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British High Commissioner extols strategic direction of tourism in Sri Lanka

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sanchith Karunaratna British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to Maldives James Dauris lauded the efforts rendered by the government of Sri Lanka to develop the island nation as a travel hub in Asia during his address at the dinner held by the Institute of Hospitality on Wednesday (29). In his address High Commissioner Darius stated that the tourism sector has bolstered the community within Sri Lanka by providing ample employment an international exposure. He further highlighted the strategic direction of the government stating that the country may become one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. His address is provided below, I’m honoured to have been invited to address you this evening.  The industries you lead and represent are ever more a corner-stone of […]

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesperson Suren Surendiran dismissed Lord Naseby’s statements

1st December 2017 // 0 Comments

UNSG Spokesman: Decision to revisit resolution in the hands of UNHRC members TNA still studying House of Lords debate UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesperson Suren Surendiran dismissed Lord Naseby’s statements. Surendiran said: “Lord Naseby is one of over 800 Lords in the House of Lords. He is not a representative of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee or the FCO. His views do not represent the FCO or the British Government’s policy on Sri Lanka. Britain was one of the main sponsors of the Geneva Resolutions and Britain still insists that the resolutions must be fully implemented.” The POE comprising Marzuki Darusman, Yasmin Sooka and Steven R. Ratner has placed the death toll at 40,000 on the basis of what the panel called a number […]

Arrest of Britisher over Buddha tattoo

7th November 2017 // 0 Comments

After procedural delays, the Supreme Court has reserved its judgment on a Fundamental Rights Petition filed by a British tourist who challenged the infringement of her fundamental rights. She was arrested and detained for allegedly displaying a Buddha tattoo on her upper limb at Katunayake in 2014. In her petition, the British tourist Naomi Coleman had sought a compensation of Rs.10 million from the respondents and further sought a declaration that her detention was null and void and contrary to Articles 13(2) and 12 of the Constitution. The petitioner Naomi Coleman, (37) a nurse by profession at the Hawkesbury Lodge, Rehabilitation Mental Health Services, had filed the petition through President’s Counsel J.C. Weliamuna and Pulasthi Hewamanne on the instructions of counsel Vishwa De Livera Tennakoon […]

Fasting Tamil prisoners appeal to have case transferred back to Vavuniya

28th October 2017 // 0 Comments

By S.S.Selvanayagam Tamil prisoners who have embarked on a hunger strike to force the transfer of their case back to the Vavuniya High Court from the Anuradhapura High Court yesterday filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the Attorney General and the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID). Petitioners Rajathurai Thiruvarul, Mathiarasan Sulakshan and Ganeshan Dharshan, who have been fasting for the last 32 days, filed their petition through their Attorney M.K.P. Chandralal.  They state that they were arrested by the TID and produced before the Magistrate before being committed to fiscal custody. They also revealed that they were remanded in various prisons and are presently being detained in the Anuradhapura Prison. They state that they were indicted by the then Attorney General in the […]

Govt won’t act on Lord Naseby’s statement of ”Sri Lankan government forces killed 8,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009”

28th October 2017 // 0 Comments

The Foreign Ministry said yesterday that war crimes allegations would be dealt through national independent judicial mechanisms. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said so when The Island asked her whether the government would request UK and Geneva to review the allegation that 40,000 civilians had been killed during the Vanni campaign, in the light of Lord Naseby statement int he House of Lords disputing the figure on oct. 12. The following is the full text of SM spokesperson’s statement: “As you would recall, the 100 Day Programme ‘United for a Change. Dawn of Maithri Rule. A New Country in 100 Days’, in point 93, stated the following: “Since Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Statute regarding international jurisdiction with regard to war crimes, […]

‘Federalism’ made a dirty word by Racist Sinhala Politicians

23rd October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Descending from the family that produced Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, C. V. Wigneswaran is also a celebrated Sri Lankan. Lawyer, Supreme Court Judge and now Chief Minister of the Northern Province, he is also a man unafraid to voice his opinion. Recently recovering from minor surgery, Wigneswaran emailed answers to a series of questions around the debate over the proposed new Constitution. Here is the third part of that email: How can you face your Sinhalese friends in Colombo after advocating federalism, since they oppose you and oppose your thinking and federalism? A: This is the typical minority mentality. We are a minority, they are majority. How could we hurt them? We are talking of solutions to problems between the majority community […]

Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted. The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are some ‘good changes’ to be seen in the country, yet a lot more needs to be done.  He also called on the Tamil diaspora to not just visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country. by  Easwaran Rutnam  Q: How did you feel, returning to Sri Lanka after so many years?  A: My last visit was in Feb 2005 soon after the Tsunami to distribute help to all coastal areas from […]

