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impossible to reconcile in SiLanka

17th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and leader of Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan have sought former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s support for the ongoing constitutional reform efforts in Sri Lanka. In the first instance of reaching out to the former President, ousted in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2015, the leaders asked Mr. Rajapaksa, as “a senior and respected leader”, to back the national unity government and other political parties working with it to remake the country’s Constitution, The Hindu learns. The meeting held at the Prime Minister’s office in Parliament last week was reportedly prompted by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is said to be keen that the former President be brought on board while the country embarks on a new Constitution. It […]

Gotabaya and joint opposition seek support in Japan

15th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the joint opposition are in Japan for talks with the Sri Lankan community in Japan. Rajapaksa met a group of Sri Lankans in Japan, including the Buddhist clergy. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in Japan on an invitation extended to him by the Sri Lankan community in Japan who are supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

Who is Jayalalithaa for Sri Lanka?

13th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Who is Jayalalithaa Jayaram? For millions in Tamil Nadu, she’s an inspiration. For women, she is one who broke all the stereotypes and fought her way through to become a Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, not once, but thrice. She was revered, loved and respected by many, and feared and hated equally. But who was Jayalalithaa for Sri Lanka? How was she perceived by the people here? Jayalalithaa the actress, had thousands of fans in Sri Lanka. Jayalalithaa the politician, unfortunately, did not. Her relationship with Sri Lanka was not a smooth one. It was tumultuous. There were three issues which divided Tamil Nadu from Sri Lanka. One is the Kachchatheevu issue where Jayalalithaa spearheaded calls for India to regain the islet. The other issue […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Relied on Turncoats Like Douglas Devananda and his EPDP Instead of Promoting a Moderate Tamil Leadership

13th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lanka’s internal war which ended in May 2009, had cost the country around US$ 200 billion according to India’s former National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary, Shivshankar Menon. In his book Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy, Menon says that this estimate does not include the “opportunity cost” to Sri Lanka which was once the fastest growing and the most open economy in South Asia. About deaths, the veteran Indian diplomat turned security expert says that between 1983 and 2009, 80,000 to 100,000 people, including combatants from both sides, lost their lives. Among them were 30,000 to 50,000 civilians, 27,693 LTTE cadres, 23,790 Sri Lankan army personnel,  1,155 men of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). The final stages of […]

Tamil Nadu Politicians Supported New Delhi’s Policy of Opposing Attempts by USA and Norway to Rescue Prabhakaran and LTTE says Indian Ex-Foreign Secretary

13th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By P.K. Balachandran Leaders of Tamil Nadu, across the political divide, privately but effectively supported the Indian government’s policy of opposing efforts by the US and Norway to rescue Velupillai Prabhakaran so that his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) lived to fight another day, says Shivshankar Menon, India’s former National Security Adviser (NSA) in his book; “Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy”. “Political leaders across the political divide in Tamil Nadu knew that the only way Prabhakaran could lead Tamil Eelam would be to physically eliminate the real leaders of the Tamils who were in India, just as he had already done to other Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka,” Menon says in the chapter entitled ‘Force Works.’ “Despite differences in public posture on […]

‘Tamil Nadu’s new leaders should keep up pressure on Lanka’

7th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils’ concerns. Tamil Nadu’s new Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Opposition Leader M K Stalin should continue with the same policy of pressurising Sri Lanka to address Tamils’ concerns in the country as J Jayalalithaa did, a hardline Tamil politician said here on Wednesday. “We hope Panneerselvam and Stalin will have the same interest in the Sri Lankan issue,” M K Shivajilingam said. Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils’ concerns. Jayalalithaa was […]

She was a beacon of hope for lankan Tamils

7th December 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s involvement in the Sri Lankan Tamil issue began almost immediately after she joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and became its propaganda secretary within a year in 1983. It was in the later part of 1983 that over 1 lakh Sri Lankan Tamil refugees poured into Tamil Nadu, pushed out by the anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka in July that year. Sensing a great political opportunity to whip up pro-Tamil sentiments, the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) led by M Karunanidhi took the lead in organising support for the beleaguered Sri Lankan Tamils. This left AIADMK leader and Chief Minister M G Ramachandran with no option, but to join the Eelam Tamil bandwagon […]

