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May 21, 2018 - Memory of the Day

Sri Lanka imposes state of emergency over communal violence

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1991 | Rajiv Gandhi killed
    Rajiv Gandhi killed in a bomb explosion in Madras, alleged to be by the LTTE. Theories still persist that several Indian interests were involved in the assassination. (He's the one responsible for the killings of more than 7,000 Tamils in Tamil Eelam)
  • 1997 | Koneswary Murugesapillai Raped and Killed!
    Mrs. Murugesapillai ,mother of four children was brutally raped in her home in front of her two year old child by about 20 Sinhala army personnel and later killed by exploding a grenade placed near her genitals.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Shelling kills two civilians
    Two persons were killed at a village in the Poovarasmtheevu grama seveka (GS) division, in the Aalenkerni area, near Kinniya, 14 km south of Trincomalee, due to intense shelling from a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camp and police station in the area, said sources in Trincomalee.
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1997 | Koneswary Murugesapillai [ 35 F from Batticaloa ]
    Koneswary Murugesapillai was Raped and Killed in Batticoloa!
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 438 | பற்றுள்ள மென்னும் இவறன்மை எற்றுள்ளும்
    எண்ணப் படுவதொன் றன்று.
    The greed of soul that avarice men call,
    When faults are summed, is worst of all.
    - 44 44
  • May 21 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) May 21, 2017 22:49:06 GMT |  + Australia declares game-up for 'fake refugees'
    Australia Sunday gave 7,500 boatpeople until October to file a claim proving they are genuine refugees or be kicked out, declaring the "game is up" for illegal arrivals ripping off taxpayers. Before the conservatives took power and adopted a tough line on the issue in 2013, an estimated 50,000 asylum-seekers flooded into Australia on more than 800 boats over the previous five years. Hundreds more, many from war-torn Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East, died at sea during the treacherous journey. Of those arrivals, the old Labor government processed nearly 20,000, leaving 30,500 to the current administration. more ...
  • 2) May 21, 2017 22:46:49 GMT |  + Sri Lanka offers fresh probes into missing thousands
    Sri Lanka's President announced on Saturday (May 20)new investigations into alleged secret detention centres as part of a drive to find tens of thousands of people still missing after the country's decades-long war. Maithripala Sirisena said he would establish a mechanism to search locations where there are reports that people may still be incarcerated after the war, which ended in May 2009. "If there are allegations that people are still being held in some locations, the government will set up a mechanism to inspect them," Sirisena told a rally in the former war zone of Sampur in the country's northeast. more ...
  • 3) May 21, 2015 22:44:10 GMT |  + Failed Sri Lankan refugee claimant gets reprieve
    A Sri Lankan man who arrived in B.C. aboard the cargo ship MV Sun Sea in the summer of 2010 and claimed refugee protection for fear of political prosecution has been granted a judicial review of his case in his fight to remain in Canada. Federal Court of Canada Justice James O’Reilly granted the review to Packiyakumar Pathmanathan after a panel of the Immigration and Refugee Board previously dismissed the man’s claim, saying his life would not be at risk upon return to Sri Lanka. The board accepted that Pathmanathan might be questioned for potential links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but said he had not shown any association to the now defunct guerilla organization. more ...
  • 4) May 21, 2015 17:42:38 GMT |  + Post-war Sri Lanka: 6 years and still an open wound
    On May 19 six years had passed since the war ended. Six years ago former president Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke to the people of Sri Lanka commenting the final battle of the war: “Our troops went to this operation carrying a gun in one hand, the Human Rights Charter in the other, hostages on their shoulders, and the love of their children in their hearts.” In Colombo people were singing and dancing in the streets. The war was over and so were an everyday life in fear of suicide bombs and public attacks. Meanwhile in the Northern province, few were celebrating. Some people call Sri Lanka the divided island – separated on May 19, 2009 between the so-called winners and the losers. more ...
  • 5) May 21, 2015 17:40:26 GMT |  + Dheepan review - Tamil Tiger loose in the urban jungle makes powerful thriller
    Jacques Audiard has made his name, in films such as A Prophet, Rust & Bone and The Beat That My Heart Skipped, for a kind of ecstatic violence of the soul. Dheepan, his new film about a former Tamil Tiger fighter looking for a new life in France, certainly has some of the director’s trademark ferocity, especially in its final minutes, but it displays what I can only describe as dialled-down Audiard. Indeed, much of the time it even ambles, peacefully, with nothing much happening. more ...
  • 6) May 21, 2015 17:38:17 GMT |  + Sri Lanka nominates former cricket boss as top envoy to Australia
    Sri Lanka has nominated a new chief envoy to Australia – a former cricket administrator, businessman and member of country's Tamil minority. Somasundaram Skandakumar, originally from the country's northern city of Jaffna and a past secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka, has been put forward as the next high commissioner to Australia. The post has been vacant since January when the previous representative was recalled shortly after Sri Lanka's surprise election result that toppled former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. more ...
  • 7) May 21, 2015 17:37:01 GMT |  + Four Sri Lankan Ministers resign
    Four Ministers belonging to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on Thursday resigned from the government. The Ministers — Mahinda Yapa Abewardene, Cabinet Minister in charge of Parliamentary Affairs; Dilan Perera, State Minister for Housing and Samrudhi and SLFP spokesperson; C.B. Ratanayake, State Minister for Public Administration and Democratic Rule and Pavitradevi Wanniarachchi, Minister of Environment —announced their decision at a press conference here.
  • 8) May 21, 2015 2:26:41 GMT |  + Gang-rape prompts protests in Sri Lanka's north
    More than 100 people have been arrested during protests against the gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl, in the biggest public demonstration recorded in Sri Lanka's north. Police fired tear gas and shops, banks and schools were closed on Wednesday as the protests brought Jaffna, the capital of Northern Province, to a standstill. The protesters demanded that authorities hand over nine men who were arrested and about to face court over the incident. The victim left for school on Wednesday last week but never arrived. more ...
  • 9) May 21, 2015 2:25:44 GMT |  + Sri Lanka shift on civil war anniversary
    Sri Lanka's president has promised to seek reconciliation on the sixth anniversary of the army's victory over Tamil Tiger separatists. Maithripala Sirisena said the truth of what happened in the conflict needed to be established and justice delivered. On Monday for the first time Tamil politicians in the former war zone in the north and east were allowed to hold a memorial event for dead civilians. However, police surveillance was high. Other demonstrations were banned. "We were all happy when the war ended. But can we be happy with the developments post-war?" Mr Sirisena said during commemorations on Tuesday. more ...
  • 10) May 21, 2015 2:23:54 GMT |  + From Sri Lanka with “Love”
    On 16 May, 2009, the Sri Lankan military announced its defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Two days later the LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was killed and the military insurgency was over. The Sri Lankan Civl War was officially declared over on 19 May, 2009 having taken the lives of between 80,000 and 100,000 people. Aside from leaving a legacy of human rights violations that are still being addressed within and outside the country, this conflict resulted in many former UN workers coming forth to report egregious violations by two agencies of the United Nations, UNICEF and UNHCR.
  • 11) May 21, 2015 2:22:37 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says war crimes probe to start in June
    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said Wednesday a local investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the island's separatist conflict would begin by June, vowing to prosecute anyone found guilty. Sirisena said he welcomed any guidance from the UN Human Rights Council on setting up the probe, amid international pressure for the island to account for alleged atrocities committed during the war which ended in 2009. "We will start the work of the local mechanism by next month. This will be in line with our own laws," Sirisena told reporters. "If anyone is to be found guilty by the investigation we will take action according to our own law," he said. more ...
  • 12) May 21, 2015 2:21:55 GMT |  + Tamils in North & East Sri Lanka remember those killed despite intimidation and surveillance
    Several remembrances events were held across the North and East in Sri Lanka on 18th May 2015 (the day the war ended in Sri Lanka in 2009) by Tamils to remember those killed during the war[1]. They were organized by Tamil politicians, religious clergy, civil society and women’s groups. Many were religious events. Most appear to commemorate civilians killed or all those killed. None that I saw had attempted to commemorate the government military or LTTE cadres that have been killed. In contrast, the government’s commereation of the end of the war was a “War Heroes (Ranaviru) Day” presided over by President Sirisena on 19th May was focused on the military, despite references having made to remember all those killed during the war[2]. more ...
  • 13) May 21, 2015 2:21:05 GMT |  + A tale of two Presidents, six years after the war
    May 19th 2015, marked six years since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which at that time had been the world’s second longest running civil conflict, after Lebanon. The end of the war was commemorated in two very different ways from two very different leaders, one present and forward looking, the other defeated and backward looking, who lead a very real battle for the soul and spirit of our nation. more ...
  • 14) May 21, 2014 19:12:43 GMT |  + Sri Lanka blocks two more websites critical of government: rights group
    Sri Lanka blocked two more news websites critical of the government, media rights groups said on Wednesday, a move press groups see as intended to intimidate critics of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration. Media rights groups said the blocking of and violated basic rights guaranteed by the constitution. The government has already blocked at least eight news websites. "We had news items criticising the government that would have been the reason for blocking our site," said Subash Jayawardene, editor of the
  • 15) May 21, 2014 19:11:26 GMT |  + Rajiv Gandhi Remembered on 23rd Death Anniversary
    Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was today remembered on his 23rd death anniversary with several leaders paying homage at his memorial in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the late leader's wife and Congress President Sonia Gandhi offered flowers at his memorial 'Vir Bhumi' in New Delhi. Sonia Gandhi was accompanied by son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi and son-in-law Robert Vadra, who arrived together to pay homage around 6.20 AM. more ...
  • 16) May 21, 2014 19:08:30 GMT |  + Subramanian Swamy bats for India-Lanka cooperation to counter terrorism
    BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today called for close cooperation between India and Sri Lanka to counter terrorist activities in the Indian sub-continent. "India must enter into constructive dialogue with Sri Lanka and on counter-terror strategy in the sub-continent particularly in view of the fact that many Pakistani trained Islamic fundamentalists from Sri Lanka are sneaking into India to carry out terrorist attack in Tamil Nadu," he said in a statement. more ...
  • 17) May 21, 2014 2:58:19 GMT |  + Sri Lankan journey
    About 300 miles separate the old Dutch fort of Galle on Sri Lanka's southern tip and Mullivaikal, the strip of land in the north where an army assault on Tamil rebels ended a civil war five years ago. The BBC's Charles Haviland travelled up the coast passing fish markets and seaside resorts, eventually turning inland towards the ancient capital and ending up in a desolate former war zone. These are the stories of the people he met on the way. more ...
  • 18) May 21, 2014 2:53:52 GMT |  + AIADMK clean sweep may boost India's Lanka policy
    The BJP must be relieved that its Tamil Nadu allies and the DMK have been rendered irrelevant by the AIADMK's bagging 37 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Had the DMK or the BJP's allies, such as Vaiko's MDMK, made gains, the new government would have been hamstrung in dealing with the security challenges posed by the revival of Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka and the refugees flowing into Tamil Nadu. When it comes to Sri Lankan Tamils, parties in Tamil Nadu tend to be driven by ethnic sentiment, and are heedless of national security concerns and strategic considerations.
  • 19) May 21, 2014 2:43:31 GMT |  + The failure of reconstruction
    As five years after the war is marked by militarised victory celebrations, who speaks for the continuing suffering of the survivors in the North and East? What happens to a society and an economy after three decades of war? Over a hundred thousand people dead or disappeared, a displaced population, deteriorating social institutions and disrupted production was the starting point of reconstruction when the war came to an end in Sri Lanka in May 2009. Reconstructing such a society is a task of tremendous political, social and economic proportions. more ...
