Tamil political prisoners transferred to cells with criminal inmates in Anuradhapura

[Sat, 13 Jan 2018, 16:47 GMT]
A 70-year-old Tamil political prisoner from Mannaar and a 40-year-old political prisoner from Chaavakachcheari in Jaffna, both of whom survived a fatal assault by Sinhala prison guards, STF commandos and military intelligence personnel five years ago, complained on Friday that they have been transferred to cells with Sinhala criminal prisoners in Anuradhapura prison. The Tamil prisoners have been complaining for a long time of threats of ethnic violence against them from Sinhala prisoners. Apart from being subjected to violence, some Tamil political prisoners have also been exposed to narcotics from the criminal prisoners. Full story >>

Colombo prepares to seize entire hill-top of Maththa'la-malai in Kooniththeevu

[Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 23:14 GMT]
The Archaeology Department of occupying Colombo has instructed the SL Police Officer-In-Charge of Champoor, Trincomalee, that the entire hill-top of Maththa'la-malai in Kooniththeevu, including the traditional Murukan temple of the village deity of Tamils, should be considered as Sinhala Buddhist site of archaeological heritage, according to an informed source close to the SL Police. Full story >>

Land deed of disputed Kooniththeevu temple silently withdrawn

[Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 19:38 GMT]
The files of the temple of Maththa'la-malai Murukan deity, which has been subjected to sudden claims of archaeological reserve by the Sinhala Buddhist establishment, have been secretly transferred away from Moothoor Divisional Secretariat this week by a District Secretariat official while the temple trustees were being kept in remand, informed civil sources told TamilNet on Thursday. The temple management had applied for official papers to document land ownership of the temple in 2014 and the Divisional Secretariat had recently received the land deed. But, it was transferred back to District Secretariat before the temple management was able to get it from the Divisional Secretariat, the sources said. Full story >>

Occupying Sinhala military steals contracts, employment from Tamils in North

[Tue, 09 Jan 2018, 21:24 GMT]
Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake, the present commander of the occupying Sinhala Army of genocidal Sri Lanka is trying justify the overwhelming presence of the SL soldiers in the country of Eezham Tamils by claiming that one third of the soldiers were being deployed for construction work in civil sector. But, in reality, the Sinhala military is stealing the contracts from the firms of Tamils and is depriving Tamils of their employment. Ultimately, the SL military has seized the control of the entire market in the Tamil homeland from farming to construction, civil officials in Jaffna said. On the one hand, the unitary SL State is suppressing the Northern Provincial Council without allocating required funds for necessary development and rehabilitation work of the war-affected province, but on the other hand, it is waging a propaganda against the NPC as being inefficient, they further commented. Full story >>

SL Navy behind causing temple controversy at Kooniththeevu

[Sat, 06 Jan 2018, 23:06 GMT]
Without having established anything scientifically and without even officially declaring anything through a Gazette notification, the SL Archaeology Department, which relies upon manipulations, extremist views, occupying Sinhala military and the ‘Buddhism foremost’ clauses of the unitary constitution, managed to build a false paradigm of an imaginative ‘stupa’ as having existed at the hill-top of Maththa'la-malai at the locality of Choodaik-kudaa in Kooniththeevu GS division of Moothoor East, Trincomalee. Basicially, the entire falsehood has been based on the utterances coming from the chief monk of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya, Munhene Mettarama thero. The Seruwila monk is someone who has been closely working with the occupying Sinhala Navy in Champoor, a well-informed source in Trincomalee told TamilNet on Saturday. Full story >>

2ND LEAD (Update)

Conduct of SL Judiciary exposed in Koonith-theevu temple dispute

[Thu, 04 Jan 2018, 23:50 GMT]
Moothoor Magistrate’s Court on Thursday further remanded the three Tamil trustees from Choodaik-kudaa in Kooniththeevu, who were arrested by the Sinhala police that invited them for a meeting at Champoor Police station on 01 January. Despite the occupying police failing to document the existence of a Gazette notification to prove the hill-top as an archaeological reserve as claimed by the Sinhala monks who filed the case, the Magistrate of the SL court went ahead extending the remand without bail, Tamil legal activists in Trincomalee complained. In the meantime, the dispute originated only after the intruding Sinhala Buddhist monks from Seruwila objected to the expansion of the Murukan temple of Tamils and there were no archaeological artefacts discovered or destroyed as being claimed by the Sinhalese, the leader of Champoor Women’s Rural Society Leader told TamilNet on Thursday. Full story >>

