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SL presidential race brings violence between EPDP, TNA in Jaffna

[Tue, 16 Dec 2014, 18:11 GMT]
A District Development Council (DDC) meeting, which was co-chaired by Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran and SL Minister Douglas Devananda, ended in violence at Jaffna District Secretariat on Tuesday, when the EPDP paramilitary leader Mr Devananda faced objections from the NPC councillors of the TNA for turning the DDC meeting a venue for Rajapaksa's election propaganda. The paramilitary goons of the EPDP began to assault the TNA representatives who objected the conduct of the EPDP leader at the meeting. EPDP goons assaulted five TNA members, including NPC Ministers Aingaranesan and Sathiyalingam. The EPDP has also claimed that five of its personnel had sustained injuries in the violent episode. Full story >>

TNPF to reveal position on SL presidential election on Wednesday

[Mon, 15 Dec 2014, 23:47 GMT]
Tamil National People Front (TNPF) led by former parliamentarian Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is to announce its position on the upcoming Sri Lankan presidential election at a media briefing scheduled to be held on December 17 in Colombo, Mr Gajendrakumar Ponnamblam said in response to journalists in Jaffna on Monday. Full story >>

Displaced people from Vanni languish in Trincomalee villages

[Sat, 13 Dec 2014, 19:30 GMT]
78 families displaced from Ki'linochchi district in 1990 into Trincomalee district and 67 families displaced after 2009 are languishing without permanent housing in the villages of Ki'lik-kugnchi and Naavach-chaalai in Kuchchave'li division in Trincomalee district, civil sources in the district said. Full story >>

Premachandran denounces clandestine TNA deal with NDF

[Thu, 11 Dec 2014, 18:15 GMT]
The basic strength of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by the incumbent Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the National Democratic Front (NDF) led by the Common Opposition Presidential candidate Mr Maithiripala Sirisena, has been solely depending on the Sinhala communal mindset South in the upcoming presidential election and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) cannot enter into an agreement with any of them, said the TNA media spokesman and Jaffna district TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachchandran on Thursday. However, responding to Premachchandran, NDF's Maithiripala Sirisena said ‘individual politicians’ could make ‘different’ statements. Full story >>

Tamil civil society formalises TCSF organisation

[Tue, 09 Dec 2014, 10:12 GMT]
A loosely organised network of Tamil Civil Society Activists from the North-East of Sri Lanka who had been functioning for the past five years under the leadership of the Mannaar Bishop have now formally constituted themselves as an organization – the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF). A policy document setting out the aims, objectives and core beliefs of the organisation and a constitution were adopted by more than 60 Tamil Civil Society Activists who took part in the Annual General Meeting of the forum held in mid-November 2014. The aim of the TCSF forum is to protect and promote the existential rights of the Tamil people and the exercise of their right to self determine their social, political, linguistic, cultural and economic future. TCSF is a network of Tamil Civil Society Activists living and/or working primarily in the North-East part of the island. Full story >>

1,500 acres of lands seized for Sinhalicisation in Mullaiththeevu

[Sun, 14 Dec 2014, 20:50 GMT]
In a closed-door meeting held at Mullaiththeevu District Secretariat on Friday, the divisional secretaries of Mullaiththeevu district were informed that 1,500 acres of lands belonging to Eezham Tamils had been transferred to Sinhala settlers in Kokkuththoduvaay of Karai-thu'raip-pattu division of Mullaiththeevu district. While the Tamil landowners, chased away from their villages in 1980, are in possession of documents of ownership and have been demanding resettlement in their villages, the Land Commissioner of Northern Province, Ponnambalam Dayanandan, has transferred the lands to 600 Sinhala families, civil sources in Mullaiththeevu told TamilNet. Full story >>

SL Court to hear mother's challenge on military seizure of land

[Fri, 12 Dec 2014, 23:01 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) that had moved into the lands of an old mother, Mrs Maheswary Thambirasa at Mirusuvil in Thenmaraadchi, Jaffna, had relocated the notorious 52-2 Division Headquarters of the SLA, which was earlier situated in Vara'ni into the new locality situated along the A9 road. SL presidential sibling and SL Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa opened declared the 52 Division HQ on January 08. Later, the SL military wanted to encroach further lands and the mother was protesting against the illegal seizure. Now, the case has been accepted for hearing at the Court of Appeal in Colombo, news sources in Jaffna said. Full story >>

Mannaar magistrate orders remand for 7 suspects in Nakuleswaran case

[Wed, 10 Dec 2014, 18:41 GMT]
The Mannaar Magistrate Anananthy Kanagaratnam on Wednesday ordered 90 days remand for seven suspects, including the village officer (GS) of Ve'l'laangku'lam, who are under the custody of the Sri Lankan Police in connection with the investigations on the assassination of ex-LTTE member and former Tamil Eelam policeman Nakuleswaran in Ve'l'laang-ku'lam in Mannaar last month. The SL police has been trying to protect the real culprits who gave the orders and weapons to assassinate the Tamil activist, who was struggling for the resettlement of Tamil villagers of Eekam-kudiyiruppu (the settlement of sacrifice), the villagers complain. Full story >>

