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South Africa taken for a ride by President Rajapaksa

23rd July 2014 // 0 Comments

By S. V. Kirubaharan, France The present desperate situation of Rajapaksa’s regime has compelled it to seek the friendship of some popular and powerful countries. They have tried everywhere from NEWS – North, East, West and South, but are unable to find the right ones. They have found China, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela, etc., but these are in the same boat as the Rajapaksa regime, on human rights, war crimes or crimes against humanity. If we summarise the recent foreign visits by President Rajapaksa and his Minister of External Affairs, Prof G. L. Peiris, we see that they cover a very small circle of powerless countries – Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Maldives, Seychelles, etc. Among the countries whose friendships were sought […]

Presidents associate racists JHU objects to president’s committee

22nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The government’s appointment of a committee as an alternative to Navi Pillai’s committee is an infringement by the government of its own policy of opposing outside mediation, says the government affiliate JHU a well known anti Tamil racist party in a statement. The statement by its media spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe says his party has neither been informed nor consulted as a UPFA partner regarding the appointment of the committee. Warning the country about this committee, the JHU says it strongly objects to its appointment. It notes the LLRC established to counter the Darusman report had boomeranged on the Sri Lankan government, and the new committee would similarly rebound on the government and the military killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009. […]

MR’s intl. experts to study Darusman report

22nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The expert advisors appointed by President Rajapaksa would have NO role in the investigations.  Experts say Govt. asked them to advise ‘local commission probing alleged war crimes by all parties to conflict’ ‘Coming in with an open mind’: Ex-UN war crimes prosecutor David Crane Foreign advisors to seek clarification on disputed matters from Govt. and Army By Dharisha Bastians Three top international war crimes prosecutors tasked with advising a presidential commission investigating civilian deaths during the war will study the UN Panel of Experts Report and seek clarification from the Government and the military about disputed matters. “We have been asked by the Government of Sri Lanka to advise a local Commission investigating allegations of war crimes against all parties to the conflict,” Sir Geoffrey […]

Sri Lankan Ambassador To UK Having Good Time

21st July 2014 // 0 Comments

Dr. Chris Nonis Sri Lankan Ambassador to United Kingdom was having good time at yesterday’s London Festival of Cricket. Festival of Cricket was established in the year 1989, consisting of Sri Lankan Old Boys Associations (OBA’s) in the United Kingdom. This is the biggest annual gathering of the Sri Lankan community in the UK.  

Tamil woman raped by Sri Lankan soldiers to be deported from UK

21st July 2014 // 0 Comments

JONATHAN MILLER Foreign Affairs Correspondent Tamil woman raped by Sri Lankan soldiers to be deported from UK Weeks after William Hague’s summit on sexual violence in conflict, the British government is to deport a Tamil woman back to Sri Lanka, despite claims she was repeatedly raped by Sri Lankan soldiers. The Tamil woman came to the UK in 2010, soon after the end of the country’s civil war, and says that she was repeatedly raped while held in detention by Sri Lankan soldiers before she left the country. Despite serious concerns that she is at risk of rape at the hands of authorities if she is forcibly returned to Sri Lanka, because of her previous involvement in the LTTE rebel group and her previous abuse, her application […]

Mahajana Day 2014 in UK.

21st July 2014 // 0 Comments

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Russia faces threat of further sanctions

21st July 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain, Germany and France agreed on Sunday they should be ready to ratchet up sanctions on Russia over the downing of a Malaysian jet carrying 298 passengers when European foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Tuesday. Meanwhile rebels in eastern Ukraine on Sunday took control of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines plane even as U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access to the crash site. The rebels also have allegedly recovered the black boxes from the plane and will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a rebel leader said. Reflecting the continued international pressure, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron in statement demanded […]

Protest against Rajapaksha’s visit to Commonwealth games in Scotland.

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

While the Sri Lankan government officials remain tight-lipped on President Rajapaksa who is accused of War crimes in killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 in Sri Lanka  participation at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland on July 23, Tamils in UK are busy organising a demonstration opposite the Stadium. The Tamil Youth Organisation in UK has asked Tamils to gather at Barrow field Street, Glasgow on at 3.30 pm on the day of the opening. They have arranged 30 centres in England, Wales and Scotland to pick Tamils who are willing to participate in the demonstration with free transport.  There are four centres in London itself for demonstrators to assemble for transport to the venue, including South West, South East, North West […]

Crime and Punishment!

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

Zoysa demands expulsion of PS Chairman from SLFP; Keheliya tight-lipped Former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana and three others were sentenced to twenty years of rigorous imprisonment, yesterday, for the murder of British tourist Khuram Shaikh and raping of his Russian girlfriend Victoria Alexandrovna in 2012. The accused were sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment on two counts of murder and rape and the judge ruled that the jail terms run concurrently.The verdict was delivered after a marathon three and half-month trial at the Colombo High Court. Earlier, the case was transferred from Hambantota to Colombo after the witnesses for the prosecution were allegedly threatened and intimidated.The four accused earlier pleaded innocence and can appeal against the sentence. So can the Attorney General […]

Khuram’s brother, UK hail judgment

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

‘I never really know what justice really means when I have lost my brother’ The brother of a Red Cross worker murdered after confronting a violent mob of rapists in Sri Lanka has said he can finally grieve properly after four killers, including a politician, were jailed. Khuram Shaikh, 32, was shot and stabbed in the early hours of Christmas Day 2011 after trying to stop a group of armed, drunken men who gang raped a woman. The aid worker, from Rochdale, who had been working in Gaza fitting prosthetic limbs, was on holiday with his girlfriend in the southern resort of Tangalle when he was killed. Ruling party member Sampath Vidanapathirana was yesterday jailed for 20 years for the fatal attack, despite claims that […]

