40 Reports

Sirisena, Rajapaksa compete to deceive Tamil voters, Sampanthan faces criticism

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 November 2014, 23:36 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan, who recently assured that the TNA would not take any decision ignoring his own Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) party and the other parties in the Tamil alliance on the issue of SL presidential elections, has again come under criticism from the ITAK structures for deciding to send TNA national list parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran to a meeting of the opposition parties, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, ITAK sources told TamilNet Sunday. In the meantime, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been targeting Tamils in the education sector in the North and East inviting different organisations, trade unions and interest groups to Temple Trees seeking votes, informed sources said.
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SL military arrests two Tamil youths in Batticaloa for Heroes Day SMS

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 November 2014, 20:48 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lankan military that was spying on SMS messages exchanged among the young generation of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa district on Thursday instructed the SL police to arrest and detain two Tamil youths at Vaazhaich-cheanai police division of Batticaloa district, news sources in Batticaloa said. The SL military had intensified deployment of military intelligence operatives in all places, from places of worship to private tuition centres in the Batticaloa district.
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Heroes Day in London highlights global significance of Tamil struggle

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 November 2014, 18:17 GMT]
Conveying a spirit of struggle taking the Tamil Eelam liberation movement as inspiration, speakers at the Maaveerar Naa'l (Tamil Eelam Heroes Day) event in London highlighted the global significance of the Tamils’ struggle. The powers who collaborated with genocidal Sri Lanka, who take a position of genocide-denial, who deny the nationhood and self-determination of the Eezham Tamils, who banned and still push for the ban of the LTTE – these are the issues that Tamils need to challenge, not just as an ethical responsibility, but also to set a paradigm-setting example for other nations without states, opined Tamil activist Lathan Suntharalingam who spoke at the event. Solidarity speakers at the event also conveyed a similar opinion as regards the nature of the Tamils’ struggle.
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Heroes Day marked in occupied Tamil Eelam

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 November 2014, 15:30 GMT]
Amidst hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers deployed surrounding the University of Jaffna, a group of students who were inside the premises of the university lit the common flame of sacrifice at the Selvanagam Block. A selected group of journalists witnessed the event. Defying threats from the occupying Sri Lanka Army soldiers, bells were tolled at temples and churches. Sacrifices were offered at churches in Thenmaraadchi. Former LTTE members gathered at various places paying tribute to their fallen fighters. The families of the fighters who had laid down their lives for the liberation of Eezham Tamils, gathered at secret locations, made memorial monuments in paper and paid their tribute in a touching way, according to the journalists who witnessed the events.
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Tamils mark Pirapaharan's 60th birthday

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 November 2014, 06:17 GMT]
While Tamil poets, students and activists belonging to all Tamil nationalist movements in Tamil Nadu marked LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan's 60th birth anniversary, political activists marked the day with planting trees at the birthplace of Mr Pirapaharan at Valveddithu'rai in Jaffna. The birth anniversary was also observed in several cities in the West.
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Es Po passes away in Australia

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 20:32 GMT]
Veteran Eezham Tamil creative writer, author, translator, columnist, literary critic and publisher S. Ponnuthurai passed away at the age of 82 in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday. He was popularly known as Es Po. Born in 1932 at Nalloor in Jaffna, Es Po studied at Madras Christian College and at Annaamalai University. Writing nearly for six decades, Es Po was a school by himself in contemporary Tamil literature. His demise creates an irreplaceable vacuum in the literary world of Eezham Tamils. At a time, especially after 2009, when many Tamil academics, intellectuals and writers, thinking of ‘acceptability’ of the Establishments, were opportunistically detractive, evasive or ambiguous in their expressions on the national liberation of Eezham Tamils, Es Po's voice was the foremost in loudly justifying it.
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Tamil youth interrogated for alleged possession of Heroes Day poster

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 11:22 GMT]
Sri Lankan ’Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) is interrogating a youth Tamil activist, S. Sulaxan, from Meesaalai in Thenmaraadchi for alleged possession of Tamil Eelam Heroes Day posters, according to SL police in Thenmaraadchi. In the meantime, relatives of the detained youth said SL military intelligence operatives had seized a laptop computer from the youth, who has been a grassroot Tamil national activist in Meesaalai.
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SL military deployed everywhere, Jaffna University shut down

