Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal

[Fri, 27 Nov 2020, 16:44 GMT]
One of the flames of sacrifice lit inside a building in Valveddith-thu'rai, JaffnaThe Police of the occupying state of genocidal Sri Lanka detained a Tamil Catholic priest, S. Baskaran, who is the principal of St. Martin’s Seminary while conducting Tamil Eelam Heroes’ Day remembrance at the entrance of the seminary, located near the Bishop’s House in Jaffna. Amidst tightened harassment from the SL military and the police against public remembrance events, the people and their political representatives resolvedly and emotionally marked the commemoration lighting flames of sacrifice inside their premises. The mobilisation for indoor remembrance has drawn the attention of the younger generation of Tamils like never before in the post-2009 context, journalists in Jaffna said. All the occupying Sinhala soldiers and the police personnel were deployed in the public places, junctions and along the road everywhere, reminding the people the level of military occupation. Full story >>

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China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation

[Mon, 16 Nov 2020, 18:45 GMT]
The ten-member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and five of ASEAN’s major trade partners, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea that also includes critical US allies and defence partners, have signed the trade agreement known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), at a virtual conference hosted by Vietnam on Sunday. Asia’s first, second, and fourth-largest economies, China, Japan, and South Korea, and advanced economies like Singapore are signatories to the RCEP constituting almost a third of the world gross domestic product. “India withdrew from the RCEP talks late last year, following Prime Minister Modi’s increasing cooperation with the US-led Indo-Pacific initiative,” observed the official paper of the Chinese Communist Party, China Daily, in an opinion piece on Monday. Full story >>

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Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85

[Tue, 06 Oct 2020, 11:40 GMT]
It was Kuttimani's profound speech proclaiming his last wish while on death row that captivated Poet Laureate Pulamaipithan to be inspired by the freedom struggle of Eezham Tamils. The poet was 44 in 1979. His commitment secured LTTE leader V Pirapaharan and fellow militants from possible deportation from Tamil Nadu to Colombo back in 1982, following a shoot-out at Pondy Bazaar in Chennai. A man of integrity, Poet Pulamaipithan, played a crucial role in getting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) to support Mr Pirapaharan and the Tamil Eelam cause. In an interview with TamilNet in June 2008, the famous lyricist, who was also a former Deputy Chairman of Tamil Nadu Legislative Council, narrated his involvement since the early days. Joining Tamils world over in wishing him well on his 85th birthday, TamilNet releases this 2-hour long video recording made in Tamil. Full story >>

Tamils unify to mark Thileepan Remembrance, brave Colombo's suppression of memorialisation

[Sun, 27 Sep 2020, 12:05 GMT]
Thileepan Remembrance in Chava
Colombo's widespread attempts through SL judiciary, Police and military covering all the potential memorial sites and the Maaveerar square within the University of Jaffna, didn't manage to curb Eezham Tamils, their grassroots activists and politicians from marking the collective memorialisation events on Saturday on the occasion of 33rd commemoration of Lt Col Thileepan. Jaffna University students took part in three events in Jaffna, Chaavakachcheari and Vavuniyaa North. All mainstream Tamil parties doing politics on Tamil nationalist platform were brought together by the pressure from Tamil media, grassroots activists and the students who were responding to the suppression coming from Colombo. All Tamil dailies published in the Tamil homeland gave prominence to Thileepan Remembrance and highlighted Colombo's harassment against the collective memorialisation events. Full story >>

South Asia mourns SPB's demise

[Fri, 25 Sep 2020, 22:08 GMT]
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
The demise of legendary and iconic South Asian singer SP Balasubrahmanyam (74), who captivated millions of hearts world over, has left an enormous void in the music world. The singer genius gave more than 40,000 tracks with versatility in sixteen languages, most of them in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam in a span of half a century of musical life. SPB, who was based in Chennai, set the benchmark for pronunciation not only in his mother tongue Telugu but also for singing Tamil playback songs in Tamil Nadu. TamilNet joins the millions of people in paying tribute to the greatest music legend of our times. Artist Pugazhenthi from Tamil Nadu shares with TamilNet his memories of SPB coming forward to sing freedom songs for Eezham Tamils and their liberation movement in 2007. Full story >>

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Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US

[Sat, 31 Oct 2020, 10:58 GMT]
Certain quarters have been misplacing the significance of the recent visit of US State Secretary Mike Pompeo to Colombo vis-à-vis the national question of the Eezham Tamils. SL President and Commander-in-Chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s choice to continue the already on track military cooperation with the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) is the determining factor, particularly at the strategic port city of Trincomalee of the occupied country of Eezham Tamils. One has to judge the geopolitical orientation of the SL State based on the defence-related choices being made and not based on polemics of Rajapaksa's ‘non-alignment’, or the escalating ‘predator’ vs ‘friend’ rhetoric between the US and China. Wherever Pompeo goes, be it London or Colombo, this rhetoric is the same. Full story >>

Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North

[Mon, 28 Sep 2020, 23:19 GMT]
Tamil business and student communities in the North-East observed hartal on Monday condemning SL State's widespread hostility towards the annual commemoration of Lt Col Thileepan on Saturday. Occupying Colombo's police and military were trying to block the business owners from conducting the shutdown. However, the business chambers didn't succumb to the pressure. Also, Muslim traders in the cities of North fully observed shutdown. They also marked hartal in their residential suburbs in Jaffna showing solidarity with Eezham Tamils. Except for the hospitals and necessary public transportation, the cities and towns were at a standstill in Jaffna, Mullaiththeevu, Vavuniyaa and Mannaar. Full story >>

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Commemorating sacrifices of Tamil struggle is an inalienable right, not a subject for ‘SL permission’

[Sat, 26 Sep 2020, 09:10 GMT]
Veteran human rights activist and Catholic priest Fr M. Sakthivel has condemned Tamil political parties for having lowered their moral standards to the level of seeking permission from the SL State to commemorate the sacrifices made in the Tamil struggle. His comments come following the members of the political parties writing a letter to the head of the occupying state of genocidal Sri Lanka to lift the ‘ban’ enforced through its judiciary and police on marking Lt Col Thileepan’s 33rd commemoration. Tamils held all their struggle related remembrance events, including all the Mu’l’ livaaykkaal Remembrance events after 2009, as part of their inalienable right as they regard such remembrance as an inalienable exercise of their right of self-determination, Fr Sakthivel observed. Full story >>

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UN Rights Chief joins her predecessors in watering down collective rights of genocide affected people

[Tue, 15 Sep 2020, 06:37 GMT]
UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet
Without imposing a robust follow-up on the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka, which withdrew its support to UN Human Rights Resolution 30/1 that failed to address genocide justice, international investigations and ensure the collective rights of the people of the occupied traditional Tamil homeland in the North-East, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet was just “encouraging” the Council to “give renewed attention to Sri Lanka, in view of the need to prevent threats to peace, reconciliation and sustainable development.” Ms Bachelet was only referring to “commitments” made by the Rajapaksa regime “since it withdrew its support for resolution 30/1”. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2009:
2009 Dec 05 23:47      Civilian killed in army fire at Vaazhaichcheana...
2009 Dec 05 14:27      Sri Lanka's modern-day genocide
2009 Dec 05 06:35      Attempts to split TNA
2009 Dec 05 03:42      Woman sexually abused, killed in Jaffna
2000:
2000 Dec 05 07:36      SLA starts another operation for Jaffna road
2000 Dec 05 05:17      Tigers attack Thoppur police station
1999:
1999 Dec 05 19:12      Over forty injured in train crash
1999 Dec 05 17:41      PLOTE meets President over Vanni, elections
1999 Dec 05 16:21      "This matter is by no means settled"
1998:
1998 Dec 05 22:17      PLOTE cadre arrested for murder
1998 Dec 05 19:37      Civilians taken to welfare centres
1998 Dec 05 16:08      Journalists to visit Oddusuddan
1998 Dec 05 16:05      Separate department for the disabled
1998 Dec 05 11:11      Black day for human rights
1998 Dec 05 11:06      Pictures of LTTE aircraft released
1997:
1997 Dec 05 23:59      Norway's ambassador visits Jaffna
1997 Dec 05 23:59      New SLA thrust repulsed - radio
1997 Dec 05 23:59      300 SLA killed - Tigers
1997 Dec 05 23:59      Fighting was at close quarters - MoD
1997 Dec 05 23:59      Grenade attack in Jaffna
1997 Dec 05 23:59      Heavy casualties in Vanni Battle
We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
-Edward M. Forster
1879-1970, British Novelist, Essayist

 

Know the Etymology: 332
Place Name of the Day:
(332 of 500 revised)

Koyilā-maṉai/ Kōyilā-maṉai
Koyilaa-manai

The temple house; or the house of the temple servants

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Maaveerar Naa'l, 2008
[27.11.20]
Heroes Day: “With its greed for land, Sinhalam has entered a militaristic path of destruction. It has sought to build the support of the world to confront us. It is living in a dreamland of military victory. [...] It is true Tamil Eelam is a small nation on the globe. However it is a nation with great potential. It is a nation with a characteristic individuality. It has a distinctive language, cultural heritage and history. Sinhalam seeks with its military might to destroy all these. It seeks to destroy Tamil sovereignty and replace it with Sinhala sovereignty. [...] Let us all make a firm and determined resolution to follow fully the path of our Heroes, who, in pursuit of our aspiration for justice and freedom, sacrificed themselves and have become a part of the history of our land and our people.” - LTTE Leader V Pirapaharan [Heroes Day, 27 November 2008]
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[20.01.18]
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[15.01.18]
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[13.11.17]
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[08.10.17]
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[20.09.17]
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[04.07.17]
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[08.06.17]
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[20.02.16]
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Durban Conference
[11.11.15]
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[04.11.15]
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