Feature Article
3RD LEAD (Update)

Sinhala military silently recruits Tamil teenagers through deceptive ‘cadet training’ in North

[Tue, 02 Jan 2018, 21:19 GMT]
Sinhala military cadet training targets Tamil children in North
Selfies of school-going Tamil children as young as 15-years from Uruththirapuram in Ki’linochchi and from Jaffna, including from the prestigious colleges such as Jaffna Central, have surfaced in the social media revealing ongoing silent recruitment to the occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka in recent days. The building of one of the key native Tamil academic institutions, that evolved in Jaffna to protect the native language and heritage against European colonialism, the Arya Dravida Bhasha Viruthi Sangam (Academy for the Development of Aryan and Dravidian languages) located at Koddaddi in Jaffna, has become the secretariat for the occupying Sinhala military to recruit Tamil children. Questions have arisen on ‘silent advice’ to SL military on the move was coming from Colombo-based foreign missions that sustain seek to sustain the ‘uniformity’ of genocidal Sri Lanka. Full story >>

Occupying SL Navy fences off temple of village deity near Villuk-ku’lam in Champoor

[Fri, 12 Jan 2018, 22:19 GMT]
The occupying Sinhala Navy of genocidal Sri Lanka has recently fenced off the temple of the village deity of Aathi (ancient) Vairavar, which is located near Champoor in Moothoor East of Trincomalee district. A few months ago, when the SL Navy was seizing more lands surrounding the naval training base of ‘SLNS Vidura’, the temple was left outside the ‘military zone’ for civilian access. But, in recent weeks, the SL Navy has moved on to absorb the Vairavar temple into military zone, according to the management of Champoor Vinaayakar Sana Samooka Nilayam, a local library in the area. The latest move also confirms the theory that the SL Navy was behind causing the recent controversy of so-called archaeological reserve of ‘Anuradhapura period’ Buddha stupa at Choodaik-kudaa in the nearby village of Kooniththeevu, where Eezham Tamils were having a village deity for at least 7 generations. Full story >>

2ND LEAD (Adds details, letter)

Sinhalicsiation threat looms again at Madu Road Junction in Mannaar

[Wed, 10 Jan 2018, 19:02 GMT]
The Administrating Priest of the Catholic shrine of Our Lady of Madu in Mannaar, Rev Fr S Emilianuspillai, has expressed serious concerns over the deteriorating level of militarisation of Madu Junction area despite repeated complaints from the Madu Church to the SL President Maithiripala Sirisena over the past two years. The SL military has transformed the Madu Road Junction, an area with spiritual significance into an amusement and business site by operating a restaurant and conducting parties at the locality, the Catholic residents of the area have complained. “The Army check point at the entrance to the Holy Shrine is a distraction and the main Army Camp at 6th milepost has been developed and appears like a small city by itself,” the Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of The Rosary noted in his letter to SL President. Full story >>

Sinhala Air Force, Navy compete with occupying Army in seizing Tamil lands in Vanni

[Mon, 08 Jan 2018, 21:55 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is deploying at least 16,720 acres of public lands in Vanni, which have earlier been taken over by the Forest Department of genocidal Sri Lanka. The SLAF controls 8,500 acres of lands in Ampa-kaamam, 3,500 acres from Karippadda-mu'rippu to Ira'nai-madu and 2,200 acres in Keappaa-pulavu, where uprooted Tamil villagers are demanding de-militarisation and proper resettlement. In the meantime, The SL Navy base known as ‘SLNS Gotabaya’, which comes under the so-called Eastern Naval Area (ENA), has been officially allocated with 671 acres despite repeated protests from private land owners. The lands being allocated to SLNS Gotabhaya in Mu'l'livaaykkaal East also contains crucial evidences and traces of genocidal onslaught against Eezham Tamils in 2009 where the final onslaught took place in May 2009. Full story >>

