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October 18, 2017 - Memory of the Day

China's lucrative embrace of Sri Lanka stirs unease

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1995 | Bomb attack at the oil depots in Kolonnawa
    Bomb attack at the oil depots in Kolonnawa and and Orugodawatte killing 20 security officers.
  • 1997 | Sri Lankan Dvora naval-gunboat sunk!
    One Sri Lankan Dvora naval-gunboat was sunk and another Dvora was damaged after an eight-hour long engagement by Sea Tigers at sea off Pulmoddai (Tincomalee district). Over 9 Sri Lankan naval personnel were killed and 5 Sea Tigers including 2 Black Sea Tigers died in the attack. The naval battle started at 9 PM on Saturday and went on till 5 AM the next day. The Dvora gun boat was blasted and sank at 2.50 AM in the early dawn.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1997 | Canada Tamils stage candle light vigil
    Thousands of Canadian Tamils attended a candle light vigil on Saturday, demanding the release of Tamil community activist Mr. Manickavasagam Suresh and condemning the Sri Lankan government's war in the Tamil homelands.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 466 | செய்தக்க அல்ல செயக்கெடுஞ் செய்தக்க
    செய்யாமை யானுங் கெடும்.
    'Tis ruin if man do an unbefitting thing;
    Fit things to leave undone will equal ruin bring.
    - 47 47
  • Oct 18 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Oct 18, 2014 11:00:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka sanctions could affect €74m worth of imports
    The EU first warned Sri Lanka in 2012 that it would face sanctions if it did not show significant progress in cooperating against IUU. The commission said its assessment found that Sri Lanka has not sufficiently addressed the shortcomings in its fisheries control system identified in November 2012. Sri Lanka’s main weaknesses, it said, “include shortcomings in the implementation of control measures, a lack of deterrent sanctions for the high seas fleet, as well as lacking compliance with international and regional fisheries rules.”
  • 2) Oct 18, 2014 10:51:02 GMT |  + Ocean Lady migrants from Sri Lanka still struggling 5 years later
    Journalist Maran Nagarasa still recalls vividly the sense of elation aboard the Ocean Lady five years ago this week when he saw a plane flying overhead with a Canadian flag. “I was sure God had arrived to save us,” he said. He spent four months in jail. He was interrogated by Canadian officials. He was asked to spy on others. He was eventually released on strict conditions. Then he began the task of gathering documentation to prove he was a legitimate refugee. It wasn’t until 2013 that he was granted the right to stay in Canada. more ...
  • 3) Oct 18, 2014 10:47:00 GMT |  + ‘The Face of Buddhist Terror’ stokes discord in Sri Lanka
    There are also questions about how Colombo allowed extremist movement’s Wirathu to visit the island nation, not least since, as Hanif reminded Sabahul Khair, the Burmese monk’s terrorist group slaughtered 1,200 Muslims in the Indian Ocean region. “This person has close links with our Bodu Bala Sena,” the activist said, explaining the covert ties between the racist Buddhist monk and Rajapaksa’s regime. “He himself, said it’s time to eradicate Muslims bit by bit, from the Sri Lankan border,” he said lamenting Sri Lanka’s political landscape (ruling party and opposition) unity in silence in this respect. The 969 terrorist grouping, which is also rejected by the United Nations among other world bodies as well as governments, has openly said that the south Asian region has to be “saved” from Islam. more ...
  • 4) Oct 18, 2013 14:45:18 GMT |  + Protests may force PM to skip Commonwealth meet
    With voices of protest against India's participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo next month growing louder, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to skip the summit. Sources said pressure from the Tamil Nadu unit of the Congress and the party's erstwhile partner DMK may have prompted a rethink in the government on the Prime Minister's participation in the biennial event. more ...
  • 5) Oct 18, 2013 14:44:17 GMT |  + Morris Minor: A British Classic Car Thriving In Sri Lanka
    The “Morris Minor” is a classic piece of Britannia -- the small-sized family automobile was one of the most popular vehicles in post-war Britain, with about 1.3 million manufactured between 1948 and 1972 (making it the first U.K. car ever to sell more than 1 million units). Sir Alexander Arnold Constantine Issigonis, the Greek-born engineers, designed the Minor as an “affordable luxury car” for the British working classes. Initially a two-door convertible model, later versions of the Minor included a four-door variant. more ...
  • 6) Oct 18, 2013 14:42:26 GMT |  + Commonwealth must change, adapt and grow: Lord Paul
    Ahead of the CHOGM Summit in Sri Lanka next month, Lord Swraj Paul has said the Commonwealth should be more assertive in its diplomatic endeavours and it must change, adapt and grow so as not to be marginalised. Participating in a debate in the House of Lords on ''The Future of the Commonwealth, in Light of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka'', Lord Paul described it as "unique" and "invaluable asset" that can and should be "more vigorously employed" in contributing to the resolution of international issues. Noting that the Commonwealth is at an interesting moment in its evolution, Lord Paul yesterday said, "to continue its mission it must change, adapt and grow. If it does not, it will become less relevant and marginalised."
  • 7) Oct 18, 2013 13:03:24 GMT |  + India Debates : Is PM allowing China-Pakistan to cement ties with Sri Lanka?
    The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is said to skip the commonwealth heads of governmeet meet in Columbo next month, Not just Tamil Nadu CM or DMK Chief even Local Congress leaders have urged the PM to skip the meet. This particular meet given the Human Rights record of the Sri Lankan government towards minorities in that state. This clearly proves that Prime Minister has put National interest over Regional Interest. more ...
  • 8) Oct 18, 2013 12:58:39 GMT |  + Trustee Juanita Nathan to seek Federal nomination in the new riding of Markham-Thornhill
    York Region School Board Trustee, social worker and long time Markham resident Juanita Nathan has announced that she will be seeking the Federal Liberal nomination in the new riding of Markham-Thornhill. The City of Markham is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada. The formation of the new Markham-Thornhill riding reflects the growth of the city and the strength of its diversity. With her academic and professional background in social work, grassroots advocacy, and significant experience as a public school board trustee, Ms. Nathan promises to continue to be a strong voice for residents of Markham-Thornhill at the federal level. more ...
  • 9) Oct 18, 2013 12:51:16 GMT |  + Indian PM considers Commonwealth summit boycott
    Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, has written to powerful politicians in the south of India to assure them he has yet to make a final decision on whether to travel to the controversial Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next month. Observers say the most recent letter, the latest in a series, and the continuing delay indicates that Singh is increasingly concerned by the domestic political cost of attending the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo and is genuinely considering a boycott. more ...
  • 10) Oct 18, 2013 10:06:08 GMT |  + Crown confirms Sri Lanka talks
    Crown Ltd has confirmed it is in detailed discussions with the Sri Lankan government and possible joint venture partners about developing a five-star integrated resort in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, Crown said the total project cost to the joint venture would be approximately $US400 million ($A419.6 million) and the project is subject to final agreement between joint venture parties and other approvals. more ...
  • 11) Oct 18, 2013 10:04:09 GMT |  + Scandal of Sri Lanka’s disappeared
    A controversial Commonwealth summit takes place in Sri Lanka next month. The country has more outstanding cases of disappeared people than anywhere else in the world, apart from Iraq. In reality, Mr Rajapaksa leads a country where thousands are held without charge or trial under a draconian law, and thousands more have simply disappeared. Mr Cameron and his fellow Commonwealth leaders will be meeting in a nation with 5,676 "outstanding cases" of disappearances, according to the United Nations – the highest number in the world besides Iraq. more ...
  • 12) Oct 18, 2013 10:01:22 GMT |  + Khuram Shaikh: Six charged with murder over Sri Lanka killing
    An "associate" of Sri Lanka's president and five other men have been charged with the murder of an aid worker in the country on Christmas Day 2011. Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh, 32, from Milnrow, Rochdale was shot and stabbed while on holiday. The men have been charged with offences including murder, possession of unlawful weapons and the gang rape of a woman. They have been bailed until their next court appearance. more ...
  • 13) Oct 18, 2012 22:09:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka opposition leader Sarath Fonseka at Colombo rally
    Leading Sri Lankan opposition figure Sarath Fonseka has held his first big political gathering since serving two years in jail after losing a presidential election. The former general called for major political reforms. But the BBC's Charles Haviland in Colombo says that disunity among the opposition meant the turnout was low. Mr Fonseka unsuccessfully stood against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a presidential election two years ago. more ...
  • 14) Oct 18, 2012 22:08:04 GMT |  + CTC’s Intervention Request Accepted by the Supreme Court of Canada
    Today, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal of Agraira v. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, a very important case in which the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) has been granted intervener status by the Supreme Court. The case concerns the application of s. 34 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and is very important to Tamil Canadians since many Tamil individuals are found to be in inadmissible to Canada.
  • 15) Oct 18, 2012 17:38:02 GMT |  + Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Republic of Korea and Rwanda obtain non-permanent seats on UN Security Council
    The United Nations General Assembly has elected Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2013.Under the UN Charter, the Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.The Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. And, together with the General Assembly, it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). more ...
  • 16) Oct 18, 2012 13:50:11 GMT |  + Navy to hold exercises with Lanka away from southern states
    With political parties in Tamil Nadu vehemently opposing military ties with Sri Lanka, the Defence Ministry has asked the Indian Navy to hold joint exercises with the island nation in future away from four southern states."The Defence Ministry has advised us to hold the SLINEX-series exercises with our Sri Lankan counterparts away from the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka," a Navy official told PTI here.
  • 17) Oct 18, 2012 13:48:05 GMT |  + The massacres in Sri Lanka irked me
    In the audio launch of his film Thenkoodu, the director said that he had to wait for a long time to come up with something very good like this one. “The Mullivaikkal massacre that happened in Sri Lanka in 2009 was the reason I have come up with Thenkooda. That tragic incident irked me very badly and I have spoken my mind responsibly in this film”, opened up Igor. The first copy of the audio was released by director Ameer and received by Seeman and a host of other guests. more ...
  • 18) Oct 18, 2012 13:40:50 GMT |  + Canada finds radioactivity in kitchenware shipment
    Canada is the latest country to have detected radioactivity in a shipment of kitchenware made in India.It is not uncommon for consumer goods to be found to be radioactive. The products delivered to the Port of Montreal were found to be contaminated with cobalt 60, which is used in radiotherapy for treating cancer. The scare comes just weeks after radioactivity from cobalt 60 was found to be emanating from a container-load of stainless steel and aluminium kitchenware shipped from India to Sri Lanka, as reported on HousewaresLive.net on September 25. And such incidents are becoming increasingly common worldwide. Authorities in both Sri Lanka and Canada have ordered that the dangerous products now be sent back to their country of manufacture. more ...
