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

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1997 | LTTE Casualties
    On 11th of December, Capt. Maran and Lt. Karuna died in a confrontation with the occupying Sinhalese forces in Alvai (Jaffna)
  • 1999 | TIGERS LAUNCH MAJOR ASSAULT ON THE GATEWAY TO JAFFNA
    In a daring military campaign the LTTE fighting formations made a multi-pronged attack today on several sectors around the Elephant Pass military complex situated on the strategically important causeway linking Jaffna Peninsula to the mainland
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Tamils join HR vigil at UN
    The Association of Sri Lankan Tamils joined more than 45 international organizations in a rally and candlelight vigil in front of UN headquarters in New York yesterday afternoon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Universal declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations.
  • 1998 | Young girl escapes death to give evidence
    "On the day of the incident three soldiers entered our house. One of the soldiers asked us to get into one of the rooms. He placed the gun on our heads, threatened to kill us if we made any noise, and asked for our names. He then put the lamp out and emptied the bullets on us," said the 16-year old girl, Sinnarasa Vinodhini, while giving evidence to the Human Rights Commission on December 10th.
  • 2000 | Father of three shot dead
    A father of three children Sivanayagam Ilango,29 of Thiruperunthurai in the Batticaloa district was shot dead and two others were injured Sunday night when they were returning home after making a complaint at the nearby Air force checkpoint about a robbery, said sources.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 1095 | குறிக்கொண்டு நோக்காமை அல்லால் ஒருகண்
    சிறக்கணித்தாள் போல நகும்.
    She seemed to see me not; but yet the maid
    Her love, by smiling side-long glance, betrayed.
    - 110 110
  • Dec 11 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Dec 11, 2017 14:48:52 GMT |  + Foreign experts to fight bribes, corruption
    The Government was mulling obtaining the assistance of external experts to carry out investigations on corruption, Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake said over the weekend. He said that the assistance of external experts might be needed to carry out investigations on corruption. “There are areas where our investigators lack expertise, and they have to seek the assistance of outside parties – sometimes foreign experts,” the Minister said. Minister was speaking at the Anti Corruption Day celebrations on Saturday. more ...
  • 2) Dec 11, 2017 14:45:27 GMT |  + Visit of Chief of the Air Staff to Sri Lanka
    Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff is on an official visit to Sri Lanka from 11-14 Dec 17, to deliberate on matters of mutual interest related to regional security. During the visit, CAS would also review the Commissioning, Award of Wings and Passing Out Parade of the Sri Lankan Air Force Academy which is scheduled to be held on December 14, 2017. This visit of the Indian Air Chief would provide impetus towards increasing defence cooperation between the two Air Forces and pave the way for greater interaction in the future. This would also strengthen relationships, enable engagement in productive exchanges and promote understanding of joint issues and challenges. more ...
  • 3) Dec 11, 2017 14:39:58 GMT |  + China signs 99-year lease on Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port
    Sri Lanka has formally handed over its southern port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease, which government critics have denounced as an erosion of the country’s sovereignty. The $1.3bn port was opened seven years ago using debt from Chinese state-controlled entities. But it has since struggled under heavy losses, making it impossible for Colombo to repay its debts. more ...
  • 4) Dec 11, 2015 15:57:46 GMT |  + Wigneswaran reiterates demand for Tamil prisoners' release
    Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran on Thursday used the occasion of the World Human Rights Day to renew his call for the release of Tamil prisoners, described by him as “political prisoners.” Mr Wigneswaran urged President Maithripala Sirisena to grant an “open amnesty” and ensure the release the prisoners [numbering 203]. He argued that the right to liberty “continues to be violated” with the incarceration of many hundreds of young Tamils detained without trial or deprived of proper hearings. Terming the continued imprisonment as a “violation of this important right” by the Sri Lanka government,the Chief Minister said the government should release the prisoners “without any delay and demonstrate its commitment to human rights.”
  • 5) Dec 11, 2015 11:03:40 GMT |  + Asia’s migrant domestic servants: Broken homes
    SMALL stones litter a petitioners’ table outside a government office in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. Each jagged shard symbolises the rocks that may soon be used to kill a Sri Lankan migrant maid convicted of adultery in Saudi Arabia, who has been sentenced to death by stoning in April. The fate hanging over the as-yet-unnamed woman—a 48-year-old, married mother of two—has provoked mounting rage in Sri Lanka, whose diplomats only learned of the case in August. Her alleged lover, an unmarried Sri Lankan man, is to be heavily flogged. more ...
  • 6) Dec 11, 2015 11:02:17 GMT |  + Appeal by the Families of the Disappeared
    We, the Families of the Disappeared have been searching for our loved ones and calling for justice, for many years. Many Commissions were established by the previous government to carry out inquiries regarding the missing. However, our search continues without any answers. In 2013, former President Mahinda Rajapaksha established a Presidential Commission for the Investigate into Complaints regarding Missing Persons under direction of Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama. more ...
  • 7) Dec 11, 2015 10:59:27 GMT |  + Supreme Court of Canada relief to Tamil teen in failed Refugee Claim Case
    Supreme Court of Canada, in yet another judgment giving relief to Tamil Migrants to Canada, has held that the rejection of application for humanitarian and compassionate relief under s. 25(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to a Tamil teen, who migrated to the country, fearing persecution in his native land, is illegal. The court said that the words “unusual and undeserved or disproportionate hardship” used in guidelines, should be seen as instructive but not determinative, allowing s. 25(1) to respond more flexibly to the equitable goals of the provision. more ...
  • 8) Dec 11, 2015 10:56:36 GMT |  + ‘No more secret prisons’
    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Thursday said the government would take “stern action” if it came to know that any secret detention centre still existed in Sri Lanka. Addressing a press conference, he described his government as one “dedicated to human rights of all its people”. Mr. Samaraweera was responding to questions on the observation of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances during its visit last month about a former secret detention facility in the naval base in Trincomalee in the Eastern Province and the reported remarks of former Member of Parliament of the Tamil National Alliance, Suresh Premachandran, regarding the existence of secret detention centres in Jaffna.
  • 9) Dec 11, 2014 14:53:34 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities
    Surprising many observers, Sri Lanka’s 8 January presidential election between incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former ally Maithripala Sirisena looks set to be a close contest. Promising to abolish the executive presidency and revive parliamentary democracy, the opposition offers a different vision from that of the government, which is increasingly entrenched in power. In its latest briefing, Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities, the International Crisis Group examines the challenges facing Rajapaksa and the opposition, and how domestic and international actors can mitigate the risk of political instability. more ...
  • 10) Dec 11, 2014 14:52:58 GMT |  + Sri Lanka president offers prayers at Tirumala temple
    Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday offered worship at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in the wee hours near Tirupati. Rajapaksa was in the temple for about an hour, participating in the ‘Suprabhatam’ stanza recitation ritual conducted by a group of priests inside the ancient temple, temple sources said. Police had made tight security arrangements for the visit. A day after filing his nomination papers seeking third term for the presidential elections in Sri Lanka next month, Rajapaksa arrived on Tuesday evening to offer worship to Lord Venkateswara. more ...
  • 11) Dec 11, 2014 14:50:04 GMT |  + Sri Lanka leader suffers more defections ahead of vote
    Two Sri Lankan ministers quit the government on Wednesday (Dec 10), leaving President Mahinda Rajapakse without the two-thirds parliamentary majority he enjoyed before calling a snap election to seek an unprecedented third term. The latest defections reflected growing political disenchantment with the president. Botanical Gardens deputy minister V S Radhakrishnan and National Language Integration deputy P Digambaram joined opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, who is spearheading the challenge to Rajapakse in the Jan 8 election. more ...
  • 12) Dec 11, 2014 14:19:55 GMT |  + Will not allow any of our military personnel to be taken to the Hague; President
    The United People’s Freedom Alliance commenced its presidential campaign from Anuradhapura on Thursday. The rally which is presided by UPFA Presidential Candidate, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently taking place at the Anuradhapura Public Grounds. President stated; “I will not allow any of our military personnel to be taken to the Hague.” more ...
  • 13) Dec 11, 2014 14:05:34 GMT |  + JHU splits; Udaya to govt
    JHU strongman and ex-Minister of the Western Provincial Council Udaya Gammanpila sat at the government (UPFA) press conference that is being held at the SLFP headquarters now. The Deputy General Secretary of the JHU Mr. Gammanpila pledged his support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the press conference. "I am resigning from the JHU and will support President Rajapaksa as an independent member," he said. more ...
  • 14) Dec 11, 2014 11:19:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka arrests 27 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu
    Sri Lankan navy has arrested 27 fishermen from Tamil Nadu on charges of poaching in the island nation's waters. While 13 fishermen from Jagadapattinam in Thanjavur district were arrested along with their three boats, 14 fishermen from here were arrested with three boats when they were fishing in mid-sea late Wednesday night. The neval personnel also damaged their fishing nets, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Sekar said. All the fishermen have been taken to Kankesanthurai, he said.
  • 15) Dec 11, 2013 20:31:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Chidambaram’s Brave Bid to Clear Congress of anti-Tamil Image
    At the other end, by solidly debunking the anti-Tamils charge laid at the Congress’ doors by the Dravidian parties, Mr. Chidambaram also obliquely laid the pitch for a possible new Congress-led alliance, inclusive of the actor Vijayakant-led Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) in Tamil Nadu, in the run-up to the 2014 polls, hoping it could take away the sting from an emotively polarised discourse on the island-Tamils issue in Tamil Nadu. more ...
  • 16) Dec 11, 2013 17:54:01 GMT |  + Sri Lanka guilty of genocide: PPT verdict
    After an assessment of evidences presented by eyewitnesses and experts, judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal reached unanimous consensus that the Sri Lankan state was guilty of crimes of genocide against the Eezham Tamils and that the genocide is continuing even after the end of the military operations against the LTTE. Concluding the four day session with a press conference at Bremen on Tuesday, the judges also noted that the Sri Lankan military did not have capacity to commit genocide on its own and that it was supported by the UK-USA-India axis. While the judges held the USA and the UK to be complicit in the genocidal process, they were of the opinion that more evidence was needed as regards India’s role. more ...
  • 17) Dec 11, 2013 10:13:55 GMT |  + Church warns of 'foreign intervention' in Sri Lanka
    The Catholic church Wednesday warned Sri Lanka's government of foreign intervention unless it worked towards reconciliation and addressed allegations of war crimes during the war against Tamil separatists. Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said he was urging President Mahinda Rajapakse and the main ethnic Tamil party to hammer out a political settlement or risk an international probe. "Foreigners should not tell us what to do... We are not a pack of fools," the cardinal said. "But if we do not resolve these issues, then we open ourselves to foreign intervention." more ...
