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May 22, 2017 - Memory of the Day

Sri Lanka feels the heat

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1972 | Constitution amended to make Ceylon an independent republic
    Constitution amended to make Ceylon an independent republic, changing the name to Sri Lanka, giving preeminence to Buddhism and diluting even the modicum of minority rights. Sinhala language been affirmed as the single official language of the courts and the administration. Section 29(2) of the Soulbury constitution was eliminated in the new constitution.
  • 1996 | Six civilians including a child of two years old killed
    Sri Lankan soldiers entered the home of these people and deliberately killed them by hacking them to death in .Madduvil, Thenmaratchi, Jaffna
  • 1996 | Four men and a woman killed
    Sri Lankan army summarily executed five Tamil civilians in another incident in the same village (Madduvil, Thenmaratchi, Jaffna).
  • 1958 | Sinhala mobs at Vavuniya murdering 4 Tamils!
    Sinahala mobs at Vavuniya stop a train murdering four delegates to a Tamil Federal Party convention.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Refugees protest against detention
    142 Tamil refugees being held at the Glass factory detention centre in Trincomalee staged a token protest this morning urging the authorities to send them back to their homes in the Jaffna peninsula said sources in the eastern town.
  • 1998 | SLA boms Tamil fishermn, 2 killed
    Two fishermen were killed and 11 were injured yesterday in an aerial bombing carried out by Kfir war planes in Silawaththai, Mullaitivu. A group of Tamil fishermen drawing their nets in the coastal waters was the target of this attack. Ponnuthurai Karunakaran, 22, died on the spot while Kandiah Rasaratnam died as he was being taken to Puthukudiyiruppu hospital. Three of the injured are on a critical list. They are: S Uthayakumar, 32, and Santhirasekaram, 35, both from Kallapadu and K Yogendiran, 21, from Uduppukulam.
  • 2000 | Refugee influx resumes
    RAMANATHAPURAM, MAY 21. With the LTTE reportedly advancing towards Jaffna, Tamil refugees from various parts of Sri Lanka have started arriving here. A fresh batch of 24 families consisting of 72 Sri Lankan Tamils, including 32 women and 14 children, landed in Arichalmunai near Dhanuskodi from Pesalai on Sunday after a long gap of 12 days.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 48 | ஆற்றின் ஒழுக்கி அறனிழுக்கா இல்வாழ்க்கை
    நோற்பாரின் நோன்மை உடைத்து.
    Others it sets upon their way, itself from virtue ne'er declines;
    Than stern ascetics' pains such life domestic brighter shines.
    - 5 5
  • May 22 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) May 22, 2017 11:03:36 GMT |  + Sri Lanka president switches foreign, finance ministers in reshuffle
    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena switched the foreign and finance ministers in a major cabinet reshuffle on Monday. Managala Samaraweera, who has been foreign minister since January 2015, was appointed as finance and media minister. He swaps roles with Ravi Karunanayake, who takes over at external affairs, Sirisena's spokesman Dharmasri Ekanayake told Reuters. more ...
  • 2) May 22, 2017 10:52:42 GMT |  + Escalating Violence: Renewed assaults on the Muslim community
    Post war Sri Lanka saw a wave of attacks targeting the Muslim community by Buddhist extremist groups. The Mahinda Rajapaksa government allowed these extremists free rein, which caused extensive damage, including injuries and the damaging of Muslim-owned property. This resulted in the Muslims voting en-bloc to overthrow the once indispensable Rajapaksa regime.In the absence of stern action by the Government or the Buddhist hierarchy of Mahanayake’s, Ven. Gnanasara and company went on a major racist offensive against the minorities. Did Yahapalanaya consider these racist assaults as freedom of expression or did the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government of good governance provide subtle support to these extremists in the hope that they could break the dominance of the Sinhala Buddhist vote bank by the Rajapaksa’s joint opposition? more ...
  • 3) May 22, 2016 10:58:29 GMT |  + As Sri Lanka reels under worst disaster in a decade, start-ups do their bit to help out
    As Sri Lanka struggles to deal with the devastation caused this week by Cyclone Roanu, which left floods, landslides and at least 58 people dead in its wake, citizens are pitching in to help with government relief initiatives. Assisting with these efforts are local start-ups. “As start-ups, we can bring to the table innovations, new technology and new thinking," said Jiffry Zulfer, Chief Executive Officer of PickMe, a local taxi-hailing app in the vein of Uber and Ola. more ...
  • 4) May 22, 2015 20:47:25 GMT |  + Tamils brave harassment, threats to mourn their dead
    Organising a religious service to commemorate 18 May 2009 was like experiencing a horror story, full of fear and suspense, with an uncertain end. Until the last moment I was not sure if anybody would dare to turn up for the event – the first of its kind in the six years since the war in Sri Lanka ended. I went to Mullivaikkal Church three days in advance to check the arrangements as I was in charge of organising the event. On the way there I could see that the situation was getting tense; policemen were deployed along the road that leads to Mullivaikkal... more ...
  • 5) May 22, 2015 20:33:29 GMT |  + Meher Khalil: The ordinary bus driver who turned Sri Lanka’s ‘hero’
    Meher Khalil earned fame and success after saving Sri Lanka’s cricket team from a deadly 2009 attack in Pakistan, but the bus driver calls the incident “tragic” and says it is best forgotten. The 43-year-old will be one of the guests of honour at Lahore’s Gaffafi Stadium on Friday, when Pakistan play Zimbabwe in their first home international since the notorious incident. Khalil was driving the team’s bus when it was attacked by rocket launcher and machine gun-wielding extremists in an assault that left eight people dead and seven players injured. more ...
  • 6) May 22, 2015 20:32:30 GMT |  + Growing danger of landslides in Sri Lanka
    Government authorities are once again issuing landslide warnings as Sri Lanka’s central hills are being hit by heavy monsoon rains. On April 20, a massive landslide hit the Haldummulla area in the Badulla district, not far from last October’s Meeriyabedda disaster, one of the worst in Sri Lanka’s history. The Meeriyabedda landslide claimed 37 lives, all of whom were tea plantation workers living in miserable line-room accommodation. Fortunately no one was killed at Haldummulla. more ...
  • 7) May 22, 2015 4:04:17 GMT |  + AIADMK paves way for Jayalalithaa to return as Tamil Nadu CM
    All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo J Jayalalithaa was on Friday unanimously elected its legislature party leader, paving the way for her return as a chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fourth time. An early morning meeting of party MLAs in Chennai elected her unanimously, party sources said. Party Treasurer and Chief Minister O Panneeerselvam forwarded the motion to elect her as legislature party leader which was seconded by Electricity Minister Natham R Vishwanathan, the sources said, adding, it was adopted unanimously. more ...
  • 8) May 22, 2013 23:14:24 GMT |  + Sri Lanka president's son faces rugby misconduct claims
    Sri Lanka's rugby authorities are investigating President Mahinda Rajapaksa's rugby-playing son after claims that he assaulted a referee. One report says Rohitha Rajapaksa has been suspended from the game but the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) denies this. Witnesses said they saw Mr Rajapaksa, 22, physically attack the referee after his side lost a match this month. Rugby is the island's most popular sport after cricket. more ...
  • 9) May 22, 2013 13:08:09 GMT |  + Sri Lanka remembers to forget
    On 18 May 2013 the government of Sri Lanka ‘celebrated’ the fourth Victory Day, or as the state-owned newspaper the Daily News referred to it, ‘Humanitarian Victory Day’. On the same day in Vavuniya in the North, members of the public along with politicians organised an event in memory of those who lost their lives during the last stages of the armed conflict in 2009. The government ceremonies were a show of pomp, military might and triumphalism. In these celebrations, although state forces that lost their lives were remembered and honoured, any mention of civilians who were killed and those who are still missing was absent.
  • 10) May 22, 2013 13:07:02 GMT |  + A bloodied childhood in war-torn Sri Lanka
    Sri Lankan Tamil poet and journalist Theepachelvan Pratheepan shares the experiences of his petrified childhood days spent in the war-torn island nation with Rediff.com’s Shobha Warrier. He was born when the ethnic conflict and the war broke out in 1983 in Sri Lanka [ Images ]. He grew up listening to fighter planes hovering over his head and watching men, women and children walking hundreds of kilometres in search of safety. more ...
  • 11) May 22, 2013 13:06:03 GMT |  + Narayanasamy supports ban on pro-Tamil Eelam meeting
    Union minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday came out in support of Tamil Nadu government for its decision to ban a pro-Tamil Eelam public meeting at Cuddalore, in which JKLF chairman Yasin Malik was to participate, saying the step was right and "in the interest of law and order." "Law and order comes within the purview of the state government and hence Tamil Nadu Government has taken the right step to deny permission for the meeting by the Naam Tamizhar Katchi yesterday," he told reporters here. more ...
  • 12) May 22, 2013 13:03:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka denies scuttling power devolution
    Sri Lanka denied Wednesday plans to roll back power sharing mechanisms with the Tamil minority despite attempts to stop long overdue elections in the former war-torn north. Technology and Research Minister Champika Ranawaka announced Tuesday plans to present an act in parliament next week to abolish provincial councils and the India-backed 13th constitutional amendment, reports Xinhua. The main Tamil political party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has insisted that it would not contest the upcoming elections in the north if police and land powers were taken away by the government.
  • 13) May 22, 2013 13:02:31 GMT |  + Sri Lanka army to reduce presence in northern Jaffna
    The Sri Lanka army has said that it would reduce the number of military camps in the former rebel stronghold of northern Jaffna and hand over lands back to their original owners. “We will reduce the existing 17 military camps in Jaffna to just three,” Army chief Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya said. The fourteen camps pulled out from different parts of Jaffna would be relocated in the main Palaly cantonment, he said on Tuesday. more ...
  • 14) May 22, 2013 13:01:24 GMT |  + Sri Lanka opposition says government threatened to sack strikers
    Sri Lanka's opposition parties and trade unions accused the government on Tuesday of threatening state employees with the sack if they took part in planned street protests against a sharp rise in electricity prices. Only a few hundred people joined the demonstrations, coordinated by the political opposition and trade unions, despite expectations of much larger crowds on the streets of Colombo. The government rejected the accusations, saying that the planned walkout had simply failed.
  • 15) May 22, 2013 13:00:55 GMT |  + Australian Tamils mark end of Sri Lankan civil war
    More than a thousand people from Australia's Sri Lankan Tamil community have attended a ceremony in western Sydney to mark the fourth anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan civil war. More than a thousand people from Australia's Sri Lankan Tamil community have attended a ceremony in western Sydney to mark the fourth anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan civil war. One of the organisers, Seran Sribalan, said it was an emotional occasion.
  • 16) May 22, 2013 13:00:01 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's BBS: an old spectre in new garb?
    The latest, and perhaps most disturbing development in post-war Sri Lanka’s ethnic relations is the recent rise of a Buddhist activist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS-Buddhist power force), driven against Sri Lankan Muslims, the island’s third ethnic minority. BBS explains its mission as strengthening the Buddhist faith in the island, providing spiritual leadership and saving Sinhala Buddhism from external threats. A more vicious strategy has emerged however with Muslims as the prime target, a perceived threat to the Sinhala Buddhist community’s ethno-religious majority.
  • 17) May 22, 2013 12:58:09 GMT |  + Tribute paid to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary
    Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was today remembered on his 22nd death anniversary with leaders paying homage at his memorial in Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the late leader's wife and Congress President Sonia Gandhi offered flowers at his memorial 'Vir Bhumi' in the capital. Mrs Gandhi was also joined by son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka and son-in-law Robert Vadra. more ...
  • 18) May 22, 2012 17:24:59 GMT |  + Gupta on Rajaratnam's "important people" list-witness
    Former Goldman Sachs director and McKinsey & Co executive Rajat Gupta was on a list of "important people" that now-imprisoned hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam was willing to be disturbed to take their phone calls, his onetime secretary testified at Gupta's insider-trading trial on Tuesday. One of the allegations is that on September 23, 2008, Gupta called Rajaratnam 16 seconds after a special Goldman board meeting approved the $5 billion investment by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. They said Rajaratnam then ordered his traders to buy Goldman stock with just minutes left in the trading day, reaping illegal profits. more ...
