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Category: Articles & Features

Why desalinization is inappropriate for Sri Lanka?

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Eng. M. Sooriyasegaram We have plenty of water in Sri Lanka. In fact we have more water in Sri Lanka than we need for drinking, domestic uses, industrial uses and for agriculture. We have sufficient...

Tamils live with adverse Psychosocial Index

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S.Jackganan Psychosocial Index I was narrowly escaped death. I was threatening to death if I failed to obey orders. I walked long distance without rest. I thought I was killed I saw others being...

The Forever Victims: Tamil Women in Post-War Sri Lanka

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A report co-authored by scholar activists Nimmi Gowrinathan and Kate Cronin-Furman, The Forever Victims: Tamil Women in Post-War Sri Lanka, reveals shocking reality of Tamil Women’s lives in the...

Tony Blair’s seven principles strategy for successful peace-making

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, during his keynote address at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture  at Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations & Strategic Studies,...

Attempt to change the name of Kuruvil Village (Photos & Video)

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The villagers of, Kuruvil village is afraid that The Wild Life Department is trying to evict the residents. In a context where a case had been filed in the Mannar court and the case is pending, name...

9th Anniversary of the “Chenchcholai” – Mass Murder

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Nine years back, the sun was rising over Chenchcholai Complex. 500 Advance Level students, all girls from Kilinochchi and Mullaitheevu districts were busily getting ready for their resident training...

It should not be just stopped in providing assurances alone; the situations of people have to be understood – Workers are saying with despair

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G.Krishanthan Akkaraipathanai Senmarket Estate workers said in despair that they have been voting for electing leaders since the time they got their voting rights. But no one has come forward even to...

TNA, TNPF, D.B.S Jeyaraj and ‘Objective’ journalism

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Indhiraa “With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous...

Summarising Impacts and Recommendation on Lagoon Schemes in Jaffna Peninsula

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Professor. R. Sivachanthiran (Rtd) – Director, Chithanaikoodam, Centre of Research & Development Jaffna Fresh water of lagoon schemes in Ariyalai and Thondamanaru were completed in 1955 and...

Commission a Panel of History Experts and bring out historical truths of Tamils in Sri Lanka: Requests Wigneswaran

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Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran has put out a call to commission an Expert Panel with the help of the Tamil Diaspora to study several evidences that have surfaced...

Is the neutrality followed by Chief Minister correct?

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Sathurvethi With only two weeks remaining for the parliamentary election in Sri Lanka, it can be observed that all the political parties and its candidates are functioning very busy keeping...

Vote for candidate who would stand the test of Valluvar: Full text of Wigneswaran’s message on impending election

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Full translated text of Northern Provincial Council  CM Wigneswaran’s  message on impending election: “It was when I left Sri Lanka on my visit abroad that Elections were fixed. I have...

Federal or Not: ‘Singapore Principles for a new constitution in Sri Lanka’ casts doubt

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) creates a great gap between its election manifesto released last week and of the version of ’Singapore Principles for a new constitution in Sri Lanka’ – a...

The necessity of Two-Parties politics and the role of Tamil National People Front

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-Sathurvethi This time, the election field of Northern Province, particularly in Jaffna, it appears to be quite different from the previous elections. When we compare parliamentary elections held in...

The Creeping Reach of ISIS in Gradually Radicalising Sri Lanka

Mohamed Muhsin Sharhaz Nilam

In an article written for The Quint,  Sri Lankan journalist Ranga Jayasuriya provides details of Mohamed Muhsin Sharhaz Nilam (37), who has reportedly died fighting along the dreaded Islamic State...

Kalaignani- A Monument: 23 July 2015 was his 82nd birthday

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A lone ranger, committed to the society he belonged  and an artist with multiple views , “Kalaignani” lived a secluded life fit to his highest title “ Mamanithar” (Great Man).He was an...

International Community’s Chess Game in Sri Lanka and the parliamentary election in 2015

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By:  L.Vijayanathan During the post-world war-2 period, countries located in the Indian Sub- Continent Region  did not get entangled in the grips of super powers, but took up non-aligned policy and...

