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August 21, 2017 - Memory of the Day

How Sri Lanka balances serendipity and sultry charms

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Gary Anandasangaree

Important Incidents

  • 1997 | LTTE hand over the bodies of 10 SL troops ti ICRC
    The LTTE has handed to the ICRC the bodies of 10 Sinhala soldiers killed in combat on the 19th August. The ten soldiers, who were abandoned by fleeing troops, were picked up by the LTTE and taken to Mallavi office of the ICRC yesterday. The ICRC will transport the bodies to the military authorities in Vavuniya.
  • Human Rights Violations

  • 1990 | 10 Tamil civilians were killed
    10 Tamil civilians were killed by Sri Lankan Army and muslim home guards. Some of these people were University students.
  • 1990 | 25 Tamil civilians were killed
    About 25 Tamil civilians were killed when the Sri Lankan airforce flights bombed the area. Several buildings and other properties were badly damaged.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 851 | இகலென்ப எல்லா உயிர்க்கும் பகலென்னும்
    பண்பின்மை பாரிக்கும் நோய்.
    Hostility disunion's plague will bring,
    That evil quality, to every living thing.
    - 86 86
  • Aug 21 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Aug 21, 2015 17:37:00 GMT |  + Sri Lanka continues toward reform
    The new government must focus on the urgent task of national reconciliation. That will be a broad offensive, one that includes justice for individuals who suffered from war crimes during the Tamil insurgency and more political representation for minority groups, as well as the safeguarding of minority rights in general. Of course, economic development has to be part of the package and friends of Sri Lanka should do their utmost to assist the new government in its efforts. Japan should be in the front of that line.
  • 2) Aug 21, 2015 16:46:42 GMT |  + Sri Lanka forms unity government
    Sri Lanka's two biggest parties agreed on Friday to form a national unity government committed to "ethnic reconciliation" after a surge in voter support for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's reform agenda.Wickremesinghe's UNP won the largest number of seats in Monday's election, described by independent monitors as one of the most peaceful in Sri Lanka, but fell short of a majority in the 225-member parliament. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which took 16 seats, will not join the coalition but has promised the new government "issue-based" support. more ...
  • 3) Aug 21, 2014 20:24:32 GMT |  + Tamil asylum-seeker court case may see UN intervene
    The United Nations may become involved in the case of the Tamil asylum seekers who were detained on an Australian customs boat, with a court hearing to take place in Canberra in October. A brief high court directions hearing in Melbourne on Thursday resulted in Justice Kenneth Hayne setting a date of 14 October and 15 October for the full court case. Refugee advocates are challenging the legality of the month-long detention of 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers on the vessel in June. more ...
  • 4) Aug 21, 2014 20:22:42 GMT |  + Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell. “It’s severe. In some areas in the North, North Central and Eastern Provinces, the water levels in the irrigation reservoirs will be sufficient only for drinking purposes and that, too, will be barely enough. No harvesting will be possible [until the next rains],” Lalith Weeratunga, secretary to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the country’s top-ranked public official, told IRIN. more ...
  • 5) Aug 21, 2014 13:10:33 GMT |  + Sri Lankan Tamil leaders to raise 13A amendment during India visit
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation leaves for India today for their first meeting with the new Indian government. The delegation is expected to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday and hopes to meet Modi on Saturday. Senior TNA parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran said the party will urge India to ensure Sri Lanka fully implements the 13A?amendment as the Sri Lankan government had earlier given that assurance to India. more ...
  • 6) Aug 21, 2013 15:34:19 GMT |  + Ms Navi Pillai’s Visit to Sri-Lanka in August 2013 Gives UNHCR Chance to Rectify its Mistakes
    A report compiled by a committee co-chaired by former US Secretary of State Ms Madeleine K. Albright for United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Institute of Peace, and Brookings Institution, has criticised the international reaction to Sri Lanka during the final stages of the conflict in May 2009. Former presidential special envoy to Sudan Richard Williamson was the other co-chair. The findings were: The concept of R2P is embraced by countries in the UN including the USA. The main aim of this provision is preventing and halting genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. more ...
  • 7) Aug 21, 2013 15:33:44 GMT |  + Can elections fast-track development in Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone?
    Opposition party leaders in Sri Lanka’s north have long called for power devolution to the former conflict zone as a condition for lasting peace, but voters preparing to cast ballots in the Northern Province’s first election since the end of a separatist war in 2009 say power sharing means little if basic needs are unmet. “First we need to be able to take care of ourselves financially before we get into sharing power,” Jeyam Subramanian, a voter from the northern town of Kilinochchi, told IRIN. more ...
  • 8) Aug 21, 2013 15:32:15 GMT |  +  Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council elections: reconciliation and reputation
    The Northern Provincial Council elections to be held in September 2013 have assumed critical relevance for post-war Sri Lanka. As President Rajapaksa stated: “There were presidential and parliamentary elections but this is the first free election in 30 years afforded to northern people to express themselves in a vote". The Northern Provincial Council elections provide hope for a transition from post-war Sri Lanka to a post-conflict Sri Lanka, as free and fair electoral processes at provincial levels increasingly play a significant role in ushering in a process of democratic devolution, power sharing, minority rights and reconciliation.
  • 9) Aug 21, 2013 15:31:35 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: The launchpad for next Pak terror attack?
    Even as India’s ties with Sri Lanka come under increasing criticism from Tamil Nadu politicians, a new terror alert has highlighted a big reason why it is important for the two countries to remain on friendly terms. According to a report in the Times of India, the Maharashtra police have received a terror alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants are undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets in south India from Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 10) Aug 21, 2013 15:28:29 GMT |  + Why Chennai feels Madras Cafe is anti-Tamil
    Going by the fate of two big Tamil films in the recent past — Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam and Vijay’s Thalaivaa — both of which ran into political rough-weather, actor-producer John Abraham may not be able to release his Madras Cafe in Chennai and the rest of Tamil Nadu. He has all the right to say that he won’t “fall prey to bullying tactics” and he believes in “freedom of expression”; but, if the theatres don’t want his film, all that he can do is only express outrage. more ...
  • 11) Aug 21, 2013 15:27:27 GMT |  + Rajiv Gandhi assasination case: SIC to hear Perarivalan
    Perarivalan had petitioned to the SIC seeking information on the visit of a research scholar to the Vellore prison in 2011. A.G. Perarivalan, a death row convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and now lodged in the Vellore central prison, would appear before the State Information Commission and present his case through video-conferencing on Wednesday according to sources. more ...
  • 12) Aug 21, 2012 12:42:52 GMT |  + Six TN fishermen injured in Sri Lankan Navy attack
    Six Tamil Nadu fishermen were injured on Tuesday when they were allegedly attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy which briefly detained 13 others near Katchatheevu in the Palk Strait. The fishermen, taken to Neduntheevu in Sri Lanka along with their three boats, were ordered to be released, according to officials, who received a wireless message from Sri Lanka.
  • 13) Aug 21, 2012 12:40:29 GMT |  + Australian migration policy rankles Asia
    “Policies like offshore processing will see refugees languish on Nauru [Island] for years, and will not make refugees safer, but rather undermine prospects for a genuine regional solution for refugees,” Alex Pagliaro, refugee campaign coordinator in the Melbourne office of Amnesty International, told IRIN.
  • 14) Aug 21, 2012 12:30:26 GMT |  + British Airways will launch a new route to Sri Lanka from London Gatwick next year
    British Airways will launch a new route to Sri Lanka from London Gatwick next year. The three-times-a-week service to the capital city Colombo will start on March 31, and will be operated by a Boeing 777. Flights will operate via Male in the Maldives. Customers flying to Colombo will travel through British Airways' dedicated check-in area at Gatwick North Terminal.
  • 15) Aug 21, 2012 12:26:47 GMT |  + Resolve education chaos or face armed insurrection, says TNA
    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday warned that unless the chaos in the country’s education system was resolved expeditiously, it could lead to another armed insurrection. The Tamil uprising had actually begun in London in the 1970’, long before LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran entered the scene; Tamil students who were affected by the standardisation policy had been forced to go to England to pursue higher studies after their parents sold whatever assets they had, TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran told a news conference in Colombo. more ...
