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India to play decisive role in Sri Lankan crisis: Norway
hindu.com, April 15, 2008. Oslo (PTI): India will play the "most decisive" role in the peace process in Sri Lanka being the "best-placed regional power" to help the island nation, a top Norwegian envoy has said.

Norway's special envoy to Colombo Jon Hanssen-Bauer said in an interview to PTI that India was to be the "main partner" for Sri Lanka in the future, and that Oslo was in regular touch with New Delhi over the issue of peace process in its neighbouring country.

Norway had borkered the now-defunct ceasefire treaty between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2002.

"India is the main neighbour to Sri Lanka and they are always taking a keen interest in helping Sri Lanka. I think India will play the most decisive role in the peace process," he said on the sidelines of a Conference on Peace and Reconciliation in South Asia, organised here by Art of Living Foundation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 15 22:13:45 EDT 2008


International panel says Sri Lankan government lacks will to investigate rights abuses
Associated Press, Tue April 15, 2008 08:41 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international advisory panel said Tuesday that Sri Lanka - 's government lacks the will to properly investigate alleged human rights abuses committed during a surge in fighting between the military and Tamil rebels in the island's north. The panel added that Sri Lanka - lacks an effective program to protect victims and witnesses.

Attorney General C.R. De Silva said the panel's decision to resign and its public statements were made with ``ulterior motives.''

He said the role of the IIGEP was to observe the functioning of the commission, and that it had no mandate to comment on the overall situation of human rights or law enforcement.

Meanwhile, fighting continued between government troops and Tamil rebels in the north.

Scattered battles across the region Monday killed seven rebels and two soldiers, the military said.

Fierce fighting over the weekend killed at least 81 rebels and 11 soldiers, according to the military.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment.

It was not possible to independently confirm the numbers because journalists are barred from the conflict zone. Both sides commonly exaggerate their enemy's casualties while underplaying their own.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who were marginalized for decades by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting.Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 15 11:04:32 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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RTI query: Did Priyanka meet Rajiv's assassin last month?
TOI, April 15, 2008. CHENNAI: Did Priyanka Vadra recently meet Nalini Sriharan, one of those involved in the assassination of her father Rajiv Gandhi?

A city lawyer filed an application under the Right to Information Act (RTI) last week seeking information on a purported meeting on March 19 between Priyanka and Nalini at the special prison for women in Vellore. On March 19, Priyanka was, indeed, in Vellore to pay obeisance at the Sripuram temple there.

The RTI applicant, D Raj Kumar, has sought the prison superintendent’s response to a number of queries: Under which legal provision was Priyanka permitted to meet Nalini, who accompanied her, how long did the meeting last, and what did they talk about?

Nalini, who is 43 now, was given the death sentence by a special court for being involved in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination on May 21, 1991, in Sriperumbudur. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Apr 14 23:06:27 EDT 2008 Back to the top


HL:P.E.I. mussel grower says Sri Lankans he hired disappeared after 2 weeks
Associated Press, Tue April 15, 2008 19:03 EDT . - - FREDERICTON A mussel grower who took part in a federal foreign-worker program says he was burned to the tune of more than $50,000 when workers he brought over from Sri Lanka - disappeared after two weeks... Back to the top

Military says 7 rebels, 2 soldiers killed in latest fighting in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue April 15, 2008 00:26 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Gunbattles between government forces and Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka - 's war-torn north have killed seven rebels and two soldiers, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

LTTE communication facility bombed
thaindian.com, April 15th. Colombo, April 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka Tuesday claimed its warplanes bombed a communication facility of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the rebel-heartland of Mullaitivu in the north... Back to the top

Police seize Tamil-owned buildings in Toronto, Montreal
CBC, April 15. The RCMP has clamped down on a Tamil organization operating in two provinces that authorities allege is funneling money to a terrorist group in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Many facing displacement in Mannar
hindu, April 15. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military on Monday claimed that troops destroyed eight LTTE bunkers and killed five Tiger cadres in heavy fighting in the north... Back to the top

Lankan Tamils reject Karunanidhi’s diktat on Tamil New Year
newindpress, April 15. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Tamils, who are known for their orthodoxy, have summarily rejected Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s bid to change the Tamil New Year from Chittirai Thirunaal (April 13) to Thai Pongal (January 14), saying it is unwarranted on astronomical, historical and cultural grounds... Back to the top

Tamil movement held to account
National Post, April 15. TORONTO -The World Tamil Movement headquarters is a red brick industrial building on a strip of auto body and garment shops a block from Highway 401... Back to the top

Over 25000 People Face Displacement From LTTE-held Areas
com, 14th of April 2008. Over 25,000 people, including 6,000 students, in the LTTE-held areas in the north-western Mannar district face displacement as the advancing government troops and the rebels are locked in fierce fighting, official sources here said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka conflict returning to cities
thestar.com, Apr 14, 2008 04:30 AM . COLOMBO–A senior Sri Lankan minister killed in a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel suicide blast has been buried amid certainty that the country has entered one of its worst phases of conflict – with the fight returning to big cities... Back to the top

Buddhists in Sri Lanka want Marian shrine restored
cwnews.com, Apr. 14. Colombo, Apr. 14, 2008 (CWNews.com) - Buddhist leaders in Sri Lanka are encouraging their Catholic counterparts to bring a cherished statue of the Virgin Mary back to the famous shrine at Madhu. The image of Our Lady of Madhu, which has drawn pilgrims for over 400 years, was removed for safekeeping earlier this month, after the shrine was hit by artillery fire... Back to the top

Lanka protests screening of pro-LTTE film in US
hindustantimes.com, April 14, 2008. Sri Lanka has lodged a strong protest with the US over the screening of a pro-LTTE film My daughter the terrorist at a premier American film festival... Back to the top

Mahinda has "no option but war"
BBC Sinhala, April 14, 2008. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has no other option than fighting against the LTTE, the leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) said... Back to the top

Mediation Boards for NE
BBC Sinhala, April 14, 2008. Implementing Mediation Boards in the north and the east are being delayed due to delay in appointing selected members, authorities said... Back to the top

Tamil group defends fundraising
The Gazzette, April 14, 2008. Humanitarian aid, not weapons - that's where money raised by Tamil immigrants in Quebec goes, the owner of the community's Montreal headquarters said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Weekend battles kill 81 rebels, 11 soldiers in north
Associated Press, Mon April 14, 2008 04:06 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fierce weekend fighting in Sri Lanka - 's northern region killed 81 Tamil separatists and 11 government soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

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