News Category: Trincomalee
  • - Sri Lanka Homecoming
  •    [ Nov 09, 2015 11:23:43 GMT ] [ HRW ]

        Some 200 families quickly took up Sirisena’s offer to return and by the time I visited Sampur in October, many others had joined them. Humanitarian agencies were helping to build homes and other infrastructure and Sampur, a flat, exposed region near the coast, is now vibrant with reconstruction. “Many of these people suffered terribly during the war,” an eastern provincial counselor told a Sri Lankan human rights activist and me. There were forced disappearances and many others just went missing. “Most people don’t know the fate of their relatives,” he said. “The government should provide them information and compensation.” [ Full Report ]

  • U.S. Embassy Discusses School and Hospital Renovations in South and East
  •    [ Oct 23, 2015 10:27:51 GMT ] [ US Embassy - Colombo ]

        Members of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently traveled to the South and East to survey schools and medical facilities in disaster-prone areas to identify potential infrastructure assistance. The team visited schools from the Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese communities across the Eastern Province, as well as schools and medical care facilities in Hambantota. The Embassy also consulted with Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa during the visit to the South. “As strong partners with Sri Lanka, the U.S. Embassy is working all over the country to make sure that people can have access to temporary shelter and medical facilities, especially for those displaced by natural disasters or conflict,” said U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap. [ Full Report ]

  • Lanka oil hub talks gather momentum
  •    [ Sep 28, 2015 13:17:45 GMT ] [ Telegraph ]

        India plans to set up its first overseas petroleum hub, along with a refinery and power plant, in Sri Lanka. During Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Shriyan Wickremesinghe's visit to New Delhi earlier this month, both sides discussed the setting up of Trincomalee oil tank facility in a joint venture along with an oil refinery by Indian companies and a thermal power plant. India is keen on developing Trincomalee as a regional petroleum hub as it is located on a shipping route between oil exporting Gulf nations and energy-starved Asian consumers. It will also provide a ready source of crude to New Delhi at a much competitive price with lower freight charges. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province Governor refutes criticism of resettlement of displaced people
  •    [ May 08, 2015 10:06:17 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        Austin Fernando, Governor of Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, has strongly refuted criticism made in certain quarters about the Colombo’s decision to resettle internally-displaced people (IDP), mostly Tamils, in Sampur town. According to Mr. Fernando, critics of the government sought to portray the move as one being carried out at the behest of Indian government or as “sell out to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” or “politically motivated.” Of 1,272 IDP families, 447 families were resettled, “all during the previous [Mahinda Rajapaksa] government,” the Governor said, replying in the negative when asked if any family had been resettled after the new government came to power in January. [ Full Report ]

  • The mobile technology helping Sri Lanka cope with climate change
  •    [ Feb 25, 2015 13:34:56 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Floods and landslides linked to climate change have battered parts of Sri Lanka in the past two years, disrupting food output, but scientists believe a new programme to install low-cost weather stations based on open-source technology could help farmers adapt to increasingly wild weather. New Mobile Weather Stations, made mainly from local parts, are starting to give farmers quick access to rainfall data, so they can better plan for floods or other extreme weather, Yann Chemin, a scientist leading the new initiative, said on Tuesday. The easy-to-make sensors cost about $250 to produce compared with about $10,000 for standard weather stations, he said. [ Full Report ]

  • Revisiting Sampur: How Long Will it Take to Return Home?
  •    [ Jan 29, 2015 14:13:40 GMT ] [ GV ]

        The election of a new President has unleashed high expectations of change for the better. Although for some the expectations relate to macro issues of constitutional reform and good governance, for others their hopes are more basic: that of survival, of returning to their own homes and rebuilding their lives. A key stumbling block to these expectations being met was the claim by the previous government that Sri Lanka no longer had any internally displaced persons (IDPs). Ground realities though are starkly different with thousands in the North and East of Sri Lanka unable to return home due to land occupation, [ Full Report ]

  • Tamil Students' Murder: Lanka Accuses UN Rights Body of Bias
  •    [ Nov 04, 2014 20:47:28 GMT ] [ OutLook India ]