  • 16) Aug 21, 2012 12:20:51 GMT |  + Rights to Lankan Tamils: DMK for resolution in UNGA
    The Dravida Munetra Kazhagam on Tuesday demanded that India should bring a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Human Rights Council for bestowing rights to Sri Lankan Tamils to decide a political solution by themselves, contending that the government there has failed on this account.
  • 17) Aug 21, 2012 12:18:58 GMT |  + Sreetharan, pioneer of pop-up robots, named top innovator
    Pratheev Sreetharan ’06, Ph.D. '12, a pioneer in pop-up robotics, has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as among the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. A panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, published by MIT, selected him from more than 300 nominees. Sreetharan recently graduated with a doctorate in Applied Physics from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). He also holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from Harvard College. more ...
  • 18) Aug 21, 2012 10:48:16 GMT |  + Lankan attacks on Indian fishermen continue, government silent
    In the second such incident in two days, six Tamil Nadu fishermen were injured when they were allegedly attacked on Tuesday by the Sri Lankan Navy which also detained 13 others near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits. Official sources said the Lankan Navymen attacked the fishermen with stones, nylon ropes and rods and took away their three boats. Gnanasekaran, who suffered head injury, has been admitted to a hospital here while five others suffered minor injuries, they said, adding, the fishermen were near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India under an agreement in 1974.
  • 19) Aug 21, 2012 10:47:08 GMT |  + Life With Syria’s Rebels in a Cold and Cunning War
    Abdul Hakim Yasin, the commander of a Syrian antigovernment fighting group, lurched his pickup truck to a stop inside the captured residential compound he uses as his guerrilla base. His fighters had been waiting for orders for a predawn attack on an army checkpoint at the entrance to Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The men had been issued ammunition and had said their prayers. Their truck bomb was almost prepared. Now the commander had a surprise. Minutes earlier, his father, who had been arrested by the army at the same checkpoint in July, had called to say his jailers had released him. He needed a ride out of Aleppo, fast. more ...
  • 20) Aug 21, 2012 10:43:59 GMT |  + India cracks down on Internet over migrant exodus
    India has demanded social networking websites take down provocative messages and has blocked some online content after anonymous threats sparked an exodus of migrants from several cities. Tens of thousands of workers and students from the remote northeast region returned home last week fearing attacks from Muslims in reprisal for recent ethnic clashes in the state of Assam. The Indian government has said many of the Internet posts, fake video clips and phone messages spreading rumours of plans to target migrants were sent from arch-rival Pakistan. more ...
  • 21) Aug 21, 2012 10:38:13 GMT |  + UN official calls for more funding for Sri Lanka
    The United Nations (UN) has renewed calls to continue humanitarian funds for post-war Sri Lanka to assist with continued challenges of resettlement and rehabilitation, an official said here on Tuesday. Despite Sri Lanka's three decade conflict ending in 2009 there are still "significant" needs among internally displaced communities, UN Humanitarian Resident Coordinator Subinay Nandy said while addressing a ceremony to mark World Humanitarian Day. "There remain significant unmet humanitarian needs among communities in the north. These range from basic assistance such as clean water, shelter and food security in resettled areas to more sophisticated issues such as sustainable assistance to obtain livelihoods, rights and return to more normal life as part of durable solutions on par with international standards," he said.
  • 22) Aug 21, 2011 12:05:44 GMT |  + Human scars of Sri Lankan war neglected
    Two years after the end of Sri Lanka's civil war, the north's roads, railways and homes are being rebuilt. But little attention has been placed on helping a population suffering from the trauma of being caught in the middle of decades of fighting. Mental health workers have told Al Jazeera that not only is the treatment of post-traumatic stress not a priority for the government, but that in some cases the military has refused to allow counsellors in to reach affected people. Al Jazeera's Steve Chao was granted special permission to report in the still sensitive area of northern Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 23) Aug 21, 2011 11:59:45 GMT |  + UK docu probe to be part of Lankan war panel
    A key Sri Lankan panel looking into the LTTE conflict will include in its final report the details of its investigation of the two video documentaries aired by the British Channel 4 TV accusing armed forces of war crimes. Lakshman Wickramasinghe, the spokesman of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), on Sunday said the findings on the two videos would be incorporated in the final report that is schedule to be handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by November 15. The LLRC was appointed by Rajapaksa in May 2010 to look into the three decade old conflict with LTTE covering the period of February 2002 and May 2009.
  • 24) Aug 21, 2011 11:54:39 GMT |  + Rajapaksa wants pro-Lanka campaign to counter negative reports
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa feels an effective pro-Sri Lanka campaign through a strong communication network is needed for his government to counter the adverse publicity generated overseas due to allegations of human rights violations. The country has garnered much negative attention over accusations of rights abuses, which the government terms as Western-backed propaganda. Addressing a group Sri Lankan expats from the European Union and Australia, the president said there was little point in trying to counter the "false propaganda" against the country in international fora.
  • 25) Aug 21, 2011 11:51:44 GMT |  + Lankan Report To State Department
    ‘Humanitarian Operation Factual Analysis July 2006 – May 2009’, A report by the Defence Ministry regarding the last military operation in Sri Lanka to defeat the LTTE has been hand over to the US State Department. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya told The Sunday Leader that the report was handed over to “all the divisions” in the US State Department. “Not only to the US State Department, but the report has also been given to the US Congress library, universities and defence establishments in the US,” Wickramasuriya told. The Sri Lankan Ambassador insisted that the US government was not working against Sri Lanka but only some extremist groups in the US.
  • 26) Aug 21, 2010 14:36:27 GMT |  + These migrants want to call Canada home
    When a shipload of Tamils landed on Vancouver Island last week, many British Columbians drew comparisons with a similar maritime journey undertaken by hundreds of Chinese migrants 11 years ago. In both cases, the men and women travelled in squalid boats. Some carried identification; others did not. All intended to file refugee claims in Canada. On the surface, the scenarios seem similar, but the circumstances driving the mass exoduses are vastly different. more ...
  • 27) Aug 21, 2010 14:36:10 GMT |  + Public rage against Tamil refugees has a nasty, xenophobic odour
    Another refugee ship arrives on Canada's shores -- carrying Tamil refugees fleeing a country scarred by decades of grisly atrocities, on both sides of a protracted civil war -- and once again there erupts a mean-spirited fury worthy of Ebenezer Scrooge. There are demands that the refugees be arbitrarily refused the right to land; that they be given food and sent back to whatever fate awaits them; that their ship should have been intercepted on the high seas; that they be diverted to other countries in South Asia, as if Pakistan with 14 million internal refugees from floods or Afghanistan, the world's leading source of asylum-seekers at the moment, were in any position to help. more ...
  • 28) Aug 21, 2010 14:28:57 GMT |  + Forget tough. Let's get smart about refugees
    The arrival of 490 Tamil migrants last week in Canadian waters aboard the rustbucket MV Sun Sea has provoked all manner of proposed solutions, including from this newspaper: turn them back; detain them on an offshore or extraterritorial island until their claims are heard; put them all on a plane back to Colombo. The Sun Media newspapers even ran an odious editorial advocating a "lock and load" approach to incoming vessels. Clearly, and with good reason, the influx has touched a nerve. It has exposed, yet again, the horrendous inadequacies of Canada's refugee system.
  • 29) Aug 21, 2010 3:22:03 GMT |  + The ‘impossible’ voyage of a Tamil ghost ship
    Whispers about a boat headed to Canada began long ago in Thailand’s small and closely knit Tamil community. Among the regulars at the New Madras Café – a Tamil restaurant in the bustling commercial heart of Bangkok that serves roti, curry and lassis under photographs of the beaches of the Tamil heartland in northern Sri Lanka – there was frequent talk that the infamous Tamil Tigers, or at least some of their ex-operatives, were planning something: A money-raising operation that would also help the organization regroup after its devastating defeat ended Sri Lanka's three-decade civil war. “The talk started a long time ago. But it wasn’t just talk,” one of the café’s regulars says. more ...
  • 30) Aug 21, 2010 0:09:44 GMT |  + Lessons from Sarajevo for Tamil refugees
    Back in my hometown to wash the family gravestone and meet friends, mostly writers, who never left Sarajevo, I heard a joke from the time of the siege, when the famous tunnel under the airport runway was the only way to escape the embattled city. In the middle of the tunnel, two brothers heading in opposite directions bump into one another. They immediately begin shouting the same words: “Where the hell are you going? There is nothing there.” I still feel the weight of that question mark. As I watch the news about the Tamil refugee claimants touching shore in Vancouver, I think of the Siege of Sarajevo, which lasted longer than the Siege of Leningrad. more ...
