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Sri Lanka arrests 53 Indian fishermen

Colombo, March 14: The Sri Lankan Navy Thursday said it had arrested 53 Indian fishermen who entered Sri Lankan waters illegally. Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya told Xinhua that the Indians were arrested at two separate locations. Wednesday evening 19 were caught off the northern seas of Mannar while Thursday morning another 34 Indians were arrested off Delft islands, also in the north. Warnakulasuriya... 

Backed by 14 lakh Indians, Amnesty seeks Sri Lanka probe

New Delhi, March 8: Amnesty International Friday gave a petition to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed by 14 lakh Indians seeking an independent probe into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka. Amnesty India chief executive G Ananthapadmanabhan handed over the petition to V. Narayanasamy, the minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office. “This petition represents the voices of... 

Weli Oya.. Sinhalicised division formalised in Mullaiththeevu district

A newly created division, Sinhalicised in demograhpy and acquired a name ‘Weli Oya’ changed from the Tamil name Ma’nal-aa’ru, has been formalised with a divisional secretariat of the civil administrative structure of occupying Sri Lanka in the Mullaith-theevu district of the country of Eezham Tamils. This is an explicit move of colonisation and structural genocide aiming for the annihilation... 

Nam Theasam, A Tamil bi-monthly launched in Jaffna!

Jaffna, Aug 7: Nam Theasam (நம் தேசம்), a new Tamil bi-monthly has been launched on Sunday at Jaffna. The Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam launched this as their party paper named Nam Theasam (Our Nation) at the office. University Student representatives, civil society representatives, journalists, and representatives of the newspapers published... 

Vaiko urges world leaders to condemn Colombo’s desecration of Parvathi Amma

Chennai, Feb. 24: Vaiko, the genral secretary of MDMK, on Wednesday condemned Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Sri Lanka for having carried out a “barbaric act” allegedly by letting his troops to desecrate the ashes of the late Parvathi Amma, the mother of LTTE leader V. Pirapaharan. Vaiko urged the world leaders to condemn the act. The MDMK... 

Jaffna mourns Parvathi Amma amidst SLA harassment

Jaffna: The people of Jaffna have flown black flags on Sunday, mourning the demise of 80-year-old Parvathi Amma (Vallipuram Parvathi), the mother of LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan. Community organisations have flown their flags at half post amid harassments by the occupying Sri Lankan forces. The funeral of late Parvathi Amma is to take place at Valveddiththu’rai (VVT) Hindu Cremation Grounds... 

Flood displaces 100,000 in Vanni, 25,000 in camps

VANNI, Feb.6: At least 100,000 Tamil civilians of around twenty five thousand families have been affected by the flood in the two districts of Vavuniyaa and Mullaiththeevu in Vanni. Sand bunds erected by the Sri Lanka Army are obstructing the flow of water reaching the sea. Hence the villages are flooded. The uprooted families are still not allowed to resettle between Mullaiththeevu and Puthukkudiyiruppu.... 

Offices of anti-govt website in Sri Lanka set on fire

COLOMBO: A group of men broke into the offices of a website critical of Sri Lanka’s government and set fire to it Monday, a journalist from the publication said, adding that he suspected a government role in the attack. Bennett Rupasinghe, news editor of LankaeNews.com, said the fire destroyed everything in the offices. He said the attackers could have been sent by the government as punishment... 

Rajapaksa sued in US Courts over war-crimes

WASHINGTON D.C: Three Tamil plaintiffs whose relatives were killed in three different incidents, all considered to be war-crimes, filed a civil case in the District Court of District of Columbia against Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday at around 4:00 p.m, the attorney for the plaintiffs and former Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the US, Mr Bruce Fein, said in a release sent... 

Tamil applicants discriminated in civil service: Inter-religious group in Ampaarai

Ampaarai: Only one of 29 new recruits appointed to Tamil-speaking divisional secretariats was a Tamil person from the region, complained Ampaa’rai District Inter-Religious Federation in a statement issued this week warning ethnic discrimination in government appointments in Ampaa’rai. The group warned that appointing Sinhalese to fill the vacancies in government departments and offices...