2nd May 2015

Sri Lanka In UK Election Manifesto again.

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Conservative party has included accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity issues related to Sri Lank in its election Manifesto. On pages 76-77 of the Conservative Party’s election manifesto it states: “We will …. promote reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka, including through supporting the UN investigation into war crimes, which the Prime Minister was instrumental in securing following his historic visit to Jaffna.”   Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said “”For the first time ever, outside Tamil Nadu, a political party, importantly in the West has included accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity issues related to Sri Lank in its election Manifesto.” But Sri Lanka was mentioned in 2010 Labour Party Manifesto too.  

Five reasons why ‘YOGI’ wants your vote in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

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Five reasons Sockalingam Yogalingam wants your vote in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner The Harrow Times has asked each parliamentary candidate to list five reasons why they should become an MP at the General Election on May 7. Here, the National Liberal Party candidate for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Sockalingam Yogalingam, explains why you should vote for him. 1) My name is Sockalingam Yogalingam but everyone calls me Yogi. I am 47, married with children and an estate agent. I originally came from Sri Lanka thirty years ago to escape persecution and I am eternally grateful for Britain for giving me a refuge in my time of need. I am now standing to be an MP to help give something back to my adopted country. 2) […]

If you support Self-Determination via UN referendum & wish to raise your voice in the British Parliament

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Sockalingam Yogalingam who’s running in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner for the National Liberal Party: Dear Voters, If you support Self-Determination via UN referendum in Sri Lanka & wish to raise your voice in the British Parliament then support the “National Liberal Party” in the upcoming General Election on 7th May and vote for Sockalingam Yogalingam (Yogi) in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner area for NLP. Your VOTE is your VOICE, so cast your vote and show the people (Tamil’s) power to the British Government. http://www.tamilwin.com/show-RUmtyFTVSUip5B.html Sockalingam Yogalingam NLP’s Candidate for General Election National Liberal Party www.nationalliberal.org   

PM Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran – TGTE

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Urged to secure the release of thousands of Tamils who were arrested five years ago In an appeal to Secretary of State John Kerry, Tamils for Obama urged him not to ignore Tamils during his trip to Sri Lanka and meet Tamil war widows as well as to raise the issue of continuing arrests of Tamils. Tamils for Obama also urged Secretary Kerry to reaffirm US support for an international investigation and for a referendum to determine the wishes of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Tamils for Obama also pointed out that the Sri Lankan President Sirisena was the acting defence minister when large number of Tamils were killed. According to the Economist, January 3, 2015 edition: “Sirisena is hardly a beacon of hope for the […]

Power To Perform – Pathway To Freedom

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By Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran – The rationale for the birth of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) as a timely transnational political formation was the need felt for articulating the political aspirations of the Tamils of the island of Sri Lanka in clear terms, when the political space for doing so by those on the island became limited. This was made so by of the 6th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution which criminalized even peaceful advocacy of independence, the encirclement of the Tamil homeland by the military, and indeed the entanglement of the Tamil civilian lives by a military comprised exclusively of the Sinhalese. The alleged “regime change” has not altered the political and legal landscape on the island, vis-a-vis the Tamils thus there is no […]

Release Funds And Unreleased Land: Sumanthiran Tells Government

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Families who fled Velikamam North area 20 years ago return to find that they are in the middle of a jungle with no access and irregular water supply, says the Tamil National Alliance. After the TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran‘s visit to the families in the recently cleared areas in Velikamam North which is in the periphery of the high security zone, the TNA says; “Families are seen returning to places which were their homes to find roofs gone and walls unstable. As living is not a possibility in the present situation they are seen returning to their homes and cooking just to take procession of what is their own. “Although local government officials are striving to do everything within their means their efforts are like a […]

Sri Lanka And Its Diaspora: Misconceptions, Opportunities And A Survey

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By Romesh Hettiarachchi – It is not really newsworthy to suggest many Sri Lankans today are skeptical about “the Diaspora”. For many Sri Lankans, “the Diaspora” is perceived to be exclusively Tamil and overwhelmingly supportive of the Tamil Tigers. This of course is not true. Many members in “the Diaspora” are Sinhalese and Muslim, vehemently opposing everything the Tamil Tigers stood for. Moreover rarely are criticisms of the Tamil Tigers by members of the “Tamil Diaspora” ever acknowledged by Sri Lankan intellectuals and media. This of course is not the only misconception about “the Diaspora”. Some Sri Lankans think all members of “the Diaspora” are universally wealthy as if leaving the shores of Sri Lanka is a golden ticket for wealth and riches. Again not […]

New govt. run by Western lackeys – MAHINDA

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By Harischandra Gunaratna and Maheesha Mudugamuwa Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his May Day message, read out at the UPFA dissidents’ rally at Kirulapone yesterday, said that the country had entered an era of ‘mega deals’ under the new government which was run by the lackeys of western powers. The former President said that under the UPFA rule those forces had not been allowed to dictate terms to Sri Lanka.Rajapaksa urged the working class to rally round his party to defeat the lackeys of imperialist forces. “Under my rule we experienced the most difficult period in the country’s political history and we were able to establish peace, but it is despicable the manner in which the present government is not making any effort to protect […]

No foreign interference in future: President

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President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged he would never leave room for the international community, any other country or group to raise issues regarding Sri Lanka’s fundamental rights, human rights, democracy or give them any excuse to interfere in the internal affairs of the country. “I will fulfil all my pledges in restoring and safeguardingthe human rights and the fundamental rights of our people and lead the country on a victorious path while protecting its unitary character,” the President said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) May Day rally which was the first public rally he addressed after being elected as party Chairman and Sri Lanka’s new President. He said the rights of the working class will be safeguarded under his administration and said everyone should […]

Amendment has done its job: what next?

