24th January 2015

Appoint A Competent Authority To Jaffna Uni: JUSTA

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The Jaffna University Science Teachers Association (JUSTA) has called for the appointment of a competent authority in order to revive the university structures and rid the establishment of the malpractices that was steeped in for the past few years. JUSTA while noting the abuses of power and malpractices that were committed by the university administration during the past few years, has noted that it is time to reintroduce the autonomous structures to the university as well as to ensure that accountability is promoted. “This the university cannot presently do by itself in the deteriorating state of the structure,” they have noted. The organisation has highlighted several irregularities and malpractices that occurred during the Rajapaksa regime to which includes: The Vice-Chancellor’s attempt to coerce the academics […]

Sirisena Can Take The Cue From Obama

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By C P Thiagarajah – Sirisena can Take the cue from Obama to build Two Nations in Sri Lanka Mr Barak Obama is an epitome of modern democracy. In would have been a sheer impossibility for a person of a mixed race from African American to become the president of USA about a decade ago. But he did it in 20 January 2009. He won a second time on 20 January 2013 also showing that Americans really are a true democratic nation above race religion and all petty classification and groupings that appear in tick boxes in a census survey form. Obama in his sixth address, on the State of the Union on January 20th 2015 emphasised that a state should work for the liberty […]

Peace between Tamils and Muslims

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By S.Gurunathan The Rajapaksa regime dug its grave by deliberately attacking the religious sentiments of the minorities. They attacked Mosques and other places of worship, said General Secretary of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) K. Thurairajasingham. He was speaking at an event held at Amir Ali Vidiyalayam in Eravur last week. The event was presided over by the Principal of the school, Abdul Gafoor. He added that the mother tongue of Tamils and Muslims in the North and East was Tamil language. In the past, all leaders and important persons, while addressing political meetings in Eravur and other villages, addressed the crowd as Tamil speaking people. In the past Tamil and Muslim political leaders participated on the same platforms. “Now, dissension has arisen between […]

IMPLEMENTING THE THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT: THE FIRST STEP OF A LONG JOURNEY

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu In his first trip abroad to India, the new Foreign Minister has stated that the new government is committed to implementing the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Similarly, in his first address to Parliament after the formation of the government, the Prime Minister stressed the need to develop a solution to the ‘national problem’, adding that any such solution ‘would not be detrimental to the unitary status of the country.’ Like Phaedrus, the people of the North and East especially can be forgiven for thinking that the mountain went into labour to deliver a mouse. But this is what we have to work with in the present conjuncture, and the wise thing […]

EPDP wants 13A

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By Mirudhula Thambiah Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) is of the stance that the problems of Tamils should be solved with the proper implementation of the 13th Amendment in the North and East, Leader of the Party Douglas Devananda said. “The new government should implement absolute power sharing in the North and East. We have been emphasizing on absolute power sharing for the past 25 years,” he said. He also said that EPDP welcomes that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken a move to fully implement the 13th Amendment and give absolute power sharing to all provinces. “The TNA is misguiding people. They said the 13th Amendment is pointless and said they wouldn’t approach it,” he said. “However, the EPDP always ensured that through implementing […]

Pope Brings Hope For Tamils

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By Easwaran Rutnam The visit of Pope Francis to the north last week brought hope for the Tamils who had long suffered as a result of a brutal war and an uncertain post war climate. Pope Francis visited the historic Madhu church for a mass, as part of his Sri Lanka visit, and was greeted by thousands of Tamils who lined the streets and also attended the mass at the church. Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph, speaking to The Sunday Leader, said that he was deeply grateful to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for agreeing to include Mannar in the Pope’s itinerary. Rajapaksa had invited the Pope to visit Sri Lanka at the time he was President of Sri Lanka and his Government was involved in making […]

Abolish PTA – MER

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BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Calling for the immediate release of political prisoners stating that they had already served their sentences, the Movement for Equal Rights (MER) also demanded that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) be immediately abolished and the military be relegated to barracks. Convener of the Movement for Equal Rights Ravindra Mudalige said that steps must be taken to resettle all remaining internally displaced persons. The extra army personnel recruited must be given training and the necessary support so as to employ them as the work force in various sectors, he explained, adding that the militarization and the neo-liberal capitalism practised (by big investors) in the North and East under the guise of national security and economic development should be stopped. Sinhala, Tamil […]

