Murder Most Foul of Moderate Tamil MP Raviraj Ten Years Ago in Colombo
Former Tamil National Alliance(TNA) Jaffna District Parliamentarian and Lawyer Nadarajah Raviraj and his Police bodyguard Sgt.Lakshman Lokuwella were gunned down on a Colombo street in broad daylight ten years ago. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Investigation report on Sri Lanka (OISL) presented at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September 2015 summed up the shooting in the following manner- [DBSJ]
Tamil Family in Colombo Suburb Suffers Terrible Ordeal at the Hands of a “Religious Mob”
I have realized, again, that this world, as usual, is a ‘heavenly’ land full of religion, religious hatred and a land of people at the height of their barbarism, passed on through thousands of years of religions.
This time it were Buddhist monks who opened my eyes. [DBSJ]
Controversial Shooting of Two Jaffna Undergrads by Policemen in Kokkuvil
Last week’s shooting incident in Jaffna in which two male Jaffna varsity undergraduates lost their lives because of alleged Police firing has given rise to a raging political controversy.Initially it was announced officially that the deaths were due to an accident but subsequently it was stated that the Police had to open fire on a motor cycle with two persons as they had disobeyed instructions to stop.Five Police officers have been, arrested,remanded and interdicted in connection with the incident which occurred at Kulappiddy junction in Kokkuvil.The deaths and the crude attempt to cover it up has resulted in huge protests by Jaffna undergrads. [DBSJ]
Tamil National Alliance Unequivocally Condemns Incident in Jaffna in which Two Undergraduates were Killed
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) unequivocally condemns the incident that took place in Jaffna today, killing 2 university students.
The leader of the TNA, and The Leader of the Opposition, Hon R Sampanthan MP met His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena while attending an event in Trincomalee this morning and raised concerns regarding the incident.
Since then, a special police unit has been deployed to Jaffna to investigate the incident on the orders of the President and the police officers who had allegedly involved in the incident has been taken into custody. [DBSJ]
Formation of Hindu Political Group “Siva Senai” seen as a Regressive step in Sri Lankan Tamil Politics
By PK Balachandran
The formation of a Hindu political group “Siva Senai” (Siva’s Army), with the vowed purpose of defending Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus from “other religious groups” and securing for the Hindus their rightful place in Tamil political parties commensurate with their dominant status in Tamil society, is seen by observers as a regressive development in Sri Lankan Tamil politics.
Veteran columnist D.B.S.Jeyaraj sees it as an attempt to bring back an inter-religious division in Tamil politics which was there in the first three decades of post-independence Sri Lanka. Jeyaraj remembered that in the 1970 parliamentary election in Kakesanthurai, C.Suntharalingam, an orthodox Hindu, had challenged Samuel. J.V.Chelvanayakam, the Christian leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), by asking voters to choose between the “Siluvai” and the “Soolam” – the Cross and Trishul. But the largely secular Tamils chose neither and voted for Chelvanayakam. the Christian leader of the secular Federal Party. [DBSJ]
Canada will Celebrate January as Tamil Heritage Month from 2017 Onwards
Come January, when Tamils around the world will celebrate Thai Pongal, the whole of Canada will celebrate it as Tamil Heritage Month. Festivities for the inaugural Tamil Heritage Month across Canada will commence in January 2017, which coincides with the Canada 150 celebrations. [DBSJ]
Lankan Plantation Workers Protest for More than a Week Demanding Raise of daily Wage from 620 Rs to 1000 Rupees
Thousands of Indian origin Tamils, employed in Sri Lanka’s famed tea estates, are on protest for a week now, demanding higher wages.
They are asking for a daily wage of LKR 1,000 (around Rs. 450), which estate owners have deemed high, citing the current “risk-prone” business environment. [DBSJ]
“Wigneswaran is a Politician and not a Racist who is Trumping up Nationalism Because he is Unable to Show Results”- Mahinda Rajapaksa
Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa took a moderate stance on issues pertaining to controversial Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and the release of Tamil political prisoners that were at odds with his usual rhetoric, in discussions with journalists from the Tamil media yesterday. [DBSJ]
When Asked About Wigneswaran Led TPC Rally in Jaffna, TNA and Opposition Leader Sampanthan Says “People are Entitled to their Democratic Expression”
Thousands of Tamils on Saturday participated in a rally in Jaffna, led by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran.
Thousands of Tamils on Saturday participated in a rally in Jaffna, led by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, drawing attention to “Sinhala colonisation” and “rampant militarisation” of Sri Lanka’s North and East. [DBSJ]
What If Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been Attacked by Pro-LTTE Elements in Malaysia?
Sri Lankans were shocked and disturbed in the first week of September by two violent incidents directed against a Buddhist prelate and a senior diplomat in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur(KL). In the first incident on Saturday September 3rd the chief Adhikarana Sangha Nayaka of Malaysia – Sri Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thera was attacked opposite the Buddhist Temple at Sentul in KL. This incident however was of a minor nature. In a more serious incident on Sunday September 4th , Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar was assaulted within the precincts of the Kuala Lumpur International AirportKIA). As is well known, the suspected assailants in both instances were members of the neo-fascist political outfit known as the “Naam Thamizhar Katchi (We Tamils Party) in Malaysia. [DBSJ]
Assault on Sri Lankan High Commissioner Ansar in Kuala Lumpur Airport by Malaysian “We Tamils/Naam Thamizhar”
An official Ambassador is defined as a diplomat of the highest rank accredited to a foreign Govt as the resident representative of his or her own country. The equivalent designation to an Ambassador among Commonwealth Nations is the High Commissioner. Since an Ambassador or High Commissioner is the premier representative of his or her country any honour bestowed upon him or her in the host country is a respect afforded to the envoy’s country. Likewise any insult or injury caused to a High Commissioner or Ambassador is an affront to the envoy’s own country. It is in this context that the recent assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Ibrahim Sahib Ansar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by a gang belonging to the “We Tamils Party” has to be viewed and condemned. [DBSJ]
Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra’s Murder and Hirunika’s Quest for Justice
Former parliamentarian and presidential adviser Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra known as “Lucky Aiya” was gunned down along with three of his bodyguards in Mulleriyawa on October 8th 2011. The past few years have been a taxing period of struggle for Bharatha’s daughter Hirunika Premachandra –now a Colombo district MP – as she sought justice for her father’s killing. Finally Hirunika’s quest for justice triumphed on September 8th 2016 exactly four years and eleven months after Bharatha’s death. [DBSJ]
“Dharussalam” in the Eye of a Political Storm Within The Muslim Congress
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
“Dharussalam” meaning “abode or house of peace” is the name given to the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) headquarters at 53 Vauxhall lane in Slave Island or Colombo 2. The impressive seven storey structure was constructed mainly through the untiring efforts of M.H.M. Ashraff the legendary leader of the SLMC. “Dharussalam” was officially declared open on October 23rd 1998.Ashraff formed a trust on July 23rd 1999 and vested Dharussalam in that trust. The trust was named ‘Leaders Obligatory Trust for Unity and Sri Lankan Identity’ and was known by the acronym LOTUS. An executive board for the trust was also set up. Another company Unity Builders Ltd was formed to administer and maintain Dharussalam. Ashraff who headed both the LOTUS and its Executive board during his lifetime was killed in an air – crash on September 16th 2000. [DBSJ]