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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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India’s LTTE Ban Renewal: Politics of Security
Published Date: 24/07/2012 (Tuesday)
The Government of India (GoI) has extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for two more years. LTTE was first banned in 1991 in the aftermath of the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. According to the Home Ministry of India, "LTTE continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture as also continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals, it is necessary to declare LTTE as an 'unlawful association' with immediate effect."
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Economic Success or Successful Gilmart?
Published Date: 24/07/2012 (Tuesday)
The Central Bank has reported economic growth at 8.3%, inflation at 6.7%, an unemployment rate of 4.2% and a per-capita income of US $ 2849 in 2011, a sharp increase from $ 2400 in 2010 – a success story which we should be proud of. This means the income of the average household in Sri Lanka which is 4 persons according to the Central Bank report has risen by Rs 14,035 per month between 2010 and 2011 - something which is difficult to imagine. This average income is obtained by dividing the national income by the population.
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Free Omar Khadr from Guantánamo: Senator Roméo Dallaire’s Campaign
Published Date: 15/07/2012 (Sunday)
Omar Khadr is the only child soldier ever prosecuted, and Guantanamo's last western prisoner. In 2010, Omar entered into a plea deal with the Canadian and American governments in exchange for a promise that he could return home to Canada to finish his sentence. The U.S. has already signed off on his return, yet the Canadian Government has refused to follow through on its end of the deal. All the while Khadr sits in solitary confinement in Guantanamo Bay.
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Sri Lanka, Indian navies hold maritime boundary talks
Published Date: 07/07/2012 (Saturday)
India and Sri Lanka discussed maritime matters, including the issue of fishermen straying in each other’s territorial waters, as they held a crucial annual meeting aimed at strengthening naval relationship. The 21st International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting between Sri Lanka and India was held onboard the Sri Lanka Naval Ship Sagara at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai yesterday, Lankan Navy said today.
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Tamil Refugee killed in gang violence
Published Date: 25/06/2012 (Monday)
Nimalaraja, a Tamil refugee who has fled persecution in Sri Lanka and moved to the UK after gaining asylum in Germany in 1993, has died following a confrontation with a group of teenagers in the east Midlands town of Leicester. The local police have appealed for witnesses after launching a murder investigation into the death of Ponnuthurai Nimalaraja, 41, who died a week after he was found with serious head injuries sustained during the confrontation on June 9.
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"One Mullivaikkal is enough. Don't try to get 100 more” – Sri Lanka Government Minister warns Tamils
Published Date: 18/06/2012 (Monday)
Expressing anger over the remarks of the TNA leader R Sampanthan , the Sri Lankan Power and Energy minister Champika Ranawaka from the JHU cautioned the island's Tamil population saying , "we appeal to the Tamil people not to go behind this kind of people and end up in getting 100 more Mullivaikkals". The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) is a right wing constituent party of the ruling coalition, led by Buddhist monks
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UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera calls Defence Minister to resign
Published Date: 17/06/2012 (Sunday)
Referring to the shooting at the JVP meeting on 15 June in Katuwana in Hambantota District, opposition MP Mangala Samaraweera and Convenor of UNP Media Committee, has called on the Defence Minister to resign. “As with all other extra judicial killings, abductions, involuntary disappearances and killing of protesters, we don't have any reason to believe, there will be independent investigations and a proper judicial process initiated, in this double murder. Such is the efficiency of this Secretary to the Defence Ministry, who brags that crime in Sri Lanka has not increased as opposition politicians claim”, said the MP.
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Krishna, a Tamil Canadian awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Published Date: 16/06/2012 (Saturday)
Krishna Saravanamuttu, a 26 old Tamil Canadian and spokesperson for the National Council of Canadian Tamils, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work with Canada’s student movement and as an advocate for human rights and justice for Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka. Krishna has been working with several organisations in Canada, including the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Peace Alliance and the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War.
