Nine years since the end of the war – Reconciliation or the Political solution to the Tamils has not moved even an inch!

16th October 2018 // 0 Comments

India may regret sooner or later!  By S. V. KIRUPAharan, France  “It’s not a mistake to make a mistake, but it is a mistake to repeat the mistake.”  During the 39th session of the Human Rights Council – HRC, on 14 September 2018, I listened to the right to reply by UN member States. In the HRC, the right to reply means a verbal attack either on a State or an NGO.  On 14th September it was between India and Pakistan. During the decades of my participation in the UN Human Rights Forums, I have heard hundreds of ‘wars of words’ between states. But what I heard on 14th September 2018 is very damaging to India.  An Indian rep said the following: “…What is portrayed by Pakistan as self-determination is actually […]

British MPs Concerned About Tamil Activist’s Arrest Write To Home Secretary

14th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By DR ARUJUNA SIVANANTHAN Relieved for Yogalingam and his family that he was released within 24 hours of his arrest. Though it must be harrowing experience. While our community has an excellent relationship with the Metropolitan Police, it shows that the Sri Lankan mission, its operatives are willing to exploit the lack of knowledge and history of other UK police forces to harass, and file false and vexatious complaints against Tamil activists. The intervention by the APPG was both timely and informs the FCO, Home Office and Police Forces of the still malevolent intent that its foreign missions bear against Tamils. Its also tells the Sri Lankan government that we will use all levers to protect the community from its attempts to once again criminalise […]

British Police release TGTE members arrested during protest against SL PM’s visit

14th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sockalingam Yogalingam is a Human Rights Activists and a politician, who is a member of the Transnational Government for Tamil Eelam in the United Kingdom. Yogalingam is the Deputy Minister of Sports and Community Health.[1] [2]He also contested the seat of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in UK general elections in 2015, represented the National Liberal Party.[3][4][5][6] He is the Assistant Director of the Human Rights group Act Now.[7][8] He studied his advanced level at Jaffna Central College[9] before leaving the country in 1985 due to Killing of thousands of Tamils by the SL Government supported violence on Tamil minority. He  completed HND in computer diploma in the 1998-2000 in UK and started helping the Tamil refugees in UK. TGTE MP Sockalingam Yogalingam, who was arrested by the British police for demonstrating against the visit of Sri Lankan […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Says he will Topple the Present Govt by 24th October 2018.

12th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Will Namal Rajapaksa take membership of the SLPP, despite the ant-defection law that will automatically unseat him if they quit the SLFP? or follow his father of being a liar! Will Mahinda Rajapaksa take membership of the SLPP  Section of the SLPP was keen to attempt a caretaker government because they felt it was the only way they could overcome the court cases they were currently facing.  22 Million US Dollars found in an account of Hong Kong and Shanghai bank in the name of Rajapakshe. Mahinda Rajapaksa Says The Present Govt Will Be Toppled Before the Next Poya Day (Oct 24) But Party Re-un ification Bid Faces Snags. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced he will topple the government before the “next poya day,” but […]

Rajapakshe’s 22 Million US Dollars found in an account of Hong Kong and Shanghai bank

12th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Voice Against Corruption Questions Rajapakshe’s 22 Million Dollars from Hong Kong The Voice Against Corruption yesterday (11) questioned about the future actions taken by the FCID in regard to the 22 Million US Dollars found in an account of Hong Kong and Shanghai bank. Convener of the organization Mr. Wasantha Samarasinghe has held a media briefing in Colombo stating that the details related to the case had been requested under the Information Act, but has not been received so far. He reminded that the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division went to Hong Kong to obtain details of the relevant bank account in December 2016, and nearly two years have been passed since. Mr. Wasantha Samarasinghe, who emphasized that these currency were commissions retrieved by the […]

Minister Rajapakshe claims plot hatched by elements in South to trigger racial and religious tensions

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe told Parliament yesterday that a well-organised plan was underway to instigate racial and religious tensions by certain unscrupulous elements publicising false reports to the effect that heritage monuments of the country were being destroyed by minorities. Making a ministerial statement, the Minister said that there were serious allegations and news reports regarding the destruction of archaeological sites in the country. “In response to these allegations I made several inquiries and found that reality was different from what is being described in media and social media,” he said. The Minister presenting the data pertaining to the destruction of archaeological sites, under the Antiquities Ordinance from January 01, 2016 to July 2018, said during that two-and-a-half […]

Subramaniyam Swamy wants formation of provincial councils and adoption of a unitary Constitution with subsidiary federal principals like in India must be followed in Sri Lanka

