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Karuna forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’
Karuna forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’

Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna Amman’, yesterday launched a new political party called the “Tamil United Freedom Party” in Batticaloa. Speaking at the the inauguration of the new party at Focus Hall, Batticaloa, Karuna Amman who was the former Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said the party would be…

Daily Mirror - Feb 12 21:00 GMT - more ... [ Tags: LTTE, Politics, KarunaGroup ]

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Karuna Promised National List Seat

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman is to enter parliament from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) National List. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Muralitharan said that both the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and General Secretary of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Susil Premajayantha had…

Sunday Leader - Jul 13 13:24 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, Elections, KarunaGroup ]

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  • Missing and forgotten: The disappearance of an academic

    Missing and forgotten: The disappearance of an academic

    Six years ago, on the 15th of December, the Vice Chancellor of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka was abducted within a high security zone in Colombo 7. Prof. Sivasubramaniam Raveendranath was on his way to attend a conference of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), when he went missing. 'Since he was in an area tightly controlled by the…

    JDS - Dec 18 20:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, KarunaGroup ]

  • Tamil Diaspora ‘has not even built a single house for the Tamils’— Karuna

    Deputy Minister for Resettlement and vice president of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan says the government needs more support to rebuild the nation, and invites the Tamil Diaspora ‘that has not built even a single house for their community’ to wake up and do something. Spokesperson for the Global Tamil Form (GTF) Suren Surendiran,…

    Lakbima - Jul 24 14:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, KarunaGroup ]

  • Nine arrested from Sri Lanka Mirror

    Nine people were arrested and seven computers including a personal lap-top were taken into custody by the CID from the Lanka Mirror office in Etulkotte this evening. The CID also inspected the residence of the Editor of Lanka X, the official website of the UNP’s communication wing, Ruwan Ferdinandz in Narahenpita.

    Daily Mirror - Jun 29 12:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: KarunaGroup ]

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  • Fmr Student Union Sec. assaulted

    Former Jaffna University Students Union secretary S. Dharshanthan was hospitalized after being assaulted by unknown persons at the Kaladdy junction in Jaffna this morning, police said. The victim who was in the 4th year of the Engineering faculty met with the incident an hour ago before the student organized Mullivaaykkal memorial event. He is currently undergoing…

    Daily Mirror - May 18 10:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Jaffna, KarunaGroup ]

  • Government Asked To Clarify On Murder Investigations

    The Sri Lankan government was asked to clarify the situation with regard to the investigations on the murder of four parliamentarians at the 126th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) session in Kampala, Uganda.The Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians has taken up the murders of parliamentarians Joseph Pararajasingham, Nataraja Raviraj, T. Maheswaran and Deputy…

    Sunday Leader - Apr 16 13:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, KarunaGroup ]

  • Gandhi statue defaced in Lanka, India concerned

    Gandhi statue defaced in Lanka, India concerned

    India has taken up with Sri Lanka the issue of vandalism of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the eastern town of Batticaloa and offered assistance in rebuilding it. The statue of Mahatma Gandhi along with those of Lord Baden Powell and two Tamil scholars had been found damaged on Thursday, prompting the Sri Lankan government to order an investigation. …

    PTI - Apr 08 11:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, India, KarunaGroup ]

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  • LLRC Pussyfoots Around Iniya Bharathi- TNA

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says there is clear evidence of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Iniya Bharathi being involved in human rights violations. In its 70 page response to the report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the TNA had said that many witnesses in fact identify Iniya Bharathi as responsible for human rights…

    Sunday Leader - Jan 29 03:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, KarunaGroup ]

  • Lankan agent of Intl Tamil extortion ring nabbed

    The Police have nabbed the Sri Lankan agent of a joint Sri Lankan, French and Swiss extortion cartel which kidnapped youth from the North and kept them in Colombo to extract ransoms. Police also found a 17-year-old schoolboy, abducted from Pudukudyirippu area and hidden in a house at Kathireshan Street, for whose release a ransom of three million rupees was sought.…

    Island - Jan 10 18:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Colombo, KarunaGroup ]

