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

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Gary Anandasangaree

Human Rights Violations

  • 1998 | Missing persons found dead
    Three bodies of the four civilians who were reported missing since May 24 in Murunkan in the Mannar district have been found the Murunkan Police informed the Mannar District judge today.
  • 2000 | Killing of Civilians and Ethnic Cleansing
    Despite our Urgent Appeal of 04/05/2000 (Ref. No. AC/07/05 - Imminent danger in the Island of Sri Lanka), some countries have supplied large quantities of sophisticated arms and ammunition to the Sri Lanka government.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 752 | இல்லாரை எல்லாரும் எள்ளுவர் செல்வரை
    எல்லாரும் செய்வர் சிறப்பு.
    Those who have nought all will despise;
    All raise the wealthy to the skies.
    - 76 76
  • May 30 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) May 30, 2019 17:41:40 GMT |  + Rogers vice chairman reportedly calls for banning Huawei from Canada’s 5G network
    Canadian telecom provider Rogers Communications Inc.’s vice chairman, Philip Lind, said on Thursday that Huawei Technologies Co. should be banned from Canada’s 5G network, Bloomberg reported. While Huawei is cheaper and sophisticated compared with other alternatives, its close relationship to the Chinese government is troubling, Lind told BNN Bloomberg in a TV interview. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are expected to discuss about the dispute with China over Huawei during a meeting in Ottawa on Thursday. more ...
  • 2) May 30, 2019 17:17:07 GMT |  + Freed Sri Lanka Buddhist monk vows to expose Islamist militancy
    A hardline Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against minority Muslims in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday he planned to denounce Islamist militants after he was freed from prison last week by presidential pardon. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, head of the hardline Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or "Buddhist Power Force", arrives at a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, head of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or “Buddhist Power Force”, was pardoned by President Maithripala Sirisena after serving nine months of a six-year sentence for contempt of court. more ...
  • 3) May 30, 2019 17:14:43 GMT |  + Fear haunts refugees in Sri Lanka in wake of attacks
    While many from the local community stepped in to try and help, they were driven out of their rented homes by others who accused them of being connected to bomb attacks on churches and hotels around the country on April 21 that killed 250 people and injured many more. As they shelter in the city, which was the site of one of the church attacks, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working closely with Sri Lankan authorities to find more suitable, temporary places to move the families so they can live in dignity and safety during this difficult time. But in the climate of fear following the attacks, it has not been easy. more ...
  • 4) May 30, 2019 17:11:33 GMT |  + CRA signs secret settlement with wealthy KPMG clients involved in offshore tax scheme
    The Canada Revenue Agency has once again made a secret out-of-court settlement with wealthy KPMG clients caught using what the CRA itself had alleged was a "grossly negligent" offshore "sham" set up to avoid detection by tax authorities, CBC's The Fifth Estate and Radio-Canada's Enquête have learned. This, despite the Liberal government's vow to crack down on high net-worth taxpayers who used the now-infamous Isle of Man scheme. The scheme orchestrated by accounting giant KPMG enabled clients to dodge tens of millions of dollars in taxes in Canada by making it look as if multimillionaires had given away their fortunes to anonymous overseas shell companies and get their investment income back as tax-free gifts. more ...
  • 5) May 30, 2019 17:07:08 GMT |  + Australia returns 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers after boat intercepted
    A boat carrying 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers has been intercepted on its way to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs and deputy prime minister Michael McCormack have confirmed authorities intercepted the boat last week and the asylum seekers had been returned to Sri Lanka. According to reports in the Australian, the vessel, which was carrying at least one baby, was spotted in the Indian Ocean heading for the north-west coast. more ...
  • 6) May 30, 2019 16:30:13 GMT |  + Federal government quietly offered a settlement to halt lawsuits over immigration program
    The federal government made a secret settlement to quash two lawsuits that claimed its contentious online application process to reunite immigrant families was flawed and unfair, CBC News has learned. To resolve the group litigation, the government awarded at least 70 coveted spots to applicants allowing them to sponsor their parents' or grandparents' immigration to Canada. more ...
  • 7) May 30, 2019 14:29:05 GMT |  + Sexism, slander, hatred: Sri Lanka’s culture of online abuse
    The threats began after Jegatheeswaram Jeyachandrika decided to contest local government elections. Clutching a file of printouts, Meena, as she is known, points to a Facebook post in which she is pictured, circled in red, among a group of people. “We opened some new shops that day, part of a collective project,” she says. “This post implies that I’m the mistress of one of the ministers in the photo.” more ...
  • 8) May 30, 2017 20:21:19 GMT |  + Prabhakaran wanted me dead
    Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Sivajilingam is identified as a politician who always raises his voice on issues confronting the people of the North, a one-time Parliamentarian who created a sensation by contesting from the Kurunegala district during the 2015 Parliamentary elections. As a political bureau member of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) he entered politics at a very young age. Born in Velvettithurai he knew Prabhakaran from his childhood. Once Prabhakaran approached Sivajilingam for assistance to flee to India as there was a threat on his life, but later it boomeranged on him with the attempts made by Prabhakaran on Sivajilingam’s life. more ...
  • 9) May 30, 2017 20:18:22 GMT |  + Protest seeking info on Sri Lanka’s missing people enters 100 day
    A protest in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north by families of mostly Tamils disappeared during and after the country’s over three-decade long civil war entered its 100 day on Tuesday. The families have been seeking information on their missing family members from the government, claiming that there was no response from authorities. The protesters, sitting in Kilinochchi for the last 100 days, said the government must act with urgency to provide them answers. “We want justice where are our children?” they said.
  • 10) May 30, 2017 15:45:18 GMT |  + Martina meets Tamil delegation in Derry to recall 2009
    Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met with a delegation of Tamils in Derry to remember the 2009 massacre by the Sri Lankan military. Representatives from Palestine and the Basque country were also in attendance. Foyle MEP Martina Anderson said that between January and May 2009 tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were murdered “in an outrageous war crime”. “The UN estimates that at least 70,000 Tamils were killed when the Sri Lankan army carried out a brutal attack on an area it had designated a supposedly ‘safe zone’ in the north of the island. more ...
  • 11) May 30, 2017 15:43:30 GMT |  + Plantation Tamils need Administrative power first; political power next - Thilakaraj
    Visibly, people are not satisfied. Ordinary people expect physical appearance of development in terms of bridges, roads etc. There is a lack of development. I must tell you the truth. However, expectations of people before two years ago were something different. There were bridges, roads, harbours and all. But, there was no democracy. Now there is democracy in terms of media freedom, proper use of executive and parliamentary powers etc.We cannot deny the fact that we are people of Indian origin. If you look at history, all our ancestors had been of Indian origin. But, in our case, in the census report, we are registered as ‘Indian Tamils’, not even as ‘Indian origin Tamils’. We hate that form more ...
  • 12) May 30, 2017 15:39:32 GMT |  + Tamil Nadu: 4 arrested under Goondas Act for holding candlelight march in support of Sri Lankan Tamils
    Tamil Nadu Police has arrested 4 men under Goondas Act including, Thirumurugan Gandhi, the convenor of 'May 17 Movememt'. The 'May 17 Movement' is a pro-Tamil organisation which has sympathy towards Sri Lankan Tamils and believes that that Tamilians are oppressed in the north. After the 2009 massacre of Lankan Tamils on the last 3 days of Srilankan civil war, 'May 17 Movement' hold a candlelight march at Marina beach every year during the last week of May. The candlelight march has been held every year peacefully with volunteers carrying candles and slogans supporting Lankan Tamils. For undisclosed reasons, Chennai Police did not give permission for the candlelight march on May 21. But Thirumurugan Gandhi and others marched on Marina beach and were arrested. more ...
  • 13) May 30, 2017 15:18:42 GMT |  + Ontario becomes 2nd province to go ahead with $15 an hour minimum wage
    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced a plan to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019. The increase would be phased in over the next 18 months, rising to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018, and then to $15 the following January. After that, it will rise annually with inflation. "People are working longer, jobs are less secure, benefits are harder to come by and protections are fewer and fewer," said Wynne. "In a time of change like this, when the very nature of work is being transformed, we need to make certain that our workers are treated fairly." more ...
  • 14) May 30, 2016 15:51:08 GMT |  + Immigration consultant appointed as Tourism Ambassador to Canada - A terrible joke - Bandula Jayasekara
    If an Immigration Consultant who brings ‘refugees’ to Canada for a living is appointed the Tourism Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Canada - I rest my case. The newly appointed Tourism Ambassador came to Canada as a ‘refugee’ renouncing his rights as a citizen of Sri Lanka alleging that Sri Lanka has persecuted him and it would have been a danger to his life had he stayed. And now, the Minister of Tourism Promotion appoints the same person as "Tourism Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Canada". This is a sad day for Sri Lanka, a sad day for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration and a disastrous day for Canadian Immigration authorities." more ...
  • 15) May 30, 2016 15:41:25 GMT |  + Hundreds pay homage to late son of LTTE chief Prabhakaran in Chennai
    On the occasion, founder and General Secretary of the regional Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party, Vaiko, sought autonomy for Tamils residing in Sri Lanka. "They are not demanding any separation. They are fighting to get their homeland, which they ruled for thousands of years," he said. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in 2009 in the final months the war, a United Nations (UN) panel has said.
  • 16) May 30, 2016 15:31:47 GMT |  + These Lankan refugee sisters graduated from school, but they need your help
    Last Tuesday, Vashini’s father died after being electrocuted. It was also the same day the Class XII results were announced. Vashini scored 84.4 per cent in the Board Exams while her sister scored 887 out of 1200. A day of joy and celebration turned to one of grief and mourning. While a social worker at the Martha Foundation have promised to help the two students, financial problems are a major issue for those in refugee camps. “The youth who have graduated are not able to find jobs here. Many of them also drop out of schools and colleges in the camp due to peer pressure,” said a social worker. more ...
  • 17) May 30, 2016 15:26:46 GMT |  + Alleged war crimes: PM announces probe will be domestic, no foreign judges
    It is immediately not clear whether the Government informally sounded out the United States or other key players in the Human Rights Council and obtained their nod in any form before choosing to go ahead with a domestic inquiry. The move for a domestic inquiry appears to have displeased the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and diaspora groups. TNA leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan told the Sunday Times, “The resolution was considerably watered down because the Government showed a positive attitude. We would request that the UNHRC resolution be implemented. There is no room for misunderstanding.” more ...
  • 18) May 30, 2014 14:04:00 GMT |  +  Jayalalithaa to meet Modi Tuesday, submit list of issues
    Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday and submit a list of issues concerning Tamil Nadu, it was announced on Friday. The memorandum will include long-pending issues crucial to Tamil Nadu and on which the central government needs to act, an official statement said. This will be Jayalalithaa's first meeting with Modi after he became the prime minister May 26. The Tamil Nadu chief minister didn't attend his May 26 inauguration after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was invited to the event. more ...
  • 19) May 30, 2014 14:03:19 GMT |  + If Rajapaksa flaunts Narendra Modi, Tamil leaders have Jayalalithaa
    No sooner than the chief minister of the northern province of Sri Lanka refused to join Mahinda Rajapaksa for the swearing in ceremony of prime minister Narendra Modi, one of the senior most leaders of the Sri Lankan Tamils, R Sampanthan, has asked for a meeting with Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. According to a report in THE HINDU, Sampathan congratulated Jayalalithaa, thanked her on her victory in the Lok Sabha elections and conveyed his desire to meet with her. Reportedly, he has said that there was no genuine commitment by Sri Lanka towards the Tamil issue. more ...
  • 20) May 30, 2014 13:59:26 GMT |  + Govt. sticks to PSC despite Indian pressure
    Close on the heels of a meeting between newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi, where the former called for early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment and to go beyond, the government yesterday said that it was only the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that could decide on the matter. Addressing a media conference at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party head office, Irrigation and Water Resources Development Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the government would cooperate with India always but no one should interfere with the internal affairs of the country.
  • 21) May 30, 2014 12:42:57 GMT |  + Few jobs for high achievers in former Sri Lanka war zone
    When results of Sri Lanka’s 2013 national university entrance exams were released last December, education officials in the former war-torn Northern Province had reason to be proud. Of the 16,604 students from the north who sat for the exams, 63.8 percent obtained the minimum requirement to gain entry into national universities.Since the end of the war, the Northern Province has lagged behind in terms of job creation despite numerous large infrastructure projects such as construction of highways and railway lines. Indeed, the Sri Lankan government estimates that it has spent over US$3 billion in reconstruction efforts over the last five years. Yet the jobs associated with these projects are not filtering down to local residents. more ...
  • 22) May 30, 2013 11:47:08 GMT |  + The Sri Lankan Monsoon, Better Prepared Than Sorry
    The monsoon in Sri Lanka is always a much-awaited event. There is something about the sight of the gathered clouds, the washed trees and the drenched landscape that stirs romance even in the most hardened of souls. The monsoon rain now comes to Sri Lanka mostly in short bursts, lasting some 15 minutes, accompanied by thunder. One minute it could be calm and sunny, the very next, winds could pick up, the delicate coconut palms sway dangerously and the heavens descend. The short bursts of rain are a common scenario in the western plains. It is only when the rains decide to stay longer that their beauty recedes and the beast takes over. more ...
