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Marine biologist from Sri Lanka wins at British Council’s first-ever Global Alumni Awards

25th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Following prestigious national awarding ceremonies hosted by the British Ambassador/High Commissioner in more than 10 countries, and high-profile digital campaigns to celebrate 63 regional finalists, and 21 regional winners, the British Council has announced the names of three outstanding global award winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards. All are alumni of UK universities, representing three countries and four UK higher education institutions across the UK. They have been recognised for their outstanding achievements as professionals, entrepreneurs and social change makers. Winner of the Global Alumni Award for the Professional Achievement category is Asha de Vos, a marine biologist from Sri Lanka who is passionate about conserving the world’s oceans, and blue whale research in the Northern Indian Ocean. Asha is the founder of Sri […]

Death clues sought in players’ last trishaw ride

25th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Police and forensic experts trying to solve the mystery of the deaths of two young British rugby players are seeking a three-wheeler driver who could shed light on the players’ last movements after they were picked up from a night club and dropped off at their hotel. After the tragedy: The British team conducting a rugger training session on Friday at the St. Aloysius’ College grounds in Galle Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, who died two days apart after experiencing breathing difficulties, were picked up outside the night club Cleopatra in Kollupitiya in the early hours of last Sunday by the three-wheeler. “The CCTV footage analysed so far shows the two British nationals being dropped off at Kingsbury Hotel where they were staying, […]

Files on LTTE and MI5 in Sri Lanka erased at UK Foreign Office

23rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

Britain’s Foreign Office destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of a Tamil Tiger (LTTE) uprising during which MI5 and the SAS secretly advised the country’s security forces, it has emerged, The Guardian newspaper reported. The loss of the files means that there is almost no record of the British Government’s work with the Sri Lankan authorities at the start of a famously brutal civil war.  The destruction of the files raises fresh concerns about the Foreign Office’s attitude towards handling historic files on sensitive subjects. An official review in 2012 found that the department had destroyed thousands of documents detailing British counter-insurgency operations in Kenya and other colonies as the empire came to an end. Under the Public Records Act 1958 Government […]

Lord Naseby meets Sinhale Diaspora at House of Lords

22nd May 2018 // 0 Comments

One of the 1st events representing Sri Lankan Sinhale Diaspora at the House of Lords Last week, the UK Parliament paid tribute to the Sri Lankan Sinhale community living in the United Kingdom with the first-ever meeting pertaining to Sri Lanka, one of the most auspicious days in the British calendar last week. For the first time in history, the Sri Lankan Sinhale community event was held on 16th of May 2018 in the House, of Lords, Palace of Westminster. Mr Ranjiv Goonawardena, organised, chaired and facilitated the meeting, with the collaboration of Right Honourable Lord Naseby, on behalf of the Global Sri Lankan Forum UK (GSLF UK). Mr Goonawardena, in his warm introductory speech, expressed gratitude to the Right Honourable Lord Naseby who hosted […]

Sri Lankan Immigrant Stabbed To Death In South London

21st May 2018 // 0 Comments

South London stabbing victim named – BBC www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44194060 10 hours ago – A man stabbed to death in south London has been named. … The Sri Lankan national, of no fixed address, was found with multiple stab wounds at 03:29 BST. Sunday Times – Sri Lankan man stabbed to death in UK www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1043506/sri-lankan-man-stabbed-to-death-in-uk 17 hours ago – A Sri Lanka man was stabbed to death on a street in south-west London on … Arunesh Thangarajah, 28, was found suffering from stab wounds in Mitcham in the … SL immigrant stabbed to death in UK – Daily Mirror – Sri Lanka Latest … www.dailymirror.lk/150181/SL-immigrant-stabbed-to-death-in-UK 18 hours ago – SL immigrant stabbed to death in UK, A man stabbed to death in south London was identified as a Sri Lankan immigrant who moved to the UK in search of a … London news: Man stabbed to death in Islington as wave of violence … https://www.express.co.uk › News › UK […]

Failed promises by President and PM – Justice delayed is Justice denied.

19th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Mutual respect, the key to equality My friend scorned me, “The ‘horun hoyana’ new court is for the consumption of the Sinhala masses that may be moving to the Mahinda Chinthana fold. We should question why there is no ‘maruwan hoyana’ special judicial process for Tamil victims of war, waiting for nine years. This was promised in 2015. I think this week which marks the ninth year is the best to bring that up. Although the government set up the OMP that started work last weekend, the findings will not be made public and no legal action will be taken against perpetrators. Victims have no faith in the OMP. They made it very clear at the first meeting in Mannar. Please have a look at […]

British MPs release messages to commemorate Mullivaikkal genocide – Tamil community who keep the flame of the Tamils alive.