Will Maithri’s strategy to throw Mahindha down, successful?

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By: Sathurvethy Precision Chess move are being made in Sri Lanka’s politics, centering on the General Elections. On one side Mahindha and politicians supporting him are making their moves against...

The Politics of the Island of Sri Lanka Entangled in Geo-politics

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By: Nirmanusan Balasundaram Nirmanusan Balasundaram, a political analyst, reviews the historical context of geo-politics in the island of Sri Lanka with regards to the Indian Ocean region and leads...

2,200 years old stone inscriptions in Sagamamkandi

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 Professor Pathmanathan ( University of Jaffna) We got an opportunity to go to Sangamamkandy to inspect some Archeological remains in May 2013. Former Provincial Council Member Pushparajah made all...

Resources of North Utilising Flourishing of South

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K.Kurunathan (Rtd Land Commissioner) Resources are gifts offered to us by nature. As much as possible, we have the responsibility to safeguard these resources. However, the limestones  exploited...

TNA’s selection of candidates and its internal conflict

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Sathurvethi    In a context that the period for handing over nominations for the forthcoming Elections had already commenced and will be ending on next Tuesday, It could be observed that all the...

Sinhala leadership acting with integrated strategies and planning and the Tamil leadership engaging in Laissez faire politics

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By L. Vijayanathan Following the Sri Lankan Parliament being dissolved  on June 26th by the President Maithripala Sirisena, Not only the Sri Lankan political field but also the Geo-Political moves...

Understanding Obstacles and Opportunities in Post War Recovery for Fishing Households in the Palk Bay

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M.Bavink, J.Schlte and A.S.Soosai Abstract Over the past few years controversies related to Indian trawlers crossing over to Sri Lankan waters have repeatedly formed newspaper headlines, in India and...

Displacing army will not go away from Jaffna

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  S.R.Haran The Government is considering about implementing a new plan at a cost of around 3.25 billion US Dollars, as if to reveal that there is no chance of taking a decision to remove the...

Large Stake net fishing method is a new threat in Southern Mannar Island area

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Prof.A.S. Sosai ( Department of Geography, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Email: assoysa@gmail.com; Tel: 0094770842761) Using illegal fishing methods in the form of dynamite, stupefying...

The origins and growth of journalism in the Tamil Language in Sri Lanka (II)

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This article was written by late Professor Bertram Bastiampillai ( Dept. of History and Political Science University of Colombo, Sri Lanka ) for ‘Kalaiththoothu’, a facilitation volume to mark...

Metal castings of Nagas found in Batticaloa

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By Professor Dr. S. Pathmanathan In a school exhibition held in Batticaloa district some antique metal articles were displayed. Finding some letters in these artefacts, our friend, Selvanayagam...

It is crucial for the Tamil people to forge a genuine revolutionary leadership

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Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe [Secretary, Ceylon Communist Party (Maoist)] It is now an exposed fact (Wikileaks) that Ranil Wickremasinghe entered into the ceasefire agreement in order to disarm and...

TNA MPs are being sold to UNP: Shocking information revealed on MPs involved in personalized individual deals

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-Sathurvethi At the beginning of this week, there was a meeting held between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Chief Ministers of all the provinces. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V....

Does TNA depend on not written agreements? Gajendirakumar responses to Sumanthiran

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The non-written agreements that Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has entered with the new government regarding problems of Tamil people which are just based on Trust only can not be trusted, Tamil...

Agreement with Maithiri but not written will be made public: Sumanthiran

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On resolutions to problems, Tamil National Alliance has entered into an agreement that is not written with the new government. But we are in a situation of not able to reveal that. Before the general...

Eelam Liberation Struggle: Sathiyaseelan Recalls: 06

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In my last episode I mentioned about Alfred Thuraiyappa and explained why Sivakumaran and I decided to assassinate him. I record here how we manufactured a bomb with dynamite to assassinate Alfred...

Why the London meeting is so important to Sri Lanka?