  • 23) May 30, 2013 11:46:03 GMT |  + Sri Lanka law pushes for reduced paint lead
    The dangers of lead poisoning from paint have been well documented. But many countries still allow lead-based paint to be manufactured. It is often used in offices and homes. Lead from paint dusk or flakes is easily inhaled or ingested - especially by children. It is believed millions of youngsters have been affected. They are most at risk because their bodies are smaller and still developing. Low level lead poisoning makes children appear inattentive and irritable. more ...
  • 24) May 30, 2013 11:44:22 GMT |  + Under Sri Lanka’s Big Roof
    Sipping gin-and-tonic sundowners on the terrace of Lunuganga, the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s sprawling country house, he and his principal collaborator during the 1950s and 1960s, the Danish architect Ulrik Plesner, now eighty-two, might impulsively decide to extend the parapet beneath them by a few feet, or to render a distant vista more agreeable by removing hundreds of intervening trees. Within hours these changes would come to pass, thanks to an endless supply of cheap semi-skilled labor and a strong local crafts heritage. more ...
  • 25) May 30, 2013 11:43:16 GMT |  + Madras HC issues notices on PIL seeking re-probe into Rajiv Gandhi assassination
    The Madras high court on Wednesday issued notices to the external affairs secretary, Director of Research and Analysis Wing and the CBI's additional director based on public interest litigation seeking re-investigation into the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Substantiating his prayer, Madurai-based advocate V Santhakumaresan, in his petition before the Madurai bench, said a re-probe would bring out buried truths. The petitioner also contended that the CBI's then investigating officer Ragothaman, had, in an interview to a Tamil channel recently, said video clippings and recorded tapes pertaining to the case had not been handed over to the Special Investigation Team, which probed Rajiv Gandhi's assassination by an LTTE suicide bomber on May 21, 1991.
  • 26) May 30, 2013 11:41:26 GMT |  + Sacrificed my love for principles, says Karunanidhi
    Batting for self-respect marriages, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Wednesday became nostalgic, recalling that he had chosen principles over his ladylove when he was asked to marry her under usual rituals. Speaking at a marriage function here, the 89-year-old self-styled reformist said, the parents of his ladylove had in 1944 expressed their intention of marrying off their daughter to him only under orthodox ritual customs but he had refused.
  • 27) May 30, 2013 10:11:39 GMT |  + Undoing constitutional tomfoolery
    That the United National Party (UNP) has published a few ideas on the changes to the constitution they would bring about if they come to power is an indication that a serious critique that has been made about the 1978 Constitution can no longer be ignored. As it is good to have even an inadequate debate on vital issues rather than nothing at all, it would be better not to ignore the UNP proposals but rather to utilise the occasion to raise all the vital issues that need to be addressed if the mess created by what retired Justice C.V. Wigneswaran charaterised as tomfoolery with the constitution, is to be brought to an end.
  • 28) May 30, 2013 10:09:30 GMT |  + Sri Lanka at a critical crossroad: JHU and the 13th Amendment
    The country stands at a crossroad. A parliamentary victory for the JHU bill will complete the negative process which commenced with Sinhala Only in 1956 and the distortion in 1972 of the laudable shift to a Republic with mono-linguistic and mono-religious hegemony. If ’56 and ’72 were paving stones for the Tamil Eelam project, the passage of the JHU bill to abolish the 13th amendment will complete the process of the legitimisation of secessionism. more ...
  • 29) May 30, 2013 10:07:46 GMT |  + Lt. Gen. Singh visits the North
    Indian Armed Forces Intelligence Unit Director General R.N. Singh visited the Vanni Security Forces Headquarters today. Lt. Gen. Singh was accorded a warm welcome on his arrival at the Vavuniya airstrip by Major General Boniface Perera, the Vanni Security Forces Commander and Competent Authority on displaced people in the Northern Province. more ...
  • 30) May 30, 2013 10:05:28 GMT |  + China, Sri Lanka agree loans, defence; seek to allay Indian worries
    China has offered Sri Lanka about $2.2 billion in loans for infrastructure projects and a free trade pact, the island nation said on Wednesday, moves that could stoke fresh unease in India about Beijing's expanding influence in its neighborhood. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris, however, said the agreements with China including a separate one to enhance defense ties, should not be a cause for concern. "But it's not at the expense of any other country, there's no danger to any other country," Peiris said in answer to a question on fears in India about China's deepening ties with Sri Lanka.
  • 31) May 30, 2013 9:50:14 GMT |  + Go For A Referendum without Wasting Time
    Lets play a game named Democracy according to the rules extolled by those who preach and complain we foul it; boldly access the People. Lets exploit it at the point we are strongest, by reaching for the People in the name of democracy. Ask the People a straight question and act according to the People’s direction. No man- white or brown - can bark bow-wow to that result. Of course, there will be a few like Jayalalitha and local NGO boys and girls (worthless names) that make a fast buck and will make a greedy noise for the buck. Who cares? Let the dogs bark, the caravans will move on.
  • 32) May 30, 2012 21:53:27 GMT |  + New Delhi cold-shouldering Colombo for over two years
    Sri Lanka and India haven’t had a bilateral engagement at the top-most levels in governance, reflecting the changing priorities in New Delhi towards its immediate neighbourhood. A series of issues between Sri Lanka and India since the close of the Eelam war IV in May 2009, which saw the demise of the Tamil Tigers, has seen New Delhi cold-shoulder Colombo for over two years. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has held bilateral meetings with his south Asian counterparts, either in New Delhi or in the capitals of these countries in the past year. more ...
  • 33) May 30, 2012 15:20:56 GMT |  + Liberia ex-leader Charles Taylor get 50 years in jail
    Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in jail by a UN-backed war crimes court. Last month Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war. Taylor, 64, insists he is innocent and his lawyer has told the BBC he will appeal against the sentence. "The 50-year sentence pronounced today effectively is a life sentence for someone that age - the rules of the court prohibit expressly the imposition of a life sentence," defence counsel Morris Anyah told the BBC's Newshour programme. more ...
  • 34) May 30, 2012 14:45:24 GMT |  + SL working according to a plan- Keheliya
    Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella reacting to the United States call for a ‘speedy and transparent judicial process” regarding the ex LTTE carders said that the Government has an action plan regarding the issue and are working according to it. “There is no question of having an action plan because without one there couldn’t have been thousands of releases that we have seen to this day. You have to remember that these are hardcore terrorists we are talking about who were taken into custody or who surrendered to the government. Therefore the legal proceedings are taking place against these people...."
  • 35) May 30, 2012 13:22:25 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Exports Fall Most in 30 Months on Tea, Textiles
    Sri Lanka’s exports declined the most in 30 months in March as demand for textiles, tea and rubber moderated. Sri Lanka has sought to pare demand for imports such as oil to fight a trade shortfall exacerbated by a moderation in overseas sales as Europe’s debt crisis curbs Asian shipments. Officials have raised interest rates this year to damp credit growth, increased fuel prices and moved toward a more freely floating exchange rate, seeking to shield foreign reserves.
  • 36) May 30, 2012 13:17:31 GMT |  + UN Move to Expel ICP Led by 5 Big Media, For Ban Ki-moon, France, Lanka
    Four hours after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous refused on camera to answer Inner City Press' questions about documented charges that his Department introduced cholera into Haiti, and has Sri Lanka alleged war criminal general Shavendra Silva as an adviser, representatives of five media organizations presented charges to eject Inner City Press.
  • 37) May 30, 2012 9:55:48 GMT |  + British MPs to visit Jaffna
    A group of British Conservative MPs including Liam Fox who was the architect of the bi-partisan agreement with the then PA government and the UNP, is expected to visit Jaffna to monitor the current situation in the peninsula especially on the alleged military presence, Presidential Advisor Arun Tambimuttu said yesterday. Mr. Tambimuttu said the MPs had responded positively to an invitation they extended during a meeting held with them in London recently. Mr. Tambimuttu said he and UPFA national List MP Dr. Rajeewa Wijesinghe were among those who met them.
  • 38) May 30, 2012 2:55:34 GMT |  + Analysing the Fonseka agenda
    In an interview with Khaleej Times at his temporary residence outside Colombo, Fonseka, who led his troops to victory during the last phase of the three decade internal war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) speaks of his success as a commander, the turbulent years following the end of the war, his political views and his uncertain future. Prison seems to have matured Fonseka who agrees that the two-and-half years in a 12 by 12 foot cell had been ‘a point of transition’.
  • 39) May 30, 2011 21:35:25 GMT |  + UN urged to probe Lanka war crimes
    Senior UN officials and sections of the international community have called for an international body to investigate alleged rights violations during Sri Lanka's civil war. Some other countries including China have opposed the call. Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) annual session Navi Pillai, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said she supported special UN panel's recommendations. "I fully support the recommendation to establish an international mechanism to monitor national investigations and undertake its own as necessary," Ms Pillai said. "It would be important for the Human Rights Council to reflect on the new information contained in this important report, in light of its previous consideration of Sri Lanka and efforts to combat impunity worldwide." more ...
  • 40) May 30, 2011 14:15:39 GMT |  + Jaya & India’s Lanka Policy
    In her first interaction with the media, soon after unprecedented electoral victory, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa assured the people that she will exercise pressure on the central government to revise its Sri Lanka policy not only to expose the heinous crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government during the last stages of the fourth Eelam War and bring the guilty to book, but also to ensure that justice is done to the Tamils in the island nation. Jayalalithaa’s timely appeal in support of the Sri Lankan Tamil cause has been welcomed by Tamils across the world. However, it raises one important question — what is the role of federal units in the making of Indian foreign policy?
  • 41) May 30, 2011 13:50:29 GMT |  + HR groups urge US to bash SL in Geneva
    Several international organisations at the behest of the LTTE rump want the US to rap Sri Lanka at the 17th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva, beginning today (May 30). The sessions continue till June 17. A senior security official told The Island that among the NGOs gunning for Sri Lanka at the Geneva meet are the Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group. They turned down an invitation from the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation commission (LLRC) to make representations on behalf of those affected by the war.
  • 42) May 30, 2011 13:26:25 GMT |  + Video proves Sri Lanka war crimes: UN expert
    War crimes were committed by the military during the final days of conflict in Sri Lanka, a UN expert has said after reviewing footage showing unarmed men being shot dead from close range. Agency reports from Geneva quoted UN human rights expert, Christof Heyns, as saying that the shocking footage showed "definitive war crimes." "What is reflected in the extended video are crimes of the highest order – definitive war crimes," Heyns was quoted by Associated Press as having said. more ...
  • 43) May 30, 2011 13:24:35 GMT |  + Australia silent over war crimes against Tamils
    Everybody should read the United Nations' recent 214-page report on war crimes committed in Sri Lanka both by the government forces and by Tamils fighting for their homeland in the country's north-east. (UN Report of the Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka, March 31, 2011). It is a timely reminder of "man's inhumanity to man". If Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd had declared that we must intervene in Libya because the world cannot allow another massacre of innocent civilians as had occurred in Sri Lanka, his call at the UN for intervention in Libya would have a certain logic.
  • 44) May 30, 2011 13:23:14 GMT |  + Clashes erupt in Sri Lanka over pension plan, 23 hurt
    Sri Lanka's trade unions on Monday threatened to shut down the Indian Ocean nation's free trade zones after clashes between police and workers striking over a proposed private pension plan left at least 23 injured. Police said they fired tear gas and live ammunition while scuffling with several thousand striking employees at the free trade zone near Sri Lanka's only international airport, located about 33 km (20 miles) north of the commercial capital, Colombo.
  • 45) May 30, 2011 13:22:23 GMT |  + One step closer to justice
    It has taken sixteen years, but Bosnian Muslims finally have a chance to seek final justice with the capture of one of ‘the most wanted man’ in Europe. Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb commander charged with responsibility for the siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre was caught in a small town in northern Serbia on May 26. Sixteen years after he was first listed as a wanted man for acts committed during the violent break-up of Yugoslavia, the Serbian national now faces The Hague on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. more ...
  • 46) May 30, 2011 11:15:27 GMT |  + Key nations skip Sri Lanka's 'terrorism' seminar
    Sri Lanka is to hold an international seminar starting Tuesday to share lessons on its bloody defeat of Tamil rebels, but major nations have declined to send delegations amid war crime allegations. But New York-based Human Rights Watch has urged a boycott of the seminar, entitled "Defeating terrorism, Sri Lankan experience", over claims that thousands of civilians died in military bombing of so-called no-fire zones. Of the 54 countries invited, about 12 have declined, officials told AFP.
