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Important Incidents

  • 1998 | Tigers hand over 16 SLA bodies
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in the Vanni today, 16 bodies of Sri Lankan Army (SLA) personnel killed at Olumadu yesterday, said ICRC sources in Colombo.
  • 1998 | SLN boat destroyed in commando raid
    The Sea wing of the Leopards special unit of the Liberation Tigers had destroyed a Water Jet and killed five soldiers in a commando raid on the SLN's jetty at Kilaly, in Jaffna. The Leopards had also burnt supply depot in the SLN base and damaged two Out Board Mootor fitted speed boats.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Fishing ban affects more families
    Over 200 families from Killali and Pulopalai, two Grama Seveka areas coming under the Palai Divisional Secretariat, which have traditionally relied on lagoon fishing to make a living, are severely affected by the Sri Lankan Army ban on fishing in the lagoon, said sources in Palai.
  • 2000 | Eastern University students protest pass
    Hundreds of students from the Eastern University picketed in Vantharumoolai for nearly an hour from 10.30 a.m. today, condemning the Government's proposed travel pass system for the Batticaloa District.
  • 2001 | Poster taunts SLA for massacre apology
    A poster showing a Sri Lanka army soldier shedding tears over a heap of skulls with the caption "the army repents the Batticaloa massacres for the first time" appeared Sunday morning in the heart of Batticaloa town's high security zone. The anonymous poster refers to a fumbled public apology last month by the Sri Lankan army in the eastern town for some of the mass murders it had committed in this district in which hundreds of innocent civilians, including pregnant women and children, were hacked and shot to death by soldiers.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 812 | உறினட் டறினொரூஉம் ஒப்பிலார் கேண்மை
    பெறினும் இழப்பினும் என்.
    What though you gain or lose friendship of men of alien heart,
    Who when you thrive are friends, and when you fail depart?
    - 82 82
  • Feb 25 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Feb 25, 2016 22:28:10 GMT |  + The US Must Pay More Attention to Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Debate
    The unexpected election of Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka’s January 2015 polls has resulted in the Barack Obama administration’s fervent desire to turn the page on what became a strained, bitter bilateral relationship under the reign of the previous president. Mahinda Rajapaksa had been in power for nearly a decade and oversaw the decisive military defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers – ending a civil war which lasted from 1983-2009. Rajapaksa’s proclivity for corruption, nepotism, and heightened authoritarianism ultimately led to his unexpected ouster. more ...
  • 2) Feb 25, 2016 22:27:06 GMT |  + Nalini, accused in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, granted parole to attend father's funeral
    Nalini Sriharan, undergoing life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has been granted 12-hour parole for Wednesday to attend her father's funeral. Nalini's father Sankaranarayan died on Monday and cremation is likely to take place in Chennai on Wednesday, the sources said. Nalini currently in the central prison in Vellore, had earlier sought parole to attend the funeral. Arrested about a month after the assassination which shook the country on May 21, 1991, Nalini was sentenced to death by hanging after being convicted on 16 counts of murder. more ...
  • 3) Feb 25, 2016 22:24:44 GMT |  + Why Washington is moving close to Colombo
    On the eve of the first-ever US-Sri Lanka Strategic Dialogue in Washington, DC, Nisha Desai Biswal, the Obama administration's point person for South Asia, lauds Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not only immediately visiting the island nation after its January 8, 2015 election, but also pledging a strong commitment to an economic partnership with Sri Lanka. Biswal, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, acknowledged in an exclusive interview with Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com, that as India was an undisputed power in the region, on issues such as this that was envisaged to assist in the economic development and rehabilitation of Sri Lanka -- wracked by over two-decades of war... more ...
  • 4) Feb 25, 2015 16:16:27 GMT |  + Sirisena visit opens new chapter in India-Lanka ties
    India’s relations with Sri Lanka, which had been marked by too many points of friction in recent times, especially in the last phase of the UPA and the Mahinda Rajapaksa regimes, seems to be on the upswing again. The high-level exchanges -- which would see Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sri Lanka next week close on the heels of Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena’s four-day visit to Delhi in February – reflect the urge for a closer, warmer relationship on both sides. This new chapter that has opened under the new leadership in both countries holds out hope of better days for the bilateral relationship if the challenges are faced squarely while seizing the opportunities that would be mutually beneficial. more ...
  • 5) Feb 25, 2015 16:15:32 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to learn reconciliation experience from South Africa
    A high-level delegation from South Africa will brief Sri Lanka this week on South Africa’s experience in reconciliation and nation-building, Sri Lanka’s deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday. The delegation led by South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo is undertaking a five-day visit to Sri Lanka. Mfeketo will meet her counterpart and other important role-players in Sri Lanka during the course of her visit. South Africa has been asked to share with Sri Lanka its experience in terms of reconciliation and nation-building.
  • 6) Feb 25, 2015 16:12:09 GMT |  + 19th amendment to Sri Lankan Constitution next month: JVP
    The nineteenth amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution primarily aimed at abolishing executive presidency in the country will be tabled in Parliament next month, a top leader of the ruling coalition said on Tuesday. "We made every important decisions on Tuesday in achieving greater democracy, establish rule of law," said Anura Kumara Dissanayake, leader of the JVP or People's Liberation Front. "We decided to present in parliament the 19th amendment aimed at abolishing executive presidency, establishing independent commissions," Dissanayake said.
  • 7) Feb 25, 2015 13:53:13 GMT |  + UN Ban's Feltman to Visit Sri Lanka But Not Jaffna, Zeid Delay Protested
    "Mr. Feltman will then travel to Sri Lanka on Saturday. There, he plans to meet with senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka, political parties and civil society groups. This will be his first visit to Sri Lanka, and he looks forward to discussing with Sri Lankan leaders various issues of mutual concern." more ...
  • 8) Feb 25, 2015 13:34:56 GMT |  + The mobile technology helping Sri Lanka cope with climate change
    Floods and landslides linked to climate change have battered parts of Sri Lanka in the past two years, disrupting food output, but scientists believe a new programme to install low-cost weather stations based on open-source technology could help farmers adapt to increasingly wild weather. New Mobile Weather Stations, made mainly from local parts, are starting to give farmers quick access to rainfall data, so they can better plan for floods or other extreme weather, Yann Chemin, a scientist leading the new initiative, said on Tuesday. The easy-to-make sensors cost about $250 to produce compared with about $10,000 for standard weather stations, he said. more ...
  • 9) Feb 25, 2015 13:33:14 GMT |  + PM Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit to push soft power & project India’s Buddhist links
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit Sri Lanka's ancient capital Anuradhapura during his trip to the island nation next month, a move aimed at pushing India's soft power and projecting the country's Buddhist links in the region. Officials said that Modi could reach Colombo on March 12 or 13 as part of a four-nation tour and pay a visit to Jaffna on March 14, adding that the prime minister is also planning to visit Trincomalee where India is constructing a power plant. more ...
  • 10) Feb 25, 2015 13:30:57 GMT |  + Legal Aid Ontario urged to share funding with ethnocultural legal clinics
    The Chinese & Southeast Asian legal clinic began working with the Scarborough-based Centre for Immigrant & Community Services (CICS) in 2013 to deliver services one morning a week to local residents based on need. “The satellite service is a godsend for our clients,” said Mei Tin Lee, a CICS program director. “It can be hard for them to commute to the legal clinic downtown from Markham and Scarborough. Many are put off by the lack of language support and cultural understanding at the mainstream clinics.” more ...
  • 11) Feb 25, 2015 10:48:25 GMT |  + Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe speaks his heart out 100-day programme, no compromise
    Ranil’s Cabinet portfolio is absolute crackers! Policy planning, youth, cultural and women’s affairs and investment promotion-but no- one knows where reconciliation fits in. Some people think Ranil is in charge, some think its carried out through a presidential task force but nothing has been done. This government promised to have a ‘scientific’ Cabinet. But guess under which portfolio, the divisional and district secretariats are? When they should clearly be under public administration they are with the Fisheries Ministry! This government is divided between people who want reforms and those who don’t. The UNP by and large didn’t want reforms, they wanted to come into power and continue what the previous guys were doing. See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/64587/prof-rajiva-wijesinghe-speaks-his-heart-out-100-day-programme-no-compromise#sthash.iAGdJBzt.dpuf more ...
  • 12) Feb 25, 2015 4:21:30 GMT |  + Myuran Sukumaran's mother pleaded with Julie Bishop to save her son
    Julie Bishop has revealed the heartbreaking moment Myuran Sukumaran's mother hugged her tightly and begged her to save her son from the firing squad. Lawyers for Bali Nine duo Myuran Sumkumaran and Andrew Chan lost an appeal on Tuesday to challenge Indonesia's presidential decree to spare the men from execution. more ...
  • 13) Feb 25, 2014 21:05:47 GMT |  + AIADMK manifesto says party will work for referendum on separate Eelam, retrieval of Katchatheevu
    The AIADMK says if a government formed by the party and its allies comes to power at the Centre after the Lok Sabha elections, it will move the United Nations to render justice to the Sri Lankan Tamils by holding a referendum for the formation of a separate Eelam. "The party is determined to ensure that punishment is given through the International Court of Justice to all those who committed war crimes and genocide against the Tamil minorities during the internal strife in Sri Lanka, which was against international regulations," said the AIADMK's manifesto, which was released by party general secretary and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday. more ...
  • 14) Feb 25, 2014 20:22:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Rejects Push for Independent War Inquiry
    Sri Lanka’s government forcefully rejected a call on Tuesday for an international war crimes investigation into the country’s bloody civil war, adding to tensions with the United Nations human rights body. In its official response to a highly critical report released on Monday by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, the government said that Ms. Pillay’s call for an independent international investigation “reflects the preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda which she has relentlessly pursued with regard to Sri Lanka.”
  • 15) Feb 25, 2014 20:21:59 GMT |  + UK citizen Visvalingam Gobithas dies in Sri Lanka jail
    A British citizen has died in prison in Sri Lanka seven years after being detained while visiting the country. Visvalingam Gobithas - of Sri Lankan Tamil origin - was convicted in 2012 of helping the Tamil Tiger militants, a charge he denied. Officials say he died of heart failure although some members of his family say they believe his death is suspicious. The BBC's Charles Haviland in Colombo says Gobithas was shortly due for release, according to reports. more ...
  • 16) Feb 25, 2014 14:55:35 GMT |  + Give Sri Lanka the international investigation that it needs
    The UN Human Rights Council will meet next week and confer for a month. They must use this opportunity to pass a resolution that will include a commitment to an Independent International investigation in Sri Lanka the form of a Commission of Inquiry. Only this will help to put the country on the path to justice and reconciliation.A fear and sense of injustice persists, not just among minorities and political activists, but among ordinary people desperately trying to rebuild their lives. Post-conflict processes do take time, but what matters is getting on the right path. Nearly five years after the war ended, the situation appears to be getting worse, not better.
