13th March 2015

Four Tamil’s arrested in Coventry murder case of a family man

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FOUR COVENTRIANS have been arrested, with one appearing in court yesterday, over the murder of a Foleshill man. Two men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the murder, while one man appeared at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (March 11) charged with the murder of Arunasalam Arunothayan. The 48-year-old Sri Lankan national was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Thursday, March 5 after being assaulted at his Foleshill Road home the previous day, and died later that morning – a post mortem revealing he had died from an assault. Kirithas Sriskantharajah, 34 from Church Way in Bedworth, appeared before Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday, March 11 charged with his murder and will next appear in court for a Plea and Case […]

Mahinda blames RAW, CIA, MI-6

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Claiming that the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) conspired with “Western agencies” CIA and MI-6 to rally the opposition led by President Maithripala Sirisena against his presidency, Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he does not, however, believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the government was responsible, The Hindu newspaper reported. In an exclusive interview to The Hindu, his first to any Indian media organisation since his surprise defeat in the presidential polls in January, Rajapaksa says he raised concerns with the government over his belief of a conspiracy. “I said the man [RAW station chief] who is here in Colombo, should be moved out. They agreed, but only at the very last minute before the election, and by then it was too late,” he […]

Diaspora warn against any delay

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The Tamil Diaspora have noted that any delay in addressing Tamil concerns, whether humanitarian or political, can only give scope for hard-line attitudes from all sides to re-emerge, and this will make the task of achieving meaningful progress more difficult in the future. The Global Tamil Forum, an inferential Tamil group based in London, said that the new coalition government in Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena is unique in that it has the support of all the major political parties representing all communities, and the government is presently undertaking an ambitious democratic transition process. “In our opinion, there is no better time to arrive at a permanent solution to the Tamil national question, and no country other than India can play […]

TNA wants India as third party – Modi to be told

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By Lakshmi Jayakody The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday that they would communicate to the visiting Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on the need for Indian mediation as a third party, which they feel is essential to resolve the ethnic crisis in the island nation. A special group of representatives led by TNA Leader, R. Sampanthan, is due to meet Prime Minister Modi in Colombo today. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran told Ceylon Today, that they will also point out to the Indian Prime Minister that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution alone was inadequate to solve the problem. “All the Tamil people, who were displaced during the war, have not yet been resettled. The Army should move out of their lands in order to […]

Sinhala copy of ”No Fire Zone” will NOT be shown in Sri Lanka!

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BY SANJAYA DASSANAYAKE & SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN Producer of Channel-4 television station, Callum Macrae has shouted at the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena opposite the British Prime Minister’s official residence, asking him to exhibit the film No Fire Zone produced by him, in Sri Lanka. This request had been made by Callum Macrae when President Sirisena, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera and the Sri Lankan delegation were leaving No. 10 Downing Street subsequent to having participated in a special discussion with British Prime Minister David Cameron. It is said that Callum Macrae who had requested that the Sinhala copy of his film No Fire Zone be shown in Sri Lanka, had been prevented from approaching President Sirisena by British Security Forces. During the Commonwealth […]

Three arrested with forged visas to UK

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Three young men had been arrested at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport by the CID while attempting to illegally take flight to the UK on forged visa, airport officials said. The suspects were 21, 25, and 32 years of age and residents of the Maullaithivu area, sources said. The Police said that the CID had checked the three passengers on information that a group of former LTTE cadres were attempting to leave the country illegally. Investigations revealed that two of the suspects were rehabilitated LTTE carders who depended on fishery after rehabilitation. They were to be produced before Negombo Magistrate. (Deepa Adikari) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/66317/men-arrested-fraudulent-visas-to-uk#sthash.j01RHPTR.dpuf

No UN team in the Lankan probe

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President Maithripala Sirisena says UN investigators will not be involved in the domestic investigation over the war, the BBC reported today. The Sri Lankan president says he hopes to set up a domestic inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during the country’s civil war within a month. But he said UN investigators would not be involved, despite international pressure. He was speaking to the BBC’s Sinhala service while on a visit to London. The Sri Lankan army defeated the LTTE in 2009, ending a 26-year long conflict. Both sides have been accused of atrocities. Sirisena said he expected the investigative committee tasked with examining alleged human rights abuses would work “efficiently, in a balanced, legal and impartial manner”. He told BBC Sinhala’s Saroj Pathirana that advice from […]

Sirisena Has All Party Support; Modi Should Build Confidence Among Tamils: GTF

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Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit to Sri Lanka can induce speedy resolution of the humanitarian and political concerns of the Tamil people – Global Tamil Forum Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka this week, the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in over 25 years, is undoubtedly an event of enormous significance. The expected visit by the Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna in the Tamil-majority North is historic first. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes these developments.   The recent changes of governments in India and Sri Lanka have significantly altered the geopolitical dynamics of the region. These developments have also created opportunities for the successful resolution of the Tamil national issue, a feat if accomplished, will usher the Indo-Lanka […]

Domestic war crimes dossier out before Sept. Geneva sessions, President tells Labour leader

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From Shamindra Ferdinando in London   President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday (March10) assured that Sri Lanka would release its own war crimes dossier before the UN investigators presented their report to the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September 2015. The President was responding to Labour and Opposition Leader Ed Miliband during a hurriedly arranged meeting at London Hilton on Park Lane. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera explained the ongoing domestic investigation meant to address the contentious accountability issue. The Sri Lankan report could be made available in July, Miliband was told. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa expanded the scope and mandate of the local investigation headed by retired High Court judge Maxwell Paranagama. The meeting took place while a protest was on near Westminster […]

Maithri tells Cameron: SL courts will handle domestic inquiry findings

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UK offers to help probe financial frauds UK notes concerns over Lanka From Shamindra Ferdinando in London   President Maithripala Sirisena has assured British Premier David Cameron that the Sri Lankan judiciary could be moved on the findings and recommendations made by the Maxwell Paranagama Presidential Commission inquiring into missing persons as well as accountability issues. While asserting that the report could be made public in July, the President said that the now independent judiciary could be moved on the commission’ findings. President Maithripala Sirisena and Premier Cameron met at No 10, Downing Street on Tuesday afternoon. Both the President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe want accountability issues handled by the Sri Lankan judiciary; they expect no international intervention. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed retired […]