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Important Incidents

  • 1996 | 441 Bodies of SL soldiers were handed over!
    LTTE handed-over 441 bodies of Sri Lankan soldiers killed in the Mullaitivu battle to ICRC at Kilinochchi today. The ICRC representatives have taken 55 of the identifiable bodies to be handed-over to the Sri Lankan Army. The remaining 386 bodies were handed-over to the Government Agent of Kilinochchi by the ICRC for cremation. Ms. Nismiya, deputy leader of the women's political section of LTTE handed-over bodies to the ICRC representatives at Kilinochchi. In the meantime, hundreds of severely decomposed bodies of soldiers killed at Mullaitivu army camp have been cremated in the camp area.
  • 1996 | A SLAF helicoptor was shot down!
    A Sri Lankan military helicopter was shot down in the Mullaitivu battlefront area!
    The Mullaitivu battle has killed more than 1500 Sri lankan soldiers and about 250 LTTE fighters including 68 women fighters were martyrs in the battle.
  • 1997 | Two Soldiers Killed In East
    Two Sri Lankan soldiers died and many more were injured when LTTE forces launched an attack on Thavulwewa army checkpost in Trincomalee. The remaining soldiers fled the scene. LTTE forces did not incur any casualties and some arms and equipment were captured.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Thousands march to UNHCR to appeal to International community
    Thousands of displaced Tamils on Monday marched to the UNHCR offices in Mannar to handover appeals and petitions for transmission to United Nations, heads of international governments and diplomatic offices located in Colombo. The petitions appealed to the international community to pressure the Sri Lankan government to restore their refugee relief supplies. The marchers denounced the Sinhalese government for cutting refugee relief to Tamils.
  • 1998 | Refugees complain to President
    Two thousand seven hundred and four refugees living in Thirukkovil, 60 km south of Batticaloa, faxed the Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga on July 21, complaining that they had not been issued dry rations for May and June this year, said sources in Batticaloa.
  • 1999 | Fishermen killed in SLN attack
    A fisherman was killed when the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) attacked his boat on Monday (July 19) night. Five others in the boat, however, managed to escape.
  • 2000 | Amnesty slams torture under Sri Lanka emergency laws
    COLOMBO, July 21 (AFP) - Torture by government forces in Sri Lanka has become more widespread following the introduction of new emergency laws by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Amnesty International said.
  • 2000 | Sri Lankan general charged
    The Sri Lankan Government has defended a decision to bring charges against a retired army general accused of torturing and murdering left-wing rebels.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 660 | சலத்தாற் பொருள்செய்தே மார்த்தல் பசுமண்
    கலத்துணீர் பெய்திரீஇ யற்று.
    In pot of clay unburnt he water pours and would retain,
    Who seeks by wrong the realm in wealth and safety to maintain.
    - 66 66
  • Jul 21 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Jul 21, 2017 17:52:24 GMT |  + Learn from Sri Lanka's mega Chinese debt fiasco, says DAP rep
    Malaysia must learn from Sri Lanka's experience before it is too late, and ensure the feasibility of all mega projects are thoroughly studied and they are awarded through open tender, said DAP's Damansara Utama assemblyperson Yeo Bee Yin today. Citing the huge debts incurred by Sri Lanka after taking in money from China to fund underutilised mega infrastructure, Yeo said there are chances that reckless mega infrastructure constructions will send Malaysia into a deep debt trap. more ...
  • 2) Jul 21, 2017 17:50:21 GMT |  + Looking at Systemic Torture in Sri Lanka
    Tragically, “white van” abductions, illegal detention, and torture continued throughout 2016 and into 2017. One security force team abducts, another interrogates and tortures and a third releases for a ransom. The victims, who are Tamil, were detained in purpose-built cells and interrogated in rooms specially equipped for torture. Senior officers walked into torture chambers. [The Eelam People’s Democratic Party] EPDP remains involved in securing releases for money; immigration fraud at the airport [in Colombo] persists unchecked. The military and [Terrorism Investigation Division] TID are still using Joseph Camp as a torture site along with unknown sites; perpetrators are beginning to use biometric fingerprinting machines that were only recently introduced in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 3) Jul 21, 2017 17:48:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: UN chief congratulates government on setting up office of missing persons
    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today congratulated the Sri Lankan Government for setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP), “an important step for all Sri Lankans who are still looking for the truth about their loved ones.” “The United Nations stands ready to support this process and the Secretary-General looks forward to [the Office] becoming operational as soon as possible, starting with the appointment of independent commissioners,” said the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq, In a statement. more ...
  • 4) Jul 21, 2015 13:32:31 GMT |  + Will remain impartial in the coming election: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena
    In what could be music to India's ears ahead of the August 17 Parliament elections in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena has declared that he would remain neutral, thereby not supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa's efforts to become the next prime minister. Sirisena said also that his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has many veterans who could become the PM provided the party gets majority. It had surprised many within Sri Lanka and outside when former President Rajapaksa, who was defeated by Sirisena last January, received nomination from the party to contest the parliamentary polls. more ...
  • 5) Jul 21, 2015 13:29:36 GMT |  + So you think politics in India is complicated? Go to Sri Lanka!
    As Indian Parliament gets ready to convene the monsoon session -- and prepares itself for a washout -- it is worth considering what is happening in the parliament of its tiny neighbour, Sri Lanka. A quick recap for those who haven't followed politics in Sri Lanka closely: In January this year, Mahinda Rajapaksa of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party was ousted from the post of president. The elections were due two years later -- Rajapaksa advanced them in a political gamble he lost. Maithripala Sirisena, a minister in his government defected and became the Common Opposition Candidate, supported by a bizarre coalition of a large section of the SLFP (led mainly by Chandrika Kumaratunga, former president and senior party leader), Ranil Wickremesinghe of the United National Party, ... more ...
  • 6) Jul 21, 2015 13:27:39 GMT |  + Show No Mercy to Rajiv Gandhi's Killers, Says Centre in Supreme Court
    The union government has pushed the button on a likely confrontation with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by asking the Supreme Court not to show any mercy to the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. "This was a brutal incident in which 18 persons died and over 200 sustained injuries and the killers deserve no sympathy or mercy," said the Centre's lawyer, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, following the line taken by the earlier Congress-led government. more ...
  • 7) Jul 21, 2015 13:25:53 GMT |  + Ex-LTTE cadre held, cyanide capsules seized
    Police arrested a former militant of the proscribed LTTE and seized 75 cyanide capsules, 300 gm of cyanide, four Global Positioning System sets and seven mobile phones at coastal Uchipulli, near here on Monday. The seizure of the suicide pills carried by the LTTE militants tied around their necks triggered speculation that the LTTE was trying to revive the movement after it was defeated by the Lankan forces in the civil war, which ended in 2009. The police also seized seven mobile phones, Rs. 46,200 in Indian currency, Rs. 19,300 in Sri Lankan currency, Indian and Sri Lankan driving licences from the Lankan Tamil, identified as K Krishnakumar (39), who had served in the LTTE in the 1990s and came to Tamil Nadu in 2009.
