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While UN charges ISIS for genocide, SL military gets space for exoneration

[Wed, 25 Mar 2015, 23:25 GMT]
While deferring the report on Sri Lanka, the UN Human Rights Office acting in sharp contrast called on the UN Security Council earlier this month to refer the ISIS to International Criminal Court, charging the ISIS for genocide committed against Yezidi people in Iraq as well as for crimes against humanity and war crimes against civilians including children. Obviously the contrast comes from the fact that the genocide of Eezham Tamils was determined by the USA and India, conducted by a military needed by the both, and was allowed by the UN. The regime change in Colombo is yet another time and space tactic to exonerate the genocidal Sinhala military and to use it as anchor for the furtherance of the original designs of the ultimate culprits, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics, citing recent reports coming from Colombo. Full story >>

Report unearths more facts on UK’s role in Sri Lanka’s counter-insurgency

[Tue, 24 Mar 2015, 23:50 GMT]
Facts are evidence used to build a truth, which is a very fluid thing. The truth Phil Miller has set out to prove is that “the British State colluded with the Sri Lankan State in its counter-insurgency operations against Tamils since the 1980's,” says Dr N. Malathy, a key member of NESoHR and the author of ‘A Fleeting Moment in My Country’. Phil's latest report, “Exporting Police Death Squads” identifies a person, the late Jack Morton, his career path, and his report, “Morten report”, which was produced for Sri Lanka’s counter-insurgency operations against Tamils. The so-called Morton report is still kept secret by the British State, Phil Miller's research has revealed. Full story >>

SL Military motives questioned while Colombo trio visits Jaffna

[Sun, 22 Mar 2015, 23:19 GMT]
The SL military has suddenly fenced off a crucial link road in the area supposed to be handed over back to the people of Vasaavi'laan East, just one day ahead of the much-orchestrated visit to the area by the Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena together with SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and former SL President Chandrika Kumaratunga. On Sunday, Northern Provincial Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran visited the area and was shocked to see the link road been fenced off by the SL military. The Chief Minister said the lands have not been released as promised by the Colombo government. Only a small area has been released, he said questioning whether there was a conflict between the Colombo government and its military or whether there was anything else. The people are disappointed to see that the lands have not been handed over as promised by the government. Full story >>

Colombo stages eyewash resettlement amidst military cantonment in Jaffna

[Fri, 20 Mar 2015, 23:11 GMT]
Vasaavi'laan East
211 families, who registered on Friday to resettle in Vasaavi'laan East in Valikaamam North and were allowed to visit and see their villages, have complained that the Colombo regime was still upholding the militarisation of their villages in the former ‘High Security Zone’. The SL military is still occupying their residential areas. Even the few houses situated in the area being released to the people have been totally demolished while the houses within the areas fenced off for continued military use are intact. In addition, most of the lands being released are either agricultural lands or quarry lands unfit for resettlement or agriculture, they complained. The SL military is still occupying the fertile agricultural lands, which have been converted into farms run by the military. Full story >>

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Grasping affairs of Maldives in larger perspective

[Thu, 19 Mar 2015, 00:06 GMT]
Rather than taking sides with the imprisoned former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed or with the current President Abdulla Yameen, the people of the Maldives and the peoples of entire southern South Asia should carefully understand the larger anti-people designs of New Delhi, Washington and Beijing, and vigilantly act in unison against the larger security threat that is being caused by the powers to the peoples of the region, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics. Nasheed, who is often highlighted in the Western and Indian media as the first democratically elected president of the archipelago, was also the first in involving the country in genocide in the neighbourhood, the activists cited. Full story >>

New regime silently steps up military land grab in North

[Wed, 18 Mar 2015, 09:01 GMT]
PTK protest
The occupying Sri Lankan military has again started to seize private lands outside the so-called High Security Zone (HSZ) in the North. While releasing some of the lands in the HSZ back to people in the North, the SL military is silently seizing lands outside the HSZ to maintain and expand its cantonments in the country of Eezham Tamils. Informed sources from the district secretariats of Ki'linochchi and Mullaiththeevu told TamilNet Wednesday that the military seizure of lands has been stepped up during the past 3 weeks at more than 20 localities in Vanni. Under the Rajapaksa regime, the SL officials were open about the military seizure of lands. But, now the process is almost invisible. Surveying officers are also brought from Colombo and legal notices are not issued in order to avoid public protests. Full story >>


Wigneswaran urges SL State to respect international principle on resettlement

[Mon, 23 Mar 2015, 12:04 GMT]
“Unless Grama Sevaka Divisions 244 and 252 are released in full as promised earlier, what has been gingerly granted today would hardly be of any use to the few families now selected to enter their erstwhile denied lands,” Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said in his address at Vazhalaay during the visit by SL President, Prime Minister and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. “It may not be out of place for me to mention here of the land grabs taking place in the Vanni not only by the military but also by certain Politicians who wielded power earlier and who continue to wield power now, may be more so. They still influence in selecting inappropriate beneficiaries for the Indian Housing Schemes,” the CM said, urging the SL State to adhere to the UN Principles for Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and IDPs, which is known as the Pinheiro Principles. Full story >>