  • 19) Oct 18, 2012 12:49:55 GMT |  + US Concerned Over Rushed Resettlement of Lankan IDPs
    The US today expressed concern over the "rushed" resettlement of the last batch of Tamils displaced during Sri Lanka's decade-long civil war that ended in 2009. "We remain concerned about the rushed resettlement of the final IDPs to close the Menik Farm camp. Many of the most vulnerable families of the war-affected population in the North have been placed on land hastily cleared without adequate shelter, water and sanitation, or provisions to continue their livelihoods," US Embassy said in a statement.
  • 20) Oct 18, 2012 12:48:25 GMT |  + Navy to train with Sri Lanka, but not in south India
    With political parties in Tamil Nadu vehemently opposing military ties with Sri Lanka, the defence ministry has asked the Indian Navy to hold joint exercises with the island nation in future away from four southern states. The navy has so far held two exercises under code name 'SLINEX' and the last edition was held along the coast of Trincomalee in September, 2011 after the first in 2005. "The defence ministry has advised us to hold the SLINEX-series exercises with our Sri Lankan counterparts away from the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka," a Navy official told PTI in New Delhi. more ...
  • 21) Oct 18, 2012 12:44:10 GMT |  + Sri Lankan 'pirates' seize trawler seeking asylum in Australia
    A group of asylum-seekers is believed to have hijacked a boat off the Sri Lankan coast with the aim of heading to Australia. Sri Lanka's high commissioner to Australia, Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, said the missing fishing trawler, Theja, was a known people-smuggling vessel that was being used by six crew for fishing when it was apparently taken. A boatload of up to 12 people came alongside the Theja and an argument reportedly broke out. Five of the crew went overboard with one remaining on board. more ...
  • 22) Oct 18, 2012 10:22:44 GMT |  + TNA briefs China on Tamils’ “concerns”
    In an exercise aimed at reaching out to China, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which represents a majority of Sri Lankan Tamils in Parliament, met Chinese Embassy officials here and apprised them of issues facing the northern and eastern Tamils. “We met Chinese Embassy officials on Monday and explained to them our concerns over Chinese help to the Sri Lankan Army in the north,” TNA leader Mavai Senathirajah told The Hindu.
  • 23) Oct 18, 2012 10:21:29 GMT |  + Drought hits northern rice farmers
    fficials in northern Sri Lanka’s Vavuniya District say 60 percent of the rice harvest could be lost if the dry weather continues. “In Mannar District [in the north] we have records indicating that between 5,000 to 6,000 paddy hectares of the cultivated 10,000 are lost,” Ravi Vinanithambi, an environment officer for the North East Reawakening Programme (NERP - part of the Ministry of Economic Development), told IRIN. more ...
  • 24) Oct 18, 2011 19:23:26 GMT |  + Relocation failures in Sri Lanka
    There is something rotten going on in Sri Lanka. More than two years after comprehensively dispensing with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elaam (LTTE), the government is at risk of losing the peace. Rather than reducing the presence of the armed forces in occupied areas and promoting a peaceful transition, the government is instead militarizing the country. Far from realizing the promised peace dividend, the north and east now consists of a patchwork of military installations and high security zones. more ...
  • 25) Oct 18, 2011 12:45:33 GMT |  + ''We see little being done by this government to listen to its people''
    Why did the ex-combatants need to be held in detention without any independent monitoring or access to lawyers? And what guarantees of a fair trial are there for those still detained? You speak of closure to victims' families, but does this exist for those thousands of families who still don't know the whereabouts of their missing relatives, either detained or killed in the final months of the war?...can those in the north whose daily life is governed by the military and by officials from a different ethnic community really be considered free? Can those in the south whose elections are repeatedly undermined by violence, corruption, and misuse of state resources - as documented repeatedly by your own brave civil society organisations - really be called free? more ...
  • 26) Oct 18, 2011 12:03:11 GMT |  + Welioya goes to Mullaitivu
    For administrative purposes the government has placed the Welioya Divisional Secretariat under the purview of the Mullaitivu District Secretariat and separated it from the Anuradhapura District, officials said yesterday. Welioya is an area occupied by a Sinhala population of 9004 and during the war it was administered by the District Secretary of Anuradhapura because Mullaitivu was not accessible to the people at the time. Vavuniya District Secretary P.S.M. Charles said she had asked for the establishment of two more Divisional Secretariats in her district for administration purposes.
  • 27) Oct 18, 2011 12:00:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka raises defence spending
    Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced it would raise defence spending by over five percent in 2012, more than two years after the government ended a decades-long ethnic conflict with Tamil rebels. Sri Lanka has maintained that it needs to keep defence spending high, to repay hefty instalments on military hardware bought to fight the separatist Tamil Tigers. The government's 2012 expenditure was estimated at 2.22 trillion rupees ($20.1 billion), while revenue was estimated at 1.115 trillion rupees, resulting in a budget deficit of 1.105 trillion rupees.
  • 28) Oct 18, 2011 2:24:49 GMT |  + Truth vs Hype: Should Rajiv's assassins die?
    This week, we come face to face with the three men convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan, held in Vellore Jail. They have earned a temporary reprieve from the High Court which has kept open the question of whether they should live or die. The answer was never going to be easy, but it has been further complicated by a host of volatile factors - from the debate over death penalty, to those questioning the evidence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, to the competitive politics of radicalism in Tamil Nadu, and the emotional charge of their families fighting for a reprieve. more ...
  • 29) Oct 18, 2011 1:17:22 GMT |  + Sri Lanka faces pressure on war crimes claim
    AS THE leaders of the 54 countries of the Commonwealth prepare to meet in Perth next week, pressure is mounting on Sri Lanka over allegations of war crimes committed at the end of its civil war in 2009. The Herald revealed yesterday that a brief before the Australian Federal Police recommends that Sri Lanka's high commissioner to Australia, former navy admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, be investigated for alleged war crimes. It has been alleged naval ships fired on unarmed civilians as they fled fighting. Mr Samarasinghe denies the allegations. more ...
  • 30) Oct 18, 2011 1:15:41 GMT |  + Aid worker blasts Sri Lankan government
    An international aid worker and United Nations representative is speaking out against violence in Sri Lanka and the government’s role in it. In front of 28 students and faculty members gathered at the Yale School of Medicine Friday afternoon, U.N. representative Nimmi Gowrinathan discussed the difficulties that nongovernmental organizations face in pursuing their missions. Throughout the talk, she drew on examples from aid she helped administer after the Sri Lankan Civil War. While three attendees interviewed said they found her perspective interesting, two said her speech was too one-sided.
  • 31) Oct 18, 2011 1:15:02 GMT |  + Just Desserts
    The resignation of British Defence Secretary Liam Fox following revelations about his unauthorised and dubious foreign policy-related activities will be welcomed by all those committed to a just and lasting peace in Sri Lanka. However the serious questions raised – once again – by last week’s media reports about Dr. Fox’s activities must also be answered. Dr. Fox resigned because, in his own words, “I mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my government activities to become blurred.” Nowhere is this more true than in the case of Sri Lanka. Whilst several governments – including those of the UK and
  • 32) Oct 18, 2011 1:13:53 GMT |  + TNA protests against 'new Sinhala majority settlements'
    Sri Lanka's main Tamil party TNA today staged a protest in northern Vavunya town to highlight alleged new Sinhala majority settlements being pushed by the government in the country's northern and eastern regions. The sit-in protest was also to bring to focus other land related issues concerning the Tamil minority community in the two areas. The TNA alleged that the government was creating new Sinhala majority settlements in the northern and eastern regions against wishes of the Tamil community.
  • 33) Oct 18, 2011 1:12:50 GMT |  + Liam Fox broke ministerial code, official report to say
    Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox broke the ministerial code in his dealings with his friend Adam Werritty, an official report is expected to say. Mr Fox resigned on Friday after a week of allegations over his working relationship with Mr Werritty, a lobbyist and former flatmate. The BBC understands a report by Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell will find Mr Fox broke the rules. more ...
  • 34) Oct 18, 2011 1:10:46 GMT |  + After the Local Government Elections
    Local government (LG), that is, urban council, pradeshiya sabha and municipal council elections across Lanka were conducted in three stages in April, July and October 2011. The outcome was largely as expected but some singularly important outcomes have also to be noted. Before taking these up however let me summarise that the broad result was a handsome victory for President Rajapakse’s UPFA in all three of the stages. The reasons for this excellent performance consist of two big factors and a subsidiary one. Victory in a racist civil war will stand a regime in good stead in the eyes of the victorious race for a long time in any society anywhere in the world. Rajapakse is basking in the glory of war victory among the Sinhalese people.
  • 35) Oct 18, 2010 18:45:00 GMT |  + New Sri Lankan civil war photos threaten to overshadow Britain visit
    The campaign for a war-crimes tribunal to investigate alleged atrocities in the Sri Lankan civil war has intensified following the release of photographs which appeared to show a massacre of Tamils. The photographs, which showed blood stained bodies of young men and women who had been blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs, were released by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a group which includes former supporters of the Tamil Tiger rebels. more ...
  • 36) Oct 18, 2010 16:56:32 GMT |  + Louise Arbour on Self-Determination
    International actors would be wise to remember the warning in the preamble of the UDHR that people will turn to rebellion against tyranny and oppression unless they are protected by the rule of law.  They should therefore make every effort to promote the full respect of the right of peoples to self-determination by national governments. In order to avoid the emergence of legitimate secessionist claims, states must recognize legitimate grievances by their national minorities, and address them appropriately, including by providing some form of political autonomy, if appropriate, but certainly by ensuring political participation, as well as social, economic and cultural protections. more ...
  • 37) Oct 18, 2010 14:49:27 GMT |  + Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch Visits Totalitarian Assembly of Sri-Lanka
    It was announced by the UK authorities that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK branch delegation is to visit Sri lanka, during 16-23october 2010. Appropriately they had announced its aim which was to enable Westminster Parliamentarians to understand better the challenges faced by their Sri Lankan colleagues and a supporting and interlocking set of 3 objectives, and visits to work and projects meeting objectives 2 and 3. This is comprehensive strategy is adequate and concrete enough to dispel untruth and elicit truths that are not allowed to public by unofficial press media control in Sri-lanka. It is clear to anyone going through the agenda that there are some Trojan horses or hidden agendas.
