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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1997 | Annai Poopathy remembered fondly by Tamil Eelam Nation!
    Known affectionately as the "mother" of Tamil Eelam, Annai Poopathy passed away nine years ago in a determined fast-unto-death protesting Indian military occupation of Tamil Eelam. She is upheld as a vibrant symbol of the spirit of Tamil resistance. Members of the Tamil nation scattered throughout the world annually devote a week of remembrance for this courageous woman. Today is the third day of the memorial week .
  • 1998 | LTTE Casualties
    Two LTTE fighters - Capt. Thuvakaran and Lt. Inthujan - died in a confrontation with the occupying Sinhalese army at Pasaiyoor (Jaffna, Tamil Eelam).
  • 1998 | LTTE Casualties
    Three LTTE fighters died in a clash with occupying forces at Pongavaithakulam: they are Uthayan, Ilan and Yogaratnam.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1997 | Sri Lanka contravenes humanitarian law of armed conflict
    370,000 Tamil people in Batticaloa's twelve divisions are now facing starvation. Since January 1997 no amount of food relief has reached them because Sri Lankan military officials have blocked all access routes to the area.
  • Innocent People Killed

  • 1996 | A woman- unknown name [ 65 F from Kilinochchi District hospital, Vanni ]
    Elderly woman receiving treatment after wounds caused by Nachchikuda massacre died in the hospital.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 269 | கூற்றங் குதித்தலுங் கைகூடும் நோற்றலின்
    ஆற்றல் தலைப்பட் டவர்க்கு.
    E'en over death the victory he may gain,
    If power by penance won his soul obtain.
    - 27 27
  • Mar 22 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Mar 22, 2016 22:12:54 GMT |  + Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies at 46
    Councillor Rob Ford, whose tumultuous four years as mayor of Toronto turned him into an international cultural phenomenon, died on Tuesday at Mount Sinai Hospital. He was 46. Official word of his death came through a statement from his office. “With heavy hearts and profound sadness,” it read, “the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband, and father, Councillor Rob Ford earlier today … A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.” more ...
  • 2) Mar 22, 2016 13:38:28 GMT |  + Google launches Street View imagery of SL
    Google says, “Today’s launch brings the total number of countries where Street View is available to 76. Street View is a popular feature in Google Maps, that allows people to virtually explore and navigate places. People can access street-level imagery by zooming into the location on Google Maps, or by dragging the orange “Pegman” icon from the bottom right-hand corner of the map onto a blue highlighted street.” Google began driving in Sri Lanka in December 2014 and finished collecting imagery in February this year. To capture the imagery, Google drove close to 50,000 kilometers across every state and province so that one can virtually explore this landscape from coast to coast. more ...
  • 3) Mar 22, 2016 10:01:11 GMT |  + Brussels airport, subway hit by explosions, killing at least 13: reports
    Explosions rocked the Brussels airport and the subway system Tuesday, with Belgian media reporting that at least 13 people have been killed and many others injured, just days after the main suspect in the November Paris attacks was arrested in the city, police said.Witnesses described the ceiling caving in and blood everywhere after two explosions in the departure hall at the Brussels airport.All flights were cancelled, arriving planes and trains were diverted and Belgium's terror alert level was raised to maximum. Authorities told people in Brussels to stay where they were, bringing the city to a standstill. Security was also tightened at all Paris airports. more ...
  • 4) Mar 22, 2015 11:40:48 GMT |  + More Ministers appointed
    Eleven more Cabinet Ministers, five State Ministers and ten Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago, the President’s Media said. more ...
  • 5) Mar 22, 2015 11:38:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka probes ex-envoy over alleged Ukraine arms deals
    Sri Lanka is investigating its former ambassador to Russia following a media report that he helped arm pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine, the foreign minister said Sunday. The Colombo-based Sunday Times said the Ukraine government has lodged a formal complaint with Colombo detailing former ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga's alleged arms dealings with the rebels."We will conduct a full investigation into this matter," Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the newspaper. more ...
  • 6) Mar 22, 2015 11:36:51 GMT |  + Sri Lankan navy apprehends 54 Indian fishermen
    Even as bilateral talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen have been scheduled to be held in Chennai on March 24 and 25, the navy of the island nation on Saturday evening apprehended 54 Tamil Nadu fishermen and their ten boats. "The navy may hand them over to fisheries department, and we will know later in the evening if they are remanded or not," he said. "It is unfortunate that our fishermen are apprehended as we are preparing for the talks," said B Jesuraja, district secretary of the Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association in Rameswaram.
  • 7) Mar 22, 2015 2:17:52 GMT |  + A bridge too far: Special report from Sri Lanka
    In this special show from Sri Lanka, CNN-IBN's Foreign Affairs Editor Anchal Vohra brings all about from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sri Lanka and its impact on both the countries. more ...
  • 8) Mar 22, 2015 2:12:59 GMT |  + New National Government soon, 9 portfolios likely for SLFP
    Next week will see the birth of a ‘National Government’ with at least nine ministerial portfolios going to those in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). President Maithripala Sirisena, authoritative sources said yesterday, would thus effect a re-shuffle of existing portfolios to accommodate the newcomers. The move will ensure that both the United National Party (UNP) as well as those in the UPFA will vote jointly in Parliament for the constitutional changes and electoral reforms thus ensuring a two-thirds majority. In terms of arrangements now being worked out, parliamentary elections are still being planned for June. more ...
  • 9) Mar 22, 2015 2:11:38 GMT |  + PM Modi struck the right notes in Sri Lanka
    Few would have bet as recently as December that India’s ties with Sri Lanka would be suffused with warm atmospherics as they are now. Bilateral relations under the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa had a pronounced chill as both sides differed strongly on rehabilitating minority Tamils and restoring their political rights. That’s apparently changing. more ...
  • 10) Mar 22, 2015 2:08:20 GMT |  + Dual citizenship back after 4 years
    Those who wish to apply for dual citizenship would be able to do so once again from tomorrow on a new criterion, Public Order Minister John Amaratunga said yesterday. The facility was suspended four years ago “More than 300 people had applied under the previous regulations and paid the required fees. Their applications too would be assessed along with the new applicants,” the Minister told the Sunday Times. The fee for an adult applicant has been brought down to Rs. 250,000 from the previous Rs. 500, 000 while those under 22 years would be charged Rs. 50,000.
  • 11) Mar 22, 2015 2:06:50 GMT |  + Lanka’s Moscow envoy accused of selling arms to Ukraine rebels
    Udayanga Weeratunga, Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, has been accused by Ukraine of involvement in arms sales to separatist rebels fighting troops in that country. The Government of President Petro Poroshenko has made a complaint to the Foreign Ministry in Colombo in this regard providing details of Mr. Weeratunga’s involvement, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the Sunday Times. “We will conduct a full investigation into this matter,” he said. Accusations against Mr. Weeratunga, the Sunday Times learns, deal with the sale of assault rifles and other small arms.
  • 12) Mar 22, 2015 2:02:29 GMT |  + Sri Lankan National Anthem: Symbolism, Nationalism, Racism and Other Stories
    To write a piece of this nature while holding an academic position in a state university is quite a controversial move. Those who read this piece purely for the sake of critiquing it might find ample fuel in it to provoke the fires. Some may perceive this to be a nationalistic piece. Hence, I feel the need to explain a few basics before I delve into the topic at hand. Yes, I am a nationalist. But what is nationalism? For me, I am a Sri Lankan. Not a Sinhalese. If one’s sense of nationalism comes from hinging on to his / her race, such person will no longer be a nationalist but a racist. more ...
  • 13) Mar 22, 2015 1:59:31 GMT |  + A Cricket Match, With Politics in the Spotlight
    No social function on this island is as important as the recent annual Royal-Thomian cricket match, but this year’s event was particularly special because of what has become known here as the Royalist coup. It was celebrated last weekend in party tents with toasts involving many drinks, and in acts of silliness that often unfold during the match. As usual, not a lot of attention was paid to the young people in white clothing who were batting a ball around the green pitch. more ...
  • 14) Mar 22, 2015 1:55:31 GMT |  + Modi's Jaffna visit interference in Sri Lankan affairs: Chinese think tank
    Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Tamil-dominated Jaffna as "interference" in Sri Lanka's affairs, an official Chinese thinktank on Friday said the recent "incidents" in Sino-Lankan ties are sufficient to "merit Beijing's attention." "Modi's trip to Sri Lanka has courted attention from media outlets of many countries including China, with most of them believing New Delhi has gained the upper hand when Colombo halted the China-invested project," Liu Zongyi, assistant researcher of Shanghai Institute for International Studies, said in an article. more ...
  • 15) Mar 22, 2015 1:53:39 GMT |  + Security breach during Narendra Modi's Sri Lanka visit, government probes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Sri Lanka visit suffered a security breach when a Sri Lankan youth broke the security cordon in Jaffna and reached a vulnerable distance to the PM as he was about to board his car after a public event last Saturday. The Prime Minister's Office is monitoring the probe and the RAW and the Ministries of External Affairs and Home are also part of the investigation, an Indian Express report said. more ...
  • 16) Mar 22, 2015 1:52:25 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s 136-year cricket rivalry stops for tea but never for war
    The national cricket team just advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals, but last weekend, it was a high-school cricket match that brought this capital city to a standstill. The three-day faceoff between Royal College and S. Thomas College is the biggest of Sri Lanka’s big matches, akin to homecoming football games, and this year marks the 136th anniversary of its start. The two all-boys schools are among the oldest in the country, and their big match has been played every year since 1879, when Colombo was a sleepy outpost of the British Empire. more ...
  • 17) Mar 22, 2015 1:45:52 GMT |  + Indian, Sri Lankan fishermen to meet to sort out issues
    Fishermen's associations of India and Sri Lanka will meet in Chennai next week to resolve the vexed issue of violation the maritime boundary and invading each other's waters. The talks between the fishermen's associations of Sri Lanka and India are to be held in Chennai on March 24 and 25, the Minister of Home Affairs and Fisheries, Joseph Michael Pereram has said. A 16-member Sri Lankan team, comprising 10 leaders of fishermen and six officials, will be participating in the talks. more ...
  • 18) Mar 22, 2014 13:53:38 GMT |  + Healing the wounds of a bitter war
    It will be highly difficult for Sri Lanka to establish long-term peace without fixing accountability for the war crimes During the week of March 24, the U.N. Human Rights Council countries will be asked to show where they stand on a resolution on Sri Lanka. That resolution seeks to support the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights’ call to establish an international mechanism to investigate alleged violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law by both sides during Sri Lanka’s war. The resolution is also expected to ask the government of Sri Lanka to address human rights concerns, make progress towards a political settlement and support reconciliation for all Sri Lankan people. more ...
  • 19) Mar 22, 2014 13:50:06 GMT |  + MDMK wants to rename nation as United States of India, lift LTTE ban
    The MDMK has promised in its manifesto released Saturday that it would rename the country as the United States of India if takes part in government formation after the Lok Sabha polls. The party, led by firebrand Tamil leader Vaiko, also said it would lift the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). According to the MDMK, the Indian Constitution when it was formed promised a federal governance structure. Those who initially claimed "unity in diversity" gradually began to concentrate power in the central government, the party said.
  • 20) Mar 22, 2014 13:47:51 GMT |  + Sri Lanka army admits torture of women recruits
    Sri Lanka's military admitted on Saturday soldiers had abused and tortured female recruits, a rare admission of guilt after years of allegations over its personnel's treatment of Tamil rebels during an uprising. A military spokesman said it accepted the authenticity of a video leaked on a dissident website that appeared to show soldiers torturing women soldiers, adding instructors had overstepped their authority for an undisclosed act of violating "military discipline". "The investigation which is being carried out by the Sri Lanka Army Corps of Military Police has so far revealed that the video in question is an authentic one," military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said in a statement. more ...
