Mahinda’s friends Swamy To Hold Finance, Sushma To Get Defence

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

The current speculations of Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, according to sources close to the BJP revealed that the party’s senior leaders Subramanian Swamy and Sushma Swaraj may get Finance and Defence ministries, respectively. According to the sources, BJP president Rajnath Singh is likely to replace outgoing Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde while the party veteran LK Advani may be appointed as the NDA convenor. Moreover, Murli Manohar Joshi may become Speaker of the Lower House. “The party may announce Arun Jaitley’s name for Ministry of External Affairs and Venkaiah Naidu’s for Railways. Besides this, Chandni Chowk MP Dr Harsh Vardhan is being considered for the post of Health Minister,” said a BJP leader. The BJP’s ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan may head Petroleum and […]

Jayalalithaa to boycott PM swearing-in over ‘ill-advised’ invitation to Rajapaksa

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Jaya, Vaiko, DMK oppose invitation to Lankan President Rajapaksa Vaiko meets Narendra Modi, says Mahinda Rajapaksa should not be invited Karunanidhi, Ramadoss opposes invite to Rajapaksa Jayalalithaa to boycott PM swearing-in over ‘ill-advised’ invitation to Rajapaksa Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalithaa will boycott the swearing-in event of India’s new Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on 26 May, over the issue of invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa, latest news reports said on Friday, citing AIADMK party sources. Earlier, Ms. Jayalalithaa described the invitation to genocide-accused Rajapaksa as “ill-advised” and as “rubbing salt into the wounds.” Modi’s camouflage in inviting SAARC heads of governments is impelled by his priority to Pakistan and Muslim factor, and the Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s immediate response to come shows the US […]

‘We are mindful of rights of Tamils’

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Facing criticism from allies, the BJP on Thursday backed the party’s decision to invite Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister scheduled for May 26. Addressing reporters here, BJP State president Pon. Radhakrishnan said the decision could not be compared with the UPA’s invites to Mr. Rajapaksa in the past. While taking the decision, the BJP was mindful of the rights of the Sri Lankan Tamils. “The knife in the hands of a killer is not the same as the one in the hands of a doctor. The BJP’s decision is like the latter. It is to heal.” The invitation was not extended exclusively to Mr. Rajapaksa; all SAARC heads of state were invited for the function. “Inviting […]

Which way Modified India?

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

India’s prime minister-elect Narendra Modi is a conundrum.  So it seems for the time being. From his alleged role in the massacre of Muslims in the 2001 Gujarat communal riots to his invitation to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff to attend his inauguration on Monday, analysts search for answers. How will he drive the economy? What will be his foreign policy? Will India’s Muslims be safe?One thing is certain. Modi will do what he thinks is right for India. If he sees peace with Pakistan is a way to enhance India’s status as an economic powerhouse in the world, then he will pursue a policy of reconciliation and cooperation.  This applies to India’s other neighbours, with which India has troubled relationships. They include Bangladesh, China, […]

Tamil PM Rejects Rajapaksha Invitation to fool PM Modi!

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

North CM to consult NPC on invite Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran is to consult the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) before deciding on the invitation extended to him to accompany President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) sources said. The invite was extended by the President today, the President’s office said. The President was invited by Indian Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday. President Rajapaksa’s attendance was formally confirmed yesterday (May 22) through diplomatic channels and also via the President’s official Twitter account (@PresRajapaksa) this morning: “Thank you for the invitation to attend your swearing-in ceremony. I look forward to being there.” The President was one of the first world leaders to call Modi to […]

Under the name of Terrorists, Tamils are Terrorised by Army!

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

”There was a security operation in the north but we did not surround a temple or any location or raid any newspaper” Military and MOD spokesman, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya. BUT THE TRUTH…………….  SL military ridicules Mu’l’ivaaykkaal observance even in temples Tamil media and political parties were targeted on the morning of May 18, as heavily armed troops surrounded the offices of Uthayan, Thinakkural newspapers, the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Attempts by mourners to say prayers for the dead within temples were also stopped, as armed troops surrounded Nallur and Keerimalai temples, blocking off access to Tamils. Earlier in the week the military banned all temple events and public gatherings to commemorate the dead, stating that no bells should toll on May 17 and 18. The University of Jaffna was ordered shut earlier […]

Man in critical condition after attack in Rayners Lane Barber shop.

