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Boat with asylum seekers capsizes off Australia killing 75 people
[Jun 21, 2012, 23:06],  [Saanakkiyan]
The ill fated ship
Though the war in Sri Lanka ended 3 years ago, human rights related issues are still widespread in tha island nation including white van abductions and threats from security forces.

Thai Pongal Wishes from Ontario Premier
[Jan 15, 2011, 02:08],  [TNS]
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty released this statement marking the Thai Pongal festival. “On behalf of the Government of Ontario it I wish to extend warm wishes to those Ontario families who are celebrating Thai Pongal. Thai Pongal, an annual festival celebrating the bounty of the harvest, is observed annually by millions of Tamils around the world.

Thai Pongal Greetings from the Ontario PC Leader, Tim Hudak
[Jan 14, 2011, 18:28],  [TNS]
Tim Hudak, MPP, Ontario PC Leader, extends the warmest greetings on the auspicious occasion of Thai Pongal to all the Canadian Tamils who celebrate Thai Pongal. On the Ontario PC Caucus he also took the opportunity to commend the Tamil community for their devotion to Ontario and for the tremendous work that they do to promote values such as family, entrepreneurship, education and charity. Over 300,000 Tamils are living in Canada and most of them living in Ontario. PONGAL is the most auspicious festival among Tamils worldwide, including those in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, USA, Canada and Singapore. Pongal festival comes on Tamil calendar’s first day of auspicious 'Thai' month. The Tamil meaning of Pongal is “boiling over or spill over.” Pongal festival’s date is fixed for every year because it is derived from solar calendar. Tamils worldwide celebrates Thai Pongal also celebrated as harvest festival and greets each other on that day.

Statement by New Democrat Leader Jack Layton on Thai Pongal
[Jan 14, 2011, 16:14],  [TNS]
The New Democrat Leader Jack Layton extend his sincere best wishes to Tamil family and community, as they celebrate the abundance and prosperity of the season. "I am not only speaking on behalf of the New Democratic Party, but for all Canadians when I thank the community for their contribution to making Canada a better place. Your involvement in the multicultural fabric of our country is appreciated," NDP leader said.

The Liberal Leader of Canada extends warmest Pongal wishes to everyone celebrating the Tamil Thanksgiving
[Jan 14, 2011, 14:49],  [TNS]
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and Parliamentary Caucus, the Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff extends their warmest Pongal wishes to everyone celebrating the Tamil Thanksgiving. “Today as Tamils mark Thai Pongal, festival celebrations across the country will provide all Canadians with an opportunity to come together and recognize the tremendous contributions Tamil Canadians make in our communities. “The strong sense of enterprise and the deep commitment to the achievement of excellence in virtually every field of endeavor has distinguished the Tamil presence in Canada for over three generations. Thai Pongal festivities represent just one of the many ways Tamil culture and traditions enrich and enliven Canada’s cultural diversity," The Liberal Leader said.

Thai Pongal Greetings from the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism - The Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP
[Jan 14, 2011, 06:13],  [TNS]
Jason Kenney, the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, extends the warmest greetings on the auspicious occasion of Thai Pongal to to all those celebrating Thai Pongal. On behalf of the Government of Canada he also took the opportunity to thank all the Canadian Tamils for their contributions to a diverse and pluralistic Canada. PONGAL IS the most auspicious festival among Tamils worldwide, including those in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, USA, Canada and Singapore. Pongal festival comes on Tamil calendar’s first day of auspicious 'Thai' month. The Tamil meaning of Pongal is “boiling over or spill over.” Pongal festival’s date is fixed for every year because it is derived from solar calendar. Tamils worldwide celebrates Thai Pongal also celebrated as harvest festival and greets each other on that day.

Canadian Tamils to protest against the continued escalation of killings and abductions of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka
[Jan 10, 2011, 08:08],  [TNS]
Toronto: Twenty months after the conclusion of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka that resulted in the killing of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians, the climate of state-terror in the Tamil regions continues. As allegations of violations of international law and human rights by Sri Lanka during the final stages of the war continue to mount, so does the amount of killings and forced disappearances. Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) report that, “Within the last two weeks of 2010 the violence against northern Tamils were reported from a region with a disproportionate military presence where independent media and voluntary organizations are barred.” This includes but not limited to the killing of a Deputy Director of Education, a chief priest, an environmentalist, and the abduction of a school teacher.

Conflict of another kind (Opinion)
[Jan 8, 2011, 01:12],  [TNS]
Not too long ago one lazy Saturday morning, I was interrupted by my boy while in the middle of my Saturday morning ritual — reading the weekend newspaper. He asked, “Were you sad when you were in jail daddy?” In those moments of solitude, such question inevitably filled my head and swirled around like ice crystals carried on a north wind. This was certainly a shock to me because I never told him that I was thrown in jail during my teen years in Sri Lanka. He must’ve overheard the conversations between my wife and me — when we thought he wasn’t listening. “Yes,” I said. “Are you happy now? The curious little one continued. “Yes” I repeated. He countered, “Why daddy?” “Well, because I feel safe to live with my family in Canada — that’s why.” He gave me a peck on the cheek and said “Why Canada is safe for Tamils and what about the Tamils in Sri Lanka?” Gradually we forget. Or at least I forgot. After decades of living in the West, I only occasionally think of this. Even the time or two I accompanied my friends at parties in more recent years seemed, to me, a concession to my past. But the six year old challenged my thoughtlessness.