  • 18) Dec 11, 2012 19:24:52 GMT |  + UN representatives see fabricated ‘civil society’ in Jaffna
    Sri Lanka’s permanent representative at the UN, Palitha Kohona, brought resident representatives of the UN in 13 countries, including Japan, Italy and South Africa to Jaffna on Satuday. The team during its visit was shown with a fabricated civil society that praised the ‘development’ of Colombo in Jaffna, news sources in Jaffna said. The team held talks with the occupying SL governor in the North, Maj. Gen G.A. Chandrasri and the supporters of the EPDP collaborating with Colombo, who were presented to the visiting team as the ‘civil society’ of Jaffna. more ...
  • 19) Dec 11, 2012 17:17:10 GMT |  + India sees hypocrisy in Harper’s foreign-ownership stand
    Canada’s new position on takeovers by state-owned foreign companies has provoked puzzlement in India’s state-dominated energy sector – and questions about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s sincerity, just a month after he brought Canadian energy industry leaders here to talk up future deals with Indian firms. more ...
  • 20) Dec 11, 2012 15:24:35 GMT |  + The rule of law and the separation of powers - M. A. Sumanthiran
    The issue relating to military rule is one of great concern to us. We don’t want military rule in any part of the country, be it LTTE rule or even Sri Lankan Army rule. We want civilian rule….we don’t want the Army rule, but there is a military rule that is being imposed upon our people and that is to be avoided. It is true that during the time that the war was on there were certain necessities, but now it is 3 ½ years later…enough time to have changed the situation. It is not necessary to continue in that high-handed fashion. We are not going to achieve any reconciliation if it goes on like this.
  • 21) Dec 11, 2012 15:22:25 GMT |  + Iran Ready to Expand All-Out Ties with Sri Lanka
    "The Islamic Republic of Iran is fully ready for supporting and evermore expansion of comprehensive cooperation with Sri Lanka, particularly in political, economic, commercial, transit, and joint investments fields," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in Tehran on Monday. Iran is the second largest OPEC oil producer, producing about 4 million barrels of oil a day. The country's recoverable oil reserves are estimated at more than 137 billion barrels, or 12 per cent of the world's overall reserves. more ...
  • 22) Dec 11, 2012 15:20:07 GMT |  + Interdependence of the Judiciary and the Legislature - CV Vivekananthan
    In Sri Lanka, sovereignty is in the people’s hands. It is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise. The sovereign people promulgated the Constitution and thus the Constitution becomes supreme and the three Organs; Parliament, Executive Presidency and Judiciary that are created by the sovereign People by their Constitution can only exercise their respective powers subject to and according to the provisions of the Constitution. more ...
  • 23) Dec 11, 2012 15:16:20 GMT |  + A new battleground in Sri Lanka
    Tension is building between Sri Lanka's parliament and judiciary. The government's attempt to remove the Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has lead to the face off. The current regime has found the country's highest ranked judge guilty of financial irregularity, abuse of power and bias in a case involving her husband – reasons they say she must be impeached. The problem is that neither the Chief Justice nor the opposition members had much say in the deliberations that led to the guilty verdict. more ...
  • 24) Dec 11, 2012 15:12:21 GMT |  + Reveal the truth behind the Matale mass grave: JVP
    The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) urged the government to disclose the truth behind the mass gravesite discovered in the Matale Hospital premises and expedite investigations in this regard where some skulls and skeletal remains were unearthed. The JVP political bureau said there was s a lot of suspicion about the way the bodies had been buried, as the hospital premises was not a graveyard and there was no official or legal information about such a burial. more ...
  • 25) Dec 11, 2012 15:06:24 GMT |  + Northern children keen to learn Dhamma
    The Sri Lanka Army provided labour to build a hut, he said. Each child is provided with one uniform. The Dhamma school is held twice a week. It is better if the children can be provided with another uniform, he said. “The Dhamma School programme is being operated through the personal funds of Naga Vihara Podi Hamuduruwo (Viharadhikari Siriwimala Thera) and myself. Anybody who wishes to provide donations, can do so by remitting monies into account number 74003578 – Bank of Ceylon Chunnakam Branch to the credit of Nandarama Tamil Buddhist Dhamma School. more ...
  • 26) Dec 11, 2012 11:47:57 GMT |  + Militarisation: a state of terror
    The Sri Lankan state has relentlessly continued to consolidate its militarisation of the North-East since the armed conflict drew to a close in 2009. Regardless of international efforts at closed door diplomacy and the occasional public wrist slapping, the Sri Lankan state has shown no signs of relenting. The bludgeoning military budget, the grabbing of civilian lands for military housing and establishments, and the military’s saturating presence within everyday civilian life has continued; not only contrary to well-trodden paths of post-conflict reconciliation, but in brazen defiance of international criticism.
  • 27) Dec 11, 2012 11:37:04 GMT |  + India minister: we must accept China in our backyard
    India's foreign minister has said New Delhi must accept China's growing presence in its own backyard as Beijing steps up its investments and diplomatic efforts in South Asia. New Delhi has been wary of growing Chinese influence around the Indian Ocean, where Beijing has forged ties with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Maldives and military-ruled Myanmar, often through funding and building infrastructure. more ...
  • 28) Dec 11, 2012 11:29:34 GMT |  + Why does the world ignore Sri Lanka’s crimes?
    No one knows how many thousands of people died in Sri Lanka in 2009, the year that marked the end of a decades-long struggle between the Sri Lankan government and the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (known more commonly as the Tamil Tigers). Certainly, it was one of the bloodier conflicts that the world has witnessed in recent decades. But no one outside Sri Lanka really seems to care. After years of bitter conflict between the two sides, one that witnessed the inaugural use of the suicide belt in the 1980s, the Sri Lankan government launched a no-holds-barred offensive against the Tigers in the latter years of the last decade, resulting in enormous carnage. more ...
  • 29) Dec 11, 2012 11:28:43 GMT |  + Four Jaffna students taken to Welikanda military detention camp
    Four Jaffna University students, including its Union leader V. Bavanandan and secretary P. Darshananth, have been taken to the notorious Welikanda military detention camp, where hundreds of former Tamil Tiger rebels are still being detained and interrogated, their parents have been told on Monday (10). 24 year-old Medical Faculty student Darshananth of Kantharmadam, Arts Faculty Union President Kanakasundaraswami Jenamejeyan (24) of Puthukkudiyiruppu, Science Faculty Union member Shamugam Solomon (24) of Jaffna were arrested along with Students’ Union leader V. Bavanandan on December 29 and 30 by the Sri Lankan police in Jaffna and later taken away to Vavuniya by its Terrorism Investigation Division (TID). more ...
  • 30) Dec 11, 2012 11:28:33 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's ethnic problem
    Prospects to improve relations between Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-dominated government and ethnic Tamils remain grim more than three years after the end of a civil war fought along ethnic lines, according to activists, law makers and the UN. The country’s balance of power and ethnic polarization look increasingly similar to the situation pre-dating Tamil rebels’ protracted separatist struggle, stoking concern about a return to conflict if the country does not manage its ethnic relations differently this time around. As examples of divisive ethnic nationalism, experts point to government efforts to repeal a constitutional amendment that allows power sharing; heavy-handed governance; the lack of widespread recognition of the Tamil language; and a breakdown in rule of law. These were all past triggers for violence. more ...
  • 31) Dec 11, 2012 11:24:42 GMT |  + Carr to visit Sri Lanka this week
    Foreign Minister Bob Carr will travel to Sri Lanka on Friday to discuss trade ties, tourism and efforts to disrupt people smuggling. The three-day trip will be Senator Carr's first visit to the south Asian nation as a minister and will include discussions on Australia's aid assistance to Sri Lanka, a spokesman for the minister told AAP on Tuesday. People smuggling will also be on the agenda. more ...
  • 32) Dec 11, 2012 11:24:08 GMT |  + Government to defend right to indefinitely detain refugees
    The federal government will defend its right to keep refugees in indefinite detention by claiming a High Court judgment in relation to one Sri Lankan asylum seeker does not apply to boat people. Fifty-five asylum seekers are being held in detention indefinitely because they have been found to be genuine refugees, so they cannot be returned to their home countries, but ASIO has given them an adverse security assessment, so they cannot be settled in Australia. No third country is willing to take them. more ...
  • 33) Dec 11, 2012 1:38:21 GMT |  + Updates on ground situation in Jaffna
    After the violent unrest that started late November in Jaffna, (for photos and background, read The death of Freedom of Assembly, Expression and Religion in the North of Sri Lanka), Groundviews has continuously received updates on the ground situation. In addition to forwarding these updates via email, we have decided to post them on the site for increased awareness and greater public debate on the disturbing situation in and around post-war Jaffna today. The updates are posted as we received them and as accounts open t0 contestation. We also strongly welcome further verification and corroboration by readers in the area or familiar with what’s going on.
  • 34) Dec 11, 2012 1:37:07 GMT |  + Lawlessness in Lanka: HR report
    Intellectuals for Human Rights (IFHR) in its report for this year said the Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka has suffered a major setback in the first 10 months with the rule of law, individual liberty and the independence of the Judiciary having received an unprecedented beating. According to the report issued yesterday to coincide with United Nations Human Rights Day, 148 females were murdered and 408 raped during the period under review, but only 10 cases had been filed in courts. The rise of the extrajudicial killings and inhuman torture clearly indicates the lack of respect of society for legal procedures and the rights of the citizens. It symbolizes the lawlessness in the country and indirect state approval for these illegal executions.
  • 35) Dec 11, 2012 1:35:21 GMT |  + A British journalist & the Tamil poet
    On November 23, 1907 on Chennai’s Marina Beach, ‘between the esplanade and the surf’, a huge crowd had gathered around a small platform. A large lamp had been set on the platform to dispel the quickly enveloping monsoon darkness. In the teeming crowd, a lone European stood out. What was a white man doing at an extremist meeting being held at the height of the Swadeshi movement? He was no official or trader or missionary or even a vagrant. He was one of the finest late Victorian war correspondents, Henry Woodd Nevinson (1856–1941) whose work had been commended by writers such as Lawrence of Arabia. more ...
  • 36) Dec 11, 2011 12:43:14 GMT |  + Norway In Sri Lanka: A Tale Of The Failed Peace Process – Analysis
    What can India learn from the Norwegian experience? It is unfortunate that India did not have any such evaluation report after its unsuccessful IPKF mission in Sri Lanka even though it paid a huge cost.The Norwegian experience also forewarns India to think about a balanced approach combining hard and soft power resources while engaging in any peace process. If India is reluctant to learn any lessons from its own failures as well as from the Norwegian experience, it will never be able to formulate an effective foreign and security policy strategy towards Sri Lanka.
  • 37) Dec 11, 2011 12:37:46 GMT |  + Indian business delegation to meet Sri Lankan Prez tomorrow
    An Indian business delegation will meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow and discuss ways to strengthen economic ties between the two neighbours, industry body CII said. The 13-member delegation, led by CII Vice-President Kris Gopalakrishnan, would take up issues related to bilateral trade and investment, knowledge cooperation, technology partnerships, infrastructure connectivity and promoting tourism," CII said.
