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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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India and US ready to train Sri Lanka military
Published Date: 05/06/2012 (Tuesday)
India and US announced today that they were ready to assist Sri Lanka in all aspects of their multifaceted bilateral partnership for attaining sustainable peace. The announcement came out of the bilateral meeting the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had with General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the American Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Indian Defence Minister A.K. Anthony. The meetings took place on the margins of the prominent Shangri-La Dialogue which ended on 3 June in Singapore.
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The Sri-Lanka-China Relationship: A Print Media Analysis
Published Date: 04/06/2012 (Monday)
Institute of Peace and & Conflict studies Researcher Priyakala Manoharan says China’s deepening relationship with Sri Lanka is becoming increasingly conspicuous as the emerging super power extends relations beyond its sphere of influence. Her research paper entitled “The Sri-Lanka-China Relationship: A Print Media Analysis”, conveys the Sri Lankan perceptions of the unconditional and timely help of China for Sri Lanka’s overall development. Some of prominent Sri Lankan newspapers have been referred to gauge the general Sri Lankan outlook. The relevant questions in this context are the factors driving Sri Lanka towards China and whether China’s unlimited help to Sri Lanka is with or without strings attached.
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Law as a tool for world peace and security
Published Date: 04/06/2012 (Monday)
ICC prosecutor Mrs Bensouda, Bensouda speaking on Power Day at the OpenForum declared, I would like to introduce the idea of a new paradigm in international relations, which was introduced by the work of the drafters of the Rome Statute and the establishment of the International Criminal Court: this idea is that of law as a global tool to contribute to the world’s peace and security.
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Sri Lanka and Thailand to sign MOU for Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters
Published Date: 29/05/2012 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan President arrived in Bangkok for a four-day official visit from 29 May – 2 June, as a guest of the royal Thai Government. It was reported that President Rajapakse is scheduled to have a royal audience with Princes Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on May 30 at the Srpathum Palace and will be meeting the Thai Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra on the same day, where the two leaders will share views on bilateral relations and multilateral issues.
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TIC condemns the massacre of women and children in Houla
Published Date: 28/05/2012 (Monday)
The Tamil Information Centre deplores and condemns in the strongest terms the massacre of women and children in Houla, an incident that resembles the deadliest days of the Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. The mass killings of over 100 people in Houla on Sunday, 27 May — one of the deadliest single events in the 15-month-old uprising - brought widespread international criticism of the regime of President Bashar al Assad. However, Syria’s strong ally, Russia, said both the government and the rebels were to blame.
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Royal Borough of Kingston: School 'abduction attempts' not linked say police
Published Date: 25/05/2012 (Friday)
In the last week there have been three or four attempts in the Kingston, Tolworth and Worcester Park areas to abduct children from schools and parks, by an unidentified man and woman. David Lindsell writing in Surrey Commet say, according to police the two alleged abductions at schools are unlikely to be linked. Kingston police had believed that incidents at Knollmead Primary School, Tolworth, and Grand Avenue Primary School, Surbiton, may be connected.
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New chief prosecutor defends International Criminal Court (ICC)
Published Date: 23/05/2012 (Wednesday)
The international criminal court's new chief prosecutor launched an aggressive defence of the institution, rejecting the view that it is "a pro-western, anti-African court". Fatou Bensouda, from Gambia, will next month replace Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who has been accused of applying "selective justice" to Africa. The decade-old court has sought justice for millions of victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, the Central African Republic, Darfur in Sudan, Kenya, Libya and Ivory Coast, Bensouda said on Wednesday.
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Indian Rajya Sabha MP Ram Vilas Paswan calls for referendum in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 20/05/2012 (Sunday)
Strongly supporting the creation of an independent, sovereign state of Tamil Eelam in the island of Sri Lanka, Member of Parliament and president of the Lok Janshakthi Party, Ram Vilas Paswan, called upon the international community to ensure that a referendum is conducted to determine the political aspiration of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka.
