News Category: Jaffna
  • Now East gets ready for Ezhuga Thamilto push for federal unit TN won’t back the move
  •    [ Nov 28, 2016 14:56:21 GMT ] [ Island ]

        Barely three months after the Ezhuga Thamil (‘Rise up Tamils’) rally in the North, which caused an uproar in political circles, arrangements are being made for holding a sequel thereto in the East. Although Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and the TNA will not back the move, the TPC, which has Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneshwaran and Jaffna-based cardiologist P. Lakshman as co-chairs, has thrown its weight behind the organisers of "Ezhuga Thamil" rally in the East. Sources said they would decide on a date shortly. Political observers in the East said the TPC believed that only a full-fledged federal unit would help meet the aspirations of the Tamil people and any other arrangement would fall short of being a viable solution to the national question. [ Full Report ]

  • Lessons of protests against murder of Jaffna University students in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Nov 24, 2016 13:45:37 GMT ] [ WSWS ]

        A month after the murder of two Tamil students belonging to the arts faculty, Jaffna University workers, the country-wide demonstrations of students and youth offer key political lessons. Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim students throughout the country jointly protested against the police murder. On October 20, Sri Lankan police had opened fire at Pawnraj Sulakshan and Nadarasa Gajan, who were riding a motorcycle, causing a fatal accident. Bullets were found in the chest and head of one victim; the other succumbed to internal injuries. [ Full Report ]

  • TNA not for division, says Sampanthan
  •    [ Nov 08, 2016 13:38:47 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        No one should entertain any fears about the Tamil National Alliance because it is not a party striving to divide the country, said TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in Jaffna on Sunday.Sampanthan said even though certain people in the south were somewhat reluctant to visit the north fearing a tense situation, they should visit the North without fear as there is no such problem. He said the TNA had no truck or connection whatsoever to certain unlawful acts taking place in the North today.Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran said he had to seek extra security from the government against threats to his life because he had been misreported by certain sections of the media. [ Full Report ]

  • Nestlé Lanka empowers Jaffna with new milk chilling centre in Urumpirai
  •    [ Nov 03, 2016 18:49:30 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Nestlé Lanka marked a new milestone in its local dairy development initiatives by opening another new milk chilling centre in Jaffna recently. The new milk chilling centre in Urumpirai, will enable the farmers in the area to preserve the quality and freshness of their milk, collecting only the excess amount after meeting the needs of the farming families. The new facility will be equipped with high quality testing equipment and farmers will be paid for the quality of milk they provide the higher the quality, the higher the price they will receive. This will encourage them to produce more milk of better quality. [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna student killing: Academics, civil society call for police reforms and tough measures
  •    [ Oct 31, 2016 13:33:08 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        “There is little evidence of improvement in people’s lives, and aggressive neo-liberal economic policies pushed through in the name of development and reconciliation are a matter of grave concern. There is no policy on resettlement and rehabilitation and the marginalised people are in a perpetual state of destitution; arbitrary arrests and disappearance are still not uncommon; and the experience of the people demonstrates that the post-war period is still entrenched in violence and the questionable conduct of those in governance and the armed forces,” the statement said. [ Full Report ]

  • 3 fishers held by Sri Lanka for smuggling heroin
  •    [ Oct 28, 2016 10:00:08 GMT ] [ ToI ]

        Sri Lankan navy on Thursday arrested three fishermen on charges of smuggling heroin. Among them two have been identified as Thalvin Rajan and Levin from Thangachimadam in the district. Sri Lankan navy personnel attached to Sri Lankan naval station, Barana situated at Mullikulam in North Western Naval Command during their special operation intercepted a fishing craft at Arippu in Sri Lanka. They apprehended the three fishermen and seized 2 kg of heroin from their fishing craft. The arrested men, their fishing boat and heroin were handed over to Colombo police narcotics bureau officials for further investigation, Sri Lankan navy website said. [ Full Report ]

