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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 […]

There Needs To Be Political Will – Erik Solheim

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Easwaran Rutnam The Norwegian Government played a key role in mediating between the Government and the LTTE during the war, including under the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government. However as soon as the LTTE was defeated the Norwegians were accused by many within the Government of playing into the hands of the LTTE and being biased towards the rebels. The man who took center stage as Norwegian mediator is former Minister Erik Solheim. Yet active on expressing his views on Sri Lanka, Solheim told The Sunday Leader, he is still fully convinced the peace process could have succeeded. Here are excerpts from the interview: Q: Sri Lanka is this week celebrating five years since the end of the war. As a former mediator in the Sri […]

”No” to cheating President Rajapakshas invitation by the Tamil Chief Minister.

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Rajapaksha was trying to make a false impression to the international community that the Northern PC and the Central Government had a strong relationship by taking the Tamil Chief Minister of Northern Province with him to India. By doing so he was trying to hide the continues racist policies taken by his government on the minority Tamils since the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by his Army. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran turned down the invitation extended to him by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join him as part of the Sri Lankan delegation to the swearing-in ceremony of new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “acceptance would indicate that there exists a strong co-operative spirit between the Centre and the Province, when in fact, […]

Losing The Peace

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Functioning Of N&E Provincial Councils Although on paper the same powers are devolved to all Provincial Councils those in the former North-East Provincial Council and the present Northern Provincial Council have been stultified in their functioning by the manner in which the Governors of these two provinces have used their powers with respect to these two Provincial Councils (the former North-East and later Eastern Provincial Council) and the Northern Provincial Council. Unlike the manner in which the Governors have functioned in the South where they have played a largely passive role and allowed the Chief Ministers and the Councils to function as per their initiative, the Governors in the former North Eastern Provincial Council and later in the Eastern and the Northern Provincial Councils have stymied the legislative […]

Sri Lanka cannot mislead India under Narendra Modi like they did with Manmohan Singh

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka would no longer be able to mislead India under Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi like it had done with the previous Congress-led UPA government, the country’s main opposition party has said. Tissa Attanayake, the general secretary of the United National Party (UNP) told a gathering in the central district of Kandy on Saturday that the era of duping India had ended with BJP leader Modi’s victory. “Sri Lanka had incredibly misled Dr Manmohan Singh’s government. It has now ended. Mr Modi is a forceful leader who has built his own power base,” Attanayake said. The UNP bigwig said Sri Lanka’s failure to keep promises made to the Congress government was a main reason why Indo-Lanka relations had soured during the UPA government in Delhi. […]

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. […]

Tamil students in Delhi chant anti-Rajapaksa slogans

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Tamil students in Delhi chant anti-Rajapaksa slogans to dissuade him from attending Modi’s swearing-in A Tamil students group called Delhi Tamil Youth Forum staged a protest in the streets of Delhi today to register their anger against the incoming Government’s decision to extend invitation to Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa who is accused of war crime. Sri Lankan Army killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 as per UN.  President Mahinda Rajapaksha’s Army killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrenders with White Flag after UN officials negotiated the surrender with Sri Lankan government. This killing has made the world loose the trust in UN negociations in future with any conflicting governments as NO action has been taken by […]

”President’s Rule in Tamil Nadu” says Mad dog Subrasanian Swamy

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

A simmering political row in Tamil Nadu over the invitation sent to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony intensified on Thursday, with Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa describing the move as “ill-advised”. Meanwhile, the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) said the move could have been avoided. The invitation has been sent to Rajapaksa and other leaders of the seven nations that belong to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). “It is with a deep sense of anguish that we point this out to the new government to be formed at the centre,” said Jayalalithaa, chief of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), in a press statement. “Particularly, with regard to the relationship of the new […]

Mahinda’s friends Swamy To Hold Finance, Sushma To Get Defence

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

The current speculations of Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, according to sources close to the BJP revealed that the party’s senior leaders Subramanian Swamy and Sushma Swaraj may get Finance and Defence ministries, respectively. According to the sources, BJP president Rajnath Singh is likely to replace outgoing Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde while the party veteran LK Advani may be appointed as the NDA convenor. Moreover, Murli Manohar Joshi may become Speaker of the Lower House. “The party may announce Arun Jaitley’s name for Ministry of External Affairs and Venkaiah Naidu’s for Railways. Besides this, Chandni Chowk MP Dr Harsh Vardhan is being considered for the post of Health Minister,” said a BJP leader. The BJP’s ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan may head Petroleum and […]

Jayalalithaa to boycott PM swearing-in over ‘ill-advised’ invitation to Rajapaksa

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Jaya, Vaiko, DMK oppose invitation to Lankan President Rajapaksa Vaiko meets Narendra Modi, says Mahinda Rajapaksa should not be invited Karunanidhi, Ramadoss opposes invite to Rajapaksa Jayalalithaa to boycott PM swearing-in over ‘ill-advised’ invitation to Rajapaksa Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalithaa will boycott the swearing-in event of India’s new Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on 26 May, over the issue of invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa, latest news reports said on Friday, citing AIADMK party sources. Earlier, Ms. Jayalalithaa described the invitation to genocide-accused Rajapaksa as “ill-advised” and as “rubbing salt into the wounds.” Modi’s camouflage in inviting SAARC heads of governments is impelled by his priority to Pakistan and Muslim factor, and the Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s immediate response to come shows the US […]

Tamil PM Rejects Rajapaksha Invitation to fool PM Modi!