  • 38) Oct 18, 2010 11:16:49 GMT |  + Australia to build new asylum centres
    The Australian government has unveiled plans for two more detention centres to accommodate an increasing number of asylum seekers. It also announced that children and family groups would be moved from detention into community-based accommodation. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said it was not the Australian way to have children behind razor wire. The new detention centres in Perth and Adelaide will house 2,000 people. more ...
  • 39) Oct 18, 2010 11:14:09 GMT |  + Solheim to visit Sri Lanka -- to mend fences
    Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim plans to visit Colombo in a bid to mend troubled ties with Sri Lanka, where many had come to see him and his country as sympathisers of the Tamil Tigers. Having rubbed the current Sri Lankan leadership the wrong way despite a tightrope walking at the height of the war against the Tigers, Solheim had a fruitful meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the UN recently. As a follow-up, Solheim will travel to Sri Lanka early next year for meetings with President Rajapaksa and other senior figures in Colombo and perhaps go to other parts of the island, informed sources told IANS.
  • 40) Oct 18, 2010 11:14:00 GMT |  + Ford, Smitherman now tied with days until election, poll finds
    The anti-Rob Ford campaign is swaying Torontonians and reversing Ford’s momentum, suggests a new Toronto Star-Citytv poll that shows him heading into the election’s final week virtually tied with George Smitherman. “The criticism of Rob Ford is sticking and it’s resonating and at this stage his momentum is negative,” said Jodi Shanoff, a senior vice-president of Angus Reid Public Opinion, which conducted the poll. The survey of 1,001 Torontonians on Thursday and Friday shows 41 per cent of decided voters supporting Ford, compared to 40 per cent for Smitherman and 16 per cent for Joe Pantalone. more ...
  • 41) Oct 18, 2010 1:24:09 GMT |  + Another migrant ship planning to head to Canada: source
    As controversy swirls around the Canadian government’s efforts to thwart human-smuggling, Postmedia News has learned that officials are aware of at least one more boat that is planning to make its way to this country with human cargo. The vessel is planning to leave from southeast Asia, as did the MV Sun Sea, the ship that arrived in British Columbia in August with 492 Tamil migrants on board. While details about the latest vessel are sparse, it seems to be exactly the type of incident a senior government source says the Harper Tories are keen to prevent.
  • 42) Oct 18, 2010 1:11:40 GMT |  + Students oppose honorary degree for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews
    University of Winnipeg valedictorian Erin Larson gave Canada's public safety minister a piece of her mind at today's autumn convocation. She told Vic Toews, who received an honorary degree from U of W, that she was "not proud" to share the stage with him. Larson, the top student at the university, said the school had lost its intergrity by awarding Toews an honorary law degree. Toews sat quietly a few feet from Larson, looking at his program. more ...
  • 43) Oct 18, 2009 14:15:51 GMT |  + UK Lanka deportations 'under review'
    A British court has called upon the authorities to consider accusations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka while reviewing deportation of failed asylum seekers to the island. High Court Judge Pelling, QC, has made the remarks after the British Home Office informed the court that the country’s policy is under review after the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka government announced the defeat of the Tamil Tigers on 18 May. The judge made the remark at Manchester High Court, last week, while delivering a judgment of an appeal by a Sri Lankan Tamil national, only known as Mr. B, against his continuous detention since 26 May 2006 by UK Border Agency (UKBA). more ...
  • 44) Oct 18, 2009 14:05:40 GMT |  + India offers $100 million to help Sri Lanka refugees
    India offered Sri Lanka on Sunday $100 million to help war refugees return home and rebuild the country's ravaged north, as New Delhi seeks to engage in the island nation's post-war reconstruction and retain influence. Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said India was willing to provide the aid package to Sri Lanka if it submitted a "plan of action" on rehabilitation of Tamil civilians. "Our concern is that the displaced Tamils should be resettled in their homes as early as possible," the minister told reporters in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
  • 45) Oct 18, 2009 5:26:38 GMT |  + True or False?
    An explosive report on the much disputed video showing footage of ethnic Tamils allegedly being murdered by men attired in Sri Lankan military uniform has been handed over to the US State Department. In a controversial turn of events, a United States company specialising in forensic services has in a preliminary report maintained that no tampering or editing was carried out in either the video or audio portions of the controversial Channel 4 video clip which showed a man in Sri Lankan military uniform executing civilians. The Sunday Leader has obtained exclusive access to the preliminary report issued by this company, whose services were sought by the US based Tamils Against Genocide organisation.
  • 46) Oct 18, 2009 5:16:52 GMT |  + From Hero to Zero: The Fonseka fallout
    A move that clearly showed the Government's displeasure over Gen. Fonseka's recent behaviour came this week, when their leaders launched verbal counter-offensives in public. The first salvo came on Tuesday from the Government's newest hatchet man, non-Cabinet rank Media Minister, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, at a news conference. He said there was a conspiracy to bring military leaders who had helped defeat terrorism and make them political orphans. He said he would appeal to political parties not to render destitute the men who have won "national respect and love."
  • 47) Oct 18, 2009 2:24:50 GMT |  + Unknown ship seized by RCMP in Canadian waters
    A migrant vessel of unknown origin ventured into Canadian waters off the coast of British Columbia on Saturday and was seized and boarded by the RCMP.The ship was escorted by a navy frigate and two RCMP ships to a port in Victoria. Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan said the vessel, sailing under the name "Ocean Lady," had 76 people on board and entered Canadian waters early Saturday morning. When asked where the ship originated, Van Loan said there were early indications it came from Sri Lanka, though he stressed that information had not been confirmed. The vessel was carrying unknown cargo. more ...
  • 48) Oct 18, 2009 2:06:00 GMT |  + For IDP children, food becomes medicine
    As World Food Day was marked on Friday Consultant Paediatrician Dr. Vasana Kiridana recounts how severely malnourished children are brought back from the brink of death at the General Hospital, Vavuniya Many of them went through the most miserable period of their lives, under LTTE captivity, surviving under trees and in bunkers. They were in extreme physical and mental anguish, deprived of food and water, food supplies having been cut off by the LTTE. Rice kunjee was their main food for weeks. Some had suffered longstanding diarrhoea, fevers and skin infections and had not had any medical treatment. more ...
  • 49) Oct 18, 2009 2:01:48 GMT |  + India assures Lanka of safeguarding democracy
    Sri Lanka informally sounded India on Thursday over reports of a possibility of a destabilization of the democratic system, the Sunday Times learns. Such fears have arisen due to prevailing tensions within the defence establishment. The subject had come up for discussion during a conversation between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and outgoing Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Alok Prasad. Following apprehensions expressed by President Rajapaksa, Mr. Prasad is learnt to have briefed Govt.leaders in New Delhi.
  • 50) Oct 18, 2009 1:45:50 GMT |  + Indian delegation : extremely sad, and some IDPs outraged
    There was a great deal of fury towards the Indian government among those people. ‘We trusted none else; we had faith in India and hoped that it would come to our rescue. But India too has been a party to our destruction’ they said. Some others said: “there were agitations in Tamil Nadu (against the war in Sri Lanka). But had Kalainjar (Chief Minister M. Karunanidhy) intervened, he could have saved the lives of our brethren. He too abandoned us’. Some were even more outraged: ‘why have you come here’ they asked me. more ...
  • 51) Oct 18, 2009 1:26:10 GMT |  + Young Tamils swap bombs for BlackBerrys
    Movement Bala Muhunthan has that high-class hip-hop look: Dolce & Gabbana jeans, tight polo shirt, chunky silver ID tags worn as pendants and an ever-present, ever-beeping BlackBerry. Privately educated in Denmark and the UK, the 22-year-old lives in London and attends a leading business school. Muhunthan spends his weekend nights at members’ bars or parties in Mayfair. Saturday afternoons, he plays golf or football with his friends. “I love London. I love the fast life,” he says. more ...
  • 52) Oct 18, 2009 1:24:15 GMT |  + S.Lanka asylum seekers end boat hunger strike
    A group of more than 250 Sri Lankan asylum seekers whose boat was stopped in Indonesian waters en route to Australia ended their two-day hunger strike on Saturday, officials said. The group -- among which it was the 150 men who were on hunger strike -- had accepted food late afternoon after a meeting with Indonesian officials, local immigration chief Harry Purwanto told AFP. "They have started to eat and drink. Alex said the group apologised for launching the hunger strike. He said it was a wrong move," he said, referring to the group's unofficial spokesman.
  • 53) Oct 18, 2008 23:09:04 GMT |  +  Govt. on a razor's edge over GSP Plus and the Indian factor
    While the Indian Central Government faced the prospect of losing its parliamentary majority over the on going war in Sri Lanka with Tamil Nadu giving Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a two week ultimatum to ensure a ceasefire, the human rights spectre once again surfaced to haunt President Mahinda Rajapakse last week over the GSP Plus trade concession which is now all but doomed, spelling economic disaster in the months ahead.
  • 54) Oct 18, 2008 23:06:42 GMT |  +  The war of words and ground realities
    Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake's announcement in parliament two weeks ago that 200 soldiers had been killed in action during the month of September 2008, elevated the military's loss of life and limb to a whole new level. With this announcement, a symbolic threshold has been reached, as over 1,000 soldiers have now been killed in battle during the first nine months of 2008 according to government statistics mind you, with the worst of the fighting clearly yet to come as the military delves into the heart of the Tigers' political and guerrilla capitals.
  • 55) Oct 18, 2008 23:02:56 GMT |  + Rift within TMVP widens, Pillaiyan plays guessing game
    A split between the Tamil Makkal Vidudalai Puligal (TMVP) chief and parliamentarian Karuna Amman and Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivenesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan is imminent. All indications are that a sure coup d’etat is soon to follow with Pillaiyan threatening to walk away with his cadres and take over the leadership of the party. Pillaiyan, according to confidential sources, is expected to inform Karuna of his decision to either remain in the party or quit, today October 19. Since the appointment of Pillaiyan as the Chief Minister, it is learnt he has gradually become popular and powerful thus posing a severe threat to the TMVP leadership.
