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

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Gary Anandasangaree

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  • Kural: 1011 | கருமத்தால் நாணுதல் நாணுத் திருநுதல்
    நல்லவர் நாணுப் பிற.
    To shrink abashed from evil deed is 'generous shame';
    Other is that of bright-browed one of virtuous fame.
    - 102 102
  • Oct 22 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Oct 22, 2016 10:48:38 GMT |  + How Sri Lanka Demonstrates the Limits of the UN System
    The UN Human Rights Council can be a good venue to raise awareness about human rights issues and encourage states to conform to international human-rights norms, although it’s not really designed to usher in dramatic changes. This isn’t to suggest that the United States should not devote diplomatic and financial resources there. It should—and it’s better for the United States to be a council member state than trying to influence diplomatic and political processes from the sidelines. However, the recent case of Sri Lanka underscores how messy and complicated multilateral diplomacy at this body can be. It also illustrates the inherent challenges of pursuing country-specific initiatives through a relatively short time horizon. more ...
  • 2) Oct 22, 2016 10:46:22 GMT |  + Is Sri Lanka becoming a lawless country?
    Judiciary faces obstacles due to unreasonable delays in publishing legislative enactments...In order to make this letter short, I append below the first two paragraphs extracted from the Preface in Volume I of “Legislative Enactments of Ceylon”, in force on 30th June 1956, prepared under the authority of the “Revised Edition of the Legislative Enactments of Ceylon Act No. 2 of 1956”. Vide Section 2 therein, The Hon. Hema Henry Basanayake, Chief Justice was appointed as the Commissioner for the purpose of preparing a new revised edition of the Legislative Enactments of Ceylon in force up to 31stDecember 1954, or such later date * as the Governor General may fix by proclamation published in the Gazette. more ...
  • 3) Oct 22, 2016 10:44:00 GMT |  + TNA condemns killing of university students in Jaffna
    The leader of the TNA, and The Leader of the Opposition, R Sampanthan MP met President Maithripala Sirisena while attending an event in Trincomalee this morning and raised concerns regarding the incident. Since then, a special police unit has been deployed to Jaffna to investigate the incident on the orders of the President and the police officers who had allegedly involved in the incident has been taken into custody, the TNA said in a statement. more ...
  • 4) Oct 22, 2015 21:04:55 GMT |  + Justin Trudeau: Low Expectations, High Relief
    THE Monday night election defeat of Stephen Harper, the Conservative prime minister of Canada, and the triumph of his most hated rival, the Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, gave many Canadians that rush of feeling they so rarely enjoy: “It’s a girl.” “The lab says it’s benign.” “Your long national nightmare is over.” But after what was seen here as a painfully protracted 11-week campaign, we are more relieved than triumphant. (It’s a different high than Americans might have after an election: How do you tolerate an almost permanent level of high-cortisol stress?) more ...
  • 5) Oct 22, 2015 19:39:32 GMT |  + We will be forced to form a separate state- Mavai
    TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah said today that his party would be compelled to form a separate Tamil State with the help of the international community if any party resolved to form a Sinhala dominated state. He said so in Parliament in response to a comment by MP Wimal Weerawansa that people should come together to safeguard the Sinhala identity and the sovereignty of the state. “Statements such as these will push the Tamils towards separatism,” said Mr. Senathirajah. He said the TNA was not satisfied with the OHCHR resolution which came out recently. However his fellow party member MP M A. Sumanthiran said his party would help the government to work on the resolution. “We will wait and see what the government does about it,” he said. more ...
  • 6) Oct 22, 2015 19:37:15 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's opposition for referendum on hybrid court
    The opposition on Thursday called for a referendum on a hybrid court proposed for Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. Opposition leader Wimal Weerawansa said the government cannot blindly agree to set up the hybrid court, reports Xinhua news agency. He said that since the government was elected by the public, people should be allowed to decide if they want such a hybrid court to look into accountability issues. more ...
  • 7) Oct 22, 2015 19:31:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka war crime probe: Gambian model mooted
    The Paranagama Commission on Missing Persons has recommended the Gambian model to try war crimes under the Sri Lankan judicial system. Calling the Gambian model a “successful experiment”, the Commission pointed out that a court, known as Special Division of the Supreme Court of Gambia, was set up in 1981 following an upheaval in which many died. It included judges from the Commonwealth. “This was a court that met both national and international concerns.” more ...
  • 8) Oct 22, 2015 19:20:11 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Sends War Crimes Denier Medawela to UN, UNCA "Lies Agreed To"
    While Sri Lanka at the UN and elsewhere says it is putting the slaughter of 2008-09 behind it, the government is sending as its Military Adviser to the UN none other than Major General Ubaya Medawela, who in classic “Lies Agrees To” fashion not only denied the authenticity of footage of summary executions, but asserted that the killers spoke Tamil:“Sri Lanka's military says it has original footage that exposed the 'malicious intentions' behind a British documentary on alleged war crimes committed by government troops...But Major General Ubaya Medawela says the 'unaltered' video suggests that what the documentary had presented as soldiers executing Tamil rebel prisoners actually showed rebels dressed in army fatigues...." more ...
  • 9) Oct 22, 2015 19:16:03 GMT |  + Red Cross says no evidence of sex for aid in post-war Sri Lanka
    A Red Cross investigation has found no evidence to support claims that a staff member in Sri Lanka demanded sex from a war-displaced woman in return for a housing grant sponsored by the Indian government, an official said on Thursday. "During the investigation the panel found credible evidence that this entire episode was fuelled by internal issues of the Kilinochchi Branch. Evidence was there that ex- and present employees have been behind this entire episode," Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka communications manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said. The accused staff member, who took voluntary leave during the probe, has returned to work but in another branch to "stop unnecessary confrontations," he added. more ...
  • 10) Oct 22, 2015 19:11:23 GMT |  + Thavil beats from Jaffna
    Maestro Yazhpanam Thedchanamoorthy Pillai was admired by his contemporaries and music lovers alike. Yazhpanam Thedchanamoorthy Pillai may not be a familiar name for most people. But the fact remains that he was a name to reckon with in the field of thavil playing. Veteran percussionists, including the legendary Palghat Mani Iyer, have lauded his playing skills, and even hailed him as ‘the eighth wonder.’ Now, this maestro is the subject of a new documentary made by film-maker Amshan Kumar. But how did Amshan end up making a film on a thavil artist from Sri Lanka? more ...
  • 11) Oct 22, 2015 10:49:57 GMT |  + Dr. Deepika Udagama appointed to the HRCSL chair
    Dr. Deepika Udagama, the Head of Department of Law Faculty of University of Peradeniya has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL). Lionel Fernando, Saliya Peiris, Gazali Hussain and Ambika Satkunanathan have been appointed as Commissioners. New members were appointed to the Bribery Commission and Public Services Commission yesterday. Under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Constitutional Council is the responsible body to appoint members to the independent commissions such as bribery commission and election commission. more ...
  • 12) Oct 22, 2015 10:48:30 GMT |  + Paranagama Panel Moots Change of Laws to Try War Crimes Cases
    The report of the Maxwell Paranagama commission on forced disappearances and war crimes, which was tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament on Tuesday, has said that Lankan domestic law has to be changed to try cases of war crimes, and the new law should be applicable retrospectively.Retired Justice Paranagama told Express on Wednesday, “But there is provision in the constitution to bring about suitable legislation,” Paranagama pointed out. “And in our report, we have mooted the idea of setting up of a Special High Court to try war crimes,” he said. more ...
  • 13) Oct 22, 2015 10:37:48 GMT |  + India should stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country: DMK
    DMK on Thursday demanded that India should stop treating Sri Lanka as a "friendly country" and take steps for a credible international enquiry into allegations of war crimes against the Lankan army during the conflict with LTTE. Citing the report by retired judge Maxwell Paranagama, tabled in the Sri Lankan Parliament on Tuesday, DMK chief M Karunanidhi stated that while backing a recent UN Human Rights Council report, the Paranagama panel had recommended that international judges should have a role to ensure the credibility of any investigation into war crimes. more ...
  • 14) Oct 22, 2014 19:40:38 GMT |  + ISIS and attacks on Muslims in Burma and Sri Lanka
    There is no doubt that the extremism and terrorism which is shedding the blood of Muslims have given a golden opportunity for attacking Muslims everywhere. Galagodaththe Gnanasara, the leader of the radical Sri Lankan Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force), announced in a conference in Sri Lanka in September that an international Buddhist alliance against Muslims must be setup.Attacks on Islam and Muslims for the past decades, its recent escalation, have given Takfiris the political cover to attack and Muslims. This has also lead to Muslim minorities in various African communities being disregarded, where some African governments abolished Islam as a religion as long as its followers act in this way. more ...
  • 15) Oct 22, 2014 19:35:53 GMT |  + Rajapaksa 'politically vulnerable' ahead of early Sri Lanka polls
    Rajapaksa's campaign is likely to rely heavily on Sinhala nationalist themes, with the president claiming that only he can preserve the nation's hard-won victory over terrorism and prevent the revival of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which, he claims, is backed by local and western conspirators. To avoid the politicization of his foreign travel, the Pope generally declines to visit countries within a month of an election. With indications that the presidential election will be held around January 10 – on a date and at a time reportedly determined by the president's astrologer – it would appear the papal visit will need to be rescheduled. more ...
  • 16) Oct 22, 2014 19:26:29 GMT |  + India's Imperatives In Sri Lanka - Analysis
    India has tried to address the concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils through projects such as the recently-inaugurated railway between Jaffna and Colombo. But their aspirations for autonomy in the North and East remain unfulfilled, and New Delhi faces a dilemma—pushing Colombo on political issues can drive it closer to Beijing. Measures such as these can help India counter China’s growing affinity with Colombo. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Kathmandu for the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in November, he will have to find ways to check China’s expanding influence in all SAARC countries. more ...
