Monthly Archives: November 2015

Government Considers Proposal to Release 217 Tamils

Government Considers Proposal to Release 217 Tamils

The Sri Lankan government is considering a proposal to release the 217 Tamils currently in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), after putting them through a program of rehabilitation, the Minister of National Dialogue, Mano Ganeshan, told The Sunday Standard. Ganeshan recalled that …

Tamil Islamist Targets Sri Lanka and Fails

Tamil Islamist Targets Sri Lanka and Fails

He is the Tamil face of extreme Islam. Moulvi P Jainul Abideen, better known as PJ, the founder and star speaker of the fundamentalist Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ), who was denied a visa to speak at an Islamic convention in Sri Lanka last week …

French security services’ nightmare comes true

French security services’ nightmare comes true

Simultaneous attacks on multiple targets by gunmen and suicide bombers working in unison: A nightmare scenario that France’s anti-terror agencies had dreaded for months came true in Paris on Friday night. Security officials and experts have predicted that an unprecedented attack was in the offing, …

Siddharthan vows more hartals

Siddharthan vows more hartals

Jaffna District Parlimentarian Dharmalingam Siddharthan said more hartals will be staged in the future too, until all Tamil political prisoners are released unconditionally. Speaking to the Daily News, MP Siddharthan said President Maithripala Sirisena promised that he will take a strong decision with regard to …

126 TN fishermen released

126 TN fishermen released

A group of 78 fishermen who were released by the Sri Lankan government were brought to Karaikal by a Coast Guard vessel on Friday evening. Forty-nine among them were from Nagapattinam district; 13 from Ramanathapuram and 16 from Pudukottai district. They were all arrested by …

Hartal In Tamil areas demanding release of LTTE suspects

Hartal In Tamil areas demanding release of LTTE suspects

Tamil majority areas in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka observed a complete hartal on Friday,demanding Presidential pardon for 217 Tamils detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for suspected involvement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader …

TNA discusses possible Australian participation in judicial process

TNA discusses possible Australian participation in judicial process

  Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament Sumanthiran and Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) representatives including Reginald Jeganathan, Chairman of the ATC had a successful meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Canberra on Nov 10. The Member of Parliament for Reid Craig Laundy MP …

Sri Lanka bets on start-ups, lures investors

Sri Lanka bets on start-ups, lures investors

Since Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war ended in 2009, the country has seen massive change. It now ranks 73rd in the world on the Human Development Index, higher than India at 135 and China at 91. Among the people of the island, this change has …

Samantha Power and US Sri Lanka Policy

Samantha Power and US Sri Lanka Policy

Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, recently spoke at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Mexico City. As she mentions at the outset, this is an initiative that deals with “the ideas of getting governments to work with civil society to …

What’s the deal with Sri Lanka’s Tamil political prisoners?

What’s the deal with Sri Lanka’s Tamil political prisoners?

Due to October hunger strikes in prisons across the country (with prisoners demanding amnesty), President Maithripala Sirisena had given assurances that he would take a decision on this matter by November 7. Some have suggested that this meant prisoners would be released, but the next …