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Eleven Sri Lankan refugees begin their new lives in Los Angeles
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
Eleven Sri Lankan refugees have arrived in Los Angeles to begin their new lives after receiving care in the UAE for six months. "We can now lead a life without fear and don't have to live as refugees any more," said Sivabalan Niranjani, 35, of the harrowing journey that ended when she landed in Dubai. She arrived in the US with her husband and two children yesterday.
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DMK tells CMAG members to keep out of Sri Lanka meet
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
A delegation of Members of Parliament of the DMK on Tuesday gave a memorandum to several member countries of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) in Delhi urging them to not hold the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo slated to be held from November 15 to 17.
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Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Should Relocate November Meeting Accountability Failures, Ongoing Abuses Make for an Unworthy Host
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
A senior Commonwealth advisory group should recommend the organization shift the venue of its November 2013 Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from Sri Lanka unless the government makes prompt, measurable, and meaningful progress on human rights, Human Rights Watch said today.
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The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka says that the sovereignty of the country should not be mortgaged for foreign aid
Published Date: 17/04/2013 (Wednesday)
Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Niward Cabral participating in a discussion programme of the Sri Lanka national radio says that the sovereignty of the country should not be mortgaged for foreign aid. Sri Lanka has become a middle income earning country. He points out that therefore, Sri Lanka has now being relieved from the mentality of depending on aid. Certain developed countries are also facing economic problems.
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Time for action on Colombo Commonwealth summit
Published Date: 15/04/2013 (Monday)
Diplomacy should send a clear signal to Sri Lanka that it is on the wrong track. This year's CHOGM in Colombo should be cancelled, writes Jake Lynch. Foreign Minister Bob Carr will head to London shortly for the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, amid growing calls for the cancellation of this year's Heads of Government Meeting in the Sri Lankan capital.
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A Tamil Spring?
Published Date: 13/04/2013 (Saturday)
A new generation of college students in Tamil Nadu has taken up the cause of the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Articulate, well informed and uncontaminated by the influence of time-serving politicians they have successfully forced an agenda on the three main political parties in the state, comment M S S Pandian of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and A Kalaiyarasan, a PhD scholar at the Centre for Studies in Regional Development in the same university in the 13 April 2013 issue of the Economic & Political Weekly.
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Uthayan Tamil Newspaper attacked again
Published Date: 13/04/2013 (Saturday)
Attacks on media organisations, particularly the Tamil media and intimidation and harassment of journalists continue in Sri Lanka irrespective of assurance given by the police to find and punish perpetrators. The attack on the Uthayan newspaper office is the fifth attack on the media in the north, since January and the second after the United Nations passed a resolution on March 21 calling on the government to address human rights violations.
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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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