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Important Incidents

  • 2000 | SEA TIGERS DESTROY SHIP CARRYING ARMS TO JAFFNA
    A Sri Lankan cargo vessel carrying arms and ammunition was destroyed and an Israeli made Dvora gunboat was seriously damaged by Sea Tigers, the naval wing of the LTTE, in a ferocious gun battle in the northern high seas off the Point Pedro coast in the early hours of the morning today.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Torture - Sri Lanka's 20 Year Record
    26 June 1998 is the International Day against Torture - so declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
  • 1997 | School books denied to Tamil children
    Sri Lanka's education department has kept back 60% of the school books it is obliged to give to Tamil school children in Mullaitivu. Even the small amount that has arrived has come half a year too late, rendering the scheme virtually meaningless. Headmasters and teachers are in a quandary about how to distribute the meagre supply among the hard-done children. The Sri Lankan government, while professing to be ethnically-neutral, routinely withholds items - even those donated by international agencies - from the Tamil people.
  • 1986 | Sambaltivu massacre - 15 killed
    On 26 June 1986, a large number of Sri Lankan soldiers drove into Sambaltivu, a village in Trincomalee, to carry out a ‘search operation’, in the course of which at least fifteen Tamil civilians were killed.
  • 2000 | 500 Tamils have taken refuge in the last 2 months: TN CM
    TIRUCHIRAPPALLI: Nearly 500 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees had landed in Tamil Nadu in the last two months since the escalation of conflict between the Army and LTTE in the island Republic,Tamil Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said today.
  • 2000 | UK ' ignoring Sri Lanka torture'
    A report by a human rights group based in London accuses the UK of ignoring evidence that many Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka have been tortured.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 412 | செவிக்குண வில்லாத
    போழ்து சிறிது வயிற்றுக்கும்
    When 'tis no longer time the listening ear to feed
    With trifling dole of food supply the body's need.
    - 42 42
  • Jun 26 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Jun 26, 2016 10:33:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka denies cluster bombs found in war zones were government weapons
    The Sri Lankan government has denied reports of the discovery of cluster bombs in formerly war-hit areas of the country by questioning the evidence and rejecting the suggestion that government forces used the weapons said Rajitha Senaratne, the health minister. “How do you say that these bombs belong to the Sri Lanka army? What is the basis?” Halo confirmed in an exchange with the Guardian that it had found a total of 42 cluster munitions in sites across northern Sri Lanka near Pachchilapalli, a location of fierce fighting between government and LTTE forces at the end of the war. It also stated that records of the discoveries, categorised as A02.5s, were submitted to a national mine action centre, run by the government, when they were found. more ...
  • 2) Jun 26, 2016 10:30:30 GMT |  + Is Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister On Autopilot?
    Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently spoke at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo. Mr. Samaraweera has again presented a very optimistic assessment of the current state of affairs in the war-torn island nation. The foreign minister is right to note that recent political developments have presented the country with an unforeseen opportunity. And he, importantly, highlights the passage of the 19th amendment to the constitution, which trimmed presidential powers and reintroduced term limits for the presidency. more ...
  • 3) Jun 26, 2015 20:15:22 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's president dissolves parliament; elections on Aug 17
    Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of schedule. President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the legislature "with effect from midnight today" in an official proclamation and said he would summon the new parliament to sit on Sep 1. The president decreed that elections would be held across the island on Aug 17, with candidates given a week ending Jul 13 to file nomination papers, according to the official gazette notification. more ...
  • 4) Jun 26, 2015 15:45:47 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's president dissolves parliament
    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved parliament, paving the way for an early general election. "The president signed a gazette notification dissolving parliament with effect from midnight today," government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said. The general election was not scheduled for another 10 months. Mr Sirisena defeated incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in presidential elections held in January. more ...
  • 5) Jun 26, 2015 12:43:52 GMT |  + Rajapaksa’s plans for polls
    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is keen on getting the views of leaders and members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the party’s allies before taking any decision about his participation in the Parliamentary polls, Dilan Perera, SLFP spokesperson, said on Friday. “He is willing to do anything to keep the party united,” the spokesperson replied, to a query whether the former President would agree not to contest in the elections on the condition that most of the party tickets was given to his supporters. more ...
  • 6) Jun 26, 2015 12:42:14 GMT |  + The 19th Amendment and the future of Sri Lanka
    Excellencies of the diplomatic community, Mr Abeykoon, Secretary to the President, officials of the Presidential Secretariat, ladies and gentleman, It may sound as if I am repeating what has already been said when I say that I share the sentiments expressed by both Mr. Dhanapala and Prof. Munasinghe. To me, as a citizen, the 19th Amendment brings new beginnings. I say that because, sometimes we suffer in this country from a collective sense of amnesia. We also know that this country has many good laws. But our problem is that even when we have the law in the books and we do not implement it. more ...
  • 7) Jun 26, 2015 12:38:23 GMT |  + Up-country Tamils: The Forgotten 4.2%
    Sri Lanka has long been synonymous with fine tea; with a plantation history dating back to 1862 to an export value estimated to reach US$ 2,500 million this year, the humble beverage is the island’s pride across the globe. Accounting for nearly 14% of the country’s total export earnings, it is among the nation’s most valuable and prized produce. However, history has and might continue to overlook the most important cogs in the large machine that is the tea industry of Sri Lanka; the people without whose tireless labour this process would grind to a screeching halt – the workers on the tea estates. more ...
  • 8) Jun 26, 2015 12:11:35 GMT |  + Emirates A380 makes emergency landing in Colombo
    An Emirates A380 plane with more than 500 people on board had to make an emergency landing in Sri Lanka due to a "technical fault", aviation officials said. The aircraft was en route to Dubai from Sydney when it was diverted to Colombo, where it landed safely early on Friday morning. "‎Emirates flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai... was diverted to Colombo due to a technical fault," the airline said in a statement that gave no details about the nature of the problem. more ...
  • 9) Jun 26, 2015 10:21:56 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Mahendran Seeks Overseas Loans to Reduce Debt Costs
    Sri Lankan central bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is seeking concessional overseas loans to refinance costlier debt and reduce reliance on global bond markets. “We are looking at tens of billions of dollars” from lenders including the U.S., Japan and the European Union, Mahendran said in a telephone interview from Colombo. Concessional credit will “eventually refinance most of the commercial lending the country has contracted in the last five to seven years.”Under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka raised $5.5 billion from sovereign bonds with coupons averaging 6.5 percent as it built roads, ports and power plants following the end of a civil war in 2009.
  • 10) Jun 26, 2014 22:08:18 GMT |  + SRI LANKA : An addiction to torture
    Torture is part of the day-to-day operation of the Sri Lankan state. The democratic, rule-of-law-based system that existed in Sri Lanka has been systematically undermined and its governing institutions have been no longer function in their assigned roles. Following the collapse of the rule of law and a functioning criminal justice system, an alternative system based on state violence has been entrenched in Sri Lanka. The impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was the death knell of the Sri Lankan judiciary, the end of a slow death from multiple blows, one of the strongest of which was the 1978 Constitution itself. Without a functioning judiciary, there is no recourse for the citizen in the defence of their rights. more ...
  • 11) Jun 26, 2014 15:54:37 GMT |  + Amnesty International India welcomes establishment of Sri Lanka war crimes investigation
    Amnesty International India reiterates its call on Sri Lankan authorities to cooperate fully with the investigation and urges the UN and the international community to provide OHCHR with the necessary material and political support to make its investigation as robust and far-reaching as possible, including by ensuring effective protection of witnesses.A comprehensive investigation of these very serious allegations is essential. more ...
  • 12) Jun 26, 2014 1:39:43 GMT |  + Sri Lanka charges moderate monk critical of anti-Muslim violence
    Sri Lankan police have charged a moderate Buddhist monk with falsely alleging he was abducted and assaulted. Wataraka Vijitha Thero was found tied up and wounded on Friday and arrested on his discharge from hospital. Police accuse him of changing his account of what happened and allege he injured himself. The monk is a vocal critic of the hard-line Sinhalese Buddhist Brigade, whose rally in a southern town triggered deadly anti-Muslim riots this month. more ...
  • 13) Jun 26, 2013 10:38:32 GMT |  + Commonwealth ought to take Sri Lanka to task
    It could be argued that — even though the culmination of the war was savage — the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa did Sri Lanka a service by finally ending a terrible conflict that had gone on for 29 years and cost thousands of lives. Yet, even if this brutal logic is accepted and allegations of war crimes ignored, Sri Lanka’s record since the end of the war has been grim. Critics of the government continue to disappear. Sri Lankan security forces are credibly accused of routinely using torture. Journalists have been harassed and even killed. This year, Sri Lanka’s chief justice was impeached and forced out of office.