  • 38) Dec 11, 2011 12:35:48 GMT |  + Fishermen again targeted by Lankan Navy
    Fishermen of Rameswaram coastal town who went out to sea after a 12-day gap, in protest against attacks on them allegedly by the Sri Lankan navy were reportedly again accosted and threatened by them at mid sea today, fisheries department officials said here today. The fishermen had decided to resume operations after talks with District Collector Arun Roy, who persuaded them to call off their stir. They told officials that two Sri Lankan naval ships surrounded their 750 boats and pelted stones at them, besides soda and beer bottles, damaging the windows of some of the vessels and throwing away their catch.
  • 39) Dec 11, 2011 2:01:42 GMT |  + HR activists abducted in North
    Two activists from the Movement for People’s Struggle (MPS) were abducted from a suburb in Jaffna on Friday evening, a day ahead of International Human Rights Day yesterday. The Movement’s Jaffna District organiser, Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Murugappan Kugan were grabbed at Avarankal Road in Jaffna, while riding his motorcycle home, MPS spokesman, Udul Premaratne said. The police are also alleged to have grabbed the camera and deleted pictures taken by the Sunday Times journalist, N. Parameswaram.
  • 40) Dec 11, 2010 19:27:44 GMT |  + Justice is Security
    That Sri Lanka's military carried out atrocities on a mass scale has never really been in doubt for those who followed the closing months of the war. Quite apart from the daily accounts, including video footage broadcast on Tamil television channels and available to the international community, emerging most days from January to May 2009, there were countless, pleading interviews from aid workers, medical workers, community workers, and others - all civilians.
  • 41) Dec 11, 2010 18:37:45 GMT |  + Sri Lankan politicians to de-stress with yoga lessons
    Sri Lankan members of parliament are to be offered yoga sessions at work, starting next month. The aim is to eliminate their high levels of stress, the practitioners have told the BBC. "With peace in Sri Lanka, the most stressed-out people are now the politicians," said the instructor in charge, Chamin Warnakula. His yoga organisation has produced a leaflet headed "Yoga for MPs - For Mind, Body and Soul". more ...
  • 42) Dec 11, 2010 18:34:45 GMT |  + US Senators call for Independent International Investigations
    Seventeen United States Senators, in a letter sent to the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urged her to "call for an independent international investigation into the allegations of gross human rights violations that occurred during the country's 25-year civil war." Coinciding with the week following release of WikiLeaks cable which revealed the Colombo-based US diplomats' view that "responsibility for many alleged crimes rests with the country's senior civilian and military leadership, including President Rajapaksa and his brothers and opposition candidate General Fonseka," the letter follows the August letter sent by 58 members of Congress urging the Obama administration to push for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during Sri Lanka's civil war.
  • 43) Dec 11, 2010 18:24:24 GMT |  + Hurdles for international Sri Lanka 'war crimes' inquiry
    Next week, the UN panel looking at alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka finishes gathering evidence - but it is difficult to see how any international inquiry could operate there, writes Ben De Pear. UN gathering evidence on Sri Lanka 'war crimes' (Reuters) Last year, after a UN investigation into the authenticity of what became known as the Channel 4 video - depicting the execution of a group of bound men in a muddy field in Sri Lanka - declared the video to be authentic, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon established a panel of experts to gather and look at evidence of possible war crimes, writes Channel 4 News Foreign Editor Ben De Pear. more ...
  • 44) Dec 11, 2009 19:33:38 GMT |  + Free Sri Lanka child soldiers: UN envoy
    Retired Major General Patrick Cammaert, the UN special envoy on children and armed conflict asked Sri Lanka on Friday to release detained Tamil Tiger child soldiers and urged the authorities to re-unite them with their families. "The best practice in other parts of the world show that children recover better from traumatic experiences when living with their loved ones," Cammaert said at the end of a five-day visit to the island. He said children in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) were also at risk. more ...
  • 45) Dec 11, 2009 15:56:47 GMT |  + Tamil migrant still in custody despite order
    An immigration review board has ordered the release of one more of the 76 Tamil migrants who came to Canada's West Coast aboard a freighter in October, but the man remains in custody after federal Justice Department lawyers filed documents Thursday to keep him in detention. It would have been the first release since one migrant was freed in October. Like all of them, he cannot be identified and the reasons for his release remain under a publication ban. Once the immigration board gave its order for the man's release Wednesday, the federal lawyers — who have attended all hearings involving the migrants — immediately served his defence lawyer with documents seeking a judicial review.
  • 46) Dec 11, 2009 15:55:22 GMT |  + Samaraweera dismisses corruption allegations against Fonseka
    A top opposition lawmaker Mangala Samaraweera,has dismissed corruption allegations against Sarath Fonseka, who is seeking to unseat President Mahinda Rajapaksa in next month's presidential elections. Samaraweera told reporters on Thursday that it was with "the approval of Lanka logistics company and the approval of the cabinet committee in 2008 that what was remaining from what was ordered was brought down to the tenders". Meanwhile, another supporting Party member Anura Kumara Dissanayake of marxist JVP, said Fonseka will declare his list of assets and liabilities.
  • 47) Dec 11, 2009 15:53:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka deports US couple wanted on fraud charges
    Sri Lankan authorities have deported a US couple wanted for multiple fraud charges in the US. The two Americans were deported last night, an official at the Criminal Investigations Department told Daily Mirror online this evening. John and Marian Morgan faced charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in June and then in August by the U.S. attorney. They however fled to Sri Lanka to escape court proceedings back home. However the Morgans were arrested in Sri Lanka on separate banking fraud charges.
  • 48) Dec 11, 2009 15:05:08 GMT |  + Senate Report Hides the Most Important Fact About Sri Lanka
    The report titled "Sri Lanka: Recharting U.S. Strategy After the War" says that the U.S. must address the root issues that led to the civil war, if the U.S. is to repair relations with the strategically important island. The authors of the report, however, conceal Colombo's abuses of Sri Lankan Tamils that brought about the civil war that started in 1983, and so hides the most important fact of modern history in Sri Lanka. In a letter to Committee members the Tamil group wrote "We just finished reading the report... What the report says is less significant than what the authors choose to hide:
  • 49) Dec 11, 2009 15:02:23 GMT |  + Canadian Tamils hit the polls on December 19
    Moving forward to seek justice and peace for their relatives and demanding human rights and democratic values that should be respected in Sri Lanka, the Canadian Tamils who are of Sri Lankan origin decided to hold a referendum to decide the political destiny for their relatives who have became a voiceless people in their own homeland. Keeping the Canadian Traditional values of Human rights and Peacemaking, Coalition for Tamil Election Canada says, it has decided to undertake this historic pioneer initiative. The Coalition educated the Canadian communities, then to organise and conduct a referendum on their question from 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, December 19, 2009 across Canada, in major cities where the Tamils live in large numbers.
  • 50) Dec 11, 2009 14:13:11 GMT |  + S Lanka army chief slams president
    Sri Lanka's former army chief has accused the president of corruption, nepotism and abuse of power ahead of next month's election. General Sarath Fonseka's comments on Friday came a month after he resigned from the military, accusing the government of sidelining him after victory in the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on suspicion that he was plotting a coup. He later announced that he would run against Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent, in the election scheduled for January 26. "It is a military victory that we have won, but real peace has to come after the military victory," Fonseka said on Friday.
  • 51) Dec 11, 2009 14:11:50 GMT |  + Second Tamil migrant ordered released
    A second Tamil migrant has been ordered released from custody by the Immigration and Refugee Board, but government lawyers have sought to keep the man behind bars. The release was ordered Wednesday night by IRB member Otto Nupponen after a lengthy detention hearing. The man can't be identified because of a publication ban imposed at the beginning of the detention hearings. But lawyers for the Canada Border Services Agency immediately sought a stay of the order at a Federal Court hearing hastily convened Thursday afternoon. A judicial review of the release decision will be heard next month, meaning the Tamil migrant will spend at least another month behind bars.
  • 52) Dec 11, 2009 14:11:04 GMT |  + Post-war Sri Lanka, scars remain
    Months after ending a 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka that claimed over 100,000 lives, fresh hopes have been raised about building ethnic unity, although scars remain. Government forces inched their way into the rebel-held territories in the northern part of the country in the final phase of the offensive in January this year. They eventually killed all the senior rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) including their leader commander Velupillai Prabhakaran May 18 to end the war. Minefields are being cleared, large hauls of weapons, ammunition and explosives continue to be unearthed from the former war zone as some 10,000 suspected Tamil rebels remain in custody pending either prosecution or rehabilitation.
  • 53) Dec 11, 2009 12:42:25 GMT |  + Fonseka hints at his policies
    Common Opposition candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka yesterday said whatever he does as the President of this country-if he got elected -would be done with the approval of the Parliament. Addressing a meeting organized by UNP led Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya at Sirikotha yesterday Gen. Fonseka reiterated that he would not be a ceremonial president but would have some powers to monitor the actions of the government to determine whether they are directed towards the betterment of the people. “I will use these powers with the Approval of the House,” he said.
  • 54) Dec 11, 2009 12:37:36 GMT |  + Restrictions on United States' military assistance to Sri Lanka
    A bill passed by the US House of Representative today imposed restrictions on US military assistance to Sri Lanka and sought a report from the secretary of state on the alleged crime against humanity during the last phase of the 30-year-old civil war there. A section in the Bill, which deals with US financial assistance to Sri Lanka, restricts any military assistance to Colombo until the Secretary of State certifies to the Committee on Appropriations that Sri Lanka is suspending and bringing to justice members of the military who have been credibly alleged to have violated internationally recognised human rights or international humanitarian law. The Senate is expected to pass the 2010 Appropriations Bill this weekend.
  • 55) Dec 11, 2009 12:26:59 GMT |  + Two Coast Guard men rescued from Sri Lankan fishermen
    The Indian Navy Friday afternoon rescued two Indian Coast Guard personnel held captive by two Sri Lankan fishermen in their boat since Wednesday. "The Lankan fishing vessel was located around 200 km east of Chennai. Naval personal boarded the fishing vessel and rescued the Coast Guard personnel. The Lankan fishermen and their vessel have been towed to Vishakapatnam," a naval official said. The apprehended Sri Lankan fishing trawler will be handed over to police to initiate penal action as per Maritime Zones of India Act 1976.
  • 56) Dec 11, 2009 2:40:37 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s war on journalists
    Today marks the 100th day of J.S. Tissainayagam’s 20-year prison term. Tissainayagam, known as Tissa, was convicted of “terrorism” charges for articles documenting human rights abuses by the Sri Lankan military, as well as the difficult conditions faced by Sri Lankans displaced in the nation’s long war. His sentence was a dire warning to other journalists who would dare be critical of the government. They are right to be concerned. In the years since Mahinda Rajapaksa has held high office in Sri Lanka—as prime minister in 2004 and then as president since 2005—nine journalists have been murdered with impunity.
