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Former Sri Lanka Navy commander ordered in court over the disappearance of 5 Tamil youth

October 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Sun, Oct 6, 2013, 12:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 06, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has issued notice to the former Navy Commander of Sri Lanka, retired Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda to give evidence before the court over the disappearance of five Tamil youth.

Colombo High Court has ordered the former Navy Commander to testify over the disappearance of five Tamil youth from Kotahena area in 2008.

The court issued the notice when a petition filed by the parents of the five youth asking the authorities to produce the missing youth in court was taken up for hearing.

Extremist Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka vows to launch a crusade

October 7, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Sun, Oct 6, 2013, 11:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 06, Colombo: Extremist Buddhist monk  Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the leader of the Sinhala Buddhist Bodu Bala Sena militant movement said today that a crusade would be launched in Sri Lanka.

Addressing a meeting of the movement held in Anuradhapura, the Buddhist monk blamed the government for allowing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to engage in politics.

Introducing TNA as the political front of the militarily defeated rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Gnanasara Thero said the government should be responsible for the consequences of TNA coming to power in the Northern Provincial Council.

He urged the government to name the Sinhala Buddhist majority as the historic nation of the state.

India calls for a political solution in Sri Lanka based on full implementation of 13th Amendment

October 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 07, Colombo: India today said that it looks forward to an early resumption of the dialogue process to reach a political settlement in Sri Lanka based on the full implementation of 13th Amendment to the Constitution in a timely manner.

Issuing a media statement following a meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Prof. G.L. Peiris, the visiting External Affairs Minister of India, Salman Khurshid said India is committed to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and ready to offer its assistance to take the process forward.

“It is our hope that the vision and leadership that resulted in an end to armed conflict and holding of elections to the Northern Province, will now be employed to work for genuine reconciliation,” Khurshid said.

TNA should learn from history: Poonkuzhali Nedumaran

October 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 October 2013, 23:38 GMT] The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should learn from history, and from the experience of their predecessors, on what should NOT be done, writes Tamil Nadu political activist Poonkuzhali Nedumaran in a feature sent to TamilNet this week. She cited the history of TNA’s predecessor TULF failing in upholding the responsibility it was vested with by the people in 1977, compromising with District Councils and how that triggered the Tamil youth to lose confidence in parliamentary methods. The NPC election results mean communication of a will than participation in governance. With the Eezham Tamils rejecting the polity and rule of the State in Colombo, the TNA must understand the responsibility vested with them by the people, she further said.

Sri Lanka fails to stop screening of Channel-4’s Killing Fields in Nepal

October 7, 2013 at 5:47 pm

[TamilNet, Friday, 04 October 2013, 11:53 GMT] “The producers of the feature documentary No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka have condemned an unsuccessful attempt by the Sri Lankan government to prevent the screening of the film as part of the Film Southasia film festival in Nepal. The film’s director Callum Macrae accused the government of attempting to suppress the truth about their complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity,” a press release posted in a website affiliated with Channel-4 said.

Indian EA minister to lunch with SL governor, meet CM designate in Jaffna

October 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 October 2013, 14:30 GMT] New Delhi Establishment’s External Affairs Minister, Mr Salman Kurshid will be on an official visit to Jaffna on Tuesday.  He will have a lunch meeting with the SL Governor in Jaffna and a ‘bilateral’ meeting with the Chief Minister of North, said a press note by Suresh K Menon of the Consulate General of India in Jaffna. New Delhi’s High Commissioner in Colombo, Mr Yashwardhan Sinha and senior officials of the MEA will accompany the minister. The programme is scheduled to end with the New Delhi minister meeting Indian journalists in a hotel room in Jaffna.

Diaspora teen-ager records the Vanni she witnessed

October 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 October 2013, 23:37 GMT] “Was I a Stranger in My Homeland? Has One Two Lives?” is the title of a book by a young Norwegian Eezham Tamil girl, Malavi Sivakanesan. The book tells the story of how she, as an 8-year-old girl visiting Vanni, enjoyed playing in the sands of her homeland to how she, 6 years later at the age of 14, powerlessly witnessed from Norway the unfolding genocidal onslaught on the coastal strip of the same Vanni in 2009. With a lot of questions on why the global Establishments didn’t do anything to stop the genocidal onslaught despite hundreds of thousands of Tamils, including the children of her age, took to the streets staging demonstrations in an unprecedented way in the West, to why the Tamil youth are still struggling with questions on what is going on and what they should do, she publishes the book at the age of 17.

Tamil Nadu Police detains fast-unto-death activist Thiyagu

October 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm

[TamilNet, Monday, 07 October 2013, 13:12 GMT] Hundreds of Tamil Nadu Police personnel were deployed at Va’l’luvar-koaddam in Chennai Monday around 2:00 p.m. where Thoazhar Thiyagu was conducting fast-unto-death campaign with 9 demands addressed to the Central Government of India. After carrying out a medical check-up, the Police has relocated the fast-unto-death activist from the venue of Va’l’lvuvar-koaddam and admitted him at Royapettah General Hospital around 2:30 p.m. However, Mr Thiyagu has vowed to continue his fast-unto-death under police detention and urged the Tamil activists and students to step up the struggle against India’s participation in the CHOGM meet scheduled to take place in Colombo. Following the relocation of the activist, Nandanam Arts College students launched a sit-in protest with the 9-points demand put forward by Thoazhar Thiyagu, the latest reports from Chennai said.

12-year-old alleges she was sold by her mother for Rs.1 lakh to man who raped her – Pankaj Khelkar | Headlines Today | Pune

October 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

A woman was booked for allegedly selling her 12-year-old daughter to a man for Rs.1 lakh. The man raped the girl before selling her to a brothel at Khed near Pune.
The case came to light after the girl escaped from the brothel and took help from an NGO to register a complaint against her mother and others.

The victim, who is a Class VII student at a school in Solapur, was visiting her mother at Parli in Beed district during her summer vacations in May when her mother allegedly sold her to the rapist, Pune Rural Supritendent Lohiya said.
The man who bought and raped the girl later sold her to a brothel near Khed.
The victim succeeded in escaping from the brothel and with help of an NGO registered the complaint against her mother, rapist and the brothel owner.
Police have so far arrested three people in this case.



Delhi Police dismisses two constables for rape attempt

October 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Two Delhi Police constables were dismissed from service on Sunday for attempting to rape an underprivileged teenaged girl, police said.

Constables Amit Tomar and Gurjinder Singh, posted in third battalion of Delhi Police, were dismissed on Saturday.
“The victim was loitering in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri area with two other girls when Tomar lured them with monetary promise and reached Singh’s residence in Kingsway Camp,” said N. Gnana Sambandan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West).
“Singh was already present. Both constables tried to force themselves on the girl. On hearing the girl’s cries, her two friends who were in the other room, also started screaming for help,” said the officer.
He added the girls were rescued after someone called the Police Control Room.
A special investigation team under Pramod Kushwaha, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), has been constituted.


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