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Foreign Office admits to destroying hundreds of files from the start of Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Jan 21 (Morning Star) Britain’s Foreign Office is being accused of “shredding history” after it admitted to destroying nearly 400 diplomatic files from the start of a Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka. Margaret Thatcher’s government armed Sri Lankan forces against left-wing Tamil independence fighters, but activists including superstar M.I.A. are now warning the full extent of this deadly collusion may never come to light. The Foreign Office has shredded nearly twice as many files on the conflict than it previously admitted, a freedom of information request by the Morning Star has found. Last year the department said it had destroyed 195 files from the late 1970s, when MI5 and SAS personnel advised Sri Lankan spies and commandos how to counter Tamil guerillas. The Star can […]

UK responds to petition calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to ICC

22nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

UK responds to petition calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to ICC Responding to a petition signed by over 10,000 British citizens calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court, the UK government said that “international criminal justice and accountability is a fundamental element”, however maintained that the UN Human Rights Council resolutions were the best way of acheiving accountability. The petition urged “Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court, if it continues to fail to implement its commitment made to the UNHRC Res. [A/HRC/RES/30/1] by March 2019”. Read more here. In its response, the UK noted however that more needs to be done” by Sri Lanka and it should establish a “credible mechanisms for transitional justice.” Read full response below […]

Pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events in Canada and UK.

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

A number of factors impact whether or not diasporas influence host country foreign policy, writes Matthew Godwin. He looks at two major decisions facing Canada and the UK toward Sri Lanka, and explains how pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events. Countries in the West have long welcomed immigrants from all over the world. In Canada, as many as half of the residents in the country’s largest city, Toronto were not born in Canada. In the United Kingdom, one in seven British residents were born abroad. As newcomers arrive, many organise into diaspora communities, setting up organisations which support the continuation of “homeland” cultural or athletic practices, offer settlement and integration services, and advocate for the rights of newcomers to government officials. […]

Lyca made India’s Most Expensive Movie

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

This Former Immigrant From Sri Lanka Just Made India’s Most Expensive Movie The man who bankrolled the science-fiction film 2.0, India’s costliest movie, is a former immigrant from Sri Lanka who is now running his family’s telecom, healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment conglomerate in the U.K. Meet Allirjah Subaskaran, 46, who fled Sri Lanka with his family at the height of the ethnic conflict there three decades ago, and moved first to France, and then later settled in the U.K. He said that he loved watching Tamil films while growing up, and that’s why he started Lyca Productions, a production and distribution company based in Chennai, in 2014. It’s part of the privately held Lyca Group, which was named after his sister Leka, with headquarters on […]

2.0 movie: Thousands of websites blocked to stop torrent downloads …

2nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

2.0 featuring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar … – Coventry Telegraph https://www.coventrytelegraph.net › News › UK & World News 3 days ago – The film was produced by Subaskaran Allirajah and Raju Mahalingam under the banner Lyca Productions. … 2.0 – one of the most expensive movies ever made – has finally been released. … You can also download our all-new app. …. Asthma sufferers given urgent advice over UK inhaler shortageThe Bricanyl Turbohaler … Indian courts have handed down one of the most prolific blocking orders ever, banning people from thousands of websites. A full 12,564 sites have been banned in the country, according to TorrentFreak. The move is an attempt to stop people distributing leaks of 2.0, a brand new Indian film. The movie is the most expensive ever to be made in the country, and […]

Allirajah Subaskaran’s firm Lyca Productions has made the science-fiction extravaganza 2:0 – at a cost of $75 million (£59m)

2nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

The story behind the most expensive Indian film ever made The science fiction film 2.0 cost $75 million dollars to make, and features some of India’s biggest  By Lucy Cotter, entertainment correspondent A refugee who fled war-torn Sri Lanka and made his home in Britain has told how he turned his life round to become a producer on the most expensive Indian film ever made. Allirajah Subaskaran’s firm Lyca Productions has made the science-fiction extravaganza 2:0 – at a cost of $75 million (£59m), it is directed by one of India’s biggest directors and stars some of its hottest talents. It is a tale worthy of a Bollywood movie in itself. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Subaskaran said: “I got involved in the movie because […]

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation flood relief Continues mission to provide aid

2nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation distributing Rs 40 million worth of flood relief to ten locations across Sri Lanka. The distribution of aid from the Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation convoys, organized to provide relief for the people affected by the Gaja cyclone in the country commenced on yesterday (Thursday) and the mission to provide aid is continues for the second day. Aid is being distributed throughout Colombo, Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Baticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura and Puttalam districts. The foundation provide flood aid including dry rations, water, bed sheets, mosquito nets to ten areas across Sri Lanka. Gnanam Foundation is the philanthropic organization established in 2010 co-founded by Subaskaran Allirajah and Prema Subaskaran, named after his mother Gnanambikai Allirajah. The Foundation seeks to empower vulnerable and displaced communities […]

