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Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Airforce bombing kills four civilians
    Four civilians were killed and 2 wounded when the Sri Lankan Air Force Kfir jets bombed Murippu, a village in the Mullaitivu district, around 10 a.m yesterday, according to the Voice of Tigers (VoT) in its night transmission yesterday.
  • 1998 | Mother's Front Appeal to President
    In a message to the Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunge, the Mothers' Front in Jaffna said they were still waiting for an official statement from her regarding what had happened to their children who have been reported missing after they were arrested by the Sri Lankan Army in 1996. The message, that was written in Sinhalese, was faxed to the President today.
  • 1999 | Relatives of missing to go on hunger strike
    The parents and relatives of the hundreds Jaffna civilians who were reported 'missing' after being arrested by the SLA have decided to go on hunger strike from 5 December, human rights sources in the northern town said.
  • 2000 | Jaffna University students stage protest march
    Hundreds University students Wednesday morning marched through the roads of Jaffna town and burnt photographs of President Chandrika Kumaratunge and Minister of North-eastern Rehabilitation, and leader of the EPDP, Douglas Devananda. The students were protesting against the murder of journalist M.Nimalarajan and the brutal massacre of 31 detainees at a detention centre at Bindunuwewa in Bandarawela last month.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 252 | பொருளாட்சி போற்றாதார்க் கில்லை அருளாட்சி
    ஆங்கில்லை ஊன்றின் பவர்க்கு.
    No use of wealth have they who guard not their estate;
    No use of grace have they with flesh who hunger sate.
    - 26 26
  • Nov 22 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Nov 22, 2013 13:25:21 GMT |  + Erasing the memory of law, an independent judiciary and the legal profession
    Erasing of the law, the independent judicial system and the independence of the lawyers is now very much on the agenda in Sri Lanka. it all depends now on the capacity of the legal profession to resist and to defend its inherent rights as an independent profession. And what this means to the people as a whole is about their rights as individuals. Whether they want to be merely a cog in the machine is something they must themselves decide NOW. more ...
  • 2) Nov 22, 2013 13:22:42 GMT |  + Zuma silent on Sri Lankan human rights abuses
    The Canadian and Mauritian heads of state boycotted the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting held in Sri Lanka earlier this month because of the host country's appalling human rights record. More than half the leaders of the 53 member states stayed away, making this the lowest turnout in the group's history. South African President Jacob Zuma, by contrast, was among the heads of state who refused to consider a boycott against Sri Lanka, to speak out about human rights abuses or to show symbolic solidarity with the victims. uma appears to have joined hands with Sri Lanka's authoritarian rulers in warding off such long-awaited measures by pushing, instead, for a South African-style TRC. more ...
  • 3) Nov 22, 2013 11:14:27 GMT |  + ‘UK PM’s Lanka visit counterproductive’
    Raising questions about the effectiveness of the visit by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to Sri Lanka, India said that such energetic moves may not work in ‘South Asian context’ and instead could be ‘counterproductive’. “It is not our style to do what he did,” said a highly-placed source on Thursday, when questioned about the much-reported remarks and travels of David Cameron to Colombo and Jaffna.Obliquely criticising the UK Prime Minister, the source asserted, “You can ask what is more effective in the South Asian context,” adding that such actions can be ‘counterproductive’.
  • 4) Nov 22, 2013 11:11:40 GMT |  + MP Tom Greatrex column: how do we treat Sri Lanka?
    The tension is how the UK should treat an ally, a fellow member of the Commonwealth, when it appears to behave in a way that contravenes our core values.What do we do when those values are disregarded, when civilians die, reportedly at the hands of agents acting on behalf of the government? Should other Commonwealth nations cast them out, exclude them, show them that the loss of friendship is the price for atrocity? Or should the UK and others engage with them, attend their summits, shake their hands and trust that friendship will be a greater driver for reform than antagonism? This is the tension at the heart of the UK’s relationship with Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 5) Nov 22, 2013 11:08:25 GMT |  + ‘Decision on CHOGM won’t hit Sri Lanka ties’
    Only time will tell how diplomatic ties with Sri Lanka would shape up as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo held earlier this month.Maintaining that Dr. Singh’s decision not to visit Sri Lanka for CHOGM was no “reflection” of the strength of bilateral ties, they drew attention to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s presence at the summit. “That was widely appreciated and we have to continue to work with each other as we can’t wish each other away,” they added. more ...
  • 6) Nov 22, 2012 18:40:23 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: Scraping by with scrap
    Every evening when the setting sun creates long shadows against walls and pillars of bombed-out buildings, half a dozen flatbed trucks line up in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mullaittivu. They have become a permanent early evening fixture in this shell of a town, where some of the worst battles during the final phase of the island’s civil war were fought in early 2009. As darkness spreads, men, women and even children approach the trucks to empty their small sacks of rusting pots, vehicle parts and other metals. more ...
  • 7) Nov 22, 2012 10:53:54 GMT |  + Tamil Nadu: 4 fishermen attacked by Sri Lankan navy
    Four fishermen were injured on Thursday when they were attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits, officials said. Sticks, bottles and stones were allegedly hurled by the Lankan navalmen at the fishermen and their boats also suffered damage in the attack, officials said. The attackers also snapped the fishing nets and seized global positioning and wireless equipment. The injured fishermen have been admitted to a hospital at Ramanathpuram. more ...
  • 8) Nov 22, 2011 18:20:12 GMT |  + Protest in Dematagoda over abduction
    The alleged abduction of a prominent Peliyagoda businessman by two men in camouflage military uniforms this morning has resulted in protests in the area. Mr. Kumara’s daughter Achini Subashini said that according to the employee who was with her father, they had been followed by two men in camouflage uniforms and had overtaken the lorry which was driven by my father and had suddenly put up a signboard with the words Stop. more ...
  • 9) Nov 22, 2011 11:10:44 GMT |  + EXCLUSIVE Highlights of LLRC findings and recommendations
    The LLRC has declared ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ produced by UK-based Channel 4 News at the behest of the LTTE a total fabrication. The commission has gone to the extent of obtaining the services of a NASA expert to verify the authenticity of the 50-minute documentary, which was telecast in many parts of the world and also shown to select groups of opinion makers by human rights watchdogs, the Amnesty International, the International Crisis Group and the Human Rights Watch. The LLRC has held that if the government fully implements its recommendations, there will be no need for any international mechanism to inquire into Sri Lanka’s domestic issues.
  • 10) Nov 22, 2011 2:18:38 GMT |  + The Real Lessons of Sri Lanka's War: A Global Power Shift and the End of Human Rights
    The grandly named “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission” submitted its final report to Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday. The document is meant to account for the failure of a 2002 ceasefire and the events leading up to the end of the country's 26-year-long war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who were defeated in May 2009. On paper, the LLRC looks something like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission convened after the end of apartheid rule in South Africa — more than 1,000 witnesses testified before the LLRC, and the Sri Lankan government has trumpeted the LLRC as an effort to help the country move on after a generation of ethnic conflict. In fact, the real "lessons learnt" are much different.
  • 11) Nov 22, 2011 2:16:53 GMT |  + Sri Lanka mulls police 'cash for big families' plan
    The government of Sri Lanka appears to want military and police families to have more children. President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced the initiative while presenting the annual budget speech on Monday. The president said that that any police officer parenting a third child would be given a one-off cash grant of 100,000 Sri Lankan rupees ($910/£580). He said that said that giving police families cash for having a third child was the mark of a "caring society". more ...
  • 12) Nov 22, 2010 22:49:26 GMT |  + N. Ram interviews Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa
    It is a good development. Because earlier TNA wanted a separate state. It’s a very good development. We can now start talking to them. Not only from the TNA but from all the Tamil parties. We need their support and the [Tamil] people’s support. This is very important. They must realise that they can’t get what Prabakaran wanted – by using guns and all those weapons, by terrorism. They can’t terrorise the country that way. They must also realise that what we refused to give Prabakaran, we won’t give to others. So they must be realistic – and fair, in this process. more ...
  • 13) Nov 22, 2010 21:40:37 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, UN Can't Confirm Will Talk to White Flag Silva, Or Report Will Be Public
    “The deputy permanent representative is an employee of the government of Sri Lanka, I would refer those questions to the government of Sri Lanka,” Ban's acting Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said on November 22. The government of Sri Lanka, of course, has arrested and barred entry by journalists covering war crimes. Haq and the UN have referred those questions to UNESCO, which has of late said nothing. Inner City Press asked, since Ban's panel chief Marzuki Darusman is this whole week in South Korea, how much time the panel members are putting into their review of Sri Lanka. Haq replied “they are putting in considerable time,” adding that “a secretariat putting together information.” more ...