  • 57) Dec 11, 2009 2:39:45 GMT |  + For Tamils, it's a choice between devil and deep sea
    With a sizeable population and the tendency to vote en bloc, the Tamils can make or mar political fortunes in Sri Lanka. This truism in mind, politicians from the island nation have been busy wooing India aggressively in the run-up to the presidential polls in late January. After combined opposition nominee Sarath Foneska made a trip to New Delhi and made politically correct statements recently, it's the turn of the Sri Lankan Freedom Party's (SLFP) Mahinda Rajapaksa to send the right message across. A high-power delegation from Colombo will have consultations with New Delhi on Thursday on Tamils. The team includes Rajapaksa's two brothers -- defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and presidential adviser Basil Rajapaksa -- as well as secretary to the president Lalit Weeratunga.
  • 58) Dec 11, 2009 2:37:24 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Falls Off Radar of UN and US, Despite Rapp Report and Disappearances
    How far the plight of the Tamils and other minorities in Sri Lanka has fallen off the radar of the United States and United Nations was made clear on Thursday. After US Ambassador Susan Rice made remarks to the press about human rights day and accountability, Inner City Press asked her about "the State Department report on Sri Lanka that seemed to allege war crimes, what [are] the next steps for the State Department on Mr. Rapp’s report?" Ambassador Rice answered, "with respect to Sri Lanka, and frankly other instances of alleged and definite human rights abuses, we will examine these with seriousness internally, and look at what steps we might take bilaterally to reflect those concerns, with respect to any nation.
  • 59) Dec 11, 2009 2:33:53 GMT |  +  Sweden refuses to resettle Viking Tamils
    The rejection came as the number of unauthorised boat arrivals this year breached 2500, after the interception of a boat carrying 53 people 20 nautical miles northwest of Christmas Island yesterday. A total of 52 boats have arrived in Australian waters, carrying 2520 people, about half of whom remain in immigration detention. Ten Sri Lankan Tamils arrived in Brisbane yesterday after being granted refugee status by the federal government. The Tamils, who were in detention on Christmas Island, are understood to be among more than 80 boatpeople granted residence in recent days.
  • 60) Dec 11, 2009 2:31:20 GMT |  + Lankan war memorial at Prabhakaran’s death site
    In an act of tremendous political-military significance, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday ceremonially opened a national war memorial at Pudumattalaan, near the site where LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed. The memorial is located near the mangroves in Nanthikadal lagoon where Prabhakaran fell to the bullets of the Sri Lankan forces in the third week on May. The “Victory Monument” was unveiled before a galaxy of military officers. The President was accorded a Guard of Honour by the Commando Regiment. Minutes later, the President hoisted the National flag and the Tri-Service Commanders simultaneously hoisted the flags of their respective services.
  • 61) Dec 11, 2009 2:30:37 GMT |  + Cairn to pump $110 mn into Lanka oil hunt
    For the first time, a ship chartered by an Indian company is hunting for oil in Sri Lankan waters, with Cairn Lanka Pvt Ltd -- a Twitter Facebook Share Email Print Save Comment wholly-owned subsidiary of Cairn India -- starting seismic survey in the Mannar basin at an investment of $110 million. In a related development, Cairn India will also merge oil and gas businesses of some of its subsidiaries with itself with a view to improving administrative efficiencies. The company's four subsidiaries -- Cairn Energy India, Cairn Energy India West BV, Cairn Energy Cambay BV and Cairn Energy Gujarat BV -- will merge their Indian oil and gas businesses with Cairn India.
  • 62) Dec 11, 2008 23:18:10 GMT |  + SLA death toll hits 120, army pushed back to Malaiyaa'lapuram - LTTE
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) officials told TamilNet correspondent in Vanni Thursday that the two-pronged SLA offensive on Ki'inochchi was pushed back Wednesday after heavy fighting in Puthumu'rippu in the west of Ki'linochchi and A'riviyal Nakar in the south. The final death toll of the SLA in both the fronts, according to the LTTE claim, was 120 killed in action and more than 280 wounded. Photographs given by the LTTE officials also indicate that there were some young recruits of the SLA among the dead. Meanwhile, the SLA, which admitted heavy fighting, has put the casualties at 20 SLA and 27 LTTE combatants as killed in the latest fighting. more ...
  • 63) Dec 11, 2008 23:17:11 GMT |  + UNP claims Janaka killer released
    UNP Chairman Gamini Jayawickrama Perera dropped a bombshell yesterday when he charged that a person attached to the Defence establishment had revealed to him that the suicide attack which killed the North Central Province Opposition Leader Major General Janaka Perera and 29 others had not been carried out by the LTTE. Mr. Perera told a news conference that a person who had identified him self as an officer attached to the De fence Establishment had sent him a letter stating that he was aware of all details regarding the killing of Major General Perera and others. This person has mentioned in the letter that he was even aware of the place where the bomb was manufactured and where it was planned.
  • 64) Dec 11, 2008 13:04:48 GMT |  + Editorial:They’re no jokers but criminal confederates
    The army commander is reported to have said, "If the Tamil Tigers are wiped out, those political jokers who sympathise with them will most probably lose their income from them." He should have used the words 'criminal confederates' instead of 'jokers' to describe the shameless LTTE supporters in Tamil Nadu. It is surprising why the Rajapaksa government chose to be so subservient as to appease India by removing the editor of The Sunday Observer promptly for printing the army commander's views at issue.
  • 65) Dec 11, 2008 0:39:56 GMT |  + Conditions in Sri Lanka's north 'like Somalia'
    SO little independent, verifiable information is coming out of northern Sri Lanka at the moment that I thought I should share this BBC report based on an interview with a World Food Programme employee, John Campbell, broadcast on the network's Sinhala service. Speaking from a waterlogged village in a rebel-controlled area, he made this observation about conditions being endured by many of the estimated 230,00 people displaced by the fighting. "It is basic as it can be," he said, stepping unwittingly into the minefield of Sri Lankan politics, "I haven't seen anything so basic since when I was in Somalia."
  • 66) Dec 11, 2008 0:36:14 GMT |  + 90 SLA killed in two fronts of Ki'linochchi - LTTE
    More than 60 SLA soldiers were killed and 12 SLA bodies recovered by the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) defensive units, 5 km west of Ki'linochchi Wednesday after defeating the SLA formations that attempted to advance from Oottuppu'lam to Puthumu'rippu, Tiger officials said. At the same time, a heavy fighting broke out at A'riviyal Nakar, south of Ki'linochchi, where 29 SLA soldiers were killed in the clashes. The Tigers have seized four AK-LMGs, two PK-LMGs and eleven T-56 assault rifles with ammunitions in the clearing mission at Puthumu'rippu Wednesday afternoon. more ...
  • 67) Dec 11, 2008 0:31:04 GMT |  + Recognise Eelam, PMK, VCK tell Centre
    Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi president Thol. Thirumavalavan on Wednesday urged the Union government to change its foreign policy on Sri Lanka. The government should recognise the establishment of Tamil Eelam, which alone would be the durable solution to the ethnic question, the leaders argued. They were addressing a meeting organised here by Tamizh Padaippaligal Periyakkam (Movement of Tamil Creative Artists).
  • 68) Dec 11, 2008 0:30:19 GMT |  +  MDMK protest demands apology from Sri Lankan Army Chief
    MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Wednesday said that India’s military aid to Sri Lanka had emboldened the island nation and its army chief Sarath Fonseka to pass remarks against Tamil Nadu politicians. Addressing a demonstration organised by his party demanding that India seek an unconditional apology from Mr. Fonseka, Mr. Vaiko said he would only blame the Central government for the entire episode. The protest was held on TTK Road leading to the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission. He also accused the Union government of not honouring the plea of the Tamil Nadu leaders who had sought its intervention to stop the war in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 69) Dec 11, 2007 21:05:38 GMT |  + TNA MPs warned to abstain on budget vote, relatives abducted
    Paramilitary Pillayan Group on Tuesday abducted the brother of Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance MP P. Ariyanethran, P. Sriskandaseya, 54, secretary of TNA MP K. Thangeswari, Ira Nagalingam and the son-in-law of TNA MP S. Jeyanandamoorthy's sister, Arunasalam Sivapalan, 28. The paramilitary has warned the family members of the three abducted victims that the TNA MPs should refrain from voting against the Budget of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Friday, if they wished to see them live on Saturday.
  • 70) Dec 11, 2007 20:44:08 GMT |  + UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka
    Canada was encouraged by the visit of the High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and strongly supported a presence of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the country. The Sri Lankan Government was urged to accept this support. Of grave concern was the escalation of violence in Sri Lanka. It was believed that the only way to achieve a sustainable solution was through a political process. Sri Lanka should create the conditions for this political process to resume. The European Union called on the authorities to cooperate with all relevant United Nations mechanisms, including through the support of a field office of the OHCHR in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 71) Dec 11, 2007 19:25:47 GMT |  + Blood sport in a corral: Marked, stalked and hunted at pleasure
    Many are the signs that civilians have lost all right to dignity. In Pt Pedro for example, the army extracts forced labour for clearing roadsides and fields from fishermen who must daily get passes from them to go fishing. No labour, no pass and quite possibly worse. A serious disability everywhere in the government-controlled areas of the north is one the people swallow in silence. MBRLs sited near civilian habitations are constantly and unbearably booming into LTTE areas. A small girl in Shanthipuram, Mannar Island, near the disused railway station, burst her ear drums and died.
  • 72) Dec 11, 2007 18:18:35 GMT |  + Sri Lankan human rights situation criticised
    The rights situation in Sri Lanka came in for sharp criticism here Tuesday from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour. 'Regrettably, the various national institutions and mechanisms that could be expected to safeguard human rights have failed to deliver adequate protection,' Arbour said addressing the 6th session of the Human Rights Council. Arbour was on a mission to Sri Lanka recently from Oct 9-12 at the invitation of Persident Rajapakse.
  • 73) Dec 11, 2007 18:14:41 GMT |  + SLA advance thwarted in Mannaar - LTTE
    At least 20 Sr Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed and more than 75 wounded when Liberation Tigers repulsed a two-pronged ground movement Tuesday in Mannnaar, according to LTTE military spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan. After heavy fighting that lasted from 12:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the SLA began retreating in two fronts in Adampan and Paalaikkuzhi. At 6:00 p.m. the SLA was pushed back to its original Forward Defence Line (FDL) position. Tigers have seized Rocket Propelled Grenade Launchers, assault rifles and explosives, he said. Three fighters of the LTTE were killed in action.
  • 74) Dec 11, 2007 17:15:44 GMT |  + US 9th Circuit finds parts of Patriot Act unconstitutional
    A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that some portions of the U.S. Patriot Act dealing with foreign terrorist organizations are unconstitutional because the language is too vague to be understood by a person of average intelligence. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirms a 2005 decision by U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins, who ruled on a petition seeking to clear the way for U.S. groups and individuals to assist political organizations in Turkey and Sri Lanka. Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, said his agency was reviewing the ruling to determine a response.
