January 2017

Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Disillusionment with the Sirisena regime is running high, giving the Rajapaksa clan a chance to reclaim lost glory By SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda The Diplomat 20 January 2017    “We’re not the same guys who used to tell you various things and then forget about it three days later… We want the world to know that we’re different—that we’re going to do what we say we’re doing.”–Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, National Geographic (November 2016) Politics is shaped by leaders’ ability to deliver. It is all about doing and achieving, “doing what you say what you say you are going to do,” to paraphrase Dr. Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s current deputy minister of foreign affairs. It is not about good intentions; it is about getting results. It […]

Tamils Welcome New US President Donald Trump

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Tamils Welcome New US President Donald Trump and Ask Him to Reverse the Illegal Sinhalese Settlement in Tamil Homeland illegal Sinhalese must leave because they have taken control of everything in the Tamil homeland. This brings chaos and jeopardizes the Tamil culture, resulting in misery and economic suppression” — Tamils fo Trump NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 24, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The letter that sent by the Tamils for Trumporganization to the new president Donald Trump began with a congratulation: “We congratulate you, Mr. President, and wish you the best. The responsibilities and challenges of the presidency make it the biggest job in the free world.” “It is time for every American to accept the election result and embrace Mr. Trump as president. […]

Tamil Diaspora lobbies against GSP plus

22nd January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Several Tamil Diaspora organizations have made joint representations to political and diplomatic missions, including the EU Parliament, exerting pressure on them against restoring to Sri Lanka the GSP plus export facility unless the Lankan Government implements core international conventions which are a prerequisite to qualify for the restoration. The Diaspora has through European Parliament Members called for a debate in the EU Parliament on the issue and has been lobbying in the EU Commissioner’s office against restoration of the facility to Sri Lanka. The British Tamil Forum (BTF) said their lobbying has made a ‘massive impact. It said that before the final decision, expected in March or by 12 May 2017, they would want a clear picture of Sri Lanka’s status […]

Wiggy returns from Canada with ‘cough’

22nd January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw The Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran returned to Colombo on Monday (16) after a hectic one week’s tour in Canada. Before heading to the airport, Wigneswaran addressed a public meeting attended by nearly 600 Lankan Tamil expatriates at the Scarborough University Pan Am stadium. Wigneswaran, in the last lap of his tour in Canada, which is under freezing conditions these days, was coughing while addressing the gathering and said that his restless hectic tour was the reason for his cough. At the end of his address he said he was returning to his motherland to continue with duties for his people. Wigneswaran twice earlier when he attempted to travel to Canada, was not given a visa by the Canadian High Commission in Colombo. […]

Why Lanka Can’t Be Another Singapore?

22nd January 2017 // 0 Comments

Members of the so called Joint Opposition and some of the ‘Laptop Journalists’ of the former regime take much delight in riling government MPs about the slow progress made towards the declared intention of their leaders in making Sri Lanka another Singapore. True, there has been little progress beyond the blue-print stage but government MPs should not be hesitant in giving the reason loudly and clearly: Because of you – the Opposition. Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore was not built with Opposition activists disrupting the country with long 125 Km long marches stretching for days, daily protests on anything and everything that the government proposes, provocative challenges to the police at kissing distance by demonstrators until the police are compelled to resort to water cannon and […]

SRI LANKA AND DONALD TRUMP

22nd January 2017 // 0 Comments

Every four years, like clockwork, our readers’ thoughts turn to an event in the United States of America that could affect our own lives and the well-being of our nation. That is, the US presidential election and the prospects for our country and our neighbourhood, depending on who gets elected (or, re-elected) as the President of that country. Why are we so concerned about a political process in a country that is located on the far side of the Earth? Because, the US of A is, still, the world’s single most powerful country and the one that leads the powerful political and economic bloc of countries that dominate world affairs and have done so for at least the past 150 years. Sri Lanka suffered considerably […]

The English vet saving Sri Lanka’s street dogs

22nd January 2017 // 0 Comments

22 January 2017 Last updated at 00:17 GMT A vet has left behind her home in England to care for Sri Lanka’s street dogs. Janey Lowes from Barnard Castle, County Durham, has spent the past two years caring for the neglected animals. There are about three million street dogs on the island – about 60% of puppies born on the street do not survive to adulthood. The 28-year-old set up charity WECare Worldwide to raise money to buy the equipment needed to treat the animals and to set up her own clinic in Talalla. You can see more on this story on Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30 GMT on Monday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38691375