  • 31) Aug 21, 2010 0:08:28 GMT |  + As children play, puzzled Tamils wonder why they're being detained
    As dusk fell one night this week, about two dozen Tamil children spilled out onto the grassy field of a detention facility they now call home. Dressed in assorted bright colours, the children hollered and squealed as they kicked soccer balls, threw flying discs and chased floating bubbles with facility staff. Several women — presumably the children's mothers — watched from the sidelines. While some of the 492 Tamil migrants who recently arrived on Canada's western shores wonder why they are still being detained, they are nonetheless grateful to be on Canadian soil and appreciate the treatment they have received, lawyers who are helping the migrants say.
  • 32) Aug 21, 2010 0:07:01 GMT |  + One boat is too many?
    Exclusion is such a politically practical device; it’s no accident that Rob Ford took his anti-immigration stand as the bad air fanned by the feds on the Tamil refugee matter wafts over Canada’s immigration debate. Public Security minister Vic Toews spent last week whipping up a froth of national self-righteousness; cheap politics it was, with hurtful long-term repercussions. He declared his government wants to rummage through our laws to see if new legislation is needed to stop “abuse’’ of the refugee system. more ...
  • 33) Aug 21, 2009 18:17:33 GMT |  + Probe sought over Tamil deaths
    Parents of two teenage Tamil girls found dead in Colombo have sought judicial intervention to determine the cause of their death. Bodies of two Tamil girls from estate sector, Lakshmanan Sumadhi, 13, and Madhuraweeran Jayarani, 16, were found in a canal near Torrington Place, Colombo on 15 August. Police have informed the court that the two Tamil girls of Indian origin, who have been working as domestic workers in Colombo, have committed suicide.
  • 34) Aug 21, 2009 18:15:48 GMT |  + Call to Sri Lanka to Resolve the Abduction of Selvarasa Pathmanathan
    The United States Tamil Political Action Council vehemently condemns the illegal act of the Sri Lanka government and its military outfits for the abduction and deportation of Mr. Selvarasa Pathmanathan, the newly appointed Secretary General of the post-conflict LTTE. We join human rights activists all over the world who have voiced their protest at the high handed actions of the Sri Lanka government, perhaps with collusion from security agencies from Malaysia. Amnesty International's Asia Pacific Director Sam Zarifi told BBC Sinhala service that if any country arrests LTTE members, the detainee should face charges in the country in which they had been arrested.
  • 35) Aug 21, 2009 18:12:52 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to train Pakistani army
    Sri Lanka's army has said it will be happy to give training to members of the Pakistani military. It says Islamabad has requested the training because of the country's success in defeating the Tamil Tigers. In May, the government announced the end to a decades-long war with the rebel group. The army's new commander told the BBC that Pakistan had already asked if it could send its military cadets to train in counter-insurgency operations. "We'll give a favourable response," Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya said of the request.
  • 36) Aug 21, 2009 13:24:14 GMT |  + How India secretly helped Lanka destroy the LTTE
    Nitin Anant Gokhale, NDTV's Defence and Strategic Affairs Editor, has been reporting on military affairs and militancy from hostile terrains like India's north-east, the Kashmir valley and the Naxal heartland. Gokhale chronicles the details of an unprecedented military campaign by the Sri Lankan armed forces and analysis the reason for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's decline. Yet, in early 2006, India quietly gifted five Mi-17 helicopters to the Sri Lankan air force. The only Indian condition was: These helicopters would fly under Sri Lankan air force colours. New Delhi clearly did not want to annoy UPA's Tamil Nadu allies like the DMK unnecessarily. more ...
  • 37) Aug 21, 2009 13:22:22 GMT |  + 'Sri Lanka has imposed iron curtain on refugee camps'
    The Sri Lankan government has been accused of dropping a 'modern-day iron curtain' over an unfolding humanitarian crisis in its camps for Tamils displaced by its recent war against separatists. The British Tamil Forum (BTF), a large group that says it works for Tamil self-determination through democratic means, said 300,000 Tamil civilians are confined in military-run internment camps in Sri Lanka, hidden from the glare of international witnesses. The Sri Lankan military crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May to end a 20-year insurgency but its subsequent policy of confining the war displaced in refugee camps has come in for strong criticism from international aid agencies and media.
  • 38) Aug 21, 2009 13:21:49 GMT |  + A tale of truth silenced in Sri Lanka
    The family of a Sri Lankan human rights activist, who was shot dead last year, is living in constant fear in an NGO in Kerala's Thrissur district. Sugath Nishanth Fenando's widow Surangi Sandamali, daughter Kalpani Dilrukshi (17) and son Saneesh Anjana (13) are wary of an action from the Sri Lankan police. The family has been living in India for the past two months after the Asian Human rights organization directed them to Thrissur-based 'Nervazhi'. Surangi told rediff.com the Sri Lankan police hated Sugath as he was constantly opposed the alleged human rights violations by the Sri Lankan police throughout the Island nation under the guise of hunting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and other Tamil militant organizations.
  • 39) Aug 21, 2009 13:20:38 GMT |  + 'Cyanide' director Ramesh to make film on Prabhakaran
    Kannada director A.M.R. Ramesh, who has already directed an award-winning movie about LTTE suicide bombers, plans to direct a bilingual film on former Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran who was killed by the Sri Lankan army this May. The script is ready, but Ramesh hasn't finalised any actor to play Prabhakaran, the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in the yet-to-be-titled movie that will be made in English and Tamil. 'I want to cast a very talented actor to do the role... but I don't want to select any actor with a particular image tag,' Ramesh told IANS in an interview. But the director says that he will start shooting the film after Nov 27.
  • 40) Aug 21, 2009 1:44:22 GMT |  + 'US working with India on Lankan issue'
    The United States has said it is working with India to find a political solution in Sri Lanka now that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam "is now flat on its back having lost most of its leaders," but has no intention of putting pressure on New Delhi to change its policy toward Sri Lanka, which has been perceived by some Tamils to be favoring the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse. The administration's pointman for South Asia, Robert O Blake also warned that continued US aid to Sri Lanka would depend on how expeditiously the Rajapakse government alleviate the lot of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Tamil refugees and "on the progress that is made towards political reconciliation and devolution power."
  • 41) Aug 21, 2009 1:44:09 GMT |  + Lankan victory: How the tide turned
    For well over a quarter century, it looked as if Velupillai Prabhakaran could never be vanquished. Since its birth in 1976, his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had grown from a rag-tag outfit to one of the world's deadliest insurgent groups commanding thousands of fighters. At one time, the Tamil Tigers presided over a third of Sri Lanka's land area and two-thirds of its coastline as they ran a de facto state. A Norway-brokered truce went into effect in 2002 but failed to bring lasting peace. Finally, after years of bloody uncertainty, Sri Lanka finally crushed the LTTE in May this year, delivering a knockout blow from which it will never recover. For well over a quarter century, it looked as if Velupillai Prabhakaran could never be vanquished.
  • 42) Aug 21, 2009 1:36:59 GMT |  + Buddha’s Savage Peace
    After 26 years and 70,000 casualties, Sri Lanka’s civil war has ended—for now. The key to easing the fears of the country’s historically beleaguered Buddhist majority while protecting its Hindu minority? Rediscovering the blend of faiths that laid the foundation for the ancient kingdom of Kandy. I had always wanted to go to Kandy, for no other reason than that I was in love with the name: so airy, fanciful, and obviously suggestive of sweet things. I first found Kandy on a map of what was then called Ceylon, decades ago as a young man. Little did I know that it would one day have urgent revelations for me, more dark and poignant than sweet. more ...
  • 43) Aug 21, 2009 1:34:51 GMT |  + 'Political formula needs to address Tamil nationalist fundamentals'
    The powers of the international community, especially India, recognising the nation of Eezham Tamils, spelling out its right to self-determination and immediately stepping in guaranteeing its security and territorial integrity are more important for producing positive political results than mooting proxy draft solutions, says Roy Gardiner Wignarajah, a spokesman of the Canadian Tamil activist group, International Human Cultural Union (IHCU). "Tamil groups should not engage in demoralising the future course of the liberation struggle by playing in the hands of those who are all out to erase the nationalism of Eezham Tamils. Instead, they should concentrate on ingenuously posing democratic challenges, locally and internationally, convincing the inevitability of conceding liberation to Tamils." more ...
