TNA deserves a positive response

5th June 2018 // 0 Comments

by N Sathiya Moorthy In a recent interview to a Tamil newspaper, M A Sumanthiran, TNA parliamentarian and international spokesman, has made an offer that sections of the Sinhala polity truly desirous of a political solution to the ‘ethnic issue’ cannot resist. Unless the idea of a new Constitution is to use the omnibus content to deny the Tamils their due post-war, the ruling UNP-SLFP duo should take the TNA ‘offer’ seriously and act accordingly. Going by the interview, Sumanthiran’s exposition is very much a part of the continuing proceedings of the Constituent Assembly. Though not being made for the first time, there has not been any favourable, or not-so-favourable reaction from any section of the majority/majoritarian Sinhala polity, to the TNA proposal when first […]

Tamil Nadu Police Kill 11 Persons Including “Revolutionary Youth Front”Leader Thamizharasan in Pre-planned Firing at Three Places On Demonstrators Protesting Against Environment Polluting “Sterling”Plant in Thoothukudi.

23rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kavitha Muralidharan Thoothukudi: In an unprecedented turn of events, at least 11 protesters were killed on May 22 in Thoothukudi after police opened fire at the protest rally demanding the closure of the Sterlite unit in the town. The protest by the people of Thoothukudi against Sterlite, which they have claimed is polluting the town and resulted in a higher incidence of cancer, had reached its 100th day on May 22. This is the first time the Tamil Nadu government has responded to the protests. Activists allege that three rounds of firing at different places by the police were only an attempt to “dilute the protests”. “There was an even bigger protest on March 24 in Tuticorin against Sterlite. But it was peaceful,” says Henry Tiphagne, […]

550 held during Eelam War memorial event in Chennai

21st May 2018 // 0 Comments

The participants were holding placards through which they highlighted their demands such as international enquiry into the genocide. By Express News Service CHENNAI: About 550 members of various Tamil outfits including the May 17 Movement, MDMK, Tamilaga Makkal Jananayaka Katchi (TMJK), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and others were arrested on the Marina on Sunday when they defied the ban order and went ahead to stage a candlelight vigil for victims of the last phase of the Eelam War. With an intention of paying homage to the Sri Lankan Tamils killed during the last phase of Eelam War in the island nation in 2009, about 550 members of the Tamil outfits gathered on the Bharathi Salai near the Marina Beach on Sunday evening. They marched […]

Tamils to remember the dead in Mullivaikkal

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran urges them to unite on the ‘tragic’ Remembrance Day Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has called upon Tamils to set aside their differences and participate in the ‘Remembrance Day’ event, remembering those who were killed in Sri Lanka’s civil war, to be held in Mullivaikkal on Friday. Located on the eastern tip of Mullaitivu district in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, this tiny village bears the scar of the brutal finish to the island’s three-decade-long-civil war that left scores of Tamil survivors with rather disturbing memories. The UN estimated nearly 40,000 deaths during the final phase. On May 18, 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces declared an end to the bloodshed after killing LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the […]

Non-starter new constitution,backdoor federalism

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

BY Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA So the Northern Provincial Council and some civil society activists are reportedly gearing up to mourn May 18-19th and the week leading up to it as Genocide Week. May 18/19th marks the days the Long War ended, and Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims stopped dying in large numbers. It is the moment that ushered in peace, however flawed, after thirty years. Far from being ‘genocidal’, it is also the week that the world saw on TV, hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians being rescued from the LTTE’s clutches by the Sri Lankan military at considerable cost to itself, and treated humanely (as noted by Thamilini). What then is the Northern Provincial Council really mourning? The death of the man—Prabhakaran– and the leadership, […]

Black flags to greet PM Modi

11th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Airport to see a sea of protesters; Guindy, Adyar also vulnerable Condemning the Central government for not forming the Cauvery Management Board as per the Supreme Court verdict, Opposition parties and activists in the State have decided to show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is visiting the city on Thursday. The DMK will stage demonstrations near the airport, the Guindy police station, Saidapet and at a few other places. But Mr. Stalin will miss the protests as he is completing his ‘Cauvery Urimai Meetpu Payanam’ in Cuddalore on Thursday. On Friday, he will return to Chennai along with a contingent of 1,000 vehicles and meet the Governor. He called upon the people of Tamil Nadu to greet Mr. Modi with black flags. […]

Modi Government approves Ayushman Bharat; India on track to doubling farmer incomes

