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Important Incidents

  • 1997 | Six Soldiers Killed In Vanni
    At 1:30 PM Friday, LTTE forces ambushed Sinhalese troops travelling on a tractor between Elumadu and Keerichuddan (near Nedunkerni). 6 Soldiers were killed and some arms and ammunition were captured. The LTTE suffered no casualties.
  • 1999 | HUNDREDS OF SRI LANKAN TROOPS KILLED AS LTTE OFENSIVE SPREADS TO THENMARACHI
    Hundreds of Sri Lankan troops were killed and injured as the current LTTE's offensive campaign spread and intensified to several sectors of Thenmarachi in the Jaffna peninsula.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Mannar marks human rights day
    The Committee for Justice, Peace and Human Rights of the Mannar diocese organised a procession on December 10, to mark International Human Rights Day. The procession headed by Rev. Emilianuspillai began at St. Sebastian church in Mannar.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 882 | வாள்போல் பகைவரை அஞ்சற்க அஞ்சுக
    கேள்போல் பகைவர் தொடர்பு.
    Dread not the foes that as drawn swords appear;
    Friendship of foes, who seem like kinsmen, fear!
    - 89 89
  • Dec 13 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Dec 13, 2013 10:48:38 GMT |  + TNA disputes appointment of DIG to North
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today disputed the appointment of DIG Pujitha Jayasundare to the North. “I have nothing against the gentleman appointed to the North. Yet, it is a devolved subject. A DIG has to be appointed with the concurrence of the Chief Minister. Similarly even the provincial chief secretary has to be appointed with the same concurrence. The NPC Chief Minister has asked for the removal of the chief secretary. The letter addressed to the executivehas remained unanswered for the past two months,” TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said. more ...
  • 2) Dec 13, 2013 10:44:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka hopes to spur offshore E&P activity
    The development of Cairn India's discoveries will benchmark future investments. The PRDS assures it has taken the best options in exploiting gas and transporting it to power generation plants through pipelines, which will be the backbone of future infrastructure. Wickramasuriya says the two discoveries suggest that there could be vast recoverable reserves off Sri Lanka's western coast. "The smaller field, Dorado, is the subject of our ongoing commercialization discussions, the success of which will determine the first gas flow for Sri Lanka," he commented. The field is estimated to begin gas production in 2017 or 2018. more ...
  • 3) Dec 13, 2013 10:42:26 GMT |  + Multinational relocates partly to Sri Lanka from China
    A top Japanese conglomerate is relocating part of its selected foam operations to Sri Lanka from China and began operations this week, a statement from the Industry and Commerce Ministry said in Colombo Friday."Japanese giant INOAC's new venture with a 20-million-US- dollar investment is one of the biggest industry foreign direct investments to come from Japan to Sri Lanka in our bilateral partnership history," Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said in a statement.
  • 4) Dec 13, 2013 10:39:53 GMT |  + Organ harvesting in China, situation in Sri Lanka and Central Africa
    Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday, asking for an immediate end to the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China; calling on the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendation of the Reconciliation Committee in full; and condemning the violence and human rights violations in the Central African Republic.MEPs appreciate the restoration of peace and welcome the first ever elections in the Northern Province. However, they note with concern that "the presence of government military forces in the former conflict areas remains considerable" and that there are continuing reports of intimidation and human rights violations.
  • 5) Dec 13, 2013 10:37:23 GMT |  + Four years after war, Sri Lanka's widows fear rape, abuse
    They arrived suddenly on her doorstep pretending to be friends of her dead husband. Faceless men she suspects were security agents, they physically abused her and threatened to come again."Two men introduced themselves as my husband's friends, so I invited them in," she said in Jaffna, recounting the most recent attack that scared her into hiding again. "They forcibly tore at my dress and pushed me into my room. I fell down and screamed. "After that they ran away but they called me later saying they would come in the night," she told AFP.
  • 6) Dec 13, 2012 23:40:23 GMT |  + Impeaching a chief justice, Sri Lankan style
    There has been an air of inevitability in the current showdown between the administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and its latest bête noire, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake. Her fall from grace shows that the Rajapaksa juggernaut does not warm up to dissent easily, even if, as in this case, it measures up to the expected norms of checks and balances in a self-described democracy. The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), inquiring into the 14 charges of professional and financial impropriety listed the impeachment motion against her, rushed to bring its proceedings to an end last Saturday. more ...
  • 7) Dec 13, 2012 23:39:26 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, UN Review to 2Q 2013, Any Silva Visit Screening & Kilinochchi Qs
    A week ago, Inner City Press asked the UN what it would do in the face of the troubling report on its actions and inaction in Sri Lanka, penned by sometime UN official Charles Petrie. The UN answered that Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson would lead a team to review the report. Today, the UN announced a bit more: that Eliasson has asked UN departments, funds and programs to nominate people to participate in the review, and that the review is due in the second quarter of 2013.
  • 8) Dec 13, 2012 23:39:00 GMT |  + Supreme Court of Canada to rule on definition of ‘terrorism’ in Momin Khawaja appeal
    The Supreme Court of Canada is expected to rule Friday on the post Sept. 11 definition of terrorist activity. Almost exactly 11 years after Canada enacted sweeping anti-terror laws, the high court will rule on whether the Criminal Code should drop the “motive clause” that criminalizes and more heavily penalizes acts driven by “religious, political or ideological purpose.” more ...
  • 9) Dec 13, 2012 23:37:59 GMT |  + Not in ‘string of pearls’: Sri Lanka
    In a spirited defence of Chinese investments, Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the Hambantota port is not part of a Chinese ‘string of pearls’ to surround India. China built the deep-water port in the southern tip of Sri Lanka, in the constituency from where President Mahinda Rajapaksa hails. Only one phase is complete and the port has not been receiving as many ships as expected. “Placing the Hambantota port within the paradigm of the ‘string of pearls’ theory is not correct… more ...
  • 10) Dec 13, 2012 23:37:16 GMT |  + Carr heads to Sri Lanka for asylum seeker talks
    Foreign Minister Bob Carr will arrive in Colombo later today as the Government attempts to halt the number of Sri Lankan asylum seekers trying to come to Australia by boat. A surge in recent months has seen the number of Sri Lankans attempting to come to Australia by boat rise to almost 4,000. Of those, more than 600 have been sent back by the Federal Government.
  • 11) Dec 13, 2012 19:33:29 GMT |  + Tamil Canadians will be campaigning against the “made in Sri Lanka” clothing sold in the Canadian Market
    Tamil Community members and human rights activists will stage an awareness campaign to the shoppers on this Saturday December 15th 2012 from 12pm to 3pm at Dundas Square to boycott clothing made in Sri Lanka and sold by Canadian outlets during the holiday season. About 75,000 ethnic Tamils, including women and children, were slaughtered by ethnic Sinhalese controlled Sri Lankan armed forces between January and May of 2009. They were herded into a small beach area and bombed and shelled from land, sea and air in a genocidal onslaught. more ...
  • 12) Dec 13, 2012 19:22:33 GMT |  + New Zealand politicians, Peoples Forum mean action on Sri Lanka
    “The Government of Sri Lanka tried to cover up its actions by criminalizing the defensive role of the LTTE in cushioning the rigours of State terror. It is a cruelty not to take action against those UN Officials who connived and played this shameful role,” Ms Jan Logie observed. more ...
  • 13) Dec 13, 2012 19:20:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka hits out against U.S. sanctions on Iran
    A Sri Lankan Minister Champika Ranawaka has hit out against American sanctions on Iran that are preventing the government from accepting development financing from Teheran. "U.S. sanctions against Iran are infringing on the basic rights of our people. Iran has a right to proceed with its nuclear program with peaceful intentions to meet its domestic needs. This is something that 45 other countries are also doing and is a right of Iran," he had told Iranian ambassador Dr. Mohammad Nabi Hassani Pour. more ...