  • 75) Dec 11, 2007 16:20:16 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Protests U.K. Rally as Envoy Criticizes Human Rights
    Sri Lanka denounced the presence of lawmakers from the U.K.'s ruling Labour Party at a rally in London supporting Tamil rebels, as Britain's envoy in Colombo told the government to improve human rights. ``British politicians, particularly those with constituencies with large South Asian populations, become concerned about human rights violations,'' Dominick Chilcott, the U.K. high commissioner, said in a speech in Colombo yesterday. ``Being critical of the government's record on human rights does not mean you support the LTTE.'' As many as 600,000 Tamils fled the South Asian island nation to escape the violence, more than half of them going to the U.K. and Canada.
  • 76) Dec 11, 2007 14:44:13 GMT |  +  Pakistan extends its fullest support to Sri Lanka - Pakistan PM
    Pakistan yesterday extended its fullest support to Sri Lanka, adding that it would also respect the sovereignty of the country. The caretaker prime minister of Pakistan, Mohammedmian Soomro, said that Sri Lanka and Pakistan were currently facing similar problems and he hoped for a brighter future for both countries. "Sri Lanka and Pakistan have common problems, but hopefully they will cease in the future. The government of Pakistan will stand by and assist Sri Lanka in what ever way it can," he said.
  • 77) Dec 11, 2007 14:20:55 GMT |  + R2P situation in Sri-Lanka
    UN had indeed failed to prevent mass atrocities in Sri-Lanka in particular. If genocide and other mass killing, large-scale ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity were found to be not reasonably controlled by any state, UN new notion of Responsibility to Protect (R2P), can permit it to step in into the Limits of state sovereignty of another country on humanitarian grounds. Sri-Lankan state’s very negative performance in HR had reached such a critical stage, as shown below where its sovereignty is in peril of being trespassed by UN.
  • 78) Dec 11, 2007 13:16:23 GMT |  + Jaffna: Tears, blood and terror
    Few weeks before I went to Jaffna, Jehan Perera of the National Peace Council had visited Jaffna and captured the powerful testimony of one airline passenger saying “the only thing we can do is cry”. After my own visit to Jaffna, I wonder whether all I, other people in the rest of the country and the world can do is cry with people of Jaffna. Or whether some even care to cry. I remember that Jehan finished his article saying that people in Jaffna don’t want to be shut off or be forgotten.
  • 79) Dec 11, 2007 13:12:16 GMT |  + Sri Lankan government must talk to Tamils: Keith Vaz
    Britain's longest-serving Asian member of parliament Tuesday hit back at critics of his recent speaking appearance at a London rally with Tamil Tiger sympathies, saying he will seize any opportunity to bring peace to Sri Lanka. Keith Vaz was criticised by the Sri Lankan High Commission in London for being in violation of British anti-terrorism laws after the rally attended by 10,000 Tamils Nov. 27 heard a speech by Velupillai Prabhakaran, chief of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, broadcast live from his hideout in Sri Lanka.
  • 80) Dec 11, 2007 13:05:07 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says no truce ahead of future peace talks
    Sri Lanka's government is unwilling to observe a truce ahead of any peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said on Tuesday. There would be no point when previous ceasefires had been heavily breached by the rebels, the minister told a Tokyo news conference. "We're always maintaining our position that we are ready to talk with the LTTE ... if they wish to indulge in a more reasonable approach," Bogollagama said.
  • 81) Dec 11, 2007 13:04:32 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Mano Ganesan Gives a Voice to the Voiceless
    In Sri Lanka, a person “disappears” every five hours, according to Mangala Samaraweera, the former foreign minister of Sri Lanka. Abductions and extrajudicial killings are commonplace. Mano Ganesan is working to change that. Ganesan is a leading human rights activist and an opposition member of the Sri Lankan Parliament. In 2006, Ganesan founded the Civil Monitoring Commission (CMC) and serves as its convener. Relatives of those abducted, “disappeared” and killed often register their complaints with the CMC rather than with the police or the national Human Rights Commission, in which they have little confidence. more ...
  • 82) Dec 11, 2007 12:55:18 GMT |  + Sri Lankan military says 16 rebels, 1 soldier killed in fighting in north
    A wave of gunbattles between government troops and Tamil rebels across northern Sri Lanka killed 16 rebels and one soldier, the military said Tuesday. The battles underscored a major escalation in fighting in the northern jungles in recent weeks. Senior government officials say they aim to capture rebel-held territory and crush the Tamil Tigers in a bid to end more than two decades of warfare on the Indian Ocean island. In the latest fighting, troops confronted a group of Tamil Tiger fighters on the Jaffna peninsula north of rebel territory early Tuesday in a gunbattle that killed three rebels and one soldier, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.
  • 83) Dec 11, 2007 12:50:54 GMT |  + Britain warns Sri Lanka
    Britain’s top envoy to Sri Lanka has asked the government to improve its human rights record and politically end the island’s drawn out Tamil separatist conflict or risk international sanctions. British High Commissioner (ambassador) Dominick Chilcott said the UK had a direct interest in ending the conflict in its former colony, partly because of the law and order problems in London caused by rival Sri Lankan groups.
  • 84) Dec 11, 2007 12:46:54 GMT |  + Tsunami of 2004 swept away Shira's life in Sri Lanka
    The day after the tsunami hit in 2004, Shira's 14-year-old son's body was delivered to her door in Mallakam, Sri Lanka. The next day, her 45-year-old husband's body followed. Both had travelled to the city of Kiri Malai for the funeral of her husband's aunt, which took place on the day of the tsunami, Dec. 26. By the time it was over, the tsunami claimed 12 members of her extended family. At the time, Shira had just delivered her fourth child. She decided she would leave her war-torn home for Canada, where her sister-in-law had made a new life for herself.
  • 85) Dec 11, 2006 21:46:54 GMT |  + Annan chides US in final speech
    Kofi Annan has made his final speech as UN secretary general, calling on the US not to lose sight of its core principles in its fight on terror. "No nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over others," Mr Annan said, urging the US to respect human rights in its "war on terror". Mr Annan said states had to be accountable and the UN was the only body where this could be assured. The speech has been interpreted as a sharp rebuke of President Bush. more ...
  • 86) Dec 11, 2006 15:24:44 GMT |  + SLMM to discuss with govt. PTA's impact on CFA
    The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) last week said that it was seeking an urgent meeting with the government to discuss the newly brought back provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). "We will talk about this with the government as soon as possible," SLMM Spokesperson Thoffinur Omarsson told The Sunday Leader. The SLMM is likely to bring up the issue of the PTA initially during its routine meetings with the Government Peace Secretariat. "We want to discuss it at the appropriate forum and we usually deal with SCOPP," Omarsson said.
  • 87) Dec 11, 2006 14:52:50 GMT |  + Ban S.Lanka rebels, end truce, say monks and Marxists
    Thousands of protesters, from hardline Marxists to Buddhist monks in saffron robes, marched through Sri Lanka's capital on Monday to demand the government ban the Tamil Tiger rebels and end a tattered 2002 truce. Holding banners reading "Shame for not banning the Tigers" and chanting "Ban them immediately, withdraw from the ceasefire", around 3,000 demonstrators massed near President Mahinda Rajapakse's Colombo offices to hand over a petition. The protest by majority Sinhalese nationalists comes as a new chapter in Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war intensifies. Near daily artillery clashes and ambushes have killed about 3,000 civilians, troops and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters this year alone.
  • 88) Dec 11, 2006 12:39:31 GMT |  + Fighting rages in east Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lankan army says that it is continuing military operations against Tamil Tigers rebels in the east. The offensive follows fighting at the weekend in which thousands of civilians were displaced. Both sides say they have inflicted heavy casualties on each other, but correspondents say it is impossible to get independent verification. Officially neither side has formally declared an end to a 2002 ceasefire, but unofficially they are now at war. more ...
  • 89) Dec 11, 2006 12:36:52 GMT |  + A Critique of the International Crisis Group Report on Sri Lanka
    The International Crisis Group (ICG) located with his headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, but with regional centers around the world and backed by some powerful countries focuses its activities on analyzing crisis/conflicts situations in various countries. While the group does not engage in conflict resolution, the information and analysis it provides are considered to be useful to many government and organizations engaged in conflict resolution exercises.
  • 90) Dec 11, 2006 12:35:46 GMT |  + Civilian casualties pour into hospital after Sri Lanka fighting
    Dozens of civilians wounded in weekend shelling in Sri Lanka poured into a hospital inside rebel-held territory, medical sources said, as the rebels put civilian deaths at 41. Sources in the Vakarai hospital inside territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) said 27 dead civilians were brought there. "We also have 65 people wounded who have been brought for treatment," a medical source said when contacted by telephone. He said some areas were still unreachable due to fears of shelling, although there were fewer attacks Monday.
  • 91) Dec 11, 2006 12:34:09 GMT |  + CHALLENGES 2006-2007:Dim Prospects for Peace in Sri Lanka
    If 2006 saw a four-year-old Norwegian-brokered truce between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels falling apart, the prospects for respite from ethnic warfare in the coming year look even bleaker. More than 3,500 people died in this year's spiral of violence, according to the government. Of the dead 800 were civilians, mostly ethnic Tamils in the north and east of the island, who international aid agencies and advocacy groups have repeatedly warned, are trapped in the deadly fighting.
  • 92) Dec 11, 2006 12:27:19 GMT |  + Boy, 11, drowns trying to rescue friend from icy pond
    One boy is being described as fearless, the other selfless. One is dead and the second in critical condition after falling through an icy pond on an unseasonably warm winter's day. Yesterday afternoon a group of five youths from Toronto's Tamil community were walking around a Scarborough subdivision at Morningside Avenue and Finch Avenue East. They were contemplating playing soccer when one of them decided to test his luck.
  • 93) Dec 11, 2006 12:18:17 GMT |  + "Colombo on genocidal war path" - Thamilchelvan
    Liberation Tigers Political Head, S. P. Thamilchelvan, in his address on International Human Rights Day held in Kilinochchi Sunday, stated that the Sri Lankan Government, depriving the Tamil people of their fundamental birthrights such as the "right to life, right to national identity and the right to homeland," and disabling the Ceasefire Agreement with its presently introduced "Prevention of Terrorism" act, was on a "genocidal war path," violating not only human rights laws, but also the Geneva humanitarian laws by carrying out bombardments on hospitals and schools. "Tamil people stand deceived by the membership conferred on the Sri Lankan state to the newly formed Human Rights Council."
  • 94) Dec 11, 2006 11:47:17 GMT |  + SL Govt distances from 'devolution' report
    The Sri Lankan government has formally distanced itself from the report submitted by an overwhelming majority of the members of the experts committee on devolution of power to solve the ethnic conflict in the island. Denying that the government backed the recommendations made by 11 out of the 17 members of the panel set up by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, cabinet spokesman Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said on Sunday that reports describing the recommendations as embodying the government’s views were mere “speculation”.
  • 95) Dec 11, 2006 4:43:20 GMT |  + Delhi Takes Unsuspecting TN Leaders For a Free Ride By Sweet Double Talk!
