Update on SL News

January 3, 2012 Comments Off on Update on SL News

Global Post – Sri Lanka: new test of India’s global influence

Deccan Chronicle – ‘The Tamil diaspora does not want peace

New York Times (Opinion) – Sri Lanka’s Ghosts of War

Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Government ready to discuss scopes on Police, land powers with TNA – Govt Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella

The Hindu – ICG wants independent international investigation into Sri Lanka’s civil war

India Ministry of External Affairs – Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission of Sri Lanka

BBC Sinhala – 26,000 not resettled due to HSZ

BBC Sinhala – India cannot dictate terms says Govt

BBC News – Sri Lanka ‘wheelchair tax’ condemned by UK charity

Sky News Australia – Sri Lankan MP held over Briton’s death

Groundviews – Ending the Exile and Back to Roots: Fears, Challenges and Hopes

Deccan Chronicle – Tamils to blame for Lanka solution delay: Rajapaksa

Deccan Chronicle – ‘For Lanka, India comes first’

Counter Punch – A Brief Assessment – Sri Lanka’s Truth Commission

ColomboPage – Sri Lankan government ready to discuss police and land powers with Tamil party

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – Lessons learned?

IEWY News – LLRC recommendations will help accelerate national reconciliation – Russia

The Economic Times – Lankan lessons: War crimes and Rajapaksa regime

The Sunday Leader – Tamils, Indians, The LLRC Report And Rajapaksa Politics

Xinhua News – Sri Lanka’s PM commends China for strong support

Asian Human Rights Commission – SRI LANKA: Extravagance — national pride to continue in 2012 as well?

Asian Human Rights Commission – SRI LANKA: The New Year Wish List- 2012

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Sydney Maveerar Naal

December 13, 2011 Comments Off on Sydney Maveerar Naal

Tamil homeland under increasing SL military occupation

July 21, 2010 Comments Off on Tamil homeland under increasing SL military occupation

Daily Mirror – Army permanent in N-E

Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya has said that steps are being taken to establish permanent Army formations in the North and East with troops on duty even being given permanent houses in those areas.

According to the army website Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya said this after meeting the most Ven. Thibottuwawe Sri Sumangala, Maha Nayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter and the Ven. Dr Niyangoda Vijitha, Anu Nayake Thera of the Mallwatte Chapter at the monastery in Kandy today.

“Army personnel arriving in those areas for duty are to be provided permanent houses and allowed to engage in cultivation work if they so desire. A large segment of the Army, including the Engineer Services are constructing highways, bridges, houses, factories, etc in those areas and this will save a lot of money for the government”, the army website quoted the Army Commander as saying.

UK arms used against civilians in Sri Lanka and Gaza

August 21, 2009 Comments Off on UK arms used against civilians in Sri Lanka and Gaza

The Telegraph – UK arms used against civilians in Sri Lanka and Gaza

Samay Panel – UK should review arms trade with Sri Lanka: Parliament panel

TopNews – Brit weapons may have been used against Lanka Tamils, says report

Bloomberg – Britain Should Review Arms Exports to Sri Lanka, Lawmakers Say

AlJazeera – UK ‘must tighten arms controls’

Tamil political prisoners’ fast continues for the 4th day

August 1, 2009 Comments Off on Tamil political prisoners’ fast continues for the 4th day

Tamilnet – Tamil political prisoners’ fast continues for the 4th day

The fast unto death by Tamil political prisoners in Welikada prison that began Tuesday continues for the fourth day. About two hundred Tamil political prisoners arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and being held under detention on Defence Ministry orders without being produced in court or without any indictment against them are participating the fast, prison sources said.

Initially they had placed two demands – to discharge them from the prison immediately or to frame charges against them and produce in court.

Now they have added another demand that if they are indicted the case against them should be heard in their respective district magistrate’s court and not in Colombo or elsewhere.

Relatives of the prisoners told media that they have informed about the fast to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) and other human rights organizations and activists in the country.

Meanwhile the Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. V. Puthirasigamany, told media that he will meet the fasting prisoners in Welikada on Monday or Tuesday and take up the matter with the Defence Secretary 10 August.

However he said he has not received any written communication from the Tamil political prisoners so far in this regard.

In today's news…

July 18, 2009 Comments Off on In today's news…

The Guardian – What really happened in Sri Lanka?

The Moscow Trial Was Fair wrote the British lawyer and MP Dennis Pritt, who was subsequently awarded the International Stalin Peace prize, having been expelled from the Labour party in the interim for backing the Soviet invasion of Finland.

The government of Sri Lanka must be hoping for a similarly credulous reaction to its decision last week to parade the five doctors who witnessed the bloody climax of the country’s civil war in May and now claim that they deliberately overestimated the number of civilian casualties.

Time Magazine – Q&A with Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa

In a meeting room at Temple Trees, the stately British-colonial residence that now makes up the President’s official compound, Mahinda Rajapaksa sat next to a framed 14th century temple painting and spoke with TIME’s Jyoti Thottam about winning the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Daily Mirror – UNICEF says TMVP still has child soldiers

The UN Children’s agency UNICEF has informed the Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) that there are more than 100 child soldiers still believed to be with the party, a claim the TMVP firmly denies.

 UNICEF officials told Daily Mirror according to the latest UNICEF database as of May 31 there are 107 outstanding cases of child soldiers with the TMVP of which 30 are under the age of 18 and 77 were underage at the time they were recruited but are now adults.

News Today – No plan to send refugees to Lanka

The Tamilnadu government today clarified that it had no intention of sending Tamil refugees back to Sri Lanka.

Replying to demands for grants for Public and Tamil Development departments at the Assembly on behalf of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Finance Minister K Anbazhagan said a doubt was raised in the House as to whether the refugees would be sent back to their nation. 

Photos from 'Tamil Uprising'

July 6, 2009 Comments Off on Photos from 'Tamil Uprising'

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