November 2015

Northern schools closed on 27th November 2015.

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All schools in the Northern Provincial Council were closed on the directive of Provincial education authorities. However, several Sinhala medium schools remained open last morning, as such schools had not not been informed by the provincial authorities. The Provincial Education Ministry informed the school principals to keep their schools closed yesterday as the death of a school student in Jaffna may trigger tension in the province, This student committed suicide in Kokuvil, Jaffna on Thursday over the failure by the authorities to release all Tamil political prisoners. He committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Kokuvil.  Great Heroes’ Day passes off peacefully in Jaffna Nov 27 (ENS) Great Heroes’ Day (Maaveerar Naal), which commemorates dead Tamil Tiger cadres, passed off peacefully in […]

HRCSL writes to AG, raises concerns on detainees

28th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has written to Attorney General (AG) Y J Wijayatilake, conveying to him its grave concern about the rights of the detainees and remandees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the Emergency Regulations and called upon him to take necessary measures to ensure the protection of the rights of these detainees and remandees. The Commission has called for the immediate release of those held in detention or remand for a long period of time without charges and against whom there is no credible evidence. The Commission has further called upon the Attorney General to review the cases of those indicted and to withdraw those cases which are solely based on confessions made to police officers, cases where no credible evidence exist and cases which are relatively minor. In […]

56 Persons Convicted Under PTA and 204 LTTE Suspects Currently Undergoing Trial in Courts Wont be Released Announces Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

28th November 2015 // 0 Comments

by Saman Indrajith Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, yesterday said the government wouldn’t release those who had been convicted on terrorism charges. He stressed that those who had been charged in courts, too, wouldn’t released. The President’s Counsel was responding to an allegation that the release of hardcore LTTE terrorists would pose a serious threat to national security. Addressing the media at the Parliamentary complex, MP Rajapakse said that among the LTTE cadres in custody were 56 found guilty of committing offences listed under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The minister said that the government was considering the release of only 24 LTTE cadres against whom charges hadn’t been filed but kept in custody in connection with minor offences. The minister said that of […]

Placing Too Much of Trust in Diaspora Groups so Early May Lead to Blunders?

28th November 2015 // 0 Comments

By M.S.M.Ayub It is doubtful whether the government has got its priorities right in respect of reconciliation, given the emphasis it has placed on matters pertaining to the Tamil diaspora. Soon after the January 8 regime change, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera had planned a diaspora festival to be held in December which was later put off indefinitely apparently due to possible protests by the southern nationalists. And now the government has removed 8 diaspora organizations and 267 persons from a list of 16 organisations and 424 persons including several Sinhalese and 30 women designated by the previous regime “in terms of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1373 which set out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist funding.” It is true that there […]

GTF news update for 27th November 2015

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

DAILY NEWS TNA saddened by student’s death < http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=2015/11/26/features/will-presidency-actually-revert-its-ceremonial-role  >   BBC Jaffna fears remembering Tamil war dead < http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34934250  >   COLOMBO GAZETTE **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Youth commits suicide in Jaffna over political prisoners < http://colombogazette.com/2015/11/26/youth-commits-suicide-in-jaffna-over-political-prisoners/  >   THE ISLAND Convicted Tigers won’t be released Justice Minister: Tigers sent to kill MR released by UPFA government < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=136010  >   DAILY NEWS Release of LTTE suspects, no threat to National Security < http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=2015/11/27/security/release-ltte-suspects-no-threat-national-security  >   CEYLON TODAY Don’t let the TNA split – Ariyanethran < http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-110491-news-detail-dont-let-the-tna-split-ariyanethran.html  >   TAMIL GUARDIAN 27 Tamils arrested overnight in Jaffna < http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=16578  >   DAILY FINANCIAL TIMES **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** “We pull no punches”: Samantha Power < http://www.ft.lk/article/500803/-We-pull-no-punches—Samantha-Power  >   THE ISLAND Opposition disturbed by foreigners visiting military facilities < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=135959  >   CEYLON TODAY […]

Three hospitalised – one with life threatening injuries- and five arrested as police break up mass brawl in Holborn Way, Mitcham

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Three hospitalised – one with life threatening injuries- and five arrested as police break up mass brawl in Holborn Way, Mitcham Police were called to Mitcham town centre just after 7pm last night  Pippa Allen-Kinross, Reporter – Wimbledon and Mitcham / Tuesday 24 November 2015 /Wimbledon    Police remained at the spot where a mass fight broke out last night, leaving one man fighting for his life in hospital. Unconfirmed reports suggest a group of Tamil men used axes to hit each other over the head as part of a huge fight where five men were arrested and three hospitalised. November 25: Axes and a sword used in mass brawl in Holborn Way, Mitcham that left a man fighting for his life and six arrested November […]

Two in hospital and six bailed after Mitcham “Axe Fight Murder” by Tamils.

