Jaya again writes to PM on arrest of fishermen by Lankan Navy

Asserting that her government was committed to ensuring the rights of fishermen in traditional waters of Palk Bay,Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalaithaa today said the Centre should take concerted efforts to halt their repeated arrests by Sri Lankan Navy. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she cited the latest arrest of 12 Tamil Nadu fishermen along with two mechanised boats yesterday and said there was an “urgent and imperative need” to take appropriate steps to find a permanent solution to the issue. It was ‘unfortunate’ that the…

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TN fishermen to protest in front of Lankan embassy

Rameshwaram: Members of all fishermens unions met in Rameshwaram today and decided to resort to an indefinite strike from 28 February in front of the Sri Lankan embassy in Chennai demanding release of fishermen and boats seized by the island’s navy. The unions conducted an urgent meeting to discuss release of Indian fishermen languisihng in Lankan jails. During the meet, they decided they would hold an indefinite strike from 28 February in front of the Lankan embassy in Chennai demanding release of fishermen and boats. Following the arrest of 12…

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Lankan girl receives Australian visa after minister intervenes

The Sri Lankan girl who made headlines after being refused a temporary visa because she has Down syndrome would be allowed to live in Australia, after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton intervened in her case. According to ABC News, the 9-year-old Eliza Fonseka had also found an unexpected ally in former Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell, who advocated for her to be granted the visa. “I’m very excited for Eliza, I’m very excited for the family,” said Chappell, who was approached to help Eliza’s family by her father, a cricket coach.…

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There is overwhelming evidence to prove that CSN investments amounting to a staggering US$ 2.3 million were made from monies of questionable sources

A small boy one day brought a pencil home from school.  His mother never asked him: “Son, from where did you get this?” On the second day he brought an eraser home. His mum kept her calm and stayed quiet. The boy continued his habit increasing its severity and ultimately it became a problem to the whole school unil he became a dropout. His mother never said anything against her son’s wicked habits. One day he was caught by the king’s men for breaking into the palace to steal. During…

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TPC And ITAK In Talks As Draft Proposals Come Out

The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) and the Illangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) have had talks in what is speculated as being part of an attempt to settle differences between both sides. The talks took place last week after the TPC made public a set of draft proposals for a political solution to the Tamil issue. However the talks between the TPC and ITAK were kept low key, and full details of the discussion were not made available to the media. TPC member and former parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said a group…

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Revisiting the Forcible Arrest of Sarath Fonseka by the Army on Feb 8th 2010

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Gardihewa Sarath Chandralal Fonseka, Sri Lanka’s one and only Field Marshall is very much in the news these days. The former army chief who was once described as the “world’s best military commander” by former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is now a national list Parliamentarian of the United National front for Good Governance (UNFGG). It is also being speculated widely that he would be allocated a cabinet portfolio in the days to come. February 2016 apparently is a good month for Sarath Fonseka. It was on Feb 8th…

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Mahinda Rajapaksa urged SLFP members with Maithiri to join his NEW Racist party.

Minister Amunugama said that 33 cases will be filed against corruption and financial irregularities in due course by various institutions after completing the preliminary investigation. Moves will be taken to file cases against 33 such corrupt practices in due course by these institutions. He added that there should be a charge sheet and the Attorney General’s approval to file a case. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged those members who had switched their allegiance to the current government to join the Joint Opposition. The former SLFP leader is fighting to gain his power back said…

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PrAbhakaran’s daughter born in N’eliya?

PrAbhakaran’s daughter born in N’eliya By Prabath Attanayaka The sun was scorching them. But the morning coldness had still not died down. The cold sunny morning makes one lazy. She was silent. She smiled as her nipples wetted with milk. She tried to imagine that her new born baby, Thilina Sandaruwan as named in the registry of birth, might have fallen asleep. She was trying to appease herself with that. She thought her environment was not suitable for a new born baby. She walked in the Nuwara Eliya General Hospital…

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Colombo ‘committed’ to reconciliation

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Friday appealed to the victims on both sides of the divide to participate in a consultation process. Aimed at designing a reconciliation mechanism in the post-civil war Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Friday appealed to the victims on both sides of the divide to participate in a consultation process. A task force, comprising 11 citizens, has been constituted with Manouri Muttetuwegama, a senior advocate, as chairperson. It came into existence formally on Friday with Mr. Samaraweera launching its website. Addressing a gathering at…

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