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Jaffna – Beginning To Awake As Provincial Elections Seem Nearing
Published Date: 05/09/2018 (Wednesday)
After the Local Government Elections and the deals and counter deals made for the Chairmanship of LG Bodies, Jaffna had been quiet. Lulled into boredom, as it were. Any visceral activity threatening the sense of quietude was in the courts where the Tamil Congress has been faring badly. Its unsuccessful Jaffna mayoral candidate V. Manivannan is out on Rs. 50,000 bail after threatening to launch attacks on a Member of the Election Commission.
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Islam shows its female face with rise of women mosques
Published Date: 05/09/2018 (Wednesday)
Relegated to the basement, silenced by the imam and barred from the front door, some Muslim women have had enough of male domination at the mosque and are setting up their own. From Copenhagen to Los Angeles, a handful of female mosques now cater to Muslim women who want their own place of worship, just as men have had through the ages.
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Australian Direct Aid Program calls for applications
Published Date: 05/09/2018 (Wednesday)
The Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is now open for applications. The DAP is a flexible small grants program that has helped hundreds of organisations around the world, including in Sri Lanka and Maldives, to make a real difference in their communities. For the current DAP round, preference will be given to Sri Lanka-based projects that support
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Rare Tamil inscription found
Published Date: 05/09/2018 (Wednesday)
A rare ninth-century Tamil inscription has been found engraved on an oil press stone at a village in Tiruvannamalai district. A team of archaeologists comprising Balamugan, secretary of the Centre for Tiruvannamalai Historical Society and its members Nidhi Doss and Dr Sekar, found the oil press stone lying in the tiny village of Chellankuppam near Vettavalam in the district, recently, while making preliminary investigation in the vicinity of Vettavalam.
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Sampanthan seeks meeting with Wiggy
Published Date: 04/09/2018 (Tuesday)
Amidst speculations about a possible split of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), its leader R. Sampanthan has sought an immediate meeting with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on September 7 apparently to explore the possibility of patching up differences, it is learnt. There have been open confrontations between Mr. Wigneswaran and TNA MP for the Jaffna
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Killing of children for ransom and Sri Lanka’s nightmares
Published Date: 04/09/2018 (Tuesday)
The progress of ongoing criminal investigations into the grisly killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom, spearheaded ‘allegedly’ (here, I use the term quite deliberately) by a Naval officer and others during 2008-2009 will be the crucible on which this Government and this Presidency’s commitment to promises made, will be tested most severely.
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US State Department’s softer attitude toward terrorist use of human shield
Published Date: 04/09/2018 (Tuesday)
When there is an outcry against the use of human shield by terrorist groups and a clear condemnation of terror groups using such inhuman tactics endangering innocent unarmed civilian lives to face the legitimate armed attacks of conventional forces, the Trump Administration’s State Department is currently working to quash a new legislation now before the U.S. Senate that would sanction such terror groups for using human shields.
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300 million assistance pledged by Saudi Arabia
Published Date: 04/09/2018 (Tuesday)
At a time, we read about the US president’s discontinuance of his country’s aids to many countries including US’s close allies, the very recent one being the long standing military aid the US gave for Pakistan for $300 million, annually.Veteran writer Seyed Hamid Mowlana hosted a special sumptuous dinner to our Ambassador Azmi Thassim and me at his palatial residence in Sulaimaniya on Saturday ! It was a seafood spread which gave a Sri Lankan touch and taste! Thanks Mowlana, your son Waqar and his family members
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Home Office loses 75% of its appeals against immigration rulings
Published Date: 04/09/2018 (Tuesday)
Successful applicants being unnecessarily put through traumatic process, say lawyers Nearly three-quarters of final immigration court appeals brought by the Home Office against rulings allowing asylum seekers and other migrants to stay in the UK are dismissed, according to figures seen by the Guardian.
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State obligation with regard to torture, and failed governance
Published Date: 03/09/2018 (Monday)
A meeting held by the Kandy Regional Office of the Human Rights Commission in support of victims of torture on June 29, 2018 raised again concerns with regard to impunity of the police, and failures of the legal system. The programme at the meeting provided an opportunity for a woman torture victim from
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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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