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Pragmatic Politics of Plantation Tamil Leader Saumiyamoorthy Thondaman
Published Date: 02/09/2018 (Sunday)
When Sri Lanka known then as Ceylon obtained full freedom from British rule on February 4th 1948, the second largest ethnic community in the island were the Tamils of recent Indian origin and not the Sri Lankan Tamil community. The 1ast official census before Ceylon got Dominion Status and then Independence from the United Kingdom was taken in 1946.According to the 1946 census, the island nation had a total population of 6 , 637, 300 people. Of this the breakdown for the Sinhala, Sri Lankan Tamil, Sri Lankan Moor,
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China Given Oil Exploration Rights Along Eastern Coast
Published Date: 02/09/2018 (Sunday)
A Chinese agency has been given the right to explore for oil along the coast from Point Pedro to the Batticaloa District going 9 miles into the sea from the coast. Strangely the exploration rights have been signed over by the government’s archaelogy agency. These designs came to light when the water resources authority was informed so that fisherfolk may not have their livelihood disrupted, and Chinese workers held meetings over
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Sinhalalization of North should be documented: NPC passes a resolution
Published Date: 01/09/2018 (Saturday)
A resolution has been adopted in the NPC calling for the documentation of all illegal Sinhala Colonization undertaken in the North, the NPC should exert pressure to stop these Colonization and that the NPC members should make field visits to inspect the colonization.
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Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs commissions two patrol vessels provided via Rs. 2.3 b gra
Published Date: 01/09/2018 (Saturday)
State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Kazuyuki Nakane visited Sri Lanka from 28 to 30 August. During his stay, he participated in the Commissioning Ceremony of patrol vessels and held meetings with Sri Lankan government leaders in order to promote bilateral relationships between the two countries.
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Sri Lanka does not need a federal system – Sumanthiran
Published Date: 01/09/2018 (Saturday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran says that so far there is no agreement within the Tamil people for one nation and that they should be brought into one track through the new Constitution. He stated this joining a conference held in Galle with regard to the 20th amendment to the constitution.
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Condemnation of the Land grabbing by the Mahaveli-Development Authority and some other related issues
Published Date: 31/08/2018 (Friday)
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna strongly condemn all the measures taken by the Mahaveli-Development Authority to acquire the lands and resources of the livelihood (paddy-fields & other arable lands) of the Tamils living in the Mullaitivu District for several generations. (Mahaveli Development Authority was established decades ago by the Government with the aim of bringing the longest river in Sri Lanka to the North with the aim of cultivating thousands of acres of lands which hitherto had no access to water).
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In solidarity with Sri Lanka’s families of the disappeared: a statement from three continents
Published Date: 31/08/2018 (Friday)
The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which falls today, is an annual commemoration with roots in Latin America. There, in the early 1980s, at a time when much of the region lived under the spectre of authoritarian rule, victims’ groups and non-governmental organisations began mobilising public support to remember the victims of enforced disappearances and to pay tribute to their relatives. Today, following formal recognition of the anniversary by the
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Diasporas as a force in foreign affairs: the case of Tamils in Britain and Canada
Published Date: 31/08/2018 (Friday)
A number of factors impact whether or not diasporas influence host country foreign policy, writes Matthew Godwin. He looks at two major decisions facing Canada and the UK toward Sri Lanka, and explains how pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events. Countries in the West have long welcomed immigrants from all over the world. In Canada, as many as half of the residents in the country’s largest city, Toronto were not born in Canada.
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Tamil asylum seeker dies after suicide attempt in Brisbane hospital
Published Date: 30/08/2018 (Thursday)
Man, who leaves behind a wife and four children in Sri Lanka, had recently had his claim for protection rejected A Tamil asylum seeker and father of four, admitted to hospital suffering severe depression, has died after attempting to take his own life inside a Brisbane hospital.
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Enforced disappearances; families have a right to know
Published Date: 30/08/2018 (Thursday)
Today is the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances and the topic has deep relevance to Sri Lanka because of what happened, especially after the end of the war in 2009 and during the past few decades. In a statement the UN says enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole.
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Presidential Elections likely in January Only if MS, MR join hands
Published Date: 30/08/2018 (Thursday)
New political alliances and formations are common occurrence when the national elections are around the corner. The presidential elections are scheduled to be conducted at the end of next year. Now, the country’s political air is pregnant with preparations for such happenings. The latest is a move to forge an electoral pact between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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US warship conducts exercise with Sri Lanka navy
Published Date: 30/08/2018 (Thursday)
A United States navy amphibious ship from the Seventh Fleet with marines on board has conducted a joint exercise with Sri Lanka’s navy, the latest event in growing naval ties between the two countries. “The exercise allowed the ships to improve each crews' knowledge and strengthen a wide variety of seamanship skills critical to operating throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the United States Embassy in Colombo said in a statement.
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Upgrading Palaly airport: SLAF given task
Published Date: 30/08/2018 (Thursday)
Amidst Joint Opposition accusations that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government was planning to hand over the strategic Palaly airfield to India, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday said that the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) would undertake a feasibility study for developing the airport. Addressing the media at the SLFP office on T.B. Jayah Mawatha, flanked by Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and SLFP General Secretary Rohana Lakshman
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Mass Graves – Disappearances – OMP – PTA – Justice to Tamils Victims ?
