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Explore the unexpected beauty of Sri Lanka\'s mangroves
Explore the unexpected beauty of Sri Lanka's mangroves

Seacology's and Sudeesa's reach within Sri Lanka is extensive. The organizations also run a Northern Regional Center in Mannar, in the country's quiet, war-ravaged north, where many of the women who cycle through the program are conflict widows. As in Chilaw, the Mannar facility is home to a mangrove nursery (there are three nurseries in total throughout the groups'…

CNN - Aug 04 14:57 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Mannar, History, SriLanka ]

Road & rail link between India\'s Rameswaram and Sri Lanka\'s Thalaimannar could be a reality soon!
Road & rail link between India\'s Rameswaram and Sri Lanka\'s Thalaimannar could be a reality soon!
Road & rail link between India's Rameswaram and Sri Lanka's Thalaimannar could be a reality soon!

A road and rail link between India's Rameswaram and Sri Lanka's Thalaimannar could be a reality soon as the government of India has asked Asian Development Bank to carry out pre-feasibility study for financing the project across Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka. A short boat ride used to connect the railway lines that ended at Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka and…

Economic Times - Aug 04 23:26 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, Mannar ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Colombo detains ITAK youth leader cum editor after criticism on PTA arrests

    The notorious 'Terrorist' Investigation Division (TID), operated by the 'Defence Ministry' of genocidal Sri Lanka has arrested V.S. Sivakaran, the Youth Wing secretary of Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) and the editor of Tamil weekly ‘Puthiyavan’ on Wednesday afternoon at the paper office located on Mannaar Main street. Sivakaran's arrest is an attempt to…

    TamilNet - Apr 27 19:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Mannar, Media ]

  • Mannar Demands Justice For The Missing…

    Mannar Demands Justice For The Missing…

    The previous government launched several investigations and even appointed a presidential commission to look into the complaints related to missing persons during the war in order to help the friends and relatives of the missing persons to find as to what happened to them – and also to establish truth and to help them move on. However, many have observed that these…

    Sunday Leader - Feb 01 13:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Mannar, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka ex-warzone church prepares for first papal tour

    Sri Lanka ex-warzone church prepares for first papal tour

    A small church nestled in a Sri Lankan wildlife reserve was on the frontline of the island's decades-long civil war, but is now preparing for the first ever papal visit seen as a beacon of harmony. The Our Lady of Madhu church is a pilgrimage destination in the island's north for Catholics from both the Tamil and the majority Sinhalese communities, making it a rare…

    AFP - Jan 12 06:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mannar, Arts&Culture ]

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  • U.S. Trade Delegation Discuss Business Training, Partnerships For Sri Lankan Women

    U.S. Trade Delegation Discuss Business Training, Partnerships For Sri Lankan Women

    Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Michael Delaney speaks with Neela Marikkar, Chairperson from The Grant Group, to discuss the launch of the “War Widows Project” in partnership with the Ministry for Industry & Commerce. The project is supported through nearly 15 million Sri Lankan Rupees from the United States to open handloom training centers and…

    US Embassy, Colombo - Oct 17 14:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mannar, Mullaitivu, USA ]

  • Freedom of assembly in post-war Sri Lanka

    Freedom of assembly in post-war Sri Lanka

    The war in Sri Lanka ended on 18th May 2009. During three decades of war, civil liberties were severely curtailed, often in an arbitrary manner, without possibilities of challenging them or seeking remedies through independent bodies. The Ministry of Defense, the military and police reigned supreme. Even judicial discretion was curtailed, with the Prevention of…

    Groundviews - May 16 21:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mannar, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka's Northern rail rebuilding on track: IRCON India

    Sri Lanka\'s Northern rail rebuilding on track: IRCON India

    A 43 kilometre stretch of Sri Lanka's Northern Railway line has been re-built to allow trains to be run up to a speed of 120 kilometres, Ircon, an Indian state-run transport engineering firm said.On April 24, a 43 kilometre stretch running from Madawachchiya to Madhu Road station was tested by a trial run, Ircon said in a statement. "The trial run was successful…

    LBO - Apr 25 12:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Jaffna, Mannar ]

  • France sees signs of communal tensions in northern Sri Lanka

    France said Thursday that there are signs of communal tensions in northern Sri Lanka, particularly in the town of Mannar. French Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Christine Robichon, in a statement said that she had toured the areas where both the Tamil and Muslim communities displaced by the war, are being resettled including recently reopened part of the…

    Xinhua - Jan 17 13:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mannar, SriLanka, France ]

  • Who burnt houses of returning Muslim IDPs in Mannar?

