GTF news update for 27th November 2015

DAILY NEWS TNA saddened by student’s death < http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=2015/11/26/features/will-presidency-actually-revert-its-ceremonial-role  >   BBC Jaffna fears remembering Tamil war dead < http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34934250  >   COLOMBO GAZETTE **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Youth commits suicide in Jaffna over political prisoners < http://colombogazette.com/2015/11/26/youth-commits-suicide-in-jaffna-over-political-prisoners/  >   THE ISLAND Convicted Tigers won’t be released Justice Minister: Tigers sent to kill MR released by UPFA government < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=136010  >   DAILY NEWS Release of LTTE suspects, no threat to National Security < http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=2015/11/27/security/release-ltte-suspects-no-threat-national-security  >   CEYLON TODAY Don’t let the TNA split – Ariyanethran < http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-110491-news-detail-dont-let-the-tna-split-ariyanethran.html  >   TAMIL GUARDIAN 27 Tamils arrested overnight…

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Three hospitalised – one with life threatening injuries- and five arrested as police break up mass brawl in Holborn Way, Mitcham

Three hospitalised – one with life threatening injuries- and five arrested as police break up mass brawl in Holborn Way, Mitcham Police were called to Mitcham town centre just after 7pm last night  Pippa Allen-Kinross, Reporter – Wimbledon and Mitcham / Tuesday 24 November 2015 /Wimbledon    Police remained at the spot where a mass fight broke out last night, leaving one man fighting for his life in hospital. Unconfirmed reports suggest a group of Tamil men used axes to hit each other over the head as part of a…

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Two in hospital and six bailed after Mitcham “Axe Fight Murder” by Tamils.

Two men remain in hospital and six have been bailed after an alleged murder of a man involved in an axe fight. A 26-year-old man, who has still not been formally identified, died as a result of serious injuries sustained in mass brawl in Mitcham town centre on Monday night.  A police officer stands guard at Holborn Way, Mitcham. Detectives launched a murder investigation on Wednesday night after the man died in hospital having suffered serious head injuries. Thursday: Murder investigation launched after death of man involved in Mitcham axe…

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Arrest of TN Fishermen Created Sense of Fear and Unrest: Jaya

CHENNAI: With incidents of apprehension of fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lanka continuing ‘unabated’, the state government today said that it created a sense of fear and unrest among the community. “The attacks on and apprehension of our fishermen continue unabated, creating a sense of fear and unrest among the fisherfolk in Tamil Nadu,” Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she took up the latest arrest of 15 Indian fishermen, saying “they were fishing in the Palk Bay which historically is their…

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Events held in North to remember war dead

Jaffna university students remembers martyrs [ Friday, 27 November 2015, 09:04.23 AM GMT +05:30 ] Jaffna University students today commemorated martyrs at the university compound this afternoon. At 12.00 pm students lighted lamps infront of the photographs of martyrs. University students and teachers took part in this event. Large number of intelligence unit officials was present at the site. Without considering the intelligence unit members threatening students took part in the commemoration event. Several events were held in the North today to remember the Tamils killed during the 30 year…

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NO difference between Praba and Rohana

Muslim Tamil National Alliance leader Azath Salley says slain LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran and former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Rohana Wijeweera are no different and if Wijeweera’s death can be commemorated in Sri Lanka then so should Prabakaran’s death. Speaking at a media briefing today, Azath Salley said that the Government must allow families in the North to commemorate those killed during the war, even if they are LTTE members. He said that of the Government is going to block such events then it must not allow commemoration events for Rohana Wijeweera as he…

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27th November; A Date To Remember For Thousands

By V. Anandasangaree – Is it wise on the part of the Government to prevent the people from holding small religious events to commemorate the Great Heros’ day also known asMaaveerar Naal in Tamil which was held first on the 27th of November 1989, a quarter century back. Since then where ever the Tamils lived all over the world the Great Heros’ day had been commemorated in a big or small way, depending on the size of the Tamil population. Mr. Prabhakaran’s birthday falls on the 26th of November. Yet…

