Picturesque groves, Nurture you on this earth – didn’t an untold number of Comrades shred Blood on your roots!
The poem “Siththira Solaikale” parallels nature, labor and machines that are bettering life on earth for humanity wherein beneath it lies numerous sacrifices. This poem, a tribute to the hard working labor resonates with other times too.
Its underlying message – in recalling of sacrifices and the plight in the past, shall intend to set course in charity to help those in dire need today. It reminds against becoming complacent that sets in as time goes on etc. [TW]
TNA saddened by student’s death
The TNA said yesterday it was deeply shocked and saddened by the suicide of 18-year-old student Rajeshwaran Senthuran.
“We understand that this act is an expression of what he felt. His suicide is something that should be carefully reflected on by all parties concerned. We would like to express our deep sorrow and sympathy to his family,” Opposition leader R. Sampanthan and MP Mavai Senathirajah stated in a release.
“We must all keep calm at a time like this. This is crucial. Let us unite together in sharing our grief and expressing our sympathy, in a peaceful manner,” the release added. [DN]
Samantha Power the US Ambassador to UN Has in Recent Days Really Stirred Things up in Sri Lanka
pic via: twitter.com/USAmbKeshap
By Taylor Dibbert
In recent days, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. has really stirred things up in Sri Lanka. She seems to have met virtually all of the key political players and the optics of her visit to the Northern Province were especially good. From the looks of it, Power left the island looking like a bit of a rock star. [DBSJ]
TNA Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran Calls Upon Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran to Accept his Continuous Offer of Assistance for Northern Provincial Council
Northern Province Chief Minister Mr C. V Wigneswaran issued a lengthy explanation yesterday in response to allegations that he acted against the Tamil National Alliance at the General Elections held in 2015. In this regard, I welcome his confirmation of incidents I have highlighted previously. The acceptability or otherwise of his explanations and his interpretations of his own conduct are matters to be decided by the party. [DBSJ]
This Kanda Sashti, seek renewal via fasting and awaken the soul in the benevolence of Lord Murugan
Kanda Sashti, the annual fasting days in devotion of Lord Murugan falls this year from November 12th-17th [TW]
The Office of The Chief Minister of Northern Province is in NO need of An Ayatollah of Tamil Nationalism
by K. Thirukumaran
Aside from the intra-Party issues, the first elected Chief Minister of Northern Province is not serving the constituents whom voted him. Mr CV Wigneswaran while in office he has shown “conflicts of interest” with people who are not beneficiaries of the Northern Provincial Council. [TW]
Kanda Sashti: Ornate Kandan, obliterate obstacles ♫
by K. Thirukumaran
Kanda Sashti, the annual fasting days in devotion of Lord Murugan falls this year from November 12th-17th. [TW]
Sri Lanka Born Samantha Ratnam Elected First “Green” Mayor of Moreland City in Australia
by Peter Reynolds
A MIGRANT whose family fled Sri Lankan riots for a better life has been elected Moreland’s first Greens mayor.
South Ward councillor Samantha Ratnam won the mayoral vote 6-5 over Labor candidate Cr Lita Gillies, bringing an end to the ALP’s stranglehold on the mayorship.
