27th April 2017

Jaffna Puts Government On Notice

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by Santhiyago Sudharshan in Jaffna Traders, businessman and ordinary people in Jaffna told The Sunday Leader that they have not seen the change they much expected since January 2015 The occupation of land by the military is also an issue for the people of Jaffna. Northern based Tamil political parties warned that failure to address this and other key issues could result in the government having to face the consequences For any human being, living in any part of the world, land is too precious for anyone to give up Meeting media heads last week the President said that the resettlement in the North will be completed soon. He said 60 percent of the resettlement has been completed and the rest will be completed soon Jaffna Town […]

Federalism is the most democratic form of power sharing within a single united country

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Republican Constitution in 1972 was also a bad let down for the Tamil people, This compelled Tamils to consider the option of a Separate State. Power Sharing In Sri Lanka By Rajitha Senaratne – Rajith Senaratne When we were political cubs, we knew of Chelvanayakam as one who was the “father” figure of Tamil Nationalism. He was one Tamil political leader who was affectionately called “Thanthai” – meaning ‘Father’ – Chelva. Samuel James Velupillai Chelvanayakam dominated Tamil politics in the first 03 decades in post independent Ceylon. I would say that Chelvanayakam was fortunate. He did not live to see the agony of the Tamil people and of Sri Lanka that got dragged into a long brutal war. He was fortunate that he was not […]

Conservative Sri Lankans are still known to practice virginity testing

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Three Strange Sri Lankan Customs And The Stories Behind Them Sri Lankans had, and still have, some strange traditions that are thought of as indigenous. However, much of these have their origins in other parts of the world, especially in India, and, to a lesser extent, in the Middle East. Here are three such local beliefs and customs with exotic origins: Dola-Duka (Pregnancy Craving) Sri Lankans, and especially the Sinhalese, believe that mothers-to-be experience a longing to eat certain kinds of foods, and that if these cravings are not satisfied, it would harm her health or the child she is carrying. This is known as dola-duka. Rural folk, in particular, believe that if the expectant mother’s dola-duka cravings are not sated, she would become weak […]

Woman hit by falling palm tree while on holiday sunbathing recalls’excruciating pain’

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Telegraph Reporters 26 APRIL 2017 • 7:34PM ABritish holidaymaker has told how she feared she would never walk again after being crushed by a palm tree while sunbathing at a resort in Sri Lanka. Claire Saywell, 42, was relaxing at the four-star Club Hotel Dolphin resort with her husband David when a 50ft tree fell across her sun-bed, shattering her legs. Commercial insurance broker Mrs Saywell, from Sittingbourne, Kent, feared she may have been left disabled as three men struggled to lift the tree off her. She said: “I was dozing in the sun with my eyes closed and the next thing I knew I had this excruciating pain in my legs. “I remember seeing the tree and screaming, ‘Get it off me’, as the […]

International Pressure should be maintained on Government

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 Outcry of Tamil Diaspora understandable  People need to understand transitional justice process  All allegations against military and LTTE should be investigated   Sudu Nelum movement during CBK’s period changed public opinion on power devolution within a year   Leading Civil Society Activists Dr. Jehan Perera, in an interview with Dailymirror, stresses the need to ensure transitional justice for war victims. Dr. Perera, who is also the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, calls for continued pressure by the international community and civil society on the government to deliver in this regard. He also made representations to Geneva this time. Excerpts: QAs a civil society activist, what is your opinion on the grant of another two more years for the government to implement the provisions of the UNHRC […]

North, East observe shutdown in protest over missing and land

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All the major towns in the northern and eastern provinces today observed a shutdown after the Tamil and Muslim political parties held a protest demanding the release of military-occupied land, the Press Trust of India reported. Offices, businesses, schools and public transport came to a halt after the two provinces observed a shutdown.  “We hope the Government would respond after looking at this protest action. All Tamil and Muslim political parties in these areas are observing the protest,” MK Shivajilingam, a hardline Tamil provincial councilor from the Tamil-dominated northern province said. In some Muslim-dominated areas in the eastern province, life remained normal with all services operating. The Tamil and Muslim people in the North-East are demanding the Government to release the lands that are still […]

Hon. Sampanthan Meets the High Commissioner of UK

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A meeting with the UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, His Excellency James Dauris and the Leader of the Opposition and the TNA, Hon. R. Sampanthan took place today at the Westminster House in Colombo. At the meeting, the Opposition Leader apprised the High Commissioner of some pressing issues faced by the Tamil people including the lack of progress in relation to the release of lands held by the military in the North and East, concerns of the families of the disappeared and surrendered, and the delay in establishing the Office of the Missing Persons by the government. Moreover, Hon. Sampanthan also briefed the High Commissioner about the constitution-making process. Raghu Balachandran  Media Secretary  Leader of the Opposition Office of the Leader of the Opposition  […]

European parliament votes in favor of granting GSP+ to Sri Lanka

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Apr 27, Brussels: The European Parliament Thursday has voted to defeat a resolution tabled to deny granting the European Union’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences, Plus known as GSP+ tariff concession to Sri Lanka again. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Harsha de Silva said that Sri Lanka won the vote in Brussels after 436 MEPs voted against, 119 voted in favor and 22 abstained for the motion to deny GSP plus for Sri Lanka. An European Parliamentary group tabled the resolution in the 751-member European Parliament against granting the GSP+tariff concession to Sri Lanka saying that Sri Lanka’s government’s reform efforts are not adequate to grant the tariff concession. The group, Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) of 52 Members of European […]