15th April 2018

Chennai Police breach Law and arrested Comrade Kovan in Trichy amid strong opposition of People

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Comrade Kovan, A well known revolutionary singer from People Arts and Literary Association was arrested today (14.04.2018) by the Chennai Police. Today a gang of Goons (Later they were known as un-uniformed police )  arrive at Trichy Aravaanoor in a Vehicle. They try to manhandle Kovan at his home and pull him to their vehicle without citing any reason. On seeing this incident the People of Aravaanoor protest against them. Later the Police comes in uniform and arrested Comrade Kovan without even showing the FIR. Yesterday (13.04.2018), some of the newspapers from Trichy edition states that, there were complaints raised against comrade Kovan over his song on Cauvery citing it disrupts the PM’s image. Already, when Jayalalitha was alive, Comrade Kovan was arrested for his […]

SL military brings back paramilitary violence

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SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail An unidentified operative with alleged paramilitary background violently threatened the mothers of enforced disappeared Tamils in Mullaiththeevu on Thursday when the protesters were marking 400 days of continuous protest. The agent, armed with a knife, entered the hut of the protest around 7:00 p.m., cut the main placard, destroyed a chair and smashed the simmering stock pots. He was pointing the sword-like knife at the protesters and demanding them to “end the protest once and for all”. 47-year-old Eeswary Mariyasuresh, the chairperson of the protesters told TamilNet that the forces who want to stop their protest have resorted to deploy violence and target those who come forward to give leadership to […]

Former UN official to support calls for referendum in Sri Lanka

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Adrianus (Ad) Melkert, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Dutch cabinet minister is joining an event to launch a campaign calling for a referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka. This event titled “Yes to Referendum” is to be held in Canada today (April 15th).  This launch will be followed by several activities around the world, highlighting the importance of holding a Referendum to decide Tamils’ political destiny – thus finding a permanent solution to the protracted Tamil conflict in the island. The event organised by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) said that outcome of the referendum will be accepted. At the same time, the TGTE believes that due to the rigid Sinhala Buddhist ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lankan State, only through independence can Tamils […]

Wigneswaran insists North, East Tamils support unified Sri Lanka

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The Chief Minister of the North East Province, C V Wigneswaran, has alleged that the Sri Lankan Government had not taken steps to retrieve the land, houses and other properties belonging to Tamils that were illegally occupied by Sinhalese during the ethnic crisis when thousands of Tamils fled the island nation, the Times of India reported.  Wigneswaran said this during an informal interaction with reporters at Old Courtallam in Tirunelveli, India after taking part in a book release function on Saturday. According to the CM, Tamils who chose to live in Sri Lanka despite the ethnic crisis had been facing serious problems from the Sinhalese. He claimed that thousands of properties of Tamils had been encroached upon by Sinhalese as their owners had left behind […]

UK MP says no meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka

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A British Parliamentarian says there is no meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka.  Joan Ryan, Member of Parliament for Enfield North and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils said that said that unless the culture of impunity on the island is tackled, and there is a genuine reckoning with the country’s past, Sri Lanka will be unable to lay the foundations of a sustainable peace. Joan Ryan said this in a New Year wish for the Tamils in the UK. “As you reflect upon the past twelve months and look forward to the year ahead, I know many of you will be thinking about family, friends and loved ones in Sri Lanka. I share your concern that the Sri Lankan Government has made no meaningful […]

President clinches deal with UNP to continue coalition

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There is no High Commissioner in London New lease of life for Yahapalana Govt., but minefields ahead, including an imminent rise in fuel prices – Sirisena deftly avoids second meeting of SLFP Central Committee – PM in stronger position now; SLFP ministers who did not vote against him temporarily get the subjects of those who quit President Maithripala Sirisena, leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) took the unprecedented step of urging ministers of his own party to boycott last Tuesday’s weekly Cabinet meeting – perhaps a first such move in a practising democracy. In doing so, he was cushioning a feared fallout from a widespread call by members of the Central Committee, the party’s policy making body, to quit the coalition or “the […]

Mahinda will be the PM in May 2018.

