Apr 22-28:

DMK Chief Karunanidhi revives Tamil Eelam demand

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Muthuvel Karunanidhi the Octogenarian leader of India’s Dravida Munnetra Kazgagham (DMK) has a flair for creating controversy through provocative pronouncements. Karunanidhi known widely as “Kalainjer” or Artiste has been the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state for nearly 19 years serving five terms in office. [DBSJ]

Vasavilaan: Residents of former High Security Zone fear possible military reoccupation

A group of residents who have only just recently returned to their village in Vasavilaan, in the Tellippalai DS Division in Jaffna, which was a former High Security Zone, fear that steps are being taken by the military to reoccupy their lands. [TC]

The truth behind the Trincomalee Hospital Pillaiyar Temple issue

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

A news item published by some Tamil newspapers in Sri Lanka a few days ago stated that the Urban Development Authority (UDA) had issued a directive calling for the removal of the temple dedicated to Pillaiyar or Lord Ganesha at the Trincomalee general hospital premises. [DBSJ]

UN Finds Unexploded Cluster Bombs at Puthukkudiyiruppu in Northern Sri Lanka

by Ravi Nessman

Associated Press
NEW DELHI April 26, 2012 (AP)

A report from a U.N. mine removal expert says unexploded cluster munitions have been found in northern Sri Lanka, appearing to confirm, for the first time, that the weapons were used in that country’s long civil war. [TC]

Beyond the sparks and fumes of India’s Agni-V Test

by P S Suryanarayana 

India now exudes confidence at having come of age as a space-faring power with a minimum credible nuclear deterrence. A follow-up task awaits New Delhi. [DBSJ]

General Sarath Fonseka: Voice of our conscience

By Karu Jayasuriya MP 

Statement by Karu Jayasuriya, Member of Parliament on the occasion of the completion of 3 years of General Sarath Fonseka’s imprisonment and 6 years escaping death from the attack of the LTTE suicide bomber on the 26th April 2006

For a nation as a whole to be shaken on behalf of a decisive moment of an individual’s life is a rare occurrence. On 25th April 2006 we experienced such a rare occasion. [TC]

Implications and Ramifications of the Attack on the Dambulla Masjidul Khaira Mosque

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

On 20th April 2012- Friday, a mob of some 2,000 led by Buddhist priests occupied and ransacked the Masjidul Khaira Mosque, obstructing those engaged in prayer. [TC]

ACJU issues appeal calling upon Muslims to observe April 26th as day of fast and prayer

The following is the text of an appeal issued on behalf of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama by its General Secretary Ash Sheik M.M.A. Mubarak

Muslims of this country are deeply worried over the recent incident took place in Dambulla in which a gang stormed the Jumma Mosque of Dambulla and damaged the place on 20 April, Friday [TC]

Discovering the White Van in a Troubled Democracy

By J.C. Weliamuna

An analysis of ongoing “abduction blueprint” in Sri Lanka

In a country that has achieved so much in literacy, education and social development, is it not indeed unfortunate that “White Van” has frightened the entire nation? Appearance of a white van assures a disappearance of some one. [DBSJ]

Education is one area where we are badly serving the people of the North and rural children in general

by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP

The concerns raised at the last set of Divisional Secretariat Reconciliation Committees I facilitated this week in Mullaitivu and Vavuniya, after a long hiatus given an excess of travel in March, were both reassuring and upsetting. [TC]

Divergence and convergence of the USA and India over UN involvement

by Austin Fernando

There had been large scale local criticism of India and the USA, after the adoption of the UNHRC resolution in Geneva. [TC]

Demolition of Dambulla Mosque means loss of Muslim support to govt

By Latheef Farook

Prime Minister D.M. Dayaratne’s order to demolish a 65 year old mosque in Dambulla and instead build a mosque in another place strikes at the very root of religious freedom .It also shocked and hurt the island’s Muslim community. [DBSJ]

Dambulla incident shows govt has no vision or strategy to build co-existence among people of different religions

By Karu Jayasuriya MP

It is sad to note that there is a situation brewing up in the country, creating mistrust, suspicion and hatred amongst the people belonging to different ethnic and religious groups; when they were expecting harmony, reconciliation and co-existence in the country during the post war period. [TC]

Dambulla Mosque attack: Concerned citizens’ statement against religious intolerance

It is with great concern that we the undersigned protest against the growing trend of increasing religious intolerance in Sri Lanka with regard to minority religions. [TC]

Concern over misleading statement by M.L.A.M. Hizbullah on Dambulla Mosque incident