Karuna assaults landowner in Batticaloa

[Sat, 21 Mar 2015, 23:52 GMT]
An armed squad led by paramilitary operative and former SL deputy minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan (Karuna) on Saturday assaulted a Tamil farmer, R. Vanaraja, while he was engaged at cultivation in his own agricultural land at Noo'ru-eakkar in Kiraan, Batticaloa. Mr Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan was claiming ownership to the land. The land was earlier under the control of the Tigers after Vanaraja family had displaced from his village. Later, Muralitharan, who defected from the LTTE had seized the land for commercial purposes, news sources in Batticaloa said. Full story >>

Ex-LTTE woman returned from France escapes assassination attempt in Vanni

[Thu, 19 Mar 2015, 08:03 GMT]
A group of assailants believed to belong to a surveillance squad of the Sri Lankan military attempted on Wednesday night to assassinate 41-year-old Baheerathy Murukesu, who was arrested earlier this month at Colombo airport and later released on bail with a restriction to leave the island. The two-member squad, which was waiting outside her house at Ka'ndaava'lai in Mullaiththeevu, followed Ms Baheerathy and hit her with their motorbike. Baheerathy was thrown away, but survived the attempt on her life. She was arrested by the Sri Lankan ‘Terrorist Investigation Department’ earlier this month when she was visiting her family on vacation from France. Baheerathy headed a naval wing of the LTTE's Sea Tigers between 1997 and 2000 and had left the island in 2005, the SL police has stated earlier. Full story >>

TNA, TNPF politicians address press conference in Geneva

[Wed, 18 Mar 2015, 22:02 GMT]
Press conference in Geneva
Northern provincial councillors Ananthy Sasitharan, M.K. Shivajilingam and TNPF Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam addressed the press at the Geneva Press Club on Tuesday, briefing the audience on the various aspects of the structural genocide targeting the Eezham Tamil nation, which continued unabated despite the internationally orchestrated ‘regime change’ hatching Maithriplala Sirisena as the SL president. The Tamil politicians from the homeland also said that the procrastination in delivering justice to Tamils on the part of the international community in the deferral of the OISL report only emboldened the Sri Lankan State in its crimes against Tamils. Human rights activist and one of the judges in the People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka, Maung Zarini also addressed the audience together with Tamil diaspora activists Sivakami Rajamanoharan from the UK and R Sri Ranjan from Canada. Full story >>

Premachandran challenges Colombo on ‘Gota’ detention camp in Trincomalee

[Tue, 17 Mar 2015, 08:42 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran on Monday said he was in possession of evidences to prove that there existed a notorious detention camp at the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) base in Trincomalee with more than 700 Tamil detainees and 35 families. “We can provide such evidences only if the witnesses could be protected,” Mr Premachandran said. After the TNA MP had raised the issue in the Sri Lankan Parliament in February, the new regime in Colombo promised to come up with answers. Now, the SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe (UNP) has responded citing the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy as saying that there was no such detention camp. The Sri Lankan Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (UNP) has also gone on record denying the accusation of the so-called Gotabhaya camp. Full story >>


2013 Mar 26 12:28      SL Forest Department lets loose wild elephants ...
2013 Mar 26 11:34      Queen to skip CHOGM - paper
2002 Mar 26 22:36      CPJ criticizes tardy investigation of journalis...
2002 Mar 26 12:14      Negotiations to resume soon - LTTE
2001 Mar 26 14:30      SLA operation in Mannar south, three missing
2000 Mar 26 19:39      Woman injured, youth killed in STF fire
2000 Mar 26 19:36      Four killed - VOT
2000 Mar 26 19:32      Ex-PLOTE cadre shot dead
2000 Mar 26 17:28      SLA commandos arrested in botched heist
2000 Mar 26 10:06      Search operation in Mannar
2000 Mar 26 09:28      Bomb detected in Colombo bound train
2000 Mar 26 08:56      Tigers attack SLA sentry
1999 Mar 26 22:22      Bishop concerned at troops proximity to church
1999 Mar 26 16:03      Five Tigers killed in Paranthan -SLA
1999 Mar 26 10:52      Judge's absence aborts Chemmani hearing
1999 Mar 26 08:54      Skeletons found in Jaffna
1999 Mar 26 00:47      PLOTE detainees tortured - Amnesty
1998 Mar 26 23:59      60 year old woman on terrorism charge
1998 Mar 26 23:59      Parliamentarians to visit Norway
1998 Mar 26 23:59      2 missing after navy attack
1998 Mar 26 23:59      Postal workers protest resumes
1998 Mar 26 23:59      Hindu Congress meet Indian official
1998 Mar 26 23:59      Army pulls back half kilometer
1998 Mar 26 23:59      Civilians warned not to return
1998 Mar 26 23:59      SLAF jets kill 8 civilians
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-James Russel Lowell
American Poet, critic and diplomat


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Theakkam, Theakkam-A'naikkaddu, Tha'n'neerth-thaangki

The place where the river water stagnates by a barrage (for diversion into a canal)

The dam or barrage causing the river water to stagnate

The water tank


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Feb 04, 2015
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