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3 LTTE suspects shot to death by Sri Lankan army
4/12/2014 2:43:00 PM

London, Apr 12 (ANI): The Sri Lankan army has reportedly shot dead three men, suspected to be Tamil rebels.

The army said that it killed the men who were trying to revive the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), the separatist rebel group crushed by the military in 2009, the BBC reported.

The army said that the men were taking instructions from two LTTE leaders based in Europe, adding that it had acted on information from local people opposed to the revival of the LTTE.

However, civil society

UN council votes for Sri Lanka civil war rights abuses inquiry
3/28/2014 11:39:00 AM

London, Mar. 28 (ANI): The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted for a resolution paving the way for an inquiry into rights abuses at the end of Sri Lanka's civil war.

The United States and the United Kingdom were among the countries, which sponsored a resolution that is for the first time calling for an international probe.

According to the BBC, Sri Lanka has consistently denied allegations of rights abuses and said it is being unfairly targeted.

The resolution

UN Rights Council: Crucial Vote on Sri Lanka Inquiry
3/27/2014 4:34:00 PM

Geneva, Mar.27 (ANI): Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should vote for a resolution calling on the UN's human rights office to investigate allegations of war crimes by all sides during the final months of Sri Lanka's civil war, said Human Rights Watch.

The Sri Lankan government has failed to seriously respond to two previous Human Rights Council resolutions seeking national investigations into violations of international human rights and humanitarian law

Tamil doctor reveals being pressurized by Sri Lanka govt to recant war reports
3/21/2014 12:18:00 AM

London, Mar. 21 (ANI): A Tamil doctor has revealed he was forced by the Sri Lankan government to recant his claims about casualty figures during the civil war.

Dr T Varatharaja was working in Sri Lanka's combat zone in the final days of the civil war.

Varatharaja was one of five doctors who spoke regularly to the media during the war, giving far higher casualty figures than the government, the BBC reports.

According to the BBC, the doctors were arrested and later said the

Global rights watchdogs demand release of Lankan rights defenders
3/18/2014 12:04:00 AM

New York, Mar.18 (ANI): The arbitrary arrest and detention of prominent human rights defenders is an attempt to silence criticism and divert the spotlight from ongoing abuses, leading global and Asian human rights monitors said today in a joint statement.

The statement was issued by Amnesty International, Forum Asia, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the International Commission of Jurists.

Ruki Fernando of the Colombo-based INFORM and Father Praveen Mahesan,

Sri Lanka arrests two prominent rights activists under anti-terrorism law
3/18/2014 12:04:00 AM

London, Mar. 18 (ANI): The Sri Lankan authorities have arrested two senior human rights activists under anti-terror laws.

Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan were arrested in the northern town of Kilinochchi in the former war zone late on Sunday.

Authorities said that the activists have been detained on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred or disharmony, or violence between ethnic groups.

According to the BBC, the two can face up to 20 years in prison on terror

Police detains Tamil activist in Sri Lanka for harbouring criminal
3/15/2014 2:41:00 PM

London, March 15 (ANI): A prominent Tamil activist has been arrested by the police in Sri Lanka on suspicion of harbouring a criminal.

Jeyakumari Balendran, who has been actively campaigning against political disappearances, was arrested along with her young daughter for harbouring a suspected criminal who shot and wounded a policeman recently.

According to the BBC, Balendran's teenage son was conscripted by the Tamil Tigers towards the end of the war and was reported to have

Nepal to deploy security on Everest to ward off summit fights
2/22/2014 10:49:00 AM

London, Feb. 22 (ANI): In an attempt to control brawls between climbers, Nepal has reportedly decided to deploy a team of security officials at Everest base camp.

The move comes in the wake of last year's brawl between European mountaineers and a group of Sherpas at 7,470m (24,508ft) over the fixing of ropes on the slope.

An office staffed by army and police will open in April at Everest base camp as the climbing season gets under way, the BBC reported.

Dipendra Poudel ,

18 people feared killed in Nepal plane clash
2/17/2014 9:11:00 AM

Kathmandu, Feb.17 (ANI): At least 18 people are feared dead after a Nepal Airlines twin otter plane went missing on Sunday.

According to local reports, the plane was on its way to Jumla in western Nepal.

A Nepal Airlines spokesperson said they have not been able to locate the plane as yet.

He said among the passengers are a child and a Danish national.

The missing passengers are yet to be identified.

The plane is said to have halted for refuelling at Pokhara Airport

Bangladesh: The Chittagong Arms haul case
2/14/2014 4:11:00 PM

Dhaka, Feb.14 (ANI): Late night on April 1, 2004, two trawlers - Kazadan and Amanat- berthed at the Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Limited (CUFL) jetty. Their lethal cargo consisted of 4,930 sophisticated firearms of different types, 840 rocket launchers, 300 rockets, 27,020 grenades, 2,000 grenade-launching tubes, 6,392 magazines and 11.41 million bullets.