  • 21) Mar 22, 2014 13:37:31 GMT |  + U.S. expresses concern on Sri Lanka's arrest of rights activists
    The United States expressed concern on Friday about the Sri Lankan government's arrest of two human rights activists this week and about an overall "deteriorating human rights situation" in the island nation. Ruki Fernando, a human rights adviser, and Praveen Mahesahn, a pastor and director of a rights group, were arrested, Sri Lanka's military said on Monday, under an anti-terrorism law that was used to crush Tamil Tiger rebels during the final phase of a quarter-century long war. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it was "encouraging" that the two have since been released but added that they continue to face harassment by Sri Lankan security forces.
  • 22) Mar 22, 2013 23:17:49 GMT |  + Lanka protests continue in Tamil Nadu, heat on IPL now
    The vote at UNHRC is over and the DMK is out, but Sri Lanka won't be off the table for long. Most demands raised by the student protesters were related to the resolution against Sri Lanka before the UNHRC, which was over after voting on Thursday. But protests continued across Tamil Nadu in various forms, including fasts, marches, road and rail blocks, with a future plan — including IPL and an important Commonwealth meeting to be held in Colombo in November. more ...
  • 23) Mar 22, 2013 23:15:26 GMT |  + Another rap
    The Sri Lankan government has no one to blame but itself for the repeated censure it has received from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). On Thursday, a UNHRC resolution was passed with 25 countries voting for it, 13 opposing and eight abstaining. This resolution encourages Colombo to conduct an independent and credible investigation into alleged war crimes carried out by the government in 2009, in the final stages of the war against the LTTE. Had it taken substantial steps towards reconciliation and acted on the UNHRC’s 2012 resolution, it would not have had to bear the ignominy of repeated raps on its knuckles from the UNHRC.
  • 24) Mar 22, 2013 23:07:13 GMT |  + Tamils issue rocks Rajya Sabha
    The Rajya Sabha was adjourned on Friday amid unruly scenes of AIADMK members breaking mikes and throwing papers in the air, even as the DMK protested against the Chair proceeding with conducting private members’ business. The House also witnessed acrimonious exchanges between DMK members and Congress member Renuka Chowdhury soon after she left the Chair while adjourning the House to meet again on April 22 after recess. more ...
  • 25) Mar 22, 2013 23:03:45 GMT |  + The Democratization of India’s Foreign Policy
    On March 21, India voted in favor of a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council calling for Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into alleged war crimes. The UN believes that as many as 40,000 people may have been killed in the final stages of a bloody, 26-year civil war, which ended in 2009 with the defeat of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam, more commonly known as the Tamil Tigers). more ...
  • 26) Mar 22, 2013 23:01:10 GMT |  + Sri Lanka issue: Protests in Tamil Nadu claim another life
    A 30-year-old man on Friday died after setting himself ablaze here over Sri Lankan Tamils' issue, said police as protests continued against the island nation's government across the state. Vikram suffered severe burns after he set himself ablaze at an anti-Sri Lanka protest in a suburban area here on Thursday night. He was taken to a government hospital, where he died later of his injuries. He is the second person to immolate himself in the on-going protests.
  • 27) Mar 22, 2013 22:55:42 GMT |  + Raid on MK Stalin a Tamil plot?
    Did any political party from Tamil Nadu take advantage of the DMK parting ways with the Congress-led UPA and conspire a CBI raid on DMK president M Karunanidhi’s sons, MK Stalin and Alagiri? At least, this is what the CBI suspects. With a view to bringing out the conspiracy behind the raids carried out by the Chennai unit of the investigation agency’s without proper permission from New Delhi, the CBI has ordered a high level internal probe to fix the accountability of its erring officials.
  • 28) Mar 22, 2013 16:43:58 GMT |  + Anti-Muslim feeling grips Sri Lanka
    “[They] are an extremist nationalistic movement that’s using Buddhism as a shield for its activities,” she says. “I think it’s a brilliant scheme to deviate from the real underlying problems in Sri Lanka such as the skyrocketing prices of goods and services and corruption. It is a strategy used by politicians all over — stir up something and let it boil into a massive issue....I have these suspicions because Norwegians funded a temple in Pallekele in the central city of Kandy and they also funded a school in the southern city of Galle owned by the BBS, more ...
  • 29) Mar 22, 2013 16:40:22 GMT |  + Lanka should solve Tamil issue in India's interest: NSA Shivshankar Menon
    "Equally, it is in our interest that Sri Lanka remains a close friend and does not affect our security adversely", National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said here. "It is clearly in India's interest that Sri Lanka solves its ethnic problems in a manner which makes each community, particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils, confident that they are masters of their own fates, their own destiny and free to enjoy their rights within the framework of a united Sri Lanka," Menon said.
  • 30) Mar 22, 2013 16:38:24 GMT |  + Canberra, India 'water down' UN resolution on Sri Lankan human rights
    New York-based Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth said the original UN resolution had been watered down at the insistence of India, which had been seeking a consensus vote that would garner Sri Lanka's co-operation. And he claimed Australia's "belated" support for the resolution - which he attributed to fear that overt criticism would prompt a fresh flood of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers - meant an opportunity was lost to persuade regional fence-sitters to support the vote.
  • 31) Mar 22, 2013 16:31:55 GMT |  + Mikes broken in RS as first leg of Budget Session comes to an end
    The Rajya Sabha witnessed unruly action when some AIADMK members broke mikes on the Chairman's table in the last leg of the first part of the Budget Session. The party was agitating over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. Scenes of bedlam were witnessed when two out of the four mikes on the Chairman's table were wrenched out and broken by AIADMK members. The DMK soon followed suit.Both AIADMK and DMK MPs were protesting on the issue of human rights abuses of Tamils in Sri Lanka. AIADMK member V Maitreyan was in the lead in when papers were torn and thrown in the air. more ...
  • 32) Mar 22, 2013 13:25:14 GMT |  + Myopic view of Sri Lanka won't help anyone
    After being silent on an issue of global importance for years, Congress president Sonia Gandhi spoke the bitter truth on Sri Lanka the other day. But she spoke, sadly, only half the truth. Yet, knowingly or unknowingly, Gandhi spoke only a part of what happened in the first half of 2009 in Sri Lanka's north. Equally important, the Sri Lankan war did not ignite passions in Tamil Nadu during the 2009 parliamentary elections. Neither the DMK nor the AIADMK made an issue of the brutal war. The one politician who did, and vocally, Vaiko, lost badly. So much for 'Tamil sentiments'! more ...
  • 33) Mar 22, 2013 13:08:42 GMT |  + A Tale of two cities: Chennai and Mullivaikal
    Mr Karunanidhi has forgotten 2009 when he could not get India to vote against Sri Lanka. If that resolution had been passed we would have seen different politics in South Asia and in Sri Lanka. The fires that were lit in Mullivaikal cannot be dowsed by setting Chennai on fire. This will not be erased from history.Mullivaikal can only see justice if Delhi rises up and if Colombo complies. The true tale of two cities lies in Colombo and Delhi.
  • 34) Mar 22, 2013 12:43:34 GMT |  + Why didn’t govt, DMK intervene when Lankan army was fighting LTTE, BJP says
    With India voting against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday, opposition BJP demanded that the government and DMK spell out the steps they had taken to prevent attacks on ethnic Tamils during the war against LTTE. "When the Sri Lankan army was violent, you (government) were silent. Now, they are silent but why are you violent," BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.
  • 35) Mar 22, 2013 12:37:41 GMT |  + Will break all ties with Sri Lanka: Ameer Sultan
    Spearheading the Tamil film industry in support of the protest against alleged atrocities on Sri Lankan Tamils, filmmaker Ameer Sultan says they won't back down and if needed, will break all ties with Sri Lanka if no favourable solution is reached. Members of Tamil film industry observed a day-long fast here on Tuesday in support of the protests against alleged atrocities on Sri Lankan Tamils.
  • 36) Mar 22, 2013 12:16:01 GMT |  + Tamils issue: Protesters in TN target US, Lanka over 'weak' resolution
    Blaming the US for tabling a 'weak' resolution against Sri Lanka, advocates took out a protest rally and burned down flags of Sri Lanka and the US here today. Advocates affiliated to the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) and Women Lawyers Association (WLA) took out a protest march at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) here. more ...
  • 37) Mar 22, 2013 3:27:15 GMT |  + For Sri Lanka, More Empty Words
    A YEAR ago, when I was living in Colombo, Sri Lanka, I arranged to meet a friend for lunch, to talk about a Sri Lankan journalist who had gone missing and was presumed dead. By the time we met, my friend had a new mission: to keep another Sri Lankan safe. The previous day, the United Nations Human Rights Council had passed a resolution “noting with concern” the Sri Lankan government’s refusal to address serious allegations of human rights abuses by the military — carried out during and after its 26-year war with the separatist Tamil Tigers, which ended with a defeat of the rebel group in 2009.
  • 38) Mar 22, 2013 3:26:23 GMT |  + The face that launched a thousand protests
    One of the first things that I noticed on the drive from Chennai's Meenambakkam airport to the city's IT hub -Tidel Park, was the posters all along the route. The face that launched a thousand ships they say, but this one is of an innocent 12-year-old, Balachandran, the son of Velupillai Prabhakaran. Still pictures from the Channel 4 video of his killing is the face that seems to have shaken people's conscience and galvanised Tamil Nadu into unprecedented protests that are hoping to catch the eye and the attention of the world, more specifically, the United Nations (UN). more ...
  • 39) Mar 22, 2013 3:26:13 GMT |  + Is international pressure failing in Sri Lanka?
    The UN Human Rights Council approved on 21 March a second resolution requesting the Sri Lankan government to do more to address alleged wartime rights violations, but observers question whether such resolutions can create meaningful change. The latest resolution, sponsored by the USA, is similar to last year’s, calling on the Sri Lankan government to “to fulfill its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority, which is integral to reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all members of its population.” more ...
  • 40) Mar 22, 2013 3:25:17 GMT |  + Minister Baird Welcomes UN Resolution on Sri Lanka
    “Canada welcomes the adoption of a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council that expresses growing international concern over Sri Lanka’s ongoing failure to address serious allegations of human rights violations that occurred in 2009. The Council also expressed concerns regarding threats to judicial independence and the rule of law, reports of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture, and violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.
  • 41) Mar 22, 2013 3:20:44 GMT |  + Furore over Australian detention of immigrant children
    Australia is failing in its international obligations to protect the rights of close to 2,000 children now in immigration detention, say rights groups and legal experts. “You cannot underestimate the human cost of detaining children,” Jeroen Van Hove, the coordinator of the International Detention Coalition (IDC), an umbrella group of 258 members (including organizations) working in 50 countries around the world, based in Belgium, told IRIN, describing Australia’s detention regimes as one of the “harshest” in the world. more ...
  • 42) Mar 22, 2013 3:17:52 GMT |  + Anti-Sri Lanka stir takes violent turn
    An anti-Sri Lanka protest by students of Pachaiyappa’s College turned violent on Thursday, when police officers allegedly resorted to lathi charge. Around 10 students sustained minor injuries. According to the students, at 11 a.m., nearly 150 of them led a road roko near the college, blocking traffic for about 30 minutes. “Then a policeman grabbed the collar of one of the student leaders, Elumalai, and told us to disperse. He also threatened and abused us,” a student said. more ...
  • 43) Mar 22, 2013 3:14:56 GMT |  + UN waters down criticism of Sri Lanka
    The United Nations Human Rights Council has endorsed a US-sponsored resolution calling on Sri Lanka to investigate alleged human-rights violations and war crimes during its 26-year civil war. A UN panel in April 2011 accused Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels of committing serious violations of international law in the final stages of the conflict, resulting in as many as 40,000 civilian deaths. Sri Lanka denies the charges and says the calls for an investigation amount to interference. more ...
