May 23 – 29:

Remembering Rajiv Gandhi on the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of his Death

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Twenty – Five years ago on this day (May 21st) Rajiv Gandhi was killed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil eelam(LTTE). The date of Rajiv Gandhi’s death has poignant significance for me personally. May 21st is the date of my birth. My birth and his death, which happened thirty – seven years later, are inter-twined in my consciousness. Rajiv’s memory looms large on each birthday. Some people who wish me regularly on my birthday remind me of this. I think of him very often on my birthday. It is hard to believe that twenty-five years have passed since Rajiv’s death. [DBSJ]

May 15 – 21:

Tamils Have Moved Away From the 1976 Vadddukkoddai Resolution For Tamil Eelam After 1987 Indo – Lanka Accord says TNA Leader R. Sampanthan

By
T.Ramakrishnan

In a strange coincidence, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan will participate together in a public event on Saturday, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Vaddukoddai resolution.

The two leaders will be in the ancient Indian city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh to take part in the valedictory event of the Kumbh Mela. [DBSJ]

May 8 – 14:

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, The “Pithala Handiya” Explosive Attack And Sarath Fonseka

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Former Sri Lankan army commander Sarath Fonseka came out with a bombshell statement some days ago in Parliament. The ex –army chief now a Cabinet minister in the Sirisena – Wickremesinghe Government accused his erstwhile comrade -at – arms and former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of having “stage managed” an assassination attempt on himself nearly ten years ago in order to win sympathy for his family the Rajapaksas. Fonseka who was serving as army commander at that time was referring to the incident on December 1st 2006 in which a suicide bomber belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) tried to ram an explosive laden three –wheeler into the vehicle in which Defence secretary Rajapaksa was travelling in. [DBSJ]

May 1 – 7:

Police TID Arrests 4 Top Eastern Ex-Tiger Leaders Who Worked With Military Intelligence After War Ended

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

A widespread security crackdown has been underway in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Over 20 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)organization have been reportedly taken into custody over the past weeks in a staggered security operation spearheaded by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID)of the Police.Almost all of the ex-LTTE cadres are being detained under provisions of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). They are being reportedly interrogated by TID officials at Jaffna, Vavuniya, Boosa and Colombo. [DBSJ]

Apr 24-30:

Sad Story of the Banda-Chelva Pact: How the B-C Pact was Formulated, Signed and Abrogated

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

SWRD SJV MS

The “Good Governance” Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has embarked upon a historic exercise to enact a new Constitution for Sri Lanka. The consensual approach being adopted will see Parliament convening as a Constitutional Assembly as and when required to engage in Constitution making. The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will preside over the Constitutional Assembly sessions.A steering committee headed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has been appointed. Sub-committees for various aspects are also being set up [DBSJ]

Apr 17-23:

Having Lunch in New York With the Transnational Tamil Eelam Prime Minister Rudrakumaran

by Sarah Stodder

When I step out of the rain and into the restaurant, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is already waiting for me. Though I’m seven minutes early, I arrive to find the exiled Sri Lankan lawyer, known to his compatriots as Rudra, sitting at a corner table and peacefully watching the deluge outside.

We’re within walking distance of several Sri Lankan restaurants, but we meet at Rudra’s suggestion at Saravanaa Bhavan, a South Indian eatery on Lexington Avenue and 26th Street. This corner of Manhattan, affectionately called “Curry Hill,” is peppered with restaurants boasting the regional cuisines of India and its neighboring countries. Saravanaa Bhavan specializes in the cuisine of Tamils, an ethnic population with large numbers in India and in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, the teardrop-shaped island off India’s Coromandel Coast. [DBSJ]

Apr 10 -16:

“Stateswoman” Sirimavo Made History As World’s First Woman Prime Minister

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

A 44 year old Kandyan Sinhalese widow of aristocratic “Radala” lineage gained global fame for her country in 1960 when she became the world’s first woman prime minister. She was none other than Sirimavo Bandaranaike who was sworn in as Prime minister of Sri Lanka known then as Ceylon on July 21st 1960. It is said that the British press had to coin a new description “Stateswoman” instead of the usual statesman after she assumed office. The next woman prime minister was Indira Gandhi who became premier of India on January 24th 1966. Israel’s Golda Meir became the world’s third female Prime minister when she took her oaths on March 17th 1969. This article is to commemorate the birth centenary of Sirima Bandaranaike which is to be celebrated next week. [DBSJ]

Apr 3 – 9

TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran Seeks Answers From UNP Cabinet Minister DM SWaminathan About How Arcelor Mittal Got Project to Build 65,000 Houses

Tamil National Alliance Jaffna District MP and Lawyer M. A. Sumanthiran has sought more information from the Minister of Prison reforms,Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu religious affairs minister D.M. Swaminathan on the proposed project of building 65,000 houses for the conflict affected people of the Northern and Eastern provinces. [DBSJ]

Mar 27 – Apr 2:

Sivan Temple Cows sold to Abattoirs

TK Mannar

This ancient temple is situated in Manthota in a large plot of land.
An important ritual, ‘Ko matha’ pooja’ (pooja for a cow) is performed daily in the mornings for over 40 years since the Kumba Abhishekam in 1976. There is a cattle shed about 20’ X 20’ in extent in front of the temple and the cattle is taken out for grazing every day. [TW]

TNA Leader Sampanthan to Raise Environmental issues Caused by Proposed Indian Coal Power Plant in Sampoor with Indian High Commission

By P.K.Balachandran

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief R.Sampanthan has said that he will discuss with the Indian High Commission the “substantial” environmental problems that will be created if India sets up a 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Sampur in Eastern Sri Lanka. [DBSJ]

Mar 20 – 26:

Criticism of Tigers In Book Written By Ex –LTTE Woman Leader Thamilini Causes Much Controversy

By P.K. Balachandran

The book “Oru Koorvaalin Nizhalil” (In The Shadow Of A Sharp Edged Sword) by S.Thamilini, former head of the Tamil Tigers’ Women’s Political Wing, has become controversial, with one section of Tamils saying that its criticism of the militant outfit will weaken the Tamil case at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and another saying that the book will help get at the truth, which is what the Tamils want to know. [DBSJ]