18th September 2016

Diplomatic mission for Tamil Eelam

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Diplomatic mission for Tamil Eelam As I pointed out at a media conference last Monday, Denmark had included Tamil Eelam as one of the countries in the world in a list from which visa applicants should choose their nationality. In response to our protest, the Danish government apologized and immediately withdrew the name from the list on Wednesday. Tamil Eelam had never been in existence in the world. No country has so far recognized Tami Eelam. If it is so, how was Tamil Eelam included in the list of countries? This is not unprecedented. Australia recently held a census via the internet. It had a list of countries to choose as the country of birth for the Australians. Tamil Eelam was in that list too. […]

BBC journalist wins £50,000 payout after failing to prioritise report on Prince George’s birth

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Telegraph Reporters http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/18/bbc-journalist-wins-50000-payout-after-failing-to-prioritise-rep/ 18 SEPTEMBER 2016 • 12:44PM A BBC journalist has won £50,000 in compensation after he was sacked for prioritising a report on Sri Lankan politics over the birth of Prince George. Chandana Keerthi Bandara, 57, lost his job as a producer on a BBC Sri Lankan news service, and sued the BBC for unfair dismissal and race discrimination. He had worked for the BBC for 18 years and had been a senior producer on the Sinhala service since 2000. Mr Bandara was in charge of publishing stories on July 23, 2013, the day after Prince George was born. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with newborn Prince George  CREDIT: DOMINIC LIPINSKI But he decided not to prioritise the royal birth story, partly, he […]

Anti LTTE Anandasangare urges President to release political prisoners

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Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Secretary General V Anandasangaree has written to President Maithripala Sirisena urging him to release all political prisoners. Anandasangaree said he doe not see any justifiable reason for their prolonged detention when it is clear that if charged for any specific offence hey could have by this time served the full period of sentence and gone free. “Once again I reiterate that immediate action should be taken in respect of the release of the Political Prisoners detained in our prisons, for lengthy periods without any trial, very many for untold reasons and hardly any for specific reasons. Many of them had been taken to courts a good number of times regularly and taken back to their prisons without facing any trial, for unjustifiable reasons […]

We are opposed to any type of Political Solution – Mahinda Group

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In the wake of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga calling for a Federal and Quasi-Secular Constitution for Sri Lanka, the joint opposition (JO) who are supporters of former president Mahinda Rajapaksha said it was totally opposed to ‘Federalism’  or any political solution as a means to resolving the national question. Sinhala hard liners and the JO parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardane who is a strong supporter of former president Mahinda Rajapaksha who plays racists card to come back to power said yesterday they met to discuss the issues concerning the country at large. He said the JO had noted the statements made by Ms. Kumaratunga call for a Federal and Quasi-Secular Constitution for Sri Lanka. “Federalism will result in the disintegration and partition of the country,” the […]

Speaking in Jaffna Ranil assures political solution

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking in Jaffna today, assured that his Government will work towards a political solution to resolve the National issue. The Prime Minister said that following the end of the war there was an expectation that the National issue will be resolved with the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Wickremesinghe noted that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had also promised to go beyond the 13th Amendment with “13 plus” but that was not to be. He said that the Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims faced several hardships since the National issue was not resolved. However he said the current cohabitation Government is determined to address the National issue. He also said that the concerns of the Tamils will also be addressed […]

TNA tells diaspora ‘don’t disturb Lankan process’

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Teargas spraying disrupts TNA Paris meeting: TNA tells diaspora ‘don’t disturb Lankan process’ A teargas attack that disrupted a Tamil diaspora meeting in Paris last week has prompted a call by the Tamil National Alliance leadership for the diaspora to refrain from violence that could disturb the on-going peace process in Sri Lanka. A senior Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian has called on radical elements in the Tamil Diaspora not to indulge in such violence because it would disturb the current moves for a political settlement of the ethnic conflict. TNA MP Mavai Senathiraja told the Sunday Observer yesterday that violence by elements within the global Tamil diaspora would not help a suitable atmosphere for the political dialogue under way. The TNA leader was reacting to […]

Wimal admits to mass grave in North

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Wimal admits to mass grave in North but rebuffed by Malwatte Mahanayake Mass grave In his efforts to convince the prelate of the necessity to stop the current government from changing the Constitution to allow an enquiry into the final phase of the war, former MP Wimal Weerawansa inadvertently let slip the location of a mass grave his former bosses – former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa – used to bury bodies from the end of the war. “For example,” the former MP told the devoutly attentive prelate, “a camp was moved out of Kilinochchi recently…Now that ground was what was used, during the end of the war, to bury the LTTE. Now there is the possibility they will dig up […]

Govt. Playing Into Hands of The Diaspora – Prasanna Ranatunga

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By Thushari Nathaniel Former Western Province Chief Minister and Joint Opposition Member of Parliament Prasanna Ranatunga says the government is playing into the hands of the Tamil Diaspora, and it will jeopardise the sovereignty of the country. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, he said that even the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s visit was part of the Diaspora agenda, and he was here only to ensure that the government keeps to the pledges that they made to them. Saying that for true reconciliation to take place both parties need to make a commitment to work towards it, he, however, pointed out that certain Tamil leaders especially in the NPC are making statements that they are not in favour of unity and that they […]