Tamil businessman gave the Tories more than £1m in donations in the year before David Cameron announced £6.6m in aid to Sri Lanka

24th October 2016 // 0 Comments

David Cameron announced that £6.6m was being set aside for Sri Lanka  Included help for Tamils forced from their homes during the civil war In the year before the announcement, the Tory Party registered donations of more than £1million from Lycamobile owner Tamil businessman Subaskaran Allirajah  By PAUL BENTLEY FOR THE DAILY MAIL Foreign aid to Sri Lanka was significantly increased after a Tamil businessman from the country oversaw donations of more than £1 million to the Conservative Party, the Daily Mail reveals today. David Cameron announced last November that £6.6 million was being set aside for Sri Lanka over three years, including help for Tamils forced from their homes during the civil war. In the year before the announcement, the Tory Party registered donations […]

Kill opposition Leader Sambandan and CM Wignes and put the blame on the LTTE

23rd October 2016 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, who is in the UK attending the signing ceremony to twin Kingston with Jaffna, were posed the following questions by Ceylon Today and his responses are stated below: ?: Has there been a threat to your life? Why is the security division talking about political motivations; and your thoughts on their refusal to give additional security? A: None should stoop to such low level in politics to transform a serious matter into a political gimmick. Political considerations seem to pervade all our institutions and it is regretted. A person from Balapitiya sent me an email in Sinhala over a month ago. Around end of September, I got a call presumably from the same person, confirming he had sent such […]

Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswran aligned Royal Borough of Kingston with Jaffna city

23rd October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Yaadhum Oore Yavarum Kelir which means, “To us all towns are one; All men our kin”. Tamil being one of the ancient languages in the world this ancient Tamil poem was rendered by Kaniyan Punkundranar, a foremost Tamil poet who lived in the Sangam period, between 300 BCE and 200 CE, in South India. Realizing the significance of the poem which emphasizes all human beings as one family, the United Nations has taken this poem as its motto. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran signing a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) linking Britain’s Royal Borough of Kingston city with Sri Lanka’s Jaffna city last Tuesday (18) had highlighted the Sangam period poet Kaniyan Poonkundranar’s poem on global brotherhood which is now a reality […]

Jaffna JMO confirms bullet hit the rider

23rd October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Pandemonium reigned supreme at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital mortuary on Friday, where bodies of the two youths, whose deaths were deemed ‘accidental’ by the authorities, were lying there for further investigations. The Judicial Medical Officer confirmed to Ceylon Today that one of the students, the rider of the motorbike, had received a gunshot injury to his chest. However, till late evening on Friday, the Police Department did not mention anything about a gunshot but claimed it was an ‘accident’. They kept on saying the two students met their deaths when the motorbike they were riding crashed on to a nearby wall in Kandarodai, a few kilometres off Jaffna town on the KKS Road. Nearly 300 to 400 Jaffna University students were […]

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Could save Lanka at UNHCR

23rd October 2016 // 0 Comments

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the then head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, began a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on 25 July 2006, the first such visit by a UNHCR head to the country, when the armed services had just begun to make inroads into Tamil Tiger terrorists held areas in the North and the East of the country. Now as head of the apex body, Guterres will preside over the destinies of Sri Lanka when the UNHcr takes on the US resolution demanding a “transparent and independent war crimes probe” with foreign agents represented on a probe team. The UNHCR said in a release at the time that “The purpose of his visit is to meet displaced people in the […]

Jaffna Police mistook the students for a motorcycle gang and fired – Law and Order Minister

23rd October 2016 // 0 Comments

Oct 22, Colombo: The police initially has not revealed the truth about the fatal shooting of the two Jaffna University students, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, the Minister said the Jaffna police was on alert on the information they had received about roaming motorcycle gangs in the city. It has been revealed that in that atmosphere when the police observed two youth on a motorcycle riding in the night ignoring traffic signals, they panicked and fired, the Minister said. The police originally had said that they shot in the air, the Minister added. The Minister, noting that if the police reveled the truth at the time, there would not be such a controversy now, stressed that the police have […]

Two New Deaths During A Mourning Week: Jaffna Mourns!

23rd October 2016 // 0 Comments

At the backdrop of mourning for the hospital staff who were shot down during the IPKF rule some 29 years ago, this month of October on 21st, allegedly by the IPKF, and religious rituals for the slain Tamil journalist Nimalarajan, who was killed 16 years ago this week, two more youth met the same fate, reportedly gunned down by the police in Jaffna near Kokkuvil, Friday at about 11.55pm. The apparent shooting was not confirmed to any till the postmortem report was released midst fear and tension. Some noted that there were incidents where two gangs brandishing swords had clashed in daylight in Jaffna town a few days ago over, where the deployment of more police patrols were needed to further tighten security. The two […]

Some of the new £5 notes are being sold for hundreds of pounds – here’s why!

