Colombo's ‘State Land’ seizure to affect thousands in Vadamaraadchi East

[Sun, 24 Sep 2017, 22:26 GMT]
Under the so-called expansion of Chu'ndik-ku'lam bird sanctuary at Vadamaraadchi East, Jaffna, the SL Wildlife Department is systematically choking Jaffna Peninsula and Vanni mainland. The expansion from 25,550 acres into 48,300 acres is set to affect more than one thousand families from Mu'l'liyaan, Poakka'ruppu, Keavil, Niththiyaaveddai and Va'n'naan-ku'lam and absorbes schools and churches. Sinhala guards belonging to SL Wildlife Department have stationed at the locality and are throwing GPS-fitted border stones while they ride in vehicle across the villages. The SL military has issued death threats to the people who have been protesting against the genocidal land grab on Thursday and Friday. Colombo has accelerated the seizure of lands with the aim of converting all non-residential lands in the North-East into ‘State Lands’ before coming up with the sham of constitutional changes. Full story >>

Political prisoners resume hunger-strike as Colombo transfers hearings to Anuradhapura

[Mon, 25 Sep 2017, 19:22 GMT]
Three Tamil political prisoners who earlier abandoned their hunger-strike following assurances that their cases would be heard in Vavuniyaa High Court, resumed their protest on Monday as they learned that their cases were being transferred to Anuradhapura High Court on the instructions from SL Attorney General's Department. Mathiyarasan Sulaxan, Rasathurai Thiruvaran (Chengkan) and Ganesan Tharshanan who have been detained without their cases being heard for 8 years are now being prosecuted with manipulated witnesses produced by the SL ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division. Full story >>

Feature Article

Sinhala colonisation stepped up, genocidal system cannot be transformed through ‘consensus’

[Fri, 22 Sep 2017, 23:32 GMT]
Mahaweli System B
It is not possible to reform or reconfigure the genocidal State system in the island through so-called consensus engagements with the Colombo Establishment either internally or externally, commented a leading civil official in Batticaloa revealing details of a new Sinhala colonisation scheme silently spearheaded by the Mahaweli Ministry of SL President Maithiripala Sirisena. “As far as Tamils are concerned, any consensus programme coming from outside towards the SL State should be viewed by Tamils as a consensus forged among the Establishments for continued strutural genocide against the nation of Eezham Tamils,” the official, who would be risking the SLAS job if publicly identified, told TamilNet. The official revealed how Mahaweli ‘Development’ Ministry is now reviving a colonisation scheme which was originally proposed under Rajapaksa regime in 2008 and later abandoned in 2010. Full story >>

Feature Article

Sathasivam papers on Sumerian-Tamil connections see the light of day

[Wed, 20 Sep 2017, 23:37 GMT]
Proto Sumero Dravidian: Papers by Prof Sathasivam
Four pioneering research papers on the Dravidian connections between ancient Sumerian and Tamil, written between 1964 and 1987 by Eezham Tamil scholar, the late Prof A Sathasivam, are now available as a book. Writing a note to one of those papers in 1965, renowned linguist Prof T. Burrow said that Sathasivam breaks new ground in seeking to relate Dravidian with Sumerian, and added that if it were to be accepted the theory would be of considerable importance for the prehistory of both Dravidian and Sumerian. Brought out by the efforts of Mrs T Sathasivam and edited by Dr. Siva Thiagarajah, the book titled “Proto Sumero Dravidian: The Common Origin of Sumerian and Dravidian Languages,” has been published this year by the History and Heritage Unit of the Tamil Information Centre in the UK. Full story >>

Uprooted people find houses destroyed by SL Navy in Ira'nai-theevu after 2008

[Mon, 18 Sep 2017, 18:18 GMT]
Ira'nai-theevu
There were almost 190 concrete-built houses, which stood in good shape when the SL Navy occupied Ira'nai-theevu twin-islands, which are situated 12 nautical miles west of Muzhangkaavil along the coast of Vanni in the Palk Bay. There was no military confrontations wihtin the islands in 2007-2008 when SL Navy occupied the islets. However, last week, three representatives of the protesting villagers, who went to witness the surveying of the lands, were shocked to see majority of their houses being razed to the ground by the occupying SL Navy. Only around 45 houses have standing structures. Among these, 15 to 20 houses could be reconstructed without much investment. The occupying SL Navy should bear the responsibility for the full and partial destruction of 187 houses, they said. Prior to 2007, the owners had dismantled only 3 houses, the villagers further said. Full story >>

Feature Article

Families of enforced disappeared want answers, no deceptive bills to genocidal system