  • 14) Dec 13, 2012 16:33:40 GMT |  + Remarks by Ambassador Sison at the Opening of a Shelter for Women Victims of Human Trafficking
    Supporting the creation of this shelter is one piece of a larger commitment by the U.S. government to benefit women in Sri Lanka. We support greater access to education, assisting women with economic development projects, and protect vulnerable women such as those who have been trafficked. These efforts represent our pledge to empower women and ensure they can fulfill their hopes and dreams, live in dignity, and fully contribute to the future of Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 15) Dec 13, 2012 16:30:52 GMT |  + Monks attack church in Sri Lanka
    A mob of about 1,000 people in southern Sri Lanka, led by Buddhist monks, protested the presence of a church by overpowering police, vandalising property and beating the pastor on 9 December, Christian sources have said.About 80 monks led the multitude as they stormed the Jeevanalokaya Sabhawa church in the Weeraketiya area of Southern Province's Hambantota district during worship on Sunday morning. That's according to what a Christian source in Colombo told Morning Star News by phone.
  • 16) Dec 13, 2012 16:17:59 GMT |  + Sri Lanka defends China's presence in Indian Ocean
    "It is obvious that the safety and stability of the Indian Ocean is critical for China's energy security, and its increasing interest and increasing naval presence in this region is quite understandable," Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. more ...
  • 17) Dec 13, 2012 15:22:58 GMT |  + MP Kyle Seeback expresses concern over human rights violations in Sri Lanka
    Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament for Brampton West, expresses serious concern over the continued detention of the Jaffna University students in Sri Lanka. "Freedom of speech, association, and independent judiciary are pillars of any democracy. The recent threat to these pillars of democracy in Sri Lanka is a serious concern to me and my constituents from Sri Lanka," said MP Seeback. “Continuing arrest, harassment and intimidation of university students is unjustifiable. I urge the Sri Lankan authorities to exercise restraint, respect peaceful demonstrations and release the students from Jaffna University”. more ...
  • 18) Dec 13, 2012 14:25:38 GMT |  + Transfer orders for some 50 army seniors
    Nearly 50 senior army officers including eight Major Generals and Brigadiers have been transferred by Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya, military sources said and added that the transfers will take effect in December and January next year. Maj. Gen. J.C. Dias has been appointed as Adjutant General of the Army Headquarters in place of the present AG Maj. Gen. Kamal Guneratne who will assume duties as the Deputy Ambassador to Brazil. Maj. Gen. Dias will also function as the Colonel of the Gajaba Regiment. more ...
  • 19) Dec 13, 2012 14:21:34 GMT |  + SLA conscripted Tamil females admitted at Ki'linochchi hospital in mentally affected state
    21 of around 100 Tamil girls, who were conscripted to Sri Lankan military in Vanni, were admitted in Ki’linochchi hospital in a mentally affected state on Tuesday night around 11:00 p.m. by the SL military from Paarathipuram in Ki'linochchi, parents of the victims told TamilNet. In the meantime, TNA parliamentarian Sritharan was at the hospital struggling to get permission to witness the plight of the victims. But, around 30 SL military personnel guarding the hospital were not allowing him to independently witness the state of the victims, the parliamentarian told TamilNet. more ...
  • 20) Dec 13, 2012 14:20:47 GMT |  + SL raises concerns over Korea rocket launch
    Issuing a statement the External Affairs Ministry said that “Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue and cooperation between the relevant stakeholders at this juncture, Sri Lanka urges the concerned parties to work in close coordination within the existing UN Security Council Resolutions, in order to ensure peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.”
  • 21) Dec 13, 2012 13:54:00 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Tamils deserve to be heard
    To kill the innocent in a vast scale is horrifying; to deny the horror is simply inhuman. We must show a fidelity to history and humanity. Let us not wait until the Museum of Human Rights curates a history of the persecution of Tamils in Sri Lanka to tell the their story. Tamils in Sri Lanka deserve to be heard by the international community, at least now as the pendulum of oppression has clearly moved against them. If we cannot do that, then the tyrants have shaped not only these victims view of the world, but their humanity. more ...
  • 22) Dec 13, 2012 13:36:54 GMT |  + Is govt. serious about reconciliation?
    There are times when silence is NOT golden. Despite regular newspaper columnists like your own 'Shanie' (NOTEBOOK OF A NOBODY - every Saturday), bemoan the fact that the general public keeps its lips sealed in the face of the many vital issues that constantly crop up, most of us ordinary citizens seem to subscribe to the belief that 'discretion is the better part of valour when it comes to matters of public concern.
  • 23) Dec 13, 2012 2:36:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: War is Over but Tensions Run High
    Jaffna, the capital of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province and once the bastion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is once again experiencing unrest. Violent clashes broke out on November 27, Martyrs' Day for Tamil, between students of Jaffna University and Sri Lankan security forces. Each year Tamils use Martyrs' Day to honor friends and family members who were killed in the Sri Lanka Civil War (1983-2009). more ...
  • 24) Dec 13, 2012 2:34:55 GMT |  + Former Waterloo man awaits key terrorism court decision
    A former Waterloo man accused of supporting terrorists will get the final word Friday on whether he must face charges in the United States. More than six years after his arrest, the Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled to decide an appeal by Suresh Sriskandarajah of an extradition order to stand trial in New York. It is one of three rulings by the nation’s highest court expected in cases challenging the validity of Canada’s anti-terror law.
  • 25) Dec 13, 2012 2:32:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka lawyers boycott courts over impeachment
    Sri Lankan lawyers boycotted courts on Wednesday, crippling the judicial system in a protest at what they call an unfair impeachment move against the chief justice and is viewed abroad as a blow to judicial independence. A parliamentary panel found the first woman to lead Sri Lanka's Supreme Court, Shirani Bandaranayake, guilty last week of financial irregularities and failing to declare her assets. more ...
  • 26) Dec 13, 2011 16:38:54 GMT |  + High level Australian Parliamentary delegation visits Sri Lanka
    This is seen as an opportunity for Australian lawmakers to witness first-hand the reconciliation process that is underway in Sri Lanka and assess the reconstruction and development that is taking place in the country since the end of the conflict. Australia has offered significant developmental aid to Sri Lanka in recent years often contributing more than the stipulated amounts in the federal budget, states the Ministry of External Affairs. The Sri Lanka High Commission in Australia was instrumental in organizing this visit.
  • 27) Dec 13, 2011 16:36:27 GMT |  + Yayasan Sakti to send humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka
    Yayasan Sakti, with the cooperation of the Prime Minister's Department, will be sending humanitarian assistance to victims of Sri Lanka's 30-year civil war which ended two years ago. Its director and Makkal Sakthi Malaysia president Datuk R.S. Thanenthiran said 30 people comprising engineers, doctors and volunteers were undergoing training on the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the five-day mission.
  • 28) Dec 13, 2011 16:13:24 GMT |  + Bell Pottinger and Sri Lanka: A trail of spin doctoring and whitewashing
    Aside from articles appearing last Sunday in the Sunday Times and the Sunday Leader, mainstream media in Sri Lanka has been curiously silent over recent revelations in the British media on the government’s connections with the infamous British PR firm Bell Pottinger. On 6th December, The Independent ran a story on how Bell Pottinger had written the President’s speech to the UN after the end of the war in 2009.
