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June 4, 2016

Sri Lankan refugees intercepted before reaching Australia

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, India.
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Indian authorities intercepted a truck with 33 Sri Lankan refugees in Tiruvallur, a small town in Chennai, India. The refugees, missing from four different government-run camps, planned to board a boat to Australia to seek refuge.

The passengers included six women and six children. The two agents travelling with these people assured them they would be leaving from Pulicat Lake in Chennai, but were intercepted while being transported by truck between Tirupalaivanam and Sholavaram police limits in a neighbouring district.

The refugees were planning to travel to Christmas Island, 3,710 km away from the Tamil Nadu coast, and then board a boat to Australia.

According to police, four or five similar attempts have been made within the past 3 years to take the journey to Australia by boat, with an estimated 100,000 Sri Lankans seeking refuge in the past 30 years. These people have travelled to southern India, mainly to Tamil Nadu, due to the conflict between the Sri Lankan army and separatist rebels, ending in 2009.

There are 109 camps, holding 60,000 refugees in Tamil Nadu. Here, they receive food, an allowance and education.

Sylendra Babu, coastal security group head told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that, ‘”They are just being duped by agents, who have been arrested and will be booked under both trafficking laws and the national security act”.

According to officials, for a one-way ticket to Australia, smugglers charge 100,000 Rupees (A$2033) and most journeys are unsuccessful in reaching their destination.



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January 12, 2015

Sri Lanka to investigate alleged coup attempt by outgoing president

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The government of Sri Lanka are to investigate claims of an alleged coup by the outgoing president Mahinda Rajapaksa following his defeat in the recent presidential election by Maithripala Sirisena.

Mangala Samaraweera, aide to the new president, said yesterday at a press conference: “People think it was a peaceful transition. It was anything but”. He went on to say “The first thing the new cabinet will investigate is the coup and conspiracy by President Rajapaksa”.

Samaraweera also said the coup was unsuccessful due to the military not cooperating, saying the president “stepped down only when the army chief and the police inspector general refused to go along with him.” Samaraweera alleged Rajapaksa wanted to deploy soldiers and police to halt vote counting after early results suggested he was unlikely to win the election.

Rajapaksa has strongly denied the allegations and Rajapaksa’s media secretary Wijayananda Herat claimed the consultation with police and military leaders was only to instruct them to tighten the country’s security measures. Ruwan Wanigasooriya, a spokesman for the country’s military, told Agence France-Presse no attempted coup had come to his attention.

Following his election win, the new president gave a speech from the city of Kandy where he said he would protect the country’s religious minorities: “While protecting the country’s main religion Buddhism, we also protect the rights and freedom of Hindu, Muslim, and Catholic people in practicing their religion and create consensus among them to build up this country”.

Sirisena also vowed to take on corruption in government: “I will take all the steps to eliminate corruption, loopholes, and bribes completely from this country”. He also pledged to protect freedom of the press in Sri Lanka, stating he had ordered news websites to be unblocked by the country’s Telecommunication Regulation Commission. Rajitha Senaratne, a member of the Sri Lankan Parliament who acted as a spokesman for Sirisena, also addressed the topic of press freedom during the election campaign, saying the government would investigate the killing of journalists and phone tapping would no longer occur.



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September 18, 2012

T20 World Cup Live

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The much awaited battle of the cricketers in the most popular cricket format of this century is scheduled to kick start on the 18th of September 2012 in Sri Lanka. The 2012 ICC World Twenty-Twenty an international event will be completely organized by Sri Lanka.

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August 11, 2011

Sri Lankan cricketer Norton Fredrick dies aged 73

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Fredrick played for Ceylon against India in Ahmedabad in 1965

Norton Fredrick, the Sri Lankan cricketer who played for the national All Ceylon team during the 1960s, has died at the age of 73. He died in his home town of Wattala after suffering from a terminal illness. He played for the Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club as well as nationally for the All Ceylon team, before Sri Lanka had test status.

During his national career he played against nations such as Pakistan, Australia, and India. A skilled fast bowler he spoke about his first match saying “It was a very memorable baptism for me. The match was played at the Colombo Oval – Sara Stadium. I bowled well and took a hat-trick. I still remember the three victims – R. Ramesh, V. V. Kumara and G. Thomas. I played two Gopalan games in 1964 and 1965. It was a wonderful experience. We played for the love of the game.”

During an unofficial test match against India in 1965 he set up a four-wicket win after taking seven wickets. This was the first time that the All Ceylon team had won against India. His national career was ended in 1968 after family commitments forced him to end his career.

Fredrick is survived by his wife and a son. Another son served as an army officer and died during the Sri Lankan civil war. Fredrick’s death comes in the same month as Gamini Goonasena, another former Sri Lankan cricketer who died at the age of 80.