  • Wigneswaran appeals for calm as North Sri Lanka observes total hartal over killing of students by police
  •    [ Oct 25, 2016 17:44:44 GMT ] [ IE ]

        The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has appealed to the people of the province, especially the youth, to be calm as they mourn the killing of two university students by the police. In a statement released from London, the Chief Minister said that while conveying his condolences to the bereaved families, he would appeal to the people not to express their anger and grief in ways which would have unpleasant consequences. Wigneswaran said that he would not comment on the incident before the court had given its verdict. All that he would say now is that the apparently, doctrine of using minimum force had not been observed by the police. [ Full Report ]

  • Final rites of Jaffna university student Nadaraja Gajan held today
  •    [ Oct 23, 2016 22:20:41 GMT ] [ Hiru News ]

        The final rites of Nadaraja Gajan - one of the two Jaffna university students who died in Kokkuvil, Jaffna, was conducted today. The funeral took place at Iranamadu public cemetery in Kilinochchi. The remains of the late student were brought from his residence at Baaradee-puram in Iranamadu to the public cemetery in a procession. It was reported that the A-9 road was obstructed for one hour, due to this reason. A large gathering participated in the funeral of the Jaffna university student including MPs and provincial councillors of TNA. [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna shooting by police should be strongly condemned
  •    [ Oct 23, 2016 22:01:24 GMT ] [ Island ]

        The police shooting and the killing of two Jaffna University students on Oct. 21 should be condemned strongly, and the blatant killers brought to justice without delay. By shooting at the heads of the motorcycle riders, it is very clear that what was done was more than to stop the vehicle – that objective could have been achieved by firing at the motorbike itself or its tyres. [ Full Report ]

  • TNA condemns killing of university students in Jaffna
  •    [ Oct 22, 2016 10:44:00 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        The leader of the TNA, and The Leader of the Opposition, R Sampanthan MP met President Maithripala Sirisena while attending an event in Trincomalee this morning and raised concerns regarding the incident. Since then, a special police unit has been deployed to Jaffna to investigate the incident on the orders of the President and the police officers who had allegedly involved in the incident has been taken into custody, the TNA said in a statement. [ Full Report ]

  • -Northern Sports fiesta concludes with more questions than answers
  •    [ Oct 10, 2016 11:41:48 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        The 42nd National Sports Festival conducted by the Ministry of Sports was concluded in Jaffna last week while once again raising many questions over several shortcomings. The Games concluded with the organisers providing an assurance that they would put up a better performance at the next event. However, this has been the same old story that the Sports Ministry officials have been commenting on since the inaugural Sports Festival was staged in 1970. [ Full Report ]

  • -The slow death of a moderate
  •    [ Oct 07, 2016 12:34:23 GMT ] [ FT ]

        For another, perhaps the TNA still believes Wigneswaran is not completely lost and could be brought back to the fold. The Chief Minister’s conduct offers little hope of such a scenario developing, but if there was a chance to reset the clock on his waywardness, that would still be preferable. The Chief Minister’s return to the path of moderate politics would strengthen the TNA’s hand at the negotiating table. It will also relegate bankrupt nationalist politicians riding high in the North today and their southern counterparts, back to the fringes where they belong. In the long term interest of winning the peace for all communities in Sri Lanka, that remains the best possible option. But can the Chief Minister still be saved? [ Full Report ]

  • Tamil moderate speakers heckled at Jaffna book launch
  •    [ Oct 04, 2016 12:35:56 GMT ] [ FT ]

        Sumanthiran who spoke after the NPC Opposition Leader, told the audience that the TNA’s policy on achieving a political solution to the Tamil question since 2010 had been to push for a federal structure, while using negotiations with Colombo backed by strong international pressure to get there. Since 2010, the MP said that the Tamil people of the North and East had voted overwhelmingly in support of this policy. Sumanthiran said that the only alternative put forward to the TNA’s proposal of federalism had been from the Ponnambalam’s TNPF which had called for confederation and a referendum in Tamil areas since 2010. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: Tamils rally in Jaffna against occupation, ethnic cleansing
  •    [ Sep 29, 2016 18:25:18 GMT ] [ Green Left ]

