18th December 2016

Sri Lanka At A Crossroads – A Tamil Perspective

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By Suren Surendiran – January 2015 saw one of the worst tyrannies in the history of Sri Lanka come to an abrupt end. The unexpected was realised through the ballot and not through bullet. President Maithripala Sirisena swept to power with 51.2% of the vote compared with his rival who mustered 47.6%. Although there were pockets in the South where Maithripala managed to edge over Rajapaksa, the minorities, particularly the Tamils, in their areas of domination overwhelmingly rejected Rajapaksa, in some districts voting for Maithripala by 4 to 5 times more, which ultimately gave him, the win. August 2015 yet again saw extremism within the Sinhalese and Tamils being out rightly rejected to form a coalition government and an opposition, both with majority of moderate voices. Military […]

Sri Lanka Navy chases away 3,000 TN fishermen, threatens to shoot them

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Rameswaram: Over 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were forced to return without their catch after Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly intercepted them and snapped fishing nets of ten mechanised boats off Katchatheevu islet.  The Lankan naval personnel cut the nets and chased away the fishermen on charges of entering their territorial waters yesterday, Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association president P Sesuraja said. The fishermen who had ventured into the sea from this island town in more than 600 boats were intercepted by the naval men, who also threatened to shoot them, he added. The fishermen returned to the shore this morning, he said. Sesuraja urged the Centre to act on Sri Lankan navy’s “atrocities” against Tamil Nadu fishermen. On December 15, more than 2,500 fishermen from here were […]

Rajiv’s killer pens to defend husband

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CHENNAI:  Nalini Sriharan is one of the longest serving women prisoners in the world. Accused of hosting two female suicide bombers, Suba and Dhanu from Sri Lanka, along with her husband Sriharan alias Murugan, another convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Nalini has been languishing in Vellore jail for 25 years now. In a recently released book, Rajiv Kolai: Maraikkapatta Unmaigalum, Priyanka-Nalini Santhippum (Rajiv assassination: Suppressed facts and Priyanka-Nalini meeting), compiled by journalist Ekalaivan, Nalini opens up on what transpired in the meeting between her and the slain prime minister’s daughter. The book includes three chapters on how Sriharan became his own counsel. The excerpts Nalini Sriharan being taken away by the police We were the only ‘family’ who were accused in this case. […]

Why Mahinda asked his fellow Joint Opposition members to take a break

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By Gagani Weerakoon President Maithripala Srisena arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Thursday (15) afternoon kicking-off his three-day State visit to Malaysia. Upon being warmly received on arrival by Malaysian Human Resource Development Minister Dato Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem and senior officials in the presence of the staff members of the Sri Lanka High Commission, President Sirisena was received with State honours that included a guard of honour at the Airport. During his visit, the President signed several bilateral Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the Government of Malaysia. These included, MoUs on cooperation in tourism, training, research, and public administration, between the Sri Lanka Agricultural Research Policy Council and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, between the Ministry of Plantation Industries in […]

TNA, NPC want powers of governors reduced

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) had requested the government to reduce the power vested in the governors of the Provincial Councils.   “We wanted to reduce the powers vested with the governors because it is known that the governors have extreme powers as he was a representative of the Executive President”, TNA MP M.K.Sivajilingam. He said the TNA and the NPC had presented this proposal because the council members couldn’t do anything without the approval of the governor. He said this situation was equal to other Provincial Council as well Meanwhile, NPC Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam said they had requested the Government to consider this proposal when amending the Constitution. “However, we have no objection of President appointing them,” he […]

From Jayalalithaa to Trump:Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities

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From Jayalalithaa to Trump:Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities and new distractions by Rajan Philips Jayalalithaa and Trump in one article title might seem farfetched. Ordinarily so, but we are not living in ordinary times; even though our times are not extraordinary for any particularly heroic reason. The Jayalalithaa-Trump nexus is appropriate to discussing Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities and new distractions. My purpose in discussing Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities vis-a-vis Tamil Nadu is to explore if things could and would be different in the future. As for new distractions, President Sirisena’s reported overtures to American President-elect Trump may create a foreign policy conundrum for Sri Lanka, given Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s surprising enthusiasm for forging even stronger dependence on infrastructure investments from China than it was under Mahinda […]

Alarming fall in fertility rate in North and East

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Alarming fall in fertility rate in genocide-affected nation of Eezham Tamils [TamilNet, Sunday, 11 December 2016, 23:39 GMT] The district with largest number of Eezham Tamil population in the entire island is Jaffna district. But, it is the district with lowest fertility-rate registered in the whole island. If Tamils fail to take proper measures to address the issue, their status will decline as the third ethnicity, ranking below Tamil-speaking Muslims by the year of 2028, according to the projection by Murali Vallipuranathan MBBS, who holds expertise in population studies. A systematic genocidal policy of birth control is being implemented against Tamils, the expert says with credible evidences and statistics. While controlling the birth rate among Tamils, there are systematic efforts to accelerate the birth rate […]