“Ambassador of Justice for Tamils” Lee Scott.

Tamil Community celebrate Lee Scott’s contribution to justice for Tamil people in the Island of Sri Lanka At a ceremony hosted by the British Tamils Forum on Sunday 26th of April 2015 at Wanstead Rugby Football Club for the former MP and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG for Tamil) Lee Scott, was presented with an award on behalf of the Tamil Community marking his valued contribution to the ongoing campaign. Lee was given the title “Ambassador of Justice for Tamils” reflecting his tireless hard work as an…

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President Given Copy Of No Fire Zone

President Maithripala Sirisena has been supplied with a personalized copy of the Sinhala language version of the controversial film No Fire Zone. The film’s director, Callum Macrae, told the President in a message: “The truth is coming out. I appeal to you not to obstruct that process, but to encourage it and be on the side of the truth.” The film’s director handed the copy of the film which contains his personal message to the President and government officials at a specially arranged meeting at the Sri Lankan High Commission…

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Sri Lanka London High Commission – Mr. Hanifa is one of three irregular appointments made under the Sirisena regime.

UK NGO, students, citizenry clean up Tangalle beach A British based NGO has teamed up with a group of students and the local community to clean up Tangalle beach, Jo Kaminska Foundation Founder-Director, Ms Joanna Ruda, told Education Times that her Foundation which deals with plastic pollution through educational programmes and beach-cleaning initiatives, had organised a programme to clean Tangalle beach. The initiative was launched by cleaning Tangalle beach last week, with the help of students and staff from the Ocean University in Tangalle. Cleaning of the beach was scheduled…

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Sri Lanka’s problems for Sri Lankans to solve, we will only help: Kerry

Sri Lanka’s problems for Sri Lankans to solve, we will only help: Kerry US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed a public lecture yesterday at Colombo’s Taj Samudra Hotel. The public lecture was organised by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera made the welcome address. Excerpts of Mr. Kerry’s speech: I’m really happy to be here.’Ayubowan’ and ‘Vanakkam’. I am very happy to welcome all of you here. No you are welcoming me. That is mutual welcome. I thank (Foreign…

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No American hand in SL affairs – John Kerry

No American hand in SL affairs – John Kerry US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday ruled out US interference in Sri Lankan affairs but offered help, and explained that if there was such interference, Sri Lanka would not have invited US President Barak Obama to visit Colombo. At a media briefing where only two questions were permitted to be raised, the local media questioned the high ranking US diplomat why shouldn’t anyone see Kerry’s visit as an ‘interference’ in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs……………….  READ MORE  Domestic accountability mechanism underway…

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Ensure fair minority representation – Mano Ganesan urges

By Mirudhula Thambiah Leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Mano Ganesan urged the government on Friday (1), to ensure fair representation of minorities in the electoral reforms. He said addressing a May Day rally that the government should not only consider the representation of minorities, but small political parties too. “Minorities don’t have opportunities to become the President of this country. Therefore, at least their representation in the legislature should be ensured in a fair manner. We should obtain our representation through a democratic process. But, if we are…

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Transformative 19A Experience: The emergence of an equally Parliamentary and Executive President

Transformative 19A Experience: The emergence of an equally Parliamentary and Executive President Tamil parliamentarians been so directly and positively involved in the constitutional process in Sri Lanka, as they were in the passage of the 19th Amendment. In fact, the accredited Tamil representatives chose to stay away from the constitutional process in 1947, 1972 and 1978, if only to make a political point of their boycotts. The TULF parliamentarians were not even in parliament when the 13th Amendment was enacted (they had been packed off to India by the Sixth Amendment).…

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Former Sri Lankan diplomat involved in ‘Child Abuse’ case missing in London?

Former Sri Lankan diplomat missing in London Former Sri Lankan diplomat missing in London After his services were terminated in March, 2015 by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London A former diplomat in the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, has gone missing and the Colombo Magistrate’s Court has allowed the police to seek Interpol assistance to trace him. High Commission sources said that Sepala Ratnayake’s services had been terminated on March 4, 2015 and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London has been informed that he is no longer a diplomat. This…

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Game Changers at Campbell Park & Hyde Park

The May Day rallies organised in Colombo were a political game changer. The most impressive rally by far was that of the UNP at Campbell Park in Borella. The arrangements and attention to detail were above anything seen even in the heyday of the UNP and the crowds were phenomenal. For the first time since the 1980s we had a glimpse of what the UNP once was under J.R.Jayewardene. Had the UNP put on such a show of strength just a few days earlier, they would have got all their…

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Mahinda To Say ‘I Won’t Contest’

The 19A: Process, Content & Consequences Mahinda Rajapaksa The clear and undisputed loser is former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Since his defeat in the January 2015 presidential election, he has been contemplating the idea of a reentry. Because the two-term limit has been reintroduced, he certainly cannot return to power as the president. The door has been completely shut on him in this regard. Encouraged indirectly by the former president himself, his supporters have been demanding his appointment as the prime minister. The prime minister’s office has not been empowered as…

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19th Amendment: Where To From Here?

19A: MOMENT IN HISTORY The Buddha told his foremost Disciple, the Venerable Ananda, that “… as long as the Vajjis call frequent public assemblies of the tribe; as long as they meet in concord, conclude their meetings in concord and carry out their policies in concord, so long they may be expected not to decline but to flourish…”. That was with reference to the early republicanism of the Vajji confederacy. The Tathagatha will surely approve of the legislative concord exhibited in our Parliament last week when the 19th Amendment to…

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