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The tale of two cities by the Lagoon – Batticaloa & Venice
The tale of two cities by the Lagoon – Batticaloa & Venice

Growing up barley a few hundred yards away from the meandering and mesmerizing Batticaloa lagoon had its magical moments. The swilling frothy waves dancing in the sun rays, and gently touching the sandy shores were a sight that never fades from memory. The mangroves, prawns, jelly fish, green algae, and the distinct lake smell –are elements that embody the…

The Island - Jan 01 18:21 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Batticaloa, History ]

Sri Lanka’s Army Plays by the Old Rules
Sri Lanka’s Army Plays by the Old Rules
Sri Lanka’s Army Plays by the Old Rules

“Our ancestors lived here,” said the elderly woman. She and a dozen other Muslim inhabitants of the village of Kasankurni spoke to a Sri Lankan activist and me last week from outside makeshift homes where they have struggled to survive for four years. “The army started by taking our maize and other crops. Then they blocked our children from going to school.…

HRW - Oct 27 10:21 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, Batticaloa ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Now East gets ready for Ezhuga Thamilto push for federal unit TN won’t back the move

    Barely three months after the Ezhuga Thamil (‘Rise up Tamils’) rally in the North, which caused an uproar in political circles, arrangements are being made for holding a sequel thereto in the East. Although Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and the TNA will not back the move, the TPC, which has Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneshwaran and Jaffna-based…

    Island - Nov 28 14:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, Jaffna, History ]

  • Roots of Governor-Chief Minister conflict in eastern Sri Lanka

    Roots of Governor-Chief Minister conflict in eastern Sri Lanka

    The on-going conflict between Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando and Chief Minister Naseer Ahamed, which has led to the Sri Lankan armed forces declaring an indefinite boycott of the Chief Minister, is rooted in the way Centre-Province relations have developed in Lanka and the nature of Muslim politics in the island nation. According to sources in the East,…

    NIE - May 27 10:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Batticaloa, SriLanka ]

  • MP Joseph Pararajasingham killing: Pillaiyan arrested

    MP Joseph Pararajasingham killing: Pillaiyan arrested

    Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan was taken into custody by the CID yesterday in connection with the killing of Batticaloa District parliamentarian Joseph Pararaajasingham in December 2005. Earlier the Criminal Investigation Department took into custody two former LTTE members who had close links with Pillaiyan in…

    Island - Oct 12 11:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Batticaloa, SriLanka ]

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  • TNA and SLMC in power struggle in East

    TNA and SLMC in power struggle in East

    Following the appointment of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Councillor Hafeez Nazeer Ahamed as the new Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) the party has decided to suspend a councillor on the grounds of his misconduct, a senior party leader said. “He has been removed from the party membership by the leader with the powers vested through the…

    Sunday Times - Feb 08 01:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Batticaloa, TNA ]

  • Sri Lanka's first Special Agricultural Zone to attract foreign capital

    Sri Lanka\'s first Special Agricultural Zone to attract foreign capital

    The project should be up and running within a year. The area, which covers 3,000 acres, is located in the eastern part of the country where 80 per cent of the population works in agriculture. The project will also provide an opportunity to upgrade the local infrastructure.The government also plans to invest in new technologies, build new infrastructure like roads and…

    Asia News - Oct 07 13:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Amparai, Batticaloa, Trincomalee ]

  • Sri Lanka again delays dig at suspected mass grave

    Sri Lankan officials on Monday sought more time to exhume a suspected mass grave in a former war zone after failing to secure the services of forensic experts. The site in the eastern coastal town of Kalavanchikudy has been under investigation since a resident petitioned the local court, claiming the remains of around 100 Muslims killed 24 years ago at the height…

    AFP - Aug 18 17:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, SriLanka, Genocide ]

  • Clerics Under Watch in SL

    Sri Lankan intelligence agencies are on the vigil against Islamic preachers who create communal tension and spread rumours threatening the security of the country, the State-owned Daily News said on Saturday. “Several” Muslim fundamentalist groups were involved in rumour mongering. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had issued a directive to take action against…

    NIE - Dec 09 10:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Batticaloa, Muslims ]

  • Gotabhaya reiterates concern over extremism

    Gotabhaya reiterates concern over extremism

    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday reiterated that extremism posed a severe threat not only to post-war Sri Lanka but many countries in the region as well as the industrialised world."We are working closely with many countries to tackle extremist acts. In fact, it is an ongoing process involving intelligence services and other relevant agencies. Due to…

