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Buddhism bill unconstitutional- Supreme Court

Jan 6 (TN) The Supreme Court said in its determination that the Bill tabled by Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) seeking to amend the Constitution prohibiting conversion of Buddhists and binding practising Buddhists to bring up their off spring in the same religion should be passed in parliament with two-third majority more..

US Senators visit tsunami-hit areas in Sri Lanka

Jan 6 (TN) Two US Senators arrived in Colombo Thursday on the part of the ongoing international assistance to Sri Lanka and undertook visits to tsunami-hit areas in the Southern and Eastern provinces. more..

Vanni TNA MPs oppose army take over of refugee camps

Jan 6 (TN) TNA Vanni district parliamentarians vehemently protested against the directive of the President to hand over the management of welfare centres where Tsunami victims are sheltered to the State armed forces at a conference held at the Vavuniya district secretariat Thursday more..

Joint action to ensure safety of Tsunami affected children

Jan 6 (TN) The Government of Sri Lanka, UNICEF and Save the Children Sri Lanka (SCiSL) are working together to ensure safety for children who survived last week Tsunami disaster, from violence, exploitation and abuse, said in a joint press release issued by UNICEF and SCiSL Thursday. more..

TRO initiates psycho counselling project for tsunami affected

Jan 6 (TN) Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in collaboration with the North East Provincial Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs, Sports and Youth Affairs has launched a project to provide psycho counselling to students and others who are affected by the Tsunami disaster, more..

Inquiry fixed in HC applications against army officials

Jan 6 (TN) Corporal Somaretna Rajapakse of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) who was sentenced to death in the Krishanthy Cumaraswamy rape and murder case submitted his objection in the Jaffna High Court Wednesday in several Habeas Corpus (HC) applications regarding missing persons after the arrest by army soldiers during the period 1996-1997. more..


Jan 6 (TN) In order to learn about the extent of damages and ongoing remedial measures, the newly appointed District Coordinator of Relief Work for Vavuniya district Major General P.S.B. Kulatunga who is also the Commander, Security Forces Headquarters Wanni Tuesday (4) visited Pulmoddai and Kokilai areas. more..


Jan 6 (SLA) Sixty five aircraft carrying immediate relief and medical supplies from the four corners of the earth have so far turned up at Bandarnaike International Airport, Colombo after tsunami tidal waves struck the coastal belt of Sri Lanka on 26th December 2004. more..


Jan 6 (SLA) A large consignment of medicine and essentials collected by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) for distribution among Jaffna based tsunami victims were delivered to the Jaffna health authorities by Mr. S.M. Chandrasena, Deputy Minister for Women’s Development and Social Welfare who was recently in Jaffna. more..

Devastation on the east coast of Sri Lanka

Jan 6 (wsws) Ampara district on the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka was directly in the path of the December 26 tsunami and was the first to be hit. Massive waves swept over the low-lying coast without warning, flattening buildings and sweeping people away. more..

Misinformation vis-à-vis Relief supplies to the North

Jan 6 (PRIU) For the past two decades the Government has been sending food and essential supplies to the Northern and Eastern Provinces to be distributed to people displaced by the military conflict. These items were distributed through the District Administration headed by the Government Agents in each of the districts. more..

LTTE’s approach on unfolding post tsunami developments in Sri Lanka - "Chaotic"

Jan 6 (AT) The Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels are reportedly upset over the arrival of foreign naval vessels, troops and aircraft for tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka. News reports indicating the displeasure of LTTE leadership are carried by pro LTTE newspapers and websites. more..

U.S. senators visited Sri Lanka's tsunami-stricken south, pledge support for tsunami victims

Jan 6 (AP) Bill Frist, majority leader in the U.S. Senate, visited tsunami-stricken southern Sri Lanka on Thursday and pledged U.S. government support and American private sector for tens of thousands who lost homes and loved ones. more..

Sri Lanka relief work hit by tensions as world leaders set to arrive

Jan 6 (AFP) Sri Lanka's tsunami disaster relief operation was hit by tensions between Tiger rebels and the government over aid distribution as world leaders prepared to arrive for a first-hand view of the devastation wrought by the gigantic waves. more..

Scramble to restart education in tsunami-lashed Sri Lanka

Jan 6 (AFP) With 170 schools damaged or destroyed by the tsunami and another 224 being used to accommodate the homeless, Sri Lanka's education authorities are scrambling to find alternative facilities before start of the school year. more..

Fears of rape haunt women in Sri Lankan tsunami relief camps

Jan 6 (AP) Exhausted after barely surviving the Asian tsunami, 17-year-old Nelum was lying on the cement floor of a relief center when she felt a hand on her knee. It was her 62-year-old grandfather, who pushed himself on top of her, putting his hand over her mouth, recalled Nelum, who asked that her surname not be given. more..

