21st May 2015

A Special Report On Illegal Immigration In The UK

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A woman living in Britain illegally tells Sky News she has considered suicide and now lives in limbo – not allowed in the UK but at risk of persecution at home. Sky Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lisa Holland reports. Special Report: Illegal Immigrants Living In Limbo In Britain U.K.’s Cameron to Announce Legislation on Illegal Immigrants U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is due to announce Thursday plans for a fresh crackdown on illegal immigrants. Share THE WALL STREET JOURNAL · 883 SHARES ·20 MAY 2015 snopes.com: Military to Enlist Illegal Immigrants? Has President Obama quietly ordered the U.S. military to enlist illegal immigrants? Share SNOPES.COM · 3,801 SHARES ·26 SEPTEMBER 2014 Defense Bill Shouldn’t Allow Illegal Immigrants to Enlist Enlisting is not some job Americans won’t […]

Four SLFP Ministers resign

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  Four SLFP Ministers resign May 21, 2015  11:03 am SLFP Parliamentarians Dilan Perera, C.B. Rathnayake, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Pavithra Wanniarachchi have resigned from their respective ministerial portfolios. They announced the decision at a press conference held in Colombo this morning. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, State Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Dilan Perera, State Minister of Public Administration & Democratic Governance C.B. Rathnayake and State Minister of Environment Pavithra Wanniarachchi were sworn in on March 22 along with 22 other MPs. Pointing out that three reasons were behind their move, Mr. Perera referred to the decision to allow the term of 234 local bodies to get lapsed on May 15 and hand over the administration to special commissioners; “ridiculous criticism” of Prime […]

Law Faculty Dean rescued from angry mob Navy and Army to the rescue

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BY Jaffna correspondent Dean of the Colombo Law Faculty V.T. Tamilmaran was surrounded by residents in Punkudutivu accusing him of helping one of the ten suspects involved in the brutal murder of Sivaloganathan Vithya. He was rescued from angry residents by Army and Navy personnel on Tuesday. Tamilmaran who hails from Punkudutivu had gone there to assess the situation, as one of the suspects accused in the murder is said to be known to him. The suspect who had returned from Switzerland recently, had managed to escape Police custody when he was admitted to the Jaffna Hospital. The protestors accused that it was with the help of Tamilmaran that the suspect had escaped. Tamilmaran denied the accusations saying that he had nothing to do with […]

Lanka student finds green way to tackle oil spills

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A 24-year-old Sri Lankan post-graduate student in Chemistry at the University of Maryland USA, has discovered an agent which will clear oil spills in the sea without damaging the aquatic environment. The student, Jasmin Athas, working under the supervision of Professor Srinivasa Raghavan, an alumnus of IIT Madras, found that a mixture of two food-grade molecules, Lecithin and Tween 80, is an effective emulsifier and is able to disperse crude oil in sea water. In a paper published in July 2014 in Langmuir, the journal of the American Chemical Society, Athas reports that Lecithin and Tween 80, blended in a 60:40 ratio to create smaller droplets of oil than current dispersants like Corexit 9500A. The L and T combine allows for more efficient dispersion, Athas […]

Business community stages hartal in North

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Swiss national arrested over killing Vidhya remanded Swiss national named Mahalingam Sasikumar was arrested according to the complaint lodged by the businessman Thuwarageswaran and suspect was arrested while at Wellawatte on Tuesday………………..  READ ALL Business community stages hartal in North The business community in the North staged a hartal today to protest against the alleged rape and killing of 18-year-old Pungudutivu Maha Vidyalaya student in Jaffna. Shops in Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna Districts put up shutters and the businessmen joined the hartal campaign. Three wheeler operators in the Vavuniya and Jaffna districts also joined the hartal……………..  READ ALL 130 people remanded over Jaffna clash The Jaffna Magistrate today remanded 130 people till June 3 over the violence which erupted in Jaffna yesterday. The police had […]

Jaffna rises against rape- 9 suspects arrested

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Jaffna rises against rape- 9 suspects arrested By Chandrasena Marasinghe, Madawa Kulasuriya (Vavuniya) and Mirudhula Thambiah Jaffna residents protested opposite the Jaffna Courts complex yesterday (20) demanding the death sentence for all those responsible for the rape and murder of 18-year-old Sivaloganaadan Vithiya, a student of the Jaffna Kayts Punkuduthivu Maha Vidyalaya. The angry demonstration was unleashed on the streets leading to the Court before the suspects were driven into the Court premises. One of the suspects was arrested whilst in hiding in Wellawatte, Colombo. Police Anti-Riot Squad personnel had to use tear gas to disperse the protesters who attempted to clash with Police who had cordoned off the area surrounding the Courts complex, by attempting forcible entry into the Courts Complex. Two vehicles parked inside the Courts […]