  • 44) Mar 22, 2013 3:14:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to Face Rights Investigation
    A United Nations human-rights body Thursday harshly criticized Sri Lanka for failing to heal the wounds of a civil war that ended four years ago and for continued rights violations. At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, 25 of 46 member countries voted for a strongly worded U.S.-sponsored resolution calling on Colombo "to conduct an independent and credible investigation" of crimes allegedly committed by government forces against the minority Tamil community at the climax of the 27-year civil war in 2009. A U.N. panel in 2011 found that 40,000 people, mainly Tamil civilians, died in the final stages of fighting. more ...
  • 45) Mar 22, 2012 18:01:00 GMT |  + EXPLAINED: Why India voted against Sri Lanka at UNHRC
    "Sri Lanka [ Images ] is our next door neighbour. Geography bounds us. We have overwhelming trade ties with them. India [ Images ] is their biggest trade partner and the largest investor in Sri Lanka. Every fifth tourist in Sri Lanka arrives from India. Both countries' bilateral relation are so intertwined that both of us will soon take India's vote against them in the United Nations Human Rights Council in their stride." says an Indian government officer involved in bilateral trade ties while responding to the query, by, if the Indian stand would be advantage China in the Island nation.
  • 46) Mar 22, 2012 17:46:13 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Unfazed by U.N. Rights Resolution
    As the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted in, Thursday, a resolution asking Colombo to act on recommendations made by its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), Buddhist prayers reverberated through the Sri Lankan capital. "It is a resolution that encourages Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of its own LLRC and to make concerted efforts at achieving the kind of meaningful accountability upon which lasting reconciliation efforts can be built," United States ambassador to the Council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, said in Geneva. more ...
  • 47) Mar 22, 2012 17:42:49 GMT |  + UN urges Sri Lanka to take ‘credible’ steps to ensure accountability for alleged war crimes
    The top United Nations human rights body today called on the Government of Sri Lanka to take “credible” steps to ensure accountability for alleged serious violations committed during the final stages of the country’s civil war. In a resolution adopted today, the 47-member Human Rights Council called on the Government to take “all necessary additional steps to fulfil its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans.” The text, tabled by the United States, was adopted by a vote of 24 in favour to 15 against, with 8 abstentions.
  • 48) Mar 22, 2012 17:40:19 GMT |  + The U.N. Versus Sri Lanka
    Today the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted in favor of a U.S.-backed resolution on alleged war crimes and rights abuses in Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war, which ended in 2009. The resolution innocuously urges Sri Lanka to carry out the recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. But it also calls for an investigation into allegations not covered by the commission, which only risks reopening sectarian divisions. The U.N. and foreign governments would do more good by focusing on current policies, leaving a thorough accounting of the war years for when there is a solid consensus for such a process within the country. more ...
  • 49) Mar 22, 2012 17:34:01 GMT |  + Baird Welcomes Support for Canadian Co-sponsored UN Resolution on Sri Lanka
    “I am very pleased by the response of members of the UN Human Rights Council to the resolution on Sri Lanka. “Canada has consistently urged the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s report and to develop a complementary road map to that end. “This resolution, and the support it garnered, is a clear message to Sri Lankan leaders to work with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to develop its implementation plan.
  • 50) Mar 22, 2012 16:47:12 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Not to Change Policies Despite Outcome in Geneva
    Whatever the outcome in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva is, Sri Lanka will not change its policies and ongoing projects, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Acting Cabinet spokesman Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena on Thursday said that the conduct of the government would not be changed depending on Thursday's decision in Geneva. "Even before the U.S. backed resolution was introduced Sri Lanka had acted on various decisions to bring about reconciliation at the end of three decades civil war," he said.
  • 51) Mar 22, 2012 16:40:41 GMT |  + Vote over, now get on with reforms: SL activists
    The director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu has welcomed the passage of the US sponsored resolution calling on Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of a government commission to promote reconciliation. The country could “get on with the job” of implementing the recommendations of the LLRC. “I hope the government will now waste time looking for scapegoats, as we have more important things to do”, he said.
  • 52) Mar 22, 2012 16:37:09 GMT |  + Clinton welcomes UN resolution on Sri Lanka
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday welcomed a UN resolution urging Sri Lanka to "credibly investigate" allegations of war crimes during its battle against Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009. "The United States, together with the international community, sent a strong signal that Sri Lanka will only achieve lasting peace through real reconciliation and accountability," Clinton said. "And the international community stands ready to help," she said.
  • 53) Mar 22, 2012 12:54:50 GMT |  + UN adopts resolution on Sri Lanka war crimes probe
    The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution urging Sri Lanka to investigate alleged abuses during the final phase of war with Tamil rebels. The US-backed motion called on Colombo to address alleged abuses of international humanitarian law.
  • 54) Mar 22, 2012 12:52:41 GMT |  + India explains its stand on Sri Lanka war crimes resolution
    After India voted against Sri Lanka today on the US-sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council, it explained its position behind the move. In a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi said that despite it backing the resolution, it firmly believes that the onus for promoting and protecting human rights is primarily the prerogative of Sri Lanka and that, its sovereign right should be respected.
  • 55) Mar 22, 2012 12:43:30 GMT |  + UN Rights Council: Sri Lanka Vote a Strong Message for Justice
    “The Human Rights Council’s vote demonstrates broad international dissatisfaction with Sri Lanka’s accountability efforts in the three years since the end of the war,” said Juliette De Rivero, advocacy director at Human Rights Watch in Geneva. “Many countries have recognized that this resolution is an important first step toward serious action to investigate the many abuses by both sides during the conflict.”
  • 56) Mar 22, 2012 11:06:28 GMT |  + UN motion on war crimes against Sri Lanka adopted
    The 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted the resolution against Sri Lanka on alleged war crimes on Thursday with 24 countries voting in favour while eight abstained. India also voted in favour of the US-backed resolution.
  • 57) Mar 22, 2012 11:00:18 GMT |  + India votes against Sri Lanka at the UN debate on alleged war crimes
    In Geneva today, India has voted against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council. A resolution sponsored by the US indicts the government for human rights violations by the Sri Lankan government as it ended the country's civil war in 2009. Sri Lanka has rejected the resolution and has said today that the criticism at the level of the United Nations is not justified. more ...
  • 58) Mar 22, 2012 10:57:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Cannot Evade International Law: UN Resolution First Step Towards Accountability on the Island
    The British Tamils Forum (BTF), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), and the United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) welcome resolution A/HRC/19/L.2, adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, today. “This resolution is a welcome first step towards accountability and peace in Sri Lanka. This is the first substantive UN resolution regarding Sri Lanka since 1987, and it puts the government of Sri Lanka on notice that the international community will no longer passively accept gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law”, stated Vani Selvarajah, spokeswoman for the diaspora organizations.
  • 59) Mar 22, 2012 10:15:55 GMT |  + UN rights council begins debate on US resolution on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka
    The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has begun the crucial debate on a US resolution urging Colombo to probe alleged excesses committed during its operation to eradicate LTTE. The resolution comes in the background of another Channel 4 documentary allegedly showing LTTE commander Prabhakaran's son with five bullet wounds in his chest, following which Tamil parties pressured the Indian government to support the resolution.
  • 60) Mar 22, 2012 10:07:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka pressured to probe alleged war crimes
    Human rights campaigners say conditions for minorities and dissenting voices have not improved in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war. They say many activists have been kidnapped or murdered in recent months. The international community is debating a UN resolution calling on Sri Lanka to investigate alleged war crimes in the final months of the civil war. The government's own inquiry made similar recommendations, but president Mahinda Rajapaksa continues to staunchly defend the military's conduct in those final battles. more ...
  • 61) Mar 22, 2012 4:01:45 GMT |  + Indonesia can help bring truth to Sri Lanka
    Kasippillai Manoharan listened to the frantic voice on the other end of the phone. His 20-year-old son, Ragihar, said he was surrounded by troops. Then the phone went dead. Desperately, the Sri Lankan doctor tried to return the call but there was no answer. Minutes earlier, Ragihar and his friends were sitting on the seafront in the port town of Trincomalee in north eastern Sri Lanka when an auto-rickshaw drove by. A grenade was tossed from the vehicle. It exploded, injuring several of them.
  • 62) Mar 22, 2012 4:00:41 GMT |  + Should India vote for war crime motion on Sri Lanka?
    Clearly Indian government is trying to find its famous "middle path" to make up its mind. And 'middle path' as per its standard operative procedure is to buy time. So we see the hapless minister, facing the flak from the media and other political parties, indulging in word play rather than answering question squarely. Allegations of Sri Lanka's war crimes which are now firmed up in public mind -- both at home and abroad --cannot be wished away by anyone. Regardless of the veracity of Channel 4 videos or reports of holier-than-thou human rights activists or orchestrated propaganda by pro-Eelam separatists, the issue now stands on the magnitude of the allegations. more ...
  • 63) Mar 22, 2012 2:43:48 GMT |  + Sri Lanka must address war crimes charges and show respect for Tamil rights
    Three years after bringing Sri Lanka’s bitter 25-year civil war to an end, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his triumphalist government risk becoming pariahs. At the United Nations they are under fire for not fully probing what the UN calls “credible allegations” of war crimes, and for not healing the broken nation. In Geneva this week Canada is co-sponsoring an American push at the UN Human Rights Council to demand that Rajapaksa’s Sinhala-dominated government set up a “credible and independent” probe of alleged war crimes, and seek genuine reconciliation with the Tamil minority. It’s a scandal it has taken this long.
  • 64) Mar 22, 2012 2:32:35 GMT |  + Closing Doors
    More than two years after fleeing Sri Lanka for the safety of Canada, “Kumar” is still haunted by the memories of a brutal civil war in his homeland. “Thinking back about the events I am not able to recover from the traumatic experience and unable to collect myself and move on,” he says. In 2008, Kumar says he and his family were forced to flee their home. “To save our lives, we had to flee our home to escape from heavy shelling,” he says. Read it on Global News: Global News | Closing Doors more ...
  • 65) Mar 22, 2012 2:30:38 GMT |  + Cancel all India-Lanka cricket ties, says PIL
    A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Madurai bench of the Madras high court seeking a direction to the Union government to cancel all international cricket matches slated to be played between India and Sri Lanka in future, until all disputes are settled in the ethnic crisis between Tamils and Sinhalese, and until total peace prevails in the Bay of Bengal. S Calvin Christopher, an advocate, filed the PIL seeking a direction to the Bnot to sign any contract for international matches where the Indian team is pitted to play against Sri Lanka.
  • 66) Mar 22, 2011 18:44:43 GMT |  + Rajiv held Tiger’s tail, now Sonia is holding Lion’s tail
    After the Indo- Lanka peace accord was signed, a very interesting and intriguing cartoon made a splash in the Indian media. The cartoon carried a drawing where the then Indian Prime Minister (P.M.) Rajiv Gandhi was shown as panting and running holding the tail of a tiger around a tree while the then Sri Lanka (SL) President J R Jayewardene was relaxing seated in a chair. The idea conveyed by the cartoon was the SL President after signing the accord had entrusted the entire task of destroying the Tamil Tigers to Rajiv Gandhi and the Indian peace keeping Force (IPKF) while he was sitting pretty. more ...
  • 67) Mar 22, 2011 18:44:05 GMT |  + WikiLeaks puts things in perspective
    A new bunch of Wikileaks cables have firmly put in place pieces of recent Indo-Lanka diplomatic jigsaw puzzles. But many commentators and analysts already knew what the cables seem to confirm. For one, it was known that India was worried about the developing humanitarian crisis involving displaced Ta mil civilians in Mullaitivu during the final months of the war. One cable, accessed by the august Hindu, quotes an Indian diplomat telling other foreign diplomats that Indians were "troubled by the high level of casualties sustained by Tamil civilians caught in the crossfire." At the same, it was also known that India did nothing to persuade Colombo to stop the offensive against the Tamil Tigers.