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

North CM to consult NPC on invite Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran is to consult the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) before deciding on the invitation extended to him to accompany President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) sources said. The invite was extended by the President today, the President’s office said. The President was invited by Indian Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday. President Rajapaksa’s attendance was formally confirmed yesterday (May 22) through diplomatic channels and also via the President’s official Twitter account (@PresRajapaksa) this morning: “Thank you for the invitation to attend your swearing-in ceremony. I look forward to being there.” The President was one of the first world leaders to call Modi to […]

Under the name of Terrorists, Tamils are Terrorised by Army!

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

”There was a security operation in the north but we did not surround a temple or any location or raid any newspaper” Military and MOD spokesman, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya. BUT THE TRUTH…………….  SL military ridicules Mu’l’ivaaykkaal observance even in temples Tamil media and political parties were targeted on the morning of May 18, as heavily armed troops surrounded the offices of Uthayan, Thinakkural newspapers, the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Attempts by mourners to say prayers for the dead within temples were also stopped, as armed troops surrounded Nallur and Keerimalai temples, blocking off access to Tamils. Earlier in the week the military banned all temple events and public gatherings to commemorate the dead, stating that no bells should toll on May 17 and 18. The University of Jaffna was ordered shut earlier […]

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 […]

Gajendrakumar calls for foolproof position, closer ties with Tamil Nadu

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Gajendrakumar calls for foolproof position, closer ties with Tamil Nadu Tamils should make their position foolproof said Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in an exclusive interview to TamilNet on 17 May in London. The problem the Tamils face is two fold. The first is geopolitics and the International Community’s reasons for not wanting to recognise Tamils nationhood and sovereignty. The second is our own problem, where we have a party that claims to be the democratic representatives of Tamils, but deliberately chooses not to put forward positions that make Tamil sovereignty the fundamental basis for any political discourse. Giving a brief account on continuing oppression and militarization of the Tamil homeland and talking about manipulation of Tamil political opinion by international powers both in the island and in […]

Sri Lanka’s Greatest War Criminal (Gotabaya) is a US Citizen: It’s Time to Hold Him Accountable

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Monday, May 19th marks the five-year anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which claimed the lives of 40,000 to 70,000 civilians in its “catastrophic” final phase. In 2009, Congress asked the State Department to report on the humanitarian law violations during the war, and those reports make for gruesome reading. If history is a guide, this week congressional representatives will publicly call for accountability for war crimes in Sri Lanka—as members of Congress have done on the past four anniversaries. (See accompanying post, “Honor Roll of US Congressional Members Who’ve Stood for Accountability in Sri Lanka”) This post proposes specific action that congressional members can include in such calls, and something meaningful that the Justice Department’s war crimes section can do. The man who oversaw the Sri Lankan armed forces’ operations […]

Arrested Tamil refugees may face torture if they are deported to Sri Lanka.

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

PETALING JAYA: A local human rights group has alleged that Malaysian police are hunting down refugees from Sri Lanka at the bidding of the Colombo government. “Our police are acting under the orders of powerful Malaysian politicians who are trying to please the Sri Lanka government,” R Thevarajan, a spokesman for Suaram, told FMT today. He was commenting on last Thursday’s arrest of three Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka. The three, identified as Kirupanathan, Kirubaharan Mahadevan and Gushanthan Santhiralingargah, are detained at Bukit Aman. “We fear that if these three refugees and political asylum seekers are deported back to Sri Lanka, they may face torture and persecution,” Thevarajan said in a media statement he released early today. “We were informed by the investigation officer from […]

TNA questions the House on V-Day

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today questioned parliament as to why only soldiers killed during the war are commemorated on Victory Day (V-Day) on May 18 and not the Tamil civilians who were also killed. TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah, speaking in parliament on the no-confidence motion against the Government, said that there will be no meaning to the word reconciliation in Sri Lanka if even parliament cannot commemorate Tamil victims of the war. Senathirajah slammed the Government for using the military to block families of those killed in the north from going to the Temple to pray for their relatives. However interrupting his speech, Government MP Sarath Weerasekera insisted that the Government never prevented families of civilians killed during the war from commemorating the […]

Dirty Dozen : Names Of The First Lot Of Sri Lankan War Criminals & Genocidaires

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

by Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran FULL DETAILS  – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY http://fr.calameo.com/read/00034150294a5e6d90ece ( May 19, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Government of Sri Lanka is in retreat, with its tail well between its legs. The international civil society has acknowledged the extent of the atrocities on the Tamil people leading to genocide. The Human Rights Council has called for an international investigation. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has placed Sri Lanka on a watch list for four years. Instead of pursuing remedial justice, the chauvinist mindset of the Sri Lankan Government has sought to create smokescreens to hide its multitude of sins. Its campaign against the Tamil Diaspora which it brands as consisting of “terrorists” is misplaced. The Diaspora entities, including the TGTE, operate in accordance with […]

‘White Flag’ surrendered Girl slain with Isaipiriya in SL military captivity identified

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A girl seen held captive together with LTTE journalist Shoba (Isaippiriyaa) by the genocidal military of Sri Lanka and later seen slain, has been identified as 19-year-old Ushalini Gunalingam from Yoakapuram, Mallaavi in Vanni, news sources in Ki’linochchi told TamilNet Monday. The girl was not a LTTE fighter, although she had been recruited by the movement in 2008 for a few months, according to the relatives of the victim.  Shoba (Isaipiriya) and Ushalini Gunalingam [right] Ushalini had left the movement and was with the family. But, the family had lost her during a chaotic displacement in the beginning of May 2009.The parents, searching for their lost daughter, have been complaining to all the commissions, from the LLRC to the recent presidential commission, without any outcome. Now […]

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