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Gotabaya's remarks that India responsible for terrorism in Sri Lanka not Acceptable: Narayanasamy
Published Date: 12/04/2013 (Friday)
India today disapproved of a top Sri Lankan official's reported remark about it regarding terrorism in that country, saying the armed conflict there was a result of Colombo denying rights to Tamils there. Responding to Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa's reported remark that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in his country, Union Minister V Narayanasamy said the statement was not acceptable.
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Poorest countries lead the fight against hunger and undernutrition
Published Date: 11/04/2013 (Thursday)
According to new research published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), low income countries like Malawi and Madagascar and lower middle income Guatemala, are leading the charge against hunger and undernutrition, whilst economic powerhouses such as India and Nigeria are failing some of their most vulnerable citizens.
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Indira Samarasekera: First Woman of Sri Lankan Origin to Become President of a Major North American University
Published Date: 08/04/2013 (Monday)
Dr. Indira Samarasekera is the 12th president of the University of Alberta, one of Canada's most respected research-intensive universities. Building strong international partnerships is a signature feature of her leadership. The International aspect involves German Research Centres, the Aga Khan University, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) apart from others. Dr. Indira Samarasekera is probably the first Tamil to become the president of a major North American university. Samarasekera began her career at the University of British Columbia as a professor in the Department of Materials Engineering.
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“Cancel MPs’ trip to Sri Lanka..., It will be deeply hurtful to cause of innocent Sri Lankan Tamils’’, Says Indian Minister Jayanthi Natarajan
Published Date: 08/04/2013 (Monday)
Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan has urged the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Naina Lal Kidwai to cancel the proposed trip by a delegation of Parliamentarians to Sri Lanka, “in solidarity with the sufferings of innocent civilian Tamils in Sri Lanka and out of respect for the feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu.”
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Port workers in Colombo threaten to boycott south Indian cargo
Published Date: 03/04/2013 (Wednesday)
Port workers here today threatened to stop handling cargo from south Indian ports to protest the harassment of Sri Lankan monks and pilgrims in Tamil Nadu. "We can''t silently watch the harassment of our monks and pilgrims in Tamil Nadu. We want to stop handling cargo from Indian ports as a result", Mahesh Samarawickrema, a dock workers'' trade union official told reporters.
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French Charity Says, “Sri Lanka must find aid workers” killers
Published Date: 02/04/2013 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lankan government must find and prosecute those responsible for the massacre of 17 aid workers during the country's 25-year civil war, French charity Action Contre La Faim (ACF) has said. The killing of the aid workers, who were shot at point-blank range outside their office in northeast Sri Lanka in 2006, was the worst attack on humanitarians since the 2003 bombing of the United Nations compound in Baghdad.
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India: Three Sri Lankan Tamils apprehended by Tamil Nadu Police
Published Date: 02/04/2013 (Tuesday)
Three Sri Lankan Tamils, Prasanth (19) of Vallipunam in Mullaitivu, Vijayaraj (24) of North Meesalai near Paruthithurai and Vasantha Kumar (24) of chavakatchery, have been apprehended today by Tamil Nadu Police at Arichalmunai near Dhanushkodi. They were arrested following a tip-off from locals. They said that they were facing hardships in Sri Lanka and so they have come to India in a boat. They were taken to Dhanuskodi police station for questioning. They have been charged under violation of Indian Passport Act.
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Tamil Movie stars in India protest Sri Lanka war conduct
Published Date: 02/04/2013 (Tuesday)
Tamil movie stars in India, including superstar Rajinikanth, are fasting for a day to protest what they say is the mistreatment of ethnic Tamils in neighboring Sri Lanka and to demand an international probe into alleged wartime abuses there. The actors were joined by directors and producers in Chennai, capital of India’s Tamil Nadu state.
