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JULY 18, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Charity's status revoked over aid to Tamil Tigers
ontreal Gazzatte, July 18. OTTAWA — The Canadian Revenue Agency said Saturday it has revoked the charitable status of the Tamil (Sri Lanka) Refugee-Aid Society of Ottawa because it supports the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a group which Canada and the United Nations views as a terrorist organization. According to a statement from the agency, the Ottawa society had provided $713,000 to the Tamil Tigers, whose long revolt against the Sri Lanka government was crushed last year. “The CRA audit also indicates that fundraising conducted under the Society’s auspices involved an individual who has been convicted in the United States of conspiring to provide material support to the LTTE,” the agency said. “In addition, the Society’s liaison officer for Sri Lanka was named in documents filed with the Federal Court of Canada as a contact for area sales coordinators with the World Tamil Movement, also a listed entity under the Criminal Code of Canada because of its ties to the LTTE.” More...
Published: Sun Jul 18 22:15:08 EDT 2010

Karunanidhi asks Centre to assess situation in Sri Lanka
Hindu, july 18. CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has suggested that the Union government, through diplomatic sources or a special envoy, assess the situation in the affected areas in Sri Lanka and the progress of rehabilitation measures undertaken by the Sri Lankan government for internally displaced Tamils. In his reply of July 17 to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister said the proposed assessment could cover the timeframe for completing the process of resettlement to the satisfaction of the affected persons. “This will enable us to plan the future course of action with a view to ensuring peaceful and rightful livelihood of the displaced Tamils.” More...
Published: Sun Jul 18 22:16:55 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Arsonists attack village in Ampara
BBC Sinhala, July 18, 2010. Residents of a village in the Ampara district have fled their homes after an unidentified group, armed with weapons, assaulted the villagers and burnt telephones on Saturday night.

The armed group has destroyed several houses and attacked villagers in Ragamwela, Panama, Potuvil who fear an attempt to grab land. The Valukarama temple in Ragamwela had also come under attack.

A Buddhist monk, Unawatune Vajirawansa thero, is More...
Published: Sun Jul 18 22:55:02 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Found: Sri Lankan primate thought to be extinct for 60 years
guardian, July 18. A mysterious primate driven to the brink of extinction by Britain's taste for tea has been photographed for the first time... Back to the top

National Security Act slapped on Seeman
IE, July 18. CHENNAI: Film director and Naam Thamizhar president Seeman was arrested on Friday under the National Security Act (NSA) on charges of making inflammatory speeches at a meeting held here recently... Back to the top

Canada prepared to prosecute those behind B.C.-bound 'people-smuggling' ship
vancouver sun, July 18. News that another Thai cargo ship, this time carrying more than 200 illegal Sri Lankan migrants, is headed for Canada is raising concerns within Toronto's tight-knit Tamil community... Back to the top

Prabhakaran was not our enemy: Chidambaram
Indo Link, July 18, 2010. Virudhunagar(TN), Jul 18 (PTI) Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has said slain LTTE leader V Prabhakaran would have been "Mudisooda Mannan" (uncrowned monarch) of the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka had he accepted the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan agreement as requested by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

India's Bharti objects to SL mobile phone prices
afp, july 18. Colombo, Jul 18 (AFP) India's Bharti Airtel has petitioned Sri Lanka's Supreme Court to stop a new minimum mobile phone price plan announced by the telecom regulator, an official said today... Back to the top

Test Cricket: Sri Lanka 256/2 on first day
The Economic Times, July 18, 2010. GALLE: Electing to bat, Sri Lanka were 256 for two at stumps on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India here today... Back to the top

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