Mother-of-two, 14-year B.C. resident facing deportation

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A mother of two who has lived in Metro Vancouver for 14 years is facing deportation after she was arrested by border officials in April. Ibarra, who moved to Canada from Sri Lanka at age 15, is married to a Canadian man. They have two boys together, ages 7 and 10. “It’s really devastating to think that she could leave us, she could leave me, the family could be split apart,” said husband Eliseo Ibarra. “For the government to split up a family like this, it’s just unbelievable.” PHOTOS Janina Ibarra is seen with her two children, left, and husband Eliso, right. She’s facing deportation over a passport that was lost nearly 10 years ago. (Courtesy Janina & Eliseo Ibarra) The problem stems from what […]

Sinhalese can Remember fallen comrades but Tamils are NOT allowed to do so in Sri Lanka

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For Sinhalese – Annual public meeting to Remember comrades killed by Army  On 5 April 2014, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held their annual April Heroes’ Day in Badulla to commemorate the fallen comrades of the 1971 revolt. While many JVP and breakaway Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) members held several public events, the ‘true’ participants of the 1971 rebellion gathered at the Kurunegala Town Hall, under the ’71 Solidarity Forum to remember their comrades, who lost their lives during the rebellion. Every year For the past 43 years they annually commemorate the death  about  5,000 heroes killed in the 1971 April uprising, without building monuments in memory of them. They sacrificed their lives for a dream of a socialist society, bringing the first experience of an armed […]

President meets the Bishop for talks

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for talks at the Bishop’s House, the President’s office said in a statement today. The meeting comes following the return to Sri Lanka of a delegation of Sri Lankan Catholic Bishops led by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith after meeting Pop Francis at the Vatican. At the meeting with the Pope it was reported that the Pope had mentioned about a visit to Sri Lanka in January next year. It was also reported that the Pope took note of the rise of religious extremists in Sri Lanka who he says, in promoting a false sense of national unity based on a single religious identity, have created tensions through various acts of intimidation and violence. In his address to the Sri Lankan delegation the […]

The good, the bad and the embarrassing

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by Faizer Shaheid The trials and tribulations were immense for the Organizing Committee, as challenges began to mount at the World Conference on Youth (WCY). However, overseas delegates claimed that the conference had not been anything short of fabulous. The WCY attended by youth delegates from 159 countries, top United Nations (UN) officials and several ministers from overseas came to a close yesterday following a sensational display by Sri Lankan artistes at the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) auditorium. Much ado had been placed on the WCY with a recorded attendance of over 40 top UN officials, including President of the General Assembly, John William Ashe. Deputy Minister of Education, Mohan Lal Grero stated that almost all UN organizations had been represented at the conference. “This purveys the […]

Fundamentalists in the Government

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A Government Minister says there are fundamentalists within the Government who work according to their personal agendas. Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation Jayarathne Herath says the fundamentalists speak on religious issues but their main goal is to win votes. The Minister said that the public had never accused the Sri Lanka Freedom Parry (SLFP) of racism and never rejected the party over similar lines. However he says now some people who joined the SLFP led Government are fundamentalists and are damaging the middle line taken by the party over the years. He noted that among the fundamentalists are Muslim and Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalists who operate with ulterior motives. “These people are not trying to promote religion. They are targeting their voter base,” the […]

Councillor Sivajilingam will Defy Ban to commemorate the 40,000 Tamil Civilians killed by Army.

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By Camelia Nathaniel Political groups in the North have decided to defy a ban on holding public events to commemorate the “Mullivaikal massacre” next Sunday. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council Member M. K Sivajilingam told The Sunday Leader that public events to commemorate those killed during the final stages of the war in the North will be held to coincide with the fifth year anniversary since the end of the war. “We will not be deterred by threats or intimidation and we will commemorate our dead. No one has the right to take away our right to commemorate our dead. Anyone can threaten us to stop such events, but no matter what they say we will stage these commemoration ceremonies. If those in […]

There Is No LTTE – Suresh Premachandran

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TNA MP Suresh Premachandran stated that the TNA have serious doubts that a common candidate would be a smart move at this moment. Following are excerpts: Q: The JVP and the UNP have started having talks with regards to a common candidate at the next presidential election. There are reports that they have approached Venerable Maaduluwaawe Sobitha Thero. How does the TNA identify with the UNP and JVP? Further, what is your opinion in this whole situation? A: So far, as for the TNA, we have not had any discussions regarding the Common Candidate matter as such. But, as far as Sobitha Thero is concerned, after all the, how do you call it, Ravana Balaya, Bodhu Bala Sena and various other groups, I don’t think a […]