[Sat, 16 Sep 2017, 23:49 GMT]
The genocidal State of Sri Lanka would simply ‘privatize’ white van abductions in future to circumvent any restrictions be its own Acts or international conventions such as the “International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance” (ICPPED). Therefore, the SL ratification of the ICPPED and the discourse of enacting bills are not of immediate concern to the families of persons subjected to enforced disappearances, commented Mr Velayutham Vijayakumar, who represents the families of persons reported missing. The Jaffa-based activist said Tamil people were more concerned about SL State's official answer on what happened to those subjected to enforced disappearances, particularly the fate of hundreds of persons who were handed over to the SL military in front of their families inside the SL military controlled area after the genocial onslaught in May 2009. Full story >>

Sirisena’s Mahaweli ministry twists old records to Sinhalicize Paduvaankarai

[Thu, 14 Sep 2017, 22:52 GMT]
Mahaweli System B
SL Mahaweli Ministry, which is led by SL President Maithiripala Sirisena has recently sent a letter to the Planning Director of Batticaloa District secretariat claiming that there were 136 agricultural/farming [Sinhala] families residing in the past at Mayilaththamadu, which comes under Koa'ra'laip-pattu South (Kiraan) division of Batticaloa district. Between 2007 and 2014, at least 16,000 acres of lands in Paduvaankarai were illegally encroached by 300 Sinhala colonists from Polonnaruwa, the home district of SL President Maithiripala Sirisena. They went to the extent of constructing a Buddhist temple (hut). However, after protests the colonists were withdrawn towards the end of 2016. Now, Mahaweli Ministry is attempting to twist the old records to facilitate a fresh claim that there were Sinhala settlers in Paduvaankarai region of Batticaloa in the past, informed civil sources said. Full story >>

Feature Article

Alienate lands to Sinhala colonists or face transfer: SL Governor warns Tamil DS in Vanni

[Tue, 12 Sep 2017, 23:17 GMT]
Occupying Colombo’s Sinhala Governor to North Reginald Cooray has threatened S. Gunabalan, the Tamil divisional secretary of Karai-thu’raip-pattu (Maritime-pattu) division of the Mullaiththeevu district to either face transfer to a remote station or find a way to alienate lands owned by uprooted Tamils at the coastal village of Mukaththuvaaram to 300 Sinhala colonists, informed civil sources in Jaffna said. The threat was issued in front of the representatives of the encroaching Sinhala fishermen, who were gathered last week at the secretariat of the SL governor for an exclusive ethnic Sinhala meeting. Colombo-based Director General of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) MCL Fernando, who happens to be a relative of an influential colonist in Mukaththuvaaram and Ven Sri Thissapura Gunarathna Thero, the extremist Buddhist monk from Kokku’laay, attending the meeting. Full story >>

Tamil children massacred by CBK's Sinhala Air Force remembered in Jaffna

[Sat, 23 Sep 2017, 09:46 GMT]
The people of Vadamaraadchi East in Jaffna emotionally marked 22nd remembrance of Naakarkoayil school massacre on Friday. The massacre was carried out by ‘Sri Lanka’ Air Force during the times of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga's (CBK) presidency in 1995. The SLAF targeted Naakarkoayil MV school by firing 8 rockets from Argentina-made Pucará ground attack aircrafts. 26 school children, aged between 08 and 17 years, and a 4-year-old child lost their lives. 20 more civilians were killed in artillery fire and air-attacks elsewhere in the village. The Catholic church at Ma'nal-kaadu was also destroyed in a separate air attack by the SLAF where 3 civilians were killed. More than 100 civilians including 42 students were injured due to air and artillery attacks that targeted innocent civilians on that fateful day. Full story >>

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Champoor Tamils’ security, livelihood threatened by US military partnership with genocidal Sri Lanka

[Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 22:14 GMT]
The occupying navy of genocidal Sri Lanka has put up 25 new coastal sentry posts, 75 meters at distance from each other along the coast of Champoor in Trincomalee. The naval build up taking place since August 2017 has raised security concerns among the native Eezham Tamil fishermen, who are also caught up in anxiety over fishing restrictions occurring again. The fortification has also come amidst increased reports of surveillance and harassment on resettled Champoor Tamils in the recent times. The military installations in Champoor were being beefed up as foreign trainers, particularly those from the Seventh Fleet of the US Navy based in Japan and South-Korea, use to visit Trincomalee to train the marine corps of genocidal Sri Lanka, informed sources in the East port city said. Full story >>

Tamil village in Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa border Sinhalicized by Mahaweli authority, Survey Dept

