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

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Gary Anandasangaree

Human Rights Violations

  • 1990 | 47 Tamil civilians were killed!
    47 Tamil civilians were hacked to death by govt sponsored Muslims in Erakanni!
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1996 | Mr. Karthikesu [ M from Kalvayal , Thenmaratchi, Jaffna ]
    A young girl was gang raped by Sri Lankan soldiers who entered her house at midnight. Her farther was then hacked to death by the soldiers.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 1111 | நன்னீரை வாழி அனிச்சமே நின்னினும்
    மென்னீரள் யாம்வீழ் பவள்.
    O flower of the sensitive plant! than thee
    More tender's the maiden beloved by me.
    - 112 112
  • Aug 07 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Aug 07, 2016 14:48:33 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Multiculturalism May Hinder Reconciliation
    Since the fall of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in January 2015, reconciliation has propelled to the top of the political agenda with Western governments pushing Sri Lanka to be accountable for alleged war crimes committed at the end of the 30-year war with terror group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The new government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been currying favour with its new allies in the West and has been uncritically entertaining their demands for accountability, even to the extent of possibly allowing foreign (i.e. Western) judges to sit in judgement of war crime cases that may be brought against Sri Lanka’s war heroes in the army and the former government. more ...
  • 2) Aug 07, 2016 10:44:10 GMT |  + Re-surfacing BIA runway to impact adversely on flight schedules: Operators
    Re-surfacing of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) runway by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in January next year, resulting in its daytime closure for some time, will have a major impact on flight schedules of airlines, Airline officials said. The closure, said to last for three months, will affect SriLankan, Emirates and Qatar Airways which have frequent flights into and out of Sri Lanka. Airlines said that it would require rescheduling of flights after discussions with other airlines which are associated with them. more ...
  • 3) Aug 07, 2016 10:37:05 GMT |  + July cruelties and August tamashas: Pada Yathra politics then and now
    In contrast, today’s circumstances in parliament appear to be giving rise to the emergence of quite different civil society voices. For now, the purpose of the padayathra is more self-serving than unselfish, intended as a show of strength to warn the government, and more pointedly as a message to those investigating the myriads of allegations against the previous regime to beware of the potential return of the Rajapaksas. In future, it can grow into something more ominous and the government can ignore it only at its peril. more ...
  • 4) Aug 07, 2016 10:14:08 GMT |  + U.S. to assist in drafting new Sri Lankan Constitution
    The United States of America says it wants to partner with the Sri Lankan military while assisting the government in drafting a new constitution and meeting commitments it had made to the United Nations Human Rights Council with regard to accountability issues. "We are working to strengthen our relationship with all of the different facets of the Sri Lankan government, including the armed forces, because we believe that a professional military is essential to the development and success of any viable democracy", he noted. more ...
  • 5) Aug 07, 2016 10:10:30 GMT |  + Mysterious deaths of ex-LTTE cadres create unease in North Sri Lanka
    A series of mysterious deaths reportedly occurring among former Tamil Tiger cadres who had been rehabilitated and released into society is creating unease in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province. According to the Tamil media, 105 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have so far died mysteriously, allegedly after being injected with a drug when they were undergoing post-war ‘rehabilitation’ in Sri Lankan army run camps. more ...
  • 6) Aug 07, 2016 10:08:50 GMT |  + Transitional justice: Lanka needs its own formula, says US law don
    The United Nations describes transitional justice as the full range of processes and mechanisms associated with a society’s attempt to come to terms with a legacy of large-scale past abuses. While this discussion is ongoing in Sri Lanka, it is still limited to certain civil society and political circles. “Any sort of endeavour in a democracy needs very strong public engagement,” Prof Slye warned. “Otherwise, while decisions may be made, they may not last. If people don’t know what they are, or they have not been part of the process, they are less likely to support whatever decision that has been made.” more ...
  • 7) Aug 07, 2016 10:02:54 GMT |  + Pakistani Air Chief in Sri Lanka
    Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman arrived in Sri Lanka this morning on a two day official visit on the invitation of the Air Force Commander Air Marshal G.P Bulattsinghala.Pakistan High Commission in Colombo stated that the visit of Pakistan’s Air Chief underscores the historic ties and friendly cooperation between the two countries. The visit will provide both sides an opportunity to review ongoing cooperation and collaboration, and to discuss ways and means to enhance continued cooperation between the two countries. more ...
  • 8) Aug 07, 2015 21:16:06 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa struggles in vote campaign, trails in poll
    Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa is trailing his main rival in a prime ministerial elections later this month, the latest national opinion poll showed, as the once-powerful leader struggles to mount a strong campaign. Ousted by former ally Maithripala Sirisena in a presidential election in January, Rajapaksa is seeking to turn the tables at the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls but is being dogged by allegations of abuse of power and sleaze. His party said his campaign has also been hobbled by a lack of security for a leader who crushed a 26-year insurgency by ethnic Tamil rebels in 2009, which won him a support among majority Sinhalese but has made him unpopular among Tamils. more ...
  • 9) Aug 07, 2015 21:15:29 GMT |  + India must ensure decentralization in Sri Lanka, Modi told
    Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to expedite decentralization of power in Sri Lanka — for the cause of Tamil Eelam. Jayalalithaa presented a memorandum listing various demands to Modi when he went to her residence after launching the National Handloom Day and India Handloom brand here. The meeting between Modi and Jayalalithaa lasted around 50 minutes. The chief minister also hosted lunch for Modi. more ...
  • 10) Aug 07, 2015 21:14:20 GMT |  + Retrieve Katchatheevu islet from Sri Lanka: Jayalalithaa tells PM Modi
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protect the fishing rights of Indian fishermen and to retrieve the Katchatheevu islet from Sri Lanka. Jayalalithaa presented a memorandum with various demands to Modi, who went to her residence after launching the National Handloom Day and India Handloom brand here. The meeting between Modi and Jayalalithaa lasted around 50 minutes. The chief minister also hosted lunch for Modi. more ...
  • 11) Aug 07, 2015 21:13:18 GMT |  + United Nations mulls financial assistance to SriLanka for reconciliation
    The UN has said it is exploring a broad package of technical and financial assistance to SriLanka to advance the government's efforts to achieve reconciliation with the Tamil minority community. "At the request of the Government of SriLanka, the UN is exploring the provision of a broad package of technical and financial assistance in consultation with all key stakeholders," Stphane Dujarric, the spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday. more ...
  • 12) Aug 07, 2015 21:09:06 GMT |  + CTC calls upon Tamils in the North and East to strengthen the TNA at the negotiating table
    The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) strongly urges Tamils and all citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their right to vote at the upcoming Parliamentary elections. The presidential election of January 8th, 2015 was a turning point in the recent political history of Sri Lanka. Voters turned up in large numbers and voted for change and a new beginning. While Canada and other members of the international community acknowledged and welcomed these changes it is the duty of all responsible Sri Lankan citizens to ensure that these tenuous beginnings are consolidated without giving any chance for their reversal.
  • 13) Aug 07, 2013 23:48:56 GMT |  + No starting point to resolution
    The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) election in Sri Lanka is expected to take place later this year. Colombo is entertaining hopes that holding the elections will help win India’s support in multilateral venues. New Delhi has made the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution — a by-product of the 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord — the centrepiece of a political solution. The Indo-Lanka Accord purportedly addresses the Tamil issue but most importantly for India, also contains important provisions on security-related matters between the two states. Safeguarding the 13th amendment in some form is important to keep the Indo-Lanka Accord alive. The Sri Lankan government has been playing the “China card” to lessen pressure from India. more ...
  • 14) Aug 07, 2013 18:55:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka army slammed for killing protesters
    The Roman Catholic Church has accused the Sri Lankan army of shooting unarmed protesters and desecrating a church during demonstrations against water contamination. In an unusually strongly worded statement on Wednesday, the Archbishop of Colombo condemned "unhesitatingly" the military shooting that killed three people and wounded more than 50 others in a village just outside the capital last Thursday. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith accused Sri Lanka's army of violating the sanctity of St Anthony's church, beating up people who rushed there to escape the army shooting. more ...
