24th October 2016

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran refuses to hoist LTTE flag

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COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, refused to hoist the LTTE’s flag at a function organized by the pro-LTTE organization Tamil Coordination Committee (TCC) at Harrow in London on Sunday. When the Chief Minister came to know that in the meetings of the TCC, the Tiger flag is invariably hoisted and homage (Veera Vanakkam) is paid to the dead LTTE cadres (Maaveerars), he said he would not be able to speak at such a function as that would lead to problems back home in Sri Lanka. An Australia-based lieutenant of his, who had been a bridge between the TCC and Wigneswaran, then got in touch with the organizers and asked them to cancel the flag hoisting ceremony. There upon, the […]

Brian Senewiratne, Sexual Violence Against Tamils In Sri Lanka

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By Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan – Prof. Charles Sarvan I’ve never met the author (hereafter sometimes referred to as BS), a medical doctor long settled in Australia, but have heard of his reputation as a human-rights campaigner fighting against discrimination and injustice, be they based on ‘race’, religion, caste or skin-colour. Among the recognition he has received is the Canadian Genocide Educators Award (2008). On 13 January 1898 Émile Zola published an open letter to the President of France accusing him of ‘racism’ and injustice in the case of Dreyfus, a member of the small Jewish community. Zola’s ringing J’accuse! is now a common generic expression of outrage and accusation against those who use power unjustly and cruelly. Sexual Violence can be seen as a Sri […]

Jaffna incident

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The untimely deaths of two Jaffna University students have sent shock waves throughout Jaffna and the Inter University Students’ Federation has also expressed its dismay over the incident. Preliminary investigations have revealed that Nadarasa Gajan and Pavunaraj Sulakshan were killed when they were speeding on a motorbike. However, the autopsy report of the Jaffna Judicial Medical Officer Dr. U. Mayurathan has confirmed that the rider of the motorbike was hit by a bullet on the right side of his chest and the pillion rider had injuries on the back of his head and died of head trauma. The incident occurred late in the night around 10:45 p.m. last Thursday near the Kulappiddy Junction at Kokuvil on the Kankesanthurai (KKS) road when they were returning to […]

New constitution needed: Premier

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“We should all join hands and think of taking the country forward. We should all make a joint effort to develop the country by shedding the dark shadows of a 30 year war from our minds,” he said. The Prime Minister was addressing a Daham Hamuwa at the Sri Vivekaramaya, Pengiriwatta, Gangodawila to mark the opening of a new Dhathu Mandiraya on Saturday. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe who said he wanted to take the opportunity to delve something on the constitution, said they have appointed a Constitutional Council to formulate a new constitution. He said when the Constitutional Council met they appointed a Steering Committing with himself, several ministers including Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Susil Premajayantha and representatives of all parties. Various views and ideas are submitted in […]

On The Killing Of Jaffna University Students: In Search Of The Right Path

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By Purujoththaman Thangamayl – Purujoththaman Thangamayl The incident of two Jaffna university students being killed due to gunshots by the police has set off countless arguments and debates. A majority of these arguments come from one single perspective. They highlight this incident as a ‘racist attempt’ or as ethnically motivated. But, there exists a necessity to list out the issues surrounding this incident. That will be the healthiest way to deal with it. Firstly, the fact that the students have been subject to shooting amounts to their killing being an act of murder. If the Police Officers had committed this act they need to be punished. This is because, when police officers on night patrol do not have the power to attack someone in a […]

More Army Promotions To Murder Suspects!

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Despite of serious allegations levelled against the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), last week they have once again granted a promotion to a suspect involved with the murder of the Founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge. Highly reliable inside sources of SLA, who wished to remain anonymous, told this newspaper how the Commander of the SLA had granted a promotion to Brigadier Anura Wanniarachchi to the rank of Major General on Thursday, October 20 without considering that Wanniarachchi is accused of concealing evidence from Wickrematunge’s investigations. Although it is the practice of the management of any institution, leave alone SLA, to go through the past records of their employees before being promoted to a higher rank, astonishing revelations show as to how the Sri […]

Ex-Mayor of Batticaloa and eight others arrested for running a brothel

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By Ananth Palakidnar Former Mayor of Batticaloa Sivageetha Prabakaran and eight others, including her husband were arrested, by a special Police team yesterday, for running a brothel in Batticaloa. The Police raided the house of Sivageetha and arrested her along with her husband Prabakaran, two women and five men. All nine are expected to be produced before Batticaloa Magistrate M. Ganesharaja today, sources said. Informed sources said the brothel was in operation at the house of former Mayor Sivageetha Prabakaran, which is located on the Batticaloa-Trincomalee Main Road. Under the guise of renting out rooms, the former Mayor was operating the brothel in connivance with several others, sources said. Sivageetha was the General Secretary of the Tamil People’s Viduthalai Pulikal Party, led by former Northern […]

Tamil businessman gave the Tories more than £1m in donations in the year before David Cameron announced £6.6m in aid to Sri Lanka

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David Cameron announced that £6.6m was being set aside for Sri Lanka  Included help for Tamils forced from their homes during the civil war In the year before the announcement, the Tory Party registered donations of more than £1million from Lycamobile owner Tamil businessman Subaskaran Allirajah  By PAUL BENTLEY FOR THE DAILY MAIL Foreign aid to Sri Lanka was significantly increased after a Tamil businessman from the country oversaw donations of more than £1 million to the Conservative Party, the Daily Mail reveals today. David Cameron announced last November that £6.6 million was being set aside for Sri Lanka over three years, including help for Tamils forced from their homes during the civil war. In the year before the announcement, the Tory Party registered donations […]