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The Tamil political landscape is changing

The Tamil political landscape is changing

The UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential Tamil diaspora group has called on Tamil parties to work together in Parliament in the larger interests of the Tamil people. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) congratulated the election officials, all winning and losing candidates, as …

Canadian Tamil Congress: strengthen TNA, vital Tamil votes are not split

Canadian Tamil Congress: strengthen TNA, vital Tamil votes are not split

The Tamil people’s struggle for democratic rights in Sri Lanka has a long history. Since independence the desire of Tamils to live as a free people has not been diminished by the many setbacks and the tests of endurance faced by Tamils in their onward …

TNA faces biggest test in post-war decade?

TNA faces biggest test in post-war decade?

As Sri Lanka gears up for the August 5 parliamentary election, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) — the main grouping representing minority Tamils living in north and east — is facing its biggest test yet in its constituency, since the war ended a decade ago. …

End intimidation & threats

End intimidation & threats

A statement signed by 10 Human Rights Organisations was released on 29 July 2020, requesting that the Government of Sri Lanka should end the targeted arrests, intimidation and threats against the lives and physical security of lawyers, activists, human rights defenders and journalists. The signatories …

TNA seeks “cooperative federalism”

TNA seeks “cooperative federalism”

Campaigning for Sri Lanka’s August 5 general elections, the country’s main Tamil party has foregrounded the promise Colombo made to New Delhi on power devolution, the need for greater connectivity to India from the northern Palaly airport, and the need to expedite the return of …

HRW calls for probe

HRW calls for probe

The Sri Lankan authorities have ordered an investigation into a former commander of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after he publicly boasted about killing several thousand Sri Lankan soldiers during the country’s civil war, which ended in 2009. He killed more soldiers, …

We don’t know how one could fix a match

We don’t know how one could fix a match

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has hit back at Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the ex-Sri Lanka Sports Minister, who served between 2010 and 2015, and accused the national team for ‘selling’ the 2011 World Cup final against India. Two days after Aluthgamage had said the World …

Sri Lanka among most vulnerable

Sri Lanka among most vulnerable

The Economist Magazine has ranked Sri Lanka amongst its most vulnerable states that have been worst affected economically by the coronavirus pandemic, as Colombo faces massive debt repayments this year. In its ranking of 66 states, using four ranking factors, Sri Lanka was ranked 61st …

Squeezed by foreign lenders

Squeezed by foreign lenders

As Sri Lanka battles COVID-19 with its public health expertise and military might, it is gearing up for another imminent crisis — servicing its mounting external debt, of which $2.9 billion is due this year. Of the many economic side effects of the global pandemic, …

Treat this as a humanitarian issue

Treat this as a humanitarian issue

The SAARC Secretariat should play an active role in the region’s response to COVID-19, along with “someone in-charge”, according to Sri Lanka’s former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “I don’t know if it can be handled from Kathmandu alone. If you can, well and good. But …