  • 47) May 30, 2010 23:50:25 GMT |  + Effectively pursue matter of Tamils lodged in camps: DMK to government
    The DMK today asked the Centre to pursue the issue of resettlement of Sri Lankan Tamils who are lodged in camps with the government of the island nation and said it was "regrettable" that it has not seriously done it. "It is a matter of regret that the Centre has not seriously pursued the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils' resettlement. Though we have repeatedly asked them to address the issue, it has not taken sufficient efforts," the DMK's high-level action committee meeting said. "We now urge the Centre to take effective measures to ensure proper rehabilitation of Sri Lankans in their post war native region," it said.
  • 48) May 30, 2010 23:48:29 GMT |  + The torch carrying young ambassadors of the TGTE
    From May 17th to 19th, 2010, Tamil elected representatives from UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, France and Denmark Norway and Sweden came to Philadelphia, the historical land mark of USA for its independent in 1776 - for the first assembly of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) with an illuminating message to the world that the democratic and political phase of Tamil people is well and alive. Participating as the elected representative for the State of New Jersey at the Inaugural Sessions of the TGTE was a solemn, emotional experience that also enthralled the sense of Tamil pride and hope above all. more ...
  • 49) May 30, 2010 20:51:40 GMT |  + Swedish ceremony remembers 137 journalists killed in 2009
    A memorial service was held in the Swedish capital to remember 137 journalists from 33 countries who died performing their professional duties in 2009. Diplomats, journalists and representatives of the Swedish Federation of Journalists, the Federation of Radio and Television journalists, Amnesty International and the Swedish finance ministry were also present. Other journalists from South Asia commemorated were Uma Singh and Nischal Tapa of Nepal, Tahir Awan, Mohammad Imran, Musa Khankhel, Janullah Hashimzada, Aamir Wakil, Raja Asad Hameed, Wasi Ahmed, Siddique Bacha Khan from Pakistan and Lasantha Wickrematunge and Puniyamoorthy Sathiyamoorthy from Sri Lanka.
  • 50) May 30, 2010 20:46:09 GMT |  + Justice vs. Impunity
    The establishment of the International Criminal Court followed the gravest of crimes committed in Rwanda and the former Republic of Yugoslavia. In both cases, as we know to our shame, the United Nations and international community failed to take decisive and forceful action to protect the victims. Where such serious crimes are credibly alleged, investigation will now follow unless those denying the need for international justice can demonstrate that their national judicial mechanisms are serious and credible. This is, by the way, something yet to be done convincingly by those involved in the intensified conflicts in Gaza and Sri Lanka last year. more ...
  • 51) May 30, 2010 14:38:06 GMT |  + India ups stakes; wants greater presence here
    India has sought clearance from Sri Lanka to open two Deputy High Commission offices, one in Jaffna and another in Hambantota, in a sudden decision to upgrade its previous request for only the opening of a consulate in Jaffna. The request has been the subject of a diplomatic dialogue between Colombo and New Delhi. External Affairs Ministry sources say the matter is to figure at talks in New Delhi between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh during the Sri Lankan President’s three-day state visit to India – his first since his re-election in January this year. At present, besides a fully-fledged high commission in Colombo, India has a Deputy High Commissioner’s office in Kandy.
  • 52) May 30, 2010 14:30:56 GMT |  + Lanka faces battle with big powers
    Some critical economic and political issues relating to Sri Lanka were played out in world capitals this week. These related to economic talks with the European Union, bi-lateral talks with India and mending fences with the United States of America. Important in economic terms was talks in Brussels on the revision and updating of the European Union's scheme of Generalised System of Preferences or the GSP Plus. The EU wants to withdraw this facility from August this year. It says the Government had not complied with eligibility criteria on the implementation of human rights conventions. The withdrawal would put thousands in the apparel industry out of employment with the closure of factories.
  • 53) May 30, 2010 14:16:20 GMT |  + Treaty discussion, reminder for appointing Sri Lanka War Crimes panel, says Boyle
    While Secretary General Ban Ki Moon extolled the contributions of the UN's International Criminal Court (ICC) as an effective instrument to uphold peace, justice and human rights, in a Washington Post article, as UN's member nations convene Monday in Kampala to formally review the Rome Treaty, Professor Francis A. Boyle criticized Ban for delaying action on establishing accountability for Sri Lanka's "massacre of about 50,000 Tamils" and urged Ban to "immediately appoint the International War Crimes Committee for Sri Lanka that he had already promised to do several weeks ago." more ...
  • 54) May 30, 2010 14:11:20 GMT |  + Tracking Tamils: dead, or dissapeared?
    A nation so eager to forget its violent past - and to forge ahead - is haunted by the fate of the disappeared Tamil youth and thousands others held incommunicado in detention camps. Even one year after the war victory, the exact number of the disappeared during the conflict remains a mystery and is often a contentious issue, though hapless parents cling to the faint hope that their loved ones would one day reappear from a detention camp somewhere in the island. No one knows exactly how many hundreds, or possibly thousands of young Tamil men and women have gone missing during nearly three decades of conflict.
  • 55) May 30, 2010 5:13:11 GMT |  + Yet Another “Commission!”
    an eight-member Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, “to probe what happened between February 2002 and May 2009 (and) …whether any persons, groups or institutions directly or indirectly were responsible for what happened during the period and to recommend measures to be adopted to prevent the recurrence of such incidents and to promote unity.” Rajapaksa Regime has, to put it very mildly, a woeful track record in the matter of what its “Commissions of Inquiry” have achieved. The group of “Eminent Persons,” appointed by the President himself was abused, insulted and driven to mass resignation by agents of the very government that appointed it.
  • 56) May 30, 2010 5:04:46 GMT |  + MR Meeting Indian Relatives; Leaving Chinese Friends
    This modern Indo-China geopolitical equation demands President Rajapaksa to be more serious and tactful in approaching India, now that the war is declared over. On India’s part, it will not be as tolerant as it was during the war against Tamil Tigers. It is a new playing field for both. For both, China will not be a ‘ghost’ any more, to play local politics. In the absence of war, it’s tough business for Rajapaksa. Wooing the Chinese dragon may be easy. But not the Indian tiger. They have their own separate game, in this region. The issue is, what this Rajapaksa regime understands as ‘disadvantage’ to this country.
  • 57) May 30, 2010 4:59:42 GMT |  + 'No Big Brother; India should treat us like its little sister'
    The LTTE sympathizers, their sleeping cadres are still there. They are being well looked after in various countries as well. No, the chapter isn’t closed yet. Sri Lankan forces are very disciplined and we were extremely careful not to have civilian casualties. Prabhakaran’s father, mother and his entire jing-bang were in our camps. If they were not harmed, where is the question of civilians being targeted? Why should we kill civilians? They are our people, after all. India’s support was there and we appreciate it a lot.
  • 58) May 30, 2009 20:10:03 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: Ten Questions
    As the gory details of what the Tamil population of northern Sri Lanka have been subjected in recent weeks emerge - bit by bloody bit - there is need for a full accounting of every act of barbarity committed against them by the Sri Lankan government. For, behind Colombo’s public parade of bodies of dead rebels and tasteless celebrations of ‘victory’ over the Tamil Tigers there hides today a horror list of unspeakable crimes carried out by the Mahinda Rajapakse regime. Make no mistake about it- for all the Sri Lankan spin about what really happened in the final weeks of assault on the LTTE- the simple fact remains that this was a war conducted with no respect for either global opinion or any human norm, international convention or law.
  • 59) May 30, 2009 19:49:05 GMT |  + Calls mount for Sri Lanka probe
    Leading human rights group Amnesty International has called for an urgent inquiry into claims of civilian deaths in the last days of the Sri Lankan war. Responding to a Times newspaper report that more than 20,000 were killed, it also urged the UN to publicise its estimate of the death toll. UN human rights chief John Holmes said an investigation would be a good idea. The Sri Lankan government has strongly denied the claims surrounding its recent onslaught against Tamil rebels. more ...
  • 60) May 30, 2009 19:46:45 GMT |  + Tamils rally against attack on Canadian mission
    Hundreds of Tamils protested at the Sri Lankan consulate here on Friday against the attack on the Canadian high commission in Colombo earlier this week. Scores of Sri Lankan protesters had ransacked the Canadian mission on Wednesday to protest against what they called Canadian "support" for Tamil Tigers. Shouting slogans against Sri Lanka for the ransacking of the mission, Tamil protesters said the attack on the mission exposed the true fascist nature of the Sri Lankan government.
  • 61) May 30, 2009 19:31:56 GMT |  + UN Officials complicit in aiding, abetting GoSL's Nazi-type crimes - Prof. Boyle
    Pointing to a report in the French paper Le Monde, which quoted Vijay Nambiar, chief of Staff of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as telling UN representatives in Sri Lanka that the UN should “keep a low profile” and play a “sustaining role" that was "compatible with the government," Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law said Saturday that both the United Nations Organization itself and its highest level officials are guilty of aiding and abetting Nazi-type crimes against the Tamils by the Government of Sri Lanka, in violation of international law. "Unless this Momentum is reversed and all these U.N. Officials fired, the United Nations Organization shall follow the League of Nations into the "ashcan" of History," Boyle said. more ...
  • 62) May 30, 2009 19:29:59 GMT |  + Sri Lankan government prepares broad attack on democratic rights
    Having declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sri Lankan authorities are intensifying their attacks on fundamental democratic rights. The government has flatly ruled out any lifting of the country’s state of emergency and the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which allows security forces to continue their arbitrary detention without trial of “LTTE suspects”.
  • 63) May 30, 2009 18:59:08 GMT |  + The night Jaffna library burned
    The knight of the burning castle, Velupillai Prabhakaran, lately went down with his crumbling homeland Eelam in Sri Lanka. He neither excelled in rhetoric, nor had scholarship enough, to clash his tongue with ‘Mylapore Brahmins’ who berated Eelam as a ‘Christian conspiracy’. They bemoaned the defeat of ‘Hindu nationalist’ BJP, virtually non-existent in Tamil Nadu, in the Lok Sabha poll more than the genocidal aggression against their Tamil kin across the Palk Strait. Prabhakaran showed, without waiting upon culturists, that acts of indelible Tamil bravery outside Rajanikanth mega-hits are possible. Curtains are down for the civil war in Sri Lanka this May. But given the historical incompatibility of Tamil and Sinhalese, peaceful co-existence is a pipe dream.
  • 64) May 30, 2009 13:38:45 GMT |  + Silicon Valley's gift to Sri Lanka is in shambles, damaged by the civil war
    Among the many casualties of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war is a Silicon Valley-built dream: an innovative technical college, built through Bay Area donations, but damaged in combat, then dismantled and moved, and finally abandoned. The surviving faculty, staff and students of the Vanni Institute of Technology are believed to be held, against their will, in Tamil refugee camps, where the United Nations says they are in desperate need of food, water and medical care. One recent graduate is known to be dead. Two staff members are undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds. more ...
  • 65) May 30, 2009 13:18:58 GMT |  + The Eelam Forecast
    The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora will take the place of the LTTE. So why are they bursting crackers in Colombo as if some IPL match was won? Velupillai Prabhakaran, the LTTE chief, may be dead or alive. But that's completely beside the point. What everyone should be asking is whether the Tamil question in Sri Lanka is dead. Let's make no fuzzy mistake. The answer is a resounding no. The present triumphalism of the Sinhala government and the carousing people on the streets of Colombo is a display of a kind of political idiocy. They have learnt nothing from over sixty years of ethnic conflict and almost thirty years of armed insurgency... more ...
  • 66) May 30, 2009 13:16:16 GMT |  + The UN has failed the Tamils
    The United Nations has again demonstrated its weakness and inability to protect humanity. UN inaction in Rwanda, Bosnia, Gaza and Darfur has led to many thousands of innocent lives being lost and many more displaced. Yet lessons were not learnt, and now it is the turn of the Sri Lankan Tamils – men, women and children – to pay with their lives. The UN achieved this feat, despite warnings from the Tamil diaspora, political analysts, humanitarian and aid agencies, of the impending genocide by the Sri Lankan state by relentless bombardment, by means of illegal weapons, and with the use of food and medicine as weapons of war.
  • 67) May 30, 2009 13:12:41 GMT |  + Lessons from the Tiger defeat
    There are lessons to be learnt from the rout of the LTTE. These lessons span the entire spectrum—from cosmic justice, international geopolitics and national agendas to character flaws. The first and foremost lesson is that Sri Lanka’s victory symbolises the crystallisation of a New World Order. This is a paradigm shift. We have moved from a unipolar world of American dominance to a bipolar world where China has emerged as the rival pole, independent, non-judgmental and unconcerned about the universal values that the US and Europe stood for—democracy, freedom and human rights. more ...
  • 68) May 30, 2009 13:09:48 GMT |  + UN under fire over Sri Lanka response
    The United Nations has been accused of failing in its duties to speak out against abuses in Sri Lanka and release credible information in its possession. The UN European headquarters in Geneva on Friday denied there had been a cover-up. Le Monde newspaper accused the UN of covering up the "severity of the massacres" in Sri Lanka for fear of compromising its humanitarian operations and of being expelled from the island. more ...