  • 68) Mar 22, 2011 18:42:58 GMT |  + Sri Lanka recovers seven years after its tsunami
    As the people of Japan live through the triple nightmare of earthquake, tsunami and the threat of nuclear disaster, those affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami feel deep sympathy. The second-worst hit country at that time was Sri Lanka, where 40,000 people were killed. Six years on, in many of the affected places, there is a mixture of grief and optimism. Gazing out across the road at a blue-green sea in the hamlet of Peraliya is a giant Buddha statue. more ...
  • 69) Mar 22, 2011 18:42:05 GMT |  + Parliamentarian Breaks Silence on Domestic Violence
    She became famous playing the role of ‘Pabha’, a poor young girl in love with a rich man in a long running hit television series here. But these days, Upeksha Suwarnamali is better known for her real-life role: A victim of domestic violence turned champion of abused women. The actress made headlines recently when she was hospitalised after being assaulted by her husband of less than two years, businessman Mahesh Walawegamuwa. After her release from hospital, she told her story to the newspapers and even addressed the Sri Lankan legislature in what she feels may be the most important speech she has made in her new career as a member of parliament.
  • 70) Mar 22, 2011 18:41:20 GMT |  + Why was there no such will to help in Sri Lanka?
    I AM a Sri Lankan. In 2009, we had the same issue as Libya: Sri Lankan armed forces killed civilians during the fight against the rebels. The Australian Tamils wrote to then prime minister Kevin Rudd to help stop the bloodshed and prevent the innocents being killed. Neither the prime minister nor the foreign minister did anything. The UN and Western leaders did nothing, watching thousands of innocents killed.
  • 71) Mar 22, 2011 18:38:45 GMT |  + Indo-Lanka fishermen meet ends in stalemate
    A meeting between a delegation of Tamil Nadu fishermen and their counterparts from Sri Lanka on Tuesday ended here without making headway into resolving the festering issue of poaching in international waters. During the meeting, the first of its kind to be held in recent months, the Indian fisherm en asked for more time to stop fishing in Lankan waters as they were undergoing training to carry out deepwater fishing. The Indian fishermen were from the coastal districts of Ramnad, Nagapattinam, Rameswaram and Pudukottai. The exchanges between the two groups took place after the Indian group met the Lankan minister for traditional industries and small enterprise development Douglas Devananda on Tuesday morning. Later, he facilitated a meeting between the two delegations.
  • 72) Mar 22, 2011 18:38:10 GMT |  + With Chinese push, Sri Lanka boosts power generation by 11 pct
    Sri Lanka boosted its electricity generating capacity by 11 percent on Tuesday with the opening of a Chinese-financed coal power plant the government says will cut its foreign exchange needs and high electricity costs that have dulled investment. The 300 megawatt (MW) plant built by Chinese engineers at Norocholai on the northwestern coast is the first coal-powered generation station on the Indian Ocean island nation, which is emerging from a three-decade civil war that ended in May 2009.
  • 73) Mar 22, 2010 23:37:52 GMT |  + Private TV station stoned in Sri Lanka ahead of vote: police
    Dozens of unidentified men pelted stones at the headquarters of a private television station in Sri Lanka's capital Monday, causing damage to the building, police said. The motive was not immediately clear, but officials at the MTV channel said they suspected the attack was politically motivated ahead of next month's parliamentary elections. "We have arrested 16 people who were involved in the stone-throwing incident," a police official outside the MTV premises in Colombo's Braybrooke Place told reporters. more ...
  • 74) Mar 22, 2010 23:36:27 GMT |  + Whither smaller parties in the UPFA?
    The ruling coalition, the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) seems to be obsessed with the hope of winning more than two thirds of the parliamentary seats at the General Election scheduled to be held on April 8. Leaders and the members of the constituent parties of the coalition have no doubt whatsoever of being beaten by the two main opposition coalitions, the UNF and the DNA. Those two are in fact not coalitions, but two parties, the first one being the UNP while the other one is the JVP. Interestingly the leaders of the UPFA do not seem to be sure of why they need two thirds of parliamentary power.
  • 75) Mar 22, 2010 12:09:53 GMT |  + ‘Engaging’ Tamil diaspora to elude the cause
    Engaging sections of vested interests in the diaspora to elude righteous causes of struggling people, in order to achieve imperialist goals in war and peace, is a long time strategy of powers. International foundations, firms and other such outfits are created from time to time for this purpose. How such outfits envisage to blunt the cause of Eezham Tamils by locking vulnerable sections of the Tamil diaspora into a Sri Lankan diaspora identity, and how the outfits wish to achieve it behind the back of Tamil people and their media, is clearly revealed in a ‘confidential’ Assessment Report and Program Strategy of the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), prepared in March 2009.
  • 76) Mar 22, 2010 12:09:20 GMT |  + Anoma Fonseka Questioned by CID
    Detained former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka's wife Anoma was questioned by the CID officials in connection with the ongoing investigations against her husband. "The CID questioned her for about three hours last evening," the Daily Mirror said today quoting reliable sources, after which she charged the government with not sparing any member of her family. "I was the only one left out by the CID in this case. All our relatives have now been questioned," the news paper quoted Anoma as saying.
  • 77) Mar 22, 2010 12:08:04 GMT |  + Difficult homecoming for Muslim IDPs
    Resettlement efforts are under way for thousands of displaced Muslims from Sri Lanka's north who have been languishing in refugee camps for nearly two decades, officials say. The internally displaced people (IDPs) were forcibly evicted in October 1990 from the northern districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu and some parts of Vavuniya by the insurgent Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). About 75,000 Muslims are estimated to have fled, making their way towards government-controlled areas in Vavuniya and Anuradhapura, as well as to Puttalam District on the northwestern coast, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).
  • 78) Mar 22, 2009 18:12:56 GMT |  + Was Mullaithivu Sri Lanka's Srebrenica?
    In recent months, Sri Lanka has become a Tamil slaughter house with glass walls. In the fog of asymmetric war, while global focus remains transfixed on the Tiger, gross violations of international criminal law are effortlessly obfuscated and erased by the government within the pretext of post-9/11 counter-terrorism. As what looks like a Sri Lankan Srebrenica unfolds in Mullaithivu, the nation breathes at a polarizing Rubicon where increasingly, support for war appears to be support for genocide in part. Today, in Lanka, the spread of internment camps and steady torrent of death, abduction, alleged rape, arbitrary or indefinite detention, bombardment,shelling, and otherwise general decimation and progressive socio-cultural and economic strangulation of Tamil civilian areas over recent months, has pushed the global Tamil Diaspora to a tipping point.
  • 79) Mar 22, 2009 13:10:18 GMT |  + Prabhakaran is alive, leading the war in Lanka: LTTE
    Prabhakaran is alive and leading the war in Sri Lanka – the LTTE's political wing chief Nadesan tells CNN-IBN in an exclusive e-mail interview. He also says the LTTE doesn’t consider India its enemy. The source of strength and security for India's southern flank is intertwined with the political stability and security of Eelam Tamils said Nadesan. Eelam Tamils sincerely appreciate the solidarity of all the people of Tamil Nadu. The strength of Eelam Tamils today is the support of the people of Tamil Nadu and the entire Tamil diaspora he said.
  • 80) Mar 22, 2009 9:35:46 GMT |  + Artillery pounds wounded Tamils trapped on beach
    A THOUSAND amputees were among the wounded and dying waiting to be rescued from a beach in northeast Sri Lanka yesterday, according to aid agencies. Frightened Tamil families, the latest victims of the country’s 26-year civil war, were hiding in makeshift trenches as they came under artillery fire while waiting to be evacuated from Puthumathalan beach. Last week the International Committee of the Red Cross removed 460 injured and their families from the area, using local fishermen to carry the wounded on wooden dinghies to the Green Ocean ferry leased for the operation. The ferry was due to return last night to rescue more of the injured.
  • 81) Mar 22, 2009 9:33:31 GMT |  + Indian Army back in medical garb, but is Delhi losing grip on Lanka?
    Precisely 20 years to the month after the Indian Peace Keeping Force left Sri Lanka, Indian soldiers from a military field hospital reentered the country last week, low profile in civilian clothes. It has sparked a minor controversy, some Lankans depicting it as an invasion. Just how fragile is India's neighbourhood diplomacy and diminishing clout, especially in the last five years, chasing the chimera of big power status, is evident from Delhi's futile attempt in the last two years to end the war and humanitarian tragedy in the North East of Sri Lanka.
  • 82) Mar 22, 2009 9:32:26 GMT |  + Resentments in Sri Lanka Reflect Challenges to Peace
    The homeless Tamil refugees camped in shanties here provide a hint of the difficulties and divisions that lie ahead as the Sri Lankan government fights what it says is a final battle to end a 25-year separatist insurgency. Ethnic Tamils who fled an earlier round of fighting three years ago, the refugees still live in uncertainty, surrounded by barbed wire, and their resentment against the majority-Sinhalese government has grown. “If they won’t let us go back to our land, then cancel our citizenship and send us to another country,” said Chitharaval Somasundara, 55, who was once a farmer. more ...
  • 83) Mar 22, 2009 9:30:45 GMT |  + Esoteric aspect in India’s war by proxi against Sri Lankan Tamils
    There is no morality in politics. The world, however, could expect a change with President Obama’s welcome use of the term “moral compass” in the context of future relations with other countries. In international relations, might has determined right and wrong with Alliances being forged on the basis of dividends accruing or projected. Though a more transparent reality during the cold war years this continues to hold good. Wherever there is Democracy “greatest good to the greatest number” is the guiding principle.
  • 84) Mar 22, 2009 9:26:57 GMT |  + The Tamil Giant Wakeley Paul and the Pettiness of an Ambassador
    Sri Lanka, more often referred to as a terror state even by novice journalists has also a High Commissioner who is Sri Lanka's effete mouthpiece in Ottawa. This petty high commissioner wrote an appreciation or somewhat of a mealy mouthed tribute about my friend, the distinguished Lawyer, academic and humanist hailing from one the eminent Tamil families that adorned British crown colony called Ceylon before it became a tin pot dictatorship named Sri Lanka. No two Royalists are equal in stature, and Perera is not worthy to buckle the legal luminary Wakeley's shoes, let alone write an appreciation of him.
  • 85) Mar 22, 2009 9:14:01 GMT |  + Tamils march in downtown Montreal
    Several hundred people of Tamil origin demonstrated Saturday afternoon in downtown Montreal to protest against the latest military action by the Sir Lankan army in the troubled island nation near India. Although the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is considered a terrorist organization by 32 nations, including Canada, the army operation has been making some of these nations uneasy.
  • 86) Mar 22, 2009 9:02:39 GMT |  + TNA MP to back Govt.
    With the LTTE crumbling under military pressure the pro-rebel- Tamil National Alliance (TNA) suffered a major blow with one of its Members of Parliament deciding to back the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).The move came amidst reports that more of the party members were being approached by the government. TNA parliamentarian S. Vino Noharathalingam said he had decided to back the government by reuniting the two factions of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), a constituent party of the TNA, after the MP had talks with Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa.
  • 87) Mar 22, 2009 8:57:41 GMT |  + External shocks and internal mismanagement
    External shocks were very much the causes for the sorry state of our external finances. This is indisputable. Recent external shocks came in two waves that were diverse and dissimilar. At first it was the sharp rises in oil and commodity prices. The soaring prices of oil created a serious dent in the trade balance. That was not all, prices of other essential items such as wheat flour, milk, sugar and other basic foods rose manifold. All these resulted in a massive increase in the country’s import bill and consequently large trade deficits in 2007 and 2008.
  • 88) Mar 22, 2009 8:39:26 GMT |  + The IMF and impecunious Lanka
    After months of denial the government capitulated and sent Central Bank Governor Cabraal, cap in hand, to supplicate for $1.9 billion in standby credit from the International Monetary Fund. The nation’s external finances have gone dry, we are broke, hence the climb-down. The governor seems to be a brave sort of chap - or has not been taught the old maxim ‘Beggars can’t be choosers’ - for says he, and I quote from the Asian Tribune, dateline March 9: “Mr Cabraal, on his way to a meeting of Asian financial secretaries and central bank governors called by Asian Development Bank (ADB) dismissed criticisms that the IMF loan is being sought despite tough conditions being demanded by the IMF.
