Mar 1 – 7:

Canadian Tamil Congress strongly condemns the burning of effigies and pictures of MPs of the Tamil people

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The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) strongly condemns the burning of effigies and images of TNA leaders, Mr. Sampanthan and Mr. Sumanthiran. We believe these acts are aimed at weakening the democratically elected leadership of Tamil people in Sri Lanka and thereby silencing the democratic wishes of Tamil people. [MJ]

Tamil “Extremists” Target Sampanthan and Sumanthiran of the TNA as “Traitors”

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Tamil National Alliance(TNA)Leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan MP and TNA National list Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran won many hearts and minds by participating in the official Independence day ceremony held in Battaramulla on February 4th.

The diplomatic community in Colombo hailed it as a commendable symbolic gesture towards ethnic reconciliation in a land torn asunder by decades of communal strife and bloodshed. The small step taken by Sampanthan and Sumanthiran was praised as a giant leap for national unity by all progressive sections of Sri Lankan society desiring justice, equality,harmony and amity. [DBSJ]

Feb 22 – 28:

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe feels that former President Mahinda Rajapakse will not stage a political comeback

By Siva Sivapragasam

There has been much speculation in recent weeks that former President Rajapakse will stage a political comeback by contesting the coming general elections. Some constituent parties of the previous Government and a group of SLFP ers want Rajapakse to be the Prime Ministerial candidate in the forthcoming general elections, to be held probably in three months time. [MJ]

“Chief Minister or Northern Provincial Council Cannot be Criticised for Bringing the Genocide Resolution”-MA Sumanthiran MP

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The Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, defending the NPC’s genocide resolution as democratic and timely, emphasized on the need for the war victims to prepare themselves to gather more evidence in order to strengthen the OHCRC’s OISL report to be released in September this year. He also added that an internal investigation with the OHCR’s supervision, unlike the local investigations in the past, is essential to ensure a constructive UN investigation into the alleged war crimes in the country. [TW]

காணாமல் போனவர்களின் தாய்-தந்தை-உறவினர்களின் துயர அவலத்தினுள் மறைந்திருந்து இலாபம் தேடும் தமிழ் அரசியல் குண்டர்கள்

- க. திருக்குமாரன்

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இந்த சுயநலத் தேசியதினைத்தான் மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாராதியார் “நெஞ்சு பொறுக்குதில்லையே” கவிதை வரிகளாக எழுதினார்

உலகப் பெரும்பரப்பில் சர்வதேச ஒழுங்கமைப்பின் ஊடாக ஈழத் தமிழர் விவகாரம் இன்று பயணிக்கிறது. இந்த நோக்குதலை வேண்டியே பல தசாப்தங்களாக தமிழர் முன்னெடுப்புக்கள் இருந்து வந்துள்ளன.

Feb 15 – 21:

Tamil Canadian Teen Jessica Judes selected first runner up in Super Singer Junior Finals

By Raymond Rajabalan

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The grand finale of the fourth season of the Airtel Super Singer Junior show – the search for the melodious voice of Tamil Nadu was held in Thangavelu Engineering College, Chennai on Friday Feb 20th with a colourful grand ceremony in all its pomp and pageantry [MJ]

“Genocide” Resolution by Northern Provincial Council is Calculated Act to Whip up Ethnic Frenzy

by Ranga Jayasuriya

It is sad that the Tamil political leadership is not learning from their misadventures in the past. The “genocide” resolution that was passed by the Northern Provincial Council is a calculated act to whip up ethnic frenzy in a country that is going through a democratic transition, trying to reconcile with its past and reform its democratic institutions. It was a calculated act because the resolution had been put on back-burner after it was first tabled in October last year by NPC hardliners. [DBSJ]

Maha Shivratri – Feb 17 in Sri Lanka

By: Ramasamypillai Thambyah Ramachandran

Maha Shivratri is a religious observance for Hindus world over and it is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. Of the two public holidays for Hindus Maha Sivarathiri day is purely devoted to worship, compared to Deepavali which is a religious day with festivities. Maha Shivratri, literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is observed every year by devotees of Lord Shiva throughout the world in particular and Hindus in general. [MJ]

Conduct of Ranil Wickremesinghe and Ruwan Wiijewardena Made him Present Resolution on Genocide of Tamils Stated Wigneswaran

by S.Thavarajah

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CM CV Wigneswaran contradicts his own statement in the Northern Provincial Council at meeting with SL President