  • 14) Nov 22, 2010 11:21:40 GMT |  + At UN, As War Criminal Posted as Sri Lanka Deputy, Will Panel Interview Him?
    Sri Lanka's placement as its Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN of general Shavendra Silva, responsible for many of the war crimes in 2009 which made UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon belatedly name a Panel of Experts, has now been noted by a New York tabloid. It is no longer hypothetical, and has not been for some time. Ban Ki-moon did nothing, and now many say that his Panel of Experts is doing nothing. Now they have a war criminal, a man with first hand knowledge, coming into the UN to represent Sri Lanka. Will they even interview him? more ...
  • 15) Nov 22, 2010 11:16:03 GMT |  + India wary of Chinese presence in Lanka
    India’s new consulate in Hambantota in Sinhalese-dominated south not only indicates New Delhi’s desire to maintain the much-needed balance while boosting its ties with Colombo, but also signals that it has woken up to the growing Chinese presence in Sri Lanka. The Hambantota Port, like Gwadar in Pakistan and Sittwe in Myanmar, is perceived as a part of the “string of pearls” – the strategic assets that China had been developing in the Indian Ocean region. “The challenge is to convert the cessation of hostilities in Sri Lanka into a durable peace where there would be genuine reconciliation between all the communities in Sri Lanka inclusive of the Tamil-speaking minority,” said Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.
  • 16) Nov 22, 2010 10:59:26 GMT |  + TNA removes its only Sinhala MP from party
    Sri Lanka's pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has removed its only MP from the Sinahala majority community, Podi Appuhami Piaysena, after he supported the government on a key bill in Parliament. TNA political bureau decided to remove Piaysena as he backed the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse at the parliamentary vote on the 18th amendment to the Constitution, party sources said. Piaysena was the only Sinhala national who won on a TNA ticket for Digamadulla district in the East in the general election held in April.
  • 17) Nov 22, 2010 10:51:08 GMT |  + Rajapaksa unveils new Sri Lankan Cabinet
    Sri Lanka's powerful President Mahinda Rajapaksa today unveiled an expanded 59-member Cabinet for his second six-year term as he kept with himself the key Defence and Finance portfolios and retained Prime Minister D M Jayaratne. The President's brother Basil Rajapaksa, the main political strategist of his administration, also retained his post of Economic Development Minister. The previous Cabinet under Rajapaksa had 41 ministers in it. more ...
  • 18) Nov 22, 2010 1:56:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka gains from Indo-Chinese supremacy battle
    As India and China jostle for influence in the Indian Ocean region, the island nation of Sri Lanka seems to be getting unintended economic benefits. China has pledged more financial assistance as Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Shanghai Expo exhibition earlier this month. China is already the biggest lender for the Indian Ocean island. Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister for Economic Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene says that China has, so far, pledged more than $3bn (£1.9bn) for infrastructure development, maintenance and other projects. more ...
  • 19) Nov 22, 2010 1:56:18 GMT |  + Tamil migrants prefer Vancouver
    Vancouver — not Toronto — is the destination of choice for more than 170 Tamil migrants who arrived by boat off the coast of B.C., says a group helping the newcomers. Of the 492 Tamil migrants who landed in B.C. on the MV Sun Sea last August, 174 — 131 men and 43 women — have been freed on conditions by an Immigration and Refugee Board. “A significant amount of those released are preferring to stay in Vancouver,” said David Poopalapillai, of the Canadian Tamil Congress, in Toronto. “Some are waiting for their husbands to be released and others like it there.”
  • 20) Nov 22, 2010 1:50:41 GMT |  + Diasporas shape politics
    In October 14, 2010, it was announced by the Transition Federal Government in Mogadishu that Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed — a US citizen employed by New York’s Department of Transportation — had been appointed Prime Minister of Somalia. Most candidates running for the Liberian presidency in 2005 launched their campaigns in front of audiences in the United States. That same year, in the immediate aftermath of Ethiopia’s post-election crisis, both the ruling party and the opposition sent high-level representatives to address diasporas in Europe and North America. Until its defeat last year, the diplomatic and, to some extent, military strategies of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, or LTTE, in Sri Lanka were largely determined by figures in London and Toronto.
  • 21) Nov 22, 2009 23:17:21 GMT |  +  Afghans and Sri Lankans in riot
    TENSIONS at the crammed Christmas Island detention centre have erupted in a bloody fight between 150 Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum-seekers, who attacked each other with broom handles, pool cues and tree branches. Three people were last night flown to hospital in Perth with serious injuries. They were among 37 asylum-seekers who needed medical treatment, including 10 who were sent to the island's hospital.
  • 22) Nov 22, 2009 22:20:21 GMT |  +  Tamils risk all to flee Sri Lanka
    The United Nations has welcomed the decision by Sri Lanka's government to announce the release of the remaining 130,000 Tamils kept in detention camps for the last six months. About 250,000 people fled the final bloody phase of the civil war between the government and separatist Tamil Tigers. They were ultimately housed in government-run camps in the district of Vavuniya. Hundreds of thousands of Tamils' have been displaced in the fighting and are now living in hastily put together refugee camps that have been largely shut off from the outside world. more ...
  • 23) Nov 22, 2009 22:19:27 GMT |  + Tamils rally for war refugees
    A Tamil Canadian protester chokes back tears as she recalls a cellphone conversation she had several days ago with a cousin detained in a Sri Lankan camp holding Tamils displaced during the country's civil war. "She doesn't know where her husband is. Her children have had no school for the past six months. There is no food or medication," said Uthayakumary Prapaharan, one of the roughly 600 people who gathered Saturday to protest in front of the Sri Lankan consulate on St. Clair Ave. W., near Yonge. more ...
  • 24) Nov 22, 2009 22:18:33 GMT |  + Sri Lanka pledges to release Tamil detainees from internment camps
    Sri Lanka has pledged to free 136,000 Tamil civilians held in internment camps by December 1 and close the controversial facilities by the end of January. Almost 300,000 Tamils were forced into the squalid camps after the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May, because the Government said it needed to “screen” them and clear mines from their villages. It promised to free 80 per cent by the end of the year, and has so far released more than 150,000. International pressure is mounting to release the remainder from what rights groups are calling a form of collective punishment. more ...
  • 25) Nov 22, 2009 22:16:54 GMT |  + 'S.Lanka resettlement plan needed'
    The Sri Lankan government has failed to make adequate welfare provision for the 136,000 Tamil civilians it plans to release from internment camps, rights activists and opposition parties said Sunday. Heeding international calls for the camps to be closed, the authorities said the remaining detainees -- held since the military finally crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels in May -- would be allowed out. Many observers welcomed Saturday's announcement, but warned the government that it must organise a structured resettlement programme. more ...
  • 26) Nov 22, 2009 22:15:59 GMT |  + Colombo mission an island of secrecy
    In a foreign country, your own mission is an island of familiarity. In Colombo, the Indian High Commission is an island all right, it’s just that no one, not even the Indian media, is welcome. It was reasonably transparent in its dealings with resident Indian correspondents till the advent of Gopal Gandhi, more so under Nirupama Rao. Under Shivshankar Menon, there was hardly any restriction, though often anonymity was requested. Though Gopal Gandhi was hospitable he gave little hard information. more ...
  • 27) Nov 22, 2009 22:14:49 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to declare early poll date on Monday - official
    Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa will announce a date for early national elections on Monday, a senior government official said. "It will be tomorrow (Monday)," said the official, on condition of anonymity, referring to the president's announcment. Three other government sources confirmed the announcement and said the poll date would most likely be Jan. 23. more ...
  • 28) Nov 22, 2009 2:15:15 GMT |  + Fonseka Booted
    Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Leader General Sarath Fonseka bitterly recounted his ordeal last week. Having been ordered to vacate ‘Generals’ House’ by today, November 22, Fonseka was given a mere week to find alternative housing. “Contrary to all previous false reports I allowed my predecessors both General Shantha Kottegoda and Donald Perera to continue in this house for three and a half months after they had retired from service” Fonseka said, asserting “Yet, I — as Chief of Defence Staff am being treated like dirt — given a mere week to get out.”
