Global Woman of the year 2016 is ”Lyca Gnanam Foundation & Gnanam Foundation’s Co founder Mrs Gnanambikai Alagarajah”

20th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Lyca Gnanam Foundation & Gnanam Foundation’s Co founder conquered UN Global Official of Dignity Award UK based Sri Lankan Philanthropist Mrs Gnanambikai Allirajah was announced as the ”Global Woman of the year of 2016” by the Global Officials Dignity Award’s team, announced by Princess Maria Amor, founder and president of We Care for Humanity and creator of the G.O.D. Awards. The award ceremony was held on 17th of Aug 2016 at United Nation Headquarters, New York. The Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D.) Award is a global humanitarian awards institution respecting the “best compassionate people of the world” from the most elevated echelon of diplomacy, royalty, business and economy, medicine, philanthropy, culture and arts and entertainment whose unequivocal commitment to have had noteworthy effect on human rights, global […]

Tributes flood in for Nitharsan Ravi and friends who tragically died on Camber Sands beach

25th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Camber Sands latest: First pic of victim as tributes flood in for five Sri Lankan friends THIS is a photograph of Nitharsan Ravi, one of the five men who died at Camber Sands beach in East Sussex. By LEDA REYNOLDS PUBLISHED: 08:02, Thu, Aug 25, 2016 | UPDATED: 16:35, Thu, Aug 25, 2016 Day trippers watched in horror as police and emergency services were scrambled to the scene after the clothed men were spotted in the water on Wednesday afternoon.A coastguard helicopter was seen circling over the area where three men were spotted and a second Kent air ambulance helicopter landed in playing fields near the beach.An RNLI lifeboat from Rye and Coastguard rescue teams also attended the scene. Two further bodies were later found […]

DROWNED ON DAY TRIP – Photos of 5 Tamil friends who died in UK beach

25th August 2016 // 0 Comments

DROWNED ON DAY TRIP  First photos of pals who died at Camber Sands as tragic five are named The coast guard has now called off the search at Camber Sands as police look into the mysterious drownings BY ELLIE FLYNN, LAUREN PROBERT, ANDY CRICK AND BEN PERRIN 25th August 2016, 12:38 pm https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1672022/first-photos-of-pals-who-died-in-sussex-sea-after-travelling-to-beach-from-london/ THESE are the first photos of five friends who died at Camber Sands after “misjudging how quickly the tide would come in”. The group – two of whom were brothers – drowned at Camber Sands beach in Sussex after travelling down from London on the hottest day of the year. TWITTER 25 Nitharsan Ravi was one of five men who drowned at Camber Sands beach yesterday FACEBOOK 25 Ken Nathan is another of the group of […]

Five Sri Lankan Tamil friends who travelled from London died at packed Sussex beach

25th August 2016 // 0 Comments

DROWNED ON DAY TRIP Five men who died at packed Sussex beach were Sri Lankan friends who travelled from London The coast guard has now called off the search at Camber Sands as police look into the mysterious drownings FIVE men who mysteriously drowned at a packed beach yesterday are thought to be a group of Sri Lankan pals who had come down from London for the day. Three victims, in their 20s, were pulled ashore at Camber Sands, East Sussex. Two were found later. RNLI confirm five bodies have been pulled from the sea at Camber Sands UK NEWS IN PICTURES 18 Five pals who had come down from London for the day are thought to be the Camber Sands drowning victims EDDIE MITCHELL […]

Is the army there to stoke hatred, animosity and build Buddhist temples in the North or provide security and create harmony.?

24th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Is the army there to stoke hatred, animosity and build Buddhist temples in the North or provide security and create harmony.? -By Wimal Dheerasekera (Lanka-e-News -21.Aug.2016, 11.30PM) During the past when peace was being restored in the country , most infamous  Major General Hendavitharne ,an advisor to an equally or more notorious  ex defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse influenced by a Trincomalee three wheeler association ,while  attempting to install a Buddha statue by force in Trincomalee incited a racial  conflict among the population there . In like manner by trying to build a Buddhist shrine by the army now  in front of the residence of the chief incumbent of  the Kanakambikai Amman Kovil, Iranamadu, Kilinochchi , a tense communal situation has erupted among the people. When […]

Hopeful for a better future – Dr. Vickramabahu

24th August 2016 // 0 Comments

65th SLFP convention is to be held on 4th September and party leader Maithree has decided to clean the fascistic rebels, before that. In this column, we have pressed to defend this party of populist liberals, from fascistic intruders. SWRD who started the SLFP entered politics as a liberal politician proposing a federal solution to the nationality problem in 1926. However after forming the SLFP, on the sensitive issue of language, the party originally espoused the use of both Sinhala and Tamil as national languages, but in the mid-1950s it adopted a “Sinhala only” policy. Nevertheless the Bandaranaike–Chelvanayakam Pact was an agreement signed between the Prime Minister and the leader of the main Tamil political party in Lanka S. J. V. Chelvanayakam on July 26, […]