  • 19) May 22, 2012 16:34:28 GMT |  + OECD urges Canadian interest rate hike
    The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is again urging Canada's central bank to begin hiking interest rates. In its latest economic outlook issued Tuesday, the Paris-based research group suggests Canada's benchmark rate go up .25 per cent this fall in the first of a series of hikes that would see the overnight target rate hit 2.25 per cent by the end of 2013. "It is assumed here that the first policy rate increase will be implemented in autumn 2012, which is a few months ahead of current market expectations," the report states. "However, on this projection, further increases towards the neutral rate will also be needed in 2013 to hit the inflation target."
  • 20) May 22, 2012 14:26:54 GMT |  + Tragedy of the Sri Lankan State: Erosion of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Person
    ...demilitarised our island and restored the right to life liberty and security of person which had got heavily eroded due to the ravages of war and rebellion. Instead, we moved in the opposition direction. We increased our military expenditure which is now the highest in the region as a percentage of GDP and started fighting a phantom war... realised that we were on the wrong path and that the tragedy of the erosion of the right to life, liberty and security of person will remain. I sensed that there would be a backlash but never guessed that it would be from Geneva. more ...
  • 21) May 22, 2012 14:21:58 GMT |  + Sri Lanka demands War Crimes against LTTE Terrorists and India’s IPKF
    We have come to a stage in history that we need to put things in its perspective by not shying away from demanding actions on two key areas that now needs to be investigated. It is only by investigating who the LTTE was, what LTTE was involved in, the players who sponsored and supported the LTTE over the years, LTTE war crimes over 3 decades, victims of LTTE terror (civil and military) as well as investigating the war crimes, rape, looting and indiscriminate firing upon innocent Tamil civilians by the Indian Peace Keeping Force sent by India following India’s intervention in Sri Lanka forcing the signing of the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord ....
  • 22) May 22, 2012 14:17:21 GMT |  + MPs urge review for indefinite detainees
    LABOR backbenchers are agitating for Immigration Minister Chris Bowen to resolve the fate of refugees branded a threat by intelligence agencies and locked in indefinite detention. The government will seek to quell backbench anxiety - especially among the Left faction - with a special briefing tonight by Mr Bowen and Attorney-General Nicola Roxon to explain attempts to break the impasse. The proposal follows the case of a pregnant Sri Lankan woman, Ranjini, who was taken into detention with her two children in Sydney a fortnight ago after an adverse ASIO assessment, despite living for more than a year in Melbourne. more ...
  • 23) May 22, 2012 13:41:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka main Tamil party backs removal of military camps from north
    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan told the media that his party would continue to press for the removal of military camps in the former war-torn northern part of the country. Sri Lanka's key commission on accountability appointed by the president, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has also recommended that military camps be removed from the north.
  • 24) May 22, 2012 13:38:46 GMT |  + Fonseka a pawn in game to checkmate Rajapaksa: Lanka media
    While Sri Lanka's state media chose to ignore Sarath Fonseka's release from prison, pro-government newspapers said on Tuesday that the former army chief had become a "political pawn" in the hands of foreign countries against President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The story of Fonseka's release dominated the local media, with many a speculation about the war hero's future political plans. The English, Sinhala and even Tamil press leads with Fonseka's comment that he would dedicate himself to serving the people -- a hint that he would continue to lead his Democratic National Alliance. The state media's silence over Fonseka's release, however, was deafening.
  • 25) May 22, 2012 11:36:05 GMT |  + The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Moving Sri Lanka Forward
    As Sri Lanka emerges from a war that spanned three decades, The Agenda examines what is next for the island nation.
  • 26) May 22, 2012 11:24:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Sarath Fonseka urges co-operation over war
    Sri Lanka must co-operate with any international investigation into alleged war crimes, ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka has told the BBC, a day after his release from jail. He said some Sri Lankan leaders were "hiding their faces" over the conduct of the war, as if they were guilty. But Mr Fonseka, who led the army to its 2009 victory over Tamil rebels, denied thousands of civilians had been killed. There have have been repeated calls for an international probe into the war. more ...
  • 27) May 22, 2012 11:19:17 GMT |  + The Sarath Fonseka Riddle
    Why did President Mahinda Rajapakse, this week, release on presidential pardon, his arch rival and supposed war hero General Sarath Fonseka (SF), imprisoned by a military tribunal in a process which most perceive as a kangaroo court, and on charges that carry little credence in the public mind? Questions of miscarriage of justice to one side, this column will examine a few theories in circulation in Colombo about this turn of events. The straightforward explanation is that SF is quite ill and it would be politically problematic if he died in custody. If this were to happen rumours that the government had eliminated him would be impossible to scotch.
  • 28) May 22, 2012 11:18:15 GMT |  + Sinhala-Buddhist temple opened to ‘celebrate’ genocide at Mu’l’livaaykkaal
    Coinciding the third anniversary of Mu’l’livaaykkaal genocide, a secretly built Sinhala-Buddhist stupa was inaugurated at Vaddu-vaakal, the entrance to the Mu’l’livaaykkaal genocidal strip of land in Mullaiththeevu. As the Tamil public is yet to be allowed into the stretch of land, the building of the stupa at the genocidal site went unnoticed until its inauguration. Two weeks ago, Colombo opened a coastal road built by Chinese, linking Mu’l’livaaukkaal with Kokku’laay and Pulmoaddai where Sinhala colonisation takes place in high speed. Mu’l’livaaykkaal has already become a ‘tourist’ place for the Sinhalese from the South. While the ‘tourists’ and the Sinhala colonists using the new road are permitted to roam in the stretch of land, Tamils are not permitted to get out of the vehicles. more ...
  • 29) May 22, 2012 11:17:24 GMT |  + Sad Tale of Sri Lanka Tamils-What happened and what needs to be done?
    Sri Lanka Tamils worldwide have a strong affinity towards India, most of them follow with interest actions taken by or policy of the Government of India to advance an equitable solution to the long standing Sinhala-Tamil conflict; as well as take notice of views of political parties of different persuasions, writings and media presentations of opinion makers in India with a glimpse of hope that India’s intervention will bring about a just outcome. The current situation is due to four and a half centuries of colonial rule by Portuguese, Dutch and finally British who thought that the proposed Sri Lanka constitution at the time of Independence in 1948, provided protection to minority communities: Eelam Tamils ...
  • 30) May 22, 2012 11:12:35 GMT |  + 'MV Sun Sea' still tied up at Nanaimo wharf
    A ship used to smuggle 492 Sri Lankan migrants to Canada is still tied up at a Nanaimo wharf, more than a year after it was temporarily anchored here. The MV Sun Sea, a rusting, 193-foot ship was intercepted by federal authorities off the B.C. coast in August, 2010, ending a three-month journey in which its human cargo suffered in crowded, squalid conditions. The boat, loaded with Tamil Tigers seeking a better life in Canada, was seized and stored in Greater Victoria before Canadian Border Services arranged to anchor it at Nanaimo Shipyard, in Newcastle Channel.
  • 31) May 22, 2012 11:09:26 GMT |  + Fonseka Political Pawn of Foreign Countries: SL Media
    While Sri Lanka's state media chose to ignore Sarath Fonseka's release from prison, pro-government newspapers said today that the former Army Chief had become a "political pawn" in the hands of foreign countries against President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The story of Fonseka's release yesterday dominated the local media today, with many a speculation about the war hero's future political plans. The English, Sinhala and even Tamil press leads with Fonseka's comment that he would dedicate himself to serving the people – a hint that he would continue to lead his Democratic National Alliance (DNA). The state media's silence over Fonseka's release, however, was deafening.
  • 32) May 22, 2012 1:34:10 GMT |  + Third Anniversary of the Mullivaaikkaal Massacre Remembered in New York City
    The 3rd Anniversary of the Mullivaaikkaal Massacre was commemorated by the Diaspora Tamils on Friday May 18th 2012, in front of the UN Head Quarters Plaza in New York City. The meeting commenced with a moment of silence in reverence for the tens of thousands of innocent Tamil lives snuffed out by a brutal regime and for their voiceless loved ones who survived that slaughter and are now under total subjugation in their own homeland. It was attended and represented by all the major Tamil organizations and bodies in the United States. more ...
  • 33) May 22, 2011 12:55:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger
    One sure way to keep a national genocide out of world view is to slay the journalists who would reveal the information. Sri Lanka's president subscribes to this idea and as a result, from the time he took office in 2005 until the 2009, when the Sri Lankan government crushed the Tamil resistance; between 20,000 and 100,000 people were killed. By some accounts up to 146,000 Tamil people were disappeared or killed. Severe incidents of cruelty were widely reported and documented[1]. more ...
  • 34) May 22, 2011 12:54:04 GMT |  + Japans tsunami and the parallels of Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
    Many wonder, is there any connection between “Tamil Genocide” in Sri Lanka and the “Earthquake cum Tsunami” in Japan? Japan’s twin natural disaster followed by the huge blasts that has caused further damages at nuclear power plants and fears of a nuclear meltdown may have some parallels with the genocidal war in this other tiny island nation in the Asian continent. Before scrutinizing the role of Japan in the genocide of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, let me extend my heartfelt condolences to the people of Japan in the wake of a record-breaking earthquake there that triggered a tsunami.
  • 35) May 22, 2011 12:52:54 GMT |  + Living In A Solid Waste Dump Called “Lanka”
    The university teachers’ salary issue was reduced to a “Kaalakanni” (miserable, stupid) issue by the Minister of Higher Education, when he claimed in an interview aired by a popular TV station that university teachers who want a salary increase are only turning out “Kaalakannies” out of the cream of the Advance Level students who enter university with “A” grade passes in all three subjects. more ...
  • 36) May 22, 2011 12:51:24 GMT |  + Kanimozhi's arrest 'vendetta' against DMK and my family: Karunanidhi
    Terming Kanimozhi's arrest in the 2G spectrum scam as a vendetta against his party and family, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday said his daughter's only crime was being a shareholder of 'Kalaignar TV'. "The arrest is a vendetta against DMK and my family ranging from Kanyakumari to Himalayas", Karunanidhi, sulking over his daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi's arrest, said. However, the DMK patriarch said he was confident of winning the "final war."
  • 37) May 22, 2011 12:49:58 GMT |  + Sinhalisation Continues, Not Only In Jaffna, But Also In Colombo
    I went to sleep last week living down Havelock Road and woke up in the brand spanking spruced up renamed SSJ Mawatha. The first thing that came to my mind was as to how long it would take to type in Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Mawatha into a vehicle’s satellite navigation system. I suppose by the time you got round to it, you might be in Panadura. The bright sparks who come up with street name changes are perhaps unaware of the costs involved as a result of their foolish actions. But then, they may not be aware of satellite navigation and perhaps don’t care, as long as their ethno-religious madness is satisfied. They prefer to keep the population in the dark ages. more ...
  • 38) May 22, 2010 23:16:02 GMT |  + Amidst floods Lanka faces world storm
    Troops in varied attire clutching assault rifles went through their drills many a time during rehearsals. Their battleware - tanks, armoured personnel carriers, vehicle mounted Multi Barrel Rocket Launchers, artillery guns - were ready to roll before Government leaders, officials and Colombo-based diplomats last Thursday. Television cameras were to bring those visuals live to the homes of Sri Lankans countrywide. Alas, the weather gods decided against the historic event - the first anniversary of the military defeat of Tiger guerrillas.
  • 39) May 22, 2010 23:14:10 GMT |  + Rights group calls for war crimes probe in Sri Lanka
    Calls are mounting for an international war crimes investigation in Sri Lanka one year after the country’s military crushed the separatist Tamil Tigers’ 26-year insurgency in a brutal five-month campaign. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based agency that probes rights violations around the world, says photographs and witness accounts it has collected, pointing to atrocities on both sides of the bloody conflict, “demonstrate the need for an independent international investigation into violations of the laws of war.” more ...
  • 40) May 22, 2010 23:12:33 GMT |  + How Beijing won Sri Lanka's civil war
    A year ago, one of the world's most brutal and pitiless terrorist groups, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was hunted down and exterminated on a strip of beach in the far north-east of Sri Lanka. In a war that had dragged on for 27 years, more than 80,000 on both sides had died, hundreds of thousands had lost their homes and the future of one of the most idyllic tropical islands in the world hung in the balance. Suddenly it was all over. In defiance of all predictions, the war was brought to a swift and bloody end. more ...
