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Publication: Oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka - 15-06-1987
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
This paper records the series of events in Sri Lanka since 1948 that have culminated in the present catastrophe. The appendices contain supporting documents and briefly outline the matters set out in the paper. The paper is based on the questions asked and details requested from us during the last two years and by no means encompass the entirety of events in Sri Lanka. Tables, maps and a bibliography are also included. (The first edition was published on 21 June 1985).
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.36
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
Petrol arrives into the |Peninsula via Elephant Pass for the first time after lifting of the fuel embargo by the Government. Government Media reports that two fishing boats were hijacked off the cost of Kalpiyiya by unknown persons, after attacking the ten occupants. Militants suspected. Security forces in patrol boats and aircrafts are making a search.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.35
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
A helicopter gunship circling over Sri pathirakali Amman Temple in Thavadi North opens fire at hundreds of devotees assembled there to participate in the annual "Sithithiraikanji Utsavam". Devotees stampede and run for shelter. Mrs S Navaratnam (45) of Thavaddy North is injured and admitted to Jaffna hospital. It is reported that part of the temple buildings were also damaged.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.34
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
Colombo July 11, That Indo – Lankan relations are at a low ebb. Is well known but it is by no other means a simple relationship of hatred or fear as I learnt when I was detained earlier this week for four-and-a-half hours at the police station at Paddukai, a small town 20 miles from Colombo.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.33
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
Rajiv Gandhi has hesitantly taken one small step to break from the amateurist foreign policy which he had been pursuing over the last two years. Where he came to power, his world view was closer to Morarji Desai's than that of his mother. It was based on a simplistic moral moral approach, namely be nice to others, others will be nice to you. Indra Gandhi was a hard headed politician who could perceive the clash of interests and tailor her response accordingly.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.32
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
Timely intervention by security personnel prevented a shooting at a Minister's Colombo residence yesterday. A reserve police constable annoyed at being pulled up for sleeping on the job by a sub Inspector went for his gun in anger but was brought under control by other security personnel at the residence, official sources said.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.31 -(15.03.1987)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
Several hand grenades of the same type issued to servicemen have been found in the suburbs and in areas close to Army camps during the past few weeks leading to speculation that they may have been pilfered from military establishments or sold by soldiers, police said.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.30 -(01.03.1987)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
Would the time come soon for the people of the country to raise their heads and cry " Oh Lord save us from our Saviours" Not a day seems to pass without either a top ranking politician, some customs or police officers, forest, excise and many other officials that one can think of from various state sectors being involved in big time smuggling, currency rackets, dope dealing, timber felling, poaching ending up in thuggery and even murder in some cases
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.29 -(15.01.1987)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
Spiralling Defence costs have forced the Government to impose a 11% freeze on expenditure by Ministries. The move decided by the Cabinet last Wednesday as an urgent measure, will mean every Ministry will have to save this amount from the monies voted for capital expenditure during the financial year 1987. Consequently some of the activity planned b y the Ministries will be halted, at least temporarily.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.28 -(01.02.1987)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
A hitherto unknown leftist radical group, fighting for secession of the Southern state of Tamil Nadu from India, was behind the blast of a railway bridge, killing 25 train passengers earlier this week, police said today. Tamil Nadu Police- Inspector- General : Rajasekharan said a 28 -.year - old activist belonging to the Tamil Nadu Liberation Army had been arrested and gelignite sticks. of the kind used in the blast' had -bean seized.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.27 -(15.01.1987)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
A foreigner by the name of Goldfarb Eric Ralph spent a night at the Lizzle Villa Guest House, Ella recently. He had left the following morning having settled his dues. Mr. M. D. Rodrigo, the owner of the Guest House, ' when tidying up the room occupied by the' foreigner found a wallet under the pillow on the bed used by the foreigner.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.26 -(01.01.1987)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
As government officials yesterday moved to provide dry rations to nearly 4000 families affected by last week's encounter between Special Task Force commandos and Tiger terrorists, a controversy broke out over the fate of a multi-million dollar prawn culture project. The government run media centre said on Saturday the "sea food" factory had been closed by " terrorist, action" and that Newton, "second in command of LTTE in Batticaloa" was occupying it forcibly.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.25 -(15.12.1986)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
Here is a page I lead news story that appeared in "The Island" Colombo of 25th January 1987. President J.R. Jayewardene responding to Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's claim that Sri Lanka was vacillating in finding a solution to the ethnic issue has quoted the words of the Buddha in an interview with "The Island" New Delhi correspondent S. Venkatanarayan.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.24 -(01.12.1986)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
That was why they have wanted the parents of the captured soldiers, journalists and photographers to be present at their release. Kittu said they had earlier released two policemen unconditionally, also two run-away soldiers who had surrendered to them. They had also sent the bodies of nine soldiers killed in Mannar to the Jaffna Port camp, as a gesture, since they too had suffered casualties and they knew that parents would always want to have the last rites done for their sons killed in action.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.23 -(15.11.1986)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
On October 20th afternoon I left for Jaffna to help secure the release of two army men who were taken prisoner by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the course of the fighting in Mannar the previous week. I had earlier received a telephone call from "Rahim" ( his real name I learned later was Kanagaratnam) promising to release the two soldiers to me in Jaffna.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.22 -(01.11.1986)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
The Sri Lankan navy was alerted last night to the unannounced arrival of a foreign vessel which had anchored off Colombo and maintained strict radio silence for more than 12 hours. Only the funnel of the ship was visible to the port but vessels that passed it on the way reported that it carried the name "Conghul" and was flying a Chinese flag.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.21 -(15.10.1985)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
Police yesterday took into custody a monk and another person in connection with the Galgamuwa bank heist and established the value of cash and jewellery robbed at five million rupees. The robbers stayed at the Panakaduwa temple in Wariyapola a day before the heist, police investigations have established.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.20 -(01.10.1986)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
A solution to the ethnic problem is close at hand. The Muslims will not to be adversely affected by this. but stand to gain from a devolution of power, said Foreign Minister Mr A.C.S Hameed, yesterday at a gathering of Muslim leaders and organisations at the Islamic Centre in Maligawatte. The meeting was presided over by Transport and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister, Mr M H. Mohamed, who also spoke.
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.19 -(15.09.1986)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
The Jaffna Mothers' Front has expressed shock at the unseemly conduct of an Army Officer who had entered the labour room of a hospital in one of the islands off Jaffna, and by arrangement with the doctor in charge, had witnessed the delivery of a child. The Mothers' Front has also condemned the action of the doctor. It was stated that the Officer-in-charge of the Army Camp in the island had jocularly told the medical officer that he would like to see 'how a Tiger cub' is born!
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Publication: Sri Lanka- Situation report - Issue No.18 -(01.09.1986)
Posted Date: 20/04/2013 (Saturday)
More than 125,000 refugees, mostly from the north and east are to be resettled before the setting up of the Provincial Councils, the Ministry of Rehabilitation announced yesterday. The Ministry is also making arrangements for talks with Indian authorities to settle the 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees from Tamilnadu, Secretary Austin Fernando said.
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