December 2017

Sinhala colonists resume violece against Tamil farmers in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Sinhala colonists who have encroached into traditional Tamil areas in Batticaloa have again started to shoot and kill the cattle belonging to Tamil dairy farmers in Paduvaankarai region. Dairy farmers in Ko’ra’lai-pattu South blame three Sinhala encroachers as culprits after one of their cows was shot and killed on Thursday night. The farmers said they have recovered three of their cattle with gunshot injuries. Between 2013 and 2016, more than 1,000 cows, owned by Tamil dairy farmers were short and killed. The process was accelerated after Sirisena coming to power. However, due to relentless protests and complaints, the menace was temporarily halted from the end of 2016. Now, it resumes again, Tamil farmers said. Paduvaan-karai was protected by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) […]

Maithri- Rajapakse discussions go up in smoke ! What happened ?

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Maithri- Rajapakse discussions go up in smoke ! What happened ? (Lanka-e-News – 01.Dec.2017, 10.15PM) The discussions held between the SLFP group and the Rajapakse flower bud symbol group to form an alliance to  contest the forthcoming local government elections have  completely faltered , frittered and flopped , and both sides have now decided for sure to contest elections separately , a Maithri group political bigwig speaking to Lanka e news revealed. The final condition imposed by the flower bud group on the Maithri group was , ‘if there is going to be an alliance , the Maithri group should leave the consensual government .‘ Maithri group which cannot fulfill that condition under any circumstances , and the SLFP ers who are currently enjoying the […]

Tamil youths must not wage Armed struggle again – Tamil’s Chief Minister Wigneswaran

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

If Tamil youths of North are to wage armed struggle again it is like climbing a Murunga tree –Wigneswaran (Lanka-e-News – 29.Nov.2017, 11.55PM) It is true the Tamil people of the North did not acquire their rights through the Sinhala Buddhist forces or the politics of the South . But if the Tamil youths are again trying to take to arms with the aim of acquiring  those  rights, that will  not be any different  from climbing a Murunga (Drumsticks) tree , said , Northern chief minister C.T. Wigneswaran on the 28 th in Jaffna. When some journalists met  the chief minister in Jaffna and questioned about the absence of signs of the government going for a new constitution , the chief minister’s first reply was […]

Taking pannisai abroad – Sami Dhandapani is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist too.

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/taking-pannisai-abroad/article4268974.ece Sami Dhandapani is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist too. Sami Dhandapani was visibly delighted and thankful to receive the title, “Pannisai Peraringar” from Tamil Isai Sangam, his alma mater. After having served the Sangam and its college, the expert in Saiva devotional music has been based in London for the past 15 years. Dhandapani’s father, who was his first guru, served as “Pannisai Odhuvar” at the Tirukkadayur arulmigu Sri Abirami Amritaghateswarar temple. At the age of eight, Dhandapani memorised all the 102 verses of “Sri Abhirami Andhadi” and sang in front of Dharmapuri Adheenam Guru Maha Sannidhanam” at the shrine of Sri Abirami. Declared winner of first prize in his maiden venture, Dhandapani involved himself in devotional music. He joined “Sri Kapaleeswarar Tevara Patasalai” headed […]

Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand – HC

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand. ‘Sri Lanka apologist Naseby must withdraw allegations’ – Telegraph … www.tamilguardian.com/…/sri-lanka-apologist-naseby-must-withdraw-allegations-–-te…  3 Jun 2014 – “Lord Naseby has given misleading testimony to the House of Lords, and his remarks have been picked up in Sri Lanka and are being used in defence of the regime.” “The rules are clear. Those who make misleading statements to Parliament must correct the record at the first opportunity.Lord Naseby has … The British HC said so in response to The Island query whether the BHC had discussions with the Foreign Ministry here or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as regards Lord Naseby’s call for reviewing Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the text […]

”The Governments promised a political package of devolution almost eight years after the end of the war, there is still nothing” says General Gerry H. de Silva.

