NYT editor condemns intimidation of journalists by Sri Lankan lawmakers

The editor of the New York Times, Michael Slackman condemned the intimidation of journalists by Sri Lankan lawmakers following a NYT report last month into Chinese control over of the Hambantota port . In a statement published on Tuesday , Mr Slackman said, "a group of Sri Lankan parliamentarians allied with the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, held a news conference to publicly criticize two journalists who contributed logistical assistance to a rigorously reported and accurate New York Times investigation into Hambantota port, published on June 26." The publishing of the NYT report led...

Sinhala politicians condemn 'pro-LTTE' statement by Tamil UNP minister

Sinhala MPs and politicians have condemned the Tamil UNP state minister, Vijayakala Maheswaran, who reportedly said last week the LTTE was needed in the North-East to prevent the rising violence and anti-social behaviour that is taking place in the region. The State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene said he abhorred her statement and warned that legal action could be taken. "As a people's representative Ms. Maheshwaran should know better than to make such an irresponsible statement which could be construed as one threatening the security interests of Sri Lanka and that it could warrant...

Tamil Guardian website back online after cyber attack

After almost a month, the Tamil Guardian website has come back online this morning, following a malware attack on the site. The website was taken down in early June, after an attack caused the site to crash. “At this point, our technical team is still working to determine the origin of the attack,” said Tamil Guardian editor-in-chief Abinaya Nathan. Though the paper did not state who exactly was responsible for the attack, it noted that it frequently receives hate mail from Sinhala extremists. The Tamil Guardian website has previously been targeted by hackers, with an attack in 2001 defacing...

Sri Lankan High Commission writes to CONIFA objecting to inclusion of Tamil Eelam in World Cup

The Sri Lankan High Commission in London has written to the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), objecting to the inclusion of Tamil Eelam in its World Football Cup tournament. CONIFA is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA and describes itself as a global non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories. This year’s CONIFA World Football Cup in London, backed by a well-known international sponsor, has received widespread...

On this day – Tamil Red Cross volunteers abducted and killed in Colombo

On June 3rd 2007, two Tamil Red Cross volunteers who were abducted whilst they were in Colombo for a tsunami relief program were found shot dead. The two Tamils, 38 year old Sinnarajah Shanmuganathan and 28 year old Karthigesu Chandramohan, were both from Batticaloa.

Sri Lanka to join world’s largest navy exercise in USA

The Sri Lankan navy will join the US-led Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) navy exercise for the first time later this month – the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. “Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate,” said an official US navy website. Sri Lankan will join Brazil, Israel, and Vietnam in participating for the first time. The announcement comes as the United States continues to forge closer military ties with Colombo. Meanwhile, the US military also announced that...

Sri Lankan president threatens to block social media

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena warned that he may unilaterally block social media access across the island if it were to be ‘misused’ citing “national security” and “ethnic harmony”. The Daily Mirror quoted Mr Sirisena as stating that he had “summoned a team of experts who work in a global institution in the US that attend to issues pertaining to social media”. He added, “I discussed with them the influence of the social media has on social and national security, ethnic harmony, integrity of a family and so on because social media has influenced them badly. I also told the US...

Sirisena blames UNP for election defeat

The Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena told the SLFP's Central Committee that the party's alignment with the UNP was the cause of its election failings at the local government elections. All parties had been affected by internal divisions and factions, he was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying. "Nobody can single out a party unaffected by internal squabbles," he added. Tensions between the ruling coalition partners have increased since the polls delivered a win to the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lankan police photograph Tamils demonstrating against Thoothukodi shootings

Tamils protesting in Jaffna against the killing of Thoothukodi protesters in Tamil Nadu faced police intimidation as officers and security personnel photographed participants.

Sri Lankan Army and Archaeology Dept. destroying ancient Tamil remains in Kilinochchi

Residents of a Kilinochchi village have said that the Sri Lankan Army and Archaeology Department are destroying signs of ancient Tamil civilisation in the area.