  • 17) Oct 22, 2014 19:23:55 GMT |  + Tamil Leaders Slam Sri Lankan Navy Chief's Indian Visit
    Regional leaders in India's southern Tamil Nadu state slammed the visit of Sri Lankan navy chief, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to the country.However, a regional party, Naam Tamilar Katchi, slammed his visit, saying the federal government was ignoring sentiments of Tamil community.“You are not taking note of Tamil sentiments. You have not taken care of Tamil rights. You are only interested in securing your security that is to be shared with China,” said NTK national committee head, Ayyanathan, in Chennai.
  • 18) Oct 22, 2014 14:43:08 GMT |  + Parliament Hill attacked, soldier shot at National War Memorial in Ottawa
    A man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, and witnesses said there were further shots fired on Parliament Hill nearby. It was not immediately known if there were further injuries. Alain Merisier. who works at the cafeteria in the Parliament building, told CBC News that said he saw a man in a car at the Centre Block with a long gun. Witnesses said they then heard shots fired, and there was an unconfirmed report of a person injured outside the Library of Parliament. more ...
  • 19) Oct 22, 2014 14:22:07 GMT |  + Police say man believed to be soldier shot at National War Memorial
    A Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot by an unknown gunman and there are reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Ottawa police confirmed they had a call at 9:52 a.m. with a report of shots fired. The gunman reportedly ran towards Parliament Hill, which is currently under lockdown.The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over — and one of them killed — in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies. However, a witness said he believed the victim was dressed in civilian clothes. The witness said he he heard one shot. more ...
  • 20) Oct 22, 2014 10:25:48 GMT |  + 18 th Amendment: can Mahinda contest for the third term?
    Controversy has arisen in the political arena regarding the upcoming presidential election. According to the existing law, a person can hold the office of president twice. But with the 18th Amendment this position was changed. It enables a person to contest for the third time as well. Some of the legal luminaries are of the view that President Mahinda Rajapaksa can contest for the third time while some say he cannot as this has become an issue in retrospection. more ...
  • 21) Oct 22, 2014 10:23:25 GMT |  + Are We Counting The Preferential Votes? A Possible Scenario On Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election
    Another new issue that could also dilute the government vote is the controversy over the president’s eligibility to contest for the third term. Some constitutional and legal scholars are of the view that the president is ineligible to contest again, which will not have a practical impact because the president’s candidacy in the forthcoming election is already decided regardless of the legal implications of the argument. The government will not consider this a major issue because regime supporters have already rejected the notion. more ...
  • 22) Oct 22, 2014 10:19:14 GMT |  + Sri Lanka enacts ban on foreigners buying land
    Sri Lanka passed legislation banning land purchases by foreigners, a move the government said would curb tax evasion but critics said could hinder its offshore investment ambitions. The Land Bill adopted by parliament late on Monday prohibits foreign individuals, companies and locally incorporated firms with over 50 percent foreign ownership from buying land in the South Asian island nation. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also finance minister, had flagged the ban plan in his November 2012 budget speech.
  • 23) Oct 22, 2014 10:14:29 GMT |  +  Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained
    Tamil politicians and religious leaders accuse authorities of giving jobs to the majority Sinhalese population, saying there is a policy of "Sinhalisation" - aimed at changing the predominately Tamil demographic in the north. Tamil names of places such as Mathngal and Kantharodai in Jaffna, have been changed to the Sinhala names of Jambukolapatuna and Kathurugoda, add residents. What dampens much of Tamil confidence in a genuine reconciliation is the looming security presence in the north with countless high-walled military camps, packed security trucks and patrols, and soldiers running small shops and hotels. more ...
  • 24) Oct 22, 2013 16:01:23 GMT |  + Minority women in Sri Lanka facing increasing levels of sexual violence and insecurity
    Four years after the end of the armed conflict, Tamil and Muslim women in the north and east of Sri Lanka are increasingly marginalized and face chronic insecurity, says an international rights organisation in a new report. Thousands of women have lost husbands and other family members, while human rights abuses and violations ranging from sexual violence to land grabbing continue, according to Minority Rights Group International's (MRG) report, Living with insecurity: Marginalization and sexual violence against women in north and east Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 25) Oct 22, 2013 15:32:55 GMT |  + Commonwealth snub puts spotlight on diaspora politics
    The reaction in Canada to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision not to attend next month’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka reflects the island nation’s fault lines. While most Sri Lankan organizations that represent the Tamil diaspora welcomed the move, some others dismissed it as “ludicrous and fallacious.” It has also triggered a robust debate on whether Canada’s domestic compulsions are at play alongside concerns about human rights violations during and after the end of the brutal 27-year conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam in 2009. more ...
  • 26) Oct 22, 2013 14:55:28 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Commonwealth meet: Drive to dissuade PM gets wide support, Amnesty says
    About 35,000 people from India have supported Amnesty International India's campaign to dissuade Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from attending the Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, a statement from Amnesty International said. The campaign began on October 15 and would continue till the start of CHOGM in November 2013, it added. "India's staying away from the CHOGM will send a clear signal to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to take action to end human rights violation abuses in Sri Lanka.
  • 27) Oct 22, 2013 14:54:54 GMT |  + From Tamil Nadu, another tale of wasted youth, and murder
    Three engineering students from Tuticorin are in jail for their college principal's murder. A Ganesh Nadar finds out what went wrong. As he got out of his car in the college parking lot at 8:30 am on October 10, L R D Suresh, principal of the Infant Jesus Engineering College in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, was hacked to death with knives and swords. Suresh, 44, was principal of the college for four years. Earlier, he was a professor at an engineering college in Karaikal, Pondicherry. Suresh was known to be a disciplinarian, and a man of ideals. more ...
  • 28) Oct 22, 2013 14:31:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka shuts factory after suspected toxic gas leak
    Sri Lankan authorities shut down a detergent factory in the its business capital Colombo on Tuesday after more than 70 people were hospitalised following a suspected toxic gas leak, police said. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said 72 factory workers and nearby residents were taken to hospital earlier on Tuesday after gas - thought to be ammonia - leaked from the plant. "Some of them are still in hospital eight hours after the incident was reported," Mr Rohana said. "The initial investigations suggest there had been an ammonia gas leak from the plant," he said.
  • 29) Oct 22, 2013 14:30:20 GMT |  + Packer's Crown resort-casino in Sri Lanka faces delay after tax changes
    Opposition by Buddhist religious leaders and some political parties in Sri Lanka led the government to announce on Tuesday it will alter tax concessions granted to Australian gambling tycoon James Packer's Crown Ltd for a $400 million hotel resort that will include a casino. The changes could take at least one month and likely will delay Packer's mixed-development investment project for the second time this year. more ...
  • 30) Oct 22, 2013 14:27:19 GMT |  + Abuse, marginalization of war-affected women in Sri Lanka’s north
    “After the conflict the situation has got a lot worse. People are less disciplined. There are outsiders who have come from other areas. There are lot of army people; they are in buses, everywhere,” said a Tamil woman from Mannar District, as cited in the MRG report. For allegations of sexual abuse, the MRG report called on the police to create Tamil-speaking desks in all police stations in former conflict zones, boost female representation among government officials in the north and east, as well as prosecute perpetrators. more ...
  • 31) Oct 22, 2012 23:01:52 GMT |  + Lanka politics threatens ties with India
    The ongoing one-upmanship between the Sri Lankan government and TNA, which represents a vast majority of Tamil population in the island nation, has taken a dangerous turn with many within the government, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother and defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, demanding that the 13th amendment to the Constitution, a product of the Rajiv Gandhi-Jayewardene 1987 accord, be repealed altogether. Though the 13th amendment, which guarantees devolution of power to the provinces and comprises several other major concession to the Tamils, has often been pejoratively referred to as an "imported solution", rarely has it been subjected to such attack by parties within the ruling coalition. Indian officials here said they were "surprised" by the development, but added they would respond at the right moment.
  • 32) Oct 22, 2012 23:01:02 GMT |  + Government accused of wasting taxpayer money on 'half empty' chartered deportation flights to Sri Lanka
    The Government has been accused of wasting taxpayer money by continuing to commission chartered deportations flights to Sri Lanka at a time when the High Court is regularly issuing injunctions banning the removal of Tamils because they are at risk of being tortured. Most of the recent charter flights this year, which can cost up to £250,000 a time, have left Britain half empty because torture in Sri Lanka has become so commonplace that lawyers are able to get last minute injunctions halting the removal of the clients.
  • 33) Oct 22, 2012 18:36:56 GMT |  + Executive Presidency the root of all evil
    Abolishing the Executive Presidency is the absolute political priority of the moment. Ranil is unwilling to join such a campaign since, either he has some cryptic deal with Rajapaksa, or he suffers from the folly of utmost delusions that he will make it there one day. Many are now catching and climbing on to the bandwagon of a crucial concept that I floated a month ago: A Single Issue Challenge to rally a rainbow coalition and abolish the Executive Presidency! There are numerous ambitious creeps around now hoping to cash in on the opportunity. They will all need to be swept aside and a genuine candidate identified. Let’s leave candidates aside for now and focus on the Single Issue campaign.
  • 34) Oct 22, 2012 18:31:57 GMT |  + Brutality and Violence Escalate in Sri Lanka: Prominent Activists and Journalists Targeted
    What was clear to many of us in Sri Lanka was that the war had ended, but there was still no feeling of peace. The Tamil people, who were most affected by the war, were still being marginalized and abused. There is no political discussion with the Tamil representatives in Parliament, nothing has changed in the central government, which is what the war had originally been about: increased political power and dissolution of old power structures. So the brutality and violence continues, just outside of the "war" structure. The entire country has become a site of gross violations of human rights, as journalists and critics continue to disappear. more ...
