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September 17, 2019 - Memory of the Day

The Lion Fortress Of Sri Lanka Was Swallowed By The Jungle

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Gary Anandasangaree

Human Rights Violations

  • 1990 | 35 Tamil civlians were shot dead by SL Army and muslim homeguards
    35 Tamil civlians were shot dead when SL Army and muslim homeguards surrounded the village Sorikalmunai and took away the Tamil youths to Savalakkaddi army camp. Later all of them were shot dead.
  • 1999 | Intact skeleton unearthed at Chemmani
    Investigators today dug a place pointed out by the key witness, ex-corporal Somaratna Rajapaksha, west of the Kottukinattady Pillaiyar shrine in Chemmani. A complete skeleton was found here.
  • 1997 | Army Shelling In Valaichchenai Kills Oldest Living Resident
    Indiscriminate Sinhalese army shelling of Valaichchenai (in the island's east) has maimed a number of civilians and killed the oldest living resident of the area. All-night shellfire by Sinhalese troops based in Valaichchenai last week (9th September) struck dead 72 year old Pakkiam Peter. Six others - Chitra (47), Nagarajah (47), Jeyaladchumy (39), Jeyarani (25), Krishnaveni (32) and Ellilramany (12) were critically injured.
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1996 | Kandiah Parameswary [ 25 F from Madduvil, Jaffna ]
    Deliberately shot dead by Sri Lankan soldiers.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 579 | ஒறுத்தாற்றும் பண்பினார் கண்ணுங்கண் ணோடிப்
    பொறுத்தாற்றும் பண்பே தலை.
    To smile on those that vex, with kindly face,
    Enduring long, is most excelling grace.
    - 58 58
  • Sep 17 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Sep 17, 2015 18:12:11 GMT |  + Without trust, Sri Lanka cannot investigate its own war crimes
    Sri Lankan war crimes will be laid bare in a harrowing UN report to be published on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan government has already launched its latest charm offensive to convince the world it can deal with these issues, but the international community must stay strong to ensure a proper justice process that wins the confidence of survivors and enables the country to heal. more ...
  • 2) Sep 17, 2015 18:11:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka tilts back from China
    Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s failed bid to return to power as Sri Lanka’s prime minister is seen by many as a major blow for Beijing’s growing influence in the country and the region. The outcome of August’s parliamentary elections, which followed Rajapaksa’s ouster in January, seems to signal a return to Sri Lanka’s more traditional foreign policy orbit: balancing India’s security sensitivities with its pursuit of other relationships, including with China. more ...
  • 3) Sep 17, 2015 16:20:10 GMT |  + Editorial: A Reckoning on Sri Lanka War Crimes
    The United Nations Human Rights Council released its report Wednesday on possible war crimes committed during the last years of the Sri Lankan civil war. As many as 40,000 Tamils were killed by the military during the final months of the conflict, which ended in 2009. Citing a “horrific level of violations and abuses” in its report, the council concluded that a “purely domestic court procedure will have no chance of overcoming widespread and justifiable suspicions fueled by decades of violations, malpractice and broken promises.” This is a clear rejection of the proposal made on Monday by Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Mangala Samaraweera, who told the Council that his government would set up a truth, justice and reconciliation commission, and draft a new constitution. more ...
  • 4) Sep 17, 2015 14:06:58 GMT |  + New UN report details alleged Sri Lanka war crimes
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Tamil separatist group that for 26 years waged armed insurgency against the government of Sri Lanka, always said that it would never surrender. It was part of their mystique—a promise that they would fight to the death. And yet, according to a United Nations investigation released Wednesday, top leaders of the LTTE did surrender days before the official end of the war on May 18, 2009. At least, they tried to. more ...
  • 5) Sep 17, 2015 14:06:10 GMT |  + Tortured Toronto man says he feels vindicated by UN report on Sri Lanka
    Roy Samathanam was beaten with pipes and kicked in the groin after he was arrested by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division, but it was when they threatened to rape his wife that he broke and agreed to sign a false confession. On Wednesday, the Toronto resident said he felt a sense of vindication over a chilling report by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner’s office into the torture and other abuses committed during the final stage of Sri Lanka’s long civil war. The report found the Sri Lankan security forces had tortured detainees “on a widespread and systematic scale,” and that, were the evidence ever brought before a court, the acts may well amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes. more ...
  • 6) Sep 17, 2015 14:05:12 GMT |  + Truth Commission or hybrid international court for Sri Lanka?
    Australia's Sri Lankan communities are divided over a United Nations report calling for a special court with international judges to assure accountability for alleged atrocities committed during Sri Lanka's civil war. The United Nations report details horrific abuses committed during and following Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war. It states there are "strong" indications both government forces and Tamil Tiger fighters committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. The report concludes that Sri Lanka's criminal justice system is not yet ready or equipped to conduct an independent and credible investigation. more ...
  • 7) Sep 17, 2015 14:04:01 GMT |  + Fresh initiatives in Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lankan government’s revelation in the current session of the UN Human Rights Council that it is committed to the setting up of a Constituent Assembly of Parliament that will adopt a new Constitution, besides a truth and reconciliation commission, is a laudable step forward six years after the end of the horrific civil war. It reflects the dramatic change in the political context in the country. The setting up of a government of national unity with the two largest political parties, the United National Party and the Sri Lankan Freedom Party, sharing power, with the Tamil National Alliance being given the post of Leader of the Opposition, has provided a welcome space for a credible initiative on the Tamil question.
  • 8) Sep 17, 2015 14:02:09 GMT |  + Wickremesinghe’s India visit could check Chinese influence in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s just-concluded India visit — before he had completed his first month in office — could help in keeping the Chinese dragon’s influence in the island nation under check. His talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi have helped bilateral relations, with discussions on sensitive issues like the devolution of more powers to Tamil-dominated regions in Sri Lanka and the issue of Indian fishermen being detained detentions by Sri Lankan authorities. The two prime ministers’ decision to boost India-Sri Lanka bilateral trade is a step in the right direction and has strategic intonations as well, because strong business ties will inevitably reduce Sri Lanka’s dependency on Chinese investment. more ...
  • 9) Sep 17, 2015 14:00:00 GMT |  + Lanka Not to Allow Foreigners to Dabble in War Crimes Judicial Mechanism
    Sri Lanka will not allow foreigners to dabble in the domestic judicial mechanism to be set up to try cases of war crimes, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, told the media here on Thursday. “We dont want outsiders to dabble in such institutions. It should be basically done by us,” he said. He was responding to a question whether the Lankan government will set up a “hybrid” special court that will employ foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators as recommended by the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights which was presented to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva on Wednesday. more ...
  • 10) Sep 17, 2015 12:45:36 GMT |  + Chief Mark Saunders' appearance at Bill Blair event prompts OIPRD complaint
    When he attended a campaign event for federal Liberal candidate Bill Blair, Police Chief Mark Saunders violated a provincial regulation and a police board policy prohibiting officers from endorsing a political candidate, the Law Union of Ontario alleges. Saunders blurred an “essential separation” between policing and politics when he appeared at a Tamil Canadian event in support of Blair last month, says Toronto lawyer Jack Gemmell, who filed a complaint Wednesday to Ontario’s Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) on behalf of the Law Union. more ...
  • 11) Sep 17, 2015 10:27:42 GMT |  + Between Jaya and Lanka sea- Report seeking international probe lands Modi in a fix
    The Narendra Modi government was tonight grappling with a toss-up between two crucial strategic partners - one domestic and the other international - after a key UN report recommended international participation in a probe into possible war crimes in Sri Lanka. Now, the Modi government risks a domestic fire in Tamil Nadu, where friend Jayalalithaa is ruling, if it openly opposes the UN's own report and sticks to India's traditional stand opposing international probes in its neighbourhood. Tamil Nadu goes to polls in 2016, and Sri Lanka remains a politically sensitive subject in the state. Support from Jayalalithaa's AIADMK is critical for the BJP in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority. more ...
  • 12) Sep 17, 2015 10:01:53 GMT |  + TNA wants UN probe recommendations in next resolution
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today said that it welcomes the report of the investigation conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OISL) and its recommendations. The TNA said that it has consistently called for these steps to be taken and welcomed the inclusion of these “critical recommendations” in the OISL report. “We further welcome the entire gamut of recommendations of the OISL report, including those that relate to broader Transitional Justice and human rights concerns,” the party said in a statement. The TNA appealed to all parties, and particularly to the Government of Sri Lanka to accept this report. more ...
  • 13) Sep 17, 2015 9:40:57 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: UN Members Should Back Hybrid Court
    “The High Commissioner’s call for a hybrid court is an important step forward, but it only marks the beginning of the campaign for justice,” John Fisher, Geneva director at Human Rights Watch said. “The credibility of the Human Rights Council and its members depends on ensuring that the recommendations are reflected in a resolution adopted this session, and that the council monitors these recommendations until justice is finally delivered. more ...
  • 14) Sep 17, 2015 2:07:11 GMT |  + Will Sri Lanka bring civil war criminals to justice?
    UN Human Rights Council recommends an international tribunal, but President Sirisena, new to office, may be hesitant to comply. The UN is calling for the creation of an international tribunal to finally bring former officials and rebels to justice for the rampant torture, forced disappearances, and civilian deaths during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war. The UN released the report on Wednesday after years of stalling from the former government under Mahinda Rajapaksa, who defeated the Tamil Liberation Tigers (LTTE) in 2009, although tensions have continued to flare since. more ...
  • 15) Sep 17, 2015 2:05:50 GMT |  + Editorial: Truth and reconciliation in Sri Lanka
    No country that emerges from civil war can truly heal until the dead have been accounted for and steps toward reconciliation have been made. Sri Lanka is no exception. Nearly three decades of civil war ended in 2009, when the Sri Lankan military launched a final offensive against rebels known as the Tamil Tigers, who ruled a separatist enclave for years. Today, the war is over but the peace has yet to begin. More than 146,000 people remain unaccounted for. The Sri Lankan military continues to occupy the land that belongs to Tamils. Tamils, who accuse the Sri Lankan government of war crimes, have begged the United Nations to establish an international tribunal. more ...
  • 16) Sep 17, 2015 2:02:05 GMT |  + In fact: Why India is excited about Sri Lanka’s new Ministry of Megapolis
    When Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe put together a new cabinet after his election victory in August, he surprised many by creating a new portfolio, the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development, handing it over to the right-wing Sinhala-Buddhist leader Champika Ranawaka, who is part of the United National Party-led coalition. Ranawaka’s brief: to implement an estimated $300 billion city development and urban renewal project spanning the entire Western province, stretching on the western seaboard from Negombo (45 km north of Colombo); and Beruwela (about 40 km south of the capital), but the development also pushing inland into the province. more ...
  • 17) Sep 17, 2015 1:58:43 GMT |  + U.N. calls for war crimes court in Sri Lanka
    A top United Nations official has called for establishment of a war crimes court to investigate "horrific" abuses allegedly committed by both the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels during the country's 26-year civil war. "Our investigation has laid bare the horrific level of violations and abuses that occurred in Sri Lanka, including indiscriminate shelling, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, harrowing accounts of torture and sexual violence, recruitment of children and other grave crimes," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a press release. He said creation of a hybrid court, which would integrate international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, was an essential step toward justice because Sri Lankans distrust the government. more ...
  • 18) Sep 17, 2015 1:56:01 GMT |  + Between Jaya and Lanka sea
    The Narendra Modi government was tonight grappling with a toss-up between two crucial strategic partners - one domestic and the other international - after a key UN report recommended international participation in a probe into possible war crimes in Sri Lanka. The UN report said Sri Lankan state forces and Tamil Tiger rebels "most likely" committed war crimes, including mass killings of civilians, during their conflict that should be prosecuted by a special court with international judges. Despite pledges by the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena to prosecute perpetrators, the criminal justice system was not up to the huge task alone, said the long-delayed report by the UN human rights office. more ...
  • 19) Sep 17, 2015 1:54:48 GMT |  + India and Sri Lanka Vow to Increase Security and Economic Cooperation
    The prime ministers of India and Sri Lanka met for the first time since the latter’s parliamentary elections in late August. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister of Sri Lanka with a renewed mandate in the wake of parliamentary elections, met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The visit marked Wickremesinghe’s first overseas trip since the elections and highlights the importance Sri Lanka attaches to its relations with New Delhi, a close partner historically. more ...