  • 56) Oct 18, 2008 23:00:47 GMT |  + Tamil Nadu kolloppan over Sri Lanka
    The political furore in the neighbouring South Indian state of Tamil Nadu over the Lankan conflict took a dramatic turn last Friday with 14 DMK members of Indian Parliament’s lower house including seven union ministers, submitting their resignation to party chief M Karunanidhi. The resignations will become effective from October 29 when the deadline given by the DMK MPs to the Centre to halt Sri Lankan army’s offensive in the north expires. However, the resignation letters mush reach the Speaker for them to be effective, and some speculate that they never will, but that’s another mater. As of now the resignations are being taken seriously.
  • 57) Oct 18, 2008 22:58:47 GMT |  + Govt shows the finger to EU on GSP
    Sri Lanka will take a defiant stand against what she calls Europe’s “economic manipulation” tomorrow when International Trade Minister G L Peiris announces government plans to support the garment industry financially if the GSP+ facility is not extended. “Prof Peiris is hoping to announce at 11 o’clock on Monday that the government will offer financial support to offset disadvantages arising from a possible non-renewal of the GSP+,” said an industry source, on condition of anonymity. He said the details were not known. “We have to work out the finer points with the government,” he added.
  • 58) Oct 18, 2008 12:48:26 GMT |  + I can't sleep when I think of Lankan Tamils, says TN CM
    Welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statements favouring a negotiated settlement to end the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka , Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has said the remarks raised hopes of the Centre taking steps to halt Lankan troops' offensive against Tamils in LTTE-held areas. The DMK chief, while writing in party organ "Murasoli", said he found solace in the remarks of the PM and hoped the Centre would consider the demands of an all-party meeting in Chennai on October 14.
  • 59) Oct 18, 2008 12:25:41 GMT |  + Beginning the end of war with Tamil right to self determination
    Those who peruse the demands raised by major political parties in Tamil Nadu may notice that the focus is merely on stopping the war but nothing said by any on the fundamental issue of the sovereignty of the Tamil nation in the island of Sri Lanka, the question on which war has been thrust upon the Eezham Tamils. Any meaningful way to end the war and the suffering of the masses in Sri Lanka should therefore begin from recognizing the right to self-determination of Eezham Tamils and the integrity of their homeland, writes Opinion Columnist Chivanadi.
  • 60) Oct 18, 2008 12:24:35 GMT |  + Tamil film industry rift over championing Sri Lankan Tamils
    Most Tamil film actors have promised to turn up for the Nov 1 day-long token fast organised by actor-turned-politician Sarath Kumar here to protest the suffering of Sri Lankan Tamils, and politely excused themselves from Sunday's rally in Rameshwaram organised by ace director Bharati Raja. The Tamil film industry is keen on highlighting the suffering of Sri Lankan Tamils, from whom the industry nets a huge sum of money through overseas rights of their films. Bharati Raja Friday launched a campaign against virtually all the matinee idols of the South Indian Actors' Association (SIAA) led by Sarath Kumar for staying away from the demonstration and public meeting in Rameshwaram.
  • 61) Oct 18, 2008 2:45:19 GMT |  + India can intervene in Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said Friday night that India could certainly intervene in Sri Lanka to alleviate the sufferings of Tamil minorities there, in the same way it did in then East Pakistan in 1971. 'Did India not intervene in Bangladesh when needed?', the DMK chief told reporters when asked how India could intervene in the affairs of a foreign nation. He was referring to the 1971 India-Pakistan war that led to the creation of a separate nation of Bangladesh. Karunanidhi was speaking to media persons after 14 party Lok Sabha MPs, including central ministers T.R. Baalu and A. Raja, handed over post-dated resignation letters to him demanding an end to the violence in Sri Lanka.
  • 62) Oct 18, 2008 2:24:56 GMT |  + West urged not to ignore Sri Lanka
    A senior western diplomat has warned that living conditions are deteriorating for tens of thousands of civilians displaced inside Tamil Tiger rebel-held areas in northern Sri Lanka. It is a humanitarian disaster waiting to happen, he says. With the army capturing more and more territory from the rebels, the civilians have now been confined to a smaller region. Sooner or later hostilities are expected to break out in areas not very far from them. Some fear that they might get caught in the crossfire. Most of the major political parties from Tamil Nadu have warned that their lawmakers will quit the Indian parliament if Delhi fails to broker a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. If the threats were carried out they could trigger a political crisis in Delhi.
  • 63) Oct 18, 2007 21:13:03 GMT |  + Expert urges Sri Lanka to resume talks with Tigers
    An international counter-terrorism expert Thursday urged Sri Lanka's warring parties to return to the negotiating table to end decades of bloodshed. Gerard Chaliand said Colombo's military push was not the answer to the rebels' violent campaign for autonomy for minority Tamils in the island's north and east. "I believe generally, terrorist organisations have legitimate reasons, mostly the majority who rule have a tendency to keep power to themselves," the former director of France's European Centre for the Study of Conflicts told delegates at an international counter-terrorism conference here.
  • 64) Oct 18, 2007 21:11:42 GMT |  + Lanka trumpets over-subscription of bond, but experts decry
    The Sri Lankan government on Thursday trumpeted the over-subscription of its controversial debut international sovereign bond for $ 500 million as a firm vote of confidence in the resilience of the island's war-torn economy. But critics said that the euphoria was completely unwarranted, as the bond was too expensive and was also harmful to the economy. "The bond carries 8.5% interest over a five year period which is the costliest loan that the Sri Lankan state has ever taken in its history. The subscribers have got a very good deal even as it shows how desperate the government has been to get money," Dr Harsha de Silva of the Colombo-based think tank LIRNE ASIA told Hindustan Times.
  • 65) Oct 18, 2007 16:22:11 GMT |  + SLMM Weekly Monitoring Report - October 8-14, 2007
    The SLMM registered less activity by the TMVP in Trincomalee, and four of its five offices appeared to have been shut down. The SLMM learned that the TMVP was in the process of concentrating their resources in Batticaloa. On 10 October SLMM monitors witnessed TMVP members passing check points unhindered. Close to Kappalthuray SLMM monitors saw a convoy of five vehicles – three white vans, one white pick-up and a sedan. At the back of the pick-up two boys, about 15/16 years old, in military-like clothing were lying, partially covered by a tarpaulin. Inside one of the vans there were up to eight armed civilians. The SLMM witnessed the convoy travelling through check points.
  • 66) Oct 18, 2007 13:57:10 GMT |  + True Colours
    Why the UNP was never committed to federalism. The decision by the Sri Lanka's main opposition United National party (UNP) to make public its opposition to a federal solution to end the ethnic conflict was inevitable. The move reveals the political - and moral - bankruptcy of the southern political establishment more generally and, in particular, the UNP. It also resolves one of the enduring debates about the Norwegian initiative: could peace have been possible with Ranil Wickremesinghe's UNP? The answer is no. An agreement might have been reached, but it would never have been implemented. Since independence, Sinhala leaders have abrogated every agreement on power-sharing reached with the Tamils. The UNP is clearly no different.
  • 67) Oct 18, 2007 13:54:31 GMT |  + Delhi changing stance towards Colombo
    India’s arms length policy towards Sri Lanka’s saga of war and peace may be changing, reports from India indicated in the wake of an official visit by President Mahinda Rajapakse to Delhi early this week. Despite past declarations by India that only ‘defensive weapons’ would be provided to Sri Lanka, the island’s giant neighbour has now shifted to supplying ‘offensive weapons’ to the UPFA government to fight the Tamil Tiger rebels, the Indian media said. The altering of its policies are aimed at preventing Sri Lanka turning to Pakistan and China to meet its military need, local and Indian analysts have pointed out.
  • 68) Oct 18, 2007 13:38:47 GMT |  + Playing arrogant in place of responsible governance
    Sri Lanka can no longer afford to exercise arrogance, where responsibility is called for. Given the administration’s failure to convince the international bodies otherwise, it becomes imperative that it acts in a manner that proves its commitments to human rights.Certainly Sri Lanka is no Dafur, but we face a serious threat of being tagged one, in our continued failure to remedy some mistakes. The repercussions of allowing the present levels of impunity to continue are far larger than desired. We cannot afford to face international restrictions, that will be in the way of development.
  • 69) Oct 18, 2007 11:09:13 GMT |  + Lanka delays re-opening of wildlife park
    Sri Lanka has put off re-opening its most popular wildlife sanctuary by another week after Tamil Tiger rebels overran an army post inside the park, officials said yesterday. The Yala National Park, a popular tourist destination in the island’s southeast and home to leopards, elephants and migratory birds, will open after the military has cleared the area of Tamil Tigers, officials said. Tour operators said they were worried about the park attack, as many countries had just eased travel warnings suggesting the island was a safe holiday destination for their nationals.
  • 70) Oct 18, 2007 11:00:15 GMT |  + Emerging debt-New Sri Lanka bonds off highs in volatile trade
    Sri Lanka's debut international bond priced at par to yield 8.25 percent. The five-year offer rose to a high of 100.75 cents to a dollar before trading at 99.875/100. It traded as low as 99.50 at one point. Most of the bonds were sold to U.S. investors who accounted for 40 percent of the allocations. Asia accounted for 30 percent and Europe, Middle East and Africa another 30 percent.
  • 71) Oct 18, 2007 10:55:48 GMT |  + SL Navy attacks refugee-boat in Mannaar sea, 4 said killed
    Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) gunboats Thursday morning opened fire on a boat with fleeing refugees from Naachchikkudaa, 55 km north of Mannaar to Tamil Nadu, India, in the seas off Peasaalai. Four civilians, all belonging to a single family, were believed killed. A mother and two children with serious injuries have been brought to Mannaar hospital, 5 hours after the attack. The children were in unconsious state when they were admitted at the hospital.
  • 72) Oct 18, 2007 10:24:51 GMT |  + Missing Japanese found in E Sri Lanka
    Six people including two Japanese nationals who went missing Wednesday night in eastern Sri Lanka have been found, the Army said on Thursday. Army officials said that two Japanese nationals, three irrigation engineers and a civilian working for an irrigation project returned safely Thursday morning after reported missing in Neluwa jungles of the eastern Trincomalee district Wednesday night. Trincomalee is one of the focal points witnessing clashes between government troops and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the island country.
  • 73) Oct 18, 2007 10:22:43 GMT |  + Norway Sri Lanka expert to be environment minister
    Norway's international development minister, a mediator between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels, will become environment minister in a cabinet reshuffle, Norway's public NRK radio said on Thursday. Erik Solheim would take over from his Socialist Party colleague Environment Minister Helen Bjoernoy who has been criticised by environmental activists for failing to exert more influence in a nation that depends heavily on oil revenues.
