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Military intervention- British HC promised to solve the problem

3rd September 2014 // 0 Comments

British High Commissioner(HC) John Ranking discusses with Vanni district parliamentarian Sivasakthi Anandan on families affected by the war. Parliamentarian briefed high commissioner on land acquisitions, disappeared persons, safety of political prisoners, rehabilitation for widow mothers and essential facilities for all former terrorists.High Commissioner listens to the parliamentarian and promised pay special attention on all these problems.High Commissioner was accompanied by his assistant. Northern Provincial Councilor Dr.C.Sivamohan also present at this meeting. During the time of discussion parliamentarian Sivasakthi Anandan brief about the resettling Sinhala people in Vanni district, constructing Buddhist temples in Vanni district, military intervention in civil activities, family members of disappeared persons were continuously threatened by military and intelligence unit members, police and military relationships with civilians. MP further noted rehabilitated LTTE members […]

Increased confidence is key says UK

3rd September 2014 // 0 Comments

I9ncreasing confidence between the local community and the civil administration is an important part of long-term reconciliation, the British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rakin said in a statement following a visit to the Puthukkudiyiruppu Police Station in the North. Rankin visited the Puthukkudiyiruppu Police Station to talk about the community policing programme, funded by the British High Commission, Colombo, which has made a difference to community-police relations in the area. “I was pleased to speak to both the police personnel and the local communities involved in this programme. They spoke openly about the changes the community policing programme has brought to their villages; increased trust in the police; and the understanding of the role they can play to reduce crime. Increasing confidence between the […]

Media phobia!

3rd September 2014 // 0 Comments

It was only last week that a Kalutara Urban Council member (UNP) demanded that the media be debarred from covering council meetings. He was incensed at newspaper reports that some councillors were planning to visit Bangkok at the ratepayers’ expense. Close on the heels of that incident, the Polgahawela Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) Chairman has declared his council premises out of bounds to journalists. He is resentful that questions that some PS members raised about the cost of repairs to his pick-up truck and the low quality of a stock of CFL bulbs purchased by the council have been reported. What else does he think the media should do? If the Polgahawela PS Chairman thinks he can hush up what transpires at council meetings by denying […]

Sri Lanka to continue with its poor Human Rights policy on Tamils but Pays the British Bell Pottinger firms to cover it up.

2nd September 2014 // 0 Comments

Hiring PR Firms And Our Public Relations Will Not Be Able To Help Us PR man was almost as ignorant as the large American he brought with him. Bell Pottinger strongly advised against the President visiting Britain in late 2010 to address the Oxford Union. Stream of useless public relations firms that our Ambassador in Washington was playing with. Even the best Public Relations firm, even if handled professionally, will not be able to help us By Rajiva Wijesinha – A Presidency Under Threat – Public Relations Much has been reported recently about the various Public Relations firms government – or rather elements in government, since it seems that there has been no Cabinet approval for these ventures – have hired to raise our profile in countries which […]

UK envoy John Rankin on north tour

2nd September 2014 // 0 Comments

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, visited the north today and had talks with Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP and Managing Director of the Uthayan newspaper E. Sarawanabavan and also visited a demining site in Muhamalai. The demining site is operated by the UK based demining agency, The Halo Trust. Commenting on the visit to the site, the British High Commissioner said the UK is a long-time supporter of demining in Sri Lanka. “We have provided 3.5 million pounds from 2010-2014. The latest funding programme – which was announced by our Prime Minister David Cameron during CHOGM last year – is worth 1.6 million pounds (3.5 billion rupees). It began in July this year and will continue for 18 months,” he said. John […]

London School of Economics (LSE) UK lecturer arrested in Sri Lanka.

1st September 2014 // 0 Comments

Police have revealed details of a British college lecturer who had sought details on the Sri Lankan Army, violating the Immigration laws of the island. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana has said that the Controller of Immigration and Emigration has questioned Dr Rajesh Venugopal, a lecturer in International Development and. Humanitarian Emergencies, London School of Economics (LSE) in UK. However, the police media spokesman has denied media reports which claimed that Dr. Venugopal was detained by the TID soon after his arrival at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport on Sunday. Speaking further to BBC Sandeshaya, SSP Ajith Rohana has further said, “He has come to Sri Lanka for a conference  However, he had gone to the Batticaloa area even without […]

Mahinda depending too much on PR companies

1st September 2014 // 0 Comments

When the Congress Government of Dr. Manmohan Singh was in power in India, a regular visitor to this country was N. Ram, Editor of the Hindu. He was granted exclusive interviews by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The close connection between Ram and Mahinda was built up by the tireless effort of an Indian PR company, which had been tasked to build bridges between Mahinda and India. To do so, the PR company engaged in a manoeuvre of putting Indian politicians who could influence Indian policy on Sri Lanka in close contact with Mahinda. One such prize catch was the Hindu Editor Ram. The PR company advised Mahinda to embrace Ram as a special friend so that he could use Ram’s friendship with the Congress and the […]