  • 8) Jul 21, 2015 13:23:54 GMT |  + Trudeau switches targets in bid to cut Mulcair’s momentum in polls
    The dynamics have changed. Where once Justin Trudeau shrugged off the NDP, insisting his opponent was Stephen Harper, the Liberal Leader has made the telltale decision to switch targets. Now, the Liberals are campaigning like the third-place party, attacking Thomas Mulcair and the New Democrats rather than keeping their guns trained solely on Mr. Harper and the Conservatives. That is driven by the reversal of fortunes for the two opposition parties in which the NDP has taken the lead in many polls, with the Liberals in third. But many Liberals are also feeling that the fall election is shaping up as a referendum on whether Mr. Harper and the Conservatives stay or go –and that those in the latter camp will coalesce behind whichever party seems mostly likely to displace them. more ...
  • 9) Jul 21, 2015 13:22:54 GMT |  + Political blackmail and the death penalty
    Should Yakub Memon, a convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, be hanged? The Bombay high court, the Supreme Court, and the President have all ruled that he should, so there’s little doubt on the legal verdict thus far. A curative petition is pending before the Supreme Court, and is likely to come up for hearing before his planned execution on July 30. It may commute his sentence, or not. And yet, there’s a lot of debate over the planned execution. The public arguments over the death penalty are not so much over legalities. They are over emotions and involve questions of politics and morality. more ...
  • 10) Jul 21, 2013 20:42:13 GMT |  + Five make-or-break months for Rajapaksa regime
    Ahead of a summit of Commonwealth leaders later this year, two different campaigns gained momentum with equal vigour this week. One is the preparation by the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and opposition political parties for the Northern, North Western and Central Provincial Council polls. Choosing candidates has become the primary task for them. Important among the polls is the one for the Northern Provincial Council, for the first time since the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in May 1987. Last week’s events revealed that cracks have already developed within the UPFA on the issue of fielding candidates. more ...
  • 11) Jul 21, 2013 20:41:11 GMT |  + As Others See Us: The View from Sri Lanka
    He's adored by breakaway movements across the globe and - publicly or privately - loathed by their enemies. An international statesman, he has inspired demands for freedom plebiscites, most recently in Catalunya after telling Spain rulers "to let the people decide". Meet David Cameron, world separatist pin-up. The British prime minister may seem an unlikely nationalist hero on these shores. But internationally his Edinburgh Agreement with Scottish counterpart Alex Salmond is often seen as Britain "allowing" Scots a vote on their destiny.
  • 12) Jul 21, 2013 20:40:34 GMT |  + Moral Power Is A Corrective To Bad Government
    The continued leaching of the opposition’s support base can be seen in two of the three provinces in which provincial council elections are scheduled to be held. In both the Central and North Western provinces local level members of the opposition parties are lining up to obtain membership in the ruling power. They are presumably not anticipating an opposition victory, and are hoping by their crossover to play a role in the new provincial administrations. They have seen their seniors in their political parties defect to the government and benefit tremendously, and wish to do the same. more ...
  • 13) Jul 21, 2013 20:36:21 GMT |  + UK Issues Ultimatum
    Britain has issued a virtual ultimatum to the government saying if there is insufficient progress on Sri Lanka’s own commitments, or deterioration in the human rights situation, Britain will look for a strong and unified response at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alistair Burt had informed the British House of Commons last week that Britain continues to raise concerns about lack of progress on post-conflict reconciliation, accountability and the current human rights situation with the Government of Sri Lanka.
  • 14) Jul 21, 2013 20:34:29 GMT |  + Women from a different angle
    Selvarajah Seanthan is a Grama Niladhari for the Karachi division in the Killinochchi district. His picture at the ‘Women –Out of the Frame’ photography exhibition held last week at the Lionel Wendt Gallery depicted a woman trying single-handedly to build a house for her and her two children. She has only one hand. “The picture shows the real life situations in my division,” says Selvarajah. “Through the grass and trees around her I wanted to symbolise the troubles and challenges in her life especially her disability and her widowhood as she lost her husband to the war. But she is clearing up the plants and trying to build her life.” more ...
  • 15) Jul 21, 2012 11:37:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka seeks another IMF bailout after record loan
    Sri Lanka announced the completion of a $2.6 billion IMF bailout, but it was seeking fresh loans to support an economy emerging from decades of ethnic war. The International Monetary Fund on Friday released the final instalment of the bailout agreed in July 2009, two months after Colombo defeated Tamil rebels in a major offensive to end the drawn-out conflict."Sri Lankan authorities now look forward to the continued close engagement with the IMF and intend to discuss the possibility of financial support for its economic development agenda..." the bank said in a statement.
  • 16) Jul 21, 2011 17:48:51 GMT |  + Ottawa names war crimes suspects in Canada
    The federal government has released the names of 30 suspected war criminals it says entered the country illegally, and is asking for the public's help in locating them. The government launched a website Thursday identifying the suspects and calling for any information that could lead to their whereabouts. more ...
  • 17) Jul 21, 2011 12:43:55 GMT |  + Hard times in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged north
    The dirt road leading south-west from Kilinochchi town is pale red, the colour of the soil of the Vanni, the northerly extreme of the Sri Lankan mainland. It is a land that lost all its people. They retreated with the Tamil Tigers as the civil war swept through Kilinochchi more than two years ago. There are burnt-out husks of houses. But new huts are now scattered among the trees. There is a bonfire by the roadside and small shops that returnees have opened. A few soldiers pass on bicycles. People walk by the roadside like strangers rediscovering the land of their roots. Hundreds of thousands have left army-run camps to come home. more ...
  • 18) Jul 21, 2011 12:40:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka, human rights and foreign policy in a tweet
    Kevin Rudd, or @kruddmp to his online followers, likes to tweet. I strongly support his use of Twitter - social media is an important new tool in the world of digital diplomacy - but I was struck by one message from the Foreign Minister on July 4. It read "4 corners tonight on Sri Lanka deeply disturbing. UN Human Rights Council can't simply push this to one side. Action needed. KRudd". The program, Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, was indeed deeply disturbing. It documents serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law against Tamil civilians by Sri Lanka's military, including systemic rape, murder and the targeting of hospitals and health care clinics. more ...
  • 19) Jul 21, 2011 12:20:28 GMT |  + Protecting Human Rights in Sri Lanka
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to India this week offers a vital opportunity for the world's two greatest democracies to jointly promote their common values supporting freedom and civil rights in South Asia -- a region where extremism and China's influence continues to grow. More specifically, the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue must include a strategy for protecting human rights and fundamental democratic principles in Sri Lanka. Two years have passed since the end of the island-nation's 26-year civil war, yet little has been done to address the underlying causes of the conflict. The Sri Lankan government continues to argue that its self-appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) can conduct an impartial investigation, but all previous government commissions failed to hold anyone accountable for the violence in Sri Lanka.
  • 20) Jul 21, 2011 12:13:46 GMT |  + Hillary Clinton and Jayalalithaa fail to mention War Crimes in Sri Lanka
    As predicted the Government of India have managed to silence both Ms. Hillary Clinton and the Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa to fall in line with the official position of India in offering no comments on investigations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.It is reported that Ms. Hillary Clinton assured Jayalalithaa for taking action to arrange for return of Tamils in camps to their homes. Does it mean that Jayalalithaa has no hopes on Government of India in their rehabilitation measures? Why such an assurance comes from visiting foreign dignitary? It is also unknown how American Government will help rehabilitation of Tamils.
