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Large-scale Sinhala housing project underway in Naavatkuli
Large-scale Sinhala housing project underway in Naavatkuli

A large scale grant-based Sinhalese settlement will be built on public land in Naavatkuli, Jaffna, despite local opposition. 250 Sinhalese beneficiaries have been chosen to receive houses built on land owned by the National Housing Development Authority in Naavatkuli. After the end of the war, Sinhalese people had settled with temporary buildings in Naavatkuli,…

TamilGuardian - Jan 23 20:40 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Jaffna, History, SriLanka ]

Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing, families demand answers
Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing, families demand answers
Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing, families demand answers

As any family member searching for a missing loved one can tell you, enforced disappearance is a crime without end. Until parents, wives, siblings, and children know the truth about the fate of a missing family member, they can find it almost impossible to seek justice and reparation for crimes they have suffered, and cannot properly mourn their loss. Enforced…

ReliefWeb - Jan 23 20:38 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • A movement to reclaim Tamil pride

    A movement to reclaim Tamil pride

    In fighting the ban on the traditional sport, the people found a channel to express their latent anger against several issues affecting them. As the protesters had a sniff of victory on Saturday night, with the State passing an ordinance to allow the recommencement of jallikattu, the movement to reclaim the sport as the symbol of Tamil pride never looked bigger.…

    The Hindu - Jan 22 14:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, History ]

  • Sri Lanka Braces for Trouble Ahead

    Sri Lanka Braces for Trouble Ahead

    This year will bring more political infighting in Sri Lanka as former President Mahinda Rajapaksa tries to stir discontent ahead of local elections and constitutional reform. The disarray will continue to cause headaches for China, which invested in strategic and lucrative development projects in the country at a more placid time. Tamil nationalism will further…

    Stratfor - Jan 19 18:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • India must rethink opposition to Chinese investment in Sri Lanka: Chinese media

    India must rethink opposition to Chinese investment in Sri Lanka: Chinese media

    India should rethink its opposition to Chinese investments in Sri Lanka and join the port development in the island nation instead of feeling "jealous", China's state media said today. "It is understandable that the cooperation has left some Asian countries vigilant as media reports suggest that an 80 per cent share of the port, which sits on an important trade…

    Economic Times - Jan 17 00:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, China ]

  • European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

    European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

    The European Commission today proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country's commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. Removal of…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 11 21:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Economy, WarCrimes ]

  • Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

    Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

    Having repeatedly assured the country that the change of government, in January, 2015, had ended the likelihood of foreign participation in proposed war crimes inquiry, the yahapalana government struggled to cope up with a report released by its own outfit, headed by attorney-at-law, Mrs Manouri Muttetuwegama. The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation…

    Island - Jan 11 21:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka is creating a new Constitution and the people have spoken – more than 7,000 of them

    Sri Lanka is creating a new Constitution and the people have spoken – more than 7,000 of them

    The families of the disappeared formed a large proportion of the people who became a part of these consultations. “I don’t want compensation,” a woman whose husband was abducted in 1990 told the commission in Trincomalee. “Who did this? Why? Only then will I talk about compensation.” Many had not given up hope that their loved ones were still alive. One…

    Scroll - Jan 09 18:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • TNA positive about subcommittee reports on new Constitution

    TNA positive about subcommittee reports on new Constitution

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it was ‘fairly positive’ in the overall context about the reports submitted by the six subcommittees with proposals for making the new Constitution.Party’s Jaffna district MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that his party would await the interim report by the Steering Committee so that all the matters could…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 09 18:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Sri Lanka: believers face trial by fire

    Sri Lanka: believers face trial by fire

    Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The moniker describes a beautiful picture, but the struggles reveal something darker.It’s considered the third most religious country in the world. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom while favoring Buddhism, minority Protestants have experienced violent persecution as well as…

    MNN - Jan 09 18:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka ]

  • TNA to support Sri Lanka’s constitution-making despite internal dissent

    TNA to support Sri Lanka’s constitution-making despite internal dissent

    The Tamil National alliance (TNA), which is the official Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and the ruling party in the Northern Provincial Council, will continue to support the ongoing process to draft a new constitution for Sri Lanka despite internal dissensions. The TNA, which met twice last week, decided to accept leader R.Sampanthan’s advice that…

