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In Gotabaya’s Lanka: Many fear the rise of majoritarian sentiment in Sri Lanka

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1995 | Fourth round of Talks.
    Fourth round of Peace Talks between the Sri Lankan authorities and LTTE!
  • 1996 | 300,000 people in a human chain
    Human chain. 300,000 women, men and children joined hands over a distance of 20 miles, in a non-violent, peaceful protest and appeal to the international community and the UNITED NATIONS to stop the Sri Lankan government’s genocidal war against the Tamil people, and in particular the imminent and widely publicised intended military offensive by the Sri Lankan. Petitions were handed to the representatives of the UN , the ICRC and the Sri Lankan President. The UN representative said the suffering refugees created by the Sri Lankan government, took an inspired direction by peacefully appealing for a new dawn. He assured the Tamil people that he would give their message to the outside world.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 411 | செல்வத்துட் செல்வஞ் செவிச்செல்வம் அச்செல்வஞ்
    செல்வத்து ளெல்லாந் தலை.
    Wealth of wealth is wealth acquired be ear attent;
    Wealth mid all wealth supremely excellent.
    - 42 42
  • Apr 10 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Apr 10, 2015 15:32:41 GMT |  + China, Sri Lanka Hold Military Drill Codenamed 'Silk Road Cooperation 2015' to Enhance Anti-Terror Skills
    China and Sri Lanka have held a joint drill at a comprehensive military training base in southern China to enhance their capabilities, specially in combating terror. The Chinese People's Armed Police Force (APF) and the Sri Lankan Army held the drill code-named 'Silk Road Cooperation - 2015' in Guangzhou. The joint drill was aimed at helping both sides to learn from each other, so as to improve their capabilities of performing duties, the Chinese state-run Military Online News reported. more ...
  • 2) Apr 10, 2015 12:00:23 GMT |  + WAR CRIMES IN SRI LANKA -What the international experts say (5)
    Finally, the government was alleged to have deprived civilians in the conflict zone from receiving necessary humanitarian aid. This allegation is based on the fact that there was a significant shortage of food and medicine available despite deliveries that were made to the conflict zones. *Desmond de Silva on the **permissible parameters of collateral damage* *Desmond de Silva QC is a prominent Queen’s Counsel in England who was appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as the Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.* more ...
  • 3) Apr 10, 2015 11:59:42 GMT |  + Journalist faces charges after publishing report critical of Sri Lankan police
    A freelance journalist for a Tamil-language daily in Sri Lanka has been charged in connection with a story he wrote that criticized the police, according to news reports and the paper's editor, who spoke to the Committee to Protect Journalists. N. Logathayalan, a freelancer for Uthayan, was detained on Wednesday in connection with a story he wrote for the paper that alleged a girl had been assaulted by police in the Nelliyadi police station in Jaffna city, in the north of the country, according to news reports. Police denied the story, the paper's editor, Prem Anand, told CPJ. Anand told CPJ that Uthayan stood by the story.
  • 4) Apr 10, 2015 11:59:08 GMT |  + Regime Change in Sri Lanka
    The defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Sri Lankan Presidential elections on January 8 is hailed internationally as a victory for the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression and good governance. The Rajapkasa government (2005-2015) defeated the terrorist LTTE in 2009 ending the longest running conflict in Asia. It also contributed to substantial economic growth turning Sri Lanka into a middle-income country in a region with the greatest concentration of poor. Despite these political and economic achievements, Rajapaksa narrowly lost the elections due to charges of corruption and authoritarianism of his government.
  • 5) Apr 10, 2014 19:02:25 GMT |  + Former finance minister Jim Flaherty is dead at 64
    Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has passed away, only weeks after resigning his cabinet post. Emergency crews were called to the 64-year-old’s Ottawa condo Thursday afternoon. A source said he died of a massive heart attack. Several police cars were parked outside Mr. Flaherty's Ottawa home, in the Byward Market area. Police are expected to make a statement shortly. more ...
  • 6) Apr 10, 2014 15:00:05 GMT |  + Tamil asylum seeker fighting for his life
    A Sri Lankan asylum seeker on a bridging visa is fighting for his life after dousing himself in petrol following a decision by the Australian immigration department to deport him back to Sri Lanka. A report by the Human Rights Law Centre last month showed many asylum seekers who are sent back to the country face the threat of torture from the very authorities they had fled. Late last month the United Nations Human Rights Council ordered an international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. Australia did not co-sponsor the bill. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said it was a "deeply distressing incident." more ...
  • 7) Apr 10, 2013 13:23:45 GMT |  + Sri Lanka military probe blames LTTE for civilian killings
    A Sri Lankan military court of inquiry has given a clean chit to the army and ruled that civilian casualties in the last stage of the military operations “might have occurred due to unlawful acts of the LTTE.” The report was equally critical of the international community’s failure in their duty to stop the LTTE war crimes. The inquiry report was presented to the top defence official Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday. more ...
  • 8) Apr 10, 2013 13:21:51 GMT |  + Sri Lanka refugee boat sails into busy Australia port
    Australia has ordered an inquiry as to how a boat carrying 65 Sri Lankan asylum seekers was able to sail undetected into one of the country's busiest ports. The vessel docked at Geraldton in West Australia, 425km north of Perth. Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett described the case as a serious and unacceptable breach of border security. more ...
  • 9) Apr 10, 2013 13:18:45 GMT |  + Canada 17th out of 29 wealthy countries in child well-being index: Unicef
    Canada ranks 17th out of 29 so-called wealthy countries when it comes to the well-being of children, according to a new study from Unicef, the United Nations children’s agency. Unicef graded the 29 countries in five categories and Canada’s best ranking was 11th in the area of housing and environment. more ...
  • 10) Apr 10, 2013 12:17:05 GMT |  + SL Tamil leaders seek an interim self-government
    The Tamil people in Sri Lanka can find solutions to their grievances only through an interim self-government, Tamil political leaders have told the visiting Indian joint parliamentary delegation. Demanding an interim administration, Tamil representatives who met the Indian MPs in Jaffna had told the Indian delegation that the Provincial Council system under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution are inadequate to solve their problems, BBC Sinhala Service has reported.
  • 11) Apr 10, 2013 3:26:01 GMT |  + US warns Sri Lanka of return to conflict
    The United States has warned that Sri Lanka could face a return to conflict unless it probes war crimes allegedly committed by its troops and addresses the grievances of its minority Tamil population. Ambassador Michele Sison said Monday night that “important steps in achieving real reconciliation” had not even begun since Colombo declared an end to decades of separatist war in May 2009.
  • 12) Apr 10, 2013 3:12:10 GMT |  + Inside Sri Lanka's former war zones
    At the back of the beach fishermen were mending their nets in the shade, while behind them a voluble group of boys played cricket in a glade between the coconut trees. A toddy-tapper, collector of the potent sap from those trees, wobbled past on his ancient bicycle, using the potholes as an excuse for not being able to keep a straight line. And in the foreground, a navy officer, leaning on an outrigger canoe, watched with interest as three imperfectly-shaped Englishmen took a dip in the sea. more ...
  • 13) Apr 10, 2013 3:05:52 GMT |  + Sri Lankan asylum seekers reach WA
    Sixty-six asylum seekers have landed within the harbour limits of Geraldton in Western Australia, after telling rescuers they had spent 44 days at sea from Sri Lanka. Local reports said two local men testing a motor in a runabout came across the boat about 500 metres offshore on Tuesday. Women, children, including babies, and young men were among those on board. A sign on the boat read, ''We want go to New Zealand help us.'' more ...
  • 14) Apr 10, 2013 3:05:08 GMT |  + India gave LTTE Rs 50 lakh as compensation for Indo-Lanka pact
    Did India compensate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after the 1987 Indo-Lanka pact and the dispatch of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka? The US administration believed so, according to a cable sent by its embassy here and released by Wikileaks. A cable dated April 5, 1988 cites newspaper reports, which quoted J N Dixit, then Indian envoy to Sri Lanka that a stipend was agreed upon and was to be paid to the LTTE by the Indian government in view of the tax loss it suffered after IPKF was sent.
  • 15) Apr 10, 2012 16:06:56 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: The government's abduction industry exposed
    In one of the most shameful episodes ever to be revealed the Sri Lankan government's involvement in the 'abduction industry' was exposed last night (April 9) when the government took action to deport Premakumar Gunarathnam alias Ratnayake Mudiyanselage Dayalal who was abducted on April 6, 2012. This abduction brought immediately reactions from the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), human rights organisations and the Australian government. The Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Gotabaya Rajapakse initially declared that he was unaware of any such abduction. The Director General of the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle, previous stated to the BBC that there was no reason for the government to arrest Mr. Gunarathnam and Ms. Dimuthu Attigala.
  • 16) Apr 10, 2012 14:09:33 GMT |  + India's vote against Sri Lanka was bewildering: Chandrika Kumaratunga
    Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday said that she was rather bewildered by India's decision to vote against the country at a US-sponsored UN resolution seeking action against Lanka on the purported war crimes committed during its almost three-decade-long war against the LTTE... so something must have happened in between for India to have voted against us, and I don't think India would have taken a decision lightly. more ...