Ten years after the incident, a Chittagong Metropolitan Special Tribunal sentenced 14 people to death on January 30, 2014. These included

HRW calls on Bangladesh Govt. to protect rights of garment workers'
2/6/2014 12:26:00 AM

New York, Feb.6 (ANI): The Bangladesh Government should stop garment factory owners from intimidating and threatening workers for organizing trade unions, and prosecute those responsible for attacks on labor leaders, Human Rights Watch said today.

Foreign buyers, including major US and European retailers, should ensure that their Bangladeshi suppliers respect labor rights.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 47 workers in 21 factories in and around Dhaka. The workers claimed that some

Former Bangladesh Government advisor analyses fateful 2014 polls
2/4/2014 11:41:00 AM

Dhaka, Feb.4 (ANI): Post the violent elections in Bangladesh conducted on January 5, the Executive Chairman of the Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and a former advisor to the caretaker government of Bangladesh, Hossain Zillur Rahman, has pinpointed the failures of the elections that were also shunned globally.

The election has led to a parliament whose legitimacy is questionable. The government which is in place now suffers from this legitimacy issue enormously at home

Bangladesh awards death penalty to Ulfa military chief , 13 others in 2004 arms cache case
1/30/2014 2:28:00 PM

Dhaka, Jan. 30 (ANI): A special Bangladesh court has reportedly awarded death penalty to 14 people, including military commander of Indian separatist group, United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), Paresh Barua, for allegedly smuggling in 10 truckloads of firearms in 2004.

The convicts also include Jamaat chief and then industries minister Motiur Rahman Nizami and then state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and five intelligence officials.

According to a report in The Daily Star,

Sri Lankan courts order release of 163 Indian fishermen
1/14/2014 1:12:00 PM

Colombo, Jan. 14 (ANI): Courts in Sri Lanka have reportedly ordered the release of 163 Indian fishermen.

The Indian fishermen were arrested by Sri Lanka Navy personnel over the past two months and lodged in prisons across the island nation.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne is expected to arrive in India today for bilateral talks scheduled for tomorrow. (ANI)

Bangladesh: Elections Part III - The Future
1/14/2014 11:04:00 AM

Dhaka, Jan.14 (ANI): Where does Bangladesh go from here? Elections to the 10th Parliament have been held, marred as they were by violence.

The new MPs have been sworn in. A new government has taken office. Khaleda Zia and the BNP are out in the cold and face the prospect of being there for the next 5 years unless they can force the government to agree to fresh elections under a caretaker government. This would mean more violence, especially against the minorities and further destruction

Bangladesh new cabinet to take oath today
1/12/2014 1:55:00 PM

Dhaka, Jan 12 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will form her new Cabinet taking the oath of office on Sunday for the second consecutive term.

Hasina's Awami League Party won with a 'massive victory' in the much-talked-about election to the 10th parliament.

The oath taking ceremony of Hasina and her Cabinet will be held at 3.30 pm at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban.

President Abdul Hamid will administer the oath while the cabinet secretary will moderate

India launches third phase of housing project in Sri Lanka
1/8/2014 12:55:00 AM

Colombo, Jan.8 (ANI): India has launched the third phase of a housing project in Sri Lanka by expanding the category of beneficiaries to include Indian-origin Tamils who are settled in the central part of the country as plantation laborers.

India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y.K.Sinha told All India Radio in an interview that the second phase was completed with successful construction of 10,000 houses in the north and eastern parts of the country for internally displaced people

Lanka court extends remand of 111 Indian fishermen till Jan 20
1/7/2014 12:33:00 AM

Colombo, Jan.7 (ANI): A magistrate's court in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, has extended the remand of 111 Indian fishermen who were caught on December 11 till January 20.

Another court in Kuthlam near Colombo also extended the remand of another group of 15 fishermen till January 20th.

A total of 292 Indian fishermen are currently in Sri Lankan jails, even as the courts are refusing to release them. (ANI)

Voter turnout in Bangladesh thin till late afternoon
1/5/2014 4:02:00 PM

Dhaka, Jan. 5 (ANI): Bangladesh is reportedly witnessing very low turnout of voters as people preferred to stay back at their homes fearing violence in the 10th parliamentary election.

In Dhaka and other 58 districts, polling officials sat idle for a long time to see voters turning up.

According to the Daily Star, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said that as all political parties did not participate in the election contributed to the low turn up.

He

Bangladesh goes to poll amid violent opposition protests
1/5/2014 11:23:00 AM

London, Jan. 5 (ANI): Voting has begun in Bangladesh's parliamentary election amid opposition protests that have left a number of people dead.

At least 100 polling stations were torched on the eve of the election.

The opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) began a nationwide 48-hour strike on Saturday a day after its leader Khaleda Zia urged supporters to 'completely boycott' what she called a 'scandalous farce' of an election, the BBC reports.

Voting is

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