Villages in Maanthai West unable to grapple with structural genocide

[Fri, 09 Dec 2016, 23:47 GMT]
People of Eechchai-a’lavakkai and Channaar vilaages in Maanthai West of Mannaar district have been facing immense difficulties due to the existence of a training base, so-called “Commando Regiment Special Warfare Training Camp” of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka after 2009. The SL military has seized more than 3,000 acres of the most fertile lands that were once popular for agricultural produce, especially dried chilli. The military is also occupying the Channaar tank, blocking the resettled people from sustaining their livelihood of freshwater fishing. The people are deprived of cattle herding as pastureland is completely occupied by the SL military. Even the cemetery of the two villages is under SL military zone and people have to seek permission to bury or cremate their dead. Full story >>

It is time for SL President to act against extremist Buddhist monk, says Batticaloa Bishop

[Wed, 07 Dec 2016, 22:38 GMT]
SL President Maithiripala Sirisena should take action against the Buddhist monk, who has caused much damage to the ethnic and religious harmony prevailing in the district of Batticaloa, the Roman Catholic of the Diocese of Batticaloa, Rt Rev Dr Joseph Ponniah, told TamilNet in an interview on Monday. The Bishop said he had asked the SL police, law enforcement authorities and even the military commanders visiting him why they were unable to stop him. But, none of them were prepared to act against a religious leader, particularly against a Buddhist monk, Bishop Joseph Ponniah said. SL President knows about the act of this monk. As it is not possible to do anything to stop the destructive trend at grassroots or lower levels of law enforcement, it is now the responsibility of the SL President to interfere and prove that he is serious about ethnic and religious harmony in the island, he said. Full story >>

Jayalalithaa's demise: NPC flag flown at half-mast for three days

[Tue, 06 Dec 2016, 22:08 GMT]
The Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council, Justice C.V Wigneswaran in his condolence message to Tamil Nadu people said that the Council was sharing the sorrow and agony on behalf of the entire Tamil society [based in the island and elsewhere]. Justice Wigneswaran said that the life of Ms Jayalaithaa was like a comet that shined in the political universe [of Tamils]. After observing two-minutes of silence, the chairman of the NPC said that the NPC flag would be flown at half-mast for three days as Eezham Tamils were expressing national mourning for the demise of Ms Jayalalithaa. Full story >>

Families associated with LTTE in past face constant threats from Colombo’s Intel squads

[Sun, 04 Dec 2016, 18:00 GMT]
Intelligence operatives of the occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka have not yielded from brutally suppressing Eezham Tamils who were earlier associated with the Tamil freedom movement and its civil infrastructure. The SL military, police and their intelligence outfits continue to harass those who are not willing to become their stooges in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils. People who politely decline to collaborate are threatened with planted evidence such as narcotics. On 29 November, a 47-year-old mother of four, whose husband was a former Tamil Eelam Police officer, narrated her experience to the so-called ‘National Peace Council’, a Colombo-based peace group, how her family was being threatened by the military squads. At a meeting held in Jaffna, retired Judge L. Vasanthasenan was almost ‘cross-examining’ the traumatized woman on behalf of the Colombo-based outfit. Full story >>

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Tamil village confronting demographic genocide remembers victims of 1984 massacre in Vanni

[Fri, 02 Dec 2016, 23:32 GMT]
Othiyamalai
The Tamil village of Othiyamalai, situated in Odduchuddaan Division of Mullaiththeevu district, is unable to confront the demographic-genocide taking place at the moment as SL President Maithiripala Sirisena is targeting to Sinhalicise the village and settle Sinhala colonisers linking the village with already Sinhalicised Ma’nal-aa’ru (Weli-Oya). More than 110 Tmail families were living in the village before they were subjected to a brutal massacre on December 02, 1984, in which 32 males were slain by the SL military. Only around 50 families have managed to resettle in 2012 and they have been remembering their slain family members each year at the rural society building, where the massacre took place. Full story >>

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Sinhala colonists harass Tamil GS officer threatened by extremist monk

[Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 23:20 GMT]
No action has been taken to ensure the security of the Village Officer S. Jeevithan who has been subjected to a systematic hate-campaign by Sumarathana thero the extremist Sinhala-Buddhist monk of Batticaloa Mangalaramaya vihara, informed Divisional Secretariat sources at Paddippazhai told TamilNet on Wednesday. Almost three weeks have elapsed. Except a symbolic temporary court order against monk, no action has materialised despite the exposure of the event through traditional and social media around the globe. On the ground, the GS officer was still being harassed by Sinhala colonists at Kevu'liyaa-madu, the civil sources said. Full story >>

