15th March 2015


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured leaders representing Indian-origin Tamils in Sri Lanka that New Delhi would further engage with them to appreciate their concerns, The Hindu learns. “Mr. Modi told us that he was beginning to learn more about issues of Tamils living in southern Sri Lanka,” Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganesan, part of the delegation that met him in Colombo on Saturday, told The Hindu. Mr. Modi invited the leaders to New Delhi for further discussions and information, and assured them that after evaluating his two-day visit to Sri Lanka he would positively respond to the proposal put forth by them seeking 20,000 houses for plantation or upcountry Tamils, Mr. Ganesan said. The community, originally from India, came to Sri Lanka in the […]

Government Snubs C4

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By Waruni Karunarathne The government has dismissed the Channel 4 Sinhala version of the No Fire Zone – killing Field of Sri Lanka. Deputy External Affairs Minister Ajith Perera told The Sunday Leader that the Channel 4 allegations will not seriously affect the country. He added that the video clip has been there for a while and the only difference is that they have launched a Sinhala version now and it would not do any serious damage to the country. “When the Sinhala version of the Killing Field of Sri Lanka was screened in Westminster there were only 9 parliamentarians to watch the video. They will not get any positive or any additional publicity by showing this,” he said. According to him, the video has […]

India should have intervened – Varatharaja Perumal

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by Dilrukshi Handunnetti The Chief Minister of the former United North-eastern Province, Varatharaja Perumal believes that India should have intervened, in the absence of political will at home, to ensure the continuity of a united North-eastern provincial Council. Varatharaja Perumal Perumal noted that the new government has facilitated the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and instead of faultfinding, the TNA should have made strong attempts to seek a political solution to the ethnic question. Excerpts of the interview: Q: The government formed after the January 8 presidential polls is a combination of the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the United National Party (UNP). Do you think this creates a common platform to address the national question? A: The new government has demonstrated its goodwill by […]