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 07:59 GMT]
The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka has deployed armoured vehicles at the entrance to the University of Jaffna since Tuesday evening when the university administration was forced to announce that the university has been shut down from 25th of November till 01st of December. The US-trained commander of the SL military in Jaffna, Major General Udaya Perera was insistent on closing down the university during the Tamil Eelam Heroes Day, informed sources said. Students were forced to abstain from attending the classes following the harassments caused by the SL military deployment. Finally, the SL military instructed the university administration to shut down the education activities citing low attendance of the students at the faculties of Arts and Science.
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TNA not in haste to take decision on SL Presidential election: Sampanthan

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 12:15 GMT]
The parliamentary group of the Tamil National Alliance after about two hour discussion held at parliamentary complex on Monday evening decided not to take any hasty decision on the forthcoming Presidential election immediately. TNA Parliamentary Group Leader and Trincomalee district parliamentarian Mr R. Sampanthan presided the meeting.
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SL military raped conscripted Tamil women after Rajapaksa meeting

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 09:07 GMT]
47 Eezham Tamil women from Mullaiththeevu, recently conscripted to the occupying SL military and put under the Civil Security Department (CSD), were taken to Mihintale on 22 Saturday when SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on a trip to the ‘sacred city’. After the president of genocidal Sri Lanka requested the Tamil women to engage in campaign supporting him, the SL soldiers were having a party. Some of the 47 Tamil women were raped by the Sinhala soldiers and the others were subjected to sexual harassment, one of the victims told TamilNet on Monday. The women were also sexually harassed in the bus on their way back to Mullaiththeevu.
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Rajapaksa’s budget passed by a majority 95 votes

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 November 2014, 15:08 GMT]
The 2015 Budget of the United People Freedom Alliance government was passed in Sri Lanka’s parliament Monday around 5:00 p.m. with a majority of ninety five votes amid speculation that more parliamentarians from the government ranks might cross over to the opposition supporting the Common Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena, news sources in Colombo
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SL Navy arrests 14 Tamil Nadu fishermen in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 November 2014, 00:03 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lanka Navy on Sunday arrested 14 fishermen from Tamil Nadu in the seas off Nedun-theevu (Delft). Three of them are below the age of 18, according to SL police sources. When the engine of a fishing boat had broken, other fishermen had come to the spot to help the fishermen. The SL Navy has assaulted the fishermen, including 14-year-old Dineshkumar, 17-year-old Naveen and 18-year-old Satheeskumar, sources in Nedun-theevu said.
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Sampanthan suspected of clandestine deal

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 November 2014, 23:28 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan is suspected of making a clandestine deal on his own with former SL president Chandrika Kumaratunga on supporting the common opposition candidate Maithiripala Srisena, informed sources in Colombo said on Sunday. The deal harps of implementing the 13th Amendment, bringing in changes in the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) and in changing the governors of the North and East. There was no discussion on international investigations of the war crimes. Sampanthan’s suspected secret deal raises eyebrows within the TNA and there is already heated discussion on the issue, the sources further said.
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Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam passes away

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 November 2014, 10:24 GMT]
Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam, an Eezham Tamil academic who held the rare distinction of being the professor of English in a reputed university of a native English-speaking country, Canada, passed away in Montreal on Sunday. He was Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Recently he has been awarded the highest literary recognition of the country, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. A function was held at Montreal related to the award. After attending the function, and while on his way to dinner that followed the function, he suffered a massive heart attack. He was 62. Professor Kanaganayakam’s father, Professor Chelvanayagam was a distinguished Tamil scholar at the University of Peradeniya in the 1960s. Kanaganayakam was Lecturer in English at the University of Jaffna in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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SL presidential election to be held on January 08, 2015

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 November 2014, 16:16 GMT]
The Sri Lankan presidential election will be held on January 08, 2015, according to the gazette notification issued by the SL Election Commissioner Mahinda Desapriya on Friday.
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Maithiripala Sirisena of SLFP emerges as common opposition candidate contesting Rajapaksa

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 November 2014, 11:17 GMT]
The main opposition United National Party (UNP) in the South on Friday decided to support Maithiripala Sirisena as the common candidate of the opposition to contest the upcoming Presidential election against the SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Currently, Mr. Maithiripala Sirisena is holding the post of Minister of Health in the Rajapaksa cabinet and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, a constituent of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
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Buddhist Vihara of JHU parliamentarian attacked in South