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  • Inayapaarathi

    Who is this Inayapaarathi? He is a man who has been accused of war crimes by the United Nations for forced arms training to children! Furthermore he is a man who is accused by the public for playing a key role in the abductions and disappearances of several people in Poththuvil, Akkaraippattu, Thirukkovil and Vinaayakapuram in the Ampara district of the Eastern…

    Sunday Leader - Dec 04 16:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, KarunaGroup ]

  • Army thwarts Pillayan’s bid to free bank robbery suspect

    A senior army officer yesterday accused Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan of trying to secure the release of one of the main suspects in the Puttur bank robbery. Security Forces Eastern Commander Boniface Perera told the Sunday Times, “On hearing of what was taking place, I rushed a special motorcycle squad to the area and detained the…

    Sunday Times - Jul 31 12:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, KarunaGroup ]

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  • How Karuna cadres assisted Army

    The war-time’s Army Task Force-1 Commander Chagi Gallage said yesterday the breakaway Karuna cadres were not used by the military on a tactical or operational level during the war against the LTTE but were directed to block a withdrawal route after the troops captured Vakari in the East. He made these comments during the seminar on ‘Defeating Terrorism; the Sri…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 02 02:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, KarunaGroup, WarCrimes ]

  • Karuna deplores ‘US embassy lies’

    Karuna deplores ‘US embassy lies’

    Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan aka Karuna strongly denies former US Ambassador in Colombo Robert Blake’s claim that he fled Sri Lanka and secured refuge in Tamil Nadu in early 2004 with the help of the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga. "Ambassador Blake’s accusation is absurd," the National List MP told The Island. According to him, the…

    Island - Dec 31 11:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, KarunaGroup ]

  • Sri Lankan minister admits Tamil Tiger killings

    A former Tamil militant in Sri Lanka has admitted that his comrades killed more than 600 policemen 20 years ago in a part of the country he controlled. But, he said, he was in a different part of Sri Lanka at the time. Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, commonly known as Colonel Karuna Amman, was testifying before a commission looking into the Sri Lankan war.

    BBC - Dec 14 14:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Politics, KarunaGroup ]

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  • JR, Premadasa betrayed the country- Pillayan

    Chief Minister- Eastern Province, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan better know as ‘Pillayan’, on Wednesday suggested that the powers of the provincial councils should be strengthened with more powers to the provinces. “Government should allow to fully exercise the powers vested in the provincial councils,” the Chief minister told the Lessons Learnt &…

    Sunday Times - Oct 24 12:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Politics, KarunaGroup ]

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  • Police security to Jaffna Tamil daily strengthened

    Following threats to a Tamil daily in Jaffna by Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Sri Lanka minister Douglas Devananda the editors had sought extra protection from Jaffna police and security to the office of the daily has been strengthened, media sources in Jaffna said. The daily had published Sunday, news related to the illegal sand excavation by EPDP…

    TamilNet - Oct 04 10:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, KarunaGroup ]

  • Rise of KP and fall of Karuna

    The recent tour of America of Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was not without a purpose. He carried with him a document which proved how the Tamil Tiger Diaspora leaders helped the terrorists with illegal funds and assistance while pulling the wool over the eyes of the Interpol. The document carried by Gotabaya contained evidence of how the Tamil Tiger Diaspora…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 28 02:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Politics, KarunaGroup ]

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  • Kohona's role corners Lanka

    Did UN officials in New York trap Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative in a ploy to embarrass Sri Lanka by asking him to serve as head of a three-member Special Committee on Israel's alleged human rights abuses in occupied territories? This has become the talking point in the corridors of the External Affairs Ministry after reports that Dr. Palitha Kohona did not…

    Sunday Times - Jun 27 12:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: KarunaGroup ]

  • 2 men abducted for ransom in Jaffna

    Unidentified persons arriving in a vehicle forcibly took away two family men on their way to Jaffna town on a motor cycle Tuesday and later rang the family members of the two men and demanded five million rupees for one of them and three million rupees for the other as ransom, their family members said in their complaint to Vaddukkoadai police. Each time the abductors…