  • 35) Oct 22, 2012 18:19:06 GMT |  + Sri Lankans call for UN help over abductions
    Family members of disappeared people in Sri Lanka have urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to intervene and help them find missing relatives. They sent their appeal to mark 1,000 days since the disappearance of an anti-establishment cartoonist-cum-journalist, which remains unsolved. There are still reports of kidnappings, or attempted kidnappings, every month, a BBC correspondent says. more ...
  • 36) Oct 22, 2012 12:53:30 GMT |  + It Happened 65 Years Ago
    When two independent Tamils pawned Eelam rights So, what’s the price for a Ceylon Tamil politician? If you are a keen student of politics in independent Sri Lanka, the answer is a Cabinet portfolio. For the sake of Cabinet positions, two independent Tamils namely Chellapah Suntharalingam (1895-1985) and Cathiravelu Sittampalam (1898-1964) pawned Eelam rights.
  • 37) Oct 22, 2012 11:15:19 GMT |  + Sri Lankan paper apologises to minister for publishing his death threat
    In a shocking turn of events, Sri Lankan newspaper The Sunday Leader has formally apologised to defence minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa for reporting that the minister had threatened the then editor with death. "It is unbelievable that The Sunday Leader has apologised in front of the Sri Lanka Press Council to defence minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa for reporting that the minister had threatened former editor, Frederica Jansz with death - even though she recorded his call and the minister admitted to making it," said Dr Agnes Callamard, ARTICLE 19 executive director.
  • 38) Oct 22, 2012 11:14:42 GMT |  + Why would you leave the West for India?
    Rising numbers of people of Indian origin born in the West are moving "back" to the country their parents left decades ago. With India's economy growing faster than America or Britain's, the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan has been speaking to some of the new wave of "reverse migrants" who are seeking opportunities as well as a cultural connection. I am more Indian than my parents. Officially, anyway. To me this is more than an irony. Mum and dad were born in India, speak the languages, cook the food properly, and know all the customs and cultures. more ...
  • 39) Oct 22, 2012 11:13:21 GMT |  + McGuinty resignation is a mismanaged retreat
    After nearly a decade in power, Dalton McGuinty is suddenly a lame duck. So is his government. The premier’s surprise resignation not only suspends his personal agenda but leaves the province in limbo. The trouble goes beyond prorogation to the postponement of virtually all government business until further notice. more ...
  • 40) Oct 22, 2012 11:10:11 GMT |  + Palomares bombs: Spain waits for US to finish nuclear clean-up
    On a sunny morning in 1966 two US Air Force planes collided and dropped four nuclear bombs near the village of Palomares in southern Spain. There was no nuclear blast, but plutonium was scattered over a wide area - and Spain is now asking the US to finish the clean-up. The US government calls nukes that go astray "Broken Arrows" and on 17 January 1966, Palomares got four of them. Overhead, at 31,000ft, an American B-52G bomber collided with a KC-135 tanker plane during routine air-to-air refuelling and broke apart. Three of the bomber's H-bombs landed in or around Palomares, the fourth landed about five miles offshore in the Mediterranean. more ...
  • 41) Oct 22, 2012 9:58:43 GMT |  + Defence Secretary repeats call for abolition of 13-A
    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday reiterated that post-war political strategy of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) left him with no alternative but to strongly recommend the abolition of the 13th Amendment. He urged the government, the Opposition as well as the international community to examine the conduct of the one-time mouthpiece of the LTTE. It was up to Parliament to decide on the 13th Amendment, the Defence Secretary said, adding that the eradication of the LTTE conventional military capability shouldn’t be a reason for the government to be complacent. more ...
  • 42) Oct 22, 2012 9:50:45 GMT |  + Rebuilding lives shattered in Sri Lanka’s conflict
    Three years after the end of Sri Lanka’s bitter civil war, victims are still struggling to rebuild their lives. A joint UN project seeks to give them a new start through training and job placement. The conflict between the government and the LTTE was one of the longest-running civil wars in Asia. It arose out of ethnic tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the Tamil minority. A 2011 UN report – rejected by the Sri Lankan government - said that both sides committed war crimes against civilians.
  • 43) Oct 22, 2012 0:57:07 GMT |  + Fishermen allege attack by Sri Lanka
    The fate of a boat and its four-member crew that did not return to shore as scheduled was a cause for concern among fishermen in Rameswaram on Sunday, as they alleged some boats came under attack from the Sri Lankan navy on Saturday night. Though 654 fishing tokens were issued for the day, nearly 500 boats ventured into sea on Saturday morning as the falling prawn prices had dampened the spirits of fishermen. Among the boats that ventured into sea, five were said to have come under attack by the Sri Lankan navy whose officials came in patrol vessels when they were fishing at Katchatheevu-Thanushkodi stretch around 10 pm on Saturday night.
  • 44) Oct 22, 2011 16:27:12 GMT |  + US concerned about growing Chinese military influence on Sri Lanka
    The United States of America was concerned about the growing Chinese influence including military ties with Sri Lanka, visiting US Republican Congressman Jack Kingston said in Colombo on Thursday. Asked at a press conference in Colombo, as to how the USA which was earlier one of Sri Lanka’s closet allies felt about being distanced due to improved Sri Lanka-China bilateral relations including trade and military cooperation, Kingston who represents the State of Georgia admitted that America viewed the situation with a great deal of concern. The growing Chinese military presence in the Indian Ocean was the most worrying, he noted.
  • 45) Oct 22, 2010 17:07:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka 'pays PR firm £3m to boost post-war image
    The Sri Lankan government is paying a top British PR firm about £3m ($4.7m) a year to try to enhance the country's post-war image, the BBC understands. Bell Pottinger Group was recently hired to lobby UK, UN and EU officials. The government says it employs several PR companies but will not disclose their names or the amount paid. Bell Pottinger also refused to give details. Sri Lanka's authorities strongly deny alleged human rights abuses in the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels last year. more ...
  • 46) Oct 22, 2010 17:06:23 GMT |  + A one-eyed view of Sri Lanka
    Sadly, The Australian's Rowan Callick was easily seduced by the allure of an exclusive chat with Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and this week published a number of articles from his lightning visit. His trip was "not paid for by the Sri Lanka government or by anybody in any way associated with Sri Lanka", Callick told me but it appears he engaged with nobody other than officials while in the country. Amazingly, Callick didn't even mention that Gotabaya has consistently said that no civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan government in the final phases of its brutal war against the Tamil Tigers despite every major human rights group in the world detailing a litany of war crimes against the top echelons of the Colombo regime.
  • 47) Oct 22, 2010 17:02:20 GMT |  + Human smuggling bill draws criticism
    The new Conservative bill to combat human smuggling is being poorly received by an immigration expert, who say it punishes the wrong people. "I see very little in this legislation that has to deal with human smugglers," said Lorne Waldman, a lawyer who represents more than 100 Tamil refugees who came to Canada aboard the Sun Sea in August. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews went to the port of Vancouver Thursday to unveil Bill C-49, which they said will crack down on smugglers who profit to the tune of millions of dollars a year by bringing refugees to Canadian shores. more ...
  • 48) Oct 22, 2010 11:37:33 GMT |  + June 1990 massacre of police: Karuna says he wasn’t even in B’caloa
    Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan says at the time fighting erupted in the Batticaloa district in June 1990 during the Premadasa administration, he wasn’t even in the East. "I was in Jaffna," an irate Minister Murralidharan aka Karuna told The Island yesterday, denying any direct or indirect role in the massacre of several hundred policemen. The SLFP Vice President was responding to his erstwhile colleague, Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan aka Pilleyan, who requested the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to direct questions regarding the June 1990 massacre to Karuna.
  • 49) Oct 22, 2010 11:22:31 GMT |  + Sri Lankan government urged to return gold and jewels
    A Sri Lankan politician has demanded that the government return gold and jewels seized during the final stages of the war against Tamil Tiger rebels last year. Mano Ganesan's demand comes after the government reportedly disclosed details about gold jewels "collected" by the army in the Wanni region. Reports say the jewels weighed 110kg and were valued at about $4.4m. They have been handed over to the country's central bank, reports say. more ...
  • 50) Oct 22, 2010 11:21:19 GMT |  + Federal bill will hurt refugees, experts say
    Manitobans who work with newcomers say reforms announced by the federal government Thursday will hurt refugees and won't stop human smuggling. "It's very simply like going after the drug pusher on the corner, where they're visible, sometimes not so smart and easier to catch," said Ed Wiebe with the Mennonite Central Committee. "(Politically) it looks like you're doing something but, behind him, there are 10 more willing to do it," he said.
  • 51) Oct 22, 2010 11:11:20 GMT |  + ‘Allow LTTE to appear before tribunal'
    The Vikramajit Sen tribunal going into the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in India appears to have got entangled in the question of who can legitimately plead on behalf of the banned organisation. Supporters of the LTTE like Tamil Nationalist Movement leader P Nedumaran, MDMK chief Vaiko and Tamil Nadu People’s Rights Forum counsel M Radhakrishnan have told the one-man panel that they can get involved because the ban on the LTTE has adversely affected their political life. But Additional Solicitor General A S Chandiok has argued that being a sympathiser or supporter of the LTTE is not enough to plead on its behalf.
  • 52) Oct 22, 2009 18:37:37 GMT |  + We Must Protect the Rights of Refugees - Alexandra Mendès, M.P.
    Alexandra Mendès, Member of Parliament for Brossard - La Prairie, is concerned about the precedent being set by federal officials dealing with the recent arrival of 76 men taken into custody on a boat off Vancouver Island over the weekend. “It was very disturbing to hear media reports of the RCMP boasting that they are working with the Sri Lankan authorities on establishing the identity of the Sri Lankans who arrived by boat and by all accounts want to claim refugee status” said Mrs. Mendès. “This is a violation of one of the most basic principles of refugee protection - you don't share claimant information with the government from which they fled.” more ...
