8th June 2015

Following UK meet, funds to be sought for housing

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Following the meeting held between the Government, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in London, it has been decided to seek funds to build houses for the war displaced families. A joint statement by TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran and Suren Surendiran, Director of Strategic Initiatives and spokesman of the GTF, said that informal talks were held over the last two days in London with various stakeholders to enhance confidence building measures between all communities within and outside Sri Lanka. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera was also present, the statement said. The joint statement said that the need for constructive engagement by the Sri Lankan Diaspora was discussed, including the needs of displaced people. It was agreed that a further meeting will […]

Will The Next UN SG Be A Woman From Eastern Europe?

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By S. V. Kirubaharan – The United Nations consist of 195 states, including two observer states. There are independent states which are not members of the UN due to various political reasons. Only member states have the right to vote. So, the Vatican (Holy See) and Palestine, who have observer status, cannot vote. Since the UN was established in 24 October 1945, it has practiced regional rotation for high profile jobs, including the post of the UN Secretary General – SG. UN member countries are categorized into five Regional groups – African Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC), Western European and Others Group (WEOG) and Eastern European Group. Except WEOG, all other regional groups consist of countries within their region. But in […]

Tamil Diaspora Group Calls On Sri Lanka To Establish A ‘Ministry For Overseas Sri Lankan Affairs’

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A Tamil diaspora group urged the Sri Lankan Government to establish a ‘Ministry for Overseas Sri Lankan affairs’. The Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka (NRTSL) a group lobbying to promote the interests of Non-Resident Tamils of Sri Lankan origin in the UK organised a event to launch their cause on the 31st of May 2015. This event took place at the Barn Hill Community Centre, Hayes, Middlesex. The meeting was chaired by the interim Chairman of the association V. Sivalingam. Barry Gardiner MP was also present. Following is the text of the speech by one of its founder members, Shanthan Thamba, outlining the objectives of the organisation.   Good Evening! Our guest of honour Right honourable Barry Gardener MP Friends, Ladies and gentlemen First of all I […]

TNA – GTF London Meeting To Enhance Confidence Building Measures: Joint Statement

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“The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) continued their informal dialogue over the last two days in London with various stakeholders to enhance confidence building measures between all communities within and outside Sri Lanka.” say TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran and GTF spokesperson Suren Surendiran Issuing a joint statement today they said; “The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mangala Samaraweera was also present.” “The need for constructive engagement by the Sri Lankan Diaspora was discussed, including the needs of displaced people. It was agreed that a further meeting will be called to present the requirements to various High Commissioners and Ambassadors based in Sri Lanka, with the aim to raise funds for housing of over two thousand families in these newly released […]

Solheim and Mangala hold talks in London

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Former Norwegian Peace envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim had talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in London yesterday. Solheim told the Colombo Gazette that the informal talks were aimed at sharing experiences on reconciliation related issues. He said that there were others who had also taken part in the discussions and a statement was expected to be released on the talks later. The former Norwegian Minister also denied reports that he had facilitated talks between Samaraweera and the Tamil diaspora in London. The participants at talks being held in the UK on Sri Lanka had yesterday strongly denied reports it had anything to do with the UN human rights report on Sri Lanka or on a political solution to the National issue. Foreign Minister Mangala […]

People want army out of North: Chief Minister Vigneswaran

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Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran said today the people in the North would be very happy if the armed forces were withdrawn from the Northern Province because of several allegations levelled against the army. He told a media briefing at the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDCB) head office where Public Order Minister John Amaratunga and NDCB Chairman Nilanga Samarasinghe held a discussion to educate the people on eradicating the drug menace that is taking root in the North. Mr. Vigneswaran called for an impartial investigation to ascertain whether the continued deployment of the army after the 30-year armed conflict had ended was a contributory factor in the introduction and distribution of narcotics drugs in the Northern Province. He said there was no such […]

‘DAN’ TV HEAD Kuganathan UNDER PROBE

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Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris yesterday allowed FCID to probe all the accounts of former Intelligence Chief, Kapila Gamini Hendawitharana who is accused of depositing money in foreign banks.In addition, all accounts of Executive Director of Dan TV, S.N. Kuganathan, who is accused of making money through illegal means with Hendawitharana, will also be probed. The FCID commenced investigations on Kuganathan after it was alleged that the Dan TV head has been depositing funds of Hendawitharana and several of his associates at financial institutions in Luxembourg from 2009. The Additional Magistrate also ordered FCID to investigate the incident in-depth and to report the progress on 2 July.