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 November 2014, 14:24 GMT]
A group of unidentified men attacked Buddhist Vihare of JHU parliamentarian Venerable Athula Ratana Thursday morning, news sources in Colombo said. The Vihare is located along Gothami Road in Borella. The attack comes a few days after the extreme Buddhist monks party JHU withdrew its support to the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance. The extremist JHU is making alliance with the opposition against SL president Rajapaksa seeking re-election for presidency for third time.
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Colombo constructed 463 Buddhist viharas in 2013 in North-East: TNA MP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 November 2014, 08:09 GMT]
At the end of the year in 2012 there were 10,349 Buddhist temples in the Northern and Eastern provinces. But, at the end of the year 2013 the figure has increased to 10,812, according to Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian from Batticaloa Seenithamby Yogeswaran. The genocidal Sri Lankan State has constructed 463 new Buddhist temples in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils in one year alone. The structural genocide on Eezham Tamils is continuing unabated with the deployment of Sinhala ‘Army and Archaeology’ by Colombo, the ‘Time and Space’ provided through the Geneva discourse by the West and is encouraged by the nexus between the ‘Hindutva’ New Delhi and the ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ Colombo, commented Eezham Tamil political observers in the East.
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Former LTTE member reported missing in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 11:05 GMT]
31-year-old Anthonimuthu Anton Jeyaron has been reported missing since Monday, according to a complaint by his wife in Jaffna on Tuesday. The incident comes amidst Sri Lanka Army stepping up harassment of former LTTE members before Tamil Eelam Heroes Day on 27 November. The Sri Lanka Army had earlier released Mr Jeyaron after so-called rehabilitation, his wife further said. He had been in Vanni till May 2009 and surrendered to the SL military at the end of the war.
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Norwegian doctor vows to challenge Israeli travel ban to Gaza

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 21:45 GMT]
Israel has recently blocked Mads Gilbert, professor and head of Emergency Medicine from the University Hospital of North Norway, from entering Gaza. After facing criticism from several holds, including the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Israel changed its explanation that the Norwegian physician was no longer allowed to enter Israel. The outspoken trauma surgeon, who witnessed 51 days of Israeli onslaught on civilians during its 100-day war with Hamas in Gaza earlier this summer, internationally exposed the slaughter of the innocent civilians, stating that Israel was committing “state terrorism at highest levels.” Gilbert has vowed to fight against any restriction on his movement into Gaza.
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JHU breaks away from Rajapaksa's ruling UPFA

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 09:27 GMT]
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a Sinhala extremist Buddhist monks political party on Tuesday decided to leave SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and decided to function as an ‘independent’ political party in the SL parliament, news sources in Colombo said.
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Mahadevan traces language of Indus Civilisation to early Dravidian

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 November 2014, 10:35 GMT]
Releasing his latest research findings at the Indus Research Centre of the Roja Muthaih Research Library in Chennai this month, veteran epigraphist Iravatham Mahadevan concluded that the language of the Indus Civilisation was an early form of Dravidian. Due to the migration of a section of the Indus population southwards, forming some settlements in South India, the Indus Dravidian influenced the South Dravidian languages. The earliest attestations of such influence are found in Old Tamil. As the Vedic Age succeeded the Indus Civilisation, the Rig Veda itself is a product of the composite culture, he said in the paper, “Dravidian Proof of the Indus Script via the Rig Veda: A Case Study,” published as November 2014 bulletin of the Research Centre.
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TID abducts Tamil man for ‘rehabilitation’

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 November 2014, 23:57 GMT]
Sri Lankan ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) on Friday arrested a 38-year-old man who was in the LTTE for two years two decades ago. The father of five from Panagkaddik-koddu in Mannaar was abducted and taken way in a white-van on Friday by an unknown squad. Later, his wife received a note in Sinhala from the TID in Vavuniyaa that Mr Jainth Thangkathurai had been taken to Vavuniyaa to be sent for the so-called rehabilitation by the SL military.
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Penang conference demands IC to end SL military occupation, investigate genocide

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 November 2014, 12:27 GMT]
Malaysian and foreign delegates, who took part in an international Tamil conference, held in Georgetown, Penang, demanded UN referendum on Tamil Eelam, OISL investigations to also include genocide investigation and the international community to end Sri Lankan military occupation and Sinhala colonization of Tamil homeland. The conference was a success as it raised critical and far-reaching issues that often not raised in the Malaysian political milieu, Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, Professor P. Ramasamy, a long time advocate of the rights of Eezham Tamils, told TamilNet.
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US-trained commander of SL military steps up surveillance on Jaffna University

