-member team to Geneva, Switzerland, where they will hold talks with legal experts — mostly overseas Tamils — about the deadlock with the government, a senior rebel delegate said on condition of anonymity on Tuesday. Chief rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham, who is based in London, will join the talks, he said. Swiss foreign ministry officials were expected to participate in the talks' opening session on Friday. The rebels' controversial proposal for self-rule is expected to be on the top of the agenda, said the delegate. more ...
  • 108) 12:36 GMT, Sep. 28, 2003 |  + Kofi Annan's Sri Lanka visit runs into storm over meeting with Tigers
    UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's scheduled visit to Sri Lanka next month was in doubt over government opposition to his meeting Tamil Tiger guerrillas in rebel-held territory, press reports here said Sunday. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had asked Annan to visit the guerrilla-held Wanni region while in Sri Lanka, but the plan was opposed by the government, according to the reports by the two newspapers' correspondents in New York. The Sunday Leader said the government "objected to the secretary general meeting the LTTE leadership in the Wanni since it could be interpreted as giving the rebel organisation the status of a separate state." more ...
  • 109) 12:33 GMT, Sep. 28, 2003 |  + SLMM meets LTTE
    In a meeting convened on an initiative by the LTTE, the Head of the SLMM Maj. General Tryggve Tellefsen, his deputy Hagrup Haughland, all the District Heads of SLMM, the Local Monitoring Committee (LMC) members and the LTTE political heads of the various districts, were addressed by Mr. S.P. Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Wing of the LTTE, in the headquarters in Kilinochchi. In his keynote address Mr. Tamilselvan explained to the congregation the purpose of convening this meeting. "Reviewing the activities of the SLMM during the past 18 months and putting in place the necessary practical modalities relating to successfully upholding the ceasefire agreement", said Mr. Tamilselvan, and was the purpose of the meeting. more ...
  • 110) 12:17 GMT, Sep. 28, 2003 |  + Spotlight on children of women prisoners
    With Prisons authorities looking for ways to lessen the overcrowding of prisons, the question of children who languish in jail, as their mothers are serving a prison term, is receiving attention. At the Welikada prison there are children in the age group of two to five, languishing in jail along with their mothers. What the children get usually as meals is a portion from their mother's plate. 'The children here have no basic facilities like soap, bedspreads, pillow cases, toys or medicine. They need sweets and fruits and there must be social institutions that can come to their aid', Mr. Marzook said. more ...
  • 111) 11:44 GMT, Sep. 28, 2003 |  + Tigers, Eastern Muslims strike bargain
    In a new turn of event, the LTTE and Eastern Muslims civil society organisations have reached agreements on several crucial issues, resulting in restoration of normal life in Batticaloa and Ampara districts. At the meeting held last week, LTTE Eastern Commander Col. Karuna Amman had agreed to organise a similar meeting with regard to resettlement of Muslims in the North after consultation with LTTE political leader S. P. Thamilselvan, Secretary General of the North-East Muslim Peace Assembly (NEMPA), an umbrella organisation of the Muslims' civil society organisation said. NEMPA was formed after a meeting in Colombo on September 6-7 among leaders of the 20 Muslim civil society organisations, mainly to discuss the problems of human security in the North and East and other important issues with both the Government and the LTTE. more ...
  • 112) 18:24 GMT, Sep. 28, 2002 |  + NGOs slam government and donors for no interest in Jaffna
    Even as the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE agreed during talks in Sattahip on a joint committee to implement rehabilitation and resettlement programmes in the northeast, NGOs working in Jaffna protested that no significant rehabilitation work has taken place in the seven months the Ceasefire Agreement has been in operation. Rehabilitation work that includes executing the Jaffna Master Plan, in which the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority of the North (RRAN) was expected to play the lead role is yet to be implemented, NGO circles in Jaffna said. more ...
  • 113) 12:27 GMT, Sep. 28, 2002 |  + Government, rebels swap prisoners in Sri Lanka
    As part of ongoing peace efforts, Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels Saturday exchanged prisoners of war, with the rebels claiming they have turned over the last of the government prisoners in their custody. Sri Lanka's army and navy chiefs and Tamil Tiger commanders sat at the same table for the first time in two decades, exchanging seven soldiers for 11 members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam. Those freed looked healthy and were smiling. more ...
