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Prime responsibility to course correct TNA rests with people: Gajendrakumar

October 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 October 2013, 15:52 GMT] The people who overwhelmingly voted for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had cast their votes with a different perception and anticipation than what the TNA has officially articulated in writing in its election manifesto, said Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF) leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in Jaffna on Monday. “The people have a major responsibility now and they can’t simply take the risk of allowing the TNA leadership to take a completely different path contrary to their intention and wait for the next elections,” he said adding that the people should involve them directly at political level course correcting, if the Tamil polity to be in sync with their political aspirations.

CHOGM to draw attention to Briton’s murder, girl-friend’s rape

October 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 13 October 2013, 02:26 GMT] The high-profile case of Khuram Shaikh, a 32-year-old Red Cross worker from Rochdale, UK, who was killed in 2011, and the sexual harassment followed by gang-rape of Shaikh’s Russian-girlfriend, have cast a shadow over the Commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo in November, the Guardian reported. CHOGM is due to be chaired by Prince Charles and attended by the British Prime Minister David Cameron.  Earlier, Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper’s office announced that Harper will be boycotting the meeting protesting the “intimidation and incarceration of political leaders and journalists, harassment of minorities, reported disappearances, and allegations of extra-judicial killings,” and Canada accused Indian Diplomat Sharma as acting as a stooge to Colombo. 

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

October 15, 2013 at 10:06 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. 

UK deployed 2 top police officials to assist SL Police in 2009: Corporate Watch

October 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 22:08 GMT] A Director of Operations at Ineqe Group Ltd., a Belfast-based Security Agency and a Non Executive Director of the same security outfit, which has project links to  British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the British International Development Ministry, were seconded from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and deployed to Sri Lanka by the FCO to act as “critical friends” to the Sri Lankan Police and to provide “hands-on assistance” during the final phase of the war, Corporate Watch has discovered through a Freedom of Information request to the PSNI, news reports in UK said on Tuesday.

UK deployed 2 top police officials to assist SL Police in 2009: Corporate Watch

October 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 22:08 GMT] A Director of Operations at Ineqe Group Ltd., a Belfast-based Security Agency and a Non Executive Director of the same security outfit, which has project links to  British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the British International Development Ministry, were seconded from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and deployed to Sri Lanka by the FCO to act as “critical friends” to the Sri Lankan Police and to provide “hands-on assistance” during the final phase of the war, Corporate Watch has discovered through a Freedom of Information request to the PSNI, news reports in UK said on Tuesday.

Colombo plans District ‘Development’ Ministers to undermine NPC

October 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 23:33 GMT] In a move to sideline the Northern Provincial Council, the occupying Colombo is to appoint new ‘district-level development ministers’ under its central command by SL presidential sibling and ‘Economic Development’ Minister Basil Rajapaksa, informed circles in Colombo said. Colombo plans to offer the portfolio to a Tamil parliamentarian of UNP who has recently joined the UPFA, although the SL minister Douglas Devananda was promised the ministry earlier, the sources further said. A paramilitary operative, Uthayarasa, of the so-called Sri-TELO is seeking the portfolio in Vavuniyaa where the paramilitary served Colombo earlier. A Sinhala person would be appointed to Mullaiththeevu and a Muslim minister in UPFA is vying for the portfolio in Mannaar, the sources said.

Anti-Eezham fanaticism in India cites NPC to save Colombo on CHOGM

October 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 October 2013, 02:55 GMT] On Monday, writing a letter to DMK chief Karunanidhi, requesting him to persuade Thoazhar Thiyagu to call off his fast unto death campaign, New Delhi Establishment’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that “ a decision on the issue of my participation in the CHOGM conference will be taken only after considering all relevant factors, including the sentiments of your party and the Tamil people.” On Tuesday, Chennai-based V. Suryanarayan, who has spent a lifetime in serving New Delhi’s security–intelligence outfits and in opposing independence of Eezham Tamils, wrote that if New Delhi boycotts CHOGM it will harm the NPC ‘experiment’ and “it would be playing into the hands of the fanatical sections among the Tamil diaspora.

India’s West Bengal government moves out of Writers Buildings

October 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Writers Building The headquarters of the West Bengal government is an iconic building

The government of India’s eastern state of West Bengal has moved out of the historic Writers Buildings in the capital, Calcutta, so that the 236-year-old building can receive a much-needed renovation. Subir Bhaumik reports.

Who are the British jihadists in Syria?

October 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

By Jenny Cuffe Reporter, File on 4

Opposition fighters in the city of Deir Ezzor There are thousands of foreign fighters in Syria and some 200 are believed to be British residents

 

The home secretary and MI5 have warned about the terrorist threat from British residents fighting in Syria. But who are these young men who have gone to fight in another country’s war – how did they get there, what are their long term goals and do they pose a threat to UK security?

Why is the number 1,729 hidden in Futurama episodes?

October 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

By Simon Singh Science writer

Bender from Futurama

 

The year 1913 marked the beginning of an extraordinary relationship between an impoverished Indian clerk and a Cambridge don. A century later, their remarkable friendship has left its mark in the strangest of places, namely in Futurama, the animated series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and physics graduate David X Cohen.


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