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What will happen to the structure and methodology of governance    in the post 19th Amendment period is the question asked by many these days. After a 12-hour debate on Tuesday, Parliament enacted the Constitutional Bill, but with a number  of amendments proposed by the Government and the Opposition alike. All in all, the Bill, in essence, reversed the    18th Amendment to the Constitution enacted during the previous regime, to provide for the restoration of the independent commissions, more or less, on similar lines with the provisions that were available under the 17th Amendment in the past.  The new law would prune the powers of the executive president in some aspects. But, it fell far short of the pledges made to the people on […]

Atmosphere in Lanka is “Breathtakingly Fresh”, Says Global Tamil Forum

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COLOMBO: The UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has described the political culture ushered in by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as “breathtakingly fresh” and has praised all Lankan political parties and their parliamentarians for  passing  the 19 th. Amendment to the Constitution. “Passing of the 19 th. Amendment along with other steps taken to democratize the State and its institutions have significantly altered the unfortunate political culture and practices adopted in Sri Lanka in the recent past.  These newly adopted progressive changes annul the trend set by the previous regime, and effectively place the country back in the right course to work towards more meaningful and democratic constitutional changes in the future,” the GTF said in a statement on Friday. […]

Special traffic plan for John Kerry’s visit

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Sri Lanka police will enforce a special traffic plan in capital Colombo today in line with the US Secretary of State John Kerry’s official visit to Sri Lanka. The police headquarters in a communiqué informed that traffic will be limited on several roads at certain times. On Saturday, May 02 from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., the traffic along the Colombo- Katunayake international Airport expressway towards Kelaniya, Baseline road, Borella junction, D S Senanayake junction, Kinsey road, Horton place, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, road opposite Nelum Pokuna, Liberty roundabout, St. Michael roundabout, Galle road and the Galle Face roundabout will be restricted. The flow of traffic will be limited from the NSA roundabout to the Galle Face roundabout towards Colpetty from 12:20 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. […]

Rathana Thera, Basil in 5 hour pow-wow

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Rajapaksa attempts to be a ‘peace-maker’ One to one meeting at Merchant Ward JHU Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera had met former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa for a special discussion last week, Justice Ministry sources told the Daily News yesterday. The meeting had taken place at the Merchant Ward of the Colombo National Hospital where the former Minister is undergoing treatment. The Minister was admitted to the hospital after the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court ordered him to be remanded for 14 days. The Minister was produced before court by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division for alleged misappropriation of Divineguma funds. Hospital sources told the ‘Daily News’ that the discussion went on for nearly five years. They also added that it was a one-to-one discussion […]

India v. China in Sri Lanka—Lessons for rising powers

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John Kerry’s visit to Sri Lanka, the first by a secretary of state in 11 years, recognizes the country’s geopolitical importance. It also highlights the outcome of the recent tussle over the island state by two emerging global powers, a contest in which India has gained the upper hand over China. The struggle provides important lessons for rising powers as they begin a ‘Great Game’ in Asia. Sri Lanka sits at the heart of the Indian Ocean, adjacent to major shipping routes, within the world’s most dynamic region—the Indo-Pacific. Long described as the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean,’ Sri Lanka was, up until the January election defeat of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, drifting out of India’s orbit and increasingly seen as part of China’s ‘string of […]

What’s ailing our Politicos?

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Basil Rajapaksa Have you noticed that every time a politician is ordered by court to spend a few nights in a remand cell, he quickly ends up on a hospital bed? I really don’t know-and personally I don’t care – whether this speaks for the health of our politicians today or is a sad commentary on the status of our prison cells – but it sure needs to be looked into. Of course this was not of such urgency that it had to be included in the 100-day program of this Yahapalana Government crowding out important pieces of legislation like the Right to Information that is still hanging around somewhere. But given the health of our nation it would come as little surprise to the […]

astrology and the truth

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Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena “Seventeen kilometres out of Abidjan, in a village on the great auto-route to Yamoussoukro, there was a schoolteacher’s house which from time to time blazed with mysterious fires. A reader had written to the paper that weekend with the suggestion that there was probably some escape of natural gas in the neighbourhood. But this letter headed ‘A Scientific Solution’ was placed at the bottom of the right hand page. The main story, the reportage, was that the mystery of the fires at kilometre 17 had been solved. It had been solved by a preacher of the Celestial Christian sect. Even before they had been called in on the case –and while the teacher was spending a fortune on fetish-makers and Muslim magicians-the Celestial […]