Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ban on events commemorating LTTE

Ban on events commemorating LTTE

The Mullaitivu Magistrate has banned all events to be held in the area to commemorate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for 14 days. Citing reports of groups like Tamil National People’s Front planning to hold a rally on May 18, police contended that …

SC stays return of land to Sampur Tamils

SC stays return of land to Sampur Tamils

The Sri Lankan Supreme Court has stayed a bid by the Sirisena government to return 818 acres of land at Sampur in the Eastern Province to Tamils from whom the lands were seized during Eelam War IV. The stay given on Friday, will be operative …

Iranian General insists US did 9-11

Iranian General insists US did 9-11

Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan is the commander of ground forces in the Iranian army. In a television interview on Iran’s Arabic-language news network, Al-Alam, on April 19, 2015, the military leader asserted that the United States government was behind the terror attacks against American …

War is a hobby for diaspora Tamils, they will not keep their Tamil Eelam identity

War is a hobby for diaspora Tamils, they will not keep their Tamil Eelam identity

As far as the diaspora Tamils are concerned, War is a hobby and they like the War to go ahead in the home country, All Ceylon Kampan Association organizer Kampavarithi E. Jeyaraj said. He also  further said that diaspora Tamils are living with a lot …

Positive changes in the environment for media freedom

Positive changes in the environment for media freedom

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), together with International Media Support (IMS) in Denmark and the Open Society Foundation, organized an International Assessment Mission to Sri Lanka by leading media development and advocacy organisations, from 8 to 14 May 2015 including a visit to Jaffna. The …

Majority of Tamil refugees not willing to return

Majority of Tamil refugees not willing to return

Only 35 per cent of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu are willing to come back, D.M. Swaminathan, Minister for Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, said on Friday. In an interview with The Hindu at his office here, Mr. Swamianthan said that …

37 Indian fishermen released in swap

37 Indian fishermen released in swap

The 37 Tamil Nadu fishermen detained in Sri Lanka were released by a court in Point Pedro in Jaffna district on Friday, following a swap agreement with India under which 16 Lankan fishermen jailed in India will also be released, Indian officials told Express. Indian and …

UNHCR Helped 7,000 SL Refugees Return From India

UNHCR Helped 7,000 SL Refugees Return From India

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has helped more than 7,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees return from India and get settled in their ancestral homes here, according to UNHCR’s Representative in Lanka, Golam Abbas. Giving details of the UNHCR’s role, Abbas said that …

ISIS in Pakistan

ISIS in Pakistan

ISIS has extended its tentacles to the subcontinent and its robust claim in black-and-white leaves no scope for speculation – “Thanks to God, 43 apostates were killed and close to 30 others were wounded in an attack by the soldiers of Islamic State on a …

A turning point in the history of relations between the Sinhalese and the Tamils

A turning point in the history of relations between the Sinhalese and the Tamils

By Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel. The 18th of May 2015 will be commemorated by all Sri Lankans as a turning point in the history of relations between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. The end of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the …