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Racism victim speaks out after abuse in Welwyn Garden City

20th May 2017 // 0 Comments

An accountant who has been a proud British citizen for 17 years despite his Asian birth has spoken of his shock to suffer foul-mouthed racial abuse on the streets of Welwyn Garden City. Although Eranda Wickramasinghe was born in Sri Lanka 40 years ago, he has lived in the UK since 1990, and won citizenship in 2000, marrying an Englishwoman two years ago and moving to Welwyn Garden City. Last week, as he arrived at the Hydeway end of the railway station footbridge on his way to work in London, he was confronted by a white man. The man shouted: “F***ing world must be s**t for you lot to come here”. Mr Wickramsinghe told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I was left in no doubt about […]

Granting of GSP plus to Sri Lanka printed in EU official journal

20th May 2017 // 0 Comments

The decision by the European Commission to grant GSP plus to Sri Lanka has been printed in the official journal of the European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka has access to the EU market under the special scheme from today. The official journal of the EU issued yesterday (Thursday) amends an earlier decision to withdraw the GSP plus scheme granted to Sri Lanka.  In January this year the European Commission had noted that on 12 July 2016, the Commission received a GSP+ request from Sri Lanka.  The Commission said it has examined the GSP+ request from Sri Lanka in accordance with the provisions of Article 10(1) of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012, and the Commission has established that Sri Lanka meets the conditions. “Sri Lanka should […]

Sri Lanka received assurance from UK over GSP Plus

18th May 2017 // 0 Comments

By Yusuf Ariff Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that Sri Lanka has received an assurance from the United Kingdom that despite it leaving the EU, the trade preferences already enjoyed by other countries would be maintained. “The day after we will get the tariff concessions to enter the European Union market, which is the GSP Plus.” “We have also been assured by the UK that while they will leave the union, the trade preferences already enjoyed by the countries would be maintained,” he said, addressing the Women Leadership Summit of the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council in Colombo. He stated that the EU is the richest market and that it’s not just the question of entry into a market for Sri Lanka. “It is a […]

Different rules for Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka

17th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Government to celebrate the Killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilianS and more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with WHITE FLAG after UN negotiated the surrender on 19th May as VICTORY DAY. Tamils banned from remembering their siblings or children killed and made to disappear in thousands by Sri Lankan forces on 18th May as Maveerar day. Police Intelligence personnel have received information to the effect that various commemorative events have been planned in the North to honour the LTTE leaders who were killed by the Sri Lankan forces under the guise of observing War Heroes (Maaveerar) week which falls later this week. The UN reported that more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces in month of […]

Merseyside brothers jailed: Shop workers groomed girls

16th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Two shop worker brothers who groomed young girls with free sweets and mobile phone top-ups have been jailed for years of abuse. Ilvarasan and Vinothan Rajenthiram groomed nine girls before plying them with alcohol and assaulting them. Ilvarasan, 26 of Wallasey Village, Wirral, was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison, while Vinothan, 27 of Wigan, received 18 and a half years. They were found guilty of a total of 30 charges spanning more than five years. ‘Sexual gratification’ Sentencing them at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Norman Wright said “both abused their position in the shops to target teenage girls”. The grooming happened at convenience stores the brothers worked in at Birkenhead, Walton and Garston between 2010 and January 2016. Judge Wright said […]

WHY SHOULD TAMIL’S VOTE FOR LABOUR

13th May 2017 // 0 Comments

WHY SHOULD TAMIL’S VOTE FOR LABOUR Venue : Trinity Community Centre, East Avenue, London E12 6SG, Time : 3.00 pm Date : 13.05.2017 General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn says Brexit issue ‘settled’ Jeremy Corbyn will say the issue of whether Brexit happens has been “settled” as he formally launches his party’s general election campaign. The Labour leader will promise to protect “Britain’s vital industries” after the UK has left the EU. He will tell supporters in Manchester they have “four weeks to transform Britain”. Mr Corbyn has also insisted he will stay on as Labour leader even if the party loses at the general election. He told BuzzFeed: “I was elected leader of this party and I’ll stay leader of this party.” Mr Corbyn will be […]

Corbyn Government Will End Military Aid To Sri Lanka: John McDonnell

8th May 2017 // 0 Comments

By TU Senan – TU Senan The upcoming general election in Britain will not be an ordinary one. Despite the fact that the Labour Party is behind in the polls and suffered some losses in the more rural county council elections, Labour Party could still form a government after 8 June. The popularity of Corbyn’s policies continue to enthuse a huge number of young voters. It was reported that there is a surge in voter registration among young people. As for most of the workers and poor and for the Black and Asian population living in Britain, the choice is somewhat simpler. Either vote for a warmongering, immigrant-hating party that promises to make more cuts in services and further privatise the NHS or vote for […]