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Impunity shown on genocidal Sri Lanka emboldens Myanmar

[Mon, 28 Nov 2016, 19:00 GMT]
Persecution against the Rohingya ethnicity in Myanmar reaches the stage of genocide, report several international agencies. There is a strong connection between denial of genocide, abandonment of international investigation and leniency shown on any kind of investigation at all on the international community abetted crimes in genocidal Sri Lanka and what is now happening in Myanmar, Tamil political observers in Jaffna commented. Theravada Buddhism and military is the paradigm in both the places; regimes are backed by the same elements and often application of same models in both the countries to resolve the national question is often advocated in the so-called international community. Another country that is affected by the crisis due to refugee influx is Bangladesh. Full story >>

Opinion Article

PPT, Peoples’ verdict and Eezham Tamil Heroes

[Sun, 27 Nov 2016, 07:15 GMT]
If there was any meaningful international investigation conducted on the genocide of Eezham Tamils, identifying the ultimate culprits, that was the proceedings in two sittings undertaken by the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) in 2010 and 2013. The PPT has identified the USA, the UK and India as ultimately responsible. The justice has not come in procedural ways from the United Nations or from the deliberations of outfits like the Commonwealth – all manipulated by the very same ultimate culprits and their bandwagon. But, justice has come in unique ways by peoples of the said countries sharply denouncing the paradigm on which their Establishments were riding on so far. In 2016, Eezham Tamils remembering the day of their heroes, who basically defied the paradigm, have every reason to have the feeling of vindication. Full story >>

Eezham Tamils face isolation after Jayalalithaa’s demise: ITAK Youth Leader

[Thu, 08 Dec 2016, 23:20 GMT]
The late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Ms Jayalalithaa, came forward with statesmanship to articulate the aspirations of Eezham Tamils to the Indian Government in New Delhi and to the powers elsewhere. Her untimely death has created a deep fear among the Eezham Tamils. They feel that they are about to face increased isolation without a strong leader in Tamil Nadu, said V.S. Sivaharan, the youth wing leader of Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK). Full story >>

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa passes away

[Mon, 05 Dec 2016, 18:51 GMT]
Ms Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu CM Ms Jayalalithaa passed away at 11:30 p.m. on Monday. The nation of Eezham Tamils would ever remember her with thanks for rising up to the occasion at a crucial time, in declaring to the world the genocide committed on Eezham Tamils, in demanding international justice and in calling for self-determination. She did that, responding to the need to mobilise all shades of polity in Tamil Nadu, when all the powerful Establishments of the world including New Delhi and the UN were trying to cover up the crime and were working against in unison. In the millennia-old Tamil civilisation, Ms Jayalalthaa, along with MGR, C.N. Annadurai and M. Karunanidhi, represent a unique era in which artists, adopting advancements in media, took up the cause of society and for more than half a century politically led the ancient nation that is spread across the world but kept stateless and voiceless. Full story >>

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Extremist monks march towards Batticaloa, Tamil and Sinhala youth mobilise for confrontation

[Sat, 03 Dec 2016, 18:19 GMT]
Batticaloa protest against extremist monk
SMS message were being sent across Batticaloa calling Tamil and Muslim youth to confront the violent Sinhala-Buddhist Power Force (Bodu Bala Sena), which is marching towards Batticaloa with a vow to erect 10 Buddha statutes in the Tamil-speaking Batticaloa district. The BBS monks have managed to reach Punaanai, outmanoeuvring SL policemen at Ridhi-thenna, a locality between Welikanda and Punaanai. Sinhala youth have also been mobilised from Polonnaruwa and Ampaa’rai to accompany the marching monks. In the meantime, informed sources said Ampitiye Sumanarathna Thero was recently spotted being in possession of a pistol beneath his saffron. The sources has also revealed that the monk was initially a recruit of the so-called ‘National Intelligence Bureau’, especially in the early 1990s and he was posted to Batticaloa with a particular mission. Full story >>

SL military dismantles houses, destroys traces before releasing lands

[Thu, 01 Dec 2016, 20:07 GMT]
The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka is dismantling houses and bulldozing constructions within selected pockets of former High Security Zone lands in Valikaamam North before readying the places to be released for resettlement, uprooted Tamils from Maaviddapuram area in Jaffna told TamilNet on Thursday. The SL military is also preparing to construct another beach resort and hotel similar to the so-called Thal Sevena Army Resort at Kaang-keasan-thu'rai. The new resort is to be constructed along the coast of Mayiliddi, the sources said. Meanwhile, the Sinhala military establishment at Palaali is discouraging resettlement and is attempting to make the Tamil land-owners within the former HSZ area to purchase lands elsewhere. Full story >>

