President Maithripala Sirisena's speech, at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly sessions, in New York on Tuesday (20), could be considered more as a response to the comments made by the UNHRC High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein on Sri Lanka at the beginning of the 36th UNHRC session in Geneva last week.
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A commemoration, to mark the 32nd death anniversary of slain veteran Tamil politician V.Tharmalingam of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) and Parliamentarian M. Alalasuntharam, who were brutally assassinated on 2 September 1985,was held at the memorial site in Thavadi, Jaffna last week.
The Sri Lankan Armed Forces had been very much ceremonial until the North and East separatist war started in the early eighties. Apart from engaging in the 1971 insurgency for a brief period, the Sri Lanka Armed Forces personnel were largely confined to their barracks and bases set up during the British period.
The Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader, Douglas Devananda has come down hard on the administration of the Northern Provincial Council, criticizing severely the ruling members in the democratically elected body as lame ducks.
Six gangsters of the Jaffna's sword wielding notorious Ava group with their leader were arrested in Colombo a few days ago and they have been remanded till 22 August when they were produced before the Jaffna Magistrate.
A couple of weeks ago Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran held a special meeting with Senior Police officials in the Jaffna Peninsula.
Minister of Health and Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne responding to the recent comments made by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka emphasized the need of not antagonizing the United Nations.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met a group of young Buddhist monks at the Temple Trees on Wednesday (12) and discussed various important issues, particularly on ensuring the dignity of Buddhism.
It was a few weeks ago Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan addressing participants at an event at the Sarvodaya centre in Colombo emphasized the need of a new Constitution and pointed out that all citizens should support the new Constitution in the best interests to strengthen peace and reconciliation in the country.
Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) leader and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah became the first high profile Internally Displaced Person (IDP) to return last week to his house in Mavittapuram, in the Jaffna peninsula, after a lapse of 27 years. The ITAK, being the foremost Tamil political party founded by late S.J.V. Chelvanayagam seven decades ago, still remains a powerful political outfit winning the confidence of the majority of people in the North and East to fulfil their political aspirations.
The turbulence which prevailed in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has been brought to an end with Jaffna's two most venerable clergy men of two different faiths getting into action to see the main characters in the NPC crisis giving up their 'tug-of-war' which had emerged following Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran's action against four NPC Ministers who were accused of corruption and malpractices.
The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) four years after its formation is now in upheaval following the report released by a special committee which was appointed by Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to probe into allegations against four NPC Ministers.
The 36th anniversary of burning of the Jaffna Public Library was commemorated at the library building which has been now refurbished with new book shelves containing even a vast collection of books of Communist stalwart and Minister late Pieter Keuneman donated to it after his death in January 1997.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader and Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake has clearly indicated that the country is heading rapidly towards communal disharmony due to the ignorance of the Government on racist elements taking the upper hand ridiculing peace and reconciliation.
On 27July 1975 the news of the assassination of former Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah had spread in the Peninsula like wildfire forecasting a darker era to unfold with untold misery.
Former President and the Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga had pointed out the need of holding an international investigation into the alleged war crimes believed to have been committed during the previous regime.
The early eighties had witnessed Jaffna Peninsula gradually turning into a land of merciless killings with the emergence of several Tamil militant outfits with the slogan of liberation struggle for Eelam.
It is for the first time all Tamil and Muslim political parties joined hands with several non political organizations and staged a non violent hartal on Thursday in the Northern and Eastern provinces in support of the families of involuntarily disappeared persons.
The civilians in Mullaitivu have launched a protest against the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) expanding its presence in the Mullaitivu District by acquiring nearly 617 acres for the expansion of the Navy presence in the Mullaitivu District.
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran made a mind boggling speech, for the first time in a practical manner, realizing the ground realities of the Northern Province, since he became the first Chief Minister of the Province in October 2013.
Indian Tamil cinema's super star Rajinikanth, was the hero in the Tamil film 'Thee' (Fire), which was filmed in Sri Lanka, and it was released simultaneously in India and Sri Lanka in January 1981.
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.
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.
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