25th March 2018 // 0 Comments

The National Health Protection Scheme with a benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year was approved by the Cabinet after being proposed during the budget session. This is slated to bring a positive difference in the lives of 10 crore families. Click here to know more  At the Krishi Unnati Mela, Prime Minister reaffirms commitment to double farmer incomes by 2022 Laying the foundation stone for 25 Krishi Vigyan Kendras, the Prime Minister distributed Krishi Karman Awards and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Krishi Protsahan Puraskar. He also appreciated the efforts of farmers and congratulated them for their achievements. Click here to know more  Union Cabinet approves the North East Industrial Development Scheme to boost development in the Northeast With a financial outlay of […]

War and peace in Sri Lanka, through the eyes of veterans

19th March 2018 // 0 Comments

Nine retired officers flew to the island nation they served as a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force Thirty years ago, as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), they found themselves in the thick of action over the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In February, a team of nine retired officers from the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, some with their wives, returned to the island nation. The officers, all from 37th course of the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla, had been posted in the island over 1987-89, when the IPKF was tasked with maintaining peace there. “The main purpose of the visit was to relive our memories of that time,” […]

Congress underlines growing Chinese presence in the region.

19th March 2018 // 0 Comments

Congress underlines growing Chinese presence in the region. The Congress on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of exercising a personalised foreign policy which eroded India’s international credibility. Party president Rahul Gandhi, in his speech at the Congress plenary session, underlined the growing Chinese presence in India’s neighbourhood and made a specific mention of the Doklam plateau near Bhutan where China has built military infrastructure. For third alternative “China is present everywhere. China is in Doklam, in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Myanmar,” said Mr. Gandhi, highlighting the growing expansion of the Chinese sphere in the Asia-Pacific,, and called for a third alternative apart from the American and the Chinese models in the global order. Mr. Gandhi’s comments came at the end of the two-day […]

Crimes committed on behalf of the Rajapaksas

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Today, our story revolves around Mudiyanselage Tissa Wimalasena, a resident of Wellawaya. A servant of the Rajapaksa Walawwa for some time, he joined the Army as a soldier, and fortune good found its way to him when he was a corporal in 2006. After being Mahinda Rajapaksa’s driver, he introduced himself as Capt. Tissa by the time that rule ended. However, no one in the Army knows how he was promoted. He should be given the captain rank for the crimes he committed on behalf of the Rajapaksas. This Tissa is the main suspect in the murder of Wasim Thajudeen. Attempts by the Rajapaksas to send him out of the country were prevented by the CID. From the outside, he looks blameless. He has 12 […]

Act immediately against Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Bill, Vaiko urges Centre

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Legislation gives sweeping powers to Navy and is detrimental to Indian fishers’ MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the Centre to immediately lodge its protest with the Sri Lankan government over the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill, saying it would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. He has also called on the Central government to ensure that the island nation withdrew the ‘controversial’ provisions of the Bill. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Vaiko said the proposed law, which had the approval of the Sri Lankan government’s Cabinet, would give more powers to the Sri Lankan Navy personnel to arrest Indian fishermen and seize trawlers and fishing nets. Above all, the Sri Lankan officials would impose hefty fines and harsher […]

Presidential Commission to investigate Rajapakse ‘patriot’ rats who sold valuable army headquarters for a song !

23rd December 2017 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News – 21.Dec.2017, 11.35PM)   The sale of the valuable land of the Amy headquarters for a paltry sum of Rs. 125 million dollars by the deposed most corrupt  Rajapakses based on their sudden decision has necessitated the army headquarters to be housed in 15 separate rented buildings . Owing to this a sum of Rs. 5 billion ! has to be spent annually as rent , president Maithripala Sirisena who is also the defense minister revealed to the cabinet. This colossal payment annually for the buildings rented is a huge unnecessary burden on the treasury as a  result of improper planning . Besides , this has  compromised national security  the president lamented. The cabinet decided to appoint a special presidential commission to investigate the  reckless […]

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy the Joker of India!

