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

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Gary Anandasangaree

Human Rights Violations

  • 1996 | HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION AT A CRITICAL JUNCTURE
    Two years since it came to power, the People's Alliance government continues to tolerate human rights violations while refusing to take the crucial steps needed to ensure that human rights protection becomes a reality in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said today.
  • 1998 | Fisherman shot dead
    Unidentified persons, wearing black masks, shot dead Inniyas Francis (39), on Monday at around 11:00 p.m., at Karuveppamkerni, 3 km north of Batticaloa, said sources. Mr. Francis, a fisherman, was shot at point blank range.
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1997 | Chelliah Navaratnarasa [ 36 M from Mahilankulam, Vavuniya ]
    A Tamil man was killed and the other two were seriously wounded by random fire from Sri Lankan army unit.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 335 | நாச்செற்று விக்குள்மேல் வாராமுன் நல்வினை
    மேற்சென்று செய்யாப் படும்.
    Before the tongue lie powerless, 'mid the gasp of gurgling breath,
    Arouse thyself, and do good deeds beyond the power of death.
    - 34 34
  • Aug 14 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Aug 14, 2018 14:58:56 GMT |  + Turning the spotlight on industries
    In the pre-war era, Jaffna’s local industries — such as rice mills and glass factories — were active, much like industries in the rest of the country. In 1983, Jaffna district had 3,121 manufacturing units, where more than 18,000 people worked, according to the Department of Statistics. The Industrial estate in Atchuvely, Jaffna, set up in 1971, then consisted of 36 factory units. In the 30 years of war, almost all the factories that functioned out of 25 acres of the estate’s developed area were destroyed. Though the estate was revived in 2014 with Indian assistance, only five medium scale industries — including light engineering, sheets and cement-based products — function out of it, employing a little over 100 persons. more ...
  • 2) Aug 14, 2018 14:54:32 GMT |  + Bringing Sri Lanka’s Mangroves Back to Life
    The plush mangroves in Western Sri Lanka have provided families with critical resources for generations. Sadly, in recent years the mangroves have slowly depleted in size and nutrients. Douglas Thisera, is working hard to change this. Known as the Mangrove Master, Thisera has spent the last 16 years replanting and conserving mangroves in his district. Along with community activists, Douglas has planted 170,000 saplings in the area. He’s on a mission to bring the mangroves back to their former glory.
  • 3) Aug 14, 2018 14:52:33 GMT |  + PACAF takes entomology lessons learned to Sri Lanka
    Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) medics conducted an entomology discussion with Sri Lankan civilian public health officials, entomologists, military doctors, and military public health officials during a four-day exchange as part of Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-4 in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka from Aug. 7-10. The exchange, lead by U.S. Air Force Capt. Caroline Brooks, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical entomologist, focused on the importance of studying insects and controlling vector borne diseases. “Vector borne diseases are on the rise,” Brooks said. “Education on control and prevention has proven to be instrumental in helping combat infectious diseases.” more ...
  • 4) Aug 14, 2018 14:20:02 GMT |  + Family resettlement and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka boosted by £1 million
    Nearly 600 families resettled on newly released land in the North and East of Sri Lanka will benefit from £1 million from the UK Government to support the provision of basic infrastructure and services. Helping families return to their villages is a crucial element of Sri Lanka addressing the legacy of civil war and is a key part of the joint strategy agreed by the UN and the government of Sri Lanka to support long-term post-conflict peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. The funding will help those returning to their homes in the Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu and Batticaloa districts by contributing towards roads, wells and sanitary services, and help re-establish access to local government services as well as local civil society organisations. more ...
  • 5) Aug 14, 2018 13:53:44 GMT |  + Radioactive waste heading to Sri Lanka?
    In a backdrop where clinical waste from India is washing up on the shores of Puttalam, concerns have been raised that radioactive waste may be dumped in the country through legitimate channels. These concerns have arisen due to certain provisions in the Singapore-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement. These provisions are contained in pages 70 and 71 of the agreement. According to Nalaka Jayaweera an activist on international trade agreements, the FTA includes provisions for the disposal of pharmaceutical waste, medical waste, sewage, municipality waste as well as radioactive waste. more ...
  • 6) Aug 14, 2018 13:50:52 GMT |  + Thomas Abraham: India’s envoy who spoke for Sri Lanka’s Tamils
    Veteran diplomat Thomas Abraham, who died at age 91 on August 12, 2018 in his ancestral home in the sea-board village of Kadapra, Kerala, was India’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka from 1978 to 1982. “Delhi does not understand the south of India,” he often bemoaned to some us working under him in his Colombo office or (as in my case) in its outpost among the plantation workers in the hill-town of Kandy. “Delhi sees no difference,” he would say, “between the Jaffna Tamil whose ancestors came here over a millennium ago bearing arms and the plantation Tamil whose forbears came just over a century ago, bearing an indentured labourer’s ticket.” more ...
  • 7) Aug 14, 2018 13:48:17 GMT |  + Sri Lanka gets US military funding as China vies for influence
    The United States announced Monday (Aug 13) it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island. The State Department will provide the funds as "foreign military financing", pending congressional approval, the US embassy in Colombo said."We look forward to discussing with the government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our Bay of Bengal initiative and Sri Lanka's humanitarian assistance and disaster response priorities," it said. It comes as China, the world's second-largest economy, increases investment in ports and other building projects in Sri Lanka - a key link in its ambitious "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative. more ...
  • 8) Aug 14, 2017 15:23:41 GMT |  + MR and family should be sent to PCoI: JHU
    Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family should be produced before a Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) over the allege misconduct which occurred in connection with Avant Garde and several other cases, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said. At a news briefing held at the JHU head office he said as so far as the Mr. Rajapaksa was claiming that the present government was taking revenge on him this government has set a good example by not protecting the corrupt and appointing a PCoI to inquire into the bond issue with former finance minister Ravi Karunanayake resigning from his portfolio. more ...
  • 9) Aug 14, 2017 15:18:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka ICTA head Muhunthan Canagey tenders resignation
    Sri Lanka’s head of ICTA Muhunthan Canagey has resigned on Monday after a request from the president. “I have been asked to resign by His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena which was communicated to me by the Hon. Minister Harin Fernando,” he wrote in a letter to the board and staff. His resignation is over the issue of spectrum worth USD25 million being given to Maharaja’s without a public auction or tender. “As you all know I am a person who has built my career by pure hard work and maintained the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.” “I will never be part of aiding and abetting any fraud or corruption or delay in any implementation of Digitization in Sri Lanka.” more ...
  • 10) Aug 14, 2017 15:16:54 GMT |  + Does China harbour strategic ambitions for Sri Lankan port?
    Sri Lanka says it’s a way for it to help claw its way out of debt. China says it’s a strictly commercial deal for one of its state firms. But analysts say the Hambantota port on the southern tip of Sri Lanka is part of Beijing’s bigger push to challenge US naval dominance in the Indian Ocean and New Delhi’s influence in the region. “We told China that we can’t allow the port for military use and that 100 per cent responsibility of security matters should be with the Sri Lankan government,” Sri Lankan Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told Reuters in last month. “The port, when fully developed, will affect the present US dominance in the Indian Ocean. more ...
  • 11) Aug 14, 2015 11:41:39 GMT |  + Former Tamil Tigers set to contest upcoming Sri Lankan election
    “The root cause of the conflict is about discrimination and denial of rights to a particular community, the Tamil community,” said human rights activist Ruki Fernando, stressing the problem remains “unaddressed” six years after the war. “People believe that Sri Lanka belongs primarily to the majority Buddhist Sinhalese and the rest are just visitors, secondary or inferior citizens who don’t have equal rights or ownership of this country.” According to Mr Fernando, Sri Lanka could face another war if the current situation does not improve. He said as long as the Tamil community feels they are not able to govern their own people, "there will always be a possibility or risk of conflict or even war happening again some decades down the line”. more ...
  • 12) Aug 14, 2015 11:37:41 GMT |  + Another Sri Lankan Election with No Solution to the Tamil Issue
    August 17th will witness parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka; once again the Tamils may play a key role in the formation of a government if the projection of election results are accurate. The Tamils are expected to vote for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which enjoys a considerable following in the north and east of the country.Given the past record of the successive Sinhala regimes, can the Tamils expect anything different from a new government, which has promised economic development in the past? What the Tamils need is devolution of power.This time the TNA should not give support to the Coalition as they did in January 2015. They must demand an Independent International Inquiry. more ...
