Rigid military ‘pass system’ continues to restrict freedom of movement in Paduvaankarai

[Sun, 28 May 2017, 23:30 GMT]
Mahaweli System BNine years have elapsed since the end of war in East. Still, the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka is controlling freedom of movement in the interior north-western hinterland of Batticaloa district, which is known as Paduvaan-karai. The SL Army personnel manning a check post at Kiraan Bridge are refusing entry to civilian vehicles at random. The Community Based Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations visiting the area are being redirected to Welikanda military base (Polonnaruwa district) with the instruction to secure permission to their entry into Paduvaan-karai in Batticaloa with a pass document. Around 5,000 Tamil families live in the area which comes under Koa'ra'laip-pattu South (Kiraan) division. Full story >>
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Sirisena diverts water away from Tamil farmers to Sinhala projects in East

[Fri, 26 May 2017, 18:19 GMT]
Eezham Tamil agricultural farmers, who are dependent on irrigation from Vaakaneari tank in Koa'ra'laip-pattu South DS division, complain that the water intended to the tank is being diverted to Sinhala military run farms West of Vadamunai and by re-channelling the water from Vaakaneari tank to Sinhala-owned tourism industry in Paasik-kudaa. In the meantime, more than 1,200 Eezham Tamil fishing families, who are dependent on fresh water fishing in the tank, have also been severely affected by the diversion of the water. The SL President and Mahaweli minister Maithiripala Sirisena is directly responsible for the diversion of the water. The Tamil farmers and fishermen have condemned Maithiripala Sirisena for re-channelling the water away from tanks used by Tamils in Batticaloa to his Sinhala electorate of Polonnaruwa. Full story >>

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Tamil Nadu activists warn New Delhi for proxy meddling with Tamils’ affairs

[Thu, 25 May 2017, 11:56 GMT]
Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance
The Police in Tamil Nadu, under the pressure of New Delhi, has forcefully clamped down on the peaceful Mu’l’livaaykkaal Remembrance Day on 21st of May. The brutal conduct by the Police has its origins from Jallikkaddu struggle, which was won by the masses of Tamil Nadu earlier this year. Following the victory of the mass struggle, the Police force in Tamil Nadu, initially supportive of the Jallikkaddu struggle, was suddenly let loose against the activists and particularly targeting the grassroots with violence as never witnessed before at the instigation by New Delhi. Ideology oriented Tamil activists of movements such as May 17 Movement have been targeted on both the occasions. The BJP and the Central Government of India will be sharply opposed for meddling in Tamil affairs through its proxies in Tamil Nadu and for instigating police violence, the activists in Tamil Nadu have warned. Full story >>

Tamil POWs reject SL deceptive offers to testify against inmates in exchange of amnesty

[Tue, 23 May 2017, 17:29 GMT]
Sinhala police and prison officials of occupying Colombo are trying to deceive some of the Tamil political prisoners to testify against the inmates, say Tamil prisoners in Colombo Magazine prison. The cases of almost all of the so-called ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’ (PTA) detainees are based on forced confessions obtained under torture by the so-called ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division’ (TID) or the SL Police. As the judges of the courts situated in the North-East would dismiss the use of such confessions as evidence, SL Attorney General’s Office in Colombo has been transferring the cases away from the courts in North-East to special courts in the South. Full story >>

Western funding deployed to suppress voices of Tamil women in Batticaloa

[Sun, 21 May 2017, 16:59 GMT]
An Oadda-maavadi based NGO outfit, known as ‘Eastern Social Development Foundation’ (ESDF) is actively engaged by the occupying Colombo to contain the protests from female-led Tamil families in Batticaloa, Tamil activists in Batticaloa say. The families of persons subjected to enforced disappearance at the hands of SL military and its paramilitary groups are being selectively targeted. The ESDF is deploying funds from USA and UN agencies, Tamil activists in Batticaloa alleged. However, an informed source close to Buhary Mohammed, the founder and CEO of the outfit, said that the funds were in fact flowing from UK-based Commonwealth Foundation, Luxembourg based Government agency and PADEM and a Luxembourg-based NGO which is funded by France. Full story >>

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Irish, Tamil, Sinhala activists expose British colonialism as root cause of their national conflicts

[Fri, 19 May 2017, 23:36 GMT]
Tamil Eelam mural at Belfast
“Ireland and the Irish are no strangers to State oppression [...] Over 70000 Tamils were killed during the final phase of the last war [...] The World [establishments], in some instances, encouraged it,” said Joe Austin, the president of the National Graves association at the Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance Day in the north of Ireland on Friday. He was addressing a workshop participated by Irish activists, Eezham Tamil survivors of genocide such as Tamilvani who was featured in the documentaries by the Channel 4 and exiled Sinhala activists. Rev Fr M V E Ravichandran, a civil society activist from Jaffna, also participated in the event. Sinn Féin politician Pat Sheehan said people should not look at the conflict in Ireland through the prism of colonialism. The conflict in Ireland is about Colonialism, he said. Professor Jude Lal explained how the Colonialism formed the genocidal SL State. Full story >>