Lord Naseby working on behalf of Sri Lankan Government

17th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Lord Naseby Misleads Lords Over Sri Lanka: He Must Withdraw … www.asianmirror.lk/…/1437-lord-naseby-has-misled-the-lords-over-sri-lanka-he-must… 4 Jun 2014 – Lord Naseby Misleads Lords Over Sri Lanka: He Must Withdraw … Most troublingly he has become an apologist for the Sri Lankan government. … so alleged, who were in fact fully paid-up members of the Tamil Tigers”. Lord Naseby on Sri Lanka – 08.01.2013 – Scribd https://www.scribd.com/document/…/Lord-Naseby-on-Sri-Lanka-08-01-2013 8 Jan 2013 – Lord Naseby: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East” Sri Lanka, … paid to theGovernment’s false claims: The new IDPs in Sri Lanka, … UK: Four Visits And Statements In The Commons On The … https://www.colombotelegraph.com/…/uk-four-visits-and-statements-in-the-commons-… 24 Nov 2012 – 0. 0. Better check who paid for his ticket and luxury holiday in Sri Lanka. …. What has happened to Liam Fox and Lord Naseby. Any MP in UK if … By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha […]

Lessons from the United Kingdom on Unitary State and Devolution CONSTITUTION MAKING IN SRI LANKA

15th October 2017 // 0 Comments

The Interim Report of the Steering Committee (IRSC) offers a selection of options on some Articles of the Constitution and provides a view of plausible future directions that the Sri Lankan constitution drafters hope to take. This article is an attempt to analyze a few of the key contents of the Report for purposes of enhancing public discussion. The English language version of the IRSC surprisingly uses ‘aekiya rajya/ orumiththa nadu’ to describe the nature of the State of Sri Lanka under the section titled ‘Articles 1 and 2’. The key word ‘unitary’ used as the opposite of ‘federal’ in constitutional terminology has been dropped in the English version. This is a clear departure from 1972 and 1978 Constitutions. Both contained the term unitary state.” […]

President Maithripala Sirisena at Jaffna Hindu College

15th October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw President Maithripala Sirisena will be the first high profile dignitary to visit Jaffna Hindu College after late Indian President and renowned nuclear scientist A. P. J. Abdul Kalam visited the prestigious educational institution in January 2012. Jaffna Hindu College, the Alma Mater of two Chief Justices the late Justice S.Sharvananda and of Justice K.Sripavan, the school will be the venue for the National Tamil Day festival to be held today (14) with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. Jaffna Hindu College is proud of having hosted three international dignitaries in the past. In the 19th century, Swami Vivekananda on his return from Chicago, while visiting Sri Lanka, had travelled to Jaffna and delivered a speech at Jaffna Hindu College. In the early part […]

Opportunities emerge from SL nurses in the UK

15th October 2017 // 0 Comments

After the Brexit vote, there are fears that the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain could suffer a shortage of nurses of up to 42,000 by 2026. NHS has now turned to Asian countries to fill the nursing vacancies created by the European Union nurses, who cannot be recruited to work in Britain after 2019. Nurses from India, Nepal and the Philippines have already started seeking nursing jobs in the UK. Now the door is open for both Sri Lankan male and female nurses to apply for jobs in the UK. Qualified nurses in Sri Lanka familiar conversant in the English language can now apply for jobs. They must also gain 6.5 or above for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) conducted by the […]

Britisher as Leader of political party

15th October 2017 // 0 Comments

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday sought an explanation from the National Election Commission (NEC) regarding the registration of the New Democratic Front (NDF) as a political party in spite of its leader Shalila Moonasinge being a British national. National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP posed the question to the NEC at a media briefing called by the JO at Dr N.M. Perera Centre. Weerawansa said the NEC certainly owed an explanation to the public in the wake of Moonasinghe being arrested over his alleged involvement in stealing money from Taiwan’s Far Eastern International Bank. JO parliamentary group leader and MP Dinesh Gunawardena, UPFA MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Prof. G.L. Peiris and Prof. Tissa Vitharana backed Weerawansa’s call for full disclosure of the circumstances under […]

Dr GUNASEKARAN KUMAR in The Sun’s inaugural Who Cares Wins Health Awards

12th October 2017 // 0 Comments

‘He pieced me back together after smash’ WHEN Veronica Johnston, 69, was involved in horrific road smash in 2011, doctors thought her chances of ­survival were next to none. The retired cleaner was left with a broken back, collapsed lung and her pelvis broken in two places after the collision on a dual carriageway near Prestatyn, North Wales. PAUL COUSANS – THE SUN 41 Veronica Johnson had a pelvis operation under Dr Gunasekaran Kumar and is able to walk again But thanks to the incredible skill of Dr GUNASEKARAN KUMAR, 47, she is alive, well and mobile today. The orthopaedic consultant, who specialises in pelvic fractures at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, pieced her pelvis back together in a seven-hour op. Now thanks to the pins, […]

