Tamils mark Maaveerar Naal 2016 worldwide

Tens of thousands of Tamils across the world on November 27 and the days leading up to it held events to mark Maaveerar Naal (Tamil national remembrance day).  The day, which remembers those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle for freedom, is marked on November 27 in memory of the first death of a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadre in fighting. Lt. Shankar died in combat on November 27, 1982.  For the first time after the end of the armed conflict, Tamils in the North-East gathered by thuyilum illams (LTTE…

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SLFP AGAINST ANY INCLUSION OF FEDERALISM IN NEW CONSTITUTION

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party says it will not compromise on its stance on three issues concerning the new constitution. Speaking to reporters in Kandy after a meeting with SLFP organisers Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the SLFP remains adamant that the new constitution should preserve the prominence of Buddhism and the unitary state principal and should not include any federalism. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the new constitution is not being compiled in secret. He said the Lal Wijenayake committee report contains the summary of public opinion…

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‘President Mahinda’s LTTE Deal Exposed’ but will not be arrested or punished!

Investigators Helpless Over Alles’ Deal  ‘All are equal but some are more equal than others’ by Nirmala Kannangara The former parliamentarian’s influence extends beyond the three powerful Rajapaksa brothers who visited him in remand prison. Although the RADA funds had been disbursed for the Jaya Lanka housing project, not a single house had been constructed neither in Vavuniya nor in Mullaitivu districts. In the event the RADA officials were not able to unearth the scam, the remaining Rs. 676 million would have either gone to Emil Kanthan to strengthen the…

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Refuse to pay a bribe to police and you will be branded a ‘LTTE – Tiger’ and subjected to abuses.

By Easwaran Rutnam The United Nations is maintaining its status quo on Sri Lanka with regard to the investigations on incidents related to the war. The government had said recently there was no pressure on Sri Lanka with regard to the accountability process. There is also a feeling that the policy on Sri Lanka may change with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stepping down next year. Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon exclusively told The Sunday Leader that the priorities for Sri Lanka have not changed. “I…

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Sri Lanka’s Conflict, Peace, and the American Myth

by William Martz 1983-2009 saw Sri Lanka in the midst of a civil war, an era encapsulated by daily fear, loss, and bloodshed. Since peace was restored following the SLA’s 2009 victory over the LTTE much has been commented upon in the press about the war. One commonly proponed discourse in this country asserts that the conflict should be condensed into a struggle of good vs evil; a simplistic approach that wholly neglects a comprehensive vision. Whilst many remain loth to accept a holistic viewpoint, they are liable to promote…

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Inaugural Meeting of the Canadian-Tamil Parliamentary Friendship Group

For Immediate Release  November 22, 2016 Ottawa, ON – The Canadian-Tamil Parliamentary Friendship Group was formed on Monday, November 14, 2016, at the Parliamentary Precinct.  Several items of business were passed at this inaugural meeting, including a Constitution, election of the Executive and consensus to build relations with groups such as the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils in the United Kingdom. The current group comprises 31 members from four different Canadian Political parties. The following Executive Positions were elected: Chair Mark Holland, MP, Ajax (Liberal) Vice-Chairs Alex Nuttall, MP, Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte…

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Diaspora participation in post-war revival and reconstruction of the Tamil homeland in Ilankai/Sri Lanka

Seven years ended in May 2016 since the civil war ended, but the unfortunate consequences of the conflict continue to have a huge impact on the lives of the people in the island. Although the Tamil people of the North faced the brunt of the brutal war in the final phase, the life of the Tamils in both the North and the East in the post war situation is a difficult and bitter struggle. The gruesome events in the last phase of the war galvanised the Ilam Tamil diaspora, horrified…

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