  • 13) Aug 14, 2015 11:32:46 GMT |  + Whatever Sri Lanka's election result, China's back in business
    Work on a landmark Chinese-backed waterfront development in Colombo could resume after next Monday's general election in Sri Lanka, even if Beijing's preferred candidate for prime minister, ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is defeated. Eight months after losing power, the 69-year-old strongman is mounting a comeback bid. But his campaign - dogged by allegations of corruption and abuse of power that he denies - is flagging. more ...
  • 14) Aug 14, 2015 11:29:58 GMT |  + Dirt files open on eve of Sri Lanka election
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday ­pre­dicted a “comfortable majority” for his United National Front in Monday’s crucial parliamentary elections. The confident call came as his once all-powerful rival Mahinda Rajapaksa faced allegations he paid millions of dollars to Tamil Tiger commanders to enforce a boycott of the 2005 polls. more ...
  • 15) Aug 14, 2015 11:27:36 GMT |  + Rajapaksa ventures into Sri Lanka's Buddhist heartland in comeback bid
    In Kurunegala, where mosques and Muslim businesses were attacked by stone-throwing Buddhist militants last year, fear of Rajapaksa lingers on. "We are afraid that the persecution of minorities could happen again if Rajapaksa returns," said Mohammad Sifnas, who runs a grocery stall in the central market. His neighbour, K.G. Manjula Wijesinghe, a Buddhist, says: "Rajapaksa did not give any benefits to the public when he was in power. It's a family of bandits." more ...
  • 16) Aug 14, 2014 17:31:02 GMT |  + The Sun Sea Saga Four Years Later: One Canadian Remembers
    It is hard to imagine that it was four years ago today that the MV Sun Sea, escorted by an RCMP vessel, pulled into the Esquilmalt Lagoon while all the major Canadian media outlets watched and recorded the event from the Songhese First Nations Reserve in Esquilmalt, British Columbia. Everyone ashore was shocked at the initial sighting of the ship that carried 492 people from Thailand to Canada. How on earth could 492 people be on a ship the size of a football field, let alone, live, sleep, eat, and play for over 110 days as the small vessel crossed the Pacific? more ...
  • 17) Aug 14, 2014 17:24:55 GMT |  + Sri Lanka accuses U.N. rights chief of prejudice in war crimes probe
    Sri Lanka accused the United Nations' human rights chief on Thursday of "personal bias" over an investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the country's 26-year civil war. In an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation published on Monday, Navi Pillay said that even though Colombo had refused to cooperate, the investigation could still go ahead as there was a wealth of information outside the country. Sri Lanka said Pillay, a South African of Tamil descent, had shown a "lack of objectivity". more ...
  • 18) Aug 14, 2014 17:23:44 GMT |  + UN says Sri Lanka is violating refugee laws
    The UN refugee agency has accused Sri Lanka of breaking international law in its growing campaign to force out Pakistani asylum seekers without a fair hearing. "Fundamentally, this is a breach of the principle of no forced returns. That's a clear violation of international law," Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said on Wednesday. Sri Lanka has deported 88 Pakistanis since August 1, despite claims that they could be at risk in their homeland, Edwards said. more ...
  • 19) Aug 14, 2014 17:22:12 GMT |  + Spreading an Ancient Palette in Dimensions Seen and Unseen
    All dance occurs in the three dimensions of space and the fourth of time — but it can be a beautiful shock to feel the invigorating intensity with which the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam brings all those dimensions keenly to life. On Monday evening at La MaMa, in one of the opening events of the weeklong Drive East festival of Indian music and dance, the dancer Nivedha Ramalingam stretched to the back of the stage with her right arm, then with her left, each time turning from the front with a 180-degree arc. Likewise she ardently addressed the air above her; next the floor below her; and also the space’s various diagonals and horizontals. more ...
  • 20) Aug 14, 2014 12:40:13 GMT |  + Basil Rajapaksa launches compilation of Indian projects in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on Wednesday launched ‘India & Sri Lanka: A partnership that transcends time’, a compilation of India’s development projects in Sri Lanka.Published by the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, the brochure features details of India’s engagement in Sri Lanka, covering various projects coming up at an estimated cost of USD 1.3 billion, including a massive housing project. A total of 50,000 homes are being built in Sri Lanka with Indian assistance for families that were displaced during the three decade-long war. more ...
  • 21) Aug 14, 2013 19:49:09 GMT |  + Explainer: Anti-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka
    There was an uneasy standoff in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo this weekend after a group of Buddhists attacked a mosque and injured several Muslim worshippers. Analysts say an anti-Muslim campaign by Buddhist nationalist groups in Sri Lanka is being fueled by fears about the swelling Muslim population. Muslims account for only 9% of the island nation’s population of 20 million, the 2011 census found. But the community is the fastest growing. more ...
  • 22) Aug 14, 2013 19:48:09 GMT |  + Fatal TTC crash: New details revealed as police seek witnesses of Toronto collision
    New details on a fatal TTC collision in the north end of the city reveals how police believe the crash took place as they appeal for witnesses to the incident. Police said that at 11:30 a.m., a westbound TTC bus, driven by a 36-year-old male employee, had stopped just east of Middlefield Rd. where a 52-year-old woman was boarding the bus and a 43-year-old woman was exiting. more ...
  • 23) Aug 14, 2013 19:43:53 GMT |  + The Canadian Tamil Congress Condemns Attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka
    The Canadian Tamil Congress condemns in the strongest manner possible attacks on Muslim-owned properties and places of worship in Sri Lanka, after the most recent horrendous attack near Colombo last Saturday. These targeted attacks by Sinhala Buddhist Nationalist groups have grown in numbers in the recent past, and as is habitual in Sri Lanka, none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice. “The lukewarm and ineffective measures taken by law enforcement and government officials has emboldened the extremist Sinhala Buddhist organizations, and the attacks have kept growing”, said David Poopalapillai, National Spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress.
  • 24) Aug 14, 2012 21:48:54 GMT |  + Military lingers in Tamil areas years after Sri Lanka's civil war
    Every bus traveling north has to stop at the military checkpoint just after Vavuniya. Only men disembark. They know the drill. Without being asked, they form two orderly columns, present their IDs, spread their legs for a pat-down, and open their bags for soldiers to rifle through. Some field questions about why they are headed toward the territory once controlled by the separatist Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Alternatively heralded as freedom fighters and decried as terrorists, the LTTE fought a 26-year war for Tamil independence against a majority-Sinhalese national government.
  • 25) Aug 14, 2012 21:47:31 GMT |  + Chencholai in image and words: A personal account
    I never thought writing would become a passion before that fateful night. In fact, I was averse to writing like most of my classmates in my undergrad course. Surrealist writers have contested that words contain magical powers, that they can provide the reader who listens to the heartbeat of the script a plethora of sounds, images and sensations. I didn't attach much meaning to words then. And like many who can talk but cannot speak, I was immune to the magic of the word, deaf to the music that it contains, blind to the colours it shows. more ...
  • 26) Aug 14, 2012 21:45:04 GMT |  + Reaction to Australian policy reforms
    The Australian government’s recent decision to transfer asylum seekers to Pacific islands to process their applications will undermine efforts to find a solution to the region’s asylum seekers and refugees, human right groups and activists warn. “Policies like offshore processing will see refugees languish on [Papua New Guinea’s] Nauru [Island] for years, and will not make refugees safer, but rather undermine prospects for a genuine regional solution for refugees,” Alex Pagliaro, refugee campaign coordinator in the Melbourne office of Amnesty International, told IRIN. more ...
  • 27) Aug 14, 2012 15:55:25 GMT |  + Sri Lanka securities regulator says to quit before Friday
    The head of Sri Lanka's Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday he will resign this week, saying investors who were being investigated for market manipulation had made false allegations against him. Tilak Karunaratne has been pushing for investigations into stock market malpractices, including so-called pump-and-dump deals in which investors are lured into apparently cut-price equities."I'll be doing it within the course of this week definitely. Definitely before Friday," he told Reuters. "It's better to call it a day rather than fight with these people," he said referring to investors who had made accusations against him.
  • 28) Aug 14, 2012 15:51:10 GMT |  + Island of tears and fears
    For months, even after the war ended in May 2009, the region was closed to all but military and government officials, and only a select group of humanitarian workers were allowed into the massive IDP (internally displaced peoples) camps that served as emergency shelters and processing centres to filter Tigers from civilians.Thousands of Tamils are unwilling or unable to return, but the last remaining camp, Manik Farm, is set to close this month. That may well spur more boat hopefuls.The government denies any attempt to manipulate the demographics, though it insists all Sri Lankan citizens have the right to live wherever they please. The trouble is, many Sri Lankans don't want to live there at all.
