Accidental bomb explosion in Vavuniya leaves two boys hospitalised

Two boys were injured and admitted to Vavuniya Hospital from an accidental bomb explosion, on Wednesday. Niyaz Sanaz, 12 and Muhammed Rasith, 16 were playing in a permitted area of Valavaithakulam village in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, when they found an unidentified object.

Sri Lankan Navy personnel transported from South to quarantine centre in North-East

Sri Lankan Navy personnel and their families were transported from the South of the island to military-run quarantine centres in the North-East earlier this week. Over 500 individuals were brought in 17 buses to Pampaimadu Army camp in Vavuniya, Tamil Net reported . Sri Lankan Navy and police attempted to block two Tamil journalists from videoing the fleet of 17 buses carrying the individuals. The Sri Lankan Navy blocked the A9 road while the police pressed the journalists not to publish the videos. Despite protests by locals and politicians who expressed their concern in setting up these...

Ceylon Workers’ Congress leader Arumugan Thondaman passes away

The head of the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) passed away this week, after a sudden illness just hours after meeting with the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka. Arumugan Thondaman passed away on Tuesday night, aged 55-years-old. As head of the CWC and a parliamentarian for Nuwara Eliya for 26 years, he represented many Malaya Tamils. His coffin was draped in an Indian flag and brought to Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary complex, where Sri Lanka’s current president Gotabaya Rajapakasa paid his respects. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi also tweeted on Thondaman’s “untimely demise” and said he...

Sri Lankan president hits back at The Hindu for not reporting 'real situation'

Sri Lanka’s president hit back at a report in The Hindu last week, which covered a speech he gave declaring he would not permit investigations into war crimes committed by Sri Lankan armed forces, maintaining that human rights are not “clear-cut rules”. In a written response by the Sri Lankan President’s Media Division, Rajapaksa insisted The Hindu article did not reflect “the real situation” . Rajapaksa oversaw a 2009 military offensive as Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, which saw the slaughter of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians and the repeated shelling of hospitals. When questioned on...

Militarisation: Sri Lankan President brings six institutions under military control

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued a Gazette notice mandating that six institutions will under the control of the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry. The MILODA Institute, also known as the Academy of Financial Studies, the National Police Academy (NPA), the National Authority for the Implementation of Chemical Weapons, the Department of Multi-Purpose Development Task Force, and the Api Wenuwen Api Fund, are amongst the institution taken under control of the Defence Ministry. The Department of Immigration and Emigration also came under control of the Defence Ministry in March of this...

Modi congratulates Mahinda Rajapaksa for 50 years in parliament despite human rights concerns

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, congratulated Mahinda Rajapaksa for his 50 years in parliament despite overwhelming concerns over his human rights records. On Twitter, the Indian Prime Minister stated: Spoke to PM Mahinda Rajapaksa today to greet him on completing 50 years since his first election to the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Complimented him on an illustrious political career and wished him and the people of Sri Lanka good health, peace and prosperity. Modi's statement comes as Sri Lanka's leadership continued to deny reports of war crimes and instead pardons convicted war criminals...

Military personnel deployed in Jaffna after Sri Lankan police injured in explosion

The Sri Lankan military has increased its deployment of troops to Jaffna after at least two police officers were injured in an explosion in Vadamarachchi yesterday. Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force (STF) bomb disposal squad was deployed to the area after the explosion by the Vallipura Aalvar Kovil.

Checkpoints ramp up in Mullaitivu as Sri Lanka’s militarisation continues

The Sri Lankan military has set up more checkpoints across Mullaitivu this week, as armed soldiers continue to be stationed and carry out searches across the Tamil homeland. The increase in checkpoints has stepped up since the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka’s president last year, and even more so since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic on the island.

EU expresses deep concern over lawyer's detention under PTA

The European Union (EU) delegation in Sri Lanka has written to Sri Lanka's authorities to "express deep concerns" about the detention of a lawayer under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). "We reiterate need to review counter-terro legislation to be in line with Sri Lanka's international human rights obligations," the delegation tweeted. Hejaaz Hizbullah, a prominent Muslim lawyer, was arrested on April 14 2020, under Sri Lanka's much criticised PTA, alongside six others, over the alleged involvement in the Easter Sunday attacks a year go. The PTA, which facilitates detentions without...

When memory outlives

Mirusha Yogarajah writes on Toronto’s Tamil community for Briarpatch Magazine. _____ Tamil people created, own, and manage the businesses woven tightly into the fabric of Toronto – Babu Take-Out & Catering, the famous Spiceland franchise – but we are also the workers stocking shelves, sweeping the aisles, weighing and cutting fish, and packing up hundreds of iddiyappams. The restaurant industry was one of the few industries in which Tamil migrants were initially able to find work – albeit often underpaid and exploitative work. Today, we are the working class as well as, increasingly, Toronto’s elite – but behind the wealth of the Tamil elite lies the fact that most of us arrived in Toronto fleeing genocide. Where once we sought shelter in the Nallur Kandaswamy temple in Jaffna, we fled to seek safety at the crosswalks of McCowan and Finch.