HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

  • Trinamool legislators walk out over Lalgarh 'atrocities' July 1, 2009

    Kolkata: The legislators of West Bengal's main opposition Trinamool Congress on Tuesday walked out of the state assembly, protesting against "atrocities" by the joint security forces on innocent villagers of Lalgarh during the operation to flush out Maoists. Trinamool members were upset after an adjournment motion called by a party member...
  • Talking Point: Should Asia celebrate Prabhakaran's death? May 20, 2009

    New Delhi: LTTE chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran is dead. His body was found with bullet wounds on his head. It is the end of one of the bloodiest and longestruning armed conflicts in Asia. Away from the warzone on the streets of Colombo, Sri Lankans celebrated the decimation of the rebel...
  • Sri Lanka: 64 dead in hospital attack at Mullaivaikal May 3, 2009

    New Delhi: In Sri Lanka, 64 people are reportedly dead after a makeshift hospital was attacked in Mullaivaikal. Reports say the hospital was hit by artillery fire of the Sri Lankan army. However, Sri Lankan army sources say there was no bombardment and that the hospital was destroyed in...
  • Wartorn Sri Lanka facing humanitarian crisis April 27, 2009

    Colombo: As the Sri Lankan army encircles the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), aid groups are raising concern about the estimated 50,000 civilians still trapped in a war zone. With defeat staring at its face, the LTTE is on the backfoot and called for a ceasefire on Sunday, but the...
  • Sudan expels aid workers, hunger crisis looms large March 25, 2009

    New Delhi: Sudan is at the cusp of a major humanitarian crisis. More than a million people could go hungry in Darfur from the month of May, as a result of gaps left by the expulsion of foreign aid and relief groups by the government. This shocking assessment has been...