British MPs Call For Speedier Implementation Of UNHRC Resolution 30/1

6th October 2017 // 0 Comments

http://tamilguardian.com/content/british-mps-call-speedier-implementation-unhrc-resolution-301 British MPs call for speedier implementation of UNHRC … tamilguardian.com British parliamentarians attending the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have called for action to ensure that Sri Lanka fulfils its commitments … British MPs Call For Speedier Implementation Of UNHRC Resolution 30/1  British parliamentarians attending the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have called for action to ensure that Sri Lanka fulfils its commitments set out in the council resolution 30/1 which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka two years ago. Theresa Villiers, Conservative MP and former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said she was attending the council on behalf of her constituents and wanted to see resolution 30/1 implemented. “That would mean the repeal […]

Lasantha murdered by gang from Tripoly Army camp

23rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

The founding editor of ‘Sunday Leader’ Lasantha Wickrematunge has been murdered by a gang of murderers from Tripoly Army Camp, Maradana, Colombo. 10 say reports. The investigations regarding the murder are being carried out on information received of a senior official of State Intelligence Service who had given the order for the murder with the knowledge of a higher official of the Defense Ministry. Statements have been recorded from a large number of people including members of SL Army while certain media reports that an Army officer who is aware of the murder has been appointed to a very high position in the SL Army. CID officers have recorded a statement from the daughter of Lasantha Wickrematunga. It is learnt that she had told the […]

Jealous husband who beat wife’s new boyfriend to death is jailed

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, murdered Suren Sivananthan, 32 in Milton Keynes in January 2017. Credit: Thames Valley Police A jealous and humiliated husband who beat his estranged wife’s new boyfriend to death after kidnapping him in Milton Keynes was jailed for life with a minimum of sentence of 18 years. Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, was incensed when he discovered his wife Ragupathy Annalingham was seeing another man. The Sri Lanken Tamil, who was granted asylum in 1999, organised the abduction of Suren Sivananthan, 32, from the Secklow Gate shopping area near Milton Keynes Theatre on the afternoon of Friday 20 January 2017. For 12 hours, Suren was held captive, plied with alcohol and beaten in three different locations. He suffered 87 sites of injury. Two head injuries were […]

UK General Medical Council rejects SAITM medical qualification

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

The General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK has rejected the medical qualification offered by the South Asian Institute of Technology (SAITM) in Malabe. GMC, the independent regulator of doctors in the UK, has rejected medical qualifications from 11 universities around the world, including SAITM. “If your medical school is on this list you will not be able to apply to sit the PLAB test or for registration. This approach reflects our primary duty to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public in the UK. A decision to place a medical school on this list is not taken lightly. We only do so following a full investigation and where we conclude that it is the most appropriate course of action in light of our main […]

FT journalist killed by crocodile while washing his hands in Sri Lankan lagoon

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

A Financial Times journalist was killed by a crocodile whilst washing his hands in a lagoon in Sri Lanka during a holiday with friends. Paul McClean, 24, an Oxford University graduate, is believed to have wandered off from friends in order to go to the toilet, before being ambushed by the reptile as he dipped his hands in the water. He is said to have been seen “waving his hands in the air” in desperation before being dragged under water at a lagoon known as Crocodile Rock, located just just minutes from a popular surfing beach. It is believed Mr McClean had only arrived in the country within the last few days and was staying at a nearby hotel with a group of friends. Raised […]

”Soldiers will not be tried internationally” Justice Minister

31st August 2017 // 0 Comments

Even if War Crimes were committed by the Sri Lankan military on Tamils than they will not be punished. President Maithiri will  follow the steps of Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda and protect the killers as long as they are members of the Sinhala Community and have killed the Tamils. The new Minister speaking to media after officially assuming duties as Justice Minister this morning said the government will take measures to protect those who dedicated their loves for the country. The Minister added the government is bound to protect the country’s sovereignty and those who serve the country. Minister Athukorala said the government’s responsibility is to protect soldiers and not use them for personal political gain. Minister Thalatha Athukorala added she is dedicated towards ensuring efficiency in […]

Channel 4 – War crimes charges against Sri Lankan ambassador

31st August 2017 // 0 Comments

Click to view – Channel 4 – War crimes charges against Sri Lankan ambassador https://www.channel4.com/news/rights-group-files-war-crimes-charges-against-sri-lankan-ambassador The Sri Lankan government has denied its ambassador to Brazil is on the run, after a human rights group filed war crimes charges against him there. Jagath Jayasuriya is flying back home to Sri Lanka just as he stands accused of criminal responsibility for the killing, torture and disappearance of civilians during his previous role as army commander during his country’s civil war. A warning, there are distressing images in this report. Click to view – Channel 4 – War crimes charges against Sri Lankan ambassador

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