  • 29) Aug 14, 2012 15:47:12 GMT |  + UN GA Schedule Has Iran, Chavez & Sri Lanka, Syria on Last Day, Qatar on 1st
    After next month's UN General Assembly is kicked off on the morning of Tuesday, September 25 by Brazil's Dilma Rousseff and US President Barack Obama, then things get interesting.The next day, Iran's head of state Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak in the morning. Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa starts that afternoon's session, which includes Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. Also on the afternoon of September 26 is Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, followed the next morning by Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the so-called M23 mutineers probably still on the agenda.
  • 30) Aug 14, 2012 15:34:26 GMT |  + WaveRider hypersonic jet targets Mach 6
    Hypersonic jet WaveRider is to undergo another test flight above the Pacific Ocean aiming to reach Mach 6. At this speed - more than 4,300mph (6,900km/h) - it could travel from London to New York in about an hour. WaveRider is one of several projects currently under way to create an aeroplane able to reach much higher speeds than today's jets, after Concorde was decommissioned in 2003. more ...
  • 31) Aug 14, 2012 15:28:13 GMT |  + Stephen Harper defends aid money through unregistered Syrian charity
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government earmarked $2 million in aid to Syria through an as-yet-unregistered Canadian charity because the group is tied to a global organization channelling medical supplies into Syria. “I’m told that they have the appropriate connections by which to deliver aid on the ground,” Harper told reporters in Toronto. The Ottawa-based group, Canadian Relief for Syria (CRS), is the Canadian representative of the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations.
  • 32) Aug 14, 2012 10:15:47 GMT |  + TESO demands UN probe on Lanka war crimes, steers clear of Eelam
    Three years after the ethnic war in Sri Lanka ended with the fall of the LTTE, political leaders and human rights activists from across the globe gathered in Chennai on Sunday under the banner of Tamil Eelam Supporters' Organisation (Teso) and DMK president M Karunanidhi's leadership to demand that India move a United Nations resolution to empower Tamils with political rights. The event represented the first such overseas gathering aimed at forging a political consensus on the future of Tamils in post-war Lanka.
  • 33) Aug 14, 2012 10:12:49 GMT |  + China's ghost towns and phantom malls
    As growth slows, China's huge investment in infrastructure is looking ever harder to sustain, leaving a string of ambitious projects - towns, shopping malls and even a theme park - empty and forlorn. "We have spoken a lot about these ghost towns in Ireland and Spain recently [but China] is Ireland and Spain on steroids," says Kevin Doran, a senior investment fund manager at Brown Shipley in the UK. Investment in infrastructure accounts for much of China's GDP - the country is said to have built the equivalent of Rome every two months in the past decade. more ...
  • 34) Aug 14, 2012 10:11:35 GMT |  + Navigating Asia Away From Chaos: Sri Lanka’s Post-War Ramifications On Region – Analysis
    Sri Lanka’s recent military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) spelled wide and deep ramifications for the whole of South Asia. Ripples of these consequences can now be felt in as distant destinations as China, thus widening the scope of relevance to include Asia in its entirety. The recent Tamil Nadu antipathy towards training Sri Lankan military personnel there spawned a fresh wave of discussion about the regional security dimension of the end of war in Sri Lanka, a hitherto under-analyzed aspect.
  • 35) Aug 14, 2012 9:54:03 GMT |  + Govt. perturbed over UN review team
    India, Spain and Benin have been assigned by United Nations Human Rights Chief Navaneetham Pillay to assess the human rights situation in Sri Lanka at the November Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The government is reportedly perturbed over Ms. Pillay’s decision because these countries were among those which voted in favour of the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka in March this year.Sri Lanka’s HR situation will be assessed at the 14th UPR to be held between October 22 and November 25. The UPR is a mechanism set up by the United Nations to review human rights practices in member countries once every four years.
  • 36) Aug 14, 2012 2:01:33 GMT |  + Twist to farcical fast
    In what is being seen as a veiled pointing of fingers at the UPA government, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday claimed he gave up his infamous six-hour long fast demanding cease-fire in the Eelam War IV in 2009 as he relied on the statement made by the External Affairs Minister, which in turn “was misguided by Sri Lanka” as it claimed that the war had stopped.
  • 37) Aug 14, 2012 2:01:19 GMT |  + 40 refugees caught trying to sail to Oz
    Even as hundreds of Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu perished at sea in recent months undertaking the perilous journey to the faraway Christmas Islands and Cocoa Islands, in the hope of winning asylum in Australia, a fresh ‘catch’ of 40 boat people just off the Marina lighthouse has jolted the police headquarters just across the road. The 40 refugees from different refugee camps had paid up huge money to an agent who brought them to the Marina for boarding a boat that would take them to Puducherry, from where they were to be transferred to a larger trawler-type vessel for the arduous trip across the ocean. more ...
  • 38) Aug 14, 2012 1:52:50 GMT |  + Sri Lankan smuggled into Canada on MV Ocean Lady accepted as refugee due to possible danger
    A Sri Lankan migrant has been accepted as a refugee on the grounds that, as a passenger on a smuggling ship that Canada has publicly linked to Tamil rebels, he might be tortured or killed in his homeland. The 24-year-old ethnic Tamil arrived in Canada in 2009 aboard the MV Ocean Lady, which federal officials have identified as a rebel arms smuggling ship. Officials have also claimed a third of the 76 migrants on aboard were Tamil rebels. more ...
  • 39) Aug 14, 2012 1:47:15 GMT |  + South Sudanese marathoner without a country makes Olympic debut
    Guor Marial made his debut in the London Games on Sunday, a major accomplishment for the South Sudanese marathoner who ran as an independent in the Olympics. Marial, 28, pounded his way around the 26.2-mile course in 2:19:32. He finished 47th in the race dominated by fellow Africans Steven Kiprotich of Uganda, who won gold, and Abel Kirui and Wilson Kiprotich, both of Kenya, who won silver and bronze, respectively. more ...
  • 40) Aug 14, 2012 1:38:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka SEC head says under "immense pressure to resign"
    The head of Sri Lanka's Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said he was coming under immense pressure to resign on false accusations by some investors under investigation for "pump-and-dump" deals. "I am under immense pressure to resign for the reason those concerned know best," Tilak Karunaratne, the head of SEC told Reuters. Karunaratne did not elaborate who was pressuring him to step down, but said it might be the result of false information about his activities as the head of the SEC.
  • 41) Aug 14, 2012 1:36:57 GMT |  + Australia asylum panel recommends offshore processing
    Australia should set up offshore processing centres for asylum seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and "pursue" a refugee agreement with Malaysia, a panel says. The three-strong independent panel was appointed by PM Julia Gillard to break government deadlock on the issue. Australia has seen an increase in the number of asylum-seekers arriving by boat in recent months. At least 170 people arrived in three boats over the weekend, reports said. more ...
  • 42) Aug 14, 2010 12:58:01 GMT |  + Why we should welcome boatful of Tamil refugees into Canada
    From the Komagata Maru carrying 376 Punjabi passengers and the SS St. Louis travelling with 900 Jewish asylum seekers, to the boats with 600 people from China's Fujian province and the Ocean Lady that docked in B.C. last year with Tamil refugees - there is something about boatloads of migrants that triggers a national hysteria. Perhaps it is the realization that the expanse of ocean is not enough to enforce the divide between the West and the so-called Third World. more ...
  • 43) Aug 14, 2010 12:55:14 GMT |  + Sri Lanka war panel hears Tamil grievances
    A Sri Lankan government war commission has heard testimonies from Tamils alleging their loved ones were abducted or detained by the army. Six people came forward to speak of their missing sons or husbands at the hearing in northern Sri Lanka, close to the former war frontline. The panel has invited people to speak - either in public or in private - of their experiences of war. The government has dismissed calls for an independent inquiry. more ...
  • 44) Aug 14, 2010 12:53:04 GMT |  + Government hopes to stem tide of refugees
    The Harper government is pushing senior policy-makers and bureaucrats to find ways to keep illegal migrants from landing on Canadian shores, and prevent human-traffickers and other criminal and terrorist organizations from abusing Canada's "generous" asylum system. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Friday he suspects human-traffickers are considering copying the Sun Sea's voyage into Canadian waters, depending on how Canada reacts to Thursday's landing of about 490 suspected asylum seekers from Sri Lanka.
