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  • Eezham Tamils encouraged by Jayalalitha’s stand: TNA

    15 May 2011Suresh K. Premachandran, the official spokesman of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Saturday sent TNA’s congratulations to Ms. J. Jayalalitha, the newly elected chief minister of Tamil Nadu state in India, saying that Eezham Tamils have become hopeful and are encouraged by the stand Ms. Jayalalitha has expressed to the media on the […]

  • India wants police and land powers for PCs

    Delegation postpones visit as New Delhi tells Lanka to respond positively to UN panel reportBy Our Political Editor India is to ask Sri Lanka to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution giving full land and police powers to provincial councils as part of measures to address Tamil grievances. The move comes as the government […]

  • TNA wants power devolution, not Senate

    14 May 2011 “The TNA has consistently asked for power devolution on federal lines. The party has also insisted on the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces,” The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has refused to accept the government’s proposal to establish a Senate as a substitute for a power devolution arrangement, Daily Mirror learns. […]

  • Pillayan aide shot dead

    14 May 2011 12:38 Days after the killing of a member of the Karuna faction, an unidentified gunman shot and killed a supporter of Eastern Province Chief Minister S. Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan in Batticaloa last night, police said. They said that the 34 year-old victim, identified as M. Ilanga Kumar, who is a Bar owner […]

  • Registration of families Continue in Valikamam

    13 May 2011 The military has started registering the family members once again in some areas in Valikamam in Jaffna, especially in Sankanai and Mathagal area Valikamam west where the activities are now very briskRegistration of families Continue in Valikamam. The military has started registering the family members once again in some areas in Valikamam […]

  • Iniya Barathi faction listed for abduction of children

    Thursday, 12 May 2011 The United Nations has listed the Iniya Barrathi faction of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) that recruits or uses children, kill or maim children, and/or commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in situations of armed conflict on the agenda of the Security Council. Releasing the UN […]

  • Militaraisation in Vanni

    They complained that virtually every decision relating to community life needed to be taken after permission was sought and obtained from the military. On my way to Jaffna over the past weekend I stopped over in Vavuniya to meet with several civil society leaders. When we discussed the current political situation, the main issue that […]

  • Nothing will happen by some welcoming UN report: Basil Rajapaksa

    Basil Rajapaksa said that according to the SL president there are no more High Security Zones but the entire island is a ‘peace zone.’ 09 May 2011, Sri Lanka President’s brother and SL Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa made an unannounced sudden visit to Jaffna Monday. Nothing will happen by some welcoming the UN panel […]

  • Anti-UN sentiment in Jaffna: Fact or fiction?

    9 May, 2011 The Uthayan newspaper runs a revealing story on its website which suggests that on 8th May, the campaign to collect a million signatures against the UN Panel’s report basically forced people to sign up to the campaign. Groundviews has already covered this bizarre, mindless campaign when it started in Colombo, before in […]

  • Occupying SL military threatens TNA politicians in Jaffna

    08 May 2011 While building up democratic politics in the north and east is reiterated as a prerequisite for ‘reconciliation,’ the genocidal SL Army occupying Jaffna under the command of ‘Asian Nobel Peace Laureate’ Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe is engaged in intimidating politicians of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the most favoured political formation in […]

  • Detained Indefinitely

    By Maryam Azwer Almost two years since the end of the conflict, hundreds of people arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remain in detention. What is of real concern here, is that in many cases, families of those detained have no knowledge of their whereabouts – or even if they are alive. Detainee DilemmaAmong […]

  • Jaffna District voters down by 50 percent

    By Chris Kamalendran The number of voters in the Jaffna electoral district has dropped by more than 400,000 or by 50 percent of the previous figures, according to latest data collected by the Elections Department. Earlier the voter registry for the Jaffna district had 815,000 voters on the list, but the new one being compiled […]

  • Foreigners must register ( to visit North)

    06 May 2011Foreign passport holders must continue to register with the Ministry of Defence in order to enter Jaffna despite the war against the LTTE ending three years ago. A group of Foreign passport holders who were born in Sri Lanka told News Now.lk that they were turned back at the Omantai check point while […]

  • Meet with Blake positive – Gota

    5, 2011, 9:51 pmBy Shamindra Ferdinando Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said, in an exclusive interview with The Island on Thursday (5), that Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake hadn’t come across any Tamil speaking civilians wanting to have Sri Lanka investigated for war crimes during his visit to former LTTE strongholds at Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi […]