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April 2, 2011

Man charged with two counts of attempted murder in south London, England

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Police in London, England, UK have charged a 19-year-old man with two counts of attempted murder. Anthony McCalla, from the district of Streatham, is accused of shooting Thusha Kamaleswaran, a five-year-old girl, and Roshan Selvakumar, 35, in a shop in Stockwell, a southern district of the city.

Kamaleswaran was shot in the chest, while Selvakumar was wounded in the head. Selvakumar is currently in stable condition. Kamaleswaran’s condition is listed as serious but stable.

Both victims are Sri Lankan but are unrelated to each other. The incident took place after three youngsters on bicycles pursued two youths who sought cover inside the store. According to BBC News Online, investigators have discovered that Kamaleswaran’s mother, 12-year-old brother, and three-year-old sister were also inside the store during the shooting.

McCalla is expected to appear before Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court today. A second suspect in the shooting, a 14-year-old boy, remains under arrest on suspicion of attempted murder.

For details which lead to those involved being caught, Crimestoppers is pledging a £50,000 reward.

Sky News reported that Kamaleswaran is believed to be the youngest victim of a gun-related offence in London.


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August 14, 2010

Wikinews Shorts: August 14, 2010

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Tamil migrant boat bound for Canada sparks debate

Hundreds of Sri Lanka Tamils seeking asylum in Canada unboarded their cargo ship that they used to sail from Sri Lanka to Vancouver. Some of the people who were on board the MV Sun Sea needed medical treatment, but officials have said that they were not aware of major medical problems.

The landing of the 490 refugees, however, has raised concerns that some onboard might have been members of the Tamil Tigers Sri Lankan rebel group. The Tigers, who fought a civil war against the Sri Lankan government for over two decades and lost in 2009, have been designated a terrorist group by the Canadian government since 2006. “Our goal is to ensure that our refugee system is not hijacked by criminals or terrorists,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said. Toews also said that the governnment would be taking a tough line with the ship’s passengers.

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March 15, 2010

Tamil party drops commitment to independence from Sri Lanka

Tamil party drops commitment to independence from Sri Lanka

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Percentage of ethnic Tamils in each district of Sri Lanka. Regular numbers are from 2001 census, italic numbers from 1981 census.
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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the chief political party of the ethnic Tamil group in Sri Lanka, has said in its manifesto for upcoming elections that it would accept a “federal structure” for the country. Since its formation in 2001, the TNA had previously aimed for full independence for Tamil regions. The party also stated it would encourage non-violent civil disobedience in support of Tamil rights.

Sri Lanka’s civil war has killed up to 100,000 people, after the Tamil Tiger rebel group began its armed struggle in 1983. The TNA had widely been viewed as a political wing to the Tigers. In 2009 the Sri Lankan government launched a major military assault against Tiger militants in the north of the country, which displaced around 280,000 people and provoked international controversy. However it succeeded in defeating the rebels, and led to the re-election of president Mahinda Rajapaksa this year.

The TNA, a coalition of various Tamil parties, currently holds 22 seats in the Sri Lankan parliament but has been weakened by the defeat of the Tigers. Since its formation in 2001 it has pushed for independence for the Tamil dominated regions of the north and east, but has had to avoid any direct endorsement of separatism, which would be considered illegal.

In the new manifesto, released on Saturday, the party also said that it would begin a civil disobedience movement in the style of Mahatma Gandhi. One section said: “If the Sri Lankan state continues its present style of governance without due regard to the rights of the Tamil-speaking peoples, [we] will launch a peaceful, non-violent campaign of civil disobedience on the Gandhian model.”

The parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka are due to occur on 8 April. The government are also hoping to strengthen their position, and achieve the two-thirds majority they need to enact changes to the constitution.



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January 27, 2010

Votes in Sri Lankan presidential elections counted

Votes in Sri Lankan presidential elections counted

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Ballots are being counted in Sri Lanka, after a presidential election was held there, the first after the Tamil Tiger rebels were defeated during a 25-year-long civil war.

The incumbent president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is expected to be in a close race against former army chief, General Sarath Fonseka; both candidates say they expect to win. There are twenty other candidates on the ballot, but none of them are expected to win.

Polls closed at 16.00 local time, or 10.30 GMT on Tuesday. There were claims of voter intimidation and sporadic acts of violence, and the BBC reports that there were some small bomb blasts. The independent operating organisation Centre for Monitoring Election Violence said it had confirmed close to a hundred violent incidents during the day, adding that it believes the number could rise to 150.

Tamil politician Dharmalingam Sithadthan, however, described the voting as “very peaceful”.

Polls were reportedly busy, with stations in the capital of Colombo being filled with lines of people half an hour before polls officially opened at 07.00 (01.30 UTC).

