27th December 2015

Wigneswaran-Sampanthan talks fail to end crisis in TNA

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The three-hour one-to-one meeting between the Northern Province Chief  Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, and the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R.Sampanthan, held on Friday, had failed to resolve the crisis in the TNA. Speaking to the media at its conclusion, Wigneswaran only said that the talks were inclusive and that it was agreed to meet again, Indian Express reported. Top sources inside the TNA told Express that both sides stuck to their guns, not budging an inch. Sampanthan accused Wigneswaran of stabbing the TNA in the back and backing a rival outfit, and not running the Northern Administration with any sense of purpose. Wigneswaran accused the TNA leaders of developing a cozy relationship with the Colombo regime sacrificing the interests of the Tamils and running […]

Mahinda’s link to killers of Tamil MP’s and Journalists

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Mahinda provoke the army ! Reports reaching us confirm that in a view to provoke the security forces, a chaotic and a turbulent environment is synthetically created within the country against the current government based on the allegations leveled against the security forces for political murders and abductions. The army and navy officers has been alleged for the murder of Ekneligoda, Raviraj, Pararajasingham, Thajudeen and acquiring extortions for the release of the abducted students and legal proceedings are enforced against those members of the security forces. Pro Mahinda factions are trying to start a protest and plan to destruct the legal proceedings when the court cases against the army is due to start the future. Recently a protest was started in parallel to the court […]

This regime Is Corrupt Like The Last Regime – Bimal Ratnayake

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By Camelia Nathaniel It is almost a year since the new government took control, the resettlement of the displaced during the war is still in limbo, said JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake. In an interview with The Sunday Leader he said that neither the previous regime nor the current regime has done anything to create employment opportunities for the Tamil people in order to assist them rebuild their lives. Commenting on the progress made so far by the new national government he said that while there were some positive changes that were made, this regime too is following in the path of the Rajapaksa regime and aiding and abetting rogues, and has little concern for the common man. Following are excerpts of the interview: Q: The […]

Tamil People’s Council discusses several issues

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The Tamil People’s Council led by Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran met today and discussed several issues. The meeting took place following a meeting held between Wigneswaran and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan on Christmas day. There have been concerns among members of the TNA that the Tamil People’s Council is looking at being an alternative Tamil political party. At the meeting held in Jaffna today the Tamil People’s Council discussed the proposed electoral reforms, the political solution for the Tamils and other issues concerning the Tamils in the North. Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran was recently appointed as the head of the new organisation comprising Tamil politicians and civil society members. The main committee in the ‘Tamil People’s Council’ includes Tamil National […]

We Appreciate President’s Effort For At Least Visiting Jaffna – Suresh Premachandran

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By Camelia Nathaniel In the recent past there have been many differences of opinions between the parties within the TNA. It is clear that certain factions within the TNA are not in the least happy with the current stance of the party and its leadership. As a result the Tamil People’s Council, a forum of political and non-political actors, has been formed in Jaffna with Northern Province’s Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran as the head. In an interview with The Sunday Leader TNA – MP Suresh Premachandran said that there were no immediate plans to form an alternative political party, but if the need arises, it will be a possibility. Following are excerpts of the interview: Q: What is the situation with regard to the displaced? […]

The real challenges are to be faced in 2016

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2015 was a brilliant year for the United National Party (UNP) and President Maithripala Sirisena. On 8 January 2015 UNP, Maithripala Sirisena and a number of political parties and Civil Society Groups beat Mahinda Rajapaksa, a feat many thought was impossible. The interim government which was formed managed to escape relatively unscathed during the UNHRC sessions a few months after, beat Rajapaksa again during a general election and managed to pass the 2016 Budget with a two-thirds majority. However, the real challenges are to be faced in 2016. There is a need to implement the promises made at the UNHRC, to fast track the reconciliation process and to deliver on the promises made at the economic front. While implementing the promises made at the UNHRC […]

Promises to keep and miles to go

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As we come to the end of another Gregorian calendar year, it is stock taking time on the State of the Union.The beginning of the year was a watershed in the recent annals of this country. A once exceedingly popular leader, described only by his detractors as a ‘dictator’ and referred to in the foreign media as ‘strongman’, whose authoritarian rule brought about both, positive and negative results was hauled down from office by popular vote — but the man himself has refused to go into political oblivion. It wasn’t that ‘any broomstick’ could have defeated him. Helped by external forces keen on a ‘regime change’ in Sri Lanka, local opponents presented a credible alternative. That the least the people knew of such a candidate […]

Tamil People’s Council to meet in Jaffna today

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Even as the much-awaited meeting between Tamil National Alliance (TNA)’s chief R. Sampanthan and the Northern Province’s Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran took place here on Christmas day, the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), which is headed by the latter, has decided to go ahead with its meeting in Jaffna on Sunday. The TPC, which had its inaugural meeting a week ago, is expected to come out with its future course of action on Sunday. The meeting between Mr. Sampanthan and Mr. Wigneswaran would not have any bearing on the recently formed body, according to Suresh Premachandran, leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), a constituent of the TNA. This was the first occasion in recent times that the Northern Province’s Chief Minister had a […]

Racist Wimal warns Sinhalese of ”War Crime” investigation by White man’s court

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Leader of the National Freedom Front, Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa who is known for his racist policies has warned the Sri Lankan Sinhala community in Europe that Sri Lanka’s future is under threat due to UN pressure on investigation of killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians  by the Sinhala Army in month of May 2009 alone. The killing of more than thousand  LTTE Leaders who surrendered with their family members with White flag after UN negotiated the surrender is another issue is another issue the Army is unable to cover to international courts.  Weerawansa who survives on racists policies in Sri Lanka is on tour in Europe to meet Sri Lankan Sinhalese living abroad and to brief them on the dangers faced by Sri Lankan […]

