12th May 2015

Why No Tamil Has Made It to British Parliament?

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COLOMBO: While ten Indians, nine Pakistanis, three Bangladeshis and even a Sinhalese, have entered the British parliament in the general election held on Thursday, not a single Tamil has made it, though the population of Lankan Tamils in the UK is said to be between 300,000 and 400,000. There were only two Tamil candidates, Uma Kumaran (Labour -Harrow East) and Sockalingam Yogalingam (National Liberal Party-Ruislip), and both lost. “Uma Kumaran lost because of the major anti-Labor Party swing, and Yogalingam was a candidate of a small,   new, party. However, apart from these particular factors, there are general factors inhibiting Tamil political participation,” explained  S.A.N.Rajkumar, a London-based human rights activist. “The Tamils are a small community as compared to the Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.  And unlike […]

United kingdom Parliamentary Election 2015

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united kingdom Parliamentary Election 2015 Neil Kinnock in 1983: “I warn you not to fall ill. I warn you not to be young. I warn you not to be old.”   What if the UK had PR? It used to be received wisdom that a proportional representation system for parliamentary elections led inevitably to coalition government. The first past the post system in the UK for a long time meant that either the Labour Party or the Conservative Party governed because of having a majority of seats in the House of Commons. In the 2015 election, the Conservative Party won a clear majority. Under a proportional representation system they would have had 90 fewer seats would have been forced into another coalition. UKIP Under PR, […]

Sampanthan confident in President Maithiri For a viable political solution

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BY S. GURUNATHAN Leader of Tamil National Alliance(TNA) Parliamentarian  Rajavarothiam  Sampanthan, expressed confidence that President Maithripala Sirisena would table a justifiable political solution based on autonomy in the traditional homeland of Tamils to the Tamil ethnic problem before the Sinhalese people.   “We have high hope that President Maithiripala Sirisena would speak to the Sinhala community with an open mind seeking support to find a sustainable political solution to the six decade old Tamil problem,” Sampanthan said. Sampanthan further stated that his party is not asking division or a separate State in the country. “We were not asking for a federal solution to the ethnic problem. In 1933 Kandyan leaders asked a federal form of political solution. In 1972 our leader S.J.V.Chelvanayakam alias ‘Thanthai Chelva’ […]

Issues of Tamil people still same – We believe in a Federal set-up.

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By MIRUDHULA THAMBIAH Ceylon Today had an opportunity of buttonholing Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah who is Leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK). Chatting with him we sought his opinion on various newsworthy issues. Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah said he understands and accepts the justification behind the armed struggles carried out by the LTTE, yet he pointed out that he couldn’t condone the atrocious mistakes of the LTTE at the same time.“Since I have read quite a bit on armed struggles carried out by other countries I believed that an armed struggle can change the suffering of our people and I believed it would liberate our people,” he said. Listed below are some excerpts of this conversation: ? : Do you feel that the representatives of […]

‘MAS passenger in scuffle not drunk’

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SHAH ALAM: The German passenger who caused a scuffle onboard flight MH179 to Colombo on Saturday was not drunk but had asked for whisky, according to police. Sepang acting OCPD Supt Abdul Aziz Ali said the 54-year-old, who was currently being remanded at the Sepang police headquarters before being charged with endangering the aircraft and passengers, had asked a stewardess to serve him some whisky. “What actually happened was that the flight had just taken off. He was seated in business class and asked a stewardess to serve him whisky. “But as the seatbelt sign was still turned on, the crew had to refuse him. That was when he got mad and got into a scuffle with the stewardess,” he said. Supt Aziz said the […]

Domestic Solutions For Domestic Problems: Lessons From John Kerry’s Visit

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The arrival of United States Secretary of State John Kerry ignited mixed reactions from the Sri Lankan public. President Maithripala Sirisena echoed his supporters’ sentiments when he considered this visit as one that will revive Sri Lanka’s development by re-establishing ties between the United States and Sri Lanka. However, those on the opposite spectrum of politics were wary of his visit, perceiving it as a western or foreign threat aimed at destroying the national sovereignty of the nation. Whatever his reasons for visiting Sri Lanka, or the potential benefits of his venture, the observations John Kerry made regarding the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka were noteworthy. He stated that Sri Lanka was in urgent need of a panacea for reconciliation. He further stated that this […]