Lord Naseby has misled the Lords over Sri Lanka. He must withdraw his allegations

7th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Peter Oborne Peter Oborne is the Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator. Veteran political correspondents like me recall Michael Morris, Deputy Speaker of the Commons from 1992-97, with a great deal of affection. He carried off the role with plenty of brio and style. Michael Morris has since been deservedly elevated to the House of Lords, where he has taken the name of Lord Naseby. As sometimes happens, he has gone sharply downhill since entering the upper house. Most troublingly he has become an apologist for the Sri Lankan government. There is nothing wrong with standing up for unpopular or controversial causes: indeed it is admirable. However, it is essential to adhere scrupulously to the facts when it comes to an event as grave and sensitive as […]

SL to skip sexual violence in conflicts Summit

7th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government has declined a British invitation to attend a global summit meant to end sexual violence in conflict following a spat with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over a controversial precondition that participation was strictly subject to all participants endorsing a declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in conflict. The four-day conference attended by over 1,000 delegates from well over 100 countries is scheduled to begin in London on June 10. The event is jointly hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie. With Yasmin Sooka (a key member of the UN Panel of Experts which recommended in March 2011 an international war crimes probe targeting Sri Lanka) […]

Khuram Shaikh: Shot residue ‘matches weapons of accused’

5th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Gunshot residue found on the body of a British man killed in Sri Lanka matches weapons found in the possession of the accused men, a forensics expert told a court. Khuram Shaikh, a Red Cross worker from Rochdale, was found with gunshot and stab wounds on Christmas Day in 2011. The expert, Mr Gunatilleke, told the trial in Colombo the residue was found when he wiped a wound on his forehead. Sampath Vidanapathirana, a town council leader, and five other men deny murder. They also deny raping a woman. Mr Shaikh, 32, had been working in Gaza fitting prosthetic limbs, but was on holiday in the resort of Tangalle when he was killed. Mr Gunatilleke, a witness for the prosecution, said five spent bullets were […]

Official visit to North Western and North Central provinces

4th June 2014 // 0 Comments

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, visited the North Western, North Central and Northern Provinces on an official visit from 27-29 May, 2014. All those to whom I spoke made clear their concern about and opposition to religious extremism. The High Commissioner visited Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Mannar and Puttalam. “A major highlight of my visit was paying my respects at different places of worship,” said the High Commissioner. “I visited the sacred Sri Maha Bodhiya and the Ruwanveliseya stupa in Anuradhapura, the historic Madhu church, the Thirukeetheswaram temple in Mannar and the Grand Mosque in Puttalam. At each of these places of worship, I had helpful discussions with faith leaders about inter-faith harmony and community relations. Sri Lanka is lucky to have communities representing […]

Sri Lankan government had intentionally targetted ‘no fire zones’ with cluster bombs.

4th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The British High Commission in Colombo declined to verify whether British lawmakers had consulted it as regards accountability issues in Sri Lanka during Eelam war IV before making statements in the British Parliament. The HC was responding to a query whether Siabhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden-Labour party) had consulted the diplomatic mission in Colombo before alleging in Parliament in September 2011 that the Sri Lankan military killed 60,000 LTTE cadres and 40,000 civilians during January-May 2009. The claim was made during a debate on human rights situation in the Indian sub continent in which British parliamentarians lambasted both India and Sri Lanka for human rights violations. MP McDonagh’s  claimed in parliament on March 25, 2014 that the Sri Lankan government had intentionally targetted ‘no fire […]

Tamil Eelam Football Team At “World Football Cup 2014”

3rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

A football team representing “The Tamil Eelam Football Association” will play their first match of the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup today against Arameans Suryoye. However, there is no recognized ‘country’ in the world named ‘Tamil Eelam’. FIFA also does not recognize a country by the name of ‘Tamil Eelam’. The players trained for the first time since their arrival from their training camp in Norway on Sunday, with all the players fit for the big match. According to Pro-Eelam website Tamil Guardian, this is the third tournament that the Tamils are taking part in after a respectable 7th place finish in the team’s debut in the VIVA World Cup in Kurdistan 2 years ago, and an incredible 3rd place at a friendly tournament on […]

British Tourist Disappears While Holidaying In Sri Lanka

3rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

A British tourist, who was holidaying in Mount Lavinia, had disappeared in Sri Lanka, her family told the UK media. Lauren Smith, 26, a British tourist from Colchester, was last seen leaving the Ocean Blue House B&B in Mount Lavinia, Colombo, at 6.30am yesterday morning local time. She left the B&B saying she was going to the shops, but did not return. She left all of her belongings, including her money and passport, at the hotel. Sri Lankan Police are also involved in the search. However, the Police have not yet found any clue of her whereabouts.

