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GTF hails Jayalalithaa, Modi victories, urges decisive action on Tamil question

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) hailed the sweeping victories of the Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu and BJP leader Narenda Modi in India as historic, congratulating both on their appointment, and expressing hope that the new government “will stand firmly against the past and present injustices faced by the Tamils and deal decisively with the Rajapaksa government in bringing just peace in the island of Sri Lanka.” “GTF is delighted that the determined voice of support that has echoed consistently from across the Palk Strait has been strengthened by a historic democratic vote [and] send our humble congratulations in celebrating Madam Jayalalithaa and her party being re-elected with an overwhelming historic majority to lead the people of Tamil Nadu and be the leader of Tamils all over the […]

State Terrorism in Sri Lanka

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Nallur Temple surrounded by troops Troops besiege Uthayan office in Jaffna Troops outside Thinakkural newspaper office in Jaffna TNPF office blocked off by army Access to TNA office blocked by army Jaffna blood donation centre blocked off by army Sri Lankan military restricts access to Keerimalai Temple The Sri Lankan military has restricted access to Keerimalai, blocking Tamils from entering the town on the Jaffna peninsula, famous for its temple. Events to commemorate the 5 year anniversary of Mullivaikkal at the temple were cancelled as the army blocked all main roads leading to the town, reported GTN.   Army on the Thellipalai-Keerimalai road are only letting through Sinhalese tourists and stopping Tamils to go to the temple to perform rituals for those that died in the war,Uthayan reported.NPC […]

British Tamils Mark Fifth Anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre with Rally at Trafalgar Square

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Several thousand British Tamils attended a rally organised by British Tamils Forum at Trafalgar Square on Sunday 18 May 2014 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Mullivaikkal Massacre. The event commemorated the tens of thousands of Tamil people who were killed, and many more injured, at Mullivaikkal and drew together many of those who spent weeks in Parliament Square in 2009 warning the world of the impending catastrophe. Speakers at the rally pointed out that, since then, the suffering has continued, and even got worse, for the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, as the military has further entrenched its presence in the North and East. Tamil people both at home and abroad have seen their land seized in order to make way for Sinhala […]

In an interview to NDTV television, Sri Lanka defense secretary Gotabaya Rajabakse said “I will be surprised if my military did not rape Tamil women.”

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

“I will be surprised if my military did not rape Tamil women.” The defense minister of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapakse, who is also the brother of the President of Sri Lanka; in an interview said he will only be surprised if Sri Lanka army do not rape Tamil women. Both the president and the defense secretary are already been accused of genocide of Tamils. The defense secretary in another interview arrogantly said we will not allow UN or anyone else to conduct any kind of investigation into the allegations. China and Russia vehemently defends the officially rapist government of Sri Lanka from facing any investigation on the allegations. In the meantime UN panel report that accuses Sri Lanka of crimes, UNHRC verbal reports that demands […]

New Pictures Of Isaipriya Alive Emerge

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

New pictures of the LTTE media TV newsreader Isaipriya alive have emerged.The Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence claims 53 Division troops killed Isaipriya during the last battle. Her name is in the Ministry of Defence’s published list – “Identified LTTE leaders who were killed on 18 May 2009 by 53 Division troops“  – as “Lieutenant Colonel – Issei Piriya – Communications/Publicity Wing”. Isaipriya was taken into army custody on May 18, 2009. First pictures of her dead body emerged. Then on June 22, 2012 , Colombo Telegraph published pictures and a video which show the LTTE media TV announcer Issapriya’s naked body lies with the hundreds of dead bodies, but this time her hands are untied. The security forces officer speaking in Sinhala language to a female says, “here, here, Voice of Tiger […]

Obama Asked Tamil Tigers To Surrender in 2009 and they were killed by Sri Lankan forces

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Obama Asks Tamil Tigers To Surrender, Sri Lanka To Mind Civilians President Obama, speaking this afternoon, made a direct statement to both the Tamil Tigers as well as the Sri Lankan government regarding the enduring civil war and widespread civilian devastation in that country. Obama asked that the Tigers lay down their arms and surrender to the Sri Lankan government, and he asked that the Sri Lankans cease “the indiscriminate shelling” with heavy artillery that has been decimating civilians. The growing humanitarian crisis has captured international attention for weeks now. Obama’s statements Wednesday came shortly after Amnesty International (AI) — one of many humanitarian groups who has been vocal about the growing humanitarian crisis — issued an official plea, saying: “While U.S. Secretary of State […]

Behind The Sri Lankan Bloodbath of Tamil Civilians

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

China, Pakistan and India helped Sri Lanka to kill thousands of Tamil Civilians by suppling of offensive weapons and its munificent aid. Thousands of noncombatants, according to the United Nations, were killed in the final phase of the Sri Lankan war this year as government forces overran the Tamil Tiger guerrillas. Nearly five months after Colombo’s stunning military triumph, the peace dividend remains elusive, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa setting out–in the name of “eternal vigilance”–to expand by 50% an already-large military. Little effort has been made to reach out to the Tamil minority and begin a process of national reconciliation. China, clearly, was the decisive factor in ending the war through its generous supply of offensive weapons and its munificent aid. It even got its ally […]

Five Years After The End Of The War: Conflict Worsens And Hopes Fade Away!