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

When it comes to Indo-Lankan ties, a political solution to the problem in the north and the east takes the centre-stage. Subramaniyam Suwamy feels formation of provincial councils and adoption of a unitary Constitution with subsidiary federal principals like in India must be followed in Sri Lanka. But his close associate Mahinda Rajapaksha is known for his racist political views in Sri Lanka and is known as liar who promised the western leaders in May 2009 that if he is allowed to kill the LTTE he will implement a political package to solve the Minority Tamil problem which has been existing since independence from British for 70 years. The Western leaders turned a blind eye to the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians with more than […]

British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, from London, decided to purchase a rustic hotel after drinking rum on the beach while on holiday – and have renamed it ‘Lucky Beach Tangalle’ A pair of newlyweds got so drunk on their honeymoon they bought their own hotel. Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, wed in June 2017 and went on a three week backpacking honeymoon to Sri Lanka in December. During their trip, the London-based couple checked into a rustic hotel on the beach and immediately hit it off with some of the staff members there. On their first night, they took to the beach with several bottles […]

A constitutional settlement relating to inter- nationality power sharing is missing – Rajapaksa too gave false promises, to mobilize Sinhala racist votes

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the return of all land in the Northern and Eastern provinces that are owned by the people of those areas, soon after his return from New York where he made the notorious speech to the UN General Assembly.  He issued these instructions during a meeting of the Presidential Task Force overlooking the development of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The President eagerly, has instructed the Presidential Task Force to plan out a speedy time frame and a proper structure in order to implement the project. He expected to present its progress at the next meeting.  This certainly, is in keeping with the letter and spirit of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of October 2015. When the president announced that he […]

Namal ready to obtain SLPP membership

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando MP Namal Rajapaksa yesterday said that he would take the membership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa accepted the leadership of that party at its convention later this year. The MP said that not only him but the entire group loyal to the former President would take up membership of the SLPP Rajapaksa said so in response to The Island query whether he would take up the SLPP leadership at the party convention. The issue was raised yesterday in the wake of 41 SLFP MPs elected on the UPFA ticket at the last parliamentary election in August 2015 meeting at the residence of SLPP Chairman and former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris to charter a future course […]

SLPP to attempt a caretaker government because it was the only way to overcome the court cases they were currently facing

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa Says The Present Govt Will Be Toppled Before the Next Poya Day (Oct 24) But Party Re-un ification Bid Faces Snags. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced he will topple the government before the “next poya day,” but the controversial bid to reunite their splintered Sri Lanka Freedom Party has led to more fissures. Speaking to reporters after a closed-door meeting with his loyalists at the home of Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) chief G. L. Peiris, Rajapaksa said their credibility was being questioned after failing to topple the government despite issuing deadline after deadline. “Every time we say we will bring the government down by this poya (full moon), next poya… you also keep asking me when we will do it. At […]

U.S. Embassy Launches Cultural Heritage Preservation Project in Jaffna

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

JAFFNA, October 5:  Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton today inaugurated a two-year project to preserve pre-historic artifacts in the collection of the University of Jaffna.  The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and totals more than 23 million Sri Lankan rupees ($140,000). The project will rescue artifacts such as clay pots, brass and copper items, temple statues, coins, coral stones, and ceramic objects that are on the verge of irreversible decay.  Most of the collection was excavated in the Northern Province.  The project will involve both undergraduate and post graduate archaeology students of the University of Jaffna.  Professor P. Pushparatnam, a senior professor and the Project Director, submitted the successful proposal to the U.S. Embassy and AFCP.  […]

If there is no Eelam in the North, why is it that your Party members are saying that there are Tiger activities going on in the North

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By Prageeth Sampath Karunatillaka United People’s Freedom Alliance, Hambantota District Parliamentarian D. V. Chanaka says if the government is providing proper security, Tamil people will not ask for Eelam, “They are asking for jobs and development.” Excerpts of the interview: It seems as if the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna(SLPP) which is seeking to govern, after setting up the new Party, doesn’t have any plan at all. As a young Parliamentarian, how do you view this situation? A: We asked to govern with a plan in mind. Actually, all along we had a plan on how we were to run the government. We had a plan based on the Mahinda Chinthanaya on raising the economy and developing the country. What this government should have done was […]

New law to compensate Tamil War victims in Sri Lanka – Former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday passed legislation to pay compensation to victims of the island’s brutal civil war, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict which claimed 1,00,000 lives. The legislature voted 59-43 to approve a broad reparations Bill, which seeks to establish an independent office that will compensate survivors as well as victims’ next of kin. Former strongman President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill, arguing that it amounted to compensating separatist Tamil rebels who were crushed in a no-holds-barred military campaign in May 2009. Key demand The long-delayed legislation had been a key demand of international observers urging reconciliation in the island nation, where divisions between minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese persist. The office will decide on potentially tens of […]

