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Important Incidents

  • 1996 | 5 people were killed and 15 critically injured in Kilinochchi
    5 people were killed and 15 critically injured when Kfir and Puccara bombers, of the Sri Lankan airforce, deliberately bombed a large crowd of civilians fleeing Kilinochchi to safer areas. The bodies of the dead were in several pieces and beyond recognition. The details of the injured are given. A Tamil mother of 38 yrs old and 2 childran, in her sworn affidavit said that due to the merciless attack of Sri Lankan forces she got displaced and now her dear daughter was arbitrarily killed by them as well.
  • 1997 | Government orders 38 NGOs out of Batticaloa!
    No less than 38 NGOs serving in army-controlled Tamil parts of Batticaloa district have been ordered by the Chandrika government to cease all humanitarian operations. This immediately follows a government order banning NGOs from assisting people in LTTE administered areas of Batticaloa. The only two agencies now allowed to function in LTTE held parts are the ICRC and the French medical team, MSF.
  • 1997 | Sentry points destroyed, 5 SL troops killed!
    A chain of Sinhalese army checkpoints in Jeyanthiyaya (Sivaththapalam, Batticaloa) were destroyed by LTTE forces at 5:45 this morning. Five Sinhalese soldiers was killed and many more injured. The LTTE lost one fighter and captured some arms and ammunition.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1997 | SL Government orders 38 NGOs out of Batticoloa
    No less than 38 NGOs serving in army-controlled Tamil parts of Batticaloa district have been ordered by the Chandrika government to cease all humanitarian operations.
  • 1998 | Demonstration over Jaffna mass graves
    More than five hundred people took part in the march and sit in today to protest against the government's apathy towards the Chemmani graves and missing persons in Jaffna organised by the Jaffna NGO consortium, Mothers Front, the Missing Persons' Guardian Association (MPGA) and a large number of public interest groups.
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1996 | Arasanayakam Annaledchumi [ 58 M from Kilinochchi Town, Kilinochchi ]
    Killed during Sri Lankan army's offensive to take Kilinochchi
  • 1996 | Nallamuthu Veeriyah [ 56 M from Kilinochchi Town, Kilinochchi ]
    Killed during Sri Lankan army's offensive to take Kilinochchi
  • 1996 | Markandu Sivapathasundaram [ 40 M from Kilinochchi Town, Kilinochchi ]
    Killed during Sri Lankan army's offensive to take Kilinochchi
  • 1996 | Kaithiravelu Sanmugalingam [ 42 M from Kilinochchi Town, Kilinochchi ]
    Killed during Sri Lankan army's offensive to take Kilinochchi
  • 1996 | Suppiah Kamalasekaran [ 21 M from Kilinochchi Town, Kilinochchi ]
    Killed during Sri Lankan army's offensive to take Kilinochchi
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 657 | பழிமலைந் தெய்திய ஆக்கத்திற் சான்றோர்
    கழிநல் குரவே தலை.
    Than store of wealth guilt-laden souls obtain,
    The sorest poverty of perfect soul is richer gain.
    - 66 66
  • Sep 25 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Sep 25, 2017 14:09:14 GMT |  + Rain water harvesting project for Jaffna Peninsula
    A new project for rain water harvesting has been initiated in the Jaffna Peninsula as a solution to the severe shortage of water. Accordingly, it has been planned to save 20 percent of the rain water in an area of 78 square kilometers around the Vadamarachchi lagoon. The project has got the approval of the Chief Minister of Northern province as well as the cabinet and is being headed by a retired Secretary of the Irrigation Ministry and a retired Director of the Irrigation Department Vidyajothi Eng. A.D. S. Gunawardena.
  • 2) Sep 25, 2017 13:59:10 GMT |  + Hopes and fears — On Sri Lanka's Constitutional reform
    The report marks a milestone, but it is still at a preliminary stage in a long-drawn process of enacting a new constitution. The government has promised that the pre-eminent status given to Buddhism will remain, an assurance that may help overcome opposition from the majority. The willingness of the Tamil National Alliance to accept a founding document arrived at on the basis of a bipartisan consensus is also a good sign. It is time Sri Lanka set itself free from the shackles of divisive notions of nationalism and charted a new path of equality and reconciliation for itself. more ...
  • 3) Sep 25, 2017 13:50:51 GMT |  + US’s meagre budget allocation for SL comes with major conditionality Do we need it?
    This relates to Alice Wells’s reference to the US’s growing interest in establishing military ties with Sri Lanka, in her statement to the Congress Sub-committee where she said “The current coalition government’s commitment to a reform agenda has prompted growing interest in expanding engagement with the U.S., including in military-to-military relations.” While the terminology suggests US interest in military ties with Sri Lanka is some kind of payback for the government’s ‘commitment to a reform agenda,’ it is obvious that the eagerness to establish military ties only serves the US’s own strategic purposes. more ...
  • 4) Sep 25, 2017 13:47:19 GMT |  + Sumanthiran congratulates Govt. for introducing bill
    The Bill before Parliament is a very important bill that introduces the proportion of 30% of women candidates who have to be nominated in the nomination paper submitted by any political party or an independent group when they contest a Provincial Council Election. said TNA – MP M. A. Sumanthiran in Parliament yesterday. “This is a very important issue that we have been talking about and when a Bill is debated in the House, any member, under Standing Orders could move committee stage amendments provided notice is given before 12 noon,” he added. more ...
  • 5) Sep 25, 2017 13:43:53 GMT |  + Unit of Devolution - look in cyberspace!
    It is interesting to read the debate about what the unit of devolution should be. Recent articles, by Dayan Jayatilleke (Island, Sep. 20, 2017) and Neville Ladduwahetty (Sep. 23, 2017) argue for the Province (DJ), and for the District (NL). Interestingly, both the TNA, and their counter organizations pay homage to "the indivisible nature of Sri Lanka", the "Orumiththa Nadu" and the "aekeeya Rajya", while also supporting "maximum devolution", i.e., the opposite objective! more ...
  • 6) Sep 25, 2017 13:36:24 GMT |  + GTF’s Fr. Emmanuel on low profile visit for reconciliation
    Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, leader of the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), arrived in Sri Lanka last week on what his organisation officials describe as a “low profile” visit. It coincided with the Constitutional Assembly releasing its Steering Committee’s Interim Report on constitutional amendments.He met leaders of Tamil political parties while in Colombo and later travelled to Jaffna. Staying at the Bishop’s House, Fr. Emmanuel attended an event at the Jaffna University. more ...
  • 7) Sep 25, 2016 11:26:23 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s President Misses an Opportunity at the UN
    Mr. Sirisena could have at least attempted to make a clear, articulate case for the most important aspects of the coalition government’s reform agenda, especially transitional justice. Regrettably, the president failed to do that.Let’s not forget that Colombo continues to drag its feet on a host of war-related issues: the detention of Tamil political prisoners, the military’s continued occupation of civilian land, pervasive militarization across the country’s north and east, among other matters. Leaving the government’s sincerity toward deeper reform aside for a moment, one could argue that the environment to implement a credible, comprehensive transitional justice package does not yet exist, especially in the northern and eastern provinces. more ...
  • 8) Sep 25, 2016 11:23:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Ancient innovations combat water woes
    In the district of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, Puhudiwula is a village of abandoned wells. Though new and well-built, these wells can be found in every garden, costing around 100,000 rupees ($700) to build. The villagers, however, will not drink or even cook with the water, which they believe is driving an epidemic of the deadly Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) in this area. While the illness is not the end of the community's troubles, many of their woes are tied to water. more ...
  • 9) Sep 25, 2015 17:10:06 GMT |  + The US Draft Resolution on Sri Lanka: “a System Change”
    The resolution has been drafted craftily to make it marketable to public opinion in Sri Lanka and, thus, help Washington’s newfound ally, and also to ease the fears of developing countries in the Human Rights Council, who will otherwise object to a precedent that could endanger their own independence and sovereignty...Whatever decision the Ranil – Sirisena Government takes in Geneva, ultimately, the democratic choice will be one that the people of Sri Lanka will be called upon to take, sooner or later. For today, the vital question is, which political and social forces in the country are on the side of Sri Lanka’s national interest? Are they ready to stand up? more ...
  • 10) Sep 25, 2015 15:30:08 GMT |  + The Forever Victims? Tamil Women in Post-War Sri Lanka
    The nostalgia for the past, however emotive, must be replaced by a more active engagement of women in the political sphere. Tamils in Sri Lanka have Ananthi Sasitharan, a very articulate and powerful woman, no doubt, but to make real change, voices like hers must be amplified a thousand-fold. Moreover, Sri Lanka’s north is one of the most militarised regions in the planet—there is one soldier for every six civilians. Such a report, from the prism of looking at the lives of women and the politics of sexual violence in the region, also lends strength to the people’s call to end the almost siege-like circumstances that characterise their lives. more ...
  • 11) Sep 25, 2015 10:32:20 GMT |  + Ex-Foreign Secy. frowns on Geneva draft resolution
    Goonetilleke said that influential countries pursued agendas beneficial to them. Some claimed credit for introducing certain sections to a particular resolution whereas others sought commendation for deleting parts. Goonetilleke emphasized that Sri Lanka couldn’t expect overnight change in such international opinion.Goonetilleke briefly explained the dilemma of the developing countries in taking a position on the Geneva issue due to Sri Lanka’s new friendship with the US. Commenting on Sri Lanka’s relationship with China, Goonetilleke stressed that Beijing was strongly committed to the principle that there shouldn’t be external interference in domestic affairs of member states. more ...
  • 12) Sep 25, 2015 10:28:48 GMT |  + Consensus built on local probe
    One cannot totally dismiss or deny what the Human Rights High Commissioner said about the history and it is not something said only by him. For instance, when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in 2010 soon after the UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon appointed the Darusman Panel to advise him on Sri Lanka, the New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement “Every time the international community raises the issue of accountability, Sri Lanka establishes a commission that takes a long time to achieve nothing.” more ...