  • 17) Apr 10, 2012 10:17:33 GMT |  + Sri Lanka raises questions about alleged kidnap victim
    An Australian man who was allegedly kidnapped by secret police in Sri Lanka is now on a plane back to Australia. Family and supporters of Premakumar Gunaratnam feared for his safety after he disappeared in Sri Lanka some days ago. Mr Gunaratnam mysteriously reappeared today, only to be put on a plane back to Australia by the Sri Lankan government. He's travelling back on a passport with the name Noel Mudalige. The Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra has rejected the kidnapping claims and says the Australian Government should now investigate his past in Sri Lanka.
  • 18) Apr 10, 2011 23:00:24 GMT |  + An open letter to President Barack Obama
    I had an opportunity to read the full text of the speech you delivered at the National defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. While I am elated to note your conviction not to make the same mistake as Presidents Clinton and Bush made in Rwanda and Darfur respectively, I am not convinced that you have not already made the same type of mistake elsewhere as your predecessors have made. When you became the first African American President of the U.S, most of the people’s expectation in this world was that you will stand by the downtrodden and deliver liberty and justice to the oppressed.
  • 19) Apr 10, 2011 22:59:04 GMT |  + Persichilli: GTA emerges as key election battleground
    Looking at the itineraries of the Liberal and Conservative leaders during the first two weeks of the campaign, it’s clear that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made Ontario, in particular the 905 region of the Greater Toronto Area, the battleground where his majority government will be won or lost. At the same time, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff considers the 905 his Maginot line to stop the Conservatives from entering the Liberals’ Toronto stronghold.
  • 20) Apr 10, 2011 22:45:47 GMT |  + Has U.S.-style 'voter suppression' made it to Canada's election?
    One vital question has received little attention so far in this election campaign: Whether “voter suppression” has migrated north from the United States. The term refers to efforts by one political party, not to win votes, but to convince people not to vote at all. Democrats have long accused Republicans of trying to undermine voter registration drives and of poisoning the well of public discourse through their take-no-prisoners rhetoric. more ...
  • 21) Apr 10, 2011 20:12:47 GMT |  + UN, US making a case against SL says NFF
    The National Freedom Front (NFF) says the UNSG Ban Ki-moon may launch a war crimes probe against Sri Lanka. The forthcoming release of a report by a three-member panel appointed by the UNSG will pave the way for a a UN sponsored war crimes probe, former MP Piyasiri Wijenayake alleges. Addressing the media at NFF headquarters, Jayanthipura, Battaramulla yesterday, Wijenayake alleged that the recently released US State Department report on Sri Lanka’s HR situation was part of a plan by the West to target SriLanka. According to him, the latest State Department report has betrayed the Obama administration’s hostility towards Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksa government.
  • 22) Apr 10, 2011 17:53:19 GMT |  + UK 'linked' Fonseka to Lasantha killing
    The Sri Lanka government says it was told by British officials that they had evidence to suggest former military chief Sarath Fonseka was involved in the assassination of the editor of Sunday Leader. Lasantha Wickrametunga was shot dead in Colombo on 08 January, 2009. The attackers were never caught. In a posthumously published editorial attributed to Lasantha he said, "When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me." more ...
  • 23) Apr 10, 2011 17:46:51 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Smear Campaign Against Tamil Diaspora is to Divert Attention from War Crimes Investigation: TGTE
    Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today rejected Sri Lankan Ambassador Ravinath Ariyasingha’s smear statement against Tamil Diaspora and said that this is a desperate attempt by the Sri Lankan Government to divert attention from war crimes investigation. Sri Lankan government is getting cold feet about the upcoming UN panel’s report on war crimes. It is important that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon make public the findings of the UN Panel’s report.
  • 24) Apr 10, 2011 17:45:00 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.N. will speak at the Maxwell School
    Everyone knows about the ravages of the 2004 tsunami in Asia. And many in Syracuse know about the Central New Yorkers who were instrumental in raising money to build houses for 100 tsunami-affected families and to sponsor the education of 100 tsunami-affected children in Sri Lanka. But few realize that the little-publicized, 30-year-long armed conflict in Sri Lanka between the government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam caused more damage and took more lives than were lost in the tsunami – more than 100,000 people were killed during the armed conflict, which ended in 2009.
  • 25) Apr 10, 2011 4:45:07 GMT |  + Newspaper changes hands?
    The oldest and the highest selling Tamil daily Virakesari owned by the Express Newspapers Ltd. is all set to buy the second highest selling Tamil daily, the 14-year-old Thinakkural owned by leading food stuff importer from India S. P. Samy and the deal is said to have been finalised at Rs. 150 million. However it is learnt that Thinakkural will retain its name under Express Newspapers Ltd. management but will concentrate more on Northern affairs while Virakesari will be a newspaper of general interest to Tamil readers.
  • 26) Apr 10, 2010 21:12:56 GMT |  + Writing For Publication Under The Sri Lankan Sword Of Damocles
    I have many times considered writing this column and have, thanks to the insistence of those near and dear to me and those whose intellectual input into my thinking I respect, desisted. All of that advice has, in my opinion, been driven by intelligent and thoughtful consideration of my safety and wellbeing. Most recently, I received two phone calls from my Editor warning me not to continue an incipient controversy in The Sunday Leader with the Hon. Pathali Champika Ranawaka. The content of those warnings I will leave to the imagination of whoever reads this column. more ...
  • 27) Apr 10, 2010 21:08:39 GMT |  + Sri Lanka president pledges reconciliation, development
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised progress toward reconciliation and development on Saturday, the day after his ruling alliance won a legislative majority that leaves him firmly in control of the nation. The poll on Thursday brought Rajapaksa his third big victory in 11 months, starting with last May's defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers after a 25-year war and followed by his landslide re-election in January. The final count is pending re-polling in two electorates where violence prompted the election commissioner to annul the ballots, but Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has 117 of the 180 seats so far decided.
  • 28) Apr 10, 2010 21:05:37 GMT |  + Opinion: For Sri Lanka's governing coalition, victory is not without loss
    On April 9th, the governing coalition, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), claimed to win a majority of parliamentary seats in the general election on April 8. But their stated victory is not without loss. When I picture free and fair elections, I imagine traveling to my designated polling center at the hour that best suits my schedule, not at the hour that would be most likely to be less unsafe. I imagine that the polling center would be equipped with the necessary documentation and safety measures so that I could cast my vote without physical or mental intimidation. I imagine that the surrounding areas would be free of any political propaganda or persons urging me to decide in their party’s favor.
  • 29) Apr 10, 2010 21:03:01 GMT |  + Canadian Tamils' Chamber Hosts X11 th Awards Gala at Fairmont Royal York
    Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce Honors Outstanding Entrepreneurs and Community Builders Tamil Canadian Immigrant Success Stories Celebrated TORONTO— The achievements of outstanding Tamil Canadian entrepreneurs, community builders and professionals will be recognized and celebrated at the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce twelfth Annual Gala. The event, the biggest of its kind in the Tamil Canadian community, will take place commencing at 5:30 p.m. on April 10, 2010 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario. more ...
  • 30) Apr 10, 2010 14:29:33 GMT |  + Sri Lankan ruling party celebrates poll landslide
    Sri Lanka's ruling party on Saturday celebrated its landslide victory in the country's first peacetime parliamentary polls since crushing separatist Tamil rebels, but the opposition cried foul. Government supporters carried national flags as they paraded through the streets and lit firecrackers, despite an official week-long ban on public celebrations. President Mahinda Rajapakse said he saw the overwhelming majority for his United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) as a vote for his economic policies and the crushing of the Tamil Tiger rebels in a military offensive last year. more ...
  • 31) Apr 10, 2010 14:27:23 GMT |  + Will Tamil concerns be addressed following Rajapakse win in Sri Lankan elections?
    With voters in Thursday's Sri Lanka elections heavily favouring Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and the ruling coalition, observers here feel that little headway was expected in the period ahead over addressing the desire of the Tamil community to get back in the mainstream after decades of civil war. According to Executive Director of the National Peace Council, Jehan Perera, in the first parliamentary vote since the defeat of the rebel Tamil Tigers, the Tamil community did not cast their lot with "hard-line nationalist candidates." "Rather, Tamils voters backed a party that once was seen as the proxy for the Tigers, but has since adopted a plank of autonomy within the Sri Lankan state.
  • 32) Apr 10, 2010 14:26:35 GMT |  + Several Sri Lankan ministers lose parliamentary seats
    Several ministers in Sri Lanka's outgoing parliament lost their seats in this week's general election, which also saw former army chief Sarath Fonseka elected, according to results on Saturday. Despite scoring a resounding re-election victory, the ruling party lost Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and Justice Minister Milinda Moragoda along with Ferial Ashraff, a key Muslim minister. Fonseka, who failed to oust President Mahinda Rajapakse in a presidential poll in January, picked up the seat he was contesting from behind bars, where he is undergoing court martial after being arrested in February.