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Two men remain in hospital and six have been bailed after an alleged murder of a man involved in an axe fight. A 26-year-old man, who has still not been formally identified, died as a result of serious injuries sustained in mass brawl in Mitcham town centre on Monday night.  A police officer stands guard at Holborn Way, Mitcham. Detectives launched a murder investigation on Wednesday night after the man died in hospital having suffered serious head injuries. Thursday: Murder investigation launched after death of man involved in Mitcham axe fight A post-mortem examination will be organised in due course. His next of kin have been informed but formal identification has not taken place. Wednesday: Axes and a sword used in mass brawl in Holborn Way, […]

Arrest of TN Fishermen Created Sense of Fear and Unrest: Jaya

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CHENNAI: With incidents of apprehension of fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lanka continuing ‘unabated’, the state government today said that it created a sense of fear and unrest among the community. “The attacks on and apprehension of our fishermen continue unabated, creating a sense of fear and unrest among the fisherfolk in Tamil Nadu,” Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she took up the latest arrest of 15 Indian fishermen, saying “they were fishing in the Palk Bay which historically is their traditional fishing waters.” “The issue of the International Maritime Boundary Line is sub judice in the Supreme Court of India, wherein the validity of the Indo-Sri Lankan agreements of 1974 and 1976 ceding the islet […]

Events held in North to remember war dead

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Jaffna university students remembers martyrs [ Friday, 27 November 2015, 09:04.23 AM GMT +05:30 ] Jaffna University students today commemorated martyrs at the university compound this afternoon. At 12.00 pm students lighted lamps infront of the photographs of martyrs. University students and teachers took part in this event. Large number of intelligence unit officials was present at the site. Without considering the intelligence unit members threatening students took part in the commemoration event. Several events were held in the North today to remember the Tamils killed during the 30 year war, particularly during the final battle. Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Sivajilingham took part in religious observances outside the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in Jaffna this morning in remembrance of those killed during the war. Northern Provincial Council member […]

NO difference between Praba and Rohana

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Muslim Tamil National Alliance leader Azath Salley says slain LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran and former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Rohana Wijeweera are no different and if Wijeweera’s death can be commemorated in Sri Lanka then so should Prabakaran’s death. Speaking at a media briefing today, Azath Salley said that the Government must allow families in the North to commemorate those killed during the war, even if they are LTTE members. He said that of the Government is going to block such events then it must not allow commemoration events for Rohana Wijeweera as he was also accused of killing several innocent people.  The police had yesterday warned that legal action will be taken against anyone holding public events in support of the LTTE. Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that […]

27th November; A Date To Remember For Thousands

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

By V. Anandasangaree – Is it wise on the part of the Government to prevent the people from holding small religious events to commemorate the Great Heros’ day also known asMaaveerar Naal in Tamil which was held first on the 27th of November 1989, a quarter century back. Since then where ever the Tamils lived all over the world the Great Heros’ day had been commemorated in a big or small way, depending on the size of the Tamil population. Mr. Prabhakaran’s birthday falls on the 26th of November. Yet he had decreed that it is the Heros’ Day that should be commemorated. What the Government should take into the consideration is that several youths rightly or wrongly laid down their lives for a cause […]

Govt. shouldn’t ban Prabhakaran commemoration

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

New Left Front leader Vickramabahu Karunaratne said today that if Rohana Wijeweera could be commemorated, the same privilege should be given to commemorate slain LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Speaking at a news conference, Dr. Karunaratne said the law should be applied equally to all communities without discrimination. “If the Sinhalese can commemorate their slain people, why cannot the Tamils do it? Just because you commemorate someone, it doesn’t mean that you are following their ideology,” he said. He said the government’s attempts to suppress the commemoration ceremony for the slain LTTE cadres would only encourage the concerned people to move towards terrorism. (Indika Sri Aravinda) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/97005/govt-shouldn-t-ban-prabhakaran-commemoration-vickramabahu#sthash.IALObB8M.dpuf

Youth commits suicide in Jaffna over political prisoners

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A youth committed suicide in Kondavil, Jaffna over the failure by the authorities to release all Tamil political prisoners. The youth had jumped in front of a train in Kondavil and committed suicide. Reporters in Jaffna said that the youth had left a suicide note explaining the motives behind the suicide. The victim was identified as 18 year old Rajeshwaran Senthuran, a resident of Kopai and a student of Kokavil Hindu College. Meanwhile students of the Jaffna university staged a demonstration drawing attention to the death of the student. The Jaffna university students held black flags during the peaceful demonstration. (Colombo Gazette)

