New Year’s Eve and Watch Night Service

By Sab-Thambi December 31! We are at the end of Year 2015. The last day of the 365-day Western (Gregorian) calendar is generally referred to as New Year’s Eve. It is also known as Old Year’s Day. In some countries (Germany) it is also referred as Saint Sylvester’s day (Silvester) named after the burial day …

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New Year’s Eve and Watch Night Service

By Sab-Thambi December 31! We are at the end of Year 2015. The last day of the 365-day Western (Gregorian) calendar is generally referred to as New Year’s Eve. It is also known as Old Year’s Day. In some countries (Germany) it is also referred as Saint Sylvester’s day (Silvester) named after the burial day …

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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. Instead he is largely giving voice to the …

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மரணித்த தமிழ் பொதுமக்களுக்கு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தும் விடயத்தில் உண்மை மக்கள் தொண்டனாக செயற்படுபவர்களே சுவாமி விவேகானந்தர் வாசகத்தின்படி மிளிர்கின்றனர்

– க. திருக்குமாரன் | நிலமகள் சனசமூக நிலையம் “யார் வேண்டுமானாலும் தலைவனாக செயல்படலாம். ஆனால் நல்ல தொண்டனாக இருப்பது கடினம்” _ சுவாமி விவேகானந்தர் மே 18 நிகழ்வுகளில் தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்புத் தலைவர்கள் திரு. இரா. சம்பந்தன், திரு. சுமந்திரன் ஆகியோர் கலந்து ஏன் கொள்ளவில்லை என எள்ளன அறிக்கை ஒன்று “ஒபாமாவுக்கான தமிழர் அமைப்பு” என்ற பெயரில் வெளியிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. அதனை மறுதலிக்கும் பொருட்டே சுவாமி விவேகானந்தரினை மேற்கோள்காட்டி, திரு. இரா. சம்பந்தன், திரு. …

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Unless Sri Lanka is ready to accept South African model conditions, TRC cannot become a reality

Comments on South African mediation in Sri Lanka by Col R Hariharan [This is the text of answers to a set of questions raised by the Editor, Political & Defence Journal, a diplomatic journal through e-mail.] 1. What are your views on the South African initiative to mediate between Sri Lankan government and the Tamil …

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Call by Ian Paisley Jr. MP put to rest in Sri Lanka Parliament

Ian Paisley Jr. MP, a lobbyist for the Government of Sri Lanka asked the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to bring about a ‘political solution’ during a speech he made at a British Parliament debate, held on Tuesday, January 8, 2012. Ian Paisley Jr., Northern Ireland parliamentarian for North …

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US Lawmakers write to Secretary Clinton urging continued engagement with Sri Lanka on UNHRC resolution

Full Text of Letter, Signed by 31 US Legislators: The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State U.S. Department of State Washington, DC 20520 Dear Madam Secretary: September 21, 2012 We write to express our concerns regarding reconciliation and accountability progress in Sri Lanka following its 26-year civil war and the alleged commitment of war …

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TESO and Political Parameters in Sri Lanka

by Dr.Vickramabahu Karunaratne I finally went to Chennai and participated in Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization (TESO) conference and the public meeting. The whole thing was effective in raising the plight of the Eelam Tamils. Even for a Marxist revolutionary there was a space to intervene with out conceding any principle. Though near 90 years of …

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Sri Lanka army may never come a truly national one

With the army already bloated beyond national requirements it may never come through in any sizeable numbers to make Sri Lanka army truly a national one. And that is all the more reason for the government and defence establishment to scale down the numbers and reduce presence of army in the North. Why military matters …

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Sri Lanka policy makers and growing economic imbalances

Why there was intertia by Sri Lankan policy makers to growing economic imbalances by Dr. Arjuna Sivananthan With recent hikes in the price of distillates and resultant protests, a pertinent question to ask is who is affected most by them. Athula Naranpanawa and Jayathileka S Bandara of the University of Griffith in Australia, in a …

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LLRC report is verbose fig leaf to cover Rajapaksa wrongdoing in conduct of war

By Tisaranee Gunasekara The LLRC has done its job. The LLRC Report has cleared its appointing authority, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, of any and all wrongdoing in the conduct of the Fourth Eelam War. The LLRC report duly concurs with the Rajapaksa narrative on the Fourth Eelam War on …

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Whether to do business with India is for Sri Lanka to decide

Sri Lanka did not bother to listen to international voices of friends who helped it win the war – Col. R Hariharan “..it is for you to decide whether you want to do business with India at all” Col. R Hariharan responds to questions posed to him by a reader on transCurrents recently: Since the …