  • 29) Dec 13, 2011 16:03:58 GMT |  + Canada: Tamil foundation loses charity status
    According to a Canada Revenue Agency audit, the Canadian Foundation for Tamil Refugee Rehabilitation (CAFTARR) provided more than $700,000 to organizations outside Canada that were “non-qualified donees.” In a letter to the foundation’s lawyer, the CRA said it believes “on the basis of publicly available information” that both the TRO and the Mission are part of the Tamil Tigers’ support network. The foundation’s lawyer Hari S. Nesathurai said he couldn’t discuss the case specifically without his client’s permission, but in his general experience the CRA charities directorate has been “unreasonable” and “very dogmatic.”
  • 30) Dec 13, 2011 13:28:14 GMT |  + China says it is mulling offer from Seychelles to be naval resupply and recreation base
    Chinese academics and military thinkers have floated hitherto unheard-of proposals for bases in the Indian Ocean to protect energy supply lines, only to be met with crisp disavowals from the government. The issue of Chinese naval activity in the Indian Ocean is of particular interest to India, which has long-standing border disputes with China and is deeply suspicious of China’s close ties with archrival Pakistan.
  • 31) Dec 13, 2011 13:26:14 GMT |  + A new Asian arithmetic
    There’s a wind blowing, and it may just be changing direction. Several developments over recent months indicate that China’s ascendancy in Asia may not go quite as unchallenged as previously believed. There is an opportunity here for India...New Delhi must take advantage of the suspicion engendered by Beijing to institute better ties with other Asian states...All three countries India, Japan and US are vested in checking China’s power, and India can position itself as an fast-growing democratic alternative for the Asian states...
  • 32) Dec 13, 2011 13:16:20 GMT |  + Growing Chinese influence in Indian Ocean no threat: Lankan army chief
    Visiting Sri Lankan army chief Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya today said though China's influence in the Indian Ocean is growing, it is not posing any threat to the Indian sub-continent. "There is no threat to any country in the Indian sub-continent from the growing influence of China in the waters of Indian Ocean. It is a wrong belief", Jayasuriya told reporters after reviewing the Passing Out Parade (POP) at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) here.
  • 33) Dec 13, 2011 13:10:58 GMT |  + Funding Deal: Sri Lanka Bank of Ceylon in $140mn loan deal with Mashreq
    Sri Lanka's state-owned Bank of Ceylon (BOC) has signed a deal with Dubai's Mashreq Bank for a 140 million US dollar syndicated loan facility, a statement said. "The purpose of the syndication is to utilize the proceeds to fulfill the short term funding requirements and trade finance related needs of BOC," it said. This was the second such facility arranged by Mashreq Bank for BOC this year, coming after the syndicated loan facility of 175 million dollars arranged in April 2011.
  • 34) Dec 13, 2011 11:13:31 GMT |  + Top Chinese military delegation in Lanka
    A high-level Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) delegation headed by General Ma Hixiaotian the Deputy Chief of General Staff arrived in Sri Lanka to discuss professional training, exercises and further promotion of military assistance to Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 35) Dec 13, 2011 11:10:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka thanks China for military assistance provided during civil war
    Sri Lanka on Tuesday said it was 'true friends' with China due to military assistance provided during the island's bloody civil war, underlining growing links with Beijing. Army chief Lieutenant-General Jagath Jayasuriya thanked China for its 'unfailing support' in helping to train the Sri Lankan army, which wiped out the Tamil Tiger rebels in a brutal offensive in 2009 after decades of war. more ...
  • 36) Dec 13, 2010 22:39:47 GMT |  + Amidst calls for ‘war crimes’probeLanka welcomes presence of Big Five in C’bo
    An international naval gathering in Colombo, including senior representatives of the UN Security Council couldn’t have come at a better time for Sri Lanka, says Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Defence Secretary said of the five permanent Security Council members, Russia (Udaloy-class Destroyer Admiral Vinogrado) and China (Missile Destroyer Lanzhou) had sent warships. The US, UK and France, too, had sent senior-level naval delegations, the Defence Secretary said, adding "the country wouldn’t have attracted the ‘big’ five if we had still been at war.
  • 37) Dec 13, 2010 22:37:07 GMT |  + Karunanidhi slams Sri Lanka for scrapping national anthem in Tamil
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday condemned Sri Lanka's decision to abolish the Tamil version of its national anthem. Citing news reports about the decision, Karunanidhi issued a statement saying: 'If the news is true, then it should be strongly condemned.' He said such a move would further hurt the sentiments of Sri Lankan Tamils. According to him, the island nation had its national anthem in two language since both Sinhalese and Tamils lived there. more ...
  • 38) Dec 13, 2010 17:47:55 GMT |  + Sri Lanka frees 'pro-Tamil Tiger' doctor T Satyamoorthi
    One of five Sri Lankan government doctors who was arrested at the end of the war in May 2009 has been acquitted by a Colombo court. The doctors were accused by the government of exaggerating civilian casualties while treating Tamils in the final stages of the conflict. They were arrested when they crossed into government-controlled territory. more ...
  • 39) Dec 13, 2010 12:59:45 GMT |  + UN Under Ban-Ki-Mun Allows Architect of Tamil Genocide Mahinda Free To Rule a Second Term in Office
    The architect of Tamil Genocide, Mahinda Rajapakse’s accession to a second term of office as president of the Democratic Republic of Sri-Lanka on 19 November,2010 would be seen as an outrage by millions of people who look to the United Nations for help to get freedom from state tyranny and ethnic cleansing. Mr Ban Ki Mun, the Secretary General of the UN that has primary responsibility under its Charter for the maintenance of international peace and security failed to stop the "volcanic" genocide of nearly 40000 Tamils civilians by the Sinhala government in its ‘No-Fire Zone’ in Mullivaikal in May 19 2009 in the fight against the LTTE.
  • 40) Dec 13, 2010 12:58:58 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Tamils concerned over national anthem
    Sri Lanka's Tamils expressed concern on Monday over a media report suggesting that the government was set to ban singing the national anthem in their language. The main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), said it was seeking clarification from the government, which is dominated by the majority Sinhalese ethnic group. "At a time when the government is talking about ethnic harmony and national integration, this national anthem is an unwanted issue," TNA legislator Suresh Premachandran told AFP. more ...
  • 41) Dec 13, 2010 12:58:18 GMT |  + Wrong advice given to President
    I came back from England on November 7, Tuesday. I was warned by friends that I could get arrested by the Mahinda regime. But the ruler had a better arrangement set for me. I was not disturbed in any way while I went through the airport. In fact most respectfully officials attended to my matters and within minutes I was out of the airport. Then the vicious plot of Mahinda regime was launched. Mahinda proved again that he is not ruling this country according to the law. On the contrary, the rule of law was observed in the negative and rules of thuggery and intimidation were activated in utmost faith. more ...
  • 42) Dec 13, 2010 12:35:59 GMT |  + Innocent Journalist, Victim of War Crimes in Sri Lanka
    The Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations (AFTA), the umbrella body of the peak Tamil associations in the States and Territories of Australia and New Zealand, would like to bring to the attention of the International Media that the distressing execution video footage, screened by British Channel 4 News in the first week of December that reveals further evidence on war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Security forces in May 2009. The video shows a number of incidents where soldiers in uniform shooting in the head people blind folded and with hands tied.
  • 43) Dec 13, 2009 22:05:38 GMT |  + Sri Lanka accuses General Sarath Fonseka of 'betrayal'
    The Sri Lankan government has accused former army chief General Sarath Fonseka of betraying the nation after he made new accusations against it. He alleged that the defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, had ordered the killing of Tamil Tiger rebel leaders as they were trying to surrender last May. The Sri Lankan government said they were in fact shot by other rebel fighters. It says it is considering taking legal action against the general. more ...
