10th June 2017

UNHRC to discuss Rapporteur’s report on Sri Lanka on Monday

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The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is to discuss a report on Sri Lanka on Monday. The UNHRC is to consider the report of the former Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers by the new mandate holder, Diego García-Sayán, on his mission to Sri Lanka. The report is to be discussed on Monday during the ongoing session of the UNHRC in Geneva. The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, visited Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016, at the invitation of the Government, to assess the situation and remaining challenges concerning the independence of judges, prosecutors and lawyers and the proper administration of justice. The visit was conducted jointly with the Special Rapporteur on torture […]

Labour Party’s Thangam Debonnaire Whose Father is a Sri Lankan Tamil Wins Bristol West Constituency Again Polling Almost 2/3 of Votes

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By Neville de Silva in London London-born Ranil Jayawardena whose father is of Sri Lankan origin, was re-elected from the Conservative Party to the British parliament from the North East Hampshire constituency with a healthy majority of almost 28,000 votes. Jayawardena who first won this seat at the 2015 general election got 65.6 per cent of the votes cast garnering 37,754 votes, up from the 35,573 votes he received in 2015. His majority this time was slightly diminished but way ahead of his closest rival. Jayawardena who was previously a local councillor serving as deputy leader of the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane before he took to national politics served on the Commons’ Home Affairs Committee after he entered parliament in 2015. The Labour Party’s […]

Met chief urges Londoners to remain vigilant a week after terror attack

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Cressida Dick also asks people to go about their daily business as normal because London remains one of world’s safest cities The Met police commissioner has urged Londoners to remain vigilant a week after the terror attack that left eight people dead and dozens injured. Cressida Dick’s call came as police lifted the remaining cordon in Borough that had been in place since last Saturday night. She told residents and visitors that London remained one of the world’s safest cities. “You will be seeing police, armed and unarmed, in areas where there are crowds and around the streets of London, possibly at a higher level than you have done before,” Dick said. “You should feel reassured by that, but please don’t give in to terrorists […]

Meet the DUP MPs who now hold the balance of power

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Ian Paisley Jnr and colleagues can now extract concessions from Mrs May CREDIT: PAUL FAITH Henry Bodkin 10 JUNE 2017 • 1:15PM Thursday’s shock general election result means Theresa May must co-opt the support of ten MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party in order to command even a wafer-thin majority and remain as Prime Minister. They’re an interesting group. Between them they have expressed support for the death penalty, creationism and documents advocating internment of Catholics. They have warned the Conservatives there will be a “price to be paid” for their support. So, who are the new Northern Irish kingmakers who now hold the balance of power? Sammy Wilson – East Antrim Sammy Wilson is an old campaigner CREDIT: PAUL MCERLANE Earlier this year the former Lord Mayor […]

10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis

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British ministers including Theresa May and Philip Hammond have made hair-raising claims about the dangers of migrants entering the country. But do the facts bear them out? When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that, you need facts and data – two things that the British migration debate has lacked this summer. Theresa May got the ball rolling in May, when she claimed on Radio 4 that the vast majority of migrants to Europe are Africans travelling for economic reasons. The media has followed suit, one example being the Daily Mail’s unsubstantiated recent assertion that seven in 10 migrants at Calais will reach the UK. […]

VAIKO SAYS SRI LANKA BEHIND HIS DETENTION AT KUALA LUMPUR AIRPORT; WILL SEEK PM NARENDRA MODI’S HELP

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Chennai: MDMK General Secretary Vaiko said the Sri Lankan government is behind his detention at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Friday. Vaiko, who has raised the Sri Lankan Tamils issue at the European Parliament in Brussels, felt that Sri Lankan government does not want issues relating to killing of innocent Tamils during its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to be raised in international forums. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Vaiko said he was shocked when immigration officials at Kuala Lumpur airport stopped him from entering Malaysia. He informed the officials that he was invited for the wedding reception of Penang Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy’s daughter on Saturday. To back his claim, he produced the wedding invitation, a letter written by […]

Vaiko refused entry to Malaysia over his support to LTTE

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India’s MDMK General Secretary Vaiko was stopped from entering Malaysia on Friday on the grounds that he is a sympathizer of the now defunct, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Mumbai Mirror reported. Vaiko, a vocal supporter of slain LTTE leader V Prabhakaran, took a flight to Kuala Lumpur to attend the marriage of Penang deputy chief minister Prof P Ramasamy’s daughter. The reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 10. However, Vaiko was detained by immigration officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. He was allotted a room in the airport. The authorities are making arrangements to deport Vaiko to India, a senior MDMK leader S.Duraisamy told Mirror. He will be sent back to Chennai by a Malaysian Airlines flight, the MDMK (Marumalarchi Dravida […]

UNHRC Resolution & The Debate Between So-Called Joint Opposition & Government

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By M. A. Sumanthiran – M.A. Sumanthiran PC So, my urge to the Government, at this time, is that you did the course correction; you turned towards the right direction; you did the right thing by co-sponsoring those two Resolutions, but please do not drag your feet any longer. Be brave and do what is right and nothing will go wrong. Do not be afraid to do the right thing. The previous regime was not afraid to do the wrong thing, but you are afraid to do the right thing, perhaps the presence of many who were in the previous Government being in the present Government too may be a cause for that.  But, you cannot be dictated to by those forces. You have come with a fresh […]

A separate State, anyone?

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Just before sitting down to write this morning (June 7, 2017), I received a notification on social media. It was about a panel discussion at the Public Library to be held later in the afternoon. The title was in Sinhala. It read as follows: ‘Let us defeat the Constitution, let us get rid of Ranil.’ It implies on first reading a call for anarchy, but the organizers/publicists were probably referring to the proposed new Constitution, the A-Z of which has not exactly been shared with the general public, by the way. The other call is for the (political?) defeat of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. The identity of the speakers (Ven Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, Ven. Omare Kassapa Thera, Dr Nalin De Silva and Rear Admiral […]

Abduction And Assault: Gota Goes Numb

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The Keith Noyahr abduction investigation finally took a decisive turn when the CID questioned Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former Secretary to the ministry of of Defence of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidency. Gotabaya, a younger brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was questioned at the CID Offices in Fort on 2nd of June. Early into this investigation the CID arrested and remanded Major Prabjath Bulathwatte, Sergeant Duminda Weeraratne, Sergeant Hemachandra Perera, Corporals Lasantha Wimalaweera and Nishantha Jayatillake, all serving officers of the Military Intelligence led by Gen. Kapila Hendavitharne and his immediate subordinate Brig. Amal Karunatilleke. Gota Going by circumstantial and other documented evidence the CID had gathered, finally Gotabaya Rajapaksa was summoned to record his statement. Colombo Telegraph learns from CID sources that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had early into his statement deflected the responsibility of Colombo’s security to Gen Hendavitharne and Brig. […]

A Shop A Day Continues: Muslim-Owned Shop Torched In Dematagoda

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It’s one more shop today and it’s in the heart of Muslim land in Dematagoda. The incident has taken place between 11.30-11.45pm last night at a small bakery right in front of Clifton Balika Viddayalaya, Maligakanda down Dematagoda road. According to the owner of the shop the arsonist has entered from the rear end of the shop and attempted to set fire to the freezer and the frying pans that had been stacked at the rear end of the bakery. There was other small cooking equipment, which has also been damaged. The owner had heard the commotion and upon seeing the fire had called the fire brigade who had come and put the fire off and brought the situation under control. The shopkeeper told Colombo […]