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Cocaine use in Britain so high it has contaminated our drinking water, report shows

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Report Claims Rampant Cocaine Use Is Contaminating British Water Supply Cocaine use in the UK is now so common that traces of the drug have contaminated the drinking water supply, a report has shown. In a study to assess the dangers from pharmaceutical compounds appearing in the water we drink, scientists discovered traces of cocaine after it had gone through intensive purification treatments. Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found supplies contained benzoylecgonine, the metabolised form of the drug that appears once it has passed through the body. It is the same compound that is looked for in urine-based drug tests for cocaine. Steve Rolles, from the drug policy think tank Transform, told The Sunday Timesthat the findings were an indication of the scale of the […]

Genocidal Sri Lanka, abettors, appropriate urbanisation of Eezham Tamils

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 May 2014, 19:37 GMT]For nearly 500 years, the nation of Eezham Tamils has been denied of effective urbanisation of their own, by the successive colonial regimes of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, who groomed Colombo as the only urban centre to politically and economically control the island. Genocidal Colombo’s Sinhala military and the abettors in New Delhi, Washington and Beijing now take away the Eezham Tamil right to urbanisation by building Sinhala military capitals in the so-called Palaali ‘High Security Zone’ and in Trincomalee. A nation that doesn’t have its own urban centres and control over infrastructure would be easily enslaved, commented an academic in Jaffna. Further observations by the academic in Jaffna:The occupying Sinhala military appropriating thousands of acres of land […]

David Cameron joins ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised Britain “will do what we can” to help find more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.  He made the comments as he held a sign bearing the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ slogan on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.Cameron is the latest high-profile supporter of the social media campaign after US First Lady Michelle Obama was pictured with a similar poster.  The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed the abductions.During the programme, fellow guest Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, handed Cameron the sign and asked if he would like to join the campaign. Taking it from her, he replied: “Happily.”Cameron later tweeted: “Proud to support #BringBackOurGirls.”  ‘Immensely complicated’He told the BBC One programme: “I rang the Nigerian President to offer anything that […]

UK Muslims stage demo demanding ‘safeguarding of Human Rights’

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Muslims living in the UK staged a demonstration against the Sri Lankan government demanding that their rights as well as those of other minorities be safeguarded. The Muslims have lost faith in the 8 Dummy Ministers who are accused of personally benefiting from their Ministry posts and are NOT doing anything against the violence against Muslims by hardcore Buddhists Monks called BBS with the support of Sri Lankan police and Defence Ministry. The 8 Ministers will loose their Ministry post if they question the Rajapaksha’s racists policies. The selfish Muslim politicians have failed to grasp the grave danger that has already engulfed Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Inside Story – The Torching Muslim Owned Shop with the police support A group of nearly three hundred radical Buddhist […]

Labour urges Hague: act on Sri Lankan president to avoid Games outcry

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The events of July 1983 are poignant for the entire Tamil population around the world. Between July 24 and 29, Tamils were systematically targeted with violence in Colombo and many other parts of Sri Lanka. ………….. READ  MORE  Horror of a pogrom: Remembering “Black July” 1983 The tragic history of post – independence Sri Lanka records that the Tamils of Sri Lanka have been subjected to mass –scale mob violence in the years 1956, 1958, 1977, 1981 and 1983. The anti-Tamil violence of July 1983 was the most terrible and horrible of them all.  Labour urges Hague: act on Sri Lankan president to avoid Games outcry Labour have called on Foreign Secretary William Hague to ensure the Commonwealth Games are not overshadowed by controversy over […]

End of the road for Sri Lankan born woman working for the Queen

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Bedtime for the Queen on recent chilly spring evenings has not been complete without one of her most cherished pleasures — a hot water bottle, placed snugly between the silken sheets. Imagine Her Majesty’s shock, on retiring to her large first-floor bedroom overlooking the gardens at Buckingham Palace just the other evening, to find her bed ice-cold. No bottle. Instead, it was lying to one side and was unfilled, so the Queen, who has always been a practical sort, made a hot water bottle for herself. She clearly saw the funny side, turning the incident into a huge joke when telling her close senior aide Angela Kelly about it. For Melani Dimple, however, the housemaid who forgot to put the bottle into the bed while […]

Sri Lankan Muslims at a cross-roads – 1

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Izeth Hussain My last two articles in The Island were under the title Making sense of the Bodu Bala Sena, focusing in both of them on the anti-Muslim campaign of the BBS. There is now a view, still at the incipient stage but which can soon gain wide currency, that the BBS is on the way out. The argument is that extremist movements such as the BBS have no staying power in Sri Lanka, and that the forces of Buddhist moderation are now working to bring about the quick demise of the BBS and related extremist groups. But I began the first of my last two articles by pointing out that the conventional wisdom for well over a year – shared by the President […]

Minister Wimal wants to be the next president?

