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Landslide exposes land-related deprivation of Up-Country Tamils

[Sat, 22 Nov 2014, 14:35 GMT]
The SL military is interfering in the assistance and resettlement of the Up-Country Tamil landslide victims in Meeriya-bedda in the same manner it interferes in the resettlement of Tamils in the North and East. The military is everywhere monitoring everyone visiting the affected. The victims have been demanding proper responses to their questions on where and how the resettlement housing and livelihood plans would be implemented, before moving into a longer-term temporary settlement inside an abandoned station factory. SL military, doctors and nurses, claiming to assist the the Tamil victims are all Sinhala-speakers. The military and language are used as means of oppression. A Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist approach is oppressing minorities in the Up-Country, said Rev Fr Fontgallan of the Leo Marga Ashram in Bandarawela. Full story >>
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Maithiripala Sirisena of SLFP emerges as common opposition candidate contesting Rajapaksa

[Fri, 21 Nov 2014, 11:17 GMT]
Maithiripala SirisenaThe main opposition United National Party (UNP) in the South on Friday decided to support Maithiripala Sirisena as the common candidate of the opposition to contest the upcoming Presidential election against the SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Currently, Mr. Maithiripala Sirisena is holding the post of Minister of Health in the Rajapaksa cabinet and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, a constituent of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Full story >>

Buddhist Vihara of JHU parliamentarian attacked in South

[Thu, 20 Nov 2014, 14:24 GMT]
A group of unidentified men attacked Buddhist Vihare of JHU parliamentarian Venerable Athula Ratana Thursday morning, news sources in Colombo said. The Vihare is located along Gothami Road in Borella. The attack comes a few days after the extreme Buddhist monks party JHU withdrew its support to the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance. The extremist JHU is making alliance with the opposition against SL president Rajapaksa seeking re-election for presidency for third time. Full story >>

Former LTTE member reported missing in Jaffna

[Wed, 19 Nov 2014, 11:05 GMT]
31-year-old Anthonimuthu Anton Jeyaron has been reported missing since Monday, according to a complaint by his wife in Jaffna on Tuesday. The incident comes amidst Sri Lanka Army stepping up harassment of former LTTE members before Tamil Eelam Heroes Day on 27 November. The Sri Lanka Army had earlier released Mr Jeyaron after so-called rehabilitation, his wife further said. He had been in Vanni till May 2009 and surrendered to the SL military at the end of the war. Full story >>

JHU breaks away from Rajapaksa's ruling UPFA

[Tue, 18 Nov 2014, 09:27 GMT]
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a Sinhala extremist Buddhist monks political party on Tuesday decided to leave SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and decided to function as an ‘independent’ political party in the SL parliament, news sources in Colombo said. Full story >>

TID abducts Tamil man for ‘rehabilitation’

[Sun, 16 Nov 2014, 23:57 GMT]
Sri Lankan ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) on Friday arrested a 38-year-old man who was in the LTTE for two years two decades ago. The father of five from Panagkaddik-koddu in Mannaar was abducted and taken way in a white-van on Friday by an unknown squad. Later, his wife received a note in Sinhala from the TID in Vavuniyaa that Mr Jainth Thangkathurai had been taken to Vavuniyaa to be sent for the so-called rehabilitation by the SL military. Full story >>

Penang conference demands IC to end SL military occupation, investigate genocide

[Sat, 15 Nov 2014, 12:27 GMT]
Penang Conference
Malaysian and foreign delegates, who took part in an international Tamil conference, held in Georgetown, Penang, demanded UN referendum on Tamil Eelam, OISL investigations to also include genocide investigation and the international community to end Sri Lankan military occupation and Sinhala colonization of Tamil homeland. The conference was a success as it raised critical and far-reaching issues that often not raised in the Malaysian political milieu, Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, Professor P. Ramasamy, a long time advocate of the rights of Eezham Tamils, told TamilNet. Full story >>

SL military fabricates evidences to distort Mannaar assassination, say residents

[Sat, 15 Nov 2014, 08:20 GMT]
Ve’l’laangku’lam residents on Saturday denied Sri Lankan police reports that sought to fabricate evidence and distort the facts about Nakuleswaran, who was assassinated on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan military intelligence and the SL police have been trying to fabricate a story that the ex-LTTE member and former Tamil Eelam policeman Nakuleswaran was slain due to personal grudges, the residents said. On Friday, the Sri Lankan police claimed that two T-56 rifles had been located and four persons involved in a gang had been detained. In the meantime, Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) youth wing secretary S.V. Sivakaran in Mannaar told TamilNet that Mr Nakuleswaran was not an active supporter or member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Full story >>

Malnutrition in Vanni worse today than in war time: UNP MP

[Thu, 13 Nov 2014, 23:54 GMT]
A large number of women and children in Ki’linochchi and Mullaiththeevu districts in the North are badly affected due to malnutrition. During the times of war, 36.6 percent of women and children were suffering due to malnutrition, but after the end of the war the situation has worsened to 40.9 percent in Ki’linochchi district, Ms Rosy Senanayake, a UNP parliamentarian told the Sri Lankan Parliament on Tuesday. In the upcountry, 41 percent of pregnant mothers are suffering from malnutrition due to poverty and non-availability of health facilities. Full story >>