Sri Lanka: War Remembrance, Reconciliation And Nonviolent Resistance

3rd June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Nirmanusan Balasundaram – May 2014 marked the 5th year of the brutal end of the armed conflict in the island of Sri Lanka. The foremost stakeholders of the final phase of the war, the Tamil nation, the Sinhala nation and the international community seem to have different interpretations of the disturbing developments, unfolding since the last phase of the war. In its narrative, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) keeps obstinately insisting that they liberated the Tamil people from the grip of terror. Though, this year marks the 5th year of the cruel end of war, what it actually means for the Tamil people and the reality on the ground totally contradicts the GoSL narrative. While understanding the GoSL’s empty promises and false hopes, a section […]

Sri Lankan gang jailed after tampering with cash machines in Gloucestershire

2nd June 2014 // 0 Comments

A gang of men have been jailed after conspiring to attack cash points across Gloucestershire to steal bank cards and money from members of the public. The Sri Lankans targeted 13 ATMs in Cheltenham and Gloucester, fitting them with card trapping devices, which would see bank cards lost and personal details stolen. Basheer Ebrahim, Ashok Balasubramanian and Thanfavel Vilvanadham all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to defraud and possession of articles for use in connection with fraud between July 25, 2013 and September 24 last year. Gloucester Crown Court heard the Tamils were stopped by police on the M25 in a Nissan Micra belonging to Kusalakumar Sithambarapillai and a search revealed card trapping devices, USB cables and card slots. Prosecutor Anna Midgley told […]

Tea bags for dogs launched in UK

2nd June 2014 // 0 Comments

Man’s best friend may soon want owners to put the kettle on, thanks to a British company, ‘Woof & Brew’  has launched a range of premium teabags for dogs. The herbal tea is available in seven varieties and promises to give your pet better breath, improved digestion and a shinier coat. The tea costs as much as 11.99 pounds for 28 bags and the product is one of the growing range of goods and services traditionally reserved for humans but now being marketed at pets, ‘The Telegraph’ reported. The company Woof & Brew launched its herbal tea for pooches at a dog show last year.  It is now sold in more than 300 outlets across UK, including in several cafes, where dogs can enjoy a […]

Going beyond 13 A: GTF

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Going beyond 13 A: GTF ponders what Modi’s message to Mahinda really meant By Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) yesterday said that India should explain what 13th Amendment plus envisaged for Tamil speaking people in post-war Sri Lanka.   UK based GTF spokesperson, Suren Surendiran told The Island that the Diaspora grouping wanted to know what newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi really meant by going beyond the 13th Amendment to achieve national reconciliation fully and quickly. Surendiran was commenting on Premier Modi’s brief meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa last Tuesday (May 26) in New Delhi.  The media quoted Premier Modi as having told President Rajapaksa that an early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment and going beyond would […]

UK wants a political solution in Lanka

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain says it will continue to encourage the Sri Lankan government to respect human rights, promote meaningful reconciliation and agree to a political settlement with the Tamil and other opposition parties. The head of the political team at the British High Commission in Colombo, Daniel Painter, said in a blog posting that the British Government’s primary objective in Sri Lanka is to support the development of a stable and prosperous country, not simply because the Sri Lankan people deserve this, but also because it is in Britain’s national interest to do so. “The holding of elections (last September), and the convincing victory by the opposition Tamil National Alliance, raised hopes and expectations about the prospects for reconciliation. Unfortunately, developments since then have dented that optimism, […]

TODAY – First ever Sri Lanka Capital Markets Investor Forum kicks off in UK

30th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Large contingent of around 50 from Sri Lanka in London for one-day event at Savoy Hotel Over 150 fund managers and investment bankers from UK to attend Central Bank Chief Cabraal to keynote Forum, showcasing post-war growth potential and investment opportunities Presentation by world’s largest asset manager BlackRock a key highlight in the event organised in association with London Stock Exchange and Bloomberg Heads and senior executives of 9 listed companies and 15 broking firms to woo more UK investments By Nisthar Cassim in London The first-ever Sri Lanka Capital Markets Investor Forum kicks off today in London as the industry makes a concerted effort to woo fresh interests from the UK to the post-war resurgence in the country.  A large contingent of around 50 business […]

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London.