  • 14) Jun 26, 2013 10:36:27 GMT |  + Torture in Sri Lanka - ‘Many times I would lose consciousness’
    Journalists, lawyers, grassroots activists – anyone who dares to criticize the authorities – can be picked up under draconian security laws and detained for years without access to the outside world. The Prevention of Terrorism Act – a holdover from the 1980s – is one of the main legal tools deployed by the government to silence its critics. Under it, people can be arrested without charge or trial and held for up to 18 months under a detention order, or pending trial - indefinitely. Locked in a sinister limbo and denied the right to a lawyer, they are left vulnerable to torture – despite a constitutional ban on the practice. more ...
  • 15) Jun 26, 2013 10:34:08 GMT |  + Dangerous games with devolution
    The move is unjust and undemocratic, makes a mockery of Sri Lanka’s international treaty with India and threatens regional stability. In order to prevent this travesty, India must act decisively to request a formal explanation from the Government of Sri Lanka as to the reasons behind these attempts to dilute the Thirteenth Amendment. It should also impress upon the Sri Lankan government that such an act means breaching the Indo-Lanka Accord, an international agreement governed under international law. In the face of such wanton disregard for values, diplomacy and regional stability, one wonders whether extending support to the Sri Lankan government in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka later this year is appropriate. more ...
  • 16) Jun 26, 2012 17:27:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka banks stop quoting rupee spot rate after cbank request
    The Sri Lankan rupee market came to a standstill on Tuesday as banks stopped quoting spot prices against the U.S. dollar, after what dealers said was a request from the central to stop trading the ailing currency beyond the 133 level. "The whole market is distorted as central bank does not like to see the spot trading above 133.00. So nobody is quoting spot and everybody quotes spot-next," a dealer said on condition of anonymity, referring to the possible spot rate a day later.
  • 17) Jun 26, 2012 17:24:53 GMT |  + 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 been informed about the resettlement, villagers reported. “The military asked us to vacate the resettled housing scheme before midnight, and we walked over five kilometers with our children to the church,” said Pius Ananthakumar Asuntha.
  • 18) Jun 26, 2012 12:51:43 GMT |  + RCMP arrest another man in smuggling case
    The RCMP says it has arrested a man charged over the smuggling of 492 Tamil migrants into Canada. Mounties say they have arrested Nadarajah Mahendran at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport without incident and aboard a flight originating in Sri Lanka. Mahendran is one of six men charged over the August 2010 arrival of the MV Sun Sea in British Columbia. Police in Thailand, Australia, France and Norway have all helped with the investigation,
  • 19) Jun 26, 2012 11:41:56 GMT |  + The Grease Devil Is Not Real
    During my first two days on Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Peninsula, I heard about the Grease Man from everyone who spoke English. He smeared his naked body in oil to evade capture, the villagers told me, and then snuck into homes to commit random acts of violence. Most people said he sexually assaulted women, or bit their necks and breasts. One boy told me he had knives for fingers, which he used to cut out people’s organs while they were sleeping. more ...
  • 20) Jun 26, 2012 11:38:15 GMT |  + In Kashmir, Killing Ebbs, but Killers Roam Free
    After decades of war, Kashmir is blooming again. Hotels are bursting, roads are being fixed and offices rebuilt. But with the guns silenced, India must soon decide whether justice will be as welcome as the tourists. Mass murderers walk the streets openly, having killed thousands of people who are buried in unmarked graves in scores of secret cemeteries. This beautiful village has one such graveyard. Nine years after Indian police officers and troops deposited hundreds of bullet-ridden corpses here as part of their campaign to suppress an independence movement supported by Pakistan, dirt mounds still rise above the shallow and unmarked plots as if the circumstances of the deaths left the earth above the bodies unsettled. more ...
  • 21) Jun 26, 2012 11:36:23 GMT |  + Sri Lankan rupee at near record low; stocks down
    The Sri Lankan rupee traded at a near record low on Monday in thin trade and many banks stopped quoting spot prices. The rupee traded at 132.90 to the dollar, with a state bank selling dollars at that level, traders said. The rupee hit a record low of 133.60 on June 12. Five dealers said there was no interbank spot quote by the end of the day and the highest spot-next trade was done above 134 per dollar. "Effectively, there is no interbank spot trading. What is happening is dealers buy (dollars) from exporters and sell to importers," said a currency trader on condition of anonymity.
  • 22) Jun 26, 2012 9:53:20 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Tamils get RM3.2m aid
    THE Malaysian government has given US$1 million (RM 3.2 million) to Tamil Forum Malaysia (TFM). The contribution will go towards helping 1,700 widows and orphans in Sri Lanka who lost their loved ones during the civil war which lasted more than 25 years.Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said he hoped that the donation would be the starting point of a relationship between the government and TFM.TFM is a coalition of 40 non-governmental organisations that aims to empower widows, single mothers, orphans and physically disabled who were affected by the war. more ...
  • 23) Jun 26, 2012 1:56:05 GMT |  + Tamil who fled Lanka dies in UK
    A Tamil man who escaped alleged persecution in Sri Lanka and moved to the Britain after gaining asylum in Germany in 1993, died following a confrontation with a group of teenagers in the east Midlands town of Leicester. Local police have appealed for witnesses after launching a murder investigation into the death of Ponnuthurai Nimalaraja, 41, who died a week after he was found with serious head injuries sustained during the confrontation on June 9. more ...
  • 24) Jun 26, 2012 1:54:46 GMT |  + Sri Lanka deploys troops to battle dengue fever
    Sri Lanka is deploying 10,000 troops to tackle areas of stagnant water and other mosquito-breeding grounds in an effort to contain the dengue virus, the island's health minister said Monday. Maithripala Sirisena said the troops will join a clean-up operation this week to fight dengue, which is spread by mosquitoes, after 75 deaths from the disease this year. more ...
  • 25) Jun 26, 2011 13:05:48 GMT |  + Indian Navy saves TN fishermen from Lankans
    An Indian Navy ship on a patrol turned out to be the saviour of a large group of fishermen from here when they were allegedly being chased by Sri Lankan naval men close to the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), fisheries officials said in Rameshwaram. The fishermen had put out to sea in more than 600 boats on Saturday after calling off their three-day old strike protesting detention of 23 fellow fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy on June 20. As they reached the area close to IMBL, they were chased away by Sri Lankan naval personnel who came in their patrol boats, the officials said quoting the fishermen who returned to the shores in the wee hours on Sunday.
  • 26) Jun 26, 2011 13:00:39 GMT |  + Sri Lankan league to go ahead without Indians
    Sri Lanka Cricket will push ahead with its inaugural premier league with Australian and Pakistani players despite a no-show by Indian stars. "We will lose a bit of money because Indian players are not coming but the tournament will be played as planned," the island's sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said on Sunday after failed talks to bring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on board. Fast bowlers Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel were among 12 Indian players who were blocked by the BCCI from playing in the T20 tournament in Sri Lanka from July 19 to August 4. more ...
  • 27) Jun 26, 2011 12:53:07 GMT |  + KP claims he knows individuals holding LTTE''s cash
    Kumaran Pathmanathan, the self- proclaimed successor of slain LTTE chief V Prabakaran, has said that he knows where the large haul of cash of the group is being kept and with whom following Tigers'' defeat in 2009. "I know who is having the large sums of money belonging to the LTTE. I know this will be a difficult job but I will try to find that money in order to help Tamil people," he was quoted as saying by the BBC. Pathmanathan, better known as KP, announced himself the LTTE chief immediately after Prabakaran was killed by the Sri Lankan forces on May 19, 2009.
  • 28) Jun 26, 2011 12:51:38 GMT |  + On arrival visas to continue: Sri Lankan govt
    Sri Lankan government on Sunday said it will continue with the Visa-on-Arrival policy despite its decision to implement the new online-visa system for visitors. Deputy Economic Development minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that both the Visa-on-Arrival and proposed online system will operate until the new system is fully operational and depending on the feedback from visitors. "We have decided to continue with the on arrival system while having the online system. This would not cause any hardships to the tourists who want to visit Sri Lanka," Abeywardene said.
  • 29) Jun 26, 2011 5:59:42 GMT |  + C’wealth Secretariat joins the chorus
    The Commonwealth Secretariat in London has expressed concern over the contents of the recent British Channel 4 television programme that showed alleged Sri Lankan soldiers killing suspected terrorists in the final stages of the military campaign against the LTTE in May 2009 – despite a member-nation of the Commonwealth (Sri Lanka) challenging the authenticity of the footage in the programme. The spokesperson for the Commonwealth Secretary General in a statement issued on Thursday, said the Secretariat had received expressions of concern about the contents of a recent television programme concerning what they have chosen to term “the civil war in Sri Lanka”.
