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Minister Champika Ranawaka demands Norway to hand over Oslo-based LTTE terrorist: Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and Minister, Champika Ranawaka, in a letter to Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo has demanded Norway to immediately hand over Oslo-based Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Perinbanayagam Siwaparan alias Nediyavan to Sri Lankan authorities. The Minister said that Nediyavan who is believed to have financed the terrorist activities of LTTE, lives freely in Oslo despite the Interpol arrest warrant against him. Colombo Page, May 23, 2014.

NPC members try to commemorate LTTE members killed during the war: Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members, identified as M.K. Sivajilingam and Ananthi Sasitharan, had attempted to light camphor at the entrance of the closed building of the Council in Jaffna District to commemorate slain militants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the war. Ananthi Sasitharan is the wife of slain LTTE 'eastern leader', Sasitharan alias Elilan. Colombo Page, May 16, 2014.

Sri Lanka's IDP count at present estimated to be around 90,000, says IDMC Report: Norway based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), in a report released on May 14 stated that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka is estimated to be up to 90,000 persons five years after the end of the war in 2009. The IDMC report said that the Government has reportedly moved several thousand IDPs to permanent relocation sites, often without their voluntary or fully informed choice in the matter and thousands of returnees are still in need of housing, water, sanitation, livelihoods and food. Colombo Page, May 16, 2014.

Sri Lanka Army begins recruiting Tamil youth from Northern Province for the first time since the war ended in 2009: Sri Lanka Army has commenced recruiting Tamil youth from the war-torn Northern Province for the first time since the armed conflict against Tamil Tiger rebels ended five years ago. The Army sources said that the first round of the recruitment started on May 8 at Maritime (Muhudubadapattu) Divisional Secretariat in Mullaitivu District, Northern Province in which more than 50 Tamil youths have applied and the interviewers will move to Oddusuddan, Puthumattalan, Mullaitivu and other areas to conduct interviews until June 30, 2014. Colombo Page, May 13, 2014.

India was instrumental in creating PCs, says outgoing Consul General of India Venkadasalam Mahalingam: The outgoing Consul General of India, Venkadasalam Mahalingam during his farewell speech in Jaffna District on May 6 said that India was instrumental in creating the Provincial Councils (PCs) in Sri Lanka. He further said that nobody can deny India's instrumental role in creating the Northern Province (NP) in the country which has an elected Chief Minister and other Ministers holding different portfolios. Daily Mirror, May 7, 2014.

Almost all of UN agencies praise Sri Lanka's achievements on all fronts since the war victory, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 1 said that almost all of the United Nations (UN) agencies praise Sri Lanka's achievements on all fronts since the war victory. He added that the changes brought about in Sri Lanka since the launching of the Mahinda Chintana (Mahinda Vision) Policy framework some nine years ago and following the eradication of separatist terrorism from the soil of Sri Lanka were clearly visible to anybody and could be experienced by anyone. Daily Mirror, May 2, 2014.

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