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3RD LEAD (Adds voice)

Eezham Tamils learning languages

[Tue, 16 Sep 2014, 13:38 GMT]
Thanks to the sustained efforts of the Indian Consulate in Jaffna ‘interest in Hindi’ is sprouting among Jaffna Tamils, reports New Indian Express on Tuesday, citing ‘Hindi Diwas’ [Hindi Day] celebrated by the Consulate, 20 students completing a course and one of them telling that “There are now people who think it will be useful to know Hindi if they go to north India for studies or pilgrimage.” Eezham Tamils wish that the Chinese embassy would soon start teaching Mandarin Chinese and the other embassies would follow suit in teaching major European, Latin American, Arabic and other Asian languages, so that the nation of Eezham Tamils could have a wider interaction with the world and with their own kith and kin worldwide, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island. Full story >>
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Genocidal SL military becomes sole spokesperson of ‘human rights’

[Tue, 16 Sep 2014, 07:02 GMT]
Thanks to Sydney University of Australia, the Sinhala military of Sri Lanka deployed on a genocidal-military experiment in the island by leading powers of the world has emerged as the monopolising force to speak on ‘human rights’ in the Asia Pacific region. At an international conference convened in Bangkok this week by the Sydney University along with Colombo University, invitations to two human rights organisations in the island were withdrawn at the request of the SL military. Further, the conference director had told the other delegates to avoid any confrontation with the SL military officials at the conference. Following, the Amnesty International had pulled out its delegation and there would be others too, The Guardian reported on last Friday. Full story >>

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Powers may have double talk but those who struggle should not

[Thu, 11 Sep 2014, 16:32 GMT]
"I am convinced that if Ukraine solved its domestic problems without the use of armed forces, without the bloodshed there over the past month, without the use of heavy artillery... this tragedy would not have happened," said Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu to visiting Malaysian defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Wednesday, while discussing MH 17 investigation. Whether Russia would speak in the same line and would advise its BRICS partners, especially New Delhi, to take the line in the investigation on the crimes of Sri Lanka and in the decades long militarised genocide against Eezham Tamils is what world humanity wishes to know, said Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island. Full story >>

Colombo exploits mineral resources of Eezham Tamils in occupied Vanni

[Sat, 13 Sep 2014, 22:50 GMT]
Despite the action by Northern Provincial Council Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Irrigation and Environment in August this year in prohibiting excavation of sand from the coast of Vaaviyadi and Puthu-aattadi in Kokku’laay region in Vanni, the Colombo government and agents of Namal Rajapaksa, the son of SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa, have accelerated the excavation of mineral sands containing ilmenite and rutile, raw materials for manufacturing Titanium Dioxide. The SL government in Colombo has seized several acres of lands along the coast in recent weeks, news sources in Mullaiththeevu told TamilNet on Saturday. Full story >>

SL judiciary blocks massacre victims remembrance in Batticaloa

[Wed, 10 Sep 2014, 22:54 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lankan Police in Batticaloa on Tuesday blocked the 24th annual remembrance event of the victims of the brutal massacre of Chaththuruk-ko’ndaan massacre carried out by the Sri Lanka Army in 1990. Batticaloa District Magistrate Mr NMM Abdulla issued an injunction order prohibiting the remembrance event at the memorial site accepting the SL police version, legal sources in Batticaloa said. Full story >>

Tamil villagers fear Sinhalicisation of South Bar in Mannaar

[Mon, 08 Sep 2014, 19:25 GMT]
The officials of the occupying Sri Lanka have been harassing 8 uprooted Tamil families to vacate from their huts at the village of Shanthi-puram, situated in South Bar GS division of Mannaar DS division. The officials, under the instruction of Sinhala Government Agent of Mannaar District, have claimed that the land has been allocated for the construction of Buddhist vihara. Full story >>

SL military deploys intimidation, deception in East to suppress testimonies to OISL

[Sun, 14 Sep 2014, 22:17 GMT]
The intelligence operatives of the occupying Sri Lankan military are exploiting the poverty-stricken Tamil youth from the temporary settlements of uprooted people from Champoor to spy on the activities going on among the uprooted people. The SL military, which has been providing alcohol and other drugs to the youth, have converted some of the young Tamils deprived of education and other facilities to work as spies for them. Former LTTE members have been two choices. They can either choose work for the SL military or face harassment from the SL military, the representatives of uprooted people in Ki’liveddi and Kaddai-pa’richchaan camps in Trincomalee told TamilNet. Full story >>

