SL military squads intensify attacks on Tamil journalists in Vanni

[TamilNet, Monday, 22 September 2014, 21:19 GMT]Sri Lankan military intelligence operatives have intensified attacks on independent Tamil journalists in Vanni in recent days. A 33-year-old reporter from Paranthan, Sinnarasa Siventhiran, who files news stories at Uthayan’s branch office at Karadippoakku junction had a narrow escape from a squad that intended to kill him by throwing him in front of a vehicle on A9 Road Sunday night. Squads operated by the SL military have also assaulted two other reporters in recent days and threatened them not to complain or publish news…

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Protest against Rajapaksa at New York

A protest rally is to be held on 24th September 2014 outside the UN headquarters in New York organised by self called Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) during the visit of the Sri Lankan Presidents visit to the UN. Expatriate Tamil from US and Canada are expected to join this rally President Rajapakse is scheduled to speak at the UN General Assembly on 24th September 2014. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) announced today that a rally will be held outside the UN headquarters in New York to…

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Solving Tamil question the Scottish way!

By Manekshaw The iconic 007 James Bond actor Sir Thomas Sean Connery, who is a die –hard campaigner for the independence of Scotland, once said that he would not return to his homeland Scotland, until the region gains independence from the United Kingdom.Sean Connery, who had succeeded in campaigning for the creation of a Scottish Parliament in 1999, through his Scottish National Party, now seems to be rejected by Scotland forever with a majority of Scottish people rejecting his call for an Independent Scotland, at a referendum held on 18…

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ANC formally approves moves in Lanka

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally approved efforts of the South African Government to mediate in Sri Lanka, South African media reports said today. ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg today that the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) agreed to support government initiatives and the special envoys appointed to facilitate peace processes in Lesotho, South Sudan and Sri Lanka. Deputy South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, was in Sri Lanka in July this year and met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa for talks on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Deputy President…

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CMAG likely to refer to Sri Lankan issue

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) is likely to discuss Sri Lanka, outside of its main agenda, when it meets on Friday in New York, for the second time this year. The group, which is comprised of nine Foreign Ministers, is tasked with assessing serious or persistent violations of the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values. Fiji, which is currently suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth, will be on the agenda. Under Matters of Interest, the Secretary-General will also brief the Group on issues of concern in member countries under CMAG’s strengthened mandate…

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How then can you be in the panel of experts probing missing persons appointed by the President?

If the agenda doesn’t suit me, I will quit – Kaushal By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Q:Reading some of your comments in the media, you seemed to be ‘biased’ in your approach towards the Tamils, but highly supportive of the government’s approach. How then can you be in the panel of experts probing missing persons appointed by the President?A: I am not biased. What I say is, please respect a nation’s sovereignty. Mahinda Rajapaksa is a democratically elected President. I say this to all nations. It’s not about whether he is good…

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