18th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – Introduction The fact that you have invited me to write my thoughts on five years after the war, helps me to join at least the few progressive voices, who do not sing with the majority or swim with the stream, but genuinely concerned about promoting a peaceful coexistence of all the peoples and religions within the island. Though the Government and their media doing their utmost to portray me and my engagement during the last two decades as pro-terrorist and pro-separatist, I wish to say clearly and with utmost sincerity that the truth is far from it.  Heaps of lies have been fabricated from internet-gossips and written about me, tarnishing my identity not only as a supporter of terrorism and separatism,but also […]

TNA pins hopes on Modi

18th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Mirudhula Thambiah  The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) expressed hope that the newly elected Bharatia Janata Party (BJP) will act meaningfully in solving the issues of Tamils in Sri Lanka, by influencing the government to implement reasonable power sharing.  TNA Parliamentarian and Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran, said their Party believes the newly elected Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will play a favourable role in resolving the issues of Tamils in Sri Lanka. “We expect the BJP to work towards pushing the government to provide a better power sharing process for the Tamils,” he said.Commenting on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (CM)… …Jayalalithaa Jayaram’s stand with the elected Indian custodian, he said, Tamil Nadu has passed a resolution seeking a political solution in Sri Lanka. “Therefore CM Jayalalithaa will back […]

Colombo reneging repeatedly on an undertaking given by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in full

18th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Narendra Damodardas Modi, India’s new Prime Minister, has a reputation as a no- nonsense politician and a tough decision-maker. As much as he is touted for his pro business policies, Modi is identified with his allegiance to masculine Hindu nationalism of the BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right wing paramilitary Hindu nationalist group. His vision is shaped by India’s national defence, the Indian world view and the Indian civilization – one of the oldest, which along with China claimed for half of the world production in the 17th century. Both great civilizations declined by the early ninetieth century, due to internal chaos and foreign invasions. Modi is now on a mission to steer India to its rightful place in the […]

”I did not see anything special on the BJP manifesto” Basil Rajapaksa

18th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan   Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, yesterday said, “Asia has produced another Rajapaksa and ‘doer’,” referring to the overwhelming election victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Leader, Narendra Modi. “There would be better ‘chemistry’ between President Rajapaksa and Modi, compared to the rapport he had with outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,” Minister Rajapaksa said adding, “Modi delivered on his promises to Gujarat in a similar way how Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered on his promises to his people and will continue to deliver in the future,” the minister said.  He also said the Congress Party and former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, ‘could not do much’ for Sri Lanka due to domestic political constraints.  “However, there is hope when it comes to new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, […]

A political settlement between Sinhalese and Tamil peoples is out of the question

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – Five years after the racial civil-war: This race-war is more appalling than the Dutugamunu-Elalan conflict The war that ended five years ago was a race-war. I do not say this as a hard, cold fact; I have no patience with euphemisms. Let’s call a spade a spade. In my judgement 99% of Sinhalese longed for the defeat and obliteration of the LTTE and the death of Prabaharan; 90% were convinced that the Tamils had no problem and that an armed struggle was unjustified. That’s plain vanilla Fact-1. I also know that at the height of the LTTE’s popularity two-thirds or more of Tamils empathised with it. Tamils were and are convinced that they were and are an oppressed, discriminated minority, that peaceful attempts and […]

ITAK to commemorate war dead

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) is gearing up to commemorate the civilians who died during the last phase of the war on 18 May.  However, they will not reveal the venue of the ceremony due to ‘security threats’.Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V.K. Sivagnanam, told Ceylon Today the Northern Province is infiltrated by intelligence and Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) officials and so it would create an unwanted uproar when commemorating and invoking blessings on the dead. “It is our birthright and human right to remember them and hold rituals for those who died during the last phase of the war,” the Chairman said.“We have informed the families to join us in commemorating the dead and we have our rituals to […]

