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We have given up Eelam – Sampanthan - TNA vs. MR
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader, R. Sampanthan yesterday threw down a challenge to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, demanding for the latter to abolish the executive presidential system, claiming the TNA had given up the demand for Eelam. Speaking to our sister paper Mawbima, the TNA leader said his Party and all Tamil political leaders and the majority of the Tamil Diaspora had given up the concept of Eelam. Sampanthan was responding to the demand made by the President in Kilinochchi last week, where the Head of State said, if the TNA and the Tamil Diaspora gave up the demand for Eelam he would abolish the executive presidential system.



Government confirms polls in January
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

The Government today confirmed that Presidential elections will take place in January next year but the date is yet to be decided on. Media Minister and Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, speaking in Kandy today, urged the public to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the election. “The Presidential election will be held in January. The date cannot be said right now. I know the date but since it is yet to be confirmed I cannot say that right now,” he said. Rambukwella said that the public must put aside differences over race and religion during the election and ensure national interests are given priority.



Travel restrictions to the north justified
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

The Government today attempted to justify the travel restrictions imposed on foreigners visiting the north by raising concerns over the impact the EU court ruling on the LTTE will have on Sri Lanka. Government Minister and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayanth said that if the LTTE ban is lifted in the EU as a result of the EU court ruling it could allow LTTE elements to fund another war in the north. The Government had recently announced that foreigners visiting the north will need to obtain prior approval from the Ministry of Defence. Premajayanth said that the Government has a responsibility to prevent another war from taking place and so such security measures have to be taken.



Sri Lanka to contest European Union's delisting of LTTE as terrorist organisation
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

Sri Lanka's EU Ambassador Rodney Perera is to travel to Strasbourg on Monday to attend the EU parliament's plenary session and to mobilise two key committees, foreign affairs and security and defence. Sri Lanka will contest the decision by a European Union Court to delist the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and will send an envoy to Strasbourg to lobby the EU against the order. Sri Lanka's EU Ambassador Rodney Perera is to travel to Strasbourg on Monday to attend the EU parliament's plenary session and to mobilise two key committees, foreign affairs and security and defence.



UN deeply politicized - GL
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

The entire United Nations mechanism was deeply politicized and needed reforms, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris said yesterday. He was addressing the National Observance of the 69th United Nations Day at the Bishop's College auditorium. He said: "There is a high degree of politicization of the system. Rules have been bent and distorted to be applied in a highly discriminatory manner."



Top Tiger arrested at BIA
[Monday 2014-10-20 20:00]

A prominent member of the LTTE's armed and intelligence wings, who had evaded arrest and rehabilitation after the war, was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Saturday night (18), while attempting to leave for Qatar. Meanwhile, an LTTE leader, who had planned the attack on a navy bus, was also arrested last week in Vavuniya, a senior military official said. Both men had not been arrested previously.



Has Canada seen the last of the boat people?
[Sunday 2014-10-19 20:00]

He came aboard in Bangkok with no idea where the ship was headed (the rumour was Australia) and was seasick for most of the journey. Only when he saw the red helicopters hovering overhead off Vancouver Island was MV Ocean Lady’s final destination clear. “All I knew about Canada,” he now says, laughing, “was that it was a country, and that my uncle lived there.”

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Top FAO official, hundreds of others turned away at Omanthai
[Sunday 2014-10-19 20:00]

A top United Nations official was turned away at the Omanthai checkpoint this week as the Defence Ministry started strictly enforcing a requirement that prior approval is needed for foreign passport holders to travel to the north. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Country Representative, Beth Crawford, was on her way to Kilinochchi on Wednesday when she was turned back. Northern Province Agriculture Minister P. Iyngaranesan said he was also invited for the event for which the FAO Country Representative was invited to mark World Food Day, but he was told that Ms. Crawford had not been given permission to proceed beyond Omanthai.



Indian court backs Sri Lankan refugee
[Sunday 2014-10-19 20:00]

The Madras High Court Bench has imposed a cost of Indian Rs 10,000 on the Director of Social Welfare for not disbursing the emoluments due to a Sri Lankan refugee who retired last year after 32 years of government service, The Hindu newspaper reported today. Allowing a writ petition filed by the refugee, Justice T. Raja ordered that the Director should pay the cost, from his personal funds and not from that of the government, to the petitioner within six weeks besides disbursing the emoluments with 12 per cent interest.



UK concerned over travel restrictions
[Sunday 2014-10-19 19:00]

The British Government has raised concerns over the travel restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Defence on foreigners visiting the North. The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin said the UK had welcomed the lifting of restrictions on travel to the North in 2011, which sent a positive signal for post-conflict reconciliation.



