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Tamil protests to reclaim land persist in Sri Lanka
Tamil protests to reclaim land persist in Sri Lanka

“When I lie down here at night, I imagine being under the roof of my home,” says Singarathinam Sellamma, 83, seated among a small group of people outside the divisional secretariat in Puthukkudiyiruppu here. For about 25 days now, representatives of 49 families have been taking turns and fasting at the entrance of the government’s administrative unit in the…

The Hindu - Mar 02 12:25 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, Mullaitivu, Vanni ]

Book Review: Road to Nandikadal: True story of defeating Tamil Tigers, Colombo, 2016.- Major General Kamal Gunaratne
Book Review: Road to Nandikadal: True story of defeating Tamil Tigers, Colombo, 2016.- Major General Kamal Gunaratne

As readers well know, the word “prejudice” comes from to pre-judge; to judge or form an opinion without first independently examining the evidence. Going by what I had read about this book, I confess I was prejudiced but, having gone through it, my former opinion was confirmed. “Pre-judice” became “post-judice”, an instance of postjudice confirming…

SAAG - Jan 19 16:22 GMT - more ... [ Tags: LTTE, Arts&Culture, Vanni ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Ads for prefabricated houses but opposition continues

    The Resettlement Ministry has called for applications from the public via newspaper advertisements for its ArcelorMittal prefabricated houses, amidst continued grassroots opposition to the project. The Kilinochchi District Coordination Committee (DCC) passed a unanimous resolution yesterday stating that no prefabricated houses should be given to the people of the…

    Sunday Times - Dec 28 02:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, Vanni ]

  • Sri Lanka After the Tigers

    Sri Lanka After the Tigers

    The causeway that links northern Sri Lanka’s mainland to Mannar Island is lined with vast military barracks. They have a nicely settled air about them, with painted flowerpots out front and T-shirts drying on clotheslines. Between the army camps are red-roofed cottages peeping through coconut groves and forests. There are no paved walkways—just dust, mud, and…

    Foreign Affairs - Feb 19 11:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Genuine Voice For War Affected Now In Parliament

    Genuine Voice For War Affected Now In Parliament

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanthi Sriskandharaja who was appointed to parliament through the national list is a newbie in the Sri Lanka parliament. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, MP Sriskandharaja said that she believes it to be a rewarding opportunity for her to serve the people in the north, especially, with the war affected, vulnerable groups. …

    Sunday Times - Sep 13 11:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Real Executive Powers Of Provinces Rest With Chief Ministers, Not With Governors

    Real Executive Powers Of Provinces Rest With Chief Ministers, Not With Governors

    Function of democracy depends on rule of law and for ensuring proper function of rule of law the separation of powers is essential. In the process of progressing democratic system, the devolution of powers to the regional units of governance has become fourth pillar of the separation of powers, which in fact ensure the check and balance for good governing of the…

    Asian Mirror - Feb 08 11:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, Vanni ]

  • Economically neglected Vanni ‑ Tamil Tigers’ main stronghold

    There were a number of mistakes made by the previous governments during the 30- year old civil war fought in the North of Sri Lanka form 1978 that ended in 2009.This war was aggravated after the July 1983 riots where a large number of Tamils from all walks of life were killed and maimed or displaced in the south triggered by the killing of 16 soldiers in the…

    Daily Mirror - May 19 08:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Vanni ]

  • Sri Lanka troops kill three men in search for Tamil Tigers

    Sri Lanka troops kill three men in search for Tamil Tigers

    Sri Lanka's military on Friday shot dead three men during an operation against suspected Tamil separatist rebels, in the first major confrontation since the end of the island's war nearly five years ago, a spokesman said. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said troops were carrying out a cordon and search operation in a jungle area of the former war…

    AFP - Apr 11 12:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka Says It Killed 3 Trying to Revive Rebels - AP
  • Dwindling Aid Slows Sri Lanka

    Dwindling Aid Slows Sri Lanka

    Two recent U.N. surveys, one by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and another by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), finalised in June this year also found impressive progress in the former war zone, especially in infrastructure works.But just beneath the veneer of development lie the lingering issues of…

    IPS - Nov 07 10:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Kilinochchi, Economy, Vanni ]