  • 29) Nov 22, 2009 2:05:28 GMT |  + Ready for big battle: Rajapaksa vs. Fonseka
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa is set to sign a proclamation tomorrow evening declaring a Presidential Election. Nominations are to be called within two weeks after tomorrow, possibly on December 9 or 10. After six weeks of campaigning, the polls are now likely on January 23. Despite his firm insistence on having a Presidential Election first, Rajapaksa was under heavy pressure up to yesterday to opt for a General Election. Protagonists for the move argue that such a poll would give him several options. In the event of a defeat of the UPFA Government, he would retain the prospect of winning over some of the victors to form a Government.
  • 30) Nov 22, 2009 2:03:08 GMT |  + The gathering storm clouds - Some day the shameful truth will out
    For some reason the true picture of conditions in the IDP camps is not being reported. The conditions are not a secret, NGOs and INGOs with access to the camp know the truth, and resident and visiting medical personnel are well aware of the appalling conditions. The military, the health ministry and officials are in the know. However, only a few people like Nimalka Fernando have had the courage to speak out on the public platform; the press prefers self-censorship, is shit scared of the authorities, or perhaps plain callous. I have had the opportunity to chat with NGO people and medical personnel from time to time and have asked “why not go public”; they demure for honourable reasons. more ...
  • 31) Nov 22, 2009 1:56:58 GMT |  + Showtime over coup-time
    The untold story of this week is that the government is acting as if there is a substantial fear of a coup, even though Gen Sarath Fonseka has already resigned from the army. No one will know of course —- at least not until history is written in 20 years time —- whether the government has some real information about a possible coup threat, even an iota of it, or whether it is advantageous for the government to act as if there is an imminent coup. However, it’s very clear that India is not very partial to Sarath Fonseka ever becoming Sri Lanka’s leader, as Executive President or otherwise.
  • 32) Nov 22, 2009 1:52:36 GMT |  + Freedom for IDPs but criticism and confusion
    Internally displaced people will be allowed free movement from December 1, it was officially announced yesterday. The announcement was made to them by Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, when he visited Menik Farm yesterday. This thousand-acre farm was the site of the largest camp where some 130,000 IDPs now remain. Since the military defeat of Tiger guerrillas, more than 300,000 refugees were interned in this and other camps under heavy military security. more ...
  • 33) Nov 22, 2008 21:10:11 GMT |  +  Tamils should sink differences to seek an end to war in Sri Lanka: Pandian
    The Tamils in the State should sink their differences and unite in their demand for stopping the “war against the Tamils in Sri Lanka,” D. Pandian, State secretary of the Communist Party of India, said on Saturday. Addressing the protestors, who observed a fast by the Vellore Tamil Sangam to urge the Centre to force Sri Lanka to halt the war, Mr. Pandian said the CPI had always expressed itself against war wherever it took place. “It is a humanitarian demand.”
  • 34) Nov 22, 2008 21:07:43 GMT |  + TMVP hand in doctor deaths
    Police investigations have revealed that the killing of Dr. S.W. Palitha Padmakumara, who was serving at the Nawakkadu government hospital in Vavunathivu, Batticaloa, had been carried out on the orders of “Varnan” who is a TMVP area leader. Varnan is the TMVP leader in charge of the party’s office in Manikkadu, Vavunathivu, sources said. This high ranking officer revealed that currently, the Pillayan faction has 21 offices in the East, while the Karuna faction had 27 . A six member gang led by “Varnan” had stormed the hospital premises on the 16th and four of them have been identified as TMVP members who were with “Varnan” at the party office.
  • 35) Nov 22, 2008 20:59:59 GMT |  + EPC has no powers, says Pillayan
    Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan conceded that his relationship with Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna had deteriorated in the recent past. Pillayan in an interview with The Sunday Times, while pointing out that police powers–that he says would ensure freedom of movement–were more important than concentrating on development, also complained that the Provincial Council was not being consulted on any of the projects that have been launched so far.
  • 36) Nov 22, 2008 5:13:05 GMT |  + Civilians in Vanni protest against Colombo's use of humanitarian supplies as tool of war
    People in Vanni marched in thousands towards two Government Agents' offices and two Divisional Secretariat offices in four locations on Friday protesting against Sri Lanka Government's restrictions on food and essential supplies, blaming Colombo for using humanitarian supplies as a tool of war to force civilians to flee against their will into the hands of Sri Lanka Army (SLA). Velamalikithan, a representative of Vanni Peoples Welfare Organisation (VPWO), addressing more than 5,000 protesters in front of Ki'linochchi Government Agent's office at Tharmapuram described how the supplies were reduced from 600 lorries per month in 2007 to 250 lorries per month in 2008, but only 54 have allowed to cross into Vanni in the recent days. more ...
  • 37) Nov 22, 2008 3:06:04 GMT |  + Sri Lanka may win LTTE, not the Tamils' problem: India
    Even as Sri Lankan army is close to LTTE headquarters Killinochi, India feels a military "victory" would not solve the problem being faced by the island nation and the side-effects in the form of terrorism could be "dangerous". New Delhi believes that the Sri Lankan government would have to address the problem politically by giving enough space to all sections of the society there to feel comfortable. "There is no military solution to the problem. Even if they (Lankan military) take control of Killinochi, the Tamil tigers may spread out to other parts of the country and continue terrorism," sources said here.
  • 38) Nov 22, 2008 3:05:07 GMT |  + Lanka government accuses Amnesty
    The Sri Lankan government says an Amnesty International report on displaced people in the north of the island contains "outright falsehood". It says Amnesty is trying to show the government in an unfavourable light. Amnesty's report urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to let international observers monitor the plight of the displaced. It had other criticisms of both sides in the fighting. Amnesty told the BBC that it stands by its report. more ...
  • 39) Nov 22, 2007 21:08:25 GMT |  + Publishing house razed in Sri Lanka
    The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned an arson attack on a publishing house in Sri Lanka today that destroyed the printing press of three newspapers critical of the government. “We are appalled by this act of violence against three independent Sri Lankan publications,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said. “It’s time official inquiries into press attacks in Sri Lanka yielded some results, to counteract the message that critical newspapers can be threatened with impunity.” Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered an inquiry into the attack, but results of similar inquiries launched in the past two years have yet to be made public, Deshapriya told CPJ.
  • 40) Nov 22, 2007 20:29:48 GMT |  + Heavy fighting in Mannaar
    Heavy fighting erupted between the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) in Mu'l'likku'lam area in Mannaar Thursday morning around 6:30 a.m. The fighting continued throughout the evening. Seven SLA soldiers wounded in LTTE artillery fire were rushed to Anuradhapura hospital, medical sources said. LTTE officials said the Tigers have put up stiff resistance inflicting casualties upon the SLA. Sri Lankan defence ministry in Colombo claimed that 8 LTTE fighters were killed in their "pre-emptive" strike, but did not provide their casualty details.
  • 41) Nov 22, 2007 15:12:16 GMT |  + Sri Lanka bans charity for funding rebels
    Sri Lanka's cabinet has banned a charitable organisation accused of raising funds for the Tamil Tiger rebel group, a step analysts saw as a move towards fully outlawing the rebels. The Sri Lankan government's decision on Wednesday to prohibit the Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) came a week after the United States imposed sanctions against the charity. "We have found this organisation is funding the LTTE, so now we have decided to proscribe TRO in Sri Lanka at yesterday's cabinet meeting," said cabinet spokesman and minister Anura Priyadarsana Yapa, referring to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
  • 42) Nov 22, 2007 15:09:34 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's War Secretariat?
    Sri Lanka's Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), in a 2000-word press release issued Thursday, took exceptions to the labelling of SCOPP as "the government’s War Secretariat," by Prof. Uyangoda, and as "Secretariat for Coordinating the War Process" by Sunday Times which highlighted SCOPP's "angrily incessant verbosity," in its story, adds, "our counterpart in Kilinochchi had shown itself indeed a War Secretariat, in celebrating the Black Tigers who had attacked the airbase at Anuradhapura," drawing moral equivalence between the 'behavior' of the two Secretatriats as part of SCOPP's rationale for defending Sri Lanka's rights abuses, among other accusations. more ...
