Sinhalese settlers leave Nayaru after tensions boil over

Sinhalese settlers in Nayaru, Mullaitivu left the area on Thursday with a heavy police escort, after tensions in the area over ongoing disputes about their illegal fishing activities boiled over this week.

Sri Lanka military intelligence harass workers fencing Thileepan memorial

Military intelligence officers harassed Jaffna Municipal council workers who were putting up a fence around the Thileepan memorial in Nallur, Jaffna on Tuesday. The workers were harassed by plain clothes military intelligence officers who made insinuations such as that the workers could be detained in the future. The workers stopped the work and returned to the municipal council officer out of fear, refusing to go back to the site. The council was forced to hire private workers to complete the fencing.

Emirates suspends 2 flights between Singapore and Colombo

Emirates airlines announced this week that it would be suspending two flights operating between Singapore and Colombo from October. Flights EK348 and EK349 would cease service from October 28. “Passengers with flights originating from Dubai or Singapore with a layover in Colombo will be rebooked on to alternative flights and notified accordingly. Customers booked only on the affected flights between Singapore and Colombo should contact the travel company where their original booking was made for assistance,” the Emirates spokesperson said. “Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused by...

Sri Lankan military truck kills Tamil man in Kilinochchi

A Sri Lankan military truck hit and killed a Tamil man riding his motorcycle in Kilinochchi on Wednesday. The man, identified as a 51-year-old resident of Bharathapuram in Kilinochchi, was reportedly pronounced dead at the site of the collision, at the 115th milestone. Sri Lankan police are reportedly investigating the incident. Sri Lankan military vehicles have frequently caused accidents in the North-East, leading to the deaths of several Tamils in the region. Warning – some readers may find the photograph below distressing and discretion is advised before viewing. ----- Photograph:...

Sri Lanka's navy chief gave Rs 500,000 to help former commander evade arrest

Sri Lanka's navy chief, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne gave Rs 500,000 in cash to help the former navy lieutenant commander, wanted over the abduction and murder of 11 Tamil youths, escape arrest last year, the Colombo magistrate was told Wednesday. “There is incriminating evidence against Admiral Wijegunaratne’s role in allowing the accused to evade arrest,” the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) was quoted by local papers as saying to the magistrate. Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne has instructed the bank of Ceylon to release records of the the navy's account from...

Mother and child found dead in well in Vavuniya

A mother and her 4-year-old son have been found dead inside a well in Vavuniya this morning, according to the latest reports. The deceased were identified as Mayuran Rajini and her child Mayuran Saswin. Sri Lankan police are reported to be currently conducting investigations into the deaths. See more from the Daily Mirror here and Colombo Gazette here .

Tamil protestors demand Sri Lankan military release land in Amparai

Tamil villagers in Amparai staged a protest this week, demanding resettlement in their land which is currently being occupied by the Sri Lankan military.

Former SL navy lieutenant commander remanded until Aug 29

Sri Lanka's former navy lieutenant commander, Prasad Chandana Hettiarachchi, alias 'Navy Sampath' has been remanded in custody until August 29, the Daily Mirror reports. Lieutenant Commander Hettiarachchi was arrested this week over the abduction and murdering of 11 Tamil youths from 2008 to 2009. He had been evading authorities ever since he was released on bail earlier this year. He was reportedly arrested at Lotus Road in Colombo with a false identity card. A former Naval Media Spokesperson and five others including three naval officers have been arrested over the murders so far.

Indian envoy in Jaffna opens eight school buildings in Northern Province

India's Consul General in Jaffna opened eight new school buildings across the Northern Province last week.

Deputy Minister says Tamils should return to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s deputy minister of national integration, reconciliation and official languages has claimed that Tamils who fled the island should return as peace now prevailed. Speaking at an alumni meet in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, Deputy Minister Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana said that the Sri Lankan government was taking steps to facilitate those who want to return to Sri Lanka, especially Tamils who want to return to the North-East, but claimed some Tamils were hesitant as they were ‘settled down with families’ in other countries. The Deputy Minister also claimed that the Sri Lankan government was taking...