UK-funded Community Policing Project in North of Sri Lanka

During his three-day visit to North, the British High Commissioner visited UK-funded Community Policing Programme The programme, which has run since 2012, works with 142 police stations across all 9 provinces During his visit to the North this week, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka H E John Rankin visited the Puthukkudiyiruppu Police Station to talk about the community policing programme, funded by the British High Commission, Colombo, which has made a difference to community-police relations in the area. The community policing programme, implemented in collaboration with The Asia Foundation,…

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“Collecting Evidence & Witness Statements from Tamils by ICPPG”

“Collecting Evidence & Witness Statements from Tamils by ICPPG”Internatinal Centre for Prevention & Prosecution of Genocide will be collecting evidence & witness statements from Tamils for UNHRC.Public are invited to give evidence & witness of GENOCIDE happened to them to get Justice, Peace for our Tamils.Date : Saturday :  06/09/2014 Sunday :   07/09/2014Time :   10 am (Sat&Sun)Place : TGTE Office – 227 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8NFOrganised byInternational Centre for Prevention & Prosecution of GenocideFor further details call :07869133073 07877204123 07929349302www.icppg.org www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-united-nations-vote-resolution-war-crimes-video

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Doing more to promote reconciliation at local level to solve people’s problems

By Jehan Perera One of the many benefits of the end of the war is the ability of Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims to mix with one another without the prospect of getting into trouble.  During the time of war, such mixing was potentially problematic, as those who were Tamil could easily be suspected of having links with the LTTE.    Therefore even those who were engaged in peace building were wary of bringing members of all ethnic communities together.  There was also a second reason.  This was the polarization that existed…

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Farewell To Navanethem Pillay; Champion And Defender Of Human Rights

By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar – UN Human Rights Council Commissioner Navanethem Pillay completed her six years of dedicated service on 31-8-2014. An Indian Tamil origin born in South Africa to a poor family. She rose to the heights of Judicial service as the first coloured supreme court Judge. She was the best choice for Kofi Annan to serve as the Human Rights Commissioner being in charge of the UN Human Rights Council located in Geneva. While in service she exhibited courage fearlessness and forthrightness without any favour or fervour. She kept vigilance on all the members of…

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India’s Moral Rectitude On Test At Swamy’s Abrasive Conduct

By S. Sivathasan – The susceptibilities of Tamils are now under constant laceration.  The man who has earned the ire of all Tamils is Swamy. From the day Modi was elected Prime Minister, this man thinks he has come into his own. By himself of no consequence, of miniscule weight and without credibility, he has purportedly attached himself to Modi and the BJP government. So he prates and behaves in Sri Lanka. It is very unfortunate that the new government has taken kindly to his scheming ways. His malevolence erodes the image of governance…

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Protest breaks out against Swamy’s remarks

Protest broke out all over the State on Wednesday against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s remarks that he had “advised” the Sri Lankan government not to release the boats of fishermen as they were rich and out to destroy the marine resources. At Rameswaram, over 3,000 fishermen assembled in front of the office of the Fisheries Department and staged a demonstration, raising slogans against Dr. Swamy, burning him in effigy and demanding an apology. Referring to Dr. Swamy’s remarks made during a debate in a private Tamil channel that the boat…

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Politicians who dig their political graves with their dirty tongues

The government is conducting a no-holds-barred polls campaign to bag the Uva Provincial Council while its opponents are crying foul. The UPFA wants more than a mere victory in that province. A member of the ruling clan is in the fray seeking reelection as Chief Minister. If there happens to be a drop in the number of the UPFA’s seats or votes that will be made out to be a sign of the Rajapaksas’ popularity being on the wane. This is the last thing the UPFA wants at a time…

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MDMK General Secretary Vaiko allowed to argue before tribunal reviewing ban on LTTE

MDMK General Secretary Vaiko was on Wednesday allowed to present his arguments before a special tribunal constituted by the Delhi High Court to look into the ban on LTTE as an “unlawful organization”. The tribunal headed by Justice GP Mittal had in July issued an advertisement calling for responses from the LTTE and any other persons on the review of the ban on the group. The LTTE has been banned for a further five years under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act by the central government. While Vaiko, known for his…

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Mullaitivu family intimidated after British High Commissioner visit

A family in Mullaitivu were threatened by Sri Lankan military intelligence officers following a visit to their home by the British High Commissioner John Rankin. Rankin travelled to the Puthukkudiyiruppu region of Mullaitivu on Tuesday, to speak directly to Tamil families about the problems they faced. Following his visit intelligence officers arrived at the house and “threatened” the family, the Jaffna based newspaper, Uthayan, reports. The family was one of three households visited by the High Commissioner during his trip. The High Commissioner was told about a multitude of grievances faced by Tamils…

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Why Narendra Modi Wants Sri Lanka to Build on the 13th Amendment

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Astute Observers consistently following the erratic course of Sri Lankan Tamil politics were in for a pleasant surprise last week. The premier political representatives of the Sri Lankan Tamil people configured electorally as the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)embarked on a passage to India to meet the recently elected Prime minister Narendra Modi and key officials in New Delhi. The element of pleasant surprise in this exercise was due to the fact that a trip to New Delhi by the TNA was not expected to materialise until after the…

