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  • India’s Imperatives In Sri Lanka – Analysis Read more >

    India’s Imperatives In Sri Lanka – Analysis

    By Neelam Deo and Karan Pradhan- ”India has tried to address the concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils through projects such as the recently-inaugurated railway between Jaffna and Colombo. But their aspirations for autonomy in the North and East remain unfulfilled, and New Delhi faces a dilemma—pushing Colombo on political issues can drive it closer to […]

  • Ranil Says No 13 Plus Read more >

    Ranil Says No 13 Plus

    A future United National Party (UNP) Government will not go beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in finding a solution to the ethnic crisis, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, announced yesterday (13). He said the UNP, in the near future, would talk to other political parties, religious leaders and civic organizations in the effort to […]

  • ITAK/TNA Affirms Self-rule Within A United Sri Lanka Read more >

    ITAK/TNA Affirms Self-rule Within A United Sri Lanka

    [TNA position: loud and clear] Filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) today affirmed that neither the ITAK nor the TNA had as its objective the setting up of a separate state within the territory of Sri Lanka. ITAK President Mavai Senathirajah filed this affidavit, when the six petitions […]

  • TNA Responds to Rajapaksa: Ready to Talk;  Need an Global Observer Read more >

    TNA Responds to Rajapaksa: Ready to Talk; Need an Global Observer

    [TNA leader Sampanthan ;The Hindu photo] The Hindu ‘TNA not seeking Defence powers but merely police powers’ The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought an international observer’s presence at talks with the Sri Lankan government. Responding to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s interview to The Hindu published on Thursday — in which he said his government was […]

  • ‘We will not allow an external probe’- President Rajapaksa Read more >

    ‘We will not allow an external probe’- President Rajapaksa

    Interview with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces the twin challenges of external pressure for an international probe into allegations of war crimes and internal pressure over the dialogue process with the Tamil National Alliance. In his first interview since meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, he spoke to […]

  • India wants 13A and beyond;Land powers to PCs – Senathirajah Read more >

    India wants 13A and beyond;Land powers to PCs – Senathirajah

    [Senathirajah speaking to press at UNHRC , March 2014;Photo: SD] Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian and senior Tamil politician Mavai Somasundaram Senathirajah, who is expected to succeed R. Sampanthan, as the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) leader, at the Party’s annual general meeting this week in Vavuniya, speaks to Ceylon Today on the TNA’s recent […]

  • Basil Rajapaksa responds to Modi re 13th A Read more >

    Basil Rajapaksa responds to Modi re 13th A

    In an indirect respond to Indian Prime Minister Modi Minister Basil Rajapaksa says that before taking about 13th amendment and devolution of powers the Tamil national Alliance (TNA) should work with Central Government, according to ‘The Hindu’. Prime Minster Modi has emphasised the need to full implementation of the 13thAmndment to Sri Lanka Constitution, which […]

  • Echo chamber symphonies: How GoSL misread Modi Read more >

    Echo chamber symphonies: How GoSL misread Modi

    Dharisha Bastians– With repeated reassurances by side players in the international arena, it is no wonder the Government was surprised by the TNA’s visit to New Delhi and its audience with the Indian Premier In the capital, he travels in tinted jeeps with a security detail, presumably because he has been a vocal critic of […]

  • Rajapaksa angry at TNA India visit;  Swamy was  not in the loop Read more >

    Rajapaksa angry at TNA India visit; Swamy was not in the loop

    [TNA meeting with ndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi] Rajapaksa by Thursday was livid at the news that Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan and five TNA parliamentarians were headed for New Delhi the next day. Other members of the delegation were Mavai Senathirajah, M.A. Sumanthiran, Selvam Adaikalanathan, Suresh Premachandran and Pon Selvarajah. Conspicuous by […]

  • Tamils in SL must enjoy ‘equality, dignity, justice and self-respect’ says India Read more >

    Tamils in SL must enjoy ‘equality, dignity, justice and self-respect’ says India

    [Sushma Swaraj with TNA leader Sampanthan; Photo-The Hindu] Tamils in Sri Lanka must enjoy “equality, dignity, justice and self-respect” India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Friday in New Delhi. “She [Sushma Swaraj] stressed the need for a political solution that addresses substantially, the aspirations of the Tamil community […]

