Taking pannisai abroad – Sami Dhandapani is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist too.

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments Sami Dhandapani is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist too. Sami Dhandapani was visibly delighted and thankful to receive the title, “Pannisai Peraringar” from Tamil Isai Sangam, his alma mater. After having served the Sangam and its college, the expert in Saiva devotional music has been based in London for the past 15 years. Dhandapani’s father, who was his first guru, served as “Pannisai Odhuvar” at the Tirukkadayur arulmigu Sri Abirami Amritaghateswarar temple. At the age of eight, Dhandapani memorised all the 102 verses of “Sri Abhirami Andhadi” and sang in front of Dharmapuri Adheenam Guru Maha Sannidhanam” at the shrine of Sri Abirami. Declared winner of first prize in his maiden venture, Dhandapani involved himself in devotional music. He joined “Sri Kapaleeswarar Tevara Patasalai” headed […]

Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand – HC

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand. ‘Sri Lanka apologist Naseby must withdraw allegations’ – Telegraph ……/sri-lanka-apologist-naseby-must-withdraw-allegations-–-te…  3 Jun 2014 – “Lord Naseby has given misleading testimony to the House of Lords, and his remarks have been picked up in Sri Lanka and are being used in defence of the regime.” “The rules are clear. Those who make misleading statements to Parliament must correct the record at the first opportunity.Lord Naseby has … The British HC said so in response to The Island query whether the BHC had discussions with the Foreign Ministry here or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as regards Lord Naseby’s call for reviewing Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the text […]

Britain calls for clarity on differing war missing persons figures ” Ban hate Speech , but legislation should not erode freedom of expression”

5th December 2017 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar Britain has called for clarity on differing figures mentioned with regard to persons who had gone missing in Sri Lanka during the war between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) and in the aftermath of the end of the conflict on May 19 , 2009. A British High Commission delegation comprising Senior Research Analyst and Justice Consultant Paul Bentall , Regional Head of Stabilization Unit Eric Vincent and Political Officer Jovita Arulanantham during a recent meeting with Secretary to the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation V.Sivagnanasothy had while appreciating the steps taken by the Sri Lankan government on post war reconciliation efforts, pointed out that much more needed to done to achieve permanent peace and uplift […]

Tamil radio journalist attacked in Jaffna

5th December 2017 // 0 Comments

A Tamil journalist was attacked in a suburb of Jaffna on Saturday evening. 44-year-old Shanmuganathan Manoharan, an anchor for the radio Yaarl FM, was driving home in Chavakachcheri on Saturday when his car was obstructed by a three-wheeler. Mr Manoharan and another person were beaten by three men who alighted from the three-wheeler. The attackers escaped as soon as onlookers began to gather. A complaint was filed at Chavakachcheri police, following which the department said they had arrested the driver of the three-wheeler.

UK insists that Sri Lanka fully implements UNHRC Resolution 34/1

5th December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London The British government wants Sri Lanka to fully implement UN Human Rights Council Resolution 34/1, according Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister, Mark Field. Answering three written questions submitted by Wes Streeting MP (Labour, Ilford North – member of the All Party Parliament Group for Tamils), he says that he stressed to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Tilak Marapana, the importance of implementing the Resolution. “The UK is committed to the full implementation of Resolution 34/1 and will continue to support the government of Sri Lanka in its efforts to promote reconciliation and human rights”, he noted. Minisrter Field recalled that during his visit in early October 2017 to Colombo and Jaffna, he raised with Foreign Minister Marapana the importance of the […]

Racist Mahinda to lead JO alliance in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol.

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

The Joint Opposition (JO) along with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to form a broad political alliance, known as the Joint Podujana Peramuna (JPP), along with 20 other political parties aimed at contesting the 2018 Local Government polls, sources said. They said, that the JPP will contest the forthcoming polls throughout the country including in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol. The sources noted that agreements had already been…… signed with all the political parties that have agreed to join the JPP. He added that the maiden political rally of the JPP will be held under the patronage of former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Vincent Dias Playground in Badulla at 2 p.m. on 4 December.

