17th November 2016

Lanka Tamils willing to accommodate Muslims: TNA leader

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Sri Lanka’s minority Tamil community is willing to accommodate the wishes of Tamil-speaking Muslims and resettle them in the north as part of the new constitutional process, the leader of the opposition told Parliament today. R Sampanthan, who heads the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), said his party was prepared to work with the government to address the issues faced by Tamils and Tamil-speaking people. He urged the government to resettle displaced Muslims in the north. The LTTE in 1990, as part of their policy of ethnic cleansing, had evicted Tamil Muslims from Jaffna. The Jaffna Tamils were settled in displaced camps in the northwestern region of Puttalam. Sampanthan said there is a feeling among Muslims that Tamils do not want them in the north. “We […]

Australia and UK open new Visa Application Centre in Colombo

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The High Commissioners of Australia and the UK to Sri Lanka formally inaugurated VFS Global’s new Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Colombo today.   The new VAC is located in Arnold Ratnayake Mawatha and offers customers a larger application centre and more appointments slots, a joint statement said.  This will make the process of applying for UK and Australian visas quicker and easier for customers. The VAC will be open Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 2.00pm.  The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said: “Our local partner, VFS Global, has opened this new Visa Application Centre for applicants for British visas in response to increasing demand for visit visas. “We continue to make improvements to the visa service. This year we have […]

Sri Lanka says no deadline to address allegations on war

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COLOMBO, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) — The Sri Lankan government, on Thursday, said it is not under any pressure from the international community to address concerns related to the war. Minister Lakshman Kiriella said the international community has accepted the efforts being taken by the Government to address the issues at hand. He said for three years Sri Lanka was on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and was discussed for over an hour but now only 15 minutes is allocated for the country since improvements have been seen on the human rights issue. “Sri Lanka was once on the verge of an economic embargo. But now the international community has accepted the path we are taking is the right path,” he […]

Sri Lankan HC to UK presents credentials to Queen Elizabeth II

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Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Amari Mandika Wijewardene presented her Letter of Credentials to Queen Elizabeth II on 15 November 2016 at a ceremonial event held at the Buckingham Palace. High Commissioner Wijewardene, who was escorted to the Buckingham Palace, accompanied by four other Sri Lankan diplomats, by traditional horse carriages of the Royal Mews, had a very cordial discussion with Her Majesty The Queen. High Commissioner Wijewardene extended the warmest felicitations of President Maithripala Sirisena to Queen Elizabeth II. They discussed the deep rooted bilateral relationship and the importance of strengthening the friendship between the two countries. Following the presentation of credentials, a vin d’honneur was held at the High Commission of Sri Lanka […]

Prime Minister Theresa May announces the establishment of Lycahealth’s healthcare centre in Chennai

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British Prime Minister Theresa May have announced the establishment of Westminster Healthcare, a project of Lycahealth in Chennai, India during her first visit outside Europe to India; it indicates the UK government‘s intent to establish stronger trade and investment ties between the two countries post Brexit. LycaHealth, a part of the Lyca Group of Companies, is developing a £15 million Imaging, Diagnostics, Day-care and Outpatients Healthcare facility opening soon in Chennai, India, to be known as Westminster Healthcare. This state of the art healthcare centre will provide patients with services of the highest standard. Westminster Healthcare, India’s first Health Design build, is preparing for launch early next year. Situated in the heart of the city of Chennai, the facility has a 70,000 sq. ft. footprint. […]

TNA demands foreign judges in accountability process

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today demanded that foreign judges be included in the accountability process over the war. TNA Parliamentarian S. Sritharan said that only international participation in the accountability process can ensure transparency and justice. “The President has told Meera Srinivasan of The Hindu in an interview that he will not agree to foreign judges. Then how can we expect justice?” Sritharan asked while speaking in Parliament today. The President had said in the interview that he had told the international community he cannot accept any proposal that allows foreign judges to probe Sri Lanka’s domestic matters. Sritharan said the Tamils cannot accept war crimes being investigated by those accused of committing the war crimes.  The Parliamentarian said the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) had […]

Sri Lanka says investigating military links to Jaffna violence

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The Opposition has alleged that Gotabhaya created the group with the involvement of elements from the army in the northern district. Sri Lankan government on Tuesday said it has launched a probe into the alleged involvement of army with a terror gang that has unleashed violence in Tamil-dominated Jaffna, the epicentre of the civil war which ended in 2009. Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament that a former army man was among those arrested in connection with the latest wave of violence to hit Jaffna. Watch What Else Is Making News Cash Crunch: Farmers Can Draw Rs 25,000 Per Week Against Crop Loans “Among those arrested for involvement with this group was an ex-army man. He had left the army and worked with the […]

Tension Mounts As Batticaloa Buddhist Monk wants a Buddhist Temple everyware a Bo tree is grows (even in a Hindus private land).

