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Keappaa-pulava protesters question silence of foreign diplomats, challenge ‘TNA optics’

[Sun, 19 Feb 2017, 11:38 GMT]
Tamil women-led protesters in Keappaa-pulavu on Saturday questioned the silence on the part of the diplomats from the international community who have been to Keappaa-pulavu on ‘field trips’ in the past. The Head of Keappaa-pulavu Women’s Development Organisation Ms S Chandraleela told TamilNet on Saturday that in addition to releasing their occupied lands, the SL military should be withdrawn from the roads used by their children from their village to school. The people on the struggle are concerned of retaliatory abductions from the SL military, which is engaged in surveillance against the protesting families. In the meantime, SL Air Force remove the paragraph of shoot-at-sight warning from the notice boards it had put inside the lands, a day after the threat was exposed by media with photographic evidence. Full story >>
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UK, Australia, have responsibility in halting Mullaiththeevu structural genocide

[Sat, 18 Feb 2017, 01:52 GMT]
Britain and Australia that have sent high-level policy planners to ‘assess’ Keappaa-pulavu in the company of occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka in January 2013, should also take the responsibility in halting the structural genocide of the nation of Eezham Tamils there. Those who ‘advise’ Tamils not to use the word ‘genocide’ but to rally behind ‘development’, and those who equate the on-going Sinhalicisation to the presence of Tamils in the southern parts, should note that despite long presence of Eezham Tamils in the South or 200 years of up-country Tamils brought by the British, no village has officially become a Tamil village in the South. But just in two years time a Tamil village in the North and East could officially become a Sinhala village in nomenclature, administrative records, demography and political power, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics. Full story >>

Maithiripala continues to deceive uprooted Tamils from militarized village in Ampaa'rai

[Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 22:11 GMT]
38 Tamil families, who have been uprooted from their houses and lands at Kanakar-kiraamam, located 7 km north of Poththuvil in Ampaa'rai district, complain that they are being deceived by the officials coming under SL President Maithiripala Sirisena's Mahaweli Ministry, particularly the Forest Department and the Government Agent in the district. After having seized their lands, putting up a military base for the occupying notorious Special Task Force (STF) and keeping the area as a no-go zone for two decades, the officials of the SL Forest Department say they could only talk to their hierarchy if people submit valid documents of renewed permits. In the meantime, TNA Parliamentarian Kaveendran Kodeeswaran, who came to meet the officials and the people on Wednesday was also proposing to compromise, the uprooted people complain. Full story >>

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Alternative grassroot activist Shanmugam Muttulingam passes away

[Tue, 14 Feb 2017, 22:51 GMT]
Sanmugam MuttulingamMr Shanmugam Muttulingam who was an alternative institution himself in serving and inspiring the Eezham Tamil society particularly at its grassroot level, passed away in Jaffna on Tuesday early hours at the age of 77. A student of Professor Kanapathippillai at the Peradeniya University in the early 1960s, but relinquishing his university education and later his law college career too, Mr Muttulingam was associated with the activities of the Peking-Wing Communist Party of N. Shanmugadasan. At the time of his demise, Mr. Muttulingam was engaged in the rejuvenation of grassroot institutions such as the century-old YMHA and an orphanage started in the 1930s at his own village Thirunelveali in Jaffna. The last wish of Mr Muttulingam was not to observe any religious rituals for his funeral. Full story >>

Resettled government servants in Champoor complain of ethnic discrimination

[Sun, 12 Feb 2017, 23:07 GMT]
176 public servants, who are among the resettled Eezham Tamils in Champoor, are being systematically discriminated in the provision of governmental and non-governmental assistance for their resettlement after being uprooted from their own lands in Champoor. From Colombo's UNP-influenced administrative hierarchy to the Tamil-speaking Divisional Secretary of Moothoor, the entire administrative mechanism of the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka has been operating against the resettled Champoor Tamils. While the structural discrimination has been institutionalized in the ‘Sri Lankan’ system, the officials of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have also not been able to assist the people cutting the red tape of the anti-Tamil establishment operating against the resettled Tamils in Champoor. Full story >>

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Thousands mobilize in Ezhuka Thamizh in Batticaloa, denounce genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’

[Fri, 10 Feb 2017, 20:50 GMT]
Ezhuka Thamizh in Batticaloa
Thousands of Tamils mobilized in Batticaloa on Friday denouncing the unitary State model of genocidal Sri Lanka currently being envisaged in the constitutional proposals in the South. The SL regime in Colombo has discarded the proposals submitted in open and transparent manner by the Tamils in the North-East, the organizers of the event, Tamil People’s Council, said. The entire constitutional process has become a secretive discourse while the notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act is used to muffle the freedom of expression of Eezham Tamils in the North and East, the speakers, including Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, said in their speeches. There should be full-scale de-militarization. The 6th Amendment to the SL Constitution and the draconian PTA should be scrapped for a free and fair constitutional process to take place in the North-East. Full story >>