  • 53) Oct 22, 2009 18:24:04 GMT |  + Sri Lanka blasts US report on human rights abuses
    The Sri Lankan government today angrily rejected a US state department report containing allegations of human rights abuses in the final days of the country's civil war, saying the document would fan further conflict. According to accounts a senior US state department official called "credible and well substantiated," government forces abducted and killed ethnic Tamil civilians, shelled and bombed no-fire zones, and killed senior rebel leaders with whom they had brokered a surrender.
  • 54) Oct 22, 2009 18:20:07 GMT |  + SL will not seize Raj’s assets until proven guilty-CBSL
    In the wake of Sri Lankan-born billionaire Raj Rajaratnam’s arrest by FBI agents in the USA on charges of insider trading, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said that Mr. Rajaratnam’s local investment portfolio would remain unchanged and the CBSL would not seize his assets in Sri Lanka until he is proven guilty of financing terrorism. Mr. Rajaratnam holds large stakes in some of Sri Lanka’s biggest blue chip stocks namely; John Keells Holdings and the National Development Bank (NDB) as part of his investment portfolio in Sri Lanka.
  • 55) Oct 22, 2009 17:34:15 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: US War Crimes Report Details Extensive Abuses
    "The US State Department report should dispel any doubts that serious abuses were committed during the conflict's final months," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Given Sri Lanka's complete failure to investigate possible war crimes, the only hope for justice is an independent, international investigation."
  • 56) Oct 22, 2009 17:32:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka and the EUPlus and minuses
    ONE way Sri Lanka’s government has bolstered its support among the country’s ethnic-Sinhalese majority is by stoking anti-Western feelings. Now it has to try to persuade the European Union to retain a trade concession, while continuing to appear defiant. This week the European Commission adopted a report accusing Sri Lanka of flouting human-rights standards. It was held in breach of commitments made in return for duty-waivers for its exports under the “GSP Plus” scheme. The commission said it would consult member states on suspending the trade benefit, granted in 2005. This was no surprise. The EU has complained of violations, particularly during this year’s final stages of the war with Tamil Tiger rebels. Thousands of Tamils died in indiscriminate shelling.
  • 57) Oct 22, 2009 17:31:06 GMT |  + Sri Lanka war victims sue Rajaratnam in U.S. court
    Accused billionaire Raja Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon hedge fund, and his family's foundation were sued in a U.S. court on Thursday over allegations they provided $5 million to Tamil Tigers militants in his native Sri Lanka. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey on behalf of 30 people who were victims or survivors of attacks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the South Asian country's civil war said the money assisted "crimes against humanity." more ...
  • 58) Oct 22, 2009 14:23:44 GMT |  + Regional Tamil party stages protest against Lankan Government in Chennai
    Activists and supporters of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), a regional political party of Tamil Nadu, converged in large numbers at Chennai on Thursday to stage a protest against the Sri Lankan Government over maltreatment of displaced Tamils in the island nation. Thol Thirumavalavan, the founder President of VCK who had recently visited Sri Lankan concentration camps, led the protest. He expressed his dissatisfaction over the treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka and accused Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse of being ruthless.
  • 59) Oct 22, 2009 12:49:47 GMT |  + EU snubs Sri Lanka over its human rights record
    In 2005 Sri Lanka was given a privileged trading relationship status with the European Union, exporting garments, fish, and other items free of tax. But now the GSP Plus may grind to a halt as the island nation finds itself at odds with the EU on the issue of human rights. "You name it and Sri Lanka has the problem," Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch told Deutsche Welle. "From extra-judicial killings, disappearances, torture, illegal detentions, 250,000 people illegally detained in displaced persons camps, war crimes allegations from the final assaults on the LTTE - it's quite a terrible record."
  • 60) Oct 22, 2009 12:47:12 GMT |  + Thousands leave Sri Lankan camp
    Nearly 6,000 Tamil refugees have been released from Sri Lanka's main camp for war displaced people, officials say. The 5,700 refugees who left Menik Farm on Thursday are among almost 40,000 people due to be resettled over the next few weeks, the government says. This would be the largest single batch freed since the Tamil Tigers were defeated in May. Some 250,000 civilians are housed in military-run camps. The authorities have been criticised for the slow pace of resettlement.
  • 61) Oct 22, 2009 12:46:13 GMT |  + US report on LTTE war controversial, says Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lankan government on Thursday called a US congressional report on the recently ended conflict with separatist Tamil rebels "unsubstantiated and devoid of corroborative evidence". But the US embassy in Colombo defended the report, saying a majority of the incidents cited originated from first-hand accounts from people who had been in government-declared "no fire zones" and locations close to the fighting during military operations that concluded in May with the defeat of the rebels, who had been fighting for a separate state for Sri Lanka's Tamil ethnic minority.
  • 62) Oct 22, 2009 11:56:36 GMT |  + Sri Lankan migrants suffered gruelling journey
    The Sri Lankan migrants who arrived in British Columbia last week on a decrepit cargo ship feared for their lives during a gruelling, lengthy voyage. The 76 Tamil asylum seekers had only minimal supplies and skeleton facilities during the journey, said a lawyer who spoke with one of the men. "It was a very difficult, difficult experience and something that I think can probably best be described as parallel to a Titanic-type of an experience," said Gary Anandasangaree, a lawyer for the Canadian Tamil Congress.
  • 63) Oct 22, 2009 11:48:41 GMT |  + Insecurity, jobs drive Sri Lanka's boat people
    Fear of persecution and a lack of jobs at home are driving thousands of Sri Lankans to risk perilous boat rides to developed countries, according to officials and politicians. Two separate boats carrying a total of over 300 illegal immigrants believed to be members of Sri Lanka's minority Tamil community were detained last week, apparently headed for Australia and Canada. A sizeable number of Tamils, who are often treated with suspicion by the military and civilian authorities here, try to seek asylum in Western capitals. more ...
  • 64) Oct 22, 2009 11:47:52 GMT |  + U.S. forfeits international responsibility to Sri Lankan state
    "The United States looks to the Government of Sri Lanka to identify an appropriate and credible mechanism and initiate a process for accountability," read a statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Colombo on Thursday, announcing that U.S. Department of State delivered a Congressional report Wednesday detailing the incidents that allegedly occurred during the final months of the war in Vanni that may constitute violations of international humanitarian law or crimes against humanity. While Eezham Tamils are expecting justice from international mechanisms on the genocidal war carried out by the Sri Lankan state against the Tamil nation, the U.S. statement attempts to make Colombo responsible to initiate a process for accountability within the anti-Tamil Sri Lankan system itself...
  • 65) Oct 22, 2009 5:10:51 GMT |  + Boat arrives at Christmas Island
    A boat carrying dozens of suspected asylum seekers has arrived on Christmas Island, SBS' Chief Political Correspondent Karen Middleton says. The vessel was first identified by a RAAF AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft and then intercepted by the navy patrol boat HMAS Armidale, seven nautical miles west of Christmas Island early today. Initial indications suggested there were 32 passengers aboard, although numbers were yet to be confirmed, Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said.
  • 66) Oct 22, 2008 11:09:17 GMT |  + India concerned over situation in Sri Lanka
    India is concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka and believes there is no military solution to the raging ethnic conflict in the island country, the parliament was told on Wednesday. “What is required in Sri Lanka is a peacefully negotiated political settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka, respecting the legitimate rights of minorities including the Tamil community,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee asserted. “The situation in Sri Lanka is of serious concern to the government, in particular the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the north (of the island nation).” “We have emphasised to the Sri Lankan government that the safety and the security of civilians must be safeguarded at all costs and that food and essential supplies be allowed to reach them unhindered.”
  • 67) Oct 22, 2008 10:51:49 GMT |  +  Dark clouds over Sri Lanka's final push
    There is mounting concern in Sri Lanka that the army's advance into Kilinochchi town, which has already been slowed down by heavy rains and fierce resistance from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), will come up against another brake - India. But the capture of Kilinochchi is taking the army longer than expected. LTTE cadres are said to be putting up a strong fight against advancing troops. Even the army has admitted it has suffered serious losses over the past few weeks. And troops are said to be bogged down by heavy rains. Indian analysts point out that if the LTTE is able to hold out for a few more weeks, the tide could turn in its favor.
  • 68) Oct 22, 2008 2:05:18 GMT |  + Tamil Tigers strike back with ship attacks
    Tamil Tiger rebels struck back against a major Sri Lankan government offensive Wednesday with suicide attacks against merchant ships off the island's northern coast, defence officials said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rammed the MV Ruhuna and MV Nimalawa, involved in supplying the besieged Jaffna peninsula, with three boats packed with explosives. The ethnic guerrillas also fought a sea battle with naval units defending the port of Kankesanthurai on the peninsula. "One of the merchant vessels -- MV Nimalawa -- is sinking and the other vessel was damaged," a defence official who declined to be named said.
  • 69) Oct 22, 2008 0:11:07 GMT |  + Govt in dilemma over Lanka strategy
    The Manmohan Singh government seems caught between a rock and a hard place over Sri Lankan military operations against Tamil Tigers as political temperatures rise in Tamil Nadu and Colombo remains reluctant to call off a campaign it feels has the LTTE cornered. The government is looking how to ward off the resignation threat by DMK even as it faces the tough task of persuading the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to take note of India's domestic concerns given LTTE's global reputation as a terrorist organisation with very little faith in any peace process. The DMK is clearly looking for some concessions on part of Colombo.