The racist drum beats are likely to be heard loud and clear when the provincial council elections are held in the New Year

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Dark clouds were hovering over Sri Lanka as 2014 ended threatening grave crises for the country and people but eight days after the New Year dawned the major threat was removed enabling even moves to counter other crises. One such threat was the UNHRC resolution over alleged war crimes and human rights violations which may have even resulted in international trade sanctions being invoked against this country. The result of accepting reality and astute diplomacy saw this threat receding so much that at the end of the year the avalanche of charges brought against the government by a frenzied opposition made not even a scarce mention of it. The fear and hostility of the minorities, Tamils and Muslims, that existed at the end of last […]

Water in NPC: Danger, not Development

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I’ve noticed this only now: A. http://www.ft.lk/article/495869/Jetwing-Jaffna-to-jump-start-northern-economy Jetwing Jaffna to jump-start northern economy By Himal Kotelawala,13 November 2015 B. I’ve posted the following 3 comments which are awaiting moderation: 3.Rajan ”the real reason was far less interesting”???????? You’re supposed to have done Environmental Impact Assessment before you do any project. You could have also checked the reply from the Water Board as a part of your Corporate Social Responsibility. Did you try to check with the Environmental Authority? 2.Rajan Asirwatham, Director/Chairman, Yarl Hotels Ltd You should have stopped the project with the following: “And then the Water Board said they couldn’t supply water to such a place. There isn’t enough water for the citizens of Jaffna, they told us” Please note: Assessment of Groundwater Resources in Jaffna […]

TPC success depends on geopolitically addressing national question

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TPC success depends on geopolitically addressing national question [TamilNet, Friday, 25 December 2015, 18:22 GMT] Tamil People’s Council (TPC), a 30-member body launched in Jaffna on 19 December consisting of three-member co-chairs that includes NPC Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, has gained momentum and hype despite the shortcomings in the formation of an institution bringing together political, religious, civil activists and professionals at a critical juncture. The TPC is set to meet on Sunday to discuss the way forward to articulate the Tamil outlook for a political framework in resolving the Tamil national question. Those involved in the move should rise above the average introvert dialectics and conceive the TPC as a platform in articulating the real aspirations of the nation of Eezham Tamils to […]

Northern crack widens

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There are indications that the northern centre stage of politics has begun to crack following Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s establishment of the Tamil People’s Council (TPC). Reports from Jaffna stated it has caused much concern within and outside the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as other political groups view Wigneswaran’s move as a step towards embarking indirectly to strengthen his political bastion in the North. The council also includes former TNA MPs such as Suresh Premachandran and Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam. Incidentally, both Ponnambalam and Premachandran failed to enter Parliament after having lost the General Elections in 2010 and 2015 respectively. Wigneswaran stated that the Council would not be a political entity but would work towards addressing issues of Tamil speaking people. However, the formation of the […]

Murder Most Foul of a Tamil MP In Church During Christmas Worship

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Blessings of Christmas are once again upon us all!Even as we immerse ourselves in this universal season of peace and great joy, my thoughts hark back to a terrible incident which marred the spirit of Christmas and sanctity of a Church a decade ago. It was an instance of murder most foul being committed within the hallowed precincts of a Catholic Cathedral in front of the Diocesan Bishop and congregation during midnight mass on Christmas. It happened ten years ago in 2005. Though several persons including the MP’s wife were injured in the incident the primary victim was Joseph Pararajasingham the benign Tamil parliamentarian from Batticaloa.He was the target of the assassins.The 71 year old politician was shot dead at the St. Mary’s Cathedral in […]

The biggest issue LTTE have right now is……..

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Then They Held Guns, Now They Battle Hunger Pangs by Tharidu Jayawardana, Idunil Ussgoddarachchi, Udaya Karthikan and R Indumathi She gave up the T-56, her constant companion for over three years when the bloody war ended. Selvi wanted a clean break. When she walked into a government run rehabilitation camp in mid-2009, Slevi, harbored faint hopes for a better life. When she left the rehabilitation camp a year and half later, those hopes had galvanized. She returned to Killinochchi, her home town, like a teenager, not like a 24 year old rehabilitated former combatant. She was giddy with new hopes, new dreams – a home, a husband, children. But she was in for a rude shock. Her own villagers rejected her, she was used commodity. For some she […]

BASEL to help Lanka trace Black Money held by former Ministers

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said the Government of Sri Lanka had signed an MoU with the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision of Switzerland with the aim of recovering black money stashed away on secret accounts and other deposit schemes in Switzerland. He said Sri Lanka can solicit international support to investigate complaints lodged with the FCID and the Bribery or Corruption Commission. Referred to by the acronym BASEL in global banking and financial circles, the Committee is a non-profit agency linked to the Swiss government. It has helped to recover money stolen from many countries. Minister de Silva told Ceylon Today that confidence in secrecy associated with Swiss bank accounts had collapsed in the wake of new European Union rules […]

Resistance to Karuna joining TPC

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Karuna Amman alias Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan says he will consider joining the newly formed Tamil People’s Council (TPC) in the North, adding that he welcomes the goals of the organization with its many progressive ideas which could be extended to the East as well. He said those who have stood against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and its policies have today closed ranks with it to work together under the umbrella of the TPC. “TNA is a coalition. It was emphasized by many parties that it should be registered. However, the leadership failed to give it the green light,” he said. There is a constituent party within the TNA, which is functioning in a dictatorial manner and trying to control the member parties, while it has […]