  • 74) Oct 18, 2006 22:01:48 GMT |  + The importance of two provinces
    What is perhaps a highly significant judgement of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court on Monday was overshadowed when the country's bloodiest suicide bombing killed nearly 100 sailors.At the same time as the bloodshed, the Supreme Court ruled that a merger of the northern and eastern provinces of the island was not acceptable in law.The two events at first glance may appear to be wholly unconnected, but in reality the question of what happens to the north and east of Sri Lanka is crucial to finding a peaceful end to the seemingly endless cycle of violence. more ...
  • 75) Oct 18, 2006 20:21:33 GMT |  + Editorial: Monitoring a Little-Noticed War
    On Monday, 94 people died and 150 were injured when a truck loaded with explosives rammed into a military convoy in Sri Lanka. The government blames the Tamil Tiger guerrillas — the pioneers of the suicide bombing — for the attack. The rebels have not said anything.For more than 20 years, the Tamil rebels have waged a brutal war of independence against the Sri Lankan government, which is dominated by ethnic Sinhalese. Their opponents in Colombo are no innocents, and have made little effort to protect Tamil civilians as they wage a brutal counterinsurgency. In April, government security forces stood by for two hours as mobs burned Tamil homes and shops, killing 14 people.
  • 76) Oct 18, 2006 17:12:10 GMT |  + Suicide bombing rocks Sri Lanka's popular Galle
    Tamil Tiger rebels staged an audacious suicide attack against Sri Lanka's historic port of Galle, killing at least two people and destroying three navy craft, officials said. The attack in Galle -- a popular tourist destination regarded as Sri Lanka's Riviera -- came as foreign envoys pushed for the government and the Tigers to hold peace talks later this month.Police said authorities were still clearing the port area where offshore there are 26 diving sites and 15 ship wrecks dating back 400 years when Galle was a key transit point in the sea silk route to the Orient. more ...
  • 77) Oct 18, 2006 14:47:41 GMT |  + Monday’s Habarana catastrophe: Navy, Police blame each other over security lapse
    Had the Police done their duty properly at check points the truck could have been stopped, the Navy said. "There are so many check points and police stations around Diganpathana. There are two check points on both sides a few kilometers away, one at Mirisgoniyawa towards Dambulla and one at Habarana," a high ranking Naval source said A highly placed Police source, based in Polonnaruwa dismissing the Navy’s charge said the Navy has been warned several times earlier that they could be sitting ducks and that they should take necessary measures for their security.
  • 78) Oct 18, 2006 14:29:53 GMT |  + LTTE suicide raid on Sri Lanka navy base kills 16
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a naval base in an apparent suicide mission in the southern city of Galle on Wednesday, leading to at least 16 deaths and triggering brief looting of minority Tamil shops. Wednesday's attack on the Dakshina base in Galle came two days after nearly 100 people, mostly navy sailors, were killed in a suicide bombing on a convoy in a north-central district. Smoke billowed from two or three spots on the sea front after the explosions and dozens of residents gathered on a road by the beach as troops took position, witnesses said. News of the raid sparked minor looting in Galle, with some Sinhala criminal gangs targeting two shops belonging to the minority Tamil community, residents and police said.
  • 79) Oct 18, 2006 14:04:23 GMT |  + Letter to US Assistan Secretary - TCWA
    This refers to your press release dated October 16, 2006 in which you have condemned the bomb attack on SL Naval personnel. True to form you jump from your chair only when an attack is made on the Sri Lankan armed forces, but remain both deaf and dumb when innocent Thamil civilians are bombed and killed by the Sinhala armed forces. The GoSL has imposed an unofficial economic embargo on Vanni from August 12, 2006. It has refused to open A9 highway for movement of goods and people to and from Jaffna peninsula. The US government has singularly failed to condemn any of these horrendous human rights violations committed by the GoSL with supreme impunity.
  • 80) Oct 18, 2006 13:53:51 GMT |  + Two killed in major suicide attack on Sri Lanka port
    Tamil Tiger rebels disguised as fishermen have staged a suicide attack against Sri Lanka's southern port of Galle, killing at least two sailors and destroying three gunboats. The attack in Galle -- an historic city and popular tourist destination -- came as foreign envoys pushed for the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Tigers to hold peace talks later this month.The guerrillas forced their way into the tightly guarded port in five boats, three of which rammed naval craft and exploded. Naval fire blew the other two rebel boats out of the water, police said.
  • 81) Oct 18, 2006 13:43:10 GMT |  + A sign of crisis: two major Sri Lankan parties to form a grand coalition
    The decision of the two main Sri Lankan parties—the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and opposition United National Party (UNP)—to establish an alliance is a sign of the island’s deepening political crisis amid a renewed civil war.A formal memorandum of understanding (MoU) is due to be signed on October 23, after weeks of discussions between the two parties. The agreement was announced last Thursday after UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe met with President Mahinda Rajapakse. The UNP’s main policy body—the working committee—signed off on the plan on Monday.
  • 82) Oct 18, 2006 13:41:34 GMT |  + Sri Lanka begins exhuming bodies of slain aid workers
    Sri Lanka on Wednesday started exhuming the bodies of workers from a Paris-based international aid organization killed in the northeastern part of the island nation in August, a spokesman said.Gregoire Lechat from Action Against Hunger said at least six bodies were exhumed in a cemetery in Trincomalee town in the presence of a magistrate, judicial medical officers and relatives.Seventeen local staff of the group were found slain execution-style in the town of Mutur amid heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in early August, prompting an international outcry and U.N. demands for an investigation.
  • 83) Oct 18, 2006 11:31:14 GMT |  + Centre asked to pressure Lanka to stop bombing of Tamil areas
    The PMK on Tuesday demanded that the centre exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government to stop aerial bombing of the Tamil speaking areas in the island republic, killing innocent Tamils.PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss told reporters here that the 'atrocities' of the Sri Lankan Army on the Tamils in that country was increasing day by day. "It is high time that the centre took some action on the issue," he said.He said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi should take up the issue with the Centre effectively and should lead an all-party delegation to meet the Prime Minister to apprise him of the situation in Sri Lanka.
  • 84) Oct 18, 2006 10:59:25 GMT |  + Tamils Diaspora and Post Habarana Truck Bomb Blast Dialogue and After
    Tamil expatriates will be exposing themselves to severe criticism if they speak or write as though allowed to do on behalf of the LTTE. The Tamil Diaspora can rejoice at Sri-Lankan Tamil’s successes in diplomacy and victory in battlefront but to comment on the Habarana incident without any authority from responsible persons is too short sighted. The LTTE had not officially claimed the suicide attack at Habarana, in Sri-Lanka. It may be a pre-emptive strike to thwart Sri-Lankan forces on a genocide mission in Trincomalee. Till the truth is out we must not give the credit/blame to the Tamil leadership.As a dutiful and responsible expatriate community we must leave the Tamil military leaders explain their tactics to the world.
  • 85) Oct 18, 2006 10:45:31 GMT |  + Tigers ready for talks, Colombo should end offensives, air-strikes - Thamilchelvan
    "Colombo drew first blood, launching major offensives and air-strikes into our territory in Vaharai, and in Vanni mainland, even after we made it clear that we were serious about the talks in Geneva, extending our full support and providing necessary assurances following the call by the International Community to engage in talks and cease all violence," LTTE's Political Head S.P. Thamilchelvan told TamilNet after meeting Japanese delegation headed by Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi at the LTTE Political Head Quarters in Kilinochchi Wednesday. Tigers are prepared for talks in Geneva, Mr. Thamilchelvan said. more ...
  • 86) Oct 18, 2006 9:54:48 GMT |  + Sri Lanka navy base attacked, sparks anti-Tamil riot
    Riots broke out in Sri Lanka's port city of Galle on Wednesday after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a naval base in an apparent suicide mission that killed four people, residents and police said.The attack on the Dakshina naval base in Galle city came two days after nearly 100 people, mostly navy sailors, were killed in a suicide bombing on a convoy in a north-central district.News of the raid sparked rioting in Galle, with shops belonging to the minority Tamil community targeted by the majority Sinhalese, residents and police said.
  • 87) Oct 18, 2006 9:46:28 GMT |  + Sri Lankan naval base 'attacked'
    A naval base in the southern Sri Lankan port of Galle has come under attack from suspected Tamil Tiger fighters, the military has said.The suspected rebels had infiltrated the port and the attack was ongoing, a defence spokesman told AFP news agency.The Dakshina naval facility is 100km (70 miles) south of the capital Colombo in an area not known for rebel attacks.The incident comes two days after the country's worst suicide bombing, which killed almost 100 people.
  • 88) Oct 18, 2006 2:31:49 GMT |  + War Slows Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka
    Almost two years after a tsunami ravaged villages along the coast, a resurrection of intense violence in Sri Lanka’s long-running ethnic war has all but stopped foreign-financed reconstruction in some of the hardest hit areas in the north and east.Several international agencies say they have had to abandon projects because of the recent fighting, the worst since 2002, when a cease-fire brought a lull in conflict between the government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Only slightly more than a third of the houses that were supposed to be rebuilt have been finished in the north and east, according to the governmental Reconstruction and Development Agency.
  • 89) 12:05 GMT, Oct. 18, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka PM unveils new peace bid with no home for Tamils
    Sri Lanka's prime minister has pledged to launch a new initiative to end decades of ethnic bloodshed but ruled out a homeland for minority Tamils if he wins next month's presidential elections. Premier Mahinda Rajapakse said he would solve the conflict within a "unitary state," effectively scrapping a deal with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels to share power in a federal set-up. He also said Norway would no longer hold the key role as peace broker. "I strongly believe in upholding the civil and human rights of all communities, the nation's sovereignty, security and the unitary character of the state," said the prime minister launching an 87-page manifesto. more ...
  • 90) 12:04 GMT, Oct. 18, 2005 |  + S.Lanka PM vows tough line in peace bid if elected
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse on Tuesday promised a tough line in peace talks with the Tamil Tigers if elected president, vowing not to privatise key state assets and pledging a raft of subsidies. Unveiling his manifesto ahead of a Nov. 17 election seen too close to call, Rajapakse promised to foster local business and provide jobs for tens of thousands of people displaced by Asia's tsunami and two decades of civil war. Left-of-centre Rajapakse is due to go head-to-head with his predecessor and main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe next month in a vote that boils down to two main issues: the economy and how to turn a 2002 truce with the Tigers into lasting peace. more ...
  • 91) 10:59 GMT, Oct. 18, 2005 |  + Whither peace after the polls?