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Sri Lanka Sends New Contingent of United Nations Peacekeepers to Haiti
Published Date: 02/04/2013 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka is sending 750 new soldiers to be part of the United Nations’ peacekeeping force in Haiti, the country’s government announced Monday. A group of 400 soldiers from the country’s Sinha regiment departed for Haiti on Monday to join the MINUSTAH force. They followed a group of 350 soldiers which already left for Haiti last Thursday.
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GTF puts forth demands
Published Date: 02/04/2013 (Tuesday)
The Global Tamil Forum's (GTF) demand for justice through an independent international investigation has been strengthened by the fact that the international community wants the accountability issue addressed by Sri Lanka, and until that happens there won't be a let up, GTF Spokesperson, Suren Surendiran said, asserting the Rajapaksa regime must address the disproportionate militarization of the North and reduce the military presence, materially.
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Indian Union Minister of State condemns Sri Lankan envoy’s anti-Tamil racism in his speech
Published Date: 01/04/2013 (Monday)
Replying to a question about Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam Kariyawasam’s reported comments that Sinhalese have their origins in most of the northern states of India, Union Minister of State in Prime Ministers Office V Narayanasamy today said Sri Lankan envoy Kariyavaasam “has exceeded his limits” who was trying to instigate north Indians against the people of Tamil Nadu in his anti-Tamil racists plot.
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Sri Lanka Police: CID to use modern technology to deal with persons inciting Racism and religious hatred
Published Date: 29/03/2013 (Friday)
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) reports it is carrying out in depth investigations on SMS senders inciting racism and religious hatred and causing unrest among the public. Police say, special investigation procedures using modern technology is being used to trace these messages and to track down those involved in inciting racist activities.
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China upgrades Sri Lanka’s expo partnership
Published Date: 29/03/2013 (Friday)
In a significant development in Lanka – China bilateral trade, China has upgraded Sri Lanka to no less than a Joint Sponsor in the first of its newest international trade event series- the China South Asia Exposition (CSAE), states the Ministry of Industry & Commerce. “We thank you for making Sri Lanka a Joint Sponsor in the CSAE to be held in Yunnan in June. We are currently working on a 150 strong Sri Lankan delegation for this forthcoming international event” said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce.
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Vaiko wants Sri Lanka envoy in Chennai prosecuted for misusing diplomatic immunity
Published Date: 28/03/2013 (Thursday)
Strongly condemning an alleged e-mail that was written by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Prasad Kariyawasam, that Sinhala people in the island nation were of North Indian origin and that India must aim to protect them more than the Tamils, MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Wednesday demanded that he be arrested and prosecuted. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vaiko alleged that in the e-mail circulated to media houses recently, the High Commissioner had tried to sow the seeds of hatred and rancour in the minds of people of North Indian states by spreading untruths that Sinhala people had their origins in North India and States like Odisha based on the epic Mahavamsa.
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World Bank provides US$200 million to Health Sector Services in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 27/03/2013 (Wednesday)
The World Bank approved today a concessionary loan of US $ 200 million to Sri Lanka for the Second Health Sector Development Project (SHSDP) to help the Government of Sri Lanka upgrade the standards of performance of the public health system and enable it to better respond to the challenges of a middle income country. The project is expected to benefit the whole population of 21 million people of the country, especially the poorer and more vulnerable population groups who depend more on public health services.
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Sri Lankan mass grave with 154 skeletons belongs to suspected Marxist rebels
Published Date: 27/03/2013 (Wednesday)
A judge announced Wednesday that more than 150 human skulls and bones recovered from a mass grave were buried there about 25 years ago, strengthening suspicion that they belonged to suspected Marxist rebels killed at the time. Magistrate Chathurika de Silva told a court in the central town of Matale that tests show the skeletal remains found inside the premises of a government hospital dated to between 1987 and 1990. During that period, thousands of men and women suspected of having ties to the rebels disappeared after being arrested by security forces.
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Sri Lanka not on Commonwealth action group agenda
Published Date: 26/03/2013 (Tuesday)
The Commonwealth Secretariat Tuesday said Sri Lanka's human rights situation will not be on the agenda of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting next month. Some countries, especially Canada, had tried to include Sri Lanka on the agenda citing its poor rights record and to push for a change of venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November.