  • 17) Feb 25, 2014 14:51:04 GMT |  + Why India has banned a film about Lankan killings but permitted another to which Bangladesh has objected
    The Bangladesh government has lodged an official protest with the Government of India, asking why the Central Board of Film Certification cleared the film Gunday, which hurts their nation's sentiments. The Sri Lankan government, on the other hand, must be sending chocolates to Indian diplomats, thanking them for preventing any hurt sentiments in Colombo. After all, the same Central Board for Film Certification has refused to give a screening certificate to No Fire Zone, a documentary about the final days of the 2009 war between Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
  • 18) Feb 25, 2014 14:40:49 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s northern house-funding gap
    More than US$300 million is needed for the construction of over 60,000 new homes in Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected north, say aid officials. “There is very little, almost nothing that is coming by way of new funding for housing construction,” Jagath Abeysinghe...The authorities are looking for funding for 63,000 new houses in the five northern districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Mullaittivu, Kilinochchi, and Vavuniya to replace those destroyed during the country’s decades-long civil war... more ...
  • 19) Feb 25, 2014 14:36:14 GMT |  + Land change in Sri Lanka as famous tea loses out to vegetables
    If any country can solve its land challenges, therefore, Sri Lanka can. Just 8.9% of its people live in poverty. But there is no space for complacency. The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific notes that one-third of the land suffers considerable erosion. “Poorly managed tea lands as well as abandoned tea lands lose sediments 15 times more than in a homestead, and 20 to 22 times more than in the wet zone forests.” more ...
  • 20) Feb 25, 2014 14:26:08 GMT |  + More bodies found in Sri Lanka's mass grave
    Forensic experts have found more bodies in an unmarked mass grave in Sri Lanka's northern former war zone, taking the total number to 80, an official said on Tuesday. "The matter is under investigation," the government said in a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last week and released to reporters in Colombo on Tuesday.It added that Indian troops deployed on an abortive peace-keeping mission in Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990 also briefly had control over the coastal Mannar region. more ...
  • 21) Feb 25, 2014 13:52:14 GMT |  + Questions On Sri Lanka By Kate Hoey MP, John Mccdonnell MP and Diane Abbott MP
    We strongly support the position of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, that if Sri Lanka has not demonstrated a credible national accountability process by March 2014, then the international community has a duty to act. We have made clear if the Sri Lankan Government has not begun properly with credible investigations by March, then we will use our position on the UN Human Rights Council to work with the UN Human Rights Commissioner and call for an international investigation. The High Commissioner for Human Rights' report due ahead of the March Human Rights Council will give an assessment of Sri Lanka's progress.
  • 22) Feb 25, 2014 13:50:31 GMT |  + UN rights boss seeks international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes
    The United Nations' human rights chief called on Monday for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka's civil war, saying the government had failed to do its own credible investigation. In a much anticipated report ahead of a U.N. Human Rights Council debate next month that could order action on the issue, Navi Pillay recommended an "independent, international inquiry mechanism, which would contribute to establishing the truth where domestic inquiry mechanisms have failed." more ...
  • 23) Feb 25, 2014 13:45:44 GMT |  + Why the Government of Sri Lanka fails internationally
    After the conclusion of the war in 2009, the focus of the Rajapaksa Government changed from winning the war to consolidation of the regime. This was done with a well planned scheme, backed by a strong and costly intelligence and propaganda mechanism, coupled with a militarization strategy. After the defeat of the LTTE, the regime was looking for a suitable imaginary enemy – this time they seem to have settled with a whole club of them in one basket – the diaspora, the west, NGOs, United Nations, Human Rights Council etc. more ...
  • 24) Feb 25, 2014 13:44:27 GMT |  + Why SL's 'lies' on death of Prabhakaran's son may soon get exposed
    A recent inquiry report by the Geneva-headquartered Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has cast serious aspersions on the claims of the Sri Lankan government over alleged war crimes during the conflict with the LTTE. Vicky Nanjappa reports. How was the son of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Chief V Prabhakaran killed? There have been conflicting views on the question and there is a claim that the 12-year-old Balachandran was not killed in a cross fire but was targeted by the Sri Lankan forces. more ...
  • 25) Feb 25, 2014 13:43:41 GMT |  + Sri Lanka slams UN rights chief for ‘unwarranted interference’
    The United Nations has called for an independent international probe into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka during the final battle with the LTTE, prompting an angry reaction from Colombo which today rejected the demand and slammed it as “unwarranted interference”. In a UN report published on Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay asked for setting up of an independent probe and said Sri Lanka had “consistently failed to establish the truth”. more ...
  • 26) Feb 25, 2014 13:42:54 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, As Pillay Urging Probe Goes Online, Ban Invited There in May?
    As Inner City Press and others reported earlier this month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for an independent, international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka. Here are three paragraphs from her report,...Eighteen days after Inner City Press asked about the detailed report on Sri Lanka, there's still no UN Secretariat comment. But on February 18, Ban Ki-moon through spokesperson Martin Nesirky said he is "deeply disturbed" by...
  • 27) Feb 25, 2014 13:38:17 GMT |  + "Life has to be designed by your intellect and not by emotion"An Interview with Justice C. V. Wigneswaran
    I like to take the Sinhala masses into my confidence. You have been fed with many negative particulars about the Tamils by certain sections of the politicians and the press so far. Try to probe into the truth of such particulars. The moment you come out of your prejudices and conditionings there is every chance that we could work out a durable solution to our problems. The Tamil Speaking Peoples have given a very clear mandate – they eschew violence and support a political solution within a united Sri Lanka. They love this country as much as you do. What they seek is human security, fundamental freedoms and the right to manage their affairs in their areas of traditional habitation. more ...
  • 28) Feb 25, 2013 23:48:49 GMT |  + Liberals Urge UN Human Rights Council to Act on Situation in Sri Lanka
    Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the beginning of the 22nd regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council: “As we mark the opening of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, it is vital that members send a clear and resounding message that the international community is prepared to hold to account those who contravene international standards, specifically the governments of Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sri Lanka.
  • 29) Feb 25, 2013 20:51:14 GMT |  + Opening Statement by Ms. Navi Pillay at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council
    Again, despite the truly inspiring advances in combating impunity and ensuring accountability both at the international and national levels, including through transitional justice processes, there are still far too many people with command responsibility who escape justice for serious crimes and gross human rights violations. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Palestinian territories are still occupied; massive violations have occurred in Iraq and Sri Lanka; and war crimes continue to be committed in numerous internal conflicts ... more ...
  • 30) Feb 25, 2013 20:34:33 GMT |  + The GTF Conference in London:Who is afraid of Sinhala-Tamil unity?
    I am not a GTF member but an outsider who sees these developments in the Tamil community as valuable and welcomes positive responses from Sinhalese; but have heard that many Sinhalese invitees have pulled out. If true, the reason in all likelihood is racist slanders by chauvinists, and fears of reprisals by the state. If a Sinhalese engages in action in unity with a Tamil, he/she is mocked as a demala-lover....In part, however, the blame also lies with GTF, which has not done enough to highlight its identity and publicise its own programme among people living in Lanka, especially Sinhalese. How many people know the difference between democratic Tamil groups and the LTTE-rump?
  • 31) Feb 25, 2013 18:20:49 GMT |  + Sri Lanka government tries to block new Channel 4 film at UNHRC!
    Government of Sri Lanka has grave concern in relation to an invitation circulated by the ECOSOC accredited NGO, Human Rights Watch on 22nd February 2013 on the screening of the Channel 4 documentary film "No Fire Zone": The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka" organized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and FIFDH Geneve in Room XXIII of the Palais de Nations on 1st March 2013. more ...
  • 32) Feb 25, 2013 16:12:42 GMT |  + EU Demands Independent Probe
    The European Union (EU) wants an independent investigation and evaluation into the final years of the war in Sri Lanka, in addition to the national enquiries. “In our discussions with the Sri Lankan authorities we have been keen to ensure that the police are seen as a civilian force in order to develop a position of greater trust with the population, We are hoping to welcome a Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation to Brussels later this year, and see this as a good opportunity to hold more in-depth discussions on the overall situation in Sri Lanka,” Jean Lambert, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to South Asia said.
  • 33) Feb 25, 2013 16:10:12 GMT |  + Govt. efforts at investigating alleged war crimes lack credibility: NP
    It is not that the last resolution has had little impact, but rather, that the Govt. has made little progress in pursuing true accountability and reconciliation measures. But in response to the resolution, the Govt. has at least made commitments and plans of action, and there is a framework in which to measure progress. I also think the resolution has sparked a proper debate on these issues in Sri Lanka, in which, calmer and more rational voices from civil society can be heard. more ...
  • 34) Feb 25, 2013 16:08:03 GMT |  + Authenticity of Balachandran Prabhakaran photos to be probed: Sri Lankan minister
    Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda has said an inquiry would be conducted into the authenticity of the photographs of the slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran's son Balachandran, circulated by a channel. ``It was unfortunate. We will inquire into it. The truth would emerge only after an inquiry. Nothing more could be said now,'' he told reporters at Katchatheevu on Saturday night. However, Devananda also refrained from clarifying if the probe would pertain to the alleged execution of Balachandran or how the photographs had surfaced in the international media.
  • 35) Feb 25, 2013 16:04:11 GMT |  + The Numbers Never Lie: A Quick Look at Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress
    The administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa won the ethnic war, but Sri Lanka’s protracted conflict is more alive than ever. There is a lot of talk about how the situation in the North and East has improved, but most of these assertions are misleading. The rebuilding of physical infrastructure alone is not a very helpful indicator when it comes to reconciliation. The dearth of psychosocial assistance being provided, the thousands of disappeared who remain missing and the continued erosion of the rule of law contradict the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL) assertion that the country has made meaningful progress on the reconciliation front. more ...
  • 36) Feb 25, 2013 15:43:25 GMT |  + Sri Lanka allows ICRC access to LTTE rehabilitation camps
    After stonewalling for nearly three years, Sri Lanka has allowed a team of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit the rehabilitation camps housing ex-LTTE combatants. Brigadier Darshana Hettiarachchi, the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation said that ICRC delegation had visited the Marandhamadu rehabilitation camp in the north on February 22."They (ICRC) spent over 3 hours in the camp inspecting the facilities", Hettiarachchi said.
  • 37) Feb 25, 2013 15:22:19 GMT |  + The War Experience
    In other words, these stories can help those of us living in the South of the country to really understand how the people in the north and east in particular had suffered on account of the militants turned terrorists and the oppressive attitudes of some sections of the state armed forces. These battles and severe war took the form of conquering an enemy. Unfortunately racial consciousness took precedence over human understanding. more ...
  • 38) Feb 25, 2013 15:14:39 GMT |  + Shavendra teaches US marine corps how 2 defeat terrorism!