UK calls for end to impunity in Lanka

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain says in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, there is a need to ensure that there is no impunity for acts of sexual violence in conflict and there is a need to provide support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children as well as women and men. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin said Britain continues to encourage and call on Sri Lanka to endorse the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict took place in London from 10-13 June, hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. It was attended by 128 countries, 79 Ministers and 8 UN Agency Heads, as well as by Presidents and prosecutors from the International […]

Hotel owner remanded for swindling Britisher

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

A Hikkaduwa hotel owner who was arrested on charges of having swindling a Britisher of Rs.48 million after promising to get him several plots of land for cultivation was today ordered to be further remanded till July 15 by the Galle Additional Magistrate.In his complaint to the CID, British national Richard Karshal a civil engineer by profession had told that he got to know the suspect when he was staying at the suspect’s tourist hotel in Hikkaduwa in 2004. The complainant further said that he built up a close relationship with the suspect and subsequently discussed to invest money at a land cultivation project. The complainant told police that though he had made a payment to purchase about 114 acres from Haldumulla area the suspect […]

GTF stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), in a statement, has strongly condemns the Sri Lankan Government’s complicity in the orders for the removal of the Muslim mosque in Dambulla, central Sri Lanka. GTF is profoundly disturbed by the attacks on the mosque by a minority, yet in their thousands as reported, of extremist Sri Lankan Buddhists led by monks on 20 April 2012, calling for its destruction claiming it was constructed illegally. The inaction of law enforcement authorities to stop the attacks and the Prime Minister’s decision to order its removal and relocation highlights the State authorities’ continued infringement on religious freedom and intolerance of non-Buddhist faiths on the island. It is of greater concern that the Prime Minister’s office declared that the decision was taken […]

Arobanam Milk Aid Appeal

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Arobanam Milk Aid Appeal Following a visit by our Chairman to all our homes and projects in Sri Lanka, we identified that many of our young children are lacking in essential vitamins needed for a healthy diet.With this need in mind we have developed a ‘Milk Aid initiative’ which involves providing fresh milk to children under the age of 12 when a child’s development is most important. Arobanam have started giving milk to 125 children on a daily basis in Mahadeva Asram, Kilinochchi in the North east of Sri Lanka which amounts to a monthly cost of £275. Please click on the link below and take a look at the video capturing the work that is already underway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQAKPAhdDzk We are looking to our patrons and friends to support this […]

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It By Dr C P Thiagarajah-Secretary Katpaka Vinayagar Temple Trust   One of the main rituals performed on the deities in Hindu temples is abisekam or pouring water, milk and other liquids and scents. This is a form of hydration. This looks superstitious on first look for many who does not know the science behind many such practices. The truth and the reasons for hydration of idols of deities made out of metals or metal alloys, wood or stones will be revealed if one delve deep into Hinduism. Hinduism has been called the “oldest religion” in the world, and many Hindu orthodox treaties refer to Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma “the eternal law” or the “eternal way” beyond human origins. […]

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has opened its branches in Batticalo, Ampara and Mannar

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

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11% of Sri Lankan Family are Single parents in England and Wales

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Family types in England and Wales, 2011 Part of 2011 Census Analysis, How do Living Arrangements, Family Type and Family Size Vary in England and Wales? Release Variation in family type by country of birth of the family reference person (FRP), infographic http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census-analysis/how-do-living-arrangements–family-type-and-family-size-vary-in-england-and-wales-/info-family-types.html  

Rankin meets Rauff

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The SLMC is under heavy pressure to take a tougher stand on recent violence directed at the Muslim community at Alutgama and Beruwala. Political sources told The Island that the SLMC seemed divided over the position taken up by party leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem that the party should continue its fight for Muslims’ rights, while being a constituent of the SLFP-led UPFA. British High Commissioner John Rankin yesterday joined a long list of diplomats to seek a briefing from Minister Hakeem on the current situation. HC Rankin was accompanied by Ms. Sarah Mann (Second Secretary Political). SLMC Deputy Leader and Eastern Provincial Minister Hafiz Nazeer Ahamed joined the discussion. Asked whether the UK had offered to help Minister Hakeem face threats posed by extremist organisations, […]

Britain and US hails appointment of experts

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has welcomed the appointment of a team of experts to investigate alleged abuses in Sri Lanka. Hague said the investigation is an important step in establishing the truth and facilitating reconciliation within Sri Lanka. A statement by the UN Commissioner, made yesterday, announces the appointment of international experts to the team investigating alleged abuses by both parties to the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. It also urges the Sri Lankan government to cooperate with the investigation. “I welcome Navi Pillay’s announcement on the appointment of experts to the Sri Lanka investigation established by the March Human Rights Council. The UK has always supported calls for this investigation and played a key role in securing it. This investigation is an important step in establishing […]

Sri Lanka-Born Hollywood Conman Jailed in United Kingdom

25th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Los Angeles:  A Sri Lanka-born conman, claiming to be a Hollywood film producer, has been jailed for over three years after stealing 1.6 million pounds from United Kingdom taxpayers while living a life of luxury in the United States.Damita Nikapota, 47, is believed to have spent the proceeds of his crime on a Hollywood lifestyle which included a Spanish-style villa in Malibu, California, and extensive travel to places such as the Cannes Film Festival and Sri Lanka.Nikapota made a number of fraudulent Value Added Tax or VAT repayment claims beginning in 2006 via his Los Angeles-based film company, AS Productions Limited, for film production costs totalling more than 11 million pounds.He claimed to be involved in, among other film projects, the production and filming of a […]

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