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Jayalalithaa meets Modi, discusses concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils

14th June 2016 // 0 Comments

On her first visit after her second consecutive election victory, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted a memorandum demanding among other things strong action on Sri Lanka. During the meeting at the Race Course residence of the Prime Minister, she presented a memorandum which noted the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and several other matters related to Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa, in her memorandum, urged the Centre to consider dual citizenship for the Sri Lankan Tamils residing in Tamil Nadu as refugees. “Tamil Nadu Government urges the Government of India to permit such refugees to hold dual citizenship of both India and Sri Lanka so that they could take up employment and business in India without any hindrance,” she said in […]

Wigneswaran Denies Relying On Jayalalithaa To Solve Tamil Problem

13th June 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has denied that he is relying on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa to solve the Tamil problem in his country. “When did I call upon her to find a solution to our problems? I congratulated her and called for closer collaboration. She responded positively. So what about it? If anyone is giving hidden meanings to mere courtesies, what I am supposed to do?” Wigneswaran asked in an interview to Lanka’s state-owned Sunday Observer. “We rely on ourselves not on others to solve our problems. But the globe is now shrunk, everything and everybody are inter-related,” he said and pointed out that the present Lankan rulers had “relied on foreign powers to get rid of the […]

It’s too late for Mahinda Rajapaksa

5th June 2016 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran says had Mahinda Rajapaksa genuinely worked with them as he promised on 2 January 2014, he would not be in this predicament. “Now it is too late for Mahinda,” he said. He added, “As for my ‘strong Tamil nationalism’, I reflect the minds of the people of the North and East. We must get out of the mindset that a political settlement in Sri Lanka is based on the large heartedness of any particular community. It must come out of the genuine desire of all communities to live in amity and peace. It is true that the year 1833 brought disparate communities under one central administration and the 1948 Constitution gave an edge to the majority community.” By […]

Subramanian Swamy blamed for Tamil Nadu set back

4th June 2016 // 0 Comments

MP Subramanian Swamy is blamed for the loss of BJP  in Tamil Nadu election. He is known to behave like a royal family member and he talks and had treated the Tamils as untouchables hence his presence in the BJP party is made to believe that BJP Party as a racist party. He had been a key supporter of Sri Lankan leader Rajapaksha to kill the Tamil community in Sri Lanka in May 2009 and had said that if the UN is allowed to investigate the Sri Lankan government for War crime for killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians and LTTE Leaders who surrendered with White Flag after the UN negotiated the surrender,  than India will face the same fate in Kashmere.  He is so […]

Since 1948 – Sri Lanka’s Deceptions Continue!

31st May 2016 // 0 Comments

By S. V. Kirubaharan – S. V. Kirubaharan A few days back – the Eelam Tamils, diaspora Tamils and the World Tamils commemorated the 7th anniversary of Mullivaghzhal, in which thousands of innocent lives were lost – massacred in cold blood. I will avoid going into the history of this massacre. There is nothing to hide. It was done with the help of China, Pakistan, India and a few other counties, including the then state government of Tamil Nadu. I know that patriotic Indians will not like to see that I have included India in this list. But who is answerable to the ample evidence available, of Indian involvement in ‘bringing this war to an end’? India may justify its shameful support to Sri Lanka, […]

‘Wigneswaran and Jayalalithaa’ the last hope of the Tamils?

31st May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Vishwamithra1984 – “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow C V Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of Northern Province, is a retired Supreme Court Judge. As much as his judiciary judgments would one day be called for ultimate arbitration by history, one would also expect his political judgments shall stand the test of time and history. A man who was catapulted into politics on the backs of a defeated people, a scholar of no mean criteria, this Northern pundit seems to have unfortunately bartered his scholarship with the squalor of Tamil Nadu politics. Firstly, Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister (CM) of Tamil Nadu was no ‘political prisoner’.Jayalalitha became the first Chief […]

Hundreds pay homage to late son of Tamil Leader Prabhakaran in Chennai

30th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Hundreds of people gathered in Chennai on Sunday to pay homage to late Balachandran, 10 year old son of the late founder of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who was killed after he surrendered after UN negotiated the surrender. He was given biscuits and than killed in cold blood by the Sri Lankan Army. The unanswered question is Did the than President Mahinda Rajapaksha or the Defence secretary Gothapaya Rajapaksha ordered the Army to kill the 14 year old child in cold blood in May 2009. Late Tamil leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his 10-year-old son Balachandran were reportedly killed in the armed conflict that started in 1983, when the LTTE launched insurgent attacks against the government aiming to establish an independent Tamil state in […]