  • 45) Aug 14, 2010 12:51:20 GMT |  + Canada criticized for presuming Tamil boatmen to be LTTE activists
    Canada has been criticized for concluding that a boat entering the country on Friday with 490 suspected asylum seekers might include members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). ” Let’s not jump to conclusions without facts. Until we assess each of the refugee claimant’s individual situation under Canadian law, we don’t know whether they are genuine refugees or not. And if they are, their file should be done quickly and accepted so they can stay here. If not, they should be deported,” The Globe and Mail News quoted New Democratic Party (NDP) immigration critic Olivia Chow, as saying.
  • 46) Aug 14, 2010 12:48:44 GMT |  + Mahinda Rajapaksa approves court order to strip Sarath Fonseka of rank, medals
    Former Sri Lankan Army chief Gen Sarath Fonseka was today stripped off his rank, medals and pension after president Mahinda Rajapaksa ratified the verdict of his conviction by a court martial. The court martial had found Fonseka guilty of dabbling in politics while heading the country's military last year. "The president in his capacity of commander-in-chief of the armed forces has confirmed the findings and the punishment handed down by the first court martial," a military official said.
  • 47) Aug 14, 2010 6:38:12 GMT |  + More migrant ships headed this way, Vic Toews warns
    The Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, speaking Friday in Victoria, said more ships — and more migrants — are headed toward Canada. “I don’t view this as an isolated independent act,” said Toews. “There are others who are watching this particular situation to determine the reaction of Canadian authorities and they will be making decisions based on the reaction.” At least two other ships are believed to be heading this way in hopes of landing dozens, perhaps hundreds, of migrants from war-torn Sri Lanka seeking political asylum.
  • 48) Aug 14, 2010 3:32:37 GMT |  + Tamil families ‘desperate’ to reunite with relatives
    Children, women and elderly Tamil migrants were among those who disembarked from the suspected people-smuggling ship near Victoria on Friday, and their Canadian relatives are “desperate” to make contact after months of worrying, according to the Canadian Tamil Congress. The congress said dozens of families have called saying they believe their relatives — including a toddler, a six-year-old and an 80-year-old — were among the 490 Tamil migrants captured in “heart-wrenching images” on Friday. more ...
  • 49) Aug 14, 2010 3:28:29 GMT |  + Strangers by sea: a tale of Canada’s boat people
    Canada's first boat people were the Norse who came ashore a thousand years ago in Newfoundland. They fit the refugee pattern: farmers and simple artisans, maybe a few fierce Vikings among them known for terrorizing Europe, people driven out of their homeland by population pressures and political unrest. No one knows how they were received by the local inhabitants, the Beothuks. Probably not well. The Beothuks' response to later European arrivals, before they became extinct, was to hide from them by moving inland. more ...
  • 50) Aug 14, 2010 3:10:35 GMT |  + Migrants including children taken by ambulance to Victoria General Hospital
    After months spent crammed into a cargo ship for a painstaking journey across the sea, hundreds of Sri Lankan men, women and children arrived in British Columbia Friday under heavy security, and were quickly met by accusations that human-smugglers and terrorists are in their midst. Canadian authorities, after boarding the MV Sun Sea on Thursday night, brought the 59-metre vessel into Esquimalt Harbour, near Victoria, on Friday morning, where “processing” began for the estimated 400 men, 60 women and 30 children onboard.
  • 51) Aug 14, 2009 13:07:37 GMT |  + Eelam cause washed away
    Speaking in the Tamil Nadu Assembly recently Chief Minister and president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), M Karunanidhi, pointed out that in the post-LTTE era, attaining the goal of Tamil Eelam was not a realistic goal. He advocated the pursuance of a ‘flexible policy’, where the Tamils should avoid critical comments against the Sinhalese ‘out of anger and hatred’, because it may have an ‘adverse effect’ on their well-being. The need of the hour, he underlined, is for the Tamils to carry on their struggle ‘for equal rights, equal status for their language and devolution of power at the regional level’.
  • 52) Aug 14, 2009 13:05:34 GMT |  + Conscience of Swaminathan should touch India, IC: Tamil circles
    M S Swaminathan, internationally renowned agriculturalist, regarded as the father of India’s Green Revolution, declined to involve with Colombo “unless there is some kind of political settlement,” IANS reported Wednesday. “There are people who feel unless Tamils in Sri Lanka can live in dignity, other things are subsidiary. This is a viewpoint. I have no plans to go to Sri Lanka in the immediate future,” Swaminathan told IANS. In February, another prominent Indian and a Kannadiga from Mysore, NR Narayana Murthy of Infosys, refused IT advisory to Colombo. “Development is not exploitation of the plight of people facing structural genocide,” Tamil circles said pointing to the attitude of the Indian Establishment and sections of IC blindly abetting Colombo and officially rationalising genocide, just to make inroads into the island. more ...
  • 53) Aug 14, 2009 11:02:58 GMT |  + ‘Sri Lankan refugee camps worst in history’
    Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in refugee camps in the island nation were torn asunder and young women were forced to stay with stran­ge men in make-shift tents. This is what the former Attorney General and Solicitor General of Sri Lanka Chitta Ranjan de Silva had told Lankan media, according to Nimalka Fernando, human rights activist and a lawyer from the island nation, on Thursday. The Tamils were not treated like victims of war, but as war criminals by the authorities, Fernando said. Further, funds for rehabilitation from foreign nations might get diverted to compensate debts incurred in the war and it would not benefit the affected persons.
  • 54) Aug 14, 2009 10:52:44 GMT |  + Norwegian Tamil new LTTE leader?
    A Tamil resident on the west coast of Norway is alleged to be one of the most powerful leaders of the militant wing of The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “We have seen the reports, but we don’t yet know what’s true or not,” said Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development, to Aftenposten. He added that there is “zero appetite internationally” for the LTTE to continue its violent struggle for independence. Tamil activists, living in Norway, held a long series of demonstrations last winter. They also broke into the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo.
  • 55) Aug 14, 2009 10:47:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka, China sign $350 mln oil, highway deals
    Sri Lanka and China's Exim Bank signed deals worth more than $350 million to build a highway and an oil bunkering facility near one of the world's biggest shipping lanes, Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The bunker terminals will be built at the Hambantota port on Sri Lanka's southern coast, where the state-run Exim Bank has already pledged $360 million to the initial construction phase being carried out by Chinese firms. The other agreement will finance the building of highway from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo to the international airport 30 km north in Katunayaka. Currently, the journey can take hours because of the narrow, traffic-clogged roads.
  • 56) Aug 14, 2009 10:36:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka police to prevent displaced people from fleeing camps
    Sri Lankan police in the northern town of Vavuniya plan to prevent the internally displaced people from leaving government welfare camps, local media reported Friday. Senior police officials in the region said that around 40 of the displaced people had been arrested for attempted escape. Police say the foreign employment racketeers are mainly responsible for smuggling people out. Nearly 300,000 displaced people have been housed in camps in the northern districts of Vavuniya and Jaffna since mid-May.
  • 57) Aug 14, 2008 11:07:18 GMT |  +  ICRC assists thousands of displaced civilians as conflict escalates
    Tens of thousands of people have fled areas affected by fighting in the Mannar and Kilinochchi districts following an escalation of hostilities between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in northern Sri Lanka. Among those displaced – most of whom headed towards Kilinochchi – are people who have had to abandon their homes several times in recent months. In the Vanni – where it works closely with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society – the ICRC has distributed relief items to those most recently displaced, providing over 16,500 people in Thunukkai, Karachchi, Oddusuddan, Puthukkudiyirippu and Pooneryn....
  • 58) Aug 14, 2008 11:03:30 GMT |  + Thousands displaced by fresh Sri Lanka fighting
    Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the latest fighting in northern Sri Lanka and the conflict has made it difficult for humanitarian workers to give assistance, officials said on Thursday. Officials and aid agencies say tens of thousands of people have fled their homes following an escalation in hostilities between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "Among those displaced -- most of whom headed towards Kilinochchi -- are people who have had to abandon their homes several times in recent months," the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in an statement.
  • 59) Aug 14, 2007 19:42:15 GMT |  + Ranil bold enough to challenge hegemony of JHU
    Ranil has made remarkable radical comments. We classified him as the rightful heir to Yankee dick - late Mr. JR Jayewardene. The Old Left never expected JR’s political descendants to come out with radical comments. But then they never expected JR to give upcountry Tamils full citizenship nor grant the parity of languages nor the self- rule to Tamils in their Tamil homeland. True, JR couldn’t grant real autonomy to Tamils; but after Perumal -the Sapumal Kumaraya- at the time of Perakumba the sixth, JR is the only head who could install a ruler, another Perumal, for the Tamil homeland. We have to accept grudgingly that according to the theory of permanent revolution this is a rare occurrence.