        Military intervention in Tamil civilian life, and sexual violence against women and children, were condemned. The rally demanded that "the occupying forces immediately leave the North and East". The declaration called for "an international investigation to investigate crimes perpetrated on the Tamil people". It also called for the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and the unconditional and immediate release political prisoners, as well as information about people who have disappeared after being arrested or abducted by the military. The declaration called for recognition of Tamils as a distinct nation with the right of self-determination. It advocated the establishment of a federal structure for Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • Demo In Jaffna Against Govt.
  •    [ Sep 29, 2016 14:13:11 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran led a demonstration in Jaffna yesterday against the government. Most shops in the Jaffna town were closed during the demonstration. The protest is against what some claim is the systematic settlement of Sinhalese people in the Tamil dominated region and the erection of Buddhist statues in an area devoid of Buddhist devotees. The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) organised the demonstration, which also garnered the support of some constituent members of the Tamil National Alliance and the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) led by Gajen Ponnambalam. [ Full Report ]

  • Free Education System: The Unexplored Flaws
  •    [ Sep 16, 2016 13:15:47 GMT ] [ UNDP ]

        Ministry of Education in 2013 reports that there are only 0.4% schools that offer school education in all three languages Sinhala, Tamil and English. Further it points out that there are only 3.5% national schools while 96.5% are provincial schools. This sheds light on why the grade 5 scholarship exam is highly competitive, pressurizing children to attend a national school which is considered 'better' due to its prestige. But it must be also noted that national schools are considered to have better resources and better teachers. Does that mean in provincial schools the situation is otherwise? [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka to develop Jaffna island jetties for better connectivity
  •    [ Sep 09, 2016 17:49:04 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        Sri Lanka’s Ports and Shipping Ministry said in order to improve the regular costal transportation services in Jaffna, measures have been taken to develop the jetties in surrounding island’s with the aid of the Navy.“Piers and a slipway will be built to cater to passenger ferry transport as new infrastructure is needed to develop regular coastal transportation services enabling people to travel between seven inhabited islands and the peninsula.”The total number of islands in Jaffna is 11, out of that only seven islands are inhabited. They are Karikattuwan, Nagadeepa, Delft, Analathivu, Eluvativu, Kayts and Karainagar. The Ministry hopes to develop the jetties using the Navy’s labour force and professional expertise. [ Full Report ]

  • SLC to construct stadiums in Polonnaruwa and Jaffna
  •    [ Sep 06, 2016 14:09:11 GMT ] [ ESPN ]

        Sri Lanka Cricket is investing in the development of cricket in parts of the country less exposed to the game by earmarking funds for the construction of two new cricket stadiums in the Northern and North Central Provinces. The executive committee of SLC has given its approval for the two projects to go ahead. The projects, on which work is due to begin in the near future, are expected to cost Sri Lankan Rs 200 million (approximately 1.38 million USD). "We have allocated Rs 100 million each for the construction of a cricket stadium at Polonnaruwa and one at Jaffna," Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva, said. "The projects are due to begin very soon." [ Full Report ]