  • 21) Jul 21, 2011 12:12:15 GMT |  + The local election drama – Who will ensure the free will and choice of the Tamil people?
    The local council elections in the North and East, notably in the Vanni, Trinco and Jaffna peninsula, where it was excluded due to security and war related transient settlement issues, is finally being held this coming July 23rd. Any keen Sri Lankan observer would know that the internal displacement issues have in fact worsened in the recent times with Government enforced settlements on one side, while the armed forces still prohibiting the abandoned traditional Tamil villages become again with life. In essence the Tamil traditional homeland is still looks like a battlefield even after two years of counting bodies, nursing the lingering wounds that are not being allowed to heal.
  • 22) Jul 21, 2011 10:01:34 GMT |  + Building a new life after the war in Sri Lanka
    Hundreds of thousands of displaced Tamil civilians are returning to their home villages in the north two years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. Access to the region for outsiders has been heavily restricted by the military for many years but the rules have just been relaxed. The BBC's Charles Haviland is the first journalist to travel there and meet those trying to rebuild their lives. He sent this report from Kilinochchi district, once the headquarters of the Tamil Tigers.
  • 23) Jul 21, 2010 22:36:04 GMT |  + U.S. urges Sri Lanka to focus on reconciliation
    The United States urged Sri Lanka on Wednesday to do more towards post-war reconciliation and democracy, including ensuring accountability for rights violations in the final phase of the 25-year war. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake, ending a one-day official visit to Sri Lanka, said achieving reconciliation will open up more opportunities for the island nation's people. more ...
  • 24) Jul 21, 2010 22:35:50 GMT |  + Critics scoff at Sri Lankan leaders’ governing proposal
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP), agreed last week to work towards a prime-ministerial form of government, which would replace the 32-year-old executive presidency. Both Mr Rajapaksa’s ruling party and the opposition UNP said they wanted to change the constitution and revert to a British-style parliamentary democracy with a prime minister as the head of government, the country’s governing system before 1978.
  • 25) Jul 21, 2010 20:36:32 GMT |  + Sri Lanka needs to do more
    “Another key part of reconciliation is to ensure accountability for past wrongs. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had recently told External Affairs minister G.L Peiris that Sri Lanka’s Lessons learnt and reconciliation commission holds promise and we hope and expect it will fulfill that promise. A last pillar of reconciliation will be to advance democracy and human rights. Minister Peiris affirmed during his visit to Washington that Sri Lanka wants to review and strengthen its institutions of democracy,” US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake said
  • 26) Jul 21, 2010 20:34:21 GMT |  + Sri Lankan ambassador: We back Israel's war on terror
    "For years Israel has aided our war on terror through the exchange of information and the sale of military technology and equipment," says Air Chief Marshal Perera. "We purchased military equipment from Pakistan, China, the US, Russia and of course Israel. After noting the similarities between the Tamil Tigers and Hamas, Perera says Sri Lanka is a staunch supporter of Israel's fight against Palestinian terror. Despite its warm relations with Israel, Sri Lanka has also managed to maintain close ties with the Jewish state's biggest threat – Iran. more ...
  • 27) Jul 21, 2010 10:06:07 GMT |  + Lessons of Srebrenica: How the 15th Anniversary of Srebenica Can Guide Sri Lanka
    Now is the moment when the history of Sri Lanka could change, but in Sri Lanka there are no voices to speak up for what is right, and no space in which the truth can be spoken. The recent actions of the Sri Lankan government have dispelled any faith that this is the path they will pursue. As the lessons of Srebrenica are remembered and measured, the need to build peace in Sri Lanka, to bring inclusive democracy to Sri Lanka, to help Sri Lanka find heroes again, and to once again remind neighbors of their mutual humanity should not be overlooked.
  • 28) Jul 21, 2010 10:04:16 GMT |  + Blake, MR discuss ties
    US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Central Asian affairs, Robert Blake met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning and examined ways and means of further strengthening bilateral relations, the President’s office said. Minister of External Affairs Prof G L Peiris, Secretary to the President, Lalith Weerathunga and Treasury Secretary Dr P B Jayasundara also took part in the discussions. more ...
  • 29) Jul 21, 2010 10:03:09 GMT |  + Bennett heads panel staff
    “The panel will continue to meet over the next three days to put together the small team that will be working on the panel, all team members will be full time members with prior experience, but this does not start the four month time line for the report they are to produce on the compliance of Sri Lanka's “Lessons Learnt” panel with international standards for inquiries into war crimes,” Spokesperson for Ban Ki Moon, Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York a short while ago.
  • 30) Jul 21, 2010 9:53:23 GMT |  + Death Threats to Journalist’s Family in Sri Lanka
    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is alarmed by threats made against the safety of the family of senior Sri Lankan journalist Gamini Pushpakumara. “We call upon the Sri Lankan police and security agencies to take immediate measures to investigate the source of the threats and to extend all necessary protection to Pushpakumara’s family,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said. They alleged that Pushpakumara was a “Sinhala tiger”, a tacit supporter of the Tamil secessionist movement that was defeated in May 2009 after a quarter-century-long civil war.
  • 31) Jul 21, 2010 9:50:59 GMT |  + Prospects for reconciliation in Sri Lanka
    "While the president and officials promised to reach out to them [the Tamils] in a meaningful way, they really haven't. There has been no real consultation on the development or reconstruction of the north," Alan Keenan from the International Crisis Group (ICG) said. Despite that, a major sticking point, according to international observers, is the government's unwillingness to investigate alleged war crimes and human rights abuses committed by both sides during the final stages of the war. "Each society has to find its own way to integrate the past into its vision for a just and peaceful future while respecting international humanitarian and human rights standards and the need for accountability," Peace researcher Norbert Ropers said.
  • 32) Jul 21, 2010 9:47:26 GMT |  + Man deported to Sri Lanka seeks return
    A man deported to Sri Lanka is in hiding after being interrogated, and possibly tortured, in Colombo — the result, says his Toronto lawyer, of an exaggerated news release from the Canadian government trumpeting his removal. Jothiravi Sittampalam is asking the Federal Court of Canada to reopen his case, saying his life is in danger because of the "egregious" conduct of the immigration and public safety ministers.
  • 33) Jul 21, 2010 3:17:25 GMT |  + Cracked down on Tamil Activists by Tamil Nadu Government will embolden President Rajapakse to escalate attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen!
    A total of 567 fishermen have been killed by the Sri Lankan Navy over the past two decades with impunity. The wanton killings of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy continues unabated despite protests by fishing community and political parties of all stripes. The latest victim is a fisherman from Nagapattinam district who died following beatings by Sri Lankan Navy personnel. The state government has lodged a strong protest about the incident with the Centre. more ...
  • 34) Jul 21, 2009 11:55:15 GMT |  + Sri Lanka agrees $2.5bn IMF loan
    Sri Lanka has agreed a $2.5bn (£1.5bn) loan accord from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the help it weather the global economic crisis. The agreement will now go the IMF board for final approval. Reports suggest that an initial $313m will be made available immediately once the loan is approved. The Sri Lankan government has said that the money will also be used to pay for post-war reconstruction work in the north and east of the island. more ...
