Sri Lankan Tamil refugees: caught in the straits of sorrow

[ Hindustan Times ][ Apr 20 12:19 GMT ]

No one takes a pause in Chennai. The sentences spoken are long, the exchanges, hurried, and there is drama everywhere. By the time we reached another house in a lane, where we had hurriedly gathered after a failed attempt to interview refugees at a camp, we had had enough. But the evening had more in store. Veda, another refuge, protests our attempts to prove that she is real. No pictures, she says in Tamil to our translator, who is doing double duty reassuring both of us that the interaction would land her in no bigger trouble than what she found herself in when she came by boat to Rameshwaram from Kilinochchi in 2009, the year the 25-year-old civil war in Sri Lanka came to a brutal end. [ full story | comments ]

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South Africa mediation offers way out for Govt

[ Sunday Times ][ Apr 20 12:18 GMT ]

Whilst Sri Lankans were observing the National New Year last week, the Government of South African President Jacob Zuma set in motion a broad initiative towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka. It came when Pretoria’s special envoy Cyril Ramaphosa, widely regarded as a future President, took the first step of holding talks with a delegation from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). He will arrive in Sri Lanka to continue the dialogue with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other UPFA leaders late next month or in early June. [ full story | comments ]

From Conspiracy To Counter Conspiracy Theories

[ Sunday Leader ][ Apr 20 12:07 GMT ]

The theory of an international conspiracy is gaining ground within the government. The state media is giving considerable attention to the Canadian decision to stop funding the Commonwealth during the tenure of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as its Chairman. Canada was also one of two countries that officially boycotted the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November 2013 because it was being held in Sri Lanka. The Canadian position is that “As host of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and current Chair in Office, Sri Lanka has a duty to take meaningful action on human rights, political reconciliation and accountability. However, Sri Lanka has failed to realize progress on any of these issues.” [ full story | comments ]

Road terror: 94 killed in nine days

[ Sunday Times ][ Apr 20 11:56 GMT ]

At least 94 people were killed and 150 seriously hurt in road traffic accidents during the past nine days and police attributed most of the tragedies to reckless and drunken driving. In addition, another 243 people suffered minor injuries and were discharged from hospitals after treatment, a senior police officer said yesterday. He said 1,631 motorists were also booked for drunken driving during this same period and the bulk of them were motorcyclists numbering 900 followed by three-wheeler operators numbering 563. In the latest road tragedy, five people, including three women, were drowned after their van plunged into the Datagamuwa Lake in Kataragama early yesterday, police said. [ full story | comments ]

Modi Warns Sri Lanka

[ Sunday Leader ][ Apr 20 11:45 GMT ]

India’s BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has issued a veiled threat to Sri Lanka during speeches made over the past few days at election rallies in Tamil Nadu, indicating he will be tough with Sri Lanka if he wins the ongoing Indian elections. Modi has said that with Tamils living all over the world, including in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji, it should be a priority of the Indian government to take care of their well being and he promised to do so if a BJP-led Government assumes power after the elections. [ full story | comments ]

LTTE’s global fronts running anti-Lanka propaganda: Gotabaya

[ PTI ][ Apr 18 16:58 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s powerful top defence official Gotabaya Rajapaksa has accused the LTTE’s global network of sustaining an international propaganda campaign against his country by raising millions of dollars annually. He was addressing a regional defence and security conference currently underway in Malaysia, the defence ministry here said. Dwelling on Sri Lanka’s successful counter—terrorism campaign against the banned LTTE which he himself spearheaded, Rajapaksa said much can be learnt from Sri Lanka’s experience. He said a key part of the LTTE’s modus operandi was to mobilise support for itself by whipping up ethnic and communal feelings among the Tamil diaspora overseas. [ full story | comments ]

Sonia Plays Rajiv Card to Defend Congress Lanka Line

[ Indian Express ][ Apr 17 03:33 GMT ]

