Monthly Archives: August 2015

Vote for people who put the Tamil nation first

Vote for people who put the Tamil nation first

The Bishop of Mannar, a prominent civil society activist in the North-East, urged Tamil voters to elect representatives who put the Tamil nation first, stating that the Tamil people’s struggle for freedom was not yet over. “As the struggle for the freedom of the Tamil …

Sivajilingam asks UNHCR for International Probe Into Lanka Warcrimes

Sivajilingam asks UNHCR for International Probe Into Lanka Warcrimes

A Tamil politician contesting against ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the upcoming parliamentary polls has asked the UNHCR for an international probe into the alleged warcrimes during the conflict with the LTTE. In a letter to UNHCR chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, slain LTTE supremo V …

Palk Strait bridge aimed at ‘annexing’ Sri Lanka to India

Palk Strait bridge aimed at ‘annexing’ Sri Lanka to India

The Federation of National Organisations (FNO), a collective of Sinhala political organisations, businesses and civil society groups based in the south, has urged Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to explain their positions on India’s plans to build a road …

Bridge Across Palk Strait Divides Lankans

Bridge Across Palk Strait Divides Lankans

An Indian proposal to build a bridge across the Palk Strait has elicited both hostility and support among Sri Lankans. Indian Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari’s US$ 3.6 billion plan to construct a bridge to link Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu with Talaimannar in Lanka’s Tamil-speaking …

India must ensure decentralization in Sri Lanka

India must ensure decentralization in Sri Lanka

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to expedite decentralization of power in Sri Lanka — for the cause of Tamil Eelam. Jayalalithaa presented a memorandum listing various demands to Modi when he went to her …

Rajapaksa trails in survey

Rajapaksa trails in survey

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa is trailing his main rival in a prime ministerial elections later this month, the latest national opinion poll showed, as the once-powerful leader struggles to mount a strong campaign. Ousted by former ally Maithripala Sirisena in a presidential election …

Kilinochchi struggles to leave past behind

Kilinochchi struggles to leave past behind

Those who pass through Kilinochchi, which served as the headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) till the end of 2008, hardly miss the sight of a fallen overhead water tank in the city. Perhaps this is the only “symbol of the past” …

Prime Minister Vows to Safeguard National Security

Prime Minister Vows to Safeguard National Security

Sri Lankans need not fear about a possible re-emergence of the vanquished Tamil Tiger guerrillas, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said. Speaking at an election rally in Kurunegala on Thursday, Mr Wickremesinghe said if his party won the coming parliamentary polls, the country’s national security …

FIFA launches internal probe

FIFA launches internal probe

Soccer’s world governing body FIFA has launched an internal investigation of alleged corruption, two people familiar with the matter said, in a development that may signal greater cooperation with criminal probes by U.S. and Swiss authorities. Members of FIFA’s executive committee were briefed on the …

CTC calls upon Tamils in the North and East to strengthen the TNA

CTC calls upon Tamils in the North and East to strengthen the TNA

CTC, in a statement released on 07 August 2015, the Canadian Tamil Congress said that it strongly urges Tamils and all citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their right to vote at the upcoming Parliamentary elections. The press release said: CTC calls upon Tamils in the …