NPC unanimously congratulates Jayalalithaa

30th May 2016 // 0 Comments

NPC unanimously congratulates Jayalalithaa COLOMBO: The Provincial Council of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province has unanimously passed a resolution congratulating AIADMK leader J.Jayalalithaa for winning the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections convincingly. Denying a news agency’s report that the Council thwarted Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswran’s bid to introduce a resolution congratulating the Tamil Nadu leader, the Council’s chairman, CVK.Sivagnanam told Express that the resolution was moved by the CM and passed unanimously on May 26, after an issue raised by two members was resolved amicably………….. READ MORE Will continue to persuade Centre for establishing rights of Sri Lankan Tamils: Jayalalithaa The CM replies to Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran, who congratulated her on winning the State Assembly polls. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday […]

End of war in Sri Lanka, but Tamils still suffering

23rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Azman Ujang’s piece: “Peace pays off for Sri Lanka” simply mimics the Sri Lankan government’s propaganda about who really benefitted from the end of the country’s civil war. By P Ramasamy Azman Ujang’s piece titled “Peace pays off for Sri Lanka” in his column “Off the Cuff” (The Sun Daily, May 16), seems to be an exercise that is echoing the propaganda efforts of the Sri Lanka government rather than critically examining who really benefited from the end of the civil war that raged for more than 30 years. Yes, peace dividends might have brought benefits to political elites, foreign investors and tourists but what about the locals and Tamils in particular? The civil war ended with the defeat of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of […]

Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says

17th May 2016 // 0 Comments

RELATED STORY: ‘We just wanted to wave, say hello’: Cocos Islanders say boat arrivals flown away RELATED STORY: Sri Lankan would-be migrants returned by Australia ‘may be’ in detention MAP: Sri Lanka A human rights and refugee lawyer in Sri Lanka has accused Australia of breaching international obligations over the recent return of a group of asylum seekers who reached the Cocos Islands. Key points: Lawyer says Australian Government “talking rubbish” about breaking people smugglers’ business model Says most Sri Lankan asylum seekers buy their own boats Accuses Australia of breaching Refugee Convention Lakshan Dias is representing some of the 12 men, women and children who reached the Cocos-Keeling Islands in early May and were subsequently flown back to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Two […]

Jaya writes to PM Modi over demolition of church by Sri Lanka

14th May 2016 // 0 Comments

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over reports indicating that the Sri Lankan Government plans to demolish and reconstruct the ancient St Anthonys Church on the island of Katchatheevu, which holds great significance by Tamil fishermen who have been visiting the church since centuries. In the letter, she states that the fishermen who mostly belong to the Roman Catholic faith are extremely concerned that they have not been consulted regarding the proposed reconstruction. “St Anthonys Church on Katchatheevu Island holds considerable religious significance for the fisherfolk in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu including Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli. They have traditionally undertaken pilgrimages to the island for the annual festival of St Anthonys for several […]

Events to mark remembrance of victims of final war begin

12th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Events to mark the remembrance of victims of the final war began today. Northern provincial council members and families of those killed during the final stages of the war attended the event held in the North today. The events which began today will be held for a week at different locations with the final event set to take place at Mullivaikal. Northern Provincial Council member M.K Sivajilingham said earlier that there was an attempt to block the events but yet the events will go ahead as planned.  Sivajilingham said the main event will be staged in Mullivaikal on May 18. In the past the authorities had attempted to prevent the Mullivaikal commemoration events from being held as it was seen as paying respects to LTTE cadres during […]

Going Beyond The 13th A & Towards Cooperative Devolution

9th May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Laksiri Fernando – Dr. Laksiri Fernando Discussions have started on devolution and/or federalism in the context of constitutional reforms and the present is an attempt to clarify some of the important issues in the form of ‘questions and answers.’ The purpose is to deviate from abstract debates and bring concreate substance to the discussions as far as I can contribute. Question: What do you mean by going beyond the 13th Amendment? Answer: I basically mean four things. (1) Reducing the concurrent list (2) eliminating the ambiguities between the national list and the provincial list (3) reducing the powers of the Governor and (4) creating a framework for making sufficient fiscal and administrative resources available to the provinces. Question: Why not completely replace devolution and […]

Maithri trashes TNA’s ‘federal’ solution -And rubbishes Jayalalithaa’s ‘Eelam’ cry

