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‘We deal with life and death situations’-GA

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government Analyst Department is one of the most important departments with regard to dispensing justice in the country. In its 110 year history, the second female head of this vital state institution, Sakuntala Tennakoon, with experience for over thirty years, was appointed last week.Ms.Tennakoon obtained her B.Sc Special Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya, obtained her M.Sc in Pharmaceutical Analysis from the University of Strathclyde. There, she received the “Zeneca Pharmaceutical Prize” which is awarded to the most meritorious student.In one of her major plans for the future newly appointed Government Analyst  Ms. Tennakoon told ‘Daily Mirror’ that she hopes to introduce a Cyber Crime Unit to the Department in order to support investigation into highly technical and IT related crimes. […]

PM Modi insisted on 13A – Mahinda’s dummy Jaffna Mayor

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, while emphasizing on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment as a durable solution to the Lankan problem, was pleased with the post-war rehabilitation and reconstruction activities being carried out in the Northern Province, Government appointed Jaffna Mayor a well known anti LTTE  Mrs Yogeswari Patkunarajah said. Soon after her arrival in Colombo with the Presidential entourage yesterday, after attending the swearing-in ceremony of Modi as India’s 15th Prime Minister, Patkunarajah said that her meeting with Modi was pleasant and she was able to say good things in favour of President Mahinda to the new Indian Leader. The Democratically elected Chief Minister Wigneswaren refused to go with the President Mahinda who is closely associated with racist political parties who never keeps […]

The Formidable Jayalalithaa – Unrivalled Leader Of The Tamils

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity – Part 2 The Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, the formidable J Jayalalithaa is on a roll.  In my article,  Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity part 1, I said Jayalalithaa “is sitting pretty”.  That was before the elections. [1] Now after her “historic and unparalleled win’ at the Lok Sabha elections, capturing 37 seats out of 39, Jayalalithaa, “Tamilnadu’s Lady”, the name she gave herself, has reached a highpoint in her illustrious political career with a high popularity rating to match – she has indeed reached the pinnacle. Yet some might disagree, when she has yet another goal to achieve, that of Prime Minister of India. Why does she need that although we won’t discount it.  Why does she need that, when she is the […]

Sri Lanka Not Honoured Commitments Made To India – TNA Tells Jayalalithaa

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

“We are thank full to you for the continuing concern you have shown towards the resolution of the Tamil question in Sri Lanka and we look forward to working closely with you and your government to future strengthen our ties.” Leader of the Tamil National Alliance wrote to Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, J Jayalalithaa. Sending a congratulatory message to Jayalalithaa theTNA leader said;The Tamil People in Sri Lanka do not desire a recurrence of violence. Their desire is that they and all other Sri Lankans are able to carry on their lives in the territories they live in, based on equality and justice.” He also said “Sri Lankan government has not honoured the several commitments made to India and to the International Community to evolve an acceptable political solution […]

Papal visit to ‘bless’ genocidal Sri Lanka next year

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 Papal visit to ‘bless’ genocidal Sri Lanka next year While the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosting Rajapaksa to his swearing-in on Monday has enraged Tamils, Pope Francis on the same day has announced to media about his visit to Sri Lanka, the very State of which is accused of genocide, on-going genocide, and has been rejected by Eezham Tamils since 1972. The Papal visit would give recognition to the genocidal State, blunting the calls for genocide investigation, and for that matter any international investigation at all against the State and the Rajapaksa regime, Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island commented. The Pope’s announcement has been received with delight, reported Asian Catholic News Source, UCA News, with a cliché, “Sri Lanka’s ‘great joy’ […]

Why Jayalalithaa gave Modi’s swearing-in a miss

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The presence of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not the only reason why Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa stayed away from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa kept the nation waiting for a while before deciding to skip the historic swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jaya, like most other Tamil Nadu politicians, cited the invitation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt ceremony, but the reasons in the case of each one of them could be many. Having become used to seeing their leader draw the centre-stage in Delhi whenever she visited the national capital, party cadres would have been upset and demoralised to see ‘Amma’ as a one-in-five […]

”Implement the 13th Amendment in full” Modi to Rajapaksha – UNP awaits Govt.’s response