Mavai warns of a plot to divide Tamils

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Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah, of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) has revealed a plot by some elements who are distributing dollars among the Tamil community to divide them and to make a change in the current able leadership in the Tamil community. Mavai Senathirajah was speaking at a seminar held by the ITAK Trincomalee District branch on Saturday at New Silver Star Hotel. Eastern Province, Education and Resettlement Minister C. Thandayuthapani presided at the event. Mavai Senathirajah said those elements that did not assist the Tamil community after the end of the war has now come forward to spend several thousands of dollars to weaken the current leadership of the Tamil people by pumping out money. Tamil people should be […]

Asylum seekers should not be sent back to Sri Lanka yet, say religious leaders

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‘There are positive developments, but these are not signs everything is good and everything is democratic now,’ says Catholic priest Sri Lankan religious leaders say it is too early to send asylum seekers back to the country, despite the recent change of government. “My general view of the countries holding asylum seekers: please do not send them back immediately,” says Catholic priest and lawyer Fr Veerasan Yogeswaran. “There are positive developments. But at the same time these are not signs that everything is good and everything is democratic now.” Last month, Australia’s minister for immigration and border protection, Peter Dutton, visited Sri Lanka for the first time since the Rajapaksa regime was defeated in January’s presidential elections. Asylum seekers Australia returned to Sri Lanka say […]

Dayasiri pledges support to Maithiri

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Wayamba Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday said that he wouldn’t, under any circumstances, throw his weight behind on-going bring-back-Mahinda campaign. “I’m committed to President Maithripala Sirisena as well as the SLFP, therefore there’s no basis for speculation of my getting on the former President’s platform,” CM Jayasekera told The Island yesterday. Former UNP MP asserted that a section of the SLFP and some UPFA constituents had been engaged in a futile exercise to pave the way for the return of the former President at the expense of the SLFP. Emphasising that he had tirelessly campaigned for the former President at the last presidential election, CM Jayasekera said that elected representatives of the SLFP at all levels should now accept President Maithripala Sirisena’s leadership or […]

JPC seeks President’s help – Missing and murdered journalists

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JPC seeks President’s help – Missing and murdered journalists The Jaffna Press Club (JPC) has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to hold an impartial investigation into the murders and disappearances of Tamil media personnel in the recent years. In a letter addressed to the President the JPC has mentioned that several Tamil media personnel including media workers had been killed or disappeared particularly in the last two decades in the North and East as well as in Colombo. The JPC letter while welcoming President Sirisena’s initiative to conduct an investigation into the disappearance of Sinhalese cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda emphasized on the importance of investigating the murders and disappearances of Tamil media personnel from the North and East. The letter sent by the JPC to the President […]

An International War Crimes Tribunal is in the offing. Economic sanctions are on the horizon.

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Pro-Sirisena Bills Call For Unity to Face West Threats COLOMBO: Playing upon the fears of the majority Sinhalese, who are the main prop of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), a pro-Maithripala Sirisena pamphlet warns SLFP members that unless they unite under Sirisena, Sri Lanka will not be able to face the challenges thrown by the West in the form of economic sanctions and the setting up of an International War Crimes Tribunal to try members of the Lankan armed forces. The party is badly divided between the Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa factions. The Rajapaksa faction is bitterly opposed to Sirisena’s running a coalition government with the United National Party (UNP). On the threat from the West, the pamphlet says: “An International War Crimes Tribunal […]

Only 200 convicted Tigers, suspects in custody –govt

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In the wake of TNA, US call for release of remaining political prisoners By Shamindra Ferdinando Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC, yesterday said that those who had been in government custody were convicted members of the LTTE, suspected members of the group with indictments or cases pending and, therefore, the demand for the release of so-called political prisoners was irrelevant. Minister Rajapakshe insisted that thousands of LTTE cadres as well as those who had been apprehended during the conflict and in the immediate aftermath of the conclusion of the Vanni offensive had either been rehabilitated and set free or released through courts. The previous government held as many as 12,000 men, women and children in May 2009. The minister was responding to four-party Tamil National […]

British High Commissioner to meet SL business community

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 James Duaris To take part in the above Breakfast meeting, please contact the CBB Secretariat via 5588859 or 2421745. The newly appointed British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives James Duaris will meet the Sri Lankan business community at a breakfast meeting to be held on the 10th of June at the Hilton Residencies. The meeting which is facilitated by the Council for Business with Britain of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will enable the Sri Lankan corporate executives to get to know the new ambassador, introduce their companies to him and also share and exchange views for further development of trade between Sri Lanka and UK. Before taking over his latest assignment, His Excellency Dauris was the Ambassador to Peru. Before Peru, he […]