  • 33) Apr 10, 2010 14:23:01 GMT |  + Government could face court on asylum seeker freeze
    The Federal Government could face legal action over what has been described as a "redneck" policy on asylum seekers. The Government says conditions in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are improving and applications from asylum seekers from those countries will not be processed for up to six-months. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Federal Government's decision to freeze certain asylum seeker applications is a redneck policy. Senator Hanson-Young says it is a clear breach of the Racial Discrimination Act and she is concerned it will lead to children being held in detention. more ...
  • 34) Apr 10, 2010 14:17:34 GMT |  + The assassin letters
    Last week, the Madras High Court dismissed Rajiv Gandhi assassin Nalini Sriharan's plea for early release and said, "She had committed a crime which was cunning in conception, meticulous in plans and reckless in execution, taking away the life of the former Prime Minister." It was a damning indictment of Nalini's role in one of the ghastliest political assassinations the country has seen. The court order was the culmination of a due process of law though it shattered Nalini's dreams of freedom. But the saga is not just an open-and-shut legal case. It's also an extraordinary tale of a unique relationship between two women whose lives changed dramatically on that fateful day in May 1991 when Rajiv Gandhi was blown apart by a human bomb in Sriperumbudur.
  • 35) Apr 10, 2010 1:54:40 GMT |  + Humiliating backdown for Labor
    THE Government is sending strong signals internationally and to the home audience with its king-hit to stop the escalating numbers of boat people. It was a humiliating moment as three ministers fronted the media to announce that processing of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan would be suspended for three and six months respectively. The Rudd government (especially Immigration Minister Chris Evans) arrived in office full of hope and confidence that Labor could run a more humane policy that kept people detained for a minimum time, without spurring the boat trade. It hasn't been like that.
  • 36) Apr 10, 2010 1:50:32 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: No justice--no nation--one justice--one nation
    What makes a nation a nation is above all the justice that prevails within that nation. It is justice that creates the bond between the people. Justice connects one with the other. Justice among the people is the one thing that is common to all in a nation if it exists. Justice binds one person or group or a particular nationality with different races and religions. Justice provides the actual bondage between genders. Justice creates the bondage irrespective of culture and language. Justice is the common language of a nation that wants to stay together and the absence of justice is the characteristic of any nation that courts disunity, instability, violence between groups and individuals.
  • 37) Apr 10, 2009 23:31:32 GMT |  + US, others urge end to Sri Lanka 'futile fighting'
    The nations leading Sri Lanka's peace process on Friday urged the Tamil Tigers to free 100,000 civilians they are holding and the military to stop shelling the no-fire zone where the separatists are making their last stand. The statement from the United States, Britain, Japan and Norway came as Sri Lanka's military said it had begun what it called "the largest hostage rescue operation in the world" by identifying the best routes for people to get out.
  • 38) Apr 10, 2009 22:56:38 GMT |  + Looming disaster in Lanka
    Even as the Sri Lankan army advances inexorably, the inherent problems within a purely military solution to the conflict in the island nation, the attendant humanitarian disaster, as well as the ratcheting up of the ‘Tamil cause’ as an electoral ploy in Tamil Nadu, clearly posit that the strife is far from resolving itself by just a defeat for the LTTE. The immediate issue is that the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, which has taken traditional Sinhala majoritarianism to the level of a fascist-militarist consensus, is poised to give the army the go-ahead to enter the No Fire Zone (NFZ).
  • 39) Apr 10, 2009 22:55:27 GMT |  + US urges Sri Lanka to protect civilians
    The United States on Friday urged a visiting Sri Lankan official to protect civilians, thousands of whom are trapped by fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels. Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona, who in Sri Lanka is below the rank of foreign minister, held talks in Washington with Richard Boucher, the assistant secretary of state for South Asia. Boucher "emphasized US concern about the plight of the civilians trapped in the 'no fire zone' in northern Sri Lanka and urged Foreign Secretary Kohona to protect civilians," the State Department said in a statement.
  • 40) Apr 10, 2009 21:05:36 GMT |  + Britain calls for Sri Lanka to end shelling
    Sri Lankan forces came under intense international pressure yesterday to stop shelling a “no-fire” zone, where the UN estimates that between 150,000 and 190,000 Tamil civilians are holed up with the remnants of the Tamil Tiger rebels. The US, Britain, Japan and Norway issued a joint statement urging the Tigers to allow the civilians to leave. They also called for the army to stop firing artillery into the 7 sq m zone on the northeastern coast.
  • 41) Apr 10, 2009 20:50:58 GMT |  + Tamils agree to break hunger strike
    Two Tamil protesters have agreed to break their hunger strike with sips of water after politicians pledged to help them take part in talks on the plight of Tamils living in Sri Lanka. The students from Mitcham in south London had been on hunger strike since Monday - refusing to even take liquids - and supporters feared they were close to suffering renal failure. more ...
  • 42) Apr 10, 2009 20:44:57 GMT |  + Sri Lanka in 'rescue' mission for trapped civilians
    Sri Lanka's army announced on Friday it had launched an operation to bring to safety thousands of civilians trapped by fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels. The defence ministry statement came as a New York-based human rights group said civilian casualties were "skyrocketing" in the island's northeast where the rebels have been surrounded in a narrow strip of jungle. Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the government of firing into an area designated as a "no-fire zone" packed with civilians and the remnants of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • 43) Apr 10, 2009 20:36:11 GMT |  + TNA rejects Indian invitation
    Tamil parliamentarians in Sri Lanka say they have rejected an invitation by the Indian government for talks on the conflict in the island. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian N Srikantha told BBC Sandeshaya that they were invited by the Indian Foreign Secretary, Shivshankar Menon, for talks in Delhi on 15-16 April. “We resolved that we should not respond positively to this invitation now given the fact that India has not taken any meaningful attempt diplomatically or politically to bring about a ceasefire,” he said.
  • 44) Apr 10, 2009 14:40:35 GMT |  + ‘A Ceasefire Is Needed To End The Genocide By Sri Lanka’s Army’
    Even as the Sri Lankan army claims it is close to wiping out the LTTE, the rebel group’s political head, B Nadesan, rejects the assertion that the Tigers are about to be made extinct. In an exclusive interview with PC VINOJ KUMAR, he reiterates the LTTE’S commitment to continue waging a bloody war to secure a separate homeland for the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Let me make one thing very clear here: There will not be a post-LTTE scenario. Look around the world, and you will see the desire for freedom and dignity in the hearts and minds of all Tamils. more ...
  • 45) Apr 10, 2009 14:22:34 GMT |  + Fears for Tamil hunger strike protesters in London
    The men, who are refusing to take even liquids, have been on hunger strike since Monday. Yesterday, the pair - named as Sivatharsan Sivakumaraval, 21, and Prarameswaran Subramaniam, 28, both students from Mitcham in south London - were joined by 500 Tamil protesters who continued their occupation of London's Parliament Square as the rally entered its fifth day. The group want the UK government to take action to help protect the Tamils in their homeland. more ...
  • 46) Apr 10, 2009 8:09:27 GMT |  + Worried’ about hostilities in Sri Lanka, Canada calls for ceasefire
    As Tamil protesters continued their siege Thursday on downtown Ottawa, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon called on Sri Lanka to halt its military offensive against Tamil rebels to allow civilians an escape. A spokesman for the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Tamil Congress, told a news conference Thursday that Canada must do more than demand a ceasefire. He urged Canada to impose trade sanctions and cut foreign aid to Sri Lanka. In Ottawa, four protesters vowed to continue hunger strikes until a ceasefire is declared and humanitarian aid is allowed to reach Tamil civilians.
  • 47) Apr 10, 2009 3:42:54 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Stop Shelling ‘No-Fire Zone’
    The Sri Lankan government should stop firing heavy artillery into the "no-fire zone" in the northern Vanni area where some 100,000 civilians are trapped by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, causing skyrocketing casualties, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called upon the United Nations Security Council to take urgent measures, including by sending a special envoy to Sri Lanka, to bring an end to violations of international humanitarian law by government forces and the LTTE.
  • 48) Apr 10, 2009 3:41:36 GMT |  + In the name of its civilization IC is answerable
    "If the refusal of the Sri Lankan state to mend its ways and the violence it perpetrated have made the Tamil youth of the 1970s to get into militancy, it is the stubbornness of the International Community in not rectifying its blunder of perpetrating a genocidal war against Tamils in Sri Lanka that has now made the diaspora youth to take to streets defying procedures," writes Opinion Columnist Chivanadi. "The older generation which initially raised eyebrows at the outcome of the youth initiative that defied community elders and formalities, has subsequently started appreciating the spontaneous spirit in the youth in taking up community responsibility at a time of emergency. more ...
  • 49) Apr 10, 2009 3:38:28 GMT |  + Mediators call for end to 'futile' Sri Lanka fighting
    International mediators of the conflict that has pitted separatist Tamil Tigers against government forces in Sri Lanka on Thursday called for both camps to cease their "futile" fighting. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should "permit freedom of movement for the civilians" trapped in the strife-hit northern part of the country, representatives of the Tokyo Co-Chairs -- the United States, the European Union, Japan and Norway -- said in a statement.