Madras High Court directs police to allow meetings of pro-Tamil outfits

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Justice M.M. Sundresh allowed two different pleas filed by C Ramamurthy, town secretary of the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and by P Bharathi of Sethiathope in Cuddalore district, a functionary of Naam Thamizhar Katchi, praying for direction to police to permit the meetings. Madras High Court The Madras High Court on Thursday permitted two pro-Tamil outfits to hold meetings to commemorate those, who laid down their lives during the ‘Eelam war’ between 1989 and 2009 in Sri Lanka, at Kolathur in Salem district and at Palanisamy grounds in Alamoor on November 27. Justice M.M. Sundresh allowed two different pleas filed by C Ramamurthy, town secretary of the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and by P Bharathi of Sethiathope in Cuddalore district, a functionary of Naam Thamizhar Katchi, praying […]

TNA saddened by student’s death

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The TNA said yesterday it was deeply shocked and saddened by the suicide of 18-year-old student Rajeshwaran Senthuran. “We understand that this act is an expression of what he felt. His suicide is something that should be carefully reflected on by all parties concerned. We would like to express our deep sorrow and sympathy to his family,” Opposition leader R. Sampanthan and MP Mavai Senathirajah stated in a release. “We must all keep calm at a time like this. This is crucial. Let us unite together in sharing our grief and expressing our sympathy, in a peaceful manner,” the release added.

Release of LTTE suspects, no threat to National Security

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday assured that the release of LTTE suspects who were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act would not be a threat to National Security . Addressing a media conference at the Parliament premises, Minister Rajapakshe said that the general public should not panic over the release of LTTE suspects, as the government has taken the entire responsibility of releasing these suspects. Minister Rajapakshe said that currently there are 204 detainees, suspected to have been involved in terrorist activities and held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, after 39 suspects were granted bail on November 11 and 16. “At present there are about 56 prisoners who have been convicted in the High Courts. In addition to that there are 124 suspects […]

Convicted Tigers won’t be released

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

Convicted Tigers won’t be released Justice Minister: Tigers sent to kill MR released by UPFA government November 26, 2015, 9:51 pm by Saman Indrajith Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, yesterday said the government wouldn’t release those who had been convicted on terrorism charges. He stressed that those who had been charged in courts, too, wouldn’t released. The President’s Counsel was responding to an allegation that the release of hardcore LTTE terrorists would pose a serious threat to national security. Addressing the media at the Parliamentary complex, MP Rajapakse said that among the LTTE cadres in custody were 56 found guilty of committing offences listed under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The minister said that the government was considering the release of only 24 LTTE […]

‘Journalists among 300 outsiders receiving monthly ‘BRIBE’ payments from Avant Garde’

27th November 2015 // 0 Comments

By Mohamed Haniff Two journalists had been in the payroll of the controversial enterprise Avant Garde Maritime Services (AGMS), a vociferous award-winning actor, film director and politician disclosed to “The Island” yesterday. “They had been paid rupees sixty thousand each, monthly,” Ranjan Ramanayake, Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare said. The Deputy Minister quoted Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe as having told him, in lighter vein ; “I’m surprised why they did the shopping for Nissanka Senadhipathy for such a measly sum.” The fifty two – year-old Ramanayake said there was around 300 outsiders who allegedly received payments from Senadhipathy and the full list is with the Prime Minister and JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Asked whether there were no threats to his life from […]

UK to continue monitoring the situation of Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka

26th November 2015 // 0 Comments

The United Kingdom says that it will continue to monitor the situation of Tamil detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act closely and to raise issues of ongoing concern with the Sri Lankan government. British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Hugo Swire responding to a written question presented by MP Joan Ryan, said the UK government raises matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the detention of prisoners without trial. “We regularly raise matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the detention of Tamil political prisoners without trial,” Swire said. Responding to a question on the hunger strike staged by the Tamil detainees in Sri […]

What Comes After Samantha Power’s Sri Lanka Visit?

26th November 2015 // 0 Comments

In recent days, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. has really stirred things up in Sri Lanka. She seems to have met virtually all of the key political players and the optics of her visit to the Northern Province were especially good. From the looks of it, Power left the island looking like a bit of a rock star. While it’s easy to appreciate the fact that her agenda was wide-ranging, it’s important to keep in mind that, in President Barack Obama’s White House, very few people actually have control over foreign policy. This means that, for the duration of Obama’s time in office, the trajectory of U.S.-Sri Lanka ties will probably be determined by a small group of people. In essence, optics matter, […]

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