With barely eight days to go for the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday belatedly set foot on the southern soil in Kanyakumari in a desperate bid to woo voters of a State where her party stood politically isolated. The Congress president’s electioneering, the first by a national-level party leader from outside Tamil Nadu, came on a day when her arch rival and BJP prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi heli-hopped three western districts of Tamil Nadu promising to spin magic if elected to power. [ full story | comments ]

OPED: On Youth, Sri Lanka Leads the Way

[ IPS ][ Apr 17 03:28 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will be hosting the World Conference on Youth in Colombo May 6-10 this year. The Conference will be a platform for expanding youth participation and strengthening the voice of youth in matters that concern them the most. This is especially so when the attention of the international community remains riveted on a new post-2015 Agenda for Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Group of 77 (G77) in Vienna, realizing the significance of the opportunity the Conference provides for bringing youth concerns to the forefront of international action, organized a Plenary Discussion Forum on 4th April 2014. [ full story | comments ]

Lankans urged to search for president’s missing macaws

[ AFP ][ Apr 17 03:24 GMT ]

Four macaws belonging to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse have escaped his tightly-guarded official residence in Colombo, his office said yesterday as it appealed for help to trace the colourful long-tailed birds. “The president is very fond of these birds,” an official in his office said, adding that he also cared for other species at the colonial-era President’s House in the capital Colombo. The macaws went missing from their aviary during the traditional New Year holidays this week. Rajapakse’s office released photos of three of them yesterday and appealed for help to find them. [ full story | comments ]

Sex assault trial hears woman testifies to memory loss, feeling of paralysis

[ Toronto Star ][ Apr 16 12:59 GMT ]

The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, is testifying as part of a similar fact application by the Crown in the judge-alone trial of two doctors accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a medical student together in a downtown Toronto hotel room. Both men have pleaded not guilty. Superior Court Justice Julie Thorburn will rule whether the woman’s testimony can be used to rule out coincidence in the Crown’s case against one of the men, Dr. Suganthan Kayilasanathan, 36. [ full story | comments ]

The not-so-subtle art of Tamil slogan writing

[ Rediff ][ Apr 15 15:42 GMT ]

If you thought you knew all about sloganeering, maybe you should take a trip to Tamil Nadu. Politicians in the southern Indian state have perfected the art of using catchy idioms and phrases to capture the public imagination, says David Gabri The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu has launched its campaign with the slogan of peace, prosperity and progress. After tasting success in the state, party workers have been told to promote their leader at the national level. All their slogans are aimed at getting into national politics. One slogan plastered all over the state currently says, 'Any CM can do good things, but only Amma [chief minister and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa] can do God things.' [ full story | comments ]

Bridging the narratives in Sri Lanka

[ The Hindu ][ Apr 20 12:17 GMT ]

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 Army after the end of the hostilities between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Army in May 2009. [ full story | comments ]

BBC’s Haviland has to go, says Govt.

[ Sunday Times ][ Apr 20 12:04 GMT ]

A request by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to grant a one-year extension of visa for its Colombo correspondent Charles Haviland has been turned down by the Sri Lankan Government. Instead he has been given clearance to stay three more months with no further extensions of his visa. Mr. Haviland was informed by Immigration officials that the request to extend the visa for one year has been turned down. No reason was given. Mr. Haviland has been BBC’s correspondent in Sri Lanka since March 2009. [ full story | comments ]

Attack on touring parliamentarians in Hambantota - UNP vows to raise issue at local and international forums

[ The Nation ][ Apr 20 11:52 GMT ]

The main Opposition, the United National Party (UNP), will take all the possible efforts against the wrongdoers in Hambantota as well as the Freedom Alliance government locally and internationally as they have openly violated the privileges of the people’s representatives. UNP Chairman and Kegalle District MP Kabir Hashim said that the Thursday’s attack on five of its members again provided clean evidence on how the present government reins the country even violating the basic rights such as free movement in the country. - See more at: [ full story | comments ]