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 November 2014, 09:37 GMT]
The commander of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka in Jaffna, Major General Udaya Perera, who was trained and awarded in the US Army War College in 2012, after his role in the genocidal onslaught in 2009 followed by counter-insurgency foreign service, is engaged in creating fear psychosis among the Tamil youth, ex-LTTE members and the civil society in North before Tamil Heroes Day, Tamil activists in Jaffna say. Two ‘surveillance centers’ have been created near the University of Jaffna in recent days at Naachchimaar koayil and at Kaladdi Junction, obtaining civilian houses within 500 meters and one km from the university premises. The primary task given to the intelligence operatives is to block activists and students from marking Tamil Heroes Day on November 27.
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SL military fabricates evidences to distort Mannaar assassination, say residents

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 November 2014, 08:20 GMT]
Ve’l’laangku’lam residents on Saturday denied Sri Lankan police reports that sought to fabricate evidence and distort the facts about Nakuleswaran, who was assassinated on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan military intelligence and the SL police have been trying to fabricate a story that the ex-LTTE member and former Tamil Eelam policeman Nakuleswaran was slain due to personal grudges, the residents said. On Friday, the Sri Lankan police claimed that two T-56 rifles had been located and four persons involved in a gang had been detained. In the meantime, Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) youth wing secretary S.V. Sivakaran in Mannaar told TamilNet that Mr Nakuleswaran was not an active supporter or member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
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Mannaar Bishop condemns assassination of Nakuleswaran

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 November 2014, 10:37 GMT]
Bishop of Mannaar Rt Rev Rayappu Joesph has condemned the killing of Krishnaswamy Nakuleswaran, a father of two and a former LTTE member and police constable of Tamil Eelam Police. Unknown gunmen shot and killed Mr Nakuleswaran at the premises of his new house Wednesday night. The victim, aged 40 had been released after so-called rehabilitation in the Sri Lanka Army custody in December 2012. Nakuleswarn's wife, a teacher, on Thursday said her husband had no enemies.
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Malnutrition in Vanni worse today than in war time: UNP MP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 November 2014, 23:54 GMT]
A large number of women and children in Ki’linochchi and Mullaiththeevu districts in the North are badly affected due to malnutrition. During the times of war, 36.6 percent of women and children were suffering due to malnutrition, but after the end of the war the situation has worsened to 40.9 percent in Ki’linochchi district, Ms Rosy Senanayake, a UNP parliamentarian told the Sri Lankan Parliament on Tuesday. In the upcountry, 41 percent of pregnant mothers are suffering from malnutrition due to poverty and non-availability of health facilities.
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Tamil diaspora youth express solidarity with Baloch nation on Martyrs Day

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 November 2014, 23:40 GMT]
On 13th November, the oppressed Baloch nation, both in the occupied homeland and in the diaspora, commemorates their heroes who have fought for the sovereignty and freedom of Balochistan. The Baloch martyrdom is traced from 1836 onwards, when the Baloch leader Mir Mehran Khan Baloch was killed alongside his followers while battling the Imperialist British forces who eventually brought the Baloch homeland under colonial domination. Subsequently the Baloch have fought the British, the Persians, the Iranian and Pakistani state in a bid to regain their lost sovereignty and to safeguard their national existence and rights.
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Missing Tamil located after 23 years of incarceration in South

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 22:45 GMT]
A Tamil man who was reported missing twenty three years ago following a bomb explosion in 1991 at Armor Street Junction in Colombo is said to have been located in a detention camp in the South. The victim, K. Vairvanathan, from Chu’n’naakam in Jaffna is now 53. Both his parents, who have been searching for him, have passed away. After searching for their son for several years, both the parents had come to the conclusion that Vairavanathan was also killed in the bomb explosion, legal sources in Colombo told TamilNet.
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Former Tamil Eelam policeman shot dead in Mannaar

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 22:01 GMT]
Unknown gunmen, believed to be the intelligence operatives of the Sri Lanka military, have shot and killed a former constable of Tamil Eelam Police, a father of two children, at Ve’l’laang-ku’lam in Mannaar district Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m., news sources in Mannaar said. The victim, 40-year-old Krishnasamy Nakuleswaran, was cutting cement stones together with his wife for their resettlement house being constructed under the Indian Housing assistance, when the incident took place. Mr Nakuleswaran, as several other former LTTE members, was facing continuous harassment from the occupying SL military in the former LTTE administered area.
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UNP leader calls on EU to not remove sanctions on LTTE

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 17:58 GMT]
In a letter to the EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe requested that steps should be taken to rectify the procedural errors which had led to the recent EU ruling that called for sanctions on the LTTE to be revoked. In the letter dated 5 November, he said that "the judgment is based on a procedural irregularity". It was the UNP which had to deproscribe the LTTE before entering into peace negotiations in Thailand in 2002. The UNP also played a role in the so-called 'international global safety net' against the LTTE. However, while the UNP leader mentions the assassination of Kadirgamar, the several assassinations of Tamil politicians, journalists and activists by the Sri Lankan state are conveniently ignored.
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SL judiciary gives green light to Rajapaksa contesting for third presidential term