  • 44) Dec 13, 2009 20:37:38 GMT |  + Fishing boat drama: No survivors
    The Sri Lanka fishing vessel ‘Win Marine’ that was involved in a mid sea drama off the coast of India after taking hostage two Indian coast guard officers is believed to have sunk following the release of the two Indians The Indian High Commission in Colombo yesterday said that no survivors have been found from the sunk vessel so far. The Indian High Commission in Colombo said yesterday that no survivors from the Sri Lankan fishing vessel ‘Win Marine’ which is presumed to have sunk, had been found yet and the search operation to detect them was continuing.
  • 45) Dec 13, 2009 6:44:06 GMT |  + Official: Thais detain plane with weapons from North Korea
    Thai authorities seized a cargo aircraft carrying tons of weapons from North Korea during a refueling stop in Bangkok, a government official said. The pilot told Thai authorities the aircraft was headed to Sri Lanka, but its final destination was unknown, according to Panitan Wattanayagorn, a spokesman for the Thai prime minister. The plane, which was detained Saturday, had five people onboard -- four from Kazakhstan and one from Belarus. They will appear in court Monday on charges related to illegal weapons smuggling, the spokesman said.
  • 46) Dec 13, 2008 21:27:17 GMT |  + Govt. protest leads to probe on conduct of WFP official
    The UN has commenced a probe into the conduct of a senior WFP official who likened the current situation in the Wanni to that of Somalia triggering a major outcry from the Government which immediately demanded an apology from the world body. Colombo operations WFP Chief Adnan Khan told The Sunday Times that the WFP would look into every aspect of the incident, and take necessary action against the official, adding that he may even be suspended from operating in the country. “However everything depends on the outcome of the ongoing internal inquiry,” Mr. Khan said.
  • 47) Dec 13, 2008 21:24:33 GMT |  + Neither natural forces nor foe can stop forward march, says President
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that neither chemical weapons, air attacks, suicide bombers, disastrous monsoon rains nor major floods can stop troops from going forward in the battlefield as the soldiers would never be deterred by such obstacles created by foes or by nature. The President made these remarks at the annual ceremony held at the Sinha Regiment headquarters in Ambepussa for the 19th year, to invoke blessings on soldiers who sacrificed their lives on the battlefield. “Our forces are equipped with the latest technology. Today our soldiers are performing in a bold manner on the battlefield and this can be considered as the greatest battle ever. Our soldiers are achieving victory after victory,” he said.
  • 48) Dec 13, 2008 21:23:52 GMT |  + ‘Pranab visit to Lanka unlikely in near future’
    Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is unlikely to be visiting Sri Lanka to talk about a ceasefire, in the near future, according to diplomatic sources here. Reacting to a local news report that the Indian Shipping Minister T R Baalu had said in New Delhi that Mukherjee would be in Colombo on Monday and Tuesday, the sources said that they had no information whatsoever on the visit.
  • 49) Dec 13, 2008 15:28:07 GMT |  + Growing Compulsions
    Sri Lanka’s protracted ethnic strife, now in its seventh decade, has entered an important phase. We refer not to the claims by the Sinhala leaders – ones we have heard time and again for thirty years - that they will soon destroy the LTTE and pacify the rebellious Tamils, but to the profound realignment of racial lines in the island. Never before has the gap between Tamils and Sinhalese been so clear and so deep. And never before has Sinhala chauvinism been so naked and rampant. We refer here not to the undisguised contempt the Mahinda Rajapakse regime exhibits for the Tamils but to the tangible racism of ordinary Sinhalese.
  • 50) Dec 13, 2008 15:26:59 GMT |  + 3 civilians, including child, killed in SLA shelling in Vanni
    Two males who went to their agricultural lands in Kanakapuram, a suburb of Ki'linochchi town, were killed in Sri Lanka Army (SLA) shelling Saturday morning around 11:45, medical sources at Ki'linochchi hospital said. A 17-year-old boy sustained injuries in the attack. Meanwhile, a 5-month-old child was decapitated by the shrapnel of a shell that exploded inside the hut of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on Hudson Road in Vaddakkachchi, near Thakarap-pi'l'laiyaar temple Saturday around 9:30 a.m. The mother of the baby, an IDP from Chinnap-pa'ndi-virichchaan, was wounded. more ...
  • 51) Dec 13, 2008 12:26:42 GMT |  + Tamils for Obama Searching for Consensus re Sri Lankan Civil War
    Tamils for Obama is conducting an internet opinion poll to find a consensus view among Tamils of how to end the bloody Sri Lankan civil war. They are especially concerned with the constitutional ending of the war. That is, what kind of government will the island have at the war's end? They are also asking what kind of action the new U.S. Administration should take to help end the war. Tamils for Obama explains that in the democratic world, they think that Tamils should decide their future. It is not, they believe, a matter for the Sri Lankan Singhalese government and military to dictate.
  • 52) Dec 13, 2008 11:26:39 GMT |  + IDPs fleeing to LTTE areas - GA
    GA says some families have fled more than ten times Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the rebel-held areas are facing severe difficulties as hostilities have commenced after the floods, a senior government official said. Emilda Sukumar, the Government Agent (GA) for Mulativu district, told BBC Sandeshaya that many IDPs are fleeing towards the LTTE controlled territory despite repeated appeals by the government. The Government Agent spoke to the BBC from Vavunia after returning from a tour in Mulativu. more ...
  • 53) Dec 13, 2007 18:58:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's govt braces for possible collapse
    The Sri Lankan government faces an uncertain future as its majority in Parliament has been reduced to one, after the Lanka Muslim Congress withdrew its support. If Parliament votes against the budget on Friday, which is in its crucial third stage, President Rajapakse may have no option but to dissolve parliament and order fresh elections. Reports from Colombo suggest the government is seeking the backing of the Marxist JVP to avoid a defeat. Even if the government falls, it will not affect Rajapakse who was elected in 2005 and serves a six year term.
  • 54) Dec 13, 2007 18:57:29 GMT |  + Sri Lanka objects to British envoy's remarks on Tamils
    Sri Lanka Thursday expressed "deep displeasure" to Britain's top envoy here over his remarks that political aspirations for carving out a separate Tamil state was not illegal. British High Commissioner (ambassador) Dominic Chilcott was summoned to the foreign ministry following his public speech on Monday in which he warned the country to clean up its human rights record or risk international sanctions. "Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona drew attention to the High Commissioner's comment, 'I am not saying that the political aspiration for Eelam (separate Tamil state) is illegitimate' and expressed the government's deep concern," the foreign ministry said.
  • 55) Dec 13, 2007 15:34:54 GMT |  + UNICEF-Sri Lanka Head meets LTTE Political Head
    Philippe Duamelle, the Head of UNICEF-Sri Lanka called upon the Liberation Tigers Political Head B. Nadesan Thursday morning at LTTE's Political Headquarters, Tiger officials in Ki'linochchi told media. The introductory meeting was described by both sides as "very constructive". Reaffirming that the LTTE leadership had committed itself not to enlist recruits under the 18-year-age limit, Mr. Nadesan pointed out that the Tigers had cooperated with the UNICEF in a systematic manner to release all under-age youths in the organisation. Assuring the UNICEF of continued cooperation, Mr Nadesan said that there would be nobody under 18 years in LTTE ranks as on January 01, 2008.
