Polls: war by other means

9th February 2018 // 0 Comments

By the time you read this heaven knows what other cat our political leadership would have let out of the diplomatic bag. After the Presidential Secretariat reversed the Foreign Ministry’s ruling to recall and discipline an errant ambassadorial official who made threatening gestures to a group of Tiger demonstrators outside Sri Lanka’s High Commission in London. But the damage to our once deteriorating and gradually being restored image is probably already done. More tellingly some tilting of the stage as regards the impending local government polls has been effected as a result of the president’s shenanigans. Of course, the military attaché who precipitated the storm in a Ceylon tea cup can hardly be let off the hook. Be all of these as they may, here […]

President revokes suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando

8th February 2018 // 0 Comments

President revokes suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando (English) President Maithripala Sirisena has revoked the suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from duties as the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said.  President Maithripala Sirisena has revoked the suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from duties as the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said.  He stated that the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has sent a letter to the Brigadier seeking justification for his actions during the incident. The army will provide its fullest support to any inquiry initiated by the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK regarding the incident, he told Ada Derana. […]

Brigadier Fernando faces risk of being stripped of any diplomatic protection he has been afforded in the United Kingdom

7th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Unnamed Sources close to Her Majesty’s Government have informed is that “pursuant to Brigadier Priyanka Fernando’s conduct outside the premises of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on the 4th of February 2018, acting on instructions from the highest level of government, His Excellency James Dauris, The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka lodged a strong official protest with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs.   Following this Brigadier Fernando was suspended from his post as defence attaché to the Sri Lankan High Commission to the UK and will be withdrawn from post next week. In the intervening period the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police are interviewing complainants on an ongoing basis against Fernando with a view laying charges. If they succeed in laying […]

Brigadier Fernando to be called back to Sri Lanka (and to be promoted to General?)

6th February 2018 // 0 Comments

Authorities in Sri Lanka have taken serious note of videos being circulated on social and web-based media of an alleged incident involving the Minister Counsellor (Defence) Brigadier Fernando attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London behaving in an offensive manner. In this connection, instructions have been sent to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London today, 6 February 2018, to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) Brigadier Fernando  from work, with immediate effect. Authorities in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Army will initiate inquiries on the incident immediately. (Press release issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs) In the past Sri Lankan soldier, who had attacked visiting Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with a rifle butt in 1987 and said ”I intended to kill Rajiv Ganthy”.   He was sentenced to six years in prison, however President Premadasa gave him a […]

Sri Lankan officer that threatened to kill Tamil protesters in London implicated in War Crimes

6th February 2018 // 0 Comments

The officer ran a finger across his neck motioning the slitting of one’s neck, whilst he stood in front of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London next to embassy officials. A Sri Lankan military officer who motioned a death threat to Tamil protesters in London yesterday has been identified as a commander who led troops in a military offensive in 2009, that massacred tens of thousands of Tamil civilians. The officer, named as Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, was posted to London as the Sri Lankan High Commission’s defence attaché last year said a briefing released by Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) & the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP). As part of the military offensive in 2009, Brigadier Fernando fought in Weli Oya […]

Visiting Prince Edward Urged to Raise Persecution of Tamils with Sri Lankan Leaders and to Meet Tamil Victims

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

Link: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM , January 30, 2018 / — While His Royal Highness The Prince Edward is visiting Sri Lanka to be the Chief Guest of Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged him to raise the persecution of Tamils with Sri Lankan leaders and to meet Tamil victims during his visit. He will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on 4 February. TGTE submitted a memo (Please see below), highlighting the abuses faced by Tamils to be raised with Sri Lankan leaders. “While you receive the Guard of Honor during the Independence Day celebrations, please remember that these troops that give Guard of Honor are the same troops that according […]

Astonishing footage of machete gang rampaging through house in Ilford as mother pleads ‘don’t kill my son’

20th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Astonishing footage of machete gang rampaging through house in Ilford Anyone with information can contact Dc Lam on 07785 439725, East Area CID on 0208 345 4329, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. This is the moment a terrified mother pleads for her child’s life as masked machete-wielding thugs ransack their home. The woman, 39, begged the five-strong gang to spare her eldest son as he was dragged from room to room at knifepoint. Moments earlier one of the gang had pressed a blade to her neck and demanded passwords to disable trackers on smartphones and tablets, threatening: “We will kill her.” CCTV at their home in Ilford captured a man in a balaclava and goggles breaking through the front door before signalling the others to follow. The […]

Earl and Countess of Wessex to visit SL

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, will visit Sri Lanka from 31 January to 4 February 2018. They will represent the British monarchy at the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on 4 February. Edward is the youngest child of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Earl and Countess will travel to Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka, celebrating the long-standing friendship between the two countries and shared interest in the Commonwealth, youth development and education. They will meet participants in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and young Sri Lankans selected as the monarchy’s Young Leaders, an initiative to recognise and celebrate exceptional young people across the Commonwealth and will also meet representatives of a […]

British Conservative MP’s refused or was Not allowed to meet the Tamil Chief Minister?

