May 2018

31st May 2018 // 0 Comments

THE TAMIL WEDDING EXHIBITION COMES TO LONDON FOR THE FIFITH TIME!   SUNDAY 10 JUNE 2018 The UK’s First Ever Tamil Wedding Exhibition is coming to Wembley, London for the 5th year on Sunday 10 June 2018 at Sattavis Patidar Centre between 11am and 5pm and its FREE ENTRY! The Tamil Wedding Exhibition 2018 & Kalyaana Fashion Show is the first of its kind to fill the gap in the British Tamil Wedding Market. There are lots of Asian Wedding Shows in the UK but the Tamil palette is not catered for.  So, this TTW’s solution: The Tamil Wedding Exhibition 2018 on Sunday 10 June. This year’s event is being held in Sattavis Patidar Centre, found in the heart of Wembley with ample a FREE […]

After 3 years in office – PM outlines plans for North

29th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday focused on the need to link the Northern Province with southern development corridors to develop its economy focusing on agriculture, fishing, tourism and manufacturing. Wickremesinghe speaking in Kilinochchi during a visit to the war-affected Province noted that despite the war ending nine years ago, the region had not seen an economic regeneration. He pointed out that despite the development of infrastructure significant challenges, especially on poverty, water and housing access remained in the area and required Government assistance. He acknowledged the region would need a multipronged approach including better education and employment opportunities to improve its GDP contribution and provide better living standards for its residents. “Out of the nine provinces in Sri Lanka, we must remember that the poorest […]

Crossovers taboo under 20 A – MP’s will NOT be able to make big money to cross over which is a political culture of Sri Lanka

29th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The 20th Amendment to the Constitution (20A) proposed by the JVP has prevented crossovers of MPs against the collective decision of the party, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. The MP, speaking at a press conference at the Party Headquarters in Battaramulla yesterday to brief on the content of the 20A to abolish the Executive Presidency, said cheating voters by crossovers has become a common occurrence leading to instability in Parliament. “The people’s mandate gets distorted as a result of such crossovers. When the party initiates disciplinary actions against such MPs, they obtain stay orders from the District Courts. This prevents the party from taking action against any such MP till his term ends. We have proposed in the 20A that no court has the […]

SRI LANKAN JOHANN CONQUERS EVEREST

29th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Trekking the Khumbu Wall is always at the risk of death or I would say death is imminent! Some Ice Walls are of 80 or 90 degree slopes. The worst is and one could not really believe is that we see ourselves how some of our colleagues embrace death before. Sri Lankan mountaineer Johann Peiris reached the 290030 feet high summit of Mount Everest at 5.50 in the morning of May 22 according to Nepalese time. A professional coiffure and model, Johann is a swashbuckling sports adventurer as well. His efforts to trek the Everest Summit in 2016 was botched due to a technical defect in his oxygen tank, when he had only 448 meters to reach the ‘Promised Land!’. His companion Jayanthi Kuruuthumpala of […]

Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Sri Lanka

28th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Contribution by Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Sri Lanka last week on the House of Commons. Please see Hansard below. “When he was a Minister, the right hon. Gentleman rightly spoke up at a time when the Sri Lankan Government were making international commitments, too many of which had not been fully and properly adhered to. He will recognise that there is also a need and desire at all times to bring countries within the international community so that we can try to work together. Trade and commerce constitute one aspect of that. It must not be an overriding aspect, but it has a part to play in bringing countries back into the international community. These are complex issues, and […]

Brigadier that threatened Tamils no longer Sri Lanka’s Defence Attaché confirms UK minister

28th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government formally ended the posting of its former Defence Attaché  Brigadier Priyanka Fernando  last month, confirmed a British minister, after he was caught on video threatening Tamil protestors in London . Mark Field, the current British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific confirmed that “the former Defence Attaché’s posting to London was formally ended by the Government of Sri Lanka on 15 April”. “No successor has yet been appointed,” he added. Mr Field said he had also raised the issue of Brigadier Fernando with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister when they met in London last month. Brigadier Fernando was filmed motioning a death threat to Tamil protestors in London last month, running his finger across his neck. Weeks later he returned […]

Criticisms over Mullivaikkal remembrance event Jaffna:Student leader fires back

28th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The remembrance event for the war dead held in Mullivaikkal on 18 May this year was attended by an unprecedented number of 5,000 people. The event, mainly organized by the student union of the University of Jaffna, however, received much criticism from various segments in the Tamil political sphere. Most of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members who participated in the event claimed they were sidelined by the students and only Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, was given prominence. TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, on the other hand, was in Trincomalee to attend a commemorative event there. A number of youth from the East who came for the event also said they felt that they were terribly let down […]

