Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?

[On Sept 21, 2017, the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly presented its report on the new constitution to Parliament proposing the devolution of power within a unitary state. This proposal is far short of what the Tamils have asked for. The question is: will the proposals be a step towards resolving the national question, or simply be an enabler to repeat the grievances which led the country to 30 years of civil war?] Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil party selling out the Tamil people?] – By JS Tissainayagam | 4th…

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GTF had lost confidence in Mr. Sirisena for reneging on the assurances he had given it.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s left yesterday for New York to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), a move which has become the focal point of attention for Colombo-based diplomats, Tamil diaspora and even larger sections of the Government. Unlike his previous visits every year, it comes in the backdrop of moves by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to arrest Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The President, who thwarted the arrest on the grounds that senior military officers were being held for long periods in remand prisons…

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Racism continued on Tamils from Mahinda to Maithiri.

* Up to 7 year’s detention without charge being filed * Up to 13 years detention without completion of trials * 46 against whom charges have been framed without their cases being concluded – with 16 of them being in detention for 10-13 years * Another 13 have not even been charged – with 6 being in detention for 5-7 years On 14th September, eight Tamil detainees in the Anuradhapura prison, detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) since around 2009 commenced a fast. Their cases are yet to…

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NO Political Solution as promised by Government, but we’re patient – Sampanthan

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan says that the government is still in a neutral position with regard to giving a political solution to the problems of the people in the north and east. He further says that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is waiting patiently, although there seems to be no political solution. He had made the above statement at a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Keinchi Suganuma at the Opposition Leader’s Office During the meeting, the Opposition Leader had said that he is willing to discuss with the…

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It’s successive government policies and those who crave power that ruin Sri Lanka

The book ‘Tamil Tigress’ authored by a former woman cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam under the pen name Niromi De Soyza was published in Australia. The former child soldier is a University teacher in Australia and joined the LTTE as a girl of 17 just as it started recruiting women. The following interview first appeared in our sister paper the Mawbima. The Sinhala readers of the Tamil Tigress would love to get to know things regarding your current life. A: I live a pretty normal life. I…

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Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the Institute which regulates physicians, had declared that SAITM degrees are invalid

On Friday, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment, possibly leading to the sanctioning of private local degrees in general, by affirming the validity of medical degrees awarded by the South Asian Institute of Technology & Medicine (SAITM), a local, private, medical degree awarding institution. SAITM degrees are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the regulator of the country’s tertiary education system. Nonetheless, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the Institute which regulates physicians, had declared that SAITM degrees are invalid, on unfounded grounds that such degrees are of…

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MP Weerawansa was suspended from sittings in parliament for two weeks

(Lanka e News – 22.Sep.2018, 11.30PM) Two notorious rowdies Wimal Weerawansa and Prasanna Ranaweera who call themselves as Honorable members of parliament shamelessly , but best known for their worst hooliganism within parliament were suspended by the Parliament privileges committee over their disgraceful conduct in parliament on July 3 rd. These are the hoodlums who make the August assembly a bedlam . Hoodlum Weerawansa was suspended from sittings for two weeks while the other hoodlum Prasanna Ranaweera was suspended for four weeks. The resolution of the privileges committee to punish…

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President Kumaratunga becomes the first Sri Lankan to be awarded France’s Highest National Order – Commander of the Legion of Honour

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga became the first Sri Lankan in almost 07 Decades and the first ever Sri Lankan woman to be awarded the Prestigious Medal of Commander of the Legion of Honour, the highest rank of the National Order of France.  Jean-Marin Schuh, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, presented the Medal of “Commandeur de la Légion D’Honneur” on behalf of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, at a special function held at the Residence of the Ambassador. President Kumaratunga’s Acceptance speech in English:…

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Ian Paisley Jr’s Sri Lankan Beach Holiday: On Mediocrity, High Costs & Public Disregard

Ian Paisley Jr’s Sri Lankan Beach Holiday: On Mediocrity, High Costs & Public Disregard The Government of Sri Lanka lost more than GBP 100,000 [a lot more, according to some MPs and parties with insight in Colombo] – all public funds. Paisley’s Sri Lankan sojourn provides insights into the mismanagement of Sri Lankan foreign policyunder the Rajapaksa administration [Dec 2005-January 2015]. The Recall Petition came at a cost of some GBP 188,000. No one would be surprised if Ian Jr did celebrate wrapping himself around a Sri Lankan flag! To note that…

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