  • 60) Aug 14, 2007 19:27:09 GMT |  + Save Tamil Children from Genocide
    One year has passed after the infamous aerial bombing by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) targeted the school girls who were attending a first aid residential seminar at the Chencholai orphanage located at Vallipunam in Mullaithivu district in Northern Sri Lanka. 61 schoolgirls were killed on the spot, four more succumbed to their injuries later and more than 120 were injured. The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) did not regret, but instead accepted the responsibility for the attack and even claimed proudly that the pilots of the Kfir jets hit the correct target precisely. The GoSL also released photographs of the location taken from aero planes and stressed that the location was a training camp of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • 61) Aug 14, 2007 18:15:53 GMT |  + Catholic fishermen seek church help over Indian encroachment
    By night, Indian trawlers haul in fish stocks that Sri Lankan fishermen claim are theirs. But while local fisher folk are angry with India, their main gripe is with their own government. Fishermen in northeastern Sri Lanka are caught in a bind. The main problem is that they are Tamil, and hence suspect in the eyes of the Sinhalese-led government, which has been fighting Tamil rebels since 1983 in a civil war. Father Augustine Pushparaj is parish priest of Our Lady of Victory Church in Pesalai said,"While Indian trawlers fish in our water, our trawlers are abandoned and ruined on the beach, unused for years, due to government bans in Mannar Diocese,"
  • 62) Aug 14, 2007 18:04:35 GMT |  + Amnesty says over 5,700 'disappearances' in Sri Lanka
    Hundreds of people disappeared in Sri Lanka in the past year and more than 5,700 such cases from the past three decades were under UN review, rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday. Since 2006, hundreds of people have reportedly been abducted by the security forces or armed groups in areas in the north and east of Sri Lanka, as well as in Colombo. "Vice-Chancellor of Eastern University, Sivasubramanium Raveendranath was in an area of the capital tightly controlled by the army. It is likely that his captors were military agents," Amnesty said. "He has not been heard from since." more ...
  • 63) Aug 14, 2007 10:40:14 GMT |  + Vaiko hits out Centre, TN Govt
    Flaying the UPA government at the Centre and the DMK government in Tamil Nadu for their "failure" to protect Sri Lankan Tamils, MDMK chief Vaiko today alleged the union government was supplying arms to the Sri Lankan Government. Speaking to reporters here after appearing in a defamation case against him, Vaiko said, "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not replied to any of the letters I have sent till date highlighting the plight of the Tamils," and termed the arms supply as "unpardonable". He alleged the arms might be used to commit "genocidal attacks on Tamils".
  • 64) Aug 14, 2007 10:26:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka official says aid group to blame in massacre
    A top Sri Lankan government official has accused aid group Action Contre la Faim of being responsible for the massacre of 17 of their own local staff last year through "negligence" and "irresponsibility". Rajiva Wijesinha, head of the government's peace secretariat and in charge of coordinating the island's battered peace process for the state, has written to the island's Human Rights Minister calling for an independent probe into the matter. International observers say the presidential inquiry into the massacre fails to meet international standards, and Action Contre la Faim is still waiting for answers as to who killed its staff a year on.
  • 65) Aug 14, 2007 10:21:29 GMT |  + Sri Lanka seeks retraction of UN official's comment on aid worker safety
    Sri Lanka wants a United Nations official to retract his comment that the island nation is among the most dangerous places for aid workers, an official said Tuesday. John Holmes — the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs — questioned the safety of aid workers deployed in Sri Lanka's embattled north and east during a visit to the country last week.He referred specifically to 17 local workers from the Action Against Hunger organization, who were killed execution-style in August 2006. Holmes was quoted as saying that Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world for humanitarian workers.
  • 66) Aug 14, 2007 2:39:16 GMT |  + Army chiefs met secretly in Sydney
    Army chiefs from 19 countries, including Australia, met secretly in a Sydney hotel last week, it was revealed. Australia's Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, said it had been judged better not to publicise the fifth Pacific Armies Chief Conference while it was occurring. The heads of army who attended the conference were from Australia, the United States, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, India, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tonga, and Vietnam. He said it was likely the armies of different nations would work more closely on educating their personnel.
  • 67) Aug 14, 2007 2:11:54 GMT |  + The wretched of the earth
    There was ample evidence of aerial bombardment all around. Close to the ward was what appeared to be an abandoned bunker. Hospital staff vehemently deny it is an LTTE bunker. Civilians took refuge in the hospital premises during the height of the military offensive says a member of the hospital staff who did not wish to be named. The bunker was dug for their safety during bombardment. Opposite the hospital a Catholic church stands as if in eternal memory of the suffering and strife of its people. The church had been damaged by the tsunami. Sure as they are that the bunker is not an LTTE one, they are also firm the church was not damaged in the bombings but only by the tsunami.
  • 68) 22:56 GMT, Aug. 14, 2005 |  + Sri Lankans worried cease-fire may falter
    One of Sri Lanka's best-known politicians is dead, roadblocks have gone up around the capital and government officials and Tamil Tiger rebels are trading increasingly harsh rhetoric. In a country savaged by two decades of violence, where all-out combat is staved off by an increasingly fragile cease-fire, the question looms: Will there be war? On Sunday -- two days after the assassination of Sri Lanka's 73-year-old foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar -- most Sri Lankans appeared desperate for peace and still wanted a resumption of stalled talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels. "All of us agree that the peace process must not stop," said retired Air Marshal Harry Goonetilleke. "But the killing has given a huge blow to the peace process -- not necessarily a fatal blow, I hope." more ...
  • 69) 14:27 GMT, Aug. 14, 2005 |  + Minority Tamils arrested in Sri Lankan slaying



    Lakshman Kadirkamar and Tamils

    Sri Lankan security forces arrested 12 minority Tamils during overnight raids in connection with the assassination of the island's foreign minister, and a Tamil lawmaker said only a peace deal could stop such killings in a country many fear is sliding back to war. Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Daya Ratnayake said Sunday the arrests were made by police and soldiers deployed to search the capital, Colombo, for suspects. The 11 Tamil men and one woman were “being interrogated, but at this moment of time we don't want to say anything,” he said. A lawmaker from the Tamil National Alliance, a political party allied with the rebels, took up that call Sunday, saying the killing was the result of “a stagnated peace process.” “We felt that the country has been facing the threat of war for some time. Now this killing has made it worse,” lawmaker Kanagalingam Sivajilingam told The Associated Press. more ...
  • 70) 12:30 GMT, Aug. 14, 2005 |  + An assassination, a state of emergency and a question across Sri Lanka: Will war return?
    One of Sri Lanka's best-known politicians is dead, roadblocks have gone up around the capital and government officials and Tamil Tiger rebels are trading increasingly harsh rhetoric. In a country savaged by two decades of violence, where all-out combat is staved off by an increasingly fragile cease-fire, the question looms: Will there be war? On Sunday - two days after the assassination of Sri Lanka's 73-year-old foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar - most Sri Lankans appear desperate for peace and want a resumption of stalled talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.
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  • 71) 12:22 GMT, Aug. 14, 2005 |  + No Return to Arms Despite Sri Lankan Minister's Slaying
    Although the dramatic assassination on Friday of Sri Lankan foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has sorely tested relations, the three-year-old truce between the separatist, militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the government will likely hold. Kadirgamar probably paid the price for getting the LTTE banned in the United States, Britain and several western countries when a sniper, evading the massive security around his private residence, fatally shot him as he stepped out of his swimming pool. Colleagues and friends, including President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, rushed to the hospital where Kadirgamar was rushed for emergency surgery. Weekend press reported that a stunned Kumaratunga broke down on seeing the body of her trusted aide.
    - All-out war unlikely despite Sri Lanka killing, analysts say - AFP
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  • 72) 12:18 GMT, Aug. 14, 2005 |  + Tension, violence escalates again in east
    Despite optomism stemming from a recent lull, violence in eastern Batticaloa-Amparai region has again escalated in the wake of the execution-style killings last week of two LTTE political cadres by uniformed gunmen who escaped into a Sri Lankan military camp. On Sunday five members of the LTTE’s Political Wing working in their office in Batticaloa town narrowly escaped when unidentified gunmen on a motorbike lobbed five grenades, one by one, through the building’s front door. Although the nearest police post is located at Arasady, 100 meters from the office, been attacked at least six times within the last 12 months.