  • 44) Aug 21, 2009 1:34:08 GMT |  + Sri Lanka calls for rebel assets
    The Sri Lankan defence secretary has called on foreign countries to hand over Tamil Tiger rebels and their assets, worth of millions of dollars. The demand by Gotabaya Rajapaksa came weeks after the arrest of the new Tamil Tiger leader, Selvarasa Pathmanathan. Mr Pathmanathan was arrested in a South East Asian nation earlier this month and brought to Colombo in a swift and secretive operation. He is currently being interrogated by Sri Lankan security officials. The Sri Lankan military declared victory over Tamil Tiger rebels in May this year.
  • 45) Aug 21, 2009 1:31:32 GMT |  + US warns of conditions in Sri Lanka camps
    The United States on Wednesday renewed its call for Sri Lanka to release more than 250,000 Tamil war refugees from their camps, warning of the potential for disease. Heavy rains this week flooded nearly 2,000 makeshift shelters in the camps, where people displaced by war have been detained since the government in mid-May crushed the leadership of the Tamil Tiger rebels. "Involuntary confinement is especially a source of concern given the recent rains and given the coming of the monsoon season," said Eric Schwartz, the US assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration. more ...
  • 46) Aug 21, 2009 1:29:48 GMT |  + Critiquing the President’s victory speech: Evidence of an majoritarian mindset?
    My brief today is specific: to reflect on a provocative statement in the president’s victory speech after the military defeat of the LTTE. The speech as a whole, given its occasion and its content, demands serious consideration, debate. Its implications are grave, for the minorities, for those who require ethnic equality as a grounding principle of a fair and enabling polity, and for those who believe in debate and disagreement as another imperative of such a polity. My remarks will address these questions, in the course of a reading of the speech, which is offered to this gathering by a literary critic and a Sri Lankan citizen. A citizen marked, not incidentally, as Muslim, a minority.
  • 47) Aug 21, 2009 1:27:53 GMT |  + Tamil community holds blood drive in Scarborough
    Canadian Tamils are responding to a continuing "humanitarian tragedy" in their homeland by donating blood in Scarborough. The blood drive is this Saturday, Aug. 23 at Centennial College Residence and Conference Centre, 940 Progress Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m. Appointments can be booked by calling 416-240-0078. Canadian Humanitarian Appeal for the Relief of Tamils and the Toronto Tamil Basketball Association say they are hosting the drive "in memory of the lives lost and those suffering in Sri Lanka" after a decades-long civil war there ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels this year.
  • 48) Aug 21, 2009 1:26:16 GMT |  + “Tamil Eelam only solution”
    The Sri Lankan Tamils Protection Movement on Thursday adopted a declaration that Tamil Eelam was the only solution “to save the Tamils from the onslaught of Sri Lankan government.” At a meeting organised by the movement here, speakers said it was not possible for the island Tamils to live peacefully along with Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. They criticised Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for remaining a mute spectator to “annihilation of Tamils on the island.”
  • 49) Aug 21, 2008 20:51:22 GMT |  + Sinhala student shot dead at Eastern University
    A final-year student from Kurunagala, studying at the Eastern University of Sri Lanka (EUSL) at Vanthaa'rumoolai was shot and killed by unknown armed men Thursday around 9:15 p.m. Ea'raavoor Police said they were investigating whether the killing had any connection to an incident in which a Tamil girl was allegedly ragged at the EUSL, a few days ago. The victim was identified as 27-year-old H.M.S.P Samarasinghe, a native of Poththugara in Kurunagala district.
  • 50) Aug 21, 2008 3:43:51 GMT |  + Tissainayagam transferred to remand prison from TID
    The Colombo Magistrate yesterday ordered senior journalist and Sunday Times columnist J. S. Tissainayagam who was in TID custody be transferred to the remand prison. Tissainayagam is charged with publishing and distributing the magazine ‘North Eastern Monthly’ which was said to have put the government into disrepute and the other two accused were charged with aiding and abetting the said offence. Tissainayagam was indicted on three counts including committing an offence by printing, publishing and distributing the magazine ‘North Eastern Monthly’ during the period June 1, 2006 to June 1, 2007 and thereby committing an office punishable under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). He was also charged under the Emergency Regulations for making payments or collecting funds from Non-Governmental Organisation to run the said magazine.
  • 51) Aug 21, 2008 3:38:36 GMT |  + Sri Lankan bishop: ‘Help war refugees’
    Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam of Jaffna, in north Sri Lanka, described how nearly 200,000 civilians fled their homes because of the conflict between the army and separatist rebel forces. He said: “The battle with the Liberation Tigers has now reached a peak, and people are caught in the middle. “As the troops advance, people are leaving their villages and running for their lives. They don’t know what to do.” Bishop Savundaranayagam told ACN he was deeply concerned by the plight of those who have had to leave their homes because of the fighting. more ...
  • 52) Aug 21, 2008 3:20:19 GMT |  + Pakistan to help in Colombo’s final battle against Tigers
    As India continues to call for a political solution to Sri Lanka’s 25-year-old ethnic conflict, reports indicate that Pakistan has decided to bolster what Sri Lanka military says its final push to defeat Tamil Tiger rebels and end their war for a separate state in the country’s north-east. Gotabhaya Rajapakse, brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, declared last week that the rebel-controlled Wanni would be captured by the military by the end of this year. “It’s possible by the end of this year,” the defence secretary was quoted as saying by the Times newspaper of London last week.
  • 53) Aug 21, 2008 0:11:15 GMT |  + US for free, fair elections: Blake
    The United States of America takes a ‘strong interest’ in seeing that the elections held around the world including those in Sri Lanka are free and fair, US Ambassador Robert Blake said yesterday. Speaking to the media after meeting Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake at his office, Mr. Blake also said, “I appreciate very much the opportunity afforded to meet the Elections Commissioner this morning. The United States takes a strong interest in free fair elections around the world including those in Sri Lanka. This is my second meeting with the Elections Commissioner.
  • 54) Aug 21, 2007 21:02:53 GMT |  + Mistaking night for day in the new dawn of the East
    Juliana Rufhus, the reporter and documentary-maker, has two films scheduled for broadcast on the al-Jazeera network which will be of interest to all those with an abiding interest in Sri Lanka both within and without the country. The first, “How the East Was Won” deals with the contemporary context and consequences of claimed military victory over the Eastern Province and the second, “Monks of War”, focuses on the political ascendancy of the JHU and the resurgence of the Sinhala Buddhist nationalism which has been the central ideological legitimation for the return to a military solution to the ethnic conflict.
  • 55) Aug 21, 2007 18:09:07 GMT |  + Bhagwati meets Rajapaksa
    Head of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) Justice P.N. Bhagwati called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday to sort out the issues pertaining to the functioning of the Commission appointed by the latter on human rights violations.A senior official in the Presidential Secretariat told The-Hindu that the one-to-one meeting was “cordial”. He said the focus was on ways to carry forward the mandate of the President for a transparent and fair mechanism to monitor and bring to book those responsible for violation of human rights.
  • 56) Aug 21, 2007 18:06:03 GMT |  + Christian leaders say churches divided, like their society
    An Anglican priest and senior leader in Sri Lanka's National Christian Council says that even the churches in this conflict-ridden country are ethnically divided, and need "to break down the walls of separation." So, he has outlined one way in which this might begin to happen. "If the churches are encouraged to break down the walls of separation in their local communities, they can become the life in their neighborhoods," asserted Rev. Jayasiri Peiris, general secretary of the National Christian Council and a priest in the Anglican Church of Ceylon.