Occupying Colombo blocks memorial event at Mu'l'livaaykkaal

[Wed, 17 May 2017, 23:10 GMT]
Memorial Statue at St Paul’s Church
The judiciary of occupying Colombo has blocked a peaceful memorial event, which was being organized by St. Paul’s Church at Mu’l’livaaykkaal East. The SL Police subjected the priest of the church, Fr. Elil Rajendram, who is also a civil activist, to prolonged interrogation on Tuesday night at the instigation of the military intelligence of the SL military. The Jesuit priest has been targeted for his long involvement in the criticism of local investigations, informed civil sources told TamilNet. The memorial event to be held on 18 May was only targeting to have 800 memorial stones engraved with the names of Tamil civilians who perished in the genocidal onslaught. The interim order issued by the SL court in Mullaiththeevu said the move could be seen as harming ‘integrity’, ‘national security’ and ‘peace’ of the ‘country’. Full story >>

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Remembering Mu’l’livaaykkaal in proper context: Professor Jude Lal Fernando

[Mon, 15 May 2017, 23:15 GMT]
Professor Jude Lal
Martin McGuinnes, the former first minister of Northern Ireland (2007 – 2017), who was previously the chief Negotiator of Sinn Féin, which has been the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), in 2006 travelled to Colombo and Ki’linochchi. At Ki’linochchi, he openly stated that the EU leaders had committed a huge mistake by proscribing the LTTE. The EU ban harmed the parity of status in the talks and paved the way for genocidal onslaught. Professor Jude Lal Fernando of Trinity College, Dublin, an exiled Sinhala activist who has been actively engaged in seeking global justice to Tamil genocide said the idea to mark Mu’l’livaaykkaal Remembrance in the north of Ireland this year was conceived with due respect to the parity of status promoted by the Irish during the peace process between the LTTE and the Colombo government in 2006. Full story >>

Islamophobic monks from Myanmar visit genocidal Buddhist project in Jaffna

[Sat, 27 May 2017, 23:40 GMT]
Monks visit to Nayinaatheevu
A section of Theravada Buddhist monks from Myanmar (Burma), who are opposed to Rohingya people in their country, were seen as part of a delegation comprising South-East Asian and Chinese monks visiting Nayinaa-theevu islet off Jaffna on Saturday. The genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’ Navy is now engaged in Sinhala-Buddhicisation of the islet and is pushing for the controversial move of constructing a 67-feet Buddha statue, completely disregarding the objections from the people of Jaffna peninsula, their democratic civic bodies and even the sections of officials employed in the civil service of Colombo government. The Sinhala-Buddhicisation project should also be seen as a systematically conceived military cum demographic security threat against Tamil Nadu, India and the entire region in the long run, political observers in Jaffna said. Full story >>

SL military disregards civic ban, continues construction of Buddhist vihara in Jaffna

[Wed, 24 May 2017, 23:45 GMT]
The occupying Colombo recently launched the construction of a Buddhist vihara at Naavatkuzhi, which is being Sinhalicised through militarisation and housing schemes for Sinhala colonists. During the Vesak in May 2017, ceremonial construction of a big Vihara establishment was begun. On Tuesday, Chaavakachcheari Divisional Council came with an interim order instructing those engaged in the construction of Buddhist vihara to halt all construction activities as permission to construct the Buddhist Establishment has not been properly obtained from the local body. However, SL Army personnel continued the construction work disregarding the instructions from the civic body, sources in Naavatkuzhi said. Full story >>

SL Forest Department suspected of shooting to kill Muslim villager in Mannaar

[Mon, 22 May 2017, 23:39 GMT]
A 30-year-old Tamil-speaking Muslim farmer from Musali in Mannaar was admitted to Mannaar General Hospital with two serious gunshot wounds on Sunday night. The victim, identified as Meera Sahib Harees hails from Paalaik-kuzhi in Musali division. The father of four had gone searching for his cow in the nearby jungle area Sunday noon and was found unconscious and bleeding with two gunshot injuries around 5:30 p.m. in the same day. The jungle area is frequented by armed Sinhala guards from SL Forest Department who have been hostile to the Tamil-speaking Muslim villagers from Ma'richchuk-kaddi for a long time now. Paalaik-kuzhi is located near Ma'richchuk-kaddi. Full story >>

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Resettled Tamils complain increased harassments by SL military at Kudumpi-malai

