12th March 2015

Jaffna Hindu college old boys meeting with the president of Sri Lanka in London.

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Old boys of Jaffna Hindu college  and well wishers  in UK met with the President Maithripala Srisena along with the foreign minister  Mr Mangala samaraweera.  Resettlement minister Mr Swaminathan and the provincial minister Mr Azad Ali on the 10th of march 2015 at the Sri Lankan high commission in London. The delegation consisted of twenty people. The main agenda was with regard to the 125th anniversary of Jaffna Hindu College. The delegates provided a list of pressing needs of Jaffna Hindu College which included 1- Expansion and renovation of the  grounds 2-The teacher shortage. 3-Shortage of furnitures and equipments 4- The importance of trilingual teaching and the govt to provide adequate provision for the same. Various other problems faced by the college were also highlighted, We also […]

Ex-Liberal Democrat Chamali Fernando named as Conservative parliamentary candidate for Cambridge

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Ex-Liberal Democrat Chamali Fernando named as Conservative parliamentary candidate for Cambridge A barrister and Liberal Democrat defector has been named as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Cambridge. Chamali Fernando, 35, was adopted by party members to fight the 2015 poll at a special general meeting. She joined the Tories in 2009, two years after she unsuccessfully sought the Liberal Democrat nomination for the London mayoral poll. And it’s a case of second time lucky in Cambridge for Ms Fernando, who missed out on the nomination to run for MP as a Conservative last time around. She was beaten by Nick Hillman, who came second in the 2010 general election. Ms Fernando, who is of Sri Lankan ancestry, said: I am delighted to be provided the […]

Sirisena Has All Party Support; Modi Should Build Confidence Among Tamils: GTF

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Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit to Sri Lanka can induce speedy resolution of the humanitarian and political concerns of the Tamil people – Global Tamil Forum Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka this week, the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in over 25 years, is undoubtedly an event of enormous significance. The expected visit by the Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna in the Tamil-majority North is historic first. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes these developments. The recent changes of governments in India and Sri Lanka have significantly altered the geopolitical dynamics of the region. These developments have also created opportunities for the successful resolution of the Tamil national issue, a feat if accomplished, will usher the Indo-Lanka economic […]

Tamils Should Keep Silent – To Reconcile

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By V. Kanthaiya –“When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’.” – Mukesh Singh, one of the convicts in Nirbhaya’s gang rape and murder case Much research has been done and is being done on the concept of “Multiverse” by physicists all over the world. While the physicists were busy trying to find out the hypothetical parallel universe beyond the galaxies, our computer scientists created several parallel universes within our universe. I used to partly exist in one such universe called Facebook, but not now. Recently I had two shocking experiences with Facebook. I happened to scroll through some of the photos of a lady friend of mine posted […]

Tamils Yet To Experience Change?

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By Aahithyan Ratnam – Devananda in Manipay: Denying Space for the New Government In an article datelined 2105-03-10 by one Mirudhula Thambiah, Douglas Devananda, the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) General Secretary and Parliamentarian, is reported to have told people he met in Manipay that the Tamil people are yet to experience the [sic.] actual change in politics as the Tamil representatives in the National Executive Council (NEC) have failed to solve their issues so far.” Hah! He added further that “[The] TNA has betrayed the Tamil people; they have failed to fulfil the demands of the Tamil people in the 100-day programme.” Hah! again. Any astute reader will know that we are only just after the fiftieth day of our new government with a […]

‘Time to replace 13th Amendment with a more dynamic system’

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It is time the 13th Amendment was replaced with a more dynamic system of devolution of powers, according to Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. Speaking to The Hindu days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka, the former Supreme Court judge said: “[The] 13th Amendment can never be the final solution. Be that as it may, we welcome him [Mr. Modi]. We know we have a friend in him. We appreciate his concerns for us, in wanting to come to the North.” “We would recommend to him that it is time to reconsider the 13th Amendment which was a fallout from the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 and to replace it with a more dynamic system that would ensure […]

Chief Minister Wigneswaran wants Trilateral Talks Between India, Sri Lanka and the Northern Provincial Council to Resolve the Problem.

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Full transcript of interview with C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister, Northern Province by Meera Srinivasan Q;PM Modi’s visit will be the first bilateral visit of an Indian leader to Sri Lanka in 27 years, and the first ever to Jaffna. How do you perceive this visit? A;Hon’ Modi has been a source of strength and inspiration for the Tamils of Sri Lanka as he has risen from humble beginnings with sheer commitment and determination to the highest office in India despite determined and formidable opposition against him over decades, due to his yearning to serve the people of India and to create an India to be taken note of in the 21 century. His ascendency to power and the change he has begun to usher in […]

Narendra Modi will be the First Indian Prime Minister to Visit Jaffna and Talaimannar in Northern Sri Lanka.