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L. Vijayanathan During the Presidential election at the beginning of last January, the current President did not utter a word regarding the ethnic problem of the Tamils or the solution to it, till...

One Country Two Nations: Is It an Empty Slogan or a Meaningful Doctrine?

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Sathur Vethi The  ideology of  “One Country – Two Nations” is being widely discussed in the political space of the Tamil people. Tamil National people’s Front has been putting forward a...

Antagonising Indian politics and the self- centred superpowers on the Eelam struggle

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L.Vijayanathan The elected Tamil political leaders are deeply rooted with the conception that Eelam people cannot find any practical solution without the support of India. Their line of political...

What are we doing and what should we do?

Raj Subramanium

Raj Subramaniam Over the course of the Sri Lankan Civil War, the Tamil people suffered heavy tolls.  The conflict destroyed the majority of accomplishments which brought down our morale, and left us...

Living with Violence: Rape and Murder

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Thanges Paramsothy ( PhD Research Student in Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of East London) On 14 May 2015, morning around 8.30AM, a domestic helper who informed landlady of an...

War is a hobby for diaspora Tamils, They will not keep up their Tamil Eelam identity: says Kampavarithi Jeyaraj

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As far as the diaspora Tamils are concerned, War is a hobby and they like the War to go ahead in the home country, All Ceylon Kampan Association organizer Kampavarithi E. Jeyaraj said. He also said...

KUMUTHINY MURDERS by merciless Sanguinary ogres: 30th Anniversary Today

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The Tamil Diplomat  Correspondent in Jaffna It was the sunny morning of 1987 May 15th. Kumuthiny started its fateful journey from Neduntheevu an islet off Jaffna. 64 people including a 7 months old...

Eelam Liberation Struggle: Sathiyaseelan Recalls – 05

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In my last episode I noted about Thamby Prabaharan, who asked to be allowed in the meeting I had with Kuddimany, Thangathurai and several others in Valvettithurai on 29.11.1970, was refused, and that...

The origins and growth of journalism in the Tamil Language in Sri Lanka (I)

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This article was written by late Professor Bertram Bastiampillai ( Dept. of History and Political Science University of Colombo, Sri Lanka ) for ‘Kalaiththoothu’, a facilitation volume to mark...

Eelam Liberation Struggle: Sathiyaseelan Recalls – 04

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The Bomb blast under taken by Sivakumar at the Urumpirai Hindu Tamil MV was recorded in the last installment. I wish to indicate in this installment, the activities I engaged in, along with Sivakumar...

Eelam Liberation Struggle: Sathiyaseelan Recalls – 03

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I mentioned in the last instalment about the bomb blast undertaken by Sivakumaran in June, 1970, and promised to write about it is this instalment. I think it is appropriate to describe this bomb...

Katchatheevu belongs to the Northern Province: The NPC should prevent Katchatheevu being transformed into a Navy base

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Professor A.S.Soosai (Department of Geography, University of Jaffna) Following the agreements in 1974 and 1976 Katchatheevu Island became the property of Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu government for several...

Eelam Liberation Struggle: Sathiyaseelan Recalls – 02

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In my last article, I dwelled on how the activities of the Tamil Leaders caused disappointment among the youths and how such frustration of the youths led to the birth of Student Peravai. I also...

International mechanisms including ICC referral is a must

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Written statement submitted by the Pasumai Thaayagam Foundation, non-governmental organization in special consultative status at Human Rights Council Twenty-eighth session  United Nations Human...

UN deferral must be used to make Sri Lanka war crimes report stronger

Ruki Fernando

This month, the UN Human Rights Council announced it would defer publication of a major report that investigates allegations of serious human rights violations and related crimes during the last...

The State of Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka

The State of Plantation

   POPULATION The total population is approximately 1.5 million Resident population in the estates is- 912,000. Out of this workers 193,412 and the staff 12,330 (in 2012)are employed by the...

Is the UN Inquiry becoming a Mirage?

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The resolutions brought up under the leadership of America were solely for exerting pressure on the Mahinda Rajapakse government. They were not brought, to demand accountability for the Human Rights...