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Why only for Tamils

“We must ask, why Federalism to Tamils? Why not to the Sinhalese in the South? We need Federalism for South because centralised power from 1947 Parliament to 2017, for 70 years, have failed to develop the rural Sinhala society” said Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine of this “Unity Government” delivering the keynote…

DM - Apr 29 21:54 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

Sri Lankan Tamil, Muslim political parties protest against the military
Sri Lankan Tamil, Muslim political parties protest against the military

Sri Lanka’s Tamil and Muslim political parties are demanding release of land occupied by the military, justice to the missing and jobs for those affected by the civil war...“People have been protesting now for over two months yet the government has failed to address the issue,” Shivajilingam said. Some of the lands held over three decades have been released…

PTI - Apr 29 21:41 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SLMilitary, History, Muslims ]

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  • To Rebuild A Home

    To Rebuild A Home

    Over the last few months, there have been several protests across the Northern Province demanding the release of civilian land from under military occupation. While there have been no definitive responses to these protests in terms of long term solutions from the state, two small victories have taken place since. First, the release of land in the Pilakudiyiruppu…

    GV - Apr 28 22:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mullaitivu, History, SriLanka ]

  • Voices from Musali: The real story behind the ‘Save Wilpattu’ Campaign

    Voices from Musali: The real story behind the ‘Save Wilpattu’ Campaign

    Much of the discourse around Wilpattu has centred around the need for removal of people illegally encroaching on forest land. There have been large-scale campaigns, often including social media, exhorting people to ‘protect Wilpattu’. This narrative is what has dominated the discourse on Wilpattu in English mainstream media – with the only counter-narrative…

    GV - Apr 27 23:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka govt wants Sarath Fonseka as defense chief

    Sri Lanka govt wants Sarath Fonseka as defense chief

    At Tuesday’s cabinet meeting it was proposed to appoint him either as Army Commander or as Chief of Defense Staff, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senarathne said. Senarathne said recent protests that slowed down economic activity in the country and created various difficulties for people has led to this decision. “Discipline of the country is…

    LBO - Apr 26 16:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • The Ocean Conference: Challenges & Opportunities for Sri Lanka

    The Ocean Conference: Challenges & Opportunities for Sri Lanka

    "The oceans have now become a central focus of a range of discussions in UN bodies involving a number of major UN initiatives, including those relating to the SDGs and climate change. While it is easy to get ensnared in the confusion of the UN's myriad political pursuits, practical initiatives that have an immediate effect on the daily lives and livelihoods of…

    Indepth News - Apr 26 15:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • Jaffna University students remember Meethotamulla victims

    Jaffna University students remember Meethotamulla victims

    A ceremony commemorating the lives of those lost in the recent Meethotamulla garbage dump tragedy was held at Jaffna University today. The event was organized by the Arts Faculty Students Union. Dean of the Faculty and Students Union leader expressed condolences to those killed and lost their relatives in the tragedy.

    ST - Apr 25 15:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, Jaffna, History ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Tamil Catholics demand their village back from navy ‎

    Sri Lanka’s Tamil Catholics demand their village back from navy ‎

    In Tamil-majority northern Sri Lanka, a Catholic bishop led a delegation on Thursday to the local representative of Sri Lanka’s president, to hand over a petition by villagers to regain their homes confiscated by the navy some 9 years ago. Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swamipillai of Mannar accompanied by 40 priest and 300 parishioners from St. Sebastian Church in Mannar…

    RV - Apr 20 15:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Govt. agrees to release more military-occupied land: TNA

    Govt. agrees to release more military-occupied land: TNA

    “People in the North and East are protesting against the delay in releasing their lands which are still being occupied by the security forces even though the war ended nearly eight years ago. The Army Commander told us they were acting on the instructions of the President and the Defense Secretary with regard to the need to early release of the lands. He said…

    DM - Apr 18 14:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, TNA, WarCrimes ]

  • Canada and the Meaning of Diversity: Two Ambassadors Tell Their Story

    Canada and the Meaning of Diversity: Two Ambassadors Tell Their Story

    “My mother made sure to teach me what Germany had done during the war — the aggression, the crimes, the atrocities of the Holocaust and the impact Hitler’s lies had on Germany, its people and her family. Her words lingered. Once I joined Global Affairs, I specialized in human rights law, international peace and security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass…

    Medium - Apr 16 22:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, WarCrimes ]

  • Lyca's village inaugurated without Rajinikanth, Vigneswaran

    Lyca\'s village inaugurated without Rajinikanth, Vigneswaran

    Lyca is owned by a Sri Lankan Tamil, and its village has as many as 400 houses. It also happens to be producing Rajinikanth's next film, Enthiran 2.0. Rajinikanth along with North Province Chief Minister C. V. Vigneswaran and Opposition leader R. Sampanthan were supposed to attend the inauguration of the village. But it wasn't to be as the veteran actor called off…