  • 15) Aug 07, 2013 18:55:03 GMT |  + Learning from Sri Lanka
    With the drawdown of the US and Allied forces in Afghanistan approaching fast, there has been a sudden surge of terrorist attacks across Pakistan. The recent deadly assaults on the DI Khan central jail, the ISI office in Sukkur and in the thoroughfares of Parachinar are chilling reminders of the outreach and ease with which the perpetrators of these attacks are operating. The government, while drawing up a counterterrorism plan, is at the same time, mulling over the idea of staging an All-Parties Conference (APC) for evolving a joint recourse to tackle the scourge.
  • 16) Aug 07, 2013 18:52:50 GMT |  + For NRIs, Jayalalithaa is the best PM contender
    Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa is the most qualified to become India's next prime minister, followed closely by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, a survey conducted among NRIs and released here on Wednesday has revealed. With a score of 86 out of 100, Jayalalithaa ruled the roost and Modi got 81 marks. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came in third with a score of 53, while other leaders like Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and BJP leader LK Advani could not even secure the basic score to enter the survey. more ...
  • 17) Aug 07, 2013 18:51:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka plans aircraft repair hub with Lufthansa
    Sri Lanka's national airline announced Wednesday plans to set up a regional aircraft repair hub with the help of German carrier Lufthansa. The aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operations will be a centrepiece of the new $209 million Mattala Rajapakse International Airport which opened in March, officials said. more ...
  • 18) Aug 07, 2013 15:05:32 GMT |  + China invited to attend Commonwealth business forum in Sri Lanka
    China will be among non- Commonwealth countries that will attend the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) hosted by Sri Lanka in November that hopes to attract one billion U.S. dollars in investment for a post-war economy, officials said here on Wednesday. The Commonwealth Business Council will be held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is the highest decision making body of the 53-member Commonwealth comprising Britain and its former colonies. Tabled for mid-November the government will focus on key national projects of infrastructure to promote investment, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris told media.
  • 19) Aug 07, 2013 13:24:09 GMT |  + Proposed Markham arena draws Chinese investor interest
    Unidentified Chinese parties are showing “very preliminary” interest in investing in Markham’s proposed landmark arena project, according to a Toronto firm representing them. LOH Architects and Associates, which has worked on projects here and abroad including China, revealed Tuesday it had met Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti about two months ago, but the firm was still waiting for more information to assess any possible investment in the controversial $325-million project. more ...
  • 20) Aug 07, 2013 13:00:49 GMT |  + India Issues Demarche to Lanka on Jailed Fishermen
    India today summoned Sri Lankan High Commissioner and issued a demarche on the issue of 114 Indian fishermen lodged in Lankan jails. Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam was summoned by Joint Secretary (BSM) Harsh Vardhan Shringla and a formal demarche made against the large number of Indian fishermen who are in their custody, official sources said. India's High Commission in Colombo too raised this matter formally with the Lankan Foreign Ministry today.
  • 21) Aug 07, 2013 3:52:01 GMT |  + ‘Do we matter to India?’ ask Indian-origin Tamils in Sri Lanka
    Before I could begin talking to him, Perumal Chandrasekaran had a question for me: “Do you know that we exist?” he asked matter-of-factly. A 38-year-old Tamil of Indian origin, Mr. Chandrasekaran was waiting at a lawyer’s chamber near the Magistrate Court complex in Kandy for consultations on a land issue facing plantation Tamils. “We are among the most neglected sections here [in Sri Lanka]. India or Tamil Nadu has done nothing to help us,” he said. more ...
  • 22) Aug 07, 2012 18:03:07 GMT |  + Advocates say refugee in limbo was recognised as mentally ill in Sri Lanka
    Advocates for a mentally ill Tamil refugee who has been deemed a security risk by ASIO say he has medical documents which prove that his condition dates back years. According to psychiatrist Neil Philips, during his life in Sri Lanka, he'd been subject to several highly traumatic incidents. He was picked up by the Sri Lankan army some years ago in the, possibly about eight years ago, and when he was travelling with his mother and he was taken away and he was tortured for a considerable length of time and he's got some brain injury but he's got a psychosis that comes and goes with that and his mood is unstable and he's disinhibited.
  • 23) Aug 07, 2012 18:00:56 GMT |  + No right to information in Sri Lanka
    You would think that with fighting between government forces and secessionist Tamils finished in May 2009, the Sri Lankan government might ease its grip on public information--information which is really the property of the country's citizens, not whichever administration happens to be holding political power.Almost always, when a government has something to hide, it says access to information will threaten national security-- even though national security issues are exempt from disclosure in all nations' right to information laws. more ...
  • 24) Aug 07, 2012 17:58:46 GMT |  + Defence Secretary leaves for Sri Lanka today
    Defence Secretary Lt Gen (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik, will be visiting Sri Lanka from 7-11 August 2012. During his stay in Colombo, Lt Gen (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik will hold discussions with Sri Lankan Defence hierarchy to further strengthen the relations between two time-tested friendly countries.Pakistan and Sri Lanka have comprehensive and mutually beneficial training collaboration for Army, Navy and Air Force. Over a period of time, a strong bond of commitment and mutual understanding has been reached between both the friendly armed forces. more ...
  • 25) Aug 07, 2012 17:51:22 GMT |  + Take advantage of India, China: IMF official to Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka should take advantage of its proximity to the economies of India and China to grow at a faster rate, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official Tuesday said. Addressing the Sri Lanka Exporters' Association, Koshy Mathai, Resident Representative for International Monetary Fund (IMF), said: "Sri Lanka has a huge population not very far away from its shores which is growing fast and it should be able to absorb a lot more of Sri Lankan export". He said Sri Lanka is "blessed" with strategically important geography, particularly important economic geography.
  • 26) Aug 07, 2012 14:24:36 GMT |  + Sri Lanka releases 37 Chinese fishermen
    Thirty-seven Chinese fishermen detained by the Sri Lankan navy on Sunday night were not involved in illegal fishing, and the detention was a misunderstanding, Yuan Baisheng, a consul of the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka, told China Daily on Monday. "The fishermen were held on board and free to move around during the 'detainment,'" said Yuan.In recent years, the fishing industry has emerged as an important source of foreign exchange through the export of high-value products, such as frozen tuna, as well as shrimp, lobsters, shark fins and sea cucumber.
  • 27) Aug 07, 2012 14:19:53 GMT |  + Sri Lanka stocks fall on policy inaction
    Sri Lankan stocks fell 0.6 percent on Tuesday in thin trade after authorities delayed promised policy measures aimed at boosting sentiment. The Colombo Stock Exchange's main index lost 0.61 percent, or 30.28 points, to end at 4,898.22, its lowest since July 26. "The market fell due to the lack of positive news after waiting almost a week for the promised measures, including more retail credit," a stockbroker said on condition of anonymity. more ...
  • 28) Aug 07, 2012 14:15:28 GMT |  + Son grieves for father, sister after highway crash
    Brian Wijeratne is at turns distraught and furious after his father and sister were killed on the weekend in a head-on collision with an SUV heading the wrong way down the highway. "It destroyed an entire family," the 19-year-old told CBC News on Monday. His 49-year-old father, Neil, and 16-year-old sister, Eleesha, were driving home from a Florida vacation at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when they collided head-on with a suspected drunk driver in a GMC Envoy. more ...
  • 29) Aug 07, 2012 12:34:06 GMT |  + Captain Lakshmi
    AS SHE moved, pert and bird-like, round her tiny rented clinic in industrial Kanpur in northern India, Lakshmi Sehgal made her patients feel completely safe in her hands. Lightly but firmly, her fingers moved across the swollen bellies of pregnant women, or felt for a pulse, or probed a wound. Her sister said she had always had the technique to reassure. Those same hands, in West Bengal in 1971, had massaged the scrawny limbs of Bangladeshi refugees, and in December 1984 had soothed the burning eyes of victims of the explosion at a chemical factory in Bhopal. more ...
  • 30) Aug 07, 2012 12:32:39 GMT |  + A nightmare for Tamils
    When Tamil asylum seeker Dayan Anthony was deported back to Sri Lanka by the Australian government last month, his immediate arrest and interrogation did little to allay fears he would not face harassment from authorities. His subsequent government-arranged press conference appeared to be staged for the benefit of the Sri Lankan and Australian governments. After 14 hours in custody and flanked by government officials, Anthony said: “Sri Lanka has become the safest place on the Earth after the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] was wiped out from the country. I did not face any type of harassment at the hands of Sri Lankan authorities after I returned to the country.” more ...