Published Date: 29/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The culture of impunity to the security forces under the DRACONIAN PREVENTION TERRORISM ACT [PTA] and their licence to kill especially the Tamils caused several disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka. It is to be noted that the Mass Graves, Disappearances and the Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] are all inter-connected. The Office of the Missing Persons is toothless in powers and
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Settlements in Mullaitivu: President dismisses TNA allegation as untrue
Published Date: 29/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday denied Tamil National Alliance (TNA) allegation that there was a move to settle outsiders in the Mullaitivu district. Samarasinghe emphasized that there was absolutely no basis for this claim. The SLFPer said so when The Island sought an explanation as to why President Maithripala Sirisena,
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What brings the US Peace Corps to Sri Lanka?
Published Date: 28/08/2018 (Tuesday)
The available information on the return of the US Peace Corps (USPC) to Sri Lanka on the stated mission of ‘English language education’ raises many questions, given the timing and context of their arrival. Under the terms of the agreement signed between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Acting Director of the Peace Corps in February, the first 25 volunteers will arrive in the country in September 2019 for their two year assignments. This is likely to
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Shedding Crocodile Tears for Democracy
Published Date: 28/08/2018 (Tuesday)
As explained by Lal Wijenaike, the 10 experts nominated by the Steering Committee and drawn from various professions like engineering, legal, political and academia, with different backgrounds worked on an initial draft, based on interim report and 6 sub committee reports. This initial draft; can also be called as a Zero
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Ava group a social phenomenon in Jaffna
Published Date: 28/08/2018 (Tuesday)
Many news reports that emerged from the north produced details related to a criminal gang called ‘Ava’ group wreaking havoc in certain areas and the purported attempts being made for the revival of the LTTE by some extremist elements. Let alone, these are two issues that have political implications, both in and outside the Northern Province.
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Rejected Delimitation Report costs Rs. 21.2 million
Published Date: 27/08/2018 (Monday)
A total of Rs.21.2 million had been incurred in the process of creating the Provincial Council Delimitation Report, sources revealed yesterday. The report was rejected by Parliament on Friday (24) when the vote was taken. According to Parliament sources the expense had been made in respect of the five-member Commission, appointed by the President for their personal emoluments, travelling, supplies
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Wigneswaran, Sampanthan and Tamil National Alliance Intra-Tensions
Published Date: 27/08/2018 (Monday)
However the goals of making the Northern Provincial Council dysfunctional and preventing a socio-economic renaissance through development activities have succeeded to some extent due to Chief minister Wigneswaran and a few provincial councillors, some officials and sections of the Tamil media Wigneswaran may have been a Supreme Court judge but he proved to be absolutely incompetent as a chief minister and was thoroughly inefficient as an administrator He wrote to the President saying he will not participate in the Task Force and released it to the media. He also urged the TNA not to attend Task Force meetings Wigneswaran began exerting pressure on TNA leader Sampanthan to comply with his call for a boycott
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Youths tired of politicians and elections; dip in voter registration
Published Date: 27/08/2018 (Monday)
A drop in voter registration, especially among the country’s youth, has been observed in the latest enumeration process, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya told the Sunday Times. “I don’t think parties or politicians should be blamed entirely. The youth are not against individual parties or politicians, but against the system as a whole. We have spoken to some of them and they say; ‘we don’t want elections, we have no interest in
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TNA to join Presidential Task Force against C.V's wishes
Published Date: 27/08/2018 (Monday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has ignored a request by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to boycott the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the development of the Northern and Eastern Provinces and would participate in a meeting of the task force scheduled for today (27). The Northern Chief Minister had made the above request claiming that the government was attempting to undermine the long-awaited political solution to the ethnic problem by increasing economic activities in the region.
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Sri Lanka and India discuss fast tracking Indian Ocean shipping, security deal
Published Date: 27/08/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had discussed the need to fast track an agreement on freedom of navigation and security during bilateral talks on the sidelines of a conference on the Indian Ocean held in Vietnam. Swaraj and Wickremesinghe had agreed that the Indian Ocean Conference, which is being held for the third successive year, is the best forum to hammer out an agreement on freedom of navigation, peace and security in the Indian Ocean, a statement from the Prime Minister's office said.
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Duterte urged to take Malaysia cue on China aid
Published Date: 27/08/2018 (Monday)
Opposition senator De Lima flags risks of taking loans to fund massive infrastructure projects Manila: President Rodrigo Duterte should carefully study the option of taking loans from China given the experience of other countries having to contend with a debt vortex at a later stage, an opposition senator cautioned.
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SL Army focuses on Global Disruptions and National Security
Published Date: 27/08/2018 (Monday)
The Colombo Defense seminar the apex seminar organized by the Sri Lanka Army is to be held on 30th and 31 August. This year the seminar will focus on the theme of ‘global disruptions’ and implications on national security. Global disruptions have been the focus on many policy and academic conversations in the 21st Century. The impact global disruptions can have on national security is a very pertinent and timely conversation.
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