  • 30) Jun 26, 2011 4:00:46 GMT |  + Govt. rejects our right to know
    Weeks ago, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkoddy was in the chair at a party leaders' meeting that discussed Parliamentary business in the days ahead. A heated debate ensued when Karu Jayasuriya, co-deputy leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP), announced he would move a Private Member's Bill on Freedom of Information. Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and Dinesh Gunawardena strongly objected.
  • 31) Jun 26, 2011 3:59:51 GMT |  + Govt. disowned by international masters
    Sinhala heroes are on the run. The Goliath who protected them from the international enemies has turned against them. Delhi leaders, who gave orders to annihilate the Tamil insurrection and to bring the head of Prabhakaran to their feet, now want to pacify the Tamil bourgeoisie. The internationalization of the Tamil national issue has created a pressure unexpected. Tamil national problem was taken over by the international left organization and effected social democracy everywhere. Left in Lanka should be glad that has happened, and the sacrifice made was beneficial. The local workers struggle too created a condition that diluted the image of Sinhala chauvinism. The killing and injuring of workers that fought on economic issues had a devastating effect on the reformist workers who half heartedly joined the campaign. more ...
  • 32) Jun 26, 2011 3:59:12 GMT |  + Chinese to build luxury port city off Galle Face
    China which has been increasingly involved in Sri Lanka’s economy, has secured another lucrative deal — creating a new 500-acre, port city on reclaimed land on the sea off the Galle Face Green. A top Government source, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the deal, said the government had agreed to the US$700 million offer from a Chinese investor. The offer has been channelled through Chinese authorities. The securing of the investment was itself announced by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Chairman Priyath Wickrama at a public forum on shipping earlier this week in Colombo but he didn’t disclose the identity of the investor or the country of origin. more ...
  • 33) Jun 26, 2011 3:57:22 GMT |  + President insists solution only through PSC
    The proposed Parliamentary Select Committee would determine whether the 13th Amendment should be part of a settlement for Tamil grievances, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has re-iterated. He told the main opposition United National Party’s co-deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya on Friday that this was the UPFA government’s official position. He said the government wanted Parliament to come out with a settlement endorsed by all political parties. President Rajapaksa’s remarks came when he met Jayasuriya when the two leaders attended the Higher Ordination Ceremony of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Nikaya (including all its 22 sectors) at the Kandana, Walpola Sri Wimalaratanarama Vidya Nivasa Pirivena. Among others who graced the ceremony were Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne and Economic Development Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane who is Secretary of the Dayake Sabha (Lay Trustees).
  • 34) Jun 26, 2011 3:56:24 GMT |  + Gas Oil Story: USD 500 Million Purchase Concluded By One Man
    In an astonishing revelation, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Industries, Titus Jayawardena, has signed off on an order for the supply of Gas Oil which has a staggering price tag of US$ 500 Million. It could well be the single largest value business transaction ever carried out by a solitary official. The new port of Hambantota cost the government US$ 360 Million and the new airport in the South is costed at US$ 310 Million. Both these projects had a long and detailed procurement process complete with the usual checks and balances, as is the norm when the government embarks upon spending vast sums of monies. Neither of these projects was left to be decided upon by one, solitary man.
  • 35) Jun 26, 2011 1:36:43 GMT |  + Channel 4 Stands by its Sri Lanka Coverage
    Growing international concern at what exactly went on during the closing stages of the war against the LTTE, was brought sharply into focus by Britain’s Channel 4 TV network. Since 2009 Channel 4 has covered the war situation in Sri Lanka’s north and matters came to a head with the broadcasting of the film, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” on June 14th. The Sri Lankan government has roundly condemned the footage contained in the “Killing Fields” film as well as other footage shown on the British TV channel in the past. more ...
  • 36) Jun 26, 2011 1:20:46 GMT |  + Lawyer To Represent MR In US Court
    Despite telling the local media that Sri Lanka will not respond to the summons issued on President Mahinda Rajapaksa by a US court, the government has now decided that a lawyer in the US will watch the interests of the President. Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath told The Sunday Leader that the Attorney General’s Department will retain a lawyer to oversee the President’s interests in the US District Court which had issued the summons on Rajapaksa. more ...
  • 37) Jun 26, 2011 1:18:26 GMT |  + Teen call-girl racket from North busted
    Trafficking in girls, including underage children from the North, for prostitution, under the guise of employment in Colombo, has been unearthed by the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). The breakthrough came when a 16-year-old girl ran away from the National Hospital in Colombo where she had been warded for an operation to prevent pregnancy. “The girl had run away to the police and related her story, and she was handed over to us,” said NCPA Chairperson Anoma Dissanayake. She said that, based on the information provided by the runaway girl, police raided a brothel in Maradana and found eight girls between the ages of 16 and 24 being used as prostitutes. more ...
  • 38) Jun 26, 2011 1:16:35 GMT |  + Lanka rejects Tamil Nadu demand
    Sri Lanka yesterday rejected a demand by the Tamil Nadu government for the early release of 23 fishermen arrested by the Navy off Mannar and called for a ‘reciprocal’ response to consider the early release of the Indians. Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the Sunday Times the Tamil Nadu government’s request could be considered only if 62 Sri Lankan fishermen languishing in Indian custody were released. “Whenever Indian fishermen are arrested in Sri Lanka there are protests by Tamil Nadu, but our fishermen have never held protests demanding their early release. If our fishermen start protesting will they respond?” Dr. Senaratne asked.
  • 39) Jun 26, 2011 1:15:50 GMT |  + Land Acquisition of Kalpitiya Islets Continues
    The Government is continuing to acquire land to carry out the Kalpitiya Tourism Development Project. There are 31 islands in Kalpitiya. The Ministry of Economic Development has signed lease agreements for the islands Vellai I, 2, 3 and lppantivu through the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority. In addition, a survey is ongoing to find potential investors for 10 islands: Baththalangunduwa, Palliyawatta, Uchchamunai, Eramutivu, Mutuwal (Dutch Bay ), Periya Arachchalai , Sinna Arachchalai, Sinna Eramutivu , Eramutiv West, and Kakativu 1, all vested with the Tourism Development Authority.
  • 40) Jun 26, 2010 13:53:17 GMT |  + 'UN war crimes panel chief criticises S.Lanka ban'
    The head of a UN panel probing alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka's civil war has criticised Colombo's decision to ban him and colleagues from the country, a report said Friday. Marzuki Darusman, a former Indonesian attorney general, was named Tuesday to lead a team advising UN chief Ban Ki-moon on possible war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during its 37-year separatist war that ended in 2009. "Everybody loses out if we cannot go to Sri Lanka, it will make it harder for the truth to be unearthed," Darusman told the BBC, describing the ban as "most unfortunate". more ...
  • 41) Jun 26, 2010 13:51:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka govt might make Kumaran Pathmanathan a state witness
    Once a close aide of Vellupillai Prabhakarn and the arms runner of the Tamil Tigers, Kumaran Pathmanathan may be used as a state witness by Sri Lankan authorities. Popularly known as KP, the former LTTE leader is wanted in connection with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, and his role is also being determined in the Sri Lankan Central Bank bombing in 1996 and arms procurement operations oversees for terrorist activities in the country. Not ruling out producing him as a state witness, a senior Sri Lankan minister has said there were provisions available with the government in this regard.
  • 42) Jun 26, 2010 12:21:54 GMT |  + Tamil conference: Lankan speakers feel ignored
    Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speakers, who are the second largest linguistic group in the island nation, feel ignored by the organisers of the World Classical Tamil Conference now on at Coimbatore. A.H.M.Azwer, a veteran Muslim leader with a passion for Tamil, told Express here on Saturday, that though Prof.K.Sivathamby had been given a major role at the Coimbatore conclave, top leaders of Lanka’s Tamil-speaking communities were not invited. “Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi should remember that it was a Lankan Tamil, Fr. Xavier S.Thaninayagam (1913-1980), who had organised the First World Conference on Tamil Studies in Kuala Lumpur in 1966,” Azwer said.
  • 43) Jun 26, 2010 5:06:03 GMT |  + Political leaders ask M Karunanidhi to protect world Tamils
    Leaders of different political parties today urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to take serious efforts along with the Central Government to protect interests of the Tamils living across the world, including in Sri Lanka. The Tamils in India, for that matter the Central Government, could not raise their voice against the 'genocide' in Sri Lanka, despite the United Nations pointing out 'human rights violations' (in Sri Lanka during the war against LTTE), CPI National Secretary D Raja said.
  • 44) Jun 26, 2009 18:56:43 GMT |  + Sri Lanka camp young 'malnourished'
    The high rate of malnutrition reported among children in camps for displaced people in Sri Lanka is a cause for concern, a senior UN official Radhika Coomaraswamy says. "The malnutrition rates are very high, especially among young children, and [there is a] need for special feeding programmes and all those kind of things in the camps for the children. "So, our sense is that the sooner they can get back to normalcy, to education, to schools, it is the best thing," she said. more ...
