TNA Dismayed at Maha Sangha ‘Veto’

6th July 2017 // 0 Comments

President gives chief prelates assurance following meeting President Maithripala Sirisena has given the chief prelates an assurance on the Constitution making process following a meeting held with them in Kandy today. A meeting between Maha Sangha (chief prelates) led by Maha Nayaka Theros and President Maithripala Sirisena was held today at the President’s House in Kandy.  The Maha Sangha presented their ideas and proposals on the political, social, economic and religious matters, to the President during this meeting. They presented a list of proposals related to these matters, the President’s office said. The Maha Nayaka of Malwathu Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero, Maha Nayaka of Asgiri Sector Most Venerable Varakagoka Sri Gnanarathana Thero, and Maha Nayaka of Ramagna […]

TNA insists new Constitution process must move forward

6th July 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today insisted that the process to draft a new Constitution must move forward. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told Parliament that the two main political parties in the country joined hands for the purpose of drafting a new Constitution.  He said that when Parliament decides something no one from outside can override that decision.  The Chief Prelates of the three main Buddhist chapters had this week decided there is no need for a new Constitution in Sri Lanka. The Chief Prelates reached the decision following a discussion between them. Sumanthiran said that the process to draft the new Constitution is of utmost importance and must continue. He also said that the public can decide through a referendum what is the best […]

New Army Commander denies war crimes charges

6th July 2017 // 0 Comments

The new Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has vehemently denied allegations that the tri-forces committed war crimes. Speaking to media after officially assuming duties as the Army Commander said the Army works with discipline and dedication. Lieutenant General Senanayake said certain persons are levelling various baseless allegations. The Commander said without discipline and dedication there can be no army adding that wearing a uniform alone doesn’t make one a solider. He noted groups levelling allegations have not witnessed a crime but they speak of something they have heard adding that he, as a person who has been with the army knows the army did not bow down. The Commander noted the army is prepared to face any charge. Lieutenant General […]

UPFA Tamil members of CPC decide to be independent

6th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Cyril Wimalasurendre KANDY – The ruling (UPFA) Tamil members of the Central Provincial Council will hereafter function as an independent group. The independent group has been named ‘Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA). President of the alliance will be M. M. Ram. The new alliance says it will be an independent body representing the Tamil community in the plantation sector of the Central hills. The group complains that the issues of the plantation sector community remain unsolved although the Tamil members of the Provincial Council representing the community are in the ruling coalition. The problems of housing, employment and education have not been addressed by the Central Provincial Council, the newly formed alliance says. Saraswathie Sivaguru was elected the Secretary of the alliance. A team of […]

CANADIAN MAYOR REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM SCHOOL CANTEEN MENU* and EXPLAINS WHY

6th July 2017 // 0 Comments

*CANADIAN MAYOR REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM SCHOOL CANTEEN MENU* and EXPLAINS WHY Muslim parents demanded the abolition of pork in all the school canteens of a Montreal suburb. The mayor of the Montreal suburb of Dorval has refused, and the town-clerk sent a note to all parents to explain why. Here’s that note: “Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to Canada and Quebec, its customs, its traditions, its way of life, because that’s where they chose to immigrate. “They must understand that they have to integrate and learn to live in Quebec. “They must understand that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not  the Canadians who so generously welcomed them. “They must understand that Canadians are neither racist nor xenophobic, […]

Northern Provincial Council – A Boiling Pot

5th July 2017 // 0 Comments

by Thambu Kanagasabai, Toronto, June 27, 2017 Northern Provincial Council is [NPC] a creation under the Indo-Ceylon Accord of 1987 and the 13th Amendment to the constitution, all of which are of Indian and Sri Lankan Government’s making without the backing  and endorsement of the large majority of Tamils and the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.  NPC has legislative powers over various matters including agriculture, education, health, housing, local government, planning, road transport and social services. Police and land powers assigned to the NPC are not devolved by the successive Sri Lankan Governments who have simply refused to do so, fearing that it will lead to separation, which is just paranoid only.  With Central Government enjoying powers through a Governor and Parliament to dismiss […]

Rajapaksas Inc. vs. Maithri-Ranil Combo Or Corruption vs. Yahapalanaya; The Jury Still Out

5th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Vishwamithra – “To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.” ~Joseph Conrad What is the magic that the Rajapaksas have and the Maithri-Ranil Combo does not? What is it that sustains the Rajapaksa campaign of vitriol, lies, exaggerations and hallucinations? What makes the masses not dispel the idea of a Rajapaksa comeback? What makes them blindly cling on to a fantasy of a corrupt regime but more attractive in terms of deliverables, charisma, projection of surreal circumstances such as ‘Miracle in Asia’ and ‘humanitarian operation’. In short, what makes the Rajapaksas click in an uncertain political dynamics that constantly demands progress? These are not easy questions to answer. Pundits have attempted to analyze and […]

