The post mortem examination of the dead body of an elderly Tamil woman reveals that she was murdered before her body was dumped. The body, found in a well in Jaffna, was indentified as that of 78 year old Pushpam by her children.
The Sri Lankan Air Force has opened a kindergarten for Tamil children in Batticaloa. A report on the Defence Ministry’s website says that the pre-school will be run by “qualified personnel of the SLAF who have undergone specialised training in language and Pre-School teaching”.
Members of the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) provided flood relief to residents affected by the heavy rains and floods in Mannar. Members, including Selvarajah Kajendran, Sathiyaseelan, Sivapaatham Kajendrakumar, Krishnagopal and Benedict, distributed the flood relief items comprising of donations by an Oslo based Tamil diaspora organisation.
Several Canadian MPs have extended their Pongal wishes to the Tamil community in Canada. Minister Jason Kennedy, the leader of the opposition Tom Mulcair, NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak were amongst those who sent their wishes. See below for statements and extracts. Leader of the NDP Tom Mulcair Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kennedy “This day of gratitude is celebrated by all those in the Tamil community around the world in the company of friends and family. For all Canadians, Thai Pongal provides an opportunity to reflect on the contributions that Canada’s Tamil community has made to our country’s rich and diverse heritage. I offer my best wishes to all those celebrating Thai Pongal.”
Commenting on the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, the spokesperson for the US State Department, Victoria Nuland, said: "We are deeply concerned about the impeachment of Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The impeachment proceedings against her were conducted, as you know, in defiance of the Supreme Court order. And from our perspective, this impeachment raises serious questions about the separation of powers in Sri Lanka, which is a fundamental tenet of a healthy democracy. Throughout these proceedings, we’ve repeatedly conveyed to the Government of Sri Lanka...
A Tamil refugee, who was deemed to be a national security risk, had her newly born son taken away from her as she faced prolonged detention at the Villawood Detention Centre in Australia. Speaking to CNN, the woman's husband, identified only as Ganesh, described how Baby Paari was taken away from his wife Ranjini a few hours after he was born on Tuesday. Ranjini was granted refugee status by Australia in 2011 along with her two boys aged 6 and 9. In May 2012 however, the family was summoned to a meeting with immigration officials and were told that Australia's security intelligence...
The head of the Sri Lankan Army Jagath Jayasuriya, escorted by Sinhalese tribal dancers in Jaffna (Pic courtesy army.lk) The Sri Lankan Army has opened two further holiday resorts for its troops, according to the army's website . The chief of the army, Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya, opened the resorts on the Jaffna peninsula. One of the resorts is funded by the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC) and the other by the Army Troop.
The Sri Lankan Army has expanded into yet another previously untouched market in the North; yoghurt production, with the opening of a new yoghurt factory in Jaffna. The newly opened factory in Kankasanthurai (KKS) will add to the army’s previous two yoghurt factories in Anuradhapura and Panagoda, and, as the army put it “thereby saving a fair chunk of expenditure that can be used for erection of wellness resorts for disable War Heroes in the Army.” According to their website “army professionalism” has helped cut down costs of producing the dessert “thereby saving a lot of profits”. See photos...
The President's son, Namal Rajapaksa, Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya and Jaffna Commander Major General Mahinda Jathurusinghe were 'distinguished guests' at the Elephant Pass Thai Pongal event organised by the Sri Lankan security forces. The Jaffna Security Forces handed out gift parcels to those present.
Addressing a conference on youth and reconciliation, the president's son, Namal Rajapaksa explained his 3 R's programme - Rebuilding, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation: "The 3 R's approach has enabled us to build bridges among different ethnic groups," "I am certain that our youth will ensure that incidents such as the ones that destroyed our nation will never happen in the future because our youth today are empowered to lead this nation, as one united team,"