    - LTTE political office in Batticaloa bombed - TamilNet
    - STF soldiers storm Karaithivu LTTE office, arrest four - TamilNet
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  • 73) 12:15 GMT, Aug. 14, 2005 |  + Top Norwegian peace mediator to attend Sri Lankan ministers funeral
    Norwegian foreign affairs minister Jan Petersen, one of the architects of Sri Lanka's now-stalled peace process, will attend the funeral of the island's foreign minister who was assassinated by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels. Petersen will be accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vidar Helgesen, the Norwegian Embassy said in a statement. The funeral of Lakshman Kadirgamar, 73, will be held on Monday in Colombo. The minister was shot by suspected Tamil Tiger snipers Friday evening at his home after taking a swim. more ...
  • 74) 12:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 2005 |  + 14 held over Sri Lanka FM killing
    Sri Lankan police have detained 14 people with suspected connections to the Tamil Tigers after the nation's foreign minister was assassinated outside his home. Lakshman Kardirgamar, 73, was gunned down late Friday by sniper fire that hit him in the head and chest and later died at a hospital in the capital. A state funeral is planned for Monday in Colombo's Independence Square. Among those detained were the two owners of an abandoned home near Kadirgamar's house where a tripod used in the shooting was found, police said.
    - Manhunt for Sri Lankan assassin - BBC
    - Police arrest 12 Tamils in connection with Sri Lankan foreign minister's slaying - AP
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  • 75) 12:04 GMT, Aug. 14, 2005 |  + Lankan security anticipated sniper attack, but too late
    Sri Lankan intelligence and security apparatus had anticipated an imminent sniper or a suicide bomb attack on Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar 72 hours before he was killed on Friday night, a front-page report in The Sunday Leader suggests. But the LTTE, which is often steps ahead of the state agencies, struck before remedial measures could be taken and Kadirgamar could be persuaded to accept the advice tendered. According to the investigative paper, Kadirgamar was informed by the government that his life was in imminent danger and was advised to seek extra security. He did seek additional security and the police were to give him three additional security vehicles with men armed with automatic weapons. But this had not materialised. more ...
  • 76) 15:05 GMT, Aug. 14, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka's PM meets with Norwegian PM in Athens
    Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse met with Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik Saturday in Athens. Prime Minister Bondevik believed that the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are committed to the process, a press release from the Royal Norwegian Embassy said Saturday. They had a constructive discussion covering issues such as the political and economic situation in Sri Lanka, the long-standing development co-operation between the two countries and the status of the peace process. Mr. Rajapakse and Mr. Bondevik both expressed hope that the direct talks would soon be resumed after a 16 months long stalemate. more ...
  • 77) 15:02 GMT, Aug. 14, 2004 |  + Support for Sri Lanka family grows
    A major campaign has been launched today by leading politicians, Churches and community groups on behalf of an asylum seeking family facing deportation from Northern Ireland. Pandara Nagarasa Somasundram, who believes his son was shot dead as punishment for his inadvertent assistance to terrorists in Sri Lanka, fears his family is about to be sent back into the firing line. Mr Somasundram, who arrived in Northern Ireland with the rest of his family almost three years ago after being smuggled here in a container, has been told their application for refugee status has been refused. more ...
  • 78) 10:04 GMT, Aug. 14, 2004 |  + "We are waiting for a positive response from the government to recommence negotiations on the basis of ISGA proposals"
    "On the basis of the ISGA proposals submitted by us in October last and our unambiguous declarations made from time to time we are ready to recommence negotiations with the government and are only waiting for a positive response to that effect from the government through the facilitators," said Mr. Tamilselvan in response to the Norwegian Deputy Ambassador's concern relating to the delay. The Norwegian Deputy Ambassad Mr. Oddvar Lægreid arrived in Kilinochchi today 14th August 2004 and met with Mr. S. P. Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE Political Wing. This meeting, the diplomats said, is a 'fact-finding' exercise intended to ascertain as to how best the facilitators can meaningfully act in the reactivation of the stalled peace process. more ...
  • 79) 16:02 GMT, Aug. 14, 2003 |  + Solheim meets Thamilselvam
    Norwegian special peace envoy Erik Solheim yesterday met LTTE political chief Thamilselvam in Kilinochchi for talks in which the disputed LTTE Wan-Ela camp was expected to top the agenda. Solheim is expected to hold further discussions with the Scandinavian Monitors whose ruling for the removal of the camp was ignored by the Tigers. "Thamilselvam informed Solheim of the LTTE's stance that the camp has been set up in a LTTE controlled area and that it has been in existence for a long time," LTTE spokesman more ...
  • 80) 15:48 GMT, Aug. 14, 2003 |  + PM returns from China with heavy aid package
    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe returned to Sri Lanka yesterday afternoon after completing a successful four-day visit to China with a pledge of Rs.360 million outright grant and Rs. 2.3 billion concessionary line of credit from the Chinese government. During this tour the Prime Minister met the Chinese President Hu Gintawoh, Prime Minsiter Wen Jiyabawoh President of the Chinese National People's Congress and the Speaker of the Parliament Wu Banguwan, Chinese Agricultural Minister Kwingh Lin, Commerce Minister Lu fu you youn and several other state leaders. more ...
  • 81) 15:18 GMT, Aug. 14, 2003 |  + 'Eastern Tamils losing confidence in SLMM'
    Representatives of the Batticaloa District Non-Governmental Organizations' Consortium Thursday told the Norwegian special peace envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, that Tamils were losing confidence in the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission as it had failed to take into account the mounting problems of the displaced Tamil people in the eastern province, NGO sources said. Mr.V.Kamalathas, President of the Batticaloa NGOs Consortium, conveyed this in a discussion he had Thursday with Mr. Solheim, the sources said. more ...
  • 82) 14:40 GMT, Aug. 14, 2003 |  + Movement in negotiations between Sri Lankan government and rebels
    Sri Lanka's government says there has been movement in the long-stalled peace process aimed at bringing a formal end to the country's long-running civil war. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam pulled out of peace negotiations with the government in April, complaining that Colombo had failed to deliver on its promises. But now the LTTE rebels have agreed to study a new goverment proposal for an interim administration for the Tamil-dominated north and east. Government minister and chief peace negotiator, Professor G.L Peiris, says the move is a significant step forward. "I am cautiously optimistic," he said. more ...
  • 83) 11:46 GMT, Aug. 14, 2003 |  + Imagining Interim Administration
    Peace in Sri Lanka will depend very much on whether the GOSL (Government of Sri Lanka) will allow for the implementation of an interim administration in the north and east of the country, in the predominantly Tamil areas. Although the cessation of hostilities brokered by the Norwegian is still in force, however, both the parties are involved in the process of peace negotiations. In fact, the LTTE withdrew from negotiations because it felt that the GOSL was not serious about the implementation of an interim administration that will be under the control of the LTTE. more ...
  • 84) 11:44 GMT, Aug. 14, 2003 |  + Thai PM begins Sri Lanka visit eyeing billion dollar trade
    Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra opened talks with Sri Lankan leaders here at the start of a two-day visit aimed at boosting bilateral trade to a billion dollars, officials said. Thaksin, accompanied by his foreign minister Surakiat Sathirathai, went in to a meeting with President Chandrika Kumaratunga shortly after his arrival here and was due to hold talks later with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. "One of the most important events will be the Thai prime minister's interaction with the Board of Investment here," government spokesman G. L. Peiris said here on Wednesday. more ...
  • 85) 11:43 GMT, Aug. 14, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka expects peace talks, but wary of rebels
    Sri Lanka said on Thursday it was confident of a quick resumption of peace talks with the Tamil Tigers to end two decades of war, but voiced worries that recent actions by the rebels were undermining public support. Cabinet spokesman G.L. Peiris said a refusal by the Tigers to follow a ruling made by the monitors overseeing a ceasefire signed in February 2002 was damaging public opinion despite the rebels working to restart talks suspended since April. more ...
  • 86) 19:15 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + 1962, 1965, 1971 war records to be made public
    War records of the 1962 Sino-Indian conflict, 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak war as well as experiences of Indian army in Peacekeeping role in Sri Lanka would soon by made public, the Defence Minister George Fernandes announced today declaring that the Nation had the right to know the truth. "The truth about what went wrong, where and why should not embarrass anyone and it is a must that we don't repeat the mistakes of the past," Fernandes observed at a function here. more ...