  • 70) Oct 22, 2008 0:09:03 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: War May Cost Trade Benefits From EU
    By refusing to allow the European Union to probe implementation of international labour and human rights covenants, on the grounds of sovereignty infringement, the Sri Lankan government may be jeopardising trade concessions and risking jobs in this country. The proposed EU probe is widely seen by political analysts as a tool to get the government to address alleged human rights abuses and lack of humanitarian help for thousands of civilians stranded in northern Sri Lanka where Tamil rebels are fighting to save their last strongholds. In no uncertain terms, International Trade Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris told reporters on Monday that the EU’s request for a probe was an infringement of Sri Lanka's sovereignty, self respect and dignity. more ...
  • 71) Oct 22, 2008 0:06:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka pushes war ahead despite Indian pressure
    Sri Lankan troops advanced deeper into areas held by the rebel Tamil Tigers after smashing through a 10-km trench line that has been the site of heavy combat for two months, the military said on Tuesday. And with diplomatic pressure mounting from New Delhi since last week, officials said Sri Lanka's government was planning trips to India and Pakistan to shore up support for a war it is increasingly certain it can win. On Tuesday, the Defence Ministry said soldiers fought across massive earthen dams and trenches built by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Akarrayankulam and Vannirakulam, amid heavy monsoon downpours.
  • 72) Oct 22, 2008 0:03:25 GMT |  + How India can resolve the Sri Lankan crisis
    There is no purely military solution to problems of insurgency. The only known successful ‘military’ solution to such problems in world history is to be found in the US, namely the genocide of the native Red Indians. Most civilised nations would balk at such an approach, but short of that, a purely military solution to problems of ethnic minorities will and have always failed. It is, therefore, a little surprising that many have begun to write the epitaph of LTTE and the cause of Tamil Eelam. It must be clearly understood that the LTTE or V Prabhakaran are not the reason for the turmoil in Sri Lanka, but products of an ideology and circumstances.
  • 73) Oct 22, 2007 23:14:35 GMT |  + LTTE planes bomb Sri Lankan airbase
    In its first-ever simultaneous air and ground attack, single-engine, propeller driven aircraft of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) bombed the Sri Lankan Air Force's base at Anuradhapura, 210 km north of Colombo, while their ground forces attacked the base early on Monday. Iqbal Athas, Sri Lanka correspondent of Jane's Defense Weekly told Hindustan Times, that that the SLAF's Chinese-made K-8 jet trainer and a propeller driven naval reconnaissance plane were also destroyed, crippling the Sri Lankan Navy's deep sea operations. He feared that 12 to 18 aircraft might have been damaged or destroyed.
  • 74) Oct 22, 2007 23:09:42 GMT |  + LTTE releases names of Black Tigers in airbase raid
    Liberation Tigers Monday night released the details of Black Tiger commandos who took part in the raid on Anuradhapura air base. Two Lieutenant Colonels, six Majors, 12 Captains and one Lieutenant rank Black Tiger members have taken part in the operation. A Lieutenant Colonel who led an attack team was from Trincomalee, two of the members, a Major and a Captain were from Batticaloa, one from Mullaiththeevu, one from Mannaar, three from Ki'linochchi and eleven members from Jaffna which has been under the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) control since 1995. Three Captains were female Black Tigers.
  • 75) Oct 22, 2007 23:07:30 GMT |  + US urges Sri Lanka to accept UN human rights team
    The United States urged Sri Lanka to reconsider its decision not to allow the United Nations to base a human rights monitoring group in the South Asian country. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack yesterday quoted an assessment by Louise Arbour, the UN high commissioner for human rights, that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating in Sri Lanka. A 2002 cease-fire with ethnic Tamil separatists collapsed almost two years ago, and more than 5,000 people have died in the renewed fighting. Additionally, US-based Human Rights Watch reports that more than 1,100 abductions or "disappearances" were reported between January 2006 and June 2007, many blamed on the government and its armed allies.
  • 76) Oct 22, 2007 15:00:24 GMT |  + Sri Lanka consults India before launching severe retaliation to Tiger Air and ground attacks
    Sri Lanka was in the receiving end. They are planning their massive air, ground and naval retaliation to wipe out the Tamil Tigers. More than 18 Sri Lankan airmen and 16 Tiger rebels were killed in a coordinated air and ground pre-dawn attack on Monday by the Tamil tigers on an air force base in Anuradhapura situated in North-central Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Government is consulting with the Indian counterpart at the highest level before crushing the tiger rebels. Sri Lanka may use precision radar guided missile to target the Tiger rebels. They are in consultation with many countries before introducing high-tech weaponry in the region.
  • 77) Oct 22, 2007 13:56:56 GMT |  + 13 troops, 20 rebels killed during battle at Sri Lankan air base
    A group of Tamil Tiger suicide fighters, backed by the rebel group's tiny air wing, carried out a surprise pre-dawn attack on a Sri Lankan air force base Monday, setting off a huge battle that killed nine troops and 20 guerrillas, the military said. Four other airmen were killed when their helicopter suffered mechanical failure and crashed as they were searching the area for rebel fighters, the military said. The fighting at Anuradhapura air base deep inside government-controlled territory was one of the deadliest attacks on the air force in the 24-year-old civil war. It was the second attack on a military target far from the front lines in a week.
  • 78) Oct 22, 2007 12:08:40 GMT |  + Rebel suicide squad, planes hit Sri Lanka air base
    An elite Tamil Tiger suicide squad backed by light aircraft attacked a key Sri Lankan military base in an unprecedented ground and air assault, killing at least five soldiers. The rebels said 21 members of their "Black Tiger" unit and two light aircraft struck the Anuradhapura air base north of the capital Colombo under cover of darkness. Five servicemen were killed and 22 others wounded, air force spokesman Ajanth Silva said.
  • 79) Oct 22, 2007 12:07:32 GMT |  + Flying Tigers' fox Lankans
    The fledgling air arm of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) comprising two to five single engine, propeller driven Zlin-143s, is up against Sri Lanka's formidable air force comprising MIG-29 and Kfir fighter bombers, K-8 jet trainers, MI-24 helicopter gun ships, Bell-212s choppers, and Antonov troop and material carriers. And yet, the Lankan Goliath has been unable to tame the Tamil David, who has hit and run with impunity four times since March 26 this year.
  • 80) Oct 22, 2007 5:15:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Rebels attack air base
    Police enforced an unofficial curfew for the area which has been sealed off as fighting continues. Seven Sri Lankan Air Force personnel have been killed, including an officer and two airmen on the base, a military source said. There has been no official response to the incident so far except an admission by Defence Ministry sources that an attack had taken place. Officials downplayed the incident saying a small group had staged an attack. Military sources said two Mi-24 helicopter gunships, a U.S. built Beechcraft reconnaissance plane and a Chinese built K-8 fighter jet, were damaged. However, air force officials declined comment.
  • 81) Oct 22, 2007 5:07:31 GMT |  + Four die in chopper crash during Sri Lanka rebel attack
    Four Sri Lankan airmen died in a helicopter crash during a land and air attack by Tamil Tiger rebels on a military base. Eight other servicemen were injured in the fierce assault during which the rebels in light aircraft dropped two bombs on the northern air base, damaging two Mi-24 helicopter gunships.The base at Anuradhapura, 212 kilometres north of the capital Colombo, came under "heavy" ground and air attacks under the cover of darkness, a ministry statement said. A Bell 212 helicopter, flown from from the nearby base in Vavuniya to provide back-up, crash-landed due to a technical failure killing two pilots and the two gunners.
  • 82) Oct 22, 2007 1:03:25 GMT |  + Tigers launch air, ground attack on Anuradhapura air base
    Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) have launched air and ground attack on Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) air base in Anuradhapura in the early hours of Monday, Liberation Tigers Military Spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan told TamilNet. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan military sources in Colombo said two MI-24 helicopter gunships stationed in the airbase have been destroyed in the air and ground attack launched between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. Monday. This is the first time the Tigers have combined both air and ground attack. Another helicopter, a Bell 212, flown from Vavuniyaa, has crash landed in Mihintale, 13 km east of Anuradhapura.
  • 83) Oct 22, 2007 0:02:16 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says rebels attack air base in north
    Tamil Tiger rebels attacked an air force base in northern Sri Lanka before dawn on Monday and heavy explosions and gunfire could be heard, the Defence Ministry said. The attack in the north-central district of Anuradhapura comes amid near daily land, sea and air clashes as a new chapter in a two decade civil war rages on. "According to the available information, heavy explosions and firing of weapons are still going on," the Defence Ministry said on its Web site. There were no details of any casualties or damage, and the Tigers were not immediately available for comment.
  • 84) Oct 22, 2006 21:53:48 GMT |  + Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
    The creation of a new Human Rights Council represents a major achievement, but it is only a first step. In the past two years, the adjective ‘discredited’ has been used consistently by the vast majority of Governments and other observers to describe the Commission on Human Rights. It would be a mistake, however, to think that it was only the former Commission which was discredited. The real challenge emerging from this period of upheaval and renewal is to re-establish the credibility of the United Nations itself to protect human rights effectively, consistently, and fairly. Whether the Council will rise to that challenge remains very much an open question. If it fails, a great deal of damage will be done to the credibility and standing of the Organization as a whole.
  • 85) Oct 22, 2006 12:31:54 GMT |  + Asia's unending war
    To demonstrate Washington's seriousness about a permanent peace that provides for Tamil self-government and human rights in a confederal Sri Lanka, the administration ought to prevail on the central government to withdraw its armed forces from the Tamil areas in the north of the island. The Sri Lankan government should also be told that as a humanitarian gesture , it would be wise to open the road to Jaffna, the sole main artery connecting the Tamil areas to the rest of the country.Peace in Sri Lanka must be accompanied by justice for the island's Tamil minority. That justice and that peace should be seen as building blocks for the security in Asia that is sure to become more and more important to the United States.