  • Sri Lanka 1998 plane crash 'victim' still alive

    A Sri Lankan woman thought to be dead in the passenger airline that disappeared in 1998 has been found to be alive. It turned out that the woman was not a passenger but her national identity card was being carried by somebody else. Gunamani Balasubramaniam, a Jaffna resident, was believed to be among the 48 passengers of the Lion Air plane which crashed into the…

    PTI - May 17 23:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Vanni ]

  • Beyond The Fields Of Kilinochchi

    Beyond The Fields Of Kilinochchi

    Kilinochchi, a town that was most affected by the 30 year conflict in Sri Lanka is located in the heart of the Northern Province with a floating population of 135,605, many of whom were displaced in the conflict. These displaced families underwent severe trauma having lost many of their family members during the conflict. Even though the conflict ended, their current…

    Sunday Leader - Mar 31 20:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Kilinochchi, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Canadian Tamil Congress Endorses The Vanni Project and Appeals for Support of the Tamil Diaspora

    May 2009 marked the tragic end to a 30 year long conflict which claimed the lives of at least 40,000 people during the last stages of the war. The latest UN internal report released sheds some light on war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed against the Tamil people. Despite detailed reports, there remains very little awareness among the world…

    CTC - Nov 21 02:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • SLIDESHOW: The A-9 highway, a lifeline in Sri Lanka

    SLIDESHOW: The A-9 highway, a lifeline in Sri Lanka

    The A-9 highway in Sri Lanka plays a symbolic role connecting the central and northern parts of the island. The road - which connects the city of Kandy, in the central hills of the island, with Jaffna, a city on the Northern Peninsula - runs through locations like Omanthai, Kilinochchi, Paranthan, Elephant Pass and Chavakachcheri, where fierce battles took place…

    IRIN - Nov 01 22:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Resettled people report traces of genocide

    Resettled people report traces of genocide

    Despite reports of alleged deployment of unscrupulous foreign expertise in erasing the traces of the genocidal onslaught that took place in Mullaiththeevu district in the final days of Vanni war in 2009, there are still remains of hundreds of human skeletons that were burnt to ashes in Aananthapuram and other parts of Puthukkudiyiruppu, civilians who have been allowed…

    TamilNet - Sep 21 19:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mullaitivu, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Kilinochchi farmers weep over what they sowed as Iranamadu tank dries up

    The Iranamadu tank in the Kilinochchi district, from which the Government proposed to supply water to Jaffna, has dried up considerably, with no water being available even for farmers in the area.As a result, officials have decided to limit water to farmers for their cultivations this year. However, some farmers have planted paddy in extents for which officials say…

    Sunday Times - Sep 09 04:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni ]

  • Inside Sri Lankan's war-torn north-eastern corner

    Inside Sri Lankan\'s war-torn north-eastern corner

    North-eastern Sri Lanka has been off-limits to journalists and most other outsiders since the civil war ended in 2009, but the authorities have now granted BBC correspondent Charles Haviland access to much of the area. I was with the army as they detonated left-over munitions near a major battle scene. "Here, crouch behind these sandbags," they told me as we…

    BBC - Aug 06 15:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • “Resettled” Tamils in Vanni live in poverty

    “Resettled” Tamils in Vanni live in poverty

    Amid international criticism of human rights abuses during the last stages of Sri Lankan government’s war against separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the government has stepped up its propaganda about the “resettlement” of war refugees. It insists that it has have “resettled” more than 90 percent of the refugees and claims they live in better…

    WSWS - Apr 28 20:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, Vanni ]

  • SLA soldier shoots dead Tamil man on Poonakari Road

    A Sri Lanka Army soldier, manning a check post on Poonakari Road, shot and killed a Tamil man Thursday around 7:00 a.m. after demanding the traveller to hand over his motorbike, sources in Poonakari told TamilNet. The SLA soldier was reportedly killed in friendly-fire when he later confronted fellow soldiers, the sources further said. Tension prevailed in the area and…

    TamilNet - Dec 29 15:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Women’s Insecurity in the North and East

    Women in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil-speaking north and east are facing a desperate lack of security in the aftermath of the long civil war. Today many still live in fear of violence from various sources. Those who fall victim to it have little means of redress. Women’s economic security is precarious, and their physical mobility is limited. The heavily…

    ICG - Dec 21 03:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - Rights group: Tamil women exposed to abuse - AP
      - Full PDF report - ICG
  • Road Signs Indicate Better Times