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU – Council of the Muslim Theologians) and the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) notes with deep concern the misinformed and misleading statement made by Hon. M.L.A.M. Hizbullah – Deputy Minister of Child Development & Women’s Affairs at the meeting with Rev. Inamaluwa Thero on the 23rd of April 2012 in Dambulla. [TC]

Muslim Council of Sri Lanka statement on Dambulla Jumma Mosque incident

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka is deeply concerned about the unfortunate incident of the attempted destruction of a mosque and disruption to the Muslims obligatory Friday prayers on 20th April 2012 at Dambulla. [TC]

72 Illegal structures around in Dambulla Including Mosque and Kovil to be Removed within 6 Months

by Azra Ameen

A committee comprising the Maha Sangha (Buddhist priests), Divisional Secretary, the District Secretary and several other officials yesterday decided to remove all illegal constructions where a controversial mosque is located in the Dambulla area within the next six months, sources said. [TC]

Hill Country huge potential for tourism-British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, John Rankin

Devon water fall is situated 6 km west of Talawakele on the A7 highway. [TC]

Was 13th Amendment not discussed by President Rajapaksa with visiting Indian MPs? 

by R.K.Radhakrishnan

The events seem to be a replay. It was External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna then. It is India’s Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj’s turn now. A leading newspaper in Sri Lanka has claimed that no discussion was held regarding the devolution of powers to States when the Indian MPs delegation met President Mahinda Rajapaksa. [DBSJ]

72 Illegal structures around in Dambulla Including Mosque and Kovil to be Removed within 6 Months

by Azra Ameen

A committee comprising the Maha Sangha (Buddhist priests), Divisional Secretary, the District Secretary and several other officials yesterday decided to remove all illegal constructions where a controversial mosque is located in the Dambulla area within the next six months, sources said. [TC]

Indian MPs’ Sri Lanka visit: A clear message from Indian polity

by N Sathiya Moorthy

The six-day-long visit of a 12-member Indian parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka could not have come at a more inopportune moment in the contemporary context of bilateral relations — after New Delhi had voted against Colombo at the Geneva UNHRC. [DBSJ]

World Future Council: Defending the rights of future generations

By Judge C. G. Weeramantry, Ashok Khosla, Dr. Scilla Elworthy

Today, vast factory trawlers are vacuuming every living thing off the floor of the oceans. Toxic wastes are being dumped on poor communities whose governments turn a blind eye. Millions of acres of irreplaceable primeval forest are purposely being burned every year, to make way for cattle ranches. [DBSJ]

Though govt pledged to implement 55 recommendations at Geneva UPR in 2008 performance has not been satisfactory

By Jehan Perera

In the aftermath of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva in March of this year where a special resolution on Sri Lanka was passed, Sri Lanka now faces the Universal Periodic Review that commences in October of this year. [TC]

Indians seem to lay great reliance on full implementation of the 13th Amendment

by S.L.Gunasekara

Members of Parliament of any country whatsoever are elected to look into and pass legislation to suit and benefit the people of their own country.

Sri Lankan Shining in Geneva Through Two Inventors at ‘Inventions’ Exhibition

The inventions of Dr S.J.B Lenadora and Mr Dinesh Katugampala took the forefront at the ‘Inventions Geneva’ Exhibition, winning prestigious Gold and Silver medals at the event. ‘Inventions Geneva ’ which is the 40th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, is considered to be one of the most important in the world. [TC]

Mahinda Samarasinghe speaks out on the UNHRC sessions in Geneva

by Manjula Fernando

Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who led the Sri Lankan delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions last month, speaking to the media for the first time since his return to the country, says Sri Lanka faced a David and Goliath situation against the world’s ‘superpower’ in Geneva. [TC]

The mysterious lady who knelt at the President’s feet and related a tale

by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP

Last week, I was told, a mysterious lady approached the President while he was at a funeral, knelt at his feet, and came out with a terrifying story. The person who told me the story evidently thought of the lady as she who must not be named, but she was nothing like the fictional character who could not be named. [TC]

All have to do their bit so Sri Lanka comes true to its 18th century name ‘Serendip’

Reading between the lines on Indian delegation to Colombo

by Col. R. Hariharan

There are both positives and negatives in the reports on the Indian parliamentary delegation’s six-day visit to Colombo. The reports include a statement of Mrs Sushma Swaraj, the multi-party delegation leader issued at the end of the visit, as well as inputs on the press conference she addressed in Colombo. [TC]