  • 41) May 22, 2010 23:08:07 GMT |  + One More Exercise In Denial
    The Commission of Inquiry appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 15 is clearly going to be just one more exercise in denial. In fact, all such commissions to date appointed by successive governments have been mere eye wash. Their purpose being to create confusion in the minds of the people at times when serious concerns are being expressed about the problems that are a result of a two and a half decade conflict. If Rajapaksa is indeed sincere he should be genuinely looking at rebuilding trust. Without trust, peace will remain fragile and a return to violence, which no one wants, will always be a threat.
  • 42) May 22, 2010 23:06:56 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Peiris to Meet Ban, Nambiar and Select Press, War Crimes and Internment Camp Questions Not Taken
    Eighty eight days have passed since UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced he would name a panel of experts to advise him on war crimes in Sri Lanka. Still not a single panel member has been named. Now new Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris is flying to New York to meet with Ban and his main adviser on Sri Lanka, Vijay Nambiar. Sri Lanka's Mission to the UN began inviting select journalists, most of whom never wrote about last year's bloodbath on the beach or anything else about the Island, to interview wine and dine with Mr. Peiris. They are to meet at the Waldorf=Astoria.
  • 43) May 22, 2010 23:06:44 GMT |  + Attorney General under the president
    Peter the Great is widely thought to be the man who transformed Russia. Before him it was a backward landmass that Europe ignored if not despised. He dragged old Muscovy, kicking and screaming, out of barbarian medievalism into modernity and empire. He transformed country and culture, industry and army; in popular imagery he created the Empire and is Russia’s greatest emperor. When cruel winter ensnared powerful Sweden’s greatest soldier, Charles XII, Peter scorched the earth, and nature and Emperor conspired to defeat Charles’ invading army in 1709 at Poltava. Europe had to wake up; a new great power had arrived. The Chinese are arriving differently, by exporting containers jammed chockfull of durables and inviting the whole world to come ogle the 2010 Shanghai Expo!
  • 44) May 22, 2010 23:01:40 GMT |  + Congressman's war crimes call to Clinton to dog Peiris's visit
    Congressman Steve Driehaus (D-OH), a senior member of the United States National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, in a letter to US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, asked her to "urge the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to conduct an investigation into reported human rights violations," in Sri Lanka. The Congressman points out in the letter that "[t]he pain assoicated with this [Sri Lanka's] conflict was further exacerbated as a result of alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious crimes committed during the final phase of the Sri Lanka's civil war." more ...
  • 45) May 22, 2010 22:58:24 GMT |  + Thousands of valuable trees being felled for Mullaitivu resettlement project
    The government has sanctioned the clearing of 3,920 acres of jungle in the Mullaitivu district to make way for a large-scale resettlement programme, under the Uthuru Wasanthaya (Northern Spring) programme. Resettlement Minister Milroy Fernando said the land had been set aside for 1,500 Mullaitivu families who were forced to leave the area because of the conflict, going back to 1985. “The government is responding to appeals from people who fled the area and who now want to return to their original homes,” he said.
  • 46) May 22, 2010 22:55:32 GMT |  + WOW! Promised to abolish Presidency, extended it to three terms?
    When the UPFA campaigned for a two-thirds majority in parliament to change the constitution, it was widely anticipated that any amendments the party proposed would serve to strengthen democracy. But less than two months later, we are told that among the changes to be introduced is a removal of the two-term limit on the executive presidency. It is also being suggested that the president be empowered to appoint chairpersons and members to the Election Commission, Public Service Commission, National Police Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the Permanent Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, the Finance Commission and the Delimitation Commission. This would turn the concept of independence on its head and render the Constitutional Council useless.
  • 47) May 22, 2010 22:54:45 GMT |  + ‘Prabhakaran’ — Selfish, Vindictive But A ‘Thamilean’ Hero
    Shoot me, if I betray the cause” is Prabhakaran’s most defiant public statement. A few years later, he entered into the longest of all cease fire agreements in February 2002 with Wickremesinghe’s UNP government, brokered by the Norwegians. With much promise on a negotiated solution to the conflict, Prabhakaran sat through his first and only media conference, attended by over 200 local and foreign media personnel in Kilinochchi on April 10, 2002. Asked by a journalist, whether his statement to shoot him still stands, if he gives up “Eelam”, “Yes” he said. “If I betray my people”.
  • 48) May 22, 2010 22:54:04 GMT |  + Reconciliation Com. sittings in camera
    The new commission appointed to investigate events related to one of the most widely reported South Asian insurgencies will hold its proceedings in camera in the coming months, its chairman and former Attorney General C. R. de Silva said yesterday. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), constituted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa last weekend, will not allow public viewing of its interviews with a large number of people including politicians, diplomats and armed forces personnel. “There are no provisions for public sittings. We will record all evidence in camera,” Mr. de Silva said.
  • 49) May 22, 2010 22:44:01 GMT |  + Basil will handle Indian affairs
    Senior Presidential Advisor and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa will continue to oversee matters relating to Indo-Sri Lanka relations. He undertook this task during the tenure of the previous Government where Rohitha Bogollagama was the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Sunday Times learns he will continue the role whilst G.L. Peiris remains the Minister of External Affairs. Mr. Rajapaksa was scheduled to leave for New Delhi today for talks to lay the groundwork for the official visit by President Mahinda Rajapaksa beginning June 8.
  • 50) May 22, 2010 22:43:12 GMT |  + Sri Lankan president tightens his grip
    Since his landslide election victory in January Sri Lanka’s president continues to bring key ministerial positions, including the once independent attorney general’s office, under his control, with legal experts warning the moves are undermining democracy in the country. After the appointment of a new cabinet earlier this month following Mahinda Rajapaksa’s successful re-election and his ruling party’s overwhelming victory in the parliamentary elections last month, the president has taken over the portfolios of defence, finance, ports, aviation and highways. more ...
  • 51) May 22, 2010 17:11:54 GMT |  + As floods hit Sri Lanka, UN agencies back Government relief efforts
    United Nations agencies are supporting the efforts of the Sri Lankan Government to provide relief to an estimated half a million people affected by floods in the South Asian island country following a week of torrential rainfall that has claimed the lives of at least 20 people. The UN World Food Programme will provide food for 400,000 of the affected people to supplement rations being distributed by the Sri Lankan Government, according to a situation report jointly prepared by the country’s Disaster Management Centre and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and issued yesterday. more ...
  • 52) May 22, 2010 17:10:44 GMT |  + Taking stock on the first anniversary of Internationally abetted genocide
    The Tamil struggle for independence, one of the longest running struggles of Asia, which has progressed through the Colonial phase and the World Wars, through Cold-War era and through the period of War on Terrorism and the times of economic conquest, now stands at the juncture of a paradigm shift, one-year after the end of asymmetric, but largely conventional Eezham War IV. If Eezham Tamil Nation is to advance successfully forward from where it stands, it needs to adopt its own set of paradigms, capable of not only defeating opposing maneuvers of the Sri Lankan state and the abettors from outside, but also powerful in addressing the future from a broad perspective, rising above the classical dialectic approach. more ...
  • 53) May 22, 2009 21:25:45 GMT |  + Mahinda Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka but peace may prove elusive
    The monsoon rains that rolled into Colombo this week could not dampen the street celebrations that erupted when news broke of the Government’s defeat of the Tamil Tigers. The hard-won result would have been savoured by one family above all: that of the President, Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa, who carved out victory with the help of his brothers — Gotabaya, the Defence Secretary, and Basil, who masterminded the political and diplomatic strategies that accompanied the war effort.
  • 54) May 22, 2009 21:24:49 GMT |  + Ban arrives in Sri Lanka for first-hand look at post-conflict situation
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Sri Lanka today, days after the Government declared that its military operation against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has ended. UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today that, during his visit, Mr. Ban seeks to further progress in three key areas: immediate humanitarian relief; reintegration and reconstruction; and an equitable political solution. more ...
  • 55) May 22, 2009 21:22:08 GMT |  + In Sri Lanka, Will Ban Address Blacklisting, Boosa Prison, Detentions and Right to Return?
    While for his trip to Sri Lanka UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speak of listening to the "plans and visions" of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, local sources tell Inner City Press there are a number of more concrete places and abuses he should check into. Why for example are UN vehicles not being allowed into camps the UN paid to build? Where are young men who left the conflict zone being taken, and for what? What are the Rajapaksa's commitments in terms of granting displaced Tamils a right to return in a reasonable period of time and full granting full access both to the camps and former conflict zone?
  • 56) May 22, 2009 21:18:56 GMT |  + U.N. Probes Civilian Deaths as Guns Fall Silent
    The Sri Lankan government, which has claimed military victory against a 26-year-old brutal insurgency in the country's northern and eastern provinces, will be battling charges of violating humanitarian law at a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva next week. A rash of similar charges has also been made against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which unsuccessfully fought for a separate nation state in Sri Lanka. The warring parties are accused of killing, wittingly or unwittingly, thousands of civilians, including women and children, despite several appeals by the United Nations and international humanitarian organisations to observe a no-fire zone in the conflict areas.
  • 57) May 22, 2009 18:08:35 GMT |  + UN told no guarantee for top Tigers
    UN special envoy to Sri Lanka Vijay Nambiar told The Weekend Australian he had received two approaches in the lead-up to the fatal surrender -- one from a British journalist and the other through a British ministerial demarche to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon -- asking him to convey the message that two key rebel figures wanted to surrender. "I gave the message I was asked to convey about the willingness of certain people to surrender. Other diplomats suggested I make the plea to the Government, which I did," Mr Nambiar said. "I told them (Sri Lankan government officials) and they said, 'It may be too late, we will see'."
  • 58) May 22, 2009 17:50:14 GMT |  + Banned arms' use caused high casualties in Sri Lanka, says aid worker
    Sri Lankan government forces killed or injured 25,000-30,000 civilians in the span of just a few days during its final offensive against Tamil militants, said a humanitarian worker who just left the country. The high number of casualties was caused by "a generous use" of weapons, such as cluster and chemical bombs, that are banned by international treaties and, therefore, their use represents a crime against humanity, he told Catholic News Service in Rome May 21. Today the conflict zone of Vanni "is like a burial ground, nothing left behind, no buildings, no churches, utter destruction," he said.
  • 59) May 22, 2009 17:19:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka seeks to deflect U.N. rights scrutiny
    Fending off outside criticism, Sri Lanka on Friday presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council a draft resolution stating the "principle of non-interference" in internal matters and respect for its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.The draft was backed by 12 countries: China, India, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia.Western diplomats, who are also preparing a resolution to be presented at a special Council session on Sri Lanka on Tuesday, said Colombo's developing country allies were likely to band together to deflect serious scrutiny of its record.
  • 60) May 22, 2009 14:08:05 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Ignores Calls for Access to War Refugees
    Sri Lanka’s government ignored mounting calls Friday by international relief organizations for greater access to the country’s swelling refugee camps, as the military continued to weed out suspected former Tamil Tiger rebels hiding among civilians. In a joint statement Friday, 14 international relief organizations operating in the camps said that the government had restricted the movement of their vehicles in and out of the camps, making it impossible to provide adequate services. The government rejected criticism of its handling of the refugees, describing its efforts as satisfactory.
  • 61) May 22, 2009 12:30:56 GMT |  + Last phase of Sri Lanka war killed 6,200 troops: government
    Sri Lanka has for the first time made public its heavy casualties from the last phase of the 25-year war, as the U.N. chief flew to the island on Friday to push for a rapid end to a lingering humanitarian crisis. Officials said over 6,000 soldiers were killed and nearly 30,000 injured since a battle in July 2006 that the military marks as the start of "Eelam War IV," the final stage of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • 62) May 22, 2009 12:26:05 GMT |  + In Sri Lanka, NGOs Asked for All Information, Frustrated with UN's Quiet Diplomacy
    In the last of the UN Security Council's closed door basement meetings on Sri Lanka, the UN's top humanitarian John Holmes told Council members about a proposed Memorandum of Understanding the Rajapaksa Administration wants non-governmental organizations to sign. When Inner City Press asked Holmes to explain on camera the problems with the agreement, he declined. NGOs contacted Inner City Press and complained that they were ill-positioned in Sri Lanka to stand up for changes to the proposed MOU. They expected the UN, specifically Holmes' OCHA, to do so. It has yet to happen.
