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UNP answerable for 1983 genocidal pogrom: Batticaloa UNP Organiser

[Wed, 27 Jul 2016, 23:14 GMT]
“Although I am involved in UNP politics for 46 years, I am first a Tamil in my heart. There is no denying that UNP is responsible on the accountability for 1983 pogrom and other governments in Colombo for the crimes committed during their regime,” said Batticaloa District UNP organiser, Aloysius Thambimuthu Masilamani, responding to a question on UNP's reaction to the issue raised this week by Northern Provincial Councillor M.K. Shivajilingam that how could Tamils expect Justice for 2009 genocidal crimes from the UNP regime, which has failed to deliver accountability for 1983 pogrom against Tamils for 33 years. “What happened on 23 July 1983 was nothing else than a genocide. “Even my political mentor Devanayagam described it as a barbaric act at that time and Cyril Mathew demanded him to withdraw that description. But, Denavayagam stood by it,” Mr Aloysius Masilamani told TamilNet. Full story >>

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2009 genocide justice not going to come from UNP of 1983 pogrom: Shivajilingam

[Mon, 25 Jul 2016, 21:12 GMT]
The United National Party (UNP) was responsible for the 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom. The current SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe was a cabinet minister in 1983 in the UNP regime. 33 years have elapsed. The UNP has totally failed to deliver accountability for the crimes to which it was responsible. How could one expect any justice or solution to come from the UNP for the genocidal crimes committed against Eezham Tamils in 2009, asked M.K. Shivajilingam, a veteran political leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) marking 33rd anniversary of Black July. The Black July memorial events were held in Jaffna and Trincomalee in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils on Monday. The memorial events in Jaffna were held at St. Mary's Church and at Nalloor Murukan temple. 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 >>

SLMC for North-East merger, NPC should do more for Tamil-Muslim unity: SLMC Vanni Wing

[Fri, 29 Jul 2016, 10:39 GMT]
Muthalip Bawa Farook, a former parliamentarian representing Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) from Vanni electoral district, SM Sagee and Noor Mohammed Alam from Mannaar, who also represent the executive committee of the SLMC in North on Thursday said that their party, which has been struggling to maintain its integrity amidst the dividing politics of Colombo, has never been against the Tamil demand for a unified North-East. In fact, the SLMC’s stated party position was that there should be a distinct mechanism to ensure the rights of the Muslims in a unified North-East, the SLMC Vanni district representatives said. At the same time, the SLMC’s northern wing was seeking Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and the NPC to do more in order to establish Tamil-Muslim unity at the provincial level. Full story >>

JUSU opposes police cases against Tamil students, SL military steps up surveillance

[Tue, 26 Jul 2016, 23:38 GMT]
One of the Sinhala students, who has been admitted for ‘prolonged’ medical treatment in South following the recent violent clash between the Sinhala and Tamil students at the University of Jaffna, has reportedly named 4 Tamil students as the attackers and the SL police has been trying to get the SL Judiciary to issue arrest warrants against them, informed sources at the University of Jaffna told TamilNet on Tuesday. In the meantime, leftist Sinhala circles in Colombo have blamed the SL regime for trying to charge Tamil students under the provisions of ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’. Jaffna University Students Union (JUSU) leaders told TamilNet that the Military Intelligence of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka has stepped up surveillance against Tamil student activists in Jaffna. 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 >>

Feature Article

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 >>

Feature Article

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 >>

Colombo continues to dilly-dally on processing political prisoners‘ cases

[Thu, 28 Jul 2016, 23:42 GMT]
SL Attorney General's Department is trying to transfer the cases of Tamil political prisoners to the courts in Colombo where it expects the judges not to dismiss the confessions obtained under torture from the Tamil prisoners, said the family of a 32-year-old Tamil political prisoner, Sulaxan Mathiyarasan. The Tamil political prisoner, detained since 18 May 2009, called off his hunger strike in February this year after SL Attorney General's Department promised action within 14 days. But, the Attorney General's Department has not only failed to live up to the promise, but it has also been trying to postpone and transfer the case away from Vavuniyaa High Court, Sulaxan's mother has complained to media. Full story >>

Saiva priests protest against Colombo constructing fishing jetty near Nakulesvaram temple

[Sun, 24 Jul 2016, 23:00 GMT]
While keeping 70% of the lands seized from the people of Valikaamam North, the occupying Navy of genocidal Sri Lanka is trying to deceive a section of uprooted Tamils from Mayiliddi with a fishing jetty at Keerimalai, considered as a sacred site by all the Saivites in the country of Eezham Tamils. Saiva priests from Keerimalai and Thellippazhai, former divisional councillors from Valikaamam North and TNA Parliamentarian Tharmalingam Siththarthan joined the protesters extending their political support. 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 >>

 

Flashback:
2001:
2001 Jul 30 20:50      Tamil Congress to oppose Chandrika, TULF divided
2001 Jul 30 20:18      S.L President briefs diplomats
1999:
1999 Jul 30 19:27      Vavuniya students protest
1999 Jul 30 18:59      News in brief
1999 Jul 30 12:11      Colombo students demonstrate
1998:
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Watchman shot dead
1998 Jul 30 23:59      DS transferred amid allegations of corruption
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Appeal for funds to arrest cholera epidemic
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Informal meetings at India House
1998 Jul 30 23:59      LTTE member killed
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Policemen killed in Amparai
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Body washed ashore
1998 Jul 30 23:59      SLA bodies returned - LTTE
1998 Jul 30 23:59      Police bans prayer meetings
1997:
1997 Jul 30 23:59      Colombo plays down Indian deaths
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