Colombo to ‘expand’ bird sanctuary to harm territorial-integrity of Tamil homeland

[Mon, 24 Jul 2017, 17:43 GMT]
Sinhala colonisation in JaffnaThe occupying ‘Sri Lanka’ is once again actively engaged in scheming seizure of 36,000 acres of lands in addition to the lands it has already grabbed during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Chu'ndik-ku'lam in Vadamaraadchi East under the pretext of ‘bird sanctuary’. Another sinister move is now under way under the so-called expansion of Chun'dik-ku'lam Bird Sanctuary into a ‘National Park’ of genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’. The SL Wild Life Department is organising a ‘special meeting’ on 8th August before the seizure is to be officially gazetted, informed civil sources in Jaffna told TamilNet on Monday. In the meantime, the occupying SL military is expanding its military corporatism as well as harbouring the intruding Sinhala fishermen. The SL Navy has been blocking Tamil fishermen from entering the coastal stretch. Full story >>

Families of enforced disappeared categorically denounce OMP, condemn West

[Sat, 22 Jul 2017, 12:54 GMT]
Representatives of enforced disappeared families, waging a continuous protest demanding the SL State to declare the whereabouts of their missing kith and kin after they were handed over in front of them to the SL military, which promised amnesty after the end of genocidal onslaught in Vanni in May 2009, on Friday categorically denounced the Office of Missing Persons mechanism as an eyewash move. Mrs Leelathevy Anathanadarajah and Mrs Kanakaranjai Yogarajah who held a press conference in Ki'linochchi said the enforced families engaged in continuous struggle in the four districts of Jaffna, Ki'linochchi, Mullaiththeevu and Vavuniyaa in North and in the Trincomalee district in the East, also condemn the Western countries that have rushed to welcome the SL President Maithiripala Sirisena implementing the OMP. Full story >>

Tamils honour Sinhala policeman killed in assassination attempt on Jaffna Judge

[Sun, 23 Jul 2017, 16:28 GMT]
A Sinhala police Sergeant Hemachandra from Chilaapam (Chilaw), who functioned as security officer to Jaffna High Court Judge M. Ilancheliyan for 17 years and sustained injuries in the assassination attempt on Judge Ilancheliyan on Saturday, succumbed to his injuries at Jaffna Hospital in the early hours on Sunday. Several activist groups in Jaffna have urged Eezham Tamils to pay homage to the Sinhala policeman on Monday, news sources in Jaffna said following emotional remarks from Judge Ilancheliyan on the service and sacrifice of Sgt Hemachandra. Full story >>

"Mini-battles" staged in occupied Tamil country causing anxiety among civilians

[Fri, 21 Jul 2017, 20:57 GMT]
The occupying Sinhala military has deployed military training inside in Valikaamam East and Valikaamam North during the past 3 days, especially near Vazhalaay in Valikaamam East where uprooted people were settled in military constructed houses. This is the first time large-scale coordinated field training with gunfire and RPG fire has been witnessed in the area since the regime change, the resettled families said. Similar gunfire and explosions were also heard in Valikaamam North causing anxiety among the resettled people, news sources in Jaffna said. Full story >>

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Continuous street protest brings lung disease, trauma to Keappaa-pulavu families

[Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 23:28 GMT]
138 uprooted Eezham Tamil families from Keappaa-pulavu, situated west of Nanthik-kadal lagoon in Mullaiththeevu, have been on the street 24 hours a day for more than 5 months waging a continuous protest demanding their lands seized by the occupying SL military to be released for their resettlement. There were only attempts to contain their struggle. None of the promises have been fulfilled, the families told TamilNet in utter frustration. Most of them have become ill due to the dust from the road primarily used by the occupying military. Suffering from trauma, the families have also witnessed exploitation of their resources by the Sinhala military corporatism. 50-year-old Arumugam Velauthapillai said the occupying military, despite getting millions of rupees from Swaminathan's ministry to find alternative lands for itself, has not been prepared to release original lands, he said. Full story >>