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Man in critical condition after attack in Rayners Lane The man in his 50s was attacked in the Raja Salon, in Village Way East, Rayners Lane. A man is in a critical condition after an attack in a barber shop. Police have made an arrest in connection with a serious assault which left a man with severe facial injuries. The 57-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with the attack at the Raja Salon in Village Way East, in Rayners Lane, on Monday. The victim, a man aged 50, was found with serious facial injuries that police believe were inflicted with a knife. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a non-life-threatening condition. Police are appealing for […]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, have given various assurances to India from time to time, over the full implementation of the 13th Amendment. Such promises have now disappeared into thin air

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

  With BJP Leader Narendra Modi being elevated to the position of Prime Minister in India, a new era has dawned in Indian politics.Narendra Modi, a leader who comes from the grassroots level, does not belong to the elitist circle of Indian politicians. He very much represents the ‘common man’ of India who forms the large majority of the country’s population. He did not have a powerful family behind him nor did he cash in on any sort of dynasty or lineage. He began his political career as a young activist and travelled the hard path in politics over decades. Being elevated to the helm of the world’s largest democracy is undoubtedly the culmination of his long and arduous political career.Any regime change in India […]

Gajendrakumar calls for foolproof position, closer ties with Tamil Nadu

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Gajendrakumar calls for foolproof position, closer ties with Tamil Nadu Tamils should make their position foolproof said Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in an exclusive interview to TamilNet on 17 May in London. The problem the Tamils face is two fold. The first is geopolitics and the International Community’s reasons for not wanting to recognise Tamils nationhood and sovereignty. The second is our own problem, where we have a party that claims to be the democratic representatives of Tamils, but deliberately chooses not to put forward positions that make Tamil sovereignty the fundamental basis for any political discourse. Giving a brief account on continuing oppression and militarization of the Tamil homeland and talking about manipulation of Tamil political opinion by international powers both in the island and in […]

Can The Rajapaksha fool Modi like he did with Sonia Ganthi?

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

By R.M.B Senanayake – Deception and Intrigue have been traditional instruments of foreign policy in the Kautilya tradition which have been used by our rulers in the past. It was successfully used to oust the Portuguese. It was also used against the Dutch to dampen their enthusiasm for conquest. It was used less successfully against the British who  after their early experiences with the Sinhala Establishment did not trust anybody. In the 1980s, President J.R Jayewardene played on the inherent prejudices of the Nehru family, the Delhi bureaucratic establishment committed to the unity of India and the Brahmin lobby in the South, to dampen India’s championship of the Tamils. The LTTE leader Prabakaran was not enamoured of the sentiments of the Nehru family and looked with disfavor upon their efforts to […]

Modi to invite Mahinda for ceremony

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi is to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa alongwith other SAARC leaders to the May 26 oath taking ceremony. The BJP this time is going all out to capitalise on the brand NaMo. A total of 3000 invites are likely to be send for the swearing-in, India.com reported. The swearing-in ceremony is slated to hold on 26th May. There are speculations doing the rounds that the Head of States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and also some of the North Eastern Affairs (NEA) countries may be invited and it got confirmed with PMO stating that the Pakistan Prime Minister has been invted. The formal invites haven’t been sent out yet. But with SAARC countries entering the fray, makes the situation […]

Tension sparks as India arrests 14 Sri Lankan fishermen

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO, May 21 (Xinhua) — As 14 Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by India tension is sparking again between neighbors, with a government minister on Wednesday saying international mechanisms could be used to resolve the dragging poaching issue. Sri Lanka could use “international mechanisms” to deal with fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, Sri Lanka’s Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Rajitha Senaratne told reporters hours ahead of reports on 14 fishermen being arrested by the Indian coast guard. “We need to change how we are managing this issue and possibly reduce the time spent in discussions,” he said. The 14 Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard off the coast of southern India. The fishermen have been handed over to the Tamil […]

National interest to remain predominant in India’s ties with SL

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

INDIA, NEW DELHI : In this handout photograph released by the Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan), Indian President Pranab Mukjerjee (R) presents a letter to Indian prime minister-elect Narendra Modi at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on May 20, 2014. India’s prime minister-elect Narendra Modi choked back tears and promised to try to live up to expectations as he made his first visit to parliament since his sweeping election victory. AFP The position that India’s national interest will remain predominant in her ties with Sri Lanka, regardless of which political party coalition or personality comes to power at that country’s centre, should be a self-evident truth to those knowledgeable about inter-state relations and behaviour. But it would need to be reiterated here, on account of […]

Subramanian Swamy wants India-Lanka cooperation to counter Pakistan terrorism

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is a close friend of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha and an strong anti Tamil Hindu leader in India, who believes that the Tamils are untouchables. On Wednesday he called for close cooperation between India and Sri Lanka to counter Pakistan terrorist activities in the Indian sub-continent. “India must enter into constructive dialogue with Sri Lanka and on counter-terror strategy in the sub-continent particularly in view of the fact that many Pakistani trained Islamic fundamentalists from Sri Lanka are sneaking into India to carry out terrorist attack in Tamil Nadu,” he said in a statement. Interestingly his frind President Rajapaksha is a close associate of Pakistan and is under obligation to Pakistan for helping him to kill the Tamils in […]

