She if after the UN post or at least a diplomatic post………..

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“I’m here as I’m a Sri Lankan and I’m proud to be a Sri Lankan. I do not believe that separatism or partition is the answer for problems of the society. I’m convinced that the unity of all Sri Lankan people can free the country and the people from exploitation and preserve our sovereignty and independence. People joined together will be able to combat all exploitation,” said Ms Tamara Kunanayakam, former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office and Sri Lanka’s former envoy to Cuba. Addressing the rally held by the Socialist Youth Union (SYU) at Viharamahadevi Open air theatre on the 27th Ms. Kunanayakam said, “We should struggle against all types of separatism. We should amass all patriotic forces. We should […]

Pillay stands by her report on Lanka

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The outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she stands by her report on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council last year and rejected the notion that it was “propaganda”. In an interview with Al-Jazeera television this week, Pillay said that some of the information mentioned in her report and the UN Experts Panel report was similar to what was reported by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). “It’s true the country is reconstructing and wants to move forward but you have to address what victims ask. So I would reject the notion that this is propaganda and made up. These are facts mentioned to us and again and again we placed it before them,” she said. Pillay […]

Navy to be placed on alert for Indians

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The navy will be placed on alert to arrest Indian fishermen if they attempt to force their way into Sri Lankan waters, the military said today. Indian fishermen have threatened to cross into Sri Lankan waters on August 2 in protest over the navy arresting Indian fishermen. Militarily spokesman and Director of the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that Indian fishermen had made similar threats even on earlier occasions but never went ahead with it. However he said even if the Indians go ahead with their plans then the Sri Lanka navy will be on standby to apprehend them. The Indians have said they will attempt to land on the disputed Kachaitivu island. Wanigasooriya said that Indian […]

Norway not so keen on SL: TNA

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Norway, which facilitated the peace process between the then Government and the LTTE is now giving less emphasis to the peace building process in Sri Lanka, a TNA politician said yesterday.During his European visit, TNA Northern Provincial Councillor Dharmalingam Sitharthan is reported to have met Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry Officials in Oslo and Swiss Government officials.  Mr. Sitharathan told Daily Mirror that he had talks with Peace and Reconciliation Assistant Director General Tone E.B. Allers and Senior Advisor Toril Langlete of the Department of Regional Affairs and Development.“I understand that Norway is less interested in Sri Lanka’s issue. Instead, they have shifted their focus more on the situation in Ukraine which is in their neighbourhood. However, they said they continued to observe the developments in […]

Military Intimidation Over US Funded Digital Security Training For Jaffna Journos

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The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend and threats and intimidation by security forces against journalists covering the July 25 Jaffna court proceedings related to an 11-year-old victim of sexual abuse, allegedly at the hands of  Sri Lankan Navy personnel from the Karainagar Naval Base, the US Embassy Colombo said today. Issuing a statement the US Embassy said; “The eventual cancellation of journalism training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was accompanied by a series of threats and intimidation of training participants and other journalists around the country, including threats against at least one journalist who made a statement criticizing the government over the cancellation. This […]

Gotabaya And I Were Right

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By Rajiva Wijesinha – A Presidency Under Threat – Promoting Alienation I was privileged, a couple of weeks back, to attend the release of the Northern Education Sector Review Report at a ceremony held at Vembadi Girls School. I had last been at Vembadi in 2008, when the then Commander of the Special Forces in Jaffna, General Chandrasiri, arranged what was termed a Future Minds Exhibition. It was at the height of the war, but the General had already begun to plan for the future, and sensibly so for he stressed the need for the development of human resources. I was struck by the irony now, with the controversy over his continuation as Governor. I will look at that issue elsewhere, but here I will dwell on the […]

450 Tamil Families Lose Their Homes In Trinco As Rajapaksas’ Woo China

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Over 450 families in Trincomalee are to lose their homes as a result of the Rajapaksa regime’s continuous wooing of the Chinese to remain in their good books. The Australian media establishment ‘Green Left Weekly’ in an article on Monday has revealed that President Rajapaksa during his recent visit to China had signed an agreement to hand over 1200 acres of land in Trincomalee to the Chinese on a long term lease for ‘defense-related development’. The land that has been promised to be given over to the Chinese is said to be occupied by temples, mosques, schools and houses and the majority among the 450 families who are affected are said to be Tamil speaking Muslims. Several similar land transfers have been made to China recently by […]