SL Navy attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen escalate

[Mon, 15 Sep 2014, 06:26 GMT]
Two dead bodies have washed ashore in Jaffna on Friday and Sunday and 59 fishermen from Tamil Nadu have been arrested by the occupying Sri Lanka Navy in Jaffna and Mannaar on Friday. One of the dead fishermen was identified as 40-year-old Gnanapirakasam from Rameswaram from a tattoo that depicted AIDMK's "two leaves" party symbol. The other body washed ashore in Vadamaraadchi Munai on Sunday is yet to be identified. Full story >>

2ND LEAD

Bringing OISL to NorthEast is IC responsibility: Tamil politicians

[Fri, 12 Sep 2014, 23:18 GMT]
Tamil politicians who met the British Deputy High Commissioner Lara Levis, who was on a trip to North and East, urged the diplomat to pass a message to her government and the international community to exert maximum pressure on Colombo to allow the Geneva-based OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to visit the homeland of Eelam Tamils in the North and East of the island. “The Deputy High Commissioner, who listened to our complaints on the human rights violations of the Tamil people, was silent. We urged her to impress upon her government and the international community to enable the OISL to visit the island,” TNA parliamentarian P Selvarasa from Batticaloa said. Full story >>

SL military floats 5,000 cell phones for surveillance on Tamils in Batticaloa

[Tue, 09 Sep 2014, 16:30 GMT]
The military intelligence of occupying Sri Lanka has distributed more than 5,000 cell phones to selected Tamil civilians in former LTTE administered areas in Vaakarai and Paduvaan-karai regions of Batticaloa district in an attempt to convert the recipients of the SL military 'gift' into informants and collaborators. 3,000 of the mobile phones have been provided to women. In the meantime, ex-LTTE members are being harassed to report at the SL military camps and instructed to collaborate with the SL military if they wished to avoid 'future problems', civil sources in Vaakarai say. Full story >>

SL military starts dismantling remaining houses in occupied Champoor

[Sun, 07 Sep 2014, 23:11 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lankan military has started to destroy properties situated inside the so-called ‘Economic’ zone in Champoor in Trincomalee district, news sources in Moothoor told TamilNet on Sunday. The houses and wells have been bulldozed to the ground in an occupied residential area near Champoor Sri Paththirakaa’li Amman temple within the last few days, according to the land-owners. The SL military has started to dismantle the remaining buildings in Champoor as they did in Valikaamam North in Jaffna, the sources further said. At the same time, Colombo’s surveying department has been engaged in surveying the lands within the occupied zone. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2002:
2002 Sep 17 18:22      Resettled families lack basic facilities
2002 Sep 17 15:02      SLA restores Anagarika’s propaganda vehicle
2002 Sep 17 14:57      NE local government polls postponed
2002 Sep 17 09:57      UN, US, EU hail Thailand talks
2001:
2001 Sep 17 19:15      Seventeenth amendment proving difficult
2000:
2000 Sep 17 18:08      Conflicting claims over Chavakachcheri
2000 Sep 17 18:06      No compromise with LTTE promises PM
2000 Sep 17 17:56      SLMC meets to choose new leader
2000 Sep 17 13:42      SLMC, Fowzie request crash probe
2000 Sep 17 10:46      Fresh SLA offensive in Jaffna
1999:
1999 Sep 17 15:57      Intact skeleton unearthed at Chemmani
1999 Sep 17 14:23      Opposition blames govt for latest army losses
1999 Sep 17 12:30      Passenger ferry to transport troops
1999 Sep 17 12:19      New PLOTE military leader held
1999 Sep 17 10:39      Amnesty questions Puthukkudiyiruppu bombing raid
1998:
1998 Sep 17 23:15      Judge arrested on charge of conspiracy
1998 Sep 17 23:00      Clashes in Batticaloa
1998 Sep 17 22:55      Girl arrested over blast
1998 Sep 17 17:54      LTTE to observe Polio truce
1998 Sep 17 13:17      Minority parties reject UNP - G.L. Pieris
1998 Sep 17 12:05      Police officer cleared of charges
1998 Sep 17 09:39      Tamil speakers neglected - Minister
The influence of a handful of political leaders is strong and so is the influence of private corporations when they see an opportunity to get something for nothing; but stronger than all of these put together is the influence of Mr. and Mrs. Average Voter. It may take a good many years to translate this influence of the people of the state into terms of law, but public opinion, when it understands a policy and supports it, is bound to win in the long run.
-Franklin D.Roosevelt
President of United States (1933-1945)
Radio Addresson passage of the
St.Lawrence Power Development Bill
April 7, 1931

