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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister seeks Indian PM's personal intervention in fishermen issue
Published Date: 29/08/2013 (Thursday)
At least 35 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their four boats have been seized for violating the international maritime boundary line, according to Sri Lankan Navy. Naval spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said the fishermen were arrested and their four trawlers were seized last night off Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka's west coast. They will be charged for violating the international maritime border line.
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Annual Methodist Conference 2013 stands in solidarity with the people of Weliveriya - Rathupaswala
Published Date: 28/08/2013 (Wednesday)
The 50th Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, Sri Lanka meeting in Colombo, 24th to 27th August 2013, expressed its deep shock and sadness over the violent response of the armed forces during the recent protest by villagers of Weliveriya - Rathupaswala against the alleged contamination and pollution of water by a local factory.
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Madras Café: Passed by Censor Board, stopped by protesters
Published Date: 28/08/2013 (Wednesday)
The controversial film “Madras Cafe” was shunned because the film sparked protests across the world as Tamils claimed that the film portrays the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as terrorists and it is “anti-Tamil”. In Chennai, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, theatres have been permitted to screen both the Hindi and Tamil versions of 'Madras Cafe', but the film was avoided being shown fearing protests from Tamil activists.
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President Mahinda Rajapakse meets Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko
Published Date: 26/08/2013 (Monday)
President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in the East Union European Nation Belarus yesterday on a three-day state visit. He was received at the Minsk National Airport by Vladimir Makei, the Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs. President Rajapaksa's visit to Belarus is the first by a Sri Lankan Head of State to the former Soviet Republic, which became independent in 1991.
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“Ravana Balaya” protest against UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay’s visit
Published Date: 26/08/2013 (Monday)
A protest is being carried out by “Ravana Balaya” opposite the United Nations Headquarters in Colombo. Protesters carrying placards shouted slogans against UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay’s visit to Sri Lanka and the road in front of the UN office at Bauddhaloka Mawatha has been closed to traffic.
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UN rights chief stays open-minded ahead of Sri Lanka trip
Published Date: 23/08/2013 (Friday)
The United Nations human rights chief said on Friday she has an “open mind” and will not be “pre-judging anything” ahead of her first trip to Sri Lanka, which is under growing pressure from the international community to address alleged war crimes.
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Body of young boy found at Ottamawadi
Published Date: 22/08/2013 (Thursday)
According to Valaichchenai police, they have recovered a body of a young boy at 4.00pm today hidden underneath rocks at Maduwattu road in Ottamawadi, a predominant Muslim Village in the Batticaloa District in the eastern province.
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Hate campaign against Muslims reaches new heights in Sri Lanka, says the Secretariat for Muslims
Published Date: 20/08/2013 (Tuesday)
Unfortunately, 2013 saw the Muslim community suffer from a targeted hate campaign waged by extreme Buddhist groups in Sri Lanka. Activities under the year’s hate campaign during the period January to July, 2013 started with the ‘halal certification’ issue...
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Attack on TNA candidate Thambirajah
Published Date: 20/08/2013 (Tuesday)
TNA Provincial Council candidate P Thambirajah was attacked in Jaffna yesterday evening by a twelve-men group lead by the United People Freedom Alliance candidate Angajan Ramanathan. One of the suspect involved in the attack was Angajan’s father Ramanathan who went into hiding inside a Textile shop in the street.
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Conference on “Reinforcing International Human Rights Standards: Lessons from the United Nations War Crimes Commission”
Published Date: 20/08/2013 (Tuesday)
A two day conference hosted by School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the International Bar Association, with the support of the Oak Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and in cooperation with the Wiener Library...
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MAY Seventeen Protest in Chennai, India
Published Date: 19/08/2013 (Monday)
Hundreds arrived at the popular Valluvar Kottam in Chennai, India on Saturday, 17 August 2013 and joined in the protest organised by May Seventeen Movement calling for the rejection of the 13th Amendment and the proposed provincial council elections in the northern Sri Lanka.