  • 20) Sep 17, 2015 1:53:31 GMT |  + America’s Sri Lankan Dilemma
    The United States and the U.N. must ensure that Sri Lanka's reconciliation process is fair and just, rather than leaving the Sri Lankan government to its own devices. Mangala Samaraweera, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, is a persuasive and very probably sincere man. On Monday, he delivered a keynote speech to the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in which he spoke of reconciliation, hope, and a peaceful future for all the people of Sri Lanka after their terrible quarter -century-long civil war which ended in 2009. more ...
  • 21) Sep 17, 2015 1:48:22 GMT |  + UN urges creation of special court in Sri Lanka after new report confirms ‘horrific’ abuses
    A new report released today by the United Nations human rights office has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, and recommends the establishment of a hybrid special court to ensure that justice is served. “Our investigation has laid bare the horrific level of violations and abuses that occurred in Sri Lanka, including indiscriminate shelling, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, harrowing accounts of torture and sexual violence, recruitment of children and other grave crimes,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a news release. more ...
  • 22) Sep 17, 2015 1:46:50 GMT |  + Rebuilding a bridge
    From the effusive welcome to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, India has made it clear that it sees him and President Maithripala Sirisena as more mindful of New Delhi’s security, strategic and economic concerns than the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa. It also views the new regime as more sensitive to the need for resolving the Tamil question. Wickremesinghe’s meetings were an indication of the direction in which both sides want bilateral relations to go — significantly, apart from discussions with PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, he also met the ministers for transport, power, railways and finance. more ...
  • 23) Sep 17, 2014 13:45:35 GMT |  + China and India-Japan relations
    China has greater strategic relevance than Japan as it can impact India's strategic interests more strongly in real time. India has already embarked on the process of building win-win relations with China started under Manmohan Singh's leadership. But it had been making slow progress. Modi probably wants to ginger up this process and Xi's visit provides an ideal opportunity for him to do so. India faces other compulsions in the competitive relationship building process with China and Japan.
  • 24) Sep 17, 2014 13:40:48 GMT |  + Committee on Enforced Disappearances examines report of Belgium
    The Committee on Enforced Disappearances today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Belgium on how it implements the provisions of the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The delegation of Belgium included representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defence, the Federal Police, the Flemish Community, the Flemish Region and the French Community of Belgium and the Wallon Region, as well as from the French Community from the Wallon Region in Geneva and the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations Office in Geneva.
  • 25) Sep 17, 2014 12:58:55 GMT |  + Al Qaida's new South Asian arm claims major attack
    Al Qaida's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as saying a group of militants had succeeded in seizing control of the Pakistani frigate PNS Zulfiqar and tried to use it to attack nearby U.S. vessels.The naval yard on Pakistan's Arabian Sea coast is a strategically important facility at the centre of U.S.-Pakistani security, anti-terrorism and anti-trafficking cooperation. more ...
  • 26) Sep 17, 2014 12:54:32 GMT |  + Japanese PM pressures Sri Lanka to weaken ties with China
    Japan, however, is manoeuvring for closer ties with Colombo to pursue its own strategic interests, not out of any sympathy for the Rajapakse government. For public relations purposes, Abe said he “appreciated” Sri Lanka’s “reconciliation” process—which has consisted of whitewashing the killing of tens of thousands of Tamils—and the government’s supposed engagement with “the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms.” Abe’s visit to Sri Lanka took place in the broader context of the strategic and military preparations being made by Japan and the US against China.
  • 27) Sep 17, 2014 12:39:49 GMT |  + Chinese loans will bleed country dry: Harsha
    Well, if you look at the past few years, we have been taking massive loans, particularly from China, which are going into construction projects. These include the US$1.3 billion for the hardly-used sea port, then the more than US$300 million for a little used airport, unused cricket stadiums and perhaps the world’s most expensive railway tracks and roads, extension of the expressway, the unbelievable Roads, overpasses and flyovers in the Hambantota area or the Hambantota Integrated Development Zone. I am not saying that all the money is being wasted. But very little is being invested in useful ways while a mind-boggling amount of money is wasted on ego-boosting, massively corrupt projects in Hambantota. more ...
  • 28) Sep 17, 2014 12:36:09 GMT |  + Modi to meet MR in NY on Sept. 27
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New York on September 27 in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, according to informed sources here. "The meeting with the Sri Lankan President is still somewhat tentative, but we expect it will happen," a senior diplomat said. (In a related development, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said on Monday that India expects Sri Lanka to implement the 13th Amendment to its Constitution. more ...
  • 29) Sep 17, 2014 12:31:56 GMT |  + Northern Governor should emulate Colombo Mayor – Defence Secy
    Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that if the maximum benefits of the government’s endeavour to create an environment that encourages a high quality of life are to be enjoyed, local government institutions irrespective of whatever party is in power, must cooperate with the Central Government. He also said that fortunately in Colombo though the opposition is in power in the local governing body, the Mayor and others corporate with the government but in the Northern Province the lack of corporation on the part of the Chief Minister has denied the people the maximum benefits. - See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/northern-governor-should-emulate-colombo-mayor-defence-secy#sthash.LdCYzLQE.dpuf more ...
  • 30) Sep 17, 2014 12:29:32 GMT |  + Xi says China regards Sri Lanka as all-weather friend
    China regards Sri Lanka as an all-weather friend and partner, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Wednesday when meeting with Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. China appreciates Sri Lanka's stance to support China on the issues of Taiwan and Tibet, said Xi, adding that China supports Sri Lanka's efforts in safeguarding independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and will contribute to Sri Lanka's economic and social development as always. Under the new situation, China is willing to work with Sri Lanka to seize the opportunity of jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, strengthen mutual benefit and cooperation, expand people-to-people exchanges and constantly inject new vigor and positive energy to the bilateral ties, said the Chinese president.
  • 31) Sep 17, 2014 12:23:07 GMT |  + China's Xi pledges closer defence ties with Sri Lanka
    "The two sides agreed to strengthen defence cooperation... and to cooperate in the areas of defence-related science and technology, exchange of military academics, and provide logistic support," the joint statement said. China is increasingly asserting its influence in Sri Lanka, a midway point on one of the world's busiest international shipping lanes. On Tuesday, he along with President Rajapakse launched Sri Lanka's biggest electricity generator, a Chinese-funded 900-megawatt coal power plant located less than 200 kilometres (125 miles) from India. Soon after connecting the Chinese power pant to the national grid, Rajapakse, who called China "a sincere and a trusted friend who has assisted Sri Lanka at all times" announced slashing domestic electricity tariffs by 25 percent. more ...
  • 32) Sep 17, 2014 12:20:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka cuts energy price after start of Chinese-funded coal power plant
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa cut energy prices across the board on Tuesday after officially opening a completed $1.35 billion Chinese-financed 900 MW coal power plant project. He announced the cut after a meeting in Colombo with Chinese President Xi Jinping, now on an official visit to Sri Lanka. "Electricity bills of the people will be reduced by 25 percent with effect from today," the president said. "The price of kerosene will be reduced by 20 rupees per litre, price of petrol by 5 rupees per litre and price of diesel by 3 rupees per litre from today. This will benefit all households in Sri Lanka."
  • 33) Sep 17, 2014 12:18:53 GMT |  + Chinese Leader Visits Sri Lanka, Challenging India’s Sway
    China’s efforts to secure naval and maritime access throughout South Asia — a strategy called the “string of pearls” — has unnerved India. But with India distracted by its own problems, China’s outreach has been welcomed by both the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Mr. Rajapaksa has visited China seven times during his nine years in office. Last year, China surpassed the United States as Sri Lanka’s second-largest trading partner behind India. China also recently replaced India as the largest investor in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 34) Sep 17, 2013 22:24:52 GMT |  + Agenda Plus: Press Freedom in Sri Lanka
    This Saturday, September 21, Sri Lanka Without Borders and the South Asian Journalists Association are hosting the Lasantha Wickrematunge Memorial Lecture at Ryerson University in Toronto. At the lecture, Sri Lankan and Canadian journalists will discuss the troubled state of press freedom in Sri Lanka, four years after government forces defeated the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Those interested in registering to attend the event can find out more on the lecture's web page. more ...
  • 35) Sep 17, 2013 12:41:54 GMT |  + Won't allow anti-India acts, says Lanka President
    Sri Lanka will not allow any country to act against India's interest from its soil, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said, looking to address New Delhi's concerns about China's presence in the island nation. In an exclusive interview to HT four days before the Northern Province goes to the polls, Rajapaksa said he was worried about the "message of separatism" still emanating from Tamil Nadu but he understood the compulsions of politicians in New Delhi and would give them a "wide margin".
  • 36) Sep 17, 2013 12:40:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka, China 'to agree free-trade deal soon'
    Sri Lanka and China will finalise a free-trade agreement ahead of a Commonwealth summit in Colombo in November, a government minister said on Tuesday. The two sides have been hammering out details of the duty-free goods under the deal, Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told reporters in Colombo. China has been investing heavily in Sri Lanka, with loans and expertise instrumental in building ports, highways, railways and power plants in the Indian Ocean nation. more ...
  • 37) Sep 17, 2013 12:39:22 GMT |  + Northern Province polls a new chapter for Sri Lanka
    Come Saturday, over seven lakh people in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority north will finally get to vote in a long awaited election. Still recovering from the aftermath of a three decade-long conflict that ended in 2009, the region is to hold the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections on September 21. This is the first time since 1988 that provincial council elections are being held in Northern Sri Lanka.
  • 38) Sep 17, 2012 18:55:49 GMT |  + Smiling Mahinda
    The visit by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to Sanchi this coming week when he inaugurates an international Buddhist university and holds talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi has already set off angry protests in Tamil Nadu. But the question is — is this going to be the only test faced by increasingly straitened Indo-Sri Lanka ties? The first self-immolation has already taken place in Salem on Monday, and rabidly anti-Lankan Opposition politician Vaiko’s Marumalarchi DMK has held out a threat of black-flag demonstrations when the Sri Lankan leader arrives in Madhya Pradesh.
  • 39) Sep 17, 2012 18:53:40 GMT |  + Rajapaksa thanks China for standing by Lanka at UNHRC sessions
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today thanked China for standing by Colombo at the last UNHRC sessions, pledging support for Beijing's candidature to the global rights body. Rajapaksa also said that Sri Lanka will continue to uphold "One China" policy on the Taiwan and Tibet issues, which has been a consistent feature in its foreign relations. "We will continue to support China on every issue that affects her interests at regional and multi-national fora", Rajapaksa said.
  • 40) Sep 17, 2012 18:30:59 GMT |  + Tamil Nadu trade team to visit Sri Lanka
    A 45-member trade delegation from Tamil Nadu will visit Sri Lanka this week to explore ways to improve trade relations between the country and the southern Indian state. Executive members of the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TNCCI) will arrive here on Thursday on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka, according to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce which is Sri Lanka's main trade representative body.The visit assumes significance in view of unsavoury incidents witnessed recently involving anti-Sri Lanka sentiments in Tamil Nadu.
  • 41) Sep 17, 2012 14:05:59 GMT |  + Patriots caution against power formulation in East
    Discussions concerning the Eastern provincial council continue to dominate the political arena over a power sharing deal between the countries leading political parties. Discussions are currently being held between the UPFA, TNA, & Muslim Congress. However convenor of the Federation of National Organizations Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today noted that there was a risk of a separatist state being established in the East if another party instead of the government established control over in the province.
  • 42) Sep 17, 2012 13:59:38 GMT |  + Sri Lanka, A Diminished Democracy
    The Government-appointed Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC) has widely documented the erosion of the democratic space and made recommendations for rectification. The opposition has pledged its support to implement the recommendations contained in the LLRC report. The government and opposition work together to make CPA objectives a success. Therefore, we must work together to make Sri Lanka a vibrant parliamentary democracy. Let us rise to our common calling - the advancement of parliamentary democracy.
  • 43) Sep 17, 2012 13:50:42 GMT |  + More contenders seeking CM’s post in East
    The battle for the chief ministerial post of the Eastern Provincial Council has become intense with two Muslim parties, The All Ceylon People’s Congress (ACPC) and National Congress aligned with the ruling coalition at the last election and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) which contested alone, asking for the post, party officials said.The Governor shall appoint as Chief Minister the member of the Provincial Council who in the Governor's opinion commands a support of a majority in the Provincial Council.
  • 44) Sep 17, 2012 13:42:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka economy slows to 2-1/2-year low on tight monetary policy
    Sri Lanka's economic growth eased to 6.4 percent in the second quarter year on year, its lowest since the fourth quarter of 2009, as the central bank's tight monetary and flexible rupee exchange rate policy weighed on external trade."Spending was low in the second quarter and corporates were waiting for the currency to stabilise," said Danushka Samarasinghe, head of research at Colombo-based TKS Securities. "...going forward, we expect a rebound as the currency has now stabilised, though the agricultural sector may have taken a hit due to drought. The global slowdown also will have an impact. Overall, we will be able to achieve 6.6 percent growth in 2012."