(Text of a press release issued by Northern Provincial Council Leader of Opposition S. Thavarajah on Feb 15 2015)

Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran has told the President Maithiripala Sirisena that the resolution “Sri Lanka’s Genocide Against Tamils” passed by the Northern Provincial Council on the 10th of this month was not aimed at President Sirisena or his Government but was targeting previous administrations, particularly the Rajapaksa regime. [DBSJ]

Feb 8 – 14:

Love is just one ♥ named divinity ♫

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Song was written by Poet Vaali (29 October 1931 – 18 July 2013), for the 1966 blockbuster Nadodi starring Makkal Thilagam M.G.R – M.G. Ramachandran & Bharathi ♫ sings of the “One” “language of love” – as a true global spirit, for the betterment of humanity everywhere. [DBSJ]

Katrin Mozhi – Rendered by Sujatha – With an English Translation of Poem by Vairamuthu

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Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day – February 14

Translated by K. Thirukumaran [YT]

Royal College felicitates it’s old boys who are Ministers and MPs now

By Siva Sivapragasam

Royal College, one of Sri Lanka’s premier and prestigious educational institutions, held a ceremony very recently to felicitate its old boys now serving the country as Prime Minister, Ministers and Members of Parliament. [MJ]

Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran meets President Sirisena and “Explains” his Northern Provincial Council Resolution on “Genocide of Tamils”

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Former Supreme court judge and current Northern Province chief minister CV Wigneswaran met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential secretariat in Colombo on Thursday February 12th and discussed a number of issues including the controversial resolution passed by the Northern provincial council accusing successive sri Lankan regimes of committing genocide of the Tamils of Sri Lanka in the past. [DBSJ]

Full Text of Resolution Presented by Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Passed by Northern Provincial Council Charging Sri Lankan Govts with Genocide of Tamils and Demanding UN Probe and ICC Action

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This resolution provides an overview of the evidence demonstrating successive Sri Lankan governments’ genocide against Tamils, and respectfully requests the ongoing United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to investigate the claim of genocide and recommend appropriate investigations and prosecutions by the International Criminal Court [DBSJ]

Muslim Congress Aligning with UPFA to Form Eastern Province Administration Strikes Serious blow to Tamil-Muslim Reconciliation

By Latheef Farook

In the east of the island the destiny of Tamils and Muslims remains intertwined and, inevitably, they share both adversity and prosperity. [DBSJ]

UN must be held Responsible for not Trying to Prevent Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka-A case study

By Anusha Arumugam

War crimes, and crimes and humanity and peace were atrocities that plagued the Darfur conflict (2003-2010), the Iraq war (2003-2011), the Gaza war (2008-2009), the Sri Lankan civil war (2009), and the Syrian civil war (2011-present). However, these wars shared another similarity – they witnessed the repetitive systemic failure of the United Nations (UN) in protecting civilians in the conflict zones. [DBSJ]

Feb 1 – 7:

Sri Lanka celebrates it’s 67th independence day today in a positive environment of achieving unity amidst diversity.

By Siva Sivapragasam

Independence for the country was achieved through the efforts of leaders of all communities. It was won without shedding a drop of blood by those who shouldered the responsibility of guiding a newly born independent nation freed from the shackles of colonialism. Among those names that come to our mind who fought for independence consisted of all communities – D.S. Senanayake, Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, Handy Perinbanayagam (Jaffna Youth Congress) and T.B. Jayah. [MJ]

67 Years of Independence, Nation Building and the Future of Tamils in Sri Lanka

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sri Lanka will Celebrate its Sixty-seventh Anniversary of Independence from the United Kingdom this Wednesday. The country then known as Ceylon obtained full freedom from the British on February 4th 1948.Independent Ceylon/Sri Lanka / has faced many challenges and problems in the past 67 years. We have had military coup attempts, communal riots, pogroms, armed revolts, external military intervention, assassinations of heads of state, terrorist violence and above all a long secessionist war that threatened to tear apart the country. [DBSJ]

How the JVP Fought a Guerilla War Against the Indian Army in Trincomalee

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Leading Politbureau member of Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Kumar Gunaratnam alias “Kumara Mahathaya” a.k.a. Noel Mudalige is very much in the news these days.There is much speculation that Kumar (whose full name is Premakumar Gunaratnam) who is currently in Sri Lanka on a month long tourist visa may not obtain an extension and may have to leave or be deported from the Island. Gunaratnam is currently a holder of an Australian passport bearing the name Noel Mudalige. [DBSJ]

