5th March 2019

CID Observes that the Lives of 11 Tamil youths Abducted and Confined by Navy Personnel for Ransom Could Have Been Saved if Former Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Who Had Prior Knowledge of these Happenings Had Acted in a Timely Manner Instead of Abetting or Concealing Information.

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CID Observes that the Lives of youths Abducted and Confined by Navy Personnel for Ransom Could Have Been Saved if Former Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Who Had Prior Knowledge of these Happenings Had Acted in a Timely Manner Instead of Abetting or Concealing Information. By Ranga Jayasuriya Sri Lanka’s effort to find a closure to the victims of the protracted terrorist war is obstructed by two ideological extremes, each feeding into the agenda of the other. On one extreme end of the scale, Sinhala ultra-nationalists and electoral calculations of Southern politics have opposed almost all on-going and past initiatives to prosecute military officials implicated in even the most blatant human rights violations. Similarly, self-serving machinations are pushing back against a Cabinet memorandum to appoint […]

12 Year old Nishi Uggalla of Sri Lankan Origin With an IQ Higher Than That of Albert Einstein Wins Britain’s Channel 4 TV’s Child Genius 2019 Competition

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Child prodigy who has higher IQ than Einstein scores highes 12 Year old Nishi Uggalla of Sri Lankan Origin With an IQ Higher Than That of Albert Einstein Wins Britain’s Channel 4 TV’s Child Genius 2019 Competition By Dr.Upul Wijayawardhana The remarkable win of 12-year-old Nishi Uggalla, from Manchester, on Saturday night’s (2nd March) final of the Channel Four’s Child Genius competition was, no doubt, a proud moment for all Sri Lankans domiciled in UK. But it was much more because she made it ultra-special and won the hearts of everyone who watched the programme by an inspiring acceptance speech. Further, she was different from all the other contestants; whereas all the others were driven by their parents or relations, Nishi was the driving force herself. […]

Brig. Priyanka Fernando’s Lawyer Told British Court That the Throat -Slitting Gestures Made by His Client at Demonstrators was Part of the 10 Part Job Description of the Defence Attache at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.

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Brig. Priyanka Fernando’s Lawyer Told British Court That the Throat -Slitting Gestures Made by His Client at Demonstrators was Part of the 10 Part Job Description of the Defence Attache at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. MAKING slit-throat gestures at Tamil protesters was part of the job description for Sri Lanka’s military attache in London, Westminster Magistrates Court heard today (Mar 1). Barrister Nicholas Wayne made the extraordinary argument in defence of his client, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando. The soldier was caught on camera running his fingers across his throat while standing guard outside the Sri Lankan High Commission last year. The Brigadier left the country days later. A British judge has since found him guilty of causing “harassment, alarm and distress” to Tamil […]

Devolution: Leaders should be clear

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The subject of Devolution of Power has come to the fore again. It has been reported that a committee has been appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to formulate a new set of proposals on the devolution of power to replace the current Provincial Council system. But is anyone confident that it would succeed? Does anybody believe that at least the President is confident that his committee would find a lasting solution to the ethnic problem, through a new devolution plan? The answer for both the questions might most probably be an emphatic “no.” It was reported that the President has appointed this committee after a discussion with the party leaders on the subject. Lack of confidence among the people on such committees is not totally […]

Tamil musician arrested by counter-terrorism police at Heathrow

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https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/tamil-musician-arrested-counter-terrorism-police-heathrow COUNTER-TERRORISM police arrested a Tamil musician at Heathrow airport hours before he was due to perform at a UN summit in Switzerland. Vakeesan Thangavel, 36, was surrounded by armed police on Monday morning after he boarded a flight bound for Geneva. Officers allegedly shouted: “You are attempting terrorism! You have got a flag!” Mr Thangavel had a red Tamil national flag in his baggage, which police sometimes confuse with the banned Tamil Tiger logo. Officers hauled Mr Thangavel and a friend off the flight at 6.20am and questioned both men under the Terrorism Act 2000. The pair were later taken to the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism headquarters in Earl’s Court. Then at 5pm dozens of police officers raided Mr Thangavel’s home and seized his laptop, […]