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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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India approves tougher sex crime law after protests
Published Date: 21/03/2013 (Thursday)
India has approved a tough new law to punish sex crimes, including the death penalty for repeat offenders, after the fatal gang rape of a student in December sparked unprecedented protests over the treatment of women.
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UNHCR releases its report on asylum trends in Industrialized Countries
Published Date: 20/03/2013 (Wednesday)
The UN refugee agency UNHCR reports an estimated 479,300 asylum applications were registered in the 44 industrialized countries in 2012, an increase of 8 per cent over 2011. This is the second highest level in the past decade. Only in 2003 were more asylum claims recorded (505,000). The 27 Member States of the European Union registered 296,700 new asylum claims in 2012, a 7 per cent increase compared to 2011 (277,800). These 27 States together accounted for 83 per cent of all asylum claims.
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Justice for Tamils: Debate in the House of Commons
Published Date: 20/03/2013 (Wednesday)
The British MPs took up the matter – “Justice for Tamils” today to debate in the main chamber of the House of Commons giving an opportunity for MPs from all parties to debate. The debate which commenced at 7.02pm was led by Lee Scott Conservative MP for Ilford north and the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on Tamils. Three MPs, Lee Scott (Ilford North, Conservative), Simon Hughes (Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Liberal Democrat) and Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central, Conservative) spoke during the meeting.
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Westminster Hall Debate on Sri Lanka: Khuram Shaikh
Published Date: 20/03/2013 (Wednesday)
Simon Danczuk (Rochdale, Labour) secured this debate today to convey the human tragedy and agony behind the murder of Khuram Shaikh, the UK national in Sri Lanka. Simon Danczuk leading the Westminster Hall Debate on Sri Lanka today, said, the purpose of the debate was to draw attention to how the Sri Lankan justice system has failed to investigate the murder of the British tourist Khuram Shaikh and also to honour his memory. Khuram Shaikh was a well known and a valuable and committed member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
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Russell Tribunal on Palestine calls on International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli crimes
Published Date: 17/03/2013 (Sunday)
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) ends its 4-year examination of third party complicity in Israeli violations of International Law. The Tribunal concludes that it will support all initiatives from civil society and international organisations aimed at bringing Israel in front of the International Criminal Court. It calls for the ICC to recognise Palestinian jurisdiction and for the organisation of a special session of the United Nations General Assembly on Israeli Apartheid.
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Missed out campaign: A Campaign success on International Women’s Day
Published Date: 16/03/2013 (Saturday)
Tamil Information Centre (TIC) is delighted to find that women seeking asylum are no longer missed out of the British Government’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy, and a range of improvements can now be anticipated that will benefit them. The Missed Out campaign that the TIC has been involved has proved successful.
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BOOK REVIEW: Seeds of Destruction: The Diabolical World of Genetic Manipulation By F. William Engdahl
Published Date: 15/03/2013 (Friday)
This skilfully researched book with 341 pages with complete index focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. “Control the food and you control the people.”
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CPA is to take the lead in promoting Citizen Dialogue on the LLRC
Published Date: 15/03/2013 (Friday)
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has taken a lead in monitoring the levels of public awareness of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the implementation of its recommendations. CPA has monitored the proceedings of LLRC and disseminated information to the public through its websites critically analysing shortcomings in the process.
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Australian Tamils joins worldwide protests against Rajapaksa regime
Published Date: 14/03/2013 (Thursday)
Hundreds of Australian Tamils and supporters from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra gathered outside the Australian parliament in Canberra today at 12 noon to protest against the continuing atrocities against the Tamil speaking people and brutal dictatorship of the Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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Students’ protests gain momentum across Tamil Nadu
Published Date: 12/03/2013 (Tuesday)
Student protests demanding justice for war crimes in Sri Lanka gathered momentum across Tamil Nadu on Monday, with class boycotts, fasts and demonstrations being reported from various cities and towns. The protests intensified after eight students of Loyola College here, who were on an indefinite fast since Friday, were taken into police custody in the early hours.
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