Sri Lanka bourse rises as foreigners sell heavily - Reuters

Sri Lanka’s stock market index rose to a seven-week high Friday, even as foreign investors sold heavily, Reuters reported . Foreign selling accounted for 88.7 percent of the day's 5.04 billion rupees ($38.58 million) turnover, well above this year's daily average of 1.01 billion rupees. The bourse saw a net foreign outflow of 4.08 billion rupees worth of shares extending the net foreign selling so far this year to 9.6 billion rupees, Reuters reported. The top conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc, which ended flat, saw a net foreign selling of 16.94 million shares. Analysts told Reuters...

Over 400 Tamil individuals included in Sri Lanka's proscription list

Further details of an order, made earlier this week, proscribing several diaspora entities have emerged placing over 400 Tamil individuals, mostly within the diaspora, under proscription. See the full list of proscribed organisations and individuals here . Sri Lanka’s blanket proscription of Tamil diaspora organisations and individuals has received wide-ranging criticism and condemnation. See related articles: Diaspora orgs proscription should not be used to stifle free speech and legitimate criticism, UK tells Sri Lanka (02 April 2014) Diaspora groups reject SL ban, vow to continue struggle...

NPC members receive anonymous phone threats

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) President, CVK Sivagnanam, outlined today that members of the NPC were receiving anonymous phone threats. Sivagnanam told the Uthayan that several NPC members had complained to him about the threats were advised to make formal complaints with the local police.

Flyers appear in Jaffna targetting Ananthy Sasitharan's husband

Flyers targetting the husband of the TNA Northern Provincial Councillor Ananthy Sasitharan, have appeared across the Jaffna district this week, reports Uthayan . Carrying a list of war crimes, the flyer alleged that Ms. Sasitharan's husband, Ezhilan was responsible. The flyers appear amidst a series of recent threats and accusations made by the Sri Lankan government at Ms. Sasitharan, who played a prominent role in calling for an international investigation at the UN Human Rights Council last month.

Former female cadres summoned by Sri Lankan military - Vavuniya

12:07 BST Former Tamil female cadres were rounded up for a meeting in Vavuniya by Sri Lankan military personnel on Thursday morning and later released, local sources told Tamil Guardian within the last hour. Armed military personnel arrived at their houses on Thursday morning and instructed them to come outside before taking them away without providing any explanation, said one of the woman, who was anxious to remain anonymous fearing reprisal. The group of former cadres were taken by the military to an unknown location where they were given food before being taken back to their homes. “There is no safety for us here," she said.

Protest against illegal businesses in Jaffna

16:40 BST Pictures: Tamil Guardian Dozens of leading Tamil business owners and their supporters protested this morning against the increasing number of illegal businesses, set up by people from southern Sri Lanka. Demonstrators said that business people from the south are flooding the local market with cheap goods without the necessary legal permissions, putting Tamils at an economic disadvantage.

Protect Sri Lankan heritage and culture – Mahinda

Sri Lanka’s president said earlier today that certain countries are not pleased with Sri Lanka’s independent rise. Speaking at a Buddhist ceremony in Anuradhapura, Mahinda Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka needs to accept the difficult challenge of protecting their heritage and culture.

Further 'wanted' posters of alleged LTTE cadre appear

More posters have appeared across Jaffna and the South, featuring photographs of those accused by the Sri Lankan military of being LTTE cadre, reported Uthayan . The posters, offering 10 Lakh Rupees to those who give information on the alleged suspects, include a photograph of a man named by the military as 'Gopi'. Photograph Uthayan

SL military collects details of families in Jaffna

The Sri Lankan military has been collecting details of families in the Jaffna district this week, sparking fear amongst locals, reported Uthayan . Using a form with 42 questions since Tuesday, military personnel have already collected details of Tamils in Sangaanai, Siththangeni and Vaddukoddai.

ICG, CPA criticise proscription of diaspora groups

Criticising the Sri Lankan government's proscription of 15 Tamil diaspora organisations earlier this week, the Sri Lanka project director at the International Crisis Group (ICG), Alan Keenan and the Executive Director of the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, said it was designed to prevent the outflow of information on alleged mass atrocities through diaspora networks to the OHCHR, recently charged with conducting an investigation into Sri Lanka. Speaking to UCA News, Mr. Keenan said, “The ban is a very serious and negative development, effectively criminalising legitimate democratic dissent within Sri Lanka and making it harder to challenge government policies from outside the island,” “It appears designed in part to punish those Tamils inside and outside Sri Lanka who organized in support of the UNHRC resolution."