    Road Signs Indicate Better Times

    Chinese engineers are now overseeing the repair of this 50 km stretch of gravel connecting Nedunkerni village with the A9 highway, the lifeline for Sri Lanka's former northern war zone, popularly known as the Vanni. Culverts and small bridges are being restored and sharp turns realigned. Restoration of the Nedunkerni - Puliyankulam road is a sign that basic public…

    IPS - Nov 28 14:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vanni ]

  • Tamils see a silver lining to Sri Lanka war tourism

    Tamils see a silver lining to Sri Lanka war tourism

    Swelling numbers of Sri Lankans who for decades were unable to visit a large swathe of the island are behind a boom in “war tourism” that is helping stimulate the economy in the country’s north. While locals welcome the money, there are also concerns about the impact on traditional Tamil culture. Every day, coach loads of visitors make their way up the main…

    The Independent - Nov 11 12:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • When a brave few saved hundreds during Lankan war

    When a brave few saved hundreds during Lankan war

    Pugazhendhi says he wanted to make "Avargal" simple. "The reason for choosing Pichivila is simple. The geography of the village looked similar to the ones in Sri Lanka. The palm trees and the mixture of brown and white sands added colour to the site. I used the villagers for casting. All the children who acted in the movie are from the village itself," said…

    TNN - Nov 28 14:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, History, Vanni ]

  • The agony of Sri Lanka’s carapace of peace

    The agony of Sri Lanka’s carapace of peace

    Our return to Sri Lanka’s killing fields has managed to coincide with two major developments – the first is the President’s announcement that there will be no “international component” in any “investigation” of the civil war, or the alleged war crimes committed therein, which seem to be evidenced by the multiple videos sent to this programme in the wake…

    Channel 4 News - Jan 26 20:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: UN, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan Tamils openly mark anniversary of war's end

    Sri Lankan Tamils openly mark anniversary of war\'s end

    Sri Lankan Tamils openly commemorated their war dead for the first time on Monday, the sixth anniversary of the end of the island's decades-long civil conflict. Hundreds of Tamils lit oil lamps and gave offerings of flowers during a ceremony in Mullivaikkal village that was held openly for the first time after the country's new government lifted a ban on…

    AFP - May 18 16:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - Tamils in Lanka openly mark anniversary of war's end - PTI
  • Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

    Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

    In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil. Village lore in Oddusuddan, located in the Mullaitivu district, some 338 km north of the capital Colombo, has it that the…

    IPS - Aug 25 02:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni ]

  • Bridging the narratives in Sri Lanka

    Bridging the narratives in Sri Lanka

    Instead of victory memorials, Sri Lanka needs a monument to commemorate all casualties of the war. In the hot plains of the Vanni, a larger-than-life stone soldier emerges out of a block of concrete, an AK-47 in one hand and the Sri Lankan flag in the other. Hardly visible from the ground, a dove sits on the machine gun. This is a “victory memorial” created by…

    The Hindu - Apr 20 12:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Population Control Activists Prey on Women in Sri Lanka

    Population Control Activists Prey on Women in Sri Lanka

    Tamil women continue to die at the hands of the Sri Lankan government, which is intent upon eradicating the minority population. A woman named Manjula Satheeskumar and her father are the most recent casualties...Such forced sterilizations of Sri Lankan Tamil women are common. Most citizens in Kilinochchi, Manjula’s home town, are Tamil...Population Research…

    Life News - Jan 10 11:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Kilinochchi, Vanni, Genocide ]

  • Women Battle On After Lanka War

    Women Battle On After Lanka War

    The battle might have been over four long years ago, but for the women in Sri Lanka’s former conflict zones in the northern and eastern provinces, the war continues. This struggle is not only about making ends meet, but also about saving their honour. The island nation’s 26-year-long civil war (1983-2009) between the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam…

    IPS - Oct 30 14:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Batticaloa, Vanni ]

  • Watch naked show of Lankan triumphalism

    Watch naked show of Lankan triumphalism

    This is from where Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran plotted waged war against the Sri Lankan state, recruited child soldiers and wiped out possibly every Tamil leader of consequence, using his army of suicide bombers.