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Govt. shouldn’t ban Prabhakaran commemoration

New Left Front leader Vickramabahu Karunaratne said today that if Rohana Wijeweera could be commemorated, the same privilege should be given to commemorate slain LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Speaking at a news conference, Dr. Karunaratne said the law should be applied equally to all communities without discrimination. “If the Sinhalese can commemorate their slain people, why cannot the Tamils do it? Just because you commemorate someone, it doesn’t mean that you are following their ideology,” he said. He said the government’s attempts to suppress the commemoration ceremony for the slain…

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Youth commits suicide in Jaffna over political prisoners

A youth committed suicide in Kondavil, Jaffna over the failure by the authorities to release all Tamil political prisoners. The youth had jumped in front of a train in Kondavil and committed suicide. Reporters in Jaffna said that the youth had left a suicide note explaining the motives behind the suicide. The victim was identified as 18 year old Rajeshwaran Senthuran, a resident of Kopai and a student of Kokavil Hindu College. Meanwhile students of the Jaffna university staged a demonstration drawing attention to the death of the student. The…

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Madras High Court directs police to allow meetings of pro-Tamil outfits

Justice M.M. Sundresh allowed two different pleas filed by C Ramamurthy, town secretary of the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and by P Bharathi of Sethiathope in Cuddalore district, a functionary of Naam Thamizhar Katchi, praying for direction to police to permit the meetings. Madras High Court The Madras High Court on Thursday permitted two pro-Tamil outfits to hold meetings to commemorate those, who laid down their lives during the ‘Eelam war’ between 1989 and 2009 in Sri Lanka, at Kolathur in Salem district and at Palanisamy grounds in Alamoor on November…

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TNA saddened by student’s death

The TNA said yesterday it was deeply shocked and saddened by the suicide of 18-year-old student Rajeshwaran Senthuran. “We understand that this act is an expression of what he felt. His suicide is something that should be carefully reflected on by all parties concerned. We would like to express our deep sorrow and sympathy to his family,” Opposition leader R. Sampanthan and MP Mavai Senathirajah stated in a release. “We must all keep calm at a time like this. This is crucial. Let us unite together in sharing our grief…

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Release of LTTE suspects, no threat to National Security

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday assured that the release of LTTE suspects who were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act would not be a threat to National Security . Addressing a media conference at the Parliament premises, Minister Rajapakshe said that the general public should not panic over the release of LTTE suspects, as the government has taken the entire responsibility of releasing these suspects. Minister Rajapakshe said that currently there are 204 detainees, suspected to have been involved in terrorist activities and held under the Prevention of Terrorism…

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Convicted Tigers won’t be released

Convicted Tigers won’t be released Justice Minister: Tigers sent to kill MR released by UPFA government November 26, 2015, 9:51 pm by Saman Indrajith Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, yesterday said the government wouldn’t release those who had been convicted on terrorism charges. He stressed that those who had been charged in courts, too, wouldn’t released. The President’s Counsel was responding to an allegation that the release of hardcore LTTE terrorists would pose a serious threat to national security. Addressing the media at the Parliamentary complex, MP Rajapakse said that…

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‘Journalists among 300 outsiders receiving monthly ‘BRIBE’ payments from Avant Garde’

By Mohamed Haniff Two journalists had been in the payroll of the controversial enterprise Avant Garde Maritime Services (AGMS), a vociferous award-winning actor, film director and politician disclosed to “The Island” yesterday. “They had been paid rupees sixty thousand each, monthly,” Ranjan Ramanayake, Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare said. The Deputy Minister quoted Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe as having told him, in lighter vein ; “I’m surprised why they did the shopping for Nissanka Senadhipathy for such a measly sum.” The fifty two – year-old Ramanayake said there…

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