18th May 2017

SRI LANKA SAYS NO TO REMEMBRANCE OF DEAD TAMILS AT MONUMENT

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A Sri Lankan court has barred activists from holding a civil war commemoration near a monument to ethnic Tamil civilians killed in the fighting, in May 2009. Anti-war activists plan to mark Friday’s eighth anniversary of the war’s end in Mullivaikkal village, where hundreds of thousands of civilians were trapped in May 2009 as Tamil Tiger rebels mounted their last stand against government troops. The UN report says that more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians were killed by Sri Lankan forces in Month of May 2009. Police argued that events should not be allowed near a stone statue of a woman carrying a dead child, saying engravings could include the names of fallen rebels and pose a threat to peace and security. Most of the police are […]

Ganesan is unsuitable for the position of Minister says racist thero

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Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero met Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan yesterday to discuss reconciliation between all communities of the country. Gnanasara Thero has stressed the importance of harmonious relations among all ethnicities and religions, especially between the Sinhalese and Tamils since the country was in a post-war period. Referring to a number of incidents during the recent past which caused a gulf between the Sinhalese and Tamil, Gnanasara Thero highlighted that as the Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, Ganesan should take steps to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. Speaking after the discussion, Minister Ganesan said that he already has a sound idea about his responsibilities as the […]

Mark May 18 as ‘day of grief’, Tamils told

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Wigneswaran asks Tamils to observe three minutes’ silence on the day Sri Lanka’s civil war ended Tamils living in Sri Lanka and abroad should mark May 18 as a day of grief, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has said, ahead of ‘Remembrance Day’ being observed on Thursday. He appealed to all Tamils to observe three minutes’ silence on the day Sri Lanka’s civil war ended eight summers ago. “The truth about the several thousand deaths in the war’s final offensive is yet to come out,” Mr. Wigneswaran said in a statement, making a case for an international probe into rights abuses. Homage to victims On Thursday, scores of Tamils will converge in Mullivaikkal village in Mullaitivu, along the north-eastern coast of the island, to […]

Rajapaksas not yet finished; we have another battle ahead – Sarath Fonseka

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Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, in an interview with Daily Mirror, speaks about the proposed role to be assigned to him, the current status of politics and his future plans. Excerpts of the interview: Q There are contrasting views on the proposed role to be assigned to you to deal with emergency situations triggered by trade union activities. What is the actual position, and how do you look forward to it? If you say I am going to take action against trade union activities, it would not be correct anyway. What we discussed was to maintain smooth functioning of essential services. That is to ensure that essential services are not disrupted when trade union actions are taking place. That is to ensure the […]

The many meanings of May 18, 2009

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In some part of this island, perhaps in a humble home, or in a public place heavy with ideological fervour or political statement, someone will light a candle or lamp, someone will grieve. Someone will remember someone who was loved. Remove all the ideological and political makeup and two things will remain: Love and Grief. In certain places, most likely in the public sphere, there will be celebrations. And there will be mourning. In both sites there will be self-righteousness. Some will say, ‘we have every reason to celebrate’ and they will not be wrong. Some will say ‘we have every reason to grieve,’ and they will not be wrong either. Throw both parties in one room and several things will fly out of the […]

Dr. Alush Gashi who played a Major role in the independence of Kosovo to Deliver Mullivaikal Memorial Lecture: TGTE

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On this Tamil National Day of Mourning, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is pleased to announce that Dr. Alush Gashi who played a significant role in the independence of Kosovo will deliver the 3rd Mullivaikal Memorial Lecture in Los Angeles, USA. Mullivaikal is where over 70,000 Tamils were killed in six months in 2009 and Tamil women were raped by the Sri Lankan Security Forces (Source: UN Internal Review Report on Sri Lanka). Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) declared May 18 as the National Day of Mourning of the Tamil Nation. Ramsey Clark, Former Attorney General of the US delivered the Inaugural Lecture on May 18, 2015 and Alan Nairn who was instrumental in the independence of East Timor delivered the 2nd […]

‘Black flag clique’ SECRETLY met Modi at night

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Despite MPs of the Mahinda faction calling masses to hoist black flags on the Wesak Day to protest against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka, certain MPs of that faction SECRETLY visited him at 11.00 p.m. says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President said before they met Mr. Modi the Indian High Commissioner had told him that the ‘Black flag clique’ had requested to meet the Indian Prime Minister and had asked what should be done. The President had told him to allow them to meet Mr. Modi. They had met Mr. Modi at 11.00 p.m. said the President. This was said by the President at a ceremony held at Polonnaruwa yesterday (15th) expressing his views regarding the retired president Mahinda […]

Sri Lanka received assurance from UK over GSP Plus

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By Yusuf Ariff Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that Sri Lanka has received an assurance from the United Kingdom that despite it leaving the EU, the trade preferences already enjoyed by other countries would be maintained. “The day after we will get the tariff concessions to enter the European Union market, which is the GSP Plus.” “We have also been assured by the UK that while they will leave the union, the trade preferences already enjoyed by the countries would be maintained,” he said, addressing the Women Leadership Summit of the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council in Colombo. He stated that the EU is the richest market and that it’s not just the question of entry into a market for Sri Lanka. “It is a […]

Tamils banned from remembering their dead but Sinhalese are allowed to do it!

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Tamils banned from remembering the dead – ongoing repression and militarisation that continues to affect the Tamil community The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) has condemned an attempt to ban commemorations of the dead by Tamil families in Mullivaikkal. ITJP said a court order in Tamil from the District Judge and Magistrate of Mullaitivu has placed a 14 day ban from this evening on all ceremonies near the Catholic Church in Mullivaikkal East, on the grounds that they may adversely affect “the country’s integrity, national security and the peace of the nation”.  “Remembering the dead is a fundamental right of the culture of every people and begs the question of how weeping parents, remembering their loved ones, can threaten national security?” commented the executive director […]