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World Bank loans 200 million USD to Sri Lanka for health services improvement
Published Date: 19/08/2013 (Monday)
The World Bank on Monday signed the financing agreement for a 200 million U.S. dollar concessionary loan to Sri Lanka to help upgrade health standards, the organization said in a statement. The loan will be used to enhance the performance of the public health system and enable it to better respond to the challenges of a middle income country.
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Country Representatives in Sri Lanka on Advance Visit for CHOGM 2013
Published Date: 16/08/2013 (Friday)
More than 70 representatives from 15 Commonwealth countries are currently in Sri Lanka on an advance visit to make preparations for their respective delegations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013. The delegations will tour the venue of the opening ceremony, the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, conduct detailed walkthroughs of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) – the site of the executive sessions and meetings – and visit Waters Edge, the location of the retreat. The teams will also visit both Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) to review the arrangements.
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BBC Tamil Radio Series Tells the Story of Burma's Tamils
Published Date: 15/08/2013 (Thursday)
The lives of Burma's (Myanmar's) Tamil minority are in the centre of a 12-part weekly series launching on BBC Tamil radio on Sunday 18 August. "The Tamils Who Stayed Back In The Golden Land" (Thanga Mannil Thangiya Thamizhargal) explores the conditions in which Burma's ethnic Tamils live today and talks about their collective memory, their daily lives and their aspirations for their future in a changing Burma. Burma's ethnic Tamils, whose number is unofficially estimated at half a million, are the descendants of Tamils from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. They migrated to Burma during the days of the British Empire and worked in finance and trade as well as agriculture. The end of the British rule in Burma in 1948 led to a decline of the community's fortunes. In the 1960s, in the wake of the military rule, many were forced to leave Burma - but many also stayed back.
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The National Archives has given a voice to historical documents relating to the Road to Partition 1939-47
Published Date: 15/08/2013 (Thursday)
The British National Archives has recorded the narratives of four Panjabi elders uprooted from their homeland during the Partition of British India in 1947. At least 18 million people were uprooted and one million died in the mass migration that followed. In 2010, Jaswant, Mohammed, Reginald and Tilak Raj met at The National Archives to describe how Partition had shaped their lives. Born into different faith communities in the Panjab, these men are united today by their love of that common homeland, that past shared experience which was precious and which has now been lost.
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Sri Lanka After War: Tamils in Sri Lanka is a traumatized and divided people with limited influence over their own future.
Published Date: 14/08/2013 (Wednesday)
Gunnar Sørbø, senior scientist at the Chr Michesen Institute (CMI), Norway, writing in the Norwegian periodical Morgenbladetm, says - It is just over four years ago now, the long war between the Tamil Tigers and the government of Sri Lanka ended in a bloodbath and complete defeat for the Tigers. The leadership was wiped out and thousands of innocent Tamils were killed, pushed inside an ever smaller area and used as human shields as the war evolved in the government army's favor. It was a humanitarian catastrophe, and a UN report concluded that the international community probably had once failed in her mission to save lives.
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EU presses political and religious freedoms in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 14/08/2013 (Wednesday)
The European Union (EU) on Tuesday expressed concern at the state of political and religious freedom in Sri Lanka. It urged Sri Lanka to ensure justice for the victims of 1st of August military shooting on protesters demanding clean drinking water and for those hurt in a spate of attacks on mosques by Buddhist-led mobs. The E.U. delegation in Colombo said in a statement that it was concerned by the recent incidents, including the death of three civilians during a protest in Weliweriya town northeast of Colombo and a mob attack on a Colombo mosque.
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Students’ Eelam fast, now a film
Published Date: 13/08/2013 (Tuesday)
Student power in changing the political course of nations has been well recorded in history, for universities have always remained a springboard for action. Tamil Nadu, too, witnessed massive student unrest in the run-up to the voting on Sri Lanka’s track record in addressing the legitimate concerns of the Tamil minorities at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. As a result of the upheaval on the college campuses, India was forced to vote against the island nation.