  • 50) Apr 10, 2009 3:35:19 GMT |  + Ban, Sri Lankan leader confer on worsening situation in conflict zone
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today discussed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the north of the island nation, where thousands of civilians are trapped by fighting between the Government and Tamil rebels, agreeing to continue working together in the coming days. During their telephone conversation, the Sri Lankan leader said that he “understood the Secretary-General’s deep preoccupation with the fate and condition of the civilian population,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.
  • 51) Apr 10, 2008 11:54:21 GMT |  + Attack on arms sale to Sri Lanka
    An arms trade campaigning group has criticised the sale of 10,000 military missiles by Slovakia to Sri Lanka. The three-metre missiles are designed to be dispatched from multiple rocket launchers. Simon Hill, from the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), said the sale was "exactly what Sri Lanka doesn't need at the moment". Sri Lanka has been engaged in civil war for 25 years, and the CAAT fears the weapons may be used against civilians.
  • 52) Apr 10, 2008 11:52:56 GMT |  + Personal tragedy ignored in Sri Lanka
    The Sinhala and Tamil New Year used to be a time of relaxation and recreation for all the communities of Sri Lanka, more or less like Christmas in the West or Chinese New Year for the Chinese communities around the world. However, this year the New Year holidays from April 11 to 13 will be accompanied by sad memories and tension for most Sri Lankans both inside and outside of the country. For more than 1 million people out of a population of approximately 20 million, these days will be darkened by thoughts and feelings of personal tragedy...
  • 53) Apr 10, 2008 11:50:36 GMT |  + Colombo attempts to create 'health disaster' in Vanni - LTTE
    Health services in Vanni are facing a man made disaster created by the Sri Lanka Defense Ministry, said N. Selvy, LTTE's spokesperson on Human Rights. Sri Lankan forces have blocked supplies to Ki'linochchi Deputy Provincial Director of Health Service (DPDHS) division. The DPDHS office recently said that medicine quota for the district hospital for the first quarter of 2008 is yet to arrive. Meanwhile, Mullaiththeevu DPDHS has told media that only 20% of the fuel supplies needed to operate the district hospital, two sub-hospitals and six pharmacies in the district, has been allowed across the entry point at Oamanthai by the Sri Lankan forces.
  • 54) Apr 10, 2008 11:48:55 GMT |  + Born without hope
    WAR. The word itself spells fear…but living in the United States, we are generally far removed from the real aspects of war and its impact, especially on children. I am 20 years old and when I told my parents that I was taking a year off from college to go and work in our native Sri Lanka, they were both proud and fearful for my safety. Sri Lanka is a tiny island in the Indian Ocean. At about 65,000 square kilometers it is about the size of West Virginia. The population of the island is about 21 million, 75% of whom are Sinhalese and about 15% of whom are Tamil.
  • 55) Apr 10, 2008 5:32:00 GMT |  + Extremely hard to take computer related equipment into Vanni – Kilinochchi GA
    “It is extremely difficult to bring any computer related equipment through the Omanthai checkpoint into Vanni even for use by government departments”, said the Government Agent (GA) of the Kilinochchi district secretariat. Speaking at the certificate issuing ceremony for the students who completed a computer course conducted by the Sri Lanka Red Cross, the GA said that computer related equipment are severely restricted even for the government departments in Vanni and that private institutions are banned from bringing such equipment.
  • 56) Apr 10, 2008 4:11:25 GMT |  + Canada could lose multiculturalism, critics warn
    Canada is signalling to the world that it views immigrants as commodities and not people, ethnic groups warned Tuesday as they voiced concerns about controversial legislation that they say could threaten the country's tradition of multiculturalism and diversity. The proposed amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act would give Ottawa new power to fast-track certain types of applicants, especially highly sought after skilled workers, and give lower priority to others.
  • 57) Apr 10, 2007 14:02:16 GMT |  + Collision kills 23 in Sri Lanka
    At least 23 people died and 57 others were injured Tuesday when a crowded bus and a truck loaded with beer collided in southern Sri Lanka, police and doctors said. Most of the victims were trapped and burnt to death following the head-on crash on the main coastal road just outside a beach resort in the town of Induruwa, 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of Colombo. "Fifty-seven people with injuries were brought in for treatment," said Jayampathy Senanayake, head of the area's main hospital. "A few people are in a critical condition."
  • 58) Apr 10, 2007 13:10:29 GMT |  + MCC Should Withhold Funding from Sri Lankan Government
    The serious human rights abuses and excessive restrictions on freedom of speech and association by the government of Sri Lanka merit the country’s removal from a list of eligible recipients for Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) assistance, Freedom House said today. “These abuses by the Sri Lankan government merit a suspension of MCC eligibility status,” said Freedom House’s Executive Director, Jennifer Windsor. “The Sri Lankan government’s involvement in extrajudicial killings and disappearances, as well as the crackdown on speech and association, are simply not compatible with the MCC’s underlying criteria of ‘ruling justly,’ and until these deficiencies are repaired, the country should not be considered,” said Ms. Windsor.
  • 59) Apr 10, 2007 10:59:50 GMT |  + Tamil Tigers call for sporting boycott of Sri Lanka
    Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday backed an Amnesty International campaign to shame Sri Lanka's government during the cricket World Cup and said it should be extended to a full sporting boycott of the island. The London-based rights watchdog has been asking Sri Lanka to improve its rights record and has urged thousands of fans in the Caribbean to sign special white cricket balls marked "play by the rules." "The apartheid South African regime was brought to its knees by using sports to raise political awareness among the white South Africans," Tiger spokeswoman Selvy Navaruban told AFP.
  • 60) Apr 10, 2007 10:56:57 GMT |  + Govt. 'concerned' on media reports
    Pro-government party leaders have expressed concern on media reports over the current situation in Sri Lanka. In a meeting held with the President, leaders of the ruling coalition raised concern that reports that are not in favour of the government are given prominence by media groups. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called the meeting in Temple Trees to discuss ruling party proposals to resolve national question. "There is an ongoing development programme than a war in the east. The leaders discussed the lack of media focus on development work," he told BBC Sandeshaya.
  • 61) Apr 10, 2007 10:29:09 GMT |  + Ranil calls for halt in abductions, disappearances and killings
    Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that the LTTE couldn’t be weakened by disappearances. “If the government thinks that the LTTE can be weakened by abducting people, it is mistaken,” he said. Mr. Wickremesinghe made this point at a meeting organized by the Civil Monitoring Commission (CMC) on disappearances and killings in Colombo yesterday. He said Tamil business community are not the only ones who have been hampered by this problem as Sinhalese and Muslim business persons too are made to face them as well.
  • 62) Apr 10, 2007 10:25:22 GMT |  + Sri Lankan authorities provide no answers over disappearance of SEP member
    Sri Lankan Socialist Equality Party (SEP) member Nadarajah Wimaleswaran and his friend, Sivanathan Mathivathanan, disappeared from the northern island of Kayts more than two weeks ago. Despite a stream of letters from Sri Lanka and internationally demanding an urgent inquiry, the defence ministry, the military and the police are engaged in what can only be described as a cover-up. Wimaleswaran and Mathivathanan were last seen on March 22 at about 6.30 p.m. at a naval roadblock on Punguduthivu island, preparing to enter a causeway to Kayts island.
  • 63) Apr 10, 2007 10:24:18 GMT |  + SRI LANKA: Government opposes call to play by the rules
    The Sri Lankan government’s propaganda war regarding Amnesty International’s campaign based on an innocent slogan in which they call on all Sri Lankans to ‘play by the rules’ is reminiscent of Don Quixote tilting at the windmills. At the first sight it may appear ridiculous for anyone to oppose a call to play by the rules. This is, after all, what everyone is expected to be doing at any given time. It should, in particular, gladden the hearts of a government when an international chorus supports the ambition that any reasonable government should have, which is to play by the rules and to get its opponents to play by the same rules.
  • 64) Apr 10, 2007 10:23:12 GMT |  + Military says Tamil Tiger mortars kill 1 soldier, wound 2 in Sri Lanka's north
    Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortars at a military post in northern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing one soldier and wounding two others ahead of New Year celebrations, the Defense Ministry said. The military fired back, but it was not immediately known whether the insurgents suffered any casualties in the violence at Omanthai, on the border between government and rebel-held areas, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said.
  • 65) Apr 10, 2007 10:22:18 GMT |  + Gunmen in Sri Lanka hijack Indian embassy minivan
    Five men with guns hijacked a minivan belonging to the Indian embassy in Sri Lanka and beat up the driver, an embassy spokeswoman and police said on Tuesday. "One of our embassy vehicles has been hijacked on the way to the airport. Men with guns stopped the vehicle" on Monday, the spokeswoman said. "The driver last night was beat up." The men drove off in the van, taking the driver who lost two teeth when he was beaten, she said. He was freed a few hours later.
  • 66) Apr 10, 2007 1:05:25 GMT |  + Thousands of Tamils defy Paris protest bar
    Over 2,000 Tamil expatriates gathered in front of the Eiffel Tower Monday, despite the authorities’ cancellation of a planned protest rally to condemn the arrests by French police of several Tamil activists for raising funds for the LTTE. The protestors gathered in nearby public places, blocking traffic. The authorities’ cancellation was, reportedly at their request, widely publicized in Tamil electronic media, including the Paris based Tamil Television Network (TTN). more ...