British woman helped 6 Sri Lankans reach UK with fake Indian passports

8th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Before she was caught in March for allegedly aiding four Sri Lankan nationals to illegally travel to the UK with forged Indian passports, a British woman also helped six other Sri Lankans make the journey, the Indian Express reported. The Sahar police have identified British national Julie Ann Warner and Sri Lankan agent Rayappen Thevakumaran (52), who was arrested at Chennai airport on May 4, as the main conspirators in the racket to send Sri Lankans to UK using forged Indian passports. Another Sri Lankan travel agent Mahamuni Logorajan and an Indian agent Rajan, both currently absconding, are also allegedly involved in the racket. fter Chennai immigration officers handed over Thevakumaran to the Sahar police on May 5, the latter have claimed that between January […]

BBC draws curtains on show that told horrors of Lanka war

2nd May 2017 // 0 Comments

The BBC on April 30 finally drew the curtains on Thamizhosai – a popular Tamil show that lasted three quarters of a century. Originally called ‘A news letter from Ceylon’, it was launched on May 3, 1941, as a propaganda machinery of the British to report on the Second World War in Sri Lanka – which was then a British Colony. But the later years saw it metamorphose into a favourite among the Tamil diaspora, not only for introducing Tamil culture to the world, but also for reflecting major predicaments faced by the community including those in Sri Lanka. Thamizhosai was the brainchild of S Sivapadasundaram, a former editor of the Sri Lanka’s popular Tamil periodical Eezha Kesari and a journalist who was equally proficient […]

Hon. Sampanthan Meets the High Commissioner of UK

27th April 2017 // 0 Comments

A meeting with the UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, His Excellency James Dauris and the Leader of the Opposition and the TNA, Hon. R. Sampanthan took place today at the Westminster House in Colombo. At the meeting, the Opposition Leader apprised the High Commissioner of some pressing issues faced by the Tamil people including the lack of progress in relation to the release of lands held by the military in the North and East, concerns of the families of the disappeared and surrendered, and the delay in establishing the Office of the Missing Persons by the government. Moreover, Hon. Sampanthan also briefed the High Commissioner about the constitution-making process. Raghu Balachandran  Media Secretary  Leader of the Opposition Office of the Leader of the Opposition  […]

Key Suspect In Lasantha’s Killing Given Diplomatic Post By Gota

25th April 2017 // 0 Comments

The chief suspect in Lasantha Wickrematunga’s assassination was given a diplomatic post by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa but it was withdrawn soon after Mahinda Rajapaksa won the January 2010 election, fresh evidence has revealed, according to the Economy News website. Rajapaksa has denied any involvement in the January 2009 assassination of SundayLeader editor Wickrematunga and a string of other attacks against dissident journalists, but new evidence shows he nominated the main suspect as an intelligence officer at the Sri Lanka embassy in Thailand. The then powerful defence secretary has denied allegations by his army commander and erstwhile friend Sarath Fonseka that he led a killer squad comprising handpicked army commandos attached to a secret killer gang. Rajapaksa has countered the allegation saying that if […]

Rewarding military officials accused of human rights violations with government positions and GSP+

25th April 2017 // 0 Comments

* EU parliamentary group tables resolution against granting GSP+ to Sri Lanka Apr 22, Colombo: An European Parliamentary group has tabled a resolution in the European Parliament against granting the Generalized System of Preferences plus (GSP+) tariff concession to Sri Lanka saying that Sri Lanka’s government’s reform efforts are not adequate to grant the tariff concession. The group, Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) of 52 Members of European Parliament (MEPs) in their submission says that the government’s reform efforts, including those that directly relate to the GSP+ criteria, have not yet delivered in their purpose to comply with the international conventions. In the motion for resolution submitted, the GUE/NGL urges the European Parliament to forward the resolution to the European […]

Govt. won’t amend laws according to EU requests – Rajitha

24th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne says the government will not amend laws according to the whims and fancies of the European Union. The Minister said Sri Lanka’s culture opposed to that of the West is drastically different. The European Union has submitted a proposal based on several factors stating Sri Lanka cannot be granted the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus or GSP+ tax concession. Accordingly the relevant debate and voting process will be conducted on Thursday. The proposal states Sri Lanka has not pledged a satisfactory commitment towards obtaining the GSP+. The proposal also includes concern over Sri Lanka’s refusal to annul the Terrorism Prevention Act. However Minister Rajitha Senaratne said an act to prevent an act of terrorism that may arise in the country […]