    Who burnt houses of returning Muslim IDPs in Mannar?

    “We feel for our Muslim neighbours, but they have at least been permitted to return to their own lands, we are still waiting. And as we have faced a lot of difficulty to come this far, we can’t afford to risk it all by taking sides at the moment. So we’d rather not say anything further on the issue,” said a Tamil villager from the Malankaadu temporary…

    GroundViews - Sep 15 01:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Mannar, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka judges boycott courts over political interference

    Sri Lanka judges boycott courts over political interference

    Courts across Sri Lanka were paralysed on Friday as judges and lawyers staged a boycott to protest alleged political interference with the judiciary, activists said. The influential Bar Association of Sri Lanka stayed away from courts to protest the alleged intimidation of a magistrate in the island's northwestern town of Mannar earlier in the week. "Courts…

    Reuters - Jul 20 18:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Mannar, SriLanka ]

  • Military bars Tamils from their homes

    Military personnel evicted more than 45 internally displaced Catholic Tamils in northern Sri Lanka over the weekend, saying they needed permission from the Defense Ministry to resettle in their own homes. The families had returned to the church housing project on Mannar island two weeks ago, after fleeing civil war violence in 2008. Naval officers said they not…

    UCAN News - Jun 26 17:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Jaffna, Mannar ]

  • Bishop of Mannar may disappear and it is for the Pope and the world to take note of

    Bishop of Mannar may disappear and it is for the Pope and the world to take note of

    This is an urgent appeal to prevent the possible assassination/ ‘disappearance’ of the outspoken Roman Catholic Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, his fellow Catholic priests in the North and East, and others, who call themselves ‘Civil Society’, who are the only voices of the Tamil people in this part of Sri Lanka. I write, not as a concerned Christian, but…

    Weekend Leader - May 12 10:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mannar, WarCrimes ]

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      - Mannar Bishop questioned by Sri Lankan CID on ‘disappearances’ - Weekend Leader
  • Sri Lanka's half million mines will take a decade to clear

    Post-war Sri Lanka will need another decade to clear the half million landmines which lie buried under swathes of agricultural and forest land and around villages in the north of the island nation, the head of a demining group said. The country is in its third year of peace after government forces defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers in a civil war which lasted a…

    Reuters - Sep 21 09:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Mannar, IDPs ]

  • Bishop seeks equal aid for Tamil refugees

    Bishop seeks equal aid for Tamil refugees

    A Tamil bishop in Sri Lanka has appealed to authorities for equal distribution of aid and cash grants to resettled families. “Deal fairly with all refugees as they had lost virtually every possession they owned to the war,” Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar diocese appealed to state officials in a recent meeting on Sep.21. The World food Program sponsors some…

    UCAN - Sep 30 10:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mannar, History, SriLanka ]

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      - SL government neglects war-ravaged Vanni - TamilNet
  • Mannar - Tamil misery continues

    Mannar - Tamil misery continues

    Broken, torn buildings tower over the tiny UNHCR tents on the gardens and court yards. Hanging clothes, pots and pans and carry bags scattered around the land show signs of civilian life. Thirty years of war has taken a lot from the lives of the Mannar farmers and they still await a sense of security. “Be careful and watch your mouth. The government security…

    BBC Sinhala - Aug 29 13:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mannar, IDPs ]

  • Relatives call for disappearance probe

    A group of residents from Pesalai, Mannar urge the government to provide information about their loved ones who disappeared during the war. The relatives of those disappeared made this appeal at a media conference summoned by the Inter University Student Union. The relatives spoke to the media on the condition of anonymity. A mother said her son disappeared…

    BBC Sinhala - May 01 21:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mannar ]

  • Sri Lanka wants more players in oil race

    Sri Lanka plans to offer three more blocks off the island's northwestern shores for oil exploration, the government said on Saturday. "We need more players in the oil exploration race and the government plans to call for tenders for three more blocks off the Gulf of Mannar early next year," Petroleum Resources Minister A.H.M. Fowzie told AFP. Cairn India, a unit of…

    AFP - Dec 12 12:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mannar, History, Elections ]

  • Tamil refugees going home to an open prison

    In villages in Mannar district, the government’s ‘Northern Reawakening’ programme has not brought promised changes. Homes are still broken; services are non-existent, and freedom of movement still limited by heavy military presence. Their homes are broken, fields cannot be farmed, and the soldiers are everywhere. There are no basic services and the situation is…

    Asia News - Sep 15 16:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, Mannar ]