  • 20) May 21, 2013 10:24:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka braces for strike against power hike
    Sri Lanka is bracing for a nationwide strike today, which opposition parties have pledged will bring the country to a stop and pressure the government into rolling back recently increased power prices, officials said yesterday. This is the latest in a string of protests that have erupted in Sri Lanka’s capital since last week, called by opposition parties against a government decision to increase electricity prices by as much as 59%. more ...
  • 21) May 21, 2013 10:23:07 GMT |  + Jayalalithaa renews demand for retrieval of Kachatheevu islet from Sri Lanka
    Voicing concern over attacks on Indian fishermen, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked the Centre to take urgent steps for retrieval of Katchatheevu islet, ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974, besides redrawing the International Maritime Boundary Line. The 1974 Agreement signed between India and Sri Lanka had determined Katchatheevu as a part of Sri Lanka, and it was ceded by the Indian Government unilaterally without obtaining the approval of both Houses of Parliament for a constitutional amendment, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. more ...
  • 22) May 21, 2012 20:30:20 GMT |  + Ex-General Is Released From Prison in Sri Lanka
    The former Sri Lankan army chief, Sarath Fonseka, who had spent nearly two years in prison after running a failed campaign for president, was freed on Monday. His release came as the Sri Lankan government has been increasingly criticized for trampling on civil liberties and human rights. Sri Lankan television showed General Fonseka leaving prison on Monday afternoon as a jubilant crowd greeted him with firecrackers and cheers. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had jailed the general in 2010, signed an order last week pardoning him from serving the remainder of his sentence. more ...
  • 23) May 21, 2012 20:28:34 GMT |  + Remarks With Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris Before Their Meeting
    SECRETARY CLINTON: I am delighted to welcome Minister Peiris, the external affairs minister from Sri Lanka. The United States strongly supports the process of reconciliation and reconstruction in Sri Lanka. We have very strong, important ties between our two countries. We were encouraged to see the end of a very long, bloody, terrible conflict, and look forward to working with Sri Lanka as they pursue their commitment to a better future for all the people. And the United States wants to be a supportive partner in those efforts. I’m looking forward to a productive conversation with the minister.
  • 24) May 21, 2012 12:45:11 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: reconciliation and justice
    16/05/12 Nearly three years after the end of the 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka that reportedly left an estimated 80,000-100,000 dead, questions are still arising about alleged war crimes and how they will be addressed. The Killing Fields, first broadcast by Channel 4 in June last year and a follow up aired this March called Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished, have been significant in bringing evidence of executions, the shelling of civilians and other atrocities to light. more ...
  • 25) May 21, 2012 12:37:13 GMT |  + Prominent rival of Sri Lanka president walks free
    Sri Lanka's former army chief walked free from jail on Monday with a pardon from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who appears to have bowed to growing international demands that he release his highest-profile rival. Ex-General Sarath Fonseka kissed his hands and raised them to a group of 2,000 supporters who cheered "Victory to our war hero! Victory to our leader!" and lit firecrackers outside the maximum security prison. more ...
  • 26) May 21, 2012 12:28:27 GMT |  + Tamil prisoners on hunger strike in Sri Lanka
    A total of 234 Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka, most of them former Tamil Tiger rebels, are on a hunger strike the past five days here, said officials on Monday. Inmates of three prisons, located in Colombo city, Kalutara town and in Vavuniya town, are demanding that they be charged for their crimes or be released, Xinhua reported. The fast began last week with the participation of 80 inmates of the Colombo prison but the number rose to 234 over the weekend with prisoners from two other prisons joining the protest.
  • 27) May 21, 2012 12:14:24 GMT |  + Mullivaikal has transformed the mode of our struggle - Prime Minister Rudrakumaran
    Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, Prime Minister of the Transnational government of Tamileelam addressed to gatherings that assembled at queens park in Toronto Canada and various city's of European nations this evening; to pay homage to the victims of the Mullivaikaal massacre on May 18 2009.In his Tamil address to canadian Tamils via audio; Prime Minister Rudrakumaran said,"The term Mullivaikal has an indelible mark in the national psyche of our people. Just as the word ‘holocaust’ holds a very special place in the collective memory of the Jewish people, the term Mullivaikal holds a similar place in the collective memory not only of Eelam Tamils, but of Tamils around the world".
  • 28) May 21, 2012 11:51:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka is a long way from the peace and reconciliation desired by so many
    Last week, the Frontline Club hosted its second debate to discuss the impact of two documentaries Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and a follow up aired this March called Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished. What was clear from the heated debate and palpable tension in the Frontline Club is that Sri Lanka is still a long way off from the peace and reconciliation desired by so many. It was a long and bloody conflict but, just as in other parts of the world, acknowledging the truth of violations on both sides is a crucial first step towards reconciliation and bringing those found responsible to justice.
  • 29) May 21, 2012 11:48:23 GMT |  + Over 200 Tamil prisoners stage protest in Sri Lanka
    Over 200 minority Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka, most of them former Tamil Tiger rebels, continued a hunger strike for the fifth day on Monday, officials said. The inmates of three prisons located in the capital Colombo, the southern town of Kalutara and in the northern town of Vavuniya are demanding that they be charged for their crimes or be released.
  • 30) May 21, 2012 11:47:05 GMT |  + Legacy of war - unemployment and homelessness
    Life is slowly returning to normal in northern Sri Lanka, but three years after a decades-long conflict was officially declared over, jobs and housing are the prevailing concerns of returnees. Most of the estimated 448,000 people displaced before or during 2008 by fighting between government forces and rebels wanting an independent Tamil state have returned to the Northern Province, according to the latest figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  • 31) May 21, 2011 23:46:53 GMT |  + Tamil genocide was planned by international powers: British academic
    The British, the Europeans and the great powers played a dubious role. There was a peace process. But, visas were banned and the political status was denied to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. They were branded as a terrorist organisation by the European Union under the prompting of Britain and United States and they deliberately broke the peace process, which had its horrible termination in the killing fields of Rajapaksa. So, there is co-responsibility. This was not just any genocide; this was a genocide planned, including by the international powers, who knew what was going on, said Dr Andrew Higginbottom, the Principal Lecturer in Politics/Human Rights at Kingston University in London, taking part in the Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance event in London on 18 May. more ...
  • 32) May 21, 2011 21:09:22 GMT |  + G.L.Peiris visit a flop: India browbeats Lanka
    The leaders of the country's main political parties were in 'shraddavantha' (pious) mode this week. The 2600 Sambuddhatva Jayanthi - 2600 years since the Enlightenment of the Buddha and the enunciation of the Doctrine of the Middle Path that revolutionized half the known world at the time, would have had a sobering effect on them. The lay leaders of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), the party spearheaded by a group of politically active Buddhist monks, shaved their heads and took 'sil' (religious vows) for several days. Unfortunately, as some commentators have pointed out, the ego factor, one of the fundamental flaws in humankind as the Buddha has pointed out was the most difficult to shed. Photographers kept 'shooting them' and the pictures found their way to the media.
  • 33) May 21, 2011 21:08:21 GMT |  + Continuing the Struggle
    Tsunami aid misappropriation. Abuse of government power. Corporate fraud. These are the types of stories to which award-winning investigative journalist and newspaper editor Sonali Samarasinghe gravitated. When she won the Global Shining Light Award at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in 2008, it cited "her work to reveal misuse of power and corruption in Sri Lanka." But there was one story for which she was completely unprepared. On January 8, 2009, Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor-in-chief of the Sri Lankan paper the Sunday Leader, was murdered in what witnesses described as a "commando-style assassination."
  • 34) May 21, 2011 21:07:13 GMT |  + Foreigners Barred From Travelling North
    As we approached the Omanthai checkpoint I knew that this was the last check we would be put through. The last stage of a mammoth eight hour journey from Colombo which began at 9 pm the previous night. The early morning sun was relentless; however the thought of finally arriving in Jaffna was enough to make it bearable. As the bus stopped at the checkpoint and the army officer boarded to check ID cards, perhaps naively, it had never occurred to me that holding a British passport would signal the end of my journey. After all, the war was over, Sri Lanka had been ‘liberated,’ when going on trips to Kandy, Trincomalee and Sigiriya my British passport had never caused a problem, so why should it now? more ...
  • 35) May 21, 2011 21:02:07 GMT |  + Lanka launches pre-emptive strike at UNHRC
    Sri Lanka is to carry out a pre-emptive campaign ahead of the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva next week to ward-off any moves to trigger a debate on allegations of human rights violations during the last stages of the fighting against the LTTE. Plantations Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe who has also been assigned the subject of human rights will lead the Sri Lanka delegation to the Council’s 17th session which begins in Geneva on May 30. With him is Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. The two ministers will launch the pre-emptive campaign along with Attorney General Mohan Peiris who will join them soon.
  • 36) May 21, 2011 21:01:16 GMT |  + Seeman forecasts defeat of AIADMK – Congress tie up
    Seeman the founder leader of Nam Thamizhar party addressed a meeting held at Vellore in support of UN Expert panel report on war crimes in Srilanka. In his usual scathing attack on Congress party he declared that any party forming alliance with Congress party in future will be defeated. This is considered a veiled reference to the reported alliance in making between AIADMK and Congress party if DMK decides to move away from UPA. In his high charged speech Mr. Seeman said that May 18 should not be observed as a day to mourn.
  • 37) May 21, 2011 21:00:39 GMT |  + Wimal’s Multi Million Rupee Damp Squib
    Leader for the National Freedom Front (NFF) and Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s costly and extravagant trip to New York cost US$ 19,000 (approx. Rs. 2 million) each for himself and his young son Vibhuthi to travel first class on Emirates Airlines. Weerawansa traveled to New York to participate in the 2600 Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi celebrations at the UN headquarters on May 16 where UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had also graced the occasion. more ...
  • 38) May 21, 2011 20:59:11 GMT |  + Tamil Nadu Parallels And Lessons For Sri Lanka
    There are many tempting parallels that could be drawn between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Tamil Nadu colossus Muthuvel Karunanidhi who dominated the politics of the South Indian State for over 40 years but bit the Tamil Nadu dust in the end. Karunanidhi had a yearning for his national hero – the greatest of all Chola kings, Raja Raja who subjugated all South Indian kingdoms around the Chola kingdom and Lanka as well.
  • 39) May 21, 2011 20:54:44 GMT |  + At UN on Sri Lanka, Ban's Inaction on Report Contrasted With Rwanda Mapping
    When the UN Panel of Experts recommended to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that he establish an investigative mechanism for war crimes in Sri Lanka, Ban responded that he'd only do so upon a vote of one of the UN's three “inter-governmental bodies.” Ban's claimed powerlessness, however, was called into question this week on the margin of the Human Rights Council vote in the General Assembly.
  • 40) May 21, 2011 20:53:05 GMT |  + Tamil Tiger faction head questioned in Norway - media
    The leader of a powerful faction of Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tigers has been questioned in Norway as part of a probe into extortion by the group, Sri Lankan media reported on Friday. Norwegian officials confirmed a man had been questioned in a Norwegian court, on the request of Dutch authorities carrying out an investigation, but declined to name him. Sri Lankan media said the man was Perinbanayagam Sivaparan, also known as Nedivayan, who officials and diplomats say heads a faction advocating armed struggle.
  • 41) May 21, 2011 20:50:04 GMT |  + Tamil Eelam Remembrance Day Speech by TGTE PM
    Fellow Countrymen from Tamil Ealam, Our Compatriots from Diaspora and Our brethren from Tamil Nadu and Other Realms, Today is National Mourning Day of Tamil Eelam! This is the day, the virulent ethnic cleansing pogroms perpetrated against our people by the odious Sri Lankan Government, culminated in the most number of tragic deaths in Mullivaikkal and brought the most debilitating sorrow and sadness, not only to the people of Tamil Ealam but to all Tamils all over the world.