  • In Jaffna, hundreds seek help during Ban’s visit
  •    [ Sep 02, 2016 18:25:00 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        After a three-hour-long bus ride from Vavuniya, Padmarani Thuraisingham stood in front of the Jaffna Public Library for at least two hours on Friday. It was little past noon and the sun right over us. With a cotton hand towel covering her head she stood quietly, holding a pixelated photograph close to her chest. It was a picture of her missing husband Chinnathurai Thuraisingham. “This is from a passport photo he had taken when he was 45, say in 2002 or 2003.” One morning in July 2008, he left home soon after sunrise, taking a stock of bread in his autorickshaw to their bakery. And he never came back. His vehicle also went missing. [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna GA's letters cause anger among uprooted Tamils from Valikaamam North
  •    [ Aug 30, 2016 14:04:47 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Colombo's Defence Ministry has instructed the SL Government Agent in Jaffna, Mr N. Vethanayagan to issue three different letters to the uprooted families in Valikaamam North, who are staying in the so-called welfare camps in Jaffna. A section of the people have been asked to prepare to move out of their camps and to accept alternative housing-scheme [being built by the occupying military]. Around 70 of the families staying at Sabapathipillai camp in Chunnaakam have received a second-type of letter that states that in the event their lands were to be permanently seized for military use, they would be compensated with ‘suitable’ and ‘lucrative’ alternatives. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: Improved Livability and Infrastructure in Kandy, Galle and Jaffna
  •    [ Aug 29, 2016 13:56:40 GMT ] [ WB ]

        Sri Lanka is in the midst of a structural transformation and urbanization process with the potential of yielding profound implications on economic development and poverty alleviation. Rapidly growing cities like Kandy, Galle and Jaffna are experiencing increases of population and industries, as well as higher concentrations of poverty. The Sri Lanka Strategic Cities Development Project is being supported by the World Bank initially through a $147 million development credit bolstered by $55 in additional financing for improvements in Jaffna for a total of $202 million. The overall project is expected to cost $257.08 million with the rest being funded by the Sri Lankan government. [ Full Report ]

  • Triangle of conflicts in Tamil Politics
  •    [ Aug 29, 2016 13:47:22 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        PM Wickremesinghe and his government work directly in the North-East and Chandrika Kumaratunge’s ONUR funded by foreign donors go about spending money on unsolicited livelihood projects, further centralising and controlling Northern life from Colombo, when more devolved power for the North-East is what has to be worked out. For the N-E, the purpose of voting Rajapaksa out was thus completely lost. This brings into the spotlight the role of the TNA leadership, which is very much in question among the ordinary Tamil people. [ Full Report ]

  • National security, Army’s foremost priority
  •    [ Aug 24, 2016 13:58:29 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        The incumbent Commander Security Forces - Jaffna, Major General, Mahesh Senanayake in an interview with the Daily News explained the allegations that there was a threat to national security in Jaffna, was more political than real. Certain groups or individuals keep saying that there is a threat to national security and that it would affect the South, another war may come and that we are about to lose our hard won victory. They also claim that our soldiers have lost their morale. That is all false, there is no such situation. These are attempts to gain political mileage. [ Full Report ]

  • Snuff targeting schoolchildren, floods country through legal loopholes
  •    [ Aug 24, 2016 13:48:34 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        A decade-old legal loophole is allowing addictive substances containing nicotine to flood the country, with schoolchildren allegedly the prime target. The recent seizure of two stocks of a powdered substance identified as SVS snuff (dunkudu) has brought this matter into refocus. In September last year, Customs officials confiscated 75,000 vials of SVS snuff imported from India. The importer had tried to get the stock cleared through Customs by declaring the consignment as ‘sambrani’ (benzoin resin) used as incense. [ Full Report ]

  • Northern Province CM to discuss ex-Tamil rebels with Sri Lanka PM
  •    [ Aug 22, 2016 16:25:30 GMT ] [ BS ]

        Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran on Monday said he will meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeinghe to discuss concerns on former Tamil Tiger rebels. Wigneswaran said he will discuss with Wickremeinghe the allegations that former rebels who were released after being rehabilitated were injected with a poisonous drug, Xinhua news agency reported. The Chief Minister will also discuss concerns over the failure to release Tamil political prisoners being still in detention. [ Full Report ]

  • Northern Province Investor Forum on August 22
  •    [ Aug 18, 2016 13:12:55 GMT ] [ SLG News ]