        Sri Lanka has accused the UN's Human Rights Committee of bias in its report on the investigation into the murders of five Tamil students in the eastern port town of Trincomalee in 2006. Sri Lankan information minister and government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that the UN body had singled out Sri Lanka while overlooking many atrocities committed by the LTTE during the island's brutal three-decade civil war. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka's first Special Agricultural Zone to attract foreign capital
  •    [ Oct 07, 2014 13:39:21 GMT ] [ Asia News ]

        The project should be up and running within a year. The area, which covers 3,000 acres, is located in the eastern part of the country where 80 per cent of the population works in agriculture. The project will also provide an opportunity to upgrade the local infrastructure.The government also plans to invest in new technologies, build new infrastructure like roads and irrigation schemes, improve farming equipment, and open new food processing facilities. To do so, the authorities plan to attract foreign capital. [ Full Report ]

  • Prince Saud, Lanka envoy discuss ways to bolster ties
  •    [ Aug 18, 2014 13:02:07 GMT ] [ Arab News ]

        Strengthening relations between the Kingdom and Sri Lanka was the focus of the meeting held between Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed in Jeddah on Sunday. The meeting took place after the Sri Lankan envoy presented copies of his credentials to the minister, who also received the credentials of Niger’s Ambassador Amadou Songhai, Iran’s Ambassador Hussein Sidky and Mauritania’s Ambassador Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Al-Ameen. [ Full Report ]

  • Occupying SL military demolishes mosque in Trincomalee
  •    [ Aug 18, 2014 13:01:09 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        The occupying Sri Lankan military has demolished a mosque situated at Karumalai-oottu in Trincomalee Town and Gravets division within the past 2 days, Muslim fishermen from Trincomalee said. The mosque, established in 1926 and registered as a Jumma Mosque in 1947, has been seized by the SL military, which demarcated the area as ‘High Security Zone’ in 2009. The land where the mosque is situated comes under the 1200 acres of lands from Prima flourmill to Karumalai-oottu, including Ve’l’lai-ma’nal and Clappenburg Bay, which are being given to China under a ‘defence related development’ project by Colombo. [ Full Report ]

  • Indian Coast Guard ships in Lanka for marine exercise
  •    [ Dec 19, 2013 10:35:48 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Two Indian Coast Guard ships have arrived in the eastern Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee to participate in a three-nation marine exercise. The ICGS Vishwast and ICGS Rajkamal were welcomed in accordance with naval traditions on arrival. The ships are here to participate in a trilateral table top exercise involving India, Maldives and Sri Lanka. ICGS Vishwast is an Offshore Patrol Vessel commanded by Inspector General JK Verghese. It is 94 metres in length and has a displacement of 2,400 tonnes. [ Full Report ]

  • 800 Tamil families hit in the name of Sri Lanka-NTPC project
  •    [ Dec 15, 2013 11:16:40 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        A white, rectangular board with Sinhala and Tamil letters appears once every few metres along the iron fence around a huge expanse of land in the sea-facing town. ‘Ilangai Minsara Sabaikkuriya Kaaniyaagum. Utpravesithal thadai’ [This land belongs to the Ceylon Electricity Board. Entry is banned] reads the board. This is where a 500-MW capacity, coal-fired power plant will come up in a few years from now in a joint project between Sri Lanka and India. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka Catholic priest gets death threats from fake intelligence officers
  •    [ Dec 03, 2013 11:21:44 GMT ] [ Asia News ]

        Two gunmen threatened to kill Fr SS Johnpillai, priest of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in the diocese of Trincomalee (Eastern Province). The attack took place on 26 November, but local authorities did everything they could to keep the affair under wrap. Claiming to be Special Forces officers, two men accused the priest of celebrating a Mass that morning in honour of Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as Tamil Tigers. That same day, the Sri Lankan government had declared illegal any commemoration of the rebels. [ Full Report ]

  • Playing smart on all teams
  •    [ Sep 22, 2013 0:22:27 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        We know that you are still a smart man, KP, because when Mahinda maama wanted you to run for Chief Minister of the North, you apparently declined. Now, that seems to be a wise decision, after seeing that much respected judge losing all that respect by running for political office in the North! So, tell us how you do it. How is it that you are able to run with the Tigers and hunt with the Lions? [ Full Report ]

  • Eastern Provincial Council in crisis: Members boycott sessions
  •    [ Jun 02, 2013 12:17:51 GMT ] [ Island ]