  • 13) Sep 25, 2015 10:25:37 GMT |  + PMK wants all-party meet on Sri Lanka
    PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Thursday urged Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to convene an all-party meeting to exert pressure on Centre to move a resolution in the UNHRC, seeking an international probe into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. "With Modi expected to return to India after his US trip on September 28, arrangements should be made to meet him on the same day . Sri Lankan Tamils will get justice only when parties in Tamil Nadu stand in unison and represent in one-voice," Anbumani said. In a 280page inquiry report tabled in the UNHRC on September 16, the UN high commissioner for human rights listed a host of violations carried out by both sides, Sri Lankan government and LTTE.
  • 14) Sep 25, 2015 10:22:48 GMT |  + Top Army General to be grilled over Eknaligoda disappearance
    It has been established that the journalist, who was abducted in Colombo two days before the Presidential election in 2010, had been taken to Girithale Army camp where he was questioned by a group of intelligence unit officers. Lt. Col. Shammi Kumara Ratnayake, Lt. Col. Siriwardena, Staff Sergeant Rajapakse, Corporal Jayalath, retired Sergeant Maj. Ranbanda, Sergeant Maj. Upasena, retired Corporal Ranjith Rupasena, Corporal Anurajeewa and ex-LTTE intelligence members Thavendran and Satya Masterm, were taken into custody by the CID in connection with the journalist's disappearance. more ...
  • 15) Sep 25, 2015 10:19:15 GMT |  + Win-win deal for war wounds
    Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the Government had reached a compromise with sponsors of the resolution on prosecuting allegations of serious human rights violations and potential war crimes under a "Sri Lankan judicial mechanism" that will include local, foreign and Commonwealth judges and lawyers. "Sri Lanka has decided to co-sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka in Geneva," the Prime Minister said. Another major concession made to the Sri Lankan negotiators was the inclusion of Operative Paragraph 5, which "recognises the need for a process of accountability and reconciliation for violations and abuses committed by the LTTE as highlighted in the OISL report." more ...
  • 16) Sep 25, 2015 10:12:25 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Tamil party welcomes resolution at UN
    "In particular, we welcome the draft resolution's call on Sri Lanka to involve foreign and Commonwealth judges, lawyers, investigators and defenders in a judicial mechanism to be set up in Sri Lanka that would be mandated to try international crimes," the TNA said."A court established on these lines would represent a dramatic break from the past and could herald the beginning of an end to impunity," it said. The TNA, however, noted that it was acutely aware that some of the language used in the interests of a consensus will not satisfy all victims of the conflict. more ...
  • 17) Sep 25, 2015 10:09:16 GMT |  + Sri Lanka escapes 'external" war crimes probe
    Sri Lanka Thursday escaped a "hybrid" war crimes investigation involving foreign judges and prosecutors as the United States tabled a watered down resolution in line with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s stand. Instead of prescribing external involvement in the accountability process, the resolution leaves the involvement of any foreigners at the discretion of the Sri Lankan authorities. The resolution merely " affirms... the importance of participation ... of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators." more ...
  • 18) Sep 25, 2015 10:07:07 GMT |  + Sri Lanka likely to dodge international war crime probe
    Sri Lanka appears set to avoid an international inquiry into atrocities committed during its lengthy civil war if a new UN resolution is adopted next week. Colombo has lobbied successfully for a watering-down of an earlier motion demanding foreign involvement in any probe into human rights abuses during the 37-year conflict. "We are acutely aware that some of the language used in the interests of a consensus will not satisfy all victims of the conflict whom we represent and who have reposed their trust in the TNA."However, we are of the view that the draft provides a constructive starting point for what will inevitably be a long road to reconciliation," the TNA said in a statement. more ...
  • 19) Sep 25, 2015 10:04:06 GMT |  + Resolution on Sri Lanka at the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council
    This resolution marks an important step toward a credible transitional justice process, owned by Sri Lankans and with the support and involvement of the international community. The resolution will help families of the missing find answers about their loved ones. And it lays out a path to provide truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence that the Sri Lankan people deserve while safeguarding the reputation of those, including within the military, who conducted themselves with honor and professionalism. more ...
  • 20) Sep 25, 2014 15:47:37 GMT |  + Doctors acquitted of gang sex assault charges
    Two doctors Dr. Amitabh Chauhan and Dr. Suganthan Kayilasanathan have been found not guilty of sexually assaulting and drugging a 23-year-old medical student three years ago in a downtown Toronto hotel room. There is no evidence to support Crown assertion that the doctors planned to drug and sexually assault the woman, Thorburn said. The woman appeared to be in full command of her faculties according to hotel security video taken shortly before the alleged assault, she said. Judge rules there was reasonable doubt that the woman did not consent to sexual encounters in hotel room, no evidence that she was drugged. more ...
  • 21) Sep 25, 2014 13:14:57 GMT |  + PLA sub's Sri Lanka visit shows China power projection in Indian Ocean
    Duowei said that this is the first time that a Chinese submarine has openly visited a nation in the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, Xi Jinping is the first Chinese leader to visit Sri Lanka in 28 years, though he was only there for one day. Taken together with the joint naval exercises with Iran launched Wednesday, this seems to suggest China's ambitions to project its military power into the Indian Ocean, according to Duowei. more ...
  • 22) Sep 25, 2014 13:08:01 GMT |  + Indian assistance to Sri Lanka is under-appreciated: Y K Sinha
    what India has done in the last few years, for Sri Lanka. Because I think the emphasis is on a “Look East” policy, and to try and glorify what countries have done, for Sri Lanka in the recent past, forgetting what a country like India has done for millennial. India has committed in Indian Rupees, 9000 crores. In US Dollar terms, 1.6 billion Dollars as development assistance to Sri Lanka, in the years following the end of the war, in fact even before the war ended in 2009. Out of this, 30% are grants – they are free, they are unattached, they do not have an interest rate and the interests rate does not compound.” more ...
  • 23) Sep 25, 2014 13:04:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka president uses U.N. speech to assail war crimes probe
    "Post-conflict Sri Lanka has also become an unfortunate victim of ill-conceived agendas of some in the Human Rights Council," Rajapaksa said in his address to the 193-member U.N. General Assembly, adding that the body was overlooking Sri Lanka's "substantial progress" since the war ended in 2009. "External intervention without adequate consideration of the structures in a society and cultural traditions of the countries where such intervention takes place, inevitably results in detribalization," he said. more ...
  • 24) Sep 25, 2014 12:52:45 GMT |  + British Airways to end flights to Sri Lanka
    “The decision to suspend flights between Colombo and London has been a difficult one to make. We constantly assess all our global routes and take appropriate steps, as needed. The Colombo route is not making a profitable contribution to our business and we are unable to sustain it,” he said. The Sri Lankan government was accused of bulldozing occupied, independent guesthouses to make room for new holiday resorts in 2012, while holiday accommodation built on the site of Sri Lanka's "killing fields" was last years described as "tasteless war tourism". more ...
  • 25) Sep 25, 2014 12:50:03 GMT |  + Red Cross probe finds cramped conditions for immigration detainees
    A confidential Red Cross investigation found numerous shortcomings at Canadian facilities for immigrant detainees including triple-bunked cells, lack of support for detained children and inadequate mental-health care. In addition, because there are no dedicated immigration cells in many parts of the country, newcomers are often held in provincial jails or police facilities alongside suspected gang members and violent offenders, says the Canadian Red Cross Society’s inspection report. more ...
  • 26) Sep 25, 2013 17:09:14 GMT |  + UN rights chief gives Sri Lanka March ultimatum
    United Nations rights chief Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged Sri Lanka to show clear progress towards reining in rights abuses and investigating suspected war crimes by next March, or face an international probe. Pillay called on Colombo to use the time left before she delivers a widely-anticipated report on the country to the UN Human Rights Council next March "to engage in a credible national process with tangible results, including the successful prosecution of individual perpetrators." more ...
  • 27) Sep 25, 2013 15:26:02 GMT |  + Vote reveals Sri Lanka’s unavoidable truth: Other voices must be heard
    The results are in for the provincial election in Sri Lanka’s northern most province, the area around Jaffna, and they are clear as a bell: nearly 80 per cent of voters, despite much evidence of harassment, cast their ballots for the Tamil National Alliance. The TNA has long been a parliamentary voice for Tamil nationalism, with a close, but complex, relationship to the LTTE and the military struggle. When the fighting was on, it was often hard to see much light between the Tigers and the parliamentarians. more ...
  • 28) Sep 25, 2013 13:12:49 GMT |  + 'UN system failed during final days of Lankan ethnic war'
    In a rare admission of "systemic failure" of the UN, its chief has said the world body had failed during the final stages of Sri Lanka's ethnic war in 2009 that saw military defeat of the LTTE. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also blamed member countries for not providing the UN with support to meet the tasks set by themselves. Ban made the remarks while addressing the UN General Assembly's 68th session on Tuesday where Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was also present. more ...
  • 29) Sep 25, 2013 13:11:55 GMT |  + A dimly lit Sri Lankan affair, in a side street beneath the UN
    Last night, in a dimly lit side street a stone’s throw from the towering UN headquarters here in New York, Britain co-hosted a drinks party with Sri Lanka. Australia joined the fray to render it a tripartite affair. Large black shiny cars ferried Sri Lanka’s large UN delegation to the door of an un-extraordinary town house. The hosting of the party was personified by British Foreign Secretary, William Hague; Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Gamini Peris and – six days into her job – Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. more ...
  • 30) Sep 25, 2013 13:09:46 GMT |  + Study: media dehumanises immigrants, creates false crises
    Negative portrayals of immigrants in the press are dehumanising and can engender the sense that that a social crisis is looming, if not already taking hold. This is the conclusion drawn in a paper published in the Journal of Social Issues, penned by a team of social psychologists in Canada, a place the authors say is generally "more positive than many other Western nations" when it comes to immigration. The conclusion comes just a month after a report by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford found that the portrayal of immigration in UK news is largely negative, with the term "illegal" most commonly used to describe immigrants in national papers, broadsheets and tabloids alike. more ...
  • 31) Sep 25, 2013 13:08:09 GMT |  + India urges Sri Lanka to share power with Tamils after poll
    India urged Sri Lanka on Wednesday to share political power with ethnic minority Tamils after their victory in local council elections, in a bid for "genuine reconciliation" after a decades-long war. The opposition Tamil alliance swept to victory at the weekend in the first regional council elections in the island's battle-scarred north. The vote was welcomed internationally as an initial step towards reconciliation between majority Sinhalese and Tamils after the war.