Open Letter To HNB: Infringement Of Fundamental Rights Of Tamils & Insulting Tamil Culture

28th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Murali Vallipuranathan – Dr. Murali Vallipuranathan Mr. Jonathan Alles Chief Executive Officer Hatton National Bank PLC  479, TB Jaya Mawatha, Colombo-10 Infringement of Fundamental Rights of Tamils and Insulting Tamil Culture We are dismayed to learn that your bank had punished two employees of Kilinochchi Branch for commemorating the deaths of their relatives and beloved ones. Anniversary commemoration of the dead has been an important part of the culture of the Tamils and Sinhalese for several centuries. In fact one of the oldest Tamil moral text Thirukural dated 3000 years back in stanzas 42 and 43 stated the importance of humans to perform their duty towards manes. In this context we see your ill-conceived action against your employees who were involved in commemoration of their dead […]

Foreign Office’s action is designed to cover up the involvement of the SAS and MI5 in the training of Sri Lankan security forces

28th May 2018 // 0 Comments

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) side-stepped the query whether documents that had been destroyed as reported in a section of the British and other media included diplomatic cables originating from the British High Commission in Colombo during eelam war IV. Asked whether the FCO consulted British HC in Colombo before the destruction/removal of files/documents and among them were diplomatic cables sent from British HC in Colombo during the eelam war IV (Aug 2006-May 2009), a FCO spokesperson said: “We do not accept any files have been wrongly destroyed. These files have been destroyed in compliance with the Public Records Act. Sri Lanka brought the war to a successful conclusion in May 2009. “The FCO’s recommendations for the preservation or destruction of records take place under […]

Former LTTE cadre called for TID inquiry after chairing Mullivaikkal event

26th May 2018 // 0 Comments

A former LTTE cadre has been ordered by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division to the 3rd floor at its headquarters in Colombo for questioning after he chaired a remembrance event for the Mullivaikkal genocide in Kilinochchi on May 18. The father of three children who has one leg amputated, K Jayakumar was released in 2010 from government custody after undering the notorious ‘rehabilitation programme’. Mr Jayakumar, who lives in Kilinochchi with his family, runs a vegetable stall at the local market and heads a trade union in the district, as well as being a local ITAK member.

Hatton National Bank suspends Tamil Employees for commemorating their relatives killed by Army.

26th May 2018 // 0 Comments

A boycott campaign has taken off in the North-East with customers of Sri Lanka’s Hatton National Bank (HNB) closing their accounts, after the bank suspended two employees at its Kilinochchi branch for holding a remembrance event on May 18. Across various social media platforms, customers of the bank have been posting letters they have written to their branch managers requesting their account be closed after the incident was reported earlier this week. “Your decision… shows your dominant attitude against innocent Tamil people,” read one letter written in English. “The whole world knows that our people were killed in thousands.” Last week, staff at the Kilinochchi branch held a remembrance event on May 18 to remember the tens of thousands massacred by Sri Lankan state forces […]

Marine biologist from Sri Lanka wins at British Council’s first-ever Global Alumni Awards

25th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Following prestigious national awarding ceremonies hosted by the British Ambassador/High Commissioner in more than 10 countries, and high-profile digital campaigns to celebrate 63 regional finalists, and 21 regional winners, the British Council has announced the names of three outstanding global award winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards. All are alumni of UK universities, representing three countries and four UK higher education institutions across the UK. They have been recognised for their outstanding achievements as professionals, entrepreneurs and social change makers. Winner of the Global Alumni Award for the Professional Achievement category is Asha de Vos, a marine biologist from Sri Lanka who is passionate about conserving the world’s oceans, and blue whale research in the Northern Indian Ocean. Asha is the founder of Sri […]

Death clues sought in players’ last trishaw ride

25th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Police and forensic experts trying to solve the mystery of the deaths of two young British rugby players are seeking a three-wheeler driver who could shed light on the players’ last movements after they were picked up from a night club and dropped off at their hotel. After the tragedy: The British team conducting a rugger training session on Friday at the St. Aloysius’ College grounds in Galle Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, who died two days apart after experiencing breathing difficulties, were picked up outside the night club Cleopatra in Kollupitiya in the early hours of last Sunday by the three-wheeler. “The CCTV footage analysed so far shows the two British nationals being dropped off at Kingsbury Hotel where they were staying, […]

Gota Is A Liar, He Owns Luxury Bungalows Around The Country

25th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Although Gotabaya Rajapaksa claims he had no property in Sri Lanka except his wife’s house in Udahamulla, Colombo Telegraph can exclusively reveal that He had build a luxury house in his name in Kataragama. The luxury bungalow built at Wanaraja Pedesa, Depot Road, Kataragama was constructed by using Army soldiers as forced labour. The architecturally built bungalow is designed in such a way where the occupants of the house could wade into the the famous Menik Ganga river. It appears that all Rajapaksa brothers of the former regime have now built bungalows around the country during their family rule. This is although Gotabaya’s younger brother Basil claims that the bungalows built around the country by himself does not belong to him. Speaking to the media earlier Gotabaya once challenged anyone to […]

