8th March 2015

Sri Lanka told EU fisheries ban could be removed soon

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EconomyNext – A European Union ban on fishery exports from Sri Lanka could be resolved in a matter of months given the island’s moves to comply with international regulations, a visiting EU parliamentary trade official has said. Jan Zahradil, a Vice-Chair of the EU Committee on International Trade (INTA) and Member of EU Parliament, said his visit is aimed at removing irritants in trade between the EU and Sri Lanka. The EU’s INTA is the powerful implementer of its common commercial policy and external economic relations, including trade and investment legislation such as trade agreements like the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) and the Market Access Regulation. Sri Lanka’s total trade with EU in 2014 stood at 5.07 billion US dollars, up 3.6 percent from […]

180,000 Chunnakam residents left without potable water

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Over 18,000 people from Chunnkam in Jaffna are hapless as ground water contamination has left them no choice but to continue using the contaminated wells -their only natural source of drinking water. Residents complain the problem has been worsened as the Jaffna peninsula is not linked to any irrigation scheme and the farming community too has been affected. They charge, waste disposal from the Northern Power Plant for over five years has resulted in the well water being contaminated with oil and grease. As a temporary measure local authorities are supplying drinking water to the villagers in bowsers. However, those who have been used to well water for decades for household usage are highly inconvenienced as they have now to collect water from bowsers. K. […]

Modi told to speak to all Tamils – Indian PM puts Sri Lanka on top

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been urged to speak to all Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka on the Tamil issue and not just with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) General Secretary V. Anandasangaree said that dealing with the Tamil question is no more a monopoly of either the TNA or the Illangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK). “There are several serious blunders the TNA had committed. The TNA changed the course of history by their conduct, one of which was, on the instructions of the LTTE, prevented the Tamils from taking part in the Presidential election held in 2005 and the other too was a similar blunder, in asking the Tamil people to vote for a particular Sinhala candidate […]

Sushma Breaks Ground, Meets Indian Tamil Leaders

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COLOMBO: The visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj broke new political ground on Saturday when she met Indian Tamil leaders other than those associated with the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC). Swaraj met Indian Tamil leaders currently associated with the Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe government and also non-political leaders of the Indian community. These were besides the customary meeting with the CWC, which is the oldest trade union cum political party of the Indian Origin Tamil plantation workers. Mano Ganeshan, leader of the Democratic Peoples’ Front, who met Swaraj along with Ministers Radhakrishnan, Palani Thigambaram and K Velyaudam, told Express that the non- CWC Indian Tamil leaders wanted India to take up the development and political  issues confronting the Indian Tamil community without harming the interests […]

Travels with The Tamils: A Sri Lankan Warzone’s Fragile Peace

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For the 30-year duration of Sri Lanka’s civil war, the Jaffna peninsula was a Tamil Tiger stronghold. Now its natural beauty is superceding the brutal terror of the past. Whenever I told anyone in Sri Lanka that I was making the long trek to Jaffna, the northern town which is the heartland of Tamil culture, I was met with one of two reactions.Foreigners and other travellers expressed either admiration or envy. Sri Lankans just looked deeply concerned. It’s not particularly hard to see why my hosts should have been worried. For the Jaffna peninsula was the central power base of the LTTE, otherwise known as the Tamil Tigers, during Sri Lanka’s brutal 30 year civil war, which only came to an end (the government won) […]