22nd October 2016 // 0 Comments

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/new-5-notes-being-sold-11927785 The long-awaited new £5 note is finally here – and it seems it might be worth a lot more than a fiver. Issued by the Bank of England last Tuesday (September 13), it is smaller, stronger and made of polymer, meaning it can apparently survive a trip through the washing machine. Instead of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, the note’s back features Winston Churchill. But what you may not know is collectors have recognised that since these are the Bank of England’s first ever plastic note, some will be rather unique. Loans at Home saw just how special they were to some people, when they found notes going for more than £200. READ MORE New £5 note features Sir Winston Churchill – and it’s plastic! […]

Weerawansas Becoming Millionaires Within Months

21st October 2016 // 0 Comments

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/10/16/weerawansas-becoming-millionaires-within-months/ Controversy surrounds the purchase of building blocks in Hokandara, post 2008, by Shashi Weerawansa, spouse of National Freedom Front leader and former Minister of Housing and Construction Wimal Weerawansa. It has been revealed that Shashi Weerawansa alias Ranasinghe Randunu Mudiyanselage Shirsha Udayanthi had spent nearly Rs. 8.2 million to purchase four plots of land to her name from Alubogahawatte/ Delgahawatte. Some plots of land in the area is said to have been gifted by Shashi’s sister, Ranasinghe Randunu Mudiyanselage Chamari Sulochana Ranasinghe. The Weerawansas owned only a four-perch land at Mawaramandiya, Kadawata where they ran a communication center for their day-to-day expenses, prior to Wimal Weerawansa’s defection from the JVP to ‘strengthen’ the hands of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2008. While being a […]

UN Rapporteur recommends independent commission for minority issues

21st October 2016 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Rapporteur on minority issues today recommended the government establish a fully empowered independent commission for minority issues is included in constitutional reforms to implement mandates and foster relations between communities. Concluding her ten day visit Rita Izsak- Ndiaye the UN’s Rapporteur on Minority Issues urged the government to seize the momentum that still exists from its election, to establish a well coordinated reconciliation and accountability process. Izsak- Ndiaye said an in-depth report on her consultations will be submitted to the United Nations in 2017 but released a statement with shirt term and long term recommendations to the government. Stressing the need to implement the short term recommendations Izsak- Ndiaye said issues relating to the return of land, political detainees and military powers […]

Students shot dead in Jaffna, tension prevails

21st October 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Sinhala Police, gunning down Tamil students in Jaffna, is not different from genocidal military’ [TamilNet, Friday, 21 October 2016, 17:27 GMT] Two Tamil students of the Art Faculty of the University of Jaffna were cold-bloodedly gunned down by Sinhala ‘policemen’ at Kokkuvil, Jaffna, on Thursday night. Both the students died due to gunshot injuries, medical sources at Jaffna hospital said contradicting the cover-up of Colombo. The latest crime committed by the Sinhala Police carrying automatic rifles in the occupied Tamil homeland is a serious security threat to the nation of Eezham Tamils. Sinhala police is not different to the genocidal military as far as the nation of Eezham Tamils are concerned. It was the violent acts by the Sinhala Police in Jaffna that triggered Tamil […]

Tamil Students Of Jaffna University Shot Dead By Lankan Police

21st October 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Two Tamil students were today gunned down by police in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated former war-zone Northern Province’s Jaffna city, prompting authorities to arrest and suspend five policemen. The two students of the Jaffna University were shot dead early morning at a police checkpoint at Kokuvil, Kulappidy junction in Jaffna, nearly 400 kilometres north of Colombo. Though police initially denied shooting the Tamil students saying they had died in an accident, a post-mortem report, however, found bullets lodged in one of the bodies. The five arrested policemen were manning the check point. They have been arrested and suspended, police officials said. Tamil National Alliance has sought an independent investigation into the incident. The incident comes a day after a UN rights expert asked exhorted the […]

Sri Lanka: Tamils:Written question

21st October 2016 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: Tamils:Written question – 49000 Q Asked by Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak) [N] Asked on: 17 October 2016 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sri Lanka: Tamils To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Sri Lanka on the persecution of Tamil people in that country; and if he will call for an international investigation into that persecution.   Answered by: Alok Sharma Answered on: 20 October 2016 The Sri Lankan government has taken a number of positive steps to improve the human rights situation in that country, but we recognise that there remains much to be done. In our statement to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in June we set out the […]