    The interception of a lorry load of gelex boosters bound for the armed forces of Sri Lanka by the Manamadurai (Thamil Nadu) police and subsequent release comes as no surprise. Reacting to news when it broke out the Sinhala dominated media wasted no time to allege that the gelex boosters were bound for the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam (LTTE). The news item even appeared in the official website of the Ministry of Defence Sri Lanka which claimed "The Tamil Nadu police are reported to be on the trail of Indian agents involved in smuggling gelex boosters for the LTTE after unearthing a major manufacturing hub in Chennai. "
  • 96) 21:56 GMT, Dec. 11, 2005 |  + Lankan President prepares for war after three months till then peace talks
    The JVP leaders questioned the inability of the government to give the LTTE a good beating. To this, the President Mahinda Rajapakse gave the same answer he gave the JHU. President said that since the army does not have sophisticated, modern firepower to crush the LTTE, he is trying to play for time because it will take at least three months to acquire the necessary firepower to begin the onslaught against the LTTE. "The new Army Commander is researching and collecting the necessary data on the strength, firepower and fighting capabilities of the LTTE. After that, we can make necessary arrangements to be prepared for war," he said. more ...
  • 97) 18:27 GMT, Dec. 11, 2005 |  + ICJ Concern over ASIO Raids on Sri Lankan Tamils in Melbourne
    “The major sources of information leading to these raids is very likely to be Sri Lankan officials. The ability of Australian intelligence agencies to asses the real basis of information from foreign governments is limited. It is undoubtedly true that intelligence sharing between countries is a valuable tool in combating terrorism, however, Australia must exercise great caution that information provided by foreign governments against Australian people is not infected by the political motivations of those governments. Many Australians of Sri Lankan Tamil origin are here after being granted protection by this country from state-sponsored persecution. There is a real and serious concern that our international protection obligations under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees are under threat from our legislative response to terrorism.” No people have been charged with any alleged offences as a result of these raids, but investigations continue. ICJ Australia is monitoring the situation closely as a worrying development relevant to Senate’s review of the amendments to Australia’s counter-terrorism laws due to be voted on within the next two weeks. more ...
  • 98) 18:15 GMT, Dec. 11, 2005 |  + Betrayals and ungenuiness are all a stumbling-block to achieving the Peace in Sri Lanka
    The Tamils are not waging a war against the Sinhalese by trespassing into their territory, but are struggling from within the territory of their homeland to get it extricated from the aggressive Sinhalese rulers who are maneuvering hegemonistically to suppress and subdue the Tamils in their homeland depriving them of their rights. Sinhalese chauvinistic armed forces, to enable them to have their army camps together with security and surveillance zones, have trespassed into and occupied certain areas of the Tamil homeland leaving Tamil families in thousands driven to misery and desperation by evicting them from their lands and relieving them of their legally owned houses and properties. the present Buddhist Sinhalese dominated government should see that they honour and maintain the current ceasefire and the parties concerned enact a reasonable political framework that recognizes the Tamil need for self-government, which only could satisfy the political aspirations of the Tamils. Failing which, the Government is morally bound to pave the way for the separation amicably. more ...
  • 99) 16:15 GMT, Dec. 11, 2005 |  + Japan says wants to host Sri Lanka peace talks
    Japan is willing to host direct talks between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tigers to revive a flagging peace process, a Japanese envoy said on Sunday, as suspected rebels launched several attacks across the island. A string of lethal strikes on troops in the last week has put a 2002 truce under greater strain than ever before. Recent attempts to arrange meetings have failed after the two sides refused to agree a venue -- the Tigers wanting to go abroad and the government wanting to hold it between the two front lines. "The government has told me that it is willing to make a concession and hold negotiations outside the country, preferably somewhere in Asia," peace envoy Yasushi Akashi told reporters in Colombo. "Japan is ready to host such direct negotiations provided of course the two parties are agreeable to it."
    - Japan offers to host crucial Sri Lanka gov't.-rebel talks - Kyodo
    - Japan offers to host talks to save Sri Lanka truce - AFP
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  • 100) 14:53 GMT, Dec. 11, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka 'concern' at peace role
    Sri Lanka has expressed concern over remarks by Norway that it will resume as a peace mediator only if certain conditions are met. The government was "displeased" that Norway had made such comments public, media and official sources said. President Mahinda Rajapakse asked Norway on Wednesday to resume its peace mediating role with the Tamil Tigers. The Tigers and government have observed a fragile ceasefire since 2002 but peace talks stalled in April 2003. Mr Rajapakse, who was elected president last month, made his request to Norway despite an election vow to review Oslo's role and calls from key coalition allies for it to be relieved of its duties. But although Norwegian International Development Minister Erik Solheim said the request was "a vote of confidence", he added: "We want to make sure we agree with the government as well as with the [Tamil Tigers] on the conditions before we accept to take on that role again." more ...
  • 101) 12:40 GMT, Dec. 11, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka irked over Norway comments on peace bid
    Sri Lanka has expressed concern over Norway's remarks that it would only resume the role of peace broker in a three-decade ethnic conflict if both sides agree to a set of conditions, a press report said. Colombo expressed "concern" over the remarks made last week by Norwegian International Development Minister Erik Solheim, the Sri Lankan Sunday Times said, adding that it would raise the issue with Norway's ambassador. "The ministry has also been told to express the government's displeasure over why Mr. Solheim had gone public in the international media over this matter when it should have been raised with the government," the newspaper said. more ...
  • 102) 12:39 GMT, Dec. 11, 2005 |  + SLA demands people in Jaffna to remove their fences
    The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) is forcing people living on the main roads in Jaffna to reduce the height of the fences surrounding their homes by half for security purposes. The SLA is enforcing this regulation so they can watch over all activity from their security posts on the road. SLA has said they are doing it due to recent attacks on SLA personnel. The people of Jaffna are becoming fearful as these orders by the SLA are bringing back painful memories of the time when the Indian Army was occupying Jaffna. It should be noted that this kind of fence reduction activity occurred while the Indian Army was deployed in Jaffna peninsula in 1987. more ...
  • 103) 12:37 GMT, Dec. 11, 2005 |  + Awards honour Tamil youth
    It's tough to balance a commitment to your education with extracurricular activities and a part-time job, but Piraveena Tharmalingham is determined. "Without determination, every day will be too long," the Scarborough teen told fellow Toronto Tamils last week. The non-profit Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre (CANTYD) recognized 16 young Tamils as inspirations for their community, including Piraveena, 16, who received an Overall Achievement Award. The eleventh grader is student council vice-president at R.H. King Academy and volunteers at Toronto's Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre, plays violin, sings to Karnatic music (a classical form from South India) and works at a tutoring centre. more ...
  • 104) 22:20 GMT, Dec. 11, 2004 |  + Grenade kills two at Bollywood concert
    Two people were killed and 11 others wounded on Saturday when a hand grenade was lobbed into the VIP section of the audience at a concert led by Indian film star Sharukh Khan, police said. Someone threw the grenade as Khan was performing on stage at the end of a three-hour show which had drawn protests from the Indian Ocean island's majority Sinhala Buddhist community. The Indian star and other performers were unhurt, a police officer told Reuters. "There were close to 1,500 police and military personnel providing security here, we are baffled as to how the attacker smuggled-in the grenade," said Senior Superintendent of police, Sarath Lugoda. more ...
  • 105) 15:13 GMT, Dec. 11, 2004 |  + DPI against defence pact with Sri Lanka
    Dalit Panthers of India (DPI) leader R Thirumavalavan has urged the Central Government not to sign the proposed Defence Co-operation agreement with the Sri Lankan Government, which he said was arbitrary and against the interests of the Tamil people. Thirumavalavan, who visited the island nation on an invitation from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs, a proxy LTTE group, had also called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and pressed him to resume peace talks with the LTTE. ‘‘I also drew his attention to LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s Heroes’ Day speech when he demanded immediate peace talks to discuss proposals for an interim self-government authority,’’ Thirumavalavan told mediapersons. Asked about the response of the Prime Minister, Thirumavalavan said Rajapakse had told him that President Chandrika Kumaratunga was keen to find a permanent solution to the ethnic strife. He had also said that there would be no war again as 95 percent of the Sinhalese were not in favour of a war again. more ...
  • 106) 14:41 GMT, Dec. 11, 2004 |  + Canada: Gadhafi's son bears a grudge
    Libya has made peace with America and the West. It has apologized for having jetliners bombed and paid billions to the victims. It has accepted Israel, and allowed the United States to help it demolish uranium refineries and weapons caches. “The people in Canada, and even the Canadian government — they should be aware that we are not happy with Canada,” Mr. Gadhafi said, speaking in fluent English with a soft Arabic accent amid the Bengal tigers and peacocks of his compound outside Tripoli. “And for quite a long time we have regarded Canada as an enemy to Libya, and as just a follower for the Americans.” Prime Minister Paul Martin arrives in Libya Dec. 19 for a two-day visit focused on investment. It could turn into an embarrassment if Col. Gadhafi's soft-spoken, charismatic 32-year-old son makes an issue of Ottawa's past treatment of Libya and his own failure to obtain a visa to study in Canada. more ...
  • 107) 12:30 GMT, Dec. 11, 2004 |  + Chandraswami financed Rajiv murder?
    In a startling statement, CBI today told a Delhi court that it was investigating the suspected role of self-styled godman Chandraswami in the case relating to the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. "One of the allegations under investigation is that Chandraswami had financed the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi," the agency said, opposing an application by Chandraswami, who faces a FERA violation case, seeking permission to travel abroad. "Evidence and material do point an accusing finger towards Chandraswami...and raise a serious doubt regarding his involvement in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi," CBI Superintendent of Police B N Mishra told metropolitan magistrate V K Khanna, quoting from the Jain Commission of Inquiry report. more ...
  • 108) 12:26 GMT, Dec. 11, 2004 |  + Norwegian peace envoy to arrive in Sri Lanka
    Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim will arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday for his regular visit to the island country, Daily News reported on Saturday. Solheim is due to meet President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, other representatives of the government and opposition as well as with civil society. He will also have consultations in Kilinochchi with the leader of the rebel Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Velupillai Prabhakaran. Solheim's last visit to Sri Lanka on Nov. 9 has failed to restart the stalled peace talks between the government and LTTE rebels, which have been on hold since last April after six rounds of direct negotiations started in September 2002. more ...
  • 109) 12:23 GMT, Dec. 11, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan monks call off stir following apology
    Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka today called off their agitation against a concert featuring Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, here after the organisers gave a written apology for holding the event on the death anniversary of a popular priest. A handful of monks who had been camping overnight outside the concert venue called off their agitation after legislator Mon Athuraliye Rathana, spoke to them to convey the apologies of the organisers, the monks told PTI. "They dispersed peacefully clearing the way for the concert to go ahead without any protest," an official involved in the negotiations said. From the start, the protest was not seen as a serious attempt to block Khan and his troupe although some of them issued threats to self-immolate, he said. "Khan who flew into Sri Lanka yesterday evening apologised to the monks and said he would observe two minutes' silence in memory of the late priest," the 'Daily Mirror' newspaper, one of the organisers of the show, said earlier in the day. more ...