  • 57) Aug 21, 2007 14:31:59 GMT |  + Poonahari civilian settlement comes under SLA artillery barrage
    One civilian was injured and many houses were damaged Sri Lankan military launched an artillery barrage from Thenmaradchy Sri Lankan military camp towards Poonahari civilian settlements on 19 August 2007. Many houses were also damaged by this heavy shelling towards Netpulavu civilian settlement around 1.50 pm. Injured civilians were rushed to Kilinochchi general hospital for treatment. Another demining worker was killed by GoSL operated forces in Jaffna. They were going to work from Puliyankoodal to Jaffna town through the Pannai bridge. Two Sri Lankan military intelligence unit members with EPDP armed men followed them and opened fire in front of Jaffna Hindu College.
  • 58) Aug 21, 2007 14:21:11 GMT |  + SLA bombards LTTE areas from Jaffna
    The Sri Lanka Army Tuesday launched sustained artillery and multi-barrel rocket fire towards Tamil Tiger controlled territory from Koaddai and Palaali in Jaffna. The sudden and intensive SLA bombardment has raised fear among the residents of the northern peninsula that fighting may break out on the Front Defence Lines (FDLs). The SLA said the barrage was in retaliation for an LTTE artillery attack in which at least ten shells had been fired at the Palaali base complex from LTTE-controlled Poonakari on Tuesday at around 8:45 a.m. more ...
  • 59) Aug 21, 2007 12:44:50 GMT |  + Conceptualization of an island, the ultimate resistance
    The long, bloody and intransigent civil war in the island, its protagonists and its causes have been subjected to innumerable studies. Why do the Sinhala people resist sharing power? How do the Sinhalese convince themselves of this line of argument in the face of massive electoral support shown by the general Tamil populace to the LTTE (terrorist) demands? As the western nations attempt to intervene more and more deeply in this conflict they must make take on board this powerful and persistent concept of the undivided island that works at a very subtle level and lurks behind the sophisticated arguments and thus remains very difficult to grasp.
  • 60) Aug 21, 2007 12:38:03 GMT |  + Mahinda Chinthana "Sainthana" (Collapsed)
    All that Mahinda roared from the platforms prior to the Presidential election are tumbling down one by one. He promised the moon to the farmers and workers but hasn't delivered even a candle to them. He said that he would tear off the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) but it is still there - officially. He thundered that the Norwegians will be sent out of Sri Lankabut they are there and they have recently increased their number. The government is desperate need to raise loans at any cost.
  • 61) Aug 21, 2007 12:32:40 GMT |  + The Jews and US - A Comparison
    The success of the Jews has been founded on their ability to recognize the need to organize themselves individually as well as collectively. That organization involves the recognition that charity begins with the acquisition of wealth, not its soft hearted distribution prior to its acquisition. In this endeavor, they also calculate who their best allies should be to protect and enhance their wealth and their security. Golde Mayer’s tour of the U.S to amass a fortune from American jews to secure Israel against Arab opposition is a perfect example of their practicality in order to fulfill their goals...
  • 62) Aug 21, 2007 10:55:28 GMT |  + Jeyananthamoorthy MP's brother shot dead
    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa parliamentarian S. Jeyananthamoorthy's brother S. Thiyagachandra was shot dead by armed men in Oaddamaavadi, 1 km west of Vazhaichcheanai Monday evening around 6:30, according to his relatives. Last year, on 21 July, the TNA parliamentarian, his wife and their two children narrowly escaped from a deadly Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) attack by paramilitary Karuna Group. Mr. Thiyagaraja, 54, father of two, and the second among Mr. Jeyananthamoorthy's three brothers, has been employed at Vazhaichcheanai paper factory.
  • 63) Aug 21, 2007 2:06:05 GMT |  + Scruples fade in Sri Lanka
    IN 1990, Mahinda Rajapaksa was arrested at Colombo airport trying to smuggle dossiers on the "disappeared" out of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva. Rajapaksa, a rising politician from the country's south, worked to organize the mothers of the disappeared during an insurrection from 1988 to 1990, when more than 16,000 people went missing. Today, Rajapaksa is Sri Lanka's sixth president, leading a government accused of egregious human rights abuses. Since fighting between government forces and the Tamil Tigers resumed in full vigor in mid-2006, civilians have become the primary target -- not just in direct clashes but in the insidious "dirty war" fought by both sides.
  • 64) Aug 21, 2006 18:02:53 GMT |  + "There is no military solution to this conflict"
    I think that the importance of the water was exaggerated a lot. Of course it was bad but it was definitely not 30,000 acres which was in the short term dependent on this water. And the crops could have done definitely much more days without water. So I think there were several days for negotiation without launching an attack. And I am definitely rejecting the government?s claim that this was a humanitarian operation, because an operation that causes some hundred deaths and 30,000 refugees is not a humanitarian one. I understand the military reasons for it, but don?t call it a humanitarian operation.
  • 65) Aug 21, 2006 17:34:55 GMT |  + This government is waging a war
    We believe we are dealing with a government that is hell bent on a military solution. Events since Geneva 1, clearly demonstrate this fact. And this view of ours has been reinforced by the actions of the government regarding the Mavil Aru anicut problem. As a result the prospects of the peace process ever resuming is in grave doubt. Our view is that the government is waging war. And if one looks at the bombing of school children and killing them by the tens, deliberately bombing the Allaipiddy Church which was holding refugees displaced due to the fighting in the islands in Jaffna and the government's armed forces preventing civilians from moving away from operational areas, it is clear that this government is waging war with a genocidal intent.
  • 66) Aug 21, 2006 17:34:29 GMT |  + Jaffna: The Tamil cultural capital turned killing field
    Sri Lankan troops and Tigers are locked in fierce fighting over Jaffna, but analysts say the arid peninsula is of little real value to either party except as a symbol. Yet, more blood has been spilt over Jaffna than any other region in Sri Lanka. The latest fighting, which began 10 days ago despite a truce in place for the past four years, has seen at least 600 combatants killed on both sides according to an official count.Government troops are using artillery and war planes to stall a rebel advance on the Jaffna peninsula, regarded by minority Tamils as their cultural home. For the government it is the fountainhead of Tamil separatism. more ...
  • 67) Aug 21, 2006 15:57:47 GMT |  + Sri Lanka truce monitors pull back after fighting
    Sri Lanka's foreign ceasefire monitoring mission will temporarily withdraw to the capital, it said on Monday, as aid staff and officials loaded a first ship headed for the besieged northern Jaffna peninsula.The mission had been designed to monitor a 2002 ceasefire, but government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels have been on the offensive for weeks, and the monitors stuck in the middle.The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) had already been due to lose more than half its 57 members after the Tigers demanded staff from European Union states Denmark, Finland and Sweden leave after the EU banned them as terrorists.
  • 68) Aug 21, 2006 13:05:26 GMT |  + 'The LTTE is a unique case'
    Jayadeva Uyangoda is Professor and Head, Department of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Colombo and Founder-Director of the Centre for Policy Research and Analysis.An acknowledged authority on conflicts in Sri Lanka and the subcontinent, he has written extensively on ethnic politics, political violence, human rights, and conflict resolution. He has also worked closely with the Sri Lanka government on conflict resolution, peace negotiations and constitutional reform, and was involved in drafting the model constitution in 1999.
  • 69) Aug 21, 2006 13:03:05 GMT |  + India, Lanka agree on aid to Jaffna
    India and Sri Lanka have agreed on a plan to send emergency humanitarian supplies from India to beleaguered Jaffna by sea, according to the Sri Lankan government's Defence Spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella.This has been necessitated by the absence of a safe air or sea route between Colombo and Jaffna."India has agreed to help. They have always been very helpful," Rambukwella told Hindustan Times on Saturday.
  • 70) Aug 21, 2006 13:02:10 GMT |  + War in Sri Lanka creates a flood of refugees
    Ongoing fighting initiated by the Sri Lankan military against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is creating a social catastrophe. More than 160,000 people have been displaced since the army launched what the Colombo government falsely described as a “limited, humanitarian operation” on July 26 to seize the Mavilaru irrigation sluice gate inside LTTE territory.The offensive was the pretext for a series of air and artillery attacks on key LTTE positions, provoking counterattacks by the rebels.
  • 71) Aug 21, 2006 13:01:22 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's violence has returned, yet again
    While the rest of the world's attention has been elsewhere, Sri Lanka has slipped back into the civil-war abyss. In fact, the two decades of bloodshed has never been staunched for very long. The 2002 ceasefire accord brought only a brief halt to warfare between separatist Tamils and the Sinhalese-dominated Sri Lankan government. Now they are back at it full tilt.It's bad enough that already this year the death toll has reached at least 800. According to United Nations refugee officials, at least 50,000 Sri Lankans have been displaced in the past three weeks alone.
