22nd February 2016

Not Possible to Return Katchatheevu to India

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RAMESWARAM: Asserting its sovereignty over Katchatheevu, a Sri Lankan Minister today said it was not possible for the island nation to return the islet to India. “Katchatheevu is part of Sri Lanka according to an agreement and hence it was not possible to give it back to India,” Sri Lankan Deputy Minister for Child and Women’s Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran told reporters. As per the 1974 and 1976 agreements, India had ceded Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka. On the fishing rights of Indian fishermen in Katchatheevu, she said both the nations must work together to resolve the issue. “Governments of both the countries must work together to devise a permanent solution to the fishermen problem,” Maheswaran said. On releasing the seized boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen, who […]

State religion as Buddhism and declaring Sri Lanka a Sinhala State.

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Solution under a unitary system is not viable- TNA MP By S.Gurunathan Constitutional reform within the framework of a unitary form of government and Buddhism as State religion would not help Tamils to get a reasonable political solution, according to Kavindran Kodeeswaran, Ampara District Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian. He further stated that Sinhala politicians in the southern part of the country have been submitting their recommendations based on unitary of government, State religion as Buddhism and declaring Sri Lanka a Sinhala State. This is not a healthy trend. Tamil people have not been agitating for a separate State. Tamils want a place where they are able to rule themselves in their own land within a united Sri Lanka. He stated that Tamil National Alliance would certainly […]

Wickramabahu reminds govt. of its hypocrisy

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By Saman Indrajith The President and Prime Minister went all over the world telling that there were no political prisoners in Sri Lanka but they had forgotten the fact that leader of the Frontline Socialist Party Kumar Gunaratnam had been incarcerated for more than 100 days, NSSP Leader Dr Wickramabahu Karunaratne said yesterday. Addressing the media after joining the FLSP continuous Satyagraha opposite the Fort Railway Station in Colombo yesterday to mark the 100-day completion of the protest to secure the release of Gunaratnam who is being held in Kegalle Remand prison on charges of violating immigration rules, Dr Karunaratne said the government preaching virtues of human rights and democracy had laid bare its true face by detaining the FLSP leader. Wickramabahu said: “We demand […]

Northern Province Governor Welcomes TN Fishermen at Kachchativu

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COLOMBO: The Governor of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, welcomed over 3,000 pilgrims from Tamil Nadu who had come to worship at the church of St.Anthony in the island of Kachchativu on Sunday. The Governor was accompanied by his wife and son. The service was conducted by the Catholic Bishop of Jaffna, Rev. Justin Gnanapragasam. Among the distinguished persons in the gathering were the Consul General of India in Jaffna, A.Natarajan, the Commander of the Sri Lankan navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Central Children’s Affairs State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran, the Chief Secretary of the Northern Province and the Government Agent of Jaffna. But no member of the Northern Provincial Council dominated by the Tamil National Alliance, including Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, was present. The […]

1401 out of 1,447 Local Government members took part in the Mahinda’s meeting in Negambo.

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New party will strengthen the govt. – SB Dissanayake By Suril Kaviratne With a new political party in the making and the country heading for Local Government elections, Sunday Observer sat face to face with the Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare S.B. Dissanayake and former Minister Kumar Welgama to talk about the future of SLFP and the government and the upcoming elections, in the light of the new political party that will be initiated by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Q: What impact do you think the Mahinda Rajapaksa breakaway faction have at the upcoming Local Government elections? SB: They have claimed that 1401 out of 1,447 Local Government members took part in the meeting in Negambo. After the last Local Government election, there are […]

Timely Tribute To Sandya Ekneligoda; A Wake Up Call To Gajan Ponnambalam!!

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By Rajasingham Jayadevan – Disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda on 24th January 2010 has captured the attention of the media and the international Human Rights Organizations to such a scale due to the determined effort of Prageeth’s wife Mrs. Sandya Ekneligoda. For the past six years, she has with relentless determination and in the face of unimaginable pressures, pursued justice over her husband’s disappearance. The now ousted semi-Gestapo regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa in a dastardly manner silenced questions, but could not dissuade Sandya Ekneligoda from pursuing her mission for justice. Despite facing a stream of abuse, insults, intimidation, threats etc., etc., she continued her campaign fearlessly. She battled her way through with sheer determination that even reached the corridors of the United Nations. Armed with steely […]