  • 86) Oct 22, 2006 12:29:12 GMT |  + Devilish details could undermine Sri Lanka peace talks
    Sri Lanka's warring parties were bracing for talks aimed at saving a tattered truce, but arranging next weekend's parley is becoming a logistical "minefield" that could blow up before the meeting begins. Peace broker Norway's breakthrough last week, when it coaxed the rebel Tamil Tigers to talks, appears to have been undermined by seemingly dry administrative details that have taken on serious political meaning, diplomats say.Both sides will not even sleep under the same roof in Geneva as they had done during previous talks.
  • 87) Oct 22, 2006 12:28:14 GMT |  + Tigers aiming to bully govt ahead of talks - official
    Tamil Tiger rebels were trying to intimidate the Sri Lankan government ahead of crunch peace talks next week by launching high-profile attacks in the island nation, the head of the state's peace agency said.There has been a surge of violence in the past month with scores of people being killed in rebel attacks.Both sides meet in Geneva on Oct. 28-29 to try to end the fighting that has killed around 1,000 people since July and made a 2002 ceasefire almost redundant.
  • 88) Oct 22, 2006 12:26:26 GMT |  + Fears mount for war-plagued Sri Lanka's tourism industry
    Holidaymakers on the beaches around Sri Lanka's southern port of Galle seemed unconcerned about last week's Tamil Tiger suicide attack here, but industry professionals are shaking their heads. One day after five Tiger rebel boats tried to shoot their way into a key naval base in Galle, carefree foreigners frolicked in resort swimming pools or sunbathed on the area's pristine white sands."We've had British, American guests who said this was just a small terror attack compared to the ones their countries have suffered," said one hotel manager, adding he had only 20 cancellations, all by Sri Lankans from Colombo.
  • 89) Oct 22, 2006 12:18:36 GMT |  + Rein-in plea to Lanka
    India has advised the Sri Lankan government to exercise restraint in its offensive against Tamil rebels as it feels a surge in violence can jeopardise the peace talks scheduled to be held in Geneva next week.Delhi feels the LTTE has agreed to take part in the talks under international pressure, but Colombo should be careful not to escalate violence. Norwegian peace broker Jon Hanssen-Bauer flew to Delhi recently to apprise officials about the efforts to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table.
  • 90) Oct 22, 2006 12:02:20 GMT |  + De-merger of Tamil provinces key issue in Geneva talks
    The Supreme Court's order to de-merge the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces is expected to be a burning issue at the talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE in Geneva on October 28 and 29.The government would rather not discuss the issue because it is now caught in a cleft stick. On the one hand, its main political constituency, the Sinhala majority community, is thrilled with the judgement and would brook no compromise with the Tamil minority. But on the other, it is under international pressure not to de-merge.
  • 91) 22:37 GMT, Oct. 22, 2004 |  + US official to visit Sri Lanka to discuss flagging peace talks
    - A top US envoy will assess Sri Lanka’s stalled peace talks and urge the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume efforts during a visit next month, US officials said on Friday. US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is expected to hold discussions with President Chandrika Kumaratunga on the flagging peace negotiations with the Tamil guerrillas, a US embassy official in Colombo said on condition of anonymity. Embassy spokesman Chris Long confirmed Armitage was is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next month as part of a trip to the South Asia region, but said, “we have no firm dates as yet” for the visit. more ...
  • 92) 17:24 GMT, Oct. 22, 2004 |  + New parliament completes six months
    Sri Lanka’s new government completed its first six months in office having first met in parliament on April 22, 2004. The new United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) only managed a few bills to introduce and the government lost the crucial post of speaker to a leader from the main opposition. Despite tabling 13 new bills, the government only managed to get seven of them passed. Three of them were extremely important. The highlights of the past six months include the beating of Buddhist monks representing the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) in the chambers, an eleven-hour debate to appoint the speaker and removal of the parliamentary Maze during a debate. "There were also a number of religious ceremonies in the chambers and beef and pork were banned from the chambers," freelance journalist Daya Lankapura told BBC Sandeshaya. more ...
  • 93) 17:21 GMT, Oct. 22, 2004 |  + Mandapam - Island of Hope Lankan Tamils
    As long as the British were ruling Ceylon, as it was then called, they ensured that there were no inter-community clashes. But after Independence there was no such restraining factor and the Sinhalese forced the Indian Tamils out. That was when Mandapam first came into focus. "There we will have to pay 20 per cent of our earnings to the LTTE. I don't mind paying; many of our members have lost their limbs fighting for the Tamil cause. The LTTE is feared, but they are disciplined. You will never find a LTTE member teasing a woman or misbehaving with her. If anybody does so, he is tied to a tree and shot, however high he may be in the LTTE hierarchy.They never rob people. They only ask for tax." There have been suggestions that the Indian government should start a one-way boat service to the Tamil Northeastern province in Lanka. That is a suggestion the Indian government would do well to take note of; especially if it wants to ease Mandapam's historic burden and its own... more ...
  • 94) 12:59 GMT, Oct. 22, 2004 |  + Court orders TRO to take over Children's Shelter
    Mr. M Ganesharajah, Trincomalee Magistrate Friday ordered that the administration of a leading Children's Home "Anbu Illam" which is located along the Central Road in the east port town to the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) taking into consideration the application made on behalf by the North East Provincial Commissioner of Probation and Child Care following criminal action filed against the former director of the institution for alleged sexual abuse of children, legal sources said. Provincial Commissioner has selected TRO to run the Home as it is currently administering sixteen Children Homes in the northeast province and also it has gained considerable experience in running such institutions, legal sources said. TRO Trincomalee district acting Director Mr.C.Kumarakuruparan and several members of the Board of Directors selected by the TRO to run the institution were also present in court when the Magistrate made the order. more ...
  • 95) 12:50 GMT, Oct. 22, 2004 |  + International Human Rights Shocked

    "...singing the "SIVA-PURAANAM" Barrels and barrels of bullets were spent on innocent patients..."

    "Implementation of domestic mechanisms with regard to the protection of human rights within Sri Lanka is now lost in a vacuum of confusion, inefficiency and utter desperation. The series of incidents stemming from the accident in Wellawaya epitomise this observation," the Asian Human Rights Commission said in a statement yesterday. The AHRC said, "The ruling appears to be a challenge to the appellate courts, which exist for the purpose of revising and overruling the orders of lower courts and the confusion created by this decision has raised serious doubts requiring a proper explanation." "The public doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at such a pathetic situation. The whole farce speaks to the exceptional collapse of the rule of law identified by the Asian Legal Resource Centre, the sister organisation of the Asian Human Rights Organisation, in a report on Sri Lanka submitted earlier this year to the UN Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights." more ...
  • 96) 12:18 GMT, Oct. 22, 2004 |  + Cathedral on Sri Lanka's City Agenda

    Churches in Sri Lanka have urged the government to give protection
    * Conversions spark violence
    * Buddhist monks oppose anti-conversion
    * Human Rights

    A visit to Wells Cathedral was on the agenda for a Sri Lankan civil servant when he visited a technology firm in Wells this week. Mr Harim Peiris, director general of the Sri Lanka Ministry of Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation, was invited to Britain as a guest of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. While in the country he visited a selected number of UK companies that are supporting, in various ways, the new Sri Lanka Government's peace initiatives.One of these companies was Bluefinger Ltd of Wells, leading supplier of fishing boat monitoring systems and also provide vehicle tracking and telematics systems.While in Wells, Mr Peiris took the opportunity to visit the cathedral where he was greeted by the Dean of Wells Cathedral, the Very Rev John Clarke. more ...
  • 97) 04:57 GMT, Oct. 22, 2004 |  + We are working with the LTTE - SL Government
    Responding to a question from Sandeshaya Harim Pieris said "There is what so ever no resistance from the LTTE, in fact rehabilitation efforts have been supported by the LTTE in Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi. Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi are held under rebel control. The LTTE on a tour to Europe promoting the Interim Self Government Authority proposals has been requesting donor agencies to step up aid to non governmental organisations (NGO) of the area. Commenting on the role of NGO's Harim Peiris said "We have no problem with them, Government Agents as well as the respective Ministries monitor their work closely." more ...
  • 98) 03:01 GMT, Oct. 22, 2004 |  + IPKF Jaffna Hospital massacre remembered
    Seventeenth death anniversary of twenty-one persons including medical specialists, nurses, attendants, patients and members of public who were massacred inside Jaffna Teaching Hospital (JTH) by Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) troops stationed in Jaffna Fort on 21st October, 1987 was observed Thursday in the hospital premises, civil sources said. Medical Superintendent of the JTH Dr.Sathurmugam presided over the event attended by medical officers, nurses, hospital employees and members of public. more ...
  • 99) 20:52 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + Norway makes fresh bid to arrange Sri Lanka peace talks
    Norwegian peace brokers are expected to visit Sri Lanka early next month to arrange a face-to-face meeting between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to revive stalled peace talks, officials said Wednesday. Peace envoy Erik Solheim was due to hold talks with negotiators from both sides to arrange a meeting after the Tiger rebels reveal their power-sharing proposals to Norway on October 31. "He will be making a regular visit early next month to arrange the next round of talks," a Norwegian embassy spokeswoman said. more ...
  • 100) 20:47 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + Immigrants sue Ottawa, citing 'shattered lives'
    Since he immigrated to Canada in 1998, he's done nothing but calculations. Mostly, the U.K.-schooled accountant has been trying to figure out how to recover the $60,000 it cost his family to relocate, how to pay off a $100,000 credit-card debt, why his two professional degrees can't get him a job and how a growing family of six can survive in a two-bedroom apartment. The lawsuit is likely one of the first of its kind, says a University of Toronto law professor. "We can't give anything to our kids. What (the federal government) has done is shattered our hope and our life. They have to compensate us somehow." In his statement of claim, Prem alleges the government owes him for "mental agony, financial loss ... loss of jobs and thereby loss of earnings for the past four years." more ...