Cr Ratnam had been unsuccessful in the previous two mayoral votes, but secured the vote of independent councillor Helen Davidson, who had backed Labor candidates in previous mayoral votes. [DBSJ]
How and Why the LTTE Evicted Muslims from the Northern Province 25 Years ago in “Black October 1990”
Twenty – Fifth Anniversary of Muslim Mass Expulsion From North by LTTE
The Investigation launched by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has in accordance with its terms of reference probed the period of time from the 2002 February ceasefire until the end of the war in May 2009 to ascertain whether war crimes, crimes against humanity and human rights violations occurred in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the war as alleged. The focus on these particular years has naturally led to the overlooking of many other terrible incidents which happened in the years preceding 2002. Notable among these horrors is the mass expulsion of Muslims from the North by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE). [DBSJ]
வடக்கிலிருந்து எல்.ரீ.ரீ.ஈ யினால் முஸ்லிம்கள் ஒட்டுமொத்தமாக வெளியேற்றப்பட்ட இருபத்தைந்தாவது ஆண்டு நிறைவு
ஐக்கிய நாடுகளின் மனித உரிமைகளுக்கான உயர் ஆணையர் அலுவலகத்தால் அணுகப்பட்ட விசாரணையின் அமைப்பு மற்றும் விதிமுறைகளுக்கு ஏற்ப அந்த விசாரணை நடத்தப்பட வேண்டிய காலம் 2002 பெப்ரவரி யுத்த நிறுத்தம் முதல், யுத்தம் முடிவடைந்த காலமான மே 2009 வரையாக இருந்தது, குற்றம் சாட்டியுள்ளபடி ஸ்ரீலங்காவில் நடந்த இறுதிக்கட்ட போரின்போது யுத்தக் குற்றங்கள், மானிடத்திற்கு எதிரான குற்றங்கள் மற்றும் மனித உரிமை மீறல்கள் இடம்பெற்றனவா என்பதை உறுதி செய்யவேண்டியது அந்த விசாரணையின் நோக்கமாக இருந்தது. இந்த குறிக்கப்பட்ட காலத்தில் மட்டுமே கவனம் செலுத்தப்பட்ட படியால், 2002க்கு முந்தைய ஆண்டுகளில் நடந்தேறிய ஏனைய பல மோசமான சம்பவங்கள் இயற்கையாகவே கண்காணிக்கப் படாமல் போய்விட்டன. இப்படி நடைபெற்ற பயங்கரங்களில் குறிப்பிடத் தக்கது,தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகளினால் (எல்.ரீ.ரீ.ஈ) வடக்கிலிருந்து முஸ்லிம்கள் ஒட்டு;மொத்தமாக வெளியேற்றப்பட்ட சம்பவம்.
TMVP Leader “Pillaiyaan” Implicated in Assassinations of TNA Parliamentarians Pararajasingham and Raviraj
Thamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal (TMVP) leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias “Pillaiyaan” is currently being detained and interrogated by the Police over his suspected involvement in the twin assassinations of Tamil National Alliance(TNA) Parliamentarians Joseph Pararajasingham and Nadarajah Raviraj in December 2005 and November 2006 respectively. Chandrakanthan who made history in 2008 as the first elected chief minister of the Eastern province is presently a member of the Eastern provincial council. He also contested the August 2015 Parliamentary poll on the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ticket and lost. [DBSJ]
Navarathri 2015: ♫ A Gala for The Guardian Goddess ♫
The Holy ‘Nine Night’ Festival celebrating the Goddesses of Bravery, Wealth and Wisdom fall this year, in 2015 – from October 13th for 9 days, followed by Vijayathasami on the 10th day. The 10th day is celebrated particularly to start learning – education and the arts. [TW]
Last public appearance of “Aachi” Manorama – Just at the beginning of this month, October 2015
She recites/renders a script by M. Karunanidhi & a dialogue in “Chennai” Tamil: [Via YouTube]
The Liberal Party of Canada best poised to ‘Heave Steve’
by Harrish Thirukumran
“Stephen Harper has nothing to offer but fear itself,” said Trudeau in a passionate denouncement of the Conservative leader’s unflinching political divisiveness on the niqab and terrorism debacles. Justin Trudeau even reached out to Conservative supporters dissatisfied with the ruling party, to demonstrate his conviction of a truly inclusive Canada. [HT]
Versatile Tamil Actress cum Singer “Aachi” Manorama Passes Away in Chennai
Actor, comedian and singer Manorama, affectionately referred to as ‘Aachi’, whose performance matched and sometimes bettered the lead actors of her movies, died of multiple organ failure here on Saturday. She was 78 and is survived by her son and singer-actor Boopathy. [DBSJ]
The Liberal Party of Canada best poised to ‘Heave Steve’
by Harrish Thirukumaran
14 days. That is the time remaining before Canadians – across this vastly diverse geographic landscape choose the political party best suited to govern Canada on October 19, 2015. They shall likely begin finalizing their choice for the crucial ballot question, as the 42nd federal campaign draws to a conclusion. According to one of the latest poll numbers from Nanos Research, nationally, the Liberals lead with 35.3%, Conservatives at 31.0%, NDP, 24.3%, and the Greens with 4.5%, within 3.0 percentage points 19 times out of 20. Initially a three-way race between the frontrunner New Democrats, Conservatives, and the Liberals, the latter two parties have locked into a final showdown between the latter two parties. For the overwhelming number of voters opposed to the prospect of a fourth mandate to Stephen Harper, and his Conservative Party, they should now be identifying themselves with the Liberal Party of Canada. [MJ]
“Canada can offer expertise to the UN proposed hybrid court on violation of human rights in Sri Lanka”
By Siva Sivapragasam
Speaking further, Mr. Anandasangaree added that countries like Canada should also monitor the progress of the hybrid court to ensure that the recommendations of the UNHRC are carried out in a timely manner to ensure justice to the war affected victims.
