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Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970
Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday appointed an officer from the island’s Tamil minority to head the navy for the first time since a separatist war erupted 45 years ago. Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah is the first Tamil to head a wing of the military since 1970, even though Tamils make up around 15 percent of Sri Lanka’s population. In 1972,…

AFP - Aug 19 15:01 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SLMilitary, History ]

Lankan PM to tame, not sack, maverick Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe
Lankan PM to tame, not sack, maverick Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is expected to resist an overwhelming demand to sack the maverick Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. According to well placed sources, Wickremesinghe may not sack Wijeyadasa for speaking against the collective decisions of the cabinet on critical issues and cultivating a particular…

NewsIn - Aug 17 16:36 GMT - more ... [ Tags: USA, History, SriLanka ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • No threat to national security: Army Commander

    No threat to national security: Army Commander

    Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said yesterday that despite several incidents being reported from the Northern Province, those incidents were not a threat to national security.The Army Commander while replying to a question raised by a journalist at a press Conference held in Colombo, that there are around 200 ex-LTTE members who had not been…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 16 17:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Why is only my father blamed? : Onella

    Why is only my father blamed? : Onella

    Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake's daughter Onella has made an impassioned plea on her Facebook page asking why it was only her father to blame “in such a huge Government?”. “Just ask yourself? Why only one man’s name comes up all the time in such a huge government?” she asked, making comparison to her father's testimony. Minister…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 04 15:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Fishermen released by Sri Lanka arrive in Tamil Nadu

    Fishermen released by Sri Lanka arrive in Tamil Nadu

    Seventy-seven Tamil Nadu fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in separate incidents this year on charges of poaching, arrived at the Karaikal port near here early today after their release by the island nation. Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, Handlooms Minister O S Manian and family members and relatives of the fishermen were among those who received them at…

    PTI - Aug 04 14:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Tamil Nadu, History ]

  • Misappropriation of Rs.70 million belonging to Krrish Company: FCID seeks AG’s advice on Namal Rajapaksa

    Misappropriation of Rs.70 million belonging to Krrish Company: FCID seeks AG’s advice on Namal Rajapaksa

    The FCID conducting investigations against Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa, concerning a misappropriation of Rs.70 million belonging to the Krrish Company yesterday informed Court that they have sought Attorney General’s advice regarding possible future legal action into the matter.MP Namal Rajapaksa was arrested for allegedly misappropriating Rs.70 million…

    CDN - Aug 01 16:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • The Killing Fields

    The Killing Fields

    In the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, a rice farmer sprays his paddies with herbicide. In Sri Lanka's North Central province, a land of crumbling Buddhist temples and gently swaying palms, farmers have cultivated rice for millennia. Until the 1960s, they relied on oxen, not tractors, to plow their fields. But the introduction of mechanized and chemical methods…

    MoernFarmer - Aug 01 15:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka to host conference on Tamil culture

    The International Movement of Tamil Culture (Sri Lanka chapter) in association with the University of Jaffna will be holding a two-day special conference on ‘Challenges and Initiatives of Tamil Language and Culture’ at the University premises on August 5 and 6. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Malathi Rajavelu, IMTC India Chapter and Panch.…

    Hindu - Jul 31 14:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, Arts&Culture ]

  • A little piece of Sri Lanka in Paris

    A little piece of Sri Lanka in Paris

    For many Paris visitors, the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame cathedral are must visit spots, but if you want to step out to the unconventional, a trip to La Chapelle will do. La Chapelle, situated on the outskirts of Paris, is filled with all aspects of foreign cultures. What makes this spot special is that the mix of cultures is a fascinating way to discover a new…

    IOL - Jul 31 14:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, France ]

  • Sampanthan on permanent solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict

    Sampanthan on permanent solution to Sri Lanka\'s ethnic conflict

    "The Tamils struggle for self rule had been in the political arena shortly after Independence. When the accord was signed in 1987, it was almost 40 years. The accord itself was preceded by various rounds of negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil side under the auspices of the Indian government after the riots that took place in 1983," says Mr.…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 30 11:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, TNA ]

  • Food adventures in Colombo

    Food adventures in Colombo

    Take Pettah, a neighbourhood famous for its enormous market. At times, I feel like I’ve wandered into a Moroccan souk. Muslims first arrived in Sri Lanka as Arab traders, and many still work here. However, this area remains largely Tamil (Pettah comes from the Tamil word pettai, meaning village). It’s colourful and chaotic, and getting around requires dodging…