  • 56) Dec 13, 2007 12:19:01 GMT |  + Warring sides in Sri Lanka give competing versions of fighting
    The two versions of the battle that raged through the dense jungles of northern Sri Lanka were mirror images. The government said it drove back a rebel assault Tuesday that left 20 guerrillas and three soldiers dead; the rebels said they fended off an attack by the military that killed 20 soldiers and three rebels. The contradictory versions of the fighting underscored the near impossibility of getting accurate information on the daily battles in the 24-year-old war in this Indian Ocean island nation.
  • 57) Dec 13, 2007 12:18:10 GMT |  + EU Condemns abductions of parliamentarians' relatives
    Following reports of abductions of two relatives and a secretary of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians in Batticaloa, by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) operated paramilitary Pillayan Group, the European Union, on Thursday, condemning abductions said it was deeply concerned by disturbing reports of abductions of a number of civilians connected to members of the Sri Lankan parliament. Kidnapping is the behaviour of terrorists and the EU condemns it without reservation, said a press release issued by the British High Commission, acting as local EU Presidency on behalf of Portugal.
  • 58) Dec 13, 2007 12:17:32 GMT |  + At least 18 killed in fresh Sri Lanka fighting
    Fresh fighting between government forces and Tamil rebels across Sri Lanka's embattled north has left at least 18 dead, the defence ministry said Thursday. A fragmentation mine targeting troops on patrol killed one policeman in the northern district of Vavuniya on Thursday, the military said, blaming the attack on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Elsewhere, troops reported killing 17 Tamil Tiger rebels in separate clashes across the northern regions during the 24 hours ending Thursday morning, the ministry said, placing government casualties at one soldier injured.
  • 59) Dec 13, 2007 12:14:54 GMT |  + MK going soft on LTTE: says Jaya
    Even as All India Anna DMK general secretary J Jayalalitha on Wednesday charged Chief Minister M Karunanidhi with going soft on the LTTE, a senior army officer ruled out any specific threat from the banned outfit, despite reports of its increasing activities in Tamil Nadu. In a statement, Ms Jayalalitha referred to the recent arrests of a senior member of the LTTE sea wing, Jayakumar, along with four others and the confessional statements made by them.
  • 60) Dec 13, 2007 12:13:45 GMT |  + Cop faces action after mimicking LTTE chief
    A police constable in Tirunelveli gave sleepless nights to local police officials by mimicking LTTE chief V Prabhakaran over police wireless, threatening to disturb DMK Youth Wing Conference beginning there on Dec 15. Shyam Sundar, posted in the Police Control Room in the town, had spoken on the walkie-talkie over the last three days claiming himself to be Prabhakaran and threatened to disturb the conference, saying LTTE had lost respect in Tamil Nadu after the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
  • 61) Dec 13, 2007 12:12:50 GMT |  + North Korea may have aided Hezbollah, LTTE - U.S. report
    North Korea may have given arms to Lebanon's Hezbollah and Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, according to a report compiled for Congress that could complicate U.S. plans to drop Pyongyang from its terrorism blacklist. The report obtained on Wednesday by Reuters was written by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which provides independent analysis to Congress, and cited "reputable sources" as saying Pyongyang had given arms and possibly training to the militant groups, which Washington regards as "terrorist" organizations.
  • 62) Dec 13, 2006 23:17:23 GMT |  + Vaiko plans to tour the State to mobilise support for Eelam
    The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will mobilise youth and students in the State in support of Tamil Eelam, general secretary Vaiko said on Wednesday. Addressing a meeting organised by the advocates' wing of the party here, he said he would tour the State to propagate the concept of Tamil Eelam . Asserting that there was no alternative to the Tamils other than an independent nation, Mr. Vaiko said agreements and assurances given to the Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government in the past had not been honoured.
  • 63) Dec 13, 2006 20:17:18 GMT |  + The alternative to voting
    AS ACEH went to the polls, Sri Lanka, another tsunami-ravaged conflict zone, was descending further into full-scale war. The protagonists—the government, representing the Sinhalese majority, and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, fighting for a “homeland” for the ethnic-Tamil minority in the north and east of the country—have all but shut the door to political dialogue. Both sides have since early this month been fighting for strategic positions in the ethnically mixed east. In the past year, the conflict has killed more than 3,500 people and displaced more than 250,000, mostly Tamils and members of the Muslim minority. Some 15,000 have fled to neighbouring India by boat.
  • 64) Dec 13, 2006 16:34:03 GMT |  + Sri Lanka vows to flush out Tigers, civilians flee fighting
    Sri Lanka's army chief has vowed to drive out Tiger guerrillas from the island's restive east as dozens of civilians fled their shelters amid a lull in shelling. The commander of the army, Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, said the military had captured two guerrilla defence lines inside their Vakarai stronghold, according to the state-run Dinamina newspaper. "The people will be liberated from the Tigers very soon and the Tigers will be driven out of the eastern province," Fonseka said in an interview with the Sinhalese-language daily.
  • 65) Dec 13, 2006 12:43:59 GMT |  + More civilians flee Sri Lanka fighting
    Dozens of civilians trapped between government troops and Tamil Tigers fled their shelters amid a lull in shelling in Sri Lanka's embattled northeast, officials said. The number of people seeking refuge in the district of Trincomalee rose to 4,500 from 3,300 over the weekend, local officials said, while nearly 400 Tamil civilians fled to safer locations in the neighbouring Batticaloa district. more ...
  • 66) Dec 13, 2006 12:42:51 GMT |  + Political settlement only solution in Lanka: India
    India is of the view that the only solution to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka is a negotiated political settlement acceptable to all communities, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukerjee said in a written reply that the government has emphasised to the Sri Lankan government the need to make all possible efforts to strengthen the ceasefire and to revive the political dialogue in order to move the peace process forward.
  • 67) Dec 13, 2006 12:37:59 GMT |  + 'Bharati, if alive, would have rooted for Tamils'
    'If national poet Subramanya Bharathi were alive today, he would have raised his voice in support of Sri Lankan Tamils', general secretary of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Vaiko has said. Stating this at a function to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Bharathi here yesterday, Vaiko showered praise on the poet and recalled his love for Tamil, patriotic songs, fearless writing in support of freedom movement and support to women's liberation. Releasing a Tamil book Karisal Kattin Kavithaisolai Bharathi, the MDMK supremo said, 'Bharathi never failed to raise his concern for Tamils living in other parts of the world, while writing in support of freedom movement'. more ...
  • 68) Dec 13, 2006 12:35:38 GMT |  + Family of drowning victim facing deportation
    A Sri Lankan family grieving the death of an 11-year-old son who drowned attempting to save a friend also faces the threat of deportation amid allegations that the patriarch is a "top international leader" of the Tamil Tigers. While Federal Court documents allege Muralitharan Nadarajah is a high-ranking official with the Tigers - an organization classified as a terrorist group by Canadian security officials - the married father declared his innocence Tuesday.
  • 69) Dec 13, 2006 11:54:09 GMT |  + ADB To Loan Additional $60 Million Loan for Water Supply Project in Sri Lanka
    Asian Development Bank is lending an additional US$60 million to support a project that is helping increase access of the poor in three provinces in Sri Lanka to safe water and sanitation. The loan will help the Secondary Towns and Rural Community-Based Water Supply and Sanitation Project, approved in 2003 with a $60.3 million loan, achieve its objective of bringing clean water to nearly a million people and better sanitation to more than 170,000 people.The project is providing water in four urban areas - Batticaloa and Muttur in the North-East province, Polonnaruwa in the North Central province, and Hambantota in the Southern Province.