  • 67) 15:18 GMT, Apr. 10, 2006 |  + Canada’s new government lists the LTTE as a terrorist organization
    The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that Canada’s new government has listed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist group, effective April 8, 2006, pursuant to the Criminal Code.“The decision to list the LTTE is long overdue and something the previous government did not take seriously enough to act upon,” said Minister Day. “Our government is clearly determined to take decisive steps to ensure the safety of Canadians against terrorism.” The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, supporting this decision, reiterated the Government of Canada’s resolve to help achieve a negotiated settlement to the situation in Sri Lanka. “The LTTE’s repeated use of violence since signing a ceasefire agreement is unacceptable and seriously calls into question its commitment to the peace process,” said Minister MacKay. “The Sri Lankan government must also fulfill its pledge to bring a negotiated resolution to the conflict. Canada will continue to work with international supporters of the peace process to help the parties reach a resolution.” more ...
  • 68) 12:52 GMT, Apr. 10, 2006 |  + Chouhan seeks Kalam's intervention into Sethu Samudram project
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today sought President A P J Abdul Kalam's intervention in directing Union government to reconsider the Sethu Samudram canal project, saying it would damage the ancient site and hurt religious sentiments of people."The dredging of shallow ocean floor near Dhanushkoti end of Sri Rama's bridge is likely to damage the invaluable heritage", Chouhan said in a letter to Kalam.Chouhan said the dredging under the project is likely to damage the Rama Setu and hurt the deep rooted religious feelin gs involving the issue of faith. The ancient site of great archaeological, cultural and religious importance should be saved from the onslaught, he said adding he was not opposed to the Sethu Samudram project but alternative route for shipping should be identified so that the setu is not damaged. more ...
  • 69) 11:14 GMT, Apr. 10, 2006 |  + Portugese ruined Jaffna: Historian
    Today, the Tamil-speaking Jaffna peninsula in north Sri Lanka is a bastion of orthodox of Saivite (believers of lord Shiva) Hinduism. But historians say that during Portuguese rule in the 17th century, it was entirely Catholic. The fascinating story of how and why Jaffna became Catholic en masse, and why it reverted to Hinduism with equal alacrity when the Dutch replaced the Portuguese in 1658, is told by Prof Tikiri Abeyasinghe in his book Jaffna under the Portuguese, which was first published in 1986. more ...
  • 70) 10:42 GMT, Apr. 10, 2006 |  + Sri Lankan troops killed in blast
    At least four Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in a mine explosion in northern Jaffna peninsula, the army says. The troops were travelling in a van when the mine exploded, army spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said. Tamil Tiger rebels are suspected to be behind the attack, he said. The rebels have not yet commented on the incident. The government and the rebels are due to meet in Geneva later this month for a second round of peace talks.
    - Claymore attack in Jaffna more ...
  • 71) 10:27 GMT, Apr. 10, 2006 |  + Co-Chair representatives meet with LTTE
    Co-Chair representatives in Sri Lanka arrived in Kilinochchi today 10 April 2006 and had a meeting with Mr.S.P.Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE Political Wing at the Peace Secretariat. Norwegian Ambassador Mr.Hans Bratskar, Japanese Ambassador Mr.Akio Suda, EU Commissioner Mr. Julian Wilson and Netherland’s Ambassador Mr. Reynout Van Dijk currently heading the EU in Sri Lanka briefed Mr.Tamilselvan on the outcome of their meetings with the government and encouraged LTTE to attend Geneva talks scheduled for 19 April 2006. Mr.Tamilselvan, while reiterating LTTE’s commitment to the process, said that much remains to be demonstrated by the government to make Geneva II meaningful. The political head traced the sequence of events immediately following Geneva I, very much contrary to what was pledged by the government delegation on 23 February 2006. more ...
  • 72) 10:22 GMT, Apr. 10, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka's donors head north to meet rebels
    Ambassadors from Sri Lanka's key donor countries headed north to Monday to meet senior Tamil Tiger rebels amid a spurt in violence ahead of peace talks next week. The island had been relatively quiet since January, when the two sides agreed to their first direct talks since 2003, but international truce monitors warn a recent spike in killings could hurt not just the talks but a fragile 2002 ceasefire. Mediator Norway says neither side has made good on pledges made at the first round of talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continuing military action and the government failing to rein in armed groups operating from army-held territory. more ...
  • 73) 16:16 GMT, Apr. 10, 2005 |  + Tension mounts in Sri Lanka amid moves to salvage peace bid
    Tension has escalated in Sri Lanka's restive northeast even as peace broker Norway was set to launch a fresh attempt to keep the two sides engaged in talks, officials and diplomats said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) seized a government soldier in Trincomalee district on Saturday, a day after cease-fire monitors said the rebels had attacked a navy craft in violation of a truce. "There is tension in the region after a spate of attacks last week," a government military official said. The privately-run Sunday Times newspaper said the navy had issued a regional alert amid fears of fresh attacks and warned rebels could hit installations like Colombo's port and Trincomalee's harbour. more ...
  • 74) 11:36 GMT, Apr. 10, 2005 |  + Tamil Tiger rebels free captured Sri Lankan government soldier
    Tamil Tiger rebels Sunday freed a Sri Lankan government soldier they captured a day earlier for allegedly trespassing on guerrilla territory, a top cease-fire monitor said. "The soldier has been released," Hagrup Haukland, head of the European cease-fire monitors told The Associated Press. He said after extensive discussions, the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam had handed the soldier to the monitors. "It's a good sign to see the parties cooperating," Haukland said, about the release. The guerrillas claimed they captured the soldier on Saturday with a rifle and compass wandering in territory under their control _ in Mattur 230 kilometers (140 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo. more ...
  • 75) 17:25 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Rural backlash in Sri Lankan elections
    In the December 2001 general election in Sri Lanka, the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-led coalition suffered a sharp defeat losing 6 percent of its vote and winning in just one of the country’s 22 electoral districts. Just 27 months later, the United National Front (UNF) government has suffered similar reversal at the April 2 election at the hands of the SLFP’s new coalition with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The UNF seat count slumped from 109 to 82, with nine ministers losing their seats. The stage is rapidly being set for a social explosion in many rural areas as people find it increasingly impossible to survive. Rather than looking for solutions from one or other section of the ruling class, farmers and the rural poor have to be begin to look in another direction—to a joint struggle for their interests with the working class in Colombo and other urban centres who confront a similar social disaster. more ...
  • 76) 15:20 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + S.Lanka president keeps three posts in new cabinet
    Sri Lanka's president kept three portfolios including defence when the island's cabinet was named on Saturday, concentrating her power after saying she would also take charge of restarting a peace bid with Tamil rebels. Chandrika Kumaratunga, who takes a hard line on the rebel group that tried to kill her in a suicide bomb attack in 1999, said she wants to resume efforts to end 20 years of civil war, though talk of peace has been overshadowed by clashes between Tiger factions.
    - JVP boycotts UPFA cabinet swearing in ceremony - TamilNet
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  • 77) 13:23 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Friendless Karuna faces a daunting task
    The odds are stacked against the breakaway LTTE leader 'Colonel' Karuna, who is now engaged in a desperate rearguard action to thwart the advance of forces loyal to the outfit's Supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran. Karuna is beginning to pay the price for launching a rebellion against a Leviathan like Prabhakaran, without adequate political, financial and military preparation. Though Karuna has 6,000 well armed cadres under this command, it is clear that he has not been able to stop Prabhakaran's men, numbering no more than 350, from crossing into his territory across the heavily defended and crocodile-infested Verugal river, in just four hours early on Friday. more ...
  • 78) 13:16 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Jaffna posters urge boycott of SLA sponsored sports programs
    Posters appeared in public places in the Jaffna district Saturday appealing to members of the public not to participate in any sports festivals and programmes conducted by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to mark the Tamil Sinhala new year celebrations. These anonymous posters are seen pasted in public places in important junctions in the peninsula, residents said. Poster appearing in the wall of Nelliady market The poster said, "We request individuals or sport clubs not to participate in SLA sponsored sports competitions and other sports activities." The SLA has been organizing sports competitions and other sports related activities in the Jaffna district annually to mark the Tamil-Sinhala New Year day celebration since the signing of the ceasefire agreement by the United National Front government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. more ...
  • 79) 13:01 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Marxist ally boycotts swearing in of new Sri Lanka cabinet
    Sri Lanka's President President Chandrika Kumaratunga inducted a cabinet for the new minority government, but her main ally boycotted the ceremony, officials said. Kumaratunga had delayed the swearing-in ceremony to give more time to hammer out a compromise with the Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, over a key appointment but failed, officials in her office said on Saturday. They said, however, that four cabinet positions were reserved for the JVP to take later. Kumaratunga's Freedom Alliance narrowly won last week's elections, but will be a shaky minority government in parliament. more ...
  • 80) 12:41 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka east on edge after rebel factions clash
    Sri Lanka's east remained volatile on Saturday with unconfirmed reports of fresh clashes between rival Tamil Tiger factions, a day after the worst fighting since a two-year truce halted the island's civil war. Officials said the death toll in Friday's violence could be triple initial reports, and thousands of frightened civilians were holed up in schools after fleeing the clashes the government said were a violation of the February 2002 ceasefire. "Fighting began again a short while ago about 16 km north of Valaichchenai," said Agnes Bragadottir, spokeswoman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, referring to a town in the eastern district of Batticaloa, about 220 km east of Colombo. more ...