  • 35) Jul 21, 2009 11:54:09 GMT |  + War Without End
    The guns have fallen silent in Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, but the deep wounds of ethnic animosity have not even begun to heal. After winning the war, the Sri Lankan government now risks losing the peace with its approach toward ethnic Tamils displaced by the conflict. Colombo needs to alter course if the country is to begin overcoming years of animosity and avoid having old hatreds and current antipathy turn into the next Tamil rebellion. All donor countries, both acting alone and using their influence in key institutions such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, should condition all new non-emergency economic assistance to the country on their implementation. Creating the basic conditions necessary for a sustainable and equitable peace demands no less.
  • 36) Jul 21, 2009 11:52:45 GMT |  + Second young Tamil man slain
    For the second time in a little over a week, a young Tamil man has been beaten and killed in northern Scarborough. While area residents are bemoaning the rising violence, the city's Tamil community is calling for an end to the murders. Around 12:30 p.m. yesterday, a man in his early 20s was attacked outside a Daisy Mart in a strip plaza on Bonis Ave., near Birchmount Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E. As many as five men beat him with several weapons, including a hammer, and stabbed him. The slaying happened less than three kilometres from the spot where Kristian Thanapalan, 22, was beaten to death by a group of Tamil youths and men, armed with baseball or cricket bats, in the early-morning hours of July 11. more ...
  • 37) Jul 21, 2009 11:45:37 GMT |  + Sri Lanka - Air Force cleared of any Human Rights violations
    The Air Force, alleged by several international NGOs of killing school children in Naddalamottankulam LTTE training centre in an air raid, has been comprehensively cleared of any Human Rights violations, by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry. The air raid took place on August 14, 2006 and by that time the LTTE had commenced a series of attacks on the Security Forces under cover of the CFA and the retaliatory action by the Air Force was justified as Sencholai was a military target. Several international NGOs alleged that Security Forces were guilty of killing innocent school children. A UNICEF report from New York alleged the 51 children staying overnight at the bombed compound attending a first aid course were "innocent victims of violence". more ...
  • 38) Jul 21, 2009 11:36:54 GMT |  + President hits out at foreign powers
    Foreign powers that killed even children during the 1818 UVA rebellion when patriotic forces fought against oppression are now trying to preach human rights to Sri Lanka in an attempt to hide their past sins, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. He told a gathering of differently-abled people at the Pelwatte Sugar Factory premises in Moneragala during a UPFA Uva Provincial Council election campaign meeting that the government had launched a major development programme in Uva which since the 1818 rebellion was considered to be a backward province.
  • 39) Jul 21, 2009 11:31:21 GMT |  + UN calls for clear IDP resettlement plan
    A detailed plan to resettle almost 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka is needed to sustain donor assistance, the UN says. “It’s very important that there be clear plans and timelines for people to return,” Neil Buhne, the UN country head, told IRIN in Colombo. “I think it is going to be difficult to sustain the financing [for relief measures] over a long period if you have 300,000 people in there [in IDP centres] for months and months, stretching into a year,” Buhne warned. “The first stage in reconciliation is how [IDPs] are treated. I think the government recognizes that, we recognize that, but it is a huge challenge.”
  • 40) Jul 21, 2008 18:42:02 GMT |  + LTTE declares unilateral ceasefire for SAARC
    In a press release issued today the LTTE Political Wing announced, “As a sign of this goodwill, our movement is glad to inform that it will observe a unilateral ceasefire that is devoid of military actions during the period of the SAARC conference from 26th July to 4th August and give our cooperation for the success of the conference.” We wish for the success of the SAARC conference and we also extend our goodwill and support to the countries of our region, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives.
  • 41) Jul 21, 2008 15:12:31 GMT |  + Tamil Canadians Commemorate 25 years in Canada
    Throughout the month of July, the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) in collaboration with various community organizations will be hosting events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the arrival of Tamils in Canada as a result of the anti-Tamil violence of Black July in Sri Lanka. Black July is poignant for the global Tamil diaspora and especially for Tamil Canadians for the welcome they received in Canada as they fled the violence in their homeland. more ...
  • 42) Jul 21, 2008 13:05:56 GMT |  + GSP Plus status on agenda of visiting EU delegation.
    The European Union Parliamentary delegation led by a former MP from UK, Mr Robert Evans is visiting the island nation on a seven day official sojourn. During the course of their stay they are expected to meet senior ministers and officials of the government. They will also visit the eastern province of the country to take a first hand look at the political make-over and also meet the chief minister of the region. The status would facilitate the country to export garments and other products to the EU nations with either exempted or reduced duties. This move on the part of the EU is expected to provide an impetus to the country’s garment industry.
  • 43) Jul 21, 2008 12:02:13 GMT |  + Tamil rebels: Peace talks 'impossible'
    Sri Lankan rebels said Monday that a new round of peace talks on ending the country's 25-year-old civil war is impossible as long as the government presses ahead with a military offensive. President Mahinda Rajapaksa said earlier this month he was prepared to restart long-dormant talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels if the group lays down its arms and ceases bombings and other attacks across the country. Balasingham Nadesan, the head of the rebels' political wing, said Rajapaksa's conditions were "naive" and "impractical" and there was no way the two sides could negotiate while the fighting continued to rage.
  • 44) Jul 21, 2008 12:00:46 GMT |  + Colombo's war boomerangs
    For the first time in two years, after Colombo launched its war, public and private sector employees in South have come to the open demanding higher wages from the government, despite Rajapaksa government's appeals to the public to back the military campaign. Ironically, the extreme nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which helped Mr. Rajapaksa into power and backed the military campaign, has come out openly to campaign for a salary increase of Rs. 5,000 per month and have threatened to launch a three day strike which comes in the backdrop of a one day token strike which had mixed results.
  • 45) Jul 21, 2008 11:59:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka military says 13 rebel boats destroyed
    Sri Lankan forces destroyed 13 Tamil Tiger boats off the island's west coast, the military said on Monday, and continued their push against the rebels' northern strongholds. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels said nine civilians, including three children, were wounded in an attack by the Sri Lankan navy and air force on fishing boats in the coastal village of Anpupuram in Kilinochchi district.
  • 46) Jul 21, 2007 20:15:27 GMT |  + JVP calls for disarming of paramilitary forces in East
    The JVP yesterday urged the government to gradually disarm all paramilitary forces operating in the East enabling the people in the area to live without fear. JVP parliamentary group Leader Wimal Weerawansa who moved an adjournment motion in Parliament to pay tribute to the security forces engaged in securing the East, said these paramilitary forces should be disarmed so that the people in the area would be able to enjoy their democratic rights. “We call on the government do dismantle these groups gradually because we understand that such a process cannot be done overnight,” he said.
  • 47) Jul 21, 2007 13:50:38 GMT |  + Japan grants aid to Sri Lanka for clearing mines
    An agreement for Japan to grant $3.2 million in assistance for accelerating mine-clearing work in Sri Lanka's war-torn Northern and Eastern provinces was signed here, increasing the total contributed by Japan for this work to over $12 million, according to local reports Saturday. The money will be utilized by five international nongovernmental organizations active in mine clearing and will support their work for a period of one year, the Japanese Embassy said in a news release. "The unprecedented laying of land mines continues to pose a serious danger to the people, and a great impediment in implementing relief and development work in the north and east," Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Kiyoshi Araki said at the signing ceremony.
