Monthly Archives: August 2014

UN chief expresses concerns over “Buddhist extremism

UN chief expresses concerns over “Buddhist extremism

“In both Myanmar and Sri Lanka, I am concerned that Buddhist communities are being swept up by a rising tide of extremist sentiment against other groups,” United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon said on Friday. He said that in Myanmar, it “is critical to resolve …

Police block protestors in Vavuniya

Police block protestors in Vavuniya

Relatives of disappeared from across the Northeast attended an event at Vavuniya Urban Council, before a protest march towards the Government Agent offices at Vavuniya Kachcheri but police stopped the protestors from proceeding, saying that they did not have permission, sources at the scene told …

Is LTTE trying to regroup in Australia?

Is LTTE trying to regroup in Australia?

Is the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ran out of steam in 2009 following the killing of its founder Velupillai Prabhakaran by Sri Lankan armed forces, trying to regroup itself in Australia? The arrest of four human traffickers while trying to transport six …

US gives $517,000 to fund Poonakari hospital

US gives $517,000 to fund Poonakari hospital

As part of a United States government program to support the Northern Provincial Council’s work to expand medical services in the former conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, the U.S. has supported the construction of Poonakary Divisional Hospital In Kilinochchi district at a cost …

Tamil Nadu demands for release of fishing boats

Tamil Nadu demands for release of fishing boats

The Tamil Nadu government has reiterated its demand for immediate release of 62 fishing boats seized by Sri Lanka. The State has articulated this stand in a written response to Raja Sekhar Vundru, Joint Secretary (Fisheries) of the Union government and chairperson of the India-Sri …

Dam-hit Sri Lankans to get their own ‘Bridge on River Kwai’

Dam-hit Sri Lankans to get their own ‘Bridge on River Kwai’

Now, 57 years after it was blown to smithereens, authorities in Sri Lanka plan to rebuild the Bridge on the River Kwai to assuage the anger among locals over a controversial dam project. While the World War II epic was supposedly set in Japanese-held Burma …

Unearthed ammunition carry LTTE symbol

Unearthed ammunition carry LTTE symbol

Hand-grenades and land mines, unearthed from Pacha Talamalai reserve forest near Puliyur in Mettur taluk on Tuesday night, belong to the LTTE, said Salem police, as the hand-grenades were found to be imprinted with LTTE logo. “We have seized more than 100 hand-grenades and landmines,” …

UK issues Country Information and Guidance Report On Tamil Separatism

UK issues Country Information and Guidance Report On Tamil Separatism

The UK Home Office issued a new asylum country guidance report on ‘Tamil Separatism’ on Thursday, 28 August 2014, drawing on several reports detailing human rights violations by Sri Lanka against Tamil separatists and people that are perceived to be vulnerable. This document provides guidance to …

BJP’s Tamil Nadu strategy

BJP’s Tamil Nadu strategy

As the NDA government at the Centre settles in to its third month at the helm, the BJP in Tamil Nadu is gearing up to try and gain an edge ahead of the 2016 Assembly polls. In its latest ploy to overcome the Dravidian parties …

Satellite survey of Jaffna carried out

Satellite survey of Jaffna carried out

Images released by the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the request of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice a UK based NGO at Grayston House, Charles Square, London show the Valikamam High …