  • 70) Dec 13, 2006 11:41:08 GMT |  + Vaharai hospital doctor recounts the scene on Monday outside the hospital
    “People are still without roof over their head because they have just displaced to here. It is raining and some are seeking shelter under trees. Shells are still falling near the hospital. People have not had time to dig bunkers (hole in the ground). Some who have are inside their bunker. Others are lying down under trees hoping for protection against the shells. Some people are hastily digging bunkers. There aren’t enough tools to dig. People are using anything that they can to dig. I can see children digging with eating plates. People having seen all deaths and are in a state of terror and it is reflected in the haste with which they are digging.” more ...
  • 71) 12:53 GMT, Dec. 13, 2005 |  + War would hit S.Lanka health, bird flu effort-UN
    Any renewed war between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels could threaten health programmes already hit by Asia's tsunami and hamper efforts to fight bird flu, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. "It would depend on the nature of the conflict, but it could stop people from seeking treatment when they need it, "WHO country representative Agostino Borra told Reuters in an interview. "It could undo the gains we have made." A string of recent attacks on troops in Sri Lanka's north and east -- where two decades of conflict have already left health problems more severe than elsewhere on the island -- have raised fears a 2002 truce might collapse and war might resume. more ...
  • 72) 12:41 GMT, Dec. 13, 2005 |  + Year-old international effort to identify tsunami victims grinds on
    One year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, the world's ID sleuths press on with their grisly task. In a DNA lab in Sarajevo, the experience drawn from Bosnia's mass graves is helping to put names to bodies in a morgue at a Thai holiday resort 8,000 kilometres away. DNA collected from relatives around the world, along with samples from items as mundane as a toothbrush, are being filtered through a high-tech, multinational operation to give a decent burial to the dead of the Dec. 26 disaster and a small measure of relief to the relatives left behind. more ...
  • 73) 11:49 GMT, Dec. 13, 2005 |  + Tamil Tigers to discuss resuming peace talks with Norwegian peace envoys
    Tamil Tiger leaders will meet with a high-level Norwegian delegation and discuss the possibility of resuming peace talks with the Sri Lankan government, a rebel spokesman said Tuesday. "The details (for resuming the peace process) will be worked out when the Norwegian delegation meets with our leadership," Daya Master, the spokesman for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, said by telephone from the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi.Master declined to say who would be coming from Norway - which brokered a 2002 cease-fire between the government and rebels - or when they would arrive. Earlier Tuesday, the Defense Ministry blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels for a grenade attack at a police meeting in the country's northwest, which wounded 18 officers.But Master denied the LTTE was involved in any of the attacks. more ...
  • 74) 11:45 GMT, Dec. 13, 2005 |  + Drama called “commission of inquiry”
    Government sources say that President Rajapakse has appointed a two member commission of inquiry to investigate into the recent events in Jaffna that were aimed at disturbing the peace efforts. This latest commission of inquiry in a long series of commissions of inquiry only goes to show that governments may change in the south but their approach remains the same.Former President Chandrika Kumaratunge also appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the murders of Batticaloa-Amparai political wing head Kousalyan, LTTE members accompanying him and Mamanithar ChandraNehru.That commission held many sessions expending a lot of resources and time. Nothing useful came out of that or any of the prior inquiries. The benefit of that inquiry was to fool the international community into believing that the government is being responsible in its conduct. more ...
  • 75) 11:33 GMT, Dec. 13, 2005 |  + Open Letter to Dr. Coomaraswamy on Tamils and Human Rights
    Sadly your accessibility to international fora through your position, allows you to make such statements in front of an international audience at the expense of my community. Couched in terms that may seem as not being your personal opinion, but rather a prevailing view, a statement attributed to you that the "Thamil community is now represented as a community living close to criminality, feeding the international underworld of crime and being comfortable with the forces of terror" is one that's highly derogatory of a class of people. As it is not directed at any individual, you have gotten away with defamation. What you said in a public forum not only maligns the whole community, the venue you chose to say it in makes it all the more damaging to law-abiding Thamil communities living in the NorthEast, the rest of Sri Lanka and those spread around the globe. For a person of your standing it is a dismal and disgraceful performance. more ...
  • 76) 00:17 GMT, Dec. 13, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka film shows poor still suffer after tsunami
    Dhruv Dhawan just wanted to make a film about Sri Lankan survivors of the tsunami, but he stumbled upon a classic tale of how developing countries on the long march to prosperity often ride roughshod over the poor. After the huge waves that crashed into southeast Asian countries last December, killing over 200,000 people, Sri Lanka banned rebuilding in a coastal buffer zone stretching at least 100 km inland all around the island. Yet, as poor fishing communities were warned of more giant waves and promised new inland housing, tourist developers moved onto their land by the sea and Western tourists trickled back to the Goa-style beach developments sprouting up. more ...
  • 77) 21:20 GMT, Dec. 13, 2004 |  + Solheim back in town
    Norway's special envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim has arrived on another round of shuttle diplomacy. On a three day visit he'll be meeting both sides in an attempt to revive the faltering peace process. Since his last visit to Sri Lanka in October there has been little sign of either side moving closer to an agreement. On the contrary the two sides seem farther apart. Normally Erik Solheim is flown up to the northern Tiger-controlled areas by government helicopter. This time round it appears he will be only flown up to the farthest government controlled areas, and then will have to drive on. Peace secretariat sources said it was a defence ministry decision. No reason has been given for this change of policy, but there's been speculation that the government is concerned about the security situation. more ...
  • 78) 21:08 GMT, Dec. 13, 2004 |  + 'Human Rights Watch' got a failing grade for its latest report



    Seated (L-R) A Tamil translator; Panelists: A HRW Representative, Joe Becker and Bob Rae

    Ms.Joe Becker, the author of the Latest 'Human Rights Watch' report titled "Living In Fear: Child Soldiers and the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka was in Toronto last night presenting her report. In spite of the snowy weather conditions, over two hundred people attended the event. However, it became apparent with in minutes from the start of the presentation that the overwhelming majority of the people attended the event only to register their outrage with regards to the flaws and bias apparent in the report. The challenges kept coming Ms.Becker's way through out the night. Ms.Becker looked dumbfounded by these never ending, to the point, questions. The crowd also protested the fact that the organizers did not have a single speaker from the Tamil community at the panel. Making things worse to Ms.Becker was her comments to GlobeAndMail last week claiming that no one from the community was willing to sit at the panel.
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  • 79) 12:37 GMT, Dec. 13, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan government rejects LTTE call for peace talks
    The Sri Lankan government has rejected an appeal by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran for the resumption of peace talks, compounding fears that the present, increasingly shaky ceasefire will break down completely. Prabhakaran made the call for negotiations in his annual Heroes’ Day speech on November 27. He warned that the LTTE could not continue indefinitely in “a political vacuum” without any settlement or the prospect of talks and that “a borderline” had been reached. He appealed for talks on the basis of the LTTE’s proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) for the North and East of the island and hinted at a return to armed conflict if the “peace process” were not restarted. more ...
  • 80) 12:32 GMT, Dec. 13, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka says Bollywood attack aimed at India ties
    Sri Lanka apologised on Monday to a troupe of Bollywood stars for a deadly weekend grenade attack that marred a concert they staged in Colombo, blaming it on elements bent on hurting close ties with neighbouring India. Police were still hunting for whoever was responsible for the attack, which killed two Sri Lankans and injured a dozen other fans, and have yet to make any arrests. Police and government officials said they had ruled out any involvement by Tamil Tiger rebels, whose two-decade war for a separate state that killed more than 64,000 people is on hold thanks to a truce.