Solid resistance gives hopes towards resolving fishermen’s problems: Noor Alam

[Tue, 29 Nov 2016, 22:16 GMT]
Tamil-speaking fishermen in the Northern province have been expressing their sharp opposition against the destructive methods of bottom-trawling and large-scale intrusion by Indian fishermen in the seas off Northern province. Recently, the local fishermen in Musali division of Mannaar district have also been firm in resisting high-level attempts from Colombo that was aiming to create a permanent colony for fishermen from South (Sinhalese) at Kaayaa-kuzhi. Noor Alam Mohammed, the leader of Fisheries Societies in Mannaar said the Tamil-speaking fishermen’s uncompromising stance on fundamental issues have forced the SL fisheries ministry and its counterpart in New Delhi to agree to the demands that have been put forward by the struggling fishermen. Full story >>

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Self-mobilised people pay homage to Eezham Tamil Heroes

[Sun, 27 Nov 2016, 14:23 GMT]
Kanakapuram Maaveerar Thuyilum Illam
The families and relatives of Tamil Eelam war heroes spontaneously mobilised themselves in collectively remembering their loved ones on the Heroes Day on Sunday in Vanni. The self-mobilisation, without any political force behind them, was highly emotional at Muzhangkaavil and Kanakapuram Maaveerar Thuyilum Illams (Heroes Cemeteries) in Ki'linochchi district, at Vanni-vi'laangku'lam in Mullaiththeevu, and at Pa'ndi-virichchaan and Aa'ndaang-ku'lam in Mannaar district, political observers in Vanni said. The people decorated the destroyed memorial stones with red and yellow pieces of clothes. Apart from the collective remembrance at the Heroes Cemeteries that were razed to the ground by the occupying Sinhala military, Eezham Tamils remembered their heroes by lighting flames of sacrifice at school grounds and by tolling temple bells across the occupied country of Eezham Tamils. Full story >>

Fidel Castro passes away at 90

[Sat, 26 Nov 2016, 19:52 GMT]
Fidel CastroThe Cuban revolutionary leader, who became a legacy in human history by proving that the world order of the USA could be defied to its very face at its own doorstep, passed away on Friday at the age of 90. The legacy has to be saluted and remembered as inspiration by Eezham Tamils in the context of their own struggle needing defiance shown to any imperialism-imposed paradigm. The struggle of the nation of Eezham Tamils fundamentally defying British-created and US-continued ‘Sri Lankan State,’ was unfortunately not grasped well even by Cuba, Vietnam etc. that succumbed to the deceptions of Colombo diplomacy and to the misleads of Colombo-centric Left in the island. Nor did Tamils ever explicitly express to the world the larger dimensions of their struggle. Castro legacy would tell them that success comes by identifying larger perspectives to place defiance. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2002:
2002 Dec 11 17:41      LTTE officials study Swiss Federalism
2002 Dec 11 17:28      Parliament approves BOI bill
2002 Dec 11 17:27      NE Emergency Reconstruction to begin with World...
2002 Dec 11 14:43      JDMA condemns attack on journalist
2002 Dec 11 13:46      Jaffna high security zones to continue - SLA
2002 Dec 11 13:18      Vadamaradchy observes hartal
2002 Dec 11 04:30      Sri Lanka Opposition decries Government's fisca...
2001:
2001 Dec 11 16:20      President gives in, UNP readies cabinet
2000:
2000 Dec 11 22:03      Father of three shot dead
2000 Dec 11 21:56      Peace march marks Human Rights day
2000 Dec 11 01:43      Bindunuwewa camp to be relocated to Vavuniya
1999:
1999 Dec 11 18:22      SLA flies casualties to Colombo
1999 Dec 11 15:40      Elephant Pass "under seige"
1999 Dec 11 15:00      SLA reinforces Elephant Pass
1999 Dec 11 08:01      Heavy fighting at Paranthan
1999 Dec 11 07:53      UNP's Counsel argues PA decision is correct
1998:
1998 Dec 11 20:11      One LTTE member killed - SLA
1998 Dec 11 17:58      JVP-era policemen rewarded - paper
1998 Dec 11 17:36      "Tigers should retain arms" - TELO
1998 Dec 11 17:16      Jaffna protest over human rights
1998 Dec 11 13:01      Parliament blocks livestock budget
1998 Dec 11 08:29      Young girl escapes death to give evidence
1998 Dec 11 08:26      Tamils join HR vigil at UN
1997:
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Explosion in Batticaloa rickshaw
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Tiger shell Olumadu SLA position
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Puthukkudiyiruppu sees malnutrition cases
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Jaffna civilian toll revealed
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Navaly temple robbed
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Shot youth tried to grab weapon: SLA
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Lone applicant for Jaffna police
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Jaffna officials refuse election duties
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Batticaloa bomb killed post office messenger
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Fire-fight at Vathiri
1997 Dec 11 23:59      New doctors set terms for N-E duty
1997 Dec 11 23:59      Elephants rampage through village
NEWS is that which comes from the North, East, West, and South, and if it comes from only one point of the compass, then it is a class publication and not news
-Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
[1804 – 1881]