  • 45) Sep 17, 2012 13:40:51 GMT |  + ADB approves $98m for road extension
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to extend a road restoration project in the north of Sri Lanka to give more communities from the once conflict-ridden region better access to social services and economic opportunities.ADB’s Board of Directors has approved financing of $98 million to rehabilitate an additional 230 kilometers of national and provincial roads in Northern Province and North Central Province.“The additional road upgrades will give distant communities easier access to services, including schools, health clinics, and markets,” said Chen Chen, Transport Specialist in ADB’s South Asia Department.
  • 46) Sep 17, 2012 13:38:16 GMT |  + China's top legislator meets Sri Lankan president on bilateral ties
    China's top legislator Wu Bangguo met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse here Monday, vowing to insert new energy into relations between the two countries. "China-Sri Lanka relations are now at the best period of development in history," said Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), who is on a four-day official goodwill visit to the South Asian nation.Wu and Rajapakse also witnessed the signing of 16 cooperative agreements between the governments and enterprises of the two countries. more ...
  • 47) Sep 17, 2012 13:36:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka is no stage for India-China rivalry: Envoy
    Underscoring the special relationship between India and Sri Lanka that is rooted in history and culture, the envoy said that the fates of the two neighbours were linked. “If India is in trouble, we will be in trouble. If Sri Lanka is in trouble, India will be in trouble,” he said, plainly. The envoy’s assurances, however, will not calm apprehensive analysts in India. Chinese military participation in the Sri Lanka joint services exercise “Cormorant III,” which started Sep 10 and will go on till Sep 25 in Eastern Vakarai in the Eastern Province has only added to the concerns. more ...
  • 48) Sep 17, 2012 13:28:18 GMT |  + Political battle lines drawn as Parliament resumes
    The Conservatives and the Opposition New Democrats have drawn their political battle lines in time for the return of MPs to Parliament after a two-month summer break. Government House Leader Peter Van Loan picked up the attack on NDP Leader Tom Mulcair today in his first press conference of the fall sitting. "In the last election, Thomas Mulcair campaigned on a platform that had right in it, in black and white, a $21 billion tax hike from carbon," Van Loan said. more ...
  • 49) Sep 17, 2012 13:25:37 GMT |  + CREA cuts forecasts as Canadian home sales slump
    The Canadian Real Estate Association is cutting its forecasts for both home sales and average prices, as it reported that sales fell 5.8 per cent in August from July, the largest month-over-month decline in two years. more ...
  • 50) Sep 17, 2012 13:23:47 GMT |  + Abuse of migrant workers ‘endemic’ in Canada, new study says
    Senthil Thevar was promised $15 an hour by a recruiter in India to work as a chef in a Toronto restaurant. Instead, he only earned $8 hourly, sharing accommodation in a cold basement, with no vacation and holidays.“The exploitation is not isolated and anecdotal. It is endemic. It is systemic,” the report says. “The depths of the violations are degrading. There is a deepening concern that Canada’s temporary labour migration programs are entrenching and normalizing a low-wage, low-rights ‘guest’ workforce.” more ...
  • 51) Sep 17, 2012 9:53:06 GMT |  + Govt. needs to be more transparent— Dr. Roberta
    Dr. Roberta Blackman-Woods who led the British delegation to the Common wealth Parliamentary Association Conference on Friday called for greater transparency on the part of the government with regard to issues of re-development and reconciliation. “I think the government needs to be more open and transparent about what has been done and what is left to be done and be more confident in their own ability to deliver,” she told the Daily Mirror. more ...
  • 52) Sep 17, 2012 9:51:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka banks on cricket to cleanse bloody image
    Sri Lanka is banking on cricket to repair the damage to its blood-stained image after the brutal end to a 37-year ethnic war as it stages the biggest tournament in the nation's post-independence history. Since declaring an end in 2009 to a conflict that claimed up to 100,000 lives, President Mahinda Rajapakse's government has had to battle accusations that its troops killed thousands of civilians as they crushed Tamil rebels in the finale."I am confident that this trend will continue in the future, and those so-called international calls for (war crimes) investigation will fade away," Nivard Cabraal, the central bank governor and a key figure in promoting Sri Lanka as a sporting destination. told AFP.
  • 53) Sep 17, 2012 0:19:39 GMT |  + Premadasa threatened war with India, says former envoy
    Then Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa threatened to go to war with India in 1989 if Indian troops were not pulled back, the then Indian high commissioner in Colombo has revealed. Lakhan Lal Mehrotra has told Indian Foreign Affairs Journal that Premadasa held out the sensational threat when he called on the president at his Colombo office. The president told Mehrotra that if India did not agree to withdraw its military, he would announce on state-run television that Sri Lankan forces had taken charge of the country’s north and east.
  • 54) Sep 17, 2011 14:36:59 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's dirty secret
    During the last gasps of Sri Lanka's long civil war, Lieutenant-General Jagath Dais held a briefing for journalists at a compound in Kilinochchi, a Tamil Tiger rebel stronghold that had fallen to government forces. Using a slide projector, the Sri Lanka Army commander gave a detailed accounting of the number of rebels and troops killed and injured in the fighting. But when asked how many civilians had died, he soured. "No civilian casualties," he said. "Zero." more ...
  • 55) Sep 17, 2011 14:34:03 GMT |  + Paradise lost in a secret war
    The United Nations recently released a report into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka in the final stages of that country's brutal civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the Colombo regime that ended in May 2009. The results were devastating and detailed tens of thousands of Tamil civilians targeted by a rampaging government army and human shields held by Tiger rebels. It was one of the worst massacres of the 21st century but remained largely a secret war, with journalists, human-rights workers and independent observers refused entry to the conflict zone. more ...
  • 56) Sep 17, 2011 14:26:44 GMT |  + Human rights in Indian subcontinent debate
    The UK should give every opportunity to Sri Lanka to help them create a united country, a Conservative MP has said. As MPs debated human rights in the Indian subcontinent, Brian Binley said the Sri Lankan government was coming to terms with the consequences of "very considerable strife and conflict", and that it was trying to make advances in addressing human rights abuses.
  • 57) Sep 17, 2011 14:19:19 GMT |  + “We deployed DPU teams inside safe zone”: Rajapaksa confided to US envoy in May 2009
    During the final days of the genocidal war in Vanni when the international community was repeatedly urging Colombo to cease attacks on the ‘safe zone’, the SL President and Commander-in-Chief of the SL armed forces Mahinda Rajapaksa admitted to a top US envoy that his military had deployed Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) missions, also known as Deep Penetration Units (DPU) inside the so-called safe-zone to “organize people to breach the LTTE earth bunds.” Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa has ‘confidentially’ shared this military secret to Charge d'Affaires of the US embassy James R. Moore, while holding a meeting with Co-Chair Ambassadors in Colombo, barely two week before Colombo massacred thousands of civilians and claimed military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
  • 58) Sep 17, 2011 14:13:48 GMT |  + 2010 elections and the kingmaker who never was
    Leaked US embassy cables, created towards the end of 2009, provide an intriguing insight into Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan's thoughts on then upcoming presidential elections. According to a leaked cable dated December 2009, Sampanthan, convinced, despite the widespread Sinhala triumphalism that the Tamil vote still had considerable value, informed US officials that "the best scenario for the Tamil community would be to extract concessions from the presidential candidates".
  • 59) Sep 17, 2010 23:50:01 GMT |  + Sri Lanka ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka 'found guilty'
    A military court has convicted Sri Lanka's former army chief of corruption, his lawyer says. Sarath Fonseka was found guilty of breaching arms procurement guidelines. Last month, the MP was stripped of his rank and pension after being convicted of engaging in politics while in uniform. He denied all the charges. Fonseka led troops to victory last year over the Tamil Tigers, but fell out with the president when he stood unsuccessfully against him in polls. more ...
  • 60) Sep 17, 2010 18:28:14 GMT |  + Toronto Police press release supporting CTC Walk for Cancer Awareness
    The Canadian Tamil Congress, with support from the Toronto Police Service will be hosting the 2nd Annual Tamil Canadian Walk-A-Thon on Sunday, September 19th, 2010 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The event will take place at Thomson Memorial Park located at Brimley Road and Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto. The Walk-A-Thon is expected to bring together thousands of community members, from youth to seniors in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. The event will also feature a 5K walk/run, cultural performances, speeches and activities for participants of all-ages.
  • 61) Sep 17, 2010 18:24:48 GMT |  + US jails Guatemalan ex-soldier for hiding massacre role
    A former Guatemalan soldier has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the United States for concealing his part in a massacre during Guatemala's civil war when he applied for US citizenship. Gilberto Jordan failed to reveal his participation in the 1982 killings of at least 162 villagers at Dos Erres. Jordan admitted throwing a baby down a well during a raid on the village by his elite military unit. Campaigners in Guatemala want him sent home for trial. Prosecutors said they were pleased Gilberto Jordan, 54, was given the maximum sentence possible. more ...
  • 62) Sep 17, 2010 11:13:40 GMT |  + Sri Lanka lowers death toll from police station blast
    Officials in Sri Lanka say 25 people were killed in an accidental explosion at a police station, lowering the toll from the 60 deaths given earlier. Explosives meant for road building blew up as they were being handed over to a Chinese construction firm, Maj Gen Ubaya Medawala told the BBC. He said 16 policemen, seven civilians and two Chinese were killed and 52 others injured. Sabotage has been ruled out as a cause of the explosion in eastern Sri Lanka.
  • 63) Sep 17, 2010 11:06:51 GMT |  + UN panel on Sri Lanka begins work
    A panel of experts, which has been set up to advise UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the LTTE era, has commenced its work amidst Colombo's refusal to allow its entry to the country. "This meeting marks the formal commencement of the Panel's four-month mandate. Secretary-General is pleased that the Panel is fully underway and looks forward to receiving its advice," the spokesperson said in the statement. "The Secretary-General is committed through his focus on this issue to contribute to lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka," Nesirky said.
  • 64) Sep 17, 2010 10:58:12 GMT |  + At least 60 killed in accidental blast in Sri Lanka
    The blast occurred in Karayinadaru, about 50 km from the eastern port of Batticaloa and in an ethnically mixed area controlled by the Tamil Tiger separatists until 2007. "Sixty people inside the police station have been killed. Most of them are policemen," military spokesman Major-General Ubaya Medawela said. more ...
  • 65) Sep 17, 2010 1:54:43 GMT |  + Tamil migrant lawyers face money crunch
    The organization that provides legal aid in B.C. says it's running out of money in its efforts to represent the Tamil migrants who arrived in August. "The society's immigration funding is limited," Legal Services Society manager Rod Holloway said in a letter Thursday to lawyers who have been representing the migrants. "The arrival of … Tamils who are currently detained has placed us in a position where funding their detention reviews … will, very shortly, exhaust our current resources allocated to immigration matters." more ...
  • 66) Sep 17, 2010 1:52:35 GMT |  + China to build another port in Sri Lanka
    First, it was Hambantota port in south Sri Lanka which went to the Chinese. Now, an ambitious programme to develop Colombo port has been given to another Chinese consortium. The Sri Lankan cabinet recently decided to award the contract to build a new deep-water container terminal in Colombo port to a consortium consisting of China Merchant Holdings International and Aitken Spence. According to reports from the island nation, the terminal will be built by the same company that built the Hambantota port complex -- China Harbour Engineering Company ( CHEC) and Sino Hydro Corporation.
  • 67) Sep 17, 2010 0:19:18 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Tamil party criticizes presidential panel
    Sri Lanka's main Tamil party on Thursday ruled out participating in a new advisory panel set up to review government appointments by the president, dismissing it as a powerless body. The opposition and Washington have criticized the amendment to the constitution that created the committee, which President Mahinda Rajapaksa pushed through parliament this month, for diluting the few remaining checks on the powerful presidency.
  • 68) Sep 17, 2010 0:17:46 GMT |  + At UN, Ban's 1st Meeting with Sri Lanka Panel Omitted From Schedule, Links Undisclosed
    The panel of experts on war crimes in Sri Lanka, which UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced in March, is supposed to complete its work within four months of formally beginning. On September 14, Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky why the panel had not yet even begun. Nesirky replied that it would begin later in the week, by meeting with Ban. But Ban's meeting with, for example, the panel on the assault on the Gaza flotilla was listed. Nesirky replied, “who's panel is it?” Good question -- some now think it is Mahinda Rajapaksa's panel.