  • UN Report: Way Forward

    International pressure should be brought on the Government of Sri Lanka to withdraw the entire Army from the North and the East. The people are so scared of the guns that women hysterically run away merely sighting a gun. There is absolutely no threat of the LTTE reviving. by V. Anandasangaree (May 06, Colombo, Sri […]

  • Bungalow Type Mansion in Jaffna to Accommodate VIPs

    06 May 2011A bungalow type mansion to accommodate the President and other V.I.Ps has come up in Jaffna at the cost of 100 million rupees. A bungalow type mansion to accommodate the President and other V.I.Ps has come up in Jaffna at the cost of 100 million rupees. This mansion is to be opened by […]

  • Suresh Premachandran Requests Speaker to Take Action Against Hathurusinghe

    The commander of the field forces in Jaffna Major general Mahinda Hathurusinghe has recently said that Suresh Premachchandran and Mavai Senathirajah were behaving in such a manner as to start a war once again 06 May 2011 TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachchandran yesterday requested the speaker to take action against the Jaffna commander, Major General Hathurusinghe […]

  • Abduction of Two School Boys in Mannar (Sri Lanka)

    On 17th January 2011, at around 2 pm, two students of St. Xavier’s College, Mannar were abducted by a group of unidentified persons in a white van as they were returning from school.  (AJR aged 19 and AR aged 18) Both boys were in school uniform when they were abducted. There were no witnesses to […]

  • A multicultural national vision for peace in Sri Lanka

    A Citizens’ initiative based on consultations in the various regions of the country by Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, Dr. Fara Haniffa, Dr. Devenesan Nesiah Preamble Publish Post Sri Lanka was long famous for its rich social diversity and the harmonious co-existence of various communities. Since independence, however, there has been a failure to define and realize […]

  • ITAK urges internationally supervised negotiations with GoSL

    02 May 2011, Two veteran Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) politicians, C.V.K Sivagnanam and Mavai Senthirajah, on Sunday urged international supervision of a process that guarantees both a proper negation process and the implementation of results in the talks between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). The two officials […]

  • Govt. stalls TNA request for power-sharing

    Tamil group also demands detainees’ list, as media awaits joint statementBy Chris Kamalendran The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) met a team of government delegates on Friday to reiterate its request that the Concurrent List in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution be dropped. The five-member TNA delegation said the Concurrent List would reduce powers enjoyed […]

  • New evidence leads to war crime committed on LTTE’s Col Ramesh

    TamilNet,27 April 2011, The wife of slain Batticaloa Commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on Thursday verified that the dead body shown in the photo released on Wednesday was that of her husband, Col. Ramesh. On Wednesday, a former member of the LTTE identified a photo leaked in recent days by the […]

  • A lasting political solution through power sharing

    by M A Sumanthiran(text of SJV Chelvanayakam Memorial lecture 2011) I consider it a great honour to have been asked to deliver the Thanthai Chelva memorial oration this year. Last year too I had the honour of delivering the key-note address at the annual commemoration ceremony held in Jaffna on the 26th of April. Today, […]

  • UN panel report oversteps by rejecting homeland of Eezham Tamils

    Rather than coming out with such an unqualified statement, why can’t the panel recommend a Sudan-model referendum among Eezham Tamils in the island, to see whether they are divided or united on the question of independence? TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 April 2011. Eezham Tamils hoodwinked by war crimes indictments that are doubtful of materialising into actions, […]

  • Tamil detainees should be released – CJ

    By Saroj Pathirana The Attorney General (AG) and the police have been ordered to release all Tamils in custody for longer periods without charges says Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice (CJ). CJ Asoka de Silva said he has taken measures to provide relief to the Tamil detainees during his two-year tenure in the office. “We have […]

  • SL occupation of hospitals, schools harm resettlement in Vanni – TNA MP

    2 April 2011 Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian from Vanni, S. Sritharan, has blamed the occupying Sri Lanka Army in Vanni for continuing to occupy public buildings, including primary hospitals and schools, causing severe hardships to resettling civilians. The accusation by the TNA MP comes following District Development Committee (DDC) meeting held in Jaffna on Tuesday, […]

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