Monthly Archives: October 2016

TNA fears new law to replace PTA

TNA fears new law to replace PTA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the premier Tamil political group in Sri Lanka, fears that the proposed new law to replace the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) may well be old wine in a new bottle with most of the controversial provisions being retained. …

India planning sub-sea power cable

India planning sub-sea power cable

The Union Power Ministry is considering laying a sub-sea power cable to transmit power from India to Sri Lanka, said a senior Ministry official here. It is learnt that the Sri Lanka requires 500 MW of power from India to meet its domestic power requirements. …

Demonstrations to continue or not depends on government’s move

Demonstrations to continue or not depends on government’s move

Staging demonstrations like “Ezhuga Thamizh” or being abstained from such move to raise voice for rights depends on the Sri Lanka government’s move, said TNA Wanni district MP Sivasakthi Ananthan. Addressing in parliament during the debate on “Lands (Special Provisions) Bill” on Thursday (Oct 6) …

Withdrawing was due to logistical reasons

Withdrawing was due to logistical reasons

By Padma Rao Sundarji.                                                               Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is currently on his …

There are reasons for our silence says TNA

There are reasons for our silence says TNA

The spokesperson of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M A Sumanthiran rebuffed criticims of the secrecy surrounding constitutional talks, saying, “there are reasons for the silence we keep”. “We have the belief that our people would trust us. When the interim report is released, everything …

Tamil people left out of transitional justice processes

Tamil people left out of transitional justice processes

The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) said that it appears that the Tamil people of the North-East are being left out of transitional justice processes, and not meaningfully consulted, at a press conference in Jaffna on Thursday, adding that this was also the case for the constitutional process. …

Madras High Court upholds decision

Madras High Court upholds decision

The Madras High Court has upheld the decision of the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) to deny certification to Bengaluru-based filmmaker K. Ganeshan’s Tamil film Porkalathil Oru Poo (A flower in a battlefield). The film’s script is based on the life of slain LTTE journalist …

Estate workers protest continues

Estate workers protest continues

Thousands of workers employed in Sri Lanka’s tea estates continued protesting on Friday, apparently rejecting the marginal wage hike that the government negotiated with employers and trade unions. About 10 days ago, tension erupted across Sri Lanka’s Central and Uva Provinces, where most of the …

Federal call of Chief Minister rejected

Federal call of Chief Minister rejected

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday dismissed as irrelevant a call by the chief minister of the Tamil-majority northern province for a federal solution to issues of the ethnic minority community. C V Wigneswaran two weeks ago had demanded a federal solution to meet the political aspirations of …

No future for SAARC if it can’t work together

No future for SAARC if it can’t work together

Days after his country joined other neighbours in India’s boycott of the SAARC summit in Islamabad, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, while endorsing New Delhi’s concerns on cross-border terror, Wednesday said it is a “core issue” on the SAARC table and will not end …