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Much decorated soldier, one time Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Diplomat and now author, General Gerry H. de Silva is a man of many parts. His memoir ‘A Most Noble Profession – Memories That Linger’ (2012) and more recently ‘War Heroes Killed-In-Action’ have been launched and is currently working on the biography of Lieutenant General Denis Perera titled ‘The General of all Generals’. In a wide ranging interview he expressed his frank opinions on a variety of subjects. Here are excerpts of the interview: What were the main challenges the military faced during the war, when you were at the helm of the Army? A : Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa were the persons behind […]

Federalism and re-merger impossibilities

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Rathindra Kuruwita Last few months have been turbulent ones for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who has seen one of its coalition partners, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), leaving the coalition and threatening to gather anti TNA elements around it. This is a culmination of the attempts by a number of leaders of the Party, since 2016, to gain control of the Party and most of those who are attempting to give TNA Leader R. Sampanthan the boot seem to believe that the Tamil votes would be cast for the most militant elements. Therefore, there have been continuous attempts to force the Government to give more autonomy to the North and the East and to re-merge the two provinces. While this has been […]

Only 2 Tamil nurses in latest batch of 110 to serve Tamil Northern Province

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Only two Tamil nurses were appointed to serve the Northern Province in the latest batch of appointments. Out of 110 nurses appointed to the Northern Province by the Sri Lankan government, 108 were Sinhalese nurses. When questioned about the hugely disproportionate rates of Sinhalese nurses being appointed to serve a Tamil province, the Northern Province health minister said that there were not enough trained Tamil nurses to appoint. Related Articles: 21 October 2017 : Eastern Province governor attempting to oust Tamils and Muslims from important local government positions 16 January 2017 : Appointment of Sinhalese workers to local government office criticised by Kilinochchi locals

UK reiterates commitment to working with OHCHR

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday, the UK FCO Minister for Human Rights, Lord Ahmad reiterated the UK’s commitment to working with Mr Zeid’s office, the OHCHR. The UK Mission in Geneva tweeted: “Lord @tariqahmadbt meets @UNHumanRights High Commissioner #Zeid to discuss a range of topics related to @UN_HRC. The UK remains firmly committed to #OHCHR, and the #HumanRights rules-based international system.” “Delighted to meet @UNHumanRights High Commissioner #Zeid to discuss a range of issues related to @UN_HRC. The UK remains firmly committed to supporting the vital work of #OHCHR,” Lord Ahmad tweeted.

Britain calls for clarity on differing war missing persons figures ” Ban hate Speech , but legislation should not erode freedom of expression”

5th December 2017 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar Britain has called for clarity on differing figures mentioned with regard to persons who had gone missing in Sri Lanka during the war between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) and in the aftermath of the end of the conflict on May 19 , 2009. A British High Commission delegation comprising Senior Research Analyst and Justice Consultant Paul Bentall , Regional Head of Stabilization Unit Eric Vincent and Political Officer Jovita Arulanantham during a recent meeting with Secretary to the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation V.Sivagnanasothy had while appreciating the steps taken by the Sri Lankan government on post war reconciliation efforts, pointed out that much more needed to done to achieve permanent peace and uplift […]

Tamil radio journalist attacked in Jaffna

5th December 2017 // 0 Comments

A Tamil journalist was attacked in a suburb of Jaffna on Saturday evening. 44-year-old Shanmuganathan Manoharan, an anchor for the radio Yaarl FM, was driving home in Chavakachcheri on Saturday when his car was obstructed by a three-wheeler. Mr Manoharan and another person were beaten by three men who alighted from the three-wheeler. The attackers escaped as soon as onlookers began to gather. A complaint was filed at Chavakachcheri police, following which the department said they had arrested the driver of the three-wheeler.

UK insists that Sri Lanka fully implements UNHRC Resolution 34/1

5th December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London The British government wants Sri Lanka to fully implement UN Human Rights Council Resolution 34/1, according Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister, Mark Field. Answering three written questions submitted by Wes Streeting MP (Labour, Ilford North – member of the All Party Parliament Group for Tamils), he says that he stressed to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Tilak Marapana, the importance of implementing the Resolution. “The UK is committed to the full implementation of Resolution 34/1 and will continue to support the government of Sri Lanka in its efforts to promote reconciliation and human rights”, he noted. Minisrter Field recalled that during his visit in early October 2017 to Colombo and Jaffna, he raised with Foreign Minister Marapana the importance of the […]

Lady with the Tattoo and other stories

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

When Naomi Coleman says that she was “overwhelmed” by the Supreme Court Decision vindicating her rights and compensating her to the tune of Rs.800,000, one is hardly surprised. When foreigners, specially Brits visit Sri Lanka, they do not expect a religious police a la Saudi Arabian Mutaween, to pounce on them at the Airport. To make things worse and quite shameful, one hardly expects a Magistrate, a judicial officer, to remand her and then issue a deportation order, ultra vires, condemning her as a common criminal. Just like the Rohingyas did at Mount Lavinia, Ms. Coleman too has tasted a bowlful of Theravada Buddhism in its current and popular packaging. One might ironically say that she has received what she was searching for in her […]

Perumal’s entry into TNA

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Leader of the Tamil Socialist Democratic Party Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal has come forward to join the Tamil National Alliance and has pointed out that it was the need of the hour for all Tamil political parties to come together and fulfil the political aspirations of people in the North and the East. Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) which is popularly known as the Federal Party being the premier political organ in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Varatharaja Perumal was enthusiastically involved in the political activities of the ITAK when he was young. He had even been arrested more than once when the Tamil militant activities were taking shape in the early seventies. Later in the early eighties Varatharaja Perumal joined the Eelam People’s […]

Racist Mahinda to lead JO alliance in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol.

