25th April 2016

Independent Tamil Eelam only solution, we will fight to attain it: Jayalalitha

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[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 April 2009, 22:13 GMT] A separate Tamil Eelam is the only solution that will permanently put an end to the problems of the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka, said Tamil Nadu former Chief Minister and principal Leader of the Opposition, Ms. Jayalalitha at a election rally in Salem city Saturday. In a powerful, moving speech, she resolved to fight to attain independent Eelam. Ms. J. Jayalalithaa  “I met Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar who has just returned from the war-zone in the Vanni. He gave me CDs and photographs of the atrocities. My heart boils when I looked at it,” the AIADMK leader said. If this pathetic situation of the Tamil people has to be removed, if […]

Jayalalithaa promises to take steps for separate Tamil Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils

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Chennai: Making a pitch for votes in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Saturday made a promise to take steps for creation of separate Tamil Eelam for the refugees.  Addressing the huge gathering, the state Chief Minister said, “I have demanded dual citizenship for the refugees, so that they can get jobs easily.” “I will take steps for creation of separate Tamil Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils where they can live an independent and respectable life. I have continuously demanded an independent international investigation on the people who committed genocide,” she added. Jayalalithaa was campaigning in Tiruchy today. She had earlier moved a resolution in the House, stating there should be an impartial, international and independent probe for the alleged war crimes and […]

Demand for federalism: Kiriella asks media not to set country ablaze

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By Cyril Wimalasurendre KANDY – Extremists were asking for federalism. Such moves should not be taken so seriously. They must be ignored, said Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella in Kandy on Saturday 23. The Minister said the media should not should not use such demands to set the country ablaze. Addressing the media, Minister Kiriella said there were extremists in all communities. There were Sinha la extremists, Tamil extremists and Muslim extremists. But among the masses at least 95% were for peace. General Secretary of the United National party and Minister Kabir Hashim told the media that issues such as the demand for federalism were internal issues. Such issues should be resolved within the country. The minister and the General Secretary of the […]

Unidentified gang abducts ex-LTTE commander in East

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An unidentified gang yesterday abducted a former LTTE commander identified as Ram at Thambuluvil in the Ampara district. Security sources told The Island that Ram had been rehabilitated after the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009 and released in 2013. Sources said that Ram had been a senior LTTE commander involved in many battles. The police said that Ram’s wife had lodged a complaint with the police and the alleged abudction was being probed. (SF)

Federal unit in re-merged NE NPC resolution should be examined like any other proposal – TNA

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Sumanthiran,HakeemBy Shamindra Ferdinando Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson M. A. Sumanthiran, MP yesterday told The Island that a resolution seeking the re-merger of the Eastern Province with the Northern Province adopted by the TNA-led Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on Friday (April 22) could be considered by the government as well as all other political parties represented in Parliament. The TNA comprises the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi, the TELO, PLOTE and EPRLF. Jaffna District MP and attorney-at-law Sumanthiran emphasised the need to take a look at the NPC’s proposal. It could be considered like any other proposal, Sumanthiran said. Asked whether the TNA would throw its weight behind the NPC proposal for the re-merger of the Eastern Province with the Northern Province, MP Sumanthiran said that the TNA always stood […]

Sri Lanka’s NPC not for special powers, says chairperson

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Our demand for federalism should not be misconstrued as something in favour of separatism, says council chairperson The Northern Provincial Council (NPC), which has reiterated the position of Tamil parties for a merger of the North and the East, is not for special powers to be provided to the proposed State, according to its chairperson C.V.K. Sivagnanam. On the significance of the resolution adopted on Friday, Mr. Sivagnanam told The Hindu that “our demand for federalism should not be misconstrued as something in favour of separatism. Let the Central government share power with all the States or Provinces uniformly.. We expect other Provinces to fall in line with us so that we all can have greater powers.” The Council’s proposals on constitutional reforms were essentially […]

Non-auspicious times and a bit on Britain

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No less a person than the previous President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proclaimed that the times selected by astrologers as propitious for the start of the New Year on April 13 around 7.00 p.m., the hearth to be lit at 8.06 and the first meal partaken of at 8.58 at night, was incorrect. The colour selected for donning while lighting the hearth and eating the first meal – green – was also pronounced inauspicious and the accusation made that the times and colour were selected with a political agenda in mind. To this cat all this is tosh. Who told the Ex- Prez that the times selected as auspicious were really inauspicious? Was it the astrologer who advised him to go for elections two years before […]

Transparency Key as Rights Commission Deadline Looms

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January 2015 saw a momentous change in Sri Lanka. After nearly 10 years of increasingly authoritarian rule, a new government promising change was voted into office. The new government immediately set about righting many of the wrongs of the previous Rajapaksa government, including an openness toward independent domestic organizations and the international community. As a clear marker of the sea change, the new government agreed tokey undertakings on transitional justice issues at the United Nations Human Rights Council last October. One area of progress has been the way the government handled consultations on constitutional reforms. Those consultations, conducted seemingly seamlessly and transparently, took place over the course of two months earlier this year and were generally regarded by activists as successful. Yet significant challenges remain […]

Fisheries exports to bounce back

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by Manjula Fernando The European Commission last week gave the initial clearance to resume Sri Lanka’s fisheries exports to the 28 nation-strong region, lifting a ban that was clamped down since January 2015, depriving the country of US $100 million per annum in foreign exchange. Netting in shoals of fish for export – techadvisor.lk Congratulating Sri Lanka’s achievement, EU Ambassador in Colombo David Daly told the Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka and the the EU developed an exceptional partnership through the past months in combating the illegal fishing trade worldwide. Speaking from Kandy, Daly said “Sri lanka has made excellent progress in improving a national fisheries governance system. “The political leadership shown by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was exceptional.” He also thanked […]