27th November 2016

Tamils mark Maaveerar Naal 2016 worldwide

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Tens of thousands of Tamils across the world on November 27 and the days leading up to it held events to mark Maaveerar Naal (Tamil national remembrance day).  The day, which remembers those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle for freedom, is marked on November 27 in memory of the first death of a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadre in fighting. Lt. Shankar died in combat on November 27, 1982.  For the first time after the end of the armed conflict, Tamils in the North-East gathered by thuyilum illams (LTTE resting homes) across the North-East, which were had been destroyed by the Sri Lankan military. Cleaning and moving away the rubble with their own bare hands, locals lit flames and lamps to remember the fallen […]

SLFP AGAINST ANY INCLUSION OF FEDERALISM IN NEW CONSTITUTION

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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party says it will not compromise on its stance on three issues concerning the new constitution. Speaking to reporters in Kandy after a meeting with SLFP organisers Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the SLFP remains adamant that the new constitution should preserve the prominence of Buddhism and the unitary state principal and should not include any federalism. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the new constitution is not being compiled in secret. He said the Lal Wijenayake committee report contains the summary of public opinion on what should be the content of the new draft but said none of them have been accepted yet. The Minister said, “foreign organisations and NGOs have also made suggestions. Some of the proposals are […]

‘President Mahinda’s LTTE Deal Exposed’ but will not be arrested or punished!

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Investigators Helpless Over Alles’ Deal  ‘All are equal but some are more equal than others’ by Nirmala Kannangara The former parliamentarian’s influence extends beyond the three powerful Rajapaksa brothers who visited him in remand prison. Although the RADA funds had been disbursed for the Jaya Lanka housing project, not a single house had been constructed neither in Vavuniya nor in Mullaitivu districts. In the event the RADA officials were not able to unearth the scam, the remaining Rs. 676 million would have either gone to Emil Kanthan to strengthen the LTTE or certain individuals would have siphoned the money. Tiran Alles and Mahinda Rajapaksa Nine years after the then Consultant Editor of The Sunday Leadernewspaper Sonali Samarasinghe exclusively reported that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s scandalous […]

Refuse to pay a bribe to police and you will be branded a ‘LTTE – Tiger’ and subjected to abuses.

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By Easwaran Rutnam The United Nations is maintaining its status quo on Sri Lanka with regard to the investigations on incidents related to the war. The government had said recently there was no pressure on Sri Lanka with regard to the accountability process. There is also a feeling that the policy on Sri Lanka may change with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stepping down next year. Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon exclusively told The Sunday Leader that the priorities for Sri Lanka have not changed. “I can’t really say what a new person may or may not do. But our priorities for Sri Lanka have not changed,” he said. In light of the UN Committee Against Torture saying ‘white van’ abductions […]

Sri Lanka’s Conflict, Peace, and the American Myth

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by William Martz 1983-2009 saw Sri Lanka in the midst of a civil war, an era encapsulated by daily fear, loss, and bloodshed. Since peace was restored following the SLA’s 2009 victory over the LTTE much has been commented upon in the press about the war. One commonly proponed discourse in this country asserts that the conflict should be condensed into a struggle of good vs evil; a simplistic approach that wholly neglects a comprehensive vision. Whilst many remain loth to accept a holistic viewpoint, they are liable to promote further grievance and ignore long established differences. Thereby undermining the propinquity for reconciliation, prosperity, and a lasting resolution. Last month the Island published an article written by Mr. Neville Ladduwahetty (The Island, Need to Rebrand […]

Inaugural Meeting of the Canadian-Tamil Parliamentary Friendship Group

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For Immediate Release  November 22, 2016 Ottawa, ON – The Canadian-Tamil Parliamentary Friendship Group was formed on Monday, November 14, 2016, at the Parliamentary Precinct.  Several items of business were passed at this inaugural meeting, including a Constitution, election of the Executive and consensus to build relations with groups such as the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils in the United Kingdom. The current group comprises 31 members from four different Canadian Political parties. The following Executive Positions were elected: Chair Mark Holland, MP, Ajax (Liberal) Vice-Chairs Alex Nuttall, MP, Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte (Conservative) Murray Rankin, MP, Victoria (NDP) Secretary-Treasurer Gary Anandasangaree, MP, Scarborough—Rouge Park (Liberal) Directors Salma Zahid, MP, Scarborough Centre (Liberal) Sven Spengemann, MP, Mississauga—Lakeshore (Liberal) Garnett Genuis, MP, Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan (Conservative) Canadian-Tamil Parliamentary Friendship […]

Diaspora participation in post-war revival and reconstruction of the Tamil homeland in Ilankai/Sri Lanka

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Seven years ended in May 2016 since the civil war ended, but the unfortunate consequences of the conflict continue to have a huge impact on the lives of the people in the island. Although the Tamil people of the North faced the brunt of the brutal war in the final phase, the life of the Tamils in both the North and the East in the post war situation is a difficult and bitter struggle. The gruesome events in the last phase of the war galvanised the Ilam Tamil diaspora, horrified at reports of brutality and fearful of the fate of their relatives.  However, initially the expatriate community found it difficult to navigate through the intricate post-war politics which remained rooted in the 68-year-old conflict, the […]