  • 69) Sep 17, 2010 0:15:10 GMT |  + Kids in detention denied schooling, Tamils say
    Sixty-three children who are among the 492 migrants on the MV Sun Sea have not had access to books or school programs for the more than a month they've been at a B.C. detention centre, Toronto Tamils say. Community members said they've obtained dozens of Tamil-speaking teachers from Toronto, B.C. and other provinces to instruct the children but are not being allowed into a Burnaby, B.C., youth detention centre. "It's been more than a month and they (kids) are not getting any education whatsoever," said David Poopalapillai of the Canadian Tamil Congress. "They are growing children and need to get some form of education," he said.
  • 70) Sep 17, 2009 15:46:19 GMT |  + Sri Lanka should permit an impartial investigation into the 'Channel 4 videotape', says UN expert
    Professor Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council today issued the following statement: I welcome the fact that the Government is now devoting considerable attention to this issue. The legal obligation incumbent upon a Government in a situation such as this is to undertake a "thorough, prompt and impartial investigation."* My role as Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions is to evaluate whether the investigations undertaken have met the relevant criteria established under international law, and to advise the Human Rights Council accordingly.
  • 71) Sep 17, 2009 15:39:22 GMT |  + USTPAC Welcomes the Protests Against Clothing 'Made in Sri Lanka'
    US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) welcomes protests staged in front of GAP and Victoria's Secret stores. Tamil Americans and Tamil Canadians are protesting Sri Lanka's continuing efforts to suppress its Tamil population. Garment manufacturing is Sri Lanka's principal foreign exchange earner, without which Sri Lanka can not maintain its heavily militarized government. USTPAC hopes and expects that shaming major importers of Sri Lanka garments like GAP and Victoria's Secret will eventually result in diminished funds to the Sri Lankan military accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • 72) Sep 17, 2009 15:04:38 GMT |  + Canadian stuck in 'limbo' of Sri Lankan terror law
    A Canadian has been detained in Sri Lanka for almost five months under the country’s controversial anti-terrorism measures, the Canadian Tamil Congress said today. Ratnarajah Thusiyanthan, 35, was working as an IT consultant for a World Bank funded project in Colombo when he was arrested outside his office on April 29, the group said. Mr. Thusiyanthan, who immigrated from Sri Lanka in 1989 and returned there in 2002, has not been charged but is being held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, said the CTC.
  • 73) Sep 17, 2009 15:01:55 GMT |  + 'India committed to welfare of displaced Tamils in SL'
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said India is committed to working on a 'priority basis' for the relief and rehabilitation of internally displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka and New Delhi has conveyed its concerns on the issue to the island government in "no uncertain terms." Singh said, "we have conveyed these concerns in no uncertain terms to Sri Lanka on various occasions, stressing the need for them to focus on resettling and rehabilitating the displaced Tamil population at the earliest.
  • 74) Sep 17, 2009 14:56:01 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's released refugees moved to new camps
    At least half the 10,000 war refugees the Sri Lankan government said it sent home last week are still being held in transfer camps in their home districts, refugees and the government said on Thursday. Also on Thursday, the U.N.'s top political official toured several camps including Menik Farm, the largest in Sri Lanka. Most of the 265,000 people who fled fighting at the end of Sri Lanka's quarter-century civil war are being held there. "I also met with people in the camps who want to leave and return to their homes, but cannot do so, and are understandably growing impatient and anxious about their future," Pascoe said in a statement.
  • 75) Sep 17, 2009 11:29:53 GMT |  + Let's help Sri Lanka win the peace
    Sadly, the government's willingness to ignore universal principles of human rights and humanitarian law (which Sri Lanka agreed to uphold when it signed and ratified many treaties and conventions) has met with very little international resistance. Even the United States, which has urged the rapid release of all civilians and deplored the government's slow timetable on political reform, is encouraging U.S. investors to “make Sri Lanka your next business stop.” The Sri Lankan government has won the war. It must now win the peace, and the world, including Canada, must help. more ...
  • 76) Sep 17, 2009 11:23:12 GMT |  + UN official visits Sri Lanka camps
    A top United Nations official has visited camps holding thousands of war-displaced civilians in northern Sri Lanka amid international concern over delays in resettling the refugees. UN under secretary-general Lynn Pascoe will meet President Mahinda Rajapakse for talks on the resettlement of internally displaced persons. Discussions will also focus on political reconciliation and ways of dealing with alleged human rights violations. Sri Lanka has resisted calls for war crimes investigations into its recent crushing of the long-running Tamil separatist insurgency.
  • 77) Sep 17, 2009 1:30:37 GMT |  + Practice what you preached, Ranil tells Mahinda
    Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday charged that Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was an opposition member in the late 1980’s had said that after a war the government should prepare a list of disappeared persons, should release the people detained without evidence or who has committed minor offences, should rehabilitate others and file cases against the rest, although he is not practicing it today. He added that Mahinda Rajapaksa was the first person who initiated the practice of bringing international notice on human rights violations that occurred in Sri Lanka.
  • 78) Sep 17, 2009 1:25:49 GMT |  + Tamil medic describes camp conditions
    British medic Damilvany Gnanakumar, detained for four months in one of Sri Lanka's Tamil internment camps, describes to Jonathan Miller the bleakness of the conditions she found there. A senior UN official has arrived in Sri Lanka to put pressure on the government over the detention of tens of thousands of Tamil refugees in camps following the 25-year civil war. The Sri Lankan government says it need to weed out Tamil Tiger fighters at the camps before most of the inmates can be released. more ...
  • 79) Sep 17, 2009 1:24:07 GMT |  + Propaganda war: Truth is first casualty
    When Sri Lanka killed about 20,000 Tamil civilians in the brutal end game to its civil war, the UNHRC did not see fit to condemn the Sinhalese regime. In fact, it congratulated the victors. In contrast, when Israel’s Gaza mission, which even by Palestinian figures led to the death of only about 5 per cent as many civilians as the Sri Lankan offensive, the UNHRC raced to condemn Israel’s “massive [human rights] violations.” Only then did it create a ‘fact-finding mission’ to prove its pre-existing determination. This is the stuff of the old British Star Chamber, not a legitimate human rights arbiter.
  • 80) Sep 17, 2009 1:20:31 GMT |  + Top UN official in Sri Lanka to push for rights probe
    A top UN official arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday to press for a probe into possible rights abuses during the final stages of the military's victory over Tamil rebels. UN under secretary general for political affairs Lynn Pascoe was sent by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who has voiced concern over delays in releasing thousands of displaced Tamil civilians held in government-run camps. Pascoe's discussions here would focus on "the resettlement of internally displaced persons, political reconciliation and the establishment of a mechanism of accountability for alleged human rights violations in the context of the conflict," a UN statement said. more ...
  • 81) Sep 17, 2009 1:20:13 GMT |  + Rights group appeals for accountability for victims of disappearances, detainees
    The Civil Monitoring Mission in an appeal made after convening a conference on the "Disappeared and the Detained" said Wednesday, "[t]he end of war has not brought any end to our agonies and miseries. We feel more vulnerable today than in the past. National reconciliation and national unity have been reduced to mere rhetoric statements. Instead of bringing change towards constructive hope, the ending of war has brought new miseries to our people. We are today witnessing over two hundred and fifty thousand of our people languishing in military guarded camps...,"
  • 82) Sep 17, 2009 1:19:01 GMT |  + Tamil national aspirations, TNA and transnational governance
    The Tamil National Alliance or any other political party claiming that they represent Tamils have no right to proclaim that they have moved away from the 1977 mandate for independence and sovereignty of the Eezham Tamil nation, to satisfy India, Mahinda Rajapaksa or any other power. They may negotiate but without dropping the fundamentals, until any acceptable formula is freshly mandated by all Tamils including those who are now in the diaspora. Meanwhile, the emerging novel concept of transnational governance will be misled if it is orientated merely with an idea of negotiation.
  • 83) Sep 17, 2009 1:16:51 GMT |  + In Sri Lanka, Speed Up All Removals from IDP Camps, UN's Holmes Says
    In Sri Lanka, the UN funds and works in what the government calls welfare centers and others characterize as internment camps. From these camps, the government removes people it thinks have supported the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels. Also, according to BBC and others, pro-government militia groups "disappear" internees in what are called dolphin vans. The UN's positions on these issues are not clear. At a Wednesday news conference, Inner City Press asked top UN humanitarian John Holmes if there are militias in the camps, and if it knows and tries to raise toward international standards the government's protocols for grabbing, arresting and taking away people in UN-funded IDP camps.
  • 84) Sep 17, 2009 1:15:46 GMT |  + The Internment – A Collective Punishment?
    The widespread indifference to the continuing misery of 280,000 interned IDPs, most of them already unlawfully detained for about four months without any charges, is a sad reflection on the moral values of our society. The reported release of a few thousand is most welcome, but what of the remaining 270,000? Attempts made to justify the internment on the grounds that some of the areas from which they were displaced may yet be land-mined is patently false, in that these internees could then be permitted to move temporarily to other areas to live with relatives or friends, or in accommodation provided by organisations that have already indicated a willingness to help.
  • 85) Sep 17, 2009 1:14:50 GMT |  + Diplomatic double dealing, thud and blunders
    The diplomatic mess and muddle is multi faceted – ranging from a vital economic issue like the extension of the GSP+ facility by the EU to the religious farce and fiasco involving the Prime Minister and a special presidential envoy in Japan. Despite big talk and boasts that there was no need to respond to any panic button or stitch in time to save the garment industry, the government at last appears to be wearing its best dress for the battle ahead. Last Friday, the President held a crisis meeting on the GSP issue and four ministers were appointed to court EU leaders on this issue.
  • 86) Sep 17, 2009 1:13:30 GMT |  + Tamil Nadu, prayer and fasting for refugees in Sri Lanka
    The Church in Tamil Nadu state is calling Catholics to a day of prayer and fasting for refugees in Sri Lanka. The initiative is scheduled for 19 September and was announced in a pastoral letter that the bishops sent to all the faithful on 13 September. Mons. Peter Fernando, arcivescovo di Madurai, afferma ad AsiaNews: “Abbiamo invitato i vescovi di Trincomalee e Mannar perché ci informino della reale situazione dello Sri Lanka dopo la guerra. Vogliamo condividere con loro quanto accade nei campi profughi, conoscere la condizione delle centinaia di migliaia di persone che li abitano, dei bambini, delle donne e degli anziani che stanno soffrendo in condizioni miserabili”. more ...
  • 87) Sep 17, 2009 1:13:13 GMT |  + Denial and rage in Sri Lanka
    The shelling might have stopped, but the persecution continues. The only way towards peace is the release of those suffering in the appalling internment camps. Not years from now, but immediately. For the time has come to help our lost and beautiful island find some new blueprint for unity. It is a matter of both urgency and national pride.
  • 88) Sep 17, 2008 20:03:33 GMT |  + Norway provides NOK 36 million in emergency relief to Sri Lanka
    The Government is providing NOK 36 million to humanitarian efforts in Sri Lanka. Norway is concerned about the civilian population affected by the conflict. Norway urges all the affected parties to comply with international humanitarian law and ensure that those in need get the assistance they are entitled to, including humanitarian access and freedom of movement for civilians. The money Norway is now providing will be channelled through UN agencies, the Red Cross and other NGOs. Now that the UN and NGOs have had to withdraw from LTTE-controlled areas, we foresee increased humanitarian needs.
  • 89) Sep 17, 2008 20:00:16 GMT |  + Fears grow for displaced in Sri Lanka rebel zone as war intensifies
    Aid workers fear uprooted civilians in the north of Sri Lanka could become trapped without enough assistance as fighting intensifies between government forces and separatist rebels. "From our point of view, the trauma of all this for children, to study in an environment where war is going on, is not helpful," said Menaca Calyaneratne, head of communications for Save the Children Sri Lanka. "For the people as well as the children, the psychological effects will have to be addressed, and addressed very urgently." "The consequences are serious," said another aid worker who is familiar with the crisis. "And they will be exacerbated by the fact that these agencies who have the capacity to (provide humanitarian aid) have been banned from conducting their operations."
  • 90) Sep 17, 2008 13:04:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's push to take rebel HQ
    Kilinochchi town in northern Sri Lanka is an unimpressive looking place - a few kilometres of low buildings straggling along the main A9 road. There are some shops and a market, and a couple of places to eat. But Kilinochchi is symbolically important as the Tamil Tigers have made it their administrative headquarters. Now Sri Lanka's military says its troops are just 5.5km (3.5 miles) from the town, and the United Nations pulled its last team of staff from the area on Tuesday. The UN had been ordered along with other aid agencies to leave last week by the government, which said it could not guarantee their safety.