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

UNP awaits Govt.’s response Calming that the UNP would always back the government if it made a genuine effort to resolve the national issue, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella today enquired what the government intended doing with regard to the request made by the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for a political solution to the national issue.Kiriella who referred to the reports published by the Indian media in this regard, at a news conference said his party would raise a question in this regard when Parliament meets next week.“The Sri Lankan government will now have to face the music for not adhering to the promises it had given to India and the international community as a whole,” he said  The UNP MP said Sri Lanka […]

The Return Of India: New Realities For The Govt & The TNA

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Something happened. Things just changed. Unnoticed by the Sri Lanka’s cosmopolitan civil society intelligentsia which was engaged in “much wailing and gnashing of teeth” (as the Bible has it), and “how many angels can dance on a pinhead” type disputations (convoluted and obfuscatory, with much lost in translation), the tectonic plates just shifted. The five post-war years were largely wasted because the South and North, the Sinhalese and Tamil political elites represented by the Government and the TNA adopted political postures that were exceedingly unrealistic but did not appear to be so. The mutual and shared unrealism was possible because of one factor and that factor has just changed; it no longer exists. Thus in an overarching,  parabolic, strategic sense the worst may be over, though in […]

Sri Lanka confident it can fool Sushma Swaraj.

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan government Ministers have welcomed the appointment of Sushma Swaraj as India’s External Affairs Minister. Swaraj had called upon the Lankan government to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC); go beyond the 13 Amendment in devolving power to the provinces; and remove the army from civilian duties in Tamil areas in April 2012. To date none had been done by the Sri Lankan government and the Tamils who had been cheated by sucesive governments believe that they will never do it. Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Neomal Perera, said that having interacted with Swaraj when she came to Sri Lanka in April  2012 as head of an all-party parliamentary delegation, he could say that she has a “vast knowledge” of international relations and […]

The rise and fall of Tamil Leader Prabhakaran

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Bhadrakumar could foresee what is in store for the Tamils. By M K Bhadrakumar The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran’s death circa May 19, 2009, in circumstances we will never quite get to know, concludes a morality play. As the curtain comes down and we leave the theatre, the spectacle continues to haunt us. We feel a deep unease and can’t quite figure out the reason. Something rankles somewhere. And then we realize we have blood on our hands. Not only our hands, but our whole body and deeper down, our conscience – what remains of it after the mundane battles of our day-to-day life – are also dripping with blood. Prabhakaran’s blood. No, it is not only Prabhakaran’s, but also of  70,000 Sri Lankan Tamils […]

Modi wants more devolution in Sri Lanka?

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Narendra Modi pushed Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver on his promises to devolve wide powers to the country’s Tamil-majority regions in May 2009 before his Army killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hard, asking for him to deliver on his promises to devolve wide powers to the country’s Tamil-majority regions — a formula called ‘Thirteen-Plus’ that was promised during diplomatic negotiations with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in April/May 2009 which gave Rajapaksha a free pass to kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 alone. The Rajapaksha’s army killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flags […]

‘BJP leaders have hurt Tamils’

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to protect the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils, Union minister Pon. Radhakrishnan today said. “Modi is committed to save the life and rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka,” Radhakrishnan, who was inducted as a Minister of State in the new government said.  Replying to a query on the opposition of Tamil parties to the invitation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, he said the government is concerned about the problems of Tamils and there is no need to fear. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/modi-committed-to-protect-rights-of-sri-lankan-tamils-114052700300_1.html The police removed 21 Naam Tamilar Katchi members and 13 members of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi for staging protests against the visit of the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The police said that the Naam Tamilar Katchi cadre protested in front […]

South Asian leaders at Indian high table

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

As eight leaders from SAARC and beyond took the front row at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on Monday, there was a rare feel-good atmosphere in a tense region that is home to one-fourth of the world’s people. Apart from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and other SAARC leaders and representatives, Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius was present. The new Indian Prime Minister’s speed diplomacy, and the readiness with which his invitation was accepted,, has boosted India’s centrality to the region. Despite the known unknowns about his foreign policy, it has also given rise to huge expectations across South Asia — the enchanting mood at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday evening belied the troubled relations that India has with most of its neighbours. Less […]

BJP has stood its ground and welcomed President Rajapaksa.