  • 110) 20:25 GMT, Dec. 11, 2003 |  + The Scarborough Hospital(Toronto): Breaking down language barriers, helping kids breathe easy
    The Scarborough Hospital ( TSH) organized a Tamil Childhood Asthma Information Session, in partnership with Tamil community organizations, on September 27, 2003. The sudden increase in the referral of patients from Tamil families, and their low attendance at the asthma education centre, raised questions about access to services for this population. The study examined beliefs, issues, and barriers faced by Tamil speaking asthma patients in accessing asthma education and in following the prescribed treatment plan. The cooperation of community groups in translating posters and advertisements for Tamil media was invaluable in organizing the event. The session garnered strong attendance and there have since been requests by other community agencies to have Tamil presentations on asthma and its control brought to their centres so that more community members may learn from the discussion. more ...
  • 111) 15:13 GMT, Dec. 11, 2003 |  + Project "Olimayam" brightening our future through sustainabledevelopment
    TECH Canada, a think tank of Tamilprofessionals with a common goal of undertaking sustainable developmentprojects in war affected regions of Sri Lanka, is hosting a public forumto provide a status update of the organization's current project entitled"Olimayam" (or Project Illuminate). The primary purpose of project "Olimayam" is to not only deliverphoto-voltaic solutions to the current energy needs in the Vanni regionbut also lay the ground work for the establishment of a local industryfor the manufacture of the same. Project "Olimayam" has moved from a mereconcept to full-fledged sustainable development project with thesuccessfull completion of the prototype phase and initial implementationphase at the intended sites. more ...
  • 112) 15:02 GMT, Dec. 11, 2003 |  + Lankan army chief in Chennai
    Lieutenant General Lionel Piyananada Balagalle, Chief of Defence Staff and commander, Sri Lankan Army arrived here yesterday on a two-day visit. He was received at the airport by Major General Paramjit Singh, General Officer Commanding, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa Area. Balagalle is the first Sri Lankan trained cadet to command the Army. He raised the intelligence corps in Sri Lanka and was its first director. He had attended many courses in India which included young officers course, long gunnery staff course, intelligence course and National Defence College course. more ...
  • 113) 14:58 GMT, Dec. 11, 2003 |  + The War and peace that bites back the Sinhala Polity
    Out all the players in the Sri Lankan politics, if one person who has judged the international community, situations, Sinhalese and Tamils correctly, it is the National Leader of the Tamils, the LTTE leader. LTTE has taken the peace initiative with the same vigour as the war. His commitment to peace has turned out to be flawless. On the other hand, Sinhalese leaders could not keep up with their own pretence of peace and collapsed in front of the whole world. The things are getting harder for them and peace has become too hot to handle and bitten them back. Hence the PM and President are throwing the peace process at each other and saying “You do it. No, you do it”. On several occasions, some Tamils have really believed that there will be a deal for Tamils. more ...
  • 114) 13:48 GMT, Dec. 11, 2003 |  + S.Lanka PM rejects two proposals on power feud
    Sri Lanka's prime minister on Thursday rejected two power-sharing proposals from supporters of the president, raising doubts that the island's feuding leaders can end a power struggle by a self-imposed December 15 deadline. Cabinet spokesman G.L. Peiris told a news conference there was still no sign of agreement between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on who should lead a peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels. Peiris said the proposals, one involving a sharing of defence ministry functions and another for a Ministry of National Security to oversee matters related to the peace process, were unacceptable to the prime minister.
    - Lanka impasse remains - PTI
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  • 115) 13:46 GMT, Dec. 11, 2003 |  + Strike hits life in Jaffna
    Life in war-ravaged Jaffna peninsula was affected following a general strike today in protest against the Army firing on civilians on Tuesday. A bus commuter was seriously wounded when a soldier opened fire at a pro-LTTE newspaper-seller in the heart of the heavily crowded Jaffna town on Tuesday evening. The paper-seller, however, managed to escape unhurt. A Tamil party source in Jaffna told over phone that all shops, business institutions and government departments were closed today in support of the strike. more ...
  • 116) 13:45 GMT, Dec. 11, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan power struggle hits jobs, investments
    The protracted power struggle between Sri Lanka's president and the prime minister has cost 15,000 jobs and placed on hold foreign investments worth up to 150 million dollars, the government said here. Government spokesman G. L. Peiris Thursday said investors had placed their plans on hold since President Chandrika Kumaratunga sacked three ministers and suspended parliament in early November in the uneasy cohabitation government's worst crisis. "Investors are not abandoning us, but they are adopting a wait and see policy," Peiris told reporters here a day after fresh talks between the squabbling leaders ended in failure. more ...
  • 117) 13:44 GMT, Dec. 11, 2003 |  + 52,000 Missing : Sri Lanka Has No Answers
    To coincide with Human Rights Day, the Organization of Parents and Family Members of the Disappeared (OPFMD) in Sri Lanka, held a commemoration Wednesday for nearly 52,000 missing people, demanding punishment of the guilty and compensation for their families. The memorial service was held at Kotte, just three kilometers from the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. The figure of 52,800 comprises 44,000 Sinhalese who disappeared during the second youth uprising between 1987 and 1992 and some 8,500 people, mostly Tamils, who went missing in the North and East provinces since 1995. more ...
  • 118) 16:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + JDMA condemns attack on journalist
    The Jaffna District Media Association (JDMA) Wednesday condemned the police attack on its President Mr.V.Thavachelvam at Nelliady as a blatant violation of press freedom." Even after showing the press accreditation card Mr.Thavachelvam was attacked by the Police," said JDMA in a statement issued today. Mr.Thavachelvam sustained injuries Tuesday afternoon when he was covering the picketing campaign for an international news agency. The Police attacked Mr.Thavachelvam after he had shown his press accreditation card, media sources said. more ...
  • 119) 15:24 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + Toronto: Canada's linguistic capital
    Greater Toronto has rapidly become the multilingual capital of Canada, with close to half its residents speaking a mother tongue other than English. That increase is entirely the result of immigration and a large influx of language groups from Asia and the Middle East, especially those speaking Chinese, Punjabi, Urdu, Tagalog and Tamil. For many mother tongues, Toronto is the Canadian heartland. It's home to 79 per cent of all Tamil speakers in Canada, 60 per cent of Gujarati speakers, two-thirds of Urdu speakers and half of the Russian speakers. more ...
  • 120) 15:13 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + World Bank to Support Country’s Economic Reform Agenda
    Sri Lanka’s efforts to improve the quality of life of its people and to secure lasting peace will receive support from a US$15 million credit approved today by the World Bank. The financing will help the government implement a broad economic reform program aimed at modernizing and invigorating the economy and expanding the role of the private sector, putting the country on the path of higher economic growth and faster poverty reduction. “The Government’s new economic strategy, 'Regaining Sri Lanka', is bold and far reaching,” said Peter Harrold, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka. “Our goal is to provide the support needed to translate that framework into reality on the ground.” more ...
  • 121) 15:10 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + Jaffna high security zones to continue - SLA



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    The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Wednesday said the High Security Zones (HSZ) in Jaffna peninsula would not be removed. Major General Sarath Fonseka, Jaffna area commander, told a delegation of the Movement for Goodwill, Peace and Justice (MGPJ) at a discussion held at the Jaffna Bishop’s House Wednesday that the army has taken steps to re-open the Clock Tower Road, Power House Road in Jaffna town for the public and also will vacate Gnanams Hotel. “However the SLA camp in the Subash Hotel will not be shifted and the Victoria Road will not be re-opened for public. The high security zones in the peninsula will continue without any change,” said Major General Sarath Fonseka. more ...
  • 122) 14:25 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + Japan seeks peacemaker role as aid budget shrinks
    Japan, its foreign aid budget shrinking under pressure from a stagnant economy, is mapping out a strategy to make better use of its still vast resources and carve out a new role as a peacebroker. Burdened with the worst public debt among advanced nations, Japan slashed its foreign aid budget by 10 percent to 910.6 billion yen ($7.35 billion) in the year to March 2003. The Finance Ministry wants to lop off more next year. more ...
  • 123) 14:12 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka PM ducks president's assassination charge
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today brushed aside the latest charge by his arch-rival President Chandrika Kumaratunga that he tried to assassinate her. His office said he was not going to get involved in a public slanging match with the president, who has accused the premier of carrying a gun and threatening to kill her. more ...
  • 124) 07:08 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + Tiger diplomacy makes headway
    In the past six months, the LTTE has met at its Vanni Political Headquarters with diplomatic delegations from Britain, China, the European Union, Japan, Canada, and Australia amongst other countries. The authority of the diplomatic delegations which are often led by High Commissioners or Ambassadors or sometimes more senior officials and the depth of the issues discussed is undoubtedly based on the movement's standing as a key player in Sri Lanka's future and thereby represents the practical ineffectiveness of the PA's international campaign to marginalise the LTTE. But, perhaps understandably, the issue of the LTTE's proscriptions abroad has become an ideological line in the sand for Sinhala hardliners, with considerable anxious attention focussed on the possibilities of changes in the various bans around the world. more ...
  • 125) 06:14 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Opposition decries Government's fiscal policies
    The second budget of the United National Front (UNF) government passed in parliament Tuesday night with a majority of thirty-six votes with one hundred and twenty one parliamentarians voting for the 2003 budget and ninety one voting against, parliamentary sources said. The vote on the third reading of the budget was taken following the conclusion of the month long committee stage debate of the budgetary allocation of each ministry Tuesday. more ...
  • 126) 16:35 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Seeks Ways To Better Utilize India Credit Line
    Sri Lanka plans to set up a facilitation bureau to better utilize a $100 million credit line received from the Indian government in April 2001, the Minister of Industries said Wednesday. The funds under the credit line are available to the Sri Lanka government for the import of capital goods, consumer durables, and food items such as sugar, wheat flour, wheat grain and rice from India. The agreement doesn't cover imports from countries other than India. more ...
  • 127) 16:16 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + Sihala Urumaya vows to defeat govt.- LTTE federal deal
    While the international community hailed the recent agreement between the government and the LTTE on a federal solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, the Sihala Urumaya has vowed to carry out an islandwide campaign against it. "There are moves to set up a supreme council which will be above parliament and a forum for power-sharing at the centre between the government and the LTTE. If this is implemented Prabhakaran will have full decision-making powers for the entire country. This is a huge step towards establishing Eelam," Mr. Karunaratne said. He said that federalism was a mechanism to unite independent states, not to divide an independent and sovereign country into two entities. more ...
  • 128) 06:12 GMT, Dec. 11, 2002 |  + Vadamaradchi traders to observe 'hartal' against police firing
    Nelliady and Puloly Traders Associations in the Vadamarachchi division in Jaffna district Tuesday decided to observe hartal (general shut down) in their respective areas Wednesday protesting against the police firing on traders this afternoon on hundreds of civilians picketed the office of the para military Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), sources said. Spokespersons for the associations said that most of the injured in the attack were traders of the area. According to Nelliady Traders Association, all business establishments would be closed Wednesday as a mark of protest to the firing by Nelliady Police on traders.
