5th February 2016

Fisherman issue, minority Tamil rights in Swaraj’s agenda

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday left for Colombo on a two-day visit during which she is expected to discuss the fishermen’s issue and rights of minority Tamils with the top Sri Lankan leadership. Swaraj and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera will co-chair the 9th Joint Commission meeting to discuss key bilateral and regional issues in Colombo later today. The discussions will cover the entire gamut of relationship pertaining to economic cooperation, trade, power and energy, technical and maritime cooperation, social, cultural and educational matters, science and technology, defence cooperation, health, civil aviation, tourism and people-to-people contact. The joint commission was set up in 1992 as a mechanism to address issues of bilateral cooperation. The last meeting of the Joint Commission was held […]

Criminal charges that are pending is due to a deal that President Maithripala had made with the Rajapaksas.

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By Granville Perera – Madame Shiranthi and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa grieved for their son with tears in their eyes when Yoshitha was remanded. He has been incarcerated on financial irregularities, money laundering and other charges of breach of Navy rules during the previous presidency. Yoshitha’s arrest (hopefully) should be just the beginning of the Rajapaksa tears, as the “shit has begun to hit the fan”. Little do the Rajapaksas realize that there was a family and nation who loved Wasim Thajudeen, the St. Thomas’, Havelocks and Sri Lanka rugby player as much as they do, their notorious sons? There has been widespread speculation that Wasim Thajudeen did not meet an accidental death, and that the Police and the investigating officials including the doctors who […]

World Begins To Take Notice Of Lanka’s Indian Origin Tamils: Ganeshan

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COLOMBO: After concentrating for decades on Tamils living in North and East Sri Lanka, also known as “Sri Lankan Tamils”, the international community, including India, has now begun taking notice of the Indian Origin Tamils (IOT), observes Mano Ganeshan, leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) and Cabinet Minister for National Coexistence. Speaking to Express here on Friday, Ganeshan said: “The growing attention is due to the  emergence of the TPA; the way the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government is accommodating us; and the constructive way in which the TPA itself is using the new political climate and the opportunities given to us to participate in critical decision making.” The TPA is a coalition of IOT parties other than the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC). It found a place […]

Tamils ready to take ten steps if Sinhalese took one – Vigneswaran

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The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Vigneswaran, today expressed appreciation of the government’s decision to sing the national anthem in Tamil at the Independence Day ceremony held in Colombo. He stated that although it is a very small action in the name reconciliation it should be appreciated and that now a background has been created to foster unity and brotherhood between communities. Sri Lanka has taken a major step towards reconciliation of the Tamils, by allowing the singing of the Sri Lankan national anthem in Tamil. Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneshwaran voiced his happiness at the development. “I visited Nagaviharaya temple to express my happiness for singing National anthem in Tamil,” he said. “If Sinhala people took one step towards us we Tamil […]

TN parties express concern over Lankan Prez’s stand

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DMK and MDMK today expressed concern over Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena’s reported statement that his country’s new constitution will not have the concept of ‘Federation,’ saying it will affect the ethnic Tamils. Seeking India’s intervention in the matter, DMK PresidentM Karunanidhi said Sirisena had in a recent meeting of theSri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ‘categorically’ stated that “there will be no place” for the concept of Federation in the new Constitution that seeks to replace the one adopted in 1978 by the island republic. “If the doors of Federation are not opened and rights not devolved, how can Tamils live with dignity, relief and equality. Sirisena’s announcement that there will be no possibility for federation amounts to rubbing salt to injury,” he said in […]

Many more proposals on new constitution expected

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Lal Wijenayake By Jehan Haniff The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms expects many more submissions but it has only six Tamil-speaking members to handle the anticipated load today (Friday) and tomorrow at Vavuniya, which has a population of 179,000, a majority of whom are Tamils. “Although we expect many written and oral submissions in Vavuniya, I’m confident we can manage with my six efficient Tamil speaking members,” Chairman of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms, Attorney-At-Law Lal Wijenayake said. The Chairman said that more than 400 e-mails containing representations had been received up to last week. “We are cutting down on unnecessary expenses in this exercise and hence the public submissions are received at District Secretariats,” Wijenayake added.  

Sri Lanka and Maldives priorities for human rights for the UK

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Sri Lanka and Maldives are priorities for human rights for the UK, the Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Laura Davies said. In a blog posting she said that to work on human rights issues in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the High Commission has access to the Magna Carta Fund, a strategic programme fund dedicated to tackling the root causes of human rights violations overseas. Davis said that successful projects will uphold democratic values and the rule of law, support an effective rules-based international order and promote a more stable world by upholding universal rights in tackling conflict and extremism. She said that earlier this week in Colombo, the High Commission gathered together a group of civil society and human rights organisations. […]

Sushma Swaraj calls on Sri Lankan PM

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe here on Friday, the first day of her two-day visit to this island nation. “A warm wlecome by a close neighbour. EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on PM Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted along with pictures of the two leaders. Earlier on Friday, she was received on her arrival here by her Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera. She is scheduled to attend the ninth session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission which she co-chairs with Samaraweera. The joint commission was established in 1992 as an effective mechanism to address matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation. Ahead of Swaraj’s visit, Swarup said on Thursday that the […]