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Three Saiva temples vandalized in Mannaar

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 20:37 GMT]
Three Saiva temples have been vandalized in Mannaar following the civic elections and a day before the Saiva religious day of Maha Shivaratri. One of the places of worship, Lingkeasvarar temple, is located on the left side of Mannaar - Thalai-mannaar Road and is situated near the St.Xavier's Boys' College. The Lingkam statue at the temple was fully destroyed Tuesday night. The other two temples are located very close to two Sinhala military bases in the district. Although various suspicions are being raised, the residents are of opinion that the vandalization would not have been possible without the culprits having a close rapport with the occupying military establishment.
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SL court in Aralaganwila discriminates Tamil dairy farmers from Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 16:21 GMT]
The SL court in Aralaganwila, which comes under the Polonnaruwa district was addressing a case filed by the so-called Department of Wildlife Conservation of genocidal Sri Lanka against Tamil dairy farmers on 05 February. Eight Tamil farmers who took their cattle for grazing in Mayilaththamadu pasturelands in Batticaloa district complained to the SL Police at Karadiyanaa'ru on 30th January that their cattle were being targeted with animal traps. The Sinhala policemen instructed the Tamil farmers to remove the traps and promised to trace the culprits. Later on the same day guards from the SL Wildlife Department from Aralaganwila entered the huts of Tamil farmers in Batticaloa and charged the Tamil farmers for being in possession of animal traps.
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13 years elapsed, GTZ-initiated housing scheme yet to obtain roofs in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Monday, 12 February 2018, 17:28 GMT]
Many of the 300 houses of a housing scheme, initiated 13 years ago by Germany's governmental organisation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), in Tsunami and war-affected Vaakarai in Koa'ra'laip-pattu North of Batticaloa district, are yet to obtain their roofs, windows and doors, complain the beneficiaries of the housing project. Some time back, the officials of the Divisional Secretariat were collecting 1,500 rupees from each family promising to complete the project with roofs. But, nothing has been delivered, the poverty-stricken families said.
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Occupying soldiers harass Tamil women in coastal village of Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 11 February 2018, 22:35 GMT]
The Sinhala soldiers of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka are harassing Tamil women in the coastal village of Thaazhang-kudaa, which is situated 14 km south of Batticaloa city, the residents complain. The SL military is further expanding its presence by extending its military base at Thaazhang-kudaa with additional 6 acres of public lands. In the meantime, the SL military intelligence is setting up several small huts within the expanded area of the camp, the residents further said.
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Champoor Tamils prepare to launch protest after civic elections

[TamilNet, Saturday, 10 February 2018, 14:08 GMT]
Grassroots organisations of the resettled people of Champoor have decided to launch a protest campaign after the civic elections are over, the representatives of the community organisations said. The occupying SL Navy has seized thousands of acres of agricultural lands. Similarly, the SL Board of Investment and the Ceylon Electricity Board are still engaged in fencing off lands that were seized earlier for the controversial coal power plant, which has been abandoned. But, the land-owners have not been provided alternative lands as promised by the SL authorities. In the meantime, Sinhala Buddhist extremist monks have been triggered by the SL military intelligence to occupy the worship sites of Eezham Tamils using the clauses of the SL constitution, which accords foremost place to Buddhism.
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Sirisena's deceptive election promise exposed in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 08 February 2018, 15:21 GMT]
SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, during his latest propaganda trip to Jaffna on Monday, promised to open the coastal road that links Point Pedro in Vadamaraadchi North with Punnaalai in Valikaamam West for public use. In the meantime, ITAK Leader Mavai Senathirajah, who has deployed his son in the civic election race for Valikaamam North, was claiming that ITAK's 'collaborative politics' with Colombo was yielding results. But, within 2 days, the eyewash opening of the road for 'public use' was exposed as a farce as the people were refused access to use the road. The occupying Sinhala military has restricted the 'public use' to only allow SL State-owned bus service with military escort through the road on Tuesday.
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SL Forest Department grabs agricultural lands of 45 Tamil farmers in Madu

