Monthly Archives: October 2016

Wigneswaran appeals for calm

Wigneswaran appeals for calm

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has appealed to the people of the province, especially the youth, to be calm as they mourn the killing of two university students by the police. In a statement released from London, the Chief Minister …

Student deaths spark nationwide protests

Student deaths spark nationwide protests

Students across Sri Lankan universities protested on Monday, condemning the recent death of two Jaffna University students in alleged police shooting and demanding a fair investigation. Thousands of students took to the streets in Jaffna town, blocking A9, the main highway to the island’s north, …

Hartal in North today

Hartal in North today

Northern Provincial Council Member M. K. Shivajilingam said a hartal will be held today (25) and all shops and sales outlets in the North will be closed in protest against the murder of the Jaffna University students. He said representatives of Tamil political parties met …

Caste oppression has a long and convoluted history in Jaffna.

Caste oppression has a long and convoluted history in Jaffna.

By Thulasi Muttulingam. Caste oppression has a long and convoluted history in Jaffna. There is also, nearly a century’s worth of recorded history of progressive elements within the community agitating against the caste system. Serious ground was beginning to be gained by the anti-caste movement …

Wigneswaran refuses to hoist LTTE flag

Wigneswaran refuses to hoist LTTE flag

Chief Minister of the North C.V.Wigneswaran refused to hoist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) flag at a meeting, organized by a group of pro-LTTE organizations, in London yesterday. Wigneswaran was in London to sign a memorandum of understanding linking Britain’s Royal Borough of Kingston …

Indian Foreign Secretary discusses economic collaboration

Indian Foreign Secretary discusses economic collaboration

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar called on President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday morning and discussed potential Indo-Lanka partnerships in areas such as transport, energy and infrastructure. Mr. Jaishankar, here on an economic diplomacy initiative, is accompanied by an official delegation of top officials from public sector …

None of the present Sinhalese political leaders have the capacity to empathize with the Tamils

None of the present Sinhalese political leaders have the capacity to empathize with the Tamils

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, who is in the UK attending the signing ceremony to twin Kingston with Jaffna, were posed the following questions by Ceylon Today and his responses are stated below: ?: Has there been a threat to your life? Why is the …

Tamils in Sri Lanka are feeling pessimistic

Tamils in Sri Lanka are feeling pessimistic

Tamils in Sri Lanka are feeling pessimistic due to lack of progress in reconciliation efforts by President Maithripala Sirisena who had promised to reach out to the minority community more vigorously than his predecessor, a UK-based diaspora group said on 22 October 2016. “Lack of …

Human Rights Commission calls for incorporation of Economic, Social and Cultural rights in new Constitution

Human Rights Commission calls for incorporation of Economic, Social and Cultural rights in new Constitution

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) today called on the President to give leadership in calling for, and the Prime minister and all members of the Constitutional Assembly to ensure, the incorporation of Economic, Social and Cultural rights in the future constitutional chapter …

Indian Foreign Secretary to visit Sri Lanka

Indian Foreign Secretary to visit Sri Lanka

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishanker to visit Sri Lanka on Sunday to further economic cooperation and the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) that has been in discussion for nearly a decade might be on the agenda as well. Confirming his visit, Ministry of External Affairs …