  • 91) Sep 17, 2008 11:03:49 GMT |  + SLAF attack in Vaddakkachchi targets civilians, 2 wounded
    The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), which attacked Vaddakkaachchi, 3 km east of Ki'linochchi town Wednesday morning while claiming that it targeted a 'high profile hideout' of the Tigers, dropped bombs on a densely populated settlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs) on Hudson Road, wounding two, a 14-year-old boy and a father of three. A 15-year-old girl was fainted as her father sustained injuries.
  • 92) Sep 17, 2007 21:18:35 GMT |  + ADB forecasts bleak future for SL economy
    Growth prospects have become, if anything, more complex: opportunities for, and risks to, economic growth have risen since last year. Factors that could potentially lay the foundation for strong economic growth and that show a marked departure from previous approaches are, first, a powerful president whose first term will end in 2011, and who has now also succeeded in forging a parliamentary majority with crossovers of Members of Parliament from the typically more private sector-oriented United National Party.
  • 93) Sep 17, 2007 21:10:54 GMT |  + Basil to be sworn-in as national list MP
    Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa is to be sworn in as a national list MP this week to fill the vacancy created by the demise of Irrigation Minister Anwer Ismail. Political sources told the Daily Mirror last evening that the swearing in was likely to take place today or tomorrow. Mr. Rajapaksa who is the brother of President Mahinda Rajapksa, is tipped to be appointed as the Cabinet Minister of Nation Building soon. The portfolio is now being held by the President. UPFA Secretary and Education Minister Susil Premajayantha has already been requested to nominate the name of Basil Rajapaksa as an MP to the Elections Commissioner.
  • 94) Sep 17, 2007 18:13:56 GMT |  + Activists want UN rights outpost in Sri Lanka
    Human rights activists argued on Monday for a United Nations presence in Sri Lanka to stop abuses they said had spiked due to inaction by authorities since the country's peace process broke down last year. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other groups said a U.N. human rights field office could act as a neutral body to record and look into complaints of kidnappings, disappearances and other abuses in the civil war. "The national mechanisms don't work," Sunila Abeysekera, executive director of the Sri Lankan rights group INFORM, told a Geneva news conference.
  • 95) Sep 17, 2007 18:13:18 GMT |  + Rajapaksa revises stand on unit of devolution
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had earlier favoured the "district" as the unit of devolution, is now understood to favour the "province" as the unit, to accord with the wishes of the minority Tamils and the international community, particularly India. According to informed sources, Rajapaksa told leaders of the ruling alliance recently, that he wanted the "province" to be the "unit of devolution", and the "district" to be the "unit of administration." In other words, power will be devolved to the provinces, but it will be exercised through the district level administrative mechanism.
  • 96) Sep 17, 2007 16:37:03 GMT |  + No Peace with Tamil Rebs, Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka s Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa ruled out on Monday the possibility of a permanent peace accord, saying that crushing the separatist Tamil Tigers with military force is the only way to end the nation s 24-year civil war. The secretary of Defense made these statements during a nationally televised ceremony presided over by his brother, the head of State of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the command of the army in the northern district of Trincomalee. The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 to create a separate state for Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority. An estimated 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting.
  • 97) Sep 17, 2007 14:55:24 GMT |  + Pistol packing Minister enters Canadian HC, demands Visa for son
    The notorious gun-toting Minister who was involved with his son in several notorious incidents last week and in the past - - and who threatened to shoot ‘everybody in his path’ a couple of days back -- created an unprecedented stir when he walked into the Canadian High Commission at week’s end with a pistol in hand, demanding a Visa for his son.The Deputy Minister who was challenged at the security point of the High Commission nevertheless had his way and entered the embassy. It is learnt by LAKBIMAnEWS that the Canadian High Commission has already relieved a security guard of his duties, for letting the notorious Minister into the embassy premises.
  • 98) Sep 17, 2007 14:44:31 GMT |  + JVP-UNP tie-up in the offing?
    Strengthening speculations that the formation of a new political alliance in Sri Lanka is in the offing, JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe hinted at the possibility of working together with the main opposition UNP to decide the future of the country. “There is a possibility that we could work together as both parties want to see the end of this government. The JVP does not completely oppose the UNP. If the UNP could change, I do not see any reason why we can’t work together,” Mr. Amarasinghe said. “If and when they come to a compromise, both parties can discuss sorting out the possibility of working together towards a common goal,” JVP leader Amarasinghe added.
  • 99) Sep 17, 2007 13:49:52 GMT |  + Tamil youth reported missing in Colombo
    A Tamil youth from Old Moor Street in Colombo has been reported missing after he left home for work on Tuesday, September 11, his relatives in Colombo said. The person has been identified as S.Nishanthan, 25, is a mason, and a father of one child. Nishanthan's wife has lodged a complaint with the Mutuwal Police, Civil Monitoring Committee in Colombo said.
  • 100) Sep 17, 2007 10:21:16 GMT |  + Crushing rebels is only way to bring peace to Sri Lanka, top defense official says
    The only way to end the island nation's 24-year civil war is to crush the separatist Tamil Tigers with military force, Sri Lanka's top defense official said Monday. Speaking at a nationally televised ceremony celebrating the navy's destruction of three rebel arms-smuggling ships, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse said talks, by themselves, were doomed to failure. "I think it would be impossible to bring a political solution without militarily defeating the terrorism," he said. more ...
  • 101) Sep 17, 2006 23:37:44 GMT |  + World turns blind eye towards Sinhala state terrorism in Sri Lanka!
    'Honorable peace,' 'terrorism,' 'territorial integrity,' 'pluralism,' 'democracy' and 'human rights,'... All these terms become confusing and nonsensical when used by the Sri Lankan government. The Sinhala-dominated Sri Lankan government and the gangs of “war on terrorism” countries have twisted reality in the Sri Lankan peace process.After 4 years of peace talks, the end result is once again war! None of the agreements have been fully implemented and, even after Tsunami, the Sinhala government refused to accept a PTOMS joint mechanism that is the only way for rehabilitation to be successfully accomplished.
  • 102) Sep 17, 2006 22:18:11 GMT |  + Anura for unconditional talks with the LTTE
    Tourism Minister Anura Bandaranaike has called on the Government to agree to unconditional talks with the LTTE without making irrational demands.Slamming the US and UK for waging war against Iraq and provoking Iran, the Tourism Minister reminded that Iraq was the number one buyer of Sri Lankan tea, by the time the war broke out. “The US and UK’s war on Iraq, based on fake theories, had resulted in a big blow to the Sri Lankan economy,” he added.“Get the hell out of Iran and Iraq as fast as you can,” he demanded from the world super power and its ally.Meanwhile, Mr. Bandaranaike welcomed the decision of the Indian authorities to transfer High Commissioner Nirupama Rao. “This means that the Nehrus still listen to the Bandaranaikes” he said.
  • 103) Sep 17, 2006 22:01:26 GMT |  + Government prepares for major battle
    While holding talks with the UNP and JVP to reach a political consensus on the national question, the government is preparing for a major battle. Forces are being replenished on an urgent basis, a senior official said. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said the forces would go on the offensive to thwart LTTE aggression.Ongoing deliberations with the UNP would not be a bar to military operations, he said, while emphasising the need to bolster forces deployed in the north-east to meet any eventuality.
  • 104) Sep 17, 2006 21:51:09 GMT |  + A Flight of Fancy - A Political Delinquent or A Political Scoundrel
    A regime, that brazenly flouts every single international agreement Sri Lanka has entered into, is now trying to castigate the true representatives of the Tamil National Struggle. The Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam had entered into negotiations with the government, in good faith.Their tireless efforts therefore are committed to finding an acceptable political outcome to help achieve the aspirations of the Tamil people. The disengagement and emancipation of the Tamil People from the murderous clutches of the Sinhala Terrorist State over which Rajapakse now presides, is of prior importance in this process. more ...
  • 105) Sep 17, 2006 15:31:36 GMT |  + Tamils brave risks for better life
    Priyardarshini is holding her eight-month-old baby, Yadushika. They have just arrived on the southern shores of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and the journey from Sri Lanka nearly cost them their lives."The boat capsized and we thought we were all going to die," she tells me. "Luckily we'd wrapped the baby in polythene, so she floated."Finding herself once more in Sri Lanka, Priyardarshini had faced a terrible choice. Return to her home surrounded by war and violence, or risk making the crossing again. more ...
  • 106) Sep 17, 2006 14:32:32 GMT |  + U.N. rights body faces test over Darfur, Sri Lanka
    The United Nations Human Rights Council needs to take action on crises in Darfur and Sri Lanka to secure its credibility and usher in a new era of rights monitoring, activists said on Sunday.Rights groups want the forum, launched this year to succeed the largely-discredited U.N. Commission on Human Rights, to confront a wide range of violations when it opens its second regular session on Monday.The three-week-long meeting is seen as a litmus test for the Council's 47 member states, who will have their first chance to examine and condemn atrocities after a mainly procedural initial meeting in June.
  • 107) Sep 17, 2006 14:30:52 GMT |  + Sri Lanka fighting ends lull
    Sri Lankan government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged gunfire and skirmished at sea on Sunday, bringing to an end a four-day lull in fighting around the besieged Jaffna peninsula.Residents reported brief exchanges of gunfire south of Jaffna near a vital road artery as well as a volley of artillery fire from both sides.A military spokesman said Sri Lankan naval vessels and "Sea Tigers" from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) also clashed at sea and that one rebel boat had been sunk.
  • 108) Sep 17, 2006 14:26:59 GMT |  + Death squads claim 100 lives this month in Sri Lanka: Tigers
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have accused government soldiers in concert with paramilitary units of killing nearly 100 civilians in the island's embattled Jaffna peninsula this month. The rebels and government troops have escalated fighting in the northern peninsula since August 11 with air, ground and artillery attacks that have created siege-like conditions for tens of thousands of mainly Tamil civilians.The rebels claim the military has used a near blackout on outside access, except for some aid shipments, to launch extra-judicial killings of Tamil sympathisers in Jaffna. more ...
  • 109) Sep 17, 2006 6:02:31 GMT |  + US classifies Lanka among religious freedom violators
    The United States on Friday classified six Asian countries as religious freedom violators, aside from China, Myanmar, North Korea and Vietnam already blacklisted as worst offenders in the region.Afghanistan, Brunei, India, Laos, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were included in a “significant” list of violators of religious freedom in the US State Department's annual International Religious Freedom Report 2006.The commission each year recommends to Rice which countries should be blacklisted.In Sri Lanka, the report highlighted “violent resistance” by some Buddhists to Christian church activity of particularly evangelical groups.There also were sporadic attacks on Christian churches by Buddhist extremists, it said.
  • 110) Sep 17, 2006 5:46:20 GMT |  + Open Letter to LTTE Leadership
    I believe that there is too much rhetoric on the part of the Tiger leadership so much so there is a lot of confusion as whether the Tigers are making tactical or strategic calculations in its war with the Sri Lankan state. Some of the spokespersons of your movement seem rather pre-occupied with the terms of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA), even after the Sri Lankan armed forces have blatantly and deliberately breached it. While tactical and strategic thinking requires the LTTE to engage with multiple actors in finding a decent solution for Tamils, the fact remains it simply cannot wait for the international community to act. The international will never act. more ...
  • 111) Sep 17, 2006 5:38:50 GMT |  + Terrorism redefined
    With apologies to Peter Ustinov; Suicide bombing with a targeted objective is the weapon of the weak, eg: Hezbollah, Hamas, LTTE .Suicide bombing of the powerful and strong is indiscriminate Ariel bombing ,eg: Americans using supersonic jets in Iraq, Israel using Kfir's in Lebanon, Srilanka Government using Kfir's in Srilanka Tamil regions The former using incendiaries tied to their bodies exploding themselves killing a person or a few persons in the process is labeled terrorism, while the latter using powerful laser guided incendiaries from the comfort of their aircraft killing hundreds of civilians is termed legitimate military operations, though sometimes the Pilots and others are too killed by a missile.
  • 112) Sep 17, 2006 5:23:07 GMT |  + Sri Lankan agriculture reps eye P.E.I. for major program
    The P.E.I. agriculture sector is ready and able to tackle lucrative development projects in Sri Lanka, said an official from that tsunami-ravaged country. Dr. Gerry Jayawardena, consultant to the Sri Lankan minister of agriculture, told The Guardian that Prince Edward Island has plenty to offer his country in agricultural expertise. Earlier this week, Jayawardena and Sri Lanka’s Minister of Agricultural Development Chamal Rajapaske were viewing the Island’s agricultural facilities, technologies and other aspects of P.E.I. agriculture which can be relevant to Sri Lankan agricultural development.
