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Tamil Guardian 03 September 2014
Government looking to control rubber prices announces minister
Responding to a global drop in rubber prices, the Sri Lankan government is looking to control the rice of rubber by introducing a certified price, said Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.

A joint proposal by the Ministry of Plantation Industries, the Ministry of Finance and Planning and Ministry of Economic Development and the Treasury would see the government enforce a set prices for rubber, announced the minister.

See more from ColomboPage here and the Island here.

The announcement comes as the government raided over 400 rice vendors who sold rice at higher than government set prices.


Tamil Guardian 03 September 2014
Power plant shutdown costs Rs. 600 million a day
A Sri Lankan minister has claimed the ongoing shutdown of the Norochcholai power plant is costing the government Rs. 600 million a day, as controversy continued in the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

Science, Technology and Atomic Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka stated that with the trouble-ridden power plant being run by the CEB, the daily losses were mounting. The minister went on to blame the CEB officials, labelling the “thieves” and part of the “power mafia”, according to the Island.

See more on the Ceylon Electricity Board's losses in our earlier post:

‘Debt-ridden’ SL electricity board seeks more loans
(12 August 2012)

Ranawaka's comments come as  Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) General Manager Shavindranth Fernando found himself criticised for announcing an upcoming Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Norochcholai power plant with China, without consultation from the Sri Lankan government.

See more from the Island here.


Tamil Guardian 02 September 2014
Sri Lankan Navy arrests 15 Indian fishermen and sinks fishing boat
15 fishermen from India have been arrested and detained by the Sri Lankan Navy in two separate incidents on Tuesday, which also saw a Sri Lankan Navy vessel collide with and sink an Indian fishing boat.

According to a police inspector from Tamil Nadu's Q branch, the Sri Lankan Navy vessel collided with the Indian fishing boat near Katchatheevu, splitting it in two. As the 6 fishermen on board jumped into the sea to abandon the sinking boat, they were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.

Meanwhile, a further 9 fishermen were detained by Sri Lankan authorities, with fishing Association President T Jesuraja saying another two boats had sunk in the encounter.

The latest arrests follow a long history of the Sri Lankan Navy detaining Indian fishermen for alleged border violations. Talks between the two countries on the issue ended with Sri Lanka rejecting Indian proposals.


Tamil Guardian 02 September 2014
Mullaitivu family intimidated after British High Commissioner visit

John Rankin, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, visited households in Puthukudiyiruppu, Mullaitivu, to hear directly from Tamil families about the problems they face.

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Local newspaper Uthayan reports that out of the three families visited by Mr Rankin on Tuesday, one family was intimidated at their home shortly afterwards by Sri Lankan intelligence officials.

According to Northern Provincial Councillor Thurairasa Ravikaran, the High Commissioner was told about a multitude of grievances faced by Tamils in the Northeast, including poverty and obstacles to trade and livelihoods as well as the problems faced by Tamil women and young people.

On Monday, Mr Rankin visited a demining site in Muhamalai, where work is being carried out by UK based agency The Halo Trust.

Tamil Guardian 02 September 2014
Thai refugee detention centres 'brutal' for children says HRW
Detention facilities in Thailand for refugees are "no place for children", said the New York based rights organisation, Human Rights Watch, in a report - 'Two Years with No Moon' - published Monday.

Condemning Thailand's arbitrary detention of thousands of children in overcrowded and dangerous conditions as "brutal", HRW called on Thailand to "immediately cease detention of children for reasons of their immigration status".

The facilities, which predominantly house Rohingya asylum seekers, also include over 2000 refugees who have fled non-neighbouring countries, including Sri Lanka.

"Thailand’s use of immigration detention violates children’s rights, immediately risks their health and wellbeing, and imperils their development. Wretched conditions place children in filthy, overcrowded cells without adequate nutrition, education, or exercise space. Prolonged detention deprives children of the capacity to mentally and physically grow and thrive," HRW said.


Tamil Guardian 02 September 2014
Sri Lanka hopes new Human Rights chief will be 'more balanced'
Sri Lanka hopes that the new UN High Commissioner for human rights, Prince Zeid of Jordan, would be "more balanced" than Navi Pillay, the government spokesperson, Keheliya Rambukwella, said.

"The government hopes the new Human Rights Chief will take note of the concerns Sri Lanka had with the outgoing Commissioner and carry out his duties in an unbiased manner," Rambukwella reportedly told journalists at Kandy on Monday.

"We were open about our complaints that Pillay was biased against Sri Lanka. She was never impartial. We hope that her successor would be more balanced in his approach," he added.

Speaking to CNN just days before the end of her term, Ms Pillay said that she was not disturbed by criticism from Sri Lanka, calling her a "Tamil Tigress", nor from other countries such as Israel which has attacked her for her stance on Gaza. See more here.

Tamil Guardian 02 September 2014
SLFP is the only party that can guarantee the freedom of Sri Lanka says President
The Sri Lankan President on Tuesday said only the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) could free the country as it was created to establish national freedom and protect national heritage, reports Colombo Page.