  • 87) 17:38 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + 'Handbag row' rocks Sri Lanka
    Mr Peiris, A spokesman for Sri Lankan President said allegations by a government minister that the president had a secret camera in her handbag to record cabinet meetings, were wild and unfounded. Asked why the president did not just open the handbag to reveal its contents, Mr Peiris said the president was a lady, and a lady's handbag was generally respected and not opened and flashed in front of people's eyes. more ...
  • 88) 17:35 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + Terrorising the Politicians
    "Look at what the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government has achieved




    Junior-Vikatan: Dr.Ramados VS Film Star RajaniKanth

    with POTA. No big terrorist has been detained; it is the petty criminals and sympathizers of a particular cause that the government has detained under this draconian law," charges Communist Party of India General Secretary A B Bardhan. POTA has been in full force for four months, but not a single complaint of the law's misuse has been reported to the home ministry so far. A ministry report submitted in the Lok Sabha recently says that even Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader V Gopalaswamy aka Vaiko, whom the Tamil Nadu police arrested under POTA, has not complained to the ministry. Vaiko was arrested for expressing sympathy for the LTTE. "Everyone says POTA has been misused against political opponents. But till today our ministry has not got any complaints on any misuse against POTA," Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Vidyasagar Rao pointed out. more ...
  • 89) 17:28 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka to lift ban on Tamil rebels before talks
    Sri Lanka's government will lift a ban on separatist Tamil Tiger




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    rebels 10 days before peace talks in mid September aimed at ending one of Asia's most protracted ethnic wars. "It was always going to be at least 10 days before," Bradman Weerakoon, the prime minister's secretary told Reuters on Wednesday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who signed a Norwegian-brokered ceasefire with the government in February, had said they would not continue the peace bid with a ban in place. The Norwegian government said on Wednesday that peace talks would begin in Thailand sometime between September 12-17. more ...
  • 90) 17:23 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + Tamil Emergency Medical Services
    Tamil Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) is proud to announce its first annual dinner. The event will feature keynote speech from Dr. Jeyalingam, a renowned physician from the USA. “Vidivu’ 2002 dinner will provide an opportunity to share the achievements of the TEMS, learn from the experiences of professionals like Dr. Jeyalingam, who has recently returned from the war affected Northern Sri Lanka, and enjoy an evening filled with music, dances and exotic Tamil food” commented Ms. Tharsi Yoganathan, the director for TEMS. more ...
  • 91) 10:45 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + Regional And Global Impacts Of Vast Pollution Cloud Detailed In New Scientific Study
    A vast blanket of pollution stretching across South Asia is damaging agriculture, modifying rainfall patterns including those of the mighty Monsoon and putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk a new study suggests. The findings, by scientists working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), indicate that the spectacular economic growth seen in this part of the world in the past decade may soon falter as a result of the "Asian Brown Haze". more ...
  • 92) 10:40 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + Tiger hopes ahead of talks
    The chief negotiator for Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels says he is hopeful that meetings on Wednesday could pave the way for peace talks aimed at ending 19 years of civil war. Anton Balasingham is due to hold discussions with a Sri Lankan cabinet minister in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, to try to agree an agenda for a delayed peace summit between the two sides. "The ceasefire is crucial for a serious political dialogue," he told the Associated Press in Oslo. "For the first time we now have a well structured ceasefire, and we have concentrated on stabilising the ceasefire." more ...
  • 93) 03:21 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + Top UNHCR team meets LTTE
    A top level delegation from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees on a six day mission here, has gone to the north and held talks with the LTTE. The delegation comprising Assistant High Commissioner Kamel Morjane, Asia Bureau Director Jean-Marie Fakhouri and UNHCR representative Neil Wright are seeking first hand information on internally displaced people and refugees. In a statement the UNHCR said the delegation would also meet the President, the Prime Minister, the SLMC and others including representatives of the displaced people and refugees. more ...
  • 94) 22:38 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka sets date for peace talks with rebels
    "The parties agreed to commence formal talks in Thailand between the 12th and 17th of September, with Norwegian facilitation," the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding it would announce the exact date later. Norwegian Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen, who acted as a facilitator, told Reuters in Oslo that the two-hour meeting was friendly and constructive. "They have showed a genuine will to find a political solution. Their clear commitment to negotiations is a good sign," he said, adding that many hurdles remained. One immediate issue was likely to be setting an agenda for the talks. more ...
  • 95) 22:29 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + Rs. 31m for Jaffna development
    The Decentralised Budget Committee of the Jaffna and Killinochchi districts at a meeting held recently allocated Rs. 31.5 million for Jaffna and Rs. 1.13 million for Killinochchi for development activities this year. The committee also decided to give top priority for the development of the education sector this year and allocated the largest slice of funds for it. Provision was also made for the rehabilitation of the Sri Lanka Ayurvedic College in Jaffna and the Sangiliyan Palace in Nallur under the budget allocations this year.

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    The Mayor of Jaffna Sellan Kanthaiyan has been allegedly assaulted by a Municipal councillor of his own party at the Jaffna Municipal Council office. An argument between the Municipal councillor and the Mayor is said to have sparked off the attack. The Mayor had sought treatment at a private hospital for his injuries. He was admitted to the hospital by some senior members of TULF. - Daily News ( August 15, 2002)

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  • 96) 03:13 GMT, Aug. 14, 2002 |  + Justice Minister to await committees' thoughts on pot
    Mr. Cauchon made his remarks after announcing an $8.6-million infusion to fight youth crime in Ontario. The cash will go to 145 community organizations throughout the province, such as Big Brothers and Sisters branches and the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre in Toronto. Neethan Shanmugarajah, program co-ordinator for the Centre, said the funds will help run projects similar to a recent one-year examination it conducted into Tamil youth gang structure. "It shed a lot of light into youth issues that the Tamil youth face," said Mr. Shanmugarajah. more ...
  • 97) 14:48 GMT, Aug. 14, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka minister holds first talks in 11 years with Tiger rebels
    Sri Lanka's aviation minister has had face-to-face talks with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the first such encounter in 11 years, officials said Tuesday. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle had the rare meeting with regional leaders of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Monday during a Roman Catholic pilgrimage to the island's embattled north, his office said. Fernandopulle, who also holds the Christian religious affairs portfolio, crossed the front-lines in the northern Wanni region on Monday, travelled to a church located in an area held by the LTTE and returned on the same night. more ...
  • 98) 14:46 GMT, Aug. 14, 2001 |  + Sri Lankan jets target rebel communications base
    Sri Lankan air force jets bombed a Tamil rebel communications base in the island's north Tuesday as part of an intensified air campaign against the guerrillas, officials said. Israeli-built Kfir jets attacked a separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam base at Chempianpattu where the rebels had a radio communications centre, defence officials said. They said a rebel base offshore was also hit in the bombing raids. There were no immediate reports of casualties. On Monday, the air force bombed rebel bases in the nearby Soranpattu area. more ...
  • 99) 14:41 GMT, Aug. 14, 2001 |  + Violations increasing in Trincomalee -HRC
    Complaints against armed forces, police and state institutions received by the Trincomalee regional office of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka this year up to June has increased by eight fold compared to last year, states a report to the Head Office of the HRC in Colombo. "In last year 28.5 percent complaints were against the Police, 21 percent against the three armed forces and the rest against the state institutions in the Trincomalee district " said the report filed by the Trincomalee regional office of the HRC. more ...
  • 100) 13:47 GMT, Aug. 14, 2001 |  + First Person Singular
    CBC Radio's national flagship current affairs program, This Morning, is in the market for personal essays. We call this feature of the show "First Person Singular." On First Person Singular, we mark life-changing moments and experiences. The stories can be sad, funny, serious or whimsical. They can be about anything from birth to death, from learning to read, to singing with elephants. The only rules are that they must be true, must be between 500 and 1,000 words and must be from the writer's own experience These pieces do not deal with issues, but with significant experiences and happenings that shape people's lives in big and small ways. In each there should be an element of transformation....an epiphany...a turning point. They must be delivered in a narrative form, with the colour and detail necessary to make a story come alive on radio. The possibilities are dazzling...and endless. more ...