[TamilNet, Monday, 05 February 2018, 19:19 GMT]
Colombo-based SL Forest Department is blocking 45 Eezham Tamil families in Madu DS division of Mannaar district from accessing their own agricultural lands in extent of 175 acres at Chinnak-kungchuk-ku'lam, the villagers of Periya-kungchuk-ku'lam complain. All the land-owners are in possession of land deeds or LDO permits provided by the Assistant Government Agent of Madu. The families were owning the agricultural lands for more than 40 years. Due to the war and displacement, they were unable to engage in agriculture for almost 15 years and the SL Forest Department has put up border stones seizing their lands. The people having valid documents of ownership to their agricultural lands are being confronted by the guards of SL Forest Department, which disregards the rights of resettled Tamils. Some of their land deeds are from 1930s.
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Britain accountable for causing genocide through unitary discourse: Political Analyst

[TamilNet, Sunday, 04 February 2018, 22:40 GMT]
The two initial European powers to colonise the island, the Portuguese and the Dutch, only introduced some changes in the customary laws and religious practices. They didn't impose upon us any major political or economic change disturbing the parity that prevailed among the ethnic identities. It was the colonial British, since they seized the control of the island in 1796 and enforced a single administrative unit in 1833, who were behind the political reforms starting from Colebrooke-Cameron commission disturbing the parity between the ethnic identities in the island. The British were the ones who brought the constitutional discourse of unitary character and they should bear the responsibility for creating conditions for the annihilation of Tamils as a nation in the island, commented Jaffna based Tamil political analyst S.A. Jothilingam in an interview to TamilNet on Sunday.
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Tamils have no freedom in the island: Justice Wigneswaran

[TamilNet, Saturday, 03 February 2018, 23:47 GMT]
NPC Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, in his capacity as the co-chairman of Tamil Peoples’ Council, on Saturday explained in a moderately worded statement why Tamils are boycotting or abstaining from the so-called ‘Independence’ Day celebrations while genocidal Sri Lanka is marking 70 years since February 04, 1948 on Sunday. Justice Wigneswaran was still harping on the outdated paradigm of ‘devolution of power under a Federal constitution’ and was failing point out that the root cause to the conflict was the British-introduced constitutional discourse in the island, which was neglecting the parity of status to Eezham Tamils as a nation. However, he was bold enough to issue a statement noting “celebration of Independence from the Britishers has lost its significance due to our coming under the domination and hegemony of the Sinhalese,” while being the chief minister of the NPC.
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UNP wants to erect 1000 Sinhala-Buddhist temples in occupied Tamil country

[TamilNet, Friday, 02 February 2018, 22:42 GMT]
The UNP of the ruling Yahapalanaya alliance, particularly SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, has recently gone on record vowing to erect 1,000 Buddhist temples in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils in the North-East of the island. The agenda is also mentioned in the manifesto of UNP in the run-up to the local elections. The UNP claims as it has managed to allocate 500 million rupees to the programme. The propaganda waged by the UNP and the SLFP in Vavuniyaa has been centred around the theme of SL State sponsorship to Sinhala-Buddhisication of Vavuniyaa and the North. The construction of 1,000 locations for Sinhalicisation in the North-East project is being termed as a ‘reconciliation project’.
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Bogollagama should be stripped of Governor portfolio based on PRECIFAC findings

[TamilNet, Thursday, 01 February 2018, 22:02 GMT]
Does the SL President Maithiripala Sirisena have the guts to remove the colonial Governor of Eastern Province, Chandrasekara Rohitha Bandara Bogollagama, from his position based on the findings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate and inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC), questioned Tamil legal activists from Trincomalee. “The question is whether those who are named by the commission be ever prosecuted in a Court of Law of genocidal Sri Lanka and whether those who are holding key positions under the SL State today step down until their cases are disposed of,” a veteran legal activist from Trincomalee commented.
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