A dangerous incident

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After the JVP launched its first insurrection in April 1971, attacking – sometimes overrunning and destroying – many police stations countrywide with homemade bombs and commandeered shotguns, a veteran policeman of the day wisely remarked that “the days when a cop, perhaps armed with a baton, went on a bicycle for an inquiry are gone. We will now have to go in strength in a vehicle and carry automatic weapons.’’ These remarks that proved to be prophetic came to mind when Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana went on record last week saying that the police force was “challenged’’ by the incident a few days ago when two policemen on patrol in the dead of night had been set upon by a group who had stripped them […]

Weerawansa became the laughing stock

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When Wimal waves the wand again My Dear Wimal, I am writing to you to congratulate you because I heard that you held your own May Day rally last week, instead of joining the Blues and Mahinda maama at their grand meeting in Colombo. Only you could get away with such a bold and daring decision, Wimal! I heard you say at your rally that your decision to have your own meeting was because you didn’t see eye to eye with Mahinda maama and the Blues about these casinos they are proposing. The Blues are saying there will be no new casinos, only hotels but you are saying you are not so sure. What is a bit puzzling to me, Wimal, is that if you […]

Weerawansa’s open revolt rattles Govt. as it prepares for elections

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Special presidential unit investigates dealings by rebel minister’s NHDA NFF to present 12-point demand, including firm ‘no to casinos’; tie-up with JHU and MEP UNHRC gets funding for probe of alleged war crimes; Pillay to name commission and terms soon Like a roulette wheel, partners in the UPFA Government have gone into a spin over the controversial casino issue. The latest is the National Freedom Front (NFF) led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa, often dubbed as the mouthpiece of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on controversial issues. His colleagues even identify him as the point man to raise planted questions at weekly ministerial meetings to pave the way for Rajapaksa’s critical intervention. On other occasions he is a one-man ‘fact finder’ on the allegiances of his colleagues or how […]

TGTE Losing Lustre Among Tamils?

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By Camelia Nathaniel http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/05/11/tgte-losing-lustre-among-tamils/ After the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, the leaders of the LTTE rump attempted to replicate the organization in exile. As a segment of the Sri Lankan Tamil expatriates had spent much of lives supporting the crimes of murder, destruction and assassination by the LTTE, they were determined to not let their efforts go to waste. Driven by an ideology of vengeance, they continued the fight for the restoration of the LTTE. The masterminds entrusted with this task were two of their most senior leaders living overseas. LTTE Chief of Finance, Procurement and Shipping Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP and the LTTE’s International Legal Advisor Vishwanathan Rudrakumaran, who was in charge of its international and diplomatic affairs, […]

UK Muslims stage demo demanding ‘safeguarding of Human Rights’

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Sri Lankan Muslims living in the UK staged a demonstration against the Sri Lankan government demanding that their rights as well as those of other minorities be safeguarded. The Muslims have lost faith in the 8 Dummy Ministers who are accused of personally benefiting from their Ministry posts and are NOT doing anything against the violence against Muslims by hardcore Buddhists Monks called BBS with the support of Sri Lankan police and Defence Ministry. The 8 Ministers will loose their Ministry post if they question the Rajapaksha’s racists policies. The selfish Muslim politicians have failed to grasp the grave danger that has already engulfed Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Inside Story – The Torching Muslim Owned Shop with the police support A group of nearly three hundred radical Buddhist […]

TWO Pakistani HC staff in Colombo sent a three Sri Lankan Muslim’s to India on a terror launch attacks in India.

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It is believed that the Sri Lankan government is working closely with the Pakistan government to terrorise the Tamil Nadu government as a ‘thanks for helping it to kill the Tamils in thousands in May 2009’ and supporting it in UN resolution. The Sonia’s government which has no support what’s so ever in Tamil Nadu is mum about the terror threat from Pakistan. The Pakistan government has NOT said a word about the arrest and it’s government department sending terrorists to India. The names of two ‘officials’ working in the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka Colombo have been included in an FIR (First Information Report) filed in Chennai on Thursday against Mohammed Zahir Hussain, a Sri Lankan from Kandy suspected to be an agent […]