  • 45) Jun 26, 2009 18:52:55 GMT |  + Maj.Gen. Jegath Dias Gets Diplomatic Appointment
    The 57-division’s Commanding officer Jagath Dias has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Ambassador to Germany, informed sources said yesterday. A government official told the Daily Mirror that Major General Dias would leave the country to take over his duties soon. Major General Dias led his Division from the beginning of the Wanni operation three years ago and directed the capture of vital LTTE held areas such as Madhu Church, Kokavil town, Thunukkai and Mallavi and the strategically important LTTE capital Kilinochchi.
  • 46) Jun 26, 2009 18:48:56 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says critical juncture for IMF loan
    Sri Lanka's post-war reconciliation process needs international financial support, its trade minister said on Friday, urging swift action on Colombo's request for a $1.9 billion International Monetary Fund loan. G.L. Peiris, Sri Lanka's minister of export development and international trade, said it would be "wholly counterproductive" to deny Colombo resources as it moves to heal wounds from a bitter 25-year war that ended last month. Sri Lanka's request for IMF financing got mired in politics after the United States and other Western states were hesitant to move while the final days of the Indian Ocean island nation's war raged, with high casualties.
  • 47) Jun 26, 2009 17:59:14 GMT |  + Boston's Tamils gather to protest abuses
    Boston's Tamil community is holding a fast and a vigil this afternoon and evening at Copley Square to protest what Tamil leaders say are continuing abuses of civilians since the final offensive by the Sri Lankan military against Tamil rebels last month. The community is calling on President Obama and the United Nations to observe the "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine and to intervene on behalf of the civilians still caught up in the aftermath of the war.
  • 48) Jun 26, 2009 17:55:52 GMT |  + CANADA: Archbishop urges government action on Sri Lanka
    In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper dated June 23, Archbishop Fred Hiltz called on the Canadian government to respond generously to the humanitarian needs of Tamils in the island nation's Vanni district. Hiltz described the Vanni Tamils as "long deprived of basic commodities and securities, and more recently, exposed daily to the dangerous crossfire of (Sri Lankan) government and rebel forces." more ...
  • 49) Jun 26, 2009 17:53:18 GMT |  + UN Jaffna officials accused of misreporting in favour of GOSL, SLA
    Civil society sources in Jaffna raised accusations against United Nation (UN) Jaffna officials for releasing facts and statistics, related to the detainees held in the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) internment camps, provided by Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and SLA, instead of the true situation prevailing in the camps, to the outer world. For instance, the UN officials in their June 15 report said that only four detainees had died in the past six months in Jaffna camps where as many have died including a woman due to septicemia, in a meeting held in Jaffna town Thursday, participants in the meeting said. The meeting was attended by UN Jaffna officials and organizations working with the UN in Jaffna.
  • 50) Jun 26, 2009 11:57:53 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, UK Says IMF Loan's Not Moving, UN Silent Amid Claims of Myanmar
    Two weeks after the Sri Lankan government grabbed up two UN staffers, using unmarked vehicles, the UN in New York still had nothing to say. Inner City Press asked on June 25, and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson said, "I still don't have anything." Video here, from Minute 15:18. Later on June 25, Inner City Press ran after UK minister Lord Mark Malloch Brown to ask if he was the one working on Sri Lanka for his government. "I have," he said. Inner City Press asked, what about Sri Lanka's application for a $1.9 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, on which Malloch Brown's boss David Miliband had spoken - had the thinking changed?
  • 51) Jun 26, 2009 10:52:06 GMT |  + On the hunt for Tamil Tigers' new leader
    "The struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam has reached a new stage. It is time now for us to move forward with our political vision towards our freedom." He didn't say in his message whether the Tigers would renounce violence. The Sri Lankan government isn't taking the chance that they won't. Even with the war officially over, the military wants to add a further 100,000 recruits to the 200,000-strong army just to make it as difficult as possible for the Tigers to re-emerge.
  • 52) Jun 26, 2009 10:39:24 GMT |  + Gloomy predictions irk politicians
    Sri Lankan police say they have arrested an astrologer after he predicted serious political and economic problems for the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse. Chandrasiri Bandara, who writes an astrology column for a pro-opposition weekly, was taken in on Thursday, police spokesperson Ranjith Gunasekara said. "The CID (Criminal Investigations Department) is questioning the astrologer," Gunasekara said on Friday, adding that they wanted to find out the "basis" for the prediction.
  • 53) Jun 26, 2009 1:06:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka - The World Has Moved On
    This does not augur well for the much-needed reconciliation and compromise needed by the two communities to achieve a lasting peace, but we must hope that reasonable and non-violent voices on both sides of the ethnic divide will come together and make themselves heard. The world must not turn away from these innocent victims of war who now reside in the internment camps in northern Sri Lanka, but sadly, as in so many similar cases, it no doubt will. The media and its cameras move on to the next sensational development in world affairs, which will keep us all riveted for a few days at best, providing a temporary but stimulating topic of conversation, but all too soon forgotten.
  • 54) Jun 26, 2009 1:00:38 GMT |  + Sri Lankan reporter 'kidnapped'
    A Sri Lankan journalist says she was kidnapped from outside her home in the capital Colombo and held for a day by people claiming to be the police. Krishni Ifam, a Tamil reporter who works for media development NGO Internews, said the men had warned her to give up journalism altogether. Separately, a columnist who usually covers astrology was picked up late on Wednesday by men with identity cards from the Criminal Investigation Department. His wife said he was still being held 24 hours later. In both these cases the vehicles used were said to be unmarked white vans, which have become notorious in Sri Lanka as a means of abduction and sometimes disappearance.
  • 55) Jun 26, 2008 19:12:26 GMT |  + Sri Lanka needs to do more on devolution, says India
    India has told Sri Lanka that it needs to do more on power sharing to end its dragging ethnic conflict, a senior official said Thursday. The official said while Colombo needed to be patted for deciding to implement the 13th amendment of the constitution that heralded the provincial system, it was not enough. The 13th amendment came about in the wake of the India-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 that sought to end Tamil separatism. The official said there were 'other things' Sri Lanka could do, but he did not elaborate.
  • 56) Jun 26, 2008 19:10:51 GMT |  + No Indian request to end war against Tigers: Sri Lanka
    Refuting allegations in sections of the political and media circles, Sri Lanka has said there was no request from India to stop the military campaign against the Tamil Tigers, a media report said Thursday. Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane said there was no truth in the allegations by the Sinhalese-Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) that the visit by an Indian delegation led by National Advisor M.K. Narayanan sought to pressure Colombo to stop the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and to go for peace talks.
  • 57) Jun 26, 2008 19:04:29 GMT |  + Lankan president finds himself in a blind alley
    Twenty years ago, President Mahinda Rajapakse who was sworn in as the fifth President of Sri Lanka on November 19, 2005, was one of the strongest advocates of human rights, known both locally as well as internationally for his pursuit of justice and media freedom. Once a prominent leader who actively protested against disappearances that took place in the country between 1988 and 1990, he now has to contend with the fact that today under his leadership people are abducted, disappeared or killed and media freedom seriously affected.
  • 58) Jun 26, 2007 18:05:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka bombs rebels, foreign donors urge peace
    Sri Lankan warplanes bombed Tamil Tiger targets in the island's north and east on Tuesday but there were no immediate reports of any casualties. In Oslo, Sri Lanka's main foreign donors -- the United States, the European Union, Japan and Norway -- said they were deeply concerned about the conflict. "(We) will keep pushing forward towards a resumption of the peace process," Tomas Stangeland, a spokesman for Norway's Foreign Ministry, said after a meeting between the donors. The warplanes bombed a suspected rebel sea base in the northwestern Mannar district and also targeted jungle mortar positions in the eastern Batticaloa district, the military said.
  • 59) Jun 26, 2007 11:19:52 GMT |  + Pakistan says outsiders should not meddle in Lanka
    Pakistan's top envoy in Sri Lanka has said that outsiders should not meddle in the internal conflict here. "No matter whether it is Pakistan, India or Norway, Sri Lanka should be allowed to solve its own problems," Pakistan High Commissioner, Shahzad A. Chaudhry told a media workshop here. "No outsider could solve internal matters of Sri Lanka," he said at the workshop on "Media Ethics" at the Sri Lanka Press Institute in Colombo. His remarks came a month after India's National Defence Advisor M.K. Narayanan said in Chennai that Sri Lanka should not buy weapons form Pakistan and China.
