May 2014

TNA, SLMC to jointly work on N&E issues

31st May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) have decided to join hands and work towards finding a solution to the problems faced by the people of the North and East. Parliamentarians of the two Parties met at the Kalmunai Municipal Council on Friday (30) to discuss the possibility of working together. The SLMC was represented by its Leader and Justice Minister, Rauff Hakeem, and General Secretary, Hasen Ali, while the TNA was represented by Jaffna District MP, Mavai Senathiraja, M.A. Sumanthiran (National List), along with Batticaloa District MPs, C. Yogeswaran and P. Ariyanenthiran.  The current political situation of the Tamils and Muslims in the two provinces were discussed at this meeting.Senathiraja told Ceylon Today the meeting was cordial and the two […]

Modi’s demand not to be taken lightly

31st May 2014 // 0 Comments

The new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in his very first meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has called for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment and going beyond in order to address the political aspirations of Tamils in Sri Lanka.  Modi’s call was predictable and in consonance with the stance of the previous Congress Government in New Delhi. BJP’s position on the ethnic question in Sri Lanka has also been made public by its former leader of the Lok Sabha and the current External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, who advocated for the devolution of powers within a united Sri Lanka. What is however new, is the sense of urgency, India is showing in getting the Sri Lankan Government to address the grievances of […]

Citizens, Nations And State

31st May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Narendran – “As all men have a right- to be free, so all nations have a right to live freely. However, the larger nations whose freedom is secure still tend to consider freedom a privilege to which they are entitled. This is why even when the ‘threat’ to the ‘free world’ is mentioned, only the still free nations come to mind and silence covers the enslaved, their freedom not being a matter of concern. Not genocide alone is the shame of our century! Equally shameful is the silence of the world which call itself ‘Free’,  ‘the closing of eyes’ ( and of consciences too) in the face of this genocide. If we consider other centuries, we can agree that always those who were free tended […]

Susma to come here, Modi to follow

31st May 2014 // 0 Comments

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to visit Sri Lanka within the next couple of months while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to follow later, Daily Mirror learns. Ms. Swaraj was previously opposition leader in the Lok Sabha. She headed a parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka in 2012, and undertook a fact finding mission in the Northern and Eastern Provinces where the delegates interacted with a wide cross-section of society. She visited Batticaloa and Jaffna and met representatives of war-affected people and civil society leaders. In Hatton, she visited several Indian-funded projects for the benefit of Tamils of Indian origin living in the upcountry. At the end of their visit, her delegation also met President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lankan political leaders have […]

If Rajapaksa Regime Continues with Broken Promises and Intransigience the “Honeymoon”with New Modi Govt Will Not Last Long

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians President Mahinda Rajapaksa may have metaphorically leapt into new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arms this week, but in the beginning there was Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. The Congress Party won Parliamentary elections in 2004, returning the Gandhi family dynasty to the helm of Indian politics after a hiatus of eight years and heralding a new dawn for Sri Lanka’s battle against terrorism. The change had come only three years after America had faced its own demons in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, forever altering how the world would approach and combat terrorism. Already, appetite for the LTTE’s brutal politics of terror had waned completely in the Western world. By assassinating Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi […]

Going beyond 13 A: GTF

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Going beyond 13 A: GTF ponders what Modi’s message to Mahinda really meant By Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) yesterday said that India should explain what 13th Amendment plus envisaged for Tamil speaking people in post-war Sri Lanka.   UK based GTF spokesperson, Suren Surendiran told The Island that the Diaspora grouping wanted to know what newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi really meant by going beyond the 13th Amendment to achieve national reconciliation fully and quickly. Surendiran was commenting on Premier Modi’s brief meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa last Tuesday (May 26) in New Delhi.  The media quoted Premier Modi as having told President Rajapaksa that an early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment and going beyond would […]

UK wants a political solution in Lanka

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain says it will continue to encourage the Sri Lankan government to respect human rights, promote meaningful reconciliation and agree to a political settlement with the Tamil and other opposition parties. The head of the political team at the British High Commission in Colombo, Daniel Painter, said in a blog posting that the British Government’s primary objective in Sri Lanka is to support the development of a stable and prosperous country, not simply because the Sri Lankan people deserve this, but also because it is in Britain’s national interest to do so. “The holding of elections (last September), and the convincing victory by the opposition Tamil National Alliance, raised hopes and expectations about the prospects for reconciliation. Unfortunately, developments since then have dented that optimism, […]