        The Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) has run into a crisis with 20 members of the ruling party (UPFA), including the four Ministers, boycotting sessions demanding the postponement of the Northern PC polls until the Governor and the Chief Minister are replaced and the administrative infrastructure restored. "We are talking of inefficiency and indifference which are an impediment to the working of the Eastern PC", Deputy Chairman of the Council, M. S. Subair said yesterday. [ Full Report ]

  • Do you know what’s in that bottled water?
  •    [ Mar 20, 2013 12:36:19 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        Whether at a five-star restaurant in Colombo, at a neighbourhood kade or even backpacking though the countryside, locals and tourists alike rely on bottled water. However, Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) warn that they may not be as safe as you think. Last week, PHIs in the Eastern and North Eastern Provinces seized some 4,000 to 5,000 bottled water items carrying expired or falsified Ministry of Health (MoH) registration numbers. [ Full Report ]

  • Returning IDPs in Kokulai, Mullaitivu, being robbed of land
  •    [ Nov 26, 2012 17:19:25 GMT ] [ Lakbima ]

        Spurred by the earlier violence of the 1980s, the area was converted into a military zone to protect the border between ‘Tiger’ and ‘Government’ territories. In the neighbouring village of Kokuthoduvai, the townscape is restored, yet the military protects Sinhalese farmers who continue illegally to cultivate Kokuthoduvai land within the heightened security zone. In Trincomalee, the fate of some 4,000 families lies in the illegal sale of land to private companies for coal generation and economic development. There was no talk of compensation or support. Neither have there been discussions of alternative income sources for these destitute families or the illegal farmers. [ Full Report ]

  • Colombo accelerates demographic genocide in Trincomalee
  •    [ Nov 16, 2012 19:04:28 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        The Colombo government led by President Mahinda Rajapakse has been implementing a land appropriation policy to reduce the parliamentary strength of Tamils in Trincomalee district with the support of occupying Sri Lanka Army, say Tamil politicians in the district. While landless residents of the district have to fight for the allocation of half an acre per family, the outsiders brought down from south are allowed to clear forest lands 2 to 3 per acres per family. [ Full Report ]

  • More room should be given in the Eastern Province to the TNA - Says NFF; TNA embarks on an official tour of India
  •    [ Sep 26, 2012 13:55:41 GMT ] [ Hiru News ]

        National Freedom Front member Jayantha Wijesekara, who was elected to the Eastern Provincial council states that more chances need to be given to Tamil public representation in the Eastern provincial council. He further stated that at least the post of deputy chairman of the Eastern Provincial Council should be given to a member of the TNA and he also requested from the government to give more such opportunities in the future. [ Full Report ]

  • Proposed all-party council for the East – an opportunity lost?
  •    [ Sep 24, 2012 13:22:28 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        If drawing marginalised groups into the mainstream of national politics is one of the goals of the reconciliation process, then this would have been an ideal opportunity for the UPFA to demonstrate its political will to advance that goal. But partisan politics has yet again won the day. It would seem that the opportunity to try out a unique experiment in power sharing, which had signs of a rare degree of initial consensus, has been lost. [ Full Report ]

  • Eastern Awakening For The Opposition
  •    [ Sep 20, 2012 12:44:16 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        The formidable rise of ethnic parties in the East is a backlash against the rise of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in the post-war period. Once again the people of Eastern Province have rejected the government’s policy of development as THE PATHWAY to reconciliation and lasting peace in the country. The eastern awakening of the opposition parties is a consolation amidst the resounding wins of the ruling coalition in the other two provinces. [ Full Report ]

  • Majeed sworn in as Eastern CM
  •    [ Sep 18, 2012 10:28:55 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        UPFA Provincial Council member Najeeb A. Majeed was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the temple Trees a short while ago, sources said. They said, following the SLMC's decision to support the government in the Eastern Provincial Council, the government had named Majeed for the post with the approval from all the stakeholders. It was also decided to offer two Ministerial Portfolios to the SLMC. [ Full Report ]

  • More contenders seeking CM’s post in East
  •    [ Sep 17, 2012 13:50:42 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        The battle for the chief ministerial post of the Eastern Provincial Council has become intense with two Muslim parties, The All Ceylon People’s Congress (ACPC) and National Congress aligned with the ruling coalition at the last election and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) which contested alone, asking for the post, party officials said.The Governor shall appoint as Chief Minister the member of the Provincial Council who in the Governor's opinion commands a support of a majority in the Provincial Council. [ Full Report ]