Addressing crowds gathered to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the SLFP, Mahinda Rajapaksa said the party had “historic heritage” from the Uva province where battles were fought for “freedom of the country” and deemed the party as the only way to “consolidate freedom for the whole nation.”

Rajapaksa went on to highlight an increase in the country’s federal reserves and economic growth since the ruling  United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition, of which the SLFP is a main constituent, came to power.
Tamil Guardian 02 September 2014
Sri Lankan court allows deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers
A Sri Lankan court has lifted the ban on the deportation of asylum seekers from Pakistan, after Sri Lanka's Deputy Solicitor General warned the refugees were a threat to national security and were at risk of bringing malaria into the island.

Sri Lanka had temporarily halted the deportations, after a petitioner told the court they had fled persecution from Pakistani authorities, who were abusing Christians and Shia Muslims in the Ahamandi region.

However, Sri Lanka's Deputy Solicitor General Janaka de Silva successfully argued in the Colombo-based court, that the asylum seekers were not only committing crimes on their arrival to the island, but were also at risk of spreading malaria to the population.


Tamil Guardian 02 September 2014
Dead body of man found in Batticaloa
The body of a 39 year-old man has been found near Kalladi Bridge in Batticaloa earlier today, reports Batti News.

The body was recovered by Batticaloa police and the man has been identified as father-of-one Kantharasa Beeminthan from Batticaloa Pillaiyaradi.

Beeminthan's wife has been admitted into Batticaloa Teaching Hospital after she fell unconscious when she saw his body. His relatives expressed concern that he may have committed suicide, noting that he had been missing from last night.

See more from Batti News (in Tamil) here.

Tamil Guardian 01 September 2014
Muslim students arrested after Buddhist monks pressure Aluthgama police
Police in Aluthgama arrested 4 Muslim students after Buddhist monks visited a police station in Welipitiya to call for action against the students, reports the Uthayan.

The students were involved in violent clashes with Sinhalese youth after a football game. The two parties were made to speak to each other by police after the violent clashes and encouraged to not make claims against each other.

Despite this, the Muslim students were temporarily detained by police the following day after a group of Buddhist monks visited the police station to demand the arrest of the Muslim students involved in clashes with the Sinhalese youth.

Editorial Tamil Guardian 08 July 2014
Significance of Aluthgama
  Illustration Keera Ratnam Almost at the centenary of the first anti-Muslim riots by Sinhala mobs in 1915, [more]

Editorial Tamil Guardian 13 May 2014
Silences between the shouts
The idea that Sri Lanka's opposition parties should unite to topple President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government has surfaced yet again, with much discussion of a common Presidential challenger and speculation over likely candidates. [more]

Tamil Guardian 02 August 2014
‘Legal Avenues to Prosecute a US Citizen for War Crimes—The Case of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’

Ryan Goodman, Professor of Law and Co-Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law has called on the United States to prosecute Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for war crimes, [more]

Arani Kumaran Tamil Guardian 28 June 2014
Review: 'This Land Belongs to the Army'
'This Land Belongs to the Army’ is a strong documentary about the manner in which the lands in the traditional Tamil homelands of the North-East of the island of Sri Lanka have been appropriated by the government and the military. Made by Indian journalist and filmmaker Maga Tamizh Prabhagaran, [more]

J. S. Tissainayagam Tamil Guardian 24 June 2014
'Sri Lanka’s Scapegoat for its Own Terror'

Sri Lanka is using the mask of ‘counterterrorism’ to hide its own terror, whilst increasingly becoming a hub for international crime, said award-winning exiled Tamil journalist J. [more]

Tamil Guardian 14 August 2014
14 Aug 2006: 53 Tamil school girls killed by Sri Lankan air strike on children's home
On 14th August 2006, four Sri Lankan Air Force jets dropped sixteen bombs over the Sencholai children's home in Vallipunam for orphaned girls. Fifty-three Tamil school girls and 3 staff members were killed, and over 150 injured. [more]

Tamil Guardian 05 August 2014
Call for submissions as 'OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka' begins
The terms of reference for the UN inquiry on mass atrocities in Sri Lanka - 'OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL)', which begins work this week, were published on Tuesday, [more]

Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Black July 1983 remembered
Today Eelam Tamils around the world mark thirty-one years from the horrors of the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983, [more]

  Culture & Community
Tamil Guardian 31 August 2014
Norway's Drammen Tsk wins 21st Karumpuli Memorial Football Cup
Norway's Drammen TSK football team won the 21st Karumpuli Memorial Cup on August 23, pushing Denmark's Sønderborg and OTSC into second and third place respectively. [more]

Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
Tamil Eelam U14 reach quarterfinals in Denmark football cup

An Under-14 Tamil Eelam football selection reached fourth place in the Vildbjerg Cup in Denmark earlier this month. [more]

Tamil Guardian 26 July 2014
Tamil youth mark Black July raising awareness of ongoing genocide
Piccadilly Circus, London. Photograph TYOUK Tamil youth commemorated the 31st anniversary of the anti-Tamil pogrom of Black July, [more]

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