British High Commissioner extols strategic direction of tourism in Sri Lanka

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sanchith Karunaratna British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to Maldives James Dauris lauded the efforts rendered by the government of Sri Lanka to develop the island nation as a travel hub in Asia during his address at the dinner held by the Institute of Hospitality on Wednesday (29). In his address High Commissioner Darius stated that the tourism sector has bolstered the community within Sri Lanka by providing ample employment an international exposure. He further highlighted the strategic direction of the government stating that the country may become one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. His address is provided below, I’m honoured to have been invited to address you this evening.  The industries you lead and represent are ever more a corner-stone of […]

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesperson Suren Surendiran dismissed Lord Naseby’s statements

1st December 2017 // 0 Comments

UNSG Spokesman: Decision to revisit resolution in the hands of UNHRC members TNA still studying House of Lords debate UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesperson Suren Surendiran dismissed Lord Naseby’s statements. Surendiran said: “Lord Naseby is one of over 800 Lords in the House of Lords. He is not a representative of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee or the FCO. His views do not represent the FCO or the British Government’s policy on Sri Lanka. Britain was one of the main sponsors of the Geneva Resolutions and Britain still insists that the resolutions must be fully implemented.” The POE comprising Marzuki Darusman, Yasmin Sooka and Steven R. Ratner has placed the death toll at 40,000 on the basis of what the panel called a number […]

Arrest of Britisher over Buddha tattoo

7th November 2017 // 0 Comments

After procedural delays, the Supreme Court has reserved its judgment on a Fundamental Rights Petition filed by a British tourist who challenged the infringement of her fundamental rights. She was arrested and detained for allegedly displaying a Buddha tattoo on her upper limb at Katunayake in 2014. In her petition, the British tourist Naomi Coleman had sought a compensation of Rs.10 million from the respondents and further sought a declaration that her detention was null and void and contrary to Articles 13(2) and 12 of the Constitution. The petitioner Naomi Coleman, (37) a nurse by profession at the Hawkesbury Lodge, Rehabilitation Mental Health Services, had filed the petition through President’s Counsel J.C. Weliamuna and Pulasthi Hewamanne on the instructions of counsel Vishwa De Livera Tennakoon […]

Fasting Tamil prisoners appeal to have case transferred back to Vavuniya

28th October 2017 // 0 Comments

By S.S.Selvanayagam Tamil prisoners who have embarked on a hunger strike to force the transfer of their case back to the Vavuniya High Court from the Anuradhapura High Court yesterday filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the Attorney General and the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID). Petitioners Rajathurai Thiruvarul, Mathiarasan Sulakshan and Ganeshan Dharshan, who have been fasting for the last 32 days, filed their petition through their Attorney M.K.P. Chandralal.  They state that they were arrested by the TID and produced before the Magistrate before being committed to fiscal custody. They also revealed that they were remanded in various prisons and are presently being detained in the Anuradhapura Prison. They state that they were indicted by the then Attorney General in the […]

Govt won’t act on Lord Naseby’s statement of ”Sri Lankan government forces killed 8,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009”

28th October 2017 // 0 Comments

The Foreign Ministry said yesterday that war crimes allegations would be dealt through national independent judicial mechanisms. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said so when The Island asked her whether the government would request UK and Geneva to review the allegation that 40,000 civilians had been killed during the Vanni campaign, in the light of Lord Naseby statement int he House of Lords disputing the figure on oct. 12. The following is the full text of SM spokesperson’s statement: “As you would recall, the 100 Day Programme ‘United for a Change. Dawn of Maithri Rule. A New Country in 100 Days’, in point 93, stated the following: “Since Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Statute regarding international jurisdiction with regard to war crimes, […]

‘Federalism’ made a dirty word by Racist Sinhala Politicians

23rd October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Descending from the family that produced Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, C. V. Wigneswaran is also a celebrated Sri Lankan. Lawyer, Supreme Court Judge and now Chief Minister of the Northern Province, he is also a man unafraid to voice his opinion. Recently recovering from minor surgery, Wigneswaran emailed answers to a series of questions around the debate over the proposed new Constitution. Here is the third part of that email: How can you face your Sinhalese friends in Colombo after advocating federalism, since they oppose you and oppose your thinking and federalism? A: This is the typical minority mentality. We are a minority, they are majority. How could we hurt them? We are talking of solutions to problems between the majority community […]

Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted. The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are some ‘good changes’ to be seen in the country, yet a lot more needs to be done.  He also called on the Tamil diaspora to not just visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country. by  Easwaran Rutnam  Q: How did you feel, returning to Sri Lanka after so many years?  A: My last visit was in Feb 2005 soon after the Tsunami to distribute help to all coastal areas from […]

Lord Naseby working on behalf of Sri Lankan Government

17th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Lord Naseby Misleads Lords Over Sri Lanka: He Must Withdraw ……/1437-lord-naseby-has-misled-the-lords-over-sri-lanka-he-must… 4 Jun 2014 – Lord Naseby Misleads Lords Over Sri Lanka: He Must Withdraw … Most troublingly he has become an apologist for the Sri Lankan government. … so alleged, who were in fact fully paid-up members of the Tamil Tigers”. Lord Naseby on Sri Lanka – 08.01.2013 – Scribd…/Lord-Naseby-on-Sri-Lanka-08-01-2013 8 Jan 2013 – Lord Naseby: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East” Sri Lanka, … paid to theGovernment’s false claims: The new IDPs in Sri Lanka, … UK: Four Visits And Statements In The Commons On The ……/uk-four-visits-and-statements-in-the-commons-… 24 Nov 2012 – 0. 0. Better check who paid for his ticket and luxury holiday in Sri Lanka. …. What has happened to Liam Fox and Lord Naseby. Any MP in UK if … By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha […]