  • The landscape after the PC elections
  •    [ Sep 16, 2012 11:09:57 GMT ] [ Lakbima ]

        It is the 51% that it secured in the Batticaloa District to the UPFA-Pilleyan 31% that settles the matter of Tamil allegiance and is harbinger of what to expect in the Northern PC elections, if ever the international community can get Rajapaksa to cease his shameless breach of the Constitution. He dare not allow NP-PC elections because an autocrat knows not how to deal with even one PC that is prepared to defy him. Hence the last broad conclusion that I draw is that very likely Rajapaksa will use every subterfuge to thwart NP-PC elections because Batticaloa District voting (in Padiruppu poling division the ITAK took 77% of the vote) has shown that the TNA will score a substantial victory in the Tamil majority North. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka's ruling party sweeps local polls
  •    [ Sep 09, 2012 11:40:03 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        President Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) swept the council polls in the north-central and central regions with near two thirds majorities in Saturday's vote. In the eastern province, where Sri Lanka's two main minorities -- Tamils and Muslims -- live in almost equal number, the UPFA emerged the largest single party with 14 seats, five short of an absolute majority. The eastern province covers an area that was dominated by Tamil Tiger rebels until they were driven out of the region by 2007. [ Full Report ]

  • India to set up dedicated economic zone in Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee district
  •    [ Aug 03, 2012 12:05:08 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        India has agreed to set-up a dedicated economic zone and to build a pharmaceutical hub in Sri Lanka as part of bilateral ties to strengthen economic trade between the South Asian neighbours, a minister said. “We have agreed to establish a manufacturing investment zone to manufacture engineering, auto parts for exports to India,” Sharma said on the sidelines of an India Show that opened in Colombo. “In the spirit of partnership we would like to create opportunities in Sri Lanka for value addition, which could be linked to manufacturing in India,” Minister Sharma said. [ Full Report ]

  • ‘Development’ Ousts Tamil Families from Sampoor
  •    [ Jul 24, 2012 9:57:43 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        Land owners in Sampoor in Trincomalee have petitioned the Supreme Court challenging the acquisition of land for what is said to be a multi-billion-dollar investment project to establish a special zone for heavy industries. They allege that the government has illegally acquired their land for the project. The land acquired by Gazette Notification No. 1758/26 dated May 17, 2012, is to be developed as a Special Zone for Heavy Industries. TNA MP Mathiaparanan Sumanthiran said that the development project would prevent over 200 families from resettling in their original homes after being displaced by the war in 2006. [ Full Report ]

  • Threats and intimidation have already started: Sumanthiran
  •    [ Jul 20, 2012 10:27:00 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Last time we did not contest. We went to the Supreme Court and filed a case and said that the Former Chief Minister belonged to a party that was still carrying arms and in such a situation we cannot contest. This time round we are contesting, I would not say that the situation is conducive for a free and fair election, but it is better than the last time. Last time we would not have been able to even get candidates to contest because the level of intimidation and threat was that great. However this time it is better, but it does not mean when I say better, that it is easy for the TNA to contest. [ Full Report ]

  • Man hacked to death in Trinco
  •    [ Apr 19, 2012 17:22:06 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        The body of a young man who had been hacked to death was recovered from a home garden at Aiyanagar in Trincomalee last night. Police said the victim Eswaradasan Kedeeswaran (28) of Palautthu in Trincomalee had been living in England returned to the country last year. His wife who returned to the country with him had left to England recently. Inquiries revealed that he was waylaid and hacked to death when he was returning home at night and that he was preparing to leave for England soon. Trincomalee police are conducting further inquiries. [ Full Report ]

  • Extra-judicial execution of Trincomalee students, Sixth anniversary
  •    [ Jan 02, 2012 12:22:39 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Two Tamil organizations in the U.S. jointly issued a commemorative stamp to mark the 6th anniversary of the extra-judicial execution by Sri Lanka security forces of five Trincomalee high school students on the 2nd January 2006, when the highly accomplished students were spending an afternoon at a seafront in Trincomalee. The stamp, the issuing organizations said, is a mark of respect to the families that are fighting for justice, and to celebrate the indomitable spirit of Dr Manoharan, the father of one of the students, Ragihar, who had made the fight to bring the killers of his son to justice his life's mission. Meanwhile, Amnesty International conducted a "Write-for-Rights" campaign seeking justice for Dr Manoharan's family during the first week of December 2011. [ Full Report ]