  • Sri Lankan writer among three refugees rescued by Navy

    A Sri Lankan Tamil writer was among three refugees rescued by the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and local fishermen after they were stranded near an island off Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram coast. The writer, K Thirunavukkarassu, and the other two were rescued and brought to shore yesterday following information that three persons were stranded near Iyantham Thittu, a sand dune,…

    CoL - Jul 15 11:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, Mannar, Refugees ]

  • Oil, gas exploration in Mannar basin to commence by December

    Seismic studies by Cairn Lanka, to explore oil and gas in the Mannar Basin, are to commence by the end of this year, informed sources said yesterday. "The 3D deep and ultra deep sea seismic studies will be conducted in the Mannar Basin, a frontier petroleum province that is yet to be explored. It would cover approximately 3000 Km2 in water depths of 200 meters to…

    Island - Jun 24 11:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mannar, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • Mid-sea fight threatens to jeopardise bilateral talks between Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka fishermen

    "Sri Lankan fishermen are very upset that their Indian counterparts are destroying their marine wealth and fishing gear in spite of repeated appeals. They alleged that our fishermen attacked them in mid-sea and it appears they are thoroughly antagonised," U Arulanandam of Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen from Pamban said.Justin Soysa, president of…

    ToI - Mar 03 16:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, Mannar, Mullaitivu ]

  • Will there be “Maithree” and “Yahapalanaya” for Navy occupied Mullikulam?

    Will there be “Maithree” and “Yahapalanaya” for Navy occupied Mullikulam?

    Last week, I went to Mullikulam, a beautiful and resourceful village in the Mannar district, which has been illegally occupied by the Navy for more than 7 years. It was my first visit for more than a year. The people didn’t seem to have any fresh hopes of reuniting as one community, regaining their lost lands, houses, fishing and agricultural activities and being…

    GV - Jan 24 10:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SLMilitary, Mannar ]

  • Interest in resettlement cost life to Nakuleswaran

    Interest in resettlement cost life to Nakuleswaran

    Funeral of assassinated Krishnasamy Nakuleswaran was held on Sunday at his village, Eekam-kudiyiruppu (settlement of sacrifice), at Ve’l’laang-ku’lam in Mannaar. 15 uniformed SL military men were busy taking photographs from different corners at the funeral and 70 of the 200 participants were intelligence operatives on surveillance assignment, residents told…

    TamilNet - Nov 17 19:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Mannar, SriLanka ]

  • Amid Violence, Returning to Elections in Sri Lanka After a Void

    Amid Violence, Returning to Elections in Sri Lanka After a Void

    The thugs first appeared around 11:20 on Thursday night, a dozen or so men lurking outside her house. Two wore army uniforms.Ananthi Sasitharan — a Tamil candidate in the first provincial elections to be held in 25 years in the former insurgent stronghold here — said she had woken up her three daughters and prepared for the worst. She called a few friends, who…

    New York Times - Sep 21 14:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar ]

  • Sri Lankan bishop shrugs off Tamil separatist charges

    A Catholic bishop responded today to allegations by local media accusing him and the Church of engaging in a conspiracy to promote a separate Tamil state in collaboration with representatives of the Indian government.“I have neither stood for the separation of the country nor at any time rejected any viable political solution to the national question,” said Bishop…

    UCA News - Apr 26 13:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Mannar, History ]

  • SRI LANKA: Mannar Bishop denies 'separation' seeks 'viable political solution'

    Bishop of Mannar, Most Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph said he never stood for the separation of the country nor rejected any viable political solution to the national question. The Bishop made this statement in response to the lead story published in The Nation last week titled "Mannar Bishop, TNA Resurrect LTTE's ISGA Demand".In this context, I have neither stood for the…

    AHRC - Apr 22 13:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Mannar, TNA ]

  • Drought hits northern rice farmers

    Drought hits northern rice farmers

    fficials in northern Sri Lanka’s Vavuniya District say 60 percent of the rice harvest could be lost if the dry weather continues. “In Mannar District [in the north] we have records indicating that between 5,000 to 6,000 paddy hectares of the cultivated 10,000 are lost,” Ravi Vinanithambi, an environment officer for the North East Reawakening Programme (NERP -…

    IRIN - Oct 18 10:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya ]

  • AG finds evidence to file action against minister

    The Attorney General’s Department has found sufficient evidence in the police report to file charges against Minister Rishard Bathiudeen over allegations that he had threatened the Mannar Magistrate on July 18, the Daily Mirror learns. An AG’s Department source said yesterday a preliminary study of the the CID report had indicated there was a prima-facie case…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 08 13:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mannar, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • TNA protest against Army in Mannar