Lessons from the United Kingdom on Unitary State and Devolution CONSTITUTION MAKING IN SRI LANKA

15th October 2017 // 0 Comments

The Interim Report of the Steering Committee (IRSC) offers a selection of options on some Articles of the Constitution and provides a view of plausible future directions that the Sri Lankan constitution drafters hope to take. This article is an attempt to analyze a few of the key contents of the Report for purposes of enhancing public discussion. The English language version of the IRSC surprisingly uses ‘aekiya rajya/ orumiththa nadu’ to describe the nature of the State of Sri Lanka under the section titled ‘Articles 1 and 2’. The key word ‘unitary’ used as the opposite of ‘federal’ in constitutional terminology has been dropped in the English version. This is a clear departure from 1972 and 1978 Constitutions. Both contained the term unitary state.” […]

President Maithripala Sirisena at Jaffna Hindu College

15th October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw President Maithripala Sirisena will be the first high profile dignitary to visit Jaffna Hindu College after late Indian President and renowned nuclear scientist A. P. J. Abdul Kalam visited the prestigious educational institution in January 2012. Jaffna Hindu College, the Alma Mater of two Chief Justices the late Justice S.Sharvananda and of Justice K.Sripavan, the school will be the venue for the National Tamil Day festival to be held today (14) with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. Jaffna Hindu College is proud of having hosted three international dignitaries in the past. In the 19th century, Swami Vivekananda on his return from Chicago, while visiting Sri Lanka, had travelled to Jaffna and delivered a speech at Jaffna Hindu College. In the early part […]

Opportunities emerge from SL nurses in the UK

15th October 2017 // 0 Comments

After the Brexit vote, there are fears that the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain could suffer a shortage of nurses of up to 42,000 by 2026. NHS has now turned to Asian countries to fill the nursing vacancies created by the European Union nurses, who cannot be recruited to work in Britain after 2019. Nurses from India, Nepal and the Philippines have already started seeking nursing jobs in the UK. Now the door is open for both Sri Lankan male and female nurses to apply for jobs in the UK. Qualified nurses in Sri Lanka familiar conversant in the English language can now apply for jobs. They must also gain 6.5 or above for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) conducted by the […]

Britisher as Leader of political party

15th October 2017 // 0 Comments

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday sought an explanation from the National Election Commission (NEC) regarding the registration of the New Democratic Front (NDF) as a political party in spite of its leader Shalila Moonasinge being a British national. National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP posed the question to the NEC at a media briefing called by the JO at Dr N.M. Perera Centre. Weerawansa said the NEC certainly owed an explanation to the public in the wake of Moonasinghe being arrested over his alleged involvement in stealing money from Taiwan’s Far Eastern International Bank. JO parliamentary group leader and MP Dinesh Gunawardena, UPFA MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Prof. G.L. Peiris and Prof. Tissa Vitharana backed Weerawansa’s call for full disclosure of the circumstances under […]

Dr GUNASEKARAN KUMAR in The Sun’s inaugural Who Cares Wins Health Awards

12th October 2017 // 0 Comments

‘He pieced me back together after smash’ WHEN Veronica Johnston, 69, was involved in horrific road smash in 2011, doctors thought her chances of ­survival were next to none. The retired cleaner was left with a broken back, collapsed lung and her pelvis broken in two places after the collision on a dual carriageway near Prestatyn, North Wales. PAUL COUSANS – THE SUN 41 Veronica Johnson had a pelvis operation under Dr Gunasekaran Kumar and is able to walk again But thanks to the incredible skill of Dr GUNASEKARAN KUMAR, 47, she is alive, well and mobile today. The orthopaedic consultant, who specialises in pelvic fractures at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, pieced her pelvis back together in a seven-hour op. Now thanks to the pins, […]

British MPs Call For Speedier Implementation Of UNHRC Resolution 30/1

6th October 2017 // 0 Comments British MPs call for speedier implementation of UNHRC … British parliamentarians attending the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have called for action to ensure that Sri Lanka fulfils its commitments … British MPs Call For Speedier Implementation Of UNHRC Resolution 30/1  British parliamentarians attending the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have called for action to ensure that Sri Lanka fulfils its commitments set out in the council resolution 30/1 which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka two years ago. Theresa Villiers, Conservative MP and former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said she was attending the council on behalf of her constituents and wanted to see resolution 30/1 implemented. “That would mean the repeal […]

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