    TamilNet - Apr 21 09:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Jaffna, KarunaGroup ]

  • UNP invites TMVP for “secret” talks to garner support

    The United National Party (UNP) has invited the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) for “secret” talks in an attempt to garner their support for common opposition Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka, UNP sources told Daily Mirror online. Daily Mirror online has learnt that the UNP has even nominated an emissary to negotiate with the TMVP, a…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 04 12:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Elections, KarunaGroup ]

  • A Fishy Affair In Kokkadicholai

    A Fishy Affair In Kokkadicholai

    A petition has been filed before the Colombo High Court against Deputy Resettlement Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman for allegedly taking over a prawn farm by force; set up by a company, Pearl Farms (Pvt) Ltd. Muralitharan is also a director of the company with a one third share and according to his partners wielded much power due to his…

    Sunday Leader - Jul 26 12:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, SriLanka, KarunaGroup ]

  • Karuna invites Rudrakumaran

    Former LTTE Eastern Commander and Resettlement Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna invited leading LTTE Diaspora activist V. Rudrakumaran and his followers to visit Sri Lanka and witness first hand the ongoing development in the North and East. “The pro-LTTE Diaspora has been brainwashed. People like Rudrakumaran have formed the so called…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 14 10:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: KarunaGroup, PTGTE, WarCrimes ]

  • Body identified: Bodyguard of Tiger political wing man

    The body found outside a leading school in Bambalapitiya, Colombo 4 on Friday has been identified as of the one time bodyguard of former LTTE Batticaloa political wing leader Kaushalyan. The victim was identified as Kanapathipillai Udayakanthan, 38, a resident of Kallaru, Batticaloa. He was identified by his father. He served as the body guard of Kaushalyan in the…

    Sunday Times - Jun 04 14:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, Batticaloa, KarunaGroup ]

  • Wanted Man: ‘Any Indian citizen can detain Douglas Devananda if he trespasses into Indian waters’

    Wanted Man: ‘Any Indian citizen can detain Douglas Devananda if he trespasses into Indian waters’

    Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda’s reported threat to cross into Indian territorial waters with 5000 Sri Lankan fishermen to protest against alleged poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters has once again raked up the demand for arrest of the minister in Tamil Nadu, where he is wanted in connection with a 1986 murder case. “When he is leading an…

    Weekend Leader - Apr 27 15:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, KarunaGroup ]

  • Indian HC talks with Pillayan

    Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Ashok K.Kantha has taken up the issue on the vandalism of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Batticaloa with Eastern province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, the Hindu online reported. “India has taken up the issue of desecration and requested that the Gandhi statue be rebuilt. Indian High Commissioner…

    Daily Mirror - Apr 09 12:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Batticaloa, KarunaGroup ]

  • President will trust "Douglas" with land and police powers but not others – Douglas

    President will trust \

    The EPDP leader and Traditional Industries Minister, Douglas Devananda says that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would have no hesitation in entrusting land and police powers to him,but will not risk giving it to others."The President feels that if he gives powers to Douglas there won’t’ be any problems, but if someone else gets it, there could be complications. "What…

    Island - Feb 04 11:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, KarunaGroup ]

  • Ball for Karuna, jail for Fonseka

    Ball for Karuna, jail for Fonseka

    Former Army Commander, one time General Sarath Fonseka, who led troops to victory in the military battles against Tiger guerrillas, has been at the Welikade jail for almost three years. For one of his erstwhile enemies in the battlefield in the years before, it is a different story. Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias "Colonel Karuna," a onetime 'Eastern Commander' of…

    Sunday Times - Jan 10 18:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, KarunaGroup ]

  • Sivaram murder case postponed

    Sivaram murder case postponed

    The trial of the murder of journalist Dharmaratnam Sivaram (Taraki) scheduled to begin on Thursday, six years after the assassination has been postponed until April. Colombo High Court judge P. Surasena postponed the hearing as six witnesses including two policemen failed to present themselves at court. The judge also dissolved the Sinhala speaking jury called in…

    BBC Sinhala - Jan 05 16:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, KarunaGroup ]