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. To register to take part in the event, please go to opic Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Sexual violence in conflict destroys lives and damages communities. The Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will co-chair the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. It will be the largest gathering ever brought together on this subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground. There will be three days of free public events taking place at ExCel from the […]

2014 Cricket Festival – Sunday June 29th

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

As you probably are aware this year’s Cricket Festival is taking place on June 29th (Sunday) – It is a colourful event organised to the best possible standard with the help of ECB and other county boards A great place… great venue… around 4000 people!!. IPL style… Music & Dance throughout!! – for more details please see attached leaflets If you (your club) or anyone else interested to take part in the festival then we are looking for the below: 1. Senior Teams ( to play in the 6’ A Side Tournament) 2. Junior Teams ( to play in a 11 A side Tournament) 3. Netball Teams ( to play in the competitive Festival Tournament) 4. Ladies Cricket Teams ( to play in 11 A’ […]

MASS PROTEST – Boycott SriLankan Cricket Saturday 31st May @ Lords

29th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Cricket team are back to London. Don’t let cricket hide genocide! MASS PROTEST outside Lords Cricket Ground, NW8 8QN, on Saturday, 31 May, from 10am. Tube: Jubilee to St John’s Wood | Bus: 13, 82, 113 This cricket season, England will be welcoming and playing matches with the Sri Lankan cricket team. Calling for a boycott will expose the human rights abuses that are being hidden behind the walls of Cricket. The Sri Lankan cricketers are being used as a shield to cover the ongoing genocide of Eelam Tamils. The triumph delivered from the wins of the Sri Lankan Cricket team falsely frames the Sri Lankan state as a peaceful and democratic country.… #Boycott #SriLankan #Cricket #ECB #England #VoiceGenocide #Tamils Boycott SriLankan […]

TEN Sri Lankans Elected as Councillors in London

28th May 2014 // 0 Comments

  1. Selvanayagam Michael, Labour Party: 2609     Croydon (Broad Green) 2. Sasikala Suresh, Labour Party, 1458,  Harrow  (Headstone South) 3. Krishna Suresh Labour Party, 1448, Harrow  (Rayners Lane) 4. Paul Sathianesan  Labour      East Ham (North) 5. Thavathurai Jayachandran Labour Redbridge 6, Yogan Yoganathan – Liberal Democrat – 1111 – Kingston (ST MARK’S) 7. Thay Thayalan – Liberal Democrat – 836 – Kingston  (TOLWORTH AND HOOK RISE)  8, Eliza Packiadevi Mann –  Liberal Democrat  1465  Southwark (Riverside) 9. Kairul Kareema Marikar  Labour 1392 – Harrow (West Harrow) 10. Councillor Kana Naheerathan Labour 1981 – Brent (Queensbury)  

Winning And Losing The Cold War

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – “…And mine is the sling of David” – Jose Marti (The ‘Apostle’ of Cuban Independence) The international press called it ‘victory’ and even ‘triumph’. Exactly five years ago, on 28th May 2009, The Times (London) headlined a report as follows:“Sri Lanka forces West to retreat over ‘war crimes’ with victory at UN”.Concluding our Thirty Years War in May 2009 we had victories on two fronts, or our victory had two dimensions: military and diplomatic. We won the hot war and the first battle of the Cold War. Then, we won more votes (29) than the world’s sole superpower the USA has been able to obtain for its adversarial resolutions on Sri Lanka three years running. That was then, this is now. Navi Pillay is about to unleash […]

GTF explores legal options on banned organizations and people by SL government

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

GTF has been exploring its legal options and will be taking the necessary steps in the coming weeks.  Many countries have come out publicly through formal statements, through formal meetings and some even in their respective parliaments have stated that they do not recognise this ban. A letter received by a member organisation ATC from Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Canadian Government Press Release The UK Government Minister with responsibility for Sri Lanka, Rt. Hon Mr Hugo Swire MP, states that the proscription of Tamil diaspora organisations and individuals by the Sri Lankan authorities is “not conducive to a successful reconciliation process” and, once again, raises “serious concerns about respect for human rights in Sri Lanka”. The Minister’s answers to questions posed by Mr […]

Assets of 424 persons, 16 Tamil Organisations to be frozen

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government has issued an order to freeze all funds, other financial assets and economic resources of persons, groups and entities designated and listed in March on suspicion of terrorist financing. The 39-page list was promulgated in terms of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSRC) 1373 and contains the names of 424 persons and 16 entities, nearly all of them Tamil. The Government claims they are responsible for the continued financing of terrorism. The latest gazette was issued on Thursday under the signature of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Competent Authority for the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1373. It gives effect to a freeze on “all funds, other financial assets and economic resources belonging to or owned or held by any natural or legal person, group […]

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