September 2014

Canada slams door on Sri Lanka Govt. officials

18th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Two senior Sri Lankan Government officials nominated to attend an international conference in Canada have been denied visas to enter that country. The two were to travel to Canada for the International Prison Conference from September 7 to 14, but could not make it due to the visa denial. The two Prisons Department officers who were denied visas are Industrial and Skills Development Commissioner Tissa Jayasinghe and Welikada Prison Superintendent Emil Ranjan, Prison Department spokesman H.M.P.N. Upuldeniya said. Eighteen countries were attending the conference but Sri Lanka could not send a representative due to this issue, he said. An appeal was made after the first visa denial but that too was rejected, he said. The spokesman said he believed the reason for the denial was Canada’s perception that prison […]

Data roaming charges compared

18th September 2014 // 0 Comments

A British holidaymaker was given a shock recently when she returned from South Africa to discover a mobile phone bill of more than £2,600. Katie Bryan, 43, racked up the charges for downloading the “best of Neil Diamond” album on iTunes. Orange, her mobile provider, charges £8 per MB for data roaming, meaning her approximately 326MB album (priced at £8.99) ended up costing her £2,609.31……..…. full story  Fortunately for Miss Bryan, Orange agreed to retrospectively sell her a £400 data bundle, reducing the bill by £2,209.31. Related Articles The best websites for flight deals23 Jan 2014 The best photo sharing websites06 Jan 2014 Essential travel apps for summer19 Jul 2013 Charging your phone on the go25 Jan 2013 Using your mobile phone in Europe21 Jun 2013 […]

Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem have signed a pledge to devolve more powers in the event of a No vote in the referendum

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Conservative leader David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg have signed a pledge to devolve more powers in the event of a No vote in the referendum  Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate have seized on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.  The pledge, signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, also promises equitable sharing of resources and preserving the Barnett funding formula.  The “Yes” campaign described it as an “insult” to voters and asked why it had taken so long to offer.  “Better Together” said it was “a vision around which Scotland can unite”.  Labour leader Ed Miliband and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown are on the campaign trail […]

Why Scots should vote No!

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

I have written quite a lot about the Scottish independence referendum over the past couple of years. Tomorrow, Scots vote. Here is my summary of the case why Scots should vote No. First, the positive case. Scots should vote “No” because the Union that constitutes Great Britain is one of the world’s great states, both powerful and good. The partnership of Scotland with the rest of the UK does of course have a glorious history – financial, philosophical, entrepreneurial, industrial, military – but it is a bad mistake to imagine that the greatness of Britain is something only of the past. Britain remains somewhere between the second and sixth most powerful and influential country in the world. It is scheduled to have the largest economy and […]

Genocidal SL military becomes sole spokesperson of ‘human rights’

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 07:02 GMT]Thanks to Sydney University of Australia, the Sinhala military of Sri Lanka deployed on a genocidal-military experiment in the island by leading powers of the world has emerged as the monopolising force to speak on ‘human rights’ in the Asia Pacific region. At an international conference convened in Bangkok this week by the Sydney University along with Colombo University, invitations to two human rights organisations in the island were withdrawn at the request of the SL military. Further, the conference director had told the other delegates to avoid any confrontation with the SL military officials at the conference. Following, the Amnesty International had pulled out its delegation and there would be others too, The Guardian reported on last Friday. The […]

Parliamentarian Sridharan provides drinking water to school children

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Killinochchie district severely affected from present drought condition Villagers especially school children suffers from lack of drinking water. Parliamentarian C.Sridhan holds special discussions with northern provincial council education minister T.Kurukularaaja, province deputy zonal education director Murugawel, and with other officers on solving drinking water problems of school children. Parliamentarian Sridharan visited Killinochchie Barathipuram Vidiyalayam, Mother Teresa Vidiyalam and took measures to provide drinking waters to students studying at these schools. Niranjan Selathurai from Australia and Magizkam Children School Thiruwaiyaru are the sponsors of this project.

