Pakistan HC official in Colombo moved out

3rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

New Delhi: Amid mounting pressure from India, Pakistan is understood to have quietly withdrawn its official from its High Commission in Colombo following an allegation against him that he was involved in conspiracy to target the US and Israel consulates in south India at ISI’s behest. Counselor (Visa) Amir Zubair Siddiqui had been withdrawn even before NIA’s request under Mutual Assistance Legal Treaty (MLAT) reached Colombo as his presence had become untenable to his diplomatic duties, officials here said. Pakistan, which has been on the back foot, maintained that Siddiqui’s tenure had got completed in Sri Lanka and he has since returned to Islamabad. Press Attache at the Pakistani High Commission here Muhammad Daud Ehtisham was approached by PTI through e-mail for his comment, but he […]

When Jayewardene wanted to hang Prabhakaran

3rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

“Dixit told me Rajiv wanted Prabhakaran killed” When Jayewardene wanted to hang Prabhakaran New Delhi: Sri Lankan president J.R. Jayewardene asked Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986 to hand over Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran to him so that he could hang him in Jaffna. Jayewardene made the request to Gandhi during the SAARC summit in Bangalore, reveals former Congress leader K. Natwar Singh in his autobiography, ‘One Life is Not Enough’ (Rupa).   Natwar Singh was then a member of the Gandhi government. New Delhi had asked Prabhakaran to come to Bangalore so as to meet Jayewardene in a bid to end the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict. ‘We had kept Prabhakaran’s presence in Bangalore a secret but somehow President Jayewardene got to know. […]

C4′s Macrae willing to share war info

3rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

The producer of the controversial documentary videos on Sri Lanka aired by Britain’s Channel 4 television, Callum Macrae, says he is prepared to fully co-operate with the UN led investigation on the war in Sri Lanka. Macrae had produced a series of videos related to the war, including the ‘No-Fire Zone’ series which alleges war crimes were committed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. Macrae says that while the proceedings of the investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sri Lanka is entirely confidential he will be happy to fully co-operate with the investigators when appropriate. The OHCHR investigation is to look at allegations that war crimes had been committed during the war in Sri […]

Big power silence on Gaza, warning for Lanka

3rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

The situation in the Gaza region in the Palestine territories has multiple issues. Foremost among them are the mounting civilian casualties in the clash between Israel and the Palestinian group, Hamas, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. But there are also those issues that have a bearing on countries like Sri Lanka. The ‘Palestinian problem’ if one was to broadly describe what is the single biggest outstanding issue in West Asia had its beginnings, like so many other conflicts of the modern world, in what colonial Britain left behind. The Balfour Declaration carved out a state of Israel and jettisoned the indigenous Palestinians from their homeland more than half a century ago. Today, the Palestinians are stateless. There are two sides to the current crisis […]

As UN probe begins, controversy over local inquiry

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The first phase of the international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka has begun in Geneva. The exercise, the Sunday Times learnt, is the study of voluminous material including complaints which the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has received. The idea is to categorise them before the formal process begins towards the end of this month. Originally they were expected to begin this task in mid-July. That will include testimony from witnesses. A source familiar with the process said on the telephone from Geneva that Skype interviews have been carried out with related parties in Sri Lanka to clarify or corroborate matters referred to in the material available. This is being described as a preliminary measure. With hardly a month […]

India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Diplomatic row over espionage

3rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN India has urged Sri Lanka to probe the background and events pertaining to Sri Lankans, involved in terrorist activities, suspected of having links with Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), plotting terror attacks in India.The Home Ministry of India has sent a letter, which has listed nearly 25 points that needed to be probed by the Sri Lankan officials to arrive at a conclusion regarding the terror plot by the ISI. Reliable sources from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) New Delhi, India, told Ceylon Today that India’s Home Ministry has sent a letter to the Public Administration and Home Affairs office in Sri Lanka through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide them with all information related to three suspects, one of Sri […]

Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka – Denies involvement in espionage on India

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The Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka denied claims by India that one of its diplomats was involved in managing Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence Service (ISI) activities in India. The Indian media recently reported that a Pakistani Diplomat in Sri Lanka was on the radar of Indian intelligence agencies since 2012. According to Times of India, Amir Zubair Siddiqui is, “The person managing ISI activities in India from Sri Lanka.” However, the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka called the campaign as “a crude attempt to tarnish the image of Pakistan, its High Commission in Sri Lanka and to spoil the extremely cordial Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations.” They also strongly condemned ‘this insidious media activity’ and strongly denied any involvement in espionage or terrorist activity. “This is […]