Feature Article

Colombo steps up structural genocide against Paduvaankarai in Batticaloa

[Fri, 05 Jan 2018, 21:59 GMT]
Mahaweli System B
Former LTTE members who have resettled in Paduvaan-karai region of Batticaloa district complain that they are being systematically neglected in the provision of even the bare minimum assistance in the form of housing and loans. The SL officials have also gone to the extent of citing a section of the ex-LTTE families being away from Paduvaan-karai during the times of war as an excuse to denounce such assistance. In the meantime, The Tamil farmers and fishermen in Paduvaan-karai blame SL President Maithiripala Sirisena for silently introducing a new ‘leasing’ scheme for Sinhala colonists to seize the lands of Tamils in Paduvaan-karai region. Sirisena's Mahaweli Ministry is also alleged of re-channelling the water away from tanks used by Tamils in Batticaloa to his Sinhala electorate of Polonnaruwa. Full story >>

Another stupa erected at controversial Buddhist vihara in Kokku'laay

[Wed, 03 Jan 2018, 21:10 GMT]
Sri Thissapura Gunarathna Thero, an extremist Sinhala Buddhist monk, who has been constructing a controversial Buddhist vihara establishment at the private lands of Eezham Tamils in the strategic Kokku'laay, which links the Northern and Eastern provinces, has put up another Buddhist stupa at the locality in recent weeks, Tamil officials at Karai-thu'raip-pattu division said. The monk is fully assisted by Sinhala soldiers who are deployed in civil clothes. Despite repeated complaints and interim orders coming from local and provincial authorities, the monk is continuing the construction with the backing of Colombo government, occupying Sinhala military and the extremist Buddhist Power Force (BBS). Mr Manivannathas, the Tamil owner of the land has once again sought help from the public to stop the construction work, but says no-one is coming forward to take up his case. Full story >>

Kooniththeevu arrests illegal without Gazette notification: lawyer

[Sun, 07 Jan 2018, 22:13 GMT]
Attorney-at-Law Arumukam Jegasothy from Trincomalee, one of the lawyers who appeared on behalf of the three Tamil trustees of the temple of Maththa’la-malai Murukan temple, said without a pre-existing Gazette notification on archaeological reserve at the time of the dispute and police action, the trustees could not be held in detention. The Sinhala lawyer who represented the prosecutor didn’t document the existence of a Gazette notification at Moothoor Magistrate’s court last time. Any new move to file a such notification cannot be used to justify the arrests and that the three trustees would be released by next time when the prosecutor fails to prove the pre-existence of such a Gazette notification. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2000:
2000 Jan 17 16:42      Election Commissioner 'Valid In Law'
2000 Jan 17 14:31      HRC asked to initiate legal action
2000 Jan 17 11:57      Shell wounds three
2000 Jan 17 11:55      President security stops letter bomb
1999:
1999 Jan 17 22:40      Houses damaged in rampage
1999 Jan 17 13:23      NGO's demand negotiated settlement
1999 Jan 17 13:19      Three SLA casualties in Jaffna
1999 Jan 17 13:10      Many disappearances still unaccounted for
1999 Jan 17 04:21      Heavy fighting in Mankulam
1998:
1998 Jan 17 23:59      Canadian court rejects stay order request
1998 Jan 17 23:59      Planned deportation takes toll on family, friends
1998 Jan 17 23:59      SLA patrol ambushed
Now to what higher object, to what great character, can any mortal aspire that to be possessed of all this knowledge, well digested and ready at command, to assist the feeble and friendless, to discoutenance the haughty and the lawless, to procure redress to wrongs, the advancement of right, to assert and maintain liberty and virtue, to discourage and abolish tyranny and vice?
-John Adams
2nd President of the United States
In office March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801
As told in 1760 to his close friend from Harvard College,
and last British attorney general of Massachusetts
Jonathan Sewall
on his love of the profession of law

 