Lankans also lock horns over T’ Nadu Jallikattu row

22nd January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Chris Kamalendran Sri Lankan animal rights activists have come out strongly against local groups which are calling on the Tamil Nadu Government to lift a ban on the bull-taming sport popularly known as ‘Jallikattu’. The move came as local groups, mostly in the northern and eastern provinces staged protests to show solidarity with Tamil Nadu people who want the ban lifted. The ban was imposed by the Supreme Court in 2014 and upheld again in 2016. But the Indian Government, by an executive order, lifted the ban yesterday, allowing Tamils in Tamil Nadu to stage Jallikattu from today. Before the ban was lifted, protests were held in Colombo also yesterday at the Galle Face Green and Wellawatte. More protests were held in Point Pedro, […]

UNP, SLFP poles apart on Constitutional reforms

22nd January 2017 // 0 Comments

President authorises party ministers to discuss their position with different sections of society, ACBC endorses position Cabinet approves revised draft of National Human Rights Action Plan By Our Political Editor President Maithripala Sirisena has given the green light to Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ministers to convey their January 3 decisions on constitutional reforms to different sections of society. This is notwithstanding an earlier move to convene an SLFP Central Committee (CC) meeting where these decisions were to be endorsed. The fact that the ministers are going ahead first making their position publicly known, a party source said, would only mean that Sirisena, the SLFP leader, had chosen to first have consultations. He will report the outcome thereafter to the CC, the source added. While […]

Massive Action Plan by Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

22nd January 2017 // 0 Comments

JAFFNA , SRI LANKA, January 17, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Thai Pongal (January 14) the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) released a booklet outlining the TGTE’s Massive Action plan. The projects described in the Massive Action Plan have been formulated following the work of a group of experts. They are imaginative, ambitious and have nation building as a long term goal. For Participation, Ideas, and Advice: massiveaction@tgte.org For Online Financial Contribution: www.tgte-us.org For Correspondence: TGTE, 875 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 906, New York, NY 10001, USA Details of a few selected Projects 1. Publications, Archives, and Documentation Centre: It is necessary to collect and protect the political, economic, social, cultural, and historical documents and data of the Tamil Nation with due care for […]

Cut On The Funds To Jaffna College And Uduvil Girls’ College: Trustees Note Serious Irregularities In Administration

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Colombo Telegraph now has access to a letter sent by the Trustees of Jaffna College Funds based in Boston, USA which states that the Trustees have decided to reduce the funds allocated to both Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai and Uduvil Girls’ College for the first quarter of the year 2017 by 20%. This letter, signed by The Rev Richard H. Huleatt, the President of the Trustees of Jaffna College Funds, was emailed on the 5th of January to the Bishop of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India The Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Thiagarajah, the Chairperson of the Boards of Directors of Jaffna College and Uduvil Girls’ College. Failure on the part of the two schools to submit the audited financial statements for 2015, […]

Proposed Constitution somewhat Similar to APRC Proposals – Says Sumanthiran

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP for the Jaffna District M.A. Sumanthiran, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, shares his views on the Constitution making and the way forward. He says his party remains optimistic about a positive outcome. Excerpts:   Q  How optimistic are you of the Constitution making process? Well, this is a one’s in life opportunity. It is, in fact, once in the life of a country opportunity. This problem has been with us ever since Independence. Every time, when the party in office makes any effort to resolve it, the party in the Opposition opposed. It happened in 1957, 1965 and went on like that. After many consequences, particularly large scale violence, there was a process from 1994 to 2000 to […]

Sri Lanka: Who is Afraid of a New Constitution?

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

There are some people who are afraid of change by nature. Some may be perennially conservative and lazy to undergo change. This laziness could easily come from the bureaucracy or the public servants and particularly the mandarins in the legal establishment/s. For a new constitution, they have to work hard. Their incompetency may get exposed. by Laksiri Fernando ( January 17, 2017, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) I have simply ‘plagiarized’ the title from the theme on which the People’s Power (PP) and the National Movement for a Just Society (NMJS) have organized a public meeting on this Wednesday, the 18th January at the Colombo Public Library. Whatever the speakers are going to say at that meeting, the theme is sharply accurate in capturing the questioning […]