        The Northern Province Investor Forum will be held at the Jaffna Government Agents office on August 22 with the objective of uplifting the lives of people which were affected by the war and support them in income generation, development of livelihoods and creating job opportunities.President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Affairs minister D.M.Swaminathan and Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Industry and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiudeen will grace the occasion. [ Full Report ]

  • USAF medical team to examine ex-LTTE combatants allegedly injected with poisonous substances
  •    [ Aug 17, 2016 11:29:29 GMT ] [ IE ]

        The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has said that US Air Force’s medical team, currently in the province on a goodwill visit, will examine former Tamil Tigers combatants who had fallen sick allegedly because they were injected with poisonous substances by the Sri Lankan armed forces when they were undergoing detention or rehabilitation after surrender. NPC Fisheries Minister B.Deniswaran said on Tuesday that is it wrong to allege that ex-combatants had died or are sick because of deliberate poisoning, even before doing a survey. The TNA’s spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express that no comment can be made before ascertaining the facts. “We are trying to ascertain the facts,” he said. [ Full Report ]

  • Ambassador Atul Keshap's Remarks at the Reception Held in Jetwing Hotel, Jaffna
  •    [ Aug 16, 2016 12:38:27 GMT ] [ US Embassy - Colombo ]

        In eight months, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will report on the Government of Sri Lanka’s progress toward implementing its reconciliation and accountability promises made in Geneva last year. We know the government has committed to establish truth and reconciliation and judicial mechanisms to investigate war crimes; to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act; to charge or release the remaining security-related detainees; dismantle the culture of surveillance; end discrimination against minorities; return more land; boost an open and free society for journalists and civil society; and promote reconciliation and forge a reconciled, united, peaceful, prosperous Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • US donates medical supplies through Operation Pacific Angel to North
  •    [ Aug 16, 2016 10:03:59 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap representing the American people and the government donated medical supplies brought in by U.S. Pacific Command’s Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) to Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan who accepted the items on behalf of the people of Jaffna.Operation PACANGEL is donating medical and dental equipment and providing free medical care, dental care, optometry, and physical therapy to the people of Jaffna. The supplies include medication to treat acute symptoms, physical therapy equipment, eyeglasses, dental care supplies, and vitamin supplements. [ Full Report ]

  • C.V Request To Chandrika To Help In Geneva Resolution
  •    [ Aug 12, 2016 10:17:42 GMT ] [ AN ]

        The Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council requested the former President Chandrika Bandaranayake to help in practice the Geneva resolution. He stated in a public event which was organized by Ganam Foundation in Velanai that the reconciliation process have to gain success. He stated he got Peace building Matrix report but in that report nothing was mentioned about war crime inquiry. He asserted that the international judges should participate in the war crime inquiries. [ Full Report ]

  • Devolution the Only Solution: C.V. Wigneswaran on Tamil Ties with the Sri Lankan State
  •    [ Aug 11, 2016 16:09:41 GMT ] [ Wire ]

        Businesses are run by the army. Inter alia, they are running hotels and tourist resorts. Fishing is allowed for illegal immigrants from the south by the military, but the local fishermen are not allowed to fish in their own traditional fishing areas. Resources from the province are whisked away outside the province with the active help of the military. The NPC has very little control. Buddhist statues and temples are being constructed without permission being obtained from the local authorities; this is happening with the help of the military in areas where no Buddhists live. The army interferes in civil matters. Schools, public buildings, playgrounds, et cetera are still kept in military custody and not handed over to the people to run their own affairs. [ Full Report ]

  • All We Want Is Peace – Sivakkolunthu Agilathas
  •    [ Aug 10, 2016 14:27:23 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        Northern Provincial Councillor (NPC) Sivakkolunthu Agilathas claims that the Northern people are not in the least interested in protests and demonstrations to topple the government. He further said the new good governance regime have not been given the space to make a difference in the country. He went on saying that although he was a Tamil from the North, he was saddened to see the Tamil people wanting benefits from the government, yet slandering people of the south the moment they (Tamil people) have received what they want. This, he said, should not be promoted if true reconciliation is to happen. [ Full Report ]