  • 69) May 30, 2009 13:06:59 GMT |  + Paradise lost
    Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka was a paradise on earth, blessed with regular monsoons, paddy, palmyra, jackfruits, mangoes, cotton and fresh-water fish. People were happy, until it became the political capital of Velupillai Prabhakaran’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He ruled with an iron hand and demanded total loyalty from his ‘subjects’. The Tamils followed him without questions in a bloody separatist struggle against the government. For lakhs of Tamils, paradise became hell. more ...
  • 70) May 30, 2009 13:05:22 GMT |  + 'Eelam' tag of political parties should be removed: Lanka Opposition
    Sri Lanka's main opposition party has asked the government to initiate steps to "defeat politically" the 'Eelam' ideology after the security forces' comprehensive victory over the LTTE which had been fighting for a separate state. Now that the LTTE leadership, including its chief V Prabhakaran, had been finished, there was an urgent need to look at various ways of defeating the concept of 'Eelam' or a separate Tamil homeland through political means, United National Party (UNP) leader Dayasiri Jayasekara said. It was high time the government politically defeated the 'Eelam' ideology, he said, adding pressure should be mounted on concerned parties to remove 'Eelam' word from their names.
  • 71) May 30, 2009 13:02:14 GMT |  + I fought India's war
    Temple Trees, the residence of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, served as a warehouse during the Dutch and British colonial rule. It has grandiose halls with elaborate woodwork, exquisite sculptures and priceless paintings. The three-decade-long war on the LTTE has not affected its architectural elegance, though Rajapaksa's staff have stretched security measures to the ultimate. Visitors, with impeccable documents of identity, are frisked thrice at three different barricades. Finally, a man emerges from an underground tunnel to check under the visitor's vehicle, which is then parked at a safe distance. Then, after a most intrusive security check and questioning, the visitor is ushered in to meet the president.
  • 72) May 30, 2009 10:49:41 GMT |  + British medic 'held in Sri Lanka'
    Officials are negotiating with the Sri Lankan government to secure the release of a British medic. Damilvany Gnanakumar, of Chingford, east London, was detained while working in the country to treat civilians. She was held in a detention camp following bloody clashes between the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels. A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We can confirm that a British national is currently in Menik Farm Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Vavuniya. more ...
  • 73) May 30, 2009 4:04:06 GMT |  + Fresh Reports, Imagery Contradict Sri Lanka on Civilian No-Fire Zone
    The strip of beach where tens of thousands of civilians huddled during the Sri Lankan military's decisive assault against the Tamil Tiger rebels this month shows clear signs of heavy artillery shelling, according to a helicopter inspection of the site by independent journalists, interviews with eyewitnesses, and specialists who have studied high-resolution satellite imagery from the war zone. That evidence contradicts government assertions that areas of heavy civilian populations were no-fire zones that were deliberately spared during the final weeks of military assault that ended this island nation's quarter-century of civil war.
  • 74) May 30, 2009 3:59:41 GMT |  + Colombo detains three doctors, witnesses of the war on Tamil rebels
    Three Tamil doctors, once considered heroes for their work with the wounded in Sri Lanka's warzone, have been jailed by the government in Colombo. The three doctors worked in mobile clinics on the front line and stayed there until the end of the army’s offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels. “The government has every interest in shutting them up,” Bolopion told FRANCE 24. “They are doctors, they are credible, they were in contact with the international community, UN, NGOs, throughout the conflict. People who know the doctors fear that the government will let them out in the middle of the night -- and some metres away, a van will take them and make them disappear. This kind of thing has already happened in the past.”
  • 75) May 30, 2009 3:55:46 GMT |  + Aid Slowly Reaching Sri Lanka’s War Refugees
    Eleven days after the Sri Lankan government declared victory over Tamil rebels in the country’s north, aid organizations are slowly beginning to get freer access to the 265,000 civilians displaced by the fighting, but not quickly enough to meet the vast needs, according to aid officials in the region. Sri Lankan officials have eased restrictions on vehicle traffic in the camps, allowing workers from organizations like the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and Doctors Without Borders better access to the ethnic Tamils displaced by the fighting who are living in sprawling and squalid camps, according to aid workers. Sarasi Wijeratne, spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Sri Lanka, said that the organization had access to the camps, but that “clear procedures are still lacking.” more ...
  • 76) May 30, 2009 1:32:11 GMT |  + World may never know Sri Lanka death toll - UN
    The world will probably never find out how many innocent civilians died during the bloody final phase of Sri Lanka's war against Tamil Tigers rebels, the U.N. humanitarian chief said on Friday. The United Nations believes that anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 people died in what was one of Asia's longest modern wars, erupting in earnest in 1983 when Tamil Tiger rebels began to fight for a separate state for Sri Lanka's minority Tamils. In the final months of the war, the civilian death rate rose alarmingly as government forces surrounded the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who retreated to a tiny strip of coast in northeastern Sri Lanka, where the United Nations says they kept hundreds of thousands of civilians as human shields.
  • 77) May 30, 2009 1:30:36 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, UN's Dodging Comes Home to Roost, UK Could Have Put on Council Agenda
    As UN sources in Sri Lanka were quoted that beyond the 7000 civilian killings in the leaked UN estimates that Inner City Press obtained and published at the end of April, one thousand more civilians were being killed every day in May, responses at the UN in New York grew ever more muted. Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe if Mr. Ban will push to brief the Security Council about the May 23 tour of Sri Lanka. Ms. Okabe would not answer, saying "I have nothing to announce." Because Sri Lanka never by vote put on the Council's agenda, all members including Russia, China, Liby and Vietnam would have to agree, to hear from Ban. But is he even asking?
  • 78) May 30, 2008 21:41:39 GMT |  + 28 SLA killed, 52 wounded in Mannaar, Vavuniyaa - LTTE
    Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) officials on Friday said they confronted Sri Lanka Army in Mannaar and Vavuniyaa fronts throughout the day thwarting the repeated attempts by the SLA to advance into LTTE territory. A ground movement by the SLA from Ma'likaiththidal towards Theanudaiyaan in Mannaar, launched at 5:30 a.m. Friday was defeated around 12:40 p.m. 25 SLA soldiers were killed when they again launched the move at 1:00 p.m. 47 SLA soldiers were wounded in the confrontation that lasted till 6:15 p.m. when the SLA was pushed back, the Tigers said. Meanwhile, 3 SLA soldiers were killed in a confrontation that lasted for 90 minutes from 4:10 p.m.
  • 79) May 30, 2008 18:44:35 GMT |  + Six civilians killed in Jaffna in indiscriminate Sri Lanka military shelling
    Six civilians were killed and a further 13 were injured in Jaffna, in the early hours of yesterday, Wednesday 29 May, in the indiscriminate retaliatory artillery fire by the Sri Lanka military following the LTTE Sea Tiger attack on a Sri Lankan Naval installation in Chiruthivu, a small islet off Jaffna Peninsula. The civilians were killed and injured in the coastal villages of Columbuthurai, Kurunagar and Pasaiyour. Several shells fell in these villages and exploded in the early hours of yesterday.
  • 80) May 30, 2008 10:38:23 GMT |  + Sri Lanka says captures rebel base in the north
    Sri Lankan troops captured a Tamil Tiger rebel base in the north of the island after three days of fighting, a military spokesman said on Friday. No details of casualties were immediately available from the fighting in the northern Polonnaruwa area, he said. Independent confirmation of battlefield casualties is not possible because of lack of access and both sides are known to exaggerate the other's losses.
  • 81) May 30, 2008 0:37:55 GMT |  + Sri Lanka warns Western sanctions can stoke ethnic conflict
    Sri Lanka called on Western powers Thursday to be wary of imposing sanctions for its alleged human rights violations, warning that the action could worsen the island's long-running ethnic conflict. The United States and the European Union have withheld various aid programs and are debating whether to withdraw special trade benefits from Sri Lanka amid concerns the human rights situation has deteriorated since the government pulled out of a Norwegian-brokered truce with the Tamil Tigers in January.
  • 82) May 30, 2008 0:29:33 GMT |  + Poverty and Development: The Sri Lankan Dilemma
    Sri Lanka has invested billions of rupees on social development and poverty alleviation. This investment has proved successful with respect to key indicators of social development such as low infant mortality, high life expectancy and high literacy rates for both men and women. Unfortunately, successive governments have not been able to achieve greater equity in development, and imbalances persist in rural areas, economically disadvantaged communities and among women and children. For example, out of a selected 119 Divisional Secretarial divisions (DS divisions), literacy rates of 96 are below Sri Lanka’s national average of 91.1%.
  • 83) May 30, 2007 20:15:40 GMT |  + President slams West over human rights charges
    President Mahinda Rajapakse has in an interview with the Al Jazeera television network come down hard on the West for criticising the Government’s human rights record and said it is India that has a role to play in Sri Lanka’s peace process, it is reliably learned. The interview was conducted by Al Jazeera on Monday at Temple Trees and is scheduled to be telecast on Friday, according to informed sources. The President has told Al Jazeera that it was unfair for the West to criticise Sri Lanka on human rights... The President has further stated the Ceasefire Agreement was today only confined to paper and was there simply to show the world of its existence. more ...
  • 84) May 30, 2007 20:02:06 GMT |  + First Global Peace Index Ranks 121 Countries
    The first study to rank countries around the world according to their peacefulness and the drivers that create and sustain their peace was launched today. The Economist Intelligence Unit measured countries' peacefulness based on wide range of indicators - 24 in all - including ease of access to "weapons of minor destruction" (guns, small explosives), military expenditure, local corruption, and the level of respect for human rights.In the first study of its kind, Sri Lanka has placed 111th on the Global Peace Index.
  • 85) May 30, 2007 19:43:34 GMT |  + PMK seeks assurance against arms aid to Lanka
    Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder-leader S Ramadoss today urged India not to supply any arms or weapons to Sri Lanka and prevail upon that country to come to a negotiating table to resolve the ethnic crisis. The PMK leader said India should not supply any arms to the island nation as they would only be used against the Tamils in the country. As these arms would be used to wipe out the Tamils in the island, India should not only declare that it would not supply any arms, but pressurise Sri Lanka to come to the negotiating table to find a solution to the Tamils' issue. more ...
  • 86) May 30, 2007 19:36:16 GMT |  + Tamil language wins official recognition
    Tamil, one of India's ancient Dravidian languages, is to have its own government-funded institute, Tamil Nadu state's chief minister said. The federal government has agreed to set up the International Institute of Classical Tamil Language in the state capital Chennai, where language politics have often boiled over. M. Karunanidhi told reporters late Tuesday the government had also agreed to several more demands to promote Tamil, including setting up international Tamil prizes and awards for scholars and experts. more ...
  • 87) May 30, 2007 19:26:56 GMT |  + Sri Lanka Muslims need representation
    The needs of Sri Lanka's Muslim community have been ignored in the country's ongoing conflict. "The Muslims are the forgotten party in the Sri Lankan conflict," argued David Lewis, a senior analyst at advocacy group the International Crisis Group. "The government needs to address the Muslim issue more directly, as part of a comprehensive political proposal that offers real devolution, if there is to be a political settlement." The ICG said that one-third of the nearly 2 million Muslims in Sri Lanka live in the conflict-affected north and east, and thus have a significant stake in any government settlement.
  • 88) May 30, 2007 14:59:06 GMT |  + Lanka to decide truce fate
    Sri Lanka said it will decide within two weeks whether to maintain the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement with Tamil Tigers in the backdrop of escalating violence. ''In a couple of weeks, we might have an announcement either way - whether to strengthen it or abrogate it. The ground reality does not reflect a serious CFA, although it stands as it is officially. There is no secret about it,'' Rambukwella, who is also the Minister of Foreign Employment said.The government of President Mahinda Rajapakse has gone along with the truce concluded by a previous administration, but has also shown its dissatisfaction with the agreement.
  • 89) May 30, 2007 14:48:49 GMT |  + Tigers, SLA clash in Madu
    Liberation Tigers Wednesday said they confronted a contingent of Sri Lanka Army troopers who attempted to advance through LTTE defence line in Madu. The SLA suffered casualties and fled the battleground carrying their own casualties, Irasiah Ilanthirayan, the military spokesman of the Tigers told media Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka military spokesman in Colombo, Brigadier Samarasinghe told the press that five SLA troopers were killed in action in Madu. The fighting broke out around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Mr. Ilanthirayan said. There were no LTTE casualties, according to the Tiger spokesman.
  • 90) May 30, 2007 14:44:48 GMT |  + Mawbima owner under arrest
    Police in Sri Lanka are questioning businessman Tiran Alles who was arrested on alleged financial deals with Tamil Tigers. The owner of the Standard Newspapers Ltd. was admitted to Navaloka hospital after the arrest. Former minister Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi, who is in the hospital told BBC Sandeshaya that Alles is surrounded by nearly 15 police officers. He accused authorities of being "inhumanely treating" Alles despite medical advise. more ...
