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Christmas Compassion for Merak Asylums Seekers PDF Print E-mail
From early on we have raised grave concerns about the medical attention available to the men, women and children on board the boat in Merak. This tragedy could have been prevented.” says Sam Pari spokesperson for the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC).
Mr Muguntharaj Subramanian has been elected to INFITT Executive Committee from Australia PDF Print E-mail
Veteran Tamil Computer activist Mr Muguntharaj Subramanian has been elected to INFITT Executive Committee from  Australia for 2010-2011. Apart from infitt, he has promoted tamil computing usage through workshops in Malaysia and India and created ekalappai software with the help of many other volunteers.
Sri Lankan says ready to answer UN letter on humanitarian law violation - China Daily PDF Print E-mail

A Chinese news paper today reported that, Sri Lankan is ready to answer UN letter on humanitarian law violation. Mr Deng Shasha from Chinese daily said , "The Sri Lankan government said Wednesday they will reply the UN letter which was calling for explanations on the recent statement of former Chief of Defense Staff and Army Commander General (Retd) Sarath Fonseka.  "

Asylum seeker dies on Merak boat - Rudd Government keep silence PDF Print E-mail
One of almost 250 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have spent the past 11 weeks refusing to leave their boat in Indonesia has died after allegedly being denied medical help.The 29-year-old Tamil died late last night after falling ill several days ago.The Tamil's spokesman, Sanjeev "Alex" Kuhendrarajah, said the man had been vomiting blood for two days but authorities ignored his pleas to be taken to hospital until after he had a seizure on Wednesday night."He was completely neglected by the IOM (International Organisation for Migration) and the Indonesian Navy," Alex told AAP from the boat in the west Javan port of Merak.
Surrendering Tamil Tigers 'executed by soldiers' - ABC News PDF Print E-mail
"..The United Nations has asked the Sri Lankan Government to respond to allegations that several senior Tamil Tiger rebels were executed as they tried to surrender earlier this year.Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has received a letter from the United Nations seeking an explanation for the deaths of several high ranking Tamil Tigers. The rebels were killed in the final stages of Sri Lanka's civil war in May. .."
Terror related charges dropped for Aruran Vinayagamoorthy, Sivarajah Yathavan and Arumugam Rajeevan PDF Print E-mail

"..Aruran Vinayagamoorthy, Sivarajah Yathavan and Arumugam Rajeevan, who were not in court, have already had terror-related charges dropped.  They were arrested in 2007 and are on bail..."

Accused fraudster Rajina Subramaniam's amazing double life, stealing $45 million PDF Print E-mail
rajina-subramaniam.jpgSUBURBAN wife with an alleged taste for the high life that has left her accused of the nation's biggest ever one-person fraud. The 40-year-old Sydney accountant allegedly defrauded financial institution ING out of more than $45 million as she sat at her desk in their Sydney office, siphoning funds into her private accounts to fund a lavish shopping habit over five years.Amazingly, nobody - not ING, nor her husband - had the faintest clue about what she was allegedly up to, The Daily Telegraph reports. The extraordinary story behind the allegedly record-breaking fraud was revealed in Central Local Court yesterday, where Subramaniam made an unsuccessful application for bail.
Tiger rebels 'executed' at war's end - Gotabhaya Rajapaksa ordered PDF Print E-mail
"..SRI Lanka's Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa reportedly told a field commander to kill Tamil Tiger rebel leaders rather than allow them to surrender in the closing stages of the civil war..."
Samarpana School of Indian Fine Arts presents Aananda Koothan - 13th Mar 2010 PDF Print E-mail

shobanasuresh0.jpgSamarpana School of Indian Fine Arts presents Aananda Koothan - 13th Mar 2010





Sri Lanka war crime allegations surface – AFP not yet moved to investigate Former DFAT Staff Palitha PDF Print E-mail
palitha.jpg"..Last month the US Department of Homeland Security tried to question the Sri Lankan presidential candidate and US citizen, General Sarath Fonseka, about possible war crimes. But the Australian Government has made no such moves to question a prominent dual Sri Lankan-Australian citizen about his activities... Mr Rothwell says in this case, there is enough material to launch a preliminary investigation. "Dr Kohona is a dual Australian-Sri Lankan citizen. The fact that he is an Australian citizen automatically activates obligations for Australia to investigate this matter at the legal level, but the fact that he was a former high-profile official for the Australian Government representing Australia in international negotiations, I think perhaps places an even stronger responsibility on Australia to at least conduct the initial investigations into this matter," he said.
Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations (AFTA) elects Prof Selva Selvanathan as Chair PDF Print E-mail
profselva.jpgA leading australian academic and human rights activist Professor E. Selva Selvanathan, Professor of Statistics and Econometrics at Griffith University, Queensland and a long standing AFTA Executive has been unanimously elected as the new Chairperson of AFTA. Prof Selva Selvanathan is the author of australia's best selling statistics book, "Australian Business Statistics" and its a recommended study text for students in many leading master courses in Australia.. Dr. Raga Ragavan who has lead AFTA as its Chair in the past three years has stepped down from this position for personal reasons. He will continue as a delegate in AFTA’s Executive Council and its spokesperson in Canberra, said a press release.
Sri Lanka Announces ‘Freedom of Movement’ for the Tamil IDPs - AFTA Statement PDF Print E-mail
The Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations (AFTA), the umbrella body of the peak Tamil associations in Australia and New Zealand joins International NGOs in cautiously welcoming Sri Lanka’s announcement that the thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) detained in internment camps for the past six months are being granted ‘freedom of movement’ from 1 December.
Two potential dictators in Sri Lanka’s presidential election - By Satheesan Kumaaran PDF Print E-mail
Following the victory over the LTTE in May 2009, the hands of the Sri Lankan military came  up to claim an Himalayan victory over a militant resistance movement who  unlike  other global freedom movements, possessed conventional armed forces like army, navy, and air force. In addition, they were having the ‘Black Tigers,’ who embraced the bombs in their bodies, take the lives of hundreds, in a single attack.  Now, after the defeat of the LTTE, the Sri Lankan executive president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who celebrated the victory claiming to be the architect behind it has now pushed down the army general, who led the war in the field against the LTTE, which is not an unusual trait in Rajapaksa.  Political events are taking a new shape now when Rajapaksa has called for a presidential election, announced to be held on January 26, 2010.
People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity PDF Print E-mail
The Permanent People’s Tribunal (successor to the Bertrand Russell Tribunal) will be conducting a People’s Tribunal on the war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath in Dublin in January 2010. The People’s Tribunal will investigate the allegations that the Government of Sri Lanka and its armed forces committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during its final phase of the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The Tribunal will also examine the local and international factors that led to the collapse of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement.
Sri Lankan soldiers kill a young asylum seeker fleeing to Australia PDF Print E-mail
Sri Lankan soldiers shooting at a group of people planning to flee to Australia killed a young man on Saturday on an eastern beach, the military said.Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the army did not kill the man intentionally, but he was shot while allegedly trying to grab a weapon from a soldier.Christian Sulojini said her 22-year-old son was among a group of about 30 people planning to take a voyage from a beach in eastern Santhiveli village when the army intercepted them early on Saturday.
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