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Vaiko leads anti-Sri Lanka rally in Coimbatore

Article Date: 
20 Mar 2009

If anybody supports the LTTE then NSA will be invoked. Now I say that I will support the LTTE. You can arrest all of us under the NSA. Then all prisons will be full of cadres, and the entire Tamil Nadu will convert into a prison, he added.

Article Source: 
ANI

Brother seeks answers in Sri Lanka arrest

Article Date: 
19 Mar 2009

Mr. Nadesapillai said the suspicions were the result of a police mistake. He said on the night of the rebel air raid, a friend was scheduled to arrive from France. When the Colombo airport closed due to the attack, Vithyatharan had called Paris to find out where the friend's flight had been diverted.

Police listening in on Vithyatharan's phone misread the discussion and suspected he was helping the rebel planes, he said. "They thought that they were talking in code words," Mr. Nadesapillai said.

Article Source: 
National Post

UN condemns death of aid worker in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
20 Mar 2009

Strongly condemning the death of an aid worker with a non-governmental organization CARE in the "no-fire" zone in Sri Lanka's strife-torn north, the United Nations has said this gives an insight into larger circumstances confronting civilians trapped by the fighting in the conflict zone.

R Sabesan, a national staff member with CARE, died of injuries sustained as a result of shelling inside the zone, compounded by a lack of sufficient medical care, the UN said.

Article Source: 
Press Trust of India

78 Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian custody

Article Date: 
20 Mar 2009

Of these 79 fishermen, 78 have been imprisoned in India while one is in the custody of Maldives, he said on Thursday. Steps have already been taken to get these fishermen released and requests have been submitted in this regard through diplomatic channels to mediate with India and Maldives by the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Perera told Parliament while responding to a question by lawmaker Jinadasa Kitulagoda. "The Government's intention is to get these fishermen freed as soon as possible," he said.

Article Source: 
Hindu

Q&A: What is fate of civilians trapped in Sri Lanka' war

Article Date: 
13 Mar 2009

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights on Thursday warned both sides in Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war may have committed war crimes and that the loss of life could be catastrophic if there is no pause in the combat.

Here are some questions and answers about civilians trapped in the war:

HOW MANY ARE TRAPPED?

Article Author: 
C. Bryson Hull
Article Source: 
Reuters

Sonia asks state units to collect relief material for Lankan Tamils

Article Date: 
24 Feb 2009

The hardening of global opinion against terror — a welcome development from India's point of view -- and the loss of whatever sympathy the Tigers once had in international capitals have eliminated leeway for New Delhi to do anything more than express sympathy for the distressed Tamilians.

Sending relief material seems to be the party's way of making a gesture to Tamil sentiments, without resiling from its stand against terrorism and redrawing of boundaries of sovereign nations.

Article Source: 
Times of India

India Can Help End Civilian Killings

Article Date: 
27 Feb 2009

As Sri Lanka’s armed forces battle the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their last stronghold, the island country’s influential neighbour, India, is weighing diplomatic options to goad President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government to save civilians trapped in the war zone.

Article Author: 
Praful Bidwai
Article Source: 
Inter-Press Service

SCENARIOS: What's next for Sri Lanka's 25-year war?

Article Date: 
24 Feb 2009

Sri Lanka dismissed calls for a truce with the Tamil Tigers on Tuesday, with its soldiers battling for control of the last town held by the separatists just a few kilometers away from the site of an expected final showdown.

Here are some scenarios about what could happen next in one of Asia's longest-running wars:

Article Author: 
C. Bryson Hull
Article Source: 
Reuters

Tamil Tigers 'ready for ceasefire'

Article Date: 
23 Feb 2009

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger fighters have announced that they are ready to comply with international calls for a ceasefire, but they would not lay down their arms, according to the AFP news agency.

But the offer has been rejected by the government, according to the Sri Lankan military.

The developments come amid calls for the protection of civilians trapped in the country's war zone as the government presses on with a military offensive to defeat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Article Source: 
Al Jazeera and agencies

Lankan President to visit Nepal

Article Date: 
20 Feb 2009

"Invited to Nepal by Maoist Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda during the 2nd BIMSTEC Summit in New Delhi in November, the Sri Lankan president will head a delegation to Kathmandu in the first week of March when he will enter into bilateral negotiations, according to Sisira Kothalawala, minister counsellor at the Sri Lankan embassy in Kathmandu."

Grrrr...can someone contextualise this for me in a way that won't make me think the CPN
(M) are engaging in an extraordinary act of betrayal of principles here?

Article Source: 
The Times of India
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