  • 32) Sep 25, 2013 13:05:44 GMT |  + Gold eaters: Indians and Sri Lankan held
    Seven people have been arrested at Sri Lanka's main international airport after security checks showed they had swallowed pieces of gold. It is believed they were attempting to smuggle the precious metal into India and avoid import duties. The men - one Sri Lankan and six Indians - were about to board a flight to Chennai (Madras) when they were apprehended, officials said. more ...
  • 33) Sep 25, 2013 13:05:13 GMT |  + Rajapaksa at UNGA: 'Sri Lanka needs no international policing'
    Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapaksa on Tuesday told the United Nations General Assembly that Colombo is concerned over the growing trend of international interference in the internal affairs of developing countries in the guise of concern for security and human rights. He said the time had come to evaluate whether turbulent movements for political change had led to greater stability in such countries or had produced the opposite result. more ...
  • 34) Sep 25, 2013 13:04:31 GMT |  + IMF warns Sri Lanka of slower growth
    The IMF on Wednesday warned Sri Lanka that its economy may grow more slowly than expected as it urged the island nation to improve its business climate. The IMF mission made the comments after a visit to assess the economy. Mission chief Todd Schneider told reporters in Colombo his talks with business leaders suggested economic conditions had worsened. more ...
  • 35) Sep 25, 2012 13:40:38 GMT |  + Tamils need not worry - Pillayan
    Former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan said the Tamils in the East should not be worried about their future as he would be playing a leading role in the development of that area since he had been appointed as the Presidential Advisor on Eastern development.Addressing a press conference in Colombo, he said there wouldn’t be any issue with the Muslim Chief Minister or with the SLMC as all three communities could work together in the East under present circumstances. He said this was practical as there were members representing all three communities in the provincial council. more ...
  • 36) Sep 25, 2012 13:38:27 GMT |  + India-Sri Lanka relations hostage to Tamil parties
    India’s neighbours are not necessarily its friends. They can hardly be called India’s allies. In regional and international forums, more often than not, they are ranged against one another. History, geography, religion, geopolitics, uneven development, competing ambitions and much else account for this state of affairs.The Kazhagams – Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK, Karunanidhi’s DMK and Vaiko’s MDMK – do their best to vitiate India’s relations with Sri Lanka.
  • 37) Sep 25, 2012 13:33:21 GMT |  + Indian fisherman's death in Colombo jail sparks anger
    The death in a Colombo prison of an Indian fisherman, Thangaraj, 63, has raised tempers in Tamil Nadu, with allegations that India is not doing enough to bring back its prisoners from Sri Lanka despite a bilateral pact."If only India had brought back its prisoners from Sri Lanka under the prisoner exchange pact, then, perhaps, Thangaraj might be alive today," fishermen leader U. Arulanandan told IANS.
  • 38) Sep 25, 2012 12:53:33 GMT |  + Asylum seekers face uncertain Nauru legal status
    Another 20 asylum seekers were sent to Nauru today with the Pacific Solution mark two in full swing. There are now altogether 120 people in legal limbo indefinitely, with many unanswered questions about how they will be processed. 19 have chosen to go home to Sri Lanka rather than stay in that situation, but activists fear the returnees may face persecution, even torture, after they arrive. Political editor Chris Uhlmann reports.
  • 39) Sep 25, 2012 12:50:21 GMT |  + United States Tamil Political Action Council Applauds U.S. Lawmakers' Letter-Writing Campaign to Secretary Clinton Calling for Concerted Action on Sri Lanka
    United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) welcomes the call made by 31 lawmakers requesting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stay engaged in Sri Lanka to ensure compliance with the UN Human Rights Council resolution calling for accountability and reconciliation. The lawmakers said that UNHRC Resolution 19/L.2 passed in March 2012 "signaled an important step forward in placing additional pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka to implement constructive recommendations contained in the LLRC report, while also noting that the report failed to adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law."
  • 40) Sep 25, 2012 12:49:42 GMT |  + Fears asylum returnees will face persecution
    A Sri Lankan man is being flown home from Nauru after abandoning his refugee application. He is the first person to leave the island after 18 other Sri Lankans chose to leave Christmas Island for their homeland on the weekend. The Federal Government says the man asked to leave for "personal and family reasons". But in what is another of the legal and moral dilemmas of the Government's new offshore processing policy, activists fear those returning to Sri Lanka may face persecution and even torture after they arrive. more ...
  • 41) Sep 25, 2012 12:38:23 GMT |  + Peace without justice - not to be a very enduring peace – Canadian Parliamentarian Chris Alexander
    "Military presence that is far greater that what would ever be justifiable in peace time in our country or other countries that claim to have ended a conflict. Local police and civil institutions are far too weak..."Referring to the Canadian position on the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next year, Chris Alexander said, “That’s a deep concern to us – as the Prime Minster said not prepared to attend the commonwealth summit in Colombo unless there is a significant progress in those fronts – we have yet to see that.” more ...
  • 42) Sep 25, 2012 1:52:00 GMT |  + Tamil Canadian walk-o-thon raises $45,000 for charity
    Many MPs joined Tamil Canadians in raising over $45,000 in support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) at their 4th Annual Tamil Canadian Walk at the Thomson Memorial Park on Sunday. The event featured a five-kilometer walk, speeches, free BBQ, games and fun activities. Apart from hundreds of supporters from the community, more than 25 partnering organizations from Tamil Canadians walked with banners in hand. “With the generous support of hundreds of community members, sponsors, partners, media outlets, and businesses, the campaign has reached an impressive $45,000 up to now,’’ the organizers – the Canadian Tamil Congress – said in a press release. more ...
  • 43) Sep 25, 2011 19:17:50 GMT |  + Indian trawlers threaten Sri Lanka fisheries
    Sri Lanka says it loses more than $50m a year due to poaching by Indian fishermen. The problem is crippling the country's local fisheries, particularly in the eastern and northern parts of the island, where Al Jazeera shot exclusive photos of Indian trawlers fishing just 4km off the Sri Lankan coast. India has admitted to "issues relating to the straying of fishermen from both countries into each other's territorial waters" and says it is working to address the problem. Al Jazeera's Minelle Fernandez reports from Pesalai in northwest Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 44) Sep 25, 2011 19:16:40 GMT |  + Single Women Begin to Rebuild
    For Magei Kasai the battle against hardships did not end when the guns fell silent two years ago in the Sri Lankan civil war. New battles began for survival, for herself and for what was left of her family. The 45-year-old mother of two lost her husband and a son to the war. Since the war ended in May 2009, more than 300,000 survivors like Kasai have returned to their native villages. Kasai returned to almost nothing in her village Allankulam, about 320 km from capital Colombo in the Mulaithivu districts, where the battles were at their worst. "No house, no garden, no vegetable plants, no nothing," she tells IPS. more ...
  • 45) Sep 25, 2011 19:15:58 GMT |  + India, Lanka poles apart on Tamil issues
    While New Delhi has been asking Colombo to find a solution to the political problem that fuelled the Eelam movement, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has managed to offer nothing, just as he had intended since his overwhelming re-election in 2010. Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on September 23, he reiterated his stance, “home-grown solutions.” He warned “friends in distant lands to drop pre-conceived nations.” Seemingly intended for Western governments, his message however drove closer to home. Tamil National Alliance, the largest Tamil coalition in the Sri Lankan Parliament,draws its MPs from the north and east.
  • 46) Sep 25, 2011 19:12:32 GMT |  + Vaiko demands mercy for Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins
    Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko has appealed to the Central Government to reconsider the death sentences awarded to the assassins of late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Vaiko and his supporters observed a hunger strike here today demanding mercy for Gandhi’s assassins. Vaiko asserted that Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan were innocent and that they should not be hanged.
  • 47) Sep 25, 2011 19:11:30 GMT |  + JVP on brink of internal war
    Last week's exclusive disclosures in the Sunday Times about the worsening internecine battles in the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) were to have their immediate sequel. JVP leader Somawansa Amerasinghe summoned a meeting of the party's 24 member Central Committee (CC) to examine, among other matters, the revelations made in the political commentary. "It is they (the extremist group) who are seen in bad light from this report," observed Amerasinghe, easily among the less than handful whose Sunday chores begin with reading English language newspapers.
  • 48) Sep 25, 2011 19:11:14 GMT |  + Ban Acknowledged Lapses, Sri Lanka Says, Writing Out Rights & Sex Violence
    When Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his team on Saturday night, Rajapaksa accused Ban of undermining the UN's credibility and, cravenly, the "Secretary General's team acknowledged that there had been a lapse in communication" regarding the Panel of Experts report alleging war crimes. Rajapaksa's spokesman Bandula Jayasekara's readout is six times longer than the UN's, and was issued some 16 hours later.
  • 49) Sep 25, 2011 19:08:22 GMT |  + Appeal for critically ill Tamil prisoner
    Family members of a Tamil political prisoner, who is critically ill, have appealed for an early release and medical assistance. Rasaratnam Jegatheeswaran, 33, is now being treated at the ICU of the National Hospital in Colombo. Doctors have revealed to his wife that her husbund’s kidneys have failed to function and he is under dialysis treatment. Transplantation of kidneys should be done within three months time. more ...
  • 50) Sep 25, 2011 13:10:29 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Ban stresses need for accountability process over end to civil war
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for a “credible national accountability process” over actions in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka during a meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s President. “He also underlined the need to find a political solution to the underlying factors of the past conflict,” according to information provided by a spokesperson for Mr. Ban after the meeting between the two officials. more ...
  • 51) Sep 25, 2010 21:16:07 GMT |  + UNROW Calls for Establishment of War Crimes Tribunal for Sri Lanka
    In 2009 the multi-decade conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government ended in a devastating battle. The Sri Lanka government had pushed the rebel group, as well as Tamil civilians who were not affiliated with the group, into a small region in northeastern Sri Lanka. Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group reported thousands of civilian deaths, as the government indiscriminately bombed the region, and the rebel group did not allow civilians to leave for safer areas. Although there is international concern about the crimes committed by the rebel group, less attention is being paid to those perpetrated by the Sri Lankan government. more ...