  • 43) Nov 22, 2007 15:06:24 GMT |  + Lankan opposition plans to defeat govt in final budget vote
    Amidst fears of defection and dissension within his government, President Mahinda Rajapakse on Monday successfully faced his toughest political test since he assumed office by winning a crucial parliamentary vote for the government’s 2008 budget. But the Opposition, the United National Party and other opponents of Rajapakse claim that they can engineer the government’s downfall by mustering a majority vote against the budget when the final vote is taken next month. On Monday at the preliminary vote, the government managed to have its budget passed in the 225 member parliament by 16 votes, receiving 118 votes in favour and 102 against.
  • 44) Nov 22, 2007 15:05:15 GMT |  + Tamil newspaper’s copy editor missing in Jaffna
    Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the fate of journalist Vadivel Nimalarajah of the Jaffna-based Tamil daily Uthayan, who has been missing since 17 November. His colleagues think he was kidnapped near the Navalar Road railway as he was cycling home after a night shift as copy editor at the newspaper. “We urge the authorities to do everything possible to find Nimalarajah,” the press freedom organisation said. “We fear he may have been abducted like other employees of Uthayan, Jaffna’s leading daily, in the past. Coinciding with the government’s refusal to let a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights mission visit the country, this incident highlights the terrible plight of journalists in Jaffna.”
  • 45) Nov 22, 2007 3:54:51 GMT |  + Lanka to ban Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation
    The government yesterday decided to ban the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation, an LTTE front under investigation in many parts of the world. An authoritative official last night said that Sri Lanka would appeal to the International Community(IC) to proscribe the organization. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama last week urged UK, Canada, Denmark, France and Australia to ban the organization. This appeal was made in the backdrop of US ban on the LTTE front.
  • 46) Nov 22, 2007 3:37:41 GMT |  + Canada Needs To Take Active Role in Sri Lanka
    The Harper government needs to express a stronger position on the need for a peaceful solution to the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic Bob Rae said today."It is clear that the ceasefire has fallen apart. It is equally clear that there is no military solution to the underlying causes of the conflict," said Mr. Rae. "Canada needs to be consistently outspoken in defence of human rights, and needs to remind the world of the loss of life and homelessness that has been the result of the conflict. More than 70,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes. There is no excuse for Canada's silence and inaction." more ...
  • 47) Nov 22, 2006 21:19:05 GMT |  + Use negotiations to end Lanka bloodshed: Karunanidhi
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Karunanidhi has said that only negotiations can end the bloodshed in strife torn Sri Lanka. Addressing a press conference at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday, Karunanidhi said the Sri Lankan Government should work towards creating an atmosphere of peace and stop its ethnic genocide."The Sri Lankan Government should adopt the path of peace and stop killing innocent Tamils and stop using other means to harass or suppress Sri Lankan Tamils," said K Karunanidhi, adding that he would take up the issue with the Centre during the forthcoming visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.
  • 48) Nov 22, 2006 12:03:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka conflict to dominate Rajapakse's India visit
    India and Sri Lanka are expected to have a free and frank exchange on the ethnic conflict when President Mahinda Rajapakse arrives here at the weekend on his second trip in a year amid unending violence in the island. Sri Lankan opposition leader and former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is also tipped to be in India around the same time. On Sunday he will be in Dehradun - the same place where the Tamil Tigers and other Tamil militants got military training in the 1980s. Sri Lanka was not too happy with that visit. Some of the president's aides felt that New Delhi was too equidistant between Colombo and the LTTE.
  • 49) Nov 22, 2006 11:33:16 GMT |  + Sri Lankan government unfazed by donor condemnation
    Sri Lanka's government was undeterred in its battle against Tamil Tigers, despite heavy criticism dished out to the warring parties after a key international donor meeting.On Tuesday major donors engaged in efforts to end Sri Lanka's civil war condemned the government and Tamil rebels alike for human rights abuses and systematic violations of a 2002 ceasefire.Senior diplomats from the United States, European Union, Japan and Norway issued a statement expressing "alarm" at the ongoing fighting they said had led to "significant loss of life and widespread human rights violations".
  • 50) Nov 22, 2006 9:50:35 GMT |  + LTTE ideologue Balasingham suffering from cancer
    London-based political advisor and ideologue of the Tamil Tiger rebels, Anton Balasingham, is suffering from a severe cancerous disease and is battling for his life, a media report said on Wednesday.Colombo-based Tamil newspaper Sudar Oli, known to have close links with Balasingham, quoting medical reports said, 'The cancer that hit the 68-year-old chief negotiator of the LTTE is at an incurable stage as it has fast spread to the liver, lungs and born marrow.'
  • 51) Nov 22, 2006 9:49:51 GMT |  + Sri Lanka bombs Tiger territory, says donors misled
    Sri Lankan air force jets bombed Tamil Tiger territory for a second day on Wednesday, as the government accused Nordic truce monitors and a U.N. envoy of misleading financial donors about military truce violations.The military said fighter jets hit two rebel naval bases in the northwestern district of Mannar, while the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said the army was shelling a planned humanitarian aid route to thousands of displaced in their territory in the east.The fresh violence came after the main donors to Sri Lanka -- the United States, Japan, the European Union and Norway -- condemned the government and Tamil Tiger rebels for "systematic ceasefire violations".
  • 52) 11:38 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Schools and offices close in Delft island as residents fear arrival of large number of SL Navy
    Excessive numbers of Sri Lankan Navy entered the Delft island off Jaffna coast on Monday by boat and helicopter and have been conducting house searches based on a claim that two Navy men were missing. High tension mounted in the area and caused residents to remain indoors, which in turn caused schools, government offices and private businesses to close for the entire day. The Navy’s threatening presence also affected the preparations for the upcoming Martyr’s Day on 27 November. Civilians were confronted and harassed by Sri Lankan Navy forces as they tried to decorate the roads with banners and flags for Martyr’s Day and were forcefully stopped by the Sri Lankan Navy. Many civilians fear the hostile actions of the Sri Lankan Navy and are frightened to participate in preparations for Martyr’s Day, a day that is respectfully observed by millions of Tamils throughout Northeast. more ...
  • 53) 11:13 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Post election results leave Sri Lanka's faith community uncertain
    Sri Lanka's Christians are facing uncertainty in the wake of the presidential election. Religious freedom is more of a concern now that the President-elect favors alliance with nationalist parties. Current Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse took the majority of the votes in one of the most complicated elections in recent history. Voice of the Martyrs Canada's Glenn Penner. "We know that his allies in the Buddhist Monk Party are going to put a tremendous amount of pressure on him, to pass anti-conversion legislation." Religious tensions are likely to increase in the days ahead. Penner says they will maintain their vigil because they need to keep the working church on alert. more ...
  • 54) 11:06 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + SL Military, not LTTE, is intimidatory presence - Thamilchelvan
    Denying accusation they had intimidated Tamils into not voting in last week’s Sri Lanka Presidential election, the Liberation Tigers said the boycott last week was a reflection of prevailing Tamil sentiments towards Sri Lankan leaders, based on their bitter experiences of the past. The near total boycott by Tamil voters took place despite the oppressive presence of thousands of Sri Lankan troops and Army-backed paramilitaries in Jaffna and other parts of the Northeast, the LTTE's Political Head, Mr. S. P. Thamilchelvan, told TamilNet Tuesday. He questioned how the allegation of intimidation could be levelled against the LTTE when the voters in question were living under the guns of the occupying Sri Lankan forces? more ...
  • 55) 11:05 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + More than 20,000 families affected by floods in Sri Lanka
    Heavy continuous rains in most parts of Sri Lanka have affected more than 20,000 families and left several roads impassable, officials said Tuesday. The western province, which includes the capital Colombo, the central Ratnapura and the southern Galle district were among the worst affected areas in the country while heavy showers continued for the second continuous day. In the north the rebel held Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu areas were also hit by floods, badly affecting victims from last year's tsunami living in temporary shelters. At least two main roads leading out of Colombo were impassable prompting the police to divert traffic causing major traffic blocks. more ...
  • 56) 11:03 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka, a divided nation
    Predicting that if parliamentary elections were held and the LTTE encouraged Tamils to vote, the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will likely lose the elections, and the United National Party (UNP) wll be able to form a coalition government with the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Robert C Oberst, Professor of Political Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University says Sri Lanka remains a divided nation, divided, not only between the Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims, but also divided among the Sinhalese. He adds that renegade LTTE commander, Mr. Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan (Karuna), is the biggest loser in the elections. more ...
