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News: Debut Stories Trace the Aftershocks of the Sri Lankan Civil War
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
In Tamil, farewells are never final. As Akil Kumarasamy pointed out in a 2017 interview, the Tamil equivalent of goodbye is poyittu varen, meaning “I’ll go and return.” These are parting words especially suited to the refugee: ever running away, ever looking back. Kumarasamy poignantly illustrates this tension in her debut story collection, “Half Gods.” Across decades and continents, her characters are haunted by catastrophic violence, their emotional scars passed from one generation to the next.
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News: Studies Find Torture by Indian Troops in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
Indian peacekeeping troops in pursuit of suspected Tamil militants or their supporters in northern and eastern Sri Lanka have beaten, tortured and killed local Tamil-speaking civilians, according to two recently completed human-rights reports. Hundreds of people have been detained and dozens are reported to have disappeared in Indian Army custody, the reports said. The Indians have declined to cooperate with Sri Lankan courts, where they operate. It is unclear whose justice, if any, prevails in northeastern Sri Lanka.
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News: UN urged to Ensure the Safety of Tamil Mothers of the Disappeared after they Return to Sri Lanka from UNHRC: TGTE
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
An urgent appeal was made to the President of UN Human Rights Council H.E. Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, to take steps to ensure the safety of six Tamil Mothers of the disappeared when they return to Sri Lanka after giving statements at the current UN Human Rights Council session. These mothers were threatened and abused by Sri Lankan Security force officers and military intelligence at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Names of the six mothers are attached in the bottom. These Mothers are appealing UNHRC for help to find their children who disappeared in Sri Lanka and other thousands of Tamils who disappeared over the years. Several of the disappeared were surrendered by their families to the Sri Lankan security forces nine years ago at the end of the war.
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Photos: IPS highlights urgent policy reforms needed to transform Sri Lanka’s post-conflict growth
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
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Events: தமிழீழ மக்கள் விடுதலைக் கழகத்தின் (புளொட்) சுவிஸ்கிளை சார்பில் 29 வது "வீரமக்கள் தின" நிகழ்வு
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
Unter Affoltern மண்டபத்தில் (GZ Affoltern, Bodenacker -25, 8046 Affoltern Zürich)
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Events: புளொட் அமைப்பின் 29வது வீர மக்கள் தினம்
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
GZ Affoltern Bodenacker Str. 25 8046 Affoltern, Zurich Switzerland
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News: Is the government seriously committed to democracy functioning in regard to provincial governance, asks TNA Leader Sampanthan MP
Posted Date: 07/07/2018 (Saturday)
I am happy to second the Motion that has been moved by the Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran, Member of Parliament. He has dealt, Sir, primarily with the issue of the elections not being held and discussed various steps that have been taken thus far and also discussed what needs to be done to ensure that democracy is functional in the provinces and that elections are held without undue further delay. That, no doubt Sir, is a very serious issue which also raises the question of whether Governments in this country are seriously committed to democracy functioning in regard to provincial governance.
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News: Ramgarh Lynching: Minister Jayant Sinha Greets Accused With Hugs and Sweets As They Come Out of Jail on Bail
Posted Date: 07/07/2018 (Saturday)
Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha who has been speaking out in support of the convicts of the Ramgarh lynching was there outside the Central Jail at Hazaribagh to welcome the eight as they walked out on bail. Life sentences for the murder of a Muslim trader Alimuddin alias Asghar Ali given by a lower court were suspended by the Jharkhand High Court on June 27. Sinha was present with sweets and garlands, felicitating the convicts. At the time of their arrest and conviction by the court of additional district judge Om Prakash the Minister had been quoted in the media as stating that “from whatever I have gathered whatever after consultations and studying the various facets (of the case), I firmly believe that complete justice has not been done. I am not a police officer, and I have not done a detailed inquiry, but as per my understanding, complete justice has not been done. I consulted senior lawyers and
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Events: 23rd Annual Charity Dinner
Posted Date: 07/07/2018 (Saturday)
Manor Park Hall, New Malden, Surrey KT3 6AU
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News: India to operate “world’s emptiest airport” The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport would be operated as a Sri Lanka-India joint venture, Sri Lankan government tells Parliament
Posted Date: 06/07/2018 (Friday)
India would operate Sri Lanka’s loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, the Civil Aviation Minister has told Sri Lankan Parliament in Colombo. The $210 million facility, 241km south-east of Colombo, is dubbed the “world’s emptiest airport” due to a lack of flights. India would operate the airport as a Sri Lanka-India joint venture. The joint venture would see India gain a major stake of the airport, Minister of Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva told the Parliament.
