6th December 2017

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

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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 ?

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.