  • 42) May 21, 2011 20:44:36 GMT |  + Mullivaikal: The Moment Of Deep Sorrow And Courage
    Today, we moan from the very depths of our hearts the deaths of thousands of Tamils who were killed in Mullivaikal as well as in other places. Who are they? They are our beautiful children, our courageous young sons and daughters, beloved parents and grandparents whose burial grounds we do not know. On this day, as a Sinhalese, let me remember not only the physical deaths of thousands of Tamils, but also the moral and spiritual death of the Sinhala nation to which I belong, a nation that has been built on the unknown graveyards of many thousands of my Tamil sisters and brothers.
  • 43) May 21, 2010 20:20:14 GMT |  + Chinese ambassador pledges more support for North-East rebuilding programme
    The Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka Yang Ziuping pledged more support from China for the resettling and rebuilding programmes of Sri Lanka government in the North, when she met Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratna at his office. The ambassador said Chinese investments are already flowing into the country at a pace. "Rice growing areas in the North and the East such as Mannar, Kilinochchi and Batticaloa are provided with Chinese machinery by its investors", she said.
  • 44) May 21, 2010 20:11:36 GMT |  + Lanka, US to hold talks
    External Affairs Minister G.L.Peiris is to visit the United States next week for bilateral talks with the US government, Foreign Ministry sources told Daily Mirror online this evening. Daily Mirror online learns that Minister Peiris is expected to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his visit to the US. The visit by Minister Peiris to the US comes amidst calls by the international community including the US for a war crimes probe in Sri Lanka, against the abuses which had allegedly been committed during final stages of the war. On Thursday the US House of Representatives had also called for a Human Rights probe in Sri Lanka.
  • 45) May 21, 2010 20:01:49 GMT |  + Appointment of the Bribery Commission (CIABOC)
    Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has requested the President Mahinda Rajapakse to take immediate steps to appoint suitable persons and reestablish the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) in accordance with the provisions underlined in the Constitution. “It will enhance the image of Sri Lanka internationally particularly at a time when Your Excellency has been appointed as the chair at the G15 summit “TISL said in a letter to the President.
  • 46) May 21, 2010 19:58:42 GMT |  + Demise of LTTE commanders and its implications
    Tamils have yet to recover from the wounds caused in the last phase of the war, in which nearly 50,000 Tamils were mass murdered. No other civilization has seen such horrible events in the current century. The international community promised the LTTE that they wouldn’t let the LTTE lose. But, the LTTE had to silence their guns, with the hope that the international community would secure their freedom. The LTTE leadership, also, never realized the negative consequences in their 35 years of military history. The LTTE fought decades of war with the Sri Lankan and Indian armed forces. Even the Sri Lankan armed forces acknowledged the courageous fighting of the LTTE fighters, under the command of Sornam, Bhanu, Theepan, Soosai, Vidusha, Durga, Gadhapi, Gopith, Nagesh, Thamilini, Keerthi, Manivannan, Amuthaab, etc.
  • 47) May 21, 2010 17:58:56 GMT |  + Sri Lanka likely to get delayed IMF millions soon
    The International Monetary Fund is likely to release a delayed bailout loan of more than 300 million dollars to bSri Lanka within four to six weeks, an official said Friday. The island had asked for a 2.6 billion dollar IMF bailout package, to avoid its first balance of payment crisis, after the island's foreign reserves fell below one billion dollars last year. The loan was approved in July, two months after the military crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels and ended a 37-year conflict that claimed 100,000 lives according to United Nation figures. more ...
  • 48) May 21, 2010 13:32:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: New Evidence of Wartime Abuses
    New evidence of wartime abuses by Sri Lankan government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the armed conflict that ended one year ago demonstrates the need for an independent international investigation into violations of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. Recently Human Rights Watch research gathered photographic evidence and accounts by witnesses of atrocities by both sides during the final months of fighting. On May 23, 2009, President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the government would investigate allegations of laws-of-war violations. more ...
  • 49) May 21, 2010 12:32:19 GMT |  + Rights groups say new evidence suggests Sri Lanka war crimes against Tamil Tigers
    Two independent human rights groups published reports this week accusing the Sri Lanka government of war crimes during the final months of its war against the Tamil Tigers, which ended last May. In its report published Thursday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) offered a series of photos showing a man, identified as a member of the Tigers' political wing in the city of Jaffna, apparently being held by Sri Lankan forces. In the first two photos, he is bloodied but alive and tied to a tree, surrounded by what appear to be soldiers. In the subsequent photos, he is shown lying against a rock, apparently dead, with additional injuries to his head and torso. more ...
  • 50) May 21, 2010 12:29:43 GMT |  + Sri Lankan diplomat dismisses war-crimes claim
    Sri Lanka’s top diplomat in Canada has dismissed claims her government committed war crimes as it crushed the Tamil Tigers’ separatist insurgency last year, and says the world has no business investigating such “unsubstantiated” allegations in a sovereign country. “We say that there were no war crimes,” Chitranganee Wagiswara, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Ottawa, told The Globe and Mail. “We have been handling this conflict, so let us handle this.” International attention turned this week to alleged atrocities by both sides during Sri Lanka’s push to end the Tigers’ 26-year militancy during the first five months of 2009.
  • 51) May 21, 2010 12:29:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka rebounds after rebel defeat, but scars linger
    Though tourism is bouncing back in Sri Lanka and authorities are busy building roads and bridges in former war-torn areas, troops are still finding weapons in old battlefields and the nation remains under a state of emergency one year after a decades-long civil conflict ended. The war, which pitted government forces against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE or Tamil Tigers) -- who were seeking an independent homeland in the country's north and east, ended last May. More than 65,000 people died in the strife. Today, the once besieged northern capital of Jaffna is teeming with local tourists. Two key industries in that area -- farming and fishing -- are flourishing. Homes have changed overnight into hotels. more ...
  • 52) May 21, 2010 12:26:32 GMT |  + Sri Lanka has plan to get budget deficit on track - IMF
    Sri Lanka has given the International Monetary Fund plans to bring its deficit reduction strategy back on track, but the lender on Friday said it had not yet decided to disburse a delayed tranche of a $2.6 billion loan. "In our discussions, the government has laid out a set of policies intended to correct the slippages and move forward with sustainable deficit reduction," the IMF said in a statement at the end of an assessment mission to the Indian Ocean country.
  • 53) May 21, 2010 9:48:46 GMT |  + Rights group offers evidence of Sri Lanka war crimes
    A global human rights monitor said Friday it had fresh evidence of possible war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the government's war against Tamil Tiger rebels. The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had examined over 200 photos taken on the front lines in early 2009 by a soldier from the Sri Lankan Air Mobile Brigade and had new witness accounts of troops shelling civilians. "While Human Rights Watch cannot conclusively determine that the man was summarily executed in custody, the available evidence indicates that a full investigation is warranted," the rights group said.
  • 54) May 21, 2010 1:07:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's bitter peace one year on
    This month marks the first anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka's long running and seemingly intractable civil war. On May 19, President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced victory for the government over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the death of its elusive leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Such a juncture after decades of persistent violence was heralded as the dawn of a new era that offered the war-ravaged island a chance at peace. Yet one year on, Amnesty International reports that more than 80,000 Tamil civilians remain detained in military-run internment camps. Another 11,000 suspected LTTE combatants including more than 500 children, are held by the state in Orwellian-titled rehabilitation centres. For Tamils outside the camps the post-war landscape is not much better. more ...
  • 55) May 21, 2010 1:06:01 GMT |  + Putting the raj in Rajapaksa
    THERE is no stopping the remorseless ascent of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s president. A year ago this week his government routed the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after a 26-year civil war. This January, after a campaign featuring songs lauding him as a “king”, his grateful citizens re-elected him in a landslide. His party then cantered to victory in a parliamentary poll in April. His main rival in the presidential race, Sarath Fonseka, a former army chief, faces a court-martial and poses no threat. Now the president seems intent on an extraordinary concentration of power into his family’s hands, and on its prolongation.
  • 56) May 21, 2010 1:04:31 GMT |  + TGTE constitution to be drafted within 3 months
    The elected representatives of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) who met in three spots of the world on a 3-day session since 17 May to 19 May resolved to draft the constitution of the TGTE within 3 months and set up an Interim Executive Committee (IEC) Wednesday constituting 8 members, 2 from USA, 2 from UK, 1 from Australia, 1 from Canada and 2 representing the other countries of Europe. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran from USA was appointed as the Interim Chief Executive of the IEC, TGTE members who attended the inauguration told TamilNet Thursday.
  • 57) May 21, 2010 1:01:51 GMT |  + Fonseka: Hope has turned to despair
    The prospects of peace and Sri Lanka’s economic revival after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers have been replaced with political persecution and despair, detained former army chief Sarath Fonseka said on Thursday. Fonseka said the current government failed to convert the success of the 2009 military victory into a new era of peace. For the common man, he added, the threat of a suicide bomber had been substituted with the fear of political harassment. The former army chief was speaking to reporters in Parliament.
  • 58) May 21, 2010 0:41:42 GMT |  + “The Sri Lanka option”: Friends like these
    LITTLE Sri Lanka is rarely a model of anything. But since it crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam its government has found itself in an unfamiliar position. Some of the world’s less savoury regimes are beating a path to its door to study “the Sri Lanka option”. Last November, Myanmar’s military dictator, Than Shwe, who rarely travels abroad, visited the island “so that his regime can apply any lessons learned to its efforts against the ethnic groups in Burma,” says Benedict Rogers, a biographer of General Than. In May last year at a meeting of regional defence ministers in Singapore, Myanmar’s deputy minister made the link explicit, saying the world had witnessed a victory over terrorism in Sri Lanka but had forgotten about the insurgency in his country.
  • 59) May 21, 2010 0:39:40 GMT |  + UN won’t scrap panel
    The United Nations yesterday said the setting up of a commission by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate alleged incidents which took place during the war would not substitute the need for a panel of experts to brief the UN Chief on accountability issues relating to Sri Lanka. Chois Soung - a UN official from the UN Headquarters in New York, told Daily Mirror online that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon was going ahead with the appointment of this expert panel and would send his Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe to the island when the Sri Lankan government gave the green light.
  • 60) May 21, 2009 22:54:34 GMT |  + Satellite images of Sri Lanka conflict used in war crimes inquiry
    US military satellites secretly monitored Sri Lanka’s conflict zone through the latter stages of the war against the Tamil Tigers and American officials are examining images for evidence of war crimes, The Times has learnt. The images are of a higher resolution than any that are available commercially and could bolster the case for an international war crimes inquiry when the UN Human Rights Council holds a session on Sri Lanka next week. They were acquired by the National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), based in Bethesda, Maryland... more ...
  • 61) May 21, 2009 22:54:19 GMT |  + In Sri Lanka the war is over but Tamil Tiger remnants suffer brutal revenge
    Reports are emerging from inside Sri Lanka's internment camps of brutal revenge being taken against Tamil Tiger fighters and the abduction of young children by paramilitary groups. Detainees in one of the camps told the Guardian that a number of female Tamil Tigers have been murdered after giving themselves up to the authorities. The bodies of 11 young women were allegedly found with their throats slashed outside the Menic Farm camp near the town of Vavuniya, according to people being held behind the razor wire perimeter. The women's short haircuts are understood to have made them easily identifiable as former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • 62) May 21, 2009 22:49:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Ban Visit Should Focus on Displaced
    On his trip to Sri Lanka, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should highlight the plight of civilians displaced by the fighting that ended Sri Lanka's war, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Ban. Human Rights Watch urged Ban to use his May 23, 2009, trip to Sri Lanka to elicit commitments from the government to ensure the protection of nearly 300,000 internally displaced persons, including the many wounded still in the battle zone. Ban should also publicly call on the government to prevent future human rights violations by: guaranteeing Sri Lanka's Tamil minority equal treatment under the law; ending the cycle of impunity for serious abuses; and ensuring greater media freedom.
