Wills and Kate was so moved by courage and determination that they even hugged and kissed Sai Kadirrajah

7th December 2016 // 0 Comments

 Sai Kadirrajah was  Kissed and Hugged by Wills and Kate. She recently delivered a speech on behalf of YoungMindst @RoyalFoundation (run by #PrinceWilliam #PrinceHarry#DuchessofCambridge) ‘s private fundraiser. She was the only young person and the #royals were so moved by courage and determination that they even hugged and kissed her!! Kate even suggested she should be a public speaker!! Our family couldn’t be prouder!!! Young Peoples Mental Health isn‘t a joke and nor is it going go away. Sai is an activist who has faced a battle of her own only to come out fighting. And now she wants to make a difference to other young people like herself!She is an inspiration to me and has really showed me that you can achieve anything if […]

U.N. urges Sri Lanka to probe ongoing torture, war crimes

7th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Stephanie Nebehay and Ranga Sirilal | GENEVA/COLOMBO A U.N. rights watchdog called on Sri Lanka on Wednesday to investigate “routine torture” of detainees by security forces and rebuked its government for failing to prosecute war crimes committed during the country’s 26-year civil war. The Sri Lankan military finally vanquished the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan guerrillas in 2009. The United Nations and rights activists have accused the military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly Tamils, during the final weeks of the war and have demanded reforms and redress. In a report, the United Nations Committee against Torture cited continuing reports of abductions of people disappearing into “white vans”, deaths in custody, poor conditions of detention and the use of forced confessions in court. […]

‘Tamil Nadu’s new leaders should keep up pressure on Lanka’

7th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils’ concerns. Tamil Nadu’s new Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Opposition Leader M K Stalin should continue with the same policy of pressurising Sri Lanka to address Tamils’ concerns in the country as J Jayalalithaa did, a hardline Tamil politician said here on Wednesday. “We hope Panneerselvam and Stalin will have the same interest in the Sri Lankan issue,” M K Shivajilingam said. Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils’ concerns. Jayalalithaa was […]

She was a beacon of hope for lankan Tamils

7th December 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s involvement in the Sri Lankan Tamil issue began almost immediately after she joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and became its propaganda secretary within a year in 1983. It was in the later part of 1983 that over 1 lakh Sri Lankan Tamil refugees poured into Tamil Nadu, pushed out by the anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka in July that year. Sensing a great political opportunity to whip up pro-Tamil sentiments, the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) led by M Karunanidhi took the lead in organising support for the beleaguered Sri Lankan Tamils. This left AIADMK leader and Chief Minister M G Ramachandran with no option, but to join the Eelam Tamil bandwagon […]

Destruction of Jaffna Library Ranil apologizes

7th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Extending an apology to the people of the North for the destruction of the Jaffna Library during the UNP regime in 1981, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe asked whether the Joint Opposition……was also willing to apologize for the things they did while in power. Speaking on the third reading stage debate on Budget 2017 under expenditure heads of the Ministry of Prisons, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, the Prime Minister extended this apology for the gutting of the Jaffna Library, which is considered a turning point in the North-East conflict. Joint Opposition MPs at this point heckled the Prime Minister who said the government had “given jobs to people in the North and restored industrial development there. By the time President Maithripala Sirisena marks his second anniversary in […]

Jayalalithaa’s Demise Is A Great Loss To The Tamil People In Sri Lanka

6th December 2016 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha Jayaram‘s demise is a great loss not only to the people of Tamil Nadu but also to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, says the Opposition Leader and the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan. Selvi J Jayalalithaa Sending a condolence message Sampanthan has today said: “Jayalalitha also had a special concern for the resolution of the issues pertaining to the rights of the Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka. Her concern resulted in the passing of several resolutions at the Tamil Nadu State Assembly and frequent interactions with the Central Government in New Delhi on Sri Lanka.” We publish below the condolence message in full: It is truly a sad day for the people in Tamil Nadu […]

‘US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in 2017 to affect SL’

6th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Hiran H.Senewiratne The US Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will increase bank interest rates in 2017 under the new Donald Trump administration, which will have a negative impact on countries like Sri Lanka, Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said. Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said he supports an  interest-rate increase in 2017 and will likely aim at Fed’s 2 percent goal, reports said earlier. “To face the challenge Sri Lanka has placed the macro economic consolidation as a forward looking strategy, the Governor told a media conference last week at the Central Bank’s main office in Colombo. He said that Sri Lanka is quite sound where macro economic policy framework is concerned to face such a hike, because the U.S. economy is […]