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Several British MPs and other politicians have released messages of solidarity as the Tamil nation around the world marks Tamil Genocide Remembrance day today. See some of their messages of support below. Robert Halfon, Member of Parliament for Harlow said, “On this very important day of remembrance, we should give our thanks to every member of the Tamil community who keep the flame of the Tamils alive. And we remember all the tragic victims of the genocide of the Tamils. We remember all the awful treatment of the Tamils by the Sri Lankan regime. The Tamils deserve their autonomy. The Tamils deserve equality of opportunity. The Tamils deserve equality. One must never forget.” CLICK TO VIEW ALL VIDEOS.  

Jeremy Corbyn reaffirms the UK Labour Party’s strong support for Tamil self-determination and peace and justice in Sri Lanka

18th May 2018 // 0 Comments

17 May 2018 Jeremy Corbyn reaffirms the UK Labour Party’s strong support for Tamil self-determination and peace and justice in Sri Lanka The leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP, has said that “the rights of Tamils to decide their own future is central” to resolving many of the post armed conflict issues in Sri Lanka. Addressing more than 150 guests at a packed event in Parliament, on Wednesday 16 May, to mark the 9th anniversary of Mullivaikal, Mr Corbyn said that a future Labour Government will be committed to“international justice” and that the Labour Party, now and in the future, supports “serious action to bring about peace and justice” in Sri Lanka. Referring to Tamils for Labour’s four key objectives, Jeremy Corbyn gave his full backing to the […]

9th Annual Remembrance of the Mullivaikkal Genocide

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Demanding Accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide  It has been nine years, since more than 450,000 Tamil people were corralled into a coastal village in the north eastern corner of the island of Sri Lanka, which the Sri Lankan state had designated as “no fire zone” and pounded with heavy artillery from land, sea and air, killing nearly a third of them and maiming tens of thousands more. Since then, the surviving Tamil people and their kith & kin across the globe, have been crying for justice and calling for an international investigation into this genocidal onslaught.   At the first anniversary of the massacre The British Tamils Forum organised a mass commemoration and named the genocide event “Mullivaikkal” after the coastal village in which those innocent men, […]

British club rugby player dies in Colombo

14th May 2018 // 0 Comments

A member of a rugby team, visiting Sri Lanka from Britain, had died after being admitted to hospital with respiratory difficulties. The deceased is a 26 year old British national was part of a 22 member group of rugby players which arrived in the country last Thursday. According to Police, the team played a friendly rugby match series in Colombo on Saturday. The group is claimed to have attended a night club in Colpetty following the conclusion of the matches. Police said two of the players had suffered from respiratory difficulties after returning to the team hotel around 4 am last night. The hotel management had taken measures to admit the two players to hospital following which one of the British national was pronounced dead. […]

Ex-Harrow Mayor enjoys Rayners Lane elections

11th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Cllr Krishna Suresh, former of Mayor of Harrow and … – Harrow Times www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/16217707.Councillor_celebrates____historic____result/ 18 hours ago – The former Mayor of Harrow has expressed his delight at “making history” as another Labour councillor joined his ward to turn it completely red… Ex-Harrow Mayor enjoys Rayners Lane elections | This Is Local London www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/…/16217707.Councillor_celebrates____historic____res… 16 hours ago – Cllr Krishna Suresh, former of Mayor of Harrow and Rayners Lane representative … expressed his delight at “making history” as another Labour councillor joined …

Colombo is British peoples third popular destination

3rd May 2018 // 0 Comments

Colombo is the third most popular non-European destinations for Brits followed by New York and Orlando respectively, the UK’s Daily Mail reported quoting an analysis conducted by the search site Kayak.co.uk. However, the analysis hadn’t included actual bookings, Daily Mail said. Kayak.co.uk travel expert Neil Cartwright has said internationally, there has been a huge shift towards the Indian Subcontinent as well as Africa. “And we couldn’t have predicted a few years ago that Sri Lanka would become Brits’ third most popular international destination overall. This might also suggest that Brits are looking for alternatives to the summer classics and are searching out more exotic destinations that they haven’t visited before. Unfortunately, the USA is the country to be missing out the most. Demand has been falling for a few years now and overall, we are seeing year-on- year declines of around a […]

Towards a Common Future: a revitalised and relevant Commonwealth

29th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By James Dauris  The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London brought together leaders representing the interests of 2.4 billion people, nearly one third of the world’s population.  Sri Lanka is no stranger to CHOGM.  It hosted the meeting in 2013 and President Sirisena led the delegation to London this year. 46 Heads of Government, over 50 Ministers and 15,000 delegates attended.  Heads of delegations met in London and at Windsor Castle, while Ministers and other participants took part in forums for women, youth, civil society and business, and dozens of side events and multilateral and bilateral meetings. Discussions focused on the theme “Towards a Common Future” for the citizens of the Commonwealth and considered how the organisation needs to change and grow in order to remain […]