Pope’s visit in the balance: Cardinal writes to President
[Sunday 2014-10-19 19:00]

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, has sought President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s early advice whether the visit of Pope Francis should go ahead or be cancelled in the light of the upcoming presidential election. The three-day visit is scheduled to begin on January 13 next year. The request has gone in the form of a letter sent to President Rajapaksa this week. The Cardinal told the Sunday Times, “I wrote a confidential letter. I cannot tell you anything more. I am awaiting a response.”



TNA To Take Blockade To Court
[Sunday 2014-10-19 19:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to go to the Supreme Court to lift the restrictions on foreigners travelling to the Tamil-majority Northern Province. Mavai Senathirajah, president of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), the main constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which rules the Northern Province, said that his party is consulting legal experts on taking the matter to the Supreme Court.



Defence Ministry seeks details of your lost property in north
[Sunday 2014-10-19 19:00]

The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development is inviting complaints from people who have lost their property or land in the Northern Province due to terrorism after 1980. The ministry said those who had lost property or land should send in details about themselves and their property to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, 15/5, Baladaksha Mawatha, Colombo 03. Complainants should give their names, address, telephone numbers, email address and other personal information together with details of the property or the land lost and photo copies of supporting documents if any.



Ex CJ makes public apology
[Saturday 2014-10-18 20:00]

Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva who made a public confession that a certain mistake he made while holding his post caused turmoil in the country today, tendered an apology to the nation yesterday. “Mr. Silva who was speaking at a public seminar organized by the JVP in Colombo last evening said he did not do anything to prevent the present government from going for a snap presidential election when he delivered a judgment with regard to a candidate who was running for national election 2005.



Will abolish Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka when separatism called off - President
[Saturday 2014-10-18 20:00]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today reiterated that he is prepared to abolish the Executive Presidential System on the day the separatists give up their call for a separate state in Sri Lanka. The President said that if the main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Tamil Diaspora in Europe and all other elements that support a separate state within the country are ready to give up separatist ideas, the government will abolish the Executive Presidency within 24 hours.



EU decision on LTTE has no bearing on India: Indian Express
[Saturday 2014-10-18 20:00]

The European Union court, which struck down the sanctions imposed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the EU in 2006, had its own reasons to do so. Significantly, the court has not lifted the freezing of the assets owned by the banned organisation. The EU had proscribed the LTTE after countries like the US and Canada had declared it a terrorist organisation,The Indian Express said in its Editorial.



EU action strengthen LTTE-Sajin
[Saturday 2014-10-18 20:00]

External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardane said yesterday the EU decision to lift the ban on the LTTE was a shot in the arm for the LTTE and the diaspora. He told a media conference held at the Balapitiya SLFP head office that with this decision all EU members would regard the LTTE as a legitimate organization. Mr. Gunawardane remained mum when journalists asked him about his alleged assault on former Sri Lankan High Commissioner Chris Nonis and on reports that he was not allowed to the Vatican during the recent visit by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.



Now, SF to go to Geneva
[Saturday 2014-10-18 20:00]

Leader of the Democratic Party (DP) and former Army Commander Gen. Sarath Fonseka yesterday said that depriving him of his right to exercise his franchise by the Elections Commissioner with a presidential election on the horizon demonstrated that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was scared of facing him in a presidential contest. Addressing a news conference at Kotte, the war winning general challenged President Rajapaksa to face him at the forthcoming presidential election.



Presidential Commission sittings in Mullaitivu next month
[Saturday 2014-10-18 20:00]

The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons will conduct Public Sittings in the Mullaitivu District as follows:

November 2 and 3, 2014– Maritimepattu DS Office from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

November 4– Oddusudan DS Office from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

November 5– Oddusudan DS Office from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.



Grads create first-ever scholarship in Tamil studies..
[Friday 2014-10-17 21:00]

A York alumni couple has established the first-ever graduate award in Tamil studies in memory of a pioneer and leader of the Tamil community in Canada. Harini Sivalingam (LLB ’05) and husband Gary Anandasangaree (LLB ’05), lawyers and graduates of Osgoode Hall Law School, created the N. Sivalingam Award in Tamil Studies with an endowed gift. The gift was matched by York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies through the Graduate Support Matching Program. The Sivalingam award, the first of its kind in the country, is intended to encourage and promote research on Tamil language, history, culture, society or the Tamil diaspora – something Nagaratnam (Siva) Sivalingam, Harini’s father, spent his entire life advocating.


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