Four Tamil’s arrested in Coventry murder case of a family man

FOUR COVENTRIANS have been arrested, with one appearing in court yesterday, over the murder of a Foleshill man. Two men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the murder, while one man appeared at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (March 11) charged with the murder of Arunasalam Arunothayan. The 48-year-old Sri Lankan national was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Thursday, March 5 after being assaulted at his Foleshill Road home the previous day, and died later that morning – a post mortem revealing he had died…

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Mahinda blames RAW, CIA, MI-6

Claiming that the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) conspired with “Western agencies” CIA and MI-6 to rally the opposition led by President Maithripala Sirisena against his presidency, Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he does not, however, believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the government was responsible, The Hindu newspaper reported. In an exclusive interview to The Hindu, his first to any Indian media organisation since his surprise defeat in the presidential polls in January, Rajapaksa says he raised concerns with the government over his belief of a conspiracy. “I…

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Diaspora warn against any delay

The Tamil Diaspora have noted that any delay in addressing Tamil concerns, whether humanitarian or political, can only give scope for hard-line attitudes from all sides to re-emerge, and this will make the task of achieving meaningful progress more difficult in the future. The Global Tamil Forum, an inferential Tamil group based in London, said that the new coalition government in Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena is unique in that it has the support of all the major political parties representing all communities, and the government…

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TNA wants India as third party – Modi to be told

By Lakshmi Jayakody The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday that they would communicate to the visiting Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on the need for Indian mediation as a third party, which they feel is essential to resolve the ethnic crisis in the island nation. A special group of representatives led by TNA Leader, R. Sampanthan, is due to meet Prime Minister Modi in Colombo today. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran told Ceylon Today, that they will also point out to the Indian Prime Minister that the 13th Amendment to…

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Sinhala copy of ”No Fire Zone” will NOT be shown in Sri Lanka!

BY SANJAYA DASSANAYAKE & SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN Producer of Channel-4 television station, Callum Macrae has shouted at the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena opposite the British Prime Minister’s official residence, asking him to exhibit the film No Fire Zone produced by him, in Sri Lanka. This request had been made by Callum Macrae when President Sirisena, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera and the Sri Lankan delegation were leaving No. 10 Downing Street subsequent to having participated in a special discussion with British Prime Minister David Cameron. It is said…

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Three arrested with forged visas to UK

Three young men had been arrested at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport by the CID while attempting to illegally take flight to the UK on forged visa, airport officials said. The suspects were 21, 25, and 32 years of age and residents of the Maullaithivu area, sources said. The Police said that the CID had checked the three passengers on information that a group of former LTTE cadres were attempting to leave the country illegally. Investigations revealed that two of the suspects were rehabilitated LTTE carders who depended on fishery…

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No UN team in the Lankan probe

President Maithripala Sirisena says UN investigators will not be involved in the domestic investigation over the war, the BBC reported today. The Sri Lankan president says he hopes to set up a domestic inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during the country’s civil war within a month. But he said UN investigators would not be involved, despite international pressure. He was speaking to the BBC’s Sinhala service while on a visit to London. The Sri Lankan army defeated the LTTE in 2009, ending a 26-year long conflict. Both sides have been accused…

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Sirisena Has All Party Support; Modi Should Build Confidence Among Tamils: GTF

Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit to Sri Lanka can induce speedy resolution of the humanitarian and political concerns of the Tamil people – Global Tamil Forum Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka this week, the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in over 25 years, is undoubtedly an event of enormous significance. The expected visit by the Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna in the Tamil-majority North is historic first. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes these developments.   The recent changes of governments in India…

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Domestic war crimes dossier out before Sept. Geneva sessions, President tells Labour leader

From Shamindra Ferdinando in London   President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday (March10) assured that Sri Lanka would release its own war crimes dossier before the UN investigators presented their report to the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September 2015. The President was responding to Labour and Opposition Leader Ed Miliband during a hurriedly arranged meeting at London Hilton on Park Lane. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera explained the ongoing domestic investigation meant to address the contentious accountability issue. The Sri Lankan report could be made available in July,…

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Maithri tells Cameron: SL courts will handle domestic inquiry findings

UK offers to help probe financial frauds UK notes concerns over Lanka From Shamindra Ferdinando in London   President Maithripala Sirisena has assured British Premier David Cameron that the Sri Lankan judiciary could be moved on the findings and recommendations made by the Maxwell Paranagama Presidential Commission inquiring into missing persons as well as accountability issues. While asserting that the report could be made public in July, the President said that the now independent judiciary could be moved on the commission’ findings. President Maithripala Sirisena and Premier Cameron met at…

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