Anti Tamil Subramanium Swamy firm on taking part in Sri Lankan meet

3rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy a well known anti Tamil and a close associate of the President Mahinda accused of War crimes said that he was firm on participating in the defence conference organized by Sri Lanka despite opposition from Tamil Nadu parties in India.  DMK chief M Karunanidhi and MDMK leader Vaiko have demanded the Centre not to send an Indian delegation to the meet to be held from August 18 to 20. A petition has also been filed in the high court seeking Centre not to send the delegation. Tamil Nadu political parties are voicing opposition to India sending a military delegation to participate in the conference, Anti Tamil Swamy who supported the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the Sri Lankan forces in […]

Student today, Mourinho tomorrow – An Interview with Ragesh Nambiar

2nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Student today, Mourinho tomorrow – An Interview with Ragesh Nambiar  (from Tamil Student Initiative blog – The Spaghetti Incident) Given that the World Cup has just recently come to a close, we thought it would be good to bring in someone with a bit more football expertise. Luckily enough, we managed to find someone with exactly that. Ragesh Nambiar, head coach of the Tamil Eelam football team and coach at Chelsea FC, sat down with us and gave us a quick interview speaking about his path through the exciting world of professional football. TSI: So to start things off, we just wanted to get to know a bit more about you. Where did you go university, were you a big part of the Tamil scene? […]

How our politicians are abusing power!

2nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Natasha Hariharan speaks out about how our politicians are abusing power Q: What’s the good, bad and ugly here, in Sri Lanka? A: While infrastructure is being strengthened around the country, natural resources are being utilised efficiently, foreign investment is forging ahead and tourism is flourishing, the country’s debt is massive. Sri Lanka is being forced to implement lenders’ expectations. There’s also an increase in human and drug trafficking, which has resulted in the abuse of women and children. Politicians are also abusing power with unlawful activity, with corruption and loopholes in the law reflecting negatively on the nation. There’s also the ugly spectre of religious intolerance. Q: What changes do you see, in the context of nation building and reconciliation? A: The war-affected areas in the north and east […]

Rampant militarisation of state apparatus

2nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan army is reluctant to recover from its victory hangover, not realising that the resulting anxiety among its people threatens the relief that came at the end of the civil war Early in July, Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry sent out a rather short letter to non-governmental organisations asking them to stop, with immediate effect, engaging in “unauthorised activities”. The July 7 letter, which renewed concerns over freedom of speech, was issued by the National Secretariat for Non Governmental Organisations functioning under the Ministry of Defence. The Secretariat’s unconventional list of unauthorised activities” comprised press conferences, workshops, training for journalists and dissemination of press releases. Earlier a wing of the Ministry of Social Services, the Secretariat was brought under the purview of the Defence Ministry […]

Will Minister Ranawaka be a honest Buddhist?

2nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Champika Ranawaka has said that he will reveal details about illegal secret transactions and other corrupt deals committed by government politicians and senior government officials, on 5 August 2014. He is a leading Minster of the Mahinda government and a close associate of the President Rajapaksha. The minister has compiled a book titled, ‘Power and political power’, which records in detail, with evidence, how politicians and officials in power and the petroleum sector were responsible for many acts of sabotage and irregularities causing massive losses to the government.  He has a Minister was unable to stop these fraudulent acts of these politicians and senior government officials as they were Mahinda government supporters.This book contains information on how, while he was minister, certain officials, with tacit support […]

Key Witness Of The Trial Of Forcing Teacher Kneel Down Found Dead

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

A key witness in the trial against a former Provincial Council Member of Mahinda’s party who forced a teacher on her knees, has been found dead in an abandoned well.Nawagaththegama Police said that the body of Rajakaruna Abeyratne Mudiyanselage Punyasoma Bandara, a resident of Hospital Road, Nawagaththegama, has been found in this manner.He was the fourth witness of the case against Ananda sarath Kumara, who forced the Teacher in charge of discipline at Navodya School in Nawagaththegama to kneel down in the school.The deceased has apparently given valuable evidence in the case against Ananda Sarath Kumara.Police is investigating the cause of the death. For the time being, police has cordoned off the area where the body was found.