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

The Joint Opposition (JO) along with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to form a broad political alliance, known as the Joint Podujana Peramuna (JPP), along with 20 other political parties aimed at contesting the 2018 Local Government polls, sources said. They said, that the JPP will contest the forthcoming polls throughout the country including in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol. The sources noted that agreements had already been…… signed with all the political parties that have agreed to join the JPP. He added that the maiden political rally of the JPP will be held under the patronage of former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Vincent Dias Playground in Badulla at 2 p.m. on 4 December.

Lord Naseby to help Racist Mahinda

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) delegates with Lord Naseby. From left: Prasanga Jayamanna, Lord Nesbey, Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe and Jayaraj Palihawadana. by Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has been assured by Lord Naseby of his continued support for its efforts to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the armed forces as well as the previous political leadership. The assurance was given when a GSLF delegation met Lord Naseby at the British Parliament on Thursday evening (Nov 30) to appreciate his support rendered for Sri Lanka’s efforts over the years. The delegation comprised Prasanga Jayamanna, Co-president, GSLF UK, Jayaraj Palihawadana, Secretary, GSLF UK and Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe, Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Vietnam.UAE based GSLF spokesperson told The Island that the grouping wanted to thank Lord Naseby […]

British High Commissioner extols strategic direction of tourism in Sri Lanka

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sanchith Karunaratna British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to Maldives James Dauris lauded the efforts rendered by the government of Sri Lanka to develop the island nation as a travel hub in Asia during his address at the dinner held by the Institute of Hospitality on Wednesday (29). In his address High Commissioner Darius stated that the tourism sector has bolstered the community within Sri Lanka by providing ample employment an international exposure. He further highlighted the strategic direction of the government stating that the country may become one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. His address is provided below, I’m honoured to have been invited to address you this evening.  The industries you lead and represent are ever more a corner-stone of […]

Army chief tells troops not to get involved in politics

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has told his troops in the North not to get involved in politics. Addressing troops in the North, the Commander underlined the importance of discipline at all levels as Army personnel, dedicated to the national security of the country. He also pointed out the need to maintain excellent relations with civilians in respective areas and launch projects that would help promote ethnic harmony, understanding and reconciliation. The Commander of the Army also highlighted the theme of the Army for the year 2018, ‘Rata Rakina Jathiya – Sri Lanka Army’ and urged everyone to commit to the organization and help develop the country in the future. “Best welfare is the training and all of us after retirement should […]

Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Tells Tamil People Not to take Seriously the Threat By State Defence Minister to Prosecute Those Commemorating Dead LTTE Cadres.

1st December 2017 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has allayed a fear among the Tamils that the government in Colombo is planning to arrest and prosecute those who had organized or participated in observances relating to the Great Heroes‘ Day of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on November 27. The State Minister of Defense, Ruwan Wijewardene, had told the State-owned Daily News that the government will not tolerate the observance of the Great Heroes’ Day which commemorates dead LTTE cadres because the LTTE is a banned organization. Wijewardene said that the police are collecting evidence about the participants in the observances and those guilty will be arrested and prosecuted. Chief Minister Wigneswaran had himself supported the observances, in which posters […]

Probe to be Launched Into Rajapaksa Regime’s Alleged “Biggest Pyramid Scam” of Privately Selling Treasury Bonds 5,147 Billion Rupees From 2008 to 2014

1st December 2017 // 0 Comments

Probe to be Launched Into Rajapaksa Regime’s Alleged “Biggest Pyramid Scam” of Privately Selling Treasury Bonds 5,147 Billion Rupees From 2008 to 2014: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Announces in Special Statement in Parliament Sri Lanka will investigate the sale of over five thousand billion rupees in treasury bonds by the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said describing it as the “biggest pyramid scam” in the country. Making a special statement to parliament on Thursday, the Prime Minister said over 90 percent of the 5,147 billion rupees worth of bonds had been sold privately without going through a transparent tender or auction system. “There had been no decision of the Monetary Board (of the Central Bank) to go for such private placements, but nevertheless […]

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