[Sat, 20 May 2017, 22:09 GMT]
Location of Kudumpimalai
The deployment of Sinhala military belonging to 232 Brigade Headquarters of the occupying Sinhala military at Kudumpi-malai (which is also known as Thoppik-kal and Baron’s Cap) in the interior of the northwestern hinterland of Batticaloa is not only a demographic and structural threat, but also a cultural threat, complain Tamil villagers. More than 500 Eezham Tamil families were living there during the times of the LTTE. Only 120 families have managed to resettle there amidst the deprived infrastructure and basic facilities to them. Their temples are still under SL military occupation. Tamil Heroes Cemetery, which was the largest one in the district, has been fully bulldozed and a Sinhala military base is built there. Monuments of SL military’s genocidal victory are showcased to the Sinhala visitors, who are promoted to tour the area as visitors to ‘Thoppigala Heritage Park’. Full story >>

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Remembrance Day echoes strengthened resolve against military occupation

[Thu, 18 May 2017, 19:39 GMT]
Mu'l'livaaykkaal Day
There will come a day when the Tamil-speaking people who are now waging continuous protests for securing their lands from the occupying military and the people who have been seeking answers on the whereabouts of their kith and kin in the hands of the military to start waging a struggle demanding the SL Army, Navy and Air Force to go home, said Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, the chief minister of Northern Provincial Council, in his memorial address on the occasion of 8th year remembrance held at Mu’l’livaaykkaal on Thursday. Hundreds of people, including the ones who had lost their loved ones in the genocidal onslaught, were paying tribute at the emotional event, side by side along with their politicians, who were standing among the crowd as everyone else. Full story >>

Eezham Tamils mark Genocide Remembrance braving veiled threats from Colombo

[Tue, 16 May 2017, 23:39 GMT]
Northern Provincial Councillors, including Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Tamil Peoples’ Council (TPC), Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF), Tamil civil society, political parties of former Tamil militants including the EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE and TNA parliamentarians from Vanni electorate, have vowed their commitment to mark Mu'l'ilvaaykkaal Remembrance as Tamil Genocide Remembrance calling for the public to attend various events scheduled at Mu'l'livaaykaal on Thursday. The Catholic community associated with St. Paul’s Church in Mu'l'livaaykkaal have organised 800 stones to be engraved with the names of those who perished in the genocidal onslaught and called for a memorial monument at Mu'l'livaaykkaal where a statue was erected last year. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2007:
2007 May 30 22:08      Bomb hoax causes panic in Colombo
2007 May 30 22:02      SLA conducts large scale cordon, search operati...
2007 May 30 16:23      Mawbima publisher Tiran Alles arrested
2007 May 30 14:50      Uyilangkulam checkpoint reopened
2007 May 30 12:35      SLAF bombs Vea'naavil again, girl wounded
2007 May 30 12:32      Tigers, SLA clash in Madu
2007 May 30 10:47      3 fishermen from Analaitheevu reported missing
2007 May 30 08:40      Civilian killed in SLA artillery attack in Iyak...
2004:
2004 May 30 17:46      CWC to join ruling UPFA
2004 May 30 17:29      SLMC high command sacks three parliamentarians
2004 May 30 17:14      SL Government suspends dry ration relief to Amp...
2004 May 30 06:28      SLA, LTTE to discuss Eastern killings
2001:
2001 May 30 18:27      Batticaloa detainees list posted, three missing
2001 May 30 14:11      SLA operation in Batticaloa
2001 May 30 14:09      Search operation in Mannar
2001 May 30 13:31      Lifting censorship said ill timed for SLA
2000:
2000 May 30 19:03      SLA search in Colombo's business hub
2000 May 30 05:31      Vavuniya claymore kills seven, injures nineteen
1999:
1999 May 30 20:39      Progress report on Southern PC elections
1999 May 30 20:34      News in Brief:
1999 May 30 19:31      Razeek buried with military honours
1998:
1998 May 30 23:59      Kadirgamar to resolve China-India tension
1998 May 30 23:59      Leader of Muslim sect killed
1998 May 30 23:59      Fierce fighting continues
1998 May 30 23:59      Tigers attack Police post
1998 May 30 23:59      Two SLA soldiers killed in Jaffna
1998 May 30 23:59      Missing persons found dead
People demand FREEDOM of speech to make up for the FREEDOM of thought which they avoid
-Soren Kierkegaard
1813-1855, Danish Philosopher, Writer

 

Know the Etymology: 26
Place Name of the Day:
(26 of 500 revised)

Aṇṇamār-tiṭal, Mayila-kas-tiṭar, Paṟaiya-tiṭṭi, Tīṭai/ Tiruṭai
A'n'namaarthidal

The raised ground of the deity Aṇṇamār

The raised ground having Mayilai trees or shrubs

The raised-ground settlement of Paraiyar community

The sandbank islet or shoal (in the Adamas Bridge reef)

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