Lord Naseby is Inundated With False and Misleading Claims and Provides an Incorrect Portrayal of the War.

21st February 2019 // 0 Comments

Opinion Piece About Sri Lanka by British Politician Lord Naseby is Inundated With False and Misleading Claims and Provides an Incorrect Portrayal of the War. By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s civil war ended tragically in May 2009. Ten years on, the wounds of war remain unhealed. That has significant implications for the country’s future trajectory and ensures that, absent some big changes, a return to violence at some later date cannot be ruled out. Besides, victims and their family members deserve justice. Unfortunately, a recent opinion piece by Lord Naseby, a British politician, is inundated with false and misleading claims. Naseby incorrectly describes how the war ended. He also paints a misleading portrayal of the current state of play. Moreover, his suggestion that the country […]

Sri Lanka undergoes stringent EU GSP + monitoring process

10th February 2019 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) has voiced concern over the slowdown in the progress of the government’s far reaching reforms and its commitments made to regain General System of Preferences (GSP +) facility. There was a significant acceleration in fulfilling major obligations under GSP + during the early period of the good governance government which took office in 2015, but it has retarded during the recent past, EU Ambassador in Sri Lanka Tung-Lai Margue told the Business Times. Ambassador Tung-Lai Margue The Government has set out a programme of major reforms to address reconciliation and accountability, democracy, the rule of law, better governance and economic development in accordance with its commitments made to the EU. A key development in the EU-Sri Lankan trade relations was the […]

British medical device manufacturer to set up US$ 10 mn plant in Bandaragama

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

BOI approval granted for the first medical device manufacturing plant with 600 new jobs A leading UK manufacturer has gained BOI approvals to begin laying the foundation for its newest state of the art manufacturing facility in Sri Lanka. Flexicare (Group) Limited is a UK headquarted manufacturer and supplier of medical devices, with subsidiaries in over 12 countries and two manufacturing sites, providing disposable medical consumables to over 110 countries. The agreement was signed on behalf of Flexicare by Ghassem Poormand, Chairman of Flexicare (Group) Limited. Also present at the signing ceremony were Hash Poormand, Managing Director and Sanjeeva Jayasinghe, General Manager Flexicare Sri Lanka. Champika Malalgoda, Director General of the BOI also participated. Ghassem Poormand, Chairman of Flexicare (Group) Limited stated “We are a […]

UK demands full implementation of Geneva Resolutions on Lanka Says US pullout from Geneva body irrelevant

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

The UK government has again dismissed Lord Naseby’s call to terminate Geneva Resolution 30/1 in 2015 and Resolution 34/1 in 2017 on the basis that the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government didn’t perpetrate war crimes as alleged by the UN. Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con) on Wednesday (Feb. 05) during a House of Commons debate on UNHRC Resolution declared that the UK expected the full implementation of both Resolutions. The following is the full text of Lord Ahmad’s statement: “I make the Government’s position clear from the outset: Her Majesty’s Government have no plans to annul or withdraw those resolutions. The UK continues to believe that full implementation is essential, as the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, and the […]

Arrest Warrant On Brigadier Priyanka Fernando Withdrawn due to Political Interference and Pressure! : ICPPG Expresses Severe Disappointment

27th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The International Centre for Prevention and Prosecution Genocide today expressed severe disappointment with the Westminster Magistrate’s Court’s decision to withdraw the arrest warrant on Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, former Defence Attachè of the Sri Lankan High Commission in the United Kingdon, due to “increasing political pressure.” The organization, issuing a statement, said, “The Public Interest Law Centre was contacted by Westminster Magistrates’ Court and was informed that the arrest warrant had been withdrawn and the matter relisted on 1 February 2019. The Court did not relist the matter before withdrawing the arrest warrant which is entirely unacceptable.” “After the 21st January 2019 hearing, it has come to our attention, that the Sri Lankan Government acknowledged the proceedings in November 2018 and elected not to participate in the […]

Tamil Diaspora welcomes Hemasiri’s offer but won’t co-operate until Geneva obligations are met

25th January 2019 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), yesterday, welcomed Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando’s recent controversial request for the Tamil Diaspora groups to furnish information, if any, of the atrocities committed by armed forces personnel. UK-based GTF spokesperson uren Surendiran told The Island that the grouping was really encouraged by Defence Secretary Fernando’s declaration. Responding to a query, Surendiran pointed out that in spite of Fernando’s encouraging statement, some members of the administration were pulling in different directions. Defence Secretary Fernando incurred the wrath of some political parties and organisations for seeking Diaspora organisations’ support to initiate investigations. Surendiran said: “This is encouraging that a senior civil servant has publicly said this. However, the mixed messages that come from very senior members of the government, including the […]

UK HC will convey GoSL concerns – Aryasinha

25th January 2019 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday (24) said that British High Commissioner James Dauris had assured that he would promptly convey the concerns raised by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to his Government, and that it was his understanding that the warrant against former Minister Counsellor Defence, attached to the Lankan diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom (UK), Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, will be withdrawn. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha yesterday requested the British High Commission to take necessary steps to ensure a review of the process including the order of the Magistrate’s Court … of Westminster, Manchester to correct the Court’s misunderstanding of International Law with regard to the arrest. At a meeting, held at the Ministry premises in the afternoon, between Aryasinha […]

FCO informs Westminster MC of Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry’s objections

24th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has informed the Westminster Magistrate’s Courts of the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry’s objections in the case filed against Brigadier Priyanka Fernando in the UK court. The Foreign Ministry has pointed out that Brigadier Fernando is no longer a resident of the UK and that during his tour of “duty in the UK, a diplomatic agent, and thus entitled to the immunities and the privileges extended to a diplomat under the Vienna Convention”. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Saroja Sirisena speaking to the Daily News explained that they had conveyed their objections against the ruling of the court with the above submissions. This week, the Westminster Magistrates Courts issued an arrest warrant against the Brigadier having ruled that he was guilty […]

BREAKING NEWS – Brigadier Priyanka Fernando of SL army found guilty

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Brigadier Priyanka Fernando of SL army found guilty of two of three offences under Public Order Act (sections 5 and 4a). That his actions were threatening, caused harassment, and that he intended them to be so. Magistrates court issues an arrest warrant for Fernando. Following this judgement an international arrest warrant is likely to be issued for war criminal and Sri Lanka’s ex defence attache Brigadier Priyanka Fernando. If the Sri Lanakn government refuses to cooperate, its High Commissioner in London will be summoned to appear before the Court Brig. Priyanka Fernando Found Guilty On Three Offences Under Public Order Act: Arrest Warrant Issued Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, a senior officer of Sri Lanka Army, has been found guilty of two of three offences under Public […]

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 › 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 […]

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