  • 63) May 21, 2009 22:47:58 GMT |  + Why the West ignored the Tamils' pleas
    Western leaders seemed genuinely surprised at the rapid end to Sri Lanka's 25-year-old internal war and the collapse of the Tamil Tiger insurgency. Not so taken back, however, that the Canadian, U.S. and European governments did not know, virtually in unison, what approach to take: do as little as they could semi-decently get away with. It was just such diplomatic minimalism that compelled Tamil demonstrators in Toronto and elsewhere to take to the streets in rage and frustration. Still, for all the attention their flag-waving and traffic-blocking protests received, there was no way it was going to change the approach of the West. more ...
  • 64) May 21, 2009 22:45:23 GMT |  + IC, India shouldn’t impose 'inclusion' on Sri Lanka
    The International Community and India will be contributing to a grave disaster by imposing or enforcing ‘inclusive polity’ on an unwilling Sri Lankan state said the TamilNet political commentator in Colombo Thursday adding that secession is the best option for the island. He cited the events of this week when passions of ‘exclusiveness’ were decisively demonstrated in its goriest possible way by the Sri Lankan state in celebrating ‘victory,’ completely insensitive to the killing, massacres and incarceration of hundreds of thousands of Tamils who are supposed to be its citizens. He also cited the way a dead human being was desecrated whether the identity of the person was another one of the dupe of Colombo or not.
  • 65) May 21, 2009 22:43:03 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, IMF Said Ready to Lend, Dodges Ethnic Cleansing, Where Are Obama, UK?
    With the Red Cross blocked from access in Sri Lanka to the wounded and dying, with NGOs increasingly barred from the UN-financed camps for IDPs, in Washington the International Monetary Fund said Thursday that it looks forward to presenting for approval to its Board Sri Lanka's request for a $1.9 billion loan. The statement was made by the IMF's director of external relations Caroline Atkinson. Inner City Press online asked a follow-up during the Fund's biweekly press briefing, which Ms. Atkinson re-stated: please state whether as the Sri Lankan government says the proceeds of any IMF loan would support re-housing in the north, which some would described as ethnic cleansing?
  • 66) May 21, 2009 22:31:58 GMT |  +  Tamil diaspora sceptical over 'win'
    As the Sri Lankan government basks in its self-declared victory over Tamil rebels, the news of an end to almost three decades of civil war has been met with scepticism and criticism by many Tamil descendants in Malaysia. The Southeast Asian country is home to a sizeable Sri Lankan Tamil community, many of whom were first brought here by the to work in the British administrative services during the colonial era. more ...
  • 67) May 21, 2009 22:30:19 GMT |  + Tamils in Britain and Canada vow to sustain Sri Lanka struggle
    After weeks of watching from a distance as relatives and loved ones were caught up in Sri Lanka's final offensive against Tamil separatists, many in the world's Tamil diaspora are now in mourning. But in Britain and Canada – home to some of the largest concentrations of Sri Lankan Tamils abroad – communities are mobilizing to play a part in what leaders describe as a new phase in their struggle for an independent homeland. Following the military defeat of the Tamil Tigers, the talk now is of employing democratic means to address Tamil concerns. That goal could be tested, however, by a growing number of young expatriate Tamils who have become radicalized by the oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 68) May 21, 2009 22:22:42 GMT |  + US presses Sri Lanka for access to refugees
    The United States pressed Sri lanka Thursday to lift restrictions on access to refugee camps in a strip of land where government forces this week crushed a three-decade-old Tamil insurgency. "We urge the government to allow the ICRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the UN immediate access ... to the former conflict area ... to assess the needs and welfare of the injured in the area," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said. Kelly told reporters the organizations should be given "full and unhindered access" to the camps housing people displaced by the war.
  • 69) May 21, 2009 22:17:59 GMT |  + Sri Lanka vows to resettle Tamils
    Sri Lanka says it will resettle most of the 280,000 Tamils displaced by the recently ended war within six months. The pledge was made after President Mahinda Rajapaksa met the Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and India's national security adviser. Their joint statement underlined the urgency of relief and resettlement measures, but also of achieving a "lasting political settlement". The plight of those forced out of their homes has caused widespread concern. more ...
  • 70) May 21, 2009 22:02:59 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: top UN official visits camps for uprooted civilians
    A senior United Nations official travelled today to camps housing civilians who escaped Government-rebel clashes in northern Sri Lanka, ahead of a visit by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who departs today for the South Asian island nation. Earlier this week, the Government of Sri Lanka declared that its military operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had ended, and that the remaining civilians that were caught up in the conflict zone in the country’s north-east had left. Vijay Nambiar, Mr. Ban’s Chief of Staff, today visited camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Vavuniya, where the majority of those escaping fighting are now living, and also saw the former conflict zone first-hand from a helicopter. more ...
  • 71) May 21, 2009 21:58:16 GMT |  + Colombo warning to Australia on Tamil refugees
    AUSTRALIA faces a diplomatic rift with Sri Lanka after its high commissioner yesterday warned the Rudd Government not to accept Tamil refugees from its civil war. The forthright comments by Sri Lanka's high commissioner in Canberra, Senaka Walgampaya, came amid growing fears that Australia could be swamped by Tamil asylum seekers following the end of the country's bloody civil war this week. As many as 300,000 people, mostly Tamils, have been displaced by the conflict, forcing Canberra to send officials to Colombo to work with the Sri Lankan Government on ways to prevent a new wave of asylum seekers.
  • 72) May 21, 2009 21:57:20 GMT |  + Sri Lankan minister admits army killed civilians
    A former Tamil Tiger leader who defected to become a Sri Lankan government minister has given the first official admission that significant numbers of civilians were killed during the final offensive against the rebels. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Colonel Karuna, said president Mahinda Rajapaksa had made a mistake when he claimed no-one died at the hands of the army. His comments undermine the government's previous claims and will alert western diplomats gathering evidence on civilian deaths for a future war crimes case. more ...
  • 73) May 21, 2009 17:17:02 GMT |  + Tamil refugees believe Prabhakaran still alive
    Though the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran’s dead body was shown all over media channels on Tuesday by Sri Lanka Army, many Tamil refugees in the State don’t accept that he is dead. The refugees are not willing to subscribe to the Sri Lankan Government’s view that Prabhakaran has been killed. Thousands of Srilankan refugees in Coimbatore still believe that Prabhakaran is alive and safe. Many of these people even say it’s nothing but computer trick on graphics and plastic surgery.
  • 74) May 21, 2009 17:11:55 GMT |  + Congress ally DMK to quit ruling coalition
    A major ally of the Congress party will leave the ruling coalition due to disagreements over ministerial appointments, potentially weakening the new government's ability to pass bills in parliament. The DMK party from Tamil Nadu said it would only offer its 18 lawmakers as outside support to the coalition in parliament, a senior party official said on Thursday. "Karunanidhi has asked me to inform you that DMK will support from outside," T.R. Baalu, a senior leader said, referring to a directive from the DMK leader. The DMK's move came as the Congress party was cobbling together a coalition of parties on the eve of the swearing-in of Prime Minister-elect Manmohan Singh on Friday.
  • 75) May 21, 2009 16:17:13 GMT |  + Race to prepare for new influx of refugees in Sri Lanka
    Urgent preparations are underway in temporary camps to deal with a wave of up to 80,000 people who have fled fighting in Sri Lanka in the last few days. Plan has partnered with local organisation Sarvodaya to deliver desperately-needed drinking water and sanitation support for the camps housing people displaced by the recent conflict. A US$540,000 appeal for emergency funds has now been launched.
  • 76) May 21, 2009 16:14:05 GMT |  + IMF, Sri Lanka loan talks advanced -spokeswoman
    Discussions between the International Monetary Fund and Sri Lanka on financial aid are in an advanced stage, an IMF spokeswoman said on Thursday. Spokeswoman Caroline Atkinson said a proposal to lend to Sri Lanka is expected to be considered by the IMF board in coming weeks. An agreement between Sri Lanka and an IMF mission is needed before a proposal can be presented to the IMF board. 'We're at an advanced stage in discussions with the authorities,' Atkinson told reporters. 'We look forward to being able to bring a program to the board for its approval in coming weeks.'
  • 77) May 21, 2009 16:07:52 GMT |  + Toronto Tamils seek stronger church voice in condemning Sri Lankan conflict
    Toronto’s large Tamil Catholic community is grateful for the $600,000 the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has sent to Caritas Sri Lanka, but wants the church in Canada to do more. “Pray for the people who are affected by it. We Catholics strongly believe in prayer,” Aloysius said. “That is something the diocese can ask the whole Toronto diocese to pray that there will be peace in the land.” Aloysius also believes the church in Canada should stand up for peace in Sri Lanka.
  • 78) May 21, 2009 11:52:53 GMT |  + Claims Of Abuse In Sri Lankan Refugee Camps
    There are numerous reports of sexual assaults in the government-run camps, and claims that groups of young men are being rounded up and taken away. United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon will demand unfettered access to the camps during his visit to the country, as well as access to other areas which have been off-limits to aid workers and journalists for months. More than 40 camps have been set up to cope with more than 200,000 people left homeless by the long-running conflict. The people inside the camps are kept behind barbed wire and are not allowed to leave. more ...
  • 79) May 21, 2009 11:41:44 GMT |  + Paramilitaries 'abducting Tamil children from Sri Lanka camps'
    Paramilitary groups with links to the Sri Lankan Army are abducting Tamil children as young as 12 from the state-run internment camps set up to hold 300,000 people displaced by the Government’s war with the Tamil Tigers, a campaign group claimed. The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers (CSUCS) said that children under 18 were being snatched from the camps, which are struggling to cope with a massive exodus of civilians from the war zone. Minors were also being taken from the town of Vavuniya in northern Sri Lanka by paramilitary groups that have the tacit support of the Government, it added.
  • 80) May 21, 2009 11:31:15 GMT |  + 2,80,000 displaced civilians living in poor conditions in Lanka
    The number of displaced civilians in Sri Lanka's north has reached 280,000 with up to 80,000 people escaping from the conflict zone in the last three days alone, the United Nations refugee agency has said, seeking "urgent attention" to mitigate their plight. Expressing concern over condition in the camps set up for people displaced by recent fighting in Sri Lanka, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said some 230,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been screened and registered and are currently accommodated in 41 sites spread across four districts.
  • 81) May 21, 2009 11:28:43 GMT |  + Why all the fuss over Tamil street protests?
    We want Tamil Canadians, and other minorities, to "be Canadian." Yet when they act Canadian and exercise their Charter right to peaceful protest, we call them "Tamils," the very identity we do not want them to revert to exclusively. For their recent protests, Tamil Canadians have been derided for causing traffic disruptions and adding to policing costs. Odd, given that we are inconvenienced all the time – by hockey, baseball, basketball and soccer games, every week; marathons, walkathons and street festivals, in the summer; the Santa Claus, Caribana and Pride parades, plus the CNE and the Royal Winter Fair, once a year.
  • 82) May 21, 2009 11:12:56 GMT |  + India makes diplomatic push after Sri Lanka war ends
    India sent two top envoys to Sri Lanka on Thursday to offer help for Tamil civilians displaced in recent fighting and to seek an early political solution after the defeat of the rebel Tamil Tigers. The trip by National Security Adviser M.K.Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon signalled renewed Indian engagement after a largely hands-off approach over the past two years as its close neighbour pursued a military end to the 25-year-old ethnic conflict. New Delhi is also seeking to calm Tamils in India, mainly in southern Tamil Nadu state, home to 60 million people who are closely linked to the Tamils of Sri Lanka, analysts said.