    DM - Apr 14 12:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, SriLanka ]

  • Life and times of Sri Lanka's oldest leprosy hospital

    Life and times of Sri Lanka\'s oldest leprosy hospital

    Edward de Alwis was born in 1928, the youngest of nine siblings. He was only 14 years old when a public health inspector on a school visit noticed the patches on his face. It was leprosy. It meant the end of the life de Alwis had known. He was taken from his family and quarantined at the Hendala Leprosy Hospital. "There were five checkpoints, and 12 policemen who…

    Al Jazeera - Apr 09 14:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History ]

  • Chinese Top Political Advisor to Visit Pakistan, Sri Lanka

    Chinese Top Political Advisor to Visit Pakistan, Sri Lanka

    China's top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng will pay an official visit to Pakistan and Sri Lanka starting Wednesday till Saturday, a media report said. Yu is the Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). He is set to visit the two countries at the invitation of Pakistani Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani…

    IANS - Apr 05 22:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, China ]

  • Not averse to Rajinikanth visiting Sri Lanka when situation improves: VCK

    Not averse to Rajinikanth visiting Sri Lanka when situation improves: VCK

    Rajinikanth, however, can meet the Tamils any day in Sri Lanka but only after the situation of its various regions affected by the 2009 war improves there, he said. "People there too are ready to welcome him. We too are not going to oppose it," he told reporters here, adding, however, that the present situation was not conducive for the actor's visit. "When the…

    PTI - Mar 29 17:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, History, Arts&Culture ]

  • MICROIMAGE OPENS A NEW R&D CENTRE IN JAFFNA

    The opening ceremony was graced by senior faculty members of Department of Computer Science at the University of Jaffna and Vavuniya Campus. In a speech, Dr. Thabotharan Kathiravelu, representing Faculty of Computer Science, University of Jaffna praised Microimage for their timing in opening an R&D center in Jaffna as it is the ideal opportunity for the students at…

    RM - Mar 24 23:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Education, History ]

  • China, Sri Lanka to deepen defence cooperation

    China, Sri Lanka to deepen defence cooperation

    China and Sri Lanka will deepen cooperation in all sectors including defence, official media said on Tuesday as defence minister and state councillor Chang Wanquan wrapped up a visit to the island nation before heading to Nepal. The official news agency, Xinhua, quoted Chang telling President Maithripala Sirisena that the two countries agreed to promote the…

    Hindustan Times - Mar 21 20:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, History, China ]

  • On her own two feet, after Sri Lanka’s crippling war

    On her own two feet, after Sri Lanka’s crippling war

    Few students in Vadamarachchi, part of Sri Lanka’s northern peninsula, had heard of Visual Basic until Sebastian Selvanayagi started offering a course in it at her modest computer centre. “Even basic programming languages haven’t come to our village in a big way,” she said, entering a small room in her home, in Vetrilaikeni in Vadamarachchi East, where five…

    Hindu - Mar 11 20:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Jaffna, History ]

  • Charge Denied, But Lanka Will Probe Tamil Nadu Fisherman Killing: 10 Points

    Charge Denied, But Lanka Will Probe Tamil Nadu Fisherman Killing: 10 Points

    The killing of a 22-year-old Indian fisherman shot dead near Palk Strait allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy personnel has put the focus back on a tiny island of Kachchatheevu that the Tamil Nadu government alleges was wrongly ceded to Sri Lanka through two pacts signed between New Delhi and Colombo in the 1970s. Sri Lanka has denied its Navy was involved but tried to cap…

    NDTV - Mar 07 22:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Tamil Nadu, History ]

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      - Sri Lankan Navy denies killing Indian fisherman - Hindu
  • Are Tamil leaders losing patience?

    Are Tamil leaders losing patience?

    TNA leader says he’s ‘extremely unhappy’ with the way Tamils are treated by govt. After two years of engaging the Sri Lankan government on reconciliation and constitutional reform, the country’s Tamil polity seems to be losing patience, if Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan’s address in Parliament is any indication. On Wednesday, the veteran Tamil…

    The Hindu - Feb 23 08:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, TNA ]

  • India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar

    India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar

    India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday.He was reacting to a demand made by the leader of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary…

    NIE - Feb 21 15:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

  • Age-old hospitality: top heritage hotels in Sri Lanka

    Age-old hospitality: top heritage hotels in Sri Lanka

    Our concept of serendipity, the art of making joyous discoveries, apparently stems from the ancient Persian name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. Which makes perfect sense, really, because it's hard to think of another island where joyous discoveries are so abundant. For its size, Sri Lanka packs a lot of surprises. They're waiting to be discovered in the country's…

    AFR - Feb 08 14:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

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