Colombo rushes ahead with moves to release trawlers confiscated from Indian poachers

[Sun, 16 Jul 2017, 13:45 GMT]
The SL Attorney General's Department has instructed Ooraaththu'rai (Kayts) Magistrate's Court to release 42 Indian trawlers that are in the custody of the SL occupying Navy at Kaangkeasanthu'rai naval base. The trawlers were confiscated from the Indian poachers. The move comes after the SL Government passed a bill to ban bottom trawling. However, Indian trawlers continue to engage in bottom trawling, Eezham Tamil fishermen in Jaffna complain. The fishermen societies in Jaffna want to see an effective end to the Indian poaching before releasing their vessels. But, Colombo regime, as usual, is preoccupied with its relationship with New Delhi than protecting the interests of the Tamil fishermen in the North, they said. BJP rulers in New Delhi are also engaged in legitimising the genocide culture of the unitary ‘Sri Lanka’, the fishermen societies further blamed citing the recent trends. Full story >>

Occupying Colombo attempts to hamper investigation on Kudaththanai murder by SL police

[Fri, 14 Jul 2017, 09:37 GMT]
A serious question is being raised by rights activists in Jaffna on the underlying motive of SL police of gunning down 24-year-old Yogarajah Thinesh on Sunday while he was transporting illegally scooped sand at Kudaththanai in Vadamaraadchi East. Whether the SL police was hunting a competing group of sandscoopers who were not paying the share to the SL military, or whether the SL police is attempting to cover up something in the investigations, question the rights activists. The occupying SL military with the backing of police exploits the business of illegal scooping of sand in Kudaththanai making millions of rupees of income every month. In the name of conducting investigations on the killing of the Tamil youth, the fellow workers who were in the vehicle, are going to be subjected to harassment undermining the investigation. Full story >>

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SL ‘national intelligence’ deployed to harass Tamil activists voicing for resettlement in Ampaa'rai

[Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 15:05 GMT]
The so-called National Intelligene Bureau based in Colombo has started to harass Eezham Tamil social activists who have been actively engaged in resettling uprooted Tamil villagers at 60th Mile Post, which is situated in the administrative division of Poththuvil in Ampaa'rai district. Tamil activists in Poththuvil say that the Sinhala military intelligence operatives have been visiting their houses warning them against their activism. The intelligence officers in civil uniform were also telling the social activists that it was ‘illegal’ to collect details of people in an attempt to silence their activism. The threats have come after a Sinhala NGO personality based in South had obtained the details including the documents of land deeds from the activists. Full story >>

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Mayiliddi people will not succumb to SL military resettlement farce: Subramaniyam

[Mon, 10 Jul 2017, 13:07 GMT]
It doesn't matter which regime was in power in Colombo. But, it was a Colombo government that created the mind-set in the ranks of SL military that in turn of war victories, it was ‘rewarded’ with all kinds of abuse of power such as raping Tamil women and seizing the lands of Eezham Tamils. This mindset still prevails in the ranks of the SL military and is the main attitude also behind the deceptive ‘resettlement’ farce in Valikaamam North, says Suntharam Subramaniam, the chairman of Mayiliddi Uprooted Peoples’ Organisation. The 58-year-old father of four, who resides in the so-called welfare camp at Koa'nappulam in Mallaakam in Jaffna, systematically deconstructs the destructive trends of the military-led, international community abetted and ITAK-contained resettlement farce in a video interview to TamilNet. Full story >>

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Pulak-kudiyiruppu experience: Resettlement without de-militarisation is nightmare

[Thu, 20 Jul 2017, 23:36 GMT]
Due to utter ignorance by the civil administration of the SL State, the ITAK sitting in the opposition and collaborating with the occupying Colombo, international backers of genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’ and the agenda-driven Colombo-based NGO community, which only opens its purses where manipulation, deception and hijack is needed for their foreign ‘development’ and ‘environment’ masters, the 54 Tamil families of Pulak-kudiyiruppu, who managed to secure the release of 48 acres of their lands on 01st of March, still languish without proper security to their school-going children under the continued militarisation of Keappaa-pulavu. In a video interview to TamilNet this week, the families that continue to hold on to their village, narrated their destitute situation and the negligence they have been facing so far. Full story >>