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  • 81) 21:19 GMT, Dec. 13, 2003 |  + CBK, Ranil prepare for polls
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Friday informed the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organisers that she will be signing an agreement with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) very shortly and to prepare for snap elections. President Kumaratunga’s call comes in the backdrop of reports that the Mano-Malik talks to end the political gridlock following President Kumaratunga’s take over of three ministries had virtually collapsed by Thursday. President Kumaratunga informed the SLFP organisers that the talks between her officials and Prime Minister’s nominees had not made any progress and that the curtain will fall on those talks tomorrow, December 15. more ...
  • 82) 21:16 GMT, Dec. 13, 2003 |  + Indian military aid package
    India has offered a package of military assistance that would come in useful in the event of future military operations, Army Commander Lieutenant General Lionel Balagalle has disclosed following his recent official visit to Delhi. The military aid is expected to include the supply of transport helicopters to enhance the armed forces airlift capability, the rehabilitation of the airstrip at the vital Palaly military base in Jaffna, as well as various kinds of military training programmes. The Army Chief told the Sunday Observer yesterday that during his 4-day visit he had held official talks with Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes as well as the heads of the three armed services. more ...
  • 83) 19:26 GMT, Dec. 13, 2003 |  + "UNP ready to seek fresh mandate from people" - Wickremesinghe
    Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe Saturday said the Presdient has no power to take over the defense ministry according to the constitution and her action in this regard should be considered a violation of the peoples’ mandate at the last general election. “The President should work in close co-operation with the political party having a majority in the parliament,” said Mr.Wickremasinghe addressing the 49th National Convention of the United National Party, Saturday at Sugathathasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo. Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe further said late President J.R.Jayawardene had stressed the superiority of parliament when he (Jayawardene) proposed executive presidency in 1978. more ...
  • 84) 20:12 GMT, Dec. 13, 2002 |  + Tamil Tigers 'must disarm'
    The main opposition in Sri Lanka has demanded that the Tamil Tiger rebels surrender their arms as part of peace negotiations. The People's Alliance (PA) of President Kumaratunga also said the peace process was moving too quickly and accused Norwegian mediators of pursuing a hidden agenda. Decommissioning must be taken up immediately," Lakshman Kadirgamar, a former foreign minister and senior PA figure, told a news conference in Colombo. He said he was highly suspicious of "accelerated" peace moves which led both government and rebels to agree a "federal" solution last week.
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  • 85) 20:08 GMT, Dec. 13, 2002 |  + SLFP questions UNF approach to peace
    The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) the main constituent of the Sri Lanka opposition the People's Alliance (PA), demanded in a press release that the ruling United National Front (UNF) government should explain to Sri Lankan people different concepts and terms included in the Oslo statement which embodied the agreement between Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). more ...
  • 86) 20:07 GMT, Dec. 13, 2002 |  + Commission grants €2 million in humanitarian aid for victims of landmines in Sri Lanka
    The European Commission has adopted a humanitarian aid decision worth €2 million to help victims of landmines in the war-affected areas of Sri Lanka. The aid is being channelled through ECHO, the Humanitarian Aid Office of the European Commission, which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson. Commenting on the decision, Commissioner Nielson said: "After almost twenty years of war, hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans now wish to return to their homes. The presence of huge numbers of landmines hinders the resettlement process. The European Commission is committed to help tackle this scourge which threatens the lives of so many returnees as well as resident populations." more ...
  • 87) 20:06 GMT, Dec. 13, 2002 |  + Japan to provide emergency aid for Sri Lankan refugee
    The Japanese government decided Friday to provide about 1.62 million US dollars in emergency grant aid to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support the Sri Lankan refugees, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi said. "We will provide 1.62 million dollars in grant aid for the UNHCR to establish temporary housing, supply water from wells and establish sanitation facilities for returning refugees," the Japanese foreign minister said. more ...
  • 88) 20:00 GMT, Dec. 13, 2002 |  + Resettlers protest planned colonization of Tamil Village
    A group of Sinhalese led by a Buddhist priest, assisted by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) are constructing a Buddhist Vihare in a traditional Tamil village Vilankulam, 11 km off west of east port town on the Trincomalee-Kandy road, the East Lanka Peoples' Development Center (ELPDC) Friday said in a memorandum sent to the Minister of Hindu Cultural Affairs Mr. T.Maheswaran, sources said. The Tamil residents of Vilankulam were displaced in 1983 and 1987 ethnic violence when the army moved in and drove them out. Since then only the army camp was present in the village. more ...
  • 89) 21:51 GMT, Dec. 13, 2001 |  + Killing of Tamil prisoners most gruesome incident in July '83 - C. T. Jansz
    Retired Commissioner of Prisons C. T. Jansz giving evidence at the Presidential Truth Commission (PTC) on Wednesday said that killing 35 Tamil prisoners inside the Welikada Prison on July 25, 1983 is the most gruesome incident experienced in this country during the 1983 terror period. "Storming into the prison cell in the early hours of July 23, 1983 by fellow Sinhala prisoners is vehemently condemned and not accepted by any individual in a civil society and hope this nature of the incident will never occur in this land in the future", he said. more ...
  • 90) 21:47 GMT, Dec. 13, 2001 |  + Try Again
    ENDING THE WAR between government forces and Tamil rebels and boosting the economy were the themes of parliamentary elections on December 5, in which Sri Lanka's 12 million voters brought the pro-business United National Party back to power after seven years, overthrowing the socialist alliance of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. more ...
  • 91) 19:41 GMT, Dec. 13, 2001 |  + Will EPDP be allowed to carry arms? Devananda hopes so
    Claiming that the EPDP carries arms for self-defence and in support of the security forces, Ex-minister and Jaffna district MP Douglas Devananda’s Eelam People’s Democratic Party [EPDP] is to seek high-level talks with the UNP - led United National Front [UNF] to discuss the fate of armed EPDP cadres deployed in the north-east, political sources said. Jaffna district MP and Hindu Affairs Minister T. Maheswaran during his campaign repeatedly vowed that the UNF government would disarm all armed Tamil groups including the EPDP within weeks of their victory at the December 5, parliamentary elections. The TULF led Tamil National Alliance [TNA], too campaigned for the same. more ...
  • 92) 18:41 GMT, Dec. 13, 2001 |  + UNF MPs endorse peace talks, India’s role
    Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to visit Delhi on 23 December on a three-day official visit to hold discussions with Indian leaders, United National Party sources said Thursday. Preparations for starting peace negotiations with the Liberation Tigers would be a central issue in Mr. Wickremesinghe’s discussions with the Indian Prime Minister and senior ministers in Delhi, according to the sources. The Parliamentary group of the United National Front, which met Thursday, resolved unanimously to do the needful to start the peace process soon. Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Minister Mr. Tyronne Fernando said Thursday’s attack on the Parliament in Delhi wouldn’t change India’s stand on the peace negotiations between the Liberation Tigers and his government. The LTTE and the Tamil National Alliance say that there should be Norwegian mediation in peace talks with Colombo. more ...
  • 93) 17:59 GMT, Dec. 13, 2001 |  + Sri Lankans probed on voyage to Cocos Islands
    Immigration officials began interviewing and giving medical checks to 68 Sri Lankan asylum seekers transferred to Cocos Islands after spending four days in their boat in a lagoon. But authorities were no closer to revealing the route the men had taken to the remote Australian territory or whether the crew of their boat were still among them. Australian Federal Police intercepted the vessel on Sunday and escorted it to a buoy at Direction Island in the Cocos Keeling Islands group, 2,100km from Western Australia. more ...
