2nd June 2015

British Tamil Forum Seeks India’s Help in Sri Lanka

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LONDON:  A representative group of Britain- based Tamils has sought India’s help for Tamils based in northern Sri Lanka in improving their lives through a host of measures. The British Tamil Forum, which claims to represent nearly 4,00,000 from the community living in the UK, met officials of the Indian High Commission in London last week and sought positive measures for the Tamils who are “first Sri Lankan but do have an affinity to India”. “The meeting went very well and whilst the Indian government will be keen to help in partnership with the Sri Lankan government for all such positive efforts, the point was made and unanimously applauded that peaceful and diplomatic avenues only remain our work-ethic base,” said Anil Bhanot, managing director of […]

Desperate Rajapakses and desperadoes to ignite a black July riot

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(Lanka-e-News-01.June.2015, 6.00PM)  A most cruel traitorous conspiracy has been planned for  July (second black July)  this year in order to tarnish the international image of Sri Lanka (SL) , and to capture power forcefully and brutally  by creating racial and religious riots  within the country , based on urgent and vital information gathered by the State security intelligence services, according to reports reaching Lanka e news. Soon after the president Maithripala categorically announced as leader of the SLFP and UPFA that no nominations will be allowed under the SLFP or UPFA at the forthcoming general  elections, the bestial ,corrupt and deceitful Rajapakse and his clan who are in utter  desperation  having no place in the party and among the people of the country, have already […]

Alleged Acts of Sexual Violence Against Tamil Women by Members of the Armed Forces During the War

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By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (The brutal gang rape and murder of 18 year old schoolgirl Vidya Sivaloganathan in the Northern Island of Pungudutheevu has resulted in widespread revulsion and condemnations. It has drawn attention to the burning issue of sexual violence against women in general and Tamil women in particular. This is a recurring phenomenon with different dimensions. There was a time during the war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) where many instances of sexual violence against Tamil women were allegedly committed by members of the armed forces. In most instances the alleged perpetrators got away with impunity. It is in that context that I am re-posting an article I wrote fourteen years ago for “The Sunday Leader”. It was […]

Rapist has been working in support of the Army and the (former) Government.

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by Manjula Fernando Punkudutivu is a small island of about 6000 people, located off Jaffna, in close proximity to Nagadeepa. It has no jungles or dense forest cover for outsiders to hold up in after committing gruesome acts of crime. Yet, Vidhya, a 17- year-old school girl, was subjected to the most horrifying acts of violence, by nine men who gang-raped her and then brutally squashed her life. This happen in Pungudutivu. Her rapists/murderers were not outsiders. They were fellow villagers albeit after liquor. Brutal rape and murder shocked a whole nation. Some vented out their anger by blaming the police, the lawyers and State authorities in violent protests. Others expressed alarm at the level of social erosion witnessed in a once highly conservative society. […]

The blight of militarisation of Minority

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Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential elections in January 2015 was enabled by massive support from minorities in the country — the Tamils and Muslims. Clearly, the mandate was not just for a more accountable and democratic government that would reverse the creeping authoritarianism and family rule heralded by Mr. Rajapaksa, but also for addressing systemic issues that had gripped, and continues to nettle, Sri Lankan society. Chief among them is the issue of militarisation. Following the triumph against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the military has taken a preponderant role in Sri Lankan society, particularly in the north. In the Tamil-majority provinces, the large-scale presence of the military has been sought to be justified as a security […]

Little School girl rescued from abductor

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The Puttalam police, with the help of residents rescued a schoolgirl who was forcibly taken into a jungle by a man for immoral purposes. The girl, a first-year student of Anagarika Dharmapala Vidyalaya in Puttalama was rescued after about an hour. The person who is alleged to have abducted the child was also arrested by the people. The schoolgirl was in the habit of returning home after school with her brother in a three-wheeler. However, this man had lured the child to go into the jungle in Thiladiya. People who noticed the child being taken by an unknown person had raised the alarm and alerted the police and together started searching for the little girl. The child’s screams led the rescuers to the frightened child. […]

Karu met Ranil in London

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Minister of Public Administration and Local Governemnt Karu Jayasuriya became the first Sri Lankan Minister to meet Mr. Ranil Jayawardena, the newly elected Conservative Party MP for North East Hampshire, when Mr. Jayawardena, his family and Mr & Mrs. Jayasuriya were hosted to lunch by the Acting High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa recently. Mr. Jayawarderna became the only Sri Lankan origin person to be elected to the British Parliament at this years Parliamentary election.

Genocide: Justice for minority Tamils over war crimes in Sri Lanka!

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by Dr. Abdul Ruff Views expressed in this article are author own ( May 27, 2015, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) At the outset it must be put on record that Tamils were initially brought to Lankan island by the British empire to work in tea plantations, railways, and business establishments, big and small and the contributions of Tamils to the overall development of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) has been as significant as the majority Singhalese. It is only when the post colonial Lankan rulers denied Tamils fundamental rights and refused to treat them as humans that Tamils protested which led to the crisis situation with Tamils adopting a confrontational approach, seeking an independent Elem state for Tamils and the rest is already contemporary history as […]