  • 91) May 30, 2007 14:33:38 GMT |  + Lanka seeks India's help
    India, incidentally, is already supplying Sri Lanka with a wide array of military equipment, which also includes two new radars to supplement the two low-flying detection radars given earlier. An IAF AN-32 medium-lift aircraft, in fact, made a "secretive" visit to Colombo to deliver "some" military supplies a few days ago. Beginning with a Sukanya-class offshore patrol vessel in 2002, India has stepped up military supplies to Sri Lanka to counter Pakistan's inroads into the island nation. Rajapakse, who incidentally is Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's brother, however was assured that India would do "all that is possible" to help Sri Lanka, said sources. more ...
  • 92) May 30, 2007 11:49:09 GMT |  + Six killed as Red Cross returns to Sri Lanka front lines
    The International Red Cross resumed work on Sri Lanka's battle-scarred front lines as six soldiers died in fresh violence, officials said. Five soldiers were killed in the morning and another wounded in clashes with Tamil rebels in the north-western area of Madhu, said military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe. In the northern frontier town of Vavuniya, the defence ministry said a soldier was killed when an army sentry point was shelled by suspected Tamil Tigers late Tuesday.
  • 93) May 30, 2007 11:44:39 GMT |  + Road reopening brings relief to 350,000 Tamils
    Two roads to the LTTE-controlled area in the Wanni region of North Sri Lanka were reopened on Wednesday, bringing relief to an estimated 350,000 Tamil civilians who were bottled up in the Wanni region since the entry/exit points at Omanthai and Uyilankulam were closed on May 22. The reopening was announced by ICRC chief Toon Vandenhove and the LTTE's military spokesman, Rasiah Ilanthirayan alias Marshall in separate press statements. The checkpoints were closed on May 22 when the ICRC withdraw its personnel from there for security reasons. Military operations had begun on the Vavuniya-Mannar road and in the Madu region in Mannar district in North West Sri Lanka.
  • 94) May 30, 2007 10:45:56 GMT |  + Jaffna forces experience transport chaos
    In the absence of an efficient system to move off-duty security forces and police personnel to and from the Jaffna peninsula, officers and men are undergoing tremendous hardships. "The absence of suitable transport is one of the primary reasons for desertions," a junior officer asserted. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he expressed serious concern over what he termed as the deteriorating standards in transporting men to and from the peninsula. "It’s a continuing nightmare," he said, accusing the government of turning a blind eye to their plight. In fact successive governments had failed to meet this particular requirement, he said. more ...
  • 95) May 30, 2007 10:22:25 GMT |  + Tamil charities 'fail to monitor funds'
    In 2005 a case officer was appointed to look into similar allegations against another charity, White Pigeon, but no formal probe was launched. Sathiya Moorthy, the charity's chairman, said: "White Pigeon has been cleared. They looked into the charity's accounts and activities." A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Desk said they monitor individuals or groups who allegedly provide financial support to terrorists. "But in many cases it is impossible to provide a substantial level of proof that the money was intended for terrorist purposes," said a spokesman
  • 96) May 30, 2007 10:10:10 GMT |  +  ICRC personnel return to crossing points
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has decided that its personnel will resume their presence at Omanthai and Uyilankulam crossing points, in Vavuniya and Mannar districts respectively, for three days a week effective today.The decision was announced in Colombo by Toon Vandenhove, the ICRC’s head of delegation. In discussions with the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over recent incidents jeopardizing the safety of civilians and ICRC personnel, the ICRC obtained the security guarantees it needed to resume its tasks.
  • 97) May 30, 2007 2:18:30 GMT |  + Eye for an eye, are we blind?
    Your one time ally the JVP—which claims much credit for your victory in 2005, still beats the Sinhala Buddhist drums with a vengeance, not nearly through conviction but largely because of a huge vote bank. Many other groups, including organization of Buddhist monks and Sinhala nationalists are also riding high and getting much prominence, thus creating a situation where racial and religious minorities are feeling more isolated and marginalized. They find it difficult if not impossible to identify themselves as Sri Lankans in a calamitous situation where almost every Tamil is considered as a criminal, and those who support the peace process are seen as Tiger supporters or sympathizers.
  • 98) May 30, 2007 1:01:18 GMT |  + FEATURE - Sri Lanka's worsening war fans ethnic Tamils' fears
    Placing a green coconut by a burning brass oil lamp on a desk doubling as a makeshift Hindu altar, the woman talked about the future with hope and fear. "We're planning to get married," said the smiling 29-year-old with coffee brown skin, a vermilion dot on her forehead and her husband-to-be by her side. "But we are, together, planning to go to another country first ... Can you help?" The pair, who requested their names not be used, are members of the Sri Lankan Tamil ethnic group that the government says makes up an estimated 12 percent of the island's population of nearly 20 million, and, like many, they're finding life is getting harder. more ...
  • 99) May 30, 2007 0:43:54 GMT |  + Weakening the LTTE before talks: a myth
    THE question of destroying LTTE’s military capability has dominated our strategic discourse for more than three decades. The answer of a war of attrition against the LTTE, has been as immutable and inscrutable as religious belief. The present government has clearly indicated their determination to continue fighting against the LTTE and they believe that this strategy would ensure their victory over terrorism. However for those strategists who accept terrorism as a tactic but not as an ideology, the process of weakening the LTTE’s military capability prior to political negations is of paramount importance. This article is an attempt to assess ‘the question of destroying the LTTE’s military capability’ as a means of reaching a permanent political solution.
  • 100) 14:13 GMT, May. 30, 2006 |  + Military option rejected as donors warn Sri Lanka against war
    Sri Lanka's president ruled out military action against the Tamil Tigers as international donors warned the two sides to halt a slide back to war and police found the bodies of 12 victims of an execution-style massacre. President Mahinda Rajapakse's office said he was ready to resume peace talks with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) despite the ban slapped on the group by the 25-member European Union (EU) Monday. Sri Lanka's key foreign aid donors meeting in Tokyo slammed both Colombo and the Tigers for the deteriorating security situation in the island where more than 600 people have been killed since December despite a ceasefire.
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  • 101) 09:58 GMT, May. 30, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka rebels say EU ban to hurt peace process
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels warned on Tuesday a European Union ban that diplomats say will freeze their assets would shake the island's teetering peace process, but said they remained committed to a truce. Diplomats in Brussels said the 25-nation bloc listed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a banned terrorist organization overnight amid a sharp escalation in attacks and clashes with Sri Lanka's military. The Tigers, who had earlier said proscription would deter them from returning to talks aimed at permanently halting a two-decade civil war and would "exacerbate the conditions of war", now want the EU to sanction the government -- which they accuse of helping a band of former comrades to attack them. more ...
  • 102) 09:54 GMT, May. 30, 2006 |  + The killing of 13 Sinhala workers in the east
    LTTE condemns in no uncertain terms the killing of the 13 innocent Sinhala civilians in the east today, 30 May 2006. The killing of innocent people cannot be justified under any circumstances. We are shocked that a certain international news wire service has issued a report blaming the LTTE for the murders. This news wire service did not even contact us for our comments before issuing their report. Unfortunately some leading media outlets have taken this report and published it. We also wish to note that this same international news wire service has recently issued two more baseless reports blaming the LTTE without contacting us for comments. more ...
  • 103) 09:53 GMT, May. 30, 2006 |  + Donors warn Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers
    Sri Lanka's key foreign aid donors have warned the government and Tamil Tiger rebels that they must take steps to end growing unrest or risk losing international support. Donors led by Japan pledged 4.5 billion dollars in 2003 as an incentive for the island to end three decades of ethnic conflict, but a ceasefire is increasingly threatened with more than 200 people dead in the past month alone. Japan, the European Union, Norway and the United States called on both sides "to take immediate steps to reverse the deteriorating situation and put the country back on the road to peace." "The international community will support such steps; failure to take such steps will diminish international support," said a joint statement after talks in Tokyo on Tuesday.
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  • 104) 09:50 GMT, May. 30, 2006 |  + Assailants kill 13 Sinhalese workers in Sri Lanka
    Assailants raided a village in eastern Sri Lanka, abducted 14 Sinhalese laborers and shot all but one of them to death, police said Tuesday. The government blamed the attack on Tamil Tiger rebels, but the insurgents denied involvement. It was not immediately clear why the assailants launched the attack late Monday at a state-run immigration project in Mhasenpura village near Batticaloa. One of the victims managed to escape, said Deputy Inspector General of Police Nihal Karunaratne said. more ...
  • 105) 09:43 GMT, May. 30, 2006 |  + Lanka refugees run, from army & war fear
    In Tamil folklore, the Adam’s Bridge — the small islets of sand dunes off this island — are the remnants of the sethu bandhan Ram’s monkey army built to Ravan’s Lanka. To the Sri Lankan Tamils fleeing the “tortures” of the “Sinhalese army”, it’s turned a bridge of hope. A four-week spurt in refugees taking the rough boat ride to Indian shores had swelled their number to almost 2,600 till Sunday. “We simply can’t live in the presence of the Lankan army,” said fisherman Pushparaj at Dhanushkodi police station where his group was brought on Saturday. “Twenty days ago, a woman and her daughter from our village who had gone to a nearby town were hacked to death by the army. We don’t know why.” more ...
  • 106) 21:44 GMT, May. 30, 2005 |  + India canal seen hurting S.Lanka waters, fishermen
    A shipping canal that India plans to dig off its southern coast could have disastrous consequences for the marine and coastal ecosystems of neighboring Sri Lanka, environmentalists warned Monday. Dredging in the shallow depths between India's southern tip and northern Sri Lanka could upset delicate ecosystems in the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve and Palk Bay and spell doom for fishermen from both countries, activists told a seminar held by the Green Movement of Sri Lanka. "No-one in their right mind would dig a canal between India and Sri Lanka... The environmental impact in Sri Lanka has not even been studied," T. Mohan, an Indian environmental lawyer, said on the sidelines of the seminar. "We are talking about changes to the ecology ... sedimentation and risks to human lives if cyclones and tsunamis are to occur," he added. This month the Indian cabinet approved a $550 million ship channel project to make it easier for ships to travel between the east and west coasts of the country. Only small fishing boats can pass through the Palk Strait at present. more ...
  • 107) 21:16 GMT, May. 30, 2005 |  + India has vital stake in unity of Sri Lanka
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India had a ''very vital stake'' in the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka and expressed the hope that the ethnic problem would be resolved peacefully. ''We are not indifferent'' to what was happening in Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister told foreign correspondents who wanted his response to the ''dangerous'' security problem arising from the LTTE setting up naval and air bases. ''We are in constant touch with Sri Lanka...there are elements which do concern us,'' he said and added that he would discuss all issues with Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga who would visit India shortly. Dr Singh also expressed the hope that the resolution of the ethnic issue would improve the ''lot of all the segments of the population.'' more ...
  • 108) 10:13 GMT, May. 30, 2005 |  + Deception by government – LTTE
    The Tamil people have little faith that the Sinhala leadership would bring a settlement. History tells us the same fact. Yet our people have built up an armed struggle and are in a strong position militarily. They have faith in the right leadership. They are hopeful they would get a just solution. But the Sri Lankan government and its armed forces are trying to deceive the international community and suppress our people. The Tamil people are not in a position to believe it any more. Tamils are now in a position to build up their political and military strength and are in a position to secure their rights. We have sufficiently explained to the international community. We have told them of the reorganisation of the forces by the government and of the purchases of the military hardware. In such a state the Tamils will not attempt to weaken their own forces. more ...
  • 109) 18:41 GMT, May. 30, 2004 |  + Cracks emerge in Sri Lanka's shaky new government
    Sri Lanka's shaky new government faced an internal rift as its main coalition partner protested against the handling of the peace process with Tamil rebels and other policy issues. The differences between President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance and its ally, the Marxist JVP, were no longer restricted to the handling of the peace drive, the privately run Sunday Island reported. "Our differences are sharp and growing," the Island quoted a JVP spokesman as saying. The state-run Sunday Observer said the JVP "appeared to be perturbed" over Kumaratunga appointing two more cabinet ministers and expanding the cabinet to 37 although the original agreement was to limit the number to 35. more ...
  • 110) 16:54 GMT, May. 30, 2004 |  + India-Sri Lanka talks to begin on Monday
    In the first high level official contact with the Manmohan Singh government, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will be holding talks with Indian leaders here on Monday. Kadirgamar, who arrived here on Saturday night on an official visit accompanied by Foreign Secretary H M G S Palihakkara, will also call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and convey greetings from Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He would also hold a meeting with National Security Advisor J N Dixit. more ...
  • 111) 15:08 GMT, May. 30, 2004 |  + Kadirgamar in India, likely to discuss Lankan Peace process
    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar who arrived here last night on a four-day official visit will have talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh and National Security Advisor J N Dixit tomorrow. Mr Kadirgamar, who took over as the Foreign Minister in the Chandrika Kumaratunga government in April, is the first foreign dignitary to visit India after the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government took over last week. His meetings with the Indian leaders will be the first high-level official contact between the new governments of the two neighbouring countries. more ...