  • 114) 12:24 GMT, Sep. 28, 2002 |  + "Muslims rights should be respected" - Karuna
    "We must respect the rights of Muslims. We will create an environment where the three communities who live in our area can live in unity. We are not warmongers. We have come forward openly to achieve the legitimate aspirations of Tamils through peaceful negotiations," said a senior commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Colonel Karuna Amman, addressing a large gathering at the concluding event of the fifteenth death anniversary of late LTTE senior commander Lt.Colonel Thileepan Thursday evening held at Vellaveli in the Batticaloa district. more ...
  • 115) 12:21 GMT, Sep. 28, 2002 |  + Tigers, Sri Lankan troops exchange POWs amid emotional scenes
    Troops and Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday swapped prisoners at an emotional ceremony in northern Sri Lanka marking the island's biggest public display yet of rapprochement. Government soldiers and their long-time enemy, the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), met inside what is officially a no-man's land at this de-facto frontier post in the island's north. Under a plastic sheet tent, Sri Lankan troops and the LTTE exchanged 18 prisoners held by the two sides, some for as long as nine years, who were immediately reunited with their families.
    - Prisoners exchanged in Sri Lanka - BBC
    - POW Swap Highlights Sri Lanka Peace Bid - Reuters
    - Prisoners swapped in Sri Lanka - The Age
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  • 116) 12:12 GMT, Sep. 28, 2002 |  + Chandrika's ex-security chief suspended
    Sri Lanka President Chandirka Kumaratunga's former chief security officer, who had has been accused of misusing his powers during the previous government, has been barred from service after being on compulsory leave for more than three months. President's former chief security officer, Superintendent of Police Nihal Karunaratne has been barred with effect from Wednesday as the investigations into various allegations were being taken up in courts. more ...
  • 117) 19:32 GMT, Sep. 28, 2001 |  + My Two Twin Brothers, You.
    That sunny Tuesday morning I saw you burn My two twin brothers you. Smoke ? dark and ominous Reaching out to the skies. My skin was on fire; my heart molten I stood still. Time stood still. Within an hour or two You were both gone. My two twin brothers you. more ...
  • 118) 14:12 GMT, Sep. 28, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka's Marxist-backed government faces ouster move
    Sri Lanka's main opposition Friday took another step in its struggle to topple the Marxist-backed government, officials said. The opposition United National Party (UNP) put forward a resolution seeking the removal of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's minority government which is propped up by the leftist JVP, or People's Liberation Front. more ...
  • 119) 13:51 GMT, Sep. 28, 2001 |  + Continuing sexual violence in upcountry
    Sexual assault, murder and robbery have become the order of the day in the upcountry. In particular, sexual violence is increasing by the day. Sexual assaults are being carried out on young women who were later killed and their bodies thrown into rivers, dams and jungles. Three rapecases followed by murder were reported from the upcountry during the last two months. A young woman from Ippulpitiya Estate, Nawalapitiya was hijacked from September 3rd, raped and killed. The woman was sexually assaulted at a check point, in Maradana was also from the upcountry. more ...
  • 120) 13:43 GMT, Sep. 28, 2001 |  + Bindunuwewa Commission: No civilian told that police used tear-gas to disperse the mobs
    Inspector of Police Linton Ratnayake of the CID told the Bindunuwewa Commission that no civilian had told the CID team investigating the massacre that the police used tear-gas to disperse the mobs who broke into the ill-fated camp premises on October 25. "It was only ASP Dayarathne who told me that the police used teargas to disperse the crowd. Neither did any other police officer, nor any civilian testify to this", he said. more ...
  • 121) 11:37 GMT, Sep. 28, 2001 |  + U.S. Policy on Terrorism: Think Globally and Don't Interfere Locally
    The Bush approach is welcome in Europe, according to senior officials in Berlin, London and Paris interviewed Thursday on condition of anonymity, because the self-prescribed U.S. limitations facilitate the formation of the broadest possible international coalition. "It means that we're not entangling everyone in campaigns in Ulster or about the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka or Basque terrorists in Spain or terrorists in Latin America or indeed guerrillas in Chechnya," a British official said. more ...
  • 122) 11:23 GMT, Sep. 28, 2001 |  + ‘Don’t resettle in areas mined by SLA’ - LTTE
    The Liberation Tigers said Friday that displaced civilians in Jaffna are being resettled in areas where land mines laid by the Sri Lanka army haven’t been removed. They said that the family of six that was killed in a land mine explosion on 24 September was among the displaced residents who were resettled in Irupalai where no SLA mines fields have been cleared so far. Meanwhile, Jaffna court sources said that residents of Irupalai had complained to Jaffna District Judge T. Vignarajah about the danger they face from land mines left behind in the village by the SLA when he visited the scene of the explosion that killed the family on 24 September. The sources said that the matter would be recorded at the inquest. more ...