    “Wherever the war is being fought and won, you have a bigger fight on your hands behind the screen as what we have done by now. I do know you are well aware of these things and are already deployed to do so in future but as a man who fought a terrorist war I’m certainly aware that the world at large will not point guns at each other explicitly but act in covert mode all over by way of launching Guerilla and terrorist tactics which are more sophisticated than open combat,”
  • 39) Feb 25, 2013 15:09:53 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s atrocity against the Tamils is no longer in doubt
    Two eyewitnesses have come forward for the first time to describe one of the most notorious war crimes of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009. It’s known as “the white flag incident” – the killing of a group of about forty Tamil Tiger political leaders who surrendered on the final day of the war. The Sri Lankan government has always maintained that the Tamil leaders carrying the white flag were shot in the back by their own people. But this latest evidence seems to put paid to that theory. more ...
  • 40) Feb 25, 2013 11:31:13 GMT |  + Hackers air Sri Lanka war crimes video on govt website
    HACKERS have attacked Sri Lanka's media ministry by placing a documentary about alleged war crimes during the island's ethnic war on its website, an official said Monday."Stop Killing Innocent Tamil Ppl! Or Get prepared 4 Attacks From Us!" read a message left on the website, media.gov.lk. An official in the Mass Media and Information ministry said the website had been "reclaimed" on Monday morning. "The hackers exploited a loophole over the weekend, but we have plugged it now," the official said on condition of anonymity,
  • 41) Feb 25, 2013 11:13:40 GMT |  + Lanka minister seeks to provoke India: Karunanidhi
    Objecting to a Sri Lankan minister's announcement that Lankan fishermen would rally against their Indian counterparts, DMK chief M Karunandihi on Monday described it as a "planned strategy" by Colombo to divert off attention from the "tyrannies" of Rajapaksa government.industries and small enterprise development minister Douglas Devananda's statement warning of a protest "seem to be a planned strategy by Sri Lanka to divert off attention from the tyrannies of the Rajapaksa government which are slowly coming to light...," he said. more ...
  • 42) Feb 25, 2012 17:13:13 GMT |  + At UN, Nambiar Tells ICP of White Flag Killings, Sri Lanka Government Blocked Him, Kohona Spoken With
    With controversy revived about Sri Lankan war crimes including the murder of surrendering prisoners, Inner City Press on February 24 asked UN official Vijay Nambiar to explain his role in these "white flag" killings, and if involved Major General Shavendra Silva should be a UN Senior Adviser on Peacekeeping. On camera, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's deputy spokesman insisted that Nambiar would not answer the question. Nambiar said "if necessary" he would answer afterwards. Video here, from Minute 18:15.
  • 43) Feb 25, 2012 16:39:01 GMT |  + 8,000 killed in last year of Sri Lanka war: census
    Nearly 8,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka's war-torn north during the government's final offensive to crush the Tamil Tiger rebels, according to Colombo's census department. The figure is in stark contrast to estimates by international rights groups, which say up to 40,000 civilians perished in the final months of the civil war and have heavily criticised Sri Lanka's actions at the end of the conflict. more ...
  • 44) Feb 25, 2012 16:32:33 GMT |  + 'India should raise UN report on Lanka rights violations'
    The CPI on Saturday demanded that India should raise the issue of the United Nations report on the last phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka that alleged human rights violations by the Army, during the meeting of UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, CPI national secretary D Raja said India and the government have the moral responsibility to raise the issue in international arena to bring the perpetrators of this "heinous crime to justice through the appropriate international bodies and mechanisms."
  • 45) Feb 25, 2012 2:30:49 GMT |  + UK: Halt Deportations of Tamils to Sri Lanka
    The United Kingdom should suspend deportations of ethnic Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka and immediately review its policies and information about the country’s rights situation used to assess their claims, Human Rights Watch said today. Research by Human Rights Watch has found that some returned Tamil asylum seekers from the United Kingdom have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and torture upon their return to Sri Lanka. In recent months the British government has sent Tamil asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka on charter flights. Human Rights Watch expressed particular concern about the next scheduled deportation from the United Kingdom of about 100 Tamil asylum seekers, scheduled for February 28, 2012.
  • 46) Feb 25, 2012 2:28:53 GMT |  + Put off UNHRC resolution till October: Govt.
    Amid attempts by the United States to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka at the 19th United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions, the government said it would prefer the matter being taken up at the Universal Periodic Review in October this year.External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris told journalists in Geneva that the Sri Lankan government would, then have ample time to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).The minister said the government was mainly concerned about the timing of this resolution.
  • 47) Feb 25, 2011 18:15:08 GMT |  + Registering Jaffna residents 'illegal'
    A Tamil political party in Sri Lanka has submitted a petition to the Supreme Court against forcibly registering Tamil residents in Jaffna allegedly by the security forces. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian MA Sumandiran told BBC Sandeshaya that the measure is a violation of a previous Supreme Court order. “This is completely illegal. You cannot selectively register a community,” he said. The MP who is a prominent human rights lawyer further said that it is an illegal act under international law. more ...
  • 48) Feb 25, 2011 18:14:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka president calls for new world financial order
    The president of Sri Lanka has called for a new financial order to prevent future world financial crises. President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the industry had been mainly focusing on regulating institutions since the 2008 downturn. But he said the emphasis needed to move to managing economies that had a global impact. President Rajapaksa singled out the US as needing to act with more global responsibility. more ...
  • 49) Feb 25, 2011 18:12:48 GMT |  + Lanka seeks India help to evacuate citizens from Libya
    Sri Lanka has sought India’s help in evacuating some of 1200 of its citizens staying across Libya currently facing a wave of violent pro-democracy protests. The Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi has been asked to contact the relevant Indian authorities to explore the possibility of accommodati ng Lankans on the ships that India were sending to get its citizens out, foreign ministry sources said on Friday. More than 200 Lankans have taken refuge in Sri Lankan’s new embassy in Tripoli after they found themselves trapped in the spreading violence.
  • 50) Feb 25, 2011 12:14:56 GMT |  + Nambiar facing calls for ICC investigation
    Acting UN special envoy to Burma, Vijay Nambiar, is facing calls from two Sri Lankan rights group to be included in an investigation into the army’s execution of surrendering Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009. The charges were submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the US-based Tamil’s Against Genocide (TAG) and the Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils (SCET). They refer to Nambiar’s time as the UN’s Chief of Staff when he was sent to Colombo to aid negotiations towards an end to the country’s lengthy civil war. more ...
  • 51) Feb 25, 2011 3:54:22 GMT |  + After Ban Ki-moon Meets Sri Lanka AG & General Silva, UN Won't Say If First Time, No Trip or Panel in UN Read Out
    After months of controversy regarding if Sri Lanka will allow UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Panel on Accountability to visit the country and interview officials like the Attorney General if not President, Ban himself met on February 23 with with Attorney General Mohan Peiris and the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, former General Shavendra Silva. But when Inner City Press asked on February 24 for a read out of the meeting -- and if this was Ban's first meeting with Silva, himself accused of war crimes -- Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said the “courtesy call” was about “reconciliation and reconstruction efforts."
  • 52) Feb 25, 2010 21:52:22 GMT |  + 15 independent groups pay deposit to contest Jaffna electoral district
    Fifteen independent groups have paid deposit money to contest Jaffna electoral district until Thursday evening, sources in Jaffna said. Meanwhile, four independent groups out of the six which had paid deposit money submitted their lists of candidates at Jaffna Secretariat Thursday, the sources added.
  • 53) Feb 25, 2010 21:49:58 GMT |  +  Global telecom giant Etisalat starts operations in Sri Lanka
    A UAE-based company with a global presence, Etisalat, launched its operations in the competitive telecom market in Colombo after its acquisition of the Tigo mobile firm, targeting one million customers by the end of the year. Etisalat acquired a 100% stake in Tigo Sri Lanka, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nasdaq and OMX listed Millicom International Cellular S.A., for an enterprise value of US$ 207 million. Mobile phone penetration in Sri Lanka is only 52% and in March 2009, Tigo Sri Lanka was licensed to offer third generation services in addition to the second generation services historically provided by the company, on which its success was built.
  • 54) Feb 25, 2010 10:15:18 GMT |  + Restored library in Sri Lanka signals hope for Tamil minority
    Decades of civil strife have left their mark on Jaffna, the heartland of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority. Bombed-out buildings are a reminder of the fierce battles waged over the historic city. The most potent symbol of the struggle, and the uneasy peace since fighting ended last May, is Jaffna’s public library, which was torched in 1981 by an anti-Tamil mob. Nearly 100,000 books and manuscripts, including irreplaceable palm-leaf Tamil texts, went up in smoke. It was an act of cultural vandalism that fed the Tamil resistance movement.
  • 55) Feb 25, 2010 10:14:03 GMT |  + IMF delays third tranche of Sri Lanka's $2.6 bln loan
    The International Monetary Fund is delaying the third tranche of a $2.6 billion loan for Sri Lanka, IMF officials said on Thursday, saying they are unhappy that the island missed fiscal targets. "Yes, the third tranche will be delayed and completed when the budget is formulated after the election." said Brian Aitken, the IMF mission head to Sri Lanka.
  • 56) Feb 25, 2010 2:58:05 GMT |  + British PM meets Tamil delegates
    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met delegates of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) conference in London where the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband addressed the gathering. Delivering the inaugural address of the GTF conference held at the British parliamentary complex on Wednesday the foreign secretary called upon the Sri Lankan government to make constitutional changes aimed at power sharing. The Sri Lankan government protested against Foreign Secretary Miliband 's decision to address the Tamil diaspora gathering describing it as a pro LTTE organisation that poses a ‘direct threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka'. more ...
  • 57) Feb 25, 2010 2:56:22 GMT |  + British High Commissioner summoned over David Miliband’s address to Tamil group
    Sri Lanka summoned the acting British High Commissioner in Colombo yesterday to protest over an address by David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, to a meeting of ethnic Tamil activists in the Houses of Parliament. Rohitha Bogollagama, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, told a news conference that the Global Tamil Forum was an “umbrella organisaton” for the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were defeated last year. He said that Mr Miliband’s presence at the group’s inaugural meeting appeared to indicate his support for its “separatist agenda” and was “inimical to the national interest of Sri Lanka”.
  • 58) Feb 25, 2010 2:54:24 GMT |  + Tamils Lobby MPs For Recognition After War
    Sri Lankan activists are meeting senior British politicians in London at the start of a new campaign for an ethnic group crushed in the country's bitter civil war. Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his shadow counterpart William Hague are among the MPs in what is a cross-party sign of support for Tamil attempts for recognition following the bloody end to the conflict last year. For decades, the Tamil Tigers fought a separatist war in Sri Lanka in the hope of creating an independent homeland for Tamils.