  • 112) 13:46 GMT, May. 30, 2004 |  + Canada Votes 2004: What the Leaders said
    "I believe it is very important for political leaders to keep their promises." - Prime Minister Paul Martin delivering a gentle slap to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, who broke a campaign promise not to raise taxes.
    "We think that the Liberals of all levels need to be sent a message in this election. Otherwise, they're going to believe after a fourth blank cheque that they can go on breaking promises until the cows come home." - NDP Leader Jack Layton urging voters to refrain from sending a fourth Liberal government to Ottawa.
    "The Liberals will tax you to death, then the NDP will tax the corpse." - Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on the NDP's promised inheritance tax.
    "Should I start arguing with Stephane Dion because he and Jack Layton are posturing in front of each other? Let them keep worrying about it. Me, I've got other things to do in life." - Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe refusing to comment on his opponents' remarks about the future of the Clarity Act.
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  • 113) 13:20 GMT, May. 30, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka peace hopes dim
    Peace broker Norway has ended its latest shuttle diplomacy without a breakthrough in bringing Sri Lanka's warring sides back to the negotiating table and hopes of an end to ethnic bloodshed dimming. The two sides appeared on the brink of a deal to re-start peace talks two week ago, but Western diplomats here said that fresh problems over an agenda for talks was holding up a deal, despite frantic moves by the Norwegians. However, international lenders say they were more concerned about the government's economic policy, which was crucial to extending budgetary assistance amid already down-graded growth forecasts by the central bank here.However, both military officials and the Tigers say that the ceasefire brokered by Oslo and in place since February 2002 is also under severe strain, particularly in the island's eastern province. more ...
  • 114) 13:01 GMT, May. 30, 2004 |  + Rift in Sri Lankan coalition
    Serious differences within Sri Lanka's ruling coalition came to the fore today with the Marxist JVP accusing President Chandrika Kumaratunga of violationing the common programme. "Our differences are sharp and growing," the privately-run Sunday Island newspaper quoted a JVP spokesman as saying. The JVP said it was unhappy over the expansion of the cabinet to 37 members last week, although originally Kumaratunga had agreed to limit the number to 35. The state-run 'Sunday Observer' too in a front-page report admitted there were problems. "JVP irked over Cabinet numbers," the daily said, adding the party was sending Kumaratunga "communique" on the matter. more ...
  • 115) 12:55 GMT, May. 30, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka's FM arrives in Delhi for talks
    Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will hold talks with top Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, here on Monday. Kadirgamar, who arrived here Saturday night with Foreign Secretary H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, will also meet his new Indian counterpart K. Natwar Singh and National Security Adviser J.N. Dixit. He will also convey greetings from Sri Lanka's leadership to India's new Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, officials said on Sunday. Officials said the two sides would discuss a wide range of regional and global issues, including the peace process in Sri Lanka, during his four-day visit more ...
  • 116) 13:23 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Folly of looking at interim administration too restrictively
    Any interim administration worth its name should contain power-sharing arrangements that give the Tamils and the LTTE confidence that it reflects a movement from a unitary constitution that does not allow parliament to delegate its powers to any other body, to a constitution where there is a dispersal of power in multiplicity of centres catering to the needs and aspirations of a diverse and plural society. It is therefore vital that the government does not look upon the interim administration only as a ‘funds disbursing body,’ for the rehabilitation and development of the northeast. It is important that the LTTE be seen as the political organisation with which any Sri Lankan regime will have to work in cooperation and coordination, if the south is keen on resolving the ethnic conflict within the parameters of a united Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 117) 12:37 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Sihala Urumaya vows to seek legal remedy against NE interim authority
    "We totally reject the proposal. By allowing the LTTE and the donor countries to be a part of this so called interim authority, the government is making a threat to the sovereignty of the country. If we make a comparison with the BOI or the Mahaweli Authority with this set up it is totally different, because, in both these institutions there are government officials who are part of the organization," Mr. Karunaratne said.He maintained that the main opposition, PA and JVP should oppose to the whole proposal with their full strength. more ...
  • 118) 11:23 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Tamil Tigers reject peace move
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected a proposal by the government aimed at breaking the deadlock in the peace process. The government had proposed a new development body to oversee aid work in the country's north-east. But on Friday, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said the body would be unable to carry out the work effectively. more ...
  • 119) 11:22 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Tigers reject Sri Lanka offer to end peace deadlock
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels rejected a government offer of greater financial authority in exchange for ending their boycott of peace talks. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said in a statement it rejected the new proposals sent to the Tigers on Tuesday through peace broker Norway. "The leadership of the LTTE has rejected the new set of proposals submitted by the government of Sri Lanka instituting a development structure for the rehabilitation and development of the northeast," the LTTE said Friday. more ...
  • 120) 11:19 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka president's party mounts major attack on Norway
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party today called for the review of Norway's role in the island and criticised the peace broker as a "nation of salmon eaters who have become international busy bodies." Kumaratunga's close aide, Mangala Samaraweera told reporters here that her party strongly condemned Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik's remarks in Tokyo earlier this week that Sri lanka should be more flexible in dealing with the LTTE rebels. more ...
  • 121) 11:19 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka Rebels Reject Government Talks Proposal
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday rejected a government proposal for restarting a stalled peace process, saying it was not suited to carrying out humanitarian work in Tamil areas hit by two decades of war. The Tigers suspended peace talks last month and pulled out of an aid donor conference in Tokyo to protest at what they said was a lack of progress on government promises to rebuild minority Tamil areas. more ...
  • 122) 11:17 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Tamil Tigers reject peace talks
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected a government proposal to restart stalled peace talks. The Tigers said on Friday the plan was not suited to carrying out humanitarian work in Tamil areas hit by two decades of war, Reuters news agency reported. The Tigers suspended peace talks last month and pulled out of a donor conference in Tokyo to protest at what they said was a lack of progress on government promises to rebuild the Tamil areas. more ...
  • 123) 11:16 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Tigers reject offer to end deadlock; attack US, India
    In a blow to efforts to get them back to Norway sponsored-peace talks, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels today rejected government's offer of greater financial authority and indirectly slammed the US and India for blacklisting them. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) criticised the government for offering a watered-down substitute for the rebels' own proposal of a powerful interim administration giving them virtual control of the island's north and east. more ...
  • 124) 20:17 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Anti-Poverty Reforms Will Add Poverty - Critics
    H M Bandara Menike, a 52-year old widow with three children who cultivates two acres at Karuwalagaswewa, about 140 kilometres north-west of Sri Lankan capital, says: '' I don't know anything about poverty reduction reforms.'' All she knows is that her cost of production over the years has been much higher than the return, and that the debt burden of farmers like her has been rising. ”The money I spent on two bags of fertiliser those days now goes to the cost of one bag,'' she says. At the last harvesting season, she was able to recover only 12,000 rupees (125 U.S. dollars) after spending about 35,000 rupees (365 dollars). more ...
  • 125) 19:53 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Norwegians - 'salmon-eating busybodies'
    The party of Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga has branded peace broker Norway a "nation of salmon-eaters" who have become "international busybodies". The attack came after Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik reportedly said he hoped some politicians could be more flexible in dealing with Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels. A leading aide of President Kumaratunga, Samaraweera, said Mr Bondevik had "not shown any sensitivity to the feelings of Sri Lankans". more ...
  • 126) 19:26 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Kumaratunga's party slams 'salmon-eating' Norway
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party Friday launched a scathing attack on peace broker Norway, saying they were a "nation of salmon-eaters who have become international busy bodies". A top aide of Kumaratunga said her party condemned a suggestion by Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik that she was not involved in the peace bid. "The Norwegian prime minister has not shown any sensitivity to the feelings of Sri Lankans," Samaraweera told reporters here. "Of course we can't expect anything better from a nation of salmon-eaters who turned into international busy bodies." more ...
  • 127) 13:31 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + LTTE Rejects Sri Lankan Government Proposal
    LTTE has officially responded to the proposals put forward by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister and conveyed to the LTTE by the Norwegian facilitators. Mr. Anton Balasingham, chief negotiator and political advisor to the LTTE, in his letter of response to the Prime Minister laid down the reasons for the rejection of these proposals. Full text of the letter follows ... more ...
  • 128) 11:13 GMT, May. 30, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka warned of cost of failure
    Sri Lanka's prime minister has warned that the country risks being consigned to the "backwaters of history" if peace talks fail. Ranil Wickramasinghe also asked the Tamil Tiger rebels to be "more understanding" if there was to be permanent end to Sri Lanka's long-running civil war. But he said the current deadlock in the Norwegian-backed peace bid would give both sides the chance to review their current positions. more ...
  • 129) 17:24 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + SLA exacerbates war fear in east
    Residents in the east coast villages of Kiran and Maankerni said Thursday the actions of the Sri Lanka army here is exacerbating fears among them that the war might erupt again soon. Soldiers from the SLA camp in Kiran, 28 kilometres north of Batticaloa, told people in the area Tuesday to make coffins and expect the war to break out again anytime. Residents of Maankerni, 47 kilometres north of Batticaloa, said that the SLA is photographing the members of every family in the village and has bulldozed the local cemetery to reinforce its defences.
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  • 130) 15:31 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka sees peace talks by July despite truce row
    Sri Lanka's government said on Thursday the start date for peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels might slip to July, but were on track despite disputes over a truce that began in February. Norwegian-brokered peace talks to end the bloody two-decade civil war are set for late next month, but the government and rebels have accused each other of violating the ceasefire. Norway's deputy foreign minister, Vidar Helgesen said this week it would be a mistake to rush the talks but the Sri Lankan government said the schedule was still broadly in place. more ...
  • 131) 14:24 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka sets Tiger ban terms
    The Sri Lankan Government says it will only consider lifting the ban on Tamil Tiger rebels once a firm date for peace talks is fixed. Speaking to journalists, the government's spokesman, GL Peiris, said the two issues were linked, but he expected talks to take place in Thailand in either the last week of June or the first week of July. more ...
  • 132) 13:39 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + US may airlift its citizens from India, Pak
    The US government is drawing up plans for a mass evacuation of some 64,000 Americans from India and Pakistan as tensions escalate between the two neighbours over Kashmir, USA Today has reported. A US government team is in India working on a contingency plan to evacuate 1,100 US troops on three bases in Pakistan and up to 63,000 US citizens in both countries, the newspaper reported on Thursday. more ...
  • 133) 12:27 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + Is the Prime Minister’s will weakening?
    Prime Minister who played down the chauvinist chorus in the south against the peace effort has backed down to the extent to be appearing to trample underfoot the matter of something as basic as the Eelam Tamils' national identity. Is this a ploy to move the peace effort forward? Or is it actually a result of him bowing to chauvinist demands? These are the questions now. Right or wrong, it is necessary that his government re-mains in power to advance the peace process and reach a final settlement. But a sword will continue to dangle above his government for as long as President Chandrika Kumarathunghe - who opposes it and its efforts towards peace - retains her executive powers. Under the current constitution the president has the power to dissolve any government a year after its election. As long as the president has these powers it is questionable if the Ranil government can survive or move the peace process along a positive path. more ...
  • 134) 11:58 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + Tamil Eelam: Is there an alternative? - D.B.S. Jeyaraj
    At the beginning of the 20th century the Tamil people thought they were equal to the Sinhala people and that they were the two founding races of modern Sri Lanka or Ceylon as it was known then. It was then when the state council and territorial representations came Tamil people thought of themselves as principal minority in Sri Lanka and the demand they articulated was the balanced representation where they saw themselves as the principle minority leading the other minority community to be par with the Sinhala majority. more ...
  • 135) 10:48 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + LTTE to face 12 conditions to Jaffna islets for political work
    The government has proposed the imposition of 12 conditions on the LTTE political activists entering Jaffna islets for political work, a government source said. The Peace Secretariat functioning from the Prime Minister's office in Colombo has informed the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission in this regard. Peace Ambassador Bernard Gunathilleke in a letter to Deputy Head of the Mission has specified these conditions. Peace ambassador requested SLMM to inform these details to the LTTE and to obtain its consent. more ...
  • 136) 10:33 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan government lays condition for lifting ban on rebels
    The government said Thursday it cannot lift a four-year ban against the Tamil Tiger rebels until there is a firm date for peace talks, laying a condition that could raise fresh obstacles - or spur the dialogue process. "It is only after a firm date for talks is agreed that the issue of 'deproscription' will be considered,'' government spokesman G.L. Peiris told reporters, using the government's term for lifting the ban. more ...
  • 137) 20:58 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + The Tamil Community in Canada
    The 200,000 Tamil community in Canada without doubt had made considerable progress in several fields, which certainly is a proud achievement. Mostly a minority among the Tamil community had made this progress and achievement while the majority had been lagging, despite the valiant efforts by several Tamil community organizations individually. The community leaders at several forums conducted from time to time identified this drawback. An organization titled the " Canadian Tamil Congress" was formed with volunteers with the specific task of harnessing the efforts of all the Tamil community organizations to serve in a collective manner so as to bring out the benefits thus accrued, for the greater good of the Tamil society. The Canadian Tamil Congress is scheduled to conduct its ' National Convention' on the 1st and 2nd of June, 2002, with distinguished personalities leading the respective panel sessions. more ...
