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North CM, Aussie envoy hold talks

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had talks with the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ms Robyn Mudie in Jaffna today. The Australian High Commissioner was in Jaffna on a visit when she met Wigneswaran to discuss the latest developments in the North. A wide range of issues were discussed but the details were not immediately made available to the media. Australia has been a strong critic of attempts to launch an international investigation in the country over the human rights issue. However recently the Australian Government had said it will push Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to engage with domestic and international stakeholders to advance an effective and transparent reconciliation agenda. Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to […]

Minister Wimal Weerawansa is the Winner.

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Clown in the govt. circus If ever there was a contest to determine the best comedian amongst the members of the Cabinet, the accolade would undoubtedly be conferred on Wimal Weerawansa.Even though many of the Cabinet members are all comedians, Weerawansa is a clear cut winner in comic acting; so much so that he can be placed on par with veteran comedians such as Rowan Atkinson and Robin Williams. While he is notorious for spending twenty to thirty thousand rupees each month for the maintenance of his hair, he was also publicly shamed for having toured Disneyland and living a royal lifestyle. His comedy is so supreme that local veterans like Freddie Silva and Eddie Jayamanne would have been out of job had they still been around.Weerawansa has displayed […]

Resolution in US Congress to punish Lanka’s war criminals

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A resolution received by the Congress in Washington DC last Monday calls upon the Obama administration to “place restrictions on the entry to the United States for anyone it identified as responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity” in Sri Lanka. The timing of this strongly worded resolution is significant. Firstly, it comes with barely a week to go for UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s announcement on who will serve in an international investigation of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. She will also spell out the terms of reference of the process that will be backed by a team of advisors and experts. Second is that the resolution has also been referred to the two important arms of the US Congress […]

‘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 […]

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; […]

Assets of 424 persons, 16 Tamil Organisations to be frozen

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government has issued an order to freeze all funds, other financial assets and economic resources of persons, groups and entities designated and listed in March on suspicion of terrorist financing. The 39-page list was promulgated in terms of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSRC) 1373 and contains the names of 424 persons and 16 entities, nearly all of them Tamil. The Government claims they are responsible for the continued financing of terrorism. The latest gazette was issued on Thursday under the signature of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Competent Authority for the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1373. It gives effect to a freeze on “all funds, other financial assets and economic resources belonging to or owned or held by any natural or legal person, group […]

Wimal opposes South African mediation because they won’t be able to cheat the Tamils again.

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Government Minister and National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa known to be an well known racist has strongly opposed South African mediation in Sri Lanka. He has opposed any rights to the minority in Sri Lanka and opposes the full implementation (13th amendment) of the constitution of the country. Weerawansa says having South Africa mediate in Sri Lanka would leave room for the internationalization of what he says should remain a domestic issue. He opposed holding of election in the North and implementation of the 13th amendment of the constitution of the country.  The president Rajapaksha in April 2009 promised the world leaders that he will implement more than the 13th amendment of the constitution( famous 13+ lie of Rajapaksha)  if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. […]

Man in critical condition after attack in Rayners Lane Barber shop.

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Man in critical condition after attack in Rayners Lane The man in his 50s was attacked in the Raja Salon, in Village Way East, Rayners Lane. A man is in a critical condition after an attack in a barber shop. Police have made an arrest in connection with a serious assault which left a man with severe facial injuries. The 57-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with the attack at the Raja Salon in Village Way East, in Rayners Lane, on Monday. The victim, a man aged 50, was found with serious facial injuries that police believe were inflicted with a knife. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a non-life-threatening condition. Police are appealing for […]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, have given various assurances to India from time to time, over the full implementation of the 13th Amendment. Such promises have now disappeared into thin air

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

  With BJP Leader Narendra Modi being elevated to the position of Prime Minister in India, a new era has dawned in Indian politics.Narendra Modi, a leader who comes from the grassroots level, does not belong to the elitist circle of Indian politicians. He very much represents the ‘common man’ of India who forms the large majority of the country’s population. He did not have a powerful family behind him nor did he cash in on any sort of dynasty or lineage. He began his political career as a young activist and travelled the hard path in politics over decades. Being elevated to the helm of the world’s largest democracy is undoubtedly the culmination of his long and arduous political career.Any regime change in India […]

Vaiko reminds Modi of promise to attend to SL Tamil issue

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Indian Policy on Sri Lanka Tamil Nadu has been given the first-preference! As per the India’s External affairs Policy, Tamil Nadu Government will be given much priority. According to the Indian Media reports, a speaker of the Bharathiya Janatha Party has revealed this information. Since Bharathiya Janatha Party has won with overwhelming majority in the recent held  elections. There was an opinion, that the Government of Tamil Nadu’s support is not necessary. Since the Sri Lankan Tamils issue is not only an important issue in the Tamil Nadu Politics, but also among the People of Tamil Nadu. According to the information, due to these reasons, through the Tamil Nadu Government, Sri Lankan Issue would be handled; accordingly external policy has been drafted by the present […]

CHR condemns the arrest, assault and torture of Allied Health Sciences students

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Torture of detainees must end Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) and Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) strongly condemn the assault, arrest and the alleged torture on the Allied Health Sciences students by Slave Island police and hopes that the judicial system will do justice to the arrested students. 18 students were arrested on May 16 and four students were admitted to Colombo National Hospital due to injuries after they were inspected by Judicial Medical officer of the National Hospital on Saturday (May 18). These injuries occurred due to police torture according to the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF). The assault and arrest of university students who held a peaceful demonstration are violations of Sri Lankan constitution. Article 15 of the constitution […]

