5th October 2014

India should assert role as regional leader: Global Tamil Forum

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http://www.deccanchronicle.com/141005/nation-current-affairs/article/india-should-assert-role-regional-leader-global-tamil-forum India should assert role as regional leader: Global Tamil Forum Chennai: Global Tamil Forum spokesperson and its director of strategic initiatives, Suren Surendiran, presently in Chennai on a private visit, speaks about the Sri Lankan Tamils gaining new hope from change of regime in Delhi. Excerpts: Q: The TNA recently met Indian PM Narendra Modi. How do you view this development? Suren Surendiran: Global Tamil Forum (GTF) believes that Mr Modi meeting TNA members, who are the democratically elected representatives of Tamils in Sri Lanka, is a significant step. On the day after his taking charge as PM, Mr Modi had met President Rajapaksa, who was an invited guest at his inauguration event. However, before meeting a formal Sri Lanka’s government delegation or the official […]

Son kept at Boosa Army camp gone missing – Heart breaking tales before Missing Persons Commission WITH military intelligence officers in the room

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By Zahrah Imtiaz The new building on Sunday (28) however, became a place for old wounds to be healed and bottled up grievances to be aired as the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons held its sessions at this location. “What is your name? Who are you missing?” asked the translator as the first witness came into give evidence before the Commission, and all listened patiently as the she related her harrowing story to be written into a file. Wasanthakumaran Parani, a resident of Velangovil, lost her son and daughter and they were last seen on 16 May 2009. Her daughter, Ilakia was 19 years old when she disappeared and her son was 17. She said her daughter was forcibly recruited by the LTTE at Mullivaikal […]

New York slapping incident of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner

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There was heavy embarrassment for President Rajapaksa over a New York incident. It only remained a secret for a few hours. One local television channel still broke the story followed extensively by the social media. The moral in the story about the attempted blackouts is the fact that such cloaks of secrecy or giving spins to gain temporary advantage is no longer possible. They have a way of getting into the social media and reaching a wider audience. Such reportage is not always accurate and tends to cause even more damage to the Government’s credibility. The incident was at the New Jersey residence of Dilan Ariyawansa who now represents Sri Lankan Airlines in New York. Guests who arrived on the night of September 23 (Tuesday) […]

Diaspora urges Commonwealth

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Call on SL to desist from proscribing NGOs BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN The Tamil Diaspora urged the UK Commonwealth Office to urgently call upon the Sri Lankan authorities to withdraw the proscribed prominent Diaspora organizations and individuals as ‘foreign terrorist entities’. In a letter to Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Foreign and Commonwealth Office MP Philip Hammond dated 1 October, 2014, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) President Rev. Dr. S. J. Emmanuel said that while all the assistance the United Kingdom Government and Foreign and Commonwealth Office has given to the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and the Tamil community in their efforts to bring peace to the people in Sri Lanka, unfortunately, the Government of Sri Lanka do not view them as […]

High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Nonis Vs. Sajin MP

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Sajin vs. Nonis The Sajin Vas Gunawardene – Chris Nonis encounter which grabbed the headlines last week has done no good to Sri Lanka. Even an allegation of that nature, that a parliamentarian with executive responsibility in the External Affairs Ministry had slapped the country’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, certainly makes us look a banana republic. Worse, Gunawardene was on the President’s entourage to the UN General Assembly and Nonis was also there in that context. The latest news to break on this score is that the Foreign Secretary, Ms. Kshenuka Senewiratne, has made a complaint against High Commissioner Nonis. What exactly this is we do not know although there have been reports of an uncomplimentary reference to Senewiratne allegedly made by him. […]

They Come Seeking The Missing …

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By Camelia Nathaniel “There were a few cases of some overzealous officials trying to influence some people to accept death certificates, get compensation and close the case. In one case, and that too quite by accident, the Terrorist Investigation Department was conducting its own investigations near the place we were holding our sitting. I had taken up these cases with the relevant authorities. Such cases are now rare.” Justice Maxwell Paranagama Chairman, Presidential Commission on Disappearances  The Presidential Commission on Disappearances and War Crimes, that held their sittings in Killinochchi from September 27 to 30, had heard 317 cases of disappearances. However the commission was of the view that some cases needed to be investigated properly. Hence they asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa to establish an […]

