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Thousands gather to remember victims of civil war in Sri Lanka

The anniversary falls nearly a month after Easter Sunday bombings, the worst terror attack in the country that killed 258 people and injured over 500 others. According to the Army, 27,000 soldiers were lost in the war.

Explained: India extends ban on LTTE – background and context

India's relationship with the LTTE was complex -- from providing support to the guerrillas initially to sending the Indian Peacekeeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1990.

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LTTE ban extended for another five years: MHA

The MHA, in a notification, said the Tamil militant group has not abandoned its pursuit for a separate state for Tamils and has been regrouping at a local and international level.

Sri Lanka President Sirisena orders release of all Tamil civilian lands by December 31

Sri Lanka witnessed three-decades-long civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during which the military occupied civilian lands in the northern and eastern provinces for military purposes.

280 Lankan Tamils, including 29 children, disappeared in one day: ITJP

The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) website has listed 280 names of enforced disappearances of people in Sri Lanka which included at least 29 children, a release from the ITJP said.

Sri Lanka: Troops who committed warcrimes at behest of politicians would be punished, says President Sirisena

According to the UN figures, up to 40,000 civilians were killed by the security forces during former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's regime that brought an end to the brutal conflict with the defeat of the LTTE 2009

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Parliamentarian proposes setting up common memorial for Tamils

Devananda said since a majority of the victims came from north and eastern districts the defence ministry felt that the monument could be constructed at the north central capital of Anuradhapura. The third Friday of May could be kept as the day of commemoration.

'Lankan Army ready to share anti-terror experience with others', says Army chief Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake

Over 90 foreign military and civil scholars are attending the two-day seminar with 800 participants, including 15 foreign and 12 local guest speakers.

'Not treated like criminal but common courtesies were lacking': MDMK's Vaiko on detention at Malaysia airport

Despite an explanation by Vaiko that he was an Indian citizen, the authorities reportedly paid no heed to his claims.

Human shields elsewhere

Both terrorists and governments are alleged to have used them — in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Syria and Israel

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On this day in 1960, Sri Lanka elected its first female head of state.

Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the prime minister of Sri Lanka, giving the country its first female head of state. See more: https://bit.ly/2Ld0BOG

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