    Although thirteen candidates are contesting Sri Lanka’s Presidential polls in November, the race is essentially between the two leading contenders, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) candidate and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe. The winner’s foremost challenge will be the Tamil national question. He will inherit a stalled peace process, a simmering shadow war, and one of the world’s most entrenched ethnic divides. The question, then, is what prospects peace under one or the other.The Rajapakse coalition has a coherent and uncompromising approach to the peace process and the Tamil question. It stands by a unitary Sri Lanka, ruling out any form of powersharing with the Tamils, let alone the federal model proposed by the international community. more ...
  • 92) 10:54 GMT, Oct. 18, 2005 |  + Rich and poor 'suffer corruption'
    Corruption is on the rise in some rich countries as well as poorer ones, research by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International suggests. The group's Corruption Perceptions Index labels Bangladesh and Chad as the most corrupt places on the planet. The situation worsened in countries such as Costa Rica, Russia and Sri Lanka - as well as Canada and Ireland. But nations where perceptions of corruption are declining include Hong Kong, Turkey and even Nigeria. TI's survey asks businesspeople, academics and public officials about how countries they live in or do business with are perceived. more ...
  • 93) 10:50 GMT, Oct. 18, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka PM vows tough line in peace bid if elected
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse on Tuesday promised a tough line in peace talks with the Tamil Tigers if elected president, vowing not to privatise key state assets and pledging a raft of subsidies.Left-of-centre Rajapakse is due to go head-to-head with his predecessor and main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe next month in a vote that boils down to two main issues: the economy and how to turn a 2002 truce with the Tigers into lasting peace.But Rajapakse's approach rules out any extensive devolution of power that the Tigers are demanding to seal a permanent end to a two-decade war that killed over 64,000 people. "I will not be held prisoner by concepts such as traditional homelands, the right to self-determination," the 59-year-old prime minister said in his manifesto. more ...
  • 94) 00:48 GMT, Oct. 18, 2005 |  + Economic policy key to Lankan polls
    It cannot be denied that the November 17, 2005 Sri Lankan Presidential election is principally about finding a solution to the Tamil question without compromising the power and dominant status of the majority Sinhala Buddhist community in the island. But it is also very substantially about bread and butter issues which are not ethno-centric. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the candidate of the United National Party (UNP), and his rival, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa of the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP), represent different economic ideologies, though both are doling out oodles of populist promises as is typical in any South Asian election. more ...
  • 95) 00:46 GMT, Oct. 18, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka newspaper office attacked by armed gang
    A gang armed with swords and guns attacked the manager of a newspaper known for its critical stance against the government, police and employees said Monday. The gang broke into the offices of The Sunday Leader in Ratmalana, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital Colombo, late Sunday and set bundles of newspapers on fire, said Lasantha Wickremetunga, the paper's chief editor. Gang members hit the publication's manager S.A. Dias on the neck and demanded that printing of the newspaper be stopped, Wickremetunga said. The armed men made off with Dias' mobile phone and some cash after setting about 40 bundles of newspaper ablaze, he said. more ...
  • 96) 18:01 GMT, Oct. 18, 2004 |  + "Parties to the CFA should consolidate supportive forces and recommence negotiation early" - Deputy Director General European Commission
    "The European Commission wishes to reiterate to the parties to the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) to consolidate all supportive forces in the Sri Lankan polity and take forward the peace process in the right direction. So that talks may recommence early in the context of delivering urgent humanitarian needs", said Mr.Herve Jouanjean, Deputy Director General European Commission in a meeting with the LTTE delegation led by Mr. S.P. Tamilselvan Head of the Political Wing today 18th October 2004 at the EU complex in Brussels Belgium. Expressing serious concern over the delay to recommence talks, Mr. Jouanjean continued further and said that both parties to the CFA have the solemn responsibility by their people in effecting delivery of the peace dividend. more ...
  • 97) 17:58 GMT, Oct. 18, 2004 |  + Endless struggle against terrorism hallmark of new world disorder



    UCLA professor Tom Plate: ‘United States will need to ease up on terrorist definitions and give the unofficial green light to the experiment...’

    A perfect example can be found in the roiling mess in Sri Lanka, a gorgeous island-nation near India that has been embroiled in a decades-long bloody civil war. The problem (perhaps a paradigm for the new age of protracted struggle) is to understand the competing definitions of the strife. The central government in Colombo (representing the ethnic Senhalese majority) defines the ethnic Tamil minority as "terrorists." The World Bank — backed by government donors from Japan and Norway to the United States — has established a large trust fund for Tamil relief. But if the money were funneled through the central government in Colombo, not much relief aid would make it to the needy northeast. To this end, the minority government in the northeast has set up its own bank and other normal government structures to entice the World Bank to regard it as an unofficial regional authority, a would-be Quebec to Ottawa. more ...
  • 98) 17:45 GMT, Oct. 18, 2004 |  + Philosophy in the time of warlessness
    A few who are actively engaged in prognosticating on the issues of war and peace, have been making their own submissions from a standpoint essentially of the political scientist. There has been the usual hawk versus dove debate, crudely put, between the likes of Jayadeva Uyangoda and H. L. de Silva. The latter took a shot dripping with sarcasm at Uyangoda when he referred to Uyangoda's latest foray into the areas of the unchartered, which is "non-territorial" federalism. Watching the extent of the disengagement in the current Sri Lankan milieu, maybe both questions can be flung about - - like plonking down on the counter, a bagel with a salami and mozzarella sandwich at a French delicatessen. Is God dead here in this island? Is man dead also? Silva scoffed at Uyangoda's "sophistry'' and without saying it, implied that Uyangoda is guilty of the worst kind of pandering by alluding to something nonsensical and non-existent such as "non-territorial federalism''. more ...
  • 99) 11:59 GMT, Oct. 18, 2004 |  + Tigers reject Sri Lanka’s new plan to end peace deadlock
    Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected Sri Lanka’s latest proposals to revive stalled peace talks and played down prospects of resuming negotiations next month. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they would open talks only on the basis of a self-rule plan unveiled by them in October last year seeking an “Interim Self-Governing Authority” (ISGA) in embattled areas. LTTE’s political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan, who is currently visiting Europe, told the BBC Tamil language service that they were shocked by reports of government proposals announced here Thursday. more ...
  • 100) 11:58 GMT, Oct. 18, 2004 |  + India-Lanka defence pact to be ready in a few weeks
    The much-awaited Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between India and Sri Lanka is to be finalised "within a few weeks" according to official sources in Colombo. Three joint secretaries from the Indian Ministries of Defence and External Affairs are in Colombo to open discussions with their Sri Lankan counterparts on the DCA, purchases of armaments from India, and the question of Indian financial and technical assistance to upgrade the strategic military cum civil airfield in Jaffna. The talks are to begin on Tuesday and end on Wednesday. more ...
  • 101) 11:57 GMT, Oct. 18, 2004 |  + Sethu project will revive Jaffna’s ancient maritime glory: Historian
    Contrary to the alarmist view held by most Sri Lankans about the impact of India's Sethusamudram project on their island country, a renowned Sri Lankan Tamil historian believes that it will only bring immense benefits to the island, and revive Jaffna's glorious past as a maritime trading power. "Though the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project is primarily meant to facilitate Indian coastal shipping, it will also have a tremendously beneficial impact on the economy of Sri Lanka, particularly the Northern and North Western parts of the island, by reviving maritime activity in the Palk Strait," says Dr S Pathmanathan, Professor of History at Sri Lanka's prestigious Peradeniya University. more ...
  • 102) 11:41 GMT, Oct. 18, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka trying to scuttle Sethu project: Vaiko
    MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Sunday charged that the Sri Lankan government was trying to put the brakes on the Sethu Samudram project as the Colombo port would lose its significance if this was completed. Addressing a press conference here, he said the Sethu Samudaram project, that was to be started as early as 1962-63, was delayed due to the unnecessary hindrances put up by the Sri Lankan government with the help of a few vested interests here. Vaiko denied that fishermen would be affected by the project. He refuted charges against the project, stating that the technical report submitted on the feasibility of the project by the Tuticorin port authorities had information and proof that project would not affect fishermen. more ...
  • 103) 04:03 GMT, Oct. 18, 2004 |  + Talks will not start in November says LTTE
    The LTTE says that it has not received any favourable feed back



    ‘denied that they have received any alternate proposal to the ISGA from the Sri Lankan government’

    from the government about recommencing peace negotiations in the next month. Responding to reports in the government media that the Tamil Tigers have agreed to restart the stalled peace talks based on the Sri Lankan governments proposals, LTTE political wing leader S P Tamilselvan told the BBC Sandeshaya on Sunday that the "LTTE will not conduct talks on any other basis than the Interim Self Government Authority (ISGA) proposals."Sri Lankan government owned Sunday Observer quoting "political sources" said that "with the announcement from the LTTE that it would consider the government's alternate proposals at the negotiating table, the Presidential Secretariat has contacted Oslo and requested a Norwegian team be sent to Sri Lanka to facilitate the recommencement of talks." more ...
  • 104) 12:03 GMT, Oct. 18, 2003 |  + Will bringing errant soldiers to book go beyond cover-up?
    If you pause to give these incidents more than a passing thought, you see all they did was to give the impression of being instances where the government upheld human rights and the rule of law. Such facades were set up to fool the international community because, in fact, absolutely nothing changed on the ground. There was no letting up on extra-judicial killing, disappearances, mass arrests or indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombardment. Therefore, we have to examine whether the government’s much-publicised moves are merely of symbolic value – to name scapegoats and erect a smokescreen between the eyes of the world and the loathsome presence of the military in the northeast – or a genuine move to act justly and impartially by a section of Sri Lanka’s citizenry. more ...
  • 105) 11:48 GMT, Oct. 18, 2003 |  + Tamils finding their niche in politics
    Greater Toronto's 100,000-strong Tamil community has come a long way since the first wave of migrants arrived in the early 1980s, first setting down roots in high-rise buildings in the Wellesley-Parliament St. area before fanning out to Scarborough apartment buildings and eventually to their own homes in Markham. The Tamil candidates — two running for regional councillor, two for local wards and two as trustees — range from 24 to 60 years old, and are all highly educated, successful professionals. Some are active young leaders groomed by the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre, which was founded in 1998 to boost the community's image after a series of high-profile Tamil-related gang shootings.

    Surge seen as a sign of a maturing community
    The Tamil candidates - range from 24 to 60 years old, and are all highly educated, successful professionals.