Lanka wants stronger ties with Iran

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is keen on further strengthening ties with Iran, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. President Rajapaksa and Iranian President Rouhani held bilateral talks this evening on the sidelines of the 4th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), taking place in Shanghai, China. President Rajapaksa said that the two countries have been working very closely together and supporting each other and that Sri Lanka is keen on further strengthening ties, especially in the area of trade. The President said Sri Lanka would like to explore “all avenues of enhancing bilateral trade of goods and services.” President Rouhani said Iran too is interested in enhancing the bilateral relations. Recalling the meeting between the two leaders in New York […]

Killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in Lanka given rise to HR campaigns

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is being penalised by “interested parties” for eradicating terrorism in the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. He was apparently referring to the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution against his country.Killing of more than 50,000 Tamil Civilians by Sri Lankan forces in May 2009  in Sri Lanka, has now given rise to a human rights campaign being carried out by diospara organisations. This campaign has introduced continuing obstacles to current racist government led by Rajapaksa family who are taking cover from China and Russia.The US-sponsored resolution was adopted with 24 countries voting in favour. Japan along with India was one of the 12 countries which abstained in the UNHRC vote in Geneva in March.“The need of the hour, however, is goodwill and solidarity to deal with the universal challenge to peace, stability and […]

Sri Lanka’s Greatest War Criminal (Gotabaya) is a US Citizen: It’s Time to Hold Him Accountable

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Monday, May 19th marks the five-year anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which claimed the lives of 40,000 to 70,000 civilians in its “catastrophic” final phase. In 2009, Congress asked the State Department to report on the humanitarian law violations during the war, and those reports make for gruesome reading. If history is a guide, this week congressional representatives will publicly call for accountability for war crimes in Sri Lanka—as members of Congress have done on the past four anniversaries. (See accompanying post, “Honor Roll of US Congressional Members Who’ve Stood for Accountability in Sri Lanka”) This post proposes specific action that congressional members can include in such calls, and something meaningful that the Justice Department’s war crimes section can do. The man who oversaw the Sri Lankan armed forces’ operations […]

Arrested Tamil refugees may face torture if they are deported to Sri Lanka.

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

PETALING JAYA: A local human rights group has alleged that Malaysian police are hunting down refugees from Sri Lanka at the bidding of the Colombo government. “Our police are acting under the orders of powerful Malaysian politicians who are trying to please the Sri Lanka government,” R Thevarajan, a spokesman for Suaram, told FMT today. He was commenting on last Thursday’s arrest of three Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka. The three, identified as Kirupanathan, Kirubaharan Mahadevan and Gushanthan Santhiralingargah, are detained at Bukit Aman. “We fear that if these three refugees and political asylum seekers are deported back to Sri Lanka, they may face torture and persecution,” Thevarajan said in a media statement he released early today. “We were informed by the investigation officer from […]

TNA questions the House on V-Day

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today questioned parliament as to why only soldiers killed during the war are commemorated on Victory Day (V-Day) on May 18 and not the Tamil civilians who were also killed. TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah, speaking in parliament on the no-confidence motion against the Government, said that there will be no meaning to the word reconciliation in Sri Lanka if even parliament cannot commemorate Tamil victims of the war. Senathirajah slammed the Government for using the military to block families of those killed in the north from going to the Temple to pray for their relatives. However interrupting his speech, Government MP Sarath Weerasekera insisted that the Government never prevented families of civilians killed during the war from commemorating the […]

Dirty Dozen : Names Of The First Lot Of Sri Lankan War Criminals & Genocidaires

20th May 2014 // 0 Comments

by Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran FULL DETAILS  – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY http://fr.calameo.com/read/00034150294a5e6d90ece ( May 19, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Government of Sri Lanka is in retreat, with its tail well between its legs. The international civil society has acknowledged the extent of the atrocities on the Tamil people leading to genocide. The Human Rights Council has called for an international investigation. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has placed Sri Lanka on a watch list for four years. Instead of pursuing remedial justice, the chauvinist mindset of the Sri Lankan Government has sought to create smokescreens to hide its multitude of sins. Its campaign against the Tamil Diaspora which it brands as consisting of “terrorists” is misplaced. The Diaspora entities, including the TGTE, operate in accordance with […]

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