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Videos: NSSP press Conference on 5th July 2018
Posted Date: 06/07/2018 (Friday)
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News: Rajapakses exploiting Wijeyakala’s statements to divert public attention from their Hambantota Ports colossal robbery !!
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
When the parliament commenced sessions on the 3 rd (today) , questions were raised as to what action should be taken by parliament in the future in connection with the pro LTTE announcements made by State minister Vijayakala Maheswaran in the North. A number of joint opposition MPs pointed out the need to take action , and that her statements are violating the oath she has taken under 7 th schedule of the constitution. The speaker who considered the views took measures today to inform the Attorney General to probe into whether any legal provisions have been violated , and to take legal action
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News: In memory of Rajani: the mother, the wife and the revolutionary Keeping memories alive
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Dr. Rajani Rajasingham Thiranagama, a symbol of Tamil human rights activism was shot dead by the LTTE in 1989. At the time of her murder, Rajani was the head of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Jaffna. She was also one of the founding members of the Jaffna branch of University Teachers for Human Rights. Breaking ethnic and religious barriers Rajani married Dayapala Thiranagama a student leader from Kelaniya University who went onto become an academic in his own right. The following article written by Dayapala Thiranagama first appeared in September 2009, to commemorate Rajini’s 20th death anniversary. It is reproduced to remember her 64th birth anniversary which fell on February 23, 2018.
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News: The Self-Serving Scramble for the Developing World
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
By David Kowalski The world’s richest countries insist their involvement in developing nations is prompted by altruism, but this magnanimity rings hollow. The tiny Pacific nation of Vanuatu is only the latest developing nation to fall victim to a highly disturbing trend: regional economic giants—in this case China and Australia—playing out their personal rivalries on emerging economies’ soil. Wealthier countries like these are engaged in a constant proxy war for influence, coercing poverty-stricken nations around the world to host their military bases and miring them in debt with gargantuan infrastructural projects
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Events: The Local London Work and Health Programme launch event
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
The Great Hall, University of East London Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ.
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Events: Free Adult Mental Health First Aid course
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
the Main Guildhall at Kingston Council.
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News: Basil Pooh-Poohs War Heroes
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Basil Rajapaksa, brother and right hand man of ex president Mahinda Rajapaksa commenting on Army excesses when trying to quell protests in Rathupaswala said that it was so brutal that he could well imagine how they would have operated in the North. Rajapaksa made these observations in an interview with the ‘Ada’ newspeper. He said in Sinhala: “ඉස්කෝලෙ ළමයිනෙ මිය ගියේ, අපේ ශාඛා සමිතිවල සාමාජිකයින්ගෙ කකුල් 21 වෙඩි වැදිලා කැඩිල තිබුණ. එතකොට මට උනත් හිතෙනවා මුන් උතුරෙ ගිහින් කොහොම මරන්න ඇතිද කියලා. ඒක මහ අමානුශික දෙයක්.” The statement is in stark contrast to the general image of the security forces portrayed by that government.
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News: Sampanthan to meet Mahinda to discuss new Constitution
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and opposition leader R Sampanthan is to meet former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the process to draft a new Constitution. TNA Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran said that the new Constitution must have the backing off all political parties. As a result he said that Sampanthan had talks on the new Constitution with the group of 16 who left the Government as well as others in Parliament.
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News: Vijayakala's statement: Speaker refers matter to AG
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has asked the Attorney General whether State Minister Vijayakala Mahsewaran’s controversial statement calling for the resurgence of the LTTE violates the Constitution or any other laws of the country and if so to take appropriate action against her. “A question has arisen as to the type of action to be taken against Ms. Maheswaran after the sentiments expressed by MPs in the House today. The MPs stressed the need to take action against Ms. Maheswaran. They argued that the state minister had violated the oath an MP takes as per the annexure 7 of the Constitution,” a statement from the Speaker’s office said. Meanwhile, the Speaker informed parliament today that he would inquire into the statement made by state minister Maheshwaran regarding the LTTE and take disciplinary action in addition to the inquiry by the Prime Minister on this matter.
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News: China refutes so-called \"debt trap\" over Sri Lanka\'s Hambantota port project
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
China and Sri Lanka are committed to pushing forward cooperation on the Hambantota port project and realizing the goal of making Sri Lanka the logistics center of the Indian Ocean, said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday. \"This is not only conducive to the economic development of Sri Lanka, but also conducive to regional interconnection and the common prosperity of regional countries,\" Spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing. Lu made the remarks in response to allegations that appeared in U.S. media reports, which stated that China\'s acquisition of the Hambantota port from Sri Lanka highlights its \"debt trap\" and ambitious use of loans to gain influence around the world.
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