  • 63) May 22, 2009 12:22:20 GMT |  + Risk of UN's Ban Being Manipulated by Sri Lanka Admitted by UN Official
    In the wake of weeks of killing in northern Sri Lanka, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and senior UN officials are headed to the island. On the first leg of the trip, a commercial flight from New York to Frankfurt to meet up with Ban and his UN plane, a senior UN official spoke to the Press on background. He acknowledged that Ban must avoid “being manipulated or part of triumphalism... by what he says, by how he behaves.” That, then, will be among the tests of the whirlwind visit. The official, who requested anonymity apparently to not outshine Ban, initially said the the internally displaced people are being cared for reasonably well.
  • 64) May 22, 2009 11:49:10 GMT |  + LTTE leadership safe: Tiger intelligence official
    Head of International Secretariat of the Intelligence wing of the LTTE, Mr. Arivazhakan, who contacted TamilNet Friday categorically denied the reports that the LTTE leader Mr. Velupillai Pirapharan has been killed. Mr. Arivazhakan urged the global Tamil community not to trust the "engineered rumours," being spread by the Government of Sri Lanka and its military establishment. "Our beloved leader is alive," he said and added that the LTTE leadership will make contact with its people at a suitable time in future.
  • 65) May 22, 2009 10:31:16 GMT |  + Tamil diaspora observes Friday as black day
    The Tamil diaspora will mark Friday as a black day to mourn those killed by the Sri Lankan forces, the Canadian Tamil Congress said. "In conjunction with the Tamil populations in Europe, the Canadian Tamils will observe Friday as a black day. We estimate that more than 25,000 innocent civilians have been killed by the Sri Lankan forces and many more displaced," said Canadian Tamil Congress spokesman David Poopalapillai. He said the 300,000-strong community will wear black dress to mourn the "victims of the Sri Lankan genocide."
  • 66) May 22, 2009 2:59:22 GMT |  +  Families trapped in Sri Lanka camps fear for missing children
    In a world where people had lost everything, she held up the photograph as if it were the most precious thing imaginable. It showed a young boy, no more than three years old, dressed in a blue and white outfit. It was Shanmugam Saraswathi's grandson Manimaran, and she had no idea where he was. "Please help me find him," she said, as she held up the picture. Ms Saraswathi – a Tamil civilian who fled the war zone in Sri Lanka's north and is now being held at a refugee camp near the city of Vavuniya – is not alone. more ...
  • 67) May 22, 2009 2:57:16 GMT |  + A Tragic Misdiagnosis: The Continued Suffering of Civilians Amongst Victory Celebrations in Sri Lanka
    "We are in fear, not just for my life, but for all the civilians and patients and staff." It was just 24 hours later that an injured Dr. Varatharajah, and several other government physicians who had remained to serve patients in the "No Fire Zone" in North Eastern Sri Lanka, were taken into military custody. Perhaps he was relieved. Though his fate in government hands will be no less than that of other dissenters ("traitors"), he would no longer have to count the bodies of those he couldn't save, find the right words to convey his desperation via satellite phone, or protect a panicked mob of patients as shells fell on the only remaining hospital in the conflict zone.
  • 68) May 22, 2009 2:55:41 GMT |  + Statement by Ministers Cannon and Oda on the Situation in Sri Lanka
    “Canada calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to allow full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all civilians affected by the conflict in that country and to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian workers. “Canada calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that humanitarian assistance is provided to affected populations in accordance with international humanitarian principles. We also call on the Government to facilitate the work of humanitarian actors, including through the provision of additional visas to enable humanitarian workers to assist populations in need. “We further call for the freedom of movement for all internally displaced persons and for the Government of Sri Lanka to facilitate the voluntary return of these persons to their homes in safety and with dignity as soon as possible.
  • 69) May 22, 2009 2:52:08 GMT |  + As Sri Lanka Savors Victory, Challenges Loom
    Every 15 minutes, Sri Lankan state television halts its normal programming to broadcast patriotic images of women in lush tea fields at sunrise, workers building power lines and troops standing guard, all accompanied by a soaring anthem in which a young beauty calls for the country's president to be crowned king. On the streets of the capital, billboards proclaim, "King Mahinda Rajapaksa: He saved us," beneath a photograph of the president hugging his brother Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's defense minister...
  • 70) May 22, 2009 2:14:11 GMT |  + Massacre of civilians and Peace Emissaries
    When Ceylon (Sri Lanka) was granted Independence by the British in 1948, the humiliation, intimidation and killing of Tamils started against one or two, then a few, then hundreds. This gradually increased to the killing of thousands. As thirty-five years of the Tamils’ non-violent struggle was continuously repressed by military means, militancy was eventually born in the island. This paved the way for an armed struggle. The Tamils in the North and East voted overwhelmingly in the 1977 General Elections in favour of exercising their Right to Self-Determination – and this mandate was taken forward by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – LTTE.
  • 71) May 22, 2008 17:15:53 GMT |  + Leader of LTTE felicitates Brigadaier Balraj
    Our movement, in its long journey towards freedom, has made many admirable sacrifices; its history is filled with so many celebrated brave deeds; it has reached numerous achievements; and it has won great military victories. The man, who was at the center of many of our Himalayan victories, the heroic military leader, who trained, guided and fought with our fighting formations and conventional brigades, is with us no more. Our nation is in profound grief at his loss.
  • 72) May 22, 2008 17:14:52 GMT |  + UN: Sri Lanka's Defeat a Victory for Human Rights Council
    UN member states enforced the standards they established for the new Human Rights Council by not re-electing Sri Lanka to the body today. Domestic and international human rights advocates who had opposed Sri Lanka's re-election to the council said the vote was a victory for human rights standards and for victims of abuse in Sri Lanka. Fifteen seats on the 47-member council were filled in the election during the UN General Assembly, in which six candidates competed for the four open seats reserved for Asian countries. The UN assembly elected Japan with 155 votes, South Korea with 139, Pakistan with 114, and Bahrain with 142 votes. Sri Lanka failed to win election with 101 votes, as did the new state of Timor Leste, which garnered 92 votes.
  • 73) May 22, 2008 12:07:13 GMT |  + Muslims shot dead in revenge by paramilitary after the killing of key operative
    Following the killing of a key paramilitary operative Shanthan and his associate of the TMVP Pillayan Group in the Muslim town of Kaaththaankudi around 11:40 a.m. Thursday, gunmen from the paramilitary group opened fire on Muslim travelers in the pre-dominant Tamil village Aaraiyampathi, 1.5 km south of the Muslim town, killing six persons, 5 Muslims including an old woman and a Sinahalese person traveling with them, Police said. Nine Muslims were wounded. Tension prevails in Kaaththaankudi and Araiyampathi. Sri Lankan police and Special Task Force commandos have been deployed in the area. A local curfew was imposed and additional forces were sent to the border village, Police said.
  • 74) May 22, 2008 12:05:13 GMT |  + Rights group urges Sri Lanka to reassess policies after losing bid for UN Human Rights Council
    An international rights group Thursday urged Sri Lanka's government to reassess its human rights policies after the war-torn island nation lost its re-election bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. New York-based Human Rights Watch in a statement called the vote "a wake up call for the Sri Lankan government" and said the country had only itself to blame for not getting re-elected to the U.N.'s most important human rights body.
  • 75) May 22, 2008 12:02:09 GMT |  + No safety net for Sri Lankan migrant workers
    Will a new agreement between licensed labour recruiters in Sri Lanka and Kuwait protect the rights of domestic workers who face serious abuse in the Gulf state? No, says one of Sri Lanka’s biggest groups working for the welfare of migrant workers which pins responsibility on shadowy sub-agents who enlist thousands of women every year as foreign domestic workers. Viola Perera, coordinator for the Action Network for Migrant Workers (ACTFORM), says "as long as they (fly-by-night agents) are not held accountable or in some cases cannot be traced, the problem will continue."
  • 76) May 22, 2008 11:44:25 GMT |  + Sri Lanka slams door on rights monitors after UN blow
    Sri Lanka's hawkish government on Thursday angrily ruled out allowing foreign monitoring of the island's human rights situation after being denied a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. "I reiterate our position again -- we don't see a need for a foreign body to monitor us. We have the necessary laws and procedures in place to monitor cases of human rights," Rohitha Bogollagama told reporters. "We don't see the vote as a defeat, it's not a setback," Bogollagama said. "In fact 101 countries backed us, which is a show of support for our government." more ...
  • 77) May 22, 2008 3:46:17 GMT |  + UN member states recognise de-facto and independent states
    World Wars-I and II (1914-1918 and 1939-1945) propelled the need and sowed the seeds for a world body, the United Nations - UN. But before the formation of the UN, soon after World War I, the League of Nations - LON was established under the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. The International Labour Organisation – ILO was also created as an affiliated organisation of the LON. By the mid-1930s, after some years of existence, it became evident that the LON was unable to exert pressure to halt the rise of fascism and Nazism in Italy and Germany. In 1935 when Italy attacked Ethiopia with mustard gas, the LON could neither stop nor penalise Italy.
  • 78) May 22, 2008 2:44:00 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Dropped From Human Rights Council
    Amid calls for additional measures to protect human rights, civil society groups that work closely with the United Nations say they are pleased with the outcome of Wednesday's election of the world body's Human Rights Council. "What happened today means people do care about human rights," Steve Crawshaw, U.N. advocacy director of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, told IPS. "We are delighted that Sri Lanka failed to get elected." more ...
  • 79) May 22, 2007 13:45:49 GMT |  + Norway refutes SL Diplomat's passport allegation against LTTE
    Norwegian Government, in a press release issued Tuesday, categorically denied that "large number of Norwegian Passports were stolen," and said that the allegation are "drawing links between unrelated matters and have no basis in reality." In an interview to the Washington Post Radio last week, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to U.S., Bernard Gunatillake, had alleged that the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) had stolen Norwegian passports and sold them to organizations including Al Qaeda. He had also alleged that a "LTTE rebel" was caught in Thailand with 700 of the stolen passports.
  • 80) May 22, 2007 12:10:55 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: An epidemic of lawlessness
    After observing the situation of the rule of law in Sri Lanka for several years and meticulously observing recent developments, the Asian Human Rights Commission is compelled to announce that what Sri Lanka is facing now is a situation of lawlessness of epidemic proportions. Such lawlessness is manifested by the ongoing abductions and forced disappearances, the spate of crime in all areas of life, the increase of violence in civil society where even entire families are wiped out and the use of direct violence against alleged criminals where some citizens take the law into their own hands and kill them by such methods as stoning.
  • 81) May 22, 2007 11:06:19 GMT |  + Tourist arrivals plunge
    The number of holidaymakers visiting Sri Lanka fell by nearly 20 percent in the first four months of this year as fighting between troops and Tamil rebels escalated, the AFP quoted tourism authority as saying Monday. Negative travel advisories from Britain, France and Germany warned holidaymakers to keep away as the 35-year-old conflict escalated. The number of holidaymakers was expected to decline further after the government this month shut down the airport for six hours overnight, following nocturnal air raids by the Tamil Tiger rebels. Sri Lanka earned 410.3 million dollars from tourist receipts in 2006, up 25 percent over the same period a year earlier, according to the island's Central Bank.
  • 82) May 22, 2007 10:54:10 GMT |  + Tigers deny Sri Lanka jets bomb rebel camp
    Sri Lankan air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger training camp in the island's north on Tuesday, the military said, but the rebels said the bombs had fallen in uninhabited jungle and caused no damage. Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said the air force bombed a camp near the town of Mankulam, which lies around 20 miles (32 km) north of a "border" that separates government territory from the rebels' de facto state. "They attacked two places in the jungle. In both attacks we suffered no casualties and no damage to property," Tiger military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiraiyan said by telephone from the Tigers' northern base of Kilinochchi.
  • 83) May 22, 2007 10:32:25 GMT |  + Protest held against disappearance of Norwegian Tamil
    Over 200 Norwegian Tamils demonstrated in front of Norway Foreign Ministry in Oslo Monday between 2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m, organized by Norway Tamil Sangam (Society), drawing attention to the disappearance of Sounthararajan Thambirajah, a Norwegian citizen of Tamil origin, since March 31. Tore Hatrem, Leader for Peace and Reconciliation Section of the Foreign Ministry, accompanied by Jon Hanssen Bauer, the Norwegian Special Envoy to Sri Lanka Peace Process, received the memorandum submitted by the demonstrators. more ...
