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War in Europe and instability in Lanka

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

BY Kumar David As Ukraine and Europe inch closer to war there will be huge consequences (will moribund global capitalism benefit or further decline?) and contradictory effects on Lanka. War in Europe is not inevitable but military brinkmanship with a hard-to-predict momentum is unfolding. Ukraine in its present form is finished; what next? Civil war seems unavoidable and Russian intervention in some form, exactly how and when is still not clear, is assured. One can’t read Putin’s script but the aces are in his hand. Then, how will NATO respond? Can Germany, desperate to avoid pan-European conflict, and America, facing opposing internal lobbies, hold together and formulate strategy in common? I would like to do some crystal-ball gazing today. It is also not too early […]

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 […]

Mother-of-two, 14-year B.C. resident facing deportation

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A mother of two who has lived in Metro Vancouver for 14 years is facing deportation after she was arrested by border officials in April. Ibarra, who moved to Canada from Sri Lanka at age 15, is married to a Canadian man. They have two boys together, ages 7 and 10. “It’s really devastating to think that she could leave us, she could leave me, the family could be split apart,” said husband Eliseo Ibarra. “For the government to split up a family like this, it’s just unbelievable.” PHOTOS Janina Ibarra is seen with her two children, left, and husband Eliso, right. She’s facing deportation over a passport that was lost nearly 10 years ago. (Courtesy Janina & Eliseo Ibarra) The problem stems from what […]

President meets the Bishop for talks

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for talks at the Bishop’s House, the President’s office said in a statement today. The meeting comes following the return to Sri Lanka of a delegation of Sri Lankan Catholic Bishops led by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith after meeting Pop Francis at the Vatican. At the meeting with the Pope it was reported that the Pope had mentioned about a visit to Sri Lanka in January next year. It was also reported that the Pope took note of the rise of religious extremists in Sri Lanka who he says, in promoting a false sense of national unity based on a single religious identity, have created tensions through various acts of intimidation and violence. In his address to the Sri Lankan delegation the […]

Fundamentalists in the Government

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A Government Minister says there are fundamentalists within the Government who work according to their personal agendas. Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation Jayarathne Herath says the fundamentalists speak on religious issues but their main goal is to win votes. The Minister said that the public had never accused the Sri Lanka Freedom Parry (SLFP) of racism and never rejected the party over similar lines. However he says now some people who joined the SLFP led Government are fundamentalists and are damaging the middle line taken by the party over the years. He noted that among the fundamentalists are Muslim and Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalists who operate with ulterior motives. “These people are not trying to promote religion. They are targeting their voter base,” the […]

There Is No LTTE – Suresh Premachandran

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

TNA MP Suresh Premachandran stated that the TNA have serious doubts that a common candidate would be a smart move at this moment. Following are excerpts: Q: The JVP and the UNP have started having talks with regards to a common candidate at the next presidential election. There are reports that they have approached Venerable Maaduluwaawe Sobitha Thero. How does the TNA identify with the UNP and JVP? Further, what is your opinion in this whole situation? A: So far, as for the TNA, we have not had any discussions regarding the Common Candidate matter as such. But, as far as Sobitha Thero is concerned, after all the, how do you call it, Ravana Balaya, Bodhu Bala Sena and various other groups, I don’t think a […]

TGTE Losing Lustre Among Tamils?

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Camelia Nathaniel http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/05/11/tgte-losing-lustre-among-tamils/ After the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, the leaders of the LTTE rump attempted to replicate the organization in exile. As a segment of the Sri Lankan Tamil expatriates had spent much of lives supporting the crimes of murder, destruction and assassination by the LTTE, they were determined to not let their efforts go to waste. Driven by an ideology of vengeance, they continued the fight for the restoration of the LTTE. The masterminds entrusted with this task were two of their most senior leaders living overseas. LTTE Chief of Finance, Procurement and Shipping Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP and the LTTE’s International Legal Advisor Vishwanathan Rudrakumaran, who was in charge of its international and diplomatic affairs, […]

TWO Pakistani HC staff in Colombo sent a three Sri Lankan Muslim’s to India on a terror launch attacks in India.