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Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice says “Tamil Political Prisoners in Sri Lanka are tortured”
Published Date: 26/03/2013 (Tuesday)
The report into arbitrary detention, prison conditions, the Vavuniya riot, and its aftermath published by the Sri Lankan Campaign for Peace and Justice documents the island's human rights abuses and examines the treatment of detainees in the wake of a riot in the country's Vavuniya detention centre last June, that triggered brutal police retribution.
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Geneva Resolution: Not a Victory for Tamils, but a Defeat for Sri Lanka
Published Date: 25/03/2013 (Monday)
Commenting on the United Nations Human rights Council’s resolution against Sri Lanka on 22 March, Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Vishwanathan Rudrakumaran states “the resolution proposed by America at the Human Rights Council related to Sri Lanka was passed by a majority of 13 votes. Out of the Human Rights Council comprising of 47 member states, 26 voted for the resolution, 13 against and 8 abstained taking a neutral position.
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Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) insists Lanka not multiracial
Published Date: 25/03/2013 (Monday)
The Bodu Bala Sena (BS) says Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country. Speaking at the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Panadura this evening, the venerable Medagoda Abayathissa thero urged the Sinhalese to protect the nation and not let other races or religions to take over.
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Round Table discussion on the Impact of new Family Migration Rules on BME Communities
Published Date: 25/03/2013 (Monday)
In July 2012, the rules for family migration to the UK changed, particularly affecting the right of people to sponsor family members to come and join them in the UK. People now need to earn at least £18,600 per year in order to bring a partner here from outside the European Union, and it is much more difficult to bring elderly dependants to the UK than previously.
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Tamils Protest over Mulliyavalai Muslim settlement
Published Date: 24/03/2013 (Sunday)
The government surveyors sent to survey lands in Mullaithivu and Mulliyavalai areas were forced to leave when large number of Tamils turned up to oppose their plan. It was reported the purpose of surveying lands was to settle Muslims in these areas. It was said over 540 acres of forest lands in Mulliyavalai were cleared to colonize one thousand four hundred and forty five (1445) Muslim families in that locality. Reports further said that Thekkattu region near Mullaiyavalai 6th mile post hasn’t been handed over to the divisional secretariat by the Department of Forest Conservation.
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Politics in Sri Lanka - Military muscling With the civil war long over, the armed forces are busy with beauty salons
Published Date: 23/03/2013 (Saturday)
JOSEPH STALIN is unhappy. The boss of a Sri Lankan teachers’ union claims that the country’s schools are losing their independence. Last month, unions say, nearly 4,000 head-teachers were invited to interviews at the National Cadet Corps. Successful applicants will get 45 days of training, and then full military titles. The idea, supposedly, is to improve discipline in schools.
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World Water Day 2013: What’s missing in MDG7 for women and girls?
Published Date: 23/03/2013 (Saturday)
Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Researcher Lyla Mehta's in her paper presented at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York on 6 March 2013, says access to water and sanitation for all is central to achieving global justice for women and girls. 780 million people still lack access to drinking water, and sanitation remains seriously off track with 2.5 billion people lacking access to improved sanitation. Better access to water and sanitation facilities can reduce poverty and provide immediate health benefits for women and girls as well as better educational and economic opportunities and life chances.
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Australian Tamil Youth Fast-in-Solidarity with Students in Tamil Nadu, India.
Published Date: 22/03/2013 (Friday)
The Tamil youths in Australia began a 24-hour fast yesterday at Prince Alfred Park (Parramatta, NSW) to show their solidarity with the hunger strikers in Tamil Nadu, India, in protest of the weak wording of the US-led draft resolution on Sri Lanka at 22nd UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Session. Our Fast-in-Solidarity is to express that we stand firm with them on the fundamental principle of justice and an independent homeland for the Eelam Tamil people, said one student.
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