    Meanwhile in Mannar, on Saturday, the Tamil National Alliance organised a protest, against appropriation of land by security forces, and the ‘pass’ system for fishing in the northern province. “We are also Sri Lankans. Let us live peacefully,” read a placard. The protest, organised in Mannar, is the third such in a series that the TNA has planned. The…

    Hindu - Jul 09 10:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Mannar, TNA ]

  • It is not just the diaspora or Tamil Nadu people who are up against Sinhala chauvinism

    It is not just the diaspora or Tamil Nadu people who are up against Sinhala chauvinism

    On February 14, more than 500 fisher men from Mannar came to the streets to protest against the fuel price hike and other related issues. The message is very clear: it is not just the Diaspora Tamils or Tamils in Tamil Nadu who are coming to the streets to protest against the atrocities of the Sri Lankan state, the Eelam Tamils too are beginning to raise their…

    Weekend Leader - Jun 01 12:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mannar, SriLanka ]

  • India to help in rehabilitating Lanka''s Industrial Zone

    India today said it will undertake a major infrastructure project to rehabilitate the Atchchuvely Industrial Zone (AIZ) in Tamil-dominated Jaffna district at a cost of USD 1.7 million. The objective of the project is to assist potential investors to commence business ventures by providing for required infrastructure and utilities at the AIZ, the Indian High…

    PTI - Dec 09 13:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Jaffna, Mannar ]

  • Abductions shock Mannaar, relatives of victim confront white van

    Sinhala-speaking armed men in white-van rushed through Mannaar abducting four males, one of them a Muslim youth, Jaharil Jazeel. The episode resulted in a confrontation between the relatives of Mr. Jazeel and the abductors, exposing the level of top-hierarchy involvement of Sri Lankan defense authorities in the chain of abductions. Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Army and…

    TamilNet - Jan 07 12:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, Mannar ]

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      - Crime wave: TNA unhappy - Daily Mirror
  • ICRC office shut

    Following a review of its operations more than one year after the end of active hostilities the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will close its office in the Mannar district at the end of November. "Recognising the lasting impact of armed conflict on people's lives and the importance of support in the early stages of recovery and reconstruction, the…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 10 10:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mannar, ICRC ]

  • Colombo accelerates Sinhalicisation of Madu

    Colombo accelerates Sinhalicisation of Madu

    Colombo has launched a large scale Sinhala colonisation at Madu Road Junction, located on Mannaar-Madawachchi Road, which branches off the main route to Madu shrine, situated in the middle of traditional Tamil area, by officially claiming to "resettle" 80 Sinhalese families after renovating a Buddhist temple into a large Vihara at the junction. Categorising the…

    TamilNet - May 10 22:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, Mannar ]

  • Sri Lanka to start ocean survey in oil search

    Cairn India which is exploring for oil in Sri Lankan waters is to start gathering meteorological data and monitor ocean currents next month ahead of a test drilling programme, an official said. The sub-contract for the 'metocean and currents survey' in the Gulf of Mannar, off the island's north-west is to be awarded soon, said Neil de Silva, head of Sri Lanka's…

    LBO - Feb 24 10:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Mannar, SriLanka ]

  • Mannar, the drama of 2 thousand widows with no means to survive

    Mannar - Marginalized by society, the object of scorn, deprived of a job, often with young children or elderly dependents and no economic support. This is the condition of more than 2 thousand widows in the district of Mannar in northern Sri Lanka, who are living a double tragedy: they have lost their husbands in many cases to the war, and have been abandoned by the…

    Spero news - Nov 15 06:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mannar, IDPs ]

  • Tens of thousands gather at Sri Lanka's Catholic shrine

    Over 400,000 devotees have gathered in Sri Lanka's northern Mannar district Saturday to participate in an annual religious festival, military officials said. The festivities at the Madhu Church, the holiest shrine for the island's Catholic minority, ends Sunday. This was the first large gathering at the church since government troops liberated the northern and…

    IANS - Aug 15 12:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mannar ]

  • Free detained Tamils for Marian feast, bishop urges

    The bishop of Mannar in the country’s Northern Province has called for displaced Tamils to be allowed to leave government camps to celebrate the feast of the Assumption at the revered Madhu Marian shrine. “Allow all to the shrine, including refugees detained in camps,” Bishop Rayappu Joseph demanded on July 2, speaking to reporters in Mannar the day another…

    UCAN - Jul 09 03:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mannar, IDPs ]

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