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  • Worrying ground situation in Jaffna

    The next day (last) Sunday morning, his blood-drenched body was hanging from a goal post in a playground in Putur, just two kilometres from his home. It bore torture marks. The nails of fingers in both hands had been plucked out, Jaffna Judicial Medical Officer (JMO), Dr. S. Sivaruban, testified at the post-mortem inquiry. He […]

  • Jayalalithaa’s 24-page memorandum

    Jayalalithaa, who had a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, last month handed over to the latter a 24-page memorandum. It begins with references to Sri Lanka. She is seeking the return of Kachchativu, an island in the Palk Straits, the seas that divide India and Sri Lanka. Here are the relevant highlights: Memorandum […]

  • Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka

    More than two years after declaring victory in one of Asia’s most intractable wars, Sri Lanka is now increasingly focusing on rapid post-war economic revival amid growing international criticism over war crimes and rising labour unrest at home.Sri Lanka’s debut $500mn 5-year eurobond, maturing in 2012 with a coupon of 8.25%, is now trading at […]

  • January 2009 – a snapshot Read more >

    January 2009 – a snapshot

    July 1, 2011 by gordon weissIn response to Groundviews, the respected Sri Lankan citizen’s journal, I am posting this single image taken by Colonel Harun Khan, of the deaths of civilians as a result of shelling. For those who don’t know, Khan, who features in Chapter 5 of my book “The Cage”, is a Bangladeshi […]

  • Soldiers engaged in Arbitrary mediation Read more >

    Soldiers engaged in Arbitrary mediation

    Soldiers stationed in the North have been intruding into the everyday affairs of the public and offer arbitrary mediation in affairs unwarranted of them. This has created an anxiety among the public.Soldiers stationed in the North have been intruding into the everyday affairs of the public and offer arbitrary mediation in affairs unwarranted of them. […]

  • Cabinet decides to give cricket telecasting rights to son of MR

     Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa when addressing the media briefing yesterday reveal the cabinet decisions to the media , said, the Govt. has decided that the telecasting rights regarding the Sri Lanka (SL) cricket tournaments where the SL team is participating , shall be given exclusively to the State media . However he added that private […]

  • A fuel fraud exposed by JVP

    01 July 2011 The JVP says that a massive fraud has incurred behind the sub standard fuel pumped into several vehicles during the last few days.The JVP Central Committee Member Mr Anura Dissanayake disclosed this at a media briefing held today. “We examined why many motor bicycles, tri-shows and motor vehicles have been malfunctioned after […]

  • Date set for Sivaram murder trial Read more >

    Date set for Sivaram murder trial

    Sivaram was abducted in Colombo in April 2005 and his body was found dumped in a HSZ, a day laterA court in Sri Lanka has set the dates for the trial of the abduction and murder of a senior Tamil journalist.The Colombo High Court has decided to proceed with the trial on the murder of […]

  • Armed groups operating in East – Army

    01 July 2011 Certain armed elements are hiding behind political parties in the Eastern Province and we will take steps to disarm them, Eastern Commander Major General Boniface Perera saidHe expressed these views at a meeting held between General Mangers and Political party representatives of the eastern province in the aftermath of the recent Batticaloa […]

  • Darusman Report improper – Akashi Read more >

    Darusman Report improper – Akashi

    01 July 2011 “The Darusman Report though intended only to be an advisory report to the Secretary General of the UN, is improper,” said Senior Adviser on Foreign Policy in Japan Yasushi Akashi when he addressed the 16th Joint Committee of the Sri Lanka Business Co-operation Meeting held in Tokyo last week.Akashi was speaking on […]

  • Probe by Sri Lanka should not be an open-ended process Read more >

    Probe by Sri Lanka should not be an open-ended process

    UN rights chief warns of action in absence of Sri Lanka Lanka probe 30 June 2011, Amsterdam based news portal has reported the following remarks by Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, quoting AFP on Jun 29.The UN’s human rights chief Thursday warned Sri Lanka not to take too long in probing […]

  • Eezham Tamil coastal areas intensively encroached by Sri Lanka

    Occupying genocidal Sri Lanka opens up the coastal areas of Eezham Tamils for intensive ‘invasion’ of Sinhala fishermen and ‘tourism’ fat cats of the south. The latest target is the eastern coast of Mullaiththeevu and Jaffna districts as well as the islands off Jaffna, news sources from Jaffna said. While thousands of Sinhala fishermen, officially […]

  • Looking for their lost loved ones Read more >

    Looking for their lost loved ones

    Parents of disappeared Tamil youth staged a protest before the Fort Railway station last evening urging the authorities to release details of the political prisoners while urging their release. Seen in the pictures are the tearful parents holding photographs of their missing children and placards depicting details of them.for more photos: DM

  • Sri Lanka: Rajapakse and the return of dissent July 2011

    The Rajapakse regime’s tested strategy of responding to all criticism through the propagation of and identification of conspiracies, scapegoats and ‘traitors’ might now be reaching its limits – dissent is seeping into the body politic. Himal, July 2011 The last two months in Sri Lanka have seen increasing international pressure coupled with domestic struggles against […]

  • Families demand info on Sri Lankans said abducted Read more >

    Families demand info on Sri Lankans said abducted

    June 30, 2011 / By KRISHAN FRANCIS, Associated PressHundreds of people protested Thursday demanding to know the whereabouts of their family members abducted by “white van squads” allegedly operated by the Sri Lankan government during the height of the country’s civil war.The protesters said they have not heard from their sons or husbands since they […]

  • North ruled via army violence? ARMY DENIES VEHEMENTLY

    by Ranga JayasuriyaOn Thursday (23) in Kilinochchi, the military dispersed a group of frail men and women who had gathered to get information on the whereabouts of their missing relatives. The protestors, many of who were ageing Tamil mothers and fathers who were clutching pictures of their missing children, had assembled at Depot junction, Kilinochchi, […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields shame exposed in major documentary

    “The comments of soldiers as they piled bodies of naked LTTE cadres onto trucks is yet another indication of disregard for the laws of war which clearly stipulates the treatment of both civilians and combatants. Speaking in Sinhala, the language of the Sinhalese, soldiers make lurid comments about the shape of the female bodies and […]

  • Sri Lanka mosques exonerate ‘pornography girls’

    By Swaminathan Natarajan /BBC Tamil Mosques in the eastern Sri Lankan town of Kattankudi have made public announcements exonerating two teenage girls accused of watching pornography. The loudspeaker announcements were made following a court order.A group of men allegedly beat up the 17-year-olds last week after they came out of an internet cafe in Kattankudi, […]

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