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Ethnic discrimination in student enrollment exposes reconciliation farce: Tamil academic

[Sat, 23 Jul 2016, 23:09 GMT]
Reconciliation is about change of attitude in the minds of people. The authorities should have set precedence for such transformation through egalitarian practices. But, what has taken place on the ground was in sharp contradiction, especially in the practice of student selection to the universities in the island, said Senior Lecturer Dr J. Kennedy from the Faculty of Arts & Culture at the Eastern University in an interview to TamilNet on Saturday. Stating that proper investigations should reveal the patterns, the academic from the Department of Languages at the main Vanthaa'ru-moolai campus of the Eastern University said he personally believed external sources were influencing certain sections of Sinhala students to behave in a supremacist manner. Colombo's Ministry of Higher Education and the University Grants Commission (UGC) should prove their bona fides, he said. Full story >>

Tamil student leaders in Jaffna condemn SL Governor Cooray’s remarks in Colombo

[Fri, 22 Jul 2016, 19:47 GMT]
Reacting strongly against Colombo’s Governor to North Mr Reginald Cooray, who went on record in Colombo on Thursday claiming that the SL police in Jaffna was searching for an ‘absconding’ [Tamil] student, the Student Union leaders at the University of Jaffna told TamilNet Friday evening that they would launch a long-term boycott bringing the education activities to a standstill if Colombo regime was backing the controversial claim of Mr Cooray. In the meantime, the University administration in Jaffna and the University Grants Commission jointly invited all students to the University promising conducive environment at the Faculty of Science and that education activities have resumed in several other faculties. Full story >>

Tamil politicians blame SL Military for enticing Sinhala students with triumphalist chauvinism

[Thu, 21 Jul 2016, 00:21 GMT]
Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Suresh Premachandran
It was a section of Sinhala students who went against the decision taken by the Jaffna University administration to allow Kandyan dance as a stage-event inside the venue hall and traditional Tamil music in the welcome procession outside the hall on Saturday. It was the SL military intelligence that enticed the Sinhala students to act in contrary to the decision, said Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the leader of Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF). The SL Police on Wednesday arrested a Jaffna University student leader merely on a complaint made to them. The SL police has acted without conducting an initial investigation, he said. In the meantime, EPRLF Leader Suresh Premachandran said there was no point in punishing Sinhala or Tamil students. Instead, the investigations should focus on how these students were manipulated by the external forces to indulge in violence, the former MP said. Full story >>

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NPC demands CoI to go beyond criminal investigations on Jaffna University clash

[Wed, 20 Jul 2016, 15:21 GMT]
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran and NPC's Opposition Leader S. Thavarajah, issued a statement on Wednesday demanding a Commission of Inquiry with a broader mandate to investigate and report on the circumstances that led to the violent clash at the University of Jaffna on Saturday. Such incidents should not be viewed from a purely criminal law standpoint, the carefully worded statement by Justice Wigneswaran said adding that “when University Students have decided to resort to violence it is our responsibility to determine the underlying causes that had led to their behaviour.” The statement further said: “Merely condemning such incidents or punishing certain students after an inquiry would not be able to bring about understanding and unity.” Full story >>

‘SL President sanctioning 67-feet Buddha statue off Jaffna is act of aggression’

[Mon, 18 Jul 2016, 18:01 GMT]
Vinthan KanagaratnamLatest photographs from Nayinaa-theevu islet off Jaffna reveal that the occupying Navy of genocidal Sri Lanka being deployed in the construction of controversial 67-feet Buddha statue disregarding the sentiments of the gagged Eezham Tamil population in the islet under military occupation. “Eezham Tamils have clearly articulated their objection to the controversial move. If the new regime, which has came to power using Tamils‘ votes, didn’t want to respect the sentiments of Eezham Tamils, and if the SL President has sanctioned this illegitimate project, he has just invoked an act of aggression, not only against the Eezham Tamils, but also against the 70-million Tamils of Tamil Nadu,” NPC Councillor Vinthan Kanagaratnam told TamilNet on Monday. The public in Jaffna will raise against this move, he said. Full story >>

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SL military-backed Sinhala students clash with Tamil students in Jaffna University

[Sat, 16 Jul 2016, 13:37 GMT]
Sinhala students assault Tamil students in Jaffna
Washington and New Delhi imposing genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’ on the nation of Eezham Tamils now manifests into military-backed Sinhala students clashing with Tamil students even in the University of Jaffna. Sinhala students numbering more than Tamils at the Science Faculty of the university attacked Tamil students after violently staging Kandyan dance opposing traditional Thavil and Nathasvaram at the welcoming ceremony to new students in the faculty on Saturday. The episode quickly escalated into a clash between Tamil and Sinhala students for more than one hour. Tamil students from other faculties mobilised to defend their fellow students at the Science Faculty and Sinhala military intelligence personnel in civil clothes entered the premises brutally attacking Tamil students. More than 10 students were rushed to hospital with injuries since the clash started at 2:00 p.m. Full story >>