  • 31) Aug 07, 2012 12:29:38 GMT |  + Ugandan Asians: Life 40 years on
    Forty years after Uganda's Asian population was expelled from the country by General Idi Amin, how much has life for that community changed? A young boy runs through the streets laughing, his yellow T-shirt drenched and stuck to his skin. When it rains in Uganda, the water comes down in sheets. In Jinja the streets empty immediately. But it is welcome relief. Unlike in Britain, there are no grumbles about rainy summers here. It cools the day, leaving the air smelling fresh and the heavy shower passes as quickly as it comes. more ...
  • 32) Aug 07, 2010 21:09:59 GMT |  + 15000 N.E kids study under trees
    Fifteen thousand school children in the North and East are compelled to study under trees since schools have been converted into IDP and transit camps and detention centres, while the government spends millions on military bases, education department sources said. The situation is grave in Vavuniya, Omanthai, Maithadi and Kilinochchi where the majority of schools function in temporary shelters with minimal facilities. “Omanthai Maha Vidyalayam is used as a transit camp for people who are returning to their villages from IDP camps. Although a year has passed after the civil war ended, no steps have been taken by the government to either build new shelters for IDPs, or to rebuild schools in another location,” said an education ministry official.
  • 33) Aug 07, 2010 21:09:02 GMT |  + Corrupt To The Core
    We have been a nation that had been ruled by pink faced colonialists. As a result we have learnt to be submissive. Absolutely. Since the last of the colonialists left (the British in 1948) the locals positioned to take over governance and administration including public service mimicked the colonialists. The people (read most of us) by nature therefore have been submissive and deferential towards the hierarchy. Despite the fact that Sri Lanka since 1948 has gained notoriety in not just producing good tea and excellent cricketers but in having also to her detriment and disgrace produced some of the most corrupt politicians this side of the Western hemisphere.
  • 34) Aug 07, 2010 21:07:06 GMT |  + August 9th forum on Tamil asylum seekers of cargo ship MV Sun Sea
    As reports of another boat containing Tamil refugees spread, so does the hysteria around their admissibility, and the means by which they arrive in Canada. Sparked by Sri Lankan government sources, and its intelligence apparatus, these innuendos effectively seek to discredit the would be refugees of their rights to a fair hearing, before they arrive ashore. This time around, there is increasing pressure from Sri Lankan sources to intercept the ship. As an example, such sources have suggested that our government send it’s military to “thwart threats to Canada”, with the implication that the boatload of refugees are a threat to Canada with little regard for the validity of individual cases.
  • 35) Aug 07, 2010 21:00:09 GMT |  + The Forgotten Kind
    The sun slants over Vihara Maha Devi Park. It is 2 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, the height of the heat. A few families picnic. It is an idyllic scene, until you squint your eyes. Lying under the trees, you spot them, covered in threadbare quilts, old rags and toweling. The homeless. Many might fancy a stroll through the park on a lazy afternoon. But these people make this place their home — until 7 o clock, that is, when everyone must leave. Many of them are from out of Colombo, and have travelled long distances to get here. more ...
  • 36) Aug 07, 2010 20:58:18 GMT |  + IDPs call for concrete action
    Thirteen months after the end of the war, displaced civilians have had the privilege of returning to their villages but they still lack the ability to put up their own homes or at least renovate their damaged houses. Most of them are living in temporary homes, in makeshift camps or in government buildings in the Kilinochchchi district from where more than 162,000 people were displaced. Latest statistics compiled by the District Secretariat of Kilinochchi reveals that 94,644 have returned to their villages. more ...
  • 37) Aug 07, 2010 20:53:29 GMT |  + Wahhabism encroaching
    Beneath the serenity of Beruwala, a bitter sectarian strife is brewing as wahhabism, an austere form of Islam invented in Saudi Arabia and is at the core of the al Qaeda led salafi jihad ideology, is making in roads. A centuries- old- theological dispute has reignited in the coastal town as wahhabism confronts local Islamic traditions infused with mystical Sufism. The new sect, Tawhid Jamath practices an austere form of Islam, based on literal interpretation of Quran and Hadith. Its followers say they are practicing the ‘pure Islam’ and that those who don’t are infidel (see box). more ...
  • 38) Aug 07, 2010 20:50:36 GMT |  + Mervyn under pressure, extorts letter
    Mervyn ‘the terrible’ Silva is once again embroiled in controversy over tying a Samurdhi officer to a tree at the Kelaniya Divisional Secretariat on August 3. The victim has been identified as Mohamed Ishad. The reason attributed for the act of infamy was Ishad’s absence from a Dengue eradication campaign initiated by the minister in the Kelaniya electorate last Sunday (August 1). more ...
  • 39) Aug 07, 2010 20:21:52 GMT |  + Air Force Commander Lays Siege To A World Heritage Site
    Force Commander, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonatilake, is illegally constructing a house in Sudugalla, in the protected Knuckles conservation forest area. Sajeewa Chamikara, Program Manager of the Sri Lanka Nature Forum said they are convinced the house indeed belongs to the Air Chief. The Sunday Leader drew a blank when we contacted the SLAF Spokesperson, Group Captain Janaka Nanayakkara. He refused to confirm or deny the story. more ...
  • 40) Aug 07, 2010 20:08:11 GMT |  + Re-Settled People In Santhapuram Sent Back To Camps
    IDPs from the Santhapuram area in the Kilinochchi District who were asked to return home say they were not allowed to resettle in their previous homes, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, Suresh Premachandran. Premachandran claims they were sent back to their transit camps by the army instead. IDPs in Santhapuram told the TNA that they were ordered to return to their home by “the army commander in Mankulam.” Accordingly, they returned and set up temporary shelters.
  • 41) Aug 07, 2010 13:50:46 GMT |  + Tamils in Sri Lanka seeking asylum: A need no more?
    While much of the conflict is over, it is clear that many people have been unable to access their most basic needs. These holding centres are extremely dire places. Food is scarce and access to basic health care is minimal. The people who live in the grounds of the former Killinochchi Central College receive food from the United Nations World Food Programme, but access to basic health care remains extremely limited. Back here in Australia, we hear little more than reports that we war is over and that conditions are improving in Sri Lanka. But my first hand view highlights that the Tamils there continue to experience a real sense of subjugation and humiliation.
  • 42) Aug 07, 2010 13:03:19 GMT |  + MIA takes on Google, YouTube and Wikipedia
    "Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name MIA, is a Sri Lankan/British songwriter, record producer, singer, rapper, fashion designer, visual artist, and political activist." And right now, perched on a sofa at the XL Records office in west London, staring into her gold Apple MacBook, MIA is reading the above words on her Wikipedia entry. Seven years after her first single Galang spread across the web like an art-school-incubated virus – confirming her status as one of the first pop stars of the digital age – she's back with /\/\/\Y/\ (or Maya, for those who can decipher the slashes)... more ...
  • 43) Aug 07, 2009 23:31:19 GMT |  + Infighting may have done KP in
    The LTTE’s eternal mystery man, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, was being interrogated in Colombo on Friday even as the Tamil diaspora speculated whether he was ‘betrayed’ by a rival faction or was cornered in Kuala Lumpur on a tip-off from Indian intelligence. The dramatic arrest of the LTTE’s putative new leader ‘Kumaran’ Pathmanathan or ‘KP’ in Kuala Lumpur and his quick deportation to Colombo stunned sections of the overseas Sri Lankan Tamil community, which was hoping to keep the militarily defeated ‘Tamil Eelam’ movement alive through a ‘transnational administration’ that he was putting together.
  • 44) Aug 07, 2009 23:28:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka displaced still concern US despite progress
    Sri Lanka has indicated it plans to release by the end of August 75,000 of the 280,000 Tamil civilians confined to displacement camps since the close of the country's civil war, Eric Schwartz, U.S. assistant secretary said on Friday, welcoming the news but urging Colombo to move faster. "That's true everywhere and it should be true in Sri Lanka but it's not, because these populations are confined to camps," he told Reuters in an interview. "People shouldn't be confined against their will," he added. Schwartz said Colombo should find a better way to address the legitimate security issues. "The way to manage those concerns is not to confine the entire population," he said.
  • 45) Aug 07, 2009 23:25:15 GMT |  + An Urgent Appeal to the International Community and Human rights Organizations
    We Tamil Diaspora in Switzerland profoundly shocked and dismayed by the arrest of Selvarasa Pathmanathan (KP) in Malaysia and his hand over to the Sri Lankan authorities where he faces torture and execution. In the past silence of international community during the annihilation of thousands of Tamil people in Tamil homeland encouraged Sri Lankan government to continue their military onslaught that resulted in tragic death of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians with callous disregard for human rights and humanitarian laws. Today more than 300,000 people are languishing in Sri Lankan death camps behind barbed wires.