SL presidential election to be held on January 08, 2015

[Fri, 21 Nov 2014, 16:16 GMT]
The Sri Lankan presidential election will be held on January 08, 2015, according to the gazette notification issued by the SL Election Commissioner Mahinda Desapriya on Friday. Full story >>

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Recent books on regions of Tamil Eelam

[Fri, 21 Nov 2014, 10:40 GMT]
Four voluminous books have recently been published on the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vanni and Jaffna regions of the country of Eezham Tamils. The publications, resulting from the efforts and contributions of Eezham Tamils in the island and in the diaspora, show the rise of a new generation as well as the conviction of the old generation in documenting the history and culture of the regions and people of Tamil Eelam with a geographical sense of attachment. The political geographic nuance of the publications subtly responds to the New Delhi–Washington–Colombo genocide partners’ denial of territorial and historical sovereignty claim of the nation of Eezham Tamils in the island. On the other hand, the publications implicitly impel the Eezham Tamils of the various regions in the island to understand the milieu and needs of one another in strengthening the nation with new equations. Full story >>

Colombo constructed 463 Buddhist viharas in 2013 in North-East: TNA MP

[Thu, 20 Nov 2014, 08:09 GMT]
At the end of the year in 2012 there were 10,349 Buddhist temples in the Northern and Eastern provinces. But, at the end of the year 2013 the figure has increased to 10,812, according to Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian from Batticaloa Seenithamby Yogeswaran. The genocidal Sri Lankan State has constructed 463 new Buddhist temples in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils in one year alone. The structural genocide on Eezham Tamils is continuing unabated with the deployment of Sinhala ‘Army and Archaeology’ by Colombo, the ‘Time and Space’ provided through the Geneva discourse by the West and is encouraged by the nexus between the ‘Hindutva’ New Delhi and the ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ Colombo, commented Eezham Tamil political observers in the East. Full story >>

Norwegian doctor vows to challenge Israeli travel ban to Gaza

[Tue, 18 Nov 2014, 21:45 GMT]
Mads GilbertIsrael has recently blocked Mads Gilbert, professor and head of Emergency Medicine from the University Hospital of North Norway, from entering Gaza. After facing criticism from several holds, including the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Israel changed its explanation that the Norwegian physician was no longer allowed to enter Israel. The outspoken trauma surgeon, who witnessed 51 days of Israeli onslaught on civilians during its 100-day war with Hamas in Gaza earlier this summer, internationally exposed the slaughter of the innocent civilians, stating that Israel was committing “state terrorism at highest levels.” Gilbert has vowed to fight against any restriction on his movement into Gaza. Full story >>

Mahadevan traces language of Indus Civilisation to early Dravidian

[Mon, 17 Nov 2014, 10:35 GMT]
Indus script early Dravidian
Releasing his latest research findings at the Indus Research Centre of the Roja Muthaih Research Library in Chennai this month, veteran epigraphist Iravatham Mahadevan concluded that the language of the Indus Civilisation was an early form of Dravidian. Due to the migration of a section of the Indus population southwards, forming some settlements in South India, the Indus Dravidian influenced the South Dravidian languages. The earliest attestations of such influence are found in Old Tamil. As the Vedic Age succeeded the Indus Civilisation, the Rig Veda itself is a product of the composite culture, he said in the paper, “Dravidian Proof of the Indus Script via the Rig Veda: A Case Study,” published as November 2014 bulletin of the Research Centre. Full story >>

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Interest in resettlement cost life to Nakuleswaran

[Sun, 16 Nov 2014, 23:50 GMT]
Krishnasamy Nakuleswaran
Funeral of assassinated Krishnasamy Nakuleswaran was held on Sunday at his village, Eekam-kudiyiruppu (settlement of sacrifice), at Ve’l’laang-ku’lam in Mannaar. 15 uniformed SL military men were busy taking photographs from different corners at the funeral and 70 of the 200 participants were intelligence operatives on surveillance assignment, residents told TamilNet Sunday. While many people believed that the SL military intelligence had chosen a target to create fear psychosis among the families of Tamil Heroes, the residents of the village were of the opinion that Nakuleswaran’s interest in working for the proper resettlement of his people had cost him his life. Nakuleswaran's assassination was timed to respond to the call made by C.V. Wigneswaran in Tamil Nadu on bringing back Eezham Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu and resettling them in the North, political observers said. Full story >>

US-trained commander of SL military steps up surveillance on Jaffna University

[Sat, 15 Nov 2014, 09:37 GMT]
The commander of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka in Jaffna, Major General Udaya Perera, who was trained and awarded in the US Army War College in 2012, after his role in the genocidal onslaught in 2009 followed by counter-insurgency foreign service, is engaged in creating fear psychosis among the Tamil youth, ex-LTTE members and the civil society in North before Tamil Heroes Day, Tamil activists in Jaffna say. Two ‘surveillance centers’ have been created near the University of Jaffna in recent days at Naachchimaar koayil and at Kaladdi Junction, obtaining civilian houses within 500 meters and one km from the university premises. The primary task given to the intelligence operatives is to block activists and students from marking Tamil Heroes Day on November 27. Full story >>