Making a New Sri Lanka Will not be Easy and it Won’t be Quick but it is Possible: Being a New Sri Lanka – Part 2

by Sanjayan Rajasingham

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(This is Part 2 of a series of articles Titled “Being a New Sri Lanka”. It was sent by the writer to be posted on this blog) [DBSJ]

Jan 25 – Jan 31

Canadian Political Leaders Confident on the Charm of Thai Pongal Ushering Positive Change in Sri Lanka

by Harrish Thirukumaran

On January 17, 2015, the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) held its 8th annual Thai Pongal Gala at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel in Richmond Hill, Ontario. As with previous dinners, the occasion is proudly set under the symbolic backdrop of Thai Pongal.

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A number of Canadian politicians, from various political stripes, were in attendance of this event to showcase support for these major changes. Elected officials included Bonnie Crombie, Justin Trudeau, and Chris Alexander, among other individuals. Some also had the privilege to deliver speeches to further convey the significance of the CTC to Tamil community development. [MJ]

Jan 18 – 24:

Jaffna kids get creative for Thai Pongal

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Pictures and Text via U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka:

The American Corner in Jaffna welcomed a group of children from the Thiyagih Trust – a home for the underprivileged – for a fun day of making greeting cards to celebrate the New Year and Tamil Thai Pongal day. [TW]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to visit Sri Lanka in March

By Siva Sivapragasam

The invitation was extended on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government by it’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who was in India recently on a goodwill mission after the new regime came to power.

Commenting on the recent election in Sri Lanka,Modi categorized it as a vote for “unity and change”. The Indian Prime minister hoped that the verdict will ‘advance peace, reconciliation and development in Sri Lanka and peace and progress’ in the region. [MJ]

Jan 19: Tribute Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Faceting diamond makes it luminesce
Finishing gold brings on radiance
Blooming flowers blossom fragrance
Burgeoning love builds lasting peace
– by Azha Valliappa (1922–1989), children’s poet, resided in Rayavaram, Pudukkottai district in Tamil Nadu, India.

Pope’s speech at the Shrine of Madhu, former refuge to thousands during Sri Lanka’s civil war

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January 14, 2015. In his speech, the Pope noted that among the pilgrims attending there were families that had suffered the consequences of Sri Lanka’s civil war. He concluded that the country will only embrace true reconciliation as long as it truly repents from all “evil which this land has known.” [MJ]

Monsoon Journal: January 2015 [MJ]

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Click to flip & Read the print edition published in Toronto, ON: Monsoon Journal: January 2015 [MJ]

Jan 11 – 17:

Pope tweets and blessings in three languages:

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Thai Pongal Greetings from Sri Lanka’s Newly elected President Maithiripala Sirisena

Sri Lanka’s Hindus join their fellow Tamil religionists in most countries of the world today to celebrate Thai Pongal the traditional Thanksgiving and Harvest festival of the Hindu religious calendar.

It is the tradition at this festival to offer thanks to Surya – the Sun God, for the blessings received for a successful harvest. The Pongal or the boiling of milk and rice is another important aspect of this festival, which is also referred to as the Surya Mangalyam or the Festival of the Sun God, for all blessings received for success in agriculture and all aspects of livelihood. [MJ]

Pongal Paraphernalia

by K. Thirukumaran

“Dawn of the Month of Thai, Paves for the Birth of Way” the renowned Tamil proverb has been in the centerpiece of Tamil heritage eternally. Tamil month of ‘Thai’, falling on January 15th, 2015 is Pongal day, the Tamil Thanksgiving Day celebrating sun, rain, farm cattle and ushering in pureness and prosperity.

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Even a livelihood as traditional farmer declined over a generation or two ago, the time of the year Thai Pongal falls and the traditions associated with its celebration still makes it an ideal time to take stock of sentiments. [TW]

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The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. His Holiness Pope Francis Arrives in Sri Lanka.

