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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, […]

Government is trying to bring in the 13 Amendment and Mahinda group opposes it.

20th August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Shaahidah Riza United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP and member of the Joint Opposition, Lohan Ratwatte, faulted the government for presenting the Office of the Missing Persons Bill, during the absence of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Joint Opposition only requested the debate pertaining to the OMP Bill to be delayed just by one day, he said, and added that the Speaker did not accommodate that request as he is puppeteered by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Excerpts of the interview: ?. You participated in the tour of South Korea with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Do you think the current government would appreciate former President‘s efforts to foster relations between South Korea and Sri Lanka? A. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has a very strong […]

Vigneswaran claims rights to Moragahakanda project

27th July 2016 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran yesterday claimed rights to the Moragahakanda project as it supplied water to the Northern Province. Chief Minister revealed these sentiments during a discussion with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday. He added that there would be issues if the central government had full authority over the project. “We are happy that water is from the Mahaweli River is being distributed to the North, we have no objection to that,” Vigneswaran said. Meanwhile, officials from JICA said they could not intervene in the political matters of the country and directed the CM to take up the issue with the government.(Romesh Madushanka) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/113183/Vigneswaran-claims-rights-to-Moragahakanda-project#sthash.K0Jb9JPE.dpuf

Abductions and Torture in Jaffna: Can Sri Lanka Change?

12th July 2016 // 0 Comments

The Guardian has run a really disturbing piece about a British man who was tortured during a recent visit to Sri Lanka. Evidently, Velauthapillai Renukaruban, who had travelled to Sri Lanka to get married, ran into trouble once he arrived in Jaffna, the capital of the Northern province. Here’s part of that Guardian piece: But soon after Renukaruban, who is a Tamil, arrived back at the family home in Jaffna, north Sri Lanka, his family said two men arrived on motorbikes, beat him up in front of his mother and older sister and then bundled him into a van. He was accused of being involved with LTTE, a militant group known as the Tamil Tigers, which fought to break away from the Sinhalese majority in […]

“Implement fully 13 Amendment”

11th July 2016 // 0 Comments

The Northern Province CM fielded S. Thavarajah to place his case on the system before the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly. In an attempt by the Northern Province to present a picture of unity on constitutional reforms in Sri Lanka, Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has fielded Leader of Opposition in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) S. Thavarajah to place his case on the importance of adopting federal system before the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly. Though the Province’s Education Minister, T. Gurukularajah, also took part in the deliberations on Friday, it was Mr. Thavarajah who did most of the talking before the 21-member Committee, which comprises representatives from various parties with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the chairperson. Subsequently, he appeared before a […]

Brexit makes Lanka move faster towards economic tie up with India

28th June 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU),much to the disappointment of Sri Lanka, has forced the Lankan government to seek closer economic ties with India, China and the rest of Asia. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced in Galle on Sunday, that the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, would be going to New Delhi next week for talks on the proposed Indo-Lanka Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA). The Prime Minister said that with the British leaving the EU, the EU  might be considerably weakened. This in turn would adversely affect Lanka because the EU presently accounts for 40 per cent of Lanka’s exports. It is therefore imperative that Lanka enters into Free Trade Agreements or strengthens existing FTAs and […]

Testing time for govt and TNA relations

25th June 2016 // 0 Comments

BY Manekshaw Prior to 2015 the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who was then in the Opposition had joined hands and met several Tamil diaspora organizations abroad to seek their support to overthrow the Mahinda Rajapakse regime. They even succeeded significantly in gaining the support of some of the prominent Tamil diapsora organizations such as the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and British Tamil Forum (BTF) in ‘torpedoing’ the Rajapaksa regime. So with the coalition of the TNA, the new government with the commitment of good governance in the country was formed with the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the new regime in return extended its support in making the TNA the main […]

Vaiko flays naming of stadium after ex-Jaffna mayor

22nd June 2016 // 0 Comments

MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Monday alleged that by naming a renovated stadium in Sri Lanka after Alfred Duraiappah, former mayor of Jaffna, the governments in India and Sri Lanka had sought to deceive the world that normalcy had returned to the country, the Hindu reported today. In a statement, he said when there was no trace of thousands of Tamils who had disappeared during the war and when thousands of them continued to live in camps, PM Narendra Modi had inaugurated the stadium through video conferencing. “This is nothing but an attempt to permanently bury fathom deep over 1.87 lakh Tamils killed by the Sri Lankan Army.” He said Duraiyappah was a traitor and responsible for the death of Tamils in police firing and […]

Top bosses move to back Remain ahead of EU vote

20th June 2016 // 0 Comments

Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media captionPremier League boss Richard Scudamore says he believes the UK should remain in the EU Top bosses including Sir Richard Branson, the Premier League chair and car industry executives have backed Remain ahead of Thursday’s EU vote. Premier League chair Richard Scudamore said the 20 clubs in the top tier wanted to remain and that leaving would be “incongruous” in the context of the league’s commitment to “openness”. Meanwhile, Sir Richard warned a British exit from the EU would be “devastating” for the UK’s long-term prosperity. Vote Leave rejected the comments. Follow the latest updates with BBC EU referendum live Immigration target ‘impossible’ in EU Guide: All you need to know about […]

‘Katchatheevu needs a political settlement’

18th June 2016 // 0 Comments

The Katchatheevu row requires only a political settlement, as there is nothing to be sorted out legally between India and Sri Lanka, according to a senior legal expert, Nirmala Chandrahasan. Ms. Chandrahasan, now a consultant to the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) of the Sri Lanka government, told a high-profile seminar on the India-Sri Lanka relationship here on Thursday that the Indian government did not consider Katchatheevu a “disputed territory” and it had recognised the islet as a part of Sri Lanka. As there was no legal dispute on this issue, the question of taking the matter to international courts did not arise. Calling for greater engagement with Tamil Nadu, she proposed exploitation of marine resources jointly. Only a few days ago, Tamil […]

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