  • 60) 17:38 GMT, Jun. 26, 2006 |  + Analysis: Sri Lanka's tattered ceasefire
    When is a ceasefire not a ceasefire? When is a war not a war? These are the two questions that Sri Lanka is now contending with. The ceasefire is not just crumbling around the edges, it is a shadow of what it used to be. On paper it is still officially in place, and there are international monitors here to prove it. But that's it. These are just the trappings of a truce, it is not there on the ground. There are daily violations. Some 700 people have been killed since the start of the year, the majority of them civilians. Both sides have reiterated their commitment to the truce, but again that is only on paper. more ...
  • 61) 16:17 GMT, Jun. 26, 2006 |  + Norway reiterates commitment to Sri Lanka peace process
    Norway is determined to continue its mediation efforts in Sri Lanka despite a flare-up in violence on the island and uncertainty about the role of Nordic peace observers, Norwegian officials said on Monday. "Norway remains committed to Sri Lanka, in good times and bad times," Norway's special envoy to the island, Jon Hanssen-Bauer, told AFP. Asked whether Norway would consider suspending its mediation efforts, Hanssen-Bauer replied: "That's not something we are working on." On Monday, Tiger political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan told the tamilnet.com website that war would be "unavoidable" if Norway pulled out after June 29 crisis talks to discuss the future of the Sri Lanka truce monitoring mission. "We remain ready to assist the two sides as soon as they decide to move" to unblock the situation, Hanssen-Bauer said. more ...
  • 62) 12:44 GMT, Jun. 26, 2006 |  + Tamils Should Not Talk Peace Without The Recognition Of Homeland And Self-Determiantion
    Without an unconditional and immediate recognition of the Tamils’ homeland and their self-determination by the Sri Lankan government and the Sinhalese people, it will be futile to engage in the future peace talks by Tamils. This should be the precondition for any dialogue with the Sri Lankan government or with the international mediators or facilitators for peace. This is the way; a lasting peace can be established between the Tamils and Sinhalese.The Spain's constitutional commission approved the use of the word "nation" in the preamble to Catalonia's autonomy document. The word "nation" is held very dear by separatists all over Spain. But the Tamils’ demand for homeland has strong opposition from the Sri Lankan government. The government says it goes too far and will cause the break-up of the Sinhala nation. The Sri Lankan government should change its position before calling the Tamils for future peace talks. more ...
  • 63) 10:10 GMT, Jun. 26, 2006 |  + Height of military anarchy
    Yet again, the military unlawfully entered the Jaffna University complex two days ago. This has created outrage among the University community. The community is concerned that this action by the military has the potential to yet again anger the restive student population. The law of the land bars armed military from entering the educational institutions. The military has yet again demonstrated that it is in no mood to respect the law of the land by entering the University Complex. The deliberate, unlawful action by the military two days ago when they entered the University Complex again, has rekindled the anger among the students. Adding fuel to fire, Brigadier Mark, speaking to the journalists from Colombo, a few days ago, who were brought to Jaffna by the military, said that LTTE is hiding weapons inside the hospital and the University. Many in Jaffna interpreted the statement by the Brigadier as a forewarning that the military is planning to attack the hospital and the University. more ...
  • 64) 10:06 GMT, Jun. 26, 2006 |  + Tigers warn of war if Norway quits peace process
    Tamil Tiger guerrillas Monday warned that Sri Lanka would descend into full-scale war if peace broker Norway quit, as the killing of a top army general ended a week-long lull in violence. Tiger political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan told the tamilnet.com website that war would be "unavoidable" if Norway pulled out after June 29 crisis talks to discuss the future of the truce monitoring mission here. He said such a decision "would signal an end to the already fragile ceasefire and plunge the island into war," the pro-rebel website reported. The Norway-brokered truce -- the key to a peace initiative aimed at ending three decades of ethnic bloodshed which has claimed more than 60,000 lives -- was thrown further into crisis by the Tigers' demand last week that European Union monitors quit. The Tiger warning came as the Sri Lankan army's deputy chief of staff was killed by what the government said was an LTTE suicide bomber. more ...
  • 65) 03:46 GMT, Jun. 26, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka general killed in blast
    An explosion near Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, has killed a top army general and three soldiers, reports say. The blast hit a car carrying General Parami Kulatunga near a military base just outside the city, the AFP news agency said. Hospital sources said Gen Kulatunga, one of Sri Lanka's most senior military figures, died in the suspected bombing. Sri Lanka has been gripped by growing conflict between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in recent weeks. Passengers in a pick-up truck, a taxi and a van were also taken to hospital after the explosion, reports said. more ...
  • 66) 12:51 GMT, Jun. 26, 2005 |  + Australia to provide US$600m for Sri Lanka tsunami reconstruction
    The Australian government will provide 600 million US dollars for Sri Lanka's tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation activities, the Sunday Observer reported on Sunday. Australia will support Sri Lanka to overcome any challenge after the tsunami destruction to the country, High Commissioner of Australia in Sri Lanka Greg French was quoted as saying. The grant will be mainly use to build houses in tsunami affected coastal areas in the eastern and southern Sri Lanka, He said, adding "The tsunami has demanded affordable, cost effective and high standard houses for Sri Lanka." He added houses with the Australian low cost housing concept inthe island country will be constructed by Hi-Tech Lanka Homes (Pvt)Ltd. The company also provides wall paneling and fences independent of the main construction, allowing the customers to make their designs, if necessary, he said. more ...
  • 67) 12:31 GMT, Jun. 26, 2005 |  + Red tape 'affects tsunami relief'
    A Birmingham aid worker says some of those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami six months ago are being denied help because of bureaucracy. People have been holding events on Sunday to remember the disaster in which more than 200,000 people died. The United Nations says more needs to be done to assist the recovery. Speaking from Sri Lanka, Anna Mitchell, of Oxfam in Birmingham, blamed administrative structures before the tsunami for affecting the aid effort. "We are concerned that in some cases, however, many of the very poorest people before the tsunami, who have been the worst affected by the tsunami, aren't getting access to some of the official aid that's on offer. "It's because the aid is being channelled through the structures that were in place before the tsunami. more ...
  • 68) 11:53 GMT, Jun. 26, 2005 |  + SLA escorted convoy with LTTE officials ambushed
    A convoy carrying Amparai Political Head of the Liberation Tigers, Mr. Kuyilinpan and other LTTE political staff, with Sri Lanka Army (SLA) escort facilitated by Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), was attacked at Welikanda at 2.55 PM Sunday, Welikanda Police said. The bus carrying around fifty eastern LTTE officials from Kilinochchi to Batticaloa was ambushed with a Claymore mine, but none were killed as the vehicle narrowly escaped the impact of the bomb, sources said. At least one LTTE official was injured in the attack. The ambush took place between two Sri Lankan military camps, at Boaththe, around 1 km from Welikanda SLA base. The bus with SLA escort set off from Omanthai SLA checkpoint Sunday morning towards Black Bridge SLA checkpoint in Chenkalady, sources said. more ...
  • 69) 18:54 GMT, Jun. 26, 2004 |  + No need for ban on LTTE in India: Vaiko
    MDMK today said it was of the firm opinion that there was no need for a ban on the LTTE in India, but it would not demand lifting of the ban. "A day will come when the ban will be lifted," MDMK chief Vaiko said, adding he was not demanding lifting of the ban. Vaiko told a press meet here that UPA's common minimum programme had welcomed the peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and LTTE and said it will support the talks. India should play a 'positive role' in the peace talks because of geo-political reasons. He said the Sri Lankan government's "admission" that it played a role in the rift between LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran and its erstwhile eastern sector commander Karuna had only proved his point that the Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga was "bent upon finding ways for sabotaging the peace process." more ...
  • 70) 13:06 GMT, Jun. 26, 2004 |  + Canada Votes 2004: Martin's Liberals best for country

    Indian politicians accused of trying to sway vote - Voice messages
    leave some uneasy Punjab leaders back Conservative

    For most voters, the real question is what kind of Canada do they want?
    On that score, Martin and the Liberals want to move forward, on health, cities, childcare, the environment. Their platform is solid; their fiscal plan reasonable. Harper and the Conservatives seem more intent on resurrecting and refighting old battles from the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the 1990s: on tax cuts, bilingualism, abortion, gay marriage, capital punishment. And their fiscal plan is suspect. As the Conservatives' own slogan says, Canadians should demand better. That is why the Star endorses Paul Martin and the Liberals in Monday's election. They best understand Canada's needs, and how to address them. Our vote goes to them.
  • Harper on the defensive
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  • 71) 12:51 GMT, Jun. 26, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan Stalemate
    The message was clear in Brussels when aid donors early this month warned Sri Lanka that the country would lose billions of dollars in aid if the peace process was not resumed.However, the message, emanating from the Janadhipathi Mandiraya (President's House), was ambiguous or indecisive, giving rise to fears that the relative calm prevailing in the country since the February 2002 ceasefire agreement could be shattered any moment. The message was clear also from the rebel headquarters in northern Sri Lanka, with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) warning the Sri Lanka government of dire consequences and a bloodbath if the interim administration it was seeking was not forthcoming, and if the government did not stop collaborating with the breakaway LTTE faction led by 'Colonel' Karuna. more ...
