Sell out Sam

The leader of the TNA, R Sampanthan, categorically disassociating himself and the TNA from the LTTE on Tuesday, criticised the Sri Lankan government for being the LTTE leader's "buddy", weeks after the party won an election with Velupillai Prabhakaran's photograph on the front cover of its election pamphlet . Speaking in Sri Lanka's parliament, Sampanthan said : "I heard many people talk about the TNA today. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to deal with all that. But, you have much more to do with the LTTE than me. I do not know who KP is. I have not seen him. But, he is your buddy...

UN Special Rapporteur on IDPs visits Mullaitheevu

Photograph Tamilwin The UN Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons, Dr. Chaloka Beyani, visited Mullaitheevu on Wednesday, meeting with Tamils and the Deputy Speaker of the Northern Province, S. Jekanathan. Pointing out that thousands of Tamil youth were handed over to the Sri Lankan army on the 17th, 18th and 19th May 2009, Mr. Jekanathan told Dr Beyani that they had not been seen since and meanwhile the Sri Lankan government was handing out death certificates to their families.

China largest foreign investor in Sri Lanka

China now supplies the largest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Sri Lanka, accounting for 24% of the total inflow of $1.2bn, reported Xinhua . Hong Kong invested 12% and Singapore 10% of the total FDI, with the Netherlands and Malaysia making up the rest of the top 5. "We are very satisfied with the FDI progress this year. Last year FDI was 1.2 billion US dollars. We have already matched this amount and are confident of exceeding it by December. This year FDI created 10,000 additional jobs in Sri Lanka," Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene told media in Colombo...

Sri Lankan forces responsible for massacre, no prospect of justice - ACF

Action Contre la Faim (ACF) has concluded that Sri Lanka's security forces were most likely responsible for the massacre of 17 of its Tamil aid workers, and that justice will not be reached internally due to interference and cover-ups by top Sri Lankan authorities. The French NGO has released a report on its findings investigating “the truth about the assassination of 17 aid workers” on 4th August 2006 in Muttur, Trincomalee. The 17 workers were lined up and summarily executed on the ACF’s premises, in a massacre which is described in the report’s executive summary as “one of the most...

Northern Province Chief Minister calls for international action to stop colonisation of the North-East

The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, called Monday for the international action against the Sri Lankan government’s program of settling Sinhalese families on Tamil-owned land forcibly appropriated by the military. “ This cannot be stopped by us alone, and the international community must take action. Only if the international community acts will our situation change ,” Wigneswaran said. He was speaking to reporters after meeting with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons, Dr. Chaloka Beyani, in Jaffna. Four years after the armed...

Saudi Arabia calls for investigation into diplomat's death

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Sri Lanka, Abdulaziz Abdul Rahman Al-Jammaz has called for a 'full-scale' investigation into the death of a Saudi diplomat in Colombo on Sunday, reports Arab News . The call comes despite Sri Lankan police stating the diplomat had suffered a heart attack. The diplomat, thiry-two year old Hussain Al-Heej was found dead in a swimming pool at the Adamaly Place complex in the Colombo 4 area. He had been attached to the Saudi mission in Colombo for over two years.

Body of disappeared found hanging behind temple

The body of a recently disappeared student, was found hanging from a tree behind Kavaththiri temple in Thirukkovil, Mandani, on Sunday, reported Tamilwin. Relatives of the 19 year old student, Inthiran Ramesh, had been searching for him since the 26th of November, after he failed to return home that evening. A post-mortem of the body, to determine the exact nature of the student’s death, has been ordered by the local magistrate court judge, Justice J.N Riswan.

Manmohan Singh visiting Jaffna is 'unacceptable' - UNP

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP), speaking in parliament today, condemned the Indian premier, Manmohan Singh's potential visit to Jaffna, as "unacceptable". A senior leader of the UNP, John Amaratunga, was incredulous as to how such a visit would be allowed, without an invitation from Sri Lanka's president and warned it was an attempt to separate the country. Amaratunga said , “This should not be allowed to happen. How could the Indian Prime minister be allowed to visit the country without an invitation from President Mahinda Rajapaksa?” “We are concerned if...

SL foreign policy has failed, focus should be on West – UNP

UNP MP and former foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera has lamented Sri Lanka's foreign policy, arguing that it should focus on western countries, rather than Africa. “External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris recently said Sri Lanka didn’t need the assistance of Western countries and soon after the Government began focusing its attention on African countries. The minister also said the Government would establish diplomatic relations with 15 selected African countries, “If our foreign policy was healthy and doing well, the turnout at the CHOGM would have not been so low. I think Minister Peiris...

Jaffna Uni students protest at continuing closure

Photographs Tamilwin Students at the University of Jaffna protested today over the on-going closure of the university by Colombo, reports Tamilwin . Global Tamil News Unlike other universities across the island, which recommenced following vacation period on November 18th, teaching remains suspended at Jaffna University with a further vacation have been granted until December 1st.