'Don't even dream' of Jaffna students release - SL Army chief

The Jaffna Army commander, Maj. Gen Hathurusinghe, warned families of detained Jaffna University students, "don't even dream" of getting them released on Friday at a meeting between the army and the university's representatives at Palaali military headquarters. Several reports (see here and here ) have quoted Hathurusinghe as having said, “ If you think that you would restart the academic activities only after the release of these four students, it would never happen. Do not even dream of it ,” “These students continue to remain in our custody because they are repeatedly saying that the LTTE...

Jaffna hosp doctor attacked with sword

A doctor working at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital was attacked with a sword as he left work on Thursday night. The doctor is currently admitted in a critical condition at the hospital. According to reports , the attack took place at around 9.45pm, by an unknown individual.

TID summon President of Jaffna University Teachers Association

Updated 14:45 GMT Sri Lanka's Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) have summoned the President of the Jaffna University Teachers Association for questioning, according to sources from Jaffna. Mr A Rasakumaran has been ordered by the TID, to report to their Vavuniya office for questioning. According to reports the TID have asked him to record a statement on events that took place on 27th and 28th November. He is to be accompanied by two other senior members of staff. His summoning comes in the wake of a series of arrests, that have seen at least 4 students continue to be detained by Sri...

British Tamil youth petition Prime Minister over Jaffna attacks

British Tamil university students handed over a statement to the British Prime Minister’s residence on Thursday afternoon, condemning the attacks by Sri Lankan state forces on Jaffna university students and call for the immediate release of detained students. The statement, which was initially drafted by the Tamil Youth Organisation UK, has grown to include 18 university Tamil societies from across the United Kingdom. Representatives from University College London, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and the Tamil Youth Organisation UK delivered the...

Sri Lanka rewards ‘war heroes’

The deeds to shops in a newly built shopping complex were handed over to prominent Sri Lankan ‘war heroes’ at an event organised by the Ministry of Defence on Thursday. Secretary of Defence and Urban Development, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, bestowed the legal documents to the new owners of the Ranajayapura shopping centre. The Ranajayapura housing project, coined by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the city of heroes, is a state of the art housing project, currently under construction in the North, for the Sri Lankan army. The housing scheme looks to provide modern schooling, healthcare, family care,...

Free or 'credibly charge' detained students - HRW

Condemning the on-going detention of Jaffna University students, the US based human rights organisation, HRW, called on the Sri Lankan government to "immediately release" or "credibly charge" the detained students. HRW's Asia director, Brad Adams said: “Arresting four students without charge and sending them off for ‘rehabilitation’ sends a dangerous message that any Tamil can be detained arbitrarily and indefinitely .” “The Sri Lankan authorities should realize that such actions generate legitimate grievances, not reconciliation .” “The Sri Lankan government needs to recognize that engaging...

India and Sri Lanka commence joint war exercises

Sri Lankan and Indian special forces are carrying out joint war games, as part of a 21-day exercise at Nahan in Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. The games commenced at the Special Forces Training Centre in Nahan, specialising in ‘counter terrorism’ operations, according to reports. The training comes after uproar earlier this year over India’s training of the Sri Lankan Air Force in Tamil Nadu, forcing the program to be shifted to Northern India. According to reports , the Indian Navy plans to hold further exercises with Sri Lanka, but away from the coastline of Tamil Nadu. The announcement...

Man found murdered in Vadamaraadchi

The murdered body of a Tamil man was found in the Alvai East region of Vadamaraadchi district on Wednesday, reports Tamilwin. Sri Lankan police report the body is that of a 47 year old Tamil man, named Kumarasaamy Karunaanithi and is marked with undisclosed injuries.

'Still Counting the Dead' launched in Tamil

Photograph The Hindu The recently released testimonial account of May 2009 - 'Still Counting the Dead' - by Frances Harrison was launched in Tamil on Saturday. Published by 'Kalachuvadu Publications', the Tamil translation was launched in Chennai, where the acclaimed art critic and writer, Sadanand Menon received the first copy from the Tamil poet R. Cheran.

Indian Army chief commences SL visit

The chief of the Indian army, General Bikram Singh, commences his four day tour of Sri Lanka today. In a press statement released on Tuesday, the Indian army said that the visit was in light of ongoing defence cooperation between the two armies. General Singh's wife, Bubbles Singh will also be present on the tour and will focus on war widows. The statement said, "This will facilitate in mutual understanding and benefit from each others' experiences on the issue," On Saturday, the army chief is due to attend the Passing Out Parade of the Sri Lankan military Training Academy.