    NIE - Jan 09 18:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • South Asia Briefing: Political Jostling in Sri Lanka; Pakistan to Present Dossier on India at UN

    South Asia Briefing: Political Jostling in Sri Lanka; Pakistan to Present Dossier on India at UN

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa dominated the news cycle in the emerald isle over his opposition to leasing of land to the Chinese in Hambantota and his intention to bring down the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-United National Party (UNP) government this year. In his weekly column, The Sunday Times’ political editor had the most comprehensive laundry list of…

    Wire - Jan 03 13:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Questionable Reconciliation Week

    Indeed, a reconciliation week is unlikely to truly help conflict-affected people or to meaningfully promote reconciliation. If the government wants to give people confidence that it’s serious about reconciliation, it could make more significant gestures. It could, for example, finally release (or at least bring to trial) all remaining Tamil political prisoners. More…

    Huffington Post - Dec 28 02:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • An attempted Rajapaksa return

    An attempted Rajapaksa return

    The Tamil political leadership moved from Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman to Sampanthan and Sumanthiran in 2009 and political leadership in the Southern polity moved from Mahinda and Gotabhaya to Sirisena and Wickremesinghe. The political centre has never been as dominant in Sri Lankan politics, in the recent past, as it is at present. Political change will always have…

    CDN - Dec 28 02:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Norway extends support for SLPI activities

    Norway extends support for SLPI activities

    The Royal Norwegian Government signed an agreement with the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) recently to grant a further NOK 600,000 (Rs 10.5 million) for the Institute’s activities over the next two years. The agreement was signed by the Norwegian Ambassador in Sri Lanka Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether and SLPI Chairman Kumar Nadesan recently in Colombo, in recognition…

    Sunday Times - Dec 28 02:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, Norway, History ]

  • Muslims not discriminated against in Northern Province, says CV Wigneswaran

    Muslims not discriminated against in Northern Province, says CV Wigneswaran

    The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has refuted an allegation made by Muslim leaders, that his administration is discriminating against the Muslims in the matter of post-war resettlement. In a press statement issued on Tuesday, Wigneswaran said that among the 4307 families which had obtained lands between 2013 and…

    NIE - Dec 28 02:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lankan Naval rating who tried to kill Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 being probed for plotting to kill Sirisena

    Sri Lankan Naval rating who tried to kill Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 being probed for plotting to kill Sirisena

    The Sri Lankan government has said that it is investigating a former navy sailor, Wijemuni Vijitha Rohana de Silva, for suspected involvement in a plot to kill Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on January 26, 2017. Incidentally, Rohana de Silva had attempted to assassinate India’s Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in July 1987, after the latter “imposed”…

    NIE - Dec 21 19:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka Navy chases away 3,000 TN fishermen, threatens to shoot them

    Sri Lanka Navy chases away 3,000 TN fishermen, threatens to shoot them

    Over 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were forced to return without their catch after Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly intercepted them and snapped fishing nets of ten mechanised boats off Katchatheevu islet. The Lankan naval personnel cut the nets and chased away the fishermen on charges of entering their territorial waters yesterday, Rameswaram Fishermen's…

    Zee News - Dec 18 11:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

  • Yahapalanaya in Sri Lanka: Remains of the Day

    Yahapalanaya in Sri Lanka: Remains of the Day

    when there is little else to celebrate in Sri Lanka. Particularly sad is the ways in which President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe are ruining whatever little that remains in the political potential of their yahapalanaya (’good governance’) regime. Re-build, reinforce and sustain the Sri Lankan society’s democratic defences. That…

    GroundViews - Dec 15 11:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Karuna remanded

    Karuna remanded

    Former Deputy Minister and LTTE Eastern Province Commander Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias 'Karuna Amman,' who was arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), was remanded in custody till December 7 after being produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate. The FCID arrested Karuna on charges of misusing a Government vehicle.

    ST - Nov 29 13:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

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      - Former LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s aide arrested in Sri Lanka - PTI

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