8th February 2019

British medical device manufacturer to set up US$ 10 mn plant in Bandaragama

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BOI approval granted for the first medical device manufacturing plant with 600 new jobs A leading UK manufacturer has gained BOI approvals to begin laying the foundation for its newest state of the art manufacturing facility in Sri Lanka. Flexicare (Group) Limited is a UK headquarted manufacturer and supplier of medical devices, with subsidiaries in over 12 countries and two manufacturing sites, providing disposable medical consumables to over 110 countries. The agreement was signed on behalf of Flexicare by Ghassem Poormand, Chairman of Flexicare (Group) Limited. Also present at the signing ceremony were Hash Poormand, Managing Director and Sanjeeva Jayasinghe, General Manager Flexicare Sri Lanka. Champika Malalgoda, Director General of the BOI also participated. Ghassem Poormand, Chairman of Flexicare (Group) Limited stated “We are a […]

UK demands full implementation of Geneva Resolutions on Lanka Says US pullout from Geneva body irrelevant

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The UK government has again dismissed Lord Naseby’s call to terminate Geneva Resolution 30/1 in 2015 and Resolution 34/1 in 2017 on the basis that the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government didn’t perpetrate war crimes as alleged by the UN. Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con) on Wednesday (Feb. 05) during a House of Commons debate on UNHRC Resolution declared that the UK expected the full implementation of both Resolutions. The following is the full text of Lord Ahmad’s statement: “I make the Government’s position clear from the outset: Her Majesty’s Government have no plans to annul or withdraw those resolutions. The UK continues to believe that full implementation is essential, as the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, and the […]

It was only in 1833 after the Colebrooke reforms of 1832 that pre-dominantly Tamil territories were integrated into a unified Ceylon. Until then they were administered separately.

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Seventy Years Of Independence and the Tamils of Sri Lanka It was only in 1833 after the Colebrooke reforms of 1832 that pre-dominantly Tamil territories were integrated into a unified Ceylon. Until then they were administered separately. by D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This article published to denote the 70th anniversary of Ceylon/Sri Lanka’s independence from British rule is being re-posted without any changes to mark the 71st Independence day on Geb 4th 2019) Three score and ten years have passed since Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon gained Independence from Britain on February 4th 1948. The Island nation has been under colonial bondage for a very long period. Portugese rule came first in 1505,followed by Dutch rule in 1658.Finally came British rule in 1796 that lasted until 1948. […]

Military parades across Tamil homeland as Sri Lanka marks Independence Day, while Tamils protest

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PEARL’s News Update 07 February 2019 NEWS Military parades across Tamil homeland as Sri Lanka marks Independence Day, while Tamils protest The military parades come as Tamils across the North-East, and in the diaspora around the world, marked Sri Lanka’s Independence Day as a ‘black day’ for Tamils on the island. Protests took place across several districts, with students at Jaffna University removing the Sri Lankan flag from the campus mast and replacing it with a black cloth, alongside banners calling for the military to leave the North-East – Tamil Guardian. Tamils in London protested outside the Sri Lankan High Commission – Tamil Guardian. Tamil Lawyers Forum Urges UNHRC to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court. Extention of Time will Deny Justice In an appeal to UN High-commissioner for Human Rights […]

Barcelona calls for investigation into genocide of Tamils and recognition of Tamil Eelam

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Barcelona calls for investigation into genocide of Tamils and recognition of Tamil Eelam  05 February 2019 The Catalan city of Barcelona has called for an investigation into the genocide of Tamils by Sri Lanka, and to recognise the rights of the Tamil people to an independent homeland,  Tamil Eelam. In a resolution voted by the city’s municipal council on January 25, representatives denounced systematic violations against the rights of Tamils, urged the recognition of Tamil sovereignty and called for an end to the Sri Lankan military’s occupation of the Tamil homeland. See the full text of the resolution, passed by the council as an ‘institutional declaration’ below. Original Catalan text here. The Plenary of the Municipal Council of the City of Barcelona agrees: We denounce the […]

Long Read: Why has Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

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After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a new Sri Lankan Government in 2015 pledged to the international community that it would establish an ambitious reform and transitional justice programme. Four years later, many victims in the country have lost hope. South African transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka and former BBC Correspondent Frances Harrison of the International Truth and Justice Project explore what went wrong: Piecemeal Implementation On paper the vision was grand but fleeting. The promise to set up a hybrid court was quickly abandoned and the victims’ consultation report disowned by the government. A disappearance commission was established but without the necessary legal power and authority to hold anyone accountable – amazing in a country with the world’s second largest […]

Mannar mass grave Bones of 26 children found by Feb. 06

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US carbon testing results ready within a week By Dinasena Ratugamage Our Vavuniya correspondent Senior officials in charge of excavation of Mannar mass grave said that so far of the skeletal remains found, 26 were of children. By Feb 06, experts have so far unearthed skeletal remains belonging to 312 persons and 297 of them were removed from the grave for further investigations. Recently, selected samples were sent to a US testing facility for carbon testing. On site Judicial Medical Officer Saminda Rajapaka said that results would be available within one week. The human skeletal remains were first found by some construction workers while excavating the site behind the CWE Building in Mannar as part of a development project on May 25 last year. On […]