10th May 2016

Sri Lankan President Maithiri in London

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President Maithripala Sirisena and the delegation will leave for London tomorrow (11th May) early morning to take part in the “Anti-Corruption Summit -2016” to be held in London on Thursday (12th May). The Summit commenced under the patronage of the British Prime Minister David Cameron is scheduled to be addressed by the President Sirisena. Bilateral discussions will be held between the PM Cameron and the Sri Lanka President Sirisena after summit. On Friday (13th May) the Sri Lankan delegation will depart from London for New Delhi for a two-day official visit in India.

Tamils in UK urged to back Constitutional reforms process

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Tamils in London have been urged to support the Constitutional reforms process currently underway in Sri Lanka. Parliamentarian and a member of the Sub-Committee in the Constitutional Assembly, Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, said that it will be impossible and unrealistic to expect all aspirations and demands of everyone to be met when the new Constitution is drafted. “There have to be compromises,” he said.  Wickramaratne was speaking at a forum organised by the Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka (NRTSL) in London. ‘We have to recognise that the process of constitution reform currently taking place in Sri Lanka may not result in the ‘best constitution for Sri Lanka’, but we have to aim it to be the ‘best constitution for Sri Lanka in the context of the current […]

Society Sri Lanka man caught in bid to travel to Canada with fake IDs

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Taipei, May 10 (CNA) A Sri Lanka national has been caught attempting to travel to Canada via Taiwan using fake Canadian identification cards, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Tuesday. The 24-year-old man was discovered by immigrant agents at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport late Monday to be holding a fake Canadian permanent resident card when he was waiting for a transit flight to Toronto, the agency said. A fake Canadian citizenship card, health card and driver’s license were seized from his luggage after a search, according to the NIA. When questioned by the immigration agents, the man said he was a truck driver in Sri Lanka and was planning to work in Canada, where the pay is much better. He disclosed that a human trafficking […]

CAN’T MPs BE MORE RESPONSIBLE?

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Last week, Minister of Education, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, told Parliament that Opposition MPs should demonstrate the same eagerness and energy they showed during last Tuesday’s clash when attending to official parliamentary matters. The statement was made by the minister subsequent to the absence of MPs from the Opposition who had tabled a question. The minister went on to say that Members of Parliament from the Opposition would attend Parliament in their numbers if there was a dispute in the House, but failed to be present to raise questions and address issues on behalf of the masses during the Oral Questions Sessions in Parliament. Acts of this nature raise the very simple question of whether parliamentarians are doing their jobs properly. They are elected by the […]

The Sad Story Of Widows In The North

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At a time the blazing sun’s heat was boiling the still waters of Nandikadal lagoon situated in the South Eastern part of mullaitivu, we arrived at Salewaraji’s residence. Through the walls of her shabby and small house, dark shadows of a sad past were thoroughly visible. “During the height of war my husband and three off my children were killed by shell fire. Now with the remaining three children I have been compelled to make a living with utmost difficulty” she said. 47 year old Salevaraji (assumed name) who lives in Kapopilaw, Mullaitiu, along with her three children had lived in IDP camps for over two and a half years after the end of war. During the war her husband had provided for the family […]

Panama Papers reveals names of Sri Lankans with offshore accounts

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has revealed the names of 65 Sri Lankans with offshore accounts as part of the controversial Panama Papers investigation. Three offshore entities, seven intermediaries and 53 address in Sri Lanka have also been exposed in the offshore leaks database. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has published a searchable database that strips away the secrecy of nearly 214,000 offshore entities created in 21 jurisdictions, from Nevada to Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands. The data, part of the Panama Papers investigation, is the largest ever release of information about offshore companies and the people behind them. This includes, when available, the names of the real owners of those opaque structures. The database also displays information about more […]

Sri Lankan individuals revealed in Panama Papers

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ECONOMYNEXT – The names of several Sri Lanka domiciled individuals, including Nissanka Senadhipathi of Avant Garde, have been disclosed in the Panama Papers released on the Internet on Monday. According to documents leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, Senadhipathi incorporated an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands with three others. The four shareholders of the Avant Garde offshore operation are Yapa Hetti Pathirannahalage Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathi, Senerath Bandara Dissanayake, Prasanna Athanasius Sirimevan Rajaratne and Y. H. P. Kithsiri Manjula Kumara Yapa. It was Mossack Fonseca’s Singapore operation that helped Avant Garde set up its offshore operation in the British Virgin Islands. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake announced last week that the government was setting up a special panel to chase after nationals likely to […]

Sri Lankan would-be migrants returned by Australia ‘may be’ in detention

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Sri Lankan’s Government has confirmed 12 would-be migrants sent back to Colombo by Australia last week are currently in the hands of its Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The country’s Immigration and Emigration Department told the ABC the group Australia sent back last week are all members of the majority Sinhalese ethnicity, and insists they are all being treated properly. Yesterday Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed recent reports that a boat carrying 12 Sri Lankans had reached the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean, north-west of the Australian mainland. Mr Dutton also said the Government’s assertion it has stopped the boats remained accurate, becausethe dozen on board were sent back to Colombo last week. “We were able to successfully return those 12 people, which included men […]

Promises Made, Promises Kept – The First Instalment!

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by Emil van der Poorten I have, often, been accused of pillorying the current government and not giving it time to live up to the promises made at the time it was seeking to be elected to run this country. Well, here’s an acknowledgement of the efforts of one MP (and Cabinet Minister) Mr. Haleem who appears to have begun living up to at least one of his promises. I am submitting three photographs with this piece which I hope the editors will publish together with the script because I believe in the old adage about “a picture speaking a thousand words!” Just prior to the last general election in January 2015 the “locals,” myself included, organised a “Pocket meeting” to greet the UNP candidate […]