TNA Seeks Public Support And Diaspora ‘Involvement’ To Make PSC Submissions

The Tamil National Alliance, Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party in the North, has decided to seek public support and the involvement of Tamil Diaspora to formulate a solution to the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka. The solution, the TNA says, would e submitted to the Parliamentary Select Committee as a written submission, although the party will not take part in its proceedings. TNA Media Spokesperson and Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandra said suggestions could be mailed them to tnaproposal@gmail.com . “Or else, one can visit the TNA office and present suggestions,” Premachandra said. However, the…

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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 a function in Wattala, which was organized by his ministry.  “There is no point in lamenting over this problem, We need to act fact. If any woman has a problem in having children, I kindly…

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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 the library one of Asia’s biggest and best at the time of the attack. It housed 97,000 precious volumes of books, and manuscripts that included centuries-old Ola leaf records. All were razed, turned to ashes within a period of mob attacks…

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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 visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury, talking exclusively to TOI on Tuesday, said the people of the island nation had suffered long enough and “careful planning is needed for the resettlement” effort.“India has contributed so…

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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 is also reported to have discussed bilateral issues with each one of them in some detail. It was no different when Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Prime Minister Modi. Nor would it be…

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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 then, he could be charged as an associate in the charges! In the first of these two Tamil Net links, Prof Ryan Goodman, Professor of Law at New York University School of Law is of…

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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 stalwart Nimal Siripala de Silva voiced the same three days ago and this the External Affairs Minister said that the Freedom Alliance government’s stance is very clear and it does not provide police powers to…

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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 Lanka,” the government spokesman and Minister of Information Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters. He was reacting to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi which carried word “genocide” on the Sri Lankan Tamil…

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Why SL should not antagonize Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, has been the target of Sri Lanka’s State and pro-government media since the day the results of the Indian general election were out. They jubilantly reported Jayalalithaa losing the grip she had on the centre due to the outright victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Many cartoonists in Sri Lankan newspapers also mocked Jayalalithaa. Government spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, said the non-dependence of the Modi’s Government on Jayalalithaa was a victory for Sri Lanka. The government was elated when President Mahinda Rajapaksa was invited…

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Jayalalithaa’s wish list

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has, at her very first meeting with Narendra Modi after the latter’s assumption of duties as Prime Minister, submitted a 64-page memorandum containing a long wish list among other things. As regards, Sri Lanka, she has sought the Centre’s intervention to take over Kachchativu and conduct a UN-sponsored referendum on Eelam. These, she has been harping on for a long time without success. What is of interest, in our book, is her request that the new BJP-led government declare Tamil as an official language.…

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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 a question on the reports which said the Indian Prime Minister had told President Rajapaksa to work towards bringing about national reconciliation in Sri Lanka, by implementing a solution to the national issue by devolving…

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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 and Sajin Vas Gunawardane, again a UPFA MP but a monitoring one, does not expose any sensitive information, the narrative as well as the contents amply demonstrate the scant and lackadaisical manner that the most…

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Khuram Shaikh: Shot residue ‘matches weapons of accused’

Gunshot residue found on the body of a British man killed in Sri Lanka matches weapons found in the possession of the accused men, a forensics expert told a court. Khuram Shaikh, a Red Cross worker from Rochdale, was found with gunshot and stab wounds on Christmas Day in 2011. The expert, Mr Gunatilleke, told the trial in Colombo the residue was found when he wiped a wound on his forehead. Sampath Vidanapathirana, a town council leader, and five other men deny murder. They also deny raping a woman. Mr…

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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 Louise Arbour as the UN Human Rights Chief in Jul, 2008 and has held the for nearly 06 years. Darusman is an Indonesian lawyer and a politician who also has years of experience at the…

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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 first annual Tamil Freedom Lobby Week. Tamil community organizers, activists and student leaders from across the country met with parliamentarians to press for targeted sanctions against Sri Lanka, guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity,…

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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 on 2009 May 16, 17 and 18. And in this holocaust thousands of Tamils were massacred and the armed struggle for the liberation of the Eelam nation was totally crushed. The military hegemony over the…

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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 a mandate to do away with the executive presidency succeeded, there was absolutely no guarantee he or she would do it. The winner would never give up executive powers and therefore every effort should be…

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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 first quarter of 2015. The declaration of willingness by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to toss his hat into the ring is a response to two factors; a challenge and an imperative:secession and succession. It is a combination of intra-clan…

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