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The redundancy of another all-party conference: When all parties have had their say about constitutional reforms in the Constitutional Assembly debate

Thanabalasingam

By Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham  is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd Even as Parliament met as the Constitutional Assembly last Monday (Oct 30) and began debating the interim...

At Rajapaksa’s bidding: The Maha Sangha’s sudden and strident opposition to constitutional reforms explained

Thanabalasingam

By Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham  is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd The main sects of Sri Lanka’s Maha Sangha have once again demonstrated their strident opposition to...

“Pirabaharanism”- A preface before getting to understand its nuances

Parani Krishnarajani

Parani Krishnarajani The soon to be released book “Velupillai Pirabaharan: Being and Nothingness (May 18 – Before and After) by Parani Krishnarajani, by a well-known political activists in...

In the grips of absolute power: Why a consensus of key political parties on abolishing the  executive presidency remains elusive

Thanabalasingam

Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd It was interesting to note the peculiar reason adduced by former president Mahinda Rajapkasa to his decision to hold...

Potential New Directions for Tamil Diplomacy within the International System

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By Sowjeya Joseph and Lorenzo Fiorito The international criminal legal system will not bring justice to Tamils. Other avenues for enforcing human-rights decisions should be explored. On August 29,...

1981, Jaffna Public Library and the Cruellest Cultural Genocide: A Holocaust staged by the Racist Sinhala Government 36 years ago

Jaffna Library

The cruellest cultural Holocaust in the history of the ethnic conflict was staged on this day 36 years ago. 97,000 books and 1,800 Ola-manuscripts saw their last in blazing flames lighted by the UNP...

Another ancient settlement discovered at Nagapaduvan

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By Prof.P.Pushparatnam (Archaeological Coordinator – University of Jaffna) The excavation work that is carried out at Kaddukarai kulam area recently is expected play an important role, in...

Advocacy at the United Nations

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Editorial  Once again the United Nations human rights council will discuss Sri Lanka on its agenda, once again the Sri Lankan government will seek for time and space to conduct its own...

Eelam Liberation Struggle – Sathiyaseelan Recalls : 11

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Please forgive me for writing this impression after a long lapse. Because of several reasons I could not continue the writing of this article. In the previous instalment, I wrote in detail regarding...

Kaddukkarai Archaeological studies which have ventured into a new path towards Misted Ancient History of Northern Sri Lanka

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Professor P. Pushparatnam,  Archaeological Coordinator, University of Jaffna Kaddukkarai is a small village located near Vaddalkkandal, at a distance of 26 Kms to the North East of Mannar District....

Sri Lanka: Tamils in the North-East protest at last

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Brian Senewiratne MA (Cantab),MBBChir (Cantab), MBBS Hons (Lond) MD(Lond), FRCP, FRACP Brisbane, Australia On the 24th September 2016, there was a massive protest in Jaffna, in the Tamil North, where...

Eelam Liberation Struggle : Sathiyaseelan Recalls- 10

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I have written in my last episode about myself going to India from Valveddithurai and after that, the 3 members of the Students’ Federation , Thavarajah (current Leader of the Opposition,...

What happened to 14 years old Harishnavi? Atrocity committed in broad day light trespassing house!

Harishnavi Funeral

By K.Vasu That mother opened the outer gate , opened the door  and entered home calling Harishnavi! Harishnavi!  She was calling for her daughter. The next second she froze in her tracks. Next...

“Parai” – The percussion instrument nurtured by Ancient Tamil Nation

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Premalatha Panchadcharam Ancient Man lived in caves before being civilized. So as to fulfill his food requirement he consumed foliage plants, fruits, honey and wild animals hunted by him. He wore the...

Will any action be taken, for the accusation of fisher folks of Manner?

Southern-Fishermen

The fisher folks at Manner have felt sad, that the Sri Lankan navy has been greatly supportive for the unlawful catching of fish at manner for the Sinhalese fisher-folks. They further expressed their...

Will Vankalai Village be protected from the sea erosion in Mannar?

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People express grief that Sea erosion is gobbling up land in the Village of Vankalai in the Mannar-Nanattan Pradeshiya sabai  area. Vankalai is a village with marine resources in Mannar District...

Eelam Liberation Struggle : Sathiyaseelan Recalls: 08

Sathiyaseelan-

In my last episode I have detailed about myself going to Kandy because of being searched by the police in connection with attempted murder of Thuraiappah , going from there to Colombo, staying there...

House of Jaffna Kingdom period found in Mulliyan Jungle

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-K. Vasu A dilapidated house of Jaffna Kingdom vintage was found in the Nithiyaveddai Mulliyan area, located around seven kilometres southeast of Iyakkachchi Fort, coming under Kilinochchi District....

31years have passed after Massacre, But Othiyamalai Village still in risky situation- A Spot Report

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By K.Vasu  Although, however much we talk about the war being over and about Good Governance and National Government, in reality the reconciliation had not been reached and a situation still...

Poor mother waiting with tears for her son to come home on General Amnesty on November 7

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By: K.Vasu Tamil Political prisioners (TPPs) who were detained for long time without any inquiries even after the end of war staged a fast unto death demanding to release them under General Amnesty....

Eelam Liberation Struggle : Sathiyaseelan Recalls: 07

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Due to unavoidable circumstances, I am writing this episode after a long lapse and I apologize for the delay. In the last episode, I described about Sivakumaran and myself placing a bomb in the car...

Is Mulliyawalai Turning into another Wilpathu ?

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Tamil Diplomat Vanni Correspondent  There is a tension prevailing in Mulliyawalai which is identified as the cultural centre of vanni. “ our area is also becoming another Wilpathu. Nobody is...

Vinnangampiddy village about to be plundered: People’s representatives who do not care about border Villages

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A Direct Report by K.Vasu While the war was fought and after the end of the war, several Tamil Villages in the North and East, which are the traditional homelands of the Tamils, were acquired by the...

The Performing art of “Kudamoothat kummy” slowly vanishing from the Life style of Tamils

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By: K.Vasu This is a dance form where soft arecanuts are put into beautiful clay pots and dance will be performed synchronized with the beat of the drums. At this time, the nuts put into the pots...

How can we reverse the incidence of Chronic Renal failure in Sri Lanka?

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Dr.C.S.Jamunanantha (MBBS, DTCD, SMO, TH, Jaffna) Introduction  The first patient with Kidney disease of unknown origin was identified in 1991 and then subsequently every four years the numbers...

Resolution of the Chief Minister and the intrigue to paralyze the Northern Provincial Council

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Sathurvethi The Northern Provincial Council and its Chief Minister, stand reflecting again, the thinking of not only the people of Northern Province but also the entire Tamil people through adopting...

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...

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...

Is the neutrality followed by Chief Minister correct?

Wigneswaran

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...

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...

Resources of North Utilising Flourishing of South

Kurunathan

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...

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

Professor AS Soosai

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...