[TamilNet] Sunday, 24 August 2014 06:12 | No Comment
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. In meeting the challenge of achieving this, we should incorporate Tamil Nadu in creating a power centre in a geopolitical sense and the dynamics will change very quickly. Compared to the [...]

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[Zee News] Sunday, 24 August 2014 06:46 | No Comment |
Sri Lanka must ensure justice for Tamils- Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged Sri Lanka to ensure "equality, dignity, justice and self-respect" for its Tamil minority.

Modi made the appeal when a six-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party, called on him.

"The prime minister stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka," an official statement said.

Modi urged "all stakeholders [...]

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[TamilNet] Sunday, 24 August 2014 06:10 | No Comment |

The 27 year-old treacherous deceit of the New Delhi Establishment, committed on the nation of Eezham Tamils in the name of implementing the 13 Amendment of the unitary constitution of genocidal Sri Lanka, continues under Narendra Modi’s regime, with an ultimate aim of completing the genocide and structural genocide in the island, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island, responding to the outcome of TNA-Modi meeting that took place in New Delhi on Saturaday. What is privately and [...]

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[DailyMirror] Saturday, 23 August 2014 06:58 | No Comment |
India insists on 13A as way forward for Lanka

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told a visiting delegation of Sri Lankan Tamil Members of Parliament on Friday that New Delhi continues to look at the 13th amendment as the framework for a political solution in the island nation.

This was the first engagement of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) with the new dispensation in New Delhi, though their first interlocutor was an old acquaintance. Swaraj had met with the visiting delegation members in her earlier avatar as the Leader [...]

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[TamilNet] Saturday, 23 August 2014 06:53 | No Comment |
Australian author Trevor Grant documents genocide of Eezham Tamils in new book

While there is a general climate of silence in the Western establishments to recognize the oppression of the Eezham Tamil nation by the unitary Sri Lankan state as genocide, Australian writer and veteran journalist Trevor Grant is perspicuously unsparing in criticizing these establishments for their silence and complicity in the genocide. In his recently released book “Sri Lanka’s Secrets: How The Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away With Murder”, Mr. Grant besides documenting the various forms in which genocide is being perpetrated [...]

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[Hindu] Friday, 22 August 2014 11:48 | No Comment |
TNA delegation meets Sushma

The delegation comprising 6 TNA MPs held discussion on various issues and complained about the alleged attempts by the Sri Lankan govt. to change the democratic composition of the Northern Province

A delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which rules Jaffna Province of Sri Lanka, on Friday called on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and said India can play a major role in resolving the ethnic Tamil problem in the island nation.

“India’s involvement in the resolution of the Sri Lankan [...]

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[Deccan Chronicle] Friday, 22 August 2014 08:33 | No Comment |
Sri Lanka President appoints two Indian Tamil MPs as Deputy ministers

Two Indian-origin Tamil lawmakers were today inducted as Deputy Ministers in Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s cabinet, a month ahead of polls in a province where a large number of ethnic Tamils live.

Praba Ganeshan and P Digambaram were sworn in as Deputy Ministers by President Rajapaksa at his official residence Temple Trees here. The appointments assumes significance as it came just days ahead of the Provincial Council Elections in Uva province on September 20, where a considerable number [...]

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[PTI] Friday, 22 August 2014 08:30 | No Comment |

(PTI) Leaders of Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party are to push their case for full implementation of the contentious thirteenth amendment to the Constitution during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation leaves for India today for their first meeting with the new Indian government.

The delegation is expected to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tomorrow and hopes to meet Modi on Saturday.

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[PTI] Friday, 22 August 2014 08:28 | No Comment |

(PTI) Sri Lanka has suspended on-arrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said.

External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect.

The decision to suspend on arrival visa to visitors from these countries were taken after request made by the Health Ministry.

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[DailyMirror] Friday, 22 August 2014 08:09 | No Comment |
lslamic terrorism threat to Sri Lanka : Gotabaya Rajapaksa

In a paper published in the latest issue of the US Defence Department’s journal “Prism”, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has reiterated his belief that Islamic terrorism poses a threat to Sri Lanka.

Since the LTTE’s defeat, some of the Muslim groups in Lanka have begun to engage in activities that go “far beyond self-protection”, he said in the journal brought out by the Center for Complex Operations (CCO).

“There is information that some of these groups have even tried [...]

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[TamilNet] Friday, 22 August 2014 08:05 | No Comment |
Peoples of India should see real danger coming from Swamy polity

The genre of Subramanian Swamies, ostracized by mainstream Tamils and politically orphaned in Tamil Nadu, try to settle score with their own people by making their local bias and paranoia to influence all-India policy, unjustly affecting the immediately neighbouring nation of Eezham Tamils. This is the real danger for entire India in the long run. Peoples of India, especially the peoples of North India should realise the impending danger coming from this genre of individuals, who threaten India’s national [...]

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[TamilNet] Friday, 22 August 2014 08:03 | No Comment |
Varatharajan’s funeral sends messages on Eezham Tamil political bearings

Hundreds of Eezham Tamil students, academics, journalists, civil activists and political personalities from different districts on Wednesday came to the residence of popular educationalist and Tamil activist Sinathurai Varatharajan to attend his funeral on Wednesday. He passed away on Monday at the age of 63. The sum message of the entire funeral was that there was no one to replace the educationalist, who has been a mentor to the student community with his society-centred insight and grassroots-oriented commitment towards the [...]

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[TamilNet] Friday, 22 August 2014 08:01 | No Comment |

The occupying Sri Lankan State, which seized the control of the ancient Tamil villages of Kagnchi-kudichchaa’ru and Thangka-vealaayutha-puram in Thirukkoayil division in Ampaa’rai district from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after the end of war in East in 2007, is now scheming a Sinhala settlement in the two villages, Eezham Tamil villagers told TamilNet on Wednesday. A Buddhist monk, accompanied by two Karuna Group paramilitary operatives visited the villages three days ago vowing to put up a Buddhist [...]

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[Firstpost] Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:32 | No Comment |
Legal issues led to appointment of international experts: Lanka

(PTI) Sri Lanka has said that complex legal issues concerning the work of the presidential commission probing disappearances of individuals led to the appointment of international experts including an Indian into the panel.

External affairs Minister GL Peiris, on Tuesday told the parliament in this regard to a question raised by main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

"There are over 16,000 submissions received (by the panel). It was the government’s responsibility to provide expertise on the fundamentals of the laws," Peiris said.

Wickremesinghe [...]

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[PTI] Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:30 | No Comment |

(PTI) Sri Lanka has said that in addition to the threat of terrorism, it also faces a potential threat from remnants of terror groups like the LTTE that were involved in previous insurgencies in the country.

"Some of these groups are trying to reorganise within Sri Lanka and mobilise people to once again take up their extreme left wing causes.

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