 

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Learning lessons
[11.03.14]
US draft ‘positive’ on many counts in making Tamils ‘learn lesson’: The US draft tabled at the UNHRC has to be recognized for its positive aspects in disguise that make Tamils learn historic lessons, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.
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PPT releases final verdict at Geneva
[22.01.14]
PPT judgement upholds Eelam Tamil identity and nomenclature: The full report of the judgement of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka (Bremen Session), released on Wednesday, came out with a discussion on the choice of nomenclature to identify the victims of genocide and has decided on the use of the term “Eelam Tamils as a national group.”
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Tamil Nadu
[13.01.14]
Opinion: Tamil Nadu needs to initiate Vietnam-like international struggle: The PPT indicting Sri Lanka for the genocide and continued genocide committed with the complicity of the USA, UK and India, against Eelam Tamils as a national group, and the TN Assembly under the leadership of Ms. Jayalalithaa passing unanimous resolutions on international investigations and referendum among Eezham Tamils, are no small steps. But, how to translate them into political action, before it is too late, is the question.
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Boycott Sri Lanka
[07.01.14]
People’s struggle of Eezham Tamils begins from stopping ‘Sri Lanka’ usage: A people’s struggle in fact begins from their households, first by consciously deleting the words Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan from usage, writes a Tamil activist for alternative politics in the island.
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Sinhala nameboard of Mullatithteevu stupa
[04.01.14]
Opinion: Theravada Sinhala Buddhism needs further understanding in Tamil Nadu: People of Tamil Nadu especially, and India in general, have to carefully and subtly understand the difference between Mahayana Buddhism advised for Dalits in India by Ambedkar and the Theravada Sinhala-Buddhism of the island of Lanka.
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Fr Elil Rajan
[02.01.14]
Transcend SA model, SL State and West’s mechanisms in seeking justice: Fr Rajan: The South African model that betrayed its people is now taken up by Colombo just to save war criminals. It is futile for Tamils to expect justice from any future government of SL State. Tamils also have to reconsider approaching their struggle once again through West’s mechanisms of justice, said Fr Elil Rajan, delivering the 2013 Memorial Address remembering Maamanithar Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham.
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PPT Session II on Sri Lanka at Bremen, Germany
[10.12.13]
Sri Lanka guilty of genocide: PPT verdict: After an assessment of evidences presented by eyewitnesses and experts, judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal reached unanimous consensus that the Sri Lankan state was guilty of crimes of genocide against the Eezham Tamils and that the genocide is continuing even after the end of the military operations against the LTTE.
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British Defence interest in Ceylon in 1947
[10.12.13]
Reminding Britain of its geostrategic injustice against Eezham Tamils: The British cabinet in 1947 decided to short-circuit the discourse of an evolutionary constitutional approach with an accelerated process of handing over of power to Sinhalese, an exercise it carried out on the basis of its own geostrategic considerations, top secret documents from 1947 reveal. Today, the British Prime Minister David Cameron seeking ‘engagement’ with Tamils needs to be reminded of the root injustice the imperial Britain had committed against Eezham Tamils by making them prone to more than 60 years of genocide in the hands of the unitary Sri Lankan State.
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Nelson Mandela
[09.12.13]
Mandela and the other Prisoners of War: As South Africa prepares for the funeral of iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday, leaders of the world have paid their tributes to the man who was incarcerated as a political prisoner under the apartheid regime for 27 years. Powerful countries in the West, including the USA and UK, which had once denounced Mandela as a ‘terrorist’, are now in the forefront paying homage. However, these establishments still continue to support countries that practice illegal detention and brutal treatment of prisoners-of-war (PoW).
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SA-SL TRC
[08.12.13]
CHOGM mooted TRC, ill-fit for Sri Lanka, say ANU fellow, legal scholar: Establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) modeled on the South Africa (SA) experience, viewed by Sri Lanka backers as an urgent need to mitigate possible strong actions by the International Community against Sri Lanka over its rights violations, appears as an imminent outcome from the recently concluded Commonwealth Meeting.