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Attack on TNA meeting in Jaffna signifies Govt not ready for post-war changes

by Sumanasiri Liyanage Both print and electronic media in Sri Lanka and abroad have reported that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) party meeting held in Jaffna was attacked by an armed group in uniforms on Thursday 16 June. It was also reported that a number of TNA parliamentarians were present at the meeting when the …

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More Sri Lanka ‘Killing Fields’ video might appear as evidence

by Dushy Ranetunge in London Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields As individual soldiers left with trophy mobile phone videos, ‘war crimes’ was the last thing in the minds of Sri Lankan authorities The long awaited Channel 4 programme titled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” will be screened at 11pm next Tuesday night. The late evening timing of …

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The threat of war crimes on Sri Lanka President

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne ‘Those who instructed Mahinda to follow a genocidal war policy are threatening him with war crimes’ The leadership training programme of the government for the fresh under graduates exposes the problem faced by the government. Clearly, the excuses given by the regime to justify the use of military for this purpose, …

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Sri Lanka Chief Justice or her husband must resign

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya “All the four Judges of the Court were on the bench. Wright… had been raised to this high place over the heads of many abler and learned men solely on account of hisunscrupulous servility. Allibone was a Papist, and owed his situation to that dispensing power, the legality of which was now …

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Five days of state terror in Sri Lanka North

by Santasilan Kadirgamar Two years after the end of the war in Lanka, without a political solution in sight, it may be appropriate to look back at events that occurred 30 years ago. 31 May to 4 June 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of days of violence and arson in Jaffna that aggravated relations between …

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University students as regimented enforcers of Sri Lanka ruling family

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “When an opponent says, ‘I will not come over to your side’, I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already’” Hitler (Speech in November 1933) Ruling family want to transform university students into regimented enforcers of the Rajapaksa-project First they came for new university entrants. Next is the turn of school …

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Jayalalithaa fires the first salvo

By Col R Hariharan After staging a spectacular victory over her bête noire M Karunanidhi-led Dravida Munnetra Kazaghamn(DMK) in Tamil Nadu assembly elections, Ms Jayalalithaa, leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK), has called upon the Indian government for action against the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa for alleged war crimes and …

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ANC endorsement of panel report on Sri Lanka not pro-LTTE one

ANC endorsement of the panel report is not pro-LTTE one, but one that has a different insight to that of the Sinhalese by Dushy Ranetunge ANC Endorses Panel Report Last week the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa endorsed the UN panel report. The endorsement was issued by Dr Ebrahim Ebrahim, head of International …

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The Businesses Boosted by Cricket World Cup

By M.S.Shah Jahan by Betting No doubt the 10th Cricket World Cup gave financial gains not only to the cricketers and those associated with it, but also to various in business sectors. Look how the CWC craze benefited everybody. Nowadays in any sports competition what comes running first is the betting business. That way one …

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Sri Lanka sans the LTTE seems difficult for some players

“When there are many challenges because of past political blunders, the post-war government is concerned mainly about safeguarding the military victory gained resolutely in 2009 and the resultant popularity” By Dr. S. Narapalasingam According to recent media reports, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has sent alert messages to Indian security officials that the LTTE …

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Not all Tamils have a hidden agenda to influence Canadian foreign policy

By Amarnath Amarasingam Conservative Party gets entangled in post May 2009 Tamil diaspora politics in Ontario The recent revelation that members of the federal and provincial Conservative Party have been getting into bed with former members of the World Tamil Movement (WTM), banned as a terrorist organization in Canada since 2008, was not news to …

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Emerging Convergence of Opinion in US on Sri Lanka Issue

By Bandu de Silva The paucity of comments on the U.S. Senate’s unanimous Resolution on Sri Lanka so far except for the official response of the Ministry of External Affairs and a very brief comment in the Editorial in the Sunday Island March 3, 2011.and an equally brief reference in The Sunday Times Political Column …

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The self-destructive scorpions of the United National Party

by Dr.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. There is an old folk tale about a scorpion that asked a frog to give him a lift across a river. The frog was naturally frightened that the scorpion would sting him, but the scorpion promised he would not, and pointed out that, were he to sting the frog while they …

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Lessons for both oppressed and oppressor in Sri Lanka from the peoples revolt in Egypt

By Karu Jayasuriya -Deputy Leader UNP Sri Lanka and the rest of the eastern world awoke to scenes of jubilation in the Egyptian capital Cairo, where 18 days of largely peaceful pro-democracy protests finally saw President Hosni Mubarak, being compelled to step down and give in to the fierce demands of his people. The military, …

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