Trichy protests causes cancellation of SL student event

An event, part of a cultural exchange programme of Kalai Kaviri College in Trichy, has been cancelled after protestors demanded that the Sri Lankan participants be sent back. 54 students and 10 teachers from Sri Lanka came to participate in a programme on Thursday, but were told by college administrators to return to Sri Lanka as the programme had been cancelled. Members of Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam protested outside the premises, shouting slogans against the Sri Lankan state and Mahinda Rajapakse. The Times of India reported that the Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr Gandhi “blasted” the...

Mahinda Rajapakse championing non-violence… against livestock

The annual animal sacrifice for the feast of Sri Bhadra Kali Amman in Munneswaram has been cancelled on the request of President Mahinda Rajapakse. The ritual which involves the sacrifice of hundreds of goats and fowl has sparked rows between the areas Hindu Tamils and Buddhists. Apparently oblivious to the state's attitude towards religions other than Buddhism, the temple's Chief Priest had actually requested the President's protection for the feast to go ahead. But the president ignored the request and instead asked for the ceremony to be halted, as the sacred Buddhist Kapilavastu relics...

21,000 police deployed for upcoming elections

A spokesperson from the Sri Lankan Police has stated that 21,000 officers would be deployed during the upcoming elections, as the state looks to step up the presence of security forces. SSP Ajith Rohana stated that amongst those deployed would be 123 Superintendents and Assistant Superintendants, 1,407 Chief Inspectors, Inspectors and Sub Inspectors including 68 women, 5,340 Police Sergeants, 12,886 Police Constables and a further 1,427 women Police Constables. The announcement comes after the army also said earlier this month, that they would be intensifying their operations in the Eastern...

When one war criminal met another

Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa recently made a trip to Sudan and met his counterpart, the ICC wanted Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein, Sudan’s Minister of Defence. Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein had an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court earlier this year, for 21 counts of war crimes and 20 counts of crimes against humanity. Photograph: Sudan's Ministry of Defence Whilst Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence failed to publish photographs of the two meeting, Sudan meanwhile released the above photograph, praising a successful meeting. Rajapaksa also met with other...

Withstanding the test of international vicissitude

The Chinese minister of National Defence, General Liang Guanglie met President Rajapakse in Colombo on Wednesday. The president thanked China for standing by Sri Lanka during difficult times and for “cultural cooperation” and “forthcoming economic assistance” . Reports suggest that China is planning to pledge US$ 100 million to fund Sri Lankan Army projects in the northeast of the island. Gen Guanglie is leading a 23-strong delegation - made up of several high-ranking military officials - on a five day visit to Sri Lanka and is expected to visit military facilities in the north of the island. “Since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, China-Sri Lanka friendship has withstood the test of international vicissitude and we have always maintained good cooperation,” the General said, speaking at during an event at the defence college in Colombo. “We all know that since the beginning of its reform and opening-up, China's overall national strength and international influence have grown remarkably." "Some people in the international community suspect that China would take the road of expansion with force, and have been actively spreading the ‘China Threat Theory’.”

Attacked Tamil detainee transferred to Colombo

The Tamil detainee, Sundaram Satheeskumar, who was attacked in Galle prison last week, was transferred to Colombo National Hospital for medical treatment, reports Uthayan. Satheeskumar who was left in a coma after the attack, suffered extensive bleeding around his brain due to a significant head injury.

Former cadres reveal accounts of continued rape

Sexual abuse and rape of former female LTTE cadres by Sri Lankan Army troops remains rampant in the North-East, as harrowing accounts from victims and medical professionals have revealed. Former LTTE cadres told TamilNet of how rape and sexual abuse routinely took place in the detention camps that the Vanni population was herded into in after the Mullivaikal massacre of 2009. The abuse has not ceased, with the women reporting that such assaults were regular occurrences whenever they were “summoned” by Sri Lankan soldiers for “interrogation”. Describing her ordeal as “sadistic” , one former...

Tourism head appointed as market regulator

Former chairman of Sri Lanka’s tourism, Nalaka Godahewa has been announced by the government as the new market regulator for the country - the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). His predecessor, Tilak Karunaratne, resigned in early August citing widespread market malpractice and impunity. Many investors have claimed that stock exchange is over regulated and Godahewa’s “market friendly” charisma has hopes to succeed. But some have noted that regulations will be difficult to enforce even under the new chief as investors are powerful enough to fend off any probes.

The victor's tutelage

After three years of rehabilitation and reconciliation through the state discliplined media and having the military on your doorstep, Sri Lanka recently took to doing a spot-check, looking for the tell-tale signs of those who just refuse to learn the 'truth'. Tamil students in the North sitting a GCE Advanced Level preparatory examination paper were asked to identify "who among the following is inappropriate to the word terrorism: 1. Bin Laden, 2. Pirapaharan, 3. Saddam Hussein, 4. Colonel Gaddafi, 5. Mao Zedong," reported TamilNet. The 'correct' answer being Gaddafi and Mao Zedong. The...

TN parties slam Delhi’s defence of training Sri Lankans

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha and other party leaders have slammed Union Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju, for saying that India would continue to provide training to Sri Lanka since it was a friendly nation. “I am surprised to learn that the Government of India has openly declared that the said training will go on since Sri Lanka is a friendly country. "This betrays the total insensitivity on the part of the Government of India towards the views of my Government as well as the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu,” Jayalalitha said in a letter to Prime Minister...

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