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Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Nocturnal Rendezvous With Narendra Modi

25th May 2017 // 0 Comments

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Vesak festivity in Sri Lanka acquired an international dimension this year with the Island nation hosting the United Nations International Vesak day. The icing on this Vesak event cake was the participation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as chief guest in the celebrations. Even though President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe basked in the glow of Narendra Modi’s brief trip described officially as a “religious visit”, the political highlight of the Indian premier’s stay in Sri Lanka was the nocturnal rendezvous with former Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The meeting between Modi and Rajapaksa was held late at night on Thursday May 11th 2017. The meeting came as a surprise to many because it was not part of the original itinerary […]

8th year candle light vigil will happen as planned

21st May 2017 // 0 Comments

PM Modi  wants all protests in Tamil Nadu against Sri Lankan government stopped, and Weak Tamilnadu government agrees after a deal of NOT dissolving the current government NOT taking any action against corruption by MP’s.  MAY 17 MOVEMENT Remembering and paying homage to the dead is a cultural event. It’s the basic right of the Tamils. All the ethnic groups in the world have the right and pay respect to their departed. The political charters around the world ensure the rights of the people to carry on the birth and death rites which are long embodied in their culture. The UN defines this as a natural right that has to be protected. Based on this an event is conducted every year, for the past 7 years in […]

‘Black flag clique’ SECRETLY met Modi at night

18th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Despite MPs of the Mahinda faction calling masses to hoist black flags on the Wesak Day to protest against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka, certain MPs of that faction SECRETLY visited him at 11.00 p.m. says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President said before they met Mr. Modi the Indian High Commissioner had told him that the ‘Black flag clique’ had requested to meet the Indian Prime Minister and had asked what should be done. The President had told him to allow them to meet Mr. Modi. They had met Mr. Modi at 11.00 p.m. said the President. This was said by the President at a ceremony held at Polonnaruwa yesterday (15th) expressing his views regarding the retired president Mahinda […]

Sri Lanka received assurance from UK over GSP Plus

18th May 2017 // 0 Comments

By Yusuf Ariff Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that Sri Lanka has received an assurance from the United Kingdom that despite it leaving the EU, the trade preferences already enjoyed by other countries would be maintained. “The day after we will get the tariff concessions to enter the European Union market, which is the GSP Plus.” “We have also been assured by the UK that while they will leave the union, the trade preferences already enjoyed by the countries would be maintained,” he said, addressing the Women Leadership Summit of the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council in Colombo. He stated that the EU is the richest market and that it’s not just the question of entry into a market for Sri Lanka. “It is a […]

PLANTATION TAMILS AND MODI’S ROLE

17th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Indian Premier Narendra Modi’s visit to the country last week drew attention to the wider political dimensions sandwiched in the so-called Plantation Tamils’ issue. Current Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has been at great pains to drive home his several ‘justifications’ to demand a merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces by citing the Muslims in that province as being ‘Tamil Speaking People.’ Just a fortnight ago we heard Ceylon Workers Congress President MP Muthu Sivalingam make reference to plantation Tamils settled in the Vanni District, mainly Vavuniya, who are said to be facing all sorts of discrimination, whose votes have been assiduously, and hitherto unsuccessfully, sought by the TNA. The discrimination might be stemming from that as a lever to persuade them to […]

Tamilnadu politicians on Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit

15th May 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tamil parties fell silent yet again as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sri Lanka on May 12 — his second trip to the island nation in two years, to reinforce the traditional connect between the two nations. His two-day visit to Sri Lanka to attend the biggest Buddhist festival ‘Vesak Day’ as its chief guest at Colombo from May 12 to 14, and not visiting the Tamil areas saw no strong opposition in Tamil Nadu Modi’s second visit comes at a time when China is trying to make inroads in the island nation. “Sri Lankan Minister Mano Ganesan feles Indian origin Tamils feel assured and confident under President Maithripala’s government but will the Eelam Tamils here agree?” asks BJP national secretary H. Raja. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s […]

Lankan Govt. settling Sinhalese in Tamil-dominated areas

14th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], May 13 (ANI): Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced construction of 10,000 houses for Tamils in Sri Lanka, noted Tamil activist Pazha Nedumaran on Saturday said that there were already 4000 houses built, but the government in Colombo has been settling Sinhalese people in those colonies. “Already 4000 houses have been built in Tamil areas. They are supposed to be given to the Tamils in Sri Lanka, but the Singhalese government allocated these houses to Sinhalese. They were settled at Tamil areas with the help of Indian government. The problem is that Sinhalese wanted to annihilate Tamils,” Nedumaran told ANI. He alleged that local people were being settled in Tamil areas with the help of the Sri Lankan Army. Addressing […]

Mahinda begged for a meeting with Modi!

