23rd May 2017

Mahinda, Mathiri or Ranil are politicians and will never implement their promises, as they are true followers of Lord Buddha

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today called for unity in the country saying there cannot be room for another war but was not prepared to give powers to the provincial councils as per the Sri Lankan constitution because it gives some rights to the minorities in North and East. He and President Mithiri fear giving equal rights to the minority will reduce their support among the Sinhalese. He says the unity must be protected to take the development agenda of the country forward and he did not speak of the promises made to the minority of sharing powers through provincial councils since  8 January 2015. Wickremesinghe was speaking at an event held at Temple Trees today which was attended by participants from the North and South. The […]

British politicians call for a stop to continuing genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

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At the Mullivaikal Genocide (Sri Lanka) Remembrance Day 2017 held at the Hyde Park, London on the 18th of May 2017, organised by the British Tamils Forum, several British politicians called for an end to the continuing genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Mullivaikal is a narrow stretch of sandy baron land in the north eastern part of Sri Lanka between the Indian Ocean and the Nanthikadal lagoon. This small stretch of land was declared a safe zone by the Sri Lankan government and around 300,000 Tamils took refuge in this narrow stretch of land to save their lives. Instead they were mercilessly massacred by the advancing Sri Lankan armed forces. The UN Panel Report on Sri Lanka (UN POE) in 2010 estimated that more […]

Resettled Tamils complain increased harassments by SL military at Kudumpi-malai

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[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 May 2017, 22:09 GMT] The deployment of Sinhala military belonging to 232 Brigade Headquarters of the occupying Sinhala military at Kudumpi-malai (which is also known as Thoppik-kal and Baron’s Cap) in the interior of the northwestern hinterland of Batticaloa is not only a demographic and structural threat, but also a cultural threat, complain Tamil villagers. More than 500 Eezham Tamil families were living there during the times of the LTTE. Only 120 families have managed to resettle there amidst the deprived infrastructure and basic facilities to them. Their temples are still under SL military occupation. Tamil Heroes Cemetery, which was the largest one in the district, has been fully bulldozed and a Sinhala military base is built there. Monuments of SL military’s […]

Northern Province Development: My Preferences

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By C.V. Wigneswaran – C.V. Wigneswaran A few years ago a group of officials from the Northern Provincial Council met a farmer in Vavuniya and asked for his preferences in respect of some matter. The old man braced himself up, looked at the officials and said “Sirs! I am 78 years old. This is the first time I am hearing of officials wanting to note down what my preferences are. Hitherto you decided what was best for me. Never asked me what I want”. Government Economic Development Programme and Jaffna District Development Projects under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Hon’ Ranil Wickremesighe at the Jaffna District Secretariat on 19th May 2017 at 3 pm views of Chief Minister, Northern Province: Hon’ Prime Minister, Hon’ Ministers, Hon’ Members of Parliament, Hon’ […]

Victory over Remembrance: A day of division

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Featured image by Raisa Wickrematunge On May 18, 2009, Sri Lanka ended a decade long civil war. The day after, May 19, has traditionally been celebrated as “Victory Day” and marked with military parades. That is, until May 19, 2015, when Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne announced that the Government of Sri Lanka would instead mark “Remembrance Day” in memory of those who had lost their lives. The move gave fresh hope to families of the North, who often had their memorial day activities blocked while the news simultaneously broadcast images of the “Victory Day” parades. In 2015, families were able to commemorate the fallen, but under surveillance. It has been increasingly apparent however that these changes are only cosmetic in nature. On May 17, courts […]

Reversing the growing trust deficit in the North

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By Jehan Perera During the period of the previous government May 18 became a day of tension in the North. The previous government celebrated the war victory over the LTTE in the South of the country, while prohibiting any public memorial services for those who died in the last battles in the North. The report last week that police in the North had obtained a court order to put on hold a commemoration event in Mullivaikkal scheduled for May 18, the day the war ended, therefore took the centre stage of public attention in the North. It seemed that the prohibition was for all commemoration services for the victims of the war and that the past had returned to haunt the present. However, the court […]

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

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By Sumanasiri Liyanage “We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was in a dark corner. So why he looking for it here, under the light? Because the visibility is much better here.” (Zizek Jokes. 2004) The current debate on constitutional change reminded me of this old joke about drunkard guy looking for a lost key. I shall use the old Marxian term – the national question – rather than the conventional terms – the Tamil ethnic question or the ethnic problem – commonly used in the current discourse. It has been incessantly argued with some justification that a new constitution or revolutionary changes in […]

Probe Commissions now just name boards – ACF

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Many extremely corrupt individuals who carried out thieving to the maximum in the Mahinda Government were given Cabinet Ministry posts on behalf of the SLFP because of the government of good governance. They are doing everything they can to protect their friends and previous masters.  PRECIFAC carried out investigations into big fish such as former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya, Basil, Namal, Shashindra, Mahindananda, Wimal Weerawansa, Sarath Kumara, Jagath Pushpakumara and Semasinghe, They were summoned and questioned. There is no difference between the Bribery Commission during Mahinda’s time and Commission of the present, during Maithripala’s time. In both no work was done, only noise. The Bribery Commission, the Large Scale Corruption Commission and the Corruption Secretariat have simply become name boards only. The thieves from then […]

Trump trumped by media he threatened

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During his presidential election campaign last year the ever-loquacious and unpredictable Donald Trump threatened to change Washington which he called a swamp.  Not even four months after occupying the Oval Office Trump is sinking in the swamp he said he would clean up. Caught up in a labyrinth of charges of misconduct and worse, several Congressional and prosecutorial investigations into them, it seems to have escaped many that the week of leaks that produced these shocking revelations came from the media. US President Donald Trump. Pic Reuters The American media that had been threatened during the campaign, journalists assaulted and manhandled and discriminated against once in the White House, has hit back hard at the man who promised new laws to curb the media and […]

GSP plus: Renewed opportunities and policy imperatives

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The European Union’s decision last week to restore the GSP plus concession allows Sri Lankan exports tariff free entry to its 28 countries. This could be a turning point in the country’s trade as the EU is a foremost market for the country’s exports. This opportunity must be seized to increase exports to the EU by adopting economic policies that would increase production of tradable goods. Background Sri Lanka became a beneficiary of GSP Plus in 2005. It lost this concession in December 2009, as the country could not meet the conditions of UN Conventions on civil and political rights, on torture and rights of children. The withdrawal of GSP plus was a serious setback to our exports. Our exports to the EU increased during […]