  • 89) Mar 22, 2008 21:55:33 GMT |  + Tissa: I don’t know why I am being held
    On March 8, around 3 a.m., about five TID officers took him to his residence and searched the premises till 4 a.m. The police officers found a copy of the North Eastern Monthly Magazine which they took with them. Mr. Tissainayagam said he was asked to take some clothes with him before leaving the residence. The Sunday Times columnist, J. S. Tissainayagam, continues to be detained by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) for the 15th consecutive day without any explanation for his arrest. Along with him, B. Jasiharan, a Tamil nationalist writer and owner of a printing press which also housed the office of Mr. Tissainayagam, is also being detained along with his wife.
  • 90) Mar 22, 2008 21:46:59 GMT |  + US concerned over Lanka’s ‘anti US axis’
    The United States has clearly indicated that it has serious concerns over Sri Lankan Government’s growing ties and diplomatic relations with anti-US axis, with countries like China, Iran and Russia. It is learnt that the US State Department has already displayed its displeasure over Sri Lanka’s bilateral relationship with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s administration. Despite, the Iranian President’s scheduled state visit to Sri Lanka in April, the US State Department conveyed its displeasure to Colombo through diplomatic channels.
  • 91) Mar 22, 2008 21:44:38 GMT |  + Power deal with India on fast track
    Amidst soaring electricity rates, the Government is giving priority to the proposed multi-million dollar mega undersea power transmission line with India. Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne said yesterday he or a senior official from his ministry would lead a delegation to India for this purpose. A preliminary feasibility report has already been completed. The $450-million project involved the laying of a 200-km long submarine cable to enable India to export electricity to Sri Lanka and would connect Madurai in Tamil Nadu with Thalaimannar, Mannar and Anuradhapuara, The Sunday Times learns.
  • 92) Mar 22, 2008 21:37:53 GMT |  + Lankan HR Action Plan before UN
    Sri Lanka has formulated a National Action Plan on human rights to be presented to the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday (25). The OHCHR is scheduled to publish the Action Plan on its website to enable a healthy interaction on the Sri Lanka country report. The Action Plan, formulated under the auspices of the Human Rights and Disaster Management Ministry, will be discussed at a three-hour interactive session, which is called a ‘Peer Group Review,’ at the UN Human Rights Council.
  • 93) Mar 22, 2008 17:22:09 GMT |  + Nedumaran, supporters held for supporting Tamil Tigers
    Tamil nationalist leader Pazha Nedumaran and at least 164 members of his outfit were held here Saturday for staging a demonstration in support of the Tamil Tigers and against the Sri Lankan and Indian governments. They were released at night. Nedumaran and members of his Tamil Desiya Iyakkam (Tamil nationalist movement) including a dozen women, had raised slogans in favour of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and for a 'Tamil eelam' (Tamil nation).
  • 94) Mar 22, 2008 13:11:03 GMT |  + Tigers sink Sri Lanka craft, heavy land battles erupt
    Tamil Tiger rebels struck back against a mounting Sri Lankan military offensive on Saturday by sinking a naval fast attack craft, leaving 10 sailors missing, officials said. A navy craft was destroyed in a "mystery blast" caused by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the defence ministry said, adding that the guerrillas appeared to have developed new underwater capabilities. "The navy suspects the blast was caused by a possible sea mine or due to some underwater weapon" developed by the rebels, the ministry said, adding that there was no sea battle or any guerrilla craft in sight during the sinking.
  • 95) Mar 22, 2008 13:09:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka State: A Psychological Assault?
    The Boxing-day Tsunami has devastated many parts of Sri Lanka, particularly the East and the North of the Tamil territories. This writer has returned from abroad to the eastern town of Batticaloa soon after this disaster for some humanitarian work. He was listening to the National news on the radio one morning. What he heard shook him. The state news broadcast was that the Tiger leader Mr V Prabaharan has died in the tsunami. This writer slumped with sadness in the easy chair he was resting in. After a few minutes, he made a telephone call to the local MP, now deceased, Mr Joseph Pararajasingham. He assured him all this was purely government propaganda aimed at dividing and distressing the Tamil people.
  • 96) Mar 22, 2008 13:03:51 GMT |  + Sci-fi "titan" Clarke buried in Sri Lanka
    Visionary science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was buried on Saturday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, where the nation paused for an international "titan" it had adopted as its own. British-born Clarke, best known for his work on the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey", died aged 90 of respiratory complications and heart failure, which doctors linked to the post-polio syndrome that for years kept him wheelchair-bound.
  • 97) Mar 22, 2008 5:46:36 GMT |  + Crying for justice!
    The IIGEP setup on President Rajapaksa’s invitation with the mandate to observe CoI proceedings to ensure that the investigations are carried out in a transparent manner, in accordance with basic international norms and standards will be wrapping up its operations at the end of the month. However, they would continue to provide technical assistance on request. Commissioner Dr. Devanesan Nesiah said that the withdrawal of independent observers would have “a very bad impact” on the investigations, as they would detract from the perception of validity of the commission’s work.
  • 98) Mar 22, 2008 3:13:42 GMT |  + 11 sailors missing after Sri Lanka blast: military source
    A Sri Lankan navy craft was destroyed in a sea mine blast off the island's north-eastern coast Saturday, leaving at least 11 sailors missing, a military source said. Five sailors from the fast attack craft (FAC) were rescued by another boat patrolling the waters off the Tamil Tiger stronghold of Mullaitivu district, the source said. "A survivor said his FAC started taking in water after a huge explosion," said the source, who declined to be named.
  • 99) Mar 22, 2008 1:18:41 GMT |  + Jaffna: Beseiged by Terror
    Jaffna, a peninsula surrounded by sea, except for a narrow strip of land joining it with the rest of the island of Sri Lanka, has always had a special history of its own. For more than one and a half years now, this peninsula has been cut off from the rest of the island, after the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) closed the only land route through the narrow strip of land, thus isolating its more than 400,000 residents. This one and half year history of isolation adds to the already unique history of this peninsula in a spectacularly terrifying manner.
  • 100) Mar 22, 2008 1:06:14 GMT |  + Black Sea Tigers sink SLN Dvora
    Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) elite Black Sea Tigers, engaged in a confrontation with a fleet of Sri Lanka Navy in the seas off Mullaiththeevu, attacked and sunk a SLN Dvora Fast Attack Craft (FAC) between Mullaiththeevu and Naayaa'ru at 2:10 a.m. Saturday, LTTE sources in Vanni told TamilNet. Three Black Sea Tigers were killed in action, according to initial reports. The sea battle was continuing, the Tigers said.
  • 101) Mar 22, 2007 20:27:47 GMT |  + UNP bombshell on abductions - Claims top politicians involved, ready to reveal names
    The UNP charged in Parliament yesterday that certain government ministers were involved in abducting persons for obtaining ransom. Speaking during the debate on two finance-related Bills, Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Micheal Perera said the party was aware of the names of ministers who were allegedly involved in abductions. “We have information about some ministers involved in abduction of persons for ransoms amounting to five to ten million rupees. But, we cannot reveal their names due to restrictions in the Standing Orders,” he said.
  • 102) Mar 22, 2007 18:12:19 GMT |  + "Safeguard our lives" - journalists
    The chief editor of the Udayan newspaper published in Jaffna calls upon all fellow journalists to act immediately and take necessary action to safeguard journalists associated with Udayan, and all Tamil journalists in the Jaffna Publishing the daily newspaper Udayan in Jaffna is an increasingly Herculean and dangerous task with armed gunmen who continuously threaten its work and staff, says the chief editor, V.Kanamailnathan. Writing to the the Editors Guild of Sri Lanka, Kanamailnathan says journalists & employees working in the night face this risk each second of every day, with absolutely no respite.
  • 103) Mar 22, 2007 17:29:17 GMT |  + Sri Lankan journalist released
    A Tamil journalist detained for more than four months in Sri Lanka without charge has been set free. The Supreme Court ordered the release of Maunasami Parameswaree on Wednesday after she had petitioned it. The authorities said Ms Parameswaree had close links with the Tamil Tigers. She says they produced no evidence to support their claim. Media groups say Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists to work in. more ...
  • 104) Mar 22, 2007 16:17:19 GMT |  + Civilians - Real Losers in the Civil War
    Arriving in government-held areas does not guarantee the refugees immediate relief. After being cleared through several military checkpoints they have to find their way to available centres and wait for relief. Fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to the fleeing civilians, have dug in and are ready to resist troops moving into their areas. "We are ready, we will not run," Tiger military spokesman Rasiah Illanthanriyan told IPS. Caught in the fighting, the worst that this South Asian island-nation of 20 million people has experienced since a ceasefire forged in 2002 began to falter in December 2005, are civilians, mostly ethnic Tamils.
  • 105) Mar 22, 2007 14:22:04 GMT |  + Too soon to resettle east Sri Lanka refugees: U.N.
    The United Nations on Thursday distanced itself from a Sri Lankan government drive to resettle thousands of war refugees in a captured Tamil Tiger enclave in the island's east, saying conditions were not yet right. The government has already resettled around 10,000 people in and around Vakarai in the northeast, but landmines are still being cleared, infrastructure has been destroyed and many reluctant refugees said they were pressured to go back. "The conditions in Vakarai are not right for resettlement and there is work to be done on services and minimum conditions for return," said Amin Awad, head of UN refugee agency UNHCR in Sri Lanka.
  • 106) Mar 22, 2007 14:20:35 GMT |  + Unidentified gunmen kill 2 Tamil businessmen in northern Sri Lanka
    Gunmen shot dead two ethnic minority Tamil businessmen after forcing their way into a house in a volatile town in northern Sri Lanka, police said Thursday. The motive behind the killings in Vavuniya on Wednesday night was not immediately known, said H.M. Jayathilake, a police officer in the area. However, the brother of one victim said the men had received several anonymous telephone calls threatening to kill them if they refused to give the caller money.
  • 107) Mar 22, 2007 11:52:17 GMT |  + Sri Lankan court frees journalist after four months in custody
    A journalist detained by the police for four months on allegations of maintaining links with Tamil rebels was freed Thursday after a court ruled there was no evidence, court officials said. Parameshwari Munnusamy, a minority Tamil, was detained by the Terrorism Investigations Division agents who claimed that she was closely associating with another woman allegedly linked with the rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
  • 108) Mar 22, 2007 11:43:38 GMT |  + Colombo relocating DPs against their will
    With the govt-Tamil Tiger rebels’ conflict deepening, President Mahinda Rajapakse has come under scathing criticism from international rights groups for settling civilians in still volatile eastern territories against their will. Following reports that the Sri Lankan authorities have forcibly returned hundreds of internally displaced people (IDPs) who fled the fighting, the United Nations refugee agency said last week that it had received the government’s assurances that the agency would be fully engaged in any future returns to ensure they are voluntary and safe.The UNHCR have received reports of increased police presence around refugee camp sites in the Batticaloa district, where over 150,000 displaced persons reside, a spokesperson for the organisation said.
  • 109) Mar 22, 2007 11:42:08 GMT |  + Sri Lanka, Tamil Tiger Rebels Fight a War That Can't Be Won
    Sri Lanka and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam escalated fighting in recent months, creating a refugee population of more than 200,000 people, in a conflict that analysts said won't be won by either side. ``The two parties have decided to fight each other,'' said Rohan Gunaratna, head of terrorism research at Singapore's Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies. ``Continuing the current spate of violence is not going to bring about a different outcome or change the status quo.''
  • 110) Mar 22, 2007 11:38:08 GMT |  + No saffron robes: Sri Lanka says monk can't be cop
    A Buddhist monk who applied to join Sri Lanka's police force and carry a gun has been turned down -- because he wouldn't give up his saffron robes. The monk applied for a job as assistant superintendent of police, a rank to which sidearms are issued. It was not immediately clear why the monk wanted the policing job in the first place, but many monks take on jobs as teachers, lecturers and ayurvedic doctors.