North and East where the bulk of the war affected people live, the discontent is even greater

5th July 2017 // 0 Comments

National Unity Essential for Sri Lankan Government’s Survival JEHAN PERERA Monday, July 03,2017 COLOMBO: Unless the government shows that it is capable of delivering results soon, the slow progress of problem solving at the ground level will continue to erode public support for the government. The weak performance of the economy is on the minds of most people. The expected job creation through industrial growth has not materialized nor has there been technological improvement that could raise the level of incomes of agricultural and fishing families. Instead of rising standards of living they experience the rising cost of living. In the case of the North and East where the bulk of the war affected people live, the discontent is even greater. They bear a double burden. […]

USTPAC Calls for Tamil Unity to serve the war-affected NorthEast

5th July 2017 // 0 Comments

The US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) would like to express our strong disappointment with recent events within Tamil polity in Sri Lanka.  Differences over policy and personalities are all well and good.  When these differences are on such public display and are destabilizing to the very few institutions in which Tamils can express their political aspirations, however weakly, our internal politics can become destructive and must be moderated. Tamils can have a larger impact on national and international events by working together in cooperation and unity.  As Benjamin Franklin noted, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” As supporters of democratically-elected representatives of the Tamil people, USTPAC strongly urges the leaders of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Chief […]

Memorandum on Disappeared Tamils in Sri Lanka Handed over to UN Secretary General : TGTE

3rd July 2017 // 0 Comments

New initiatives to be launched on August 30th, the International Disappearance Day. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), in association with many mothers, relatives and friends of the Tamil victims of enforced disappearance in the island of Sri Lanka, recently held demonstrations around the world. Following the demonstration outside the United Nations in New York, a memorandum was handed over to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. For over 114 days, the relatives and friends of the victims of Enforced Disappearances have staged a continuous protest by the roadside in Kilinochchi in the North Eastern part of the island, demanding that their children and family members be brought back home or an investigation be conducted with the participation of international experts about the fate […]

PAKISTAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR FARTING IN MOSQUE DURING RAMADAN

3rd July 2017 // 0 Comments

http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/pakistan-man-sentenced-to-death-for-farting-in-mosque-during-ramadan/ A Pakistani judge has sentenced a man to be executed after he was expelled 17 times from 6 different mosques for excessive farting during the period of the Ramadan reports the Islamabad Herald this week. The Ramadan is the most important religious festival for Muslims and the judge declared that he had indisposed people of the faith and even caused 53 people at one time to leave the mosque during a prayer, a “blasphemous act” which should be punished “according to Allah’s will.” The judge was lenient, have admitted many experts in the region, as he gave the convicted man the choice of being beheaded or stoned to death. “The law is clear, he should be stoned to death, beheading is a very light […]

‘The only ‘disappeared’ persons whose cases will be those of the LTTE, so lets not do it’ says Mahinda!

3rd July 2017 // 0 Comments

All Members of Parliament should be mindful that passing a proposed new bill into law will be a clear case of betraying the country to the pro-LTTE Diaspora and the interested foreign parties backing them, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. “A Bill has been gazetted to incorporate into the law of Sri Lanka, the provisions of the ‘International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances’ which was hurriedly signed and ratified by the present government. Clause 8 of this Bill enables foreign countries to seek the extradition of a Sri Lankan who is suspected, accused or convicted of having caused enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka,” he stated in a statement. Full statement:  When such a request is made, the government of Sri […]

CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS REACH JOURNEY’S END : MINORITY PARTIES PRESENT CANDID OPINION

3rd July 2017 // 0 Comments

agreed on the basic contours Four minority parties, Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) led by Mano Ganeshan, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Minister Rauf Hakeem, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Rishad Badiudeen and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Douglas Devananda submitted a common set of proposals to the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee. The TPA formed in 2015, consists of the Democratic People’s Front, National Union of Workers and the Upcountry People’s Front. This Union largely represents the Tamils, mostly Indian origin Tamils, living outside the North and East provinces. The SLMC and the ACMC are the voice of the Muslim majority and the EPDP represents mainly the southern Tamils. While they have slightly differing views on electoral reforms, religion and […]

For Mavai Senathirajah 27 years of pain is over

3rd July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) leader and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah became the first high profile Internally Displaced Person (IDP) to return last week to his house in Mavittapuram, in the Jaffna peninsula, after a lapse of 27 years. The ITAK, being the foremost Tamil political party founded by late S.J.V. Chelvanayagam seven decades ago, still remains a powerful political outfit winning the confidence of the majority of people in the North and East to fulfil their political aspirations. As a youth front member of the ITAK, Mavai S. Senathirajah with several other young men, remained staunch supporters of the ITAK engaging in all types of political activities. Senathirajah was one of the first young Tamil political activists to be […]