29th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Gagani Weerakoon President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday vowed he will not allow, support or even acknowledge any proposal that would jeopardise the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. Addressing the heads of media institutions at President’s House in Colombo yesterday (27) he said anybody could pass any resolution, but it is the government that has to endorse them. He made these remarks when journalists asked about the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council calling for a federal solution. “Anybody can pass resolutions. But, the government will never allow Sri Lanka to be divided or jeopardize the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation. Apart from the resolutions passed at Provincial Council level, how many Acts have been passed into the Constitution over the […]

Independent Tamil Eelam only solution, we will fight to attain it: Jayalalitha

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 April 2009, 22:13 GMT] A separate Tamil Eelam is the only solution that will permanently put an end to the problems of the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka, said Tamil Nadu former Chief Minister and principal Leader of the Opposition, Ms. Jayalalitha at a election rally in Salem city Saturday. In a powerful, moving speech, she resolved to fight to attain independent Eelam. Ms. J. Jayalalithaa  “I met Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar who has just returned from the war-zone in the Vanni. He gave me CDs and photographs of the atrocities. My heart boils when I looked at it,” the AIADMK leader said. If this pathetic situation of the Tamil people has to be removed, if […]

Jayalalithaa promises to take steps for separate Tamil Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Chennai: Making a pitch for votes in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Saturday made a promise to take steps for creation of separate Tamil Eelam for the refugees.  Addressing the huge gathering, the state Chief Minister said, “I have demanded dual citizenship for the refugees, so that they can get jobs easily.” “I will take steps for creation of separate Tamil Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils where they can live an independent and respectable life. I have continuously demanded an independent international investigation on the people who committed genocide,” she added. Jayalalithaa was campaigning in Tiruchy today. She had earlier moved a resolution in the House, stating there should be an impartial, international and independent probe for the alleged war crimes and […]

Sri Lanka’s NPC not for special powers, says chairperson

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Our demand for federalism should not be misconstrued as something in favour of separatism, says council chairperson The Northern Provincial Council (NPC), which has reiterated the position of Tamil parties for a merger of the North and the East, is not for special powers to be provided to the proposed State, according to its chairperson C.V.K. Sivagnanam. On the significance of the resolution adopted on Friday, Mr. Sivagnanam told The Hindu that “our demand for federalism should not be misconstrued as something in favour of separatism. Let the Central government share power with all the States or Provinces uniformly.. We expect other Provinces to fall in line with us so that we all can have greater powers.” The Council’s proposals on constitutional reforms were essentially […]

Jayalalithaa: Karuna gifted island to Sri Lanka

16th April 2016 // 0 Comments

AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa on Friday accused DMK leader M. Karunanidhi of being instrumental in the handing over of the Katchatheevu islet to Sri Lanka. Addressing a huge gathering at Aruppukkottai in Virudhunagar district, Ms Jayalalithaa ridiculed the DMK promise of retrieving Katchatheevu, which is featured in the party’s election manifesto. Dealing with the subject in elaborate fashion, she listed out the efforts she has been taking since 1991 to get back the islet, traditionally used by fishermen of the southern districts. Mr Karunanidhi, who she claimed colluded with the then Congress government at the Centre in making Katchatheevu over to Sri Lanka, was branding the TN fishermen as “greedy persons” for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line for fishing, she said. Katchatheevu was handed […]

Will India topple Ranil’s government too?

16th April 2016 // 0 Comments

India maintained strict silence on Ranil’s visit to China. Only India is aware of the secret behind that silence. Subsequent to Mahinda’s defeat, his brother former Defence Secretary Gotabaya said at a conference that Indian Defence Adviser Ajit Doval had told him to halt the Colombo Port City (Chinese) Project. Gotabaya said, his brother’s government got involved in problems with India because of the decision the government took not to halt this project. If Doval had told Gotabaya to halt the Colombo Port City Project then there is no reason for them not to tell the same thing to either Maithri or Ranil. However, during his tour of India it was reported that India had given their approval for the project. The maintenance contract for […]

Tamils in Jaffna protest against Sri Lankan military land grabs

12th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Protestors staged a sit in at the Jaffna Government Agent District Secretariat office in Jaffna today, demanding the Sri Lankan military halt ongoing land surveys. The protest began after a reported attempt by the Sri Lankan military to survey 16 acres of land in Anaikottai, in the northern peninsula. Upon hearing news of the surveying taking place, Tamil protestors, including politicians from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), arrived at the scene. TNA Northern Provincial Council member Balachandran Gajatheepan said the military had also attempted to seize land owned by the Sivapoomi Trust, a charity organisation that supports handicapped children. As protestors gathered, the military began videotaping the demonstration. “Our land is our culture,” said M K Shivajilingam Northern Provincial […]

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