Monthly Archives: September 2013

TNA gets  3/4 land slide victory with 30 Seats of 38 in Northern Election

TNA gets 3/4 land slide victory with 30 Seats of 38 in Northern Election

       Tamils in Northern Sri Lanka have sent a clear message  by giving the Tamil Coalition, Tamil National Alliance , more than required mandate of 3/4 majority in the Northern Provincial Council Election. The TNA captured 30 seats out of 38 seats with …

He opposes war, succours the poor, and now preaches tolerance.

He opposes war, succours the poor, and now preaches tolerance.

   Who doesn’t love Pope Francis? Hands up, if you dare. He opposes violence and war, supports the poor, focuses on the needs of the disabled, and talks about the need to suspend judgment of others. The videos of Pope Francis hugging children and asking …

Sri Lanka vote: A new start?

Sri Lanka vote: A new start?

    Dancers swirl to a rapid drum-beat as the wedding ceremony reaches its climax in Kilinochchi, the former capital of the Tamil Tiger rebels. But now the Sri Lankan army is in charge here, and it is staging a group marriage for former rebels who …

CaFFE Interim Report on Sri Lanka NPC Election 2013 – Signs of Hope Over the Broken Palmyrah

CaFFE Interim Report on Sri Lanka NPC Election 2013 – Signs of Hope Over the Broken Palmyrah

CaFFE Interim Report on Sri Lanka NPC Election 2013      Signs of Hope Over the Broken Palmyrah – Towards a Civic Administration for the Northern Province  By Rathindra Kuruwita RajithKeerthiTennakoon Northern Provincial Council Election 2013 It’s Historical Establishing the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) will be …

US calls for independent and transparent investigations into electoral attacks

US calls for independent and transparent investigations into electoral attacks

     The United Sates Embassy noted the attacks on electoral candidate, Ananthi Sasitharan’s residence on 20 Sept. The US embassy, in a statement issued yesterday, said, “The attack should be transparently and independently investigated, and the perpetrators involved should be brought to justice swiftly. …

17 TNA candidates unite on 3 key demands

17 TNA candidates unite on 3 key demands

     In the final run up to the election, candidates of the TNA across the five districts have come together on three key points of their electoral campaign -reaffirming their belief in the Tamil nation’s right to self-determination, rejecting the 13th Amendment or the …

Supreme Court issues stay in display of pictorial warnings on cigarette packets

Supreme Court issues stay in display of pictorial warnings on cigarette packets

     The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka issued an interim order suspending the implementation of the gazette notice requiring to display pictorial warnings on cigarette packets. Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) sought the stay order to repel the regulation made by the Minister of Health …

War-Scarred Sri Lankan Tamils See Hope in Election

War-Scarred Sri Lankan Tamils See Hope in Election

      The ethnic Tamils of Sri Lanka tried to gain autonomy in their northern heartland first through three decades of protests and strikes, then through three decades of civil war. Northern cities were reduced to rubble and at least 80,000 people were killed …

Vote in Sri Lanka’s North stirs Tamil calls

Vote in Sri Lanka’s North stirs Tamil calls

     Voters in northern Sri Lanka go to the polls on Saturday in a provincial election that threatens to stir up old animosity between the government and ethnic minority Tamils. Defeat for the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be largely symbolic, but victory …

I was intentionally sidelined during UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay’s visit

I was intentionally sidelined during UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay’s visit

   Ananthy Sasitharan, a rising Tamil voice in the North says that during the time of the LTTE women were actively involved in politics and administration. We are once again, being subjected to the patriarchal, male-chauvinist attitudes of our society. I believe I was intentionally sidelined during …