19th April 2016

People Getting Impatient Over Political Administration Dragging its Feet In Bringing Corrupt Elements of Past Regime to Justice

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By Vishwamithra1984 “There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson They call themselves the Joint Opposition. They are a twice-defeated, once at the Presidential and then at the parliamentary elections, lot of parliamentarians and two or three-time Ministers, who ransacked the country’s economy and its invaluable assets of youth and school children. Instead of taking these avaricious political parasites one by one and decimating them to pieces, the writer would prefer to deposit them into one bunch […]

Search in site… Search in site… Dheepan: Undermined By Disregard For Detail & Talent

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By TU Senan – Dheepan has both collected the Palm d’Or at Cannes and caused controversy among Tamils. This is particularly so among Tamil writers given that the leading actor is a well-known writer in Tamil. From the point of view of the Tamil literary circle, there are many truths that need to be told about this movie. With that aim and perspective this review is written to shed light on few points – so look away now if you expect an ‘objective view’. In a way the real story is about an opportunist but clever director and one extraordinary artist. Shoba Sakthi (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) plays the leading role as an ex-LTTE militant who continues to the fight to ‘protect’ – this time an adopted […]

The Fifty–Fifty Interlude: Communalism Or Nationalism?

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By Rajan Hoole – Revisiting Tamil Self-Determination – Part III Communalism has wreaked havoc in Lanka. It is embedded in our prejudices and our backwardness. The Sri Lankan political establishment’s complicity in violence against a minority is a scandal that would impede us for years to come, particularly in view of the lack of will to do away with impunity and hold the armed forces to account. Equally culpable are the Tamil leaders who have inflamed passions where a little sympathy and restraint could have cooled them and hindered communalism putting down institutional roots. The passage of the Donoughmore Bill, which abolished communal representation in December 1929, was received calmly by the Tamils. At the Legislature no Tamil opposed the abolition. With communal representation having […]

EU to lift ban on Lankan fisheries products this month

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The European Union (EU) is expected to lift the ban on Sri Lankan fisheries products this month, the Fisheries Ministry said. The Ministry said that the EU has informed Sri Lanka that the ban will be lifted on April 21. The EU imposed a ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka as the former Government failed to prevent Sri Lankan fishermen from violating the international fisheries laws.  The new Government had later prepared and implemented an action plan to remove the ban. The EU had in November last year expressed satisfaction with the efforts taken by Sri Lanka to address the concerns which led to the ban on Sri Lankan fisheries exports to EU countries. EU officials also credited Sri Lankan authorities for the progress that […]

State Astrologers reject faulty auspicious times

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  Rejecting the allegations of following wrong directions and faulty auspicious times during the recent Sinhala and Tamil New Year, State Astrologers’ Committee today(19th April) confirmed the accuracy of customs followed. This committee established in 1983 by then Minister V.J.M Loku Bandara, comprised of 30 prominent senior astrologers and almanac compilers collectively decide auspicious times on an annual basis. During a media conference held today (19th April) at the Department of Government Information committee took the responsibility of the accuracy of the time and the auspicious directions. Regardless of the political changes took place in the country during the last three decades, the committee was functioning and was deciding the auspicious times especially for Sinhala and Tamil New Year. New Year auspicious times are wrong? […]

Hillary and Cameron hold key to Sri Lanka recovery

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ECONOMYNEXT – The acrimonious US presidential race and Britain’s referendum on Europe may appear far removed from Sri Lanka, but both events could hold the key to the island’s recovery from a right royal economic mess. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government decided to bite the bullet and raise taxes from next month in a bid to boost state revenue, but the external factors could have a make-or-break impact on Sri Lanka. Sources close to the government said the Premier was closely following the US elections as well as the “brexit” debate where Britain will decide at a referendum in June whether to stay in the European Union or exit. “These two events along with the oil price will have a very direct bearing on us,” […]

Interview: Prospects for Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

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An interview with Howard Varney a few weeks ago held in Colombo attempted to demystify transitional justice and map out the challenges around reconciliation in Sri Lanka. As noted on the website of the International Centre for Transitional Justice, Howard Varney is a senior program adviser with ICTJ. His areas of expertise include truth-seeking, national prosecutions, institutional reform, reparations, and public interest litigation. Howard is a practicing advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. His legal practice includes human rights, constitutional, and administrative law. In the early 1990s he was an attorney with the Legal Resources Centre in Durban where he represented victims of political violence in public interest litigation, judicial inquests, and commissions of inquiry. In the mid-1990s he led an independent criminal investigation in South […]

Sri Lanka’s military occupies over 67,000 acres of Tamil land

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Sri Lanka’s military occupies over 67,427 acres of Tamil land found the British Tamils Fourm in a desk study conducted using field data from sources in the North-East and official government statistics. In a statement released on Monday, the BTF said, Nearly seven years after the end of the war, the Sri Lankan military is still occupying more than 96% of the land belonging to the Tamil people who were driven off their own lands, in the pretext of “national security”. Field data obtained by British Tamils Forum (BTF), in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, indicate that as of 1st March 2016, the military is occupying 67,427 acres of land belonging to the Tamil people. During the previous government of Mahinda Rajapakse, in the North […]

20/04/2009 -Cluster bombs and hospital shelling leave thousands injured in Tamil No Fire Zone

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Tamil Guardian 20 April 2016 As we approach seven years since the end of the armed conflict where Sri Lankan government troops systematically killed tens of thousands of Tamil civilians, the Tamil Guardian is revisiting the events of the final weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in mass atrocities accompanied by a litany of systematic rights abuses that have since been outlined in UN reports. Seven years on, not a single prosecution for these crimes has taken place and the military responsible for the atrocities remains deployed in the Tamil speaking areas. 20 Apr 2009 – Shells, cluster bombs and hospital attacks leave thousands injured The Sri Lankan military in one of the most deadly offensives of the 2009 conflict bombarded the No […]

NPC member highlights Sinhala colonisation of North-East

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More than 600 Sinhala fishermen have now settled in 9 different coastal areas across Mullativiu said Northern Provincial Council member T Ravikaran, as he outlined details of state-sponsored colonisation of the Tamil North-East. Mr Ravikaran also stated that at least 9 Buddhist viharas had been constructed in the Mullaitivu district in the last 6 years alone, all of which have been aided by the Sri Lankan armed forces. The councillor detailed the long history of state-sponsored colonisation, recalling that in 1981 12 to 14 fishermen had been granted temporary permits to settle in Kokkilai and fish. Now the number in that village alone is 300. Post-armed conflict colonisation has continued, he added, stating that in 2012 78 fishermen were granted permits to fish in Nayaru […]