  • 84) May 22, 2007 10:30:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka missed the richness of plurality – Amartya Sen
    While answering a question put to him on Sri Lanka, the Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen observed that Sri Lanka successfully implemented a number of welfare programmes such as free education, free health etc., to its people which should have contributed to peace in that country. But, by taking a position of upholding exclusive status to Buddhism and Sinhalese, it isolated other sections of the society from having a sense of national identity. Now, there is no likelihood that the Sri Lankan state will go back from that position. Sri Lanka didn’t realize the richness in plurality, said the Nobel Laureate Professor Sen to a tightly packed audience in Oslo on Monday.
  • 85) May 22, 2007 2:35:53 GMT |  + Visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to Sri Lanka
    If the physical assault on our people in the North and East is not enough, we now have to put up with the support given to the brutal regime in Colombo from the Head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. He just ‘dropped in’ or, to use his words ‘making a passing visit”. Speaking with the Press, and describing what the GOSL is doing, this is what he said, “It is undoubtedly inevitable that what you might call surgical military action against terrorism should take place”.
  • 86) May 22, 2007 1:08:57 GMT |  + Farah Mihlar, the Internally Displaced and Ethnic Cleansing
    Farah Mihlar had written an opinion piece entitled Tigers at the Door in the UK-based Guardian newspaper on 16 May, 2007. The Daily Mirror in Colombo duly reproduced this as a feature article on 18 May, 2007. Farah had commented on the British parliamentary debates on human rights in Sri Lanka. I had written to the Daily Mirror to point out her flawed data but this was not published! Farah Mihlar mentions that the Tigers had resorted to a "horrific ethnic cleansing campaign" that resulted in the expulsion of 100,000 Muslims from the North. She exaggerates the numbers.
  • 87) 15:13 GMT, May. 22, 2006 |  + Did LTTE attack the three offices of aid organizations in Trincomalee?
    On 21 May, three aid offices, in Trincomalee, Non Violent Peace Force (NVPF), ZOA (a Dutch agency helping refugees), and Intersos (an Italian relief organization), were attacked simultaneously with grenades. Most international agencies quoting the Sri Lankan army said that the LTTE were responsible. NVPF is giving an excellent and desperately needed service to the terrorized people of Northeast who are being killed by the Sri Lankan armed forces and its paramilitary. The services of the NVPF to the Allaipiddy people after the 13 May Massacre, has been most valuable.
    - Suspected Tamil Rebels Attack Aid Offices - AP
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  • 88) 15:11 GMT, May. 22, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka banks on Europe to tame Tigers amid 'major war' threat
    Sri Lanka was banking on the European Union to tame Tamil Tiger guerrillas as the rebels warned that the killing of their top intelligence operative could force them into a "major war." The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said that the Sri Lankan army directly targeted their eastern region spy chief, identified as Ramanan, in violation of a ceasefire arranged by peace broker Norway. "Ramanan's death is a huge loss to the (eastern) Batticaloa Tamil people and the LTTE," the rebel group said in a statement on Monday. "The LTTE considers this attack is intended to end all efforts towards peace and drag the LTTE into a major war."
    - Tamil Tigers warn Sri Lanka headed to major war - AP
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  • 89) 15:10 GMT, May. 22, 2006 |  + India: Sri Lankan refugee influx rising
    Indian intelligence agencies have expressed concern over the increase in the influx of Sri Lankan refugees to southern Tamil Nadu. In the last five days, more than 300 refugees have arrived at Rameshwaram and reported at police stations on the island because of the escalating LTTE-Sri Lankan government conflict, The Hindu newspaper said Monday, adding as many as 91 arrived Sunday, the second highest number of arrivals on a single day since Jan. 12. Security agencies and state police are having a trying time distinguishing between genuine refugees and those from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. more ...
  • 90) 11:19 GMT, May. 22, 2006 |  + EU pushing Sri Lanka peace to critical stage: rebel political leader
    The European Union's "shocking" move towards blacklisting Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers will push the peace process to a critical stage, the head of the rebels' political wing has said. The EU agreed in principle late Thursday to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a "terrorist" group, possibly as early as this week, diplomats said. The move is "shocking and surprising," S. P. Thamilselvan, 39, the soft-spoken head of the Tigers' political office, told AFP. "We consider that this move on the part of the EU will push the peace process, on which the Tamil people are banking their hopes, into a very critical juncture," Thamilselvan said in this northern town, which serves as the "capital" of rebel-held territory. "This is only going to encourage the extremist-thinking elements in the south," he said. more ...
  • 91) 11:05 GMT, May. 22, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka risks high intensity war, rebels warn
    Tamil Tiger rebels accused Sri Lanka's army on Monday of assassinating one of their senior commanders, and said the military was pushing the island towards a "high intensity war". Col. Ramanan, one of the top Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) commanders in the eastern district of Batticaloa, was killed by sniper fire late on Sunday in what the rebels said was among the most serious violations of a 2002 truce.The military denies any involvement, instead pointing the finger at a group of former Tigers led by a renegade commander called Col. Karuna, who split with the mainstream rebels in 2004. The Tigers accuse the army of helping the renegade faction. "The Sri Lankan Army are waging war against the LTTE," S. Puleedevan, head of the Tigers' Peace Secretariat, told Reuters in a telephone interview from the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi. "He was killed by the Sri Lankan army using sniper guns." more ...
  • 92) 12:43 GMT, May. 22, 2005 |  + What Canada can teach Israel
    Canada, with all of its warts and beauty marks, was on display for the Israelis. Quebec separatism, federal-provincial relations, Aboriginal land and self- government claims, and the many rights guaranteed by the Charter were reviewed in two days of workshops. As different as the two nations seem to be in their origins and historical traditions, what stands out is the large area of commonality between them. After all, both "enjoy" parliamentary systems that tolerate minority governments hanging by a thread and are subjected to occasional defections of elected representatives from one party to another. Indeed, the Israelis must have found interesting that, despite massive immigration and other demographic changes, Canadians have created a system that has endured since Confederation. When it comes to official languages and denominational schools, Canada has preserved the position of the English and French languages and corresponding religious identities as those of its founding nations. At the same time, it has extended individual rights to all Canadians regardless of their language and heritage and has embraced a form of multiculturalism that attempts to ensure some public space for its entire ethnic mosaic. more ...
  • 93) 12:27 GMT, May. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka: High wind power potential
    Sri Lanka has the potential to generate 24,000 MW electricity from wind which is about ten times more than the present installed capacity, according to a US bound expert. Director of the Energy and Environmental Security Initiative and Nicholas Doman Professor of International Law of the University of Colorado Lakshman Guruswamy delivering a lecture at the Sri Lanka Institute of International Relations on Friday on "The End of Oil" said that a National Renewable Energy Lab and US Aid study has assessed the quantity and extent of wind resources in Sri Lanka. He was urging Sri Lankan authorities to think of developing alternative energy sources without delay since the world oil reserves are depleting and developing countries' economies will be squeezed after oil production declines in 2037. The world oil demand growth is currently surging at a relatively high rate and the present oil prices are likely to remain above US $ 50. more ...
  • 94) 13:40 GMT, May. 22, 2004 |  + SLA behind Aalankerni killing- LTTE
    Thursday night attack in Aalankerni on Liberation Tigers in which an LTTE cadre, Markandu Punithalingam (alias Rohithan or Gohilan), was killed was carried out with the support of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), said E.Kausalyan, Batticaloa-Amparai deputy head of LTTE political wing, according to sources in Batticaloa. "We have complained about this incident to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM)," Kausalyan said. Mankerni SLA camp is located 2km from the scene of the incident in Aalankerni which is under the control of Liberation Tigers. LTTE sources said Commander Nagesh was the target of the claymore attack on the LTTE group that was travelling to Vakarai from Pendugalchchenai. The explosion was followed by light machine gun (LMG) fire from the assailants, sources added. more ...
  • 95) 13:35 GMT, May. 22, 2004 |  + India swears in its first Sikh PM
    India's first non-Hindu prime minister has been sworn in, over a week after the Congress party won the country's general elections. Manmohan Singh, a Sikh, heads the new government after Congress leader Sonia Gandhi's shock refusal to accept the post of prime minister. Dr Singh is a popular choice with the markets, but correspondents say he is short on political experience. Key contenders for the crucial finance portfolio are Congress leaders such as Pranab Mukherjee and Palaniappan Chidambaram. Natwar Singh, another senior Congress figure, is tipped for foreign affairs.
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  • 96) 04:45 GMT, May. 22, 2004 |  + Colombo, Dhaka keen on Delhi visit
    The contours of the new Indian government may not yet be clear but Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have already requested visits to Delhi for talks with the new dispensation. India has a request from Dhaka for a visit by its foreign minister, Morshed Khan, sources at South Block said. Colombo, too, has made a similar request for Prime Minister Mahindra Rajapakse. At the political level, Delhi has clarified that while it wanted lasting peace in the island, it had no desire to get involved in the complex normalisation of relations between the Lankan government and the LTTE. Of late, Colombo has demanded that Delhi play a more meaningful role in the peace process, emphasised last month during Lankan foreign minister Lakshman Khadirgamar’s Delhi visit. India has so far taken no decision though the subject is likely to be raised again when Rajapakse hold talks with the new government in Delhi. more ...
  • 97) 00:28 GMT, May. 22, 2004 |  + JVP holds discussions on peace process with allies
    The leadership of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), a main constituent of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), has been holding intensive discussions with the other constituent political parties of the UPFA on the current position of the peace process, as a prelude to announcing its final stand on the Norwegian brokered peace talks between the UPFA government and the LTTE, JVP sources said Friday. The JVP's propaganda secretary, Mr.Wimal Weerawanse, said the talks are now being held with the constituent political parties of the UPFA to obtain their views on the peace process. JVP leaders declined to comment on the prospects of holding talks with other political parties such as the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and Upcountry People's Front (UPF). more ...
  • 98) 11:27 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka puts Development in Deep Freeze
    Although the Sri Lankan government declared recently that it has saved U.S. $ 400 million -- 40 percent of its defense budget for 2002 -- thanks to the peace process, development programs for the underprivileged remain a pipedream.According to the latest government statistics, 47 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP (news - web sites)) is contributed by people in the pampered western province, which houses just 29 percent of the south Asian nations total population. more ...
  • 99) 11:25 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Rebels give aid as Sri Lanka looks for survivors
    The Tamil Tiger rebels sent aid to help Sri Lanka's flood victims as rescue workers hunted for 500 missing people from the island's worst natural disaster in half a century that also killed 260 people. The surprise gesture by the rebels, fighting a separatist war against the Sinhalese-dominated south for 20 years, comes even though peace talks to end the conflict have stalled. "Because of the tragedy and because our people have suffered over the decades, we can sympathise," Pulithevan, the deputy leader of the Tiger's political wing, told Reuters. Six trucks full of dry food items such as biscuits arrived in Colombo from rebel-held areas in the north and left on Thursday for Ratnapura, a gemstone centre about 100 km (60 miles) southeast of the capital that was the worst-hit area. more ...
  • 100) 11:24 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan rebels say will not go to donor meeting
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday ruled themselves out of attending an aid donor conference next month, saying they wanted more done to return war-hit Tamil areas to normal. The move leaves the peace process in limbo, with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) also refusing to take part in direct peace talks because of a lack of rehabilitation in Tamil areas, although there is no threat of a return to fighting. more ...
  • 101) 11:22 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Tigers seek lion's share of power to revive Sri Lanka talks
    Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels demanded the immediate setting up of an interim administration to rule the island's war-ravaged regions in exchange for ending their boycott of peace talks. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told Norway's peace envoy Vidar Helgesen that it expected the lion's share of control of the interim set-up if it were to consider rejoining peace negotiations. more ...
  • 102) 11:21 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Slow Start To Rebuilding Sri Lanka's War-Torn North
    Fifteen months into a cease-fire, reconstructing Sri Lanka's war-torn northeast is struggling to get off the ground even though millions of dollars in loans are available for infrastructure projects. Take the 300-kilometer A9 highway, which links the Jaffna peninsula in the north with Kandy in the south. Stretches of the A9 saw some of the heaviest fighting in Sri Lanka's 20-year civil war. Repairing the A9 is critical to the economic future of a part of the country that has been shattered by the fighting. more ...
  • 103) 10:17 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Tigers seek tangible response from Colombo
    “The Liberation Tigers will participate in the Tokyo aid summit scheduled for next month only if the Sri Lankan government response to our suggestions is concrete, trustworthy, honest and not based on verbal pledges regarding our proposal for the establishment of an interim administration in the northeast province” said Mr. S.P. Thamilselvan, head of the LTTE’s political division, addressing a press conference Thursday in Kilinochchi. more ...
