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 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 […]

Will government allow the 200 million worth of health development projects offered by Lyca Group?

17th April 2017 // 0 Comments

 A village developed by Lyca for Sri Lankans affected by the war  was inaugurated on Wednesday and as a first step they  handed 150 houses and Lycamobile’s chairman Subaskaran Allirajah promised another 450 houses will be built and given to war effected families in North and East of Sri lanka. ‘Lyca’s Gnanam village’: Houses handed over to the beneficiaries ‘Lyca’s Gnanam village’ consisting of 150 houses have been handed over to the families. The keys were handed over to the beneficiaries by the guests such as Gnanambikai Allirajah, the co-founder of Gnanam Foundation, Lycamobile Chairman Philanthropist Mr.Subashkaran Allirajah, Leader of the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan and other guests. ‘Lyca’s Gnanam village’: Guests arrive for the handing over ceremony The guests for the handing over of the ‘Lyca’s […]

Landmark State Terrorism Action in Spanish Court Against Syrian Officials – TGTE

8th April 2017 // 0 Comments

TGTE buoyed by possible similar action overseas on Sri Lankan perpetrators of genocide and war crimes COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, April 4, 2017 / — The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) welcomes the landmark legal proceedings for state terrorism initiated by a judge in a National Court in Spain against Syrian vice president Farouk al-Sharaa, head of National Security Bureau Ali Mamlouk, head of air force intelligence Jamil Hassan, and other senior officials. Amb. Stephen J. Rapp, a former US Ambassador at large for the Office of Global Criminal Justice and now a non-resident fellow at the Hague Institute of Global Justice who helped to file the case, said that “we could have international arrest warrants in a month or two against these individuals.” The […]

UK Home Office publishes new policy on Sri Lanka

4th April 2017 // 0 Comments

The British Home Office this week published an updated policy guidance and information note on Sri Lanka aimed at decision makers handling the granting of protection and human rights claims for Tamils. The updated policy guidance, which follows the country guidance of GJ & Others in 2013, stated that there had been “positive developments” since the new government led by President Sirisena came to office and “an improved environment for civil society and human rights defenders has also been reported”.  Commenting on the new guidance, Jan Jananayagam of Together Against Genocide (TAG) said, “this home office policy flies in the face of recent events in Sri lanka, including overt surveillance and intimidation of protestors by the navy, police and other security services, the government of […]

Sri Lanka’s computer literacy rate is lower in North and Eastern Province

1st April 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s computer literacy rate highest in urban sector, lowest in Estates and Eastern Province Mar 30, Colombo: According to a National Survey conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics, the overall Computer Literacy reported in first half of 2016 for Sri Lanka is 27.5 percent. The survey results show an increase of 0.9 percent from 1st half of 2015 to 1st half of 2016. In 2016, at least one computer is available in 22.5 percent of households in the country. That is more than one out of every five households owns either a desktop or a laptop computer, the survey said. This percentage is 35.3 percent in Urban Sector and Rural is 20.7 percent and lowest is  Estate Sector 6.4 percent respectively. The highest […]

Tamils for Trump: Hybrid Court for Sri Lankan War Crimes Should Be Held in India or UK, Not in Sri Lanka

1st April 2017 // 0 Comments

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2017 / — Both Sri Lankan President Srisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe have refused to have a hybrid court in Sri Lanka due to constitutional impediment to the appointment of non-citizens to the highest court exercising criminal jurisdiction; in addition, these Sri Lankans have told the media that having a hybrid court in Sri Lanka might bring the war back in Sri Lanka. It is best to have the hybrid court for Sri Lankan war crimes outside of Sri Lanka. Similar to the hybrid court for Sierra Leone that was held at The Hague, this will assure the safety of the witnesses and the victims and the court will not be restricted by any Sri Lankan constitutional limitations. Rather, it will follow […]

GTF calls on Sri Lanka and the International Community to ensure the UNHRC Resolution is fully implemented in a faithful and timely manner

30th March 2017 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 30 March 2017, London GTF calls on Sri Lanka and the International Community to ensure the UNHRC Resolution is fully implemented in a faithful and timely manner The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) cautiously welcomes the unanimous adoption of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (34/L.1) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). This resolution, in effect, reaffirms the full implementation of the Resolution 30/1 of 2015. The fact that the resolution was sponsored by forty seven   countries and twenty seven countries spoke at the Interactive Dialogue on Sri Lanka is reflective of the strong commitment of the international community to peace, accountability, justice and reconciliation for all the peoples of Sri Lanka. We are grateful to every one […]

UK calls for meaningful devolution in Sri Lanka

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

The British Government today encouraged Sri Lanka to deliver meaningful devolution through constitutional reform, establish credible transitional justice mechanisms, return all remaining military-held private land and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act with human rights compliant legislation. A statement by the British High Commission in Colombo said that the UK welcomes the co-sponsorship of the new UN Human Rights Council resolution by the Government of Sri Lanka, which reaffirms commitments made in resolution 30/1 in October 2015, for the next two years. “By co-sponsoring a new resolution the Government of Sri Lanka has demonstrated its commitment to human rights, accountability and reconciliation, as important elements of a lasting political settlement for all Sri Lanka’s communities,” the UK High Commission said. The UK says as the […]