  • 81) 12:40 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka Pres Likely To Name Self As Defense,Finance Min
    In a bid to secure more power, Sri Lanka's president was set to name herself defense minister and finance minister at her new Cabinet's swearing-in on Saturday, an official said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's coalition emerged as the strongest presence in last week's parliamentary elections, winning 105 seats in the 225-member Parliament, but fell eight seats short of a majority. Sri Lanka's presidents often take top Cabinet positions in an effort to consolidate their power. The new Cabinet's swearing-in was delayed by several hours Saturday due to bickering over the leadership of key ministries. more ...
  • 82) 12:38 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Tamil Tiger rebels withdraw fighters to protect base
    A renegade Tamil rebel commander has pulled thousands of fighters back to defend his fortified base in eastern Sri Lanka after the main rebel faction advanced against him with heavy mortar and gun fire, a military official and witnesses said Saturday. Fighting on Friday between the Tamil Tiger rebel factions, which killed at least nine people and wounded 20, was the worst since a 2002 truce halted the country's 19-year civil war and threatened the fragile peace that has enveloped the nation. Breakaway commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, also known as Karuna, recalled 2,000 of his about 6,000 fighters to his Thoppigala base to set up defenses, a military official said on condition of anonymity. more ...
  • 83) 21:28 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Perfide Indiae
    Many Sri Lankans also believe there was a RAW hand in the assassination of Lalith Athulathmudali and having generated sufficient hostility among the populace against President Ranasinghe Premadasa, moved for his kill. Sri Lanka has to come to grips with the fact that RAW moves in mysterious ways its wonders to perform. RAW was at work: when Somawansa Amarasinghe had to flee the country to escape being brought to justice, it was RAW that smuggled him out via India. Amarasinghe on his triumphant return to Sri Lanka in 2001 was to thank India for that bit of support in his first public address...Now, finally, Sen has chosen to take sides within the LTTE itself, pouring aid to Karuna's breakaway faction in the east. As much as a split in the LTTE's ranks is a consummation devoutly to be wished, Sen's real agenda is hardly the Sri Lankan national interest. It is also no secret that Sen had a closed door meeting with Arumugam Thondaman soon after the elections and how the CWC leader moves in the weeks to come will be an indication of the message he received from the Indian High Commissioner. The time has come to show this double agent for what he is, yet another in the long line of saboteurs who have passed off as Indian High commissioners in Sri Lanka. Perfide Indiae, indeed. more ...
  • 84) 21:09 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Empty pledges on peace
    Still riding on the crest of an electoral victory, President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week was quick to reassure the masses and the international community that war is not imminent, but that she intends beginning peace talks "soon" with the LTTE. Interestingly, the President has failed to outline any specific plan or conditions for a structured and comprehensive dialogue with the Tamil Tigers. How President Chandrika Kumaratunga will handle this situation to progress with the peace process is yet to be seen - and is an aspect related to the peace process that even the very mercurial and verbose President has chosen to refrain from any comment. On this one she is wary of, on the surface at least - of displaying any outward signs of flirting with Karuna. Even Ranil Wickremesinghe steered clear - instead sending clear signals to the LTTE that the UNF was interested in negotiating solely with Velupillai Pirapaharan. more ...
  • 85) 18:47 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + Operation to expel Karuna from Tamil homeland begun- LTTE



    PRESS RELEASE: LTTEs Political wing, Thamiz Eezham(in Tamil)
    Courtesy: TamilNatham

    The political section of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in a press release said that the LTTE has started co-ordinated operations to expel renegade LTTE commander ‘Karuna,' Mr. Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan, from the Tamil Homeland, Daya Master, media coordinator for LTTE, said from Vanni. A translation of excerpts from the press release follows: "Renegade commander Karuna is continuing to engage in activities against the leadership of LTTE and the public. Forces against Tamil nationalism are believed to be providing support to his actions. We are taking all efforts to bring a closure to Karuna's actions and the resulting disturbances and anxiety caused in the east. We will take every effort to avoid bloodshed and loss of lives. Karuna is also taking steps to prevent fighters from leaving his command to join their parents or to join with our movement. more ...
  • 86) 03:02 GMT, Apr. 10, 2004 |  + The geo-politics of South Asia and Sri Lanka’s changing fortunes
    Two dramatic developments in Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict recently are the USA’s direct involvement in it and India’s renewed interest in the affairs of the island nation. For the past fifty years, while the ethnic conflict between the Sinhala and Tamil people raged at varying levels of intensity, not once had the USA evinced an interest in it, except to say that it was within India’s sphere of influence and that India should help sort it out. On the other hand, after burning its fingers through its ill fated involvement in Sri Lanka during Rajiv Gandhi’s regime, India had also distanced itself from the imbroglio. Of late however, both the USA and India have done a volte face and have inserted themselves in the Sri Lankan problem, the former with much greater energy than the latter, which makes it the more inexplicable. more ...
  • 87) 16:25 GMT, Apr. 10, 2003 |  + Australia and New Zealand could play a role to find a Bougainville style solution for Tamils' demand for Self-determination in Sri Lanka
    One year has already lapsed after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Mr Ranil Wickramasing, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Mr Veluppillai Prabakaran. Both sides have admirably worked hard not to disrupt the fragile cease-fire. Although the general public has not reaped the benefit of the relative peace to its full potential yet, many people have started to live at least without the fear of war. The negotiators of both sides have met 6 times and discussed mainly issues related to alleviating human suffering and uplifting the living conditions of the public in the war torn areas. The time has now come for both the parties to get into the details of a permanent political solution to the ethnic crisis. more ...
  • 88) 15:50 GMT, Apr. 10, 2003 |  + Vajpayee seeks Jaya's views on Sri Lankan issues
    Early repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from Tamil Nadu and their proper resettlement in Sri lanka, among other issues were taken up by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa when Prime Minister A B Vajpayee telephoned her before meeting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga in New Delhi today. The need to resolve the problem of Sri Lankan fishermen attacking their counterparts in Tamil Nadu near the international boundary line was also emphasised by the Chief Minister during the telephonic discussion, an official press release said. more ...
  • 89) 15:46 GMT, Apr. 10, 2003 |  + Why India cannot afford a pre-emptive strike on Pak
    The pre-emptive US war in Iraq is not yet over but its international fallout has already begun. A spat has started between India and Pakistan over whether the doctrine of pre-emption can be extended to South Asia. First came the assertion by India’s Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha that India had ‘‘a much better case to go for pre-emptive action against Pakistan than the US has in Iraq’’. more ...
  • 90) 14:13 GMT, Apr. 10, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka justice system said conducive to torturers
    ‘The Sri Lankan criminal justice system is contributing to a climate of impunity for police and security officials who commit torture’ observed the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) in oral submission Wednesday on 'Torture in Sri Lanka' at the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Citing an earlier research report on torture in Sri Lanka, the ALRC said in its submission that due to defects in the criminal justice system, people in Sri Lanka often regard torture as unavoidable. more ...
  • 91) 11:47 GMT, Apr. 10, 2003 |  + 'Tamils living abroad have an important role to play in our struggle'
    As far as Tamil people are concerned, our demand for self-governance has been outstanding for over fifty years. Tamils living abroad have an important role to play in our struggle. We see the diaspora as an integral part of the Tamil nation. Around a million of our people live abroad. We don't consider them distinct from the people at home. The diaspora has played a huge role in fostering and supporting the Tamil struggle. We will not forget the help you gave us. However, while the peace talks are happening, it would be wrong of you to think your contribution is no longer needed now there is peace and that negotiations could solve everything. There are many projects and schemes that need to be implemented to rebuild our economy. We cannot expect foreign countries to help us to any great extent. Our people should continue to help build our own economy. An administrative structure is developing in our homeland; a Tamil Eelam infrastructure is in place. We have a legal system and a police force. more ...
  • 92) 10:59 GMT, Apr. 10, 2003 |  + SLA-TNA garrison talks fail to reach consensus
    The Tamil National Alliance’s talks with the defense ministry officials at the Jaffna district secretariat Wednesday afternoon failed to arrive at a consensus on the question of finding an alternative site for the SLA’s Jaffna town brigade headquarters, and the TNA is to hold further discussions with the Prime Minister Thursday morning in Colombo, TNA parliamentary group leader, Mr.R.Sampanthan, told TamilNet on his return to Colombo Wednesday. The SLA’s earlier plan to locate its Jaffna brigade headquarters in municipal lands drew widespread criticism from the civil society in Jaffna, the TNA and the LTTE, and the plan was later abandoned at the intervention of the Prime Minister, who at a meeting with the TNA parliamentarians had agreed that talks be held between the TNA and the SLA on finding an alternative site. more ...