Sushma’s appointment a bonus for Sri Lanka

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

She may not have made headlines in Sri Lanka yet but Sushma Swaraj, the first woman to be appointed as India’s Minister of External Affairs will be a key player in forging that country’s foreign policy towards Sri Lanka over the next few years.Swaraj was sworn in for the vital portfolio by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and her appointment should be considered a bonus for Sri Lanka which must be relieved at the prospect of a strong government in New Delhi that does not have to bow to the dictates of parties in Tamil Nadu. Swaraj, unlike her immediate predecessors Salman Khurshid, S.M. Krishna and Pranab Mukherjee, is one of the few politicians in New Delhi that Sri Lankan leaders have developed a […]

Despite regime change – India’s policy on SL hasn’t changed

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, soon after being sworn in, had a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and spelt out his government’s policy on Sri Lanka.  The media quoted India’s Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, as having said that Mr. Modi asked President Rajapaksa to expedite the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.   Quoting the Prime Minister, she said the full implementation of the 13th Amendment or going beyond that would contribute to this process.While highlighting the need to strengthen the bilateral relations, the two leaders focused on the entire gamut of issues. The implementation of the Sampur coal power project was also among the matters discussed by the two leaders, and there was a quick appraisal of Indian funded projects being implemented in various stages in […]

We will NOT Implement the 13th Amendment

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Close on the heels of a meeting between newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi, where the former called for early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment and to go beyond, the government yesterday said that it was only the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that could decide on the matter. The Tamil National Alliance has said that it has no faith in the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee and has not yet decided whether it will participate. “We have no confidence in the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee as that will also be a strategy adopted by the government to delay the process of finding a solution to the ethnic question,” TNA spokesman and Jaffna District MP Suresh Premachandran told The […]

TODAY – First ever Sri Lanka Capital Markets Investor Forum kicks off in UK

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Large contingent of around 50 from Sri Lanka in London for one-day event at Savoy Hotel Over 150 fund managers and investment bankers from UK to attend Central Bank Chief Cabraal to keynote Forum, showcasing post-war growth potential and investment opportunities Presentation by world’s largest asset manager BlackRock a key highlight in the event organised in association with London Stock Exchange and Bloomberg Heads and senior executives of 9 listed companies and 15 broking firms to woo more UK investments By Nisthar Cassim in London The first-ever Sri Lanka Capital Markets Investor Forum kicks off today in London as the industry makes a concerted effort to woo fresh interests from the UK to the post-war resurgence in the country.  A large contingent of around 50 business […]

”PM Modi will finish us off within a year or so” Mahinda

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Ranil has 4 buddies in Indian cabinet! “I thought he had asked me to come because of friendship. Now, it seems he is worse than the previous ones. I will have to learn Hindu because he does not know English. If he bullies us that much at the very first meeting, it is sure he will finish us off within a year or so. Not a single Indian should be trusted,” saying thus, president Mahinda Rajapaksa played havoc at Temple Trees yesterday (29) morning upon his return from India, say Temple Trees internal sources. After attending Indian new prime minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in at New Delhi, the president spent the entire morning in a rage without doing any work. During times the president loses his […]

‘We deal with life and death situations’-GA

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government Analyst Department is one of the most important departments with regard to dispensing justice in the country. In its 110 year history, the second female head of this vital state institution, Sakuntala Tennakoon, with experience for over thirty years, was appointed last week.Ms.Tennakoon obtained her B.Sc Special Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya, obtained her M.Sc in Pharmaceutical Analysis from the University of Strathclyde. There, she received the “Zeneca Pharmaceutical Prize” which is awarded to the most meritorious student.In one of her major plans for the future newly appointed Government Analyst  Ms. Tennakoon told ‘Daily Mirror’ that she hopes to introduce a Cyber Crime Unit to the Department in order to support investigation into highly technical and IT related crimes. […]