  • 138) 20:53 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + On Thimpu and related matters: A response
    On the other hand, if it was aimed at discrediting me for once having been a member of a Tamil politico-military organization (i.e.EPRLF), well I do not deny my past - neither do I justify acts of terrorism. Suffice it to say, I left Tamil militancy following the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987 and Tamil mainstream politics in 1995 following which I re-integrated into the academic and professional mainstream and am presently involved in processes of conflict transformation in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 139) 20:39 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + STF ‘deliberately’ violated ceasefire - SLMM
    The arrest and torture of a member of the Liberation Tigers by the elite Special Task Force (STF) constituted a deliberate breach of the permanent ceasefire according to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), as the troops had penetrated over one kilometre into LTTE-held territory to carry out the attack. more ...
  • 140) 17:35 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + U.N. refugee body denies repatriating LTTE chief's parents
    The U.N.'s refugee welfare agency has discounted reports here that its first batch of Sri Lankan Tamils returning from India included Tamil Tiger head Velupillai Prabhakaran's parents. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Prabhakaran's parents, believed to be living near Chennai in southern India, were not among three repatriates who arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday. more ...
  • 141) 17:31 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + Landmines found buried in house
    Five powerful landmines found buried in a house at Duhumadalawa, Madatugama, Kekirawa were defused by the army bomb squad yesterday afternoon, police said. The Pakistan made landmines were found by the residents, who had first thought they were some witchcraft items buried in their compound and complained to the police. The landmines were found buried in a toilet pit and the garden. They were believed to be the type imported for the use of the Sri Lanka Army. Police said they were powerful enough to blow up a vast area.. more ...
  • 142) 02:01 GMT, May. 30, 2002 |  + UK backs Sri Lanka peace initiative
    UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has voiced his full backing for the peace process in Sri Lanka in talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Ranil Wickramasinghe, at Downing Street on Wednesday. A UK Foreign Office spokesman added, "The United Kingdom welcomes the considerable progress which the Sri Lankan government and the [Tamil Tiger rebels] have made towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict".
    Candian High Commissioner meets LTTE Officials
    The Canadian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Ms. Ruth Archibald, met the leader of the political wing of the Liberation Tigers, Mr.S.P Thamizh Chelvan,NGO represntatives, TRO officials and other representatives of the local authority, on May 29th, 2002. The tour enabled the Canadian mission to discuss the current humanitarian situation with international agencies working in the Wanni.

    Gayathri, TamilCanadian reporter from Vanni, Thamizh Eelam

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  • 143) 16:11 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Kumaratunga confident about her govt's survival
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has made light of the opposition threat to unseat her regime through a no-confidence motion in parliament saying that no parliamentarian from the ruling People's Alliance would cross over to the other side. "No one in my government is willing to join a disunited group that lacks proper leadership and has lost successive elections," she told state-run television Rupavahini on Tuesday night. She also said her government was "fully committed" to holding peace talks with the LTTE and the rebel group should "make use of this unique opportunity", inviting the Tigers to enter into the Norwegian-backed peace talks. more ...
  • 144) 15:42 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Inadequate laws expose Tamil women
    On the night of March 19, Sri Lankan navy personnel entered a guesthouse at Uppukulam, a suburb of Mannar town 312 kilometers northwest of the capital Colombo, and arrested two women, Sinnathamby Sivamany and Ehamparam Vijikala. Shanmugam Nanthakumar, Vijikala's husband, was arrested as well and Sivamany's six-year-old son was asked to accompany his mother. The navy visited the guesthouse ostensibly to examine Sivamany and Vijikala's identification documents and find out whether they were members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Mannar town is in the control of Sri Lankan security forces, but the hinterland is dominated by the LTTE, which has been fighting for a separate homeland for minority Tamils in the island's northeast for nearly two decades. more ...
  • 145) 12:53 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Rampant rights abuses with impunity in Sri Lanka: Amnesty
    Paramilitaries and vigilantes are becoming more active in Sri Lanka where civilians are increasingly becoming victims of "gross human rights abuses," Amnesty International said Wednesday. In its annual report for 2000, the London-based human rights watchdog said the perpetrators of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka were generally acting with impunity, while those victims who sought legal redress received death threats. more ...
  • 146) 12:51 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka ends censorship on local, foreign media after three years
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Wednesday ordered the immediate lifting of a censorship on military issues imposed on local and foreign media for the past three years, officials said. President Kumaratunga ordered her media ministry to revoke the censorship which was extended under tough emergency laws in May last year when Tamil Tiger guerrillas escalated their attacks against government forces. more ...
  • 147) 11:21 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Polypropylene technology to produce artificial feet
    The introduction of Polypropylene Technology in the production of artificial feet for those who lost their legs in landmine blasts has definite advantages. This technology is now being used in the workshop at Inuvil Mc Leod hospital complementary to Jaipur foot technology. It is comfortable to the patients. It is light in weight and the alignment system is easy to work with to achieve a good walk for the patients" said Gerald Fitzpatrick Prosthetist ICRC Jaffna. He was speaking to journalists in Jaffna on the production of plastic feet adopting polypropylene technology at the ICRC workshop at Inuvil. Serge Marmy Head of ICRC Sub Delegation Jaffna Harsha Gunawardene Information Officer I.C.R.C. and Anton Selvarajah Dissemination Officer ICRC Jaffna participated in the one day workshop as distinguished guests. more ...
  • 148) 10:59 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka lifts censorship on media
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Wednesday ordered the immediate lifting of a military censorship imposed on local and foreign media, officials said. President Kumaratunga ordered her media ministry to revoke the censorship which was imposed under tough emergency laws in May last year when Tamil Tiger guerrillas escalated their attacks against government forces. more ...
  • 149) 10:57 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka blows hot and cold as Norway peace bid stalls
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga's invitation to Tamil rebels to enter into talks has shown she is still committed to a Norwegian peace bid despite conflicting signals from her own government, diplomats said Wednesday. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's invitation to Tamil rebels to enter into talks has shown she is still committed to a Norwegian peace bid despite conflicting signals from her own government, diplomats said Wednesday. Norway's stalled attempts to broker peace in Sri Lanka received a lift when Kumaratunga invited the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to join negotiations during an interview with state television on Tuesday night. more ...
  • 150) 02:45 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + An Episode of Persecution: My Story - Part V
    The following morning that was, 21st May, I had told my wife that I was staying in the house quietly and I am not going to entertain any visitors other than somebody from the C.I.D. I would also avoid local calls. I was expecting to hear about the order for exhumation and inquest by 9:30 a.m. or so. Nothing happened till 10:00a.m. when the DMO - Kalmunai, Dr. Salakianathan telephoned me and asked me whether I had heard anything from the C.I.D., I told him that I hadn't. He said he had heard nothing from the Magistrate or the CID, but he had information that a Special Task Force Commando (STF) jeep had been coming from the South and heading towards Kalavanchikudi and the people had got the strong smell of decomposed human flesh; and so he thought the body may have been spirited away. more ...
  • 151) 22:02 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Annual Report 2001: Regional Summaries for Sri Lanka
    The continuing armed conflict and a general rise in violence dominated Sri Lanka in 2000. April and May saw particularly ferocious fighting between the security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the main armed opposition group fighting for an independent state, Eelam, in the north and east of Sri Lanka. Tens of thousands of people were internally displaced by the fighting. People taking no active part in the hostilities faced gross human rights abuses, including indiscriminate bombing and shelling, killings, ''disappearances'', torture and the recruitment of child soldiers. Widespread violence took place during parliamentary elections in October. There was also a rise in paramilitary and vigilante activities. The failure to bring to justice those responsible for human rights violations remained a major concern. more ...
  • 152) 21:27 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Lifting censorship said ill timed for SLA
    The Sri Lankan government Wednesday lifted the draconian censorship on reporting the war against the Liberation Tigers. The reason for the move is not clear, military sources in Colombo said. The censorship, imposed in May 1998, banned, among other things, reporting on military operations planned by the Sri Lanka army and on purchases of military hardware. However, the censorship generally inhibited the Sri Lankan press from candidly reporting about the Sri Lanka army and its military activities in the north and east of the island. Analysts in Colombo said that the lifting of the censorship could not have come at a worse time when the army is still reeling from a major debacle in Jaffna last month. more ...
  • 153) 20:40 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka lifts media censorship
    The authorities in Sri Lanka have ordered the lifting of military censorship on both the local and foreign media. President Chandrika Kumaratunga ordered her media ministry to revoke a June 1998 order which imposed blanket censorship on both the local media and foreign journalists working in the country. Media rights organisations had argued that even though Sri Lankan censorship was not strictly enforced, it had a deterrent effect on independent reporting. Last year, the government used the censorship laws to close down three newspapers. However, Sri Lankan courts held that the government action was illegal. That prompted the authorities to re-introduce tougher laws to deal with the press. Sri Lanka's foreign correspondents' association has welcomed the decision to revoke censorship laws, but said they hoped the authorities would not have to use it again. more ...
  • 154) 20:35 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Amnesty criticises Pakistan and Sri Lanka
    The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has criticised last year's trial of the ousted Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. Amnesty's annual report said the process didn't fully meet the standards for a fair trial. Amnesty also focused on Sri Lanka, saying that paramilitaries and vigilantes were becoming more active and civilians were increasingly the victims of gross human rights abuses. more ...
  • 155) 20:21 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Lifting censorship said ill timed for SLA
    The Sri Lankan government Wednesday lifted the draconian censorship on reporting the war against the Liberation Tigers. The reason for the move is not clear, military sources in Colombo said. The censorship, imposed in May 1998, banned, among other things, reporting on military operations planned by the Sri Lanka army and on purchases of military hardware. However, the censorship generally inhibited the Sri Lankan press from candidly reporting about the Sri Lanka army and its military activities in the north and east of the island. Analysts in Colombo said that the lifting of the censorship could not have come at a worse time when the army is still reeling from a major debacle in Jaffna last month. more ...
  • 156) 20:18 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Solheim bid to revive Lanka peace talks
    Norway's special envoy Erik Solheim is heading to London for discussions with the LTTE's chief negotiator Anton Balasingham early next week in a bid to revive the Lanka peace process. Solheim will be in London either late this week or early next week, an official told the Times of India. He said the Norwegian envoy was in contact with both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE and would probably come to Colombo after meeting with Balasingham. The country's peace prospects have been dim in the past few weeks over the government's failure to lift a ban on the rebels, a demand the guerrillas say has to be met for talks to start. The government says it will not lift the ban as a pre-condition or pre-requisite to negotiations but the rebels have stood strong on their demand and warned that a hard-line stance by President Chandrika Kumaratunga could end the peace process. more ...
  • 157) 16:25 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Amnesty slams states' capitulation to economic globalization
    More than 400,000 civilians were displaced in a military offensive against Moslem separatists in Mindanao in the Philippines, and the number of displaced persons in Sri Lanka rose to 570,000. Intensified fighting and drought in Afghanistan led to 70,000 people fleeing. Police torture, ill-treatment and racial abuse was the central problem in Europe, Amnesty said, with victims tending to be from minority groups. Racist ill-treatment was reported in Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Slovak Republic. Detainees were ill-treated in Albania, Belarus and Russia, while ETA detainees in Spain complained of torture while held incommunicado. "In France, the effective impunity granted by some courts to police officers, notably with regard to deaths in custody, continued to cause concern," Amnesty said. Asylum seekers reported abuse in Belgium and Switzerland, and conditions at Frankfurt airport in Germany were "very harsh", it said. Kazakh authorities admitted widespread ill-treatment by police officers and torture continued to be widespread in Turkey. more ...
  • 158) 16:18 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + Canada: Documentaries focus on Westray, Sri Lanka, life on the sea
    Halifax director and painter Rohan (Cecil) Fernando is finishing Cecil's Journey, in which he, a second-generation Tamil Canadian, travels back to Sri Lanka 21 years after civil war forced his family to flee. Fernando grew up in Lower Sackville. Travelling with a Caucasian director of photography, Russell Gienap, Fernando was able to pass himself off as a Sri Lankan guide working for a tourist. Family also protected him in a country which is still in a state of civil war. Returning to Sri Lanka changed him. "Core values in the West are in many ways the antithesis of core values in the East. It changed the way I approached life and the way I saw life." Cecil's Journey, an NFB co-production with Peter d'Entrem more ...
