7th December 2016

Wills and Kate was so moved by courage and determination that they even hugged and kissed Sai Kadirrajah

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 Sai Kadirrajah was  Kissed and Hugged by Wills and Kate. She recently delivered a speech on behalf of YoungMindst @RoyalFoundation (run by #PrinceWilliam #PrinceHarry#DuchessofCambridge) ‘s private fundraiser. She was the only young person and the #royals were so moved by courage and determination that they even hugged and kissed her!! Kate even suggested she should be a public speaker!! Our family couldn’t be prouder!!! Young Peoples Mental Health isn‘t a joke and nor is it going go away. Sai is an activist who has faced a battle of her own only to come out fighting. And now she wants to make a difference to other young people like herself!She is an inspiration to me and has really showed me that you can achieve anything if […]

U.N. urges Sri Lanka to probe ongoing torture, war crimes

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By Stephanie Nebehay and Ranga Sirilal | GENEVA/COLOMBO A U.N. rights watchdog called on Sri Lanka on Wednesday to investigate “routine torture” of detainees by security forces and rebuked its government for failing to prosecute war crimes committed during the country’s 26-year civil war. The Sri Lankan military finally vanquished the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan guerrillas in 2009. The United Nations and rights activists have accused the military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly Tamils, during the final weeks of the war and have demanded reforms and redress. In a report, the United Nations Committee against Torture cited continuing reports of abductions of people disappearing into “white vans”, deaths in custody, poor conditions of detention and the use of forced confessions in court. […]

‘Tamil Nadu’s new leaders should keep up pressure on Lanka’

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Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils’ concerns. Tamil Nadu’s new Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Opposition Leader M K Stalin should continue with the same policy of pressurising Sri Lanka to address Tamils’ concerns in the country as J Jayalalithaa did, a hardline Tamil politician said here on Wednesday. “We hope Panneerselvam and Stalin will have the same interest in the Sri Lankan issue,” M K Shivajilingam said. Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils’ concerns. Jayalalithaa was […]

She was a beacon of hope for lankan Tamils

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COLOMBO: The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s involvement in the Sri Lankan Tamil issue began almost immediately after she joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and became its propaganda secretary within a year in 1983. It was in the later part of 1983 that over 1 lakh Sri Lankan Tamil refugees poured into Tamil Nadu, pushed out by the anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka in July that year. Sensing a great political opportunity to whip up pro-Tamil sentiments, the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) led by M Karunanidhi took the lead in organising support for the beleaguered Sri Lankan Tamils. This left AIADMK leader and Chief Minister M G Ramachandran with no option, but to join the Eelam Tamil bandwagon […]

Destruction of Jaffna Library Ranil apologizes

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Extending an apology to the people of the North for the destruction of the Jaffna Library during the UNP regime in 1981, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe asked whether the Joint Opposition……was also willing to apologize for the things they did while in power. Speaking on the third reading stage debate on Budget 2017 under expenditure heads of the Ministry of Prisons, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, the Prime Minister extended this apology for the gutting of the Jaffna Library, which is considered a turning point in the North-East conflict. Joint Opposition MPs at this point heckled the Prime Minister who said the government had “given jobs to people in the North and restored industrial development there. By the time President Maithripala Sirisena marks his second anniversary in […]