  • Two running for regional councillor: Dr.Elagu V. ElaguPillai | Siva Shan
  • Two for local wards:Mohan Nadarajah | Abi Singam
  • Two as trustees: Neethan Shan | Kumar Nadarajah
    - TamilCanadian (
    October 18, 2003)
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  • 106) 11:18 GMT, Oct. 18, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka Tigers return with power-sharing plan after foreign tour
    A delegation of Tamil Tiger rebels returned home from Europe after several rounds of talks on a power-sharing plan intended to be part of a final peace settlement in Sri Lanka, officials said. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) delegation was taken to the guerrilla-held northern Wanni region in a military helicopter soon after arriving at Bandaranaike International airport near Colombo, officials said Saturday. "We paid attention to the conflict resolution process in various parts of world with special emphasis on the interim arrangements that were put in place prior to a final resolution of the conflict," an LTTE spokesman quoted political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan as saying.
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  • 107) 16:20 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + Tensions ease in Sri Lanka's east after police breakthrough in abduction case
    Tensions eased in an eastern Sri Lankan town Friday after a Muslim man, said to have been abducted by Tamil Tiger rebels, was found in his own home during a police search. Seeni Abdul Wajeed, 32, went missing Tuesday in the eastern town of Akkaraipattu, about 200 kilometers (140 miles) east of the capital, Colombo, giving rise to tensions between Tamils and Muslims, and forcing the government to impose a curfew Wednesday and Thursday. Police said they are still trying to ascertain the identity of the abductors. The Tamil Tiger rebels denied any involvement. more ...
  • 108) 16:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + Killed journalist: Sri Lanka 'injustice'
    Two international human rights organisations say they have conclusive evidence that the authorities blocked police investigations into the killing of BBC reporter Nimalarajan Mylvaganam in Jaffna. In a letter to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Reporters without Borders and the Damocles Network say, although there has been remarkable progress in the police investigation since the government changed, two suspects were given bail and a third allowed to leave the country. They also say the magistrate has yet to receive a ballistic analysis of the bullet casings and a pistol recovered from the office of EPDP in Jaffna. more ...
  • 109) 14:09 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + Priortiy for Govt.-LTTE Task Force
    The government said yesterday the formation of a Joint Task Force would take priority in the talks to take place in Kilinochchi among LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasignham, Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen and possibly a government representative. Cabinet spokesman G.L. Peiris told a news conference the government was trying to give 'shape' to the partnership between the two sides to facilitate the process of obtaining more for development. more ...
  • 110) 14:06 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + Helgesen to visit Jaffna, Vanni, South
    A Norwegian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen will visit Sri Lanka next week and holding meetings with the government and the leadership of the Liberation Tigers. In a statement issued Friday, the Norwegian embassy in Colombo said the delegation would also meet President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the Parliamentary opposition, international ceasefire monitors and representatives from the civil society and the business community. more ...
  • 111) 14:05 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + More aid dangled before Sri Lanka
    The World Bank would enhance its aid package to Sri Lanka by an additional one third if Sri Lanka's aid utilization improves from the current 60 percent, World Bank country director in Sri Lanka Peter Harold says. Harold attributed the low aid utilization to the relatively slow decision making and procurement process, low implementing capacity and some projects not being owned by the government of Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 112) 14:03 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka president's party says no to snap polls
    The party of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said it would not call snap elections as favoured by the government. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's government, which is in an uneasy cohabitation with the president, says it needs an early vote to ensure stability as it brokers peace with Tamil Tiger rebels. Kumaratunga has the power to call elections any time after December 5, one year after the last parliamentary polls. more ...
  • 113) 14:01 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + Norway minister to meet Sri Lanka rebel leader
    Norway's deputy foreign minister will arrive in Sri Lanka on Sunday for meetings with the government and the reclusive leader of the Tamil Tigers, adding steam to the island's peace process ahead of more direct talks. Vidar Helgesen will also travel to the south of Sri Lanka to check on the economic situation and Norwegian aid projects before meeting Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leaders in the north, the Norwegian Embassy said in a statement. more ...
  • 114) 14:00 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + Lankan Govt considering snap polls in a showdown with President Kumaratunga
    Sri Lanka's government said on Thursday it would press for a snap election in a showdown with President Chandrika Kumatunga, who is critical of its peace drive with Tamil Tiger rebels. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's government had originally wanted to strip Kumaratunga of her power to dissolve parliament from December 5, or one year after the last election. But the matter has been sent to the supreme court, which is expected to call instead for a national referendum on whether to curb presidential authority. more ...
  • 115) 19:15 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + ‘Unmask political forces behind staged abduction’- Nehru
    The Amparai district Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Mr. A. Chandra Nehru asked the secretary to Sri Lanka’s Interior Ministry to take all possible steps unravel the mystery and identify the political forces behind the alleged ‘abduction’ of the Muslim youth who was found in his home Friday. A hartal was called in the southeastern town of Akkaraipattu by supporters of the local Sri Lanka Muslim Congress MP, Mr. A. L. M Athaullah who claimed the Liberation Tigers had abducted the Muslim youth, Abdul Wajid on Tuesday. more ...
  • 116) 16:38 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + Open letter to the Sri Lankan Prime minister



    EPDP leader Douglas Devananda, Minister of Rehabilitation of the North and Tamil Affairs in the previous government, was mentioned to the mission by several persons close to Nimalarajan...

    Exactly two years ago, on 19 October 2000, Sri Lankan journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan was murdered in his Jaffna home . The day after his murder, the country's highest authority, the President, promised an investigation to establish the motives for the killing and identify the perpetrators. However, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) and the Damocles Network, organisations committed to fight impunity for those who kill journalists, are obliged to point out that neither the perpetrators nor the instigators have so far been formally identified, brought to trial or punished.. more ...
  • 117) 13:56 GMT, Oct. 18, 2002 |  + Muslim leaders call to abandon 'hartal', curfew re-imposed
    The Federation of Mosques in Akkaraipattu Thursday evening issued an appeal to Muslims of the area to abandon their 'hartal' (general shut down) from today. Meanwhile the Police re-imposed a fifteen-hour curfew in Akkaraipattu, a Muslim dominated town in the eastern province Thursday afternoon from three p.m. to diffuse tension between the Tamil and Muslim communities following the abduction of a Muslim youth. more ...
  • 118) 13:43 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Canada:
    Clayton Ruby's comments on Anti-Terror Bill
    "It's over-broad, it's crazy over-broad, No one has ever abrogated the right to silence; that's absolutely unbelievable," Ruby said. He also predicted that any number of activist groups operating in Canada could be caught in the terrorist net if they try to disrupt essential services in a way that could be seen to cause harm or be considered illegal -- elements of the definition of terrorist activity in the proposed law. more ...
  • 119) 13:29 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + World Faces Biggest Challenge Since Cold War -Study
    The U.S.-led coalition against terrorism faces the world's most daunting challenge since the Cold War and victory will be even harder to achieve, a leading think-tank said Thursday.Singling out the struggles against separatists in Indonesia and the Philippines, the report said there was considerable potential for regional instability in southeast Asia. Deaths in the Sri Lanka conflict had already topped 6,000 this year. In an uncertain world, defense spending looked set to rise. Peace dividends from the end of the Cold War are just a memory. more ...
  • 120) 13:25 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka offers free holidays, air tickets to woo tourists
    Wandering the danger zones ! "...The threat to life and limb in a war zone or a country known for acts of election violence may discourage even the most courageous traveller. Fortunately, the Internet allows you to surf the dangerous nations of the world without having to leave the safety of your den..." - World News

    "...In Sri Lanka, the most serious danger is more a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There have been several cases of politically inspired bomb blasts, not only in the Tamil areas of the north but also in Colombo itself. There's not really many ways to avoid this...." - Safety in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka is to offer free hotel stay and airline tickets in a bid to attract foreign holidaymakers to fill up empty hotel rooms and protect thousands of jobs, officials said Thursday. Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan airlines, will offer a free ticket with every ticket purchased for travel to Sri Lanka until the end of next month for travel from London, Paris or Zurich. "This buy-one, get one-free campaign will help us to give a price incentive for tourists to visit Sri Lanka," Tourist Board chairman Renton de Alwis said. "This will minimise the job losses in the hotel industry." Tourism plummeted after Tamil Tiger rebels attacked the country's only international airport on July 24. No tourists were hurt, but travel advisories led to a dramatic fall in the number of foreign visitors. more ...
  • 121) 13:03 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Three share 'Women of the Year' award
    The three women were named as this year's recipients at an award ceremony in London on Monday, hosted by newsreader Moira Stewart. Ms Colvin, who was born and raised in New York, is the award-winning war correspondent for The Sunday Times. Earlier this year she was hit by fire from government troops as she returned at night from an unauthorised tour of rebel-held areas in northern Sri Lanka. She was the first foreign reporter to enter the Tamil-held territory since 1995. She was awarded the Pilkington Window to the World Award. more ...
  • 122) 12:59 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Fresh fighting in Sri Lanka kills 12
    One trooper was killed when Tamil rebels attacked two security outposts in northeastern Sri Lanka Thursday, and security forces killed 11 guerrillas in retaliatory attacks, the defence ministry said. Gunmen of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) staged the pre-dawn attacks against the Puvarasanthivu and Samachchativu posts in the district of Trincomalee, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. more ...
  • 123) 12:57 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka Confident Of Achieving IMF Targets
    Sri Lanka remains confident it will meet economic targets set by the International Monetary Fund and hopes government reforms will help the economy get back on a growth path, Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said Thursday. Aided by an IMF standby facility, Sri Lanka has achieved comfortable levels of stability on many economic targets including reserves and taxation, he told Dow Jones Newswires. more ...
  • 124) 12:46 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Anti-Anthrax Task Force Appointed in Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lankan Health Ministry has appointed a Task Force to draw up a program of precautionary measures in the wake of worldwide reports of the deadly Anthrax Bacillus infections in the United States and neighboring India. The 12 member Task Force is headed by micorbiologist S.T. Athukorale and includes representatives from the three armed forces and the police, the state-run Daily News said on Thursday. more ...