  • 123) 09:26 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan monks ask Thai clergy to help fight Tigers: report
    Delegates from Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy have appealed to Thailand's most senior monk to help stop Tamil Tiger rebels from reportedly using the country as a hub for gun-running and fund-raising, a report said Thursday. more ...
  • 124) 09:25 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka bloodshed escalates ahead of polls as Tigers hit back
    Thousands of troops backed by aircraft and artillery pounded Tamil rebel positions in northern Sri Lanka Thursday after intense ground battles that killed over 80 on both sides, officials said. more ...
  • 125) 09:19 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Rebel Thrust Forces Sri Lanka Army to Pull Back
    Battles raged on the Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday as fresh rebel onslaughts forced the military to withdraw from some areas. "In some places we have moved back about one kilometer and in other areas a little more," military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told Reuters by telephone. more ...
  • 126) 09:18 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka counts the dead after heavy fighting
    Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels were counting their casualties in hundreds Wednesday, a day after intense battles in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, officials here said. more ...
  • 127) 03:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + `Flexible' job skills, experience, to benefit would-be immigrants
    The immigration department plans to introduce more flexibility into the way it determines the job skills of potential immigrants. Changes to the point system used to select independent immigrants, outlined in a discussion paper obtained by The Star, would triple the number of points awarded for work experience. more ...
  • 128) 02:42 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Govt. secures US expertise on reporting military matters
    The government this week obtained advice from the US government specialists on ways and means of dealing with the media with regard to the ongoing military operations and other related matters, officials said yesterday. A four-member group of senior Public Affairs Officers of the US National Guard on Tuesday and Wednesday met approximately 20 armed forces, police and defence ministry officials dealing with the print and the electronic media, they said. more ...
  • 129) 02:35 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Tamil Tigers say offensive underway
    Tamil Tigers rebels in Sri Lanka say they have launched a major counter-offensive against the Sri Lankan army in the northern Jaffna peninsula. The rebels' radio station, the Voice of the Tigers, claims that it has attacked the military's positions on six fronts, and that hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed or wounded. more ...
  • 130) 01:58 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Chandrika pushes Jaffna campaign with eye on polls
    But at stake are not just a few more square kilometres of territory, but more seats in the coming Parliamentary elections. The Opposition has been harping on the ``political motive'' of the new Jaffna campaign since it began on September 3. The military and President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) deny the insinuation, but Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake himself seemed to give the game away when at a recent public meeting he reportedly predicted the recapture of Elephant Pass ``before October 10.'' `The timing of the present operation can be quite easily linked with the elections,'' Major General (retd) Ashok Mehta says. ``Any victory howsoever small should be a big boost for the Government.'' more ...
  • 131) 20:19 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka bombs rebels after Jaffna pullback
    Sri Lankan jets hit back at rebel-held positions on Thursday as troops tried to recover from fresh rebel onslaughts that forced them to withdraw from some areas in the northern Jaffna peninsula. more ...
  • 132) 19:04 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Tigers interdict Kilali supply route
    The supply route to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Sri Lanka Navy base at Kilali from Eluthumadduval is unusable due to the fighting in the area sources in Jaffna said Thursday night. A Sri Lanka army official in Jaffna, however, said that Kilali is now linked to the A9 highway by an alternative road from Mirusuvil; and that the army and the SLN's Special Boat Squadron (SBS) are resisting assaults by the troops of the Liberation Tigers on their positions at Kilali. more ...
  • 133) 13:48 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Rebel gains could hurt Sri Lanka govt poll hopes
    The Sri Lankan government"s hopes of a series of military victories ahead of next month"s general elections threatened to backfire on Thursday as Tamil Tiger rebels gained ground in the country"s north. "This was obviously not in the script," a Western diplomat told Reuters after the military was forced to pull back from its lines in the country"s northern Jaffna peninsula in the face of a massive onslaught by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). According to the original script, the military launched a series of small offensives on September 3, the day before campaigning got under way for the October 10 elections. more ...
  • 134) 12:33 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Rebel gains could hurt Sri Lanka govt poll hopes
    The Sri Lankan government's hopes of a series of military victories ahead of next month's general elections threatened to backfire on Thursday as Tamil Tiger rebels gained ground in the country's north. more ...