SriLankan Aviation College partners with Kingston University London

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

SriLankan Aviation College and Kingston University London have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the launch of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) top up degree in Aircraft Engineering in Sri Lanka, providing an exciting new dimension in airline-related education in the region. Kingston University London has been delivering this programme in the UK since 2001 and has had hundreds of graduates who now work with major airlines in the UK and around the world. SriLankan Aviation College (SLAC), the training arm of SriLankan Airlines, is the first institution to provide professionals the opportunity to acquire this qualification in Sri Lanka. This programme will enable students who are qualified up to an ‘EASA B License Training Certificate’ to achieve an honours degree which is accredited by the […]

Sri Lankan refugee couple is set for multi-million-pound NHS payout

16th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan refugee couple are set for multi-million-pound NHS payout after their baby suffered irreversible brain damage at birth because midwives couldn’t understand them Sinthiya Rajatheepan was not properly instructed on how to feed her new baby Her son Nilujan, eight, suffered  devastating brain damage from malnutrition  The High Court  ruled midwives at King George’s hospital failed the baby Judges will determine the level of compensation due during a later hearing  Catastrophic injuries suffered by a baby boy were the direct result of his refugee mother’s poor grasp of English, a top judge has ruled. And now the eight-year-old is in line for multi-million-pound NHS compensation because midwives were negligent in failing to tackle the language barrier. Judge Martin McKenna said medics at King George’s Hospital, London, ended up […]

UK MP says no meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka

15th April 2018 // 0 Comments

A British Parliamentarian says there is no meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka.  Joan Ryan, Member of Parliament for Enfield North and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils said that said that unless the culture of impunity on the island is tackled, and there is a genuine reckoning with the country’s past, Sri Lanka will be unable to lay the foundations of a sustainable peace. Joan Ryan said this in a New Year wish for the Tamils in the UK. “As you reflect upon the past twelve months and look forward to the year ahead, I know many of you will be thinking about family, friends and loved ones in Sri Lanka. I share your concern that the Sri Lankan Government has made no meaningful […]

Story of a ‘St. John’s College Jaffna Boy becoming a top banker at the prestigious Citibank’

15th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar Citibank’s Managing Director and its Global Head of Electronic Foreign Exchange Solutions, Bernard Sinniah, who retired from his London office recently, describes himself as a ‘Jaffna Boy’ who didn’t achieve anything remarkable during his school days, but his determination to be successful in life made him a top official at Citibank; one of the top three banks in the world, with an extensive network of branches in 102 countries. Sinniah, who is enjoying retirement, was in Colombo recently, returning after a brief spiritual journey in North India, where he had bathed in the holy river Ganges and spent several days in Rishikesh the region known as the abode of sages. Sinniah, who is a Christian, commenting on his spiritual adventure in North […]

After Lanka’s diplomatic battle, EU relists LTTE as terror outfit

1st April 2018 // 0 Comments

The Council of the European Union has relisted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation. The decision came into effect on March 21, 2018, continuing the “specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities with a view to combating terrorism”. The LTTE is among 20 organisations named. The relisting is the result of a protracted diplomatic battle that involved Sri Lanka’s mission in Brussels, where the EU has its headquarters. The President, the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and the Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Defence were involved in the diplomatic move, sources said. The LTTE was first listed as a terrorist movement in 2006 and has remained on the list ever since. But, while the LTTE did not challenge its […]

TNA and GTF hold key discussions in the US

25th March 2018 // 0 Comments

A joint delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) visited the United States of America at the time when Sri Lanka has been under scrutiny at the UN in Geneva, with appointments secured from the relevant highest levels of authority at the UN, US Administration and Government and the Norwegian Government.  The visit at this critical juncture was based on TNA’s and GTF’s continued engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka to encourage to implement their 2015 manifesto commitments and commitments made to all Sri Lankans and the international community, the GTF said in a statement. The visit was significant especially considering that the US still hasn’t appointed an Ambassador in Geneva. The delegation included, M A Sumanthiran, Member […]

A delegation from the main Tamil party TNA & diaspora organisation GTF visit the US at a critical juncture for Sri Lanka

23rd March 2018 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT  22 March 2018, New York A delegation from the main Tamil party TNA & diaspora organisation GTF visit the US at a critical juncture for Sri Lanka A joint delegation of TNA and GTF visited the United States of America at the time when Sri Lanka has been under scrutiny at the UN in Geneva, with appointments secured from the relevant highest levels of authority at the UN, US Administration and Government and the Norwegian Government. This visit at this critical juncture was based on TNA’s and GTF’s continued engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka to encourage to implement their 2015 manifesto commitments and commitments made to all Sri Lankans and the international community. This visit was significant especially considering that the […]

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