Sri Lanka police break up Tamil war rally

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s police have broken up a remembrance service for ethnic Tamils killed in the separatist war, residents say, as the military prepared to celebrate its victory over Tamil Tiger rebels five years ago. Tamil politicians attempted to stage the remembrance on Friday at local council offices in the northern battle-scarred town of Jaffna, defying a ban on public commemorations of war victims, witnesses said. The government is planning a major military “victory parade” on Sunday to mark five years since the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels, who waged a decades-long battle for a separate homeland for minority Tamils. Services have been banned to honour Tamil rebels and remember civilians killed in the conflict which ended in 2009 after claiming at least 100,000 lives. In […]

Walking the political tightrope

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran caused ripples in political circles this week twice over – first, he was hospitalised for a heart ailment, then his name was proposed as a potential candidate at the next presidential election.Wigneswaran has recovered from his heart ailment and is now back at work, much to the relief of not only those in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) but also the powers that be in Colombo, and that is a measure of value of this Supreme Court Justice-turned-politician.As for speculation about being a presidential candidate, Wigneswaran himself has rubbished the idea. “Making any suggestions to make me a presidential candidate is meaningless and I am not for it,” Wigneswaran said categorically, adding, “I don’t know whether to laugh […]

Modi’s will opose the Tamil’s, Modi’s victory is matter of delight to Sri Lanka – BBS

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Chief Executive Officer of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Dilantha Withanage has stated that his organization is extremely delighted about Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) victory as well as electing Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. He made these comments in response to a question raised by ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ regarding the BBS’s opinion toward the result of the Indian general election. He further stated “it is certain that Modi’s victory will not only make an influence on India, but specially on Asia region and economic and political sectors of the rest of the world . We believe that Prime Minister will be able to eliminate extremism and separatism operating in this region.” The Sri Lankan president who successfully fooled PM Manmohan Singh of […]

Modi for strong ties with Sri Lanka

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Indian Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi says he looks forward to strong ties with Sri Lanka after his party, the BJP, won the Indian elections by a  landslide. Modi tweeted saying it was “wonderful” speaking to President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday after the President telephoned him to wish him on his victory. “It was wonderful speaking to you earlier today. I look forward to strong relations between Sri Lanka & India,” Modi tweeted. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had yesterday invited Modi to visit Sri Lanka. President’s spokesman Mohan Samaranayake had said that the President issued the invitation to Modi after telephoning him to congratulate him on the Indian election victory. Earlier Sri Lanka’s outgoing envoy to India Prasad Kariyawasam was one of the first foreign representatives to react […]

India turns tables: Lessons for Lanka – Editorial

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

In what analysts describe as a historic day and the beginning of a new era for India, the world’s largest democracy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by the charismatic 63-year-old Narendra Modi yesterday swept to the biggest landslide victory in 30 years. Most independent analysts and opinion polls during the past few months had indicated a victory for the hardliner Hindu BJP.  But the magnitude of the victory, when the results were announced yesterday, was astounding. For developing countries such as Sri Lanka, the people’s revolution in India has many important lessons and warnings. Most independent analysts and political scientists believe that the main reasons for the Narendra Modi avalanche included sluggish economic growth, a widening gap between the rich and the poor, the […]

How the BJP victory could affect Indo – Sri Lankan relations?

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

‘Make Rajapaksa deliver on promises he made’ The Tamil political leadership of Sri Lanka has welcomed the new regime in India, expressing hope that the Narendra Modi-led government will pressure President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver on his promises to the country’s Tamils. Congratulating the Prime Minister-elect for the “historic win”, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran said the Tamil people of Sri Lanka hoped that his government would be actively engaged with the country, helping them achieve a lasting political solution. “We wish to congratulate Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for a very good showing in the State. We look forward to her continued support,” Mr. Sumanthiran said. The Tamil political leadership in Sri Lanka believes it is Ms. Jayalalithaa who has […]

Tamils prevented from remembering 40,000 Tamil Civilians killed by Army in Sri Lanka

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 SL police disrupts elected councillors from conducting Mu’l’livaaykkaal Remembrance The TNA accuses the Army and the police of having prevented a function it had organized in front of the northern provincial council building at Kaithady in Jaffna this afternoon to remember the 40,000 Tamil civilians who were killed by Sri Lankan Army in month of May 2009. NCP provincilor M.K. Sivajilingam said the military had previously barred the TNA from holding the function at Vellamullivaikkal in Mullaitivu. He said he and his colleague councillor Anandi Shashiharan, widow of LTTE’s political leader for Trincomalee S. Elilan, had been prevented from entering the NCP building. Councillor Shashiharan said it was unfair not even a lamp was allowed to be lit in remembrance of the dead civilians. The […]

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