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NEW WEB SITE February 27, 2006

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NEMTU news service down February 14, 2006

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We apologise to all our readers for the inconveniences caused by a majority of the site’s pages being down.

This may be due to a server problem, or a hack attack by extremists.

Our technical officers are investigating the problem.

NEMTU would continue with its mission regardless. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Too few Tamil speakers in Sri Lankan Government service February 14, 2006

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The Tamil-speaking population in Sri Lanka comprises Sri Lankan Tamils, Indian Origin Tamils and Tamil Speaking Muslims. Together they are 26 per cent of the island’s population.

But in the 9,00,000-strong public service, Tamil-speakers are just 8.3 per cent. The rest are Sinhala-speakers.

Out of the 36,031 employees in the Police Department, 477 are Tamil-speakers.

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Sri Lanka warned against denying Tamils Homeland February 14, 2006

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The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) kept silent over the latest remarks made by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, with regards to a Tamil Homeland on the island.

Meanwhile, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian has said that the President’s extremist rhetoric may jeopardize the forthcoming Peace Talks in Geneva.

‘We can’t accept any solution without a traditional homeland,’ said lawmaker M.K Shivajilingam, a member of the TNA.

‘Without accepting a traditional homeland the talks will collapse and war will resume,’ he added.

In an interview with Reuters on Monday Rajapaksa said that he will rein in the government sponsored paramilitaries who are a major hindrance to the furthering of the Peace Process.

SLMC to boycott crucial Muslim Parliamentarians Forum meeting February 14, 2006

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The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is to boycott a special meeting convened by the Muslim Parliamentarians Forum to decide on the Muslim nominee to take part at the forthcoming talks between the Government and the LTTE on February 22-23 at Geneva.

SLMC Secretary General M.T. Hasan Ali said that the decision was made as a ‘mark of protest against President Mahinda Rajapakse’.

SLMC’s non participation is a major blow as no other Muslim party has a significant representation in Parliament.