What is good for Wayamba is good for Jaffna, too!

By N Sathiya Moorthy It could not have been timed better or worse – as the perpetrators, or those really behind the perpetrators, had wanted. A day, or night, to be precise, after the three-day visit of India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM), Subramanyam Jaiishankar’s ‘successful’ Colombo visit, came the news of the overnight destruction of a Tamil war memorial on the Jaffna University campus in the North. Earlier episodes of the kind had stopped with desecration of a Tamil identity in the war-ravaged region, or the proclamation and promotion of…

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Sri Lanka to rebuild Tamil war memorial after protests

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s government said Monday (11) it would rebuild a memorial to Tamil civilians killed in the country’s civil war that was demolished at the weekend. The destruction of the monument at Jaffna University – depicting arms sticking out of a mound – prompted protests and threats of a general strike in areas where Tamils are a majority. The government had earlier condemned the structure as a memorial to “terrorists”, saying it glorified Tamil Tiger guerrillas who were crushed in 2009 at the end of a 37-year-long war. The…

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How Nandasena peed at his president’s chair

Wimal Dheerasekere writes (Lanka-e-News- 10.Jan.2021, 11.30PM)  President Nandasena who was frowned by the action of opposition MP Harin Fernando at the parliament, posed a public threat that he is an executor that he would kill Harin as a dog as he killed Prabakaran. It is a wild event that the civilized world does not expect from any president who was democratically elected in this world but yesterday 9th all the people of the world saw. In fact, what Nandasena did was peeing on the supreme presidency. The attached video shows…

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British MPs call on Foreign Secretary to condemn monument destruction

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, a cross-party group of British parliamentarians, has condemned the destruction of the Mullivaikkal monument at Jaffna University. The group said it had called on the British Foreign Secretary to condemn the ‘vicious attack’ on Tamil remembrance. The incident has already drawn comment from Canada’s Foreign Minister, who said he was ‘heartbroken’ at the destruction. See here for the full statement, also reproduced below. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils is deeply concerned by the demolition of the Mullivaikal Tamil Genocide Memorial Monument at Jaffna University on…

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VC received ‘classified’ instructions to demolish monument

The Vice Chancellor told Ceylon Today he received a‘classified’document demanding the demolition of the war memorial built in the university premises and could not disclose anything beyond that. Former Vice Chancellors were also ordered to demolish the structure but they did not carry out that order, he added. “It’s a classified document and I will not divulge from where the order came, however, now I have got permission to allow the reconstruction of the monument and we have already laid the foundation stones.  SLPP MP Angajan Ramanthan told Ceylon Today…

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“When Devil Rules …”

By Ameer Ali – Dr. Ameer Ali Pei aracandal pinam thinnum caththirankal (when devil rules scholarship eats cadavar), wrote the famous Tamil poet Bharathi, in his memorable Panchali Cabatham. He was referring to the silence of the learned at Dhuriyothana’s court, when the ruler’s brother Dhuchchathana dragged Pandavas’ wife Dhrawpatha by her hair to be stripped in front of everyone. It was Lord Krishna who protected her, which eventually became casus belli for the Battle of Dharma in Mahabaratha.  When one witnesses the callous indifference towards and outright dismissal of scientific truths, recommended by expert virologists and…

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President Nandasena Issues Chilling Warning To Opposition: “I Killed Prabhakaran Like A dog – I Can Become That Person”

Irked by a critical parliamentary speech by an opposition MP, President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday showed chilling flashes of his old self in Ampara vowing to become “Defence Secretary Gotabaya” if necessary. Issuing a not-so-veiled threat against SJB MP Harin Fernando, President Rajapaksa warned that Buddhist monks were always telling him to stop being “President Gotabaya” and take on the “stricter” role of “Defence Secretary”. “Remember when Prabhakaran started his tricks and attacked me at the Pittala Junction? I finished that job by killing him and sprawling him out like a dog and bringing him…

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“President Insinuates He Is Capable Of Having Me Killed Like A Dog”: Harin Writes To IGP

Opposition Parliamentarian Harin Fernando has written to the Inspector General of Police demanding adequate security against a grave threat to his life after President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa referred to the MP by name in a speech in Ampara on Saturday while recalling that he had killed terrorist leader Prabakaran, a former adversary, “like a dog”. Harin During his speech, President Rajapaksa seemed to have been seriously angered by a speech made by MP Fernando in Parliament earlier this week in which the SJB politician delivered a scathing attack on the failures of the ruling regime. Raising…

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President is surrounded by a group of money-grubbers: Ven. Prof. Medagoda Abhayatissa

