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Sri Lanka’s Police Minister assures thorough probe on killings of youth in north, then walks out

Colombo, Oct 26 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Law and Order Minister, Sagala Ratnayake, on Wednesday reiterated that the government would hold a thorough and transparent probe into the killings of two youth in the former war torn north last week. Addressing a media briefing, Ratnayaka said that the government "was extremely sorry" over the killings of the students and assured...

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Northern Province Chief Minister calls for calm as North Sri Lanka observes total hartal over killing of students by police

Colombo, October 25 (The New Indian Express): The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has appealed to the people of the province, especially the youth, to be calm as they mourn the killing of two university students by the police. In a statement released from London, the Chief Minister said that while conveying his condolences to the...

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India-Sri Lanka differences over Trincomalee oil tanks persist despite Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit

Colombo, October 25 (The New Indian Express): Differences between India and Sri Lanka over the Trincomalee oil storage tanks persist, despite the three day visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary, S.Jaishankar, which ended on tuesday. Reliable sources said on Tuesday that the basic “technical and legal issues” which have been preventing the full use of the giant oil tanks remain...

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Sri Lankan Tamils keep caste oppression under wraps for the sake of a political need to exhibit Tamil unity

Colombo, October 22 (The New Indian Express): Despite the existence of a unified “Tamil” identity, Sri Lankan Tamil society is rent by caste inequalities and is dived into “Oppressing and Oppressed Castes.” But issues thrown up caste inequalities do not find expression in the public domain for a variety of reasons, campaigners for social justice and researchers say. Basically, there...

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Jaffna in the grip of tension as President Sirisena orders probe into killing two Jaffna Varsity students

Colombo, October 22 (NIA): With the Tamil-majority North Sri Lanka in the grip of tension over the killing of two Jaffna University students by police at a checkpoint on October 20, the Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, has ordered an impartial investigation, and the five policemen involved have been arrested and remanded. But the radical  Tamil Peoples‘ Council, led by...

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