    Toronto Star - Jul 28 15:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

  • Humanity surpasses all How Nallur incident is used by all to further their agendas

    Humanity surpasses all How Nallur incident is used by all to further their agendas

    The motive behind shooting at the Policemen providing security to Jaffna High Court Judge Manikkavasagar Ilanchezian is not clear yet. One of the Policemen injured in the incident, a Sergeant died later at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, while many people were attempting to interpret the incident in a manner that suits their political agendas. Meanwhile, the…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 27 20:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, SriLanka ]

  • Claim that RUC-trained Sri Lankan unit massacred family-of-10 to be probed

    Claim that RUC-trained Sri Lankan unit massacred family-of-10 to be probed

    An elite RUC team trained a Sri Lankan police unit that murdered 10 members of the same family, a widow of one of the victims has claimed in a complaint to Northern Ireland's Police Ombudsman.The Ombudsman's office confirmed it was considering the Tamil woman's statement that the Special Task Force, a senior member of which visited Belfast in the 1980s to learn RUC…

    Belfast Telegraph - Jul 25 11:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

    The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

    Speaking at a book launch last week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the draft of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution would be ready by January 2018, yet again shifting the deadline for the challenging task his government took up after coming to power in 2015. As per earlier assurances, the government should have already debated the draft Constitution in…

    The Hindu - Jul 25 00:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • Our right to new Constitution

    Our right to new Constitution

    Bandaranaike’s unilateral abrogation of the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam pact in 1958, that is well-nigh six decades ago. Chelvanayakam had consciously accepted the pact, knowing well that it was a halfway house, even though some of his confidants had their own reservations. The fact that Bandaranaike found himself meekly abrogating the B-C pact due to extraneous…

    CDN - Jul 24 15:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Bring perpetrators to justice: TNA

    Bring perpetrators to justice: TNA

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) issuing a press statement on Saturday, strongly condemned the attack on Jaffna High Court Judge Manickavasagar Illanchelliyan.“We urge the Inspector General of Police to bring the perpetrators of this incident to justice and to investigate the conspiracies behind this incident. While we strongly condemn these kinds of violent…

    CDN - Jul 24 14:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Jaffna, History ]

    Related:
      - President Sirisena condemns shooting attack against Jaffna High Court Judge - ST
      - Rajapaksa says incident in Nallur should not be taken tightly - Island
  • 60, 40 & 30 Years Ago in July: Triumphs and Bungling by JRJ

    60, 40 & 30 Years Ago in July: Triumphs and Bungling by JRJ

    “It is a lack of courage on my part, a lack of intelligence on my part, a lack of foresight on my part” -J R Jayewardene, Executive President of Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka Sunday Observer of August 16, 1987, reported a distraught Sri Lankan Head of State, who was seated by the side of Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi at the media briefing that followed…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 21 17:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, BlackJuly ]

  • NFF withdraws from Constitutional Assembly

    NFF withdraws from Constitutional Assembly

    The five Parliamentarians of National Freedom Front (NFF) informed the Speaker in writing that they will be leaving the Constitutional Assembly, today. The five NFF parliamentarians who were elected to parliament after contesting under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) handed over their letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya informing that they will be…

    CDN - Jul 19 17:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka struggles to adapt as disasters become a new "normal"

    Sri Lanka struggles to adapt as disasters become a new \

    During Sri Lanka’s May floods, rescue crews in Kiriella, a small town in Rathnapura District, spotted a remarkable sight. A middle-aged woman, trudging through waist-deep floodwater, clutched a rooster carefully above the torrent, while a small girl struggled to hold onto the woman’s waist, at times barely able to keep her head above water. “Not just the…

    Reuters - Jul 18 10:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • GTF conducts medical relief camps in flood-affected south

    GTF conducts medical relief camps in flood-affected south

    The UK headquartered Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has for the first time organized a medical relief operation in the south with the participation of Sarvodaya. GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran yesterday told The Island that they had been really encouraged by the southerners response to their initiative. Surendiran said that under their auspices, 17 doctors from eight…

    Island - Jul 17 10:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

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