25th July 2017

That, Mr Speaker, is not the whole story

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It is one thing to say that some politicians are making their children ashamed of them. It is more meaningful to tell the public why this is so. What makes children react to parental actions in a manner that causes the children to virtually turn their backs on politician fathers? If what Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says is true there must be some strong reasons why children are not enamoured of their fathers who are elected representatives. That surely is the crucial question. What is it in the behaviour of some MPs that cause such negative reactions in their children to the extent that they seem to dissociate themselves with the conduct of their MP fathers? Usually children dote on their parents and parents on the […]

‘Prepared to work with government, but cannot wait indefinitely for solutions’, Sri Lanka Tamil party tells UN

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July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told the United Nation that the party is prepared to work with the Sri Lankan government on resolving the Tamil people’s problems but cannot wait indefinitely for the government to take meaningful actions. The leader of Tamil National Alliance and the Opposition R. Sampanthan told a visiting top official of the UN that the party’s demand is not to divide the country but to find a solution based on consent and the consensus of political parties and people. The visiting UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffery Feltman met with the Opposition Leader, R. Sampanthan and members of the Tamil National Alliance on Friday at the UN office in Colombo. During the […]

Sri Lanka: We must welcome GTF effort and they must go further

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by Rajasingham Jayadevan ( July 23, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The right thinking people must welcome the initiative of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) to help provide medical assistance for the flood affected areas of Southern Sri Lanka in partnership with the pioneering Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement. This effort must be strengthened further by the GTF to involve in far reaching post war socio-economic work with the engagement with the cross section of the community organisations overseas. Many individuals, organisations and expatriate enterprises have undertaken sustainable socio-economic projects without any political fanfare and glamour. Their efforts too must be welcome and publicised in an effective way to widen the scope of engagement of the expatriate Tamils. There are Tamil organisations and individuals providing funds for the […]

GLOBAL TAMILS FOR UNITED LANKA

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Recently a group of members of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) comprised of 17 medical professionals from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Norway and Bahrain, over the course of nine days, provided assistance including medical, dental and ophthalmological treatment to the communities affected by the floods (about 780 patients) sheltered in villages, relief camps, a children’s home and an orphanage in the Districts of Kalutara and Matara, of the Western and Southern Provinces respectively. The doctors who voluntarily gave their services also donated 300 spectacles. Spokesman of the GTF, Suren Surendiran spoke to the Nation regarding the GTF’s engagement with the country, their view of the present state of affairs in the country, and about what they felt was the […]

Anatomy of an Anti-Tamil Pogrom: Thirty-fourth Anniversary of “Black July” 1983.

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Black July ’83 – Library Tamil Affairs | Tamil Guardian www.tamilguardian.com/news-region/tamil-affairs Remembering Black July 1983 … “As we pause to reflect on the dark days of the Sri Lankan Civil War, we must continue to work to heal the … Tamil Guardian: Home Page www.tamilguardian.com/  Black July remembrance events took place on Sunday organised by the Tamil National … ““Between July 24 and 29, 1983, anti-Tamil pogroms were carried out in ….. by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a 3 day visit to Israel. Anatomy of an Anti-Tamil Pogrom: Thirty-fourth Anniversary of “Black July” 1983. (This article was posted in 2013 to denote the 30th anniversary of Black July 83 and is reproduced here again with minor changes in view of the 34th anniversary of the anti- Tamil pogrom) by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Shops, Banks, Offices and […]

Falling in line with UN

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By Manekshaw Minister of Health and Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne responding to the recent comments made by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka emphasized the need of not antagonizing the United Nations. Emmerson met the press in Colombo on the very day (15 July) Navy Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake was remanded by the Fort Magistrate on the charge of aiding and abetting in enforced disappearances of 11 youths when the final phase of the North and East separatist war was in progress between 2008 and 2009. Colombo Fort Magistrate on Wednesday (19) further extended the remand period of Navy Commodore Dassanayake till 2 August for further interrogations to be carried […]

Police uncover all

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A senior Police Official told Ceylon Today yesterday (24), that Police investigating teams have uncovered all information about the chief suspect who shot at the Police Sergeant and the Constable travelling for the protection of High Court Judge Manickavasagar Ilancheliyan, one of the three members of the committee appointed for hearing of the case against Vithya’s murder incident in Jaffna. The elder brother of the chief suspect taken into custody in connection with the shooting incident had revealed this information yesterday (24) to Police officers. In addition it was discovered during Police investigations that there is another case being heard at the Jaffna High Court in connection with an incident of murder of an individual in Kopai through assault in the year 2012 involving the […]

Main suspect in Nallur shooting surrenders

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Nallur shooting: Sgt. Premachandra promoted to SI rank Police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra (24330), who died in the Nallur shooting while escorting a High Court Judge, was posthumously promoted to Sub Inspector (SI) rank, Police said. They said the Police Sergeant was killed in the line of duty when escorting Jaffna HC Judge M. Ilancheliyan and his security detail at Nallur in Jaffna on Saturday (22). Another Police constable sustained injuries and is receiving treatment in hospital. Yesterday Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his condolences on the death of the Police Sergeant. Main suspect in Nallur shooting surrenders The main suspect in the shooting at Nallur in Jaffna on Saturday, where Jaffna High Court Judge M. Ilancheliyan and his security detail were shot at killing a […]

Law and order collapses in Jaffna: Ganesan

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Saturday’s shooting incident, in which a police officer was killed, showed the breakdown in the law and order situation in Jaffna today, National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganesan said. He said the IGP and the other senior police officers in charge of the region should take responsibility for the shooting and said immediate action should be taken against the culprits. Meanwhile, the minister criticized the police spokesman for his statement that the shooting was not planned. “The spokesman said the incident was neither planned nor the judge was targeted. He said some drunken men had suddenly snatched a gun from a police officer and fired shots at the others. If snatching a weapon of a police officer is not planned, then is […]

The bill on enforced disappearances – Sri Lanka to withdraw from being a Convention State?

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By Neville Ladduwahetty The Bill states that it seeks “to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances.” The Convention that was ratified by Sri Lanka on May 3, 2016 came into force on June 24, 2016. The Bill neither specifies the context in which it is intended to operate nor defines “Enforced Disappearances”. Under these circumstances both context and definition have to follow what is stated in the International Convention. THE CONTEXT: As stated in Article 1 Clause 2 of the Convention: “No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification for enforced disappearances”. THE DEFINITION: As stated […]