  • 125) 11:17 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + $25 mn ADB loan for Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka has obtained a $25 million soft loan from the Asian Development Bank, ADB, to help people displaced by a protracted civil war, reports Agence France-Presse, AFP, quoting the Philippines-based bank, on Wednesday. It will support a five-year project to provide housing and other basic services to a significant proportion of approximately 800,000 people displaced by the conflict, a bank statement said. Separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE, guerrillas are leading a campaign for an independent Tamil homeland in the island's north and east. More than 60,000 people have been killed in fighting in the past three decades. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, Germany and the Netherlands are also supporting the project which will be implemented by the government. The ADB loan is repayable over a period of 32 years, including an eight-year grace at a concessional 1% interest rate, during the grace period and 1.5% thereafter. more ...
  • 126) 20:07 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + A Service for Peace & Healing in Queens, New York
    A memorial service for the victims of September 11 attack on the United States was held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, in Jamaica (Queens), New York on 14 October 2001. The World Tamil Arts and Cultural Organization organized the service. Well over one hundred Tamil Americans from the metropolitan New York and northern New Jersey area attended the event. Rev. Robert “Bob” Fritch and Rev. Cathy E. Rosenholtz led the congregation. Hymns and readings were in Tamil and English. Transliteration of the Tamil hymns allowed the non-Tamil Americans to join in the Tamil hymns. more ...
  • 127) 17:58 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Jaffna NGOs call for common election programme
    Non-governmental organisations in Jaffna Thursday called on all politicians and parties intending to contest the general elections in the northern peninsula to come under one umbrella based on a common programme. The statement issued jointly by 47 NGOs operating in Jaffna, urged political parties to formulate the common agenda on the basis of the Tamil people’s right of self determination, the lifting of the ban on the Liberation Tigers and the resumption of the peace talks with third party mediation. more ...
  • 128) 16:07 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Blast kills forensic officer in Sri Lanka
    A pregnant forensic officer was killed Thursday while examining an explosive device at her office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, police said. The victim, Anusha Perera, 35, was killed as she opened a package containing an explosive device sent to the Government Analyst department for tests, police said. "The package seemed to have been sent without due care," an official said. more ...
  • 129) 15:44 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Trincomalee set for polls
    The number of registered voters in Trincomalee district eligible to cast their votes at the forthcoming general election to be held in December is 212,280, according to voters lists prepared in the year 2000. The number of voters registered according to electorates is as follows. Trincomalee 81,422, Seruwila 60,690 and Mutur 70,168. There will be 219 polling stations in the district - 76 in Trincomalee 70 in Seruwila and 73 in Mutur. A cluster polling station with six booths will be set up at Mahindapura to facilitate the voters of Ichilampattai division which is an uncleared area. more ...
  • 130) 11:14 GMT, Oct. 18, 2001 |  + Tamil parties form alliance
    The main opposition Tamil parties in Sri Lanka agreed Wednesday to form a Tamil nationalist alliance to contest the general elections on 5 December 2001. The agreement was reached late Wednesday night following protracted negotiations over the week. The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) and the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) decided to cement the alliance by signing a memorandum of understanding on Friday. more ...
  • 131) 05:03 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Statesmen Needed Urgently
    During the campaign, Kumaratunga said several times that she cannot work with Wickremasinghe. The Sri Lankan press has reported that she also tried to have his key aides arrested before the election. Hardly an atmosphere for compromise. Kumaratunga is likely to appoint her cabinet on Oct. 18. The appointments have been delayed by widespread incidents of violence and allegations of rigging by her party-men, particularly in the central province, where the UNP has petitioned the courts to have the poll annulled. Kumaratunga's coalition partners are also in trouble. The NUA has split over the decision to support the government and another Tamil party is alleging that the EPDP committed electoral fraud on an island off Jaffna. more ...
  • 132) 04:59 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + POPE WARNS ABOUT BELIEF IN A "RIGHT TO A CHILD"
    A Brother Gabriel, who has worked in Sri Lanka for 18 years, also spoke during the vigil. In the past, Sri Lanka was referred to as "Paradise Island." But "over the last few decades," he said, "it has become the goal of a perverse tourism of men in search of wonderful beaches and young, cheap victims," whom they abuse sexually. Despite the efforts of Salesian missionaries, about 33,000 Sri Lankan adolescents involved in prostitution. more ...
  • 133) 04:47 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Rebels attack army camp in northern Sri Lanka
    Tamil Tiger rebels launched a fierce attack on an army camp in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, hours before the country's newly elected parliament was due to meet for the first time. more ...
  • 134) 04:44 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Marching Onward, All As One
    From when I was in kindergarten to grade 12, I lived and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. And during those years whenever the inevitable 'So where're you from?' question rolled around from different friends and acquaintances, I was always proud to say that I was Sri Lankan. more ...
  • 135) 00:22 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + All eyes on Cabinet
    Within minutes of the election results trickling in the market plunged ten points as investors ditched choice picks such as John Keells Holdings and National Development Bank. Hopes of a UNP victory helped the market perk up pre-election, but the results jolted investors and stockbrokers to the rude reality of a PA victory. The All Share Price Index closed the week ten points lower at 509. The market has remained sluggish throughout the PA's term in office with the All Share Price Index notching its highest point last year, when investors placed their bets in the run-up to the elections. more ...
  • 136) 00:19 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Donor reaction can compound matters
    Winning the parliamentary election somehow or other was an essential condition for the political survival of the PA Government and especially of the President and the presidential system. The government had totally rejected the request made by the European Union (EU) that an independent elections commission be appointed before the parliamentary election. When the EU sent a group of observers to observe the election, that too did not please the government. .. Sri Lanka's donor group has not met for two years now .. If a situation emerges in which Sri Lanka is no longer considered a democratic state there is the possibility of a threat to aid, and even of imposition of an embargo on aid to Sri Lanka. Such a situation might worsen the instability of the PA government. more ...
  • 137) 00:14 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan government to back opposition Speaker
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party was battling to win formal support from a minor Muslim party for a coalition administration ahead of a make-or-break test Wednesday. Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) party will face its first test when the Speaker of the assembly is to be elected at its first session Wednesday. Parliamentary officials said this election is through a secret ballot which could lead to an embarrassment if PA men do not follow the party line. more ...
  • 138) 00:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Lanka ruling party in crisis over Speaker's election
    Sri Lanka's newly elected Parliament meets for its first session on Wednesday amid uncertainty over the election of the Speaker and the government unable to cobble together a cabinet. Officials said it was unprecedented for a new Parliament to have its first session without a cabinet of ministers sworn in. It was not mandatory to have a cabinet before the first Assembly meeting, but it went against tradition, they said. more ...
  • 139) 20:51 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + A verdict for consensus
    President Kumaratunga, however, has a tough task ahead as she has to manage contradictions not only in the coalition but also within her own Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Mr Wickremanayake's assurance to the Buddhist clergy immediately after assuming office that the Government has no immediate plans to bring forward a new Constitution and that its immediate task will be to continue the unfinished war with the LTTE has not been taken kindly by minority parties, more so by those supporting the Government. Speculation is rife that President Kumaratunga may convert the present Parliament into a Constituent Assembly to obviate the need for a two-thirds majority for the adoption of a new Constitution. more ...
  • 140) 17:28 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Secret Letters Exposing Sri Lankan Propaganda launched in Geneva
    "The publication of all these secret letters exchanged between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, during the six months of ill-fated peace talks in 1995 brings out for the first time valuable information that exposes and explodes the false propaganda of the Sri Lankan Government against the LTTE that they had broken the talks without reason or logic and resumed the war without warning". So said Prof. Dr. S. J. Emmanuel, the former Vicar General of Jaffna and presently Pastor in Muenster(Germany) in an address at the launching of the new book titled "The Politics of Duplicity" by Dr. Anton Balasingham, the theoretician and political advisor to the LTTE. The meeting was held at the International Centre, Rue de Varembe, Geneva on Tuesday the 17th.of October,2000. more ...
  • 141) 13:02 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Ex-SLA spokesman elected deputy speaker
    Members of the Sri Lanka cabinet will take their oaths at 9.a.m Thursday at the Presidential secretariat in Colombo. The portfolios, however, are yet to be announced. Mr. Anura Bandaranaike's name was proposed by Prime Minister Mr.Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka and was seconded by opposition leader Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe when the new Parliament met Wednesday. Former Sri Lanka Army spokesman Maj.Gen.(ret) Sarath Munasingha was elected the deputy speaker of the house. more ...
  • 142) 12:48 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan Violence Spills From Civil War Into the Voting Booth
    The twisting roads and verdant vistas surrounding this historic city in central Sri Lanka are full of surprises: bathing elephants, colorful Buddhist temples and crumbling monuments of Sri Lanka's ancient Sinhalese kingdom. more ...
  • 143) 12:33 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka gets opposition speaker in hung parliament
    The Sri Lankan parliament Wednesday elected its first opposition speaker in 40 years as President Chandrika Kumaratunga sought to weave together a shaky coalition, political sources said. Kumaratunga's estranged brother, Anura Bandaranaike, who is a front-line member of the main opposition United national Party (UNP) took the highest job in parliament uncontested. more ...
  • 144) 11:36 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Tigers overwhelm satellite camp
    The Liberation Tigers attacked and broke through a section of the Forward defence Lines of the Sri Lanka army ahead of the Mannar-Vavuniya highway about 30 kilometers west of Vavuniya town, overwhelming a satellite camp in that sector in the early hours of the morning Wednesday. The LTTE attacked a string of defence localities north of the highway near the strategic Parayanalankulam junction in the Ganeshapuram sector SLA sources in Vavuniya town said. more ...
  • 145) 00:09 GMT, Oct. 18, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka caught in a fix of coalition politics
    The newly elected Sri Lankan parliament will be meeting for the first time on Wednesday amidst grave doubts about the ability of the Peoples? Alliance (PA) government to survive beyond a year. While some commentators see the problems relating to the alliance partner, the National Unity Alliance (NUA), as teething troubles which will get resolved soon, others talk of the possibility of a National Government, comprising the PA and the Opposition United National Party (UNP). A mid term poll after the mandatory embargo on elections in the first year of a Parliament?s life is much discussed in UNP circles. more ...
  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 1999 |  + UK slated for young soldiers
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  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 1999 |  + Controversial equality bill withdrawn by Lankan government
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  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 1999 |  + No peace talks with Tamil Tigers
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  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 1999 |  + The final verdict
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  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 1999 |  + Equal Opportunity Bill not to be presented: AG
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  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 1999 |  + Colombo not keen to talk to Tamil Tigers: Sri Lankan president
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  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 1998 |  + Why do they leave
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  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Oct. 18, 1998 |  + Shame!
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