Power devolution must go beyond PCs

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Member of Parliament Dr. Jayampathi Wickremaratne says the new Constitution will go beyond the 13th Amendment in terms of power devolution. “Everybody has agreed to the 13 plus,” he said in an interview with Ceylon Today. Excerpts: ?: Is there a proposal to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in full? A: Yes. We have 28 years of experience when it comes to the 13th Amendment. We know where we erred. The amendment itself has intrinsic problems. We have discussed them comprehensively. The next is the 1987 Provincial Councils Act. There were plenty of dialogue and evaluation reports etc. All the chief ministers and opposition leaders of the provincial councils gave evidence before the steering committee and the committee on centre […]

Sri Lankan jailed for posing as another to get into airport holding room

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

SINGAPORE – A Sri Lankan national posed as a Briton and produced a forged India passport to enter the departure gate-hold room for a departing flight to New Zealand, a court heard. On Tuesday (Nov 22), the man and the Briton he was posing as – both unemployed – were each jailed 12 months for their respective offences. Vigneshwararaja Kajanan, 20, admitted to deceiving a Sats customer service officer into believing that he was Keeping Mark John by producing a forged India passport and a Singapore Airlines (SIA) boarding pass bearing Keeping’s name at the Terminal 3 departure gate-hold room on Sept 8. He also admitted to having the forged India passport. Keeping pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally aiding Vignesh to cheat by […]

Salman Khan surprised Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar at 2.0 first look launch + PHOTOS

21st November 2016 // 0 Comments

2.0: Not Baahubali, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film may be India’s biggest Here is why we think 2.0, and not Baahubali, may win the tag finally. Rajinikanth and Shankar’s magnum opus 2.0 is driving the fandom crazy as the new project will be “Hollywood-level” with VFX, music, cast and direction being top notch. With popular director Shankar Shanmugam working with biggest stars of Indian film industry such as Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson, the film is said to showcase sophisticated technology like its prequel Enthiran, but on a grander scale. Competing with the likes of Baahubali 2 for the title of biggest Indian film in recent times, 2.0 has a lot going for it. Here is why we think 2.0, and not Baahubali, may win […]

Constitutional Subcommittees Recommend 13 A+ to PCs

20th November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha and Skandha Gunasekara Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday submitted to the Constitutional Assembly reports of six Parliamentary Subcommittees on Constitutional Reform. The dominant proposal coming from the Subcommittee on Centre-Periphery Relations for devolution of power beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The recommendations are expected to usher in a Constitutional solution to the vexing ethnic problem via the 13 A-Plus and other progressive proposals. The Subcommittee on Fundamental Rights has for the first time in the Constitutional history of the country recommended the Constitutional embodiment of a declaration of the Right to Life as a human right. The Subcommittee on Centre- Periphery Relations has recommended that law and order be devolved as subjects to Provincial Councils, envisaging the establishment of Independent […]

Donald Trump takes a leaf out of Jayalalitha’s book

20th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi J. Jayalalitha. when she assumed power for the first time in 1991 declared that she will receive only one rupee per month as salary and made good her word. The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has taken a leaf out of Jayalalitha’s book by rejecting a salary of 400,000 dollars a year and instead opted for one dollar a year.  The billionaire business tycoon will assume power from the 20th of January 2017.

Prime Minister Theresa May announces the establishment of Lycahealth’s healthcare centre in Chennai

17th November 2016 // 0 Comments

British Prime Minister Theresa May have announced the establishment of Westminster Healthcare, a project of Lycahealth in Chennai, India during her first visit outside Europe to India; it indicates the UK government‘s intent to establish stronger trade and investment ties between the two countries post Brexit. LycaHealth, a part of the Lyca Group of Companies, is developing a £15 million Imaging, Diagnostics, Day-care and Outpatients Healthcare facility opening soon in Chennai, India, to be known as Westminster Healthcare. This state of the art healthcare centre will provide patients with services of the highest standard. Westminster Healthcare, India’s first Health Design build, is preparing for launch early next year. Situated in the heart of the city of Chennai, the facility has a 70,000 sq. ft. footprint. […]

Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Issues One Day Ultimatum, Warns Of Blood Bath

15th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Bodu Bala Sena’s Galagoda Atte Gnanasara has issued a one day ultimatum on Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to either arrest the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ) Abdul Razik within a day or face a blood bath from Maligawatta onwards. Speaking soon after the arrest of Dan Priyasad, who was arrested and remanded on Tuesday evening, Gnanasara said that, Razik must be arrested and also deported. Gnanasara declared that the Sinhalese should not be tested anymore. “The Sinhalese is getting attacked in the North, East and Colombo, while some are being safeguarded. This is not fair,” he said. Video Player 00:00 00:50 Gnanasara said that he will give the authorities one day’s time, and if Razick is not arrested, then his group […]