  • 46) Aug 07, 2009 16:17:20 GMT |  + Russia parries US thrust in Central Asia
    The Uzbeks explain the ingenuity of their mind by often repeating a saying that goes: when they speak, they seldom mean what they say; and when they act, they almost always disregard what they have in mind. To be sure, it is hazardous to attempt a definitive interpretation of what the Uzbek Foreign Ministry in Tashkent meant on Monday when it alleged that the "implementation of such projects" as a Russian decision to set up a second military base in Kyrgyzstan could "reinforce militarization processes" as well as "seriously destabilize the situation in the vast region", apart from "provoking various kinds of nationalist struggles".
  • 47) Aug 07, 2009 12:01:58 GMT |  + Slain Tiger chief's phone led Sri Lanka to successor
    Sri Lanka's successful manhunt for the new head of the Tamil Tigers began with the phone of the dead man he succeeded, Tiger founder Vellupillai Prabhakaran. Sri Lankan intelligence officers used the satellite phone, found on the corpse of Prabhakaran after his death in a final battle on May 18, to pick up the trail of a man who dodged authorities for nearly three decades. The capture of Selvarajah Pathmanathan, the new head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is the latest prize for President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his campaign to wipe out the separatist Tigers and their remnants. A military spokesman said Pathmanathan was being interrogated in Colombo.
  • 48) Aug 07, 2009 11:30:23 GMT |  +  Canada Increases Humanitarian Aid to Sri Lanka
    The Government of Canada is increasing its ongoing support to civilians displaced by the recent conflict in Sri Lanka, announced the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, after visiting Menik Farm in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. “Canada is deeply concerned about the ongoing humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka,” said Minister Oda. “During my visit to the displaced persons camp in Vayuniya, I witnessed the need of those who are living there. I am pleased that Canada is increasing its support to our partners in their work to provide basic humanitarian support to meet the needs of people affected by the conflict."
  • 49) Aug 07, 2009 5:18:27 GMT |  + 'Not part of Sri Lankan rehabilitation project'
    Eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan, who was in the thick of a controversy over his reported involvement in the Sri Lankan government’s ‘Vadakkin Vasantham’ (Spring of North) project for rehabilitating Tamils there, cleared the air on Thursday saying he was not part of the project.Swaminathan, who has been facing flak in the past couple of months with articles and comments in blogs and websites and some vernacular journals accusing him of taking the Sri Lankan government’s side against the interest of the Tamils, said: “It was a pure misconception.” “I have decided to defer taking part in the agricultural renaissance of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka till the political substrate conditions there become conducive for the revival of agriculture and fisheries.’’
  • 50) Aug 07, 2009 5:07:13 GMT |  + Tamil Eelam leader not arrested here
    Panithan Wattanayakorn, acting government spokesman, has denied a news agency report that the new leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka has been arrested in Bangkok. “The Tamil Eelam leader was not arrested in Thailand as was reported by a foreign news agency,” Mr Panithan said on Friday morning. He admitted that the person concerned had made visits to Thailand. State security agencies were checking information relating to the case, he said. Al-Jazeera news online reported that Selvarajah Pathmanathan was arrested in Thailand, quoting Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, a Sri Lankan military spokesman. more ...
  • 51) Aug 07, 2009 3:59:31 GMT |  + Vaccine Campaign Launched in Sri Lanka Camps
    Aid workers have begun giving the measles vaccine to more than 36,000 young Sri Lankan children living in refugee camps, displaced by the long-running conflict between the government and rebel forces, which ended in May. Measles is a leading cause of child deaths worldwide, especially in countries experiencing emergency situations, such as the humanitarian aftermath of the civil war in Sri Lanka. There will be 30 vaccination centers in the northern town of Vavuniya, where most of the 280,000 people who fled the conflict are now living. In addition to the measles vaccine, children in the camps will be given the polio vaccine, vitamin A supplements, and de-worming tablets to further boost their health. more ...
  • 52) Aug 07, 2009 3:51:28 GMT |  + Sri Lankan military delegation visits NDA
    A Group of 23 senior military officers from Sri Lanka led by Brig KJ Wijetilleke, the chief instructor of Defence Services Command and Staff College of Sri Lanka, visited the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, on Tuesday. The visit was part of their tour to various important military training institutions in the country. NDA Commandant Vice Admiral RK Dhowan, briefed the delegation on various training curriculum of the academy. Being a unique tri-services training institution, the NDA is a fixture on the itinerary of important military delegations, said a press note.
  • 53) Aug 07, 2008 15:20:32 GMT |  + Donors commit $1 billion in funding upto May 2008
    The total commitment made by lenders and donor agencies to Sri Lanka during the first five months of this year had amounted to US$ 1.04 billion, of which project loans accounted for US$ 959 million and the balance $ 90 million as grants. Government of India committed US $ 109 million. Of which US$ 100 million is to finance imports from India and US$ 8.5 million for the construction of a district hospital in Dickoya, Hatton consisting of 150 beds. The balance US $ 0.5 million is for the improvement of facilities at Rural Vocational Training Centre at Nagawillu, Puttalam.
  • 54) Aug 07, 2008 13:52:21 GMT |  + United States Offers No Refuge for Human Rights Violators
    “The United States is not a safe haven for those who engage in violations of human rights all around the world,” says Julie Myers, assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Myers said there are many challenges in tracking down human rights violators who attempt to hide in the United States. The work involves sending U.S. agents abroad to talk to witnesses, many of whom are afraid to come forward and talk to official agents from either the United States or their own governments. more ...
  • 55) Aug 07, 2008 13:24:23 GMT |  + M.I.A. Responds to Pro-Terrorism Accusations
    M.I.A. seems to agree. "I don't support terrorism and never have," she wrote in a statement. "As a Sri Lankan that fled war and bombings, my music is the voice of the civilian refugee. Frankly, I am not trying to start dialogue with someone who is really just seeking self-promotion." And check the tag beneath the video: "M.I.A. EXPOSED NAKED! (Attn: Gruesome Footage)". That's pretty much one secret Nigerian bank account short of a spam email subject line. And last but not least, let's not overlook the fact that the Los Angeles-based DeLon's flow is, well, kinda wack. more ...
  • 56) Aug 07, 2008 12:53:22 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says offensive against rebels succeeding
    Sri Lanka's government said on Thursday it was making gains in an offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels, as soldiers killed 16 rebels in fresh battles in the north. Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella also rejected any possibility of a ceasefire or peace talks at this stage, saying this could only happen if the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were to lay down arms unconditionally. "Surely, definitely, positively we are moving forward and we will not turn at any point," said Rambukwella, who is also minister for foreign employment and welfare.
  • 57) Aug 07, 2008 12:25:44 GMT |  + Church near Sri Lanka front line cancels festival
    A popular annual festival at a revered Roman Catholic church near the front lines of Sri Lanka's civil war has been canceled because the government and Tamil rebels have failed to recognize the area as a peace zone, officials said Thursday. Roman Catholic Church officials said this year's festival has been canceled because of safety concerns."We do not expect therefore pilgrims this time at Madhu," the Rev. Rayappu Joseph, bishop of the northern Mannar region, said in a statement.
  • 58) Aug 07, 2008 10:42:04 GMT |  + Abducted Batticaloa Tamil girl escapes in Colombo
    A nineteen-year-old Tamil girl who was abducted by an unidentified armed group on Tuesday evening in Batticaloa town escaped at Cinnamons Garden in Colombo Wednesday evening while being taken in a bus along with some abducted girls from the east, sources in Colombo said. The girl was taken into custody by police in Wellawatte when she was going to her relative's house in Wellawatte afer escaping from the abductors, according to police sources in Colombo.
  • 59) Aug 07, 2007 17:34:02 GMT |  + Nedumaran says he will go to Lanka to help suffering Tamils
    Accusing UPA Government at the Centre and DMK government in Tamil Nadu of not helping the suffering Tamils in Sri Lanka, Tamil National Movement leader P Nedumaran today said he would lead a team of volunteers to the strife-torn island nation, carrying medicines and food. Addressing Sri Lankan Tamil Supporters Conference here, Nedumaran claimed that though he had collected food items and medicines worth Rs one crore and had handed them over to the Indian Red Cross, the Centre has not permitted it to take the items to the island nation. He also contacted the International Red Cross, which expressed its inability to carry these items to Sri Lanka as the Government of India did not permit it, he said.