    Times Now - Mar 31 20:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Water mismanagement in northern Sri Lanka

    Water mismanagement in northern Sri Lanka

    Water resources in northern Sri Lanka, which are coming under increasing pressure as returning farmers use wasteful water pumps to irrigate their crops, need to be better managed, say experts. “Never before have water resources in the Northern Province been under such stress,” Thushyanthy Mikunthan, a senior lecturer at the Department of Agriculture at Jaffna…

    IRIN - Feb 13 23:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vanni ]

  • Shutterbug sketches Lanka war

    Soon after the 2004 tsunami, Benjamin Dixie landed in Vanni in Sri Lanka as a photojournalist. Though the tsunami had wreaked havoc, he found the fishing village beautiful and spent hours photographing its people, paddy fields, beaches and sandy roads. But as the conflict between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government escalated, the situation in Vanni changed.…

    Times of India - Nov 06 02:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Vanni, UK, WarCrimes ]

  • Mass graves surface along bunkers in Mu'l'livaaykkaal

    Mass graves surface along bunkers in Mu\'l\'livaaykkaal

    An official who recently visited the outskirts of Mu'l'livaaykkaal with the soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army told TamilNet this week that he had personally witnessed skeletal remains of hundreds of slain people surfacing along the few kilometers long, L-shaped bunker, running from Vadduvaakal to northwards along the land of the genocidal onslaught. A vast area is still…

    TamilNet - Oct 02 12:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Mullikulam: The continuing occupation of a school by the Sri Lankan Navy

    Mullikulam: The continuing occupation of a school by the Sri Lankan Navy

    “This is my home, this is my sister’s home, this is my neighbour’s home…and now we’re not even permitted to enter our own land,” says *Rajan, a villager living at the Malankaadu temporary resettlement camp, pointing to their homes, where Navy families currently reside. Since their eviction by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in 2007, people like Rajan have been…

    Groundviews - Sep 11 11:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Indian housing project for Tamils in Sri Lanka on track

    Indian housing project for Tamils in Sri Lanka on track

    After huge delays, the US $ 270 million Indian housing project for displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka is now on track. “The pilot phase of the project for construction of 1,000 houses has been completed. The next phase of the Indian Housing project for 43,000 housing units under the owner-driven mode in the Northern and Eastern provinces has been launched,” said…

    The Hindu - Aug 15 11:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Vanni ]

  • Tamil and war widows abandoned by the Sri Lankan government

    Tamil and war widows abandoned by the Sri Lankan government

    In Sri Lanka's predominantly Tamil north, religious celebrations are restricted, freedom of association is violated and the traditional culture is being undermined, this according to Catholic priests from the southern part of the country, members of the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM). At a meeting in Jaffna (Northern Province), local prelates said, "There is a…

    Asia News - May 24 20:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, IDPs ]

  • Peacetime Can Mean Hard Times

    Peacetime Can Mean Hard Times

    As the country enters its third year since the end of a bloody sectarian war that tore the nation's fabric apart, for many of the survivors of the worst fighting, a tough but true reality is dawning. The war is over but a newer struggle is just beginning – one to make a decent living in peacetime. That option is much harder under the scorching Vanni sun than it…

    IPS - Jan 13 10:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Searching for the boy with the violin

    Searching for the boy with the violin

    As Sri Lanka's civil war came to a bloody end in May 2009, the BBC's Priyath Liyanage was struck by video footage of a boy walking through the war zone holding a violin. Two years on, can this boy be traced and why did he make such a perilous journey with only a musical instrument? In the last months of Sri Lanka's civil war, nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians - driven…

    BBC - Dec 24 15:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Vanni, WarCrimes ]

  • Abductions on rise in Vanni, Red Cross joins SL Police in refusing to register complaints

    A 23-year-old Tamil youth was abducted Tuesday night by armed men who came in a white van while the youth, Ganeshamoorthy Rathan, was talking to his friends along roadside in Kaadduvinayaakar temple area of his native village, Mu'l'liyava'lai of Mullaiththeevu district. Mr. Rathan was brought to his house and instructed to park his bicycle at his house. When the…

    TamilNet - Dec 08 13:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, Vanni ]

  • Railways to reconstruct 56-km rail line in Lanka for $149 m

    The Indian Railways will carry out reconstruction of a 56-km rail line in Sri Lanka for $149 million. Its construction arm, Ircon, signed an agreement with the Sri Lanka Railways on Thursday. The line, between Pallai and Kankesanthurai in Northern Province of the island nation, will be completed in two years. B A P Ariyaratne, general manager of Sri Lanka Railways,…

    Indian Express - Nov 19 05:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Economy, Vanni ]

    Related:
      - India to put on track Lanka's railway link - Times of India
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