It was in the mid-eighties that several interesting developments took place in Jaffna between the Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the surprise of the people of Jaffna and the country at large.
Columns News - MINORITY PERSPECTIVES
The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority issues Ms Rita Izsak Ndiaye in her address at the ongoing UNHRC session in Geneva on Wednesday (15) has emphasized the need of Sri Lanka safeguarding the minorities and on fulfilling its commitments in implementing the UNHRC resolution.
In the backdrop of first feast to be held at the newly built St. Anthony's Church in Kachchatheevu commencing today (11) the untimely death of 22 year old Rameswaram fisherman Bridgo had occurred due to a gunshot injury last Monday (6). The new church in Kachchatheevu was built by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) within a ten-month period and it was consecrated in December last year.
The Leader of the Opposition and TNA Leader R. Sampanthan reiterating his commitment towards strengthening the reconciliation process has said that Sri Lanka should be given time with conditions to fulfil its commitments vis a vis the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution of 2015 which was cosponsored by the island nation.
Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar has requested the Tamil National Alliance to strengthen its unity before finding solutions for the Tamil political issues. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) representatives led by
R. Sampanthan met Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar who was on a two-day visit to Colombo at the Indian High Commission last Sunday (19).
The representatives of the families of the disappeared persons held their first high profile meeting at Temple Trees on Thursday (9). The meeting was held following the invitation extended by State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, who had successfully negotiated to end a fast unto death protest carried out by some family members in search of their beloved ones who were subjected to involuntary disappearances when the separatist war in progress.
The hunger strike launched by nearly ninety families in Keppapilavu in the Mullaitivu District and continued for the past few days to regain their lands from the Security Forces has highlighted the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons in the Northern Province.
Plans to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Mathiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran, who is a confidant of TNA Leader and Leader of the Opposition
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera opening the Foreign Ministry's Regional Office in Jaffna and the Indian Consulate celebrating the 67th Republic Day of India took place on Thursday (26) in the backdrop of the family members of the disappeared persons and the political prisoners staging their hunger strike in Vavuniya.
The Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran returned to Colombo on Monday (16) after a hectic one week's tour in Canada.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was the guest of honour at the celebration to mark the completion of the National Unity Government's second year in office in Colombo last week.
Mullaitivu District Judge M.S.M. Samsudeen has ordered the Sri Lanka Army to submit the complete list of names of the LTTE cadres who surrendered at the end of civil war in 2009 in Vanni.
Who killed Cock Robin?
The Christmas Midnight Mass assassination of Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham eleven years ago on 24 December 2005 in Batticaloa underscored the 'trigger happy' barbarism which had slaughtered politicians and journalists who had expressed their views against injustices.
Adele Anne, widow of the late LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham, has lambasted a pro-LTTE expatriate Tamil organization for claiming that it has the urn containing the ashes of the late theoretician and making arrangements to build a monument with it in memory of him in London.
It is in the backdrop of the tenth death anniversary of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) theoretician Anton Balasingham this December, contents from one chapter on Sri Lanka's three decades of civil war in the book titled "Choices: Inside the making of India's Foreign Policy "authored by former Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon has been highlighted extensively by The New Indian Express.
The consecration of the new St. Anthony's Chapel on Katchatheevu Island was supposed to take place last Wednesday (7). However, the spiritual event has been postponed till 23 December by the Jaffna Diocese as a mark of respect to the deceased Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram. Regaining Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka in the best interest of Tamil Nadu fishermen was one of the key issues Jayalalithaa focused on before she fell ill and was admitted at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai three months ago.
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Leader of the Opposition
R. Sampanthan addressing two separate meetings in Trincomalee and Batticaloa last week expressed optimism on strengthening peace and reconciliation in the country.
Minister of Health and Co-Cabinet Spokesman
Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has announced at the Cabinet Media briefing last Wednesday (23) that there was nothing wrong in commemorating the dead.
A Monk’s Mockery
'Let a man guard himself against irritability in speech; Let him be controlled in speech. Abandoning verbal misconduct, let him practice good conduct in speech '– Dhammapada
The conduct of Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thera of the Batticaloa's Mangalaramaya over a land issue in the Pattipalai area has stuck a blow to the efforts taken towards building peace and reconciliation in the country.
First Principal of Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai Rev. E.P. Hastings planted Mahogany trees in the school premises to celebrate when his brother-in-law Grover Cleveland (wife's brother) was elected 22nd President of the United States of America in 1885.
Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai, was one of the oldest schools to be started by American Missionaries in 1871.
Some of the Mahogany saplings planted by Rev. Hastings to celebrate his brother-in-law's victory stand to this day, and are popularly known as Cleveland Trees.
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