  • 72) 12:41 GMT, Jun. 26, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka seeks greater investment from Singapore
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has urged Singapore to make greater investment in its economy, Xinhua reports. Singapore is among the first five investors in Sri Lanka and over 80 Singapore companies operate on the island, Kumaratunga said. Speaking Friday at a dinner hosted for visiting Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, she particularly sought investment in telecommunications, e-commerce and tourism sectors. more ...
  • 73) 12:38 GMT, Jun. 26, 2004 |  + Toronto Paramedics loading donated hospital beds and computers bound for Beirut and Sri Lanka
    Global Medic is looking for volunteers to help load containers of medical equipment and hospital beds being shipped to needy people in Beirut, Lebanon and northern Sri Lanka. In the past three years, Global Medic, an operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson Foundation, has distributed over $1.5 million worth of medical and relief goods to Cambodia, Iran, and Sri Lanka. Several Toronto EMS paramedics have joined the Global Medic missions. The medics have trained over 200 healthcare workers in Cambodia and Sri Lanka, as well as distributed medical supplies that were generously donated by Canadian companies, hospitals and emergency medical services. more ...
  • 74) 12:37 GMT, Jun. 26, 2004 |  + Mowlana helped Karuna escape after expiry of LTTE's amnesty
    The LTTE is angry with the Sri Lankan Muslim politician, Ali Zaheer Mowlana, because he helped the renegade, Col. Karuna, escape, after the amnesty offered by it had expired and a full scale military operation was on to catch him dead or alive. In an interview with the BBC's Tamil service on Friday, a representative of the LTTE said that it was true that the organisation had requested Mowlana to whisk Karuna out of Batticaloa and Amparai area. At that time, the LTTE had even offered an amnesty to Karuna, saying that he could go abroad and lead an apolitical life. more ...
  • 75) 12:28 GMT, Jun. 26, 2004 |  + Batticaloa turns nightmare for local journalists
    A journalist in Batticaloa went into hiding Friday, fearing for his life after persons suspected to be members of a paramilitary group working with the Sri Lankan military intelligence threatened him with death, family members told TamilNet. The journalist, Mr. Thanthiyan Vedanayagam, was working as the Batticaloa correspondent for the independent Tamil daily ‘Thinakkural’. Two journalists fled the eastern town earlier this month after they too were threatened with death by persons suspected to be members of a paramilitary group working with the Sri Lankan military intelligence.Distraught family members of Mr. Vedanayagam told TamilNet that they feared the paramilitary and army intelligence might harm them to take revenge on the journalist. more ...
  • 76) 02:22 GMT, Jun. 26, 2004 |  + Rehabilitation and More Rehabilitation Our Only Goal
    Chandrika Kumaratunge has succeeded in turning Parliament into a scandal scarred institution. The antics of the government MPs to thwart the opposition who have jointly out maneuvered them at every turn, has brought the level of proceedings in the House of representatives to an all time low. Her short term alliance with the JVP, whose members make mediocrity sound respectable, was a mistake she will live to regret. She cannot accomplish anything with them; she cannot do anything without them. This leaves the nation in a state of impregnable stagnation. She cannot be ousted for a year and she will remain closeted in her position of power for that long. Yet the truce holds far beyond the Œthaws¹ of the past, even though the peace negotiations have sunk into oblivion. It all seems well for the North and the south except for her catlike capacity to sow an air of uncertainty with her unhealthy ties to Karuna. These can never be ignored as either meaningless or insignificant. more ...
  • 77) 20:39 GMT, Jun. 26, 2003 |  + Preparations for Pongu Thamil continue amid sabotage attempts by EPDP
    All roads will lead to Jaffna university medical faculty grounds Friday evening where the second Pongu Thamil celebration is scheduled to begin around 4 p.m., stressing the theme 'we want our land,' organizers of the event said. Leading activists of the Jaffna University Students Union were engaged on Thursday in giving final touches to make the event successful, activists in Jaffna said. more ...
  • 78) 14:49 GMT, Jun. 26, 2003 |  + Abduction of LTTE rebels ruled out
    European ceasefire monitors said on Thursday there was no evidence to indicate that the navy had abducted 12 Tamil Tiger rebels when their ship sank in a clash with the Sri Lankan navy. Deputy head of the Norwegian-led monitoring team Hagrup Haukland said the missing crewmen could either be dead or could have escaped. The Tigers claimed the navy sank a rebel oil tanker, suspected of smuggling weapons, in international waters on June 14 and abducted its 12 crew members. They asked international ceasefire monitors to investigate the incident and threatened the navy with retaliation. more ...
  • 79) 14:22 GMT, Jun. 26, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka seeks British expertise on peace settlement
    Sri Lanka has sought legal expertise from Britain for constitutional reforms aimed at politically ending the island's drawn-out ethnic conflict, a senior minister said Thursday. Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said he held talks with Britain's new secretary of state for constitutional affairs, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, earlier this week in London. "We discussed legal issues of setting up an interim administrative mechanism and indeed the final political settlement," Peiris said, adding that he was also joined by Sri Lanka's Attorney General K.C. Kamalasabesan. Peiris said the government was also getting help from academics at Oxford and Cambridge universities in the preparation of constitutional reforms. more ...
  • 80) 14:16 GMT, Jun. 26, 2003 |  + CBK eyes Defence Ministry
    The likelihood of President Chandrika Kumaratunga taking over the Ministry of Defence in the backdrop of the threat of an onslaught by the LTTE, was not ruled out by the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. He expressed the concerns of President Kumaratunga, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces over the mounting possibility of an outbreak of war and the imminent rebel onslaught to take the Jaffna peninsula, reportedly with only 10 days of firepower left to fight the rebels. The President, he added would take all "remedial" action in this scenario. He attributed the "frenzied" rearming, recruiting, and execution of opposition Tamil political parties by the LTTE to the distinct possibility of preparing for war. "This is definitely not a preparation for peace," he added. more ...
  • 81) 14:01 GMT, Jun. 26, 2003 |  + Support to Pongu Thamil widespread - press
    "Progress and Freedom of a community depend on the solidarity and co-operation among its people. Pongu Thamil celebrations should show Tamil peoples' thirst for freedom and express their solidarity to move forward in their struggle," said Rev. Thomas Saundaranayagam, Bishop of Jaffna, in his message. Civil organizations across Jaffna peninsula have expressed unqualified support to the Pongu Thamil celebrations scheduled to take place Friday, press reports from Jaffna said. Bishop's message added, "The peace talks that were started after the MoU should resume and it should lead the way to establish a sustainable solution that allows Tamil people to lead their life with freedom and dignity." more ...
  • 82) 11:18 GMT, Jun. 26, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka says preparing response for Tamil Tigers
    The Sri Lankan government is preparing a proposal on a power-sharing body that it hopes will bring the island's Tamil Tigers back to the negotiating table to end two decades of war, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) want concrete plans on an interim administration for the island's war-torn north and east before returning to peace talks they suspended two months ago. "The government is now working very hard to formulate these basic features and it is our expectation that these proposals will be ready in the next two weeks," cabinet spokesman G.L. Peiris told a weekly news conference. more ...
  • 83) 11:14 GMT, Jun. 26, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka makes fresh offer to revive peace talks
    Sri Lanka was making a fresh offer of unspecified political and financial powers to Tamil Tiger rebels in a bid to end the deadlock in peace talks, the government's top negotiator has said. G.L. Peiris, who is also the constitutional affairs minister, said Thursday a draft proposal for a "provisional administrative structure" would be sent to the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) within two weeks. more ...
  • 84) 11:14 GMT, Jun. 26, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka to make fresh offer to LTTE to revive peace talks
    Sri Lanka was preparing a new proposal on setting up an interim administrative council as demanded by rebel Tamil Tigers in exchange for ending their boycott of peace talks, a senior minister said today. Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris, who is also the government's chief peace negotiator, said a draft proposal for an Interim Administrative structure would be sent to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) within two weeks. more ...
  • 85) 11:12 GMT, Jun. 26, 2003 |  + Stock bulls make mockery of Sri Lanka president's war premonitions
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga warned Sri Lanka was slipping back to war, but investors brushed aside fears of fresh bloodshed and unleashed an unprecedented bull run in the Colombo stock market. Kumaratunga, who is the country's commander-in-chief, believes that armed forces have ammunition only for 10 days if rebels launched an onslaught to retake their former heartland of Jaffna, her spokesman Harim Peiris said. more ...