British Council join hands to teach migrant workers English

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The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment in partnership with the British Council has launched a training program for outbound migrant workers to improve their proficiency in the English language, with a focus largely on speaking practice. The British Council which would formulate and carry our the study program with the involvement of its expert instructors, would also offer an internationally accredited qualification for those who complete the program successfully, SLBFE sources said. The program would be conducted at 15 SLBFE training centres islandwide and those following the course would also be directed to sit for the APTIS test conducted by the British Council. “The program offers a new approach to language learning, using information technology to provide a high-quality interactive learning environment for migrant […]

Kachchatheevu ,India and Sri Lanka

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Kachchatheevu/ Kadchatheevu   Published in South Asian Analysis Group on Monday, February 08, 2010. Paper no. 3655 India’s Bilateral Agreements and Centre-State Relations – A Perspective from Tamil Nadu By V. Suryanarayan http://www.tamilnet.com/img/publish/2010/02/Indias_Bilateral_Agreements_SAAG.pdf Know the Etymology: 22 Place Name of the Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2007 Kachchatheevu/ Kadchatheevu Kaccatīvu Kadcha+theevu The forest / desert island The island of refuge The island for taking rest The island on the way http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=98&artid=22641 Satellite image showing the location of Kachchatheevu [Image courtesy: NASA, Visible Earth, Legend by TamilNet] India, Sri Lanka and the Kachchatheevu Crisis:  A Fact Sheet and Possible Solutions Prof. V. Suryanarayan Senior Professor and Director (Retd.), Centre for South and  Southeast Asian Studies, University of Madras. http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/india-sri-lanka-and-the-kachchatheevu-crisis-a-fact-sheet-3917.html Share Blame for Fishing Dispute http://www.newindianexpress.com/columns/Share-Blame-for-Fishing-Dispute/2014/01/04/article1980977.ece Maritime boundary […]

Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watch list Rulebook Reveals “Global Stop and Frisk Program”

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The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving broad guidelines over who can be targeted. A leaked copy of the secret government guidebook reveals that to be deemed a “terrorist” target, “irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary.” Both “known” and “suspected” suspects are tracked, and terrorism is so broadly defined that it includes people accused of damaging property belonging to the government or financial institutions. Other factors that can justify inclusion on the watchlist include postings on social media or having a relative already deemed a terrorist. We are joined by investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept. Last week they published the secret U.S. document along with their new article, “The Secret Government Rulebook for […]

Tamil Eelam Is Not LTTE

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Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan for Salem-News.com The founding father of India, Mahatma Gandhi, encouraged Hindus to read the teachings of Jesus Christ to form unity and when Tamil nationalism rose in the late 1970’s l (WASHINGTON DC) – For nearly 30 years, the phrase “Tamil Eelam” has been associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who fought a bloody civil war against the government of Sri Lanka for a separate homeland in the Northeast of the island. Historically, Tamil Eelam has existed on the island of what was known as Ceylon in the form of Tamil Kingdoms for thousands of years as the rich Vanni, Jaffna, and Chola Kingdoms were one of the largest in history and spanned several nations of what is known […]

Tamil Nadu against defence conference in Sri Lanka

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Tamil Nadu’s DMK chief M Karunanidhi and MDMK leader Vaiko today said India should not participate in a defence conference to be held in Sri Lanka between August 18 and 20, the Times of India reported. In a statement, Karunanidhi alleged that the NDA government had been following the policies of the UPA government when it came to matters relating to Sri Lanka. “I urge the Centre not to function like the previous UPA government on Lankan issues,” he said. In a statement, Vaiko said, “It is shocking to learn that an Indian delegation, comprising senior military personnel, officials and BJP leaders, including Subramanian Swamy, will be participating in a defence conference being organised by Sri Lanka.” Reiterating his charge that Sri Lanka had committed genocide […]

TNA undecided on Presidential polls

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said it is yet to decide on who it will back at the next Presidential elections and if that candidate will be a common candidate. TNA MP and spokesman Suresh Premachandran was quoted in the Uthayan website this evening as saying discussions have taken place among members of the TNA on who the party should support at the Presidential polls. However Premachandran has said that the party is yet to decide on a candidate for President at the next polls. He also said that the participation of the TNA at some events in Colombo involving prospective candidates did not mean the TNA was backing that prospective candidate. The TNA had recently taken part in a meeting organised by the venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha […]

US report notes BBS and State nexus

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A US Government report released today said that local media in Sri Lanka and NGOs have noted strong linkages between the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the government. The International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 noted in its Executive Summary that the BBS continued to promote its anti-Muslim campaign, which was linked to violent activities last year. The report released at the US State Department by US Secretary of State John Kerry noted that according to numerous reports, the BBS was also behind a growing wave of anti-Muslim activities carried out by other violent Buddhist nationalist groups. “Nationalist groups were allegedly involved in a series of attacks on mosques, protests over animal slaughter, and a sustained attempt to further marginalize Muslims by outlawing the halal […]

Constitution amendment bill from Sarath N Silva?