  • 93) 10:48 GMT, Apr. 10, 2003 |  + Stalin's arrest sparks protests across Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry
    DMK supporters on Thursday took to the streets in several parts of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, holding demonstrations to protest the arrest of M K Stalin and five other legislators for "trespassing" into Queen Mary's college in Chennai. As many as seven DMK MLAs of Pondicherry were on Thursday arrested for staging demonstrations. Elsewhere in Tamil Nadu, several DMK partymen, including some former MPs and MLAs, were taken into custody for staging demonstrations, according to police. more ...
  • 94) 10:46 GMT, Apr. 10, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan rebels discuss release of child soldiers
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels met on Thursday to finalise a UNICEF plan to rehabilitate child soldiers recruited by the rebels during a 19-year civil war. The Tigers have pledged several times in the past to stop recruiting child soldiers and their release of the children is seen as a litmus test of their sincerity in the current peace process. UNICEF resident representative Ted Chaiban said the government and rebels would meet for two days of workshops in the rebel-held north, beginning on Thursday, to work out a comprehensive plan on war-affected children, to be implemented from May. more ...
  • 95) 13:54 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka, rebels get month to end highway bus spat
    Nordic truce monitors said on Wednesday they had given the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels 30 days to resolve a dispute over bus services for the main highway in the war zone. The government has complained about a rebel refusal to let buses travel along the A-9 highway -- the biggest test yet of a Norwegian-brokered truce agreement signed in February. "They will have 30 days from April 8 to negotiate the movement of buses," Norwegian Major-General Trond Furuhovde told Reuters. more ...
  • 96) 13:50 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Tamil Tiger chief to give historic press conference amid peace push
    Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was to give his first press conference in 12 years, in which observers believe he may pronounce the rebels' verdict on moves to end three decades of ethnic bloodshed in Sri Lanka. The rare press conference on Wednesday comes after Norwegian peace brokers announced face-to-face talks between the government and the Tamil Tigers next month in Thailand, following an indefinite ceasefire that took effect February 23. more ...
  • 97) 13:24 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Tamil Tiger radio discovers English - and capitalism
    People across northern Sri Lanka will soon be able to listen to their favourite but clandestine Tamil Tiger radio station in English too. With winds of peace now blowing over the conflict-ridden island nation, the Voice of Tigers (VOT) radio station, owned and operated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is also discovering that there is money to be made. Modelled on the lines of the well-known rebel Radio Venceremos in distant El Salvador, the VOT was born in 1990 with just one reporter and a weak antenna to rebut government propaganda against the Tamil guerrillas. more ...
  • 98) 11:06 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Rebel security cuts off media in Sri Lanka jungle
    Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels threw a security blanket around their leader's first news conference in a decade on Wednesday, frisking hundreds of journalists and ordering them to leave equipment behind in a dusty jungle town. Fearing an assassination attempt on Velupillai Prabhakaran, rebels spent hours combing through television equipment before the journalists were taken to meet the leader at an undisclosed location near Kilinochchi, about 280 km (175 miles) north of Colombo. ''We are afraid of a repeat of what happened to Ahmad Shah Masood,'' one rebel told Reuters, recalling the anti-Taliban Afghan general killed just days before the September 11 attacks on the United States. Assassins posing as television journalists killed Masood when they detonated explosives packed in a TV camera. more ...
  • 99) 11:04 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Glitch over broadcast of Sri Lanka rebel leader
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels banned a live broadcast of a news conference by their leader on Wednesday, citing concern for the security of a man many demonise as the mastermind of one of the world's longest conflicts. With Norwegian-sponsored peace talks just weeks away, the 1100 GMT news conference by the reclusive Prabhakaran has gripped the attention of a nation wondering whether he can make the transition from guerrilla to political leader. more ...
  • 100) 10:47 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Tamil rebel chief set to talk
    Tamil Tiger rebel leader in Sri Lanka Velupillai Prabhakaran is due to hold a rare press conference in a few hours' time in the rebel-controlled town of Kilinochchi. His decision to speak about the peace process has generated further optimism that an end to a conflict that has killed more than 65,000 people might be in sight. It comes in the wake of the ceasefire agreed between the Tamil Tigers and government forces in late December.
  • High expectations over Prabhakaran press meet more ...
  • 101) 10:35 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Plans Major Media Reforms
    Sri Lanka will introduce major media reforms this year, Sri lankan Minister of Mass Communications Imtiaz Bakeer Makar has said. Minister of Mass Communications Imtiaz Bakeer Makar told Parliament Tuesday that action is being taken on several fronts towards this end. Among reforms envisaged are a Freedom of Information Act giving media men free access to information sources and a Media Military Charter to bring closer understanding between security and media personnel. more ...
  • 102) 20:59 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Marxists protest Norway's peace bid in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lankan Marxists marched to the Norwegian embassy in Colombo on Wednesday to protest Oslo's efforts to end the island's 19-year ethnic war. Hundreds of red-shirted protesters from the People's Liberation Front (JVP) chanted slogans outside the embassy hours before Tamil rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was due to address his first news conference in more than a decade. The conference has gripped the attention of a nation wondering whether he can make the transition from guerrilla to political leader and give a sign that he wants to end a conflict that has killed about 64,000 people since 1983. more ...
  • 103) 20:57 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Even LTTE can start transport service in competition with others - Minister Mrapana
    Buses can be provided to the LTTE too for starting a transport service between Colombo and Jaffna in competition with other operators who have sought permission to commence bus services to Jaffna along the A9 highway, said Defence, Transport, Highways and Civil Aviation Minister Tilak Marapana yesterday. The Minister made this observation after receiving twenty buses rehabilitated by the Kesco (Keppetipola Engineering Services Company) for redeployment at a ceremony at the Transport Ministry at D.R.Wijewardene Mawatha, Colombo. more ...
  • 104) 20:06 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan rebel chief meets press amid tight security
    The body checks for the approximately 200 journalists who travelled to rebel-held northern Sri Lanka were so thorough that reporters had to remove their socks for security officials to check between their toes. "We are very sorry for the inconvenience," said a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam official. During the proceedings, Prabhakaran's platform was surrounded by six security officials wearing blue shirts and sun glasses who scanned the crowd like the Secret Service agents of a U.S. president. more ...
  • 105) 02:44 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Rousing welcome for LTTE leaders
    Around 30,000 civilians gathered yesterday at the Trincomalee jetty to welcome LTTE political wing leaders who arrived from Muttur by passenger ship to open an LTTE political office at 120, Green road Trincomalee. Government workers, students and people from all walks of life gathered there to witness this historic occasion and to greet the LTTE leaders for their entry to politics. more ...
  • 106) 19:26 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Tiger chief says time not right to give up armed struggle
    Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran announced that conditions were not right for his guerrilla group to give up their decades-old armed struggle for an independent state called Eelam. "Tamil Eelam is the demand of the Tamil people and not the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam)," Prabhakaran said at his first press conference in 12 years, on Wednesday. He said the Sri Lankan government must recognize the minority Tamil community's right to a homeland, a nation and to self-determination. more ...
  • 107) 19:22 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Rebel Leader Still Demands Tamil State
    The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels says he is sincere about pursuing peace, but would not give up his demand for a separate state for minority Tamils. Velupillai Prabhakaran at his first news conference in more than a decade on Wednesday said conditions are not yet right for him to abandon his quest for statehood. Mr. Prabhakaran's Tamil tigers have been battling Sri Lankan government troops since 1983, seeking a separate state in the island's north and east. In February this year, the two sides signed a Norwegian-brokered peace plan to end a conflict that has killed more than 60,000d people. They are preparing for direct peace talks next month in Thailand. more ...
  • 108) 18:02 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Time not ripe to give up arms: Prabhakaran
    Addressing his first press conference in 12 years, Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran said on Wednesdayh conditions were not right to give up the guerrillas' decades-old armed struggle with the Sri Lankan government for an independent state called Eelam. Addressing his first press conference in 12 years, Prabhakaran also insisted that a 1998 government ban on his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should be lifted if it is to enter Norwegian-brokered talks in Thailand sometime next month. "Tamil Eelam is the demand of the Tamil people and not the LTTE," Prabhakaran said, adding that the Sri Lankan government must recognise the minority Tamil community's right to a homeland, a nation and to self-determination. more ...
  • 109) 17:36 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Tamil Tiger chief 'wants peace'
    The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, has said he is committed to peace. But in his first address to the media for 12 years, he insisted the government must lift its ban on his organisation before direct talks planned for next month. Speaking near the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi, Mr Prabhakaran said the Tigers' campaign of suicide bombings was a thing of the past. more ...
  • 110) 17:26 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan rebel chief wants Indian role in peace
    The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels called on Wednesday for improved relations between his group and India, saying India was crucial for a Norwegian-brokered peace process for Sri Lanka. Rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran declined to comment on a question about his role in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was blown up by a suicide bomber in Tamil Nadu after sending troops to crush Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels. more ...
  • 111) 17:20 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Rebel Chief Vows Peace, Wants Tamil State
    The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels told his first news conference in more than a decade Wednesday he was sincere about pursuing peace but would not give up his demand for a state for minority Tamils. "The conditions have not yet arisen to abandon the policy of state hood," Velupillai Prabhakaran told reporters in this dusty jungle town 175 miles north of Colombo. more ...