  • 72) Aug 21, 2006 12:59:17 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Jaffna battles tough times
    The shops are nearly empty, electricity is available for an hour a day and only a few telephone lines work in the besieged Sri Lankan town of Jaffna. Cut off for a week by fighting between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels, life on the northern Jaffna peninsula is hard. Now, many want to escape, but they cannot."If this continues, Jaffna's economy will be crippled and our people will be destroyed," said 43-year-old Ponmiah Tharmalingam, an electrical engineer. "We would die of starvation and our soil would become dry and ruined."
  • 73) Aug 21, 2006 12:58:27 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: 'What Is the International Community Waiting For?'
    “Even now, the army is engaging in artillery fire from the centre of the city to the southern districts; for weeks, not an hour passes without the sound of these shots and waves of bullets. The rebels respond in kind, shooting toward the port and the city.”The bishop of Trincomalee-Batticaloa, monsignor Joseph Kingsley Swampillai, spoke to MISNA by phone from Trincomalee dalla MISNA. He describes what is happening in the northeastern port city. “This combat is different from what I have witnessed in the past” said monsignor Swampillai, who started to head the dioceses in 1983, the same year in which the ethnic conflict started.
  • 74) Aug 21, 2006 12:57:14 GMT |  + Diplomats in new push to save Sri Lanka peace bid
    Sri Lanka's key financial backers held talks with President Mahinda Rajapakse to try to salvage the island's collapsing ceasefire. Diplomats from the United States, theEuropean Union, Norway and Japan met Rajapakse at his official residence to discuss the worsening security situation in the island's embattled northeast, officials said."The discussions focused on the peace process and the current security situation in Jaffna and elsewhere in the northeast," an official in Rajapakse's office said on Monday.
  • 75) Aug 21, 2006 12:56:19 GMT |  + Aid ship loaded to relieve besieged Jaffna
    Sri Lankan officials and aid staff on Monday loaded the first supply ship to the besieged north after weeks of fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels.The ship was due to sail from the capital for Jaffna later on Monday, flying the Red Cross flag and carrying food from the government and United Nations. Many Jaffna residents have registered with government and Red Cross officials to get out, but officials say the plan is to evacuate only a few hundred with foreign passports as well as some aid staff -- probably on a Red Cross ferry due to sail on Wednesday.
  • 76) Aug 21, 2006 12:55:00 GMT |  + Ethnic Tamil aid worker killed in northern Sri Lanka, Red Cross says
    An ethnic Tamil woman working for the Sri Lankan Red Cross in the troubled north was shot and killed, the aid agency said Monday.The woman, 23, was killed on Sunday in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya district, Red Cross Society spokesman, Merrick Pieris, told The Associated Press.The woman had been employed with the Sri Lankan Red Cross since the beginning of August and was working on a community-based health project, he said.
  • 77) Aug 21, 2006 3:14:03 GMT |  + Speech in the UN - Killing of 61 Children
    Interfaith International is happy to note that the Sub Commission has prevention of discrimination as one of its agenda items, especially at a crucial time of this august forum.In today’s world various types of discrimination have paved the way towards Civil war, Ethnic Conflict, Armed conflict, and so on. Many of these conflicts, fought in exercise of the Right to self-determination, have as their ultimate goal, a durable solution to the political problems which are based on discrimination and xenophobia.In the past, this august forum has heard much about the discriminatory application of law and practise of the Sri Lanka government against the Tamil people, therefore we do not need to go into much detail.Since Independence, Sinhala dominated governments brought much systematic discriminative legislation against Tamil people.
  • 78) 21:48 GMT, Aug. 21, 2004 |  + Some Concrete Thoughts on the Creation of a Federal State
    The ISGA sets out the interim structures for an ultimate Federal Constitution. This must first be given the chance to work in order to determine what further restructuring is necessary. Both main ethnic groups must acknowledge that the whole quest and need for a Federal structure in SL has been generated by the fact that the Tamil people in the Northeast need to be liberated from the grip of Sinhalese supremacy. Everyone must recognize that the foundation and the need for change from a unitary constitution stems from the evil of Sinhala supremacy over the other communities. To sum it up, the move should be away from Sinhalese supremacy to regional supremacy. Unless the rational, reasonable Sinhalese recognize this, all efforts at peace and the creation of a federal structure will have to fail. The Tamils of the Northeast do not regard themselves as Sri Lankan. It is only the Sinhalese supremacists who do. more ...
  • 79) 11:46 GMT, Aug. 21, 2004 |  + Topless Dance of a Transmuted Karuna
    A week ago, the voice of Karuna – the sacked LTTE colonel – was heard again, in the Bangkok-based blog sheet Asian Tribune [dated Aug.10, 11 and 12]. One reader requested me to comment on these interviews. My one sentence answer is nothing but: "Karuna shows some flare for a short Las Vegas-style act of ‘Shuffle and Shtick.’ It is a bravura topless dance act by Karuna, a la Carol Doda." First, here is a little bit (by Arthur Berger) on how Carol Doda appeared 40 years ago on San Francisco’s Condor club’s stage, since I can see parallels between the acts of Carol Doda and Col. Karuna. Athas has asserted, "Karuna is no longer in the hands of the Army. Neither is his wife nor their three children. They have all departed from Sri Lanka to another country." Iqbal Athas, being a journalist who has to earn his paycheck by praising the actions of the Sri Lankan military, is definitely not forthcoming with all the dirty secrets. more ...
  • 80) 15:17 GMT, Aug. 21, 2003 |  + Norway envoy in Paris as Tamil Tiger rebels mull future strategy
    Norway's special envoy Erik Solheim is to travel to Paris where Tamil Tiger rebels are holding an internal meeting that could decide the future of peace talks, Sri Lanka's chief negotiator said Thursday. Solheim will not take part in the Tiger talks but will be available for consultations on the Colombo government's offer of limited political autonomy to the rebels ahead of a final settlement, negotiator G. L. Peiris said. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are due to open a closed-door week-long discussion starting Thursday with their constitutional and legal experts. more ...
  • 81) 12:58 GMT, Aug. 21, 2003 |  + Lanka PM to visit Chennai on Aug 23
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave for Chennai tomorrow to deliver the 'Millennium Lecture 2003' organised by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation on August 23. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife Maitree Wickremesinghe during his two-day visit to India. A top official of the Prime Minister's office said Wickremesinghe will also participate in the inauguration ceremony of the 'Virtual Academy for Food Security and Rural Prosperity', an institute affiliated to the Swaminathan Foundation the same day. more ...
  • 82) 12:23 GMT, Aug. 21, 2003 |  + Maintaining ethnic ratio during Police recruitment imperative - TNA
    At a conference held Thursday morning between the Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation led by its parliamentary group leader Mr.R.Sampanthan at the parliamentary complex, it was decided to summon all Tamil and Muslim parliamentarians for a conference on Tuesday or Wednesday next week before finalizing the list of new recruits for the police force in the eastern province, political sources in Colombo said. more ...
  • 83) 12:03 GMT, Aug. 21, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka president mulls de-linking troubled region from Tamil dominance
    Sri Lanka's president is "actively considering" ending a concession to Tiger rebels linking the multi-ethnic eastern province and the Tamil-dominated north because of violence against the Muslim minority, her spokesman said Wednesday. Spokesman Harim Peiris said President Chandrika Kumaratunga had moved from receiving representations to considering action following a spate of attacks against Muslims in the east allegedly carried out by Tamil Tiger rebels. "She has moved a step forward to actively consider the de-linking the eastern province from the north," Peiris told reporters. more ...
  • 84) 12:01 GMT, Aug. 21, 2003 |  + Peace bounty brings big worries for Sri Lanka rice farmers
    Sri Lanka urged its citizens to eat more rice and offered subsidies to rice exporters as farmers struggle to get rid of a record harvest made possible due to a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels. Agricultural Minister S.B. Dissanayake said legislators were setting the trend with the parliament canteen ordered to serve rice for breakfast, ending the common practice among many Sri Lankans of having rice only for lunch. more ...