  • 83) May 21, 2009 11:11:55 GMT |  + Eyewitness account of Sri Lankan detention camps
    In Vavuniya itself, refugees have been housed in 23 small detention centres established in public schools and other government buildings. Every camp is packed with between 1,000 and 3,000 people. We were able to visit two schools. Both centres were guarded by armed policemen and soldiers. Barbed wire fences have been set up around the camps. Few people are allowed inside. The media is completely barred. At one school, we could only see the faces of people as we spoke to them across a high, razor-wire topped wall. As we spoke to one person, two children began crying, asking us to take them away from the camp. Inside, up to 40 people are crammed into each school room. Small tents have been erected in school grounds.
  • 84) May 21, 2009 11:08:12 GMT |  + In victory, show magnanimity
    Sri Lanka may have achieved the seemingly impossible by militarily crushing the LTTE but it will need much more than brute strength to set right the wrongs of the lingering ethnic divide in the country. When Mahinda Rajapaksa won the presidency in November 2005, the new president confided to a diplomat friend that he had three aims: split the opposition to shore up his own majority in the fractured parliament, defeat the LTTE militarily and then seek a political settlement to the ethnic conflict.
  • 85) May 21, 2009 11:00:30 GMT |  + Tamils deserve safe haven: Opposition
    The Federal Opposition says the Government should offer temporary protection visas to Sri Lankan Tamils affected by the civil war in their country. Since the war ended, aid groups have warned that hundreds of thousands of civilians are homeless and refugee camps are struggling to cope under the strain. The Australian Government says it too is concerned but so far it is refusing to say whether there are any plans to offer Tamils asylum in Australia outside of the existing refugee program.
  • 86) May 21, 2009 10:29:19 GMT |  + Power-Sharing Will Be Crucial To Sri Lanka Peace - Analysts
    "Sri Lanka can go down the road to reconstruction with reconciliation," Deshapriya said. "Whether they will do that is the question. If not, we will be back to square one." "Now that the war is over and Tamil extremism has been defeated, there will have to be some sort of political restructuring of the Sri Lankan state," Sumanasiri Liyanage, a political science professor at the University of Peradeniya said. "The end of the armed struggle is not the end of Tamil liberation struggle," Terrance Purasinghe, a political science lecturer at Sri Jayewardenapura university warned, arguing that genuine power-sharing was crucial.
  • 87) May 21, 2009 10:22:36 GMT |  + Jaya demands immediate rehabilitation of Tamils in Lanka
    As the decades-long war has officially come to an end, AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa today urged the Centre to immediately set in motion the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts in Sri Lanka. In a statement here, she also urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, whose party is an ally of the Congress-led UPA at the Centre, to raise his voice in Delhi for the Tamil people. ''The UN and various human rights agencies should be allowed free access to assess the ground situation first hand and the international media, which has been totally gagged for several years now, should be allowed to independently visit the war-ravaged areas rather than be taken on military-sponsored, embedded excursions,'' she added. more ...
  • 88) May 21, 2008 17:48:03 GMT |  + Sri Lanka, Spain lose UN Rights Council election
    Sri Lanka failed to win a seat on the much-criticized U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday in an election that also saw France and Britain edge out Spain to take two seats reserved for Western countries. Steve Crawshaw of Human Rights Watch welcomed Sri Lanka's defeat, saying that of the countries vying for the 15 vacant seats on the council, it was the one with the worst human rights track record. "It will be important for the future because I hope that authoritarian regimes with poor records will be much more wary of putting themselves forward," Crawshaw said.
  • 89) May 21, 2008 17:19:25 GMT |  + Sri Lanka loses rights body bid
    Sri Lanka has failed to be re-elected to the UN's Human Rights Council after heavy criticism of its own record. Japan, Bahrain, South Korea and Pakistan beat Sri Lanka and East Timor to the four places in the Asia group of the 47-member body. Campaigners say Sri Lanka is guilty of widespread human rights violations, claims denied by the government. Human Rights Watch said recently that far from being on the council, Sri Lanka should be investigated by it.
  • 90) May 21, 2008 11:20:08 GMT |  + Free Nations Expected to Remain in Minority on UN Rights Council
    A campaign by non-governmental organizations aimed at preventing Sri Lanka from being elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council has drawn some support, but the country's bid for a seat is just one of several concerns surrounding this week's election. "To reject Sri Lanka's candidacy at this time would show that U.N. members are serious about the membership standards they established for the council, and bring new attention to the gross violations in Sri Lanka and hope and support to the victims of abuse," the NGO coalition said in a recent letter to governments.
  • 91) May 21, 2008 3:40:11 GMT |  + Pillayan no darling of Tamils, Hisbullah no champion of Muslims
    Apart from the Pillayan Group are there any others permitted to carry weapons openly and roam the streets in the east? No. Well, if so, do you expect any Tamil mother with grown-up daughters to leave home or take the trouble to vote for the TMVP with love? Is this the type of democracy we can expect from the new Eastern Provincial Council (EPC)? What is the assurance that tomorrow they would not enter their houses too? Is rape not a crime according to the Chinthana? Pillayan’s VIP supporters still boast that the best thing that ever happened in this country was ‘democratising’ the ‘former’ Tiger.
  • 92) May 21, 2008 3:02:56 GMT |  + Disappearances high in East
    Fifteen people have disappeared in the Trincomalee district during the first half of May, says the Human Rights Commission in Trincomalee. The District Human Rights Co-ordinator, Gloria Frances told Sandesaya that the Commission had received complaints of these disappearances between May 9 and 15. Among the disappeared are two women, and all those who disappeared are in the age group of 20 to 30, she said. According to relatives the armed group of people in civilian dress had come in white vans and they spoke in Sinhala and Tamil.
  • 93) May 21, 2007 16:54:21 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: Many schools in east reopen, though fear persists
    L. Arupragasam is a happy man. The head teacher has finally returned to his school which is located in Kalavanchchikudi division, Batticaloa district, eastern Sri Lanka. Last December, Arupragasam, along with 230 of his students had to abandon the school so it could be used as a shelter for about 2,000 displaced people. Now, some six-months later, Arupragasam is back at work and the school is back in action. The principal is not simply pleased to be back in his office, but happy, too, that he has an additional 45 students. "My school is my home and teaching these children again is more than a wish come true." Arupragasam said.
  • 94) May 21, 2007 13:27:06 GMT |  + Tamil Tiger casualties disputed
    Sri Lanka's military says more than 500 Tamil Tigers have been killed around rebel-held areas in the north of the country over the last four months. The Tigers dispute the figures - they say the government is trying to persuade the Sinhalese majority community that it is winning the war. Meanwhile, a military spokesman said four soldiers have been killed in two separate attacks on Monday. Despite a truce on paper, Sri Lanka has been sliding back towards civil war. More than 4,000 people have been killed in the violence in the past 15 months.
  • 95) May 21, 2007 13:25:04 GMT |  + US envoy raises muted concerns about democratic rights in Sri Lanka
    During his visit to Sri Lanka on May 8-10, US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher for the first time made reference to US concerns over the abuse of basic democratic rights by the government and the country’s security forces. The Bush administration has backed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and his renewed war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the hilt. While denouncing the LTTE as “terrorists” and pressing other governments to ban the separatist organisation, the White House has deliberately ignored the Sri Lankan military’s open breaches of the 2002 ceasefire and the government’s anti-democratic methods.
  • 96) May 21, 2007 13:22:25 GMT |  + High school results shock Lankans
    Sri Lanka has the highest level of literacy (91%) in the South Asian region. An overwhelming majority of its school going population (4 million) enjoys free education from the kindergarten to the university undergraduate level. But the quality of the education does not match the quantitative achievement. In this year's General Certificate of Education-Ordinary Level (GCA-OL) exam, held after 11 years of schooling, 51 per cent had failed. The failure rate in Maths was 57 per cent; in Science, 51 per cent; and in English, 63 per cent. 21,813 students had crashed in all the subjects. But the most shocking aspect was that 4,128 of these came from schools in Colombo district, which supposedly has the best facilities.
  • 97) May 21, 2007 10:37:57 GMT |  + Maldives 'not certain' on trawler
    The identities of the arrested foreign nationals three days ago off Maldives seas are yet to be determined, authorities in Maldives said. Maldives government spokesman Mohamed Hussein Sharif told BBC Tamil Service that one person, identified as Simon, is an Indian national probably from South Indian state of Kerala.Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), together with the police are conducting investigations to verify the identities of other four people captured after sinking their boat, the spokesman said.
  • 98) May 21, 2007 10:07:41 GMT |  + Sri Lanka roadside bomb, clash kill 4 soldiers
    A roadside bomb planted by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed two soldiers in Sri Lanka's restive north on Monday hours after insurgents had shot dead two soldiers in the island's east overnight, the military said. "Two soldiers were killed in a Claymore (fragmentation mine blast) in Vavuniya this morning," said military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe. He was referring to the district 160 miles (260 km) north of Colombo, where fighting has shifted since the fall of the Tigers' eastern stronghold.
  • 99) 20:19 GMT, May. 21, 2006 |  + Displaced Allaipiddy people tell their story in Vanni
    Lorry loads of people and possessions from Allaipiddy arrived in Kilinochchi on 20 May. People of Allaipiddy are nervously packing their belongings and leaving Allaipiddy following the Sri Lankan Navy’s refusal to guarantee their safety. Majority of the Allaipiddy people are fishermen. They are moving their fishing boats and nets with them to Vanni. Displacement is nothing new to these people. Most of them have displaced at least four or five times and many have displaced nine or ten times. Mother of Abraham Robinson (28) one of the nine people killed in Allaipiddy on 13 May was among the more than 100 displaced people from Allaipiddy. more ...
  • 100) 07:53 GMT, May. 21, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka's ruling party fails to win local election in capital
    Sri Lankan ruling party's bid to gain control in the Colombo Municipal Council election held on Saturday ended in failure as an independent group backed by the main opposition party emerged victorious. However, according to the results issued here Sunday by the Commissioner of Elections, the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance came first in the country's second-stage local electionsby winning six of all the 20 councils on offer. The main opposition United National Party (UNP) was forced to support an independent group in Colombo as their nomination paper was rejected on technical grounds. more ...
  • 101) 21:45 GMT, May. 21, 2005 |  + Woman killed in Grenade attack on LTTE Batticaloa office
    Mrs. Sinnathamby Annapillai (65) was killed Saturday 7.15 pm when unidentified men lobbed a grenade at the Periyakallaru LTTE political office located 500 metres from Special Task Force (STF) camp in Periyakallaru. There were no LTTE officials in the office at the time of the attack, sources said. Mrs. Sinnathamby is the owner of the house used by the LTTE as their Batticaloa office. Kaluwanchikudy Police is conducting the investigations. LTTE officials have notified the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) of the incident, sources in Batticaloa said. There was a similar attack on Veeramunai Political Office of the LTTE in Batticaloa on Friday when three LTTE cadres were injured in a grenade attack. The injured were admitted to the Batticaloa Hospital and are receiving treatement, hospital sources said. more ...
  • 102) 21:37 GMT, May. 21, 2005 |  + Sri Lankan JVP leaders leave for Japan visit
    The top leaders of the main partner in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition, the People's Liberation Front (or the JVP), left here for Japan Saturday at the invitation of the Japanese government. "They would study Japan's progress as an economic superpower and its power sharing structure with the regions," a JVP source said. This is the first time the JVP undertakes an official visit out of Sri Lanka's shores since they re-entered the country's mainstream political life in 1994. The party led two bloody rebellions in 1971 and 1987-1990 aimed at overthrowing the then governments. The JVP with 39 seats in Sri Lanka's 225 member parliament holds the balance of power in the ruling coalition headed by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga. more ...