  • 86) 19:04 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + "Torture continues despite stringent laws" - HRC co-coordinator
    "Almost in every household in the Trincomalee district there would be a complaint of disappearance. Torture still continues in the island although necessary legislation has been enacted to end this humanrights violation against the humanity," said Ms V.Mathiaparanam, Co-coordinator of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka in Trincomalee at a one-day seminar held Wednesday. more ...
  • 87) 19:02 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka east coast calm after Tamil protests
    Sri Lanka's war-torn east coast was relatively calm on Wednesday, a day after clashes between minority Tamils and Muslims led to a general shutdown in the region, officials said. They said there were only sporadic and muted protests a day after a few hundred Tamils took to the streets in the port city of Trincomalee on Tuesday to protest an attack on Tiger cadres and damage caused to a political office belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas. more ...
  • 88) 18:59 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan town tense after ethnic clashes
    Dozens of families have fled their homes in a town in northeastern Sri Lanka following clashes between minority Tamils and Muslims, officials said. Police and troops stepped up security in the town of Muttur in the district of Trincomalee after Tuesday's clashes which saw shops and homes damaged and at least two places of religious worship attacked by stone throwing mobs. Local officials said that the home of a Tamil journalist, P. Sathsivanandam, had been attacked overnight after he filed a report for the BBC's Tamil service on the day's developments in the area. more ...
  • 89) 18:57 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + FeTNA Convention 2002 - July 4, 5, 6 and 7
    The exciting Tamil Convention 2002 of Federation of Tamil Sangams is scheduled to take place on July 4,5,6 and 7th, and will be the Centenary Celebration of the Great Tamil Scholar "dEvanEyap paavaaNar". We have invited "The Greatests" for this "Great Iyal, Isai, Nataka, Ariviyal" Tamil program.
    The "Notable elderly Tamil Scholar & Statesman" Thiru. M. Karunanidhi; The "Great Tamil Scientist" Thiru. Abdul Kalam; The "Star of Women's Right" Thirumathi. Arul Mozhi a leading Lawyer; The "Great Tamil Research Scholar, Poet & Archeologists" Thiru. Mathivanan; Tamil Cinema Hero "Thiru. Sathyaraj"; "Thiru. T.K.S. Kalivanan" for Tamil Isai (offspring of famous TKS brothers); The "Masterpiece in Karnatic Music" Prof. Vazhuthiyoor Manickam; Dance Drama of Tamil epic "Silappathikaram", Symbolism of Dance and more... more ...
  • 90) 15:03 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + Don't meddle in Sri Lanka
    The plight of the Sri Lanka Tamils remained largely unknown to the world until this year's ceasefire. As Sri Lanka is a nation with 18 million people, no oil and no atomic weapons, it's understandable why the world didn't want to know about Sri Lanka. However, Norway, saw the need for a solution to the Sri Lankan problem and has been actively doing all it can to end the conflict. Peace looks like a possibility in Sri Lanka in recent months. But all of a sudden there is a new threat, namely, India, China and the United States of America. more ...
  • 91) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + ‘Lack of transparency in NGO activities’
    There was a lack of transparency in the activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the north and east, with some aid workers putting their personal betterment ahead of the interests of the people they ought to be assisting, speakers told a two-day workshop on the Poverty Alleviation Programme organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry assisting Vanni Rehabilitation and sponsored by the Northeast Provincial Planning Secretariat in Trincomalee Sunday. The workshop concluded with a play enacted by a group of artistes who specially came to Trincomalee from the Vanni region. more ...
  • 92) 11:08 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + Lankan Minister to meet Jaya
    Sri Lankan Minister for Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Refugees Jayalath Jayawardene today said he would discuss with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in the state. The main purpose of his visit was to strengthen the relationship between his government and the Tamil Nadu government, he said. Jayawardene’s visit is a follow-up to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent visit and meeting with Jayalalithaa. more ...
  • 93) 10:41 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + Staggering ground realities of the war
    In Sri Lanka, the attacks on the Tamil people in 1958, 1977, the 1983 holocaust and its aftermath left some 3000 Tamils massacred and about five lakhs homeless. In 1983, the number of troops in the armed forces was 12,500, and the number of armed Tamils about 100. But by 1998, the figure had soared to 100,500 troops and 25,000 armed Tamil militants. From 1983 to 2000 some 17,000 troops in the armed forces have been killed while the number of Tamil militants killed is 17,000. We could reflect on some staggering figures. Some 80,000 people - Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims - have been massacred in the horrible war.In the north, the number of orphaned children is 10,000. In Jaffna alone there are 19,100 widows, while in the east it is 8,500. Some 70% of them are under 30. More than 56,000 houses in the north and east have been destroyed, while another 34,000 have been damaged. more ...
  • 94) 20:52 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + Islamic extremists attack Mutur journalist’s home
    Armed persons said to be members of an extremist Islamic militant group attacked the home of Tamil journalist, Mr. P. Satsivanantham, in Mutur town Wednesday afternoon, causing considerable damage to equipment and property, Sri Lanka Police sources said. Hundreds of Tamils in Mutur sought refuge in the local Church as armed gangs of an Islamic group calling itself ‘Osama Front’ went on rampage through the eastern town Wednesday morning, attacking houses in the Tamil neighbourhoods of the eastern town. more ...
  • 95) 10:28 GMT, Jun. 26, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka rebels pledge to halt child recruitment
    Can Tamil Tigers trade bullets for the ballot box? - BBCs Real Video
    Sri Lanka separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has promised the international human rights organization Amnesty International to desist from future recruitment of child soldiers, the pro-LTTE TamilNet Web site said Tuesday. The report quoted LTTE sources as saying the Tigers' political chief, S.P. Thamilselvan, told an Amnesty delegation that met him last week that the rebels have set the minimum recruiting age at 18 years following the adoption earlier this year of a U.N. treaty on recruitment of children as combatants. more ...
  • 96) 20:36 GMT, Jun. 26, 2001 |  + Canada: The CN Tower celebrates 25 years
    The CN Tower, the World's Tallest Building and Free Standing Structure will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. Defining the Toronto skyline, the CN Tower is Canada's most recognizable and celebrated icon, an important telecommunications hub, and the center of tourism in Toronto. At a height of 1,815 feet or 553 metres, the CN Tower has maintained its designation as the World's Tallest Building and Free Standing Structure for a record 25 years. A feat that has not gone unnoticed. The CN Tower was built in 1976 by Canadian National (CN) who wanted to demonstrate the strength of Canadian industry by building a tower taller than any other in the world. CN Tower construction crews moved in on February 6, 1973, and started to remove over 56 metric tonnes of earth and shale for the foundation. Once the foundation was ready, work began on the CN Tower’s 335 m (1,100ft.) concrete shaft, a hexagonal core with three curved support arms. more ...
  • 97) 17:21 GMT, Jun. 26, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka's torture shame
    Tuesday has been declared a day of international support for victims of torture. But it is of little use to one five-year-old boy from northern Sri Lanka whose naked body was found in a common grave late last year, his hands and legs bound, his throat cut. Fourteen soldiers were arrested in connection with the killing and they have yet to be brought to trial. But human rights activists say there are signs the child was tortured before he was killed. In most countries it would be headline news if the military were accused of killing eight people, among them a five-year-old child. In Sri Lanka it hardly made news at all. more ...
  • 98) 17:18 GMT, Jun. 26, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka says no to lifting ban on Tigers
    Sri Lanka's government Tuesday announced it was "difficult and unwise" to lift a ban on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels who have insisted on the move to revive Norway's stalled peace bid here. Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe had a closed-door meeting on Friday on the state of Norway's attempts to broker peace negotiations between the Colombo government and the Tiger rebels. more ...
  • 99) 17:14 GMT, Jun. 26, 2001 |  + Court rejects confession under torture
    The Eastern High Court in Trincomalee Friday acquitted the accused in the murder four years ago of former Trincomalee District Parliamentarian M.E.H.Maharoof. The accused had been in remand at Kalutara prisons for the four years. "I acquit the accused as I cannot accept his confession made to the police voluntary and also due to contradictory and inconsistent evidence led by the prosecution," said High Court Judge Mr.A.N.Ramachandran in his order delivered Friday. The Attorney General indicted Stanislaus Sasikumar of Sambaltivu, north of Trincomalee town with the murder of Mr.Maharoof. The victim was shot dead while he was on his way to Irrakakandy, a Muslim village north of Trincomalee on 20th July 1997. more ...
  • 100) 17:02 GMT, Jun. 26, 2001 |  + A Familiar Pattern
    The Attorney General of Sri Lanka has ordered the acquittal of 11 persons, including 5 security forces personnel accused of complicity in the butchering of 29 Tamil youth incarcerated at the Bindunuwewa Rehabilitation Centre near Bandarawela in Central Sri Lanka on October 25, 2000. No reason was adduced for the exoneration. It would be of interest to recall that this centre figured prominently in a presentation, and a related hand out, that the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister made at the International Conference on War-Affected Children held in Winnipeg, Canada from September 10-17, 2000. He waxed eloquent of the succesful rehabilitation of alleged child soldiers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). more ...
