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Reorienting the Relationship

Reorienting the Relationship

In May 2014, the newly elected Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi kickstarted his tenure by inviting the heads of all SAARC countries for his swearing-in ceremony, suggesting that contacts with neighbours should be made a matter of routine than treated as exception. This has …

Tamil leaders involved in anti-Tamil conspiracy

Tamil leaders involved in anti-Tamil conspiracy

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, alleged on Wednesday, that there is a plot by the Sri Lankan government to deny a just political solution to the Tamils in association with some Tamil leaders. The bid to create confusion in the …

Demand for probe into departments headed by Vigneswaran

Demand for probe into departments headed by Vigneswaran

The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), which is the principal constituent of the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, is demanding a probe into complaints about the working of departments directly under Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. …

Religious Leaders Seek Justice For Suspected Tamil Rebels

Religious Leaders Seek Justice For Suspected Tamil Rebels

Buddhist, Christian and Muslim clergy are calling for the release of suspected Tamil separatists held for years under Sri Lanka’s controversial anti-terrorism laws. The prisoners are believed to have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act issued during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war. The …

Religious Violence

Religious Violence

A resurgence of violations against Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka justifiably has alarmed domestic and international observers. Religious violence in Sri Lanka is nothing new. There were similar concerns – particularly with respect to anti-Muslim incidents in 2014 – when the island nation’s previous …

Palaniswami writes to Narendra Modi on fishermen issue

Palaniswami writes to Narendra Modi on fishermen issue

Lamenting that the Sri Lankan Navy had detained as many as 14 Tamil fishermen who set sails from Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai districts, Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami on Monday said that the recurring attacks showed the island nation’s ‘intolerant attitude’ and ‘scant respect’ for the …

I am no communalist

I am no communalist

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran’s comments on the Northern Provincial Council issue, the TNA manifesto and allegations made against him by some sections of the TNA. Q: The attention of the whole country was drawn towards the Northern Provincial Council during the past few …

Would TNA re-nominate Wigneswaran?

Would TNA re-nominate Wigneswaran?

All is well that ends well – or, so goes the old adage. For the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, it could well be just that and nothing more. The current truce between TNA leadership of R Sampanthan and Northern …

There may not be any coaches left to employ

There may not be any coaches left to employ

As Sri Lanka begin their search for a ninth head coach in six years, Test champions Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena have questioned the circumstances that led to Graham Ford’s departure from the role. Sri Lanka Cricket announced Saturday that Ford’s 15-month stint at the …

A simmering political conflict

A simmering political conflict

The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved by a section of the Council members against Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, has brought the deep divide in Tamil nationalist politics to the fore. The turbulence lasted a week, after he …