  • Rajapaksa’s expert to urge Rajapaksa to compromise Read more >

    Rajapaksa’s expert to urge Rajapaksa to compromise

    Indian human rights activist, Avdhash Kaushal, who has been invited by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join a panel of experts which will advise the Presidential Commission on missing persons and war crimes, will urge Rajapaksa and the minority Tamils to go for a compromise. “I will suggest to Rajapaksa that he should go […]

  • 13 A: SC decides in favour Northern Governor Read more >

    13 A: SC decides in favour Northern Governor

    [Governor, retired Major General G A Chandrasiri as Jaffna commander] Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today dealt a blow to Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran, saying he has no authority to issue orders to his Provincial Chief Secretary. A three-member bench ruled that only the National Public Service Commission (NPSC) can issue orders to the Provincial […]

  • BJP doing a volte-face on Lanka’s ethnic issue Read more >

    BJP doing a volte-face on Lanka’s ethnic issue

     Dr Kumar David — It seems that the Modi government is preparing the ground and softening up Tamils at home and in Lanka to ditch the 13-th Amendment and the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987; not explicitly but to go halfway down this road. any, including this writer thought after Prime Minister  Modi’s conversation with President […]

  • Mahinda before fire in the North Read more >

    Mahinda before fire in the North

    Upul Joseph Fernando Mahinda Rajapaksa’s role in establishing opposition PC in the South When former President D.B. Wijetunga met people at his retirement home in Kandy, he used to say that his engagement with the Southern Provincial Council was a folly. UNP was never strong in the South. The UNP strategy at the Southern Provincial […]

  • Ramphosa assured TNA that South African involvment would be complementary to Indian and Western initiatives Read more >

    Ramphosa assured TNA that South African involvment would be complementary to Indian and Western initiatives

    Ramphosa in Jaffna Wigneswaran briefs Tamil journalists on meeting South African Envoy Ramaphosa A South African delegation, comprising South Africa’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka and South Sudan, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nomaindia Mfeketo, the deputy minister of South African International Relations and Cooperation, visited Jaffna on Tuesday and spent one hour with Northern […]

  • Anti-India Hysteria in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Anti-India Hysteria in Sri Lanka

    V Suryanarayan.                                                                 Colombo is witnessing anti-India demonstrations in an unprecedented scale. Chauvinist elements among the Sinhalese demonstrated outside the Indian High Commission, shouted […]

  • PSC, an utter waste of time; implement 13A, says UNP Read more >

    PSC, an utter waste of time; implement 13A, says UNP

    *Will respond only to govt.’s written solution to ethnic issue -Kiriella Following President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent assurance to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was willing to implement the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution with the exception of police powers, the UNP yesterday urged the government to match words with action without […]

  • Minister  DEW to quit PSC re finding a  political solution Read more >

    Minister DEW to quit PSC re finding a political solution

    Communist Party Leader, D.E.W. Gunasekera, said he has decided not to participate in future proceedings of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), appointed by the government to find a solution to the ethnic problem, as there was nothing more to discuss among ministers.  However, he said he would participate only if the TNA and SLMC became […]

  • Sri Lanka: 13A is not an Appendix – M.A. Sumanthiran Read more >

    Sri Lanka: 13A is not an Appendix – M.A. Sumanthiran

    In an interview with Ceylon Today, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran, said the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is not an Appendix. “The government should abide by the Constitution and ensure the full implementation of the Amendment before thinking of revisiting it to consider devolving police powers to the provinces.  Following are excerpts: […]

  • Sri Lanka : Get rid of 13th Amendment – Asgiriya Chapter Read more >

    Sri Lanka : Get rid of 13th Amendment – Asgiriya Chapter

    Chief Incumbent Asgiriya Chapter The government should do away with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, without succumbing to the pressures exerted by India, the Asgiriya Chapter said yesterday. Committee Member of the Asgiriya Chapter, Medagama Dhammananda Thera, calling the 13th Amendment the root cause of the country’s… … international bedlam, said initiatives should be […]

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