Supreme Court of Canada to hear appeals in human smuggling cases

[ Ottawa Citizen ][ Apr 18 17:00 GMT ]

Canada’s highest court has agreed to hear the appeals of four denied refugee claimants who say they were ensnared in overly broad interpretations of this country’s human-smuggling laws. Critics have complained that vague wording in the law too easily allows those being smuggled to be lumped together with their smugglers and also unfairly punishes those smugglers who acted purely on humanitarian grounds — not for financial gain. The government says the law should remain broad to effectively deal with the major threat of organized crime. [ full story | comments ]

SC rejects plea seeking probe into Army’s role in action against LTTE

[ PTI ][ Apr 18 16:57 GMT ]

A plea seeking probe by a Special Investigative Team into the alleged role of Indian Army in Sri Lankan government's 2008-2009 operation against LTTE was today declined by the Supreme Court which said the issue was beyond its domain and had "political shades". "There are issues which are absolutely beyond the domain of the court and this is one of them," a bench of justices R M Lodha and Kurian Joseph said. [ full story | comments ]

Australian Tamil Congress denies terrorism links

[ Radio Australia ][ Apr 17 03:32 GMT ]

It is now nearly five years since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, but the fallout is far from over. The United Nations has authorised an investigation into allegations of war crimes by both sides in the conflict. For its part, the Sri Lankan government is on the offensive against more than a dozen international Tamil organisations it has labelled as "financiers of terrorism", among them a group in Australia. The Australian Tamil Congress denies it has any links to terrorists and the Australian government says the group is not listed as a terrorist organisation under its criminal code. [ full story | comments ]

Playing with fire

[ The Hindu ][ Apr 17 03:27 GMT ]

Prasanna Ramaswamy’s play Valarkalai (The River Flows) — as a part of the ongoing Sangeet Natak Akademi festival by SNA award recipients and Fellows for 2013 — will be presented this Thursday evening. Describing the theme of the production, she says, “When the Tamil people of Sri Lanka are destroyed both in body and spirit, stripped of all human and civil rights through a brutal State which doesn’t adhere to any regulation and the constituted policing/mediation bodies playing their own political games, worst of it being fielded by the Indian State, the discourse inevitably is specific, Sri Lanka centric. [ full story | comments ]

Under attack on Sri Lanka Tamils issue, Sonia Gandhi raises Rajiv Gandhi's killing

[ PTI ][ Apr 16 13:04 GMT ]

Dismissing as "false propaganda" that Congress was not concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sonia Gandhi today raised the emotional issue of her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, saying the former prime minister sacrificed his life "fighting" for them."I am aware that some political parties accuse us that we have not done anything for Tamils in Sri Lanka. I want to ask them is there any party other than Congress which has done more for the Sri Lankan Tamils," she said. [ full story | comments ]

The ‘Mad Monk’ Phenomenon: BBS as the underside of Sinhala-Buddhism

[ Groundviews ][ Apr 15 15:48 GMT ]

The marauding Buddhist monks, who appear to be tied to a long political leash, have run out of control. They need to be stopped. But it is equally necessary to take a cold look at the complexity of the phenomenon that groups such as Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) have come to represent. This is no freak show, and is hardly an aberration in post-war Sri Lanka; also because we know now that critics such as Ven. Dambara Amila (JVP) who predicted that the BBS was bound to dissipate in a matter of months were hopelessly wrong. [ full story | comments ]

A soft account of the Rajiv Gandhi era

[ The Hindu ][ Apr 15 15:40 GMT ]

When you look at the Rajiv Gandhi era the first impression you get is that here was a reluctant entrant into politics who was forced to take the reins of power upon the assassination of his mother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was in a hurry to find a quick fix to complex problems like Punjab, Assam and Sri Lanka, ushered in a technological revolution, brought in far-reaching changes in the polity by enacting laws to ban defection and by introducing the panchayat raj system, took early steps to liberalise the licence-permit raj and wanted to take India into the 21 century, but did not live to see it. [ full story | comments ]

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