  • 57) 03:54 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka's Presidential Election: Hardliner Rajapakse wins
    Helen Olafsdottir, Information Officer of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM), the organization appointed to oversee the nation's 2002 ceasefire agreement, says that although no one can prove that the LTTE was directly involved in erecting the barricades, it is their duty to ensure safe passage of citizens through the areas under their control. While the Sri Lankan military believes that the LTTE is behind the attacks, no arrests have been made and no clear evidence has been uncovered that would point to a specific culprit, said Witharanage. Olafsdottir said that any number of the armed groups in Batticaloa could be viable suspects in the attacks.The LTTE will withhold official comment about the election until Nov. 27 when the group's leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, will make his annual address to the Tamil people. more ...
  • 58) 03:38 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Canada Foreign Ministry Blaming The LTTE is Factually Flawed, Grotesque And Biased

    we do not want to let Canada be perceived as a biased / dishonest judge because it has not been properly informed due to inadequate or inferior data gathering and research. It is said that there is nothing more grotesque than a biased judge. Canada we believe in you, don't let us down!

    We note with amusement Canadian Foreign Ministry's press release dated November 18 welcoming the successful conclusion of Sri Lanka Presidential election the previous day. It has now become fashionable for all and sundry to indulge in LTTE bashing and the Foreign Ministry seems to be no exception. Evidently, the Ministry is ill-informed about facts relating to the presidential elections. Contrary to Ministry's assertions, the LTTE did not call for a boycott of the elections. The call to boycott the elections came from civic and students' organization in the Northeast. All what the LTTE said was that they are dies-interested in the elections, but the people if they so wish, are free to vote for any candidate of their choice. more ...
  • 59) 20:53 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Canada Continues to Rehabilitate and Rebuild Tsunami-Affected Countries
    The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will allocate a further $33 million to rehabilitate and rebuild tsunami-affected countries. The projects will be carried out primarily by Canadian non-governmental organizations in India, Indonesia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka."When Canadians see people in need, they respond generously. One year after the tsunami, Canada's aid continues to make a difference," said Minister Carroll. "We know that reconstruction will take years and CIDA, and its partners, are committed for the long haul, to help people rebuild their lives. more ...
  • 60) 14:54 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Profile of a soldier turned killer
    On being further questioned, the Major confessed that he previously hired a car at Anuradhapura and killed its driver by cutting him with a knife. He admitted that the driver's body was brought to the Mantota camp and was buried there. The stolen car was later sold to another Army officer for a sum of Rs. 250,000. Police also found several identity cards at the Mantota camp. Four soldiers along with the Major was arrested in connection with the murder and robbery of the vehicle. They were produced before the Teldeniya Magistrate last year who remanded them pending completion of investigations. more ...
  • 61) 14:45 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka Cabinet formation may get delayed
    Sri Lanka's new President Mahinda Rajapakse was finalising his Cabinet today but hectic negotiations with his coalition partners might delay the process, officials said.Rajapakse, who was due to name the cabinet today, was expected to keep the defence portfolio with him as required constitutionally.Sri Lanka's new President Mahinda Rajapakse was finalising his Cabinet today but hectic negotiations with his coalition partners might delay the process, officials said.There was also speculation on the possibility of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), a party that derives its support from the Indian Tamil community in the island, of joining the government. more ...
  • 62) 14:42 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + TRO Flood Appeal
    Several days of torrential rains have produced extensive flooding in widespread areas in the NorthEastern Province in Sri Lanka. Mullaithivu town, Puthukudyiruppu,(Mullaithivu), Kilinochchi, Vadamaratchi East, and Trincomalee are all badly affected. Many of these same places were hit hard by the Tsunami of 2005,and 3200 people living in transitional shelters are homeless again,with their huts totally destroyed.Continued heavy rain is forecast for at least the next 48 hours and the situation is expected to get worse soon. K.P. Regi, Executive Director of TRO, has issued an urgent appeal that they are running out of funds and need help. more ...
  • 63) 14:33 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + UNHCR hands over to government
    The UNHCR has handed over responsibility of providing shelter for people displaced by the Tsunami to the government of Sri Lanka. UNHCR says that it has supported the Government and over 100 implementing partners in the coordination and construction of over 55,000 transitional shelters for those displaced by the December 2004 tsunami. Shortly after the tsunami hit the coast of Sri Lanka, killing over 30,000 people and displacing nearly 800,000, the Government requested UNHCR to act as the National Lead Agency for the shelter sector.Lyndon Jeffers, Public Information Officer said that the UNHCR was only involved in the districts of Jaffna and Ampara. more ...
  • 64) 14:30 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Underworld fear grips proceeding of Kadirgamar murder case
    A suspect in the assassination of former Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has been alleged to have been involved in underworld activities, according to testimony said to Colombo Chief Magistrate and Additional District Judge Ms. Sarojini Kusala Weerawardena by Welikada Remand Prison officials. “Ishothor Arokkayanathan, one of the suspects in the assassination of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, is alleged to have been involved in underworld activities. Therefore the suspect could not be brought before court on every hearing date for security reasons,” prison officials told the judge. more ...
  • 65) 12:23 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka president to keep finance, defence portfolios
    Sri Lanka's new president, Mahinda Rajapakse, will keep the finance and defence portfolios for himself when he unveils his cabinet later on Tuesday, his media secretary told Reuters. Rajapakse, the island's former prime minister, has previously held the labour, fisheries and highways portfolios in cabinet, but has never held the post of Finance Minister. "It is only two posts (he is keeping). One is defence, the other one is finance," said media secretary Chandrapala Liyanage. “The swearing in ceremony of the cabinet ministers will be this evening." Sri Lanka's bourse plunged nearly 7 percent on Friday and a further 7 percent on Monday following Rajapakse's election victory. more ...
  • 66) 02:14 GMT, Nov. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka's new government to maintain emergency rule
    Sri Lanka's new government is to maintain the state of emergency in the country. President Mahinda Rajapakse, who was sworn in on Saturday after his victory in last week's election, is to summon the assembly on Friday to ratify the tough laws. The current emergency laws were declared by former president Chandrika Kumaratunga on August 13, a day after foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was assassinated by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels. Emergency laws give sweeping powers to police and security forces to arrest and detain suspects for lengthy periods without warrants. more ...
  • 67) 13:33 GMT, Nov. 22, 2004 |  + Anatomy of Media Terrorism: Does It Mirror The Private Media?
    We are all familiar with the appalling abuse of the state media by successive governments particularly since the ‘take-over’ of ‘Lake House’ in 1972. This has to stop. Under the circumstances, the answer to this problem is definitely not privatization. It is simplistically assumed in this country, that the private media is free and independent. This is far from the truth. In as much as the State media panders to the agenda of the political masters of the day, the private media does likewise for its owners. The owners of the private media have their own business, political and personal agenda. In fact, through measures which include parliamentary pressure and the electoral process the abuse by one political party cannot go on forever whereas the show goes on forever for the private media. Any wrong doing by a politically influential media mogul often well entrenched in business, is also not exposed by fraternal ‘understanding’ in the other segments of the ‘free’ media. more ...
  • 68) 13:08 GMT, Nov. 22, 2004 |  + STF security for SC, HC Judges
    Beginning today, Supreme Court and High Court Judges will receive armed security provided by the Special Task Force (STF) on the specific instructions of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. This will be an initial step pending the establishment of a Judicial Security Division (JSD) that will come into being shortly. The swift Presidential action to protect members of the Judiciary comes in the wake of Friday's brutal killing of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya and his bodyguard in Colombo. The Government has also decided to re-introduce the death penalty for murder, rape and organised crime as a weapon to combat the growing crime wave sweeping the country. Following these instructions, around 40 Supreme Court and High Court Judges in the Western Province will now have armed STF escorts from their residences/quarters to the Courts and back, the DIG said. more ...
  • 69) 12:39 GMT, Nov. 22, 2004 |  + "ISGA is not for a final solution" - Gajendrakumar
    "The ISGA is a proposal for an interim administration, and not for a final solution", said Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Member of Parliament, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at a seminar organised by National Catholic Commission for Justice, Peace & Human Development. "At the very outset, I wish to make a clarification. The topic talks of ISGA or Oslo declaration; I firmly submit to you that it is not a "either or" situation when it comes to the peace process. The ISGA is a proposal that has been put forward by the LTTE and endorsed by the Tamil people for an interim authority that would address the immediate humanitarian issues that face the war devastated Northeast so that normalcy can return to the lives of the people. The ISGA is in no way meant to be a substitute for a final solution that addresses the underlying core issues that have been the cause of the ethnic conflict." more ...