TNA ON FM’S WAVELENGTH – TNA MP

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Will provide boost for national reconciliation efforts CHAMIKARA WEERASINGHE Speaking on the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) stance on President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100-day programme, TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said yesterday “the TNA will support the government and also extend its maximum cooperation to the government in finding a solution to the national problem.” He said; “We are pleased that Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera has outlined a series of steps that the President Maithripala Sirisena-led government will take to achieve national reconciliation, during his recent tour of India.” Samaraweera said there are lots of proposals to achieve national reconciliation, including the Thimpu proposals, the Mangala Moonesinghe proposals and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s (CBK) proposals among others. There is no need to reinvent the wheel via […]

‘Palihakkara worse than retd. Maj. Gen.’

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‘Palihakkara worse than retd. Maj. Gen.’ LTTE groups oppose appointment of civilian governor By Shamindra Ferdinando France-based head of Tamil Centre for Human Rights S.V. Kirubaharan has strongly opposed the appointment of one-time Foreign Secretary H. M. G. S. Palihakkara the Governor of the Northern Province. Kirubaharan in an article posted on his website under the caption, Future of Tamils under President Sirisena, Foreign Minister Samaraweera and Northern Governor Palihakkara, has alleged that the life under the former Foreign Secretary would be worse than that of the incumbent Maj. Gen. (retd.) G. A. Chandrasiri. Palihakkara has accepted the post, though he is yet to receive the appointment. Kirubaharan has also found fault with Palihakkara for being a member of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). […]

Europe unleashes new trade push on Sri Lanka

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Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka- left) meets the Geneva delegation led by Xuejun Jiang (Chief-Office for Asia and the Pacific, ITC, Geneva-seated immediately left to Minister Bathiudeen) as RDS Kumararatne (DG-DoC-seated immediately right to Minister Bathiudeen) looks on   As a new economic era dawned on Sri Lanka, the EU has lost no time and moved fast to enhance its engagement with the country’s global trade platform to advance it to the next levels-and Sri Lanka’s trade with EU, the country’s largest export market, crossed $3.2 Bn in 2014, as revealed on 21 January. “This latest initiative matches very well with our new government’s vision and a great start! Therefore on behalf of HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, I extend […]

Over 1,000 Sri Lankans sought asylum in Switzerland last year

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People from Sri Lanka made the third largest number of asylum requests to Switzerland in the year 2014, according to government figures. A total of 1,277 Sri Lankans requests for asylum in the “happiest country” in the world, up 87 percent from the previous year. The number of requests for asylum by refugees in Switzerland rose in 2014 by 11 percent to 23,765 from the previous year, the highest rate in more than a decade. The increase was the result of numerous crisis and conflict zones around the Mediterranean and in Africa, the state secretariat for migration (SFM) said in a release issued on Thursday. People from the North African country of Eritrea made the largest number of asylum requests — 6,923, up 170 percent […]

It was not because of the Tamils and Muslims.

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MEANWHILE IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE Post-mortems are for losers, and I have had to listen to hundreds of pundits explaining to me what went wrong.   I am sick of it.  I am the guy that lost.  I died.  I should know better than any mother’s son or daughter what did me in.  So here goes, once and for all, the whole A-Z of it. It was not the end-result of some sophisticated conspiracy orchestrated by certain pernicious sections of the international community.  I didn’t say any foreigners voting, and didn’t hear of such a thing either.  But jokes aside (and forgetting all that I said during the campaign), this was as Sri Lankan as it can get.  Oh, yes, I know that it thrilled people […]

Trying to shoo the Eagle away

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JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake MP has argued that but for help the LTTE got from the US-led West, Sri Lanka’s war would not have dragged on for nearly three decades. He has stressed the need for arresting and interrogating former LTTE arms procurer KP to expose the US which he blames for double standards and causing trouble all over the world while pretending to be a peacemaker. Why the JVP leader has, all of a sudden, fired a broadside at the US is not clear. Perhaps, he wants to look more anti-imperialist than his rivals in the Frontline Socialist Party led by Kumar Gunaratnam by bashing the West. Why should the JVP keep telling the media that KP must be arrested? A member of the […]