Truths of Civil War Key to Harmony in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena set the right tone for the sixth anniversary of the end of the civil war in the island nation when he said that the truth of what happened in the conflict needed to be established and justice delivered. He was unequivocal when he said, “We were all happy when the war ended. But can we be happy with the developments post-war? We were not able to win hearts and minds of the people. The true reconciliation could only be achieved by winning hearts and minds.” This kind of a statement was unthinkable until a few months ago when Mahinda Rajapaksa was in full command in Colombo. He celebrated the end of the war as “Victory Day” for five years, while […]

Ruwan rejects Mahinda’s claims on LTTE flag

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State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena today rejected allegation made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a group of opposition Members of Parliament who had stated that the LTTE flag was hoisted in parts of the North at a time when the nation commemorated the sixth year of defeating separatist LTTE terrorism. The Ministry of Defence quoted Wijewardena as saying that reports received from intelligence agencies stated that no such incident were staged in the Northern or Eastern Provinces. Wijewardena said the rumours are being spread by certain persons with vested interests. “No incidents of this nature had been reported from the region and this reflects the disapproval of the people of the North and East in the resurgence of terrorism, states the State Minister. […]

Lanka’s domestic war crimes probe to get underway next month

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RELATED NEWS Sri Lanka’s ex-President Rajapaksa vows political return Sri Lanka’s Health Minister to challenge President Rajapaksa Rajapaksa, family may face anti-corruption probe in Sri Lanka Rajapaksa, family reported to Sri Lanka anti-graft watchdog Sri Lanka’s new govt to probe Rajapaksa’s ‘coup’ bid:spokesman Sri Lanka will begin next month its domestic probe into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of decades-long war with the LTTE to meet the UN deadline, President Maithripala Sirisena said today. “We will start the work of the local mechanism by next month,” he said.The probe would be conducted in line with the local laws, Sirisena told reporters. Sirisena said that his government would welcome UN Human Rights Council guidance on its own mechanism. “The guilty would be […]

Violent protests break out in Sri Lanka over alleged rape, murder of school girl

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COLOMBO, May 20 (Xinhua) — Over 120 people were arrested by Sri Lankan police on Wednesday after violent clashes erupted between protestors and the police outside a northern court over the alleged gang rape and murder of a school girl. Police were forced to use tear gas to disperse the violent protestors who were demanding the highest punishment be meted out to the nine suspects who were arrested by police over the incident. The protestors were also demanding the suspects be handed over to them. Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunesekare told Xinhua that six police officers were injured in the clash. “The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to carry out the investigations into this incident. The protestors are […]

Probe continues over alleged coup attempt

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The Government today said that it was still investigating allegations of an alleged coup attempt during the January 8 Presidential Elections. President Maithripala Sirisena said that in his opinion there was no ‘conspiracy’ but some sort of discussion had taken place in an attempt to prevent the new government from taking power. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had filed a police complaint alleging that former President Mahinda Rajapakse and some members of his government had attempted to stage a coup by using the military and the police. Rajapakse however denied the claims and said that the discussion held at Temple Trees was only to ensure a smooth transfer of power to the new President. “The investigations into this incident are still continuing,” President Sirisena said. He said […]

‘The truth and not justice against the racist’ – Nelson Mandela and Tamil Chief Minister Wigneshwaren

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Maithri’s or Wiggy’s approach? President Maithripala Sirisena speaking at the ‘Ranaviru Commemoration Parade 2015’ held in Matara on Tuesday said that the reconciliation proce… Naming and Shaming Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister and TNA politico C. V. Wigneswaran made a statement when he went to pay his respects to the war dead … Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister and TNA politico C. V. Wigneswaran made a statement when he went to pay his respects to the war dead at Mullivaikkal, Mullaitivu on Monday (18 May). It was at Mullivaikkal that LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s body was found and where the LTTE fought its last battle. He said that Tamils don’t want to punish the perpetrators, but they are only seeking the truth about what transpired. […]