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A dark episode in Jaffna’s history
Hindustan Times, Nov 3. The recent incident of vandalism at the Jaffna public library could have been a case of spontaneous if misplaced public rage but it brought back memories of two chilling nights in 1981 when the library was systematically razed to the ground. The Sinhalese mob that lit the fire on the night of May 31, 1981, was organised and believed to have been efficiently led by a politician from the South. The fire stopped after 48 hours but the destruction of the library — a symbol of Tamil culture and history — left a festering wound in the relationship between the Sinhalese and minority Tamil communities.

This time, a group of tourists from the South wanted a library tour but was turned away as a national medical seminar was being held inside. The book-lovers were apparently not convinced. They forced their way in.

“No, no it wasn’t an attack. The tourists were angry with the staff and after they were stopped, some 1500 got inside the lending section and dismantled book shelves. The library guards were not able to stop them,’’ library official, S Thanabalasingam said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 2 21:24:37 EDT 2010

Tribunal reserves Order on LTTE ban - Law et al. News, 2010-11-02 23:10:39 EST. The special tribunal, headed by Delhi high court judge Vikramjit Sen, examining the ban on LTTE Tuesday reserved its order after hearing all the concerned parties in the matter.

Appearing before the tribunal MDMK leader Vaiko demanded cancellation of the ban stating that the LTTE is not a threat to India. He said that the government has no material to substantiate its ground on which it has declared the LTTE as an unlawful organization. “Justifying the ban the government is saying that the demonstrations are going on and speeches are being made in support of the LTTE” he said stating that the government cannot be allowed to curtail the right of personal liberty on the basis of speeches made in favour of a banned organization. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 2 19:55:46 EDT 2010 Back to the top

TN not for lifting ban on LTTE
The Hindu, 2010-11-03 00:50:00 EST. At the conclusion of arguments, the Vikramajit Sen tribunal on Tuesday reserved verdict on the validity of the May 14, 2010 notification of the Centre extending the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for two years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The one-man tribunal is mandated to give its verdict within six months of the notification, which is due to expire on November 13. Continuing his submissions, Additional Solicitor-General A.S. Chandhiok, appearing for the Centre, requested the tribunal to look into the material produced in a sealed cover and said it was these documents which formed the basis for the notification. More...
Published: Tue Nov 2 19:54:36 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Lanka protests statue of LTTE leader in France - Express Buzz, 2010-11-02 08:27:52 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has lodged a protest with France over the decision of a Parisian suburb to erect a statue of S P Tamilselvan, the head of the political wing of the LTTE till his death in an air raid on November 2, 2007 during Eelam War IV... Back to the top

Sentencing postponed in 'attempted honour killing' - National Post, 2010-11-02 20:45:26 EST. Sentencing for a man who ran his van into his daughter, her boyfriend and his son-in-law in what the Crown calls a crime of honour has been postponed until Nov... Back to the top

Colombo denies reports on library attack - The Hindu, 2010-11-01 23:08:02 EST. Sri Lanka's Presidential Secretariat has denied a media report that its staff were involved in a recent “attack” on the Jaffna Public Library... Back to the top

Ponting to miss Sri Lanka one-dayer for funeral - Reuters India, 2010-11-02 07:34:45 EST. Australia captain Ricky Ponting will miss the opening one-day international against Sri Lanka to fly to Tasmania for his grandmother's funeral... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's historic Jaffna library 'vandalised' - BBC News, 2010-11-01 21:01:19 EST. The historic Jaffna public library in Sri Lanka has been closed to tourists a week after a large group of visitors vandalised it, say reports... Back to the top

China assures more aid to Sri Lanka - Frontier India - News, Analysis, Opinion, 2010-11-01 19:04:00 EST. China has assured more aid for mega development projects in Sri Lanka currently in progress with the Chinese Government funds... Back to the top

For Rajapaksa, if its CWG in india, it's Shanghai Expo in China - Hindustan Times, 2010-11-02 01:53:56 EST. China will continue to support Sri Lanka in expanding critical infrastructure like roads, bridges and highways... Back to the top

LTTE remnants trying to regroup in India: Govt
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-01 16:52:54 EST. The remnants of LTTE are trying to regroup in India and are posing a threat to VVIPs, Government today told a tribunal examining the extension of the ban on the outfit... Back to the top

It was 'an attempted honour killing,' court told - Toronto Sun, 2010-11-02 01:38:41 EST. A Scarborough father’s attempt to drive over his daughter, her boyfriend and his son-in-law was “akin to an attempted honour killing,” a Crown attorney said Monday... Back to the top

LTTE's unlawful activity still on, Centre tells tribunal - The Hindu, 2010-11-01 21:53:54 EST. There is enough material on record for extending the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for another two years from May 14, 2010 under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Centre maintained on Monday... Back to the top

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