 

Know the Etymology: 449
Place Name of the Day:
(449 of 500 revised)

Gal-amuṇa, Daha-amuṇa, Amuṇu-kolē
Kal-amu'na

The stone-built barrage dam (to divert water for irrigation)

The field of the capacity of sowing ten Amuṇas of paddy (20 -25 acres)

The barrage bank, or the barrage that serves as a ford

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Tamil Genocide Book
[20.02.16]
The Tamil Genocide by Sri LankaThe second edition with over 150 new pages traces the ongoing engagement in the Sri Lankan conflict of Professor Francis A. Boyle, an eminent American expert in international law, from the conflict’s last years to the present pursuit of UN recognition of the Tamil genocide and call for reparations. It is the first book to develop an authoritative case for genocide against the Government of Sri Lanka under international law. The book is available from Clarity Press, Amazon in soft cover or in Kindle version.
Durban Conference
[11.11.15]
South Africa to Singapore: global Tamils grasping geopolitics to act: The South African conference held in Durban has come out with many demands that are dear to the heart of Tamils, such as demilitarisation, stopping Sinhala colonisation, repeal of the 6th Amendment to facilitate free negotiation etc. But the slip was still showing when the conference avoided the term genocide. What was more ironical that betrayed the deception was the slogan of the conference organizers that called the country they want to salvage as ‘Sri Lanka’, boldly written in Tamil.
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1915 Anti-Muslim Pogrom
[04.11.15]
Tamil leadership need not shy away or react to unfair challenge coming from Sumanthiran: Eezham Tamil polity seeking pardon from Tamil-speaking Muslims should be unassuming, but it should come in an enlightening way to the edification of the Colombo-centric agenda or the powers-guided agenda, pursued in the past as well as in the present. Otherwise, it may only amount to conferring impunity to the State in Colombo and its abettors.
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Kathirgamathamby Kurunathan
[06.05.15]
Retired land commissioner of Eastern Province on Structural Genocide against Eezham Tamils: The systematic seizure of traditional lands belonging to the Tamil speaking people of the North-East have been widespread under the guise of archaeological, forest and wild-life conservations and subsequently carried out through the acts of demarcating these lands under the purview of the state apparatuses such as the Archaeological Department, Forest Department and the Wild-life Conservation Department, says retired Land Commissioner of the Eastern Province Karthirgamathamby Kurunathan, in an in-depth video interview to TamilNet.
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Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam
[05.05.15]
TNPF rejects ‘domestic investigations’ upheld by USA: The fact that the United States and the US Secretary of State John Kerry would consider the post January 08th 2015 situation in Sri Lanka, with the new government favourable, is understandable. But, for him to suggest that there is a favourable condition for the Tamils, is stretching too far, said Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, responding to a question from TamilNet.
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V. Thevaraj
[02.05.15]
Sivaram, Wigneswaran saw futility in convincing Sinhala polity: senior editor: The failure of Sivaram and his transfer into a staunch Tamil nationalist is analogical to the political course and current stand of the NPC Chief Minister, Mr C.V. Wigneswaran, said veteran Tamil journalist and editor, Mr. V. Thevaraj, addressing the 10th assassination anniversary meet of Sivaram held in Batticaloa on Wednesday.
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Sivaram in late 90s
[02.05.15]
New generation of organic intellectuals needed to continue Sivaram’s work: Informed by Tamil literature as much by Tamil history, Marxism as much as Poststructuralism, Thucydides as much as contemporary COIN theorists, Sivaram worked for the Eelam Tamil cause as a leading politico-military analyst and as a true “organic intellectual,” writes RM Karthick.
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Sivaram memorial event in Chennai
[02.05.15]
Sivaram commemorated in Tamil Nadu on 10th anniversary of his assassination: Journalist Revati Laul, who served as special correspondent at Tehelka and NDTV, journalist Priyamvatha Panchapagesan, an associate editor with News X, journalist Radhika Sudhakar, writer Aazhi Senthil Nathan and activists Thirumurugan Gandhi, coordinator of May 17 movement and Dr. Ezhilan Naganathan, the founder of I'laignar Iyakkam were among the speakers at the memorial event held in Chennai on the 10 anniversary of Sivaram's assassination.
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Batticaloa, memorial event
[29.04.15]
