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AUGUST 22, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 138


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Vaiko thwarted Indian bid for ceasefire: KP
ENS, Aug 22. COLOMBO: Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias KP, who was the LTTE’s international face, has said that MDMK leader Vaiko thwarted India’s bid to bring about a ceasefire ahead of the 2009 parliamentary polls in India.

KP, currently under detention in Sri Lanka, told the Daily Mirror on Saturday, that the LTTE’s political commissar, B Nadesan, had asked “sympathisers” in the DMK such as Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, and Catholic priest Fr Jegath Gaspar Raj, to persuade New Delhi to help bring about a ceasefire and prevent annihilation of the LTTE and its leader, V Prabhakaran.

New Delhi was open to the idea because the DMK-Congress combine in Tamil Nadu was worried about losing the elections with AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa taking a pro-LTTE stance. Home minister P Chidambaram handled the negotiations on behalf of India. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 22 02:44:57 EDT 2010

UN says Sri Lanka situation improving - Toronto Sun, 2010-08-22 09:02:44 EST. OTTAWA - As Canadians are being asked to accept 492 Tamils as refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is in the process of returning thousands of refugees to Sri Lanka and winding down some operations in that country.

Citing improving conditions since the end of the civil war in May 2009, the UNHCR announced last week that it had helped 852 Tamil refugees return to Sri Lanka from India in the first six months of 2010. That six month tally surpasses the 823 people the UN agency assisted in returning home in all of 2009. The agency also reported more than 1,000 refugees returned to Sri Lanka from India on their own. More...
Published: Sun Aug 22 01:52:55 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Resettlement of Sri Lankans displaced in LTTE battle by September end: Official - Sify, 2010-08-20 16:33:42 EST. A top Sri Lankan official has said that the resettlement of those displaced in the country's battle against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would be finished by September end.

Chandra Fernando, a presidential advisor on north and east development, said that all efforts were being made to complete the process.

"We hope to be able to complete the resettlement before end of September. There are only 28,000 people left to be resettled in Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi (the former rebel strongholds in the north)," Xinhua news agency quoted Fernando, as saying. More...
Published: Sat Aug 21 00:12:42 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Vociferous Demonstration in Los Angeles Condemns Military Tribunal against ... - (blog), 2010-08-21 23:42:57 EST. A vociferous demonstration picketed the Los Angeles office of the Sri Lanka Consul General, condemning the military tribunal who gave a “blatantly partial ... Back to the top

Persichilli: Why are Canadians so angry about Tamil migrants? - Toronto Star, 2010-08-22 08:17:32 EST. According to an Angus Reid poll, 63 per cent of Canadians believe that a ship carrying 492 Tamil migrants should have been sent back to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Rajapaksa - All's Fine But Nothing's Right - Sunday Leader, 2010-08-21 22:38:43 EST. Last week saw the issue of war crimes committed in Sri Lanka hitting international headlines, despite the Sri Lankan government's effort in answering them ... Back to the top

With $50000, why didn't Tamils leave legally? - Hamilton Spectator, 2010-08-21 12:33:14 EST. I empathize with the refugees from Sri Lanka. We can only imagine how difficult life has been for them, and we can't blame them for wanting a better life in ... Back to the top

The 'impossible' voyage of a Tamil ghost ship - Globe and Mail, 2010-08-21 19:16:35 EST. Whispers about a boat headed to Canada began long ago in Thailand’s small and closely knit Tamil community... Back to the top

Sangakkara gets a clean chit from ICC - Calcutta Telegraph, 2010-08-21 02:02:01 EST. Calcutta/ Dambulla: Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been found not guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct during ... Back to the top

One boat is too many? - NOW Toronto, 2010-08-21 02:33:04 EST. I have no love for the brutalizing LTTE, believe me, but the minister knows well the human rights community has been warning against making LTTE membership, ... Back to the top

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