Sri Lanka's lucky children tell how they got away

Jan 6 (Reuters) Six-year-old Shifa Maryam was reading the Koran with her classmates when the first wave hit. "The teacher shouted: 'Children, run!' We ran," she said, rushing through her story excitedly. "The water came up to here," she added, putting her hand to her neck. "I don't know what happened next." more..

Sri Lanka outlawing new construction along sea coast

Jan 6 (AP) Sri Lanka will ban the construction of new houses within 300 meters (990 feet) of the coast as a precaution to avoid future tsunami disasters, an official said Thursday. The Dec. 26 earthquake-triggered tsunami killed more than 30,000 people on this tropical island and destroyed more than 96,000 homes. more..

Sri Lankan chronicle of deaths brings in eerie fear

Jan 6 (Reuters) From a few hundred feet up, with the breakers curling lazily on mile after mile of yellow sand beneath blue skies, it is easy to see why this teardrop-shaped island was once called Serendip. more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 6 (Yahoo) A tsunami victim waits in line for food in a camp at the eastern coastal village of Kattankudi, near Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005. more..

Government Rejects Tamil Charges Tsunami Aid Delayed

Jan 6 (Bloomberg) Sri Lanka's government rejected charges by a Tamil aid group that the army is diverting relief supplies earmarked for tsunami victims in areas held by Tamil rebels in the northeast of the island. more..

Canadian Sri Lankan Groups Criticized

Jan 6 (EM) Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Canada, Geetha De Silva, insists that accusations of the misuse and seizure of humanitarian supplies in her tsunami-ravaged country are false. Mrs. De Silva said some Sri Lankan expatriate groups in Canada are trying to distort the reality of the recovery effort. more..

U.S., U.K., India Will Coordinate Relief in Sri Lanka

Jan 6 (Bloomberg) The U.S., the U.K. and India will coordinate efforts to provide food and medicines in Sri Lanka and rebuild the island nation ravaged by last week's tsunami. "We'll work closely with India and the U.S. to provide relief and expertise to help rebuild Sri Lanka's communities," more..

LTTE resents US troops in northeast

Jan 6 (Dawn) The LTTE hierarchy is reportedly undergoing a bout of anxiety about President Kumaratunga's sudden move last Tuesday to appoint senior officers of the Sri Lanka Army to coordinate the relief efforts in the Tsunami affected districts including the war torn North East which has a large presence of LTTE cadres. more..

Which way to Canada? asks Sri Lanka tsunami survivor

Jan 6 (Reuters) Vinayadamoorthy Jeyakumaran drove east to west across Sri Lanka and back again to pick up a form from the Canadian High Commission in Colombo. "I hear the Canadian embassy is giving open visas. I don't have anything left. I want to go to Canada," more..

Sri Lanka's Economy to Be Hurt by Tsunami, Fitch Says

Jan 6 (Bloomberg) Sri Lanka's economic growth will be affected "materially" this year after the Dec. 26 tsunamis left more than 30,000 people dead in the south Asian island, Fitch Ratings Lanka Ltd. said today. more..

Sri Lanka relief work hit by tensions between govt and Tamil Tiger rebels

Jan 6 (AFX) Sri Lanka's tsunami disaster relief operation was hit by tensions between Tamil Tiger rebels and the government over aid distribution as world leaders prepared to arrive for a first-hand view of the devastation wrought by the gigantic waves. more..

Don't burn tsunami debris in open: Sri Lanka minister

Jan 6 (IANS) A Sri Lankan minister has asked people to stop burning debris containing polythene and plastics, thrown up when last week's tsunami ravaged the countryside, saying the toxic gases would pollute the environment. more..

IGP appeals to public : Stop visiting affected areas

Jan 6 (DN) Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando who visited the South with a team of Police personnel including the Welfare Officials ordered to arrest all the looters and other elements attempting to take advantage of the situation in the tsunami affected areas. more..

Powell to visit Sri Lanka on Friday

Jan 6 (Xinhua) US Secretary of State Colin Powell will pay a short visit to tsunami-ravaged Sri Lankan on Friday, the US Embassy in Colombo said Thursday. Powell is scheduled to arrive in Colombo at noontime on Friday and leave the country after about three hours, said an official from the US Embassy. more..

NewsDay Photos

Jan 6 (ND) A boy gazes out of a classroom window at the St. John's camp over the weekend. Many of the refugees at the camp in Panadura lost everything they had in last week's tsunami. more..

