Acrimony brews again over Pulmoddai sands

Cash-strapped Sri Lanka plans to resume mining ilmenite rich sands. The LTTE has vowed to prevent the ''plundering'' of Tamil resources.

Tamil civilisation - is it the oldest?

Evidence of a civilisation which reached a high level of development, organisation and cultural advancement from as early as 11,000 years ago is emerging in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu furore over moral policing

Three different instances of moral policing involving academicians, politicians and the police have stirred a hornet’s nest.

Witness to Thileepan’s fast

‘As we entered the premises of the Nallur Kandasamy temple we were confronted by a sea of people seated on the white sands under the blazing sun.’

Fear dogs Mannar rape trial

The difficulty in bringing the Sri Lankan military personnel responsible for rights abuses to justice was highlighted last week when one victim in a high profile rape case disappeared and the other reported receiving death threats.

‘I was screaming and pleading’

A victim remembers a night in Sri Lankan military custody

Remembering Nagarkovil

'The scene of the attack was visited by the International Red Cross. Pieces of human flesh were found strewn around the area including the tree branches'

Aid fiasco in Sri Lanka

A sweeping investigation into the Sri Lankan government’s use of international tsunami-related aid has found widespread misappropriation of funds and bureaucratic incompetence, an interim report released this week says.

‘Safest bank’ in Sri Lanka does roaring trade

The February 2002 truce has sparked a demand for credit with more people borrowing either to rebuild their homes, set up business or buy goods such as solar-electricity panels.

UN reforms receive mixed response

What did the secretary general ask for - and what did he eventually get?