Body washed up on Mathakal beach, Jaffna

The body of a middle-aged man was found washed up on Mathakal beach in Jaffna, reports Uthayan. The body, believed to be that of man aged between 50-55 and wearing a blue saram, was found by local residents on Friday morning. It was taken away by Sri Lankan police officers for further investigation. Locals believe it is that of an Indian fisherman.

'As long as you don't campaign against us' - UPFA bids farewell to SLMC

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the island’s main Muslim party said it will be contesting independently at the eastern provincial councils. The announcement comes as a U-turn, only a few days after the SLMC had declared it would be running under the UPFA banner - the ruling coalition. “We have failed to get the necessary agreements that we sought with the government, so we have decided to contest on our own”, a Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) source told the Hindu on condition of anonymity. SLFP sources have said that they are still confident that the government would win the council...

SL central bank invests in Greek bonds, despite losses

Sri Lanka's Central Bank has invested reserve money into Greek bonds this year, despite a US$ 6.6 million loss made on Greek bonds last year. According to the Central Bank, the loss is offset by higher returns from other investments. Speaking in parliament, the senior minister for International Monetary Cooperation, Sarath Amunugama, said , "All bonds were issued by The Hellenic Republic Ministry of Economy and Finance Public Debt Management Agency on behalf of the Government of Greece. This is the official agency for issuing government bonds in Greece similar to the function of Central Bank...

Diaspora groups seek to work with Australia on asylum seekers deaths

Tamil diaspora organisations from Australia, the US and Europe, have submitted a proposal to the Australian government's expert panel on asylum seekers, to work collaboratively to tackle the abuse and exploitation of Tamil asylum seekers. The proposal, led by Tamils Against Genocide, submitted in partnership with PEARL (People for Equality and Relief in Lanka), Tamil Youth Organisation - Australia (TYO-Australia), and Voice of Tamils, Australia. Seeking to address the Expert Panel's request for civil society inputs, the submission said , "In the context of Sri Lanka’s ongoing ethnic conflict...

Tamils protest at Nelliyadi amidst Army presence

Video Uthayan Defying intimidation by the Sri Lankan military, Tamils took part in a protest in Nelliyadi, against the murder of the Tamil man, Nimalarooban, an inmate in a Sri Lankan prison. See here for reports by Uthayan. Holding banners and placards, protesters demanded the release of all Tamil political prisoners, and asserted the rights of the Tamil nation. The protest took place despite Sri Lankan Army personnel ordering Tamil civilians not to take part, reports Uthayan. Buses travelling to Parithithurai were reportedly stopped by the army and passengers subjected to intense...

UPFA politicians involved in child rape

Amid rising incidents of child rape, the BBC reports 'several cases' involve politicians from Sri Lanka's ruling UPFA coalition. In one case, a 13-year-old victim has identified on local government politician as one of four men who gang-raped her last month. According to BBC Sinhala the past decade has seen over 100 Buddhist monks also charged with sexual assault, however very few have been convicted.

'Sri Lanka envoy must be recalled' - Canberra Times

Extracts from opinion , by Bruce Haigh writing for the Canberra Times, on the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand and the dropping of a case against him: Samarasinghe joined the Sri Lankan navy in 1974 and retired in 2011, after his appointment to Australia became known. Samarasinghe was Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan navy in 2009 when the navy carried out the shelling of Tamil women and children in a safe zone designated by the Sri Lankan defence force, in the north of the country, at the end of the civil war between the Tamils and the Sinhalese. Whether he ordered...

Indian proscriptions and Sri Lanka’s ethnic crisis: a policy of failure

The intemperate attacks against the Tamil Diaspora that accompanied India’s predictable decision to re-proscribe the LTTE earlier this month reflects more than anything the dismal failure of India’s attempts to shape a political solution to the island’s ongoing and escalating ethnic conflict. Indian approaches to the Tamil crisis in Sri Lanka have long been driven by the belief that the LTTE and particularly its senior leadership remained the singular obstacles to an equitable political solution to the conflict. To this end the Indian political and military establishment provided unqualified support for Sri Lanka’s military efforts to crush the Tamil struggle. However, three years after the end of the war and the military destruction of the LTTE, amidst Sri Lanka’s horrifying slaughter of Tamil civilians, the prospects of a political solution to the ongoing ethnic conflict are by all accounts remote.

Australian senator calls for SL envoy expulsion

Australian senator of the Greens party, Lee Rhiannon, called for the expulsion of Sri Lanka's High Commissioner Thisara Samarasinghe. Accusing him of boasting about how Sri Lanka caught Tamil asylum seekers trying to flee the civil war, Rhiannon stated he was a war criminal. According to the Canberra Times, Australian Federal Police dismissed the charges of war crimes against him 'more than four months ago'. Dismissing the Foreign Minister's claims that the Greens cannot be trusted with Australia's international relations, the Greens leader, Christine Milne, said that the party's foreigh...

Tamil organisers of protests attacked

The homes of Tamil political figures who organised recent and upcoming protests were attacked with crude oil on Tuesday, reports TamilNet. See here and here for photographs and video of TNPF leader, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, speaking after the attacks. The homes of the president of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC), Rajappu Edward Anandarajah, the vice president of Tamil National Peoples' Front (TNPF), and Kandeepan Thangarajah of the TNPF, were attacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Situated in Nelliyadi, Vadamaraadchi, the house of Edward Anandarajah was reportedly attacked...

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