  • 70) 11:42 GMT, Nov. 22, 2004 |  + Open Letter to the International Community
    The effort to end the peace talks should send a chill through the spines of all neutral entities interested in the peace process. It is time the International community shook things up and blew the whistle on the Sri Lankan government's continued determination to drag their feet and foil the peace effort. It is time that both America and India faced these facts instead of clinging to the outmoded notion that the LTTE are unacceptable terrorists. The LTTE are the only true representatives of the Tamil people; and the only party that has maintained unwavering support for the peace process.It is time for the great nations of the world to lend more support to the devastated Tamils rather than support a discriminatory government. The very thought of democratic, justice-loving nations supporting Sinhalese governments that have an unenviable history of violating human rights and dishonoring the very concept of equal rights is shocking. more ...
  • 71) 11:32 GMT, Nov. 22, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan budget: a sign of political crisis
    The first budget of Sri Lanka’s United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government, delivered by Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama last Thursday, was a desperate attempt to stem the anger of working people over rising prices and declining living standards. The UPFA government may not have engaged in formal pre-budget talks with the IMF and World Bank, but these institutions nevertheless shaped the document. Working people will rapidly come into conflict with the UPFA government over the budget. Already sections of workers have widely condemned the increase in working hours and are agitating against it. Most working people, already angry over deteriorating living standards, are deeply sceptical of the government’s promises. more ...
  • 72) 16:59 GMT, Nov. 22, 2003 |  + Balasingham's new book explores theories in Human Liberation
    In a recently released book in Tamil, Viduthalai ("Liberation"), Mr. Anton Balasingham, theoretician for Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) explores in depth theories from ancient philosophers to seek meanings for Human Life, History and Liberation. In the Preface, Mr. Balasingham states that the book is a compilation of edited and enhanced version of articles that he published in "Velicham" publication in Jaffna in the early 1990s. These articles were written on request by Puthuvai Ratnathurai, with the objective of inspiring new and revolutionary thought processes in the minds of NorthEast student population, the author adds. more ...
  • 73) 16:45 GMT, Nov. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka to cut 300,000 jobs in state sector
    The Sri Lankan government will cut 300,000 jobs from its bloated state sector and could trim the armed forces and police service if permanent peace returns to the country, a government minister said. Finance Minister K.N. Choksy said the early retirement scheme will be available to all government employees over 52 years old from Jan. 1, 2004. He did not reveal any details. Sri Lanka’s public sector employs around 1.09 million people, which the government considers too high for a country of 19 million people. Choksy said 300,000 people qualify for the early retirement scheme. more ...
  • 74) 13:40 GMT, Nov. 22, 2003 |  + It's the Constitution, Stupid
    Since the war started 17,700 of the Tiger fighting force have died. Over 25,000 members of the security forces have been killed. Tamil homelands have been devastated, and over 50,000 Tamil civilians have been killed. Though the media has been using a figure of 65,000 killed, the truth is close to over 90,000. The highest numbers I have seen mentioned are by the Prime Minister and the political head of the LTTE, both of whom mentioned a figure of “over 80,000 killed.” The Tamil people have suffered all kinds of privations and have been tortured, raped, and killed without inquest under the Emergency and the Prevention of Terrorism Acts, which have been described by an International Jurist as the worst kind of legislation in the civilized world, including apartheid South Africa. more ...
  • 75) 12:42 GMT, Nov. 22, 2003 |  + Paper slams EU peace visit as "pig headed act"
    Commissioner of External Affairs of the European Union, Mr. Chris Patten’s visit to Sri Lanka next week is expected to draw strong protests from Sinhala nationalists, political observers in Colombo said. ‘The Island’, an English daily published by President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s uncle, slammed Mr. Patten’s plan to meet the Liberation Tigers in Kilinochchi next Tuesday as a “pig headed act” in a prominent front-page editorial Saturday. “This is bloody European gumption and insolence of the highest order”, the paper said. The paper demanded that the EU External Affairs Commissioner should be barred from entering Sri Lanka.
    - Keep Patten out of this country! - Editorial, The Island
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  • 76) 15:16 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Govt, Tamil Rebels Hold Talks
    Delegations of the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday formulated a number of consensus-based recommendations seeking to de-escalate and normalize situation in the strategic Trincomalee district in the east, officials said. Delegations of the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday formulated a number of consensus-based recommendations seeking to de-escalate and normalize situation in the strategic Trincomalee district in the east, officials said. more ...
  • 77) 14:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Kumaratunga, Wickremesinghe row over minister continues
    The row between Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and archrival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe continued Friday, with six new ministers refusing to take their oath of office. Wickremesinghe had asked Kumaratunga to swear in seven ministers. After exchanging three letters each, Kumaratunga agreed to appoint six on Friday, but the exclusion of one made the others refuse her offer to swear them in. An angry Wickremesinghe, on the eve of his departure for Oslo to attend a Sri Lankan Development Forum meeting to raise funds for the country, informed President's House nothing should be done until he returns from Norway. more ...
  • 78) 14:09 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Indian envoy for Lankan peace talks
    External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha and Sri Lankan peace negotiator Milinda Moragoda held talks Friday over Indian participation at an Oslo donors conference next week, an official said. The Oslo 'support meeting' has been called for the international community to pledge their backing for the peace process in Sri Lanka, with a strong political message as well as cash to rebuild the island's embattled regions. On Thursday, the Union Government said it will not send a political representative to the Oslo meeting, which begins on Monday. more ...
  • 79) 14:07 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Swedish Ambassador meets Thamilselvan
    Ambassador to Sri Lanka from Sweden, Ms. Ann Marie Fallenius, met with Thamilselvan, Head of Political Section of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on Wednesday morning in Kilinochchi and held discussions regarding rehabilitation and development activities of North East, sources said. Ambassador to Sri Lanka from Sweden, Ms. Ann Marie Fallenius. The Ambassador briefed Thamilselvan on the plans Sweden has on providing development assistance to the NorthEast about which the Swedish government participants will discuss at the Oslo Aid conference on 25 November. more ...
  • 80) 14:05 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Minister Moragoda returns to Kalutara Jail
    Minister Milinda Moragoda visited the Kalutara prison Thursday to hold talks with prisoners and detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). This follows up on the Minister’s earlier visit to the Kalutara prison on October 9th this year which led to the suspension of the fast undertaken by a group of Tamil prisoners. Detainees urged the Minister to visit the prison on a regular basis to assess and alleviate their problems. His Lordship Bishop of Mannar, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph, Deputy Solicitor General Palitha Fernando and Director General SCOPP, Bernard Goonatileke accompanied the Minister. more ...
  • 81) 14:00 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Row over Tigers ahead of talks
    The party of the Sri Lankan president has condemned government plans to attend an international conference with Tamil Tiger rebels in Norway. The opposition People's Alliance fears the conference - set to begin on Monday - may prompt Western nations to lift their bans on the guerrillas. More than 10 other countries, including United States, Canada, Britain, Australia,India, Japan and France, are expected at the conference, which will be followed a week later by a third round of peace talks in Oslo between rebels and government. more ...
  • 82) 13:51 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan premier Wickremasinghe to visit Japan from Dec. 3
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will make a five-day visit to Japan from Dec. 3 to meet Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. The Japanese government has been supporting Sri Lanka in its efforts at ending an ethnic conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels, and is hoping to strengthen bilateral cooperation during Wickremasinghe's visit to Japan, the ministry said. more ...
  • 83) 13:49 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + India, Sri Lanka begin talks about India's participation in Oslo meeting
    Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha and Sri Lankan peace negotiator Milinda Moragoda were holding talks here Friday over Indian participation at an Oslo donors conference next week, an official said. The Oslo "support meeting" has been called for the international community to pledge their backing for the peace process in Sri Lanka, with a strong political message as well as cash to rebuild the island's embattled regions. more ...