  • UNP warns of public surge

    The UNP today warned that there would be a public surge very soon if the government continued to violate democratic norms through its actions such as the introduction of a bill to acquire underperforming and unutilised assets. Addressing a press conference, UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya said that autocratic ruler Robert Mugabe also introduced similar…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 07 13:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: KarunaGroup ]

  • Sri Lanka's ex-president warns of anarchy

    A former Sri Lankan president has warned that the country is moving towards "anarchy" and called on its leaders to take the lead in the task of reconciliation and reconstruction. Kumaratunga, who is still a member of the current ruling party, had during her term as president, proposed a new constitution guaranteeing Tamil minority rights as a solution to the country's…

    Xinhua - Jul 25 11:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: KarunaGroup ]

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  • Iniya Barathi faction listed

    The United Nations has listed the Iniya Barrathi faction of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) that recruits or uses children, kill or maim children, and/or commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in situations of armed conflict on theagenda of the Security Council. Releasing the UN Secretary-General’s Tenth Annual Report on…

    Daily Mirror - May 12 22:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Children, Batticaloa, KarunaGroup ]

  • Ghosts of Christmases past haunt Sri Lankans

    Ghosts of Christmases past haunt Sri Lankans

    While many parts of the world celebrated Christmas with cheers, Catholics in Sri Lanka spent their time mourning over the murdered brethren on previous Christmases. Two allegedly ‘unidentified’ gunmen in 2005 opened fire at a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Batticaloa, while a Tamil parliamentarian Joseph Parajasingham, his wife and others, were…

    UCAN News - Dec 28 12:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Batticaloa, KarunaGroup ]

  • Karuna group behind more abductions, cash demands for release

    Karuna group behind more abductions, cash demands for release

    The desire of ordinary womenfolk in the war affected areas to talk about their loss and grievances was more than obvious at the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) sessions in Trincomalee. Despite the heavy rains and the fact that many villages, including Thambalagamuwa and Kappathurei, had not received information about the LLRC sessions and venues…

    Lakbima News - Dec 05 01:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Trincomalee, KarunaGroup ]

  • June 1990 massacre of police: Karuna says he wasn’t even in B’caloa

    Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan says at the time fighting erupted in the Batticaloa district in June 1990 during the Premadasa administration, he wasn’t even in the East. "I was in Jaffna," an irate Minister Murralidharan aka Karuna told The Island yesterday, denying any direct or indirect role in the massacre of several hundred policemen. The SLFP Vice…

    Island - Oct 22 11:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, SriLanka, KarunaGroup ]

  • 95 persons disappeared in Batticaloa district after SLA occupation

    Ninety-five persons including two women have disappeared without trace in Batticaloa district since Sri Lanka Army (SLA) occupation of the district, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian, P. Selvarasa. The youths who had left the Liberation Tigers and married leading a normal life and persons who had been supporters of the LTTE had been arrested…

    TamilNet - Aug 20 10:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Batticaloa, KarunaGroup ]

  • No politics for KP: Karuna

    Former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) who is now under custody in Sri Lanka and is reportedly assisting the government will not enter politics, Government Minister and former rebel Karuna Amman said. Amman alias Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan, in an interview with Daily Mirror online says KP does not have any political knowledge as he was purely…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 27 02:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: KarunaGroup ]

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  • TMVP run councils under scrutiny

    Local Councils headed by eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan’s Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) are being probed for alleged financial irregularities, misuse of state vehicles and illegal appointments following a fallout with the government. Eastern province Governor Mohan Wijewickrema said yesterday an ‘audit probe’ on various…

    Sunday Times - Apr 25 02:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, KarunaGroup ]

  • TMVP member recruiting kids

    Two months after the UN sent retired Major General Patrick Cammaert to Sri Lanka, his report on Children and Armed Conflict in Sri Lanka was presented to a sub-committee of the UN Security Council, in a closed meeting in the UN basement, the Inner City Press website reported. According to Inner City Press, the report notes among other things the re-recruitment of…

    InnerCity Press - Feb 06 00:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Children, KarunaGroup ]

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