Rajapaksa, Sirisena, 17 others hand over nominations for SL presidency

[Mon, 08 Dec 2014, 11:17 GMT]
The incumbent Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance, common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and seventeen other candidates on Monday handed over their nominations at the SL Elections Secretariat in Rajagiriya, news sources in Colombo said. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2002:
2002 Dec 17 20:53      Norwegian envoy encouraged by discussions in Ki...
2002 Dec 17 18:17      Mahen Ratwatte surrenders
2002 Dec 17 18:12      ICRC officials visit Nedunthivu
2002 Dec 17 16:35      Thousands affected by floods in NE
2000:
2000 Dec 17 16:45      Landmines injure forty two in Jaffna - UNDP
2000 Dec 17 10:34      Shelling kills one, injures 2
1999:
1999 Dec 17 19:53      Services hit hard by medical, railway strikes
1999 Dec 17 19:39      Artistes protest PA assaults
1999 Dec 17 19:29      Bribery Commissioners assume office
1999 Dec 17 17:29      Mi-24 aircrew named
1999 Dec 17 17:24      SLMC-UNP violence in Kalmunai
1999 Dec 17 11:54      Paranthan SLA camp captured - LTTE
1999 Dec 17 06:29      Tigers attack Paranthan, shoot down helicopter
1998:
1998 Dec 17 22:57      "Human rights cases denied adequate aid"
1998 Dec 17 19:51      VoT short wave transmission extended
1998 Dec 17 19:48      PLOTE critical of American action
1998 Dec 17 19:46      Shelling victim dies
1998 Dec 17 15:12      New amnesty for deserters - SLA
1998 Dec 17 14:14      Government eases graduate unemployment
1998 Dec 17 12:55      University Staff demand payment
1998 Dec 17 12:52      Five die in accidental explosion - VoT
1998 Dec 17 10:15      Two fishermen wounded
1998 Dec 17 05:02      JMC urges third party mediation
1997:
1997 Dec 17 23:59      Fire fight in Nagar Kovil
1997 Dec 17 23:59      Vanni observes MGR's death anniversary
1997 Dec 17 23:59      SLA demolishes Jaffna houses
1997 Dec 17 23:59      Razeek group member shot dead
1997 Dec 17 23:59      No nominations so far - officials
1997 Dec 17 23:59      LTTE denies involvement in Batticaloa explosion
Political ideals must be based upon ideals for the individual life. The aim of politics should be to make the lives of individuals as good as possible. There is nothing for the politician to consider outside or above the various men, women, and children who compose the world. The problem of politics is to adjust the relations of human beings in such a way that each severally may have as much of good in his existence as possible. And this problem requires that we should first consider what it is that we think good in the individual life.
-Bertrand Russell
From Political Ideals, published in 1917
British philosopher, mathematician and social critic
Born 18 May 1872
Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950.

 

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Thalaha-gam-waaduwa
Thalahagam vaaduva