  • 101) 10:59 GMT, Jun. 26, 2001 |  + Driver, schoolboy missing in Mannar
    The Mannar Citizens’ Committee Monday received four complaints about two disappearances and two arrests. Arumugam Thevarajah, 40, a driver who went to the Sri Lanka Army's pass office in Mannar town on 18 June to obtain a temporary resident permit to stay in the suburb of Panankattikottu, did not return home and is missing since then, according to a complaint lodged by his sister Kanapathipillai Thevanayagi. A fifteen-year-old student in Mannar has also been reported missing since 13 June. Relatives who fear that he might have been arrested and detained have sought the Citizens’ Committee’s assistance to trace him. more ...
  • 102) 11:59 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Tamil Suicide Cadres Attack Ship
    Government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said the Colombo registered M.V. Mercs Uhana was attacked by rebel suicide cadres as it tried to anchor early Monday off Point Pedro. The 2,850-ton ship was carrying food, 500 tons of cement and other supplies from the capital, Colombo, to Point Pedro for the 40,000 troops stationed in the Jaffna peninsula fighting the separatist rebels. Some of the food also was meant for 500,000 civilians trapped in the fighting. more ...
  • 103) 11:57 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka spends 136 million dollars to save rupee
    Sri Lanka's Central Bank spent 136 million dollars to prop up the local currency before eventually depreciating the rupee by nearly six percent, a report here said. The privately-run the Island newspaper speculated Monday that Central Bank Governor A. S. Jayawardena had resigned. more ...
  • 104) 04:52 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Ship attacked in Sri Lanka
    Suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas Monday attacked a merchant vessel off Sri Lanka's northeastern waters Government forces depend on a vital sea route to Jaffna to keep up supplies to both security forces and nearly half a million Tamil civilians in the region because the land route to the peninsula is held by the rebels. more ...
  • 105) 04:29 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Foreign exchange reserves decreasing - economy sagging
    With only two and a half months of foreign exchange capacity for food imports remaining, the government has expended nearly 136 million dollars in recent weeks to prop up the rupee informed sources said. Central Bank Economic Research Director R.A.Jayatissa when contacted yesterday declined to comment on the quantum of foreign exchange released to the banks. more ...
  • 106) 04:06 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Mr.Martin Collacott is Appalled...
    Mr. Martin Collacott writing on 13 June 2000 in the National Post On Line, Canada has unburdened himself of his feelings about the LTTE. His views deserve more than passing consideration, not only because of that which he asserts, but also because he writes with the authority of one who served as Canada's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka from 1982 to 1986 - and as one whose links with the Canadian Foreign service may not be entirely absent at the present time.... In fairness to Mr.Collacott and also to enable readers to judge for themselves the correctness or otherwise of Mr.Collacott's assertions, his article is also published below in full. more ...
  • 107) 00:54 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + International Torture Victims Day - 26 June 2000
    “For the purposes of this Convention, torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.” more ...
  • 108) 00:45 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Tamil asylum-seekers show signs of systematic medieval-style torture
    Shocking evidence has been gathered that people have been suspended upside down by ropes, while being beaten around the testicles and made to inhale noxious fumes. Others, held in camps by the Sri Lankan army, have been the victims of repeated male rape and having lighted cigarettes extinguished on their genitalia. The internationally-reknowned Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, in London, said. more ...
  • 109) 00:23 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + A `Gandhian' who backs LTTE Prabhakaran
    Once a jet-setting architect who made money by the thousands and lived like a prince, is now a pauper. Pauper, by choice. Solomon Arulanandam David, 70, who founded `Gandhiam', a non-violent movement to better the lot of Tamils of Sri Lanka, once an active participant in the movement for the liberation of Tamils now lets his pen do the job. And he thinks only V Prabhakaran (LTTE chief) can make Tamil Eelam a reality. more ...
  • 110) 18:14 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + UK ' ignoring Sri Lanka torture'
    A report by a human rights group based in London accuses the UK of ignoring evidence that many Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka have been tortured. The foundation says they were systematically tortured by the Sri Lankan police and army. It says more than half of the Tamils in the study were suspended upside down and made to inhale noxious fumes, and a quarter of them suffered sexual abuse, including repeated rape. more ...
  • 111) 18:09 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + NGOs requested to ask for prosecution of torturers
    An appeal has been made to non-governmental organizations to request the Attorney General to file cases against the alleged perpetrators of acts of torture, under the act passed in 1994, entitled "Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Act". Mr.K.Sivapalan, Legal Aid Officer made this appeal when speaking at a one-day seminar held today at Trincomalee Elephant House Harbor Room, to mark the UN International Day in support of Victims of Torture. more ...
  • 112) 18:08 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Arms ship destroyed - LTTE
    The MV Merces Uhana, a cargo vessel destroyed off the Jaffna coast by the Sea Tigers in a naval battle Monday, was carrying arms and ammunition, the Liberation Tigers said in a statement from their London offices. A Dvora gunboat was also seriously damaged in the 8-hour clash, the LTTE said, adding that ten Sri Lankan sailors and six Tigers were killed. more ...
  • 113) 14:31 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka shortens ban on paper amid court action
    Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Monday reduced by more than half the six month ban of two anti-government newspapers shut down by her administration using draconian emergency regulations. "What has been sealed is not my newspaper, but the fate of this government," Wickrematunga said. more ...
  • 114) 14:28 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Tigers shatter Jaffna lull with kamikaze attack on ship
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels Monday staged a kamikaze-style assault on a merchant vessel and fought a pitched sea battle with the navy, ending a three-week lull in fighting, officials here said. Navy patrol craft mounted a search for at least 11 seamen missing after the daring pre-dawn attack on the M.V. Mercs Uhana, which was carrying food and other essentials to the northern Jaffna peninsula, officials said. more ...
  • 115) 12:51 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + US diplomats walk out of meet with Lankan extremists
    A meeting between US diplomats and the head of a newly-formed extremist Sinhalese party this week ended abruptly following acrimonious exchanges over the political and military situation in Sri Lanka, media reports said. more ...
  • 116) 12:17 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + US diplomats walk out of meet with Lankan extremists
    Three Colombo-based US diplomats, including Deputy Head of the mission Andrew Mann, walked out of the meeting they were having with S. L. Gunesakara, chief of 'Sihala Urumaya', when the Sinhalese leader objected to a comment by a US diplomat about reported excesses by Sri Lankan army in Jaffna and granting of equal rights to minority Tamils, The Sunday Times newspaper reported. The walk-out came when Gunesekera countered their allegations by raising the issue of the US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War and suppression of civil rights of blacks in the USA, the report said. more ...
  • 117) 12:03 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + 500 Tamils have taken refuge in the last 2 months: TN CM
    Nearly 500 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees had landed in Tamil Nadu in the last two months since the escalation of conflict between the Army and LTTE in the island Republic,Tamil Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said today Talking to newsmen here, Karunanidhi said in the last one year, the state had received about 1200 refugees, apart from the nearly 60,000 persons who had sought refuge over a period of time. more ...
  • 118) 12:02 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + CTTU appeals to boycott Flag Week
    The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) has appealed to Tamil students and teachers not to contribute to the Flag Week scheduled to be held on June 26 by the National Youth Services Council throughout the island. The General Secretary of the CTTU, Mr.T.Mahasivam, in his appeal has pointed out that fifty percent of the money collected by the Flag Week is to be donated to the National Defense Fund of the Sri Lankan Government. more ...
  • 119) 12:02 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Tamil men reportedly endure rape, torture in Sri Lankan prisons
    Sexual abuse of Tamil men in Sri Lankan jails is rampant, including rape, electric shocks to the genitals and forced sex acts with prison guards, according to a study published in Saturday's issue of The Lancet, the British medical weekly. The study was compiled by the London-based Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, which assessed medical and legal reports by 17 doctors investigating allegations by 184 Tamil men. more ...
  • 120) 00:17 GMT, Jun. 26, 2000 |  + Lanka Tamil parties divided over interim council
    Tamil parties are sharply divided on the broad agreement reached between the government and the Opposition on constitutional reforms, particularly setting up of an Interim Council, with most of them of the view that any proposal without the LTTE's concurrence would be pointless. more ...
  • 121) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 26, 1999 |  + Court keeps dissident groups on State Department's terrorist list
    No details available. more ...
  • 122) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 26, 1999 |  + Chemmani exhumations -- positive first steps towards truth and justice
    No details available. more ...
  • 123) 11:11 GMT, Jun. 26, 1999 |  + Renewed SLA operation in Mannar
    No details available. more ...
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