  • 104) 10:16 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Colombo’s new proposals said not valid in law
    Institutional arrangements suggested by Colombo last week in response to concerns raised by the Liberation Tigers about establishing a legally viable and operable system to utilise donor aid for development and reconstruction of the war ravaged northeast are not valid in Sri Lankan law, legal experts said Thursday. “An Interim administrative mechanism similar to the one proposed under the Indo Lanka Agreement can be set up by the President alone; and only while Emergency Regulations are in force”, said Mr. V. T Thamilmaran, senior lecturer in law in the University of Colombo. more ...
  • 105) 10:14 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan rebels say will not go to donor meeting
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday ruled themselves out of attending an aid donor conference next month, saying they wanted more done to return war-hit Tamil areas to normal. ''We are fully conscious that a lot of money is involved,'' Thamilselvan told reporters in a new building in Kilinochchi, the dusty northern town where the rebels have their headquarters. ''There must be the right structure in place to ensure that the people receive the dividends,'' he said of efforts to set up bodies to funnel aid to the grass-roots level. more ...
  • 106) 16:16 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka mulls Tiger demands amid talks deadlock
    Sri Lanka's hopes of ending the peace talks deadlock dimmed as Tiger rebels issued fresh demands, but the authorities were giving them "active consideration," officials here said Thursday. The latest rebel demand for political power through an interim administration was receiving the attention of the government keen to break the impasse and revive the Norwegian-backed peace process, the officials said. However, they admitted that the prospects of immediately lifting the impasse were slim given the complexities involved. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Wednesday demanded the immediate setting up of an interim administration to rule the island's war-ravaged regions in exchange for ending their boycott of peace talks. more ...
  • 107) 16:10 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + LTTE Holds Press Conference
    We have reached a state now, where the civilian population has become totally frustrated and lot of despair and disgruntlement has set in the minds of the people, who have had high anticipation of the benefits of the peace process. We, the Liberation Tigers, as their representatives have to make decisions, which do not go contrary to the wishes of our people. Primary objective of the peace initiative and cease-fire agreement in particular was to alleviate the hardship of the civilians, who have faced a war for nearly two decades, and to bring about a sense of normalcy. This was to be achieved, and it was mutually agreed upon, by reducing the military pressure and the omni presence of the military and ensuring the facilities for the people to recommence their life by first starting on the process of resettlement and then go on to rehabilitation. more ...
  • 108) 12:37 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Tigers won't be tempted
    With the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) refusing to return to the negotiating table, the Sri Lankan peace process is in crisis. While there is no immediate threat of war, the situation is unstable. On April 21, the LTTE announced that it was pulling out of the talks. The immediate cause for that decision was what the Tigers described as their "deliberate exclusion" from a preparatory aid conference convened by the US at Washington. The US still terms the LTTE a banned organization, so holding the conference in the US would clearly prevent it from attending. The LTTE also accused the Lankan government of a "gross violation of pledges" and questioned the usefulness of the negotiation process as "decisions and agreements reached at the peace talks are not being implemented". more ...
  • 109) 12:35 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Tamil Tigers 'committed to peace'
    In a pitch for a new interim government in the north, a Sri Lankan rebel leader said Tamil separatists do not plan to go back to war despite walking away from peace talks with the government last month. "Not for one moment do we think that there is a military solution," said Sinniah Paramu Tamilselvan, the leader of the political wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "We are highly committed to the peace process and a negotiated settlement." more ...
  • 110) 11:28 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Tamil Tigers reject peace efforts
    The head of the Tamil Tigers' political wing has branded six rounds of peace talks with the Sri Lankan Government a "waste of time". SP Thamilselvan said at a news conference on Thursday that the Tigers would only resume talks if their demand for an interim administration in the north-east was met. However, he ruled out a return to war and said the Tigers were still committed to peace despite the month-long deadlock. more ...
  • 111) 11:28 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Tigers say peace talks a waste of time, but no return to war
    Vowing not to return to war, Tamil Tiger rebels today said they were committed to peace through a negotiated settlement but termed the six rounds of peace talks with the Sri Lankan government "a waste of time". The rebels said they were still committed to a peaceful resolution to the island's out dragging ethnic conflict despite their boycott of the Norwegian-brokered peace talks. The LTTE's political wing leader S P Thamilselvan told reporters in the northern rebel-held town of Kilinochchi there would be no return to armed conflict. more ...
  • 112) 04:40 GMT, May. 22, 2003 |  + Dr. Anton Balasingham Responds to Draft Proposals from Mr. Helgesen
    "... The LTTE leadership is of the view that a permanent political settlement to the Tamil national question can only be actualised in a supreme constitution instituting a radically new polity, an endeavour that cannot be realised under the current unstable political climate. Since a permanent political settlement is not feasible in the immediate future, the Tiger leadership proposes an interim administrative structure with greater participation of the LTTE in both decision making and delivery of the tasks of rebuilding the war damaged economy and restoring normalcy in the Tamil speaking homeland. In this context, we wish to point out that the Government of India proposed an interim administrative mechanism following the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 providing LTTE with a dominate participatory role. Mr Pirapaharan envisages that the proposed interim administrative mechanism should supersede the multiplicity of existing structures, which work at cross-purposes and impede the efficient utilisation of development funds. ..." more ...
  • 113) 17:03 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + HC rejects confession, acquits accused
    The Eastern High Court Judge Wednesday acquitted an accused indicted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act case, stating that the confession purported to have been made by the accused was not a voluntary one. "The court considers the confession submitted to court as having been obtained from the accused under severe torture. Hence the court rejects the confession and acquits the accused from all charges," said Judge Mr.J.Visvanathan in his order delivered after trial. more ...
  • 114) 15:26 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + New Allegations Of Church Sex Abuse
    A former altar boy has accused Lexington Bishop J. Kendrick Williams of abusing him 21 years ago, one of a dozen new lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Louisville alleging its priests sexually abused children. The district attorney's office in Los Angeles has been asked to seek the extradition of a fugitive priest from Sri Lanka who was charged 11 years ago with sexually abusing a teen-age boy. more ...
  • 115) 14:46 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Human Rights Watch Report - Sri Lanka 2001
    The European Union, India, Japan, and the United States strongly supported Norway's efforts to facilitate talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, and rejected the idea of an independent Tamil state. Many countries, particularly Sri Lanka's donors, criticized human rights and international humanitarian law violations by government forces and the LTTE. Donors also called for greater transparency in the government's financial management and criticized increased military spending and the apparent erosion of democratic structures. On January 31, Sri Lankan army personnel in Batticaloa publicly acknowledged their role in large-scale massacres of civilians in the east, mentioning notorious attacks in Kokkaddicholai, Sathurukkondaan, Vanthaarumoolai, and Batticaloa. more ...
  • 116) 12:49 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Plans revived for canal linking east, west coasts
    Now, with a Norway-brokered peace process in Sri Lanka gaining momentum, the prospects have brightened for the revival of a shelved Indian plan to build a canal through a strip of land connecting the neighbours. But, for Sri Lanka, the canal is a bittersweet proposition. For northern Sri Lanka's predominantly Tamil population, it would mean development and a link with their cousins in India's southernmost state. The Sinhalese majority of southern Sri Lanka fear the Indian project would mean the death of Colombo port. more ...
  • 117) 12:09 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka's 'peace train' carries hope, doubts
    Particularly in the capital and the countryside where most of the recruits for the country's armed forces come from. "Many villagers are thankful for the tranquility in village homes as there are fewer sons and daughters coming [home] in body bags. There is relief all around," The bulk of the country's armed forces come from poor, rural homes while the children of middle and upper class urban homes rarely join the military. Even if they do so, it is at a higher rank and they are unlikely to be in the line of fire. more ...
  • 118) 12:03 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + No date for Sri Lankan talks after surprise meeting
    A ground-breaking meeting between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger separatists was held to shore up a ceasefire but no date was set for direct peace talks, the state's top official for the peace process said on Wednesday. ''It was mostly on the ceasefire agreement,'' Bernard Gunatilake, the head of the Peace Secretariat, the government's body for handling the peace, told Reuters one day after flying north into rebel-held territory. ''It was a very friendly and cordial meeting,'' he said of the two-hour talk with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) officials, including political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan. more ...
  • 119) 10:51 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Envoy says he's a soldier of peace
    "While winning battles was important, Maj-Gen. Perera also placed emphasis on programs to win the hearts and minds of the Tamil civilian population in Sri Lanka's north and east. "In Jaffna, the main city in the island's dominantly Tamil north, Maj-Gen. Perera launched civil-military relationship programs to nurture good relations, trust and confidence."
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  • 120) 10:34 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Look who's coming to Jaffna!
    Accompanied by a water bowser and food vehicles, a VIP will begin an important peace journey to Jaffna from the Gangaramaya in Colombo today. The very important pachyderm, the Gangaramaya tusker, Dala Puttuwa- well known by thousands when he carries the relics casket in the Navam perahera, will be the cynosure at a religious ceremony today before he sets off on the peace pilgrimage to the war ravaged Jaffna. In the northern capital tomorrow, Dala Puttuwa will be a VIP at the ceremony to mark the laying of a pinnacle in Jaffna's historic Naga Viharaya. more ...
  • 121) 20:44 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Dilemma over accommodation of soldiers
    With just ten weeks to go for the vacation of all schools occupied by security forces under the ceasefire agreement between the government and the LTTE, the top brass was in a dilemma over finding suitable accommodation and re-deploying of units without jeopardising security, particularly in the Jaffna peninsula, highly placed defence sources said. Both parties have to vacate school buildings within 160 days from the date the agreement was reached on February 22. more ...
  • 122) 20:39 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Peace talks delayed but still on line
    Peace talks with the Tamil Tigers, to be held in Thailand, will be postponed for at least a month until certain sticky issues are ironed out, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said yesterday. Colombo was reviewing the situation after a 90-day observation period of the permanent ceasefire agreement signed on Feb 22 between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), he said. ``There are a few matters to be ironed out, for example, at what stage will the deproscription take place,'' he said. more ...
  • 123) 20:36 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan officials meet Tamil Tigers
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have held their first direct talks in seven years, ahead of formal peace negotiations due to take place in Thailand next month. A government team, accompanied by a diplomat from Norway, flew to a rebel stronghold in northern Sri Lanka. There, they met the head of the Tamil Tigers' political wing SPThamilselvan and other representatives. more ...
  • 124) 20:29 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + STF commandos fire on demonstration
    A 12 year old student was injured Wednesday when commandos of the Special Task Force opened fire on a large public demonstration in Thirukkovil, 78 kilometers south of Batticaloa. The protest was sparked off when the STF assaulted a member of the Liberation Tigers who was arrested by the commandos in the general area of Kanjikudichcha Aaru Wednesday morning. The spokes person for the Tigers in Batticaloa, Mr. K. Thurai, charged that the STF made the arrest in the interior dominated by them. "We see this as a deliberate provocation aimed at undermining the peace process," he added. more ...
  • 125) 17:06 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka starts troop pullout to build confidence
    "We are very sorry that we were not able to do this before the deadline," Austin Fernando, secretary of the ministry of defence, told reporters. "But I am giving you this update because I don't want to hear that we have failed in our duty." Soldiers often occupied existing buildings in warzones such as temples, schools and hospitals instead of setting up camp in its war against the rebels, fighting for an ethnic Tamil state in the north and east of the country. The government promised in the truce agreement to remove soldiers from places of worship located in conflict areas by the end of March. "I am very happy that all the places of worship have been evacuated with the exception of three temples," Fernando said, adding Buddhist monks in the occupied northeastern temples wanted the forces to remain. more ...
  • 126) 02:27 GMT, May. 22, 2002 |  + Right and Back
    Sri Lanka’s military has slowed Oslo’s initiative
    This week brings up an important milestone for the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement between the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lankan government. The ninetieth day after the truce came into effect on February 23 falls later this week. D+90, as the document refers to this date, should have coincided with the completion of several key steps that the Sri Lankan military agreed to take towards de-escalating the conflict. Regrettably, however, much of Article 2 of the document, unambiguously titled "Measures to restore normalcy," very much remains to be implemented. more ...