  • 48) Jul 21, 2007 13:49:16 GMT |  + War economy weighs heavily on Sri Lankan workers
    The Sri Lankan government has imposed price increases on basic essentials in recent weeks, creating further hardships for workers and the poor. While rising world oil prices are a factor, the government is passing the economic burden of its escalating war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) directly onto the population. Defence spending in this year’s budget has been boosted to 139 billion rupees ($US1.2 billion), a 45 percent increase over last year. However, with the intensity of military operations, defence expenditure is expected to rise by another 50 percent.
  • 49) Jul 21, 2007 13:48:32 GMT |  + Eleven killed in fighting across Sri Lanka's embattled regions
    Eleven people were killed and three wounded in battles between security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka's north and eastern regions, the defence ministry said. Suspected rebels clashed with police commandos in the eastern town of Ampara Saturday, with troops killing six rebels, the ministry said, adding there were no casualties among security forces. Two foot patrol soldiers were wounded when rebels set off a Claymore mine in the northern district of Vavuniya on Saturday, the ministry said.
  • 50) Jul 21, 2007 13:46:58 GMT |  + Chandrika hits out at Rajapaksa regime
    The former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, on Friday hit out at the policies of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government as inimical to the interests of the country and said the newly-formed National Congress led by Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mangala Samaraweera was the need of the hour. In a letter to Mr. Samaraweera, the rebel Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leader who was ousted from the Government in February, Ms. Kumaratunga said, “The stated objectives of the Alliance seem to reflect the essential need of the hour. I have believed for a long time that the country’s problems can be solved effectively, only through a Grand Alliance of all honest, patriotic forces.”
  • 51) 14:57 GMT, Jul. 21, 2005 |  + Sethusamudram canal: Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu at risk
    The confluence of interests of those who matter at the moment: the Indian military and geopolitical strategists, a leader of the Congress party with an unfortunate history with the LTTE, the businesses and political agenda of the DMK, is driving this project hard. Yet, the poor, along the Tamil Nadu coast, particularly the fisher folks,environmental organizations and civic organizations are opposed to the project. There are reservations at various levels in India but they too need the Sri Lankan authorities to speak up. Sri Lanka has limited resources and these are difficult times for Sri Lanka in dealing with the tsunami, along with its fratricidal conflicts. In fairness, the officials have at least registered their objections. more ...
  • 52) 13:38 GMT, Jul. 21, 2005 |  + BREAKING NEWS: Small blasts hit London trans
    Three small devices have exploded at three separate Underground subway stations in London, two weeks after the July 7 terror attacks, police said. Police said the small blasts happened at Warren Street, Oval and Shepherd's Bush stations. Transport Police told ITN there was an injury when a device exploded on an Underground train near the Warren Street station, in the center of the capital. There are no other reports of casualties. The area around the station has been sealed off and a bomb squad is on the scene to check for any other explosive devices. more ...
  • 53) 12:06 GMT, Jul. 21, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan rebels say ready for war if provoked
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels would not hesitate to resume hostilities if the government provoked them, but have no intention of breaking a ceasefire that has held for 20 months, the group said on Wednesday. "We request the government not to push to a state of resuming the war," S.P. Tamilchelvin, leader of the political wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), told regional leaders of the group in Killinochi. "However, if the government compels us into a war situation, we are prepared to fight back and retaliate with an appropriate reply." While Tamilchelvin was talking tough in Killinochi, the rebels were also playing it more softly in Colombo, where the LTTE's chief representative to the peace process met his government counterpart late on Tuesday. more ...
  • 54) 10:22 GMT, Jul. 21, 2004 |  + Strategic positioning vital for military advantage
    Firstly, if winning a war means the destruction of the enemy's military assets and his/her will to fight, then you concentrate and array your forces around or facing the region (the strategic heartland) where the enemy has assembled most of his/her military assets. Operations Jaya Sikurui and Riviresa, the largest military offensives ever undertaken by the Sri Lankan armed forces aimed precisely at causing critical damage to the LTTE's military assets. Both failed. Secondly, if one cannot cause serious harm to the enemy's military assets then the next best thing one could do is to concentrate and position one's forces facing the opponent's strategic heartland to effectively contain his/her effort to enhance military assets and/or to prevent him/her from taking more strategically important territory. more ...
  • 55) 04:08 GMT, Jul. 21, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka sides hold rare talks
    Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger officials have held a rare high-level meeting in the capital, Colombo. Chief government negotiator Jayantha Dhanapala said his rebel counterpart, S Puleedevan, had paid a "courtesy call". It comes after weeks of tension during which the Tigers have accused the military of waging a covert war by allegedly supporting a breakaway rebel. Tuesday's talks - days before a Norwegian envoy is due in Sri Lanka - are a positive sign, say observers. Official sources told the AFP news agency the meeting had been an "ice-breaker". more ...
  • 56) 19:04 GMT, Jul. 21, 2003 |  + Tamil History Week - Celebrating Our Roots
    Canadian Tamil Congress is organizing the following events to commemorate the rich history, eloquent language, proud culture and heritage of the Tamil-Canadians, as part of the Tamil History Week - July 21-27, 2003 - celebrations. Tamil Canadians have a rich cultural history, language and heritage whereby making a significant contribution to the social, economic, political and cultural life of Canada; The preservation and progression of the Tamil Culture and Language among Tamil Canadians are vital to the continued vibrant existence of multiculturalism in Canada; more ...
  • 57) 14:21 GMT, Jul. 21, 2003 |  + Are the readers considered frogs living in a well?
    “The Hindu” media establishment’s main objective is to safeguard the interest of a particular section of the Indian community, which has been made to believe that they are a God chosen, borne to be privileged and a superior group of people. Any threat to this believe, cannot be tolerated by this media establishment. For this reason only, this media tries to bend forwards and backwards all the time to write on the Sri Lankan conflict. In the recent past, the Tamils of Sri Lanka under the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have become a threat to their that sacred believe. Because of this, opinions and stories have frequently been published in this media on the Sri Lankan conflict with the main purpose of demonising the Tamil side vis-à-vis LTTE, in order to appease their target community. more ...
  • 58) 11:32 GMT, Jul. 21, 2003 |  + Report on the Presidential Truth Commission on Ethnic Violence



    ‘I will fulfill Sinhala aspirations...
    I will not allowe the country to be divided’
    - President J.R. Jayewardene, 'Dawasa' - a Sinhala daily of 29th July 1983

    From 25th July, for ten days, widespread violence directed against the Tamils sent Tamil men, women and children nowhere to go except the refugee camps and the homes of kind Sinhala and Muslim neighbours. The violations of human rights directed against the Tamils were unquestionably ~ worst in Sri Lanka's modern history. Killings, tortures and harassment of armed Tamils went hand in glove with the more widespread destruction and damage Tamil homes, businesses and industries. Over 75,000 Tamils in Colombo alone and nearly a 100,000 in all, were temporarily located in nearly 27 refugee camps. Refugees large numbers were sent to the North by ships since the Government had failed to stop the violence which raged over a period of 10 days. more ...
  • 59) 01:00 GMT, Jul. 21, 2003 |  + Byproduct of terrorism: the celebrity analyst
    In the shadowy world of intelligence gathering, all is often not what it seems. Gary Hughes reports In the shadowy world of intelligence gathering, all is often not what it seems. And the same appears to go for the sometimes just as shadowy world of the intelligence analyst. Take for example Rohan Gunaratna, lauded by the media as a global authority on international terrorism, and the author of the best-selling book Inside al-Qaeda.