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Sri Lanka among nations supplying arms to India
Published Date: 13/08/2013 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka is among the countries which had supplied weapon systems to the Indian Government in the last three years, the Indian Defence Minister has informed the Lok Sabha. In a written reply to a Lok Sabha query on Monday, Defence Minister A K Antony said India’s three forces have spent over INR 2.35 lakh crore for procuring weapon systems from several countries including Russia, Israel, the US, the UK, Poland, Slovakia, Finland and Sri Lanka.
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Fishermen oppose Sri Lanka’s move to give its sea to China
Published Date: 12/08/2013 (Monday)
A news appearing in Divaina news paper reveals that the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development Rajitha Senaratne has signed an agreement with a Chinese company permitting them to Enter into Sri Lankan territorial waters and harvest the fish using large trawlers. It was reported 40 large Chinese trawlers that dwarf local boats that fish in Sri Lankan waters will commence fishing under Sri Lankan flag.
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Former Norwegian peace envoy calls for international probe into alleged human rights violations Sri Lanka
Published Date: 12/08/2013 (Monday)
Erik Solheim, former Norwegian minister of International who once played a key role in brokering peace between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Monday called for an international investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. Solheim mediated between the government and the LTTE before fighting broke out in 2006, resulting in the LTTE being defeated and bringing the armed conflict to an end in May 2009.
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Military settlements in Tamil homeland continue unabated, says TNA NPC candidate Sivajilingam
Published Date: 12/08/2013 (Monday)
Addressing a media briefing held at the Jaffna Media Centre on 8 August, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) candidate contesting the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) polls and former TNA Parliamentarian M.K. Sivajilingam, said the Army in the North is in the process of setting up massive cantonments with Chinese assistance, to permanently relocate around 100,000 troops in the Northern Province, and there is no truth in the Army’s announcement of withdrawing from lands that belong to civilians in the North. He said the Army’s announcement that they would withdraw from lands they currently occupy, owned by civilians in the North was an election stunt.
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Human Rights Commissions of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) complaint against the Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka (ITN)
Published Date: 12/08/2013 (Monday)
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director filed a complaint (Complaint No: HRC/3083/13) before the Human Rights Commissions of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) this afternoon against the Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka (ITN) and its Chairmen. The complaint was on the basis that a news item appearing on the 7:00pm Sinhala language news broadcast of ITN on Sunday 14th July 2013 violates several fundamental rights of both CPA and its Executive Director which are guaranteed under the Constitution to all citizens of Sri Lanka. CPA had previously written to the Chairman of ITN on the 16th July 2013 requesting that the erroneous news report be corrected and a formal apology be tendered to both CPA and its Executive Director within one week. However neither of these two requests was acceded to.
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US Pacific Air Force Command mission with Sri Lanka Air Force concludes
Published Date: 12/08/2013 (Monday)
The joint training mission conducted by the United States Air Force Pacific Command with the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) came to a conclusion Friday (August 09) at the SLAF Base Katunayake. The five-day long Pacific Angel exercise which was conducted jointly by the US Air Force Pacific Command and SLAF in Jaffna peninsula held the last training exercise Medical Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) programme at the SLAF Base in Katunayake on Friday.
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12th International Tamil Internet conference in Malaysia
Published Date: 11/08/2013 (Sunday)
The 12th International Tamil Internet Conference, TI-2013 organised jointly by the International Forum for Information Technology (INFITT) and University of Malaysia will be held during August 15-18, 2013 at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. The Conference will be supported by support of Faculty of Languages & Linguistics, Centre for Information Technology and Program Titian Digital. INFITT has previously hosted eight conferences in the USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany and India in collaboration with major universities such as University of California at Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Cologne University, National University of Singapore, Annamalai University and in Tamil Nadu has organized three conferences with the full support of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
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