Fighting corruption is good for Sri Lanka: British HC

24th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Making progress in the fight against corruption is good for Sri Lanka, for Sri Lankans and for Sri Lankan businesses, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said. Speaking on “Corporate Governance: staying ahead of the risk of corruption,” the High Commissioner said if corruption was tackled properly, it will be easier for Sri Lankan business to proper. “Get it right, at least get it better, and it will be easier for Sri Lankan businesses to prosper, will help companies and country alike to attract investment, and will enhance the country’s international reputation,” he said. He said he is proud of the work the High Commission has been doing, at the invitation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to share experience of tackling financial crime […]

Germany calls for political will to implement Sri Lanka’s 2015 promises

24th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Germany believes its time for urgent action to implement the changes promised by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in 2015. The government needed more focus and should  invest in political will to move forward with its announced reform agenda, the German Ambassador to Sri Lankan Jorn Rohde told  the “Sunday Island” yesterday.”Its time for urgent action to implement the changes promised in 2015.” Acknowledging that successful steps had been  taken with regard to the Office of Missing Persons, Right  to Information and the Constitutional Assembly, he said that  important issues on constitutional reform pertaining to devolution of power, return of land to the war affected, replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act with legislation in line with international standards  and effectively tackling corruption and impunity remained unresolved. The Ambassador […]

Vijay Mallya arrested by Scotland Yard in London

18th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Scotland Yard arrested fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Tuesday morning and a London court granted him bail within hours, beginning the legal process to send him to India that may be drawn over months, if not years. The 61-year-old flamboyant businessman, who called himself “The King of Good Times”, was the subject of an extradition request from India for alleged financial irregularities such a loan defaults and money laundering. He left India for Britain on March 2 last year after a consortium of 17 banks accused him of defaulting on more than Rs 9,000 crores, mostly loans taken for his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. He was arrested after he appeared at a central London police station on Tuesday morning. The Westminster magistrates court granted him […]

UK General election on 8th of June.

18th April 2017 // 0 Comments

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum. Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party wanted the election, calling it a chance to get a government that puts “the majority first”. The prime minister will refuse to take part in televised leader debates ahead of the vote, Number 10 sources said. Mr Corbyn said Mrs May should not be “dodging” a head-to-head encounter, and the Lib Dems urged broadcasters to “empty-chair” the prime minister – hold a debate without her. Live TV debates took place for the first […]

”British helped us kill the LTTE” says Mahinda

18th April 2017 // 0 Comments

India had helped Sri Lanka fight the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even without being asked to, says former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an exclusive interview to  www.wionews.com posted on Monday. “They (India) helped us! We didn’t have to ask! Because I was fighting your war, India’s war, not my war, actually,” Rajapaksa told the Indian interviewer, Padma Rao Sundarji.  “The LTTE killed your prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi and so many other people in India and on your soil, not ours. So in that way, it was not only my war, it was an Indian war, it was a humanitarian war. India helped us in every possible way,” he asserted. “ We didn’t want to publicize it, tell the […]

TNA continues to beg the SL Government to release the Lands occupied by SL forces to owners!

17th April 2017 // 0 Comments

Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Prison Reforms D.M. Swaminathan has said that the investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka could be carried out within the jurisdiction of the island and no foreign investigators would be admitted to look into the issue in the island. A Tamil leader said that Sri Lanka refused to let foreign investigators to investigate the alleged war crimes by the Sri Lankan forces on the minority Tamil community as the truth of war crime by the SL Forces will be exposed to the world. The local investigaters fear the SL Forces and will find no fault on the SL forces. The 114 Sri Lankan soldiers who were sent back to Sri Lanka from Haiti suspected of being involved […]

UN, US want Sri Lanka to punish peacekeepers accused of rape but the government will not do it!

17th April 2017 // 0 Comments

The United Nations and the United States want Sri Lanka to punish UN peacekeepers accused of rape in Haiti. UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that troop contributors have a responsibility to certify that none of the soldiers that are being deployed from wherever they come from have ever been implicated in any sexual abuse, and so the UN would expect Sri Lanka and all other troop contributors to do the same. “As you know, there was no deployment of Sri Lankan peacekeepers for a long time.  The issue of impunity of peacekeepers who committed horrendous crimes, who violated the trust given to them and were not persecuted is one of the reasons, and one of the many reasons, this Secretary‑General and his predecessor have pushed […]

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