  • 85) 16:57 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + Flexible approach to Thai talks with dividends to all
    A flexible approach to the initial round of peace talks in mid September is likely given the failure of previous peace negotiations attributed to rigid stances. The key focus of the initial rounds of discussions will be on trickling down peace dividends to the masses. Although there's a relative scarcity of interim packages (post war-pre negotiated settlement) among the donors, Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda is of the view that the government will press hard for financial assistance without which development in the North will remain a dream. more ...
  • 86) 16:41 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + UNF to move confidence vote in parliament
    The United National Front Wednesday decided to move a vote of confidence on the government led by Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe in parliament next week. The motion will be taken up for debate on August 29. A decision to this effect was taken at the meeting of leaders of all political parties represented in parliament, Minister W.M.J. Lokubandara, leader of the House said Wednesday. more ...
  • 87) 12:53 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + LTTE welcome Ranil's moves to curb President's powers
    The LTTE has welcomed steps to curb President Chandrika Kumaratunga's sweeping power to dissolve Parliament, and wants Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to move swiftly to contain her and save his peace plans for the country. "Wickremesinghe's decision - after several months of wavering - to take necessary steps to protect his government and the peace process is a welcome one," London-based LTTE-backed newspaper Tamil Guardian said in its issue on Wednesday. more ...
  • 88) 12:51 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + India should lift ban on LTTE - Simranjit Singh Mann
    Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann today said India to should lift the ban on the LTTE as had been done recently by Sri Lanka to facilitate the peace process in the Indian-sub continent. ``Moreover, what is the use of India continuing with a ban on the LTTE when the militant organisation's home country has agreed to revoke its four-year-long ban in principle as part of peace efforts in Sri Lanka,'' said Mann, a Lok Sabha MP from Punjab. It is a natural corollary that when militancy-affected Sri Lanka lifts ban on the LTTE, India to should dispense with all official restrictions on the LTTE, he said. more ...
  • 89) 12:42 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + Twenty injured at music festival
    At least twenty people, including two policemen, were injured in clashes during the last day of a musical show held in Trincomalee. The five day mega industrial exhibition 'Yuga Thekma', organised by the Industries Ministry in Trincomalee, ended in the early hours of Wednesday. Clashes erupted when more than fifty people armed with iron rods and other weapons rushed to the scene from Samudragama, a settlement for displaced Sinhalese families, and started assaulting spectators and damaging properties. The clashes erupted following a brawl at the musical show earlier, sources said. more ...
  • 90) 12:39 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka Sees Endorsement of Peace
    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage then travels to Jaffna, former capital city of the Tamil rebels. After a few hours there watching mine-clearing operations, Armitage returns to Colombo to meet with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who last month received White House backing for his efforts to end Sri Lanka's long and devastating civil war. When the British pulled out of Sri Lanka in 1948, Jaffna was a vibrant city, with graceful colonial buildings, elegant Christian churches, Hindu temples and an enterprising Tamil people. What is left are bullet ridden buildings and large swathes of land crowded with land mines. The Tamil uprising began in Jaffna in 1983 and for five years, beginning in 1990, they ran a virtually independent state from the city. more ...
  • 91) 12:36 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + Top U.S. official to visit Tamil heartland
    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will visit the Tamil heartland of Jaffna on Thursday during a one-day stopover in Sri Lanka to help push forward a peace bid to end of Asia's longest wars. "What is significant is his visit comes so quickly after the prime minister's visit to Washington for talks with President (George W.) Bush," Bradman Weerakoon, the secretary to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, told Reuters. more ...
  • 92) 05:27 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + 'Economic recovery depends on permanent solution' -Sampanthan
    "The economy of the country will be improved only when the interim administration starts functioning with necessary powers to develop the Northeast province following the Thailand peace talks scheduled to be held in mid September," said Mr.R.Sampanthan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary group when addressing the fifth and final day of the ‘Yuga Thekma’ industrial exhibition held in Trincomalee esplanade Tuesday evening. more ...
  • 93) 17:02 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + Lankan parties wary of impending turmoil
    The ruling United National Front party does not have a two-thirds majority in Parliament and no settlement on the ethnic issue is possible without the support of the Opposition. The required two-thirds majority for the government to enact new legislation requires 22 more votes in favour of the government. President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is chief of the main Opposition People’s Alliance insists she is supportive of the peace moves the government has initiated with the LTTE. more ...
  • 94) 16:59 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + France welcomes negotiations
    "France welcomes the statement made on the 14th of August by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcing negotiations between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE in Thailand in September. We salute this decision which marks a significant progress in the framework of the Peace Process initiated since several months in Sri Lanka. France encourages both parties to pursue this path with determination in order to pave the way for the establishment of a just and a durable peace which takes into account the aspirations of all communities. We reiterate our total support to Norway's efforts of facilitation", the statement says. more ...
  • 95) 05:04 GMT, Aug. 21, 2002 |  + The Rhetoric Of Importence
    The Bangkok talks need to focus on peace rather than on a return to the past. If peace can be more securely founded on two separate states on the island that should be the way ahead. In many theatres of secessionist war peace has been founded on separation into two independent states and peace has prevailed between them in almost every case. One of the best examples is the United Kingdom which split into two independent states in 1922, eighty years ago, and in all that long period there has been complete peace between the shrunken United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland. more ...
  • 96) 15:47 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka mounts air attacks as Tiger attack kills 23
    Tamil Tiger rebels overran a police station in eastern Sri Lanka Tuesday leaving 23 people dead and 29 wounded, defence officials said. The military retaliated with intensified air strikes hours after the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched the pre-dawn assault against the Central Camp station in the eastern Ampara district. The attack triggered heavy fighting, defence ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. more ...
  • 97) 13:30 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka offers power sharing to end political crisis
    Sri Lanka's minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday formally invited the main opposition for power-sharing talks in a bid to restore political stability. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake asked opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to begin unity talks in a bid to form a "government of consensus" and end the dragging political crisis. President Kumaratunga shut down parliament on July 10 after her people's Alliance party lost its majority and faced the prospect of a humiliating defeat on the floor of the House. more ...
  • 98) 11:35 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Discrepencies in allocating funds for Jaffna development
    While the political arena was busy with bargaining and no confidence motion, Minister Douglas Devananda has begun finding ways and means to win in the next election. Just as appointments were given before the elections, appointments for jobs are also been given in a mighty hurry these days, in anticipation of a gen. Election. Such appointments vary from Police assistants, development and health volunteers and the latest to be appointed are sea volunteers. They are to get R. 3,500/ a month. All this is to make sure that he gets his votes. But no development yet other than cutting grass. Minister Devananda says now itself that the appointees will be in service as long as he is in a position to bargain with the govt. Several youth have been mislead by these unofficial appointments. What development are you going to achieve through such? Another method was adopted to get votes and that is to give grants to the damaged temples and public organizations. more ...
  • 99) 11:24 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Tamil Tiger women rebels' attack police camp, 25 killed, 27 wounded
    A cadre of female rebel fighters attacked a police camp in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing 16 police officers and two civilians and wounding 18 others, the government said. Seven Tamil Tiger rebels were also killed and nine wounded in the guerrillas' first major operation since they attacked the country's only international airport and an adjoining air base near the capital, Colombo, on July 24. Tuesday's attack in Ampara, 125 miles east of Colombo, was repelled after the Sri Lankan army and commandoes from an anti-terrorist unit were called in, said military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne. Hours after the attack, the Sri Lankan air force bombed rebel camps in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, Karunaratne said. Karunaratne said four Israeli-built Kfir jets hit the targets in Pallai, about 185 miles northwest of Ampara. Karunaratne refused to say whether it was in retaliation for the rebel attack.

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  • 100) 11:18 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Israel's El Al begins cargo flights to embattled Sri Lanka
    Israel's El Al airlines has begun regular cargo service to Sri Lanka after several other carriers scaled down their flights following a Tamil rebel attack at the country's only international airport. Aviation secretary W.P.S. Jayawardena said El Al began weekly service from Monday by operating a Boeing 767 that could carry 40 tonnes of cargo. The move to grant permission to El Al followed a government decision to liberalise the entry of cargo carriers into the country following the July 24 Tamil rebel attack on Colombo airport. more ...