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BY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY The Joint Opposition will be vying to form a Government by end April with Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister of the new Government. The first step will be to get the SLFP Ministers who voted for the No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 4 April, sit in the Opposition benches when Parliament meets on 19 April, JO and MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena told Ceylon Today. It is also only a matter of time that the rest of the SLFP Ministers, who abstained from voting at the NCM, join us and there will be a large number of UNP Members of Parliament who have pledged to support a Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and with Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, […]

British MPs join Tamil new year celebrations

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MPs joined British Tamils as they celebrated Tamil new year across the country. In London, Conservative MP Paul Scully and leader of Kingston Council Kevin Davis joined celebrations at the Sri Raja Rajeswari Amman Temple, Stonleigh. Speaking at the end of ceremonies, MP Paul Scully shared wishes from British Prime Minister Theresa May’s, who was due to join the visit. Mr Scully further spoke on the work he does as the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG-T). “I’m determined to continue to work with you as the Appg-T chair to make sure we get the judicial process we want, reconciliation and end of human rights. So you have confidence in the safety of family and friends back home. And so you can […]

‘Sinhalese still occupying properties of Tamils’

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No effective steps taken on the issue: Wigneswaran The Sri Lankan government has not done anything effective to oust the Sinhalese who have illegally occupied the lands and houses of the Tamils ever since they fled the island following ethnic crisis, C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, has said. During an informal chat with the reporters at Old Courtallam in the district on Saturday, Mr. Wigneswaran said that a few thousand properties of Tamils had been encroached upon by the Sinhalese after the rightful owners of these properties left the nation to save their lives. Utilising this, the Sinhalese had occupied the properties of Tamil diaspora and the government had taken no effort to evict the illegal occupiers, he said. No steps […]

Story of a ‘St. John’s College Jaffna Boy becoming a top banker at the prestigious Citibank’

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By Ananth Palakidnar Citibank’s Managing Director and its Global Head of Electronic Foreign Exchange Solutions, Bernard Sinniah, who retired from his London office recently, describes himself as a ‘Jaffna Boy’ who didn’t achieve anything remarkable during his school days, but his determination to be successful in life made him a top official at Citibank; one of the top three banks in the world, with an extensive network of branches in 102 countries. Sinniah, who is enjoying retirement, was in Colombo recently, returning after a brief spiritual journey in North India, where he had bathed in the holy river Ganges and spent several days in Rishikesh the region known as the abode of sages. Sinniah, who is a Christian, commenting on his spiritual adventure in North […]

16 SLFP Anti-Ranil MP’s Will Sit in Opposition

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President Sirisena Appoints Committee Headed By Dr.Sarath Amunugama To Re-structure UNP-SLFP Relationship With the View of Coaxing 10 of 16 SLFP Parliamentarians Who Quit Govt Ranks To Return to Govt Folds Again. The rebellion of 16 Members of Parliament belonging to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, has forced him to try re-structuring the SLFP’s relations with its coalition partner, the United National Party (UNP) headed by the controversial Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Informed sources said on Friday that Sirisena has appointed a committee headed by Dr.Sarath Amunugama to discuss with all stake holders and UNP leaders, all aspects of the relationship including the question of continuing or discontinuing the alliance. The system of governance has been deeply flawed since […]

Mahinda Back to square one

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My dear Mahinda maama, I thought I must write to you because the no-confidence motion you brought against the Green Man appears to have boomeranged on you- although most of your ‘pohottuwa’ chaps are still trying to keep a straight face and act as if you won the vote, despite having lost it by a huge margin. Usually, Mahinda maama, you are quite good at manipulating situations to your advantage. We remember how you got the courts to declare that Satellite’s second term of office was over, a year earlier than she thought it would be. You also divided the Greens by offering them Cabinet posts. Even after you lost the top job, you didn’t retire into the backwoods of Medamulana. Instead, you mobilised people […]

Rajapaksa administration ordered Military Intelligence to abduct journalists.

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PHONE RECORDS LEAD CID TO BIG ARREST IN KEITH NOYAHR ABDUCTION CASE Arrest of former Director of Military Intelligence Maj Gen Amal Karunasekera hailed as breakthrough in The Nation Assistant Editor’s abduction case All things considered, former Editor of The Nation, Keith Noyahr was one of the lucky few. Abducted and tortured in May 2008 during a time when dissenting journalists were hunted with impunity, at least he made it out alive. Murdered editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge and Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda who disappeared without a trace in 2010 and remains missing to this day, were much less fortunate. But the common factor that binds these deaths, disappearances and assaults together according to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police is the […]