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Police intervened once again when Batticaloa Buddhist monk Ampitiye Sumanarathana encroached into a private land where a Bo tree is and attempted to erect a Buddhist Temple. The Monk claimed the Bo tree on the Badulla-Senkallady Road, Pankudaveli area was a place of Buddhist worship and has historical evidence. Tension mounted as he arrived with many Sinhalese in vehicles. Tamils also arrived as the land was owned by a Tamil. Apparently, the monk attempted to encroach this particular land and he was restrained with a court order. However he returned to the same land wanting to build a temple on November 16. When the matter was informed to TNA MP Viyalendiran Sathasivam, he informed the police and arrived to the spot immediately. Police warned that no one […]

Immediately Detain Sri Lanka’s National Intelligence Chief: Diaspora Tamils Tell Swiss Authorities

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Tamil Diaspora organisations have today called on the Swiss authorities to immediately detain and prevent Director of Sri Lanka’s Centre for National Intelligence, Sisira Mendis from leaving Switzerland until there is a thorough investigation into the serious charges of torture against him. Sisira Mendis Sisira Mendis is currently in Geneva as part of a delegation to defend the government of Sri Lanka’s adherence to the Convention Against Torture before the UN Committee Against Torture. “According to the report of the UN’s OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka, Mr. Mendis had command responsibility over police units known to routinely practice torture during the final period of the Sri Lankan civil war.” the BTF said in a statement. “While USTPAC and BTF are encouraged by the government of Sri […]

Would Government let to light Lamps for the dead Tamil Heroes? : MP Sridharan

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“If the government says to pay tribute to the Tamil heroes on November 27th as it is Tamil Heroes Day and to light lamp on their grave stones, we can expect a remarkable change in this Good governance. But my question is, if the government would do so?” said MP Sridharan. He stated the above when he participated and delivered the initial speech in the debate on the second reading of the 2017 budget. He also stated the names of the Tamil heroes who did surrender themselves to the Sri Lankan Army and questioned about their situation, what happened to them and so on. He urged the Government to respond in this matter to the families of the missing Tamil Heroes. He also questioned from the […]

War on Tamils still continuing led by Buddhist Monks : MP Sritharan

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In the north and eastern regions the war against Tamil people are still continuing by military and establishing Buddha statues by Buddhist communities said the Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian S.Sritharan in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday). Citing some of the recent incidents which held in the country and he further said, In the current Constitution, the priority is given to Buddhism. If the same priority given in the new constitution the country will face big Calamity. To avoid this, constitution must change by the Government. Otherwise the establishments of Buddha statues in Tamil areas and threat to the Tamil people cannot be avoid. So the government must consider about this matter very seriously he said. – See more at: http://athavaneng.com/?p=262904#sthash.fkNVsJxg.dpuf

Sri Lanka Government cannot ignore UN resolution – M.A. Sumanthiran

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The Sri Lanka government cannot escape from implementing UN resolution imposed on Sri Lanka even if the Donald Trump’s administration does not support, said TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran. Addressing at a book launching ceremony in Kilinochchi on Monday (Nov 14), Mr. Sumanthiran said even if the USA withdraws its support, the SL government has to obey to other 47 member countries of the UN. Commenting on the criticisms on Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan’s statement saying it could be able to solve the problems of Tamil people by the end of 2016, he said the interim report of the new constitution will reveal what steps would be taken through constitution on 19th of November. The second interim report which consists of the matters of devolution and […]

How would Trump presidency affect Sri Lanka

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 few months ago, it could have been treated as a cynical joke, but now Donald Trump is the President of the world’s most powerful democracy. His hate-filled and polarizing campaign has left deep scares in America, it would be a long time before they would be healed. Elsewhere, world leaders, still recuperating from the daylight shock of his upset victory are gradually resigning to the disturbing prospect that America would be a less dependable ally in the future. Mr Trump’s foreign policy is as obscure as smoggy air in New Delhi these days. Most of his foreign policy snippets were announced through tweets and off the cuff remarks to the media. He has threatened to disavow collective security responsibility of NATO and pull out troops […]

Basil on American intervention during final phase of war: “We should no longer be subservient to the US”

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US tried possible intervention during the final stage of war    US tried to block IMF assistance  Support of India was crucial in ending the war  China always stood by us, came forward in post-war development efforts  In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who was actively involved in handling foreign affairs on certain matters during the previous regime, shared his thoughts on the US intervention during the final stage of war, the role of India as well as current politics. Excerpts of the interview:  Q  How do you view the outcome of the US presidential election?  We should look at it in a broad context where internationalism is superseded by nationalism as a global trend. This is seen […]