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

It is believed that the Sri Lankan government is working closely with the Pakistan government to terrorise the Tamil Nadu government as a ‘thanks for helping it to kill the Tamils in thousands in May 2009’ and supporting it in UN resolution. The Sonia’s government which has no support what’s so ever in Tamil Nadu is mum about the terror threat from Pakistan. The Pakistan government has NOT said a word about the arrest and it’s government department sending terrorists to India. The names of two ‘officials’ working in the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka Colombo have been included in an FIR (First Information Report) filed in Chennai on Thursday against Mohammed Zahir Hussain, a Sri Lankan from Kandy suspected to be an agent […]

Sri Lanka to implement U.N. demands except international probe

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Sri Lanka is in the process of implementing all demands made by the sponsors of the UNHRC resolution against it except for allowing an international probe into alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the war with the LTTE. The assertion was made by the Sri Lankan President during a meeting on Friday with Seiji Kihara, Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Rajapaksa told the Japanese Minister, “Please tell this truth to rest of the world. Except for an international inquiry we are in the process of implementing all other demands made by sponsors of the Resolution.” The President’s office quoted Mr. Kihara as saying that the UNHRC resolution was unhelpful to Sri Lanka. “We considered […]

Lanka backs Vietnam over China

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 MEA plays down Prime Minister’s comments Sri Lanka supports Vietnam’s stance on demanding China adhere to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and withdraw its drilling rig HD-981 out of Viet Nam’s sovereignty and exclusive economic zone, the Vietnam Prime Minister’s office said. Sri Lanka’ PM D.M. Jayaratne made the statement at a reception given by PM Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday (May 9), regarding the East Sea issue. He proposed dealing with the issue by peaceful measures on the basis of the international law. The host leader affirmed that Viet Nam will do its utmost to work with Sri Lanka to make the two nations’ relations more efficient. He welcomed Sri Lanka’s delegation led by PM D.M. Jayaratne to the United […]

3 Naval vessels arrive in Rameswaram

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Three Naval patrol vessels arrived at the Navy jetty here today in the backdrop of information that Pakistan‘s ISI could infiltrate India from Sri Lanka through the sea. Officials who confirmed the arrival of the three vessels, however, refused to give any further information. The ships could be meant for strengthening presence of navy in the region and prevent infiltration of ISI agents by sea from Sri lanka, sources said. Only two days ago, a senior official of Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Group (CSG) said a new security system had been put in place off this coastal town to prevent infiltration by sea.“CSG has been deployed in the area after police received information that ISI agents could infiltrate India from Sri lanka via Palk Straits. A new security system has been put in place to totally prevent […]

Lanka, Pakistan hold defence talks

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The second round of the annual Armed Forces Staff Talks between Sri Lanka and Pakistan commenced at the Joint Staff Headquarters in Pakistan this week, the Ministry of Defence said today. The Armed Forces Staff Talks were initiated in 2012 to promote professional and mutually beneficial relations between the Armed Forces of the two countries. The talks are designed to improve bilateral cooperation and understanding between the Armed Forces through direct and open exchange of facts on matters of mutual interest .The focus of the discussions extends to training, joint exercises, research and development and an array of military exchange programmes. The Sri Lankan delegation led by Major General HCP Goonetilleke comprises Brigadier WRP de Silva, Brigadier RA Nugera and Lieutenant Colonel GNU Jayaratne from […]

