SL Minister accompanied by Pakistani officials threatens Tamil villagers in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 01 June 2014, 21:06 GMT]Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishard Badurdeen, who has been inciting conflicts among the Tamil-speaking people in Mannaar and Mullaiththeevu districts, has now threatened more than 40 Tamil families living in Paarathi-puram village in Vavuniyaa to vacate from their village, news sources in Vavuniyaa told TamilNet. Accompanied with five Pakistani officials and British trained Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF), the SL minister has gone to the village last week claiming that a factory is going to be built at Paarathipuram and…

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Rajapaksha will not honour pledge to Modi

Just a week after President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s first meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India where the Indian leader reiterated the need for Sri Lanka to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and go beyond, the Mahinda Rajapaksa government has said it will not fully implement the 13th Amendment.  The government has said that police powers will not be devolved to the provinces even if the 13th Amendment is fully implemented.Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has told the media at a news conference in Kandy that Cabinet…

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Tamil Eelam Football Team At “World Football Cup 2014”

A football team representing “The Tamil Eelam Football Association” will play their first match of the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup today against Arameans Suryoye. However, there is no recognized ‘country’ in the world named ‘Tamil Eelam’. FIFA also does not recognize a country by the name of ‘Tamil Eelam’. The players trained for the first time since their arrival from their training camp in Norway on Sunday, with all the players fit for the big match. According to Pro-Eelam website Tamil Guardian, this is the third tournament that the…

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British Tourist Disappears While Holidaying In Sri Lanka

A British tourist, who was holidaying in Mount Lavinia, had disappeared in Sri Lanka, her family told the UK media. Lauren Smith, 26, a British tourist from Colchester, was last seen leaving the Ocean Blue House B&B in Mount Lavinia, Colombo, at 6.30am yesterday morning local time. She left the B&B saying she was going to the shops, but did not return. She left all of her belongings, including her money and passport, at the hotel. Sri Lankan Police are also involved in the search. However, the Police have not…

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Weerawansa’s Party Loses Two More Stalwarts

The National Freedom Front, led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa, has lost two more stalwarts with Dodangoda PS member K.H. Wickremasinghe and former Western Provincial Councilor Sugath Mathugamage deciding to step down from the party with immediate effect. This development came nearly two weeks after two Provincial Councilors of the National Freedom Front representing the Uva Provincial Council crossed over to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and United National Party. The two stalwarts of the NFF, who have now discarded their party membership, are likely to join the Sri Lanka Freedom…

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Jayalalithaa takes firm stand on Sri Lankan Tamil issue

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has taken a firm stand on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue despite conciliatory gestures by the Island nation in recent times, including release of Indian fishermen from the jails in that country.In a memorandum submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday, the chief minister reiterated her stand. She demanded the Centre sponsor a resolution in the UN condemning the genocide in Sri Lanka and to hold all those responsible for it accountable. She said the resolution should demand a…

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Way Forward Can Be Through Revamped PSC

By Jehan Perera – The outcome of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a let down to the Sri Lankan government.  There was a general expectation in Sri Lanka, fueled by the optimism of government leaders that a new era of relations would open up when the President of Sri Lanka met the new Prime Minister of India.  In particular there was the hope that the vexatious international pressure on the government to proceed with a political solution on the basis of the devolution of power to the Tamil-majority…

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Sri Lanka: War Remembrance, Reconciliation And Nonviolent Resistance

By Nirmanusan Balasundaram – May 2014 marked the 5th year of the brutal end of the armed conflict in the island of Sri Lanka. The foremost stakeholders of the final phase of the war, the Tamil nation, the Sinhala nation and the international community seem to have different interpretations of the disturbing developments, unfolding since the last phase of the war. In its narrative, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) keeps obstinately insisting that they liberated the Tamil people from the grip of terror. Though, this year marks the 5th year of…

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BJP now demands delivery on the promises made with no delaying tactics – Great expectations over 13 A.

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti  Just hours in to his new job, Narendra Modi, India’s new Prime Minister, placed his cards firmly on the table, during his first bilateral discussion with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in New Delhi.   On 27 May, it was succinctly conveyed to the island’s President Rajapaksa, that when it came to Sri Lanka, the new Indian administration was committed to three things: Expeditious full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, A lasting political solution that would not compromise Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity As well as strong…

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Sri Lanka happy that Sushma Swaraj had been handed the External Affairs portfolio in Modi’s government.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India to attend the inauguration of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attracted much attention this week as both countries made a conscious attempt to mend relations which had been under strain under the previous Congress administration. There were many welcoming gestures – the President telephoning Modi after his victory, Modi’s invitation for the inauguration and the President ordering the release of Indians detained by Sri Lankan authorities not merely for fishing illegally in Sri Lankan waters but also for other offences. There was some political…

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Leo Seemanpillai took his own life as he gave up hope of refuge

Leo Seemanpillai met his new ”mum”, Cathie Bond, almost a year ago on a cold night in Geelong. Cathie, a retired art teacher and volunteer, was handing out ”welcome packs” to new asylum seekers, distributing food and toiletries, undies and socks, ”to give them some dignity”. Leo was her helper at each house, unloading the car and interpreting. The 29-year-old had been on the Bellarine Peninsula for a few months and although barely settled in his new life, he wanted to help others. Cathie drove him home. Remembrance: Leo’s Australian…

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To have a sort of constitutional, legislative and implementable guarantees of fair play – Duraiswamy

by Rohan Abeywardena Duraiswamy Kumaran Thangarajah is a Lankan Tamil professional who has returned to Sri Lanka having left the country in the aftermath of the July ’83 riots and after nearly 30 years abroad during which he has rendered service to the world, especially during a stint with the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation. Kumaran is no ordinary person either as he is hailing from a political stock dating prior to the country’s independence. His father and grandfather had easily transcended race barriers and worked closely with all communities…

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”No matter how determined Sri Lanka was, we could not have defeated the LTTE if not for India’s support” Presidential spokesman

Indian Government on cordial bi-lateral journey with Sri Lanka – Presidential spokesman By Manjula Fernando Presidential spokesman Mohan Samaranayake who is an expert on UN affairs and international relations said Sri Lanka’s diplomatic skills will be put to the test under the new Indian Government which seems to have embarked on a cordial bi-lateral journey with Sri Lanka. Mohan Samaranayake Samaranayake said with Tamil Nadu politicians and the pro LTTE diaspora hell-bent on rocking the boat, retaining the new Prime Minister’s goodwill will prove to be our toughest job in the…

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