Ranil if you can have secret deals with Rajapaksas, I can do the same better – Maithiri

23rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

“There is a danger of the current Rajapaksa government failing to pass any Bill or motion in the House” It is interesting to note that the conflict between President Maithripala Sirisena and the ousted Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe over the latter’s purported hesitance to take action on allegations of acts of high profile corruption against the leaders of the Rajapaksa regime, had ended up in the President teaming up with the same Rajapaksas.    The recent turn of events and the new political alignments were as if the President telling Wickremesinghe that if you can have secret deals with Rajapaksas, I can do the same better.    As we have explained in our earlier columns, it is the United National Party (UNP) that pushed the […]

3 Cardiology Clinics (between 12/11 & 16/11 2018) and Donation of Medical Equipment in Vanni

22nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

3 Cardiology Clinics in Vanni between 12th & 16th Nov 2018 Assist Resettlement & Renaissance – Assist RR conducted three cardiology clinics simultaneously in Mannar, Killinochchi, and Mullaittivu, in Sri Lanka.This was made possible by the generous volunteer service of Dr Mayooran Shanmuganathan, Dr Khalda Halim & Dr Andy Morley-Smith, all from Harefield Hospital in UK. They performed echocardiogram scans on >250 patients and exercise treadmill ECG tests on 20 patients in 5 days. This ensured early diagnosis and management for patients with heart disease who otherwise face long waiting times and travel to see a cardiac specialist in the neighbouring districts. Unlike the previous trips, they spent a considerable amount of time during the past week training local doctors and technicians in various aspects of cardiology medical practice.  Assist RR have so far conducted eight cardiology clinics in Sri Lanka […]

Sri Lanka is on the brink of economic anarchy and chaos: Mangala

21st November 2018 // 0 Comments

Nov 20, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that Sri Lanka is on the brink of economic anarchy and chaos as never experienced before. Releasing a statement, Samaraweera says the cavalier and irresponsible actions starting on October 26th places at risk Sri Lanka’s ability to meet its immediate debt obligations. “In early January 2019, we have to repay US$ 1 billion of Rajapaksa debt taken in January 2014, the repayment of which is also under the purview of Parliament,” “The actions of 26th October have irreversibly undermined Sri Lanka’s credibility in global markets – risking our ability to service future debt as well,” “All payments of government from 1st January 2019 are illegal and cannot be affected by public servants. Some […]

Sri Lankan asylum seeker in UK awarded £19,500 in damages

20th November 2018 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker who says he was tortured in his home country has been awarded nearly £20,000 in damages from the Home Office for his unlawful detention, Asian Age reported. The man, referred to only as KG for legal reasons, was unlawfully held in immigration detention for 30 days between January and February 2016 because of a failure to arrange a medical examination within 24 hours of his admission.  A judge sitting at the High Court in London has now awarded him a total of £19,500. Ruling on the sum to be paid to the 29-year-old, Judge Alison Foster QC said there was “independent medical evidence consistent with what he says about his treatment in Sri Lanka” and found that KG was “vulnerable […]

UK urged to stop forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka

16th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The British Government has been urged to stop all forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka from the UK. A senior group of Labour MPs have called on the UK Government to take immediate measures to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms for Tamils in Sri Lanka and to stop all forced returns to the island from the UK, in light of the on-going constitutional crisis in the country.  In letters to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, the MPs have raised serious concerns about the potential repercussions for the Tamil community – “who have so often borne the brunt of terrible human rights violations” – following President Sirisena’s attempts to dissolve Parliament and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, a man who conducted a reign of […]

Labour MPs pile pressure on UK Government to act on Sri Lanka

15th November 2018 // 0 Comments

A senior group of Labour MPs is calling on the UK Government to take immediate measures to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms for Tamils in Sri Lanka and to stop all forced returns to the island from the UK, in light of the on-going constitutional crisis in the country. In letters to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, the MPs have raised serious concerns about the potential repercussions for the Tamil community – “who have so often borne the brunt of terrible human rights violations” – following President Sirisena’s attempts to dissolve Parliament and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, a man who conducted a reign of terror during his 10 year rule. The Labour MPs are pressing the Foreign Secretary to consider […]

UK should NOT interfere in our affairs we have Bribed and know how to bribe the British MP’s.