  • 101) 11:39 GMT, Aug. 14, 2001 |  + Poet Laureate Kasi Anandan's Books Fetch $10,000
    A Collection of Poems, Short-Stories and book titled "Thamilana Thaminglana" (Are you a Thamil or Thaminglish?) by Poet Laureate of Tamil Eelam Kasi Anandan were released at a largely attended function held at the Kandasamy Temple Hall, Toronto on 11th August (Saturday), 2001. The event was organized by the World Thamil Creative Writers Association based in Toronto. The hall where the function was held over-flowed with people and many who did not had seats have to stand for hours. Dr. and Mrs. V.Elagupillai were the chief guests. The proceedings commenced with the hoisting of the Tamil Eelam National flag and singing of the National anthem followed with the Canadian National flag and National anthem. "Amaithi Vanakkam ( Silent Homage) was observed in memory of Tamil Eelam martyrs and members of public who fell victim to Indian and Sri Lankan state terrorism. more ...
  • 102) 11:31 GMT, Aug. 14, 2001 |  + Police detain 146 around Colombo International Airport
    Police have detained 146 people, mostly minority ethnic Tamils, from the vicinity of Colombo's international airport that was attacked by Tamil rebels last month, a police officer said on Monday. Eleven women were among those detained in the Negombo area, said Daya Jayasundara, the area police chief. Special police units, aided by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, searched nearly 800 homes and questioned 250 people. During screening, 146 of them couldn't explain why they were staying in the district, Jayasundara said. The search operation coincided with Tamil Tiger rebels claiming responsibility for the July 24 attack on the airport and an adjoining air base that destroyed 12 planes. Thirteen rebels, who sneaked into the Katunayake Air Base, 30 km north of the capital, Colombo, were killed by Government troops. Seven soldiers also lost their lives. more ...
  • 103) 11:20 GMT, Aug. 14, 2001 |  + Theft at Sri Lanka police command leaves officer shoeless
    A senior police officer was left red-faced after his shoes were stolen at a high-security command and control centre, officials said Tuesday. Superintendent Assistant V. Indran had politely left his shoes by the door before entering the high security communications centre, but on his return realised the footwear had been taken. A search was launched, but the authorities were unable to find the well-polished standard-issue shoes, even though no civilians are permitted to enter the area, officials said. more ...
  • 104) 16:57 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka troops hit Tiger units in Jaffna
    Government forces have fired artillery and inflicted heavy casualties on Tamil Tiger guerrillas in Sri Lanka's northern peninsula of Jaffna, the government said Monday. Troops fired at suspected positions held by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Maduvil in Jaffna on Sunday, the government's Special Media Information Centre (SMIC) said. more ...
  • 105) 16:56 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + New Sri Lanka PM to mend fences with monks after bill fiasco
    Sri Lanka's new prime minister has moved quickly to head off mounting opposition from the influential Buddhist clergy ahead of parliamentary polls, political sources said Monday. The new premier, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, had tried to appease the monks, enraged by President Chandrika Kumaratunga's attempt to end the Tamil separatist conflict with a change in the constitution, officials said. more ...
  • 106) 15:21 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + Anti-Tamil protesters threaten Karen Parker at UN
    Karen Parker, a human rights lawyer was intimidated and threatened by anti-LTTE demonstrators protesting outside the United Nation in Geneva Friday. Some of the demonstrators had pursued her, screaming insults and confronted her when they caught up, Ms. Parker, who is a well known figure in legal circles interested in Sri Lanka, told TamilNet Monday. She had been rescued by a passing Swiss national, she said, adding that the matter had been reported to the Swiss police and would be filed with the UN's Special Rapporteur on the independence of the judiciary. more ...
  • 107) 12:56 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + Indian diplomats seen lobbying for Kumaratunge’s proposals
    The Indian government came under criticism this week for attempting to mobilise support for President Chandrika Kumaratunge's reform package by lobbying and offering financial and other incentives to oppositon MPs, even though India's High Commission in Colombo denied such moves. Former Deputy Foreign Minister and main oppostion United National Party (UNP) MP Tyronne Fern-ando said India should stop trying to influence Sri Lankans to accept President Chandrika Kumaratunga's devolution package. more ...
  • 108) 12:54 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + Sinhala Buddhist protest halts Kumaratunge’s devolution proposals
    The Sri Lankan government was forced to indefinitely postpone the Parliamentary vote on its constitutional reform proposals this week amid vehement protests led by the Buddhist clergy and the refusal of several MPs, including the main Tamil group, with its own ranks. The reversal is being seen as a humiliation for President Chandrika Kumaratunge, who had vowed to pass the bill irrespective of the support of the main opposition United National Party (UNP). more ...
  • 109) 11:53 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + Malwatte Nayaka Thera wants all groups to unite to thwart future attempts to pass draft
    Ven. Rambukwella Sri Vipassi Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte on Friday (11) urged all groups to forge a united effort to prevent any future attempt by the government to re-introduce the most injurious Constitutional Reforms Bill in Parliament. Ven. Vipassi Mahanayake Thera said that he strongly advised political groups of Sri Lanka to merge at least at times of issues of national importance arising, like the controversy over the proposed Constitutional Reforms. more ...
  • 110) 11:39 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + Soldiers drank toddy, shot tapper - witnesses
    "I heard some gun shots near our house around 10.45 a.m on Wednesday. Some people came and told me that my husband was shot dead near the Sithaandy Murugan temple. When I ran to the spot, I saw some soldiers standing near my husband's body. Those who saw the shooting said that the soldiers had shot my husband" Selvarani, mother of four children, whose husband, Thiyagarajah Gnanathas, 29, was shot dead by Sri Lanka army soldiers on Wednesday at Sithaandy, 24 kilometers north of Batticaloa. more ...
  • 111) 02:34 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka's top family feuds after mother resigns as PM
    Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga was Sunday accused by her estranged brother of forcing their mother, Sirima Bandaranaike, out of the prime ministership. Kumaratunga's brother, Anura Bandaranaike, who is a member of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) said his mother's resignation Thursday was against her wishes. more ...
  • 112) 21:32 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + Thirukoneswaram still remains a magical place
    Thirukoneswaram temple is one of the five important temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in the island of Sri Lanka. Destroyed by colonial invaders and rebuilt releatively recently, the temple, perched on a rock near Trincomalee overlooking the Indian Ocean has not suffered as much in the recent strife as other Hindu temples across the island have and remains popular with the Tamils living in the eastern port town, writes Arani Pillai Koneswaram temple, in Trincomalee, is one of the five most sacred temples dedicated to Lord Siva in Sri Lanka. Though highly revered by all the ethnic groups of the island, its history is marked by the unrest of the past and now the civil unrest of today. more ...
  • 113) 17:01 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + World:Indian arts celebrated in Gwinnett
    Kala Subramanian patiently pinned a dupatta, a long, sheer veil, to the crown of her daughter's head. It was the finishing touch to a traditional dance costume for 8-year-old Kritika, an ensemble completed by gold anklets and earrings and bangle-encrusted forearms. more ...
  • 114) 02:30 GMT, Aug. 14, 2000 |  + New Lanka PM to mediate between monks, govt
    In an attempt to win over the support of influntial Buddhist monks for the controversial reforms Bill before this year's general elections, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickrmamanayake has said that he would try mediating between the government and the clergy. more ...
  • 115) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + Bishop wants demilitarized zone for feast
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  • 116) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + Corrupt Thai officials linked to arms racket
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  • 117) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + Hope for Sri Lankan peace
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  • 118) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + India: Congress pledges no nuclear conflict
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  • 119) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + India: In Kargil's afterglow; BJP & allies are on a roll
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  • 120) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + Pages on Thiruchelvam Assassination - Opinions
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  • 121) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + Bishop wants demilitarized zone for feast
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  • 122) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + Corrupt Thai officials linked to arms racket
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  • 123) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + Hope for Sri Lankan peace
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  • 124) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + India: Congress pledges no nuclear conflict
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  • 125) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + India: In Kargil's afterglow; BJP & allies are on a roll
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  • 126) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1999 |  + Pages on Thiruchelvam Assassination - Opinions
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  • 127) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1998 |  + Tamil Tigers say crew of hijacked ship safe
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  • 128) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1998 |  + Body found in school Toilet
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  • 129) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka destroys Tiger-hijacked ship, fate of Indian crew unknown
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  • 130) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1998 |  + Sri Lankan politician criticises election postponement
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  • 131) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1998 |  + Sri Lankan attacks Tiger-captured merchant vessel
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  • 132) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1998 |  + SLanka says Tamil Tigers rebels hijack ship
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  • 133) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 14, 1998 |  + Heavy fighting near Kilinochchi
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