  • 113) 16:52 GMT, Sep. 17, 2004 |  + Adventa Job and Career Expo offers Hundreds of Jobs, Career Tips and Workshops
    Adventa Job and Career Expo, an event which helps 'launch successful futures', will be held on Thursday, September 30, 04 at Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre (185 Yorkland Blvd., near Highway 401 and Don Valley PKWY) in Toronto from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. With the City’s leading employment related news source, Employment News as its event partner and OMNI Diversity television and CMR Diversity FM 101.3 as media partners, the day long Job Fair and Career Expo is expected to draw several thousands of job seekers. This Expo will draw the region’s top businesses, offering hundreds of jobs, and career institutions providing programs for career change or development. Free resume assessment services will be provided by www.CareerProCanada.ca. There will also be a wide menu of services available to attendees, including opportunities to participate in workshops, presentations and seminars. Admission is only $3.00. more ...
  • 114) 11:08 GMT, Sep. 17, 2004 |  + India withdraws anti-terror law
    The Indian cabinet agreed at a meeting on Friday to repeal the country's controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota). The Congress government - elected in May - has consistently said Pota is misused, particularly against Muslims. The act was brought in by the Hindu nationalist BJP after an attack on the Indian parliament in December 2001. Mr Patil said one of the main problems with Pota had been that it required the accused to prove their innocence rather than the prosecution to prove guilt. He said the purpose of repealing the law was to ensure innocent people did not suffer. more ...
  • 115) 10:18 GMT, Sep. 17, 2004 |  + Peace activists meet NESOHR Director
    A group, comprising Buddhist monks, Christian clergy and some peace activists who are all members of Badulla USCCAL centre and numbering about sixty met with the North East Secretariat on Human Rights(NESOHR) Director Rev. Fr.M.X. Karunaratanam on Thursday morning and had a discussion at the NESOHR office in Kilinochchi. In this discussion Rev. Fr. Karunatanam pointed out the human rights violations committed by the Sri Lankan state and the forces from south Sri Lanka against the NorthEast Tamils in the island in the past. He regretfully reminded them of the fact that none, of the organisations or activists in the south ever raised their voices against even the very serious and excessive violations but remained silent hitherto. Furthermore the voices of the Buddhist monks have been ever since 1956 observed as being vehemently against the rights of Tamils and peace with them. more ...
  • 116) 10:17 GMT, Sep. 17, 2004 |  + Two years… but the drag continues
    September 16th. Two years ago today peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on behalf of the Tamil people commenced in Sattahip, Thiland. The parties, as defined in the CFA, the government negotiators and their counter parts from the LTTE sat face-to-face to discuss the modalities of peace negotiations intended to resolve the decades old national conflict. Similar sessions continued in earnest six times in different locations, the last being Hakone in Japan and that is an year and a half ago. With the conclusion of the first round of talks in Sattahip, the LTTE chief negotiator expressed satisfaction and optimism. Mr. Balasingam said "the Liberation Tigers are quite happy over the achievements so far and we have succeeded in establishing mutual trust and good will - discussions were constructive and cordial - we have reached some decisions - these efforts will continue". more ...
  • 117) 10:10 GMT, Sep. 17, 2004 |  + Sri Lankan government confronts deepening economic crisis
    The Sri Lankan economy is reeling under the impact of high world oil prices, a severe drought and political uncertainty stemming from fears of a return to civil war. The resultant rise in prices, erosion of jobs and pressure for further privatisation and restructuring is fuelling growing social unrest and compounding the political crisis confronting President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her unstable United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government. The government confronts a serious financial crisis. Funds to meet import bills, repay loans and run the administration are rapidly drying up. The failure of Kumaratunga to restart peace negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has led to the withholding of loans by the IMF, World Bank and donor countries. Some $4.5 billion was promised at the Tokyo aid conference in June last year, but the funds were tied to the continuation of the so-called peace process and a far-reaching program of restructuring. more ...
  • 118) 14:17 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + Norway tries to shore up peace in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka -- When Sri Lanka's government and the Tamil Tiger rebels first sat around a negotiating table a year ago Tuesday, the island nation seemed on course to put an end to two decades of bloodshed and civil war. But while a shaky truce still holds, the two sides aren't talking nowadays. A global crackdown on terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States helped build momentum for peace, and Norwegian mediators brokered a cease-fire in February 2002. Concessions by the government were matched by the Tigers, who abandoned their longheld demand for full independence for their northeastern stronghold, where most of Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamils live. more ...
  • 119) 13:56 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka's Anandarajah passes away
    J.S.N. Anandarajah, a popular stalwart of Sri Lankan football, has passed away, the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) announced on Wednesday. He was 59. Known affectionately as "Ana", Mr Anandarajah was Senior Vice President of the FFSL and General Manager of the FIFA Goal Development Office in Colombo at the time of his death. He leaves behind a wife and two sons. more ...
  • 120) 13:26 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + Media Advisory - Toronto EMS paramedics loading container bound for Sri Lanka
    Emergency Medical Services - Toronto EMS paramedics and community volunteers will be working together tomorrow to load donated medical equipment, text books, and computers into a 40-foot sea container bound for Sri Lanka. A team of Toronto EMS paramedics and emergency department nurses from Mount Sinai Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital will travel to war-torn northern Sri Lanka on November 7. They will start an emergency medicine capacity building project being organized by Global Medic, the operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (DMGF). This mission will help restore the medical infrastructure of an area devastated by more than 20 years of civil war. more ...
  • 121) 13:08 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + The Asia Foundation Establishes Books for Asia Fund
    Recent examples of Books for Asia donations and partnerships include the rebuilding of library collections in Afghanistan, a donation of small business accounting software to farm-based cooperatives in the Philippines, and shipments of books and other educational materials to war-ravaged communities in Sri Lanka. "Looking ahead, it is striking that your flagship program is called Books for Asia for it points us to the knowledge of society, which we all know will make all the difference between success or failure in the global village of the 21st Century," said Fidel V. Ramos, former president of the Republic of the Philippines. more ...
  • 122) 13:01 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + Vaiko will be released soon: MDMK Minister
    Union Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy, M Kannappan, has expressed hope that the Supreme Court, with its direction, will soon pave the way for release of MDMK general secretary Vaiko even as he asserted that his party's support to the LTTE or any other organisation supporting the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka, will continue. Vaiko was arrested last year under POTA for speaking in support of the LTTE, a banned organisation in India. Speaking at a function at the MDMK office here organised in connection with the release of a book Thyaga Neruppil Vaiko (Vaiko in Sacrificial Fire), yesterday, Kannappan said that the support to Eelam Tamils was one of their ideologies and that would not be sacrificed. more ...
  • 123) 12:02 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + We often take things for granted and fail in our responsibility
    My dear Podiakka, Ayubowan, Vanakkam, Assalamu Alaikkum and best wishes as you continue to wander, waver and vacillate in a confusing mix of explosive party politics, national affairs and international diplomacy. We are now moving into 20 months of the peace process and commitment to the path of dialogue in finding a just and lasting solution to the complex ethnic crisis. Holy Scriptures tell us that the heart or core of human nature is often deceitful and desperately wicked. Another tendency of the distorted and degenerative human nature is to take things for granted. We often take people, events, relationships and situations for granted and fail in our responsibility of affirming and appreciating them - until they are gone or taken away. more ...
  • 124) 11:48 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + 'MDMK will continue to support LTTE'
    The MDMK, a constituent of the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre, will continue to support the LTTE unmindful of the consequences because the latter "protected" the Sri Lankan Tamils, according to party treasurer and Union Minister M Kannappan. The party would extend its support to whichever organisation that pledged itself to the cause of the Tamils in the neighbouring country, he said at a party function here late last night. more ...
  • 125) 11:46 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka marks peace talks anniversary with acrimony
    Sri Lanka’s first anniversary of the start of Norwegian-brokered peace talks was overshadowed Tuesday by a deepening political crisis and an opposition claim that a return to war was imminent. The island’s peace hopes were raised when Tiger rebels and the Colombo government opened their first meeting arranged by Oslo on September 16 last year, but the euphoria has evaporated since the rebels stormed out of talks in April. more ...
  • 126) 20:14 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + Free access to LTTE areas for truce monitors
    LTTE Political Wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan assured Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Chief Tryggve Tellefsen that they would take action to ensure freedom of movement for truce monitors in the LTTE controlled areas when he met Tellefsen in Kilinochchi on Tuesday. The SLMM Chief has told Thamilselvan that the SLMM ruling on Wan-Ela camp still stands despite it being referred to Norwegian facilitators and emphasized the necessity of having routine patrolling to the camp until the matter is solved. "Thamilselvan was positive on the issue", Bragadottir added. more ...
  • 127) 20:07 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan health staff on strike
    The army and air force were deployed to help run hospitals as up to 85,000 Sri Lankan health workers went on strike on Wednesday. The health service trade union alliance, which represents 59 unions, says it wants discrepancies in pay for its members resolved. The government promised to address health workers' grievances after a previous hospital strike but unions say it has failed to take action within the agreed time. The Health Service Trades Union Alliance says the indefinite strike is affecting 1,000 hospitals across Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 128) 11:45 GMT, Sep. 17, 2003 |  + US presses Tamil rebels
    The US state department has called on Tamil Tiger rebels to come up with a realistic position on power-sharing with the Sri Lankan Government so that peace talks can resume soon. Formal talks broke down in April after the Tigers complained of bad faith on the part of the Sri Lankan Government. But a ceasefire continued with both sides saying they were still committed to finding a negotiated settlement. more ...
  • 129) 12:18 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + High hopes for Sri Lanka peace talks
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have begun a second day of talks in Thailand with both sides expressing optimism that a lasting peace is achievable. As the two sides sat down behind closed doors at a Thai naval base, officials from the two delegations said that the key to future stability of the island would lie in the economic development of its most war-ravaged areas. After almost two decades of bitter war, tens of thousands of lives lost, and over a million people displaced, Sri Lanka's economy has been left in tatters. more ...
  • 130) 11:25 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + UN, US, EU hail Thailand talks
    On the eve of the first peace talks between the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lankan government, the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan welcomed the negotiations, saying the United Nations might play a bigger part in the peace process. Meanwhile, the US, welcoming the negotiations, said it would review its ban on the LTTE depending on the progress of the talks. more ...
  • 131) 11:22 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Tamils, Muslims iron out differences at Thai talks
    Sri Lanka's minority Muslims, who could make or break peace talks underway here, have clinched an agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels on resolving their differences, official sources said Tuesday. The only Muslim delegate in the four-member Sri Lankan government team, Rauf Hakeem, has been invited by the rebels for a separate meeting with top guerrilla leaders to hammer out outstanding issues, the sources said. Tamils who constitute about 12.6 percent of the country's population are the main minority, but the second largest minority -- Muslims -- have considerable political leverage over the co-habitation government.
  • 132) 11:12 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Hopes high for Sri Lanka talks
    The Sri Lankan Government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels have begun a second day of talks aimed at ending nearly 20 years of civil war. The discussions were resumed after what Sri Lankan government negotiators and observers said was a very friendly first day. more ...
  • 133) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + After the euphoria, Sri Lankan peace talks get down to work
    Sri Lanka's peace talks focused Tuesday on plans for a joint international appeal to clear landmines and rehabilitate the devastated nation, while more contentious issues were put to one side, sources said. The historic talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were launched Monday amid optimism by both sides. After a symbolic handshake and smiles for the cameras, the first three hours of tough negotiations began at a tightly secured Thai naval base here, with the initial euphoria replaced by the need to obtain concrete results. more ...
  • 134) 03:56 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan peace talks resume on friendly tone
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels began a second day of talks on Tuesday aimed at ending one of the world's longest-running wars that has sucked the economic life out of the island. The talks resumed after what Sri Lanka negotiators and observers said was a very friendly first day, although the two sides were thought to have stayed away from controversial topics. "I think it went very well because we laid a foundation to build upon," chief government negotiator G.L. Peiris told Reuters television after the closed-door talks at naval base at Sattahip 260 km (160 miles) southeast of Bangkok. more ...
  • 135) 23:18 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’
    The ceasefire agreement between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has just completed its 8th month. Though many instances have been reported on the violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), by and large both sides have abided by their commitments laid out in the MoU. more ...