    - Analyse this - The Age
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  • 60) 15:37 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Detention Of Mr. Y. Gopalswamy Under POTA
    The Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations (AFTA), an umbrella body representing the Tamils in Australia, New Zealand and PNG is dismayed over the detention of the MDMK General Secretary Mr. Y Gopalswamy and several of his party members under the new Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). We appreciate the problems India faces concerning Kashmir and the consequent need to have legislation to curb terrorist acts perpetrated on innocent civilians. However, this attempt to exploit POTA for her own political gains by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu not only goes against the great democratic traditions preserved in India, but also serves those who are opposed to a negotiated political solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka. We welcome your government’s support to the current peace process underway in more ...
  • 61) 13:12 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Getting the peace talks back on track
    The ides of July, unlike that of March bearing death to Julius Caesar proved somewhat auspicious to the beleaguered peace process in Sri Lanka. The long awaited direct meeting between Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen and Anton Stanislaus Balasingham took place amid pleasant circumstances on Monday, July 15, in London. No significant breakthrough was achieved in the talks but most doubts concerning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) perspective on the on-going peace process were clarified. It was made refreshingly clear to the facilitators that contrary to adverse reports in sections of the media, the Tigers were very much interested and involved in the pursuit for peace. The three hour meeting from 10.00 am to 1.00 p.m. was described as "constructive and cordial" by knowledgeable sources. The Norwegian delegation was headed by Vidar Helgesen and consisted of Erik Solheim, the special adviser to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and Lisa Gold, an executive officer attached to the ministry. more ...
  • 62) 13:08 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Will POTA be invoked against Sri Lankan Minister?
    MDMK leader Vaiko and nine others have been detained under the POTA by the AIADMK Government for merely speaking in support of the LTTE. Here comes a Sri Lankan Minister who says much the same thing, right in the state Capital. Speaking at a two-day conference of the World Tamil Federation, P Chandrasekaran, Minister for Community Development asserted that the problem of Sri Lankan Tamils should not be mixed up with the LTTE or its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, but seen as an unresolved issue concerning 35 lakh Tamils of Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 63) 12:05 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Beware peacemakers selling arms
    While Tony Blair is playing a very high profile role trying to solve international crises from Kashmir to Iraq, but his government's policy on arms exports is still encouraging weapons sales to the very countries that he is trying to bring peace to. A new export control act will do little to help. However, these codes do not have the force of law and commercial interests - profits and jobs - are still paramount. Four Parliamentary Committees released a joint report on Friday that criticized the government for breaching its own guidelines by selling weapons to countries engaged in civil wars including Indonesia and Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 64) 12:00 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka seeks Washington support
    Sri Lanka's leader has left for Washington for meetings expected to put more pressure on the island's Tamil Tiger rebels to negotiate an end to one of Asia's longest wars. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who will hold talks in the White House with President George W. Bush, has been the driving force behind a peace process that has given the island its best chance of ending nearly two decades of fighting and misery. "By meeting Bush, Wickremesinghe is showing he has the support of the international community," said Jehan Perera, media director of the National Peace Council. more ...
  • 65) 11:40 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka seeks US trade boost
    Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has arrived in the United States for talks aimed at boosting bilateral trade and investment. His country's peace process will also be high on the agenda when he meets US President George W Bush on Wednesday. Mr Wickramasinghe's high-profile trip - the first visit by a Sri Lankan leader to the White House for 18 years - is being watched closely at home. more ...
  • 66) 11:30 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Defence Ministry Secretary concludes Jaffna visit
    Sri Lanka's Defence Ministry Secretary Mr. Austin Fernando accompanied by the Sri Lanka Army commander, Lt.Gen. Lionel Balagalle and Sri Lanka Navy commander, Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri concluded his two-day visit to Jaffna district Sunday. The aim of his visit was to look into the possibility of resettling thousands of displaced families in Valikamam north and Thenmaradchi sectors, sources said. more ...
  • 67) 11:21 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Thesawalamai Law in 'full' force
    The Court of Thamil Eeelam as the hall of justice of the LTTE in Kilinochchi in the Vanni is called is announced by the usual fang-bared Tiger, the LTTE emblem that is present on the outer surroundings of all prominent buildings. The Vanni based legal arm of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which the LTTE explains as being at present mainly based on the Theswalamai customary Tamil law, is apparently as rigid as their reputation as guerillas. more ...
  • 68) 23:12 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Don't belittle Tamil struggle, says Nedumaran
    Amid a subtle display of support for the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the newly-launched World Tamil Federation president, P. Nedumaran, today appealed to the State Government not to ``belittle'' the armed struggle by Tamils in Sri Lanka. In an obvious dig at the Jayalalithaa government's anti-LTTE stand, he said, ``Do they have courage to make a similar sacrifice like the Eelam Tamils, who plunged into the war without any aspiration to become MPs and Chief Ministers.'' more ...
  • 69) 05:20 GMT, Jul. 21, 2002 |  + Take Charge or Perish
    During the past few weeks a notion has emerged that there should be a 'southern consensus' position arrived at before engaging with the LTTE in talks. The idea is the brainchild of Chandrika Kumaratunga. She has been dangling this carrot before Wickremesinghe in an attempt to lure him away from the constitutional reforms he is proposing, to prevent Kumaratunga from capriciously dissolving parliament. Even though attitudes might have softened in the Tigers' camp, overcoming Kumaratunga's thinly disguised attempts to derail the process is another matter altogether. The political choice before Wickremesinghe is writ in stone: take charge or perish. more ...
  • 70) 13:30 GMT, Jul. 21, 2001 |  + Amnesty condemns,Sri Lanka police defend live fire
    Human rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Saturday the Sri Lankan government had used excessive force to disperse a protest in the capital in which two died and 80 were wounded. Thursday's demonstration, one of the biggest in recent years, was held by opposition parties protesting the president's move to suspend parliament for two months. more ...
  • 71) 13:28 GMT, Jul. 21, 2001 |  + Watchdog alarmed by British arms sales to Nepal, Sri Lanka
    An arms export watchdog has raised concern over the increasing export of British arms to Nepal and Sri Lanka. Saferworld has expressed concern over the increase in export of arms to Nepal and Sri Lanka as published in the annual Strategic Export Controls report Friday. The report lists increased sales to several countries with what Saferworld calls "repressive regimes" and areas of conflict and instability. Saferworld says the arms to Nepal would be used for internal opposition rather than to counter any external threat. It strongly opposes exports that would "provoke or prolong tensions." more ...
  • 72) 12:49 GMT, Jul. 21, 2001 |  + Eelam Tamil Youth in Canada
    Directions - Vol.7
    This is the introductory chapter of a series of articles that relate to Eelam Tamil youth in the context of their circumstances in Canada. The chapters will not go into every little detail, but will only refer to several easily recognizable factors. In this introduction I will start with family as the context to other daily realities. It is important to look at youth in the context of family. The values of these older members of the family clearly have an impact on youth. If family values are not of a high standard, one cannot expect the youth’s values to be of a high standard. Two recent experiences are worth repeating. One was a debate organized by the Vaddukodai YMHA at their Pongal Vizha. The subject matter of the debate was whether parents had an absolute right to determine the future of their children. Discussions, information, support, understanding, providing a safe environment for healthy male-female relationships go a long way in helping youth to earn and give respect to their elders. Good communication is the most important ingredient in helping youth to avoid problems. more ...