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Judge Ilancheliyan narrowly escapes assassination attempt in Jaffna

[Sat, 22 Jul 2017, 13:58 GMT]
Judge Ilancheliyan narrowly escapes assassination attempt
Jaffna High Court Judge Manickavasagam Ilancheliyan narrowly escaped assassination attempt at Nalloor in Jaffna around 5:10 p.m. on Saturday. Two guards giving security to him sustained injuries in the incident. The judge, who was not injured, told TamilNet that the attacker seemed to be an experienced gunman. Judge Manickavasagam Ilancheliyan is well known for his independent judgements. He is also known to be not hesitating to rule against armed criminal elements that operate with the backing of the occupying SL military. The incident on Saturday has taken place at a time Nalloor temple is preparing for its annual festival which is scheduled to commence on coming Friday. Full story >>

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Colombo's deceptive land release in Keappaa-pulavu exposed

[Wed, 19 Jul 2017, 23:19 GMT]
The uprooted families in Keappaa-pulavu, who have been engaged in a continuous struggle for 141 days on Wednesday confronted SL minister for ‘Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs’ D.M. Swaminathan, who was visiting Keappaa-pulavu on Wednesday as part of a SL military conceived deception of releasing lands back to the people. None of the plots in the ‘released’ 189 acres of lands belong to the uprooted 138 families in Keappaa-pulavu who have been involved in the protest. The disappointed protesters exposed how the SL military is trying to release lands elsewhere in the jungle outlet and buying time and money without releasing even an iota of the lands of Keappaa-pulavu families. In the meantime, Colombo is scheming Sinhalicisation through seizing 2,524 acres of lands in Kokkuththoduvaay to permanently wedge North and East. Full story >>

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SL Minister Bathiudeen escalates disunity between Tamils, Muslims in Mullaiththeevu

[Mon, 17 Jul 2017, 17:27 GMT]
More than a hundred Tamil youth, predominantly males, mobilized through social media took to the streets on Sunday in Mullaiththeevu, opposing controversial SL minister Rishad Bathiudeen, who is pushing ahead with a colony for Muslim settlers in Mullaiththeevu. At a time when Muslims and Tamils should stand together confronting the genocidal Sinhala occupation to the north and to the south of Kokku’laay lagoon, which links the northern and eastern provinces, the SL minister’s scheme attempts to set the Tamils against Muslims in Mullaiththeevu, Tamil activists in Vanni said. The protest by Tamil youth comes after Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran walked out of a District Coordinating Committee meeting 7 days ago as Mr Bathiudeen was insisting on his colony declining to honour the proposal from the Justice Wigneswaran of a proportional formula for resettlement. Full story >>

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SL Police sustains impunity for crimes of structural genocide in North-East

[Sat, 15 Jul 2017, 23:47 GMT]
The genocidal State of Sri Lanka has been allowed to get off scot-free from international investigations by the global and regional State actors, who are locked in the geo-political game. As the crimes during the times of war have not been subjected to criminal prosecution, the occupying SL State also finds it easy to sustain impunity for crimes being committed against Tamil social activists and public officials in the East, especially in the Tamil villages of Batticaloa district, Tamil activists in the district complain. The structural genocide against Eezham Tamils cannot be prevented through internal justice mechanisms as impunity is maintained through the police system of the unitary State, they said. Full story >>

