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China facilitates setting up of permanent SF bases in North
Published Date: 07/02/2013 (Thursday)
The government is engaged in an ambitious programme to establish permanent security forces bases in the Northern and Eastern Provinces as part of a strategy to thwart any possible attempt to revive LTTE terrorism. Authoritative government officials told The Island.
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Transitioning from a Humanitarian Crisis to a Human Rights Crisis
Published Date: 25/01/2013 (Friday)
In her Briefing paper entitled Sri Lanka: Transitioning from a Humanitarian Crisis to a Human Rights Crisis, Lynn Yoshikawa, Senior Programme manager of Inter Action, writes- “ Sri Lanka is recovering from a devastating 26-year civil war, which ended in May 2009 with the military defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the government of Sri Lanka.
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Violence against women in Nepal: Vigil in London
Published Date: 11/01/2013 (Friday)
Over 50 young women and men participated in a Vigil organised by Nepali Youth Forum (UK) in Strand near Nepali embassy, 21a Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QU on 11 January 2013 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Varadakumar, the Executive Secretary of the Tamil Information Centre also joined in the vigil. He said “I am here to show solidarity with the Nepali women. Their struggle against violence is also our struggle, where hundreds of women have been subjected to sexual violence in Sri Lanka”
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Sinhala Youth from Australia who Taught English to Tamil Schoolchildren in Jaffna
Published Date: 22/12/2012 (Saturday)
When 22 year old Wikum Kuruppu finished his double degree in Science and Arts at the University of Monash, he wanted to take a year off doing volunteer work, before immersing himself in a career. Born in Panadura, he migrated with his family to New Zealand when he was just two, and then moved on to Australia where he studied and grew up. Now straddling adulthood, he wanted to give something back to the world before embarking on a career but instead of Africa, his mother convinced him he owed something to Sri Lanka in particular.
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Mebourne doctor Brian Seniwiratne deported by Singapore
Published Date: 16/12/2012 (Sunday)
Dr Brian Seniwiratne, the 81 year old Sri Lankan born Australian has been deported by the Malaysian immigration authorities today. Dr Senivaratne. Dr Seniwiratne is trained as a Gastroenterologist, Physician and has a practice located in Wynnum. He has been a long-time critic of the Sri Lankan Government over its treatment of Tamils.
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The Struggle of War Widows – A consideration of Nepal and Sri Lanka
Published Date: 14/12/2012 (Friday)
A recent article in IPS by Sri Lankan journalist Amantha Perera highlights the difficulties faced by the widow of war victims in both Nepal and Sri Lanka. In Nepal she highlights the story of Sita Tamang, whose husband went missing in 2004. When Tamang tried to claim compensation from the government more than 7 years after her husband’s disappearances she was met with resistance and demands that she produce paperwork substantiating their union.
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Human Rights Defenders from South Sri Lanka are prevented from entering Tamil homeland
Published Date: 14/12/2012 (Friday)
A Group of 42 human rights and political activists and journalists from Southern Sri Lanka entering Tamil homeland in the north were detained by police in Jaffna and prevented from attending a protest to mark international human rights day in Jaffna on 10 December 2011, while events to mark Human Rights Day including protests in other parts of Sri Lanka such as in Colombo, Kandy and Kurunegela were allowed to take place without disruption. The police also tried to disperse the locals who gathered in Jaffna town to join the rally.
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Tamil Solidarity protest demanding the release of Jaffna University students
Published Date: 08/12/2012 (Saturday)
Tamil Solidarity organised an urgent protest in front of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London yesterday demanding an immediate unconditional release of Jaffna University students.
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Sri Lanka’s maiden satellite launched
Published Date: 27/11/2012 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka’s first Communications Satellite SupremeSAT – 1 was launched today on board China’s Long March 3B/E Launch Vehicle from the Xi-chang Satellite Launch Centre. SupremeSAT – 1 was launched successfully at Sri Lankan time 15:43hrs from the Space Center in China, Vijith Peiris Group CEO of SupremeSAT said. “This is a proud moment for us as citizens of Sri Lanka,” he told Ada Derana. Sri Lanka becomes the 45th country to own a Communication Satellite and becomes the third South Asian country to have launched a satellite after India and Pakistan.
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Persecution of Lawyers in Turkey
Published Date: 23/11/2012 (Friday)
In Turkey on 16 July, the trial against 46 lawyers, three employees of law firms and a journalist who are suspected of having ties with the Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) started. The Turkish authorities regard the KCK as the local branch of the banned Kurdish labour party PKK. The majority of the suspected lawyers is (or was) involved in the defence of Abdullah Öcalan. According to the office of the prosecutor, the suspects have communicated instructions from Öcalan to his supporters. The lawyers are accused of “working for, or belonging to, a terrorist organisation.”
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Police arrest Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Convenor Udul Premarathne
Published Date: 29/10/2012 (Monday)
Convenor of the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Udul Premarathne was arrested by police today. A representative of the Inter University Student’s Federation said that Premaratne was arrested when he came out after attending a discussion and press briefing at the UNP party headquarters Sirikotha.
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China to build military housing in North-East
Published Date: 26/08/2012 (Sunday)
China is expanding its economic, trade and military ties with Sri Lanka providing US$ 100 million (Rs. 13.2 billion) for army welfare projects initiated by the Ministry of Defence, official sources said. Plans are afoot to set up accommodation and infrastructure facilities in army camps in the north and east with Chinese assistance. The maintenance of military camps in strategic locations throughout the country is essential for national security, the Government has long argued despite pressure from some western nations and India to reduce the military presence in the north and east.