Occupying Colombo to expand airbase in Jaffna seizing more lands of Eezham Tamils

[Wed, 08 Feb 2017, 23:04 GMT]
Kaangkeasanthu'rai, Palaali
1,650 acres of additional lands are to be permanently seized from the uprooted Tamils in Valikaam North to expand the runway of Palaali airport, which has been militarized and used by the three forces of the occupying Sinhala military. The Defence Ministry of genocidal Sri Lanka has sketched out a new plan to expand the runway of the Palaali airport. Earlier, New Delhi has been providing financial assistance to the expansion of the runway and was projecting the assistance as a move to upgrade the airport into an international airport. Later, the scope of the project was limited. The airport continues to be under the direct control of the SL military, which is now planning to proceed with further expansion, informed civil sources in Jaffna District Secretariat told TamilNet on Wednesday. Full story >>

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Keappaa-pulavu protesters draw solidarity from Tamils, Muslims

[Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 20:27 GMT]
Tamil and Muslim traders in Mullaiththeevu shut down their shops in Mullaiththeevu town on Monday expressing solidarity with the protesting uprooted Eezham Tamils in Keappaa-pulavu in the district. In the meantime activists and uprooted people from Puthuk-kudiyiruppu (PTK) town laid siege to the Divisional Secretariat on Monday. Students and teachers volunteered to give education to the teenagers and children of the families waging the protest. Temporary huts have been put up for the safety of the protesters. Representatives of Valikaamam North uprooted people were present at Keappaa-pulavu expressing their solidarity with the families waging their struggle for 7th day on Monday. Full story >>

SL military puts up shoot-at-sight warning inside appropriated Keappaa-pulavu lands

[Fri, 17 Feb 2017, 23:13 GMT]
SLAF attitude in Keappaa-pulavu on 18th day of protest by uprooted people
The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka has put up notice boards threatening the protesting families and the people visiting Keappaa-pulavu not to enter the lands that have been seized from the uprooted families. “This land belongs to the Air Force. Unwarranted entry is prohibited. Those entering unwarranted will be targeted by gunfire,” say the warnings that have been put up inside the lands of uprooted people on Friday. In the meantime, SL Air force personnel have been shooting photos using professional DSLR cameras threatening the visitors expressing solidarity with the protesters. Tamil politicians, except those from the ITAK collaborating with the SL regime, have started to stay overnight with the protesting families as military threats have started to escalate. The families have been staying in front of the SL military base with their children for continuously for 18 days. Full story >>

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Kokku'laay Tamils face multi-pronged structural genocide abetted by external assistance

[Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 19:00 GMT]
Ma'nalaa'ru
The North East Reawakening Programme (NERP), which is fully controlled by Colombo’s ministry of so-called Economic Development, is discriminating Tamils in Mullaiththeevu district by diverting disproportionately larger ‘development’ assistance coming from the Asian World Bank and the World Bank to Ma’nalaa’ru (Sinhalicised to Weli-Oya) division, a Sinhala-Only division carved out from the district of Eezham Tamils, Northern Provincial Councillor Thurariasa Ravikaran said. Not only the NERP, certain ministries of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is also being pressurized to channel more resources into Weli-Oya, commented Tamil civil sources in Karaithu’raip-pattu division. Eezham Tamils from Kokkuth-thoduvaay, Kokku’laay, Karunaadduk-kea’ni and Mukaththuvaaram are seriously affected by the structural genocide and the threat of structural violence coming from Weli-Oya. Full story >>

Displaced Muslim women from Puththa'lam express solidarity with Keappa-pulavu families

[Mon, 13 Feb 2017, 19:26 GMT]
Muslim women visit Tamil women at Keappa-pulavu in Mullaiththeevu
A women-delegation of displaced Muslims, who are living in Puththa'lam since they were evicted from Jaffna, visited Keappa-pulavu on Monday expressing their solidarity with the continuous struggle being waged by Tamil women, who are demanding the Colombo regime to release their lands that have been seized by the occupying SL Air Force. The protest that continuous for the 14th day has also received Sinhala visitors from South and Tamil activists from the Up-Country. In the meantime, Tamils in Batticaloa have staged demonstrations in solidarity with the families of Keappaa-pulavu. In the meantime, another struggle is also gaining momentum at Puthukkudiyiruppu (PTK), where protesters have been demanding their lands back from the occupying SL Army. Full story >>

