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GTF complains of delay in addressing accountability issues by govt

14th August 2017 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) expressed dismay Saturday that more than eight years after the end of war, “Sri Lanka has yet to demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to addressing the accountability issues occurred during the brutal armed conflict. Despite twice co-sponsoring UNHRC resolutions calling for comprehensive transitional justice measures, the present coalition government has not lived up to its commitments and yet to take any meaningful steps in this respect.”   In a press statement issued from London it said “The lack of progress to-date in many ways is eerily reminiscent of the past when commitments made on political and governance issues concerning the Tamil people (such as Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam or Dudley-Chelvanayakam pacts) were reneged at the slightest of political opposition. While GTF acknowledges […]

Child sex network in UK’s Newcastle convicted

10th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Eighteen people have been convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex. The vulnerable victims, some as young as Eighteen people have been convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex. The vulnerable victims, some as young as 14, were exploited by a “cynical organisation”, a court heard. The 17 men and one woman were convicted of rape, supplying drugs and conspiracy to incite prostitution. Over the course of four trials, 20 young women gave evidence covering a period from 2011 to 2014. These trials involved 26 defendants, who were mostly Asian, facing a total of more than 100 charges and 22 victims. […]

PM Ranil must resign regarding the Hambantota port deal.

9th August 2017 // 0 Comments

When constructing the Hambantota port alone somebody in the Rajapaksa regime had pocketed Rs 15000 million (US $ 100 million), says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Is this government officials not fit to find out the missing Rs 15000 million? or is the PM Ranil’s team given the Lion’s share of the deal to say that they cannot find the Rs 15000 million?.  PM Ranil is suspected of having a close relationship with the Rajapaksha family who ruled Sri Lanka before Maithiri-Ranil came to power.  Maithiri-Ranil came to power accusing Rajapaksha family of abusing their power, accused of fraudulent financial deals and killing people who opposed them. But after comming to power PM Ranil is abusing his powers to help Rajapaksha family members and their associates to cover up their fraudulent financial […]

UK welcomes return of lands by armed forces

2nd August 2017 // 0 Comments

In the course of his comments the High Commissioner spoke about the importance of post-conflict reconciliation, drawing on the UK’s own experience in Northern Ireland. He commented that truth and accountability work in both the national interest and the armed forces’ self-interest, were necessities for modern militaries. High Commissioner Dauris explained that a process of truth and accountability advanced reconciliation and prosperity – “this is in the wider national interest. It builds confidence and trust between communities, and between the armed forces and the communities it is the responsibility of our servicemen and women to protect”. “And among many reasons why it is in the military’s self interest,” he suggested that “it enhanced credibility and self-esteem, strengthened morale and wins respect.” He also talked to […]

That, Mr Speaker, is not the whole story

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

It is one thing to say that some politicians are making their children ashamed of them. It is more meaningful to tell the public why this is so. What makes children react to parental actions in a manner that causes the children to virtually turn their backs on politician fathers? If what Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says is true there must be some strong reasons why children are not enamoured of their fathers who are elected representatives. That surely is the crucial question. What is it in the behaviour of some MPs that cause such negative reactions in their children to the extent that they seem to dissociate themselves with the conduct of their MP fathers? Usually children dote on their parents and parents on the […]

‘Prepared to work with government, but cannot wait indefinitely for solutions’, Sri Lanka Tamil party tells UN

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told the United Nation that the party is prepared to work with the Sri Lankan government on resolving the Tamil people’s problems but cannot wait indefinitely for the government to take meaningful actions. The leader of Tamil National Alliance and the Opposition R. Sampanthan told a visiting top official of the UN that the party’s demand is not to divide the country but to find a solution based on consent and the consensus of political parties and people. The visiting UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffery Feltman met with the Opposition Leader, R. Sampanthan and members of the Tamil National Alliance on Friday at the UN office in Colombo. During the […]

Sri Lanka: We must welcome GTF effort and they must go further

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

by Rajasingham Jayadevan ( July 23, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The right thinking people must welcome the initiative of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) to help provide medical assistance for the flood affected areas of Southern Sri Lanka in partnership with the pioneering Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement. This effort must be strengthened further by the GTF to involve in far reaching post war socio-economic work with the engagement with the cross section of the community organisations overseas. Many individuals, organisations and expatriate enterprises have undertaken sustainable socio-economic projects without any political fanfare and glamour. Their efforts too must be welcome and publicised in an effective way to widen the scope of engagement of the expatriate Tamils. There are Tamil organisations and individuals providing funds for the […]