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Training to Lankan forces concealed from TN: Jaya
Published Date: 25/08/2012 (Saturday)
The controversy over Sri Lankan Army officers being trained by the Indian military establishment has yet again surfaced in Tamil Nadu, with the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa strongly condemning two more defence personnel from that country undergoing training here since May.
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Assault on Pastor of Deniyaya for “spreading Christianity”
Published Date: 20/08/2012 (Monday)
A national Assemblies of God pastor and his wife were viciously attacked by a mob in Sri Lanka after being accused of "spreading Christianity." A mob of around 40 people led by members of the Buddhist clergy, severely attacked Regional Presbyter of Deniyaya Reverend Jayalath and his wife while they were returning home after visiting a member of their congregation, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL). The incident took place in Deniyaya in Southern Sri Lanka on August 9 at 1pm.
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EROS office attacked
Published Date: 20/08/2012 (Monday)
The Batticaloa party office of the Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS) located near the Batticaloa Municipal Council came under attack by a group in the early hours of Sunday, 19 August 2012. According to police, the attackers had caused severe damage to the party office and had also attempted to set fire to the van belonging to the EROS leader R Prabhakaran using petrol bombs. The fire was brought under control by the neighbours.
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Forest fire in Jaffna
Published Date: 18/08/2012 (Saturday)
Wadamrachchie Jaffna, Disaster Management Center (DMS) announced that a fire which broke out at a Pine tree cultivation in the Manalkadu area in Jaffna has destroyed around 5 acres of land. Army, police personnel and residents in the area are currently attempting to quell the flames, which are rapidly spreading due to existing dry conditions and strong winds, Sri Lanka Army said.
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Sri Lankan navy arrests 37 Chinese fisherman
Published Date: 07/08/2012 (Tuesday)
Thirty seven Chinese fishermen and two Sri Lankan agents were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on suspicion of fishing illegally off eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The fishermen were arrested on Sunday (05.08.2012) night. According to Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya, the navy found the men aboard two trawlers fishing illegally in waters off the east coast town of Batticaloa.
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Ramanan Mylvaganam pleads Guilty in New York to providing material support to the LTTE
Published Date: 02/08/2012 (Thursday)
The former University of Waterloo student Ramanan Mylvaganam has pleaded guilty in a New York district court to conspiring to provide material support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE is declared a terrorist organization in both Canada and the U.S. The FBI says Ramanan Mylvaganam pleaded guilty in connection with his attempt to procure sophisticated technology for the LTTE. According to court documents, in March 2006, Mylvaganam conspired to purchase approximately $22,000 worth of submarine design software for the LTTE
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Terrorist involved in attack on SL team killed
Published Date: 02/08/2012 (Thursday)
A terrorist wanted for alleged involvement in the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team was killed in a shootout with police in Pakistan's Punjab province, officials said today. Law enforcement agencies started checking vehicles near Ghazi Ghat bridge in Multan, 400km from Lahore, after getting a tip-off yesterday that some terrorists were bound for the city in public transport.
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Sri Lanka: Cost of living on the rise
Published Date: 01/08/2012 (Wednesday)
The cost of living is rising in Sri Lanka, data released by the Central Bank shows, with or without the consideration of price sensitive food and fuel in measuring inflation, which is the rate at which prices increase. The Central Bank yesterday said core inflation, which excludes price sensitive items such as fuel and food, had increased from 5.8 percent year-on-year in June to 6 percent in July.
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Sri Lanka Eyes Investment Opportunities in South Africa
Published Date: 30/07/2012 (Monday)
Following participation of Sri Lankan exporter’s at the SAITEX 2012 International Trade fair held in Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 15-17 July, 2012; business delegations from Sri Lanka are looking to explore more investment opportunities in South Africa.
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Indian Oil to set up refinery in Sri Lanka for Rs 20,000 crore
Published Date: 30/07/2012 (Monday)
Indian Oil Corporation will set up its first refinery outside India with an investment of up to Rs 20,000 crore (Rs 200 billion) in Sri Lanka. It will thus become the second Indian company to have a refinery abroad. The Ruias-promoted Essar Energy owns the Stanlow refinery in the UK and has 50 per cent interest in Kenya Petroleum Refinery. IOC operates 10 refineries in India and the capacity of its Sri Lankan refinery is expected to be 5-9 mtpa (million tonnes per annum).
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Sinhala nationalists protest against Indian interference
Published Date: 29/07/2012 (Sunday)
About 100 protesters from the Federation of National Organizations, made up of Sinhala nationalistic groups, staged a protest in front of the Indian embassy in Colombo, saying that India should not interfere in their country's internal affairs by criticizing plans to withdraw rights from provincial councils set up to share power with ethnic minority Tamils. The protest came after top Indian politicians criticized the Sri Lankan government's plan to withdraw certain powers from the provincial councils.
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Judge order for the release of Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy
Published Date: 27/07/2012 (Friday)
Twenty three Tamil Nadu Fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy on 22 July when they were fishing near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits were released on 27 July. The news of their release was announced in New Delhi at a joint news conference attended by Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and the visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.
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Worker Rights and Benefits at stake – Testing Time for Trade Unions
Published Date: 25/07/2012 (Wednesday)
The Ill- conceived policies of the government have resulted in the steady erosion of real wages of workers due to depreciation of the rupee and the consequent fall in its purchasing power. The trade union demand for a budgetary relief allowance of Rs. 5000/- to cushion the effects of the devaluation of rupee has been frowned upon by the government. Not even minimum wages of private sector employees have been raised and these employees continue to languish with a paltry sum of Rs. 7,500/- and struggle to make ends meet.
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