Uprooted Keappaa-pulavu people continue protest for 11th day

[Sat, 11 Feb 2017, 23:01 GMT]
The uprooted people from Keappaa-pulavu and Pilak-kudiyiruppu on Saturday said the SL political and administrative sources have come up with yet another time-buying tactic by stating that their claim has to be re-evaluated. The uprooted families continue to protest for 11 days, putting up temporary huts in front of the camp of the airforce of genocidal Sri Lanka at Keappa-pulavu, which is situated along Nanthik-kadal lagoon in Mullaiththeevu district. Full story >>

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UN still failing on paradigm-setting ‘Sri Lanka’ reports on Myanmar

[Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 23:50 GMT]
Those who commit genocide, and those who set genocide a paradigm for their ‘International Community’ global order, would never agree that genocide exists. There is no point in expecting Washington, London, New Delhi, Beijing and Moscow to accept the genocide they had committed on Eezham Tamils. But then, the same sin and the continued experiments on it in genocidal Sri Lanka are now excuses for not calling what is happening in Myanmar as genocide. The Office of the High Commissioner of United Nations Human Rights has come out with a report on Rohingya in Myanmar last Friday. What the report brings to light is only a fraction of re-enactment of what genocidal Sri Lanka was allowed to do and being allowed to do at the bid of the international culprits as well as the UN. The UN would only contributing to world anarchy if the hub of the paradigm is not targeted. Full story >>

Genocidal Colombo to dispatch ex-LTTE members to Geneva for ‘reconciliation’ hoodwink

[Tue, 07 Feb 2017, 22:58 GMT]
SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has instructed the military intelligence of genocidal Sri Lanka to select 20 persons among the 10,000 enslaved former LTTE members, who are employed as slave workers at SL military-run farms, to be dispatched to Geneva in March to confront the Tamil activists at the side-events of the Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, informed circles in Jaffna said. While the former LTTE members, employed as slave workers under the so-called Civil Security Department (CSD) are being systematically deprived of independent livelihood, the hand-picked ex-LTTE members are being trained to project a positive image of the enslavement as ‘reconciliation’. The Tamil CSD ‘personnel’ have been forced to sing ‘Sri Lanka’ anthem in Sinhala at various events as documented last year at Poonakari on the so-called ‘independence day’. Full story >>

UN Human Rights Council misled on ground situation: Head of WRDS in Keappa-pulavu

[Sun, 05 Feb 2017, 23:41 GMT]
Amidst poisonous snakes lurking around the protest site in the nights, SL military personnel staging threatening episodes in the dark, the uprooted Eezham Tamil families from Keappaapulavu, including children, have been staging the protest for the sixth day on Sunday in front of the SL Air Force base at Keappaa-pulavu, situated along the lagoon of Nanthik-kadal in Mullaiththeevu. The Head of Women’s Rural Development Society in Keappaa-pulavu Ms S Chandraleela told TamilNet that the people have gone tired of several false promises in the last 8 years and are not prepared to abandon their protest without seeing a solution. In the meantime, Colombo has managed to wage a false propaganda before Geneva sessions, as usual prior to every session in Geneva, that lands were being released back to the people in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2011:
2011 Feb 20 07:52      Jaffna mourns Parvathi Amma amidst SLA harassment
2011 Feb 20 03:26      Colombo to postpone local elections in North
2011 Feb 20 01:47      Parvathi Amma passes away
2000:
2000 Feb 20 19:55      Trinco-KKS passenger service to begin
2000 Feb 20 19:24      4 Muslim fishermen missing
2000 Feb 20 17:08      Relatives to identify Chemmani skeletons
2000 Feb 20 16:47      President, Opposition meet next week
2000 Feb 20 16:03      Sea-Tigers shell Thaalaiyadi camp
1999:
1999 Feb 20 22:41      Petty thief gets stitched up
1999 Feb 20 18:06      SLA re-deployed to hold MSR
1999 Feb 20 18:04      News in Brief:
1998:
1998 Feb 20 23:59      State Department requests time extension
1998 Feb 20 23:59      Jaffna bodies ask for 3m rupees
1998 Feb 20 23:59      7 Ampara homeguards killed
1998 Feb 20 23:59      Hindu ceremonies being organised
1998 Feb 20 23:59      STF operation in Palugamam
1998 Feb 20 23:59      School heads punished for ignoring memo
1998 Feb 20 23:59      Anti US protest in Vavuniya
As long as a country has no civil liberty and freedom of information and no independent press then there exists no effective body of public opinion to control the conduct of government.
-Andrei D. Sakharov
(Written from exile) 1921

 

Know the Etymology: 67
Place Name of the Day:
(67 of 500 revised)

Kōp-pāy, Neṭṭilip-pāy, Mayilap-pai, Pallup-pai
Koappaay

The royal expanse

The expanse of Neṭṭi shrubs

The expanse of Mayilai shrubs

The grazing-land expanse

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[02.05.15]
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[29.04.15]
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[13.03.15]
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