  • 59) Feb 25, 2010 2:50:56 GMT |  + Sri Lanka crackdown shreds hopes of reconciliation
    In the afterglow of his thumping re-election last month, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse promised to build a strong and unified country that would consign its 37-year civil war to the past. Instead, his government launched a sweeping crackdown that has seen the man he defeated at the polls, former army chief Sarath Fonseka, taken into military custody, and other opposition figures and senior journalists arrested. The clampdown disappointed those who had hoped Rajapakse would be magnanimous in victory, with the opposition labelling it a purge against anyone deemed to have supported Fonseka's challenge for the presidency. more ...
  • 60) Feb 25, 2010 2:47:47 GMT |  + Vigil for missing Sri Lankan journalist
    A month since the disappearance of a Sri Lankan journalist said to have written articles in favour of the losing candidate in the recent election, vigils are being held. Prageeth Eknaligoda worked for a website which was often critical of the government, and is believed to have been abducted. Charles Haviland reports from Colombo. more ...
  • 61) Feb 25, 2010 2:44:12 GMT |  + "No future for Tamil Eelam"
    The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups should move away, once and for all, from the failed agenda of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) says the Internatinal Crisis Group. “New diaspora initiatives attempt to carry forward the struggle for an independent state in more transparent and democratic ways, but they must repudiate the LTTE’s violent methods”, says Robert Templer, Crisis Group’s Asia Program Director. “And they must also recognise that the LTTE’s separatist agenda is out of step with the wishes and needs of Tamils in Sri Lanka”. In a recent report titled ‘The Sri lankan diaspora after the LTTE” the Crisis group says that the gap between the diaspora and Tamils in Sri Lanka has widened.
  • 62) Feb 25, 2009 22:08:07 GMT |  + Taking Sri Lanka protest from Winchester to D.C.
    A Winchester teenager who went on a 12-day hunger strike to raise awareness about the plight of the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka met with Senator John F. Kerry in his Washington office yesterday to discuss the country's ongoing conflict."I admire you enormously for caring and for taking action on what you're thinking about and for having an impact," Kerry told Suntharalingam, who was joined at his office by Tasha Manoranjan, 22, of Washington, D.C., who also fasted.Members of People for Equality and Relief in Sri Lanka, or PEARL, completed their hunger strike Friday after 10,000 meals had been sacrificed by participants around the world.
  • 63) Feb 25, 2009 22:03:52 GMT |  + Acts of genocide possible – British Foreign Secretary
    Britain’s Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, agreed Tuesday with parliamentarians who said that the Sri Lankan government is “quite prepared to go ahead with acts of genocide.” Responding to Mr. Elfyn Llwyd, MP, Mr. Miliband said “the resolution of [a] terrorist problem cannot be achieved at the expense of the rights of minority communities in Sri Lanka, and that is what we are trying to work on.” Britain was encouraging Sri Lanka’s government to work with London’s newly appointed Special Envoy to Sri Lanka, former defence minister and Secretary of State for Scotland, Des Browne, the Foreign Secretary said.
  • 64) Feb 25, 2009 22:02:14 GMT |  + Thousands Rally to Urge Obama to Stop "Genocide" in Sri Lanka
    One organizer of the rally explained that "Since January 2009, the Singhalese-dominated Sri Lanka Government forces killed over 2000 Tamil civilians by shelling and aerial bombing of hospitals and safe-zones in Northeast Sri Lanka." The casualty figure was confirmed by a report issued by Human Rights Watch this week. A rally spokesman said that the Sri Lanka government is responsible for deaths and disappearances of over 8000 ethnic Tamils in the past 3 years, and that over 415,000 Tamils are trapped by government forces in 85 sq miles, and are denied adequate food and medical aid.
  • 65) Feb 25, 2009 12:21:52 GMT |  + CPI (M) urges New Delhi not to give arms to Sri Lanka
    The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) has said New Delhi should not supply any arms to Sri Lanka as long as the conflict between Colombo and the Tamil rebels was not resolved. "As far as our stand is concerned, we do not want any supply of arms to the Sri Lanka Government at this stage till there's a settlement," said Prakash Karat, general secretary of CPI (M). Karat said New Delhi should "make more efforts to impress upon the Sri Lankan Government" to put in a ceasefire.
  • 66) Feb 25, 2009 1:23:41 GMT |  + Sri Lankan refugees face open-ended detention in camps
    The camp's dry goods store opened only a day ago, but its windows are already greasy and smudged from the many faces pressed up against it. As workers stack bags of rice, lentils, and flour on crude wooden shelves, war-weary Tamil refugees stare longingly inside. None have money to spend here, only time to kill. Behind them, a resettlement camp for 2,800 people is taking on an air of permanence. Classrooms are being built to house the children who study outside in crisp white uniforms. A post office, bank, clinic, and vocational training center have already opened. more ...
  • 67) Feb 25, 2009 1:20:46 GMT |  + Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka
    The recent report of Sri Lankan Buddhist religious leaders prodding President Mahinda Rajapaksa to be more forthright in dealing with Tamil ultras is surely a cause for concern. Such a statement coming in the midst of a worldwide appeal for an immediate halt to this mindless violence going on unabated in the northeastern part of the island nation will surely ruffle the delicate ethnic balance. As the Sri Lankan Army continues intimidating the local populace on the Jaffna peninsula, there is a dire need to conceptualize the peace process from scratch. Unless Colombo can rein in its death squad and prevent reprisal attacks against Tamil civilians, no amount of confidence-building measures can restore permanent peace in the country.
  • 68) Feb 25, 2009 1:14:10 GMT |  + Heavy fighting in PTK, civilians trapped in SLA barrage
    Heavy fighting has been reported west of Puthukkudiyiruppu (PTK) where Sri Lanka Army (SLA) divisions 58 and 53 have suffered heavy casualties throughout the last 3 days, according to the sources close to the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE). The SLA fired hundreds of artillery shells into Ira'naipaalai and the adjoining areas between the safety zone and PTK junction, the reports further said. Three Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) fighter jets also bombed Ira'naippaalai thrice on Tuesday, killing seven civilians. At least four of the victims belonged to a single family, according to the initial reports. Civilian casualty figures due to artillery shelling is not yet known.
  • 69) Feb 25, 2009 1:04:31 GMT |  + As Sri Lanka Ignores UN's Call for Cessation of Hostilities, Detention Camps UNcommented On
    A day after the UN's Ban Ki-moon belatedly called for a "cessation of hostilities" in Sri Lanka, his Deputy Spokeswoman declined to directly respond to that country's foreign minister's statement that Ban has never called for a ceasefire, and never conveyed any similar request to Sri Lanka. "You heard what he said," the UN's Marie Okabe told Inner City Press. "You asked him the question." But what about Sri Lanka ignoring the UN's call for a cessation of hostilities? "Listen to his remarks," Ms. Okabe repeated. When asked if Ban, who has left for a trip to Africa including to view the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, had conveyed his call to stop the fighting to Sri Lanka, Okabe declined to comment. Video here, from Minute 10:22.
  • 70) Feb 25, 2008 23:31:27 GMT |  + Kosovo shows danger of over reliance on military solution
    Sri Lanka was back in the international headlines throughout the world. This was mainly on account of the Sri Lankan government's eloquent denunciation of the unilateral declaration of independence by the breakaway state of Kosovo. The government said it could set an unmanageable precedent in the conduct of international relations and the established global order of sovereign states and could thus pose a grave threat to international peace and security. The factor that has caused anxiety in many countries affected by separatist conflicts is that UN assurances of state sovereignty notwithstanding, the precedent has been set in which a unilateral declaration of independence can attract support from powerful countries that make it a fait accompli.
  • 71) Feb 25, 2008 23:30:47 GMT |  + US team to inspect seized weapons
    The Anuradhapura Magistrate yesterday granted a request made by a special CID investigation unit to allow the visiting US special investigation team to inspect an assortment of items of Black Tigers seized by the armed forces. The items had been in the possession of the Black Tigers who were killed by the security forces when they attacked the Anuradhapura Air Base on September 22 last year.
  • 72) Feb 25, 2008 23:30:08 GMT |  + IFJ Condemns Police Inspector for Attack on Journalist in Sri Lanka
    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) unequivocally condemns actions by senior Sri Lankan police to intimidate, abuse and humiliate journalists who report in the public interest. The Free Media Movement (FMM), an IFJ affiliate, reports that a senior police officer, Inspector Mahesh Perera, abused and assaulted Sugath Dharmapriya, a news producer of Derana TV, who was reporting from the scene of a bomb blast in Colombo on February 23.
  • 73) Feb 25, 2008 23:29:33 GMT |  + The Kosovo debate in Sri Lanka
    The Kosovo debate contains a microcosm of all that is right and wrong about Sri Lankan society. Some argue that in order to avoid a Kosovo outcome, all it takes is to "Just Say No" to the West and the outside world in general, while the others contend that what is needed is to "Just Say Yes", or in a more nuanced variant, "Never Say Never" to the West (especially to the Big Boys) and the outside world. The two responses correspond to the political antipodes of the xenophobes and the appeasers. Both extremes are wrong, in twin senses: their interpretation and application of Kosovo, as well as their recommendation of what is to be done to combat such a danger.
  • 74) Feb 25, 2008 15:27:52 GMT |  + Better to be good neighbours than perish as one family
    Now I am in Canada — a respected citizen of this country, which only looks at you as a fellow human being. I am proud to work for this great nation, for its development. I still love Sri Lanka. I still maintain great friendship with my Sinhalese brothers who share my thoughts. When two brothers in the family cannot live together and there is irreparable damage done by poisoning of innocent hearts permanently, with stupid history tellers of Dutugemunu, why not we live as good neighbours? It is time to part rather than live in misery as one family and kill each other.Live and let live as neighbours of two countries than perish as one.
  • 75) Feb 25, 2008 15:22:56 GMT |  + Rising travel risk in Sri Lanka and Nepal: FCO
    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has reiterated its call for caution in travelling to both Sir Lanka and Nepal. In Sri Lanka, the FCO advises against all travel to the north and east of the country, as well as to Yala National Park and the areas around it. Fatal terrorist attacks throughout the country have become more frequent in the first few months of 2008 and the FCO says they have occurred in places frequented by holidaymakers. The warning for Sri Lanka includes the area north of the A12 road (which runs from Puttalam in the west to Trincomalee in the east) and the Jaffna peninsula. Also avoid travelling to the districts of Trincomalee and Batticaloa, as well as coastal areas of Ampara district.
  • 76) Feb 25, 2008 15:16:25 GMT |  + Half a million people could be affected by conflict in 2008
    The UN and NGOs working in the conflict-ridden north and east are warning of a mounting humanitarian toll in 2008 due to the escalation in hostilities between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Agencies should be prepared to assist “up to 500,000 conflict-affected individuals comprising IDPs, returnees and economically affected persons”, according to the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) 2008, prepared by the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) country team for Sri Lanka and released on 22 February.