Journalists backing Rajapakshe are digging their own grave

25th May 2018 // 0 Comments

SLPP run by ex-military group – PM  …warns journalists backing SLPP digging their own grave by Shamindra Ferdinando Alleging that there were no new faces in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) except for a group of retired military officers, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned a section of the media of dire consequences in case the new outfit won power. PM Wickremesinghe said so addressing a gathering at ‘Sirikotha’ after Minister Navin Dissanayake received his appointment as the National Organizer of the UNP. Wickremesinghe said that the UNP had a young democratic leadership whereas ex-military group dominated the SLPP. Would they protect democracy? What were they doing? The Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga was assassinated in January 2009. Media personality Pradeep Ekneligoda disappeared on the eve […]

Danger of space for dissent being captured by nationalists

25th May 2018 // 0 Comments

BY Jehan Perera http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=184973 The rise in public manifestation of ethnic nationalism in the North was evident at this year’s commemoration ceremonies of the last phase of the war at Mullivaikkal of May 18, 2009. Several thousands of people attended the ceremony of remembrance held there at the monument erected in memory of the civilians killed in the war. This is the first time since the end of the war that a political event took place on May 18. Politicians from the moderate TNA who attended the event were not permitted to speak and instead university students and nationalist members of civil society groups took the centre stage. Although it was the Northern Provincial Council that had resolved to remember the Tamil civilians who died […]

CM Wiggy criticizes Rajitha’s statement

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday (22) said that Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne should have visited the Mullivaikkal ground on 19 May 2018, to listen to the war widows, parents, siblings and children of those who died on 18 May 2009, who would have given him the exact story of what happened on the last days of the war, where he would have learnt from them how the military studiously took charge of the surrendees publicly and later denied taking charge of them. “It is pathetic to hear all persons who were killed on or about that fateful day being referred to as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres. A genuine inquiry would bring the truth out about the […]

Features Opinion Palaka’ni Photo Features TN Transcription Web feeds Feedback About us Genocide Remembrance evolves into logical uprising embracing emotions of people

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Genocide Remembrance evolves into logical uprising embracing emotions of people [Fri, 18 May 2018, 23:09 GMT] Eezham Tamils in the island and the Tamil Diaspora marked 9th Mu’l’livaaykkaal Tamil Genocide Day with an ever-increasing emotional and logical uprising on Friday. While the people on the ground paid tribute, expressed their collective trauma, the younger generation contributed to safeguarding the collective memorialisation from the electoral politics of genocidal Sri Lanka paving the way for logical thinking taking precedence over rhetorics. Justice C. V. Wigneswaran has come with a diplomatically well-crafted speech, raising pertinent questions to the world humanity as well as to the Tamils. His message to the so-called International Community was finding ways without delay for direct engagement with Eezham Tamils cutting the Colombo red […]

Gota should appear in Court, if not guilty – Mangala

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Why is Gotabhaya Rajapaksa spending millions on lawyers to get injunction order to prevent his arrest? asked Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday. “If he is not guilty, he should appear in court,” he added. Responding to remarks made by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that the former was scared of him, Minister Samaraweera said, “Yes I am and it is not only ‘I but many in this country are. I personally know what he is capable of”. Addressing a media briefing at his Ministry yesterday, the minister read the list of cases in court the former Defence Secretary is suspected to have been involved in. He read: According to Police reports, Rajapaksa is suspected to have intervened in: The alleged facilitation of an irregular diplomatic […]

‘Extortion Business’ by Government -Tamil businessmen were victims ! -A former intelligence officer discloses …

24th May 2018 // 0 Comments

Expose`- Room No. 706 Holiday Inn rented exclusively for Gota , Neth FM Nihal , Gajanayake ‘extortion business’- Tamil businessmen were victims ! -A former intelligence officer discloses … (Lanka-e-News – 20.May.2018, 6.15AM)  It were Donald Perera and Probation officers of Karannagoda who  committed abductions , murders and extortions hiding behind the shadow of Gota. It is a well and widely known fact that Donald Perera was the most incapable incompetent Air Force Commander ever to hold that post in the history of the Air Force. Due  to  the  lascivious involvements  whilst driving his car Jayalath weerakody face accident at the Borella , subsequently  lost his post.    As a result of which Donald Perera could attain that position.  Donald nevertheless  holds the ignominious record in the history of the […]

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