19th June 2015

GTF Has No Mandate To Speak On Behalf Of Tamil Diaspora: TGTE

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has no mandate to speak on behalf of the rest of the Diaspora, says the senate of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Sending an advisory note to the TGTE parliament its senate made the remarks above on the recent London talks. We publish below the TGTE Senate Advisory in full; Following is a broad summary of suggestions and comments made by various members of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Senate on the recent talks in London between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Global Tamil Forum (GTF), ostensibly for developing ‘confidence building measures between all communities within and outside Sri Lanka’: Action Points: 1. We can’t afford to shift from our goal – which […]

‘Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora members want to return’

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While there might be some pro-LTTE elements among the diaspora, there are many persons who are very moderate, says SLFP leader Rajitha Senaratne. A “very big majority” of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora has been against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The community is eager to return to the country “as early as possible,” Rajitha Senaratne, Cabinet spokesperson and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)’s senior leader, said on Thursday. Responding to questions on the recent dialogue between the Global Tamil Forum and the Tamil National Alliance in London in which Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was also present, Dr. Senaratne said that while there might be some pro-LTTE elements among the diaspora, he knew from his interactions that there were many persons “who […]

Sri Lanka: A painful lesson abroad

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Carroll du Chateau’s enjoyable tour of Sri Lanka takes an unexpected medical detour. With a bit of help, the writer got to see the tea plantations of Sri Lanka despite injuring her leg on holiday. Photo / Alex Robertson It was the cobweb that worried me. Grey, dusty and long, it floated in the air-conditioned breeze of my private hospital room. Half an hour earlier I’d assured Visa’s crisp-sounding travel insurance assessor, and their medical expert, that yes, Kandy Hospital, in deepest Sri Lanka, was an excellent medical provider, eminently capable of delivering a general anaesthetic and stitching up my gashed leg. “It’s your decision, Ms du Chateau,” she had said. “Kandy Hospital’s not on our list of preferred medical providers, but if you’re satisfied […]

FM: Sri Lanka to dilute dependence on China

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China-Pak friendship cozier… US not amused Chinese President Xi Jinping who paid a two day visit to Pakistan, certifying his hosts’ commitment to fight terrorism, particularly by the ‘non-state actors’, could not have bargained for the Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announcing during his visit the successful test firing of its first indigenously developed missile named ‘Omar-1’………….READ ALL Iran sanctions likely to be lifted end June – US Embassy tells tea exporters Ceylon Finance Today: The US Embassy in Colombo has assured the Tea Exporters Association (TEA) that US government was hopeful that an agreement would be reached on the Iran nuclear issue by the end of June and that sanctions could be relaxed. This would allow Sri Lanka to overcome current problems with tea exports […]

NO Nomination for MR

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Maithri rejects concessions to MR at polls: Rajitha President Maithripala Sirisena has flatly rejected to grant any concession to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming election campaign, Cabinet spokesman and Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said today. Minister Senaratne told the weekly cabinet news briefing that President Sirisena categorically told the six-member committee appointed to mend fences among the two worrying factions that Mr. Rajapaksa did not qualify to be nominated as the Prime Ministerial candidate, in the national list or get nominations from the SLFP to contest the poll. – See more  NO Nomination for MR – Rajitha Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at the weekly Cabinet briefing yesterday (18) that President Maithripala Sirisena will not give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nomination from […]

Ghosts in Rajapaksa village

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By Mahesh Wijesuriya – Anuradhapura There is great fear among the people of the Rajapaksa village, Thambuttegama, due to unnatural images of a woman, a man and a girl of about 14 years of age, dressed in white, appearing in the village. Several people who have got scared subsequent to seeing these ghostly, unnatural images, have been treated with rituals. Grama Niladhari Ashoka Dharmakeerthi in charge of Thulana said that the residents of the village had summoned ‘spiritualists’ (Huniyam kaarayao) to the stretch of fields in the Rajapaksa village where these images appear, and have arranged to have rituals conducted to exorcise them. A 50-year-old woman named M. G. Indrawathie of Rajapaksa village who does not consume any meat or ever believed in ghosts, and was […]

The spirit of the Magna Carta needs revival

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When was the Magna Carta signed? A Brit asked this question from an American friend during a business lunch at a New York restaurant. When the American shook his head in ignorance, displaying the average American’s trouble with history, the Brit, with his nose in the air, said twelve fifteen. The American looked at his watch and said, “Oh, I missed it by 15 minutes.” If this is a quotable joke, what happened in 2012 was a public embarrassment for British Prime Minister David Cameron.  When US talk show host David Letterman asked Cameron when the Magna Carta was signed, a confident Cameron replied: “1215, on an island in the Thames.”  Well, it was pointed out to him that Runnymede where it was signed was […]

US offers funding to promote accountability

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The United States has offered funds to organisations to conduct programs which will will support promoting reconciliation and advancing transparency and accountability in Sri Lanka. The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) at the US State Department said that approximately $750,000 will be made available for the project. DRL’s goal is to facilitate cooperation across religious and ethnic lines to advance reconciliation so that all citizens of Sri Lanka can live with each other in peace. The bureau seeks proposals that will create opportunities for religious and ethnic groups to come together to promote reconciliation through cross-community communication and initiatives. DRL said that program approaches should not be limited to dialogues; activities should include concrete actions to foster inter-community trust and collaboration. The use of traditional […]

Canada says Lanka fostering pluralistic government

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The Canadian Government says Sri Lanka has an opportunity to reap the economic benefits of a peace dividend by fostering a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government. The Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka said thag Sri Lanka is actively seeking to strengthen exports, and the Government of Canada has called for increased efforts to conduct bilateral trade between the two countries. The High Commission of Canada in Sri Lanka today said it was pleased to announce the partnership between Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) and the Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka aimed at enhancing EDB’s capacity to assist small and medium sized Sri Lankan exporters to make further inroads into the lucrative Canadian market. TFO Canada’s activities under this agreement are financed by […]

UK envoy hails Lanka’s first Chevening CRISP Fellows

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British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, met Sri Lanka’s first Chevening CRISP Fellows Dilan Fernando and Shehani Gomes before they left for the UK to pursue their special course of study. CRISP (Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Scholarship Programme) is a Chevening Fellowship programme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Rolls-Royce, which provides funding for a three month tailor-made course in the Said Business School (SBS) at Oxford University. The programme is aimed specifically at mid-career professionals working in the fields of science, innovation, business and related public administration. This year the CRISP programme has been extended to cover Sri Lanka, as part of the UK’s commitment to supporting Sri Lanka build a stable and prosperous country. Sri Lanka’s very […]