  • 77) Feb 25, 2008 4:29:44 GMT |  + Tamil victims in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lankan Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke cites a few Sri Lankan court cases to create the illusion that justice prevails in Sri Lanka ("Tamil homeland fantasy," Commentary, Sunday). Noticeably, cases like that of Kirishanthy Kumarasamy are absent from Mr. Goonetilleke's list. Kirishanthy was an 11th-grade Tamil schoolgirl who was abducted by the Sri Lankan State Army, gang-raped and buried in one of the many Tamil mass graves. Kirishanthy's mother, brother and a neighbor who subsequently went looking for Kirishanthy also ended up in mass graves.
  • 78) Feb 25, 2008 4:25:46 GMT |  + A country spins out of control
    Sri Lanka is quietly sliding into a humanitarian nightmare. Since the election of the nationalist government of Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005 and the resumption of war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) late last year, the number of civilian deaths has jumped sharply. The international donor community is at a loss as to what to do. The United States, Japan, the European Union (EU) and others rapidly introduced carrots and sticks to encourage a serious devolution of power and alleviate suffering. In the wake of the devastating tsunami in late 2004, it was widely hoped that a spirit of reconciliation might emerge from a legacy of tragedy. But these efforts were spectacular failures.
  • 79) Feb 25, 2008 0:30:18 GMT |  + Kosovo syndrome in the Sri Lanka psyche
    Kosovo not only divided Serbia into two independent States, it also divided the world into two differing blocs. One that supports cessation and the other that does not. The major power blocs in the West had consented to accept Kosovo as an independent state even before it made the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) on 17th February. The USA was thanked by thousands of Kosovans who came on to the streets of Pristina for giving them an independent country. Yet it was a difficult acceptance for all of those big powers. Bush therefore qualified their stand by saying cessation of Kosovo and accepting it, would not be made a precedent.
  • 80) Feb 25, 2007 16:58:32 GMT |  + Sri Lankan students 'feared kidnap, murder'
    THE 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted last week are mostly young students who fled Sri Lanka in fear that they would be kidnapped or murdered, it has been claimed. All are under 30 and nearly all are Tamils and the rest are Muslims, Sri Lankan community sources say. From Sri Lanka, the head of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress, human rights lawyer Appathuray Vinayagamoorthy, has called on the Australian Government not to deport the boat people, citing "daily" abductions and killings of Tamils in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Ten Muslims were recently found hacked to death in the east, he said. more ...
  • 81) Feb 25, 2007 13:45:07 GMT |  + Last rites read over peace process in Sri Lanka
    As thousands flee for their lives amid heavy weekend artillery fire in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, analysts say the government, Tamil rebels and Norway are clinging to a truce that is dead. The Oslo-backed peace process suffered yet another blow last week when the rebels vowed to resume their campaign for independence and statehood, scrapping a 2002 pledge to agree to a federal solution to end decades of ethnic conflict. "I don't think there is any possibility to revive the (Norway-backed) peace process," said Sunanda Deshapriya, director of the private Centre for Policy Alternatives think-tank.
  • 82) Feb 25, 2007 13:43:14 GMT |  + Ex-foreign minister warned India may join in imposing embargoes
    The then Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera warned President Mahinda Rajapaksa that India may join western powers to bring international strictures and even embargoes on Sri Lanka. The warning came in a letter Mr. Samaraweera sent on December 13, last year, almost a month before he was sacked. Copies of this letter were released to the media together with a letter he wrote to Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary, Maithripala Sirisena, countering charges levelled against him.
  • 83) Feb 25, 2007 13:42:35 GMT |  + China to back Sri Lanka`s fight against LTTE
    The Chinese leadership will reassure Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse that Beijing firmly backs the island nation's fight against terrorism and efforts to maintain territorial integrity, diplomatic sources said here today. "China will express full support for Sri Lankan government's efforts for the unity, territorial integrity and national reconciliation," diplomats said ahead of Rajapakse's state visit to China from February 26 to March 4. Chinese President Hu Jintao will hold talks with Rajapakse and the two leaders will officiate events marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka here.
  • 84) Feb 25, 2007 13:41:34 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says captures rebel camps, kills many
    Sri Lanka's military said on Sunday it had driven Tamil Tiger fighters from jungle camps in the island's restive northeast and inflicted heavy losses. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) denied any fighters had been attacked. The military said it had captured two Tiger camps, a training facility and a hospital north of the strategic northeastern port of Trincomalee. "Our people have not been operating in that area recently," Tiger military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiraiyan said by telephone from the rebels' northern stronghold. "How many more hundreds of camps are they going to claim to overrun? It's mostly propaganda."
  • 85) Feb 25, 2007 12:35:19 GMT |  + The LTTE cannot be defeated militarily, US tells Sri Lanka
    Describing the situation in Sri Lanka as 'serious', the US envoy to the island nation has warned against attempts to underestimate the Tamil Tigers and asserted that they cannot be defeated militarily. Ambassador Robert Blake also said in a telephonic interview from Colombo that his country 'respectfully disagreed' with those in Sri Lanka who feel a military solution was possible to end the dragging Tamil separatist campaign. The ambassador, who took charge in September 2006, made it clear that only devolution of powers that satisfy the 'legitimate aspirations' of the Tamil minority could be the basis for any negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam -.
  • 86) 21:05 GMT, Feb. 25, 2006 |  + Thousands march through Sri Lankan capital to mark anniversary of truce with Tamil Tiger rebels
    Thousands of people paraded through the streets of Sri Lanka's capital on Saturday to mark the fourth anniversary of a truce that halted the island's civil war. The marchers, carrying lighted candles, also celebrated an agreement last week between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, to salvage the truce, which had been threatened by a recent spike in attacks. The two sides agreed at the negotiations in Switzerland to restrain violence and to meet again in April. "We are urging the government and LTTE to commit themselves to strengthen the cease-fire and to respect the agreements reached in Geneva with a view to bring lasting peace," said Rev. Madampagama Assagi, a Buddhist priest and secretary of National Anti-War Front, which organized the event. more ...
  • 87) 20:58 GMT, Feb. 25, 2006 |  + Talks, Talks and More Talks
    The message that must go out to the international community, especially to the crucial aid-donors, is that so-called ‘Peace-talks’ in Geneva could be meaningless. Unless firm pressure is exerted on the GOSL to come up with some realistic solutions that will address the basic problems faced by the Tamils, and then see that they are implemented, the Talks will only provide breathing space for the Sri Lankan Government to militarily equip its Armed Forces to destroy a part of its own population. The undeclared strategy of the GOSL is blindingly obvious - “We talk when we must (a shortage of men and weapons), we fight when we can (when these are replenished)”. If the international community cannot see this, they are not in the realm of reality. In an unguarded moment President Rajapakse said just that. When questioned by the Sinhala extremists as to why he was talking with the Tigers (instead of ‘smashing’ them), he said, with disarming honesty, that he was doing so only till his Armed Forces are properly equipped (by courtesy of Western countries). Let us be clear about this. The Geneva Talks are merely a side show to keep the crucial aid-donors happy. more ...
  • 88) 15:37 GMT, Feb. 25, 2006 |  + Sri Lankan peace talks stagger on to another round
    Two days of talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)—the first in nearly three years—broke up in Geneva on Thursday without any substantive agreement. A brief official statement declared that both sides were committed to upholding the current ceasefire agreement signed in 2002 and to meet again on April 19-21. Erik Solheim, the head of the Norwegian facilitation team, told the media: “This is above my expectations. Confidence has been built.” But the fact that Solheim greeted such an outcome as “above expectations” is an indication of just how bitter the closed-door negotiations were. more ...
  • 89) 15:37 GMT, Feb. 25, 2006 |  + Lankans cautious about new peace pact
    While welcoming the agreement reached between the warring parties after the two-day tough negotiations in Geneva to take steps “to stop violence, abductions and killing” and to meet again in April to continue the dialogue at the same venue, the people in the war-ravaged North-East expressed cautious optimism whether the agreement reached would be implemented in its right spirit. The Tamil Tigers have promised to stop attacks on the government security forces and police and President Rajapakse’s government has pledged to take relevant steps against the armed groups, whom the LTTE accused of being harboured and used by the military against the Tigers. more ...
  • 90) 12:18 GMT, Feb. 25, 2006 |  + Canada: Earthquake shakes Ottawa
    An earthquake rattled Ottawa on Friday evening. Residents reported the ground shook for about 30 seconds. Natural Resources Canada said the magnitude 4.5 earthquake occurred at 8:39 p.m. and struck seven kilometres north of Thurso, Que., about 40 kilometres east of downtown Ottawa. The U.S. Geological Service said the quake occurred about 15 kilometres underground. Robert Chaffers said he thought snow was sliding off the steel roof of his Chelsea home. "We could here it coming for several seconds before the house shook," he said, adding that it was "like a gigantic truck or something coming down the road." There were no immediate reports of any damage or injury. more ...
  • 91) 14:30 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + War remains an option three years after cease-fire
    From the time the GOSL and the LTTE began talks to find a political solution to bring the war to a permanent end, the Tamils have argued it is perfectly possible for the Sinhala polity to agree on setting up an interim administrative structure outside the constitution on the same basis that the CFA was bestowed with a extra-legal status as solid as anything firmly anchored in the laws of the land. But all the proposals for establishing some sort of a workable interim arrangement were shot down on the grounds that they were not consistent with the provisions of the constitution.The CFA enjoys an extra legal status because the no war situation suits the south. Even the voices of those who said it was an illegal document are muted today. So the consensus on the CFA seems almost universal in the Sinhala polity. However, for three years the Tamil request to apply the same principle to establish an interim mechanism has been consistently and vehemently rejected. The CFA has failed utterly to build mutual confidence between the GOSL and the LTTE. It continues to rest on the balance of forces. The line of control is the only stark reality of the three-year old cease fire. more ...
  • 92) 14:06 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + ADB approves 7 mln USD for Sri Lanka to post-tsunami relief
    The Asia Development Bank (ADB) Friday said that it has approved the reallocation of 7 million US dollars from a Rural Finance Sector Development Project in Sri Lanka to provide emergency microcredit to tsunami-affected people in the country. The ADB said that as the first ADB post-tsunami response after the joint preliminary needs assessment carried out by ADB, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the World Bank published at the start of February, the reallocation will expedite the flow of needed funds to poor and low income tsunami-affected households. Three loans totaling 70 million dollars were approved by ADB in December 2003 for the Rural Finance Sector Development Program ( RFSDP) to establish a sustainable system for enhancing access to rural and microfinance services. According to the bank, under the project, a 10 million-dollar line of credit to support microenterprise subloans of up to about 1,000 dollars each was being disbursed through microfinance institutions.
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  • 93) 14:02 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + NGOS Shoulder the Relief Effort In Sri Lanka
    A human rights relief team sent out to conduct a fact-finding mission in Sri Lanka has now returned to Los Angeles and reports that the private sector is conducting the major part of the relief effort on the island. Ramona Greenstein, leader of the team sent out by the International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance, with the support of Church of Scientology International, stated that the team visited at least 20 refugee camps and orphanages. “We found the camps and orphanages are mainly being run by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and churches.” “We spoke to countless survivors, many of whom had lost their homes and their only means of livelihood — fishing. We interviewed representatives from local welfare groups, churches, and international organizations including UNICEF and Save the Children,” Greenstein said. more ...