  • 136) 02:01 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Peace talks crown Norway's mediation bid in Sri Lankan conflict
    Norway, formally asked to serve as "facilitator" in the Sri Lankan peace process, has elevated its role from that of logistic mediator to key player after succeeding in bringing the government and Tamil Tigers together for historic peace talks that began on Monday. First a series of meetings between the two sides, then ceasefires, then a resumption of peace talks. Under Oslo's aegis the peace process to end a 30-year-old conflict that has claimed more than 60,000 lives has progressed by leaps and bounds. "It is difficult to define what a 'facilitator' is. No matter what you call it -- facilitator, mediator or peace-broker -- the Norwegians are very much needed," a Sri Lankan diplomat told AFP. more ...
  • 137) 23:03 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Norway pledges assistance to develop North-East
    He has requested the Lankan Government to forward a detailed report on development projects to be carried out in the North-East. The Prime Minister Wickremasinghe stressed the importance of developing North and East while negotiating with the LTTE. Petersen expressed his fullest support for the peace talks with the LTTE in Thailand. He promised to hold discussions with European countries to help Sri Lanka to develop the North-East. more ...
  • 138) 23:01 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Second LTTE sea movement today
    The second LTTE sea passage is to take place today in line with the Government-LTTE deal on sea movements, a Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) spokesman said. The journey will however depend on the weather as the sea is rough and the weather is "not good", SLMM Spokesman Teitur Torkelsson told the Daily News. "The LTTE has informed the SLMM that it would transport 170 cadres from Mullaitivu to Vakarai on Wednesday," the spokesman added. more ...
  • 139) 20:18 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka dates breakthrough at Thai peace talks
    Sri Lanka's peace negotiators scored a major breakthrough on Tuesday when they agreed dates for their next three rounds of talks, a top government negotiator said. The Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) committed themselves to holding the second round in late October and two more sets of meetings before January, negotiator G.L. Peiris said. Peiris, who is also Sri Lanka's constitutional affairs minister, said he was "more than happy with the progress" in two days of Norwegian-brokered peace talks at a tightly-guarded Thai naval base here. more ...
  • 140) 18:37 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + NE local government polls postponed
    The Commissioner of Elections Tuesday announced that the local government polls in the Northeast province scheduled for 25 September has been postponed for the second time in a year. According to the notification issued by the Commissioner Mr.Dayananda Dissanayake Tuesday, the elections to Northeast local authorities will be held on 25 June, 2003. Earlier the election was scheduled to be held on March 25. Later, on representations made by the Tamil National Alliance it was postponed to September 25. more ...
  • 141) 18:36 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka peace negotiators agree dates for next round of talks
    Sri Lanka's peace negotiators have agreed on dates for their next three rounds of talks. Top government negotiator, G-L Peiris, says the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam agreed to hold the second round in late October and two more sets of meetings before January. He says the exact dates will be announced later at a news conference, concluding three days of groundbreaking talks which were brokered by Norway and hosted by the Thai government. more ...
  • 142) 16:42 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka, Tigers Set Schedule for Extended Talks
    Sri Lanka's top negotiator said Tuesday he has "every expectation of peace" with Tamil rebels and announced fresh rounds of talks aimed at ending one of the world's longest-running civil wars. Peiris also said the talks had allowed him to develop a rapport with Anton Balasingham, the chief negotiator of the LTTE delegation, who he also met informally between negotiating sessions. "One cannot underestimate this type of contact when it comes to resolving issues as convoluted as this," he said. more ...
  • 143) 16:32 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Norway Seeks Canada's Role In Peace Building
    “Canadian Government’s participation in the rehabilitation and humanitarian efforts being undertaken have been significantly less. We are highly concerned because Canada is home to over 200,000 Tamils and we would like to encourage our government to assume a lead role in this, by sharing its expertise in peace building and humanitarian efforts” said, Mr. Bala Sivalingam, Chairperson of the Peace Committee of the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC). “A large number of Canadian Tamil professionals from various sectors have expressed a keen interest in volunteering their expertise in rebuilding the war-torn areas and it is very important that the Government of Canada utilizes these resources in such humanitarian projects,” he further noted. more ...
  • 144) 15:54 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka peace talks conclude second day on friendly note
    Sri Lanka's peace negotiators Tuesday concluded their second day of talks after steering clear of contentious political issues, officials close to the discussions said. The Norwegian-brokered contacts lasted six hours Tuesday, following the three hours of negotiations conducted Monday after a ceremonial launch held before diplomats and the media, officials said. "There was no breakthrough and no breakdown either," a source told AFP, adding that the discussions were conducted in a friendly atmosphere. more ...
  • 145) 15:22 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka says "substantial" progress in peace talks with Tamil rebels
    The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday peace talks with Tamil rebels to end a 19-year separatist war have made "substantial" progress and that the two sides agreed to hold three more rounds of negotiations in Thailand in the months ahead. "We are certainly very pleased with the way it has gone. We have addressed matters of substance. We have made tangible progress," the chief government negotiator, G.L. Peiris, told reporters after the second day of talks. more ...
  • 146) 14:24 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka PM to speak at UN, meet investors
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will brief the United Nations on progress in the latest peace bid with rebels on Wednesday as talks to end 19 years of war enter a third day in neutral Thailand. ''His visit is progressing well,'' an official from the prime minister's office said. Wickremesinghe will meet CEOs of U.S. companies and members of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce later this week. Wickremesinghe met Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Sunday to inform him of developments in the Norwegian-brokered peace bid, seen as the best chance yet for peace. more ...
  • 147) 00:08 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + None should disrupt peace efforts — EPDP, PLOTE, EPRLF, EROS
    Four Tamil political parties resolved that "anyone, for whatever reason, should not disrupt the present atmosphere for peace". The EPDP, PLOTE, EPRLF and EROS met to discuss how best they could contribute to the current peace efforts and strengthen, improve and forge ahead with the peace process. The four parties were unanimous in that the on-going talks should not be disrupted. more ...
  • 148) 14:18 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + US to review Tiger ban after success of Thai talks
    The United States will review its ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) depending on the outcome of peace talks which opened here Monday, the US ambassador to Thailand said. Ambassador Darryl Johnson said Washington supported the Norwegian-arranged talks which opened here, but Washington's 1997 proscription of the LTTE would not be lifted soon. "We will discuss that in the context of the outcome of the peace talks," the ambassador said after the official launch of the talks at the Ambassador City resort hotel near here. more ...
  • 149) 14:03 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Thai talks not about peace but holding carnivals in North’ - President Chandrika Kumaratunga
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday said although she is not against peace, she is against selling the country in the name of peace with the sole intention of holding on to power. The President said: First the LTTE should pledge that they renounce ‘Eelam’. They should also promise to lay down arms, stop killing Sinhala people and stop harassing civilians in the North-East. Therefore I informed the government that a peace without Eelam should receive top priority in the agenda for talks.
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  • 150) 13:48 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Policemen on duty also attacked us : witness
    A teenage inmate who was severely injured in the attack at the Bindunuwewa Rehabilitation camp where 27 were massacred gave evidence before Colombo High Court-at-bar yesterday. Fourteen year old Puwanendra Pushpakumara from Ampara giving evidence led by state counsel Priyantha Nawana before trial-at-bar comprising High Court Judges Sarath Ambepitiya (President), Eric Basnayake and Upali Abeyratne said that he was arrested as an LTTE suspect when he was going to ask for some rice from a neighbouring house while his father was ill. He said later he was brought to the rehabilitation camp . more ...
  • 151) 13:37 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Lanka-LTTE talks would be a turning point, says UK
    Britain today welcomed the peace talks between Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE and hoped these parleys would prove to be a turning point in resolving the internal conflict in the Island Republic. "I welcome the peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE. There is still a long way to go in resolving the internal conflict in Sri Lanka but I hope these talks will prove to be a turning point," British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien said in a statement. more ...
  • 152) 13:33 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka's TV companies will broadcast interrupted rebel speech
    A day after screens went blank, Sri Lanka's top television stations said Tuesday they would air in full an interrupted speech made by Tamil Tiger rebels chief negotiator at the opening of historic peace talks. State-run Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corp. and privately owned Maharajah Television were both linked by satellite to air Monday's opening ceremony of peace talks in Sattahip, Thailand. more ...
  • 153) 13:31 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka, LTTE discuss humanitarian issues on day 2 of talks
    Apparently steering clear of thorny political Issues, Sri Lankan Government and Tamil rebels today discussed humanitarian problems including a deal on clearance of mines in the war-ravaged zones of the island nation. Continuing their first face-to-face talks in seven years, representatives of the two sides meeting at this naval base talked about problems of internally displaced persons and further cooperation to improve economic development in a bid to bring back normalcy. more ...
  • 154) 13:23 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + MDMK demands removal of ban on LTTE PTI
    MDMK asked the Centre to revoke the ban on the rebel Sri Lankan Tamil outfit LTTE for the "success of the talks between the LTTE and Sri Lankan government in Thailand." MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, in a statement sent through his advocate Nanmaran, said it was India's historic commitment to extend full co-operation for the success of the talks and for the rehabilitation of displaced Sri Lankan Tamils. "With farsightedness and considering the geopolitical situation, India should revoke the ban on LTTE," he said. more ...
  • 155) 13:21 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Lanka-LTTE talks would be a turning point: UK
    Britain today welcomed the peace talks between Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE and hoped these parleys would prove to be a turning point in resolving the internal conflict in the island republic. "I welcome the peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE. There is still a long way to go in resolving the internal conflict in Sri Lanka but I hope these talks will prove to be a turning point," British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien said in a statement. more ...
  • 156) 12:35 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + After the euphoria, Sri Lankan peace talks turn to tougher issues
    Norwegian deputy foreign minister Vidar Helgesen said at the opening of the talks Monday that there could be temporary problems, but they should not cause the process to be abandoned. "It is likely there will be setbacks, hiccups, walkouts and breakdowns. However, such incidents should not be seen as signs of failure," he said. "On the contrary, it should be seen as a success for both parties each time they settle their differences by heated discussions and not by the heat of the gun." He warned that the eight negotiators, locked in a room for days on end to nut out their country's future, risked getting lost in the details of their work. "When such situations arise, it is imperative that we try to look beyond the negotiating table and imagine the horizon of a peaceful and prosperous future for Sri Lanka," he said. more ...
  • 157) 12:30 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Facilitators cite Indian counsel
    India, Sri Lanka's closest neighbour, may be far away from any direct involvement in the current peace process. But Indian advice — from the past and present — continues to be referred to by the Norwegian facilitators who have prepared themselves for a long haul in resolving the decades-old ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. As the peace talks started here today, Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister, Vidar Helgessen, recalled the words of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. "The great leader, Mahatma Gandhi, once said, there is no path to peace — peace is the path. more ...
  • 158) 00:07 GMT, Sep. 17, 2002 |  + Dutch Govt. pledges co-operation to rehabilitate N-E
    The Dutch government pledged fullest co-operation to Sri Lanka to rehabilitate war affected areas. Ms. Agnes Van Hoeven, Minister of Development Co-operation of Netherlands congratulated Sri Lanka for what it has accomplished so far towards achieving sustainable peace for the country. She pledged fullest co-operation of her country and promised to grant aid for areas such as reconstruction of war affected areas, and rehabilitation of people affected by war. more ...
  • 159) 20:19 GMT, Sep. 17, 2001 |  + "Canadian Tamils send prayers for victims of American tragedy"
    Canadian Tamils join the international community in strongly condemning the unprecedented and horrific attacks against innocent American civilians on September 11th. This day will surely go down in history as a bleak day for not only the United States but for the entire world. The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) shares in the sorrow and grief of the American people in the face of this profound tragedy. We send our deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of all the victims and rescue personnel who have lost their precious lives. more ...
  • 160) 14:26 GMT, Sep. 17, 2001 |  + Emirates suspends flights to Colombo
    Dubai's Emirates airline announced Monday it will suspend all flights between Dubai and Colombo from September 19 until further notice because of high war-risk insurance premiums. The suspension was "due to the hugely increased insurance rates currently levied on each aircraft landing at Bandaranaike International Airport," the airline said. more ...
  • 161) 13:22 GMT, Sep. 17, 2001 |  + Damning faxes on Shmel deal
    The Sunday Leader has found further incriminating evidence against the complacent Sri Lanka Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Lionel Balagalle, when he ignored nearly two dozen fax messages from his Advanced Technical Officer (ATO) Brigadier Mirisse Lankage Jayaratne who repeatedly warned the Commander that the consignment for 1000 nos. of RPO-A Shmel rocket launchers was seriously flawed. Not only did the Brigadier warn his Commander against the purchase, he also cautioned Gen. Balagalle against canceling the Performance Bond and begged the army chief to let him return home after spending fifty days in the Ukraine literally twiddling his thumbs. more ...