  • Trincomalee war displaced 'won't go back'
  •    [ Dec 05, 2011 16:54:12 GMT ] [ BBC Sinhala ]

        Sri Lanka's war displaced from several areas in the eastern district of Trincomalee will not be allowed to resettle in their ancestral lands, the government has confirmed. Trincomalee Government Agent, Maj Gen TTR de Silva, said the resettlement of internally displaced people (IDPs) from Sampur has become "an international issue." "People can not go back nearer to the thermal power plant," he told journalists in Trincomalee on Sunday. [ Full Report ]

  • Eastern Sri Lanka reeling from weather extremes
  •    [ Sep 28, 2011 18:05:43 GMT ] [ AlertNet ]

        Eastern Sri Lanka is experiencing wild swings in rain patterns, a change experts link to climate change. Because the eastern and central regions of Sri Lanka are considered the island’s granary, the changes could have a huge impact on rice production. Government authorities and specialists have discussed the possible impact of climate change on national agriculture, Centre For Poverty Alternatives (CEPA), an independent Sri Lankan research organistion's Balasuriya said. However, the lack of an implementing agency to coordinate activities among different ministries is hampering quick action, he said. [ Full Report ]

  • NTPC to set up first overseas project in Lanka
  •    [ Sep 06, 2011 13:13:57 GMT ] [ Economic Times ]

        NTPC would set up a 500-mw coal based power station in joint venture with Ceylon Electricity Board of Sri Lanka. The project is first overseas venture of NTPC that plans to expand base to other surrounding nations. The project to be set up at Sampur, Trincomalee would go on stream by 2016 and meet growing demand for power in Sri Lanka, an NTPC statement said. Sri Lankan government would provide land on long-term lease for the project while Lanka Coal Company would import and supply coal, it said. The power generated would be supplied to Ceylon Electricity Board through local grid system. [ Full Report ]

  • Thousands of Sri Lankans besiege govt office over "Grease Devils"
  •    [ Aug 15, 2011 16:46:43 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Thousands of Sri Lankans besieged a government office in the port of Trincomalee on Monday, after an overnight clash outside a navy camp in the latest outbreak of violence related to growing panic over night prowlers dubbed "grease devils". Fear over nighttime assaults blamed on grease devils has intensified across rural Sri Lanka, leading to the deaths of at least four people last week. A political undercurrent has also accompanied the wave of panic, with the government and opposition trading blame over the phenomenon. [ Full Report ]

  •    [ Feb 07, 2011 15:07:35 GMT ] [ TamilCanadian ]

        The world knows of the floods of Queensland, Australia. But few are aware of the disaster in Muttur, in east coast Sri Lanka, over the weekend of 6th February, 2011. Cyclone Jal has inundated the town of Muttur with sea water, displacing several families. Besides, about 20 villages in Eachaclulampattu division in Muttur are under water since 19 December 2010 following of the opening of the sluice gates of two major irrigation tanks, Kantalai in Trincomalee and Minneriya in Polonnaruwa district, which are in full capacity. Further, flash floods and mudslides have forced over 320,000 people to flee their homes in other parts of North East Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • Trinco Needs More Help
  •    [ Jan 15, 2011 20:37:01 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        While the country battled the recent floods caused by torrential rains across the island, The Sunday Leader learned of an additional predicament the people of the Trincomalee District have had to face – a delay in, and allegedly inefficient co-ordination of, emergency aid relief. According to people of the Mutur division, including those involved in aid work, the worst rains and flooding had begun on January 8 (Saturday), but even by Monday (10), the state had not properly responded with emergency relief measures. [ Full Report ]

  • Fifth Anniversary of Trincomalee Students execution
  •    [ Jan 02, 2011 7:25:20 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        As relatives of the five Trincomalee students, who were shot dead execution style by Sri Lanka soldiers on January 2nd 2006, prepare to remember the fifth anniversary and mourn the death of their children, Dr. Kasipillai Manoharan, the father of Ragihar, one of the students killed, appealed to international rights groups including the UN Human Rights Commission to investigate the crime and to provide justice to his lost son and his friends who were killed. Information, recently made public, from the US embassy in Colombo, which has highlighted that ruling Rajapakse family sanctioned extra-judicial killings in the NorthEast, adds further obligation to international human rights watchdogs to take steps to advocate independent international investigations into war crimes. [ Full Report ]