  • 52) Sep 25, 2010 21:12:02 GMT |  + 90% fail Year 5 scholarship exam
    The primary education system has taken a downturn with many primary school teachers complaining that they can’t handle the wide syllabii that have been newly formulated. They charge that the National Institute of Educatiion (NIE) does not consult any teacher representatives before formulating syllabii and as a result children have to suffer. Meanwhile, plans are afoot to scrap the Year Five scholarship examination and to hold an examination for a higher grade. This comes in the wake of nearly ninety per cent failing the year five scholarship examination held this year where results were released earlier this week. more ...
  • 53) Sep 25, 2010 21:06:09 GMT |  + The 70 million-rupee question: Why did vehicle take lonely route?
    Five teams – each headed by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) were investigating the Friday-dawn robbery, one of the biggest in recent years, at Wanawasala, in the Peliyagoda Police area. The 22-year-old driver and four others who were in the vehicle are being grilled by police to ascertain possible inside involvement in the daring robbery of approximately Rs. 70 million which was being transported to replenish automatic teller machines (ATMs). more ...
  • 54) Sep 25, 2010 20:23:25 GMT |  + Defence Ministry Blunder Led To Batti Blast
    Negligence and mishandling of explosives have been attributed as the causes for the explosion at the Karadiyanaru Police Station on September 17. The explosion resulted in the deaths of 12 policemen, seven civilians and two Chinese nationals and left 44 injured. Assistant Controller of Explosives for the districts of Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Trincomalee and Mullaitivu, M.S. Mohomad Ikrima said that he has already handed over a ‘thorough report’ on the Karadiyanaru explosion to the Defence Ministry. more ...
  • 55) Sep 25, 2010 20:21:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka co-accused in Fonseka 'conspiracy' case freed
    A court in Sri Lanka has released four suspects arrested on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government. They are among scores of supporters of former army chief Sarath Fonseka, who was arrested after his unsuccessful bid for the presidency. A senior serving military officer, two retired major generals and a defence columnist are among those freed. The senior army officer released on Friday is also accused of being involved in a high-profile murder case. Brig Duminda Keppetiwalana is the most senior serving military officer to be arrested since Sarath Fonseka in January. more ...
  • 56) Sep 25, 2010 20:18:42 GMT |  + Students Shut Out In Omanthai
    The students of the Omanthai Central College may have to celebrate the centenary of their school in temporary structures built on the side of the A9. The Omanthai Central College is a large facility. It has a sports ground, several buildings and even a hostel. With the conflict over and a bright new age dawning in this war torn region north of Vavuniya one would expect to see the students of the school, which is due to celebrate its centenary next year, in an upbeat, hopeful mood. Instead they languish in makeshift aluminum sheds across the road from the school. more ...
  • 57) Sep 25, 2010 20:04:37 GMT |  + Virginity Test Reaches Climax As Vice Chancellor Says Story Is Fabricated
    Despite vehement denials by the Vice Chancellor of the Sri Jayawardenapura University, N. L. A. Karunaratne that he sent six girls for a virginity test, The Sunday Leader met with and spoke to two of the girls who had been subjected to this humiliating act. “It was about 6.30 p.m. There was enough light and we just could not engage in ‘such things’. We were not misbehaving. The Vice Chancellor suddenly came upto us and shouted at us and said that he is going to send us for a virginity test. He took ‘aiya’ away. The security officers came along and took us all into an ambulance and we were driven away to the Kalubowila Hospital,” said the girl, almost in tears. more ...
  • 58) Sep 25, 2010 19:53:18 GMT |  + Opening our eyes to the children
    “Five young children are currently being detained and incarcerated with their mothers. They have already gone through a gruelling journey, which could leave them with severe emotional and psychological scars. Moreover, some of them are of an education age and have had no schooling for almost a year. Their prolonged detention could only aggravate their misery.” This is how Justice de Montigny of the Federal Court last week described the situation before him. The government was urging him to keep the five children locked up with their mothers. The children, refugee claimants who arrived on the MV Sun Sea, had already spent a month in detention. The Immigration and Refugee Board had ordered their release, concluding that their detention could no longer be justified under Canadian law.
  • 59) Sep 25, 2010 19:51:13 GMT |  + ‘Home Grown Solution’ A Trojan Horse & Solidarity With Palestine Is A Gimmick
    Sri Lanka was very good in ‘diplomacy’ in the past. Many government supporters holding citizenship in Western countries were hired – for instance Palitha Kohana, Rohitha Bogollagama, Shirani Gunatilleke and Rajapaksa brothers were involved in fooling the international community. Even though Norway stated last June that both parties wanted war, Sri Lanka successfully convinced the International community that it was the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam-LTTE who walked away from the talks. In fact, Sri Lanka has expertly avoided international scrutiny. In 2006, the EU countries worked out a UN resolution demanding that Sri Lanka accept an international monitoring body.
  • 60) Sep 25, 2010 11:53:26 GMT |  + 'EU should coordinate powers to bring justice to Eezham Tamils'
    While powers and countries like Norway, preoccupied with geo-strategy and ‘development’, ignore the fundamentals of the crisis in the island, the European Union should work towards convincing and coordinating them in bringing political justice to Eezham Tamils, said 62-year-old Jegatheeswaran Arunachalam, an Australian national who witnessed the war in Vanni to its end. The EU, consisting of old nations that have gone through the gravity of national question in history, is in a better position to grasp appropriate solutions, he said. more ...
  • 61) Sep 25, 2010 11:42:36 GMT |  + IMF Executive Board Completes Fourth Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement for Sri Lanka and Approves US$212.5 Million Disbursement
    The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the fourth review of Sri Lanka's economic performance under a program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 137.8 million (about US$ 212.5 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to an amount equivalent to SDR 826.8 million (about US$ 1,274.8 million).
  • 62) Sep 25, 2010 4:48:37 GMT |  + As Ban Meets Sri Lanka Rajajaksa, UN War Crimes Panel Not Mentioned
    When Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka met with the UN's Ban Ki-moon on Friday morning, Ban did not raise the slow starting UN panel of experts on war crimes in the country. Five hours after the meeting, the UN issued a terse summary of what was discussed. It mentions only Rajapaksa's own “Lessons Learnt” panel, and not the UN's. Neither Minister G.L. Peiris nor Rajapaksa have scheduled any press availability at the UN. But what about the UN's panel? And what about the answers promised long ago by Ban's spokesman Nesirky about Ban's personal relationship with Rajapaksa, including prior to becoming Secretary General?
  • 63) Sep 25, 2010 3:49:57 GMT |  + Sri Lankan President and UN chief discuss need to move forward on outstanding issues
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met today for talks focused on political settlement, reconciliation and accountability. Mr. Ban underlined that the President’s strong political mandate provided a unique opportunity to deliver on his commitments to address the issues of political settlement, reconciliation and accountability. Mr. Rajapaksa, for his part, underlined that development and education in the north of Sri Lanka were integral to national reconciliation. He gave examples of progress made on reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in that regard.
  • 64) Sep 25, 2010 3:48:18 GMT |  + Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Breaking the Myth and Bringing the Truth
    The platform for an “genuine reconciliation” should be rooted via the democratic exercises, rights and participation of all citizens throughout a country. But, if people are under fear to express their grievances and aspirations, including opposition political parties, dissident voices, independent media and even some ruling party government ministers how can a national minority discriminated and oppressed for more than five decades practice their rights in Sri Lanka? From a perspective genuine reconciliation should start from the mind, heart and soul of all human beings and it should not be forcefully implemented through state activity.
  • 65) Sep 25, 2009 17:45:03 GMT |  + DMK Govt has no locus standi to host global Tamil Meet: Jayalalithaa
    AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Friday questioned the DMK government’s locus standi to host the ninth World Tamil Conference in Coimbatore in January next and its timing, saying Tamils were in a “state of distress” all over the world, particularly in Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The autonomous International Association of Tamil Research (IATR) alone could conduct such World Tamil Conferences and Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s announcement on the next meet “makes no mention whatsoever of the IATR,” Ms. Jayalalithaa said.
  • 66) Sep 25, 2009 17:20:29 GMT |  + 'Resurgence of LTTE must be prevented'- PM to Asia Society
    Rebuilding Sri Lanka after 25 years of war will, among other things, require preventing a resurgence of the LTTE, said Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake addressing at the Asia Society in New York last night. “Sri Lanka suffered for almost three decades of destruction from terrorism by the LTTE,” Prime Minister said. Despite victory, he said, “residual effects and related problems remain.”
  • 67) Sep 25, 2009 17:19:14 GMT |  + UN envoy visits Tamil refugee camps
    A United Nations human rights expert Walter Kaelin, the UN secretary-general's representative for the human rights of internally displaced persons, was visiting camps in the northern Vavuniya and Mannar districts, where civilians have been held since the end of the country's civil war in May. The Sri Lankan government quoted Kaelin as saying that its efforts to fulfil the needs of the displaced people were at a "commendable level," but the UN did not immediately comment on their own findings. International rights groups have been pushing for Sri Lanka to open the camps and allow those people who can go home to do so. more ...
  • 68) Sep 25, 2009 17:15:33 GMT |  + Rally Held in Front of the UN: 'Unlock the Concentration Camps in Sri Lanka'
    Human rights advocates rallied in front of the UN to bring attention to the 282,000 Tamils held in concentration camps in Sri Lanka. Joe Ratnam, a spokesman for the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) said, "USTPAC endorses and supports this rally by the activists concerned about human rights. Sri Lanka is attempting to destroy the Tamil community on the island and this crime is NOT being effectively challenged by the United Nations." Other sources support Mr. Ratnam's numbers. For instance, in May 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces killed over 20,000 Tamil civilians with indiscriminate attacks, The Times of London said.
  • 69) Sep 25, 2009 13:25:05 GMT |  + Vaiko blames Centre for denial of visa to Ellyin
    Blaming the Union government for alleged arms assistance to Sri Lankan government, MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Thursday said that the Indian government is suffering from guilty consciousness for the present situation. “India is suffering from guilty consciousness since it apprehends that Shander may expose the connections between the Indian and Sri Lankan governments”, said Vaiko. He alleged that India never asked for ceasefire in Sri Lanka when the entire world was demanding.