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SL Commander of 58 Division twists lists at Mullaiththeevu Magistrates’ Court

[Thu, 14 Jul 2016, 23:52 GMT]
Major General Kavinda Chanakya Gunawardena (K.C. Gunawardena) of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (58 Division), which committed heinous genocidal crimes during the onslaught against Eezham Tamils had revealed to Mullaiththeevu Magistrates' Court on 17 February 2016 that there was a military document containing the names of all surrendered LTTE members in the final days of the Vanni war. He initially revealed the existence of the list thinking it was in defence of his argument that the names mentioned in a writ of habeas corpus case under hearing were not found in that list. But, on Thursday Gunawarena came up with two lists of LTTE members who have been subjected to military ‘rehabilitation’ and released. Full story >>

Colombo demonstrates military diktats over resettlement in Jaffna after Geneva ‘update’

[Tue, 12 Jul 2016, 13:10 GMT]
The commander of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka in Jaffna has re-iterated the military diktat on Monday by going on record that there was no reduction in the camps or number of military troops in Jaffna. Claiming that there would be no such consideration of reducing the troops in 10 years in the future, Major General Mahesh Senanayake was also demonstrating that any resettlement of uprooted Eezham Tamils in the former ‘High Security Zone’ in Valikaamam North could only take place at the mercy of the Sinhala military. A few uprooted Tamil women and the Additional Government Agent of Jaffna were asked to be present in the ‘inauguration’ ceremony of the military-conceived, SL government-funded housing scheme for 100 families at a limestone quarry land near Maavidda-puram. The quarry lands belong to KKS Cement factory. Full story >>

Feature Article

Eezham Tamils fleeing persecution expose ICE-nexus with genocidal Sri Lanka

[Sun, 10 Jul 2016, 23:14 GMT]
On 15th of June, Indonesian authorities apprehended 44 Eezham Tamils en route to Australia in a fishing trawler in the eastern province of Aceh. Indonesian officials prohibited the refugees from disembarking upon Indonesian soil stating that they were not eligible for asylum. During one incident, as five Tamil women attempted to disembark, Indonesian authorities were reported to have fired gunshots in the air. Pictures emerged, with one of the Eelam Tamil women in tears mimicking with her hand a gun pointed to her head. The silence from the International Community of Establishment (ICE) was ‘demonstrated’ when Colombo’s officials through a UN body visited Indonesia in order to negotiate the return of the refugees back to Colombo’s military rule, from which they were fleeing. Full story >>

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University engineers not learning lessons

[Thu, 21 Jul 2016, 01:26 GMT]
The origins of Eezham Tamil militant struggle are often attributed to the university admissions policy of Srimao Bandaranayake regime in the early 1970s. The attribution actually belittles the magnitude of the age-old genocidal tendency of the agent-State in the island. But, even this underrated lesson has not been learnt by current university engineers in genocidal Colombo and their masters outside, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island, citing the post-2009 manoeuvrings carried out in the universities and campuses in Jaffna, Batticaloa and Trincomalee in the country of Eezham Tamils. Full story >>

Tamil fishermen rise up against Colombo's move to permanently militarise Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar

[Wed, 20 Jul 2016, 16:39 GMT]
Thalaimannaar
Tension prevailed at Pa'l'li-munai, a coastal village of Eezham Tamils located within the urban limits of Mannaar city Wednesday morning around 10:00 a.m., when the occupying Sinhala Navy was using the SL Survey Department officials to measure lands for permanent military seizure while a case against the SL Navy is still pending at the District Court of Mannaar. SL Survey Department officials were blocked from surveying the lands of fishing market and 21 houses that have been occupied by the SL Navy since 1990. Eezham Tamil fishermen families spontaneously gathered at the site, shouted slogans against the SL Navy and demanded access to all their properties that have not been released to public since 1990. Full story >>

Sinhala-Tamil student clash in Jaffna exposes dangerous proportions of military occupation

[Tue, 19 Jul 2016, 23:15 GMT]
Ethnic tension has been escalating over a period of time at the University of Jaffna recently and it culminated into the violent clash on Saturday, says Srinadaraj Kalaraj, the deputy secretary of non-academic staff at the University. He was blaming the military intelligence having allegiance towards different sections of politicians in the South as the main culprit for creating the violent tendency. Instead of investigating individual students, a proper investigation should focus on finding out the real reasons behind this tendency, he said. In the meantime, Human Rights Activist Rev Fr M Sakthivel told TamilNet that the SL military has not only occupied the lands of Tamils, but also the Universities in the North and East. They were also citing the trend of ethnic motivated violence in the Eastern University and at Badulla in the recent past. Full story >>

Eastern University instructs assaulted Tamil student to attend investigations in Colombo