  • 127) 13:45 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lankan rethink on ship order from India
    Sri Lanka is under pressure from sections of its Navy to cancel an order for a second off-shore patrol vessel (OPV) from India as the one bought last year is proving to be a ``white elephant'', defence sources said. Sri Lanka bought a Sukhanya class OPV from India last year at a cost of about $20 million to bolster its capability to police the island's eastern waters, main entry point for arms- bearing ships of the LTTE. The OPV, INS Sarayu, supplied from the Indian Navy's existing fleet and delivered late last year, was rechristened as SLNS Sayura here. The Sri Lankan Navy wanted one more OPV, but as India could not spare another from its fleet, a new one was commissioned to be built. more ...
  • 128) 13:44 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + Major Hurdles Still in Way of Sri Lankan Peace Process
    Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim concluded on Saturday his fresh effort to push for talks between the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels without any breakthrough made and the major hurdles are still in the way of peace process in the war-torn country. Solheim, who arrived on Tuesday, traveled to Wanni, headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the north of the country on the following day and returned to capital Colombo on Friday. He again failed to reach agreement with LTTE rebels on issues related to the start of long-awaited peace talks. more ...
  • 129) 13:27 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka Troops Kill 16 Tamil Rebels In New Offensive
    Government troops raided suspected Tamil Tiger rebel hideouts in a new offensive in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, killing 16 of them, a government spokesman said Tuesday. The attacks came days after a Norwegian envoy unsuccessfully tried to resume peace talks between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam after a gap of five years. Erik Solheim, the peacemaker, met President Chandrika Kumaratunga in the Sri Lankan capital and a top rebel leader in the northern jungles last week. Acting on a tip, the military raided four small rebel camps on Monday and killed 10 guerrillas, Ariya Rubasinghe, the government spokesman, said. Four soldiers were wounded in the fighting. more ...
  • 130) 13:25 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + South Asia countries accused of neglecting children
    South Asian countries are spending more on the military but not enough on their children, a UNICEF official said at the start of a regional two-day meeting in Nepal on children. "In 1999, five South Asian countries spent close to 15 billion dollars for the military but they do not have sufficent budget ... for their children," Kul Chandra Gautam, deputy director of the UN children's fund (UNICEF), said at the start of the UNICEF-sponsored meeting. "One of the poorest of the regions, South Asia continues to arm itself to the teeth," said Gautam, a Nepalese national. "While military spending went down by minus 29 percent globally in 1990s, it went up in South Asia by 25 percent." more ...
  • 131) 13:21 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + Talks that ended in a stalemate
    The government that was rejecting and rebuffing LTTE overtures for peace with lofty disdain had its Ambersonian "come uppance" when its "Fire Beam" military operation was snuffed out after four days. As a result it needs at least 4 to 6 months before it can commence one of a similar nature again. The military top brass has submitted a shopping list of the arsenal required to pursue the dream of destroying the tigers. At least three months are necessary to make procurements. Meanwhile the security forces would find it difficult to contain intensified LTTE attacks. More importantly top government figures themselves would be vulnerable to attacks in the South. As such the declaration of a bilateral ceasefire as early as possible would be highly desirable to survive the military situation. Economically the donor nations that withheld financial aid packages at the Paris Parleys are showing signs of reviewing the situation because of the perceived progress of the peace process. more ...
  • 132) 13:16 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + Tamil rebels killed in fresh attack
    Sri Lankan forces have shot dead at least 12 Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern Jaffna peninsula, according to the country's defence ministry. Government troops raided four rebel hideouts at Muhamalai in the Jaffna peninsula killing 10 rebels. more ...
  • 133) 13:15 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + Stakes raised in Sri Lanka peace bid with US talks
    Norway's attempts to broker peace in Sri Lanka have shifted to a higher level with Oslo's peace envoy travelling to Washington for talks with US officials, diplomatic sources said Tuesday. Peace envoy Erik Solheim left Sri Lanka Saturday for Washington to join Norway's deputy foreign minister Raymond Johanssen in talks with US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a Norwegian embassy spokesman said. more ...
  • 134) 12:51 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + More SLA mine fields destroyed in Vanni
    A large number of anti-personnel landmine fields left behind by the Sri Lanka army were located and de-mined in twelve villages in the southern sector of the Vanni Western aid agency sources said Tuesday. They said that caches of mortar and artillery shells and explosives were also located and destroyed from these villages to ensure the safety of civilians who have begun to gradually resettle in this sector. The SLA was camped in the villages of the Vanni's southern sector from 1997 to November 1999. The agency sources said that minefields and caches of shells and explosives were found and destroyed in the villages of Vignanakulam, Sannaasi Paranthan, Periyamadu, Mathiyamadu, Nayinamadu, Kulavisuttaan, Karadippulavu, Sinna Adampan, Maana Iluppai, Poovarasankulam, Nedunkerni south and Nedunkerni north. more ...
  • 135) 21:31 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + TAmil Nadu Politics:
    Fickle Tamil Mindset?
    The theory that is gaining ground is that the Tamil voter is unthinking, easily swayed, goes through inexplicable mood swings and often ends up turning heroes into villains at the drop of a hat. Nothing could be farther from the truth than this. Any dispassionate assessment of the poll outcome in Tamil Nadu will reveal that the rejection of the DMK has more to do with bad governance than the Tamil mindset. Good governance is relative. For business lobbies and the champions of economic reforms, the Karunanidhi government was the best thing that ever happened to Tamil Nadu. more ...
  • 136) 20:36 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + No lifting of ban on LTTE: Lanka minister
    Sri Lanka's Justice Minister Weerakoon has said the government will not consider lifting the ban on the LTTE, a demand the rebels have insisted on for peace talks to commence. "The government is not considering lifting the ban at this stage," said the minister on Monday in response to media reports that the government was looking into the possibility of de-proscribing the LTTE. more ...
  • 137) 19:36 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + Deep penetration group kills one, takes three
    One civilian was killed and three were reported missing in an attack by a Sri Lanka army Deep Penetration team near Mathurankerni Kulam, 70 kilometres north of Batticaloa, Tuesday around 10 a.m. Yoganathan Kesavarajah, 24, had gone to chop firewood when he was shot dead by the SLA’s special penetration group. His wife is pregnant with their first child, relatives said. The three persons who are reported missing, had gone to collect honey in the jungles near Mathurankerni Kulam. Relatives said that the three were abducted by two SLA deep penetration teams. more ...
  • 138) 10:26 GMT, May. 22, 2001 |  + Norwegian envoy on Sri Lanka peace talks in U.S.
    The Norwegian envoy trying to broker peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tigers has travelled to Washington for talks with U.S. officials, a diplomat said on Monday. He said that Erik Solheim accompanied Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen for talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. more ...
  • 139) 02:07 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Against whom are the draconian laws?
    The government has declared a military rule while the parliamentary election is due to be held before the end of August. The conditions in the coming period might be more serious than those prevailing now, but the government cannot, under any circumstances, refrain from holding the elections. more ...
  • 140) 02:02 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Tigers train guns beyond harbour
    Artillery shells fired by the Liberation Tigers hit coastal areas to the west of Kankesanthurai (KKS), Sri Lanka army's only harbour in Jaffna, yesterday sources contacted by phone in the northern peninsula said Sunday. The shelling indicates that the LTTE has moved its field guns closer to the sprawling military base complex in Palaly and Kankesanthurai the sources said. Shells fired by the Tigers fell in Senthaankulam, Munnaan, Ilavalai and Mathagal Saturday, threatening SLA positions on Jaffna's northern and northwestern coast. more ...
  • 141) 02:01 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Shelling kills fifteen at home for aged
    Aid agency sources in the north said Sunday that 15 persons were killed and 31 wounded at the home for the aged in Kaithady, east of Jaffna town, when it was hit by artillery shells on Friday May 19. The Sri Lankan army has been shelling the general area of Kaithadi heavily since the Liberation Tigers overran its positions in around this junction town on May 17. more ...
  • 142) 01:56 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Refugee influx resumes
    With the LTTE reportedly advancing towards Jaffna, Tamil refugees from various parts of Sri Lanka have started arriving here. A fresh batch of 24 families consisting of 72 Sri Lankan Tamils, including 32 women and 14 children, landed in Arichalmunai near Dhanuskodi from Pesalai on Sunday after a long gap of 12 days. more ...
  • 143) 01:52 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + 'Censorship to be lifted soon'
    Sri Lankan deputy minister for external affairs Lakshman Kiriella said on Sunday that press censorship in the island nation, where security forces are engaged in a battle with the LTTE, would be lifted soon. Speaking to reporters at Whitefield on the outskirts of Bangalore at the ashram of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Kiriella said he was personally against imposition of press censorship and that it would be lifted soon. Asked if General Daluwate discussed defence matters during his visit to India, Kiriella quipped: "Ask him". more ...
  • 144) 01:49 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Lanka has no answer to Tiger surprises
    (By Charu Lata Joshi)Recently acquired Pakistani multi-barrel rocket launchers (MBRLs). put into use by the Sri Lankan army a couple of days back have not managed to dull the twin-pronged attack by Tamil Tigers in the peninsula. Despite denials by the Ministry of Information, army insiders say that rapid artillery and mortar shelling by the rebels had not only crippled the government's air base at Palaly and sea port at Kankensenthurai (KKS) but also lost the crucial business township of Chavakecheri, located about 30 km from Jaffna. more ...
  • 145) 23:09 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + India's PM meets President as LTTE inches closer
    The Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs met on Monday in absence of two of its senior members in the light of intelligence warnings that Jaffna could fall to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam any movement. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee later called on the President to brief him about the situation. Defence Minister George Fernandes is flying to Bangalore tomorrow to hold consultations with senior officers of the three services in south India. Sources revealed that the defence forces, especially the navy, have informed the Prime Minister that they would not like to interfere in the Sri Lankan affairs, unless both - the LTTE and the Lankan government - agreed to a complete cease-fire. Meanwhile, Air Force sources said any aerial operation in Jaffna would not be possible unless the LTTE agreed to a complete ceasefire. "We would not be able to even retaliate as there is a large civilian population," a senior Air Force official said, pointing out that evacuation would be possible only if there is a "no-fire" situation.

    However, the defence forces concede that if India does not take the lead and provide humanitarian assistance to the Lankan soldiers, Pakistani and Israeli involvement is highly possible in the island nation. Besides, China too remains a close ally of Sri Lanka. more ...

  • 146) 22:01 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Lanka cracks the whip on anti government weekly
    (By Charu Lata Joshi) In what could be regarded as the second incident of clamping down on the media, the Sri Lankan government Monday banned The Sunday Leader a popular week-end newspaper, known for its strong anti-government stance. ``This is just a message from the government. The thrust of the laws is to see that the military effort is not jeopardized. What we write is something both the LTTE and the army are aware of, since they are in the center of the war theatre. This is blatantly a political move," Lal Wickermatunge, managing editor of the group said. ``I am quite sure that the instant provocation was yesterday's article. But the entire thing happened without any prior warning,'' added Wickerematunge. The move has certainly sent a signal to the local and foreign media that the government means business. This is the second time that the provisions of the censorship regulations have been invoked. more ...
  • 147) 20:40 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + 'Lift ban on LTTE to pave way for talks'
    The United Christians Council (UCC) has appealed to the Government to lift the ban on the LTTE to pave way for talks to find a peaceful solution to the Sri Lankan issue. In a statement issued here today, Rev. Fr. Dr. M. Arokiasamy, Archbishop of Madurai and president of the UCC, expressed concern over the fate of Tamils and cautioned that any action of the Indian Government should not betray their interests. more ...
  • 148) 20:39 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + BJP seeks consensus on Sri Lankan issue
    The BJP today grappled with the question of selling the Centre's line on Sri Lanka to its pro-LTTE allies and the Tamil Nadu people. A meeting of the core committee of the State unit, attended by the BJP national president, Mr. Kushabhau Thakre, discussed the issue at length while trying to build a consensus around the Union Government's position of readiness to play a role that stops short of military intervention. Meanwhile, Terming the extension of the ban on the LTTE as ``unfair'', Mr. Nedumaran said, the ban should not come in the way of the Centre holding talks with the militant organisation. Failure to resolve the crisis through peaceful means would make a military solution inevitable, he said. Mr. Nedumaran accused the State Government of cracking down on those supporting Tamil Eelam. There was an unofficial ban on pro- Eelam posters, he added. more ...