  • 70) Sep 25, 2009 13:22:33 GMT |  + India's power project in final stage: Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka and India are giving final touches to the proposed $500-million thermal power plant at Sampur in Trincomalee, the island nation’s power minister W D J Seneviratne has said. “We are giving finishing touches to the negotiations with India to construct jointly a coal power plant at Sampur in Trincomalee. This would be the country’s largest coal power plant with a capacity of 1,000 Mw,” the minister said. An agreement on power purchasing of the new plant would be signed between India’s state-run power producer NTPC and the Ceylon Electricity Board after conclusion of the negotiations.
  • 71) Sep 25, 2009 13:21:33 GMT |  + Sri Lanka, the gulag island
    The way the judicial process was usurped by the Sri Lankan gulag is a long story. What it does is turn the normal judicial process into a phantom limb. Like many amputees who continue to feel the limbs they lost, most Sri Lankans believe that their justice system still exists. But the gulag now uses its powers not only against insurgents, but against anyone it chooses. A case in point is its recent investigation into a letter signed by 133 well-known Sri Lankan citizens, to protest a death threat against a critic of the government.
  • 72) Sep 25, 2009 13:17:39 GMT |  + Tamil meet a farce by CM when Tamilians are suffering in Lanka
    Launching a tirade against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for organising the World Tamil Conference, when Tamils in Lanka and other parts were in a state of distress, AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa said the conference 'is nothing but a farcical charade for self-aggrandisement.' In a statement here, Ms Jayalalithaa, referring to the state government's announcement that the conference would be organised in Coimbatore in January 2010, said 'like all utterances of Mr Karunanidhi, this one too smacks of vested interest and has nothing to do with his self-proclaimed love for Tamil language'.
  • 73) Sep 25, 2009 11:36:20 GMT |  + Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka: “Almost living in hell”
    The Sri Lankan government has underscored its determination to keep 280,000 Tamil civilians in internment camps indefinitely, in blatant violation of their basic democratic rights. Officers in the camps have informed people that even if they were to be released, no one would be allowed to resettle in Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu in the Vanni region, areas that were captured by the military in the final stages of the war. The Rajapakse government has banned independent local and international media and aid agencies from the camps.
  • 74) Sep 25, 2009 11:31:28 GMT |  + JHU to force UN probe HR violations by US
    The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will shortly launch a campaign to collect one million signatures to petition United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki Moon to establish a commission to inquire into human rights violations committed by the United States. "The United States had violated the human rights of the entire world without challenge from anybody. We should expose the US," JHU Legal Advisor and Western Province Minister Udaya Gammanpila told a press conference yesterday.
  • 75) Sep 25, 2009 11:30:08 GMT |  + Sri Lankan police trail leading rebel of Tamil Tigers
    The Sri Lankan police Friday sought public alert on a leading Tamil Tiger rebel, who is said to be roaming around the capital Colombo. The police announced a hotline number for public information on a 32-year-old Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) member named Giri. Sri Lanka's defense authorities are currently engaged in the screening process of around 20,000 former LTTE members among the near 300,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) living in government welfare centers in the north. The IDPs were displaced by the final battles between the government troops and the LTTE in the first months this year. The government has pledged to resettle most them to their original homes within six months starting from May.
  • 76) Sep 25, 2009 1:43:39 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Health situation in Vavuniya district.
    As of today, 246’000 people who fled from the Vanni remain inside camps in the Vavuniya district and there are concerns about the future situation in the coming monsoon despite the ongoing effort mobilized. Regarding health care provision, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health have mobilized significant resources from all over the country to provide health care in the camps deploying doctors and nurses in 24 health structures, and therefore considers MSF medical assistance in the camps unnecessary. Some primary health care facilities have been set up in camp zones and a referral system has been implemented gradually since February. MSF teams are currently working in three hospitals outside the camps.
  • 77) Sep 25, 2009 1:34:57 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: Coastal Village Rises Up from Ravages of War, Disaster
    Vakarai is a dust bowl of a village, right at the edge of the coast in Sri Lanka’s east. The last three decades have not been too good for this fishing village — located about 300 kilometres east of the capital Colombo — and its inhabitants, mostly from the minority Tamil community. From war and disaster to a state of normalcy, this village of about two thousand inhabitants has come full circle. But that is getting ahead of the story. Since the late 1990s the village had been caught in fighting between the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government forces. The latter was in control of the village from the late 1990s till January 2007, when they were finally dislodged by government forces.
  • 78) Sep 25, 2008 19:56:18 GMT |  + Govt. hides report faulting ex-military chiefs
    The government has swept under the carpet a report by a presidential commission that inquired into alleged irregularities in military procurements in the period 2000-2005, internal military sources said. The report has implicated several former commanders of the armed forces in dealings that had lost more than Rs. 01 billion to the state and recommended punishment including the suspension of their civic rights. They include Navy's Admiral Daya Sandagiri, Army's General Lionel Balagalla, Air Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody of the Air Force and former Navy Chiefs of Staff Rear Admirals Mohan Wijewickrama and Sarath Weerasekara.
  • 79) Sep 25, 2008 18:15:33 GMT |  + SLA, LTTE clash in Mukamaalai FDL
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) clashed for Thursday around 2:00 a.m for nearly half an hour, according to sources close to SLA. Kodikaamam police said it recovered Thursday a body of a male, who was caught in a landmine explosion in the no man zone between SLA and LTTE FDL positions. The SLA claimed that the youth killed is a combatant of the LTTE unit which tried to penetrate into SLA held area Thursday early morning.
  • 80) Sep 25, 2008 10:51:46 GMT |  + Help For Embattled Civilians Missing
    An estimated 230,000 people are in dire need of assistance in the northern areas of Sri Lanka that remain under the control of Tamil separatist rebels, according to international humanitarian agencies. Civilians have been fleeing the fighting since June from in and around the area known as the Vanni, where the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has its stronghold. But tens of thousands remain trapped as the Sri Lankan army closes in and fighting intensifies. more ...
  • 81) Sep 25, 2008 10:50:22 GMT |  + SLA cautions continuous curfew in Jaffna
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Jaffna cautioned Wednesday UN humanitarian organization and its other institutions functioning in Jaffna peninsula to maintain food stocks enough for three days in case a continuing curfew being imposed in the peninsula during eventual military measures on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the Front Defence Line areas or on targets within the peninsula in the coming days, sources in Jaffna said. Residents in Jaffna say this could be a measure of the SLA to transport troops and weapons, unseen by the public, to the northern FDL areas.
  • 82) Sep 25, 2008 10:49:52 GMT |  + Inside Sri Lanka: A life given over to war
    Brigadier Mohan K. Jayawardena is sitting at his wooden desk, a framed portrait of the President on the wall behind him, when a loud boom rattles his office. He does not flinch. He is apparently used to the sound of 130-mm artillery guns firing off into the Mullattivu jungle, home of the Tamil Tigers guerrillas he has battled his entire military career. Brig. Jayawardena was an 18-year-old in basic training when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam started fighting for independence for Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority.
  • 83) Sep 25, 2008 10:45:03 GMT |  + Sri Lanka government wants to grow its own marijuana
    Sri Lanka's government wants to grow its own marijuana. Facing a lack of the fresh weed for use in traditional Ayurvedic medical preparations, the government ministry responsible wants to be excepted from laws that have made marijuana illegal on the Indian Ocean island since the 1890s. The Ministry of Indigenous Medicine this month broached a plan to grow 4,000 kg (8,818 lb) a year of marijuana, also known as cannabis, on a proposed 20 acre (8 hectares) farm. "We are interested in getting some approval to grow some cannabis with government sponsorship, but there must be controls. It is under study," Asoka Malimage, secretary at the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine, told Reuters on Thursday.
  • 84) Sep 25, 2007 20:12:31 GMT |  + EU defers resolution against Lanka
    The European Union has decided to defer a resolution against Sri Lanka, an EU diplomat in Geneva told the Daily Mirror even as human rights groups, on Monday asserted that the situation in Sri Lanka had deteriorated to serious levels. Speaking on condition of anonymity the diplomat said the EU, which under the presidency of Portugal, was contemplating putting forward a resolution against Sri Lanka both at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and the EU Parliament in Brussels had decided to defer the move until the upcoming Lankan visit of Human Rights High Commissioner Louise Arbour.
  • 85) Sep 25, 2007 14:18:31 GMT |  + “Undeclared” War in Sri Lanka: Opening Speech by Verena Graf of LIDLIP
    LIDLIP has been aware of the situation in Sri Lanka, in particular of the Tamil armed struggle, since 1986 and has ever since taken up the issue in the human rights fora. Based on historical and socio-political evidence, LIDLIP and other organizations have always argued that the Sri Lankan Tamils fulfil all the criteria to qualify as a people. Not only a common culture, language and religion but also a typical traditional settlement area, a shared history and democratically expressed will characterize them as a nation.
  • 86) Sep 25, 2007 13:19:42 GMT |  + Muslims allege Sinhala colonization in Pulmoddai
    Muslim residents in Pulmoddai village have made representations to their leaders that the Sri Lanka government is taking steps to acquire several acres of their traditional lands to colonise Sinhalese under the pretext of establishing an industrial estate with the assistance of the Mineral Sands Corporation, civil society sources in Trincomalee said. The Mineral Sands Corporation administered by the central government runs an Ilmenite Factory in Pulmoddai.
  • 87) Sep 25, 2007 11:10:59 GMT |  + Centre, State silent on Sri Lankan Tamils’ plight: Krishnasamy
    Political leaders in the State, who frequently voice their support for Sri Lankan Tamils, are now silent when they are suffering without any access to basic amenities, Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT) president K. Krishnasamy said here on Monday. Dr. Krishnasamy said the Sri Lankan Tamils were being killed in large numbers and human rights violations were taking place in an unprecedented way. But both the Centre and the State Governments remained mute spectators. The PT would conduct a rally on October 6 in support of the Sri Lankan Tamils in Chennai.
  • 88) Sep 25, 2007 10:33:22 GMT |  + Sri-Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to Justify Sinhala State Terrorism in the UN
    The Sinhala government had disregarded these offerings of wisdom and chosen the tragic path of terrorising the Tamils to subjugate them to second-class citizens and rob their traditional homeland. With this backdrop, MR’s visit to justify his criminal actions against humanity at the UN august assembly and to claim respect will be an impossible task as UN representatives from other countries are made of sterner stuff than MR. more ...