Sri Lankan Tamil Pop Star Matangi (MIA/Maya) Arulpragasam Speaks Candidly About Her Life Journey in New Documentary Film “Matangi/Maya/MIA” Made By Stephen Loveridge

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Tamil Pop Star Matangi (MIA/Maya) Arulpragasam Speaks Candidly About Her Life Journey in New Documentary Film “Matangi/Maya/MIA” Made By Stephen Loveridge By Sean Brocklehurst “Are you sure Steve shouldn’t be in this interview?,” M.I.A. said when I asked her how her new documentary came together. It was a fair question because, technically, the 43-year-old pop star had nothing to do with the making of Stephen Loveridge’s film, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. But she was very much a driving force throughout the creation process thanks to more than 700 hours of personal video footage she handed over to the director eight years ago. “When I handed the tapes over in 2011, I wanted to make an in-depth documentary about the Maya album, just because I had so much […]

Sri Lanka inciting police against UK citizens an ‘outrage’ – British Tamil Conservatives

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

The arrest of a British Tamil activist on the apparent bidding of Sri Lankan officials, was an ‘outrage’ and an attack on British values, the British Tamil Conservatives (BTC) said. The remarks come in response to the arrest of Sockalingam Yogalingam, a prominent Tamil political activist, during a protest against the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s visit in Oxford on Monday. “It is the equivalent of someone from the Iranian or Burmese mission inciting a UK police force to arrest a peacefully protesting British citizen when a member of their government is visiting,” the group said. “It is an outrage.” The group criticised the fact that Yogalingam was detained without access to his lawyers and that his home was searched by police. “These actions attack the […]

ARREST AND DETENTION OF YOGI: BRITISH ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP FOR TAMILS EXPRESSES SERIOUS CONCERN

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPGT) for Tamils has expressed serious concern at the arrest and detention of Mr S.Yogalingam. In an urgent letter sent to the British Home Secretary today, the APPGT said: ‘Dear Secretary of State, We write to express our serious concerns at the recent arrest of Mr Sockalingam Yogalingam, outside the Oxford Union on Monday 8 October, as he peacefully protested the speech being delivered by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. We understand Mr Yogalingam is still in police custody. According to information provided to us by sources at the scene, the arrest was carried out at the behest of Sri Lankan Government officials who were filming the protest. As you know, every UK citizen has the right […]

BRITISH POLICE ARREST AND DETAIN TAMIL POLITICAL ACTIVIST UNDER TERRORISM ACT 2000

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

A Tamil political activist has been arrested and detained by British police under Terrorism Act 2000, the statute used to ban the LTTE in February 2001. Mr Sockalingam Yogalingam alias Yogi who is a TGTE MP was arrested last night by Thames Valley Police, whilst spearheading a demonstration outside Oxford Union condemning the presence of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as guest speaker at the student body’s event last night. Sources close to Mr Yogalingam said he was arrested on suspicion of being a member of the LTTE; pursuant to Sections 43 and 45 of Terrorism Act 2000. Though he was arrested over 19 hours ago, he is yet to be charged, and continues to remain in police custody. Three more Tamil political […]

PM rules out foreign role

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

War crimes: Zacki Jabbar Reporting from Oxford University, England Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the Oxford University, on Monday, that there was no need for foreign intervention in Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of war crimes against the security forces and the LTTE. Responding to questions after addressing students of Oxford University at the Oxford Union Chamber, the Prime Minister said that the current Sri Lankan government had, since assuming office on January 15, 2009, restored democracy, the independence of public institutions  including the judiciary and police, addressed  to a large extent reconciliation issues, rehabilitation of the war affected and returned a majority of  civilian lands that were in the hands of the military to its rightful owners, while taking into consideration national security. Wickremesinghe said foreign […]

Cases against 3 from Mahinda’s family heard yesterday

10th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By K.S. Udaya Kumar Three members of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s family were involved in three separate cases  that were heard at the Colombo High Court Complex yesterday (9). They were namely, former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. A case was called at the Court Hall Number One, pertaining to the alleged misappropriation of Divi Neguma funds, amounting to Rs 36 million, towards the purchase of GI pipes during the previous Presidential Polls campaign by Basil Rajapaksa. A case filed by the Attorney General (AG) against Gotabaya Rajapaksa was taken up for hearing before a Special Permanent High Court-at-Bar, where he has been charged with allegedly misappropriating a sum of Rs 40 million from State […]

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