  • The Report Send By Un Representative Create Questions: C.V
  •    [ Aug 10, 2016 14:10:35 GMT ] [ AN ]

        Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran yesterday (9th Aug) said he got a report from UN representative of Sri Lanka, in that reports nothing mentioned about war crimes which occurred in last civil war. He also said this make a doubt. He stated the report mention about resettlement of the people, reconciliation, and the rehabilitation. He mentioned planned to send a letter to UN representative on this issue before that he will get the opinion from the members of Northern Provincial Council. [ Full Report ]

  • CM of Lanka's North asks Tamils to insist on federal structure
  •    [ Aug 08, 2016 13:30:37 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Tamil- dominated northern province C V Wigneswaran has asked the community to "insist" on the federal solution to resolve the country's decades-long ethnic conflict. Addressing the Tamil Peoples Council in Jaffna yesterday, Wigneswaran said the Tamils must insist on a federal structure under the new Constitution with the re-merger of the northern and eastern provinces to form a single Tamil-speaking province. [ Full Report ]

  • Is Sri Lanka’s peace dividend finally within reach?
  •    [ Aug 08, 2016 12:54:41 GMT ] [ FT ]

        The prize from a sustained reconciliation between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils is little short of paradise. Historic temples and a rich architecture complement this stunning landscape. Education is almost universal, with a literacy rate of 92 per cent nationally and over 98 per cent in the main Tamil city of Jaffna. Theft and petty crime is low. Yet the challenges can’t be underestimated. Up to a third of northerners are unemployed, far more than in the rest of Sri Lanka. The region’s contribution to GDP is the lowest among the nine provinces. Work for the most part is informal and unstable. [ Full Report ]

  • Gov Plan To Use Keerimalai Harbour For Military – CV
  •    [ Aug 03, 2016 5:39:38 GMT ] [ Athavan News ]

        Chief Minister of the Northern Province CV Wigneswaran says the government’s proposed plan to construct a fisheries harbour in Keerimalai, Jaffna should be suspended. The Chief Minister said the construction of a harbour would be inappropriate as it is adjacent to a sacred place of worship. The Keerimalai Naguleswaram temple, a famous Hindu temple, is found in Keerimalai. Therefore the Chief Minister called for the project to be suspended. The Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran was speaking during a religious function in the area last evening (2nd Aug). [ Full Report ]

  • In Sri Lanka, a Government in Denial About the Ramifications of a Long History of Violence
  •    [ Aug 03, 2016 5:02:44 GMT ] [ Wire ]

        The crisis is a part of the Sinhalese establishment’s absence of conviction on the cardinal importance of secularism and the drift of the Tamil elite towards religious obscurantism. The Sinhalese students must come back to Jaffna, but will the university put its house in order by radical re-education of those in authority? Indeed, there would have been no pretext for the incident had the university observed secular ethics. It is retaining Buddhist pre-eminence in the constitution, and its vividly demonstrated potential to kindle conflagration, that forces the state into greasy compromises with others intent on their own hegemonic projects. The rejection of equality and secularism condemns Lanka to pervasive instability. [ Full Report ]

  • Containing communal conflict vital for economic development
  •    [ Aug 01, 2016 10:25:03 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        The country’s economic engine cannot fire with all its pistons without all communities feeling that they belong to this Island nation as equal citizens with equal rights and opportunities. Achieving durable reconciliation and building a solid sense of nationhood is neither easy nor possible in a short period of time. What is needed is movement in the correct direction. The violence at the Jaffna University must be looked at as an opportunity to seriously address the issues of national reconciliation. The economic gains of a united nation should spur the Government and people towards the settlement of the ethnic issue expeditiously and with consummate skill. [ Full Report ]