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Wimal accuses the ‘Three Rajapaksha Rulers’ War was won by Joint government and not by Rajapaksha family. Mahinda may loose next Presidential election.   UNP waiting for Wimal’s next move Chairman of the UNP Leadership Council (LC) and Gampaha District MP Karu Jayasuriya told The Island yesterday (8) that the party was watching with interest Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s threats to leave the government and, therefore, was unable to make further comments, but they were attempting to resurrect the UNP to face a snap parliamentary or presidential election and also the Uva PC polls.  Leader of the Democratic Left Front (DLF) and Minister of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that he was told that Weerawansa sounded very serious about his threat of leaving the government, but […]

The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Call for an independent international inquiry into human rights abuse in Sri Lanka.

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Hello there, I just signed the petition “The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Call for an independent international inquiry into human rights abuse in Sri Lanka.” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name. Our goal is to reach 500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-hon-julie-bishop-mp-call-for-an-independent-international-inquiry-into-human-rights-abuse-in-sri-lanka?recruiter=2014528&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_mobile Thanks! Sockalingam Yogalingam Candidate for Member of European Parliament www.nationalliberal.org

Virendra Sharma MP on implementation of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

UK PARLIAMENT HOUSE OF COMMONS – Question by Virendra Sharma MP on implementation of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka.  <http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140507/text/140507w0002.htm#140507105000053> Sri Lanka Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka of 27 March 2014; what technical advice and assistance his Department will provide to the Office of the High Commissioner for 7 May 2014 : Column 195W Human Rights for the investigation into alleged war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka; and what representations he has made to the government of Sri Lanka about the UN Human Rights Council resolution. [197543] […]

HOUSE OF LORDS – Question by Lord Singh of Wimbledon on UN inquiry in Sri Lanka

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

UK PARLIAMENT HOUSE OF LORDS – Question by Lord Singh of Wimbledon on UN inquiry in Sri Lanka <http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314/ldhansrd/text/140506w0004.htm#14050626002802> Sri Lanka Question Asked by Lord Singh of Wimbledon To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 7 April (WA 244), by what criteria they decided to promote a United Nations inquiry into events in Sri Lanka; whether they have considered the situation of the Sikh community in India against those criteria; if not, why not; and if so, with what conclusions. [HL6702] Lord Wallace of Saltaire (LD): We have serious human rights concerns on Sri Lanka, and concerns over lack of progress on accountability and reconciliation. In a joint statement with the UN Secretary-General in 2009, the Sri Lankan Government committed […]

On Sri Lanka Rapes, Shavendra Silva Denies Everything At Canada UN

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

INNER CITY PRESS On Sri Lanka Rapes, Shavendra Silva Denies Everything At Canada UN <http://www.innercitypress.com/sri3unrapes050614.html> On Sri Lanka Rapes, Shavendra Silva Denies Everything At Canada UN By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive UNITED NATIONS, May 6 — Rapes in Sri Lanka, about which the UN’s Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, publicly expressed concern on April 24, were the subject of a session at Canada’s Mission to the UN on May 6.    Multiple sources tell Inner City Press that at the meeting, controversial Sri Lankan military figure, now Deputy Permanent Representative Shavendra Silva sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army.  He said for example that “certain organizations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organizations […]

UK Rally to commemorate fifth anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Venue: Trafalgar Square, London (nearest station: Charing Cross) Time: 4-8pm, Sunday 18 May 2014 Five years on from May 2009, when Sri Lanka’s decades-long persecution of the Tamil people reached its violent climax on the shores of Mullivaikkal, British Tamils will commemorate the tens of thousands of Tamils who were killed and the many more who were injured, disappeared or raped. The rally, which will be held in Trafalgar Square, London, will not only remember those who were killed and wounded in 2009, but also the thousands of Tamils who continue to be killed, tortured, abused and harassed every day in Sri Lanka, in what the Tamil people believe to be a continuing programme of structural genocide. British Tamils will also press world leaders to […]

On Unlawful Arrest & Deportation Of The British Tourist

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By JC Weliamuna – Unlawful Arrest & Deportation of British Tourist: A close look at the series of illegal steps taken by law enforcement authorities Ms. Naomi Michelle Coleman, a British Tourist with wide travel experience in many Buddhist Countries who had a large tattoo of the Buddha and of a Hindu God on a lotus flower  on her right arm, arrived in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2014. She passed through immigration counters and came out of the Airport to the arrivals lounge and came out of the main arrival building. She responded to the media before being deported and disclosed what happened to her at the time of arrest: “taxi driver then approached her and said that her body art would be a problem. I said I’ve come twice […]