  • 101) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Tigers overrun Police camp
    At least twenty military trained policemen were killed and 20 wounded when the Liberation Tigers attacked and destroyed the main Police station at Central Camp, Monday night, police sources in Ampara said. Seven others were reported missing in the attack, the sources said. Central Camp is a Sinhala settlement, about 35 kilometers south west of Batticaloa near the district's border with Ampara. more ...
  • 102) 01:13 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Hell by constitutional design!
    Hell with a history!
    The Tamils, the president conceded last week, had been “pushed into war” because of the openly discriminatory language laws that were designed to dislodge them from 85% of the civil service jobs they had at independence. The reasons for this go back to the 1870 failure of the dominant coffee crop and its replacement with labor-intensive tea. Thus the fractious peoples of this “resplendent island”, which is what "Sri Lanka" means, stagger through a mire of their own making, too busy blaming each other to unite and deal with the problems they face. This is partly explained by an outdated faith in government institutions, no matter how inadequate to the task, to solve the unsolvable. But fault must also be laid to that characteristic of nationalist societies -- where focus is so much on the rearview mirror that the view of the road ahead is willfully obscured. more ...
  • 103) 00:34 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Tamil Tiger rebels attack police station in Sri Lanka
    Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a police station in eastern Sri Lanka Tuesday and escaped with several automatic weapons, defence officials said. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas launched the pre-dawn assault on the Central Camp police station in the Ampara district, defence ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. He said elite commandos of the police Special Task Force had been rushed to reinforce the station under attack. There were no immediate details of casualties, but unconfirmed reports said about 15 constables were wounded. more ...
  • 104) 16:17 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Jaffna hospital: A casualty of war
    Doctors in the northern Sri Lankan town of Jaffna say patients are dying because the defence ministry will not allow enough drugs into the area - the scene of two decades of conflict with Tamil rebels. Unlike any other government hospital in Sri Lanka, defence ministry approval is required for all shipments of drugs and medical equipment to Jaffna Hospital - but doctors say they only receive a fraction of what they need. According to the hospital director, three babies recently died in the premature baby unit for want of a drug easily available elsewhere in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 105) 16:04 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka president accuses critical minister of embezzlement
    Sri Lanka's embattled President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday accused a senior minister of financial irregularities and depriving millions of people of their "poor relief" entitlements. Kumaratunga lambasted Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. B. Dissanayake after he had urged the president Monday to confess to her mistakes after her government lost its parliamentary majority in June. "Your ministry is responsible for several irregularities," the president retorted in a six-page letter to Dissanayake. "Your action prevented millions of poor people from receiving a higher interest on their compulsory savings." more ...
  • 106) 00:31 GMT, Aug. 21, 2001 |  + India second largest arms buyer: Report
    India signed a US $ 4.8 billion global arms deal last year, second only to United Arab Emirates, while the US led the arms sellers accounting for $ 18.6 billion, an American Congressional report has said. UAE, which purchased $ 7.4 billions worth of arms was placed before South Korea, which inked $ 2.3 billion worth of global contracts, it said. The report prepared by Richard F Grimmett, a specialist in national defence, said that global arms sales to developing countries grew by 8 percent to nearly $ 36.9 billion during the period. It said developing countries remain the largest market for weapons, and a growing one. more ...
  • 107) 22:37 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + EUROPEAN COMMISSION DONATES RS.689 MILLION FOR DISPLACED FAMILIES IN THE NORTH-EAST
    The European Commission has granted financial aid amounting to Rs. 689 million for the welfare of families displaced by war in the North-East. Lankapuvath quoting a Ministry of Finance official stated that these funds have been granted for a two-year rehabilitation project. The project covers the districts of Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Vavuniya and Trincomalee and will benefit 5300 families. more ...
  • 108) 22:36 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka Head Seeks No Re-Election
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga said she will not seek re-election at the end of her term in 2005 because she cannot work with Sri Lanka's opposition politicians, whom she called "animals." Kumaratunga, who was re-elected last year, said she will use the rest of her six-year term to work out a peace deal to end a 17-year war with separatist Tamil rebels. The fighting has killed more than 62,000 people. more ...
  • 109) 22:34 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + Kumaratunga to quit politics after strife ends
    Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said she will quit electoral politics after resolving the ethnic conflict with the Tamil rebels by ensuring the implementation of the new draft Constitution and asked people to vote against the opposition for stalling her constitutional reforms package. more ...
  • 110) 22:34 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lankan president says this is her final term
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga said she will not seek re-election at the end of her term in 2005 because she cannot work with Sri Lanka's opposition politicians, whom she called "animals." Kumaratunga, who was re-elected last year, said she will use the rest of her six-year term to work out a peace deal to end a 17-year war with separatist Tamil rebels. The fighting has killed more than 62,000 people. more ...
  • 111) 11:49 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + Kumaratunga to quit politics
    , "As long as Tamils are attacked and injustices are caused to Muslims, they will join hands with people like LTTE chief Prabhakaran, for their liberation. If we do not give these people a satisfactory solution, we cannot prevent Tamils from going after so many Prabhakarans." more ...
  • 112) 11:43 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka president says to opt out after ending war
    President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said she would not contest any elections after solving Sri Lanka's protracted ethnic war through her new constitution that aims to devolve powers to minorities. ``Even if Prabhakaran is killed, another Prabhakaran can emerge. Therefore, those people will have to be vested with power,'' she told the rally. more ...
  • 113) 11:39 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + Ruling party blamed for violence
    Two opposition parties in Sri Lanka have accused supporters of the governing People's Alliance of carrying out pre-election violence. It was the first such violence since President Chandrika Kumaratunga announced the dissolution of parliament on Friday. more ...
  • 114) 11:37 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + Jaffna flush with pre-poll funds from Lankan govt
    The ruling People's Alliance has released an unexpected Rs. 750 million for "reconstruction and rehabilitation work" in the north, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.The Sunday Leader also said the acting mayor of Jaffna has accused the government of turning a deaf ear to repeated appeals for more funds for the municipal council. Mayor Raviraj said some 50,000 people fleeing fighting in other areas of the northern peninsula were now in Jaffna and the municipality was hard put to provide for their basic needs. more ...
  • 115) 22:40 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka's new army chief under fire
    The Sri Lankan government was criticised Monday over the appointment of a new army chief and overlooking the commander who defended the northern town of Jaffna against a rebel onslaught. The nationalist Sihala Urumaya, or Sinhalese heritage party, slammed President Chandrika Kumaratunga for naming major general Lionel Balagalle as the new army chief from Thursday. more ...
  • 116) 11:25 GMT, Aug. 21, 2000 |  + Civilians move, fearing barrage
    The Sri Lanka army opened up a heavy artillery barrage towards areas held by the Liberation Tigers, east and south-east of Jaffna town from around 8.10 p.m. Sunday night. Hundreds of civilians in Jaffna town's coastal suburbs of Paashaiyoor and Gurunagar sought refuge in temples and churches fearing the barrage. more ...
  • 117) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + India: Tell us 'madam', what stuff are you made of?
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  • 118) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + India: Nuke document won't hit Indo-US ties: PM
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  • 119) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan Police Commandos smash shrines
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  • 120) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan leader marks 5th anniversary
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  • 121) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka Government Rally Shuts Down Capital
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  • 122) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + TEEDOR Conference to be held in London tomorrow
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  • 123) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + Open road to Jaffna, army tells LTTE
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  • 124) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + President Clinton's comments underlined Amnesty's political stance...
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  • 125) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + LTTE cannot kill peace, says Inderfurth
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  • 126) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + India: Tell us 'madam', what stuff are you made of?
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  • 127) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + India: Nuke document won't hit Indo-US ties: PM
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  • 128) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan Police Commandos smash shrines
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  • 129) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lankan leader marks 5th anniversary
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  • 130) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka Government Rally Shuts Down Capital
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  • 131) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + TEEDOR Conference to be held in London tomorrow
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  • 132) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + Open road to Jaffna, army tells LTTE
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  • 133) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + President Clinton's comments underlined Amnesty's political stance...
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  • 134) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1999 |  + LTTE cannot kill peace, says Inderfurth
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  • 135) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1998 |  + Tamil refugees protest food stoppage
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  • 136) 11:11 GMT, Aug. 21, 1998 |  + Food is 'weapon of war' - UNP
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