10th May 2017

Remembering March and April as ‘bloodiest’ months in Jaffna Peninsula

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By Manekshaw The early eighties had witnessed Jaffna Peninsula gradually turning into a land of merciless killings with the emergence of several Tamil militant outfits with the slogan of liberation struggle for Eelam. Leaders of some of the Tamil militant outfits including Douglas Devananda, K. Pathmanabha and Suresh K. Premachandran from the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) had the opportunity of even getting trained with the Palestine militants in the Middle East. As law and order in the peninsula was rapidly deteriorating with the militants carrying arms targeting Police personnel and Police stations in the North, the innocent civilians remained as the silent majority in a helpless state witnessing the lamp post killings, bank robberies, abductions and the land mine attacks targeting the Security […]

All 9 Chief Ministers call to devolve more power to Provincial Councils!

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A collective call has been made to President Maithripala Sirisena to devolve more power to Provincial Councils and make them meaningful by Chief Ministers of all nine Provinces at the 33rd Convention of Chief Ministers. The Convention was held with the participation of the Chief Ministers of the nine provinces including Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana last Saturday (6). It was interesting to note the unstinted unity of the Chief Ministers voicing together to devolve more power to Provincial Councils. The Provincial Council system which came into effect following the signing of the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord remains as the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. With fervent calls made by the Chief Ministers of the Northern and Eastern Provinces […]

Sri Lanka will get GSP+ without making any improvement on its human rights track record. Why should they?

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True to form, Sri Lanka ditches international pledges on anti-terrorism laws Within days after successfully hoodwinking the international community, especially its European allies, in regaining the GSP+ trade concessions, Sri Lanka has got unanimous cabinet approval last week to repeal and replace the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with another draconian one. Despite making repeated pledges at international forums including the UN Human Rights Council that the Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) would be in tandem with the best international standards and practices pertaining to anti-terror legislation, the proposed act is worse than the PTA in its spirit and words. It seeks to give excessive powers to the executive, military, and police in the name of preventing and countering terrorism, without proper checks and balances, […]

1000 yrs old Sivan Temple in Trincomalee jungle reveals the Hindu roots of Tamil Eelam.

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1000 yrs old Sivan Temple in Trincomalee jungle reveals the Hindu roots of Tamil Eelam. 1,000 years old Tamil Epigraphs found in the ruins of Sivan Temple located in the jungles of Trincomalee. TD News | Jaffna | May 7, 2017:: Recently a resident of Seruvila had sent a photograph of ruined temple to Manimaran, an officer attached to the Regional Archaeological Department – Jaffna. The Architecture and the Art traditions observed in photograph resembled closely with the 2nd Sivan Temple of Pollonnaruwa and urged us to undertake a field visit to this temple. During the early part of last month we, along with the Officers of the Archaeological Department, Manimaran, Kapilan, Project Director of the Jaffna Region Central Cultural Fund, Chanthana Maithripala undertook a field […]