  • Karuna group behind more abductions, cash demands for release
  •    [ Dec 05, 2010 1:20:57 GMT ] [ Lakbima News ]

        The desire of ordinary womenfolk in the war affected areas to talk about their loss and grievances was more than obvious at the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) sessions in Trincomalee. Despite the heavy rains and the fact that many villages, including Thambalagamuwa and Kappathurei, had not received information about the LLRC sessions and venues hundreds gathered to give submissions at the first session held at Trincomalee Kachcheri. [ Full Report ]

  • Seven Hot Wells in Kanniyaa gobbled by the Sinhala – Buddhist state overnight!
  •    [ Nov 21, 2010 13:53:22 GMT ] [ TamilCanadian ]

        On October 05, 2010 the Government Agent of Trincomalee Major General (retired) Ranjith de Silva undertook an operation of a different kind. He descended on Kanniyaa Hot Wells and attacked the newly erected sign board, tored into pieces, placed them in his jeep and drove away with his minions. What is the provocation for the unholy and unmanly attack? The Trincomalee Town and Gravets Pradesya Saba (PS) has sinned by replacing the old board at the historic Kanniyaa Hot Wells that claimed the ancient King Raavanan founded the hot wells and constructed the Pilllaiyar temple to conduct the 31st day ritual ('Anthiraddi' rites) to his deceased mother. [ Full Report ]

  • Tax waiver for Indian power plant in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Sep 13, 2010 10:33:53 GMT ] [ Express Buzz ]

        The Sri Lankan government has given a 25-year tax waiver and customs duty concessions to the India-Lanka joint venture to establish a 500 MW coal-fired power plant in Sampur, Trincomalee. The Tamil National Alliance had been resisting the bid to locate the plant in Sampur because the Defence Ministry had declared this area as High Security Zone, as a result, about 4,000 Tamil families displaced by the war, were not allowed to return. The Sampur plant itself had displaced 300 families. India wanted the plant to be located in the China Bay area, because it did not want to be associated with the displacement of Tamils from Sampur but finally the Lankan government’s view prevailed. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lankan fishermen hard hit by peace
  •    [ Sep 02, 2010 9:29:04 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        Fishermen in the Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee hoped the end of the island's civil war would bring prosperity, but dynamite and corruption now threaten their livelihoods. Trincomalee, on the northeast coast, has one of the world's finest natural harbours and was fiercely fought over during the war until government troops finally defeated the rebel Tamil Tigers in May last year. "The problem we have now is that although we have the freedom to go out and work, the fish are being illegally destroyed to the point where we can?t earn a living," said captain Ananda Peiris after a dawn expedition that brought in just 30 kilogrammes (66 pounds) of tuna. [ Full Report ]

  • France raises ACF
  •    [ Aug 20, 2010 10:01:58 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, in a statement to mark World Humanitarian day today, has raised the death of 17 aid workers in Sri Lanka during the war and noted that the killers have yet to be identified. “We also remember the 17 members of Action Against Hunger who were executed in 2006 in Muttur in Sri Lanka; their murderers have still not been found. The security of humanitarian personnel is a priority for France. That is why France is determined to try and strengthen the security of humanitarian personnel, notably at the next United Nations General Assembly,” the French Foreign Minister said in his statement today. [ Full Report ]

  • Champoor uprooted Tamil villagers demand early resettlement
  •    [ Jul 12, 2010 9:26:33 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        The Champoor Division Uprooted Tamil Villagers’ Association has decided to request relevant authorities to allow them to cultivate during the forthcoming Maha season about three thousand acres of paddy fields belonging to them located in the High Security Zone (HSZ). Sri Lanka Army (SLA) demarcated large areas as HSZ after the SLA captured Champoor and adjacent villages of Koonitheivu and Soodaikudha in the military operation in April 2006. The Association took this decision at the general meeting held recently. [ Full Report ]