Several International Dignitaries Join Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)uiyu5

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

TGTE’s Senate – The Upper House of Parliament – has Senators from Africa, Europe, Asia and mericas. The Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, today announced the names of fifteen Senators for the TGTE’s second Parliamentary Session. The Senate serves as the Upper House of TGTE’s Parliament.  Several international dignitaries include: a former US Attorney General, Senior Civil Rights and Human Rights Lawyers from France and Canada, a former Member of Parliament from Malaysia, a representative from South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and a former Member of European Parliament. Also included are a Sinhalese Physician, Professors, Journalists, Political Leaders, Academics and others from India, Malaysia and several other African, European, Asian and North American countries. Here is the full list […]

Lanka’s Article of Jayalalitha: Full Text

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

How meaningful are Jayalalitha’s love letters to Narendra Modi?’ Subramanium Swamy thanked the Sri Lankan President for arresting the Indian fishermen while confiscating the boats.  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister may learn sooner than later that Narendra Modi is not a puppet to dance to her tantrums or threats. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned they say and that aptly puts to context the feelings of Jayalalitha towards Sri Lanka. But, the BJP high powered delegation led by Dr. Subramaniam Swamy who arrived in Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies recently made explicitly clear that Tamil Nadu would not come between Indo-Lanka relations and also thanked the Sri Lankan President for arresting but releasing the Indian fishermen while […]

Jaya, TN Parties Condemn Article in Lankan Website

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

 AIADMK Protests ‘Derogatory’ Article Against Jaya In a rare show of comraderie, political parties in Tamil Nadu rallied behind Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in condemning a derogatory article against her on a Sri Lankan official website, forcing Colombo to issue an unqualified apology and remove the post.The article in the website of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development of Sri Lanka left all sections of society in Tamil Nadu fuming with AIADMK and various Tamil outfits staging protests across the state and venting their anger by burning effigies and photos of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.As tempers rose in the state and the issue rocked Parliament with AIADMK raking it up, the article was removed, with Sri Lanka tendering an ‘unqualified apology.’“We extend […]

SL Trying to Create Fissures in India’s Federal Polity: Jaya

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Taking strong exception to an alleged derogatory article about her on the Sri Lankan defence website, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today accused it of trying to create fissures in India’s federal polity as she demanded an unconditional apology from Colombo for the insinuations against her. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi hours after the controversy broke out, leading to a furore in Tamil Nadu’s political circles, she said that it also depicted him in a ‘disrespectful manner.’ She said it was brought to her notice that the article, titled ‘How meaningful are Jayalalithaa’s love letters to Narendra Modi’ had been published in the website of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development of Sri Lanka. Though the article had been removed following an […]

Kumari Balasooriya’s statement a threat to President’s life

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

No other president will be appointed as long as President Mahinda Rajapaksa lives and it is definite like the sun and the moon says the Governor for Southern Province Ms. Kumari Balasooriya speaking at a ceremony held at Ambalangoda. The charges against the moves by the present president are going up daily and among these charges are obstructing prospects for democratic moves, torching media institutions, murder of journalists, failing to increase salaries of state and private sector employees and slashing of public welfare. What Ms. Kumari Balasooriya hints while a public opinion is developing against these moves is that President Mahinda Rajapaksa could be defeated only if he doesn’t exist. According to Ms. Balasooriya’s statement there could be a threat to President’s life and it […]

Mr. President, the murderer is in your lap

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

It was on a day like yesterday (31st) that distinctive artist Premakeerthi de Alwis was murdered 25 years ago. A commemoration ceremony was organized at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) complex. A large number of artistes including Victor Ratnayaka participated. The President was the special invitee. Premakeerthi’s widow Ms. Nirmala Alwis had told the President, “Mr. President, the murderer is on your lap.” Ms. Nirmala Alwis charges that the Chairman of SLBC Hudson Samarasinghe murdered her husband. Speaking regarding this Ms. Nirmala Alwis later said, “Many commemoration ceremonies are held on behalf of Premakeerthi. However, only a few speak about his murder. After studying regarding this murder for 25 years I had come to a conclusion.  I told the President and others through various messages […]

Medical & Dental School Ranking 14/15 – Barts in the Top Ten

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Medical & Dental School Ranking 14/15 – Barts in the Top Ten Three different University ranking systems have placed Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry inthe top 10 institutes in the world and the UK. The Leiden Ranking 2014, the Guardian University Guide 2015 and the Complete University Guide 2015 have all ranked the medical and dental school (part of Queen Mary University of London) in the top tier, using a variety of measurements, showing that medical research and teaching at Barts is absolutely world-class. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014 measures the scientific performance of 750 major universities worldwide. Using a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators, the ranking aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and of universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration. The CWTS […]

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