Batticaloa Tamil fishermen protest for rights

Tamil fishermen in Batticaloa protested on Tuesday demanding their rights and livelihood be protected from tourism and encroachment from non-native fishermen.

ITAK leader calls on Tamils to honour Maaveerar at Thuyilum Illams

The leader of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi, Maavai Senathirajah on Wednesday called on Tamils across the world to commemorate Maaveerar Naal on November 27 as a sacred day, inviting Tamils in the North-East to honour those who sacrificed their lives to the Tamil nation at Thuyilum Illams. "Without mixing politics into it, people should together to commemorate Maaveerar Naal as a sacred day," he told a press conference in Jaffna. "The month of Kaarthikai (mid-November to mid-December) is a sacred month to the Tamils. The Tamil nation was forced to take up arms due to the failure to find a...

ADB to provide $1 billion assistance to Sri Lanka over 4 years

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will double its sovereign assistance during 2018-2022 said the bank’s vice-president Wencai Zhang. Speaking ahead of his official tour of Sri Lanka, Mr Zhang said, “ADB proposes to double its sovereign assistance to $800 million -$1 billion per year during 2018-2022. Hence the ADB will continue to invest in programs and projects in sectors where we have strong operational experience while exploring new areas that will put the country further towards reaching an Upper Middle Income Country (UMIC) status.” Outlining the ADB’s two main focus points in Sri Lanka,...

Over 11K Sri Lankan army absentees register during amnesty

Over 11,000 Sri Lankan soldiers who were considered Absent Without Leave (AWOL) reported themselved to their regiments during a month long army amnesty. Under the amnesty soldiers will be given legal discharge from the army. See more here . Despite over 8 years passing since the end of the armed conflict, Sri Lanka continues to spend a significant amount of its budget on defence.

Sri Lankan party leaders to discuss postponement of LG election

Sri Lanka's party leaders are to meet tomorrow to discuss the postponement of the local government elections after the Court of Appeal order halted the implementation of the gazette notification on delimitation until next month. The meeting comes as politicians from all main parties, including the UNP, SLFP and JVP condemn the postponement of the polls as unnecessary. See more here . UNP backbenchers have called for the resignation of the Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Musthapa over the decision by the Appeal Court and handed over a no confidence motion to the Speaker. See more here and...

Modi meets with Ranil

The Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil wickremeisnghe met with is Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi on Thursday during his visit to New Delhi to attend the Fifth Global Conference on Cyber Space. "Neighbourhood first. PM @narendramodi received Sri Lankan PM @RW_UNP at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, both countries share strong and close relations based on mutual trust and respect," India's Ministry of External Affairs tweeted. Details of the discussions remain unknown. However, the ongoing issue of the arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan navy personnel are expected to feature.

White van abduction was just plain-clothes officers making arrest Jaffna police claim

A 'white van style' abduction of a Tamil youth which sparked fears in Jaffna was an arrest made by plain-clothes officers, Sri Lankan police have said. A Tamil youth waiting at Jaffna bus stand was bundled into a white van on Tuesday evening. The incident which took place at rush-hour following the end of the working day had sparked fears in Jaffna, exacerbated by reports of spates of arrests in the run-up to Maaveerar Naal. As news of the abduction spread, Koppay police announced on Wednesday morning that the alleged abduction was a case of plain-clothes officers making an arrest. Koppay...

Tamil Nadu university signs MoU with Eastern Uni

The Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Eastern University in view of encouraging the exchange of students and scholars. The professor of Tamil at MSU, G Stephen will be appointed 'subject expert' for two new courses at Eastern University on visual anthropology and Sri Lankan Tamil dances, The Hindu reported. Twenty students and two members of staff from the Swami Vibulanandar Aesthetic Studies of Eastern University will travel to the World Tamil Literature Demography conference in Tamil Nadu next year, the...

More Thuyilum Illams cleared in East ahead of Maaveerar Naal

Further resting homes of fallen LTTE cadres (Thuyilum Illam) were cleared this week ahead of Tamil National Remembrance Day (Maaveerar Naal) on November 27. Former LTTE members, families of the Maaveerar and local residents fathered to clear the Sampur Aalankulam Thuyilum in Trincomalee as well as the Maavadimunmaari Thuyilum Illam in Batticaloa. The tombstones of fallen LTTE cadres were systemically destroyed by the Sri Lankan security forces following the end of the armed conflict in 2009, only adding the anguish of grieving Tamils. Last year thousands gathered at destroyed cemeteries in...

Sri Lankan police conduct vehicle checks in Maankulam ahead of Maaveerar Naal

Sri Lankan police officers on Sunday commenced spot checks of vehicles travelling on the A9 in Maankulam, one week ahead of Tamil National Remembrance Day (Maaveerar Naal). Vehicles were searched and occupants questioned.