NPC crisis: Some rebels ready to take oaths – TNA

October 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

October 13, 2013, 10:37 pm


By Shamindra Ferdinando

Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) yesterday said that some of  those newly elected members of the Northern Provincial Council who had boycotted  last Friday’s swearing in ceremony in Jaffna subsequent to a dispute over  allocation of ministries were now ready to take oaths.

October 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

World Cup winning former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Arjuna Ranatunga, MP met  British Prime Minister David Cameron at No 10, Downing Street recently.  Ranatunga was in England to attend the Legendary Test Captains’ Dinner hosted by  Lord’s. Former British Prime Minister John Major was also present on the  occasion.

Wigneswaran to grill TNA dissidents by Arthur Wamanan-the

October 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wignewaran will call for explanations from TNA Provincial Councilors who boycotted Friday’s swearing in ceremony, informed sources said.

New Delhi poses new challenge to Tamils

October 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 October 2013, 18:57 GMT] NPC Chief Minister Mr C.V. Wigneswaran has to be profusely thanked and appreciated by Tamils for his honesty in conceding that he is not a natural leader of Eezham Tamils representing their aspirations, but a planted one by New Delhi to implement the 13th Amendment. Wigneswaran’s revelation and his efforts to muffle voices in Tamil Nadu and in the diaspora have to be understood in the background of what M.K. Narayanan had told the TNA in May 2009 that, “we know better what is good for Tamils.” New Delhi simulating a leadership for the political surrender of the Tamil cause poses new challenge to Tamils all over the world, writes an activist for alternative politics in Jaffna.

Sinhala colonization to wedge North and East stepped up after NPC elections

October 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 13 October 2013, 20:53 GMT] The occupying Sri Lankan military is being hurriedly deployed in clearing 2,000 acres of agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Kokkuth-thoduvaay in Karaithu’raippattu division of Mullaiththeevu district, after the conclusion of the Northern Provincial Council elections. Even though the uprooted people were allowed to resettle in Kokkuth-thoduvaay in 2011, their paddy fields had not been returned to them and they continue to suffer for their survival without livelihood assistance. Now, the Tamil villagers are shocked to learn that their paddy fields are being taken away to carve out a Sinhala colony in the middle of their village where they have been struggling to start their livelihood after 30 years of displacement. 

SC Ruling Part 2: Battle Over Land Turns Into Battle Of The Chief Justices?

October 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

By Rajan Philips –

Rajan Philips

In what seems to be becoming the battle of the Chief Justices, former Chief Justice Sarath Silva has publicly disputed the factual foundation of the so called landmark Supreme Court ruling whose main consequence might be to prop up political claims denying provincial powers over land.  One is left to wonder if Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike will also enter the fray.  As the only academic who vaulted to the bench, she might be better placed in adding to the knowledge of the law than delivering judicial opinions in op-ed articles.

‘Financialisation’ In Lanka Is A Myth

October 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

By Kumar David –

Prof Kumar David

Lanka and the demise of neo-liberalism

People are not usually concerned about the more arcane aspects of theory, but of recent there has been discussion of whether the Lankan regime’s economic strategy can be termed neo-liberal and whether finance-capital has become a crucial element in this process. This is argued by some left party leaders and Marxist intellectuals. Ad hominem remarks will not help my case; therefore I will deal with concepts, not name protagonists. I argue in this essay that neo-liberal economics, in its known (and much hated) embodiment is dead and the agenda of Twenty-first Century global capitalism is no longer the same. My second point is that visions of Lanka as a financial centre are hallucinations. Leftist who see ‘financialisation’ looming and blooming are plain Quixotic. The regime’s economic agenda is a disaster, but let’s identify the real disorder, not tilt at windmills.

Herman Was Smoking A Cigarette And Asking To Speak To Gota At Matara Cop Station: Mangy

October 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

When he walked into the Matara police station last weekend following violent clashes on the streets of the southern town between warring factions of the United National Party, Herman Guneratne was smoking a cigarette and asking to speak to Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera claimed yesterday.


Guneratne, the father of former UNP Provincial Councillor Maithri Guneratne who is leading a radical reformist movement against UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was arrested in connection with a shooting spree against Samaraweera’s supporters that left at least three persons injured from gunshots.

Wigneswaran’s Double-Speak And Dilemmas

October 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Things are not easy for the newly sworn in Chief Minister for the North, C.V. Wigneswaran.  During the campaign itself, the ex-judge had to compromise on principles to the point of raising serious questions on his judgment.

Deciphering The Vanniyas; A People Out Of The Box

October 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Darshanie Ratnawalli

During the twilight of the Vanniyas, that is, the latter half of the 19th century, the last remaining representatives of that identity were found eking out a living in several villages of Nuvarakalaviya (North Central province) and Northern province (mainly around Vavuniya in Kurunthankulam and Nochcikulam or Chinna Cheddikulam). They were living, breathing fossils of a species of people that have entered case studies of modern historiography as exemplifiers of the incorporating drives of the pre-modern Lankan state. “Thus, in Sinhale on the one hand there existed an incorporative tolerance that a) permitted immigrant bodies to settle in the Vanni and the Eastern Province…”-(Michael Roberts, “Prejudice and Hate in Pluralist Settings: The Kingdom of Kandy”, 2000).

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