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Currently former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva and several other legal veterans are enthusiastically engaged in bringing in a new constitutional amendment. The President Mahinda Rajapaksa has thus advised Sarath Nanda Silva to formulate an appropriate constitution amendment bill due to the objections raised by the opposition and certain parties of the government regarding the presidential system. It is said that draft proposal formulate by National Movement For a Just Society of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero with regard to the abolishment of executive precidential system, the propositions of Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thero and United National Party (UNP) are also to be taken into consideration in the process. Accordingly, former CJ Sarath Nanda Silva has recently met several opposition bigwigs to collect their opinions. ‘Sri Lanka […]

Jayalalithaa Seeks PM Modi’s Intervention for Release of Indian Fishermen From Lanka

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A few hours after Sri Lankan Navy arrested 50 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking immediate release of total 93 fishermen and 62 boats, presently in the custody of the neighbouring nation. In her letter to Mr Modi, she referred to Sri Lanka’s “deliberate and callous” design in not releasing the 55 boats and fishing gear which were impounded from Tamil Nadu fishermen apprehended earlier.She further reiterated her earlier request to impress upon the Sri Lankan Government to abandon their ‘inhuman strategy’ of impounding the boats and fishing gear for extended periods of time and to take up this issue of frequent apprehension of Tamil Nadu fishermen at the highest diplomatic levels.Earlier today, the 50 fishermen from […]

50 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

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The Sri Lankan Navy arrested 50 Indian fishermen off Point Pedro in Jaffna on Monday, on charges of poaching in Sri Lankan waters. As many as seven trawlers in their possession were seized. The arrest comes at a time when fishermen on either side of the Palk Strait are voicing concern about the lack of progress in finding a solution to the ongoing fisheries conflict between fishermen of India and Sri Lanka. There are currently 38 Indian fishermen and 55 trawlers in Sri Lankan custody, according to P. Sesu Raja, leader of a Ramanathapuram-based association of fishermen using mechanised boats. “Each of the trawlers costs about 20 to 25 lakh in Indian rupees. Plus, with the direction of the wind set to change soon, we […]

200 000 Complaints against Gnanasara thera and Champika Ranawaka

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Media reports have stated that within 24 hours over 200 000 complaints have been lodged with the Facebook administration against Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thera and Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. Majority of these complaints have been lodged from the Asian region and a collection of 5 Million complaints have been lodged against the Bodu Bala Sena fan page.Commenting on this incident Gnanasara thera told media that the BBS has recently come to knowledge of a Facebook racket in motion against the Bodu Bala Sena. The BBS General Secretary also stated that racket is being conducted by extremist Muslim organizations in Sri Lanka and that they have sought the help of the neighboring Muslim countries, mainly Bangladesh and Pakistan. “This […]

Hakeem’s meet with OIC Head irks MR

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The feud between Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem and the government top brass first started at the time when a section of the ruling coalition launched a battle against the halal certification some time ago. Hakeem incurred the wrath of the government hierarchy when he took steps to make representations to the Heads of Muslim nations in West Asia instead of making any effort to get the issue resolved in consultation with the authorities here. Hakeem falls from graceDifferences between Minister Hakeem and the government top brass took a turn for the worse, when it came to light that the minister had sent reports to the Muslim nations in Mid-East and also the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), accusing the government of turning a blind eye […]

Dravidian parties uneasy with BJP’s policy shift on Sri Lanka

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The BJP-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems determined to press the reset button on India’s policy towards Sri Lanka. Equally perceptible is the displeasure of the Dravidian parties from the ruling AIADMK to the DMK as well as the Kazhagams that constitute the BJP’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state. Although it is certain that a re-set of bilateral ties is underway, there is no clarity on the emerging policy outline and its direction. What is clear is the absence of the dithering that characterised the UPA’s policy under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Even the Congress party was irked by Singh’s flip-flop when it came to Sri Lanka, Tamil rights and the question of human rights violations in the last phase of […]

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