Sampanthan Wants Government To Release Tamil Prisoners

24th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has called on the Government to release the Tamil prisoners who continue to be in custody under the Prevention of the Terrorism Act (PTA). Leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan In an adjournment motion in Parliament today, Sampanthan said that even though it is seven years since the armed conflict came to an end, there is still no finality to the issue of these Tamil prisoners in custody, with some of these prisoners being in custody for long periods. He noted that several of these prisoners who should have faced charges for much graver offences have not been brought before the law. “It is compulsory that the Government states it’s position on this […]

Building Buddhist temples, placing statues under Bo-trees: Have negated reconciliation efforts

24th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Government Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne said building Buddhist temples, placing Buddha statues under Bo-trees and at junctions by the security forces after defeating the LTTE in the North-East had not done any good other than to negate the government’s reconciliation efforts. “On several occasions, I spoke to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on this matter. He accepted the negative impact of these actions but said it was not possible to stop armed forces personnel from doing so,” he said. The minister said though places of religious observances had been erected at every opportunity, there were no Buddhist devotees to maintain them resulting in these places being abandoned.(Sandun A Jayasekera) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/114599/-Building-Buddhist-temples-placing-statues-under-Bo-trees-Have-negated-reconciliation-efforts#sthash.7WPvlo2b.dpuf

OMP Act: Speaker requests Govt. to accommodate further Amendments

24th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday in Parliament asked the Government to look into the possibility of accommodating further Amendments to the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Act. He made this observation when it was pointed out that several Amendments proposed by the JVP and TNA had been missed at the Committee Stage of the Bill owing to the pandemonium prevailed at that time. However, the Speaker reassured that there is no question on the validity of the Act as it has gone through all the required channels. Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that he would consult Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the possibility of bringing further Amendments to the Act by way of an Amendment Bill before the presentation of the […]

North Sri Lankan Chief Minister sets goals and parameters for development projects

24th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran. COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Tuesday outlined the economic goals of his largely rural province and set the parameters within which economic development projects should be conceived. Addressing a conference of international donor agencies, organized by R.Paskaralingam, Adviser to the Ministry of Policy Development and Implementation, Wigneswaran said that first and foremost, any plans for the economic development of his province will have to be discussed with first with his administration and should be based on a scientific survey of the province’s resources and felt-needs. He observed that due to the 30 year war, officials in the provincial administration have acquired the habit of following the diktats […]

OMP a part of larger process of transitional justice: NPC

24th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Welcoming the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) bill, the National Peace Council (NPC) said that the passage of the bill, albeit in controversial circumstances in Parliament, augers well for the forward movement of the reconciliation process. Issuing a statement, the NPC praised the legal foundation of the first of the four transitional justice mechanisms that the government has pledged to establish. “We are disappointed that the Joint Opposition members failed to cooperate with the parliamentary process, and refused to debate the new law according to the agreed schedule in parliament. It was unfortunate that those who were human rights champions in the 1980 and 1990s, and widely admired for this, displayed their opposition to OMP by word and deed,” the Council said. The underlying rationale […]

OMP undergoes belated debate

24th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Total freedom to investigate all disappearances: OMP undergoes belated debate by Manjula Fernando & Uditha Kumarasinghe Minister Malik Samarawickrema with Parliamentarians Geetha Kumarasinghe and Udaya Gammanpila wearing black scarves to protest against the Bill. Even as the Joint Opposition tried to whip up public anger over the Office of Missing Persons Bill, passed in a hurry in Parliament last Thursday, the Paranagama Commission on Missing Persons handed over their final report to President’s Secretary P.B.Abeykoon. The members of the Paranagama Commission submitted the report to the President’s Secretary on August 12 at 2.00pm in the presence of two presidential advisers, Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando and former Presidential Secretary W.J.S.Karunaratne. With the Government promising expeditious results through the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) not repeating […]

Exposing MIG deal resulted in Lasantha’s death: Rajitha

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

Journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge was mysteriously killed soon after he revealed the corrupt deal involving the purchase of MIG jets during the previous regime, Health and Indigenous Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. “Although the value of each MIG jet purchased was mentioned as 14.6 million euros, almost 7/5 million euros of it had been pocketed by a certain big wig of the previous regime,” the minister said. He was addressing the gathering at the first anniversary celebrations of the Good Governance Government at the Sanath Jayasuriya Stadium, Matara on Friday. “Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda went missing soon after he published a series of articles about the governing coterie of the previous regime. Although Ekneligoda was accused of having LTTE links, the investigations currently underway have proved that […]

Australian govt. never recognised ‘Tamil Eelam’ as a separate country: HC Hutchesson