  • 89) Sep 25, 2007 10:21:48 GMT |  + UNHRC special session on SL: AI
    Amnesty International [AI] calls for the UN Human Rights Council to meet in a special session soon after the completion of the High Commissioner Louise Arbour's proposed visit to Sri Lanka in October. In a speech given to the Sixth Session of Human Rights Council on Monday, Amnesty International said it is very concerned about what they called "the serious and deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka". more ...
  • 90) Sep 25, 2006 16:50:27 GMT |  + 'ISI uses Sri Lanka to spread violence in India' - Jaffna District MP MK Sivajilingam
    India has not allowed Pakistan to open a deputy high commission office in Southern India so far. The reason being India apprehends that such an office would promote terrorism in south India. But now Pakistan is using Colombo as a base to build pro-Pakistan Muslim terrorist groups in the eastern provinces of Sri Lanka to create a Kashmir type situation in south India. These efforts began in 2000, but have increased since 2004 (after Mohammed's appointment as Pakistan high commissioner). Now some Muslim (Tamil) leaders are demanding de-merger of the unified northern and eastern provinces. The ISI is backing all these groups.
  • 91) Sep 25, 2006 16:33:00 GMT |  + Sacrificial Message – 19 years On…
    Nineteen years ago, in the vicinity of the famous Nallur Kandasamy Temple a young Tamilleader adopting the Gandhian Ahimsa mantra sacrificed himself in a bid to achieve basic freedom for his people. As hundreds of thousand people prayed and watched with progressive despair,he fasted unto death.As war and pseudo-peace efforts alternate in the landscape of the Sri Lankan Tamil struggle for freedom and justice, it is pertinent to re-visit the heroism of this young Tamil leader and the message that he left us all in the wake of his struggle and death. more ...
  • 92) Sep 25, 2006 16:28:21 GMT |  + Centre must hold talks with Lankan Tamil MPs: DPI
    The Dalit Panthers of India today asked the Centre to hold talks with Tamil MPs from Sri Lanka to solve the ethnic crisis in the island nation. "The Tamil MPs are not members of the LTTE. They are representatives of the Eelam Tamils and they only know the prevailing position in Sri Lanka," Thirumavalavan, General Secretary, DPI, told reporters here today. He also took a dig at the Union Government for inviting organisations like the Eelam People's Revolution Liberation Front(EPRLF), Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) and the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) to India for talks. more ...
  • 93) Sep 25, 2006 12:09:28 GMT |  + Sea Tiger Naval Voyage completes mission amid heavy fighting - LTTE
    Liberation Tigers Military Spokesman Irasaiah Ilanthirayan, confirming fierce fighting Sunday night between the LTTE Sea Tigers naval patrol and the Sri Lanka Navy in the seas off Pulmoddai, said three LTTE fighters had died in the clashes. Mr. Ilanthirayan said the naval patrol mission was succesfully completed by the Sea Tigers and added: "Sea Tiger squadrons of LTTE's naval fleet would continue their patrol mission as usual." Earlier, the Sri Lanka Navy had claimed that the Tigers had suffered "heavy casualties."
  • 94) Sep 25, 2006 12:08:16 GMT |  + Tigers deny forcing Muslims out of Sri Lanka town
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have denied forcing minority Muslims to quit a coastal town where 17 aid workers of a French charity were massacred last month.The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Monday said they were not responsible for distributing leaflets among thousands of Muslims in the town of Muttur demanding they leave the area.Local residents said dozens of families had fled to public buildings fearing attacks after they received handbills warning of an impending rebel attack on the area.
  • 95) Sep 25, 2006 10:59:13 GMT |  + Katchatheevu issue: Jaya slams MK
    AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa has alleged that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is raising the issue of the state's fishing rights around Katchatheevu island with an eye on the local body elections.In a statement here yesterday, she claimed the rights of Tamil Nadu fishermen were lost when Karunanidhi was the Chief Minister in 1974. She alleged that the DMK chief did not oppose the decision of the Indira Gandhi government to accede Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka."Now, Karunanidhi is playing the Katchatheevu card to garner support in the local body elections," she said.
  • 96) Sep 25, 2006 10:53:22 GMT |  + Ignoring UN treaty 'unprecedented'
    A leading Human Rights attorney in Sri Lanka has accused the state of ignoring the obligations as a member state by refusing to accept UN rulings.Senior attorney at-law RKW Gunasekara said Sri Lanka’s refusal to abide by the ruling of UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) was “unprecedented” in the history of the UN.Sri Lanka is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)."When we signed the ICCPR agreement that meant not only the government but everyone in the country agrees to it.
  • 97) Sep 25, 2006 10:47:22 GMT |  + Dozens die in Sri Lanka sea fight
    A five-hour sea battle between the Sri Lankan Navy and Tamil Tiger rebels Sunday off the coast eastern Sri Lanka left more than 60 rebels dead and nearly a dozen of their boats destroyed, military officials said.According to Sri Lankan military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, the naval firefight erupted after the Navy intercepted a flotilla of more than 25 rebel boats -- called Sea Tigers -- off the northeastern coastal village of Pulmoddai.Samarasinghe said Monday that the rebels were moving troops and military supplies to the south toward the rebel-held village of Vakarai, located in the Batticaloa district.
  • 98) Sep 25, 2006 2:48:43 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says sinks rebel boats in clash
    Sri Lanka's navy sank 11 Tamil Tiger vessels and killed dozens of rebels in a fierce five-hour battle overnight, the military said on Monday, a fortnight after the foes agreed to resume peace talks to halt renewed civil war.The navy believes a top Tiger naval commander was killed or injured during the clash at sea around 50 miles north of the strategic northeastern harbor of Trincomalee -- one of the most serious naval battles since a 2002 ceasefire that now lies in tatters."There were 25 Sea Tiger boats sailing south. Eleven boats were sunk, and about 70 cadres were killed," said Chief Inspector of Police Percy Perera of the Center for National Security. He said five navy sailors were hurt in the clash.
  • 99) 16:37 GMT, Sep. 25, 2005 |  + Canada: Scarborough brothers killed in hit-run - police might treat case as homicide
    Police are considering laying homicide charges against the hit-and-run driver who killed two Scarborough brothers on an industrial street near the University of Waterloo.Soumiyan, 19, and Chandrasegar (Chandru) Nagulasigamany, 21, were pronounced dead in hospital after being run down early Friday morning; a 20-year-old Waterloo man who was walking with them has been released from hospital. Autopsy results are expected from the coroner's office in Hamilton tomorrow. A police spokesman said those results could push investigators to treat the case as a homicide rather than an accident.Police said they were called to a disturbance on Dearborn Place at about 1 a.m. on Friday. Heinzel of Waterloo Region police downplayed reports that they might have died as a result of an argument that began at the nearby Revolution Night Club on Marsland Dr. more ...
  • 100) 14:24 GMT, Sep. 25, 2005 |  + Policemen in LTTE custody to be released on Tuesday?
    The fate of the three Police Officers including a Sub- Inspector of Police and two police constables attached to the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) currently being held by LTTE cadres will be decided when they will be taken before the LTTE courts in Killinochchi on September 27, Police said. Northern Range DIG, Mahinda Baddewela said LTTE Political Wing leader Tamil Chelvan was told that the police had informed the LTTE area leader and the Bishop of Mannar before entering the LTTE held area with two Catholic priests to apprehend the British paedophile Michael Smith hiding in the Wanni jungles. They were detained on the pretext of collecting information on LTTE activity. Meanwhile it was learnt that several Tamil Members of Parliament who met the LTTE hierarchy had explained to them the purpose of the policemen's visit to Silavathurai. It is learnt that the police party were able to video tape the activity of Michael Smith inside the jungle. A compact disc containing the activities of British paedophile Michael Smith is to be handed over to the LTTE shortly. more ...
  • 101) 14:13 GMT, Sep. 25, 2005 |  + Let's disarm the army... and play rugby
    What will you do about Somay wanting to disarm the army darling? I mean to say how impractical. We'll be having out of work Majors General with bayonets up their posteriors swarming the diplomatic missions like flies to honey. And what will the diplomutts in the service do? And the upshot? They will be up in arms. It seems to me dear that the red chaps are trying to achieve through legitimate means what they couldn't achieve in the terror era. You remember the terror era darling? The time when your friends Wee Wee and Somay and their ilk went about smiting everybody on the hip and on the thigh. Not to mention cutting off the heads of many a bloke. Reminded the paradisians of the worst excesses of the French revolution. Anyway if you may recall Somay and his henchmen in 1990 were sending out ultimatums and putting up posters and doing a thorough propaganda job like they are now doing for you. more ...
  • 102) 13:22 GMT, Sep. 25, 2005 |  + Tsunami aid in wrong hands in Sri Lanka: Auditor General
    Wide spread corruption has been detected in the distribution of foreign and local tsunami aid in Sri Lanka, the country's chief auditor said today. Large scale misappropriation was found in the north-western, southern and eastern regions, Auditor General Sarath Mayadunne said commenting on a report in Sunday Island daily which said that he had blown the whistle on corruption. "Yes, the figures mentioned in the newspaper report are correct," Mayadunne said adding that he will publish his Interim Tsunami Aid Audit Report this week after having presented it to members of parliament last week. He said he could not say what percentage of the aid money had been siphoned off, but believed the numbers were large. more ...
  • 103) 01:18 GMT, Sep. 25, 2005 |  + JVP, JHU deals stand between Mahinda and minorities
    Political events since the commencement of the peace process have amplydemonstrated yet again that the Sri Lankan State neither has the will nor the ability to engage the Tamils in a collaborate effort, whether it is to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the Tamil people or the larger peace process.Instead of negotiating with the LTTE in good faith, the Sri Lankan State continues to undermine the collective will of the Tamil people. This situation places the Tamil people in a state of utter desperation.The Tamil people earnestly desire a peaceful resolution of the Tamil national question in a manner commensurate with the suffering they have long endured, andwhich satisfy their legitimate aspirations in a just and durable manner. The Tamil people earnestly appeal to the international community to use their good offices to ensure such a solution. If the Sri Lankan State continues to be intransigent regarding the resolution of the Tamil national question, the Tamil people will have no other alternative but to urge the international community to explicitly endorse the Tamil people's struggle for self-determination. more ...