An attempt to answer some questions Tamils ask

By Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

In response to my comments on the article in’ “www.dbsjeyaraj.com” by S.Venkatanarayan titled, ‘Who says Sinhalese are against devolving powers to Tamils? That’s absolute rubbish! says Chandrika Kumaratunge, ‘Quaero’ asked the following questions. [DBSJ]

I felt we had won a moral victory, a battle well fought – Tamara Kunanayagam

By Ayesha Zuhair

In an e-mail interview with Ayesha Zuhair of the Daily Mirror, Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam,Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, discusses the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka which was adopted at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and the challenges ahead. [DBSJ]

Tamil Eelam is for Tamil Nadu politicians what the full moon is for hungry wolves -The Hindu

Tamil ‘Eelam’ is for Tamil Nadu politicians what the full moon is for hungry wolves. All their howling is indicative, not of any yearning for a distant, dreamy Eelam, but of the baser urges of the politics of the here-and-now. [TC]

Visit of Indian MP’s is a beginning in bridging the India-Sri Lanka communication gap

By N Sathiya Moorthy

The delegation may not be as representative as it could have been, and should have been, but the initiative goes a long way in crossing the mental and physical barriers of politicians from each country understanding the other. [TC]

Minister Fowzie denies meeting PM over Dambulla Mosque 

Prime Minister w/ MP Cader met in Gampola to discuss the Dambulla Mosque & announced like all Muslim MP’s agreed to relocate  [TC]

Indian delegation visit has not brought any good says TNA Batticaloa MP Ariyanenthiran 

by Arthur Wamanan

In an exclusive interview with The Nation, TNA Batticaloa District Parliamentarian P. Ariyanenthiran said no differences or different opinions within the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the scheduled joint May Day rally in Jaffna. [TC]

Sushma Swaraj says President Rajapaksa will Enforce 13th Amendment Provisions and ‘Go Beyond it’ 

By Anthony David and Nadia Fazlulhaq

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will enforce provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and “go beyond it,” India’s Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj said yesterday. [TC]

Post-Geneva reality and the predicament Sri Lanka is in today 

by Tissa Jayatilaka

One can understand to a certain extent the angst of some Sri Lankans over the injury caused to national pride by the ‘Geneva Resolution’ of March 2012. [TC]

Evidence of Sri Lanka’s bursting asset price bubble is apparent in all markets 

by Dr.Arujuna Sivananthan

A bubble in economics refers to a period in which a product or asset is traded in high volumes at prices that are at significant variance with its intrinsic value. [TC]

Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe faced with major crisis in Tea Industry 

by C.A. Chandraprema

Following fast upon the US resolution drama in Geneva, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is once again involved in a major controversy, this time involving his Ministry – Plantation Industries under which the Tea Board and the Tea Council functions. [TC]

‘Sinhalese will be granted certain limited rights as long as they obey the Rajapaksas’ 

by Tisaranee Gunasekara 

In the second week of April, on Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s Day, seven Tamil houses in Dilithura (a village in Elpitiya, Galle) were looted and burnt, because one young Tamil man did not call a Sinhala soldier on leave, ‘sir’. Instead of arresting the perpetrators of this orgy of arson and looting, the police arrested two Tamil youths [TC]

Madhu forest sanctuary in Mannar District being systematically destroyed through excavating sand and felling trees 

By Rathindra Kuruwita

Heavy excavating machinery rumbles relentlessly inside the Madu forest sanctuary — digging into the earth and felling trees — while truckloads of tipper lorries driven by drivers halfway drunk by 11am, packed to the brim with soil dug up, race through the road which runs through the sanctuary. [DBSJ]

JVP are ‘Bolsheviks’ using Nationalism as tactic to gain power

by Patali Champika Ranawaka

There is still much debate surrounding the alleged abduction of Premakumar Gunaratnam. It is yet to be established whether he faked his own abduction, or whether he was indeed abducted by members of the security forces. [DBSJ]

Hirunika Premachandra will seek justice for her father in Sri Lanka and will not internationalize issue 

by A Special Correspondent

The daughter of slain Presidential Trade Union Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra said that she is in possession of vital evidence which could further implicate the chief suspect in the case pertaining to her father’s gruesome murder on October 8 last year. [DBSJ]

‘I will engage in Political activities with progressive elements in Sri Lanka and other Countries’-Kumar Gunaratnam 

Central Committee member of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Kumar Gunaratnam spoke to LAKBIMAnEWS about the allegations levelled against him, his many aliases and the future plans of the FSP in an interview with Rathindra Kuruwita: [TC]