2nd October 2014

Tamil mother enraged and frustrated by Presidential Inquiry into Disappearances

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A mother making a complaint at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Disappeared, stormed out after the commission hearing in Mulangavil asked her if she wanted to get involved in poultry farming. After leaving the hearing in frustration, shouting at the Commission officials in an enraged outpour, the mother said, “Who are you fooling, you cannot fool god. I want my child. My child came into army control I don’t know whether they shot him. They ( Sri Lankan Army) shot our children and are now looking for our children 5 years later. All this government does in Vanni is tell lies and kill the poor. No amount of chickens can substitute the worth of my son.” Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances lacks […]

UK Ministers and MPs rally behind Tamil calls for justice

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The Chairman of the Conservative party, British government ministers and Members of Parliament voiced their support for the Tamil community in the United Kingdom and backed calls for justice for the Tamil people at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week. Theresa Villiers Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Several politicians came to express their support at a reception hosted by the British Tamil Conservatives at the Castle Fine Art Gallery in the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, where the Conservative Party Conference is currently underway. Over 150 guests attended the event, including Theresa Villiers Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State Hugo Swire and Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps. Speaking […]

A New Place Called The United Kingdom

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By Kumar David – Forty-five percent wanted independence; that is serious. Gordon Brown, theeminence grise of the No-campaign, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg panicked, and promised Scotland enhanced devolution in a whirlwind campaign. They will have to deliver. The English Question and a new structure for the UK will have to be worked out, but constitutional change takes time. De facto, if not by name, a federal structure will be the outcome, but beneath lies economic decline from the 1980s onwards – the Thacherite transformation of the economy. Without economic recovery, Scotland cannot swing back into the British mainstream; but how can there be economic renewal, how can Britain rise again, when global, European and American capitalism is gasping? The rebuff of separation […]

Clarification And Investigation Into High Commissioner Nonis’s Resignation Is Vital: Prof. Wijesinha

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Nonis Resigned But Don’t Quote Me: Media Minister Keheliya Clarifications and an investigation into the reports circulating with regard to High Commissioner Nonis’s assault and resignation is a must considering their implication for Sri Lanka’s international relations, UPFA MP and political analyst Professor Rajiva Wijesinha says. Professor Wijesinha, when asked about his opinion on the “Chris Nonis–Sajin Vass episode“, said; “The stories circulating with regard to High Commissioner Nonis’s resignation certainly need investigation as you suggest. What was reported of MinisterKeheliya Rambukwella’s comments on in his resignation suggests confusion and given the implications for our international relations, clarifications are vital.” He also suggested this incident is in relation to the comments he has made concerning a concerted attempt to remove the most efficient and loyal non-career diplomats in the service […]

Sri Lanka between US-India and China-Russia

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Election Season, External Affairs & Modi-Obama By Dayan Jayatilleka –  Forget the state of Denmark—something is rotten in the state of Sri Lanka, and our enemies, the secessionists in the Tamil Diaspora must be laughing, as they well might. Three recent events indicate the future of Sri Lanka. Two are domestic and one, global. Of the two domestic events, one occurred in an international space. The three events are the Chris Nonis–Sajin Vass episode, the BBS–Wirathu nexus and the Modi-Obama meeting. Sri Lanka’s external defenses are crumbling, largely due to undermining emanating from the heart of the state itself, in the shape of bad policy and worse practices. One does not wish to speculate on or sensationalize the sad and shameful incident in New York. […]

Assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Britain – Sri Lanka Law.

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The Government has still not launched a formal inquiry or investigation into the alleged assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Britain, Chris Nonis by MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena, Daily Mirror learns. The assault had reportedly taken place at the residence of Dilan Ariyawansa who hosted a dinner for the delegates attending the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Daily Mirror learns that the External Affairs Ministry has still not received a resignation letter from Nonis. (Hafeel Farisz) UNP parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said today that a Sri Lankan High Commissioner had been assaulted for the first time in the history of this country and urged that the law should be enforced against those involved in this shameful incident. “The High Commissioner to Britain […]

US stance on SL softens

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US stance on SL softens President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the Cabinet meeting that his discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry had made him realize that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka. According to Government sources the President had said the meetings he had with Mr. Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York were fruitful.Describing the meetings as highly successful, he said India would not act in a manner that was unfavorable to Sri Lanka. The President said Mr. Modi’s only request was that the Sri Lankan Government should talk to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and explained why he rejected the TNA’s request to […]