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 14:46 GMT]
Leader of the House of the Sri Lankan Parliament and SL Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva informed the parliament on Tuesday that the SL Supreme Court was of the opinion that Mahinda Rajapakse had no legal impediment to contest for a third term in the presidential elections. SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa last Wednesday sought the Supreme Court’s opinion on the constitutionality to contest for a third term under the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. Genocidal Sri Lanka will be holding presidential elections in January 2015, almost two years ahead of the schedule.
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MSS Pandian passes away

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 November 2014, 17:02 GMT]
Professor MSS Pandian, a renowned historian of the Dravidian movement and Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi passed away on Monday at the age of 57. Following a massive cardiac arrest on Monday morning, he was rushed to the AIIMS hospital where he passed away around 3:00 p.m., sources in Delhi said. His funeral services will be held in Chennai. Originally from Naakar-koayil in South Tamil Nadu, Pandian had a deep interest in the Dravidian movement and the ideology of Periyar. He has written several scholarly articles and a hugely influential book on the subject. Known by friends and colleagues to be a supporter of movements for social justice, he was also a long-standing supporter of the Tamil Eelam liberation struggle.
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Professor V. Sivasamy passes away

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 November 2014, 23:29 GMT]
Professor V. Sivasamy, retired professor of Sanskrit of the University of Jaffna and was teaching until recently at the university, passed away in Jaffna on Saturday at the age of 81. As a multifaceted scholar in Sanskrit, Tamil, History, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Hindu Civilization and Fine Arts, and as a profound writer in Tamil and English, he was a silent legend in shaping the contemporary academic history of Eezham Tamils. He taught at the University of Jaffna right from its inception in 1974 to the day his physical abilities permitted him to do the job, as the university was always in need of his rare accomplishments. Thousands of students were benefited by his selfless and committed academic services and guidance. His demise marks the end of a legacy.
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Buddhist monk appropriates Kalladi Tamil Pre-school building, land in Moothoor

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 November 2014, 20:44 GMT]
Buildings and the land used by Tamil villagers of Kalladi in Verukal division in Trincomalee district for several years for a pre-school have been appropriated by the chief prelate of the Buddhist temple located near the site. As usual Tamil parents took their children to pre-school on Friday morning but the monk standing in front of the pre-school gate refused to allow the children to enter the class room. The monk had then locked the gate and doors of the pre-school building. He claimed that the building was needed to construct a Buddhist Vihara.
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Colombo attempts to seize lands of Sivan temple in Ampaa’rai

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 November 2014, 20:40 GMT]
Sri Lankan Archaeology Department officials, with the backing of the occupying military and police, have been attempting to seize lands belonging to a 75-year-old Siva temple and lands that belong to Eezham Tamils at Va’laththaap-piddi in Chammaanthu’rai division of Ampaa’rai district, says Eastern Provincial Councillor M. Rajeswaran. Following complaints from the people, the EPC councillor went to the spot on Tuesday and confronted the Archaeology Department official who was claiming access to the land with a Gazette notice issued by the genocidal State of Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lankan TID instructs Tamil public servants to assist in surveillance

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 November 2014, 16:37 GMT]
The ‘Terrorist Investigation Division’ of the occupying Sri Lankan military in the North has started to exert pressure on public sector employees, who come under the SL ministries in Colombo, to collaborate with the TID in spying on the people in the North, civil sources in Jaffna told TamilNet on Thursday.
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Websites attacked after exposure of Lyca news manipulation

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 November 2014, 23:14 GMT]
Two UK-based websites have been subjected to DDoS attacks and vulnerability exploitation attempts on Tuesday, following their news stories exposing the Rajapaksa connections of a Diaspora Tamil-owned multinational business establishment, Lyca Mobiles group, and a recent media twist on an incident that took place in Colombo airport involving the group, said the editors of Inioru.com and Lankanewsweb.com to TamilNet on Wednesday.
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Kurunakar villagers protest against SL death sentence of fishermen

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 November 2014, 23:31 GMT]
The families, relatives and friends of 3 Eezham Tamil fishermen who received death sentence with 5 Tamil Nadu fiserhmen on the accusation of smuggling drugs into the island, gathered in front of Bishop’s House in Jaffna on Friday and claimed that the fishermen had been framed by false charges and the verdict by the Colombo High Court was based on lies.
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