16th May 2015

Rajapaksa Bros’ Racist Mercenaries

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By Latheef Farook – A small minority of Sinhala racists who flourished under Rajapaksa brothers with their anti Muslim campaign and went into hiding after January 08, 2015 presidential elections as they lost government patronage began raising their ugly heads once again, obviously, to destabilize President Maithripala Sirisena’s government. These extremists tried to destroy the mosque at Kuragala, Balangoda besides reviving their allegations that Muslims were illegally destroying forests and building houses at Wilpattu forest areas. About Kuragala popular legend has it that Sheikh Mihiyuddeen Abdul Qader Jailani, regarded as saint of all saints, meditated for 13 years in a cave dwelling at Kuragala on the ancient pilgrimage route between Galle and Adam’s Peak. The site where the saint meditated has been referred to as […]

Lessons to be learnt from the British parliamentary elections

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The general elections of the United Kingdom are over. There are two main features of the election results. One is that after a long time the incumbent Government increased its parliamentary majority and the other is that the Scottish National Party won 56 seats in Scotland out of a possible 59 seats. The expectation was that there would be a hung parliament but the Conservative party, led by David Cameron, was able to muster a majority of more than 50% so that the Prime Minister did not have to depend on the Liberal Democrats as was the case in the last Parliament. It was reported that the leaders of the Labour Party, Liberal Party and UK Independence Party resigned after the announcement of the results. […]

Beyond Victory Parades & Commemorations

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By Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel – Only Realism, Truth and Justice can lead us to Peace 18th May 2009 – one reality with two consequences The 18th of May 2015 will be commemorated by all Sri Lankans as a turning point in the history of relations between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. The end of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE meant two entirely different things with different rationale to justify their actions. For the Government it was a victory over Tamil terrorism, end of a war and beginning of peace. But for the Tamils it was the culmination of another mass massacre of militants and civilians and the beginning of incarcerations and further militarization, robbing of lands and missing […]

British HC hits through the gaps

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Commenting on the incident where Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara faced an unpleasant experience with a UK immigration officer in London, the British High Commission in Colombo on Friday said their Border Force officers were trained to maintain high standards of professionalism and courtesy, especially at the UK Border. When contacted by Daily Mirror to get a response from the High Commission over the incident, it further said there might be instances when officers failed to carry out duties maintaining accepted standards. “We recognise that there may be instances when officers fail to adhere to these standards. However, all official complaints lodged with the UK Border Force are rigorously investigated,” it said.(Sunil Jayasiri) Unpleasant experience with UK Immi. officer-Sanga Unpleasant experience with UK Immi. officer-Sanga – See […]

Jaffna students protest after girl’s murder by ”We Kill some one for £50” gang members.

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 Pungudutivu Organisations around the world protest after student’s rape and murder! Students in Pungudutivu in Jaffna staged a protest today against the murder of a school girl in the area and demanded justice. The girl had been abducted yesterday while on her way home from school and was reported missing and her body was later found today. Protesting over the rape and murder have spred to other areas in Jaffna. Yesterday the students in Pungudutivu, Vellanai and Killinochchi sat across the road and blocked traffic and demanded that justice be served over the death of the girl. Three men have been arrested by the police. They were members of a gang called ”We Kill some one for £50”. The arrested gang members had previous criminal record.  The […]

TGTE insists pressure will continue

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The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by V Rudrakumaran, has issued a rebuttal for comments made by a Government Minister that the Government of Sri Lanka has not faced pressure from the Tamil diaspora after the January 8 elections. Sri Lanka’s Cabinet spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that “Earlier the media reported on the Tamil diaspora protesting near the UN and other places. Now we don’t see such media reports.” In a rebuttal to the Sri Lankan Minister’s Statement, TGTE member Suthan Raj pointed out that when President Maithripala Sirsena was visiting London, thousands of Tamils demonstrated against him, calling him a war criminal, for being the acting defense minister during the final weeks of the war when thousands of Tamils […]

Lankan man charged for attempt on minor

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A Sri Lankan in Florida in the US has been charged with attempting to have sex with an underage girl, floridatoday.com reported. The 23-year-old man traveled by taxi to Starbucks on Palm Bay Road in hopes of having a sexual encounter with an underage girl he met via Craigslist, said Yvonne Martinez, Palm Bay police spokeswoman. Instead, police officers arrested him: The “girl” he had been repeatedly emailing and texting was an undercover detective with the department’s Special Victims Unit. Shabeeb Ahamed Mohamed Shaheed, 22, of Sri Lanka was charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor, one count of use of computer for solicitation of a minor, and one count of attempted lewd or lascivious battery. Shaheed remains incarcerated at the Brevard County Jail […]

“Majority of Tamil refugees not willing to return”

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Only 35 per cent of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu are willing to come back, D.M. Swaminathan, Minister for Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, said on Friday. In an interview with The Hindu at his office here, Mr. Swamianthan said that of about one lakh refugees in Tamil Nadu, most of them had got jobs there, married had children. “Not all of them will come here. It is all rubbish.” Mr. Swaminathan, who received 65 refugees on their arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Wednesday, said earlier, those returning to Sri Lanka had to face interrogation that would go on for four to five hours. “The refugees were scared of interrogation” and this was “the basic problem” that came in […]

Remembering the war dead! UK & Sri Lanka

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By Manekshaw The day after British parliamentary polls ended last week with the announcement of the victory of the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron, the Victory Day to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II was observed in London with the participation of all political party leaders who contested at the British polls along with the Royal family members, war veterans and the Commanders of the tri-forces in the UK. The Victory Day was first declared by Britain’s legendry war time Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill after the victory gained in World War II by Britain and the Allied Forces in 1945. The death toll in the ruthless World War II had been estimated as 60 million and this number was […]