The President will not only be defeated at the forthcoming election due to a coterie of money-grubbers that have surrounded him but any person even remotely connected to the government will not be able to meet the public to seek votes, Ven. Prof. Medagoda Abhayatissa Thero said addressing a press conference in Colombo. He emphasised that the East Container Terminal (ECT) in the Colombo port should not be handed over to India simply as an investment, pointing out that investment is just another term for sale. https://english.theleader.lk/news/1064-president-is-surrounded-by-a-group-of-money-grubbers-ven-prof-medagoda-abhayatissa

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Opposition MP Harin writes to IGP over President’s chilling remarks

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarian Harin Fernando has sought the intervention of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to protect his life which has been placed under serious threat after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s remarks at a function held in Ampara yesterday (09). The opposition lawmaker highlighted the fact that protecting the life and liberty of Members of Parliament discharging their duties is not a personal favour he is asking of the IGP, but an exercise of his solemn duty to defend the Constitution of the Republic, which he is sworn…

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Discrimination against minorities, what is the ‘End Game’?

ECONOMYNEXT – Parliamentarian Harin Fernando’s now-famous speech delivered last week was, in many ways, a reflection of the deep anguish religious and ethnic minorities are dealing with the overtly discriminatory attitudes of the authorities. In his role as the enfant terrible of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya, Fernando spoke primarily of the fallacy of the government’s slogan of “one country one law” and drew the ire of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself. But Fernando also went on to make a more important point that the religious and ethnic minorities have to accept a subject-hood…

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PC polls postponement partly due pressure from Sinhala Nationalist

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s decision to indefinitely postpone Provincial Council (PC) elections controversially was made due to sustained pressure from Sinhala Nationalist organisations who argue that the government had pledged to do away with the PCs during the election campaign. On Tuesday, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told reporters the leaders of the political parties in the governing Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Peramuna had decided to put off the polls due to the pandemic and also on “a request made by the Maha Sangha (Buddhists Monks).” The party leaders’ meeting took…

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India will hold Sri Lanka to its commitments on reconciliation

ECONOMYNEXT – India has “conveyed that Sri Lanka should uphold the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government on meaningful devolution,” Delhi’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has told the Sunday Virakesari. In an exclusive interview with Virakesari Political Correspondent R Ram, Jaishankar also emphasized that the “process of reconciliation with the implementation of the 13th Amendment needs to be carried forward.” The Indian EAM also said that Delhi would hold Sri Lanka to its commitments and said that he recalled: “that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had expressed confidence during the Virtual Bilateral…

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Indian Foreign Minister’s call for caution

Jaishankar remarked that India, ‘a dependable partner’ said is ‘open to strengthening its relationship with Sri Lanka on the basis of mutual trust, mutual interest, mutual respect and mutual sensitivity’ Sri Lanka has also signalled a unilateral shift away from once a growing thaw with America, and its traditional development partner, Japan.  Indian External Affairs Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who was in Sri Lanka last week on a three-day official visit delivered a nuanced, but unequivocal message to the leaders in Colombo.  Though coated in diplomatic niceties, his was a decisive…

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Opposition MP Ranjan sentenced to 4 years of rigorous imprisonment over a case of Contempt of Court

The Supreme Court has sentenced parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake to 04 years of rigorous imprisonment over a case of Contempt of Court, stated Ada Derana reporter. Last month, the Supreme Court judge bench scheduled further clarifications on the contempt of court case for today (January 12). A three-judge bench comprising Justices Sisira de Abrew, Vijith Malalgoda, and Preethi Padman Surasena unanimously issued the verdict. Announcing the verdict, Sisira de Abrew, presiding judge of the bench, said that the contempt of court charges leveled by the Attorney General against Ranjan Ramanayake for…

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Government supporter MP Pillayan released from murder case.

By P.K. Balachandran COLOMBO – The Attorney General’s Department on Monday (11) informed the Batticaloa High Court that it will not be pursuing the criminal case against Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, a Member of Parliament and former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province. The case pertains to the assassination of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Joseph Pararajasingham at St .Mary’s Cathedral in Batticaloa on December 25, 2005. With the Attorney General’s decision Pillayan is expected to be released when the case comes up in the High Court on Wednesday (13). Pillayan’s…

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Rajapaksa regime that has kept the LTTE very much alive in public discourse

‘If only they would respect Tamils as humans’An alleged former combatant who was ‘rehabilitated’  The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is the armed group that the Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa government claim they defeated in May 2009. During the first Rajapaksa regime and after the Rajapaksas returned to power in 2019, even in the midst of the pandemic, their government has held annual events to celebrate its victory over the LTTE, which it always proudly states it destroyed. At the same time, even in 2021, 11 years after…

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