  • This isn’t a question of tit-for tat - C.V.Wigneswaran
  •    [ Aug 01, 2016 10:11:18 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Northern Province Chief Minister and former Judge of the Supreme Court C.V. Wigneswaran spoke to the Dailymirror at his official residence in Jaffna. During the interview, he spoke of the recent clash at the Jaffna University, the personal and the political and much more:"My student Sripavan is the Chief Justice today. He is the only Tamil in the Supreme Court and in the Court of Appeal. There are Muslims, but there is no Tamil. Isn’t that a discrimination against the Tamils?" [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna University – when entitlement is rejected
  •    [ Jul 29, 2016 3:21:15 GMT ] [ Groundviews ]

        On the 16th of July, a clash happened between students at Jaffna University over the inclusion of Sinhalese cultural spectacles in the welcome event. Below is a brief of the events but a more in-depth report of the goings-on can be found on DBS Jeyaraj’s blog.[i] The background to this skirmish is a freshers’ welcome at the Science Faculty (16 July). The organizing student committee of the Science Students Union (SSU) had planned a march with traditional Tamil welcome drums and music, garlanding and escorting the Dean and Academic Staff from the Science Faculty gates for the event in the mathematics department hall. [ Full Report ]

  • Kerala Ganja worth Rs.10 million seized in Jaffna
  •    [ Jul 02, 2016 11:14:58 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        A haul of Kerala Ganja with a staggering street value of 10 million rupees was seized by the Special Task Force (STF) at Achchuveli in Jaffna yesterday. The haul, weighing 91.519 kilograms, was detected in a search operation conducted along the Achchuveli-Valalai coast in Jaffna. Two suspects who were allegedly transporting the Kerala Ganja were also arrested by the STF. The STF had received a tip-off regarding a Kerala Ganja smuggling racket centered in this area, which had reportedly been active over a long period of time. The arrested suspects, aged 24 and 24 years, are residents of Valalai and Ilavalai. [ Full Report ]

  • Displaced Tamils call for expert panel to monitor progress in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Jun 29, 2016 10:11:18 GMT ] [ TamilGuardian ]

        Tamils who have been displaced from their homes for decades have written to the United Nations human rights chief, urging him to appoint an expert panel to “monitor and report the progress on resettlement, relief, and restoration of the sociopolitical and economic structures”. In a letter written to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al-Hussein, Tamils from Valikamam North in the Jaffna district said that the Sri Lankan military continues to occupy their houses. [ Full Report ]

  • 'The situation in Sri Lanka is not alarming for refugees to return'
  •    [ Jun 23, 2016 19:30:03 GMT ] [ Rediff ]

        A 28-minute documentary, No Longer A Refugee, tells the story of Sri Lanka Tamils who have returned home after spending many years as refugees in Tamil Nadu. According to one estimate, there are over 65,000 65,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees still living in nearly 110 refugee camps in Tamil Nadu. The documentary was produced by Ashok Gladston Xavier, a Chennai-based academic, on behalf of the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation or OfERR, a self-help group run by refugees since 1983 and which has offices in Chennai and Colombo. The documentary will be shown in all refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, and where not possible CDs will be supplied to refugee camps for exhibition. [ Full Report ]

  • Tamils in Sri Lanka need a federal solution: Wigneswaran
  •    [ Jun 22, 2016 15:57:10 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        The grievances of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka can only be addressed through a federal system of governance and the merger of north and eastern provinces, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has said. Mr. Wigneswaran said he had conveyed this to the Colombo-based ambassadors, including those from the European Union, during his recent engagements with them. The Tamil issue should not be seen by the government from the view point of the nationalist extremists in the south, Mr. Wigneswaran said in Jaffna on Tuesday. [ Full Report ]

