Beyond “Bizarre!”-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

November 17, 2014 at 2:11 am

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

With a presidential election very obviously in the cards in the near future, there has been a flurry of activity – at least in the media – connected with the expected event.

Elections, Mahinda And The Tiger-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

November 17, 2014 at 1:40 am

By Tisaranee Gunasekara –

(President) Mahinda asked me to convey numerous messages to (LTTE leader) Prabhakaran. – Eric Solheim[i]

Mahinda Rajapaksa is willing to abolish the executive presidency in his third term.

Mahinda Rajapaksa wants to send every Muslim on Haj.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa meets Norwegian International Development Minister and former special peace envoy Eric Solheim in Geneva Pic by Sudath Silva

President Mahinda Rajapaksa meets Norwegian International Development Minister and former special peace envoy Eric Solheim in Geneva Pic by Sudath Silva

A Life Spent In Service To God, Guru And Humanity-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

November 17, 2014 at 1:33 am

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah –

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Forgive me if I can’t hold together until I finish… The family has asked me to speak, I consider it an honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to deliver this tribute to Dr. Thuraisamy Sooriabalan – an opportunity I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Moves To Abolish EP: Muslim Groups Join Nationalist Forces-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

November 17, 2014 at 1:21 am

By Latheef Farook –

Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Numerous Muslim political and civil society groups have joined mainstream national political forces in their campaign to abolish or reform the dictatorial executive presidency, replace it with a presidency accountable to parliament and reintroduce democracy.

TID abducts Tamil man for ‘rehabilitation’

November 17, 2014 at 12:51 am

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 November 2014, 23:57 GMT] Sri Lankan ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) on Friday arrested a 38-year-old man who was in the LTTE for two years two decades ago. The father of five from Panagkaddik-koddu in Mannaar was abducted and taken way in a white-van on Friday by an unknown squad. Later, his wife received a note in Sinhala from the TID in Vavuniyaa that Mr Jainth Thangkathurai had been taken to Vavuniyaa to be sent for the so-called rehabilitation by the SL military.

SL military fabricates evidences to distort Mannaar assassination, say residents

November 17, 2014 at 12:49 am

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 November 2014, 08:20 GMT] Ve’l’laangku’lam residents on Saturday denied Sri Lankan police reports that sought to fabricate evidence and distort the facts about Nakuleswaran, who was assassinated on Wednesday.  The Sri Lankan military intelligence and the SL police have been trying to fabricate a story that the ex-LTTE member and former Tamil Eelam policeman Nakuleswaran was slain due to personal grudges, the residents said.  On Friday, the Sri Lankan police claimed that two T-56 rifles had been located and four persons involved in a gang had been detained. In the meantime, Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) youth wing secretary S.V. Sivakaran in Mannaar told TamilNet that Mr Nakuleswaran was not an active supporter or member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

Malnutrition in Vanni worse today than in war time: UNP MP

November 17, 2014 at 12:47 am

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 November 2014, 23:54 GMT] A large number of women and children in Ki’linochchi and Mullaiththeevu districts in the North are badly affected due to malnutrition. During the times of war, 36.6 percent of women and children were suffering due to malnutrition, but after the end of the war the situation has worsened to 40.9 percent in Ki’linochchi district, Ms Rosy Senanayake, a UNP parliamentarian told the Sri Lankan Parliament on Tuesday. In the upcountry, 41 percent of pregnant mothers are suffering from malnutrition due to poverty and non-availability of health facilities.

Missing Tamil located after 23 years of incarceration in South

November 17, 2014 at 12:45 am

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 22:45 GMT] A Tamil man who was reported missing twenty three years ago following a bomb explosion in 1991 at Armor Street Junction in Colombo is said to have been located in a detention camp in the South. The victim, K. Vairvanathan, from Chu’n’naakam in Jaffna is now 53. Both his parents, who have been searching for him, have passed away. After searching for their son for several years, both the parents had come to the conclusion that Vairavanathan was also killed in the bomb explosion,  legal sources in Colombo told TamilNet.

Tamil diaspora youth express solidarity with Baloch nation on Martyrs Day

November 17, 2014 at 12:43 am

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 November 2014, 23:40 GMT] On 13th November, the oppressed Baloch nation, both in the occupied homeland and in the diaspora, commemorates their heroes who have fought for the sovereignty and freedom of Balochistan.  The Baloch martyrdom is traced from 1836 onwards, when the Baloch leader Mir Mehran Khan Baloch was killed alongside his followers while battling the Imperialist British forces who eventually brought the Baloch homeland under colonial domination. Subsequently the Baloch have fought the British, the Persians, the Iranian and Pakistani state in a bid to regain their lost sovereignty and to safeguard their national existence and rights.

Mannaar Bishop condemns assassination of Nakuleswaran

November 17, 2014 at 12:40 am

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 November 2014, 10:37 GMT] Bishop of Mannaar Rt Rev Rayappu Joesph has condemned the killing of Krishnaswamy Nakuleswaran, a father of two and a former LTTE member and police constable of Tamil Eelam Police. Unknown gunmen shot and killed Mr Nakuleswaran at the premises of his new house Wednesday night. The victim, aged 40 had been released after so-called rehabilitation in the Sri Lanka Army custody in December 2012.  Nakuleswarn’s wife, a teacher, on Thursday said her husband had no enemies.

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