British Khuram killing: JMO says stab injury was fatal

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Dr. Kithsiri Wijeweera, who is the former Tangalle Hospital JMO presently serving at the Badulla Hospital testifying in the Khuram Sheik murder trial said yesterday it was not the gunshot injury on Khuram’s forehead but the stab injury on his face that had caused instant death.Dr. Wijeweera’s evidence before Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Walgama was led by Senior State Counsel Thusith Mudalige.He revealed this at the trial into the killing of Khuram Sheik and the gang rape of his girlfriend at the Nature Resort in Tangalle on December 24, 2011.The doctor said he performed the autopsy on the corpse of Khuram Sheik on December 25 evening and he found 42 injuries.He said the injury caused to his forehead was from a rifle probably from […]

EU says concerns on Lanka serious

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) says the concerns raised on Sri Lanka during the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva were serious. The Head of Delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka and Maldives David Daly said that the EU felt it was important to back the resolution on Sri Lanka submitted at the UNHRC. Speaking at an EU day function in Colombo this evening, Daly said that the EU sees Sri Lanka as a good friend and it was as part of that friendship that the EU raised its concerns with Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. Daly was speaking in front of several Ambassadors, diplomats opposition parliamentarians and Government Ministers and officials including Ministers Douglas Devananda, Rajitha Senaratne, Tissa Vitarana and Deputy […]

Sri Lankan’s Muslims protest in London aginst Bodu Balasena

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan’s Muslims Living in London protesting in front of Sri Lanaka’s Embassy in U.K on 5th May 2014 regarding Government should be take immediate action against Sinhala Buddhists Bodu Bala Sena organization which operates with the help of Defence secretary. Muslim Minsters And MPs Write To President On Buddhist Extremist Threats To Muslims The Muslim Ministers and MPs wants the President’s immediate intervention to stop the harassment of Muslim lDPs who have lived in different parts of the country as refugees and… May 2, 201433 CommentsRead More Unseen Footage Emerges Of Muslim Owned Fashion Bug Attacked A new CCTV footage shows what has happened inside the Fashion Bug attack last year( March 29, 2013) Fashion Bug, Muslim owned store was attacked by Buddhist Monks and other mobsters.  … 284 […]

Kanamayilnathan – Tamil Voice Which Rose Against Media Oppression

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

by Pearl Thevanayagam (May 04, 2014, Bradford UK, Sri Lanka Guardian) It was reported that Uthayan editor Kanamayilnathan lived in the office of Uthayan so he could bring out the edition on time when all hell was breaking loose. He is a true journalist who was ready to sacrifice his own life in pursuit of honest and fearless journalism. Jaffna should be celebrating this veteran journalist but sadly Tamil media just gave him a cursory one paragraph at the most while RSF (Reporters sans Frontieres) accorded him the title of super hero of journalism among the 100 on its list. It is not clear whether he received any monetary awards from RSF but it would not be too much to ask the NPC to felicitate him […]

Tangalle ex-PS chairman’s injuries self-inflicted-JMO

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the four JMO’s of the Tangalle Hospital, who examined the accused allegedly involved in the killing of Khuram Sheik, said the injuries on the third accused Tangalle PS Chairman Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana appeared to be a self inflicted one caused before 24 to 72 hours of her examining him.Four JMO’s of the Hospital who examined the accused allegedly involved in the killing  and gang rape on the victim’s girlfriend today testified in the Colombo High Court. Their evidence was led by Senior State Counsel Thusith Mudalige.Doctors J.K.H. Jagath Priyadharsana, Deshani Dhammika, K.L.S. De Silva and Chandana Priyanth gave their evidence before Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Walgamam.Dr. Priyadharshana said she examined the first and the second accused Obadage Lahiru Kelum and Saman Deshapriya who […]

Lankan Muslims In London And Political Myopia

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Raashid Riza – There was a protest that took place yesterday by a group of Sri Lankan Muslims in Britain outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London mostly regarding the spate of anti Muslim activities that have been occurring in Sri Lanka. But in this instance what the group responsible for yesterday’s protest sought to achieve is unclear, what is pointedly obvious is the blatant incongruence between what they did and what they thought its influence would be. The very premise of having any such protest is not just questionable, but can create a cycle of many political unknowns. There are significant issues that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka currently faces, their plight is most depressing and worrying, as I have highlighted here. But knee jerk reactions […]

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