14th May 2016

We must celebrate the killing of 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009.

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Sri Lanka’s New government is under international pressure to ignore celebrating the seventh anniversary of killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 by the governments Sinhala Army, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother Basil Rajapaksha had claimed. When Rajapakshas were in government, ambassador’s pressurised them not to celebrate the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the government forces as ‘War Victory’ as the some of these western governments had helped the Rajapaksha government forces to kill the Tamil Civilians and killing of more than 1000 LTTE leaders and their family members who surrendered with White flag after UN negotiated the surrender in May  2009. But Rajapaksha family ignored the request and took cover behind China and Russia to cover-up the War Crime by the […]

Sri Lanka calls on Tamil expatriates to compromise

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Sri Lankan Tamil expatriates in the UK have been asked to be open to political compromises as the island nation undergoes constitutional reforms.  It is important to make the most of the opportunity as it is the first time that Sri Lanka’s two main political parties had come together to form a government, Jayampathy Wickramaratne, head of a committee providing technical support to the Constitutional Assembly to draft Sri Lanka’s new constitution, told a gathering of Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka (NRTSL) here last week. “It is impossible and is unrealistic to expect all aspirations and demands of everyone are met. There have to be compromises. This is a great opportunity that may not come again, certainly not in the foreseeable future. It is […]

Anandasangaree claims money allocated for the North returned

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Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) General Secretary and newly formed Democratic Tamil National Front (DTNF) member V. Anandasangaree claims a large sum of money allocated for the North had been returned to the treasury. He says this shows the inefficiency of the Northern Provincial Council led by the Tamil National Alliance and their incapacity to administer. “In the present political situation, the problems of the people including those of their fundamental rights are not properly tackled. The main purpose of the new alliance is to find proper ways and means, through a new democratic alternate leadership, which will not merely voice the grievances of the people but also endeavour to solve them by taking them up with the Indian and Sri Lankan Governments and with many others if […]

Jaya writes to PM Modi over demolition of church by Sri Lanka

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New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over reports indicating that the Sri Lankan Government plans to demolish and reconstruct the ancient St Anthonys Church on the island of Katchatheevu, which holds great significance by Tamil fishermen who have been visiting the church since centuries. In the letter, she states that the fishermen who mostly belong to the Roman Catholic faith are extremely concerned that they have not been consulted regarding the proposed reconstruction. “St Anthonys Church on Katchatheevu Island holds considerable religious significance for the fisherfolk in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu including Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli. They have traditionally undertaken pilgrimages to the island for the annual festival of St Anthonys for several […]

Lankans In The Panama Papers: The People Behind The Offshore Companies

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By Yudhanjaya Wijeratne – Yudhanjaya Wijeratne Every newspaper in the country seems to have visited the ICIJ website and published the names of the 65 Sri Lankans named in the Offshore Leaks and Panama Papers (both sets of names exist in one list). Being on this list or being associated to it, however, does not make anyone a criminal. Yes, four Avante-Garder are there, but Emma Watson is also on that list; so are two Hirdramani’s. I don’t want to believe that Hermoine Granger, after all she went through with Voldemort, committed tax fraud. However, there is one thing we can do: take a closer look at the companies outed in that list Corporate entities in the ICIJ database take three forms: they’re either Mossack […]

FM confirms paying MR’s travel expenses to Uganda

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The travel expenses of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa for his visit to Uganda was paid by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on a directive by Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Ministry’s Delegation Board Control Unit Director General confirmed today. Mr.Rajapaksa was invited for the inauguration ceremony of the Ugandan President Yoweni Musaveni who was sworn in for his fifth term as President. Director General A.L. Ratnapala, told Daily Mirror that the decision to pay the travel expenses was taken by Minister Samaraweera on a request made by Mr. Rajapaksa about the possibility of his travel expenses being paid by the ministry. Some amount between Rs.400, 000 and Rs. 500,000 was paid for the airline tickets and Mr. Ratnapala said he had authorized the transaction to be […]