Govt only concerned about revenue – Tamil CM Wigneswaran

Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran in his budget speech yesterday said that the people of the North have to depend on the South for all their needs, and the Central Government is of the view that complete power devolution should be in the hands of the majority. “Those talking about the development of the North are less concerned about how it should be developed but more concerned about what benefits they would gain. Therefore, even if power is devolved in certain areas, it is implemented through District Secretaries,” he said.…

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Jaffna Food Festival – 2017

Troops serving the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna organised ‘Jaffna Food Festival – 2017’ is to be held in front of Jaffna Fort during 15- 17 December. The food festival is to be organised on the instructions of the Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna. The event consists of added features of Musical Show presented by ‘Yala Tunes’ on Friday (15), ‘Agni’ featuring with Shiva Kumar on Saturday (16) and a Christmas Carol presented by Army Band on Sunday (17). The Food Festival is to be hosted…

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SLFP supports devolution of power – Lasantha Alagiyawanna

By Ranjith Kumara Samarakoon Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) supports devolution of power. “For that, the Executive Presidency is necessary. That is why we say if power is devolved, the unitary status of the country must be safeguarded. That was our opinion for decades.” Following are excerpts: Do you have any responsibilities at the Ministry? A: Definitely. I always became a Deputy Minister under the best Cabinet Ministers. It is a privilege to work for Minister Mangala Samaraweera.…

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Sinhala colonists resume violece against Tamil farmers in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa

Sinhala colonists who have encroached into traditional Tamil areas in Batticaloa have again started to shoot and kill the cattle belonging to Tamil dairy farmers in Paduvaankarai region. Dairy farmers in Ko’ra’lai-pattu South blame three Sinhala encroachers as culprits after one of their cows was shot and killed on Thursday night. The farmers said they have recovered three of their cattle with gunshot injuries. Between 2013 and 2016, more than 1,000 cows, owned by Tamil dairy farmers were short and killed. The process was accelerated after Sirisena coming to power.…

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Maithri- Rajapakse discussions go up in smoke ! What happened ?

Maithri- Rajapakse discussions go up in smoke ! What happened ? (Lanka-e-News – 01.Dec.2017, 10.15PM) The discussions held between the SLFP group and the Rajapakse flower bud symbol group to form an alliance to  contest the forthcoming local government elections have  completely faltered , frittered and flopped , and both sides have now decided for sure to contest elections separately , a Maithri group political bigwig speaking to Lanka e news revealed. The final condition imposed by the flower bud group on the Maithri group was , ‘if there is…

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Tamil youths must not wage Armed struggle again – Tamil’s Chief Minister Wigneswaran

If Tamil youths of North are to wage armed struggle again it is like climbing a Murunga tree –Wigneswaran (Lanka-e-News – 29.Nov.2017, 11.55PM) It is true the Tamil people of the North did not acquire their rights through the Sinhala Buddhist forces or the politics of the South . But if the Tamil youths are again trying to take to arms with the aim of acquiring  those  rights, that will  not be any different  from climbing a Murunga (Drumsticks) tree , said , Northern chief minister C.T. Wigneswaran on the…

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Taking pannisai abroad – Sami Dhandapani is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist too.

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/taking-pannisai-abroad/article4268974.ece Sami Dhandapani is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist too. Sami Dhandapani was visibly delighted and thankful to receive the title, “Pannisai Peraringar” from Tamil Isai Sangam, his alma mater. After having served the Sangam and its college, the expert in Saiva devotional music has been based in London for the past 15 years. Dhandapani’s father, who was his first guru, served as “Pannisai Odhuvar” at the Tirukkadayur arulmigu Sri Abirami Amritaghateswarar temple. At the age of eight, Dhandapani memorised all the 102 verses of “Sri Abhirami Andhadi” and sang in…

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Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand – HC

The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand. ‘Sri Lanka apologist Naseby must withdraw allegations’ – Telegraph … www.tamilguardian.com/…/sri-lanka-apologist-naseby-must-withdraw-allegations-–-te…  3 Jun 2014 – “Lord Naseby has given misleading testimony to the House of Lords, and his remarks have been picked up in Sri Lanka and are being used in defence of the regime.” “The rules are clear. Those who make misleading statements to Parliament must correct the record at the first opportunity.Lord Naseby has … The British HC said so in response…

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”The Governments promised a political package of devolution almost eight years after the end of the war, there is still nothing” says General Gerry H. de Silva.

BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Much decorated soldier, one time Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Diplomat and now author, General Gerry H. de Silva is a man of many parts. His memoir ‘A Most Noble Profession – Memories That Linger’ (2012) and more recently ‘War Heroes Killed-In-Action’ have been launched and is currently working on the biography of Lieutenant General Denis Perera titled ‘The General of all Generals’. In a wide ranging interview he expressed his frank opinions on a variety of subjects. Here are excerpts of the interview: What…

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Federalism and re-merger impossibilities

By Rathindra Kuruwita Last few months have been turbulent ones for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who has seen one of its coalition partners, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), leaving the coalition and threatening to gather anti TNA elements around it. This is a culmination of the attempts by a number of leaders of the Party, since 2016, to gain control of the Party and most of those who are attempting to give TNA Leader R. Sampanthan the boot seem to believe that the Tamil votes would be cast…