‘Modi Warns Sri Lanka’ & Mahinda laughs

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

BJP To Push For Power Devolution India’s BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has issued a veiled threat to Sri Lanka during speeches made over the past few days at election rallies in Tamil Nadu, indicating he will be tough with Sri Lanka if he wins the ongoing Indian elections. Modi has said that with Tamils living all over the world, including in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji, it should be a priority of the Indian government to take care of their well being and he promised to do so if a BJP-led Government assumes power after the elections. The Press Trust of India quoted Modi as saying at an election rally in Chennai that a strong and determined government was the need of the […]

Hypnotized Hindus, Mesmerised Muslims

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

BY GHAZI SALAHUDDIN These are the times that, to borrow Thomas Paine’s words, try men’s souls. And it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect one’s sanity in this surge of raw passions. A rational discourse is just not possible even when, lo and behold, the media itself is the battlefield. Against this flaming backdrop, I have the option of shifting my attention towards India, our beloved infidel. In fact, India is very relevant for us in many different ways. As it is, a change of regime after a long electoral exercise in the world’s largest democracy must have global and regional implications. At one level, we have to contend with the reality of Hindu nationalists winning a landslide victory. In addition, we have Narendra Modi […]

Tamil diaspora deny blocking peace

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil diaspora deny allegations that they are hampering moves towards peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, five years after the war. Reverend Father S. J. Emmanuel who heads the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), one of many groups recently proscribed by the Government, says the GTF is absolutely committed to a non-violent agenda and seeks lasting peace in Sri Lanka, based on justice, reconciliation and a negotiated political settlement. Here are excerpts of an interview given to the Colombo Gazette: Q. As Sri Lanka commemorates five years since the end of the war, as a key member of the Tamil Diaspora what would you say are the feelings of the Tamils overseas five years on? Combination of feelings of deep sorrow for the loss of life, immense sadness […]

New Pictures Of Isaipriya Alive Emerge

19th May 2014 // 0 Comments

New pictures of the LTTE media TV newsreader Isaipriya alive have emerged.The Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence claims 53 Division troops killed Isaipriya during the last battle. Her name is in the Ministry of Defence’s published list – “Identified LTTE leaders who were killed on 18 May 2009 by 53 Division troops“  – as “Lieutenant Colonel – Issei Piriya – Communications/Publicity Wing”. Isaipriya was taken into army custody on May 18, 2009. First pictures of her dead body emerged. Then on June 22, 2012 , Colombo Telegraph published pictures and a video which show the LTTE media TV announcer Issapriya’s naked body lies with the hundreds of dead bodies, but this time her hands are untied. The security forces officer speaking in Sinhala language to a female says, “here, here, Voice of Tiger […]

TNA pins hopes on Modi

18th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Mirudhula Thambiah  The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) expressed hope that the newly elected Bharatia Janata Party (BJP) will act meaningfully in solving the issues of Tamils in Sri Lanka, by influencing the government to implement reasonable power sharing.  TNA Parliamentarian and Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran, said their Party believes the newly elected Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will play a favourable role in resolving the issues of Tamils in Sri Lanka. “We expect the BJP to work towards pushing the government to provide a better power sharing process for the Tamils,” he said.Commenting on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (CM)… …Jayalalithaa Jayaram’s stand with the elected Indian custodian, he said, Tamil Nadu has passed a resolution seeking a political solution in Sri Lanka. “Therefore CM Jayalalithaa will back […]

ITAK to commemorate war dead

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) is gearing up to commemorate the civilians who died during the last phase of the war on 18 May.  However, they will not reveal the venue of the ceremony due to ‘security threats’.Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V.K. Sivagnanam, told Ceylon Today the Northern Province is infiltrated by intelligence and Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) officials and so it would create an unwanted uproar when commemorating and invoking blessings on the dead. “It is our birthright and human right to remember them and hold rituals for those who died during the last phase of the war,” the Chairman said.“We have informed the families to join us in commemorating the dead and we have our rituals to […]

TGTE to go ahead with events in UK Today!

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is organizing an International conference in London on May 17th, to plan strategy to boycott, divest and sanction against Sri Lanka’s political & military leaders and against Sri Lanka itself. This conference is taking place during TGTE’s week of mourning to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the mass killings in the final months of the war in 2009, which resulted in tens of thousands of innocent Tamils killed and Tamil women raped by the Sri Lankan Security forces. Venue: Hotel Ambassadors Bloomsbury, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX Opposite to Hilton Euston  5  minute walk from Euston Station,  7  minute walk from Euston Square Station,  8  minute walk from King’s Cross St Pancras Station, 10 minute walk From Russell Square  Kind […]

Never Glad Confident Morning Again? The Decline Of The Last Five Years

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajiva Wijesinha – Five years ago, I spent the week of my 55th birthday in Geneva. I had been summoned there urgently, because some Western nations had been trying to get sufficient signatures to hold a Special Session of the Human Rights Council in an attempt to stop our imminent conquest of the Tigers. By the time I got to Geneva though, the danger was over, and there was much to celebrate. The superb diplomacy of Dayan Jayatilleka, our Representative in Geneva, supported admirably by the international coalition he had built up, had ensured that the West did not get the required number of signatures, and the danger passed. By the time I got back to Colombo, we had registered an even more remarkable victory, in that the […]

Colombo ‘failing to engage’ with Tamil minority

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Five years after the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, there are few signs of a government-led reconciliation, MP Rajiva Wjesinha tells DW, arguing that mistrust and suspicion have only grown stronger. Shortly after the Sri Lankan army defeated the separatist “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” in May 2009, President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared an end to the country’s bloody civil war which had lasted more than 25 years during that period claimed the lives of at least 100,000 people. Five years after the end of the separatist conflict, Sri Lanka is still struggling with reconciliation between the majority Sinhala community and the Tamil minority. International human rights organizations hold the army as well as the LTTE-separatists responsible for crimes committed during the civil war. […]

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