  • 111) Mar 22, 2007 11:33:18 GMT |  + Sri Lanka devolution package may be ready in 60 days: minister
    A senior Sri Lankan minister tasked with preparing a credible power sharing formula with the consent of all major parties wants the exercise to be completed over the next 60 days. Science and Technology Minister Tissa Vitarana, who heads the government-sponsored All Party Representative Committee (APRC), said in an interview that he had told the dozen parties in the panel to reach a consensus within two months.
  • 112) Mar 22, 2007 11:31:00 GMT |  + UNHCR pulls out of resettlement process in east
    With the government allegedly failing to adhere to an assurance given that it would not forcibly resettle civilians displaced by the recent hostilities in the east, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has pulled out from the resettlement process in Batticaloa and Trincomalee, the Daily Mirror learns. A circular issued by UNHCR to humanitarian agencies operating in the east earlier this week states the pullout is to ensure that legitimacy is not given to the government moves but that it stands prepared to assist the displaced if the need arises once they are resettled in former conflict ridden areas.
  • 113) 12:25 GMT, Mar. 22, 2006 |  + Courting War
    Almost a month after the Sri Lankan government, concluding its first direct talks with the Liberation Tigers in three years, agreed to disarm its paramilitary units, absolutely nothing has been done. Admittedly, there are fewer killings than in the months preceding the Geneva talks. However, the anti-LTTE paramilitary groups are, if anything, expanding their operations with the undisguised assistance of Sri Lanka’s military. New camps are being established in Sri Lanka Army (SLA) controlled parts of Jaffna and Batticaloa. The bodies of murdered youth are still turning up along the roads and coastlines of the Tamil provinces. Most importantly, despite the undertaking given in Geneva by its delegation, the Sri Lankan government is again flatly denying its security forces’ role in mobilising and training the paramilitary groups and assisting them in the ‘shadow war’ against the LTTE. more ...
  • 114) 11:51 GMT, Mar. 22, 2006 |  + “The government is seemingly engaged in a process of retarding the entire process” - LTTE Political Head S.P. Tamilselvan
    “Instead of taking measures to wipe out terrorism perpetrated by the para-militaries working with the military as agreed upon in Geneva, the government is seemingly engaged in a process of retarding the entire process, ”, says Mr. Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE Political Wing in his letter to the Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission(SLMM) regarding LTTE political work in the GoSL controlled areas. We reject the concept of anybody laying conditions for our members doing political work with our people. Geneva Talks and the understanding ensued therein is totally nullified by this stance of the SriLankan government. more ...
  • 115) 11:38 GMT, Mar. 22, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka rebels may postpone April crunch talks
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels will view any further attacks by renegades they say are military-backed as an act of war and may postpone crunch talks unless the state disarms them, their chief negotiator has warned.The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are due to attend a second round of peace talks with Sri Lankan officials in Geneva in April, and say the island's fragile peace process could grind to a halt if the government fails to honour a pledge to rein in armed groups."If the paramilitaries continue to launch military offensive operations against the LTTE with the backing of the Sri Lankan armed forces, it will certainly be construed as an act of war against the LTTE," Tiger theoretician Anton Balasingham told Reuters in an interview late on Tuesday."It will lead to conditions of war and violence and it will block any forward movement of the peace talks and lead to the collapse of the peace process itself," Balasingham, a top aide to reclusive rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, said at his home outside London. more ...
  • 116) 18:44 GMT, Mar. 22, 2005 |  + Where did UK tsunami millions go?
    Three months after the Asian tsunami, the £350m donated by Britons is continuing to fund aid in the region. At first charities concentrated on urgent relief, now they are able to look to the future. Almost immediately after the tsunami struck, killing about 300,000 and washing away the homes and livelihoods of millions more, British charities began the task of getting basic aid to the region. To that end, more than £112m of the Disasters Emergency Committee's fund went towards providing clean drinking water, sanitation, shelter, food and medicine. "When you consider that a £15 donation allowed us to provide one family with plastic sheeting, a water container and purification tablets, or £35 provided a family with enough food for a week, you begin to realise the impact that this generosity has had," a spokesman said. more ...
  • 117) 18:37 GMT, Mar. 22, 2005 |  + “Cease Fire and Normalcy are equally important as Post-Tsunami Joint Mechanism” -Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Swiss Foreign Affairs
    “Maintaining the integrity of the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA), working hard to deliver the basic peace dividend, normalcy, are equally important as structuring a Joint Mechanism to effectively address the humanitarian crisis in the post-Tsunami scenario” said Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Head of Political Affairs Division IV, Human Security, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, addressing the LTTE Political Team led by Mr.S.P.Tamilselvan today 22 March 2005 at the Foreign Ministry complex. Expressing satisfaction over the flexibility exercised by the LTTE in formulating a working structure for a joint mechanism with the Government, the Ambassador said that the Swiss Government is looking forward the forging of an understanding between the parties in this humanitarian crisis management which will help build mutual confidence, an essential element in taking forward the stalled peace process. more ...
  • 118) 13:08 GMT, Mar. 22, 2005 |  + Karunanidhi flags off 'Tamil protection' rally
    Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi on Tuesday said treating all languages equally will help in uniting the country. "There are many languages in the country, which shows the diversity of India. Once all languages are treated equally, then the country's unity will also be strengthened," he said. Flagging off a rally of the Tamil Protection Movement, led by Pattali Makkal Katchi founder Dr Ramadoss, at Poonthamalee, a suburb of Chennai, Karunanidhi stressed on the need for protecting all Indian languages and using them as country's administrative languages. The Tamil Protection Movement was floated, among others, by the PMK and the Dalit Panthers of India. It aims at making people in Tamil Nadu use Tamil in all walks of life. more ...
  • 119) 12:53 GMT, Mar. 22, 2005 |  + Southern Indian movie star dies
    Indian actor Gemini Ganesan, popular for his romantic roles, has died at the age of 84. The southern Indian star acted in over 200 films, mostly in Tamil and other southern languages. Fondly called Kadal Mannan (king of romance), Ganesan was nicknamed Gemini after he joined a southern production house by the same name. He is survived by his wife, seven daughters and a son. Popular Bollywood actress Rekha is one of his daughters. Ganesan was not keeping well for the past few months, and was in and out of hospital for treatment, his family said. A former college lecturer and production assistant, he became a big romantic hero in the 1950s and 1960s. Along with MG Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan was one of the top movie stars of southern Indian cinema. more ...
  • 120) 12:42 GMT, Mar. 22, 2005 |  + Media report of British pressure false -Balasingham
    The Liberation Tigers' Chief Negotiator and Political Advisor, Mr. Anton Balasingham Tuesday dismissed claims in a Sri Lankan newspaper that British authorities had pressured him to secure the release of a Tamil resident of the UK which the paper also claimed had been detained by the LTTE in northern Sri Lanka. A columnist in The Sunday Leader claimed this week that British intelligence officials had threatened Mr. Balasingham on behalf of Mr. Rajasingham Jeyadevan after the latter was detained by the LTTE. "British intelligence officials invited Balasingham for a 'tea and biscuits' meeting. It was then suggested to him 'unofficially' that it would be in the best interests of the LTTE and Balasingham himself to ensure the immediate release of Jeyadevan," the Sunday Leader columnist, Mr. D.B.S Jeyaraj wrote. more ...
  • 121) 12:37 GMT, Mar. 22, 2005 |  + Doctor prescribes boat-building
    A family of five sits wide-eyed on the Sri Lankan seacoast just metres from the rubble of their home. They sit there day after day, not daring to leave for fear of missing even a single fish that may swim by. They feel they have no alternative. Their means of making a living — a single fibreglass fishing boat that provided not only income but also food and pleasure — was destroyed along with two family members one horrible day in December. Tsvi Gallant, a Toronto family physician who went to Sri Lanka on his own to provide medical supplies to hundreds of camps along the country's coastline in February, learned first-hand that no amount of medication, skin cream or infant formula will ease the sense of idleness this Thalalla village family and hundreds of others are feeling in the many fishing villages across the island.
    - City in `phony exercise' on relief - The Toronto Star
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  • 122) 12:34 GMT, Mar. 22, 2005 |  + One country, double standard
    Nehru Gunaratnam chaired a panel about racism and Bill C-36, Canada's anti-terrorism legislation, this past weekend. The panel was held in the council chambers of the Scarborough Civic Centre. At the same time, there was a Highland dance competition in the central foyer of the civic centre. The sound of bagpipes hovered over the discussion, much of which was in Tamil. It was oddly apt, although I'm not sure I could explain what I mean. It just seemed so Canadian. Alas, Bill C-36, Canada's anti-terrorism law, does not seem so Canadian. It institutionalizes racial profiling and provides law enforcement officials with sweeping powers of detention and investigation. more ...
  • 123) 08:47 GMT, Mar. 22, 2005 |  + Houses handed over in two different places at Vadamarachchi East
    This day respectively two housing scheme of 57 and 55 temporary inhabitants were handed over to the victims of the tsunami tidal disaster. One of vettilykerny, Idaikadu. consisting of 37 temporary inhabitants constructed by the TRO and 20 houses by the Z O A and the other at Vinayagapuram, consisting of 55 inhabitants, 30 houses by Z.O.A, and 25 houses the TRO. These temporary inhabitations were opened at 9.00AM and 10AM consecutively , under the chairmanships of Mr.Yohan ,the chairman of the Vettilyikeni construction unit. After the lighting of the ceremony lamps, and after the special addresses by the commander of sea tigers district of Jaffna Mr. .Saleem , and by the principal Vettilyikeni Paramaswara collage ,the housing unit at Idaikadu in the first instance, ,and by Rev.Nesan in the second instance were distributed by Mr.sivaganam, the co-coordinator of Vadamarachchi rehabilitation. Development, in the first instance, and by the representative ZOA Marinade ,and by the co-ordinating secretary N.G.O s Kilinochchi , in the second instance.
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  • 124) 03:52 GMT, Mar. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka's tsunami aid politics
    Although nominally one of several local non-governmental organisations the powerful TRO is an influential player on the ground in rebel-controlled Sri Lanka. And despite the presence and active participation in the relief operation of several international aid agencies, it is the TRO which is widely believed to be calling the shots. For the 15 or so international aid agencies who have been working in the area since the civil war, tsunami relief work means playing a careful balancing act between the representatives of the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers. more ...
  • 125) 23:40 GMT, Mar. 22, 2004 |  + TNA leader to meet EU ambassadors in Colombo
    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and the Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Mr.R.Sampanthan is scheduled to meet the ambassadors of European countries in Colombo Tuesday around noon, TNA sources said. The discussion is to be presided by the Ambassador of Netherlands for Sri Lanka. Netherlands is currently holding the presidentship of European Union (EU). The discussion will be held at the Netherlands Embassy in Colombo, sources said. The discussion is expected to centre on several aspects of the current political situation in the country and particularly in the northeast province and also the arrangements made for voters in the Liberation Tigers held areas in the province, sources said. more ...
  • 126) 23:33 GMT, Mar. 22, 2004 |  + Chandrika has lied about contacts with LTTE
    While being unwilling to comment on the manifestos of other political parties, Political Wing Leader, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), S.P. Tamilselvan said his organisation would under no circumstances support a party that fails to recognise the aspirations of the Tamil people. He said he cannot understand how President Kumaratunga’s UPFA could talk of negotiating with the Tigers and continuing the peace process without agreeing to accept the LTTE as the sole representative of the Tamil people in the north and east. "We don’t know how this could be possible when its manifesto calls for greater unity and at the same time fails to mention the concept of Tamil homeland," Tamilselvan told The Sunday Leader in an interview from his Kilinochchi base. He also made it clear that any party or entity that maintains links with the renegade Karuna would not be accepted by the LTTE as partners in its journey towards finding peace in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 127) 19:03 GMT, Mar. 22, 2004 |  + Remove LTTE from banned outfits list: Centre
    A plea for removal of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, from the list of terrorist organisations banned under POTA in India has been referred to the Central POTA Review Committee here. The committee has received a communication to this effect from the Union government, its chairman Justice Arun B Saharya said today. The surprise disclosure came during the hearing of a petition challenging the invocation of the anti-terror law on MDMK chief Vaiko. more ...