  • 60) Aug 07, 2007 17:33:27 GMT |  + UN urges investigations of deaths and more security for aid workers
    United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes has strongly urged Sri Lanka to conclude slow-moving investigations into the year-old killing of 17 humanitarian workers even as humanitarian agencies said security concerns were slowing down aid delivery. Holmes, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, also called on the government to give better access for aid workers to communities in need and to ensure the safety of local and foreign humanitarian workers. more ...
  • 61) Aug 07, 2007 14:49:50 GMT |  + Sri Lankan 'Torture Monitor' Published
    Any suspect unlucky enough to be detained in Sri Lanka's brutal conflict risks being hung upside down by their thumbs, beaten with metal poles, burnt with cigarettes, have petrol poured over their heads and boiling water forced down their throats. This is the unsavory image to emerge from a new publication on torture from the Home for Human Rights (HHR), a leading advocacy organization in Sri Lanka. The first issue of "Torture Monitor" was published on Wednesday and "dedicated to survivors of torture in Sri Lanka and around the world." In the first six months of 2007, HHR treated 66 survivors, compared to 20 in the whole of last year.
  • 62) Aug 07, 2007 14:37:15 GMT |  + Pre-Condition for taking war from east to north
    It is still early after the liberation of the totality of the east, so the best may be still to come in the form of the government's eastern rising program. But on the ground, the reality is different. Instead of security and democracy ther is a continuing high level of insecurity, little democracy and no evidence at all of economic development. Belying the government claims on political platforms and in the government controlled media that normalcy and reconstruction are, and will soon be, the features of the liberated east...
  • 63) Aug 07, 2007 13:36:17 GMT |  + Sri Lanka dismisses rights abuse report
    Sri Lanka's president hit back Tuesday against a new report on rights abuses saying the allegations are out of date, too generalised and do not warrant a special UN observer mission for the island. New York-based Human Rights Watch on Monday said there was a "shocking" rise in rights abuses and blamed government troops for intensifying unlawful killings and abductions. But President Mahinda Rajapakse dismissed the charges and accused the rights group of producing a "largely one-sided report, weighed heavily against the legitimate government of Sri Lanka." Rajapakse's office said the number of those who are alleged to have disappeared was based on "unsubstantiated information."
  • 64) Aug 07, 2007 11:55:03 GMT |  + China gives USD 455 mn for largest Sri Lankan coal power plant
    China has given a long-term loan of 455 million US dollars to Sri Lanka for building the island nation's largest coal-fired power plant, the state media reported today. The construction work of Sri Lanka's largest coal-fired power plant with Chinese assistance commenced yesterday in the South Asian nation's north-western Puttalam area. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said that after the completion of the Norochchole Power Plant, about 130 km north of the capital Colombo, the cost for electricity in the country will be reduced.
  • 65) Aug 07, 2007 11:52:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Government Abuses Intensify
    The Sri Lankan government is responsible for unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and other serious human rights violations since the resumption of major hostilities with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch documented a dramatic increase in abuses by government forces over the past 18 months, and called on the country's donors and concerned governments to support a United Nations monitoring mission in Sri Lanka.
  • 66) Aug 07, 2007 11:48:51 GMT |  + "Para Demala"
    'Para Demala' might have offended the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), but "Pa'raiyar, a prestigious ancestors of the Tamil social formation, would definitely laugh at Basil Rajapaksa for his stupid choice of words," Tamil parliamentarian P. Ariyanenthiran told media Monday. The resignation of five ministers of the CWC from the ruling Rajapaksa government Thursday was triggered by a clash with Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, SL president's brother and presidential advisor, who, in the height of the argument, reportedly chose to call a senior CWC leader as 'Para Demala,' (the Tamil of the drummer-caste), which the Sinhalese think is a derogatory way of calling a Tamil.
  • 67) Aug 07, 2007 1:23:01 GMT |  + East Sri Lanka, the Tamils and History
    The Eastern Province has a land area of 9,361 square kilometers (3,613 square miles). The Tamils have had a presence in the region that goes back two millenia. Successive post-independence governments in Sri Lanka, backed by hardline Sinhalese nationalists, have attempted to deny the Tamil Hindu character of the region. They have attempted to do so through dubious efforts to distort history. This entails a highly selective read of the Pali and Sinhalese historical chronicles while suppressing the Sanskrit and Tamil literary evidence, the evidence of archeology and the records of outside travelers to the contrary.
  • 68) Aug 07, 2007 1:16:45 GMT |  + Cost of living and issues of patriotism
    The recent increase in the price of fuel and the more drastic increase in the price of milk foods makes one wonder whether such increases are another call for us citizens to accept them with good grace in the name of patriotism. Sadly enough this patriotism does not seem to extend to the well fed and much travelled politicians and their coterie of yes- men. In fact it appears that the government is very determined to increase the gap between the rich and the poor and in the process eliminate the struggling middle class.
  • 69) Aug 07, 2007 1:10:30 GMT |  + Wobbly Sri Lanka
    The government of Mahinda Rajapakse, Sri Lanka's president, has been hit by the apparent withdrawal of a minor coalition partner, the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC). If confirmed, the CWC's move would be a further symptom of the growing parliamentary volatility of recent months, reflecting opportunistic shifts in political allegiances and, in particular, the destabilising entry to the coalition of a large number of opposition lawmakers. Although such realignments are fairly common in Sri Lanka, the current epidemic of political manoeuvring renders the immediate prospects for stability, or for progress towards a negotiated solution to the civil conflict, unpromising in the extreme.
  • 70) Aug 07, 2007 1:09:03 GMT |  + Indian-origin Tamil party refuses to topple Lankan Govt.
    A minority Tamil party of Indian origin today refused Opposition calls to bring down Sri Lankan government saying it would continue supporting the 20-month- old Rajapakse-led coalition administration. The Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) which represents Indian-origins in that country said although two of their members resigned as Ministers in Rajapaksa's cabinet last week, they will continue support to the governme
  • 71) Aug 07, 2007 1:07:36 GMT |  + UN relief chief calls on Government to probe aid workers’ murders
    Terming the killings a year ago today of 17 Sri Lankan aid workers “probably the single worst crime committed against humanitarian workers in recent history,” the top United Nations humanitarian official called on the Government to investigate “with the full weight and force of the justice system” the crime that has seemingly become a cold case. “A full year has passed since this crime. No one has been apprehended or charged, and in many ways we seem little nearer to the truth,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the execution-style killings of the workers from the French organization Action against Hunger in northeastern Sri Lanka, where Tamil separatists and the Government have waged a decades-long war.
  • 72) Aug 07, 2007 1:02:03 GMT |  + Stop sale and supply of arms to S Lanka, says Vaiko
    Accusing the Centre of betraying Sri Lankan Tamils, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko today requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately stop the sale and supply of arms to the island nation and get back the radars already supplied. In a letter to Singh, he said that contrary to the decision taken by the Centre at an all-party meeting in 1998, the present UPA government was supplying weapons to be used by the Sri Lankan military against Tamils, represented by LTTE. "I am terribly shocked that India is continuing the supply of radars to the Sri Lankan Air Force, which strafed and bombed and killed thousands of innocent men, women and children of Tamils all these years," he said.
  • 73) 11:51 GMT, Aug. 7, 2005 |  + INTERVIEW - Sri Lanka truce to hold but trust vital - monitor
    Sri Lanka's longest truce with the Tamil Tigers will hold despite a rash of killings the military and the rebels each blame on the other, but they must rebuild trust to avoid escalation, the chief ceasefire monitor warned. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) accuse the military of helping a breakaway rebel faction to target and kill their cadres and have ratcheted up the rhetoric, warning that a 3-1/2-year ceasefire is on the brink of collapse. Dozens of rebel cadres, policemen and soldiers have been killed since the truce was agreed in 2002, and some diplomats and analysts fear a silent war of attrition in the restive east, where the rebels control large areas of jungle, could spiral into all-out war.
