Former Madras Judge To Support TGTE Move

Former Judge of the High Court of Madras, K. P. Sivasubramaniam is to file a communication with the UN Human Rights Committee that the 6th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution is a violation of freedom of speech and conscience guaranteed in Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He is to be part of a campaign led by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), a pro-LTTE diaspora group in the US. Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark is also part of the…

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Committee has ignored our constitutional proposals – GTF

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) says that its proposals sent to the Public Representations Committee (PRC) on Constitutional Reforms had been ignored, while submissions from unknown diaspora groups had been taken into consideration. The GTF’s Spokesperson Suren Surendiran told the “Sunday Island” yesterday that the GTF which  was established in 2009 by a number of grassroots Tamil groups following the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka was the largest Tamil diaspora organization with members drawn from across five continents. The GTF, he said, was committed to a non…

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Two Suspected Members Of ‘Aava’ Gang Arrested In Jaffna

Two suspected members of the ‘Aava’ sword gang were arrested by the Jaffna Police earlier today. The two individuals were arrested in a by road in Jaffna when they were traveling by a motorbike. They had two swords in possession.  They had insisted that the swords were used for the practices of a drama. However, the swords were larger and not the kind used for dramas, the police said. The ‘Aava’ gang claimed responsibility to the assault on two policemen in Chunnakam recently. They said that they attacked the policemen…

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Tamils, Muslims hold talks

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) have commenced crucial discussions in order to reach an understanding pertaining to several key issues such as the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The discussions have commenced in light of the drafting a new Constitution which is currently underway. According to sources in the TNA, the discussions also focused on factors such as devolution and its extent, nature of State and the electoral process. However party officials declined to reveal the progress that had been made…

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Australia to ban all asylum seekers arriving by boat from ever visiting

CANBERRA, Australia – Australia on Sunday announced plans to ratchet up its tough policy against refugees by banning any asylum seeker who attempts to reach its shores by boat from ever visiting the country. A previous government introduced a policy on July 19, 2013, banning refugees who arrive by boat from Indonesian ports after that date from ever being resettled in Australia. Under legislation to be introduced to Parliament next week, thousands of asylum seekers who have returned to their homelands in the Middle East, Africa and Asia would be…

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India calls for maximum devolution in Sri Lanka

India calls for maximum devolution in Sri Lanka ….. meeting aspirations of all Lankans by Zacki Jabbar With the Sirisena -Wickremesinghe governments proposals on a new Constitution scheduled to be presented to Parliament prior to the budget, India has called for maximum devolution that meets the aspirations of all Lankans. Diplomatic sources said that New Delhi had urged the government to look at an inclusive solution to the ethnic issue, by devolving power to the “maximum”, while emphasizing that  it was not being “prescriptive”. India had said that it was for…

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Maithri warns NGOs as Aava sends ripples of fear in North

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were seen in the same frame last Friday (28) as the duo took part in the National Deepavali Festival 2016 held at Temple Trees. This was amidst speculations that things may have turned sour between the two with President Sirisena bashing Bribery Commission and other law enforcing authorities of acting in an arbitrary manner ignoring him. Hours before, Parliamentary watchdog Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) issued its report on the controversial Treasury Bond issue after 18 months of the incident. The report…

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JAFFNA STUDENTS’ DEATH : UNRAVELLING THE MYSTERY

The deaths of two Jaffna university students, Vijayakumar Sulakshan and Nadaraja Kajan, allegedly in a Police shooting still remains a mystery for the people in Jaffna as Police and human rights groups are still in the process of conducting investigations into the students’ death to give a clear picture about the incident that triggered a sense of uneasiness among the Northern community for the first time after the end of war in 2009. Why Police shot at these two innocent students, when they were travelling in a motorbike in the…

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