  • 128) 12:23 GMT, Mar. 22, 2004 |  + Lankan refugees fear returning home
    The thousands of Sri Lankan refugees living in Tamil Nadu have been issued temporary passports to help them return home. But several refugees, who have lived away from home for almost 21 years, are not optimistic, because they also need funds to be able to go back. A majority of the refugees are apprehensive of making the return trip, afraid of what they might find in their war-torn homeland because of the derailment of the Sri Lankan peace process and the recent rift within the LTTE. "We need a conducive atmosphere there to lead a peaceful life. We may have to die if we have to go there now and come back here again," said one refugee. more ...
  • 129) 12:22 GMT, Mar. 22, 2004 |  + "Historic obligation to show force of Unity" - Raviraj
    "Several public civil society organizations have joined us in carrying out door-to-door campaigns. We are telling Jaffna voters that a historical burden is placed on the Tamil society to demonstrate a force of unity in the forthcoming elections," said Mr.Nadarajah Raviraj, former Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian, speaking to the Canadian Tamil Radio (CTR) Saturday. more ...
  • 130) 12:20 GMT, Mar. 22, 2004 |  + Foreign governments accused of trying to influence Sri Lanka elections
    The Sri Lankan president's party has accused foreign governments of trying to influence the outcome of general elections scheduled for April 2. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Freedom Alliance says foreign nations are funding election monitors who back her political opponents. The Freedom Alliance says countries including the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom have donated more than $US1 million to Sri Lankan poll monitors who favour its rivals - the United National party of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Freedom Alliance, led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, says it does not oppose independent monitoring, but it wants the election commissioner to examine whether foreign funding of Sri Lankan monitors may hurt the chances of holding free and fair elections. more ...
  • 131) 12:19 GMT, Mar. 22, 2004 |  + UN Commission on Human Rights
    The “Right to self-determination” is well integrated into the UN Charter, Declarations, Covenants and in other Treaties. Although our organisation is interested in the Right to self-determination of many people around the world, today we intervene in this august forum, concerning the right to self-determination of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. This forum has heard various reports, over many years, on the human rights violations suffered by the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Those violations are, of course, part of the repressive measures taken against the Tamils who demand their right to self-determination. International law defines the right to self-determination as “rights of the peoples” not the right of just any group of individuals. Mr. Chairperson, the Tamils in Sri Lanka are a ‘People’ with a long history, culture, language of their own and a land with well-defined boundaries. However, since Independence (1948), the Tamils in Sri Lanka have gradually lost their constitutional protections and began to lose their cultural and ethnic identity as “Tamils.” more ...
  • 132) 02:29 GMT, Mar. 22, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka president's party says funding of poll monitors biased
    The party of Sri Lanka's president has accused foreign governments of trying to influence the outcome of next month's elections by funding poll monitors who back her opponents. Chandrika Kumaratunga's Freedom Alliance says $US900,000 has come from abroad to fund poll monitors supporting the United National Party of her rival, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. An Alliance statement says it is concerned by the "substantially heavy funding by foreign governments through their agencies to selectively chosen organisations known for their pro-UNP bias". more ...
  • 133) 02:18 GMT, Mar. 22, 2004 |  + Tamil Cogs of Harkara System
    D.B.S.Jeyaraj, currently a regular contributor to the Sunday Leader (Colombo) and the Frontline (Chennai), is today a pioneer harkara embedder. According to this wordsmith, “The present crisis came to light after Karuna approached the Norwegians directly. Until then neither the Sri Lankan intelligence nor Indian intelligence were aware of the growing disenchantment among eastern Tiger cadres. Jeyaraj – depending on where he receives his paycheck from - can also duplicitously swing, granting sizeable credit for Karuna’s desertion to the stinking skunks, which he dares not to name openly. To quote from his Hindu (Chennai) version describing the same incident, “Karuna’s revolt seems essentially home-grown but with the passage of time extraneous forces could begin backing him.” [The Hindu, Chennai, March 15, 2004] Some kind of extraneous forces, like ET? Why this harkara cannot name who these extraneous forces are, while he has a penchant to name the village, pedigree and caste of quite a number of LTTE functionaries in his bloated commentaries? more ...
  • 134) 15:51 GMT, Mar. 22, 2003 |  + Batticaloa, Jaffna residents pay respect to Sea Tigers killed
    Tigers of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) killed on 10 March when their merchant vessel in international waters off the coast of Trincomalee was sunk by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) craft, sources said. At the memorial event held at Mahajana College, Batticaloa, presided by the LTTE Batticaloa Town political head, Kuyilan, head of the sports section, Nilam, lit the ceremonial lamp and Batticaloa-Amparai head of the political section, Kirushan, unveiled the photographs of the Sea Tigers. Member of Batticaloa Mothers Front, Pakiyamma, garlanded the photos. more ...
  • 135) 12:12 GMT, Mar. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka negotiators urge world to remain committed
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels ended their latest round of talks on Friday, with both urging the world to stay committed to the peace process on their island despite the U.S.-led war against Iraq. ''It is our hope and expectation that in spite of the focus being transferred to Iraq, the financial resources that are committed to Sri Lanka will not be diminished,'' said chief government negotiator, G.L. Peiris. The rebels' top negotiator, Anton Balasingham, called the U.S. military action in Iraq regrettable, adding that Sri Lanka's efforts to end 19 years of civil war showed that conflicts could be settled peacefully. more ...
  • 136) 11:20 GMT, Mar. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka negotiators leave Japan with little progress, but cash hopes alive
    The last of the Sri Lankan peace negotiators were leaving Japan Saturday after four-days of talks, hoping that Tokyo would drum up millions of dollars in foreign aid for reconstruction, diplomats said. The Sri Lankan government delegation left Friday, shortly after the talks ended with no major breakthrough on political or human rights issues. Tamil delegates are due to return home later Saturday, diplomats said. Norwegian peace brokers said the latest talks were partly aimed at laying the foundation for an international aid pledging conference Japan has offered to host in Tokyo on June 9 and 10. more ...
  • 137) 11:16 GMT, Mar. 22, 2003 |  + New progress in Sri Lanka peace talks
    The peace process on Sri Lanka remains on track after a four-day meeting at Hakone, Japan this week. The meeting between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are the sixth in a Norwegian government-brokered peace process. In this context, the parties agreed to strengthen the mandate and capacity of the SLMM to undertake preventive measures to avoid serious incidents at sea and on land. As a fundamental precondition for the SLMM to take on a stronger role, the parties pledged to ensure full compliance with the rulings of the SLMM, guarantee the security of its personnel in all situations, and take disciplinary action against anyone endangering the lives of SLMM personnel. The parties agreed to hold the seventh session of talks from 29 April to 2 May in Thailand, the eighth session from 12 to 15 June in Japan and the ninth session from 15 to 18 July in Europe more ...
  • 138) 14:32 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Uthayam 2002 - 3rd Annual Fund Raising Dinner
    This whole effort is solely to help our suffering Tamil community living in the war torn areas of Sri Lanka with the basic humanitarian needs.It has earned the trust and the respect of the whole world by its proven record as a true organization working with the unfortunate Tamils on the grassroots level. Also the Sri Lanka government approves TRO’s humanitarian efforts in the Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka, because TRO is such a well-recognized organization. more ...
  • 139) 14:17 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Students' Offering a Helping Hand
    This inaugural event is primarily meant to introduce TSVP to the Tamil and mainstream communities. It will consist of workshops, formal presentations and a fundraising drive. The event will take place at the Dome, University of Toronto (Scarborough campus) on Saturday, March 23rd, 2002. Volunteer sign-ups and workshops will be held between 1:30pm to 4pm. The general information session will be held between 5:30pm and 8pm and is open to the general public and media. more ...
  • 140) 13:10 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Key Sri Lanka road may reopen soon with ADB help
    The highly symbolic road to Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula may be reopened in the next several weeks with the Asian Development Bank saying on Friday it was ready to fund the project. The A-9 highway closed by the island's ethnic war was put down as a key element to restore normalcy to the war-ravaged north in a ceasefire agreement signed last month by the government and Tamil Tiger rebels. ''I today sent a team up north to the Wanni to look at the highway system to see what can be done to do a quick and dirty fix if needed,'' said John Cooney, the resident representative for the Asian Development Bank in Colombo. more ...
  • 141) 13:06 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka minister says election a boost for peace
    Election results in Sri Lanka should quell opposition to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's peace plans and allow him to move quickly towards direct talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, a senior minister said on Friday. Wickremesinghe's landslide victory in local government elections this week came after he won parliamentary elections in December on a pro-peace platform and after he signed a ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last month. more ...
  • 142) 13:03 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka to replace GST, defence levy with VAT
    Sri Lanka's government plans to replace a goods and services tax (GST) and a cascading defence levy with a two-tier, value-added tax (VAT), Finance Minister K.N. Choksy said in his maiden budget speech on Friday. The value-added tax will be applied in tiers of 10 percent for essential items and 20 percent for other items, he said. more ...
  • 143) 11:09 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Kilgour to visit Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bangladesh
    Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) David Kilgour today announced that he will be travelling to Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bangladesh from March 24 to April 2, 2002. In Bangladesh, the Minister will be joined by a seven-member Canadian business delegation. In Sri Lanka, Mr. Kilgour will meet with Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando, Minister of Economic Reform, Science and Technology Milinda Moragoda, and Minister of Enterprise Development, Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion and Minister of Constitutional Affairs Professor G. L. Peiris to discuss the Sri Lankan peace process and future bilateral commercial possibilities. He will raise the same issues in meetings with local NGOs and members of the business community. The Secretary of State will also travel to Batticoloa in the war-affected east of the country to better his understanding of the Sri Lankan conflict and visit CIDA-sponsored development projects in the area. "I will also voice Canada's strong support for the progress that is being made toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Sri Lanka." more ...
  • 144) 11:06 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Postpones Local Polls in War-Torn Areas
    Sri Lanka has postponed local council elections in the war-torn north and east for six months because of fears not enough polling stations can be set up, state media said on Friday. The ruling party won a landslide victory in local government polls held in other parts of the country on Wednesday. The result was seen as a resounding endorsement of a Norwegian-brokered truce between the government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas. "The decision to postpone the polls is said to have been taken by the elections commissioner in view of strong representations made by Tamil political parties," the state-run Daily News newspaper said. more ...
  • 145) 03:35 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Unknown Sri Lanka
    After eighteen-years of bloody civil war - the chance of peace in Sri Lanka has come another step closer. The government's ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels has just won a massive vote of popular support in today's local elections. But why are the two sides now talking peace? Our Asia correspondent Ian Williams has travelled across the ceasefire line to Kilinochi, in the heart of rebel-held territory, to find out whether Sri Lanka's peace dividend could be part of the fallout from the September 11th attacks [in Real video] more ...
  • 146) 23:36 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Legality of SLA's Buddhist shrines in NE questioned
    Lt. Col. V. R. L Anthoniz, the commanding officer of the SLA's 23-3 Brigade in Batticaloa, addressing the press in the eastern town Friday to explain his position on the Annai Poopathy memorial said that he had advised the Government Agent of the district that the structure should be legal, with due permission from the Urban Development Authority (UDA). Mr. Paramasamy Wijendran, a journalist from the 'Thinakkathir', the Tamil daily published in Batticaloa, told Lt. Col. Anthoniz that the SLA has built Buddhist shrines by its camps without permission from the UDA or any of the relevant authorities whereas the construction of the memorial was begun in according to due rules and regulations. more ...
