Sri Lankan army raids TNPF office in Mullaitivu

Sri Lankan soldiers surrounded, forcibly entered and searched the Tamil National People's Front office in Mullaitivu yesterday, in what the party has described as a “blatant attempt to intimidate us”. Nearly a dozen Sri Lankan army personnel reportedly surrounded the Mullaitivu district office around 11am yesterday morning, before they forcibly entered and searched the premises for “several hours”, according to a t weet sent out by the TNPF on Friday. The Tamil political party added that it was attempting to submit a complaint to the Sri Lankan police, but stated the police were “reluctant to...

Tamil woman from London found dead in Chavakachcheri

A Tamil woman who had returned to the North-East from London was found dead in Chavakachcheri. The body of the 64 year old woman was found in a well at the home of her relative where she had been living. A postmortem examination is being conducted in Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Chavakachcheri police are investigating the incident.

Sri Lanka replaces 'Siva's footprint' board to 'Buddha's footprint'

Photograph: Virakesari The Sri Lankan state has replaced the name board at the mountain known in English as Adam's Peak, from 'Sivanadi Patham' (Siva's footprint) to 'The Sacred Footprint of Gauthama Buddha'. The move has been condemned by Tamils as further evidence of the Buddhisation of Tamil or Hindu historic and cultural references.

3 Sinhala fishermen arrested for torching Tamil boats in Mullaitivu

Three Sinhala fishermen were arrested yesterday over the torching of Tamil fishermen's boats and huts in Mullaitivu on Monday, which destroyed hundreds of thousands of rupees worth of fishing equipment. Locals believe the arson attacks to be reprisal attacks for a week long protest by Tamil fishermen against government and police inaction over illegal fishing by Sinhala fishermen. The arrested men, who are understood to be residing in Trincomalee, had travelled to Mullaitivu, where they are accused of engaging in prohibited fishing methods.

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

Sri Lankan military intelligence officers harassed Jaffna Municipal Council workers who were putting up a barrier around the Thileepan memorial in Nallur, Jaffna on Tuesday. The plain clothes military intelligence officers threatened the workers that they could be detained in future, forcing the workers to stop work and return to the Municipal Council office out of fear. They refused to go back. The council was forced to hire private workers to complete the barrier.

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 Bharathipuram in Kilinochchi, was reportedly pronounced dead at the site of the collision, at the 155th 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, Sri Lankan news sites reported. 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 .