India will grill Sri Lankan over Pakistan terror links

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Days after the arrest of Arun Selvarajan by the Indian National Investigating Agency (NIA) and reports about his alleged connections with politicians, the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from a court to quiz the Sri Lankan national about his possible links with the LTTE, India Today reported. The specialised wing of the CBI, the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency, has filed a petition in the special court in Poonamallee. Selvarajan had been arrested in Chennai by the NIA on charges of espionage at the instigation of Pakistan. On Tuesday, when Selvarajan, who had been produced in the special court at Poonamallee amid tight police security, was asked if he was willing to be taken into custody by the NIA for interrogation, he […]

France happy over continuation of RSF case

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The French Embassy said yesterday it was pleased to know that the case on the killing of 17 aid workers was being pursued and would like to encourage the Attorney General’s Department in this endeavor.These aid workers attached to the French organisation called ‘Action Contre la Faim (ACF)’ were killed in August, 2006.The embassy said this case remained of utmost importance to the French Embassy in Sri Lanka.“The Embassy will continue to pay close attention to developments in this case to ensure justice is served. We like to clarify that, although we do believe that every possible means of finding the culprits should be explored, the proposition to facilitate the obtaining of statements from witnesses living in France or in Sri Lanka was not made […]

Follow UK’s Example – Hold That Referendum On Independence In The NorthEast

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Follow UK’s example – Hold That Referendum on Independence in the NorthEast – Like the Scots, Let the People Decide Either Way Part  1 The world’s oldest democracy has proven it’s also the world’s  foremost  and robust democracy – that Scotland will decide its fate, whether it becomes an “independent country” in a referendum on 18th, September 2014 is in itself a triumph for democracy, whatever the outcome – that the United Kingdom (UK) government (and the Westminster Parliament),  despite campaigning hard for a “NO” vote, did not place obstacles but bowed to the Scottish people’s aspirations articulated in the 2011 General Election win for theScottish National Party (SNP), and cooperated to holding a referendum, to leave it to the people’s will, speaks volumes for […]

NO VOTE FOR 50,000 TAMILS

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

BY NIRANJALA ARIYAWANSHA Over 50,000 Tamil youth from the Uva Province, employed in other parts of the country, have not been granted leave, to return to their hometowns or villages, to cast their vote at the 20 September provincial elections, ‘Saumaya Sarana Sansadaya’ (SSS) a Human Rights Organization alleged. The SSS said most of these youth were employed in the Kandy, Jaffna, Colombo and Nuwara Eliya Districts. H.P. Anthonymuttu, President of the SSS, speaking to Ceylon Today, said nearly 50,000 registered voters work in shops and hotels in districts outside the province. Anthonymuttu added, he would talk to the Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya today (17) over this issue.“Workers in the public service are entitled to cast their vote by post. But, private sector workers are not […]

Kaththi producers deny links with Rajapaksa family

17th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The producers of actor Vijay’s soon-to-be-released film Kaththi issued a clarification about what they termed a misinformation campaign by some vested interests against the production company. There had been allegations that the company had business links with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. At a packed press conference held in the city on Tuesday, Subaskaran Allirajah, chairman, Lyca Group of Companies, citing a few incidents where the group was portrayed wrongly in a section of the media, denied he had any business links with the Rajapaksa family. Regarding an image of the logo of Lycamobiles appearing in the background at the Sri Lanka-sponsored Commonwealth Business forum, Mr. Subaskaran alleged that the image was ‘morphed’ and the company has lodged a complaint with the cyber crime division of the […]

USA Led West Must Realise that Powerful Nations such as China,Russia,India,Japan and Australia are Against UNHRC Probe on Sri Lanka.

16th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy The joint statement issued at the end of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, praises internal mechanisms in Sri Lanka, in terms of ethnic reconciliation and accountability issues. PM Abe in particular underscored the need for continuing the dialogue among political stake-holders in Sri Lanka, and for the host-Government to address the concerns of the international community on accountability issues, as expressed in the US-sponsored UNHRC resolution. It is incidental yet significant that on both issues, Japan holds similar views as Sri Lanka’s northern neighbour, India. It’s but a coincidence that Abe should be visiting Colombo within days after India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan. Independent of the leadership-change in India, both […]

Mosque Attacked: Take Immediate Action To Prevent Unwanted Tension In Dambulla: Salley Writes To IGP

16th September 2014 // 0 Comments

National Unity Front Leader Azath Salley has written to the IGP urging him to take immediate action to prevent any unwanted tension in Dambulla following an attack on a mosque in the area early Monday morning, while also requesting immediate legal action against the culprits responsible for the attack. Salley in a letter to the IGP yesterday has pointed out that the CCTV camera installed in the Khairiya mosque premises clearly shows two individuals armed with petrol, petrol bombs, tires and carbide arriving at the mosque at around 12.45 pm and carrying out the attack. “The CCTV camera clearly reveals the two culprits and what they have done,” he has written while requesting the law enforcement authorities to take immediate action against them and take them into custody and […]

Sri Lanka Fact Sheet: Violations of the Right to Freedom of Religion and Attacks on Religious Minorities: March -August 2014