Sri Lankan opposition to foreign judges worries US; UK stresses devolution

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: At the on-going session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva on Wednesday, the US expressed concern over the Sri Lankan government’s statements against having foreign judges in the judicial mechanism it is to set up to try war crimes cases. But the UK laid stress on the importance of devolving power to the Tamils to bring about post-war reconciliation. William J. Mozdzierz, the US representative said that the government’s statements against international participation in any future Sri Lankan judicial mechanism “raise understandable concerns among victims and families about the integrity of any judicial process.” Reminding Colombo about its commitment to have foreign judges as per the resolution it co-sponsored at the September 2015 session of the UNHRC, the US delegate said: […]

London Attack: ‘Heroic’ British politician attempted to save cop

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

by PHIL MCCAUSLAND A British foreign minister bloodied his hands attempting to save the life of a police officer who was stabbed on the grounds of Britain’s Parliament in what was described Wednesday as a “terrorist incident.” After an individual drove a 4×4 through a crowd outside the Palace of Westminster, shots were fired and a police officer was stabbed. Tobias Ellwood, a conservative member of Parliament and former soldier who was close to the incident, rushed to the officer’s side. Play London Terror Attack: At Least 5 Killed, 40 Injured Outside Parliament 2:36 The officer, later identified as Keith Palmer, later died of his wounds. Palmer, 48, was on the force for 15 years and was a husband and father, police said. Photos of […]

Two years or twenty years make no difference to Sri Lanka! Tamil Victims have no choice but keep fighting for justice!

25th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s(TGTE) Response to UN Human Rights Council Granting Two Year Extension to Sri Lanka Our immediate concern about the two years extension is it would embolden and encourage Sri Lankan security forces to commit further abuses against Tamils. Urge to send UN Human Rights Monitors” — TGTE COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, March 24, 2017 / — Once again, the Tamil victims of crimes are forgotten in the complacency of the international community with respect to justice for the victims of the crimes of the Sri Lankan State during the armed conflict on the island. Despite the earnest and fervent call by the Tamil victims to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly with recommendation to establish a special tribunal under Article […]

Exporters to EU must be educated on Brexit – GM ECCSL Srinath

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Rathindra Kuruwita and Umesh Moramudali Europe has been one of our biggest export markets for decades, and it still is, even after the loss of the GSP + concession in 2010. Ceylon Today spoke to Srinath Fernando, General Manager of European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) to discuss the current situation of the EU market, the issues faced by our exporters and what the government should do to take advantage of the probable resumption of the GSP + concession. ?: First of all tell us what the ECCSL does? A: ECCSL was established in 1996 and its mandate is to promote trade between the European Union and Sri Lanka. There are 28 EU countries and only five have embassies in Colombo. The majority […]

Our people and our nation deserve genuine #Accountability & #Justice.

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Our people and our nation deserve genuine #Accountability & #Justice. Don’t forget our courageous brothers and sisters who gave their life for our motherland. If we are sincere, sacrifice our sleep, sacrifice our comforts, sacrifice our enjoyment, at least sacrifice small things, don’t put the blame conveniently on others, don’t try to find fault in other organisations, don’t point our fingers on anyone and say traitors, because none of us qualify to do that. We are fighting against a state which is protected by powerful states and institutions. Genuine commitment is required from every Tamil. Without contributing time and energy you can’t expect others to accomplish difficult tasks. All are volunteers, all activists have the same problem as you. Let’s unite and dedicate our time more on winning friends […]

Sri Lanka Echocardiogram project – 5th to 9th July 2017

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Dear Friend, Areas affected by the war in the North and East of Sri Lanka are still recovering from the three decade long civil war that ceased in 2009. Local health care provision, whilst making tremendous achievements against all the odds, is still sub-optimal. In particular, the whole of Northern Province, with a population of over 1,000,000 is served by only 3 cardiologists – 2 in Jaffna district and 1 in Vavuniya district. However, there is no cardiology or echocardiogram (echo/ ultrasound scan of the heart) service in the other three districts of the Northern Province (Mannar, Killinochi and Mullaitivu). The Health Ministry of Northern Province has requested Assist RR  to help reduce the work load on the three cardiologists by providing free echocardiogram clinics in the […]

Lycamobile still keen to buy Hutch

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Lycamobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operating in 21 countries worldwide from London is still keen to purchase Hutch mobile in Sri Lanka. “We have made a very sound offer to the company and we were about to go ahead with the deal,” an official from Lycamobile said. He said they are still keen to go ahead. Lycamobile owned by a Sri Lankan first made an offer to buy the local company last year. While the deal was about to the inked Sri Lanka Telecom Mobile came forward with an offer which was US$ 8 million more than the quoted price of Lycamobile. This offer was hotly challenged by the some of the board members saying it was not realistic. This controversy led to […]

Sri Lanka clinches continued C’Wealth trade support in London

11th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka has clinched continued support for its international trade work from the Commonwealth. Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen is representing Sri Lanka at the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting (CTMM) that opened in London on 9th March.  Sri Lanka’s Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama and many other Trade Ministers from the Commonwealth joined the meeting. “I am pleased that talks with the Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of Commonwealth on March 9th in London were successful. We are set to receive continued positive support from the Commonwealth to our international trade work as a result”, the minister said and added: “Sri Lanka’s historic relations with the Commonwealth stands further enhanced with this pioneering London event. Especially the “Agenda […]

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