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Military intervention- British HC promised to solve the problem

British High Commissioner(HC) John Ranking discusses with Vanni district parliamentarian Sivasakthi Anandan on families affected by the war. Parliamentarian briefed high commissioner on land acquisitions, disappeared persons, safety of political prisoners, rehabilitation for widow mothers and essential facilities for all former terrorists.High Commissioner listens to the parliamentarian and promised pay special attention on all these problems.High Commissioner was accompanied by his assistant. Northern Provincial Councilor Dr.C.Sivamohan also present at this meeting. During the time of discussion parliamentarian Sivasakthi Anandan brief about the resettling Sinhala people in Vanni district, constructing Buddhist…

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Narendra Modi’s BJP Govt Does a Volte face by Re-setting Policy on Sri Lanka in favour of Rajapaksa Regime.

BY SAM RAJAPPA There has been a reset in India’s Sri Lanka policy which is at variance with what Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj had stated in public in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Addressing an election rally in Chennai on 13 April and another in Ramanathapuram on 17 April, Modi said that just as the Sri Lankan Navy targeted Tamil Nadu fishermen, Pakistan’s Navy attacked fishermen from Gujarat. The weak UPA government of Manmohan Singh had failed to protect these fishermen. If the BJP was voted to…

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Gota revealed as political advisor to Sajith!

Defence ministry secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is the political advisor to Sajith Premadasa, who is aspiring to become the deputy leader of the UNP, Rajapaksa has admitted in front of a UNP mayor  and several urban councillors of the party. Spending most of the time of the day in a bad temper, it was surprising for all to see Gotabhaya all smiles at a recent function, where he spoke to everyone present. He has gone to the mayor and the councillors of the UNP and chatted with them about political…

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Increased confidence is key says UK

I9ncreasing confidence between the local community and the civil administration is an important part of long-term reconciliation, the British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rakin said in a statement following a visit to the Puthukkudiyiruppu Police Station in the North. Rankin visited the Puthukkudiyiruppu Police Station to talk about the community policing programme, funded by the British High Commission, Colombo, which has made a difference to community-police relations in the area. “I was pleased to speak to both the police personnel and the local communities involved in this programme. They…

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Modi gave lesson to TNA on ‘collaborative politics’ says Devanand

“I hope that the Tamil National Alliance leaders who recently went to meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would listen to his advice, which is the same as our longstanding position on the resolution to the conflict, that one should start collaborating with the Sri Lankan Government on Northern Provincial Council,” said EPDP leader Douglas Devananda, who is also a minister in Rajapaksa regime. He was addressing the audience at the re-opening ceremony of Achchuveali Industrial Estate in Jaffna on Wednesday. The industrial estate has been rehabilitated with Indian…

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Karunanidhi leads TESO protest

The DMK appears to have softened its stand on the BJP government at the Centre over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, at least for now. Reposing faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi to find a solution to the problem, DMK president M. Karunanidhi said a united struggle would secure the Tamils true freedom and self-respect. ‘Modi can’ Addressing a demonstration-cum-rally under the auspices of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) here on Wednesday, he said everyone felt that India had a Prime Minister capable of achieving what his predecessors could…

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Driving Muslims towards political racism

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMK) have decided to contest the Uva Provincial Council Elections under one banner. They are fielding their candidates to the Badulla District under the Democratic Unity Alliance (DUA).Minister Rishad Bathiudeen (a former SLMC member) who leads the ACMC left the SLMC because of a conflict with the party and the leadership, but has now joined hands with Minister Rauff Hakeem. They claim that they have joined together for the betterment of the Muslim community and to raise one…

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Media phobia!

It was only last week that a Kalutara Urban Council member (UNP) demanded that the media be debarred from covering council meetings. He was incensed at newspaper reports that some councillors were planning to visit Bangkok at the ratepayers’ expense. Close on the heels of that incident, the Polgahawela Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) Chairman has declared his council premises out of bounds to journalists. He is resentful that questions that some PS members raised about the cost of repairs to his pick-up truck and the low quality of a stock of…

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Army presence unsettles Tamils: Varadaraja Perumal

The heavy presence of the army in the Tamil-speaking areas of Sri Lanka, after the cantonment system was introduced, has prompted fears among locals about Sinhalese settlement, the Leader of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and former Chief Minister of North-Eastern Province, A. Varadaraja Perumal, said on Tuesday. Talking to journalists here, he said that reducing the presence of the army would help the economy. Expenditure on security, accounting for one-third of the spending, was unnecessary, and the money could instead be used for education, health and roads.…

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CP salutes comrade Tampoe

The Communist Party of Sri Lanka yesterday expressed its grief over the sad news of comrade Bala Tampoe’s sudden passing away. It said in a media statement: “Bala, the veteran CMU leader inescapably falls into the category of the galaxy of our foremost pioneering trade union leaders of our country. Distinct from others, he was the longest surviving trade union leader, with an unblemished record, being relentlessly active till his death. “In the seven decades of his Trade Union career, he led many working class struggles including general strikes, Hartals…

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