  • 73) 12:34 GMT, Jul. 21, 2001 |  + Police threaten to throw out PLOTE, EPRLF leaders from Summit Flats
    "We believe we are being punished for expressing ourselves against human rights violations and dilly dallying of peace talks by the government". Since we joined the 11 Party Tamil Political Alliance and protested against Human Rights Violations, rape and participated in the successful Hartal in the North East and plantations on July 6, we have been hounded by the government demanding our flats given to us in 1994 for reasons of our personal security, he said. Mr. Premachandran further said, on Wednesday all of a sudden a fiscal officer, three PCs and some labourers had arrived at PLOTE leader Dharmalingam Siddharthan’s and my flat and as I was out at a meeting, my wife contacted me and I spoke to the officials. more ...
  • 74) 12:21 GMT, Jul. 21, 2001 |  + Govt. not to re-table last year's draft Constitution -President
    President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge said Friday that the draft Constitution tabled in parliament in August last year and later withdrawn will not be considered in preparing the new constitution. The President told a group of special representatives of the Joint Trade Unions' Federation that the new constitution will be presented within a short period, after seeking opinions of the clergy -including the Mahasangha, minorities, minor political parties and intellectuals. Minister Mangala Samaraweera, addressing another meeting in Colombo this morning, said: "the new constitution will be presented to the people before November this year." more ...
  • 75) 02:42 GMT, Jul. 21, 2001 |  + The Janaka Perera Fiasco
    At a gathering in Australia “Janaks” in true senior officers mess style said possibly with a peg in his hand that all the noise has elevated him from being a national hero to an international hero. “Well said old chap” Sober reflection suggests that if Janaka had been returned to Sri Lanka, many would be in a dilemma. President Madame Chandrika Kumaratunga would be certainly embarrassed when the Retired General reveals the goings on in the arms trade. The security forces top brass, particularly Lionel Balagalle will be on the spot because of involvement in corrupt practices. The arms “komiss kakas.” (Commission Agents) as CBK neatly puts it would be in deep distress. If Janaka is silenced by appointment as Army Commander, woe be unto the poor Tamil civilians and possibly Singhalese as well. more ...
  • 76) 02:35 GMT, Jul. 21, 2001 |  + LSSP acts as chief apologist for Sri Lankan president’s autocratic moves
    In the current political crisis in Sri Lanka, the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), which in the 1940s and 1950s fought for the perspective of Trotskyism, has stepped forward as one of the main champions of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, her suspension of parliament and her other anti-democratic measures. In doing so, the LSSP leaders have justified their stance in openly chauvinist terms, insisting that such actions were necessary because of the war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). more ...
  • 77) 12:17 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + TULF backs Govt dialogue with Buddhist monks
    THE MODERATE Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has said that it is not opposed to the government's discussing the proposed devolution package with the Buddhist clergy because no section of the Sri Lankan public should feel that it has not been consulted. more ...
  • 78) 12:15 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Lankan Army Major held for espionage
    A Sri Lankan Army major who was found in his possession extra weapons and money, is being questioned to ascertain whether he had been an informant of the LTTE.The major was attached to the Army headquarters Directorate of Personnel Administration after serving the combat areas when he was arrested. more ...
  • 79) 12:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Amnesty slams torture under Sri Lanka emergency laws
    Torture by government forces in Sri Lanka has become more widespread following the introduction of new emergency laws by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Amnesty International said. In its latest report on Sri Lanka released Thursday, the international human rights group said that the number of reports of torture had increased since the emergency laws were tightened on May 3. more ...
  • 80) 12:10 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan police arrest suicide bomber: report
    Sri Lankan police have arrested a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber who was planning to blow up an oil storage depot in the capital to commemorate the "Black July" anniversary, state media reported Friday. A man believed to be a "Black Tiger", or suicide bomber of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was arrested in Colombo's Mutwal commercial area on Thursday, the Daily News said quoting police. more ...
  • 81) 12:07 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Talks on Sri Lankan reform plans
    The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has invited opposition parties, including the United National Party and some parties representing the minority Tamil community, to discuss her plans on reforming the constitution. The meeting will take place next Tuesday July 25th. more ...
  • 82) 12:06 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Chandrika calls meeting on draft constitution
    Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga has convened a tripartite meeting of government officials, opposition United National Party (UNP) and moderate Tamil parties on July 25 to iron out differences on the new draft constitution. Also as a prelude to July 25 meeting, Chandrika invited Wickramasinghe for talks on Friday to fine-tune the constitutional proposals to meet the demands made by Tamil parties, media reports here said on Thursday. more ...
  • 83) 12:05 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + TN: Sri Lankan refugees go on fast
    Five inmates of the special refugee camp at Chengalpet in this district of Tamil Nadu, have gone on an indefinite fast from July 16, demanding speedy trial in cases pending against them. The inmates -- Balan (44), Vivekanandan (57), Muralidharan (31), Sivam alias Sivathampi (46) and Mahendra Sigamani (36) -- said to be LTTE members, were arrested by the Indian Naval Police in 1991 along with a cache of arms. more ...
  • 84) 19:22 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Cracks surface in Sri Lanka peace talks as opposition leader quits
    Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Friday quit bipartisan peace talks after accusing the government of a campaign to tarnish him, party officials said. Wickremesinghe announced his withdrawal when he met President Chandrika Kumaratunga after protesting against an alleged a campaign led by the state-run newspapers and the police to link him to separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, party sources said. more ...
  • 85) 19:08 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Opposition leader quits Sri Lankan talks
    The main opposition leader in Sri Lanka has pulled out of government-led talks aimed at resolving the seventeen-year conflict with the Tamil Tiger guerrilla movement. The leader of the United National Party, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said he was no longer taking part in the bipartisan talks -- although his party would continue to participate. more ...
  • 86) 19:01 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Numbers game bodes ill for package
    Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunge told the Tamil parties she met Friday for discussions on constitutional reforms aimed at resolving the ethnic conflict in the island that she will try to persuade the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP), to consider their demands. If the UNP's response is not positive she would try to arrange a tripartite meeting between the government, the Tamil parties and the UNP to further discuss the points of disagreement the President told Tamil politicians who met her Friday afternoon. "The President was basically putting the ball in the UNP's court, impressing upon us once more that the UNP is the sole obstacle to an acceptable solution now" said a Tamil politician who was at one of the meetings. more ...
  • 87) 18:58 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Genocide prevention body launched
    The world's first institute for researching the causes of genocide is being launched in Britain. The Genocide Prevention Research Initiative, known as Aegis, brings together academics from around the globe to research the causes of genocide and suggest prevention strategies for future intervention by governments and organisations. more ...
  • 88) 18:52 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka says donor meeting now due in December
    Sri Lanka"s annual meeting with international donors, cancelled in May due to an upsurge in ethnic fighting, has been rescheduled for December, local media reported on Friday. The state-run Daily News quoted Deputy Finance Minister Gamini Peiris as saying the meeting, which brings together bilateral and multilateral donors, would now be held in Paris a week before Christmas. Sri Lanka postponed its last donor session due to an escalation in fighting against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the northern Jaffna peninsula, who are pushing for the creation of a separate homeland for minority Tamils in the country"s north and east. more ...