GLOBAL TAMILS FOR UNITED LANKA

25th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Recently a group of members of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) comprised of 17 medical professionals from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Norway and Bahrain, over the course of nine days, provided assistance including medical, dental and ophthalmological treatment to the communities affected by the floods (about 780 patients) sheltered in villages, relief camps, a children’s home and an orphanage in the Districts of Kalutara and Matara, of the Western and Southern Provinces respectively. The doctors who voluntarily gave their services also donated 300 spectacles. Spokesman of the GTF, Suren Surendiran spoke to the Nation regarding the GTF’s engagement with the country, their view of the present state of affairs in the country, and about what they felt was the […]

‘Ethera Api’ honours proud Lankans who brought fame to the country

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

The annual main summit of the ‘Ethera Api’ branch of the United Kingdom was held at the Novotel Hotel Heathrow in Cherry Lane with the participation of the Chairman of the organization, MP Sunil Handunnetti. Along with the Branch’s Board of Officials and Members, religious leaders and many special invited guests including Deputy Mayor of the Harrow Council, Kareema Marikar and Councillor of the Newham Council, Paul Sathianesan participated in the occasion. Handunnetti along with Chairman of the Branch, Ajantha Kangahaarachchi, Secretary of the Branch, Henry G. Wickramaratne, Treasurer of the Branch, Sujith Gunawardena lit the oil lamp and commenced the festivities. Kangahaarachchi in his speech, presented his views regarding problems faced by Sri Lankans in Great Britain and pledged that the Organization would intervene […]

Assistance to Flood Affected Communities as a Measure of Confidence Building Mechanism Among Peoples

15th July 2017 // 0 Comments

PRESS RELEASE   14 Friday, July 2017   ‘Assistance to Flood Affected Communities as a Measure of Confidence Building Mechanism Among Peoples’: Joint Statement by Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement and the Global Tamil Forum   The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in partnership with Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement conducted medical camps over ten days, in the floods affected rural villages of Kalutara and Matara Districts, concluding on the 11th of July 2017. Having witnessed from overseas, the devastation caused by the recent floods in the South of Sri Lanka, and the agony and personal loss suffered by the people, Sri Lankans living overseas who are members of the GTF felt that they must come to the assistance of their brethren in Sri Lanka, in their time of need. Although […]

Husband beat his Lankan love rival to death in UK

13th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Suren Sivanathan was found beaten to death by police outside a parade of shops A jealous husband whose wife was planning to divorce him ‘kidnapped’ the new man in her life and beat him to death, a court heard this week. Gnanachandran Balachandran is said to have recruited two others to help snatch the man he saw as a rival, Suren Sivananthan, while he was shopping at centre:mk. The trio, which included a 17-year-old teenager, then held Suren captive for 12 hours while subjecting him to a series of sustained beatings in various locations around Milton Keynes. They finally dumped the 32-year-old, bleeding from a serious head wound and stripped of his blood-stained clothing, near a pond outside the Co-op at Great Linford, the jury […]

CANADIAN MAYOR REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM SCHOOL CANTEEN MENU* and EXPLAINS WHY

6th July 2017 // 0 Comments

*CANADIAN MAYOR REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM SCHOOL CANTEEN MENU* and EXPLAINS WHY Muslim parents demanded the abolition of pork in all the school canteens of a Montreal suburb. The mayor of the Montreal suburb of Dorval has refused, and the town-clerk sent a note to all parents to explain why. Here’s that note: “Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to Canada and Quebec, its customs, its traditions, its way of life, because that’s where they chose to immigrate. “They must understand that they have to integrate and learn to live in Quebec. “They must understand that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not  the Canadians who so generously welcomed them. “They must understand that Canadians are neither racist nor xenophobic, […]

Queen Elizabeth honours young Sri Lankan changemakers

1st July 2017 // 0 Comments

Today, Her Majesty The Queen presented young people from Sri Lanka with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, to honour Rakitha Malewana and Senel Wanniarachchi for their work in the fields of HIV/AIDS and social engagement. His Royal Highness Prince Harry joined The Queen in congratulating the winners at this special ceremony. The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards programme, now in its third and penultimate year, celebrates the achievements of some of the most exciting young change-makers from across the Commonwealth, who are all dedicated to transforming lives in their communities. From tackling bullying head-on in schools, to preserving the environment, to promoting gender equality, these young people are taking the lead in driving change in their communities. Guests including Sir Mo Farah, Liam […]

UK says terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out – updated travel advise on Sri Lanka

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. Terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out, the British Foreign and Commonwealth office said in an updated travel advise on Sri Lanka. The advise on Sri Lanka was updated following a review of the way in which the UK Government describes the threat from terrorism in travel advice for all countries and territories.  The UK Government says there is no change in the UK Government’s assessment of the level of threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka.  The military conflict between the Government and the LTTE ended in May 2009. In 2011 the State of Emergency and the Emergency […]

