29th October 2015

Most respected Sri Lankan Tamil living outside Sri Lanka the GTF chief accepts invitation to visit Lanka

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President of the proscribed Global Tamil Forum Fr. S.J. Emmauel says he has accepted the invitation by the Sri Lanka president and the foreign minister to come to Sri Lanka to assist in the process of reconciliation. He has told Switzerland’s ‘Zeit-Fragen’ newspaper in an interview, “Some young people immediately said: You have to go. But it will take time to see how the country is developing now. In order to contribute to reconciliation I will continue to speak and to write.”   As a religious person – when I travel to Sri Lanka – I want to encourage all Christians towards reconciliation. I am convinced that the whole affair is a big challenge for both sides. For example, the victims, the affected people, who […]

Maithiri or Ranil rules Sri Lanka?

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Tamil political prisoners Called off Hunger Strike Following President Sirisena Pledge of Resolving Issue by November 7th but now PM says NO WAY! The hunger strike by suspected Tamil political prisoners was called off on the 16th October on an assurance given by the President Maithiri to establish a mechanism to look into their grievances and  finish the process between October 31 and November 7. In retaliation  to the announcement of President Maithiri PM Ranil Wickremasinge who wants to show his power announced today that the ‘Sri Lankan Government’ Refused To Grant Amnesty To Tamil Political Prisoners as promised by President Maithiri before 7th of November. The government today ruled out the granting of a general amnesty to nearly 300 Tamil political prisoners (some held for over 15 years without trial) who engaged in a hunger strike recently, […]

Former Sri Lankan minister to stand trial for 1987 murder in Chennai

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CHENNAI: Former Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda is all set to stand trial before a Chennai court through video conferencing from Colombo in 28-year-old murder case. It was in the preceding night of Diwali in 1987 that Douglas and nine other Sri Lankan Tamils were involved in a shootout at Choolaimedu in Chennai. One person was killed in the incident. Though all were arrested, they absconded after being released on bail. Non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against Douglas who later became a minister in Rajapaksa government. At the end of civil war in 2009, he was part of a diplomatic delegation visiting India and calling on the President and Prime Minister. At that time it was TOI which exposed the fact that he was supposed […]

Jaffna varsity keen on pact with Indian universities

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‘Women among survivors of civil are looking for career growth’ The University of Jaffna is keen on building links with the Indian universities to strengthen the educational and cultural relationship between India and Sri Lanka, according to its Vice-Chancellor Vasanthi Arasaratnam. She told presspersons here on Tuesday on the sidelines of conference on “Women entrepreneurship ecosystem-present and future” organised by the National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi that the University of Jaffna had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Madras. The linkages would bolster the relationship between two countries. Recollecting the financial help rendered by the Indian government on educational sector, Ms. Arasaratnam said it had granted Rs. 600 million for two universities for creating infrastructure for engineering and agricultural engineering. The University of […]

Jayalalithaa seeks Modi’s help to secure release of 34 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy

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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to secure the release of 34 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on Monday night. “I request you to immediately direct the concerned officials in the ministry of external affairs to contact their counterparts in Sri Lanka and ensure that the 34 fishermen arrested on October 26 are released forthwith along with the 86 fishermen who are due to be released on October 28,” said Jayalalithaa in the letter. The chief minister also requested the Prime Minister to take up the issue of releasing 46 boats in Sri Lankan custody. “The arrest and detention of these fishermen who were peacefully engaged in fishing activities […]

Sri Lanka Breaches Agreements & Promises!

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By S. V. Kirubaharan – The UN Human Rights Council – UN HRC resolution (A/HRC/30/L.29) was successfully passed on 1 October 2015, by so-called “consensus”! It is a victory neither for the government of Sri Lanka nor for the victims, mainly the Tamils. But it is surely a victory for countries which have interests in Sri Lanka – the US and India. Those who attended the 30th session of the UN HRC will be aware that this resolution was not agreed by a true consensus. We listened not only to interventions by China, Pakistan, Russia and Cuba during two informal consultations on the draft resolution, but also to interventions made in the Council. Those informal meetings were fraught with fierce fighting on the part of […]

Why Has Sri Lanka Never Considered Demobilization?

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By S. Sivathasan – Aftermath of World War II To consolidate the peace dividend, very high on the agenda of the principal warring nations was demobilization. The end of the War demanded it from early May 1945 and earnest steps were in motion by June, the same year. It would suffice to examine facts and figures of two nations which were allies in war and then partners in the peace process. They were USA & UK. What was the objective? To stop the drain of resources into unproductive channels; to give a fresh lease of life to war weary soldiers; integrate them into civil society and to convert them into productive resources. Demobilization was the formula and it was implemented. Such a step was treated […]

Independent Commissions a Huge Hoax

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The first resignation of a member appointed to an independent commission was reported yesterday (26 October) with Lionel Fernando tendering his resignation within a week, reportedly for “personal” reasons. His name appeared as appointed to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) by the President on 22 October. Yet to go on public record is the information that Justice Salam has allegedly rejected his appointment. He was initially recommended to the Constitutional Council (CC) as one of the 03 members representing civil society, but instead was appointed to the Public Service Commission (PSC). What is happening with independent commissions justifies the claim”…. It was the pledge to have a government that would be transparent and accountable that made the people elect you as President […]

Wrongdoers Should Be Punished

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The political environment of our country took a different turn since the beginning of this year. Many have called it a ‘transition period’. While all the political statuses remained heated up, the birth of a new political culture have set an example for all in the political arena. However, as the present government came into power, among the promises it had given to the people was the promise of finding and punishing the culprits who are responsible for the misdeeds of the previous government. And having faith on the vows, on January 08 the people in Sri Lanka gave their mandate in favour of creating a new political culture in the country. As soon as the government was formed, charges were filed […]