Sumanthiran calls for removal of Wigneswaran and protest by Suresh

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says that while a proposal has been made to ITAK calling for the removal of Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran from the TNA, it is not the opinion of the entire party. TNA spokesman Suresh Premachandran says that MP M.A. Sumanthiran has proposed to the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), the main coalition partner of the TNA, to remove Wigneswaran from the Tamil party. He, however, said that there is no general agreement on the matter and that it is the opinion of an…

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TNA constituent parties agitate for reforms

By Mohamed Haniff Leaders of the four constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will have a top-level meeting in Vavuniya shortly to discuss and sort out some long-standing issues within the alliance, People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Ealam (PLOTE) leader Dharmalingam Siddharthan said. “Registration of the TNA as a political party, how its composition should be, the leadership of the TNA, formation of new district committees, powers and authorities to be devolved to each of these units are some of the items on the agenda,” Siddharthan told The…

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First batch of Tamil detainees to be freed

The first batch of Tamil detainees will be set free tomorrow, the Prisons Department said today after being informed of the decision by the relevant authorities. The Prisons Department said that the Attorney General has informed the Department that 31 Tamil detainees will be given bail and can be freed tomorrow. The Prisons Department said that more Tamil detainees arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) are expected to be given bail over the next few days. Tamil political prisoners resumed their fast yesterday in protest over the failure by the…

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Vaiko seeks release of Tamils on hunger strike in Sri Lanka

MDMK chief Vaiko today urged all countries in the world to exert pressure on Sri Lanka to release Tamil prisoners there who are on a hunger strike seeking their release. “I appeal to all countries in the world to do their duty of exerting pressure on Sri Lanka to release Eelam Tamils languishing in jails there for many years,” he said in a statement. “The nations should realise that human rights are being trampled by Sri Lanka by hoodwinking them”, he said. Alleging that Eelam Tamils were imprisoned in Sri…

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Tamil repatriates face uncertain future

They are settled on tribal lands in Katchal Islands in Andaman and Nicobar Settled on tribal lands in Katchal Islands in Andaman and Nicobar and kept away from the outside world’s attention, 161 plantation workers of Tamil families face an uncertain future. They were unable to undertake any economic activities on the land as the tribal community had sought reclamation of the land and resources after tsunami wreaked havoc on the island in 2004. “Even though the Calcutta High Court had ordered the Andaman and Nicobar Island administration to evolve…

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Avant Garde issued 3,400 weapons in violation of international maritime laws, claims Rajitha

ordinary people get remanded for possessing a few firearms by Zacki Jabbar Avant Garde had issued 3,400 weapons in violation of international maritime laws, but those who controlled the company had gone scot free, says Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. When lesser people were caught with a few firearms they were hauled up before courts and remanded, but a company controlled by the VVIP’s boys in the Rajapaksa regime which had issued 3,400 weapons were moving about freely aided by some incumbent ministers and they were laughing all…

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Diaspora should mount independent legal campaign: Prof. Boyle

Pointing out that the United Nation’s actions on Sri Lanka are unlikely to lead to establishing criminality for the Mu’l’livaaykkaal massacre on the State, Professor Francis Boyle, an expert in international law and who teaches at the College of Law, University of Illinois, advocates that the Tamil diaspora should organize a comprehensive legal campaign to bring charges in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and in parallel, bring criminal and/or civil charges against Sri Lanka’s genocidaires in the courts of the democracies of the West using domestic legal mechanisms underpinned…

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Karuna’s new found ‘love’ for Anandasangaree…

By Zahrah Imtiaz Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has once again switched loyalties and this time it is in favour of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) and its leader Anandasangaree. In an interview with Ceylon Today he describes this as a practical and necessary move if he is to continue to remain relevant in Sri Lankan politics.Excerpts: ? When you first broke away from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), you declared that all northern Tamil leaders, including the LTTE Leader Prabhakaran did not care for the Tamils…

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Political prisoners TNA should boycott Parliament – Prof. S.T. Sittampalam

By Mirudhula Thambiah Former Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Leader, Prof. S. T. Sittampalam said Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians should boycott parliamentary sittings as the initial step to solve the issue of political prisoners. President should consider granting general pardon to all prisoners. “Also the Opposition Leader can consider resigning his post to support political prisoners,” he said. Excerpts: ?The TNA initially demanded that all political prisoners should be released by giving them a general pardon. However, now the government has decided to release 30 of such prisoners on…

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