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Jaishankar reads pulse of Tamil polity precisely!  


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).

Sumptuous Temple Trees lunch politely refused  


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.

‘Garrison land’  


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.

‘Gunning’ for Sumanthiran  


By Manekshaw

Plans to assassinate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Mathiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran, who is a confidant of TNA Leader and Leader of the Opposition

No Office of Missing Persons  


By Manekshaw

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.

Wiggy returns from Canada with ‘cough’  


By Manekshaw

The Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran returned to Colombo on Monday (16) after a hectic one week's tour in Canada.

‘Thirupathi comes to Colombo’  


By Manekshaw

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.

CTFRM’s final report and Mullaitivu Judge’s order  


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 unmasks LTTE proxies  


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.

‘Checkmating’ LTTE  


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.

Jayalalithaa ‘haunts’ Katchatheevu  


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.

‘Kingmakers’ are on same wavelength!  


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.

Rajitha in Jaffna and Wiggy in Colombo  


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.

US Presidential Election: From Planting Cleveland Trees to dashing coconuts!  


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.

‘AAVA’ Boomerangs!  


A few days ago at Kokuvil in Jaffna Police caught two young men coming on a motorcycle carrying swords. When they were questioned about the swords they were carrying, the two men had replied that they were returning after a drama practice.
However, Policemen who are now on high alert to get rid of the 'AAVA' group menace on the directive of the Inspector General of Police have nabbed the two men with their swords and took them into custody for further investigation.
As the sword wielding 'AAVA' group has become a threat to law and order, the pertinent question Northerners ask is, "If a well armed LTTE outfit could be rooted out, why cannot the 'AAVA' group be disarmed and wiped out?"
In the early eighties, during the initial stages of the Tamil militant struggle, horrifying scenes of lamp post killings were seen in various parts of the Jaffna Peninsula.

Good Governance could be ‘torpedoed’ from volatile North!  


Northern Provincial Council Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam who has been thorough in his knowledge about Jaffna and is in a position to read the pulse of the people in the present situation in the region, unlike other Tamil politicians who were shuttling between the North and the South when the Peninsula was entangled in the dark period, has pointed out the involvement of outside elements behind the present disturbing conditions in the North.

Tale of two cities  


Yaadhum Oore Yavarum Kelir which means, "To us all towns are one; All men our kin". Tamil being one of the ancient languages in the world this ancient Tamil poem was rendered by Kaniyan Punkundranar, a foremost Tamil poet who lived in the Sangam period, between 300 BCE and 200 CE, in South India.

Arrival of true ‘peace envoys’ in Jaffna  


It was twenty-nine years ago in 1987 in the early part of October the Jaffna Peninsula was in a thoroughly disoriented state owing to the unfortunate developments which were unfolding rapidly creating a hostile atmosphere between the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).



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