The vicinity or neighbourhood of the village of the firm ground

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Es Po
[26.11.14]
Es Po passes away: Veteran Eezham Tamil creative writer, author, translator, columnist, literary critic and publisher S. Ponnuthurai passed away at the age of 82 in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday. He was popularly known as Es Po. Writing nearly for six decades, Es Po was a school by himself in contemporary Tamil literature. His demise creates an irreplaceable vacuum in the literary world of Eezham Tamils.
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Elections
[25.11.14]
Opinion: Conveying message to Sinhala nation on presidential election: If State Reform is the real question now in the presidential elections, it is better for Eezham Tamil politicians to leave it to the Sinhala nation to decide. But it is not simply keeping quiet or Tamils painting themselves into a corner. It is keeping quiet with a mission and conveying a message in no uncertain terms to the Sinhala nation and to the powers.
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Chelva Kanaganayagam
[23.11.14]
Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam passes away: Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam, an Eezham Tamil academic who held the rare distinction of being the professor of English in a reputed university of a native English-speaking country, Canada, passed away in Montreal on Sunday. He was Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Recently he has been awarded the highest literary recognition of the country, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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Rev Fr S Guy de Fontgalland
[22.11.14]
Landslide exposes land-related deprivation of Up-Country Tamils: The SL military is interfering in the assistance and resettlement of the Up-Country Tamil landslide victims in Meeriya-bedda in the same manner it interferes in the resettlement of Tamils in the North and East. The military is everywhere monitoring everyone visiting the affected. The military and language are used as means of oppression. A Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist approach is oppressing minorities in the Up-Country, said Rev Fr Fontgallan of the Leo Marga Ashram in Bandarawela.
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Books on regions of TE
[21.11.14]
Recent books on regions of Tamil Eelam: Four voluminous books have recently been published on the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vanni and Jaffna regions of the country of Eezham Tamils. The publications, resulting from the efforts and contributions of Eezham Tamils in the island and in the diaspora, show the rise of a new generation as well as the conviction of the old generation in documenting the history and culture of the regions and people of Tamil Eelam with a geographical sense of attachment.
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Nakuleswaran
[16.11.14]
Interest in resettlement cost life to Nakuleswaran: Funeral of assassinated Krishnasamy Nakuleswaran was held on Sunday at his village, Eekam-kudiyiruppu (settlement of sacrifice), at Ve’l’laang-ku’lam in Mannaar. The residents of the village were of the opinion that Nakuleswaran’s interest in working for the proper resettlement of his people had cost him his life.
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MSS Pandian
[10.11.14]
MSS Pandian passes away: Professor MSS Pandian, a renowned historian of the Dravidian movement and Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi passed away on Monday at the age of 57. Known by friends and colleagues to be a supporter of movements for social justice, he was also a long-standing supporter of the Tamil Eelam liberation struggle.
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Professor Sivasamy passes away
[08.11.14]
Professor V. Sivasamy passes away: Professor V. Sivasamy, retired professor of Sanskrit of the University of Jaffna and was teaching until recently at the university, passed away in Jaffna on Saturday at the age of 81. As a multifaceted scholar in Sanskrit, Tamil, History, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Hindu Civilization and Fine Arts, and as a profound writer in Tamil and English, he was a silent legend in shaping the contemporary academic history of Eezham Tamils.
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Gajen Ponnambalam
[24.08.14]
TNPF leader speaks on independent, concerted, Tamil foreign policy: Realising that our struggle has long been used by powers in their engagements with the island, we as a nation must work towards a concerted foreign policy, although we don’t have State, said Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) leader Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in an interview to TamilNet on Saturday.
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N Malathy
[26.06.14]
Eezham Tamils and duplicity of West’s human rights campaigns: The progress in women security achieved through liberation movements in Asia are more substantive than any that was achieved or could be achieved by the campaigns of the West-activists. Yet, why do they ignore the former and focus only on the latter? Is it because it gives the West-activists and by implication those in the West in general the moral high ground to look down upon the “others”, asks Dr. N. Malathy, in an article sent to TamilNet.
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Udaya Perera
[29.04.14]
Sinhala military operates US-trained ‘counterinsurgency’ in Jaffna: The commander of the genocidal Sri Lankan military in the Jaffna peninsula, Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera, who was trained and awarded in the US Army War College in 2012, after his role as director of SL Army operations in the genocidal onslaught in 2009 followed by counter-insurgency foreign service targeting Tamil diaspora from Malaysia, is deploying new tactics for furthering the structural genocide against Eezham Tamils in his position as the commander of SL military occupying the peninsula.
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Higginbottom
[24.03.14]
UK long blighted cause of Eezham Tamils, contributed to genocide: “The UK’s permanent representative at the United Nations, a man called Sir John Sawers, who was at that time the permanent representative to the UN, stopped any Security Council discussion about the crisis in Sri Lanka in February 2009. This was the exact point, as we know very well from the Petrie Report that the UN officers were raising massive alerts inside the organisation about the impending massacre,” said British criminology academic Dr Andy Higginbottom, addressing a media meet in Geneva.
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Learning lessons
[11.03.14]
US draft ‘positive’ on many counts in making Tamils ‘learn lesson’: The US draft tabled at the UNHRC has to be recognized for its positive aspects in disguise that make Tamils learn historic lessons, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.
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PPT releases final verdict at Geneva
[22.01.14]
PPT judgement upholds Eelam Tamil identity and nomenclature: The full report of the judgement of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka (Bremen Session), released on Wednesday, came out with a discussion on the choice of nomenclature to identify the victims of genocide and has decided on the use of the term “Eelam Tamils as a national group.”
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Tamil Nadu
[13.01.14]
Opinion: Tamil Nadu needs to initiate Vietnam-like international struggle: The PPT indicting Sri Lanka for the genocide and continued genocide committed with the complicity of the USA, UK and India, against Eelam Tamils as a national group, and the TN Assembly under the leadership of Ms. Jayalalithaa passing unanimous resolutions on international investigations and referendum among Eezham Tamils, are no small steps. But, how to translate them into political action, before it is too late, is the question.
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Boycott Sri Lanka
[07.01.14]
People’s struggle of Eezham Tamils begins from stopping ‘Sri Lanka’ usage: A people’s struggle in fact begins from their households, first by consciously deleting the words Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan from usage, writes a Tamil activist for alternative politics in the island.
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Sinhala nameboard of Mullatithteevu stupa
[04.01.14]
Opinion: Theravada Sinhala Buddhism needs further understanding in Tamil Nadu: People of Tamil Nadu especially, and India in general, have to carefully and subtly understand the difference between Mahayana Buddhism advised for Dalits in India by Ambedkar and the Theravada Sinhala-Buddhism of the island of Lanka.
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Fr Elil Rajan
[02.01.14]
Transcend SA model, SL State and West’s mechanisms in seeking justice: Fr Rajan: The South African model that betrayed its people is now taken up by Colombo just to save war criminals. It is futile for Tamils to expect justice from any future government of SL State. Tamils also have to reconsider approaching their struggle once again through West’s mechanisms of justice, said Fr Elil Rajan, delivering the 2013 Memorial Address remembering Maamanithar Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham.
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