An open letter to the Oxford Union regarding President Rajapaksa - By: Brian Senewiratne
[Dec 25, 2010, 19:06],  [TNS]


Diplomatic disaster in British soil – a shame to Rajapaksa and his failed State (Opinion)
[Dec 24, 2010, 23:31],  [TNS]
With the illusion of selling his dismal image of a racist war criminal desperately wanting to sell an angelic image to the Western world, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Executive President of Sri Lanka, with a 40-member delegation, left Sri Lanka and landed on November 29, 2010, at the London Heathrow International Airport, something like the fabled first Sinhalese King, Vijaya, landing on the shores of Sri Lanka with his followers said to have been blessed by Lord Buddha. During his tenure, he adorned himself with the reputation among Sinhalese as a saviour of Sinhala-Buddhist land freed from the clutches of the “Tamil” terrorism for which he ordered his armed forces to take the lives of tens of thousands of non-combatant Tamil civilians.

Homage To Isaipriya – Poem - by Karthick Ramirez
[Dec 16, 2010, 18:28],  [TNS]
Many a disease plagues this world but none so devastating as the silence of those that can speak. I speak today, I cry today, for you. My Sister, My Mother, My Comrade. My Sister! With music in your name. The ‘isai’ of your sacrifice like that of my other sisters Manorama, Nilofar, Phulmoni will be sung for ages to come in songs of our resistance This I promise, your brother, a sorry being whose only weapons are his words.

Innocent Journalist, Victim of War Crimes in Sri Lanka - AFTA
[Dec 14, 2010, 02:27],  [TNS]
The Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations (AFTA), the umbrella body of the peak Tamil associations in the States and Territories of Australia and New Zealand, would like to bring to the attention of the International Media that the distressing execution video footage, screened by British Channel 4 News in the first week of December that reveals further evidence on war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Security forces in May 2009. The video shows a number of incidents where soldiers in uniform shooting in the head people blind folded and with hands tied. The video also shows the dead bodies of several men and women. These incidents are described as "cold-blooded killing" by a war crimes expert. The British Channel 4 report can be seen at http://www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-video-is-astonishing-evidence The Channel 4 claims now that after extensive investigations it can reveal that one of the victims was a high profile member of the Tamil Tigers’ press and communications wing. http:/ /www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-war-crimes-video-womans-body-identified This woman victim shown in the video has been identified by a close colleague and friend of her, speaking to Channel 4 News, as the Tamil journalist, Isaipriya. According to Channel 4 Isaipriya’s former colleague has told that Isaipriya was part of the Tamil Tigers and she has identified her body for them. She has also revealed that "Isaipriya joined the LTTE. Because of her physical condition, she was deployed to the media unit. She was in the production team. She did some acting. She was a TV presenter. She was a dancer. She never carried a gun and her physical condition did not permit her to go to the battlefield. She always had either a camera, a pen or a notepad."

Only an Independent State Can Ensure Survival of Eelam Tamils - TGTE
[Dec 11, 2010, 01:33],  [TNS]
Today, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) joins hundreds of thousands of people across the world to mark International Human Rights Day. This day represents when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10th 1948. After the end of the Second World War, Countries around the world got together to create a new world order to prevent future large scale killings, war and to protect human rights. These countries were shocked to learn that around six million Jews were killed by the Nazi Germany under the leadership of Adolph Hitler. Jews were singled out and killed because of their ethnicity. Like Jews, we Eelam Tamils also have been killed in large number because of our ethnicity. We faced mass killings under several Sinhalese Governments starting from 1958 to Mullivaikal in May 2009. TGTE said that Only an Independent State Can Ensure Survival of Eelam Tamils.

Time to establish International War Crime inquiry in Sri Lanka - CWVHR
[Dec 10, 2010, 18:06],  [TNS]
Center for War Victims and Human Rights (CWVHR) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, human rights organization based in Canada calls on the U.N. to establish International War Crime inquiry in Sri Lanka The CWVHR’s primary focus and activity is monitoring and documenting human rights violations. We encourage and support the universal values of human rights. Through evidence collection and verification, we aim to assist the war victims in pursuit of justice against their perpetrators. The CWVHR believes that verified, evidence based documentation of human rights violations to be a key human rights instrument. The CWVHR also believes monitoring and being vigilant about rights violations to be a preventive mechanism against violations. Thus, CWVHR seek the support of individuals, communities, and organizations in protecting war victims, and promoting human rights.


TNS Corner Last Updated: Jun 21st, 2012 - 23:50:00 

  • Effigy of Minister Champika burnt in Tamil Nadu!

  • [Jun 21, 2012, 23:45],  [Saanakkiyan]
    Effigy of SL minister Champika Ranawaka
    Minister Champika, in that interview, threatened tamil people and its leaders of dire consequences stating that there would be hundreads of genocides in his country to the tune of "mullivaikal" if they continued to live like that.
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