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Moothoor massacre
[03.12.13]
SL Justice System incapable of investigating Moothoor massacre: ACF Deliberate subversion of the investigative process over the past 7 years and continuous harassment of witnesses and journalists who have raised the case have demonstrated that no effective legal action can be taken in today’s Sri Lanka, said France-based NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF), whose 17 humanitarian workers were shot and killed at point blank range by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers in Moothoor, Trincomalee, in August 2006.
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David Cameron
[30.11.13]
Cameron reneges on Sri Lanka war-crimes investigations: In Colombo, Cameron said, "Let me be very clear, if that investigation is not completed by March then I will use our position on the UN human rights council to work with the UN Human Rights commission and call for a full, credible and independent international inquiry." However, in the Arab News, likely issued to blunt expectations of March completion of investigations, Cameron said, "if those investigations were not begun properly by next March, we would call for an international inquiry through the United Nations."
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Heroes Day in North, 2013
[27.11.13]
Heroes Day remembrance by public gains significance in North: Almost all sections of Eezham Tamils in North on Wednesday remembered the Tamil Heroes Day in North amidst heavy deployment of the armed soldiers of the occupying Sri Lankan military. This year, the public observing remembrance in Jaffna, Vanni, Mannaar and Mullaiththeevu gains importance above all the events in the country of Eezham Tamils. University lectures, students across all the schools and grassroots political activists observed the Day paying tribute inside their houses amidst the gagged condition and attacks launched by the SL military operatives.
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David Cameron meets Diaspora Tamils
[08.11.13]
UK-PM buttressing SL-CHOGM seeks ‘legitimacy’ from London Tamils: British Establishment’s Prime Minister David Cameron hurriedly convened a meeting of handpicked Tamil articulators in London on Thursday evening to showcase that the diaspora has compromised with his participation at the Sri Lanka-CHOGM. The British effort seeking ‘Wigneswarans’ in London to ‘legitimise’ the CHOGM participation was also aiming at relieving the New Delhi Establishment from the mounting pressure in Tamil Nadu, Tamil political observers in London said.
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British Queen visits Ceylon in 1954
[07.11.13]
200 years of British colonial outlook continues to haunt Eezham Tamils: Like the colonial English lured the Colombo-fascinated Tamil elite of the 19th and early 20th centuries, today the strategy of the genocidal partners is to lure the Tamil elite of Colombo-centric and diaspora-centric interests to ‘patch up’ with the Sinhala elite and to diffuse the whole issue, without any fundamental returns to the nation of Eezham Tamils.
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Terracotta found at Jaffna Fort site
[02.11.13]
More evidences surface on antiquity of Jaffna fort site: More and more evidences surfacing at Jaffna fort indisputably prove that the colonial fort was built on an earlier archaeological site going back to the early centuries of the Common Era. The latest findings are a terracotta tablet of folk religious affinities and brick structural remains found 4.5 feet below the rampart walls at the western side of the fort.
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New Delhi experiments Eezham model ‘counterinsurgency’ on its own people
[29.10.13]
New Delhi experiments Eezham model ‘counterinsurgency’ on its own people: Indian State now consolidates a policy that extraordinary political movements of mass basis, coming from peoples long exposed to social oppression, material deprivation, un-freedom and stark poverty in India, have to be eliminated with the deployment of an increasing number of armed forces. The more the forces are special and armed-to-the-teeth with impunity, the more they are effective, is the policy outlook.
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SL military issues death threat to NPC members, TNA parliamentarian in Jaffna
[28.10.13]
SL military issues death threat to NPC members, TNA parliamentarian in Jaffna: The occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers deployed in transforming the former High Security Zone in Valikaamam North into a Sinhala Military Zone (SMZ) on Monday rounded up and threatened a delegation of TNA parliamentarian, elected members of the Northern Provincial Council and the members of two civic bodies, at gunpoint on Monday, when the delegation went to the site following the complaints by the uprooted people that the occupying SLA was demolishing their houses using bulldozers.
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