ISI agent tailed US consulate officials, say investigators

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: Sakir Hussain, the suspected ISI agent arrested in the city on April 29 had been tailing US consulate officials and looking for unoccupied buildings in the vicinity, probably for an attack, investigators said. Police have included the names of two Pakistan diplomats in Colombo — Siddiqui, counsellor (visa) at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, and his associate Boss, alias Shah — in the FIR. They allegedly engaged Hussain to gather information on vital installations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Police said the 37-year-old Sri Lankan confessed to have been noting down the registration numbers of some US consulate officials and tracking their movements. “He said he had taken pictures of the consulate and e-mailed them to the Pakistan high commission officials in Colombo for which […]

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

Australia’s asylum seeker obsession puts democracy at risk

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Scott Morrison’s creation of a single border force confirms it: asylum seeker policy is dominating the working agenda of the government and its departments. An inquiry is inevitable Today, in his address at the Lowy Institute, immigration minister Scott Morrison announced the creation of the Australian border force, a “single integrated border protection agency” of customs and immigrations assets – including detention centre management. A commissioner, to lead the agency, will report directly to Morrison and “pick up where Operation Sovereign Borders leaves off”. This latest announcement shows that far from being on the periphery of Australian politics, asylum seeker policy is now at its centre. It has taken on a life of its own and now, to varying degrees, dictates the working agenda of a […]

Sri Lankan Muslim sent to judicial custody in Chennai train blasts case

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai, May 8 (ANI): A court in Chennai sent Sri Lankan national Zakir Hussain, a suspected Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)agent , who was arrested in connection with twin train blasts at the Chennai Central railway station, for five day judicial custody on Thursday. Hussain is suspected to have connection with the twin bomb blasts on the Bangalore-Guwahati train in Chennai that killed a woman techie on May 01. The Q branch of southern Tamil Nadu police had sought nine days custody as they were probing the link between Hussain and the twin blasts, but the court only pronounced three days custody which ended on Thursday. The accused was brought in 13th Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Chennai that sent him to judicial custody till May 13. “Today, Q branch police produced the accused […]

Pakistan Militant Training Camps on Sri Lankan Soil

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

On 5 May Central security agencies claimed that Pakistan’s ISI had plans to carry out terror attacks on two foreign consulates. L. Ganesan, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member (CHENNAI ) – L. Ganesan, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member warned his party on 5 May 2014 in Tiruchi that Pakistan had chosen Sri Lanka as a base for organising arms training camps for terror outfits and was trying to send militants into India through coastal routes. He said that Sri Lanka was aware of these illegal activities taking place on its soil, but had not acted upon them. The recent arrest of a Sri Lankan national and suspected ISI operative Zakir Hussain in Chennai strengthened this perception, he said. However, India’s Inspector-General […]

Australian silence on human rights is our gift to Sri Lanka

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 Australia is on the same team as China, Russia and the Congo in opposing the investigation. For someone who was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Australia, to see my two countries agree to oppose a landmark Human Rights inquiry is a shame. Sunili Govinnage theguardian.com, Thursday 8 May 2014 03.19 BST What a photo: the smiling Sri Lankan defence secretary, accused of overseeing war crimes, gifting a premium box of Dilmah tea to the equally cheery Australian immigration and border protection minister, accused of running concentration camps. Apparently, the relationship between the two countries (cricket aside) genuinely could not be closer. For some third-culture kids, immigrants who never really knew where they belonged, perhaps diplomatic camaraderie may in some nerdy way help to […]

Inglis Road, Addiscombe: London’s most political street?

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Is Inglis Road the most political street in Croydon, or even London? This one short road in Addiscombe has six residents who are standing for election in the local council elections on May 22. The six candidates will be representing three parties – two each for Labour, the Green Party and the Conservatives. At No9 we have two Labour councillors, Alison Butler and her partner, the local Labour planning supremo, Paul Scott. Butler is a deputy leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council. Councillor Butler is seeking re-election in Bensham Manor ward and while Scott is standing again in Woodside ward. Both seem certain to be returned. Just across the road at No10 is Tamil community leader Patrick Ratnaraja, who is standing for the […]

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 […]

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