  • 162) 11:17 GMT, Sep. 17, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka Plans To Negotiate Air Insurance Premiums
    The Sri Lanka government is planning to send a delegation to London to negotiate with aviation underwriters a reduction in hefty insurance premiums on airlines flying into the island-nation, an aviation ministry official said Monday. "We have sent messages through the Sri Lanka High Commission in London that the minister of aviation and (ministry) secretary are willing to hold meetings with aviation underwriters," D. Dissanayake, additional secretary of the aviation ministry told Dow Jones Newswires. more ...
  • 163) 11:38 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Vaiko defends LTTE struggle for separate state
    The MDMK, a partner in the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre, has defended the LTTE's armed struggle for a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka and said it is committed to the cause of the Tigers. "The LTTE was forced to take up arms as the Sinhalese had violated all accords (to end the ethnic strife) and refused to give due rights to the Tamils,' MDMK chief Vaiko told a public meeting here on Friday. more ...
  • 164) 11:35 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka troops advance towards key town
    Sri Lankan troops Sunday launched a fresh offensive in the island's northern peninsula of Jaffna and had advanced into territory held by Tamil Tiger rebels, the defence ministry said. Troops backed by artillery and mortar bombs mounted the latest drive in a bid to expand the area under their control and push back the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas, the ministry said. "Troops launched an operation towards Chavakachcheri in order to expand the area under control," a government statement said without giving details of the fighting or casualties on either side. more ...
  • 165) 11:29 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Muslim party in crisis after fatal helicopter crash
    Sri Lanka's main Muslim minority party was facing a leadership crisis Sunday after its charismatic founder was killed in a helicopter crash while on the campaign trail, analysts said. The death of ports minister M. H. M. Ashraff, who led the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) was seen by political analysts as a blow to the re-election prospects of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling coalition. more ...
  • 166) 11:28 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Fresh SLA offensive in Jaffna
    Heavy fighting has erupted again in the northern Jaffna peninsula as government troops launched another offensive to regain control over territories it lost to the Liberation Tigers in the Thenmaradchi sector, in May this year. Army sources in Jaffna said fierce fighting broke out on three fronts from Saturday morning. more ...
  • 167) 11:25 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka mounts fresh anti-Tiger drive in Jaffna
    Sri Lankan troops Sunday launched a fresh offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in the island's northern peninsula of Jaffna, the defence ministry said. Troops backed by artillery and mortar bombs mounted the latest drive in a bid to expand the area under their control and push back the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas, the ministry said. There were no immediate details of casualties, but local residents contacted by telephone said they could hear a heavy barrage of long-range weapons being fired. more ...
  • 168) 04:24 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Three TN fishermen to return from Sri Lankan custody
    Fisheries Minister Jenifer S Chandran, in a press release on Saturday, said the fishermen who entered the Sri Lankan waters by mistake while fishing in a mechanised boat on high seas were arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities and lodged in a jail. Due to the efforts made by the Centre and the Tamil Nadu Government and the Indian High Commission in Colombo, the Lankan Government had agreed to release them. more ...
  • 169) 04:17 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + ‘Regain lost areas soon,’ Ratwatte tells army
    Deputy Defence Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte last week flew to Jaffna where he urged the armed forces to regain areas they lost to terrorists during the April-May fighting in the Jaffna peninsula. Addressing troops, in the presence of the service commanders, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Jaffna Security Forces Commander, at the 51 Division Headquarters, Jaffna, Ratwatte stressed the need to maintain pressure on the LTTE and carry out operations to recapture areas lost to the LTTE, defence sources said. The minister expressed confidence in their (armed forces) ability to take the battle into the enemy territory while reminding the top brass and the fighting men that the government has met their requirements in armaments and other needs. more ...
  • 170) 20:51 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan Army captures Chavakachcheri
    Sri Lankan forces claimed to have recaptured Chavakachcheri today from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam following yet another offensive in the Jaffna peninsula in which at least four soldiers including an officer were killed and over 40 injured. In claiming to have wrested back Chavakachcheri, the Government has for the first time admitted that the town had earlier fallen into LTTE hands.
    Also: Conflicting claims over Chavakachcheri more ...
  • 171) 04:00 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + SLAF appoints committee to probe helicopter crash
    The Sri Lanka Air Force(SLAF) yesterday appointed a special four-member team headed by Chief of Staff Air Vice Marshal T. D. Perera to investigate the helicopter crash which killed Ports Minister A. H. M. Ashraff and fourteen others. The Russian-made Air Force VIP helicopter MI-17, chartered by Minister Ashraff was being flown from Colombo to Ampara before it crashed in hilly thickets at Aranayaka area in the Kegalle district, according to SLAF sources. "The cause of the crash is yet to be determined, ? " they said. more ...
  • 172) 20:18 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Ranil's convoy attacked, 1 killed at UNP meeting
    In what is turning out to be an increasingly violent campaign to Sri Lanka's October 10 general elections, a grenade was thrown at the convoy of the United National Party (UNP) leader, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, as it was leaving the venue of an election meeting while a person was shot dead at the site of his next meeting. more ...
  • 173) 20:16 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + SLMC's future 'uncertain'
    The death of the Sri Lankan Minister for Ports Development, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and high profile Muslim leader, Mr. M.H.M. Ashraff, has plunged the SLMC into a crisis. more ...
  • 174) 20:13 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Conflicting claims over Chavakachcheri
    Heavy fighting has been continuing between the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Liberation Tigers in the Chavakachcheri sector in the Thenmaradchi Division from early hours Sunday said sources in Jaffna. The Sri Lankan Defence Ministry told reporters that government troops have captured the key town of Chavakachcheri in a military operation which commenced around 8 a.m. However, the Liberation Tigers said that government troops had entered the outskirts of the town and heavy fighting was raging. more ...
  • 175) 20:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka army 'recaptures' town
    The Sri Lankan army says it has recaptured a key town in the largely rebel-held northern peninsula of Jaffna. It says the town, Chavakachheri, was taken despite stiff resistance, with the rebels coming under heavy artillery and air bombardment. There has been no independent confirmation, nor any word from the Tamil Tiger rebels. more ...
  • 176) 18:33 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Helicopter crash probe launched
    Sri Lankan officials have launched an investigation into a helicopter crash which killed the prominent Muslim leader, MHM Ashraff on Saturday. Mr Ashraff was a key political ally of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. However the relationship of his SLMC with other members of the president's People's Alliance coalition government has been turbulent recently. He is reported to have issued a statement shortly before the fateful helicopter journey saying that he had decided to sever all ties with the People's Alliance on a permanent basis.
    Also: Sri Lanka Muslim party in crisis after fatal helicopter crash more ...
  • 177) 16:36 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Playing it right in the political arena
    Unlike presidents Jayewardene and Premadasa, President Kumaratunga is not a leader who came to power after making a great effort and sacrifices over a long period of time. She came to power due to fortuitous circumstances and good luck. There was a fateful relationship between the removal of powerful political characters like Vijaya Kumaratunga, Lalith Athulathmudali, R. Premadasa and Gamini Dissanayake from the political field and her not coming to power when Vijaya Kumaratunga was alive was because he was the dominant character in the movement he represented. more ...
  • 178) 13:31 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Ashraff dies in mystery crash
    Almost 40 minutes after take off, Squadron Leader Shiran Perera, an experienced pilot with 7000 flying hours to his credit, had radioed the SLAF Control Tower at Katunayake that he was cruising at some 500 feet. At sea level, that would have been about 1500 feet but he was over hilly terrain that accounted for 1500 feet. He had reported he was 15 minutes to Kandy and declared in pilot's jargon "Victor Mike Charlie." That meant Visual Met Conditions or in other words normal weather. He had also spoken about "Visual Contact" (denoting clear visibility) and "Operations Normal" (signifying that all was well). more ...
  • 179) 12:35 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Foul play feared as Sri Lanka seeks foreign help to probe crash
    A Sri Lankan minister Sunday raised fears that a blast may have caused the crash of a helicopter that killed a fellow Muslim minister and 14 others as foreign help was sought to probe the tragedy. Transport Minister A.H.M. Fowzie said he wrote President Kumaratunga saying he believed an explosion may have caused the Mi-17 transport helicopter to crash Saturday, killing Ports Minister M.H.M. Ashraff and the others. more ...
  • 180) 12:31 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka troops capture key town in land and air offensive
    Sri Lankan troops Sunday mounted a fresh ground and air offensive against Tamil rebels, and captured a key northern town after a three-hour battle that left 30 combatants dead, defence officials said. Government troops supported by aircraft and artillery guns attacked from their defence lines and captured the town of Chavakachcheri in the Jaffna peninsula, the defence ministry said in a statement. more ...
  • 181) 11:45 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Tear Drops 2000
    It is fitting that this event to focus attention on the plight of children suffering in Thamil Eelam be named Teardrops 2000. During the last fifty years Thamil Thaai had undergone untold sufferings of various types and magnitudes. The visible deaths, destruction and displacement caused by the inhuman crimes of the Sri Lankan Sinhala government, may be statistically recorded for history. But the mental and psychic agonies of Thamil Thaai and her children cannot be gauged easily. more ...
  • 182) 03:50 GMT, Sep. 17, 2000 |  + Not-so-young times: Single and crucified
    I AM in my late thirties. Throughout all these years, I never had a boyfriend. Readers may wonder whether I am ugly or handicapped! I am perfectly normal. People often say "She is sweet but dark!" I don't get affected by these colour conscious remarks because when my own brothers were looking for their life partners, they stood firm with "Fair brides only". If every man desired a fair-complexioned wife, what would happen then to those with darker complexions?? more ...
  • 183) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Amnesty questions Puthukkudiyiruppu bombing raid
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  • 184) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + S.Lanka failed to avoid civilian deaths - Amnesty
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  • 185) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Intact skeleton unearthed at Chemmani
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  • 186) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Human Rights - its precept and its practise
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  • 187) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Forgotten promise
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  • 188) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Amnesty raps Sri Lanka air force over civilian killings
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  • 189) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + India and US move closer on terrorism
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  • 190) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Timor Conspiracy: Australia's role
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  • 191) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + New PLOTE military leader held
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  • 192) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Air Force bombing at Puthukkudiyiruppu -- Amnesty International's concerns
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  • 193) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Rebels say Sri Lanka jets kill 22 refugees
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  • 194) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + "The Future of Tamils in the Next Millennium; Resources and Recommendations"
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  • 195) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Lankan air force bombers kill 22 Tamil civilians
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  • 196) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + SRI LANKAN AIRFORCE BOMBS REFUGEE SETTLEMENT: 22 CIVILIANS KILLED IN RETALIATORY ATTACKS
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  • 197) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Amnesty questions Puthukkudiyiruppu bombing raid
    No details available. more ...
  • 198) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + S.Lanka failed to avoid civilian deaths - Amnesty
    No details available. more ...
  • 199) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Intact skeleton unearthed at Chemmani
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  • 200) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Human Rights - its precept and its practise
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  • 201) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Forgotten promise
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  • 202) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Amnesty raps Sri Lanka air force over civilian killings
    No details available. more ...
  • 203) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + India and US move closer on terrorism
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  • 204) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Timor Conspiracy: Australia's role
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  • 205) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + New PLOTE military leader held
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  • 206) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Air Force bombing at Puthukkudiyiruppu -- Amnesty International's concerns
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  • 207) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Rebels say Sri Lanka jets kill 22 refugees
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  • 208) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + "The Future of Tamils in the Next Millennium; Resources and Recommendations"
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  • 209) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + Lankan air force bombers kill 22 Tamil civilians
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  • 210) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1999 |  + SRI LANKAN AIRFORCE BOMBS REFUGEE SETTLEMENT: 22 CIVILIANS KILLED IN RETALIATORY ATTACKS
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  • 211) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1998 |  + Sri Lanka rebels agree to ``days of tranquillity''
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  • 212) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1998 |  + Sinhala-Buddhist lobby against talks with LTTE
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  • 213) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1998 |  + Pact banning landmines goes into force March 1, 1999
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  • 214) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1998 |  + Private airline suspends flights in Sri Lanka after rebel threat
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  • 215) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1998 |  + Military solution within the next year — Ratwatte
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  • 216) 11:11 GMT, Sep. 17, 1998 |  + A setback says General Balagalle
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