LSEG Facility stamps investor confidence for SL

6th December 2016 // 0 Comments

The investment in Sri Lanka by London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) technology facility is a clear example of the investment confidence foreign countries have on Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Speaking at the opening of the LSEG Technology Facility at the TRACE Expert City yesterday he said that unity governments formed by two rival political parties is not something very common in the world but it’s a success story in Sri Lanka. He also said that LSEG technology facility is a clear example of investeor confidence for the government. “I must also say that in addition to the London Stock Exchange Group, the Volkswagen Company from Germany will also lay the foundation for their factory in Kurunegala in January and another global company […]

Former Sri Lankan President Warns Of Social Unrest If China………….

6th December 2016 // 0 Comments

A recent delegation to China led by Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa warned that there may be public unrest if China carries out a new plan to create a 15,000 acre special economic zone in Sri Lanka’s remote Hambantota district. Together with the former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, the delegation personally delivered their doomsday message in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Hambantota is the location of many large-scale, Chinese-partnered development projects that the Rajapaksa-led government started in 2008 with the ambition of turning an under-developed, tsunami-ravaged area that’s best known for its pristine beaches and wildlife preserves into the country’s number two city. Phase I of a $1.5 billion-deep sea port, a $209-million international airport, a world-class cricket stadium, a convention center, and […]

Sri Lanka Tourism kicks off an underground campaign in UK Train Stations

6th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Sun kissed beaches, lush greenery, an ancient and an exquisite culture and heritage, exactly what a holiday maker would want. Sri Lanka is a country blessed with all the resources that any ordinary traveler would need. As the key institution in Sri Lanka to promote Sri Lanka worldwide, Sri Lanka Tourism is carrying various tourism promotional activities to promote Sri Lanka as a high – end tourist destination. At the moment, it has taken a new step of promoting underground advertising campaigns in order to create consumer awareness amongst the travel community on Sri Lankan tourism products, and about the country itself. The campaign was launched on 7th November 2016, in parallel to the World Travel Market (WTM) in UK 2016. The campaign is scheduled […]

The British Tamils Forum (BTF) pays homage to ‘Amma’ Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi Jayalalithaa Jayaram

6th December 2016 // 0 Comments

We are saddened to learn of the sudden death of Selvi Jayalalithaa Jayaram, affectionately known as ‘Amma’ (mother), the Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in India. She has been a vociferous supporter of Tamil rights world over, and has been voicing her support for the brethren across the Palk Straight for a number of years. Tamils world over have lost a leader who spoke against injustice and called for the establishment of a separate Tamil State in Sri Lanka to protect the rights of Tamils living in Sri Lanka. As Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in September 2015 she stated, “I have continuously demanded an independent international investigation on the people who committed genocide. I will take steps for the creation of separate Tamil […]

PWA UK Youth Forum Educational Project – The Color Run 2016

3rd December 2016 // 0 Comments

Students in Pungudutivu were presented with educational equipment from Pungudutivu Youth Forum (UK) who raised funds for their Educational Project through the ‘Color Run 2016’. ‘’None of this could have been possible without the support of Mr Suren Sivapalan, President of the PWA UK 2016, who’s consistent encouragement towards the PWA UK Youth Forum has been a guiding force in our growth’’ said the PWA UK Youth Forum Chairman, Mr Sujan Puvan, who thanked the Chairman and the new committee for all the support they received. On Thursday 1st December 2016, the educational equipment was donated to Pungudutivu schools at Sarvodhaya Pushpamani Hall, Pundugutivu from PWA Youth Forum UK’s donation with the help of Sarvodhayam. Unfortunately, majority of Sri Lanka was affected by high wind and […]

Voices from the margins of the north

2nd December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Frances Bulathsinghala Interviews with some of Sri Lanka’s most vulnerable war-affected persons in the north show that a meaningful post war reconciliation process to them includes action towards human development, based on a comprehensive and consistent post conflict development policy that is focused on knowledge and understanding of grass root scenarios. There is no consistent and meaningful livelihood-focused training undertaken as part of a concrete State policy to deal with the human crisis created by 30 years of conflict that fragmented the lives of thousands. Many of those who are in acutely vulnerable situations such as being disabled, widowed, located outside town centres and living with extended families on account of losing their houses and livelihood in the war, say that they have received […]

Killed after he attempted to uncover Sri Lankan government corruption!