Mr. Anandasangaree has been in the forefront in attending throughout the Geneva sessions of the UNHRC on the violation of human rights during the war and offering valuable advice. Gary Anandasangaree is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer and community activist who had advocated tirelessly for education and justice. He is seeking federal election for the Scarborough Rouge – Park riding as a Liberal candidate. [MJ]
Tragic Phenomenon of Forcible Recruitment of Tamil Civilians by the LTTE
The Human Rights Investigation report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released last month has revealed much information about the alleged activities of the Sri Lankan armed forces, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and state affiliated para – military outfits such as the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) and Tamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal (TMVP) during the final phase of South Asia’s longest war. While overseas members of the LTTE demonstrate in Geneva with tiger flags and portraits of LTTE supremo Veluppillai Prabhakaran , those who read the UN report are appalled and horrified by the acts of cruelty perpetrated by the LTTE on its own people. Among the many aspects focused upon by the UN investigation report on Sri Lanka – abbreviated as OISL report – is the tragic phenomenon of forcible recruitment of Tamil civilians by the LTTE. [DBSJ]
UN Report Exposes the Cruel Conduct of LTTE Towards Tamil Civilians in the Wanni
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
The long awaited UN report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released last week has predictably evoked much excitement and controversy. The UN investigation report on Sri Lanka abbreviated as OISL has provided much information about the alleged activities of the Sri Lankan armed forces, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and state affiliated para – military outfits such as the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) and Tamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal(TMVP).As emphasised by UN officials themselves the report is fundamentally a human rights investigation report and not a criminal investigation report. The onus is on the Sri Lankan government to follow it up by inquiring further into the allegations and findings in the UN report. [DBSJ]
New U.S. sponsored Resolution of a joint-mechanism presented on Sri Lanka
By Siva Sivapragasam
It appears that finality and general consensus have been reached at last on a U.N. resolution levelled against allegations against Sri Lanka on violation of human rights and war crimes during the last stages of the Vanni war with a U.S. sponsored resolution which calls for the participation of ‘Commonwealth and other foreign judges’ in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism. [MJ]
TNA welcomes Involvement of Foreign and Commonwealth Judges, Lawyers, Investigators and Defenders in Judicial Mechanism
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has in a statement welcomed the draft text of a resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by the co-sponsors led by the USA.
The TNA in particular welcomes the draft resolution’s call on Sri Lanka to involve foreign and Commonwealth judges, lawyers, investigators and defenders in a judicial mechanism to be set up in Sri Lanka that would be mandated to try international crimes. [DBSJ]
US Initiated “Consensus” Resolution on Sri Lanka Presented to UN Human Rights Council;Colombo Agrees to Commonwealth and Foreign Involvement in Judicial Mechanism
The draft of a consensus resolution on Sri Lanka initiated by the USA was presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday September 24th 2015. It is likely to be taken up for voting on September 30th after inclusion of changes proposed by member states . Significantly the resolution draft was finalised after intense discussions between Sri Lanka and members of the core group led by the USA. The final outcome has the concurrence of Sri Lanka and is not likely to be contested.
The US initiated resolution would therefore be a consensus resolution [DBSJ]
The US Welcomes Sri Lanka’s Proposals but Wants Involvement of International Investigators, Prosecutors and Judges in the Judicial Processes
The United States of America(USA) has welcomed the proposal by the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a Commission for Truth, Justice, Reconciliation, and Non Recurrence; an Office of Missing Persons; and an Office for Reparations.
The US has however stressed the need for these mechanisms to be independent, impartial, and transparent as well as led by individuals known for professionalism, integrity and impartiality. [DBSJ]