‘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:

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 […]

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 […]

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