“I have been voting at this booth for over 20 years but never saw a crowd like this,” said businessman Mohamed Sallel, who had voted in the Borella district of the capital, as quoted by The Telegraph. Another voter, Doctor Nimalka Perera, gave an account of the crowds: “When I first came here, the queue was too long so I went back and came two hours later on my way to the hospital and found the line even longer.”

President Rajapakse, after voting in his home constituency, addressed reporters. “We will have a great victory. We must be ready to face the challenges of reaching new heights after this vote,” he said.

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—Businessman and voter Mohamed Sallel

Fonseka, however, wasn’t able to cast a ballot, apparently because his name didn’t appear on the 2008 electroral register used for the elections.

“My name is not on the 2008 register and therefore I cannot vote at this election. The government is trying to use this to mislead the public at the last minute,” Fonseka stated, saying that he had filled out his voter registration forms.

Foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama, as well as other politicians from the ruling party, suggested that Fonseka might be disqualified from the elections. “We are seeking a court order on the suitability of this candidate because he is not eligible to be declared as a candidate,” Bogollagama said, adding that the government wanted a ruling from the courts.

Independent elections commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake, however, remarked: “Not having one’s name on the electoral list is not a disqualification.”

The country’s electoral rules state that if neither candidate is able to obtain half of the ballots cast in the first count, then voters’ second preferences are to be used to determine the winner. Political observers commented that election was too close to call between the two.



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January 14, 2010

Sri Lankan reporter Tissanayagam released on bail

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Sri Lankan Tamil journalist J. S. Tissainayagam, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year, has been released on bail of Rs 50,000 (aproximately $437) by Appeal Court judges Ranjith Silva and D. S. Lekamwasam. This move comes ahead of upcoming general elections taking place on January 26th.

Jeyaprakash Tissainayagam, a Tamil, was arrested in 2008 after he wrote articles accusing the government of deliberately cutting off ethnic Tamil areas from food and other essential supplies during the latter stages of the war.

He was convicted on August 31, 2008 under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act on charges of inciting violence and receiving money from rebel groups and sentenced to 20 years in prison with hard labor.

During his trial, Tissanayagam claimed that he was harassed and threatened by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) while under detention. He has also filed a fundamental rights petition with the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

International rights groups and Sri Lankan journalists have condemned the act of putting a journalist in jail for his reporting. United States president Barack Obama called him one of the “emblematic examples” of reporters jailed for their work.



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August 10, 2009

Tsunami warnings issued after two major earthquakes strike islands near India, Japan

Monday, August 10, 2009

A tsunami warning has been issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Andaman Islands near India. The quake struck 260 kilometers (160 miles) North of Port Blair in the Andaman Islands at approximately 1:55 a.m. local time with a depth of 33.1km (20.6 miles). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says it’s likely the quake was an aftershock to the deadly magnitude 9.1 earthquake in 2004 that triggered a massive tsunami killing nearly 230,000 people.

As well as India the warning applies to Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The NOAA indicates the risk of a tsunami as ‘moderate to high’ and warnings will remain in place for a minimum of three hours for some areas, from the time the alerts were issued. However, no waves have been reported in any of the areas indicated in the warning.

“Earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a destructive local tsunami and sometimes a destructive regional tsunami along coasts located usually no more than a thousand kilometers from the earthquake epicenter,” said the NOAA in a statement on its website.

Minutes later, at 2:07 a.m. Indian time, the USGS said a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 31 kilometers (19 miles) South, Southwest of the Shizuoka Prefecture, near Honshū, Japan with a depth of 26.8 km (16.7 miles). However, officials in Japan put the quake at a magnitude 6.6. A tsunami watch was also issued for the area and a short time later small, two foot waves were reported in the Tsuruga Bay area, causing no damage.

As a precaution, Japanese officials have shut down at least two units, reactor No. 4 and 5 at the nuclear power facility in Hamaoka to perform a safety check. Alarms inside the plant indicated a possible radiation leak inside reactor 5, but officials say no radiation has been detected outside containment. According to Japan’s Trade Ministry, both reactors shut down automatically after censors detected the quake. Area trains have also been stopped. This was the second earthquake in Japan in two days, following an earlier one that measured 6.9 near Tokyo.

There are no reports of major damage with either quake. Spokesman for the USGS, Paul Caruso, says both quakes appear to be unrelated. There are also no no reports of injuries and singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Simpson, who flew to Japan over the weekend, is also safe after feeling the shaking.

“Thought I was hallucinating during a 6.6 earthquake in Japan. I have never felt anything like this in my life,” said Simpson from via her Twitter account.

Indonesia has also seen an earthquake, a 5.7 magnitude that occurred 74km from Wewak at 1:46 a.m. local time on Monday.


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