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JVP blames the government for Katuwana Shooting
Published Date: 16/06/2012 (Saturday)
Two people, 17 year old Nimantha Heshantha and 50 year old Edirimannage Malani were killed and few others injured when an armed gang who had arrived on motorbikes had sprayed bullets at a JVP meeting in Katuwana at around 7 p.m. on Friday (15 June) evening. Injured were admitted to Embilipitiya Hospital. The attack also caused damage to several motorbikes, two Auto-rickshaws and a DIMO lorry, parked nearby.
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Sri Lanka signs $4 billion deal to construct port related industrial complex
Published Date: 15/06/2012 (Friday)
The Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka has this week signed a US$4 billion deal with Sri Lanka Gateway Industries (Private) Ltd. to construct a port related industrial zone for heavy industries in the country’s north eastern Trincomalee District. Sri Lanka Gateway Industries, a foreign invested project company, will build a deep water jetty, a bulk commodities terminal with stockpiling and blending capabilities, and a power generation plant, the country’s state investment promotion agency said in a statement.
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Sri Lanka violates United Nations Convention on Discrimination against Women
Published Date: 14/06/2012 (Thursday)
The European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), a European Human Rights Watchdog has announced that it has contacted three Special Rapporteurs as well as a Working Group of the United Nations raising its concerns over the status of women in Sri Lanka. It has called on them to conduct further investigations into the plight of women and girls in the northern and eastern Sri Lanka and to remind the country of its international obligations.
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Iran assures maximum support to Sri Lanka to achieve the country’s development targets
Published Date: 13/06/2012 (Wednesday)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed several MOUs to provide financial assistance to a number of development projects in Sri Lanka including the Uma Oya project and assistance to Sapugaskanda Oil refinery were put on hold after US embargo on Iran imposed in December 2011. The MOUs were the outcome of the meetings that Iran’s Minister of Economy and Finance Sayed Shamsedin Hosseini and Sri Lanka’s Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, had on the sideline of meetings of the International Monetary Fund and Work Bank in Washington on 20th April.
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Buddha at the crossroads
Published Date: 10/06/2012 (Sunday)
What explains the large number of Buddha statues in and around Thiyaganur, a nondescript Tamil Nadu village? We may never know, says A. SRIVATHSAN, after taking in some unusual forms of the Shakya Muni. In most ways, Thiyaganur is a typical village in Tamil Nadu. Matchbox houses with gleaming white walls and red earth tiles, fields with irregular patterns, a provisional store that sells garishly coloured beverages, and the occasional bus chugging through. The lime-washed temple, in this village 80 km north-west of Tiruchi, has a familiar air about it too. Until one gets closer.
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"Indo – Sri Lanka Buddhist Network" formed by pro-active Indian and Sri Lankan Buddhists
Published Date: 06/06/2012 (Wednesday)
A group of pro-active Indian and Sri Lankan Buddhists drawn from leading Buddhist organizations had a series of discussions on the sidelines of the World Buddhist Assembly gathering in Bangkok, Thailand (May 21 – 25, 2012) and decided to establish an ‘Indo – Sri Lanka Buddhist Network’ to pursue a number of preliminary aims and objectives that are beneficial to the cause of consolidating and spreading Buddhism in both countries and other parts of the world. It is anticipated that a more substantial organization would emerge with the passage of time from these interactions.
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Arrests of Sri Lankan Tamils in Kollam
Published Date: 06/06/2012 (Wednesday)
Twenty-one of the 151 Sri Lankan Tamils taken into custody by the Kollam police on Sunday night were arrested on Tuesday for violating the Foreigners Act. They were produced before the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court-2 here and remanded for 14 days.Sindhuja and Muthumalar, two women among the arrested, were lodged in the Kottarakara sub-jail. Their three children, all infants, were lodged with them in the same jail; three other minors, children of some of the arrested, were sent to the juvenile home here. The 19 were sent to the district jail.
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