  • Police fired live bullets on Nelliady picketers
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  • 129) 10:41 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + Maheswaran lodge police entry that EPDP is selling government properties
    T. Maheswaran MP has complained to the provincial DIG and the SP, Jaffna that a good number of items, including electronics goods which were purchased from state funds to the rehabilitation ministry, were being sold by the EPDP to the public. He has mentioned that he has received several complains to this effect. more ...
  • 130) 10:30 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + UK's terror bill hits snag in Lords
    The government's efforts to rush though a tough new anti-terrorism bill ran into a snag today when the House of Lords voted against creating a new crime of incitement to religious hatred. Peers inflicted more damage Monday, voting to throw out plans to make inciting religious hatred a crime. In a further blow to the government, they also voted to subject all measures in the bill to "sunset clauses" that would see them lapse within five years. more ...
  • 131) 10:20 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka's new cabinet held up as president, PM clash
    The swearing-in of Sri Lanka's new cabinet has been held up after President Chandrika Kumaratunga openly clashed with her political rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, officials said Tuesday. The two were due to hold talks Monday evening to finalise a list of cabinet ministers due to be sworn in Tuesday, but at the last minute Kumaratunga cancelled the meeting, Wickremesinghe's office said. "A fresh meeting has been scheduled for later Tuesday which means the new cabinet will be delayed by at least another day or two," a spokesman for the prime minister said. It was the first clash between the president and the new prime minister. more ...
  • 132) 10:20 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka's new cabinet held up as president, PM clash
    The swearing-in of Sri Lanka's new cabinet has been held up after President Chandrika Kumaratunga openly clashed with her political rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, officials said Tuesday. The two were due to hold talks Monday evening to finalise a list of cabinet ministers due to be sworn in Tuesday, but at the last minute Kumaratunga cancelled the meeting, Wickremesinghe's office said. "A fresh meeting has been scheduled for later Tuesday which means the new cabinet will be delayed by at least another day or two," a spokesman for the prime minister said. It was the first clash between the president and the new prime minister. more ...
  • 133) 10:19 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + Wickremesinghe appoints Cabinet
    Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe finalised his Cabinet on his first full day in office Monday as the main Opposition rejected his offer of power-sharing in a cohabitation government. Former Attorney General Tilak Marapone was tipped as the new defence minister while senior lawyer K. N. Choksy was likely to be given the finance portfolio, the sources said. The two crucial positions set to rest speculation that President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who is an arch-rival of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, wanted to hold on to the vital positions in a future cabinet. more ...
  • 134) 01:47 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + No choice, Chandrika
    THE voters in Sri Lanka have shown greater maturity than their leaders in the just-concluded parliamentary election. The large-scale violence the island nation witnessed in the five-week long run-up to the poll — which witnessed an extremely shrill campaign and the deaths of five dozen people — did not prevent them from exercising their franchise in a cool and decisive manner. Sceptics who feared that voters would throw up a hung parliament have been proved wrong, with the opposition United National Party (UNP) securing a slender majority in the 225-member House. more ...
  • 135) 01:40 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + Chandrika's security tightened
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga surrounded herself with armoured cars and soldiers as fears of a mass uprising demanding her removal as the country's defence minister began gathering momentum. Kumaratunga, buffeted by hardliners in the party and a few 'doves' was expected to resist the move to dethrone her from her post as defence minister. Yesterday morning her trusted Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar advised her to hand over the portfolio to the prime minister and remain commander-in-chief of the armed forces as the constitution provides, without entering into a confrontation course that could lead to further instability in the country. more ...
  • 136) 01:23 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka reconciliation hopes dashed
    Hopes of a government of national reconciliation being formed in Sri Lanka are fading after the country's second largest party, the People's Alliance, said it would not accept any cabinet positions. The new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, had offered to share power with his rivals in a bid to end what he called the culture of divisive politics. But the atmosphere has already turned sour. more ...
  • 137) 22:15 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + LTTE say poll results show Sinhala majority wants peace
    Tamil Tiger rebels, bitter opponents of Sri Lanka's Sinhala majority, said in their first post election comments the installation of the new government was proof that the community wanted a solution to the 18-year ethnic conflict. "The Sinhala people have clearly indicated that they want the new government to solve the Tamil question,If the new government disregards this wish of the people, it will be thrown out," - S P Tamilchelvam, leader of the political wing of the LTTE, said in a broadcast on the 11th anniversary of the rebels' clandestine Voice of Tigers radio. more ...
  • 138) 22:03 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka politician cries foul
    A senior figure in Sri Lanka's last government says there is an attempt to frame him for the worst incident of violence in last week's parliamentary polls. Anuruddha Ratwatte, the former Deputy Defence Minister, denied involvement in an attack which resulted in the deaths of 10 Muslims in Kandy district on polling day itself. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on the day after the elections to call for Mr Ratwatte's arrest in connection with the incident. more ...
  • 139) 20:22 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + President gives in, UNP readies cabinet
    Sri Lanka’s new cabinet will be sworn in Wednesday, United National Party sources said. The cabinet will have 20-22 ministers. The President agreed Tuesday to let the UNP have the Defence and Finance portfolios in the new government. “Considerable pressure and sober counsel were necessary to make the President come to terms with the reality. However, she may keep the controversial Presidential Security Division (PSD) directly under her control”, said a UNP spokesman. Meanwhile, the commanders of the armed forces met the new Prime Minister this morning at his office in Colombo. more ...
  • 140) 10:52 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + ACTC pushes for LTTE
    Mr. Ponnambalam, one of two ACTC members elected at last week's general election said the Tamil National Alliance which won sixteen seats, has become a decisive factor in Sri Lankan politics and said that this achievement is a victory for all Tamils in Sri Lanka. "The Tamil Congress joined the Alliance on the condition that the Alliance should get the new government to negotiate with the LTTE " said Mr. Ponnambalam. He added that if his father was living he would have won at the 2001 election "handsomely" He maintained that his decision to contest the December 5 election was to perpetuate the policies and vision of his father. more ...
  • 141) 01:20 GMT, Dec. 11, 2001 |  + New parliament convenes on December 17
    President Chandrika Kumaratunge has decided to convene the 12th parliament on December 17 at 10 a.m., the Presidential Secretariat said in a news release Monday. Earlier, the date of convening the new parliament had been fixed for January 01, 2002. The decision to advance the date of the inaugural session of 12th parliament was taken under article 70 of the Constitution, following representations made by the Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna, the press release added. more ...
  • 142) 19:37 GMT, Dec. 11, 2000 |  + Will Geneva Convention get govt. and LTTE closer?
    The newspapers reported last week that a snag had occurred in the peace process. There were two issues on which differences had arisen between the Sri Lanka government and the LTTE. One, the LTTE had been in favour of releasing Sri Lankan security forces' prisoners of war (POWs) in exchange to food, medicine and other essential items being permitted to go to the conflict zone and the LTTE-controlled areas. However, the government is reported to have emphasised the need for the Tigers to give a commitment that they would not indulge in targeting civilians and political leaders, rather than a willingness to release POWs. more ...
  • 143) 19:33 GMT, Dec. 11, 2000 |  + Record low for Sri Lanka rupee after band change
    The previous low of 81.67 was hit last month amid heavy import demand and short covering of the dollar. The trade ceiling of 76.87 rupees to the dollar was left unchanged, giving the rupee a trading band of eight percent. The band had been six percent since the bank reverted to setting a daily range in early November. more ...
  • 144) 19:28 GMT, Dec. 11, 2000 |  + Veerappan deserves no sympathy: Vaiko
    Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko yesterday said forest brigand Veerappan deserved no sympathy and welcomed any decision taken by the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to nab him. Talking to newspersons here, he said a man who had killed over 130 officials, 2,000 elephants and destroyed the forest wealth should be punished. He welcomed the Centre’s decision to send the Border Security Force (BSF) to assist the STF in nabbing the brigand. “It is a shame that Veerappan speaks for the cause of Tamils,” Vaiko said, adding that there was no link between Veerappan and the LTTE, which was fighting for a “noble” cause. more ...
  • 145) 05:01 GMT, Dec. 11, 2000 |  + Bindunuwewa camp to be relocated to Vavuniya
    Prison authorities in Sri Lanka are planning to establish a new rehabilitation camp in Vavuniya to replace the camp at Bindunuwewa in Bandarawela which ceased to function following the brutal murder on the 25th October of this year of more than 24 Tamil prisoners housed in the camp, said sources. Twenty one young prisoners are to be brought to the Vavuniya camp, sources added. However, it is not known where the young inmates are currently being held. more ...
  • 146) 05:00 GMT, Dec. 11, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka faces bleak economy, to meet donors
    Sri Lanka will go into a crucial meeting with donor countries later this month against the background of a gloomy outlook for the country's economy that speculation about peace talks with the LTTE has done nothing to lift. The Deputy Finance Minister, Mr. G.L. Peiris, has told the State- run Sunday Observer that the focus of the meeting to be held on December 18 and 19, will be the rehabilitation of the embattled north, poverty alleviation and good governance. more ...
  • 147) 04:58 GMT, Dec. 11, 2000 |  + Tamil party calls for UN intervention
    The All-Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) has called for UN intervention to bring an immediate end to the hostilities in the Island nation. A strong international force was compulsory to stop the ethnic conflict and move towards a constructive peace initiative, ACTC’s Jaffna Member of Parliament Appathurai Vinayagamoorthy said in an interview to Sunday Observer. more ...
  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + SLA flies casualties to Colombo
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  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Tigers Deny the Government's Claim of High Tiger Casualties
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  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Hundreds of Tamil Tigers reported killed
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  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Fierce battles grip Sri Lanka, toll claims hit 240
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  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + TIGERS LAUNCH MAJOR ASSAULT ON THE GATEWAY TO JAFFNA
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  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Elephant Pass “under seige”
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  • 154) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + SLA reinforces Elephant Pass
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  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + India holds the key to peace in Lanka?
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  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka says 230 rebels killed in attack on military
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  • 157) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan Army Says 230 Rebels Killed
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  • 158) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Heavy fighting at Paranthan
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  • 159) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + 230 Tamil rebels killed in attack on
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  • 160) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Assistance for 30,000 displaced
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  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Land route to Vanni reopens
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  • 162) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Nobel Peace Prize 1999
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  • 163) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Foley Statement on Sri Lanka Report on Mass Grave Investigation
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  • 164) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Medecins Sans Frontieres concerned
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  • 165) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Keeping a population in purdah
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  • 166) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Health services paralysed in Sri Lanka
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  • 167) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + Lanka polls -- Tamils face Hobson's choice
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  • 168) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1999 |  + World: Calls for UN tribunal on Timor
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  • 169) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1998 |  + No shift in stand against LTTE
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  • 170) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1998 |  + Fleeing Terror
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  • 171) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1998 |  + Young girl escapes death
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  • 172) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1998 |  + Tamils join HR vigil at UN
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  • 173) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka relaxes press censorship for foreign media
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  • 174) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 11, 1998 |  + Has the UN Declaration of Human Rights been a success?
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