    Island - Sep 07 11:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Batticaloa, Muslims ]

  • Former LTTE hideout in eastern Sri Lanka now tourist attraction

    Former LTTE hideout in eastern Sri Lanka now tourist attraction

    Thoppigala, which used to be an LTTE hideout in Sri Lanka's east and served as a training base for them during their nearly three decades of separatist campaign, has now been converted into a tourist attraction. The Thoppigala Heritage Park was declared opened by the top defence official Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today. "This is a multi-ethnic area in the country rich…

    PTI - Apr 18 18:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, WarCrimes ]

  • Colombo plans to settle 25,000 Sinhala families in Batticaloa district

    The Sri Lankan government with the assistance of occupying Sri Lanka Army and the paramilitary politicians, has been implementing a scheme to settle down about twenty five thousand Sinhala families in the Batticaloa district in the eastern province, informed sources in Batticaola said. More than 5,000 Sinhala families brought from south have been settled down along 16…

    TamilNet - Nov 12 19:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, History, SriLanka ]

  • Batticaloa results challenged

    A petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal challenging the results of the Batticaloa District in the recently concluded Provincial Council election. The petition has been filed by four petitioners of the Eelavar Democratic Front, through Attorney-at-Law Manju Sri Chandrasena, requesting a writ of certiorari quashing the final results of the Batticaloa District…

    CDN - Oct 04 12:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Tamils need not worry - Pillayan

    Tamils need not worry - Pillayan

    Former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan said the Tamils in the East should not be worried about their future as he would be playing a leading role in the development of that area since he had been appointed as the Presidential Advisor on Eastern development.Addressing a press conference in Colombo, he said there…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 25 13:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, Amparai, Batticaloa ]

  • Eastern Awakening For The Opposition

    The formidable rise of ethnic parties in the East is a backlash against the rise of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in the post-war period. Once again the people of Eastern Province have rejected the government’s policy of development as THE PATHWAY to reconciliation and lasting peace in the country. The eastern awakening of the opposition parties is a consolation…

    Sunday Leader - Sep 20 12:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Amparai, Batticaloa, Trincomalee ]

  • Sri Lanka’s major Muslim party joins government

    The political vigil over the new eastern province government ended on Tuesday when the country’s main Muslim party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), joined hands with the government to form a ruling coalition. “In addition to power sharing in the provincial council, the government has given us assurance that it would look into the grievances of Muslims.…

    Khaleej Times - Sep 19 10:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Batticaloa ]

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      - Shed all illusions, politics won the East - The Nation
      - UPFA leader becomes CM - The Hindu
  • More contenders seeking CM’s post in East

    The battle for the chief ministerial post of the Eastern Provincial Council has become intense with two Muslim parties, The All Ceylon People’s Congress (ACPC) and National Congress aligned with the ruling coalition at the last election and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) which contested alone, asking for the post, party officials said.The Governor shall…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 17 13:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Amparai, Batticaloa, Trincomalee ]

    Related:
      - East will have Muslim CM - Hakeem - Island
  • Post-mortem of the provincial elections

    The Rajapakse government called early elections to three provincial councils (PC) as a tactical build up to early parliamentary elections (possibly after another round of PC elections) and early presidential elections. If president and parliament serve out their full term, elections are not due till early-mid 2016. The alleged reason for early elections is that the…

    SAAG - Sep 14 11:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Batticaloa, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka's ruling party sweeps local polls

    President Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) swept the council polls in the north-central and central regions with near two thirds majorities in Saturday's vote. In the eastern province, where Sri Lanka's two main minorities -- Tamils and Muslims -- live in almost equal number, the UPFA emerged the largest single party with 14 seats, five…

    AFP - Sep 09 11:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Elections ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka's ruling party wins provincial election - AP
  • Development needs to be the development of righteousness

    Development needs to be the development of righteousness

    Day in day out the situation is worsening. In the first half of this year alone there have been over 700 cases of child rape, reported to the police. Our culture is such that there is a stigma attached to incidents of this nature and therefore victims don’t want to seek justice. The unreported cases, I believe, must be about ten fold. I feel the law is not being…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 08 19:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, Jaffna, SriLanka ]

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