  • 104) 15:32 GMT, Sep. 25, 2004 |  + Some people don't change
    As usual President Chandrika Kumarathunga's speech in the UN general assembly is full of confusion and contradictions. Not deviating from her pattern while speaking in Sri Lanka, the President has followed the same line in the august assembly failing to speak the truth and reflect ground realities. Ina speech in the UN she made two points pertaining to the peace talks. One is that the LTTE is refusing to come to the table, the other being that the government prefers to speak on the final resolution. The President's accusation on the LTTE is far from the truth. The Liberation Tigers have at no stage expressed unwillingness to attend the peace talks. What they actually want is to affirm in advance what is to be talked about? more ...
  • 105) 15:30 GMT, Sep. 25, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan troops head to Haiti
    Sri Lanka's first major overseas peacekeeping contingent has left to join the UN mission in Haiti. About 750 troops will join the effort to restore stability after Haiti's president was forced out of power earlier this year. In a moving ceremony the first 150 soldiers and their families gathered on sun-baked tarmac at Colombo airport. The leaders of Sri Lanka's many religious communities stood by as Lt Gen Shantha Kottegoda wished them well. The soldiers' children waved paper flags and wiped away tears as the Sri Lankan and UN standards were folded and handed to the head of the mission. more ...
  • 106) 12:52 GMT, Sep. 25, 2004 |  + Malaysia: Tamils enjoying happy and peaceful life
    Tamils are leading a happy and peaceful life and they also preserve their culture, said Tamil Nadu assembly speaker Dr K. Kalimuthu. Tamil Nesan reported him as saying that although the Tamils were a minority in Malaysia, they led a happy life in a peaceful environment. He commended the Barisan Nasional Government for protecting the interests of the Tamils. Dr Kalimuthu was speaking at a dinner organised by the Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday. The contribution by local Indians to nation-building and unity fascinated him, he said while attending the Malayalees Onam festival at Mamangam Illam charity home at Teluk Pulai in Klang recently. Latchuman said it was important to hold such events to create an opportunity for the younger generation to look back at the history of the community and preserve their culture. more ...
  • 107) 12:39 GMT, Sep. 25, 2004 |  + Sri Lankans Fear Ceasefire's End
    There are slim hopes that the Sri Lankan government and rebel Tamil Tigers will restart peace talks soon after four people, including a top renegade Tiger fighter, were shot dead in growing factional fighting in the country. The killings on Thursday came days after Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim expressed his own frustrations at the on-the-ground reality between the two sides. "Even if Jesus Christ or Buddha came, they will not be able to do this easily," Solheim told reporters last weekend soon after meeting the Tigers' political head S. P. Tamilselvan at the rebels' Peace Secretariat in this northern Sri Lankan city. more ...
  • 108) 10:03 GMT, Sep. 25, 2004 |  + Thileepan, an epitome of sacrifice and symbolism of determination
    How long is seventeen years in a nation's history of freedom struggle? Not so long but his demise is so fresh in the Tamil psyche as if it happened today or yesterday may be. Time rolls very fast but the memory is not so. He attained martyrdom on a sunny morning and the sky in the horizon was a mixture of silver and gold. The sky over the north was pregnant with the deep sentiment of its people. That morn saw thousands and thousands of his peoples' eyes that did not sleep four nights together. His eyes resembled a candle light that was beginning to extinguish itself. Still, that morning His eyes conveyed a message that would prevail in the peoples' mind ever green throughout the length and breadth of the Tamil homeland for centuries together. more ...
  • 109) 02:09 GMT, Sep. 25, 2004 |  + A man tortured and prosecuted with false charges by the Samanalaweva Police Post
    On 26 August 2004 at about 4:30 p.m. Sub Inspector (S.I.) Dhammika Bandara and Police Sergeant 4370 Mahinda of the Samanalaweva Police Post, Balangoda has arrived at the house of Heeralu Mohottalalage Punchi Banda and dragged him out of the house. The S.I. Dhammika Bandara has hit H.M. Punchi Banda's head and as he fell down, the S.I. has kicked him from head to foot, while asking for a barrel of a local trap gun [Bandina thuwakkuwa]. When he has said that he knew nothing about it, the S.I. has brutally hit the victim's head many times with a wooden pole. Due to brutal assault, the victim has been severely injured. H.M. Punchi Banda's wife has pleaded with the S.I. not to assault her husband however, the S.I. Dhamika Bandara has winded a nylon rope on the victim's neck and pulled the rope several times until his neck was bleeding. more ...
  • 110) 12:33 GMT, Sep. 25, 2003 |  + Lessons from Resistance/Terrorism/ And Stalemate in Sri Lanka
    Attempt to analyze the lessons learnt from armed resistance to state-sponsored terrorism, oppression, repression, suppression, human rights violations, and discrimination. The use of the word terrorism serves regimes in a number of ways. It protects regimes from being challenged. Even if regimes have a terrible human rights record, the very invocation of the term "terrorism" provides them some measure of legitimacy and support from the international community. Let us make no mistake that civil wars, unnecessary violence, killings, and armed resistance, are not a new phenomena to this world, or only a Third World feature, like in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 111) 12:03 GMT, Sep. 25, 2003 |  + Lanka govt optimistic of resuming peace talks by mid-October
    The Sri Lankan government today said it was optimistic of resuming the currently stalled direct peace dialogue with the LTTE by mid-October, after receiving counter-proposals for the interim council in the North-East from the rebels. ''During the first week of October the LTTE leaders will have a meeting in Dublin, Ireland, with their international experts. Within ten days after the conclusion of the Dublin meeting, we are hoping to resume the next round of direct talks with the LTTE,'' Mr Peiris said. Denying allegations by the local media that the Tigers were not prepared to resume talks unless the government accepted their counter proposals for the interim administration, he said the LTTE had never informed the government along those lines. more ...
  • 112) 04:04 GMT, Sep. 25, 2003 |  + ‘Sinhala Colonizations’ and Sri Lanka Peace Times
    One key factor that is making the experts doubtful of the current talks is the continuing Sinhala colonization of many historically Tamil areas.The Successive Sinhala governments, since the 80’s,



    ‘President Chandrika Kumaranatunge's interest on Trincomalee’

    have all given high priority to colonizing the Tamil areas, especially during the peace times.In 1994, Colonization was carried out in vast scale in the eastern province. Especially in Trincomalee. President CBK expanded the colonization schemes in “Moothoor”, “Thitiyaai” and in the surroundings of the “Koneswarar Temple”. Finally, we are now in a unique peacetime where international monitors are deployed in SriLanka to ensure that all parties adhere to the current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). However, even during this present peacetime, with all this international attention on SriLanka, the colonization still continues. more ...
  • 113) 02:34 GMT, Sep. 25, 2003 |  + Vavuniya Pongu Thamil festival draws thousands
    Thousands of Tamil men, women and students from all walks of life thronged the urban council grounds in Vavuniya Wednesday evening from five corners of the town to attend the Pongu Thamil festival meeting, sources said. Dr. K. Muthulingam, a member of the organizing committee, unveiled the 2000 Thamil Pongu Festival memorial and a Buddhist monk, Venerable Kalupahana Piyrathana Thera, lit the traditional oil lamp, sources said The normal activities of the town came to a standstill from noon as all business establishments and other private institutions had put up their shutters. People carried banners, placards, Thamileelam national flags and cutouts of the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Mr.V. Pirapaharan. more ...
  • 114) 17:50 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Tamil Internet Conference 2002
    Tamil Internet 2002 Conference/Expo is here at heart of Silicon Valley. Yes, for the first time the largest internet conference on Tamil Computing will be held at Crowne Plaza, Foster City (San Fransico Bay Area) on September 27, 28 and 29. The event organizers want every Tamil in Bay area to attend and benefit. Hence, except the conference track, the rest of the events are FREE. The success of the event is measured by participation of local people like you. Therefore, it's important that we all attend this event to ensure continuous support for Tamil Computing. more ...
  • 115) 16:02 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Talking to Tigers
    The Tigers inhabiting the northern jungles of Sri Lanka have sprung a surprise from the Sattahip naval base in Thailand. They have proved that they can talk. They are even promising to change their stripes. These are Tigers of the Tamil Liberation variety. The Tigers have been known to spring surprises. In the past, such surprises were invariably calculated to spike any attempt at peacemaking. more ...
  • 116) 15:44 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Muslims to raise ethnic worries with rebels
    Sri Lanka's top Muslim minister said on Tuesday he would meet the head of the Tamil Tiger rebels to redress ethnic cleansing problems that had split the two communities and overshadowed talks to end the island's civil war. Muslim Affairs Minister Rauff Hakeem told a news conference that he would meet Velupillai Prabhakaran soon to ease fears of Muslims that they would be left out of the peace talks in neutral Thailand. more ...
  • 117) 15:33 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan Muslim, Tamil Rebel Leaders to Meet on Ethnic Problem
    Sri Lanka's main Muslim party leader Rauf Hakeem said Tuesday that he will meet with separatist Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on issues concerning Muslims residing in the Tamil-dominated areas in the north and east of the country. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauf Hakeem said he was "cautiously optimistic" that his forthcoming meeting with leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Prabhakaran would win the Muslims more power. more ...
  • 118) 15:23 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka to focus on war-affected children
    Sri Lanka will turn the focus of its fledgling peace process to children next week when a conference on war-affected children opens, an aid group said on Wednesday. The government and Tamil Tiger rebels have been observing a Norwegian-brokered truce since February and met for an initial round of talks last week, but aid workers urged negotiators to include the needs of children in the peace bid. more ...
  • 119) 12:48 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Tamilians in US can now watch TV programmes in mother tongue



    TVI is the First 24-Hour Tamil Television channel available in the United States of America.

    Nearly a lakh Tamil households in the US can now enjoy entertainment programmes and watch news in their mother tongue round the clock thanks to an agreement between DISH Network, a leading American direct broadcast satellite television provider, and Chennai-based Tamil channel SUN TV. DISH Network will air the programmes of SUN TV and its subscribers can have access to them by paying a monthly fee of fifteen dollars, Chairman and Managing Director of SUN TV Kalanithi Maran told reporters here yesterday. SUN TV programmes are currently available in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe and parts of Australia, he said. more ...