Constitutionally recognise Tamil homeland to prove bona fides, exiled poet tells Colombo: “Would the Sinhala rulers of Sri Lanka ever be prepared to constitutionally recognise the joint North-East as the homeland of Tamils,” questioned exiled Eezham Tamil poet Kasi Anandan on Wednesday, speaking from Chennai, in an Internet-based video address on the occasion of a memorial event held in Batticaloa on the 10th anniversary of the assassinated TamilNet Senior Editor and popular columnist Sivaram Dharmeratnam (Taraki).
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Sivaram's article: Folly of Eelam
[24.04.15]
Break vicious circle of political obfuscation: Sivaram in 2003: Educating the masses on the designs of Powers and politically mobilising the people for the struggle was the central theme of the piece late Senior Editor of TamilNet Sivaram Dharmeratnam wrote to Northeastern Herald on May 02, 2003, two years before he was assassinated by the Sri Lankan military intelligence.
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Comment by D. Sivaram
[24.04.15]
Task of real Tamil political leadership: Sivaram in 2003: Sivaram Dharmeratnam alias Taraki, the late senior editor of TamilNet, wrote an article in January 2003, explaining the deadlock of the Sri Lankan unitary constitution which cannot provide for a solution within its framework. The international backers were also aware that a federal solution to the ethnic conflict was practically, legally and politically impossible with the Sri Lankan Constitution, he wrote.
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Colombo
[13.03.15]
New Delhi should stop looking at Eezham Tamils through Colombo: Whether China or the USA, or both – whatever may be the ultimate foreign policy concern of India, the times are such that New Delhi should learn to approach Eezham Tamils as a nation of its own right.
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Ki Pi Aravinthan
[10.03.15]
Ki Pi Aravinthan's 2008 interview to TamilNet serialized: TamilNet serializes this week a 2008 interview with veteran former Tamil militant, poet and writer Ki Pi Aravinthan (Christopher Francis alias Sunthar), who passed away on Sunday in Paris at the age of 62.
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Palaka'ni
[14.02.15]
Palaka'ni: NPC resolution gives hopes on Tamil political unity The recent resolution presented and unanimously adopted in the Northern Provincial Council on historic and recent genocide against Tamils in the island, has rung alarm bells at necessary diplomatic quarters, say Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran (EPRLF) and TNA Councillor M.K. Shivajilingam (TELO). In a Palaka'ni interview to TamilNet this week, Mr Shivajilingam said there were attempts afoot to influence certain Tamil diaspora activists to issue sophisticated statements urging the UN Rights Chief to postpone the OISL report.
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Accountability
[13.02.15]
Opinion: Understanding accountability: international investigation on outlook crime: NPC Chief Minister Justice CV Wigneswaran observed that such an investigation would make Sinhala people to see the truth and would help getting justice. Equally important or more important is an international investigation on the adamant ‘outlook crime’ of certain powers that fundamentally contributed to the genocide, especially in the recent decades.
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NPC CM Justice C.V. Wigneswaran
[12.02.15]
Wigneswaran exposes US delay tactics at Geneva: “In my recent conversation with Ms Biswal, I understood that the USA wants to be in favour of the present Sri Lanka government, as this government is favourable to the USA,” Wigneswaran said. “When Ms Biswal asked what could be the appropriate time for the release of the Geneva report and when I replied that it should be in March, she didn’t accept it,” the NPC-CM said.
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Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam
[11.02.15]
Key to struggle is to change outlook of powers: Gajendrakumar: The outlook of Powers with regards Tamil national question in the island doesn’t come from lack of knowledge, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said in a Palaka'ni interview last week, naming US-dominated West, India and China as actors primarily involved. The change in their outlook to accommodate Tamil interests is certainly not going to be through education, it is something that has to come through a struggle, he said.
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CV Wigneswaran
[10.02.15]
Wigneswaran calls for international investigation on genocide: In a key development, the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council (NPC), Justice CV Wigneswaran, on Tuesday called for real international investigations on genocide against Tamils committed by the successive governments since Ceylon's independence from the British in 1948.
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