9th January 2016

Feltham girl seeks donations to fund volunteer trip to Sri Lanka

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Emma Worley, 18, who is studying Psychology at university is preparing to go on a life-changing journey to aid trauma victims abroad A youngster from Feltham needs your generosity to embark on a charitable journey to help trauma sufferers in Sri Lanka in the summer. Emma Worley of Elizabeth Way in Feltham, former student at Feltham Community Collegewho achieved two A*s and an A at A-level, is now a first year student studying Psychology at University of York. The 18-year-old has secured a placement with SLV, a charitable scheme which offers students and graduates work experience in Sri Lanka but needs your help to raise £2,400 to fund the volunteering trip. During her five week trip she will be living with a local family, and […]

Rajapaksa’s Reveals Intention Of Forming New Racist ”Party Of The Sinhala People”

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared yesterday that a new ‘party of the people’ should be formed as an alternative to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Speaking to the media before leaving the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry, Rajapaksa reminded that a statement by his brother former President Mahinda Rajapaksa,  said that the ‘Good Governance’ group had ‘captured’ the SLFP. Therefore, a new ‘party of the people’ should be formed, he added. Since independence from British SLFP a Sinhala political party frequently used the Racist card and used discrimination on Tamils to gain Sinhala votes to stay in power, last year has joined the UNP to implement a political package giving some rights to the all the minority in the Sri Lanka due to pressure from UN. […]

Wigneswaran To Meet NPC Members To Resolve Differences

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A special meeting is to be held on 11th January, between members of Tamil National Alliance in Northern Provincial Council and the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council C. V. Wigneswaran. The meeting will be held to discuss about the dispute between Wigneswaran and members of the local council. Council members are to report their opinions and suggestions in the meeting.  TNA members had planned to table a low confidence motion against Wigneswaran’s move to set up a new front against the TNA.

CID ordered to seek int’l help

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By Ishara Ratnakara The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was directed on Thursday to seek international assistance in further analysing the CCTV footage obtained by them in connection with the murder of Rugby player Mohammed WasimThajudeen. When the case was taken up, the CID informed court that four DVDs and a CD were handed over to the IT faculty of Colombo University and analysis report had been obtained. However, the CID further noted that the analysis report by Colombo University indicated that the footage was unclear and told court that the CCTV footage be sent for international analysis. Accordingly, to ascertain answers to questions such as, who travelled in the vehicle with Thajudeen prior to his murder? What vehicles followed the vehicle Thajudeen was travelling in? […]

Two more military men to be arrested

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By Premalal Wijeratne The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is expected to shortly apprehend two more Army personnel allegedly linked to the abduction of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. A senior intelligence officer told Ceylon Today that information leading to his arrest was gleaned in interrogations of the six Army personnel being held in custody pending completion of a probe into the… ….abduction and disappearance of Ekneligoda. They have also divulged information identifying the names and whereabouts of two other Army men involved in the abduction/disappearance whose arrests are imminent. The CID has also received information about a lieutenant who is alleged to have been instrumental in Ekneligoda’s abduction and taking him to the Girithale Army Camp. More significant information concerning Ekneligoda’s disappearance has also been uncovered in the […]

Sri Lanka urged to enact laws to criminalise enforced disappearances

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka should move to enact laws to criminalise enforced disappearances now that the island has signed an international United Nations convention, the UN envoy in Colombo said. The new government is taking steps towards fulfilling Sri Lanka’s reporting obligations under several UN treaties, said Subinay Nandy, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Sri Lanka. In 2015, Sri Lanka submitted a number of periodic reports, including the report due under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was prepared with the support of the UN, he said at an event to mark President Maithripala Sirisena’s first year in office. “We look forward to continuing to support you to fulfill outstanding treaty obligations,” Nandy said. He noted that the new government […]