8th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages Vasudeva Nanayakkara today slammed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for meeting diplomats in Parliament, after Parliament was prorogued. In a media statement the Minister said that he was “shocked” that the Speaker entertained diplomats in his Parliament office after Parliament was prorogued, including the Ambassadors of the US and UK. He noted that the US and UK had recently raised concerns over the alleged unconstitutional changes by President Maithiri and said that this was affairs of our state and they should not interfere.  A supporter said that these US and UK Governments did not oppose or take any meaningful action against the Mahinda government when more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed and more than 1000 LTTE leaders and their […]

UNP MP defects

27th October 2018 // 0 Comments

State Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ajith P Perera last night claimed at Temple Trees that the UNP had received assurances from the TNA, SLMC, ACMC and Mano Ganeshan’s party. UNP MP Ananda Aluthgamage last declared from Wijerama residence that there were many UNP MPs ready to back President Sirisena and PM Rajapaksa. Elected from the Kandy District, he was the first UNPer to switch allegiance to the Sirisena-Rajapaksa duo. The UNP had 107 MPs, including one elected on the SLMC ticket. One of its MPs yesterday pledged his support to PM Rajapaksa. The UPFA group in parliament comprises 95 elected and appointed MPs. The UNP group includes seven SLMC and five All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) MPs. Party sources told The Island that the […]

The High Commission of Sri Lanka hosts Investment Forum in London

25th October 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 23.Oct.2018, 5.00AM) The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom along with the British High Commission in Colombo facilitated an investment promotion event under the auspices of the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka on 18 October 2018 at the High Commission premises. The morning session was graced by Ranil Jayawardene MP, British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Sri Lanka. Officials of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, British High Commission in Colombo, UK Department for International Trade, CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Limited, UK Export Finance and investors participated in the session. The evening session was attended by members of the Sri Lankan community living in the United Kingdom. British investors and the Sri Lankan […]

British MPs Concerned About Tamil Activist’s Arrest Write To Home Secretary

14th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By DR ARUJUNA SIVANANTHAN Relieved for Yogalingam and his family that he was released within 24 hours of his arrest. Though it must be harrowing experience. While our community has an excellent relationship with the Metropolitan Police, it shows that the Sri Lankan mission, its operatives are willing to exploit the lack of knowledge and history of other UK police forces to harass, and file false and vexatious complaints against Tamil activists. The intervention by the APPG was both timely and informs the FCO, Home Office and Police Forces of the still malevolent intent that its foreign missions bear against Tamils. Its also tells the Sri Lankan government that we will use all levers to protect the community from its attempts to once again criminalise […]

British Police release TGTE members arrested during protest against SL PM’s visit

14th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sockalingam Yogalingam is a Human Rights Activists and a politician, who is a member of the Transnational Government for Tamil Eelam in the United Kingdom. Yogalingam is the Deputy Minister of Sports and Community Health.[1] [2]He also contested the seat of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in UK general elections in 2015, represented the National Liberal Party.[3][4][5][6] He is the Assistant Director of the Human Rights group Act Now.[7][8] He studied his advanced level at Jaffna Central College[9] before leaving the country in 1985 due to Killing of thousands of Tamils by the SL Government supported violence on Tamil minority. He  completed HND in computer diploma in the 1998-2000 in UK and started helping the Tamil refugees in UK. TGTE MP Sockalingam Yogalingam, who was arrested by the British police for demonstrating against the visit of Sri Lankan […]

British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, from London, decided to purchase a rustic hotel after drinking rum on the beach while on holiday – and have renamed it ‘Lucky Beach Tangalle’ A pair of newlyweds got so drunk on their honeymoon they bought their own hotel. Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, wed in June 2017 and went on a three week backpacking honeymoon to Sri Lanka in December. During their trip, the London-based couple checked into a rustic hotel on the beach and immediately hit it off with some of the staff members there. On their first night, they took to the beach with several bottles […]

Sri Lankan Tamil Pop Star Matangi (MIA/Maya) Arulpragasam Speaks Candidly About Her Life Journey in New Documentary Film “Matangi/Maya/MIA” Made By Stephen Loveridge

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Tamil Pop Star Matangi (MIA/Maya) Arulpragasam Speaks Candidly About Her Life Journey in New Documentary Film “Matangi/Maya/MIA” Made By Stephen Loveridge By Sean Brocklehurst “Are you sure Steve shouldn’t be in this interview?,” M.I.A. said when I asked her how her new documentary came together. It was a fair question because, technically, the 43-year-old pop star had nothing to do with the making of Stephen Loveridge’s film, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. But she was very much a driving force throughout the creation process thanks to more than 700 hours of personal video footage she handed over to the director eight years ago. “When I handed the tapes over in 2011, I wanted to make an in-depth documentary about the Maya album, just because I had so much […]

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