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Only 2 Tamil nurses in latest batch of 110 to serve Tamil Northern Province

Only two Tamil nurses were appointed to serve the Northern Province in the latest batch of appointments. Out of 110 nurses appointed to the Northern Province by the Sri Lankan government, 108 were Sinhalese nurses. When questioned about the hugely disproportionate rates of Sinhalese nurses being appointed to serve a Tamil province, the Northern Province health minister said that there were not enough trained Tamil nurses to appoint. Related Articles: 21 October 2017 : Eastern Province governor attempting to oust Tamils and Muslims from important local government positions 16 January 2017 : Appointment…

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UK reiterates commitment to working with OHCHR

Meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday, the UK FCO Minister for Human Rights, Lord Ahmad reiterated the UK’s commitment to working with Mr Zeid’s office, the OHCHR. The UK Mission in Geneva tweeted: “Lord @tariqahmadbt meets @UNHumanRights High Commissioner #Zeid to discuss a range of topics related to @UN_HRC. The UK remains firmly committed to #OHCHR, and the #HumanRights rules-based international system.” “Delighted to meet @UNHumanRights High Commissioner #Zeid to discuss a range of issues related to @UN_HRC. The UK remains…

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Britain calls for clarity on differing war missing persons figures ” Ban hate Speech , but legislation should not erode freedom of expression”

by Zacki Jabbar Britain has called for clarity on differing figures mentioned with regard to persons who had gone missing in Sri Lanka during the war between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) and in the aftermath of the end of the conflict on May 19 , 2009. A British High Commission delegation comprising Senior Research Analyst and Justice Consultant Paul Bentall , Regional Head of Stabilization Unit Eric Vincent and Political Officer Jovita Arulanantham during a recent meeting with Secretary to the Ministry of…

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Tamil radio journalist attacked in Jaffna

A Tamil journalist was attacked in a suburb of Jaffna on Saturday evening. 44-year-old Shanmuganathan Manoharan, an anchor for the radio Yaarl FM, was driving home in Chavakachcheri on Saturday when his car was obstructed by a three-wheeler. Mr Manoharan and another person were beaten by three men who alighted from the three-wheeler. The attackers escaped as soon as onlookers began to gather. A complaint was filed at Chavakachcheri police, following which the department said they had arrested the driver of the three-wheeler.

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UK insists that Sri Lanka fully implements UNHRC Resolution 34/1

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London The British government wants Sri Lanka to fully implement UN Human Rights Council Resolution 34/1, according Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister, Mark Field. Answering three written questions submitted by Wes Streeting MP (Labour, Ilford North – member of the All Party Parliament Group for Tamils), he says that he stressed to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Tilak Marapana, the importance of implementing the Resolution. “The UK is committed to the full implementation of Resolution 34/1 and will continue to support the government of Sri Lanka in…

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Lady with the Tattoo and other stories

When Naomi Coleman says that she was “overwhelmed” by the Supreme Court Decision vindicating her rights and compensating her to the tune of Rs.800,000, one is hardly surprised. When foreigners, specially Brits visit Sri Lanka, they do not expect a religious police a la Saudi Arabian Mutaween, to pounce on them at the Airport. To make things worse and quite shameful, one hardly expects a Magistrate, a judicial officer, to remand her and then issue a deportation order, ultra vires, condemning her as a common criminal. Just like the Rohingyas…

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Perumal’s entry into TNA

By Manekshaw Leader of the Tamil Socialist Democratic Party Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal has come forward to join the Tamil National Alliance and has pointed out that it was the need of the hour for all Tamil political parties to come together and fulfil the political aspirations of people in the North and the East. Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) which is popularly known as the Federal Party being the premier political organ in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Varatharaja Perumal was enthusiastically involved in the political activities of the ITAK…

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Racist Mahinda to lead JO alliance in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol.

The Joint Opposition (JO) along with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to form a broad political alliance, known as the Joint Podujana Peramuna (JPP), along with 20 other political parties aimed at contesting the 2018 Local Government polls, sources said. They said, that the JPP will contest the forthcoming polls throughout the country including in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol. The sources noted that agreements had already been…… signed with all the political parties that have agreed to join the JPP. He…

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Lord Naseby to help Racist Mahinda

Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) delegates with Lord Naseby. From left: Prasanga Jayamanna, Lord Nesbey, Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe and Jayaraj Palihawadana. by Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has been assured by Lord Naseby of his continued support for its efforts to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the armed forces as well as the previous political leadership. The assurance was given when a GSLF delegation met Lord Naseby at the British Parliament on Thursday evening (Nov 30) to appreciate his support rendered for Sri Lanka’s efforts over the years.…

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British High Commissioner extols strategic direction of tourism in Sri Lanka

By Sanchith Karunaratna British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to Maldives James Dauris lauded the efforts rendered by the government of Sri Lanka to develop the island nation as a travel hub in Asia during his address at the dinner held by the Institute of Hospitality on Wednesday (29). In his address High Commissioner Darius stated that the tourism sector has bolstered the community within Sri Lanka by providing ample employment an international exposure. He further highlighted the strategic direction of the government stating that the country may become…

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