The shadowy human cost of £1,200 hair-extensions revealed

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

A stylist in an upmarket London salon puts the finishing touches to Naomi Isted’s hair. Naomi, a chic thirtysomething, touches a hand to her platinum tresses and smiles at her reflection. And no wonder. Her hair is glossy and voluminous, framing her face in bouncy waves that make her the envy of other women in the salon. It certainly looks impressive — but that’s not her hair. At least, not all of it. She’s spent three hours having £1,000 worth of extensions, made from real human hair, attached to the roots of her own blonde locks. Naomi is just one of tens of thousands of British women who use hair extensions, a number that’s risen by 70 per cent in the past five years. Celebrities […]

Diaspora won’t come until a new constitution is implemented

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The Diaspora isn’t coming back to the country until such time a new constitution is implemented, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said in Colombo recently. Speaking at an event organised by Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) he said that they (Diaspora) are waiting for the implementation of the new constitution which is to be introduced shortly. Sampanthan stressed on the importance of developing the agricultural, fishing and livestock sectors in its progress march towards making Sri Lanka a hub of the region. He re-iterated that ETCA must be protected and that Sri Lankan entrepreneurs should take advantage of the business opportunities opening up with India and that with careful planning Sri Lanka could exploit the Indian market with the growing of grains forexport to this […]

Clinton to be urged to bring Sri Lankan war criminals to ICC

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

A US based Tamil diaspora group says it will urge US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to bring alleged Sri Lankan war criminals to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Tamils for Clinton, which is supporting Clinton at the Presidential elections next month, noted that so far Tamils have not seen substantial results in Sri Lanka after the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution. “Currently, about half a million displaced Tamil people live in Northeast of Sri Lanka. There are fifty thousand orphans and ninety thousand war widows who are still waiting for accountability and justice seven years after the end of conflict. Transitional justice processes and mechanisms are a critical component of the United Nations framework for strengthening the rule of law; Tamils should not accept anything […]

Need For Retraction & Apology By President

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By ANI Ekanayaka – Professor A.N.I. Ekanayaka Just as pathetic as the recent repugnant public criticism of the Bribery Commission, CID and FCID by the President, is the stupidity of some Ministers who have been trying to vainly put a good face on a bad speech, as if the people of this country are fools who can’t understand spoken Sinhala and will believe anything they are told. Where millions have heard and watched the widely circulated video recordings of the President’s speech for themselves, the people are not deceived. People know exactly what he said and meant notwithstanding the distortions of politicians who would pull wool over their eyes. Indeed if nothing else the resignation of the Director General of the Bribery Commission is final […]


19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan has met with the visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye. During her meeting with the Opposition Leader and representatives of the Tamil National Alliance the UN Rapporteur had conveyed that she gathered information from various parties pertaining to serious issues of minorities especially in coexisting in the country. She had conveyed that the questionable statements were made also stemming from a long drawn conflict. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye also stated that the foundation for people coexisting is laid out in the constitution and must therefore be adhered to. The TNA had then informed the UN Rapporteur of efforts towards the formation of a new Constitution claiming concerns surrounding minority issues will be changed through the foundation of […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa of called President Maithripala Sirisena few hours after the Director of the anti-graft commission sought permission to investigate the bank accounts based in Dubai

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Transparency on the corruption probes uncertain – Rajitha Owing to several reasons, transparency on the corruption probes into the activities of the former government is uncertain, Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne says. He expressed this view while speaking at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (19). Senaratne also went on to say the investigation to locate money that was secretly transferred to accounts in Dubai by figures close to the administration of the former President has come to an end. Earlier, Senaratne claimed that more than $10 billion, more than the country’s foreign reserves, was kept outside the country by those closely related to the last government. The Minister also accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of calling President Maithripala Sirisena recently […]

Convicted major pays Rs 2 mn to LTTE’er relatives

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

by Chitra Weerarathne Convicted Major Wimal Wickramage, formerly attached to the Pt. Pedro Army camp yesterday paid Rs. 2,000,000 as compensation to the nearest relative of deceased LTTE suspect Robert Wellington. The money was given to the widow. The court directed the widow to take Rs. 1,000,000 and the father of the deceased to take the balance Rs. 1,000,000. The convict also paid Rs. 10,000 as a fine. Deceased Robert Wellington was shot on or about October 26, 1998, when he tried to escape from an army camp by climbing the wall of the camp. The Major was indicted on a charge of shooting and killing the suspect. The Major was convicted on August 31, 2016. Two years rigorous imprisonment suspended for 10 years was […]

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