[TamilNet] Monday, 24 November 2014 16:55 | No Comment

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan is suspected of making a clandestine deal on his own with former SL president Chandrika Kumaratunga on supporting the common opposition candidate Maithiripala Srisena, informed sources in Colombo said on Sunday. The deal harps of implementing the 13th Amendment, bringing in changes in the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) and in changing the governors of the North and East. There was no discussion on international investigations of the war crimes. Sampanthan’s suspected [...]

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[TamilNet] Monday, 24 November 2014 16:57 | No Comment |

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.

According to officials of the SL department nominations for the presidential race are to be called on December 08, news sources in Colombo said.

Maithripala Sirisena, the SL Minister of Health and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has announced on Friday that he will be confronting Mahinda Rajapaksa [...]

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[TamilNet] Monday, 24 November 2014 16:56 | No Comment |
SL Navy arrests 14 Tamil Nadu fishermen in Jaffna

The occupying Sri Lanka Navy on Sunday arrested 14 fishermen from Tamil Nadu in the seas off Nedun-theevu (Delft). Three of them are below the age of 18, according to SL police sources. When the engine of a fishing boat had broken, other fishermen had come to the spot to help the fishermen. The SL Navy has assaulted the fishermen, including 14-year-old Dineshkumar, 17-year-old Naveen and 18-year-old Satheeskumar, sources in Nedun-theevu said. The SL Navy has [...]

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[TamilNet] Monday, 24 November 2014 16:54 | No Comment |
Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam passes away

Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam, an Eezham Tamil academic who held the rare distinction of being the professor of English in a reputed university of a native English-speaking country, Canada, passed away in Montreal on Sunday. He was Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Recently he has been awarded the highest literary recognition of the country, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. A function was held at Montreal related to the award. After attending the function, and while on [...]

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[TamilNet] Monday, 24 November 2014 16:53 | No Comment |

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, [...]

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[TamilNet] Friday, 21 November 2014 16:51 | No Comment |
Maithiripala Sirisena of SLFP emerges as common opposition candidate contesting Rajapaksa

The 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).

UNP Assistant General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam [...]

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[TamilNet] Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:50 | No Comment |

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.

The JHU demands that executive presidential systems [...]

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[TamilNet] Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:31 | No Comment |

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 [...]

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[TamilNet] Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:54 | No Comment |

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.

He [...]

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[TamilNet] Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:53 | No Comment |
Norwegian doctor vows to challenge Israeli travel ban to Gaza

Israel 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 [...]

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[TamilNet] Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:52 | No Comment |

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.

Two JHU ministers ‘Patali’ Champika Ranawaka and Udaya Gammanpila have decided to resign the portfolios they now hold in the UPFA government.

Mr. Champika Ranawake holds the post of Minister of Science and Technology and Mr. Udaya Gammanpila [...]

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[TamilNet] Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:42 | No Comment |

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 [...]

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[TamilNet] Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:51 | No Comment |
Mahadevan traces language of Indus Civilisation to 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 [...]

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[TamilNet] Monday, 17 November 2014 16:50 | No Comment |

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.

The wife [...]

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[TamilNet] Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:48 | No Comment |
Penang conference demands IC to end SL military occupation, investigate genocide

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 [...]