  • 149) 18:44 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + PM consults Karunanidhi as Jaffna's position becomes precarious
    As the fighting between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the Jaffna peninsula escalates and the military situation changes rapidly, there is a flurry of activity in the southern Indian cities of Madras and Bangalore. "Since the Vajpayee government views any decision on Sri Lanka as politically important and sensitive, the prime minister is in regular touch with the Tamil Nadu chief minister" told a senior official in the Karunanidhi government. Though both General Daluvatte and Kiriella played down their visits to India as strictly private and informal, officials said they separately conducted "fruitful brainstorming exercises" in Bangalore and Madras. For Prime Minister Vajpayee, any decision on Sri Lanka has a political dimension as "consent" from his crucial allies from Tamil Nadu -- the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Marumalarchi DMK and Pattali Makkal Katchi -- is a pre-requisite for military action or even humanitarian assistance to the troops. more ...
  • 150) 01:45 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + UK defence firm sues Lankan govt
    Lightweight Body Armour is taking the Sri Lankan government to court, alleging that the equipment has not not been paid for because of company's refusal to pay "bribe" to Sri Lanka's senior government officials, The Sunday Telegraph reported. According to the report, the company signed a 750,000 pound contract in 1998 to supply 6,000 anti-rifle body armour plates to be issued to the frontline troops. more ...
  • 151) 17:16 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka likely to seek Indian mediation
    Amid heavy fighting in Jaffna, the Sri Lankan Government today said it had decided to explore ``diplomatic means'' to invite India to join the mediation process toward a negotiated solution of the current crisis, even as the visiting Norwegian delegation began preliminary discussions with leaders of the country. more ...
  • 152) 17:15 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Gill arrives in Sri Lanka
    India's super cop K P S Gill arrived in Colombo today to advise Sri Lanka's Government on fighting Tamil Tiger secessionists. Gill will meet with Government officials and academics in his personal capacity, a Foreign Ministry official said on conditions of anonymity. Gill is expected to work with the Sri Lankan police and military officials to draw up an anti-terrorism strategy to counter the Tamil Tiger guerrillas. Gill was not immediately available for comment. But he had said earlier that he would visit sri Lanka for four days. more ...
  • 153) 15:26 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + 'The LTTE is a freedom movement'
    There is a huge laminated photograph of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam chief V Prabhakaran in P Nedumaran's office. And that says it all. As convenor of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Co-ordination Committee, he had organised a pro-LTTE conference in Chidambaram early this month, but the meeting did not take place as Nedumaran and hundreds of associates were arrested for defying a ban and organising a meeting in support of the LTTE. It was only a temporary ban, he insisted, and was hopeful that the court would permit him to hold the meeting soon.

    Comment: Excerpts from the interview between Shobha Warrier and Pazha Nedumaran Iya follows ... more ...

  • 154) 15:16 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka resists rebel drive as Oslo peace bid starts
    Sri Lankan troops resisted a major rebel offensive in the Jaffna peninsula Monday as a Norwegian peace mission arrived here for talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga, officials said. The air force and artillery were used to neutralise positions of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Tanankillapu in the Jaffna peninsula, the government said in a statement. The fighting came as the Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen held talks with Sri Lanka's foreign minister here Monday ahead of a meeting with Kumaratunga on the military crisis. Johansen met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar at his tightly-guarded home here. Johansen was accompanied by Erik Solheim, Oslo's special envoy to broker peace in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 155) 15:13 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + 70 Tamil Tigers killed - Sri Lanka Government Version
    Officials in Sri Lanka say at least seventy Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed in a clash with government troops in the northern Jaffna peninsula. There's been no independent confirmation of this, and no comment so far from the rebels.

    Comment: Did the Sri Lankan forces recover the bodies of those 70 rebels? more ...

  • 156) 15:10 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka shuts second newspaper under censor laws
    Sri Lanka Monday banned the printing and publication of The Sunday Leader newspaper for violating the government's censorship laws, the state radio said. It was the second paper to be closed down in less than a week amid fighting between government troops and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the country. The Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation said the English-language weekly broadsheet, and other publications of the Leader Publications (Pvt) Ltd, had been shut down for six months after several warnings to obey the censorship laws. more ...
  • 157) 15:03 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Sunday Leader closed down
    The Sunday Leader, one of Sri Lanka's main newspapers was closed down by the government Monday, media sources told TamilNet by telephone. No reason had been given the sources said. The sources quoted Sunday Leader staff as speculating the move was linked to an article by the paper's defence correspondent published in its latest issue. The article, titled "Palaly not under attack", had circumvented the government's censorship laws by publishing a full account of the ongoing battles in the northern Jaffna peninsula, but negating each sentence as saying it had "not" happened. more ...
  • 158) 14:57 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + UPDATE 2-Norwegian peace brokers in talks with Sri Lanka
    Norwegian peace brokers began talks with Sri Lankan leaders on Monday as fighting raged between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels on the northern Jaffna peninsula. In Colombo, Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen, accompanied by special envoy Erik Solheim, didn't give much away about his meetings with the Sri Lankan government. more ...
  • 159) 14:55 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka -- war without end, peace without hope! - An Analysis
    The social component of the Buddhist revival borrowed heavily from Gandhiji's concept of Sarvodaya. Unfortunately, along with this also arose the concepts of Sri Lanka as the land of the Sinhala people only, Aryan in race, Buddhist in religion and Sri Lanka as the Dhamma Dwipa -- a land to protect Buddhism, much on the lines of Pakistan. Then Tamil separatism grew in response ... The Tamils of Jaffna predate the Sinhalas. Their civilisation is traceable back to the Mohenjodaro-Harrapa days of 3,500 BC ... In 1987, It was an accord forced on the Sinhalese by the Indian might ... But the Indian high commissioner in Colombo was full of bluff and bluster ... The last straw in this sordid drama was the suicide of 12 LTTE cadres on October 3 ... To assess the situation, the Indian army chief arrived in Sri Lanka in 1987 and made an astonishing statement -- that the Indian army will finish the LTTE in a week ... more ...
  • 160) 14:40 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Norwegian Delegation in Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lankan air force attacked Tamil rebel positions today even as a Norwegian delegation met Sri Lanka's foreign minister in an effort to broker a peace agreement. Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen held discussions with Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar hours after arriving in the Sri Lankan capital for a three-day visit. more ...
  • 161) 01:40 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Norway team's visit raises hopes of ceasefire in Jaffna
    Amid heavy fighting in the northern Jaffna peninsula, a high-level Norwegian delegation arrives here tomorrow in its bid to broker peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE. In view of the fluid military situation, diplomatic sources here see the visit of Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen-led Norwegian delegation as an opportunity to work out a ceasefire and save the lives of over half million civilians, who stay dangerously close to the fighting area. more ...
  • 162) 14:36 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Civilians urged to build bomb shelters
    The Voice of Tigers radio repeatedly urged civilians in Thenmaradchi division since Sunday to construct bunkers to protect themselves from heavy bombing by Sri Lanka Air Force jets. The radio said that four civilians were killed and eight were wounded when the Sri Lanka army yesterday shelled the Madduvil sector that was captured by the Liberation Tigers Saturday. more ...
  • 163) 07:21 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Palaly not under attack
    Heavy fighting was not raging in northern Jaffna peninsula and Tigers were not pounding Palaly air base with heavy artillery and mortars for the third consecutive day. In the so-called attacks, at least 14 soldiers were not killed and 30 others not wounded and several buildings within the base had not suffered minor damages. Tigers were not using Kaithady, an area located northeast of Navatkuli as the artillery launching pad to pound the Palaly air base where thousands of soldiers were not under siege by LTTE cadres. In the so-called attacks, the communication tower was not partially disabled, crippling military communications between Colombo and Jaffna for a few hours on Thursday.

    Comment: To read this article, please remove all not, that was used by the writer for some reason! more ...

  • 164) 07:12 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Norwegian peace brokers begin talks in Sri Lanka
    Norwegian peace brokers began talks with Sri Lankan leaders on Monday as fighting raged between troops and separatist rebels on the northern Jaffna peninsula. But with chances of an early negotiated settlement considered slim, there was mounting speculation in the Sri Lankan media that Indian forces would step in to resolve the crisis. Meanwhile, Tamilnet said the rebels had launched fresh assaults on Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camps in the Thenmarachchi division ... more ...
  • 165) 05:04 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Jaffna's Uthayan newspaper sealed
    The printing press and editorial offices of the Jaffna-based Uthayan newspaper were sealed on Friday night by the government for allegedly violating censorship regulations. The army moved into the office situated at Kasthuriyar Road in the heart of Jaffna town and ordered the journalists and printing section workers to leave the premises. Thereafter it sealed the office. more ...
  • 166) 04:39 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Fresh push for Sri Lanka peace to begin on Monday
    New efforts to end the fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka are set to begin on Monday with the arrival of a Norwegian peace mission. The delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen, will spend three days in the capital Colombo to try to arrange talks between the government and the Tigers. Correspondents say the loss of Chavakchcheri would put the rebels close to the army's last defence lines army at Kodikamam, a short distance to the east. If that fell, rebel fighters could link up on the highway and squeeze government troops further north. more ...
  • 167) 02:32 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Lanka tries to forestall UN debate on war
    Sri Lanka has launched a diplomatic offensive aimed at preventing the country's escalating Tamil separatist conflict being discussed at the United Nations Security Council, officials here said Sunday. Colombo has already sounded out China and Russia to veto any attempt to bring a UN resolution on Sri Lanka in the Security Council, foreign ministry officials said. more ...
  • 168) 02:29 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Tamil Tiger rebels close to retaking valued ancient city
    Hungry for victory, columns of Tamil rebels are knocking at the gates of an ancient city guarded by 40,000 tired and dispirited Sri Lankan soldiers. Military observers are trying to analyze how 5,000 rebel fighters could beat back 40,000 Sri Lankan government soldiers supported by jet bombers, artillery, helicopter gunships and a navy. Led by their elusive and feared leader, Vellupillai Prabhakaran, they are seen by some as an efficient, tough, resource-rich outfit that resembles an army more than a militant group. more ...
  • 169) 02:25 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + British firm sues Sri Lanka over unused body armour
    A British defence company has accused the Sri Lankan government of deliberately endangering the lives of its soldiers by leaving thousands of bullet-proof vests gathering dust in warehouses while troops are left defenceless against Tamil Tiger artillery. more ...
  • 170) 02:16 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + When will that be ?
    "Thaaththa(Dad)," Bindu Udagedera asked, "what is happening in the North?" "We are winning the war" Percy Udagedera, Bindu's father explained. "But surely, Thaaththa, if we have really won the war, we can prove that by taking reporters to the battlefield, can't we?" asked Bindu, a confused kid to its father ... more ...
  • 171) 02:10 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + Situation Report: Censored!
    This week's Situation Report on current developments in the north has been completely censored. Information Director and Competent Authority Ariya Rubesinghe has declared "this article, picture/map are censored and NOT permitted to be published, " more ...
  • 172) 01:39 GMT, May. 22, 2000 |  + No bribes: Lanka officials deny bullet-proof vests to troops
    A British defence company has accused the Sri Lankan Government of deliberately endangering the lives of its soldiers by leaving thousands of bullet-proof vests gathering dust in warehouses, media reports said here today. Lightweight Body Armour, the main supplier of body armour to NATO, the UN and the German army, is taking the Sri Lankan government to court, alleging that the equipment has not been paid for because of the company's refusal to pay "bribes" to Sri Lanka's senior government officials, The Sunday Telegraph reported. more ...
  • 173) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1999 |  + Clergymen press Lankan govt to continue war
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  • 174) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1999 |  + Sri Lankans want peace talks started
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  • 175) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1999 |  + The Rise of India's Lower Castes: Turmoil and Promise
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  • 176) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1999 |  + This Day In History
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  • 177) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1999 |  + Complaints follow aerial banners
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  • 178) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1999 |  + Majority opinion for political solution - report
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  • 179) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1999 |  + Indian envoy's house damaged, PM condemns NATO
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  • 180) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1999 |  + Reflections on the Lessons of Kosovo
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  • 181) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1998 |  + Fifteen killled in Vanni fighting
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  • 182) 11:11 GMT, May. 22, 1998 |  + Third Sri Lanka phone exchange hit by blast
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