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By Suhasini Haidar India is “intent on strengthening ties” with Sri Lanka, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, as he announced a slew of projects to be inaugurated while Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Sri Lanka on March 13th and 14th. Mr. Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister to make a bilateral visit to the neighbouring island in 28 years, will be commissioning a railway line in Talaimannar, inaugurating the cultural centre in Jaffna, and also handing over homes that have been build by India in the Northern province. “India has been a significant contributor to the rebuilding process in Sri Lanka,” Mr. Jaishankar told journalists at a press conference to discuss the Prime Minister’s 3-nation ‘Indian Ocean foray’ including the Seychelles and Mauritius that begins […]

Can Hindu Nationalist Modi Play Saviour Of Tamils In Sri Lanka?

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By Siritunga Jayasuriya – The coming state visit of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka, and the red carpet welcome accorded to him, including the ceremonial speech to the Sri Lanka’s parliament, is indeed a bad omen for all the democratic minded, left and progressive forces of this country. As International Socialists the United Socialist Party (CWI – Sri Lanka) stands for the best of co-operation, understanding and solidarity with the neighbouring countries peoples, especially with India with whom the People of Sri Lanka share a common heritage, history and a common struggle for the emancipation of our oppressed peoples. USP stands and follows the rich tradition of the BLPI which had a reverberating effect on the anti-Imperialist struggle in both countries during […]

US to help Sri Lanka heal ethnic tensions

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Kolkata, March 10 (IANS): The US will help Sri Lanka’s new government to restore democracy and heal “fragile ethnic tensions”, a senior American official said on Tuesday. Addressing a two-day seminar here, US Department of State Regional Affairs’ deputy director Neil Kromash said: “Positive developments have taken place in Sri Lanka where the January elections brought a new government, overthrowing a longstanding autocratic regime. “The US will do all it can to support the new government in restoring democracy and heal fragile ethnic tensions,” he said. Maithripala Sirisena became Sri Lanka’s new president in January after defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had been ruling the island nation since 2005. The Rajapaksa regime has been accused of killing thousands of innocent Tamils during the end stages of […]

Chunnakam water contamination data collected

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By M. Sasikumar Northern Environment and Agriculture Ministry is currently collecting data pertaining to the water contamination issue in Chunnakam. Accordingly, the Valikamam South and North Pradeshiya Sabha officials are directly involved in collecting water samples from contaminated wells in Chunnakam and other areas where the water is contaminated due to an oil leak from the nearest power plant. This mission is being guided by the Northern Ministry of Environment and Agriculture by distributing forms to the households in the affected areas. Meanwhile, Jaffna University students are also collecting samples to examine the level of oil in the contaminated well water. Accordingly, the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and the government appointed two separate nine-member committees to examine the entire water contamination issue. Ministry of Disaster […]

US is seeking meaningful action

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The United States (US) has called for meaningful action to support the positive statements by the Government of Sri Lanka to bridge the gap between the North and the South. The Colombo US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew C. Mann visited leaders in the Northern Province to explore opportunities for further support and reiterate the United States’ strong friendship with the people of Sri Lanka and overall commitment to a peaceful and united country. In separate meetings with Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, as well as newly appointed Northern Governor H.M.G.S. Palihakkara and Security Forces Commander Nandana Udawatta, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Mann emphasized the importance of meaningful action to support the positive statements by the Government of Sri Lanka to bridge the gap between the North and the South, the US Embassy in Colombo said.  “This is a […]

UN notes scepticism in the North

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Following elections, a historic opportunity has now presented itself for Sri Lanka to set up a domestic process that is credible, accountable and up to par with international norms and standards for the benefit of the country’s people, with the help of the wider international community, the United Nations political chief said, according IBNS. Back from his visit to the nation, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman spoke to reporters at a Headquarters press briefing and expressed confidence over efforts towards reconciliation and cooperation. He said that the 8 January national elections demonstrated the people’s resolve to share in the future of their country. “The meetings and talks with the Government of Sri Lanka are so different than they used to be, so that […]

Heroes, Traitors and Tamil Politics: Lessons (Un) Learnt

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Following the deferral of the presentation of the report of the UN Human Rights Council mandated investigation on Sri Lanka (IOSL) conducted by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) passed a resolution on 10 February 2015 urging the UN to investigate the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka by successive governments. The postponement of the presentation of the report of the OISL and the NPC resolution has resulted in much discussion on the issue in the Tamil media as well as websites. While most of these welcome and applaud the NPC resolution and praise Chief Minister Wigneswaran, they also label as traitors those who do not accept the resolution or critique it, and portray these persons […]