6th November 2017

Thousand female cadres were detained under the custody of Sri Lanka Army

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By Ananth Palakidnar The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) theoretician Anton Balasingam’s Australian-born wife Adele Ann first authored a book on their women cadres in 1993. The women’s wing of the LTTE was launched in the early eighties with Adele Balasingam, a nurse serving in Britain for several years, playing a key role in organizing the women who came from different backgrounds, into a disciplined force. The training received by the women put them on par with their male counterparts on the battlefield as well as in the political sphere of the outfit. Apart from fearlessly engaging in battles fought on land and sea, a significant number of women cadres even excelled in the print and electronic media during their days in the LTTE. […]

‘Basil and Gotha’ blown by Geetha’s judgement but Mahinda is Happy!

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Former strongman minister Basil Rajapaksa’s political hopes have been shattered following the Supreme Court confirming the expulsion of his star candidate Geetha Kumarasinghe from Parliament, party sources said yesterday. Basil Rajapaksa who launched the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) after breaking away from the old-established Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was planning a comeback if Thursday’s court decision went in favour of Kumarasinghe. Party sources said Basil Rajapaksa’s hopes had been raised on May 15 when a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court in a majority decision granted Kumarasinghe more time to remain in parliament. The interim order had raised hopes of SLPP leader Basil Rajapaksa. The spirit of the Constitution dictates that the fate of any member of parliament should be decided within two […]

Tamilstan, Muslimstan Or Federalism?

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By Jagath Asoka – Dr. Jagath Asoka Any conversation or discussion about Sri Lanka that involves Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims is incendiary; add Buddhism, it will explode. So, curb your desire to curse before you read this article. I am not suggesting a solution to our eternal ethnic problems, just asking some irrational questions. Can we avoid a Three-State Solution? ‘Stan’ is a Persian word that means inhabitant or living place. Thus, Tamilstan means the land of the Tamil people. Each ethnic group in Sri Lanka is fighting over issues such as political representation, language, self-government, control over our natural and other resources, migration within the country, and the desire for preserving our distinct ethnic, religious, or national identities. In a nutshell, our country’s Constitution is like a single birth certificate that […]

“Seventy years of hard work” – Gill Caldicott

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Seven decades of work on the educational field gave us a strong reputation Gill Caldicott, the new Country Director of the British Council in Sri Lanka took up her post in August this year. With experience spanning over 22 years at the British Council, she has worked at numerous British Council offices across the globe, including London, Hong Kong, Egypt and India. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Gill speaks about Sri Lanka, English education and how the British Council stays relevant to younger audiences.   What are your thoughts on Sri Lanka? How different is it from the other countries you have been posted in?  I feel extremely privileged to have gotten this job here in Sri Lanka. It is considered to be one […]

Tamils must decide their political destiny through a Referendum TGTE will accept their verdict – Rudrakumaran

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BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody The self-proclaimed Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam-United States of America (TGTE) constitutes, for most, what is popularly described as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rump, a fringe element within the Tamil Diaspora, or perhaps not a microcosm at all. We interviewed the so-called ‘Prime Minister’ of TGTE, lawyer Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran via email. Excerpts of the Interview: In light of the present political situation in the country, including the ongoing constitutional reforms process, the particular efforts of the local Tamil political representation in this regard, and most recently positive attempts towards reconciliation undertaken by certain Tamil Diaspora groups, such as the Global Tamil Forum, what are the interventions made by the TGTE in relation to Sri Lanka? A: The TGTE’s […]

FEDERALISM, SEPARATISM NOWHERE NEAR NEW CONSTITUTION

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UNP General Secretary and Public Enterprise Development Minister, Kabir Hashim commenting on the ongoing process to introduce a new Constitution, said, for the first time in the country’s history, the two major political parties are working together as a National Unity Government, and if the majority community is being represented by these two parties and there is consensus among them means a broader cross section of society abides by it. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, the Minister said, this is the first time we have a very moderate Opposition Leader who has the courage to say he is willing to accept the change the two major parties recommend. They now accept the principle of unitary status. The Minister said, this exercise is not […]