  • 120) 12:37 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Scepticism of Tigers' Position Reveals Deep Divisions
    One week after Tamil rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham said the Tigers have scaled down their long-cherished goal of a separate state, many Sri Lankans and commentators on both sides of the ethnic conflict are far from convinced about his statement. Analysts who reflect a pro-Sinhalese point of view say Balasingham and the Tigers cannot be trusted,...Some Tamil commentators sympathetic to the Tigers also appear to have been surprised by the statement, saying they found it hard to believe the Tigers would publicly step back from one of their core goals. more ...
  • 121) 12:30 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka's Muslims want power sharing with Tamils in the northeast
    A top Muslim leader in Sri Lanka said Wednesday that a final peace agreement between the government and Tamil rebels must include a power-sharing deal for the strife-torn region's Muslim minority. About 1.3 million out of Sri Lanka's 18.6 million people are Muslim. They live mainly in the north and east of the country — the same areas where the Tamil insurgents have been waging a 19-year battle for their own homeland. more ...
  • 122) 17:57 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Economist Sendhil Mullainathan, 29, wins rare US honor
    These are not the headlines from a psychology or a business magazine. They are the titles of the scholarly papers Sendhil Mullainathan and his colleagues have published in the past seven years. He is the youngest of the 24 fellows named this year by the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation which started the fellowships in 1981. Mullainathan's family emigrated from Sri Lanka nearly three decades ago. The Foundation hailed Mullainathan, who has also presented a paper on media bias, for pushing the boundaries of economics. more ...
  • 123) 09:18 GMT, Sep. 25, 2002 |  + Who is possessed by what ?
    Ayubowan, Vanakkam, Assalamu Allaikkum and a note of caution for a battle you seem to be setting up between Chandrika the tigress and the 500 you have threatened to devour if they try to destroy you. Your outburst at the Kobbekaduwa commemoration meeting appeared to be largely a reaction to the unexpected success of the talks in Thailand and the growing possibility that you might find yourself left behind on the wayside if not in the waste bins of history. more ...
  • 124) 20:09 GMT, Sep. 25, 2001 |  + Award for senior Tamil journalists stopped
    Special awards for two senior Tamil journalists were cancelled on a directive by the Sri government, media sources said Tuesday. The North-eastern Provincial Council (NEPC) announced on 2 September that Mr.Ponnaiah Manikavasagam, the correspondent for the Tamil daily Thinakkural in Vavuniya and a regular contributor to the BBC and other international media, would receive the NEPC Governor's special journalism award for 2001. It also announced that Mr. Aiyathurai Nadesan, senior correspondent and political columnist for the Tamil daily Virakesari, would get an award for his book 'The history of the ethnic contradiction in Sri Lanka' published last year. The awards for the two senior Tamil journalists were stopped for political reasons, an official of the NEPC said. more ...
  • 125) 18:25 GMT, Sep. 25, 2001 |  + Chennai experiences mild tremor
    Several parts of Tamil Nadu felt tremors of mild intensity for a few seconds tonight, forcing people to rush outdoors. The tremors were felt even in Kancheepuram, about 75 km from here. There has been no report of any casualties. The streets were soon crowded with people, who had rushed out of the buildings in panic as soon as they felt the tremor. Those working late at offices made a dash for the street. Chairs and tables began to shake, many of those who rushed down from multi-storeyed flats, said. more ...
  • 126) 16:40 GMT, Sep. 25, 2001 |  + Peace BeTweeN AmeriCa and IsLaM! : An Internet Virus Alert!
    W32.Vote.A@mm is a mass-mailing worm written in the Visual Basic language. It requires the file Msvbvm50.dll to execute. When executed, the worm will attempt to email itself to all contacts in the Microsoft Outlook address book. The email will appear as follows. more ...
  • 127) 16:17 GMT, Sep. 25, 2001 |  + Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka find place on landmark reform council
    Tamils of Indian Origin in Sri Lanka have won a place on a groundbreaking constitutional council that is set to usher in political reforms and clean up public life. The demand by the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC), representing Indian Tamils here, helped push the controversial 17th amendment to the Constitution through the legislature late on Monday. The JVP said although "it opposed the move in principle it would not scuttle the vote." more ...
  • 128) 12:10 GMT, Sep. 25, 2001 |  + Asian Airlines Run For Cover As Insurance Coverage Thins
    Sri Lanka's national carrier briefly grounded its aircraft, but other Asian airlines remained airborne after governments pledged to back airlines whose war-coverage insurance policies expired Tuesday. By midday, the Sri Lankan government had promised a guarantee of US$1.5 billion for SriLankan Airlines, said Neeraj Kumar, the company's chief financial officer. As of 0000 GMT Tuesday, airlines worldwide were effectively switched to new policies that limit coverage for war or terrorist attacks to US$50 million a year - well below the usual coverage of US$1 billion or more. more ...
  • 129) 12:09 GMT, Sep. 25, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka Tourism Again Under Threat
    The threat of conflict in Afghanistan is also a threat to Sri Lanka's already war-battered tourism industry, but analysts are keeping a close watch on developments before subjecting key industry plays to sharp downgrades. "Much will depend on U.S. actions around Afghanistan," said Ramzi Rishad, equity analyst at Indosuez W.I. Carr Securities. The current crisis is the latest in a serious of blows to hit the local tourism industry, which has been struggling to stay afloat in the midst of an 18-year ethnic civil war. The sector, one of the country's main foreign exchange earners, has seen its fortunes rise and fall with the ebb and flow of violence in the island nation. more ...
  • 130) 11:54 GMT, Sep. 25, 2001 |  + No sport please, the Americans are coming
    The expected US military strikes against Afghanistan have wreaked havoc with sports schedules in the Indian sub-continent sparking fears that an entire season could have been ruined. Sports officials in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are counting the millions of dollars lost in sponsorship as, one by one, international events have fallen by the wayside. Pakistan, at the centre of the war against terrorism, has been the worst hit with two money-spinning cricket tours going up in smoke and the regional South Asian Federation (SAF) Games postponed indefinitely. India postponed the inaugural Afro-Asian Games in November due to security concerns, although a lack of preparation was cited in many quarters as the real reason for calling off the event. "Baseball may have resumed in the US but it appears we will be deprived of action in the near future." more ...
  • 131) 11:49 GMT, Sep. 25, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka government faces no-trust vote after reforms
    Sri Lanka's main opposition Tuesday moved to topple the Marxist-backed government through a parliament vote a day after the assembly approved reforms to de-politicise key institutions. The United National Party (UNP) which joined the government in voting for sweeping democratic reforms said it was now ready to move a vote of no-confidence to overthrow the minority government. more ...
  • 132) 01:26 GMT, Sep. 25, 2001 |  + Asian ship owners, customers face high war risk cost
    Ship owners in Asia could face nine-fold increases in insurance costs because of war fears, threatening sharp rises in freight rates through the Suez Canal to Europe, industry executives said on Monday. Although the situation is not as dire as for airlines, which have won government-backed insurance cover, several ship operators in East Asia said they would add surcharges to meet their costs. "I'm afraid its one of these things that's going to be passed on to the customers," said Vernon Rolls, director of the Far Eastern Freight Conference (FEFC), an alliance of some 15 major shipping firms involved in Asia-Europe trade through Suez. more ...
  • 133) 21:14 GMT, Sep. 25, 2000 |  + Chandrika's men ransacked my office, says brother
    The estranged brother of the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, today accused her bodyguards of wrecking his election office, 40 kms from here. Addressing reporters, Mr. Bandaranaike alleged that the attack could have been carried out only by members of the elite Presidential Security Division. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), which describes itself as an ``independent civil society group for strengthening democracy'', confirmed the incident and said the location suggested it was an ``organised'' attack. more ...
  • 134) 03:53 GMT, Sep. 25, 2000 |  + EU concerned over Sri Lanka violence
    The head of the European Union's election monitoring mission in Sri Lanka, John Cushnahan, has said that he is seriously concerned about an attack on members of the opposition United National Party [UNP] near the city of Kandy. more ...
  • 135) 03:50 GMT, Sep. 25, 2000 |  + Navy destroys rebel boats in eastern Lanka
    Two Tamil Tiger rebel boats were destroyed after a night-long gunbattle between the navy and a rebel flotilla off the northeastern Sri Lankan coast, the government's principal spokesman said Sunday. Naval reinforcements were rushed to the coastal town of Chalai on Saturday after navy patrol boats Friday night sighted two clusters of rebel boats and fired at them, said Ariya Rubasinghe. The rebels returned fire with heavy, medium and small arms. more ...
  • 136) 03:48 GMT, Sep. 25, 2000 |  + EU concerned over Sri Lanka police inaction
    A European mission monitoring Sri Lanka's parliamentary election campaign Sunday expressed concern over police inaction to investigate an attack against an opposition candidate. The European Union Observer Mission said they were in the central town of Kandy when a shooting occurred Saturday but were not direct witnesses to the outbreak of violence during a procession of opposition supporters. more ...
  • 137) 03:46 GMT, Sep. 25, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka's main Muslim party to embrace secular identity
    Sri Lanka's main Muslim political party, which helped President Chandrika Kumaratunga form a coalition government six years ago, Sunday announced plans to shed its sectarian identity. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), whose leader died in a helicopter crash on September 16, said in a statement published Sunday, it would merge with the National Unity Alliance (NUA). more ...
  • 138) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS VIOLATION APPLICATION OF G.G.PONNAMBALAM (JNR)
    No details available. more ...
  • 139) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + Asian rights group asks UN to find Sri Lanka peace
    No details available. more ...
  • 140) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + Emerging market financing methods and Sri Lanka
    No details available. more ...
  • 141) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + No end in sight
    No details available. more ...
  • 142) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + Software drives rise of India's south
    No details available. more ...
  • 143) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + A Statement By the Asian Human Rights Commission
    No details available. more ...
  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + A no-win situation
    No details available. more ...
  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + Catholic Bishops meet LTTE leaders
    No details available. more ...
  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + Tigers blast military convoy, Sri Lanka toll hits 30
    No details available. more ...
  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1999 |  + World: Sanctions have boomeranged, says US commission
    No details available. more ...
  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 25, 1998 |  + Mass grave protest
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