  • 94) 12:20 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka's ruling alliance loses its parliamentary majority as Tamil party joins opposition
    Sri Lanka's ruling alliance lost its majority in parliament Friday after a Tamil political party withdrew its support, putting the country into a state of political uncertainty as it grapples to recover from the Asian tsunami. The Ceylon Workers Congress, which has eight seats in the 225-member legislature, said it was joining the opposition because of unspecified disagreements with President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government. The move left the ruling alliance with 111 seats. Though the loss weakens the government, it's unlikely to cause its downfall.
    - Party withdraws support for Kumaratunga Govt - Hindustan Times
    - Party quits Sri Lanka government - BBC
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  • 95) 12:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + Stop for a chat, Tamil Tigers urge Prince Charles
    Britain's Prince Charles will come within a stone's throw of Tamil Tiger territory when he tours Sri Lanka's tsunami-ravaged east next week -- and the rebels want him to pop in for a chat. "We would like to receive him, there's no doubt about that. He's always welcome," S. Puleedevan, secretary-general of the Tigers' Peace Secretariat and senior rebel negotiator, told Reuters on Friday. Heir-to-the-throne Charles will make a lightning visit to Sri Lanka on Monday en route to Australia and will visit the eastern district of Batticaloa, where the Tigers control pockets of jungle and December's tsunami flattened fishing villages.
    - Charles to see tsunami devastation - Yahoo
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  • 96) 12:08 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + Emergency Regulations Once Again - NESOHR
    The Northeast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR) views with serious concern recently declared Emergency Regulations under the Public Security Ordinance. It is Unpardonable in any (so called) democracy that whatever Proclamations, orders and regulations made by the Government is not available even to well known Civil Rights Movements and Libraries on time and they are not available at all even to the Magistrates and Judges for months resulting in the public being uncertain of their rights and obligations and the Judges especially in the outstations being left in the dark and unable to administer Justice properly. more ...
  • 97) 12:06 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka seeks tsunami aid deal with Tigers despite killings
    Sri Lanka is seeking a deal with Tamil Tiger rebels on handling tsunami relief despite a spate of killings undermining mutual confidence, the government said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has told Norway's peace envoy Erik Solheim that the government wanted to establish a mechanism with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to handle tsunami aid, her office said on Friday. "The president... reiterated the sincere commitment of the government of Sri Lanka to establish a working arrangement with the LTTE for the equitable allocation and implementation of post-tsunami aid," the statement said.
    - Kumaratunga seeks deal with LTTE for distribution of aid - PTI
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  • 98) 12:05 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + World Bank increases tsunami aid to Sri Lanka
    The World Bank on Thursday approved an additional $75 million in emergency aid for Sri Lanka's tsunami recovery and reconstruction effort, bringing to $150 million the total assistance made available this month. The new funding will help victims of the December disaster rebuild houses, provide employment opportunities and fund repairs to infrastructure systems including roads and water supply, the World Bank said in a statement. Of the funds approved on Thursday, $30 million is a grant and the rest is a credit from the bank's lowest-cost financing arm, the International Development Association, the statement said.
    - Sri Lanka battles flood of tsunami aid - AFP
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  • 99) 19:22 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + A gala entertainment awaits the South Asian Communities
    'This year's Kolam is going to be a milestone event for our organization. It is going to be nearly 30,000 square feet full of fabulous entertainment, useful wedding related services, and loads of eye catching fashion. We expect more than 7000 people to attend this year's event', said Tharsi Yoganathan, one of the organizers of Kolam Wedding Show. ‘This year’s show will feature nearly seventy (70) wedding related exhibitors, an elaborate and entertaining fashion and lifestyle show, musical and dance programs, and the much sought after Kolam 2005 Wedding Planner', said Sobi Ragunathan. Sobi is the other partner involved in the organizing of the Kolam Wedding Show. ‘Our fashion and lifestyle show coordinator has been working with more than forty top models, selected through several try outs, and we can't wait to put this year's show out', she continued. The Kolam group plans to better the lifestyle and fashion show from last year, a solid crowd puller. more ...
  • 100) 14:33 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + World: Several UN peacekeepers killed in Congo ambush
    Several UN peacekeepers on patrol were killed after being ambushed northeastern Congo, a UN spokesperson confirmed Friday. UN spokesperson Mamadou Bah was unable to provide further details on the troops' nationalities or how they were killed. About 16,000 UN peacekeepers from some 50 countries are in Congo to help the nation move toward peace. A six-nation war from 1998 to 2002 left three million dead in the country. Battles between rival militias in the northeastern district of Ituri have killed more than 50,000 since 1999. Another 500,000 have been forced to flee their homes.The fighting is mainly between the Hema and Lendu tribes. The tribes were initially armed by neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda during the war in an effort to seize control of the mineral-rich territory. more ...
  • 101) 12:02 GMT, Feb. 25, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka's ruling alliance loses its parliamentary majority as Tamil party joins opposition
    Sri Lanka's ruling alliance lost its majority in parliament Friday after a Tamil political party withdrew its support, putting the country into a state of political uncertainty as it grapples to recover from the Asian tsunami. The Ceylon Workers Congress, which has eight seats in the 225-member legislature, said it was joining the opposition because of unspecified disagreements with President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government. The move left the ruling alliance with 111 seats. Though the loss weakens the government, it's unlikely to cause its downfall.
    - Party withdraws support for Kumaratunga Govt - Hindustan Times
    - Party quits Sri Lanka government - BBC
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  • 102) 23:58 GMT, Feb. 25, 2004 |  + LTTE warns of 'serious consequences' if Tamils denied voting rights
    The Tamil Tiger rebels today warned of ''serious consequences'' if the Sri Lankan army restricted free movement of voters from the rebel-held areas to cast their votes in the government-held areas. ''The consequences will be serious if the rights and wishes of our people are denied,'' LTTE's political wing head S P Thamilselvan told reporters in Kilinochchi today after a meeting with Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar. Mr Thamilsevan said ''We discussed the matter with Mr Brattskar today and we plan to take up the matter with the European Union too.'' Over 300,000 voters are living under the LTTE controlled area in the war-ravaged North-East. more ...
  • 103) 16:06 GMT, Feb. 25, 2004 |  + Put pressure on Sri Lanka, says envoy
    Norwegian Foreign Minister Jen Petersen yesterday urged all parties involved in the Sri Lankan peace process, particularly its sponsors, to remain engaged and push the negotiations forward.Petersen said he hoped all sponsoring donor countries would continue to focus on development and reconstruction issues in Sri Lanka. He said although the peace process had stalled pending the April 2 general election, the ceasefire monitoring team was doing a “good job” maintaining stability within the country. He said he was confident the negotiations would soon be back on track after the elections. more ...
  • 104) 13:34 GMT, Feb. 25, 2004 |  + Tamil Aspirations and Traitors
    For a successful negotiation, it is necessary for Tamils to express their opinion clearly about their aspirations in this election. They must use this election to tell the world that they want to lead a life free of oppression. They need to give a clear mandate to the LTTE to continue with the negotiating process. All thinking, sincere Tamils, have expressed similar sentiments, the latest one being the editorial in the Tamil Guardian. Enemies of the peace process also have come to similar conclusions. They have recruited a couple of prominent Tamil traitors. One is a politician and the other is journalist. These two puppet traitors are intent on serving their masters well by creating confusion among Tamils. From their actions and utterings we can infer that these traitors’ aim is to weaken the LTTE’s ability to negotiate successfully with the Sinhalese. Therefore they must be working for enemies of the peace process. These forces will not stop at this. They will do everything to confuse and even disrupt the elections in Tamil areas. more ...
  • 105) 12:19 GMT, Feb. 25, 2004 |  + "The international community has serious concerns about the humanitarian needs of the Tamil people"
    Mr. Brattskar who visited Vanni after he returned from Washington briefed Head of the Political Wing on matters discussed in Washington by the donor community. "Prominent in the discussion" said Mr. Brattskar, "was the concern of the international community relating to the general election in Sri Lanka, the violence connected with election, possible outburst from candidates against the peace process and the delay to recommence political negotiations. The Ambassador requested Mr. Tamilselvan to ensure that the Tamil people be facilitated to exercise their franchise in the April elections. Responding to it Mr. Tamilselvan assured that the leadership is fully committed to ensure that all democratic norms will be respected and suggested various modalities that would ensure full and free participation of the people. The Ambassador assured that he will convey these opinions to the right people including international observers. more ...
  • 106) 12:17 GMT, Feb. 25, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka Party To Field 260 Buddhist Monks As Candidates
    A radical nationalist party said Wednesday it will field 260 Buddhists monks as candidates in the April 2 parliamentary elections - the first time monks have entered the political fray in an organized way. The monks consider themselves important guardians of the majority Sinhalese Buddhist culture, which they feel has come under threat from Western materialism, religious conversions and the Tamil Tiger rebels, who are predominantly Hindu. "We will emerge as a major player in the Parliament," Uduwe Dhammaloka of the National Heritage Party told a news conference. more ...
  • 107) 12:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2004 |  + UNP alleges atrocious defamation
    Urgent appointment sought with Minister over state media abuse The UNP yesterday sought an urgent appointment with Media Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar to discuss the alleged state media abuses particularly in defaming and destroying the character of candidates contesting the general election against the PA-JVP Sandanaya. In a hard-hitting letter to Mr. Kadirgamar, UNP General Secretary Senarath Kapukotuwa said, "You had recently stated that you had given instructions to the state media that they should be fair by all persons and be transparent in disseminating news. It appears that either your directives are not being followed or that you were not serious about the directives you have given and you are conniving in this wrongdoing." more ...
  • 108) 12:05 GMT, Feb. 25, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka govt sees chaos if opposition wins poll
    Sri Lanka faces chaos if the president's alliance wins approaching elections, the prime minister's party warned on Wednesday, saying the coalition could not agree on how to pursue peace moves with Tamil rebels. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party formed an electoral alliance with the Marxist and nationalist People's Liberation Front (JVP), but that is already under strain, with the JVP taking a much harder line on the Tamil Tiger rebels. "There are contradictions in the alliance policies," cabinet spokesman G L Peiris told a news conference. "If they are elected we can be certain there will be chaos in our country to a degree never before seen in the past." Kumaratunga called the April 2 vote after accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe -- who is elected separately and from a rival party -- of conceding too much to the Tigers in his bid to end two decades of civil war. more ...