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  • 74) 11:49 GMT, Aug. 7, 2005 |  + European cease-fire monitors worried about Sri Lanka's fragile truce
    European cease-fire monitors are worried about the future of Sri Lanka's fragile truce and have called for talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to prevent the island from slipping back into war, the chief monitor said Sunday. A spate of violence that has killed dozens in recent months and fierce warnings by the rebels have raised fears that Sri Lanka's three-year truce is on the brink of collapse. "We are worried, for sure ... It's very important that the parties restart a dialogue," chief monitor Hagrup Haukland told The Associated Press. more ...
  • 75) 11:47 GMT, Aug. 7, 2005 |  + Indian Origin Tamils hurt by Lanka minister's remarks
    Sri Lanka's 1.5 million strong Indian Tamil community is deeply hurt by some offensive remarks made against them by a Deputy Minister in the government, Mervyn Silva. The parties representing the community are to hold a mass rally in Colombo on Monday. "Those cursed immigrants of Indian origin. This is Sri Lanka. Those who came from foreign countries and are exploiting those living in the country, cannot live here the way they want to," Silva ranted referring to the Maharaja Organisation, which owns the popular TV channels, MTV, Shakti, Sirasa in English, Tamil and Sinhala. more ...
  • 76) 01:14 GMT, Aug. 7, 2005 |  + Pigs are Flying in Batticaloa!
    No, no, I am not asserting a new discovery which would contradict a well-certified zoological fact. The title of my commentary relates to the opinion piece of D.B.S. Jeyaraj, The Sunday Leader (Colombo)’s token Tamil pontificator, which appeared on July 24, 2005. In the imagination of Jeyaraj, pigs are indeed flying in Batticaloa, and he has seen them from Canada – of all locations. That is how one has to infer the cockamamy yarn Jeyaraj provided under the caption, "Tigers get a taste of their own bitter medicine." Since Karuna is an ex-LTTE commander, he knows fully well that he cannot come out in public - neither in Batticaloa nor in any foreign land. So Karuna will only exist in the romantic yarns penned by guys like D.B.S. Jeyaraj and B. Raman. more ...
  • 77) 01:12 GMT, Aug. 7, 2005 |  + Norway defends 2002 ceasefire agreement
    In so far as the guns remain silent, the truce has held – mostly. Despite numerous minor and some serious breaches, including the Sri Lanka Navy sinking two LTTE merchant vessels, killing scores of cadres, there have been no major clashes between the two sides. “We call on the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE each to take immediate action to prevent killings. The LTTE must stop all killings by their forces. The Sri Lankan government, in accordance with the Ceasefire Agreement, must ensure that all paramilitary groups are disarmed and prevented from any activity that might lead to acts of violence. The government must also guarantee the security of unarmed LTTE cadres in government controlled areas,” a joint statement said. more ...
  • 78) 16:51 GMT, Aug. 7, 2004 |  + Ready to fight and ready for peace too - Anura in parliament
    "We are ready to fight. We are ready for peace too. If it were peace let it be peace. If we are to exchange blows we can do that too. Tell this to your Wanni leader", Minister Anura Bandaranaike said so in parliament yesterday. Following the minister's earlier utterances Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament Sivajilingam sought the leave of the house to reply the minister's speech. The speaker refused him permission and when Mr. Sivajilingam persisted with his request Minister Bandaranaike came out with the forgoing words expressing their readiness to fight the Tamils and wanted the TNA to convey that message to the LTTE leadership. "This (the house of parliament) is not Wanni jungle. Do not forget it", he said in his violent roar. more ...
  • 79) 16:49 GMT, Aug. 7, 2004 |  + Kumaratunga loyalist to lead Sri Lanka ruling party
    Sri Lanka's Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake will replace President Chandrika Kumaratunga as leader of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance, local newspapers reported on Saturday. Kumaratunga quit the post last week over what her office said was overwork and a desire to spend more time on the island's peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels. Analysts said the move was also likely motivated by frustration at a lack of consensus between her wing of the Freedom Alliance coalition and that of the People's Liberation Front (JVP), which takes a harder line on the separatist rebels. more ...
  • 80) 13:27 GMT, Aug. 7, 2004 |  + Ambulance Boat for Sri Lankan Islands After 20-Year-Wait
    After battling nearly two decades of severe illnesses, 20,000 residents of six islands in northern Sri Lanka will finally get access to medical help courtesy a United Nations (news - web sites) initiative to resume an ambulance boat service to the mainland. The crucial service in Jaffna district was discontinued in the mid-80s following the intensification of war between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. Now the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is spending around US $48,000 to restart it after pleas from the island's citizens and the Jaffna government. more ...
  • 81) 11:26 GMT, Aug. 7, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka peace talks 'next month'
    The Sri Lankan Government expects peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels to resume in September, its top negotiator says. GL Peiris said he was hopeful that a crucial rebel meeting in Paris next week would end more than three months of deadlock. The Tigers pulled out of negotiations in April saying they wanted a greater role in administering the island's north-east. more ...
  • 82) 11:26 GMT, Aug. 7, 2003 |  + UNICEF steps up plan for Sri Lanka child soldiers
    Construction has started on a transit centre for released child soldiers as part of a plan with Tamil Tiger rebels to rehabilitate children recruited during Sri Lanka's 20-year ethnic war, UNICEF said on Thursday. The rebels have been accused of continuing to recruit children despite a ceasefire signed in February 2002 and peace talks that followed, but they have been working with UNICEF on an action plan for their rehabilitation. more ...
  • 83) 11:24 GMT, Aug. 7, 2003 |  + LTTE to hold internal meeting to discuss Govt offer
    Sri Lanka's stalled peace talks showed signs of revival with the LTTE set to hold a crucial internal meeting soon in Paris to discuss the government offer of setting up a provisional administrative structure. "We expect the 14-week deadock in the Norwegian-sponsored peace process would end soon with the LTTE due to hold an internal discussion and meet legal and constitutional experts in Paris in the next few days", Government's top negotiator G L Peiris said. more ...
  • 84) 11:23 GMT, Aug. 7, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka says peace talks may restart in September
    Stalled peace talks to end two decades of ethnic war in Sri Lanka could restart in September after the Tamil Tiger rebels respond to a government proposal on power-sharing, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. The Tigers stopped the talks in April, but hopes of a resumption have grown since the Tigers said they were preparing to respond to a government proposal for an interim administration for the Tamil-majority north and east. more ...
  • 85) 11:22 GMT, Aug. 7, 2003 |  + US raps Tamil Tigers over assassinations, wants peace talks to resume
    The United States on Wednesday warned Tamil Tigers separatists in Sri Lanka they were undermining hopes for peace, with talks on a permanent settlement between the government and rebels still in limbo. The Colombo government submitted a proposal to resume consultations last month through Norwegian mediators, which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are still reviewing. State Department deputy spokesman Philip Reeker said the United States looked forward to a timely resumption of the talks -- but signalled that Washington was still concerned with some aspects of Tiger behavior. more ...
  • 86) 22:05 GMT, Aug. 7, 2002 |  + Displaced protest security zone
    More than five hundred displaced people staged a token sit in protest Wednesday in front of the Chavakachcheri Divisional Secretariat (DS) demanding that they should be allowed to resettle in their villages - Eluthumadduval, Mirusuvil and Karampagam - in the Thenmaradchi area. The DS office did not function because of the picketing.
  • Valaichchenai refugees starve without relief
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  • 87) 22:02 GMT, Aug. 7, 2002 |  + Govt and LTTE respond to Norwegians' questionnaire
    Norwegian facilitators which two months ago sent the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) a questionnaire on the agenda of the formal talks have now received both parties' responses, diplomatic sources told the Daily News. The questionnaire was not intended to be filled and returned, but to create a dialogue on the agenda. Both parties outlined their responses during the subsequent discussions with Norwegians, sources added. more ...
  • 88) 18:43 GMT, Aug. 7, 2002 |  + Another EPDP member arrested in Nimalarajan murder
    The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Jaffna Police Wednesday arrested another member of the Eelam People Democratic Party (EPDP), in connection with the murder of journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan. The arrest had been made consequent to the warrant obtained by the Police from the Jaffna Magistrate Tuesday to search the offices of the EPDP in Jaffna and Kayts. more ...