  • 101) 13:07 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + Road to Chavakachcheri and Beyond (Part - 1)
    The road to Chavakachcheri from Jaffna took me through Chemmani. Krishanthy Coomarasamy's, her mother's, brother's, and many other's lives and honour were crushed there. Their tragedy was covered by the media and deeply imprinted in civilized minds, though those Brigadiers who were in charge of Jaffna at that time is still to account for that and other tragedies under their guard. The destruction of Chavakachcheri is well documented in pictures and words by individuals and the media from Sri Lanka and abroad. It is an important stop for diplomats and NGOs when they travel to inspect the ruins in the Jaffna peninsula. Since the opening of A9 highway for direct traffic hundreds of thousands of people from the South have seen the destruction of Chavakachcheri and Jaffna first hand and recorded the ruins in still and moving pictures. more ...
  • 102) 12:20 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka ready to meet any military challenge from rebels: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando
    The Colombo government is ready to meet any military challenge from the island's Tamil Tiger guerrillas should the peace process collapse, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando has warned. "The Tigers are doing it. They have increased their cadre enormously," Fernando said in an interview with the Hindu newspaper published Wednesday. "I am not going to say the process is going to break down, but I don't think the people will forgive us if we were not ready. Equally, we have been ready for a while and we have to be in a better state of preparedness." more ...
  • 103) 11:43 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + Over a half-million children get polio vaccination in Northeast Sri Lanka
    Over half a million children in Northeast Sri Lanka were immunized against polio last Saturday during the UNICEF-supported Subnational Immunization Day. The day marked the final round of this year's polio vaccinations, the first of which took place six weeks ago and achieved 96 per cent coverage. Parents took children under the age of ten to their nearest temporary vaccination center where they received the oral polio vaccine. Those who missed the vaccinations will be followed up with house to house visits from health workers to ensure full immunization coverage against the crippling childhood disease. It’s an inspiring example of coordination, planning and achievement and is a tribute to the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka, LTTE and the entire partner NGOs involved." more ...
  • 104) 11:36 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + NorthEast Tamil Legislators meet with Tamilselvan
    NorthEast Tamil legislators Messrs. R.Sampanthan, Mavai Senathirajah, Gajendran Ponnampalam, Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Raja Kukaneswaran, Sivasakthi Ananthan, M.K.Sivagilingam, A.Vinayakamoorthi and Suresh Premachandran met with Mr.S.P.Tamilsselvan, Head of the Political Wing today 22nd October in the Peace Secretariat in Kilinochchi. Discussions centered on the Interim Administration proposals and the current political situation. A similar meeting with the Tamil legislators from the Plantation area is scheduled to take place towards the weekend, before handing over the proposals to the Government through the Royal Norwegian facilitators. more ...
  • 105) 11:30 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + Lankan Commandant Calls On Air Marshal Masood
    Major General D S Wijesooriya, Commandant Army Command and Staff College of Sri Lanka visited Air Headquarters Chaklala on Tuesday along with members of delegation. He called on Air Marshal Masood Ahktar, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Training), Pakistan Air Force. They shared views on mutual professional interest, personnel training aspects and exchanged souvenirs. Air Marshal Masood Ahktar, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Training) presenting souvenir to Maj Gen D S Wijesooriya, Commandant Army Command and Staff College of Sri Lanka, who visited Air Headquarters alongwith a delegation on Tuesday. more ...
  • 106) 11:28 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + Rare Lankan unity over Indian defence ties
    Sri Lanka's usually squabbling main parties have united in a rare display of unity to support increased defence and economic cooperation with neighbouring India. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party which is bitterly opposed to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday welcomed the outcome of his two-day visit to New Delhi where both countries agreed to enhance their trade and military ties. The two countries already have close military ties, with India providing training to members of the Sri Lankan security forces as well as the police. Sri Lanka wants more training opportunities and to buy hardware from India. more ...
  • 107) 20:55 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + Sihala Urumaya not for devolution
    The Sihala Urumaya is against any type of devolution of power either to the districts or to the provinces which they claim was a concept created by the colonial rulers to divide and rule, a spokesman for the party said on Monday. This position would be made known when the Sihala Urumaya leader Tilak Karunaratne appears before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms in parliament today. Karunaratne is expected to propose an administration to local bodies and would also request to re-demarcate the boundaries of the local bodies. more ...
  • 108) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 2003 |  + Norway rejects Tamil newspaper claims
    A Tamil newspaper reported that Norway's government will recommend to the USA that the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) be removed from the American list of terrorist organizations. The claim has been denied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) after it was picked up by the United News of India. "We do not try to influence the American authorities' list of terrorist organizations. One of our roles is to communicate the viewpoints of the two sides to the international community, but that is not the same as trying to influence the Americans in this context," Helgesen told Dagsavisen. more ...
  • 109) 16:52 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan election possible after court ruling
    Sri Lanka faces the prospect of a snap election and the possibility of peace talks being held up after a court ruled on Tuesday that the government must hold a referendum if it wants to amend the constitution. The Supreme Court ruled that the government had to call a referendum if it proceeded with an amendment to limit the president's power to dissolve parliament. more ...
  • 110) 16:49 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka's cohabitation strains
    Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruling - that there must be a referendum on government plans to limit the president's powers - confirmed what had been known for many days. The bid by the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe to curb the powers of the president began with a wish to create an atmosphere of political stability for the peace process to flourish. It has ended up exacerbating strains within the government of cohabitation, where the president and prime minister come from rival parties. more ...
  • 111) 12:30 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Court blocks Sri Lanka government bid to check president
    Sri Lanka's Supreme Court shot down a bid by parliament to reduce the powers of President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is opposed to the government's peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels. In its decision conveyed to the legislature Tuesday, the court called for a nationwide referendum if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's government pushes ahead with the controversial statute amendment. more ...
  • 112) 12:24 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Helgesen to meet Prabhakaran today
    The Norwegian peace delegation will meet the LTTE hierarchy today in the Vanni for talks on arrangements for the second round of formal talks and the formation of the Joint Task Force. A spokesman for the LTTE Political Headquarters in Kilinochchi said Velupillai Prabhakaran will head the LTTE delegation in the talks with the Norwegians. The Norwegian team will comprise Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen, Ambassador Jon Westborg and Special Peace Envoy Erik Solheim. more ...
  • 113) 11:45 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Chandrika to join JVP protest rally
    Sri Lanka's main opposition parties are strengthening themselves against the ruling party amidst a growing rift within one of the key coalition partners of the government. President Chandrika Kumara-tunga, who heads the main opposition People's Alliance (PA), will join a protest campaign rally with the Marxist JVP (People's Liberation Front) tomorrow in Colombo, presidential spokesman, Janadasa Peiris, said. more ...
  • 114) 11:44 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Sweden supports peace process and negotiated settlement of conflict
    Sweden fully supports the peace process and a negotiated settlement of the conflict. Only a lasting peace can create conditions for sustainable economic development and opportunities for employment and prosperity for all people on this beautiful island, said Ms. Ann Marie Fallenius, from Sweden who was the Chief Guest at the Eastern University, Sri Lanka General Convocation 2002, which was held at the EUSL, Main Hall, recently.
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  • 115) 11:15 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Israeli-built Sri Lankan air force fighter plane crashes
    A Sri Lankan air force fighter jet crashed today, minutes after taking off on a test run, a defense official said. The pilot suffered minor injuries. Kfir jets have been used for bombing Sri Lanka's north during the government's 19-year war with Tamil Tiger separatist rebels. The fighting has killed more than 64,500 people. The guns have fallen silent since a Norway-brokered cease-fire agreement in February. Peace talks started last month, and were expected to continue October 31. more ...
  • 116) 11:08 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Government change in Colombo won’t affect peace -Helgesen
    Peace negotiations between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers will not be affected by any political change in Colombo because eighty four percent of the people of Sri Lanka support the peace process, said Norway’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vidar Helgesen, responding to a question during a press conference at the Jaffna District Secretariat Tuesday. He said that his delegation will discuss the setting up of the joint task force for resettlement, reconstruction and development in the northeast with the leader of the Liberation Tigers in the Vanni Wednesday. more ...
  • 117) 17:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka's opposition not to derail peace process
    Sri Lankan opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse has told visiting Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister VIdar Helgessen that the main opposition People's Alliance led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga had no intention of derailing Norwegian-brokered peace process in the country, the official Daily News said on Tuesday. Helgessen and Norwegian ambassador Jon Westborg here briefed Rajapakse Monday on the progress achieved so far in the current peace process. more ...
  • 118) 11:06 GMT, Oct. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan court ruling may mean snap election
    Sri Lanka could be headed for a snap election after the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday the government had to call a referendum if it wanted constitutional changes to limit the president's power to dissolve parliament. The government has already rejected the idea of a referendum and said it could go to the polls, which would delay a peace process that has brought about the first direct talks in seven years aimed at ending an ethnic war that has killed 64,000 people. more ...
  • 119) 18:56 GMT, Oct. 22, 2001 |  + Separatists trained in Afghanistan, says official
    Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan yesterday claimed that Muslim separatists in the Xinjiang province have close links with the Afghanistan-base terrorist network of Osama bin Laden. Beijing also said it wanted co-operation from the international community to fight terrorism in the Muslim-dominated north-west autonomous region. Last Friday, United States President George W Bush praised China for its support in the US war on global terrorism but urged China not to assume that it had carte blanche to crackdown on separatists. "War on terrorism must never be an excuse to persecute minorities,"Mr Bush said. more ...