  • Monk Areested Over Alleged Abuse of Orphaned girls
  •    [ May 06, 2010 9:38:06 GMT ] [ TCNR ]

        A monk has been taken into custody in connection with an allegation that two school girls of an orphanage in Uppuveli, Trincomalee had been abused. According to police media spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody, the two girls aged 15 and 17 had made statements to police to that effect. According to police media spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody, the two girls aged 15 and 17 had made statements to police to that effect. The two school girls have been sent to Trincomalee hospital for an inspection. The girls had revealed of the abuse they had had to undergo at the hands of the suspect, to a teacher of their school. The school teacher had alerted the school principal and the principal had informed the police. [ Full Report ]

  • Five students cases --- a Justice-Resistant State
  •    [ Jan 03, 2010 4:17:56 GMT ] [ Lakbima News ]

        Are we living under a State so crisis-prone that reordering it to represent all sections and provide justice for all, has become an insuperable task? Constricted by the ideology of Sinhalese hegemony (which invented its counterpart in the LTTE), its repositories, the ruling class, has seen itself regularly under siege. Organized institutional violence becomes the reflex response of such a mindset, which cannot be constrained by laws. Whoever is in power, without a determined push from the larger masses, this would not change. This corruption is etched in history of the ruling interests. [ Full Report ]

  • Hindu temple of ritual significance destroyed in Trincomalee
  •    [ Dec 08, 2009 12:15:39 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        A Siva temple located at an ancient Hindu site called Akaththiyar Thaapanam, at Kangku-veali in the Moothoor division of the Trincomalee district, where Hindus gather especially to perform the Aadi Amaavaasai ritual for ancestors, was destroyed without any traces coinciding the Heroes’ Day on 27 November. The location of the temple is under the control of Sri Lanka Army stationed at a nearby Sinhala village, Neelaappola. The Sinhala villagers of Neelaappola protected the Tamil villagers of Kangku-veali from displacement in 2006. The Tamil villagers who were shocked and wept to see the temple razed to the ground now, suspect ‘outsiders’ and are scared whether this is a prelude to wipe out their traditional village as well. [ Full Report ]

  • Lankan government acquiring lands in Tamil areas
  •    [ Dec 01, 2009 3:34:43 GMT ] [ Express News Service ]

        Even before resettling the Tamils in their traditional areas, the Sri Lankan government is in the process of acquiring lands in the northern and eastern regions of the country to attract foreign investors. Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner Vadivelu Krishnamoorthy said that with the eradication of terrorism most areas in the north and east of the country have been opened for tourists and invited Indian investors to build tourism-related infrastructure such as theme parks. Nilaveli in Trincomalle district and Pasikudah, Vakarai and Arugambay in Batticaloa district had been identified as potential areas for investment in tourism. [ Full Report ]

  • Tamils return home blocked by encroachers
  •    [ Nov 01, 2009 21:52:36 GMT ] [ Nation ]

        More than 1,486 Tamil families are unable to peacefully resettle in their homes in Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Batticaloa due to unlawful and widespread occupation of state land by members of the majority community, according to Tamil politicians. “There are more than 500 families of the majority community who have set up houses and are cultivating paddy in areas that were previously occupied by Tamils before the war intensified,” said Packiyaselvam Ariyanethiran, a member of Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK). [ Full Report ]

  • New Delhi to fund coal power in Sampur
  •    [ Sep 04, 2009 20:38:55 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        An Indian delegation will come here next week to finalize the agreement for the proposed coal power project at Sampur in Trincomalee, government sources said yesterday. They said the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India had invested US$500 million in the power project to be launched as a joint venture with the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) with both parties to be equal partners. [ Full Report ]

  • Turkish ship loaded with sulphuric acid sinks off Sri Lanka
  •    [ Apr 09, 2009 11:26:03 GMT ] [ DPA ]

        A Turkish ship transporting sulphuric acid sank off Sri Lanka's north-eastern coast Thursday, three days after attempts to repair a leak in the vessel failed, a navy spokesman said. Sulphuric acid is widely used for lead-acid batteries for vehicles. As a precaution to avoid environmental damage the navy towed the ship some 80 nautical miles off Trincomalee port. Sri Lanka's environmental ministry said that it was considering legal action against the shipping company. The ship had sailed from Tuticorin in India to Kakinadan port, also in India. [ Full Report ]

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