  • 112) 17:16 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Tamil Rebel Gives News Conference
    The head of the Tamil Tiger rebels, one of South Asia's most wanted men, gave his first news conference in 15 years Wednesday and said conditions are not yet right for abandoning the fight for an independent state. ``The struggle for political independence is the demand of Tamil people,'' Velupillai Prabhakaran said. But he said his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are ``sincerely and seriously committed to peace'' as demonstrated by their declared cease-fire in the 18-year-old separatist war. more ...
  • 113) 17:14 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination a tragic incident; India should lift ban on LTTE: Prabhakaran
    Addressing a press Conference for the first time in 12 years, LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran described the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi as a tragic incident. He said it was not possible for him to say much on the incident as it happened around 10 years ago. Prabhakaran, however, made an appeal to the Indian government to lift ban on his guerrilla organisation and also sought its mediation to facilitate peace talks with the Sri Lankan government. more ...
  • 114) 17:08 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Rebels Stick to Guns on Separate State
    The mastermind of Sri Lanka's 19-year ethnic war pledged to pursue peace on Wednesday but stopped short of removing the biggest obstacle to a settlement -- his demand for a separate state for minority Tamils. Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, speaking at his first news conference in more than a decade, also called for an Indian role in a Norwegian-sponsored peace plan, widely seen as the best chance to end a war that has killed about 64,000 people. more ...
  • 115) 15:13 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + Tamil Tiger chief 'wants peace'
    Speaking near the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi, he said the Tigers were committed to peace and taking part in talks with the government next month. But he warned that the government must first lift its ban on his organisation. Mr Prabhakaran's decision to speak about the peace process has been generating optimism that an end to a conflict that has killed more than 65,000 people might be in sight. It comes in the wake of the ceasefire agreed between the Tamil Tigers and government forces in late December. more ...
  • 116) 01:42 GMT, Apr. 10, 2002 |  + ADB provides US$ 915 million
    The Manila based Asian Development Bank will grant an aggregate sum of US$ 915.35 million (over Rs. 86.04 billion) to Sri Lanka as aid and outright grant commencing this year and ending in 2005, authoritative Government sources told the 'Daily News' yesterday. The US$ 915.35 million grant will comprise US$ 15.35 million as an outright grant from the ADB which was pledged during the recent visit of the ADB President Tadao Chino to Sri Lanka while the remaining US$ 900 million will be repayable on concessionary terms and will be long term, according to these sources. more ...
  • 117) 17:56 GMT, Apr. 10, 2001 |  + Black badge protest a success- CTTU
    "The protest campaign by Tamil students, teachers and principals condemning the atrocities committed on the two Tamil married women in Mannar in the north eastern province today was a success. Over fifteen thousand teachers and four hundred thousand students participated in the campaign," said Mr.T. Mahasivam, General Secretary of the Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union (CTTU) Tuesday. Students and teachers in all schools in the Jaffna peninsula and in Trincomalee town wore black arm bands and badges Tuesday in protest against the sexual assault by security forces personnel on Sivamani Weerakoon and Wijikala Nanthakumar who were in the custody of the Police in Mannar and similar atrocities against Tamil women by Sri Lanka's armed forces. more ...
  • 118) 15:21 GMT, Apr. 10, 2001 |  + Tamil parties protest in Colombo
    More than four hundred Tamils demonstrated against sexual violence by the Sri Lankan security forces in the heart of downtown Colombo Tuesday. The protest was led by an alliance of eleven Tamil political parties, including the Tamil United Liberation Front. " We are not, through this demonstration, making an appeal to the government. We believe that there is no point in appealing to this government about atrocities committed by the security forces against the Tamils. We doing this to impress upon the world our predicament" said the chief organizer of the demonstration, Mr. Mano Ganeshan who is the leader of the Democratic Workers' Congress. more ...
  • 119) 13:06 GMT, Apr. 10, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka Set to Implement Holiday Truce
    Sri Lanka was set to declare a cease-fire for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, but stopped short of meeting a rebel demand for a full truce before possible peace talks, a senior government official said on Tuesday . ``There will be a cessation of all hostile military operations from midnight on April 13 to midnight on April 16,'' said a senior government official. HA full truce in response to a unilateral rebel cease-fire had been demanded by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighting for a separate Tamil state in the north and east of the island before any peace negotiations started. more ...
  • 120) 12:59 GMT, Apr. 10, 2001 |  + Lankan Opposition calls for consensus on talks with LTTE
    Even as Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo Jon Westborg briefed President Chandrika Kumaratunga on his talks with the LTTE leadership in Wanni, the opposition United National Party (UNP) has called for a national consensus on the outcome of peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tigers. Mr Westborg, who called on the President on Sunday, apprised her of his recent meeting with Mr S P Tamilchelvan, head of the political wing of the LTTE. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was also present during the briefing. Meanwhile, Sihala Urumaya (SU), a hardcore party of the Sinhalese, said it would start a campaign against the peace talks between the government and LTTE from April 25. The campaign would demand the government stop all peace talks and force it to finalise the ongoing war against the terrorists. more ...
  • 121) 12:52 GMT, Apr. 10, 2001 |  + Law steps in as rape incidents increase with Tamil women
    The Supreme Court yesterday ordered police to release from their custody a Tamil girl who said in her petition that she had been sexually molested and forced to sign a statement in Sinhala which she did not understand. The Mannar magistrates court also ordered the release of two Tamil girls on bail who claimed they were raped and tortured after being taken to the Police Special Investigative Unit in Mannar last month. The judge has ordered the arrest of three policemen named by these girls and one naval officer alleged to have been involved in the ugly incident. An identification parade is also to be held where the young women are expected to point out the perpetrators of the crime. more ...
  • 122) 12:47 GMT, Apr. 10, 2001 |  + SLA op. scares civilians from Batticaloa interior
    People from the interior of the northwestern hinterland of Batticaloa began moving out of their hamlets from early morning Tuesday fearing an operation by the Sri Lanka army against the positions of the Liberation Tigers in Thoppikkal and Tharavai. Families in Miyankalkulam and Tharavai abandoned their homesteads and began arriving Tuesday morning in Thihilivettai, a village close to the SLA controlled main coastal road, 25 kilometers north of Batticaloa with their personal belongings and cattle. The army warned civilians in Batticaloa early last week to move away from the military camps of the Liberation Tigers because operations against their positions were imminent. more ...
  • 123) 10:58 GMT, Apr. 10, 2001 |  + Asian Development Bank Funds Sri Lanka $100M For Private Sector
    Manila-based Asian Development Bank said Tuesday it had earmarked lending for key infrastructure developments in Sri Lanka, but added that the funds were tied to structural reforms in these sectors. John Cooney, the bank's resident representative in Sri Lanka, told Dow Jones Newswires the ADB had pledged US$90 million to part-finance a highway from the capital to the southern port city of Galle. "Agreed future intervention will be linked to reforms in the road sector," Cooney said in an interview. Cooney said Sri Lanka's road network had not been designed and constructed "to strategically link the capital to logistical hubs in the provinces." more ...
  • 124) 10:51 GMT, Apr. 10, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka jets bomb Tiger naval targets
    Sri Lankan air force jets Tuesday bombarded suspected boat landing points of Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the island's north, the defence ministry said. The aircraft carried out the attacks at Nagathivanthurai along the Jaffna lagoon and at Muhamalai on the Jaffna peninsula, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. Pilots had confirmed hitting the targets, but there were no immediate reports of rebel casualties, he said. The air attacks were stepped up after reports of a rebel buildup around the Jaffna peninsula for a possible fresh offensive. more ...
  • 125) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Military Gains in Battle
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  • 126) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + LTTE rebels release officer of captured ship
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  • 127) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Fresh land and air attacks as Sri Lanka fighting enters third week
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  • 128) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Protestors blockade Jaffna Kachcheri
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  • 129) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Education policies and ethnic relations in Sri Lanka
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  • 130) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Sends Reinforcements To Defend Northern Pass
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  • 131) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Senior Sri Lanka Monks Decline To Meet Pres On Ending War
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  • 132) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + S.Lanka's Buddhist monks shun peace move meeting
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  • 133) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka army in fresh offensive against rebels
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  • 134) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Buddhists put off talks
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  • 135) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + A9 - SLA tries again
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  • 136) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + S.Lanka's Buddhist monks shun peace move meeting
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  • 137) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Over 400 dead in latest Tamil offensive near Jaffna
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  • 138) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Chandrika to meet top monks to clarify stand
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  • 139) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + 377 Lankan troops killed, 4,398 injured since December: Report
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  • 140) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + State media confirms Leader expose
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  • 141) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Police killed in hill country attack
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  • 142) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka appeals to peace critics
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  • 143) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 1999 |  + More bodies found in Jaffna and Batticaloa
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  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 1999 |  + Empty ballot box found in Galle school premises
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  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 1999 |  + Skeletons raise fears of more mass graves in Sri Lanka
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  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 1999 |  + Refugees not coming to Canada
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  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 1998 |  + Tamil gunmen operating with Colombo troops
    No details available. more ...
  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Apr. 10, 1998 |  + Top Sri Lankan athlete suspended
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