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நாமனைவரும் காத்திருந்த தருணம் இதோ. பரிசுத்த திருத்தந்தை எம் இலங்கை நாட்டிற்கு வருகைதந்துள்ளார்

අපි බලාපොරොත්තුව සිටි මොහොත උදාවී අැත. අති උතුම් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් ශුද්ධෝත්තම පියාණන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට සැපත් විය. [facebook.com/popevisitsrilanka2015]

Many facets of Thai Pongal: Pongal as Tamils’ Passover

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Upholding tradition and heritage, Tamils observe Thai Pongal with festivities on January 14/15 across the globe

Among other things, Thai pongal has long become a festival marking or taking gauge of prosperous sentiments in the lands of our roots, as one aspiring to be a farmer declined over a generation or two ago, the time of the year Thai Pongal falls and the traditions associated with its celebration make it an ideal time to take stock of sentiments. [MJ]

75th birthday of K. J. Yesudas, January 10, 2015

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♫ Difficult to to imagine any of his songs in another voice ♫ [TW]

What the Newly Sworn in Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Plans to do in his First 100 Days of Office

100 Day Work Programme After Maithripala Sirisena Becomes President – Detailed diary description [DBSJ]

Selvarasah Pathmanathan alias “KP” has not left the Country but is in Kilinochchi Under Protective Custody Administering Three Orphanages

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Contrary to a news report in “The Hindu” where former Fisheries minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne is quoted as saying that ex-LTTE leader “KP”has left Sri Lanka, the former tiger stalwart is still living in Northern Sri Lanka.

“The Hindu”report filed by Meera Srinivasan from Colombo states that “Kumaran Pathmanathan or ‘KP’, who was wanted in Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, is missing from Sri Lanka”. [DBSJ]

Jan 4 – 10

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa admits defeat in election

Sri Lanka’s long-time leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted defeat in the presidential election, his office says.

President Rajapaksa has dominated politics for a decade, but faced an unexpected challenge from his health minister Maithripala Sirisena.

The statement said Mr Rajapaksa would “ensure a smooth transition of power”. [BBC]

Re-elect Mahinda or Elect Maithripala as President?- Day of Decision for Sri Lanka!

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

January 8th 2015 is upon us!

It’s the Day of decision for Sri Lanka as it faces yet another election to either re-elect or elect the most powerful person in the Country. [DBSJ]

Is Maithripala Sirisena Who was Acting Defence Minister During the Last Two Weeks of War Implicated in Alleged War Crimes?

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj

What was the nature of the role played by Former Health minister and current Common Opposition Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena during the final phase of the war conducted against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)? [DBSJ]

Dec 28 – Jan 3

வட-கிழ மக்கள் அல்லலுடன் இருப்பதில் ஒரு சில புலம் பெயர்ந்த தமிழர்கள் ஆவலாய் உள்ளனர்

சட்ட அமுலாக்கல் பற்றிய மாற்றங்கள் வடக்கு – கிழக்கு மக்களையெட்டுமாகில் அது அவர்களுக்கு நல்ல அன்றாட பிரதிபலன்களைக் கொண்டுவரும்!!

Jan 8 2015

இந்த புலம் பெயர்ந்த தமிழ் அணுகு முறையானது, பச்சைத் தண்ணியில் பலகாரம் சுடுவதுமட்டுமின்றி, உலகத் தமிழர்களின் சகல அரசியல்-சுய நிர்ணய வேட்கையின் பாரத்தினையும் மீளவும் வடக்கு – கிழக்கு தாயக மக்களின் தலையில் சுமத்தும் நடவடிக்கையுமாகும். [TW]

Happy New Year ♫ Featuring ♥ Kakkai Siraginile ♫ Flute Recital by Palghat Sree Ram ♫

~ Wishing Everyone A Very Happy New Year ~

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Kakkai Siraginile ♫ by Subramaniya Bharathiyaar Photos Captured on New Year’s Day ♫ January 1, 2015 ♫ at Sri Ranganatha Temple, Pomona, NY, USA [TW]

Tamil National Alliance Wants all Citizens to Defeat Rajapaksa Regime by Voting in Large Numbers for Sirisena and the Swan Symbol

(Text of Media Release Issued by the Tamil National Alliance on December 30th 2014)

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has given careful consideration to the positions and pronouncements of the two main candidates at the upcoming Presidential election and has also undertaken an extensive process of consultation to hear the views of the Tamil speaking people, particularly those in the North and East. As the political leadership of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, we have a historical duty to guide our people and the wider citizenry in the choice they will be called on to make at the election. [TW]