  • Judge Ilancheliyan struck terror in the hearts of Jaffna's criminals
  •    [ Jun 21, 2016 15:36:46 GMT ] [ NIE ]

        Ilancheliyan’s awesome reputation as a fearless judge stemmed from his handling of the Krishanthi Kumaraswamy rape and murder case in 1999. The incident which took place at Chemmani in Jaffna district, involved Captain-rank military personnel. Ilancheliyan not only had the officers arrested, but ordered exhumation of the bodies. Fifteen bodies were exhumed under the glare of the international media. “Predictably, the Defense Ministry objected to the arrests, and many thought that Lanka’s Sinhalese majority will not allow a Tamil judge to remand Sinhalese army officers. But President Chandrika Kumaratunga bowed to international pressure and allowed the arrests. However, the four arrested officers went to the Court of Appeal in Colombo and got bail,” Ilancheliyan said. [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna’s Glitzy Exterior Hides A Stagnant Local Economy
  •    [ Jun 21, 2016 15:30:02 GMT ] [ NIE ]

        “The five salterns in Elephant Pass, if used, could supply salt to the entire island. The abandoned cement plant in Kankesanthurai could be restarted with imported limestone, and Paranthan chemicals could be revived. If the 6,000 acres of agricultural land held by the armed forces in Weligamam North is returned to civilians, food could be produced. Cashew, coconut, sugarcane, grapes and mangoes could be grown in plantations and food processing could be given a fillip,” Jayasekaram told Express. [ Full Report ]

  • Duraiappah stadium a symbol of optimism, economic development: PM Modi
  •    [ Jun 20, 2016 8:04:21 GMT ] [ ANI ]

        Asserting the Duraiappah stadium a symbol of optimism and economic development, Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Saturday said India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress and prosperity for all citizens. “The Duraiappah stadium is not just bricks and motors it is a symbol of optimism and economic development. An arena of phosphorous and healthy future for Jaffna’s youth. [ Full Report ]

  • Modi, Sirisena inaugurate renovated Duraiappah stadium in Jaffna
  •    [ Jun 20, 2016 8:02:13 GMT ] [ IANS ]

        Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna on Saturday. While Sirisena was present at the stadium in Jaffna, Modi joined the event through video-conferencing from New Delhi. Modi said that Indian government with Sirisena jointly dedicate to the people of Sri Lanka the newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium. [ Full Report ]

  • India-rebuilt Lanka stadium where 23 human skeletons were discovered
  •    [ Jun 18, 2016 10:47:21 GMT ] [ IANS ]

        The India-renovated Duraiappah sports stadium in the embattled Sri Lankan city of Jaffna had once laid bare the hidden brutalities of the Tamil civil war when at least 23 human skeletons, including those of some disappeared children buried secretly in the playground, were discovered in 1999. The skeletons, including those of children, were unearthed when the stadium was being refurbished, according to a 2002 report on Sri Lanka child soldiers by Daya Somasundaram, a renowned psychiatrist in northern Sri Lanka. The bodies were believed to be of those arrested by Sri Lanka security forces and later allegedly killed in what activists say were extra-judicial murders. [ Full Report ]

  • Colombo's TID interrogates Tamil paramilitary operative
  •    [ Jun 16, 2016 13:35:26 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Colombo's ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) officers are interrogating a 29-year-old Tamil paramilitary operative from Thenmaraadchi, Jaffna, in connection with the discovery of explosives in March at the village of Ma'ravanpulavu, informed sources told TamilNet on Wednesday. Sivarasa Sivakulan alias Murali, who has been a close confidant of former SL Military Commander in Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and who was actively involved in SLFP election campaigns in Thenmaraadchi during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa, is the one subjected to interrogations at the notorious 4th Floor in Colombo. Mr Sivakulan has also been a close friend of the present SL Governor of Northern Province Mr Reginald Cooray, informed sources in Jaffna said. He was detained on 11 June. [ Full Report ]

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