  • 89) 18:49 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Japanese-funded anti-war film gets the chop in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka Friday cited the country's "war-footing" and cancelled the screening of a local film produced with funding from Japan's NHK television network. The Sinhalese-language film, "Death on a Full Moon Day," had already been shown abroad and won international awards, including the best actor award at the Singapore Film Festival and the Grand Prix at Ameins festival in France. more ...
  • 90) 12:04 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka's Constitution Reform Bill seen delayed
    Sri Lanka's Constitution Reform Bill aimed at trying to end the country's long-running ethnic war was unlikely to be presented in the next session of Parliament as expected, officials said today. Parliament officials said the draft, now being discussed by the Government, the main Opposition party and minority Tamil groups, was not listed to be tabled when Parliament meets again on August 8, weeks before its six-year term expires on August 24. President Chandrika Kumaratunga recently told European diplomats that her Government planned to bring the draft Constitution to Parliament in early August. more ...
  • 91) 18:45 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Tamil secession ruled out
    Sri Lanka has voiced concern at a proposal that the United States consider a negotiated Tamil secession as a way to end the island's conflict. A spokesman for the Sri Lankan embassy in Washington said there could never be a negotiated secession for the Tamils, as the government would never enter into such discussions. more ...
  • 92) 15:15 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + More Sinhalese than thou
    The pre-election ``more Sinhalese than thou'' syndrome seems to have gripped the ruling People's Alliance (PA) and the opposition United National Party (UNP) within days of the two agreeing on a document to share power with the Tamil minority. If the UNP leader, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been denying reports in the state-owned press that he is consorting with the LTTE, the Government is preoccupied with denying rumours that ``safeguards'' to protect the pre-eminent status of Buddhism have been removed from the new draft constitution. more ...
  • 93) 15:06 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Detrimental effect of emergency regulations on human rights
    An increase in torture, "disappearances" and deaths in custody have been reported in Sri Lanka since new emergency regulations were introduced by the President in May 2000. Amnesty International is concerned that wider powers given to the security forces under these emergency regulations may have contributed to the increase. The regulations confer powers of arrest to "any authorized person" in addition to the police and armed forces, and considerably extends their powers to detain. Amnesty International today released a report entitled "Sri Lanka: New emergency regulations -- erosion of human rights protection". In particular, the report highlights the removal of several safeguards against arbitrary arrest and detention and the danger this poses for the safety of detainees. more ...
  • 94) 14:29 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Humanitarian Intervention
    Defined as the cross-border use of force taken to prevent or stop crimes against humanity or other atrocities, "humanitarian intervention" is a term that evokes a range of passionate views and often-contradictory images. For advocates, the "right" or "duty" of intervention is clear: where massive violations of international law occur—for example, when governments set out to massacre their own populations, the international community under the 1948 Genocide Convention and the 1949 Geneva Conventions has an obligation to act. more ...
  • 95) 14:05 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka industry chief urges new political culture
    ``Ours is a country with great potential...which politicians have over the years destroyed in many ways,'' . Politicians were dragging their feet when it came to addressing Sri Lanka's problems. ``Almost everything in Sri Lanka has been politicised and we are constantly preoccupied with elections at the cost of everything else,'' - Ken Balendra, the outgoing chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce more ...
  • 96) 13:44 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Ranatunga's retirement gets politicians in a spin
    "He is well placed to become a good politician because he has moved with a wide cross section of society," a close family friend said of Ranatunga on Friday, a day after his announcement to leave the international cricket scene. Rumours of Ranatunga's political ambitions have been fuelled by his appearance at the launch of a new nationalist party, the Sihala Urumaya, or Sinhalese Heritage, in April. The Sihala Urumaya on Friday welcomed Ranatunga's decision to retire and said they were waiting with "open arms" to welcome him into the party. more ...
  • 97) 13:37 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka killing fields ghosts return ahead of polls
    Chandrika's PA violence in the last election !
    Thousands of extra-judicial killings carried out in Sri Lanka over a decade ago have resurfaced with a nationalist party accusing the government of using the murders to discredit political rivals. The right-wing Sihala Urumaya, or Sinhalese Heritage, party said the arrest last week of a retired army general, Ananda Weerasekara, in connection with murders allegedly committed 12 years ago was motivated by political reasons. After retiring from the army Weerasekara set up a right-wing organisation called the Sinhalese Veerawidhana, or Sinhala Heroes' land, which is closely linked to the Sihala Urumaya aiming to contest up coming elections. The general's supporters in the Sihala Urumaya said the reasons behind the decision to charge him are political. more ...
  • 98) 13:23 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + India reverses stand on Fiji
    India today reversed its earlier stand that Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhury’s government be restored in Fiji to bring back normality in that country even as a fresh civil strife is still brewing there. Union Minister of State for External Affairs Ajit Kumar Panja told reporters here that it was for the people of Fiji to decide who should be the Prime Minister of that country. more ...
  • 99) 13:21 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Asians more at risk of heart disease
    People from South Asia are more likely to suffer from heart disease than Europeans or Chinese, a study has suggested. Research carried out at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada, examined cardiovascular disease rates among almost 1,000 people of Chinese, European and South Asian ethnic origin. The study found a higher risk of cardiovascular disease was linked to a condition called carotid atherosclerosis. more ...
  • 100) 12:58 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Amnesty International says rights violations increasing in Sri Lanka
    Human rights violations have increased in Sri Lanka since the government imposed emergency regulations in May to fight Tamil Tiger rebels, and at least two people have died as a result of torture, Amnesty International said Thursday. ''The methods of torture reported appear to have become more severe,'' the London-based group said in a report obtained by The Associated Press. more ...
  • 101) 12:03 GMT, Jul. 21, 2000 |  + Amnesty International says rights violations increasing in Sri Lanka
    Human rights violations have increased in Sri Lanka since the government imposed emergency regulations in May to fight Tamil Tiger rebels, and at least two people have died as a result of torture, Amnesty International said Thursday. more ...
  • 102) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka Journalists' March Halted
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  • 103) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Suicide Bomber ??
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  • 104) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Three SLA soldiers, policeman killed
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  • 105) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka economy lags social gains, Asia - UNDP
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  • 106) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Genocide 1983 - Indictment Against Sri Lanka
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  • 107) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Journalists demonstrate over assaults
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  • 108) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Patients await Vanni access route
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  • 109) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + India: Fernandes says India's nukes are only a 'deterrent'
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  • 110) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + India: Samata, Lok Shakti merged
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  • 111) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Police cite suicide bombing threat to stop Sri Lanka press demo
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  • 112) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka journalists protest attack on colleagues
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  • 113) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + THEY DID NOT GIVE IT TO MURALI
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  • 114) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1999 |  + Lankan soldiers go on rampage in northwest
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  • 115) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1998 |  + Police arrest Tamil journalist in northern S.Lanka
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  • 116) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1998 |  + Thousands Demonstrate to Protest at Cutting Refugee Relief to Tamils
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  • 117) 11:11 GMT, Jul. 21, 1998 |  + Ratwatte to resign if polls are held
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