  • 109) 12:02 GMT, Feb. 25, 2004 |  + Serious consequences if Tamil voters’ rights are denied – Thamilchelvan
    “The consequences will be serious if the rights and wishes of our people are denied”, said Mr. S.P Thamilchelvan, the head of the political division of the Liberation Tigers, responding to reports Tuesday that the Sri Lanka army will not allow the free movement of voters from areas held by the LTTE for polling on 2 April. “We discussed the matter with the Ambassador of Norway today. And we plan to take up the matter with the European Union too”, Mr. Thamilchelvan said, speaking to journalists after meeting Norwegian Ambassador for Sri Lanka, Mr. Hans Brattskar, Wednesday. Speaking to the press about his discussions with the head of the LTTE’s political division, Mr. Brattskar said: “We also had discussions on the current situation in Sri Lanka and on the elections of course – the need for the elections to be free, fair, peaceful and that as many people as possible are given an opportunity to participate in the democratic process and to be able to vote on April 2”. more ...
  • 110) 22:16 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + National survey on internally displaced completed
    Over 250,000 internally displaced persons have been re-settled or are in transit to be re-settled in their original homes during the past year, a Government-UNHCR survey reveals. These figures are based on information gathered by Government Agents in each district. Working on these estimates the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Refugees had fixed the number of persons who have returned home, relocated elsewhere or are in transit at approximately 258,882 between January and December 2002. more ...
  • 111) 21:20 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Country cannot afford to go back to war : Negotiations the only option - President
    President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday reiterated that Sri Lanka has no option other than continuing the ongoing negotiating process with the LTTE, since the country cannot afford to go back to war. "This, no doubt, is a difficult process. But we have to march on that path. We all believe that the war is not the solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka," said President Kumaratunga addressing a packed press conference last evening, at the Putra World Trade Centre where the 13th Non-Aligned Movement meeting was held. more ...
  • 112) 20:44 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Weapons in Nimalarajan murder case sent to govt. analyst
    The Jaffna Magistrate, Mr.R.T.Viknarajah, hearing the case of the murder of the journalist Nimalarajan, Tuesday allowed an application made by the Police to forward the five 9 m.m. pistols with several rounds of live bullets, which had been recovered by the Sri Lanka Army from the paramilitary Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), to the Government Analyst for analysis and report. The Officer in charge of Special Crimes of the Jaffna Police, Mr.Ranjith de Silva, having produced in court the five pistols with live bullets handed over to the Police by the SLA, made this application Tuesday when the murder case was taken up for inquiry, legal sources said. more ...
  • 113) 19:44 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Public demands urgent reconstruction of Kiran Road
    The road connecting Kiran in Batticaloa district to the Pulipainthakal to the west has become non-motorable and so badly dilapidated that even bicycles cannot be used on the road, the residents of the area said, and demanded that the government should take immediate steps to reconstruct the road. The road goes through Tharavai, Pulipainthakal all the way to Vadamunai. more ...
  • 114) 19:43 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Report peace process responsibly: Ranil
    The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, today inaugurated the biennial conference of the Commonwealth Press Union, with a promise to introduce a set of legislative measures aimed at providing greater transparency in governance. Pointing out that the relationship between the Sri Lankan media and politics ``has been both uneasy and highly complicated'', the Prime Minister called for responsible reporting of the peace process. more ...
  • 115) 15:32 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Canada: Racial Profiling Inquiry By Ontario Human Rights Commission
    Working closely with community partners including the CTC, the Ontario Human Rights Commission is conducting a province-wide inquiry into the effects of racial profiling on individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. The inquiry falls under the Commission’s mandate in s. 29 of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”) to, among other things, inquire into incidents or conditions leading to tension or conflict, to initiate investigations into problems in society, to encourage programs to address such problems and to conduct public education to promote understanding of and compliance with the Code. more ...
  • 116) 03:33 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka union battles ‘peace dividend’ reforms
    : A powerful Sri Lankan trade union is fighting to block economic reforms the government hopes will attract foreign aid as a “peace dividend” if it succeeds in ending the island’s 19-year ethnic war. “We have kept the labour reforms in check,” said S. Amarasinghe, secretary of the 80,000-member Inter-Company Employees Union which is backed by a Marxist party in parliament. He was referring to measures to free up the labour market and privatise state firms the union fears could lead to job cuts and diminish union influence. “If the government brings them out, we will begin our agitation again,” he said in a telephone interview. Strikes on the issue have already thrown a spanner into the island’s economic machinery. more ...
  • 117) 03:30 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Top-level ADB officials visit Vavuniya
    A committee of top-level officials of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) visited Vavuniya Monday to hold consultations on planned projects on road reconstruction and electrical power distribution, sources said. The high level committee included Mr. Tadashi Konda, director of the Infrastructure Division for the South Asia region, Mrs. Sriwidowwathy, Project Engineer, Mr. K.M. Thilakaratne, Project Specialist, Mr. John Innigan, Consultant for the A-9 highway project. The committee met with the Government Agent for Vavuniya, Mr. K. Ganesh, at the district secretariat and held discussions on the immediate needs, short and long term plans for projects on road reconstruction and electrical power distribution. more ...
  • 118) 23:07 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Gen Nambiar to submit his report on Jaffna HSZ in two weeks
    Former Deputy Chief of the Indian Army Lt Gen (retd) Satish Nambiar whose advice has been sought by Sri Lanka on the issue of resettlement of people in the High Security Zones (HSZs) in Jaffna has said he would submit ''some suggestions on the issue in a fortnight''. In an interview to the Jaffna-based Tamil daily, 'Uthayan', during the weekend, Gen Nambiar outrightly rejected local media allegations that he had forwarded a preliminary report to the Lankan government on the HSZs issue. ''I have at no stage forwarded any report to this effect that laying down of heavy weapons by the LTTE is a pre-requisite' for the resettlement of displaced persons in the HSZs. more ...
  • 119) 22:56 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan PM warns of press threat to peace bid
    Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe opened a Commonwealth media meeting in Colombo on Tuesday promising greater media freedom and at the same time complaining of press attempts to scuttle his peace bid. The prime minister said he was against legislation to control the media and asked the media industry itself to evolve mechanism to ensure objective and accurate reporting. more ...
  • 120) 22:37 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Gestational Diabetes Program Benefits Tamil Women
    The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) today announced that the Tamil Eelam Society is developing an information and support group campaign for Tamil speaking women in Scarborough who had or have gestational diabetes. This initiative is being developed with the support of the Self Help Resource Centre, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Diabetes Education Community Network of East Toronto. In 2001, The Scarborough Hospital received a research grant from Health Canada to better understand how to provide information and services to Tamil speaking women with gestational diabetes. more ...
  • 121) 03:29 GMT, Feb. 25, 2003 |  + Balasingham here for talks with LTTE chief
    LTTE Chief Negotiator Anton Balasingham will arrive in Sri Lanka on March 2 for important discussions with his leader Velupillai Prabhakaran ahead of the crucial round of peace talks in Hakone, Japan next month. This is the first time that Balasingham who is recuperating in London following a kidney operation, will be here on an extended stay between peace talks which will take up the core political issues of power sharing. Balasingham came to Sri Lanka twice after the peace process commenced. His first trip was by seaplane via Maldives to Iranamadu in the Wanni. He travelled through the Colombo Airport on his second visit. He was associated with Prabhakaran at his first major international news conference on April 10, 2002 in the Wanni. more ...
  • 122) 17:10 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Parliamentary debate date on MOU advanced
    The Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe Monday evening decided to summon the parliament on March 4 to debate the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Earlier the parliament was scheduled to meet on March 5. more ...
  • 123) 17:04 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Parliamentary debate date on MOU advanced
    The Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe Monday evening decided to summon the parliament on March 4 to debate the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Earlier the parliament was scheduled to meet on March 5. more ...
  • 124) 16:49 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + General languishes in the dark now
    It must be a real change for you, General, from the glorious days when you went to Jaffna and hoisted the Lion Flag for all to see. Why, they even called you the "Sapumal Kumaraya" and your niece promoted you twice over! You were so taken up by those events that you returned and proudly declared that you would end the war and shake hands with Velu before the next Sinhala and Tamil New Year. We are still waiting for that New Year to dawn, General! more ...
  • 125) 16:08 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + U.S. Government Donates Medical Equipment to Jaffna General Teaching Hospital
    American Ambassador E. Ashley Wills today donated on behalf of the United States Government US $100,000 of medical equipment to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. The equipment included infant incubators, neonatal resuscitators, electronic patient monitors, a diathermy machine and an operating theater lamp. The donation of equipment, purchased with United States Government funds, will improve patient care at the hospital, especially for newborn infants and other children in the Jaffna peninsula. Dr. D.C. Ambalavannar, head of Surgery at Jaffna Teaching Hospital, accepted the equipment on behalf of the hospital. Ambassador Wills said, “Few things could give me greater pleasure than making this contribution, on behalf of the people of the United States, to better health care for the children of this region. The Jaffna Peninsula has pressing need of increased resources as it deals with the challenges resulting from eighteen years of conflict. I am happy to take a small step toward helping them meet those challenges.“ more ...
  • 126) 15:49 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka: One step at a time
    With a formal and structured ceasefire in place, the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels are now looking to move on to the next phase in the peace process - to talk about talks. While the signing of the ceasefire agreement on Friday has been welcomed abroad as a step toward a negotiated settlement of the 19-year-long conflict, significant sections on the island are fiercely opposed to its provisions. more ...
  • 127) 13:38 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + TELO, PLOTE told not carry arms in east
    "TELO and PLOTE cadres have been asked to cease all their activity," one source said yesterday. They have been advised not to ‘show up’ with weapons, the source said while explaining that the directive would be strictly enforced.Hundreds of EPDP cadres deployed in the Jaffna theatre, particularly in the islands, will have to be disarmed. The EPDP will also lose control of the Delft island situated approximately 5 nautical miles off Nainathivu. EPDP cadres were likely to be given the opportunity to join the armed forces. more ...
  • 128) 13:30 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan Presidential Secretariat Refutes Cabinet Spokesman's Statement
    Sri Lankan Presidential Secretariat has refuted the statement of government spokesman and Constitutional Affair Minister G.L. Peiris that the recently signed ceasefire agreement between the government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels was discussed at two cabinet meetings. In a press release carried on Monday's official Daily News, the Presidential Secretariat has described the statement as totally untrue and misleading. The release said that President Chandrika Kumaratunga decided not to participated at the first cabinet meeting as she had convinced herself that there were no matters of special importance to be discussed at this particular cabinet meeting after inquiries. more ...
  • 129) 12:52 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Sri Lankans give thumbs up to peace talks
    Confidence in Sri Lanka's peace process has soared in recent months despite fierce nationalist opposition to a Norwegian bid to end nearly two decades of ethnic war, an opinion poll showed on Monday. Even before Norway sealed an indefinite truce between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels last week, more than 80 percent of Sri Lankans believed negotiations would end the war, compared with less than 60 percent in May last year. "This confidence in peace talks has increased notably...while confidence in a war effort establishing peace has declined," said the Centre for Policy Alternatives which conducted the Canadian-funded poll in January. more ...