MGR gave training to Tamil militants in 1983 ignoring New Delhi’s advice

14th November 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Soon after the July 1983 anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka and the influx of Tamil refugees into Tamil Nadu, the training of Tamil militants began in Tamil Nadu with the knowledge  and patronage of the Tamil Nadu government. India’s national intelligence agencies started their training program only in 1984, when New Delhi felt that Tamil Nadu’s initiative in the matter might not be in the overall Indian interest, says Air Marshal (Rtd) Bharat Kumar in his book Operation Pawan: Role of Airpower with IPKF. “The training of Tamil rebels had commenced in Tamil Nadu with full knowledge and in some cases, under the patronage of the state government. New Delhi’s suggestion to rein in these Tamil groups were not acceptable to Tamil Nadu leaders. Since the Central […]

India calls for maximum devolution in Sri Lanka

30th October 2016 // 0 Comments

India calls for maximum devolution in Sri Lanka ….. meeting aspirations of all Lankans by Zacki Jabbar With the Sirisena -Wickremesinghe governments proposals on a new Constitution scheduled to be presented to Parliament prior to the budget, India has called for maximum devolution that meets the aspirations of all Lankans. Diplomatic sources said that New Delhi had urged the government to look at an inclusive solution to the ethnic issue, by devolving power to the “maximum”, while emphasizing that  it was not being “prescriptive”. India had said that it was for all Lankans to decide on what form of governance was best suited them, but glossing over the last three decades as merely unfortunate would be counter productive since there was a history behind the separatist […]

PM on Malaysia: Attackers not Sri Lankans they are members of political party called ”Naam Thamilar”

7th September 2016 // 0 Comments

Condemning the assault on Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament today it was Malaysian Tamils of Indian origin responsible for the incident. Making his remarks in response to a question by Joint Opposition’s Parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardane, the Prime Minister said perpetrators were not Sri Lankans by any means. He said those persons were members linked to a South India based political party called Naam Thamilar. He said that this party, lobbied internationally to refer Sri Lanka to an international war crimes tribunal. However, the Prime Minister said the Government would dispatch a delegation to Malaysia to engage with them and brief them on measures being taken here for reconciliation among different ethnicities. “A war […]

Ganesan wants list

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Minister of National Dialogue and Co-existence, Mano Ganesan last Friday demanded for the list of names of those ex-LTTE cadres, who Tamil politicians claimed had been poisoned during rehabilitation after the war ended. He promised to investigate reports that former LTTE cadres, while in government rehabilitation camps, had allegedly been forcibly injected with toxic substances, and as a result had died. Ganesan said he had requested the Northern Chief Minister to submit the names of ex-rebels who had reportedly died under such mysterious circumstances. Reports of some LTTE cadres facing health issues and slow deaths surfaced after an ex-LTTE cadre, testifying before the government’s Consultation Task Force for Reconciliation last month, claimed that they were given toxic injections and food while in […]

‘Tamil diaspora can help rebuild Sri Lanka’

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

Visiting MPs from the island nation say there is an opportunity to find a permanent solution to the ethnic issue An atmosphere conducive to find a permanent political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue is emerging now and it is the moral responsibility of the Tamil diaspora to join in reconstruction efforts, according to a group of Tamil MPs from the island nation. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Sivagnanam Siritharan, Kilinochi MP, said that with the coming together of two major political parties and the efforts of several nations, including India, pointed to the emergence of an opportunity to find a permanent political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. Tamils living in the North and East of Sri Lanka were not […]

Lessons From India – Pakistan Partition

20th August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Izeth Hussain – Izeth Hussain The approach of the seventieth anniversary of the Partition of India has inspired much writing in both India and Pakistan about its significance. William Dalrymple wrote in the New Yorker of June 29, 2015, that the Hindu-Muslim mutual genocide that accompanied the Partition was as unexpected as it was unprecedented. Between one to two million were killed, fifteen million were uprooted, and all imaginable horrors were committed by both sides. Dalrymple wrote that some British journalists who witnessed the Nazi death camps claimed that Partition’s brutalities were even worse. The Nazi holocaust against the Jews, together with the two world wars of the last century, have been regarded by many analysts as signifying the failure of the Enlightenment project, […]

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