  • 159) 02:42 GMT, May. 30, 2001 |  + "No de-proscription, no talks" - LTTE
    The Tamil Tigers reiterated their earlier and constant position to the visiting Norwegian delegation led by special peace envoy Erik Solheim that direct talks with the Sri Lankan government would be possible only after the Kumaratunga regime lifted the proscription imposed on the LTTE by it in January 1998. The Tiger position on the issue was made unequivocally clear to the Norwegians by S.P. Thamilchelvan, the head of the LTTE's political wing during the five hour discussions held at Mallavi in the Northern mainland of the Wanni on Thursday, May 17 from 3 pm to 8 pm. The Tigers first made it known to Norway that they would seek a lifting of the ban before entering talks as a prerequisite last December in the context of Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar actively lobbying the British government to proscribe the LTTE in Britain. more ...
  • 160) 12:29 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + 'Tamil Malar' in Saudi Arabia
    For the first time in the annals of Saudi Arabia, the print media has come out with a weekly edition in Tamil in the Kingdom. The Riyadh Daily Newspaper which is the first English daily to be published from the Saudi capital has released a weekly supplement, 'Tamil Malar', from May 1, 15 this year. more ...
  • 161) 12:27 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Five policemen killed, 20 wounded in Claymore mine attack in Sri Lanka
    A Claymore mine exploded in the government-held town of Vavuniya on Tuesday, killing five policemen and wounding 20 others, according to a police officer and a hospital nurse. The mine exploded as a truck carrying a group of policemen left the northern town, said a police officer in Vavuniya. more ...
  • 162) 12:24 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Tamil Tigers suffer 'heavy losses'
    The Sri Lankan military says it has inflicted heavy losses on Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern Jaffna peninsula. One report quoting defence officials said more than 100 rebels had been killed during the latest army offensive. more ...
  • 163) 12:22 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan unions abruptly end two long-running strikes
    Sri Lankan employers, with the assistance of the trade union leaderships, have already begun to use the government's extensive new emergency regulations to force an end to industrial disputes, victimise workers and impose a tougher work regime in the factories. more ...
  • 164) 12:20 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + 'Grenade attack not directed against Norwegian embassy'
    Sri Lankan police investigating the grenade attack on the Norwegian embassy here said the target of the May 24 attack was a disputed building adjacent to it. Police are now certain that the grenade was thrown at the building which was under dispute and not the embassy, which had sustained a minor damage, state-owned newspaper the Daily News quoted Colombo DIG Bodhi Liyanage as saying. "The grenade actually had fallen into the neighbouring building and exploded," he clarified. more ...
  • 165) 12:19 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka's Tamil civil war escalates, 33 dead, 49 wounded
    Tamil Tiger rebels killed 15 police officers and soldiers while wounding 49 in two attacks today. Government troops retaliated by killing 18 rebels in the northern battle zone, a top government spokesman said. more ...
  • 166) 12:18 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka fighting kills over 100
    The latest round of fighting in northern Sri Lanka has claimed more than 100 lives, officials said Tuesday as a top US official left here with an appeal to Tamil separatists to enter peace talks. more ...
  • 167) 23:42 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + India works on Lankan devolution package
    India is working with Sri Lanka to evolve a devolution package for the Tamil community on the island, secure in the knowledge that the Tamils must find a ``place of honour'' within the territorial integrity and unity of Sri Lanka. Integral part of New Delhi foreign policy was to ``manage the sentiment in Tamil Nadu.'' That is, to take into account the sentiments of Tamilians as well as the political compulsions of some of the BJP Government's partners in coalition, without which any strategy would be incomplete and ineffective. The first condition for the Indian devolution proposal is that there must be ``political consensus'' within Sri Lanka, including by the Opposition. While New Delhi wants the current devolution package to go beyond the 1987 package. more ...
  • 168) 22:46 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Israel steps back: Can this bring peace again to W Asia?
    THE ISRAELI decision to end its 22-year-old occupation of southern Lebanon could well provide some relief from the pressure cooker politics of the region. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had three options. First was a variation of the status quo with the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) holding on to its 15-km deep occupation zone even as it absorbed unacceptable losses in men and machines. more ...
  • 169) 22:41 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + SLA search in Colombo's business hub
    The Sri Lankan army cordoned off and searched Sea Street, the island's "gold market", in the heart of Colombo's business hub Tuesday. More than thousand businessmen and shop assistants in this predominantly Tamil sector of the capital's business district were lined up for identification by 'spotters' who had come with the army. More than thirty youth, including five girls were arrested. more ...
  • 170) 21:31 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Ottawa: Tears, Anger for Tot
    Family, friends and strangers overcome by emotion as tiny victim of daycare field trip tragedy laid to restIt was as if she was only sleeping. With a little green ribbon tied in her black hair to match her satin party dress, two-year-old Dharshini Rajagunathas lay in a tiny white casket with her plush Barney toy nestled beside her. The distraught family knew the daycare workers didn't realize the tiny girl was missing until two YMCA workers and a child's mom did a head count back at the Argyle St. centre -- and only seven children spilled out of the van. Anand Sivanandan, a family friend, read a statement from the girl's parents which demanded answers to what led to Dharshini's death. "Over the weeks and months to come, we as a family, along with the support of the people of Ottawa, will vigorously pursue every available resource to ensure that those who are responsible for this will be held accountable for their actions and negligence. We need answers and we need to ensure no other mother or father lose a child in such a tragic way," said the parents in their statement. The family is frustrated it took YMCA officials 28 hours to call them after the fatal daycare field trip, said family friend Anand Sivanandan, who added the family is too distraught to consider legal action right now. more ...
  • 171) 18:47 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Taking refuge in Tamil Nadu
    But life here is a lot harder than what these refugees were used to back home. You would hardly know this by talking to the refugees, though.
    The current situation in Sri Lanka, then, appears to have raised hopes among the refugees that a Tiger victory will bring peace and a chance to go home.
    more ...
  • 172) 18:42 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Family buries their 'angel' 250 attend service for child killed on day-care outing
    About 250 people attended a service at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home on Kent Street, three days after the child was killed during a day-care outing at the Central Experimental Farm. The Hindu service, which included prayers sung in Tamil and the burning of incense, was a cauldron of emotion: the girl's mother, Thabina Rajagunathas, wept so hard she could barely stand.
    Also :'She was a lovely girl' more ...
  • 173) 18:30 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka says food supplies adequate in Jaffna
    Sri Lanka said on Tuesday supplies of food and medicine for some half a million people on the war-torn Jaffna peninsula were adequate. The foreign ministry said in a statement that the government briefed representatives of donor governments and international aid agencies, who were worried about civilians caught up in the fighting between government troops and Tamil rebels. more ...
  • 174) 18:27 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Stop the war in Lanka - Krishnaswamy
    Pudiya Tamizhagam founder president K Krishnaswamy today urged the Union government to take immediate steps to stop the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and bring about permanent peace in the island nation more ...
  • 175) 18:18 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Taking refuge in Tamil Nadu
    Strong support for LTTE
    From the road outside the camp, it is hard to tell exactly what conditions are like inside. A four-foot-high barbed wire fence, broken in some places, runs around the sprawling sandy compound. The government official overseeing the camp is under strict orders not to talk to the media. Journalists are not allowed in. "They say they have provided each and every thing. They (LTTE) have made some separate schools, they have posted teachers, and they have opened some ration shops," - Refugees more ...
  • 176) 18:05 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Killing of Civilians and Ethnic Cleansing
    Despite our Urgent Appeal of 04/05/2000 (Ref. No. AC/07/05 - Imminent dange r in the Island of Sri Lanka), some countries have supplied large quantities of sophisticated arms and ammunition to the Sri Lanka government. With the latest arrival of arms the Sri Lankan security forces have started their callous attacks on areas densely populated with civilians, in the Jaffna Peninsula, utterly oblivious to the loss of civilian lives. more ...
  • 177) 04:41 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + India lauds Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon
    India has appreciated the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon and said the move will boost the confidence building measures in the Middle East. Conveying Indian appreciation of withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon, Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) president Najma Heptullah, who is currently on a goodwill visit here as IPU chairperson, in a meeting with Israeli president Ezer Weizman last evening hoped the withdrawal would boost confidence building measures in the region. more ...
  • 178) 16:10 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan war seen through the looking glass
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga this month invoked the Public Security Ordinance -- a law last used under British colonial rule during World War II -- imposing censorship and suspending some civil liberties in response to a potential humiliating defeat by secessionist Tamil rebels. more ...
  • 179) 14:34 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + War costs for Sri Lanka
    The beach at Mount Lavinia hotel just south of Colombo boasts a wide expanse of sand and fringe of palm trees. It is also completely deserted. more ...
  • 180) 14:19 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka's Tamil civil war escalates, 33 dead, 49 wounded
    Tamil Tiger rebels killed 15 police officers and soldiers while wounding 49 in two attacks today. Government troops retaliated by killing 18 rebels in the northern battle zone, a top government spokesman said. more ...
  • 181) 14:04 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + PMK fast against Lankan army
    PMK will observe a State-wide fast on Tuesday (May 30) in protest against the alleged massacre of Tamils by the Sri Lankan army and the intervention of countries such as the United States in the ethnic crisis. more ...
  • 182) 13:42 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + India's will in Jaffna
    An attempt to kill Rajiv Gandhi by SL Navy - 1987
    Ten years and two months ago, INS Magar, the Indian Navy vessel, left Sri Lanka's Trincomalee harbour with the last Indian troops that had been deployed in the island nation as part of the Indian Peace-Keeping Force (IPKF). What about another Indian peacekeeping force? The lessons of Kosovo and Kargil say that India's intervention must come from a distance as it must be heavy. more ...
  • 183) 13:33 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka fighting kills over 100 as US urges peace talks
    The latest round of fighting in northern Sri Lanka has left over 100 people dead, officials said Tuesday as a top US official left here with an appeal to Tamil separatists to enter peace talks. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ambushed a police truck with a powerful land mine in the northern town of Vavuniya Tuesday, killing eight constables and wounding 20 others, local police said. more ...
  • 184) 13:21 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + 'I have nothing to say on the judgement', remarks Jayalalitha
    'I have nothing to say on the judgement' was the terse remark of AIADMK Supremo Jayalalitha, soon after her acquittal in the Colour TV case by a special judge today. When newsmen approched her for her comments soon after the acquittal, Jayalalitha said she had nothing to say.

    Also:Jayalalitha acquitted in colour TV scam case - Rediff
    Also:Jayalalitha acquitted in colour TV scam case - BBC more ...
  • 185) 13:11 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Britain returns powers to Northern Ireland
    Britain transferred governing authority back to Northern Ireland at midnight on Monday offering new hope for peace to the divided province. "We hope these institutions will take root," Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble told a news conference at Stormont, the government's Belfast headquarters on Monday. more ...
  • 186) 13:05 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + North by South
    Whenever I think of South India, I see the sea. I imagine myself eating a coconut-rich fish curry within sound and smell of the ocean waves, with a moist, light breeze making the sultry evening more enticing. more ...
  • 187) 12:35 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Vavuniya claymore kills seven, injures nineteen
    Seven military trained Sri Lankan Policemen were killed and nineteen wounded when the truck in which they were traveling was hit by claymore mine blast six kilometers west of Vavuniya town on the Mannar road Tuesday morning around 9. 15 a.m. more ...
  • 188) 04:32 GMT, May. 30, 2000 |  + Waiting for Eelam
    There is a big smile on the face of P. Nedumaran, convenor of the Tamil Desiya Katchi (Tamil Nationalist Party) and perhaps the most ardent supporter of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. Nedumaran's office in Chennai is dominated by a large photograph of him with the LTTE supremo.
    Vaiko, who makes no bones about his preference for an independent Eelam, is the main Indian contact for the Tigers, who do not have direct links with bureaucrats, diplomats and intelligence officials in Delhi. He uses his access to the Prime Minister and key ministers like George Fernandes and L.K. Advani to ensure that Delhi doesn't develop an anti-Tiger stance. The inputs from IB and RAW would not always be accurate, whereas Vaiko only has to press a cell button to get the key man on line and converse with him in Tamil. He is quick to grasp the implications of the Tigers' views and pass on the information to the ministers. more ...
  • 189) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1999 |  + India: PM rejects UN chief's mediation offer
    No details available. more ...
  • 190) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1999 |  + India: Britain, France, Russia, US will not raise Kargil in UN
    No details available. more ...
  • 191) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1999 |  + EU raps Sri Lanka over slow relief work
    No details available. more ...
  • 192) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1999 |  + Four Southeast Asian states to cut off arms sales to Tamils
    No details available. more ...
  • 193) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1999 |  + No Madhu festival if Army stays on
    No details available. more ...
  • 194) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1999 |  + India: Indian pilot 'killed in cold blood'
    No details available. more ...
  • 195) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1999 |  + India: Not happy with US response
    No details available. more ...
  • 196) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1999 |  + India: Intruders are Pak soldiers, not militants
    No details available. more ...
  • 197) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1999 |  + India: reports Kashmir gains
    No details available. more ...
  • 198) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1998 |  + Lankan Stock Market falls as foreign investor withdraws
    No details available. more ...
  • 199) 11:11 GMT, May. 30, 1998 |  + Fierce fighting continues
    No details available. more ...
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