  • 89) 16:54 GMT, Aug. 7, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan Opposition `working to topple Government'
    The bitter posturing by Sri Lanka's main political parties — the ruling United National Party (UNP) and the Opposition People's Alliance (PA) — took a new dimension today with the PA asserting that it was "working towards toppling the Government.'' However, the Opposition gave an assurance that the peace process would not be trapped in the political feud and that the efforts at conflict resolution would continue even if there was a change in Government. ``It is our democratic right. We want to get rid of this Government as soon as possible,'' the PA spokesperson, Sarath Amunugama, told reporters. more ...
  • 90) 16:45 GMT, Aug. 7, 2002 |  + Vaiko's remand extended till September 4
    A designated Pota court on Wednesday extended till September four the remand of MDMK leader and MP Vaiko and eight others arrested under Pota for making "pro-LTTE" speeches. Pota Judge L Rajendran extended the remand after public prosecutor S Jayakumar sought further remand stating that investigation of several witnesses had led to "improvement" in the probe and hence further time was sought.Vaiko was arrested at Chennai airport on July 11 on his return from a US trip for his 'pro-LTTE' speech at Tirumangalam in Madurai district. more ...
  • 91) 16:33 GMT, Aug. 7, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka rebels say political woes imperil peace
    Separatist Tamil rebels called on Wednesday for Sri Lanka's prime minister to get tough with the president, his political rival, or risk setting back a fragile peace bid to end the island's 19-year ethnic war. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose United National Party (UNP) swept to power last December on a mandate to bring peace and prosperity to the war-ravaged country, has said he would seek an early election unless the president cedes some of her powers. "Mr. Wickremesinghe's government is now in a fight for its survival -- and the longer term future of the peace process depends undoubtedly on the UNP's absolute command of Sri Lanka's governance," the rebel Tigers said through their mouthpiece, the Tamil Guardian newspaper. more ...
  • 92) 12:53 GMT, Aug. 7, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan Foreign Minister coming today
    The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Tyronne Fernando, will arrive here on Wednesday night for the release of his book "Alien Winds Across Paradise'' at the India International Centre on Thursday evening. On Friday, the Foreign Minister is in Chennai where he is likely to meet the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, apart from other engagements. The recent actions taken by the Tamil Nadu Government against known pro-LTTE actors in the State should please Colombo even though it is publicly committed to a dialogue process with the Tigers. more ...
  • 93) 11:55 GMT, Aug. 7, 2002 |  + Political woes in Sri Lanka threaten reforms, aid
    A political duel between Sri Lanka's prime minister and president would delay reform plans and scare investors away from an ailing economy if the squabbles force a general election, analysts said on Wednesday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, elected in December to make peace with rebels and rouse a recessed economy, has said he would dissolve parliament and call for fresh polls if President Chandrika Kumaratunga refuses to give up some of her sweeping powers. more ...
  • 94) 00:14 GMT, Aug. 7, 2002 |  + Naval unit shifts to new camp
    The battalion HQ at Thiriyai SLNS Walagamba Camp located at the Thiriyai Tamil Maha Vidyalayam was shifted to a site closer to Junction, Thiriyai, much closer to the sea and the new camp was ceremonially opened by the Commander Eastern Naval Area Rear Admiral H. S. Ratnakeerthi at the auspicious time of 8.28 a.m.on Friday, August 20. Rear Admiral Ratnakeerthi addressing the officers and men said according to the MoU signed between the Government and the LTTE all armed forces camps located in schools, religious places and public buildings have to be shifted before August 2 and Navy Camp located at the Thiriyai MV was shifted twenty four hours before D day. The officers and men have set up the new camp in twenty two days and shifted in time.

    Naval personnel should be loyal to the Govt. - Rear Admiral Ratnakeerthi

    Rear Admiral Ratnakeerthi said "all of us in the country have come to a decisive stage. The LTTE who fought with us have now entered the peace path. Because of the MoU signed between the Government and the LTTE, during the past seven months no lives were lost and the Navy should help continue the peace process which may lead to permanent peace. He said naval personnel should be loyal to the government in power, irrespective of political, religious, racial or language differences and they have to perform their duties entrusted to them to the best of their ability. - Daily News ( August 7, 2002)

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  • 95) 14:41 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Once-Thriving Tamil Town Now a War Ruin
    Some of Jaffna's most influential community leaders and intellectuals say Mrs. Kumaratunga is playing a dangerous game in Jaffna. She promises to grant the Tamils greater power to govern themselves, but has installed a former Tamil militant that many of them regard as a thuggish opportunist to do her bidding on the peninsula. Eight months ago, she appointed Douglas Devenanda, a member of Parliament and leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party, as the minister in charge of doling out tens of millions of dollars to rehabilitate the ruins of the peninsula. "You must visit the theater where Douglas Devenanda is staging his drama," Nadarajah Raviraj, the mayor of Jaffna, said sarcastically. The hundreds of supplicants who come daily to plead for Mr. Devenanda's patronage must pass through layers of heavily armed soldiers, as well as his own armed guards, then wind through a maze to the cavernous balcony where he holds court in his party headquarters. more ...
  • 96) 14:39 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka puts off plebiscite on statute by two months
    Sri Lanka's controversial referendum on a new constitution was Tuesday delayed till October amid mounting opposition from within the government, officials said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga rescheduled the August 21 referendum to ask the country if it needs a new constitution for October 18. Sri Lanka's combined opposition have already launched their campaigns to say "no" to the question asked at the referendum: "Are you agreeable to the proposal that the country needs a constitution which is a national requirement and a national prerequisite?" more ...
  • 97) 14:08 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka president gets offer of limited support
    Sri Lanka's main opposition party offered to give limited support on Tuesday to the minority government if the country's beleaguered president called off a controversial referendum on constitutional reform. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has been facing mounting opposition to her rule since she suspended parliament last month ahead of a no-confidence vote and called an August 21 referendum on constitutional reforms. The main opposition United National Party (UNP), which led violent street protests against Kumaratunga last month, said it was willing to back the ruling coalition and other parties ''on a limited agenda, for a limited time'' if the referendum was cancelled. more ...
  • 98) 14:05 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Concerns over massive ballot print for North
    It is feared that another fraudulent plebiscite is about to be conducted at the referendum with the commissioner of elections ordering the government printer to print 675,550 ballot papers for the Jaffna electoral district whereas the actual number of registered voters is not expected to be more than 300,000. In the same directive Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake ordered 240,800 ballot papers to be printed to cover the Wanni district despite much of the area lying within the LTTE's control and thereby inaccessible to election department officials for the conduct of the polls. more ...
  • 99) 13:41 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Malaysia: 'Zero to hero' school moves to new premises
    One of the island's smallest Tamil schools which rose from "zero to hero" in the community's eyes in the last UPSR examination is moving to larger premises. Edged out by development, SJK(T) Sungai Ara, formerly a rubber smokehouse, has been compensated with a RM500,000 three-block school 500m away. Former landowner, Sungai Ara Holdings Sdn Bhd and developer Palmex Industries Sdn Bhd, yesterday handed the RM1.8mil property to the school's board of governors. more ...
  • 100) 13:31 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka's War Keeps Raging, Turning Hopes to Despair
    A trickle of people who used to live in and around this once tidy and bustling town have begun venturing back to its ghostly ruins, picking through rubble for family photos and other possessions abandoned in panic last year when army rockets rained destruction on their homes, temples, libraries and schools. . Even when the mortars fall silent, the shadow of civil war never lifts here in the heart of the ethnically Tamil homeland that rebels have fought for in the last 18 years. Some people, like Rajivan Srimohan, 14, one of the fastest runners in the ninth grade, have recently stumbled onto land mines planted in their yards like deadly garden seeds. He now lies in a hospital bed with a bandaged stump below the knee instead of a fleet foot. more ...
  • 101) 13:13 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka launches more air strikes against rebels
    Sri Lankan air force jets bombed Tamil Tiger guerrilla positions for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, military officials said. Israeli-built K'fir aircraft bombarded a rebel base in the eastern Batticaloa district, said military spokesman Sanath Karunaratne. "The target was known as the 'Jim Kelly' training base and it was effectively engaged," he said. On Monday, the air force pounded a rebel bunker line in the northern Jaffna peninsula. more ...
  • 102) 11:43 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Israelis assess damage to rebel-hit Sri Lankan jets
    A team of Israeli experts has arrived in Sri Lanka to study the possibility of repairing military aircraft damaged during a devastating rebel attack last month, officials said Tuesday. The team was assessing the damage to Israeli-built Kfir aircraft that were hit in the July 24 attack on an airbase by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a defence official said. Eight aircraft were completely destroyed and several others were damaged, while at the adjoining international airport four passenger jet liners were destroyed and two more damaged. more ...