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

Australian High Commissioner (HC) Bruce Hutchesson has responded to the Sunday Times following last week’s page 1 lead story “Australia lists Tamil Eelam in census”, stating that, what happened was that internal guidelines of the census enumerators accidentally got into the official website. Not that the country’s national census recognised ‘Tamil Eelam’ as a separate country. Explaining what happened, the HC says the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides internal guidance- instructions given on how to sort responses by members of the public to the question on ‘country of birth’- and, in this specific instance, staff were instructed that any respondents who choose to write “Tamil Eelam” as their country of birth, must be recorded as having been born in Sri Lanka. This guidance in […]

Why hiding secrets, Anura asks President

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena must reveal the secrets that he knows, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake says. The observation was made while he was speaking to reporters in Colombo this afternoon (22). Dissanayake was referring to a comment made by the President who warned the members of the former government that information kept as secrets so far would be disclosed if a ‘new’ political party is formed. “It is not a secret that the President was referring to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his comment. We have no issues, if these secrets are related to their families,” he aadded.  However, Dissanayake also went on to say apparently the president does not intend to reveal secrets that the people of the country should aware of. […]

North Sri Lankan CM Wigneswaran boycotts Investment Forum organized by Governor

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province,  C.V.Wigneswaran,   boycotted  the International Investment Forum organized by the  Northern Province Governor Reginold  Cooray  in Jaffna on Monday. In a letter written to Cooray last week, Wigneswaran objected to the Governor’s organizing the forum without consulting him. He said that the elected representatives of the people of the Northern Province  ought to have been consulted on the needs of the province before inviting investors. The proper way was to have conducted a survey to find out what kind of investment people in the war-affected province want and then gone on to invite the right kind of investors. The Govenor did nothing of that sort. Wigneswaran said, he would not be attending the forum as he had  […]

Ganesan wants list

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Minister of National Dialogue and Co-existence, Mano Ganesan last Friday demanded for the list of names of those ex-LTTE cadres, who Tamil politicians claimed had been poisoned during rehabilitation after the war ended. He promised to investigate reports that former LTTE cadres, while in government rehabilitation camps, had allegedly been forcibly injected with toxic substances, and as a result had died. Ganesan said he had requested the Northern Chief Minister to submit the names of ex-rebels who had reportedly died under such mysterious circumstances. Reports of some LTTE cadres facing health issues and slow deaths surfaced after an ex-LTTE cadre, testifying before the government’s Consultation Task Force for Reconciliation last month, claimed that they were given toxic injections and food while in […]

Sri Lanka’s National Policy Document on Rehabilitation Recommends Comprehensive Legal Framework

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Ministry of Rehabilitation has recommended, through its National Policy Document, the enactment of a comprehensive law that addresses all displaced persons and communities in order to be prepared for any eventuality in the future. The comprehensive policy document has recommended recognition and registration of conflict-affected Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); return of lands taken by the military and the government; provision of facilities to refugee returnees from abroad; provision of livelihood and income generating opportunities; coordination of various line ministries and constant monitoring of the rehabilitation schemes. While registration is not constitutive of being an IDP, and de-registration or the absence of registration does not lead to loss of rights and entitlements set out under this policy, for the specific purpose of […]

Alleged deaths, illnesses of ex-LTTE cadres: Five member committee to assist probe

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has appointed a five member medical committee to assist in an investigation into the alleged deaths and illnesses of some ex-LTTE cadres during and since their time in rehabilitation. The Chief Minister appointed the committee heeding a call by the provincial health ministry to assist in the probe which is yet to take off the ground. The five member team is led by Dr. Sivan Sudan. Sub-committees are to be appointed to assist Dr. Sudan’s team in all districts in the north. The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) recently passed a resolution calling for foreign doctors to investigate into the alleged mysterious deaths and illnesses of ex-LTTE cadres during and since their time in rehabilitation. The resolution was passed at […]

We’re Giving Government Our Fullest Support – D. Sidharthan

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

by Thushari Nathaniel PLOT leader and TNA MP D. Sidharthan says he has confidence in the current regime that it will deliver justice to the Tamil people. He said that even though the government has good intentions, they implement these mechanisms extremely slow, so the Tamil people are fast losing faith in the government. In an interview with The Sunday Leader he said that the passing of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Bill was also a good sign that the government is doing its best for the Tamil people. He, however, said that it is far too early to comment on this issue and time will prove the government’s sincerity. Following are excerpts of the interview; Q: OMP bill was passed Thursday without a […]

‘Tamil diaspora can help rebuild Sri Lanka’

22nd August 2016 // 0 Comments

Visiting MPs from the island nation say there is an opportunity to find a permanent solution to the ethnic issue An atmosphere conducive to find a permanent political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue is emerging now and it is the moral responsibility of the Tamil diaspora to join in reconstruction efforts, according to a group of Tamil MPs from the island nation. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Sivagnanam Siritharan, Kilinochi MP, said that with the coming together of two major political parties and the efforts of several nations, including India, pointed to the emergence of an opportunity to find a permanent political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. Tamils living in the North and East of Sri Lanka were not […]

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