Recommendation of GSP +to Sri Lanka: EU denies laying down any conditions

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

The Head of the Political, Trade and Communication Section of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Sri Lanka Paul Godfrey yesterday denied that the European Union (EU) laid down any conditions as such to Sri Lanka – 58 conditions in total as some news reports have been suggestive of – to recommend GSP + to Sri Lanka. Godfrey said the European Commission in Brussels recommended granting GSP+ preferences for Sri Lanka to support the progress of the country’s commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labor conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. Godfrey said on being asked by the Daily News if the government had agreed to comply with some 58 conditions laid down by it […]

Diaspora behind conditions for GSP+ claims JO

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

The Joint Opposition yesterday slammed the Government for considering what it termed as conditions that would be harmful to the country to regain GSP+ and claimed diaspora communities were responsible for the European Union (EU) holding Sri Lanka to 27 international conventions. Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peremuna (SLPP) Chairman and JO Member Prof. G. L. Peiris charged that the EU was attempting to get involved in the internal matters of Sri Lanka and alleged it would be beneficial to the aspirations of Tamil diaspora groups. “The EU has presented 58 conditions towards Sri Lanka to obtain GSP+ and those conditions are comprised of rules which could undermine the victory of the war,” he told reporters. Prof. Peiris also charged that some conditions such as repealing […]

Digital Specialty Chemicals Ltd CEO Ravi Gukathasan Donates $2 Million to Toronto Uiversity Scarborough Campus for Tamil Studies

18th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Berton Woodward One of University of Toronto Scarborough Campus’s earliest Tamil alumni has given UTSC a historic donation of $2 million to support Tamil studies. UTSC alumnus Ravi Gukathasan is CEO of Digital Specialty Chemicals Ltd. in Scarborough. His gift to the university will fund an annual post-doctoral fellowship in Tamil studies as well as scholarships, event programming and digital archiving. (Photo by Ken Jones) The gift from Ravi Gukathasan (U of T PhD, 1986; UTSC BSc, 1982), who is CEO of Digital Specialty Chemicals Ltd. in Scarborough, is the largest single cash gift from an alumnus in UTSC’s 51-year history. It will fund an annual post-doctoral fellowship in Tamil studies as well as scholarships, event programming and digital archiving. “I want UTSC to be […]

With restoration of GSP+ Lanka can export any product to European market: PM

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

We will be able to export any product to the European market without any export levy or duty, with the European Union’s decision to remove significant import duties on Sri Lankan products by restoring GSP + trade access to Europe’s export market, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Galle. “Last May, I went to Brussels with a delegation to initiate discussions with the European Union. The European Union has decided to remove significant import duties on Sri Lankan products and restore GSP + trade access to Europe’s export market.Now, not only garments, we can export any product to the European market without export levy or duty,” the Prime Minister said. “The proceeding week is going to be a very productive one.I could start the week […]

Full Text: European Commission Report On Assessment Of The Application For GSP+ By Sri Lanka

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Removal of customs duties would be accompanied by rigorous monitoring and conditional on continued commitment to sustainable development, human rights and good governance. The Commission on Wednesday proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country’s commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries. These preferences would come under a special arrangement of the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences, known as GSP+. This arrangement is designed to support developing […]

Sinhale Navy officer had extorted money from the arrested Tamil man’s family is a Sri Lankan War Hero!

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

The CID today (14) arrested Lt. Commander Anil Dhammika Mapa of the Navy on charges of the abduction, extortion and enforced disappearance of a Tamil resident of Kotahena in 2008. Evidence is also being gathered against the suspect for having taken apart a van owned by the missing man and selling same.  Abducted during the period of the war, the Tamil man was kept at Welisara navy camp and questioned. His van was taken apart at the same camp. Then, the parts were taken out of the camp and assembled. The CID has recovered the van. The Navy officer had also extorted money from the arrested man’s family. The CID is facing strong opposition from the Navy over the arrest. He is due to be […]

Crooked cardboard patriot Weerawansa remanded..! Has allotted official vehicles even to cook at home -Rs. 91.6 million loss to country..! full report..

14th January 2017 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -11.Jan.2017, 5.45PM) Notorious racist  and accomplished crook Wimal Weerawansa the unqualified nitwit having  barely passed   Grade 9  , and who when somersaulting from the JVP (M.P. then)  did not have even a bicycle to claim as his own, but after becoming a minister under the nefarious decade of the corrupt crooked Rajapakses , transformed into a  multi millionaire through colossal misappropriation of public funds was arrested last noon (10) . He was later remanded until the 24 th after he was produced in court . The public who are aware of how much damage he has done to them and the country through his colossal rackets while parading as a great  patriot , and were therefore  anxiously awaiting  this moment , at last went […]

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