  • 103) 12:55 GMT, May. 21, 2005 |  + Toronto: Dangerous medicine
    A Toronto obstetrician-gynecologist declared incompetent in 2001 could have lost his licence to practise medicine that year. Instead, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario — the body in charge of policing the province's doctors — decided to give Dr. Sankar Vaidyanathan a second chance.Today, the 48-year-old specialist faces new charges of incompetence relating to his treatment of 40 more women — some of them routine surgeries that patients claim have left them permanently scarred or nearly killed them. No date has been set for a disciplinary hearing.Vaidyanathan and the hospital won't comment on any events relating to his practice. His lawyer, Brian Butler of Toronto law firm Lerners, said this week his client will be defending all allegations and his side of the story will be told at the disciplinary hearing. more ...
  • 104) 13:37 GMT, May. 21, 2004 |  + One rebel killed in Sri Lanka's volatile east
    At least one Tamil Tiger has been killed in Sri Lanka's volatile east, officials said on Friday, but residents in the region said an explosion heard from rebel-held areas could mean many more had died. "Our monitors found one dead LTTE cadre. But it was most likely not from an explosion but from a gunshot," said Agnes Bragadottir, spokeswoman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. Residents said there were reports of as many as seven dead. The military cannot investigate further since the incident took place in a rebel-controlled area.Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim is due in Sri Lanka next week for talks with both sides that are expected to finalise a date to resume negotiations the Tigers suspended in April last year. more ...
  • 105) 13:25 GMT, May. 21, 2004 |  + Sinhala political enmity will thwart peace
    Amid the hectic diplomatic activity of the past two weeks and the broad hints from officials on both sides last week, the prospect of direct negotiations between the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lankan government seemed brighter than ever before. It is also worth noting that the United National Party (UNP), keeping to the traditional remits of every Sinhala opposition party, has already denounced the UPFA's peace efforts as a sham. Whilst the charge the UPFA is only engaging in the peace process to secure international funding is correct, the UNP's declaration that it will not support the UPFA's decisions, given the present political balance in Colombo, has already put paid to any hope that the peace process might make some progress. more ...
  • 106) 02:57 GMT, May. 21, 2004 |  + Satellite Television Piracy : Dealers Arrested by the RCMP
    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police put an end to the unlawful activities of individuals who were selling equipment used to illegally receive satellite television signals. The RCMP arrested 1 female and 8 male subjects aged between 25 and 45. This police operation, known as "Project Console", was conducted in Montreal and Quebec City in co-operation with Industry Canada, Film and Video Security Office, and the staff of Bell Express Vu. The police officers seized software, Bell Express Vu access cards, computers and other types of equipment used to steal satellite television signals, valued at 175,000$ and 7 vehicles valued at 100,000$, drugs, firearms and more than $50,000 in cash. more ...
  • 107) 02:37 GMT, May. 21, 2004 |  + Beware of RAW - not Sonia
    While the Sinhala press may have exulted over the prospect that Sonia may have sought to reek some misguided personal revenge against Prabakaran; and while we may breath a sigh of relief that she now will not; the underlying reality remains, that the lurking danger in our midst has always been and continues to be R.A.W., not Sonia. It was not Sonia who was convinced that our revered Tamil leader was guilty of her husband¹s death. It was R.A.W that has harbored this conviction from day one. It is not Sonia but R.A.W that probably had a major hand in fashioning Karuna¹s defection. It is not Sonia but R.A.W that is permitted by the S.L government to roam around all corners of the island with impunity, with the insidious intent of increasing India¹s influence in Sri Lanka¹s affairs. It is R.A.W and R.A.W alone that has engineered India's right to survey the North with a view to improving the Pallali airport and for oozing out the possibility of having an Indian Tamil representative to get a cabinet post in charge of aviation. more ...
  • 108) 13:19 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka's Tigers undecided on donor conference
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Wednesday they needed a response to their proposal for an interim administration in rebel-held areas before deciding if they would still boycott a donor conference next month in Tokyo. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) pulled out of the conference to raise money to rebuild Sri Lanka after 20 years of war to protest against what it says is a lack of progress in returning life to normal in Tamil areas of the island. "A positive and constructive response from the prime minister...will certainly help our leadership to take a crucial decision on the resumption of peace talks and participation at the donor conference in Japan," the LTTE said.
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  • 109) 11:00 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Substantial autonomy or separate state?
    The inability of the government of Sri Lanka to honestly and fairly address the issues of armed forces withdrawal from civilian areas and the lack of administrative mechanisms for the distribution of development funds are a cause of great concern to the Tamil people. It is the non-fulfillment of these two conditions that paved for the LTTE to withdraw from participating in the peace process in general and in the donor conference scheduled in Tokyo in the near future. Whether or not the LTTE would participate in the Tokyo conference is not certain, although a number of outside bodies have sought to influence the LTTE. In the ultimate sense, it is not so much about these two conditions but whether the Sinhala establishments are serious about providing substantial autonomy for Tamils in the country. more ...
  • 110) 10:50 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Hundreds Still Missing from Sri Lanka Floods
    Rescue workers picked through devastated villages on Wednesday looking for survivors after Sri Lanka's worst flooding in half a century killed more than 250 people and left hundreds more missing. Government and military officials also fanned out over the worst-hit areas in the south of the country to gauge damage to homes and tea and rubber plantations. "The death toll so far is 256," said Karu Jayasuriya, head the government's disaster management team. more ...
  • 111) 10:49 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Tamil Tigers join flood effort
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger separatist rebels are donating aid to flood victims in the south in what one state newspaper has called an unprecedented gesture of good will. Some 240 people are now known to have died with at least 150,000 families displaced in the country's worst floods in 50 years. The government says it desperately needs boats to transport drinking water and food. more ...
  • 112) 10:48 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Rescue Efforts Pick Up as S.Lanka Flood Toll Rises
    Sri Lankan rescue workers searched through devastated villages on Wednesday looking for survivors from the island's worst flooding in half a century that killed more than 250 people. Government and military officials were also fanning out over the worst-hit areas in the south and east of the country to gauge damage to homes and tea and rubber plantations. "The death toll as of this morning was 256," said Karu Jayasuriya, who heads the government's disaster management team. more ...
  • 113) 10:47 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Australia sends flood relief money to Sri Lanka
    Australia pledged 100,000 dollars (65,000 US) cash to help Sri Lanka cope with its worst floods in five decades and said it would commit more once the extent of the damage became clear. The floods have so far killed 242 people and Australia Wednesday said it will help in the clean-up operation. "The funding will go to the Sri Lankan Red Cross for food, medical supplies, clean drinking water and tents," Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Chris Gallus said in a statement. more ...
  • 114) 09:36 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + LTTE seeks premier's response on interim administration proposal
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) today called upon the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, to formally respond to proposals by its leader, Mr. Vellupillai Pirapaharan, for an interim administrative set-up in the Northeast. The LTTE’s comments were made in a letter by its chief negotiator, Mr. Anton Balasingham, to the Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Vidar Helgesen. more ...
  • 115) 09:01 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Indian Media’s fishing expedition in Sri Lankan troubled waters
    While all these parties interested in a solution to the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka were busy trying to revive the stalled peace process, the Brahmin-controlled media in India like "The Hindu", "Frontline" and "Hindustan Times" were working overtime trying to fish in this troubled waters. Their reporting on this unfortunate situation has been full of deliberate misinterpretations, assumptions, speculations, and reflecting their own expectations and wishful thinking. Their main aim of this kind of reporting was to portray the LTTE as an organisation that will not stay in the peace process for too long. more ...
  • 116) 21:13 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka Tamil Rebels Want Interim Administration Prior to Peace Talks
    Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka say they want an interim administration established in Tamil majority areas before they will return to peace talks. A communique from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, known as the Tamil Tigers, sets out tough new demands. The rebels said Sri Lanka's government must agree to set up an interim administration in Tamil areas of northern Sri Lanka before peace talks can resume. The communique also said the Tamil rebels will not participate in a donor conference next month in Tokyo unless its demands for an interim administration are met. more ...
  • 117) 16:41 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Tamil Tigers lend a helping hand after floods

    ‘In an unprecedented gesture signifying goodwill and reconciliation, the LTTE has come forward to organise flood relief ’

    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels donated 10 truckloads of rice on Wednesday for victims of heavy flooding in what was deemed a goodwill gesture toward the country's Sinhalese majority. The government also appealed to international donors for more assistance - especially bottled water, building materials, clothing and medicine - to cope with the island's worst flooding in five decades, which has left at least 300 people dead and 150 000 homeless. Rescue workers searched for about 200 still missing since the weekend flash floods. more ...
  • 118) 16:30 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Tamil Tigers seek share of power to revive Sri Lanka talks
    Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels have reportedly demanded the immediate setting up of an interim administration to rule the island's war-ravaged regions in exchange for ending their boycott of peace talks. The AFP newsagency says the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam told Norway's peace envoy Vidar Helgesen that it expected the major share of control of the interim set-up if it were to consider rejoining peace negotiations. Despite the current boycott of talks, the Tigers have said they will continue to honour a Norwegian-brokered ceasefire. more ...
  • 119) 13:55 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + Tearful father recalls son's death
    Paramedics ignored pleas to transport a feverish Scarborough child to the Hospital for Sick Children, the boy's father said yesterday during the first day of a coroner's inquest. The inquest is investigating the death of 17-month-old Methusan Vijayaratnam, who died Feb. 3, 2001 of bacterial meningitis. Seevaratna Vijayaratnam said he called for an ambulance twice as a last resort after four trips to hospitals where doctors didn't help his son's fever, vomiting and crying. The first set of paramedics to arrive at his apartment failed to help, he said. After he called 911 again, a second crew transported Methusan to hospital, but not to Sick Kids. more ...
  • 120) 03:17 GMT, May. 21, 2003 |  + TNA delegation meets LTTE leadership in Kilinochchi
    A Tamil National Alliance delegation led by its parliamentary group leader, Mr.R.Sampanthan, Tuesday held discussion with the LTTE’s political head, Mr.S.P.Thamilselvan, regarding the possibility of the resumption of peace talks with the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. After about two and a half hours of talks, Mr.Sampanthan told journalists that the LTTE would announce its stand on the question of resuming peace talks with the GOSL and participating in the Japanese aid summit at a press conference. Sources in Vanni said that the press conference earlier scheduled to be held by the LTTE on Wednesday has been put off for Thursday morning. The press conference is to be presided over by Mr. Thamilselvan. more ...
  • 121) 12:18 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Mental Hospital at Manthikai seek assistance
    Dr.S.Kathiravetpillai , the District Medical Officer of the Base Hospital in Point Pedro, had thanked Mr.Radha Krishnasamy ( R & S Auto Sales) for his donation of Rs. 10,000/- and had sought further assistance for the hospital from well wishers. It so happened that Mr.Radha Krishnasamy was in Jaffna on a visit consequent to his mother's death .On seeing the pathetic state of the hospital and the patients, he had made this donation in memory of his late mother and had promised further assistance. more ...
  • 122) 12:13 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Rebel leader enters army-controlled area
    LTTEs Political Wing Leader for Batticaloa District

    London IBC Thamizh Radio
    Mr. S. Karikalan from Chenkalady, Thamizh Eelam

    Courtesy: Tamil Natham

    A senior Tamil militant yesterday entered the eastern part of the country to spearhead his organisation's political activities ahead of proposed peace talks with the government. The militant leader identified as 'Karikalan', in charge of the eastern part of the country for his organisation, was the first senior member of the guerrilla movement to enter an army controlled area in the north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka after both sides entered into a ceasefire agreement on February 23. Karikalan was mainly carrying out political activities for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), but would have been one of the most wanted men by the security forces few months back. more ...