  • 120) 18:10 GMT, Oct. 22, 2001 |  + Awards of Excellence - 2001
    This year's Third Annual Awards of Excellence will once again take place at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum). So join us on Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 7p.m. to acknowledge this year's Achievers. Tickets can only be bought in advance. Call (416) 396-4663.
    KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    Ujjal Donsanj, As Canada's first Indo-Canadian premier, he made the Sikh community proud by becoming British Columbia's premier on February 21, 2000.
    CHIEF GUEST
    Dr. Ethirveerasingam has made a contributed greatly to the Tamil community worldwide.
    EMCEE
    Dwight Drummond is a man that you might have frequently seen especially if you tune in to "CityPulse". CanTYD is happy to announce that year's English Emcee will be no other than Dwight Drummond himself. more ...
  • 121) 17:18 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Protecting prisoners
    "Prisoners must at all times be protected against acts of public curiosity. Taking the above situation into consideration, the ICRC urged the Sri Lankan Security Forces to pay due attention to this humanitarian issue and take all necessary measures to avoid its recurrence in the future. It must also be stressed that such ICRC interventions are made to the SLSF and the LTTE, whenever deemed necessary." more ...
  • 122) 16:00 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka troops dig in after heavy battles
    Sri Lankan soldiers were Sunday consolidating their positions in the northern peninsula of Jaffna where 112 on both sides have perished, the defence ministry said. Defence ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said troops had begun clearing operations in the Nagarkovil sector of the peninsula where they found eight more bodies of Tamil Tiger rebels. Security forces had by Friday regained territory lost briefly to the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Nagarkovil, the ministry said. more ...
  • 123) 15:59 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Colombo journalists barred from slain reporter's funeral
    Sri Lankan authorities have prevented Colombo-based journalists from attending the funeral of a colleague shot dead in the embattled northern peninsula of Jaffna, reporters and officials here said Sunday. The defence ministry had given clearance to four journalists to travel to the town of Jaffna, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of here by military aircraft, but later withdrew permission, the reporters said. They were trying to cover the funeral Saturday of reporter Mailwaganam Nimalarajan, 38, who was gunned down on Thursday night in the heart of Jaffna town. more ...
  • 124) 13:39 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Fighting starts again for Nagar Kovil MSR
    Fighting erupted again Sunday on Jaffna's southeastern cost after a brief lull as the Liberation Tigers launched a fresh attack from this morning to recapture a small segment of the Main Supply Route to the Sri Lanka army's Nagar Kovil detachment. The SLA Saturday retook some of its positions ahead of the detachment which the Liberation Tigers overran on 19 October. more ...
  • 125) 12:22 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka's shaky coalition gets opposition prop
    Sri Lanka's main opposition was set to cut a deal with President Chandrika Kumaratunga to provide her much needed parliamentary stability in exchange for radical reforms, officials said Sunday. Opposition legislator Tyronne Fernando said he held three rounds of talks with Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake during which both sides agreed to "usher in a new political culture." Kumaratunga's People's Alliance emerged as the largest single party in the October 10 elections, but she must depend on two minority Tamil and Muslim parties to remain in power. more ...
  • 126) 12:20 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan military rejects rebels' claim of battle successes
    The military said Saturday it repulsed a major assault by Tamil Tiger rebels, who claimed to have captured a crucial supply route after breaking through army defenses in the northern Jaffna Peninsula. The rebels said they had captured the supply route in Nagar Kovil along with military defenses south of Nagar Kovil town, but the military denied that claim, saying several days of heavy fighting had left them in control of the area. more ...
  • 127) 12:16 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Suicide bombers stalk Sri Lanka leaders
    Sri Lanka is bracing for more assassination attempts by Tamil Tiger guerrillas following reports that about 50 suicide bombers had infiltrated the capital Colombo, police said Sunday. The latest suicide bombing on Thursday underscored the large number of Black Tigers, or suicide cadres of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), officials here said. Colombo's Deputy Police Inspector General Bodhi Liyanage said he believed at least 23 suicide bombers together with about 15 of their handlers were in the capital. more ...
  • 128) 12:15 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan businesses hope for bipartisan bid to lift market
    Sri Lanka's war-battered economy is headed for a "fairy-tale" recovery if Central Bank figures are to be believed, but investors remain unconvinced and a hung parliament has added to the gloom. The latest Central Bank figures show a 7.0 percent GDP growth in the first half of this year compared to an expansion of 3.0 percent last year, yet the markets are in the doldrums. If the performance of the tiny Colombo Stock Exchange is anything to go by, foreign investors are fleeing and the bluest of the blue chips are taking a battering. more ...
  • 129) 23:58 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + The Land Where Hope Does Not Spring Eternal
    One of Sri Lanka’s most prominent businessmen, Lalith Kotela-wala, wanted revenge. In late 1996, the Tamil Tiger rebels had detonated a 400-kilogram bomb in the Central Bank, which is across the street from the headquarters of Ceylinco Consolidated, Lalith’s company in Colombo. more ...
  • 130) 21:18 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + No talks with LTTE, says Kadirgamar
    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has said there is no dialogue going on between the Government and the LTTE and the Norwegian efforts to make the LTTE participate in peace talks have reached an impasse as the rebels believed they could win militarily. In an interview with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, shortly after he returned from Oslo, Mr Kadirgamar said the Sri Lankan government had formally told the Norwegian government to continue its search for a peaceful settlement through a negotiated settlement, but admitted that they were nowhere near ''even fixing a date for the talks". more ...
  • 131) 20:46 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + New ministers cost Rs. 308,000,000
    A probe by The Sunday Leader has found that each of Sri Lanka's new ministers sworn in last Thursday will on an average cost the nation a mind boggling a sum of minimum Rs. 7 million a month. This, calculated into a total of 44 incumbents whose primary function is to serve the people, will cost taxpayers the princely sum of Rs. 308 million a month. History was in the making last Thursday in more ways than one when President Chandrika Kumaratunga swore in an unprecedented number of 44 new ministers a day after the country's eleventh parliament had met. While 46 ministries will function over the next six years, the president will maintain two portfolios as will Premier Ratnasiri Wickramanayake. more ...
  • 132) 20:36 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + PA, UNP agree on ‘working method’
    THE RULING Peoples’ Alliance (PA) and the opposition United National Party (UNP) have agreed to a “working arrangement” in the Sri Lankan Parliament for the twin purpose of carrying out legislation to democratise some key state institutions and keeping in check the influence of minority parties, which have shown a tendency to hold the government and the mainstream parties to ransom. more ...
  • 133) 20:28 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Mystery shrouds Jaffna journalist's killing
    Two days before the killing he had told friends and a Tamil politician in Colombo that his life was in danger as an ex-militant group was unhappy about his reporting about election malpractices. - The journalist's wife, Parimilarshanthi.
    Nimalarajan worked for the Tamil daily Virakesari, and the Sinhala weekly Ravaya in addition to being a regular contributor to the BBC's Sinhala and Tamil services. Nimalarajan was one of the few sources of independent news from the Jaffna peninsula, where journalists are not allowed free access. more ...
  • 134) 17:24 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + Sinhala terrorism?
    It was Codrington, a former British civil servant addressing the Royal Asiatic society in 1937 who said, "No external force is necessary to divide the Sinhalese. If they are left to their own devices, they will destroy themselves." This statement seems to echo through the corridors of time and hold extreme relevance to the contemporary politics of our land. more ...
  • 135) 12:13 GMT, Oct. 22, 2000 |  + We Tamils have lost a servant of truth - Rev. Dr. S. J. Emmanuel
    I am shocked by the killing of journalist Nimalrajan Mylvaganam. I knew him in Jaffna, not merely as a journalist but also as a young and talented man with whom I could talk for hours. Though he was a Hindu, he followed up all the events in all places. I admired the fact that he was not interested in commercial journalism whereby people twist truths in order to earn money. On the contrary he was giving his life to serve the truth. more ...
  • 136) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + Timor gives Gusmao tumultuous welcome
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  • 137) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + ‘The golden sands of Jaffna: It’s right here’
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  • 138) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + In first trips by sea, some 2,000 displaced East Timorese return home from West Timor: UNHCR
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  • 139) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + CWC MP for Colombo District R. Yogarajan raises privilege issue
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  • 140) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka humiliated at UNESCO
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  • 141) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + Bofors case: Rajiv named accused
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  • 142) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + Rajiv Gandhi in arms scam charges
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  • 143) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + Rajiv, Quattrocchi in Bofors chargesheet
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  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + What's the essential requirement to rescue a basket-case country? Accountability.
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  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + Jaffna University convocation
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  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + U.N. report says women still earn two-thirds of mens' salaries
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  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + Rs. 435m Norwegian aid for fresh water resource scheme in Jaffna
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  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + Can Minister Kadirgamar show his pedigree even at the Lankan Ladies Kennel Club? - Anura Bandaranaike UNP MP
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  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + 'Day of freedom' for Timor
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  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + TAMIL NADU SP HAS CONNECTIONS WITH SRI LANKA HC IN NEW DELHI
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  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + President 'cuts losses' with snap election
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  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1999 |  + Tamils support to Chandrika doubtful
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  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + Wellington Tamil Society - Press Release
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  • 154) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + WAR AND HEALTH IN JAFFNA
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  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + Colombo women protest against violence
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  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka transit point for drug trafficking
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  • 157) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + Hopes for a consensus recede in Sri Lanka
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  • 158) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + President bares UNP conspiracy to sabotage Govt's war effort
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  • 159) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + S.Lanka parties, business gather to discuss peace
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  • 160) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + In the aftermath in the debacle in Kilinochchi
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  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + JVP warns of anti-Tamil violence
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  • 162) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 22, 1998 |  + New Zealand Tamils appeal
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