Healing spirit, harder task for tsunami-hit Sri Lanka

Jan 6 (ED) "In the name of a mother, could you please restore my procreation ability?" Sirisena Fernando, 37, pleading Liu Zuohui, another mother and a Chinese nurse as well. It was on Thursday at the Jananandaramaya temple, a makeshift asylum for some 700 refugees in Hikkaduwa town, more..

Sri Lanka's Tsunami Survivors Gather in Camps

Jan 6 (NPR) In the north of Sri Lanka, tens of thousands of tsunami survivors are living in camps, grappling with losses and a jarring new way of life. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports. more..

Weed out beasts among the displaced

Jan 6 (ANN) In the aftermath of the killer waves that devoured tens of thousand of people and property worth billions of rupees, comes shocking news of children and women rendered destitute being subjected to sexual abuse in the hurriedly set up welfare centres. more..

Italian relief reaches LTTE direct

Jan 6 (ANN) The government appears to have been caught unawares by Italy’s decision to hand over a large stock of relief supplies to the LTTE. An Italian government delegation led by Stefan Zanini of the Italian Foreign Ministry had handed over the consignment to the LTTE in Kilinochchi on Tuesday. more..

LTTE cashing in on Tsunami

Jan 6 (ANN) The Tsunami disaster is providing opportunity for terrorist groups to recruit and to raise funds for terrorism on the back of the massive generosity pouring out of developed nations, sources reveal. more..

The agonising aftermath

Jan 6 (ANN) In the tragic aftermath of the vast inestimable devastation of physical life and property caused by the unfathomable subterranean forces of nature which exploded as if in revolt against widespread terrorism, murder misdeeds and immorality among human beings in this part of the world more..

Our debacle in early warning and a way out

Jan 6 (ANN) It is argued that in the recent catastrophic earthquake, the death toll could have been curtailed had we acquired a proper early warning system. We heard and read arguments on all aspects of it through the electronic and print media. more..

Sri Lanka bans adoption amid child snatching reports

Jan 6 (Reuters) Sri Lanka has banned the adoption of children orphaned by a deadly tsunami until further notice after receiving unconfirmed reports that some children were snatched in the wake of the disaster, government officials say. more..

Tiger proxies demand army withdraw from relief camps

Jan 6 (HT) Proxies of the Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of Sri Lankan soldiers from tsunami relief camps in northeastern regions amid increasing tension over the distribution of foreign aid pouring into the battered island. more..

Indian corporates in Lanka are also pitching in

Jan 6 (HT) Indian corporates in Sri Lanka are contributing their mite to the massive relief effort in tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka. They have so far given the equivalent of $700,000 and rendered various kinds of assistance. more..

High profile visits speed up Lankan relief

Jan 6 (HT) The planned visit of the US Secretary of State Colin Powell and the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Sri Lanka on Friday and Saturday respectively, has speeded up relief work in the tsunami-hit island. more..

Tamil women face up to survival

Jan 6 (BBC) Sixty-eight-year-old Rasamani sits on what's left of her home and cries. You can't call it a house - only the floor is left. "I keep thinking why did I survive," she sobs. "There's no point in the elderly living - it's our children who should have survived". more..

NewsDay Photos

Jan 6 (ND) A man despairs as he searches amongst the remains of his house after a massive tsunami wave swept across coastal Sri Lanka in Kalutura, Sri Lanka. more..

Cricketers appeal for eating utensils

Jan 6 (CI) The sight of tsunami victims in refugee camps on Sri Lanka's east coast using second-hand plastic bags as plates has prompted Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara to launch a personal appeal for donations of basic eating utensils. more..

Tsunami Postpones Games in Sri Lanka

Jan 6 (AP) The South Asian Games, scheduled to be hosted by Sri Lanka in August, has been postponed as the Indian Ocean island nation concentrates on rebuilding after the recent tsunami tragedy, the sports minister said Thursday. more..

Sri Lanka's tsunami death toll climbs to 30,615

Jan 6 (PTI) Sri Lanka's death toll from the deadly tsunami disaster has risen to 30,615, while the number of people made homeless decreased with many beginning to leave refugee camps, officials said today. Another 4,356 people were still missing, more..

Internet watchdog cautions donors

Jan 6 (Hindu) A new breed of email scams is exploiting the generosity of people who have rushed online to donate money to the relief effort, an internet watchdog warned last night (JAN5). The first of the tsunami cons have already hit inboxes around the world. more..

Tsunami helps bridge ethnic divide in Sri Lanka

Jan 6 (AP) A road runs through the centre of this town that is a line in the sand between Muslims and Tamils. However briefly, the tsunami that swamped the nearby coastline washed away the ethnic divide between the people on opposite sides of the street. more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 6 (Yahoo) People work to repair a railway damaged by the Dec. 26 quake-tsunami disaster in Balapitiya, Galle District, Sri Lanka Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005. more..