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Narendra Modi has been sworn in as India’s 15th Prime Minister. He who began life as a humble tea vendor has secured the topmost elected position in the world’s largest democracy. His stellar rise in the world of politics red in tooth and claw is truly remarkable and inspiring. His task now is to live up to people’s expectations. Meanwhile, a noticeable absentee at Modi’s oath taking ceremony on Monday was Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha, who kept away in protest against the BJP’s invitation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa she is all out to demonise. The BJP has stood its ground and welcomed President Rajapaksa. This is in sharp contrast to how PM Modi’s immediate predecessor handled Jayalalitha; […]

Meeting India’s concerns to sustain new relationship

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera The Sri Lankan government sees in the Indian Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi a new opportunity to win India over to its side. President Rajapaksa has made sure that he will be off to a flying start with his decision to be present at the swearing in of the new Indian Prime Minister, who had tweeted that it was a great pleasure to talk to the Sri Lankan President when he made his congratulatory call.  It is clear that the Sri Lankan government leadership senses, or believes there is, a resonance with the new Indian leadership.  Indeed, the change of government in India has opened up the possibility of a new dimension of personal warmth to enter into the relationship between the two leaders of […]

“The Narendra Modi government should consider nominating a Special Representative for Sri Lanka” SAM RAJAPPA

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

“After many a summer”  – SAM RAJAPPA – The Statesman (26 May 2014)   The Narendra Modi government should consider nominating an independent person, acquainted with the problems the Tamils in the island nation are facing, as Special Representative for Sri Lanka to go into all aspects of the ethnic crisis  and come out with a comprehensive solution-oriented blueprint and oversee its implementation.  Otherwise, the problem will be back to square one ~ SAM  RAJAPPA   Although the controversial invitation to SAARC heads of government for the 26 May swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister was intended for President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, he invited CV Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Province, to accompany him to New Delhi in the hope he could […]

Mody is a Mere Mortal-Do not Expect an Indira in India soon

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dr C P Thiagarajah The Indians in general and the world Tamils in specific expect an immediate appearance in India of a strong personality such as Indra Gandhi, a David Cameron or a Candian PM Stephen Harper after Mr Modi won the Lok Saba election on an anti-Sonia-Rahul (revulsion) wave. Prime Minister Modi will need time to even reach the stature of Madame Jayalalitha Jeyaram the Tamil chief minister of Tamil Nadu. She dwarfed the Modi wave in the last election by her tsunami victory for her ADMK party in Tamil Nadu.She won thirty four out of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, a record. This she did by her strong conviction and devotion to the preservation of human rights of Tamils in Tamil […]

”No” to cheating President Rajapakshas invitation by the Tamil Chief Minister.

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Rajapaksha was trying to make a false impression to the international community that the Northern PC and the Central Government had a strong relationship by taking the Tamil Chief Minister of Northern Province with him to India. By doing so he was trying to hide the continues racist policies taken by his government on the minority Tamils since the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by his Army. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran turned down the invitation extended to him by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join him as part of the Sri Lankan delegation to the swearing-in ceremony of new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “acceptance would indicate that there exists a strong co-operative spirit between the Centre and the Province, when in fact, […]

Sri Lanka cannot mislead India under Narendra Modi like they did with Manmohan Singh

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka would no longer be able to mislead India under Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi like it had done with the previous Congress-led UPA government, the country’s main opposition party has said. Tissa Attanayake, the general secretary of the United National Party (UNP) told a gathering in the central district of Kandy on Saturday that the era of duping India had ended with BJP leader Modi’s victory. “Sri Lanka had incredibly misled Dr Manmohan Singh’s government. It has now ended. Mr Modi is a forceful leader who has built his own power base,” Attanayake said. The UNP bigwig said Sri Lanka’s failure to keep promises made to the Congress government was a main reason why Indo-Lanka relations had soured during the UPA government in Delhi. […]

Modi and Mahinda: the twain will meet tomorrow

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Modi by Rajan Philips It was not Prime Minister Modi’s idea to invite his South Asian counterparts to grace his swearing in tomorrow in New Delhi. It was not even an idea that started in India’s External Affairs Ministry. Apparently it began as a public image idea in a think tank discussion involving retired Indian diplomats and government officials. They ran it by the new PM and after a brief chat on the phone Mr. Modi okayed the idea. It is a great idea for public optics, but its politics may not have been thought through. The two controversial invitees are Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. There is no one in India who is opposed to Mr. Sharif visiting […]

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