Sri Lanka Brief


  • 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, […]

  • Defence ministry orders flower and plant sellers to vacate the park

    Thursday, 30 June 2011/ By Olindhi Jayasundere The Defence Ministry has asked flower and plant exhibitors and sellers at the Vihara Maha Devi Park to vacate the area by tomorrow because of plans to beautify the City of Colombo. The Vihara Maha Devi Floral Exhibition Organisers Consortium which has a membership of 400 flower and plant […]

  • No assurance given ( re registration in Jaffna)

    Sunday, 26 June 2011 20:12 The Army Headquarters today said it had not given any assurance to anyone with regard to the registration of Tamils in the North. Issuing a statement with reference to the Daily Mirror June 21 story titled ‘Registration of Tamils in North to be stopped’, in which ‘an assurance’ has been […]

  • 165 Sinhala families settled in Tamil village Kokkachchaankulam in Vavuniya North

    by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Sinhalaisation” of North continues. Tamil village in Vavuniya district re-settled with Sinhalese without knowledge of district administration half. Kokkachchaankulam is a Tamil village in Vedivaithakallu GS div under Nedunkerny divisional secretary in the Vavuniya North Piradesha sabhai.Kokkachchaankulam can be reached via Semamadu, Oothukulam & Ariyakundam. Nedunkerny can be reached from Kokkachchaankulam via […]

  • Ranil alleges govt. moving towards dictatorship Condemns UPFA over compulsory ‘military training’ for university entrants Read more >

    Ranil alleges govt. moving towards dictatorship Condemns UPFA over compulsory ‘military training’ for university entrants

    by Saman IndrajithUNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday alleged that the UPFA government was rapidly moving towards what he called a dictatorial rule.Addressing the media in the Parliamentary complex, the Opposition Leader said that the country was heading towards a dangerous situation due to the readiness on the part of the government to […]

  • Three forces to maintain three cricket stadiums

    20 June 2011 It is reported that financially ruined Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is to commission the three forces, Army, Navy and Air Force to maintain and provide security three cricket stadiums – Sooriyawewa, Kettarama and Pallekele.According to the report, the Sri Lanka Navy is to be given Sooriyawewa to maintain, the Army  – Pallekele […]

  • 20 B supplementary budget for Defence HQ presented in Parliament

    June 23, 2011  Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathne today presented a supplementary budget for Rs. 20 billion for the construction of the Defence Headquaters in Akuregoda, Battaramulla. Accordingly the Ministry of Defence, Office of the Chief of Defence Staff, Army Headquarters along with Headquarters of Air force and Navy will be relocated.The land where the Ministry […]

  • Military Registrations Continue in the Peninsula – Hathurusinghe Says One thing but Doing Another. Read more >

    Military Registrations Continue in the Peninsula – Hathurusinghe Says One thing but Doing Another.

     registration documents 22 June 2011 People Dissatisfied – GTN reporter Registration activities in the Jaffna peninsula continue without any changes, despite Jaffna. Commander Major General Hathurusinghe’s announcing that registration activities in the peninsula are suspended.It is reported that registration activities continue in Valikamam, Vadamaraachchi and in many other areas. Though registration procedure has somewhat lessened […]

  • Groundviews  and Vikalpa blocked in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Groundviews and Vikalpa blocked in Sri Lanka

    A number of user reports from Sri Lanka indicate that Groundviews is now blocked on Sri Lanka Telecom ADSL broadband Internet connections. It also appears that Vikalpa, our partner site that publishes critical content in Sinhala, is also blocked. Further, the website of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is also blocked. Content and comments published […]

  • Military ‘training’ in the name of leadership Read more >

    Military ‘training’ in the name of leadership

    Lankan students have to undergo rigorous workout to get into varsitiesby Chandani KirindeSalvage a heavy vehicle stuck in mud, complete a 5-km march in 45 minutes and do push ups and run obstacle courses. This is not part of the curriculum for those training to join the Sri Lankan military or the police, but a […]

  • Rajapaksa regime subjecting Sri Lanka to global ridicul Read more >

    Rajapaksa regime subjecting Sri Lanka to global ridicul

    by Mangala Samaraweera The ineptitude of the present regime in the face of intensifying and relentless international pressure is driving Sri Lanka further and further into isolation and is likely to have devastating effects for this country’s prospects for rebuilding and reconciliation in the post-conflict phase. The release of the Channel 4 documentary on Sri Lanka, […]

  • Katunayake FTZ clashes reverberate overseas Read more >

    Katunayake FTZ clashes reverberate overseas

    ITUC to agitate membership protest, demands Govt. immediately withdraw Pension Fund BillAn international grouping of trade unions has vehemently hit out at the recent unrest at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (KFTZ) that left a worker killed and scores injured, calling upon its 300 plus membership to launch individual protests against the Government of Sri […]

  • Withdraw army, put them in barracks – Anandasangaree

    TAMILS TREATED AS ABOROGINES IN LANKA NOWVeerasingham Anandasangaree, the TULF president and  a long standing Tamil politician  was perhaps the most vocal critic of the LTTE,  among the old school Tamil political leadership, even during the hey days of the LTTE. Anandasangaree, once hailed by the government, as a ‘moderate’ Tamil voice, now cautions that […]

  • TNA writes to MR over military attack

    “We still live under military rule. Unless the President takes any action, we will seriously think about co-operating with the government on anything. The military should not interfere in such political matters.  Only, the police must be empowered to do so.” – TNA 17 June 2011/By Kelum BandaraThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today sought intervention […]

  • Forced Army census resumed in the North despite court order against it

    15 June 2011 / Despite having a court order preventing civilians in the North from being forcefully registered, groups of Army men in civics have taken photographs of people in the Kalviyamkadu area in the North and obtained details regarding their families.The Army men in civics visited residences in Kalviyamkadu on the 13th to photograph […]

  • Exclusive: Syllabi and timetables from compulsory University ‘leadership’ training course Read more >

    Exclusive: Syllabi and timetables from compulsory University ‘leadership’ training course

    Great controversy and concern surrounds the ‘leadership’ training programme designed by the Ministry of Defence for under graduate students, conducted in around 28 military installations around the country. As the Young Researchers Collective recently noted on Groundviews, “Although the government has stated that this will be a leadership training program rather than a military training […]

  • Imposition of ‘leadership training’ deserves to be resisted

    13 June 2011/ by Nirmalan DhasIn General, The imposition of this leadership training program or any training program on the human community – with the exception of programs that train people to resist programming – is likely to interfere with the free evolutionary development of human being and therefore deserves to be resisted.The education system […]


    Navraj Parthiban /29 September 2010Sinhalization efforts now take place targeting the Hindu temples of Vanni. Buddha statues which have started the invasion of targeting the lands of Vanni are more like the modern invading army of Mahinda Rajapaksa.Sinhalization efforts now take place targeting the Hindu temples of Vanni. Buddha statues which have started the invasion […]

  • TNA MP blames Ampaa’rai politicians for allowing land grab

    09 June 2011All ministers and parliamentarians from the Ampaa’rai district seem to collaborate with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and they have no backbones to challenge the injustice done to Tamil and Muslim people based on ethnic, religious and language basis by the Colombo government, said Mr. P. Selvarajah, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian representing […]

  • 300 Tamils disappear in Batticaloa during SLA rule, alleges TNA

    09 June 2011,More than three hundred youths of both sexes have been reported disappeared after abduction in the Batticaloa district since the eastern province was brought under the control of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), said Mr.P. Selvarasa, district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian during the debate on the extending the State of Emergency for […]

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