PROPAGANDA WAR EQUALS WAR – Dr. Chris Nonis

1st September 2014 // 0 Comments

 Govt Intensifies Propaganda War Govt Intensifies Propaganda War Sri Lanka ‘pays PR firm £3m to boost post-war image’ – BBC Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields – Watch Free Documentary Online As international pressure continues to mount on the government on the human rights issue, supported by human rights groups and some western countries, including the United States, the government is using all options available to boost its image both locally and overseas. Government propaganda has targeted the local voter base while overseas millions of rupees is being spent on US based firms to promote the country among investors and the US Congress. Propaganda targeting the local audience is being carried out by government ministers and parliamentarians with the unwritten theme being the need to put the country first above all […]

Sri Lanka exports jump on EU, US demand for garments

30th August 2014 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO, (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s trade deficit narrowed substantially this year thanks to increased demand for clothing exports to the United States and Europe, the island’s central bank said Thursday. Exports jumped 16.8 percent to $5.44 billion in the first six months of calendar 2014 compared to the same period last year, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said. Imports meanwhile declined 1.2 percent to $8.99 billion compared to the same period last year, the bank said. Overall, the trade gap reduced from $4.44 billion in the first six months of last year to $3.55 billion in the same period this year, the bank said. Sri Lanka’s exports in mainly garments to the EU jumped 34.6 percent while those to the US increased 12.1 percent, […]

Assist RR’s Sports Day on Sunday, 07 Sept 2014 from 11AM

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

We would like to invite you to our Sports Day to raise funds to carry out livelihood projects in the East and Vanni and a cataract camp in Mullaitivu. Thousands of families are struggling to make their end meets after the end of the war. Data available for Mullaithivu district indicates that there are nearly 84% of the total families in Mullaithivu district earn less than Rs 5000 per month and around 18% of this 74% earn less than Rs 1500 per month. This data also shows that there are only 26% of the total employable persons are in some kind of employment as at 31 Dec 2012. The remainder of 74% of the employable persons in this district are unemployed and struggling for their […]

Gary Anandasangaree Wins Nomination as Scarborough Rouge Park Constituency Liberal Party Candidate for Canadian Parliamentary Elections.

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Gary Anandasangaree has won the nomination election for the Scarborough Rouge Park constituency on behalf of the Liberal Party in Canada. On 20th August, nomination election was held to select the next Federal Liberal candidate for the Scarborough Rouge-Park constituency for the general election to be held in 2015 in Canada. The three candidates for the nomination race were Gary Anandasangaree, Bhardwaj Ashwani and Michael Johnson. Despite the series of slander, false allegation and propaganda on Gary has crossed all the hurdles. Gary Anandasangaree, a human rights activist and a lawyer, has dedicated the better part of his adult life to fighting all forms of inequality and injustice. Over the years, Gary has worked to bring issues that are of great importance to the Tamil […]

Another British Woman Raped But Police States Incident Not Reported

22nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

A 20 year-old British female touring in Sri Lanka has been raped in the Kuda Kalli area in Arugam Bay, local media has reported. However, the Police Spokesman’s Office states that so far, the incident has not been reported to the Police. According to LankaCNews – a news website run by government MinisterWimal Weerawansa, the woman had been walking along Kuda Kalli beach in Potuwil, Arugam Bay when she had been attacked and raped. She is presently receiving treatments at the Ampara hospital. Although media reports state she has lodged a complaint with the Police and no one has been arrested as of yet, Police Spokesman’s Office stated that no such complaint has been lodged with the Potuwil Police.

GTF News Update – 23rd August 2014

22nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

THE NATION  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** TNA MPs Meet Sushma Swaraj <http://www.nation.lk/edition/breaking-news/item/32478-tna-mps-meet-sushma-swaraj.html>   NEW INDIA EXPRESS  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Tamils in Sri Lanka Must Get Dignity, Justice: India <http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Tamils-in-Sri-Lanka-Must-Get-Dignity-Justice-India/2014/08/22/article2393017.ece>   COLOMBO TELEGRAPH  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Satellite Images Uncover Lies Spewed By SL Military In Jaffna Land Grabs <https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/satellite-images-uncover-lies-spewed-by-sl-military-in-jaffna-land-grabs/>   SRI LANKA MIRROR **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** lslamic terrorism threat to SL : Gotabaya <https://www.srilankamirror.com/news/16639-lslamic-terrorism-threat-to-sl-gotabaya>   TAMIL GUARDIAN Ongoing concern for Tamil workers in Kurdistan, KRG denies forced labour <http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=11942>   ASIA CORRESPONDENT  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Sri Lanka government trying to hamper UN probe, says activist <http://asiancorrespondent.com/126016/sri-lanka-government-trying-to-hamper-un-probe-says-activist/>   CEYLON TODAY  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Supporting 18A SlMC’s Blunder  <http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-71058-news-detail-supporting-18a-slmcs-blunder.html>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** SF tears into Polls Chief <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=108879>   […]

Sri Lanka government upset by good O/L, A/L results of Tamil students in UK.

22nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government has instructed his diplomats to frame all Tamil schools in European Union countries in which there is a substantial population of Tamils from Sri Lanka, as LTTE supported organisations. This is done to stop the Tamil community educating their children Tamil and religion.  In These Weekend schools Tamil, Hinduism and Christianity  free of charge and all other academic subjects and arts and music from junior to A/L are taught  in these weekend schools which have helped improve their standard at there schools. The children are charged a nominal fee and most of these schools are non profitable run by committees appointed among the parents of children in the school. In UK most of the Tamil students have achieved high level of marks  in […]

UN committee questions government

17th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The UN Human Rights Committee which is scheduled to convene in October, has questioned the Sri Lankan Government on several issues including on the progress made by the Sri Lankan Army’s Court of Inquiry in investigating allegations of civilian casualties during the war. The 112th session of the Human Rights Committee will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 7 to 31 October with Sri Lanka being discussed on October 7 and 8. The reports to be considered during the 112th session are those of Sri Lanka, Burundi, Haiti, Malta, Montenegro and Israel. The Government has already submitted its fifth periodic report Human Rights Committee for its October session in accordance with article 40 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political […]

Sri Lanka Air force kills 61 school children and wounds 129 in Vallipunam on the 14 August 2006

14th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Police Constables and Intelligence officers have threatened and harassed the relatives and families of missing persons not to appear in front of the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons They even went to the extent of telling the people that there will be no use in appearing in front of the SLPC.  http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37339 Rev Rayappu Joseph has expressed his frustration that the police cannot be trusted and there is no law and order in Sri Lanka. He speaks in the sound cloud on the matter. In this sun cloud a few other tubes, where Chief Minister Wigneswaran speaks. Ananthi came in another tube where she gave a full account of her experiences in Mullivaaykkal and how she surrendered her husband to the army. Don’t think […]

Merseyside firefighter to treat survivors of Sri Lanka civil war

14th August 2014 // 0 Comments

But Ms Crilly needs to raise £1,250 to fund her accommodation, training and food for the trip. A Merseyside firefighter is set to fly to Sri Lanka to help deal with the aftermath of the country’s 26-year civil war. Claire Crilly, 27, from Mossley Hill, will spend 12 weeks in country. The psychology and health sciences graduate will work in the community and in psychiatric hospitals to treat sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – a common illness among survivors of the conflict. Ms Crilly said: “The impact of 26 years of civil war between July 1983 and May 2009 has left the economy, environment and population of this country in hardship. “My degree is in psychology and health sciences and I have a particular interest […]

Lanka’s Geneva envoy, army in talks

12th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinath Aryasinha had had talks with the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on issues related to Sri Lanka. The army media unit said that the talks took place at the Army Headquarters today. During the brief meeting they had exchanged views on matters of relevance and various world-wide developments taking place in relation to Sri Lanka. Discussions also centered on the Defence Seminar – 2014 themed ‘Global Challenges’ which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka, the army said. Towards the end of the brief meeting both Commander and the visiting Ambassador exchanged mementos as tokens of remembrance and goodwill. Military Secretary, Major General Amal Karunasekara and Director Training, Brigadier Ralph Nugera also took […]

Sri Lankan Government notes double standards by British.

9th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Cabinet spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella today accused “5 star” democracies of double standards by demanding freedom of assembly and speech and yet condemning a protest staged by Pro Government Buddhist Monks on a meeting held with the participation of Tamil families of the disappeared and some diplomats in Maradana this week.. Speaking at the weekly post cabinet press briefing today, the Minister noted that the British Government had allowed protests to take place against President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he had last visited Britain. However he says Britain and a few other countries had objected to the protest staged against a meeting held with the participation of families of the disappeared and some diplomats in Maradana this week. “There is a feeling that one sector of […]

New option to get UK visas in Lanka

7th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The British High Commission today announced the launch of a passport pass-back service for UK visa applicants applying at the visa application centre in Colombo from 11 August, 2014. Passport pass-back is a user-pay service that enables customers to retain their passport for the majority of the application processing period. Such an option will be useful for frequent travellers, particularly business visitors, holiday-makers planning tours around multiple countries, and settlement applicants. The cost to applicants will be additional LKR 9,400 (at current exchange rates); payable at the point they submit their application at the Visa Application Centre in Colombo. This is the first time such an option has been available to Sri Lankan travellers. Customers applying for visit, employment or student visas will need to […]

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