21st December 2017 // 0 Comments

Moments after a special CBI court exonerated all 19 accused, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi, in the Rs 30,000 crore 2G scam case, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy,who loves publicity and who made a private complainant and filed a criminal complaint against A Raja and others in the Supreme Court in the case, the multi-crore 2G spectrum allocation scam, on Thursday said the government must immediately file an appeal against the acquittal of all accused in the nearly decade old case. Swamy took to Twitter to air his thoughts on the judgment. “Government must prove its bonafides by filing an immediate appeal in High Court,” he tweeted. If not this verdict will prove that he is the joker of Indian politicians. Swamy loves publicity and will always make issues to create attention, […]

Perumal’s entry into TNA

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Leader of the Tamil Socialist Democratic Party Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal has come forward to join the Tamil National Alliance and has pointed out that it was the need of the hour for all Tamil political parties to come together and fulfil the political aspirations of people in the North and the East. Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) which is popularly known as the Federal Party being the premier political organ in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Varatharaja Perumal was enthusiastically involved in the political activities of the ITAK when he was young. He had even been arrested more than once when the Tamil militant activities were taking shape in the early seventies. Later in the early eighties Varatharaja Perumal joined the Eelam People’s […]

Pro Mahinda groups are now on a desperate mission to turn every minor brawl into a Sinhala-Muslim or Sinhala-Tamil clash

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between “majority Buddhist extremists”  and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites. Some Buddhists nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of Muslim asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority. Police said the late Friday violence in the southern coastal town of Ginthota was triggered by rumours and fake messages on social media. “This was a clash between a small fraction of extremists in the both ethnic groups,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said and one […]

How to win the Referendum?

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Every country has two Constitutions: a “Legal Constitution” and a “Political Constitution”. To win a referendum and to introduce a new Constitution, Sri Lanka must change both. The focus for the past two years has been on the Legal Constitution. From now, it must be on the Political Constitution. A Constitution answers a series of questions about the State. Is it ‘unitary’ or ‘federal’? Which is more powerful, Parliament or the Executive? What rights do the minorities have? What principles will guide MPs, Cabinet Ministers and Judges have as they serve the people? The answers decide the type of Constitution, and the type of country, we will have. Sri Lanka’s Legal Constitution is the text of the 1978 Constitution. In the new Constitution, these questions […]

‘Political Interest Litigation’ by BJP MP Swamy says Delhi HC

26th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Delhi HC Dismisses Swamy’s Plea on Sunanda Pushkar Death Probe, Calls His PIL ‘Political Interest Litigation’ BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had sought a court-monitored probe by a CBI-led special investigation team into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s plea for a court-monitored probe into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. Dismissing Swamy’s plea, the court said it was left with the “distinct impression” that this was perhaps a textbook example of “political interest litigation” being dressed up as PIL.   According to the HC, Swamy appeared to have concealed data or information which he should have disclosed at the first instance. “Courts need […]

Poverty highest in the North

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Paneetha Ameresekere Sri Lanka’s poverty headcount declined to 4.1 per cent last year, from 6.7% in 2012/13, when the last of such censuses were taken, the Census and Statistics Department (CSD), in a report released on Thursday (19), said. The Official Poverty Line (OPL) for last year was Rs 4,166 per soul per mensem, as opposed to real per capita expenditure per month for a person fixed at Rs 3,624 in 2012/13 to be poverty neutral then. The average shortfall was Rs 620 in real terms per month, per poor person, last year, the CSD said. Last year 843,913 individuals were in poverty as opposed to 1.3 million as per the immediately preceding survey conducted for the year 2012/13. The total poor households were […]

Can Sri Lanka Take That Giant Step Forward?

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Despite a multiplicity of contentious proposals some with obviously malicious objectives, crass political opportunism and other negative features evident in the process of making a new constitution, the realization by three main political parties to overcome the bogey of racism that has been holding us back is a giant step forward for Sri Lanka. The UNP and a faction of the SLFP coming together with the backing of the TULF on many issues, despite the incendiary cry that stalled this country’s progress: ‘Menna rata bedanna hadanawo’ (They are trying to divide the country) has isolated the alarmists still riding the hobby horse of communalism. There is still a long way to go for the three main Sri Lankan parties to reach consensus on a new constitution […]

Federal system will create local governments

23rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

The Constitutional Operations Committee’s Interim Report submitted to Parliament has been prepared to construct a federal system, said Mawbima Janatha Party Leader Governor Hemakumara Nanayakkara. He said that the country needs one government and the federal system will create local governments. Therefore, it is sufficient to decentralize the administration instead of devolving it Mr. Nanayakkara said. Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council  Mr.C.V. Vigneshwaran spoke of a right, but  Mr. Hemakumara Nanayakkara   says any citizen  can live anywhere in the country. However, the interim report has been based on  national unity The devolution of power can raise issues among communities, he adds. Ashika Brahmana  

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