14th May 2017 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News – 14.May.2017, 11.00PM)  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his arrival in Sri Lanka ,  following an earnest request made by deposed president Mahinda Rajapakse met the latter on the  11th (night ) .  Based on reports from Diplomatic sources , though the meeting was short between them , Mahinda had to face a long tirade  from Modi. After the dinner hosted by  president Maithripala Sirisena   , Mahinda was given an opportunity  by Modi to meet him  at the residence of the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka  . Mahinda in fact secured the appointment only after making pleas to the Indian High Commissioner .This was because Mahinda was not given an appointment based on  the agenda of the Indian P.M. Poor Mahinda […]

Reason behind MODI’s visit!

12th May 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shivanthi Ranasinghe India needs to change its foreign policy vis-a-vis Sri Lanka immediately. These policies have not only failed, but have disastrously backfired on India, ending in a result totally unanticipated and always against India. The extent of the damage caused by their own policies to India can be measured against the success of their arch rival, China. PM Modi visiting Sri Lanka for Vesak celebrations is viewed by the Sri Lankan public with extreme suspicion. Nobody accepts the government’s assurances that Modi is just being a good neighbour, popping in for tea and lanterns. In the fracas erupting with attempts to lease the Magampura Port to the Chinese, there was a significant fraction that saw the benefits of the Chinese coming in, and […]

Indian PM Modi betraying Tamils and Hindus in Sri Lanka

11th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Modi should postpone the Colombo Trip to avoid betraying the Tamils and the Hindus in Sri Lanka by visiting during the Wesak, a Mahavamsa Sinhala-Buddhist religious day.” — A Spokesman for Tamils for Trump NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 9, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Modi should postpone the Colombo Trip to avoid betraying the Tamils and the Hindus in Sri Lanka by visiting during the Wesak, a Mahavamsa Sinhala-Buddhist religious day. The Sri Lankan Buddhist Chronicle myth “The Mahavamsa” equates the killing of the ‘others’ (Tamils, Hindus, and races and religions other than Sinhala-Buddhist) as being on par with the killing of “sinners and wild beasts,” and the Sinhala-Buddhist King’s sorrow and regret are assuaged. This is against the Buddha’s teaching. Modi’s visit to the Sri Lankan’s […]

Taming the Chinese dragon, Indian tiger and TUs

2nd May 2017 // 0 Comments

By Paneetha Ameresekere Three things came out of Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India last week. Those were India’s concerns over the leasing out of the Hambantota Port to the Chinese in a debt swap, India’s interest in the Trincomalee oil tank farm to counter the Chinese threat and Wickremesinghe’s keenness in getting Indian aid to develop certain northern roads linking up with the East and the’South’ of the country in a tourism promotional ‘putsch’. Nonetheless, what figured, vis-à-vis the outcome of these New Delhi talks which Wickremesinghe had with the Indian hierarchy headed by Premier Narendra Modi was that the last thing that India would want, already surrounded by hostile neigbours, such as Pakistan to the North-West, China to the North-East , an uneasy […]

Years after war, trials of resettlement in Sri Lanka

2nd May 2017 // 0 Comments

It is time for the Sri Lankan government to get its act together on the ground After 20 years in India, wearing a “refugee” tag that led her from one camp to another, it was only in December 2016 that Edward Selyn, 55, returned home. Until a few days ago, she was among a group of people seated under a tent in Mullikulam village in Mannar, in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, protesting in the scorching heat for a month, demanding that the Sri Lankan Navy release her land. She was displaced in 1996 with her entire family, after the civil war broke out. Now, eight years after the war ended and months after her return, Ms. Selyn has not stopped feeling displaced. “I had all […]

Army Accused Of Turning Blind Eye On Haiti Rape

24th April 2017 // 0 Comments

by Easwaran Rutnam  Military Says Accused Soldiers Dealt With The Army came under fire last week over its alleged failure to deal with the soldiers accused of rape in Haiti. However the military insisted that all those accused and found guilty have been dealt with, including the contingent commander. The Associated Press, in a detailed report revealed several incidents of rape involving Sri Lankan peacekeepers in Haiti. Army spokesman, Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne told The Sunday Leader that while 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers had been accused in the report, investigations conducted at the time the allegations first surfaced, found that only 29 soldiers were involved. “A high level delegation had been sent by the Army to Haiti and an investigation was conducted and those found guilty […]

Will government allow the 200 million worth of health development projects offered by Lyca Group?