Know the Etymology: 103
Place Name of the Day:
(103 of 500 revised)

Vallai, Vallaṉ, Vellaṉ
Vallai

The jungle

The jungle place

The jungle place or the paddy-field place

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Tamil Genocide Book
[20.02.16]
The Tamil Genocide by Sri LankaThe second edition with over 150 new pages traces the ongoing engagement in the Sri Lankan conflict of Professor Francis A. Boyle, an eminent American expert in international law, from the conflict’s last years to the present pursuit of UN recognition of the Tamil genocide and call for reparations. It is the first book to develop an authoritative case for genocide against the Government of Sri Lanka under international law. The book is available from Clarity Press, Amazon in soft cover or in Kindle version.
Durban Conference
[11.11.15]
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[04.11.15]
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[06.05.15]
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Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam
[05.05.15]
TNPF rejects ‘domestic investigations’ upheld by USA: The fact that the United States and the US Secretary of State John Kerry would consider the post January 08th 2015 situation in Sri Lanka, with the new government favourable, is understandable. But, for him to suggest that there is a favourable condition for the Tamils, is stretching too far, said Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, responding to a question from TamilNet.
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[02.05.15]
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[02.05.15]
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[02.05.15]
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Batticaloa, memorial event
[29.04.15]
Constitutionally recognise Tamil homeland to prove bona fides, exiled poet tells Colombo: “Would the Sinhala rulers of Sri Lanka ever be prepared to constitutionally recognise the joint North-East as the homeland of Tamils,” questioned exiled Eezham Tamil poet Kasi Anandan on Wednesday, speaking from Chennai, in an Internet-based video address on the occasion of a memorial event held in Batticaloa on the 10th anniversary of the assassinated TamilNet Senior Editor and popular columnist Sivaram Dharmeratnam (Taraki).
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[24.04.15]
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Comment by D. Sivaram
[24.04.15]
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Colombo
[13.03.15]
New Delhi should stop looking at Eezham Tamils through Colombo: Whether China or the USA, or both – whatever may be the ultimate foreign policy concern of India, the times are such that New Delhi should learn to approach Eezham Tamils as a nation of its own right.
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[10.03.15]
Ki Pi Aravinthan's 2008 interview to TamilNet serialized: TamilNet serializes this week a 2008 interview with veteran former Tamil militant, poet and writer Ki Pi Aravinthan (Christopher Francis alias Sunthar), who passed away on Sunday in Paris at the age of 62.
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Palaka'ni
[14.02.15]
Palaka'ni: NPC resolution gives hopes on Tamil political unity The recent resolution presented and unanimously adopted in the Northern Provincial Council on historic and recent genocide against Tamils in the island, has rung alarm bells at necessary diplomatic quarters, say Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran (EPRLF) and TNA Councillor M.K. Shivajilingam (TELO). In a Palaka'ni interview to TamilNet this week, Mr Shivajilingam said there were attempts afoot to influence certain Tamil diaspora activists to issue sophisticated statements urging the UN Rights Chief to postpone the OISL report.
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Accountability
[13.02.15]
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[12.02.15]
Wigneswaran exposes US delay tactics at Geneva: “In my recent conversation with Ms Biswal, I understood that the USA wants to be in favour of the present Sri Lanka government, as this government is favourable to the USA,” Wigneswaran said. “When Ms Biswal asked what could be the appropriate time for the release of the Geneva report and when I replied that it should be in March, she didn’t accept it,” the NPC-CM said.
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[11.02.15]
Key to struggle is to change outlook of powers: Gajendrakumar: The outlook of Powers with regards Tamil national question in the island doesn’t come from lack of knowledge, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said in a Palaka'ni interview last week, naming US-dominated West, India and China as actors primarily involved. The change in their outlook to accommodate Tamil interests is certainly not going to be through education, it is something that has to come through a struggle, he said.
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CV Wigneswaran
[10.02.15]
Wigneswaran calls for international investigation on genocide: In a key development, the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council (NPC), Justice CV Wigneswaran, on Tuesday called for real international investigations on genocide against Tamils committed by the successive governments since Ceylon's independence from the British in 1948.
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