  • 84) 20:15 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + PM's meeting with TNA, EPDP, and PLOTE fail to reach consensus
    Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe Friday evening held a one hour discussion with delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the leaders of the para military Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Peoples Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) to diffuse the tension now prevails in the Jaffna peninsula following picketing campaign against EPDP presence in Neduntheivu. President Chandrika said she would be summoning security conference regularly to review the situation in Jaffna peninsula. more ...
  • 85) 20:13 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Tigers honour over 17,500 fighters killed in action



    17,648 men and women fighters sacrificed their lives for our freedom struggle:
    "The strength of our struggle arises from the fierce determination of our fighters. Their firm commitment and their courage to act without the fear of death are the force and resource of our struggle..." - Thamizh Eelam National Leader, V.Pirapaharan

    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have begun an annual commemoration to honour over 17,500 of their cadres killed during their drawn out campaign for independence, press reports here said Friday. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were holding religious services in memory of the 17,648 men and women fighters who perished since the first rebel fatality in November 1982. The Tamil language newspaper, Sudar Oli, said 3,766 women fighters, known as freedom birds, were among those killed. The Tigers' Heroes week celebrations began Thursday and will end on Wednesday with an address by Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, who turns 48 the day before. more ...
  • 86) 19:54 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Bindunuwewa accused re-remanded
    The accused in the Bindunuwewa massacre case who were on bail were ordered to be re-remanded by the Colombo High Court on Thursday. The case was heard before the Trial-at-Bar comprising Sarath Ambepitiya (President), Upali Abeyratne and Eric Basnayake. Forty-one accused are charged with 81 counts including murder, attempted murder and unlawful assembly. The judges allowed the application to remand the accused in order to ensure their presence in the court. The forty accused who were present were remanded till November 25 and a warrant was issued on the fifteenth accused. more ...
  • 87) 19:47 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka and United States agree not to surrender each other's citizens for International Criminal Court trial
    Sri Lanka and the United States signed an agreement Friday not to surrender each other's citizens for trial at the International Criminal Court, a foreign ministry statement said. Sri Lankan foreign minister Tyronne Fernando and U.S. Ambassador Ashley Wills signed the agreement in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. "The agreement obliges not to surrender or extradite nationals of either party in the territory of the other to the International Criminal Court unless the express consent is obtained," the statement said. The ICC, the first permanent international tribunal to judge individuals for war crimes, opened in The Hague, the Netherlands, last July. more ...
  • 88) 19:42 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + US banks on Sri Lanka peace bid to boost trade, investments
    The United States expects Sri Lanka's latest peace bid to succeed and is keen to get involved in rebuilding the island's war-ravaged infrastructure, a top US trade official said here Thursday. The visiting US deputy trade secretary, Jon M. Huntsman, told reporters here that he believed the Norwegian-backed attempts to end decades of ethnic bloodshed in the island would work. "There is great hope that peace will prevail... This will allow private sector confidence for investment flows and investment flows in turn will support the peace process," Huntsman said. "It is a cycle of sorts." more ...
  • 89) 19:39 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + India reinforces support for Lankan Peace process
    India today reinforced its support for the peace process in Sri Lanka and its commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the island nation. New Delhi's commitment to the restoration of a lasting peace through a negotiated settlement that meets the aspirations of all sections of Sri Lankan society was conveyed by External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha during meetings with Sri Lankan Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda and its Shipping Minister. more ...
  • 90) 15:24 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Remand of Vaiko, eight others extended till Dec. 18
    A designated court today extended the judicial remand of MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, and eight others, arrested under POTA for their pro-LTTE speeches, till December 18. POTA Judge L Rajendran, passed the order when the nine accused were produced before the court at Poonamallee. Besides Mr Vaiko, the eight others arrested under POTA are Veera Izhavarasan, Bhoominathan, Madurai Ganesan, P S Manian, Azhagar Sundaram, Nagarajan, Erode Ganeshmurthy and Sivanthiappan. more ...
  • 91) 15:18 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + India shuns Sri Lanka donors' meet
    India says it will not be sending a political representative to an international donor conference on Sri Lanka to be held in Norway next week. Reports from Delhi quoted a foreign ministry spokesman saying said the government could be represented by one of its diplomats in Norway. more ...
  • 92) 13:28 GMT, Nov. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka says India to help in reconstruction
    India, which has in recent years shied away from involvement in Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict, will help the island nation in the reconstruction of its war-torn north and east, a Sri Lankan minister said on Friday. Milinda Moragoda, economic affairs minister, said New Delhi would pitch in through a $100-million credit it gave Colombo in 2000 even though it was not sending a high-level team to Oslo for a key meeting of donors to discuss aid to rebuild Sri Lanka.
  • US asks India to improve trade with neighbours - PTI
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  • 93) 15:17 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka poll violence 'doubles'
    There has been a huge increase in election-related violence in Sri Lanka compared to last year's polls, according to a group monitoring the campaign. Election monitor Paikiasothy Saravananuttu The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence said there had been double the number of reported incidents of election violence so far this year, many of them serious assaults involving firearms. Already there have been 1,200 reported incidents of poll-related violence, although the parliamentary elections are still two weeks away. more ...
  • 94) 12:30 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + Ten TNA offices attacked in Ampara
    Ten campaign offices of the Tamil National Alliance in the Ampara district were attacked between 8 p.m. Wednesday night and 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Three were burnt. Mr. Henry Mahendran, spokesman for the TNA in Ampara blamed the Eelam People’s Democratic Party for the attacks. He said that the number plates of the vehicles in which the assailants came were covered. The TNA has complained to the Police in Kalmunai about the attacks. more ...
  • 95) 12:27 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + Bill C-36 still isn't good enough
    SECURITY IS rarely debated in countries where the government wraps itself in secrecy and citizens are routinely denied the fundamental right of privacy. Happily, Canada is not on the long blacklist of places where bullets not ballots replace leaders, police are feared and no one wants to live. But even in its new and improved form, the federal government's controversial anti-terrorism legislation takes a small step toward membership in that discredited club by tipping in favour of the state the balance between security and freedom. more ...
  • 96) 12:25 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + The bite of Canada's new terrorist bill
    It is an offence to give money or financial services to terrorist groups, or groups that associate with terrorist groups. If your charitable agency gives money to a group listed by the Canadian government as terrorist, the Crown would not need to show that the group engages in terror. Separately, the listing of the group could be challenged before a judge, but the state would be held to a low standard of proof: Was the government "unreasonable" in deciding that it had "reasonable grounds" to call the group terrorist? more ...
  • 97) 12:13 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + Snoozing in Oxford, losing at home
    Who put at least five women to sleep at the Oxford Union? Chandrika Kumaratunga. Rupavahini forgot to edit out the footage of at least five women snoozing during the Sri Lankan President's marathon delivery at the Oxford Union. Chandrika Kumaratunga's speech at Oxford seemed to be the best indication that this is a President fast losing her touch. The whole tour of England was a disaster, yes. She told BBC that 40 per cent of Sri Lanka's children are malnourished, and that's old hat now. But at Oxford, the President seemed to be determined to show mediocrity. more ...
  • 98) 12:06 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + Violent prelude to polls
    It points out that it is imperative that the present situation of drift and uncertainty be ended and that the Tamil national question be addressed with all the seriousness and urgency it deserves. A Canadian-funded survey report has stated that seventy seven percent of Sri Lankans want peace and approve of negotiations with the LTTE. The report asserts however that a majority of Sri Lankans, are more concerned about their staggering economy. "For Sri Lankans the important issue of the day is the cost of living," research group 'Social Indicator' said of its poll of 1200 adults in September this year. The report has put 45% of the respondents as placing priority on the sluggish economy over the war. Only 39 per cent were of the opinion that the war was a bigger issue than the poor state of the economy. The country's economy is growing at its slowest pace in 30 years. more ...
  • 99) 11:57 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + Former MP arrested over bomb attack charges
    A former opposition MP contesting the forthcoming elections has been arrested and remanded over allegations of a bomb attack on a ruling party politician in the north western part of Sri Lanka, police said. Ranga Bandara, a candidate contesting in the north western Puttalam district from the opposition United National Party (UNP) was arrested yesterday morning and has been remanded until today when the case will be taken up for hearing. Bandara, a former police officer was also accused of assaulting a court official and briefly detaining four policemen in the area. more ...