17th April 2017 // 0 Comments

 A village developed by Lyca for Sri Lankans affected by the war  was inaugurated on Wednesday and as a first step they  handed 150 houses and Lycamobile’s chairman Subaskaran Allirajah promised another 450 houses will be built and given to war effected families in North and East of Sri lanka. ‘Lyca’s Gnanam village’: Houses handed over to the beneficiaries ‘Lyca’s Gnanam village’ consisting of 150 houses have been handed over to the families. The keys were handed over to the beneficiaries by the guests such as Gnanambikai Allirajah, the co-founder of Gnanam Foundation, Lycamobile Chairman Philanthropist Mr.Subashkaran Allirajah, Leader of the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan and other guests. ‘Lyca’s Gnanam village’: Guests arrive for the handing over ceremony The guests for the handing over of the ‘Lyca’s […]

Sri Lanka insists not to agree to a war crimes probe on its soldiers.

4th April 2017 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government on Monday said that while it will investigate certain crimes which took place during the war between Tamil Tiger rebels and the military, it will not agree to a war crimes probe. Government spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told reporters in the Northern Jaffna town that if there is a war crimes probe then the Tamil Tigers, also known as the LTTE, must also be investigated. “Who do we investigate in the LTTE? Are there any leaders? We will go for a good settlement,” the Minister said. It is an open secret that more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negociated the surrender were killed by the Sri Lankan forces. The recent outcome […]

Minister claims he offered MOD Rs. 5 mn to release land

4th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Many an eyebrow has been raised by a senior UNP minister’s claim that he had offered money to the tune of Rs. 5 mn to secure the release of private land held by the military in the Mullaitivu district. Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Affairs D M Swaminathan yesterday said that he had received an assurance from the MoD that 189 acres of land would be released within one month after receiving Rs. 5 mn payment. A senior spokesperson for the ministry said that following discussions between Minister Swaminathan and Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi last week, the former had received an assurance that in addition to 189 acres of land, the military would release 279 acres in the Keppapilavu area on or […]

Tamils for Trump: Hybrid Court for Sri Lankan War Crimes Should Be Held in India or UK, Not in Sri Lanka

1st April 2017 // 0 Comments

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Both Sri Lankan President Srisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe have refused to have a hybrid court in Sri Lanka due to constitutional impediment to the appointment of non-citizens to the highest court exercising criminal jurisdiction; in addition, these Sri Lankans have told the media that having a hybrid court in Sri Lanka might bring the war back in Sri Lanka. It is best to have the hybrid court for Sri Lankan war crimes outside of Sri Lanka. Similar to the hybrid court for Sierra Leone that was held at The Hague, this will assure the safety of the witnesses and the victims and the court will not be restricted by any Sri Lankan constitutional limitations. Rather, it will follow […]

Forefathers of Tamils of SL were original inhabitants of this Country

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

The following response was sent by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to Dr. Sooriya Gunasekara, Chairman of a Registered Political party called ‘Sinhaladipa Jathika Peramuna’ who called the CM for a debate on the issues discussed in his interview, which was published on 19 February 2017 in Ceylon Today. Dr. Gunasekara, who is a retired civil servant, requested the CM to come for a debate on the topic where the CM mentioned, “I am always available for talks. In fact, I like to talk to the most diehard Sinhala chauvinists.” Dr. Gunasekara sent a mail to the CM through Ceylon Today Journalist Sulochana Ramiah Mohan stating that he would like to have either face to face talks or written conversation on print media with […]

M.A. Sumanthiran on Sri Lankan Politics, Tamil Affairs, and Indo-Lankan Ties

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

The Diplomat‘s Taylor Dibbert speaks to noted Sri Lankan parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran. By Taylor Dibbert March 20, 2017 M.A. Sumanthiran is a Sri Lankan lawyer, parliamentarian and member of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), a Tamil political party. The Diplomat‘s Taylor Dibbert spoke with Sumanthiran about Sri Lankan politics, Tamil affairs, and India-Sri Lanka ties. The Diplomat: Sustained militarization and land issues pose significant challenges for civilians residing in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces. How much progress has been made in these areas since Maithripala Sirisena assumed the presidency in January 2015?  M.A. Sumanthiran: Not much. There was significant movement initially, with about 400 acres being released in Palaly [in the North] immediately and the whole of Sampur in the East. Thereafter it has come […]

DMK dares Subramanian Swamy to prove charges on Katchatheevu

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Karunanidhi received money from Indira Gandhi to give Katchatheevu to Srilanka – Subramanian Swamy DMK had convened an all party meeting against the agreement immediately after the pact was signed and passed a resolution against the move, he said. DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangoan on Tuesday challenged BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to prove his allegation that DMK president M. Karunanidhi received money from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to agree for the granting of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka. Citing Karunanidhi’s statement on 18 April last year, he said the DMK had never agreed to part with Katchatheevu and the party had opposed it very strongly. DMK had convened an all party meeting against the agreement immediately after the pact was signed and passed a resolution against […]

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