Labour urges Hague: act on Sri Lankan president to avoid Games outcry

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The events of July 1983 are poignant for the entire Tamil population around the world. Between July 24 and 29, Tamils were systematically targeted with violence in Colombo and many other parts of Sri Lanka. ………….. READ  MORE  Horror of a pogrom: Remembering “Black July” 1983 The tragic history of post – independence Sri Lanka records that the Tamils of Sri Lanka have been subjected to mass –scale mob violence in the years 1956, 1958, 1977, 1981 and 1983. The anti-Tamil violence of July 1983 was the most terrible and horrible of them all.  Labour urges Hague: act on Sri Lankan president to avoid Games outcry Labour have called on Foreign Secretary William Hague to ensure the Commonwealth Games are not overshadowed by controversy over […]

Inside Story – The Torching Muslim Owned Shop with the police support

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By Rifai Naleemi – A group of nearly three hundred radical Buddhist extremists have burned down a Muslim owned shop in Aluthgama town on 8/5/14.  This was not coincidently happened attack on the shop of this innocent Muslim businessman rather this was a premeditated racist attack to destroy the livelihood of this man. There is no shadow doubt that this attack was initiated and carried out with the support of Police, BBS and some Buddhist radicals of this area. This was the only Muslim shop in Aluthgama town. This shop has been set on fire last night (8/5/2014). It is believed that some extremist Buddhist people under the leadership of some radical Buddhist monks set fire to this Muslim shop. We should listen to the owner of this shop to know what exactly […]

Israel as a model for the Sri Lankan State

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By Dayan Jayatilleka – I write from a particular standpoint (derivative and illustrative of a distinct worldview), best delineated by a critical observer rather than by myself. Izeth Hussein, literary critic and former Ambassador wrote in ‘After Geneva, What?’: “Between 1995 and 2000, and even more during the years of the peace process, the widespread assumption was that the LTTE could never be defeated militarily. There were very few dissentient voices against that conventional wisdom outside the armed forces and those identifiable as Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists. One dissentient voice was that of Dayan Jayatilleka, who consistently maintained that there was no reason at all why the LTTE could not be defeated militarily.” (‘After Geneva, What?’ Izeth Hussein, Colombo Telegraph, 29 March 2014) In the extreme situation that […]

Sri Lanka to implement U.N. demands except international probe

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Sri Lanka is in the process of implementing all demands made by the sponsors of the UNHRC resolution against it except for allowing an international probe into alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the war with the LTTE. The assertion was made by the Sri Lankan President during a meeting on Friday with Seiji Kihara, Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Rajapaksa told the Japanese Minister, “Please tell this truth to rest of the world. Except for an international inquiry we are in the process of implementing all other demands made by sponsors of the Resolution.” The President’s office quoted Mr. Kihara as saying that the UNHRC resolution was unhelpful to Sri Lanka. “We considered […]

End of the road for Sri Lankan born woman working for the Queen

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Bedtime for the Queen on recent chilly spring evenings has not been complete without one of her most cherished pleasures — a hot water bottle, placed snugly between the silken sheets. Imagine Her Majesty’s shock, on retiring to her large first-floor bedroom overlooking the gardens at Buckingham Palace just the other evening, to find her bed ice-cold. No bottle. Instead, it was lying to one side and was unfilled, so the Queen, who has always been a practical sort, made a hot water bottle for herself. She clearly saw the funny side, turning the incident into a huge joke when telling her close senior aide Angela Kelly about it. For Melani Dimple, however, the housemaid who forgot to put the bottle into the bed while […]

Lanka backs Vietnam over China

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 MEA plays down Prime Minister’s comments Sri Lanka supports Vietnam’s stance on demanding China adhere to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and withdraw its drilling rig HD-981 out of Viet Nam’s sovereignty and exclusive economic zone, the Vietnam Prime Minister’s office said. Sri Lanka’ PM D.M. Jayaratne made the statement at a reception given by PM Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday (May 9), regarding the East Sea issue. He proposed dealing with the issue by peaceful measures on the basis of the international law. The host leader affirmed that Viet Nam will do its utmost to work with Sri Lanka to make the two nations’ relations more efficient. He welcomed Sri Lanka’s delegation led by PM D.M. Jayaratne to the United […]

Honest cleaner gets to keep $80,000 he found

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  Chamindu Amarsinghe AN honest janitor has cleaned up after finding $100,000 of dirty money in a toilet. Chamindu Amarsinghe said on Thursday he was speechless to hear he will get $81,597 of the cash he found at Channel 9’s Docklands headquarters, after no one came forward to claim it. The other $19,500 will go to the state, a magistrate ruled this week. Mr Amarsinghe was tidying the ground floor toilets back in August 2011 when he found a sanitary bin flush with $510 and $100 notes. “There was too much to count – I thought someone was playing a prank on me,” he said. “But when I touched the notes – all yellow and green – I realised it was real money.” The stunned […]

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