  • 147) 22:06 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Flame lit at LTTE war dead memorial in Jaffna
    More than a thousand people, Jaffna University and students undergraduates Friday gathered at the memorial for the LTTE's war dead in Kopay in Jaffna to clean the site and light the 'flame of sacrifice'. In 1996, the SLA destroyed and levelled with bulldozers Kopay war memorial, the largest built by the Liberation Tigers in the northeast. The SLA was criticised at the time for violating universal military norms on monuments for the war dead. more ...
  • 148) 21:49 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Tamils of Indian origin back LTTE
    Tamils of Indian origin in Sri Lanka have accepted the LTTE as the chief negotiator on their behalf in the peace talks with the Sri Lankan Government, according to the former Sri Lankan Minister, P. Devaraj. Mr. Devaraj, who is a Tamil of Indian origin himself, said the LTTE was, therefore, more confident of handling the negotiations now than at any time before. While the problems of Indian origin Tamils could not be solved through federalism or Eelam, they had extended full support to the LTTE on the peace talks, he said, addressing a press conference. more ...
  • 149) 21:09 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Venue for talks decided
    Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando on Thursday told Colombo based foreign correspondents that a decision has been taken on the venue where the government and the LTTE would hold peace talks has to resolve the North East conflict with Norway’s participation. Responding to questions, the minister did not rule out the possibility of Thailand or Male being the venue for talks. Asked if the venue could be Thailand, "It is an interesting place" the minister replied. Diplomatic sources said the venues have been suggested by the LTTE and the government has consented.The Minister said the recent US statement, denouncing the LTTE for violating truce terms had allayed fears of extreme parties in the South, namely the JVP and some sections of the PA.
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  • 150) 20:50 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Lanka orders release of 29 Indian fishermen
    Twenty-nine Indian fishermen, arrested in recent weeks by the Sri Lankan Navy for entering Sri Lankan waters, have been ordered to be released by a court in Jaffna, officials said. They said the Jaffna district judge ordered the release of 12 fishermen yesterday and 17 more today. The fishermen are all from coastal districts in southern Tamil Nadu. Indian fishing trawlers are often found fishing in Sri Lankan waters off the northern coast in large numbers, according to the Sri Lankan Navy. more ...
  • 151) 20:46 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka moves to cut defense spending after truce with Tamil rebels
    Sri Lanka's finance minister announced Friday that a new cease-fire agreement with separatist Tamil rebels will allow the government to cut defense spending for the first time in over a decade and consider eliminating the country's war tax. Finance Minister Kaishap Nariman Choksy, whose government was elected in December on promises of ending the 18-year civil war, presented his first annual budget to Parliament and expressed his "shock and shame" that the Sri Lanka's economy shrank last year. more ...
  • 152) 20:35 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + UNF abolishes war levy
    The United National Front (UNF) government in its maiden budget presented in parliament Friday said the National Security Levy (NSL) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be abolished from 1 June. The defence levy of 6.95 percent on all goods and services that was imposed by President Kumaratunga's government to finance the war on the Liberation Tigers has been blamed for the rapid rise of the cost of living in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 153) 16:17 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka prepares ground for talks
    The Sri Lankan Government has begun the process of formally asking a foreign country for permission to host peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said. The minister would not reveal which country was being approached, although the Maldives and Thailand have been the two most discussed options. Both sides say they have left the decision on a venue to the Norwegian mediators. But Mr Fernando said only the government could make the formal request to a foreign country and that process has now begun. more ...
  • 154) 15:37 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + World Bank Supports Clearing of Landmines
    The World Bank, the UNDP and the Government of Sri Lanka today signed an agreement authorizing the release of US$ 1,000,000 to strengthen capacity to survey, map and address landmines and train de-miners in the civil administration under the UNDP-implemented Landmine Action Project. The Project will be part of broader efforts to revive agricultural production in safe areas, restore basic community-level services and re-establish poor communities affected by conflict. A June 2001 United Nations Mine Action Service Report confirmed previous reports which estimated landmine casualties in Sri Lanka at 15 per month and stated that the per capita incidence of landmines in Sri Lanka's conflict zone was comparable to Angola. The UNDP and the World Bank agreed to support this program through the Landmine Action Project. more ...
  • 155) 02:19 GMT, Mar. 22, 2002 |  + PM says polls vote for peace
    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday said that the majority of the people in the south have accepted the government's peace efforts and have given their consent to make it a success. Meanwhile the veteran trade unionist and the national organiser of the Democratic Left Front, Mr.Vasudeva Nanayakara said, "local government elections have greatly undermined the leadership of President Chandrika Kumaratunge." more ...
  • 156) 21:25 GMT, Mar. 22, 2001 |  + Canadian High Commissioner in Jaffna
    Canadian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Her Excellency Ruth Archibald visited the Jaffna Peninsula on 19 March 2001. Jaffna Security Forces Commander, Major General Anton Wijendra, RSP, USP, psc, ndc, who gave her and the members of her delegation a detailed briefing about the prevailing security situation in the Peninsula, received her at Palaly airport. Later in the day she visited Jaffna City and talked with the citizens inquiring after their situation and inviting free comment. more ...
  • 157) 17:09 GMT, Mar. 22, 2001 |  + Jaya’s turn to mourn for fishermen
    A fisherman belonging to the AIADMK was killed and four other fishermen cadres were seriously wounded when the Sri Lankan navy resorted to indiscriminate firing while they were fishing in the sea off Nagapattinam on March 17, AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalitha said today. In a statement here, she said the “indifference on the part of the Indian Coast Guard personnel, coupled with the Karunanidhi government’s apathy” had resulted in the loss of lives. more ...
  • 158) 16:54 GMT, Mar. 22, 2001 |  + Call for a worldwide "Popular demand for PEACE", instead of war of words
    LTTE’s unilateral ceasefire is one step close to choosing a peace path to regain the rights of the Tamil people. The LTTE and the Tamil people should demand that USA and UK execute their obligation to stop the war and find a peaceful solution to the Tamil national question by exerting maximum diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Sri Lanka. These countries have already proscribed the LTTE and spoken openly against the armed struggle. They have also made some passive statements in relation to the plight of the Tamil people. more ...
  • 159) 13:53 GMT, Mar. 22, 2001 |  + Malaysia: Will Indians remain just sweepers and guards?
    Of late, a series of incidents in the country have revealed the vulnerability of the Indian community. Today it has become a common practice to talk of Indians as a minority, weak in terms of their political and economic status, a community afflicted with all kinds of problems, a community prone to engage in most violent forms of conduct and others. If there is an incident, there is tendency on the part of the Indian middle-class and other ethnic groups to put the blame on Indians in general. For instance, in the Petaling Jaya Selatan episode, an impression was given the racial strife were caused by some irresponsible Indian gang members. more ...
  • 160) 13:48 GMT, Mar. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers Extend Cease-Fire For Third Time
    Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday extended their unilateral cease-fire in Sri Lanka's civil war for a third time, but said it would terminate the truce if the government refused to reciprocate. A statement from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said the truce, which is set to expire on March 24, was being extended for another month. The statement was issued from the rebels' headquarters in the northern Vanni jungles. The cease-fire was extended "to help generate a congenial atmosphere of peace and to provide further time and space for the Norwegian facilitatory efforts to bring the parties in conflict to the negotiating table," the statement said. The LTTE, fighting since 1983 for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east, declared a monthlong unilateral cease-fire on Dec. 24 and extended it in January and February.
    Tigers extend truce by another month
    Tigers extend truce as Sri Lanka steps up air strikes more ...
  • 161) 13:45 GMT, Mar. 22, 2001 |  + Tamil rebel base 'bombed'
    The Sri Lankan Government says its air force has attacked a Tamil Tiger base, inflicting heavy damage. A military spokesman said jets scored direct hits on the base in jungles near Batticaloa. The air raid came a day after a sea battle in which the Tigers sank a navy gunboat leaving five sailors missing feared dead. In another development, the rebels have announced that they will extend an unilateral ceasefire by a month - until late April - and urged the government to reciprocate. more ...
  • 162) 13:43 GMT, Mar. 22, 2001 |  + Canadian Tamils and the Political Process
    The "Doctrine of Democracy" is certainly prone to abuse and it is defined by some as a system in which three wolves and a lamb trying to decide by a vote as to who would be eaten for dinner. Coming from Sri Lanka, we all know the abuses that a democracy can sustain. An oppressive regime can use democracy as much as the Nazis used the Laissez-faire system to sustain and enhance their welfare. My point is not to undermine the efficiency of democracy or to challenge the legitimacy of it, but to point out the imperfections of it just so that we all know what’s at stake. more ...
  • 163) 13:40 GMT, Mar. 22, 2001 |  + Freedom of Tamil Girls: True Freedom Remains Elusive
    Let’s face it; we live in a patriarchal world. As a result, all women, regardless of their racial backgrounds, have had to struggle throughout history to obtain and maintain certain rights and freedom from the constraints imposed upon them by their society. Tamil women are no exception. The double standard permeates our societal structure at all levels. As recent immigrants to Canada, our value system is in a state of flux as we try to integrate our traditional ideologies and practices into this Western framework. This has had a significant impact on the status of Tamil women in general, and especially that of the young Tamil women growing up in our society now. more ...
  • 164) 08:45 GMT, Mar. 22, 2001 |  + Blair urged over Jaffna journalists
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair was Wednesday urged by Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) to raise the issue of press freedom in Sri Lanka and in particular the murder of the BBC journalist for Jaffna, Mayilvanagam Nimalarajan, with visiting Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumratunge. In a letter Wednesday, RSF’s General secretary, Robert Menard, urged Mr. Blair also over the abusive detention of another Jaffna journalist by Sri Lankan security forces since January 2. more ...
  • 165) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + SLAF orders school and temple to leave
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  • 166) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Murderers among us - Hundreds of hardcore prisoners roam free
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  • 167) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Liberals Seek Black Vote by Feeding Suspicions and Promoting Paranoia
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  • 168) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan president meets with Tamil opposition
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  • 169) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Eelam supporters held for anti-Clinton rally
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  • 170) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka tightens airport departure security
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  • 171) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + War-torn S.Lanka prepares to battle rising crime
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  • 172) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka police nab their biggest-ever heroin haul
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  • 173) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka launches Aids hotline
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  • 174) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Constitutional gimmicks
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  • 175) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Tamil guerilla leader given kidney transplant in Norway
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  • 176) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Greying West 'needs immigrants'
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  • 177) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + India dismisses US fears
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  • 178) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 2000 |  + Clinton to tell Pakistan to stop exporting terrorism
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  • 179) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + Diasporas: a threat within?
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  • 180) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan army advances further North
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  • 181) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + International News - Kosovo Q&A
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  • 182) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + "Avoid Madhu church", Bishop pleads
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  • 183) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + Ten dead in Sri Lankan fighting - Madukulam
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  • 184) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + SLA says captures Madhu
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  • 185) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + SLA takes new ground
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  • 186) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + Civilians flee artillery barrage
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  • 187) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + More LTTE attacks expected in Vanni
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  • 188) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + Elections: Grace or disgrace?
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  • 189) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + Racism crimes up: Cop
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  • 190) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + New hope for de-mining in Sri Lanka
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  • 191) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + Wayamba probe non-starter
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  • 192) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1999 |  + UN to begin demining in Sri Lanka after a year's delay
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  • 193) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1998 |  + LTTE moves on despite global isolation
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  • 194) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1998 |  + 1500 Tamils arrested in Colombo
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  • 195) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1998 |  + Sri Lankan Muslim refugees want to go home
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  • 196) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1998 |  + 'The BJP will have problems if they try to ignore Tamil Nadu'
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  • 197) 11:11 GMT, Mar. 22, 1998 |  + LTTE moves on despite so called global isolation - Taraki
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