Jeyalalitha’s Conviction Will Not Change Anything – Gajen Ponnambalam

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The recent arrest of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jeyalalithaa and the stand India took at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva recently is a talking point among political circles here in Sri Lanka. While many are closely watching as to how Tamil Nadu will deal with Sri Lanka under its new Chief Minister, the direction the Indian central government is taking on Sri Lanka has also raised a few eyebrows. President of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), Gajen Ponnambalam, said that in his view the Indian government is only focused on securing its interests and not that of Sri Lankan Tamils. “Tamil Nadu politics is different from New Delhi’s politics. Tamil Nadu is very supportive of the Tamil national […]

Indian model of devolution needed in Sri Lanka – Anandasangaree

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A veteran Sri Lankan Tamil politician has written a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi backing the Indian model of “devolution of power” to solve the ethnic impasse in the island nation. “I am one who had been campaigning for an Indian model as an alternative to a federal solution,” V. Anandasangaree wrote to Modi.  Anandasangaree, 81, is the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front and a former Member of the Parliament. Referring to the TNA leaders’ meeting with Modi in New Delhi, Anandasangaree in his letter catalogues the links between the LTTE and the TNA. “Indian Prime Minister’s advice would be important to find a solution to the Tamil problem but finding a solution was not the monopoly of TNA. Hence action […]

Nonis-Sajin Saga The good, the bad, and the pathetic

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Two different assaults have shaken Sri Lanka in the past few days. One was the assault on a street prostitute in Ratnapura called ‘Batti’. The second was the assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Chris Nonis. The alleged perpetrators of the assaults are a police officer, and a Member of Parliament. There are differing views regarding the assault on Batti. However, there is no excuse for such an assault. The incident had allegedly occurred in the first week of September. However, it only came to light in the final week of that month after a video of the incident was uploaded to the Internet. Barely two days after the video started circulating online, the police sergeant involved in the assault […]

Sajin denies assaulting Nonis, says Kshenuka, Prasad were present

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By Zacki Jabbar The resignation letter submitted by Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK Chris Nonis to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on September 24 had not reached the Foreign Ministry in keeping with normal procedure, as of yesterday. Ministry sources said that they were yet to receive the High Commissioners quit notice. “Maybe, it would reach us after the presidential delegation to the Vatican, which includes Minister G.L.Peiris and Sajin Vas Gunawardena MP, returns to Colombo today after visiting Pope Francis in the Vatican,” ministry sources said. Dr.Nonis when contacted over the telephone at his London residence confirmed on Friday that he had tendered his resignation to the President on September 24, the day on which he accused Gunawardena who was a Monitoring MP at […]

Presidential Poll. chandrika Tells Ranil Quit

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In a dramatic turn of events involving the top rung of political entities, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK), who had talks with UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in London, had advised the latter to quit the contest, likely to be held in January, to elect a President, well informed sources in London disclosed. Kumaratunga had told Wickremesinghe that the time was opportune to scrap the executive presidential system and it was wise to move towards finding a common candidate acceptable to all political parties. Earlier, Wickremesinghe, on meeting the former President, had expressed his desire to contest the next presidential election and sought her support for his candidature. Dismissing Wickremesinghe’s request, Kumaratunga had instructed the UNP leader to concentrate on the move to field a […]

If BBS wins then the 13A will be deleted from the constitution

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By Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam I am not a diaspora nor a dual passport holder though I spend half my time in Los Angeles and the other half in the North during the last four years and North and East during 1994 to 2007. I have met members and leaders of both major parties since 1994 till 2007. Having moved closely with many of the diaspora and the people in the North, I can assure you that the diaspora matters and the people in the North and East and most of the Tamils in other parts depend on the diaspora to help them articulate their aspirations and regain their rights. The Rajapaksa regime and the UNP and the supporters of both parties understand the dynamics. No matter […]