The Politics behind the BBS

3rd July 2017 // 0 Comments

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) in its very name suggests something approximating, if not exceeding, a show of force. Specifically, and paradoxically, Buddhist Force! Last week the BBS said it would very possibly be sooner or later registering its own political party to fight for the ‘Buddhist Cause’ because political parties cannot be depended on to achieve that end, whatever that might be. The BBS enjoyed impunity under the Rajapaksa regime and now it would seem that the BBS has a champion in Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Withanage has reportedly told UCANEWS that the BBS recently discussed with Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya the possibility of registering a political party to contest the forthcoming elections.” Besides the BBS, there’s the Sinhala […]

Sri Lanka’s Deepening Political Crisis: Not Losing An Opportunity To Lose Another Opportunity

3rd July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Jayadeva Uyangoda – Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda Is the Yahapalanaya (‘good governance’) regime jointly led President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe slowly abandoning its political reform commitments made during the Presidential and Parliamentary elections of 2015? Are the government leaders working towards their own political downfall, leaving the space for the return to illiberal and authoritarian politics? Are our President and the Prime Minister proving the point often being made by the cynics that Sri Lankan leaders will hardly lose an opportunity to lose an opportunity for peace building and political reforms? These are questions any vigilant observer of Sri Lanka’s current politics will not hesitate to ask. Many may even provide answers in the affirmative. There are three components in the yahapalanaya government’s reform agenda, peace building, democratization […]

Queen Elizabeth honours young Sri Lankan changemakers

1st July 2017 // 0 Comments

Today, Her Majesty The Queen presented young people from Sri Lanka with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, to honour Rakitha Malewana and Senel Wanniarachchi for their work in the fields of HIV/AIDS and social engagement. His Royal Highness Prince Harry joined The Queen in congratulating the winners at this special ceremony. The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards programme, now in its third and penultimate year, celebrates the achievements of some of the most exciting young change-makers from across the Commonwealth, who are all dedicated to transforming lives in their communities. From tackling bullying head-on in schools, to preserving the environment, to promoting gender equality, these young people are taking the lead in driving change in their communities. Guests including Sir Mo Farah, Liam […]

NORTHERN CORRUPTION

1st July 2017 // 0 Comments

probe hits a snag Ministers question legal standing of committee A fresh problem has arisen in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) after two ministers had refused to cooperate with the three-member committee appointed by Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran to probe allegations of corruption. Accordingly, the two ministers have questioned the legality of the three-member committee appointed by the Chief Minister. Minister of Fisheries and Transport, B. Deniswaran speaking to the Nation alleged that the committee appointed had no legal standing. “We are willing to be questioned and we are willing to cooperate. But we have our doubts over the legal standing of the committee,” Deniswaran said. All four ministers had earlier agreed to cooperate with the committee. However, Deniswaran said that after recent unrest within the NPC, […]

I will focus on women’s safety -NPC Minister of Women’s Affairs Ananthi

1st July 2017 // 0 Comments

Ananthi Sasitharan was appointed Northern Provincial Minister of Women’s Affairs. She is the only female councillor among the 37 members. Sasitharan, the wife of former LTTE Trincomalee Political Head, Velayutham Sasitharan alias Elilan, in an interview with the Nation speaks of her plans for women in the North, and their struggles. Q. You have been appointed the Minister of Women’s Affairs. What do you hope to do through this new responsibility given to you? The subjects and policies of the ministry are still being drafted. They would be complete soon. However, there are many issues faced by the women in the North. Therefore, I see this as an opportunity for me to help the women who have undergone many hardships over the years. First of all, […]

Over 1,100 bharatanatyam dancers pay tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary

1st July 2017 // 0 Comments

Over 1,100 dancers perform. VIDEO- Aerial drone footage shows the spectacular dance. Over 1,100 Bharatanatyam dancers paid tribute to Canada as they performed in a spectacular red and white maple leaf flag formation in Toronto.Bharatha Mile 1000 was hosted by Canadian Tamil Arts and Cultural Organization. The Sri Lankan Tamil community come together to celebrate Canada’s 150 years, by combining the ancient traditional dance Bharatanatyam consisting over 1,100 dancers along with 150 singers. Aerial picture of the dancers in a Canada flag formation. (Picture courtesy Ninavukal) A young dancers sprints back to her position in the Canadian flag formation. (Pictures by Mahesh Abeyewardene) Over 40 dance teachers trained the students to participate in the iconic event held at L’Amoreaux Sports Complex, Scarborough on a bright […]

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