Mannaar Bishop condemns assassination of Nakuleswaran

[Fri, 14 Nov 2014, 10:37 GMT]
Bishop of Mannaar
Bishop of Mannaar Rt Rev Rayappu Joesph has condemned the killing of Krishnaswamy Nakuleswaran, a father of two and a former LTTE member and police constable of Tamil Eelam Police. Unknown gunmen shot and killed Mr Nakuleswaran at the premises of his new house Wednesday night. The victim, aged 40 had been released after so-called rehabilitation in the Sri Lanka Army custody in December 2012. Nakuleswarn's wife, a teacher, on Thursday said her husband had no enemies. Full story >>

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Tamil diaspora youth express solidarity with Baloch nation on Martyrs Day

[Thu, 13 Nov 2014, 23:40 GMT]
On 13th November, the oppressed Baloch nation, both in the occupied homeland and in the diaspora, commemorates their heroes who have fought for the sovereignty and freedom of Balochistan. The Baloch martyrdom is traced from 1836 onwards, when the Baloch leader Mir Mehran Khan Baloch was killed alongside his followers while battling the Imperialist British forces who eventually brought the Baloch homeland under colonial domination. Subsequently the Baloch have fought the British, the Persians, the Iranian and Pakistani state in a bid to regain their lost sovereignty and to safeguard their national existence and rights. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2012:
2012 Nov 23 21:01      ‘UN internal report meaningless without action,...
2012 Nov 23 08:40      ICG plays mischief with TamilNet
2000:
2000 Nov 23 17:09      Britain seeks peace, more trade
2000 Nov 23 17:08      Inquiry call over civilian deaths
2000 Nov 23 03:11      World supports self-determination says UK
1999:
1999 Nov 23 21:44      Amnesty call over civilian deaths
1999 Nov 23 09:46      SLA activity in Mannar
1998:
1998 Nov 23 20:31      Speculation over new Jaffna Mayor
1998 Nov 23 20:30      LTTE and Army exchange fire
1998 Nov 23 20:23      University students appeal to President
1998 Nov 23 17:29      Arrested youth in Detention Center says HRC
1998 Nov 23 13:55      LTTE mortar attack kills soldier
1998 Nov 23 09:48      Relatives to visit Lion Air graves
1998 Nov 23 00:05      Two Mannar policemen shot
1997:
1997 Nov 23 23:59      SLN fire on their allies
1997 Nov 23 23:59      Search operation in Valigamam
1997 Nov 23 23:59      Search operation in Batticaloa
1997 Nov 23 23:59      SLA orders Tamil homage to lion flag
1997 Nov 23 23:59      SLAF says LTTE camp bombed
1997 Nov 23 23:59      SLA informer shot dead
Newspapers are the schoolmasters of common people. That endless book, the newspaper, is our glory
-Henry Wald Beecher
American Clergyman
[1813 – 1887]

 

Know the Etymology: 379
Place Name of the Day:

Kodduk-ki'na'ru, Kodduk-kal, Uppuk-koddu
Koddukkal

The well walled by hollow wood

The block rocks or the barn/ hut-like rock

The salt storing barn or hut

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Gajen Ponnambalam
[24.08.14]
TNPF leader speaks on independent, concerted, Tamil foreign policy: Realising that our struggle has long been used by powers in their engagements with the island, we as a nation must work towards a concerted foreign policy, although we don’t have State, said Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) leader Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in an interview to TamilNet on Saturday.
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N Malathy
[26.06.14]
Eezham Tamils and duplicity of West’s human rights campaigns: The progress in women security achieved through liberation movements in Asia are more substantive than any that was achieved or could be achieved by the campaigns of the West-activists. Yet, why do they ignore the former and focus only on the latter? Is it because it gives the West-activists and by implication those in the West in general the moral high ground to look down upon the “others”, asks Dr. N. Malathy, in an article sent to TamilNet.
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Udaya Perera
[29.04.14]
Sinhala military operates US-trained ‘counterinsurgency’ in Jaffna: The commander of the genocidal Sri Lankan military in the Jaffna peninsula, Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera, who was trained and awarded in the US Army War College in 2012, after his role as director of SL Army operations in the genocidal onslaught in 2009 followed by counter-insurgency foreign service targeting Tamil diaspora from Malaysia, is deploying new tactics for furthering the structural genocide against Eezham Tamils in his position as the commander of SL military occupying the peninsula.
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Higginbottom
[24.03.14]
UK long blighted cause of Eezham Tamils, contributed to genocide: “The UK’s permanent representative at the United Nations, a man called Sir John Sawers, who was at that time the permanent representative to the UN, stopped any Security Council discussion about the crisis in Sri Lanka in February 2009. This was the exact point, as we know very well from the Petrie Report that the UN officers were raising massive alerts inside the organisation about the impending massacre,” said British criminology academic Dr Andy Higginbottom, addressing a media meet in Geneva.
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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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