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President Rajapakse says ‘ NO’ for troops withdrawal from north
Published Date: 19/05/2012 (Saturday)
President Mahinda Rajapakse today rejected international calls to withdraw troops from the former warzones. "Some are shouting remove military camps from the north and east," Rajapaksa said at a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of crushing of the Tamil Tigers, claiming "the LTTE diaspora had not given up their separatist ideas."
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Tamil Information Centre: Take a stand against capital punishment worldwide
Published Date: 18/05/2012 (Friday)
Capital punishment is a big problem for the human society . The major problem with capital punishment is that it is final: once it is carried out it cannot be undone. There are very few cases when we can be 100% sure that someone is indeed the killer. Killings rarely have eye witnesses, and even where there are eye witnesses, people do make mistakes and identify the wrong people as the perpetrators of crimes when that is not so. Since capital punishment cannot be undone in the event that it is discovered, after the execution of the accused, that in fact the accused person is the wrong person, it must be stopped worldwide. Many people on death row have been cleared by DNA. The question is how many are dead and did not commit the offense for which they were sentenced to death.
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Queen's speech reveals plans for “secret courts”
Published Date: 09/05/2012 (Wednesday)
In the Queen’s Speech, a new bill was proposed, the “Justice and Security Bill”, following a green paper and consultation over the past six months. The proposals contained in the green paper faced a huge amount of criticism and thus the government has decided to bypass what is usually the next step of the procedure of introducing a new law – a preparatory white paper - by presenting it as a bill to parliament. The proposals in the bill will allow secret trials to be held and would prevent the intelligence services and ministers from being investigated openly for their involvement in torture and other crimes against humanity.
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Sampanthan should not go in the history as another Tamil leader failed to reach the south – DPF leader Mano Ganesan
Published Date: 06/05/2012 (Sunday)
In a press release issued the Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganeshan said TNA leader Sampanthan had shown his political will for an undivided Sri Lanka by holding the national flag in Jaffna which he cited as the cultural capital of Tamils. Mr. Ganeshan said Mr. Sampanthan had spoken about his Sri Lankan identity and dream.
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Smugglers Devastate Gulf of Mannar Marine Reserve
Published Date: 02/05/2012 (Wednesday)
Forest officials of the Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve abutting the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka have reported depleting numbers of marine wildlife, as smugglers exploiting lax conservation laws in the region tank up on protected species used in traditional Chinese medicines and fine dining.
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South Korea offers financial aid to Sri Lanka till 2015
Published Date: 29/04/2012 (Sunday)
"The government of South Korea will provide loans through the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) aggregating commitments amount to 200 million U.S. dollars for the years 2013 to 2015," Deputy Economic Development Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said. Abeywardana said, a new Framework Arrangement for the period 2013-2015 as an amendment to the agreement already signed in July 2010 between South Korea and Sri Lanka would be signed during President Mahinda Rajapaksa's official visit from April 23 to 27.
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Sri Lankan refugee returns drops in first quarter 2012
Published Date: 27/04/2012 (Friday)
In a press release issued by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency said, the number of refugees and asylum seekers returning to Sri Lanka has fallen in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the previous year, according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The UN refugee agency began repatriating Sri Lankan refugees from southern India by ferry on 11 October 2012.
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The Climate Change International Conference launching the “Impacts of Climate Change on the Environment"
Published Date: 08/04/2012 (Sunday)
The Climate Change International is launching its 2012(CCIC12) conference from 8th - 12th June 2012 at the London Eco Hotel, 26 Brook St, London, W1K 5DQ, United Kingdom. Global warming is now universally recognized as a significant global environmental challenge and as a consequence, debate over the measures needed to tackle climate change has moved up to the top of the agenda amongst civil society, business and government. The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP17 2011 in Durban, South Africa highlighted the major challenges and opportunities associated with climate change as we move towards post 2012 carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction targets.
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