America fears alienation of Tamils

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The continuing centralization of development and political activities by the Sri Lankan Government may further alienate ethnic and religious minority communities — including Muslims, Christians, and Hindus — and fuel expanding fears over the governments commitment to equal political rights and civil liberties, the U.S Government has said. The US noted that while it has been five years since the end of Sri Lankas 26 year civil war, circumstances are more challenging than they were a year ago. Although Northern Provincial Council elections were held in September 2013, there has been little movement on reconciliation or accountability by the Government of Sri Lanka, the U.S Government has said in a report to Congress. “Indeed, the positions of many in the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamil populations […]

PM Modi insisted on 13A – Mahinda’s dummy Jaffna Mayor

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, while emphasizing on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment as a durable solution to the Lankan problem, was pleased with the post-war rehabilitation and reconstruction activities being carried out in the Northern Province, Government appointed Jaffna Mayor a well known anti LTTE  Mrs Yogeswari Patkunarajah said. Soon after her arrival in Colombo with the Presidential entourage yesterday, after attending the swearing-in ceremony of Modi as India’s 15th Prime Minister, Patkunarajah said that her meeting with Modi was pleasant and she was able to say good things in favour of President Mahinda to the new Indian Leader. The Democratically elected Chief Minister Wigneswaren refused to go with the President Mahinda who is closely associated with racist political parties who never keeps […]

Abolishing the executive presidency!

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Left parties of the government have reportedly written to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary, Maithripala Sirisena, requesting that he summon a meeting of the constituent parties of the government to discuss constitutional reforms, including the abolition of the all powerful executive presidency. The letter, which has been copied to President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well, has been sent to the SLFP General Secretary three days ago.  The traditional political Left, which includes LSSP, CP and New Left Front, could well have best intentions. However, given the Left’s dwindling clout within the government, whether the government would heed their call is open to question. In fact, the non-inclusion of LSSP stalwart and Chairman of All Party Representative Committee, Tissa Vitarana in the latest Parliamentary […]

The Formidable Jayalalithaa – Unrivalled Leader Of The Tamils

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity – Part 2 The Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, the formidable J Jayalalithaa is on a roll.  In my article,  Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity part 1, I said Jayalalithaa “is sitting pretty”.  That was before the elections. [1] Now after her “historic and unparalleled win’ at the Lok Sabha elections, capturing 37 seats out of 39, Jayalalithaa, “Tamilnadu’s Lady”, the name she gave herself, has reached a highpoint in her illustrious political career with a high popularity rating to match – she has indeed reached the pinnacle. Yet some might disagree, when she has yet another goal to achieve, that of Prime Minister of India. Why does she need that although we won’t discount it.  Why does she need that, when she is the […]

Sri Lanka Not Honoured Commitments Made To India – TNA Tells Jayalalithaa

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

“We are thank full to you for the continuing concern you have shown towards the resolution of the Tamil question in Sri Lanka and we look forward to working closely with you and your government to future strengthen our ties.” Leader of the Tamil National Alliance wrote to Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, J Jayalalithaa. Sending a congratulatory message to Jayalalithaa theTNA leader said;The Tamil People in Sri Lanka do not desire a recurrence of violence. Their desire is that they and all other Sri Lankans are able to carry on their lives in the territories they live in, based on equality and justice.” He also said “Sri Lankan government has not honoured the several commitments made to India and to the International Community to evolve an acceptable political solution […]

Sri Lanka: Sifting the earth of the killing fields

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Raghu Menon Sri Lankan government has failed to deliver much peace or justice to the hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans affected by the war.  The government has even refused to accept the weak recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC). The government has claimed there hasn’t been a single “civilian casualty” during the war.  It has been five years since the end of one the bloodiest conflicts in recent memory. A state of armed hostility and political instability that embroiled Sri Lanka for decades ended when the Sri Lankan forces claimed victory over the outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009.The Lankan government declared a peaceful and prosperous future was about to dawn for their people and […]

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London.

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. To register to take part in the event, please go to http://endsvchack.com/. opic Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Sexual violence in conflict destroys lives and damages communities. The Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will co-chair the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. It will be the largest gathering ever brought together on this subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground. There will be three days of free public events taking place at ExCel from the […]

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