  • 123) 12:09 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Faulty microphones close Sri Lankan parliament
    A fancy $600,000 microphone system in the Sri Lankan parliament installed two months ago so members could speak to each other more easily went on the blink on Tuesday, forcing parliament to close. Speaker Joseph Michael Perera ruled that sessions planned for the next three days would be put off until parliament meets again in two weeks. more ...
  • 124) 10:22 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + A shifting problem for refugees
    Sri Lankan refugees huddled into thatched huts and the others forced to occupy small `houses' — more of a crib with asbestos roofing. A family of four or five members will have to live in one room, which serves as the kitchen, bedroom and living room. Living in huts amounts to standing on an open field when it rains. A section of the refugees said it was unsure of returning to Sri Lanka. If the Tamil Nadu Government asked them to go back, they would have no option, the refugees said. more ...
  • 125) 10:11 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + India moves army from Gujarat to Pakistan border
    India is to redeploy troops from the heart of riot-hit Gujarat to the border because of escalating tensions with neighbouring Pakistan, an army spokesman said on Tuesday. "Taking into view the situation on the border, the army, which was sent following communal troubles, is being withdrawn from Gujarat and being sent to their places (on the border) where they have an operational role," the spokesman told Reuters. Both countries have nuclear arms. more ...
  • 126) 10:07 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka pro-peace ruling party wins local polls
    Sri Lanka's ruling United National Party, which has given the country its best chance for peace in years, registered a near sweep in local polls, election officials said on Tuesday. They said the party of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe won 15 of 17 municipal elections held on Monday, but added voting in several locations was marred by violence. "One municipal vote was won by the Liberal Party and another by an independent group," said an Elections Commission official. more ...
  • 127) 09:59 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Tamil Tigers says peace bid Sri Lanka's last chance
    Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil rebels said the latest peace effort is the last chance for a permanent end to one of Asia's longest-running wars and warned of more fighting if the push for peace falters. A senior guerrilla leader was quoted by a pro-rebel Web site as saying a ceasefire in place since February and direct talks with the government planned for next month had to succeed. more ...
  • 128) 21:16 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka foes hold direct talks
    The BBC's Frances Harrison in Colombo says the talks, which took place in the northern town of Wanni, are another important step forward for the country's peace process. Mr Gunatilake said the main aim of his trip was to avoid misconceptions on the part of the Tigers about delays from the government side. The Tigers have been complaining that, under the terms of a February ceasefire accord, the armed forces should by now have vacated public buildings such as temples and schools. more ...
  • 129) 20:57 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Patterns of Global Terrorism - 2001(Excerpt on Sri Lanka)
    There were no confirmed cases of LTTE or other terrorist groups targeting US citizens or businesses in Sri Lanka in 2001. There have been no significant incidents of violence attributed to the LTTE since the December 2001 cease-fire. On 21 January the LTTE repatriated 10 prisoners it had been holding—seven civilians it had captured in 1998 and three military officers held since 1993. It is unknown how many other captives the LTTE continues to hold hostage.The United States continues strongly to support Norway’s facilitation effort and is helping to bring about a negotiated settlement of the conflict. Agreement by both sides for direct discussions is a hopeful sign. more ...
  • 130) 20:46 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + One month ahead of Govt-LTTE negotiations in Thailand: Direct talks in Vanni
    This was the first face to face discussion between high-ranking government and LTTE representatives since the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement on February 22, he said. He said the talks basically concentrated on the commencement of bus services on the A9 highway, repairing the road, political activities in the Northern islands and the removal of Security Forces from religious places, he added. "There was no conclusion over the A9 issue at this discussion," Mr. Goonathilake added. These discussions coincided with the Ceasefire Agreement reaching the three months mark (D-day+90). more ...
  • 131) 03:39 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + `Peace initiatives in Sri Lanka and forces of disruption' - P Nedumaran, leader of the Tamilar Desiya Iyakkam
    The basis for the peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE leaders was the desire of both the Sinhalese and Tamils in that country for lasting peace, according to P Nedumaran, leader of the Tamilar Desiya Iyakkam. Even the Sri Lankan army was against a war now. There was no gainsaying that this was because of the heroism and sacrifice made by the LTTE cadres. They had also proved that they were adept in diplomacy. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, USA and Britain had welcomed the peace initiative. more ...
  • 132) 17:21 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + U.N. says 71,000 Sri Lankan refugees return home
    More than 71,000 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka's ethnic war have returned home this year as a Norwegian-brokered peace bid raised hopes of an end to nearly two decades of conflict, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday. Their return is the first sign that the peace effort, which includes a truce signed in February between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, has started to filter down to those who suffered the most during the ethnic conflict. ''Indications are that the magnitude of return has clearly increased since the February 23 ceasefire agreement,'' the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement. more ...
  • 133) 17:18 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka 'poised' for IMF aid
    Sri Lanka is on the verge of receiving $60m in funds from the International Monetary Funds, the country's Finance Ministry has said. The news came on the same day as government negotiators held their first talks for seven years with leaders from the Tamil Tiger rebels, who want an independent Tamil state in the Jaffna peninsula. A meeting between IMF Deputy Managing Director Shigemitsu Sugisaki, who is visiting the capital, Colombo, and Finance Minister KN Choksy focused on progress made in ending the 20-year civil war. Mr Sugisaki made "comprehensive inquiries" about the peace process, a statement from the Finance Ministry said. more ...
  • 134) 17:16 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Vadamarachchi students to protest against army camp at Hartley college
    A protest is to be held this Thursday at Hartley College in Point Pedro against the school premises being used by the Sri Lanka Army. Since 1997, the army have maintained a camp at the college premises. The students and teachers of Hartley College say that their school work has been greatly disturbed as a result. The protest is to be held between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday May 23. Students from the nearby Methodist College are also expected to participate.
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  • 135) 17:00 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Pandemonium in Sri Lanka Parliament over local polls
    Pandemonium reigned in the Sri Lanka's parliament Tuesday when the Speaker refused permission to the leader of the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Mr.Wimal Weerawansa to speak against alleged malpractices in Monday's local elections. The Speaker adjourned the sittings for fifteen minutes as the situation in the house was beyond his control, with MPs of the main opposition Peoples Alliance and the JVP shouting slogans and holding placards in the chamber denouncing the manner in which local elections were conducted Monday. more ...
  • 136) 15:37 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan government official meets Tamil Tigers
    "The Norwegian was there only as an observer," said one official. At least one other official from the Peace Secretariat also made the trip but it was not known what other matters were discussed besides the dispute over the A-9 highway. "It was mostly about A-9, but not only," one official said. The government complained last month that the guerrillas had violated the truce signed in February by refusing to allow buses on the northern A-9 highway, which runs through a swathe of rebel territory. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who took power in December after his party won elections on a pro-peace platform, has called the peace process Sri Lanka's best chance for peace after four previous peace bids all ended in renewed bloodshed. more ...
  • 137) 15:33 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Gov't., Rebels Hold Talks
    Three government representatives traveled to rebel-held territory Tuesday and held Sri Lanka's first talks with Tamil Tiger guerrillas in seven years, a senior government official said. Bernard Gunethilake, head of the Peace Secretariat, the government body dealing with the peace process, flew by military helicopter with two other officials and met with S.P. Thamilselvan, leader of the rebels' political wing, a senior government official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The meeting was to discuss matters concerning a key highway that links the northern Tamil heartland with the rest of the country, paving the way for increased trade and free movement of people, the official said. more ...
  • 138) 13:24 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Glimmer of hope in bloody conflict
    WITH MUCH of South Asia presenting a picture of conflict and turmoil, there is good news emanating from the tiny island of Sri Lanka, where a ceasefire between the militant Liberation of Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) and the government has held, albeit tenuously, for nearly three months. This news was welcomed, not only by the Sri Lankan population, but also by the tens of thousands of Tamils spread all over the globe, including in Canada, who have fled their homeland as refugees. more ...
  • 139) 13:10 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan Family Members Visit Rebel-held Relatives
    A group of family members of the Sri Lankan government forces are now visiting their relatives detained by Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the country. Among the family members is a 10-year-old boy of a navy captain who was abducted by the LTTE eight years ago. This is the first time the father and son to meet each other. The family members arrived at Mallavi on Monday and spent the night with their seven relatives, six army personnel and one navy captain, who are detained by the LTTE rebels. more ...
  • 140) 12:57 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Tigers, government Begin talks
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels announced they had held surprise talks with the government Tuesday, ahead of formal negotiations due to take place in Thailand next month. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) announced over its clandestine Voice of Tigers radio that a three-member government team accompanied by a diplomat from peace broker Norway held two hours of talks. The radio gave no details of the talks held in the LTTE's stronghold of Wanni in the island's north. It was the first face-to-face meeting between the guerrillas and an official government team in seven years since a previous peace bid collapsed in April 1995. more ...
  • 141) 12:55 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + Vision for a new Lanka
    The historic speeches made by Dr. N. M. Perera, S. A. Wickremasinghe, Dr. Colvin R. De Silva, Pieter Keuneman and Leslie Gunawardena in the House of Representatives were signals given to the nation that the situation of the country will reach the point of no return if Sinhalese is made the only official language of the country. During the last five decades several attempts were made by our leaders to resolve the conflict. The Bandaranayake-Chelvanayagam Pact of 1957, the Senanayake-Chelvanayagam Pact of 1965 are two significant agreements reached in this connection. more ...
  • 142) 03:28 GMT, May. 21, 2002 |  + A Forgotten Generation - The effect of civil conflict on Tamil children in the north and east of Sri Lanka
    The effects of the civil conflict on children are dealt with. 270,000 children have been displaced within the country. The imposing of food embargos has resulted in a 40% -60% of the children being malnourished compared to 7% in the rest of the country. Literacy levels have dropped drastically from a high of 80%. Hundreds of cases of sexual assault by the security forces have been reported. Reports of torture and massacre are numerous. Psychosocial problems have also been reported. These and other factors have contributed to the spiraling pattern of violence. more ...
  • 143) 11:49 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + India: Visas to be Issued on Arrival
    Officials in India say the government has decided to issue visas to tourists from 10 countries upon their arrival at certain Indian ports of entry. The 10 countries have not been named, but it is believed that they are mostly European. The visa-on-arrival scheme will enable tourists to skip the process of getting an Indian visa ahead of their planned trip, which correspondents say can be quite lengthy and tedious.
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  • 144) 10:58 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + Bomb blast injures three
    A bomb exploded at the Trincomalee District Secretariat complex around 3 p.m. Monday, injuring three persons, police said. The District Secretariat is situated inside the Fort Frederick where the Gajaba Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army is stationed. Officials said the bomb was placed on a table inside the office of the Department of Rehabilitation. The explosion has caused considerable damages to the office, they added. more ...
  • 145) 10:53 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka May Lift Ban On Tamil Rebels For Fixed Period
    The government may temporarily lift a ban on Tamil Tiger rebels to allow Norwegian-brokered peace talks to take off, a senior government official said Monday. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has consulted legal experts to find a face-saving formula to meet the key guerrilla demand to resume talks after more than five years, an official said on condition of anonymity. The government appears to be keen for a dialogue with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in a bid to end the 17-year-old civil war. The Tigers are insisting their organization be deemed a legal group. "At this stage I can only say something good may happen," chief government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said. He wouldn't elaborate. more ...
  • 146) 06:45 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka police find bombs in seized truck after four years
    Sri Lanka police have discovered explosives hidden in a truck seized four years earlier on suspicion that it was transporting bombs for Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said Sunday. The vehicle had been taken into police custody at Maligawatte in 1997 on a tip off that it had brought bombs to the capital from an embattled area in the island's north or east, police said. However, a search at the time did not uncover the cleverly concealed explosives in a compartment under the driver's seat. Police said the court had ordered the vehicle be returned to its owner who while cannibalising the vehicle at the weekend under police supervision discovered the hidden bombs and several other "war-like" items. more ...
