5th July 2017

Northern Provincial Council – A Boiling Pot

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by Thambu Kanagasabai, Toronto, June 27, 2017 Northern Provincial Council is [NPC] a creation under the Indo-Ceylon Accord of 1987 and the 13th Amendment to the constitution, all of which are of Indian and Sri Lankan Government’s making without the backing  and endorsement of the large majority of Tamils and the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.  NPC has legislative powers over various matters including agriculture, education, health, housing, local government, planning, road transport and social services. Police and land powers assigned to the NPC are not devolved by the successive Sri Lankan Governments who have simply refused to do so, fearing that it will lead to separation, which is just paranoid only.  With Central Government enjoying powers through a Governor and Parliament to dismiss […]

Rajapaksas Inc. vs. Maithri-Ranil Combo Or Corruption vs. Yahapalanaya; The Jury Still Out

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By Vishwamithra – “To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.” ~Joseph Conrad What is the magic that the Rajapaksas have and the Maithri-Ranil Combo does not? What is it that sustains the Rajapaksa campaign of vitriol, lies, exaggerations and hallucinations? What makes the masses not dispel the idea of a Rajapaksa comeback? What makes them blindly cling on to a fantasy of a corrupt regime but more attractive in terms of deliverables, charisma, projection of surreal circumstances such as ‘Miracle in Asia’ and ‘humanitarian operation’. In short, what makes the Rajapaksas click in an uncertain political dynamics that constantly demands progress? These are not easy questions to answer. Pundits have attempted to analyze and […]

North and East where the bulk of the war affected people live, the discontent is even greater

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National Unity Essential for Sri Lankan Government’s Survival JEHAN PERERA Monday, July 03,2017 COLOMBO: Unless the government shows that it is capable of delivering results soon, the slow progress of problem solving at the ground level will continue to erode public support for the government. The weak performance of the economy is on the minds of most people. The expected job creation through industrial growth has not materialized nor has there been technological improvement that could raise the level of incomes of agricultural and fishing families. Instead of rising standards of living they experience the rising cost of living. In the case of the North and East where the bulk of the war affected people live, the discontent is even greater. They bear a double burden. […]

USTPAC Calls for Tamil Unity to serve the war-affected NorthEast

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The US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) would like to express our strong disappointment with recent events within Tamil polity in Sri Lanka.  Differences over policy and personalities are all well and good.  When these differences are on such public display and are destabilizing to the very few institutions in which Tamils can express their political aspirations, however weakly, our internal politics can become destructive and must be moderated. Tamils can have a larger impact on national and international events by working together in cooperation and unity.  As Benjamin Franklin noted, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” As supporters of democratically-elected representatives of the Tamil people, USTPAC strongly urges the leaders of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Chief […]