People Getting Impatient Over Political Administration Dragging its Feet In Bringing Corrupt Elements of Past Regime to Justice

By Vishwamithra1984 “There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson They call themselves the Joint Opposition. They are a twice-defeated, once at the Presidential and then at the parliamentary elections, lot of parliamentarians and two or three-time Ministers, who ransacked the country’s…

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Search in site… Search in site… Dheepan: Undermined By Disregard For Detail & Talent

By TU Senan – Dheepan has both collected the Palm d’Or at Cannes and caused controversy among Tamils. This is particularly so among Tamil writers given that the leading actor is a well-known writer in Tamil. From the point of view of the Tamil literary circle, there are many truths that need to be told about this movie. With that aim and perspective this review is written to shed light on few points – so look away now if you expect an ‘objective view’. In a way the real story…

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The Fifty–Fifty Interlude: Communalism Or Nationalism?

By Rajan Hoole – Revisiting Tamil Self-Determination – Part III Communalism has wreaked havoc in Lanka. It is embedded in our prejudices and our backwardness. The Sri Lankan political establishment’s complicity in violence against a minority is a scandal that would impede us for years to come, particularly in view of the lack of will to do away with impunity and hold the armed forces to account. Equally culpable are the Tamil leaders who have inflamed passions where a little sympathy and restraint could have cooled them and hindered communalism…

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EU to lift ban on Lankan fisheries products this month

The European Union (EU) is expected to lift the ban on Sri Lankan fisheries products this month, the Fisheries Ministry said. The Ministry said that the EU has informed Sri Lanka that the ban will be lifted on April 21. The EU imposed a ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka as the former Government failed to prevent Sri Lankan fishermen from violating the international fisheries laws.  The new Government had later prepared and implemented an action plan to remove the ban. The EU had in November last year expressed…

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State Astrologers reject faulty auspicious times

  Rejecting the allegations of following wrong directions and faulty auspicious times during the recent Sinhala and Tamil New Year, State Astrologers’ Committee today(19th April) confirmed the accuracy of customs followed. This committee established in 1983 by then Minister V.J.M Loku Bandara, comprised of 30 prominent senior astrologers and almanac compilers collectively decide auspicious times on an annual basis. During a media conference held today (19th April) at the Department of Government Information committee took the responsibility of the accuracy of the time and the auspicious directions. Regardless of the…

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Hillary and Cameron hold key to Sri Lanka recovery

ECONOMYNEXT – The acrimonious US presidential race and Britain’s referendum on Europe may appear far removed from Sri Lanka, but both events could hold the key to the island’s recovery from a right royal economic mess. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government decided to bite the bullet and raise taxes from next month in a bid to boost state revenue, but the external factors could have a make-or-break impact on Sri Lanka. Sources close to the government said the Premier was closely following the US elections as well as the “brexit”…

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Interview: Prospects for Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

An interview with Howard Varney a few weeks ago held in Colombo attempted to demystify transitional justice and map out the challenges around reconciliation in Sri Lanka. As noted on the website of the International Centre for Transitional Justice, Howard Varney is a senior program adviser with ICTJ. His areas of expertise include truth-seeking, national prosecutions, institutional reform, reparations, and public interest litigation. Howard is a practicing advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. His legal practice includes human rights, constitutional, and administrative law. In the early 1990s he was an attorney…

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Sri Lanka’s military occupies over 67,000 acres of Tamil land

Sri Lanka’s military occupies over 67,427 acres of Tamil land found the British Tamils Fourm in a desk study conducted using field data from sources in the North-East and official government statistics. In a statement released on Monday, the BTF said, Nearly seven years after the end of the war, the Sri Lankan military is still occupying more than 96% of the land belonging to the Tamil people who were driven off their own lands, in the pretext of “national security”. Field data obtained by British Tamils Forum (BTF), in…

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20/04/2009 -Cluster bombs and hospital shelling leave thousands injured in Tamil No Fire Zone

Tamil Guardian 20 April 2016 As we approach seven years since the end of the armed conflict where Sri Lankan government troops systematically killed tens of thousands of Tamil civilians, the Tamil Guardian is revisiting the events of the final weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in mass atrocities accompanied by a litany of systematic rights abuses that have since been outlined in UN reports. Seven years on, not a single prosecution for these crimes has taken place and the military responsible for the atrocities remains deployed in…

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NPC member highlights Sinhala colonisation of North-East

More than 600 Sinhala fishermen have now settled in 9 different coastal areas across Mullativiu said Northern Provincial Council member T Ravikaran, as he outlined details of state-sponsored colonisation of the Tamil North-East. Mr Ravikaran also stated that at least 9 Buddhist viharas had been constructed in the Mullaitivu district in the last 6 years alone, all of which have been aided by the Sri Lankan armed forces. The councillor detailed the long history of state-sponsored colonisation, recalling that in 1981 12 to 14 fishermen had been granted temporary permits…

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