[Sun, 17 Jul 2016, 23:46 GMT]
The Welfare branch of the Eastern University has instructed a Tamil student from Batticaloa, L. Sumeskanth, who was brutally assaulted by Sinhalese students on 24 May 2016 to appear for disciplinary investigations in Colombo to be held next week, informed student union sources at the main campus of the Eastern University in Vanthaa'rum-moolai in Batticaloa told TamilNet on Sunday. Sumeskanth was given very short notice to prepare his witnesses to attend for Colombo-based investigations and he has registered his objection to the Welfare branch, student leaders said questioning the motive behind conducting investigations in Colombo. The Sinhala students had attacked Mr Sumeskanth for posting and sharing a photo on Facebook from Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day. Full story >>

Encouraged by US appeasement, SL military strengthens genocidal grip on North

[Fri, 15 Jul 2016, 23:51 GMT]
New military fences in Valikaamam North
The occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka has put up new fences to consolidate the military-seized lands of Eezham Tamils in Valikaamam North in Jaffna within the last three days while the visiting US State Secretary for South Asia Ms Nisha Biswal was trading off international justice and human rights with ‘security’ and maritime military-to-military cooperation with the unitary ‘Sri Lanka’ during her visit to Colombo this week. The SL military consolidation in the lands seized from Eezham Tamils in Valikaamam North reminds Tamils how Israel fenced off Palestinian territories in the Middle East, commented Tamil rights activists in North. The latest move, accompanied with tricky deceptions, have dashed all hopes for proper resettlement in the villages of uprooted Eezham Tamils, said Subramaniyam Nagendraseelan, the secretary of Valikaamam North Rehabilitation Society. Full story >>

SL military deployed to rob material remains of houses in Valikaamam North ‘HSZ’ 

[Wed, 13 Jul 2016, 23:31 GMT]
Vali North
The occupying Sri Lanka Army has been systematically deployed in recent days to dismantle and rob roof tiles, wooden window and door frames off of the remaining houses that are situated inside the areas, which the uprooted people have been demanding the SL authorities to release for their resettlement in Valilkaamam North in Jaffna district. Journalists in Jaffna have managed this week to photograph stolen material temporarily stored within the military fenced-off area in Kurumpasiddi along Eezhakeasari Ponniah Road. In the meantime, Tamil journalists have also photographed some of the private properties situated within the military-seized deployed for military use to be in good condition. The President of Valikaamam North Rehabilitation Society Mr A Gunabalasingam, said he has received several complaints from the people who have seen the organised robbery by the SL military. Full story >>

Sinhala goons, monk erect Buddha statue by force at coastal Tamil village in East

[Mon, 11 Jul 2016, 23:03 GMT]
Chaampal-theevu Buddha statue
Tension prevailed at Chaampal-theevu junction, situated 7 km north of Trincomalee city, as Sinhala goons assaulted Eezham Tamil travellers on the coastal road after putting up a Buddha statue where a Hindu Pillayar statue was situated for decades. SL Police was giving protection to the goons who were led by a Buddhist monk. The violent episode took place Monday morning after the villagers had removed a Buddha statue planted by someone a few days ago at the locality after removing Pillayar statue, news sources in Trincomalee said. The villagers had also removed a Bodhi tree that had been planted by the occupying Sinhala navy at the locality. On Monday, SL police was deploying Sinhala goons to ‘demonstrate’ to Eezham Tamils how it was implementing the ‘foremost place to Buddhism’ paragraph of the unitary constitution of genocidal Sri Lanka, commented Tamil activists in Trincomalee. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2002:
2002 Jul 25 22:08      Confession based convicted to be released
2002 Jul 25 22:07      SLA trooper dies attacking Tigers
2002 Jul 25 21:14      US urges Sri Lanka peace
2002 Jul 25 18:05      SLA re-opens Varani road
2000:
2000 Jul 25 17:16      SLA takes action on Tamilnet report
2000 Jul 25 17:14      No confidence motion against speaker by UNP
2000 Jul 25 17:11      UNP to oppose constitution
1999:
1999 Jul 25 20:37      School boy killed in air attack
1999 Jul 25 20:35      Teaching unions protest against discriminatory ...
1999 Jul 25 16:17      Troop Relocation in Mannar Area
1999 Jul 25 16:01      Temple Priest Arrested in Eastern Province
1999 Jul 25 15:33      Governor releases discriminatory pay awards
1999 Jul 25 09:18      Passenger ferry sunk by powerful blast
1998:
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Civilian shot dead
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Families without permits ordered to leave
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Heavy fighting in Jaffna
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Provincial council elections postponed ?
1998 Jul 25 23:59      India urged to intervene
1998 Jul 25 23:59      TELO member dies
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Tight security around SAARC conference
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Festival atmosphere in Batticaloa
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Selective appointments
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Resettlement package for Trincomalee
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