Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (DMK) leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi is giving leadership to a Tamil Eelam Supporters Conference (TESO) to be held at Vallipuram in Tamil Nadu on August 5. Karunanidhi, the chairman of the conference, has tasked his son Stalin, DMK Treasurer, to head a reception committee to make arrangements. Five   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

AUSTRALIAN authorities are rushing to upgrade quarantine facilities at the remote Cocos Islands, confirming fears that people smugglers from Sri Lanka and southern India have chosen the island group as a new frontier in the asylum seeker trade. A jet load of stretchers, washing machines, dryers, antiseptic and other supplies   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday’s crackdown signaled that Colombo did not tolerate dissent. “Friday’s raid shows that President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government remains determined to silence opposition voices,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “Authorities should heed the many public appeals urging them to reverse   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The floating convoy of asylum seekers to Australia’s far-flung Indian Ocean territories continues yesterday, with a new boatload of more than 50 people arriving at Christmas Island. Government authorities are barging 53 Tamils – believed to be all young men – from their fishing boat onto the dock at Flying   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

In Sri Lanka, a seven year old child from Kirullapane was found dead this morning after she was believed to have been raped and killed by two teenagers, the Lankan police said. The child, identified as Krishna Kumari, was reported missing last night after attending a religious event at Sidhartha Road.   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

Heads of Mission of the European Union in Sri Lanka on Sunday joined their US colleagues in expressing concern over the raids on the Sri Lanka Mirror and the Lankanews websites. “Freedom of the media is a vital element in democratic societies and journalists must be able to carry out   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The United States says the government has to have an action plan that deals with reconciliation issues. During a live video online chat with journalists from around the world including Sri Lanka, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner said that as far as   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

A group of Lankan Tamil expatriates staged a protest yesterday against India opposite the Indian Embassy in Berlin, Germany, to release the Lankan Tamils detained in the Chenkalpattu special detention in Tamil Nadu. Despite the measures taken by the Indian Embassy officials in Berlin to disperse the protest, the Lankan   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and human rights groups have demanded the shutting down of a detention camp at Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu where 28 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have been lodged. Members of the Tamil Solidarity Campaign, May 17th Movement, PUCL-Karnataka, SICHREM, Visual Search, Pedestrian Pictures, LESBiT, New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) and   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, says that land grabbing in the North and East as among the issues he discussed with visiting Indian National Security Adviser, Shivshankar Menon on Friday, the Colombo weekly reports. Sampanthan said that the issue of a political solution to the ethnic question was   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

sri Lanka should remember that India is one of the three countries which will review the country at the forthcoming universal periodical review (UPR) at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) later this year, Indian National Security Advisor, Shiv Shankar Menon told Indian journalists based in Colombo yesterday. Considering   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The large increase in the Sri Lanka’s foreign debt in recent years and increasing foreign debt servicing costs is a serious concern. The Ministry of Finance and Planning estimates Sri Lanka’s foreign debt servicing costs comprising both principal and interest payments for 2010 at US$ 810 million. The debt service   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

Only after the dialogue, and actions taken through democratic means exhaust, the Tamil National Alliance will resort to satyagraha campaign. It will be a peaceful nonviolent struggle based on the principles ahimsa, TNA leader Sampanthan says to the Asian media. “ If the Sri Lankan Government does not deliver a   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) strongly condemns the brutal attack on Tamil political prisoners in the Vavuniya remand prison today, 29 June 2012, at around 12 noon, by a Sri Lankan Special Military Commando unit and the Special Task Force (STF). The attack has left around 40 prisoners and others   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka is closely following the case of the Sri Lanka Mirror and Lankaxnews, including the arrest of nine individuals associated with those websites. We have raised on several occasions our deep concern over efforts to suppress independent news media, including the blocking of news websites,   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]