10th August 2014

US Urges Its Citizens In Sri Lanka To Exercise Caution Against Rising Anti-Western Sentiments

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The US has issued a security message for its citizens living in Sri Lanka to be wary of their security against the backdrop of rising anti-western sentiments in the country. Issuing a security message to US expats in Sri Lanka yesterday, the notice has urged all US citizens to practice caution due to the increased protests in the country. The message is circulated just days after a mob of extremist monks and Rajapaksa regime supporters disrupted a meeting held for families of the disappeared in which US and UK diplomats also attended. The security message has noted the increase in protests in Sri Lanka since early this year including the: -anti-western demonstrations against the US, UN and recent escalation in Gaza -increased pressure on NGOS, […]

Tamil student at Sabaragamuwa University arrested by TID

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Sri Lanka’s Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) has detained another Tamil student from Sabaragamuwa University, following his discharge from hospital where he was receiving treatment after being attacked.  Santhirakumar Sutharshan from Muhamalai was arrested on his return to the university hostel by Sri Lanka’s TID. The student had been receiving treatment at Balangoda and Ratnapura after he had been attacked on Sunday.  Following Sutharshan’s arrest, his parents were told that he had been sent to the infamous 4th floor of Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department in Colombo. Another Tamil youth, second-year student Yoganathan Nirojan, was arrested on Tuesday and is also being detained at the 4th floor. Earlier this month, a Tamil student was attacked and severely beaten by masked men. He was admitted to hospital […]

SL military steps up threats, harassment of Tamil councillors in North

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The so-called white vans and motorbikes without number plates operated by the SL military intelligence have been deployed to monitor the movement of Tamil councillors in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in recent days, complain several members of the NPC. A prominent councillor, Ms Ananthy Sasitharan, recently lodged a complaint with Vadduk-koaddai Police complaining that white van and motorbike squads were chasing her round the clock, monitoring all her movements. In the name of investigating the complaint, the police went ahead with engineering false evidence that there were no reports of white van or motorbike squads in the area where she resides, TNA sources told TamilNet. The SL Defence Ministry was behind the recent withdrawal of police protection that was provided to some of NPC […]

Army ready to ‘nip in the bud if something comes up’ in N-E

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India plays 80% role in training Sri Lankan troops By Suresh Perera India provides 80% of the training requirements to Sri Lankan troops as part of the close cooperation between the two nations, Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake said. “We are working closely with the Indian Army”, he stressed. “India is very supportive and extends the most assistance in terms of fulfilling the need for advanced foreign training to our officers and men”. In continuing regional cooperation efforts, Pakistan also extends training facilities to the Sri Lanka Army, he said in an interview with The Sunday Island at Army Headquarters in Colombo on Friday. Asked about military cooperation with the US, Ratnayake replied, “USA is amongst the countries engaging with us. Our officers are […]

TNA Conduit for evidence

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UNHRC war crimes probe By Mirudhula Thambiah Those who wish to testify before the UN Human Rights Council sanctioned war crimes investigation panel on Sri Lanka, can submit their evidence through the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran informed the people in Jaffna residents, recently. He has said the UNHRC-led international probe on alleged human rights violations that took place during the final phase of the war has begun and if there were any important evidence that should be submitted, it could be passed through the TNA Parliamentarians to the UNHCR committee. “Vital evidence relating to war crimes, human rights violations against women, torture and disappearances can be given to TNA parliamentarians and arrangements have been made to convey them to the investigating panel,” he told Ceylon Today. He […]

Premadasa, Vijaya, Lalith killings: Cooray hits back

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BY SHALIKA WIMALASENA AND ARIYARATNA GANEGODA Former UNP strongman B. Sirisena Cooray, a controversial character in politics during the Premadasa regime, a virtual scapegoat where fingers always pointed at him whenever political murders were committed in the country, once again broke silence to respond to queries regarding the tragic killings of Lalith Athulathmudali and President Premadasa during an interview with our sister paper Mawbima.  Answering questions, Cooray raised several questions at strategic points of the interview to ask the interviewers that if he was behind all these killings, how could it be possible that only he would be spared to still be alive? He dismissed reports that he had ordered to wash the scene where President Premadasa was killed and added that it could have been […]

Regrouping of LTTE out of the question

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan A separate Tamil Eelam or regrouping of LTTE is hard to achieve even though the Tamil Diaspora raises slogans and in Tamil Nadu, political parties use the Eelam issue as a vote catching device, said Former Indian Peacekeeping Forces (IPKF) Intelligence Corps Head, Colonel Ramani Hariharan (79), yesterday.In an exclusive interview, the former intelligence chief said that the overseas remnants do not have a dynamic leader who can energize and lead them in a revival of LTTE. “After all Prabhakaran took two decades to build an all powerful organiszation. So, the attempts to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka for reviving the LTTE have been feeble,” he said.He also added that the LTTE remnants are on the look out to exploit local grievances […]

Tamil outfits stage black flag demonstration against Racist BJP leader Subramanian Swamy

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Activists of Tanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhakam were arrested on Sunday when they tried to stage a black flag demonstration against Racist BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for his alleged “support” to Sri Lankan army which killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in Maty 2009  and its president Mahinda Rajapaksa who is accused of War Crime. Led by its secretary Manoharan the activists gathered in front of priavate college, where Swamy had came to attend a function, and raised slogans against him, amid the presence of large number of police. However, they were arrested and taken away from the scene by the police. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy a well known anti Tamil and a close associate of the President Mahinda accused of War crimes said that he was […]

Tamils And Changing Of The Guard In Delhi

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By Kumar David – There is a tussle in the BJP over 13A and the Indo-Lanka Accord and speculation about what the political line vis-à-vis the “Sri Lanka Issue” may be when the dust settles. It will take time to come into full view, but the writing is on the wall. There are two tendencies pulling in opposite directions; one is continuity with no big changes (tactics aside), the other is that the new government should make a drastic policy shift. Protagonists of the second option call it “looking with new eyes and cutting loose from the past.” This essay is an arms length look at trends; arms length in that it will not be overweight with moral dimensions and instead focussed on which way the BJP, in its own interests, […]