16th September 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 15.Sep.2014, 6.00PM) Notwithstanding the local and international pressure, violations of the right to freedom of religion and attacks on religious minorities continued unabated in Sri Lanka. In the month of June, Sri Lanka witnessed the largest anti-Muslim riots seen in the country after 1914. Led by the Buddhist extremist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), mobs rioted in the Southern costal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala. The riot was pre- planned…(Read Full Story click here) 

Police hunt Sri Lankan men after Mitcham man stabbed in head

16th September 2014 // 0 Comments

UK Police are hunting four Sri Lankan men for allegedly stabbing a 24-year-old man in the head in Mitcham last morning.He suffered stab wounds to his head during the attack in Cedars Avenue at about 2am.Police said he was now in a stable condition. No arrests have been made so far, but police say they believe four Sri Lankan men were involved.One of the men is described as 5ft 7ins, of athletic build, with spikey hair and wearing a blue jumper. Police closed off the whole of Cedars Avenue while they investigated yesterday. (This is local London) Police are hunting four Sri Lankan men after a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the head in Mitcham yesterday morning. He suffered stab wounds to his head during the attack in Cedars […]

Non-violent Campaign To Merge North & East – M. A. Sumanthiran

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

According to Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), in the democratic aspirations of Tamil people, they have come to a point to find a legitimate solution within a united, undivided country – which will enable Tamils to live with self-respect and dignity while being part of political decision making and enjoying other rights as much as the majority community. For this process, the ITAK, one of the alliance members of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) brought up several resolutions during the recent Convention of the party. Speaking toThe Sunday Leader TNA MP and ITAK Member M. A. Sumanthiran said the need to merge North and East is recognised in Indo-Lanka Accord and they would launch a non-violent campaign if the Sri Lankan government is unable to address the issues raised by […]

Human rights lawyers threatened in Sri Lanka – at serious risk

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

ttp://blog.srilankacampaign.org/2014/09/human-rights-lawyers-threatened-in-sri.htmlhttp://srilankabrief.org/2014/09/two-hr-lawyers-namal-rajapakshe-and-manjula-pathiraja-threatened-with-deaath/ Two human rights lawyers Manjula Pathiraja and Namal Rajapakse (a namesake but no relation of the President’s notorious son) have received credible death threats from individuals and groups linked to the Government-backed Buddhist extremist group the BBS.According to one early report Namal Rajapakse was followed on Saturday the 13th of September by a man wearing a helmet which covered his face. The man the approached him and said “you and Manjula (Pathiraja) are too much and they are noted for various activities against the Monk”. The Lawyers Collective subsequently released a statement in which they clarified the nature of the incident and added further details:“Around 6.20pm on 13th September 2014, two unidentified men with full faced covering helmets and jackets, had rushed to the legal office of Mr. […]

‘Assured and re-assured’ on 13A says India

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly re-assured India of its commitment to implement the 13th Amendment, stated a spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)today. Responding to a question on India’s stand on the 13th Amendment at a media briefing on Monday, spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “Our stand is that any decision that has been taken by the Sri Lankan people and which their leaders have assured to us on repeated occasions (that it) should be implemented.” “And we have been assured and re-assured by the leaders of Sri Lanka that they are committed to full implementation of the 13th Amendment and we will go by what they have told us.” See from 42:30 onwards below. Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling […]

2009 was a genocide says former UK home secretary

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The former British home secretary, David Blunkett described what took place during the final stages of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka in 2009 as a “genocide” and called for it to be “properly investigated”, meeting with members of the Tamil community at an Advice Surgery last Saturday. Mr Blunkett said he “believed genocide had taken place on the island of Sri Lanka and that evidence that human rights violations had occurred during the armed conflict in 2009 must be properly investigated.” He went on to express “disappointment at Sri Lanka’s obstruction of the currently ongoing UN Human Rights Council mandated investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka” and adding his support “to the need for an independent international investigation on abuses that […]

Army builds mythical Sinhala statue in Tamil village

15th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan army unveiled a new archway in Anuradhapura on Saturday, depicting the historic battles between the Sinhala King Dutu Gemunu and the Chola King Ellalan (or ‘Elara’).  Publicising the opening on its website, the Sri Lankan army said, ‘6 Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment (6 SLLI) Headquarters at Mahakandarawa, Mihintale, Anuradhapura on Saturday (23) opened its new colossal archway, in bringing historical characters to life through mural statues that depict the famous Vijithapura battles, waged between Kings Dutu Gemunu and Elara, the South Indian invader during 161 -162 B.C.            Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest at the invitation of SLLI Colonel of the Regiment and 6 SLLI Commanding Officer, unveiled a plaque and declared opened the new archway, guarded by […]

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