  • 94) 16:42 GMT, Dec. 13, 2001 |  + Defining Terrorism
    The term "War on Terrorism" has been quickly picked up by political leaders seeking to advance a host of different agendas domestically and internationally, as evidenced by yesterday's attacks by Israel. But what is 'terrorism'?. "Terrorism" may be the most important, powerful word in the world right now. In the name of doing away with terrorism, the United States is bombing Afghanistan and talking about possible attacks elsewhere. Political leaders from many countries are at once declaring support for the new U.S. war and seeking to re-name their own enemies as "terrorists." more ...
  • 95) 13:15 GMT, Dec. 13, 2001 |  + Indian parliament attack kills 12
    Twelve people have been killed in an unprecedented suicide attack on the Indian parliament in Delhi, officials said. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said it was "a warning to the entire nation" and that India would wage a "do or die" war against terrorism. The motive remains unclear. No group has admitted carrying out the attack - which Indian Home Minister LK Advani said was similar to an October strike against the Kashmir state assembly by separatist militants. more ...
  • 96) 15:08 GMT, Dec. 13, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Shares End Up; Peace Talks, Bargain-Hunting
    Sri Lankan shares finished higher Wednesday on local demand for key blue chips, brokers said. They said sentiment was mainly boosted by the government's acceptance of an offer by Tamil Tiger rebels to hold peace talks in a bid to end a 17-year old conflict in northeastern Sri Lanka. Some bargain-hunting by retailers also pushed the market up, they said. more ...
  • 97) 15:06 GMT, Dec. 13, 2000 |  + US to give rights training to Sri Lanka's military
    The United States will conduct a seminar on human rights this week for Sri Lanka"s military and police, the U.S. Embassy said on Wednesday. It said in a statement the topics included responsibilities of the military in a democratic society, humanitarian legal responsibilities and violence against women. "We regard this as perhaps the most important military training we offer to Sri Lanka," U.S. Ambassador E. Ashley Wills said in the statement. more ...
  • 98) 14:40 GMT, Dec. 13, 2000 |  + What is really wrong with the counter insurgency methods?
    Western counter insurgency methods have suceeded in putting down or effectively containing the armed struggles for social emancipation or for carving out separate states in the majority of the countries which adopted them under the tutelage of the Americans and the British. This is a fact that more often than not is buried by the third world's persistent fascination with the success stories of Vietnam and Cuba. The American and British governments have spent vast resources to study and constantly improve on their common and specific counter insurgency methods unlike the Cubans or the Vietnamese whose cash strapped economies would brook no such luxuries. The Sri Lankan security forces have had the singular fortune of availing themselves of the vast resources of western counter insurgency methods and doctrine. They have also been singularly fortunate in having to fight an internationally isolated enemy. more ...
  • 99) 12:22 GMT, Dec. 13, 2000 |  + India agrees to release Sri Lankan fishermen
    India has agreed to release 56 Sri Lankan fishermen who were arrested for straying into Indian waters, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry has said. A Ministry statement said the fisherman, detained in the South Indian State of Kerala, would return to Sri Lanka on Saturday. more ...
  • 100) 12:21 GMT, Dec. 13, 2000 |  + Japan donates 5.4 million dollars to Sri Lanka for food production
    The Japanese government Wednesday donated 600 million yen (5.4 million dollars) to be used in improving Sri Lanka's food production, the Japanese embassy here said. An exchange of notes for the provision of the grant aid was signed here Wednesday by Sri Lanka's finance secretary P. B. Jayasundera and the Japanese ambassador Seiichiro Otsuka, the embassy said in a statement. more ...
  • 101) 12:18 GMT, Dec. 13, 2000 |  + ADB Approves $100M Concessional Loan To Sri Lanka- Report
    The Manila-based Asian Development Bank has approved a $100 million concessional loan to boost private sector development in Sri Lanka, a report said Wednesday. The Daily Mirror newspaper said the loan will help eliminate constraints in the private sector and enhance market environment through proper regulations and competition. "Sri Lanka needs it's private sector to raise growth levels and place it on a sustainable path," the report quoted Joseph Zveglich, ADB's deputy resident representative in Sri Lanka as saying. more ...
  • 102) 12:17 GMT, Dec. 13, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka rejects de-escalation before talks
    The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday that it would not accept the Liberation Tigers' call for a de-escalation of the war prior to unconditional negotiations to end the island’s protracted conflict, as the call was “proposed almost as a precondition for talks.” The government instead said de-escalation must be accompanied by talks on a permanent solution, which must be preceded by the Liberation Tigers agreeing the core issues to be covered in any negotiations. The government also re-iterated that any talks must be completed within a definite time frame. more ...
  • 103) 12:13 GMT, Dec. 13, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka moderates demand peace talks without conditions
    Sri Lanka's moderate Tamil political leaders Wednesday urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to abandon their hardline positions and enter talks without pre-conditions. Moderate parties welcomed the government's announcement Tuesday that it was ready to enter talks with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), but said both sides must be willing to make a start without imposing conditions. more ...
  • 104) 20:01 GMT, Dec. 12, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan Foreign Minister arriving on Thursday
    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will be arriving here on Thursday on a two-day official visit to discuss the latest developments relating to the Norwegian efforts to kickstart a new round of peace talks between Colombo and the LTTE. Kadirgamar is expected to apprise the Indian leadership about his Government's stand on the peace talks offer made by LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran in his birthday speech on November 27. more ...
  • 105) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + India: Musharraf hardens stance on Kashmir
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  • 106) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + TULF says it won't back Chandrika
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  • 107) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + TULF decides not to support Chandrika
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  • 108) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan army gears up for siege on former guerrilla capital
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  • 109) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Wickeramshinghe is big draw in Lanka
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  • 110) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Batticaloa wants a change
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  • 111) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Monument Dedicated to The Disappeared
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  • 112) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + AMERICA POSES THREAT TO HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
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  • 113) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka Army Expects Rebel Siege
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  • 114) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + SUNDAY ISLAND POLITICS
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  • 115) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Maruthankerny camp captured -VoT
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  • 116) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Bishop urges Tamils to vote
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  • 117) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Tigers claim three key bases
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  • 118) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Despite fighting, Sri Lanka stocks soar
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  • 119) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Tigers push northwards
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  • 120) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan air force bombs Tamil rebel positions, total fatalities 252
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  • 121) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + REBELS SAY THREATEN MILITARY COMPLEX
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  • 122) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Jaffna civilians move to safe areas
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  • 123) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Fighting intensifies in Sri Lanka-Rebels
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  • 124) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + World: Child poverty worsens - Unicef
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  • 125) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + HUNDREDS OF SRI LANKAN TROOPS KILLED AS LTTE OFENSIVE SPREADS TO THENMARACHI
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  • 126) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + LTTE offensive widens in Jaffna
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  • 127) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Tigers capture Vadamaradchi East villages
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  • 128) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Tamil Tigers step up pressure ahead of Sri Lanka polls
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  • 129) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Sympathy factors
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  • 130) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Poll vow to end Tamil war
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  • 131) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan troops fend off Tamil attack
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  • 132) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + War's tide catches fleeing Sri Lankans
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  • 133) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Tigers claim victory on Elephant Pass
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  • 134) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Fears that 'ghost' voters may haunt election
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  • 135) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Tigers claim three key bases
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  • 136) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1999 |  + Presses attacked as poll violence flares
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  • 137) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1998 |  + Fax Action to support Tamil Refugees in Germany
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  • 138) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1998 |  + Net a focus in human rights struggle
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  • 139) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1998 |  + Appointment of peace representatives encouraging - Lalith Kotelawela
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  • 140) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1998 |  + NAP welcomes Prabhakaran's readiness for peace talks
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  • 141) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 13, 1998 |  + South African delegation Visits Jaffna
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