TNA Must Seek India’s Help To Protect 13th Amendment

The TNA may glibly say that everything is hunky-dory with India but this is not so. The reality is that of the Indian establishment being extremely disappointed with the TNA over the northern provincial council issue Nowadays, India is more interested in getting closer to the governments in power in Colombo. Therefore New Delhi would not let the “Tamil issue” spoil a potentially beneficial “new” relationship with Colombo. Sri Lanka was embroiled in a three decade long civil war that left the Tamils a battered and shattered people. Instead of…

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Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil festival: More devotees allowed than planned – Jayaseelan

By Naalir Jamaldeen  Commissioner of the Jaffna Municipal Council, R.T. Jayaseelan on 23 July said that he has come to know that during the forthcoming Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil festival, permission has been granted to allow an additional number of devotees to enter the Kovil premises than had been previously decided on. The chariot festival of the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil will be held on 17 August.  The devotees who are to take part in the festival have been asked to follow health guidelines accurately, especially maintaining social distancing, Jayaseelan said. He…

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Rajapakshe Rules again- Underworld Gangster’s Police Records Go Missing

By Shiran Ranasinghe The Police Department has initiated a detailed probe into a case where around 50 Police records concerning noted underworld gangster Samsunge Sampath Chamara alias Army Sampath going missing from the Grandpass Police Station. The missing records document acts of crime and illegal drug peddling of the noted underworld gangster which had been kept at the Police Station for over two decades. It had also been revealed that pages from 20 such Information Books (IBs) kept at the Police Station had also been removed. According to Police, the…

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UK lifts travel restrictions on Sri Lanka

The United Kingdom has lifted a travel advice imposed on Sri Lanka. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said that from 24 July, Sri Lanka is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that the move was based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel to most countries. (Colombo Gazette) more

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Karuna calls on Tamils to have more than two children

Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has called on Tamils to have more than two children and multiply. Speaking at an election rally in Kalmunai in Ampara, Karuna Amman urged young Tamil couples not to stop with just two children. He urged the Tamils to have four children or more and strengthen the population in the country. The former LTTE commander said that the coronavirus lockdown had given Tamil couples a good opportunity to multiply. Karuna Amman said that he himself came from a large family before he joined the LTTE. He also praised…

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Tamil National Alliance Releases Election Manifesto Emphasising Mahinda Rajapaksas Repeated Assurances to the Indian Govt that it would “implement the 13th Amendment in full and build upon it so as to achieve meaningful devolution”.

By Meera Srinivasan Campaigning for Sri Lanka’s August 5 general elections, the country’s main Tamil party has foregrounded the promise Colombo made to New Delhi on power devolution, the need for greater connectivity to India from the northern Palaly airport, and the need to expedite the return of Sri Lankan refugees living in India. Releasing its poll manifesto in Jaffna on Saturday, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) — an amalgam of three parties with the largest representation from the Tamil-majority north-east in the last Parliament — said that during the…

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July 1983: Two Northern Attacks and One Island-wide Anti-Tamil Pogrom

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The fourth week of July revives bad memories among most Tamils who lived in Sri Lanka during the month of July in 1983. It was in that week in July that large-scale violence was let loose upon Tamils living in various parts of Sri Lanka including Colombo and suburbs. “Black July 1983” The week long spree of anti-Tamil violence saw over 4,000 Tamils and some Muslims – mistaken for Tamils – being killed. Thousands were injured. Some of the injured were killed in hospitals. There were close upon…

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13th Amendment was given to us by a foreign power by force and the entire Constitution has to be overhauled!

The SLPP is demanding a two-thirds majority at the August Poll, to introduce new amendments to the Constitution. What are these new amendments that you propose to introduce? A: The Constitution that was formed in 1972 did not last that long. The 1976 Constitution that was changed by JR also became a radical one. That Constitution was created based on the Executive Presidency. That constantly underwent changes during various Governments. The biggest such change was the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. That was not established by even the politicians. That…

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