Colombo sustains Sinhala colonisation in Southwest Batticaloa

[Thu, 13 Jul 2017, 16:19 GMT]
Occupying Colombo is continuing to sustain illegal colonies of Sinhala colonists despite recent eyewash measures of annulling encroachment of Sinhala settlers in the deed lands owned by Tamil farmers and in the lands allocated for the purpose of pasture lands in the interior villages bordering Polonnaruwa and Ampaa'rai districts. 10 Sinhala colonist families are intentionally kept in the in the deed lands of Eezham Tamils in Kevu'liyaa-madu while 39 colonist families have vacated the area after selling the roofs and doors of their houses. A Buddhist temple constructed in the area in 4 acres of lands belonging to Tamils is still maintained, Tamil activists in Paddippazhai said. Kevu'liyaa-madu comes under Kachchatkodi Swami-malai GS division in Ma'nmunaip-pattu South (Paddippazhai) DS division and is situated southwest of Batticaloa lagoon, 13 km away from Batticaloa city. Full story >>

STF deployed escalating tension in Vadamaraadchi after civilian shot and killed by SL Police

[Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 06:08 GMT]
STF deployed in Vadamaraadchi
Two policemen of occupying Sri Lanka shot and killed a daily wage worker on Sunday in Jaffna while he was in a vehicle that was transporting illegally scooped sand. The SL policemen chasing the vehicle in their motorbike have intentionally fired targeting the youth who was seated on top of the sand load, the family said. The victim, 24-year-old Yogarajah Thinesh, had lost his father in the genocidal war and the family was dependent on him. He was looking after the family of his sister, who had also lost her husband in the war, the relatives said. Tension prevailed in Thunnaalai in Vadamaraadchi South-West on Sunday and Monday as the villagers were agitating against the SL police, demanding the killers to be identified and brought to justice. SL military and STF were preparing to cordon off and deploy a crackdown style arrest operation after the funeral on Tuesday, the residents alleged. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2002:
2002 Jul 25 22:08      Confession based convicted to be released
2002 Jul 25 22:07      SLA trooper dies attacking Tigers
2002 Jul 25 21:14      US urges Sri Lanka peace
2002 Jul 25 18:05      SLA re-opens Varani road
2000:
2000 Jul 25 17:16      SLA takes action on Tamilnet report
2000 Jul 25 17:14      No confidence motion against speaker by UNP
2000 Jul 25 17:11      UNP to oppose constitution
1999:
1999 Jul 25 20:37      School boy killed in air attack
1999 Jul 25 20:35      Teaching unions protest against discriminatory ...
1999 Jul 25 16:17      Troop Relocation in Mannar Area
1999 Jul 25 16:01      Temple Priest Arrested in Eastern Province
1999 Jul 25 15:33      Governor releases discriminatory pay awards
1999 Jul 25 09:18      Passenger ferry sunk by powerful blast
1998:
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Festival atmosphere in Batticaloa
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Tight security around SAARC conference
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Resettlement package for Trincomalee
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Heavy fighting in Jaffna
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Selective appointments
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Civilian shot dead
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Provincial council elections postponed ?
1998 Jul 25 23:59      India urged to intervene
1998 Jul 25 23:59      TELO member dies
1998 Jul 25 23:59      Families without permits ordered to leave
Philosophic contemplation does not, in its widest survey, divide the universe into two hostile camps -- friends and foes, helpful and hostile, good and bad -- it views the whole impartially. Philosophic contemplation, when it is unalloyed, does not aim at proving that the rest of the universe is akin to man. All acquisition of knowledge is an enlargement of the Self, but this enlargement is best attained when it is not directly sought. It is obtained when the desire for knowledge is alone operative, by a study which does not wish in advance that its objects should have this or that character, but adapts the Self to the characters which it finds in its objects.
Part IV
-Bertrand Russell
British philosopher, historian, logician, mathematician
18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970
in The Problems of Philosophy (156-157) 1912

 

Know the Etymology: 38
Place Name of the Day:
(38 of 500 revised)

Ẹlla, Kalal-ẹlla, Ẹlla-baḍa-gama
Ẹlla

The waterfall/ rapid/ steep gradient hill-stream

The waterfall/ rapid/ steep gradient hill-stream of turbid water

The village in the neighbourhood of the waterfall/ rapid/ steep gradient hill-stream

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