  • 135) 12:17 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Fighting rages in northern Sri Lanka
    Fierce fighting is raging in northern Sri Lanka, with Tamil Tiger rebels saying they have made advances against government forces. more ...
  • 136) 11:38 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Rebels Overrun Govt Defenses In Northern Jaffna
    Firing heavy artillery and mortars, Tamil Tiger rebels broke through government defenses to advance 1 mile along the main highway linking the northern Jaffna Peninsula with the rest of the country, the guerrillas said Thursday. More than 150 government soldiers were killed and more than 500 wounded in the fierce Wednesday battles, the rebels reported on their Internet Web site. The rebels began the "Unceasing Waves" operations last year, overrunning army camps in the Vanni, the large tract of land south of the Jaffna Peninsula. Each successive "Unceasing Waves" operation has brought the rebels closer to Jaffna city, their former capital which government troops captured in 1995. The rebels said their fighters had advanced on six fronts Wednesday, overrunning hundreds of army defense bunkers and small camps. more ...
  • 137) 11:32 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Rebel Thrust Forces Sri Lanka Army to Pull Back
    Battles raged on the Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday as fresh rebel onslaughts forced the military to withdraw from some areas. ``In some places we have moved back about one kilometer and in other areas a little more,'' military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne. ``One hundred and fifty Sri Lankan troops have been killed and more than 500 injured in the the Muhamalai-Kilali sector of the southernmost army defenses in the Jaffna peninsula,'' - LTTE Statement. Soon after the army declared victory near Chavakachcheri, the LTTE counter-attacked near Pallai, Kilali and Nagar Kovil. Independent verification is not possible because journalists are barred from the war zone except when on military guided tours. more ...
  • 138) 11:25 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Top Thai monk refuses to get involved in Lanka
    Thailand's top Buddhist monk has refused to use his good offices in urging the government to exterminate suspected Sri Lankan rebel bases here, the patriarch's office said Thursday. Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Yanasangvorn made that clear while responding to a plea by his Sri Lankan counterpart, an official in Somdet's office, Visith Pongpatanajit, said. more ...
  • 139) 09:29 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Fighting close to SLA garrisons
    Fighting raged close to the defence perimeters of the Sri Lanka army bases in Eluthumadduval and Kilali through the early hours of Thursday morning as troops of the Liberation Tigers that had overwhelmed several layers of the SLA's forward defence localities in this sector pressed on with their multi-pronged assault. The commanders of the SLA, Sri Lanka Air Force and Navy flew to Jaffna to co-ordinate efforts to re-organise defences and to regain some of the key forward defence localities captured by the Tigers Tuesday. more ...
  • 140) 00:58 GMT, Sep. 28, 2000 |  + Unceasing Waves 4: 150 Sri Lankan Troops Killed: 500 Injured
    Click Here for Unceasing Waves 1,2,3, ..... LTTE combat formations supported by heavy artillery and mortar fire launched a massive offensive operation code-named 'Unceasing Waves 4' yesterday evening around 4p.m in the Killali-Muhamalai-Nagar Kovil axis of the southern Jaffna peninsula about 20 kilometres from Elephant Pass. In a six- frontal offensive assault the Tamil Tiger commando units over-ran hundreds of army defence bunkers and several mini-camps along the well-fortified military perimeter. more ...
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  • 142) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + Exit poll cheer for BJP
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  • 143) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + With results a week away,Congress, BJP begin jockeying for power
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  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + LOVE OF THIS GOVT IS ONLY FOR THE SINHALA
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  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + Army to inspire students to join the Services
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  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + No need for UN intervention in Sri Lanka
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  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + Cell phones dangerous at gas pump?
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  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + Put your questions to Javier Solana
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  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + Lanka resents UN comments on killings
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  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + UN role in Lanka under attack
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  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + NEHRU-GANDHI SEATS - Family Estate
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  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1999 |  + 120 PLOTE cadres face arrest
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  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1998 |  + Kilinochchi base captured - LTTE
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  • 154) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1998 |  + Casualties mount in Kilinochchi battle
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  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka clashes leave 200 dead
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  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1998 |  + Heavy casualties in Kilinochchi?
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  • 157) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1998 |  + Grave delay over Chemmani
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  • 158) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1998 |  + Seeking money for war in lieu of men?
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  • 159) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1998 |  + Lanka heads for mid-term presidential polls
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  • 160) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 28, 1998 |  + Missing Lankans' relatives appeal to UNHRC
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