  • 103) 16:54 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Sri Lankan Airlines counts cost of attack
    Sri Lanka's national airline is counting the cost of the recent attack at Colombo airport. Its chief executive Peter Hill told BBC World Service's World Business Report on Tuesday that it will make a US $500m insurance claim for the damage to its aircraft. As a result, he expects insurance premiums will rise right across the sector, in turn pushing up the cost of fares. But the real cost to the carrier could be in the coming months, as passengers defect to other airlines. more ...
  • 104) 16:51 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + SLAF bombs eastern villages
    Seven houses were destroyed and at least ten cattle were killed due to heavy aerial bombing by two Sri Lanka Airforce Kifir jets on residential areas in the villages of Pendukalchenai and Thoppigala, about 34 km north-west of Batticaloa town around 10.30 a.m. Tuesday morning, residents said. The houses that were bombed Tuesday were constructed with the financial assistance of the Norwegian aid agency NORAD, a local Non Governmental Organisation official said. SLAF has intensified air raids during the past few days in the north and east of the country, according to military sources. more ...
  • 105) 15:20 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Canada sweats from Prairies to Maritimes
    Toronto has declared a heat emergency, as Canadians from the east coast to the Prairies sweat their way through a stifling heat wave. Metro officials say it will feel like 40 degrees Tuesday afternoon, raising the odds that people could die from the excessive heat. Those without air conditioning are being offered a spot in special "cooling centres" set up around the city. A humidex advisory is also in effect from Windsor through Brockville. Record high temperatures were recorded in several parts of New Brunswick Monday, with humidity driving up the heat factor. more ...
  • 106) 11:39 GMT, Aug. 7, 2001 |  + Sri Lankans look for answers in wake of resurgent LTTE offensive
    The LTTE has grown from a guerrilla force to a semi-conventional army with 152mm and 125mm artillery pieces, heavy mortars, multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) and surface-to-air missiles (including shoulder-fired Stinger missiles). It fights a 'mobile war' against the Sri Lankan Army's 'static war', which involves its troops digging themselves into camps and waiting. The LTTE also scores over the army in ground intelligence because the war is being fought on its territory and also because the Sinhalese speak little or no Tamil. There are no Tamils in the military. more ...
  • 107) 13:58 GMT, Aug. 7, 2000 |  + The Remapping of India
    India is poised on the threshold of the first major reorganisation of its states since 1948. The first objective is to break up large, unwieldy states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar; from them will be born Uttaranchal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The second, and more important, is to give people with distinct identities and aspirations a chance to chart their own destinies. An in-depth analysis and everything you wanted to know about India's new states. more ...
  • 108) 13:41 GMT, Aug. 7, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka monks begin indefinite fast, reform bill suffers defection
    "The Indian high commission in Colombo is lobbying with Members of Parliament (MPs) of Tamil parties to vote for the draft constitution," the pro-opposition Sunday Leader newspaper reported. Indian diplomats were not immediately available for comment. Four of the moderate Tamil parties in Parliament, with 16 vital votes among them, have yet to say how they will vote when the crucial test for Kumaratunga's draft statute comes up on Wednesday. The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), the Democratic People's Liberation Front (DPLF), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) and the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) were sitting on the fence and said they had not yet decided. more ...
  • 109) 13:34 GMT, Aug. 7, 2000 |  + Monk begins death fast as Sri Lanka reform protests grow
    A Buddhist monk pledged to fast to death and a ruling party legislator defected Monday in protest over a proposed constitution that Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga hopes will end decades of ethnic bloodshed. Saffron-robed monk Hadihalle Wimalarasa began the death fast opposite a sacred tree after a large group of clergymen marched through the streets of Colombo, witnesses said, as legislators began a debate on the draft constitution. The new constitution seeks to turn the country into a federal state in all but name in the hope that increased local autonomy through eight regional councils will appease minority interests. more ...
  • 110) 13:32 GMT, Aug. 7, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Debates Constitution
    Parliament began a crucial debate Monday on whether to accept a new constitution that the government hopes will end the 17-year Tamil separatist war. To guard against feared rebel attacks, air force helicopters brought Parliament members to the assembly building from hotels, where the legislators had spent the weekend. more ...
  • 111) 03:28 GMT, Aug. 7, 2000 |  + Tamil parties divided over support to constitution bill
    Three of the six Lankan moderate Tamil parties with a combined strength of 19 members have decided to support the new Constitution Bill while the rest are yet to make up their mind, party sources said here today. The Tamil parties' support to the bill is crucial as the government needs a minimum of 150 votes to get the bill ratified in Parliament. more ...
  • 112) 03:25 GMT, Aug. 7, 2000 |  + Attempt to cheat Tamils - MDMK general secretary, Mr. Vaiko
    The tabling of the new Constitution Bill in Sri Lanka by its President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, was more an attempt to cheat the Tamils, the MDMK general secretary, Mr. Vaiko, told reporters here on Sunday. With the proposed bill being unacceptable to even Tamil groups supporting the Government, the Opposition UNP and Sinhala supporters, it was clear that Mrs. Chandrika had little of substance to offer, he said. more ...
  • 113) 03:17 GMT, Aug. 7, 2000 |  + Buddhist meeting bombed ahead of key vote
    Unidentified attackers targetted a meeting of 200 people led by the National Council of Buddhist, but instead wounded themselves. "There were three people who were taking cover between two cars and one of them tried to throw the bomb, but his hand hit the door of one car and he missed his target," Buddhist monk Palitha told AFP. He said the attack came as the monks were discussing protest action against government plans to press ahead with a bill to be voted on in parliament on Wednesday. more ...
  • 114) 00:57 GMT, Aug. 7, 2000 |  + Entrenched dictatorship for North-East
    If the main purpose of the Government’s new constitution is to meet the aspirations of the Tamil people of the North-East, then its intended beneficiaries should take a close look at the Chapter headed ‘’Interim Council for the Northern and Eastern Regions". So, for different reasons, should the rest of the nation. An unelected Council consisting entirely of persons appointed by the President is to administer the "Northern and Eastern Regions" for five years with powers unparalleled in the post-independence history of this country. more ...
  • 115) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + An irreparable loss - Professor A. J. Wilson,Toronto.
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  • 116) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Lionair crash victims’ next-of-kin given insurance claim forms
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  • 117) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Improved Indo-US relations worry pro-LTTE Tamils
    No details available. more ...
  • 118) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + There is no point in condemning LTTE for Neelan’s killing - AGOTIC
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  • 119) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Access route to be opened on Monday
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  • 120) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Tamil Eelam & Neelan Thiruchelvam
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  • 121) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + LTTE, SLA de-mine to open access route
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  • 122) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Chennai: Squabbling continues in all Fronts
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  • 123) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Twenty youths arrested in round up
    No details available. more ...
  • 124) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + U.S. Sells the Most Arms
    No details available. more ...
  • 125) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Army commandos assault TELO cadres
    No details available. more ...
  • 126) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Mavai to succeed Neelan
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  • 127) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + An irreparable loss - Professor A. J. Wilson,Toronto.
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  • 128) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Lionair crash victims’ next-of-kin given insurance claim forms
    No details available. more ...
  • 129) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Improved Indo-US relations worry pro-LTTE Tamils
    No details available. more ...
  • 130) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + There is no point in condemning LTTE for Neelan’s killing - AGOTIC
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  • 131) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Access route to be opened on Monday
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  • 132) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Tamil Eelam & Neelan Thiruchelvam
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  • 133) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + LTTE, SLA de-mine to open access route
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  • 134) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Chennai: Squabbling continues in all Fronts
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  • 135) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Twenty youths arrested in round up
    No details available. more ...
  • 136) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + U.S. Sells the Most Arms
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  • 137) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Army commandos assault TELO cadres
    No details available. more ...
  • 138) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1999 |  + Mavai to succeed Neelan
    No details available. more ...
  • 139) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1998 |  + Emergency rule shatters foreign confidence in Sri Lanka
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  • 140) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1998 |  + UN threaten Sri Lanka pullout
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  • 141) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1998 |  + Amnesty International Urgent Action
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  • 142) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1998 |  + Concern for tortured detainee - Amnesty
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  • 143) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 07, 1998 |  + Agony of Welikkade's Tamil women
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