2nd December 2016 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan couple fearing harm after their family members were shot and killed by underworld criminal have been granted refugee status. The husband and wife told the Immigration and Protection Tribunal they feared for their lives because of familial connection to the husband’s late father and uncle, who had both been allegedly assassinated. The uncle was shot and killed allegedly by underworld criminal after he attempted to uncover Sri Lankan government corruption and the father killed after seeking justice for the uncle’s killing. The alleged killers have not be prosecuted and remain at large. The husband is Sinhalese and a Buddhist, and was born in Colombo in the late 1980s. After completing his schooling in 2007, he moved to a country named by the […]

Mahinda has covert dealings with Ranil

2nd December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Anuradha Herath Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) General Secretary Tilvin Silva said in an interview that the Joint Opposition is a gang of thieves who have got together with Rajapaksa. Excerpts of the interview: ?: It seems as if revealing fraud and corruption is only of promotional advantage to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna? A: The role of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna is to reveal frauds and corruption of the government and citizens. We did not stop at massive criticism and just lodging complaints. We have fought towards taking maximum action in connection with those. We revealed to the country the corruption and frauds of the Rajapaksas, as well as the Maithri-Ranil partnership. We revealed it through COPE. ?: Why is there a delay in taking […]

TNA to Govt:You haven’t fooled us

2nd December 2016 // 0 Comments

The Government should not think it has fooled the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), MP M A Sumanthiran told Parliament yesterday. “Don’t think you have fooled us just because we support you on constitutional reforms and vote in favour of the budget,” he said. He said the government should expedite the process of devolving power and honour its promise to the international community. He urged the government to set up an office to probe disappearances. (Yohan Perera) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/TNA-to-Govt-You-haven-t-fooled-us-120036.html#sthash.h9NRY3DW.dpuf

South should accept Former Chief Justice and current CM of the Northern Province Wigneswaran’s invitation for dialogue

2nd December 2016 // 0 Comments

The man in the North often used as a punching bag by Sinhala hardliners and for sensational headlines and soundbites for the Colombo media, on Tuesday 22 November came to their doorstep to invite them for an open dialogue on Northern and Eastern issues.    “We are trying to get in contact and talk to our Sinhala brethren, because this has not been done earlier. We could sit together and discuss. Now that young brother of mine asked all sorts of questions and he was worked up. That’s good…..These questionings, answering, discussion, these are all very important. See, we are trying to engage…..We may possibly even have it next in Galle.” Justice Wigneswaran, CM of the Northern Province told a journalist, answering his question at […]

Remembering those killed in the war by JVP and LTTE

2nd December 2016 // 0 Comments

“For the first time in seven years, events of Maveerar Day for the commemoration of the valiant militants who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil Eelam struggle were held in public and in full swing yesterday with emotional fervour.”   This was how the SudarOli, one of the Tamil dailys published in Colombo started to explain in its front page lead story, the remembrance of LTTE cadres who died in their fight for a separate Tamil State, by their relatives in the North and the East on November 27, under the headline “The Tamil motherland rises up, the abodes where the great heroes slumber were lit up, people wail at the places where there were graves.” The story continues; “Although the abodes where the great […]

Constitution, devolution and minorities

30th November 2016 // 0 Comments

A national debate on the proposed new constitution commenced with the recent session of the Constitutional Council and drafting of proposals by different Committees. To set the tone, President Maithripala Sirisena referred to the conceptual positions with regard to the proposed constitution in his recent interview with The Hindu. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader R Sampanthan made statements in Parliament and Northern Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran also made few comments in the Provincial Council and outside. Talking to Meera Sirinivasan of The Hindu, President Sirisena did not hesitate to give his honest opinion. “People of the south are scared of the word federal. People of the north are scared of the word unitary. What we should do is not fight over these […]

Trouble once again in paradise

30th November 2016 // 0 Comments

The fluid political situation in Sri Lanka, and the erosion of popular support for the Sirisen a – W i c k r e m e s i n g h e combine, have together created in the minds of the minority Tamils, doubts about the regime’s ability to draft a Tamil-friendly constitution and face the political storm that will certainly follow. Sensing a drift towards abandonment of the constitution- making exercise and its substitution by a few amendments to the existing constitution along with electoral reforms, the MPs of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the largest Tamil party in Parliament with 16 MPs, met President Maithripala Sirisena recently to air their concerns. Sirisena assured the MPs that he is keen on a new constitution […]

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