Minister Mervyn Urges Sinhala Women To Contact him for further assistance If they Have Problems In Having Children

Public Relations Minister Dr. Mervyn Silva has urged women to contact him if and when they have problem in having children.   “The Sinhala race is rapidly becoming a minority and my only only request to the Sinhalese is to produce children as much as possible to avoid extinction of their race,” the Minister said addressing …

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Jaffna Public Library has been rebuilt but it is still a reminder of Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai JAFFNA, Sri Lanka  Jaffna Public Library has a painful history behind its pure white walls. It was burnt down during days of mob violence between May 31, 1981 and June 2.Sri Lankan state-sponsored authorities had been involved in days of violence in the country’s north, against ethnic Tamil political activists who were pushing for better representation in the Sinhala-majority country. Many considered …

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Jaffna bishop: India needs to do more in rebuilding Lanka

CHENNAI: The resettlement process currently on in Sri Lanka cannot move forward without India’s assistance and the country can do more to help the thousands who have been rendered orphans or widows or have been otherwise victimised, Rt Rev Daniel S Thiagarajah has said.The Bishop of Jaffna Diocese, who was in Chennai for the two-day …

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Modi-Fying The Indian Stand On Ethnic Issue

N. Sathiya Moorthy If anyone thought that they could fool around with India’s new, ‘inexperienced’ and ‘un-tested’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on foreign policy issues in particular, news reports about his post-inauguration meetings with visiting Heads of Governments from SAARC nations suggest otherwise. Not only were those meeting more than a courtesy call, PM Modi …

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Hold Gotabhaya accountable for war-crimes, writes NYU Professor of Law

Porf. Goodman states that ‘Gotabaya’ can be charged in the US. It is felt, if he tries to oppose it then, US is entitled to hold onto all his properties and finances unless he agrees to face the charges! Also, GoSL can be pressured to hand over ‘Gotabaya’! Then if the Mahinda tries to interfere …

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‘NO 13th Amendment’ GL answers Ranil

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris answers an oral question raised by the United National Party’s national leader and the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament today (June 04) and reiterates that the so called ethnic or national issue should be approached via the Parliamentary Select Committee which was appointed for the purpose. Ruling party …

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Sri Lanka reacts strongly to Jayalalithaa’s genocide remarks on Tamil issue

Sri Lanka on Thursday reacted strongly against the genocide remarks made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa against the country over the Tamil issue and said it will make formal objections to India over her comments. “It is very much in keeping with the character of this politician to make wild allegations against Sri …

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Mahinda to Modi ”No devolution of powers to Tamil’s”

President Mahinda Rajapakse has informed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that devolving of police powers to the provincial councils was not acceptable by the Sri Lankan government, Minister of External Affairs Professor G. L. Peiris informed Parliament today.Minister Peiris who was responding to a statement made by Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremsinghe who raised …

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Revelations On “How Negotiations With The TNA Failed”

By Laksiri Fernando – Those who are concerned with political reconciliation and long term peace in the country must thank Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP (UPFA) for his recent revelations, although those might be construed by the government circles as back stabbing and/or betrayal. Although the revealed documentation, limited to a five point discussion note and three sketchy communications between Wijesinha …

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Darusman To Replace Navi Pillay As UNHRC Chief: Tougher Times Ahead For SL

Sri Lanka is to face tougher times on the human rights front with Marzuki Darusman, one of the members of the UN Experts Panel who probed into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, is tipped to be appointed as the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights after Navi Pillay’s retirement in August. Navi Pillay succeeded …

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Tamil Canadians convene in Ottawa to call for targeted sanctions against Sri Lanka

Tamil Canadians convene in Ottawa to call for targeted sanctions against Sri Lanka Ottawa –The National Council of Canadian Tamils calls upon the Canadian government to implement targeted sanctions against Sri Lanka through the implementation of the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA). Tamil Canadians convened in Ottawa from Monday May 26-Thursday May 29, 2014, for the …

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ONE STEP FORWARD… Sinhalese Government’s conspiracy to divide the homeland Tamils and diaspora Tamils

THE UNHRC RESOLUTION AND ITS REPERCUSSIONS ONE STEP FORWARD…                 The Tamil Eelam liberation struggle and its solidarity movement now face the question: What is to be done?  To find an answer, we have to reckon with certain facts.                 The genocidal war against the people of Tamil Eelam reached its traumatic climax at Mullivaaikkaal …

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JHU want executive presidency abolished

Senior Minister D. E.W. Gunasekera yesterday said that the executive presidential system could be abolished through the passage of a simple constitutional amendment in Parliament with a two thirds majority. The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL) MP Gunasekera insisted that even if the move to field a common candidate seeking …

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GOTABAYA’S ENTRY TO ELECTORAL POLITICS

The news, based on an exclusive interview, that Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa may formally enter mainstream politics by contesting Colombo at the parliamentary election (Deshaya and Daily FT) casts a significant light — some may say shadow— on the character of the regime as it will emerge recomposed after that election which will almost certainly be in the …

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SRI LANKA: The Island of mass graves

The following article was published as the editorial of the latest issue of Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives by Nilantha Ilangamuwa Sri Lanka is once again on the edge of a political crucible in terms of its international relations as well as in its domestic politics. The country is ignoring calls for an independent and credible investigation …

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Official visit to North Western and North Central provinces

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, visited the North Western, North Central and Northern Provinces on an official visit from 27-29 May, 2014. All those to whom I spoke made clear their concern about and opposition to religious extremism. The High Commissioner visited Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Mannar and Puttalam. “A major highlight of my …

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Sri Lankan government had intentionally targetted ‘no fire zones’ with cluster bombs.

The British High Commission in Colombo declined to verify whether British lawmakers had consulted it as regards accountability issues in Sri Lanka during Eelam war IV before making statements in the British Parliament. The HC was responding to a query whether Siabhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden-Labour party) had consulted the diplomatic mission in Colombo before …

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