[Tue, 19 Sep 2017, 22:53 GMT]
SL Mahaweli authority has alienated lands belonging to 300 uprooted Eezham Tamil families to Sinhala settlers in Oamadiyaa-madu village, which is situated near the district border of Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa in the East, Tamil civil officials in Batticaloa district said. Oamadiyaa-madu comes under Batticaloa district. But, SL Survey Department officials marked it as falling under Polonnaruwa district in an irrigation survey, marking the village as catchment area of a tank of Mahaweli system in Polonnaruwa. Omadiyaa-madu village is located 58 km north of Batticaloa city and 10 km north of Welikanda, a bordering Sinhala town in the Polonnaruwa district. SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, who has been in charge of Mahaweli ‘development’ for several periods since 1997, hails from Polonnaruwa district. Full story >>

Muslims oppose Colombo's ‘Sinhala-only’ policy in public administration of Ampaa'rai

[Sun, 17 Sep 2017, 22:07 GMT]
Tamil-speaking Muslims in Ampaa’rai have blamed the Colombo regime, its ministries and the SL Government Agent of Ampaa’rai for failing to implement official language policy in Ampaa’rai district, where more than 61% of the population are Tamil-speaking people. All official administrative communiqués, letters and circulars coming from the District Secretariat to public offices and to the divisional secretariats are in Sinhala. The SL Government Agent and the District Secretariat are deploying Sinhala-only policy with a long-term Sinhalicisation agenda, say Tamil-speaking Muslim activists in Ampaa’rai. They have taken up the issue through the National Council of Muslims criticizing the failure of Maithiripala and Wickramasinghe regime. Full story >>

30th remembrance of Lt Col Thileepan strengthens resolve among Eezham Tamils

[Fri, 15 Sep 2017, 23:30 GMT]
Thileepan, 30-year remembrance
Lt Col Thileepan (Rasaiah Parthipan), who was LTTE's political head in Jaffna, sacrificed his life through a 12-day long fast-unto-death without food and water in September 1987. He had put forward five demands to the Indian Establishment following the signing of Indo-Lanka accord in July 1987 and his fast-unto-death exposed New Delhi and its Colombo-centric geopolitical dealings with the SL State among the grassroots of Eezham Tamils. Three decades on, Eezham Tamils are still dealing with almost the same demands as that were put forward by Thileepan in 1987. The Eezham Tamils waging protests demanding whereabouts of their kith and kin subjected to enforced disappearances and the protests demanding de-militarisation, resettlement and release of political prisoners, are again exposing the Colombo-centric geopolitics of the ‘Strategic partners’, political observers in Jaffna said. Full story >>

EPRLF opposes 20A to SL Constitution, ITAK duo wrongs again says Premachandran

[Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 16:39 GMT]
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has completely failed to conduct an internal democratic discussion on the consequences of the so-called 20th Amendment and the latest amendments to the 20th Amendment, said EPRLF Leader Suresh Premachandran at a press conference held in Jaffna on Tuesday. Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, who has started to lament the situation of the current regime that has failed to deliver justice and power sharing, has not publicly articulated his position. The ITAK has even failed to address the Tamil media. Meanwhile, the ITAK councillors in the Eastern Province have been tricked to vote in favour of the amendment, he said. In the meantime, M.A. Sumanthiran is staging selective campaigns and invitees-only briefings advocating for the amended 20A. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2001:
2001 Sep 26 19:38      TULF undecided on no-confidence motion
2001 Sep 26 16:43      Thileepan commemorated in areas under SLA
2001 Sep 26 13:09      LTTE condemns assassination of senior leader
2000:
2000 Sep 26 18:04      Claymore kills nine soldiers
2000 Sep 26 14:44      Heavy fighting reported in Eluthumadduval
2000 Sep 26 12:42      Fighting in Nagar Kovil
2000 Sep 26 12:06      PA chief perpetrator of polls violence- watchdog
2000 Sep 26 06:53      SLA offensive near Chavakachcheri
1999:
1999 Sep 26 11:56      Blast kills one
1998:
1998 Sep 26 20:41      PA council-chairman shot dead
1998 Sep 26 20:38      Search operation in Vadamaradchi east
1998 Sep 26 20:36      Youth arrested for purchasing Bananas
1998 Sep 26 17:20      Bishop's plea for Vanni refugees
1998 Sep 26 17:13      MP's Vanni visit obstructed
1998 Sep 26 17:06      Thileepan remembered
1998 Sep 26 17:01      Airforce fire kills Indian fisherman
If the FREEDOM of speech is taken away then dumb and silent, we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
-George Washington
1732-1799, First President of the USA

 

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The port of the Ūrā type of sailing ships/ The quay or harbour

The port of the Paṇṇai type of cargo boats

The port of the Kappal type of sailboats

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