9th October 2016

Canada will Celebrate January as Tamil Heritage Month from 2017 Onwards

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Come January, when Tamils around the world will celebrate Thai Pongal, the whole of Canada will celebrate it as Tamil Heritage Month. Festivities for the inaugural Tamil Heritage Month across Canada will commence in January 2017, which coincides with the Canada 150 celebrations. The House of Commons of the Canadian Parliament unanimously adopted a motion in this regard earlier this week, much to the delight of the strong Tamil community there. The motion was moved by Canadian politician of Tamil origin, Gary Anandasangaree, MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park constituency, and it was discussed in the House in May and September. In an indication of the special place that the community has among the people, parliamentarians from all major political parties spoke in favour of the motion, […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Placed Under Surveillance by the same Intelligence Services Commanded by the Ex-Def Secy Earlier

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by Shamindra Ferdinando Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that intelligence services had been relentlessly pursuing him. Rajapaksa maintained that intelligence services had checked on his movements and also inquired from various hotels information pertaining to his visits and those with him. The war veteran told The Island that he couldn’t see any justifiable reason to keep him under surveillance as he didn’t pose a threat whatsoever to national security. “I believe they have far more important assignments than to follow me,” Rajapaksa said, urging the government not to engage in silly games. Asked whether he felt threatened by government actions, Rajapaksa emphasized that those who had been inquiring about his movements could be briefed regularly. “I have nothing to hide from those now […]

Ex Dictator Rajapaksha call Maithiri a Dictator

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By Our Political Editor * Hard-hitting attack on alleged traitors in his Cabinet; they carried out a conspiracy with foreign collaboration; one minister threatened to bring thousands of monks to the streets *Accuses present administration of messing up the economy, corruption and witch-hunt against Rajapaksa loyalists continuing The rustic mansion along Colombo’s Gregory’s Road, a stone’s throw away from the British High Commission, has been home for some of Sri Lanka’s colourful personalities of recent times. It was the official residence for one of the country’s illustrious Foreign Ministers, the late Lakshman Kadirgamar. Maithripala Sirisena, the then Minister of Health, lived there after the assassination of Kadirgamar in 2005. He continued to remain there for many months after being elected President in January last year. […]

Establishing relation between Scotland Police to strengthen the course for training trainers.

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A conference was held between the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Pujith Jayasudara and a group of representatives of Scotland Police, including Superintendent of Police, Mr. Mark Francis Anderson at 11.30 (today) on 07.10.2016 at IG’s Conference Hall, Police Headquarters. This conference was held with the idea of strengthening relation between Scotland Police regarding the training courses on management of public peace. Accordingly, steps will be taken to strengthen the course for training trainers. Many high ranking police officers including Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police  Administration, Mr. C. D. Wickramarathne and Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police, Special Task Force, International Relational, Recruitment and Training, Mr. M. R. Latiff participated in this occasion.  

Northern Sports fiesta concludes with more questions than answers

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The 42nd National Sports Festival conducted by the Ministry of Sports was concluded in Jaffna last week while once again raising many questions over several shortcomings. The Games concluded with the organisers providing an assurance that they would put up a better performance at the next event.  However, this has been the same old story that the Sports Ministry officials have been commenting on since the inaugural Sports Festival was staged in 1970. But sadly, every year the organisers tend to commit the same blunders and they continue with the promises that they would improve at the next event. The main reason for this is because the top officials in the Sports Ministry are lacking in professional experience and not having handled major sports events previously. […]

Madras HC Says NO To film Portraying Sri Lankan War Crimes by Rajapaksha!

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Isaipriya ‘Raped’ and Killed by Sri Lankan Army, says Channel 4 video … Raping and Murdering Your Way Into War Crime Court ‘Indisputable … WARCRIMES: Tamil actress Isaipriya Raped and killed by Lankan … The Madras High Court has upheld an order of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which had refused to grant certification to a feature film in Tamil directed by K. Ganeshan, titled Porkalathil Oru Poo, portraying the life of a journalist named Isai Priya in Sri Lanka. By allowing a temporary injunction application preferred by the relatives of Isai Priya, Justice TS Sivagnanam also restrained the director and producer of the film from releasing the film. New Footage Showing The Murder of Isaipriya by Sri Lankan Army … Shocking war video […]

Asylum seeker who ‘wanted to suicide bomb train’ told by worker ‘you’re not getting on without a ticket’

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Sureshkumar Thurairajah, 44, had approached a rail worker, telling him: “I want to suicide bomb the train” He urged the judge to impose a sentence of less than 12 months, as he intends to appeal against his deportation, which is automatic if jailed for a year or more. An asylum seeker who said he wanted to ‘ suicide bomb ‘ a train was calmly told by a worker that he couldn’t get on without a ticket. Sureshkumar Thurairajah, 44, wore a bulging anorak zipped up to his neck and a baseball cap covering part of his face at Liverpool’s Lime Street Station. When asked if he had a ticket at the underground station ’s barriers he told Merseyrail worker David Evans: “I want to suicide […]

PM expects inquiries since January 2009 into Lasantha, Ekneligoda , Wasim killings to conclude soon?

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his New Zealand counterpart John Key at the news conference they gave in Auckland last week. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expects the investigations into the murders of journalists Lasantha Wickremetunga (on January 8 2009) and Prageeth Ekneligoda (on January 24, 2010) and national ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen (on May 17, 2012) to be completed  by the end of next month. Senior journalist and Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga was killed while he was on his way to work on January 8 2009, by four armed assassins riding motorcycles. Prageeth Ekneligoda a political cartoonist went missing on January 24, 2010 and is yet to be found. He is widely believed to have been abducted and killed by Mahinda’s Government forces who were abducting and killing any one who opposed the […]