  • 100) 11:55 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + President vows to exterminate LTTE
    The Sri Lankan government Wednesday stepped up its rhetoric against the Liberation Tigers vowing not to rest until the movement “was exterminated.” “Now I stress that we are determined more than at any time in our struggle to wipe out terrorism and we will continue to wage war against the Tigers to a logical conclusion," President Chandrika Kumaratunga was quoted by the state press as saying at an election rally of her ruling People's Alliance at Hanguranketha on Tuesday night. She also reiterated her accusations against the main opposition United National Party (UNP) saying it was in league with the LTTE to divide the country. more ...
  • 101) 15:28 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + Not a pretty picture
    Nine months ago, garment factories in southern Sri Lanka were short of staff and advertised walk-in job vacancies on notice boards outside. The situation has now been reversed. Factories, buckling under one of Sri Lanka's worst economic crises, are now laying off staff while scores of young women are turning up in search of work. At least 50 small and medium-scale factories are likely to close in the next few weeks because of lack of work and foreign orders. Some 200 out of a total of 800 factories across the island are working at 50 percent or have shut down many production lines. more ...
  • 102) 11:53 GMT, Nov. 22, 2001 |  + Revisiting the Tamil Eelam Vote
    The humorous quote, ‘Statistics is like a string bikini; what it reveals is interesting but what it hides is significant’ has been attributed to Arthur Koestler. Statistics on the support for Eelam state made a big splash in Colombo following the 1977 general election. Following my first article which appeared in the Colombo Tribune of August 27, 1977, Fr.Tissa Balasuriya entered the ring, with his view-point that the 1977 mandate for Eelam was a fiction. Like Koestler’s wisecrack on statistics, what Fr.Balasuriya revealed was interesting, and what he hid was significant. He used (or should I say abused) statistics to buttress his stand. His statistics was refuted by Fr.Joseph Mary. more ...
  • 103) 20:40 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Britain says feels LTTE knows military option out
    Britain said on Wednesday it felt both the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger separatist rebels now realised they cannot achieve their goals militarily. British Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain also hinted that some progress may have been made as a result of Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim's surprise meeting three weeks ago with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. ``My understanding of the messages that have been passed and received by the Norwegians amongst others is that the LTTE don't think that they can form a separate Tamil kingdom, or state, by violence,'' Hain said in answer to a question after giving a speech in Colombo on the British devolution experience in Northern Ireland. more ...
  • 104) 20:23 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Tamil diaspora for nothing less than Eelam?
    The LTTE leader, Mr. V. Prabhakaran, is under pressure from the international community to work towards resolving Sri Lanka's conflict within the framework of its territorial integrity, but he is also under tremendous pressure from Tamils living abroad to continue the armed struggle for an independent state. Opinions expressed on the Internet reveal the alarm that has spread through the Tamil community, from Canada to Australia, at the Norwegian peace initiative. But if Sinhala nationalists believe Norway is going to divide the country into two, Tamil nationalists across the globe fear the peace-makers may force the LTTE to accept Eelam minus. Their disquiet is obvious from the views expressed about the Prabhakaran-Solheim meeting, the current topic on Talking Point, a page on the website Tamilcanadian.com. more ...
  • 105) 14:25 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Few answers in tot's van death
    It's a 20-metre stretch of pavement that baffled police and will haunt Dharshini Rajagunathas' family forever. In fact, details of how the two-year-old girl died on that stretch during a YMCA daycare outing may never be known, a five-member jury was told yesterday as a coroner's inquest adjourned. more ...
  • 106) 12:53 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Sihala Urumaya alleges covert plan by British Minister
    The Sihala Urumaya in a press release has alleged that the visit of British Secretary of State Peter Hain to Sri Lanka this week is a covert plan to foster talks between the government and the LTTE. The Sinhala chauvinist party alleges that Hain is to carry out the second phase of an initiative begun by Norway to help negotiate peace talks between the government and the LTTE. The Sihala Urumaya further alleges that phase three in this intiative will bring in a team from the United States also to help facilitate a peace dialogue with the rebel force. more ...
  • 107) 12:45 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + US official begins South Asian tour with visit to Sri Lanka
    A top US official, Karl Inderfurth, is expected to arrive here Monday to begin a four-nation South Asian tour that will also take him to India, Bhutan and Pakistan, US diplomats here said Wednesday. Inderfurth, Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs will spend two days in Sri Lanka where he will meet with government and opposition leaders, diplomats said. more ...
  • 108) 12:29 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Views of Batticaloa floods
    TamilNet's photo correspondent's views of floods in the eastern Batticaloa District which has rendered nearly one-hundred thousand people homeless. Officials said transport of relief to remote villages are hampered as several roads are submerged in flood water more ...
  • 109) 12:26 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Jaffna University students denounce pro-Sri Lankan militia, EPDP
    University students took to the streets of Sri Lanka's Jaffna city on Wednesday to demand the withdrawal of a pro-government Tamil militia from the country's war-torn northern peninsula." It was a peaceful demonstration against the EPDP (Eelam People's Democratic Party) demanding that they get out of Jaffna," Jaffna city councillor A. Shanmugarajah told Reuters. more ...
  • 110) 00:34 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Red Cross volunteers rescue flood victims
    235 persons mostly women and children, marooned in several villages in the Tiger controlled areas in the Batticaloa district due to the breach of the dikes of Tharavaikulam were rescued late Monday evening by a group of volunteers of the local Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) under the co-ordination of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), officials said. more ...
  • 111) 20:54 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Sinhala nationalists demonstrate against British official
    Hundreds of Sinhala nationalists demonstrated outside the British Council building in Colombo around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon as the visiting Foreign Office Minister Mr. Peter Hain attended a seminar to deliver a speech on the topic "British Policy on Devolution and the Northern Ireland Peace Process". more ...
  • 112) 20:43 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Norway envoy says Sri Lanka rebels ready for talks
    Tamils fighting for an indepedent state in Sri Lanka's north and east have laid down no preconditions for talks with the government, Norway's peace envoy said on Wednesday. He and other members of the Norwegian team, including Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Raymond Johansen, were in New Delhi to brief Indian leaders on their Sri Lanka visit, and discuss bilateral issues. more ...
  • 113) 00:32 GMT, Nov. 22, 2000 |  + Clash in Mannar sea
    The Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lanka Navy clashed in the seas of Pallimunai in the northwestern Mannar Monday morning, the Voice of Tigers radio said in its night news broadcast today. Two SLN naval boats were damaged in the clashes. A member of the LTTE's auxillary forces identified as 2nd Lt.Jegan (Varapirakasam Anton Sabesan; Jaffna) was killed in the clashes which erupted around 8 a.m. Monday the radio said. more ...
  • 114) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + KUMAR ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
    No details available. more ...
  • 115) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + LTTE inching towards Mannar town
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  • 116) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + LTTE advance towards key base,warns civilians to leave
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  • 117) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Tigers step up attack on Thallady
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  • 118) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Troops leave Sri Lanka church
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  • 119) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Troops quit shelled church,Tigers take Hindu temple town
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  • 120) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Madhu inquest held
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  • 121) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Tamil Rebels Warn Citizens To Leave
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  • 122) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Fighting intensifies in Sri Lanka
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  • 123) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Shelling of church claims 44 lives
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  • 124) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan presidential poll: lengthy candidate list reflects growing disaffection
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  • 125) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Bombing of the Holy Madhu Church by Sri Lankan Army
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  • 126) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + 'Britain still arming repressive regimes' - Oxfam disappointed that UK exports arms to Lanka
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  • 127) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Madhu church attacked ! - Press Release
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  • 128) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Tamil Rebels Head for Military Base
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  • 129) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + S.Lanka Rebels Take More Area Amid Shelling Charge
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  • 130) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Tigers push further in Mannar
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  • 131) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + LTTE BLAMES SRI LANKAN MILITARY FOR MASSACRE OF CIVILIANS IN MADU - PRESS RELEASE
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  • 132) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Attack on Sri Lankan church claims 38 lives
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  • 133) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + India and big powers must play a role in helping Sri Lanka find peace
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  • 134) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1999 |  + Madhu victims’ bodies recovered
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  • 135) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka on maximum alert as Tigers remember dead
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  • 136) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1998 |  + Child Sponsorship Program - TRO
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  • 137) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1998 |  + Short takes from Jaffna
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  • 138) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka legislators help themselves to hefty pay rises
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  • 139) 11:11 GMT, Nov. 22, 1998 |  + Vasudeva submits resignation
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