  • 147) 06:43 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + Lanka environmentalists express concern over Kundankulam atomic power plant
    The environmentalists in Sri Lanka have expressed concern over the Kundankulam atomic power plant project coming up in the southern tip of Tamil Nadu, saying it was likely to have a ''serious impact'' on the island nation in case of a mishap. Media reports, quoting experts said ''though the plant will have a small quantity of nuclear material, if it is exposed to air, the effects could cause cancer and also pose of other risks.'' Dr Granville Dharmawardene, Director of the Department of Nuclear Sciences in the University of Colombo, said the powerful plant’s effect on the island nation would be minimal, but slight mishap or leak could have a drastic impact. ''We have the risk and not the benefit and all we can do is to strengthen the protection aspects,'' he said. more ...
  • 148) 04:34 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + Concern in Sri Lanka over Indian nuclear power plant
    Sri Lankan environmentalists have voiced concern over the nuclear power plant coming up at Koodankulam in south Tamil Nadu in proximity to the country's coast. ``It is likely to have a serious impact on Sri Lanka in case of a mishap,'' the Sunday Times newspaper said in a report on the 2000 MW power plant coming up with a Russian nuclear reactor. Mr. Hemantha Withanage of the Environmental Foundation warned of ``serious consequences'' in case of a mishap. ``A possible terrorist attack or an explosion can cause a devastating impact on Sri Lanka,'' he said. more ...
  • 149) 04:10 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + Eelam gun on Gen. Janaka misfires
    Reports from Canberra said Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer had confirmed to Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar that Major General Perera's credentials would be accepted. Mr. Downer conveyed this position when Mr. Kadirgamar intervened personally by telephoning his Australian counterpart following delays by Canberra in accepting Major General Perera's appointment. The Eelam lobby in Australia and other groups such as Amnesty International had raised cries over Major General Perera's appointment. These have been on grounds of alleged human rights violations during the course of his military career in Sri Lanka. However, Mr. Kadirgamar had during his telephone call clarified matters and strongly asserted the Government's backing for Major General Perera. more ...
  • 150) 03:57 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka police find bombs in seized truck after four years
    Sri Lanka police have discovered explosives hidden in a truck seized four years earlier on suspicion that it was transporting bombs for Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said Sunday. more ...
  • 151) 18:42 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + Suresh appeal comes for hearing before Supreme Court of Canada
    Manickavasagam Suresh appeal against the judgement of the Federal Court of Appeal is coming before the Supreme Court of Canada for hearing on May 22, 2001. The appeal is against the judgement of the Federal Court of Appeal which upheld orders for Suresh deportation to Sri Lanka. The appeal is based on the ground that he would be tortured and his life is at risk if deported to Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 152) 12:38 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + A world of pain
    The two communities got along well enough in British Ceylon, but things fell apart after independence. Nationalist Sinhalese leaders passed a number of chauvinist laws that discriminated against Tamils in the fields of education, employment, and language.In Sri Lanka itself, despite some reforms, Tamils continue to suffer discrimination. The government's security forces have carried out numerous extrajudicial killings. At least 12,000 people have "disappeared". Suspected LTTE members can be locked up without trial for 18 months under draconian anti-terrorist laws. Torture in custody is commonplace. more ...
  • 153) 12:30 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + " I deserted the army with six others to take revenge from rapists of my mother "
    "While I was serving in the Army, some henchmen of a minister in the Southern PC assembly raped and tortured my mother. We complained to the police, but no justice was done, as the police took the side of the criminals. So I deserted the Army with six other friends, and started taking revenge from these animals". Matara dist SSP D.E. Witharana told "Lakbima" that a deserter of the Army Commando unit made the above confession, when he was arrested for killing more than 20 people. He was arrested during police investigations in to the abduction of a millionaire's son in Dickwella, where a ransom of Rs. 50 million was paid by the father. This person had bought a house with his share of the loot and was living there with his wife, when he was finally arrested. more ...
  • 154) 03:51 GMT, May. 21, 2001 |  + Canada court to examine deportee torture fears
    Canada's top court examines this week the delicate question of whether the government can deport refugees it suspects of terrorism even if they think they might face torture back home. Often seen abroad as soft on terrorism, the Canadian government is asking the Supreme Court to reject arguments that its Immigration Act, governing deportation, unconstitutionally denies people the rights to life and liberty and to associate with others. The cases involve two refugees claimants, Manickavasagam Suresh of Sri Lanka and Mansour Ahani of Iran, both of whom the government accuses of involvement with terrorism and both of whom said they feared torture if sent to their countries. more ...
  • 155) 12:37 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + 29 killed; troops repulses LTTE bid to break into Jaffna - SL Government Version
    Seventeen LTTE rebels and 12 soldiers were killed in heavy fighting in northern Jaffna Peninsula even as the Sri Lankan government today maintained that its troops continued to repulse attempts by well armed LTTE rebels to penetrate into army defences in vicinity of northern Jaffna town. As a result of heavy fighting nine soldiers were killed and two officers and 17 others wounded. Troops also recovered 17 bodies of rebels with their military equipment, it said.
    The layman is always confused with the government's versions. In number of occasions they recovered the bodies of dead LTTE rebels. How ever, the SLG never tried to hand over them to the tigers throuth ICRC, an standard procedure always followed by the tigers in the past. more ...
  • 156) 12:27 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Tigers 'take key Jaffna town: Chavakachcheri'
    Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka say their troops have taken a key town in the eastern part of the Jaffna peninsula amid signs that government forces are struggling to hold their advance. A statement by the group said government forces pulled out of Chavakachcheri - 15km east of Jaffna Town - after a 12-hour battle. The Tigers have promised government soldiers "will be treated with dignity and honour" if they lay down their arms. "We will not leave Jaffna," Major General Jaanaka Perera is quoted as saying. "We will push the Tigers out." more ...
  • 157) 04:37 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Lankan troops say ‘we won’t leave Jaffna’
    Even as President Chandrika Kumaratunga said she was ready for talks with the Liberation tigers of Tamil Eelam provided the militant outfit lay down arms and eschew violence, the Northern Jaffna Commander said the troops are determined to fight the LTTE and will not vacate Jaffna. more ...
  • 158) 04:34 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka battles escalate as army rejects surrender call
    Ferocious battles gripped Sri Lanka's northern peninsula of Jaffna Saturday as the military rejected rebel calls for a surrender amid heavy casualties on both sides. A top army general, Janaka Perera went on national television Saturday to reject a call by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to surrender within a week. "We will not leave Jaffna," Major General Jaanaka Perera said on the ITN television network from the northern peninsula of Jaffna. "We will push the Tigers out." more ...
  • 159) 04:28 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Norwegian team to visit Lanka in quest of peace
    As fighting between security forces and the LTTE intensified, a Norwegian delegation led by deputy foreign minister Raymond Johansen is to arrive in Sri Lanka on May 22 in an attempt towards bringing the warring parties to the negotiating table. more ...
  • 160) 04:25 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + TamilNadu: Karnataka's intransigence over Cauvery upsets TN
    The Tamil Nadu government is upset with Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna 'boycotting' Friday's meeting of the Cauvery River Water Authority under Prime Minister A B Vajpayee. more ...
  • 161) 04:23 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Analysis: India's Sri Lanka dilemma
    Indian leaders have spoken again of the role their country might play in resolving the conflict between Tamil Tiger rebels and the government in northern Sri Lanka. It is increasingly clear that India intends to do something to help resolve the situation in the Jaffna peninsula. That almost certainly excludes military intervention, as both the prime minister and the defence minister have emphasised. more ...
  • 162) 04:21 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Troops in Jaffna facing defeat by Tamil Tigers on two fronts
    It was supposed to happen overnight. One news story after another in the world's media over the past fortnight has predicted the imminent seizure of Jaffna city by the Tamil Tigers. But while the city is still in the hands of the Sri Lankan Army, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are steadily putting control of the rest of the Jaffna peninsula beyond the reach of the Colombo government. Suddenly, a quintessential guerrilla force is fighting a conventional army over terrain ideal for conventional warfare, flat and with little cover, by conventional means, and winning. more ...
  • 163) 14:01 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Now, Sri Lankan deputy foreign minister visits Sathya Sai Baba!
    Even as a bloody battle rages for the control of Jaffna, Sri Lankan Deputy Minister for External Affairs Lakshman Kirella flew to Bangalore on Saturday, ostensibly to meet Sathya Sai Baba, who is camping at his ashram, Brindavan in Whitefield, 25 km away from the garden city. Coming as it does in the wake of Sri Lankan Chief of Defence Staff General Rohan de Silva Daluvatte's visit to Bangalore earlier this week, Kirella's sudden visit has again fuelled speculation of consultations with the Indian authorities to bail out Lankan troops trapped in the Jaffna peninsula. more ...
  • 164) 12:47 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Tiger manoeuvres pressure SLA
    The special forces of the Liberation Tigers which on Saturday overran the Sri Lankan army garrison and other defensive positions in Chavakachcheri and its environs, fifteen kilometers south of Jaffna, are attacking the Kilali base and the remaining Sri Lanka army positions in the peninsula's Thenmaradchi division said the special noon news broadcast of the Voice of Tigers today. more ...
  • 165) 12:45 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Fighting in Sri Lanka ahead of peace mission
    Ferocious hand-to-hand fighting raged in northern Sri Lanka Sunday as Tamil rebels launched multi-pronged assaults ahead of a peace mission by Norway's deputy foreign minister, official sources said. more ...
  • 166) 12:43 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Fighting round key town near Jaffna
    Fighting round key town near Jaffna The Sri Lankan government says clashes are continuing in the northern Jaffna Peninsula on the outskirts of a town which the Tamil Tiger rebels say they've captured. more ...
  • 167) 12:42 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + Fierce fighting rages in Sri Lanka's Jaffna
    Fierce fighting raged in Sri Lanka's Jaffna on Sunday as the army tried to beat back Tamil Tiger rebels, a day after the guerrillas said they had captured a strategic town at the heart of the peninsula. Military officials in Colombo said by telephone that Sri Lanka air force jets had bombed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) positions as fighting centred around Chavakachcheri, which the rebels said on Saturday they took after 12 hours of fierce battle. more ...
  • 168) 12:39 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + No withdrawal even if I am killed: Chandrika
    Amid calls by LTTE asking over 30,000 government troops in northern Jaffna to lay down their arms and surrender, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has asserted that she would not (not) withdraw the troops even if the Tamil guerrillas attempted to kill her again. more ...
  • 169) 04:16 GMT, May. 21, 2000 |  + India assures UNHCR it won't turn back refugees: AFP
    India has assured the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, that it will continue to welcome Sri Lankan refugees fleeing the conflict in the Jaffna peninsula, the UNHCR said in Geneva on Friday. more ...
  • 170) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lankans want peace talks started
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  • 171) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka leftist claim media framed to rig key elections
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  • 173) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1999 |  + Singapore Opposition Fights Closure
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  • 174) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1999 |  + Indian PM escapes bomb plot
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  • 175) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1999 |  + Through the Eyes of an American Student - by Arjunan L. Ethirveerasingam
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  • 176) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1999 |  + India's Congress Party Faces Dangerous Split
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  • 177) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1999 |  + "South Africa, we Tamils support you"
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  • 178) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1999 |  + Majority opinion for political solution - report
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  • 179) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1998 |  + Asia's nuclear coming of age
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  • 180) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1998 |  + S.Lanka expects $700 million at aid group meeting
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  • 181) 11:11 GMT, May. 21, 1998 |  + IMF says Sri Lanka needs more reforms
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