Grenfell Tower fire: This is what you can do to help

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

1. How you can help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in west London There are a number of ways you can help those affected by the fire. You can donate clothes, food and any other useful supplies at these places: Harrow Club, 187 Freston Rd, W10 6TH Rugby Portobello Trust, 221 Walmer Rd, W11 4EY St Clements Church, 95 Sirdar Rd, W11 4EQ Or you can help raise funds for residents through various crowdfunding campaigns. Just Giving has confirmed that these campaigns are all verified, so you can be sure your money will go to help those in need. 2. Grenfell Tower fire: This is what you can do to help http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40272565/grenfell-tower-fire-this-is-what-you-can-do-to-help 3.  How to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London   http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/14/how-to-help-those-affected-by-the-grenfell-tower-fire-in-london-6707464/   4.  London […]

It is unlikely that Theresa May will be Prime Minister of UK this time next year.

11th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana As the Big Ben struck ten on Thursday 8th night, all three news-channels in UK; BBC, ITV and Sky, gave the results of their joint exit poll to a stunned British public: “There will be a hung parliament with Conservatives getting 314 of the 650 seats”. In spite of a blundering campaign, everyone expected Theresa May to win with an increased majority though the prospect of the landslide predicted, at the time of the surprise dissolution of Parliament, faded due to the unexpected good performance of the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Many supporters of the two major parties still felt the exit polls to be wrong as Conservatives could not believe they were doing so badly and Labour that they could […]

The British Election

11th June 2017 // 0 Comments

by Rajan Philips Those of us who dismissed Jeremy Corbyn as an untimely infliction on the British Labour Party must now eat humble pie, huge portions of them. The good thing is that we on the left can also celebrate his electoral performance very heartily while eating the humble pie. Mighty kudos as well to the band of Sri Lankan cricketers for pulling off that stunner of a victory against India at the London Oval on the day of the British election. Whatever happens tomorrow against Pakistan, the win against India will remain memorable for a long time. Nothing against the talented Indian cricketers, but defeating them is the only way to give India’s cricket establishment the occasional kick on its backside for its bankrolling […]

Record number of black, Asian and ethnic minority MPs elected to parliament

11th June 2017 // 0 Comments

New members of House of Commons include four black women and Britain’s first ever female Sikh MP Parliament now has more black and minority ethnic (BAME) MPs than ever before. The 2017 general election saw ten new MPs from non-white backgrounds elected, taking the total in the House of Commons from 41 to 51. While this is still only around one in 13 MPs, it means the Commons is now more diverse than in any previous parliament. READ MORE Record numbers of refugees fleeing United States for Canada The new MPs include Labour’s Preet Gill in Birmingham Edgbaston – the first ever female Sikh MP. Slough’s new representative, Tanmanjeet Singh, also of Labour, becomes the first turban-wearing Sikh to sit in Parliament.  The new parliament will also […]

Tamil Man guilty of sexual assault in Harrow and Ealing

11th June 2017 // 0 Comments

A man has been convicted of a linked series of sex attacks carried out on women in the Ealing and Harrow areas last year. Sinuthujaan Yoganathan, 32 (19.08.84) of St Margaret’s Avenue, Harrow was found guilty of five sexual assaults and one attempted sexual assault following a three week trial at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, 5 June. He will be sentenced at the court on 28 July. The conviction follows a successful joint investigation by officers at Ealing and Harrow CID. Detective Inspector Tom Williams, who led the investigation, said: “I am pleased with this guilty verdict, especially for the brave victims who had to suffer Yoganathan’s attacks. I would like to thank them for their courage throughout our investigation and this prosecution. “The […]

Labour Party’s Thangam Debonnaire Whose Father is a Sri Lankan Tamil Wins Bristol West Constituency Again Polling Almost 2/3 of Votes

10th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Neville de Silva in London London-born Ranil Jayawardena whose father is of Sri Lankan origin, was re-elected from the Conservative Party to the British parliament from the North East Hampshire constituency with a healthy majority of almost 28,000 votes. Jayawardena who first won this seat at the 2015 general election got 65.6 per cent of the votes cast garnering 37,754 votes, up from the 35,573 votes he received in 2015. His majority this time was slightly diminished but way ahead of his closest rival. Jayawardena who was previously a local councillor serving as deputy leader of the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane before he took to national politics served on the Commons’ Home Affairs Committee after he entered parliament in 2015. The Labour Party’s […]

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