  • 130) 21:35 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Breaking Off the Battle
    For the past five years, Sri Lanka has been divided at the humble village of Piramanalankulam. To the south was Sri Lanka proper, to the north territory controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, one of the world's toughest, most terroristic separatist groups. In between lay 100 yards of no-man's-land, seeded with land mines by both sides. Last week, with startling speed and ease, the battlements came down. Sri Lankan soldiers pushed aside heavy logs blocking the narrow street, and Padmavati Mahalingam, a 37-year-old mother of five, strolled tentatively from rebel territory. "This is wonderful," she said, with some 400 others following her to buy stamps, make phone calls, consult doctors and rediscover life without war. "I am tired of this battle. I want it to end." more ...
  • 131) 20:12 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Armed forces to be strengthened
    The government has decided to modernise and strengthen the three armed services. Following this decision conscriptions to the armed forces will be continued without a break and training in new war techniques will be provided to the members of the armed forces with the assistance of foreign aid, a senior member of the government said. He further said that four powerful countries in the world had already come forward to provide such aid. He said that there was no prohibition in the ceasefire agreement against conscription to the armed forces or to strengthen the war capacity of the armed forces. more ...
  • 132) 19:31 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Opposition may move court against Ranil Govt.
    Politics of cohabitation in governing Sri Lanka seems to be moving backward with main Opposition parties planning to take legal action against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe-led United National Front, for signing the ceasefire agreement with the Tamil Tiger rebels, State radio said today. The Opposition parties planning to take legal action include Peoples' Alliance (PA), Janatha Vimukthi Pramuna (JVP) and the ex-militant Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP). The coalition partners of the previous PA Government said they were moving courts as the government had violated the Constitution by not consulting the President, Parliament and Cabinet of Ministers before signing the agreement. more ...
  • 133) 19:21 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Lankan govt, President differ over Cabinet
    Sri Lanka's government was Monday embroiled in another confrontation with President Chandrika Kumaratunga over the expansion of the Cabinet, officials said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had planned to promote seven non-Cabinet ministers on Monday, but Kumaratunga played hard-to-get and put off the official swearing-in ceremony by three days, officials said. They said the president was also yet to make her stand known on the historic ceasefire agreement which Wickremesinghe has entered into with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Officials at Kumaratunga's office said she would soon make a detailed statement on the ceasefire agreement which went into effect Saturday and will be monitored by a Scandinavian mission. Although Wickremesinghe controls the government, the executive power of appointing ministers rests with the president. Both arguably have the power to block each other, with financial control resting with parliament. Kumaratunga will, however, have the power to sack the legislature upon its completion of one year in office in December, but parliament can in the meantime move to impeach the president. more ...
  • 134) 19:19 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Lankan govt rejects president's criticism on ceasefire
    Sri Lanka's government rejected on Saturday criticism by President Chandrika Kumaratunga that its historic truce with Tamil Tiger rebels had violated democratic procedures. Shortly after the formal bilateral truce was announced Friday by Norway, which is acting as a mediator, Kumaratunga complained that the cabinet of ministers had not been informed. But Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris denied on Saturday Kumaratunga's allegations. A final political settlement to the island's drawn out Tamil separatist conflict would require the support of Kumaratunga's People's Alliance, which is the main opposition party in parliament. more ...
  • 135) 17:44 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + They're coming home - And all they want is peace
    A bumpy drive on mine blasted roads alongside the magnificent Nilaveli beach in Trincomalee to a sunny little village, awakening to fresh hopes of peace after having lived through the harsh realities of war. Flanked by an inviting sea on one side and a placid lagoon on the other, Kuchchaveli, our destination 30 kms away from Nilaveli, was linked by the Sulfair Bridge, a favourite haunt for fishermen. The bridge is an important connection between the two sides. For without it, all ties between Kuchchaveli and Nilaveli would be broken. more ...
  • 136) 17:10 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Parliamentary debate date on MOU advanced
    The Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe Monday evening decided to summon the parliament on March 4 to debate the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Earlier the parliament was scheduled to meet on March 5. more ...
  • 137) 12:49 GMT, Feb. 25, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan Opposition Legislator Arrested
    A legislator from Sri Lanka's main opposition People's Alliance (PA)of President Chandrika Kumaratunga was arrested and remanded Monday, police said. @@A court in the central town of Kandy, about 120 kilometers northeast of capital Colombo, has ordered the remanding of AjanthaDe Zoysa for alleged plot to assassinate Agriculture and LivestockMinister S.B.Dissanayake in the run up to the country's parliamentary election held on December 5 last year. more ...
  • 138) 14:29 GMT, Feb. 25, 2001 |  + Douglas Devananda says: Govt. will not invite LTTE for talks
    Eelam Peoples Democratic Party leader and Cabinet Minister for Northern Development, Douglas Devananda, has categorically stated that "our government" would not invite the LTTE for talks in an interview to an Indian political journal known for its vehement antipathy towards the LTTE. In an interview published on pages 10 and 11 in the Tamil weekly magazine Thuglak dated Feb 14, Devananda has accused the LTTE of pretending to be interested in peace talks but declaring a ceasefire to prevent being exposed. more ...
  • 139) 14:05 GMT, Feb. 25, 2001 |  + Sri Lankan Bishops meet Chandrika
    The Bishop of Mannar, Rev. Rayappu Joseph, was quoted by State- owned `Sunday Observer' as saying that he, Jaffna's Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam and Trincomalee's Bishop Kingsley Swampillai would meet the President to apprise her of the LTTE's standpoint. The Bishops were part of an inter-faith peace delegation that met with LTTE leaders at Madhu in Mannar recently. According to them, the rebels are willing to negotiate a ``just and honourable'' settlement for the Tamils instead of sticking to their separatist Eelam plank, State-run Tamil daily Thinakaran reported. more ...
  • 140) 13:52 GMT, Feb. 25, 2001 |  + Price of T56@Rs. 15,000; Grenade@Rs. 500 !!!
    Speaking at a seminar on the proliferation of small arms, a retired high level security official Tassie Seneviratne said that as a result of nearly two decades of war against separatist LTTE and earlier JVP uprising , weapons are easily and inexpensively available on the black market. A T56 rifle now costs fifteen thousand rupees while a hand grenade can be bought for a mere five hundred rupees.!!! Some twenty thousand weapons have been issued to parliamentarians and their bodyguards over the years but only a fifth have ever been returned, Mr. Seneviratne further added. more ...
  • 141) 13:38 GMT, Feb. 25, 2001 |  + Millions for Devananada while people are crushed
    The allocation of Rs. 200 million for the rehabilitation of the North by the Government to the Ministry of Development, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the North, without consulting other MPs of the province has been criticised by Jaffna district UNP parliamentarian T. Maheswaran. Addressing a news conference at the UNP Media centre yesterday he raised questions as to how any reconstruction or rehabilitation of the North could take place when the ground situation was not conducive. more ...
  • 142) 13:33 GMT, Feb. 25, 2001 |  + No LTTE ban but ew obstacles ahead
    The drama surrounding a possible proscription of the LTTE by the British brought to light many issues that lay obscured under rhetoric and political posturing. The fact that the LTTE is yet to be banned, despite the new anti-terrorism legislation coming onto the statute books, is however only a temporary victory for the Tigers. It has opened other problems, which have to be handled with circumspection and the utmost restraint. more ...
  • 143) 13:09 GMT, Feb. 25, 2001 |  + Thamizh Nadu Election 2001:
    It will be corruption vs good governance, says Karunanidhi
    Chief Minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi said on Saturday that his party's campaign during the coming poll would be to ask the voters whether they wanted the `good rule' of DMK to continue or whether they going to elect the `corrupt' AIADMK. ``This is the instruction we have given to platform speakers of the DMK to be followed during propaganda,', Karunanidhi told mediapersons at Anna Arivalayam after chairing a meeting of party's platform speakers. ``Our speakers have been instructed to strictly follow the DMK's cardinals _ duty, dignity and discipline _ while canvassing votes.'' more ...
  • 144) 13:01 GMT, Feb. 25, 2001 |  + Poster taunts SLA for massacre apology
    A poster showing a Sri Lanka army soldier shedding tears over a heap of skulls with the caption "the army repents the Batticaloa massacres for the first time" appeared Sunday morning in the heart of Batticaloa town's high security zone. The anonymous poster refers to a fumbled public apology last month by the Sri Lankan army in the eastern town for some of the mass murders it had committed in this district in which hundreds of innocent civilians, including pregnant women and children, were hacked and shot to death by soldiers. more ...
  • 145) 01:32 GMT, Feb. 25, 2001 |  + "Let us fish free in our waters"- federation
    "The Sri lankan government should allow us to fish freely in our waters", fishermen of the Vadamaradchi division of Jaffna told a visiting delegation of Christian clergymen and lay activists from the southern parts of the island Saturday. "The Liberation Tigers have announced a ceasefire unilaterally for the third time. The Sri Lankan government should avail itself of this opportunity by reciprocating their ceasefire and starting negotiations with them (the Tigers)" said Mr.S.Sooriyakumar, the secretary of the Federation of fishermen's Co-operative Societies of Vadamaradchi, addressing the delegation which comprised 24 persons, including seven Sinhala Christian priests, laity and a clergyman from Scotland. more ...
  • 146) 00:18 GMT, Feb. 25, 2001 |  + EU concerned about rights violations in Lanka
    The European Union on Saturday criticised the Sri Lankan government for its human rights record and said that it was worried about people being detained for long periods of time without charge and trial. "This is a very serious violation of personal rights and we would like to see that changed," Gerard Collins, who led a five-member EU parliamentary delegation, told a press conference in Colombo. more ...
  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + ‘Parties’ short-term goals delay changes in Lankan statute’
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  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + Eastern University students protest pass
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  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan hunger strike called off
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  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + Retaliation for SLN death
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  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + Colonial-era laws invoked to gag government officials in Sri Lanka
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  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + CIA now fears cyber attacks
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  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + Drugs, guns and gangs rage on Sri Lanka's new war front
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  • 154) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + Judge and INS hear Sri Lankan boy’s case
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  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + Building blocks: S. Asian women architects finally get their due
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  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 2000 |  + 'Our fascination with India remains strong today'
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  • 157) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 1998 |  + Government woos deserters again
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  • 158) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 1998 |  + SEA TIGERS REACH A NEW HEIGHT
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  • 159) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka rebels say 50 troops killed in fighting
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  • 160) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 1998 |  + S.Lanka jets attack rebel targets in north
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  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 1998 |  + Government woos deserters again
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  • 162) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 1998 |  + SEA TIGERS REACH A NEW HEIGHT
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  • 163) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka rebels say 50 troops killed in fighting
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  • 164) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 25, 1998 |  + S.Lanka jets attack rebel targets in north
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