9th January 2018 // 0 Comments

It seems some things are foreign to some officials in the Foreign Ministry in Colombo. This week, its website – the official portal of the Ministry – made Sri Lankans believe there was an All Party Group from Britain visiting the country. This is what it said: “A four member delegation of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Sri Lanka (APPG-SL) in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament, is currently visiting Sri Lanka at the invitation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The visit commenced on 3rd January 2018 and will conclude on Monday 8th January. “The delegation is led by the Rt. Hon. Ranil Jayawardena, MP a Sri Lankan Sinhalese, Chairman of the APPG-SL and includes the Rt. Hon. Michelle Donelan, MP, the […]

British tourist found dead with wound to his face in ‘suspicious circumstances’ in Sri Lanka

3rd January 2018 // 0 Comments

The 37-year-old man was due to leave the country on New Year’s Day but had extended his visa for three more weeks A British man has been found dead under “suspicious circumstances” in a suburb of Sri Lanka’s capital. The 37-year-old, whose name has not been released, was discovered with a wound to his face this morning. His body was found at a ground in the Araliya Uyana area of Colombo. Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara told local media that the British national arrived in Sri Lanka on November 25 and was due to leave the country on New Year’s Day. However the man extended his visa to stay until January 25. His passport was found with his body. Local media have described the man’s […]

Can we invite London Mayor to Sri Lanka? – EDITORIAL

19th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during a recent visit to India called on the British Government to apologize for the massacre in Amritsar by the British troops. Reportedly some 379 Sikhs were killed by the troops in a site known as Jallianwalla Bagh in Amritsar in 1919. “It is wrong that successive British governments have fallen short of delivering a formal apology to the families of those who were killed” the Mayor who represents opposition Labour party urged the Conservative government. “I am clear that the government should now apologize, especially as we reach the centenary of the massacre” he added. While an apology is certainly be welcoming it would be better if Britain could also extend an apology for other crimes in India, […]

Taking pannisai abroad – Sami Dhandapani is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist too.

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments Sami Dhandapani is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist too. Sami Dhandapani was visibly delighted and thankful to receive the title, “Pannisai Peraringar” from Tamil Isai Sangam, his alma mater. After having served the Sangam and its college, the expert in Saiva devotional music has been based in London for the past 15 years. Dhandapani’s father, who was his first guru, served as “Pannisai Odhuvar” at the Tirukkadayur arulmigu Sri Abirami Amritaghateswarar temple. At the age of eight, Dhandapani memorised all the 102 verses of “Sri Abhirami Andhadi” and sang in front of Dharmapuri Adheenam Guru Maha Sannidhanam” at the shrine of Sri Abirami. Declared winner of first prize in his maiden venture, Dhandapani involved himself in devotional music. He joined “Sri Kapaleeswarar Tevara Patasalai” headed […]

Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand – HC

6th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand. ‘Sri Lanka apologist Naseby must withdraw allegations’ – Telegraph ……/sri-lanka-apologist-naseby-must-withdraw-allegations-–-te…  3 Jun 2014 – “Lord Naseby has given misleading testimony to the House of Lords, and his remarks have been picked up in Sri Lanka and are being used in defence of the regime.” “The rules are clear. Those who make misleading statements to Parliament must correct the record at the first opportunity.Lord Naseby has … The British HC said so in response to The Island query whether the BHC had discussions with the Foreign Ministry here or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as regards Lord Naseby’s call for reviewing Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the text […]

Britain calls for clarity on differing war missing persons figures ” Ban hate Speech , but legislation should not erode freedom of expression”

5th December 2017 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar Britain has called for clarity on differing figures mentioned with regard to persons who had gone missing in Sri Lanka during the war between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) and in the aftermath of the end of the conflict on May 19 , 2009. A British High Commission delegation comprising Senior Research Analyst and Justice Consultant Paul Bentall , Regional Head of Stabilization Unit Eric Vincent and Political Officer Jovita Arulanantham during a recent meeting with Secretary to the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation V.Sivagnanasothy had while appreciating the steps taken by the Sri Lankan government on post war reconciliation efforts, pointed out that much more needed to done to achieve permanent peace and uplift […]

Tamil radio journalist attacked in Jaffna

5th December 2017 // 0 Comments

A Tamil journalist was attacked in a suburb of Jaffna on Saturday evening. 44-year-old Shanmuganathan Manoharan, an anchor for the radio Yaarl FM, was driving home in Chavakachcheri on Saturday when his car was obstructed by a three-wheeler. Mr Manoharan and another person were beaten by three men who alighted from the three-wheeler. The attackers escaped as soon as onlookers began to gather. A complaint was filed at Chavakachcheri police, following which the department said they had arrested the driver of the three-wheeler.

UK insists that Sri Lanka fully implements UNHRC Resolution 34/1

5th December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London The British government wants Sri Lanka to fully implement UN Human Rights Council Resolution 34/1, according Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister, Mark Field. Answering three written questions submitted by Wes Streeting MP (Labour, Ilford North – member of the All Party Parliament Group for Tamils), he says that he stressed to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Tilak Marapana, the importance of implementing the Resolution. “The UK is committed to the full implementation of Resolution 34/1 and will continue to support the government of Sri Lanka in its efforts to promote reconciliation and human rights”, he noted. Minisrter Field recalled that during his visit in early October 2017 to Colombo and Jaffna, he raised with Foreign Minister Marapana the importance of the […]

Racist Mahinda to lead JO alliance in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol.

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

The Joint Opposition (JO) along with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to form a broad political alliance, known as the Joint Podujana Peramuna (JPP), along with 20 other political parties aimed at contesting the 2018 Local Government polls, sources said. They said, that the JPP will contest the forthcoming polls throughout the country including in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol. The sources noted that agreements had already been…… signed with all the political parties that have agreed to join the JPP. He added that the maiden political rally of the JPP will be held under the patronage of former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Vincent Dias Playground in Badulla at 2 p.m. on 4 December.

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 […]

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